Wednesday, December 27, 2006
hmmm...quiet this morning. Hello Mick and everyone.
Saw The Good Shepard last night...3 hours long, extremely slow, Matt Damon must have been directed to not show any emotion at all...some interesting parts, but overall...I should have gone to see Rocky.
(re: last post and comments) No matter how many times I see Rocky I, I always shed tears of joy...or sadness...or both. I agree with both Luna and Mick at times...but have to say, I prefer Luna’s perspective.Posted by JOS from Chicago on 12/27 at 11:22 AM
It seems to me that Castro was “on the button” with his speech to the United Nations. Hope the great man recovers from his recent illness.Posted by Seamus Ryan from Ireland on 12/27 at 02:57 PM
Hi JOS, Mickey, and Seamus
Yes, Castro is a living legend. Too many forget his accomplishments, such as his offer to send doctors over here to help Katrina victims. Our government, refused the offer and then tried to keep the whole thing covered up....just like they are covering up the fact that many here in the northeast are receiving foreign aid from Hugo Chavez right now. The whole world needs to know that the Empire (except for the military) has collapsed and is receiving hand-outs from Venezuela.Posted by RMJ from Churchill 4 Prez Hdqts on 12/27 at 03:07 PM
Here’s a link. I am again asking for your vote. It is just a little fun thing that helps counteract some of the vicious attacks. The log on process is easy, if you have a minute to vote.Posted by RMJ from Churchill 4 Prez Hdqts on 12/27 at 03:20 PM
You got my vote.
10 votes and an early lead...go RMJ!Posted by JOS from Chicago on 12/27 at 03:47 PM
Thanks, JOS. I am ahead of Dean, that’s all that counts.Posted by RMJ from Churchill 4 Prez Hdqts on 12/27 at 04:44 PM
‘That’s all, folks’ - and that is quite a statement from Fidel Castro. Thanks for posting it, Mickey! Hope you have a pleasant stay in Texas.
Hi, JOS, Seamus Ryan and Rosemarie from a still cool Daylesford. You get my vote as well, Rosemarie.
Be well, all of you.Posted by Helga Fremlin from Daylesford, Australia on 12/27 at 05:33 PM
I’m not trying to piss anyone off here. I just want clarity. I have never understood the love for Castro that is shown on this and other sites. He holds political prisoners and has outlawed anyone speaking out against his government. He is responsible for the deaths of thousands of people. Thousands more are willing to flee Cuba on makeshift boats and rafts at the risk of their own lives. His pampered star athletes even flee from him at the risk of death. I know you like the fact that he is a socialist and he pays a lot of lip service to the poor(even though his own personal wealth was once estimated to be around 500 million)but how can you practically worship this man the way you do?Posted by David from Louisville KY on 12/27 at 05:34 PM
David...nobody is perfect!
Also, nobody deserves to be worshiped but my view is a bit different from yours. Back in the 60s, during the big migration from Cuba to the Miami area, I worked with many of the Cubans who came to this country. Those with whom I worked were professionals, mostly engineers. I will never forget how shocked they were at the pay scale in the usa. They were shocked at the big wage gap among the workers in this country. That is just one small observation that showed me how the distribution of wealth in Cuba was a lot more fair. The workers are treated better in Cuba. The health care system is better. The infant mortality rate is better. The educational system is better. Literacy rates are higher. And in Cuba, people can even get a Dentist, unlike some places in the usa. Castro and Cuba are not perfect but they are a lot better than many others that could be used as a comparison. Also, Castro has NOT just slaughtered 650,000 innocent, unarmed civilians.Posted by RMJ from Churchill 4 Prez Hdqts on 12/27 at 06:01 PM
Hello my friends. Only time for a quick comment but I wanted RMJ to know I voted for her. Also, David, let me clarify: I do not worship Castro (or anyone). In fact, I found it interesting to post today’s quote precisely because of the paradox. The words are powerful—and, I feel, accurate—yet Castro himself has acted in a way to contribute to some of the problems he cites. Further proof that the messenger counts far less than the message.Posted by Mickey Z. from Dubya Land on 12/27 at 09:13 PM
The media in this country are unwilling and perhaps unable to provide an accurate assessment of life under Castro so whatever opinion I might be able to formulate of his regime is going to be flawed due to a lack of precise and unbiased information.
And at times like this I wonder how Cuba how might have turned out had we not tried to strangle from birth. Perhaps after the Missile Crisis if we had just left them alone and not tried to sabotage every effort they made at creating their own society, things might have turned out a whole lot different.
But in this speech, the man is spot on. The Consumer Culture/Society is a long term threat to almost every living creature on the planet.Posted by The CultureGhost from Concord CA on 12/28 at 03:42 AM