The inspiration for “A Christmas Carol”

A Christmas Carol
December 19, 2014 Suddenly John


The year was 1843 and Charles Dickens just read a Parliamentary Report on the realities of child labor in the factories of Victorian England. When he read it, he became deeply disturbed. He felt inside of him he had to do something. He got out his quill pen and wrote a letter to one of the commissioners. In the letter, he told the commissioner that he was planning to publish a pamphlet entitled, “An Appeal to the People of England, on behalf of the Poor Man’s Child.” A few days after he wrote the letter, he sent the commissioner another letter. In that letter, he told the same commissioner that he planned not to write a pamphlet.

I am not at liberty to explain them any further, just now; but rest assured that when you know them, and see what I do, and where, and how, you will certainly feel that a Sledge hammer has come down with twenty times the force — twenty thousand times the force — I could exert by following out my first idea.

The “Sledge Hammer” that Dickens told the commissioner he was about to write was “The Christmas Carol.” He was so eager to write it that for six weeks he worked non stop on it. It would be on December 17, 1843, that Dickens had it published even at his own expense.

I have endeavored in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me. May it haunt their houses pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it.

Their faithful Friend and Servant,

C. D.

December, 1843.

Little does one know that the Christmas Carol was just one of the many public and private efforts by Dickens to bring about social reforms. He did prison visits, charity drives, promotion of the so-called “Ragged Schools” for the poor, cash for a fired worker, or a child’s education. His disgust with the “blinkered conceit of the privileged classes was genuine and lifelong.” In one of his many letters, he wrote about the:

Sleek, slobbering, bow-paunched, over-fed, apoplectic, snorting cattle” with whom he was forced to eat a charity dinner; in that, he predicts dire consequences for their “stupendous ignorance of what is passing out of doors.

The merchants, bankers, or businessmen began to revile Dickens in the worst way. They gave him a nickname as “Mr. Popular Sentiment ” and scoffed at the naive politics of his novels, calling them the “gospel of geniality.’

However, as much as they hated him, they still bought his book. The very first day 6,000 copies of the book were sold. When Dickens found out about this, he had high hopes that his book would raise awareness for the plight of the poor. He also hoped that the sales of the books would do something about his own poverty. The costs to publish the books was so high that even though he sold so many copies, he had saw very little profit. Dickens even had to pay to contest people that pirated his book.

Dickens would make very little money in the publishing of the book. Where Dickens made his money was in staging the play in theaters; plays which Dickens loved to perform. His children talked about Dickens testing the dialogue of his novels aloud in front of the mirror. He even had a room made in the house that he had converted to a theater for the staging of family plays.

Because many of the poor people could not afford his book and could not read, he did charity readings of the “Carol.” There readings were his gift to the working classes and his message to their employers. He felt he had to do them because he wanted:

A little fireside chat for four thousand “, an embodiment of his cross-class, Christmas ideal of “conviviality” and good will.

He took the charitable readings very seriously. At Bradford in England, he saw chairs that were set up on the stage for the mayor and local dignitaries. He insisted that the chairs be removed. Queen Victoria requested a private reading be done of the “Carol” at Buckingham Palace. Dickens “politely” refused as he would only do his readings of “A Carol” before mixed audiences.

For fifteen years, Dickens took his one man show on the road. Even if it was not the Christmas season, Dickens would still stage the play across England and America. Newspaper reviews and private letters stated how “professional, lucrative, and moving” each of his performances were.

His last reading of A Christmas Carol was three months before he died. At that performance, there was a huge crowd that had filled St. James Hall in London. Even though Dickens was very ill and weak, he still dressed like a gentleman. The audience applauded before, during and after his final performance. When he took his final bow, he said that he hoped to keep writing:

…But from these garish lights I vanish now for evermore, with a heartfelt, grateful, respectful, and affectionate farewell.

And this time, wrote his son, he did cry — to “A storm of cheering as I have never seen equalled in my life.”

What was his favorite line from a Christmas Carol?

“…and to Tiny Tim who did NOT die…”

When the audience always heard that line, they erupted in “A most prodigious shout and role of thunder.” When Dickens heard that applause, he was always moved to tears.

Image by Jim, The Photographer. Creative Commons 2.0.

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Judge to weigh stopping amnesty in its tracks, hearing on preliminary injunction scheduled Monday

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Dec 21, 2914 by Bob Unruh

A federal judge already has declared President Obama’s amnesty program is unconstitutional, and now a second member of the federal judiciary is scheduled to hold a hearing Monday on a request for a preliminary injunction that would halt it in its tracks.

U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell is scheduled to hold a hearing on a request by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio to halt President Obama’s amnesty program while the legal arguments over its future continue. Testimony submitted to the federal court in Washington by the plaintiff points out there would be no injury from waiting, because current federal law still would be in force.

“The court should grant plaintiff’s motion and enter a preliminary injunction that, during the pendency of this suit, orders defendants to cease and desist and not initiate the plans for executive actions directed by the president to DHS and his attorney general,” explained a submission filed by attorney Larry Klayman of FreedomWatch on behalf of Arpaio.

“This will work no harm to defendants, as the status quo of existing law enacted by Congress will be preserved. It is not right or just that the president and the other defendants circumvent the will of the people in our republic, simply because they believe that the new Congress will not [toe] the line to their goals for immigration reform,” he wrote.

Arpaio’s lawsuit against Obama’s amnesty program was filed only hours after Obama announced the plan in November.

