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… We need to Support Pamela Geller [#A.F.D.I.]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,November 9th,2016

.. and her organization , the American Freedom Defense Initiative ..

.. Why ? It is the right thing to do . She has taken some very gutsy stands , and she is courageous . She is willing to make the gutsy call these days that few of us are willing to do ..

.. [h/t — TruthRevolt.org]..
.. [link] to the blog post …

.. also , because of the actions of this psychotic jihadist , Pamela , s life is under serious threat . This British – born jihadist tweeted her home address , home phone number , and her apartment number on their twitter account just a few days ago ..

.. he also attached the hashtag #goForth … Scary , isn’t it !! …

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… A Powerful Symbol of Freedom [#liberty]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,October 21st,2016

.. and of morality ! …

branco cartoon (rocks down dont loot)

.. [h/t — ComicallyIncorrect.com]..
.. [link] to the cartoon ..

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… You have To Be Kidding [#LGBT intimidation]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,September 2nd,2016

.. why ?? ..

.. these guys chose to support Senator Ted Cruz , by hosting a fundraiser at one of their hotels . The thing is , though , is that these two guys are gay . Normally , you figure , no big whoopee . In this day and age …

.. [h/t — RedState.com]..
.. [link] to the blog story ..

.. the LGBT community went nuts . They threatened a boycott of these guys ‘ hotel chain over the hosting of the fundraiser . As a result , they forced the two guys [ a gay couple ] to back down and apologize , and sdonate the money thate he made from the fundraiser to a LGBT cause …

.. what are these people thinking ?? ..

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… The Rats Endangering Our Liberties [#LameStreamMedia]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,September 2nd,2016

.. yes , it has been that bad …

.. and , to be honest , worse …

.. now with the grand jury judgement in in the Eric Garner case , the radicals are running wild . What is even worse is that the LameStreamMedia is both encouraging them and is egging them on . That is the height of moral depravity …

branco cartoon (ferguson , mo)(media feeding frenzy)

.. [h/t — ComicallyIncorrect.com]..
.. [link] to the cartoon …

.. these rats behaving like this is a disgrace …

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… What in the Hell is the Charlotte Observer thinking ?? [#editorial][#transgender issue][#school bathroom][#school lockerroom]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,May 25th,2016

.. indeed ..

.. here is the link to the editorial from the Charlotte Observer , regarding the transgender issue . It states , roughly , that students must get used to seeing genitalia of the opposite gender / sex in their locker room , whether they like it or not . Are they insane ?? ..

.. [h/t — Newsmax.com]..
.. [link] to the blog post ..

.. a bathroom , a lockerroom , both are private places . We go there to ” go to the can . ” In the other case , we go there to change our clothes into gym clothes , or to shower , clean up , and get dressed and return to our regular street clothes . It is just that , aa private ce . It is not a place that should be invaded by transgenders ..

.. Someone may be ” transitioning into trangender status . ” However , they have not had the surgeries needed to change their sex . Once they do , then they can get their birth certificate changed . Then you use the locker room of your new sex ..

.. Not before !! ..

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… the Fight for Freedom [#liberty]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,March 26th,2016

.. my understanding is that Islam , in particular , radical Islam , presents non – Muslims with three choices :

.. [-] convert to Islam , or …

.. [-] pay the jizya [a tax] , and
live in what is called dhimmitude …

.. [-] face death [die] …

.. I say that there is a fourth choice :

.. fight for freedom ;

.. fight for liberty , and

.. fight for freedom of religion , and

.. fight for freedom of speech , and

.. fight for our way of life , and that of our allied nations …

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… the Battle that We Face [#freedom]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,March 2nd,2016

.. we need to fight for our liberties …

.. at the ballot box , and on the battlefield …

branco cartoon (POTUS assault on liberty)

.. [h/t — ComicallyIncorrect.com]..
.. [link] to the cartoon…

.. it is something that POTUS does not understand , and will never understand …

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… Dummies , the Point is Religious Freedom [#accomodation][#religious freedom]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,November 14th,2015

.. the 7th Circuit is highly libertarian , and the D.C. Circuit has [for now] gone totally loonie – leftie with Dingy Harry Reid ‘ s court – stuffing stunt ..

.. neither one seems to get the point , though . The point is that the filling out of the HHS form is a substantial burden on the religious order ‘ s freedom of religion , dummies ….

.. [h/t — HotAir.com]..
.. [link] to the blog post …

.. D.C. Appeals Court Judge Janice Rogers – Brown [a future GOP Supreme Court justice nominee] puts it very well in her stinging dissent , exceprted here …

This seems to miss an obvious causal step: the “mandate on insurers” at issue here is not merely a general ACA requirement to provide contraception coverage, but a series of cost-sharing mandates that are not triggered unless the religious groups fill out the form. In a powerful dissent, Judge Janice Rogers Brown explains why this is nonsense:

[T]his case is not “paradoxical” because Plaintiffs object to regulatory requirements the government intended as a religious accommodation. That the government’s expressed intent in enacting the regulations at issue was to allay religious adherents’ concerns about the contraception mandate is not determinative of the ultimate question of whether Plaintiffs were in fact accommodated. Where the government imposes a substantial burden on religious exercise and labels it an “accommodation,” that burden is surely as distressing to adherents as it would be if imposed without such a designation. Therefore, heightened skepticism is not appropriate. We should look at Plaintiffs’ claims as we would any RFRA claim. After all, in the substantial burden analysis, the government’s motivations— no matter how benevolent—are irrelevant; we ask only whether the government’s action operates to place “substantial pressure on an adherent to modify his behavior and to violate his beliefs.”

[…]

Plaintiffs identify at least two acts that the regulations compel them to perform that they believe would violate their religious obligations: (1) “hiring or maintaining a contractual relationship with any company required, authorized, or incentivized to provide contraceptive coverage to beneficiaries enrolled in Plaintiffs’ health plans,” Pet. for Reh’g En Banc at 3; and (2) “filing the self-certification or notification,” id. at 4. Plaintiffs have therefore shown both that they are being compelled to modify their behavior and that, if undertaken, the modification would be a violation of their religious beliefs.

[…]

The panel did not dispute that federal law operates to compel Plaintiffs to maintain a relationship with an issuer or TPA that will provide the contraceptive coverage and to execute the self-certification or alternative notice. Their disagreement with Plaintiffs is about the significance of those compelled acts; in other words, the panel rejected the “adherents’ claim about the religious meaning of the undisputed operation of [] federal regulation[s].”

.. you can count on this one going before the Supremes . SCOTUS will not be able to avoid it . The Court could even be down one justice , though . Why ? ..

.. I think that Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg is slowly dying . Especially since she has already escaped pancreatic cancer once [already] , she is living on borrowed time . She wants to do as much damage as she still can while she still lives . However , I am betting [especially with Chuck Grasseley in charge of the Senate Judiciary Cmte] that …. His Lordship will try to push thru a radical leftist as her replacement , and the GOP – controlled Senate will have nothing of it …

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… A MutiFaith Prayer Room is One Thing [#orlando]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,August 27th,2015

.. but this ?? ..

.. a ” reflection room ?? ” .. it does not matter where the source of money comes from , it is a mosque , plain and simple ..

.. worse , it is on public property . If there is anything like this done for any other religious faith , there would be a legal furore . Well , there is likely to be one here , as well …

.. [h/t — Newsmax.com]..
.. [link] to the blog post …

.. it would be even worse if the action were done with public money .Then it would be a violation of the First Amendment to the US Constitution …

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… Congratulations , Memories Pizza [#grand re – opening]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,April 20th,2015

.. congratulations to Memories Pizza , of [] , Indiana .

.. this small business [yea , a pizzeria] was finally able to re – open for business the other day [about April 10th] . They re – opened to banner business , a huge surge in on – line orders , and a huge in – sotre crowd , both of regulars and of new customers …

.. [h/t — theRightScoop.com]..
.. [link] to the commentary from el Rushbo …

.. the MahaRushie [Rush Limbaugh] personally congratulated them on – air , and reminded us all again of their perilous story of threats and intimidation by the GayNazis …

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… Darren Wilson : the Interview [#A.B.C.]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,December 4th,2014

.. for those who are interested , I have obtained , through another blogger , the entire contents of George Stephanopoulos ‘ interview with now – former Ferguson , Mo police officer Darren Wilson …

.. [h/t — theRightScoop.com]..
.. [link] to the interview video ..

.. it is worth your while . I have not had a chance to watch the whole thing , so I am going to come back to my own blog to pull this up to watch it when I have the time …

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… Time for the Holy Father to Step Up … [#religious faith]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,August 4th,2014

.. it is time …. long since time …

.. I am Catholic , and so is Judge Jeanine …

.. [h/t — theRightScoop]..
.. [link] to her Opening Statement …

.. spot on , Judge Jeanine !! …

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… Meriam Ibrahim , Welcome to Freedom …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,July 25th,2014

.. at last , meriam Ibrahim and her family are free !! …

.. the other day , the Sudanese (with US and Italian intercession) allowed Ibrahim , her husband , and their kids to fly out of Khartoum , Sudan to Italy …

.. [h/t — theBlaze.com]..
.. [link] to the news story …

Meriam Ibrahim Pope Francis I

.. this day [July 24th , 2014] , she received multiple great blessings . She visited the Vatican , and met with Pope Francis I . The Holy Father gave her a rosary , celebrating her hard – won and defended Christian faith …

.. May God Bless You , Meriam Ibrahim and your family !! …

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… from the Killer ‘ s own Words [Santa Barbara shooting tragedy]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,June 5th,2014

.. the N.R.A. puts it best …

NRA (good guy with gun)

.. [h/t — TruthRevolt]..
.. [link] to the blog news ..

.. Some will use the killer ‘ s name . I will not do so …

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… Disgusting ! [Mock Eviction Notices at N.Y.U.]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,May 4th,2014

.. you heard it right , folks .

