9 Responses to Cuba Libre

  • I watched the speech. I have been happy since election night. I am even happier today. Astonishingly, Rubio was good, too.

    I also “caught” Sen. Leahy’s evil, ignorant response. I felt more stupider after he spoke. Now, we see why liberals need to be removed from the halls of power.

  • As Ben Shapiro would say, “Good Trump!”

  • I love it that an initiative from Barack Hussien Obama and Jorge Bergoglio has been overturned so publicly. Those two arrogant prideful wreckers of Western society need to have their noses rubbed in defeat. I couldn’t be happier.

    Here you go, Obama and Bergoglio!

  • An ancillary matter, but good.

  • That is a good start but the US does business with other oppressive dictatorships, what about China, Saudi Arabia et al. There is merit to the argument this was done as a strike against BHO’s legacy.

  • Trump has not been noted for his friendliness to China, to say the least. In regard to the Saudis, Trump will use them as long as he perceives an alliance to be in the service of America and not for a second longer. The domestic opponents of the Saudi monarchy are often worse than the current rulers. Believers in democracy are sparse on the ground on the Arabian Peninsula.

  • Very inspiring! Thank you for this.

  • I do not advocate war against anyone. I didn’t serve and I don’t lightly consider putting our armed forces in harm’s way. Now, to come off as hypocritical, there are plenty of reasons to take out the Communists in Cuba. Communism there has been a cancer throughout Latin America. My wife’s homeland of Colombia and the horrors of Venezuela are testament to that, not to mention the Sendero Luminoso of Peru. I think the Cuban forces would crumble like a stale Ritz cracker.

    I love Cuban food. If there were more of it around me I would weigh another 25 pounds.

    I cannot help but sympathize with the Cuban Americans. There is a chapel in Coral Gables, Ermita de La Caridad. On the wall behind the sanctuary is a pictoral history of Cuba, starting with Columbus planting the standards of Queen Isabel the Catholic and King Fernando. Given that their nation is a victim of communism, as was Poland, I cannot help but sympathize. Behind the chapel there is an inlet where people throw bouquets of flowers in memory of those who lost their lives in Cuba or fleeing it.

  • what about China, Saudi Arabia et al.

    You want sanctions on China? About 1/4 of the world’s productive capacity is in China as is about 18% of the world’s population. In contrast to Cuba and North Korea, China’s a great deal more benevolent in its internal policies than it was 50 years ago. Constitutional government of any description was unknown in the Far East prior to about 1890. The list of Far Eastern countries which have had some sort of parliamentary government without interruption since 1973 has three names on it, of which two (Malaysia and Singapore) are governed by heretofore impregnable political machines. As for Saudi Arabia, the place has had its successes and failures over the last 90 years. Places in the Near East, North Africa, and Central Asia which have been tentatively successful in establishing electoral and deliberative institutions have done so with incremental adjustments which incorporate negotiation and power-sharing between various stakeholders. That’s a generation’s long process.

    Cuba is the most abused and retrograde country in the hemisphere and an enduring geopolitical enemy. There’s no reason to concede anything to them bar that Barack Obama’s an other directed man concerned with the status signals sent by academics and the like.

Fidel Castro: Out of Gas

Monday, December 5, AD 2016

 

The Babalu Blog. the go-to blog on all news Cuban, gives us this tidbit on the funeral of Castro:

 

The photo below taken in Cuba shows soldiers having to push the vehicle carrying the cremated remains of dictator Fidel Castro throughout Cuba. Rumor has it that the jeep pulling the ashes of the deceased despot on the planned parade route where Cubans were ordered by State Security to line up and mourn openly for the cameras or risk arrest ran out of gas. How fitting.

It would be hard to think of a more appropriate image to mark the end of Fidel Castro’s half-century of utter failures and misery in Cuba.

jeep-carrying-fidels-ashes-runs-out-of-gas

 

Que Lastima.  Never fear Fidel, I am sure that Satan, like all dictators, makes transportation run on time in his domain!

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Fidel Castro Dies

Saturday, November 26, AD 2016

 

Fidel Castro, who turned his island homeland into a vast prison of which he was the Warden, died yesterday at age 90.  My usual rule after someone dies is De mortuis nil nisi bonum, but I can think of nothing good about the life of Castro other than it now has ended.  Under his regime millions of his countrymen risked death at sea rather than submit to his rule, and I can think of no more damning indictment for any ruler.  A squalid dictator of the worst sort, Castro always received good press in some of the media in the West from leftists who were willing to forgive any sin if the proper Communist platitudes were spoken.  Castro leaves behind him a broken nation of slaves.  May they soon rise up and bring a new day to a free Cuba.

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49 Responses to Fidel Castro Dies

  • 2016 has been the year of impossibilities:
    England leaves the EU
    Bob Dylan wins the Nobel Prize for literature
    The Chicago Cubs win the world series
    Donald Trump is elected President
    and now Fidel Castro’s unnatural long life has finally expired.

    I expect gene scientists to announce that they have produced a new strand of winged swine by Christmas.

  • It has been a year when the improbable is probable Bob!

  • Unless I am mistaken, isn’t the name “Fidel Castro” descended from the Latin “Fides Castrum” for “Faith Castle”? If so, then how ironic.
    .
    “…statutum est hominibus semel mori post hoc autem iudicium…”
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    “…it is appointed for men to die once, and after that comes judgment…”
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    Hebrews 9:27

  • Pope to honor him? After all, he’s more Catholic than most Catholics, he’s communist.
    Obama could rename Mt. Hood to Mt. Castro…as a sign of honor of course…

  • @ Bob Tanaka

    What?
    You didn’t get the memo!
    Hillary Clinton is the prototype…a flying swine, most appealing to the so-called tolerant left.
    Pork belly futures on the ascent.
    Reindeer futures look gloomy.

  • Everybody makes the world a better place.
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    Some by living.
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    Some by dying.

  • No Marxist me, but I would not call Castro a squalid dictator.
    A benign dictator with many personal faults including vanity.
    Cuba survived for years in spite of the US sugar embargo which created child poverty.
    Cuba had a lower infant mortality rate than the USA.
    Cuba sent more doctors to Africa during the ebola crisis than the USA.
    More young women, proportionally, study medicine in Cuba than the USA.
    The USA backed many squalid Latin American dictatorships where street children are routinely slaughtered by government-backed death squads.
    These countries are ruled by rich oligarchs and privileged families.
    The USA grants aid to underdevloped countries as long as they privatise health and welfare.
    Batista, the dictator before Castro, was financed by US money and people lived in squalor and poverty.
    I am a traditionalist Catholic but I support liberation theology too.

  • The USA sent its military to every continent on Earth..ostensibly to support freedom, but left Castro in Cuba because Kennedy backed down to Khruschev.
    Castro not only turned Cuba I no the tropical gulag, he supported, directly and indirectly, just about every left wing insurgency in Latin America. The Colombian ELN and Chavez’ mess in Venezuela can be laid at his feet. Most disgusting is the praise heaped on Castro by Canadian prime twit Justin Trudeau. Canadian support of Castro is something I have long found nauseating.
    Slightly less nauseating have been the papal visits to Havana. They did nothing to ease repression of the Church in Cuba.
    Raul needs to go before Cuba changes.

  • To Penguin Fan:
    Castro’s Cuba had many faults and some unpleasant aspects. But so have certain US cities such as Baltimore, especially if you are black.
    Batista’s Cuba was a great deal worse. The Church was tolerated as long as it did not speak out on social issues such as children living in filth and slum conditions.
    Oliver Stone said Castro answered every question that was put to him, and did not ask to see the filmed interviews before the film crew left Havana.
    Watch a DVD on Noam Chomsky, Manufacturing Consent, to see what the US got up to in Latin America.
    I love and admire the USA, but a true patriot must expose injustice, lies and double standards.

  • “No Marxist me, but I would not call Castro a squalid dictator.”

    Agreed. Murderous dictator would be more apt.

    “Cuba survived for years in spite of the US sugar embargo which created child poverty”

    Actually Cuba’s communism made it a poor nation. It was always able to trade with most of the world and used the US embargo as an excuse for its abysmal economic performance.

    “Cuba had a lower infant mortality rate than the USA.”
    http://freebeacon.com/issues/cuba-manipulating-health-care-statistics/

    “The USA backed many squalid Latin American dictatorships where street children are routinely slaughtered by government-backed death squads.”

    Unlike Cuba the US has been a force for democracy and free elections throughout Latin America. Castro wanted to make clones of his police state throughout South and Central America.

    “These countries are ruled by rich oligarchs and privileged families.”

    The most unequal country in the world in the Western Hemisphere is the Nomenklatura of the Cuban Communist party compared to the rest of the Cuban people.

    http://canadafreepress.com/article/cubas-stalinist-nomenklatura-celebrates-50-years-of-high-living-and-represshttp://freebeacon.com/issues/cuba-manipulating-health-care-statistics/

    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/432680/myth-cuban-health-care

    “More young women, proportionally, study medicine in Cuba than the USA.”

    Considering the state of medicine in Cuba, the vast majority of their “doctors” would not even qualify to be medics in this country.

    “The USA grants aid to underdevloped countries as long as they privatise health and welfare.”

    Would that we had such a requirement. Alas we do not.

    “Batista, the dictator before Castro, was financed by US money and people lived in squalor and poverty.”

    Batista originally had the support of the Cuban Communist Party. Cubans had a higher standard of living under Batista than under Castro:

    http://business.financialpost.com/fp-comment/how-cuba-was-destroyed

    “I am a traditionalist Catholic but I support liberation theology too.”

    I never would have guessed. Marxism is a form of State slavery. The main secular forces that have liberated people around the globe are democratic governments and free markets.

  • Mr. Hagerty, you can stop wasting your time singing the praises of Castro to me. Go tell it on Calle Ocho in Little Havana. St. John Paul II lambasted liberation theology, seeing it for what it is, a KGB inspired attempt to split apart the Latin American Church.
    I am sure the Versailles clientele on Calle Ocho is anxiously awaiting the eulogy of Castro. Justin Trudeau, the dunce PM of Canada, can deliver it.

  • haggerty: “I am a traditionalist Catholic but I support liberation theology too.”

    You are confused.

  • Democratic governments and free markets?
    Donald, in the US you do not even have a free press or free media.
    Vidal and Chomsky did a 30 minute discussion criticizing the Gulf War. Not a single TV station would air it. Your TV stations are terrified of dissent and so they end by ‘manufacturing consent’.
    Chomsky was speaking at Harvard. The young neo-cons, bless them, tore down all the fliers. The Boston papers did not even report that Chomsky was speaking. Yet he still draws crowds of over 2000 by word of mouth alone.
    Father Daniel Berrigan made some nuanced criticisms of Israel years and years ago – he was dropped by The New York Times and TV as a spokesperson.
    Pope John Paul was almost reluctant to recognize Helda Camara’s martyrdom.
    It’s OK for bishops to be political as long as they do it in Marxist regimes.
    William Colby in his fascinating autobiography Honorable Men discloses the exact sum (running into millions of dollars) allotted by the Nixon administration to destabilise Chile’s democratically elected government. This led to the truly sociopathic regime of Allende and the systematic slaughter of thousands of Chilean democrats. They rounded up the first of them and shot them in the football stadium in Santiago. The Nazis couldn’t have done a better day’s work.
    Milton Friedman earned big bucks as economic adviser to Allende and his junta.
    Castro, if not already Marxist, became a committed Marxist after the US declared him a ‘criminal’ and launched their very nasty embargo. JFK and Bobby were obsessed by Cuba and we all watched the black comedy of the Bay of Pigs.
    As for Fidel and Che fomenting revolution in Latin America, no wonder. The solution to Latin America’s gigantic problems could have been addressed by social democratic governance, but the US does not like social democracy, it demands that you do democracy its way or else.
    No worries, we had the CIA paying local thugs to hunt down and kill, sorry ‘take out’ as you Americans say, Che. In doing so they made him an icon for young radicals all over the world.
    Cubans had a higher standard of living under Batista? American big business created wealth for its client class only. Gambling, decadent night life, prostitution, child sex abuse, playboy culture, extremes of wealth and poverty? Yes, Senor Batista, God’s good democrat.
    I don’t need you to tell me about communism. I have stacks of back issues of Encounter magazine which I read during the Cold War years as well as histories of the Baltic states and what the Soviets did there.
    But fifty years of stupidity, ruthlessness and lies from US administrations has been no consolation for the nightmare of communism.
    Wait till the awful bloody mess (two years from now) when ‘Trumpgate’ is on every disillusioned American’s lips. Wait till the city riots begin.
    P.S. Save the Children NGOS were very impressed by the skill, expertise and commitment of Chilean doctors in the hell of the ebola crisis.
    I know someone who was there, Donald.

  • Sorry, I meant to say that Save the Children staff were impressed by the skill of young CUBAN doctors who worked tirelessly in Africa during the ebola crisis. For very little money and at great risk to themselves.

  • I stopped reading Haggerty’s comment at his laud of that commie anarchist Chomsky. Would that Chomsky follows Castro and the sooner the better. More freaking failed European crap over which I shouldn’t raise my blood pressure.

  • A second error. I mentioned Helder Camara when I meant to say Oscar Romero. Two great men who comforted the afflicted and afflicted the comfortable as the Lord Jesus Christ taught us.
    Lucius, I honestly do not enjoy making you angry. I am off to read my beloved Hilaire Belloc who does not, I hope, qualify as ‘European crap’.
    Hilaire met four Popes or was it five? He admired Pope Pius X at whose school I was educated in the principles of Catholic truth.

  • I love and admire the USA, but a true patriot must expose injustice, lies and double standards.

    Funny how those who claim to love an admire the USA soon demonstrate themselves as incapable of acknowledging anything positive about it. Well if we’re exposing double standards…

    P.S. Save the Children NGOS were very impressed by the skill, expertise and commitment of Chilean doctors in the hell of the ebola crisis.
    I know someone who was there, Donald.

    Funny, both of my parents work in the health care field, one has gone on several mission trips (with other health care professionals I’ll add) and… well the most charitable interpretation of their impression of Cuban doctors is the exact opposite. But by all means, go get treated by one. I’m interested in seeing how the medical tourism shakes out in a few years.

  • “Donald, in the US you do not even have a free press or free media.
    Vidal and Chomsky did a 30 minute discussion criticizing the Gulf War. Not a single TV station would air it. Your TV stations are terrified of dissent and so they end by ‘manufacturing consent’.”

    You don’t know what you are talking about. Both Chomksy and the late Gore Vidal, crazed leftists, were ever lionized by our media.

    “Chomsky was speaking at Harvard. The young neo-cons, bless them, tore down all the fliers. The Boston papers did not even report that Chomsky was speaking. Yet he still draws crowds of over 2000 by word of mouth alone.”

    Chomsky has been an ever present feature in academia for decades. It is conservatives on college campuses who are shouted down by the forces of tolerance.

    “Father Daniel Berrigan made some nuanced criticisms of Israel years and years ago – he was dropped by The New York Times and TV as a spokesperson.”

    Actually Berrigan, who received constant press coverage in this country until he assumed room temperature, called Israel a criminal Jewish community. Like most leftists he hated Israel.

    “Pope John Paul was almost reluctant to recognize Helda Camara’s martyrdom.”

    Camera was never a martyr except to common sense.

    “This led to the truly sociopathic regime of Allende and the systematic slaughter of thousands of Chilean democrats.”

    Allende’s, Castro’s pal., regime caused the Pinochet regime. The Pinochet regime ended in a prosperous democratic Chile and the left has never forgiven the late dictator for that. Imagine if Castro had left a prosperous and democratic Cuba.

    “It’s OK for bishops to be political as long as they do it in Marxist regimes.”
    That trample on the Church? Of course.

    “Milton Friedman earned big bucks as economic adviser to Allende and his junta.”

    Nope:

    Milton Friedman gave some lectures advocating free market economic policies at the Universidad Católica de Chile. In 1975, two years after the coup, he met with Pinochet for 45 minutes, where the general “indicated very little indeed about his own or the government’s feeling” and the president asked Friedman to write him a letter laying out what he thought Chile’s economic policies should be, which he also did.[26] To stop inflation, Friedman proposed reduction of government deficits that had increased in the past years and a flat commitment by government that after six months it will no longer finance government spending by creating money. He proposed relief of cases of real hardship among poorest classes.[2] In October 1975 the New York Times columnist Anthony Lewis declared that “the Chilean junta’s economic policy is based on the ideas of Milton Friedman…and his Chicago School”.[26]

    Friedman has wondered why some have attacked him for giving a lecture in Chile: “I must say, it’s such a wonderful example of a double standard, because I had spent time in Yugoslavia, which was a communist country. I later gave a series of lectures in China. When I came back from communist China, I wrote a letter to the Stanford Daily newspaper in which I said, ‘It’s curious. I gave exactly the same lectures in China that I gave in Chile. I have had many demonstrations against me for what I said in Chile. Nobody has made any objections to what I said in China. How come?’” He noted that his visit was unrelated to the political side of the regime and that, during his visit to Chile, he even stated that following his economic liberalization advice would help bring political freedom and the downfall of the regime.[27]

    “Castro, if not already Marxist,”

    http://www.nytimes.com/1986/10/19/magazine/fidel-castro-s-years-as-a-secret-communist.html?pagewanted=all

    “No worries, we had the CIA paying local thugs to hunt down and kill, sorry ‘take out’ as you Americans say, Che.”

    Are you seriously contending that Che, Casto’s hangman, was a social democrat?

    “Cubans had a higher standard of living under Batista?”

    Yes they did. That is why modern Cubans are still driving around in museum relics from the 1950’s.

    “prostitution”

    The world’s oldest profession has been one of the mainstays of the Castro economy:

    http://www.cubanet.org/htdocs/CNews/y00/jun00/30e17.htm

    “P.S. Save the Children NGOS were very impressed by the skill, expertise and commitment of Chilean doctors in the hell of the ebola crisis.
    I know someone who was there, Donald.”

    Castro’s Cuba has a three tier medical system. The first two tiers provide first world medical treatment to hard currency foreigners and to Communist party officials and their families. The third tier is for the vast majority of Cubans and is hellacious even by Third World standards.

  • I respect the informed opinion and front-line experience of your parents, Nate. So I will leave the reputation of Cuba’s young medics in their safe hands.
    As for my not acknowledging the ‘positive’ side of America.
    Being ‘positive’ for its own sake, as a Saul Bellow character says, can be just another game. (The Adventures of Augie March?)
    Being ‘negative’ with some moral purpose can be a good thing.
    You are welcome to be as negative about Britain as you like. We need to hear it.
    Surely Christian love calls us to look hard at ourselves, and to look critically at our own nation and those nations we admire.
    Christ called the common people to ‘repent’ because He loved them with a special love.
    I only need to see the oppressed people who come to America for a better life.
    Men and women escaping communist and fascist regimes. Yes, many of them Cubans.
    They love America and only want to work hard and enjoy religious freedom.
    Nor do I flatter myself in claiming to understand the US.
    Robert Caro’s monumental biography of LBJ made me see how hard it is to understand your country. But trying to understand is part of one’s endeavour.
    Recently I read an essay by William Styron on his friend James Jones.
    A veteran of WWII and a student of American history, Jones was visiting Washington for the first time.
    He stood looking at a monument to men who had fallen in the Civil War. Turning to Styron he said, ‘Those men died for nothing.’
    Many would be shocked by such a statement. But in his own way Jones was contributing to the debate that never ends. History.

  • Mr. Hagerty, those of us Americans who post here are well aware of our nation’s sins and faults. Fidel Castro was a bully, propped up and financed by the Soviet Union and unwilling to realize that his system was garbage. A long, meandering essay about American intervention in Latin America….our backyard that has been an unstable place since the Spanish and Portugese left…can in no way justify the deeds of Castro.

  • I wish I had Donald’s knowledge of history and patience in explaining these things to people who live in lands which we Americans rescued from Fascists and Nazis.

  • To Donald R McClarey.
    We have a very different world view. But let me say that I have taken issue with quite a number of ‘leftist’ people in my time. As long as forty years ago. On matters such as education and the Soviet Union.
    Chomsky is ever present in academia, as you say, perhaps because intelligent open-minded people there wish to hear him.
    Chomsky is attacked for having ‘sources’ that are said not to be ‘real’ sources at all, but he stands up very well to his critics. The sources turn out to be real if only his complacent enemies had looked hard enough.
    These sources show that hundreds of Palestinian villages were wiped off the face of the earth by the Israelis many years ago. Palestinian poets and writers have tried to preserve that lost culture.
    Amos Oz has criticised his own country in similar terms, and there goes another ‘leftist’ no doubt.
    Edward Said (another ‘leftist’ sorry) said he and Chomsky were seldom asked to speak on television though Paul Johnston (a ‘rightist’ and one of my own favourite authors) was always on US television.
    If I don’t know what I am talking about, then please show me an objective break-down of the people who have appeared on US news channels over the last 10 years.
    In Britain our universities have skilled media academics who monitor news coverage; the US must have them too.
    But Said would say that, wouldn’t he? Hell, these lefties, they’re everywhere.
    Television and newspapers are another story.
    The coverage of Iran and Afghanistan in both the American and British press struck me as being very limited.
    British television was a disappointment too, though Channel 4 stood out in asking tough questions. Its series Unreported World is worth watching if you want to see how the world’s economic systems shaft poor people.
    As for Vidal being ‘lionized’. His theory that America had an ’empire’ was pretty much ridiculed when he first proposed it. Things look different now.
    I am aware Cuba has a three-tier health system but I do not believe Castro (for all his terrible faults) planned it that way.
    He regretted the return of prostitution to the streets of Havana.
    In Batista’s day children were bartered for sex, bought by rich perverts.
    Cuba became degraded. The Party elite must take much of the blame but the embargo was cruel, unnecessary and hypocritical. The US propped up some rotten regimes with histories of human rights violations.
    Milton Friedman had a sense of humour and I admired aspects of the man and some of his ideas.
    But he parlayed with Pinochet, a brute with the blood of the young on his hands.
    I never said Castro and Che were social democrats.
    I do think social democracy with a mixed economy were the best weapons against communism.
    I admired Keynes. A leftist?
    Joe McCarthy probably thought so.

  • Yes Lucius, America’s intervention in WWII saved Europe from barbarism. I am reading Rick Atkinson’s The Guns At Last Light, so it is very much on my mind..
    I do know about the appalling American losses in the Ardenne Forest and at the Bulge.
    Remember, Roosevelt was giving Britain aid and hiding it from Congress, before Pearl Harbour.
    Remember too that the US presented Britain with a hefty bill at the end of the war. American war profiteers made millions.
    Britain’s economy was in ruins in 1945 but we managed to provide a health service and a welfare system for our people, which Mrs Thatcher dismantled in the name of the market economy.
    Clement Atlee, the British Prime Minister in 1945, came up with the Special Relationship with America.
    As someone said, it’s special to us but not to America.,

  • “Britain’s economy was in ruins in 1945 but we managed to provide a health service and a welfare system for our people, which Mrs Thatcher dismantled in the name of the market economy.”
    .
    Margaret Thatcher was one of the greatest women to ever walk the face of God’s green Earth. That the socialists of England reject God’s gift in her, preferring instead handouts from Caesar, is simply par for the course. Sadly her attempt to rid your island of suicidal socialism never succeeded. Yet her legacy lives on. She with Ronald Reagan and Pope St JP II defeated socialism’s close cousin of communism in the USSR though they could not drive the snakes of the fantasy of free health care for all from our suffering parent land.
    .
    TANSSAAFL
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    There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch. Cuba is the end goal of England’s enbrace of the lunacy of free health care, and equally America’s Obamacare. Such pipe dreams die one dictator at a time – Fidel Castro did not depart soon enough.

  • “Clement Atlee, the British Prime Minister in 1945, came up with the Special Relationship with America.
    As someone said, it’s special to us but not to America.,”

    What baloney. It was very special in America when upheld by a Churchill or a Thatcher. Neither was known to toady to Americans. When they spoke Americans listened.

  • “Chomsky is ever present in academia, as you say, perhaps because intelligent open-minded people there wish to hear him.”

    Mo, because Chomsky is a far left loon and that panders to the prejudices of most of academia. Most American universities seek to shut out ideas they do not approve of. You can find much more intellectual diversity at most American bars.

    “Chomsky is attacked for having ‘sources’ that are said not to be ‘real’ sources at all, but he stands up very well to his critics. The sources turn out to be real if only his complacent enemies had looked hard enough.”

    Chomsky reaches conclusions first and then scrambles for factoids that support his conclusions.

    “These sources show that hundreds of Palestinian villages were wiped off the face of the earth by the Israelis many years ago. Palestinian poets and writers have tried to preserve that lost culture.”

    The “Palestinians” made the mistake in 1948 of assuming that the Jews would be wiped off the face of the Earth by the invading Arab militaries from each of their neighbors, and hence the “Palestinian” leaders rejected the partition plan. They choose poorly. Ironically, the Arab citizens of Israel are the freest Arabs on the face of the globe.

    “Edward Said (another ‘leftist’ sorry) said he and Chomsky were seldom asked to speak on television though Paul Johnston (a ‘rightist’ and one of my own favourite authors) was always on US television.”
    Only an American history enthusiast such as myself would even know who Paul Johnson is. It would be a dull American undergraduate indeed who would not know the names of Said and Chomsky, especially Chomsky because of his cult like following in American academia.

    “If I don’t know what I am talking about, then please show me an objective break-down of the people who have appeared on US news channels over the last 10 years.”

    Please. I am not going to waste my time proving that water is wet or fire burns. Vidal, until the very last years of his life, was a frequent presence on American television. Chomsky has had less of a presence, but he has been there. One of the earlier outings of him I can recall is when he appeared on Bill Buckley’s old Firing Line show on PBS. His videos are ubiquitous on YouTube.

    “The coverage of Iran and Afghanistan in both the American and British press struck me as being very limited.”

    Good coverage of any foreign nation requires in-depth knowledge of the place, something most foreign journalists lack.

    “As for Vidal being ‘lionized’. His theory that America had an ’empire’ was pretty much ridiculed when he first proposed it. Things look different now.”

    Vidal was a talented novelist. When it came to his looney tune conspiratorial political opinions, the best that could be said for him was that he employed a novelist’s craft in making facts fit his world view rather than vice versa.

    “I am aware Cuba has a three-tier health system but I do not believe Castro (for all his terrible faults) planned it that way.”

    Castro was in absolute control until he put his brother in charge of the family business in 2008. Everything that went on in Cuba was because he wanted it that way, at least he wanted it that way as opposed to allowing free elections.

    “In Batista’s day children were bartered for sex, bought by rich perverts.”

    Precisely the same thing goes on in the tourist sex trade promoted by Castro’s regime:

    http://www.miamiherald.com/latest-news/article1948284.html

    “but the embargo was cruel, unnecessary and hypocritical”

    I would actually apply each of those adjectives to the Castro regime.

    “But he parlayed with Pinochet, a brute with the blood of the young on his hands.”

    Pinochet was a piker compared to Castro. Friedman was always willing to tell anyone what he believed would lead to economic improvement.

    “I admired Keynes. A leftist?”

    I admire Keynes as a literary stylist. As an economist he made the dismal science a bit more dismal. You might enjoy this:

  • “Cubans had a higher standard of living under Batista?”

