Since the overthrow of military dictator Fulgencio Batista, (1) in 1959, Cuba has been ruled by the Castro’s, and they have ruled with an iron fist. First under Fidel, (2) who then ceded the office of President over to his brother Raul in 2008 due to health concerns. He died in 2016. Raul Castro (3) then held onto power for nearly a decade, enacting some reforms in the process, until he began to yield power in 2018 to the current President, Miguel Diaz-Canel. Diaz-Canel’s ascension to power is significant due to the fact that he marks the end of the Castros’ rule.
Critical Race Theory (CRT) continues to be pushed aggressively by far-left activists, media commentators, and politicians. But now it has officially been endorsed by the two largest teacher unions in the country. The National Education Association (NEA) (1) originally endorsed CRT on its website, but it was taken down. The NEA, also in coordination with the Zinn Education Project, has had over five thousand teachers sign a ‘Pledge to Teach (2) the Truth.’ This is an act of defiance against bills that have either been signed into law, or have been introduced by a number of states (3) banning the teaching of CRT. On top of that, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) (4) president, Randi Weingarten, has said that the AFT has a legal fund that is ‘ready to go’ in defense of any teachers who espouse CRT, or as she calls it ‘accurate history.’ CRT also continues to affect the military, as was shown by the US Air Force Academy professor who is calling for the theory to be taught to cadets. There have been calls for associate professor Lynne Chandler Garcia, (5) to be removed from her position by several members of congress.
The USA PATRIOT (1) Act. Officially called the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism. This act was written just after the tragic 9/11 attack that was orchestrated by the Islamic terrorist organization, al-Qaeda. The Act passed the House of Representatives (2) by a vote of 357-66 with 9 not voting. The Senate (3) approved it in a vote of 98-1, with one member not voting. President George W. Bush (4) signed the bill into law on October 26th, 2001. It’s express purpose, according to the office of the Director of National Intelligence (5) and the language of the act itself, is to ‘deter and punish terrorist acts in the United States and around the world.’ One of the key aspects in the PATRIOT act is authorizing enhancing surveillance procedures so as to prevent terrorist events from occurring.
This week, HR/HS-1 (1) was dealt a crushing blow in the United States Senate. Republican senators used the filibuster to block the bill, thus killing it before it could be voted on by an evenly split senate. This angered Democrats, who are actively seeking to abolish the filibuster (2), thus allowing horrendous legislation, the likes of HR/HS-1, to be passed by a simple majority vote. The far left also suffered a major defeat in the New York City mayoral democratic primary. The early results show former police officer, businessman, state senator, and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams (3) leading the field by nearly ten points. (4) Adams ran on a platform dedicated to fighting crime (5) , and restoring order to the city. Now, there are still votes to count, especially as NYC uses ranked-choice voting (6) for the first time. But it is unlikely that AOC endorsed leftist lawyer Maya Wiley, (7) or former NYC Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia, (8) will be able to overcome Adams significant lead, but now NYC must wait and see. (9)
The longest serving Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, was removed from office on June 13th, 2021. The one hundred-twenty members of the Knesset(1) voted to replace him by a narrow vote of 60-59. This is the second time that he has been removed from power. His first premiership from 1996-1999 ended when the coalition that he was leading broke apart. He subsequently resigned his seat in the Knesset and returned to the private sector(2). However, he wasn’t done with politics. In the early 2000’s, he was appointed as Minister of Foreign Affairs by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon from 2002-2003. He then was appointed as Finance Minister(3) from 2003-2005, helping spearhead an economic recovery by focusing on cutting regulation. Upon Ariel Sharon’s departure from the center-right Likud party to organize the centrist party, Kadima(4), in 2005, Netanyahu ascended to the leadership of Likud(5). From 2006-2009 he served as leader of a weakened opposition(6), until he was elected once again as Prime Minister(7) in 2009. He has been Prime Minister for the last 12 years, and became the longest serving Prime Minister in Israeli(8) history, surpassing the previously longest serving, and one of the founders of the State of Israel, David Ben-Gurion(9).