.. this student group at N.Y.U. , called the Students for Justice for Palestine [s.j.p.] , slipped ” mock ” eviction notices under the doors of jewish students at N.Y.U. …

.. Not Funny ! Libelous ! Slanderous ! Anti – Semitic ! …

.. [h/t — TruthRevolt]..
.. [link] to the interview footage ..

.. the interview is a segment from ” On The Record ” with Greta Van Susteren . She interviewed a TruthRevolt reporter who is also a New York University [N.Y.U.] student …

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… Bravo , Ben [Shapiro] ! …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,April 29th,2014

.. Ben Shapiro appeared on the Kelly File with Megyn Kelly on Friday night [04/25/2014] , and reamed Brandeis University and its president a couple of brand new ones .

.. [h/t — TruthRevolt]..
.. [link] to the interview footage ..

.. Brandeis needed to be called out on the carpet . They collapsed to the dark forces of immoral tertitude . These are the kind of folks who will never understand what kind of message Dr. Ayaan Hirsi Ali is trying to bring forth …

.. more than that , those folks cannot stand criticism . They will act to suppress and eliminate the criticism and speech of those who act to oppose them …

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… Pam Geller is Right ; the U.K. is wrong …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,April 28th,2014

.. Pam Geller is one of the finest people around .

.. there are fewer than I can think of that have more spark and more courage and drive than she does . I can think of very few people that are more blunt and on point than she is …

.. see her latest column that she submitted for WorldNetDaily , and you will see why …

.. [h/t — PamelaGeller]..
.. [link] to the column ..

.. the text of the column ..

The first-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon jihad bombing was marked by a notable and predictable absence.

All the observances, commemorations and coverage studiously avoided mentioning why the attack happened in the first place: There was no mention of jihad. In all of the pomp, tribute, memorials and wall-to-wall coverage of this terrible anniversary, everyone from President Obama on down had a lot to say. A lot of nothing.

A lot of meaningless rhetoric and feel-good nonsense. Three people were murdered and more than 250 were wounded, many maimed for life – and on the first anniversary, the New York Times ran sympathy propaganda commiserating not with the victims, but with the jihad filth Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

An article headlined, “Marathon Bombing Suspect Waits in Isolation,” began this way: “He cannot mingle, speak or pray with other prisoners. His only visitors are his legal team, a mental health consultant and his immediate family, who apparently have seen him only rarely.” This holy warrior should have been sentenced to death by a military tribunal. This is moral inversion. Sick and depraved, the New York Times has sunk to an altogether new low. Is it any wonder that its circulation is in the tank and sinking fast? These creeps deserve to go out of business.

The restrictions on the movements of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are designated for those who pose the greatest threat to others. But the New York Times pooh-poohs that, because “there is little of substance to suggest that Mr. Tsarnaev, 20, and his brother Tamerlan were anything but isolated, homegrown terrorists.” So what? What difference does it make if they were waging jihad alone or with a group?

They blew up the Boston Marathon, targeting thousands of families. They are part of the global jihad. The New York Times has really gone over to the dark side. And it is not alone. The city of Boston paid “solemn tribute” last Tuesday to the victims of the bombing. But as is shown by the cancellation of an honorary degree that was to be awarded to Ayaan Hirsi Ali at Brandeis, one of the city’s leading universities, as well as by the city’s refusal to run the counter-jihad ads of my organization, the American Freedom Defense Initiative, or AFDI, Boston has not yet faced the full reality of what happened there on April 15, 2013.

President Obama said at the “solemn tribute”: “One year later, we also stand in awe of the men and women who continue to inspire us.” Standing in awe of innocent people who were casualties in a jihad attack is meaningless. Neither he nor anyone else said anything about the ideology that motivates this global war against freedom. And his vice president rivaled Obama’s empty rhetoric. Joe Biden said: “We are America, we own the finish line.” What does that even mean? Hey Biden, they bombed the finish line. And even worse than that, Biden told survivors of the bombing that “it was worth it.” He said: “Even though I’m not a Boston fan, I love you guys, man.”

Not a Boston fan? People were killed, and he is talking about sports? And then he added, “My God, you have survived and you have soared. … it was worth it. I mean this sincerely, just to hear each of you speak.” America elected this clown and his jihadophilic boss.

Imagine if a Republican ever uttered such words. But it’s a Democrat, so the enemedia don’t even cover it. They don’t have a single word to say about it. But worse than that is the fact that even after people are blown to bits on an American city street, we still refuse to discuss the identity, motives and goals of the enemy. We are farther back now than we were before Sept. 11. Every time I hear “Boston Strong,” I cringe. Sorry, but this defeatism and fear is anything but strong. Refusal to name the enemy is anything but strong. Not daring to speak its name is not strong. It’s surrender.

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… Arresting People — for their Religious Faith ?!?! …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,April 25th,2014

.. for celebrating Palm Sunday ? …

.. yes , it happened … in Cuba ..

.. [h/t — BabaluBlog]..
.. [link] to the blog news..

.. the Damas de Blanco (the Ladies in White) were among 30 people that were arrested for the celebration of their faith on Palm Sunday …

.. may God Bless You , Ladies in White !! …

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… AG Holder should be Defending our Constitution …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,April 24th,2014

.. but he is not ..

.. if he were , he would not be stalling things on Fast and Furious …

.. if he were , he would not be jerking around Congress the way he has on other affairs …

.. [h/t — TruthRevolt]..
.. [link] to the post …

.. he would not be threatening the Second Amendment to the Constitution the way he has and he is ….

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… the Efforts for Human Rights [#Viva Cuba Libre]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,April 20th,2014

.. being of a middle – class upbringing [my father was an electrical engineer , my late mother was a maternity nurse] in the Midwest here in the U.S. , it still amazes me what others have to go through each day just to fight for their simple , god – given human rights …

.. [h/t — BabaluBlog]..
.. [link] to the blog news ..

.. these young men and young women are people of amazing and tremendous courage and heart . They risk everything , everyday , to fight for their faith , their beliefs , and their freedom . They do it not just for themselves , but they do it for all of Cuba , even for the folks who are imprisoning them …

.. may God Bless Berta Soler and the Ladies in White …

.. may God Bless Viva Cuba Libré …

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… GodSpeed , Boston …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,April 20th,2014

.. tomorrow is Patriot ‘ s Day in Boston and in Massachusettes . It is also the case in Maine , because the territory that became the state of Maine was once part of the colony of Massachusettes …

.. God Willing , the celebration and the marathon will come off without a hitch . I pray that it will be the case …

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… Going to Mass Gets You Arrested ?? …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,April 9th,2014

.. no , not here in the United States .

.. in Cuba .

.. [h/t — BabaluBlog]..damas de blanco [ladies in white]
.. [link] to the blog post ..

 

.. for the simple and signal act of defiance by going to mass together , 70 of les Damas de Blanco [the Ladies in White] in Havana were arrested the other day for their beliefs and their faiths …

.. my prayers and best wishes are with you all , les Damas de Blanco . God Speed , and God Bless ! …

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… #SOS Venezuela …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,March 31st,2014

.. this video (yes , it is in Spanish) is one that the O.A.S. [the Organization of American States (perverted under Obama) and Cuba tried mightily to silence . To do so , even when it was presented to the O.A.S. assembly , it was pushed into closed session , keeping out the press …

.. [h/t — BabaluBlog]..
.. [link] to the important video…

.. those dummies were desperate to silence Venezuelan opposition leader Maria  Corina Machado , and they forgot about the power of the blogosphere and the abundant power of fellow bloggers to spread the word . So , here I am to do my part …

.. yea , I do not speak much Spanish , at least not yet . I am working on that , though . Still , the presentation of the video speakes volumes for whatever level of the goings-on that you can understand …. that ordinary Venezuelans are fighting in the streets , demonstrating and protesting to win back the freedom and liberty …

.. may God Bless them , each and every one ! God Speed , and Good Luck !! …

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… What was Maria Conchita Alonso thinking ?? …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,January 28th,2014

.. my guess is that she was and is thinking …

.. of freedom , liberty , and the pursuits of happiness .

.. She is a Cuban – American . She well knows what the Castroite dictatorship is and what it stand for , and what it does not stand for . She knows what her old political persuasion [likely Democrat] these days works with the people who stand with Fidel and Rauol , with Maduro , et al . in South American , and those who enslave humanity .

..God Bless You , Maria , and your courage to speak your mind and your heart …

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… the Anti – Che [Felix Rodriguez] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,August 12th,2013

.. I wanted to repost this fine National Review piece by Jay Nordlinger about the quinticential anti – Che (Guevara) and pentultimate freedom fighter Felix Rodriguez

.. thank you and may God Bless You for Your Service , Felix ! Hopefully , god – willing , someday , you will be able to return home to Cuba , in both freedom , and in triumph !! …

The Anti-Che

… Jay Nordlinger , National Review …

Miami, Fla. — Felix Rodriguez seems fated to be linked to Che Guevara. This is not entirely just. Rodriguez loves freedom, and has worked tirelessly for it; Guevara loved tyranny, and worked tirelessly for it. “Two sides of the same coin,” some people say. Maybe — but only in the way that light and dark are two sides of the same coin. Rodriguez had a role in stopping Guevara. He was there, in the Bolivian mountains, in 1967. He was the last person to talk with Guevara — a man who did so much to tyrannize the country where Rodriguez was born, Cuba.

The story of Guevara’s last day has been told many times, in many ways. Rodriguez told it in his 1989 memoir, Shadow Warrior. It

... Felix is at left , the slob in a bead is Guevara ...

… Felix is at left , the slob in a bead is Guevara …

is told in a book published earlier this year, Daybreak at La Higuera, by Rafael Cerrato, a Spaniard. La Higuera is the village where Guevara met his end. Cerrato’s main sources for the book are Rodriguez, who was working for the Central Intelligence Agency, and Dariel Alarcón Ramírez, whose nom de guerre was Benigno. A Cuban, Benigno was Guevara’s lieutenant in Bolivia. He was also a member of Fidel Castro’s inner circle. He defected in 1996 — and now he and Rodriguez are friends.

