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Sanctuary Colorado: Inmate wanted by ICE freed on bail and arrested weeks later for attempted murder

Gov. Jared Polis (l)

In May this year, Colorado Governor Jared Polis (demorat) gave illegal aliens a free pass by signing HB 1124 which prohibits law enforcement from honoring ICE detainers. Read about all the protections illegal aliens have from the feds here.

Because of Colorado’s desire to protect criminal illegal aliens, an inmate from Cuba who was wanted by ICE was released on bail in late October, only to be arrested weeks later on attempted murder charges.

Excerpts from a USA Today story:

But local law enforcement say the new law had little effect on their handling of the case and federal officials had been notified about the inmate’s release, giving ICE the chance to take custody of a suspect who the agency claims is in the country illegally.

The Colorado law in question was enacted in May and bars law enforcement officials in the state from holding a person based only on a request from ICE — commonly called an immigration detainer. It’s a practice that ICE says aids federal immigration enforcement and benefits public safety, but detainers are controversial and have been challenged as unconstitutional.

Detainer requests typically ask law enforcement agencies to give ICE at least 48 hours’ notice before a suspected immigrant is released from a jail — or to hold the person for up to 48 hours after they would normally be released.

In its latest criticism, ICE says law enforcement in Colorado followed the state’s law and ignored a federal detainer on an inmate, releasing him on bond as planned despite ICE’s request to hold him longer.

That inmate was soon allegedly involved in a violent crime, which ICE believes could have been prevented had Colorado law allowed local law enforcement to honor immigration detainers.

Local officials, however, say it has been a longstanding policy to not honor immigration detainers and the new law did not impact this case. They also say federal immigration officials were told of the inmate’s imminent release two-and-a-half hours before he was freed.

The case involves Osmani Garces-Ortiz — 37, who emigrated from Cuba. Garces-Ortiz was in custody in late October at the Arapahoe County Jail, located about 15 miles southeast of Denver on several charges including drug possession and criminal trespassing, according to a release from ICE.

Garces-Ortiz was freed on bond four days after ICE placed a detainer on him, ICE says.”

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Operation Northwoods: A true U.S. government conspiracy for those who mock conspiracy theories

Sat, 29 Aug 2015 11:30:48 +0000   eowyn2

The next time someone heaps scorn on you, making fun of your suspicions about the federal government by calling you a “conspiracy theorist,” show this post to your mocker.

The term “false flag” has its origins in naval warfare where a flag other than the belligerent’s true battle flag is used as a ruse de guerre or pretext for war. As the term is used in contemporary America, a “false flag” incident is some traumatic event that is contrived and manipulated by the authorities to achieve some covert agenda. The public is given an untruthful version of the event by government and/or the media. The intended result is a “rallying around the flag” effect, wherein an inflamed and duped populace rally in support of the government’s secret agenda.

Admittedly, it is difficult for the ordinary American to think the U.S. government can stoop so low as to instigate false flags, for that would mean our government is in the hands of people so diabolical, calling them psychopaths does not begin to describe what they are. That is a frightening thought.

But it is a thought not entirely alien to our Founding Fathers who instituted a new polity based on a view of human nature as inherently self-interested instead of benevolent, and of government as a necessary evil that must be constrained and delimited. To quote James Madison in The Federalist Papers:

“What is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external or internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: You must first enable the government to control the governed, and in the next place oblige it to control itself.”

For his part, Thomas Jefferson, in his 1787 letter to Edward Carrington, vividly described what government would be if unchecked and unsupervised. He warned that “if once” the people “become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and Congress, and Assemblies, Judges, and Governors, shall all become wolves.

The plain fact of the matter is that there are governments and political leaders who are evil psychopaths. Just ask the millions of innocent men, women, and children whom the Nazis had slaughtered, or the hundreds of millions of innocent men, women, and children whom the Communists had killed in the former Soviet Union, the People’s Republic of China and Kampuchea. Why would Americans, who partake of the same non-angelic human nature, be uniquely virtuous? It is for that reason that the Founders established a polity with mechanisms of checks and balances to limit government.

