Marquette and some of the idiots teaching our kids today

We are happy to report that Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has removed the mural honoring the woman who killed a New Jersey state trooper.  This is the same person hiding from US law for years and living in the island with the blessing of the Castro dictatorship.    This is the latest from Milwaukee:

“Marquette University has removed a mural that celebrated Assata Shakur, a convicted cop killer who is on the FBI’s Most Wanted list under her birth name, Joanne Chesimard.

The mural, which had been on display in the student union’s Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, was taken down Monday after a suspended professor noticed it on the center’s Facebook page.”

How did this happen?  What makes a woman who killed a police officer so attractive to the college left?

The answer is a combination of ignorance and disdain for the US.   I don’t know what else to say.

Again, thanks to Marquette University for taking down this offensive poster.


The life and times of Jose Marti

GUESTS:  Jorge Ponce, Cuban American writer and contributor to Babalu Blog, joins me for a chat with Professor Alfred Lopez about his new book, “Jose Marti, a revolutionary life”……….the book is in English and offers many Cuban Americans an opportunity to read about Marti……..

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A word about Jose Marti

Jose Marti was killed on May 19, 1895.

His death on the battlefield came after years of speeches, articles and contributions to the cause of Cuban independence from Spain.  His life was short but very consequential:

“Sometimes called the Apostle of the Cuban Revolution, José Martí was born on January 28, 1853. He showed a talent for writing and revolutionary politics at an early age. First exiled from Cuba in 1871, Martí spent much of his life abroad. In 1895, he returned to Cuba to fight for its independence. He died on the battlefield.”

There will be remembrances of Marti’s death in Castro’s enslaved Cuba and among Cuban Americans living in the US.

My conviction is that Marti’s spirit of freedom for Cuba will be with those of us who want to end this totalitarian regime run by the Castro family.

We will remember Marti tonight on the show.     Make a point to listen later tonight at 7 pm central… is the link:


Halperin vs Cruz, “Castro’s double life” plus US-Cuba talks with Jorge Ponce

Guest:  Jorge Ponce, Cuban American writer and contributor to Babalu Blog, joins me for a look at the latest in US-Cuba talks……Raul Castro visits with Pope Francis and makes some rather remarkable remarks about his faith…….talk of an embassy in Cuba……a new book about Castro’s wealth and our reaction to the Halperin-Cruz interview……..Click to listen:

The latest in US-Cuba talks with Jorge Ponce

GUEST:   Jorge Ponce, Cuban American writer and contributor to Babalu Blog…..we will take another look at the Castro-Obama talks, repression in Cuba, fugitives from US and other international law, Cuba and Venezuela, Raul Castro’s rant against the US in Panama plus other issues ……

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No “cake de bodas para gays” in Cuba

Can you imagine President Bush reaching out to a regime that treated “gays” like second class citizens?

At the very least, we would hear expressions of outrage.

Remember the left’s outrage over Pinochet in Chile?   They claimed violations of human rights and zero tolerance for lifestyle choices.  or Franco in Spain?

Where is their outrage about Cuba?   Or the way that “gays” have been treated in Cuba for years.

Has anyone told Governor Cuomo that he is about to do business with a country like this?

This is from Liz Mair:

“Cuba’s record on LGBT rights has improved over the years.

However, it was so dismal to start with that this can hardly be surprising.

Shortly after seizing power, the Castro regime sent tens of thousands of gay men to labor camps.

It later forced HIV-positive people and those with AIDS into facilities in which they were separated against their will from the public-at-large.

Even after these worst abuses fell by the wayside, LGBT individuals as well as LGBT advocates in Cuba have faced ongoing harassment from government authorities in the form of detention, arrest, and physical assault.

Cuba also initially opposed, then abstained from voting on, a 2010 UN proposal to treat “sexual orientation” as an especially objectionable motive for murder—a position it is hard to believe Cuomo would endorse.

Say what you will about Indiana’s legislators and governor, but it does not appear that they sanction cops targeting LGBT Hoosiers or their allies in downtown Indianapolis for beatings.

It appears that the Cuban regime does, or at least has failed to put a stop to behavior on the part of public authorities that members of Cuba’s LGBT population feel have left them “very isolated.”

A 2013 report by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association indicates that in Cuba, not only can people refuse to bake cakes for gay couples if they so desire, there is also no “constitutional prohibition of discrimination based on sexual orientation.”

Only very recently did Cuba ban discrimination in employment against gays and lesbians.

Furthermore, in Cuba, same-sex couples enjoy none of the rights of marriage, let alone the ability to marry. Moreover, joint adoption is not an option for gay couples on the island.

Gay couples in Cuba also lack the option of civil unions, domestic partnerships and similar arrangements.”

So where is the outrage from the left wing of the Democrat Party that wanted to shut down travel to Indiana?

