December 10, 2017

TRUMP, CUBA, AND TEMPER TANTRUM

When I was a kid, my mother told me that if you could not be a good loser, then there’s no way you could be a good winner.  Halle Berry As I start thinking about what my hopes are for the Trump presidency, Cuba is in the forefront.    Our president elect gave mixed messages during […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: THE BEAUTY OF OUR DEMOCRACY

On Inauguration Day, March 4, 1797, Washington, Adams, and Jefferson entered Congress Hall in Philadelphia – then the nation’s capital. There, John Adams took the oath of office as the new president of the United States. Afterward, as they got ready to leave, Adams stepped aside at the door to allow Washington to go through […]

BEYOND BELIEF: FACT OR FICTION

A TV show in which each episode featured five stories, all of which appeared to defy logic, and some of which were allegedly based on actual events. At the end, it was revealed whether it was fact of fiction. Story # 1; President Barack Obama said at the White House Summit on Global Development Wednesday that “we […]

THE INSANITY DEFENSE

“did not know what he did and if he did know it,  he did not know that what he was doing was wrong.” Part of the M’Naghten insanity defense rule.   In his initial statement today in a congressional committee hearing to explain the reasons he concluded that Secretary Hillary Clinton did not merit prosecution […]

FROM RICHES TO RAGS

 There is not Communism or Marxism, but representative democracy and social justice in a well-planned economy.  Fidel Castro I have said it already; I am convinced that the way to build a new and better world is not capitalism. Capitalism leads us straight to hell.  Hugo Chavez The phrase “from rags to riches” symbolized the […]

LIPSTICK ON A PIG

Putting lipstick on a pig is a term used by many, generally in reference to someone who may be trying to make something or someone look appealing or attractive when it quite clearly will not work, or will only deceive the dumbest of people.  A friend sent me an article written at the end of […]

FIGHTING FIRE WITH FIRE

“Despotic governments can stand ‘moral force’ till the cows come home; what they fear is physical force.” ― George Orwell   “When once a republic is corrupted, there is no possibility of remedying any of the growing evils but by removing the corruption and restoring its lost principles; every other correction is either useless or […]

Facts about Transgender directive

Under the guidance, schools are told that they must treat transgender students according to their chosen gender identity as soon as a parent or guardian notifies the district that that identity “differs from previous representations or records.” There is no obligation for a student to present a specific medical diagnosis or identification documents that reflect […]

“WE THE PEOPLE”, ON A DEATH WISH

  “I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors and her ample rivers – and it was not there . . . in her fertile fields and boundless forests and it was not there . . . in her rich mines and her vast world commerce – and it was […]

THE HISTORY OF APPEASEMENT

There are some who, for varying reasons, would appease Red China. They are blind to history’s clear lesson, for history teaches with unmistakable emphasis that appeasement but begets new and bloodier war. It points to no single instance where this end has justified that means, where appeasement has led to more than a sham peace. […]

FIGHTING TERRORISM

While he was in Cuba, Obama spoke by telephone with the Belgian Prime Minister. But he didn’t cancel a speech to the Cuban people or skip a scheduled baseball game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban National Team. Some critics, including Cruz and other Republican candidates, suggested Obama should have altered his Cuba […]

DOES HE HAS A CLUE?

We will not comment of the embarrassing interchange between Raul Castro and Obama, where Raul made demands appropriate of a leader of the strongest nation on earth, and our president meekly responded as one representing a small Caribbean island. I will speak to the time when he thanked Cuban physicians for “volunteering” to assist in […]

FOOL ME ONCE

“Buy a gift for a dog, and you’ll be amazed at the way it will dance and swerve its tail, but if don’t have anything to offer to it, it won’t even recognize your arrival; such are the attributes of fake friends.” ― Michael Bassey Johnson   The misinformation, demagoguery, and outward lies justifying the […]

REQUIEM FOR THE CONSTITUTION

It is one of the unhappy incidents of the federal system that a self-righteous Supreme Court, acting on its Members’ personal view of what would make a ‘more perfect Union’ (a criterion only slightly more restrictive than a ‘more perfect world’) can impose its own favored social and economic dispositions nationwide. The Court must be […]

AND THEN THERE WERE NONE

Ten little republicans standin’ in a line, One toddled home and then there were nine; Nine little republicans swingin’ on a gate, One tumbled off and then there were eight. Eight little republicans gayest under heav’n. One went to sleep and then there were seven; Seven little republicans cuttin’ up their tricks, Then New Hampshire happened and there were […]

TWO PARTY SYSTEM; IS IT TIME FOR A CHANGE?

The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries, which result, gradually incline […]

THE U.S. HOSTILITY

The historic end to official U.S. hostility toward the island in December 2014, when President Barrack Obama ordered restoration of diplomatic relations with Havana. Alfonso Chardy in “Scientist who fled Cuba are still making their mark in exile”. The Miami Herald. Mr. Chardy in the above mentioned article, which I quote, shows complete ignorance regarding […]

PLAYING WITH FIRE

  Yazidi women taken to be sold   “The history of interactions among disparate peoples is what shaped the modern world through conquest, epidemics and genocide. Those collisions created reverberations that have still not died down after many centuries, and that are actively continuing in some of the world’s most troubled areas.” Jared Diamond, The […]

NOT WHAT, BUT HOW

“The accumulation of all power, legislative, executive, and judiciary in the same hands…may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.” –James Madison, Federalist 46 “All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.” –U.S. Constitution, Art. I, § […]

A CRITICAL YEAR 2016

As any doctor can tell you, the most crucial step toward healing is having the right diagnosis. If the disease is precisely identified, a good resolution is far more likely. Conversely, a bad diagnosis usually means a bad outcome, no matter how skilled the physician. Andrew Weil At a recent reunion with family and friends, […]

CHICKEN LITTLE CLIMATE

Chicken Little likes to walk in the woods. She likes to look at the trees. She likes to smell the flowers. She likes to listen to the birds singing. One day while she is walking an acorn falls from a tree, and hits the top of her little head. – My, oh, my, the sky […]

TRANSGENDERISM; A DANGEROUS PATH TO SEXUAL ANARCHY

A recent term in usage is “Transgenderism“; essentially an empty word conjured up as a neutral label for any individual not conforming to common social rules of gender expression. The term was created to help unite very disparate individuals under a vague commonality of interest in gender, in order to provide a basis for mutual benefit […]

IF MR. SMITH CAME TO WASHINGTON?

Jefferson Smith:  Just get up off the ground, that’s all I ask. Get up there with that lady that’s up on top of this Capitol dome, that lady that stands for liberty. Take a look at this country through her eyes if you really want to see something. And you won’t just see scenery; you’ll […]

TOTAL CAPITULATION

Capitulation; The action of surrendering or ceasing to resist an opponent or demand. “The victor sees it as a sign of capitulation”   America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand. Harry S Truman   There is an old story […]

WHY I WILL NOT TRAVEL TO CUBA

With reasonable men, I will reason; with humane men I will plead; but to tyrants I will give no quarter, nor waste arguments where they will certainly be lost. William Lloyd Garrison On the occasion of Pope Francis visit to Cuba, and the thaw of relations between our countries, the topic of traveling to Cuba […]

MIMI IN WONDERLAND

“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn’t be. And what it wouldn’t be, it would. You see?” ― Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass Mimi Whitefield […]

A DEAFENING SILENCE – POLICE LIVES ALSO MATTER

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. Martin Luther King, Jr. After a few days of a deafening silence after the horrible execution style murder of Texas Deputy Sheriff Darren Goforth, president Obama on his way to Alaska called his widow to express his […]

RUN, JOE, RUN

One of Biden’s known gaffes;   “I’m told Chuck Graham, state senator, is here. Stand up Chuck, let ’em see you. Oh, God love you. What am I talking about. I’ll tell you what, you’re making everybody else stand up, though, pal.” —Biden, telling Missouri state senator Chuck Graham to stand up at a campaign […]

TEARS OF JOY

A group of the class of ‘61 alumni of Havana’s Sacred Heart School, was alerted by Ms. Nydia Rodriguez of her project to construct 60 homes in Santo Domingo, for the extremely poor people that lived in the area.   40 homes have already been built in the town by her and an additional 4 were […]

PLANNED PARENTHOOD AND CECIL THE LION

Two events have been in the news the past days. Both sad. One refers to an American dentist who went on a safari to Zimbabwe and killed with an arrow, and then shot, a lion that was lured by locals to abandon the refugee where he was. The second story was about more video exposing […]

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