Just a week ago, Rodriguez made a donation to the CIA Museum: ashes from Guevara’s last pipe. But he has a few more of those ashes here, in his Miami home. His den is chock-a-block with mementos. On the wall, for example, is a bond signed by José Martí, Cuba’s national hero. In this den, we talk about events past, present, and future. Rodriguez is an excellent talker (as well as doer). He is large, sharp, and commanding.

He was born in 1941. His hometown is Sancti Spíritus, in central Cuba. His father was a storeowner; his mother helped out in the store and tended the house. Rodriguez’s earliest memory is of being with his mom while she talked about what Hitler was doing in Europe. The little boy was scared that the Nazis would come to Cuba. Among his forebears are notable figures from Cuba’s wars of independence. One of these figures is Alejandro Rodríguez Velasco, who would become the first popularly elected mayor of Havana. In 1895, Máximo Gómez sent a letter to this man’s wife — who had asked whether her husband might come home from the field. Gómez wrote her a tender letter about the value of fighting for freedom. This letter is one of Felix Rodriguez’s treasures.

And who was Máximo Gómez? Cubans know: He was an officer from the Dominican Republic, who went to Cuba to help that country win its independence from Spain. For Cubans, he is a Lafayette. In the 1980s, Felix Rodriguez went to El Salvador, as a private citizen, to help that country defeat a Castro-backed Communist insurgency. The alias he adopted: Max Gomez. Here in his den, he reads out the letter from the original Gómez — and chokes up.

When he was about twelve, an uncle offered him the chance to study in the United States. Felix was reluctant at first, because he loved his life in Cuba. But another uncle, who had studied in Paris, said, “Think hard about this. This is a rare opportunity, and if you pass it up, you’ll regret it.” Felix heeded this advice. And he chose a school in Pennsylvania, because he wanted to see snow. The school was called Perkiomen, in Pennsburg, not far from Philadelphia. When he was a junior in high school, his country experienced its cataclysmic event: the takeover by Castro and his fellow revolutionaries. Felix’s parents were on vacation in Mexico. (It turned out to be a long vacation.) Felix, just 17, determined to fight the Communists, as soon as possible.

It was possible through something called the Anti-Communist Legion of the Caribbean, being formed in the Dominican Republic — which itself was ruled by a dictator, Trujillo. Felix joined up against his parents’ will. He arrived in Santo Domingo — or Ciudad Trujillo, as it was then — on July 4, 1959. He hoped that this date, the Fourth of July, would be as auspicious for Cubans as it had been for Americans. The Anti-Communist Legion staged just one mission into Cuba, a disaster: Castro was waiting for them, and all the troops were killed or captured. Rodriguez had been excluded from the mission at the last second. A friend of his, Roberto Martín Pérez, was captured and spent the next 28 years in Castro’s prisons. Rodriguez vowed to keep doing what he could.

One of the themes of his life is that too few people know what it is to have your country seized by totalitarians. In a 60 Minutes piece, aired in 1989, Mike Wallace asked Rodriguez why he was helping the Salvadorans. “What is it, are you a war-lover? Is that it? Are you constantly in search of adventure?” Rodriguez replied, in short, that people in general are clueless. You can read about Communism, but until you have experienced it for yourself, you have no idea. Also, there is the experience of exile: to be ripped from your country and family and friends, and not be able to return.

Many people think of Castro and his brother as Northern European–style socialists who occasionally get a little rough — or as traditional caudillos who flavor their speech with Marxism-Leninism. In reality, they are in the mold of Hoxha or Ceausescu, monsters. And the Castros’ grip on Cuba is monstrous. Like many Cubans and Cuban Americans, Rodriguez often refers to Fidel Castro simply as “he” or “him.” Equally often, he refers to him as “the son-of-a-bitch.”

#page#At the beginning of 1961, he had an idea: He would assassinate the son-of-a-bitch. It would avoid or shorten the coming war, he reasoned. He and a friend volunteered their services — and the CIA accepted. The Agency equipped Rodriguez with a German rifle, which had a telescopic sight. The Agency also added a radio operator to the team. Three times, this team headed to Cuba on a luxurious yacht, whose captain was American and whose crew was made up of tough, hardened Ukrainians and Romanians, bearing East Bloc weapons. Rodriguez later heard that the yacht belonged to Sargent Shriver, President Kennedy’s brother-in-law. All three times, something went awry, and the Agency changed its mind about the assassination mission. In late February of ’61, Rodriguez was sent into Cuba as part of an infiltration team, whose mission was to help the Cuban resistance in advance of the invasion: an invasion that would be known as the Bay of Pigs.

Rodriguez’s mission was, of course, harrowing, with many close calls. But it was not without its amusing elements. One day, Rodriguez and a companion approached a beach. Not thinking, Rodriguez said to a militiaman, “Is it okay to use this beach or is it private?” The militiaman said, “Compañero, where you been? There aren’t any private beaches anymore. They all belong to the people!” “Oh, right,” said Rodriguez. “Thanks, compañero. Power to the Revolution!” But Rodriguez was soon warned away from a particular stretch of beach: which was marked off for Fidel Castro himself.

