Thursday, July 31, 2008

La Babosa Azul: high fidelity!

This is the second album by La Babosa Azul, the alternative band led by Ciro the already famous guitar player for Porno Para Ricardo....
The album is "Cuando Amanezca el Dia" and y'all will soon read a review of it....
Rock on!
As in the Beatles' "Abbey Road - Let it Be" case, the order of the second and first album gets inverted in the release.... because.... we are making Fidel & Raul go CRAZY!!!!
Ciro and the band are releasing this album free for all their fans, so enjoy it as it was first heard in the Black Sheep of Exile!

In the best punk tradition, you must download the album and the covers, and build your own album out of those pieces.... Sooner than later, we are going to release Ciro's first album at CubaUnderground.com, and it's just a question of time to get the material from Porno Para Ricardo and release their fourth album!

Monday, July 28, 2008

What title can this have?

None.

I have learnt, sadly, that columnist Bob Novak is suffering from a brain tumor. He felt bad while visiting his daughter in Cape Cod and was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

Bob said that he will suspend his journalistic work for an indefinite period of time, and that with the favor of God that period of time should not be too lenghty.
At this point, Bob is in an intensive care unit, but he is alert and talking, and fully aware of his status.

I firmly believe that he was having an episode when he was involved in an accident the other day, and as I said, if I were him I would not be driving.... The tumor is not affecting his faculties, as far as we know at this point.

Our prayers are with Bob and his family, and our wish is that Bob, a friend of Cuban freedom, recovers fast so he can keep on writing.

Bob, cats have nine lives.
And you're a cool cat and you know what I mean.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Why I didn't dissect raul castro's speech.

In four words: because he was drunk.
Didn't you notice it?

hoy como ayer:

He skirts and dances around the issue....

Haven't you read this ad nauseaum in KillCastro and the Black Sheep of Exile?
Columnist Andres Oppenheimer discovers what we have been saying in public since the inception of our two blogs. He still harbors some doubts about the reasons of Mexico cozying up to Raul Castro.
And he skirts and dances around the "South Florida" part of it all....
Why?
Apparently he doesn't want to poke the wasp nest, close to home.
Whatever happened to the courage of the reporters of yesteryear?

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Ein Volk, Ein Reich, Ein Führer! (Light)

(shamelessly lifted from Ms Calabaza's patch)
This is what this poster looks like; plain old Nazi propaganda.
Which in turn, looked like plain old Soviet propaganda posters, just to close the circle.
The presidential seal was also "altered" by the propaganda komissars in another instance, to make Obama look more powerful than he already is, and to send a subliminal blast with an image that would be close of that of him perched on the presidential podium. The words "Vero Possumus", floating over the eagle, are the translation into Latin of "yes, we can". To me, it sounds as if the real Obama is playing 'possum all along, and then the monster will wake up once the man is in office. True Opossum.

When a propaganda komissar resorts to this tricks we are not facing good times.
My prediction: some white doves are to come. And we all know what happens with this kind of politicos and white doves.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Insulting the injured....

The Obamamessiah stood up the wounded GIs in the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, in Germany. Too much trouble for him to go and shake the hands of the American soldiers who have been wounded in combat. He might as well spit in the face of a veteran now. That's what he did.
Instead, he boarded a plane to France, to have a chat with Sarkozy. I hope Carla Bruni, who is very outspoken asked him where was his wife.
For some reason B'rack Hussein Obama feels that he is above the real heroes of this country. He insulted the men and women who have been proud of their country all their lives, who have not hesitated in defending the flag that he does not salute, and who have come this close to make the ultimate sacrifice.
Don't tell me that I didn't tell you who this man is.
Don't tell me that I didn't tell me that he despises our armed forces.
Don't tell me that he doesn't give a shit about the United States of America, and don't tell me that I didn't tell you that y'all will have a rude awakening if you think that he will ever move a finger to help the cause of a free Cuba.

From the ground, in Afghanistan

What can I write, besides what this soldier says?
This is what he witnessed in Afghanistan, during the visit of the Obamamessiah.
Don't tell me that you didn't know who this guy was....

"Hello everyone,
As you know I am not a very political person. I just wanted to pass along that Senator Obama came to Bagram Afghanistan for about an hour on his visit to 'The War Zone'. I wanted to share with you what happened.

He got off the plane and got into a bullet proof vehicle, got to the area to meet with the Major General (2 Star) who is the commander here at Bagram.

As the Soldiers where lined up to shake his hand he blew them off and didn't say a word as he went into the conference room to meet the General. As he finished, the vehicles took him to the ClamShell (pretty much a big top tent that military personnel can play basketball or work out in with weights) so he could take his publicity pictures playing basketball. He again shunned the opportunity to talk to Soldiers to thank them for their service.

So really he was just here to make a showing for the American's back home that he is their candidate for President. I think that if you are going to make an effort to come all the way over here you would thank those that are providing the freedom that they are providing for you.

I swear we got more thanks from the NBA Basketball Players or the Dallas Cowboy Cheer leaders than from one of the Senators, who wants to be the President of the United States. I just don't understand how anyone would want him to be our commander-in-Chief. It was almost that he was scared to be around those that provide the freedom for him and our great country.

If this is blunt and to the point I am sorry but I wanted you all to know what kind of caliber of person he really is. What you see in the news is all fake.

In service,
CPT Jeffrey S. Porter
Battle Captain
TF Wasatch
American Soldier"

Have they forgotten?


They probably did.
Because thay cannot be so ignorant that they don't know that the most powerful "ghost" position in American politics is the one of "speech-writer".

The Obamunistas are all in awe repeating how great the speech by the Obamamessiah in Berlin was. Better than Kennedy. Better than Reagan. They say. Maybe the teleprompter was real good German engineering and Obama can read very well. But what you heard was the ideological banter of his handlers and not his own philosophy, because the guy is just a sonic political boombox.

Not that I expect anything different in a John McCain's speech.
American politicians of a certain level don't speak their minds that freely. Thanks God for the speech-writers. Otherwise the amount of fumblegoogledeegook that we would be ear fed would amount to acoustic poisoning.

Reagan was a great communicator, and so was Bill Clinton.
The speeches came from others' pens.
They were no Churchills.
Let alone that functional illiterate, Kennedy, who is responsible for the cheapening of the political speech in this country. Compare his rhetoric with that of his predecessors and you will see when slang started permeating the political discourse. Populism?
Yes.
Cult of personality?
Yes.
Too bad that he was a New England elitist with very little personality and many complexes.

Anyways, I was talking about Obama.
What can I tell you, snake oil salesman did better, historically speaking, because at least their speech was their own.

Don't turn off that teleprompter, because he will call inhalers breathalizers (maybe thinking of his own DUI experiences?) or will call for Arabic translators in Afghanistan -Pashtun or Dari, plus many dialects dear Obby. He heard the familiar Arabic call for prayer coming from the mosque minaret and he thought, oh my, this folks speak Arabic!

Now, tell me one thing....
Does one gain "presidential level foreign policy experience" just because of a trip (wife safely stayed home, not to offend the Imams) to the Middle East and Europe? Where's the foreign policy work he has done?

But well, people keep believing that he's gonna walk over water.
Don't tell me that I didn't try to open your eyes.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

liberal magazine editors of the world, unite!


I thought that different publications compete for the attention -and the money- of the readers, but.... among liberal magazines, they show one another solidarity.
Yes, in a very socialistic way.
One liberal magazine express his solidarity, drawing a cartoon of.... not the same candidate, but of his opponent!
That's the reasoning behind this cartoon that graces the cover of Vanity Fair
To me, that so called solidarity, would have been best expressed by ripping the Muslim garments off the very Obamamessiah's body, as well. For some reason, they choose McCain to express that solidarity, apparently bugged by the lack of response of McCain to other cartoons. They need to understand that he's only sporting some showmanship and grace by not getting irked by those cartoons. He knows that a presidential candidate and also a president are fair game and targets.

