Thursday, April 28, 2016

REVEALED: GOP Elites Will Look for 3rd Party Candidate if Cruz Can’t Win Indiana (VIDEO)

APRIL 26, 2016 7:36 PM 
(Gateway Pundit) – Here we go…
Establishment Republican and Never-Trumper Stephen Hayes from the anti-Trump Weekly Standard was having a difficult time Tuesday night after Donald Trump won all five east coast primaries by huge margins.
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Steve says GOP elites will look for a third party candidate if Cruz cannot defeat Trump in Indiana next week.
I think then you will start to hear, if Ted Cruz loses Indiana, I think then you will hear more talk about a potential independent bid, about a third party, about other ways outside the Republican primary to stop Donald Trump.
- See more at: http://www.teaparty.org/revealed-gop-elites-will-look-3rd-party-candidate-cruz-cant-win-indiana-video-160684/#sthash.guSsxBbp.dpuf

Ted Cruz Mathematically ELIMINATED from GOP Race

APRIL 26, 2016 7:34 PM 
(Gateway Pundit) – On April 2nd we predicted that Donald Trump would have 953 delegates as of today (needing only 284 delegates for the nomination) and that Cruz would have 550 delegates as of today (needing 687 to win the nomination).
We also predicted that only 634 delegates would remain and therefore Cruz would need more delegates than would be available.
Ted Cruz is eliminated.
It is clear that Cruz was eliminated tonight.
It is not clear yet on how devastating the final numbers will be for Ted Cruz.
After winning all five primaries tonight —  Connecticut, Rhode Island, Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania — Donald Trump has 945 delegates so far.
Ted Cruz finished third in Connecticut, Delaware and Rhode Island.
There are fewer delegates remaining than we originally projected because the delegates in Wyoming, Colorado and North Dakota were allocated in shady voter-less elections after April 2nd.
After tonight’s primaries Cruz has — 559 delegates – He did not win a single delegate tonight.
Cruz needs 678 delegates to reach 1,237 delegates.
There are only 651 available.
It’s over.
Here is the updated chart with tonight’s results.
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Our April 2nd projections for Trump and Cruz were very close to the actual results.
- See more at: http://www.teaparty.org/ted-cruz-mathematically-eliminated-gop-race-chart-160682/#sthash.nTk0FVi1.dpuf


Feds Push Islam in Class to Stop ‘Bullying’ of Muslims

APRIL 26, 2016 6:41 PM
Government calls Americans ignorant for associating faith with terror
(WND) – The U.S. Department of Education has posted instructions to educators on its website imploring them to be aware of their responsibilities to protect Muslim students from “bullying.”
The DOE post urged teachers to “be sure to include Islam” in classroom discussions during “social studies, current events, children’s literature.”
The post is seen as so inflammatory by some Christian groups that a Change.org petition drive has been launched demanding the DOE “halt its efforts to Islamize school children.”
Virginia-based Christian Action Network announced it is collecting petitions to present to U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr.
Read the DOE blog post titled “Protecting our Muslim Youth from Bullying: The Role of the Educator” or see screenshot below:
Not since the days and months immediately after September 11 has the Muslim community faced the level of anti-Muslim bias and bullying that has been seen over the past several months. In the wake of Paris and other terrorist attacks, combined with the emergence of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a lack of information among the public about Islam, and the tendency to associate  Islam with terrorism, there has been an increase in expressions and incidents
targeting the Muslim community and those who are perceived to be Muslim, such as members of the Sikh community. There has also been an increased wave of anti-Muslim sentiment in our public discourse, political rhetoric and everyday interactions.  Schools have not been immune. Youth have been called, “terrorists” or “ISIS.” There have been physical attacks, verbal threats, and social isolation. These are just a few of the many ways anti-Muslim sentiment has impacted schoolchildren who are Muslim or perceived to be Muslim.
As a result of bullying and harassment, students may feel threatened, frightened, and disconnected from school. Their academic performance may suffer. Across the country, all parents need to talk with their kids and educate them on how they can prevent bullying. Parents should try hard to help their children appreciate their peers and make friends across different cultures.
Educators have an important role to play as well. Classrooms and schools should provide learning environments that are not only free from discrimination and harassment based on protected traits—including religion—but should also be conduits for students to build bridges with other students across different backgrounds, break down stereotypes, acknowledge and affirm important aspects of their identity, and learn how to be an ally when faced with bullying and bias.
Here are a few important anti-bias and bullying prevention strategies that teachers can use to address anti-Muslim sentiment:
  • Create an anti-bias learning environment Site exit disclaimer. This means incorporating the experiences, perspective and words of Muslim people into the curriculum through social studies and current events instruction, children’s literature Site exit disclaimer, in order to learn about different cultures. When you teach about world religions, be sure to include Islam. When slurs and insults are directed at specific students, intervene quickly and directly. Further, present yourself as approachable so that when incidents of bias or bullying arise inside or outside the classroom walls, students feel comfortable talking with you about it. It’s also important to be aware that some Muslim students may feel relieved and comfortable discussing these issues in class and others may feel nervous, scared or angry to be talking about a topic so close to home.
  • Teach students about stereotypes, bias, and discrimination. This should happen proactively before any incidents—anti-Muslim or otherwise—occur so that young people understand the language of bias and the distinction between different concepts. Use current events Site exit disclaimer—many of which are ripe with examples of bias and injustice, to help students understand real-world incidents and discuss what actions they could take to make a difference. Develop students’ ability to challenge biased language, Site exit disclaimer especially jokes and slurs. Deconstructing bias and stereotypes will help students reflect on their origins and will ultimately help build empathy among young people.
  • Encourage students to learn how to be an ally Site exit disclaimer when faced with bias or bullying.  Adults are often not around when these incidents occur; give students the skills to do something.  Help students expand their understanding of what ally behavior is and encourage them to move from being bystanders to acting as allies. Contrary to the popular notion that “standing up” is the only way to be an ally, there are several less threatening and still effective ways to be an ally including: not participating, supporting the student being bullied, getting to know people instead of judging, and more. In addition, share inspiring examples like Walk a Mile in Her Hijab, Site exit disclaimer whose goal is to spread awareness about Muslim cultural traditions and to combat anti-Muslim bias.
Educators play a vital role in fostering safe, welcoming learning communities for their students and, given the unsettling rise in anti-Muslim prejudice, the efforts teachers make to support all of their students and build understanding and respect are more critical than ever.

- See more at: http://www.teaparty.org/feds-push-islam-class-stop-bullying-muslims-160645/#sthash.kz3Vf6NN.dpuf


England Bans Its Own Flag to Avoid Offending Muslims

APRIL 26, 2016 2:51 PM 
St. George’s Cross “racist” towards immigrants
(Infowars) – Government officials said their city was ‘too multicultural’ to celebrate St George’s Day, England’s version of the 4th of July.
The council said that displaying the English flag may have been seen as “racist” towards immigrants.

- See more at: http://www.teaparty.org/england-bans-flag-avoid-offending-muslims-160626/#sthash.xQIz0Wwq.dpuf

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016


Obama’s Visit Increases Cuban People’s Pain

By Dr. M.G. Oprea in The Federalist:

Obama’s Visit Increases Cuban People’s Pain

Cuba’s Communist Party recently convened, and rather than liberalizing as a consequence of President Obama’s overtures, it has retrenched.

Last week, the congress of the Cuban Communist Party convened to elect party leaders and shape economic policy. The Obama administration and many of its supporters expressed hope that this gathering, coming on the heels of the recent diplomatic thaw with the United States, would mark a new beginning for the isolated island nation. But the party bosses made clear that things won’t be changing any time soon.

When President Obama made his historic visit to Cuba last month, he was criticized for once again giving legitimacy to a repressive government and getting nothing in return. Cuba’s human rights record and economic privation are considered unacceptable by many to merit the U.S. offer of diplomatic relations.

But supporters of the détente hoped diplomacy would encourage more openness toward the United States and free markets, especially because Raul Castro has appeared more amenable to reform and change than his older brother, Fidel. What’s more, the younger generation within the Cuban political class seemed poised to take the helm and move the country toward friendlier relations with the United States and more economic freedom. But it now seems Obama’s visit itself is causing Cuba’s leaders to double down on their authoritarian ways.

Party Like It’s 1959

Not only was Raul Castro re-elected the party head, a predictable outcome, but party hardliner José Ramón Machado was re-elected as his second-in-command. Most surprising was the unanticipated appearance of Fidel Castro, which reinforced this affirmation of the island’s commitment to communism. The father of the Cuban Revolution told the 1,000 delegates who had gathered that the legacy of Cuban communism would live on. The congress wants the United States to know that the old communist guard is still in charge.

Meanwhile, in his opening remarks, Raul, the so-called “reformer,” called the United States Cuba’s enemy, saying it still wants to rid the country of communism. Even if it has changed its tactics, Raul proclaimed, America’s goal is unchanged—a not-so-veiled reference to Obama’s diplomatic overture.

