Tightening the noose, fidelito

Every year, there are certain members of Congress that attach proposals to bills in an attempt to lift the embargo against Cuba. Charles Rangel (D-NY), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Jeff Flake (R-AR), among others, all had provisions for bills to lift the sanctions against the communist nation this time around. All were defeated yesterday:

WASHINGTON – Reversing years of congressional votes that showed supporters of easing U.S. sanctions on Cuba gaining strength, the House on Thursday rejected three such proposals and gave a categorical win to supporters of a tough line on Havana.

The embargo and the travel restrictions and sanctions have been argued here ad infinitum, yet critics of the sanctions rarely mention, or disregard the fact that dissident groups in Cuba have shown support US policy.

Both opponents and supporters of the sanctions credited the turnaround on a determined lobbying drive by Cuban-American lawmakers and the entreaties made by dissidents in the communist-ruled island such as Martha Beatriz Roque, who recently addressed the Congress members on a phone link from Havana.

I wont editorialze further in this issue today, if you are familiar with this blog you know exactly where I stand, but I do recommend that you read the entire Herald article.

More on this here.

26 thoughts on “Tightening the noose, fidelito”

  1. Hello BB:

    I was under the impression that was Castro and his lobby the ones trying to do the “buying” here but you imply the opposite. Care to elaborate?

    Roberto

  2. The sinister-loonies are upset. Not only at the Congressional vote, but at the fact that we’re free in this great land, to ferret out lies, damn lies, and statistics, expose them for what they are, and get the truth to those we empower, so as to encourage them to do the right thing. Gustele o no, a los blanquibarbudos del mundo.

  3. Congress taking a stand for freedom, what a heartening beginning to the Fourth of July weekend.

  4. Geez someone named “Flake” voting to lift the embargo?
    How fucking quaint.

    There will be a couple of extra beers on my July 4th celebration.. ! while KaSSTRO gets another 3 or 4 cirrhosis spots on his vile face.

    And since I have no other place to mention this ..

    Did anyone hear Bono from U2 praising president Bush on FoxNews ?
    I mean.. This guy was gushing about Bush with statements like” No other president in the history of the USA has had more compassion towards the poor people of the world” ( I almost got whiplash on the double take I did on THAT ONE. Just could not belive I was hearing this from a Rock Musician!)
    Followed by ?President Bush?s policies of support regarding Africa are NOT demagogic politics, he knows the “minutia” (wow a rock start who can use the word minutia?) of the situation, not just the overall picture. His policies towards Africa are akin to the Marshall plan when the USA ALONE RE-BUILT Europe, which made a Soviet take over of the whole of Europe impossible?

    Bono continues

    “President Bush and Ms. Rice (Condolezza) KNOW and care deeply about these people and the help given by the USA is tremendous. I don?t think the world knows that 250,000 AIDS vaccines are sent to Africa every day by the USA government. The news doesn?t cover THAT side of the USA.”

    woaw – says I … what the hell just happened here? a Rock Star with a REAL brain but Charles Rangel is in congress??”

    Bono should be ruunning the EU, fer kristssakes!

    Tomorrow it is the LIVE 8 tele-marathon; I am DYING to see if any other rock stars come out swinging in favor of the USA as Bono did. But on this one , god damn it I think it is only the old fart ?hippy- lefties- peace -and ?love- man -but first- let- me ?have- a- joint- and ?some- nookie who hold anti-USA sentiments.
    Any young man and woman throught the world who hear this kind of talk from the lead singer of the number 1 group in the world must be going ? “hey! RIGHT ON USA!?
    ABOUT FUCKING TIME!

  5. Bob Gueldof (or whatever his name is) asked participant musicians to not engage in any Bush-bashing during the concerts…

  6. well killcastro, if you live by stereotypes and are surprised when someone does something that doesn’t conform to them, the joke’s on you buddy…

    bono was interviewed afterwards and he said he is very much against the iraq war and he encouraged bush to retire the troops and let iraquis take control of their country (I’m not paraphrasing but that was the gist). the interview came out in mtv news. the interviewer asked him point blank about bush and the iraq war. guess fox news didn’t cover that part

    by the way here’s the lineup for the US concert (in Philadelphia)

    Alicia Keys
    Black Eyed Peas
    Bon Jovi
    Dave Matthews Band
    Def Leppard
    Destiny’s Child
    Jay-Z
    Josh Groban
    Kaiser Chiefs
    Keith Urban
    Linkin Park
    Maroon 5
    P Diddy
    Rob Thomas
    Sarah McLachlan
    Stevie Wonder
    Toby Keith

    I don’t see any “old fart ?hippy- lefties- peace -and ?love- man -but first- let- me ?have- a- joint- and ?some- nookie who hold anti-USA sentiments”, do you?

