March 05, 2013

Mercy For Chavez?

I like Pejman Yousefzadeh's commentaries.

Only those who approve of Chavez’s particular brand of moral idiocy and his unique capacity to annihilate the Venezuelan economy could possibly feel badly about this, and we know what that makes those people. I suppose that it is worth noting that once upon a time, Michael Moore—who certainly approves of moral idiocy and the destruction of economies via the implementation of socialist economic policies—once made a movie about how Cuban health care might be preferable to the health care found in the United States;

...Chavez may be beyond saving at this point, and is certainly does not deserve to recover from his health woes, but it wouldn’t be the world’s worst idea for the United States to offer to try to help him out via a public statement to the effect that Chavez would be welcome to come to the United States and go to any hospital he wants in order to combat the ailments a just Deity has visited on him. I put forward this idea for the following reasons:

Read the rest.

By Howie at 09:21 AM | Comments |

January 19, 2011

Easing Cuban Travel Restrictions, Team Obama Slaps Cuba's Political Prisoners In the Face

FNC

It was a strange way to kick off the Martin Luther King weekend. But last Friday night, President Obama slapped hundreds of Cuba’s political prisoners’ right in the face.

That’s when the administration announced it will make it easier for Americans who support Castro’s government to send money there and visit the island for propaganda purposes. Travel restrictions will be lifted or relaxed, as will remittances and charter flights.

It’s a deplorable change -- and totally unnecessary. After all, the Castro brothers’ thugs do a good job making their victims miserable without help from the Oval Office.

Cuba’s prison guards keep their prey in dank underground cells, the easier to dump urine and excrement on them when the whim strikes them, or for rats to scurry in and bite the prisoners while they sleep—which they have to do standing up. (Their cells are not big enough to lie down in.) If you’re uncomfortable reading about these conditions, imagine what it’s like for the prisoners who endure them.

These men and women—behind bars for years for such infractions as exercising their freedom of speech, assembly, religion or movement—are the few on that island Gulag who still refuse to give in to the communist regime. Cuba’s other millions have learned the art of outwardly going along, lest they, too, get whisked away to one of the prison compounds that dot the island. Who can blame them? How many of us would not just surrender and practice what Orwell called “doublethink”?[More]

Gawd

By Stable Hand at 11:46 AM | Comments |

January 09, 2011

Communist Quotes Line Chicago Public School Hallway

Dang Palin/teabaggeerrzzz and their hateful rhetoric..oh wait.

Via Illinois Review

Chicago father Eric Kohn was stunned Sunday morning when he noticed a hall display in Chicago Public Schools' Bell School near Addison and Western. Attending services of a Harvest Bible Chapel church outreach temporarily meeting at the school, Kohn noticed a bulletin board in the school halls entitled "Celebrate the Value of You":[Read the rest]
Close up of one of the quotes on bulletin board: Alexander Graham Bell School[Website link]

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Illinois Reviewwill publish Bell Elementary School principal Sandra Caudill's response as soon as she returns the voicemail we left at the school's office this afternoon.
Hmmmm, wonder what her excuse will be?
By Stable Hand at 04:06 PM | Comments |

October 22, 2010

Dolores Huerta: Obi One's Secretary Of Labor & Spokesperson For Viva La Castro Regime

PSA from the Department of Labor, innocent enough eh?

Not so fast

After starring in public Service Announcements for the Obama administration, Mexican-American Labor activist Dolores Huestra is now starring in public service announcements for Fidel Castro’s regime. Senora Huetra is a co-founder of United Farm Workers of American and a member of Democratic Socialists of America. Given the current political climate Senora Huestra’s credentials apparently qualify her as spokesperson for both the U.S. and for the regime that denounced the U.S. “the great enemy of mankind!” and craved to nuke it.

The release of the duly convicted “Cuban Five,” for whom Senora Dolores Huerta campaigns in her Castro-regime infomercial, has become (next to dropping the so-called U.S. embargo) Castro’s top propaganda goal. Naturally U.S. celebrities have flocked to the cause like flies to…..well.

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The "Cuban Five" have blood on their hands, American blood. Read the rest.

By Stable Hand at 09:20 AM | Comments |

September 09, 2010

Castro: Communism Doesn't Work

Fidel Castro.jpgFormer Cuban dictator Fidel Castro was interviewed by Jeff Goldberg of Atlantic magazine and said that communism doesn't work.

That Cuba's economy is flailing is no state secret. Fidel's brother, Cuban President Raul Castro, has repeatedly said that the communist economic model is badly frayed and in need of reform.

He has told Cubans to work harder and expect less from the state, which controls more than 90 percent of the economy. But the Castros have also insisted they have no desire to embrace capitalism.

Still, Fidel's candor caught many by surprise.

Former Brit Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher had it right when she said socialism/communism will work until you run out of other people's money. For decades, Castro was propped up by massive infusions of foreign aid from the USSR but that's gone now as Cuba trends toward abject national poverty.

Castro also urged Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to quit denying the Holocaust and slandering the Jews. (more....)

By at 11:32 AM | Comments |

January 19, 2010

Commies Don't Get No Respect

According to a report in the International Journal of Socialist Renewal dated yesterday, Western news agencies, particularly Fox News, are conspiring to minimize the contributions of Cuban and Venezuelan doctors in Haiti.

The journal piece details a few anecdotal experiences of Cuban health care personnel in Haiti while bemoaning and boohooing that the media are not giving them coverage. And, there's a desperate pleading:

Are we going to have to put speakers on the moon so that people know that Haiti has known Cuban doctors for many years before the earthquake struck?
Heh. Poor babies.

Meanwhile, a report has surfaced that 26 patients died last week in a Cuban hospital due to negligence. It appears that the government was less than expedient about disclosing information to the media on the patients' deaths.

In summary, commies want media coverage when they likely don't deserve it and they don't want coverage when they likely do deserve it. Sounds about right. (h/t Rodney Dangerfield)

By at 02:09 PM | Comments |

December 16, 2009

Thomson Prison Is Approachable, Gitmo Not

Thomson Correctional Center sits a mere mile from downtown Thomson, IL (pop. about 600). One could easily walk from the town center to the prison fence in 15 minutes. Driving by, one could pull over on 1 Mile Road or Sandridge Road and be within 250 yards of the Thomson cell blocks.

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Thomson Correctional Center

From the air, an enterprising sightseer, or anyone, might elect to use a small stretch of the thousands of square miles of surrounding farm country to launch an ultralight aircraft and fly over or land at Thomson Correctional Center. In fact, one could also drop contraband or explosives from an ultralight. Meanwhile, no radar would alert the prison staff and, other than small arms, no defense against an attack by air is available.

With regard to criminals being "put away" at Thomson Correctional Center, "away" is unrelated to distance. They are going to be "over there, up the road." Neighbors, you might say.

In the same vein, the Quad Cities Nuclear Generating Station with its two 900+ megawatt reactors, is a neighborly 15 miles away.

Yep, Thomson prison has one characteristic that Gitmo doesn't. Anyone can mosey up to it. (More ...)

UPDATE: Second City Cop chimes in:

That's a lot of flat land between the road and perimeter fences.
Also see Michelle's post here.

By at 01:40 PM | Comments |

December 14, 2009

Fidel Castro: "Obama's Smile Can't Be Trusted

Whatcha be talkin bout Fidel?

HAVANA (Reuters) – Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro warned on Monday that President Barack Obama's "kindly smile" could not be trusted, saying Washington was plotting against leftist Latin American governments including Venezuela's.
I don't take kindly to that smile either, but for other reasons.

By Stable Hand at 08:07 PM | Comments |

August 25, 2009

Cuban Dictator: Right Hates Obama Because They're Racist or Something

It turns out that in addition to being a despotic dictator and a mass murderer, that El Jefe is also a race baiter:

President Barack Obama is trying to make positive changes in the United States, but is being fought at every turn by right-wingers who hate him because he is black, former Cuban leader Fidel Castro said on Tuesday.
Thanks to Dan.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:28 AM | Comments |

July 23, 2009

Biden: Gitmo Closes by January

In an interview with the BBC, Vice President Joe Biden said that the Guantanamo Bay detention camp will close by next January and decisions on individual inmates will be completed well before January.

Unfortunately, Biden's remarks are somewhat inconsistent with a statement made Monday by senior administration officials which indicated that a task force "would need another six months to complete a report" on closing Guantanamo.

Take your pick.

By at 07:31 AM | Comments |

June 14, 2009

Castro's Son Hoaxed by Internet "Babe"

Antonio Castro.jpg(Miami, Florida) One of Fidel Castro's sons, Antonio Castro, developed an Internet love affair with what he thought was a Colombian woman named Claudia Valencia.

Antonio and "Claudia" began chatting last October on the Tagged social networking site and their relationship grew from friendly to steamy sexy.

Unfortunately for Antonio, "Claudia" was actually Luis Domínguez, a 46-year-old Cuban-born Miamian, who launched the ploy to demonstrate that the Cuban security system is penetrable. In fact, Antonio breached Cuban security procedures by conveying travel and security plans to cyber-girlfriend Claudia. Dominguez exposed the sting on Americateve TV in Miami. (More)

By at 01:04 AM | Comments |

April 13, 2009

Cuba: Obama Eases Travel Restrictions, Fidel Castro Cries Foul

"Give somebody a inch and they will take a mile" comes to mind, especially when that somebody is a communist.

April 14 (Bloomberg) -- President Barack Obama lifted all travel limits for Cuban-Americans visiting family in Cuba as part of an administration push to promote “freedom” in the communist county.

