Cuban Bicycle Diary Shows Socialism Fails

Cuban Bicycle Diary — A friend has forwarded us the below article:

TRIP TO CUBA . . .well worth the read!

A 77 yr. old guy goes to Europe, Canada, Mexico and now Cuba for bicycle road trips.  I  thought you might enjoy reading his report of his bicycle trip to Cuba:

On February 1st I flew to Atlanta, met some friends  and we flew to Cancun, Mexico.  We spent 4 days there, mostly touring  the Mayan ruins of Tulum and Chichen Itza and getting ready for the next  part of the adventure.  Seven more people flew in and we all boarded a Mexican airline, Interjet, and flew to Havana for a week of bicycle riding in Cuba.

Cuba, where nothing works, including the people.  Unemployment is 48% and of those who do work, 8 out of every 10 work for the government.  Before heading to the western part of the island, we spent a night in Havana at the Riviera Classic, the finest hotel at the time.  20 stories with 3 elevators, but only one worked.   Contrary to what I found in the rest of  the country, my shower only had hot water.  Turn the knobs all you want, but you only got hot, scalding water.

The stories about the old cars is quite true, but many of those cars are used to take tourists on tours of the city.  $30.00 gets you 2 hours in 1952 Cadillac convertible and you can pile in as many people in as you want.  Old Chevys seem to be the most  popular and a few are quite nicely restored.  They all fell in the 1941 to 1957 range.  I saw nothing newer than a 57.  By restored, I  mean they look good on the outside but, as our Cuban tour guide said, there would not be a V8 under the hood.  The original had failed decades ago and with no parts to fix it, other means had to be found.  Generally that involved putting a 4 cylinder Russian made diesel in and making the necessary changes to get it to fit and mate up with an unknown transmission.

Outside Havana, the country is still in the 19th century.  Many people walk, but equally as many use horses, both to ride and to pull carts.  I saw wagons pulled by oxen on the highway.  We traveled by motor coach, stayed in crude motels, and ate in restaurants – all owned by the government.  Staying clean was a challenge.  In the public restrooms, washing your hands was interesting.  You need 3 things to wash your hands — water, soap, towel to dry.  Well, the towel was your shirt or pants, because there never were any towels.  In 1/3 of the toilets there was no water and in one case there was a lady standing beside the sink with a bottle of water to pour over your hands.  In an equal number of places, there was no soap.

If you thought not having soap and water in the restroom was a problem, imagine not having a toilet SEAT.  Yep, no toilet seat and it wasn’t just confined to public facilities.  One of  the rooms we stayed in had no toilet seat, which was matched by the fact  there was no toilet paper.  In its place, somebody had carefully torn individual sheets of toilet paper from a roll and placed them on the back of  the toilet.

Free health care and education is one of the things Castro brought with his revolution.  The health care is generally limited to the bigger cities.  Our guide told us that a taxi driver in Havana earned more in tips each day than a medical doctor earned  in salary in one month.  Oh, and the doctor can be arrested and jailed if he attempts to treat people on the side for extra money.  Education is free, but the reality is that most people cannot afford to stay in school.  Our tour guide was the exception.  He completed college and got a Master’s degree in computer technology, but can’t find a job in that field, so he conducts tours.

We visited a tobacco farm, where we had the opportunity to purchase genuine Cuba cigars for $3.25.  The farm had been in this man’s family for 3 generations, but only recently had actual title been put back in his name.  The  government claimed it after the revolution.   After harvest, the  government takes 90% of the tobacco, leaving the farmer with just 10% for his own personal use.  He chose to demonstrate how to hand roll a cigar, then sell it to tourists.  I asked our guide if all farmers lost 90% of their crop to the government.  His reply, “Oh no, vegetable farmers only give up 60% of their crop.”

The roads looked like they had been carpet bombed with huge pot holes everywhere.  Add that to the very steep hills we encountered and it made for slow biking.  While I am no speed demon, one day I averaged just 4.5 MPH as I attempted to find bits of pavement between the holes in the road.  In many cases, there was no road, just dirt.  When trucks went past, we were engulfed in a storm of dust and exhaust fumes.  A few of the  trucks were leftover Russian military vehicles.  Personal  transportation in the rural area was provided by stake bodied trucks.   People would stand by the side of the road and climb aboard when such a  truck came by.  The fare was around 8 cents and you stood packed in the bed of the truck with several dozen other people.

Those on welfare receive $25 a month, plus a ration of beans, rice and  cooking oil.  The money came from the Cuban government, but the Russians provided the food.  Each month a supply cargo ship docks with beans, rice and cooking oil sent by the Russians.  Speaking of them,  the Cuban version of the Missile Crisis is quite different from what we heard in the US.

