September 2010 Castro Death Watch poll

Fidel Castro recently admitted he was guilty of a "great injustice" for the poor treatment of homosexuals in Cuba during the 60s and 70s. What other great injustices are he and his cohorts guilty of

  • All of the above plus way too many more to list here (85%, 34 Votes)
  • Summary executions of political opponents (8%, 3 Votes)
  • Destruction and separation of families (5%, 2 Votes)
  • Theft of property (3%, 1 Votes)
  • The sinking of the "13 de Marzo" and shootdown of unarmed Brothers to the Rescue Cessnas (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 40

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June 2010 Castro Death Watch Poll

Do you plan to (or after June 6, did you) participate in or help La Organizacion de Jovenes Exiliados Cubanos in their 7-day walk for a free Cuba?

  • No (59%, 13 Votes)
  • Yes (41%, 9 Votes)

Total Voters: 22

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For more info (in Spanish) about La Organizacion de Jovenes Exiliados Cubanos (O-JEC) and their seven-day walk for Cuban freedom from Key West (El Camino a la libertad de Cuba), visit O-JEC’s website.

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May 2010 Castro Death Watch Poll (Mother’s Day Edition)

Do you plan to (or if you're answering this on or after May 9, did you) wear white on Mother's Day in support of the Ladies in White?

  • No (65%, 24 Votes)
  • Yes (35%, 13 Votes)

Total Voters: 37

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(For more on this, read this news release from Miami-Dade County Commissioner Natacha Seijas’ office).

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March 2010 Castro Death Watch Poll

What do you think was the biggest Cuba-related news story this past February?

  • The murder of hunger striker and political prisoner Orlando Zapata Tamayo (50%, 25 Votes)
  • The continued imprisonment of humanitarian Alan P. Gross for handing out cellphones and laptops in Cuba (12%, 6 Votes)
  • Brazilian President Lula's visit to Cuba and moribund dictator Fidel Castro (10%, 5 Votes)
  • Raul Castro is the guest of "honor" at The Summit of Latin American and Caribbean Unity in Mexico (8%, 4 Votes)
  • Castro regime torturer Ramiro Valdes goes to Venezuela to "help" them with their electricity problems (8%, 4 Votes)
  • Seven Cuban doctors suing Cuba and Venezuela in the U.S. after they were forced to work to pay off Venezuela for supplying Cuba with cheap oil (6%, 3 Votes)
  • A group of Canadian tourists stranded at an airport in Cuba with little food and water (4%, 2 Votes)
  • A U.S. diplomatic delegation meets with Cuban dissidents, drawing criticism from the regime's apparatchiks (2%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 50

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Fall of the Berlin Wall, 1989

Today, we celebrate the fall of the Berlin Wall 20 years ago. The fall of the Berlin Wall was the beginning of the end for communism, at least in Russia and Eastern Europe. Too bad it seems to be on the resurgence in America–Central, South, and these days, North.

I served in the US Army during the Cold War. I joined for many reasons, but among them was the hope they I would help bring down communism. I spent two years out of my four-year stint in the Army guarding nuclear-tipped Pershing II missiles in Germany. I served with a little-know Infantry unit know as the 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry, or simply as 2-4. One of these days, I’ll do a longer post about my time in the Army and why I joined.

The picture below is of me at the Berlin Wall, circa October 1985. Note what I’m pointing at. Let’s hope one day Cuba can be as free as Germany is today.

The Berlin Wall, circa October 1985
The Berlin Wall, circa October 1985
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