Dish Network pollutes mailboxes, airwaves with crappy Castroite Cuban propaganda

Miami Herald columnist Fabiola Santiago comments today on the pollution many of us are finding in our mailboxes: junk mail promoting Dish Network’s “Cubamax” TV channel. She hits the nail in so many ways:

Cuba-sanctioned TV arrives in U.S., sugar-coated for Yanqui viewers

The age of rapprochement with Cuba has moved into the realm of the absurd.

We’re not doing so well exporting democracy, but the famously propagandist Cuban television is making a debut in America.

“De Cuba a la Yuma,” boasts the DishLATINO sales brochure that arrived in my mailbox, peddling in Cuban street lingo a new channel of state- sanctioned Cuban programming aimed at the U.S.

“CUBAMAX TV has arrived….”

Missing: quality artistic production and freedom — to be expected from an entity with direct connection to the ruling Communist party.

Pollution found in your Tio Pepe's Mailbox yesterday.
Pollution found in your Tio Pepe’s Mailbox yesterday.

I’ll let you read the whole beautiful thing at the Herald but the closer is a doozy:

For the bargain price of a $34.99 per month subscription, DishLATINO will import into your home 24 hours of this low-budget, badly acted dramas, soft Commie porn propaganda, and Cuban children’s programming.

Now, you too can raise your kid to be a good soldier of the Revolution like Eliancito.

Fifty-seven years of dogmatic fidelismo and Cubans are still fleeing the island anyway they can — and in record numbers, post-engagement. Back home, to get away from drab Cuban TV, they paid for a viewing “paquete” circulated in the black market with American shows and Cuban Miami fare. Now that they’re here, they’re pursued as… Cuba television consumers! Fertile targets for the sale of products from the state they fled — so Kafkian.

Viva la Yuma, lucky land of the uncensored, where you can subscribe to all the junk TV your brain cells can stand.

My experience tells me there are certainly “Latinos” in this country who idolize Cuba under Castro. I just don’t think a lot of them are Cubans living in Miami, and this channel certainly could not have been conceived to appeal to them. Nobody is that stupid, or are they?


Noisy protest over Dish Network and Cubamax TV

It took a while but folks finally took notice of Dish Network’s foray into broadcasting Cuban propaganda in the U.S.

While I personally find these tactics distasteful and counterproductive I also find them understandable. Nobody seems to give voice to the concerns of the historical Cuban exile community anymore.

A better approach is to tell Dish Network directly how feel, like what this commenter on Dish Latino’s Facebook page said:

Jose Valeradiaz – I’m sorry but the only thing I miss from Cuba are my people. Not the old cars, or trash piled up on the corners, or the stool pigeon neighborhood spies from the CDRs or the “Round Table” or the houses in ruins, or the Castroite dictators and much less Cuban TV but there are enough channels and technology here so as to not watch it or block it.

How many degrees of separation between Dish Network executives and Castro?

Dish Network’s new channel Cubamax TV promises to be free of communist propaganda but in Cuba there’s nothing that isn’t politicized. Paraphrasing Cuban dissident punk rocker Gorky Aguila, you may not like politics but politics likes you, comrade.

Exhibits A and B: Tweets from the Cuban Embassy in Washington DC:

Note the use of the cliche of an antique car as the symbol for this abomination.

Exhibit C: Luis Silva who portrays “Panfilo” on a Cuban TV show in front of Miami’s Olympia Theater. He was the entertainment for the launch party


Exhibit D: Luis Silva with Randy Alonso, who is one of Fidel Castro’s lackeys in the media. He is the longtime host of the Cuban propaganda show “Mesa Redonda” and the editor of Cubadebate, which is a website that claims to be “against media terrorism”, whatever that is. In practice it’s another propaganda arm of the regime.

Far right: Castro stooge, Randy Alonso Falcon. Next to him: Luis Silva (Panfilo)

Exhibit E: The aforementioned lackey, Randy Alonso Falcon with the coma andante Fidel Castro.

Stooge Alonso with tracksuit in chief

Exhibit F: Screen capture of Cubadebate article promoting Cubamax launch (we don’t link to commie websites as we’re an island without a bearded dicktator.


It seems that there are only 3 degrees of separation between Dish Network executives and the leader of an apartheid state in our hemisphere. It’s all one big happy family of sinvergüenzas. For shame.

Dish’s Cubamax runs afoul of US law

I’ve posted a couple of times about the ridiculously stupid idea Dish Network came up with of packaging programming from Communist Cuba and trying to sell it in the US. I don’t know why this bothers me so much, but it does.

