[Daily Caller] Filmmaker and American citizen Agustin Blazquez never thought his native Cuba would become a communist country, but now he sees the same radical shift happening in America.
In this exclusive video interview for The Daily Caller News Foundation, he says the left has been clever by using "very non-threatening words," like liberal, progressive and concerned citizens, for advancing government control of American lives. The truth about Cuban politics is hard to find because of media spin and propaganda dominating American discourse.
For Blazquez, watching American youth embrace avowed socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders for president, strikes him as "absurd." It is the end result, he says, of the cultural marxist education and media propaganda that has anesthetized too many Americans who do not defend the values that made America exceptional.
Watching President Barack Obama travel to Cuba, he says, made him "want to throw up." This was a "betrayal to victims of communism," the filmmaker of "Covering Cuba" says. Blazquez adds there are "so many [Nelson] Mandelas" in Cuban prisons, who are tortured, denied medical attention and abused. Yet, prominent black elites from America, including most incredibly to him, the Congressional Black Caucus, are wined and dined by the political elites but are blind to their "betrayal of blacks in Cuba."
Ted Cruz’s vice presidential announcement yesterday was intended to galvanize Republicans and provide a boost to his campaign heading into Indiana and California. Many of my friends and colleagues support the decision.
But Cruz’s choice of Carly Fiorina troubles me deeply. Here are 11 red flags:
...It’s more than just the desperation of Cruz’s VP pick that is problematic. It’s the dissonant bad judgment of choosing a running mate who resembles the duplicitous "campaign season conservative" whom Cruz has spent this entire election cycle disavowing.
When the best person you can find to be your running mate is a twice-failed candidate who accused you of saying anything to win, that’s not a red flag. It’s a four-alarm fire.
[DAWN] LAST week’s deadly attack on police escorting a polio ...Poliomyelitis is a disease caused by infection with the poliovirus. Between 1840 and the 1950s, polio was a worldwide epidemic. Since the development of polio vaccines the disease has been largely wiped out in the civilized world. However, since the vaccine is known to make Moslem pee-pees shrink and renders females sterile, bookish, and unsubmissive it is not widely used by the turban and automatic weapons set... vaccination team in the Bloody Karachi ...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous... suburb of Orangi which left seven law enforcers dead was overshadowed by the cacophony of protest over the appearance of the names of the prime minister’s children in the leaked Panama Papers and news of the removal from service of six army officers on corruption charges.
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It's kind of a neat metaphor. Do you choose science and modernity, or the will of allan?
If I had to bet, my money would be on the muzzies choosing allan.
[DAWN] That raucous sound you hear in the distance is Asif Ali Zardari laughing at Nawaz Sharif ... served two non-consecutive terms as prime minister, heads the Pakistain Moslem League (Nawaz). Noted for his spectacular corruption, the 1998 Pak nuclear test, border war with India, and for being tossed by General Musharraf... ’s predicament over the Panama Papers leaks.
Whether he’s in Dubai, London or New York, I’m sure he’s revelling in the prime minister’s political and personal pain over the disclosure of his children’s names as beneficiaries of offshore companies registered in Panama. Above all, he’s glad he’s not in Pakistain to face calls for accountability and disclosure.
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Simon and Schuster, 1988
An informative, exciting, short book chronicling The Ox and Bucks capture of Pegasus Bridge in the opening moments of Operation Overlord. I will let Mr. Ambrose explain why he chose this topic: (Pages 11-12)
The third bridge (he mentioned Remagen and Arhem - ed), Pegasus, remains better known in the United Kingdom than in the United States, even though it was a featured section of the movie version of Ryan's The Longest Day and is covered in every extended account of the invasion. But no book-length account has appeared.
I first became attracted to the story on June 7, 1981. I was at Pegasus Bridge with a group of American veterans and their wives, leading a tour of World War II battlefields. We had examined the bridge, marveled at the skill of the glider pilots, visited the small museum. I had just got the group back on the bus and was ready to move out - behind schedule as always - when a white haired man, leaning on a cane, stopped me as I boarded the bus and asked, "I say, are any of you chaps from the British Sixth Airborne Division?"
"No, sir," I replied, "we're Americans on this bus."
"Oh, I'm sorry," he said.
"Don't be sorry," I answered. "We're all rather proud to be Americans. Were you in the Sixth Airborne?"
"I was indeed," he replied. "I'm Major John Howard."
