Black Flag

For Andrew

I have writer’s block.

It’s not that I can’t find stuff to write about, but rather that everything that I write ends up in the recycle bin when I proof it. It ends up there not because it lacks substance or the delivery is less than what I set up as a standard for myself, but because I read it and realize that it is a meaningless exercise.

My blog, Boiling Frogs, is the space where I organize my thoughts, where I put down ideas (some complex, many rather simple) in as intelligent a fashion as I can.

Idea … supporting argument/facts … conclusion.

Simple enough.


That format isn’t working any more.

Sure enough, I can dutifully follow it and an entry appears, but then I proof it, and “delete” just follows naturally. I delete it at that point in the proof reading process where having stopped trying to identify all my spelling and grammatical errors, I read my work and ask myself “does it matter that you wrote this?”

The response these last few weeks has come back “not in the slightest,” ten times out of ten.

I’ve lost my mojo.

Here’s the next thing that has me out of sorts: I don’t read anything that remotely resembles news or political commentary. I don’t watch TV news any longer, and my satellite radio has been pretty solidly stuck on “The Pulse,” with occasional excursions into “Little Steven’s Underground Garage,” “Siriously Sinatra”, “BB King’s Bluesville,” and when the day calls for it, “Lithium.”

I just want to shut everything out.

I am so absolutely disgusted with the current state of affairs in this nation, and in the world at large, that I want to stay as far away from both as I possibly can, and when they simply refuse to stay away, I have SiriusXM, one Hell of an audio system in my car, and “Lithium.”

Hello, hello, hello, how low?
Hello, hello, hello, how low?
Hello, hello, hello, how low?
Hello, hello, hello!

With the lights out, it’s less dangerous
Here we are now, entertain us
I feel stupid and contagious
Here we are now, entertain us!

That song’s opening line is the best…

Load up on guns and bring your friends
It’s fun to lose and to pretend…

I don’t want to fucking pretend.

THAT is probably the root of my writer’s block … I no longer want to fucking pretend that intelligent debate, logical arguments and opinions grounded on facts and history have any meaning at all.

They don’t, or at least not to people who lack both intelligence and the ability to grasp logic, and who couldn’t give less of a shit about facts and history.

Those people don’t read my blog because reading it probably gives them a headache.

Now, I know that there are a few people out there who do read my blog and Babalu, and I must apologize to you. I appreciate your support and your loyalty, but you need to understand what I’ve come to understand.

We are a small echo chamber of logic and substance trapped inside an insane massive bell tower cacophony of fucking stupid, and the stupid is growing by the day.

Listen, I know what’s supposed to be going on right now: Bloggers and the alternative media are supposed to be leading the fight against stupid, we are supposed to take up the forgotten standard of unbiased journalism, wipe the shit off the canton of intelligent reporting, and lead America back to a place where sanity reigns and “good night and good luck” meant that you had just been enlightened about the world around you, not indoctrinated.

But I don’t think that’s going to happen. It may happen some day in the future, but not right now.

Not the way things stand.

Today we live in a nation divided. A three way split of the entitled, the disinterested and the chattel that pay for it all

We live in a nation where condoms to be used for premarital sex are an entitlement, and should you forget to use them, abortion on demand is a right, but the exercise of our unalienable rights protected by the Second Amendment are subject to the approval of people far too stupid to understand that you cannot possibly be safer by giving up the most effective way to defend yourself from someone who doesn’t give a shit about laws to begin with.

For the record, I would be willing to personally pay for a college to menopause supply of condoms for Sandra Fluke, if that was a guarantee that doing so would mean that she wouldn’t bear children and add to the legions of stupid that we are being overrun by.

We live in a nation where a growing segment of the population wants to label health care and a college education as “rights” to be made available to all for free. Not being able to think sufficiently clear to figure out that the most basic definition of slavery is one person claiming a right to the fruit of another person’s labor, they demand as a right the fruit of the labor of those who must bear the cost of that which they wish to receive for free.

We are a nation divided, shouting at each other from behind our respective barricades, not hearing a thing the other one is saying, and to be fair, not giving any more of a shit about their opinions than they do about ours.

The time for dialogue is over. It’s time for something else.

I remember the day, many years ago, when I had the first of my many political epiphanies. The day when I ran across something so elemental, so damned politically organic and centered that it moved me off the shifting ideological hill where I stood with uncertain footing, and transported me to this mountain of hard-as-granite, indisputable political logic where I still stand today.

You and I are told we must choose between a left or right, but I suggest there is no such thing as a left or right. There is only an up or down. Up to man’s age-old dream-the maximum of individual freedom consistent with order or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism. Regardless of their sincerity, their humanitarian motives, those who would sacrifice freedom for security have embarked on this downward path. Plutarch warned, ‘The real destroyer of the liberties of the people is he who spreads among them bounties, donations and benefits.’

