Ridiculous and Sublime

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Leave it to a Cuban to do something like this.  And leave it to the U.S. news media to deal with it as if Cuba were a normal country, where things like this happen all the time and grown men can have hobbies or tinker with their obsessions.   From the looks of his house, it seems that Mister Bicicleta Gigante has access to paint and plaster.  From the looks of his workshop, and the bicycle itself, he obviously has access to materials that most Cubans can’t ever dream of handling.   So, what is going on here?  Is this a state-sponsored gimmick to make Cuba look normal?  Or is he simply trying to build a bicycle tall enough to reach the seafloor across the  Florida Straits, so he can pedal his way out of hell?


From the NY Daily News. Go here for more photos

Cuban cyclist pedals for a record with world’s tallest bike

Former welder Felix Guirola, 48, has built an 18-foot-high bike and has asked Guinness World Records to recognize his feat.

BY / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

The pockmarked streets of downtown Havana aren’t very bike friendly, but that isn’t stopping Felix Guirola from trying to ride into the record books.

The 48-year-old Cuban said he’s built an 18-foot-high bike — taller than a one-story building — and has asked Guinness World Records to recognize his feat.

“I’ve never been much of a cyclist, but I really like riding tall bikes,” Guirola told the AFP newswire this week. “I don’t know if this interests Cubans, but it interests me. This is my hobby.”

He’ll have to beat the current record holder, Canadian Terry Goertzen, whose world’s tallest rideable bicycle measured 18-foot, 2.5-inches, when he earned the title in 2004.

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Guirola, a former welder, moved to the Cuban capital last November, making a living selling household goods. But in his spare time, his cycling creations have made him a fixture on the city’s hectic streets.

“It’s crazy. It must be difficult to keep his balance up there,” driver Rafael Trejo told the Associated Press last month. “And when he comes to a stoplight, he must be a ninja to be able to climb down from there.”


Guirola told the AP he doesn’t mind being up so high. “I don’t get nauseated or dizzy, nothing like that,” he said.

His passion for pedaling was born out of a promise: his older sister, Eneida, had developed a brain tumor in the 1980s, and watching her unable to walk or balance on her own inspired Guirola to set his own path.

Good with his hands, his life’s direction had to include building a supersize bicycle after he saw someone riding a tandem bike in 1983, he said.

“I told (Eneida) that one day, with my giant bike, I would make enough money to buy her everything she needed for her disability,” a tearful Guirola told the AP. “Eneida is no longer around to see me, but I want to keep my promise. And if one day I win an award, I’ll give part of the money to help disabled children in Cuba like my sister.”  For now, his work continues — which his wife, Francisca Acosta, calls an “obsession.”

Shocking: Che placed in the same category as noisemakers, frisbees, and large umbrellas

article-2172430-1407DDE2000005DC-961_634x378From the Daily Mail

Did the recent controversy over a monument to Che in the former colonial outpost of Galway cause Olympic organizers in London to ban Che Guevara  T-shirts?  Or is this conclusive proof of the hidden clout of the Miami Mafia?   Either way, Che, the ultimate loser, loses again.  The British complain: “it’s downright ghastly.”   And, for once, justice reigns.

The Big Brother Olympics: Bottled water, long-lens cameras and Che Guevara T-shirts all banned from stadiums in new crackdown

By ALEX WARD

Oppressive rules that ban Olympic ticketholders from bringing a range of items from long-lens cameras to Che Guevara t-shirts and ‘excessive food’ to venues have been revealed by organisers.

The list of restricted items has caused surprise and angst among spectators who are only able to bring a small handful of items with them to the Games.

There will be no frisbees, bottled water or long-lens cameras as organisers crackdown on spectators’ possessions.

Security will be tight with airport-style restrictions on liquids greater than 100ml and no more than one soft-sided bag is allowed and must fit under the spectator’s seat.


The Beijing Olympics organising committee drew much criticism for its restricted list which covered everything from a ban on sleeping outdoors, the need for government permission to stage a protest and barring prostitutes and those with ‘mental diseases’ or contagious conditions.


Four years on and the London list is showing some similarities with tents, placards and other items that ‘could be used to demonstrate within the venue or sabotage property’ off-limits.

Organisers will be looking out for ‘any objects or clothing bearing political statements or overt commercial identification intended for “ambush marketing”’ to avoid scenarios like the 2010 football World Cup when Bavaria Beer filled a section of seats with a bevy of Dutch girls wearing orange.