It's not Chappaquidick!

Some liberal bloggers and journos have been making a lot of noise for Bob Novak hitting a pedestrian in downtown Washington DC and allegedly running away, without any further proof of that. The pedestrian was treated and released at the G.W. University Hospital, and Bob Novak was fined. One is doing fine, the other got a fine, understood?

He didn't kill a person, but the accusations leveled against him look like he did it intentionally and that he ran away. He claims he didn't see the pedestrian, which only tells me that if I were him I would just not drive anymore. He was stopped, told of what happened, and he didn't try to evade responsibility. Apparently, that's not good enough in this town.

Now, the press in Washington DC would like to see Novak tarred and feathered, they are even digging up that in the past he yelled at a jaywalker, and as you well know those things make you into an aggressive driver, a heretic killer, a monster, and a son of a gun (hey, my name for that is "PROFESSIONAL ENVY")

Interestingly enough, nobody is citing the testimony of the pedestrian, or what Bob Novak has to say about this. All the testimonies cited by the press are by people who hate Novak, which is not a great way to render justice. They could not find a witness that didn't hate Novak.

Now, those who haven't yelled or cursed at a fellow driver or pedestrian, cast the first stone!

Old McCain had a farm....


Well, I've been really critical of the thin skin of the liberals, they cannot take a joke about Obama -after all, the idol of liberalism, el cheo huevera, was anything but funny. The guy was a pathetic loser with no sense of humor, and even the supposedly funny liberals can take jokes very well. See all the losers from that corruption laden Air America.
Just imagine if this cartoon had been drawn against an aging lib, for example Ted Kennedy. Never mind his personal history, or actually, mind it and compare it to McCain's personal history.
The cartoonist would have been called all sort of names, and libernazis would be all over him or her.
We laugh it off, and say: "next".
Oh well....

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Can I have some hot sauce with it?

I am talking about those deliciously deep fried crow wings that I am having.
Frankly, I didn't expect to see this in my lifetime:
Al Sharpton leading a rally this morning in front of the spy nest that is the Cuban Mission to the United Nations in the middle of New York and lenging his voice to the "Afro-Cuban prisoners of conscience". Ok, he should have extended it to cover all prisoners regardless of race....

This is a welcome development, nonetheless, and I thank Al Sharpton for this.
He particularly pressed for Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet and Jorge Luis Garcia Perez "Antunez" who has been detained and harrassed in several opportunities after his release from prison.

Rev. Sharpton spoke last night to Antunez and he conveyed a very complete message about the plight of the political prisoners and his less than ideal conditions of life in Cuba, where he survives under constant surveillance.

Rev. Sharpton led the charge and pressed the case of Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet, in particular.

I am glad that this day finally came. In our blogs we have always asked where were the black leaders in regards to the suffering of Cubans (blacks, white, Chinese, and all the possible combinations), this is a message of hope for the Cuban people, and the American people will have a newly open window into the lives of regular Cubans, thanks to this coordinated action.

Also, Elsa Morejon sent a letter to Reverend Sharpton thanking him for defending her husband. I would like to add that now the American Black community will have the opportunity to know what means to be Cuban in Cuba, and specially, what means to be an independent thinker in Cuba WHILE black. The rest of the leadership of the Black community should take a clue from Reverend Al Sharpton and rectify their position for once.

Cubans of all races are victims of a fascist tyranny, and of course, they are victims of institutionalized racism maintained by the Castro regime.