Some of the best and greatest stories told, in both history and entertainment are those of redemption. Namely, stories of someone who has fallen, failed, or been controlled by some substance or person, but comes back better and stronger than before. Think of the fictional characters Boromir from the Lord of the Rings, (1) and Edmund from the Chronicles of Narnia. (2) Or the actual historical figure Abraham Lincoln, whose political career, prior to his election as President, was undistinguished and full of failures, yet he was the man who helped successfully lead America through the Civil War. (3) Why mention redemption? Because the mainstream media is trying to paint Hunter Biden, the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, as someone who reached rock bottom and clawed his way back from the brink. Just look at the title of this review of his book ‘Beautiful Things,’ which was written by writer Beau Friedlander, and was posted on NBC. ‘Hunter Biden’s book ‘Beautiful Things’ pairs a wrenching tale of grief with a trite addict's diary.’ (4) But guess how many of his books were actually sold in the first week when traditionally the sales are the highest? A little more than 10,000. (5) How did Hunter respond? He’s going to write a sequel. (6) What is the definition of insanity again?
In 1863, West Virginia became the 35th state to join the United States. (1) In the early days of the American Civil War, there was only one Virginia. But there was something called the Wheeling Convention that took place in May of 1861. There were two conventions that occurred, which ultimately led to delegates from fifty-three counties in pro-Union northwestern Virginia voted to break away from the pro-Confederacy/rebel state of Virginia. (2) It was originally supposed to be called Kanawha, but they settled on the name West Virginia. Now why bring this up? The reason is simple: Greater Idaho. What is Greater Idaho? It is a movement of Oregon’s more rural counties wanting to secede from the state and join the state of Idaho. (3) One of the reasons for this movement is that due to the population density in leftist cities like Portland, many of the conservative rural counties feel as though they are not being represented. Just look at their state government. All statewide offices, from Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, the 2 US Senators are held by Democrats. Four of their five congressional seats are held by Democrats. (4) Their state senate seats 30 members, eighteen of which are Democrats, (5) eleven Republicans, (6) and one independent. (7) The state house seats sixty members, thirty-seven of which are Democrats, (8) and the remaining twenty-three are Republicans. (9)
“F*** the Jews! Rape their daughters!”(1) Antisemitism is rearing its ugly head again. It has even infected major news sites like CNN. Adeel Raja, a former CNN contributor, back in 2014 posted on Twitter the following tweet in support of Germany prior to the FIFA World cup between the latter country and Argentina (2), “The only reason I am supporting Germany in the finals – Hitler was a German and he did good with those Jews!” When Germany won, he followed up the next day with a tweet saying, “Hail Hitler.” When the violence began in Israel this year, he tweeted out on May 16th, 2021 “the world today needs a Hitler.” He also responded to a tweet supporting Israel from former Vice President Mike Pence in May of this year, saying “a history of creating terrorists and standing with them!” He was justifiably fired, but he wore his firing like a badge of honor, even tweeting “glad a single tweet contributed to the #Palestine cause and brought it to limelight with me loosing my job and the West’s claim of Freedom of expression and human rights!”
Since the protest at the Capitol on January 6th, 2021, the mainstream media and Democratic party have sought to capitalize on the so-called ‘attack on the Capitol.’ It began with the second impeachment of former President Donald J. Trump. (1) He had already left office at the time, and he had not committed a crime as is specified for impeachment to take place in the Constitution. (2) Not to mention that the media continues to obsess over the protest, calling it an insurrection. Joe Scarborough, of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, has even said that anyone who dares question the legitimacy of the election, which was the actual reasoning for the protest, aptly named ‘Stop the Steal,’ should ‘just get the Hell out!’ (3) That’s not all that is happening. On February 15th, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced that she planned to create a ‘9/11 type commission,’ (4) and on May 19th a bill creating the commission passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 252-175. (5) Thirty-five Republicans voted in favor of the commission.
'The Day of Judgment will not come about until Moslems fight Jews and kill them. Then, the Jews will hide behind rocks and trees, and the rocks and trees will cry out: 'O Moslem, there is a Jew hiding behind me, come and kill him.'- The Covenant of Hamas (1) Since the 10th of May, rockets have been falling on the nation of Israel. These bombs were launched by the Islamic fundamentalist organization Hamas, and according to the Times of Israel, nearly 2,500 rockets have been fired. These rocket launches have resulted in the death of nearly ten people. (2) What is the cause of this sudden outbreak of violence? It begins in the small Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah.