Tuesday, June 15, 2021

The Double Life of Fidel Castro: My 17 Years as Personal Bodyguard to El Lider Maximo By: Juan Reynaldo Sanchez and Axel Glyden

This was a great book in more ways than one.  This book, written by Juan Reynaldo Sanches, a former Fidel Castro's "inner ring" of security is an amazing inside look at lies of Fidel's life and lifestyle. 

Just as every dictator before him, Fidel's incognito Capitalist lifestyle was at odds with the rhetoric he spewed.  This is nothing new.  You do not need to go to Cuba to see the lies of this Socialism and Communism rhetoric.  Right here in the U.S.  You had Bernie Sanders that would constantly pontificate about "Millionaires and Billionaires". Ironically, his rhetoric changed when it came out that he owned multiple million dollar homes, made millions on his book and drove expensive cars.  Highly different than the austere life style he preaches about.   Also we see people like the "Trained Marxist" Patrice Khan-Cullors who constantly ranted about the rich 1% and the evils of Capitalism until she spent millions of dollars buy 4 homes for herself with the proceeds of her "organization".  There are countless examples of those who talk the talk, but do not walk the walk. You constantly see these spoiled kids studying in their Ivy League schools paid by their parents that have sacrificed themselves to put their kids through college, sipping their Starbucks, wearing their Birkenstocks, driving their BMWs all the while complaining about Capitalism.  Anyone who tells you that Capitalism is not the best system in the world, you are either dump or complicit.  

Fidel lived the life of a Capitalist billionaire.  He had people waiting on him hand and foot, had multiple homes throughout the island, billions of dollars in offshore accounts, and was a narcissist evil man.  No one, including his family were safe from his brutality.  I personally have family and friends of the family that disappeared during the "revolution" never to be seen or heard of again.  My father left the island when Fidel took power leaving behind several properties seized by the government, money and my mother and two sisters.  He came to the U.S. when there were signs saying "No Cubans" similar to how Blacks were treated.  He worked three jobs to claim my mother and sisters as well as other family members.  They came in legal and worked hard.  They lived in New Jersey, were it was cold and miserable.  They left possessions, family and friends behind to flee this disgusting tyrant.  I think this is why I oppose Socialism and Communism so much.  Seeing what it did to me family here and worse what they did to my family there make we privy to a lot of information the talking heads today conveniently leave out.  Socialism and Communism is a cancer wherever it is tried.  

The book gives you the inside scoop on the methods and procedures Fidel used and how he funded and orchestrated those "regime changes" that our very intelligent Congresswoman Alexandria Ocassio Cortez loves to blame on the U.S.  He was also a gun and drug smuggler.  He had his closes people killed because they "knew too much". Thankfully he died.  Sadly, he lasted a very long time and with it, made the poor people of Cuba and the oppressive Human Rights violation which the media does not report on, suffer and still do.  I would ask anyone that feels that this "revolution" he created is a good thing, go to Cuba.  Not as a visitor with money.  Go live as the Cubans do.  Make use of their "free healthcare" and "free schooling". Doctors in Cuba make more money working a side hustle than being a doctor.  There you get to go to college for free however you do not study "gender studies" or some other useless major.  You study what the government tells you to study.  You are not free at all.  Ironically, those that love to criticize this country would be shot and killed for voicing their opinion in a Socialist or Communist country.  

Publisher ‏ : ‎ St. Martin's Press; 1st edition (May 12, 2015)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 288 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1250068762
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1250068767
Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 12.8 ounces
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.76 x 1.01 x 8.52 inches  

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

The Year of Dangerous Days: Riots, Refugees and Cocaine in Miami 1980 By: Nicholas Griffin

A fascinating look at the 1980's in Miami.  I was alive during this time and witnessed the good, the bad and the ugly of the 80's.  In this book, Griffin describes in detail the tragic case of McDuffie who was murdered by the police.  I remember the riots.  I remember them vividly because my father, never seeing something like that was terrified and gave me my 20 gauge shotgun to sleep with in the room.  He told me "if someone comes through that window, you know what to do".  I was mortified.  I never really heard about the details of the case, only that he was in fact murdered.

