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“TV Free Cuba”

United States taxpayers have spent $24 million over the last six years to beam video propaganda from an airplane flying over Cuba – even though the island nation jams the plane’s transmissions and blocks 99 percent of its intended audience from receiving them.. Dubbed AeroMarti – this utterly ridiculous program…

United States taxpayers have spent $24 million over the last six years to beam video propaganda from an airplane flying over Cuba – even though the island nation jams the plane’s transmissions and blocks 99 percent of its intended audience from receiving them..

Dubbed AeroMarti – this utterly ridiculous program was exposed by John Hudson at Foreign Policy.

“The program is run by the U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors, and for the last two years, it has asked Congress to scrap the program, citing its exorbitant expense and dubious cost-effectiveness,” Hudson writes. “But each year, hard-line anti-(Fidel) Castro members of Congress have rejected the recommendation and renewed funding for the program.”

Wait … there are really still “hard-line anti-Castro members of Congress?” Because 1961 called … and wants its wedge issue back.

Anyway,  like the $34 million blown on an unoccupied (and soon to be abandoned) “military headquarters” in Afghanistan, this expense is barely a drop in the bucket of our nation’s $4 trillion budget (and $17 trillion debt). It is symbolic, though, considering America doesn’t have a leg to stand on these days when it comes to propagandizing “communist” nations.

Seriously … what does our crony capitalist Big Brother welfare state really think it can teach Cuba about freedom and free markets? Exactly …

 

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35 comments

Finius Nullis July 30, 2013 at 9:57 am

Let Nikki buy it for her campaigning.

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Frank Pytel July 30, 2013 at 10:22 am

Drop Nikki from the plane as the season finally.

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Finius Nullis July 30, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Better than that, let her be a wing walker. She already knows how to walk on a wing- ding (according to an unreliable source).

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Finius Nullis July 30, 2013 at 9:57 am

Let Nikki buy it for her campaigning.

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Frank Pytel July 30, 2013 at 10:22 am

Drop Nikki from the plane as the season finally.

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Finius Nullis July 30, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Better than that, let her be a wing walker. She already knows how to walk on a wing- ding (according to an unreliable source).

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Nölff July 30, 2013 at 10:04 am

We need that money to help OUR country.

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mat catastrophe July 30, 2013 at 10:44 am

We are helping our country by spreading the word of freedom to one percent of Castro’s Communist Cuba, comrade…I mean, citizen.

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YallCalmDown July 30, 2013 at 11:32 am

Yep. Total waste.

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Finius Nullis July 30, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Of course, we could always have some Cuban officials visit Detroit to shame them by showing what a true democracy can accomplish.

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Che July 30, 2013 at 7:06 pm

“Companero” in Cuba.

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Nölff July 30, 2013 at 10:04 am

We need that money to help OUR country.

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mat catastrophe July 30, 2013 at 10:44 am

We are helping our country by spreading the word of freedom to one percent of Castro’s Communist Cuba, comrade…I mean, citizen.

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YallCalmDown July 30, 2013 at 11:32 am

Yep. Total waste.

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Finius Nullis July 30, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Of course, we could always have some Cuban officials visit Detroit to shame them by showing what a true democracy can accomplish.

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Che July 30, 2013 at 7:06 pm

“Companero” in Cuba.

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Manray9 July 30, 2013 at 10:45 am

Of
course there are still “hard-line anti-Castro members of Congress.” Who do you think those elderly South Florida
Cubans vote for? And those members happen
to be Republicans. Republicans love
Cubans — not Mexicans, Hondurans, Panamanians, Colombians, Dominicans, Puerto
Ricans, and Guatemalans, et al. – just Cubans.
These Cubans, allied with whites from the panhandle and Florida’s
northern strip, have been the mainstay of Republican power in Florida for many
years. If this wasn’t a reality, the Republicans wouldn’t like Cubans either. What this story really exposes is the
continuing sham of Republican fiscal responsibility. They love to feed at the public trough as
much as anybody else.

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CL July 30, 2013 at 10:55 am

So by your logic, Democrats hate Cubans, since success with a particular ethnic group to you evidences proof as to your racial animus towards that group. Brilliant analysis.

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Manray9 July 30, 2013 at 11:19 am

What this means is Repubs successfully pander to South Florida Cubans via such ridiculous efforts as TV Free Cuba — without regard to the genuine trade or foreign policy interests of the U.S. or their own empty claims of fiscal responsibility. In other words, they place political advantage over the good of the nation.

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CL July 30, 2013 at 4:43 pm

So your brilliant insight is that political parties pander to their bases? And what exactly do Democrats do with their voting blocs, such as the unions?

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Smirks July 30, 2013 at 10:45 am

Fidel has pretty much retired, and Raul says he doesn’t want to run again. So much for anti-Castro.
I say Cuba should return the favor and beam us something annoying, like non-stop HeadOn commercials.

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Che July 30, 2013 at 7:03 pm

On winter evenings not that many years ago one could easily hear Cuban baseball games and Castro’s speeches from Havana on AM radio in Columbia.

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Manray9 July 30, 2013 at 10:45 am

Of
course there are still “hard-line anti-Castro members of Congress.” Who do you think those elderly South Florida
Cubans vote for? And those members happen
to be Republicans. Republicans love
Cubans — not Mexicans, Hondurans, Panamanians, Colombians, Dominicans, Puerto
Ricans, and Guatemalans, et al. – just Cubans.
These Cubans, allied with whites from the panhandle and Florida’s
northern strip, have been the mainstay of Republican power in Florida for many
years. If this wasn’t a reality, the Republicans wouldn’t like Cubans either. What this story really exposes is the
continuing sham of Republican fiscal responsibility. They love to feed at the public trough as
much as anybody else.

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CL July 30, 2013 at 10:55 am

So by your logic, Democrats hate Cubans, since success with a particular ethnic group to you evidences proof as to your racial animus towards that group. Brilliant analysis.

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Manray9 July 30, 2013 at 11:19 am

What this means is Repubs successfully pander to South Florida Cubans via such ridiculous efforts as TV Free Cuba — without regard to the genuine trade or foreign policy interests of the U.S. or their own empty claims of fiscal responsibility. In other words, they place political advantage over the good of the nation.

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CL July 30, 2013 at 4:43 pm

So your brilliant insight is that political parties pander to their bases? And what exactly do Democrats do with their voting blocs, such as the unions?

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Smirks July 30, 2013 at 10:45 am

Fidel has pretty much retired, and Raul says he doesn’t want to run again. So much for anti-Castro.
I say Cuba should return the favor and beam us something annoying, like non-stop HeadOn commercials.

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Che July 30, 2013 at 7:03 pm

On winter evenings not that many years ago one could easily hear Cuban baseball games and Castro’s speeches from Havana on AM radio in Columbia.

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Manray9 July 30, 2013 at 10:50 am

We have diplomatic and trade relations with rotten SOBs all over the world, but not with Cuba. Gee, you think that fact has something to do will politics in Florida? Let’s stop allowing a small minority to dictate U.S. foreign and trade policy. The Cold War is over!

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Manray9 July 30, 2013 at 10:50 am

We have diplomatic and trade relations with rotten SOBs all over the world, but not with Cuba. Gee, you think that fact has something to do will politics in Florida? Let’s stop allowing a small minority to dictate U.S. foreign and trade policy. The Cold War is over!

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ThomasPayne July 30, 2013 at 1:07 pm

You do know that TV Marti was begun under the St. Ronald Reagan administration and, therefore, has been going on for years. Planes, balloons, blimps, you name it. Of course, the Cubans have jammed the signals for years. But the GOP Conservatives had the keep the wealthy Miami Cubanos happy.

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ThomasPayne July 30, 2013 at 1:07 pm

You do know that TV Marti was begun under the St. Ronald Reagan administration and, therefore, has been going on for years. Planes, balloons, blimps, you name it. Of course, the Cubans have jammed the signals for years. But the GOP Conservatives had the keep the wealthy Miami Cubanos happy.

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nitrat July 31, 2013 at 11:43 am

“hard-line anti-Castro members of Congress?” = REPUBLICANS !!!!!
Why don’t you name some names?
Obama has tried to shut this down, but in anything-he’s-for-I’m-against land of the GOP, he’s supposed to be a traitor if he wants to cut it out.

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nitrat July 31, 2013 at 11:43 am

“hard-line anti-Castro members of Congress?” = REPUBLICANS !!!!!
Why don’t you name some names?
Obama has tried to shut this down, but in anything-he’s-for-I’m-against land of the GOP, he’s supposed to be a traitor if he wants to cut it out.

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G159 HRM November 30, 2013 at 4:14 pm

At the top is the image of the aircraft I took. Funny know one at this website asked for permission to use it.

SM

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