I’m done tinkering around with FeedBurner’s features, for now (no good website is ever truly completed, they’re all works in progress).
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The bulk of my site admin today involves incorporating new (new to me, anyway) features from Feedburner, which is where I administer the feed for this blog. In case you get this post and no other (I plan to send out a “done” post, ot something to that effect, when I’m finished), you may wish to update your RSS or news reader/aggregator. Sorry for the inconvenience, but we hope the new features make things a little better and easier to use here.
We’re currently doing some site maintenance, so beware…
Last chance to vote in the September poll:
Castro farts in a new video, the MSM is all over it.
The Cuban delegate to the Useless Nations acts like a petulant child during President Bush’s speech, that gets coverage like crazy.
Dissidents–21 of them–get arrested in Cuba, and you’re lucky to find a handful of buried headlines. If that.
The MSM apparently is either sympathetic to Castro, lazy (accepting the Castro regime’s numerous “news” dispatches as gospel without doing any digging for truth) or more concerned with the phony “prestige” of having a Havana bureau than it is with having journalistic ethics.
It should be a mark of pride for journalists to get kicked out of Cuba for coverage that lets the world know of the Castro regime’s outrages. One such reporter–Gary Marx–is set to receive an award for his truthful coverage of Cuba. Ironically, it’s coming from Columbia University (yes, THAT Columbia University).
Marx is receiving the award–the Maria Moors Cabot Prize for outstanding reporting on Latin America and the Caribbean–for “reporting [that] was devoid of the ideological side-taking that often taints journalistic stories about Cuba.”
How much coverage do you think Mr. Marx is getting for his award? I did a search of Yahoo! News and came up with just one hit.
The numbers arrested in yesterday’s government crackdown on dissidents in Cuba is not clear, but it’s estimated to be between 21 and 40. Most, if not all of the arrestees appear to have been released–notice we said released, because nobody who lives in Cuba is truly free.
The arrests took place apparently to keep the dissidents from joining a protest demanding better treatment for Cuba’s political prisoners. My guess is that once the damage was done (that is, the dissidents were prevented from making the political prisoner protest larger and more embarrassing for the Castro government), Raul Castro decided to release the arrested dissidents to prevent Myanmar-like condemnation on him. The Castros are evil, but they’re not stupid. You can read more about this situation at Marc Mas Ferrer’s blog, Uncommon Sense.
…for the little Cuban girl whose life is in the hands of a judge who had previously said “If we deport people back to Cuba, we could empty our jails:”
The judge in a contentious child custody dispute is expected to reveal today her ruling on whether a Cuban father is a fit parent to his 5-year-old daughter.
Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jeri B. Cohen had indicated initially she would release her ruling to the public Wednesday, but shifted course after attorneys for the girl’s father, Rafael Izquierdo, objected to the release of the document to the media.
Instead, Cohen will read her ruling in open court. The proceedings are scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m.
Pray for the little girl. ANd pray for the judge to make the right decision.
Take our September poll now, before it’s gone!
Sniff, sniff. Waa, waa. Boo hoo.
That was the sound of Fidel Castro’s puppets at the Useless Nations today as President Bush called Castro on his tyranny of Cuba:
Cuba’s foreign minister walked out of the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday in protest of President Bush’s speech in which he said the “long rule of a cruel dictator is nearing its end” on the communist island.
“In Cuba, the long rule of a cruel dictator is nearing its end,” Bush said. “The Cuban people are ready for their freedom. And as that nation enters a period of transition, the United Nations must insist on free speech, free assembly and, ultimately, free and competitive elections.”
Ah, Hollywood. They have yet to find a left-wing dictator they don’t like:
Actor Kevin Spacey met privately Monday with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, one of Washington’s most outspoken critics in Latin America.
Neither Spacey â€” who has won Academy Awards for roles in “The Usual Suspects” and “American Beauty” â€” nor Chavez spoke to the press after the nearly three-hour encounter in the presidential palace in Caracas. They shook hands warmly on the red carpet as Spacey left after a dinner with Chavez.