Sadly, McDuffie was beaten to death and the police officers were to blame.  Although he was driving over the speed limit, was shutting off the light to try and outrun the police and driving with a suspended driver's license.  Whatever the case may be, the police were wrong.  

As is still the case today, the response to some tragedy is usually worse than the original issue.  This is precisely why I feel that protesting that includes blocking streets where people are not involved, don't want to be involved, and/or don't even care about the issue is so dangerous.  Michael and Jefferey Kulp who ran their car through one such protest leaving a young girl pinned to a wall.  However Michael and Jefferey Kulp were tortured for hours.  Jefferey getting shot, stabbed, concrete blocks slammed on his head, his ear and tongue cut out and much more.  It was truly medieval.   The reality is that families lost loved ones on all sides of this incident.  Violence begets violence begets violence.  No one wins.  The McDuffie riots, in my opinion, did more harm to race relations during that time than any other issue of its time.  Whites and Hispanics remembered the horrific scenes on the streets of Miami. Many families told their kids to be careful around black people as they could not be trusted.  This was not the case at my house but I remember a lot of friends where that was the norm.  I am sure, many Black families also thought their children about the dangers of the police due to the McDuffie killing. It would be nice to all acknowledge this and try to move on.  Seems that is not the case and we have only doubled down.

Never in my days, did I ever think I would be alive to hear about separate black and white graduation, dorms, businesses, etc.  Today we are self-segregating.  Society in the name of "progress" has urged people to identify with a race and create echo-chambers, very much like what we see in prisons where you have Blacks, Whites, Hispanics, etc and they must fight for a manufactured issue created by those in power that have a vested interest in keeping everyone separate and stupid.  Hopefully we can pull through this and stop flushing motion of this society.  

Additionally I learned about Hector Sanyustiz which I owe my family to.  Because of his valiant and desperate move to ram the gates of the Peruvian Embassy in Cuba which was the impetus of the Mariel Boat Lift which is how my wife and her family arrived in this country.  Many people know about the Mariel Boat Lift from either family or even the movie Scar Face but very few that I have asked knew anything about Sanyustiz.  Many of my family members arrived from Cuba during this time and it is probably the only thing I am grateful to Jimmy Carter for.  My former brother-in-law made the voyage across the Florida Straits to Cuba to pick up his brother as well as my uncle and son.  I remember being glued to the TV to see if there were any updates to their voyage.

The truth is there were a lot of mentally unstable people released from the sanatarium and prisoners released from prisons, but most of the folks that came here were hardworking people looking to better their lives and the lives of their families.  I remember being introduced to "El Granizero" (The Snow Cone man) that created a snow cone cart our of a bike and some wood, the "Churro" man that would make Churros outside of the Zayres parking lot in Hialeah, and the "Biandero" which was essentially a mobile fresh market where the "Biandero" would pull up in your apartment building and start yelling "Biandero.. La Bianda barrata, barrata, barrata".  In Cuba, there were no parts for the American classic cars.  The Cubans were so resourceful they would manufacture their own parts.  However there were the drugs that was "the lure of easy money.... it was the smuggler's blues" ~ Glenn Frey.

We had family and friends that became millionaires overnight.  The strip bar trips where we would drop 10s of thousands of dollars, nightly dinner at the Forge in Miami Beach, boats, trips, cars, motorcycles and anything your mind could think of.  I remember that for 2.5 years, I did not own a car.  I would grab one of the many cars available (Ford Bronco, Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham and El Dorrados, AMG Mercedes Benz, Porsche 911 Carrera, etc).  Many smart dealers made money and used it to go legit but most allowed greed to take them to jail or the cemetery.  My father sold airline tickets from the house.  He made a lot of money selling these people tickets for world tours.  The club scenes was crazy.  Walking into the bathroom, you would see cocaine everywhere.  Dude would be snorting lines off of the urinals with $100.00 bills.  Miami Jai-Alai on Saturdays was the normal thing to do.  Thousands of dollars were dumped there.  All the drugs you wanted.  We would go to Broward County as a teen and hit the teen clubs with loads of cocaine.  As ugly as I am, I was like Brad Pitt.  I scored probably more than he did.  I enjoyed the life style but new that hanging with these people would soon bring my life to an end.  When they offered me $10K to go to Haulover marina to trailer a boat that was in the water and once I delivered it to its destination, I could keep the brand new Ford Bronco, I knew I was being set up.  Got away from all of it.  