Shuttered windows clouding my vision flew open, preconceived notions lay shattered and scattered across the landscape of my juvenile perception of the role of government in the lives of citizens, and understanding assaulted my eyes with the brightness of a midday sun.

It was my time for choosing, and choose I did.

They say the world has become too complex for simple answers. They are wrong. There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right. Winston Churchill said that ‘the destiny of man is not measured by material computation. When great forces are on the move in the world, we learn we are spirits-not animals.’ And he said, ‘There is something going on in time and space, and beyond time and space, which, whether we like it or not, spells duty.’

“You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children’s children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done.


That was then, but this is now. We’ve taken more than just the first step into the darkness, and I don’t want to pretend that there is choosing left to be done by anyone

The time for choosing is done.

Look around you, everything is politicized.

I don’t listen to music I used to love to listen to because the musicians I used to follow are mostly leftist assholes.

I don’t watch movies because so are most actors and directors.

I don’t speak to a significant number of people who I used to be “friendly” with, because they are fucking blind leftists who look at me with their fucking condescension-filled eyes, as if I were some sort of fucking monkey boy just rescued from the deep jungles of Borneo that needs to be taught how to act around civilized people, when we discuss politics.

The time for choosing is done… it’s time for something else now.

I have absolutely nothing in common with the morons who seem to think that they are in charge in this nation at this time, so I choose whatever side it is that they are not on.

H. L. Mencken once said that “every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats.”

I don’t know about the throat slitting part of that, but I am all about hoisting the black flag. I am all about spitting on my hands and getting to it with these fucking morons.

The time for intelligent debate is no more. I don’t give any more of a shit about what they think, than they do about what I think.

We’ve chosen, sides. There are very, very few undecided, and they have labeled themselves insignificant via their indecisiveness.

It’s time to get to it. Time to hoist the black flag, fling the grappling hooks and board their ship.

The time for choosing is done.

The time for “fuck you” has begun.

tattered CJ.1

Andrew Breitbart
February 1, 1969 – March 1, 2012

Sigler Amaya to receive exit permit

Cardenal Ortega is certainly looking out for his lord and master, castro, inc.   After Cuban state thugs beat the defiant and now paraplegic former political prisoner, and that negative news hit the Internet, the Cardinal helped the regime see the error of their ways, and now they’ve had a change of heart.  Bastards, the only reason he needs medical treatment is due to the torture and mistreatment he suffered as a political prisoner. 

Ariel Sigler Amaya before his arrest:


Ariel Sigler Amaya after castro care in the gulag:


Regime gives Permit to Leave the Country to Ariel Sigler Amaya after the intercession of Cardinal Ortega

Radio Marti informs [in Spanish] that after yesterday’s assault, and subsequent phone call from Cuban Cardinal and La Habana’s Archbishop Jaime Ortega. Ariel’s wife, Oelia, explained to Radio Martí that Ortega had called to tell her that he had personally interceded with the authorities for Ariel, and that they would be contacting her soon to confirm. They called her today. She stated that despite the outcome, she was not happy given “the high price that must be paid in Cuba to be able to leave the country.”

One thing is very clear, now is not the time to bail out this bankrupt brutal dictatorship, but to end it, and the castro brothers atrocities against the Cuban people permanately.  ¡YA NO MÁS!

Spain and the Cuban slave trade is alive and well

The Cuban political prisoners that reportedly are being freed and allowed to leave are neither.  They are mere slaves in a $cam to prop up a murderous dictator for the $ake of business as usual.  How is the current practice of the state selling the labor of Cuban workers , more here, and here, to the highest bidder any different than past slave masters renting the labor of their slaves?  They work if they want to eat, and keep their mouths shut if they want to avoid punishment.  

Ending five-hundred plus years of exploitation is something the Spanish government is unwilling to do.  Not as long as it is profitable and they get by with it. 

How nice of Spain to to accept Cuba’s unwilling cast offs. I wonder, is the payoff is a bigger piece of the anticipated U.S. tourist pie as reward, or are they merely protecting their current business interests?

 As Rayarena commented on Alberto’s post below, ” Can you imagine if Mandela had been released only to be exiled? The roaring condemnations from the MSM would be deafening.”

When it comes to Cuban political prisoners,  it is the MSM’s silence that is deafening.  ¡Ya no más!


Cuba, Repression ID Project

Do you recognize these faces?


From The Real Cuba Blog:

April 24 – Four Cuban American lawyers and a Miami-based television station have launched a campaign to identify and publicly name Cuban state security agents and pro-government militants who attack dissidents on the island.

Called “Cuba, Repression ID,” the project that began this week solicits public support from the Cuban exile community in the United States and also from people inside Cuba to identify, through photographs and film footage, individuals seen beating or harassing unarmed critics of Cuba’s communist government. 

In recent weeks, TV footage of Cuban state security agents and mobs of pro-government supporters heckling, harassing and forcibly breaking up dissident rallies and marches has drawn widespread international criticism of Cuba’s rulers and renewed calls for them to free political prisoners on the island. The promoters of the “Repression ID” initiative backed by Spanish-language Channel 41 AmericaTeve say they want to name and shame identified persecutors of Cuban dissidents, both as a historical record, for possible future legal action, and as a way of trying to halt such violence and intimidation. 

“Here are the images, the faces of repression,” reads the advisory on AmericaTeve’s website, above a gallery of 28 photographs of men and women who were captured on film breaking up peaceful rallies by Cuba’s Ladies in White dissidents. Members of the public are requested to e-mail or call in the identities of those shown. 

“Who are they? What are their names? Where do they work? Where do they live?” the website asks. Click here to visit the America TeVe website to see if you can identify any of those who are abusing the dissidents in Cuba.

Visit Los Rostros de la Represión here.

Murdered by castro on February 24, 1996


The roster of castro’s victims continues to grow, as does our grief, but it is our duty to remember each and every one of them, and to never forget who is responsible, and to never, ever give up on insisting that  justice be served.

Here is the video of fidel admitting responsibility:

Read more about the Brothers to the Rescue missions, and the tragic murders here.


God bless all of Cuba’s martyrs and may they rest in peace.

Babalú Blog
Babalú Blog
Murdered by castro on February 24, 1996

Blogacción por los Derechos Humanos en Cuba


Myself with Henry Agueros, Esteban Fernandez of Periódico 20 de Mayo, and Junta Patriotica members Joel Borges and  Gilberto Perez at the Jose Marti Plaza in Los Angeles.

We read the  manisfesto internacional por los Derechos Humanos en Cuba, 05-12-09.

Nosotros, cubanos en el exilio, unidos en una cadena internacional por la libertad y la democracia en Cuba, hemos acordado manifestar hoy 5 de diciembre de 2009, junto a nuestros amigos en cada ciudad, nuestro rechazo a las reiteradas y flagrantes violaciones de los derechos humanos en Cuba.

 Es por ello que en más de trece ciudades de Europa y América hablamos a una misma voz y expresamos:

 1- Demandamos la libertad incondicional de todos los presos políticos cubanos, que se ponga fin al terrorismo de Estado contra la población civil y el cese de la dictadura como forma de gobierno en la isla.

 2- Nuestro respaldo y solidaridad a todas las fuerzas de la sociedad civil en Cuba que buscan encausar a la nación por sendas de progreso, libertad y democracia.

 3- Nuestra alerta a la opinión pública y a la comunidad internacional sobre las nuevas estrategias de la dictadura castrista, que pretende amordazar a la comunidad internacional para que no se interese por las flagrantes violaciones de los derechos humanos en Cuba.

 Suscrito en Miami, Tampa, Hialeah, West Palm Beach, West New York, New Jersey, Los Angeles,  San Juan de Puerto Rico, Toronto, Roma, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona y Marbella, hoy 5 Diciembre de 2009.

Here is my very rough translation, please someone, correct any errors:

We, Cubans in exile, from more than thirteen cities of Europe and America united in an international chain for freedom and democracy in Cuba. We stood with our friends in each city to reiterate our rejection of the flagrant violations of human rights in Cuba. In solidarity, we expressed in a united voice these demands:

 1- We demand the unconditional freedom of all the Cuban political prisoners, an end to the terrorism of the State against the civil populace and the end of the dictatorship as the form of government in the island.

  2- We endorse and are in solidarity with all the forces of the civil society in Cuba that strive for progress, freedom, and democracy for Cuba.

 3- We alert the public and the international community about the new strategies used by the Castro dictatorship to control and manipulate public opinion in order to squash international interest in the flagrant violations of human rights in Cuba.

 Subscribed in Miami, Tampa, Hialeah, West Palm Beach, West New York, New Jersey, Los Angeles, San Juan of Puerto Rico, Toronto, Rome, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona and Marbella, today 5 December of 2009.

Please excuse our ragged looks, as Henry and I were sin sleep after attending a late night Albita concert.  More about that here.

Update on Darsi Ferrer situation

This just in, sorry it’s in Spanish, I’m working on getting it translated:

En prisión activista por los derechos humanos Dr. Darsi Ferrer.

Por Jaime Leygonier.

 En La Habana, el 21 de julio de 2009, agentes en uniforme policial y verde olivo detuvieron en su hogar  al  Dr. Darsi Ferrer Ramírez  y lo condujeron al penal de Valle Grande donde al día siguiente permitieron a su esposa verlo unos minutos.