Of course, the left has never been consistent about human rights in Cuba.   It appears that the only thing that matters to the left about the Castro regime is that their so called “free health care” provides free abortion.

Where is the intellectual honesty of the left?    Or am I asking too much?

P.S. You can hear my show (CantoTalk) or follow me on Twitter.

1980: Mariel and how it impacted me


In 1980, the Mariel boatlift began:

“On April 20, 1980, the Castro regime announces that all Cubans wishing to emigrate to the U.S. are free to board boats at the port of Mariel west of Havana, launching the Mariel Boatlift.

The first of 125,000 Cuban refugees from Mariel reached Florida the next day.”

Mariel brought thousands to the US and most of them turned out to be very good additions to Florida.   Unfortunately, there were some criminal elements but they were a very small number.

35 years later, most of the “Marielitos” have contributed much to Miami and the US.

For me, Mariel was a turning point in rediscovering my Cuban roots.   It reconnected me with the Cuban cause, specially as I saw boats and people leaving the same island that I left as a kid in 1964.

P.S. You can hear my show (CantoTalk) or follow me on Twitter.   

Do we really want to tell Putin that the Monroe Doctrine is Over?


(My new American Thinker post)

We hear from the Obama corner that it’s time to remove Cuba from the list of terror nations.  

Has anyone told the terrorists and fugitives living on the island?  

Cuba looks like “la isla bonita” for a few bad guys, such as James Kirchisk wrote this week:

Cuba was originally placed on the terrorism list in 1982, as punishment for its support of communist insurgencies in places ranging from Nicaragua to Angola. In recent years, it shared a place on that list with just Iran, Sudan, and Syria. (The Bush administration controversially removed North Korea in 2008.) There are some 70 American fugitives from justice living in Cuba today, though not all are terrorists. And while Cuban soldiers may no longer be fighting American-backed proxies in Southern Africa, Cuba remains something of a Star Wars cantina of violent Cold War-era radicals.

The most prominent figure in this rogue’s gallery is JoAnne Chesimard AKA Assata Shakur,godmother to the late Tupac Shakur and a distinguished member of the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists List, where she has the dubious honor of being the first and currently only woman. In 1973, Shakur, then a member of the Black Panther Party, participated in the execution-style killing of a New Jersey State Trooper. In 1979, members of another black radical nationalist group busted her from prison; five years later she resurfaced in Cuba, where she had won political asylum. According to a fellow at New York University’s Center for the United States and the Cold War who has met with her, Shakur lives under the constant watch of Cuban security along with one of her accomplices, Nehanda Abiodun. Though there exists a $2 million bounty for her capture, a Cuban journalist who visited the American interests section in Havana wroteseveral months ago that the FBI Most Wanted sign beseeching her capture is no longer even posted in the building. It’s likely a signal that the Obama administration does not plan to make her extradition a condition for improved relations.

Another terrorist assumed to be living large under the protection of the Castro brothers is William Morales, a bomb maker for the Puerto Rican FALN separatist organization. According to the FBI, the group perpetrated over 100 bombings throughout the 1970s and ’80s. In 1978, Morales lost nine fingers when one of his projects blew up prematurely; the following year he was convicted in federal court of possessing illegal explosives and weaponry and sentenced to 89 years in prison. Morales escaped to Mexico, and he is now believed to be hiding in Cuba.

Then there’s Charlie Hill, a black power militant involved in the murder of a policeman in 1971. On the run, he and two comrades stole a tow truck at gunpoint, crashed it through the gates onto the runway of Albuquerque airport, and hijacked a TWA plane. Told by the pilots that it could not fly all the way to Africa — where the men originally wanted to flee — they instructed the crew to take them to Cuba instead. “If anything went down, you went to Cuba,” Hill recently told CNN. 

It is not only American terrorists who find safe haven in Cuba. Over a dozen members of the State Department-listed Basque terrorist group ETA reside on the island, though the Cuban government has repatriated several members back to Spain. Last month, however, the Spanish government requested that the United States try to persuade Cuba to extradite two ETA leaders; it’s difficult to see how that will ever happen now that Washington has surrendered even more leverage to Havana by removing it from the State Department list. Cuba also shelters a number of insurgents associated with the FARC, a Marxist-Leninist terrorist organization long at war with the Colombian government.

Add to all of this that the Obama administration said that the Monroe Doctrine is over.

So what happens when Putin decides to sell (and finance) defensive anti-aircraft missiles to “la isla bonita”? or to President Maduro in Venezuela? 

Do you seriously think that Putin is going to stay put and not test our new statement that the Monroe Doctrine is over?     Shouldn’t someone ask Secretary Clinton about this? Does she think that it’s over too?

It’s crazy, but then again this is the same administration that was assuring us that the Iranians were serious about a deal.