Glad I went, but have no desire to return.  Cuba makes our inner cities look like paradise and the poverty is staggering.  After 2 weeks abroad, we flew home and I spent the night in a Hampton Inn at the Atlanta airport, before catching an early morning flight back to Seattle.  Took the longest hot water shower ever after having a cheeseburger, fries and two gin & tonics for dinner.  I was really glad to be back.

Dedicated to all Bernie Sanders supporters and others who believe “Government Socialism” is so much better than our country that was built on “Capitalism.”

 

Cuban Bicycle Diary Shows Socialism Fails

Cuban Bicycle Diary Shows Socialism Fails

 

 

Beverly Nelson Inactive Voter

Beverly Nelson Inactive Voter — A woman stood along side noted hack attorney Gloria Allred, today, and tearfully described how she was sexually assaulted by Judge Roy Moore 39 years and 11 months ago.

Moore is the Republican candidate in a Dec. 12 special election for U.S. Senate in Alabama.

Allred’s circus is a part of a continuing assault by the Deep State on a guy they fear is serious about draining the swamp.

Moore’s accuser Beverly Nelson of Calhoun County said she was born on Nov. 14, 1961 and that her impossible-to-disprove accusation had nothing to do with politics.

Why she was a Trump supporter, she said.

Hey Gloria, you are slipping.  You should have checked your client out a little better before you put the words in her mouth. Beverly Nelson is an inactive voter according to https://myinfo.alabamavotes.gov/VoterView/RegistrantSearch.do

Beverly Nelson Inactive Voter, Fibs About Trump Support

For bonus here is a video of a discussion of her body language.

 

Beverly Nelson Inactive Voter

Swamp Thing Attack SOP On Judge Moore

Swamp Thing Attack SOP On Judge Moore — Allegations that Alabama Judge Roy Moore sought to creepily date teenage girls 38 years ago are being trumpeted by noted swamp mouthpiece  and gay activist The Washington Post.

If you believe what the Post claims, we have some troubled assets to sell you.

Moore is the Republican nominee for the open Alabama U.S. Senate seat and the election is  Dec. 12.

Moore has vociferously denied the claims. Why do we unquestionably accept his denials?

Leaving aside that he has been a controversial public figure for two decades and was long a highly desired trophy by the anti-religious left hence ripe for such a take-down,  we have adopted the principle that any allegation made a month before an election against an anti-swamp candidate is false.

We remember Curt Weldon’s persecution by the Justice Department — the George (Swamp Can’t Be Spelled Without Dubya) Bush Justice Department  — in 2006. The allegations made three weeks before the election turned out unfounded but the damage was done and he lost.

We remember Alaska Senator Ted Stevens July 2008 indictment and his trial three months later which resulted in his conviction one week before the Nov. 4 election. It was later revealed that FBI agents conspired to withhold and conceal evidence and the verdict was overturned. No matter. He lost  the election by 3,724 votes to swamp-loving Democrat Mark Begich.

We remember the press conference by a Hillary swamp minion in October 2016 where several women came forward accusing Donald Trump of sexual harassment. Several of the allegations were easily debunked and none was ever established.

Most troubling, though, was a claim not made against a candidate but the economy.  In September 2008, the swamp media was screaming the economy was going to collapse and we were all going to starve unless the big banks were bailed out IMMEDIATELY. On Oct. 3, with Republican John McCain ahead in the polls, President George (Swamp Can’t Be Spelled Without Dubya)  Bush signed into law a bill giving the banks, along with Wall Street money men like Goldman Sachs, $700 billion of our money to save them from the stupid decisions they had been allowed to make during the Bush and Clinton years.

We don’t necessarily think it was to keep McCain out of the White House, albeit he would have been less of a tool than Obama. Without the pressure of a presidential election, however, and with discussion and debate we don’t think Goldman Sachs and the banks   would have gotten our money.

The repercussions of this disaster remain with us.

So stay in the fight Judge Moore and may you win.

 

Swamp Thing Attack SOP On Judge Moore

Swamp Thing Attack SOP On Judge Moore

 

Chesco Bucks Republican Disasters

Chesco Bucks Republican Disasters — We reported how Democrats won in Delaware County on Tuesday but it’s worth noting that one-time Republican machines were whipped in Chester and Bucks counties as well.

In Chesco, there was not a single state-wide or county victory. Every line office fell. Way to go Val.

Oh, and the ballot question giving the option to end school property tax was overwhelmingly dominated in the county by the special-interest dissenters with (unofficially) 55,444 no votes to 39,534  yes ones.

In Bucks, Democrats won sheriff, recorder of deeds, prothonotary, and county controller but the GOP won the district attorney race, and most Bucks voters chose  Republicans Sallie Mundy (Supreme Court) Christine Fizzano Cannon (Commonwealth Court) and Craig Stedman (Superior Court) for the bench.