They’ll be no picnics or eating too much food brought from home with ‘excessive amounts of food’ and alcohol on the no-go list. Organisers figure that the more than 14 million meals to be served across 40 locations during the Games will suffice.


Spectators won’t be able to shelter from London’s unpredictable weather with no ‘large golf-style umbrellas’ or ‘oversized hats’. They’ll be no chance to make a racquet or cheer too loudly with ‘noisemakers such as hunting horns, air horns, klaxons, drums, vuvuzelas and whistles’ off limits. Ticketholders went to Twitter to express their surprise at the long list of restrictions. One said: ‘Coming to the 2012Olympics? No frisbees or picnic hampers. It’s gonna rain and Heathrow sucks.’ Another called it ‘the Dystopian Games’.

And as things fell apart, nobody paid much attention

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Oye, chico, esos Yanquis son tremendos comemierdas. Y se tragan las mentiras con tanto gusto.

It begins without fanfare: kiss the embargo goodbye, for good.   The first of many weekly shipments of merchandise to Cuba set sail from the port of Miami yesterday and arrived in Havana this morning.

And, of course, the authorities assure us that none of this “humanitarian” merchandise will ever, ever be resold.   Yes, and no one at all is going to profit from this either.

From EFE via Fox News

The first direct maritime shipment of merchandise between Miami and Havana in more than five decades is being made on Wednesday, with the cargo ship Ana Cecilia due to set sail for Cuba loaded with humanitarian aid items.

“This is about the first direct shipment that’s going to go there in 50 years,” a spokesman for International Port Corp., the company in charge of the shipment, told Efe.

According to shipment organizers, this is the first time in the 50 years that the U.S. embargo has been in effect against Cuba that a U.S.-flagged ship has departed for the island loaded with merchandise, but they hastened to add that the humanitarian items are not going to be resold in Cuba.

Up to now, only agricultural products bought by the Cuban government have been shipped by sea to Havana from the United States.

The vessel was scheduled to set sail at noon from the cargo terminal on the Miami River for the port of Havana, some 370 kilometers (229 miles) away.

IPC, which is based in Miami, has obtained the appropriate licenses required for such a shipment from the U.S. Commerce Department and the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Asset Control.

The start of this service is a sign of a certain flexibility in relations between Cuba and the United States after, in recent years, restrictions on remittances and travel to the island have been eased by Washington.

According to IPC, the Ana Cecilia is scheduled to arrive in Havana on Thursday at 7 a.m. and thereafter to make a weekly Miami-Havana run. EFE

The first direct maritime shipment of merchandise between Miami and Havana in more than five decades is being made on Wednesday, with the cargo ship Ana Cecilia due to set sail for Cuba loaded with humanitarian aid items.
“This is about the first direct shipment that’s going to go there in 50 years,” a spokesman for International Port Corp., the company in charge of the shipment, told Efe.
According to shipment organizers, this is the first time in the 50 years that the U.S. embargo has been in effect against Cuba that a U.S.-flagged ship has departed for the island loaded with merchandise, but they hastened to add that the humanitarian items are not going to be resold in Cuba.
Up to now, only agricultural products bought by the Cuban government have been shipped by sea to Havana from the United States.
The vessel was scheduled to set sail at noon from the cargo terminal on the Miami River for the port of Havana, some 370 kilometers (229 miles) away.
IPC, which is based in Miami, has obtained the appropriate licenses required for such a shipment from the U.S. Commerce Department and the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Asset Control.
The start of this service is a sign of a certain flexibility in relations between Cuba and the United States after, in recent years, restrictions on remittances and travel to the island have been eased by Washington.
According to IPC, the Ana Cecilia is scheduled to arrive in Havana on Thursday at 7 a.m. and thereafter to make a weekly Miami-Havana run. EFE

Vamos Requetebien! (We’re doing better than great!)

More uplifting images from the island formerly known as Cuba. Photos taken by a friend.

Exhibit A:  So many wondrous sights contained in a single  image:  1. T-shirts from people-to-people exchanges that improve Cuban culture and promote wholesome democratic values. 2. Concrete proof of top-notch merchandise, cutting-edge graphics,  and  religious freedom in the shop window.  3. Such a touching display of pure love as the young man with the “69” shirt  catches sight of a young female compatriot and potential jinetera.

