The solution to Cuba’s toilet paper shortage

The timing could not have been any better. Just days after Cuba announced it had a toilet paper shortage, Cuba comes up with the perfect solution:

Cubans accustomed to hourslong speeches, thousand-word essays and lengthy interviews can now get Fidel Castro at a glance, thanks to a new dictionary of El Comandante’s teachings.

Yes folks, now Cubans will be able to wipe to their backsides’ content. And they’ll be doing it with what is probably the best item on earth for wiping themselves with.


Castro Death Watch August 2009 poll

With Obummer in office and Democrats in control of Congress, the Castro apologists in this country feel more emboldened to push for the U.S. to make all kinds of concessions to the Castros without the

  • Push Cuba hard so that hopefully the Castro regime collapses. (64%, 9 Votes)
  • Immediately end the embargo and allow travel to Cuba--in short, throw the Castros a lifeline just as they're about to drown. (21%, 3 Votes)
  • Nothing. (14%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 14

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SS Fidel Castro, a sinking ship

I heard about this one on Babalu Blog. It seems a website known as “The Spoof” has published an “article” about Fidel Castro’s first-ever cruise ship. Here’s a snippet:

The new ship which is the pride of the Cuban nation is a bit unusual in that it is made up of 10,000 inner tubes all tied together with twine. Its method of propulsion is the legs of the passengers who move in perfectly disciplined synchronization to the sound of a salsa band in order to get from point A to point B.


Massachusetts colleges?!?! What the…?

The last place on God’s green earth–the ABSOLUTE last place–that you’d expect to find a viewpoint on Cuba other than “Castro/Che good, U.S. bad” would be a college newspaper, especially that of a liberal Massachusetts college.

So I hope you’ll excuse my utter shock when I discovered this morning not one, but two–TWO–Massachusetts college newspapers presenting the truth about Cuba.

First, from the Harvard (yes, THAT Harvard) Crimson, a piece on Andy Garcia, who visited campus to screen The Lost City:

Critics have blasted the film for presenting a misleading view of pre-revolutionary Cuba.

After the screening, Garcia told The Crimson that those critics were misinformed.

“When you make a movie about a political open wound, people will come at you with a political agenda,” Garcia said. “If a French filmmaker had made this movie, you would not have heard the same things. But I am a Cuban exile.”

Richard A. Serna ’10, vice president of the Latino Men’s Collective, which helped organize the event with the Harvard Cuban American Undergraduate Student Association (CAUSA), said Garcia brought a different perspective to the debate over Cuba.

“Garcia is someone who is trying to tell a story that hasn’t been told,” he said.

Indeed he is. Next, from the University of Massachusetts’ Daily Collegian, we get an editorial–by a student, Ben Duffy, whose name suggests he is not of Cuban descent–titled Guevara: fiend, not folk hero:

The future T-shirt icon oversaw La Cabaña fortress, a true house of horrors where opponents of the reigning Castro regime were executed. José Vilasuso, a lawyer at the fortress, prepared indictments for people who were summarily convicted on little or no evidence. “The statements of the investigating officer constituted irrefutable proof of wrongdoing,” Vilasuso said. “The defense lawyer simply admitted the accusations and requested the generosity of the government in order to reduce the sentence…[Che] reprimanded in private more than one colleague; in public, he chastised us all: ‘Don’t delay these trials. This is a revolution, the proofs are secondary… They are a gang of criminals and murderers. Besides, remember that there is an Appeals Tribunal.'” Yes, there was appealing authority. His name was Che Guevara.

Vilasuso continues: “Nevertheless, in La Cabaña, until June of 1959, about 600 prisoners were executed, plus an indefinite number of prison sentences.”

So Che executed hundreds of people, and he’s the hero. Felix Rodriguez executed Che, and he’s the villain. Whose face belongs on a T-shirt?

Bravo, Massachusetts!


Embargo costs Castro 89 billion

Good, keep that money out of the moribund dictator Castro’s Swiss bank accounts:

Washington’s 45-year-old embargo has cost Cuba more than $89 billion to date, wreaking havoc on everything from primary education to pest control and nearly all other facets of island life, the foreign minister said Tuesday.

Havana produced a 56-page booklet laying out its latest argument against the embargo ahead of next month’s meeting in New York of the U.N. General Assembly, which has voted 15 years in a row to urge the United States to lift trade sanctions against Cuba.

Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque said the U.S. policy caused $3 billion in losses over the past year alone to the economy of Cuba — which had a 2006 GDP estimated at $40 billion, according to the CIA World Factbook.

Washington is bent on “persecuting Cuban interests and attempting to beat our people into submission with hunger and disease,” Perez Roque told a news conference.

Too late, Castro has been beating the Cuban people into submission for 40-plus years. You gotta love, though, how the MSM takes anything these communist a-holes say at face value.


11 Million Cubans still in limbo

As long as Fidel Castro remains “officially” (if not clinically) alive:

Cuba watchers and some dissidents question whether Raúl Castro will be able to implement his reforms as long as his older brother is alive. Fidel Castro’s presence would likely deter even modest economic reforms, they said.

“In a sense, the Raulista project, if you can call it that, has been placed on hold,” said Frank Mora, a Cuba expert at the National War College in Washington, D.C.

In Cuba, Oscar Espinosa Chepe, a state-trained economist who was one of 75 dissidents arrested in a roundup of government critics in 2003, was more succinct: “Raúl Castro gives the impression of a man trapped inside a corset and unable to move.”

And, given what we know about Raul, it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to actually see him trapped inside a corset!