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Adrian Martinez once played basketball on rundown playground courts in Cuba. At times the backboards were made of rotting wood and bicycle tire rims doubled as basketball rims.

The Northeastern University senior describes the condition of his boarding school, a sports academy for Cuba’s rising athletes, as deplorable, with leaking plumbing, cracked playing surfaces and moldy hallways.

The memories are 10 years old, but they remain vivid, a stark contrast to his life as a Division I player in the USA.

“Life was so hard in Cuba,” Martinez, 22, says. “The quality of life was so low.”

So you mean to tell me that the building was basically falling apart?
In Cuba? No way!

The 6-2, 200-pound point guard averages 10.8 points for a Northeastern team that is 7-15 (5-6 in the Colonial Athletic Association), but Martinez doesn’t measure success with his scoring. He’s in a position to move forward, with a bachelor’s degree earned in criminal justice and work toward a master’s in sports leadership.

The opportunities ahead are numerous, a contradiction to life in Cuba.

“They really don’t have a chance of improving themselves,” he says of the aunts, uncles and cousins left behind. “It’s like you’re stuck and you’ll be there forever.”

Wait a minute. I thought opportunity was PLENTY in Cuba under the guise of socialism! Its supposed to be the Socialist Utopia! Yet for some reason they all live in the US? Hmmmmm…

His father, Onelio, figured the family had nothing to lose by uprooting. Among other things, he was angry and frustrated about lining up for food, which the family had to ration further to make it last. “There was no way we could make it,” he says.

Economic advancement is impossible for most Cubans. Martinez’s father had a physical education degree and coached youth basketball teams, a job he eventually gave up for a slightly higher paying position as a gas station manager.

So the only way to get by was by working at a gas station.
Ohhh man where do I sign up for the revolucion?

The thing that kills me about liberals and Marxist lovers is that they fail to see how if a system like this was in place in the US they would be SCREAMING how it is totally against the Constitution!

Morons!

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Posted on Drudge this afternoon:

Mr. Biden is equally skeptical—albeit in a slightly more backhanded way—about Mr. Obama. “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy,” he said. “I mean, that’s a storybook, man.”

But—and the “but” was clearly inevitable—he doubts whether American voters are going to elect “a one-term, a guy who has served for four years in the Senate,” and added: “I don’t recall hearing a word from Barack about a plan or a tactic.”

Wait I thought the Democratic party was the party on inclusion?
I thought a well dressed African American man with character was the norm in those circles? Its not? Hmmmmm….

Sounds similar to Howard Deans racist comment that came up during his speech at a hotel in the North East:

During a meeting Friday with the Democratic black caucus, Dean praised black Democrats for their work for the party, then questioned Republicans’ ability to rally support from minorities.

“You think the Republican National Committee could get this many people of color in a single room?,” Dean asked to laughter. “Only if they had the hotel staff in here.”

Within that one quote also highlights something that I and many other conservatives have actually said about him. That he has NO EXPERIENCE at all. Nothing as a basis on to which to vote for him. I don’t have a CLUE what he has done. And the few thing he has done have been rather insignificant.

Read the rest of his “solution” as well on Iraq.
Its laughable at best.
Sure sounds like he is calling for Jim Crow laws and Segregation in the country. Hmmmmm…. Anyone do a background check on Bidden yet and see if he has a KKK background like Robert Byrd? Or maybe a Skin head with a suit? Hmmmmm…

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NO WAY? Not possible!
Its all to save the planet? No?

Prime Minister Stephen Harper once called the Kyoto accord a “socialist scheme” designed to suck money out of rich countries, according to a letter leaked Tuesday by the Liberals.

The letter, posted on the federal Liberal party website, was apparently written by Harper in 2002, when he was leader of the now-defunct Canadian Alliance party.

Sucking money out of rich countries?
NO WAY? That isn’t possible?
They are all for capitalism aren’t they?
After all they sell Che Shirts for a profit no?

He writes that it’s based on “tentative and contradictory scientific evidence” and it focuses on carbon dioxide, which is “essential to life.”

He says Kyoto requires that Canada make significant cuts in emissions, while countries like Russia, India and China face less of a burden.

Under Kyoto, Canada was required to reduce emissions by six per cent by 2012, while economies in transition, like Russia, were allowed to choose different base years.

“Kyoto is essentially a socialist scheme to suck money out of wealth-producing nations,” Harper’s letter reads.

He said the accord would cripple the oil and gas industries, which are essential to Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia.

Seems like in 2002 Harper was let in on information that we are just getting wind of but even then is STILL BEING SUPPRESSED!

The ‘fatal conceit’ of Kyoto

A suppressed report by the federal government {Canada} evaluating the effectiveness of spending $500 million since the year 2000 to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases has shown – surprise! — that the spending was largely wasted, producing neither a reduction in gas emissions, nor the development of new “cleaner” technologies.

An anonymous source that participated in the mid-term review is quoted in the Star, saying, “We seriously underestimated the difficulty of getting reductions and overestimated the payoff from new technologies.”

How did the government manage to blow $500 million of taxpayer money?

It put it into “Action Plan 2000,” which committed $210 million to promote technologies that reduced greenhouse gas emissions in industry and transportation; it gave $125 million to cities to encourage them to use the non-existent new technologies. And another $100 million was spent on promoting foreign demand for the non-existent new technologies.

The lack of value Canadians received for their half-a-billion dollars should come as a surprise to … well, nobody. Governments are notoriously bad at “inspiring” development of new technologies and encouraging their adoption.

The idea that government can inspire the development of new, beneficial technologies is an example of “industrial policy,” a type of governmental steering of industrial development thoroughly discredited outside the halls of Ottawa. Industrial policy relies on what the Nobel Prize-winning economist Frederick Hayek called “the fatal conceit,” that somehow, government planners have special knowledge that markets, investors, and industry lack.

Examples from abroad are even more spectacular.

For decades, the Japanese Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) was responsible for industrial policy in Japan’s high-tech sector. Analyses of MITI’s performance showed a dismal failure to usher in new technologies or to create new industrial sectors in electronics, aircraft, aerospace, and biotechnology. Worse yet, MITI was shown to have slowed the free-market development of these sectors when their activities were found to be at odds with planners’ desires. In 1953, for instance, MITI tried to block Sony from getting into the transistor business. Fortunately, for those of us who watch television, Sony managed to get MITI to back off.

I just find it funny how a nice power point presentation and a block buster movie in the theaters creates such mass hysteria with people when 10 years ago it was talked about as well. LOL.. NOW its a concern? Why because the OZONE layer isn’t under attack any more?

HA!

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I usually don’t want Jon Stewart but this was way to funny to pass up on.

The Daily Show – 01.17.07 – Castro’s Artificial Anus

It speaks for itself.

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Damn we don’t even want to park our cars anymore.

A humanoid robot valet won’t be stepping into your car to drive it.

Rather, the garage itself does the parking. The driver stops the car on a pallet and gets out. The pallet is then lowered into the innards of the garage, and transported to a vacant parking space by a computer-controlled contraption similar to an elevator that also runs sideways.

There is no human supervision, but an attendant will be on hand to accept cash and explain the system to baffled humans.

This does sound really cool.

Dennis Clarke, the chief operating officer at Robotic Parking, acknowledged the operational problems, but said the garage has operated with “99.99 percent efficiency.” He called the 26-hour outage a freak incident, where two redundant sensors failed at the same time and a maintenance crew failed to follow company policy in not repairing them right away.

But that .001% might concern me.
LOL..

I wouldn’t expect this in neighborhoods nation wide any time soon.
But I would not doubt them coming to cities like Boston and LA soon.

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Fatah vs Hamas

They keep telling me this is the Religion of Peace!

Gaza was turning into a battlefield early Monday with armed clashes between the ruling Hamas and President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah in Gaza City and the south. Four people were killed in the latest day of battles.

A Hamas supporter another gunman and a civilian were killed in clashes in southern Gaza on Sunday.

Early Monday Fatah gunmen killed a member of the Hamas security force in Gaza City, bringing the death toll in four days of Hamas-Fatah fighting to 29.

Early Monday, Hamas fighters mobilized around the main Fatah stronghold, the Preventive Security headquarters, and threatened to attack the compound — a move that could set off a full-scale civil war.

I really want to believe it but GIVE ME A BREAK HERE!

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Kerry at it again!

Where is this on the front page of CNN or the NY TIMES?

You would think it would be their mission statement if anything!

“When we walk away from global warming, Kyoto, when we are irresponsibly slow in moving toward AIDS in Africa, when we don’t advance and live up to our own rhetoric and standards, we set a terrible message of duplicity and hypocrisy,” Kerry said.

“So we have a crisis of confidence in the Middle East — in the world, really. I’ve never seen our country as isolated, as much as a sort of international pariah for a number of reasons as it is today.”…

After all that is what the NY Times, LA TIMES etc think that the US is, an international pariah.

There are still those that will come to the defense of this MORON even after his past US pot shots and shots at our military. All I can say is THANK GOD this man did not win!

Side note. Following the elections Terza Heinz changed her name back to remove KERRY from her last name. LOL… Maybe she knows more then we do about the man!

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