Even with checks and balances in place, the history of the United States is riddled with actual and planned false flags and conspiracies. As an example, the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin incident, in which the U.S.S. Maine and U.S.S. Turner Joy reportedly were fired on without provocation by the North Vietnamese, was a false flag of the Lyndon Johnson Administration. Congress took the bait and passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution that, by pre-approving the president’s military actions, gave Johnson a free ticket to wage war in Vietnam. It turned out no Vietnamese boats were even in the gulf at the time of the alleged attack.

Then there was Operation Northwoods, a false flag of such scope and devious audacity, it takes your breath away.

As reported by David Ruppe for ABC News, May 1, 2001:

In the early 1960s, America’s top military leaders reportedly drafted plans to kill innocent people and commit acts of terrorism in U.S. cities to create public support for a war against Cuba.

Code named Operation Northwoods, the plans reportedly included the possible assassination of Cuban émigrés, sinking boats of Cuban refugees on the high seas, hijacking planes, blowing up a U.S. ship, and even orchestrating violent terrorism in U.S. cities.

The plans were developed as ways to trick the American public and the international community into supporting a war to oust Cuba’s then new leader, communist Fidel Castro.

America’s top military brass even contemplated causing U.S. military casualties, writing: “We could blow up a U.S. ship in Guantanamo Bay and blame Cuba,” and, “casualty lists in U.S. newspapers would cause a helpful wave of national indignation.” […]

The plans had the written approval of all of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and were presented to President Kennedy’s defense secretary, Robert McNamara, in March 1962. But they apparently were rejected by the civilian leadership and have gone undisclosed for nearly 40 years.

Operation Northwoods was proposed in March 1962 at the beginning of John F. Kennedy’s presidency by the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff and approved by the head of every branch of the U.S. armed forces. Only a year before, in his farewell speech to the American people on January 17, 1961, President Dwight D. Eisenhower had warned that “we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military–industrial complex.”

The Operation Northwoods proposals called for the CIA or other government operatives to undertake acts of terrorism against U.S. military and civilian targets in Guantanamo Bay, Miami, other Florida cities, and even in Washington, D.C. Proposed acts included sinking U.S. ships, having fake Cuban MIGs attack a United States Air Force aircraft, hijacking and shooting down a chartered civil airliner, and gunning down civilians in the streets. The attacks would be blamed on the Fidel Castro government, which would be used as pretexts for a “military intervention” against Cuba.

Thankfully, President Kennedy rejected the proposals. A year and 8 months later, on November 22, 1963, he was assassinated.

The public learned about Operation Northwoods only 35 years later on November 18, 1997. That day, the John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Review Board declassified Justification for U.S. Military Intervention in Cuba, a top secret collection of draft memoranda outlining the false flag proposals, written by the Department of Defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Below are screenshots I took from the Appendix of a memo to the Joint Chiefs of Staff from the Department of Defense, dated March 9, 1962, in Justification for U.S. Military Intervention in Cuba. The Appendix contains the nauseating details of the proposed false flag.

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Please ask yourself whether anything has really changed for us to be assured that our government has not and will not undertake false flags like Operation Northwoods or worse. On the contrary, with the establishment media acting more as a Ministry of Truth than the feisty check on political power intended by the Founding Fathers, I fully expect our government to be even more devious and skillful. (See “CIA spreads disinformation to news agencies“)

If Sandy Hook was a false flag, it is small potatoes compared to Operation Northwoods.

