For decades, M&M Liquors in Hialeah has been putting up funny quips and quotes for commuters driving down LeJeune Road. This time, they put a little poem for Fidel and Raul.
For decades, M&M Liquors in Hialeah has been putting up funny quips and quotes for commuters driving down LeJeune Road. This time, they put a little poem for Fidel and Raul.
After watching the American left over the past several years and especially their reaction to the presidential elections, the resemblance their tactics have with Fidel Castro’s totalitarian method of quashing dissent is quite difficult if not impossible to overlook.
In America, a Thousand Little Castros
For many social-justice warriors, systematic oppression of dissent is a feature, not a bug.
Totalitarianism employs three primary methods of silencing dissenters: convert them, marginalize them, or eliminate them. The Castro regime’s success in pursuing these ends was evident in the public silence that followed the government’s declaration of a nine-day mourning period after Fidel Castro hopped that Edsel to Hell. In Havana, the streets were quiet, in accordance with the government decree.
In the United States, there was another eerie silence. From the Left’s ever-churning outrage factories, which hum 24/7 with the din and clatter of denunciations and pronouncements on every topic that can be bent to political use, we heard only the white noise of spinning gears.
For many romantic leftists, socialism is a glorious utopia that one day will magically separate itself from the strong men who somehow always manage to clamber to the top of the People’s Ladder. If only the enlightened thinkers on the Harvard Bookstore’s e-mail list could be put in charge!
Others are not so naïve. They understand that socialism is systematic oppression — but they see this as a feature, not a bug. To them, as it was for Castro, who wandered his way to Marxism, socialism offers a system in which the social and political orders are overturned and the leftists at long last can be on top. With the levers of power finally in their grasp, the redistribution — and the retribution — can begin.
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Given the adulation for Nosferatu displayed by world leaders and the international press, as well as the cozy relationship established with the Castro dynasty by Pope Francis, this may not be too farfetched.
Pope Francis Proposes Canonization for Him
San Gandongo = play on words: a “Zangandongo” is any big lazy guy who leeches off others and expects everyone to do his work for him.
De La Madre Que Lo Pario = “Of the mother who gave birth to him.” Play on words: rather than signifying a geographical location, this identifies him as coming from a bad mother. This phrase is used to curse people who are unpleasant and/or do bad things, usually in this way: “I defecate on the mother who gave birth to him.”
The brutality and savagery of Fidel Castro lives on as life in Obama’s apartheid Cuba gets tougher every day.
Dissident artist jailed in Cuba beaten and fed sedative-laced food, family says
One of Cuba’s most prominent anti-Castro artists is refusing to eat food served by his jailers, alleging that they have laced it with pills that induce drowsiness, those close to him say.
Danilo Maldonado, known as “El Sexto,” was taken by Cuban security agents the day after the death of former leader Fidel Castro. Maldonado, 33, still has not been charged, but those familiar with the graffiti artist’s actions that morning say
that he posted a Facebook message seemingly gloating over Castro’s death and urging people to “come out to the streets…and ask for liberty.”
Maldonado also is said to have spray-painted “El Sexto” on a wall near Hotel Habana Libre.
His girlfriend, a writer who lives in Miami, said that Maldonado has been transferred several times since his arrest on Nov. 6. Alexandra Martinez told FoxNews.com Monday that Maldonado’s mother, Maria Victoria Machado, who has been allowed to visit her son briefly twice since he has been in the custody of Cuban security police, told her that the artist was beaten the day he was taken from his apartment, as well as last Tuesday.
“He’s an artist, he’s a human being who is just using his voice” and art for peaceful expression, Martinez said. “There are still no charges. He was taken to police stations and now a detention center that is maximum security.”
Maldonado had been slated to be at a Miami premiere of an HBO documentary that features him titled “Patria o Muerte: Cuba, Fatherland or Death” last week, Martinez said.
“The Cuban authorities have a history of detaining El Sexto ahead of many planned performances, but Castro’s death appears to be the impetus for this particularly aggressive assault,” said Julian Schnabel, the producer of the HBO documentary, in a statement quoted by the Miami Herald.
Other Cuba experts say that while Cuban authorities routinely detain prominent dissidents without pressing charges before, during or after a high-profile event, in recent years they have kept them in custody for less than a day, usually a few
They say that Maldonado’s extended detention is particularly hard-line.
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Above: Fidel Castro feted by the Wall Street Journal in 1996–a VIP luncheon in The WSJ’s Conference room in honor of the Stalinist who abolished Cuban private property and TWICE tried to incinerate and entomb everyone in that ritzy Manhattan banquet hall. And that’s a smitten David Asman of FoxBusiness craving an autograph from the Stalinist who abolished Cuban private property, stole $8 billion from U.S. businessmen at Soviet gunpoint and tortured and murdered several U.S. citizens who resisted his burglary.)…scroll below for more scenes from Fidel Castro’s visits to New York (Manhattan, which he TWICE tried to incinerate) in 1996 and 2000. Only the ticker tape parade was somehow missing.
(Fidel overcome by the adulation of his many, many New York fans)
(Even New York’s Finest couldn’t resist mugging with the Stalinist who came within a hair of nuking their city. Charlie Rangel?….well you KNEW that!)
“The Toast of Manhattan!” crowed Time magazine regarding Fidel Castro’s reception by Manhattan’s beautiful people on the Communist mass-murderer’s visit to New York in 1996.
“The Hottest Ticket in Manhattan!”also read a Newsweek story that week, referring to the social swirl that engulfed Castro in New York by the Manhattan media luminaries who barely escaped incineration by his hand.
First, there was a luncheon at the Council on Foreign Relations. After holding court there for a rapt David Rockefeller, along with Robert McNamara, Dwayne Andreas, and Random House’s Harold Evans, Castro flashed over to Mort Zuckerman’s Fifth Avenue pad, where a throng of Manhattan glitterati, including Mike Wallace, Peter Jennings, Tina Brown, Bernard Shaw, and Barbara Walters all jostled for a photo-op and stood in line for Castro’s autograph. Diane Sawyer was so overcome in the mass-murderer’s and warmonger’s presence that she rushed up, broke into that toothy smile of hers, wrapped her arms around Castro and gave him a warm smooch on the cheek.
“You people are the cream of the crop!” beamed the Stalinist/terrorist to the smiling Manhattanite throng he’d come within a hair of nuking.
“Hear, hear!” chirped the delighted Manhattanite guests, while tinkling their wine glasses in honor of the smirking agent of their near vaporization.
“Humberto’s a pretty cool guy!” (Dennis Miller)
The story of Armando Valladares and his incredible courage is one that can never be told enough.
The Dictator and the Dissident
Armando Valladares’s story says more about Fidel Castro than any obituary could.
It’s a part of the Fidel Castro story Michael Moore and Sean Penn won’t tell, or don’t know. It’s a story you certainly didn’t hear from the media as they endlessly opined about Castro’s “complicated” legacy. But it reveals so much more about the dictator than they ever could.
The year was 1959. Castro, a young revolutionary, had seized Cuba’s imagination with talk of democracy and a new vision for its people. It didn’t take long, however, for one follower to discover Castro’s true nature, and for Castro to run up against the limits of his own earthly power.
Armando Valladares may not have been the first man to challenge the Cuban dictator, but he eventually became the best known.
By his own account, the young Valladares was an early supporter of Castro’s revolution, taking a job in the Office of the Ministry of Communications for the Revolutionary Government, where he worked as a postal clerk. But all of that changed when he was asked to put a communist slogan on his desk. It comprised three simple words: “I’m with Fidel.” He refused.
A young artist and poet who also happened to be a Christian, Valladares understood the meaning of the request. What he did not know, and could not know, was how far his own government would go to bend him to its will. Soon after his refusal to comply, Valladares was arrested by political police at his parents’ home. Faced with trumped up charges of terrorism — a favorite tactic of the Castro regime for silencing dissent — he was given a 30-year sentence.