In his Miami den, Rodriguez gives a detailed account of the Bay of Pigs, an operation that earned the name “fiasco.” The blunders of the American planners are almost unbelievable. The Cubans had confidence until the end, says Rodriguez: America was John Wayne. And John Wayne never loses. Until he did. After the Bay of Pigs, Cuban hopes sank, and Castro cemented his power. Fear gripped the island. People shrank from resistance, understandably. Rodriguez managed to get to the Venezuelan embassy in Havana, where he was sheltered for five months: He left Cuba in September 1961. He would not be sheltered in the Venezuelan embassy today: The government in Caracas regards the Castro dictatorship as a model. Venezuelan oil helps sustain the Castro dictatorship. As Rodriguez sees it, Venezuela’s president, Nicolás Maduro, is loyal to the Castros, like a son to a father (two of them). Maduro’s predecessor, Hugo Chávez, was the same way.

Rodriguez married a Cuban girl he met when he was 14 — “It was love at first sight.” He and Rosa had two children, Rosemarie and Felix Jr. The family settled into American life — but not entirely. They were between countries, in a sense, as so many others in South Florida were. Then, in 1967, came Felix’s rendezvous with Guevara.

The old Argentinean guerrilla was in Bolivia to lead a revolution, to impose on that country what he had already helped impose on Cuba. The “old” guerrilla was 39; Rodriguez was 26. He was assigned by the CIA to assist Bolivian forces in tracking Guevara down. What was his role in ultimate success? We can say the following: Rodriguez’s skillfully gentle interrogation of a young guerrilla prisoner helped the Bolivians home in on the guerrilla leader. On October 9, Rodriguez met this leader face to face, in the mud-brick schoolhouse in La Higuera. You can imagine some of the emotion. Guevara had killed many people, personally, back in Cuba — mainly at La Cabaña, his fortress headquarters. Before they died, the Cubans shouted, “Viva Cuba libre!” (“Long live free Cuba!”) and “Viva Cristo Rey!” (“Long live Christ the King!”). And now Rodriguez had him at his feet.

Guevara was a cocky killer, but he was not so cocky at this moment. Still, he had an air of command. Said Rodriguez, “Che Guevara, I want to talk to you.” Said Guevara, “No one interrogates me.” But talk they did — about philosophy, life, and death. Rodriguez asked him about the people he killed at La Cabaña. Guevara said they were all “foreigners.” He himself had been a foreigner in Cuba, of course. And as Rodriguez pointed out to him, he was a foreigner in Bolivia. Guevara answered, “These are matters of the proletariat that are beyond your comprehension.” Rodriguez asked how he, an Argentinean physician, could have become president of the Cuban national bank. Guevara told him a funny story: One day, Castro said to his top cadres, “Who here is a dedicated economist,” or economista? Guevara thought he had said comunista — and raised his hand. That’s how he became president of the national bank. Rodriguez thought he might be kidding — but later, Benigno, the Cuban defector, confirmed the story. He had been present, sitting right next to Guevara.

Rodriguez’s orders from Washington were to do everything he could to keep Guevara alive. Then, the prisoner would be transported to Panama, to be interrogated by the Americans. But the Bolivians had the authority in this matter. It was their war, their country — and they wanted him dead. Rodriguez gave the prisoner the news. “It’s better this way, Felix,” said Guevara. “I should never have been captured alive.” Rodriguez said to him, “Comandante, do you want me to say anything to your family if I ever have the opportunity?” After an interval, Guevara said, “Yes. Tell Fidel that he will soon see a triumphant revolution in America” (i.e., South America). “And tell my wife to get remarried and try to be happy.” The two men embraced. Then Rodriguez walked out of the schoolhouse. (He was never to meet Guevara’s family.)

#page#The Bolivian officer in charge, Joaquín Zenteno Anaya, had offered Rodriguez the chance to finish Guevara off. Guevara had done Rodriguez’s country so much harm, Zenteno said. It was only right that he have the opportunity. But he declined. It was left to a Bolivian sergeant. Rodriguez has always maintained that Guevara died with courage and dignity. He admired him for it, and still does. But that’s as far as his admiration goes.

He remembers meeting a woman some 30 years ago, whose son had been executed at La Cabaña. He was 15 years old. She went to the fortress to beg for his life. Guevara received her. This was on a Monday. He called an assistant and said, “When is this prisoner scheduled to be executed?” On Friday, he was told. The prisoner’s mother thought Guevara was going to grant a reprieve. Instead, he said, “Get him and execute him now, so his mother doesn’t have to wait until Friday.” She fainted. Says Rodriguez, “He was a very, very cruel man.”

What does he think when he sees Guevara’s face on all those T-shirts? What does he think of the people who wear those T-shirts? Mainly that they are ignorant, having no idea who Guevara was or what he did or what he stood for. One day, Benigno and his wife saw a young Frenchman in a Che shirt. His wife asked him, “Who is that fellow on your shirt?” The young man answered, “A rock singer.”

