Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will be in Miami today — and reports are that she’s going to tackle Miami’s Cuban exile community’s historic third rail question: Should the 50-plus-year-old U.S. trade embargo on Cuba be lifted?
…Mrs. Clinton’s support for lifting the embargo reflects a political calculation about the evolution of the Cuban exile community in Miami. It has indeed evolved, which is why we support the normalization process.
But at some point there must be evolution on the other side, as well. One does not have to be a hardliner to expect a quid pro quo of some kind as this process moves forward. Simply put, Cuba hasn’t earned the embargo’s end. Far from it.
Despite months of talks between the two countries that began in December with President Obama’s announcement that relations would be normalized, we have yet to see any significant actions by the Castro regime that will benefit the United States or enhance the civil liberties and freedoms of the Cuban people.
Internally, the regime maintains the same repressive attitude that has allowed it to stay in power for decades. That includes harassment of peaceful groups like the famed Ladies in White for a series of successive Sundays, when they engage in peaceful marches. The daily arrests, acts of repudiation and censorship of any person or group that questions the official line are still in place…
At least they’re a few centrifuges short of a bomb.
Ted Rall, Los Angeles Times cartoonist, dropped after blog post appears to stretch the truth
A left-wing cartoonist’s recent depiction of a 14-year-old encounter with the LAPD has gotten him canned as a freelance contributor to the LA Times after the paper said it had “serious questions” about the accuracy of the encounter.
Ted Rall, whose illustrator’s pen has targeted the intellect of U.S. troops in Iraq and the widows of terror attack victims, was dropped by the Times after a May 11 blog post in which he said he was “roughed” up by police for jaywalking in 2001.
“An audiotape of the encounter recorded by the police officer does not back up Rall’s assertions; it gives no indication that there was physical violence of any sort by the policeman or that Rall’s license was thrown into the sewer or that he was handcuffed,”
the Times wrote on Thursday in the space above where Rall’s blog post was originally published. “Nor is there any evidence on the recording of a crowd of shouting onlookers.”
Rall “stands by his blog post,” according to the Times.
Rall defends himself in a nearly 2,500-word post on anewdomain.net, including why, when his encounter with the LAPD was over, he asked the officer for dining recommendations.
“Listening to the tape now, I can’t imagine what I was thinking,” Rall writes.
“The only explanation I can fathom is that I had classic Stockholm Syndrome. I was stunned at the time. Not that I’m comparing myself with a rape victim — far from it — but now I better understand why sometimes a raped woman will question pressing charges or call a date-rapist at home hours after he left her. I was blathering nonsense, I guess.”
Chattanooga Muslims mourning, anxious after shootings
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — As the death toll rose to five, a handful of governors ordered National Guardsmen to take up arms in response to the brazen attacks on two Tennessee military sites.
In Chattanooga, a city that prides itself on strong ties between people of different faiths, some Muslims feared the community’s perception of them had changed after the shooting rampage Thursday. A 24-year-old man and fellow Muslim killed four Marines and wounded three others, including a sailor who died Saturday from his wounds.
Mohsin Ali, a member of the Islamic Society of Greater Chattanooga, said he hoped the local community didn’t dissolve into turmoil the way others have in the region over the building of mosques and other matters. Peaceful coexistence has largely prevailed here.
“We, our kids, feel 100 percent American and Chattanoogan,” said the Pakistani-born Ali, who is a child psychiatrist. “Now they are wondering if that is how people still look at them.”
Personally, I think they should be looking at themselves…but that’s just me.
…”Every pathway to a nuclear weapon is cut off,” Obama said, claiming it provides for extensive inspections. “This deal is not built on trust. It is built on verification.”
…While some members of Congress had urged comprehensive inspections of Iran’s nuclear sites, the deal in hand gives Iran much leverage over that process. The agreement requires international inspectors to ask Iran’s permission first, after which Iran has 14 days to decide whether to grant it. If not, the same group of nations that struck the deal would have another 10 days to make their decision about what to do next. While the international group may have final say, the set-up essentially gives Iran 24 days to drag out the process, though officials say this is not enough time to hide all evidence of illicit conduct.
If EVER there was a time for the GOP majority Congress to ACT like it had a clue, I would vote for NOW.
Supt. McCarthy: Slain Boy’s Dad A ‘Ranking’ Gang Member, Not Cooperating With Authorities
Including a seven year old, precious baby boy, shot in the chest while watching fireworks.
This is ONE. Frickin’. WEEKEND. In the city.
But let’s all piss and moan about cops, as if this carnage happened every weekend at the hands of police officers, shall we? Let’s totally abrogate our responsibility as a community to look in the mirror and act, instead of blame the world for what happens in your own household, in the street in front of your house and to your children. Let’s blame every white person in the United States for the fact that the predators in your community prey on you and yours unimpeded, while the perpetual, professional victim grievance committees point everywhere but in the mirror.
No cop killed those people this weekend. Or the weekend before. Or the one before that. No confederate flag flew as they gunned down a child. And, once his family wails in anguish and the sobs subside, no one will remember that baby boy at all. Because I guarantee you, there will be another shortly to take his place.
And no one will march for them, nor will their names become a national symbol of the disgrace that this violence against each other truly is, yet many of you will jump yet again behind the usual attention whores when a police shooting goes horribly wrong. Or the rare nutcase goes on a rampage. Without ever demanding of those bombastic, self aggrandizing “leaders” of yours accountability for their absence in the face of the internecine war in your own front yard.
…document EXACTLY what they’re supposed to? Blows your County Commissioner privileged dramatic reading of a racially profiled, illegal traffic stop all to bits.
County commissioner May faces backlash after video
Escambia County Commissioner Lumon May has become the subject of considerable backlash since video of a confrontational traffic stop involving him and a Pensacola Police officer became public last week.
The video shows the commissioner yelling at the female officer to call her supervisor after she pulls him over saying his license plate number doesn’t match his vehicle. May later said he was out of line.
“Should I have allowed myself to escalate my voice? Absolutely not,” May said. “But should I have been detained? Absolutely not. I’ve got to be more sensitive and, and they’ve got to be more sensitive as well. If you make a mistake, you admit it and try to move forward to a solution.”
His windows are also tinted too dark and you’ll notice that’s NOT an apology.
Alabama teen goes on chicken massacre when mother didn’t fix his relationship, deputies say
Limestone County sheriff’s deputies say a domestic incident in Elkmont ended with several dead chickens and a young man in jail.
The charges are against 18-year-old Haden Smith. Deputies say Smith’s mother called them after he sent her threatening texts and killing her chickens. Deputies say Smith texted her Thursday morning saying he would kill a chicken every fifteen minutes unless she contacted his girlfriend’s parents and mended his relationship with his girlfriend.
EPA chief says climate change deniers not ‘normal’
The head of the Environmental Protection Agency appeared to hurl barbs at Congress on Tuesday, referring to an unnamed group of climate change “deniers” who aren’t “normal” and who won’t “carry the day” in a democracy.
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy made the comments while addressing a climate change summit at the White House Tuesday to frame the effects of global warming on public health.
…”I’ve batted my head against the wall too many times” trying to convince climate change deniers that global warming is occurring, she said. “You can have fun doing that if you want,” but “if the science hasn’t already changed their mind then it never will.”
She said she is convinced that the climate deniers will not win in the campaign to address global warming. “In a normal democracy, it is not them that carries the day,” McCarthy said. “It is normal human beings that haven’t put their stake into politics above science.”
“It’s normal human beings that want us to do the right thing,” she added. “And we will.“
Fifty years after the birth of the free speech movement at the University of California, Berkeley, officials across the UC system are encouraging faculty and students to purge mundane, potentially offensive words and phrases from their vocabularies.
Administrators want members of campus to avoid the use of racist and sexist statements, though their notions about what kinds of statements qualify are completely bonkers. “America is a melting pot,” “Why are you so quiet?” and “I believe the most qualified person should get the job,” are all phrases that should raise red flags, according to the UC speech police.
Requests for faculty to quit perpetrating these teensiest of microaggressions are thankfully just that—requests—although the fact that they come straight from the desk of UC President Janet Napolitano lends them some muscle. On January 5, Napolitano dispatched letters to UC deans and department chairs inviting them to attend seminars “to foster informed conversation about the best way to build and nurture a productive academic climate.” That’s bureaucrat-speak for learn to keep your mouths shut.
Well, ok, a lot of people do. Today’s example are these folks
Paleontologists Slam ‘Jurassic World,’ Call Movie ‘Major Step Backward For Accuracy’
WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – “Jurassic World” is poised to make monster money at the box office this weekend. And while that’s certainly good for Universal Studios, it’s a pain in the neck for another group: paleontologists.
They say while it’s good the movie series has renewed interest in dinosaurs, audiences come away with skewed ideas about how dinosaurs really lived
“You deal with these inaccuracies over and over every time you give a talk,” James Kirkland, who has been involved in the discovery of 20 dinosaurs, including the Utahraptor, told CBS News.