Valladares would spend time in different prison camps for the next 22 years. The first, La Cabaña, forged some of the very worst memories. “Each night, the firing squad executed scores of men in its trenches,” he told the Becket Fund, which last year honored him with its Canterbury Prize, given annually to a person who embodies an unfailing commitment to religious freedom. “We could hear each phase of the executions, and during this time, these young men — patriots — would die shouting ‘Long live Christ, the King. Down with Communism!’ And then you would hear the gunshots. Every night there were shootings. Every night. Every night. Every night.”
Years passed, and the communists fixated on enrolling prisoners in reeducation programs. Valladares, still early in his sentence, was offered the chance at “political rehabilitation” but refused to comply. He was sent to an even more brutal prison, and the government ramped up its efforts to break his spirit.
“I spent eight years locked in a blackout cell, without sunlight or even artificial light. I never left. I was stuck in a cell, ten feet long, four feet wide, with a hole in the corner to take care of my bodily needs. No running water. Naked. Eight years,” Valladares recalled. “All of the torture, all of the violations of human rights, had one goal: break the prisoner’s resistance and make them accept political rehabilitation. That was their only objective.”
After nearly a decade, prison officials adjusted their terms. If Armando would simply sign a document renouncing his beliefs and embracing Communism, he could return to his family. The choice was simple: physical freedom or spiritual liberty.
“For many people, it wasn’t practical to resist. Better to sign the paper and leave,” Valladares said. “But for me, signing that paper would have been spiritual suicide.”
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Zoé Valdés on the Most Terrible Things About Life Under Castro
The legendary Cuban writer who was exiled to Paris will shed no tears for the late dictator, and has slim hope for her home island’s future.
PARIS — The moment exiled Cuban novelist and poet Zoé Valdés learned of Fidel Castro’s death last Saturday she felt ecstatic, and draped a Cuban flag from the window of her apartment overlooking the Seine.
“I was joyous,” she told The Daily Beast during an interview at her home in Paris. However, her euphoria was short-lived.
“Immediately afterwards I began to remember all the people who died in exile, as well as all of the people he murdered,” she said. “And then my thoughts turned to his victims.”
She specifically names fellow Cuban artists, including writer and activist Lydia Cabrera, who died in exile in Miami in 1991, as well as singer Celia Cruz, often referred to as the “Queen of Salsa,” who died more than a decade ago in New Jersey. She thought also of her late parents who never returned to Cuba. Her father, she added, was jailed for five years under the Castro regime before fleeing the country.
The author of over 20 novels and the winner of the prestigious Azorín Prize for Fiction, Valdés was born in 1959, the same year Castro came to power. She relocated to Paris in 1995 following the publication of her debut novel, La nada cotidiana (published in English in 1999 as Yocandra in the Paradise of Nada), a sad, humorous, and sexually frank tale of a young woman in revolutionary Cuba. Castro, unsurprisingly, was none-too-pleased with her candid account of life under the regime, and Valdés was sentenced to exile. She has lived in the French capital ever since.
Valdés has a warm smile, dark hair, and bright eyes. She is 57 years old, but looks younger than her years. She was wearing Ugg-type boots inside, which I thought was funny and charming. There’s a trace of melancholy in her voice when she recalls, in heavily accented French, her early memories of Havana. This tranquil demeanor belies her reputation as one of the Castro regime’s most outspoken critics, whose novels are known for their emotional intensity and highly graphic sex scenes. We chatted in her spacious living room with classic bohemian touches, from the garnet-hued drapes framing the tall windows, to the haphazard stacks of paperbacks on the floor. A corpulent calico cat dozed nearby on a red Persian carpet.
Valdés never knew pre-Castro Cuba, but she told The Daily Beast that she was about six years old the first time she sensed something amiss in her country.
“My family told me, ‘You must not repeat at school what you hear at home about Castro,'” she recalled. “And it was something that really left an impression on me because at home my mother and grandmother were against Castro, but at school everything that I heard was pro-Castro. So from a very early age I was taught two opposing ways of speaking and two opposing value systems.”
“I learned that if I thought differently (from the government’s party line) I was not to say it or to express it, and to be discreet,” she added.
