Requiem for a Badass

Another old Cuban exile died today. He will be buried in Miami not his beloved homeland.

I am not writing this to bury him, but to praise him.

This man spent his whole adult life doing anything he could think off to free his country, and I mean anything.

His name, as you might have guessed, was  Luis Posada Carriles. He is described in the media today as controversial, at best or a terrorist, at worse.

We live in an age where the moral relativity of political correctness considers one man’s terrorist another’s freedom fighter. In reality, there is good and there is evil. Fighting against evil is noble and just.

Make no mistake, this man was fighting Castro, his secret service, the KGB, the Stasi or any other evil that tried to enslave people under the jack boot of communism. Period.

He was incarcerated, many times, persecuted, betrayed by his adopted country, shot up and turned into a pariah because he fought for mankind’s freedom.

He believed that Castro’s regime could only be eradicated from this earth violently. I concur. Communism doesn’t bend or give an inch peacefully. It is a dangerous delusion to think that the tactics of Gandhi or Martin Luther King, Jr. will work on Godless monsters with no morals or conscience. Just ask Boitel, Paya , Tamayo or Pollan. Even the Michael the Archangel resorts to violence to defeat Satan and evil forever in Revelation.

In the days ahead, the Castro regime’s lies and propaganda decrying Posada Carriles as a terrorist will be repeated as fact. The only facts are that Posada Carriles was never convicted of any of the trumped up charges and atrocities that the Castro agents and their useful idiot allies in the American media and even government claim he perpetrated. The most famous of these is the bombing of Cuban commercial jet out of Barbados that killed 73. He was arrested, tried and acquitted of these charges…twice. Double Jeopardy be dammed! The Castro regime or the KGB have never, ever killed civilians or framed their enemies. Never.

Real terrorists, those that took up arms against America and its Constitution, like Bill Ayers, Bernadine Dohrn, Oscar Lopez Rivera, Angela Davis, Joann Chesimard, (who lives in Havana), just to name a few, are folk heroes, college professors and friends of American Presidents. Le Zumba. These Marxists thugs that wanted to burn America to the ground, were financed by the Soviets through the Cuban operatives in the USA who wanted to fulfill Che Guevara’s dream of “two, three, many Vietnams.” These thugs are terrorists.

Posada-Carriles was fighting for the American values of life liberty and the pursuit of happiness in a global struggle against death, slavery and the spread of misery spearheaded by Castro and his murderous minions. He fought evil. And that is why he is hated and will be maligned. He was nobody’s terrorist. He was Castro’s worst enemy:

Castro whines about Posada-Carriles

He was a freedom fighter.

More than that , he was a Badass; a real live action hero.


Really? A poll about US-Cuba policy based on “1,024 randomly selected adults”?

There are polls, such as those based on likely or registered voters, and then there are those based on “1,024 randomly selected adults”.    The former is a serious effort to understand public opinion.  The latter is just a “cheap” effort to influence our foreign policy.

The New York Times is reporting on a new poll that goes like this:

““This survey shows that the majority of Americans on both sides of the aisle are ready for a policy shift,” Peter Schechter and Jason Marczak, the top two executives at the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center of the Atlantic Council, wrote in an introduction to the survey. “Most surprisingly, Floridians are even more supportive than an already supportive nation to incrementally or fully change course.”

While the survey showed that Americans have concerns about the Cuban government’s political repression, Mr. Schechter and Mr. Marczak said, they “recognize the need for alternatives in light of the failure of the current policy to achieve its objective.”

The survey found that 56 percent of respondents nationwide favor changing Cuba policy, a majority that jumps to 63 percent among Florida adults and 62 percent among Latinos nationwide. While support is strongest among Democrats and independents, the survey showed 52 percent of Republicans also favor normalization.”

The problem with this poll is that the media will broadcast the headline but fail to mention this:

“Conducted by telephone and cellphone in English and Spanish from Jan. 7 to Jan. 22, the survey was based on responses from 1,024 randomly selected adults, with oversamples of 617 Florida residents and 525 Latinos. The nationwide margin of error was plus or minus 3 percentage points; for Florida residents and for Latinos it was plus or minus 4 percentage points.”

This is not a serious poll.  This is an effort to influence policy with a poll based on a lousy sample!

By the way, wonder how many of these “randomly selected adults” know that the Cuban dictatorship  is holding a US citizen named Allan Wall on bogus charges?

or engaged in a massive repression campaign against dissidents?  

or that the Cuban people have never been “polled” by an independent organization on their  feelings about the dictatorship running the island for 55 years?

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“El socialismo no sirve” but some keep trying and trying!

How many times does socialism have to fail before people come to their senses?

Some have figured it out.  Chile, for example, has a sound economy and no one lines up at the US Embassy looking for a “work visa”.   On the contrary, Chileans travel to the US to invest, buy our goods and services or do a little sightseeing.  They also have a sound currency and a thriving middle class.

Some are still in the dark, such as Argentina, Bolivia, Venezuela and Cuba.   By the way, I mean literally in the dark, as we’ve heard of the lights going out in Venezuela recently.

It looks like socialism has a new disciple, i.e. the Democrat candidate for New York City mayor in the upcoming election.

Where is Rudy-G when we really need him?

Michael Goodwin explains that the Democrat in New York is running a campaign based on income inequality:

““Fighting inequality and fighting economic injustice,” as he put it, is what he’s all about.

Good luck with that, but before New Yorkers jump onto the Democrat’s bound-for-utopia bandwagon, some history is required. We could start with Karl Marx, but we’d just get lost trying to decode the incomprehensible differences among Marxists, Leninists and Trotskyites.

Instead, let’s look at Cuba, which, strictly by the numbers, reflects the paradise de Blasio describes. Fidel and Raul Castro had their way for 54 years and pulled off the socialist dream: The island nation had the least income inequality in the world, a survey found. North Korea also was off the charts.

Of course, there are some peculiar facts about Cuban exceptionalism.

Everybody is equally poor, with average monthly wages of $19, while children’s shoes can cost nearly as much.

And that much-ballyhooed health-care system? It’s a joke. Bring your own sheets, bedpans and food to the hospital, and pray you don’t die of infections or neglect. True, it is free, so your family won’t get stuck with a capitalist-size bill to bury you. What a relief that must be.

On my visit to Cuba, I was struck by the total breakdown of everything except the police state. Havana’s once-glorious architecture is crumbling, and there are chickens and pigs, but no running water, in large parts of the central city.

Half the cars are owned by the government, and the other half belong in antique shops. Smaller cities look as though they are stuck in the 19th century, with public transportation consisting of a man guiding a horse-drawn wagon. TV and Internet are scarce and tightly controlled. Complaining about any of this can land you behind bars.”

We Cubans know a thing or two about speeches calling for “income inequality”.     As my mom will tell you:  “Yo vi esa pelicula” or “I saw that movie”.

Of course, they will call us “right wing reactionaries”  for calling Mr De Blasio a socialist.  They will say that we see socialism in our soup and just can’t see straight.

What do you call it when the letters in your soup spell socialism?

What do you call a system that takes from those who produce and gives it to those who expect a handout?

We call it socialism. Worse than that, we call it a “‘fracaso” or failure.

Socialism has failed everywhere but there are still people looking for the right formula.   Mr De Blasio is the latest!

P. S. You can hear CANTO TALK here.


CANTO TALK goes Babalu this weekend

We had a great time this weekend talking to some of our Babalu friends.

On Friday, it was Fernando Hernandez, (“The Cubans“) Regina Anavy (“Out of Cuba“) and Jorge Ponce.  We discussed their books and Jorge’s article about Hispanic Heritage month and the Obama administration;

On Saturday, Jorge Ponce came back and we discussed his post today about the term “hispanic”:

Enjoy them over the weekend!

Is he or isn’t he pushing up daisies?

More rumors from the rumor mill…

The rumor mill surrounding the health of Fidel Castro churned anew on Friday, despite a letter from the aging Cuban revolutionary published by state media and denials by relatives at home and in the United States that he is on death’s door.

Social media sites and some news organizations have reported allegations by a Venezuelan doctor that Castro, 86, had suffered a massive stroke, was in a vegetative state, and had only weeks to live, though the same doctor, Jose Rafael Marquina, has made some claims before that have not panned out.

Marquina told Spain’s ABC newspaper that Castro had suffered a “massive embolism of the right cerebral artery” and while not on life support or breathing artificially, was “moribund” at a house in a gated former country club in western Havana.

Marquina also said that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez had traveled suddenly to Havana to be with his friend and ally, an account that could not be immediately verified.

Reached by The Associated Press, Marquina said his sources were in Venezuela, but he would not identify them or say how they were in a position to have information about Castro’s health. He also indicated he had received corroborating evidence from sources on Twitter, but would not say who. […]

The safety valve, redux

Of course, we can count on the Cuban government to keep its promises just as they’ve done for the last 53 plus years:

The Cuban government announced Tuesday that it will no longer require islanders to apply for an exit visa, eliminating a much-loathed bureaucratic procedure that has been a major impediment for many seeking to travel overseas.