Well, it turns out that it’s not just a dumb idea, it’s probably an illegal one. You see, this isn’t the first time it’s been attempted. Jason Poblete, an attorney who “helps clients navigate the complex legal, and at times political, federal interagency regulatory and legislative processes primarily on matters overseen by the Department of State, Department of the Treasury, Department of Commerce as well as the Congress,” wrote about a similar offering called Cuba Play TV back in 2011. Poblete was sure that that Cuba Play ran afoul of the US embargo on Cuba and though I’m not attorney (just a retired tailor) I’m pretty sure the law hasn’t changed despite Obama’s “normalization circus” as we call it around here.

If there were any reciprocity by the regime in Cuba, a U.S. company’s effort to start broadcasting Cuban television in the United States would not be much of big deal. If people want to pay to watch communist television, with programs produced by state sponsor of terrorism, so be it. But why can’t we do the same in to Cuba an broadcast U.S. shows and newscasts? It’s a rhetorical question and you know the answer.

Late last year a Miami-based company, Olympusat, announced the launch of a new network that would broadcast “carefully-selected content, free of any political affiliation or ideological influence from the Cuban government.” Really? Olympusat’s statement is propaganda. The Cuban regime has a Ministry of the Arts that controls all television and artistic work. When you disagree with their rules they warn you, beat you, imprison you and, if all else fails, you will be exiled or worse…

Here is a novel thought. Now that the Cuban regime will be receiving money for its television programming, maybe the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) can seize a portion of some or all of these monies and set them aside to begin compensating U.S. citizens that are owed billions of dollars by the Cuban regime for debts, claims, and judgements.

Of course laws don’t mean anything if they aren’t enforced and the Obama administration seems awfully lax in enforcing anything related to sanctions on the Castro kingdom but as they say, “no hay mal que dura cien años” and Obama will soon be chasing golf balls around full time, so one can hope the next administration takes this “broadcasting with the enemy” thing a little more seriously.

Anyway, judging from the fact that Cuba Play TV was never really heard from again, I can’t help but think that it flopped like a grouper on the deck of my boat. One can hope that Cubamax suffers a similar fate.

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Cubamax TV flopping


Dish goes red, fumbles in the Red Zone

Baseball is America’s pastime but football is America’s sport and despite the fact that they haven’t been to the playoffs in a coon’s age, the Dolphins still rule in Miami. Which brings me to Dish Network, which has decided to pull the plug on NFL Network and its affiliated Red Zone channel. I’m finding the programming decisions being made by Dish to be very interesting. Getting rid of football and adding a channel with programming from communist Cuba. It’s almost like they don’t want subscribers in Miami.

Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor hits the ball free from Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson punching it through the end zone for a touchback in the fourth quarter during Monday Night Football at CenturyLink Field, Oct. 5, 2015.  (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

A TV Channel for fraudsters who live off of tall tales

I’ve now lived to see it all. Courtesy of El Nuevo Herald we learn that Dish Network has launched a new channel called Cubamax, featuring programming from Cuba. Have no fear, “the promoters of the new channel assure that the content will not be political.”

People watch retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro during an interview on Cuban Television in Havana July 12, 2010. Castro emerged from seclusion on Monday to warn the world in a taped interview aired on national television that the West's confrontation with Iran could erupt into nuclear war. Castro has been seen only in occasional photographs and videos since he underwent emergency intestinal surgery in July 2006 and ceded power provisionally to his younger brother, Raul Castro. REUTERS/Enrique De La Osa (CUBA - Tags: POLITICS)

Here’s a pro tip for the people at Dish: Cuba is a totalitarian dictatorship. The first thing cagastro did was take control of all the media. Any content that comes out of Cuba has the official stamp of approval of the country’s captors. As a friend once pointed out, by necessity anyone with access to TV cameras and microphones, by definition, is among those most trusted by the tyrants.

Apparently there was a reception, at the Olympia Theater to launch the channel, with that idiot Cuban actor that did a skit with Obama when he was on the island a couple of months ago. Ironically the actor is part of a show called “Vivir del Cuento” (literally living off of stories, meaning somebody who is a fraud). But hey, I suppose the medicare/medicaid fraudsters sent over here by the regime need entertainment too.

My favorite part of the article is the comments. A sampling:

Gony Herrera
Soon all of the Castro brothers speeches will be on the TVs in Miami. How weak can this administration be?

Jorge Felix
Next month I’m knocking the Dish off my house…in protest of this aggression against the Cuban Exile Community.

For the Love of God… In Cuba… I only watched TV on Saturday nights… I spent my life renting videos so as to not have to watch Cuban TV.