Doubts and certitudes

I doubted that I would devote myself to chronicle the trips of Obama.
I have the certitude that I am not really doing it.
Obama doubts about visiting the Wailing Wall. If he goes, well, it will have the same degree of honesty and authenticity than when Carlos Santana kissed those stones. Zilch.
What he is certain about is that he will visit Gaza, where he will enjoy the company of his newly founded army of body guards, the Al-Aqsa Brigade, an "organization" that has been internationally recognized as -what they are- terrorists.
This is his litmus test.
If the Jenizars of the Palestinan Authority do not kidnap him, then it will mean that he's seen as a Muslim leader with a similar philosophy by that corps, which actually has kidnapped the Palestinian population at large under their reign of terror.
If they do kidnap him, then we can be sure he is a Christian. And for them, a Christian and a Jew are worth nothing. Just ask the Christians and the Jews in Bethlehem and Jerusalem.
Let's see how it plays out.
I can tell you that Obama will be all smiles in his return trip.

Bonus:
Yes, the Obama campaign has asked for permission to use the Gate of Brandenburg as a background for a rally.
C'mon, be understanding, he's trying to channel Kennedy and Reagan. He will say "I am a hamburger!"

Monday, July 21, 2008

Don't you have any questions?

On why the Messiah B'rack Hussein Obama El Hajji's trip to Afghanistan, his trip to Iraq, and his European séjour are so well covered by the press versus similar trips by John McCain?
A year ago, John McCain was in Iraq.
Not a lot of printing press noises or camera hums about that.
In March, or May, I just don't remember, he called for a joint trip to Iraq with B'rack Hussein Obama. The Obamunistas called it a campaign stunt, and the press obliged by repeating the phrase two or three times, before they buried the story.
Let's face it, boys and gals, Obama took this trip now, barely four months before the general election with a carefully written script of no political weight whatsoever, and only when he was pressed by his counterpart.
Maybe he didn't offend the wonderful Muslims of that area.
The worst part is that people still believe that he is presidential material.
For a Muslim country, maybe.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Sepultura

Brazilian thrash and death metal outfit, Sepultura, played two shows in Cuba.
The first show was in Havana, on July 18 at the "anti imperialistic" tribune (the front yard of the de facto American Embassy), and today they played Santa Clara by the che guevara memorial.
The concerts were organized by the official Cuban Agency of Rock and the Young Communist League, and Gorki covered it for us.

Gorki: Hey Charlie, que tal!
CB: Aqui ¿qué me cuentas?

Gorki: Nada, fuí el viernes a ver a Sepultura, ya tu sabes, la oficialista Agencia del Rock y la Juventud lo organizaron y bueno, es una referencia para ese tipo de rock, y hay que verlo, a pesar de que fue en la asquerososísima y vomitiva tribuna antimperialista.
CB: wow, que asco!

Gorki: como sabes, desde que los Calavera no estan con Sepultura, es como si Sepultura no fuera la misma banda. No es que me guste ese tipo de rock, pero la gente -rockera o no- fue para allá a verlos.
CB: Me lo imagino, hay unas cuantas bandas cubanas que suenan como ellos, como Escape.

Gorki: Y tambien los reyes de la chivatería, Tendencia, suenan como ellos, los copian a la cara.
CB: Esa es la diferencia entre ustedes y esos tipos, la creatividad y la respuesta al ambiente de represión, mientras ellos se integran al oficialismo.... ¿cómo estuvo el ambiente?

Gorki: ya te imaginas, ni una cerveza que tomarse, los kioskos se quedaron sin nada en un minuto, la ciudad estaba militarmente tomada, con el ejercito y los policías invadiendo todo el Vedado. Y claro, segun los "organizadores" uno tiene que agradecer mucho todo esto, a cambio de vivir con miedo y represión, se puede "disfrutar" a Sepultura.....
CB: Cuando ya no son famosos....

Gorki: Claro, cuando ya no son famosos....
CB: Desde que se fueron Igor y Max Calavera no valen un medio, ellos tienen ahora Calavera Conspiracy, que no me gusta.

Gorki: a mi tampoco, que quieres que te diga, pero que Sepultura en cualquier tipo de formacion aparezca por aca es algo....
Hay que verlos para tener la referencia.
CB: ¿y cómo se comparan los piquetes cubanos que hacen ese tipo de música con ellos?

Gorki: tanto Escape como Combat Noise, esas bandas de la escena underground de por acá son mejores.
CB: En esa categoria me parecen buenísimas esas bandas, son lo mejor que hay por allá en el thrash y el death metal. Gracias Gorki, por contarnos todo esto.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

McVolt


Presidential hopeful John McCain is not only commanding in the town hall meeting field, but he's taking the job of promoting the Chevrolet Volt as his own.
When Al "Gas Bag" Gore calls both candidates to run in an "environmentally friendly platform", Mac is about doing, without the prodding of Al, and Obama is just stuck in first gear. As with all things Obama, there's no clear commitment or clear bill of intentions here. Ironically, Al Gore's own bête noire, W, is more ecologically responsible than Mr. Nobel prize himself. I do not believe that the combined consumption of energy of both the McCain and the Obama households combined can even compare to the ever growing energy needs of Mr. Gore's.
McCain becomes McVolt also for prodding Obama to take a long overdue trip to the Middle East -as in "algid region"- and to Europe and Latin America, as points of interest of American foreign policy. A few volts up Obama's hind quarters prompted him to move over and take a trip, showcasing his poor oratorial skills to the men and women who are in the front lines. They know one thing or two about leadership, and they won't be fooled by Mr. Teleprompter.
In the meantime, the Stateside political brahmins of the Democratic Party (to me a democratic party was a big bang celebration with a good band where everybody was invited and food and drink was free, not even Woodstock would quilify!) are speeding up their designs to demonize McCain and to present Obama as McAbel. For that, well.... they are recruiting bands and offering all the invitees free food and free drinks, better than Woodstock, and with much more mudslinging.
I have just one piece of advise for Obama.
The excitement can be great, but do not dive into the mosh pit.
Because once you're airborne, you will notice that the crowd is rapidly receding and before you know it, you will land face first in the muddy floor.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Thin skinned

Remember when B'rack Hussein Obama's staffers shooed the Muslim women out the cameras viewfinders?
Remember how B'rack Hussein Obama has said that the accurately drawn cover of the New Yorker offends the very good Muslims of this country? (is he a Christian or a Muslim in disguise?)

It has transpired that his wife is poised to have a "minor" role...
Doesn't it smell of Islamic segregation of women to "minor" roles?
It reeks a funk that is very similar to the Sharia Law stench.
Because none of you know what the first lady of Iran looks like, don't you?
Not that you know what the Afghan, Pakistani, Iraqi, and Saudi first ladies look like. Or Mrs. Khadaffi.

Why can't B'rack Hussein Obama be as Muslim as the King of Jordan and give us some excess in luxury and a glamorous wife?
Because his prone to give us a regime as corrupt as Yasser Arafat's and his wife will spend as Mrs. Arafat infamously did, with an equally heavy load of bad taste. After all, they are all birds of a feather.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

old news....

A year ago, on July 11, 2007 we published the following article on the new pest in Cuba, the "Pez Diablo".
On January 19, 2008 el Nuevo Herald talked about it.... Let's bring back the old article as a homage to our never forgotten friend, Tocororo.

The new pest: El Pez Diablo.

Tocororo was an avid fisherman and a dedicated environmentalist, not the kind who blindly followed Al Gore, instead he was like one of those born naturalists of yesteryear, he studied ecosystems on his own, and he put together live models of coral reefs at home, based on his photographs taken in situ, to admire those works of nature.

