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May 30, 2008

Cuba's dual currency to be eliminated

Raul Castro's government will eliminate the dual-currency system that is the bane of so many Cubans but it may take a while, the head of parliament's economic commission said.

The remarks by Osvaldo Martinez during a visit to Madrid represented the state's latest acknowledgment that the existence of two currencies has produced social strains and a class divide on the communist island."

The government's policy is elimination of the dual currency, which in some way hurt the national self-esteem, but we need a minimum of monetary reserves for a normal exchange rate, price and wage reforms and greater economic efficiency," Martinez said Sunday in an interview published in El Pais newspaper.

Cuba uses a convertible peso known as the CUC, which is tied to the U.S. dollar, and a Cuban peso known as the moneda nacional.

Those with access to remittances or jobs in tourism, restaurants or the thriving black market earn CUCs, which are worth about 25 times the peso. State workers and pensioners are paid in pesos, which must be converted to CUCs to purchase most goods.

The Cuban government has not eliminated the peso because it lacks sufficient foreign reserves to back and circulate only CUCs.

The U.S. dollar, which circulated in Cuba from the mid 1990s to late 2004, was removed by ailing former President Fidel Castro because of the growing class divide. Now whenever a dollar is converted into CUCs, the government charges a 10 percent tax.

May 29, 2008

Honoring A Traitor!

In Memory of LT. C. Thomsen Wieland
Who spent 100 days at the Hanoi Hilton


Jane Fonda is being honored as one of the
'100 Women of the Century.' by Barbara Walters.

Unfortunately, many have forgotten and still countless others have never known how Ms.Fonda betrayed not only the idea of our country, but specific men who served and sacrificed during Vietnam

This is from an F-4E pilot. The pilot's name is Jerry Driscoll, a River Rat. In 1968, the former Commandant of the USAF Survival School was a POW in Ho Lo Prison
The 'Hanoi Hilton.'

Dragged from a stinking cesspit of a cell, cleaned, fed, and dressed in clean PJ's, he was ordered to describe for a visiting American 'Peace Activist' the 'lenient and humane treatment he'd received.

He spat at Ms. Fonda, was clubbed, and was dragged away. During the subsequent beating, he fell forward on to the camp Commandant's feet, which sent that officer berserk. In 1978, the Air Force Colonel still suffered from double vision (which permanently ended his flying career) from the Commandant's frenzied application of a wooden baton.

From 1963-65, Col. Larry Carrigan was in the 47FW/DO (F-4E's). He spent 6 years in the 'Hanoi Hilton', the first three of which his family only knew he was 'missing in action'. His wife lived on faith that he was still alive. His group, too, got the cleaned-up, fed and clothed routine in preparation for a 'peace delegation' visit. They, however, had time and devised a plan to get word to the world that they were alive and still survived. Each man secreted a tiny piece of paper, with his Social Security number on it, in the palm of his hand.

When paraded before Ms. Fonda and a cameraman, she walked the line, shaking each man's hand and asking little encouraging snippets like: 'Aren't you sorry you bombed babies?' and 'Are you grateful for the humane treatment from your benevolent captors?'

Believing this HAD to be an act, they each palmed her their sliver of paper. She took them all without missing a beat. At the end of the line and once the camera stopped rolling, to the shocked disbelief of the POWs, she turned to the officer in charge and handed him all the little pieces of paper.

Three men died from the subsequent beatings. Colonel Carrigan was almost number four but he survived, which is the only reason we know of her actions that day.

I was a civilian economic development advisor in Vietnam , and was captured by the North Vietnamese communists in South Vietnam in 1968, and held prisoner for over 5 years.

I spent 27 months in solitary confinement, one year in a cage in Cambodia, and one year in a 'black box' in Hanoi. My North Vietnamese captors deliberately poisoned and murdered a female missionary, a nurse in a leprosarium in Ban me Thuot, South Vietnam, whom I buried in the jungle near the Cambodian border. At one time, I weighed only about 90 lbs. (My normal weight is 170 lbs.)