Howell already has sided with Arpaio in one dispute by ordering a fast track for case arguments and hearings.

Two Justice Department lawyers representing Obama in the case had asked for the deadline for their initial response to be delayed until late January. But the judge ordered it submitted immediately and then scheduled Monday’s hearing.

The reason for the request for a preliminary injunction is that Obama’s memos already have gone out. WND reported Arpaio’s complaint argues the timing is crucial, because the government already is pouring resources into meeting the orders, and the offer of amnesty likely will draw a whole new flood of illegal aliens.

The president’s decision, Klayman wrote, “orders direct DHS personnel including the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and ICE to immediately suspend enforcement of immigration laws with regard to any who appear to be eligible for the new deferred action programs, even though such persons might not yet be able to apply for formal recognition.”

The instructions also tell law enforcement officials to “immediately” begin identifying those who could be given the special benefit.

Klayman also argued that the federal government already has leased office space and begun the process of hiring 1,000 new workers to process the illegal aliens through Obama’s amnesty program.

All of those actions would be for nothing if a court rules that the program doesn’t meet the Constitution’s requirements, he wrote.

“By contrast if the implementation is simply delayed until a court decision, there will be no such harm,” he said.

In the latest submission to the federal court, in preparation for Monday’s hearing, Klayman contended that while Justice Department attorneys have portrayed the disagreement as “an abstract policy disagreement,” it’s actually not.

“The executive branch has no legislative authority to set policy other than by employing the authority delegated to it by Congress,” the filing argues, and Obama’s moves violated the Administrative Procedures Act.

“It is not an abstract policy [dis]agreement whether the APA has been violated or followed,” he wrote. “By arguing this is merely policy disagreement, defendants confess that their actions are ultra vires, in violation of the U.S. Constitution and the underlying substantive statutes.”

The brief explained: “Defendants are compelled under law enacted by Congress to remove illegal aliens. The defendants’ unconstitutional executive actions illegally contravene current law to relieve the executive branch from the obligation imposed by congressional enactment. Therefore, enjoining the defendants’ programs would leave in place current law, under which they are indeed compelled to deport nationals of foreign countries unlawfully present in the country.”

Klayman explained that under current law, Arpaio will turn over to the DHS illegal aliens who commit crimes in his county to be deported.

“By contrast, under the defendants’ new executive actions, those persons will not be subject to deportation. Therefore, they will serve out their criminal sentences in Plaintiff Arpaio’s jails, costing his office enormous time and expense,” Klayman argued.

The ruling that the amnesty program is unconstitutional came just this week from a federal judge in Pennsylvania.

“President Obama’s unilateral legislative action violates the separation of powers provided for in the United States Constitution as well as the Take Care Clause, and therefore, is unconstitutional,” said U.S. District Judge Arthur J. Schwab.

The judge noted Obama “contended that although legislation is the most appropriate course of action to solve the immigration debate, his executive action was necessary because of Congress’s failure to pass legislation, acceptable to him, in this regard.

“This proposition is arbitrary and does not negate the requirement that the November 20, 2014, executive action be lawfully within the president’s executive authority,” the judge wrote. “It is not.”

Quoting from a previous precedent, the judge said that in the “framework of our Constitution, the president’s power to see that the laws are faithfully executed refutes the idea that he is to be a lawmaker.”

“The Constitution limits his functions in the lawmaking process to the recommending of laws he thinks wise and the vetoing of laws he thinks bad,” Schwab said.

The judge said Obama’s contention that Congress had not worked in his time frame was largely irrelevant.

Arpaio’s lawsuit over Obama’s amnesty program was filed only hours after Obama announced the plan.

http://www.wnd.com/2014/12/judge-to-weigh-stopping-amnesty-in-its-tracks/


Related previous post on this posts on this blog

http://reclaimourrepublic.wordpress.com/2014/12/17/video-court-executive-amnesty-unconstitutional-cruz-lee-point-of-order-gop-est-you-are-an-idiot-another-american-revolution/

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VIDEO FBI Issues Warning: Black Prison Gang Is Targeting White Cops – Truth About the NYPD Murders

-NYPD Cop Killer Inspired by ISIS?
-The FBI issued a warning Friday that the Black Guerilla Family prison was plotting to attack white police officers in the state
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December 21, 2014 by Kristinn Taylor | Gateway Pundit December 21, 2014 |

The Federal Bureau of Investigations field office in Baltimore, Maryland issued a warning Friday that the Black Guerilla Family prison was plotting to attack white police officers in the state.

The Baltimore Sun included the report of the threat in an article on the Maryland ties to the execution of two police officers, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, in New York City Saturday afternoon by Ismaaiyl Abdulah Brinsley.
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Brinsley reportedly shot his girlfriend early Saturday morning in the Baltimore suburb of Owings Mills before he headed to New York. Neither of the slain New York officers was white.

Apparently the Sun has the exclusive on the threat, but buried it in the middle of the lengthy article. The Baltimore FBI has not released the information to the public.

“On Friday, the Baltimore FBI office issued a memo that the Black Guerrilla Family gang was targeting “white cops” in Maryland, an agency spokeswoman confirmed. The memo, circulating among officers, said a contact who had given reliable information in the past said members of the gang — connected to the high-profile corruption scandal at the Baltimore City Detention Center — were planning to target white officers to “send a message.”

“A federal law enforcement official said Brinsley had no known ties to the BGF.”

Earlier this month the New York Daily News reported the BGF was plotting to attack New York City police officers. The threat was soon allegedly deemed not credible by the NYPD.