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14ymedio, Pedro Campos, Miami, 3 December 2016 – Genius and figure to the grave, the boy born in Birán, who led an armed Revolution from the Sierra Maestra and governed Cuba for almost 60 years from Havana, wanted his ashes placed for eternity in Santiago de Cuba, near to the tomb of José Martí, in the Santa Ifigenia cemetery.
This could become one of the most controversial of all Fidel Castro’s decisions made throughout his life, for a simple reason: When we need equanimity and closeness between all Cubans, this could stimulate more divisions, given that the figure of Martí is ecumenical, while that of Fidel is divisive and, for many, a figure of conflict.
The location of the remains of the former president near to those of Martí is already being taken as a provocation by an important share of Cubans, and it is possible that some may not rest until they see them well away from those of Martí.
There are sad precedents in our history. Suffice it to recall the consequences of an alleged desecration of the tomb* of Don Gonzalo de Castañón in colonial times or disturbances during the armed and outrageous attack during the reception of the ashes of Mella in the Republic in 1933. Those events generated great confrontation among Cubans and left enduring marks.
The choice of this place, in addition to being controversial, will demand an enormous security effort and a substantial cost in resources and measures to guarantee the protection of the ashes. Given the foreseeable threats, a broad deployment of surveillance may be necessary, with a great number of professionals and technically sophisticated measures, because the ways in which people will attempt to remove the remains from there could be wide-ranging.
The personal security of Fidel Castro does not rest with his death. To avoid future complications, it might be suggested to the government of his brother that his remains rest only a few days in Santa Ifigena and then be taken to a less controversial place, where they can be honored by his admirers without causing litigation as, for example, the Sierra Maestra, symbol of the struggle, perhaps on Pico Turquino itself, the highest peak in Cuba, where there is a bust of Martí placed by Celia Sanchez, the unforgettable combatant close to Fidel.
Something like the general president thought of for himself, on the 2nd Front.
That might be a wise decision by Raul Castro’s government and an important contribution to the future reunification and peace of the Cuban homeland, for which Martí will always be the Apostle, founder of the nation, and shelter of all its children, while Fidel Castro is considered only by his followers as the most distinguished of his successors.
*Translator’s note: In 1871 eight medical students were executed after having been purposely but falsely accused of desecrating the tomb of this Spanish journalist.
Castro and Human Dignity
Five or six prisoners would be confined for days in very narrow 6-foot-long cells.
Notwithstanding the celebrations in the streets of Miami, the most widespread reaction among Cubans—at home and abroad—to the demise of Fidel Castro seems to be relief. One of the great narcissists of all time, father of nearly 60 years of national torment, has returned to dust. That alone is consolation.
Castro left a once-prosperous and promising land in dire poverty. But his legacy is far worse than the material ruin of a nation. His insatiable appetite for absolute power was manifest in an obsession with hunting down every last nonconformist, stripping away the human dignity of the population.
This reality is worth revisiting as the world offers retrospectives on Castro’s life, almost always adding that the tyrant gave Cuba great health care. If it were true it could not justify his brutality. And it is not true, as we learned in 2007 when Cuban doctors botched his treatment for diverticulitis and a Spanish specialist had to be flown in to save him. The truth is that the regime doesn’t give a fig about human life.
Castro thrived on a maniacal ambition to possess and dominate the Cuban soul, and nowhere are the consequences more visible than in the country’s sky-high abortion rates. In a Nov. 22 story for the news website CUBANET, independent journalist Eliseo Matos cited an abortion study by Cuban doctors Luisa Álvarez Vásquez and Nelli Salomón Avich. They found that since 1980, one-third of all Cuban pregnancies have been terminated.
Equally troubling, abortion rates are high among adolescents and often mandated by the state. You don’t have to be religious to see this as a national existential crisis—the reflection of a society struggling against nihilism.
This didn’t happen overnight. It is the output of decades of living under a dictatorship that demands nothing less than total surrender to the will of one person. In a 1986 interview with the Los Angeles Times, Armando Valladares, who was a Castro prisoner for 22 years, described the regime’s use of the “drawer cells” in its dungeons. Five or six prisoners would be confined, for days, in these very narrow, 6-foot-long spaces. “They had to sit with their knees against their body. There was no room to move; prisoners had to urinate and defecate right there,” Mr. Valladares explained.