  7. Ah, nothing like someone making presumptions and accusations without a firm grip on reality or even showing the most minimal level of reading comprehension.
    Listen gansibele
    There where NO stereotypes BONO had been a VOCAL anti Bush voice in fact anti-American voice for a long time , so I wasn?t surprised that a Rock star was Pro-Bush (Kid Rock is a defiantly strong Bush supported, so is Will Smith and P.Diddy) I was surprised that BONO had made the public comment ( and I wasn?t talking about his feelings towards Iraq either, and making the jump from one to the other is just idiotic I was talking specifically about his PRAISING president Bush and the TREMENDOUS USA aid to Africa and the fact that THIS type of news (Positive PRO-USA news) doesn?t make it out to the media.. You guys NEED TO READ before you jump to your keyboard and like yard dogs with a bone try to debate without REALLY understanding the topic in question. You just sound positively silly.
    Way too eager to jump in there and make your statement aren?t ya?, why don?t we also talk about Bono?s hair transplant and THEN REALLY go off topic!)
    Now, gansibele , go back READ my god damn post and tell me if your answer even makes sense , cause you are saying exactly what I said .. That
    old fart ?hippy- lefties- peace -and ?love- man -but first- let- me ?have- a- joint- and ?some- nookie are the ones who who hold anti-USA sentiments
    Or, are you implying in your post that the young artists you list are automatically ANTI-USA just because they participated in Live 8? Now aren?t you just ashamed for such a stupid, insulting and down right myopic post?

    Now if THAT is your “stereotype” that anyone who is antipoverty and willing to help the starving people in Africa must automatically be anti-USA then you are a bona fide IDIOT and need to reassess your ability to post in a public forum where your reading comprehension, objectivity and plain intelligence are openly showing its inheriting shortcomings.
    Now GO READ and try again, you may hit it right next time.

  8. Jeez, do you even breathe when you write those rants? T?mate un trans?n mi socio, te va a salir una ?lcera.

    This is straight from your post:

    “Just could not belive I was hearing this from a Rock Musician”

    If that isn’t a stereotypical view, mi abuela es una bicicleta.

    And here’s another gem from your post:

    “Tomorrow it is the LIVE 8 tele-marathon; I am DYING to see if any other rock stars come out swinging in favor of the USA as Bono did. But on this one , god damn it I think it is only the old fart ?hippy- lefties- peace -and ?love- man -but first- let- me ?have- a- joint- and ?some- nookie who hold anti-USA sentiments.”

    I’m not implying they are pro or anti USA, I just gave you the lineup so you could be assured there were no “old hippies… etc” performing. Not sure what you have against “joint and some nookie” pero cada cual hace de su culo un tambor.

    If you meant something else by your post, then it’s you who needs to “need to reassess your ability to post in a public forum where your reading comprehension, objectivity and plain intelligence are openly showing its inheriting (sic) shortcomings.”

    I’m just gonna ignore the “stupid”, “idiot” and “silly” invectives.

  9. Notice the date of the Press Release

    P. Diddy WAS at the republican convention.

    If he was anti-Bush I doubt he would’ve been there or the republicans would’ve invited him.

    The guy is the epitomy of the GREEDY capitalist, mogul.
    This guy wants more taxes like I want to spend christmas in Caibarien.

    Another place where i got he was a republicsn was the Ozzie Osbourne show where at some party Ozzie’s daughter gets a “little” manhandled by Diddy’s security and the next day he sends her a 20K watch , Sharon Ozbourne jokes with the kid .. “Hey he is cute has a LOT of money and is republican, he IS a GREAT catch.” The Ozbournes ARE republican!

  10. Kill,

    I don’t thing it has any importance. There are some artist/musicians that are republicans (Bo Derek always comes to mind… and Patricia Heaton, then there is Bruce, Sly etc…)

    The following is a phrase from Diddy:

    “[We gotta] get Bush’s ass up out that office. …”

    It doesn’t looks very supportive…

    And, btw, Michael Moore was at the Republican National Convention … as Ann Coulter was (for a couple of days) ib the Democratic one…

    Regards

  11. Your “abuelas” tires need some air.
    GOOD attempt of skirting the issue by pointing out a grammatical error on my part! (which by, the way violates rule # 1 of POSTING etiquette, and SCREAMS anal retentive, knee jerk I- don?t-have- a-thing-to say-so-I?will pick-on-your-use of-the-language-to-show-how-clever-I-am)
    The FACT remains that you have not explained how I stereotyped Rock Stars as left wing leaning dolts.
    Again, you are NOT reading the post, (too busy dancing about the issue, are you?)
    So let me ?splain:
    Bono (who IS a rock star ) who for ONCE speaks in extreme favorable terms about Bush and its administration (Now , Bono has never been known to be pro-right wing nor pro-USA. In fact having made some very favorable remarks about Che and in one tour using the Kasstrist trademark olive green fatigues and cap. I think that clearly pointed out where his alligences where.
    So when I refer to a ROCK STAR I refered to BONO. Are you getting the fundamental nature of the post?