P.S. You can hear my show (CantoTalk) or follow me on Twitter.

The Panama summit and other US Latin America stories of the week

GUESTS:  Fausta Rodriguez-Wertz, the editor of Fausta’s Blog……plus Roger Mailhot, a Canadian businessman with vast Latin America experience and currently living in Lima, Peru…….we will discuss the Latin American summit in Panama….the US-Cuba talks…..President Obama and Raul Castro…..the US-Venezuela rift…..more marches in Brazil…….the continuing crisis in Argentina….the murder of Alberto Nisman……and other US-Latin America stories of the week….

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The latest on the US-Cuba talks after the Panama meetings with Jorge Ponce

GUEST:  Jorge Ponce, Cuban American writer and contributor to Babalu Blog, joins me for a discussion of US-Cuba talks and the meetings in Panama….we will speak about the Castro-Obama meeting, Raul Castro’s rant against the US, the US-Venezuela rift and President Maduro bashing President Obama… will all of this play in 2016?

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Castro bashes US but absolves Obama

(My new American Thinker post)

The incredible “Panama show” concluded with Cuban dictator Raul Castro’s speech:

Castro, in a meandering, nearly hour-long speech to the summit, ran through an exhaustive history of perceived Cuban grievances against the U.S. dating back more than a century — a vivid display of how raw passions remain over American attempts to undermine Cuba’s government.

Then, in an abrupt about face, he apologized for letting his emotions get the best of him.

He said many U.S. presidents were at fault for that troubled history — but that Obama isn’t one of them.

“I have told President Obama that I get very emotional talking about the revolution,” Castro said through a translator, noting that Obama wasn’t even born when the U.S. began sanctioning the island nation.

“I apologize to him because President Obama had no responsibility for this.”

Castro neglected to mention, nor did President Obama remind him, that Cuba is a one-party state, without a free press or elections, and has required a foreign subsidy for much of the so-called revolution.

Castro also failed to mention, nor did President Obama remind him, that Cuba has been harboring JoAnne Chesimard, the killer of New Jersey state trooper, and confiscated the assets of U.S. citizens without compensation. (By the way, those assets are an estimated $7 billion.)

It makes you wonder: Who stood up for the U.S. at this meeting?

Did anyone defend the U.S. and its citizens?

Maybe President Obama should have reminded the conference that U.S. nationals spend billions of dollars visiting their beaches, buying their vegetables and other stuffs.

I guess that President Obama was in no mood to remind Raul Castro of anything.

After all, why stand up for the U.S. when a corrupt dictator is ranting one lie after another?

Why create a diplomatic scene and upset the dictator?   After all, isn’t Obama just one of the boys?

In all, President Obama was pathetic.

I understand the handshake but not allowing so many to take cheap shots at the U.S.

At the same time, we’re used to it by now.

P.S. You can hear my show (CantoTalk) or follow me on Twitter.


Obama to the rescue: How did Raul Castro get so lucky?


A few months ago, dictator Raul Castro was wondering about the survival of the regime.  In other words, he saw Venezuela imploding and no one in the West willing to lend him any money.   (Cuba has to constantly reschedule its debts as Mexico, Canada and just about everybody else has learned)

Guess who comes in to offer a lifeline?  The answer is President Obama, the same one who is negotiating with Iran.

So how is it going it with the Cuba talks?   Well, Castro is demanding and demanding, as The Wall Street Journal reminded us today:

“Fidel’s little brother now says he won’t move on normalization until Mr. Obama hands over Guantanamo and takes Cuba off the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism.

Mr. Obama is waiting for a review of a State Department analysis on the terror list, but he’s sounding increasingly impatient.

We look forward to hearing how Mr. Obama handles Cuba’s harboring of Basque and Colombian terrorists, plus the odd U.S. fugitive.

Since Mr. Obama agreed to a prisoner swap and a path to normal relations in December, arbitrary political detentions in Cuba have increased.

The Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies at the University of Miami documented 178 political detentions in January, 492 in February and 610 in March.

Cuban repression is also a road show these days, with Raúl’s enforcers this week assaulting Cubans and Cuban-Americans in Panama who had traveled to the summit for a civil society forum.

The State Department condemned the violence, though it managed to avoid mentioning Cuba in its statement. You wouldn’t want a diplomatic incident.

Cuba’s South American bestie, Venezuela, will also make a splash at the summit by denouncing America’s minor sanctions. PresidentNicolás Maduro’s political prisoners back home include the mayor of Caracas, the former mayor of San Cristóbal, and former presidential candidate Leopoldo López.”

So Raul is on top of the world and Obama is being humiliated once more.    Have we not seen this movie before?

P.S. You can hear my show (CantoTalk) or follow me on Twitter