This is my homeland of Cuba! This is socialism. Enjoy!
Most of the You Tube videos coming out of Venezuela are in Spanish. This one has English sub titles. I still don’t know why our government and media have institutes a blackout on a crisis that is worse than the one in Ukraine. This is an overview on what happens on Venezuela. If you feel led to share do so, and let the English speaking world know what is happening to our Western hemisphere neighbor, Venezuela.
The black and white picture was taken about twenty years ago.
My late mother Pinky Alonso and my late stepfather, Manolo Alonso are shown enjoying the company of two of my daughters, Hannah and Lexy.
Manolo was a wonderful man.
He lived almost to be ninety and had the heart of a teenager.
His favorite expression when addressing me was, “Joe, you are killing me!”
Manolo had a prolific import and export company in Miami called, “Alonso Shipping.”
I remember unmistakably that by far his biggest client was Venezuela.
There was big money coming in and big business going out.
Though I have never been there, I knew Venezuela to be a country of wealth, democracy, glamor, lots of oil, and a great neighbor to the USA.
I am still in utter incredulity that in less than twenty years, this beautiful nation has evolved into a terror nest for oppressive communism.
Its infrastructure has been so destroyed that it’s a skeleton of what it was when Manolo engaged in business.
How can this happen in such a short time to such a great and wealthy nation?
I am not going to speculate.
One thing is certain, if it happened there, it can happen in the USA.
We who know Jesus Christ must be quick to share the Good News and actively labor in the work of revival.
We must pray and fast for our nation.
We must be eternally vigilant.
The horrible price of suffering that Venezuelans are now paying is indescribable.
I surely don’t want to pay that price, if there is a way to prevent it!
One Venezuelan commented to me. “I don’t understand why Americans with so many freedoms and rights want big government?
It’s an antithesis to our lifestyle.
I will do my part to prevent it.
I fled from a Venezuela named Cuba.
What about you? What will you do to protect the USA?
If Manolo could turn in his grave and see the Venezuela which he left behind, he would say “Joe, you are killing me!”
A basic knowledge of Spanish is required,
In Venezuela, the superheroes are the young college students like this girl who have withstood the tyrannical Communist government of Nicolas Maduro.
As of recent Maduro’s henchman are using motorcycles with two policemen to grasp these youngsters and haul them away. To where, God only know?
In America, many have been enamored by the so called altruistic motives of socialistic communism, thinks that their motives are to help the poor.
Nothing can be further from the truth. This is socialistic communism.
In this video, we see a young girl videotaping eleven of these motorcycles hauling away these kids.
All of a sudden one of the policeman approaches the girl videotaping, commanding her to stop taping.
You can hear the girl repeatedly answering him, “why”, “why”, “why”, to every one of his demands to stop.
The rest is history as you will see.
What happened to the girl?
I don’t know, but the video got out.Please pray for Venezuela that it will not become another Cuba.
These kids are the superheroes.
These pictures have moved me, ever so much
This occurs in Venezuela as we speak.
Leopoldo Lopez is the opposition leader against the tyrannical communist government of the now deceased Hugo Chaves and his protegee and current president, Nicolas Maduro.
I fled from a communist country and now how demonic it is!
Students in Venezuela have been marching against Maduro.
Three were killed by this tyrant.
Maduro threatened Leopoldo Lopez with arrest if he walked in today’s march
Well, indeed this courageous man not only showed his face and marched, but surrendered himself into the hands of Maduro, saying that he has done nothing wrong and thus his conscience is clear.
I know that he is right.
What fate will await Lopez in the hands of these savage leaders?
Only God knows.
If the seed of martyrdom will spark the revolt that Venezuela needs, I believe that Lopez is ready to pay it.
Martyrdom is a very tough thing.
Let our prayers frevently go out to this valiant man, his wife, and the many other Venezuelans who are not afraid to become modern day martyrs for the cause of freedom.
May God be with them in this hour of trial and subsequent liberty!
UPDATE ON THURSDAY. My understanding was that close to midnight last night, Leopoldo Lopez was tried in a prison which is illegal. Two charges were dropped but he still faces ten years of prison. This family has sacrificed itself to spark the flames of a revolution against the tyrannical government of Chavez and Maduro.
All photos are courtesy of “El Universal’s” twitter page
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I once heard a story about El Comandante Fidel Castro. This is how he indoctrinated young Cuban children.
His soldiers, named “milicianos’, would visit Cuban elementary schools.
They would gather the children and ask them, “who of you believe in God?” Every little hand jettisoned to the air. “Who here loves ice cream?” . Even quicker than before, little arms shot up, giggles and wide eyes staring into soldiers’ faces.
“Well, close your eyes, bow your heads, and pray to God to bring you ice cream now!” Dutifully, little heads bowed down, as the children prayed in earnest.
“Now, open your eyes”, retorted a soldier. Of course, there was no ice cream.
“Now, pray to Fidel Castro, and ask him to bring you ice cream!” Little heads and hearts stooped once again. “Now open your eyes!” Every soldier held a sumptuous ice cream cone.
There are a few things which I remember from my homeland. We fled penniless when I was six. Castro nationalized both of my father’s businesses.
As we exited the Jose Marti Airport to come to Miami, Castro’s men called us worms.
I remember the bomb that went off at the Havana harbor when I was watched the Three Stooges at a movie theater. We ran outside to see broken glass and the wailing of ambulance sirens.
I remember when Castro’s soldiers barged into our upper class home, and ransacked our drawers and closets.
I remember hearing stories of Castro having dump trucks collide into each other in the middle of the night, in my neighborhood, to frighten the wealthy.
I remember the great Cuban singer, Benny More, mercilessly beaten to death in a Cuban prison.
I remember my grandmother’s school, El Instituto Edison, one the finest in the nation, stolen from her.
I remember people making coffee from ground black beans.
I remember women as they fled Cuba being stripped search in their private parts for hidden jewelry.
I remember people still driving cars from the 1950’s.
I remember a nation that is silent, for it lives in terror of a government that will imprison, torture or kill its people, if it speaks out against it.
These socialists preach wealth distribution to all expect themselves. Every single one of them are millionaires.
Every single one of them successfully disarmed their nations through gun control while remaining armed to the hilt and quickly subjugated the country, through gun control.
For those of you in America who love Castro, or Che Guevera, who was a hyper racist, and cherish the utopic socialist dream, I pray that you won’t eat the wrong ice cream.
Socialist League Vpered (“Forward”), a Russian political party
Avante! (“Forward!”), publication of the Portuguese Communist Party
Avanti! (Italian newspaper) (“Forward!”), publication of the Italian Socialist Party
Eteenpäin (“Forward”), Communist Party USA Finnish-language newspaper in the United States
Forward Magazine, a Syrian English-language news magazine
Új Előre (“New Forward”), a Communist Hungarian-language newspaper in the United States
Vorwärts (“Forward”), publication of the Social Democratic Party of Germany
Vorwärts! (“Forward!”), published from Paris in 1844, in support of Communism
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These are today’s devotional notes as I get ready for church
Have a great Sunday.
Remember to reach out to someone at church and not be self-focused.
My friends, ask not what your church can do for you, ask what you can do for your church.
Matt 13:24 Another parable put He forth before them, saying, “The Kingdom of Heaven is likened unto a man who sowed good seed in his field;
25 but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.
26 But when the blades had sprung up and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.
Tares which are in reality weed, look just like the wheat.
For those who are not discerning, both the wheat and the tare look just the same, but their effects are diametrically opposed.
One is edible for eating, the other poisonous.
Unless we know the intrinsic makeup of the wheat and the tare we can be deceived.
Unfortunately, this is what is occurring in America.
There is an invasion of the tare planters.
Who they are, we don’t know.
What they are planting, is yet to be found out.
There is much planting of “wheat looking tare” while America sleeps on the pillows of comfort, technology and entertainment.
If a good man questions the tare planter or planting he is labeled a conspiracy theorist by the very ones planting the tares.
Mockery and ridicule are the weapons of the tare planters to silence them who question, so that their planting can continue.
Many of their weapons begin with a “d” .
Dismiss, deny, distort, diss, and down play, are some.
There are different types of men whom sleep while the enemy plants the wheat looking tares.
A good number of these types are in the church.
I pray that good Christian men and women plant much wheat so that the country is not overtaken by the tares.
The laborers are little.
Lord, thrust out more laborers to plant wheat.
If America gets overtaken by the tares, what will good men and women then do?
Church, let’s not blow it, until it’s too late. Then we will truly regret it.
Mt 12:33 Either make the tree noble and good and his fruit noble and good, or else make the tree corrupt, rotten and morally worthless and his fruit corrupt, rotten and morally worthless ; for the tree is progressively and intimately known by his fruit.
Matt 7: 15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
Ravening means to seize, snatch and take away by force what is rightfully yours, and that before your eyes.
The church is sorely deficient in the gift of discernment, which is the ability to recognize sheep from wolf.
The “sheep looking wolf” comes dressed with the pants of charm, shirt of good looks, the vest of likability, and the jacket of charisma.
He fools the masses every time.
Just like the tare, people don’t give a flying hoot about the wolf’s inherent makeup. They don’t care that he is arrogant, ruthless and lawless.
It’s his charm! He is so cool! I love his take on that issue! I love his kids!
16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
To know is a precise, correct and penetrating knowledge which can change your way of thinking, just through that knowledge.
By the deeds which people do, not by what they say, you can correctly know what is in their hearts, and where they are planning to lead you to.
This is why I pay lots more attention to repetitive deeds which people do and not their stand on an issue.
Two years of observing repetitive deeds in somebody, gives you a spot on knowledge of who they are.
Most of today’s false prophets are not in the church but in politics and the media.
The false prophet and the antichrist will both be politicians.
Mt 7:8 For every one that asketh receiveth ; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
The subject is the one who performs the action in the sentence
The subject is “everyone that asketh” and “he that seeketh”.
So the one who does not ask or seek does not constitute the subject, in the eyes of Jesus, in this teaching.