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November 30, 2016 at 11:00 pm

Kaepernick bends knee to Castro

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(My new American Thinker post)

The saga of Colin Kaepernick continues.    

On the field, he stinks. His 49ers are a disaster and I saw a lot of empty seats in a recent game in San Francisco.   

A couple of years ago, he was a young quarterback with quite a future. Today, he looks like a guy who needs a change of scenery and total mental tuneup.    

Off the field, Colin Kaepernick is even worse. He continues to speak and speak and make a total fool out of himself.

His remarks about Fidel Castro are no better than what PM Trudeau of Canada and Dr. Jill Stein said of the dictator’s death. This is a bit of Colin on Castro:

“I agree with the investment in education,” Kaepernick said. “I also agree with the investment in free universal health care, as well as the involvement with him in helping end apartheid in South Africa. I would hope that everyone believes those things are good things. Trying to push the false narrative that I was a supporter of the oppressive things that he did is just not true.”

Memo to Colin: Cubans do not get to read what books they read in school. In other words, history class in Cuba’s schools represents the state’s views. And the health care system is so good that Castro brought in Spanish doctors to care for him.    

The Colin story did have a happy turn in Miami last Sunday, as we read in the Miami Herald:

Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso gave the fans in Miami what they wanted Sunday, picking off Colin Kaepernick and making a jarring tackle on the 49ers’ quarterback that preserved a 31-24 Dolphins win. 

After the game, Alonso, the son of a Cuban immigrant, acknowledged that Kaepernick had caused “bad blood” with comments the San Francisco player had made about Fidel Castro.

“Yeah, it matters,” Alonso said Sunday of Kaepernick’s words about Castro, which were made shortly before the former Cuban leader died Friday. The quarterback had appeared reluctant to condemn Castro and offered praise for his efforts in boosting Cuba’s “literacy rate.”

“Usually, I just try to play my game. But I did try to hit him,” Alonso told the Herald’s Armando Salguero, who was the reporter who grilled Kaepernick about Castro last week. Salguero, like Alonso’s father, was born in Cuba and emigrated to the United States.

With that father, Carlos Alonso, on hand after the game, the linebacker told Salguero, “You two saw what happened in Cuba firsthand. I didn’t. But I do have feelings about it.

“So there was some bad blood there for me with Kaepernick.”

“Muy bueno” Kiko. You did good!    

When will the 49ers ownership show some backbone and release him? Colin is hurting the NFL brand and the team. Pro athletes always get in trouble when their political opinions make more headlines than their TD passes!

Better than that, why doesn’t Colin move to Cuba and offer his services to Raul Castro? Cuba has always needed Western fools to carry their water.

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November 30, 2016 at 7:08 am

The death of Fidel Castro and other news from Latin America.

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November 29, 2016 at 9:00 pm

Recounts and a party that doesn’t understand why it lost

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(My new American Thinker post)

Back in 2000, we spent 30 days arguing about the election until VP Al Gore finally accepted that George W. Bush had won Florida. In other words, the election night Florida call stood but most of his supporters still think that Mr. Bush stole election. That’s what nasty recounts do! Results don’t usually change and bad feelings just get worse.

It won’t take 30 days in 2016, but the hard feelings will continue.    

Our good friend Richard Baehr believes this is all about making Mr. Trump illegitimate, especially in the minds of liberals who just can’t believe how the movie ended at 2 A.M. when Pennsylvania spoiled it. After all, some of them were apparently popping champagne on their way to the Clinton headquarters.   

The real problem with recounts is that they don’t change results or explain the sorry state of the Democrat Party. In short, the Democrats are on the verge of irrelevancy, unless you live in a minority district that they win without opposition.

The party is probably going to be in the minority for a while, as Amber Phillips points out in the Washington Post:

November was a tough election cycle for Senate Republicans, who were defending 24 of the 34 seats up for grabs, many in states that Obama won twice.

It will basically be the reverse in 2018. Democrats are defending 10 seats in states that Trump won, sometimes by double-digit margins. Midterms are normally kind to the party not in power, but this map shows serious head winds for Democrats.

Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin III (W.Va.), Joe Donnelly (Ind.), Claire McCaskill (Mo.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.) and Jon Tester (Mont.) are running for reelection in states that voted for Trump over Clinton by 19 points or more. (In West Virginia, Trump won by 42 points.) If these Democratic-held seats and a few others fall to Republicans in 2018, it’s possible the GOP’s 52-seat majority becomes a 60-seat supermajority. 

