Venezuela: Border trouble with Guyana, too

September 23rd, 2015

The dust hasn’t settled on the Colombia kerfuffle, but Maduro needs a distraction:
Guyana says Venezuela deployed troops on border area (emphasis added),

Guyana’s President David Granger says Venezuela has deployed troops along their border area.
Mr Granger described the move as a “dangerous escalation” in the long-running dispute between the two South American neighbours.

Venezuela says its troops are conducting exercises in the region.

It lays claim to the vast mineral-rich area of jungle west of the Essequibo river, which accounts for about 40% of Guyana’s territory.

That Bolivarian Revolution sure doesn’t come cheap.

Don’t expect the scapegoating to end, though (h/t VN&V).

Nancy and Joe on abortion

September 23rd, 2015

2015-09-23 10.46.43Nancy and Joe on abortion? Anything but Catholic.

Read my article here.

Hillary Clinton: No Limits on Abortion, Not Even In the Ninth Month of Pregnancy

Carly Fiorina is especially being battered by these “misleading’ claims horseshit, because she gave such a riveting accounting of the videos, daring people to watch them.

Well, the media is very insistent that you not do that. That’s why they tend not to run the tapes when they claim they’re misleading — the public would see the media’s claims are bullshit.

Well, Fiorina’s PAC is running them in their response to these bullshit claims.

CONTENT WARNING — contains the upsetting footage the media doesn’t want you to see.

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Cuba: Francis won’t talk to Congress about embargo

September 23rd, 2015

Today’s headline: Pope Francis Won’t Push for More Cuba Trade Easing in Speech to Congress. He doesn’t plan to raise the question of the U.S. embargo in his Congressional address this week So far, so good, until you read this (emphasis added),

WASHINGTON— Pope Francis doesn’t plan to raise the question of the U.S. embargo against Cuba during his address to Congress this week and said he declined to meet with dissidents during his visit to Cuba as part of a general policy against private meetings during the visit.

Say, again?

As Carlos Eire says, One must admit, this papal circus will go down in history as one of the most significant triumphs of the Castro regime, and as a memorable moment in the annals of American journalism.

Cuba: Papal visit roundup

September 22nd, 2015

Francis’s visit to Cuba went as expected, with plenty of photo-ops validating the Communist regime and perpetuating the Fidel mystique while ignoring dissidents who actually are Catholic.

In a word, disappointing.

But you wouldn’t know it from the media hype, which will continue as the pope travels to the U.S. touting the perils of capitalism and global warming while ignoring the thousands upon thousands of martyred Christians.

First, the photo-ops as Pope Francis appeases the Castros in repressive Cuba; not that Francis was alone in that as Three Popes Make Same Mistake in Cuba. Hardly surprising since the Bishops Agree to Cuban Communist Party Interference in Pope’s Religious Activities (h/t Babalu). Or, as Michael Ledeen put it, he’s The Pope of Montecristo: The story of Cuban cigars is a good metaphor for the failure of Communist tyranny, and I think it’s shameful that the first Jesuit pope in history apparently intends to talk mostly about the weather instead of freedom.

Then there was the dissidents issue:
ABC Hypes ‘Fun’ Moments of Pope Visit as Protester Is Dragged Away.

Pope Francis’s failure to chide Cuba makes his visit there an empty symbol. Cuban Americans are critical of the pope’s role in helping the US and Cuba rekindle ties, because the Castro regime still lacks accountable governance

Francis landed in Washington this afternoon. He was greeted with selection of football chants. Here’s A schedule of his U.S. visit

El Papa’s week: Trans gender activists Yes, Cuban dissidents No

In other papal news, The Independent reports that Pope Francis assures atheists: You don’t have to believe in God to go to heaven

In comments likely to enhance his progressive reputation, Pope Francis has written a long, open letter to the founder of La Repubblica newspaper, Eugenio Scalfari, stating that non-believers would be forgiven by God if they followed their consciences.