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Exhibit B.  Que Maravilloso!  This must be the absolute zenith of Western Civilization.  An iconic summation of worthy goals for other nations around the world, and an inspiration for community organizers and liberation theologians who struggle against the evils of capitalism.

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Exhibit C.  Proud Citizens of the Ideal Republic led by Philosopher-Kings: fully focused on higher thoughts, burning with industrious zeal, and very, very intensely proud of their high quality brooms.

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Vamos bien! (We’re doing great!)

Yes, we’re doing great.  This is what Havana looks like after 53 years of Castroism.  Photos taken by a friend, very recently.

To those who never knew the Cuba that existed prior to 1959, these photos won’t be shocking, since it will be easy for them to assume that Havana always looked like a city of beggars, prostitutes, and down-and-out zombies.   For those of us who knew the island before it was possessed by demons, these two photos are not only heartbreaking.  They are like those Aztec and Maya altars on which chests were ripped open with obsidian knives and beating hearts were plucked out.   Yeah.   Mil gracias, Fidel.  Mil gracias Raul.  Mil gracias, all of you who have helped them turn Cuba into the Cloaca Maxima of the world.   Especially you tourists who go there to have a good time and to feel superior to those who offer to sell their bodies and souls to you.

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Cholera outbreak reaches Havana

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From the BBC, concerning the country with the “best” free healthcare in the Western hemisphere, and the “best” of everything.  Come on down, tourists!  Cuba is a vacationer’s paradise. (But make sure you can travel backwards in time to 1491 before you set foot on the island).

The BBC has learned that a patient has been diagnosed with cholera in the Cuban capital, Havana, days after three people died in a rare outbreak in the south-eastern town of Manzanillo.
More than 50 people were infected and about 1,000 have received medical attention.
The authorities say the outbreak is under control but four hospitals are prepared to isolate patients.
They say people became ill after drinking water from contaminated wells.
But it is not clear what the source of the cholera is.
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Most of the cases were in Cuba’s south-eastern Granma province, more than 750km (470 miles) from Havana.
Hundreds of medical professionals from that area, including nurses, have worked and continue to work with patients in Haiti, where tens of thousands of people were infected after a devastating earthquake in 2010.
But the BBC’s Sarah Rainsford says that for over a week doctors in Havana have been doing the rounds of their patients, checking for symptoms of cholera.
The infirm, elderly and pregnant have been prioritised.
Now tests on a 60-year-old woman, admitted to hospital on Wednesday, have confirmed that she has the disease.
As she was diagnosed early, doctors say she is in a stable condition.
Health officials said they had “all the necessary resources to provide adequate attention to patients.”
They said they had taken a series of measures, including taking samples of water and adding chlorine to purify it, to combat the outbreak.
Cholera is a bacterial infection that can cause severe diarrhoea and dehydration.
The Health Ministry said the last reported cholera outbreak on the island was soon after the 1959 Revolution.
The BBC has learned that a patient has been diagnosed with cholera in the Cuban capital, Havana, days after three people died in a rare outbreak in the south-eastern town of Manzanillo.
More than 50 people were infected and about 1,000 have received medical attention.
The authorities say the outbreak is under control but four hospitals are prepared to isolate patients.
They say people became ill after drinking water from contaminated wells.
But it is not clear what the source of the cholera is.

Most of the cases were in Cuba’s south-eastern Granma province, more than 750km (470 miles) from Havana.
Hundreds of medical professionals from that area, including nurses, have worked and continue to work with patients in Haiti, where tens of thousands of people were infected after a devastating earthquake in 2010.
But the BBC’s Sarah Rainsford says that for over a week doctors in Havana have been doing the rounds of their patients, checking for symptoms of cholera.
The infirm, elderly and pregnant have been prioritised.
Now tests on a 60-year-old woman, admitted to hospital on Wednesday, have confirmed that she has the disease.
As she was diagnosed early, doctors say she is in a stable condition.
Health officials said they had “all the necessary resources to provide adequate attention to patients.”
They said they had taken a series of measures, including taking samples of water and adding chlorine to purify it, to combat the outbreak.
Cholera is a bacterial infection that can cause severe diarrhoea and dehydration.
The Health Ministry said the last reported cholera outbreak on the island was soon after the 1959 Revolution.

Ñooo ! Como me gusta ser rey!

