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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Russia? What about Mexico intervening in the U.S. election?

(My new American Thinker post)

Back in 2006, Mexico had a very contested election. It went on for days. There were massive demonstrations about the results. In fact, president-elect Felipe Calderon had to be brought in through the back door to be sworn before stunned deputies. You can not make this up. It did happen amid what the NY Times headline called “catcalls”!

What would have been the reaction of Mexicans if a U.S. politicians (God forbid a former president) had made a video encouraging voters to go one way or another or calling the results illegitimate?

I know the answer. They would have screamed “intervention” and lots of other things. And they would have been right. No country should meddle in elections.

Now, let’s move to 2016 and all of the charges that Russia elected Donald Trump.

First, it is interesting that the Democrats claim that Russia interfered in the election and then tell us that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote. Are they saying that the Russians only intervened in “swing states” like Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin?

Second, where is the Democrats’ outrage about a former president of Mexico making a video before and after the election?

Former President Vicente Fox (a man that I supported in 2000 as an agent of change) just released a video calling Mr. Trump illegitimate. It goes like this:

Vicente Fox, former President of Mexico, shares his take on President-elect Donald Trump, and his threat to U.S.-Mexico relations. He says Trump is an “illegitimate president” who “didn’t win the general election.” Presumably, Fox is referring to the popular vote when he says “general election.”

“He’s got too many people against him and they have shown out on the street,” Fox said.

He continued: “But anyway, in Mexico, we can be rude also. We are strong now. We’re going to defend our people wherever they are. Inside Mexico, or outside Mexico in the United States. We’re not going to let this guy to offend them anymore. To offend the dignity, and to deny the enormous contribution they make to the U.S. economy.”

Isn’t that sweet? “El señor Presidente” Fox needs a class on constitutional law. Maybe he can take one from soon to be retired President Obama, who I understand taught such subjects years ago.

We honestly don’t know just what Russia tried to do with respect to our elections. Let me add that I am not a fan of Mr. Putin and wouldn’t put anything past him. Nevertheless, I doubt that anyone has the ability to fix election systems in 50 states. Even Putin can’t do that.

At the end, Mr. Putin did not make a video but Sr. Fox did. I would love to see one of reporters ask Mrs. Clinton about Mexico’s efforts to influence our election. It would also be a wonderful idea for one of Jorge Ramos’ segments on Univision.

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The Obama legacy: First it was the Cubans and now the Israelis


We would rather be talking about Nochebuena and the holidays. However, the Obama administration pulled an ugly one today, a very ugly one.

Sadly, it’s the Obama way. Yesterday Cuba and today Israel!

First, a little history. In 2012, President Obama ran for reelection on false premises. He took a hard line in public against the Castro dictatorship. In fact, he was negotiating with Cuba to put a US Embassy in the island.

I believe that Mr. Obama would have lost Florida if Cubans had known what he was doing in secret with the Castro dictatorship. After all, President Obama carried the state by 75,000 votes out of 8,5 million!

To date, the Cuba deal has been nothing but a legacy item. In other words, Cubans have no hope and nothing has changed.

Today, President Obama threw Israel under the bus at the United Nations: US abstains in key Israel vote, clearing way for condemnation of settlements.

Wonder how all of those Jewish voters in New York City and the US feel about that? Senator Schumer, the incoming US Senate Minority Leader, did not like it either, as we see in this tweet.

How much more can harm can this man do? He’s got 30 days left!

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Obama greeted by “Yankee go home” signs in Peru and Greece

President Obama was in Greece and Peru a few days ago. He did not get a friendly welcome from the street according to many news reports:

In Lima, Peru for the APEC summit, hundreds of angry protesters greeted his arrival, demonstrating against him and TPP in the city’s financial district. Clashes with police erupted.

One sign said Salga de Obama, La Bestia Capitalista (Get Out Obama, The Capitalist Beast). Another displaying a skull and crossbones said EL TPP MATA (TPP kills).

According to Socialist Left alliance leader Martin Guerra, it “destroys the country’s economy, diminishes labor rights, privatize territories and hinders access to basic medical care.”