We were Jane Fonda's 'war criminals.'

When Jane Fonda was in Hanoi, I was asked by the camp's communist political officer if I would be willing to meet with her. I said yes, for I wanted to tell her about the real treatment we POWs received. And how different it was from the treatment purported by the North Vietnamese, and parroted by her as 'humane and lenient.'

Because of this, I spent three days on a rocky floor on my knees, with my arms outstretched with a large steel weights placed on my hands, And beaten with a bamboo cane.

I had the opportunity to meet with Jane Fonda soon after I was released. I asked her if she would be willing to debate me on TV. She never did answer me.

These first-hand experiences do not exemplify someone who should be honored as part of '100 Years of Great Women.' Lest we forget.' 100 Years of Great Women' should never include a traitor whose hands are covered with the blood of so many patriots.

There are few things I have strong visceral reactions to, but Hanoi Jane's participation in blatant treason, is one of them.

She needs to know that we will never forget.
RONALD D. SAMPSON, CMSgt, USAF

Castro's President

Election 2008: What is it about Barack Obama that makes our enemies like him? The latest anti-American icon to express eagerness for an Obama presidency is none other than Fidel Castro

Presidential candidates usually collect the endorsements of governors, senators and aldermen. But Obama is getting the backing of thug after thug on the international scene. Castro became the latest when, in an article in the Cuban government organ Granma, he gave the Democratic front-runner the closest thing to an endorsement the communist despot has ever bestowed.

Castro called Obama, "this man who is doubtless, from the social and human points of view, the most progressive candidate to the U.S. presidency." He also oddly conceded what the effect of his praise would be: "Were I to defend him, I would do his adversaries an enormous favor."

This comes after Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega praised Obama and his political allies as "laying the foundations for a revolutionary change" in America.

Then there's the seized laptop of Raul Reyes, warlord with Colombia's Marxist-Leninist FARC narcoterrorist group slain in an army raid in March. It contained Reyes' cheery report of some "gringos" he met assuring him that Obama would be the next president.

Which raises a question: When Obama promised, as he did in a recent speech on Latin American policy, that "we will fully support Colombia's fight against the FARC," does that mean more military aid or just "social" aid?

Data on Reyes' computer also implicated Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez as supporting FARC as it tries to overthrow Colombia's government. Can we guess from all this who Chavez himself would like to see in power in Washington?

And let's not forget the chief political adviser to Hamas' Gaza leader Ismail Haniyeh remarking, "We like Mr. Obama, and we hope he will win the election."

By contrast, Obama rival John McCain was blasted by Castro earlier this year when the Arizona senator reiterated claims made in his memoirs of Cuban Communists torturing U.S. POWs in Hanoi.

"Let me remind you, Mr. McCain," said Castro, "the commandments of the religion you practice prohibit lying."

The Castros and Chavezes and Mahmoud Ahmadinejads of today's dangerous world are masters of the lie. That's why Sen. Obama's willingness to speak to all of them without precondition so thrills these enemies of freedom.

May 26, 2008

Memorial Day Tribute - Cubanazos.com Salutes The U.S. Military

Earlier today while posting a tribute for our soldiers/heroes of past and present wars I found a couple of videos on YouTube.com. The photos contained in these videos had such an impact on me that I wanted to share them with you...The video is set to a song I love by Chris Daughtry called "Home".

Freedom trully isn't Free ....Cubanazos wishes all the military a safe return "Home". I personally salute each and every one of them for giving us the freedom we take for granted !




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Nino Livaudes was killed in Iraq in April 2003. At his grave is a multicolored, handmade card bearing the message: "You are my hero, Daddy. I am 4 years old, and I miss you and love you very much, Grant."

America's most recent war dead lie in a quiet patch of ground at Arlington National Cemetery known as Section 60.