The president yesterday also ended restrictions on how much money Cuban-Americans can send relatives there and eased the U.S. embargo against Cuba by allowing U.S. telecommunications companies such as AT&T Inc. to get licenses to operate in the island nation, administration officials said yesterday.

This apparently wasn't enough, Fidel Castro wants an end to all embargo, apparently calling Obama's promotion of freedom idea charity.

Recently, which may have led to this, the Congressional Black Caucas visited Cuba and had nothing but praise for this communist dictator:


Reminder to Democrats: When one goes Viva Fidel one has to go all the way. Fidel demands it.

By Stable Hand at 11:50 PM | Comments |

April 05, 2009

"I'm Not Naive" but "Yes, We Can": Obama Calls For Nuke Free World

Hope/Change!!
From Breitbart

Meanwhile, NKorea defies idiotic UN Sanctions and launches so-called communication satellite rocket. NORAD reports:

No object entered orbit after North Korea's launch of a rocket it claimed was sending a satellite into space, North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command officials said Sunday.
More below fold:

NORAD and USNORTHCOM, which monitored the launch, said in a statement that they acknowledged Sunday that North Korea launched a Taepodong-2 missile at 10:30 p.m. EDT Saturday, which "passed over the Sea of Japan and the nation of Japan."

"Stage one of the missile fell into the Sea of Japan. The remaining stages along with the payload itself landed in the Pacific Ocean," they said. "No object entered orbit and no debris fell on Japan.

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Also, Ayatollah Khomeini congratulated Hugo Chavez for expelling Israel's ambassador from Venezuela. Chavez took this stand to protest Israel's Operation Cast Lead. Iran was very proud Hugo stood up to the evil Zionist Juice.

At the meeting with Chavez, Khomeini expressed the need for more countries to develop nuclear power weapons as Iran is attempting to do:

Ayatollah Khamenei advised all countries which are able to access the nuclear energy to gain the technology and said, "as the oil revenues are limited and for proper exploitation of the new energies we should get nuclear technology as the safest way for producing energy."

The Islamic Revolution Leader termed the level of cooperation between Iran and Venezuela as good and said that the capacities of the two countries for expansion of ties are great and these mutual ties could be changed into multilateral ties at the international and regional arenas.

Ayatollah Khamenei said that confidence and support of the Venezuelan people for their president is a great blessing and opportunity and said," every popular government could resist firmly against powers and these conditions and divine blessings are existed in Venezuela and Iran."

President Hugo Chavez for his part expressed his satisfaction over another meeting with the Islamic Revolution Leader and named himself as follower of the Islamic Revolution and its leaders saying,"we have taken many lessons from political experiences of the Iranian government and nation for resisting against enemies and imperialism and will continue firmly our fight to preserve our independence."

Viva la Islamic Revolution
Viva Ahmadinejad
Viva Hugo Chavez
Viva Kim Jong IL

F**k la Islamic Revolution
F**k Ahmadinejad
F**k Hugo Chavez
F**k Kim Jong IL

Hopey/Changey's dream - Yes we can - must be giving Iran wet dreams.

By Stable Hand at 12:15 PM | Comments |

March 18, 2009

Cuba-Russia Offshore Oil Deal

(Havana, Cuba) American oil companies can't get close to anything like this.

A Russian consortium is looking at leasing up to 15 blocks covering a total of 15,440 square miles (40,000 square kilometers) for oil exploration in Cuba's part of the Gulf of Mexico, a Cuban oil official said on Tuesday.

Companies from China and Angola are also negotiating deals for oil blocks in Cuban waters, which abut those of Mexico and the United States, said Manuel Marrero Faz of Cuba's Ministry of Basic Industry.

He said the Russians are studying the region off the communist island's northwest coast for oil potential before deciding which of the blocks they would like to lease.

Notably, the areas considered offshore Gulf of Mexico waters for Cuba are also offshore waters of the United States -- just a bit further out.

By at 10:24 AM | Comments |

March 10, 2009

Hope/Change!! Viva Fidel Castro, Down With Colombia

Apparently in the Omnibus bill contains a buried provision to ease U.S. economic sanctions on Cuba. What kind a message does this send to Colombia, who soldiers risked their lives to rescue American hostages held by terrorists.

Colombia has been promised free trade but it has never came to fruition. Obama voted against this when he was a Senator. Apparently he still feels this way, Cuba=good, Colombia=bad.

Gateway Pundit has the lowdown on this disgusting development.

By Stable Hand at 12:20 PM | Comments |

February 26, 2009

GITMO: Shocka!! Attorney General Holder Has Conflict of Interest?

Vetting sucks in this administration. It has been nearly non-existent.