All torture was used “to break the prisoner’s resistance,” Mr. Valladares said. If a prisoner said “he had been wrong, if he denied his religious beliefs, saying they were from the obscure ages, and if he admitted that he now understood that communism was the solution to mankind’s problems and he wanted to have the opportunity to re-enter the new communist society, then he could escape the cell and be put in a re-education farm.”
There could be no higher power, no one revered more than Fidel. God was a problem so priests and nuns were imprisoned and exiled, religion was outlawed and the regime did all it could to destroy the Cuban family.
Fidel’s tomb is a puzzle of sorts, a symbol that invites decoding.
As is the case with all symbols, the tomb can have an infinite number of meanings.
No doubt about it, the tastefulness of the object is highly questionable, but as the Latin saying has it, de gustibus non disputandum (rough translation: it’s pointless to argue about taste).
Fidel was a master of bad taste throughout his life, however, a “chusma” to the core. The same is true of all of the Castro clan.
Urban Dictionary defines “chusma” as follows:
“Originates from Cuban Spanish. Refers to a “lowlife”, a cheazy (cheap & sleazy) person, someone with little or no class who often dresses the part, as well – using big, gaudy, overly showy clothing & accessories.”
Fidel’s showy clothing and accessories were his military uniform and medals. Raul has always copied his big brother’s sartorial gaudiness.
So, anyway, take a look at the monstrosity that was designed for Fidel’s ashes. Stare at it for a while. See what it suggests to you.
I don’t know about you, but the very first interpretation that popped out as most obvious to me was that of an instrument of repression, something that symbolizes how he crushed the Cuban people.
Maybe that is why they planted a hedge along the botttom of the boulder, to hide the image of the Cuban people that could be visualized underneath.
I also immediately thought of the giant rolling boulder in “Raiders of the Lost Ark”:
I also thought of the monolith in the film “2001, A Space Odyssey”… especially of the first scene, where hairy hominids gather around it.
What happens next, after the hominids touch it, is that they start to kill each other.
Yes, that seems like a proper interpretation, for that is exactly what happened in Cuba when Fidel showed up.
Of course, the blankness of Fidel’s mortuary boulder invites creativity too: it’s too much like a blank canvas, asking for paint.
So, maybe El Sexto or some other daring graffiti artist can sneak in while the guards are sleeping and put a proper face on it.
Maybe something like this:
Oh, but the acolytes and sycophants will keep streaming to this obscene monument, no matter what.
And you can be sure that this Wonder of the World will be added to every people-to-people tour, and maybe even replace Che’s mausoleum as a required stop.
The idolaters who were there yesterday seem unfazed by the moral ugliness of Fidel. In fact, they were all attracted to it. So why shouldn’t they also be attracted to the ugliness of his killer boulder?
On the plus side: maybe Fidel will start a trend among despots. Robert Mugabe (center, below) looks as if he’s thinking of copying the design for his own tomb.
Cuba’s communist dictatorship rules in the same repressive and murderous fashion as Stalin did in the Soviet Union and the Kim family dictatorship continues to do so in North Korea. It is then no surprise the Castro regime also demands its enslaved citizens to mourn the death of their tyrannical leader in the same manner.
Castro’s departure in Cuba reminiscent of Russia’s Stalin and North Korea’s Kim il Jong
Castroism like its North Korean counterpart is Stalinism light
Cuba under the Castro brothers is not only a communist dictatorship that systematically violates human rights, threatens world peace but Castroism also maintains its Stalinist characteristic regarding the death of a tyrant. Those who are not actively mourning the dictator’s death are being subjected to violent beatings, arrests and the threats of lengthy prison terms.
Crowds passing by in tears for Fidel Castro today as other crowds in the same manner paid their respects to Soviet tyrant Josef Stalin in 1953 and Kim il Jong in North Korea in 2011. These are examples of how totalitarianism operates and is still present in the world today with both North Korea and Cuba being high profile examples.