The economic message was perhaps most disappointing. At the time of Obama’s visit, the hope had been that the communist congress, which only meets once every five years, would produce significant economic policy changes. But there were none by the close of the four-day gathering. This is a setback for U.S. companies hoping to expand on the island, but an even graver disappointment for the Cuban people, who will suffer the most. It turns out that this may be due in large part to Obama’s visit and the Cuban peoples’ excited reception.

The Obama Effect: Suffering

According to Ted Henken, an expert on Cuba, the show of power and solidarity at the congress was a reaction to the enthusiasm with which the Cuban people received Obama. He calls it the “Obama effect,” and says it’s to blame for the regime doubling down on its communist message. The Cuban people’s zeal for Obama expressed their desire for personal and economic freedom, something that shook up the regime. If there’s one thing an authoritarian hates, it’s seeing his people cheering for another leader.

There were early indications in the weeks after Obama’s visit that change was not in the cards despite his administration’s hope of it. The official Cuban press called the United States’s new policy a Trojan horse meant to overthrow the regime. Fidel Castro even wrote a scathing op-ed titled “Brother Obama.”

The cool reaction from the Cuban powers-that-be is the result of the Obama administration’s unwillingness to allow diplomacy to unfold slowly. Like so many times before, Obama is more concerned with the idea of making history than with how history actually plays out. He didn’t want to pass up on this momentous trip to Havana even if it was too soon after the diplomatic thaw. He’s like a car salesman whose pushy tactics scare potential buyers.

This kind of diplomatic behavior is typical of his presidency. Obama was so eager to sign a nuclear deal with Iran that he accepted a shoddy agreement that is already proving itself unenforceable and weak. It also risks throwing an already turbulent Middle East into an arms race.

Obsessed with Legacy, Oblivious to Impressions

So, why does our president act this way? Because he enjoys the fanfare of making large gestures—and the headlines they produce.

It’s not Obama’s fault that Cuba is a dictatorship. But it is his responsibility as president to think carefully about how his actions and attitudes influence world leaders and the decisions they make at home and abroad. A truly great leader would understand that weighty burden and act accordingly.

But Obama treats his role as president flippantly. He displayed his arrogance and carelessness when he declined to march in Paris with other world leaders after the Charlie Hebdo massacre in early 2015. He broadcast a similar message when he failed to attend the funerals of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and Nancy Reagan. And how many times has he been found on vacation or playing golf during a major domestic or international crisis?

Obama’s trip to Cuba has done more harm than good, at least for now. What some have called one of the principal achievements of the trip, speaking directly to the Cuban people, seems to have hurt them. Let’s hope that the negative effect his visit had on Cuban leaders is short-lived, and that our next president has a better sense of the influence this office holds, and how it affects the lives of millions of people throughout the world.

Quote of the Week: Raul's Dauphin

Fidel trains him daily. A consolidated metaphor of Don Corleone with Michael.
-- Norberto Fuentes, renowned Cuban author and former confidant of Fidel and Raul Castro, on the preparation of Raul's son (Fidel's nephew) Col. Alejandro Castro as successor to the family dictatorship, La Tercera, 4/24/16

Image below: Fidel Castro and Col. Alejandro Castro (4th from left) celebrating with the Cuban spies released from U.S. prisons by President Obama.

The VII Cuban Party Congress -- A Reality Check

Roberto Alvarez Quinones is a Cuban journalist who spent over 25-years in Castro's state-run Granma newspaper, as an economic commentator. He also served stints at the Cuban Central Bank and the Ministry of Foreign Trade.

Forget all the media spin -- it's worth reading his analysis very carefully -- for he knows and understands the "belly of the beast."

Alvarez Quinones also corrects the most fundamental mistake among Obama policy supporters and pundits, and all their talk about "hardliners" in Cuba -- Raul Castro is the hardliner.

By Roberto Alvarez Quinones in Diario de Cuba:

The 7th Congress: A Reality Check

Without surprising those harboring low expectations, the Seventh Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) dealt a reality check to Cubans and all those around the world who had hoped for news of major changes on the island.

The event not only did nothing to improve the lives of ordinary people, but also approved decisions that will actually aggravate the devastating national crisis that is choking the country.

If I were asked to sum up the Congress, in a nutshell, I would say that the civil-military elite of the West's only single-party state doubled down on its reactionary positions and presented the rawest evidence in 57 years of the disconnect between the dictatorship's leaders and the Cuban people.

