Sunday, April 22, 2012

Bettie Page, born 1923.

Bettie Page, the American "Pin Up Legend" was born on this date in 1923. Her photographs made her an American Icon.

Friday, April 13, 2012

A Cuban on the R.M.S. TITANIC // Un Cubano en el R.M.S. TITANIC

There was only one Cuban Citizen on the R.M.S. Titanic. His name was Servando Jose Florentino Ovies y Rodriguez. He was born in Cuba, on February 21st, 1876 and died when the R.M.S. Titanic sunk, on April 15th, 1912. He was a Merchant in Havana, Cuba and had embarked on the R.M.S. Titanic at Cherbourg, France, on April 10th, 1912. He was a 1st Class Passenger (Ticket Number 17562 and he paid approx. 28 British Pounds for his Ticket). He was in Cabin D-43 and all that is known is that he died during the sinking of the ship. He did make it to the water as the Ship sank and he drowned. His body was recovered by the C.S. Mackay-Bennett, which recovered 306 bodies from the water. His body was the 189th recovered. He had dark hair and was found wearing a black coat and a vest, blue serge pants and a grey shirt marked "J.R.", there were no marks found on his body. His body was transferred to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and he was buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery (Catholic), Row 2, on May 15th, 1912. He was 36 years old and his body was never returned to Cuba. // May He Rest In Peace - Que En Paz Descanse

Saturday, March 31, 2012

La Charada China-Cubana, Numbers and Meanings.

Here is a complete list of "La Charada China Cubana" Numbers and their Meanings, as used in Pre-Castro Cuba and in the Cuban Exile Communities around the world.

1 - Horse
2 - Butterfly or Money
3 - Sailor or Small child
4 - Cat or Tooth or Saint Barbara
5 - Nun or Sea
6 - Turtle
7 - Snail
8 - Dead Man or Virgen of Charity (Virgen de la Caridad)
9 - Elephant or Tongue
10 - Big Fish
11 - Rooster
12 - Prostitute or Whore
13 - Peacock
14 - Cemetery or Tiger
15 - Dog or Pretty girl
16 - Bull
17 - St. Lazarus or the Moon
18 - Small Fish
19 - Worm or Flag
20 - Pure Breed Cat
21 - Snake or Money
22 - Toad
23 - Steam
24 - Dove or St. Christopher
25 -  Gem or New House
26 - Eel or Young Doctor
27 - Wasp
28 - Goat
29 - Mouse
30 - Shrimp
31 - Deer
32 - Hog
33 - Buzzard or Jesus Christ
34 - Monkey
35 - Spider
36 - Pipe
37 - Witch, Black Hen, or Financially Broke
38 - Macaw or Money
39 - Rabbit
40 - Priest or Blood
41 - Lizard
42 - Duck or a Distant Place or Country
43 - Scorpion
44 - Year of the Crow or a Crow
45 - Shark or President
46 - Bus or Smoke
47 - Bird
48 - Roach
49 - Drunk or Alcoholic
50 - Police Officer or Law Enforcement Officer
51 - Soldier
52 - Bicycle
53 - Electric Light
54 - Flowers
55 - Crab or Bat
56 - Meringue or Queen
57 - Bed or Telegram / Electronic Communication or Mail
58 - Photo or Knife
59 - Crazy Man or Crazy
60 - Clown
61 - Big Horse
62 - Married Couple
63 - Assassin
64 - Large Dead Man or Dead Man
65 - Food
66 - Animal Horn
67 -Stab Wound
68 - Cemetery
69 - Wall
70 - Coconut
71 - River
72 - Ox
73 - Suitcase
74 - Kite
75 - Tie
76 - Dancer
77 - Italian Flag or Flag
78 - Coffin
79 - Cargo Train
80 - Old Doctor
81 - Theater
82 - Mother
83 - Tragedy
84 - Blood or Banker
85 - Mirror or Watch
86 - Scissors
87 - Banana
88 - Glasses
89 - Alot of Water
90 - Old Man
91 - Sandal or Communist
92 - Large Pig or Airplane
93 - Ring
94 - Machete or Havana
95 - War
96 - Shoe or Old Prostitute / Whore
97 - Mosquito
98 - Piano
99 - Saw
100 - Toilet

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Reinaldo Arenas, Quote.

"My name is now, for the moment, Reinaldo Arenas. I am a Cuban Exile living in New York. Well, I write and survive. I am a person here called a Dissident, in every sense of the word. I am not Religious, I am a Homosexual and at the same time I am Anti-Castro. This means that I exemplify all the conditions, to never see a book published and to live outside the margins of every society, anywhere in the world" --
Reinaldo Arenas

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Mahatma Gandhi, Quote.

"I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians, your Christians are so unlike your Christ" --- Mahatma Gandhi

Friday, January 20, 2012

Oscar Wilde, Quote.

"Art is individualism, and individualism is a disturbing and disintegrating force. There lies its immense value. For what it seeks is to disturb monotony of type, slavery of custom, tyranny of habit, and the reduction of man to the level of a machine." - Oscar Wilde

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Death of Miguel Mendoza, a Soldier of the Fixed Regiment of Louisiana, Native of Bayamo, Cuba (1799).

On December 22nd, 1799– Miguel Mendoza – A Soldier of the 7th Company, 1st Battalion, Fixed Regiment of Louisiana, on detached duty, from the Regiment of Cuba. A Native of Bayamo, Oriente, Cuba, son of Pedro Mendoza and Juana. Died at the Hospital in Mobile, Alabama without receiving last rites or writing a final testament. Signed Father Constantino McKenna, Parish Priest.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Spanish Colonial Governors of Cuba, 1512 to 1550.

1) 1512 to 1524 - Diego Velasquez,  Lt. Governor
2) 1524 - Manuel De Rojas, Lt. Governor, (Provisional)
3) 1525 to 1526 - Juan De Altamirano, Lt. Governor
4) 1526 to 1532 - Gonzalo De Guzman, Lt. Governor
5) 1532 to 1535 - Manuel De Rojas, Lt. Governor, (Provisional)
6) 1535 to 1538 - Gonzalo De Guzman, Lt. Governor
7) 1538 to 1543 - Hernando De Soto, Governor-General
8) 1544 to 1546 - Juan De Avila, Governor-General 
9) 1546 to 1550 - Antonio Chavez, Governor-General

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Jose Marti, Quote.

"If I survive, I will spend my whole life at the oven door seeing that no one is denied bread, so as to give a lesson of charity, especially to those who did not bring any flour". - Jose Marti
 

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Cuba Declares War Against Germany and Italy, 1941.

Cuba declared War against Germany and Italy, on December 11th, 1941. Germany and Italy had both declared War on the United States a few days earlier and Cuba declared War due to Treaty Obligations with the United States. There were no Cuban Troops sent to fight in Europe BUT numerous Cuban Volunteers (including my Uncles) came to the United States and joined the United States Military, fighting both in the Pacific and in Europe.  The Cuban Navy aided in Coastal Defense and acted as Escorts and three Cuban Sub-Chasers were able to sink at least one confirmed German U-Boat (U-176) on May 15th, 1943. There were four Cuban Cargo Ships that were sunk by German U-Boats during the War.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Cuba Declares War Against Japan, 1941.

Cuba declared War against the Empire of Japan two day after the Pearl Harbor Attack, on December 9th, 1941. The Cuban Government put out this statement after declaring War :  "We consider that this aggression by a non‑American state against the integrity and inviolability of an American State is such a case as is contemplated in declaration No. 15 of the Conference of Habana (June 1940), by virtue of which all the nations of this continent should likewise consider themselves attacked in the same way and should act jointly."

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Federico Garcia Lorca, Quote.

"New York is something awful, something monstrous. I like to walk the streets, lost, but I recognize that New York is the world's greatest lie. New York is Senegal with machines." - Federico Garcia Lorca

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Reinaldo Arenas, Quote.

"As a country Cuba has produced scoundrels, criminals, demagogues and cowards in numbers dispropotionate to its population" - Reinaldo Arenas, from "Before Night Falls"

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

The long awaited debut of the movie "Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand hit the theaters today. This movie has long been overdo BUT Hollywood never wanted to produce it, perhaps because of its message, regardless it is out and I suggest you watch it. The movie is only "Part One" of the book, so we will hopefully soon have the other part or parts to watch. The book "Atlas Shrugged" is a Classic and if you have not read it, DO IT !! Its lessons are timesless and show the true genius of Ayn Rand and her understanding of human nature and politics.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Carlos Eire, Quote "Waiting for Snow in Havana".

“The world changed while I slept, and much to my surprise, no one had consulted me. That’s how it would always be from that day forward. Of course, that’s the way it had been all along. I just didn’t know it until morning. Surprise upon surprise : some good, some evil, most somewhere in between. And always without my consent." - Carlos Eire, “Waiting for Snow in Havana”

Friday, April 8, 2011

The Catcher In The Rye, Quote.

"I was half in love with her by the time we sat down. That's the thing about girls. Every time they do something pretty, even if they're not much to look at, or even if they're sort of stupid, you fall half in love with them, and then you never know where the hell you are. Girls. Jesus Christ. They can drive you crazy. They really can." - Holden Caulfield, Chapter 10, The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Reinaldo Arenas, Quote.

"The difference between the Communist system and the Capitalist system, is that although both give you a kick in the ass, in the Communist, they kick you and you have to applaud, and in the Capitalist they kick you and you can scream, and I came here to scream". -- Reinaldo Arenas

Monday, February 28, 2011

Corporal Frank Buckles, Last American World War One Veteran, Passes Away.

Frank Woodruff Buckles (born February 1, 1901, died February 27, 2011) was the last surviving United States World War I Veteran. He was born in Bethany, Missouri, in 1901 and enlisted in the United States Army, in August 1917, at the age of 16. He was sent to Europe aboard the R.M.S. Carpathia (which was the ship which rescued the survivors of the Titanic, in 1912) and spent the War as a Motorcycle and Ambulance Driver. He served in the Army until January 1920. He was once again caught in war when Japan invaded the U.S. Territory of The Philippines, where he worked for a shipping company, in Manila. He was detained by the Japanese and held as a prisoner at Los Banos Prison Camp, from 1942 to 1945. He returned to the United States and married Audrey Mayo, in 1946. He lived at Gap View Farm, in Charles Town, West Virginia, and was the Honorary Chairman of the World War I Memorial Foundation. Frank Buckles reached the rank of Corporal during World War One and for his service was awarded the World War I Victory Medal, the Army of Occupation of Germany Medal and he was also awarded by French President Jacques, the French Legion of Honor. His death signifies the true end of an era. May He Rest In Peace / Que En Paz Descanse.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Jose Marti, Quote

Jose Julian Marti-Perez was born on January 28th, 1853, died May 19th, 1895. This quote of his is so sadly true, "Our Wine is Bitter, But It Is Our Wine".

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Donnie Darko, Quote.

A storm is coming, Frank says / A storm that will swallow the children / And I will deliver them from the kingdom of pain / I will deliver the children back the their doorsteps / And send the monsters back to the underground / I'll send them back to a place where no one else can see them / Except for me / Because I am Donnie Darko.

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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Martin Luther King Jr., Quote.

"We will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends". Martin Luther King Jr.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Christina Taylor Green, age 9 among those killed on the attack on Congress Woman Gabrielle Giffords, of Arizona.

Christina Taylor Green, age 9 (born on September 11th, 2001) was killed in the shooting yesterday of Congress Woman Giffords, of Arizona, which left a total of 6 dead and many wounded. Christina was invloved in many school activites and had recently recieved her first Communion at St. Odilia's Catholic Church in Tucson, Arizona. She had recently been elected to her schools student council and was interested in the workings of the Government  and decided to attend the event  with a family friend.

The "alleged" shooter is Jared Lee Loughner, a white male, age 22. He is being held by authorities in Tucson, Arizona.

Christina was the daughter of John and Roxanna Green and grand daughter of Dallas Green who led the Philadelphia Phillies to the World Series, in 1980. This young woman was born on September 11th, 2001, a day of tradgedy for our nation and died on another. May Christina Taylor Green and all those killed Rest In Peace ! and may all those wounded and injured have a speedy recovery. //// Christina was laid to rest on January 13th, 2011, a damaged September 11th, 2001 Flag was flown at her Funeral Services. There were also thousand's of people who came out to show their respects to this beautiful little girl, slaughtered by a madman. May She Rest In Peace / Que En Paz Descanse !

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Arizona Congress Woman Gabrielle Giffords, Shot at Political Event.

Democratic Congress Woman Gabrielle Giffords (born June 8th, 1970) was shot today at a Political Event in Arizona. She is the Congressional Representative for the 8th District. There were also at least 13 other people shot and wounded during the attack, 6 of which have died including a Federal Judge and a 9 year old girl named Christina Taylor Green (born on September 11th, 2001). The "alleged" gunman Jared Lee Loughner was captured and is in Police custody. He is described as a white male, age 22 and is a self proclaimed "leftist and liberal". Here is a list of all those killed
1) John Roll, 63, a Federal District Court Judge // 2) Gabriel Zimmerman, 30, Giffords' Director of Community Outreach //
3) Dorwin Stoddard, 76, Pastor at Mountain Avenue, Church of Christ // 4) Christina Green, 9, a student at Mesa Verde Elementary School // 5) Dorothy Murray, age 76 // 6) Phyllis Scheck, age 79. May They Rest In Peace !






Friday, January 7, 2011

Pedro Alvarez head of ALIMPORT and Castro's Business "Guru" Defects to the United States

Pedro Alvarez (photo on left ) until recently the head of Cuba's ALIMPORT and the mastermind behind many of Cuba's foreign trade deals has defected to the United States. This man is an "Intelligence Gold Mine" as he knows the ins an outs of all the shady deals, bank accounts, Cuban Intelligence Agents and "Agents of Influence". I wonder how many more high ranking officials of the doomed and sinking ship which is Cuban Communism will also find a way to escape Castro's Gulag. You can read the wonderful article by Capital Hill Cubans by clicking on this link > http://www.capitolhillcubans.com/2011/01/castros-us-business-guru-defects.html

Sunday, January 2, 2011

General Motors, Chevy Volt Electric Car.

I have been "waiting and waiting" for the production of electric cars which are affordable and have been watching General Motors (Stock Symbol > GM) new Chevy Volt with a view to eventually buy one. I have been fascinated by the concept of electric cars since I was very young, as well as solar power. I remember the late 70's when I was a boy and sitting for what seemed like hours (and actually were) to fill up at the gas station during the Iranian Hostage Crisis. I also had the "pleasure" of Hurricane Katrina where it took me 4 hours (yes, 4 hours) waiting in a line to get a tank of gasoline. I also like the electric car for two other important reasons, the first is it lowers our dependence on foreign oil supplies and the second is it helps the environment in general. This is a win-win scenario for everyone and although the price of a Chevy Volt is approx. $40,280, to me it is worth it especially as the price of gasoline and the price of a barrel of oil go HIGHER and HIGHER every passing day. I can envision all the people who now have solar panels on their homes "filling up" their Chevy Volt, just by plugging it into their electric socket. I hope to do the same. Why should I give my money to the enemies of America and her Freedoms every single time I gas up my car ? Why ? When I can use the unlimited supply of FREE Solar Power to do the same thing ? I know what your thinking > the car costs $40,280 and a home solar array (panels, hook up to the grid etc.) will cost a few thousand more BUT once that expense is taken into account the car will start to pay itself off immediately. It is actually a better "deal" than buying a $40,000 car and watching it deteriorate and lose value the second you drive it off the car lot. I am saving my pennies and dimes, LOL LOL and have an eye out for a new Chevy Volt. Do you really think the price of oil wont sky rocket AGAIN ? Do you really think we will have $2 to $3 a gallon gasoline forever ? Do you think our Middle East oil supply is safe and secure ? I don't and that is why I am buying a new Chevy Volt !
This is the General Motors Chevy Volt website, you can visit it by clicking on this link http://www.chevrolet.com/volt/ and this is an excellent site for owners of Chevy Volt Electric cars, with a forum ect. ect. check it out by clicking here http://gm-volt.com/.

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Monday, December 20, 2010

Martin Luther King Jr., Quote.

"He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it, is really cooperating with it." Martin Luther King Jr. // This quote was true when spoken and is true now, and is so applicable to many situations around the world (both then and now).   

Friday, December 10, 2010

WIKILEAKS releases document on Cuba (12/10/2010)

Yahoo News is reporting that WIKILEAKS has released a Diplomatic Cable dealing with Cuba's economic forecast, as well as Chinese and Italian opinion on the Cuban economies situation (which is GRIM) according to everyones opinion. You can see the Yahoo article by visiting this link >
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101211/ap_on_bi_ge/cb_wikileaks_cuba

Sunday, December 5, 2010

The Sons of Spanish American War Veterans, Cuba Libre Camp #172, GOODSEARCH and GOODSHOP Toolbar.

The Sons of Spanish American War Veterans, Cuba Libre Camp #172, earns money (a penny a search) when you use GoodSearch to search the web and we get a small percentage of anything you buy online (you pay the same price, we get paid via the companies) by using GoodShop to shop online. Support us and our eventual goal of building a "Spanish American War Museum and Archives" (which would sadly be the ONLY one of its kind in the United States). Help us help preserve the History and Memories of all our Brave Troops, as well as helping preserve United States, Cuban, Puerto Rican and Philippine History between 1898 and 1902.  I know that a penny doesnt seem like much money BUT we can use every penny we can get, to make this dream come true, help us by downloading and using the toolbar >  Http://www.goodsearch.com/toolbar/sons-of-spanish-american-war-veterans

Friday, December 3, 2010

New Episode of "Rosales' History of The South" (Show # 3) on a forgotten Confederate "Creole of Color", of Cuban descent.

I did a new radio show episode for "Rosales History of The Show" (Show # 3) and speak about Benigno Simon Calderon, a Confederate "Creole of Color" of Cuban descent, as well as a few other topics. You can listen to it here (remember show # 3) http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rosales-history-of-the-south , I hope you enjoy the show !

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Robert Louis Stevenson, born 1850.

Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson was born on this date in 1850 (died December 3rd, 1894). He is best known for his many books including "Treasure Island" and "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde".

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Barbara Billingsley (June Cleaver) of "Leave It To Beaver", Passes Away.

Barbara Billingsley (born Barbara Lillian Combes on December 22nd, 1915) who is best known as "June Cleaver" the mother on the hit TV Show "Leave It To Beaver" which ran from 1957-1963, passed away on October 16th, 2010 at age 94. She also appeared in many movies and television shows. May She Rest In Peace !!



Monday, September 27, 2010

Passenger Pigeon, Stamp from Cuba, 1974 / Paloma Migratoria, Sello de Cuba 1974.

This Cuban Stamp from 1974 is of the now extinct Passenger Pigeon (Ectopistes Migratorius), known in Cuba as the "Paloma Migratoria". They are Cuban accounts from the 18th century of Passenger Pigeons being sold in the Havana food markets. The Passenger Pigeon would reach Cuba in its migration but never did so in any great numbers, as far as the few reports that exist attest. The Passenger Pigeon was hunted into extinction in North America. The last known Passenger Pigeon in captivity (named Martha) was kept in the Cinncinati, Ohio Zoo where she died on September 1st, 1914. There is a Memorial Statue at the Cinncinati Zoo which was put up in her honor and that of her once numerous and beautiful species.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Manatee Sightings In Alabama.

When people think of Manatees they usually don't associate them with the mid Gulf Coast States of Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana but we have them here also. The local news in Mobile, Alabama did a spot about them today, which you can see at the link which follows > http://www.wkrg.com/gulf_oil_spill/article/manatee-mania/925245/Sep-02-2010_9-42-pm/

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Hawaii becomes a State, 1959.

Hawaii became a State on  August 21st back in 1959. It had been a Territory of the United States since 1898.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Saturday, July 31, 2010

"Snooki" (Nicole Polizzi) of MTV's "Jersey Shore" Arrested (and found Guilty and Fined).

"Snooki" (Nicole Polizzi) of the popular MTV show "Jersey Shore" was arrrested yesterday by the Seaside Heights, New Jersey Police Department and charged with Disorderly Conduct. She was issued a summoms and released, until she has her court date. /// She was found Guilty on 9/8/2010 and Fined $500 plus $33 Court Costs plus ordered to perform 2 days of Community Service because of her arrest.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Jack O'Conner, Union Hill High School (Union City High School) English Teacher, Passes Away.

My High School English teacher Mr. Jack O'Conner (born May 25th, 1954, died July 16th, 2010) passed away. He taught at Union Hill High School, in Union City, New Jersey and later at the new combined Union Hill and Emerson High School, aptly named Union City High School. He helped me so very much during my High School years and never gave up on me, even when I gave up on myself. I am the writer and author that I am today because of his patience and kind words. I shall miss my old friend and mentor, a true man, a true friend, May He Rest In Peace / En Paz Descanse. // This article was written about him in the Cliffview Pilot by Mr. Jerry DeMarco (and it mentions me and other of his former students in it) you can read it by clicking on this link  http://www.cliffviewpilot.com/hudson/1487-services-for-jack-oconnor-popular-union-city-educator

Saturday, July 17, 2010

U.S. State Department Official Sentenced to Life in Prison for being a Cuban Spy.

This link has the story of the State Department Official and his wife who spied for Cuban Intelligence for various decades. The two were arrested in June 2009, he was sentenced to life in prison and his wife to 6 years and 9 months on Friday the 16th of July 2010, check out the full story by visiting this link http://www.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/07/16/spy.couple.sentenced/?hpt=T1

Monday, July 12, 2010

Olga Guillot, "La Reina Del Bolero" Passes Away (1922-2010).

Olga Guillot, "La Reina Del Bolero" died today, in Miami. She was born in Santiago De Cuba on  October 9th, 1922. I grew up listening to her music as did many Cuban Exile children via our parents and grandparents. She left Cuba in 1961 and was a fierce critic of the Cuban Communist Regime, where her music is still banned. May She Rest In Peace / En Paz Descanse.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Jimmy Buffett Concert, in Gulf Shores, Alabama and the BP Oil Spill.

Jimmy Buffett played today to massive crowds, in Gulf Shores, Alabama. This is a one day event BUT it helped local tourism, as our beaches are covered in Oil. Our tourism industry has taken a beating, not just here in Alabama but along the whole Gulf Coast because of the seemingly never ending BP Oil Spill (which is spewing and spewing and spewing, as I write). I was happy to see Jimmy Buffett come here and help and hope other artists follow his lead. We need all the economic assistance we can get down here and are grateful for this concert.

Friday, July 2, 2010