Communist Thug Dies

 

Cuba's former president Fidel Castro, pictured in 2003, has died at age 90.“When I was 23 years old I refused to do something that at the time seemed very small. I refused to say a few words, ‘I’m with Fidel.’ First, I refused to sign on my desk at the postal office that said that, and after years of torture and watching many fellow fighters die, either in body or in spirit, I still refused to say those words.

“If I just said those three words, I would have been release from prison.

“My story is proof that a small act of defiance can mean everything for the friends of liberty. They did not keep me in jail for 22 years because my refusal to say three words meant nothing. In reality those three words meant everything.

“For me to say those words would have constituted a type of spiritual suicide. Even though my body was in prison and being tortured, my soul was free and it flourished. My jailers took everything away from me, but they could not take away my conscience or my faith.”

– Armando Valladares, The Wall Street Journal, November 28, 2016, p. A 19

“Fidel Castro jailed political prisoners at a higher rate than Stalin during the Great Terror. He murdered more Cubans in his first three years in power than Hitler murdered Germans during his first six. Alone among world leaders, Castro came to within inches of igniting a global nuclear holocaust.”

– Humberto Fontova The Longest Romance: The Mainstream Media and Fidel Castro

Fidel Castro’s Communist Utopia

He turned a developing Cuba into an impoverished prison.

 Fidel Castro’s legacy of 57 years in power is best understood by the fates of two groups of his countrymen—those who remained in Cuba and suffered impoverishment and dictatorship, and those who were lucky or brave enough to flee to America to make their way in freedom. No progressive nostalgia after his death Friday at age 90 should disguise this murderous and tragic record.

Castro took power on New Year’s Day in 1959 serenaded by the Western media for toppling dictator Fulgencio Batista and promising democracy. He soon revealed that his goal was to impose Communist rule. He exiled clergy, took over Catholic schools and expropriated businesses. Firing squads and dungeons eliminated rivals and dissenters.

The terror produced a mass exodus. An April 1961 attempt by the CIA and a small force of expatriate Cubans to overthrow Castro was crushed at the Bay of Pigs in a fiasco for the Kennedy Administration. Castro aligned himself with the Soviet Union, and their 1962 attempt to establish a Soviet missile base on Cuba nearly led to nuclear war. The crisis was averted after President Kennedy sent warships to intercept the missiles, but the Soviets extracted a U.S. promise not to invade Cuba again. Continue reading

Geert Speaks

“We, Dutch, say whatever is close to our hearts. And that is precisely what makes our country great. Freedom of speech is our pride.” Geert Wilders

“For centuries, the Netherlands are a symbol of freedom.” Ibid

“You [Court members] will never have to be protected because Islamic terror organizations, such as Al-Qaeda, the Taliban and ISIS, and who knows how many individual Muslims, want to murder you.” Ibid

FINAL STATEMENT OF GEERT WILDERS AT HIS TRIAL 

A last plea for preservation of the freedom of speech in the Netherlands.

From the Gatestone Institute, the final court statement of Freedom Party Geert Wilders: Continue reading

Cohabiting—No; Marriage—Yes

“Cohabiting is particularly devastating for young women, who risk wasting the years during which they are most likely to find a suitable mate and have children by chasing someone who just isn’t that into them.” Bradford Richardson

Cohabitation effects

Bradford Richardson, The Washington Times, November 14, 2016, p. 21

cohabitation-comic-51A new study examining the commit­ment levels of young couples casts doubt on the modern wisdom that moving in together is a prudent step before marriage — especially for women.

Published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships bv researchers at the University of Denver last month, “Asymmetrically committed relationships” looked at a sample of 315 unmarried cou­ples between the ages of 18 and 34. The couples had been together for two years at the time of the study s inception, at which point 59 percent were dating and 41 percent already had shacked up.

The study found that 35 percent of couples had asymmetric levels of com­mitment, or relationships in which one partner is significantly more interested in stavim; together than the other. Cohabiting couples were more likely to have vary­ing levels of loyalty to one another than their dating counterparts, 42 percent to 30 percent.

Not surprisingly, asymmetrically com­mitted couples are more likely to report lower relationship quality, including more conflict and aggression, than couples with mutual levels of devotion. Continue reading