Mr. Ambrose builds an understanding of the participants using interviews of the, at that time, living survivors of this action, including Major Howard. Chapter 2 is titled, "D-Day Minus Two Years", so we really have a chance to get to know the people - soldiers, glider pilots, tug pilots - and what they had to do to prepare themselves for Operation Deadstick. As D-Day approaches, the accounts begin to take on tension. (Page 65)
"The capture of the bridges will be a coup de main operation depending largely on surprise, speed, and dash for success," the orders read. "Provided the bulk of your force lands safely, you should have little difficulty in overcoming the known opposition on the bridges. Your difficulties will arise in holding off an enemy counterattack on the bridges, until you are relieved."
Turning specifically to the subject of counterattack, Poett's orders continued, "You must expect a counterattack any time after" 0100 hours, or within an hour of landing. "This attack may take the form of a battle group consisting of one company infantry in lorries, up to eight tanks and one or two guns mounted on lorries, or it may be a lorried infantry company alone, or infantry on foot." The most likely line of approach for the counterattacking force would be from the west.
After landing, all hell breaks loose in one of the opening actions all along Normandy; this part is famously represented in the movie The Longest Day: (Pages 93-94)
Back in the Benouville whorehouse, Private Bonck had just unlaced his boots. On the bridge, Private Romer had just passed his fellow sentry at the midpoint and was approaching the eastern end. Brotheridge and his platoon came rushing up the embankment. As the shot aimed at Howard broke the silence, Romer saw twenty-two British airborne troops, appearing so far as he was concerned literally out of nowhere, in their camouflaged battle smocks, their faces grotesquely blacked, giving the most eerie sensation of a blending of savagery and civilization, the civilization half of it represented by the Stens and Brens and Enfields they carried on their hips, ready to fire.
They were coming at Romer at a steady trot, as determined a group as Romer thought he would ever encounter. Romer could see in a flash, by the way the men carried their weapons, by the look in their eyes and by the way their eyes darted around, all white behind the black masks, that they were highly trained killers who were determined to have their way that night. Who was he to argue with them, an eighteen-year-old schoolboy who scarcely knew how to fire his rifle.
The accounts of the next 24 hours is amazingly detailed, sometimes minute by minute and play by play. There is violence, of course, but I would not say it is anything compared to D-Day, and Mr. Ambrose is not writing a sick-out book, just letting individual soldier's accounts tell the story. (Page 134)
By 0700, the British 3rd Division was landing at Sword Beach, and the big naval gunfire had lifted to start pounding Caen, en route passing over D Company's position. "They sounded so big," Howard says, "and being poor bloody infantry, we had never been under naval fire before and these damn great shells came sailing over, such a size that you automatically ducked, even in the pillbox, as one went over, and my radio operator was standing next to me, very perturbed about this, and finally Corporal Tappenden said, 'Blimey, sir, they're firing jeeps.' "
It is a short book, with the epilogue ending on page 183, and with Mr. Ambrose's easy style, Pegasus Bridge can be a rather quick read. The pictures are appropriate, mainly focused on the characters and then the bridge and various equipment. I would recommend this book to mature youngsters who have or may have an interest in such subjects, as well as to adults of all ages. Pegasus Bridge is also a good introduction to Mr. Ambrose's works as it is not as overwhelming as some of his other works.
**Looks at Movies - Bonus Movie Review**
The Admiral: Roaring Currents
CJ Entertainment, 2014
This is a Korean movie based upon the Battle of Myeongnyang, 1597. I thought it well acted, if a bit too stylized for my liking towards the beginning. The stylized acting grew on me as the movie progressed, leaving no doubt that this was good guys versus bad guys.
As far as its historical accuracy, I must defer to others, though the movie and the wiki blend well enough. Of course the film must take a few liberties, but I saw no real deal breakers. The rowing vessels are sped up or we would have hours of nothing but rowing, so there are cinematic flow liberties.
Navy fights in film tend to be a bit disappointing. Ben Hur was basically building tension, Master and Commander tried its best to keep up the tension. The Admiral really gets into it, giving an account of navy fighting in the age of oar and cannon. In fact, The Admiral convinces me that something like Lapanto can be replicated in film. "But nobody would do that, it might tickle someone's sensitivities." Not true, as I will show in the next Looks at Movies.
At any rate, The Admiral is a tense, action-packed, not-for-kids movie. What I saw was in Korean with English subtitles. The subtitles were well done with good grammar, and did not distract from the visuals; I have had some practice with subtitles so they quickly disappeared for me.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.