Rodriguez became an American citizen in 1969. And he volunteered for Vietnam. From 1970 to 1972, he was in special operations. He told the Vietnamese with whom he worked, “I’ve already lost my country,” meaning his original country, “but it’s not too late for you: You can fight for your country.” One Christmas, after he was back home in Miami, he received a card from a Vietnamese comrade named Hoa. “Do you think the United States will ever abandon us?” asked Hoa. Rodriguez wrote back and said no. In his view, the U.S. did in fact abandon the Vietnamese, in 1975. He is of the school that says the U.S. won the war militarily but lost it politically, and shamefully. After their triumph, the Vietnamese Communists killed about a million.

In 1976, Rodriguez left the CIA, for several reasons. One had to do with security. In May of that year, Zenteno, the Bolivian, was gunned down in Paris. He had been serving as his country’s ambassador to France. Claiming responsibility was a group that called itself the International Che Guevara Brigade. Not long after, Rodriguez received a call at home. In Spanish, a man asked for “Felix Ramos.” Then he said, “You’re next.” That name, Felix Ramos, had been Rodriguez’s alias in Bolivia. (Unlike “Max Gomez,” it had no political or historical significance.) The Agency offered to give Rodriguez and his family new identities and move them to a different state. But Rodriguez decided against: too disruptive. So, the Agency added security enhancements to his house, bullet-proofed his car, and took some other measures. They also gave him a very high award: the Intelligence Star, for valor.

For some years, the Cuban dictatorship had a price on Rodriguez’s head. From Benigno, Rodriguez learned that Raúl Castro had a special interest in him. There were at least three plots against Rodriguez. Is there still a price on his head? He thinks not: “The Cuban government has enough problems without worrying about me. But it’s always possible that some crazy guy will try to do something to congratulate himself.”

Rodriguez has a lot to say about the Carter years — none of it good — but we will skip ahead to the Reagan years. In 1985, Rodriguez went to El Salvador, as a private citizen, and as Max Gomez. He flew hundreds of combat missions with Salvadoran forces, applying what he had learned about counterinsurgency. He told the Salvadorans exactly what he had told the Vietnamese: “It may be too late for Cuba, but it’s not too late for you.” El Salvador remained out of Communist hands and took a democratic path (however stony). Like all astute observers, Rodriguez sees a general threat to Latin America today: The threat is from little Castros who are elected democratically — once. Then they go about Castroization. Rodriguez cites Evo Morales, among others: He will rule Bolivia for a very long time, presumably.

While in El Salvador, Rodriguez received a request from a White House staffer, a man soon to become famous: Oliver North. Would Rodriguez help with the resupply of the Contras in Nicaragua? They were fighting the Castro-backed, and Soviet-backed, junta in Managua. Rodriguez agreed — but fairly rapidly became disillusioned with the whole “Enterprise” (as North called it). Equipment for the Contras was shoddy and unsafe. Operational security was shaky. What really stuck in Rodriguez’s craw was war-profiteering. In 1987, he testified at the Iran-Contra hearings, without a lawyer, and without holding back. That was the end of his involvement in scandal, he thought.

But a month later, there was an eye-popping story in the Miami Herald: A convicted money launderer for the Medellín cartel had accused Rodriguez of soliciting drug money for the Contras. This was a leak supplied by “unnamed congressional sources.” And who might they be? It was no mystery. In the Senate, John Kerry was chairing a subcommittee known to one and all as the “Kerry Committee.” He was keen to establish a link between the Contras and drug-running. He was especially keen to link the vice president, George Bush, to any such drug-running. Rodriguez had a tie to Bush, because the vice president’s national-security adviser was Donald Gregg, who had been Rodriguez’s superior in Vietnam. Rodriguez wanted to testify before Kerry’s committee in an open hearing, so he could clear his name. But Kerry insisted on a closed hearing.

#page#Toward the end of that hearing, Rodriguez said to Kerry, “Senator, this has been the hardest testimony I ever gave in my life.” Kerry asked why. “Because,” said Rodriguez, “it is extremely difficult to have to answer questions from someone you do not respect, and I do not respect you and what you are doing here.” The senator was not pleased. “Boy, did he blow his top,” Rodriguez says. But after almost a year — and considerable Republican pressure — Kerry apologized to Rodriguez and acknowledged that the money launderer’s accusation was false. Fine, says Rodriguez. But if you Google his name, you will find plenty of references to the Medellín drug cartel. The endurance, the permanence, of the 1987 lie rankles Rodriguez.

While Kerry had Rodriguez before him, he took the opportunity to question him about Che Guevara and Bolivia. For one thing, had he really done all he could to save the guerrilla’s life? Kerry was sarcastic in this questioning. It seems to Rodriguez that Kerry, at that time, had sympathy for Guevara, and the Sandinistas, and Castro. In 2004, when the senator was the presidential nominee of the Democratic party, Rodriguez spoke against him at a rally on Capitol Hill organized by Vietnam Veterans for Truth. Today, of course, Kerry is secretary of state — which pains and disgusts Rodriguez. “I despise that guy. He is a phony. He was a phony during the Vietnam War. He’s a self-promoter.” His voice trails off: “I don’t like the guy at all . . .”

Cubans such as Felix Rodriguez expected the Castro dictatorship to last a year, two years, maybe three. He was 17 when Castro took over; Castro, with his brother, still rules the island, and Rodriguez is 72. Communism in Cuba has lasted longer than Communism in Eastern Europe, by ten years and counting. Obviously, this is more painful and disgusting to Rodriguez than John Kerry’s current status as U.S. secretary of state. Cuba was no Jeffersonian democracy when Castro took over. But it was nothing like the totalitarian hell he and his partners made it. And it has had no chance to evolve in a democratic direction, as the Dominican Republic and lots of other places did. When will it end? When will the Communists fall? Cubans are weary of answering this question, after almost 55 years. Rodriguez, though, points to the Castros’ friends in Venezuela: If the oil ever stopped coming, the brothers would be in trouble. Needless to say, Rodriguez is unsure whether he will see Cuba again.

Twenty-five years ago, he wrote in his memoir, “Sometimes I feel a little bit like Ulysses. . . . Like him, I am from an island nation. Like him, I went to war. And like him, I am having a hard time getting home.” How about today? Does he still feel that way? Is he still trying to get home? Where’s home? “It’s complicated,” Rodriguez says. Yes, it is. It is complicated for virtually all Cuban Americans of his generation. Rodriguez is a patriotic Cuban. He is also a patriotic American. Under normal circumstances, this would be a bald contradiction, but the circumstances of the Cuban exile are peculiar, not normal. Rodriguez says that the Cuba he knew has been destroyed, over these 50-plus years. He doesn’t know anyone over there anymore. The Communists long ago expropriated his family home in Sancti Spíritus. If the regime fell, he wouldn’t claim it. But he might like to negotiate to buy it, “for sentimental reasons.”

The 60 Minutes piece done on him in 1989 is an exercise in soft-Left condescension. It portrays anti-Communism as some kind of mental disorder, or at least a sign of immaturity. Of Rodriguez, Mike Wallace says, “He has never lost his love of war nor his anti-Communist ideals.” Rodriguez doesn’t love war: But he is willing to fight in order to keep or gain freedom and peace. At the end of the segment, Wallace wonders, “What does the future hold for this 48-year-old foot soldier in a fading Cold War?” Arthur Liman, who was chief counsel to the Iran-Contra Committee, says, “I think that Felix Rodriguez will probably end up — and I hate to say this — in an unmarked grave in some faraway place, fighting the remnants of Communism.” Wallace responds, “A little bit like Che Guevara.”

William F. Buckley Jr. once came up with a formulation: Say that Smith pushes an old lady out of the way of an onrushing bus. Then Jones pushes an old lady into the way of an onrushing bus. It would be absurd to say that these are two men who push old ladies around. Felix Rodriguez will always be linked to Che Guevara, and they both fought. But they are not alike. Rodriguez’s face will probably not grace a T-shirt. He is what they call a “right-wing Cuban exile.” Guevara is a “romantic revolutionary” and “idealist.” His face sits on a billion T-shirts. Pilgrims flock to La Higuera, to worship at his shrine there. But of the two men, Rodriguez and Guevara, only one deserves honor.

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… Obamaphobia is …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,June 18th,2013

.. standing for the rule of law  , not the rule of one man ..

.. standing for the rights of the individual , not the rights of a group ..

.. traditional judeo – islamic – christian values , which , when practiced the way they are supposed to be , are not mutually exclusive of each other , or to each other ..

.. the proper separation of powers , where the branches support each other , and their roles , not obstruct each other , and intefere with their work ..

.. religious liberty , not atheistic tyranny ..

.. I have more , add your own , please , keep it clean ! ..

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… Pam Geller is worthy of our support !! …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,April 6th,2013

English: Photo of Pamela Geller

English: Photo of Pamela Geller (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

.. for those who do not know , Pamela Geller is a pro – liberty activist , not an anti – islam activist , or an anti – gay activist . She has worked tirelessly to alert so many people to the dangers that various groups present to our freedoms and liberties .  She has worked endlessly to raise funds and to advertise her causes , taking many chances with her own freedom and safety . As a result , she has come under assault countless numbers of times ..

.. Now , perhaps , she is taking on one of her toughest audiences . She is trying to bring awareness to the gay and lesbian communities of greater San Francisco about the dangers of radical Islam . I am no fan of the LGBT community , but they are in great danger from those true believers of Islam , for homosexuality in Islam is a mortal sin  , punishable by death .

.. On April 2, Salon magazine carried a column by Chris Stedman accusing Pamela Geller of trying to drive a wedge between gays and Muslims. To do this, Stedman depicts Geller as a desperate, anti-Muslim zealot who is loathed by the gay community ..

.. The problem : Geller is neither anti-Muslim nor without her supporters in the gay community. But these are facts that appear to have eluded Stedman . So that you can evaluated his column for youself , here is his aforementioned [column]

.. and here is an [article] from the San Francisco Examiner , showing the local

reaction to Pam ‘ s activities ..   

.. and [this] is an example from Long Island , NY (Nassau County) , where a public

official misused his office in order to get a speech of hers canceled ..

.. Please visit her website , how and when you can . Its name is Atlas Shrugged . Its

web address is http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com

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