Bucks voters also voted against the ballot question 49,265 to 40,532.

I don’t think these Democrat gains are a particularly good thing. The Democrat Party is a cult run by wolves and populated by exceedingly obedient — and stupid — sheep.

But I’m not overly sad either. The GOP has controlled both house of the General Assembly since the start of the Millennium along with the governor’s office for six of those years, and the insidious banal corruption that burdens all our lives remains unaddressed. State (our) money continues to flow to institutions whose administrators make $3 million salaries.  Public guaranteed pensions — that means working familes are on the hook — continue to spiral out of control with one person getting  $477,591 for a life of leisure.

Teacher strikes remain legal. Tell us again why some are allowed to harm or threaten to harm children for money. Withholding education is obviously harming a child.

Public work projects continue to be inflated by 20 percent.  That means, Springfield, that you are paying $30 million more for your new high school than you would otherwise. Why haven’t you made an issue of this Alex Charlton? Tom McGarrigle? Andy Reilly?

And Alex and Tom, how about legislative salaries? You really need $85,338.65, Alex?

Tom, of course, as senator gets $197.35 more.

And that doesn’t count per diems and other benefits.

Maybe it’s unfair to take out our ire on some poor prothonotary or sheriff  but we the people are really getting sick of this.

Just sayin’.

 

Chesco Bucks Republican Disasters
Chesco Bucks Republican Disasters
Pennsylvania’s swamp

 

Hypocrites Damon, Afflecks Getting Just Desserts

Hypocrites Damon, Afflecks Getting Just Desserts — Ben and Casey Affleck were teenage buddies in Massachusetts with Matt Damon and all went on to become Hollywood megastars. All attended the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, and were fashionably progressive especially with regard to “women’s issues”. They actively sought to promote the vile history of Howard Zinn and with some success.

The events of this last week are finally revealing their callous hypocrisy.

Regarding the Afflecks, the revelations have been going on for some time.

Ladies, if you ever meet a guy who calls himself a “male feminist” and stridently defends abortion, run away. Run away fast.

Hypocrites Damon, Afflecks Getting Just Desserts

Hypocrites Damon, Afflecks Getting Just Desserts

Wolf Unglued By Scott Wagner

Wolf Unglued By Scott Wagner — Ed. note: We find any accusation of racism that Gov. Wolf makes to be disgustingly ironic.

Wolf Unglued By Scott WagnerBy Scott Wagner

Last Sunday I attended an event in St. Louis, and I had the opportunity to meet and spend time with Steve Bannon. And oh boy, the liberals have come completely unglued, especially Tom Wolf.

The Governor was so unnerved, that he scampered right over to his computer and “cried racist” — again. This time in an email to supporters.

Let’s call this exactly what it is: a classic liberal distraction. He wants to change the focus — and who can blame him?

If I was Governor Wolf, I’d want to change the focus, too.

If I was Tom Wolf, I’d want to talk about anything other than his inability to balance a budget — which has earned him his second credit downgrade since he took office, and left local governments scrambling for the funds they need to operate.

There are many things Governor Wolf would rather not discuss.

Where does a broke, big-spending governor, with bad credit and no conscience look for more money? If you guessed your wallet, you guessed right.

Tom Wolf would prefer not to get into those details.

I’m on a mission to get rid of career politicians that attach themselves to government and drain the wallets of hard working Pennsylvanians. I see a new day for the citizens of this commonwealth and an end to epic mismanagement, waste, fraud and abuse.

My mission makes Tom Wolf extremely uncomfortable.

He sees the freight train coming. Of course he’s alarmed. Of course he cries “racist.”

Tom Wolf can call me whatever he wants — until we defeat him in November of 2018.

Sen. Wagner represents the 28th District in the Pennsylvania Senate.

 

Wolf Unglued By Scott Wagner

NFL Kneelers Dixie And The Confederate Flag

NFL Kneelers Dixie And The Confederate Flag
Long may she wave.

NFL Kneelers Dixie And The Confederate Flag — I wish I was in the land of one-percenters and owned a football team.

And if my one-percenter football players were miffed about the unfairness of life — maybe coming from a violent community where 70 percent of  kids grow up in homes without a father present — and decided to express their pique by kneeling for the National Anthem, I wouldn’t get mad.

In fact, I would lower the Stars and Stripes at the start of the next game. While they were kneeling there wondering what was going on I would raise the Confederate Battle Flag in its place.

And as they, ironically, would stand in anger and confusion I would play Dixie in lieu of the Star Spangled Banner.

And when it was over, I’d announce on the broadcast system: “Now do you stupid bastards get it?”

Then I’d raise the right flag and let things continue.

Truthfully, I would not be welcome in the land of one-percenters. Most of them voted for Hillary.