The reality is that Miami was a shit-hole.  No one wanted to be here unless you were 100 years old.  It was a retirement community.  The drugs built Miami.  Many legitimate businesses made a lot of money.  Best thing was not to ask if it was blood money.  I had  carpet business.  There was a customer that lived on Brickell Key.  I would replace his white carpet in his giant apartment every month.  Regardless of what the situation.  Once, he was traveling the entire month.  No one was even in their apartment after I installed the carpet the month before.  I asked him if he wanted to skip this month and he said NO!!!  Come put some new carpet.  I made 10's of thousands of dollars from him alone yearly.      

Publisher ‏ : ‎ 37 Ink (July 14, 2020)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 336 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1501191020
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1501191022
Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.1 pounds
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 1 x 9 inches

Friday, June 4, 2021

Wrong Alibi by: Christina Dodd

I enjoyed the book.  The end kind of came together a little quickly but it was good.   The beginning of the book was out of sequence but it worked out well.  A young girl gets into trouble and goes to prison.  She eventually gets released and gets a job in Alaska where her estranged mother and sister are currently living.  The new position requires Evelyn Jones to run errands, deposit money and all around assistance.  The employer, Donald White, has purchased the home from a couple where the husband has been kidnapped and the wife is trying to get him released.  


Since Evelyn was depositing cash money into a Cayman Island bank under her name, was seen in the city driving Michelle's car (Jaguar) all around town and seen at the house; when Evelyn finds the gruesome crime scene of Michelle and her young son, she is the prime suspect.  She is subsequently tried and convicted of murder since "Donald White" is a ghost and no one can validate him.  A freak accident and mud slide kills all except for Evelyn while being transported. Her face is badly injured and eventually she gets taken to the hospital.  Her face is reconstructed and to all outward appearances, she was among the dead buried under the mud.  She hides out for a decade in a fishing camp under a new name of,  Petie.  Michelle's widower returns after being released and has a vendetta against Evelyn after finding out she is alive.  Evelyn (aka Petie) returns to Rockin, Alaska after seeing Donald White, now Derek Green is actually dating her mother.  

The book includes love, betrayal, murder, sex, and relationships.  It flowed well and I finished it in a couple of days.

Publisher : HQN; Original edition (December 29, 2020)
Language : English
Hardcover : 368 pages
ISBN-10 : 1335549595
ISBN-13 : 978-1335549594
Item Weight : 1.05 pounds
Dimensions : 6.25 x 1.14 x 9.25 inches

Sunday, May 30, 2021

The Royal Runaway By: Lindsay Emory

 I am not a fan of the royals scene in England. I used to hate everything about it.  Not for the politics or anything like that, it was only something I really did not care about.  I thought they were hoidy-toity, until I started watching "The Royals" on the E! Hollywood channel.  It showed the supposed real life of the royals and how normal and flawed they were.  When I saw this book on Goodreads.com I decided to take a look at it.  As anyone that follows me knows, I will read three or four political books and then need to rest my mind and have some time to release my anger that I normally get reading about that subject.  I would mostly read biographies and memoirs but recently I started reading novels and such.  It is a good change in pace.  

The book is about a Princess that is left at the altar on her wedding day.  She is banished from her kingdom to keep the press off of her story in hopes of letting the scandal die down.  Finally she returns and little did she know that the adventure had not even started and that now she would find herself in the middle of a royal mess (pun intended).  


The princess escapes the palace to blow off some steam and meets a man.  Turns out it was a set up and the man is none other than her runaway groom's brother that is looking for him.  She is soon interested in him in a romantic way since he does not kiss up to her princess status.  She then finds herself in the middle  of a scandal that can bring the monarchy to an end.  A story of betrayal, embezzlement, lust & power.   

I’m not going to lie, I really got into the storyline.  Emory wrote a follow up book and I am contemplating adding it to my list.  Reminded me of the E! Series.  Obviously not exactly the story but very close.  

Publisher : Gallery Books (October 9, 2018)
Publication date : October 9, 2018
Language : English
File size : 1716 KB
Text-to-Speech : Enabled
Screen Reader : Supported
Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
Print length : 305 pages

Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom By: Catherine Clinton

This was a great book for me.  I learned quite a bit about Ms. Tubman.  The book was not as detailed as I wished it would have been but I found her action truly amazing.  I plan to read additional books about Ms. Tubman and hope to gain much more knowledge.  

This woman was truly a trailblazer and was fearless.  For the time she lived in where men were the dominant ones, she proved to have more guts than many men.  

Publisher : Little, Brown and Company; 1st edition (February 1, 2004)
Language : English
Hardcover : 272 pages
ISBN-10 : 0316144924
ISBN-13 : 978-0316144926
Item Weight : 1 pounds
Dimensions : 6.25 x 1 x 9.5 inches


Friday, May 28, 2021

We're Going to Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True By: Gabrielle Union

Let me start by saying, I never imagined knowing so much about her vagina and her period.  I have always thought she was absolutely gorgeous.  Sadly I was put off a bit with her obsession with race and shades of colors.  I have dated and been involved with women color of snow and the color of a plum and every shade in-between.  I literally had to sit back and think back to see if there was any in particular I refused to date. I always say that Hispanics are one of the most racist group of people but among each other.  Cubans (my heritage), Puerto Ricans and Dominicans are viewed as the bottom of the barrel from a "latino" culture.  By far Spain and Spaniards feel that they are superior.  I never knew this existed in the Black community.  

Although the book started funny, it does have its dark sides.  Her rape, the racial tension with her step-children and the death of her friend.  I enjoyed the book.  I could not put it down.  She was certainly promiscuous but good for her.  She owns it and I can respect that.  She is a beautiful woman and I think she was her worst enemy and critic.  Funny how she considers herself "dark skinned".  I don't see it, nor do I care.  I think she is stunning all the time. 

ASIN : 0062693980
Publisher : Dey Street Books; First Edition (October 17, 2017)
Language : English
Hardcover : 272 pages
ISBN-10 : 8925598027
ISBN-13 : 978-8925598024
Item Weight : 15 ounces
Dimensions : 6 x 0.93 x 9 inches


Saturday, May 15, 2021

The Tyranny of Big Tech Hardcover By: Josh Hawley

This man is hated by the left.  Really anyone that supported or supports Donald J. Trump is hated by the left.  Ironically the party of inclusion and anti-hate.  I even had trouble finding this on Amazon's web site.  They hide the book from regular searches.  Probably due to him outing Amazon as well for their fake woke practices.  

 The book stars off with a history lesson about monopolies.  Again ironic that the Democrats have always been about breaking up monopolies however now that they have found a way to use them for their advantage, they are surprisingly fine with them.  

This books explains the abuse of Section 230 and how these tech giants have used it to corner the power that even exceeds that of the putrid Federal Government, which by the way was already abused.  Since before even big tech's take over, the Federal Government has left the reservation when it comes to powers. In the Constitution of "these" United States under Article II explicitly defines what the Federal Government can do. 

I work in the Information Security Business and when it comes to Phishing attacks, the one constant is an immediate call to action.  They are always telling you, "if you don't click now, your account will be closed" etc.  This is why I do not want to take the vaccine until some more time passes by and we see results.  The government does NOT have the power to mandate that you take any medication.  Figures that Biden, coming from the administration that forced people to BUY healthcare I guess its not a stretch.  

The fact is the Facebook, Twitter, and any other Social Media companies need to be broken up and need to be regulated.  As we saw with COVID and Hunter Biden's laptop, regardless of what experts had to say, there was one narrative, the Democratic Party one and anyone writing anything against the liberal talking points were banned.  Not to be left out, is the Mainstream Media which does the same.  Social media controls even their messaging since they can block any story that SM does not agree with or does not meet the narrative.  New York Post was silenced by Social Media for a story that after the damage was done, finally admitted that it was not the "Russian Misinformation". 

