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Bush's treatment of Cuba strikes out
Capital Times ^ | 1-11-06 | Dave Zweifel

Posted on 01/11/2006 6:05:32 PM PST by SJackson

The only bad thing about attending the Capital One Bowl in Orlando earlier this month was that it was held in Florida.

The less money I can spend in a state that doesn't know how to hold fair elections, the better. Come to think of it, perhaps that's why fewer than expected Badger fans made the trip this year.

Well, the Bush boys George the president (thanks in no small part to Florida) and brother Jeb the Florida governor are fixing things once again. This time it's not an election, but a baseball tournament.

The first-ever World Baseball Classic is slated for early March. Organized by Commissioner Bud Selig's office and the players' association, the classic will feature 16 teams from around the world. Games will be take place here in the United States (Florida, Arizona and California), in Puerto Rico and Japan.

But the U.S. Treasury Department has decided that Cuba cannot take part because for them to do so would violate our silly embargo against the Fidel Castro-led nation.

Now that's a shame because Cuba, no matter what one thinks of Castro, arguably is home to the most elite baseball program in the world. As George Vecsey wrote in the New York Times over the weekend, a baseball classic without Cuba isn't a baseball classic at all.

Ironically, the United States doesn't bar its athletes from competing with Cubans in other sports contests the Olympics, for instance. But since the countries that will take part in the Baseball Classic will get a percentage of the gate, the Treasury Department has decided that violates the embargo.

Castro even offered to donate Cuba's share of the proceeds to the Hurricane Katrina relief effort, but the Bush administration said no. Selig and others are trying to appeal to the president himself, but so far no luck.

What hasn't been widely noticed is that the large Cuban national population in Florida, a backbone of Jeb Bush's political support in the all-important Miami area, is stridently opposed to Cuba's participation in the games.

The president is loath to upset those anti-Castro Cubans and cause brother Jeb some political problems by overturning his Treasury Department's decision.

The baseball decision is just one in a series of increasingly harsh actions this administration has taken against Cubans. As many from Madison involved in humanitarian activities have come to know, it's hard even to get medicine and other supplies to the country these days because of the rift with Castro.

One would think that a country like ours could rise above playing petty politics with baseball games no less. But that's obviously becoming more than one can expect.


TOPICS: Cuba; Editorial; Government; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: castro
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1 posted on 01/11/2006 6:05:35 PM PST by SJackson
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To: SJackson

A waste of good words.


2 posted on 01/11/2006 6:09:13 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: SJackson
I'd like to say as eloquently as I can, F*** Castro, and F*** Dave Zweifel ( and the horses they rode in on).
3 posted on 01/11/2006 6:11:30 PM PST by appleharvey
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To: SJackson

You forgot the Barf Alert!!!


4 posted on 01/11/2006 6:12:32 PM PST by Stayingawayfromthedarkside (The stink you smell are the liberals fuming after Ann speaks!!!)
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To: Stayingawayfromthedarkside
"You forgot the Barf Alert!!!"

I think somebody should invent a "Disgust-O-Meter". That piece would register high on the scale.

5 posted on 01/11/2006 6:16:31 PM PST by Past Your Eyes (Honk if you voted for algore...so I can point at you and laugh.)
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To: Stayingawayfromthedarkside
You forgot the Barf Alert!!!

It says Capital Times.

6 posted on 01/11/2006 6:17:30 PM PST by SJackson (Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants to see us happy. B. Franklin)
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To: SJackson

Unlike the haning chad who wrote this article, maybe Bush doesn't like murderous, big mouth commies - Cubans voters aside. I would like to have seen Bush's reaction to that thug sticking the machine gun in Elian's face as he hid in the closet. Rummie's, Condi's and Cheney's, too. I'll never get that horrible picture out of my mind.


7 posted on 01/11/2006 6:20:31 PM PST by Galveston Grl (Getting angry and abandoning power to the Democrats is not a choice.)
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To: SJackson
1) No offense, but where's the barf alert?

2) This policy represents another thing I like about Pres. Bush.

3) the large Cuban national population in Florida, a backbone of Jeb Bush's political support in the all-important Miami area, is stridently opposed to Cuba's participation in the games.

A shocker. I'm guessing that if someone had stolen MY property, murdered 100,000 of my countrymen, and persecuted MY church as Castro has, I too would be opposed to the authorities in my new home pretending the man was a legitimate political leader—as opposed to a decrepit old gangster.

8 posted on 01/11/2006 6:21:43 PM PST by SamuraiScot
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To: SJackson

I'm still fairly new on FR. I haven't seen the Capital Times posted much. I wish that thug Castro would croak and then we could invite the Cuban players here for a competitive series.


9 posted on 01/11/2006 6:22:39 PM PST by Stayingawayfromthedarkside (The stink you smell are the liberals fuming after Ann speaks!!!)
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To: SJackson

Crying Baby with Full Tummy Alert. Projectile vomiting of strained peas imminent.


10 posted on 01/11/2006 6:25:09 PM PST by crazyhorse691 (Diplomacy doesn't work when seagulls rain on your parade. A shotgun and umbrella does.)
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To: SJackson; Admin Moderator

You forgot the BARF ALERT


11 posted on 01/11/2006 6:27:26 PM PST by JRios1968 ("Cogito, ergo FReep": I think, therefore I FReep.)
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To: JRios1968

See 6, It's the Capital Times, the progressive voice of Madison, WI.


12 posted on 01/11/2006 6:32:36 PM PST by SJackson (Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants to see us happy. B. Franklin)
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To: SJackson

Are the taxes high in Wisconsin?


13 posted on 01/11/2006 6:35:06 PM PST by Stayingawayfromthedarkside (The stink you smell are the liberals fuming after Ann speaks!!!)
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To: Stayingawayfromthedarkside
Are the taxes high in Wisconsin?

Usually in the top 10 nationally

14 posted on 01/11/2006 6:42:59 PM PST by SJackson (Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants to see us happy. B. Franklin)
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To: Stayingawayfromthedarkside

BTW, if you check the link, generally 4 or 5 in terms of state and local taxes, they drop to 8 or 10 when federal taxes are factored in.


15 posted on 01/11/2006 6:44:02 PM PST by SJackson (Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants to see us happy. B. Franklin)
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Some of Us FReepers were never informed (warned) of such facts.


16 posted on 01/11/2006 6:46:47 PM PST by ExcursionGuy84 ("Jesus, Your Love takes my breath away.")
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To: SJackson

Just trying to figure out why Badgers fans didn't go as much this year. LOL!!! I better stop thinking so hard and remember that it is Bush's fault and this "journalist" was right. All is right with the universe again.


17 posted on 01/11/2006 6:54:01 PM PST by Stayingawayfromthedarkside (The stink you smell are the liberals fuming after Ann speaks!!!)
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To: SJackson

The loud braying of the usual liberal jackass, who knows absolutely nothing about life in Cuba.


18 posted on 01/11/2006 7:03:35 PM PST by FormerACLUmember
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My message to this loser

Cry me a river commie. When Castro goes, that regime falls like dominoes The people will kiss the feet of Americans when they come in to feed those lost souls. Can’t wait to see what you write when that happens, right, LOL!

Be part of the solution, not the problem.


19 posted on 01/11/2006 7:07:02 PM PST by DAC22
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My message to this loser Cry me a river commie. When Castro goes, that regime falls like dominoes The people will kiss the feet of Americans when they come in to feed those lost souls. Can’t wait to see what you write when that happens, right, LOL!

Amen, amigo!

20 posted on 01/11/2006 7:10:43 PM PST by FormerACLUmember
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