Kardashians, Kanye West, Gisele Bundchen, Karl Lagersfeld (the cream of the world’s most beautiful and coolest people!) produce tourism commercial for most racist, misogynistic, homophobic regime in recent history

(Gisele Bundchen in Havana sporting the coolest fashion statement in the world today for Chanel’s Havana fashion show/extravanga! 

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A beret signifying the co-founder of the regime that jailed and tortured the most black, female and gay political prisoners in the modern history of the Western Hemisphere!)

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“The negro is lazy and indolent, spending his money on frivolities and drink.”  ( Che Guevara.)

Well, Che? What about Armenian-Americans?….any thoughts?

You KNEW it was coming, amigos!  On the heels of Obama, The Rolling Stones and Karl Lagerfeld and Gisele Bundchen, the Kardashians have burst upon the coolest scene on earth: Stalinist/Apartheid Cuba!

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So what’s important to “cool” people? What do they always make a major media spectacle of denouncing? Well, let’s see?….right off the top of my head…seems like:

*Any (supposed) infringement of the rights of Blacks, Women and Gays, sure seems to get them riled up for the nearest paparazzi, right?

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OK, so what makes Cuba currently “coolest place on earth?”–hosting a Chanel fashion extravaganza and the world’s coolest people?…Well, best we can figure it’s:

*Jailing and torturing the most an longest suffering black political prisoners in the modern history of the Western Hemisphere–many more than in Apartheid South Africa in fact.

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*Jailing and torturing the most and longest suffering women political prisoners in the modern history of the Western Hemisphere.

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*Jailing and torturing the most gays  (and suspected gays)  in the modern history of the Western Hemisphere.

Every item above thoroughly documented here;

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“Le RRRONCA!!!”

“Humberto Fontova is a gifted polemicist who pulls no punches. A great service for liberty, justice and truth.” (The Weekly Standard  on Fidel; Hollywood’s Favorite Tyrant.)

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“Le REQUETE-RRRONCA!!!”

Carnival Cruise Ship Adonia arrives in Cuba on “Educational Travel”–NOT TOURISM! (So here’s some education on the very first historic site on the cruise!)

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(From the AP: “The (Carnival Cruise)trips include on-board workshops on Cuban history and culture and tours of the cities that allow the trip to qualify as “people-to-people” educational travel, avoiding a ban on pure tourism that remains part of U.S. law.”)

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There it is on your left, Carnival cruisers!…A famous historic site! Right next to El Morro castle! That’s Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabaña (Fort of Saint Charles) better known by many of the folks around Carnival’s Miami headquarters as La Cabaña!

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Call us crazy–but for some reason here at Babalu Blog we’re kinda guessing Carnival’s “educational workshops” “overlooked” some important historic items relating to the VERY FIRST  Cuban historic landmark you fine folks viewed!– even before the Adonia docked! Yes! La Cabaña! there on your left as you entered Havana Harbor! !

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It was here that, promptly upon entering Havana in January 1959,  Che Guevara set up his firing-squad mass-murder central! Yes, amigos! 

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Your Cuban hosts ( the ones you’re enriching during this cruise) murdered more political prisoners in their first three years in power (out of a population of 6.4 million) than Hitler’s regime murdered in it’s first six (out of a population of 70 million)!  Hundreds of these were murdered RIGHT THERE on your left in La Cabaña!

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Upon your return to Miami you can greatly enhance this educational tour by visiting some of the (symbolic) graves of these murdered Cubans at Miami’s Memorial Cubano!’

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“Le RRRRONCA!!!”

“Even here in Poland many people were duped into believing the myth of Che Guevara. After reading Humberto Fontova’s excellent book, they will have have no excuse.” (Tomaz Pompowski, Polska Times,–division of The London Times– Warsaw, Poland)

“A great service for the cause of  human freedom. Deservedly puts Che Guevara in the ash-heap of history. Every American should read Humberto Fontova’s book.” (David Horowitz on Exposing The Real Che Guevara and the Useful Idiots Who Idolize Him.)

 

Former CIA station-chief in Cuba bashes Fontova’s book (because it exposes how the CIA BACKED Castro and Che Guevara!)

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On right: Raul Castro and the CIA’s Robert Weicha shake on a deal in 1958 (the “deal” was a scheme concocted by  Raul and Che Guevara’s KGB case-officer (Nikolai Leonov) which made monkeys of the CIA and opened the path for the Communist takeover of Cuba.) 

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Upon instructions from his KGB handler Nikolai Leonov in June of 1958, communist terrorist Raul Castro dutifully kidnapped 47 American hostages from the Moa Nickel plant and Guantanamo base in Oriente. The KGB-mentored plan was to blackmail the U.S. government to further pull the rug out from Batista and ease the way for the Sovietization of Cuba–and it worked splendidly. Above we see crackerjack CIA officer in Santiago, Cuba Robert Weicha and Raul Castro shake on the deal that freed the U.S. hostages. (i.e. that saw a clueless U.S. submitting to shameless KGB-directed blackmail.)

