…and very few people notice. However babau blog is one of them:

Cuba is one of the few countries in the world that prohibits its citizens from leaving without government permission, a violation of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Because Cuba’s athletic teams compete internationally the participants are constantly shadowed by members of Cuba’s state security apparatus. The primary objective of Cuban state security is to prevent defections which embarrass the Castro regime and deplete the country of athletic talent. In Democratic countries like the United States this presents a perverse situation where Cuban athletes are basically deprived of their rights to move freely. If an athlete does manage to defect his family is not permitted to leave Cuba as a form of punishment. Often Cuban defectors must then pay human smugglers to extract their families from the island.

Unfortunately this has been a good tourney for the dictator teams. A Cuba vs Venezuela final would be a propaganda boon for two of the worst western hemisphere.

I can’t understand how our friends on the left can ignore this while decrying Gitmo. I also can’t see why our government is allowing the restrictions on movement. These guys only get legitimacy when we allow ourselves to follow their rules.

I would so much love to see the team defect en masse but I suspect that with this administration they would be handed back a-la Elian Gonzales.

Update check out the factsheet some Gems:

“The option not to play in the [World Baseball Classic] tournament, which has been exercised by the Yankees’ Hideki Matsui among others, is not available to Cuban players – if the government tells them to play, they must. On the other hand, the regime can suspend a player from ‘Team Fidel,’ as the national team is often called, simply out of suspicion that he might defect. This happened to Orlando Hernández, before he managed to escape in a boat and eventually find fame with the Yankees.”

According to baseball agent Joe Kehoskie, the Castro regime has been using a bonus system to keep Cuban players from defecting. Players are awarded varying sums based on team performance but the awards are only given if the entire team returns to Cuba without any defections. In this way the regime creates peer pressure among team members to discourage any from exercising their right to defect.

If this administration could stand up it would make a huge difference.

…because of stuff like this:

“George Bush the monkey? Fair ball”

“Draw a comic slamming the Stimulus Bill while featuring a chimpanzee? You, my friend are a racist, homophobic, hate-mongering etc… Neocon.”

Before you know it, you’ve made Olbermann’s list. For a party that controls virtually the entire comedic realm (sitcoms, Comedy Central, late night TV, etc.), the Democrats certainly have a lot of lightening up to do.

Many Conservatives think that the way to handle these attacks is to tread lightly and be hyper-sensitive to the issues. I say we need to be as unabashedly politically incorrect as possible. The only way we’ll end the “race war” is to discard it as an issue altogether. Who’s with me? Who else out there is willing to start speaking freely without fear of race, ethnicity or the liberal nutjobs who deem themselves offended?

I for one will proudly say that I thought the comic was funny… And on a totally unrelated topic; Barack Hussein Obama is one weird-looking dude.

He seems to be the last fearless comic in the world.

Former President George W. Bush says he won’t criticize President Barack Obama because Obama “deserves my silence,”

He was dead wrong on the bailouts but the country, but nobody cared less about what people thought or said about him as long as his country was safe. We will not realize the high quality we had in the White House for many years.

Everyone is all upset about these bonus but none of them seem to be willing to hold the congress that voted for it responsible.

7:18 a.m. Along with the veterans thing this is going put the final nail in the honeymoon coffin.

7:20 a.m. Nobody asked the congresswoman why she voted for that thing.

7:27 a.m. Chuck explains the efficiency of government oversight.

7:30 a.m. They wont lie to me. HA HA HA HA HA HAH HA HA HA HA

8:07 a.m. Had to run an errand, Mika with the head of the playboy magazine empire must have been fun.

8:09 a.m. Whoever they are talking to right not nailed it. They all voted for it and are now all shocked.

8:09 a.m. John Shadegg is nailing congress big time.

8:11 a.m. “One of the things about the new media is we can see the clips of Barney actually saying there is nothing wrong with Fannie & Freddy.” You want a leader of the republican party here it is.

8:13 a.m. “You can ask these questions but having the questions covered is another thing.” This guy is on fire.

8:15 a.m. Boy I came back at the right time.

8:19 a.m. O’Donnell says what I think, the use of the tax code is rather nasty, and it might be unconstitutional. Then again that might be the whole idea.

8:21 a.m. Bayh announces a new moderate group in the senate to try to keep things sane. Mika doesn’t look happy. She really doesn’t look like herself today.

8:34 a.m. Ian McShane looks good in Kings but he was great in Jesus of Nazareth.

8:41 a.m. Tribal? He must not know about the Redsox Yankees.

8:52 a.m. Wasn’t the doc just on the show a week ago talking about not taking expensive tests on small things?

Back in our lets talk porn post I loudly pointed out the following:

Once you are on the net you are on it forever so be very careful what you decide do to in front of a camera or anywhere near a cellphone camera.

You ignore this warning at your own risk.

Well at right wing news we see the nasty example of this kind of thing

it’s not an unusual occurrence. I have probably had friends/acquaintances of mine show me naked pics of their ex-girlfriends at least a dozen times — and I don’t think that’s unusual. As a general rule, you don’t even have to ask. They want to show them to you, to pay their girlfriend back for whatever slight they feel like they’ve suffered at her hands during the break-up.

Moreover, although I can’t go into detail for obvious reasons, I have had female friends of mine tell me all sorts of horror stories about naked pics — quasi-blackmail attempts, having the photos intentionally or accidentally leaked out on the web — it goes on and on.

So, let me just give all the women out there the exact same advice publicly that I would give them privately: do not let your boyfriends take naked pictures of you or the time may come when you regret it.

And the story that prompted this advice ended in the suicide of an 18 year old girl.

So keep this in mind. You don’t have the luxury of being an idiot in private that your parents and grandparents did. Drill it into your head. And if you do something stupid, remember it is still just something stupid, it isn’t something worth doing something even stupider over.

…so says Breitbart concerning his appearance on Bill Maher’s show.

But it is Ben Shapiro who actually nails the technique being used:

But I contend that there’s one objective indicator that Stewart and Maher have lost their ability to be funny: their audience is so stacked that they laugh at clearly unfunny lines – they’re living laugh tracks.

Let me give you an example, I like McHale’s Navy loved it as a kid and have all 4 seasons of it. Tim Conway is just dead funny. Watch the DVD’s and you will laugh a lot. Now watch the McHale’s Navy Movie from 1964. Same actors, same type of comedy but you laugh less, why? No laugh track to carry the marginal jokes.

…Vote for the Tarp plan that allowed the AIG money without conditions?

Then Senator Obama could have opposed the TARP plan and could have demanded changes. He did not. If he had it would have been actual proof the the “moderate” assertions of our intellectual friends.

That being said I didn’t support the plan at the time and criticized then President Bush for it so he does deserve the hits for it

If Cuba was a free country watching this Cepeda might be as well known as his HOF namesake. As it is he will have to settle for picking up the Cuban team and putting it on his back.

Cuba used his key hitting to knock out Mexico 7-4. I frankly don’t see it being enough to take them past either Korea or Japan but in a single game anything can happen.

It remained a good day for dictator’s teams as Venezuela edged Puerto Rico 2-0 on outstanding pitching. Hugo’s team will be cheering for Korea today big time today.

Due to the injuries to the US team I have to give the PR team the edge against the US in the elimination game.

Korea and Japan is a wash today. I have to think Japan is the better team but a Korean win wouldn’t surprise me.

Grover Cleveland is one of my favorite presidents and in my opinion one of the most underrated presidents these days. He was one of the most honest men to ever occupy the White House.

One of my favorite quotes by him is “A Democratic thief is as bad as a Republican one.” Apparently at least one diarist at Daily Kos agrees:

House Democrats have been blocking an ethics investigation into this matter. That has to stop now. It was shit like this that helped Democrats lose control of the House in 1994, and Republicans in 2006. I’ve got no interest in giving Republicans easy ammunition.

We have to show we are different than Republicans by refusing to tolerate any corruption in our ranks.

The two paragraphs illustrate one of the things I strongly believe. The right thing is also the smart thing.