Detained Americans Say They Tried to Do Right Thing

From The AP:

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Ten U.S. Baptists arrested trying to take 33 children out of earthquake-shattered Haiti say they were just trying to do the right thing, applying Christian principles to save Haitian children.

Prime Minister Max Bellerive told The Associated Press Sunday he was outraged by the group’s “illegal trafficking of children” in a country long afflicted by the scourge and by foreign meddling.

But the hard reality on the ground in this desperately poor country — especially after the catastrophic Jan. 12 quake — is that some parents openly attest to their willingness to part with their children if it will mean a better life.

You have got to be friggin kidding me!!! Screw Haiti!! I am so tired of The United States of America going out of it’s way to help every “hell hole” in the known world and getting crapped on. Enough!!! Let them dig themselves out of the hole. Hey, here is an idea, let the rest of the world help them. Hey, aren’t they an x-colony of France? Where’s the French? What the hell are they doing? How many Haitians are they air lifting to their country? NONE. They are all coming to a neighborhood near you!!!!!!

Haiti’s overwhelmed government has halted all adoptions unless they were in motion before the quake amid fears that parentless or lost children are more vulnerable than ever to being seized and sold.

Without proper documents and concerted efforts to track down their parents, they could be forever separated from family members able and willing to care for them. Bellerive’s personal authorization is now required for the departure of any child.

Here’s an Idea, KEEP THEM!
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U.S. Preparing Gitmo for Haitian Migrants

The situation with Haiti is totally out of control now. This is outrageous. How in all that is holy are Haitians going to rebuild Haiti if They Are All Living In The United States of America!!!!

From The AP:

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba — The U.S. has begun preparing tents at Guantanamo Bay for Haitians migrants in case of a mass migration spurred by the earthquake, a senior official at the base said Wednesday.

About 100 tents, each capable of holding 10 people, have been erected and authorities have more than 1,000 more on hand in case waves of Haitians leave their homeland and are captured at sea, said Navy Rear Adm. Thomas Copeman.

I know Club Gitmo is not in the USA, but we own it, pay for it, man it and secure it. So what’s the difference. Oh wait, we don’t secure our own country. Where’s the fence?
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Defense Officials: Russian Subs Patrolling off East Coast of United States

I used to get all excited and worried about the revelations “we the people are pieced- mealed”, on a daily basis. But, I have decided to “wonder why” instead. Why, is this coming out now? Why are we hearing about this now? Why do we need to pay attention? Any answers?

From Fox News:

WASHINGTON — Two nuclear-powered Russian attack submarines have been patrolling in international waters off the East Coast for several days, in activity reminiscent of the Cold War, defense officials said Tuesday.

U.S. Northern Command would not comment on the Russian submarines’ movement. But in a prepared statement, Northern Command spokesman Michael Kucharek acknowledged the patrols and said the U.S. has been monitoring the two submarines.

Two senior U.S. officials, however, said the submarines had been patrolling several hundred miles off the coast and so far had done nothing to provoke U.S. military concerns. The officials provided details on condition of anonymity in order to discuss intelligence reports.

Notice there is not much more to the story; if you read the rest of the article. Again, why is that?
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A.G. ‘Relatively Close’ to Making Decision on Gitmo Detainees

Now I’m going to have you read this article first. Then an article about my home state of Montana. It seems that some states; mostly poor states, like mine are thinking that having the most dangerous terrorists in the world housed in their state a “cash cow.”

From Fox News:

LONDON — The United States is “relatively close” to making decisions on what to do with an initial group of Guantanamo Bay detainees, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Sunday.

Holder spoke to The Associated Press during a flight to London, the first of several stops where he will visit with European leaders to discuss terrorism, drugs, and cyber-crime.

The attorney general did not say how much longer he thought it would take to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba. Before officials can meet President Obama’s January deadline, the U.S. must first decide which detainees to put on trial and which to release to the U.S. or other countries.

My State already bids for mentally disturbed people from around the country. I know, I worked for the State for 5 years as an evening Nurse Supervisor for a one of these facilities. So now we wanted terrorists. But thankfully it didn’t happen. We have enough prisons and mental institutions. Why don’t we stick with money within our state using our resources, like cattle, wheat and such. We export all our food now. I know because I am forced to buy beef from outside our country. Yea I know there are co-op programs here, not enough. I’d like to buy from my local farm/ranch.

From USA TODAY:

The city council in Hardin, Mont., thought it had a great idea for filling it’s underutilized jail — bid for the contract to take the detainees from Gitmo, according to the Billings Gazette,

But two days after it voted to pursue the contract, the council has run into a few obstacles — namely, the entire Montana Congressional delegation.

Good for our elected cockroaches of the fine State of Montana.
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Judge Allows Ban of Book Depicting Happy Cuban Communist Children

Now Toto, is this a good ban or a bad ban!!!

From the AP:

ATLANTA — Miami school officials can remove from library shelves a book about Cuba that depicts smiling children in communist uniforms but avoids mention of problems in the country, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the Miami-Dade County School District wouldn’t be infringing freedom of speech rights by removing 49 copies of “Vamos a Cuba” and its English-language version, “A Visit to Cuba,” from its libraries. The board has argued that the books, for children ages 5 to 8, present an inaccurate view of life in Cuba.

The board voted to remove the book in 2006 after a parent who was a former political prisoner in Cuba complained. A federal judge in Miami later ruled that the board should add books of different perspectives instead of removing offending titles.

However, the panel of the 11th Circuit sided with the school board in a 2-1 ruling.

“There is a difference between not including graphic detail about adult subjects on the one hand and falsely representing that everything is hunky dory on the other,” Judge Ed Carnes wrote.

Circuit Judge Charles R. Wilson wrote in dissent that it appeared the book was banned for political rather than educational reasons.

Howard Simon, executive director of the ACLU of Florida, said the two judges managed “to twist the law into a pretzel.”

“But what can’t be evaded is censorship, is censorship, is censorship. I’m sorry, there is no way to evade that,” Simon said. He promised “further legal action to prevent the shelves of Miami-Dade school libraries from being scrubbed of books that some people find to have an objectionable view point.”

The 2001 book by Alta Schreier is one of a series on different countries. It contains images of smiling children wearing uniforms of Cuba’s communist youth group and celebrating the country’s 1959 revolution. In discussing daily life, the book says children work, study and play the same way children in other countries do.

Juan Amador, whose complaint prompted the board to pursue the book’s removal, was outraged that the book made no mention of lack of civil liberties, political indoctrination of school children, food rationing or child labor. He said in his complaint to the school board that the book “portrays a life in Cuba that does not exist.”

ACLU attorney JoNel Newman had argued at a 2007 hearing that political discussions need not be required for books for elementary students. She questioned whether a book about the Great Wall of China must mention Chinese communist leader Mao Zedong.

I am against censorship in all of it’s forms but when our tax payer money is involved don’t “we the people” have a say in what crap is forced down our children’s throats? I know I keep posting with questions and it must be annoying to some, but shouldn’t we be asking questions now?

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College professor spied for Cuba

From the BBC:

A Cuban-born university professor and his wife who pleaded guilty to spying for Cuba have been jailed in the US.

Carlos Alvarez, 61, and his 56-year-old wife, Elsa, received a five and three-year term respectively for exchanging coded messages with Cuba.

Both said they took responsibility for their actions but had wanted to establish an open dialogue with Cuba.

But a Miami district judge said that their behaviour had undermined US foreign policy towards the country.

“As we know, a good motive is never an excuse for criminal conduct,” Miami Judge Michael Moore said before he sentenced the couple.

The pair were accused of sending coded messages about fellow Cuban-American exiles living in Miami back to Cuba.

Carlos Alvarez was accused of being in contact with Cuban intelligence agencies since 1977.

They claim that there was no secret information shared with Cuba, but as the U.S. attorney points out they went through great lengths to hide their identity and used codded messages. That really doe not sound like idle chit-chat to me.

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Cuban medical workers defect from posts, aim for U.S.

This must be because cuba is so wonderful…

From The Houston Chronicle:

Dispatched by Fidel Castro’s government for humanitarian work in exchange for oil and other badly needed supplies, a small but growing number of Cuban medical personnel are using their foreign postings as stepping stones to the U.S.

The Bush administration is encouraging the defections. Last year, the Homeland Security Department, which oversees immigration services, modified rules to speed the doctors’ requests for political asylum.

Experts say the number of Cuban health workers abandoning clinics in Venezuela and other countries could rise as word spreads of the U.S.program, which began in August. So far, at least 45 Cubans have made their way to Colombia.

“The floodgates will definitely open,” said a spokeswoman for Solidarity Without Borders, a Miami-based group that helps Cuban physicians emigrate. “We’ve had calls from Cubans as far away as Namibia.”

About 360 doctors, dentists and physical therapists have applied under the new Cuban Medical Professional Parole program. About 160 have been accepted, while most other cases are pending, said Ana Carbonell, chief of staff for Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., a longtime advocate for Cuban exiles.

We owe the Cubans a debt we can never repay for abandoning them. We promised to help them over throw the government and then we didn’t do a thing and many died and others tossed in prison. Our lack of keeping our word and acting left those people living under a totalitarian communist regime.

US tightens Cuba trade sanctions

From the BBC:

The US government has announced that it will aggressively pursue those who violate the decades-old US trade embargo with Cuba.

A new task force has been set up to police the sanctions and those breaking them will face large fines.

The chief federal prosecutor in Florida said anyone who travelled illegally or traded with Cuba would be punished.

Miami-based US Attorney Alexander Acosta said the measures would allow the US to better enforce its sanctions against Cuba.

“The purpose of the sanctions is to isolate the Castro regime economically and deprive the Castro regime of the US dollars it so desperately seeks,” said Mr Acosta.

Mr Acosta said anyone convicted of breaking the trade embargo would face the possibility of a 10-year prison sentence and a hefty fine.

The task force will include the FBI and law enforcement units from the Treasury, Homeland Security and Commerce departments.

It represents the latest move to tighten the restrictions on US-Cuba relations.

Limitations were first imposed in the early 1960s and have been expanded since.

Good! What took so long? What is it about the government not enforcing its own laws?

Will this do any good? I doubt it, but we have to take a stand somewhere. My only confusion is why do we have free trade with communist China and an embargo against communist Cuba? If someone can explain the pretzel logic behind this one, I would be amazed.

Inflation May Eat Up Gains in Pay, But we Have Bigger Problems

FNC is reporting that base salaries may fall behind inflation due to companies shifting from raising base pay to bonuses and performance based salary raises.

They also cite rising costs in health care benefits as a problem, over 6%. They say it has risen to about 7000.00 per employee and that is not chump change.

I don’t know if it is a bad thing to reward your employees who perform over those that do not. It would be nice if the base pay kept up with inflation and then we talked bonuses, but companies need to show profits to stay in business.

Ya know, the Left and Democrats are always hot on workers salaries and rights, which once was a real problem, but without an employer the worker has no job and that means zero income; or un-employment pay. We have to understand how to balance these concerns and not just think of workers. We need to think about employers as well, or there will be no workers.

That said, I am no longer defending Wal-Mart. I just heard that they tell their suppliers to go oversees or they won’t do business with them. That is not being competitive that is being un-American. Due to this fact, Sears has merged with Kmart and are pushing the same policies. We cannot keep losing jobs overseas and maintain a middle class in this country.

I believe we are reaching a point where you will see that “free trade” is going to ruin this country. First world countries cannot have free trade with third world countries and not suffer, nor can they compete for the labor market.

What is going to happen is third world countries will prosper and we will suffer. We are seeing this with China now rising as an economic power thanks to our trade policies.

All you people out there that said trade would transform China into a free democratic country should now admit they were wrong and shut up. Don’t tell me we should open trade with Cuba because that will turn them free, because this concept has already been proven wrong.