It seems Holder was:

[A]a senior partner with Covington and Burling - a white-shoe DC law firm that devotes considerable pro bono time to defending the Gitmo detainees. The job paid $2 million a year, and he expects to collect a like amount this year as part of his separation package.

No wonder Holder is in a hurry to shut it down.

By Stable Hand at 02:12 PM | Comments |

February 25, 2009

Good News!! French Court Frees Former GITMO Detainees

They now will be able to return to work. Great, just great:

PARIS -- Five French former inmates of the Guantanamo Bay prison camp who had been convicted of criminal conspiracy linked to terrorism after returning to France were freed on Tuesday by an appeals court.

The court in Paris released the men on grounds the ruling was based on evidence illegally extracted by French security agents at the U.S. prison, a symbol of detainee abuse which U.S. President Barack Obama plans to shut down.

The court disqualified the evidence, saying French agents for security service DST could not simultaneously gather intelligence and conduct criminal investigations.

"We could not accept that [the interrogators] would question people imprisoned in a foreign territory, in conditions contrary to international conventions," Paul-Albert Iweins, the lawyer for one of the men, told Reuters.

The five -- Khaled ben Mustapha, Mourad Benchellali, Nizar Sassi, Redouane Khalid and Brahim Yadel -- said they were tortured during their stay at Guantanamo, where they each were held for one and a half to two years.

The torture plea is getting damn old and unfortunately it's working.

Hopey/Changey hasn't helped with this situation by declaring closure of GITMO to improve America's image. After his own team declared GITMO follows the Geneva Convention he still plans to close it.

By Stable Hand at 11:37 AM | Comments |

Mastermind Of 9/11 Gives Texans A Chill

Reality strikes these lawmakers.

WASHINGTON — Rep. Michael McCaul called the moment chilling and eerie. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee said she froze in place. And Rep. Pete Olson stared through the one-way glass, thinking, “My God, that’s the man who planned the attacks.”[...]

"It was eerie, kind of spooky, and it exuded evil to me,” said McCaul, a Republican whose congressional district stretches from Houston suburbs to Austin.

“I was riveted,” said Jackson Lee, a Democrat. “It became very, very real and sobering to me that our task dealing with terrorism is still ongoing.”[no duh]

Olson, a Republican and former Navy pilot, said it was “an eye-opening experience” to see the American-educated Muhammad and other senior al-Qaida leaders awaiting military tribunals.

“These are the guys who are most committed,” said Olson.

“They haven’t changed since they walked in there, spitting on people and saying, ‘Americans, we’re going to kill you. Death to Americans.’ They are still singing those same tunes five years later,” Olson said.

They will continue to sing those same tunes, it's in their blood.

In other related news,

Abuse of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay has worsened sharply since President Barack Obama took office as prison guards "get their kicks in" before the camp is closed, according to a lawyer who represents detainees.
Oh please, spare me the BS.

By Stable Hand at 10:59 AM | Comments |

November 18, 2008

Bill Ayers Lied People Died

William Ayers was in DC yesterday talking up his book "Fugitive Days". Due to the large crowd attending, the forum was moved to a church. Talk about ironic.

FReepers were there protesting the unrepentant terrorist visit. Unfortunately I am having problems posting one of their signs - "Ayers Lied People Died". Bestest poster evah. Be sure to follow the link for the images.

Here is the vid. Parts of it are blurry but the best sentence from a dissenter - "Why did you out Valerie Plame? Say what?

Check out what greets you when looking at Ayers book at Amazon

"Just so you know...* We're sorry! Some images in this book are not displayed per publisher request."
Hiding stuff already?

Update - Protest sign. Thanks "This Ain't hell"!

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By Stable Hand at 02:22 AM | Comments |

November 01, 2008

Zombie: Osawatomie - The Weather Undergound Newspaper

Zombie has obtained a copy of the weather underground newspaper. Amazing, kudos's to Zombie! First the book and now this:

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Much of Osawatomie, which was written at a time when the Dohrn-Ayers wing of the Weather Underground was transitioning from terrorism to "working from the inside” for revolution, concerns itself with the need to encourage “organizers” who will work in“communities” and use “audacity” to bring about “socialism” in America.[emphasis mine]
Working from the inside
Organizers
Communities
Audacity
Socialism

Senator and running for POTUS
Obama was a community organizer
"Audacity of Hope", Barack Obama's book.
Obama wants to spread the wealth around.

Nothing to see here, move along

By Stable Hand at 08:09 PM | Comments |

October 22, 2008

(..Update)Zombie: William Ayers' Forgotten Communist Manifesto "Prairie Fire"

Update: Ayers Republished His Revolutionary Manifesto in 2006
He certainly isn't hiding anything is he?
Zombie has acquired a copy of the book by Barack Obama's "mentor" Bill Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn, and two other Weather Underground members, dedicated to RFK assassin Sirhan Sirhan:

William Ayers’ forgotten communist manifesto: Prairie Fire.