What irks me is that still today in 2021, you are totally allowed to say that Trump's 2016 win was due to Russian interference, even though countless investigations that took place during Trump's presidency and even now that he is gone, are still taking place.  However when the Right demands investigation into the 2020 election, you cannot write about it on Social Media and no investigation are being allowed.  You have Democratic operatives fighting any independent investigations.  I wish that Social Media would be benefitting the Right so that the left would demand change as well.  

I used to think Liberals were people of substance, intelligent, fair, inclusive and anti-war.  However now I am completely shocked that they are nothing of the like. As a libertarian, I have friends that are left, right and everywhere in-between.  On the left, anyone not lockstep with them, deserves to die.  Even the most moronic statements like "If you do not wear a mask to protect your fellow Americans, you should die of cancer". It is absolutely insane.  I blame this on Social Media because of the echo-chambers they create and the fact that they silence one side which emboldens the other side to continue to attack. 

I agree with Hawley on the control of Social Media.  I believe that additionally, if an organization like NBC or Fox makes false statements and does not give the same level of correction as they did with the initial story (e.g. two days of Russian Collusion, they should have two days of "we lied and we were wrong" not a 5 second blurb.). Additionally today if Facebook blocks my content there is no option but delete the content.  There is no arbitration that we can do to plead our case.  

I posted the story of Pete Buttigeg not riding his bike to work and the reasons was that the White House denied the claim and therefor it is fake.  What a change from the Trump administration.  In light of well researched evidence they called him a lier.  BTW, calling a POTUS a lier on media started by the crazy liberal media.  They set a precedence moving forward.  

Even this book, was canceled because they media company did not agree with his views.  I challenge you to look through their thousands of authors and tell me if anyone of them are truly disgusting people.  Trump was canceled from all Social Media but you have the Hammas.  We even having sitting Congress people calling for the destruction of Israel and yet still remain on all Social Media Platform.  

I think society has devolved due to Social Media.  I would be find abolishing all of it if they cannot be fair.  

Section 230 - Wikipedia 

Section 230 is a piece of Internet legislation in the United States, passed into law as part of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) of 1996 (a common name for Title V of the Telecommunications Act of 1996), formally codified as Section 230 of the Communications Act of 1934 at 47 U.S.C. § 230.[a] Section 230 generally provides immunity for website platforms from third-party content. At its core, Section 230(c)(1) provides immunity from liability for providers and users of an "interactive computer service" who publish information provided by third-party users:

No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.

The statute in Section 230(c)(2) further provides "Good Samaritan" protection from civil liability for operators of interactive computer services in the removal or moderation of third-party material they deem obscene or offensive, even of constitutionally protected speech, as long as it is done in good faith.

Section 230 was developed in response to a pair of lawsuits against Internet service providers (ISPs) in the early 1990s that had different interpretations of whether the service providers should be treated as publishers or distributors of content created by its users. After passage of the Telecommunications Act, the CDA was challenged in courts and ruled by the Supreme Court in Reno v. American Civil Liberties Union (1997) to be unconstitutional, though Section 230 was determined to be severable from the rest of the legislation and remained in place. Since then, several legal challenges have validated the constitutionality of Section 230.

Section 230 protections are not limitless, requiring providers to still remove material illegal on a federal level such as copyright infringement. In 2018, Section 230 was amended by the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (FOSTA-SESTA) to require the removal of material violating federal and state sex trafficking laws. In the following years, protections from Section 230 have come under more scrutiny on issues related to hate speech and ideological biases in relation to the power technology companies can hold on political discussions, and became a major issue during the 2020 United States presidential election. On December 23, 2020, President Donald Trump vetoed the William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 in part because it did not repeal Section 230, but the veto was overridden.[2][3][4][5]

Passed at a time when Internet use was just starting to expand in both breadth of services and range of consumers in the United States,[6] Section 230 has frequently been referred to as a key law that has allowed the Internet to flourish, and has been called, by the cybersecurity law professor and author Jeff Kosseff, as "the twenty-six words that created the Internet".[7]

I say abolish it and let them deal with the fallout.

Publisher : Regnery Publishing (May 4, 2021)
Language : English
Hardcover : 200 pages
ISBN-10 : 1684512395
ISBN-13 : 978-1684512393
Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
Dimensions : 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches