‘El globo chino’ flies by

The great H.L. Mencken once said, “Balloonists have an unsurpassed view of the scenery.” They sure do, especially when it’s a Peking balloon flying over Montana.  

China has an explanation, and here it goes:     

“The airship is from China,” China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

“It is a civilian airship used for research, mainly meteorological, purposes. Affected by the Westerlies and with limited self-steering capability, the airship deviated far from its planned course.”     

“The Chinese side regrets the unintended entry of the airship into US airspace due to force majeure. The Chinese side will continue communicating with the US side and properly handle this unexpected situation caused by force majeure.”

Okay, it was a mistake.  Yes, it was an honest mistake that the balloon was over “…one of the nation’s three nuclear missile silo fields at Malmstrom Air Force Base. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive information.”

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AZUCAR! Image of Celia Cruz to grace U.S. commemorative coin

The Queen of Salsa

From our Bureau of Numismatic News That Are Certain To Irritate Castro, Inc.

The U.S. Mint announced three days ago that Salsa Queen and Cuban icon Celia Cruz is one of the five honorees chosen for the 2024 American Women Quarters Program.

This makes Celia the first Cuban ever to appear on U.S. currency. Her image will accompany that of George Washington, on the reverse side of the coin, as is the case with most commemorative quarters.

Celia already had the honor of being featured on a U.S. postage stamp. And she has also been honored with a Barbie doll. (See above).

This announcement is bound to annoy the hell out of Castronoids everywhere. So, dust off your Celia Cruz records, cassettes, eight-tracks, and compact discs, and play her music as loudly as possible whenever an encounter with news from Cuba depresses you.

The other four honorees with whom Celia shares this tribute to greatness are: Patsy Takemoto Mink, a congresswoman; Mary Edwards Walker, a Civil War era surgeon and abolitionist; Pauli Murray, a poet, writer, activist, lawyer, and Episcopal priest; and Zitkala-Ša a.k.a. Gertrude Simmons Bonnin, a Native American writer, composer, and educator

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Reports from Cuba: ‘The law is prostituted in Cuba,’ students at the University of Havana complain

Diario de Cuba reports from Havana:

‘The law is prostituted in Cuba,’ complain students at the University of Havana

They say that the Law School has become a ‘den of police, opportunists and mediocrity’.

Students at the Law School of the University of Havana expressed their disagreement with the educations they are receiving at an academic institution where the violations of rights committed by the Cuban regime are not addressed, nor the challenges that this entails for the justice system.

In a collective letter published anonymously on Monday, the signatories explain that they enrolled “excited about pursuing a prestigious course of studies. We came with the idea of doing good for the people. That was before we discovered that there can be no justice where the law is prostituted. Now we are disillusioned, halfway between our academic lives and an uncertain professional future.”

They stress that they all come from “revolutionary’ families, who believed in the process, although at this point our own parents are sad, scared and disenchanted. Today they just want the time to pass, for us to get our degrees and go somewhere else. To be able to live with dignity, without misery and in freedom.”

The authors of the document state that their professors are phonies “who do not believe in the ethical codes governing good professors and jurists” because “they have betrayed the most elementary human and intellectual imperative: a commitment to the truth.”

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Cuban dictatorship opens yet another luxury apartheid hotel in Havana

From our Bureau of Socialist Priorities with some assistance from our Annals of Apartheid Bureau

Here we go again. Another luxury hotel, this time a huge 494- room, multi-building monstrosity at the intersection of Third Avenue and 70th Street, in the once-beautiful neighborhood of Miramar, now an enclave for foreigners, oligarchs, kleptocrats, and all sorts of Castro, Inc. apparatchiks and their apartheid boutiques and Air-b-& b’s..

This latest jewel in Castro, Inc.’s tourism monopoly was built with funding from the Indian firm MGM Muthu Hotels. It joins a cluster of equally ugly hotels that are situated across the street from the Russian Embassy (arguably the ugliest building in the entire Western hemisphere). Although this new hotel and all the others around it are on the waterfront, they have no beaches. The coastline there is very rocky, composed of sharp-edged dogtooth limestone (diente de perro).

Long live apartheid tourism! Superior human beings require five-star luxury accommodations that befit their exalted status. Great work, Castro, Inc., keep it up, comrades. As usual, no one is going to notice that all of the materials for this luxury hotel — and all the food and drink that will be available there for foreigners — somehow managed to get to Cuba despite the “blockade.” Yeah. No one will notice. So, keep blaming all your failures and shortages on “the blockade”…. and keep shouting for it to be lifted. That Big Lie is indestructible and immortal.

Now, let’s see if anyone shows up . . .

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The music of imprisoned dissident rapper Maykel Osorbo exposes the communist Cuban dictatorship

The music of Cuban rapper Maykel “El Osorbo” Castillo slices through the myths and propaganda of the Castro dictatorship, and that is why he is rotting in a Cuban gulag.

Ellen Bork at the Bush Institute:

The Struggle for Freedom: The Cuban rapper whose music shames the regime

Cuban rapper Maykel Castillo Perez discusses his uncompromising work that unites Cubans and exposes the myths of the 1959 revolution and its more than six decades of repression.

From the beginning of Cuban communist rule, Fidel Castro coopted artists and performers to promote the regime. They faced a choice: make approved art and remain (relatively) free and comfortable or face the consequences of being “outside the revolution.”

In recent years, the regime has faced a challenge from independent artists who reject this bargain, like the rapper Maykel Castillo Perez. His uncompromising work unites Cubans and exposes the myths of the 1959 revolution and its more than six decades of repression.

Castillo, who performs as Maykel Osorbo, is a co-author of “Patria y Vida,” or “Homeland and Life,” the anthem of unprecedented islandwide protests of July 2021. He is also a leader of the San Isidro Movement, an artists’ and writers’ collective formed in his predominantly Black and poor Havana neighborhood to oppose new, harsher censorship by the regime. In June 2022, he was sentenced to nine years in prison for alleged crimes including “defamation of state institutions.” Castillo’s real offense, and what the Cuban government fears, according to his fellow rapper El Funky, is his “power to summon” other Cubans in seeking freedom.

Cuba’s repression has perverse consequences: Last year a record number of Cubans arrived in the United States, fleeing the desperate economic and political conditions created by the communist rule since 1959. At the same time, the number of political prisoners has skyrocketed, even as the regime forces some artists, writers, and activists to leave the country.

Castillo wants to leave Cuba for medical treatment. The United States and its democratic allies should press for Castillo to be freed unconditionally and permitted to seek medical treatment abroad.

Continue reading HERE.

Cuban dictatorship producing toilet paper only for foreign tourists due to shortages

Socialism in action: The only factory on the island that produces toilet paper for the entire country is sending all its production to regime-owned hotel and resorts. Cubans are left to continue wiping their behinds with state-run newspapers.

Via CiberCuba (my translation):

Toilet paper in Cuba only for tourists

The Sanitary Products Company (Prosa) in Cardenas, which is supposed to cover the demand for toilet paper for the entire country, will only produce the product for the tourist sector due to the lack of raw materials and financing to import the amount of material required.

In the midsts of a serious crisis in basic products, the factory only obtained enough raw material to produce the so-called “luxury” toilet paper to cover the needs of the first four months of 2023 of the tourist sector, “its most important client.” Small quantities sold for hard currency only will be made available, said the company’s director, Manolo Gonzalez Garcia, in a report in the state-run newspaper Granma.

According to Gonzalez Garcia, the company is almost stopped and the delivery of paper to the tourism sector, it’s first priority, is insufficient.

He went on to say there are “guarantees” for a certain amount of raw material to make some four million rolls of toilet paper in the first few months of 2023 because they do not have the financing to import the raw material the factory needs and importing the final product is too expensive.

Continue reading (in Spanish) HERE.

Four-year-old girl in Cuba dies from lack of medical attention

A precious little Cuban girl is one of the latest victims of the corruption, incompetence, and medical negligence of the communist Castro dictatorship, the so-called medical power.

Via ADN Cuba (my translation):

Gladys Capote, a member of the Ladies in White movement defending human rights in Cuba, denounced on Thursday the death of a little girl in her family, presumably because of the lack of oxygen and beds in Havana hospitals.

“Yesterday, February 1st, my granddaughter-niece who was only 4 years old died because of the lack of beds and oxygen in the hospitals of Havana,” said the activist in a Facebook post.

According to Capote, because of the lack of resources in the capital, the little girl “was sent to a hospital in Matanzas and on the way there she passed away. All of this happened because of the lack of medical attention in our country.”

The Lady in White challenged the official propaganda that sells Cuba as a “medical power.” For Gladys Capote, “you have to look for that medical power in other countries.”

Cuba’s medical system is virtually collapsed, facing shortages of doctors and nurses due to thousands of them being shipped overseas sold as slave labor and resources being diverted to build luxury resorts for foreign tourists, all in the regime’s quest to generate revenue to finance its machine of repression. This is socialism in action.

February 1977: Martin Dihigo is inducted into Hall of Fame

Today we remember the life and times of Martin Dihigo, the great Cuban player and member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. He was inducted into Cooperstown this week in 1977.

Dihigo was born in 1905 and played in the Negro Leagues from 1923-47. He was 42 by the time that Jackie Robinson broke “the color line” in 1947.  Therefore, Martin never got to wear a major league uniform. We do know that Buck Leonard, the legendary player and manager of the Kansas City Monarchs said this: 

“He was the greatest all-around player I know. I say he was the best player of all time, black or white. He could do it all.”

He hit .304 over a 12-year career in the Negro Leagues.

P.S. Check out my blog for posts, podcasts and videos. Click to listen to our podcast about Martin:

Connecticut Democrats seek to ban use of ‘Latinix’ in state documents

Valiant Connecticut legislator Geraldo Reyes

From our Bureau of Unexpected Assaults on Political Correctness with some assistance from Domitilo Cascarita y Chicharrón, our resident expert on the Spanish language

Whoa! In one of the wokest of all states in the U.S., some Democrat legislators are trying to ban the use of the woke term “Latinx” in all state documents.

And they dare to argue that this term is offensive! Even worse, the sponsor of this bill is Puerto Rican! How dare he do such a thing!

Talk about “man-bites-dog” stories! This one is a real surprise. And this legislative maneuver might lead to the impeachment of every one of these renegades. Stay tuned. This bill has yet to pass.

Prepare for earth-shaking tantrums from Wokenoids everywhere. Tyrannical speech control must always gain ground, never lose it. As their hero and patron saint Che Guevara liked to say: “Hasta Lx Victorix Siempre! Ni xn pasx para atrxs! Ni para coger impulsx!” Towards victory, always!” “Not one step back, not even to gain momentum”.

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