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William Ayers openly declares he is a communist. Zombie has scanned pages showing it indeed is from the book. Ayers sez:

"We are a guerrilla organization. We are communist women and men, underground in the United States for four years".
Barack Obama - this isn't the communist Ayers' I knew - or - I thought Ayers was just protesting the Vietnam war - or - I didn't know Ayers wanted to kill people if they didn't re-educate to our liking.

The kill thing I thought I would throw into this. It is a video "No Place to Hide: the Strategy and Tactics of Terrorism" and can be found here.

Larry Grathwohl became a member of the Weather Underground organization as an undercover operative for law enforcement agencies in Cincinnati. His role within the organization was to carry directives from the Central Committee to the operating units in the field.[...]

GRATHWOHL INTERVIEW Grathwohl: I brought up the subject of what's going to happen after we take over the government. You know, we become responsible for administrating, you know, 250 million people. And there was no answer.

No one had given any thought to economics. How are you going to clothe and feed these people? The only thing that I could get was that they expected that the Cubans, the North Vietnamese, the Chinese and the Russians would all want to occupy different portions of the United States.

They also believed that their immediate responsibility would be to protect against what they called the counter-revolution. And they felt that this counter-revolution could best be guarded against by creating and establishing re-education in the Southwest where we would take all of the people who needed to be re-educated into the new way of thinking and teach them how things were going to be.

I asked, "Well, what is going to happen to those people that we can't re-educate, that are die-hard capitalists?" And the reply was that they'd have to be eliminated and when I pursued this further, they estimated that they'd have to eliminate 25 million people in these re-education centers. And when I say eliminate, I mean kill 25 million people.

I want you to imagine sitting in a room with 25 people, most of whom have graduate degrees from Columbia and other well-known educational centers and hear them figuring out the logistics for the elimination of 25 million people and they were dead serious.

Obama's radical friends especially communist friends doesn't make me feel too comfortable at this point.

h/t Charles for the Zombie link

By Stable Hand at 10:41 PM | Comments |

June 18, 2008

The Commies Are Coming!

But not by land or sea, from within!

Via Hot Air:

This makes two congressional Democrats on record within the past month as supporting an overtly socialist “solution” to gas prices.

Link: sevenload.com

Well might as well start learning our new Commiecrat national anthem.

I'm not sure how it is that Vinnie knew ahead of time we'd need to be learning this tune, but he did. How prescient of him.

Also see Stop the ALCU, Protein Wisdom and Michelle Malkin.

It's like 1984 all over again! Which was probably before this stupid beotch was born.

By Howie at 11:54 PM | Comments |

June 03, 2008

Oil Exploration in Cuba's Gulf Waters

(Havana, Cuba) Cuba has 59 blocks of deep Gulf of Mexico waters claimed in an economic exclusion zone fronting the United States. Of the 59, 28 have been reserved for exploration by seven foreign companies.

The latest to join is the Brazilian state oil company Petrobras which signed the agreement with the Cuban state oil company CUPET on Friday.

The US Geological Survey estimated the North Cuba basin could contain 4.6 billion barrels of oil, with a high-end potential of 9.3 billion barrels, and close to 1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.
PDVSA of Venezuela is already a major partner of Cuba in oil, taking out blocks in the gulf and building and modernizing refineries. Others signing agreements include Spain's Repsol-YPF, India's ONGC and Nordsk Hydro, Vietnam state oil and gas group Petrovietnam, Malaysia's state-run Petronas and Canada's Sherritt International.

So, along with Venezuela, Spain, India, Vietnam, Malaysia and Canada, now Brazil will be drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. Isn't it odd that the only country that can't drill in the Gulf of Mexico is the one which borders it on three sides? I think so.

By at 07:42 AM | Comments |

April 25, 2008

If You Die in Cuba, Gov't Cuts Out Your Organs

A young Bolivian girl, Beatriz Porco Calle (pic), reportedly died of a rare illness while studying in Cuba. When the body of Beatriz, accompanied by all the other Bolivian students, was returned to her native land, her sister, Sofia Porco Calle, held a news conference.

The woman told the newspaper that several Cuban officials who came on the same flight wanted to take the body of her sister to another city to conduct an autopsy, but the family intervened and didn't allow the body to be moved.

"The autopsy was performed at the Hospital de Clinicas. My little sister's body didn't have any organs, teeth, eyes, it was without her tongue. There was a sponge in place of her brain and more sponges in her stomach," the woman said during the press conference.

The most incredible part of the story is that Cuban officials told the relatives of the dead student, that the deal that they signed with the Bolivian government says that those students who die while in Cuba will be sent back without their organs. [my bold]

What kind of deal is that? A foreigner dies and the Cuban government has blanket authority to perform an autopsy and harvest the organs? I don't believe it. There is no such deal because it doesn't make a lick of sense.

Adding to this disgusting episode is the report that the family of the dead girl was threatened with "reprisals" by Cuban officials if they made the case public.

Realistically, though, nobody should be surprised. It's just business as usual in your typical police-state socialist utopia.

By at 04:56 PM | Comments |

February 26, 2008

Che Guevara, Mass Murderer

Make sure all your Che tee-shirt wearing friends watch this video.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:37 AM | Comments |

February 19, 2008

Castro Resigns

CNN reports that the ailing dictator and mass murderer has resigned as Cuban president and head of its military:

Fidel Castro announced his resignation as president of Cuba and commander-in-chief of Cuba's military on Tuesday, according to a letter published in the state-run newspaper, Granma.

Castro, 81, temporarily handed power to his younger brother Raul Castro in July 2006 after undergoing intestinal surgery. He hasn't been seen in public since his surgery, but he has appeared in numerous videos and photos in state media.

In December 2007, a Cuban television news anchor read a letter reportedly written by Fidel Castro promising he would not "cling to office" or be an impediment to rising young leaders.

"Impediment" he calls it. Castro rose to overlordship of Cuba largely through imprisoning and murdering any "rising young leaders" who got in his way.

Watch the classic, "Oh my God, they shot Fidel" video here.

By Bluto03:22 AM | Comments |

February 17, 2008

"Viva le Revolution" Tucson Unified School District

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AZCentral

Article...

Augustine Romero, director of Tuscon Unified School District's ethnic-studies department, is nothing if not candid about his program.

Traditional history and civics courses, Romero argues, have "been highly ineffective to children of color". He has a better way. That better way, as presented to students in Romero's increasingly influential program, is, effectively, revolution. Or, if that "R-word" strikes you as too edgy, resistance-a resistance against history and civics as traditionally taught, which Romero considers the product of "ultraconservatives."

If Romero's words sound politically anchored, they should. Romero happily acknowledges that he and all his instructors are "progressives," and he is contemptuous of teachers who resist admitting all history instruction is political.

The author says the "revolutionary" loving professor proudly hangs a "romantic protrait" of Che Guevara in his classroom". But there's more:

In one of Romero's TUSD classrooms, in fact, a video posted for a time on the Internet Web site YouTube showed at least four separate posters of the beret-capped Che decorating the classroom walls. And a poster of Pancho Villa. And, yes, one poster of the godfather of the revolution himself, Fidel

This is scary. If it was just a small program that would be bad enough. We are talking about a "$2.6 million "ethnic studies" program. Four separate departments are within this: "raza"(Hispanic) studies, African-American studies, Pan-Asian studies and Native American studies. The author stated.."Raza studies are by far the largest".

The fallout out from this "race-based resentment program" has hit the teachers and other district employee's personally. It has created fear as the author explains..

Teachers and couselors are being called before their school principals and even the district school board and accused of being racists. And with a cadre of self-acknowledged "progressive" political activists in the ethnic-studies department on the hunt, the race transgressors are multiplying.

One counselor wrote.."There were many tears. Most of us lost sleep. All of us experienced heightened levels of anxiety. Through no fault of our own, we were being perceived differently by our students and their parents."

This was the last of a three part series and was "new" to me.

Part II Ethnic Studies Program at Tuscon High School

I did find a lengthy artice written in September of '05 saying how wonderful the program is. "It impowers" students to achieve. The article omits what is really impowerd...race based revolution. That America is a land of oppression.Viva le Revolution

The article has a picture of a student with Che's photo in the background. How wonderful is that? A murderer is used as a good example of empowerment and is idolized at Tucson High School.

Parents in Tucson, what are your kids learning? Do they wear "Che" t-shirts or maybe Fidel Castro's mug on one. Might be a good time to check required reading of their "History" course.

h/t kurly at LGF link thingy

By Stable Hand at 01:06 PM | Comments |

January 18, 2008

Yeah, But We Still Own Gitmo, Bitches

Sob story of the day...

WASHINGTON — Cuba is not interested in improving relations with the United States while President George W. Bush is in office and will wait for a change in U.S. leadership before extending an offer for dialogue [sic], says Cuba's top diplomat in the United States.

Well, guess what? The United States isn't interested in improving relations with Cuba while the Castros, Fidel and Raul, maintain their Communist grip. They'll wait for a truly democratic change in Cuban leadership before extending an offer to dialog, says America's chief diplomat of the Jawa Report, Vinnie.

By Vinnie at 01:20 AM | Comments |

November 05, 2007

Che Guevara: Mass Murderer

Sweet poster from the Young America's Foundation

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Stacy McCain describes it:

"The Victims of Che Guevera" poster, produced by the Young America's Foundation, centers on a collage that uses tiny photos of those killed by Cuba's communist regime to compose the face of the Marxist guerrilla, who has become a popular T-shirt icon.
The YAF is actually giving the poster away. You just pay the shipping.