Setting aside the question of why would true non-believers care, the Catechism of the Catholic Church declares The necessity of faith

161 Believing in Jesus Christ and in the One who sent him for our salvation is necessary for obtaining that salvation

As you can see, I disagree with this,

Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.

Mamita llegó el obispo
llegó el obispo de Roma.
Mamita si tu lo vieras,
que cosa linda
que cosa mona.

[My translation: Mommy the bishop arrived
the bishop of Rome arrived.
Mommy if you could see him
such pretty a thing
so cute a thing

That is not Francis, and that’s not Cuba.

Parting question: Should I file for excommunication?

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En español: Entrevista a Susana Mangana sobre refugiados sirios

September 21st, 2015

H/t Vlad.

The papal visit Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

September 21st, 2015

The question right now is, after getting the finger, how will Francis react to the deliberate insult to Pope Francis and to Catholics in the US?

Cristina in Havana:

U.S. Targets Tax Evaders Using Belize Accounts. Judge approves ‘John Doe’ summonses on U.S. banks

Top Bolivian officials allegedly involved in drug trafficking, according to DEA claim. Secret United States indictments obtained by the media have implicated top Bolivian officials in drug trafficking, reigniting the highly charged debate over whether Bolivia is a victim of US political persecution or whether it is becoming a corrupt narco-state.

Brazil’s sagging economy:Recession’s sharp bite. The shrinking of a once-vibrant economy is shocking ordinary folk as well as number-crunchers

Chile Sees Extensive Damage After Earthquake and Tsunami. My contacts are in areas not deeply affected.

Venezuelan Soldiers Reported Crossing Border into Colombia

Black in Bogota. Reaction to police search starts huge debate online


Castro praises Pope’s anti-capitalism stance

Follow Pope Francis’ visit to Cuba here

Cubans Increasingly Detour through Central America to Reach US Soil. Panama Sees Nearly 300 Percent Increase in Illegal Cuban Migrants in 5 Years

Correa Come Lately Not Fooling Anyone.Ecuadorians Need More than a New Coat of Paint

Danny Glover to visit Jamaica for reparation forum

Andres Oppenheimer: Latin America’s new era of disenchantment; nothing new.

Ranking America’s Love for Five Central American Countries

Hillary is ready to fight the war on drugs… in Mexico

Leaked Permit Refutes Egypt’s Account of Mexican Tourist Massacre. Tour Company Offers Proof Convoy Did Not Travel “Out of Bounds”

10 dead in land conflicts among Nicaragua settlers, Indians

New Panama Video App Shares Location-based Videos Anonymously

Syrians Play Political Prop for Pepe Mujica. Refugee Grandstanding Show’s Ex-President’s True Colors

Paraguayan Journalist among Prizewinners for Defending Press Freedom

Vigilante Lynchings Go Viral in Peru. Social Media Catalyzes Pent-Up Hunger for Justice

Peruvian serial killer’s brother arrested for murder in Japan. Brother of a serial killer known as the “apostle of death” has been arrested in connection to six murders in Japan

Peruvian Ombud’s Office Calls for Negotiated Solution to Oil Protests

Puerto Rico Utility Fails to Extend Contract With Insurers

The Electric Power Authority’s failure to extend the forbearance agreement with the insurers marks a setback for the utility, which earlier this month struck a tentative deal with some of its bondholders to reduce its debt load. Insurers that guarantee $2.5 billion of the utility’s debt balked at extending the talks. The forbearance keeps negotiations outside of court.

The Venezuelan Judge Who Caved to Chavista Pressure: Susana Barreiros’s Ruling Follows Chumming with Diosdado Cabello

Sunday palate cleanser: The Mikado

September 20th, 2015

Watch it while you still can.