The News also reported Saturday night that investigators were headed to Baltimore to explore possible ties between Brinsley and the BGF.

“The cold-blooded cop-hater who gunned down two police officers in Brooklyn on Saturday is suspected of being a member of a notorious prison gang that has declared open season on the NYPD.

“Detectives were headed to Baltimore on Saturday night to probe Ismaaiyl Brinsley’s ties to the Black Guerrilla Family, sources told the Daily News.

“One source said Baltimore police were already investigating Brinsley’s connection to the gang, which started in California’s San Quentin Prison in the 1960s by Black Panther member George Jackson.

““BGF has been talking about getting back at cops for Eric Garner and Ferguson,” a source told The News, citing intelligence intercepted in Baltimore area prisons.”

“There also was another reported threat. On Nov. 25, the NYPD spokesman said then, a police department outside of New York received a threat through an anonymous 911 call. The call, which was made to the Baltimore police department, threatened violent retribution against “cops” but did not name a specific department, according to a police source.”

The News added background on the BGF having corrupted corrections officers in Baltimore:

“Last year Baltimore law enforcement officials cracked down on the BGF’s stranglehold on the Baltimore City Detention Center because the gang was extorting people, intimidating witnesses and dealing drugs with help from correction officers. An investigation led to the arrest of two inmates and five corrections officers on charges of extortion, witness intimidation and drug dealing in the city jail.”

http://www.infowars.com/fbi-issues-warning-black-prison-gang-is-targeting-white-cops/


The Truth About the NYPD Murders
Media’s role in whipping up contrived race war narrative partly to blame for tragedy
December 21, 2014 by Paul Joseph Watson |

The media’s role in whipping up a contrived narrative based around racism and cop-hating in the aftermath of the Michael Brown verdict was a key contributing factor in the murder of two NYPD officers.

NYPD Cop Killer Inspired by ISIS?

http://www.infowars.com/the-truth-about-the-nypd-murders/

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Dump Boehner NOW Over 400,000 messages to House GOP, ‘I’m in,’ ‘Ready for revolution,’ ‘Do it’

Americans unhappy with business as usual, demanding the change they voted for
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Dec 21, 2014



Shortly after American voters in the midterms expanded the GOP majority in the U.S. House and gave the party a control over the U.S. Senate, tossing Democrat Sen. Harry Reid from his leadership post, there was little fanfare as House GOP members renewed their leadership team, including Speaker John Boehner.

But heading into the first weekend after a “Don’t be Yellow: Dump Boehner Now Campaign” was launched, more than 400,000 messages are being lined up to deliver to House GOP members when the y convene in the new year.

The voters are telling House members to reject Boehner and elect new leadership.

The 400,000 letters are being facilitated through the “Don’t be Yellow: Dump Boehner Now Campaign” effort launched by WND CEO Joseph Farah.

In a commentary in the Washington Times, tea party activist Judson Phillips, without mentioning the campaign to remove Boehner, suggested Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., as a replacement for Boehner.

“On Jan. 3, a new Congress begins and one of the first orders of business in the House of Representatives is to pick a new speaker. The conventional wisdom is Mr. Boehner will be re-elected speaker. That may well happen and if it does it will be a disaster for the Republican Party,” he wrote. “The conservative base of the party is pretty much in open revolt and without the base, the losses of 2006 and 2008 will seem mild compared to what is coming in 2016.”

Phillips wrote Boehner “cannot lead” and “will not fight.”

“The Republicans will have 247 members in the next Congress. If 30 of these members vote against Mr. Boehner, he will not have the majority he needs to be elected speaker. At that point, anything is possible, including Mr. Boehner stepping aside. Every conservative should spend the time between now and Jan. 3 calling their Republican representatives and telling them to vote for Marsha Blackburn instead of John Boehner.”

At left-leaning MSNBC, there was a sudden defense of Boehner.

“Boehner will prevail, and this new round of chatter, like the previous rounds of chatter, will amount to nothing,” wrote Steve Benen.

And at the Buzzfeed blog there was a discussion the 16 to 18 Republicans who already plan to challenge Boehner’s re-election as speaker.

“Right now, I’ve been meeting with a small group, and we – about 16, 18 – and we’re hoping to have a name of a sitting members of Congress that we can call out their name,” said Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C. “I’ve already said I cannot vote in good conscience for John Boehner.”

Whatever impact the letters are having, or will have, they certainly will get the attention of members of the House.

At about two inches per 500-page ream, there’s already a stack of letters more than 13 stories tall destined for House GOP members.

“While the news cycle has forgotten about Boehner’s betrayal of Republican voters in November, the grass-roots electorate has not,” said Farah.

“Even while Americans are busy Christmas shopping and getting ready for the holiday season, they are angry enough at the Republican establishment to put their money where their mouth is – investing in this unusual lobbying effort to wake up House members as to the state of their leadership crisis,” said Farah.

“Will Republican House members respond in January? At the very least, they won’t be able to ignore the deluge of mail that awaits them,” he said.

Another warning that the GOP needs to stand up came from outgoing Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., who recently was profiled at the conclusion of her service in the House.

She said the GOP majority needs to fulfill its promise to voters.

“Ask yourself, would the GOP have voted to fund Obama’s illegal amnesty the week before the pivotal 2014 elections?” she said. “Not in this universe.

“Republican congressional leadership need to open their eyes and ears and listen to the voters who gave them historic access to power some six short weeks ago.”

