I first became a Globe reader in the Summer of ’67, the Red Sox Impossible Dream Season. The Providence Journal just didn’t quite come close to the great stories and pictures in the Globe, pictures we’d cut out and tape on our bedroom walls. Through college and my early career the Globe was my newspaper of record. Four years in Atlanta and two in Tampa made me welcome trips home to be able to read the Globe. Twenty years in Dallas – thank God the internet came along. I have always had polite discourse with Columnists and reporters. I wrote, “Hey Bob Ryan, with the Seahawks and Patriots they should call it the I-90 Superbowl!” I got a chuckle back.
More recently I had an exchange with Jon Chesto regarding private financing of roads as I cited the practice here in Texas, relative to his story about the Cape Cod traffic. I think I made him choke when I mentioned the DFW Airport ‘Funnel’ Project – a $3.2 Billion deal that was finished nine months ahead of schedule – we could both hear Tip O’Neill rolling in his grave.
And then there is Jeff Jacoby, a columnist who has never acknowledged an email nor an offer to correct his misinformation, nor an offer of a complimentary copy of ‘Cuba 54; It’s time to end the abuse of 11 Million Cubans by the Miami Cartel. Full disclosure I am the author of that book. A bit of my pedigree: I have conducted 12 mission trips to Cuba; I have visited 96 Catholic parishes; I served Pope Benedict’s visit in 2012.
I am the only American to have ever attended Mass with the Ladies in White, nine times. I am the only American to go into the locker room, sit on the bench, and travel on the team bus with Los Industriales. Most important to my future, when I was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s in 2012 at age 55 I was the first American ever treated at CIREN, English trans: International Center for Neurological Restoration. There are many more firsts and onlys but I’ll stop here. (Oh, one Globe first in Cuba: After I helped clue him in on Cuba because he was traveling there with a Globe editor and Representative Jim MCGovern, Bryan Bender got to be the first journalist to hand deliver some Ben Gay and other ointments to a young friend pitcher for ‘Los’.
Jeff Jacoby seems to be the Globe’s resident pundit on all things Cuba. Given the Globe’s reach and reputation that would be a good thing if he actually investigated his ‘facts’ and presented truthful information rather than just copy and paste blogs written by hardliners in Miami and Washington.
Every time Mr. Jacoby’s column has the word ‘Cuba’ in the headline I can predict the ‘usual suspects’ whose words he will regurgitate: El Nuevo Herald (Miami Herald offspring); blogger Yoani Sanchez and a few others sporadically; and the most amoral man in the entire US-Cuba dialogue, the lying, lisping, Mauricio Claver Carone. Claver Carone publishes a daily blog called Capitol Hill Cubans. It’s amazing that by Noon every Monday, this man can put out an email to his minions like Jacoby with a headcount of how many people were arrested across the country on Sunday! It took the Waco (TX) police three days to report how many were arrested in the biker shooting.
His weekly arrest count has increased every week since the December announcement of normalization of relations. I’ve met Raul Castro, the man is not that stupid. Last week I read MCC’s blog email and a while after I clicked open my headlines from the Globe. Sure enough there were the same ‘facts and figures’ in Jacoby’s column.
Last July I was in the country and went to Mass with the Ladies three times. I always carry a backpack with an American flag on it. Never have the Ladies been harassed when I have been in their presence. When I returned home and was getting laughs reading Capitol Hill Cubans from Claver Carone, I was shocked to read that on the very day I was at Mass with the Ladies, marched with them afterwards, and took their leader Berta Soler to lunch 80 of them had been arrested! No one told me that!
True to form MCC’s blog had a photo from the ‘scene of the crime’ – a lone woman walking on the street, no police, no Woman’s Union members, not even a stray dog. Look at the link in Jacoby’s recent column; sure there is a man with a bandage on his nose, but the photos of the ladies are of their procession after Mass, not being arrested. Better still, Jacoby cites and links to an article by ‘Cuban Blogger Extraordinaire’ Yoani Sanchez that refers to places in Havana by names other than their own! Ghostwritten no doubt, and inaccurate to boot.
You may wonder when I am going to get to the point of Jacoby being a terrorist. Well let me begin. In my book Cuba 54, I detailed the history of mass murder, and an interview with a woman who was raped in 1956 by a now Miami luminary and former Batista official
Researching US Senate testimony I made a case that Rafael Diaz Balart had looted millions on his way out of the country. I wrote about the bombing of Cubana 455 by Luis Posada and Orlando Bosch, a crime for which they have been protected by the Ros Lehtinen, Diaz Balart, Rubio, Bush ‘cartel’ in Miami. Bosch is dead, Posada boasted to the NY Times of the bombing, and he’s bullet proof from extradition because as one Bush Administration official said, they were afraid he might be tortured. I’ve met family of CU455 victims who would be happy with a firing squad.
Wrapping up my book I happened upon a quote from President George W. Bush: “If you give aid and comfort to a terrorist, then you are a terrorist.” So in my book I called out Ros Lehtinen, the two Diaz Balarts, and their entire cartel as terrorists. And providing aid and comfort to these terrorists by lazy, lackey journalists makes that journalist, Jeff Jacoby a terrorist.
There is a $15 million cottage industry in Miami called the Cuba Freedom movement. These parasites get millions in US government grants, have obscene salaries and send crumbs to Cuba. My favorite is Directorio Democratico Cubano: their 2013 IRS 990 shows $705,573 in government grants. Their payroll is $338,162, rent $77,827, travel, $50,687. How much did this benevolent organization send to Cuba in humanitarian aid? $3189. I’ve had a Cuban activist say to me, “I had to go to Miami and lie for Ileana so I could continue to receive my 50 CUC every month.
In closing let me share what I believe is the true reason the hardliners want the Blockade (embargo) in place. Two reasons: 1. It’s not to punish the Castro’s, it’s to punch the 11 Million Cubans who never rose up against the Castros; 2. They have created a fantasy world: their fathers were brutal criminals in Cuba; Fidel destroyed the newspapers (including all the back issues so their criminal records went up in smoke) and Ileana Ros Lehtinen’s father wrote 19 Cuban history books that rewrote history.
My catchphrase the past few years has been, In Iraq we heard about boots on the ground; in Cuba we need ‘sneakers on the streets’ – young people to engage the Cubans and teach them about ‘rights’. But the cartel doesn’t want those sneakered feet interacting with ordinary Cubans who can talk to them about the history of these families, mass killings, rapes of school girls, blown up commercial airliners, bombed hotels, and other horrific facts from Cuba’s history that were driven by these characters’ families. And perhaps help put an end to that organized crime syndicate known as the Cuban Freedom Movement, as they would be the ones inspiring the Cuban people with their words and friendship, not with a pithy $3189 remittance.
Paul LeBon firstname.lastname@example.org
Coming July 15 – Liar Liar Cruz on Fire – Exposing 76 lies that constitute the personal life story of Rafael Cruz, and are being perpetuated by his son Senator Ted Cruz. ‘The biggest Cuban-American con artist since Rosie Ruiz.