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Photos of the day: the real Havana

From Marta Beatriz Roque: "Thirty Feet of Garbage" These are very recent photos from the neighborhood of Guanabacoa in Havana. Garbage collection has stopped completely. All complaints filed with government agencies have been ignored. This is nothing new, of course.  But this is what no tourist or any people-to-people tour will ever see. And... if […]

Dispatch from La-La-Land: some side benefits of brain damage

Concussion update on a special feast day Slipping in and out of consciousness repeatedly is a new experience for me. Having the room spin while I am sitting still is not new.  My seminarian housemate in Minnesota once served me a soft drink heavily laced with Everclear grain alcohol as a joke.  Apparently, young men […]

Wham! The surprisingly ever-present thin line between existence and non-existence

Eight days ago I crashed my bike into a car.   O so I'm told.  I have no memory of it. I would later find out that I had fractured my skull in several places, bruised my brain, and filled the inside of my skull with blood.   "Severe concussion" was the diagnosis. The last […]

No Mosque for you! …(But if you slide some cash under the table….maybe we’ll let you have one.)

So much for the kinder, gentler, more spiritually-awakened Castro regime. Muslims in Cuba have received quite a "bofetada" (slap in the face) from the island's ruling elites. As Seinfeld's soup Nazi would say: No mosque for you! Turkey was backing the plan, but that didn't seem to make any difference. The decision-makers in Havana have […]

Growing “rustic vessel” exodus keeps U.S. Coast Guard busy

It looks as if there is no stopping the outflow of rats from the sinking ship. Wait, that's not an appropriate metaphor. The "ship" in question sank a very long time ago. 55 years ago, to be exact.  And it sank all the way down to Hell. These Cubans are not "rats" either.  They are […]

Damn! So close, so close…. but no cigar! U.S.A. considered waging war on Castrogonia in 1976 ???

UPDATE:  A long article on this subject has been published by the New York Times.   Also: Go HERE for direct access to the original documents from the Ford Library that are the source of this news story. Most of the documents are contingency plans, which means that this war with Cuba was never a […]

Breaking News: “Cuban Heels” blamed for disappearance of North Korean dictator

Wow.  Some news story... Now, this is what you call "breaking" news.... Apparently, Kim Jong Un is so short, so overweight and so vain that his use of high heels caused him to break both ankles. Yes, if this story is true, the portly North Korean dictator simply wobbled a bit too unsteadily on his […]

Washington Post highlights infantile Latrine American pro-Castro peer pressure

Awwwwww. President Obama is about to be further  embarrassed at the upcoming Summit of Latrine nations, so says the Washington Post. Since all Latrine Nations support the participation of Castrogonia at the summit --and the U.S. does not -- this obstreperousness will make the U.S. president look like a party pooper. What is the point […]

Arrrrggggh-en-teeeenah continues to emulate Castro Kingdom’s debt strategy

It's totally Latrine behavior, learned from the masters in Havana. They owe money they borrowed. They refuse to pay it back. They dub their creditors "vultures" and reject all claims as a violation of their "national sovereignty." From the unrepentant former imperialists at the BBC Argentina found to be in contempt of court by US […]

Recently-convicted Canadian businessman complains: Castro regime is unjust!

When you do business with criminals, you risk becoming their victim. In one way  -- let's call it "the way of the world"--  you can't really feel too sorry for this Canadian businessman who had no qualms about dealing with the Castro crime syndicate. And you might even say that he got what he deserved. […]

Socialists get trounced in French senate election

While countries south of the U.S. border keep going "Latrine" and electing politicians who espouse "21st century socialism,"  in France the tide seems to be flowing in the opposite direction. Is this a prelude to the November elections here in the U.S.A.? Maybe?  If France turns its back on the left and its abysmal failures, […]

Apparatchik exposes deep corruption in Castro Kingdom

From Translating Cuba, via Capitol Hill Cubans and 14ymedio: Must-Read: Real Corruption in Cuba Stems From the Very Top An official with the Housing Institute denounces corruption and privileges, as well as reprisals taken against his family. 14ymedio, September 24, 2014 – Before leaving Cuba in October, 2013, the author of this accusation occupied an […]

Extraordinary trajectory of one Cuban exile: familiar to us, big news to others

How many stories like this do you know of, personally? Maybe dozens?  Hundreds?  Maybe it's your own story? Every now and then some local newspaper far from South Florida scoops up one of these stories.   They think it's extraordinary.   Little do they know. Quite often, these small local newspapers are the only news […]

Sacrilege! Che and Hugo perfumes condemned, creators punished!

Ha!  Perhaps the ridicule proved to be too intense? Or maybe the High Priests of the Castronoid Church (a.k.a. "The Revolution") were genuinely offended because they were not consulted first? Or was it the fact that the High Priests were not promised an appropriately exorbitant share of the potential profits? Whatever the reason, someone in […]

Canadian businessman gets 15-year prison sentence in Castro Kingdom

No surprise here, except for the fact that Associated Press is actually reporting this story. Foreign businesses that don't give the Castro Mafia their cut always find themselves in hot water. Doing business with the Castro regime is a lot like doing business with any crime syndicate. Hapless Mr. Cy Tokmakjian found out the hard […]