La esposa, Yusnaimy Jorge Soca, refiere: “Darsi se niega a tomar alimentos, siente gran dolor de cabeza, lo pelaron al rape y por negarse a formar, un guardia lo amenazo con “pasarlo por el somatón” cuando yo me marchara, lo que interpreto como que lo golpearán o cualquier otra brutalidad. Ya en la detención anterior lo golpearon dentro de la Unidad de policía ocho agentes estando mi esposo esposado. Ahora no explican la causa de su encarcelamiento, pero todos sabemos que es un castigo por su labor a favor de los derechos humanos y por la campaña ciudadana “El paseo de tus sueños”, que exhorta a la realización personal. 

    El Dr. Ferrer como director del Centro de Salud y Derechos Humanos “Juan Bruno Zayas” lleva años consagrado a una seria labor social y política reveladora del catastrófico estado de los servicios médicos cubanos, las condiciones infrahumanas de las villas-miseria y la marginación del cubano en su propia patria con dos monedas, prohibición de servicios hoteleros y hospitalarios – reservados para extranjeros y dirigentes – y persecución a cubanos de otras provincias que pretenden vivir en La Habana: Situación que según legislación cubana e internacional califica como delito de Apartheid.

El médico es conocido por las marchas pacificas del 10 de diciembre que convocó tres años consecutivos ante la sede en La Habana de la UNESCO y que son reprimidas agolpes y arrestos masivos por la policía y paramilitares del Régimen.

Su informe “La tortura, método sistemático de castigo en Cuba”(9/1/2006) fundamentó con 14 casos de opositores detenidos como las condiciones de cautiverio en Cuba provocan en breve tiempo la perdida de la salud física y mental y  tipifican como tortura- según convenios internacionales que violan.

Con recursos ínfimos, su Centro de Salud llevó medicamentos (recibidos del G.A.D.) y donativos de ropa a los residentes en los albergues estatales, conocidos como villas miserias y “llega-y-pon” por las malas condiciones en que se encuentran, lugares donde el Estado hacina a quienes pierden su techo.

Repetidas veces los agentes de la Seguridad del Estado lo arrestaron sin causa, lo amenazaron con meterlo preso si no desistía de su labor, allanaron su hogar para confiscar papeles, libros, la computadora.

El pasado 9 de julio lo arrestaron junto a su esposa enferma Yusnaimy Jorge Soca, fracturaron la puerta de su hogar y arrancaron las ventanas de aluminio, dejando al apartamento y familia expuesto a lluvia y a ladrones. También “confiscaron”  dos sacos de cemento.

Que el médico reparaba su apartamento minúsculo y ruinoso sirvió de pretexto para ese ataque, y preguntarle donde compró los materiales. Acto desesperado para – ocultando los móviles reales – acallarlo con la prisión.

El Dr. Ferrer sostuvo a la policía que compró los materiales al fiscal militar teniente coronel González Peña- vecino de la misma calle al cual denuncio en vano el doctor por notoria “reparación” de su casa ampliándola como mansión y  por vender materiales a medio barrio.

 Ahora el Dr. Ferrer sufrirá la tortura sistemática propia del sistema penal  cubano junto a tantos presos de conciencia y comunes por cuya libertad  y trato humano luchó.

Lo arrolló el envalentonamiento del Régimen y  la ola represiva que Ferrer pronosticó como consecuencia de dejar fortalecerse a Raúl Castro y de la política europea de legitimarlo y sacrificar a los presos de conciencia del 2003 y los derechos del pueblo cubano.

“Me amenazaron con encarcelarme y botar la llave. No sé cómo todavía me dejan en la calle” – decía. Ahora colmo la ira de Estado cuando invitó a todos a pasear pacíficamente por el malecón habanero “por un sueño, el de cada uno”.

No importan los argumentos legales que utilice el régimen para mantenerlo encarcelado, para un gobierno que está al margen  del Estado de Derecho eso no es importante, ninguno podrá justificar la verdadera causa del encarcelamiento de Darsi Ferrer. Sólo hay uno, el miedo de las autoridades a su activismo cívico, al liderazgo que posee dentro de las filas disidentes y el principal, su voluntad indomable de ver a su patria libre y en paz, esto es lo que el régimen no le puede perdonar y por lo que lo mantiene encerrado.                                         (La Habana, 22 de julio, 2009)

Congressional letter on behalf of ailing Cuban political prisoner

Kendrick Meek, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Albio Sires, Lincoln Diaz-Balart, Mario Diaz-Balart, and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, all members of the Congressional Cuba Democracy Caucus,  have stepped up to the plate on behalf of Cuban political prisoner Ariel Sigler Amaya.  The lack of action by other members of Congress, as well as international Human Rights organizations, and the MSM, is indicative of their hypocrisy and true disregard for Human Rights.  They are all worthless baggage.

From Capital Hill Cubans, the Congressional letter on Ariel Sigler Amaya:Cuba_Ariel_Sigler_Amaya_letter_7_16_09 (Click to enlarge)