He would rather filmmakers focus on science, and not make people believe that a T-Rex can’t see you if you stay perfectly still or that velociraptors can open doors.
“It gets really old after a while,” Kirkland added. “If they wouldn’t do that, we wouldn’t have to deal with this. We could step to the more interesting issues like what we are discovering next.”
Are you kidding me, you pomptastic ass? Repeat after me: It’s. A. Friggin. Movie.
What’s next? The American Society of Anthropology complaining that Orcs are actually humble farmers and not the violent bloodthirsty beasts that LOTR (awash in the morass of its Gondor Privilege) portrays them as?
Public Outcry Directed At Mayor De Blasio As NYC Murder Rate Shoots Up Rev. Calvin Butts Of Harlem Warns Hizzoner Could Lose His Job If Things Don’t Improve
With murders up double digits and his crime-fighting reputation on the line, Mayor Bill de Blasio has vowed to “get a lot of guns away from the bad guys.”
But some community activists say the answer may be a return to some type of stop, question and frisk, CBS2’s Marcia Kramer reported.
Natasha Christopher was in Grand Central on Tuesday, National Violence Awareness Day, demanding action to get guns off the street, and to mourn the loss of her 14-year-old son, Akeal, who was shot in the back of the head in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
“This was the worst possible pain I have ever experienced,” Christopher said.
With murders up almost 20 percent this year, Christopher said she fears for the safety of her two other sons. She wants the killing to stop.
“They need to bring back stop and frisk, but they need to find a better way to implement it,” Christopher said
In a note to the New York black community, who were most vociferous AGAINST this policy (helping to elect anti-SAF champion DeBlasio) and have suddenly changed their minds: be careful what you agitate for. The consequences of receiving EXACTLY what you wanted are FAR MORE DEVASTATING than finding a way to improve something that was PROVEN EFFECTIVE, and your children were safer than they’d ever been.
George Stephanopoulos discloses $50,000 contribution to Clinton Foundation
ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos has given $50,000 to the Clinton Foundation in recent years, charitable contributions that he did not publicly disclose while reporting on the Clintons or their non-profit organization, the On Media blog has learned.
In both 2013 and 2014, Stephanopoulos made a $25,000 donation to the 501 nonprofit founded by former president Bill Clinton, the Foundation’s records show. Stephanopoulos never disclosed this information to viewers, even when interviewing author Peter Schweizer last month about his book “Clinton Cash,” which alleges that donations to the Foundation may have influenced some of Hillary Clinton’s actions as Secretary of State.
In a statement to the On Media blog on Thursday, Stephanopoulos apologized and said that he should have disclosed the donations to ABC News and its viewers.
Now, about those Presidential debates…
ths updates: What Stephanopoulas MEANT to say was
“I gave the Clintons SEVENTY FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS. My bad. SO I’ll be a sport and not moderate the GOP Primary debate, mm’kay?”
And he apparently ripped the author of Clinton Cash a new one his show 3 weeks ago withOUT divulging how he’d contributed to the “cash” himself.
WASHINGTON — People who suddenly run from police can be stopped and questioned, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday, even if officers have no other reason to suspect them of wrongdoing.
An “unprovoked flight” when an officer or a police car approaches is suspicious behavior, the court said. And officers are free to make “common-sense judgments” when deciding whether to stop a fleeing suspect.
Who knew? But SHE’S the ‘authority’, so so ought to have.
Source: Baltimore mayor ordered police to stand down
Despite a firm denial by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, a senior law enforcement source charges that she gave an order for police to stand down as riots broke out Monday night, raising more questions about whether some of the violence and looting could have been prevented.
The source, who is involved in the enforcement efforts, confirmed to Fox News there was a direct order from the mayor to her police chief Monday night, effectively tying the hands of officers as they were pelted with rocks and bottles.
Asked directly if the mayor was the one who gave that order, the source said:
“I made it very clear that I work with the police and instructed them to do everything that they could to make sure that the protesters were able to exercise their right to free speech,” Rawlings-Blake said. “It’s a very delicate balancing act. Because while we try to make sure that they were protected from the cars and other things that were going on, we also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well. And we worked very hard to keep that balance and to put ourselves in the best position to de-escalate.”
What The Hell.
Since the looting seems to be an officially sanctioned and approved City Hall community activity, I hope that ever single person who lost property sues the Mayor and city government for restoration.