If you were Ozzie Guillen you’d be fired

I like Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen. He’s an old school manager a la Billy Martin — hard-drinking, profane with a high baseball IQ. Politically, he’s not what you’d call bright. The fracas started over the weekend, when Time magazine published an interview on its website in which the Marlins skipper said he “loved” Castro. “I respect … Continue reading If you were Ozzie Guillen you’d be fired

Except for the gulags, genocides and one-party rule, Communism was just dandy

The Guardian’s Neil Clark is a last-minute entrant for Useful Idiot of the Year: No one questions that Havel, who went to prison twice, was a brave man who had the courage to stand up for his views. Yet the question which needs to be asked is whether his political campaigning made his country, and … Continue reading Except for the gulags, genocides and one-party rule, Communism was just dandy

Propagandart

I’ll never understand artists who suck up to Communists. [Pianist] Lang [Liang] played a Chinese household song called “My Motherland” at the function to welcome President Hu Jintao. It was the theme music of a 1956 movie named Shangganling Battle, which depicted the fighting of Chinese troops against US troops during the Korean War (1950-53). … Continue reading Propagandart

Taggers against Che

About damn time: In 1960, just a year after coming to power, Guevara’s glorious revolution established forced labor camps (actual gulags, not the fake one of Amnesty International’s imagination) for any and all assortment of undesirables. This camp was the precursor to the eventual systematic confinement, starting in 1965 in the province of Camagüey, of … Continue reading Taggers against Che