    It seems there is hard evidence of this:

    “But rather than raise the poor up, Castro and Guevara shoved the rich and the middle class down. The result was collapse. ‘Between 1960 and 1976,’ Cuzan says, ‘Cuba’s per capita GNP in constant dollars declined at an average annual rate of almost half a percent. The country thus has the tragic distinction of being the only one in Latin America to have experienced a drop in living standards over the period.’”

    Source:

    http://www.city-journal.org/html/last-communist-city-13649.html

  • From the same article about its wonderful health care:

    “As for the free health care, patients have to bring their own medicine, their own bedsheets, and even their own iodine to the hospital. Most of these items are available only on the illegal black market, moreover, and must be paid for in hard currency—and sometimes they’re not available at all. Cuba has sent so many doctors abroad—especially to Venezuela, in exchange for oil—that the island is now facing a personnel shortage. ‘I don’t want to say there are no doctors left,’ says an American man who married a Cuban woman and has been back dozens of times, ‘but the island is now almost empty. I saw a banner once, hanging from somebody’s balcony, that said, DO I NEED TO GO TO VENEZUELA FOR MY HEADACHE?'”

  • “He regretted the return of prostitution to the streets of Havana”
    What a lie!
    ‘In a mark of just how close to the brink the Cuban economy really was, Castro even welcomed the large-scale return of prostitution, which he had called a “social illness” in the early days of the revolution. But in a 1992 speech to the National Assembly, he bragged that the army of freelance hookers who swarmed through Havana’s streets every night in search of tourists were the most cultured in the world. “There are no women forced to sell themselves to a man, to a foreigner, to a tourist,” Castro said of the women, known as jineteras in local slang. “Those who do so do it on their own, voluntarily, and without any need for it. We can say that they are highly educated and quite healthy.”’
    http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/fidel-castro-en/article117186483.html

  • Nearly 1,900 words (i.e. three single-spaced typed pages, pica font), shot through with fiction. Nearly all in defense of a small and terminally ill-governed country (the most retrograde in Latin America), appended to which is a slander directed at a small and generally well-governed country.

    While we’re at it, J. Haggerty, the quality of life in Baltimore is deficient for two reasons: street crime and school disorder. The political class in Maryland could repair this problem, but they cannot be bothered, nor do they suffer electorally for chronic nonfeasance in this regard.

  • To Art Deco:
    I am not ‘defending’ Castro. He was a dictator of a one-party state. Absolute power corrupts. So any despot must become very corrupt indeed. Castro’s latter remarks about prostitution can hardly be defended.
    Thirty years before, Garcia Marquez found Castro to be extremely astute in his judgments and very well informed in world affairs. Clearly he had deteriorated. So it was a case of an old man hanging on to power. The communist classes do this while the people suffer. Romania is another example of the extremes to which despots will go in their addiction to power.
    But I was attempting to look at the Cuban Revolution in an historic context. If the political class in Maryland can be guilty of ‘chronic nonfeasance’, then so too can national government be guilty of lies, injustice and intimidation.
    It is inevitable that American historians will now re-examine the involvement of the USA and American business in pre-Castro Cuba. I hope they will not be shouted down as traitors or as Castro sympathisers.
    Now this is not an ‘attack’ on the United States. I am having a conversation, I hope.
    To give one example.
    Mr McClarey mentioned the Palestinians and the partition. By 1947 the United States emerged as the most aggressive proponent of partition. That is the context in which the United Nations recommended the partitioning of Palestine into a Jewish and Arab state.
    The United States persuaded the General Assembly of the UN to delay a vote in order to bring certain Latin American countries into line with its own views. Some delegates charged the USA with diplomatic intimidation – they feared American ‘reprisals’.
    The UN was established to uphold the rights of all peoples to self-determination. But in this case the UN denied the rights of the Palestinians, who formed two thirds of the country.
    Indeed large sections of Israel’s society were opposed or extremely unhappy with partition, including Ben-Gurion.
    As for the Arabs who fled in terror, they feared the repetition of the 1948 Zionist massacres.
    The winter of 1949 was the first winter of exile for more than 50,000 Palestinians. Many of these starving people were only miles away from their own vegetable gardens and orchards, to which they could not return.
    Some ten years before, David Ben-Gurion had said – ‘in our political argument abroad, we minimise Arab opposition to us’. He added, ‘politically we are the aggressors and they defend themselves … The country is theirs, because they inhabit it, whereas we want to come here and settle down, and in their view we want to take away from them their country.
    Now I have gone ‘off topic’ but I am only attempting to demonstrate that there is a wider context to every issue.

  • haggerty started out saying “A benign dictator” and now says “a dictator of a one-party state. Absolute power corrupts. So any despot must become very corrupt indeed.”

    I think haggerty’s verbal self-gratification is just wasting our time to read his long posts.

  • I am not ‘defending’ Castro.

    Let go of my leg.

    As for the Arabs who fled in terror, they feared the repetition of the 1948 Zionist massacres.

    The massacre at Deir Yassin claimed about 120 lives in a war that ran on for about 16 months and had a death toll of about 8,000 It was a sideshow, but for some the only interesting thing that happened in that part of the world during that interval.

    The winter of 1949 was the first winter of exile for more than 50,000 Palestinians.

    I have news for you: the population of refugees in Europe at that time was enumerated in eight digits. (And while we’re at it, Israel alone absorbed 700,000 Jewish immigrants and refugees in just 4 years). You’ve had a refugee problem in the Levant (and not re Silesia or Pomerania, or Cyprus) because a UN agency was erected which, with the co-operation of proximate Arab governments, made being a refugee a way of life. More than half the personal income to be had in Gaza consists of UNRWA doles.

    By 1947 the United States emerged as the most aggressive proponent of partition. That is the context in which the United Nations recommended the partitioning of Palestine into a Jewish and Arab state.

    Mr. Truman, unlike Dean Rusk, was no fool. Ethnically distinct and antagonistic populations do not a viable state make.

    from their own vegetable gardens and orchards, to which they could not return.

    Their own? Allodial tenures were atypical at that time and place and Jewish landowners employed Arab agricultural labor.

    But in this case the UN denied the rights of the Palestinians, who formed two thirds of the country.

    There were no Palestinians at that time. The local Arabophone population had no such self-understanding, and the term ‘Palestine’ and its derivatives were at that time favored by the Jewish population, not the Arab population. The locals understood themselves as associated with particular villages, or particular lineages, or as Syrians, or as Arabs (itself a novel identity for aught but the Bedouin). And, of course, the local Arabs were not denied territorial self-government by the act of the United Nations or anyone but their own political leadership. What they did not want and were implored to accept was the presence of the Jews and Jews in a superordinate position vis a vis Arabs in those areas where they predominated. While we’re at it, there were three Arab states erected in the the Levant between 1919 and 1948. They had a total population of 5.4 million in 1946. The Arab population in mandatory Palestine was about 1.2 million.

    It’s a reasonable inference that the Ben-Gurion quotations are fabrications, likely floating around the internet for 20 years now.

  • We’re up to 2,300 words from J. Haggerty.

  • It is inevitable that American historians will now re-examine the involvement of the USA and American business in pre-Castro Cuba. I hope they will not be shouted down as traitors or as Castro sympathisers.

    Cuba as a political economy is nothing like the rest of Latin America as we speak. As for the period prior to 1959, the most notable thing about Cuba was that it was one of the more affluent territories in the region (behind the Southern Cone, not much else). Its political history as a sovereign country was briefer and somewhat less untidy than the Latin American norm, perhaps bearing closest resemblance to Panama in this respect.

    It’s is inevitable that our ruined arts and sciences faculties will produce indictments of American business and Theodore Roosevelt and John Foster Dulles in lieu of exploring why Latin American elite behavior (and rank-and-file reaction thereto) has been so unproductive for so long. It’s also inevitable that people will write inane flak-pieces while denying that’s what they’re doing.

  • “We’re up to 2,300 words from J. Haggerty.”
    .
    Yak, yak, yak, yak, yak……
    .
    Not one of which disproves that Fidel Castro was a murderous communist butcher best left to the judgement of God’s hands.

  • De mortuis nil nisi bonum.
    .
    Ergo, Castro became a good red. He spent his life fighting capitalism and he died on “Black Friday.” Karma?
    .
    Outside Cuba, North Korea, Das Kapital, SJWs’ feverish psyches, the post-modern, (morally and fiscally) bankrupt welfare state there is no unalienable, God-given human right of one person or group to take another person’s or group’s property. Government without justice is organized brigandage.
    .
    And, We Christians can simply ignore the tens of thousands of murders, tortures and imprisonments of Castro’s “enemies of the state” because Castro clothed and fed the poor; and we all are children of God; and BARF; . . .
    .

  • Gentlemen, I don’t need to tell you that it is Advent. No more yak yak yak from me.
    I am off to meditate on American Catholic’s timely look at Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, ‘the last of the fathers’ as Thomas Merton called him in a short book of that name.
    I wish you all a closer walk with Our Saviour.
    I leave you with someone else’s words.

    ‘I believe that there is no country in the world including any and all countries under colonial domination, where economic colonization, humiliation and exploitation were worse than in Cuba, in part owing to my country’s policies during the Batista regime.
    ‘I approved the proclamation which Fidel Castro made in the Sierra Maestra, when he justifiably called for justice and especially yearned to rid Cuba of corruption.
    ‘I will go even further: to some extent it is as though Batista was the incarnation of a number of sins on the part of the United States.
    ‘Now we shall have to pay for those sins.
    ‘In the matter of the Batista regime, I am in agreement with the first Cuban revolutionaries. That is perfectly clear.’

    President John F Kennedy 1963

  • That quote is from left wing French journalist Jean Daniel. He is the only source for it. Here is a quote from a speech JFK made four days before his death:

    But just as we have friends abroad, we also have enemies. Communism is struggling to subvert and destroy the process of democratic development, to extend its rule to other nations of this hemisphere. If the Alliance is to succeed, we must continue to support measures to halt Communist infiltration and subversion, and to assist governments menaced from abroad. The American States must be ready to come to the aid of any government requesting aid to prevent a take-over linked to the policies of foreign communism rather than to an internal desire for change. My own country is prepared to do this. We in this hemisphere must also use every resource at our command to prevent the establishment of another Cuba in this hemisphere. For if there is one principle which has run through the long history of this hemisphere it is our common determination to prevent the rule of foreign systems or nations in the Americas.

    We have ultimately won this battle against every great power in the past. We will continue to wage it and win it. And as we gain momentum and strength, the appeal and force of communism will greatly diminish. This has already begun to happen. Castroism, which a few years ago commanded the allegiance of thousands in almost every country, today has far fewer followers scattered across the continent. Experience in China, the Soviet Union, and in Cuba itself has revealed that the promises of abundance under tyranny are false. We ourselves can prove that democratic progress is the surest answer to the promises of the totalitarians.

    These are the many fronts of the Alliance for Progress. The conduct of those fronts, the steady conquest of the surely yielding enemies of misery and hopelessness, hunger, and injustice is the central task for the Americas in our time. But no sense of confidence, of optimism in the future of the hemisphere as a whole, can conceal our feelings at the self-inflicted exile of Cuba from the society of American Republics. The genuine Cuban revolution, because it was against the tyranny and corruption of the past, had the support of many whose aims and concepts were democratic. But that hope for freedom and progress was destroyed. The goals proclaimed in the Sierra Maestra were betrayed in Havana.

    It is important to restate what now divides Cuba from my country and from the other countries of this hemisphere. It is the fact that a small band of conspirators has stripped the Cuban people of their freedom and handed over the independence and sovereignty of the Cuban nation to forces beyond the hemisphere. They have made Cuba a victim of foreign imperialism, an instrument of the policy of others, a weapon in an effort dictated by external powers to subvert the other American Republics. This, and this alone, divides us. As long as this is true, nothing is possible. Without it, everything is possible. Once this barrier is removed, we will be ready and anxious to work with the Cuban people in pursuit of those progressive goals which a few short years ago stirred their hopes and the sympathy of many people throughout the hemisphere.

    http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=9529

  • ‘I believe that there is no country in the world including any and all countries under colonial domination, where economic colonization, humiliation and exploitation were worse than in Cuba, in part owing to my country’s policies during the Batista regime.

    If it helps you feel better, fine. As a comparative assessment in a troubled world, it’s utter nonsense.

  • “Ergo, Castro became a good red. He spent his life fighting capitalism and he died on ‘Black Friday.’ Karma?”

    Just the type of humor that keeps me reading TAC! ?

  • Alternate headline: Cuba’s Wealthiest Plutocrat Dies.

  • I don’t remember where I first saw this information but just found it on World Net Daily re: Mary appearing to St. Anthony Mary Claret and predicting Castro.

    http://www.wnd.com/2006/08/37357/
    “Did 19th-century priest
    predict Castro’s death?
    Archbishop’s 1850’s vision of Cuba’s patron saint –
    told of bearded leader’s demise in 40th year of rule”

    I was born on a US military base at the end of Sept. 1962. My father was in the army after college ROTC. They were sent to Florida during the Crisis. He thought we were all going to get nuked. I know JFK is the reason older Cubans vote Republican but frankly I’m glad nobody used the bomb or started a war – the Cold War was enough.

  • @ms

    I enjoyed the link.
    Thank you.

  • Chavez died not long ago, next it was Castro. Like Hollywood actors, these things often happen in threes.

    Like Bill Goldberg used to say in World Championship Wrestling, after he had powerslammed the latest jobber into the canvas covered plywood….”Who’s next!”

    Oh, and Justin Trudeau is a complete idiot. Canada, or more precisely Greater Toronto Area, Vancouver and Quebec, enjoy your Barack Hussein Obama. Prepare to see more Canadian hockey teams – and businesses – move to the United States.