You can vote once a day. Vote Jawa! .

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:29 AM | Comments |

October 04, 2007

Michael Moore's Health Care Paradise Revealed

Stefania has a very good photo essay on Michael Moore's health care paradise, Cuba. It's shocking that people like Moore don't understand the idea of a Potemkin village. Here's a preview. In Cuba every hospital is a Walter Reed

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The images, which appear to have been taken with a cell phone camera, were taken at three separate hospitals in Havana and sent to Stefania by Dr. Darsi Ferrer. The report is in Spanish, but I think the images pretty much tell the story.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:39 AM | Comments |

August 29, 2007

Clinton's Got a New Consultant: Zombie Fidel Castro

As we vigilantly man the Castro death watch front, el jefe has advice for Hillary Clinton: team up with Obama. Oh, and guess which U.S. President is the Cuban dicatator's favorite? Spoiler below.

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By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:41 AM | Comments |

August 28, 2007

Castro Death Watch

No corpse yet.......

When Castro does die, check out this post: Castro Reported Dead

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 07:22 PM | Comments |

August 24, 2007

Castro is Dead....Again (UPDATED)

Final update 7/25: Castro is not dead.
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UPDATE: Sources tell me that Castro is dead. I'm now getting more people who are telling me that Castro has died and that an official announcement is coming soon.

Val Prieto will probably have the news before me.

Commenters, e-mailers and Val are reporting that South Florida law enforcement are on some kind of alert and are preparing for a flood of immigrants...

Knock on wood, keep fingers crossed that this time the rumors will be true. But, don't get your hopes too high.

Developing......

UPDATE 2:37: I'm listening to 610WIOD Miami and Schnitt, who is on the air, has a guest on from the local Fox News affiliate now reporting that the US government is officially denying the report and contacts in Cuba say police are not mobilized nor are police in South Florida.

UPDATE 3:37: Time for the announcement was 4 pm.....and that time has come and gone. Perez Hilton still thinks its coming, but I doubt it.

UPATE 4:26: Fox News reporting that the White House is denying that Castro is dead.

UPDATE 4:47: Estancia Cubana also claims Castro is dead.

What's interesting is that every one who keeps telling me that Castro is dead also links Castro's death to an official announcement today. They believe Castro died some days ago but that the Cuban government wanted to wait until today to let the news out.

If you happen to have any information or links, please leave in the comments.
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Original post

Rumors that Castro is dead are circulating again. It's like clockwork, these rumors of Castro's death. Every four months or so. And for some reason I get a flood of e-mail every time Castro is rumored to have died.

So, for the record, as far as I know, Castro is not dead. But it won't be long now. I'll just have to wait a little longer before finally visiting my Dad's childhood home in Havana.

Related Jawa Rumormongering:
Fidel Castro Reported Dead
Rumor: Fidel Castro Dies
Fidel Castro Rumored Dead....Again

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:53 PM | Comments |

July 31, 2007

Gitmo Better Than Freedom

Ahmed Belbacha.jpg(Guantanamo Bay, Cuba) A 38-year-old terrorism detainee, Ahmed Belbacha, has filed an emergency motion to the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., asking that he not be released.

Zachary Katznelson, senior counsel with the human rights lawyers Reprieve and Mr Belbacha's lawyer, has asked the US courts to block any transfer.

"Ahmed is being held in camp six, the harshest part of Guantanamo," he said. "His cell is all steel, there are no windows, he is not allowed to communicate with other prisoners and he gets just two hours exercise each day in a metal cage."

"He says his cell in Guantanamo is like a grave and that although it sounds crazy he would rather stay in those conditions than go back to Algeria. The fact is that he is really, really scared about what might happen to him in Algeria."

Belbacha fears that the government will torture him or the Islamists will murder him. So, continuing to breath in a cold cell is preferable. I'm not surprised.

The Belbacha case complicates the efforts of the leftist human-rights outragees. It's much harder to convince the court that Gitmo is a torturous, inhumane hell-hole when inmates beg to stay.

By at 04:26 PM | Comments |

May 20, 2007

JAG Lawyer Jailed for Revealing Secrets

Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Diaz.jpg(Norfolk, Virginia) U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Matthew M. Diaz, 41, a former staff judge advocate at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, was convicted at court-martial Thursday of communicating secret information that could be used to injure the United States. It's no surprise that leftists are calling Diaz a hero.

Diaz leaked detainees' names, nationalities, the interrogators assigned to them and intelligence sources and methods to a human rights lawyer. The information was sent in an unsigned Valentine's Day card to Barbara Olshansky of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR).

Navy Times:

After deliberating for three and a half hours, the jury sentenced Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Diaz to six months' confinement and dismissal from the Navy.