At the very least, it looks likely Republicans will pick up a few seats.

More bad news for Democrats: Some political analysts think that if Republicans turn seats in red or red-leaning states, such as West Virginia, Indiana and Missouri, those seats could stay Republican for a long time. Especially if 2016’s presidential election is any indication.

My colleague Philip Bump calculated there were 27 counties that had supported the Democratic candidate consistently for at least 40 years that switched to Trump in this year’s election. Those counties were clustered in states such as Indiana and Michigan, where Democrats will be defending Senate seats.

We don’t like writing party obituaries because parties have many lives. After all, have we not been reading for 20 years that demographics would doom the GOP?     

Nevertheless, Democrats have problems. They seem to be talking over the heads of most Americans who don’t live in San Francisco or the East coast.    

They’ve focused too much on defending abortion rather saving jobs from moving overseas. They would rather fight for same-sex marriage than accept a Nativity scene during the holidays. They would rather say “I don’t want to offend anyone” than Merry Christmas.    

They are so invested in political correctness that they speak a foreign language that most Americans can’t understand.

So go ahead and recount. It won’t change the results.   

My first advice to the Democrats is to come to terms with reality. Simply put, most Americans would rather talk about jobs than climate change.

My second bit of advice is to remember VP Nixon from 1960. In a mature democracy, the loser should concede and put the nation first. Of course, it starts with the candidate who must tell his or her supporters that the election is over and we have a president-elect.

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November 29, 2016 at 6:19 am

A national security checklist for President elect Trump

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November 28, 2016 at 8:00 pm

One dissident speaks of confusion in Cuba

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(My new American Thinker post)

We saw celebrations in Miami but we live in a free country.   

We did not see much of anything in Cuba beyond official statements. Cuba is not a free country.

Yoani Sanchez, a blogger in Cuba, described the early hours like this:

“Still many in Havana have not reacted, the streets are empty in my building. Silence,” she added. 

On that silence, Sanchez reflected: “The silence extends, it is dawn, but the fear is felt in the air. Harsh days are coming.”

She also tweeted an image of the television hostess reporting on the event: “An erratic and nervous Tv female voice-over, dressed in black, talks about reactions to Fidel Castro’s death.”

Sanchez founded Generación Y, a blog in which she recounts how the life of a Cuban under the Castro regime that is so notorious that she won the Ortega y Gasset award and Maria Moors Cabot award.

From her blog was born 14ymedio, the only independent medium that is managed by Cubans, but censored within the island by order of the Government, no Cuban can read it while he is in his country.     

Also, we read via Babalu that Cuban secret police abducted the anti-communist artist Danilo Maldonado. His mother told the Diario de Cuba that her son had taken to the streets late Friday to celebrate the death of dictator Fidel Castro.    

My guess is that he is not alone. There are probably other examples of young people in the street celebrating Fidel Castro’s death.

The quiet street is primarily due to a call for a nine-day state of mourning announced by the dictatorship.     

At the same time, I don’t think that Raul Castro wants people in the streets. I’m sure that dictators have good memories. Every dictator in the world remembers how people in the street and food shortages ended up overthrowing Nicolae Ceausescu of Romania.

Cuba is now entering a very dangerous and interesting period.   

Raul Castro could go rogue and look for an exit in exchange for lifting the embargo. He could also get harsh and clamp down out of fear.

Time will tell. We will follow daily reports from dissidents.

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November 28, 2016 at 6:30 am

The week in review with Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda

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November 27, 2016 at 9:00 pm

Fidel Castro and the left that always carried his bags

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As my late father often said, it was really tough to run into so many people who did not understand the truth of Cuba and Castro.

Over the years, Fidel Castro always found someone to pull him out of the hole.    

He benefited from international leftists who hated the U.S. so much that they were willing to believe every lie coming out of Cuba, from health care to education.  Not one of these lefties took the time to do a little research and learn that pre-Castro had an excellent private and public health care system.  And Cuba’s literacy rates were among the highest in the Third World.

This was Cuba before Castro’s policies destroyed it:

In the 1950’s Cuba was, socially and economically, a relatively advanced country, certainly by Latin American standards and, in some areas, by world standards.

Cuba’s infant mortality rate was the best in Latin America — and the 13th lowest in the world.

Cuba also had an excellent educational system and impressive literacy rates in the 1950’s.

Pre-Castro Cuba ranked third in Latin America in per capita food consumption.

Cuba ranked first in Latin America and fifth in the world in television sets per capita.

Pre-Castro Cuba had 58 daily newspapers of differing political hues and ranked eighth in the world in number of radio stations. 

Cuba’s infant mortality rate of 32 per 1,000 live births in 1957 was the lowest in Latin America and the 13th lowest in the world, according to UN data. Cuba ranked ahead of France, Belgium, West Germany, Japan, Austria, Italy, and Spain.

In 1955, life expectancy in Cuba was among the highest at 63 years of age; compared to 52 in other Latin American countries, 43 in Asia, and 37 in Africa.

In terms of physicians and dentists per capita, Cuba in 1957 ranked third in Latin America, behind only Uruguay and Argentina — both of which were more advanced than the United States in this measure. Cuba’s 128 physicians and dentists per 100,000 people in 1957 was the same as the Netherlands, and ahead of the United Kingdom (122 per 100,000 people) and Finland.

Cuba has been among the most literate countries in Latin America since well before the Castro revolution, when it ranked fourth.

To be fair, Cuba had problems, and it was people like my parents who turned against Batista.  However, poverty, misery, and people leaving in rafts were not among them.

Well, it’s over for Fidel Castro.  Maybe we can finally tell the truth about this man and what he did to Cuba and its people.
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November 27, 2016 at 6:43 am

Fidel Castro is dead and a few other thoughts

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November 26, 2016 at 11:00 pm

A very hot place awaits Fidel

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(My new American Thinker post)

In the end, he died like most people do – i.e., old age.  No CIA assassination.  No overthrow.  Just an old man probably connected to a bunch of machines staying alive.    

For most of us Cubans, and the ones who grew up here like me, this is a moment when images fly in your head.  

First, I recall the morning Batista fled and the expectations.  My mother serving us breakfast and my father on the phone talking about the future of Cuba.  The phone did not stop ringing.  My mother kept bringing my father coffee and offering her opinions as well.  The TV was on with constant reports of Cuba.  The Voice of America in Spanish on my father’s short wave radio.    

Most importantly, no one that morning had a clue of what would happen to Cuba in a few years.

Second, the Bay of Pigs and the Missile Crisis.  As my mother would joke later: “¡Nosotros los primeros!”  Or loosely translated, we would have been the first ones to go if the missiles were fired.  Thankfully, the missiles were not fired, and my mother’s words did not come to pass.

Third, I will always remember the day we left and the look on my mother’s face when the plane took off.

Most of all, we remember how he destroyed Cuba.  He came to power when Cuba was a very prosperous island with a growing middle class.  It is not that country anymore, as Tim Worstall wrote:

Fidel Castro, the Communist Dictator of Cuba, has died at the age of 90. There have been those, over the decades, who have held him up as some paragon of a new world order, one in which people will not be subservient to either America nor capitalism. The truth is that he visited an economic disaster upon the island nation of Cuba. No, it was not the US, it was not any blockade or embargo, not anything external to Cuba that caused this, it was quite simply the idiocy of the economic policy followed, that socialism, which led to there being near no economic growth at all over the 55 years or so of his rule. What little that did occur happening when the strictest of his rules were relaxed.

It is polite, human and common to withhold criticism of the dead in the immediate aftermath of their demise. But leaving 11 million people grossly poorer than they ought to be in the name of a bankrupt ideology is not the stuff of which hagiographic obituaries are made

He promised elections but kept delaying them.  They never happened.

He denied that he was communist and locked up people like my dad’s cousin for publicly saying so.  A bit later, he declared himself a communist but did not release those who called him one.   

In the end, he leaves a poor island with very little hope.  He leaves political prisons, families crushed, and empty store shelves.

What happens now?  This is a great opportunity for President-Elect Trump to demand some real concessions from the island’s leadership.

Fidel’s death is really the end of communism in Cuba.  Raúl is also an old man and probably won’t be around in a few years, either.

Cuba is screaming for change.  Let’s hear it and demand real concessions from Raúl Castro.   

And please don’t insult the memory of so many by sending a big delegation to his funeral.  Stay away and show your respect for the thousands executed by this regime.

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November 26, 2016 at 10:10 am

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