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(Above left: Raul Castro eagerly employing the state of the art equipment provided to his KGB-directed terror-group by the CIA to launch Radio Rebelde, where these Stalinist-terrorists broadcast their fervent abhorrence of Communism and anything related to it.  On right: retired KGB-officer Nikolai Leonov is a frequent guest on Cuban TV where he and Raul fondly reminisce (we imagine) about the monkeys they made of the CIA, especially (we imagine) CIA officer Robert D. Chapman who was assigned to the area where Raul Castro operated.

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Top left: Che Guevara takes his turn broadcasting his fealty to liberty, justice and and democracy on radio equipment provided him by our crackerjack CIA (i.e. your taxpayer dollars, amigos.) On right. Raul Castro and his old KGB case-officer Nikolai Leonov continue fondly reminiscing–between guffaws.

 Writing in the prestigious International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence (Volume 27, Issue 2, 2014) the man who served as the CIA’s crackerjack station chief in Santiago Cuba (the area where Raul Castro operated) from 1957-60 Robert D. Chapman bashes my book The Longest Romance pretty severely. In the official journal of American Center for Democracy he titles the same review: Righting Cuban History.”

Gee? Now what could possibly have motivated him?

Well, let’s see; my earlier book Fidel: Hollywood’s Favorite Tyrant included a chapter very subtly titled, “Stupid Liberals in the CIA.” My latest book includes the following items:

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“Me and my staff were all Fidelistas,” boasted Robert Reynolds, the CIA’s “Caribbean Desk’s specialist on the Cuban Revolution” from 1957-1960.

Everyone in the CIA and everyone at State was pro-Castro, except (Republican) ambassador Earl Smith.” (CIA operative in Santiago Cuba 1957’59, Robert Weicha.)

“Don’t worry. We’ve infiltrated Castro’s guerrilla group in the Sierra Mountains. The Castro brothers and Ernesto “Che” Guevara have no affiliations with any Communists whatsoever.” (crackerjack Havana CIA station chief Jim Noel 1958.)

In the fall of ’57, the CIA smuggled into Cuba the state-of-the-art transmitters that became Castro and Che’s “Radio Rebelde” From these mics, the Castroites broadcast their “guerrilla victories” island-wide, along with their plans to uplift Cuba into a Caribbean Shangri-La.

“Without U.S. help Fidel Castro would never have gotten into power,” flatly testified former U.S. Ambassador to Cuba, Earl T. Smith during Congressional testimony in 1960… “The State Department played a large part in bringing Castro to power. The press, and the Chief of the CIA Section and other U.S. Government agencies also responsible…we (the U.S.) are responsible for bringing Castro in power. I do not care how you want to word it.”

Interestingly, former Santiago CIA station-chief Robert D. Chapman–while claiming I’m rewriting Cuban History–does not directly challenge  the veracity (much less refute) any of the quotes or other items about the CIA which I expose in my book!!!

Here’s Mr Chapman’s rebuttal to my fully-documented charges: “This information (Fontova’s) conflicts with everything ever written about Herbert Matthews’s journey to Castro.”

Yes, Mr Chapman: THAT’S THE ENTIRE RATIONALE FOR MY BOOK!!!–(i.e. correcting the commonly-accepted media bullshit regarding the Cuban Revolution.)

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My sources for the items that (so understandably offend and embarrass  Chapman) are the sworn testimony of a U.S. ambassador to Cuba and the accounts from one of pre-Castro’ Cuba’s most respected political figures (Carlos Marquez-Sterling.)

But apparently crackerjack CIA intelligence sleuth Robert D. Chapman still prefers the word of the Julio 26 Movement! Apparently nothing in the intervening 57 years has caused Mr Chapman to question the veracity of the claims made by the folks (The Castro brothers, Vilma Espin, and the rest of Castro’s 26 Julio movement operatives in Oriente) he believed wholeheartedly from 1957-60!

Chapman also questions many other fully-documented items in my book, most notably the Castro regime’s death toll. True to form, Chapman still prefers the word of the Julio 26 Movement to the documentation of such as the Cuba archive.

Here’s some background on Chapman as provided by NPR, where he was a guest Cuba “expert” :

Robert Chapman, the chief CIA officer in Santiago, was on his first field assignment when he arrived in 1957 and found himself in the center of a revolution.

“I knew everybody in town, more or less,” Chapman says. “The press was coming through. I would brief them on security, and I later found that my name was posted in the New York Press Club. If you’re going to see Castro, see Bob, you know?”

In other words, CIA station chief Chapman was probably the official facilitator/travel agent for such as Herbert Matthews, Robert Taber, etc. to “interview” Castro!

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LE RRRONCA!!!

Media AGOG (!!!) over “Papa Hemingway in Cuba—First Hollywood Movie shot in Cuba since 1959–and True-Story!”

The mainstream media is absolutely AGOG(!!!) over this movie-making “milestone,” amigos!

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(Media reacts to new movie about Hemingway in Cuba ) 

“That the movie was made at all during the economic embargo was a feat of diplomacy, financial and otherwise,” (Helen Verongos, the New York Times.

“Production values and on-location filming enhance the period flavor of “Papa: Hemingway in Cuba.” The scenes inside the Hemingways’ home were filmed at the real Finca La Vigia, which has been restored as a museum.” (Joe Leydon, Variety.)

“Getting it (the movie) made against the backdrop of the U.S. embargo against Cuba required years of dedicated effort by director Bob Yari.” (Eliza Berman, Time.)

For the benefit of the agog let’s flesh out this column’s title a bit and see if  just maybe they can wrap their heads around this earth-shaking “milestone.” To wit:

A KGB-founded and mentored totalitarian regime whose founder boasted, “propaganda is the vital heart of our struggle,” who the CIA pegs with “creating the most effective propaganda empire in the Western Hemisphere,”  whose KGB- mentored  secret police meticulously vet every single visa applicant—especially journalists, academics and filmmakers –this very regime SOMEHOW permitted  a Hollywood production crew on its sovereign soil!

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Furthermore, this Stalinist regime’s military and secret police own the nation’s tourism facilities almost lock, stock and barrel. Ernest Hemingway’s haunts –from El Floridita bar to the Ernest Hemingway Marina to his former home Finca Vigia itself–rank among the Stalinist nation’s top tourist attractions.

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…….And OH! ….Almost forgot: Recently declassified Soviet documents document how the subject of the film also served as an eager (but bumbling) KGB agent.

OK, ready media movie critic geniuses?!….Good. Now put on your thinking caps. Start gulping your favorite cognition–enhancing organic green tea! Twist yourselves into your favorite cognition-enhancing lotus position….ready?

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You have three hours to formulate your answer to this question: “given the above can you perhaps guess why Cuba’s Stalinist authorities JUST MIGHT have rolled out the red carpet for these movie producers?…and why the Stalinist regime’s media is promoting it?

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….Didn’t  think so.

This “TRUE STORY!” by the way has the March 1957 attack on Cuba’s Palacio Nacional to try and assassinate Batista carried out by Castro’s July 26 movement (instead of by the Directorio Revolucionario Estudiantil, which was in fact a RIVAL to Castro’s terrorist group.)

This “TRUE STORY!” also has “J. Edgar Hoover  investigating Hemingway–not because Hemingway was a full-flegded KGB agent, which of course is never mentioned in the movie–but because Hemingway had the goods on Hoover as a secret transgender dresser and flaming sodomite!

Fortunately, almost unanimously the critics are slamming the movie–not because of its historical imbecilities, of which the critics are utterly oblivious–but as as work of art. So hey! Let’s cross our fingers…just maybe this movie won’t replace Godfather II as America’s top educational source on pre-Castro Cuba!

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“Le RRRONCA!!!”

“Humberto Fontova is a gifted polemicist who pulls no punches. A great service for liberty, justice and truth.” (The Weekly Standard  on Fidel; Hollywood’s Favorite Tyrant.)

How Ernest Hemingway literally “drank” to Fidel Castro and Che Guevara’s firing squad murder marathons

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“Castro’s revolution is very pure and beautiful. I’m encouraged by it. The Cuban people now have a decent chance for the first time. The people getting shot all deserve it.” (Ernest Hemingway, 1960)

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“Hemingway knew full well what was going on behind the scenes of Castro and Che’s “pure and beautiful” revolution. Accounts of  “Papa” Hemingway’s eager presence at many of the Katyn-like massacres of untried Cubans comes courtesy of Hemingway’s own friend, the late George Plimpton (not exactly an “embittered right-wing Cuban exile”)  who worked as editor of the Paris Review, (not exactly a “Mc Carthyite  scandal sheet.”)

“They (Hemingway and his chums) got out, set up chairs and took out the drinks, as if they were going to watch the sunset. Soon, a truck arrived with the trussed up victims and the firing squads got busy as Hemingway sipped his Daiquiris…”

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Full documentation for Hemingway as gleeful and drunken voyeur at Castro and Che’s mass-murders–along with full-documentation for his stint as a full-fledged KGB agent– provided here: 

Oh!….And don’t forget Andy Garcia’s upcoming movie GLORIFYING Castro-pal and KGB agent Ernest Hemingway! http://oceandrive.com/ernest-hemingways-boat-makes…

On left: Hemingway with his chum dating from the Spanish Civil War: Herbert Matthews–who I trust needs no introduction hereabouts.)

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“Le RRRONCA!!!”


“Humberto Fontova’s book teaches us truths about Cuba that are very discomfiting for many intellectuals.” (Ana Botella, Spain’s former First Lady while giving a book reading in Madrid upon the Spanish-language release of the BOMBSHELL book “Fidel; Hollywood’s Favorite Tyrant.”)

TV Star William Levy (recently a Cuban “Political refugee”) now a travel agent for Castro Regime.

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“He (William Levy) was 14 when his family was granted political asylum in the U.S. and moved to Miami.” (From an interview with ABC in 2012.) 

I’m guessing three years ago when William Levy, (as a “political refugee” from Castroism) was bashing Castroism he wasn’t planning on soon requiring the good graces of the Castro regime to film a TV show and movie on location in the Castro fiefdom, the very place he desperately sought “refuge” from (at U.S. taxpayer expense.)

Here’s what William Levy was  telling the media in 2012:

“It’s a do-or-die situation,” Levy said (presumably about life in Castro’s Cuba.)  “You can’t just stay there and just let people (presumably the CDR’s, Castroite police, etc.) step all over you.”

‘It was a little bit tough, as a kid, to see everybody who came from outside the country, tourists, allowed to go in every restaurant and to do whatever they wanted to do and we weren’t allowed to go into those places and buy the things [tourists] were buying. You become a little mad and start seeing what you want for your future and for yourself and your family.

It makes you stronger. Since Cuba is Communist, everybody has to be the same.”

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(“WHY?–Oh WHY?!…Did I invite the CRAZY CUBAN!?” (asks Cliff Kincaid on right.)

“Le ZZZUMBA!!!”

Well, nowadays William Levy is  a smoking-hot TV star of (shot on location in Castro’s fiefdom) Cuban Chrome.  He’s also planning a movie (also to be shot on  location in the Castro fiefdom.) So here’s what William Levy (the “political refugee”) tells the media nowadays, and from Cuba itself:

“It’s just beautiful to be able to film a movie in my land”…During our interview, politics could have been the elephant in the room, but the star simply said, “I don’t get into politics, I just want what’s best for my country and to see these people that have suffered so much, be able to decide what they want to do and when they want to travel,” Levy said. “It’s all I want. I want happiness and freedom for my people.””

“William is a true ambassador for film production in Cuba. He’s rallying everyone in his circle to create opportunities to shoot there, starting with his next film, an action-thriller that was previously set to shoot in another country. William has always dreamed of making films in Cuba,” Goldberg said. “He wants to show the world how beautiful the country and its people are, and so this is a very exciting moment for him.”

William Levy is also also getting good publicity from the Stalinist regime’s own press.

So can I borrow from Tom Petty and suggest a title for William Levy’s forthcoming movie?

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In brief: “political refugee” from Castroism William Levy has figuratively inked a deal to serve as an auxiliary of  Castro’s film and tourism ministries–and thus help further fill the coffers of the Castro-Family-Crime-Syndicate.

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“LE  RRRONCA!”

“Humberto Fontova is a gifted polemicist who pulls no punches. A great service for liberty, justice and truth.” (The Weekly Standard  on Fidel; Hollywood’s Favorite Tyrant.)

“ALL ABOARD FOR CUBA!”–soon on Norwegian Cruise Lines! (recently hailed by Cuban-Americans for its “ethics!”)

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The recent jeremiad against Carnival Cruise Lines in south Florida for its planned  cruises to Cuba was (usually) accompanied by hossanahs to Norwegian Cruise Lines, which were hailed as a Cruise Lines with a Conscience.  Norwegian, you see, had canceled its stops in Tunisia when Israeli citizens faced discrimination from the Tunisian government.

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From the Miami Herald:  “Norwegian chose ethical business behavior.”

From the Sun-Sentinel: “Carnival should follow the lead of Norwegian Cruise Line.”

Has it not occurred to folks that cruise stops in Bizerte (“Dirty Gertie from Bizerte,” ask any WWII North Africa vet about the ditty!)  Tunisia might not be NEARLY as lucrative for a cruise line as Cuba?

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Has it not occurred to folks that Norwegian’s “PRINCIPLED STAND!” in cutting out Tunisia from its cruise stops (for discriminating against Israeli citizens) might be less “principled” than it looks?

Apparently not….Well, now the (Cuban-American, no less!) CEO of Norwegian Cruise, this Mahatma Gandhi among cruise lines, is licking his lips anticipating cruises to Cuba exactly likes his rival Carnival, this Gordon Gekko among cruise lines.

 Frank Del Rio, CEO of Miami-based Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings said his company is still seeking approvals to launch sailings to Cuba by the end of the year….”I am extremely pleased with the announcement that all Americans, regardless of their place of birth, will be able to travel to Cuba aboard cruise ships,” Del Rio said. “Our Oceania Cruises brand continues discussions with Cuban officials seeking approval to commence cruises to Cuba later this year….

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I am very much looking forward to sailing to Cuba soon aboard one of our ships in the company of many fellow Cuban Americans and other fellow Americans who wish to share in the excitement and passion that cruising to Cuba brings,” said Del Rio, who was born in Cuba and immigrated to the U.S. in 1961.”

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On right:“Remember when all those people in Miami SCREAMED at us that vacations to Cuba were a TERRIBLE thing?!”)

Indeed, I search in utter vain for an apology to Beyonce and Jay-Z  from the tremendously scandalized folks who railed against these celebrities’ for a (badly-disguised) vacation in Cuba two years ago–but who now clamor for cruise vacations by Cuban-Americans to Cuba en masse.

A famous Spanish saying nails it: “si se la meten gritan, y si se la sacan lloran.”

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So yet again it appears that the $ dollars spend by Cuban-Americans in going to Cuba IN NO WAY resemble those spent by Beyonce’, Jay-Z, Paris Hilton, Conan O’Brien, etc., which all help the Stalinist regime. Instead these Cuban-American $ dollars are imbued with magical qualities which make them brave and honorable tools in the battle for Civil Rights.

(our own Asombra constantly marvels at how we somehow expect Joe Sixpack, Soccer Mom, American celebrities, etc. (i.e. people with next to no knowledge of Cuban matters) to somehow behave more honorably in these matters than Cuban-Americans themselves–ALAS!)

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“Le RRRONCA!!!”

“Absolutely devastating. An enlightening and shocking read you’ll never forget.” (David Limbaugh on Fidel; Hollywood’s Favorite Tyrant.)

“Humberto Fontova is a gifted polemicist who pulls no punches. A great service for liberty, justice and truth.” (The Weekly Standard  on Fidel; Hollywood’s Favorite Tyrant.)

 

YIPEEE! FORM the CONGA-LINES! Castro family gives Carnival Approval to sail with Cuban-Americans (So Cuban “Refugees” can now enrich the Castro family as eagerly as did Beyonce, Jay-Z, Paris Hilton, Conan O’Brien, etc.!)

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You KNEW it was coming, amigos! (those of you with half a brain, that is.)  And SURE ENOUGH!!!

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Just today Carnival Cruise Lines announced it has SOMEHOW(!!!)  persuaded the Castro-Family-Crime-Syndicate to allow Carnival to OPEN YET ANOTHER FINANCIAL LIFELINE  TO FURTHER ENRICH  them!!!

YES! Along with their traditional use of airlines and Western Union to enrich the Castro family–as of today!– Cuban-Americans can also partner with Carnival Cruise line to deposit (further) $ millions and $millions into the already bulging coffers of  the Castro-Family-Crime-Syndicate!!!

Call it cruel arm-twisting by Carnival! Call it devilishly-shrewd deal-making a la Donald Trump! Call it a deal the Castro family JUST COULDN’T REFUSE!!!”–or call it Victory for Civil Rights!

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(As the protesters made abundantly clear with their signs: they didn’t oppose the enrichment of the Stalinist regime via Carnival. They opposed being LEFT OUT of the enrichment process.)

From USA Today:

The Cuban government has eliminated a rule barring Cuban-born people from entering or leaving the country by sea, ending a controversy that threatened to derail the first USA to Cuba cruises in more than 50 years. News of the change emerged early Friday from cruise giant Carnival Corp., which said its new Fathom brand now would go ahead with voyages from Miami to Cuba scheduled to kick off May 1.

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Apparently the above only applies to dollars spent by Beyonce and Jay-Z—-But  NOT to those spent by Cuban-Americans in going to Cuba! Instead these Cuban-American $ dollars are imbued with magical qualities which make them brave and honorable tools in the battle for Civil Rights!!!

“Now I play pretty good fiddle boys, but I’ll give you devils your due” (because you’re playing the easiest fiddles on earth.)

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“Le REQUETE-RRRONCA!!!”

“A great service for the cause of  human freedom. Fontova deservedly puts Che Guevara in the ash-heap of history. Every American should read Humberto Fontova’s book.” (David Horowitz on Exposing The Real Che Guevara and the Useful Idiots Who Idolize Him.)

 

 

Carnival’s “VACATION” (Carnival’s term) cruise to Cuba now booking Cuban-born “REFUGEES” (Cubans’ term)

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FUN QUIZ!….See if–from the clips above and below –you can somehow identify the political refugees!!!….(take 20 seconds–NO CHEATING!)

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If you get a second, amigos–especially those of you wondering if we still live in a nation of laws (or even a nation of rudimentary common-sense)–please read the following items carefully. I have highlighted the relevant portions, added parenthetical clarifications, and linked the quotes to the proper journalistic source, lest some folks suspect that I  lifted from a Saturday Night Live, Jimmy Fallon Show or Twilight Zone script–or even a Kafka novel. Given my scrupulous (and characteristic) documentation, I trust that further commentary is superfluous.

Now please read the following, and please note the sources:

“We want everyone to be able to go to Cuba with us,” said Arnold Donald, CEO of (Miami USA-based) Carnival Corporation, in a statement Monday. “We remain excited about this historic opportunity to give our guests (mostly U.S. citizens) an extraordinary VACATION experience in Cuba.”

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See that, amigos, according to the U.S. State Dept.:

“Tourist travel to Cuba IS PROHIBITED UNDER U.S. LAW for U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and others subject to U.S. jurisdiction.”

The U.S. government ( having taken them at their word) defines many of the Cuban-born passengers booking passage on this scheduled cruise to Cuba as refugees because they signed on to this:

“I am unable or unwilling to return to Cuba because I have been persecuted there in the past or have a well-founded fear that I will be persecuted if I go back.”

Here’s more from today’s news story:

“I am glad to see Carnival Cruise Line has heard the echo of this community (many of whom are Cuban refugees.)  As Mayor of a predominantly Cuban-born population (many of whom are refugees) and City, I am glad to see them take this position of opening bookings for Cuban-born guests (many of whom are refugees) pending a change in Cuban policy,” said Mayor Carlos Hernandez, “I will also like to thank Mayor Carlos Gimenez (another Cuban-American)  for his role and leadership in this manner, and stance with this issue.

“During each sailing, Fathom will visit Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba, three ports of call for which Carnival Corporation has obtained berthing approval, the statement reads.

So apparently, nowadays, the terms “tourism” and “vacationing” define completely different activities?…and Carnival Cruise Lines has nothing to do with either?…. Either that, or the U.S. State Dept.’s definition of  “refugee” is a pathetic joke.

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What makes this even more insane is that OVER TEN TIMES as many people have died trying to escape from Cuba as did trying to escape from East Germany!–as documented right here at Babalu Blog!

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“Le RRRONCA!!!”

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“I read Humberto Fontova’s book in two sittings-I couldn’t put it down!” Mark Levin on Exposing the Real Che Guevara.

Heroism at the Bay of Pigs–a 55th Anniversary Tribute

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They were known as La Brigada 2506, an almost precise cross-section of Cuban society of the time. The Brigada included men from every social strata and race in Cuba — from sugar cane planters to sugar cane cutters, from aristocrats to their chauffeurs. But mostly, the folks in between, as befit a nation with a larger middle class than most of Europe.

Short on battle experience, yes, but they fairly burst with what Bonaparte and George Patton valued most in a soldier: morale. No navel-gazing about “why they hate us” or the merits of “regime change” for them. They’d seen Castroism point-blank.

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Their goals were crystal-clear: firing-squads silenced, families reunited, tens of thousands freed from prisons, torture chambers and concentration camps. We see it on the History Channel after our GI’s took places like Manila and Munich.

Well, in 1961 newsreels could have captured such scenes without crossing oceans. When those Cuban freedom-fighters hit the beach at the Bay of Pigs, one of every 18 Cubans suffered in Castro Gulag. Mass graves dotted the Cuban countryside, piled with hundreds who’d crumpled in front of Castro and Che Guevara’s firing squads. Most of the invaders had loved-ones among the above. Modern history records few soldiers with the burning morale of the Bay of Pigs freedom-fighters.

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When the smoke cleared and their ammo had been expended to the very last bullet, when a hundred of them lay dead and hundreds more wounded, after three days of relentless battle, barely 1,400 of them — without air support (from the U.S. Carriers just offshore) and without a single supporting shot by naval artillery (from U.S. cruisers and destroyers poised just offshore) — had squared off against 21,000 Castro troops, his entire air force and squadrons of Soviet tanks. The Cuban freedom-fighters inflicted over 3000 casualties on their Soviet-armed and led enemies. This feat of arms still amazes professional military men.

“They fought magnificently and were not defeated,” stressed Marine Col. Jack Hawkins a multi-decorated WWII and Korea vet who helped train them. “They were abandoned on the beach without the supplies and support promised by their sponsor, the Government of the United States.”

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(In Dec. 1962 at Homestead AFB some of modern history’s most unsung heroes return to their loved ones–who long  assumed they were widows and orphans…

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Joyous and teary bedlam at Homestead AFB on Dec. 24th 1962 as surviving Bay of Pigs freedom-fighters return to their families after almost two years in Castro’s prisons and torture chambers.

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“Never in the field of human conflict (would) so much (have been) owed to so few by so many (but for a little air-support.)

Our friends at History News Network help disseminate some items not well-understood outside the tiny Cuban-American informational ghetto.

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“Le ZZZUMBA!!!”

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A Very Worthy Cruise to Cuba

Castro didn’t want these Cubans cruising back to Cuba either…..they went anyway, the proper way.

To quote author Haynes Johnson, “The Bay of Pigs was a battle where heroes were made.” And how!

…..The freedom-fighters knew they’d been abandoned. Ammo was almost gone. Two days shooting and reloading without sleep, food, or water was taking its toll. Many were hallucinating. That’s when Castro opened up four batteries’ worth 122 mm Soviet howitzers. They pounded 2,000 rounds into the freedom-fighters ranks over a four-hour period. “It sounded like the end of the world,” one said later.

“Rommel’s crack Afrika Corps broke and ran under a similar bombardment,” wrote Haynes Johnson. By then the invaders were dazed and delirious with fatigue, thirst and hunger; too deafened by the bombardment to even hear orders. So their commander had to scream.

“No retreat, Carajo!” Maximo Cruz stood and bellowed to his dazed and horribly outnumbered men. “We stand and fight!”

And so they did– and wrote as glorious a chapter in military history and the annals of freedom as any you’d care to read.

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Don’t buy into the mainstream media bullsh*t about this battle, amigos. Here’s what really happened, from the History Hews Network (no less!)

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Absolutely devastating. An enlightening and shocking read you’ll never forget.” (David Limbaugh on Fidel; Hollywood’s Favorite Tyrant.)

