Will Joanne greet President Obama in Havana?



(My new American Thinker post)

According to news reports, the U.S. and Cuba will be opening embassies later this month.  We even heard a rumor that President Obama may travel to Havana to cut the ribbon.

Will Joanne attend the ribbon cutting ceremony?

We are talking about Joanne Chesimard, a fugitive from U.S. law enjoying life in the tropics as a special guest of the Castros:

It was a murder on the New Jersey Turnpike – stunning violence near the New Brunswick exit.
Now, decades after Black Liberation Army leader Joanne Chesimard was sentenced for the 1973 killing of a state trooper, escaped prison, and surfaced in Cuba in 1984, she is first and foremost among the estimated 70 American fugitives harbored there whose apparent flouting of U.S. law is fuel for critics of recent efforts to restore U.S.-Cuba relations.
In December, 54 years after America severed diplomatic relations with Cuba, Presidents Obama and Raul Castro proposed a renewal of ties.
“We view any changes in relations with Cuba as an opportunity to bring [Chesimard] back,” said New Jersey State Police Col. Rick Fuentes, “and stand by the reward” for her capture.

Let’s hope that Col. Fuentes is right.

However, the Cuban government has not been making any concessions, from repression of dissidents to opening up Cuba’s economy.

In fact, The Washington Post points out that repression is getting worse in Cuba:

Since December, there have been more than 3,000 political detentions in Cuba, including 641 in May and 220 on Sunday alone, according to dissident sources. Most were accompanied by beatings; at least 20 detainees required medical treatment in May. After Cuba was invited for the first time to the Summit of the Americas in Panama, regime thugs attacked the civil society activists who also showed up.

I guess that the “hope and change” memo did not get to Raúl Castro.  Or maybe Raúl understood that “yes we can” meant that he could go on like before.

The Chesimard issue is a disgrace.

President Obama should tell Raúl Castro that talks will be put on hold until Chesimard is on a plane to New Jersey.

He should also say that the U.S. is not paying reparations or giving up Guantánamo, as the Castro thugs are demanding publicly.

Am I the only one who would love to see a little spine from the U.S. delegation?  It’s a joke to watch the U.S. get pushed around by a dictator on his knees now that Venezuela can’t subsidize him anymore.

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Justice Kennedy “y la tremenda corte”

Over the last 48 hours, our Supreme Court has turned into “La tremenda corte”, as John Hindenraker posted:

“Two hundred twenty-four years after the Constitution was ratified, Anthony Kennedy and four loyal Democrats have discovered, hidden somewhere in its provisions, a right to gay marriage. This so-called right, deemed “fundamental” by the five-justice majority, was undreamed of until a few years ago. If you want to read the decision, it is here.

Yesterday’s Obamacare decision told us that we do not live under the rule of law.

Today’s gay marriage decision tells us we do not live in a democracy.

These are dark days.”

With all due respect to those who support same sex marriage, this is not the way to do it.    It would have been a lot more legitimate to go through the state legislatures and voters.   (Ironically, the Court’s decision stopped what was already underway in many states)

Again, honest people can disagree about same sex marriage.    I happen to believe that marriage between a man and a woman is best, as centuries of civilization have proven.    At the same time, I’d be willing to accept same sex marriage if it came about by the will of the people.

Last, but not least, this Supreme Court decision gives many Democrats a victory that they were never willing to fight for in the political arena.

It’s weird.   At least “La tremenda corte” was a comedy.


Memo to the race obsessed Democrats: Are you ready to cancel President Wilson’s party membership?



Over the last few days, we’ve heard some rather silly things.    For example, someone called for the elimination of the movie “Gone with the wind” and another for taking down the Jefferson Monument.

I’m not sure how you eliminate or delete a movie.   Are they going to make it illegal to own a copy or read the book?

How are you going to take down the Jefferson monument?  replace it with what?

Some have called for changing the names of schools, parks or streets.   They want every “racist” deleted for once and for all.

As you can see, the “race obsessed” left is really playing with fire in the aftermath of the flag in South Carolina controversy.

My advice to Democrats is to stop it.   As they say, be careful what you wish for because you may get it!

Let’s take the case of Woodrow Wilson, one of the most popular and often quoted presidents on the Democrat side of the aisle.

There are lots of schools, colleges and a few streets named after President Woodrow Wilson.   In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if there are a few Navy Ships floating around named after him.

Wilson was the 28th president of the US and the first Democrat from the South since the Civil War.   He took the country into World War I and suffered from very bad health at the end of his second term.

Wilson was also a rather well known racist, as Professor William Keylor wrote a bit back:

“Wilson is widely and correctly remembered — and represented in our history books — as a progressive Democrat who introduced many liberal reforms at home and fought for the extension of democratic liberties and human rights abroad.  But on the issue of race his legacy was, in fact, regressive and has been largely forgotten.

Born in Virginia and raised in Georgia and South Carolina, Wilson was a loyal son of the old South who regretted the outcome of the Civil War.  He used his high office to reverse some of its consequences.  When he entered the White House a hundred years ago today, Washington was a rigidly segregated town — except for federal government agencies.  They had been integrated during the post-war Reconstruction period, enabling African-Americans to obtain federal jobs and work side by side with whites in government agencies.  Wilson promptly authorized members of his cabinet to reverse this long-standing policy of racial integration in the federal civil service.

Cabinet heads — such as his son-in-law, Secretary of the Treasury William McAdoo of Tennessee – re-segregated facilities such as restrooms and cafeterias in their buildings.  In some federal offices, screens were set up to separate white and black workers.  African-Americans found it difficult to secure high-level civil service positions, which some had held under previous Republican administrations.

A delegation of black professionals led by Monroe Trotter, a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Harvard and Boston newspaper editor, appeared at the White House to protest the new policies.  But Wilson treated them rudely and declared that “segregation is not a humiliation but a benefit, and ought to be so regarded by you gentlemen.””

Like the late Senator Byrd of West Virginia, who died in 2009, President Wilson was a Democrat from another time.    They were born and raised in the segregated South.   Frankly, it was tough to survive politically in the pre-1960 South without subscribing to those attitudes.

My preference is to move on and stop living in the past.    We have some serious problems, internally and externally.

Let’s remind the Democrats again:  Be careful what you wish for because you may get it.   You may have to cut ties with a lot of your party’s heroes who waved the Confederate Flag!

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President Obama’s foreign policy, from Iran to Russia to China to Iraq to Cuba

Guests: Barry Jacobsen, military historian and blogger, joins me for a review of President Obama’s foreign policy……the Iran nuclear deal…….Ramadi and ISIS threatening an important dam………..Russia and Ukraine…….US-China tensions in international waters…….US-Cuba negotiations but what concessions is Cuba making?…….also President Obama said that we are more respected now than when he became president……

Also, Jorge Ponce, Cuban American writer and contributor to Babalu Blog, joins me for an update on US-Cuba talks……

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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.


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:


US-Latin America issues with Fausta Rodriguez-Wertz

GUEST:  Fausta Rodriguez-Wertz, editor of Fausta’s Blog, joins me for a discussion of the latest US-Latin America stories of the week……We will look at the latest from the Mexican cartels……the new book about Fidel Castro and drug traffic……

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Maybe Senator Reid meant to say that George Soros had not paid his taxes



What do we have here?    Who forgot to pay his taxes?

It’s Mr. George Soros:

“George Soros may soon face a monumental tax bill — of nearly $7 billion — after years of playing hard-to-get with the IRS.

Despite Soros having advocated for higher taxes on the wealthy, the liberal billionaire reportedly has delayed paying his own for years thanks to a loophole in U.S. law.

That loophole was closed by Congress in 2008. But before that, Bloomberg reports, Soros used it to defer taxes on client fees. Instead, he reinvested them in his own fund, and they grew tax-free.

Bloomberg, citing Irish regulatory filings, reported that Soros has made $13.3 billion in this way. Factoring in the various tax rates that would apply, one tax expert estimated this would leave Soros with a roughly $6.7 billion bill.

While Soros did not comment on the estimate, Bloomberg reported that Soros deferred his taxes for so many years by reinvesting client fees. While he technically was able to do this for U.S.-based funds, offshore funds were apparently preferred because otherwise clients would face negative tax implications.

Congress closed that loophole in 2008, ordering fund managers to pay up by 2017.

According to Bloomberg, Soros moved assets shortly before the change to Ireland, seen as a possible shelter from the law. But tax attorneys told Bloomberg they don’t know of a way for money managers to avoid the bill in 2017.”
This is really something.   Mr Soros, the left’s # 1 wallet, used all kinds of tax loopholes to get around his tax obligations.
Isn’t that something?

What a neat story!   George Soros using fancy loopholes to avoid taxes!