Mexico: 1 body identified, 1 suspect in, on #Ayotzinapa investigation

September 18th, 2015

News breaking this week on the 43 disappeared students:

Mexico Captures Alleged Gang Member Linked to Student Disappearances. Gildardo López Astudillo, nicknamed ‘El Gil,’ said by authorities to have incinerated bodies

Authorities say alleged members of the gang known as Guerreros Unidos testified that Mr. López was in charge of the operation to incinerate the bodies of the 43 students, who were mistaken as members of a rival gang, according to the official investigation.

Guerreros Unidos and rival Los Rojos operate in Guerrero, a center for heroin production. Numerous members of the Guerreros Unidos have been taken into custody and charged. Some of those arrested had originally confessed to the crimes but later recanted, while others have denied any wrongdoing.


Mexico Says More Remains Identified from Student Killings. Government says experts identify second teachers college student from among 43 reported killed in Guerrero

Prosecutors say the students, who had commandeered long-haul passenger buses to travel to Mexico City for a planned demonstration, were mistaken as members of a rival drug gang.

More than 100 people have been detained as part of the investigation and some of them were later charged with various crimes.

The Inter-American group of experts said forensic evidence suggests such a massive fire never took place in the landfill.

Although government officials said they would review the investigation and take into account the Inter-American experts’ report, several senior Mexican prosecutors have defended the initial conclusions.

Ms. Gómez, the Attorney General, said Wednesday that she has ordered the formation of a team of experts to study more than 63,000 fragments of remains recovered from the dump and the river for viable DNA samples, and that experts of the Inter-American group could join that team.

Odds are this will take years to resolve, and it’s very likely the guilty will not serve time

Only 4.5% of reported crimes in Mexico are ever investigated and just 1% ever go before a judge, according to a recent study by Mexico’s National Autonomous University. The criminal conviction rate in Mexico is 1.8%.

The most important thing on #RepublicanDebate?

September 18th, 2015

Fiorina outed the Planned Parenthood organ trading scandal during the largest-viewership show in CNN’s history.

Read my article, A post on Planned Parenthood @PPact, from the depths of the echo chamber

Go here for the Full-length @PPact Planned Parenthood videos I posted this morning.

Complete list of transcripts here (scroll down).

Center for Medical Progress YouTube Channel.

Full-length @PPact Planned Parenthood videos

September 18th, 2015

Without further comment, here are full-length videos of Planned Parenthood activities by the Center For Medical Progress, with transcript:

FULL FOOTAGE: Planned Parenthood Uses Partial-Birth Abortions to Sell Baby Parts. Transcript:  Lunch meeting with Dr. Deborah Nucatola, Senior Director of Medical Services, Planned Parenthood Federation of America


FULL FOOTAGE: Second Planned Parenthood Senior Executive Haggles Over Baby Parts Prices. Transcript: Second Planned Parenthood Senior Executive Haggles Over Baby Parts Prices, Changes Abortion Methods


FULL FOOTAGE: Planned Parenthood VP Says Fetuses May Come Out Intact, Agrees Payments. Transcript: Planned Parenthood VP Says Fetuses May Come Out Intact, Agrees Payments Specific to the Specimen


FULL FOOTAGE: Intact Fetuses “Just a Matter of Line Items” for Planned Parenthood TX Mega-Center. Transcript: Intact Fetuses “Just a Matter of Line Items” at Planned Parenthood TX Mega-Center


FULL FOOTAGE: Planned Parenthood Baby Parts Buyer StemExpress Wants “Another 50 Livers/Week”
5. Dinner meeting with Planned Parenthood Baby Parts Partner StemExpress, LLC


FULL FOOTAGE: Planned Parenthood Pacific Southwest Dr. Katharine Sheehan. Transcript: Dr. Katharine Sheehan, Medical Director Emerita, Planned Parenthood Pacific Southwest


FULL FOOTAGE: PPFA Dr. Carolyn Westhoff. Transcript: Dr. Carolyn Westhoff, Senior Medical Advisor, Planned Parenthood Federation of America


Complete list of transcripts here (scroll down).

Center for Medical Progress YouTube Channel.