In addition to approving greater restrictions on the self employed, the Congress decided not only to ban the concentration of private property, but also wealth (riquezas), a word that was not included in the Guidelines of the 2011 Congress. As did his brother Fidel in 1968, now, well into the 21st century, General Castro accused entrepreneurs of having "unscrupulous attitudes" and thinking only about "making more and more."

Nor were the self employed granted legal personality or recognized as owners of small businesses. The owner of a family restaurant, for example, will continue to receive a license, on a personal basis, as a "food vendor." Private property? No way. Also out of the questions is freely importing and exporting goods, or doing business with foreign companies.

The clearest message sent by the VII Congress was that, as long as Castro is in power, there will be no real change on the island. The two brothers are the problem and not the solution. They ruined the country, and they're not going to be the ones to save it. One thing is to think about what they should do for the Cuban people to progress, and quite another is what they do and will do.

The historical experience of "real socialism" shows that in no country has the old communist leadership undertaken processes of profound reform. In China it was only after the death of Mao Tse Tung that economic reform began. In the Soviet Union it was not Brezhnev, Andropov or Chernenko or who launched perestroika and glasnost, but Gorbachev, younger and without ties to the Stalinist past shared by his predecessors. In Vietnam, Doi Moi (renewal) occurred after the elderly leaders of the Ho Chi Minh era either died or stepped down due to illness. Why should we believe that Cuba is going to be any different?

The Cuba-US thaw, paralyzed

With respect to the "thaw" and the normalization of relations with the United States, the Congress has, in fact, frozen the whole process, and resuscitated the old rhetoric of Cuba as a besieged fortress, apparently for two basic reasons.

First, the Castros and the gerontocracy are very concerned about rapprochement with the US, extremely rattled by President Barack Obama's visit and his popularity on the island. Hence, they ordered the Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodríguez, to describe the US president's visit as an "attack" on Cuba. And that's what he did.

Moreover, as Obama clarified, he has made all the unilateral concessions that he can, and it is now up to Congress to lift the embargo, so the military junta cannot keep asking for more goodies without giving anything in return, which was the strategy thus far. It is very likely that, given the circumstances, the regime now wants to pressure Washington with the threat of unleashing another kind of Mariel crisis, or that of the balseros from 1994, if it does not put an end to the embargo in the short term.

Raúl Castro, a "hardline" leader

Moreover, the confirmation of historic dinosaurs in the Political Bureau (except for Abelardo Colomé) and, in particular, the ratification of Machado Ventura - who turns 86 in October -  as the second secretary of the PCC, and the country's second-in-command, was another clear indication of the party elite's Jurassic intentions.

As for Raúl Castro, who does not seem decided on withdrawing from the CCP in 2018, it is worth noting that his image as more pragmatic and moderate than other longstanding hardline commanders is errroneous. On the contrary, it is precisely Raúl who heads up the troglodyte wing of the Political Bureau and the entire nomenklatura, faithfully carrying out the mission entrusted to him by his beloved brother.

Something that has gone almost unnoticed, but it is important, is the announcement by General Castro that the Party's Central Committee (the dictatorship's political and administrative backbone) will only admit those age 60 and under, and the age limit to have a leadership position in the PCC will be 70.

This smells like a first step paving the way institutionally so that Alejandro Castro Espin, age 50, can be the future dictator, heading up the PCC, though not the State, when his father believes that his time has come. Whether this will come about or not remains to be seen, but that is the general's intention.

Constitutional reform. What for?

The situation is similar surrounding the announced reform of the Constitution, which may involve wresting from the President of the Council of State his position as Supreme Commander of the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FAR), as is established by the current socialist Constitution; and also separating the positions of the President of the Council of State and the President of the Council of Ministers so that they are held by different people, and not just by one, as has been the case until now.

Looking at that future constitutional amendment in this light clears up doubts about the situation when Castro II steps down as president in 2018, at which point he could be replaced by Miguel Díaz-Canel as head of State – but without him holding the powerful Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces position, and, perhaps, neither that of the Head of the Government, who would be the Prime Minister. That is, within two years Díaz-Canel could be an updated version of Osvaldo Dorticós, or Manuel Urrutia, the two figurehead presidents who had no real power whatsoever.

Finally, if something evidenced the total disconnect between the PCC and the people it  claims to represent it was that the VII Congress did not even have one word of encouragement and hope for Cuba's increasingly exasperated young people, who will now, obviously, reject everything that the Castro regime represents even more vehemently.

And they will be more determined to leave the country. The dramatic exodus of young Cubans fleeing in search of opportunities for a better life, denied them by the manifestly anti-Cuban dictatorship, is one of Fidel and Raúl Castro's greatest crimes.



Probably you already know this story,but just in case....
This is the short story of a Cuban refugee and his son.
The Cuban was born in the city of Santiago de Cuba and studied in the Jesuit School of Dolores. In 1961 he went into exile to the city of Alburquerque, New Mexico where he finished high school and graduated as an engineer in college.
He went to work for Esso Standard Oil, worked hard and became Executive Vicepresident of the firm. When he was a college student in Alburquerque he met a divorced single mother with a 3 year old son. He married her and adopted the little boy whom he loved so dearly.
The little boy grew up and graduated as an Electrical Engineer and after working in Wall Street wanted to go into business for himself. His father encouraged him and gave him the $300,000.00 that he had saved for retirement. The young man launched his business thanks to the help and encouragement of his loving Cuban refugee father. 
The $300,000.00 turned into billions! The name of the Cuban refugee: Miguel Angel Bezos.The son's name: Jeff Bezos. The company's name: Amazon.com
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David Keyes

New Spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Launches Twitter Offensive Against Iran’s Foreign Minister


Following the publication Wednesday of an op-ed by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif inThe Washington Post, David Keyes, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s newly appointed foreign media spokesperson, took to social media to launch a serious humor-laden offensive.
David Keyes initiated his role by responding harshly to Zarif’s piece, titled “Why Iran is building up its defenses,” an explanation of the Islamic Republic’s behavior since reaching the nuclear deal with world powers in July.
“Read Iran’s foreign minister @JZarif in The Washington Post. I guess Iranian April Fools’ Day is three weeks later,” tweeted Keyes, former executive director of the organization Advancing Human Rights and co-founder of CyberDissidents.org.
“I enjoyed @JZarif’s Washington Post op-ed. I enjoyed it even more when Iran freed the Washington Post journalist held hostage for 1.5 years,” Keyes wrote, referring to journalist Jason Rezaian, released in January after spending nearly 18 months in an Iranian prison.
“Foreign Minister @JZarif cites the Holocaust while Iran denies the Holocaust while Supreme Leader threatens a new Holocaust. #IranIrony,” he continued, this time mocking Zarif for applying the term “never again” to Iran’s war with Iraq and Western assistance to Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. “Iran’s Foreign Minister @JZarif says ‘never again’ while his regime literally calls to annihilate Israel. Sounds more like ‘again,’” Keyes tweeted. (Former national director of the human rights organization the Anti-Defamation League Abraham Foxman also expressed outrage at Zarif’s use of the phrase “never again,” calling it “offensive, obnoxious, provocative and insulting.”)
“FM @JZarif cites a ‘safe and healthy environment for [Iran’s] citizens.’ Wish the gays and bloggers Iran executed could have heard that one,” Keyes wrote, quoting Zarif’s assertion that: “Iran is blessed. At a time when bombs go off in public places throughout the Middle East and war is at our doorstep, we have a stable, safe and healthy environment for our citizens and for those visiting and doing business with us. This is due to both the vigilance of our government and the character of our people. We take pride in using our resources for universal health care and education and advanced science and technology rather than wasteful military spending.”
Keyes also tweeted: “FM @JZarif decries ‘scare-mongering about Iran.’ Know what might help? Stop emblazoning Iran’s missiles with ‘Israel must be wiped out.’” This was a reference to Iran’s March 9 test-firing of two ballistic missiles, one of which called for Israel’s destruction in Hebrew.
Finally, as if in conclusion, Keyes wrote:
Retweet if you’re tired of hearing theocratic, terrorist-sponsoring, tyrannical regimes, like Iran, talk about “peace.”
— David Keyes (@DavidKeyesPMO) April 21, 2016
This is not the first time that Keyes has confronted Zarif. In October 2013, he had an exchange with the Iranian foreign minister and chief nuclear-deal negotiator in Vienna, which was documented by CBS.
Keyes approached Zarif and asked him if he thought it was ironic that he frequently uploaded posts to Facebook while his regime banned the use of the social media outlet for the general public.
“That’s life,” Zarif replied, laughing.
Keys didn’t stop there, challenging Zarif on when imprisoned civil rights activist Majid Tavakoli would be released. “I don’t know him,” Zarif answered, sparking subsequent expressions of outrage against Zarif on his Facebook page. Shortly thereafter, Tavakoli was freed.
“I’m totally overjoyed,” Keyes told CBSNews.com at the time. “(Tavakoli) symbolizes a lot of other people in Iran.”
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