    Now, i STILL think that even if his was a self serving pro-Bush speech it was an articulate, intelligent and extremely powerful statement. Full of facts, figures a deep knwoledge of the topic at hand. One of then being the fact that 80% of the money that was raised in Live Aid wound up in the hands of corrupt goverments.

    If you want this any more delineated I will send you a MAP.

    Now, you still have NOT explained how you come to the conclusion that the mere fact that the list of artists you mention ARE playing Live 8, that THAT in itself makes them left wing liberals?
    Again are you saying that Right wing conservatives do not care for the poor people of the world ? Reciting Kastroganda are you?

    Now, please stick to the issue, if you?re going to debate forget what was taught to you in Kasstro?s propaganda school. Evading an issue does not automatically make it go away or give you the benefit of having won an argument. It just makes you sound slick and deceitful (pretty KaSStro like actually).
    And YES I DO breath when I type these tirades, I also chew gum and walk at the same time. Hell of a concept to you I know but hey. You gotta work with what ever shortcomings god gave ya. Oops , sorry I am assuming you believe in a GOD.

  12. Robert:
    P. Diddy was at the convention as an invited guest. Don’t you think that Mr. Combs does not better things to do with his time than go visit the enemy?

    At any rate, can I unequivocally say P. voted for Bush? NOPE I can NOT.

    Michael Moore was there as a “journalist?, so was Coulter at the democratic convention. Freedom of the press and all of that peripheral stuff a democratic country has to offer.
    I believe that BOTH were getting paid to be within enemy territory so their presence actualy means VERY little.

  13. That was a pretty good guess Kill. I am an atheist.

    I’d ask you to please send me that map, because it’s pretty hard to navigate you tortured rethoric, along with the manual of posting etiquette where it says is OK to call somebody a “bona fide IDIOT” – but it’s not worth the trouble. You won’t hear from me again.

  14. Kill,

    I finally got your point (apologize for the delay): You think that P. Diddy is a Republican, ot at least pro-Bush, because been a greedy capitalist mogul he can’t be a Democrat (have you heard about a guy named Soros?) and because he was in the Republican National Convention…

    Well, I have a couple of quotes from Mr. Diddy himself giving shit to W… Do you have anything else? I mean something like a quote, speech, letter, email to Jennifer, I mean anything…

    Kill, Gansibele… this is Val’s house.. can we disagree in a more civilized way or that is something forbidden to us?

  15. So, I see… So KillCastro and I are the two resident rockers of this house… And we are fiercely religious too, in the same way, but that’s another topic and I don’t discuss my views on religion in public. Religion certainly helps in many things, but I won’t discuss that, as I said…
    ZZTop, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kid Rock, those are pro-Bush, pro-Flag, pro-God. They played NYC during the Republican Convention, to my highest delight.
    The Osbournes. Too, Republican… Even if they cannot vote in the States.
    And many other people…
    I am not for pop, but Britney and Jess Simpson too. Even if I don’t like B. personal life and choices the sole fact that she doesn’t disrespect her country as Madonna does is plausible.
    Bono, he is very conservative, to the surprise of many. He kissed the ring of the Pope more than once and also the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem. Not as a clown, like Santana did (that sucker went to the Wailing Wall with a Muslim prayer cap the freaking ignoramus)
    I also think that we need to bring the troops back from Iraq. Surprise? Well, let me finish, whenever whe have finished the job we started. He is free (Bono) to hate the war. I hate war too. But this is a war against a “civilization” that hates our guts because we are free. It’s like not doing anything after Pearl Harbor. No, we needed to go after the enemy and gut them. We went after the Nazis too. And if Patton hadn’t untimely died in that accident, the Russians would be very tamed at this point….
    We lost more people in Sept 11 that we did in Pearl Harbor. I was close that day. KillCastro was close too.
    I am surprised that still people don’t understand why are we doing the dirty job. Because the morally bankrupt governments of this world won’t. They blame America for everything (they conveniently forget the Marshall plan and the American dead in France and Germany) and then they cry for our help when they have the barbarians at the gates (the Nazis and the Russians) or the Moors come burning the world.
    God Bless America.

  16. So, I see… So KillCastro and I are the two resident rockers of this house… And we are fiercely religious too, in the same way, but that’s another topic and I don’t discuss my views on religion in public. Religion certainly helps in many things, but I won’t discuss that, as I said…
    ZZTop, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kid Rock, those are pro-Bush, pro-Flag, pro-God. They played NYC during the Republican Convention, to my highest delight.
    The Osbournes. Too, Republican… Even if they cannot vote in the States.
    And many other people…
    I am not for pop, but Britney and Jess Simpson too. Even if I don’t like B. personal life and choices the sole fact that she doesn’t disrespect her country as Madonna does is plausible.
    Bono, he is very conservative, to the surprise of many. He kissed the ring of the Pope more than once and also the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem. Not as a clown, like Santana did (that sucker went to the Wailing Wall with a Muslim prayer cap the freaking ignoramus)
    I also think that we need to bring the troops back from Iraq. Surprise? Well, let me finish, whenever whe have finished the job we started. He is free (Bono) to hate the war. I hate war too. But this is a war against a “civilization” that hates our guts because we are free. It’s like not doing anything after Pearl Harbor. No, we needed to go after the enemy and gut them. We went after the Nazis too. And if Patton hadn’t untimely died in that accident, the Russians would be very tamed at this point….
    We lost more people in Sept 11 that we did in Pearl Harbor. I was close that day. KillCastro was close too.
    I am surprised that still people don’t understand why are we doing the dirty job. Because the morally bankrupt governments of this world won’t. They blame America for everything (they conveniently forget the Marshall plan and the American dead in France and Germany) and then they cry for our help when they have the barbarians at the gates (the Nazis and the Russians) or the Moors come burning the world.
    God Bless America.

  17. Sorry for the double posting!!!!!!
    Val please remove one of them!
    I don’t know how did this happened!

  18. You are right Roberto. I try to keep it on the topic and not get personal, but sometimes se me va la mano. (You should see the emails I’m getting, tough).

    Val, I apologize.

  19. Actually Robert:
    I KNOW that P.Diddy was at the Republican convention as an invited guest not as a journalist or a commentator. And yes it was my assumption he would be at least on THAT day Pro-Bush (did he ever come out as a Pro-Kerry supporter?) based on that and the pictures I have seen with him and Collin Powell there was a base of assumption that there was at the very least some level of sympathy. Now neither one of us knows who he voted for, or do you? You point to a comment dated Feb 2004 and hey by that comment it DOES seem he is not very fond of Bush but the FACT remains he was an invited guest at the Republican convention.
    And yes I have heard of Soros, (May NOT seem like it, but I actually do more than just spew profanities) Now,do YOU know Soros history and his private agenda ? Do some research. It is VERY enlightening!
    Oh and by the way I have also heard of the Kennedy brothers. You know, rich kids, daddy bootleger. Bought one of them an election.

  20. Hi Kill,

    Well, then with respect to Diddy I always thought that he was anti-Bush… but you put a doubt in my tormented mind (I home I did the same thing with yours). Will see in the future. As I said I don’t consider the issue of particular importance.

    I don’t make any asumption with respect to you Kill. The Soros reference was a rethorical one: I knew you know who Soros is. When in doubt you can always safely assume the non-offending spirit in my comments. I have read a little bit about Soros myself and don’t like his agenda. His history as an immigrant is interesting though. Or the Kennedy brothers. Yes, I remember the one that double-crossed the Cuban exiles back in 1961. That is difficult to forget. How the Kennedys showed up here escapes my imagination.

    have a good day.

  21. Hi CB:

    Resident rockers? – WOW that’s a nice title! You forgot Tobby Keith, Montgomery Gentry etc… (Well, the Country people are in general pro-God, pro-Flag, pro-Country as you said… with the exeception of those stupid girls from Texas).

    Ray Charles q.e.p.d.,… [I am more into Blues…]

    “fiercely religious”… ok that is not and adjective that we found to often associated with the Religion I assume you believe in… [This is intended as a joke… talking about Religion is a very difficult task].

    Was it necessary to mention the Osbournes? Was that supposed to be good in some occult way?

    [Disclaimer: I am not a registered Republican… or Democrat. I would vote Libertarian if that was a viable option]

    Regards

  22. No, I didn’t forget those folks Roberto, I simply didn’t have a lot of time!!! I was kind of busy entertaining some people… With some Uncle Ted in the background. Ted Nugent, not Ted Kennedy!!!!
    And yes, I prefer not to speak about my believes, but I respect the beliefs of others, unless they try to present the lack of beliefs as a sign of superiority.
    I like Ozzy Osbourne, his music was a freedom sound in my younger days. When I was in Cuba and Black Sabbath was forbidden.

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