‘Rumors about the rumors’

After several consecutive Fridays filled with rumors the bearded tyrant finally croaked, this Friday’s different. The Miami Herald published an article today about how the Miami rumors about Castro have been playing in Cuba:

”I heard rumors about the rumors,” said Rita, a financial analyst at a government meatpacking plant.

BTW, that sounds like an interesting job. I mean, I thought financial analysts worked at financial firms… but I digress.

My favorite quote in the Herald article, though, comes from an 80-year-old man simply identified as “Juan:”

“Some people say he’s already been cremated, and others say they have him preserved in wax somewhere, but nobody really knows anything,” he said.

LMAO! Castro preserved in wax! THAT’S a thought!

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More of the same

The more things change in Cuba, the more they stay the same:

Cuban Vice President Carlos Lage squashed speculation that Communist Cuba is heading toward Chinese-style reforms of its economy, in a speech to state managers published on Thursday.
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Cuba will not follow the paths of other Communist-run nations, such as China and Vietnam where capitalist markets have flourished, and said Perestroika reforms failed in the former Soviet Union.

“The countries that are working to build socialism today in different parts of the world, are doing so in political and economic situations very different from ours,” said Lage, who heads Cuba’s cabinet of ministers.

“Their successes and failures should enrich our efforts, but the building of socialism in Cuba is only possible as a result of our own experience,” Lage said in the speech printed by the Communist Party newspaper Granma.

So much for the media frenzy of a few days ago over Raul Castro’s supposed “reforms.”

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Liar, liar, pants on fire?

Elena Perez, the mother of the four-year-old Cuban girl at the heart of a bitter custody battle between the girl’s Miami-based foster family and her Cuba-based father, dropped a nuclear bomb in the courtroom this week. In trying to prove the father wanted his daughter back with him in Cuba, she had originally shown the court letters allegedly sent by the father to her, asking for his child back.

But she sang a different tune under oath yesterday:

“I tried to twist things around to favor the father,” she said. “The letters do not exist.”

They were fabricated, Perez said, by Magda Montiel Davis, one of two attorneys for the father, Rafael Izquierdo. Perez said Davis and Izquierdo asked her to say in court that the letters were real and that she had received them while in Houston.

Magda Montiel Davis, for the uninitiated reader, is the Castro-loving arrepentida who, along with her husband Ira Kurzban, always seems to willingly take Fidel Castro’s side on legal issues in the U.S.

Now, here’s something interesting I found at the Florida Bar’s website, Rule 4-3.4(b):

(A lawyer shall not:) fabricate evidence, counsel or assist a witness to testify falsely…

Let me also add that according to the Florida Bar’s website (same page linked above), “Falsifying evidence is also generally a criminal offense.” So, this isn’t merely an issue of ethics.

Any lawyers out there? Here is a link to the Florida Bar’s Contact Page.

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How do you spell, “just for show?”

Answer: P-r-i-s-o-n-e-r r-e-l-e-a-s-e-s u-n-d-e-r R-a-ú-l C-a-s-t-r-o. That’s part of the headline (the whole thing reads Prisoner releases under Raúl Castro raise hope for Cuba) of a Christian Science Monitor piece that naively suggests the Castros do ANYTHING out of altruistic feelings:

The steady fall in Cuba’s political prisoner population since Raúl Castro took the reins of power in July 2006 is leading some Cuba experts to conclude that some kind of new day is dawning on the Caribbean communist island.

But at least one person knows the real deal:

The number still represents by far the largest incarceration of prisoners of conscience of any country in the Western Hemisphere and one of the highest per capita rates anywhere in the world – leading some analysts to doubt that anything in Cuba has really changed.

“Yes, they have released some political prisoners, some because they fulfilled their sentences or others because of their health, but that doesn’t translate into a real shift in the country,” says Jaime Suchlicki, director of the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies at the University of Miami. “I don’t see any let-up in the repression in Cuba or [in] the harassment of the opposition people.”

Surprise, surprise, Castro apologist and colostomy bag changer Wayne Smith chimes in, blaming the U.S. and one George W. Bush for our bad relations with Cuba:

“The Bush administration’s nasty noises are part of the reason for things moving slowly,” says Mr. Smith, who was a longtime State Department Cuba specialist. “If ever anything positive came out of the US, I believe we could see much more rapid releases” of political prisoners.

In case you have no idea who Wayne Smith is, Google his name and you’ll find:

1-His articles posted on a bunch of left-wing moonbat websites.
2-His former boss? Jimmy Carter.

Nuff said.

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Well, that’s a shock!

What, Castro’s afraid more athletes might defect?

Cuba won’t send a boxing team to the world championships in Chicago, heeding Fidel Castro’s fears about future defections after two fighters abandoned their teammates during the Pan American Games.

The competition is one of three qualifying tournaments for the 2008 Olympics.

LOL! Be afraid, Fidel, be VERY afraid! Mwahahaha!

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Dead man predicting

Posthumous predictions from Castro today in Granma:

Today, talk is about the seemingly invincible ticket that might be created with Hillary for President and Obama for Vice President.

Something very telling in Castro’s posthumous musings: he likes Carter and Clinton:

OF all the presidents of the United States, and those who aspire to that office, I only met one who, for ethical-religious reasons, was not an accomplice to the brutal terrorism [sic] against Cuba: James Carter.

AND

Clinton was really kind when we informally crossed paths at a UN meeting attended by many heads of state. Moreover, he was friendly, as well as intelligent, in demanding adherence to the law in the case of the kidnapped boy, when he was rescued [sic] by special federal agents sent from Washington.

Yep, says a lot about you when one of the world’s worst dictators says nice things about you.

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What are they gonna do, upgrade their MiG jet fighters…

so they can shoot down unarmed Cessna turboprops, not just twin-engine models?

Cuba has been upgrading its military arsenal since President Fidel Castro fell ill 13 months ago, to defend itself against a possible US invasion, senior officers told Trabajadores weekly on Monday.

Har, har, har! That’s a good one!

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Cuba behind dead Castro rumors?

A U.S. State Department spokesman hinted as much, according to an AFP story published on the La Nueva Cuba website:

“I would say that the Cuban government has always been very good at stirring the nest whenever they felt the need to,” said Gonzo Gallegos, a State Department spokesman.

“I can’t say whether or not this is them or something else that is happening,” he said when commenting on talk among Cuban exiles and echoed by foreign news outlets, especially in Florida, that the ailing Castro, 81, had died.

When asked by reporters whether he was suggesting that Havana was circulating rumours that Castro was dead, Gonzo replied, “All I was saying was that the Cuban government takes the opportunity when it sees fit to take care of itself.”

In fairness, Gallegos later said “I don’t have any reason to believe he is dead.” But I wouldn’t put ANYTHING past Castro’s commie government. ANYTHING.

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