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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Luffing to Cuba: Michael Henry’s First “Non-Fiction” Book

 

I am not often at a loss for words, but in reading Michael Henry’s Luffing to Cuba, I find myself somewhat confounded. Part of that may be the Coda with which he finishes the book. Part is also the extreme changes to life we have experienced in the year since his adventure.

Michael Henry is a writer of many parts. Here on Ricochet he has often shared humorous fiction based on politics. They tend to be very light pieces. His fictional novels are mostly legal thrillers. They are serious in content, although there is often light banter between characters and light moments within the novels. I have commented before that his Willie Mitchell Banks character muddles through the stories rather than being the lantern-jawed tough guy who knows all the answers. Luffing to Cuba falls somewhere between the two while also being mostly non-fiction. Or perhaps I should say that it is non-fiction with flights of fancy interjected throughout. While in a way being of a piece and on the spectrum of his other writing, it has a very different feel, since the people and events are real.

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. A Photo Diary of My Trip to Cuba

 

Alas, this will be my last photo tour through Cuba. I suppose it’s fitting that I’d forgot to post this last chapter sooner considering that the entire series would have been published a few years ago…. had I not forgotten then. Better late than never I suppose! Below are the pictures of a day spent in the Escambray Mountains, near Trinidad. The region is probably most known for being the site of a long rebellion against Castro’s regime. Perhaps it will surprise you to hear that nobody mentioned that while I was there…

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Oh, Yeah! Cuba (The Second-to-Last Part)

 

Whoops! I started the draft for my last post of Cuba at least a month ago, but I took so many photographs there (and liked them so much) that cutting away at the pictures was a serious task. I did my best, but even so, I’ll have to break the time my family spent in Sanctus Spiritus in half. Below are photographs of the road to, and city of, Trinidad; among Cuba’s loveliest locales.

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From the “Bahía de Cochinos,” we headed East toward Cienfuegos. The town is impressive, with the densest quarter of exquisitely preserved buildings I saw. I’m fairly certain that it was in the vicinity of Cienfuegos where our guide, Juan Carlos, brusquely pointed to a gate along a spares highway, and told us “back there is […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Oh, Yeah! Cuba. (Again)

 

The photographic tour of Cuba continues, heading south, to Playa Girón. To Americans, this is the infamous site where hundreds of Cubans were slaughtered after Castro’s forces met a weak militia that anticipated American support. I can’t say what the average Cuban thinks about the failed invasion, but their fates were sealed — Cuba was Castro’s.

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Oh, yeah! Cuba. (Part Dos)

 

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My father would be very pleased to know that I posted this photo of he, my older brother, and me.

Since I got away with sharing a vacation slide show without complaint, I’ll try my luck again. From Havana, our guide took us on an excursion, 185 kilometers west of the city, to visit the karstic wonder, Vinales. Cuban highways have about as much pedestrian traffic on them as they do automotive; tobacco fields and drying huts dominate the foreground and are contained by the forested mountains in the distance.

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Oh, Yeah! Cuba. (Part 1)

 

About three years ago I traveled to Cuba with my family. For a couple of reasons, I decided against writing a post about it. Perhaps one day I’ll do my best to convince you that Communism is not where it’s at.

I did, however, plan to put together some of my better photographs from the trip and let y’all have a look, but my computer crashed shortly after I returned and it has taken time to track the pictures down from my family. It takes a bit of time to transport pictures electronically — even if you’re not technologically-challenged like myself — and I thought you might prefer it if the collections are shorter, so I’ll break it up and see if y’all are interested.

Rob Long of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America discuss President Trump’s last-minute decision to hold off on striking Iran. They also cover the intensifying Democratic presidential campaign, as Joe Biden and Cory Booker scuffle over race and Bernie Sanders explains why he’s now neck-and-neck with Elizabeth Warren in the polls. And they talk about the desperate poverty facing many Cubans as socialism fails yet again.

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. On Finishing The Gulag Archipelago

 

Earlier today I finished the final volume of The Gulag Archipelago. Whereas Mark Twain defines a work of great literature as “Something that everyone wants to have read but no one wants to read,” I still think I’d like to re-read this one. There’s very little I can do for the multitudes processed through the Soviet prison camps, but I can bear witness. To that and to the camps that are still maintained in North Korea, Cuba, and other dictatorships around the world.