As Mel Brooks said:  “Its good to be the king”  (see him in action here)

And as Tom Petty put it:   (watch video here)

It’s good to be king, if just for a while

To be there in velvet, yeah to give ’em a smile

It’s good to get high, and never come down

It’s good to be king of your own little town.

And as Shakespeare nailed it:

For God’s sake, let us sit upon the ground / And tell sad stories of the death of kings../for within the hollow crown/ That rounds the mortal temples of a king /Keeps Death his court, and there the antic sits,/ Scoffing his state and grinning at his pomp. (Richard II, act 3, scene 2)

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“A sad regression from freedom”

Michael Gerson writes in The Washington Post about a recent court decision in Cologne, Germany, that clearly shows how liberalism and secularism can lead to religious persecution, and, in this case, to anti-Semitism.   Here in the United States, opponents of the circumcision of male infants — who call themselves “intactivists”– recently tried to ban this ritual procedure in San Francisco.   Get ready.  This movement is only going to grow.  Next step: targeting the religious education of children as a crime.  As Gerson points out: “If this is the definition of a crime anywhere in the modern world, it is a sad regression from freedom.”
A district judge in Cologne, Germany, recently ruled that ritual circumcision is a crime, violating “the fundamental right of the child to bodily integrity,” which outweighs other parental and religious rights. “This change runs counter to the interests of the child,” the court concluded, “who can decide his religious affiliation himself later in life.”
Jews and Muslims have traditionally viewed male circumcision in a different light — not as an expression of individual choice but as a form of initiation into a community. German religious figures from all the Abrahamic faiths criticized the Cologne ruling, with particular outrage expressed by Jewish leaders. -Dieter Graumann, head of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, called it “outrageous and insensitive” and warned that a general application of the decision would “coldbloodedly force Judaism into illegality.”
Though the ban directly applies in only one region of Germany, secular supporters count it a triumph and a precedent. One academic, Holm Putzke, celebrated the rejection of “religiously motivated violence against children.” “The court has,” he said, “unlike many politicians, not been deterred by the fear of being criticized as anti-Semitic or antireligious.”
Normally such deterrence would be viewed as a healthy thing, particularly in a country that relatively recently — within living memory — sought to be judenrein, “clean of Jews.” But the fearlessness of modern secularism is a thing to behold. Before World War II, about 600,000 Jews were living in Germany. Today there are a little more than 100,000. This remnant is now informed that its 4,000-year-old ritual of identity — perhaps the oldest Jewish tradition — is a violation of enlightened notions of individual rights.

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German Court declares circumcision a crime

Michael Gerson writes in The Washington Post about a recent court decision in Cologne, Germany, that clearly shows how liberalism and secularism can lead to religious persecution, and, in this case, to anti-Semitism.   Here in the United States, opponents of the circumcision of male infants — who call themselves “intactivists”– recently tried to ban this ritual procedure in San Francisco.   Get ready.  Meditate on the very disturbing image above, which reflects this kind of thinking.  It’s from the “Monster Mohel” comic book (In the “Foreskin Man” series), published by the Male Genital Mutilation Group in San Francisco.  For more on this movement, and the comic book, go here.   This movement is only going to grow.  Next step: targeting the religious education of children as a crime.  As Gerson points out: “If this is the definition of a crime anywhere in the modern world, it is a sad regression from freedom.”
A district judge in Cologne, Germany, recently ruled that ritual circumcision is a crime, violating “the fundamental right of the child to bodily integrity,” which outweighs other parental and religious rights. “This change runs counter to the interests of the child,” the court concluded, “who can decide his religious affiliation himself later in life.”
Jews and Muslims have traditionally viewed male circumcision in a different light — not as an expression of individual choice but as a form of initiation into a community. German religious figures from all the Abrahamic faiths criticized the Cologne ruling, with particular outrage expressed by Jewish leaders. -Dieter Graumann, head of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, called it “outrageous and insensitive” and warned that a general application of the decision would “coldbloodedly force Judaism into illegality.”
Though the ban directly applies in only one region of Germany, secular supporters count it a triumph and a precedent. One academic, Holm Putzke, celebrated the rejection of “religiously motivated violence against children.” “The court has,” he said, “unlike many politicians, not been deterred by the fear of being criticized as anti-Semitic or antireligious.”
Normally such deterrence would be viewed as a healthy thing, particularly in a country that relatively recently — within living memory — sought to be judenrein, “clean of Jews.” But the fearlessness of modern secularism is a thing to behold. Before World War II, about 600,000 Jews were living in Germany. Today there are a little more than 100,000. This remnant is now informed that its 4,000-year-old ritual of identity — perhaps the oldest Jewish tradition — is a violation of enlightened notions of individual rights.

