Someone, please feed the pigeons…

…and make sure they do what pigeons do. That’s the only thing this humongous waste of metal is good for, a pigeon litterbox:

A 13-foot-high bronze statue unveiled before hundreds of cheering admirers depicts the beret-wearing Guevara standing defiantly while facing toward Santa Clara, Cuba , where another statue of Guevara faces toward Argentina.

“Hundreds?” I’m sure that actually means “101,” counting the media who were there to cheer on cover the “story.” At least some Argentinians have some sense, however:

While flag-waving, drum-banging leftist groups marched through Rosario Saturday, some residents said honoring Guevara was a waste of public money.

“I’m in total disagreement with this homage,” said Luis Oskis, 50, who owns a store in the city’s downtown. “I’m against all extreme movements and all wars, whether they’re from the left or the right. After all, Che ordered a lot of deaths.”

Indeed he did, from the comfort and safety of his usurped position granted by Fidel Castro.

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Fidel Castro’s 5th

No, we’re not talking symphonies here. Although given where on his decrepit old body he’s been operated, I’m sure he’s “composing symphonies” of his own, in a manner of speaking.

No, what we’re talking about is a report on Miami TV last night, according to Babalu Blog, that Fidel Castro has undergone surgery again recently, his fifth since he took ill in 2006. According to Babalu Blog, this was reported by Dr. Jaime Suchliki of the University of Miami, who himself was citing an unnamed source he considers credible.

Time will tell if this story is true or not…

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5 Things You Need To Know For A Wedding In Cuba

Inspired by this travel piece that was linked to by Babalu Blog, I’ve decided to post my own version of “5 Things You Need To Know For A Wedding In Cuba:”

  1. Selecting a church: Fidel and Raul Castro’s communist Cuba is atheist, so good luck there. But hey, maybe if you promise to change Fidel’s colostomy bag, Cardinal Bertone might be willing to preside over your wedding.
  2. Food: Ha! Hahahahaha! You REALLY expect to find food in Cuba? Maybe on Raul’s dinner plate. You’ll have to save your rations for months to have a decent wedding reception. Of course, that begs the question: what are you going to eat until the wedding? Well, at least you’ll be sure to fit into your wedding dress or tuxedo on your big day.
  3. Wedding wear: And that brings us to “thing” number three. Forget the designer duds–this is a communist country after all. Try one of those Che Guevara t-shirts the useful idiots in free countries wear. Or you can wear olive drab military fatigues like the “Coma-andante” used to wear.
  4. Wedding gifts: Don’t expect to receive much in the way of wedding gifts. Unless one of the invitees is a member of Cuba’s nomenclatura. Nobody in Cuba has much to give. The one exception to this rule is the family of political prisoners. With one or more members languishing in a Castro gulag, they’re likely to be able to have a few things to spare that they can give you and your beloved as gifts.
  5. The Honeymoon: Ah yes. Where to get away with your loved one after you exchange your vows? Well, now that Raul Castro has opened Cuba’s hotels to, um, Cubans, perhaps you can stay there. Oh, way too expensive for the average Cuban, you say? Then perhaps a cruise on Cuba’s first ever cruise liner! Or maybe you can go on your own, um “cruise” on a makeshift raft. Of course, if you get caught, you might end up with an all-expenses paid “honeymoon” in one of Castro’s prisons instead. What could be more romantic than your own dank, dark 5-by-5 cell with a hole in the ground for a toilet and vermin to keep you company?
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Venezuela’s CDR

One of the most vile institutions imposed on Cuba’s people by the Castro regime is the neighborhood snitch program known officially as “El Comite para la Defensa de la Revolucion” (The Committee for the Defense of the Revolution, or CDR, which happens to be its initials in both English and Spanish).

The way the CDR works is that every neighborhood has someone who is a part of this organ of repression. Their job is to report anything deemed as suspicious to the communist authorities. In effect, it is designed to turn neighbor against neighbor and reduce trust in your fellow citizens.

Now it seems that the Castro brothers’ favorite hand-puppet, Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, is set to imitate his mentors:

CARACAS, Venezuela: President Hugo Chávez has used his decree powers to carry out a major overhaul of this country’s intelligence agencies, provoking a fierce backlash here from human rights groups and legal scholars who say the measures will force citizens to inform on one another to avoid prison terms.

Under the new intelligence law, which took effect last week, Venezuela’s two main intelligence services, the DISIP secret police and the DIM military intelligence agency, will be replaced with new agencies, the General Intelligence Office and General Counterintelligence Office, under the control of Chávez.

The new law requires people in the country to comply with requests to assist the agencies, secret police or community activist groups loyal to Chávez. Refusal can result in prison terms of two to four years for most people and four to six years for government employees.

“We are before a set of measures that are a threat to all of us,” said Blanca Rosa Mármol de León, a justice on Venezuela’s top court, in a rare public judicial dissent. “I have an obligation to say this, as a citizen and a judge. This is a step toward the creation of a society of informers.”

Yep, just like the Castros did in Cuba.

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