  • Dear Mr McClarey,
    Thank you for providing us with this speech from President Kennedy. It is indeed crucial to our understanding of what happened in Cuba. I for one will read and ponder it. This speech deserves to go viral in the wake of Castro’s death. How moving to think it was made just four days before the President’s death. I recall our school in Scotland praying for the President in the last hour of his life.
    I have just read your recent essay on American Catholic, ‘Christ and History’. It is first rate. I look forward to reading any book that you write on the forces at large that are reshaping our world and which are also out to attack and rewrite Christianity. I am rereading Hilaire Belloc’s brilliant study of Cardinal Richelieu. We need another Belloc now.
    J Haggerty

  • Thank you for your kind words Mr. Haggerty.

  • Former Clergy Peter Grant speaks about Castro’s death – and the kids Castro sent to fight in the same African wars Peter fought in.
    http://bayourenaissanceman.blogspot.ch/2016/11/so-fidel-castro-is-dead-this-is-not-my.html

Prison Cuba

Monday, March 21, AD 2016

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A reminder that as our President makes nice with the jailers who run it, Cuba is a vast island prison:

 

 

Pérez was among more than 200 arrested yesterday, according to Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) leader José Daniel Ferrer, who attested to the arrest of 209 members of his group in Oriente, the eastern end of Cuba. In contrast, the Cuban government arrested about 250 dissidents throughout the entirety of Pope Francis’ visit in September.

In addition to those taken to jail, at least one is being held under house arrest without charge. The man: Zaqueo Báez, who made international headlines in September for daring to approach Pope Francis’ vehicle in Havana and say the word “freedom” within earshot of the pontiff. Báez was beaten severely in front of the pope and taken to prison, facing criminal charges for disturbing the peace. Pope Francis later denied any knowledge of the incident despite his proximity to it.

The Cuban dissident community has loudly opposed President Obama’s visit, arguing that his presence on the island would embolden the Cuban government to act more violently against pro-democracy activists. “These sorts of visits bring a lot of collateral damage,” dissident Marta Beatriz Roque said in February.

Studies of Castro regime behavior following President Obama’s announcement in December 2017 that he would be establishing diplomatic ties with the Castro dictatorship show that Havana has become more oppressive and violent against those who demand to live in a democratic society. “There has been no substantial improvement in regard to human rights and individual freedoms on the island… [The Cuban government] has adapted its repressive methods in order to make them invisible to the scrutinizing, judgmental eyes of the international community, but it has not reduced the level of pressure or control over the opposition,” a report by the Czech NGO People in Need concluded in December.

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  • By the grace of God, and in opposition of the temptation otherwise, I hate no one. Nonetheless, I despise Communism and all its works. It is a Satanic manifestation. I cannot comprehend how anyone can “make nice” with the Castro’s.

  • We have a commie loving Pope and Prez!

  • Speaking of a delusional sociopath, the JV team struck Brussels, and I can’t wait for himself to tell us how bad the Crusades were.
    Obama is worse than a commie.
    He is an Isis sympathizer.

    Prayers going out to the families and deceased. God help them.

A Refugee Crisis For Pope Francis

Monday, September 21, AD 2015

 

Mahound’s Paradise highlights a refugee crisis that Pope Francis could use some of his patented compassion and mercy by highlighting:

 

At least 80,000 people have died in open water, attempting to flee Castro’s Cuba. Or at least that number is probable. Presumably most drowned, though undoubtedly many died of thirst or exposure, were eaten by sharks or were directly murdered by the Cuban border police or coast guard. Estimated figures for the number of lost were discussed in a 2004 paper by Maria Werlau, the Executive Director of the Cuba Archive:

Armando Lago, Ph.D., has derived an estimate of 77,814 such victims from data obtained in studies by the Oceanographic Institute of the University of Miami and the University of Havana. (Telephone interview of October 2003 with Armando Lago, Ph.D., Project Director of the Truth Recovery Archive on Cuba, www.CubaArchive.org. This data is from his upcoming book The Human Cost of So- cial Revolution: The Black Book of Cuban Communism.) Another study, using available estimates of survival rates, estimated in 1995 that over 100,000 may have perished from 1959 to 1994. (Holly Ackerman and Juan Clark, “The Cuban Balseros: Voyage of Uncertainty,” Miami: Cuban American National Council, 1995.) Francisco Chaviano, who attempted to collect this information inside Cuba, was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 1995. There are many media and anecdotal reports of deaths, but the identity of victims is rarely es- tablished and a systematic recording of bodies found at sea does not exist. (See, for example, P. Abusleme Hoffman, “Mueren dos mujeres en travesía de Cuba a la Florida,” El Nuevo Herald, 24 de febrero de 2001.) The exact number of victims, or even an accurate estimate, is simply impossible to know under the current circumstances and, in fact, may never be known precisely.

Unlike the current situation in the Mediterranean, where despite some well-reported cases, the vast majority of migrants successfully completed the crossing, the success rate for Cuban “rafters” is far worse. Almost certainly, over 50% of Cuban rafters failed in their attempt–though failure would not necessarily mean death but rather the more “benign” fate of being thwarted by Cuban police or the U.S. Coast Guard (which, tragically, since 1994 has followed a policy of forcibly repatriating intercepted refugees).

But at most times the death rate has probably been 25% or higher of those making the attempt. The total figure for deaths is close to 1% of the Island’s population.

Here are a few other interesting facts:

  • In 1994 Fidel Castro made a bizarre threat. He told the United States he would stop shooting people (or boarding or ramming their boats, etc.) who were trying to leave. Instead of thanking God and running up the welcome flags for escapees from communism, the Clinton Administration got Castro to go back on the threat by agreeing to empower the U.S. Coast Guard to send virtually all intercepted escapees back to Cuba.
  • Because leaving Cuba is illegal, the homemade boats and rafts come in all shapes, colors and sizes. See the end of this post for one that features the body of a truck.
  • If you see an empty raft in the Straits, chances are that represents human beings who didn’t make it. After picking up rafters, the U.S. Coast Guard usually destroys rafts it intercepts as a hazard to shipping.
  • The crossing usually takes three to five days. Sometimes rafters make it to the Dog Rocks, a set of uninhabited islands off the Bahamas (see below).
  • Latin American leftists (and their friends in the United States) call the refugees “worms”.

Pope Francis has called the refusal to aid Mediterranean refugees in distress an “act of war”. I do not believe he has ever spoken of the Cuban refugee situation. Nor am I aware of any previous Vatican comments on the matter (though that doesn’t mean there haven’t been any). Perhaps the Pope will bring it up in the next few days.

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  • I’m slightly more concerned by that picture of that “escape “boat”. Are those people using carbon fuel and destroying the eco-systems by fouling our environment with climate-changing CO2–however filtered through tropical water first?
    And this is being done to come to a evil capitalist society?
    Two strikes!

  • Maybe if the Cuban refugees would convert to Islam before they cross over, both Obama and Francis would speak out on their behalf.

Internationale

Saturday, July 11, AD 2015

 

Something for the weekend.  The Internationale being sung in Spanish in Havana.  This is dedicated to Cardinal Jaime Ortega, and the Babalu Blog, the go to blog for all activities in Castro’s island gulag, tells us why:

Diplomacy does not seem to be Cardinal Jaime Ortega’s strongpoint. The archbishop of Havana behaved badly to a group of anti-Castro activists who were distributing a statement on a proposed amnesty law for political prisoners to diplomats attending 4th of July ceremonies at the home of Jeffrey DeLaurentis, head of the US Interests Section in Havana.

The cardinal’s harsh comments came shortly after a musical group — clad in colorful Prussian blue uniforms with white caps — had finished playing the last notes of the national anthems of Cuba and the United States on their wind instruments and after a brief welcome by Mr. DeLaurentis.

Relaxed officials and accredited diplomats working in Havana were chatting with dissidents, musicians and Cuban intellectuals — they had been invited to Independence Day celebrations — as waiters served red wine, beer, fruit juice and canapés.

Activists Egberto Escobedo and Jose Diaz Silva approached Ortega, who was chatting with a group of bishops, to hand him a list of fifty-one political prisoners whose release the Forum for Rights and Liberties — a group led by Antonio Rodiles, Angel Moya and Berta Soler — had been requesting every Sunday for twelve weeks in the face of intense harassment by police.

“I don’t want you handing me another list. Send it to the ’worms’* broadcasting on the radio from Miami. If you keep bothering me, I’ll have them call the police,” responded Ortega angrily.

Diplomats, guests and foreign journalists were taken aback. His outburst was the talk of the evening.

“He seemed more like a Stalinist commissar than a compassionate agent of the Lord. We assumed the Catholic church was supposed to welcome all of us. But for some time now there has been a faction of the Cuban church that has not only turned its back on dissidents but has attacked us nearly as forcefully as the government,” said Victor Manuel Dominguez, a poet and freelance journalist.

An official from a western embassy, speaking on condition of anonymity, expressed the opinion of his mission that “all that is being asked of Ortega is that he at least listen to a person’s demands, even if he does not agree with them.”

The Cuban archbishop’s verbal hostility stems from statements he made on June 5 to Cadena Ser, a Spanish radio station, in which he said that there are no longer political prisoners in Cuba.

This statement provoked a harsh response from activist Jose Luis Garcia Perez, known as Antunez. Antunez and other activists — including Rodiles, Guillermo Fariñas, Angel Moya and Berta Soler — were present during the cardinal’s tantrum.

“This is what one would expect from a society in which religious institutions that supposedly welcome all believers turns its back on dissidents. But this is what is happening. Intellectuals and a certain segment of the clergy remain suspiciously silent in the face of Sunday assaults on activists and the Ladies in White,” said Rodiles.

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  • Not to worry, once the global warming agenda gives the one-world UN the authority it seeks to control all nations, I’m certain the nice UN will admonish the communist nasties and the world will slip into Pax Romana mode again. Maybe the Vatican will move to Havana and live among the poor….

  • Another waste-of-space bishop. Blaise Cupich, this twerp, Msgr. Tiso and the ghastly Croat Franciscans during the war all cut from the same cloth.

  • “I am showing my age.  I can recall when cardinals were foes of Communist tyrannies instead of  toadies for them.”

    You didn’t go high enough in the chain of authority. How is Otega’s conduct different that PF whose own Academey of [pseudo]Science refused to even hear critics of global warming prior to the encyclical. Let’s pray that PF addressed the matter of political prisoners when he visits the Cuban dictatore.

  • I said earlier that I was disappointed with Cardinal Ortega. Not anymore. I am disgusted with Cardinal Ortega. I think the same of him as I do Bishop Lynch in St. Petersburg, +Cupich, +Mahony and even the ex-Pittsburgher +Wuerl.

    Most American Catholics have no clue about the Church in Latin America. Regardless of Latin American nation, the Church has had a soft spot for hard-core leftist politics. The Castros should be hated throughout this hemisphere but they are almost admired. The hatred for George W. Bush far exceeds anything aimed at the Castros.

    Imagine that – “worms in Miami”. Fidel has long labeled the Cuban exiles in Miami “worms”. The Cuban exiles in Miami are the one immigrant group that has been okay to trash by Hollywood and Big Media. PBS did a hit piece on the Miami Cubans not long after the Elian Gonzalez production.

    Every day we see more evidence of really how bad things are in the Latin American Church. Its infatuation with liberation theology and deep seated class envy cause the Church to bleed members to Protestant churches.

    Reform in the Church will come from the Remnant. Until then we must deal with the ineptitude of the Church hierarchy.

    Communism is the single worst idea in the history of mankind. It has oppressed and murdered more than any ideology in this world’s history. It has killed more than all of the plagues, diseases, and natural disasters. It denies God and freedom of man. Yet, we see what we see just in our own backyard.

    The real anti-Communist clergy came from the old Eastern Bloc and Mao’s China.

  • Communism suppressed the homeland of my dad’s ancestors for 44 years. Poland was the scratch, then the chip, then the crack, then the fissure, then the tremor, then the Krakatoa of the Soviet empire in Europe.

    Through the dark days of partition and Soviet occupation a quarter century after partition ended, the Church in Poland NEVER stopped in its labors to keep Poland alive and resistance to outside suppression.

    Ain’t happenin’ in Cuba. The Vatican has reached new lows with this papal visit and the most silly recent encyclical. The Roman Pontiff’s remarks about capitalism (really, free market economies) shows the depths of his ignorance about economic matters.

    Castro has murdered Americans. This has occurred in international waters. His regime would not last a week against the US Armed Forces, even now. All it took was a spineless, heartless, cold man in the White House to warm up to the Stalinist 90 miles from Key West.

    I am Catholic because of Christ. I would never be Catholic for any other reason.

  • Yes, the good Cardinal refers to Cuban refugees in America as “worms.” Now what if a conservative politician referred to immigrants here as worms. The hierarchical BS would hit the wall. We might get a looney Cardinal referring to him as a member of the KKK. Oh wait, they do that where there is reasoned disagreement on illegal immigration:

    http://www.catholic.org/news/politics/story.php?id=36322

  • Good comments by Penguins Fan – and all.

  • I recall my parents who came from Cuba to America in 1961 told me the following: “at the very consecration of the host when the Body of Christ is physically present, at St. Francis Cathedral in Santiago de Cuba at Sunday Mass, the Communists and followers of Fidel walked from the pews and formed a conga line, and sang,’ We are Communists go forward, go forward,’ The Communists who where present at Holy Mass told the other Communists on the line about the Carmelite Nuns present at Mass at the time, ‘check under their skirts that’s where they hide their money.’ To paraphrase Our Lord, you cannot serve the Lord and the hammer and sickle.

  • The Catholic clergy has always, throughout history, shown a fear and contempt of οἱ πολλοί, the many, whom they equate with the rabble. Despots, whether of the Left or the Right, for one man can be more easily guided than many.

    The fear and suspicion of democracy and the fear and suspicion of capitalism are two sides of the same coin. De Tocqueville described the attitude of the Ancien Régime, the creaton of Cardinals like Richelieu and Mazarin: “The Old Regime, in fact, held that wisdom lay only in the State and that the citizens were weak and feeble beings who must forever be guided by the hand, for fear they harm themselves. It held that it was necessary to obstruct, thwart, restrain individual freedom, that to secure an abundance of material goods it was imperative to regiment industry and impede free competition. The Old Regime believed, on this point, exactly as the socialists of today do. It was the French Revolution which denied this.”

    Compare this with Populorum Progressio (1967): “Organized programmes are necessary for “directing, stimulating, coordinating, supplying and integrating” the work of individuals and intermediary organizations. It is for the public authorities to establish and lay down the desired goals, the plans to be followed, and the methods to be used in fulfilling them; and it is also their task to stimulate the efforts of those involved in this common activity.”

    I sometimes fancy a classical education was at the back of it and that the notion of Plato’s philosopher-king lingers on; in the ancient world, lawgivers were revered as heroes and demi-gods and as the creators of society; the legislator alone reflects, invents, acts, whilst the citizens are as clay in the hands of the potter. Thus, they believed it was Pelasges who first taught the Greeks how to eat acorns; before that, the legend says, they grazed the land like cattle.

  • I meant to write, “Despots, whether of the Left or the Right are preferred, for one man can be more easily guided than many.”

  • I doubt MPS if what you say is correct. In the Middle Ages the authority of the kings and emperors was always limited by other groups and institutions. Where a ruler became too powerful within a State he inevitably ran afoul of the Church. Catholic influence was greatest in Europe during the Middle Ages and subsidiarity, although the word would not be coined until the last century, ruled the roost in practice if not always in theory.

    If there is a bias against Democracy within the Church it comes as either a hangover from the views of 19th century popes who as the secular rulers of the Papal states tended to view all European Democrats as red revolutionaries, and a fondness for socialism which is a hangover from the last half of the last century.

  • Imagine that…..the parents of Julius Caesar’s Ghost were labeled as “worms” by Jaime Cardinal Ortega….for fleeing to the US and opposing Castro. An equivalent would have been Cardinal Wojtyla labeling Polish Americans as “dumb Polocks”.

    The church’s opposition to Communism, as with its opposition to Islam, has been nonexistent since Vatican II. Had we not had a Polish Pope, the Eastern Bloc may have not fallen. Does anyone think another Paul VI would have worked with the Reagan Administration to funnel assistance to Solidarity in Poland? Se how much help the oppressed Cubans are getting from the Church in Cuba?

    Cardinal Ortega reminds me of the wimpy English clergy who fell in line with Henry Tudor.

  • The fear and suspicion of democracy and the fear and suspicion of capitalism are two sides of the same coin. De Tocqueville described the attitude of the Ancien Régime, the creaton of Cardinals like Richelieu and Mazarin: “The Old Regime, in fact, held that wisdom lay only in the State and that the citizens were weak and feeble beings who must forever be guided by the hand, for fear they harm themselves. It held that it was necessary to obstruct, thwart, restrain individual freedom, that to secure an abundance of material goods it was imperative to regiment industry and impede free competition. The Old Regime believed, on this point, exactly as the socialists of today do. It was the French Revolution which denied this.”

    [grinds teeth]: The ‘liberal’ dispensation in Latin American politics, whether or not it actually traded in constitutional government (and see Rufino Barrios for an example of the caudillo ‘liberal’) had as its signature hostility to the Church. Ditto the entire republican dispensation in French politics prior to 1901. Ditto Otto von Bismarck and his collaborators in the National LIberal Party. Ditto the entire spectrum of republican parties in Spain in 1933 except for some Basque particularists and chameleons like Miguel Maura.

  • Penguins Fan writes: “Until then we must deal with the ineptitude of the Church hierarchy.” I am no longer willing to give them that benefit of the doubt. No one is that “inept”.

No Comment

Monday, May 11, AD 2015

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  • Your use of the word “detente” , Donald McClarey says it all. Where is Henry Kissinger when you need him? Death, the great equalizer.

  • Honoring for immigrants? It is ignored that the real issue in communist Cuba in emigration–they won’t allow it for fear of an exodus.
    Open the prisons and watch the floodgates of souls rushing to be free in America. They could take those planes back here that are now filed with our morally corrupt politicians and financial speculators rushing to the fools’ paradise to gain power and wealth.
    Castro a Jesuit? Is God on vacation?

  • As someone who suffered at a Jesuit school – perfect. Yes, yes Raul – you are indeed a Jesuit.

    Does someone need to make a list of all the dictators who were trained by the Jesuits? Wasn’t Robert Mugabe trained by Jesuits?

  • He was educated by Jesuits and became a bloody, evil Communist. That about says it all when it comes to the Society of Jesus in Latin America.

  • It just keeps getting more and more bizarre. My poor, poor grandchildren and their parents. What a world. All the clarity of myopia minus the corrective lenses. This is Francis’ Gospel.

  • What is it with American Catholic and its true hate on Pope Francis… This is SIN, as I hope you all would know… Jesuits are a wonderful order. They have traveled the earth seeking souls for Almighty God.. Francis is seated in Peters Chair..HE deserves that respect. And woe unto your souls in speaking so evil of him…….

  • Popes are the Vicar of Christ and not Christ Marie. Criticism of Popes is as Catholic as veneration of Mary and goes back to the first Pope. As for the Jesuits, they have a wonderful past and a really crummy present. If you are concerned about criticism of Popes, I would assume that you are shocked, shocked, by how most Jesuits have talked about modern Popes, prior to the current one.

  • Marie Anne, here is a good link in answering the dilemma of discomfort I have, each time I read nasty criticism of the Holy Father. Basically, It is ok to criticise the Pope, as long as the criticism isn’t nasty…

    http://rcspirituality.org/ask-priest-questioning-pope-says/

Victims of Communism Day: Cuba

Friday, May 1, AD 2015

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  • May he speak up just like he did in Albania last year!

  • He won’t. Raul Castro will use the Roman Pontiff’s appearance in cuba as a publicity stunt and as soon as the Roman Pontiff’s plane is wheels up off the runway at Marti Airport, everything will go back to the way it has been for over 50 years.

    Our good friends in Canada see nothing wrong with having open relations with Cuba. After all, the Canadian government has done so much to expand human rights in Cuba. Well, no, they haven’t, but certain smug Canucks who look down at the USA and vacation at Verdadero Beach think that they are smart.

  • The only way I’d want to visit Cuba is with a company of Marines.

PopeWatch: Cuba

Thursday, December 18, AD 2014

 

VATICAN-POPE-AUDIENCE

 

The Babalu Blog, the go to site for news on Cuba, predicted the papal involvement in the “normalization” of relations with Cuba announced yesterday by Obama:

We’re not clairvoyants or prophets.  We just deal with the facts.

Eleven months ago, when Secretary of State John Kerry visited the Vatican, a Babalu post asked: “Will Pope Francis Bring About the Release of Alan Gross?”

Here’s a quote from that post:

How’s this for a scenario?:  Pope Francis gets Alan Gross freed in exchange for the four Castro spies, and, on top of that, orchestrates the restoration of US/Castro diplomatic ties, along with the lifting of the embargo.  And it will all make Obama look so righteous and compassionate rather than weak, all because of the glow lent to the whole deal by Pope Francis’s halo.

Such speculation is not far-fetched.

Well, guess what?  Unfortunately, today’s events have proven that such speculation was in fact correct.

Yeah. The “embargo” has not been lifted yet…. but the current occupant of the White House has turned the circumventing of congress into a rare art form. Just wait.

Hate to say “I told you so.”  Those moments always involve a most exquisite and intolerable kind of pain.

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  • I have mixed feelings on this, but it is a red flag when Obama and Francis agree.

  • Not a good thing for Frankie to stick his nose in another countries foreign
    policy……..imo.

  • I do not have mixed feelings. The peoples of Cuba and of the USA got zero, zilch, nada in return. Plus, opening up Cuba for US toutrism likely will be the final nail in (US Commonwealth) Puerto Rico’s economic coffin.

    The Castros will continue untrammeld to imprison and execute dissidents. The freed commie spies will pose threats to Castros’ enemies including some in the USA, etc.

    If both Obama and Francis did this, certainly it is doubly wrong.

    I am in (sad) awe at recent popes’ love afffairs with totalitarian regimes.

    Giving the devil his due: this isn’t yet as harmful to American interests as trading a US Army Cpl. deserter freeing-up six high-level jihadis chieftains . . .

  • . Best cigars for soil reasons and best conga drum players ( an instrument that is boxers’ exercise also …a horizontal speed bag as it were ) like this video of Pedrito Martinez in NJ ….give the volume three seconds to kick in..

    http://youtu.be/2Wv89NBLinE

  • Obama circumvents Congress and Pope Francis circumvents the Catholic church.

  • WHY would the pope do this?

  • When Pope Benedict announced his abdication, a person (I really don’t remember who it was) who has a blog site predicted that Pope Benedict had effectively doubled the length of his papacy, and his influence would continue for years to come. I sincerely hope that person does not try to predict the stock market with his retirement savings.

  • The Three Amigos: the anti-Western, anti-Christian, Marxist leader
    of Western Civilization, Hussein, the Commie, Argentina’s stern
    advocate of Liberation Theology and great, radical modernizer of
    the Catholic Church, the Proletarian Pope, and finally those two crazy
    commie mass murders from Havana, who are aroused by the horror and
    agony of murder and torture, those crazy boys from Havana, the Castro
    brothers.

  • Aaaaaargh…. and this is where having a bad theory of economics is a horrible problem: in one step, the Pope has strengthened a guy who supports not just abortion, but death by exposure for those who survive abortion, and he’s propped up a member of a psycho murderer family that desperately needed the help to keep his powerbase.

    Does he think that China is a great example of where Cuba can go or something?

  • This Cuba business, under the auspices of Pope Francis and the “I am a Christian” Islam-loving, commie and socialist-loving President, is, I believe, what is called gathering everyone under the Big Tent: the poor, marginalized (never understood the term), murderers, crooks, and the real and moral “untouchables” in this world: the sum effect of indiscriminate application of the finely-honed beatitudes on the Mount.

  • Lapsed Catholics Gloria Estefan and her husband Emilio, prominent in the Miami Cuban American community, supported Barack Hussein Obumbler in 2008. Estefan’s father took his family and fled Cuba after Bautista abdicated. Her father was in the Cuban military and was a Batista bodyguard. Estefan said that she would never perform in Cuba as long as the Castros lived.

    Now, the dimwit that the Estefans supported has taken a knife and shoved it in the backs of the remaining exiles from Cuba that left behind everything – their homes, businesses, property, family members. Most of those people who were adults in 1959-1963probably aren’t around anymore and their kids and grandchildren don’t have the same anti-Castro animus their ancestors had.

    Wonder what Gloria and Emilio think now.

    Pope Francis is probably among those pseudo-intellectuals who permeate Latin American political thought that praise Fidel Castro. Cuba is a tropical gulag and one of the most repressive nations on earth, but the Latino Left loves him because he stuck his finger in the eye of Uncle Sam. Pope Francis is nicer to the Cuban dictatorship than he is to the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculata.

    Since the end of WWII, the United States military has been on almost every continent on earth, defending Koreans, Vietnamese, throwing out the Grenadan coup plotters, etc., etc. Yet, Castro stays because JFK promised Khruschev not to take his Communist ass out.

    The US military could wipe out the Castro dictatorship in two weeks or less, but Obumbler appeases Castro.

    Buchanan is not the worst President. Neither is Carter. It’s Obumbler.

  • Re Obama and Pope Francis 1: Those two should worry less about their legacies and more about the harm that results from their pronouncements. The Pope and Fidel have something in common, both educated at Jesuit schools.
    I have a dear friend who escaped at age 4 when her grandmother took her and her 3 sisters on a “vacation” to the US. Her parents made a daring escape a year later. Through the years she has told me of meeting released political prisonsers at her parents’ home. Men physically broken because of the torture and deprivations suffered in Castro’s jails. Cuba continues to be a police state. If Americans travel to Cuba on a cultural tour they are allowed only on certain streets. It’s all a sham. Every citizen receives a toaster! But there is no electricity.
    Anyone who views the Castro brothers and the late Che Guevara as heroes are fools.

  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce and friends looking for another cheap pool of labor, which oppressive communist regimes are happy to provide. (Amnesty is another source.) Labor is plentiful, and tyrants and central planning committees control wages. Enjoy the savings first worlders!

    Given the pope’s previous comments about economies and markets, his support for Cuba is not surprising and yet also hypocritical.

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  • Pope Francis has the same policy on this as JP II and Pope Benedict.

    The argument that we did not get anything for this might have some merit from a political standpoint, but from a religious one it makes no sense. What the church gets is the US embassy to go to for support if the regime starts bothering it. The US embassy will be able to protest and bring international pressure on the Cuban regime if it starts harassing the church. And from a purely practical standpoint, we all know that embassies are used as bases for intelligence operations. So we will have that advanced capability in the country as well.

  • Castro has paid zip attention to what the US wants or desires since he began his misrule of Cuba. As for intelligence operatives we have all we need courtesy of the Cuban émigré community. Both the US and the Church got zip from this nonsense. The contempt with which the Castro regime holds both the US and the Church was demonstrated by the Cuban military sinking a boat with 32 Cubans seeking to escape the Marxist paradise.

    http://babalublog.com/2014/12/22/first-fruits-of-obamas-appeasement-to-cubas-dictatorship-casstro-military-sinks-boat-carrying-32-cubans-trying-to-escape-island/

  • ??? “What the church gets is the US embassy..” What are you thinking gyh?! The US Dept of State and embassy will protect Catholics? The State Department has actively pushed against the Catholic Church even in Catholic countries much less in atheist countries like Cuba. ( Gay rights , abortion- )

Well, Duh!

