“La vieja mentirosa”: The story of Hillary and her emails!

 

 

How can this woman run for president?

A new State Department audit came out this week confirming that Mrs Clinton did not play by the rules.

We remind you that Mrs Clinton was Secretary of State during this period.

In other words, this is a case of the boss playing by her own rules, i.e. the Clinton way!

This is part of the report:

The report noted that by the time Clinton took the helm of the department, internal guidance was “considerably more detailed and more sophisticated.”
Yet, the report said, “Secretary Clinton used mobile devices to conduct official business using the personal email account on her private server extensively, as illustrated by the 55,000 pages of material making up the approximately 30,000 emails she provided to the Department in December 2014.” The report said investigators found “no evidence that the Secretary requested or obtained guidance or approval to conduct official business via a personal email account on her private server.”

By any objective standard, she should withdraw her candidacy.  How can a person this reckless about national security be president?

Clinton defenders need to stop defending her and demand her immediate withdrawal.

Politics aside, Mrs Clinton did not play by the rules that the federal government requires of everyone else.

How can someone with such contempt for the rules be the chief executive officer of the US?

What would happen to any head of a company or department if they did not respect the company rules?

What would happen to any government department manager under such circumstances?

We do know that the State Department under Mrs Clinton did dismiss an ambassador for using a private e-mail to conduct the embassy business.

In simple terms, she is disqualified to be president!  It’s time for her supporters to face the facts and move on.  Call VP Biden as soon as you can!

Last, but not least, who kept all of this information from President Obama? Didn’t the IT people at The White House pick up on any of these irregularities?

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“Nada nuevo” or Univision being Univision

 

 

We learned this week that the head of Univision has already voted for president:

The chairman of Univision, the largest Spanish language TV network in the United States, is reportedly the single biggest donor to presidential Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton and her husband former President Bill Clinton.

According to an investigation on Clinton donations by the Washington Post, Haim Saban and his wife Cheryl, a women’s advocate and author, donated $2.4 million to Clinton political campaigns since 1992 — 39 contributions over the past two decades. Separately, the couple also donated at least $10 million to the Clinton Foundation, the investigation shows.

It’s a free country and the head of Univision can do whatever he wants with his money. It’d be nice if Univision would tell its viewers but that’s life.

It’s a free country for me too and I can agree with Ruben Navarrete about Univision:

Republicans seem to have finally figured out the Spanish translation for “Democrats’ Communications Department.” It’s pronounced: “Univision.”

Univision doing its part to elect Democrats.   So what’s new?
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“Oye Clinton”: Every Mexican flag means 1 million new votes for Trump!

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Once again, we see people carrying Mexican flags at anti-Trump rallies.   It happened in New Mexico.

As my Babalu friends know, I did not support Mr Trump.    I’m still wrestling with the awful choice of Trump and the Clinton he recently said would make a great president.

Nevertheless, the Mexican flags are back and someone in the Clinton camp should take note urgently.

Who do these people think they are? They are entitled to opposing Trump but do they understand how divisive these images are?

Furthermore, what does the Mexican flag mean anyway?  Do these young people know about Mexico’s immigration laws?    

Memo to Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Univision and Vicente Fox: Tell your supporters to keep the flags home.     

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Sad to see Caracas today!

 

(My new American Thinker post)

Once upon a time, such as the late 1990s, Caracas was one of the great cities of Latin America.

It didn’t have tango like Buenos Aires or a carnival like Rio but it had all of the signs of a cosmopolitan modern city. I remember a couple of business trips down there and it was a great city. I recall an Italian restaurant across from the hotel that made you feel like it was the Venezuelans who really invented lasagna and pasta.

That was then and this is now. Like the once-great city of Havana, Caracas is now one gigantic mess.

We just learned from our friend Dr. Carlos Eire that there’s even a shortage of Coca Cola:

As the Normalization Circus continues to gain strength,  the Castronoid colony of Caracastan is going into an ever steeper death spiral.

It seems that  the final unfolding of the Bolivarian Revolution has arrived.

It’s dreadful, as dreadful as dreadful ever gets…. as dreadful as it was in the island nation formerly known as Cuba some fifty-odd years ago.

In that Cuba of long ago it only took about two years to reach the implosion now being experienced by Venezuela.

And in that long-dead Cuba — now known as the Castro Kingdom — the implosion has been going on for over half a century.

Can Venezuela find a way out?  Perhaps.  But only if King Raul’s storm troopers are sent back home immediately

Oh, the wonders of 21st century socialism!

But don’t expect to find many journalists blaming the Venezuelapocalypse on socialism.

No.  All of these calamities are due to falling oil prices, “mismanagement,” and political turmoil caused by those selfish bastards who can’t appreciate socialism.

A few years ago, a Latin American friend went to Cuba and took lots of pictures of Havana. My parents nearly cried as they saw some of the photos of the city. It was like seeing pictures of a son or daughter wasting away and with zero self-esteem.The elegance of Havana was gone. The decadence of communism was all around.

