Tag Archives: Cuba

RR 22: Cuba (Not Quite) Libre and Perfect Puerto Ricans

Science has finally caught up to the fact that Robles and Rosado are almost perfect specimens of humanity. Don’t believe me? Just ask Lior Pachter, a UC Berkeley biologist.

Mr. Pachter published a DNA study recently suggesting that “perfect humans” are most likely to be Puerto Rican. He also reveals that the “perfect human” may have been female Taino Cacique, Loiza Aldea.

Tainos obviously had access to some great personal trainers.

A mix of European, African and Caribbean genetic origins among native Puerto Ricans is responsible for producing near perfect human specimens according to the study.

Please don’t hate Boricuas for being beyond compare. The burden of perfection is a heavy one.

In a surprising announcement from the White House, President Obama has instructed his cabinet to “begin discussions with Cuba to reestablish diplomatic relations that have been severed since January of 1961.  Going forward, the United States will reestablish an embassy in Havana, and high-ranking officials will visit Cuba.”

The announcement did not go over well with some in the Cuban exile community but for others it was welcome news.

Of course corporate interests are salivating over the prospects of setting up shop on the island but there remain many, many hurdles before you can expect to pick up a  Happy Meal on El Malecon during that dream vacation to the “Pearl of the Antilles”.

RR 13: Immigrant Archives and Hateful Tweets

Let’s play a game of “Fantasy Or Reality”.  I’ll offer up a scenario and you, dear reader, will decide if it really happened or whether I’m just spinning a fanciful tale.

Here we go.

The United States once accepted thousands of unaccompanied minors from Latin America and provided shelter and care in over 100 cities in 35 States for them. The children were never once packed into holding pens or cages but instead were placed in foster homes and group homes and given humane treatment and care.

This great Union of States survived the influx of these undocumented children and a large majority of them went on to become productive and successful U.S. citizens; actual living and breathing examples of the “American Dream”.

Is this the real life or is this just fantasy? (Apologies to Queen and “Bohemian Rhapsody”. I couldn’t resist.)

Considering all the angry protests and vein-throbbing punditry decrying the horrors these children  currently crossing the border will supposedly inflict on us unsuspecting Americanos, I couldn’t fault any of you for thinking I was caught up in some sort of psychedelic acid trip.

Nope, not this time!

My idyllic description of how young refugees were once treated on their arrival into the good old U. S. of A. is 100% truth.

Tony-HernandezFor this episode we are joined by Tony Hernandez, the co-founder and executive producer of the Immigrant Archive Project, an independent national initiative dedicated to honoring and preserving the life stories of Americaʼs diverse immigrant population.

We discuss the surge of unaccompanied, undocumented minors coming into the country and the parallels and stark differences between this influx and Operation Pedro Pan which I described in our game of “Fantasy Or Reality”.

Also on the show we indulge in a little Fantasy Television Programming by pitching great new show ideas for the suddenly media stunt happy news anchor, Jorge Ramos.

And don’t miss the debut of a semi-regular segment where we select our favorite offensive and racist social media posts.  Hate has never been more fun!