In 2012 reports appeared that North Koreans who did not mourn sufficiently the passing of the great leader were sent to forced labor camps. Today in Cuba reports arrive of a Cuban medical doctor and dissident, Eduardo Cardet, badly beaten and jailed by secret police for speaking critically of Fidel Castro and he has been threatened with a 15 year prison sentence. Other cases are emerging but one must also recall that in Cuba there is no free press and this type of news is difficult to come by.
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There are millions of stories that describe the pain, anguish, and misery of life in Castro’s Cuba. Some of them have been told, but the vast majority of them remain secret and untold. Nevertheless, although each sad and painful tale is unique to the individual, they all share a common villain: Fidel Castro.
Hundreds in Miami honor those who died under Fidel Castro’s dictatorship
The name of José Andrés Rodríguez Terrero is etched onto a small square, one of thousands lining the black marble walls of the Cuban Memorial honoring martyrs of the Cuban regime.
Rodríguez Terrero’s brother, José Oscar, pointed proudly to the black square at Tamiami Park bearing José Andrés’ name, noting that he had been executed by a firing squad on Jan. 23, 1963, after being captured during a guerrilla uprising against Fidel Castro in eastern Cuba two years earlier.
José Oscar was one of the more than 300 Cuban exiles on Sunday who honored people like his brother, José Andrés, during an emotional ceremony at the Cuban Memorial. The ceremony recognized those who were executed, or rafters who fled the island and drowned while trying to escape. Also honored were exiles like four members of Brothers to the Rescue whose small planes were shot down by a Cuban MiG in 1996.
The ceremony, organized by the Assembly of Cuban Resistance and other exile groups, was meant to convey the message that Castro’s real legacy was the thousands of people killed after he seized power in Cuba.
It took place only a few hours after the ashes of Castro, who was 90, were deposited into a crypt in a cemetery in Santiago de Cuba — nine days after he died and was cremated in Havana.
About 10,000 names are etched onto the black marble squares at the memorial, but one of the organizers of Sunday’s event, Sylvia Iriondo, said the total number of victims far exceeds that number.
“We are here gathered at the monument of the Cuban Memorial to honor the martyrs and victims of dictator Fidel Castro and the Castro tyranny,” said Iriondo, president of the group MAR for Cuba, which stands in Spanish for Mothers and Women Against Repression. “In this sacrosanct site are the names of who died and offered their lives for freedom or in search of freedom. This is the legacy of dictator Fidel Castro.”
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Award-winning author, journalist, and our good friend, Rick Robinson, has shared some pictures he took today at the Victims of Communism event in memory of the victims of Cuba’s communist Castro dictatorship.
“Fidel’s death is a symbol of the hope of change in Cuba.” Rev Mario Felix Lleonard, Santa Clara, Cuba
“Tell Raul there is a day coming when there will be a free Cuba. Viva Cuba Libre.” Dr. Lee Edwards, Ph.D., Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation
What sane person would gladly suffer some fool of a professor, pundit or celebrity singing the praises of East Germany for it’s “social advances?” Even (sincere) liberals would cringe or scoff at such a jackass or scoundrel. The Berlin Wall and the Butcher’s Bill of German’s who died trying to escape by crossing it is all the proof most people (of good faith) need as proof that communist East Germany was a terrible place.
Fine. Then why don’t all people of good faith cringe and scoff at all the jackasses and Castro agents (not the same thing) who hail Cuba’s social advances?..after all: OVER TWENTY TIMES as many people have died trying to escape Castro’s Cuba as died trying to escape East Germany over the Berlin Wall. (Thorough documentation for this horrifying datum here.)
(That’s America’s beloved Jack Lemmon top right , btw–Le ZZZUMBA!)
“Absolutely devastating. An enlightening and shocking read you’ll never forget.” (David Limbaugh on Fidel; Hollywood’s Favorite Tyrant.)
“In his latest book my American warrior blood-brother Humberto Fontova once again performs the ultimate we the people duty of spotlighting cockroaches for a better America!” (Ted Nugent)