My guess is that many Venezuelans must be having the same reaction.

Nothing is perfect, but Caracas was one of those cities that you were happy to visit. It had fantastic cuisine and a very modern infrastructure. You could see people working hard but enjoying life as Venezuelans know how to do. Like pre-Castro Cuba, the people were hardworking, elegant, and knew how to throw a party!

Memo to the thousands madly in love with Bernie Sanders: Take a trip to Caracas and you will see what “Sanderismo” looks like.

And make sure you bring a roll of toilet paper just in case the hotel or your host runs out!

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Obama, Ho & Che

U.S. President Barack Obama, left, and Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang shake hands at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi, Vietnam, Monday, May 23, 2016. The president is on a weeklong trip to Asia as part of his effort to pay more attention to the region and boost economic and security cooperation. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

President Obama’s last year in office has been marked by two awful photos.

The first one was in Cuba with Che in the background.   It caused an outrage as many of you remember reading in this blog.

President Obama’s latest photo will upset more than just Cuban Americans. In other words, most Americans remember Ho Chi Minh and the 60,000 troops lost in Vietnam.

President Obama did not have to stand in front of these tributes to Che and Ho.

He could have told the leaders of Cuba and Vietnam that such displays were unacceptable.

So what does it say about President Obama?   It tells us that he is ignorant of history and not too concerned about the families of those killed in Vietnam.    He is the Obama who sat in Reverend Wight’s church all of those years!
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Happy May 20th to all of my Cuban friends

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Back in 1902, Cuba became an independent country after 400 years as a Spanish colony (1492-1898) and the US occupation (1898-1902).

JM Sierra recalls the moment:

“May 20. Tomás Estrada Palma is sworn in as president, and the Cuban flag is finally allowed to fly over Havana.”

As one of those of us who grew up in the US, I always found May 20 as a great day to learn about Cuba.

My grandmother, who died in 1984, left Cuba and would share her stories often.    She was a young girl on May 20, 1902 and told me a lot about the day.   She remember flags all over and a great sense of optimism every where.

My parents also had their own stories, specially from their school activities.   I recall my mother telling me about the parade in Ciego de Avila.   Her family lived across Parque Marti.

My father had many tales of events in Sagua la Grande.     By the way, this is the first May 20th since my father died last December.   I miss chatting with him about this day.

I learned a lot of Cuba history hearing their memories of May 20.

May 20 is actually bittersweet for many of us.   We remember Independence Day 1902 but understand that Cuba is not free today.

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Jose Marti would say NO to shaking hands with the Castro regime

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We remember that Jose Marti died on May 19, 1895.   It’s an important date for most Cubans.

How should we remember Jose Marti or live up to his ideals?

We can do two things.

First,  support Cuban bloggers, dissidents & “Las Damas”.   They are persecuted by the Castro dictatorship for posting their thoughts online or expressing them in public.   

Second, don’t legitimize the Castro brothers by treating them like elected leaders or representatives of the Cuban people.  They don’t deserve it.   The Cuban people have never selected this regime.   In fact, thousands have fled the regime over the years.

Sitting down with dictators like Fidel and Raul Castro?   Jose Marti would say no!   

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“Sillas y golpes” when the Democrats gather in Nevada

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We all got caught up in the Texas-Toronto baseball fight, a.k.a. “the Odor in Bautista’s face punch”!

However, that was not the only fight in the news.

How divided is the Democrat Party?   It got very nasty in Nevada between the Sanders and Clinton troops, according to news reports:

Supporters of Bernie Sanders lost their cool at the Nevada Democratic convention Saturday night after the Hillary Clinton campaign successfully challenged the credentials of 60 Sanders delegates–mostly for not being official Democrats.

Videos quickly emerged online showing Sanders supporters clashing with Clinton supporters and shouting down Clinton surrogate Senator Barbara Boxer of California. According to Nevada political reporter Jon Ralston, security ended the convention when Bernie’s supporters ramped up the action.

Frankly, the Sanders people are just starting to get angry.   Wait until they get to the convention and find out that the party nomination process is one gigantic fix to nominate Hillary Clinton.

Some will throw punches but most won’t vote for Clinton. That will be the biggest punch in the face of all!

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Very bad weekend for the left in Caracas, Buenos Aires and Brasilia

 

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(My new American Thinker post)

All of a sudden, the lefties of South America are running for cover.

Let’s start in Argentina, where ex-President Fernandez has just been indicted:

A judge in Argentina on Friday indicted former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and other officials on charges of manipulating the nation’s Central Bank during the final months of her administration.
Mrs. Kirchner and the officials are accused of entering into contracts to sell the Central Bank’s dollars at below-market rates during her presidency in order to shore up the Argentine peso.
The judge, Claudio Bonadio, said that it was “unthinkable that a financial operation of this magnitude” could have been carried out without the explicit approval of “the highest political and economic decision makers of government.”
Judge Bonadio will now deepen his investigation, legal experts said, to decide whether the case goes to trial or is dismissed. Mrs. Kirchner can appeal her indictment.