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Canada to apologize and give $8m to youngest Guantanamo Bay prisoner who pleaded guilty to murdering US soldier

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Killer Omar Khadr: Laughing all the way to the bank

I swear, up is down and down is up in this world.
From Daily Mail: The Canadian government will apologize to former Guantanamo Bay inmate Omar Khadr and pay him around $8m (Canadian $10m) to compensate him for the abuse he suffered in detention, two sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.
A Canadian citizen, Khadr, now 30, was captured in Afghanistan in 2002 at age 15 after a firefight with U.S. soldiers. He pleaded guilty to killing a US army medic and became the youngest inmate held at the US military prison in Cuba. Khadr later recanted and his lawyers said he had been grossly mistreated.
The Canadian Supreme Court ruled in 2010 that Canada breached his rights by sending intelligence agents to interrogate him and by sharing the results with the United States. (According to ABC News, the abuse included sleep deprivation during interrogations.)
Khadr spent a decade in Guantanamo before being returned to Canada in 2012 to serve the rest of his sentence. He was released on bail in 2015 and lives in Edmonton, Alberta.
The Canadian government and Khadr’s lawyers reached the compensation deal, said the sources, who asked to remain anonymous given the sensitivity. Canada has reached a series of expensive settlements with citizens imprisoned abroad who alleged Ottawa was complicit in their mistreatment.
Khadr had sued Ottawa for around $15m (Canadian $20) on grounds of violating his human rights. News of the settlement was first reported by the Globe and Mail newspaper.
Khadr was taken to Afghanistan by his father, a senior al Qaeda member, who apprenticed the boy to a group of bomb makers who opened fire when U.S. troops went to their compound. The father was killed in a battle with Pakistani forces in 2003.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in Ireland for a visit, said the judicial process should be ending soon but declined further comment.
Spokespeople for Trudeau and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Nor did Khadr’s lawyers. The U.S. Embassy was closed for the July 4 U.S. holiday.
‘It is the right decision in light of the callous and unlawful treatment meted out to Mr. Khadr with the complicity of Canadian officials,’ said Ihsaan Gardee, executive director of the National Council of Canadian Muslims.

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680 Cubans returned home since end of 'wet foot, dry foot'

Via Fox News: About 680 Cubans have been returned to the island from various countries since then-President Barack Obama ended a longstanding immigration policy that allowed any Cuban who made it to U.S. soil to stay and become a legal resident, state television reported Friday.
Cuba’s government had long sought the repeal of the “wet foot, dry foot” policy, which it said encouraged Cubans to risk dangerous voyages and drained the country of professionals. The Jan. 12 decision by Washington to end it followed months of negotiations focused in part on getting Havana to agree to take back people who had arrived in the U.S.
Cuban state television said late Friday that the returnees came from countries including the United States, Mexico and the Bahamas, and were sent back to the island between Jan. 12 and Feb. 17. It did not break down which countries the 680 were sent back from.
The report said the final two returnees arrived from the United States on Friday “on the first charter flight especially destined for an operation of this type.”
Florida’s El Nuevo Herald newspaper reported that the two women were deemed “inadmissible” for entry to the United States and placed on a morning flight to Havana.
Wilfredo Allen, an attorney for one of the women, says they had arrived at Miami International Airport with European passports. The women requested asylum and were detained.
The repeal of the “wet foot, dry foot” policy was Obama’s final move before leaving office in the rapprochement with the communist-run country that he and Cuban President Castro began in December 2014. The surprise decision left hundreds of Cubans stranded in transit in South and Central America.
Before he assumed the presidency on Jan. 20, Donald Trump criticized the detente between the U.S. and Cuba, tweeting that he might “terminate” it.

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Kaepernick’s parents say their son “is possibly putting his life on the line for those (his) beliefs”

A military parent might have a different perspective about that statement.
From ESPN: The parents of embattled San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick have broken their silence on their son’s decision to kneel for the playing of the national anthem this season.
“Colin is carrying a heavy load and following a difficult path that he truly believes in. He is putting his entire future and possibly his life on the line for those beliefs,” Teresa and Rick Kaepernick wrote in a statement addressed to The Undefeated on Friday. “As his parents, it pains us to read articles and tweets saying that his family does not support him; this could not be further from the truth. We want people to know that we are very proud of our son and admire his strength and courage in kneeling for the rights of others.
Reached by phone Friday evening, Teresa Kaepernick said the couple initially wanted to avoid the limelight associated with making a public statement about their son but were shocked by the overwhelmingly false narrative that she and her husband don’t support their son.
The Kaepernicks’ support of Colin initially came into question after USA Today reported in early September that the family flew an American flag in front of their Modesto, California, home, an apparent statement of their displeasure with Colin. At the time, Teresa said, “It’s not in our best interest or Colin’s best interest” to make a comment. Colin later told reporters that his parents “agree with what I’m standing for.”

