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.

assag19

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!)

fidelbook-limbaugh

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

Chevideo-mainchebookvideo2

“Le ZZZUMBA!!!”

 

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

Beyonce and Jay-Z in Cubabeyonce31

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?!

torches-pitchforks

foxfriendsbeyonce

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!

carnival12carnival15carnival14

“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!”

fidelbookgifChe-seante8

“Le RRRONCA!!!”

botella2

“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.)

godfathercubagodfathercuba2

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.

airportcubapre-castro4

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.

maytagmaytag2

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.

cuba-precastro3cuba-precastrogif2

(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.                      

lrcanada3

Every single item above thoroughly-documented here.

fidelbookgif

“Le RRRONCA!!!”

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

refugee-tompettycarnivalgif

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.

carnivalgif2refugeetompetty

“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.

Che-seante8Chevideo-main

Le RRRONCA!!!

botella2

“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

carnival-conquest

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! 

 

cubastate

cubastate3

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:

liar-liars45

 

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.”

liar-liar23liar-liar24

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!

liar-liar2liar-liar21

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.

stos-gifnatpressclubgif2

“Le RRRONCA!!!”
marklevin2

“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.)

 

Note for libertarian fanatics (but I repeat myself): “The Wealth of Nations didn’t precede The Magna Carta. It’s the other way around.”

Step 1:

magna carta

Step 2:

magna carta2

This gem is worth a post by itself. From Capitol Hill Cubans:

The Wealth of Nations didn’t precede The Magna Carta. It’s the other way around.”

Mike Fernandez is part of a handful of Cuban-American businessmen who joined President Obama during his recent trip to Havana. According to The Miami Herald, they were “helping the Cuban people” by hanging out with Castro’s apparatchiks at the military-owned Hotel Saratoga. There, they enjoyed “a feast of delicacies most Cubans can only dream of: smoked salmon, prosciutto, dates, figs, four types of soft cheeses.”

These businessmen like to use “cuentapropismo” as a scapegoat. But U.S. law doesn’t impede transactions with “cuentapropistas” — it’s Castro that limits their freedom. What they are lobbying for is the U.S. Congress to lift sanctions on business with Castro’s state monopolies, fully equipped with slave labor, stolen properties, et al.

They discard that freedom and democracy didn’t stem from capitalism. It’s the other way around.

They ignore that The Wealth of Nations didn’t precede The Magna Carta. It’s the other way around.

They forget that they were successful due to the freedom and democracy that Americans enjoy. That our freedoms and democracy aren’t secondary to making a profit. That they would not have made their profits without freedom and democracy.

This is precisely why business groups are losing the American people. It’s why fringe candidates have amassed such large followings. They have subjugated America’s freedom-first agenda to one of profits-first.

stos-gif2guru2

But please note: this Babalusian doesn’t equate people like Mike Fernandez (and the other anti-embargo Cuban-American billionaires who accompanied Obama to Cuba) with “libertarian fanatics” (often well-meaning but intellectually-cloistered egg-heads.)

Instead……….

pig-eating

pig eating2

pig-eating

“We’re all working with Obama for the welfare of the Cuban people, you see….”

Che-seante8chesenate4

Chevideo-main

“Le ZZZUMBA!!!”

botella2

“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)

Under FANATICAL COMMUNIST IDEOL0GUE Che Guevara a higher percentage of Cubans were privately-employed than now under “FREE-MARKET REFORMER” Raul Castro (as defined by Obama) Full-documentation here:

obamache2

For ten years now (and especially over the past few weeks) the  mainstream media and their pet Cuba “experts” have been bombarding us with news of “RAUL THE PRAGMATIC FREE-MARKET REFORMER!!!”…blah…blah…blah!…About how the number of “SELF-EMPLOYED CUBANS IS EXPLODING!!!”…blah…blah…

chespeechobam-raulsummit

As usual, Babalu blog (who actually bothers to investigate these issues) has been calling out these “free-market reforms” in Cuba as a YUUUUGE crock of sh*t! Well, check this out:

At last count, Raul Castro’s much-trumpeted (especially by the Obama administration) “economic opening!” “privatization!” “reforms!” blah…blah has resulted in about half-a-million self employed Cubans.  That’s out of a Cuban population of  11,300,000. This means about 4.4 of Cuba’s population is self-employed.

