The Herald Outed Again!

The Herald tries to pull a fast one with the Bretos article and Henry “El Conductor” sounds the bugle. Crazy whoops sound in the distance and the sound of hoofbeats approach……..We crane our necks and shield the sun from our eyes for a better view……

Yes! Here he comes! Waving his saber overhead and whooping like Slim Pickens riding the bomb at the end of Dr Strangelove– its Professor Tony De la Cova! He gallops into the picture hacking savagely with one hand and blasting away on his six-shooter with the other. The Herald’s ploy is rendered– not just into dead-meat–but into dead meat blasted and hacked to smithereens. He exposes the Herald author (and Herald editors, once again) as pathetic and scheming FRAUDS. You GOTTA LOVE IT!

It’s an old story, actually. The pink Media/Academia/Democratic alliance simply cannot get it through their THICK heads that most Americans of Cuban heritage will NOT accept marching orders, cues and talking points from them, like good little “Hispanics,” rewarded with a nice little pat on the head.

This drives them BONKERS!–has for 40 years. “What?!” We snort like Moe Green when Michael Corleone threatened him. “NO! I buy YOU out!” This drives them crazy. Fortunately they can’t retaliate (quite) like Mikey Corleone.

It’s on oft-used ploy by the above-mentioned alliance. They ferret out a Cuban-American willing to demonstrate his superior wisdom, erudition, social-cachet by bad-mouthing (however subtly) those chusmas in Miami and their Castro obsession. Note the term “pimping.” We’re nothing but cheap whorehoppers, you see.

Well, the New York Times ( a much bigger fish than the Miami Herald) tried it with our friend Professor Carlos Eire. (a much bigger catch than this Bretos fraud–Carlos won the National Book Award.) Carlos’ response to the world’s most famous newspaper was no different from Colonel Mc Auliffe’s to the Nazi commander who demanded his surrender during the Battle of the Bulge –“NUTS!!”

When the New York Times attempted to dictate the slant of his editorial, professor Eire, (in his own characteristically gentlemanly way) told the world’s most influential periodical to go piss up a rope. He would NOT play along in their little scheme to smear his compatriots–regardless of the fame a New York Times editorial would gain him. You gotta love that too.

Why Americans of Cuban heritage vote mostly Republican should be obvious: Cuban-Americans are mostly white, middle class, family-oriented Americans with the same financial, cultural and defense concerns as most white, middle class, family-oriented U.S. citizens.. So they vote, almost exactly, like most white, middle class, family-oriented Americans. End of story.

Naturally it galls the above alliance that Cuban-Americans zoomed to middle-class status without their blessing and patronage–indeed, in violent antagonism to it. More galling still, in the process, we zoomed past most of their “ethnic” and “minority” constituents, who still dutifully punch the clock on the liberal plantation. So they erupt in frequent hissy-fits. You gotta love that too.

The Bay of Pigs, Kennedy-Khrushchev, Elian factors are obviously all important–but not crucial, it seems to me. Too often the Democratic platform sounds like a Lite version of what we fled. All that socialized medicine, class-envy, racial demagoguery stuff spouted by Democrats–now where have we heard THAT before, hunh?

A Democratic convention looks and sounds alarmingly like a Castro rally in 1959. “Hillary esta es tu casa!”…”Teddy seguro– dale a los Yankees duro!” we expect to hear. With Michael Moore as their guest of Honor in 2004 a Cuban-American who voted for them comes across– not as misguided–but as downright masochistic, like a battered wife meekly returning to the grimy brute for another battering.

Anyway, I ask : would it be possible to share an occasional forum with a more illustrious, informative and KICK-ASS team? It’s a treat to rub shoulders with everyone on this site.

42 thoughts on “The Herald Outed Again!”

  1. It would help if you offered links supporting the first half of your post to put things in context, Humberto, ’cause I can’t make out how that relates to the second half of your post.

  2. Lesly, one thing: do you want those supporting documents in Word format, like Bill Burkett and Dan Rather had, or would you prefer them created out of whole-cloth and magically edited, like Michael Moore does. Just trying to be consistent here…

  3. Humberto:

    You wrote: “Why Americans of Cuban heritage vote mostly Republican should be obvious: Cuban-Americans are mostly white, middle class, family-oriented Americans with the same financial, cultural and defense concerns as most white, middle class, family-oriented U.S. citizens.. So they vote, almost exactly, like most white, middle class, family-oriented Americans. End of story.”

    Not so fast. While there’s some truth about the likeness of Cuban Americans and the Whites in the US, Cuban Americans vote Republican in a much higher percentage than Whites. Whites went for Bush 58% – 41% Kerry in 2004 (http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2004/pages/results/states/US/P/00/epolls.0.html
    )

    An unbelievably high 80% of Cubans voted for Bush in that same election. There must have some other factor(s) in play and I suspect Kagastro and the fact that Republicans have been much better in relation to Cuba than the Democrats are the biggest ones.

    (http://www.apsanet.org/imgtest/CJ312-Leal%5B41-49%5D.pdf )

    Eduardo

  4. Moneo,

    If your response is any indication of Humberto’s post it looks like he just wants to blow smoke up my ass.

    Luckily, or at least hopefully, not everyone fits the wingnut profile, so I’ll wait for a real response. Don’t you have something even more useless to do with your bargain-basement time, like blame liberals for the upsurge in violence in Iraq for instance?

  5. “Your Commie has no regard for human life. Not even his own.” General Jack D. Ripper in “Dr. Strangelove.”

  6. Lesly,

    Please read Henry’s post “Fixing Faulty Arguments” of October 19, 2006. On the comments section Professor De La Cova has very graciously posted several sites that corroborates Humberto’s argument to the first half of his post. De La Cova’s comment on “Fixing Faulty Arguments” is as follows:
    “Henry, you are right. Miguel Bretos is a liar. He omitted mentioning in his article his activism on behalf of the Castro regime and in favor of lifting the embargo as far back as 1974, when he exhibited Cuban Communist films in Oberlin College.
    In 1976, the Castro propaganda organ “Areito” magazine published a proclamation by “Cristianos Cubanos Pro Justicia y Libertad” praising the “institutional stability of the Cuban Revolution,” advocating a “dialogue” with Castro and ending the embargo.
    http://www.latinamericanstudies.org/dialogue/bretos-areito.pdf
    Bretos was a member of that group and signed their document along with Cuban DGI intelligence agent Lourdes Casal and other pro-Castro activists.
    Bretos was unmasked in 1986 in the Cuban exile tabloid “La Cronica”
    http://www.latinamericanstudies.org/dialogue/bretos.htm
    Henry calls Bretos an “accomplished historian” but amazon.com shows that during the last 30 years as a historian, he has only published four obscure works and co-authored only one book with a university press. Hardly the work of an “accomplished” historian.
    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw/104-0182831-4120740?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Miguel+Bretos&Go.x=8&Go.y=9
    His former wife Conchita gained notoriety when she ran an unsuccessful campaign for a Miami political post years ago. That was when the song “¿Qué será lo que quiere el negro?” was in vogue. I’m sure that Bretos is very familiar with that tune.”
    Lesly, had you read the above comment, you would have understood better Humberto’s post. If not, read his book “Fidel: Hollywood’s Favorite Tyrant.” It’s a gold mine of information.

  7. Humberto, what a sublime whacking you just gave the Humpty Dumpties, it’s sublime. And ditto what George said, I’m humbled and honored.