I guess that the Cairo speech, “hope and change” and “si se puede” did nothing for these demonstrations. They hate us just as much as they did when a pro-life cowboy from Texas was traveling on Air Force One.

To be fair to President Obama, these marches have been around for a long time, from VP Nixon in Caracas 1958 to President Reagan accused of starting a war by nuclear freeze nuts in 1983 to President Bush hailed as Hitler in 2003.

So what’s new? Well, it was not supposed to happen with Mr. Obama. We never had a president who ran to be popular and loved around the world.

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Turkey of the year: Who else but the media?

(My new American Thinker post)

We always have a little fun this time of the year and hand out some turkey awards. Frankly, I feel bad for the poor turkey who never ran to be the dish of choice for Thanksgiving or the symbol of these awards.

So with all due respect to the turkey, let me say that there is a clear-cut winner in 2016. In fact, I can’t recall the last time that anyone ran away with the award like this.

My “turkey of the year” is the media.

First, they gave Trump a billion dollars of free media. I guess that Trump was good for ratings because they chased him like a bunch of girls chasing Elvis in his prime. They went everywhere that Trump went and ate out of his hand no matter what he fed them.

Second, they went out of their way to destroy Trump, from 24/7 negative coverage at CNN to the New York Timesdetermining that it was their duty to protect us from his presidency.

In the end, Trump shocked them with a victory that not a single expert at these outlets saw coming. Now, he is playing them like a violin with daily speculation about his appointments.

Remember the old commercial? Bo knows baseball? Trump knows media!

A few weeks ago, Gallup made it all official: Nobody likes the media anymore. Worse than that, nobody believes them, as we see from this recent survey:

 Americans’ trust and confidence in the mass media “to report the news fully, accurately and fairly” has dropped to its lowest level in Gallup polling history, with 32% saying they have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the media.

This is down eight percentage points from last year.

One of three Americans believes that the media will call it accurately!

How long would a car maker survive if only one of three Americans had faith in their cars? Or what airline could stay a business with a reputation like that? Or who would buy a ticket to a baseball game if only one of three thought that the umpire was being honest behind the plate?

So the media is our “turkey of the year”. No doubt about it. They are off to a great start to win the award next year!

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The Clinton Thanksgiving dinner (a post from 2007)

(Note:  This is a post from Thanksgiving Week 2007.   At the time, President Bush was in his second term and Mrs. Clinton was looking ahead to 2008.  I share it to show that this cynical woman has not changed one bit.)

We wish Mr. & Mrs. Clinton a Happy Thanksgiving Dinner.

However, we are confident that Bill & Hillary will not be talking about free trade, drivers licenses in NY, or the unreleased documents at the Clinton Library.

Bill and Hillary Clinton are growing further and further apart with respect to their politics.  He moved to the center because he understood that the US does not elect liberals to the presidency.  Bill Clinton also had Ross Perot to take middle class votes from the Repblicans!  She is moving to the left in a hurry because the primary process is dominated by the same liberals that her husband threw overboard to win reelection in ’96!

There is a lot more:

“She has vowed to scrap the “don’t ask, don’t tell” rules her husband put in place allowing gays to serve in the military but only if they do not admit to being gay.

She has called for repealing part of the Defense of Marriage Act, which tried to limit the spread of same-sex marriage and which her husband signed, albeit reluctantly.

And she disagreed with her husband’s statement that there should be a presidential exception to a torture ban in case of imminent terrorist threat.” (A Clinton Distancing Act)

My guess is that the Clintons will not talk politics on Thanksgiving.   Hillary Clinton is running against Bill Clinton’s domestic legacy!

Again, that was from 2007 and nothing about this cynical and calculating woman has changed.  

Of course, she did not win the nomination in 2008 or the election in 2016. 

We can say thanks for that!

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He told me in Spanish: “ObamaCare me esta matando”!

Like many of you, I stop and get my morning coffee in the same place. It’s not unusual to talk a little politics over coffee these days.