Continue reading here.   There is much more.  It’s a gem.

Logic?…. We don’t need no stinkin’ logic!

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Yeah.  Happy 4th of July.

It’s one of the most famous lines in movie history (#36 on the American Film Institute list):  a Mexican bandit tries to fool Humphrey Bogart into thinking he and his cronies are Federales.  Bogart asks to see their badges.  The bandido (Alfonso Bedoya) replies in heavily accented Lateeeenoh: “Badges?  We ain’t got no badges.  We don’t need no badges!  I don’t have to show you any stinkin’ badges!”   (The Treasure of Sierra Madre, 1948).  Watch the clip here, and laugh your head off for the rest of the day.

Well, while reading a news story about NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg, the image of Alfonso Bedoya leapt into my mind, along with his line.  Thank you Dr. Freud: I know where it came from.  Anyway, it seems clear to me that some of our elected leaders who espouse liberal and progressive sociobabble and politibabble have a lot in common with Bedoya’s character, Gold Hat.    They claim to be logical, but when pressed on their loopy thinking legislating, and judging, they get the same look on their faces as Gold Hat.

No need to list the obvious:  hope and Change; People-to-people diplomacy;  Obama care is a tax and not a tax simultaneously; having to pass massive bills without reading them and saying that they have to pass in order to find out what the contents are; and so on….

Sometimes it boils down to pure hypocrisy, or one of the oldest of American traditions: scamming, flim-flamming, being con- men and women, snake oil salesmen, spiritual descendants of  John Romulus Brinkley, the Great Rejuvenator, who managed to convince thousands of men across America that he had access to the Fountain of Youth and could sell you its elixir in a bottle.   Disciples of P.T.  “there’s- a- sucker- born- every- minute” Barnum.  And also disciples of holier-than-thou-fire-and-brimstone preachers who have the sole answer to the world’s problems and warn you that if you don’t follow their advice there will be hell to pay.   Herman Melville knew this type back in the 19th century.  His last novel, The Confidence-Man sought highlighted the role played by such swindlers in American life.

And here is the key to their success: feigned sincerity.  They babble away, constantly repeating the same phrases because they want to disengage the thinking process and to give the illusion of utter sincerity.    Entire college courses are dedicated to this subject.  My lovely wife took one, years ago.   Good writers have zeroed in on this for quite some time.  The news media have not.

So, anyway, here is the news piece that summoned the ghost of Gold Hat:  Mayor Michael “Nanny State”  Bloomberg, censor of eating and drinking habits, enemy of the Big Gulp, presided over the hot-dog eating contest at Coney Island, where the record to be broken stands at 68 @#$#@! hot dogs in 10 minutes.    Ñoooooooooooo!

Read all about it here.  Enjoy your hot dogs today.  And God bless America, where we can tell the @#@!%*! scammers to go to hell.

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Another Hiss-panic for Obama… Ay Dios mio! … Or should one say Lateeenah instead? … Or Womanista?

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From Breitbart:

Desperate housewife and key representative of the Lateenoh “race” reveals that she is a deep thinker, indeed.

But no one in the news media  seems to care whether she was allowed to handle cutlery at Obama fundraising dinners.

(see here for more on that knife-and-fork issue)

Eva Longoria, a national co-chair of President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign, can’t imagine why a woman would pull the lever for a Republican.

“I don’t think it’s a hard choice if you’re a woman,” said Longoria during an Obama campaign event in Colorado over the weekend, according to The Denver Post.  “We have to get out there and tell (others) ‘If you’re a woman, there is no way you can vote Republican.’”

Outside of the venue where Longoria spoke, the “Desperate Housewives” star was greeted by women who do vote Republican.They were clad in Mitt Romney T-shirts.

Suzie Terrell who co-chairs She-PAC, a group that supports conservative women running for elected office and whose clout is increasing, could not disagree more with Longoria.

Terrell told Breitbart News that “Longoria is off the mark” and her “comments underscore the desperate, unfounded remarks the Democrats have to make because they have nothing of substance to offer women.”

