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Obama makes campaign stop, meets Coco & Berta

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

after a $32,000/plate dinner, With Charlie Crist as guest, President Obama raises cash in Miami, chats with Cuban dissidents Guillermo “Coco” Fariñas and Berta Soler.

Florida’s newest high-profile Democrat, former Gov. Charlie Crist, was spotted at the Segovia Tower in Coral Gables at a $32,000-a-head fundraiser hosted by personal injury attorney Ralph G. Patino.

Obama moved next to a fundraiser hosted by Jorge Mas Santos, a Cuban American National Foundation leader and CEO of MasTec. There, the president thanked Mas Santos, who stood next to him, and singled out Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., and Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo.

Obama told two of Cuba’s leading dissidents in South Florida that he admires their sacrifices, a rare White House recognition of the peaceful opposition on the communist-ruled island.

“The most important thing here was the recognition by the president of the United States, the most powerful democracy in the world,” dissident Guillermo Farinas said minutes after the meeting.

The other dissident is Berta Soler, of the Ladies in White.

Speaking by the pool of Mas Santos’ house, Obama said his policy of supporting civil society in Cuba is beginning to show results, but that Washington must continue to be “creative and thoughtful” in its policies.

Results, you say? Cuban human rights monitor reports 763 political arrests in October.

Just last week Fariñas was beaten up by a mob in his hometown of Santa Clara, Cuba.

If you like your policy of supporting civil society in Cuba, you can keep it. Period.


BlackHawks over Brickell UPDATED: What the heck is going on?

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Imagine BlackHawk helicopters firing in a high-density, high-traffic area in a major American city. Something out of a movie, done with CGI effects, you say?

Think again,

Shark Tank reports: Blackhawk Choppers Buzz Miami Skyline, Blank Rounds Fired

Last week, an unknown number of Blackhawk helicopters strafed the Miami skyline while numerous residents on balconies overlooking the city witnessed the helicopters actually firing their machine guns with blanks in the vicinity of the Miami Herald Building. One amateur video shot by Atlanta resident Josh Epperson captured the sound of blank rounds being fired.

Government officials can still own assault weapons under the Feinstein bill.

For full paranoia mode, here’s another question: Why is the Department of Homeland Security purchasing 450 million rounds, and why is the Social Security Administration purchasing 174,000 rounds, of hollow-point bullets?

UPDATE: What the heck is going on?
Army drill scares residents on Houston’s south side (h/t Melissa)

The U.S. Army along with other agencies took over the old Carnegie Vanguard High School near Scott and Airport. There were armed men in fatigues, plenty of weapons and what many thought were real live rounds

“I felt like I was in a warzone.” Jerrals said. “It was nonstop. I was terrified.”

Cross-posted at Liberty Unyielding.

Linked by Zion’s Trumpet. Thank you!

UPDATE:
Minneapolis, August 28, 2012,

(reminded by Chris Muir)

The WaPo finds 900,000 Puerto Ricans in Florida

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

In Florida, Puerto Ricans’ rise gives a key swing state more swing voters

There are nearly 900,000 Puerto Ricans in the state,

Yowza! There are 4 million in PR, another 4 million outside the island, so it’s hardly surprising several of my relatives live in Fl.

and perhaps by the time they reach the million mark they will no longer be an overlooked constituency. They are rapidly catching up — in raw numbers, if not in political clout — to the long-established Cuban American community that many people think of when they think of Hispanics in Florida.

What sets Puerto Ricans apart from other Hispanic groups is that they’re all American citizens. On the island, which is a commonwealth of the United States, Puerto Ricans can vote in presidential primaries, but they have no voice in the general election because Puerto Rico has no electoral votes. But when they move to Florida and take up residency, Puerto Ricans have the same voting rights as someone who moves from across the Georgia border.

There’s a video,

The article is OK, but conflates all Latinos, while the real subject is Central Florida,

Jose Martinez, 31, is a Dominican entrepreneur who is in the thick of the new Orlando economy. He owns 13 MetroPCS stores, selling cheap cellphones — pay in cash, no contract required — to a mostly immigrant clientele, including many Mexicans, he says.

Makes you wonder about non-citizens voting as “Puerto Ricans”, though.

The missing Brazilian

Friday, June 29th, 2012

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Wednesday last week Brazilian millionaire Guma Aguiar’s 31-foot fishing boat washed up in Fort Lauderdale, and it didn’t take long before his mom and his wife started feuding. Now a Rabbi has intervened,
Rabbis Work Out Truce Between Missing Millionaire’s Feuding Mom and Wife

Two rabbis helped facilitate a truce between missing millionaire Guma Aguiar’s feuding mother and wife, who took their $100 million battle to a Florida courtroom today.

While Aguiar’s wife wanted control, his mother was fighting for control to be handed over to a third party — Northern Trust, a wealth management company selected by Aguiar to take care of his assets should anything ever happen to him.

A court hearing to appoint conservatorship was expected this evening. But earlier today two rabbis and a congregant, who made up a committee formed by Aguiar as a group of advisors, kicked into place a legal mechanism that gave Northern Trust control of the assets. The court agreed to it.

His assets were not in Brazil,

If Northern Trust accepts, it will have control of all of Aguiar’s U.S. assets, valued at more than $50 million. But control of his millions in Israeli assets is still up for grabs; the Florida court did not have control over international assets.

For now, both parties agreed to the truce.

Aguiar had a troubled history,

He has been arrested several times, including for drug possession and driving under the influence, according to court records. He is also currently on probation after pleading no contest to domestic violence charges.

In 2010, he was involuntarily admitted to an Israeli psychiatric hospital after his erratic behavior.

Aguiar made his fortune in 2006 when he and his uncle Thomas Kaplan sold their Texas-based energy company for a reported $2.5 billion. The two have been in a messy legal battle since 2009 over the division of the money.

They went on to say that he was the victim of what amounted to “psychological terrorism.”

In 2011, he was appointed an emergency guardian after his wife and mother petitioned a Miami-Dade judge for one.

However, since his body has not been found, there’s no evidence that he’s dead.

Only thing for sure: the lawyers will be making a lot of money.


Herman Cain flunks the Versailles test

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Herman Cain went to the most famous Cuban restaurant in Miami, and didn’t do well at all. The Miami Herald’s Naked Politics blog has all the details, but here’s the video:

As Babalu said, it isn’t pretty.

I really like Cain, but he’s woefully unprepared on anything having to do with foreign policy. Heck, he’d do better if he even read this blog every few days.

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Florida: Invasion of the giant snails!

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Folks in Florida not only have to contend with alligators and flying roaches, now they get giant snails, too.

How big are we talking about? THIS big:

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Ugh!

Big, ugly, and destructive,

Giant African land snails can grow to be as long as 8 inches and consume at least 500 different types of plants. They also destroy stucco and plaster.

“They leave excrement all over the sides of houses. They’re very nasty,” Feiber said. “These things are not the cute little snails that you see.”

They also pose a health risk by carrying a parasite that can cause meningitis in humans.

Apparently the snails were smuggled from Africa for religious purposes,

In 2010, officials began investigating Charles Stewart, a man who practices the African religion Ifa Orisha, the Miami Herald reported. Stewart was accused of using the snails in his rituals and

Are you sitting down?

investigators claim an African woman brought them to him by sneaking the snails under her dresses on flights to Miami, the Miami Herald reported.

No word on what her dry cleaning bills are like.

The last time Florida had a snail invasion, it took 10 years to get rid of them.

I wonder if we could ship them to France as escargot.

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Obama swims in the bay, not the gulf VIDEO

Monday, August 16th, 2010

The White House released this photo,

If you go to the White House slideshow, the caption reads,

President Barack Obama and daughter Sasha swim at Alligator Point in Panama City Beach, Fla., Saturday, Aug.14, 2010. The President traveled to Panama City Beach with First Lady Michelle Obama and Sasha to meet with local business owners and officials and to encourage Americans to travel to the Gulf Coast beaches. August 14, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

The UK Independent’s Guy Adams asks,
President goes for a swim in the Gulf – or does he?

The official picture was intended to provide evidence that the region’s beaches are back to normal. Yet it soon emerged that the private beach on which it was taken, off Alligator Point in St Andrew Bay, north-west Florida, isn’t technically in the gulf.

It certainly is many miles away from the most affected areas off the Louisiana coast.

Michelle Malkin looks at how the media reported the swim,

Reuters: Obama swims in Gulf, says beaches open for business

AFP: Obama, daughter swim in Gulf in act of reassurance

CNN: Obama takes plunge, swims in Gulf

An Associated Press writer was one of the few to notice or care about the difference between the Gulf and the Bay:

The president’s dip happened away from the media. The White House released an official photo, but The Associated Press does not publish such handout images. According to the White House, the Obamas swam off Alligator Point, which is in Saint Andrew Bay, not the Gulf.

TOTUS went along and, as Michelle said, the Gulf was open for scripted rhetoric;

Obama read off the TOTUS,

I also want to point out that as a result of the cleanup effort, beaches all along the Gulf coast are clean, they are safe, and they are open for business.”

Especially private beaches in Alligator Point off Panama City.

But fret not, Emboldened by ‘Gulf Swim’, Obama Mulls Dip in Economy

And,
Yes, I mind very much when Presidents use their children for disingenuous photo ops.
I wonder what Jim has to say about swimming on Alligator Point, though.

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The Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, August 16th, 2010

ARGENTINA
Kirchner presiona a los jueces de la Corte por la Ley de Medios

BRAZIL
President’s Chosen Successor Widens Lead in Brazil Poll

Still on top

American brothers

CHILE
The trapped Chilean miners

COLOMBIA
Colombia’s new president
Opening gambits
Juan Manuel Santos takes charge

His own man

Colombia, Venezuela Reestablish Diplomatic Ties


El Gobierno heroico de Álvaro Uribe

Colombia and Venezuela to restore political ties

CUBA
CUBAN BLOGGER ARRESTED BY REGIME

Audio evidence of the Castro regime’s brutal repression of Reina Luisa Tamayo Otro domingo de represión contra Reina Luisa Zapata Tamayo y sus familiares.

Cuba’s Cash-for-Doctors Program
Thousands of its health-care missionaries flee mistreatment.

Cuba’s Fidel Castro
A ghost reappears
Fidel’s return is a mixed blessing for his brother

The desperate “Cuba Expert”

Six freed Cubans demand refugee status; say they will sue Spain if they don’t get it

The Wait

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Human Rights Commission expresses concern over threats to Dominican journalist

ECUADOR
Ecuador’s Chevron shakedown
Environmental case designed to grab billions

GUYANA/USA
2 Are Convicted in Plot to Bomb Kennedy Airport

HAITI
Clouds gather over Wyclef Jean’s Haiti bid

Sean Penn questions Wyclef Jean bid for Haitian presidency

HONDURAS
La Influencia Militar Alemana en Honduras

La Gringa’s Cinnamon Ice Cream

En la cocina

Don’t forget to check out what’s new at Honduras blogs, where I found the superfantastic May-hem

MEXICO
Mexico and drugs
Thinking the unthinkable
Amid drug-war weariness, Felipe Calderón calls for a debate on legalisation

Fox vs. Calderón, Round Six Million

Obama, Border Security and The Emerging Failed State of Mexico

Mexican Police Protest Corruption in Ciudad Juarez


MEXICO UNDER SIEGE
Mexico drug cartels thrive despite Calderon’s offensive
Nearly four years after President Felipe Calderon launched a military-led crackdown, the cartels are smuggling more narcotics into the U.S., amassing bigger fortunes and extending dominion at home.

NICARAGUA
Quote of the day: Nicaragua

PANAMA
Should a road be built to connect Panama and Colombia?

Volvo Gets Order For 1,000 Buses To Panama City

PARAGUAY
Doctors confirm Paraguay’s Lugo has cancer. Let’s hope the SOB pays his child support: New paternity test for Paraguay’s President Lugo
Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo has been ordered to take a DNA test to see if he is the father of a two-year-old boy, as the child’s mother claims

PERU
Tensions Over Chinese Mining Venture in Peru

Peru stock market integration with Colombia, Chile faces obstacles, says analyst

URUGUAY
Sonia Breccia trafico de influencia con Tabare Vasquez

VENEZUELA
San Pedro Alejandrino, as much a place of reckoning as ever

Latin American brawl

The Case of the Vanishing Monetary Base Data

Barrio de lejos, barrio de cerca, barrio cara a cara…

Military Prosecutor goes after retired General for denouncing Cuban presence in Armed Forces

The Human Wrongs of Hugo Chavez

IMMIGRATION
Florida Attorney General Proposes Stricter Immigration Law

On ICE

Sheriffs unhappy with ICE chief visit

The Laredo Truthers Ride Again Laredo “invasion” nonsense rides again

RADIO
Conservative Hispanic radio show debuts in Dallas; KVCE live feed here

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Florida Keys tar balls not from Gulf oil leak

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

Florida Keys tar balls not from Gulf oil leak

Dozens of tar balls found in the Florida Keys are not from the oil leak spewing into the Gulf, authorities said early Wednesday morning.

The tar balls — ranging in size from three to eight inches in diameter — were found Monday and Tuesday and sent to a laboratory in Connecticut to be analyzed.

The tests “conclusively show” that a sampling of the tar balls don’t match the oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill, according to the Coast Guard.

It is not known where the tar balls came from.

Maybe we should be asking the Chinese, the Cubans, the Venezuelans, and even the Russians.

Florida Keys tar balls not from Gulf oil leak

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

Florida Keys tar balls not from Gulf oil leak

Dozens of tar balls found in the Florida Keys are not from the oil leak spewing into the Gulf, authorities said early Wednesday morning.

The tar balls — ranging in size from three to eight inches in diameter — were found Monday and Tuesday and sent to a laboratory in Connecticut to be analyzed.

The tests “conclusively show” that a sampling of the tar balls don’t match the oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill, according to the Coast Guard.

It is not known where the tar balls came from.

Maybe we should be asking the Chinese, the Cubans, the Venezuelans, and even the Russians.

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