Well, from late 1959 till early 1965 Che Guevara served variously as Cuba’s Minister of National Bank and later of Industries. During that period– and up till 1968– Soviet-occupied Cuba had:

55,636 small businesses: including 11,878 grocery stores (bodegas), 3,130 butchers, 3,198 bars, 8,101 food establishments (restaurants, friterías, cafeterias, etc), 6,653 laundries, 3,643 barbers, 1,188 shoe repairs, 4,544 auto mechanics, 1,598 artisans, 3,345 carpenters.

Some of these Mom & Pop places probably employed extended families (see the large number of groceries, restaurants) some were probably one-man operations (see smaller number of carpenters, mechanics.) So let’s be conservative and assign an average of 5 Cuban employees to each of these 55,636 small businessness.

Well– given that Cuba’s population at the time was about 7,000,000–that means that with FANATICAL MARXIST(!!!) Che Guevara directing most of Cuba’s economy, about 4.7 per cent of the Cuban population was involved in free-enterprise–MORE than under “free-market reformer” Raul Castro.

Che-seante8che12

Let this be a lesson to you all, amigos. Before you buy into ANYTHING AT ALL the mainstream media tries to sell you about Cuba–first check with Babalu Blog.

It’s eye-opening items like these that inspire folks ranging from American radio superstar Mark Levin to Bulgaria’s current Minister of Education Todor Tanev to exclaim:

“I read it (Fontova’s book) in two sittings–I couldn’t put it down!” (Mark Levin)

fidelbook-limbaugh

“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.)

Meet Trump’s (likely) advisor on Cuba policy (one of the biggest boosters of Obama’s Cuba policy)

(Top left: Cuban-American real estate magnate Jorge Perez with bosom chum and business partner Donald Trump. Top right: Jorge Perez with President Obama in Havana last week–yes, the pic was taken in Havana where Perez was an honored guest of the Stalinist regime.)

obamache-gif

Alas, I can’t find Perez in the Obama/Che Guevara pic or video–probably only because that was limited to U.S. Gov. diplomatic personnel.

When it comes to craving a business partnership with the Castro-Family-Crime Syndicate (euphemized by the media and State Dept. as: “lifting the Cuba embargo”) Cuban-American insurance magnate Carlos Saladrigas has nothing on Cuban-American real estate magnate Jorge Perez. Both of these billionaires eagerly accompanied Obama to Cuba last week.

Jorge Perez is also a bosom friend and a business partner of Donald Trump. To wit:

“He’s (Donald Trump) one of my best friends,” Jorge Perez said. “This is our fifth project and we put the deal together very rapidly. Donald Sr. and I speak several times a month and Trump Hollywood is the culmination of all our ventures. Hopefully we’ll do more once the economy picks back up.

“Trump’s sentiments were echoed by Perez who emphasized the close personal friendship between himself and Trump Sr.

“The deal to build Trump Hollywood between Jorge and my father evolved very quickly,” said Trump Jr. “They basically put it together on the back of a napkin. That doesn’t happen often and is an indication of the great relationship that Jorge (Perez)  and my father (Donald Trump) have. It’s a relationship based on quality, which is the most important thing and something I look to bring to the Trump brand as a second generation developer.”

You might have noticed that Trump’s statement’s on the terror-sponsoring regime that stole 7$ billion from American business men, murdered others, tortured American POWs in North Viet-Nam, helped fund and train virtually every terror group on earth and came closest to nuking the U.S.–you may have noticed that Donald “Blood n Guts!” Trump’s comments on these thieves and terrorists (spics to boot) have been curiously (for him) clipped and circumspect.

patton2

(Trump regarding Mexico, China, Japan, Europe, Ay-Rabs, etc…!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

 

givepeacecoke commercial

(Trump regarding Cuba….interesting NO???)

Interestingly, Donald “Blood n Guts!” Trump, who’s gonna “roll over the dirty Mexicans! And the sneaky Chinks and Japs! And the terrorist Ay-Rabs!, etc”.–this same candidate suddenly–when asked about the Castros–suddenly morphed into John and Yoko, with a dash of the old Coke commercial….whimpering his concern  about Castro suing the U.S.?????

Hummmm? Almost sounds like maybe he’s been in touch with people who’ve looked into property issues in Cuba and learned of a potential counter-suit from the Castro-Family-Crime-Syndicate if Americans pressed their ($7 billion in) property claims against them?…Hummmmm?

Gosh? Wonder how a world-famous Hotel builder would be concerned about such matters regarding a place like Cuba?

Gosh? Wonder which of his business chums could possibly be privy to this sort of information?…..Hummmmm?

Can you imagine La GRITERIA (!)  if word got out on Calle Ocho that Trump was in bed with Carlos Saladrigas?!!!

Well, (regarding Cuba policy) getting in bed with Jorge Perez might be even worse.

fidelbook-limbaugh

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

marklevin2

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

Raleighgifchevidgif

“Le RRRONCA!!!”

Castro’s police traditionally treated Cuban Rolling Stones fans like the Hells Angels treated Rolling Stones fans at Altamont. What changed? ( the “reform” explained for Millenials)

Images of the Hell's Angels at the Rolling Stones infamous December 6, 1969 Altamont concert from the movie Gimme Shelter more at www.morethings.com/pictures

Peace & Love, baby!….a truly GROOVY scene at the Rolling Stones’ last free concert, Dec. 1969  at the Altamont Rock “Festival” (outside GROOVY San Francisco) where the Hells Angels provided GROOVY “security.” Right?

altamont2

(“Get ready. When Sonny gives the signal. We’ll start beating the sh*t outta all these HIPPIE FAGGOTS!”)

altamont3

A young black man named Meredith Hunter was stabbed to death by the Angels

altamont6

And many Stones’ fans were beaten savagely with everything from lead-filled pool cues to chains to fists.

altamont4

But the Castro regime’s UMAP forced-labor camps (where many of Cuba’s Rolling Stones fans were incarcerated during 1965-68) saw over 200 hundred young Cubans worked to death, beaten to death, or committing suicide–whereas Altamont saw only one person killed.  So my analogy is hardly precise. 

altamont1wayne's world

You see amigos: Listening to the Rolling Stones used to get young Cubans harassed, beaten and/or jailed by the Castroite police.

So what happened, you ask? I mean, Castroite apparatchiks actually greeted the Rolling Stones at  Havana’s airport! Why the “reform,” you ask? Well:

Take a millennial Bernie Sanders supporter who lives in his divorced mother’s basement room.  Say this mother finally tired of his sloth and stupidity, cut off his allowance and booted him from her basement. So he moved in with his father, who provided the new room, board, allowance and Wi-Fi.

Chances are that the Bernie Sanders supporter would suddenly find a way to extol the virtues of his father and forget all the horrible things he said about him while eagerly agreeing with his mother when he encountered her while raiding the refrigerator or asking for her car keys. Don’t you think? Alas, the son’s sloth and stupidity would probably remain unchanged.

Well, think of the Castro regime as that Bernie Sanders supporter. Back in the early 1990’s his mother (Russia) finally tired of the arrangement and booted him into the “street,” so to speak.

So now Cuba lives with his father (tourism,) while retaining essentially all of his disgusting habits. Living with this new provider requires that Cuba slightly change his “tune” –and slightly modify his behavior–but really nothing major, nothing of substance. “What’s a little lip-service,” the Sanders supporter snickers, “in exchange for room, board and my uninterrupted Wi-Fi?”

In brief, the Castro regime briefly “hooked-up” with the Rolling Stones for the simple expedient of filling its coffers with millions more in tourist money. In the meantime, Castro’s subjects –while allowed to boogie a bit—essentially remain the impoverished and oppressed subjects of a totalitarian regime.

This doesn’t mean young Cubans (especially young blacks like the young black Meredith Hunter, murdered by the Hells Angels at Altamont) aren’t still beaten, jailed, tortured and murdered by Castro’s police. It just means the young Cubans who attend events which help further enrich the Castro-Family-Crime-Syndicate (like last week’s Rolling Stones concert) are mostly safe.

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

fidelbookhorowitz

“A great service for human decency. Every American should read Humberto Fontova’s book (David Horowitz on Fidel; Hollywood’s Favorite Tyrant)

Everything above fully-documented here.

Chevidgif5chebookvideo2

“Le RRRONCA!!!”

Fidel Castro Insults Obama (despite $5 billion from the U.S. to Cuba last year–THANKS TO OBAMA!)

“Cuba has no need of gifts from the U.S.!” Was among the many insults Fidel Castro hurled at President Obama today in a widely publicized column published by his captive (literally!)  press. (Fidel Castro March 28, 2016)

Yet the estimated cash-flow –thanks almost exclusively to President Obama’s executive orders–from the U.S. to Cuba last year was $5 billion.  That’s more than the Russians used to send Castro in the 1970-80’s. (And much of this booty is at the expense of the U.S. taxpayer, as thoroughly documented here.)

putinlaughs3Putin-obama2

Some are highly amused at how they were thus taken off the hook.

This economic lifeline to the Stalinist regime–as we’ve often reported here at BabaluBlog— consists primarily of remittances from the U.S. and travel expenditures by people visiting Cuba from the U.S. This was ALL made possible by Obama–circumventing Congress, and signing executive orders.

quadros-fidelquadros

“Those Americans have a masochistic streak.”( Brazilian President Janio Quadros–on left above– circa 1961.)

Che-seante8

“Le RRRONCA!!!”

marklevin2

I read Humberto Fontova’s book in two sittings–I couldn’t put it down!”  (Mark” The Great One!” Levin)

fidelbook-limbaugh

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

Jimi Hendrix Hated Communists (WHAT?!?)

Jimi-Gif

jimi3trashcanslamgif

“Way to go, JIMI!”

Rolling Stones LATE to play Cuba. LONG preceded by Billy Joel, Jimmy Buffett, MANY OTHERS! (check out the list!)

rollingstonescuba5

buffetcuba

(On left: A delighted Jimmy Buffet smiling from ear to ear while greeting Fidel Castro himself in 1999. On right: Jimmy Buffett who from his base in Key West spends almost as much time in Castro’s fiefdom as in the U.S. wasn’t about to miss Obama’s visit and the Stone’s concert. Here he is last week chumming it up in Havana with John Kerry.)

I’m hearing many outraged chums saying –that owning to the Rolling Stones concert in Cuba–they’ll now “trash!” all their Rolling Stones records!

Well, if you’re a major pop/rock music fan (like me) and that’s the standard for trashing your CDs  you better have a pretty big trash can. And you’ll probably end up with a pretty empty CD rack. Also, you’d best turn your car radio to a classical station–and punch it in permanently. To wit:

We’ve already seen the universally beloved “Mr Margaritaville” himself Jimmy Buffet, not only performing in the Castro fiefdom–but check out his smile when he meets Fidel Castro himself. Moving on now:

Billy Joel, anyone? Is there actually a person out there who DOESN’T have (a ton ) of “favorite” Billy Joel songs?

Well, Billy Joel played in Cuba way back in 1979, before it was even “cool.”

Fleetwood Mac? Can anyone actually say they aren’t enamored of several entire Mac albums? Especially Rumors?

Well, Mick Fleetwood played Cuba in 1999, along with Jimmy Buffett at the Music Bridges concert (i.e. tourism commercial.)…moving on now:

Police, anyone? “Every Breath You Take,” maybe “Every Little Thing She Does is Magic”–are you already bobbing in your chair?…Well, Stuart Copeland and Andy Summers were also on hand with Buffett and Mick Fleetwood. A smitten Andy Summers also implored Fidel Castro to autograph Andy’s treasured copy of  “History Will Absolve Me.”

“Midnight Train to Georgia,” anyone? Can someone honestly tell me they dislike that song” Along with “Friendship Train” and “Heard it Through the Grapevine–is your bootie already bouncing  in your chair from just reading the song titles?

Well, Gladys Knight also gleefully performed during the 1999 Music Bridges concert in the Castro-Family-Fiefdom….moving on now:

“Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head,” What’s it All About, Alfie,” What’s New Pussycat’ can you imagine those famous movies without their famous soundtracks?–all written by Burt Bacharach. Not to mention “Say a Little Prayer,” “Way to San Jose,” “This Guy’s in Love With You”…well I could go on forever…..Burt Bacharach was among the star-studded line-up at  Havana’s Music Bridges in 1999.

“There’s a man with a gun over there…telling me I’ve got to beware …Step out of line, a man comes and takes you away” Was Stephen Stills decrying Castro’s Cuba?

HAH! Instead Stephen Stills was among the headliners at Havana Jam alongside with Billy Joel way back in 1979. In gratitude to his Stalinist hosts Stills’ also composed a song in Fidel Castro’s honor titled “Cuba Al Fin!…moving on now:

“It’s Too late Baby” and “You’ve  Got a Friend” sold pretty well too, you might say….Well, Carole King not only visited the Castro fiefdom–she sang a heartfelt “You’ve Got a Friend” to Fidel Castro in person during that visit in  2002.

“Stairway to Heaven?” OK, maybe that’s not your favorite. But how about No Quarter?  or Dazed and Confused?…Jimmy Page didn’t actually perform in Cuba–but he visited a couple years ago and dutifully bought a Che Guevara poster…moving on now:

 

Which is lovelier? “Both Sides Now? or “Send in the Clowns?” that’s a toughie. Both songs shine.

Well, back in 1967 Judy Collins also composed a heartfelt song titled “Che”–You guessed it: a love anthem by the grief-stricken Judy Collins to Che Guevara upon his death.

“Help me Make it Through the Night,’ and  “Me and Bobby Mc Gee” were both popularized by  songstresses. But both of these timeless and widely beloved ballads were written by Kris Kristoferson–who was an eager participant in the 1999 Havana music extravaganza Music Bridges. Not to be outdone he also composed  titled “Mal Sacate” where he refers to Che Guevara as a “murdered hero.”…moving on now:

zz-top

“Gimme All Your Loving”–“Sharp Dressed man?” Who DOESN’T love ZZ-Top’s greatest hits?!–and especially the videos!!!

Well, ZZ Top’s guitarist Billy Gibbons played in Havana only a few months ago….moving on now:

fidelgif2

In one of the many ironies that make life unfailingly interesting– compared to the music idols and titans mentioned above–when it comes to promoting Castroism– Carlos Santana (historically much-reviled here at Babalu Blog for his Che T-Shirt) comes across as a  D-lister in the genre. Thank heaven for small favors.

\

All items above fully-documented in these internationally acclaimed books.

Fidelbookbotella2

“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)

Chevideo-main

Le RRRONCA!!!

Why pick on the Rolling Stones for playing in Cuba? (check out how a smitten Jimmy Buffett smilingly greets Fidel Castro himself!)

buffetcuba

(On left: A delighted Jimmy Buffet smiling from ear to ear while greeting Fidel Castro himself in 1999. On right: Jimmy Buffett who from his base in Key West spends almost as much time in Castro’s fiefdom as in the U.S. wasn’t about to miss Obama’s visit and the Stone’s concert. Here he is last week chumming it up in Havana with John Kerry.)

I’m hearing many outraged chums saying –that owning to the Rolling Stones concert in Cuba–they’ll now “trash!” all their Rolling Stones records!

Well, if you’re a major pop/rock music fan (like me) and that’s the standard for trashing your CDs  you better have a pretty big trash can. And you’ll probably end up with a pretty empty CD rack. Also, you’d best turn your car radio to a classical station–and punch it in permanently. To wit:

We’ve already seen the universally beloved “Mr Margaritaville” himself Jimmy Buffet, not only performing in the Castro fiefdom–but check out his smile when he meets Fidel Castro himself. Moving on now:

Billy Joel, anyone? Is there actually a person out there who DOESN’T have (a ton ) of “favorite” Billy Joel songs?

Well, Billy Joel played in Cuba way back in 1979, before it was even “cool.”

Fleetwood Mac? Can anyone actually say they aren’t enamored of several entire Mac albums? Especially Rumors?

Well, Mick Fleetwood played Cuba in 1999, along with Jimmy Buffett at the Music Bridges concert (i.e. tourism commercial.)…moving on now:

Police, anyone? “Every Breath You Take,” maybe “Every Little Thing She Does is Magic”–are you already bobbing in your chair?…Well, Stuart Copeland and Andy Summers were also on hand with Buffett and Mick Fleetwood. A smitten Andy Summers also implored Fidel Castro to autograph Andy’s treasured copy of  “History Will Absolve Me.”

“Midnight Train to Georgia,” anyone? Can someone honestly tell me they dislike that song” Along with “Friendship Train” and “Heard it Through the Grapevine–is your bootie already bouncing  in your chair from just reading the song titles?

Well, Gladys Knight also gleefully performed during the 1999 Music Bridges concert in the Castro-Family-Fiefdom….moving on now:

“Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head,” What’s it All About, Alfie,” What’s New Pussycat’ can you imagine those famous movies without their famous soundtracks?–all written by Burt Bacharach. Not to mention “Say a Little Prayer,” “Way to San Jose,” “This Guy’s in Love With You”…well I could go on forever…..Burt Bacharach was among the star-studded line-up at  Havana’s Music Bridges in 1999.

“There’s a man with a gun over there…telling me I’ve got to beware …Step out of line, a man comes and takes you away” Was Stephen Stills decrying Castro’s Cuba?

HAH! Instead Stephen Stills was among the headliners at Havana Jam alongside with Billy Joel way back in 1979. In gratitude to his Stalinist hosts Stills’ also composed a song in Fidel Castro’s honor titled “Cuba Al Fin!…moving on now:

“It’s Too late Baby” and “You’ve  Got a Friend” sold pretty well too, you might say….Well, Carole King not only visited the Castro fiefdom–she sang a heartfelt “You’ve Got a Friend” to Fidel Castro in person during that visit in  2002.

“Stairway to Heaven?” OK, maybe that’s not your favorite. But how about No Quarter?  or Dazed and Confused?…Jimmy Page didn’t actually perform in Cuba–but he visited a couple years ago and dutifully bought a Che Guevara poster…moving on now:

 

Which is lovelier? “Both Sides Now? or “Send in the Clowns?” that’s a toughie. Both songs shine.

Well, back in 1967 Judy Collins also composed a heartfelt song titled “Che”–You guessed it: a love anthem by the grief-stricken Judy Collins to Che Guevara upon his death.

“Help me Make it Through the Night,’ and  “Me and Bobby Mc Gee” were both popularized by  songstresses. But both of these timeless and widely beloved ballads were written by Kris Kristoferson–who was an eager participant in the 1999 Havana music extravaganza Music Bridges. Not to be outdone he also composed  titled “Mal Sacate” where he refers to Che Guevara as a “murdered hero.”…moving on now:

zz-top

“Gimme All Your Loving”–“Sharp Dressed man?” Who DOESN’T love ZZ-Top’s greatest hits?!–and especially the videos!!!

Well, ZZ Top’s guitarist Billy Gibbons played in Havana only a few months ago….moving on now:

fidelgif2

In one of the many ironies that make life unfailingly interesting– compared to the music idols and titans mentioned above–when it comes to promoting Castroism– Carlos Santana (historically much-reviled here at Babalu Blog for his Che T-Shirt) comes across as a  D-lister. Thank heaven for small favors.

\

All items above fully-documented in these internationally acclaimed books.

Fidelbookbotella2

“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)

Chevideo-main

Le RRRONCA!!!

Rolling Stones Havana Concert (i.e. tourism commercial for Stalinist regime) fills Stalinist-regime coffers (exactly as Babalu Blog predicted months ago)

che-laghinggif

“Fine with me, Mick!” snickers Che Guevara. “As usual, morons worldwide regard your Havana concert –and everything associated with it– as “cheeky” and “cool.” But I know it’s actually a tourism scheme to further enrich my former comrades Fidel and Raul–so be my guests! Knock yourselves out!

rollingstonescubarolllingstonescuba2

“Gosh? but you don’t LOOK, Cuban?!” What Cuban-American hasn’t heard that in a social setting?

Well, that famous (for Cuban-Americans) line better applies to maybe half the crowd at yesterday’s Cuban Rolling Stones concert–and for an excellent reason.

They weren’t Cubans. They were foreigners filling the coffers of the Castro-Family-Crime-Syndicate with their $Dollars, Loonies, Euros, etc.  The AP estimates half the crowd in front were foreigners.

Our friend Zoe Valdes reports that just the the concert/ flight/package from France cost 3000 Euros. And that’s before these tourists even arrived in the Castro family-fiefdom and started spending mucho dinero in all the tourism facilities–from restaurants to hotels–owned by the Castro-Family-Crime-Syndicate.

From the minute it was announced Babalu blog called out the concert as a blatant “tourism commercial.” As usual we were spot-on.

Keep your eye on the ball, amigos. Last week Obama’s “courageous!” and “eye-opening!” speech in Havana (as described even by many normally astute–but temporarily deluded — Cuba-watchers)  was simply a left-handed  ploy to disguise what Obama’s right hand was pulling (filling the Castro regime’s coffers.) An estimated $5 billion in remittances and travel expenses from the U.S. crammed into Cuba regime coffers last year– thanks almost exclusively to Obama’s executive orders. (That’s more than the Soviets sent annually to Cuba during the 1970,’s and 80’s, by the way.) So the Castros chuckled off the speech as a mildy irksome “cost of doing business.”

This week everybody’s giddy about the “changes!” in Cuba “as demonstrated by “the Rolling Stones concert!” Jagger himself kicked off the concert with: “We know that years ago, it was difficult to listen to our music in Cuba.. I think that, finally, the times are changing. That’s true, no?”

joan rivers

“Can we talk?”

In fact, the only thing that changed in Cuba from the 1960’s (when Rolling Stones’ music was verboten) is that tourism is now a major source of income for the Castro-Family-Crime-Syndicate–and The Rolling Stones are greatly contributing to that income.

rollingstonescuba4castro mandela-5

So the Rolling Stones (like other pop celebrities) are now QUITE welcome in Cuba. Indeed they were met at the airport by a Communist apparatchik named Orlando Vistel who heads the Stalinist regime’s “Cuban Institute of Music.” End of story.

So again, amigos: keep your eye on the ball. In a nutshell that ball is: income and power for the Castro-Family-Crime-Syndicate–which means CASH!–from whatever source. Submit everything you read and hear from the media about Cuba to that test (will it further enrich and empower the Castro-Family-Crime -Syndicate, while keeping the bulk of the Cuban people poor, stupid, powerless and  distracted?) Do this and everything in Cuba will make perfect sense.

lr-nugeblurb

Humberto’s books read like my concerts sound Rock-ON, my Warrior Blood Brother!!!” (Ted Nugent)

marklevin2

“I read Humberto Fontova’s book in two sittings. I couldn’t put it down!” (Best-selling author and radio superstar Mark Levin)

fidelbookgif

“Le RRRONCA!!!”

 

Rolling Stones (who boycotted Apartheid South Africa) arrive in (Apartheid/Stalinist) Cuba ( to produce tourism commercial and further enrich racist regime)

rollingstones_arrive_160325.nbcnews-ux-1080-600

fusilamientos4

black-prisonerfusilamiento3

The scenes above depict the treatment of blacks by the Stalinist regime which will be netting  $ billions  as a direct result of the tourism commercial gleefully produced for them by the Rolling Stones today. ( Above right, please note the race of the Castroite firing squad and it’s commander –as compared to the race of their (untried) victim on Jan. 12, 1959. Usually liberals condemn  such things as “lynchings!”)

The Rolling Stones are reknown for their tributes to black music and musicians–and often ape their  “anti-racism” for the international media.  Keith Richards and Ron Wood, for instance,  were both  proud and prominent in “Artists United Against Apartheid,” condemning and boycotting Apartheid South Africa. 

fusilamiento3keithronlaugh

But The Rolling Stones  will now help entrench and enrich a Stalinist regime that jailed and tortured the most and longest-suffering black political prisoners in the modern history of the Western hemisphere–many, MANY more than did Apartheid South Africa in fact. Full documentation for this racist horror found here. 

lrcanada3

castro-kissgif

(Fidel Castro cannot thank his business partners enough)

The “edgy” and “rebellious” and “anti-establishment” Rolling Stones recently grovelled for permission from racist/Stalinist octogenarians (who once criminalized their music and herded many of its listeners into forced-labor camps at Soviet bayonet-point) to play in their police state. (i.e. produce a free tourism commercial for the Stalinists.)

raul-laugh2

(Raul Castro can only snicker at his good fortune)

The permission was granted and the “rebellious” and “snarky”  Rolling Stones (who boycotted South Africa’s Sun City) are scheduled to gratefully and obediently play with the good graces of the racist/Stalinists in Havana on March 25th.

fusilamiento3

 In fact, while the Rolling Stones perform Brown Sugar in Havana black women will probably be (literally) whipped by Stalinist police and goon-squads within walking distance of the concert venue–and not only “just around mid-night.”

Too bad Brian Jones isn’t around to participate in this truly “historic” event..

brian jones-nazi

Che-seante8

“Le RRRONCA!!!”

Keith Richards and Ron Wood were both  proud and prominent in “Artists United Against Apartheid” condemning and boycotting Apartheid South Africa. , which jailed many FEWER black political prisoners than did Castro’s Cuba, and treated them much more decently.

fidelbookhorowitz

“A great service for human decency. Every American should read Humberto’s book.” (David Horowitz)

“Humberto Fontova’s books read like my concerts sound–Rock-ON! My Warrior Blood-Brother!” (Ted Nugent)