“Women will decide this election, and they are smart enough and concerned enough to know that future generations are at risk because of the failed policies of the Obama administration: healthcare policy that adds to debt, joblessness that adds to debt, foreign policy that scares our allies, and overall disrespect for the constitution of our country,” Terrell said. “To assure a better future, women must vote Republican.”

“from afar we could see black smoke rising from the raft…”

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I received an email today that reduced me to tears.   It struck like a bolt of lightning on a clear sunny day  — just like one I saw yesterday —  and I am at a loss for words.  I can’t fully explain the impact.  Maybe because it is an email rather than a news story, and it made me realize that what is described in it happens all too frequently, but that it has been going on for over half a century, day after desperate day, and that there is no end in sight to this, and that there is no justice, and no reply from Heaven for the suffering of those who live through this hell.  And the worst part of it is that for those who find themselves in this situation, dying of dehydration, drowning, or being eaten by sharks, may be a better option than being plucked from the sea and being sent right back to the other hell they tried to flee from.

Then, it also occurred to me that some of those who do make it across the sea in rafts turn right around as soon as they can, loaded with cash and merchandise for those who stayed behind.   Any way you look at it, it is all too absurd, and immensely sad.

Here is the email, in Spanish and English.  The writer was enjoying himself/herself on a Caribbean cruise.   I have no idea who wrote it, and where, exactly, the writer came upon this tragic scene.  But there is no doubt in my mind that it is legitimate.  And, even if it is not, it sums up many other such cases, some of which are reported by the news media.  This one probably won’t make it into a single news report anywhere.

But someone has posted an account of a similar event, that includes a video. It seems that it might describe this very same raft.  Go here for that posting and video, which also includes commentary.

“AYER CUANDO ESTABAMOS PASANDO CERCA DE CUBA, OCURRIO UN PROBLEMA ,LA EMBARCACION SE DETUVO TOTALMENTE,Y LO QUE OCURRIO FUE QUE UNA BALSA LLENA DE INDOCUMENTADOS SE ACERCARON PARA TRATAR DE SUBIR AL BARCO,RAPIDO SALIO UN PEQUEñO BOTE DEL BARCO LE LLEVO COMIDA Y AGUA Y LOS LLEVARON A MAR AFUERA, RAPIDO LLAMARON AL COAST GUARD PARA QUE LO LLEVARAN DE NUEVO A CUBA,,,ESTO ME CONMOVIO,PUES IBAN NIñOS Y A LO LEJOS SE VEIA UN HUMO NEGRO QUE SALIA DE LA BALSA,ESTUVIMOS MEDIA HORA PARADO EN EL OCEANO ESTO ATRASO LA LLEGADA,,QUE PENA ESTO OCURRE A DIARIO Y MUEREN EN ALTAMAR POR FALTA DE COMIDA Y AGUA,ESTO ME HIZO LLORAR UNA EXPERIENCIA QUE NUNCA OLVIDARE.”

Yesterday, when we were passing near the coast of Cuba, there was a problem, and the ship came to a dead stop. What happened is that a raft full of undocumented people came near us so they could try to climb aboard.  A small boat was launched quickly to bring them food and water, and they led them farther out to sea.  Immediately, they called the Coast Guard so they could be returned to Cuba… This moved me, for there were children aboard, and from afar we could see black smoke rising from the raft.  We spent a half hour without moving in the ocean and this put us behind schedule.. What a shame that this happens every day and these people die on the high seas for lack of food and water.  This made me weep.  It was an experience I will never forget.



God particle is ‘found’

The Large Hadron Collider, Geneva
The Large Hadron Collider, Geneva

Because this web site always brings you in touch with the truth, and with what is really important, here is a piece of news that could possibly change the world.

And now you can say that you found out about it on Babalú.

* Scientists at Cern expected to announce on Wednesday Higgs boson particle has been discovered

  • * Scientists ‘will say they are 99.99% certain’ the particle has been found
  • * Leading physicists have been invited to event – sparking speculation that Higgs Boson particle has been found
  • * “God Particle” gives atoms their mass

  • read the details here.


  • “A Modest Proposal”

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    In 1729, Jonathan Swift — author of Gulliver’s Travels — published an essay entitled “A modest Proposal for Preventing the Children of Poor People From Being a Burden on Their Parents or Country, and For Making them Beneficial to the Publick.”   Swift’s “Modest Proposal” mocked his nation’s approach to Ireland and its people by suggesting that  the Irish could climb out of poverty by selling their children  as food for the upper class.

    Thanks to yesterday’s Supreme Court decision on Obamacare, we now have a brilliant American equivalent.

    A Modest Proposal

    by Ed Morrissey at Hot Air

    Now that the Roberts Court has affirmed that the government has the power to mandate purchases of private goods and services as long as it’s structured as a tax, I propose that we put this new-found authority in the service of an explicitConstitutional right.  For far too long, too many Americans have suffered from an inequal distribution of firearms, despite the Second Amendment’s express exhortation to “keep and bear arms,” in large part because income inequality in this nation has kept the poor and working classes from having the proper protection for themselves and their loved ones.  We need to end this disparity now by applying the ObamaCare model immediately.

    First, the government needs to issue a mandate that all households must own at least one firearm. We will need a federal agency to ensure that people aren’t just buying cheap BB guns or .22 pistols, even though that may be all they need or want.  It has to be 9mm or above, with .44 magnums getting a one-time tax credit on their own.  Let’s pick an agency known for its aptitude on firearms and home protection to issue required annual certifications each year, without which the government will have to levy hefty fines.  Which agency would do the best job?  Hmmmm … I know!  How about TSA?  With their track record of excellence, we should have no problems implementing this mandate.

    Don’t want to own a gun?  Hey, no worries.  Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts says citizens have the right to refuse to comply with mandates.  The government will just seize some of your cash in fines, that’s all.  Isn’t choice great?  Those fines will go toward federal credits that will fund firearm purchases for the less well off, so that they can protect their homes as adequately as those who can afford guns on their own.  Since they generally live in neighborhoods where police response is appreciably worse than their higher-earning fellow Americans, they need them more anyway.  Besides — gun ownership is actually mentioned in the Constitution, unlike health care, which isn’t.  Obviously, that means that the federal government should be funding gun ownership.

    Now, I’m not naive; this kind of mandate system will be difficult to get through Congress.  Even gun manufacturers might have some reservations about forcing everyone to buy their product, especially since we’ll also be imposing massive price controls on their products.  Only 7% of their revenues can be spent on administrative costs and “profit,” whatever we decide that means.  How else to make sure that we keep prices fair?  We have an ace in the hole, though. We plan to get the ammunition industry on our side, running a $200 million ad campaign on behalf of the bill.  They stand to make billions in the huge increase of target practice — which gun ranges will have to provide for free on at least one occasion a year per person, and for which the government will cover the range costs at, say, $5 per hour.  (That’s a loss for gun ranges, but they’ll make it up in volume.)

    We need to act now.  Too many poor and working-class families face injury and death from lack of self-protection in areas of high rates of violent crime, so if you oppose this, you must hate the poor and hope they die.  Since no one does that, we should expect to see everyone celebrating this effort to realize the vision of our Founders, which was obviously a top-down federal government that can order its citizens to do anything it wants.


    Because the only cure for your Hugo fever is…. more Hugo: 3 for the price of 1

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    From the Teheran Times (Iran):

    Hugo Chavez says: no more cancer treatments

    CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Tuesday he sees no need for further treatment for the cancer that struck him last year just weeks after he had said medical tests showed him in good health.

    Although polls show Chavez comfortably ahead, any relapse in his undisclosed type of cancer could upend his October 7 re-election bid against opposition challenger Henrique Capriles.

    “I’ve already done what I need to do,” Chavez said when asked if he planned to undergo any more cancer treatment. “At this moment, on the horizon that I can see … I don’t expect any of that, all I expect is to fight and to triumph.”

    Following months of virtual silence this year while he recovered from surgery and radiotherapy, Chavez has returned to his old self with long-winded speeches and extended live television appearances.

    Keep reading here.

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    From Haaretz (Israel):

    Venezuela Supplied Iran with F-16 to prepare for possible strike

    Venezuela has transferred at least one F-16 fighter to Iran in an attempt to help it calibrate its air defenses, in preparation for a possible Israeli or U.S. strike on its nuclear facilities, reports Spanish newspaper ABC.