I asked the manager: Were you surprised that Trump did so well with Hispanics? He answered no. By the way, my friend is a legal immigrant from Mexico with an outstanding work ethic and wonderful family.

There is a bit of disbelief in some corners about the Hispanic vote and president-elect Trump. it certainly did not turn out as predicted.   In other words, Hispanics voted for Trump after all, as we see in this USA Today report:

The Hispanic vote was bigger and more influential in the 2016 presidential election, just as predicted, but it also provided one surprise: more support for President-elect Donald Trump than expected.

Hispanics favored Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton 65% to 29%, a 36-point difference that helped her secure winning margins in states like Nevada and Colorado and kept her competitive late into the night in other key battleground states.

But that margin, based on exit polling conducted by Edison Research, was smaller than the 71%-27% split that President Obama won in 2012. And it was smaller than the 72%-21% her husband, former president Bill Clinton, won in 1996.

Why did he do that well? My friend gave me the answer, and it is ObamaCare.

He told me what his new premium would be and screamed in Spanish:  “Obama Care me esta matando”!

He told me that several of friends had similar complaints.

Another problem with ObamaCare and Hispanics is the idea that they are being forced to get it.   My experience over the years is that a lot of Hispanics pay cash for the doctors or medicine.  This is especially true of young men who rarely use insurance.

So what about the experts? They were wrong, specially so many in the Hispanic media. Why so wrong? My experience is that many Hispanic journalists are really Democrats working at a news agency.

Finally, the GOP has to do better. We will need more than 30% of a growing voting bloc. Hopefully, we can now focus on economic growth and school choice.

Let’s do that and you will see that 30% grow over time!

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Are Cubans about to turn Florida red again?

(My new American Thinker post)

In 2000, many will tell you that Governor Bush got a big help out of the Elian Gonzalez episode. It certainly didn’t hurt! He won by less than a 1,000 votes out of 7 million.

In 2012, President Obama beat Governor Romney by less than a point. Wonder who would have won Florida if Cuban Americans had known that the Obama administration was having secret talks with Cuba to reestablish relations?

In 2016, Cuba is back in the news again. The issue is that many of us disagree with the Obama approach toward Cuba, a policy that seems to have benefited the Castro dictatorship at the expense of the Cuban people.

I don’t live in Florida but my hunch may prove to be right on election day, as Andres Oppenheimer wrote this week:

If Republican candidate Donald Trump wins Florida, as some polls predict, and goes on to win the Nov. 8 election — a big if, but not an impossible outcome — he might have President Obama to thank for lending him a hand in the final stretch of the race.

Obama’s Oct. 14 decision to further relax the U.S. embargo on Cuba by allowing American tourists to bring back unlimited quantities of Cuban rum and cigars, as well as his Oct. 26 decision to abstain for the first time in a United Nations vote against the U.S. embargo on Cuba, have probably pushed many undecided Cuban Americans in Florida to vote for Trump.

“Cubans return to Trump,” read a sub-headline of The New York Times Upshot/Siena University poll released Oct. 27, which gave Trump a four-point lead in Florida. Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton was leading in the same poll only a month earlier.

The poll’s explanatory text by The New York Times’ Nate Cohn said that Trump’s surprising comeback in Florida — the most important swing state — might be thanks to Cuban American voters. Trump’s support among Cuban-American voters in Florida was at 52 percent, up from 33 percent in September, the story said.

My own unscientific poll is that Cubans fall into two camps.

The first camp, or where I reside, is that the Obama opening has opened nothing, except an oxygen line to a failing dictatorship. We are stunned that the Obama administration demanded nothing in return for a U.S. flag in Havana.

The second camp is made up of Cubans who were convinced that an opening would bring hope, or an opportunity for Cuba to change. My guess is that most of those Cubans are not happy with the results. They see more repression and Cubans desperately trying to leave.

On election day, these two groups will vote against the Cuba opening by putting Mr. Trump over the top.

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Chile and Allende on this day in 1970

On this day in 1970, my father and a couple of Chilean friends were following the presidential election on short wave radio.    I am talking the days when we didn’t have internet or cheap long distance calls.   My father was listening to the Spanish version of The Voice of America.

In the end, Salvador Allende was elected president in a 3-way contest:

Allende’s election in 1970 was his third attempt at the presidency.
In 1958, and again in 1964, Allende had run on a socialist/communist platform. In both elections, the United States government (as well as U.S. businesses such as International Telephone and Telegraph (ITT), which had significant investments in Chile) worked to defeat Allende by sending millions of dollars of assistance to his political opponents.
In 1970, the United States again worked for Allende’s defeat, but he finished first out of the four candidates. However, since he had garnered less than 40 percent of the popular vote, the final decision had to be made by the Chilean congress.
The United States worked feverishly to derail Allende’s selection but the election was upheld on October 24, 1970.
Allende immediately confirmed the worst fears of U.S. officials when he extended diplomatic recognition to North Vietnam, North Korea, and Cuba, and also began to take action to nationalize the holdings of U.S. corporations in Chile, notably ITT and Kennecott Copper.

Allende’s presidency was controversial from the start.   Chile went into political crisis that eventually led to General Pinochet overthrowing President Allende in 1973.    (I wrote about Chile’s 9-11 here)

Chile is doing quite well today, as we discussed with Carlos A Roncal in 2014.

In fact, the right had a big day in regional elections yesterday.

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2016: I will vote to protect the unborn

In the interest of full disclosure, I did not support Mr. Trump.

I was hoping that we’d nominate one of our extremely successful governors, from Bush to Kasich to Walker to Perry.  In Texas, I eventually voted for Rubio because all of those others were out and he was the most electable.

Let me say this.   My first vote was in 1976 when I proudly voted for President Ford.   Since that first vote, I have proudly supported each one of our nominees even when they were not my first choice such as Mr. Dole in 1996.

Since early summer, I have been struggling with a real dilemma.  However, we must think of the larger picture and voting for Donald Trump makes a lot more sense than electing Hillary Clinton by supporting another option.

In other words, someone will nominate Justices to the Supreme Court and I’d rather have Mr. Trump do that.

No one has dissected Mrs. Clinton better than Dr. Charles Krauthammer this week:

The soullessness of this campaign — all ambition and entitlement — emerges almost poignantly in the emails, especially when aides keep asking what the campaign is about.

In one largely overlooked passage, Clinton complains that her speechwriters have not given her any overall theme or rationale. Isn’t that the candidate’s job?

Asked one of her aides, Joel Benenson: “Do we have any sense from her what she believes or wants her core message to be?”

It’s that emptiness at the core that makes every policy and position negotiable and politically calculable.

Hence the embarrassing about-face on the Trans-Pacific Partnership after the popular winds swung decisively against free trade.

A Trump presidency, with VP Pence, a GOP Senate and House, could actually produce some important domestic results.

They could repeal Obama Care and actually replace it with something that puts the patient and doctor in control.

They could finally tackle tax reform, something that most of us have been calling for.

Last, but not least, a President Trump could be persuaded by Speaker Ryan to take a serious look at entitlements.

On free trade, I am not expecting much because tearing up trade agreements is a lot more complicated than everyone realizes.  I just hope that Trump’s supporters understand that.

On immigration, I do not really believe that a President Trump will get Mexico to pay for the wall or deport millions.  However, they may do something about sanctuary cities and respecting our immigration laws.

On foreign policy, it will be hell no matter who walks into the Oval Office.  President Obama is leaving such a mess in the Middle East that it won’t be pretty, from Syria to Iran.

My point is that there is hope with a Trump presidency to get some things done.

On the other side, there is no hope for governing if Mrs. Clinton wins.  There are also going to be some huge battles in the Democrat aisle because the left and Mrs. Clinton are not going to enjoy each other at all. The left is not a happy bunch these days as Politico wrote.

Yes I am voting for Mr. Trump, the lesser of the two evils this time around.

In the end, I will sleep comfortably knowing that I voted to protect the unborn this time around.

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