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Trump 2016 and what lies ahead with Bob Parks

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December 22, 2016 at 9:00 pm

1808: Beethoven’s 5th Symphony premiered in Vienna

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What more can we say about Beethoven?   Not much.    He is one of the greatest composers ever.

We remind you that # 5 premiered on this day in 1808

If the initial reviews failed to recognize it as one of the greatest pieces of music ever written, one needs to understand the adverse conditions under which the work was first heard. 
The concert venue was freezing cold; it was more than two hours into a mammoth four-hour program before the piece began; and the orchestra played poorly enough that day to force the nearly deaf composer—also acting as conductor and pianist—to stop the ensemble partway into one passage and start again from the very beginning. 
It was, all in all, a very inauspicious beginning for what would soon become the world’s most recognizable piece of classical music: Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67—the “Fifth Symphony”—which received its world premiere on this day in 1808.

And the rest is music history.       Get your”5th” here!

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December 22, 2016 at 7:42 am

No due process in Cuba

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(My new American Thinker post)

A few posts ago, we mentioned that “El Sexto”, a popular artist Cuba, was arrested for celebrating the death of Castro.  

His problem is that he constantly dissents from the Castro dictatorship and prefers to do it his way, a crime in Cuba, unless “your way” is another way of praising the government.    

Last week, Kimberley Motley, a human rights lawyer in the U.S., went down to defend “El Sexto”.    

She was detained and released. Then the Cuban government expelled her from the island.

Let’s say that Ms Motley was given a very quick education on what happens in Cuba. She concluded with a tweet:    


“US shouldn’t lift restricts if Cuban gov unwilling 2 follow human rts”

My friend Carlos Eire quotes Ms. Motley saying that what is going on in Cuba is “legally and morally reprehensible.”

So what’s going on in Cuba since the U.S. flag went up in Havana? We have seen an effort to shut down dissent, as my friends at Cuba Exile Quarter are reporting:

Cuba may have become a celebrity magnet over the past two years but Cubans began to flee the island in huge numbers that had not been seen since the Clinton Administration.

The reason for the exodus can be seen in the dramatic increase in politically motivated arbitrary detentions in Cuba during the Obama Administration that has coincided with the Castro regime’s heightened violence against Cubans who dissent.

All of these violations of human rights are taking place within sight of the U.S. flag at the U.S. embassy opened not long ago.

Who could have believed this? The U.S. flag goes up and everyone is talking about a new day. At the same time, more dissidents get thrown in jail and the regime cracks down on anyone willing to disagree.

Too bad that Ms. Motley was arrested and given a real taste of Cuba. Perhaps she will come back and join the rest of us who do not want this dictatorship to be subsidized any longer by the U.S.

Good luck to “El Sexto”, another person standing up to the regime.   

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December 22, 2016 at 6:15 am

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