    ABC, one of the three largest Spanish dailies and aligned with the ruling rightist party, wrote that the transfer, in 2006, was supervised by one of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez’s closest aides. The paper’s Washington correspondent, Emili J. Blasco, said the story was based on both sources in Venezuela’s air force and classified documents, following a tip- off by a non-Western intelligence agency.

    The timing of the story’s publication was probably timed to coincide with the current visit of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Venezuela, which began Friday. Ahmadinejad told Chavez that Iran will always support Chavez’s Venezuela: “We appreciate your opposition to imperialism,” he said.

    Chavez reportedly told his guest that “we are aware of the threats on Iranian sovereignty and independence. You can count on our support. I will support Ahmadinejad under all circumstances, since our ties with Iran are a holy issue for us.”

    Keep reading here

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    From the Associated Press

    Hugo Chavez cuts off oil shipments to Paraguay

    CARACAS, VENEZUELA — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says his country will cut off oil shipments to Paraguay to protest the ouster of Fernando Lugo.

    Chavez says Lugo’s removal as president last week was illegal and his insists Venezuela will not recognize the new government of Federico Franco.

    The Paraguayan senate’s swift decision to oust Lugo has drawn condemnation around Latin America.

    Chavez spoke before a military parade on Sunday and compared Lugo’s removal to the 2009 coup that removed Manuel Zelaya in Honduras.

    Lugo has suggested that national and international clamor could lead Paraguayan lawmakers to reverse his impeachment.

    From the same country that brought us Ikea and slave labor: a new progressive campaign to equalize the human race and, of course, as one might expect, to promote “a better and longer sex life.”

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    This is for real.  You can read about it here and here and here and here and here.

    Reading all of these articles is highly recommended.  Beware, the U.S.A. is next, especially if President Obama is re-elected.

    Western Europe is abuzz with the latest flare-up in the war between the sexes, and for the moment, the Amazons seem to be winning. If outrage continues to mount, it will soon be not just uncool and politically incorrect for a man to urinate while standing up, but out-and-out ILLEGAL.
    Yes, the liberated women of France and Germany and Holland have vowed to put their men down – on the toilet. They carry placards showing a huge red X scrawled across a man standing to urinate. They shout: “Laissez tomber votre pantalon, et asseyez vous! (Drop your trousers and sit)!” “Behalte deine Tropfen für dich (Keep your drips to yourself)!” “Toch niet weer een vieze plas op MIJN badkamer vloer (Not another filthy puddle on MY bathroom floor)!”

    Western Europe is abuzz with the latest flare-up in the war between the sexes, and for the moment, the Amazons seem to be winning. If outrage continues to mount, it will soon be not just uncool and politically incorrect for a man to urinate while standing up, but out-and-out ILLEGAL.

    Yes, the liberated women of France and Germany and Holland have vowed to put their men down – on the toilet. They carry placards showing a huge red X scrawled across a man standing to urinate. They shout: “Laissez tomber votre pantalon, et asseyez vous! (Drop your trousers and sit)!” “Behalte deine Tropfen für dich (Keep your drips to yourself)!” “Toch niet weer een vieze plas op MIJN badkamer vloer (Not another filthy puddle on MY bathroom floor)!”

    That’s just the tip of the iceberg.

    A Swedish political party is taking a stand against upright urination.

    At a county council meeting Monday, the Left Party, orVänsterpartiet, tabled a motion that would require office washrooms to be genderless with a sit-down-only requirement, reported the news agency Tidningarnas Telegrambyrå.

    For men who might refuse to comply, party representatives suggested a separate set of toilets clearly labeled for stand-up urination only.

    Vänsterpartiet, known as a socialist and feminist organization, believes seated urination is healthier for men and more hygienic for both sexes.

    Viggo Hansen, a substitute council member who authored the motion, told Sveriges Television that that the move does not represent an attempt to meddle in the bathroom habits of citizens.

    “That’s not what we’re doing. We want to give men the option of going into a clean toilet,” he said.

    Uff Da !!!! As ‘de sayin’ goes in Meenesota…..  Uuuuuuuuuuuuuff Daaaaaa !!!!

    In Sweden, where daycare centres encourage little boys to “be a sweetie and take a seatie”, the issue is not being taken lightly.

    In an interview with a local television channel, Hansen pointed out that according to some experts sitting down to urinate is not only more hygienic but also reduces the risk of prostate trouble.

    His proposal also claims that relieving oneself while seated “contributes to a better and longer sex life.”