Glad to know Kaepernick's parents agree with their son supporting Castro

Glad to know Kaepernick’s parents agree with their son standing for Castro

More than three months later, his parents are finally ready to speak.
“Colin has chosen to kneel for the national anthem as a protest to the continuing racial inequality in this country,” the statement read. “He has explained his reasons for this in multiple interviews, yet it seems some people still do not understand his point. For whatever reason, there are some who want to view this as an anti-military protest or an un-American stance. These views could not be further from the truth, but we know that people will believe what they wish to believe. The recent remarks (attacks) by Admiral Harris supported by the Pentagon are over the top, and we feel the desire to make a public statement in support of our son.

On Wednesday, Adm. Harry B. Harris, who heads the U.S. Pacific Command, made indirect comments against Kaepernick while addressing a crowd to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. “You can bet that the men and women we honor today — and those who died that fateful morning 75 years ago — never took a knee and never failed to stand whenever they heard our national anthem being played,” he said.
“Our military takes an oath to support and defend the Constitution, and many have fought and died to defend our constitutional rights. Indeed after such sacrifice it is a reasonable expectation that all of our citizens enjoy life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” the Kaepernicks’ statement read.
“I just want to be on the record that we absolutely do support him,” Teresa told The Undefeated by phone.
Read the whole story here.

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Cuban migrants rescued from raft off Florida accused of shooting THEMSELVES in desperate bid to be granted US asylum

Don’t worry, I’m sure Obama is still working hard on “normalized relations” that will somehow benefit the citizens of Cuba.

Obama and his buddy Raul/NBC News photo

Obama and his buddy Raul/NBC News photo

Via Daily Mail: Six wounded Cuban migrants who were rescued off the coast of Key West on Saturday have been accused of shooting themselves in a desperate bid to be granted asylum in the US. The rafters, including a woman who is 16 weeks pregnant, were all taken to South Florida hospitals to be treated, while everyone else on the 26-strong boat was taken to border control be deported. One who was shot in the foot was treated before joining the group set for deportation.
Now, the remaining wounded six are desperately trying to defend themselves against claims they inflicted their own gunshot wounds – which astoundingly missed all vital organs and arteries.
They claim they were targeted by Cuban gunmen at sea then sailed into American waters to seek help. ‘That [to intentionally shoot yourself] would have been something very hard,’ 16-weeks-pregnant Yarelys Rios, 37, told a press conference reported by the WSVN.
Denny and Yarelys

Migrants Denny and Yarelys

Both Rios and her husband Denny Rumbaut were shot in the right side between the ribs and the hip.   ‘I am pregnant and I’m not going to risk my baby to come to a country that, yes, where I want to be, but not that way.’ She added: ‘I know that in American waters there are several boats that can assist you and at that moment I could not go back not knowing who were the people shooting at us and what could happen.’
Rios and her husband addressed reporters with two other wounded migrants on Monday, during which they each flashed their scars. One of them, Jorge Luis Escalona, has an identical wound to Rios and Rumbaut, WSVN reported.  The other, Yaser Cabrera, was hit between the ribs and hip on his left side, slightly closer to his stomach. Another, not identified, was shot in the shoulder.
Rumbaut gave his version of events in Spanish: ‘Some people came out of the woods, armed, trying to steal our raft. We refused.’ He said gunfire ensued and they headed towards Key West, where they were eventually intercepted.
In a statement on Saturday the US Coast Guard said: ‘The U.S. Coast Guard interdicted 26 Cuban migrants aboard a make-shift raft south of Key West, Florida Saturday afternoon. Seven of the 26 migrants had gunshot wounds sustained prior to the interdiction. The most critical, six, were medevaced to a local area hospital.  The remaining 20 migrants will likely be returned to their country of origin.  The U.S. Coast Guard works hard to ensure the safety of migrants on our cutters after an interdiction and strongly discourages attempts to illegally enter the country by taking to the sea.  These trips are extremely dangerous and could lead to loss of life.’
Earlier this year, authorities said Cuban migrants desperate to reach U.S. shore are increasingly violent and noncompliant with Coast Guard crews who detain them at sea, citing reports of attempted poisoning and self-inflicted wounds as rumors swirl that the ‘wet-foot, dry-foot’ policy will soon be abandoned.

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Fidel Castro was not impressed with Obama

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Via NY Post: Fidel Castro — speaking out for the first time since President Obama’s historic visit to Cuba — blasted the US leader for trying to meddle in his country’s affairs.
In a letter titled “Brother Obama” and published Monday in El Granma, the official state newspaper of the Cuban Communist Party, the island nation’s former president scoffed, “We don’t need the empire to give us any presents.”
Castro, 89, ripped Obama for assuming that Cuba trusted him when he said the US government is done trying to overthrow the Communist regime and that this will help the island move more quickly toward economic and political reform. “My modest suggestion is that he reflects and doesn’t try to develop theories about Cuban politics,” Castro said.
“No one should pretend that the people of this noble and selfless country will renounce its glory and its rights,” he wrote. “We are capable of producing the food and material wealth that we need with the work and intelligence of our people.”
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He even took a swipe at Obama’s relative youth. “Native populations do not exist at all in the minds of Obama. Nor does he say that racial discrimination was swept away by the Revolution; that retirement and salary of all Cubans were enacted by this before Mr. Barack Obama was 10 years old,” Castro said.
Obama had said in a speech that “it is time, now, for us to leave the past behind,” but the diehard Commie retorted, “I imagine that any one of us ran the risk of having a heart attack on hearing these words from the President of the United States.”
Castro ceded power to his brother Raul in 2008. Obama met with Raul last week, the first time a US president had been to Cuba since 1928. The newspaper that published Fidel’s letter takes its name from the yacht that Fidel and dozens of other rebels used to travel from Mexico to Cuba to launch their revolution in 1956.

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"We have much to learn from Cuba": 10 Takeaways From Cuba

(While I am nowhere near as accomplished as this professor in policy and international relations, I do understand that a Marxist-Leninist state is not beneficial for anyone – except the dictators. I offer my opinions after each point.)

The author and professor Richard Feinberg

The author and professor Richard Feinberg

Huffington Post: Now that President Barack Obama is normalizing diplomatic relations with Cuba, the U.S. government will try to teach Cuba about market economics and political pluralism. Certainly Cuba faces many challenges: low wages and low labor productivity, severe shortages of basic consumer products, and repressive one-party politics. We can usefully promote free enterprise and individual initiative, marketplace incentives and risk management, freedom of expression and habeas corpus, government transparency and popular accountability.
But we should also stop a minute and recognize that we have much to learn from Cuba, too. Here are 10 takeaways from the Cuban experience:
1. International solidarity. Tens of thousands of Cuban medical personnel work around the world, from combating Ebola in West Africa to providing primary health care in poor barrios in Venezuela. Sure, some of these doctors are relatively well paid by their hosts, and taxes on their incomes benefit the Cuban state. But Cuban society as a whole is properly proud of their nation’s contributions to alleviating human suffering around the world. Americans wildly overestimate the magnitude of our own foreign assistance, and too often resent the expenditures. Cuba’s global generosity shows the way.
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Which country is missing from this 2014 list? Source: Charities Aid Foundation of America.