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Farah believes the most effective method of reaching out to Congress is individual letters to members.

His plan lets constituents send letters to all GOP members of the U.S. House through one quick online transaction.

“You can order your letters sent today, and they will be ready for delivery when the new Congress reconvenes in January. It would be great to see thousands or, better yet, tens of thousands flooding in that first week. That will make an impression that cannot be ignored by Republican members of the House,” he said.

“I’m excited. Now it’s up to you. I’ve already ordered my letters. I’ve even secured the domain names DumpBoehnerCampaign.com and DumpBoehnerNow.com for social media dissemination. Tell your friends,” he wrote.

Recruit your friends, neighbors, and fellow commuters to the “Don’t Be Yellow: Dump Boehner Now” campaign with this exclusive bumper sticker.

The letter explains to members of the U.S. House that two issues have “prompted Americans to turn in droves to the Republican Party in November 2014 – Barack Obama’s blatantly unconstitutional executive action to provide amnesty to millions of illegal aliens, and the deliberately deceptive restructuring of America’s health-care system through Obamacare, which threatens to unravel the greatest health delivery system in the world.”

Pointing out that Republicans before the election “solemnly vowed to STOP this lame-duck president,” the letter states: “Now you have the power, right and duty to stop him.

“But it won’t happen with John Boehner leading you. You know this to be true. The trillion-dollar budget deal is just the latest proof that Boehner is not capable of leading the House to victory during this critical period.”

It calls on members to replace him.

On Twitter, the hashtags #BoehnerMustGo and #DumpBoehner were surging, and other commentators, while not adopting the specific letter-writing campaign, agreed with the goal.

At the American Thinker blog, editorialist Layne Hansen wrote, “It is time to stop thinking of John Boehner and the rest of the Republican congressional leadership as being cowardly and recognize them for what they are: part of The Ruling Class that believes it has the right to tell the rest of us how to live.

“The current GOP leadership has got to go; this has ceased to be an arguable point. We cannot count on these people to do what is right. Conservatives did not give them majorities in both chambers for them to keep playing the same game,” he wrote.

At RedState.com, Editor Erick Erickson also delivered a “no-other-options” message.

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“House conservatives must summon the courage to oppose Boehner’s nomination on the floor in January. It is a moral imperative. You cannot consistently complain about leadership’s many failures – and the treachery involved with a speaker fresh off a successful wave election conspiring with President Obama to fund amnesty and enjoy a celebratory phone call in the aftermath – and then vote for him to continue in this role. To paraphrase Albert Einstein, that is the definition of insanity, and it is enabled by a vote for Rep. John Boehner,” he wrote.

Farah noted that the launch of the program rivals the historic “Pink Slip Campaign” in 2010 that generated some 9.5 million letters to Congress.

“Americans are angry about Boehner’s betrayal of the voters who gave him a bigger majority in the House and Republicans control of the Senate. This could prove to be Boehner’s undoing,” he said.

Farah said, “From previous campaigns we know this approach prompts members to talk about the boxes of letters that are coming into their offices each day. And that’s exactly what we want to do with the DUMP BOEHNER CAMPAIGN – a grass-roots lobbying effort that can channel your outrage into effective and meaningful action.”

He said what can be guaranteed is that members “will see, hear and feel your participation in it.”

“We saw the same thing in 2010,” recalled Farah. “People were angry then. They may be angrier now. It is as if elections have no consequences when Republicans vote.”

A sampling of just how upset people are has been posted online, with abundant promises of “I’m in,” and “Do it.”http://www.wnd.com/2014/12/im-in-ready-for-revolution-do-it/

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The Constitution Is The Rule Of Law In America

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December 18, 2014 by General Gonzo S. Patton

The Constitution is the rule of law in America. The rule of law says that the United States of America is a representative republic, except it is not. No law should be debated behind closed doors in Congress, which is why there are subcommittees. But, when a group of tyrants take it upon themselves to meet in secret, beyond the reach of the public record, outside of the appropriate subcommittees, while involving big labor and big business, not only is the rule of law at stake, so is liberty. I have come to expect the Democrats to not follow the rule of law, and the last few years the GOP has joined them.

Squishes like John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and John Boehner have come to represent all that is wrong with the GOP. They are part of the establishment, much like Karl Rove who tried to create his own establishment version of a grass roots movement, Grover Norquist who has assisted the Muslim Brotherhood, and those who co-opted the Tea Party movement. However, seeing Marco Rubio join them, one of the so-called, “Young Guns” of the GOP, shows just how easily a “Conservative” can become a squish, a party tool. This should alarm the Democrats too.

If both parties are getting together, cutting backroom deals, ignoring the rule of law, it may favor the Left now, but sooner or later the winds of change will blow cold and those on the Right will become favored. Tyranny has a way of becoming fascism and iron-fisted. When that happens, no one is safe, for anyone not at the top is food for those who are. For all of the noise about America winning the Cold War, it is apparent that the Soviets won.

The communists in the Democrat party have spent decades infiltrating the GOP, content to be called Republicans In Name Only (RINO). The Islamic uprising around the globe has accelerated the New World Order (NWO), a happening that will leave Islam with a large global stake in governance, while the statist communists and the statist corporatists fight to maintain their large stake in the NWO. The arrogance of the statists, both the Marxists and the corporatists, has allowed them to believe that they can assuage Islam, containing it and not having to confront it. Islam is not going to go away, just by capitulating to it. Think this is an outlandish conspiracy? Read the Bible, the Koran, and a forty-odd-year-old book, “None Dare Call It Conspiracy” and you, too, will begin to see the big picture, not just the pieces.

Seeing it is the beginning, not the end. One must see it and accept it, and then make a decision about what you will do about it. Not deciding is still a decision. Does this have your attention? I hope so; your future is at stake. Are you interested? You better be because, with or without you, it is happening. Have you made your decision? You should not postpone it; you need to decide to solve the problem or be the problem. The hard part is action. Are you willing to put down the remote and take action, or will you make excuses until you have no rights left?

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A Day in Infamy – MB Barack Obama’s Cuban Pact – Raul Castro: Cuba Will Not Abandon Communism

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December 20, 2014 By Obie Usategui


For the most part of the Cuban-American community residing in Miami, Florida, the day of Wednesday, December 17th, 2014, will—more likely than not—go down in their history books as a day in infamy, much the same as did December 7th, 1941, for all Americans. The former, when Barack Obama announced the U.S. restoring full relations with Cuba, including the opening of an embassy in the island—a bold move aimed at ending over 50 years of hostility between the two countries—the latter when the Royal Empire of Japan attacked the United States Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor on the island of Oahu, Hawaii.

While, for the average American, it would seem almost impossible to establish any kind relevancy whatsoever between these two dates, for the average Cuban-American, it is precisely the opposite. The reasons are simple and unpretentious. First of all, Americans have been, and are for the most part, highly uninformed regarding their own country’s affairs, let alone being familiar with an insignificant little island of the Caribbean, even when this island is located a mere 93 miles south from the southernmost tip of the U.S., in Key West, Florida.

I would dare say that, to most Americans, other than an elite group of Washington politicians, perhaps, Cuba is a foreign word – an alien term of sorts. Little do most Americans realize that this irrelevant and unbeknownst island-nation, has, in fact, had a magnanimous sway in global politics and geo-political affairs throughout the years. Such was this island country’s relevancy in global politics back in October 1962, when Cuba stood at center stage, playing [the] leading role in the infamous Cuban Missile Crisis as the world came to a stand still while the United States and Russia traded threats over Soviet ballistic missiles deployed in the “irrelevant” Caribbean island – a tense and overwrought moment, which escalated as close as the world has ever come to a full scale nuclear war.

Notwithstanding the presumable ignorance now presiding over this unheard of island nation, I shall then proceed to cite some of the issues which qualify my contemptuous conclusion on Obama’s bold move to renew political ties with the communist Caribbean island as nothing short of a treasonous and antithetical assault on democracy; a travesty and desecration to the otherwise most basic principles of righteousness on which our country, the United States of America, was founded. A betrayal to the American legacy, hence the relevancy to the Pearl Harbor attack comparison—a conjecture, mind you, which I shall dare try to demonstrate by quickly reviewing the history preceding Obama’s treachery, albeit daringly constricted by the size of this dissertation.

As a matter of record, in the years prior to the communist revolution takeover on December 31st, New Years’ eve of 1958-59, led by Fidel Castro and his dirty band of revolutionary militia men, the Republic of Cuba, in spite of a tumultuous history of corroded political leaders teetering the legitimacy of its political system, the island did enjoy a most enviable leadership position amongst all countries in Latin-American, comprised, namely, of 26 nation-states bound by the Romance languages of Spanish and Portuguese.

Some of Cuba’s leading statistics compared to other Latin American nations and/or the world just prior the advent of the communist revolution in 1958, were as follows:

– 3rd most-stable economy in Latin America with highest gold reserves, slightly behind Venezuela and Brazil.
– Lowest inflation rate [1.4%].
– 4th in world in income earned by blue-collar workers.
– 3rd in red-meat production per capita.
– 1st in the production of mineral cobalt in the world.
– 3rd in caloric consumption.
– 3rd in the highest per-capital telephone ownership.
– 3rd in the highest per-capital automobile ownership.
– 2nd in the highest per-capital radio ownership.
– 1st televisions per household.
– 3rd in most radio-stations.
– 3rd in T.V. networks.
– 2nd in movie theaters per capita.
– 2nd in number of physicians per capita.
– Lowest index of infant mortality in all Latin America.
– 4th lowest per capita index of illiteracy.
– Highest percentage of public debt earmarked for education.
– 5th in per capita colleges and universities attending students.
– In 1959, the Cuban monetary unit, the “peso” was par with the U.S. dollar – at times slightly higher.
– Highest number of movie-theaters in the world.

Now, to suggest that any of these statistics would have been possible were it not for the prosperous relationship that had once existed between the U.S. and Cuba preceding Castro’s takeover would be, if nothing else, a preposterous lie at that. After the takeover, simply put, communism managed to set back light years the once flourishing Caribbean paradise island, turning the latter into a ghostly status of its past glories.

Cuba, the once-affluent island, was soon to become but a faded version of its joyous past. The nation’s once thriving economy and proud statistics would soon turn into sorrowful epitomes of human deprivation of the most basic necessities, including but not limited to the pursuit of freedom and happiness. The island’s once picturesque promenades and harbors would soon become the stage of escapade outlets for thousands of freedom-seeking Cubans, daringly leaving the island in home-made rafts, willing, if you will, to perish in crossing the Florida Straits in their quest for freedom; a preferred alternative to the oppression of the Castro regime. Statistical accounting of the Cuban prominence before Castro would soon turn into grief-stricken statistics of the regime’s genocidal prominence; statistics, which, as much sparse and imprecise as could be expected under a reign of oversight and repression by Castro’s tyrannical regime, would still claim a death toll in the hundreds of thousands of innocent men and women who perished between 1959 and 1987[1], exclusively as a result of their political conviction; all dying while bravely daring to challenge a system now sanctioned of by none other than U.S.‘s impostor president Barack Obama.

Besides the home-made rafts, desperation for leaving the island incited Cubans on using all sorts of cunningly constructed crafts, including but not limited to, inflatable tubes used in truck-tires – needless to say, a less-than-safe artifact for crossing the dangerous currents in the Straits of Florida.

The escalating death toll of Cubans crossing the Straits paved the way for the founding of Brothers to the Rescue – a good-willed missionary group of Miami-based pilots, touched by the death of a fifteen-year-old Gregorio Perez Ricardo, who had perished from severe dehydration while fleeing from Castro’s communist island on a raft. The group,Brothers to the Rescue, described itself as a humanitarian organization aiming to assist and rescue raft refugees emigrating from Cuba and to “support the efforts of the Cuban people to free themselves from dictatorship through the use of active nonviolence”[2].

On February 24th, 1996, two of the Brothers to the Rescue Cessna Skymasters were shot down by a Cuban Air Force MiG-29UB, while a second jet fighter, a MiG-23, orbited nearby. Killed in the shoot downs were pilots Carlos Costa, Armando Alejandre, Jr., Mario de la Peña, and Pablo Morales. A third plane, flown by Brothers to the Rescue leader Jose Basulto, was able to escape unharmed. In the days that followed, the controversy over the shoot-down grew steadily over the merciless killing of civilian U.S. air-pilots by trained pilots of the Cuban Air Force, while the victims flew in international air-space.

The shoot-down incident also led to widespread condemnation of Cuba back in the day, and was instrumental on the outcome of the trial of the “Cuban Five” consisting of five Cuban intelligence officers arrested in September 1998 and later convicted in Miami of conspiracy to commit espionage, conspiracy to commit murder, acting as an agent of a foreign government, and other illegal activities in the United States. The trial of the ”Cuban Five” on espionage and conspiracy charges resulted in convictions and long-term prison sentences for the five Cuban agents who, for one, had been known to spy on the Brothers to the Rescue missions.

In May, 2012, the Obama administration, in the same old spirit of deceit that has forever characterized this impostor president, deceivingly declined a “spy swap” proposed by the Cuban authorities, in exchange for the release of U.S., contractor Allan Phillip Gross, imprisoned in Cuba for allegedly providing equipment to Cuban Jews striving to have internet access. While leading public opinion to believing that such a sullied swap would never take place only seven month back, the swap did take place on December 17th, 2014, whereby Gross and Rolando Sarraf, a Cuban who had worked as an agent for American intelligence imprisoned in Cuba 20 years back, were exchanged for the last three remaining prisoners of the “Cuban Five”, as two others members of this hideous group had been released earlier.

My dear fellow Americans, one more time, Barack Hussein Obama utilizes the noble office and power bestowed upon him as president of the United States of America, to desecrate the most basic values inherent to our democracy; the most basic principles that stand for what United States is all about. As far as I am concerned, by shaking the hands and making any agreement with the Castro brothers, two of the most renowned assassins in the world, Barack Obama is, one more time, shamelessly and brazenly admitting his willingness to share in and be a part of the thousands of deaths attributable to the Castro brothers and to communism itself. Obama’s hands are as bloody today as the Castro brothers’ are. Obama’s announcement of a renewed relation with Cuba and the Castro brothers, is proof, one more time, of the man’s avatar communist incline, and long history of Marxist devotion – a pious advocate of the Saul Alinsky model.

Barack Obama’s agreement with Cuba on December 17th , 2014, shall make him, in my estimation, as responsible as the Castro’s brothers for the thousands of deaths suffered by young Cuban men and women who perished while crossing the Florida Straits in search of freedom. Obama’s daring hypocrisy shall, I hope, serve only as an everlasting reminder to the American public of this man’s evil political nature. The lifeless remains of all the Cuban martyrs who perished in the pursuit of freedom, I hope, shall only serve as a friendly remembrance to all us that communism, that poisonous system responsible for the death of over 100 million people throughout the history of the world, is alive and well in the United States of America – dangerously so represented, of all people, in the persona of Barack Hussein Obama.

Throughout the past few days I have mournfully listened to the many arguments made by media folk and otherwise, presumably astute political contributors from both sides of the aisle, claiming the president did not get enough in exchange for what he gave up in his trade with Cuba. It was an unbalanced or uneven exchange, they claimed. To all those making this argument, I say hogwash to all of you as I politely remind you that there are no agreements whatsoever, bar none, which can be construed as good or positive when you are dealing with communists or communism, as in the end you will always be on the losing end, regardless. Obama’s trade was no exception, and it is time for me to remind all good people in this country to realize that we are in for the greatest revelation of our lives if we, for a moment, think of this man as anything other than a miserable diehard communist ideologue whom a majority of Americans elected as our president twice in a row. Shame on all of us and prayers for the end of this ugly chapter in American history.

As a Cuban-born immigrant who came into this great country at age 14 in 1960, also fleeing from communism, I do consider Obama’s renewed relations with the communist island and look upon it as one of the most despicable political acts I have ever been a witness to. As a naturalized citizen of this great country which we call the United States of America, I can only forewarn you of the inherent evils of Barack Obama and his administration. As an immigrant and citizen of the U.S., both, I shall forever, reminisce of December 17th, 2014 as I do on December 7th, 1941, both – “a day in infamy”, as I truly hope that, for the simple and straight-forward reasons stated above, you will too. May God save us all and may God save the United States of America.

[1] “Cuba”: The Human Cost of Social Revolutions.

[2] ^ Jump up to: a b Website of Brothers to the Rescue – Background and information

Obie Usategui runs AFCV-Americans For Conservative Values. Obie is also the author of The Beginning of the End—“The transition to Communism in our own United states has come peacefully, ironically, via democratically-sanctioned elections”

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Raul Castro: Cuba Will Not Abandon Communism
December 20, 2014

HAVANA (AP) — Cuban President Raul Castro sent a blunt message to Washington Saturday as the White House works to reverse a half-century of hostility between the U.S. and Cuba: Don’t expect detente to do away with the communist system.

Castro’s speech to Cuba’s National Assembly was a sharp counterpoint to the message U.S. President Barack Obama gave in his year-end news conference the day before. Obama reiterated that by engaging directly with the Cuban people, Americans are more likely to encourage reform in Cuba’s one-party system and centrally planned economy.

“We must not expect that in order for relations with the United States to improve, Cuba will abandon the ideas that it has struggled for,” Castro said.

Also appearing before parliament, shaking their fists in victory, were three convicted spies just released from long U.S. prison terms. The last imprisoned members of the “Cuban Five” spy ring were freed this week in a sweeping deal that included American contractor Alan Gross and a Cuban who had spied for the U.S., both released from their cells in Cuba as a first step toward the restoration of full diplomatic ties and a loosening of U.S. trade and travel restrictions.

While the 83-year-old Castro spoke in Havana, other Cubans of his generation were leading a protest in Miami against plans to normalize relations with the Castro government. About 200 people showed up, most of them older Cuban exiles.

“The Cuban resistance will continue both on the island and in exile to do everything and continue the struggle until Cuba is truly free and democratic once again,” said Sylvia Iriondo, an activist with Mothers Against Repression.

Castro also expressed gratitude to Obama during his speech, calling it a “just decision” to release the men who spied on anti-Castro exile groups in South Florida in the 1990s and have long been regarded as heroes in Cuba. Seated behind the three and their families was Elian Gonzalez, the young Cuban rafter at the center of a bitter custody battle in 2000 between relatives in Miami and his father in Cuba.

The president closed with a shout of “Viva Fidel!” in reference to his older brother, who has not been seen nor heard from since the historic development was announced on Wednesday, provoking speculation about his health and whereabouts.

The executive orders Obama announced Wednesday can clear the way for limited exports to Cuba and freer travel by specific categories of Americans such as academics and artists, but he acknowledged his need to work with Congress to end the decades-old embargo Cuba blames for the dire condition of its infrastructure and economy.

Castro reminded Cubans that the embargo remains in place, particularly limits on international financial transactions that Cuba accuses of blocking its access to credit and international investment.

“An important step has been taken, but the essential thing remains, the end of the economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba, which has grown in recent years particularly in terms of financial transactions,” he said.

Castro confirmed he would attend the Summit of Americas in Panama in April, where he is expected to have further discussions with Obama.

His address to the National Assembly follows surprise announcements by both presidents Wednesday that Cuba and the U.S. will reopen embassies and exchange ambassadors for the first time in more than 50 years.

The agreement included the exchange of the three prisoners, convicted in 2001, for a Cuban who had been imprisoned on the island for nearly 20 years for spying on behalf of the CIA. Gross had been held in Cuba for five years for illegally importing restricted communications equipment. Two members of the Cuban Five, Fernando Gonzalez and Rene Gonzalez, already had been released by the U.S. As part of the exchange, Cuba also released 53 other prisoners.

Late Friday, Cuban state television showed four of the Cuban Five celebrating their reunion by singing together during a private party in Havana.

Their release angered the protesters in Miami. Two women held up a sign saying “Obama’s message to Castro: Imprison Americans and get 3 spies and an embassy.”

Most of the estimated 2 million Cubans living in the United States are in Florida. Thousands marched and more than 350 were arrested in 2000 after U.S. agents seized the young Gonzalez and returned him to Cuba to resolve an international custody dispute. When Fidel Castro ceded power to his brother in 2006, hundreds celebrated in the streets of Little Havana, and more recently, Cuban-born singer Gloria Estefan led tens of thousands in support of Havana’s Ladies in White dissidents.

By comparison, Wednesday’s spontaneous protests and Saturday’s planned demonstration in Miami’s Jose Marti park were sparsely attended.

“I think there are a lot of people sitting on the sidelines, tired,” said Andy Gomez, a Cuba expert and retired University of Miami professor.

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Contributors include E. Eduardo Castillo and Anne-Marie Garcia in Havana and Christine Armario and Rachel La Corte in Miami.

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Thanks to PC western leaders, it’s Happy Hunting for the Terrorists

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December 19, 2014 By Judi McLeod

When terrorists look in the rear view mirror after their latest slaughterhouse jihad in any land, they clearly see the cowardice of all western leaders and plenty of opportunities in what millennials would call ‘wiggle room’.

Aware right down to their AK-47 tingling trigger fingers, the terrorists of today and tomorrow know that they will never be I’D’d as ‘terrorists’ because the leaders of the countries they strike will never allow the populations of their countries to call terrorism, terrorism.