Jurors asked in their recommendation to the convening authority, Rear Adm. Fredric Ruehe, that Diaz's pay not be forfeited during his six-month confinement. Diaz has several dependents, including an ex-wife, a wife, a daughter, his mother and his father, who is on death row in California.

Although it appears that Diaz will collect his $6,834 monthly salary while in the brig, it hasn't been disclosed whether he will receive his pension for having 20 years in the military. Dismissal from service after a conviction for espionage likely negates future benefits. It's also not clear how a death row inmate can be considered a dependent.

As Diaz was being shuffled off to the brig, he said he was happy with the outcome of the court-martial and, "I should have done better. It was extremely irrational for me to do what I did." Not only irrational, counselor, but criminal. Also, for the future, Mr. Diaz, expect people to be quite reluctant to entrust you with sensitive information.

By at 05:31 PM | Comments |

December 13, 2006

Rumor: Fidel Castro Dies

Once again rumors are flying that Fidel Castro is dead. Spanish radio reporting on the rumors, but no confirmation from any official source. But as Val Preito reminds us, when Castro does finally kick the bucket, don't expect an immediate announcement until after his brother puts the Commie house in order.

This is the third time we'ver reported rumors that Fidel Castro has died. Why keep reporting the rumors when they usually turn out to be false? Because we're the #1 hit for 'Castro dead' over at Google. And one of these times, we're going to be right....just like that boy who cried wolf dude.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:42 AM | Comments |

October 30, 2006

Cubans Eager for Liberty as Castro Slowly Dies

Our friend Stefania reports that Cubans are eagerly awaiting the day Castro dies. Not surprisingly, the mainstream press ignores it.

Me? I've got $100 on Fidel dying before the end of 2007.

Townhall:

The "Yo No Coopero, Yo Si Quiero el Cambio" campaign is being endorsed by the overwhelming majority of the opposition organizations, both in Cuba and in the exile. It is an unprecedented initiative that, right now that Castro is dying in his hospital bed, may well be the right steps toward the liberation of Cuba.

No one should be surprised by the mainstream media blackout on these events. What surprises the most is the silence of the democratic world, with the United States and Europe on the forefront. For once, they should stop focusing on who is in power in Cuba in place of the ailing Fidel. Rather, they should start engaging the civic resistance movements inside Cuba that despite the increasing repression, has made it clear that "for Cuba, now it's time".

Read the whole thing here.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:09 AM | Comments |

July 31, 2006

Castro Cedes Power to Brother

Cross-posted from The Dread Pundit Bluto

From the Akron Beacon Journal:

In a stunning development, Cuban leader Fidel Castro temporarily ceded his presidential power to brother Rául Castro late Monday due to ''an intestinal crisis'' that requires ''complicated surgery,'' according to a letter read on Cuban national television.
Fidel Castro, 79, would never give up power, even temporarily and to his own brother, if he weren't facing a serious medical crisis.

By Bluto11:01 PM | Comments |

July 11, 2006

Fidel Castro Rumored Dead....Again

fidel-castro.jpgUPDATE: 7/24/2007: Rumors again, but much more buzz. Check this post for update: Fidel Castro dead.

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UPDATE 7/12: Fidel not dead. Yet.

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My sources are telling me that Fidel Castro is dead.

How reliable are these sources? Not very. They've told me this before.

But one of the lessons to be learned from The Boy Who Cried Wolf story is that, well, sometimes there really is a wolf.

Wishful thinking? Yes.

Just remember that one of these days my unreliable Cuban sources will be right. He aint getting any younger.

PS-Before I published this post, I figured I'd better check with Val at Babalu blog, since he's, you know, the man on Cuba. He's hearing the same thing. Jonah Goldberg, too.

Take it for what it's worth...which isn't much. But keep those fingers crossed.

UPDATE: I can't say where I got the tip from. Anonymous sources. Hey, if it's good enough for the NY Times.....

Val's reader got it from Venezuelan news, which got it from Spain's EFE.

Trevor, one of my commenters, says he heard it on Venezuelan TV, then retracted. El Nacional (Venezuela) and EFE apparently both had stories up earlier, but now down. Yes, that Venezuela. You know, the one with Cindy Sheehan's macho boyfriend, Hugo Chavez, at its head.

Wonkette, too.

But check this out from The Real Cuba (thanks to anononymous tip in comments):

I received an e-mail from Cuba this afternoon saying that Castro is either dead or very gravely ill, but I don't have any way of confirming it.

The only interesting thing is that the e-mail is from the same person who sent me an e-mail early this year to tell me that Castro was planning to build a "forest of flags" to try to block the human right signs appearing at the US Mission. When I got that e-mail I posted the information also as rumor, but one day later ABC News confirmed the story.

However, since I don't know who this person in Cuba really is, I don't have any way of knowing if what he is saying now is true or not.

Knock. On. Wood.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:58 PM | Comments |