Thank God it wasn’t done during a Republican administration.
Oh, God, the Senate confirmation hearings. THE CONFIRMATION HEARINGS. Marco Rubio can keep asking Charlie questions in Spanish.
Sweet Jesus on a jet pack. If Obsms names @CharlieCrist as ambassador to Cuba my brain will explode.
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) June 30, 2015
This would be like candy to Rick and me and the rest of our sort. CANDY. We’d go nuts.
I do not approve. I simply take no responsibility for the whole sorry mess: “The State Department is expected to recommend that Cuba be removed from the government’s list of State Sponsors of Terrorism, a U.S. official tells CNN on Tuesday, a notorious designation that has been a stumbling block in the establishment of embassies in both Havana and Washington.” This is all the Obama administration’s mistake*, and I wish them joy of the making of it.
*Oh, I have no illusions that it wasn’t going to happen eventually; but we could have gotten something for it.
[UPDATE: This story is probably dubious, but my larger point stands. And, in fact, so is that bit about ‘in a just world…’]
Severed head with the mouth filled with garlic and salt and sewn shut; his heart pierced with a hawthorn stake with a silver tip; and the pockets of his clothes all carefully resown. I figure that that’s enough to be really sure. Or we could just dunk the corpse in holy water and see whether it sublimates; I think that would work, too. Let’s find out!
…Look, I hope that the man made a good confession before he died, but it’s officially Too Late Now if he hadn’t – and Castro was an evil, vicious bastard when he was alive. And his brother’s – who is, effectively, the King of Cuba, only Raul Castro rules without any of the things that make monarchies more palatable – no better. If you’re sorry Fidel Castro’s dead, then I want you to know this: in a just world, Cubans would be using his aforementioned severed head in an impromptu game of football* right now.
*Not our kind. That thing that the rest of the world plays.
OK, lemme break a rule and quote the Daily Beast.
If you listen to people who know nothing about anything, you’ll inevitably be told that Cuba has the best health care on the planet, despite it’s poorly remunerated and constantly defecting doctors, a lack of basic medical supplies, and a lider maximo who jets off to Spain when his life is in danger (the poor saps who believe the health care propaganda, like Castro manqué Hugo Chavez, tend to end up stuffed with newspaper, covered in wax, and on display in a mausoleum).
So it might seem odd that [Alan] Gross would have lost sight in one eye, shed almost half his body weight, and emerge from captivity with the dentition of a minor league hockey player.
I feel that my title is stark, but true.
For liberals who squeal about torture, human rights, and the dignity of human freedom, you're in bed with monsters. Soak in it, hypocrites.
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) December 17, 2014
And you can imagine the depths of my sympathy.
Better him than somebody who still has a meaningful political career.
Since John F Kennedy, Presidential foreign policy towards Cuba can be summed up in one sentence: Let my successor be the one who has to be the guy that let Fidel Castro win. Well, guess what: Barack Obama volunteered to be the poor, stupid sad sack that has to eat the pavement on that. CNBC reports: “The U.S. is starting talks with Cuba to normalize full diplomatic relations and open an embassy, according to U.S. officials. The expanded relationship would also open imports of Cuban cigars somewhat, according to a CNN report.” We get cigars and some political prisoners released; Cuba gets to win. (more…)
Cuba has been hit by a severe beer shortage during one of its hottest summers on record, sparking hoarding and driving thirsty drinkers to pay greatly inflated prices.
A sharp fall in production at the island’s main brewery, Bucanero, at the beginning of the year has trickled its way down the supply chain at the worst possible time: the third-hottest summer since 1951.
Bucanero makes four brands of beer: Bucanero, Cristal, Cacique and Mayabe. The company has a virtual monopoly in Cuba, though some imported beers are also available, albeit at a large mark-up.
You know, civilized and functional economic systems can keep the beer flowing. Note, by the way, that it’s the regular Cuban who will take it in the neck; the elites will have their beer. Their foreign beer.
Piss him the hell off.
Fourteen minutes’ worth of Cuba apologists’ guts being made into garters, including the apologists in Congress. Oh, my, yes, most assuredly the apologists in Congress. Watch it even if you’re still mad at Marco: you probably won’t stop being mad at him, but at least you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that Tom Harkin is quietly seething because there’s no way he can match Senator Rubio’s ability to put the rhetorical boot in.
You all know my views on Ed Snowden. But this is… somehow apropos. Or symbolic:
Can't believe all those hacks are on the flight from Moscow that #Snowden didn't take. Best Rickroll ever?
— Sara Hussein (@sarahussein) June 24, 2013
PS: BTW, NEVER TRUST CONTENT FROM GLENN GREENWALD. Trust him and you’ll end up on a twelve hour flight from a former Commie hellhole to a current Commie hellhole with no story, and probably nothing to read.
Foreign tourists, especially Canadians and Spaniards, are travelling to Cuba in surprising numbers for sex — and not just with adult prostitutes. They are finding underage girls and boys, a joint investigation by The Toronto Star and El Nuevo Herald has found.
Havana’s conspicuous scenes of street-level prostitution are the outward face of a hidden prostitution trade in minors, some as young as four, some with families complicit in their exploitation, the newspapers found.
I swear to God, it’s like the paper remembers that one, perfect high that it got from torpedoing then-Senator George Allen’s re-election run in 2006, and has been chasing the dragon ever since: