Monday Merienda

Make sure to take the following stories in with your cafes con leche this morning:

Good friend to Babalu and staunch anti-chavez advocate Alek Boyd visited Cuba last week and met with Yoani Sanchez and her husband, writer Reinaldo Escobar. You can read the excellent interview right here.

Che: the guy who invented mojitos… Our own Gusano has a related post right here.

The irreplaceable Fausta has an excellent post up on Hillary Clinton and Puerto Rico. You can read that right here.

Yoani: “Debe hacerse en cada momento, lo que en cada momento es necesario.

The case of the disappearing Chinese computers.

Et tu, Texas?

And, finalmente, the Petition for the Release of Cuba’s Political Prisoners needs your signatures.

I almost forgot. We were a bit short on donations vs. expenses for this year’s Cuba Nostalgia Convention, so, if you didnt get a chance to drop a few bucks in the till, please consider doing so now. Gracias.

2 thoughts on “Monday Merienda”

  1. I couldn’t comment at Uncommon Sense on “Et tu, Texas?”, so I’ll comment here about the link that took me there.

    Wow!!! Texas was never a dictatorship????? Whose koolaid u been drinking, Marc????


    The Texas revolution occurred as a result of a series of events that began long before the first shots fired in Gonzales on October 2, 1835, and finally ending at the battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836.

    The actual battle of San Jacinto lasted less than twenty minutes, but it was in the making for six years. It had its prelude in the oppressive Mexican edict of April 6, 1830, prohibiting further emigration of Anglo-Americans from the United States to Texas; in the disturbance at Anahuac and in the battle of Velasco, in 1832; the proposed constitution in 1833 brought before the central Government, which eventually lead to the imprisonment of Stephen F. Austin the “Father of Texas” in Mexico City in 1834; President Santa Anna declaring the Constitution of 1824 void in 1834. Immediate preliminaries were the skirmish over a cannon at Gonzales; the on October 9, 1835, during the Goliad Campaign of 1835; the Battle of Conception; the “Grass Fight”, and the siege and capture of San Antonio. . . all in late 1835 and early 1836. The Texas Declaration of Independence at Washington-on-the-Brazos on March 2, 1836, officially signalized the revolution.

    October 9, 1835: The capture of Presidio La Bahia on the night of October 9, 1835 was the first action against a Mexican military installation during the Texas Revolution. On that night Captain George Collingsworth and a group of about forty men were headed to capture Presidio La Bahia when they found Ben Milam in the brush between Victoria and Goliad. He had been in a prison in Mexico but had escaped and was traveling back toward the Brazos River settlements. He joined up with the group to capture Presidio La Bahia that night. The first Texan wounded in the Texas Revolution, against a Mexican military installation was Sam McCollough, A freed black man. He was wounded during the capture of Presidio La Bahia that night.

    Carlos de la Garza gave asylum to the Mexican citizens of Goliad as they gradually abandoned their town during the occupation of La Bahía presidio by Philip Dimmitt and especially James W. Fannin; several of Fannin’s men apparently got drunk and terrorized the town. Since Garza gave these people asylum, his ranch came under Texan suspicion as a nest of spies. Fannin sent at least two expeditions against it, one of which captured several residents of Carlos Rancho.

    November 4, 1835: The battle of Lipantitlán occurred on the east bank of the Nueces River two miles up stream of San Patricio in today’s San Patricio County, directly across from Fort Lipantitlán. A Texas force of around seventy men under Adjutant Ira J. Westover engaged a Mexican force of about ninety men under Capt. Nicolás Rodríguez. The Texans scored an important victory.

    First Texas Declaration Of Independence:

    On December 20, 1835 ninety two men gathered in the Our Lady of Loreto Chapel and signed the First Texas Declaration of Independence from Mexico. At the time they flew the severed arm and bloody sword flag which is now called the Goliad flag. The statement that they were making with the flag was that they would rather sever an arm than to continue to live under the dictatorship of Santa Anna.




    Now tell me Texas never was a dictatorship!!!!!!

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