July 17th, 2013
09:04 AM ET

Cuba: It's our weapons on N.K. ship

It was a mystery that Panama's president said his country was struggling to solve.

What was the massive military equipment hidden under hundreds of thousands of sacks of brown sugar on a North Korean boat? Where did it come from? And where was it going before investigators seized the vessel near the Panama Canal?

Hours after Panama said it would ask U.S. and British officials for help solving the puzzle, Cuba gave an answer Tuesday night.

In addition to 10,000 tons of sugar, Cuba's Foreign Ministry said, the shipment contained "240 metric tons of obsolete defensive weapons" sent to North Korea "to be repaired and returned to Cuba."


Filed under: Cuba • North Korea • Panama
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  1. bobcat (in a hat)©

    It truly makes one wonder if this is indeed a preordained scenario. As much as is going on, it seems that a path to diffusing the situation would be sought to offset this seemingly inevitable outcome. But instead the push is on for the ultimate faceoff. Can anything be done to stop this madness ? At this time I don't think so.
    We as a people, as we can see, no longer have any say in what direction our government takes. So I guess we'll just got to war again and later be told the reasons why.

    July 24, 2013 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bobcat (in a hat)©

    And now I'm being blocked saywhat.

    July 24, 2013 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Trucker came into a truck stop cafe and placed his order. He said, "I want three flat tires, a pair of headlights and a pair of running boards."

    The brand new blonde waitress, not wanting to appear stupid, went to the kitchen and said to the cook, "This guy out there just ordered three flat tires, a pair of headlights and a pair of running boards. What does he think this place is . an auto parts store?"

    "No," the cook said. "Three flat tires mean three pancakes, a pair of headlights is two eggs sunny side up, and running boards are 2 slices of crisp bacon."

    "Oh, OK!" said the blonde. She thought about it for a moment and then spooned up a bowl of beans and gave it to the customer.

    The trucker asked, "What are the beans for Blondie?

    She replied, "I thought while you were waiting for the flat tires, headlights and running boards, you might as well gas up!

    July 24, 2013 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bobcat (in a hat)©


    In the South: If you run your car into a ditch, don't panic. Four men in a four-wheel drive pickup truck with a tow chain will be along shortly. Don't try to help them, just stay out of their way. This is what they live for.

    Don't be surprised to find movie rentals and bait in the same store. Do not buy food at this store.

    Remember, "y'all" is singular, "all y'all" is plural, and "all y'all's" is plural possessive.

    Get used to hearing "You ain't from round here, are ya?"

    Save all manner of bacon grease. You will be instructed later on how to use it.

    Don't be worried at not understanding what people are saying. They can't understand you either.

    The first Southern statement to creep into a transplanted Northerner's vocabulary is the adjective "big'ol," truck or big'ol" boy. Most Northerners begin their Southern-influenced dialect this way. All of them are in denial about it.

    The proper pronunciation you learned in school is no longer proper.

    Be advised that "He needed killin" is a valid defense here.

    If you hear a Southerner exclaim, "Hey, y'all, watch this,! " you should stay out of the way. These are likely to be the last words he'll ever say.

    If there is the prediction of the slightest chance of even the smallest accumulation of snow, your presence is required at the local grocery store. It doesn't matter whether you need anything or not. You just have to go there.

    Do not be surprised to find that 10-year-olds own their own shotguns, they are proficient marksmen, and their mammas taught them how to aim.

    In the South, we have found that the best way to grow a lush green lawn is to pour gravel on it and call it a driveway.


    If you do settle in the South and bear children, don't think we will accept them as Southerners. After all, if the cat had kittens in the oven, we wouldn't call 'em biscuits.

    July 24, 2013 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    ALL AMERICANS need to stand up now, just to make our voices heard! Our government needs to understand that THIS IS NOT what the citizens of this country want and that they represent us so they MUST represent us honestly! They dont work for Israel or Russia, they work for the US!

    July 24, 2013 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    Absolutely@chrissy. About time too.
    Today's news" House narrowly (217-205) rejects Amash amendment to curtail NSA spying".

    July 25, 2013 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  7. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Bow since when has it mattered what we the people want chrissy ? You we are too stupid to know what we want. That's the only conclusion I can come to since we keep voting in these same idiots to tell us what we want. If we as a people could once come together and force an initiative on term limits, that would be a step in the right direction.

    July 25, 2013 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      First word should be Now.

      July 25, 2013 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  8. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Good morning saywhat

    Yeah, I saw an article about that vote also. We all might as well just strip down and run around naked since everything else is exposed.

    July 25, 2013 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  9. bobcat (in a hat)©

    A very confident James Bond walks into a bar and takes a seat next to a very attractive woman. He gives her a quick glance, then casually looks at his watch for a moment.

    The women notices this and asks, “Is your date running late?” “No,” he replies, “Q has just given me this state-of-the-art watch. I was just testing it.”

    The intrigued woman says, “A state-of-the-art watch? What’s so special about it?”

    Bond explains, ” It uses alpha waves to talk to me telepathically.” The lady says, “What’s it telling you now?”

    “Well, it says you’re not wearing any panties….” The woman giggles and replies, “Well it must be broken because I am wearing panties!”

    Bond smirks, taps his watch and says, “Bloody thing’s an hour fast.”

    July 25, 2013 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  10. bobcat (in a hat)©

    The CIA loses track of one of its operatives, and so calls in one of their top spy hunters.

    The CIA boss says, “All I can tell you is that his name is Murphy and that he’s somewhere in Ireland. If you think you’ve located him, tell him the code words, ‘The weather forecast calls for mist in the morning.’ If it’s really him, he’ll answer, ‘Yes, and for mist at noon as well.’”

    So the spy hunter goes to Ireland and stops in a bar in one of the small towns. He says to the bartender, “Maybe you can help me. I’m looking for a guy named Murphy.”

    The bartender replies, “You’re going to have to be more specific because, around here, there are lots of guys named Murphy. There’s Murphy the Baker, who runs the pastry shop on the next block. There’s Murphy the Banker, who’s president of our local savings bank. There’s Murphy the Blacksmith, who works at the stables. And, as a matter of fact, my name is Murphy, too.”

    Hearing this, the spy hunter figures he might as well try the code words on the bartender, so he says, “The weather forecast calls for mist in the morning.”

    The bartender replies, “Oh, you’re looking for Murphy the Spy. He lives right down the street.”

    July 25, 2013 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. saywhat

    A true James Bond at the lady's service – lol.Good morning to you too@bobcat.
    "An initiative on term limits" is indeed an imperative now. Agree. A public debate is needed on this issue. A forum is required. Orgs like Democracy Now and Move On.org do take up issues with our reps but that alone wouldn't do.
    Can't seem to get at what should be done but its worth pondering.

    July 25, 2013 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. dazzle ©

    The elected officials don't care what the people want. I hope this incident doesn't bring the US to the precipice of war. Saywhat, I've been reading the Veteran's articles and feel quite informed. Bobcat, you have me laughing again, leave it to Bond.

    July 25, 2013 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. dazzle ©

    Comments and greetings blocked.

    July 25, 2013 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    @ bobcat, im too stupid to know????

    July 25, 2013 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      Whoa chrissy. You must not have picked up on the sarcasm dripping from that statement. I was simply saying that we put these people in office on the promise they make to work for the people, but once they are there, they feel they know what's best for us regardless of our attempted input.

      July 25, 2013 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. saywhat

    No surprises there@dazzle. Greetings my friend.
    couple of my posts were deleted.
    And @chrissy's comments show perhaps that @bobcat's have been deleted too.

    July 25, 2013 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
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