Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Starting the New Year Right.

In the spirit of tidying up odds and ends, thought I'd put together a few articles I've been holding.

Can't make this stuff up. Since he has nothing better to do and apparently no intellect to do it with, Jude Law is spending the holidays in Cuba. Well, seems his room at the Nacional is inhabited by the ghost of old blue eyes himself. Personally, with all the venues he has to choose from, I can't see why Frankie would choose to haunt his old room, instead of, say, Vegas, or even Hoboken. The more likely explanation is that some enterprising Cuban was rifling through the fridge in Law's room. Read the article

You know it's gotta be bad. Even the ministry of disinformation has had to admit that Cuba's growth rate didn't hit the much touted forecast of 10% growth in the economy this year. According to the regime, the actual rate was 7.5%, that's including the fudging the regime does by including their valuations of social services like health care. Aspirin, anyone? In any case, whatever figure they pull out of their fidel caps is irrelevant to the populace which has seen no benefit from the phantom "growth" of the last few years. Article here.

Round up the usual suspects. Wayne Smith is at it again. In his latest opus, Cuba "changes" and the US "stagnates." He bolsters his assertions with the sagacious, oft quoted statement by Larry Wilkerson labeling our Cuba stance "the dumbest policy on the face of the earth." But Smith takes heart in the wishful thinking that Miami is "evolving," apparently young Cuban Americans, we are to believe, are clandestine Democrats.

I really have to wonder what fuels these types. If they cared about the Cuban people, they would be denouncing their oppression by the Havana Mafia with at least half as much vigor as they devote to that latest species of bogeyman, the Miami Cuban. If their concern is the good of the United States, they are defining that objective as allowing governments to seize American assets with impunity, upholding the right of Americans to vacation cheaply in a slave state, "trading" with a government that has not moved an iota from its virulent Anti-American stance in a half a century, and in the process bolster a moribund dictator and a totalitarian state in its death throes.

Can anyone be this deluded, I have to ask myself? Is it possible, or is it more sinister? I don't know. I do not question that some may have differing opinions, but every point on which he builds his arguments is either false or a misrepresentation. Cuba has not "changed," except in so much as Raul is the nominal head of the government. And all of those discussions have resulted in what? Where was he on December 10, when the regime showed its true face?

Read it yourself. I'm not linking to this piece of trash. It's at Worldpress.org.


barb michelen said...
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Anonymous said...

Page 324 of the book Cuba Patria en Lagrimas y el Mensaje de Liansu.
Translation of Ofelia Fox's (Liansú) broadcast of January 1, 1964 thru WMIE (now La Cubanisima) of Miami, Florida:
"Today, when we stand at the threshold of a new year full of hope I send, to all those that listen to me here and in Cuba, my love; confirming my faith in God and in the strength of all Cubans. I cannot tell... nobody can, when we shall return to the free land where we were born. How and when we will regain the prestige, honor and rights that we inherited from those that gave their lives for Cuba's freedom. Going back. It is not possible to "go back" because every second that passes is gone and our lives continue on. But we can go back to our fields, our churches, to the grave of those that have died and to the crib of the just born Cubanito that will read in history books about the great treason of a revolution that has only enslaved and silenced the voice of the Cuban that only wants to express an opinion, work, produce, be loyal to his friends and happy with his family. We can go back to open the jails where those that opposed communism are languishing. We can go back to give them sun, love and respect. We can go back to see our sky and embrace those that have received unjust punishment and humiliation. We can go back to enjoy our rivers, valleys and mountains. To smile before our "guajiros" cultivating their crops; before the brick and the steel that will rebuild what has been destroyed by those that hate us today because we refuse to be silent accomplices of the killing of our brothers and the enslavement of our people. We can also go back to the distilling of the rum and the sound of the "maracas." I pray to God that He gives me enough life to go back to laugh, cry, embrace everyone and scream to the world: We are Cubans and we have returned home!"

"Trata de ser tú el fuerte. El que consuela. El que anima. Y si después de tanto hacer todavía sientes que flaqueas piensa en Cuba y busca a Dios. Que quizás de tanto pensar en tí te hayas olvidado un poco de los dos."
Ofelia Fox (Liansú) en "El Mensaje de Liansú" transmitido por la WMIE-Radio de Miami el Lunes 22 de Octubre de 1962 y página 142 del libro CUBA PATRIA EN LAGRIMAS Y EL MENSAJE DE LIANSU.