Even if there weren’t such camps in existence today I’m far too pessimistic to believe “never again.” If anything, I hope to be the one in the camp rather than the one running it. To that end, here are some lessons I learned from the book to help survive the Gulag.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud the Trump administration for considering a full closure of the U.S. embassy in Cuba in response to the bizarre sound wave assaults on U.S. diplomats in Havana and urge officials to follow through on the idea. They also discuss the revelation that the London tube bomber was a teenage refugee just three years ago and why extreme vetting makes perfect sense. And they get a kick out of College Park, Maryland, council members having to admit they actually didn’t vote to allow illegal immigrants to vote in local elections because they didn’t know their own charter.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America consider whether an independent ticket of Republican John Kasich and Democrat John Hickenlooper in 2020 would damage President Trump or simply dilute the anti-Trump vote. They also demand a firm response from the Trump administration as the evidence of hostile Cuban acts against our diplomats in Havana piles up. And they unload on House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi for trying to deny a permit for a “Patriot Prayer” event in San Francisco because such a gathering is akin to “shouting wolf in a crowded theater.”

Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Profiting in Cuba

 

The Profit is a series on CNBC that promotes capitalism. For the last several years, deep-pocketed, serial investor Marcus Lemonis has responded to the calls of many American small business owners who have found themselves struggling. On any given episode, Lemonis meets the owners, gets a feel for the business, their vision, their products or service, and the morale and various skill sets of the employees. He determines how much to invest in the business – typically an infusion of money to pay off debts or loans, or to fund the purchase of inventory or to revamp retail locations — and on what terms. He gets a percentage of ownership stake, but no matter the percentage amount, he stipulates that he is 100% in charge, so he can help turn the business around.

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Rob Long’s trip to Cuba inspired me to share with Ricochet a document I recently received concerning my maternal grandmother’s extended family. In October I saw a picture of her great-uncle on find-a-grave.com. After asking about it, I began corresponding with a woman who is his great-granddaughter (a third cousin to my mom). This John […]

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Obama Ends “Wet Foot/Dry Foot” Policy for Cuban Refugees

 

America will, per a new last-minute decree from Obama, no longer automatically grant asylum to Cubans who make it to US shores. Instead, Cuban refugees (and they really are refugees from that island hellhole) will automatically be sent back to Cuba, overturning a policy that has been in effect since Castro seized control of the island nation. The current policy (known as Wet Foot / Dry Foot) was a product of the Clinton administration, and stipulated that Cubans had to actually touch US soil, where before they were given asylum merely for being picked up at sea.

I cannot help but think that this is part of Obama’s attempts to poke as many people as he can on his way out the door, for Obama must know that such people, when returned to Cuba, are likely to be imprisoned.

Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Why Pulitzer Winner Michael P. Ramirez Suggests “Clinton Shouldn’t Get a Pass”

 

Should the Trump Administration investigate the Clinton Foundation and Hillary’s emails? Two-time Pulitzer award winning political cartoonist Michael P. Ramirez discusses where Trump should focus his efforts, the Obama scandals, the Supreme Court, Cuba, socialism in America, California, and much more. Michael’s cartoons can be seen daily in over 400 newspapers, some of which are discussed in this interview aboard the Weekly Standard Cruise.

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Fidel Castro: 60 Years of Fake News

 

castroA panic is sweeping the land – or at least something like it has unnerved CNN, Vox, and other precincts of progressive sensibility. They are alarmed that millions of Americans are being misled by “fake news.”

As someone whose inbox has lately bulged with items about Hillary Clinton’s impending demise due to a concealed, terminal illness; who has shaken her head at “breaking news” that Turkish coup plotters had gotten their hands on NATO nuclear weapons at Incirlik air base; and who has sighed at the endless iterations of stories like the “47 Clinton friends who mysteriously turned up dead,” I don’t deny that misinformation, disinformation, rumors, and malicious gossip appear to have achieved new salience in the national conversation. I shun right-leaning publications and sites that traffic in this sort of drivel.

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The passing of brutal Cuban dictator Fidel Castro is providing much needed attention on the plight of the Cuban people who have suffered for generations at the hands of the Cuban dictatorship. Regardless of what one thinks about the wisdom of President Obama’s normalization of relations with Cuba, that decision coupled with the election of one Mr. […]

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