Mrs. Fernandez followed her late husband Mr. Kirchner in the presidency.  I guess that corruption finally caught up with them.  At the same time, the couple has a lot of supporters in the public bureaucracy so don’t count your chickens yet.

By the way, Nestor and Christina Kirchner remind me a lot of the Clintons.

Over in Brazil, President Rauseff will be watching the Olympics from home rather than presiding over the opening ceremony as head of state.  A trial has begun that could remove her permanently from the office.  In the meantime, there will be an interim president.

Over in Venezuela, the situation has now hit the “expletive deleted” fan.  President Maduro has declared a 60-day emergency because of what he defines as threats from the US government.

These 3 crises have a few things in common beyond the fact that the leaders where once the darlings of the left.

First, corruption is rampant, a natural consequence of concentration of power or using state resources to win elections.  It worked great in Venezuela and Brazil as long as commodities and oil prices supported the inefficient state operations.

Second, the economies of Argentina, Brazil and Venezuela are basket cases.

Brazil, one of the top 10 GDPs in the world, is mired in a deep recession.

Argentina is a better off but still paying the price of the Kirchner-Fernandez disregard for the rule of law.

And Venezuela is such a disaster that we won’t cite numbers because the country is indeed falling apart.

Argentina will be the first to improve because President Macri is already correcting the excesses of his predecessors.

Brazil and Venezuela could descend into chaos.

As my late father used to say, socialism is great as long as the subsidized get their subsidies.  If not, the subsidized turn on the ones who made the promises, as is the case in Venezuela and Brazil.

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Happy # 74 to Tony Perez, the pride of Ciego de Avila

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We remember today Atanasio (Rigal) Perez, the pride of Ciego de Avila and member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Tony broke with the Cincinnati Reds in the summer of 1964.   He went on to have a wonderful major league career:  2,777 games, 2,732 hits, 379 HR, 1,659 RBI and a very good .279 career batting average.

Tony’s career was more than numbers. He was the steady bat in a Reds’ team that won 4 NL titles and the World Series in 1975 and 1976.

Willie Stargell spoke for many of his fellow players:  ““With men in scoring position and the game on the line…Tony’s the last guy an opponent wanted to see.””

Tony had many big hits for the Reds Machine in the 1970s.   He is best remembered for a big homer in game 7 of the 1975 World Series:

 

We remember Mike Cuellar (1937-2010)

 

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Question: Who was the first Latino to win the Cy Young Award? The answer is Mike Cuellar, who shared the award with Denny McLain in 1969.

We remember Miguel Angel Santana Cuellar today.

Mike was born May 8, 1937 in Las Villas.  He started in the Reds’ organization and played with The Sugar Kings, Havana’s AAA franchise. He spent the next few years between Cincinnati and Houston, where he won 16 games in 1967.

Cuellar was traded to the Orioles and won 139 games over the next 7 seasons. He was one of the most effective pitchers in the American League and won 20-games in 4 different seasons. He pitched a complete game to win the 1970 World Series for Baltimore.

During his brilliant career, he won 185 games to go with a 3.14 ERA. He also completed 172 starts!

Without question, one of the best Latino pitchers ever. Mike died in 2010.    He was voted # 27 in the Top 40 Orioles of all time.

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“Cinco de Mayo 101” for Miami Cubans

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(My new American Thinker post)

You probably saw a lot of celebrations around the theme of “Cinco de Mayo” in Dallas and elsewhere.   Count me in.  I love the day because there is Mexican food all over town as well as those little girls dancing in their traditional dresses.

This is what real diversity is. In other words, Americans celebrating their ethnic origins.

So what’s the big deal about “Cinco de Mayo”? What do we have these parties?

Allan Wall has a good summary for those of us who are not Mexican or studied Mexican history in school:

“Cinco de Mayo, literally “May the 5th,” is the holiday celebrating the Mexican victory over the French army on May the 5th, 1862, at Puebla, east of Mexico City.”

In the U.S., specially in the Southwest, “Cinco de Mayo” has turned into a Mexican version of St. Patrick’s Day in Boston, Columbus Day in New York or Polish Day in Chicago.

“Cinco de Mayo” is a Mexican-American celebration. Every year, our parades have gotten bigger and bigger.

As Mr. Wall writes, “Cinco de Mayo” is a very good day for local retail merchants :

“Cinco de Mayo is also a big beer-drinking day, with Mexican beer brands doing 5-10 percent of their U.S. sales for the occasion.”

So pass the beer, the chips and those wonderful enchiladas. I’ll catch the Rangers in Toronto and tell my friends again that “Cinco de Mayo” is not Mexico’s July 4th!

“Cinco de Mayo” is just a fun day to eat Mexican food!

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