Yes, there are some “very bad hombres” in Mexico

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Did he say it?    There is a story that President Trump told President Pena-Nieto that there are some “very bad hombres” on the border.

This is an account of the alleged incident:

“You have a bunch of bad hombres down there,” Trump told Pena Nieto, according to the excerpt given to AP. “You aren’t doing enough to stop them. I think your military is scared. Our military isn’t, so I just might send them down to take care of it.”

No one is confirming anything.   However, you don’t need to be an expert on the US-Mexico border to know there are indeed many “bad hombres” running around.

Since 2006, when President Calderon employed the military to fight the cartels, it is believed that 80,000 people have been killed.    I have seen 100,000 in other sources!

Let’s put that figure in some context.    Mexico has a population of 100 million people.  It would translate into 240,000 in the US over a 10-year period.

We are not suggesting that President Trump sends troops to fight cartels.  However, he is exactly right that there are some “very bad hombres” killing a lot of innocent people south of the border.

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Neil Gorsuch, a judge who understands “judging”

Judge Neil Gorsuch (C) and his wife Marie Louise look on, after US President Donald Trump nominated him for the Supreme Court, at the White House in Washington, DC, on January 31, 2017. Trump named Judge Neil Gorsuch as his Supreme Court nominee. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan SMIALOWSKI

Our politics is getting sillier by the minute.  Democrats don’t show up for votes in the U.S. Senate.  People are marching against a Supreme Court nominee before he is named.

Let’s look at more silliness:

First, the New York Times beat the drums of “the stolen seat.”

What stolen seat?   Didn’t then Senator Biden (1992) and Senator Schumer (2008) say that the US Senate should not consider a nomination in the last year of a president?

Second, some Democrats are now saying that President Trump should not appoint a conservative judge because he is a plurality president.   So were  President Clinton and President Kennedy, but they put their people on the court.

Neil Gorsuch comes on the scene at a time when Democrats have little power but very loud supporters.  They’ve also been taking over by interest groups that only care about abortion, same-sex marriage, or men who want to use a woman’s bathroom. They’ve completely forgotten about the millions who live in the real world.

Time will tell, as it always does. So far, I am pleased that Judge Gorsuch said last night that he believes that legislatures, not judges, write laws.    Finally, a judge who understands “judging”.

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Our family never felt we had a ‘right’ to move to the US

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Our family came to the U.S. from Cuba in the fall of 1964. It was a process that took months, in part because we had to be “vetted” or acquire legal entry to the U.S..

We wanted to move to the U.S. and leave a communist regime. We also understood that the U.S. had the last word. In other words, we did not have a right to come to the U.S.

This is what makes these “marches” so strange, as Rich Lowry wrote:

Nowhere is it written that the United States can never tap the brakes on immigration. 

For much of the political class and for an inflamed left, any new restriction is tantamount to melting down the Statue of Liberty. 

This is an ahistorical attitude that desperately needs a corrective.

President Trump, in scattershot fashion, is setting out to provide one.

To be honest, the Trump order was poorly implemented and did open the door to Democrats looking for anything to criticize.  I hope that the White House learned its lesson and will be more careful in the future.

It’s easy to second guess but a brief speech to the nation would have made it a lot easier to process this order.   My guess is that most people watching the speech would have focused on the merits of the order rather than the very few cases at airports.

So where did we go from vetting is a reasonable thing, as my parents believed, to calling everyone a racist if you believe in reviewing procedures?

I am not sure, but somewhere along the way the Democrat Party was taken over by people who don’t believe in borders or understand national security.

My suggestion is that we send all of these protesters to Europe, especially the women, and give them a Refugee 101 class.

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We remember Sandy Amoros (1930-1992)

Edmundo (Isasi) Amoros was born in La Habana on this day in 1930. He died in Miami in 1992.

Sandy Amoros, as he was known in the majors, broke with the Dodgers in 1952. He was a part time outfielder, a platoon hitter facing primarily right handed pitchers. Amoros was also a late inning defensive replacement.

Amoros also played in the Cuban winter league.    I remember my father speaking about him.

His biggest moment was game 7 in the 1955 World Series.   Amoros made a running catch and then threw back to short stop Pee Wee Reese who then doubled off a Yankee runner at first base.  It killed the rally and preserved the eventual 2-0 shutout and the only Brooklyn Dodgers’ World Series victory.

It turned the Cuban outfielder into one of the biggest heroes in Brooklyn baseball history.

This is how they recall the play at The Society of Baseball Research:

On October 4, 1955, outfielder Edmundo Amorós helped “Next Year” arrive at last for the Brooklyn Dodgers. His racing catch off Yogi Berra near the left-field line at Yankee Stadium saved the Bums’ 2-0 lead in Game Seven of the World Series. Johnny Podres held on for the remaining three innings to bring Brooklyn its only title. The grab by Amorós still stands as one of the greatest in Series history, and it was the defining moment of the Cuban’s career.

Amoros played 7 years and retired with a .255 career batting and did hit 16 HR in 114 games in 1956.

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Where were the marches about the Cubans?

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The airports are a bit crowded today with people protesting President Trump’s latest executive order.

Yet, they were empty when President Obama blocked the Cubans, or for that matter when Mexico deported some back to the island.

Rep. Diaz Balart of South Florida pointed out the double standard:

Obama on January 12 ended the nation’s “wet-foot, dry-foot” policy which for the past two decades had allowed Cubans to remain legally in the United States if they were able to set foot on U.S. land.
The Cuban government had been seeking an end to the policy and it followed Obama’s decision to renew diplomatic and economic ties with the country, which is still controlled by a dictatorship.

We ask again: what happened to the self righteous marchers? The answer is that George Soros did not want to pay for a march against President Obama.

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Lopez-Rivera, the women march and other topics with Fausta Rodriguez-Wertz

Guest:  Fausta Rodriguez Wertz, the editor of Fausta’s Blog……….the Trump inauguration and the women marches…….President Pena-Nieto to meet with President Trump this month….a plane crash in Brazil….the Lopez-Rivera commutation……….and other stories   

Week 1: Trump reverses an abortion policy


This is good news, especially if you believe that abortion is wrong.

President Trump reversed one of President Obama’s most odious executive orders on abortion:

President Trump on Monday reversed the Obama administration’s 2009 decision that let the money flow. The decision means nonprofits abroad will have to end patient counseling in which abortion is mentioned or forgo U.S. dollars.
The rule is known as the “Mexico City policy” by its supporters and the “global gag rule” by its foes. It was first instituted by President Ronald Reagan during a conference in Mexico City in 1984.

Elections have consequences.    Hillary Clinton would not have signed this order.

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Sorry Lopez-Rivera but Dr. Biscet is the real political prisoner


As some in the left cheer the commutation of Oscar Lopez-Rivera’s sentence, their romantic choice of a political prisoner in the U.S., a real political prisoner was arrested in Cuba.

We are talking about Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet, the well known dissident who got in trouble with the Castro regime years ago when he refused to perform abortions.

This is a report from Cuba:

Dr Oscar Elias Biscet has been arrested by the Regime once again. Dr Biscet was last seen by his wife around noon today as he was headed for an internet venue.

According to neighbors, the Regime’s security agents mounted an operation near the intersection of 7ma and Santa Catalina in Havana, where they took him in the same police car used in his unlawful arrest last week, Patrol Car 228.

Shortly after leaving his home at noon his wife called his cell phone but calls were unattended.

After some inquiries neighbors confirmed the arrest and sting operation to his wife Elsa Morejon, who called me to inform us of the arrest.  He was released later this evening.

Dr Biscet is the recipient of the US Presidential Medal of Freedom and a Candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize.

He has served approximately 12 years in prison, as a prisoner of conscience for his opposition to the Cuban regime. He is devout Christian and a committed friend of Israel.

We pray for Dr. Biscet’s safety.   Arresting dissidents and keeping the families in the dark is the way that the Castro regime intimidates Cubans in the island.

We call on President Obama to issue a statement before leaving office that this arrest is wrong and not in the spirit of “change”.   Or maybe better, Mr. Trump should halt all negotiations with Cuba until Dr. Biscet is released.

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Oscar López Rivera: President Obama’s obscene gift to the anti US left



The Manning story has been getting all the attention.   By the way, I don’t think that President Obama would have commuted the sentence if Chelsea was still Bradley.   In other words, this is preposterous pandering to transgender groups in the Democrat Party.   It’s easy to be cynical after eight years of President Obama.

Another story is getting less attention. I am talking about the case of Oscar López Rivera. His sentence was commuted, too.

Lopez Rivera was no such thing, as Matthew Hennessey wrote:

During the 1970s and 80s, López Rivera’s FALN placed more than 130 bombs in American cities. Their goal was to destabilize what they called the “Yanki capitalist monopoly” and achieve Puerto Rican independence. Their method was terrorism.


In 1974, the FALN began planting booby-trap bombs around New York. While most of these early explosions caused only property damage, the group’s clear intention was to kill and maim. In December 1974, an NYPD officer responding to a report of a dead body in an abandoned building on 110th St. was seriously injured by an FALN incendiary device.

In January 1975, a 10-pound dynamite bomb killed four people and injured dozens at Fraunces Tavern. The powerful blast was felt blocks away. In an eerie foreshadowing of 9/11, dust-covered victims staggered through downtown streets. The FALN quickly took responsibility for the deadly deed…

On Aug. 3, 1977, the FALN struck again in a coordinated attack in Midtown. An alert office worker at 342 Madison Ave., near 43rd St., noticed a suspicious package and evacuated the building. No one was hurt in the subsequent blast.

Workers at the Mobil Building at 150 East 42nd St. weren’t so lucky. An FALN bomb planted there killed 26-year-old Charles Steinberg. The building’s ground-floor windows blew out and several New Yorkers were critically injured by a shower of glass…

When López Rivera was arrested in 1981, the FBI found six pounds of dynamite and four blasting caps in his Chicago apartment along with numerous fake IDs. He was convicted in federal court of seditious conspiracy, violation of the Hobbs Act, illegal weapons possession, and interstate transportation of stolen motor vehicles.