In Section 60 of the cemetery, there are 485 men and women who were killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. In that parcel are 485 men and women who were killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Most tourists keep to other paths at the cemetery, visiting the Tomb of the Unknowns or President John F. Kennedy's gravesite. However, especially on Memorial Day weekend, relatives and friends pay their respects at the graves in Section 60.

"I wish that everyone in their lifetime could come here at least once," said David Christoff of Rossford, Ohio, as he stood where his son is buried.

Marine Sgt. David Christoff Jr. died in Iraq two years ago at age 25. As his father's arms swept toward the rows of white granite gravestones, he said, "You can see the cost of freedom. It's not free, by any means."

"These are all heroes. This is why we're free today. This is why my son was there."

According to the latest numbers from the Department of Defense, 4,080 U.S. troops have lost their lives in Iraq and 423 in Afghanistan.

Arlington is one of more than 100 national cemeteries in the United States where there are military graves. Some families turn down the opportunity to have a loved one buried at Arlington, opting instead to have the grave closer to home.

"It's a hard place to be -- very emotional," said Jerry Fowler of Los Altos, California, while visiting the grave of her nephew, Army Sgt. Dale Brehm. He died in Iraq two years ago.

"All these people who lost their lives," Fowler said, "and we just walk by like it's nothing. They meant something."

"When you walk down these rows," she added, "you learn to respect every single person in this row, not just the person you came to see -- every one."

At least 4 million people visit the cemetery each year, according to its Web site, and officials say Arlington, sadly, is running out of space for graves. There are more than 290,000 bodies buried there.

Plans to expand the cemetery include seven areas where urns can hold the ashes of more than 100,000 people.

Stepping lightly with heavy boots along the row of graves, Army medic Andrew Harriman of the 82nd Airborne dropped to one knee at several.

"We lost 22 guys from our unit," said the soldier, who was wounded in Iraq. He was awarded the Silver Star and Bronze Star for his valor. "Every time I come to town, I stop by."

Four of Harriman's friends are buried in Section 60.

"I don't think people realize how hard it is for the families and the co-workers or friends of these guys," he said.

Also buried in Section 60 is Ross Andrew McGinnis of Knox, Pennsylvania. The 19-year-old Army specialist died in Baghdad when he threw himself on a grenade that had been tossed into his Humvee. He saved four fellow soldiers.

Next month, McGinnis will be awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military award, for his bravery.

Not far from his resting place is the burial site of Capt. Maria Ines Ortiz, who became the first Army nurse killed in combat since Vietnam when she died in Iraq last year.

Particularly touching are the mementos left at some of the graves -- photographs of wives and children, children's drawings, coins, greeting cards, notes, stones and even unopened beer bottles.