The United States will see for the first time… lie made into television… the manipulation of the Cuban reality to the convenience of the dictatorship.

How the hell do they think… that I’m going to watch Cuban TV here… if I don’t watch any Latin channels

Genis Valla
And they still talk about an embargo.

On Facebook it looks like they are removing the negative comments as quickly as they come in. They are disappearing as if by the same magic that removes political content from Cuban TV.

The enemy is among us. Tremenda mierda. Le ronca el mango.

Potemkin Union Money Transfers

Check out this new ad from Western Union, advertising money transfer services to Cuba. All advertising shows some idealized version of the world that people actually live in but this is unbelievable. It’s as if the castro regime itself had created the ads to highlight the beauty of the worker’s paradise. Note how leisurely life is in the Potemkin village. It makes the totalitarian dictatorship that abuses women who oppose it look positively quaint! You see, all smiling faces, no repression!

Colorado-based Western Union, which operates in every province and municipality in Cuba, has provided money transfers from the U.S. to Cuba since 1995 and began making payouts in the country’s local currency in 2011. U.S. remittances to the once closed-off island currently reach 62% of Cuban households, according to analysis by the Havana Consulting Group for Western Union. Western Union said the average value of a money transfer to Cuba from the U.S. is $150.

It’s true that we have seen the enemy, and it is us. Cubans outside of the island are subsidizing the regime and enriching companies that enable that subsidy.

Voters should know Miami-Dade Judicial Candidate’s link to Cuba business ventures

There are numerous races to fill vacancies for Circuit Court Judge on the upcoming August 26th Primary ballot in Miami-Dade County One particular judicial candidate has been aggressively campaigning for the Cuban-American vote throughout Miami-Dade, Martin Zilber. Mr. Zilber’s campaign signs have been prominently placed in the Cuban-American community throughout the county and he is often photographed with leaders of the Cuban-American community. That’s why it most ironic and truly brazen that Mr. Zilber sits on the Advisory Board for none other than the The America’s Group Cuba Business Enterprise, an entity that publicly promotes its many service for clients seeking business opportunities in Cuba, including: “to identify and develop real estate opportunities for social interest housing and in the tourist and resort sectors. Identify strategic investment opportunities in foreign companies already doing business in Cuba. Arrange trips and person to person meetings with the government and potential joint venture partners.” The logical question is if Mr. Zilber shares with Cuban-American voters at the “comedores” and along the campaign trail his views and business ventures related to Cuba.

Mr. Zilber sits on the Advisory Board of the Cuba Enterprise project with the infamous Kirby Jones, known Castro apologist and regular Havana visitor. Washington Post journalist described Kirby Jones the following way: “Jones is described by Newsweek as having better contacts in Cuba than any other American “ and by The New York Times as ‘ the man to see about business in Cuba.’ Mr. Jones once described the community as the “highly combustible fuel of Cuban exiles.”

Mr. Zilber has every right to be part of a group that seeks business opportunities with a dictatorship like the Castro regime, but if he is running for public office in Miami-Dade County, the voters have a right to know his involvement in such an enterprise. It’s one thing to have a different policy view but it’s quite another to be directly affiliated with an entity seeking business opportunities with a government that disregards human rights and commits atrocities against the Cuban people, many who now reside in the community that Mr. Zilber is seeking support from. Mr. Zilber is free to pursue business ventures with the likes of the Castro brothers but the Cuban-American community and those who believe in solidarity should know more about his background before voting or supporting him for Circuit Court Judge. If Mr. Zilber is willing to engage with the likes of a terrorist state to provide clients with business opportunities perhaps him sitting on the bench to impart justice is not in the best interest of Miami-Dade County voters. Ultimately, the voters should decide, but at the very least, voters should know the company that a judicial candidate keeps and the type of business interests he pursues.

Bad policy, bad politics: Governor Scott’s Medicaid Expansion Folly

Last Wednesday Florida’s Governor Rick Scott said that he’d ask the state legislature to approve a Medicaid expansion that is fully funded by the Federal Government during the first three years. This is part of the Obamacare plan that aims to provide some sort of health coverage to every American (without regard to monetary costs and costs to society and the overall quality of healthcare).

Conservatives seem split on Governor Scott’s decision. Some see it as a betrayal such as Stephen Hayes while others see it as a practical calculation such as Charles Krauthammer. Arguments for the latter include:

1. Obamacare is the law of the land and we lost our last chance to get rid of it when he was re-elected last november.

2. Federal taxes collected from Floridians would otherwise go to other states.

3. The state can sunset the Medicaid expansion once the Federal funding goes below 100%

4. Other Republican governors, known for their conservatism, have reached the same conclusion and are accepting the expansion.