 

NFL Kneelers Dixie And The Confederate Flag

 

BLM MAGA At Washington Rally

BLM MAGA At Washington Rally — For those unsure of the acronyms, BLM means Black Lives Matter and MAGA means Make America Great Again and is President Trump’s slogan.

BLM showed up Sept. 16 to protest the pro-Trump “Mother of All Rallies” in Washington.

What happened? They were invited on stage. The spokesman made their case with reason and decency. Sure, he got some heckling but he got more cheers. His message resonated with most of the crowd.

There are a lot of decent people in BLM and they have a whole lot more in common with the Trumpers than the country-club set that went for Hillary.

Regarding, AntiFa, of course, the entire George Soros-funded lot of them should be locked up.

Or deported to Venezuela anyway.

Here is the video of what happened at the rally. Hat tip TheGatewayPundit.com. 

And in related news, idiot liberal one-percent entertainer Chelsea Handler labeled Stacey Dash, Ben Carson, and David Clarke as “black white supremacists.” Real funny Chelsea. Ha ha ha.

Ms Dash, an actress who has come out as a Republican, gave this response.

Myself, Ben Carson, Sheriff David Clarke are “white supremacists” in black skin. Is that it? Because we disagree with the liberal, Left agenda–a wealthy, white liberal celebrity gets to slander a brilliant and famous neurosurgeon, a respected man of the law, and me? There’s an opportunity to invoke white privilege here somewhere, I’m sure. Wait, I forgot, that’s a title exclusive to conservatives only.

Liberals love to embrace wealthy celebrities who in turn like to fashion downtrodden victims out of their fan base and remind them that they are under the heels of…well, wealthy white people like them.

So…I’m a black white supremacist? It’s a stupid thing to say and it’s not funny. Liberals will laugh at anything at anyone’s expense because they pass it off as “I’m sticking up for YOU.” See, I get paid millions to sit at this desk, walk across this air-conditioned outside red carpet, fly in these jets and I get to tell YOU how to save the environment and fight climate change. I get to tell YOU who to vote for. I get to tell YOU how to think and what to think about people who challenge this progressive way of thinking that allows me to keep this opulent lifestyle.

Racial politics are just one of the techniques the corrupt bastards who run our political system keep decent people from uniting against them. Fight all tribalism.

MAGA.

 

BLM MAGA At Washington Rally

BLM MAGA At Washington Rally

 

Gab Lawsuit Google Standard Oil

Gab Lawsuit Google Standard OilGab Lawsuit Google Standard Oil — Typically ham-handed actions by Silicon Valley progressives has led to a lawsuit in Philadelphia that may shake the world.

Thank God for our enemies one can say.

The suit was filed Thursday (Sept. 14) in the United States District Court of Pennsylvania by Gab.Ai.Inc. Texas-based Gab claims a place of business at 1900 Market St., Philadelphia.

Gab is a social network akin to Twitter. It was removed from Google Play on Aug. 17 with the corporate behemoth citing that convenient catch-all “hate speech by users” as the reason.

Right. Nothing nasty is ever said by users of Alphabet Inc.’s YouTube.

So the “hate speech” accusation gets an LOL. Gab cites a more realistic motive in its suit namely that Gab competes directly with Google at several levels especially regarding its partnership with Twitter.  Hence, Gab is a threat to Google’s near monopoly regarding social news especially on mobile devices.

Gab is accusing Google of violating the Clayton Act and Sherman Act, anti-trust legislation from 1914 and 1890 respectively.

If Gab shows that Google is a trust that should be treated in accordance with these laws, well, consider what happened to Standard Oil.

Gab is easy to sign up for on the desktop and can be found here. 

Gab Lawsuit Google Standard Oil

Google Searches Drop After Damore Firing

Google Searches Drop After Damore Firing — Google searches are way down here.  In late July, 95 percent of searches for stories on this site were via Google and this overwhelming percentage held through early August.

On Aug. 7, Google fired engineer James Damore after his internal memo warning of a poisonously politically correct culture at the corporate giant went public. Along with causing anger at the action’s hypocrisy and injustice, it woke many to the claims that Google was actively seeking to harm websites that didn’t share their political views, something we find easy to believe.

For the next several days, Google continued to dominate. On Aug. 13, however, something unprecedented occurred. More arrived here via other search engines — mostly DuckDuckGo, Bing and Yahoo — than Google.

Google soon regained it’s prime spot but no longer did it overwhelm. Since Aug. 13, only about 57 percent of those finding us were by Google.

Oh, and more are finding us via search engines, strangely enough.

We happily use Paoli Pa.-based DuckDuckGo for our searches. We have no idea what their politics are but we trust them to be fair.

Here is a link to a BusinessInsider interview with Damore which is worth watching.

Google Searches Drop After Damore Firing

Google Searches Drop After Damore Firing