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“Le ZZZUMBA!!!”

 

Can Beyonce’ and Jay-Z take a Carnival Cruise to Cuba if Cuban-Americans get to go too?…just asking…

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Open letter from Beyonce’ and Jay-Z to protesters against Carnival Cruise Lines.

“Gosh?! Can you folks PLEASE find a way to forgive us?! You see, a coupla years ago we somehow got the impression–especially from those Cuban-Americans in the Miami area —that visiting Cuba was a TERRIBLE thing?!

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Here’s what the letter  from the Miami area lawmakers to the U.S. Dept. of Justice declared:

“The restrictions on tourism travel are common-sense measures meant to prevent U.S. dollars from supporting a murderous regime that opposes U.S. security interests at every turn and which ruthlessly suppresses the most basic liberties of speech, assembly, and belief.  We support the Cuban people by refusing to sustain their jailers.” (via tourism)

“And Gosh? please forgive us again , but we kinda though that if ANY outfit on EARTH was associated with outright tourism it was Carnival Cruise Lines?

Gosh?! Three years ago Cuban-Americans threatened legal action AGAINST us for GOING to Cuba on a (badly-disguised) tourist trip!

Just yesterday Cuban-Americans filed a suit against Carnival Cruise for NOT taking people to Cuba on (BLATANT) tourist trips!

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“It’s as plain as day in these pictures: many of you folks didn’t oppose our trip ON PRINCIPLE. You simply wanted in on the fun!–You were simply saying: “If WE can’t play– then we’re taking our ball home so NOBODY can play! So THERE!”

OK, NOW we get it!… Thanks for clearing that up!

“Because nothing says: “As an AMERICAN!  I protest against Carnival’s violation of the U.S. Civil Rights code–NOTHING gets this point across better  to people outside Calle Ocho–no better “outreach”to Joe Sixpack and Soccer Mom exists–than waving CUBAN flags and signing the CUBAN national anthem for (American) TV cameras at the Carnival Cruise Lines protest!…Simply BRILLIANT!”

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“Le RRRONCA!!!”

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“Fontova’s book teaches us truths about Castro’s island that are very discomfiting for many intellectuals.” Ana Botella (Spain’s former First Lady while giving a book reading in Madrid, upon “Fidel; HFT” release in Spain)

A History Lesson on Cuba for President Obama (WARNING! Some of these scenes were NOT featured in Godfather 2!)

frontpage“I know these issues are sensitive, especially coming from an American President. Before 1959, some Americans saw Cuba as something to exploit, ignored poverty, enabled corruption.(U.S.  President Barack Obama, March 22, Havana Cuba.)

“I believe that there is no country in the world including any and all the countries under colonial domination, where economic colonization, humiliation and exploitation were worse than in Cuba, in part owing to my country’s policies during the Batista regime.(U.S. President John F. Kennedy, Oct 24, 1963.)

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It’s understandable that two U.S. Presidents should hail the resourcefulness and guile of American businessmen. But liberal Democrats aren’t renown for that sort of thing. And read right, the above statements imply such praise—if somewhat backhandedly. The (seemingly) apologetic statements also imply condescension for those poor, stupid, corrupt Cuban natives who were such easy marks for sharp Yankee robber barons.

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You’d never guess this from the media, Hollywood or your professors (or speechwriters for Democratic presidents) but in 1953 more Cubans vacationed in the U.S. (and voluntarily returned to Cuba) than did Americans in Cuba. Yes, pre-Castro Cubans found the U.S. “a nice place to visit but they certainly wouldn’t want to live there.” All this despite the friendliness and quaint habits of the natives–and despite the ability to emigrate from Cuba virtually at will and obtain U.S. visas virtually for the asking.

During the 1950’s and based in Florida Sherriff Joe Arpaio would have been lonelier and more bored than the Maytag repairman.

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Obama and Kennedy were describing a nation (pre-Castro Cuba) with a higher per capita income than half of Europe, the lowest inflation rate in the Western Hemisphere, the 13th lowest infant-mortality on earth and a huge influx of immigrants. Furthermore, in 1959 U.S. investments in Cuba accounted for only 14 per cent the island’s GNP, and. U.S. owned companies employed only 7 per cent of Cuba’s workforce.

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(Scenes from Cuba in the 1950s)

In 1958 the Cuban Embassy in Rome had a backlog of 12,000 applications for immigrant visas from Italians clamoring to immigrate to Cuba. “A simple way to take measure of a country is to look at how many want in–and how many want out,” famously quipped Tony Blair. Well, Millions of people “voted with their feet” in favor of pre-Castro Cuba.     

Indeed, pre-Castro Cuba took in more immigrants per-capita (primarily from Europe) than the U.S., including the Ellis Island years. This flood of (fellow First World) “wetbacks” was so alarming that in 1933, as a stopgap against all these foreign rascals horning in on the “Cuban dream”, the Cuban government passed laws more draconian than anything in Arizona or Georgia today– laws to make the hearts of Donald Trump supporters sing with joy! A majority of employees at all Cuban businesses, this law mandated, had to be “natural-born” Cubans!