(American taxpayers offer a massive amount of foreign assistance – to the tune of  $50.6 BILLION in 2013. This includes providing humanitarian assistance [basic foodstuff, vitamins and personal hygiene supplies] to political prisoners and their families in Cuba. Americans donate to private charity organizations in record amounts to help countries and people around the world. For example: Task Force for Global Health, ChildFund International, Conservation International Fund, The Hunger Project, and Catholic Relief Services. Cuba’s generosity? Since the establishment of the Revolutionary Government of Cuba in 1959, Cuba has sent more than 52,000 medical workers abroad to work in needy countries. There are currently about 20,000 Cuban doctors working in 68 countries across three continents. Cuba is leading the way?)
2. Professional diplomacy. Cuba’s diplomats are among the best in the world: well trained, predictably professional and utterly reliable. The US State Department has many exceptional diplomats, but too many of our international representatives are political appointees whose main qualifications are campaign contributions or political loyalty. In a competitive and complex world, we can ill afford such frivolities. (See picture and links below.)
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Well-trained, predictably professional and utterly reliable – Fidel Castro and his firing squads.

  1. Equitable distribution of income. In Cuban firms, senior managers earn only two to three times the take-home pay of their workers — in sharp contrast to a multiple of hundreds in U.S. business. Cuba went too far in leveling wealth, naively eliminating the monetary incentives necessary to encourage labor productivity. But there is an emerging consensus in the US that we have gone way too far in sanctioning gaping extremes between rich and poor.
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    (Every liberal’s utopia- income equality. In reality, Cuba’s equitable distribution of income state run enterprises means typical wages range from 400 non-convertible Cuban pesos a month, for a factory worker, to 700 per month for a doctor, or a range of around 17-30 U.S. dollars per month.)
  2. Racial integration. Cubans are not blind to skin tones. On the contrary, Cuban speech is peppered with references to “rubios,” “mulattos,” “negros.” But there is a degree of integration — in social life, housing, workplace — that remains elusive in the United States. One causal factor: in Cuba, decent universal education levels the playing field.
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    (In this statement, the professor makes a sly implication that U.S. citizens are racist because we haven’t “integrated”. Guessed he missed the news and history about the elections of Obama, Revels, Chisholm, and many other minorities. Perhaps he also missed the integration of killing whites in rap music. And I guess the professor missed which country spends more than any other developed nation on its students’ education each year [which as a share of its economy, spent more than the average country]. In 2010, this country spent 7.3 percent of its gross domestic product on education, compared with the 6.3 percent average of other countries in that organization of the world’s most developed countries. I’d say that is decent spending.)
  3. Community caring. Cuban communities are well organized to provide their residents with sports teams, primary health care, sex education, crime prevention and disaster preparedness (first responders, if you will). Yes, some of these units also channel political surveillance for the regime. Nevertheless, such grassroots committees — also found in many American neighborhoods — provide vital public goods, at low expense, for average citizens. (I have no comment here: You know our communities are better – unless you live in Chicago.)
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Looks like a caring Cuban community.

  1. Work-life balance. Cubans work hard — but they also devote plenty of time and energy to family and friends. Sundays are sacred family time, and beach homes are commonplace. Even during the workweek, in late afternoons Havana streets are populated with friendly domino games, and matinee dance halls cater to teenagers.
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A Cuban beach home with an environmentally friendly dryer!

(Oh, that sounds so idyllic! With the US economy the way it is and long-term unemployment, I don’t know many folks who can afford a beach home.)
7. Sensuality and happiness. Chalk it up to their Caribbean roots, the tropical climate, or the Cuban revolution’s repression of the Catholic Church — but there’s a reason that Cuba is famous for its uninhibited exultation of the human form.

Uninhibited exultation of the human form in the streets of Cuba San Francisco.

(Guess the professor didn’t know that here in the US nudity is now a “civil right“. Americans do celebrate the naked human form (as long as you sit on a towel)! The professor must have missed these events: Dating Naked, public sex in Pennsylvania, Free the Nipple, textbooks for 9th graders featuring sex toys, oral sex & bondage, Beyoncé’s Grammy performance, the Fremont Solstice Parade, the Naked Bike Ride in Portland, the Folsom Street Fair, and of course, the Gay Pride parades. Just a sampling of the exultation of the human form that exists here in America. With all of this exultation, I’m guessing Cuba may be just a tad envious.)
8. Appreciating the arts. The sheer number of Cuban professionals in the performing and plastic arts — dance, music, painting, sculpture, film — is utterly astounding. And as tourists immediately remark, the quality is awesome! This beautiful depth of cultural production is made possible by one simple reality: society subsidizes artists’ salaries and performances. Every Cuban girl, no matter how poor, takes years of nearly free ballet lessons (as do many Cuban boys). The take-away: placing culture and the arts at the disposable of the populace requires public largesse.

