Yes, I know. We’ve beaten the dead horse known as Castro, er, I mean, Castro’s TV appearance with his “buddy” Chavez, to death. But I couldn’t help myself when I saw that a news site from Josef Stalin’s homeland of Georgia had an article on the matter.Â Ironic, huh?
Fidel Castro appears on TV again
Local TV Company spread video material of meeting of the legendary leader of Cuba and president of Venezuela late at night yesterday.
80 year-old commandos (sic) looked weak on the screen, though he stood up while greeting his friend and was talking for several minutes.
The Cuban leader appeared on the screen first time (sic) during the last three months. Before the meeting, controversial information had been spreading about his state of health.
I spoke with Tim Cavanaugh of the Los Angeles Times tonight about Castro’s impending doom, what I think it’ll mean for Cuba and Miami, etc. I made the mistake of not asking him when the article he’s working on will be published. I imagine it’ll be published within the next few days. I’ll post the URL as soon as I learn it’s been published.
Miami’s Channel 10 has an article on their website about Miami-area Cuban-Americans selling products based on Castro’s physical condition.
One of the products available–my favorite–is the Castro toilet paper.
I think I’m running low on the Charmin, so I’m going to have to get some Castro TP.
By now I (and you, no doubt) have had a chance to hear all the theories behind the latest Castro/Chavez porn video. “It’s real,” “it’s fake,” etc. Babalu blog even has a poll you can take (for the record, I voted “Dunno. But why haven’t…” although in seriousness, I think the tape is the real deal and bloody Castro is still alive).
But I have a theory I haven’t heard anyone else mention. I think Castro’s “disappearing” act was a loyalty test. I think he let the rumors of his death go on, to see who in his government might make a move to seize power. I haven’t yet heard of anyone making such a move, but if in the next few weeks or so we hear of a “purge” or removal of one or more high-level commie officials from Castro’s government, these people might well have flunked his loyalty test.
Awwwww, poor widdle sociawists! [sniff, sniff] Let’s all shed some crocodile tears for the so-called “BolÃvarian Youth.”
It seems they managed to snooker the Miami Herald into publishing an article about how difficult they have it in Miami. The article, titled Young Miami leftists meet tough crowds is nothing but one long snivel-fest about how “it’s hard being BolÃvarian in Miami” and “”Miami has a history of intolerance….'”
They should try being a dissident in Cuba, if they want to experience the true meaning of the terms “intolerance” and “tough crowds:”
Cuba remains the one country in Latin America that represses nearly all forms of political dissent. President Fidel Castro, during his 47 years in power, has shown no willingness to consider even minor reforms. Instead, the Cuban government continues to enforce political conformity using criminal prosecutions, long- and short-term detentions, mob harassment, police warnings, surveillance, house arrests, travel restrictions, and politically-motivated dismissals from employment. The end result is that Cubans are systematically denied basic rights to free expression, association, assembly, privacy, movement, and due process of law.
I think it’s time for me to break out the world’s smallest violin and start playing a song for the BolÃvarian Youth:
Big freaking whoop-de-do. Castro’s on TV with Chavez. After three months underground, the ventriloquist and his dummy show up on Cuban state television, according to a breaking AP report. According to the AP, Castro and his puppet-boy Chavez made a big show of the tape having been made recently:
Both leaders appeared to take pains in the video to make clear when the session occurred. Chavez could be heard saying that it began at 3 p.m. on Jan 29. Castro read aloud a headline of an article dated Saturday from the Argentine newspaper Clarin.
According to the article, El Gran Caudillo appeared “healthier looking” than he had in the recent past. Of course, this means Cuba will continue to remain less “healthier looking” for a bit longer.
Could the video have been created with special effects? After all, we all know how much Hollywood adores “Uncle Fidel.”
Whether he’s alive or not, Castro’s days on this earth are numbered. There will be no “80 more years” as the leftists had been hoping for when his 80th birthday celebration came and went–without him.
Today was the big day: I was on the Tammy Bruce radio show!
Let me say Tammy was great, she’s real sharp and detail-oriented. It was clear to me she had actually taken the time to visit Castro Death Watch and read up about me. I’m sorry to say but, having worked in radio and currently working in public relations, I have seen many media types who are too lazy to do some research. Not Tammy, though.
Equally impressive is the fact that Tammy is down for La Causa. She is no fan of Fidel Castro and I wouldn’t be surprised if she were to come to Miami after we get word that the Bearded Rat Bastard has finally keeled over. I’ll personally treat her to a cafecito at Versailles if she does come.
For anyone wondering what my voice sounds like (hint: think Orlando, Florida and big ears), you can hear it live tomorrow (Tuesday, January 30) on Tammy Bruce’s radio show. I’m not sure she can be heard on regular broadcast radio in the Miami area, but if you click the link in the previous sentence, you can listen live from her site.
I’ve seen Tammy on FOX News and have read her books and I can tell you she is sympathetic to our cause. BTW I’m scheduled to go on shortly after noon Miami time.
Well, it seems Castro’s intestinal fortitude isn’t the only thing about the dictator that’s not doing well these days. The San Diego Union-Tribune’s website has a story today saying the number of foreign firms in Cuba is sinking–sorta like Castro’s ship:
The number of foreign companies operating in Cuba has continued to decline and a new investment expected from China has not materialized, a Cuban cabinet minister said Monday.
Joint ventures between Cuba’s communist state and foreign investors fell to 236 at the end of 2006, down from 258 a year ago and 313 at the end of 2004, Foreign Investment and Economic Cooperation Minister Marta Lomas told Reuters.
The Miami Herald and others ran a story today about the City of Miami’s plan to host a party when Castro finally keels over (link takes you to an events calendar; click on the January 23, 2007 entry to find, ahem, a meeting to “Discuss an event at the Orange Bowl in case expected events occur in Cuba”).
Some of the aforementioned others running the Castro’s death party story include Yahoo! News, CNN, MSNBC, even the Belfast Telegraph.
The interesting thing is that the Miami Herald, which broke the story, says that callers to Spanish-language radio are against the idea because they claim it’s as if though the City of Miami were trying to dictate where people could celebrate the end of Castro’s tyranny. But an (admittedly) non-scientific poll on at least one Spanish-language radio station’s website (WAQI Radio Mambi) indicates that it’s 65-35 in favor of the Orange Bowl [link takes you to a Spanish-language site].
I’ve been listening to Spanish radio off and on throughout the day and I haven’t heard anyone complaining about the Orange Bowl. And speaking of the Orange Bowl, of special note is the role it has played in Cuban history, including it being the site where John F. Kennedy spoke to Cuban exiles after the Bay of Pigs fiasco, and it’s use as temporary housing during the Mariel Boatlift.