Archive for December 18th, 2014

Cuban Reality

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

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Finally! After nearly a half-century, Obama has decided it’s time to “normalize” a relationship with Cuba. There are some old-fart, cold war diehards who are grumbling but few people are listening to them.  The whiners are conservatives – mostly Republican – and a few Florida politicians who can still milk a few wrinkled votes by waving the flag and shouting out the evils of communism.

Communism is now more irrelevant than evil and we have stand-out examples in Russia and China.  Our economic embargo against Cuba never worked but, of course, America is very slow to admit failure (think of the Drug War, the War on Poverty, the war in Iraq, etc.)

Cuba has been a human rights whipping-boy because it’s of absolutely no use to the US government and it can’t fight back. Places like China, most of Africa, and many countries in the Mideast are far worse enemies of freedom but we need them for economic and political reasons. Today we don’t even need Cuba for cigars.

What the US really needs is to stop pretending to be the freedom police of the world and focus on our own problems.

CUBA – Foreign Policy Litmus Test:  www.presentationsunplugged.com/  

Celebrating Disappointment

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

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Here are some tips to have a sad, disappointing Christmas this year:

• Keep reminding yourself that Christmas isn’t as good as it used to be.

• Compare your reality to those dancing sugarplum fairies on Currier & Ives prints.

• Remember that everyone but you has forgotten “the true meaning of Christmas.”  Continually announce this to every person you meet.

• Worry about if you should say ‘Merry Christmas’ or ‘Happy Holidays’ to people.

• Snivel “I’m just not in the Christmas spirit!” to everyone.

• Instead of writing or creating something really loving and caring for someone, buy things for too much money and get really nostalgic next summer when you’re still paying for the damn crap.

• Try to do everything in the same traditional way and rap your kid on the head if he doesn’t go ga-ga over your grandmother’s recipe for molasses’s cookies.

• DEMAND there be snow on the ground for Christmas Day – it’s your Constitutional right.

• Pressure yourself to make sure that every single one of the 10,000 holiday details is absolutely perfect.

• Measure your worth as an individual  by how well you “do” Christmas.

Christmas stress:  https://www.google.com/

The Elephant Man (1980) Trailer

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

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