Well, my friends, I’m here to tell you that these arguments are hogwash. Yes, President Obama won a close election but the State of Florida is run by a Republican Governor and Legislature. If Republican Governors stood together in principled opposition they would send a message to the citizens of their states that they do in fact stand up for what they allegedly believe in.

The problem with accepting Federal funding for ANY program is that you further diminish the role of the State Government. What the leftists want is a top-down one-size fits all Federal government and these incremental steps toward it are snowballing. Ironically Governor Scott is diminishing the role of his own office.

Once Federal money is inserted into any state program a dependence on that money is created. Look at education. Before the creation of the Federal Department of Education schools in America were completely funded with state and local funds. Consider that in year 2011-2012 year Miami-Dade Schools received $19 million directly from the Federal government and that the State received $563 million from the Federal government in 2010 from one program alone and up to $700 million from another. Does anyone believe that once a state is suckling on the teat of Federal money that it can easily relinquish it?

Besides, the money that will be coming to Florida under this expansion won’t be tax dollars collected from Floridians but rather borrowed money that Floridians (and all Americans) will be on the hook for since the Federal government is borrowing 40% of every dollar that it currently spends.

The fact that other Republican governors have thrown up their hands and decided to accept the money should be of no consolation to our Governor. Their unprincipled positions should not ameliorate his. The easy and shortsighted thing to do is take the money. The hard and forward-thinking approach is to resist it with all the strength you have.

Of course this is all politics. According to Cal Thomas, the Governor’s approval ratings were at a very low 36% in December. He has been conservative and unpopular. This decision will relieve him of at least one of those labels, now he’ll just be unpopular. Consider that among those 36% lie the base of Florida’s conservatives, those whose support a Republican governor must have when running for re-election in a non-Presidential year. I expect that approval rating to plummet and would not be surprised if Scott faces a primary challenger and loses. Even if he survives a primary challenge he’ll be extremely weakened. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish between Rick Scott and Charlie Crist.

There’s no way to spin it, this decision is bad policy and bad politics.

Solzhenitsyn on gun control

And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family?

Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?

After all, you knew ahead of time that those bluecaps were out at night for no good purpose. And you could be sure ahead of time that you’d be cracking the skull of a cutthroat. Or what about the Black Maria [Government limo] sitting out there on the street with one lonely chauffeur — what if it had been driven off or its tires spiked.

The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin’s thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt!

–Alexander Solzhenitsyn, The GULAG Archipelago

(H/T Chicago Boyz)

Raise the white flag

Time to give up
Time to give up

The news of corporations big and small laying off employees in the immediate wake of Obama’s reelection should surprise no one. They were holding out hope that help would be on the way in the war the government has declared on them. The help is not coming, a majority of American voters has ordered the troops to stand down.

Given that, I think maybe it’s time that we surrender. President Obama, Leader Reid and former Speaker Pelosi all say that Republicans have been obstructing their legislative agenda and that’s why we aren’t moving forward. I think it’s time to give them everything they want.

  • Let’s start with the debt limit: let’s increase it to whatever Democrats want it increased to, no questions asked. The more debt the better. They know better, they won. We’ll be happy to ride in the back.
  • Bush tax cuts: let them expire. There’s no limit to how fast and how much the economy can grow if only the government could get its hands on even more of the citizenry’s money.
  • Taxes on the 1%: Let’s do it, raise taxes on the millionaires and billionaires. Warren Buffet wants to pay more taxes and I want to grant him his wish. Whatever Harry Reid says should be their fair share is what we should get out of them.
  • Capital gains tax increases: Taxing investment income is a great source of revenue.  I mean what could go wrong if we discourage investing by making it less profitable?
  • Cap and trade: two helpings please. We’ll save the economy AND the planet with this fantastic mechanism that doesn’t actually reduce carbon emissions.
  • Single Payer Health Care: One size fits all healthcare from the people that run the Post Office. What’s not to like? Sign me up.

The sooner we capitulate to the President and his Democrat allies in congress and the senate, the sooner we’ll see all of the wondrous effects these policies will have on our economy and our country. If they really believe these are the policies that will bring prosperity, then it’s time to call their bluff.

Diaz-Balart and Ros-Lehtinen Request Expulsion of Former Regime Enforcer Living in the U.S.


November 2, 2012

Diaz-Balart and Ros-Lehtinen Request Expulsion of Former Regime Enforcer Living in the U.S.