Oh, I know, I know…none of this was featured in Godfather II. And as we hear from some of contemporary America’s top educators:

“I mean everybody who saw Godfather II knows what it was like when Castro took over!” (Chris Matthews, Hardball, Oct. 20, 2011)

“All I know about pre-Castro Cuba I learned from the Godfather II!” (Jon Stewart, July 23, 2008.)

Our friends at Frontpage Magazine help disseminate a few items not well-understood outside of the tiny Cuban-American informational ghetto.                      

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Every single item above thoroughly-documented here.

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“Le RRRONCA!!!”

“You DON’T HAVE to live like a REFUGEE!” (especially if you’re a Cuban-American vacationer in Cuba)

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It takes a special kind of chutzpah (the Cuban kind) to claim a Carnival Cruise Ship provides the best and promptest method of  transporting your succor (both in the form of your hugs and kisses along with medical supplies and money) to your suffering relatives in Cuba.

You see, amigos: this succoring is what most Cuban-Americans who travel back to Cuba actually claim as the rationale for their trips. Really.  This is because, technically speaking, a bona-fide refugee fears persecution from the regime he escaped from into the welcoming arms (and welfare benefits) of Tio Sam. He even signs an official U.S. government document to this effect.

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“You DON’T HAVE to live like a refugee!”

So now some of these refugees are up in arms because Carnival Cruise Lines will not take them to Cuba.

Interestingly, no similar outrage manifested itself when Cuban-Americans were specifically prohibited from serving on U.S. juries–something which certainly appears more outrageously unconstitutional. This happened in 2001 during the trials of what came to be known as “The Cuban Five.”

“The Equal Protection Clause guarantees that the State will not exclude from the jury venire anyone on account of race, or on the false assumption that members of his race as a group are not qualified to serve as jurors.” This from a case titled Batson v. Kentucky (1986.) “By denying a person participation in jury service on account of his race, the State also unconstitutionally discriminates against the excluded juror,”

Granted,  a Carnival Cruise differs dramatically from jury duty.

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Le RRRONCA!!!

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“Humberto Fontova’s book teaches us truths about Cuba that are very discomfiting for many intellectuals.” (Ana Botella, Spain’s former First Lady while giving a book reading in Madrid upon the Spanish-language release of the BOMBSHELL book “Fidel; Hollywood’s Favorite Tyrant.”)

 

Carnival Cruise Lines refuses to take (some) Cuban-American “liars-liars-with-their-pants-on-fire” on vacations to Cuba

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When you  absolutely, positively, HAVE to get that life-saving medicine to your dying abuelita in Cuba FAST!–and hopefully in time for a final besito– Carnival Cruise Lines is the ONLY way to go! 

 

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See that, amigos? “

“Tourist travel to Cuba is prohibited under U.S. law for U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and others subject to U.S. jurisdiction.”

An exception  is made for (originally “emergency”) family-visits once every three years by Cuban-Americans. Obama abolished the exception (along with many others) with his frenzy of executive orders.

Many Cuban-Americans came to the U.S. under some version of refugee status, which– especially in the case of the more recent arrivals– entitles them to $mucho dinero in U.S. welfare benefits, which can total $1200 a month.  Now here is how U.S. law defines those refugees:

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You see that above, amigos? So here’s what Cubans who are accepted in the U.S. (lately) as political refugees solemnly swear to before receiving $$$ thousands from (YOU!) the U.S. taxpayer in welfare benefits:

“I am unable or unwilling to return to Cuba because I have been persecuted there in the past or have a well-founded fear that I will be persecuted if I go back.”

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Well, some of these same “refugees” are now raising a hue and cry about being unable to return to Cuba on –not on laughably bogus “family-emergency visits”…blah…blah– but on flagrantly luxury vacations courtesy of Carnival Cruise lines!

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Can somebody please alert Donald Trump’s staff about these liar-liars-pants-on-fire? ? I’m no high-priced “political consultant” but I’m guessing Trump could really work-up his supporters–and perhaps increase their numbers–if he mentioned this item during his next campaign stop…

In fact, amigos: for many, many years tens of thousands of co-called Cuban refugees have been spitting on the laws of the nation that “rescued” them and lavishes them with $millions from the U.S. taxpayer–all this with Obama’s consent!–NAY with his BLESSING!

You see: Obama’s executive orders are what made this flurry of back and forth Cuba travel by so-called Cuban refugees possible. But till now it’s mainly via airline.

You’d really, really think this infuriating and long-running scandal would interest libertarians–those famous “champions of the U.S. Constitution and the U.S. taxpayer”–right?

HAH! When your humble servant mentioned the scandal on John Stossell’s show last year–the show’s producers completely edited out that section of the taping! It didn’t fit Stossell’s pro-Obama Cuba-policy narrative (i.e. fantasy) you see.

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“Le RRRONCA!!!”
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“I read Humberto Fontova’s book in two sittings. I couldn’t put it down!” (Mark “The Great One” Levin on Exposing the Real Che Guevara.)