May 25, 2008

Obama Sucks Up To Cuban Americans

MIAMI (AP) — Sen. Barack Obama, who once said he would meet Cuban leader Raul Castro without preconditions, added Friday that he would do so "only when we have an opportunity to advance the interests of the United States and to advance the cause of freedom for the Cuban people."
Any meeting would occur "at a time and place of my choosing," the likely Democratic presidential nominee told an audience of Cuban-Americans that applauded his remarks.
Obama said he would maintain the existing trade embargo to use as leverage for winning Democratic change in the Communist island nation. But he said he would immediately allow "unlimited family travel and remittances to the island."
"It's time to let Cuban-Americans see their mothers and fathers, their sisters and brothers. It's time to let Cuban-American money make their families less dependent upon the Castro regime," he said.
Obama made his remarks as part of his first extended trip through swing-state Florida, beginning a courtship that ordinarily would have occurred much earlier in the year. But the state's Jan. 29 primary date violated Democratic National Committee rules, and the party's presidential hopefuls observed a ban on campaigning.
"We've had a great three days here in Florida. I'm regretting that we couldn't have campaigned here earlier, but I promise you we're going to make up for lost time," he said at a rally later in the day.
Obama's campaign billed the speech to the Cuban American National Foundation as a new policy for Latin America. He accused President Bush of diplomatic neglect and allowing a vacuum to develop into which anti-American Venezuelan President Huge Chavez came to power.
"That is the record, the Bush record in Latin America, that John McCain has chosen to embrace," he said.
As for Cuba, Obama said, "my policy ... will be guided by one word: Libertad."
Obama has been criticized sharply by McCain and other Republicans for having said he would agree to meet in the first year of his administration, without preconditions, with leaders such as Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Castro and the heads of other rogue regimes. Some prominent Democrats have also disagreed with Obama's position.
When asked about his position during a debate in July 2007, Obama said: "The notion that somehow not talking to countries is punishment to them — which has been the guiding diplomatic principle of this administration — is ridiculous."
Despite his own change, Obama sought to turn the tables on McCain, saying that the Republican's opposition to a no-conditions meeting with Castro amounted to ruling out a "course of action that that could advance the cause of liberty."
Obama said McCain has been "going around the country talking about how much I want to meet with Raul Castro as if I'm looking for a social gathering. That's never what I've said and John McCain knows it."
The McCain campaign countered that Obama has a "record of weak leadership" on Cuba, saying Obama has voted to curb funding for U.S. broadcasting in Cuba. It also accused him of flip-flopping on ending the U.S. embargo against Cuba.
"Senator Obama's reckless judgment, and his pandering on trade, will set back relations between the United States and Latin America for decades. That's not a new day the people of North and South America want to wake up to," McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds said.
Turning his attention to the rest of the region, Obama said: "We can continue as a bystander or we can lead the hemisphere into the 21st century. And when I am president of the United States, we will choose to lead. It's time for a new alliance of the Americas."
An Obama administration would increase economic aid to Latin America, work with other nations to reduce drug trafficking and seek cooperation on alternative energy, while also pursuing trade deals that protect U.S. workers, he said.
On the verge of claiming the Democratic nomination, Obama needs to build support among Hispanic voters, both nationally and in the key swing state of Florida. The state's population is 20 percent Hispanic and 16 percent black.
Hispanics have preferred Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton over Obama by 26 percentage points in Democratic primaries so far, according to exit polls for The Associated Press, eclipsing the 15-percentage point edge by which she has won among white voters. They also seem more staunchly loyal to Clinton than whites: 35 percent of Hispanics have said they would only be satisfied if the New York senator wins the nomination, compared to 29 percent of whites.
Cuban-Americans have traditionally supported Republicans and a hard line against any engagement with Cuba's Communist rulers. But that is changing.
Jorge Mas Santos, son of the Cuban American National Foundation's founder, introduced Obama by calling for a new approach to Cuba, including allowing Americans to send money and make trips back to relatives on the island — two measures Obama supports.
Simply waiting for democratic reforms in Cuba "is not a policy. Ladies and gentlemen, it is surrender," Mas Santos said.
Obama wrapped up his Florida tour with a 16,000-person rally in Sunrise, which he mistakenly called "Sunshine."
He argued that Republicans can't win on the issues so they will try to attack him by planting doubts about his values and patriotism. Obama told the crowd that he is committed to helping struggling families improve their lives.
"Those are my values. That's my story — of an American family that is able to give something to their kids that's a little better than they had," Obama said. "That's my patriotism."

May 23, 2008

IN 2008, DON'T FORGET THE ANGRY WHITE MAN

Edited by Omar Fernandez

The Democrats are riding high with two groundbreaking candidates — a woman and an African-American — while the conservative Republicans are in a quandary about their party’s nod to a quasi-liberal maverick, John McCain.

Each candidate is carefully pandering to a smorgasbord of special-interest groups, ranging from gay, lesbian and transgender people to children of illegal immigrants to working mothers to evangelical Christians.

There is one group no one has recognized, and it is the group that will decide the election: the Angry White Man. The Angry White Man comes from all economic backgrounds, from dirt-poor to filthy rich. He represents all geographic areas in America, from urban sophisticate to rural redneck, deep South to mountain West, left Coast to Eastern Seaboard.

His common traits are that he isn’t looking for anything from anyone — just the promise to be able to make his own way on a level playing field. In many cases, he is an independent businessman and employs several people. He pays more than his share of taxes and works hard.

The victimhood syndrome buzzwords — “disenfranchised,” “marginalized” and “voiceless” — don’t resonate with him. “Press ‘one’ for English” is a curse-word to him. He’s used to picking up the tab, whether it’s the company Christmas party, three sets of braces, three college educations or a beautiful wedding.

He believes the Constitution is to be interpreted literally, not as a “living document” open to the whims and vagaries of a panel of judges who have never worked an honest day in their lives.

The Angry White Man owns firearms, and he’s willing to pick up a gun to defend his home and his country. He is willing to lay down his life to defend the freedom and safety of others, and the thought of killing someone who needs killing really doesn’t bother him.

The Angry White Man is not a metrosexual, a homosexual or a victim. Nobody like him drowned in Hurricane Katrina — he got his people together and got the hell out, then went back in to rescue those too helpless and stupid to help themselves, often as a police officer, a National Guard soldier or a volunteer firefighter.

His last name and religion don’t matter. His background might be Italian, English, Polish, German, Slavic, Irish, or Russian, and he might have Cuban, Cherokee, Mexican, or Puerto Rican mixed in, but he considers himself a white American.

He’s a man’s man, the kind of guy who likes to play poker, watch football, hunt white-tailed deer, call turkeys, play golf, spend a few bucks at a strip club once in a blue moon, change his own oil and build things. He coaches baseball, soccer and football teams and doesn’t ask for a penny. He’s the kind of guy who can put an addition on his house with a couple of friends, drill an oil well, weld a new bumper for his truck, design a factory and publish books. He can fill a train with 100,000 tons of coal and get it to the power plant on time so that you keep the lights on and never know what it took to flip that light switch.

Women either love him or hate him, but they know he’s a man, not a dishrag. If they’re looking for someone to walk all over, they’ve got the wrong guy. He stands up straight, opens doors for women and says “Yes, sir” and “No, ma’am.”

He might be a Republican and he might be a Democrat; he might be a Libertarian or a Green. He knows that his wife is more emotional than rational, and he guides the family in a rational manner.

He’s not a racist, but he is annoyed and disappointed when people of certain backgrounds exhibit behavior that typifies the worst stereotypes of their race. He’s willing to give everybody a fair chance if they work hard, play by the rules and learn English.

Most important, the Angry White Man is pissed off. When his job site becomes flooded with illegal workers who don’t pay taxes and his wages drop like a stone, he gets righteously angry. When his job gets shipped overseas, and he has to speak to some incomprehensible idiot in India for tech support, he simmers. When Al Sharpton comes on TV, leading some rally for reparations for slavery or some such nonsense, he bites his tongue and he remembers. When a child gets charged with carrying a concealed weapon for mistakenly bringing a penknife to school, he takes note of who the local idiots are in education and law enforcement.

He also votes, and the Angry White Man loathes Hillary Clinton. Her voice reminds him of a shovel scraping a rock. He recoils at the mere sight of her on television. Her very image disgusts him, and he cannot fathom why anyone would want her as their leader. It’s not that she is a woman. It’s that she is who she is. It’s the liberal victim groups she panders to, the “poor me” attitude that she represents, her inability to give a straight answer to an honest question, his tax dollars that she wants to give to people who refuse to do anything for themselves.

There are many millions of Angry White Men. Four million Angry White Men are members of the National Rifle Association, and all of them will vote against Hillary Clinton, just as the great majority of them voted for George Bush.

He hopes that she will be the Democratic nominee for president in 2008, and he will make sure that she gets beaten like a drum.

May 21, 2008

Cuban dissident confirms she received cash from private US anti-Castro group

A prominent Cuban dissident acknowledged Tuesday she received US$2,400 cash from an anti-Castro group in Miami, but said she had no information about allegations it was carried to Havana by America's top diplomat on the island.
Laura Pollan, wife of imprisoned Cuban activist Hector Maseda, said she was given the money by fellow political opposition leader Martha Beatriz Roque and split it with eight other members of a dissident group known as "Ladies In White."
Pollan, a retired teacher, said she did not ask Roque where the money came from, and could not comment on the Cuban government's claims that Michael Parmly, head of the US Interests Section, carried funds from the Miami-based Fundacion Rescate Juridica to the island following trips to the United States.
Cuba claims the money is meant to undermine the communist government. But Pollan said, "We aren't political. We are fighting for the freedom of our husbands, a sacred right of all families."
"We accept support from anyone," she said.

McCain Vows to Keep U.S. Trade Embargo on Cuba




MIAMI -- Sen. John McCain on Tuesday laid out his plans for strengthening democracy and U.S. influence in Latin America, vowing to extend free-trade pacts throughout the region and to continue isolating Cuba until the communist-ruled island frees political prisoners and allows multiparty elections.The promises to uphold a hard line against the regime of Fidel and Raul Castro earned the presumptive Republican Party presidential nominee cheers from the mostly Cuban American crowd at a town hall meeting in southwest Miami.

"Florida will be yours!" local Spanish-language radio talk show host Ninoska Perez Castellon declared from the audience. She thanked McCain for the candidate's recognition of former political prisoners from Cuba on hand for the Cuban Independence Day event and for "refusing to deal with the Castros."McCain described his Democratic rival, Sen. Barack Obama, as willing to sit down with Cuban President Raul Castro without preconditions. McCain said that would "send the worst possible signal to Cuba's dictators" by removing the pressure for fundamental reform in exchange for better ties.McCain's address ranged broadly over Latin American relations and issues. He accused his Democratic opponents, Obama and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, of blocking economic prosperity by opposing a free-trade agreement with Colombia."Colombia is a beacon of hope in a region where the Castro brothers, [Venezuelan President] Hugo Chavez and others are actively seeking to thwart economic progress and democracy," McCain said."Delaying approval of the Colombia Free Trade Agreement will not create one American job or start one American business," he said.He also expressed sadness and frustration over Haiti's latest outbreak of unrest, calling the country "one of the longest-running tragic stories in our hemisphere."In a question-and-answer session with the crowd of about 500, McCain was challenged on both his economic policies and the handling of terrorism suspects at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.Trembling with emotion as he described his survival of the Castro regime only to face economic crises in his senior years, Cuban exile Jose Fuentes asked McCain: "What about the economy? What are you going to do about it?"McCain said he would work first to prevent home foreclosures by creating a rescue plan in which government and lenders would collaborate and recover their bailout investments when the market improved and owners could sell at a profit."Secondly, we know we have to become independent of foreign oil," McCain said. "There are people who believe we can't do it. But there were people who believed we could never put a man on the moon, that we could never create the Internet."Small-business owner Roxanna Greene was booed by the conservative crowd when she asked McCain how he felt as a former prisoner of war about the treatment of Guantanamo terrorism suspects.McCain quieted the crowd, saying that "we want to be polite to everyone," then reiterated his preference for moving the prisoners to Ft. Leavenworth and putting them on trial at the Kansas military base with some, but not all, of the rights and protections accorded U.S. citizens on trial.

May 17, 2008

Cuba blames US for Internet restrictions

HAVANA (AP) — A top Cuban official said Friday that Raul Castro's government would consider loosening Internet restrictions on ordinary citizens newly allowed to purchase computers — but Washington's decades-old economic embargo makes it impossible.
"We aren't worried about the citizenry connecting from their homes," Telecommunications Vice Minister Boris Moreno told a small group of reporters.
"But problems with technology and resources have made it necessary to give priority to connections that guarantee the country's social and economic development," he said, referring to an islandwide network that lets Cubans receive e-mail and view domestic Web sites.
The rest of the worldwide Web is blocked to most citizens in Cuba, which has access controls far stricter than in China or Saudi Arabia. Only foreigners and some government employees and academics are currently allowed unfiltered home Internet service, and many Cubans turn to the black market for expensive, slow dial-up accounts.
Computers for home use were also not available until two weeks ago, when state stores began selling them to the public as part of a series of small quality-of-life changes since Raul Castro replaced his elder brother Fidel in February.
But Moreno said the government is unable to offer Cubans comprehensive Internet for their new PCs, citing its long-standing complaint that the American embargo prevents it from getting service directly from the United States nearby through underwater cables. Instead, Cuba gets Internet service through less reliable satellite connections, usually from faraway countries including Italy and Canada.
"Free access is not on the table at the moment," Moreno said.
Moreno said that in the next two years authorities hope to link to fiber-optic service from Venezuela, which has replaced the Soviet Union as Havana's chief economic benefactor.
He also criticized Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez, whose posts about the struggles of daily life on the island have drawn worldwide notice and recently won her Spain's Ortega y Gasset Prize for digital journalism.
Moreno said the 32-year-old Sanchez was deeply affected by coming of age during the 1990s, when the collapse of the Soviet Union brought the Cuban economy to its knees. He said he found it sad that she "speaks ill of a government that didn't close the university where she studied in a moment of crisis."

May 15, 2008

My Father Is Responsible....





My father is responsible for my love of motorcycles. And family. He bought his first bike in 1958. It was called a CZ I believe. It was too small for him so he traded it for a 47 Knucklehead in 1959. One beautiful day he asked if I wanted a ride. I had to sit on the gas tank since it was a single saddle and we ended up crashing into a car that ran a light. I remember he had a cut on his right knee but I was uninjured. A bystander brought me an ice cold bottle of Coke. My Dad sold the bike shortly after the accident and bought a 49 Harley.That bike was "nationalized" by the revolutionary military government.

He and my Mom came over for a visit this past weekend. I don't see them as often as I should and I feel guilty for that and worry that every time might be the last. Old age and the consequences of it are catching up to them. My dad is still sharp as a tack and he makes my wife laugh hysterically. But my Mom needs his help more and more. I admire the patience and love and dedication he has for her.My Dad last owned a bike in the 70s. A Honda CB450. I had told him about my bike but he had not seen it.I think that besides the grandkids, a major reason for the visit was to see my bike.His arms and legs are not as strong as they used to be so he could not drive it.But I could not keep him from sitting on the bike with a big, longing smile for a long time.I took the opportunity to take his picture and I want to post it here.


It really has no meaning for anyone but me. And him.



I love you Dad.

May 13, 2008

Presidental Candidates Policy On Cuba !

Hillary Clinton on Cuba
Senator Clinton's campaign has not yet submitted information about her position on Cuba.

John McCain on Cuba
Cuba & US Policy
John McCain supports the Cuban people’s quest to be free and the U.S. economic embargo on the Cuban dictatorship to deny the Castro regime the resources to continue its repression. We should increase support for the growing human rights, dissident, and civil society movement in Cuba to promote a peaceful transition to democracy. We should also continue to broadcast Radio and Television Marti, and continue to work on new innovative ways to break through the regime’s information blockage. We reject any concessions to the Castro dictatorship until democracy is restored, and Cubans are allowed to elect their own leaders and choose their own destiny.

John McCain’s Position
The U.S. should continue to pressure the Cuban regime to release all political prisoners unconditionally and to hold free and fair elections with international supervision. Unless these conditions are met, lifting the economic embargo would only serve to strengthen the Castro dictatorship and delay Cuba’s inevitable transition to democracy. John McCain has stated that the Department of Justice should also look at the evidence on an indictment of Raul Castro and other members of the regime for the murder of U.S. citizens in international waters in 1996. John McCain also strongly favors U.S. Government funding for political prisoners and their families, human rights activists, and others seeking a peaceful transition to democracy in Cuba.

Barack Obama on Cuba
Senator Obama's campaign has not yet submitted information about his position on Cuba.
The information provided comes to us from
http://candidatesoncuba.blogspot.com/

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