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Hideous Intransigence from Madrid via our friend Zoe Valdes

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Our friend (and Europe's chief intransigent) Zoe Valdes, gave her Babalusian hermanos from across the big pond some ink today. "Without gloves or hipocrisy" she titled it...WHOOOO--boy!!!!...

4 comments to Hideous Intransigence from Madrid via our friend Zoe Valdes

  • Humberto, you lived in La Víbora?

    So did I.

    We lived on an apartment building with a balcony that faced the Bay, and there was an anti-aircraft gun mounted on the roof.

    I could also see La Loma del Burro to the left in the distance.

    I still remember the night that Diaz-Lanz overflew Havana, I was dead sleep when that gun started going off.

    Dad threw Mom, me, and my little brother in a bedroom closet and went to see "que estaba pasando". Mom was so busy trying to calm my little brother than she didn't notice me sneaking out of the closet.

    I stood by the balcony window watching the bullets fly.

    When my Dad came back, and Mom figured out that I was missing, they lost it. He was so relived that I didn't get killed or hurt by a stray bullet, that he whooped my butt.

    I got to meet Diaz Lanz in a rally in Miami during the Elian fiasco. He was there with Basulto, and a few of his pilots.

    Very cool.

    Great write up.

  • I was saddened to hear of Diaz-Lanz' suicide in 2008...I heard his final years were pretty sad. Thanks for the note.

  • asombra

    Humberto, that 1961 photo of your family is as sad as it is beautiful. It perfectly conveys the Cuba that the Castro thugs wanted to destroy and did. They were not good enough for it, and they wanted everyone and everything brought down to their own baseness, vulgarity and moral squalor.

    As I have said elsewhere, the Castro family had plenty of money, but they had neither class nor respectability, which their money couldn’t buy. Fidel’s megalomania simply couldn’t handle being looked down upon, and his resentment of traditional Cuban social values certainly played a part in the relentless, all-encompassing attack on “bourgeois” society carried out by his “revolution.”

    Your photo encapsulates the Cuba that was lost, and the tragedy is reflected in your mother's face. I expect there's little or nothing left of that ethos in the miserable and degenerate shithole Cuba has become.

  • Indeed, amigo. I'm guessing the Castro family had PLENTY more money than the family in that "Gone with the Cuban Wind" picture, of which many thousands similar must exist Miami-wide and indeed worldwide....