Sunday, September 7, AD 2014

Well, this comes as a complete nonsurprise:

 

 

Cuba’s communist-led intelligence services are aggressively recruiting leftist American academics and university professors as spies and influence agents, according to an internal FBI report published this week.

Cuban intelligence services “have perfected the work of placing agents, that includes aggressively targeting U.S. universities under the assumption that a percentage of students will eventually move on to positions within the U.S. government that can provide access to information of use to the [Cuban intelligence service],” the five-page unclassified FBI report says. It notes that the Cubans “devote a significant amount of resources to targeting and exploiting U.S. academia.”

“Academia has been and remains a key target of foreign intelligence services, including the [Cuban intelligence service],” the report concludes.

One recruitment method used by the Cubans is to appeal to American leftists’ ideology. “For instance, someone who is allied with communist or leftist ideology may assist the [Cuban intelligence service] because of his/her personal beliefs,” the FBI report, dated Sept. 2, said.

Others are offered lucrative business deals in Cuba in a future post-U.S. embargo environment, and are treated to extravagant, all-expense paid visits to the island.

Coercive tactics used by the Cubans include exploiting personal weaknesses and sexual entrapment, usually during visits to Cuba.

The Cubans “will actively exploit visitors to the island” and U.S. academics are targeted by a special department of the spy agency.

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  • Bishop Fulton Sheen’s “Life is Worth Living” series: “The Glory of being an American” DVD available from EWTN explains the communist ideology and the communist vs. the free man painfully clear.

  • Seen on Facebook. “Socialism will work this time. My socialism professor told me.”
    .

    The useless idiots are our country’s and our way of life’s most dangerous enemies. It isn’t ISIS.

    When they heard the horrid news of the September 11, 2001 NYC/Pentagon massacres, Hamas et al danced in the streets. Their next street dance was celebrated in November 2008 when B. Hussein Obama was elected. Get it?

  • My guess is the “sell” is not very difficult. Most lefties ceased being American a long time ago.

    Loyalty, patriotism and treason…..ain’t what they used to be!

  • I am acquainted with a person who had an op/ed piece recently published in a periodical for higher education professionals. The piece was this person’s opinion about some people in the field, but it was perceived as an anti-labor attack. The publication broke protocol and published this person’s full contact information, which initiated a deluge of comments, anonymous letters, and phone calls, using extreme profanity and suggesting this person should be “off the planet.” (No one wanted to, or could, rebut the points in the article.) Someone circulated the op/ed piece at the writer’s place of employment, where the writer is now being ostracized. They are using bullying and intimidation to shut up anyone who agrees with the op/ed. And these attackers are professors! (The person has hired an attorney.)

    Higher education is loaded with people who have a very leftist agenda and who will use any means necessary to promote it. Dissent is not tolerated. There is little diversity of thought. As the parent of college kids, this is very scary.

  • The publication broke protocol and published this person’s full contact information, which initiated a deluge of comments, anonymous letters, and phone calls, using extreme profanity and suggesting this person should be “off the planet.”

    Of course it did.

    How else are you going to threaten folks’ lives without OPENLY doing it? Just make sure you make it so the craziest know who to go after… and are encouraged to do it, because their cause is just and they just MEAN well…..

Nuncio Tells Blunt Truth About Cuba

Wednesday, August 27, AD 2014

Archbishop Bruno Musari

 

If you want to know what is going on in Cuba, the Babalu blog is the go to blog.  Carlos Eire tells us about the man who has just become my favorite papal nuncio:

 

Archbishop Bruno Musarò, Apostolic Nuncio to Castrogonia,  blasted the island’s rulers recently, and a handful of news organizations are reporting on his comments.

Not surprisingly, the news reports thus far are only available in Italian, Spanish, and Polish.  Nothing at all in English.  No word from the AP or Reuters, or CNN, etc..

If the nuncio had denounced the “blockade” rather than the Castro regime, his comments would be getting a hell of a lot more attention, of course.

The nuncio’s remarks were first quoted by LecceNews24 in Italy, in an article entitled: “‘In Cuba you die’: Salentine bishop sounds the alarm.”  You can find that full report HERE.

TV Marti picked up the story, and you can find their report  HERE (includes video).    El Mundo in Boliva also ran the story.  Go HERE for that.  And if you can read Polish, go HERE for that report.

The comments were made after he celebrated mass in the Italian town of Vignacastrisi.  (Ha!  VignaCASTRIsi: Who says God lacks a sense of humor?)

Among his observations, the following stand out:

“In Cuba you die.” (A Cuba si muore).

“In Cuba eating is a luxury.”

“The Cuban people live in conditions of absolute poverty and degradation without human or civil rights. They are the victims of a socialist dictatorship that has kept them enslaved for fifty-six years.”

“Only freedom can give hope to the Cuban people.”

“The only hope Cubans can have for a better life is to leave their island.”

“Italians who complain about many things in Italy should know that in Cuba a physician only earns 25 euros per month and that in order to live with dignity many Cuban professionals have to work as waiters at night.”

“In Cuba everything is controlled by the government, even milk and meat. Beef is a luxury and anyone who dares to slaughter a cow in order to eat it is arrested and sent to prison.”

“After more than half a century, praise is still being heaped on this Revolution, but, in the meantime, the Cuban people don’t have proper work and don’t have a way of feeding their own children.”

“I’m grateful that the pope sent me to that island, and I hope to be there when the socialist regime comes to an end.”

Apostolic nuncios serve as the pope’s ambassadors to the world’s nations. Archbishop Musarò was appointed as nuncio to Castrogonia by Pope Benedict XVI in August 2011.

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Secular Heavens Always End in Secular Hells

Monday, March 10, AD 2014

Michael Totten in a brilliant essay in World Affairs on Cuba explains why totalitarian states produce such Hells on Earth:

 

 

Totalitarianism is a radical departure from the standard-issue authoritarianism of men like Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak, the Chinese communists-turned-capitalists currently ensconced in Beijing, and the former Shah of Iran. Jeanne Kirkpatrick explained the difference in a landmark essay in Commentary in 1979.

“Traditional autocrats,” she wrote, “leave in place existing allocations of wealth, power, status, and other resources which in most traditional societies favor an affluent few and maintain masses in poverty. But they worship traditional gods and observe traditional taboos. They do not disturb the habitual rhythms of work and leisure, habitual places of residence, habitual patterns of family and personal relations. Because the miseries of traditional life are familiar, they are bearable to ordinary people who, growing up in the society, learn to cope, as children born to untouchables in India acquire the skills and attitudes necessary for survival in the miserable roles they are destined to fill. Such societies create no refugees.

“Precisely the opposite is true of revolutionary Communist regimes. They create refugees by the million because they claim jurisdiction over the whole life of the society and make demands for change that so violate internalized values and habits that inhabitants flee by the tens of thousands in the remarkable expectation that their attitudes, values, and goals will ‘fit’ better in a foreign country than in their native land.”

Communism isn’t the only ideology that produces such explosive results. Hitler’s Nazi regime did the same, as do radical Islamists when they seize power. Iran’s Islamic Republic regime triggered such an enormous refugee crisis that the Westwood area of Los Angeles (where almost a million exiles reside) is nicknamed Tehrangeles.

And you’re almost as likely to hear Spanish spoken in South Florida as English.

“There is a damning contrast between the number of refugees created by Marxist regimes and those created by other autocracies,” Kirkpatrick wrote. “More than a million Cubans have left their homeland since Castro’s rise (one refugee for every nine inhabitants) as compared to about 35,000 each from Argentina, Brazil, and Chile. In Africa more than five times as many refugees have fled Guinea and Guinea Bissau as have left Zimbabwe Rhodesia, suggesting that civil war and racial discrimination are easier for most people to bear than Marxist-style liberation.”

Paul Berman, in his masterful book Terror and Liberalism, wrote one of the best descriptions of totalitarian movements I’ve ever read. In a single paragraph he managed to describe fascists, Nazis, communists, and Islamists simultaneously and captures why so many ordinary citizens can’t coexist with them.

“Each of the movements,” he wrote, “in their lush variety, entertained a set of ideas that pointed in the same direction. The shared ideas were these: There exists a people of good who in a just world ought to enjoy a sound and healthy society. But society’s health has been undermined by a hideous infestation from within, something diabolical, which is aided by external agents from elsewhere in the world. The diabolical infestation must be rooted out. Rooting it out will require bloody internal struggles, capped by gigantic massacres. It will require an all-out war against the foreign allies of the inner infestation—an apocalyptic war, perhaps even Apocalyptic with a capital A. (The Book of the Apocalypse, as André Glucksmann has pointed out, does seem to have played a remote inspirational role in generating these twentieth-century doctrines.) But when the inner infestation has at last been rooted out and the external foe has been defeated, the people of good shall enjoy a new society purged of alien elements—a healthy society no longer subject to the vibrations of change and evolution, a society with a single, blocklike structure, solid and eternal.”

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  • The Apocalypse is not the only theological concept secularized by modern political movements.

    Alain de Benoist has pointed out that “Progressivism is born of the idea that history has an absolute beginning and a necessary end, and that it unfolds globally according to a divine plan… [U]niversalism is the natural expression of a religion that claims to manifest a revealed truth which, valid for all men, summons them to conversion. Modern political life itself is founded on secularized theological concepts.”

    He traces similar origins for his other two bêtes noirs, individualism and egalitarianism – “Individualism was already present in the notion of individual salvation and of an intimate and privileged relation between an individual and God that surpasses any relation on earth. Egalitarianism is rooted in the idea that redemption is equally available to all mankind, since all are endowed with an individual soul whose absolute value is shared by all humanity.”

    A Neo-pagan, Benoist concludes, “Christianity has unwittingly become the victim of the movement it started. In the history of the West, it became the religion of the way out of religion.” Actually, what he describes is a Protestant phenomenon that can be plausibly illustrated from Calvin and Beza to Rousseau and from Luther through Calixtus to Semler and Ernesti who undoubtedly influenced Hegel, who was such a formative influence on Marx.

  • Only an infinite God endows unalienable, civil, human rights. “The rights the state gives the state can take away.” from Thomas Jefferson. The state is finite having been constituted by finite man. Without transcendent and moral underpinnings of virtue and truth and Justice (and as superheroes say: the American Way) there is little the secular can do but pretend that they are the God WHO delivers Truth and Freedom. Every fallible man must trust in Divine Providence for the seed to germinate, the sun to shine and the rain to fall. Some might claim the authority to make the sun shine, but they are pretenders, prevaricators and devil worshipers.

  • Thank you Michael Paterson-Seymour.

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Rubio on Harkin, Cuba and Venezuela

Tuesday, February 25, AD 2014

Hattip to Ed Morrissey at Hot Air.  Marco Rubio (R.Fla.) had been listening to Tom Harkin (D.Ia.), pro-abort “Catholic”, give a speech about his trip to Cuba in which he managed to completely ignore Communist oppression, and Rubio decided to reply.  It is a keeper.  Here is the text of the speech:

A few moments ago, the body was treated to a report from the senator from Iowa about his recent trip to Cuba. Sounded like he had a wonderful trip visiting, what he described as, a real paradise. He bragged about a number of things that he learned on his trip to Cuba that I’d like to address briefly. He bragged about their health care system, medical school is free, doctors are free, clinics are free, their infant mortality rate may be even lower than ours. I wonder if the senator, however, was informed, number one, that the infant mortality rate of Cuba is completely calculated on figures provided by the Cuban government. And, by the way, totalitarian communist regimes don’t have the best history of accurately reporting things. I wonder if he was informed that before Castro, Cuba, by the way, was 13th in the whole world in infant mortality. I wonder if the government officials who hosted him, informed him that in Cuba there are instances reported, including by defectors, that if a child only lives a few hours after birth, they’re not counted as a person who ever lived and therefore don’t count against the mortality rate.

I wonder if our visitors to Cuba were informed that in Cuba, any time there is any sort of problem with the child in utero they are strongly encouraged to undergo abortions, and that’s why they have an abortion rate that skyrockets, and some say, is perhaps the highest the world. I heard him also talk about these great doctors that they have in Cuba. I have no doubt they’re very talented. I’ve met a bunch of them. You know where I met them? In the United States because they defected. Because in Cuba, doctors would rather drive a taxi cab or work in a hotel than be a doctor. I wonder if they spoke to him about the outbreak of cholera that they’ve been unable to control, or about the three-tiered system of health care that exists where foreigners and government officials get health care much better than that that’s available to the general population.

I also heard him speak about baseball and I know that Cubans love baseball, since my parents were from there and I grew up in a community surrounded by it. He talked about these great baseball players that are coming from Cuba — and they are. But I wonder if they informed him — in fact, I bet you they didn’t talk about those players to him because every single one of those guys playing in the Major Leagues defected. They left Cuba to play here.

He also talked about how people would come up to him in the streets and not a single person said anything negative about America. Nobody came up to him wagging their fingers saying, ‘You Americans and your embargo is hurting us.’ I’m glad to hear that. Because everyone who wants to lift the embargo is constantly telling us that the Castros use that to turn the people against us. So obviously, that’s not true. So I’m glad to hear confirmation of what I already knew to be true. I heard about their wonderful literacy rate, how everyone in Cuba knows how to read. That’s fantastic. Here’s the problem: they can only read censored stuff. They’re not allowed access to the Internet. The only newspapers they’re allowed to read are Granma or the ones produced by the government.

