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American Who Spent Time In Cuban Prison Remembers Sanders Saying He Didn’t ‘Know What’s So Wrong’ With Country

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Sen. Bernie Sanders is one of the most controversial presidential candidates we’ve had in America in quite some time, thanks in large part to the fact he’s openly socialist and very much a fan of communist countries like, especially Cuba.

Sanders has praised dictator Fidel Castro in the past, comments that did not go over well with folks on both the left and the right.

Well, an American government employee who spent five years in a Cuban prison has come out and said that Sen. Bernie Sanders told him he didn’t understand criticism of the communist country.

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via The Washington Examiner:

Alan Gross, 70, who was working in the country as a U.S. Agency for International Development subcontractor, was imprisoned in Cuba on charges of spying for the United States in 2009. Sanders and two other senators held a one-hour meeting with the then-prisoner in 2014 when they visited Cuba as part of a congressional delegation.

“He said, quote: ‘I don’t know what’s so wrong with this country,'” Gross told NPR in an interview Wednesday.

Gross previously discussed the meeting, alluding to the alleged Sanders comments, in 2016 with Politico. He immediately backtracked, however, later explaining that he “didn’t really think it was all that relevant” to the interview he was giving.

“I had the impression that Bernie didn’t see that there was so much wrong with the country that he was visiting,” Gross said then, before adding: “Oh, no, no, no. Not really. Not really. He didn’t say so much as that.”

Gross spoke to NPR about his experience locked up in Cuba, an experience that might help our wacky socialist friend better grasp why the vast majority of us aren’t big fans of Cuba.

“The first year of my captivity was akin to sensory deprivation, because, well, I saw about 20 minutes of sunlight during the first year.”

Gross went on to say that he lost 100 pounds during his time behind bars and five teeth. Add to that the guards threatened to pull his fingernails off and hang him and it seems pretty crystal clear why folks criticize Cuba.

It seems to me that most people are aware of the awful things Castro and Cuba did, especially to those who had a dissenting opinion, so there can only be two explanations for Sanders’ lack of understanding here.

One, he’s completely ignorant of all this and has an egregious lack of intelligence and awareness.

Or two, he’s totally okay with folks who disagree with big government being stripped of their rights and being treated as less than human.

Which is true?

Your guess is as good as mine.

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Tone-Deaf Portland Runs Tourism Ad After Riot Police Quit En Masse

If you’re looking for chaos, have we got the vacation spot for you!

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For months on end, a never-ending series of protests-turned-riots have plagued the city of Portland, Oregon. Night after night the northwestern locale rages, as protesters march in the street, commit arson, clash with cops, and generally relish in their new role as liberal nuisances to the citizens of the city. Things have gotten so bad, in fact, that a large contingent of the city’s riot police coordinated a mass resignation from that portion of the force. That makes the timing of the city’s latest tourism push all the more asinine. Portland ran a pricy full-page Sunday ad in the New York Times promoting tourism after the Portland police riot squad quit Thursday. “Some of what you’ve heard about Portland is true. Some is not. What matters most is that we’re true to ourselves,” Travel Portland wrote in the ad that could have cost up to $250,000. “You’ve heard a lot about us lately. It’s been a while since you heard from us,” it continues. “After a year of encouraging visitors and locals to support small businesses here and from a distance, it’s time to issue an invitation to come back to Portland,” the ad states. “Two sides to the same coin that keeps landing right on its edge. Anything can happen. We like it this way.” The ad also says “new ideas are welcome” in the city, a place where “you can be yourself.” “This is the kind of place where new ideas are welcome — whether they’re creative, cutting-edge or curious at first glance. You can speak up here. You can be yourself here,” it continues. Of course, the taxpayer money used to procure this ad could have been spent on any number of the projects that would have helped secure the city from these anarchistic rabble-rousers.

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Canada Bucks International Trend, Won’t Open Border as Pandemic Fades

Airline industry officials are not happy.

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In America and around the world, there is much optimism.  The year-plus reign of the COVID scourge is coming to an end as vaccination and natural antibody rates climb ever higher, and businesses from coast to coast begin to ramp up their capacities. But there are still those out there who are unwilling to admit this very palpable and tangible truth, and who are throttling economic recovery in their reticence. Our northern neighbors just so happen to fit that description. Canada said on Monday it would start cautiously lifting border restrictions for fully vaccinated citizens on July 5 but made clear it would be months before U.S. and other foreign travelers could enter the country. From 11:59 p.m. EDT on July 5 (0359 GMT on July 6), those who have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine will no longer have to spend time in quarantine. The move applies to Canadians and permanent residents. “This is the first phase of our precautionary approach … at this time we are not opening up our borders any further,” said Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc. Ottawa first announced the plan on June 9. LeBlanc told reporters that Ottawa was talking to its domestic and international partners “with the goal of allowing fully vaccinated travelers to enter Canada for non-essential reasons in the months to come.” Canada’s unwillingness to capitulate to the reality of the pandemic’s end has adversely affected the airline industry, and has drawn criticism from American lawmakers who believe that more could be done by our allies to the north in the realm of reopening.

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