How they must have joked and laughed in the safety of their mountain cave camps when tough guy Barack Obama called the “Allahu Akbar”- shouting terrorist at Fort Hood’ s crystal clear act of horrific terrorism ‘workplace violence’ rather than what it was.

‘Workplace violence’ opened the door for the expression “lone wolf ”and the almost as ubiquitous “a few deranged individuals”, and “a deeply disturbed individual”, or those whose lawyers spare them the death penalty by pleading insanity on their behalf.

How Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott could stand at Tuesday’s press conference and say the things he did—and get away with it—goes right back to ‘Workplace Violence’.

“It is pretty obvious that the perpetrator was a deeply disturbed individual, a long history of crime, a long history of mental instability and infatuation with extremism. It’s interesting that the ISIS death cult seems to attract people like that. I refuse to use the term Islamic State and I would strongly caution anyone, anywhere, from using that term because that exults a movement which has nothing to do with any real religion and is a travesty of a true and just state. It is very wrong to identify the death cult that the individual concerned tried to associate himself with; it is very wrong to identify that death cult with any community or with any faith. The phrase that I like to refer to, uttered by my friend, Prime Minister Najib of Malaysia of the ISIS death cult: it’s against God, it’s against religion, it’s against humanity,” Abbott stated.

One would think that Abbott was running for election rather than slamming the door on terrorism on Australian soil.

He’s not the only Western leader furiously poring over the lexicon to try find cover for the word ‘terrorism’.

There’s the wishy-washy toward terrorism German Chancellor Angela Merkel:

“German officials are tangled up in knots over Islamic State. While they recognize the threat, there has been little appetite over the years to clamp down on jihadist networks in the country. In short, Berlin’s lax policies toward terrorist groups have contributed to its Islamic State crisis. (Long War Journal))

“It is worth recalling that Hezbollah’s so-called political wing is legal in the country. According to Germany’s national domestic intelligence report covering 2013, and published in June 2014, Hezbollah has 950 active members in the Federal Republic. There are also roughly 6,300 radical Islamists in Germany who are supporters of the Sunni branch of Salafism, Interior Minister de Maiziere said last week. Many of these Salafists are connected to the ideologies of al Qaeda, Shabaab, or the Islamic State.

“Germany’s latest domestic intelligence report described the growth of Salafists as the most “dynamic Islamic movement” in Germany.”

How often have we heard in the direct aftermath of the latest terrorist attack: “We shouldn’t rush to conclusions”?

Abbott, Merkel and Obama merely frustrate their populations when they defiantly refuse to call terrorism out for what it truly is, but their lack of courage and truth in identification not only enables, but encourages further acts of terrorism by showing the we-don’t-fight-back weakness of the terrorists’ enemies.

Terrorists who catch up on the news on the Net are as much online as are politicians and Hollywood stars. There is ample proof that they do most of their recruiting online.

Political hacks like Lois Lerner take the Fifth to keep the truth about IRS corruption out of the public limelight, terrorists take to Twitter, and star behind masks in YouTube beheadings that go viral.

Terrorists can proceed with the kind of confidence that comes from knowing that as long as Obama is in office, there will be no boots on the ground; no spurning of countries classified as in the state sponsored terrorism category.

Kill-happy terrorists of the day, whether called al Qaeda or ISIS, know full well that their Muslim brothers who master minded 9/11 were never—in any way—called to justice. They know, just like most others do that some 14 years on, Congress, courtesy of Senator Diane Feinstein seeks justice, not for the killers of innocents, but for the water-boarding and torture tactics of the CIA.

Just two months after Canada’s two 2014 terrorists attacks, one in Quebec, one brazenly at Ottawa’s War Memorial, there’s no talk about terrorism in this country. Days after the terrorist attack snuffed out the lives of 132 school children, and 9 staff members in Pakistan, same thing. A week after the Lindt terrorist attack in Sydney, Australia, mostly Tony Abbott’s voice giving a terrorist the cover of “deeply disturbed individual” status.

The mainstream media is not talking about terrorist attacks in Canada, Australia or Pakistan.

They’re talking about movie world fears for freedom of speech because the screening of a Christmas Day parody was pulled, due to threats maybe from North Korea, maybe China or perhaps Russia.

In the U.S. routine hack attacks on average citizens by their own government agencies like NSA are virtually ignored, but the howls from Hollywood and the White House on the suspected North Korea computer attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment are both dominant and deafening.

“The suspected North Korea computer attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment is a “serious national security matter,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Thursday, as officials said the Obama administration is preparing to announce who it believes is behind the devastating hack. (Washington Post, Dec. 18, 2014)

Earnest said that the White House is weighing options for a “proportional” response to the attack whose ramifications President Obama is monitoring “very closely himself.”

A “proportional” response to the hack attack from Hawaii? Take THAT, Kim Jong-un!

It’s the movie world’s fears of loss of freedom of speech for a parody being pulled and not terrorism that finds Obama’s personal attention.

Meanwhile, as long as Western leaders take to mics warning the unwashed masses never to refer to terrorism as terrorism, it’s going to be happy hunting for worldwide terrorists.

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Judi McLeod is an award-winning journalist with 30 years’ experience in the print media. A former Toronto Sun columnist, she also worked for the Kingston Whig Standard. Her work has appeared on Rush Limbaugh, Newsmax.com, Drudge Report, Foxnews.com, and Glenn Beck. Judi can be emailed at: judi@canadafreepress.com

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