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Tuesday, May 21, 2002

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is at it again, preaching draconian gun control. He has now paired himself with "the conscience" of the Senate, Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., and joined forces with the national anti-gun group Americans for Gun Safety (AGS), a lobbying group that has been shown to have neither members, gun safety programs, nor credibility.

Sen. McCain and his anti-Second Amendment crowd are not going after "closing loopholes," as they claimed last year, but after shutting down all gun shows.

Using a pincer strategy that would make the Italian Marxist theoretician Antonio Gramsci proud, AGS is launching a nationwide million-dollar ad campaign to help influence public opinion in support of the new gun control bill from below, while Sens. McCain and Lieberman threaten to shut down gun shows from above, via legislation.

As David Kopel of the Independence Institute has written:

"Despite all the disinformation spread by the gun control lobby, a gun show is really nothing more than people wishing to sell one or more firearms to others who wish to purchase (or simply to gaze upon) the merchandise. Most of the sellers are federally licensed...



Friday, May 17, 2002

Regarding your editorials "Bush's Cuba Pickle(1)" (May 9) and "Our Man in Havana(2)" (May 16): While the U.S. embargo has not forced Fidel Castro's capitulation, with the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989 it has limited his capacity to subvert his Latin American neighbors, while forcing him to liberalize economic policies in order to remain in power. He has been forced to divert funds from his subversive military machine, limiting his capacity for terrorism and subversion, including his assistance to the Colombian FARC narco-terrorist rebels.

He has also been forced to legalize the dollar, privatize taxicabs, allow the cultivation of small family plots, and permit the opening of small family restaurants. Nevertheless, the embargo is porous and dollar stores (diplotiendas) contain everything a foreign tourist with hard cash may want; and if he gets sick, he can get excellent health care that is not available for ordinary Cuban citizens.

Castro has demonstrated that he would maintain his fiefdom with or without the embargo. But this would not be so for less charismatic and less intelligent leaders, including his brother Raul, Ricardo Alarcon, speaker of the Cuban...



Thursday, May 16, 2002

Ex-president Jimmy Carter's visit to communist Cuba has renewed the calls for normalization of relations with the workers' paradise from many quarters ­ from statist politicians who have admired Fidel Castro for decades to exporting firms like Archer Daniels Midland, which salivates at the prospect of taking its agribusiness to Cuba ­ all of them placing potential profits above freedom.

Much of the discussion from that crowd has centered on lifting the U.S. embargo against the communist island, while forgetting that Castro is a Stalinist dictator, who has devastated and desolated a once beautiful and prosperous island.

Under Fidel Castro's dictatorship, trading with Cuba's totalitarian, communist system is like prospecting for fool's gold. Sure, under the communist system Cuba's labor is cheap, basically slave labor, but this is not the American way.

Is it right for foreign companies to pay Fidel Castro $800-$1,000 per month per worker in the tourism industry, and then for the fascist tyrant to turn around and pay the Cuban worker only $10-$20 per month and keep the rest for himself? Isn't this really a form of indentured servitude ­ or worse,...



Tuesday, April 30, 2002

Reps. Charles Rangel and Marcy Kaptur, both Democrats from New York, reportedly traveled to Cuba looking for "future business and agriculture trade possibilities." Now former President Jimmy Carter has announced that he will travel to communist Cuba in May 2002.

As a concerned American and fellow Georgian, I hope his visit to fascist Cuba and his conversation with the Maximum Leader, Fidel Castro, brings some respite to the long-suffering Cuban people.

While he is there, he should keep his eyes open. He should get away from Castro, rent himself a taxi and see for himself the real, dire situation in Cuba, rather than wearing the rose-colored glasses provided.

He should make a point to visit black Cuban physician Oscar Elias Biscet at Cuba's prison in Holguin. Amnesty International has pronounced Dr. Biscet a prisoner of conscience because he has called for the free exercise of human rights in Cuba.

More recently, Dr. Biscet has demanded freedom for all political prisoners in the Cuban gulags. He has been tortured. He has been denied medical attention in the much-touted Cuban health care system. He has been kept in solitary confinement. His wife and...

Keyword(s): Castro, Cuba, Cuban Revolution


Saturday, April 27, 2002

Congressmen Charles Rangel, D-NY and Marcy Kaptur, D-NY, reportedly traveled to Cuba looking for "future business and agriculture trade possibilities." Now, former President Jimmy Carter has announced that he will travel to communist Cuba in May 2002.

As a concerned American and fellow Georgian, I hope his visit to fascist Cuba and his conversation with the Maximum Leader, Fidel Castro, brings some respite to the long-suffering Cuban people.

While he is there, he should keep his eyes open. He should get away from Castro, rent himself a taxi and see for himself the real, dire situation in Cuba, rather than wearing the rose-colored glasses provided.

He should make a point to visit black Cuban physician, Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet, at Cuba's prison in Holguin. Amnesty International has pronounced Dr. Biscet a prisoner of conscience because he has called for the free exercise of human rights in Cuba.

More recently, Dr. Biscet has demanded freedom for all political prisoners in the Cuban gulags. He has been tortured. He has been denied medical attention in the much-touted Cuban health care system. He has been kept in solitary confinement. His wife and human...