A notice published in Communist Party newspaper Granma said Cubans will also no longer have to present a letter of invitation to travel abroad when the rule change takes effect Jan. 13, and beginning on that date islanders will only have to show their passport and a visa from the country they are traveling to.

“As part of the work under way to update the current migratory policy and adjust it to the conditions of the present and the foreseeable future, the Cuban government, in exercise of its sovereignty, has decided to eliminate the procedure of the exit visa for travel to the exterior,” the notice read. […]

About Cuba lifting the ban on Cuban-American artists

It’s official, there was no “lifting” of the ban.

Capitol Hill Cubans:

Castro Confirms Ban on Cuban-American Artists

at 9:12 AM Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The BBC was the first news outlet to erroneously report on a supposed “lifting” of the Castro regime’s ban on Cuban-American artists, even though not a single song by Willy Chirino, Celia Cruz or Gloria Estefan had been played on Cuban radio.

Moreover, there had been no official confirmation that the Castro regime’s ban had been lifted.

Regardless, the BBC ran with the story and other media outlets piggy-backed to further their narrative of Raul, the so-called “reformer.”

Yet, yesterday, the national director of music at Castro’s Institute of Cuban Radio and Television (ICRT) announced that artists, such as Celia Cruz, remain banned from Cuban radio for having been “allied with the enemy and attempted against our families.”

The BBC should retract its story, as Castro’s ban on Cuban-American artists is tragically alive and well.

More “reform” you can’t believe in

One of the lies Modig was forced to tell

 Capitol Hill Cubans:

Imagine Teddy Bears Over Havana

Does Sweden only support dissidents in Cuba?

Of course not.

Sweden is a leader in the promotion of human rights and democratic movements in repressed societies throughout the world — from Cuba to Burma.

However, when Swedish youth leader Aron Modig was asked this question at the press conference staged last week by Castro’s Ministry of the Interior, he stated affirmatively and even “apologized” for doing so.

That was another one of the lies that Modig, who survived the car crash that killed Cuban pro-democracy leader Oswaldo Paya, was forced to tell during the Castro regime’s staged “mea culpa.”

Otherwise, he’d still be in an interrogation cell.

But we’re not sure what’s more fascinating — the fact that such Stalinist theater takes place in the 21st century, or that Castro’s foreign echo-chamber regurgitates it as fact.

Particularly when, on the very same week, the following events were transpiring in Europe’s last dictatorship, Belarus.

From Bloomberg:

Sweden’s ambassador to Belarus was expelled for “being too supportive of human rights,” Foreign Minister Carl Bildt said on his Twitter account.

“Outrageous,” Bildt wrote. “Shows nature of regime.”

The Nordic country has retaliated by ousting two Belorussian diplomats, Bildt said.

Sweden will inform the Belorussian embassy in Stockholm that the new ambassador to Sweden won’t be welcome and that two other representatives will have their credentials revoked, Bildt said Friday in a statement posted on the government’s website.

“The Lukashenko-regime’s expulsion of Sweden’s ambassador to Belarus is a big breach against the norms for relations between states,” Bildt said. “The accusations that the regime has directed at the ambassador are completely baseless. That Sweden is very much engaged to promote democracy and human rights in Belarus is no secret.”

Belorussian President Aleksandr Lukashenko last month fired the border-guard and air-force chiefs after Swedish pilots illegally flew a small airplane from Lithuania to Belarus.

A group of Swedish citizens illegally flew a small plane from Lithuania to Belarus on July 4, dropping teddy-bear toys with signs calling for free speech over the capital, Minsk, Lukashenko said last month, according to a statement on his office’s website. The pilots were able to return to a Lithuanian airport without being intercepted and posted video footage of their flight on the Internet.

Modig’s silence enables Cuban dictator

Excellent editorial from our friend Ernesto Hernandez Busco at Penúltimos Días.

Aron Modig: to play the Swede

Jens Aron Modig has managed to perfectly illustrate an expression of Cuban slang that means the ability, at one and the same time, to ignore an issue or obligation, feigning innocence or clumsiness, while pretending it has nothing to do with you.

We knew that the Swede “would play the Swede” when we learned of his ability to sink into the deepest slumber while the car he was riding in was speeding on unmaintained Cuban roads.

After making obviously dictated statements before the international press in Cuba and securing, in this way, his departure from the island, Modig called a press conference that should have been of equal concern to Cuban authorities and Spanish diplomats, who still believe they can save Carromero from his status as a political hostage.

Yesterday the press conference was called off. The justification from Modig and his spokespeople, was that he did not want to do harm to Carromero, a reasoning that in reality is a kind of ethical screen, allowing him to avoid responsibility. Because, on the face of it, the true ethical obligation of the only witness to the accident who has managed to leave Cuba, is to tell the truth, detail the circumstances of an accident in which two Cuban opposition figures died, and reveal whether his testimony was coerced (and if so, in what way). His moral commitment should be, above all, with the mourners, Payá’s own family, who although still grieving have the right to know the truth — and secondly, with the Cuban opposition, which has lost one of its essential figures.

Instead, Modig preferred the diplomatic strategy of using ethics as an alibi.

What is it that Modig has to say that could harm Carromero? Obviously something he didn’t say in Cuba, something that would disprove the official version, and thus the charges being pressed against the Spanish defendant. I don’t understand why, if the truth is what he said on the island, repeating it now in his own country can do harm to the one left behind. Or, as a Cuban humorist commented sarcastically a few days ago, “We cannot imagine how someone who slept through the accident can do harm to Carromero.”

In fact, Modig is not acting in a democratic or transparent way; instead of denouncing Cuban State Security and using the pressure of the press and the international community, he has preferred to negotiate in silence a diplomatic exit in hopes of a release or an indulgence that will never come. The politicians have prioritized the diplomatic strategy and arranged it backstage, disguised as prudence. And the subtext of this deal is that a Spanish citizen in danger of going to prison is worth more than the truth and the cause of the Cuban dissidence, which has cost the imprisonment — and the lives — of too many Cubans.

Thus, although Modig’s spokespeople speak again and again of his commitment to the “fight for democratic rights and for freedom,” and their application “beyond the borders of Sweden,” some Cubans prefer to believe that Modig has chosen an exit of dubious effectiveness, leaving the cause of Cuba in last place. That is, he has “played the Swede” twice over.

Ernesto Hernandez Busto

The axiom, that all it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing, remains true. Modig should seize the moment and hold press conferences telling the world the truth about Oswaldo Paya’s death.

Time To Stop Punching Ovaries … Right or Left … And Get To The Meat

Don’t get me wrong here. I am not advocating pulling back on free speech, I do want to point out the abuses, and then the hypocritical aghast angst and outrage those that flaunt, and even abuse, their free speech feign.

Let’s be clear here. The terminology Rush Limbaugh used in reference to activist and democrat operative Georgetown University’s co-ed Sandra Fluke was not only wrong and vile, but stupid … and I never thought I would use the word “stupid” to describe Rush. Personal responsibility when practicing your rights. I have to ponder, however, if he might not have had a purpose to his nastiness. Whether he did or not, what he has done is bring to the front burner something we have been shouting about since the 2008 election cycle (at least). That would be the double standard misogyny and thoroughly disgusting insults thrown at (primarily) conservative women, and the left’s double standards.

A little side note. Two things here we need to get straight: Those claiming Mz. Fluke is a “private citizen” are wrong. She is no more, or no less, a private citizen than Carrie Prejean was. As Mz. Fluke’s agenda is unraveled we even discover some truths about her, one of which is her purposeful entering of the private Catholic university in order to force them to change their policy on the matter. She officially entered the public arena when she willingly entered the House chambers and gave her error-riddled speech insisting Catholic Georgetown University go against their religious and moral convictions by having the government force them to provide her and all co-eds free contraception (which is provided off campus). Bill O’Reilly points out, Mz. Fluke has handlers behind her, and some linking back to the White House. She is a pawn for the administration and the democrats.

Secondly, the next time one of the democrat talking-heads brushes off the attacks on Fluke vs Palin as “private citizen” vs “public figure”, will somebody please demand a follow-up explanation as to why it is somehow okay to make these disgusting personal sexist attacks on a woman deemed a public figure? We are all private citizens. Some choose to enter the public eye. However, attacking them on a personal, and sexist, level is never acceptable … no matter who it is or who is doing the attacking/insulting. And for the Obama sycophants to fluff-off people such as Bill Maher and Louis C.K. as “comedians” adds injury to the insult. What the hell manner of twisted-head-up-your-ass logic and reasoning is that? Hey, ever notice it’s the liberal/democrat-supporting celebrities that typically drag women back into the demeaning and derogatory catagories the liberal/democrat-supporting feminists have fought decades to get women out of? I doubt Hugh Hefner and Larry Flynt are republican voters/contributors. For all the self-righteous snarking the left likes to do when conservatives slip-up on their values/morals they should look in the mirror and realize slip-sliding along in a civilized society is a two-way street and simply dismissing your own behavior as acceptable because you never espouse any values/morals is pure unintelligent bullshit. Remove the plank from your own eye before demanding every conservative/republican shove a pointy splinter into, say, Rush Limbaugh’s eye. Or just shut up about it all, huh? There’s a thought.

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