I wish that someone on that trip would have asked the average Cuban, ‘With your wonderful literacy skills, are you allowed to read The New York Times or the Wall Street Journal or any blog, for that matter?’ Because the answer’s, ‘No.’ So it’s great to have literacy, but if you don’t have access to the information, what’s the point of it? So I wish somebody would have asked about that on that trip. We heard about Mr. Gross, who is not in jail. He’s not a prisoner. He is a hostage. He is a hostage. And in the speech I heard a moment ago, I heard allusions to the idea that maybe we should — he didn’t say it, but I know the language, I know the code in this — that maybe there should be a spy swap. Here’s the problem: Mr. Gross was not a spy. You know what his crime was, if that’s what you can call it? He went to Cuba to hand out satellite radios to the Jewish community. But, we’re glad to hear that the Cubans are so nice to him that they let him walk 10,000 steps a day and do pull-ups and they let him build a necklace out of bottle cap tops. Very nice of them to allow him to do those things. How generous.

I wonder if anybody asked about terrorism, because Cuba is a state sponsor of terrorism. I wonder if anybody asked about the fact that, just a few months ago, a North Korean ship going from Cuba to North Korea was stopped in the Panama Canal and it contained items in violation of international sanctions against a government in North Korea that, a report just came out confirming what we already knew, has death camps and prison camps. And the Cubans are allowing them to evade these sanctions. Did that come up in any of the wonderful conversations in this socialist paradise in the Caribbean? I bet you it didn’t.

Let me tell you what the Cubans are really good at, because they don’t know how to run their economy, they don’t know how to build, they don’t know how to govern a people. What they are really good at is repression. What they are really good at is shutting off information to the Internet and to radio and television and social media. That’s what they’re really good at. And they’re not just good at it domestically, they’re good exporters of these things. And you want to see exhibit A, B, C and D? I’m going to show them to you right now. They have exported repression in real-time, in our hemisphere, right now.

Let me show you the first slide here. This gentleman here is the former mayor of a municipality in Caracas. His name is Leopoldo Lopez. And this is the National Guard of Venezuela pulling him into an armored truck last week. You know why? Because he’s protesting against the government. He’s protesting against the government of Venezuela, which are puppets of Havana, completely infiltrated by Cubans and agents from Havana. Not agents, openly, foreign military affairs officials involved in Venezuela. You know why? Because the Venezuela government is giving them cheap oil and free oil, in exchange for help during these sorts of repressions. So here he is, he’s sitting in jail right now because he’s protesting against the government. He’s sitting in jail right now.

So here’s the next slide. This is Genesis Carmona. She’s a beauty queen and a student in a city called Valencia. She’s on that motorcycle because the government in Venezuela and the thug, these so-called civilian groups that they’ve armed — another export from Cuba, a model the Cubans follow — they shot her in the head. She died last week. This is the government that the Cubans support. Not just verbally, not just emotionally, but with training and tactics. This is who they export — this is what they do. And she’s dead. And this is her being taken on a motorcycle to the hospital where they were unable to save her life because she was shot in the head by Venezuelan security forces.

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  • God bless M. Rubio. Thanks for posting this.

  • Yesterday, Instapundit quoted Michael Totten on Cuba: “It’s no mystery why so many want out. Cuba’s human rights record is by far the most dismal in the Western Hemisphere, and as a predictable consequence has triggered one of the largest refugee crises in the hemisphere. I can think of nothing positive to say about Fulgencio Batista, the tyrant who preceded Castro, but at least he didn’t drive people en masse into the sea. Faint praise, to be sure, but I can’t say even that much about Castro’s.” Actually, “he wasn’t Castro,” is pretty high comparative praise.

  • Hugo Chavez was a bootlicker to Castro. For what it’s worth, almost every Latin American leftist, from each and every Latin American country, is a bootlicker of Castro. Politicians, lawyers, university professors, “executive directors” of organizations with fancy names, media types, authors….and not a few Catholic priests…have idolized the Communist in Havana. Castro has his fans here, too. Always has. Hollywood actors, the modern Democrat Party, Mikey Moore, PBS, university professors, Herbert Mathews of the New York Slimes – Hell’s Bible, as it is so appropriately put by the brilliant Father Zuhlsdorf.

    Let’s thank our neighbors to the north, Canada, for their FULL diplomatic relations and free travel for Canadians to and from Cuba. The Cuban tourism ministry buys advertising in Canada. I saw it on a big billboard in downtown Toronto in 2007 and along the dasher boards a while ago at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

    I pointed this out before – the outstanding book, “Guide to the Perfect Latin American Idiot”, written by Mario Vargas Llosa, is a must read. I have read that book and the outstanding book Epic of Latin America, written by USC professor John David Crow.

    Every “revolutionary movement” in Latin America since the 1960s has Castro’s fingerprints all over it. The Sendero Luminoso, the FARC, whom our present Secretary of State and Democrat Party jagoff John FARC Kerry apologized for, the Sandinistas, Chavez’ Bolivarian Circles, Evo Morales in Bolivia….you name it. Castro is somehow, in some way, supporting it….and the US government, who sends or sent troops to fight in Korea, Vietnam, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc., etc….lets Castro stay in power.

    Castro is providing sanctuary to a convicted New Jersey cop killer, Joanne Chismard, and Robert Vesco, another fugitive.

    I wish Reagan or Bush or Dubya would have blockaded Cuba from the sea and from the air. They could have crushed Castro in a week.

    I traveled to Miami the day Elian Gonzalez was seized from his uncle. The Cuban community was quiet – they did most of their ranting on local radio talk shows. Yet, the national media made it look like the Cuban exile community were a bunch of nuts ready to riot. Wasn’t true – I was there. PBS did a hit piece on the Cuban exiles in 2000. Some Miami Anglo-Saxon locals were interviewed and complained about “losing” their city. A minister of a black church said that they (the Cuban exiles) should just go back to Cuba. You see, the Cubans, they ain’t liked by the favored groups (examples are begrudged blacks, homosexuals, Muslims and other Latin American immigrants).

    I sympathize with the Cubans. Their homeland is ruled by a tyrant and generally aren’t liked so much in the USA. I remember the Polock jokes that Archie Bunker rattled off during the early and mid 1970s on All In The Family. Norman Lear, pansy ass leftist that he is, made Polock jokes cool and I put up with it as a kid at school for years. Poland, too, was ruled by tyrants and before John Paul II, Polish = stupid for a lot of Americans.

    The biological solution will soon complete its work on the Castro brothers – not for a while yet, as their old man lived to be almost 90 – but it will happen. I hope that there are people in the Cuban government who see the error of their ways and will change things when they are gone, because nothing will change for as long as they live. Once the fear is gone, and when the Castro boys have assumed “cuarto” temperature it will be gone, the Cuban people will be harder to suppress.

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Cuba: A Failed Experiment

Tuesday, December 3, AD 2013

For more than six decades Fidel Castro has been running an anti-Capitalist experiment.  The results should be clear to all except Michael Moore and his ideological think-a-likes.  Michael Totten gives us the grim details:

 

 

 

I walked toward the center of town from the somewhat remote Habana Libre Hotel and found myself the only foreigner in a miles-wide swath of destruction.

I’ve seen cities in the Middle East pulverized by war. I’ve seen cities elsewhere in Latin America stricken with unspeakable squalor and poverty. But nowhere else have I seen such a formerly grandiose city brought as low as Havana. The restored part of town—artifice though it may be—shows all too vividly what the whole thing once looked like.

It was a wealthy European city when it was built. Poor nations do not build capitals that look like Havana. They can’t. Poor nations build Guatemala City and Cairo.

“Havana” Theodore Dalrymple wrote in City Journal, “is like Beirut, without having gone through the civil war to achieve the destruction.” Actually, it’s worse even than that. Beirut pulses with energy. Parts of it are justifiably even a little bit snobbish like Paris. Even its poorest neighborhoods, the ones controlled by Hezbollah, aren’t as gruesome as most of Havana.

Yet the bones of Cuba’s capital are unmatched in our hemisphere. “The Cubans of successive centuries created a harmonious architectural whole almost without equal in the world,” Dalrymple wrote. “There is hardly a building that is wrong, a detail that is superfluous or tasteless. The tiled multicoloration of the Bacardi building, for example, which might be garish elsewhere, is perfectly adapted—natural, one might say—to the Cuban light, climate, and temper. Cuban architects understood the need for air and shade in a climate such as Cuba’s, and they proportioned buildings and rooms accordingly. They created an urban environment that, with its arcades, columns, verandas, and balconies, was elegant, sophisticated, convenient, and joyful.”

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  • Donald,

    There is no argument from the Catholic Church’s side. We have formally and completely rejected “Statism” [government control of everything including the economy] Anyone reading the Social Encyclicals in their entirety will come to the same conclusion. I recognize that those still holding to Liberation Theology or interpreting all social teaching through the Populorum Progressio Encyclical (hermeneutic of discontinuity) and so called Catholic progressives in our own country would disagree. However, they are the ones who are not in the ‘mainstream’ of the teaching of the Church.

    Now, the dialogue with Democratic Capitalism and the Free Market [notice it is a dialogue, not a rejection] continues. Critiques made by the Church in social encyclicals or even the brief comments of Pope Francis in Evangelii Gaudium are, and need to be seen, in this light.

    If and when the Church does critique Democratic Capitalism, because it is a flawed human system, just as every other human system is flawed, given the Fallen Nature of ‘man’ in original sin, some people automatically think the Church is praising what even steadfast Free Marketers believe to be the only other alternative [although already ‘tried, measured’ and found wanting’]. It puts the whole Church in the position of what the Church in Latin America experienced: that if you were not ‘with’ the conservative, and in some cases right wing government and its security forces you must be a Marxist and a subversive.

    I believe you would readily say that ‘criticizing’ does not mean ‘rejecting’ etc. am I correct?

    As to Cuba, the sad, poor country of Cuba….in the late fifties, the people of Cuba had two choices, Batista and his fascist like control of the country, backed by Mafia money, and the American government, and the Marxist revolution of Fidel Castro, backed by the Soviet Union in its lust to counter America in every possible Cold War checker game. That was not much of a choice. The Cuban, in fact any form of marxist government, not only will not succeed-it cannot succeed. It denies the dignity of the individual person and his (her) hunger and thirst for truth, justice (the good) and freedom.

    And Cuba today? Why doesn’t America re-establish full political etc ties with Cuba? We had them with the Soviet Union. We have them with the People’s Republic of China. We have them with Vietnam, a much sorer piece of American history. It seems nothing less than hypocrisy, or is it prejudice (?), for America not to do so.

  • Botolph: As to Cuba, the sad, poor country of Cuba….in the late fifties, the people of Cuba had two choices, Batista and his fascist like control of the country, backed by Mafia money, and the American government, and the Marxist revolution of Fidel Castro, backed by the Soviet Union in its lust to counter America in every possible Cold War checker game. That was not much of a choice.” Who in their right mind, either in Cuba or here, would make the same choice again, 50+ years later? Batista looks like quite a deal compared to the greatest-still-barely-living-murderer, Fidel and his cohort.

  • Actually Batista was a political opportunist who had the support of the Cuban Communist party during his first period as President of Cuba in 1940-1944. The US ensured the victory of Castro when it stopped selling arms to Batista in 1958 and imposed an arms embargo on Cuba the same year. After the fall of Batista he was refused entry into the US. The US traded Batista for Castro, a very bad deal for the Cuban people.

  • Poor Cuba. Cubans deserve better. Thomas Jefferson wanted Cuba. the US wanted to buy Cuba from Spain in the latter half of the 19th century. What a shame Spain did not sell it. What a shame Reagan did not blockade Cuba until it collapsed.

    Castro harbors American fugitives from justice and a convicted cop killer, Joanne Chismard.

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One More Thing to Thank God For This Thursday

Tuesday, November 26, AD 2013

 

 

Michael Totten reminds us why we might wish to thank God this Thursday that we were not born in Cuba:

Private Internet is banned. You can only get online in hotels, Internet cafes, and government offices. Regular citizens are effectively prohibited from accessing the Web by the price. It cost me seven dollars an hour to use a dial-up connection. The government caps Cuban salaries at 20 dollars a month, so it costs a citizen ten days of income just to get online for an hour. Once they do get online, the connection will be so slow that surfing around is impossible. It took me the better part of my hour to get connected, to open my inbox, and to send a single email to my wife telling her I had arrived safely and without incident.

The government strangles the Internet because it fears free information. There can be no other reason. That’s also why they vet journalists in advance and require special visas. Information can barely get in and barely get out. There can be no Twitter or Facebook revolution in Cuba’s near future.

And there are apparently no real newspapers or magazines, at least none that I saw. No International Herald Tribune. No Newsweek and Time in the dentist’s office. No Google News since there is no Google. Certainly not the Wall Street Journal or The Economist.

I hadn’t even been there a full day and I already felt umbilically severed from the rest of the planet. My awareness of the world narrowed to what I could see right in front of me. I felt as though I had lost one of my senses. I had no real access to the Internet. No CNN, no New York Times. No blogs, not even my own. Nothing at all. I could not use my iPhone. I may as well have been at the bottom of the ocean.

The only newspaper I saw was Granma, the official organ of the Communist Party. Juventud Rebelde supposedly exists somewhere, as well, but I didn’t see any copies.

That, by the way, is the most outrageously named newspaper I know of. The English translation of Juventud Rebelde is Rebel Youth—as if it’s Cuba’s version of Rolling Stone. But God, no. It’s not that at all. Rebel Youth indoctrinates young people with the zombie ideology of walking dead men. Youthful and rebellious it ain’t. It is the most tired, stale, old, and establishment “newspaper” in the hemisphere.

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  • Cuba sounds like the perfect home for Michelle, Barry, Nancy and on and on.

    I am grateful for our freedoms.
    To all contributors and frequent visitors of TAC….Happy Thanksgiving and Blessings to you and your loved ones.
    Thank God for all of you.
    Your insights and deep Faith help me to go on proclaiming the Great News in my daily affairs. Thanks be to God.

  • Obama must wish he was Castro.

  • But, free healthcare!

  • By far the scariest part I found was:

    French philosopher Michel Foucault assailed it as a cruel, ingenious cage. “The panoptic schema makes any apparatus of power more intense,” he wrote. “It’s strength is that it never intervenes, it is exercised spontaneously and without noise.”

    Prisoners collaborate in their own surveillance because their heads are haunted by the thought of an all-seeing eye.

    No prison was ever designed to all of Benthem’s specifications, but dozens were constructed around the world that met most of them. The one that most closely resembles Benthem’s Panoptic regime is in Cuba.

    I have something to add to it, but quite frankly it chills me too much to say anything.

  • Nate, I think today’s society of surveillance is primarily a product of increasing crime. When morality breaks down, people are less likely to self-govern. Resources are limited, and security personnel cannot be placed everywhere. But cameras can be placed almost everywhere.

  • Be careful what you wish for. The way Obama’s going, you’re headed right down that path.
    But I suspect that’ll change next November.

  • What continues to astonish me is just how committed some peopel remain to theory. They are willing to forego all sorts of things, mistreat others, and deny reality fro the sake of a marxist dream. It’s incredible. Cuba and North Korea are dinosaurs. What’s really scary is that many people in free countries continue to believe in marxism.

  • Don the Kiwi-
    “…but I expect that will change next Nov.”

    How I wish!!
    In 2016 the Dems will go with Cult hit Hillary. As the mindless dweebs thought it cool and “historic” to vote for the 1st Afro-sudo-American you can bet your 4X beer that they’ll vote Hell er eee.

  • “But I suspect that’ll change next November.”
    Right now the Dems are in full melt down mode over ObamaCare and it will only get worse by election day next year. In 2016 I think the public will be more than ready to make the customary swing to the opposing party after a two term presidency.

  • “When morality breaks down, people are less likely to self-govern. Resources are limited, and security personnel cannot be placed everywhere.”
    When morality breaks down? Did morality self implode” The person of God was forcibly removed from the public square by atheism which denies the immortal rational human soul and eternal destiny. When nobody was looking our unalienable civil rights went to hell in a hand basket. Human sacrifice, pornography and every other vile, evil vice became our women’s home companion. Men never bothered to grow up. So, we got sodomy. Legalized, codified atheism begot every demon in hell and you say morality broke down. Well, it had a lot of help.
    As far as Hillary, Hillary was more than willing to put innocent men in prison for two years for healing a patient without her healthcare. Hillary is the matron of the gulag. Wait and see if Obamacare isn’t willing to imprison citizens for practicing freedom. Obamacare has a clause which states that Obama may change anything at any time, even Congress cannot do that. Obama can order a conscience clause if he cared about his constituents. “…or prohibit the free exercise thereof.”

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING

  • Obama offering a “conscience clause” is akin to Hitler offering a Kosher catalog to the “vacationers of Auschwitz.”

    In the end the two sweet ideologists will have an eternity to pat each other on the back at their “social justice practices.”

  • Jon,

    I must apologize for heading into the wind with guns blazing with my last comment. All these happenings are no act of God. They are calculated and diabolical man made travesties of Justice. I do not apologize for speaking what they are. I apologize for saying it to an inocent person.
    Do forgive me and celebrate a Happy Thanksgiving. At our home some Thanksgiving Days we have a WHOBEAST…one roast beef with eight chiken legs attached. Domesticated WHOBEASTS can’t fly any more than domesticated turkeys.

  • Philip: “Obama offering a “conscience clause” is akin to Hitler offering a Kosher catalog to the “vacationers of Auschwitz.”
    True. Enjoy your domesticated turkey and remember grace before meals.

  • This to shall pass Mary DeVoe…
    domesticated turkey & the reign of a false presidency.
    Peace.

  • Mary De Voe, I was speaking metaphorically when I said morality has broken down. It’s kind of like saying America hates itself or our society is committing suicide.
    What is a Whobeast and what does it taste like? Where can i get one?
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  • On November 27th in 1095, Pope Urban II (declared Blessed by Leo XIII) called upon the Franks to defend Eastern Christians and liberate Jerusalem for the glory of God. Give thanks to God for the crusaders.

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  • Finally found what it was that was unnerving me.

    http://hawaiianlibertarian.blogspot.com/2013/12/this-is-just-beginning.html

    Prisoners collaborate in their own surveillance because their heads are haunted by the thought of an all-seeing eye.

    That’s what’s happening. Society is being turned into a Foucault cage as a whole, and we citizens are collaborating in our own surveillance.

    If anything, the cage proves we don’t need the “all-seeing eye” everywhere. Just enough places at random times to convince us it’s everywhere.

    And we’ll construct our own cages.

Honoring A Murderer in Galway

Thursday, April 12, AD 2012

 “When people stop believing in God, they don’t believe in nothing — they believe in anything.”

 G. K. Chesterton

 Ah poor Ireland.  As the Faith has become weaker in the Emerald Isle, strange new gods are arising, and one of the strangest is Che Guevara, deceased Argentinian revolutionary and hero of politically correct fools everywhere.  In Galway of all places the local government passed a measure approving of a memorial to Castro’s Himmler.

 

The minutes of Galway City Council’s meeting of  Monday, 16 May 2011, include the following proposal: ‘That Galway City Council  commit itself to honoring one of its own, Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara, descendant of  two of our Tribes, the Lynch family of Lydican House, and the Blakes. The  project to be furthered by liaising with the Argentinean and Cuban  Embassies.’

 

Billy Cameron, an Irish Labor Party councillor in  Galway, has scoffed at the claims made by fellow city councillors that they  didn’t know they had voted to approve a monument in honor of Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara.

 

To underline his point Councillor Cameron dryly  asked if his fellow Galway City Councillors thought they had been voting for ‘an  egg and spoon race?’ when they unanimously approved the measure.

 

Councilor Cameron also had some advice for  conservative Cuban-Americans who have taken an interest in the case in recent  weeks: they should ‘butt out’ of Irish affairs, he told GalwayIndependent.com.

That last comment is rich.  What business is it of Ireland to honor a man who helped install a brutal tyranny in Cuba?  Of course this is being done because nature abhors a vacuum, and without a belief in Christ, people will search for substitute religions and for many in the West Leftism of various stripes is the favored choice.  It is gratifying that this attempt to honor “Saint” Che is drawing such fire.  Castro’s hangman deserves it:

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  • I would cite this, as well as all infatuation with such degenerates, as proof that evolution of the human species remains a myth. To evolve is to become greater and better. Such progress is difficult to find nowadays.

  • I don’t know if I would equate evolution with greater and better. To evolve is simply to adapt to changed conditions. Evolution is neutral as to whether those changes are good or bad, from a moral sense, particularly if we are speaking about “cultural” evolutions.

  • Fascinating video. It is rather ironic that the anti-capitalist Che’s image is exploited by capitalists on t-shirts and coffee mugs. I am sure Che is enjoying this from his 6th circle.

  • “To evolve is simply to adapt to changed conditions.”

    Granted, in the value-neutral sense. But homo sapiens is supposed to be able to change his environment as well as adapt to it.

    If we have that ability, and yet we still wind up on a regular basis with both murdering tyrants and those who worship them, I’d submit that something in the theory is awry.

  • My ancestors departed in suffering and tears.

    The sassenach succeeded after all.

  • For some reason known only to God, there are two surviving….things….that successfully resist extermination. One of them is the cockroach. The other is Marxism.

    Nothing on the face of the earth has failed in such a spectacular way as Marxism. Marxism is the worst ideology, the worst philosophy, the worst economic model, the worst system to devise a society ever thought up by man. Karl Marx was a degenerate. Karl Marx lived off of others for almost all of his adult life. Karl Marx abandoned his children. Karl Marx was a racist, an elitist and in favor of eugenics.

    Marxism survives primarily in the minds of so called academics who infest the so called “institutions of higher learning” which are turning out deeply indebted and highly stupid people. To a lesser degree, Marxism infests the worlds of art and entertainment. Marxism fails when it comes to sports. The blatant cheating of the USSR at the Olympic Games when I was young is proof of that.

    Ronald Reagan was born before the rise of the USSR and lived to see it fall. Karol Wojytla was born a few years after Red October 1917 but he too lived to see the USSR fall. RR and JPII were living proof that smarts, guile and determination were what it took to bring down an Evil Empire. These men should be seen as the heroes of our age and the ages to follow, but the expensive and failed indoctrination systems known as public education have failed the youth of the world and their parents.

    The Black Book of Communism should be required reading of anyone who enters high school. A good book to accompany that would be Bloodlands. Nazism was never more than second worst compared to Communism.

    Yet, the brain dead of the worldwide Political Left continue to genuflect at the High Altar of Evil. Guevara was a punk, a terrorist and a thug – a small man with a vicious mind and accountable to no one. He deserved his fate in Bolivia. the CIA should have cremated his remains and dumped the ashes into the Pacific – like what Israel did to Adolf Eichmann. JFK was too much of a coward to commit the necessary force to eliminate Castro in 1961, and as a result, Castro has sought to spread his cancer thorough Latin America. Castro has failed in creating other Communist states such as his own, but Castro succeeded in indirectly causing the deaths of countless people in Latin America through wars, political repression and economic instability.

    Our failed indoctrination systems have caused the USA to be led by insufferable twits – useful idiots – like Barney Frank, Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton and Obumbler. Notice that these people come from states that are currently abject failures.

    The Irish Labor Party is populated by idiots – useful idiots as Lenin would call them. So is the Democrat Party of the USA, the Socialist Party of France, Spain and Portugal, the Liberal Party of Canada, the Sandinistas, the Chavistas, the followers of Evo Morales in Bolivia, et cetera, ad infinitum.

    Not so long ago, Mairo Vargas Llosa, a Peruvian intellectual, wrote a book, The Guide to the Perfect Latin American Idiot. Latin American “higher education” is permeated with worshipers of Castro, followers of the insufferably stupid Eduard Galeano, and abject haters of the USA, who they blame for all of Latin America’s failures. It is a funny and hard hitting book. Llosa excoriates Latin American politicians, university professors, liberation theology-damaged Catholic religious and other assorted fools.

    People who wear a Che t shirt should be given a week’s vacation in Little Havana and Hialeah. It would be like wearing a Joe Stalin T-shirt in Warsaw. I would pay my own way to see the fireworks from that.

  • Penguin’s Fan: Excellent!!!

  • Don’t blame the Sassanach for what is going on in Ireland. For generations, the Irish stood up for the Church and their Faith against great oppression. Given two decades of economic prosperity, they dumped it all for modernism and materialism. Maybe not all, but a great many.

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Pope Benedict’s Sermon on Freedom in Revolution Square

Thursday, March 29, AD 2012

Yesterday Pope Benedict capped off his visit to Cuba with a huge mass in Revolution Square in Havana.  The theme of his homily, freedom, probably made the Cuban officials at the mass squirm, at least I certainly hope so.  Here is the text of the Pope’s homily:

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

 

“Blessed are you, Lord God…, and blessed is your holy and glorious name” (Dan 3:52). This hymn of blessing from the Book of Daniel resounds today in our liturgy, inviting us repeatedly to bless and thank God. We are a part of that great chorus which praises the Lord without ceasing. We join in this concert of thanksgiving, and we offer our joyful and confident voice, which seeks to solidify the journey of faith with love and truth.

“Blessed be God” who gathers us in this historic square so that we may more profoundly enter into his life. I feel great joy in being here with you today to celebrate Holy Mass during this Jubilee Year devoted to Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre.

I greet with cordial affection Cardinal Jaime Ortega y Alamino, Archbishop of Havana, and I thank him for the kind words which he has addressed to me on your behalf. I extend warm greetings to the Cardinals and to my brother Bishops in Cuba and from other countries who wished to be in this solemn celebration. I also greet the priests, seminarians, men and women religious, and all the lay faithful gathered here, as well as the civil authorities who join us.

In today’s first reading, the three young men persecuted by the Babylonian king preferred to face death by fire rather than betray their conscience and their faith. They experienced the strength to “give thanks, glorify and praise God” in the conviction that the Lord of the universe and of history would not abandon them to death and annihilation. Truly, God never abandons his children, he never forgets them. He is above us and is able to save us by his power. At the same time, he is near to his people, and through his Son Jesus Christ he has wished to make his dwelling place among us in.

“If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free” (Jn 8:31). In this text from today’s Gospel, Jesus reveals himself as the Son of God the Father, the Saviour, the one who alone can show us the truth and give us genuine freedom. His teaching provokes resistance and disquiet among his hearers, and he accuses them of looking for reasons to kill him, alluding to the supreme sacrifice of the Cross, already imminent. Even so, he exhorts them to believe, to keep his word, so as to know the truth which redeems and justifies.

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  • Thank you, Donald – shared on Blogger & Facebook.

  • “The Church lives to make others sharers in the one thing she possesses, which is none other than Christ, our hope of glory (cf. Col 1:27). To carry out this duty, she must count on basic religious freedom, which consists in her being able to proclaim and to celebrate her faith also in public, bringing to others the message of love, reconciliation and peace which Jesus brought to the world.”

    Spoken at the very center of the fascist left’s idyllic paradise, with their godless icon looking on in the distant background.

    ” Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Eph 6:10-17

    Praise Jesus!

  • Amen, WK Aiken. This is about the 10th time I have seen St. Paul’s Armor of God discourse quoted in a very few number of days. My “sponsor” would say that that’s not a coincidence or even a soft whisper, but a booming shout from the mountain top.

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  • Watching the Mass, I was impressed by the quiet, respectfulness of the people of Cuba.

  • Bishop Lori, during this hour, is discussing Religious Freedom on Sunday Night Prime on EWTN.