  8. DeLaCova:
    They will never ask precisely because of your dignity and principles especially your attention to facts. BTW, I have often been to that sight when doing research on both text and images. Its a fountain of accurate and helpful info.a heartfelt thank you.
    R.Potts

  9. I just read the 1970s Areito article, which was cited as praising the “institutional stability of the Cuban Revolution. The section in which this is done reads:
    “Deseabamos mas bien discutir algunas alternativas dentro de la conyuntura historica presente, partiendo de una nueva realidad representada por la estabilidad institucional de la Revolucion Cubana…”
    Maybe my Spanish is getting a bit rusty, but it looks much less like praise than a pragmatic assessment of the fact that 20 years or so after the downfall of Batista the Revolution was firmly entrenched in Cuba. A somewhat pragmatic view, akin to the attitude of ostpolitik of Willy Brandt et.al. adopted towards the Soviet Unions grip on Eastern Europe.
    Is there a qualified historian in the house who might be able to comment on whether this statement is something other than a statement of praise?
    TIA,
    3bilin.

  10. Lesly, propriety, decency. and Val’s delete button preclude me from responding to you in the manner I desire. So here is my “civil” response to your liberal/idiot comment: Humberto has more talent as a writer in a bitten-off cuticle of a finger on his right hand than you can ever dream of having. So please, spare me.

    He’s published. Are you?

  11. What is your proper, decent self going off about now, Moneo? That’s the first time I hear a conservative defer to print because it’s published. 16 replies so far. Apparently you think I said something wrong to Humberto. With 16 comments it shouldn’t be too difficult for you to show were I dissed him.

    Don’t blame your unwarranted, half-cocked schoolyard taunts on me. I shouldn’t have to remind you that liberals are the only people that blame others for their problems.

  12. How’s that for civil. I am so fucking sick of these lib assholes making comments like this:

    Moneo, If your response is any indication of Humberto’s post it looks like he just wants to blow smoke up my ass. Luckily, or at least hopefully, not everyone fits the wingnut profile, so I’ll wait for a real response. Don’t you have something even more useless to do with your bargain-basement time, like blame liberals for the upsurge in violence in Iraq for instance?

    And then these douchebags getted shocked — shocked! — when someone responds. My gloves are off as of this second. I am not putting up with one comma, one period, one more idiocy from these leftist trolls. Val, do what you want. But I had to vent. I am fed up!

  13. One more thing, you asswipe. I’ve read more books in the last year than you have in your whole pathetic, wasted, leftist excuse of a life. So please, cut the elitist crap. You don’t have a monopoly on reading. Crayons, maybe. Reading no.

  14. See Lesly the problem is you should not comment until you understand the subject at hand. You comment and then expect others to provide you with the cliff notes. If you want to be taken serioiuly and not piss people off I suggest you read the archives linked to your right–all of them, and then you might know what we’re talking about. From another Babalusian with a short fuse.

  15. Ziva,

    The reason I asked for a link is because I think I remember a post or two talking about the Herald having an imbedded reporter in Cuba. Maybe it wasn’t on this blog, but anyway, it seems to me there’s this love-hate relationship with that newspaper @ Babalu. But maybe you’re right. Maybe I should stay away from posts covering different references. It’s up to you guys to use imbedded links or not, after all.

    Regardless. So far I’ve noticed I don’t need to do anything for Moneo to make drive-by off topic replies with the sole intent of getting under people’s skin simply because they don’t see eye to eye with him (e.g., liberal). Well dear Moneo, I’m not a punching bag awaiting your inferiority complex. This time it backfired, and I’m not sorry at all that it did. In case you’re confused, that comment you quoted was directed at your first off topic post in this thread, not Humberto’s entry. I hope the attention was worth it.

  16. Lesly, you just made my point. You “thinK” and then what? You want us to fill in your blanks? Comeon! And as for my much loved blog brother George, if you don’t like the way he expresses himself, that’s your problem. He is our “pitbull” and if you don’t like fuck off.

  17. Sigh.

    Ziva wrote: You “think” and then what? You want us to fill in your blanks? Come on!

    Do you want to reach other people, change their minds, or do you prefer a cozy echo chamber? Shit, I mentioned links as a suggestion ’cause it makes piecing stories together easier. You have 41 months worth of archives and your suggestion is to read them all before posting or risk pissing Babalu contributors off. Damn me, I had no idea I’m being uncooperative. Get real.

    And as for my much loved blog brother George, if you don’t like the way he expresses himself, that’s your problem. He is our “pit bull” and if you don’t like fuck off.

    It looks like your “pit bull” got cracked on the nose. Goddamn. Pit bull? Am I having a conversation with a member of the senior high school in-crowd or a political blogger?

    I don’t care how often your dog barks if you don’t mind his barking. The worst that can happen is Moneo adds another article of clothing to the gloves he took off.

  18. Lesly:
    If you think that you are mistreated here, try posting on Oscar Corral’s Miami Herald blog after he imposed strict censure. Only those with his warped, resentful perspective, or very mild criticism, get posted.

    Weeks ago I asked Corral on his blog if the rumors were true that his father was not speaking to him over the controversial article that he wrote. I had heard that stated on Radio Mambi. Needless to say, my question was never posted and he never answered it.

    Does anyone know where Corral is? He has not written lately and his blog is moribund.

  19. Lesly, again you made my point. If you’d taken some time to read the archives, you would know that all the Babalu contributing writers carefully link their sources. In fact, we take very seriously our responsibility to credit our sources. If anyone here knows otherwise, please jump in.

    I don’t remember anyone else ever requesting more links, ever. What does that tell you? It tells me that you do not know enough about the subject of this blog to comment.

  20. Very intriguing, MRSC Concepcion. Corral is the one who tried to screw the freedom fighting reporters who reported for TV Marti. Now he’s flown the coop just as the editor in chief of the mighty Miami Herald was toppled. Methinks a little minion went down with him. Or even more likely, I think he’s fleeing an FBI warrant, same as those slimey Alvarezes of FIU. It was always my opinion that the reason he ‘exposed’ those innocent reporters was to obscure his own role as a mole for castro. I would really like to see him in jail if he is a castro spy as I think will come out. I wonder if he is on the lam.

  21. Ah Mora, I think you are exactly right. If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck…. The MSM is up the creek without a paddle.

  22. Just went to Corral’s execrable site – he’s got a new item up after the past ten days, desperately trying to justify that he didn’t leak his crummy report on the TV Marti reporters to castro himself. I don’t believe a word he says. Now I REALLY think he’s a castro agent, nobody goes to the lengths he did to try to convince us he wasn’t. Everything he claims needs to be checked out, it’s certain there will be holes in his story. He’s probably a bigger castro agent than we think. In any case, he’s up to no good.

  23. Lesly, this is going to be the last time I respond to your drivel. I got pissed off because you dissed one of our writers. Not just one of “our” writers, but a person we respect and admire. Someone who tells the truth without fear. Someone who is not a brainwashed weeny going over the fifteenth viewing of Fahrenheit 911 while emptying a tofu container yelling “Bush Halliburton Bad” at the moon. I’m afraid you fit the wingnut profile a little better than me.

    Reread your comment. I am tired of you red trolls coming here and starting a fight. You know damn well we will not tolerate it. You want to talk reasonably yet disagree? Fine. But you don’t make a comment like “Humberto’s post … looks like he just wants to blow smoke up my ass” and expect we’re not going to respond. If you come here and make comments that are fully intended to piss us off, don’t get all worked up when we confront you with your own words!

    I detest folks like you. You are the typical liberal: smug, elitist, conceited. You think you’re superior to the rest of us. You think you have some kind of monopoly on “thought” and “reason.” Well you don’t.

    The one here with an “inferiority complex” is you, not me. The readers here know full well what I believe and what I stand for. And I know exactly what you stand for by reading your blog. We are diametrically opposed on everything. The only thing we have in common is the use of punctuation. (And maybe that is in question.)

  24. George, just ban her if she is going to insult Humberto. That’s Not Done here, not ever. Let her bray in some open field or Kos-like blogtoilet where she’s happy. Censorship it is not. It’s just taking out the trash.

  25. I read Oppenheimer’s “Castro’s Final Hour: The Secret Story Behind the Coming Downfall of Communist Cuba,” back in 1992. Yawn. He was off the mark by 14 years!!!!

    I quit reading Montaner when he continued writing for the Herald after the Cuban American reporters were fired.

  26. Concepcion, Montaner is not an employee of the Herald. He is a syndicated writer. His syndicator cannot pull his column due to contractual reasons. Keep reading him; he is a true voice of reason.

  27. Contracts are made to be broken, especially over ethics issues. Besides, Montaner’s response to the firing of the Cuban American reporters in a letter to Castello was very lackluster and self-centered. He only mentioned his own reputation and did not defend the other nine reporters mentioned or the three fired. Montaner also did not address the firing issue in his syndicated column. That would have been the way to challenge the Herald. Had they not published his denunciation, the contract would have been broken. I still believe that he did not act honorably.

  28. Moneo: Reread your comment. I am tired of you red trolls coming here and starting a fight. … If you come here and make comments that are fully intended to piss us off, don’t get all worked up when we confront you with your own words!

    You still don’t get it, do you? Here, let me go over it by the numbers for you. If “your response is any indication of Humberto’s post” then “it looks like [Humberto] just wants to blow smoke up my ass” is a conditional statement.

    P: Moneo’s response is any indication of Humberto’s post
    Q: Humberto wants to blow smoke up my ass

    P could be true (remember I said “any indication”), but Q false. Making assumptions about Humberto’s post immediately after asking for more information about his post is retarded. The premise is FALSE because a conditional sequent (P –> Q) can’t be true if the antecedent (P) is true and the consequent (Q) is false. I wasn’t taking a shot at Humberto; I give him the benefit of the doubt. You seem to be the only one obsessed with tofu, Michael Moore, and openly asking posters what state they reside in as if you have a right to know and any answer would make you stop bringing up tofu and Michael Moore.

    Seeing as you say you’re a bibliophile next time you’re in the store pick up a book on deductive logic and skip Sean Hannity’s Deliver Us From Evil. Just a thought. Far be it from me to help put an end to your persecution complex.

  29. Wow, Lesly! You’re just like Khan and his superior intellect! I’m in awe. If you need that many words to explain an insult then I can say with certainty that your parents wasted every nickel they spent on your college education.

    Let me give you a short lesson on usage. When you colloquially say that “someone is blowing smoke up your ass” you are implying he is lying, being less than truthful, being dishonest, being purposely deceitful. The “conditional” part of your sentence is irrelevant because the operative phrase is what stays in the mind of the reader.

    The initial comment that got this started was intended to point out to you the irony of the author of “Liberal Symmetry” asking Humberto for sources, when your ilk makes things up as their situational needs change.

    I’m sure the other readers with less developed intellects than your planet-sized brain got my joke. Maybe you should read some real writing and can the books on deductive logic.

    (BTW, are you any relation to Alisa Valdes Rodriguez?)

  30. Moneo: Let me give you a short lesson on usage. When you colloquially say that “someone is blowing smoke up your ass” you are implying he is lying, being less than truthful, being dishonest, being purposely deceitful. The “conditional” part of your sentence is irrelevant because the operative phrase is what stays in the mind of the reader.

    Hey, I explained myself. You insist I dissed Humberto. That’s what you took away from my comment and want to hold on to, perhaps in an effort to save face. Feel free to continue nursing your grudge against anyone left of Ann Coulter.

    The initial comment that got this started was intended to point out to you the irony of the author of “Liberal Symmetry” asking Humberto for sources, when your ilk makes things up as their situational needs change.

    My “ilk” makes things up as we go, eh? That’s an ironic statement given the past four years, at least at the federal level. But it’s an effective, if not incredibly irrational, tactic. “Because liberals make up things conservatives shouldn’t be questioned.”
    Now seriously. What more evidence do I need to know you’re a partisan wingnut?

    BTW, are you any relation to Alisa Valdes Rodriguez?

    Nah man, I might be related to you, tho. How’s that for actually messing with your mind. Like it? But Rodriguez is print. Just like Coulter. So I must take whatever Rodriguez says at face value.

  31. George: Lesly thinks s/he is related to you. Which one of your relatives do you think was slamming his/her mother?

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