Bet you haven’t seen this in Cuba (it was close though, in Miami)!

(Even though we have a national debt of over $18,000,000,000,000, the National Endowment for the Arts received a budget of $146.02 million per the 2014 Omnibus Appropriations bill and the National Endowment for the Humanities received $167.5 million in 2010.)

einstein9. Personal poise and verbal expression. Another payoff from those years of ballet training: Cubans walk with extraordinary dignity and grace. In addition, most Cubans complete high school and some 25% receive some university education. In Cuba, almost any citizen you encounter on the streets can respond in complete sentences and even paragraphs — at a time when too many Americans are losing their capacity for fluid inter-personal communication. Growing up is about a lot more than STEM (science and math), it’s also about learning how to walk with pride and purpose and how to express yourself clearly to your fellow citizens. (This may be the one thing I agree with professor about: Americans have lost inter-personal communication skills. See here for explanation.)
10. National pride. One characteristic that Cubans and Americans share: a fervent nationalism, a strongly held belief that their national experience is exceptional — such that they have little to learn from other societies. In this conceit, both are wrong: of course every nation is unique, but we are all imbedded in a single global network. We can all draw on each other’s experiences, to our mutual benefit.
I’m going to stop a minute and recognize that at least I know I’m free!


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Hillary’s Driver


Hillary Clinton and her driver were cruising along a country road one evening. As the car rounded a blind curve, a very old cow suddenly loomed in front of the car. The driver tried to avoid it but couldn’t. The aged bovine was struck and killed.

Hillary told her driver to go up to the farmhouse and explain to the owners what had happened. She stayed in the car making phone calls to lobbyists.

About an hour later, the driver staggered back to the car with his clothes in disarray. He was holding a half-empty bottle of expensive wine in one hand, a huge Cuban cigar in the other, and was smiling happily, smeared with lipstick.

What the hell happened to you,” asked Hillary?

“Well,” the driver replied, “the farmer gave me the cigar, his wife gave me the wine, and their beautiful twin daughters made mad passionate love to me.”!

“My God, what prompted all of that?” asked Hillary.

The driver replied, “I just stepped inside the door and said, I’m Hillary Clinton’s driver and I’ve just killed the old cow. The rest happened so fast I couldn’t stop it.

~Steve~                                      H/T Miss May


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Human fetuses found in luggage at Miami airport

This belongs to the WTF news category.

The AP reports from Miami, Mar 22, 2012, that customs agents at Miami International Airport found two human fetuses in luggage coming from Cuba.

A Miami-Dade police spokesman said the fetuses were found Jan. 30 in the luggage of two Cuban-American women returning from Havana. Customs agents spotted one fetus when they X-rayed a clay jar and found the second when they opened the jar. One was male and one was female.
A medical examiner determined both fetuses were about 20 weeks and both had been still born. No foul play was suspected. No charges were filed.

Searching for more news on this, I came across a March 23 Fox News Latino report that confirms my suspicion:

Two people with knowledge of the case told the Miami Herald that the fetuses were to be delivered to someone in Miami and used in a Santeria-like religious ritual.

The two women who were carrying the suitcase told U.S. authorities that they received the jar in Havana from a babalao — a Santeria priest — and were supposed to deliver it to someone in Miami. […]

Santeros sometimes sacrifice animals such as chicken and goats as well as old human bones stolen from cemeteries. The use of human fetuses is allegedly only used by some of the more secretive sects.


After I published this post, while doing my morning chores, I vaguely remembered that I had done a post on Obama’s mother-in-law being a Santeria practitioner. Indeed, it was reported in November 2010 that Moochelle’s mom, Marian Robinson, secretly had “an old friend in
Chicago” — a Santeria “priestess” — brought into the White House to perform a  voodoo “ceremony”. Read more about it here.

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