Wednesday, October 28, 2015

La Engañadora - Orquesta de Enrique Jorrin - (Date: 1953)

El Manicero

Orquesta Casino - 1930

Orquesta Aragon - 1960's

¿Manisero o manicero?

The Historic Vote Yesterday

On the Cuba blockade issue the USA has no friends around the world, only its lackey Israel.

Cuba does not need to modify its U.N. General Assembly resolution. It is a country which does not accept orders from the Yankee imperialists anymore. That ended on January First, 1959.

The fact that, for the first time, there were no abstentions, is very significant.


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The Cuba vote at the U.N. Is it time to expel the USA from the General Assembly of the U.N., or is it time to impose sanctions on the government of the USA?

October 27, 2015

The United Nations General Assembly today repudiated again the USA over its continuation of the Cuba blockade/embargo. The Yankee imperialists are totally isolated.

For the twenty fourth consecutive year, the U.N. General Assembly, by a vote of 191 yes, 2 no (USA and its lackey, Israel) and 0 abstentions,  approved overwhelmingly the resolution introduced by the Republic of Cuba which is titled “The necessity of putting an end to the economic and financial blockade which the U.S.A. imposes upon Cuba.”

Message to the U.S. Congress: it is time to replace your non-functioning batteries in your very clearly ineffective hearing aids. The world has repudiated you on the Cuba issue one more time. You lack morals and ethics.

Do you want “normal” diplomatic relations with Cuba? Lift and end the blockade! Do you want to be respected and admired? Return the illegally U.S. occupied naval base in Guantánamo!

The Yankee imperialists have ordered the Israeli Zionist Jews to vote against the Cuba resolution.

Cuba ought to take the USA government to the International Criminal Court of Justice in The Hague.

Cuba's Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodiriguez, is speaking right now at the U.N. General Assembly

11:48.- Bruno Rodríguez, Ministro de Relaciones Exteriores de Cuba: Obama reconoció que el bloqueo de Cuba ha fracasado, provoca daños al pueblo cubano y aislamiento al pueblo norteamericano. El presidente norteamericano se ha comprometido a trabajar por la eliminación del bloqueo.

11:53.- Bruno Rodríguez: La exclusión de Cuba de la lista de países promotores del terrorismo no ha modificado en nada la aplicación del bloqueo.

12:03.-IMPACTO: El 13 de noviembre de 2014, la OFAC impuso una multa de 2 millones 57 mil 540 dólares a la compañía estadounidense ESCO Corporation (ESCO) con sede en Portland, Oregón, debido a que entre noviembre de 2007 y junio de 2011, una subsidiaria de ESCO compró briquetas fabricadas con níquel de origen cubano.

12:07.- Bruno Rodríguez expresa la gratitud al pueblo norteamericano. Pero mientras el bloqueo persista seguiremos presentando esta resolución. El puebla cubano no renunciará a sus logros de independencia y soberanías.

Cuba at the U.N. General Assembly Today

Cuba's Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, on the left side

Solidarity with Cuba in today's vote at the U.N. General Asembly.


Minuto a Minuto: El Mundo Contra el Bloqueo

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Friday, October 23, 2015

Pio Leyva ~ Congas Orientales

Is the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives just a bunch of idiots or are they smoking marijuana before they pass legislation and/or resolutions?

Look what is being reported by Bloomberg:

Core of Obamacare Would Be Repealed in Bill Passed by U.S. House of Representatives

House Republicans voted Friday to repeal Obamacare’s core provisions and strip federal funds from Planned Parenthood, using an expedited process designed to send those proposals to President Barack Obama’s desk for the first time.

The 240-189 vote forwards the measure to the Senate, where Republicans could bypass Democratic opposition and send the bill to the president. Obama would veto it, though, and Democrats have enough votes to block an override.


JG: The fanatical right-wingers in the U.S. House of Representatives, whom includes my Congressman, wannabe leader of the Freedom Caucus, Daniel Webster, should wake up and smell the roses. This is not going to go anywhere.

It would be vetoed by the President and you would not be able to override since you do not control two thirds of the House or the Senate.

Pio Leyva ~ A La Pelota Con Carlota (A Cuban Classic. One of My Favorites)

Sign of the Times

Bernie for POTUS in 2016

Super Hurricane Patricia Threatens Mexico

Photo: NOAA

Rock N Roll Pop Superhits Of The 50s 60s and 70s

The Very Sad Story of Decadent USA

First came the decline and fall of the Holy Roman Empire.

But Homo Stupidus does not learn from the mistakes of previous advanced civilizations. There have been many empires before the Roman empire. All eventually disintegrated from decay from within. The same thing is happening now within the USA.

It is hard to pinpoint when the decline and fall of the American empire began. For me it started on March 10, 1952 in Cuba. It was a few days before I would become 8 years old.

The fully developed American Empire to the north was in full bloom back then. It would then start a large number of wars throughout the planet to expand the imperialism of capitalism in the USA. Self serving politicians would proclaim: “We are going to bring democracy to the world.” But corrupt and greedy capitalism is not a synonym for democracy.

The Americans did not learn the lesson from what happened in Cuba after they installed a pliant puppet. The “democracy” that they imposed in the island collapsed totally on January 1, 1959.

My family and myself were cruel victims of a nefarious CIA operation called “Operation Peter Pan.”

I ended up in Camp Matecumbe in November 18, 1961, and later on, in beautiful Portland, Oregon in the spring of 1962.

Back then the USA was a very prosperous country. It had a manufacturing based economy. Prices in the economy were reasonable. Wages were better that in the banana republics of Central America.

Then, the capitalist elites who run the country came up with the very bright idea of offshoring the manufacturing jobs to cheap labor countries like China, Mexico and others.

That is when the decline and decadence in the USA started. Ghettos started to pop up all over in the USA. Criminal activities multiplied ten fold.

Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia.

Decay set-in in the United States of America.

The politicians in the USA (Democrats and Republicans) spend all their time now hurling verbal bombs at each other, (i. e. The Benghazi Committee is the most current chapter.) They are not able to govern the country anymore. Economic crisis pop-up regularly. The next one comes in November.

The politicians favorite past-time now is “Quitate tu, pa' ponerme yo.” (Move out of the way, I want the gravy now.)

The USA has gone from a country where you could purchase a house for $16,000.00 to one where you have to have at least $200,00.00 to acquire one. The so-called American Dream has been assassinated.

The capitalist billionaires and millionaires and the corrupt politicians of the two major political parties have prospered immensely. Income inequity has shot to the highest levels ever. A job at McDonald's flipping burgers does not make for a great nation anymore.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Those sanctimonious Republicans in the Benghazi Committee. FUCK THEM ALL, HILLARY! Pee on their Martinis!

Where were they in 2008 when their buddies in Wall Street were plunging the nation into the most calamitous economic disaster since the Great Depression?

He who is without KAKA should throw the first stone! And don't forget to bring your Bibles, sanctimonious Pharisees.

The Republican Party STINKS to high heaven!

And that stupid billionaire clown with corn hair will never be president of the United States. The American people are not stupid. The GOP is composed of the most corrupt politicians money can buy!

We need Bernie Sanders for President. Bring the big BROOM of Democratic Socialism.


The arrogance ot the Obama Administration regarding the Cuba Blockade/Embargo continues 24/7, unabated.

This is what the is reporting:

Obama administration to oppose the U.N. resolution which criticizes the Cuba Blockade/Embargo.

The Obama administration has concluded that it must oppose a UN resolution criticizing the US economic embargo against Cuba, an American official familiar with the process said on Wednesday, because the draft in its current form does not fully reflect the new spirit of engagement between the former cold war foes.


Now I get to jump in my soap box for my rant!

JG: the only thing that the Barack Obama administration excels at is constantly throwing temper tantrums regarding anything and everything.

He ignores the fact that his executive powers are constitutionally limited.

When is he going to realize that he is not the emperor or ruler of the universe?
Barack Obama forgets that for 22 years in a row the U.N. General Assembly has overwhelmingly repudiated the Blockade/Embargo of Cuba. Even all the NATO nations have abandoned both Dubbya and Obama. The USA is totally isolated on the Cuba issue. The rest of the civilized world is nearly unanimous. Only the Israeli Zionists vote with  their masters, the USA.

Cuba is a sovereign country and does not have to jump through the hoops demanded by this arrogant person who lives in the White House.

The vote will take place on October 27th at the General Assembly, where his majesty, Barack Obama, does not have veto powers.

If he does not like the resolution being presented by the Republic of Cuba, Barack Obama and his thugs can go and suck on an egg.

If the government of Raul Castro accedes to the "modifications" that the emperor demands, it can only be interpreted as a total abandonment of Cuba's national sovereignty.

The "new spirit of engagement" does not mean that Cuba has to kiss the ass of Barack Obama.

I hope that Raul Castro IS NOT that desperate.

And, of course, the U.S. Congress is as bad, or worse than Barack Obama, when it comes to the Cuba Blockade/Embargo. No wonder that only 13% of Americans say that the U.S. Congress is doing a good job.

Monday, October 19, 2015

An irresponsible "news" report from from SunTan U in Miami, Florida

The University of Miami's Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies on Tuesday issued what it called an unconfirmed report from an unspecified source that Cuban troops had been spotted in Syria "in support of Syria’s dictator Assad and Russian involvement in that country." (Newsweek)

JG: In April 1961, the Yankee imperialists, after its Miami mercenaries had landed at the Bay of  Pigs in Cuba, reported by means of Radio Swan (a CIA operated radio station in the Caribbean) that the Havana Hilton was in flames.

The above SunTan U report about Cuban Troops in Syria is probably another invention of the fantasy-land people who work for the government of the USA. The CIA fairies are at work again!

Of course, the gullible right-wingers at Babalu Blog gave it prominent display in the rag-sheet that they peddle.

Cuba Says It Didn't Send Soldiers to Syria to Bolster Assad

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Buena Vista Social Club performs at the White House

Taken from the Cuban Embassy in Washington’s Twitter account.
This Thursday, October 15, the legendary group Buena Vista Social Club, performed for the first time in the White House, after conquering stages around the world. The musicians received various ovations from almost 400 guests, among them President Barack Obama and Cuban Ambassador in Washington, José Cabañas, performing the same repertory which has seen them reap numerous international awards, featuring greatly relevant songs which capture the spirit of Cuba’s musical tradition.
Thus the members of Buena Vista Social Club became the first Cuban based musicians to perform in the White House. During the recital, organized by President Obama, the band played some of the most popular pieces from its repertory, such as “Chan Chan,” “Veinte años,” and “El cuarto de Tula,” according to reports by the accredited press in Washington.
One of the protagonists of the event was 84 year old Buena Vista diva Omara Portuondo, who on various occasions thanked the audience in English for their applause and invited the public to sing along to hits like “Quizás, quizás, quizás.” During the concert, organized in the context of activities to celebrate Spanish Heritage Month, Omara was accompanied by many of her compañeros such as singer and guitarist Eliades Ochoa; lute player Barbarito To­rres; trumpeter Manuel “El Guajiro” Mi­rabal and trombonist Jesús “Aguaje” Ramos.
Buena Vista arrived at the White House during its Adiós (Farewell) World tour, which will see them bid farewell to the stage for the last time, but as we have learned over the years, you never know with Buena Vista.

(Source: Granma)


Expresión Latina: (2014) Arturo O'Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra

US Governors Ask Congress to Lift the Embargo on Cuba

Republicans and Democrats alike say they want businesses in their state to have access to the Cuban market.

Nine governors across the United States have asked the U.S. Congress to lift the blockade against Cuba in order to facilitate increased trade between the two countries.

"It's time for the Congress to act and remove the sanctions that prevent the normal trade between our country and Cuba," the governors wrote in a letter dated October 9.

The message was addressed to the leadership of both the Republicans and Democrats in Congress.

The governors say they are driven by an interest in gaining access to the Cuban market for agricultural products produced in their states. “Ending the embargo will create jobs here at home, especially in rural America, and will create new opportunities for U.S. agriculture,” they wrote.

The letter also expressed support for U.S. President Barack Obama's policy toward Cuba, which has led to the restoration of diplomatic relations.


JG: The Babalusians at their blog are going to have cagaleras.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

We give the Pentagon a 600 billion dollars budget, and this is the best they can do?

WASHINGTON (AP) — The deadly American attack on a hospital in northern Afghanistan occurred despite "rigorous" U.S. military procedures designed to avoid such mistakes, the top commander of U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan said Tuesday. (Yahoo News)

JG: Wars are the monthly welfare checks for generals who do not know what they are doing, and are mostly very incompetent. If there is ever again a government shutdown, the first workers who should be furloughed are the Pentagon generals. 

Oregon's hallmark legislation, Death With Dignity Act, keeps on gaining supporters. Californians enact it.

I am very glad that I was one of the many thousands of volunteers when I was living in Oregon who worked very hard, two times, first to pass it and then to successfully defeat repeal efforts.

The New York Times published today an article that is worth reading.

Here is the link to the article.

A penny for your thoughts!

Why is the world so fucked-up?

Wars, terrorism, daily gun massacres, crooked politicians! Where is the end?

Please don't tell me that Jesus is the answer. If he were to return to the current state of affairs, the poor fellow would have a heart attack!

Ah! But there is hope. That is the reason for living. Once you lose all hope, your life is over. We have to keep on trucking!

Carry on and do no harm to others. That is the only successful formula for living.

An organization named is badly misinformed about Cuba.

JG: they claim, or invent, that Cuba's internet is so bad (in their opinion) that Cubans had to "invent" their own version. The outfit appears to have a right-wing bent, which is very common in hyper-capitalist USA. Skip and ignore.

Cuba Debate in Tampa Bay

Al Fox and Ralph Fernandez both have plenty of Cuban connections in their background but like many Americans are an ocean apart on their views of how the United States should deal with the island nation.

The two Tampa men faced off in a debate Monday night on the current relationship between the U.S. and Cuba. The Tiger Bay Club, a local nonpartisan political organization, sponsored the event, which focused on the effects of the relaxing travel and trade restrictions between the U.S. and Cuba that are being promoted by the Obama administration. (

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Hurricane Joaquin could be a threat to the Northeast of the USA

So, the Federal Government stays "open" till December 11. What an irresponsible way to run a country!

The American people are very clear, when the various public opinion polls ask the key question: "the country is going in the wrong direction."

The U.S Congress has a 14% approval rating. Much worse than Obama.

We have self-servicing politicians who only care about themselves and their careers. The mountains of accumulated debts keep on growing, both for the government and for corporate America.

Kick the can down the road. Keep ignoring the mounting problems. Formula for disasters to come.

Benie Sanders is honest and nice, but aren't we forgetting something?

The Democratic Party is 100% capitalist. They will  never nominate someone who is a Socialist and who has good principles which would greatly help the working-class. Too much corruption in both Democrats and Republicans.

Bernie Sanders should have run as an independent socialist. The Democrats will never help him. In the end they will go into the minority ghettos and start buying votes, as they normally do.

USPS to issue Charlie Brown Xmas stamps today

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