In 1988, his original sentence was extended 15 years after authorities disrupted an escape plot that included a plan to murder prison guards.

In 1999, President Bill Clinton offered to commute the sentences of 16 imprisoned FALN members. Most accepted, but López Rivera choked on the condition that he renounce his terrorist past. 

In 1998, he’d told a reporter, “The whole thing of contrition, atonement, I have problems with that.”

This is a story of man who showed no remorse but rather stayed an angry man. His release will bring no satisfaction to law enforcement officers or their families. On the contrary, this release will raise questions about President Obama’s commitment to the men and women who risk their lives everyday to fight people like Lopez Rivera.

He continues to say that Puerto Rico is a U.S. colony.    

We do know that the international left has always seen Lopez Rivera as a political prisoner. The left regards him as a man who fought for his homeland’s independence. Yet, the people of the island have voted several times to maintain their special relationship with the U.S.    

What a disgrace, is all I can I say. My guess is that there are probably a couple more coming in the last 24 hours.

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Obama throws Cubans to the sharks



We are just starting to live with the change implemented by the Obama administration. It’s a whole new game for people coming from the island.      There is even confusion at airports, as we’ve seen reported in these pages.

This is from the Augusta Chronicle:

Obama said in a White House statement that Cuban migrants now will be treated “the same way we treat migrants from other countries.”

Really? Like the migrants who practically cartwheel across our porous border with Mexico every day? The difference is, Cuban refugees face certain political persecution upon their return to Cuba.

This is amazing.

Over the last few years, the Obama administration has watched thousands of people walk over the border without penalty.    We were told that it was in our humane tradition to take people looking for a new opportunity or running away from cartel violence in Central America.

I guess not sending them back to Guatemala is humane but people from Cuba should go back.   Really, Mr. President?

My sense is that this is a cheap shot against Cuban Americans, who put Donald Trump over the top in Florida.   

President Obama’s embrace of the Castro dictatorship did not go over well and Cuban Americans decided to vote GOP!       

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Obama’s timing on Cubans raises some questions

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(My new American Thinker post)

Over the last few years, many of my Latin American friends have asked the same question: Why do you Cubans get preferential treatment?

The answer is complex but it is based on the reality that we come from a communist dictatorship devoid of any human rights. In other words, things may be bad in Mexico but they have multiparty elections and a free press. Mexican immigrants are usually looking for economic opportunities not political freedom.

Also, to be fair, it is also true that Cubans are concentrated in Florida, a state with the third largest electoral votes on the map.

On Thursday, President Obama decided to cancel the “Wet Foot, Dry Foot” policy that has allowed Cubans to claim legal status if they make it here.

My initial reaction was twofold:

First, why now? We will have a new president in a week. Why make this decision at this stage of the transition? Was Mr. Trump consulted?

This decision puts president-elect Trump in a difficult position. He can accept the decision and irritate the Cuban-Americans who put him over the top in Florida, or he can restore special treatment of Cubans and risk attacks that other immigrants are being treated differently.

Second, can President Obama even do this? Can a President reverse an immigration policy? Didn’t his executive order about “the dreamers” run into a wall last year?

What happens now? My guess is that some human rights group will challenge the decision because no one knows what will happen to the Cubans returned, as Senator Marco Rubio indicated.

Also, did President Obama get any concessions from Raul Castro that these Cubans won’t be treated like “traitors” when they go back? In the past, returning Cubans have been targeted by the regime.

My hope is that President Trump reverses Obama’s decision and calls on Cuba to make some concessions, such as a guarantee that these Cubans will not be targeted. It could be part of a new deal with Cuba that is based on helping the Cuban people rather than making a deal for the sake of making a deal.

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The Goodbye that Really Isn’t

On Tuesday night, President Obama said goodbye or did he really? It looked a lot like a campaign rally than a farewell speech. Some in the crowd were even screaming “four more years.”

We confirmed later that President Obama’s goodbye was rather long:

Clinton spoke for 7 minutes, 25 seconds; Reagan spoke for 20 minutes, 42 seconds; and George W. Bush spoke for 13 minutes, 7 seconds. Obama spoke for 51 minutes, 10 seconds, nearly 10 minutes longer than the other three put together.

Obama also broke from the tradition of delivering his final speech from the White House. Clinton and Reagan both spoke from the Oval Office, and George W. Bush spoke in front of a small audience in the White House East Room; the Obama administration distributed public tickets for his speech at the McCormick Place convention center in Chicago.

Obama spoke to a crowd of 18,000.

On balance, it was Obama being Obama. President Obama was in Chicago, which was a bit bizarre since he won’t be going home for his post-presidency.

He flew over the last eight years, reminded us that he killed Osama, got everybody health insurance and saved the world from a Great Depression. I guess that he and I have different memories of the last two terms. Maybe that’s why the Democrats are in such bad shape or why his popularity never elected anybody.

Obama’s goodbye won’t be any goodbye at all. He will be living about a mile from the White House and there is no shortage of “in the tank” reporters who will be dropping by to get his reaction to any of President Trump’s decisions.

So it’s goodbye but he will be around!

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