Washington, D.C. – Today, Representatives Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) sent a letter to Secretary Clinton, Attorney General Holder, and Secretary Napolitano asking for the immediate removal of Castro regime enforcer and a brutal head of prisons, Crescencio Marino Rivero, and for an explanation of why convicted Cuban spy Rene Gonzalez was allowed to travel to Washington, D.C. You can read the whole letter here.

Said Diaz-Balart: “I am outraged that the Obama Administration has once again demonstrated its open door policy toward Castro regime operatives by granting residency to a brutal human rights abuser, and by welcoming a dangerous, convicted spy to the very doorstep of our national government.

“U.S. law, foreign policy, national security interests, and common sense warn against admitting dangerous members of totalitarian regimes into the U.S., or permitting convicted spies virtually unfettered travel.  Nonetheless, this administration has failed to protect the American people from such obvious perils.  Yet again, the Obama Administration has fallen into its disturbing pattern of appeasing dictatorships and has demonstrated that its policy of willful blindness toward the world’s most brutal regimes knows no bounds.

“The President’s policy has not only compromised America’s security, but it has sent the disgraceful message to pro-democracy activists languishing under tyranny that the President is more interested in coddling their oppressors than joining them in their cause for freedom.”

Said Ros-Lehtinen: “It is the height of hypocrisy for this former official of the feared and brutal Cuban Ministry of the Interior (MININT) to spend his golden years in the comfort and freedom Miami offers. That is unacceptable to the innumerable Cubans who have suffered under the oppressive yolk of the Castro brothers and it is utterly unacceptable to me.

“If Mr. Rivero lied on his applications to gain entry into the U.S., then he should suffer the full consequences of the law. As opposed to the dictatorship he was once a part of, in this nation of laws that is the USA he will be able to fully defend himself.

I am sure that other Castro henchmen are trying to live out their final years in the comfort of the city and exile community which they so forcefully vilified. But if we find them, and the law says they’re guilty, they should be immediately expelled.”




July 23, 2012


Boston, MA – Mitt Romney today made the following statement on the death of Cuban activist Osvaldo Paya:

“The cause of freedom in Cuba has lost one of its strongest voices and respected leaders yesterday. The news of Osvaldo Paya’s death is profoundly heartbreaking and infuriating. The circumstances surrounding Mr. Paya’s death again raise questions about the pattern of conduct by a despotic regime that is constantly seeking ways to annihilate all internal dissent while the world stands in silence. The international community should demand that the facts concerning Paya’s death be accurately determined and that the surviving witnesses be protected. Ann and I wish to convey our deepest condolences to the Paya family and to Cuba’s pro-democracy movement for the loss of Osvaldo Paya, a man of extraordinary courage, conviction, and peace.”


‘Obama, Rush, and Liberty’

“Obama, Rush, and Liberty.”

Last week, in Roanoke, Virginia, President Obama told a crowd that, ultimately, entrepreneurs aren’t responsible for the success of their enterprises. “If you’ve got a business,” the President stated, “you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”

Obama has quite a few (though not enough) people talking about his most recent speech.

Although they didn’t need to be told that he thinks this way, his opponents are nevertheless more than a bit shocked to hear Obama express his thoughts publicly — and just a few months outside of the next election. Moreover, they are livid. Nationally syndicated radio talk show titan Rush Limbaugh, for instance, replied swiftly and bluntly:

“I think it can now be said, without equivocation, without equivocation, this man hates this country,” for Obama “is trying to dismantle brick-by-brick the American dream.”

These are harsh words, for sure. But are they true?

Before we can answer this question, we need to attend carefully to Obama’s speech. […]

As Cholera Seems To Be Spreading Throughout Cuba, Ros-Lehtinen Says Travelers To The Island Should Be Aware That Castro Regime Is Not Being Forthright About Gravity Of The Situation


July 9, 2012

As Cholera Seems To Be Spreading Throughout Cuba, Ros-Lehtinen Says Travelers To The Island Should Be Aware That Castro Regime Is Not Being Forthright About Gravity Of The Situation

Miami, Florida – Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) issued the following statement regarding the growing reports of people in Cuba falling ill because of cholera and the Castro regime’s refusal to acknowledge this growing health menace.

Ros-Lehtinen’s statement:

“Reports from independent journalists and people visiting Cuba show that cholera is spreading throughout the island nation. In any other country, public health officials would issue warnings and alert the populace to the growing health hazard, but in totalitarian Cuba the regime keeps the Cuban people and the world in the dark. Why? Because the bankrupt Castro economy cannot afford to scare off tourists and the hard currency they bring.

Travelers to Cuba should be aware that the dictatorship is not being forthright about the gravity of the situation and that visiting Cuba at this time may put them at risk of becoming ill with cholera.”