Keyword(s): Castro, Cuba, Cuban Revolution


Thursday, April 18, 2002

Ultimately, liberalism destroys everything it touches. The disease's carriers, however, go on and on, infecting innocent bystanders and even entire institutions with a dread disease without so much as a single pang of conscience.

The latest casualty is medicine. In their efforts to save an increasingly violent segment of society from itself – a favorite leftist pastime – liberals have enlisted the aid of epidemiology, a branch of medicine that studies how and why large numbers of people die. Now, the Journal of Trauma (February 2002), a peer-reviewed publication, has shaken off the shackles of science and published a study suggesting that "a statistically significant association exists between gun availability and the rates of unintentional firearm deaths, homicides and suicides."

Sadly for medicine, not only have the authors so far refused to furnish their raw data to other researchers for peer review, they have ignored solid studies that demonstrate other important reasons for the violence they say they seek to prevent.

One of the researchers seeking the raw data is Dr. Miguel Faria, a neurosurgeon and editor of the Medical Sentinel. In an...



Tuesday, April 2, 2002

Ninety miles from our southern border, one of the world's wealthiest men (worth $1.4 billion, according to Forbes magazine) lives like a king, while his subjects, the Cuban people, live in abject poverty, facing chronic shortages of even the most basic commodities such as food, medicine, clothing and housing, writes Miguel A. Faria Jr., M.D., in his newly released book, Cuba in Revolution – Escape From a Lost Paradise.(1)

Fidel Castro, the longest-ruling Marxist dictator in history, runs an island prison without an exit, a brutal repressive police state where individual rights are non-existent. Cuba now has over 300 prisons (up from 11 under Batista).

More than 20,000 Cubans have been murdered and more than 500,000 jailed. More than one-sixth of the population – 2 million people – have fled the island, with three-fourths perishing at sea. Child abuse, political incarcerations, torture and murder are rampant, as Faria points out and documents in his book.

The Cuban version of Big Brother, the thought police (or DGI), commits unspeakable torture both in the Havana Psychiatric Hospital and in Cuba's prisons.

In spite of massive Soviet aid ( up to...

Keyword(s): Cuba, Cuban Revolution


Monday, April 1, 2002

Fldel Castro has been the absolute ruler of Cuba for forty-two years, which brings him to the status of the longest ruling Marxist tyrant and most complete living villain in the world.

In the bloody and painful, humiliating course of his criminal career as a lifelong Communist and sadist, his path has been marked by an astounding ability to avoid being struck down, although the numbers of his enemies and opponents have been legion. But his most remarkable achievement has been his ability to outfox the Presidents of the United States by creating a partnership with the various leaders of the Soviet Union and other powerful enemies of this nation, and to inspire the jealousies of various Latin American despots and, even now, provide lessons to unscrupulous newcomers who hope and dream to imitate him.

In Dr. Faria's book, he tells us who won in Cuba. Don't expect him to say thank you, for the Cubans will not forget the Bay of Pigs nor the deaths in prison under torture, nor the ruined women and the dead men and the starved sons --- or the sleek newspaper "commentators" of New York and Hollywood, or the Marxist professors, or the State Department "experts" who vacation...

Keyword(s): Castro, Cuba, Cuban Revolution


Monday, March 25, 2002

In Part I of this article, Politics or Science, we made some preliminary observations regarding the Harvard School of Public Health study published in the February 2002 issue of the Journal of Trauma.(1)

The Violence Policy Center (VPC) has been lauding the study as "the most comprehensive study ever conducted on impact of gun availability." In its press release, the organization further states, "The elevated rate of violent death among children in high gun ownership states cannot be explained by differences in state levels of poverty, education, or urbanization."(2)

The authors of the study assert in their abstract, "A statistically significant association exists between gun availability and the rates of unintentional firearm deaths, homicides, and suicides. The elevated rates of suicide and homicide among children living in states with more guns is not entirely explained by a state's poverty, education, or urbanization and is driven by lethal firearm violence, not by lethal nonfirearm violence."(1)

Now we will be examining the factors that Miller et al. claim were "not entirely" responsible for the high rates of unintentional firearm injury, homicide,...



Tuesday, March 12, 2002

"There is a worrying trend in academic medicine which equates statistics with science, and sophistication in quantitative procedure with research excellence. The corollary of this trend is a tendency to look for answers to medical problems from people with expertise in mathematical manipulation and information technology, rather than from people with an understanding of disease and its causes.

"Epidemiology [is a] main culprit, because statistical malpractice typically occurs when complex analytical techniques are combined with large data sets. The mystique of mathematics blended with the bewildering intricacies of big numbers makes a potent cocktail. ..."
­ Bruce G. Charlton, M.D.
University of Newcastle upon Tyne, 1996

Once again, Americans for Gun Safety (AGS) and the Violence Policy Center (VPC), two strident gun control organizations, have entered the gun and violence debate with renewed vigor.

You already know about AGS using the 9-11 tragedy to push its gun control agenda using the disingenuous cliché of "closing the gun show loophole."(1)

Needless to say, AGS continues to...





Fransini Giraldo is a Colombian girl who dances her own style of Salsa. In this video, she dances to the rhythm of Sonora Carruseles de Colombia, presumably in the Colombia countryside. Published July 16, 2013.