“El Caballero de Paris” gives Raul a hug but not cash

We’ve seen here in the pages of Babalu that Raul Castro is in Paris.

We’ve also heard that France is very anxious to invest in Cuba.

So why doesn’t France invest in Cuba rather than call on the US to drop the embargo? Nobody is stopping France or any other country from going to Cuba and investing in the island.

Why call for an end to the embargo?

The answer is simple.   France, like so many other countries, are not putting a dime in Cuba after having to restructure, or even forgive, debts.

France wants the US to end the embargo so that the Castro regime has credit lines to purchase French goods and services.

So what really happened in Paris?

Raul got a hug and the kind of military salute that his ego needs.   However, “El Caballero de Paris” did not give him what Castro Inc desperately needs, i.e. dinero!

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Maybe Hillary should call Bernie her “93% amigo socialista”

Over the last few days, many Democrats have expressed concerns about Senator Sanders. They are basically saying that Bernie Sanders is a socialist and not electable, as we heard from Senator McCaskill.

Nevertheless, are they really that different? Here are the voting records, according to Derek Willis:

“Hillary Rodham Clinton is a liberal Democrat on domestic matters, and Bernie Sanders is a socialist. They voted the same way 93 percent of the time in the two years they shared in the Senate.

In fact, from January 2007 to January 2009, Mrs. Clinton, representing New York, voted with Mr. Sanders about as often as she did with the like-minded Democrats Ron Wyden of Oregon and Barbara Mikulski of Maryland.”

So what is the difference between them? Not much! 93% is a pretty big number.

To be fair, this is only a 2 year sample but let me repeat that 93% is a big number.

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Happy # 82 to Camilo Pascual

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As a young kid, my favorite Cuban baseball player was Camilo Pascual.  He pitched most his career for the original Washington Senators who became the Minnesota Twins in 1961.

As a Senator, Pascual pitched for very bad teams.   It got better when the team moved to Minnesota and the Twins became a perennial contender with a young Harmon Killebrew, power hitter Bob Allison,  the very good lefty Jim Kaat and fellow Cubans Tony Oliva & Zoilo Versalles.

His numbers were great with the Twins:   20-11 in 1962 and 20-9 in 1963.     He led the league in strikeouts 3 years in a row.  In other words, he was one of the best right handed pitchers in baseball.

Overall, he won 176 games with a very good 3.63 career ERA.    He would have easily won 230 games with a better team!

We say happy birthday to one of my heroes.    I don’t know what Camilo is doing these days.   I read a few years ago that he was scouting for the Twins in Latin America.

Happy birthday to the great Camilo.

“El Chapo” and “el rifle”

Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman.

We learned today about a rifle in El Chapo’s collection.

According to a news report, El Chapo and Fast & Furious may have met years ago:

“A .50-caliber rifle found at Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s hideout in Mexico was funneled through the gun-smuggling investigation known as Fast and Furious, sources confirmed Tuesday to Fox News.

A .50-caliber is a massive rifle that can stop a car or, as it was intended, take down a helicopter.

After the raid on Jan. 8 in the city of Los Mochis that killed five of his men and wounded one Mexican marine, officials found a number of weapons inside the house where Guzman was staying, including the rifle, officials said.”

How many more of these sophisticated high powered weapons ended up with cartel leaders or their guards? We don’t know but the finding of this rifle raises more questions about a very flawed program and an administration that does not believe in accountability.

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