Venezuela: Misery and missiles

by Fausta Rodriguez Wertz Johns Hopkins economics professor Steve Hanke has been looking at the old misery index, that is, a simple sum of inflation, lending rates, and unemployment rates, minus year-on-year per capita GDP growth, and Venezuela's on top: When measured by the misery index, Venezuela holds the ignominious top spot, with an index … Continue reading Venezuela: Misery and missiles

Bye-bye, Elementary

by Fausta Rodriguez Wertz Back when other middle school girls were reading Nancy Drew, I discovered Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes books and became a life-long fan. They used to play Basil Rathbone's Sherlock Holmes movies on TV when I lived in Puerto Rico, back in the days when TV sets had no remotes, so … Continue reading Bye-bye, Elementary

Cuba’s American hostage

by Fausta Rodriguez Wertz In June, 2001, Cuban spies Gerardo Hernández, Antonio Guerrero, Ramón Labañino, Fernando González, and René González (known as the Cuban Five or the Miami Five) were convicted of 26 federal charges, including conspiracy to commit espionage, conspiracy to commit murder, and acting as agents of a foreign government. The Communist regime … Continue reading Cuba’s American hostage

No, Joe, illegals are not citizens

by Fausta Rodriguez Wertz In today's morning news, I see that Joe Biden, in yet another episode of pandering, said that ‘11 Million Undocumented Aliens Are Already Americans in My View’“Eleven million people living in the shadows I believed are already American citizens,” Biden said. “These people are just waiting, waiting for a chance to … Continue reading No, Joe, illegals are not citizens

Latin America: Putin gets his license

by Fausta Rodríguez Wertz The Economist's cover story: Mr Putin’s new order, in short, is built on revanchism, a reckless disdain for the truth and the twisting of the law to mean whatever suits those in power. That makes it no order at all. Some of the more unsavory heads of state in Latin America … Continue reading Latin America: Putin gets his license

Cuba: The truth about Che

I recently had the opportunity to dine with a group of young men who attend one of the 15 most liberal colleges in the country. When I brought up the subject of Che Guevara t-shirts, all of them, and I mean all, agreed that Che was a mass murderer. There is hope for mankind! The … Continue reading Cuba: The truth about Che

Latin America: What was missing from the SOTU

In last night's State of the Union speech, President Obama mentioned Iran ten times, Hezbollah once, but not a word on Latin America and how it plays in Iran's plans. The President may not have read, for instance, the 2011 report from the House of Representatives' Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence describing Hezbollah's growing terrorist … Continue reading Latin America: What was missing from the SOTU

UN Climate chief: Communism fights global warming

As crazy as this sounds, bear in mind that four years ago Thomas Friedman wanted the US "to be China for a day," to "authorize the right solutions": UN Climate Chief Praises Communism, Dismisses DemocracyThe Costa Rican executive secretary with the UN Convention on Climate Change, Christina Figueres, said in an interview on January 13 … Continue reading UN Climate chief: Communism fights global warming

Colombia: The controversy started by . . . Justin Bieber?

The Canadian kid goes to Bogota, Colombia, indulges in misbehavior, gets away with it, and now the locals want to, too:  Justin Bieber’s visit to Bogota opened doors for Colombian graffiti artists. Well, pardon my old-fogieness, but "graffiti artist" is an oxymoron. Vandalism is what comes to mind. But, when you're a celebrity who gets … Continue reading Colombia: The controversy started by . . . Justin Bieber?

Inferiority’s Children

by baldilocks Over two decades ago, when I was a student at a community college, I took a government class, taught by one Professor Cohen, as an elective. I asked around about him and received a flood of answers; the word was out that he was tough and it that was difficult to earn an … Continue reading Inferiority’s Children

High smoking taxes contribute to Illinois’ grifter culture

Mayor Rahm Emanuel favors adding 75 per pack to Chicago's cigarette taxes. On top of the federal, state, and county fees, this new tax, if enacted, will force Chicagoans to pay $7.42 in taxes--the highest in the nation. As I am the Marathon Pundit, the only smoke you'll see me exhale is the kind that … Continue reading High smoking taxes contribute to Illinois’ grifter culture