I promised to him in my last night prayer for his soul that I will devote a series of semi-humorous posts (depending on how much humour I can drum up while coping with his loss) on the disastrous reality of the environment in Cuba. For that, I have recurred to old posts, old e-mails, and to conversations with a cousin of mine which also would love to restore the natural environment of Cuba into its pristine condition of yesteryear.

This could have been an awful long post if I didn't use the help of links, but I know that y'all will be ready to forgive me.... post.

Do you know what a frankenfish is? It's that fish that was introduced from Asia into the USA and which now is a growing menace for the native species..... It's actually called "snakehead fish" or "snake fish". It's eerily similar to the river claria fish introduced in Cuba courtesy of Mr. Kasstro. Both descriptions of the claria are in Spanish but I promise to try to find some information in English to abund on this subject. Unfortunately my search in English has only results about another predator, the Claria spyware, which is equally voracious: it destroys computers and turn them into spybots.

This other article with a slight mention of the claria tells you more about the eco-alimentarian tragedy of the Cuban people.

Another day we will talk about the migrating crabs of Cuba -I discussed the subject at length with Tocororo, which was a native of Las Villas, and he gave me a lot of information about them. Then I turned to my cousin, who used to live very close to the Cienaga de Zapata in the fifties and early sixties, and he gave me even more first hand information on those land crabs, but that will be the subject of another post.
UPDATE on the "Clarias Batrachus" (in English)

Insult by design


(image published with the intention of making it banal and forgettable)

A few friends from Cuba, Europe, and the United States -Miami and elsewhere- have been asking my opinion on the flag desecration controversy via e-mail. I have written a few e-mails to them exposing my opinion on the matter and today I will just post some fragments of those e-mails, which I have not have the time to edit in a formal post. Here they are, in no particular order:

Let fragments be fragments.

"There's an understanding that flags -as many other symbols- can be modified by graphic artists since the day the "graphic designer" profession was born. The manipulation of flags and other national symbols have been a constant in graphic design, posters, logotypes, and even graffiti all along since the last half of the nineteenth century to the present. What has never been accepted is the offensive manipulation of a flag, by the hand of any individual let alone a designer. Examples of such offensive manipulations can be found in the posters of the Spanish Civil War, Nazi propaganda material, Stalinist graphics, and ultimately in the graphic design produced in Cuba by the Direccion de Propaganda del Partido".
(roughly translated from Spanish, from a letter to an ex-student of mine)

"In the nineteen eighties, a Cuban architect and graphic designer, Antonio Cuan Chang, codified the official proportions of the Cuban flag, its official colors, and also the exact outline of its elements. Yes, Cuan Chang, a man of 100% Chinese heritage, whose birth in Cuba made it 100% Cuban. As I had told you before, we don't use the ridiculous hyphenation to define origins in Cuba. You are not Afro-Cuban, or Chinese-Cuban, or American-Cuban in Cuba, if you choose to be Cuban, or you are born in Cuba, then you're Cuban to the rest of the population"
(to a friend)

"I did receive your last e-mail where you pointed how some Cubans in Cuba have manipulated the flag too. I knew that some people -communist and dissidents- have written political slogans over the actual cloth made flag, and I think that it's incorrect in both counts. The fact that Biscet hung the flag upside down doesn't make it correct in my opinion. The nation of Cuba -what the flag represents- should not be mistaken by the tyranny that oppresses Cuba. The flag does not represent the Communist government of Cuba -they have their own flag, red and black, like the Nazi flag- but the people of Cuba at large. I consider that it was not appropriate to hang the flag upside down, because it equates to make the same thing out of the tyranny and Cuba. By the way, the face of che on the Cuban flag is the invention of a San Francisco commie graphic outfit, and it's common place here among American leftists, I know that you don't see it in Cuba"
(roughly translated from Spanish, from a letter to a friend in Cuba)

"I have never seen a flag with the face of Biscet or Marti or any Cuban real patriot of dissident stamped on it, neither in Cuba or here. I think that besides the infamous one (la tristemente celebre) with the face of guevara on it, they also have one with the bearded mug of castro (la jeta peluda de castro, in the Spanish original) but I have never seen it, maybe I haven't looked for it"
(to a another friend in Cuba who asked if they didn't sell flags with the face of Biscet or Marti on them in the United States)

"you should know that the Rastafarians in Cuba have used the gold, black, and green from the Jamaican flag to substitute the white, the blue, and the red of the Cuban flag. I have seen a lot of black and white versions of the flag, and also, flags emblazoned with barbed wire, roses, drops of blood, and many prison bars to signify that the island is the captive of a group of thugs"
(to a graphic designer friend)

"I am familiar with the latest version of the Estellada (note, the Estellada is the nationalistic flag of Catalonia). It was inspired in the Cuban flag, and the first version of it was hoisted in Santiago de Cuba in 1906 by the nationalistic Catalonians living in that city. Maybe you know that the nationalistic movement of Catalonia actually started in Cuba, in its organized form. Also, as a curiosity, the Academias of the Catalonian language and the Galician language were started also in Cuba"
(to a graphic designer friend in Barcelona, rough English version of the original)

"Not only the Cuban flag inspired the Puerto Rican flag (the Cuban flag proportions are 1:2, the Puerto Rican flag proportions are 2:3) but also the flag of the Philippines. Later in the 20 century, the flags of different countries took a clue from the Cuban flag, sadly mistaking "Cuba" for the "revolution". They wanted to be revolutionary and they copied the triangle of the Cuban flag, the stars and the stripes, there are examples in Africa and the Middle East....

....I think that the designers of the Cuban flags have been copied so much because of their sophisticated and minimalist design for both flags (note: the Narciso Lopez flag, and the Cespedes flag) It just normal that people felt inspired by those powerful designs"
(to a friend in NYC)

"the fact that the graphic artist that concocted the image works for a commie publication, la Jiribilla, tells me all. I am not saying that he is a commie, he probably toils there and his feelings and beliefs are not necessarily those of a communist, but whatever he puts out tells you about a sad state of affairs in the propaganda front in Cuba: the two legs left in the triangle seem to be spread, as if the legs of a prostitute, the head and the arms in the middle of the waves look desperate, as if the person was drowning in the sea. For this to be published in a communist magazine is very telling: that's what they think of all of us who are not part of their system: we are either prostitutes (or mercenaries) or we should leave the country and hopefully die in the process. There's no other reading for that. If people can't see this, well.... they are either blind or they share that communist outlook on us, and much worse, on the Cubans of the island"
(to a friend in Miami)

"Flags with such strong design, and I think Japan, Spain, Cuba, Israel, Chile, France, the USA, and many others are attractive to designers to manipulate them for reasons of propaganda and other graphic campaigns to promote tourism, products, and many other messages. That strong design should not be a excuse for using insulting depictions of those flags, sorry, we can't agree on this"
(to another ex-student of mine, translated from Spanish)

"even in the communist armed forces of Cuba soldiers are taught to respect the national symbols of the enemy, and their are forbidden to desecrate them....
.... to desecrate any flag is absolutely shameless, doing this in a graphic format and spreading it all over the internet is equivalent to virtual flag burning"
(from an IM exchange with a friend)

"I have never seen a Cuban dissident burning a Cuban flag in Cuba or abroad, I have never seen a Cuban burning an American flag, in Cuba or abroad, and much less an American flag on American soil, I have never seen a photograph or footage of that, and believe me, if they ever did so it would have been amplified to monumental proportions by the xenophobe and liberal press (aren't they both sides of the same coin?) to toss all of us in the sea and have us paddling back to Cuba"
(to a friend who asked me if in Cuba there was not "flag burning" and if Cubans have not been burning American flags during the Elian protests in Miami)

Monday, July 14, 2008

Whatever happened to the sense of humor?


Whatever happened to the sense of humor in this country?
Can people realize that when they are up there in politics, art, cinema, sports, and what not they become part of the popular culture?
They should take things in stride..... That's what political humor is for!
If Obama cannot take a cartoon in a magazine then he is not thick skinned enough to be president. Or ask W, who has been the target of preference for cartoonists of all political colours!
And this is a liberal magazine.
He should wear two raincoats, a flack vest, helmet and shield when the conservative cartoonists start darting him with their pens...

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

a good game of hoops

Barack Hussein Obama wants to install a regulation basketball court in the White House.
Yes. We will be in dire straits and he will be throwing a mean game of hoops there with his cronies.

Fortunately, Historic Preservation officers (have privately) said: "no way, Hussein!", so the basketball floor can't be outside but he could sue and have it installed in the basement of the White House.

Next step: The White House will be featured in MTV's CRIBS! I am just dying to see the big screen tv, the Kool Aid in the fridge, and a few whips in the driveway.

The decor of the White House will be the scarier one from the days of Scarecrow Carter, and the Clintons with Tacky Kaky, their interior designer. Well, to be honest, the Clintons actually took all their junk out of Da House when they left, plus a truckload of valuable possessions that weren't theirs.

W has been a lousy president, but at least he didn't transform the White House in Frat Boys' Paradise, or made it into Ranch Hands' Heaven.
More coffee.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

China, North Korea, Iran

Well, let's see....

China: Walmart Paradise, Olympic Games, turn a blind eye on their abuses and gross violations of each and everyone of the universally recognized human rights.

North Korea: from dusk to dawn North Korea was taken out the list of rogue states, no matter how criminal the Kim Jong Il regime is. Human rights anyone?

Iran: Trade with Iran actually grew during the Bush years. Everything from technological gadgets to bull semen -and probably bullshit too- is being sold to Iran. In the meantime, you were reading in the service agreements of every software item that they could not be sold to Iran. Those screams were the executed in the gallows and the stonned-to-death women. Never mind human rights. Never mind Bush and Mahmmud I-mean-Jihad posing as tough guys versus one another.

And some people are still surprised that the USA is the biggest economic partner of the regime headed by Raul Castro.... It's all a matter of being consistent in dealing with some selected and hand-picked tyrants.

By the way, those computers sold in Cuba come with a factory installed copy of Windows XP Home Edition.... Quietly, the Cuban government is being accepted into the "mainstream" and sooner than later we will see that the tyranny will end up by enjoying a lot of benefits like the other "rogue states". The Cuban people? Oh yeah, they say hello!

(curious note: in any of those four countries you can jail a blogger. No, really, I made it up, bloggers are NOT even tolerated in North Korea!)

Wild Horses

In a symptomatic portrait of how things are becoming in the land, now the federal government -why would I like to capitalize this phrase anymore?- has said that it will resort to euthanasia to deal with what once was a symbol of the American freedom, the West, and muscle cars: the Mustang.

The government has been rounding them in never heard before numbers, and at the same time it prevents people from just go and get themselves a horse from the wild. No, it all has to be done through bureaucratic agencies that do not allow for you to go and pick your fave ride and tame it yourself, like in the good ole days. The feds have set up a "system" in which they capture the horses and they release them to "suitable" people for "adoption". The cost and burden of capturing, taming, and keeping horses was therefore transferred to the public at large, even to those citizens who do not own horses and are not interested in them. Worse, some of these Mustangs are killed rather cruelly for their meat.

Very un-American, I would say .
Very controlling. They need to know who you are before they release a horse to you.
One can't go and do the job oneself.

And like with all things dealing with Government interference in citizens' lives, it reminds me of the horses of Cayo Romano, at the northern shore of Camagüey. A chap called fidel castro, the most famous son of a cattle robber, suddenly declared all Cuban Mustangs to be property of the "revolution". Even the horses in Cuba have lost their God given wild status, but that would throw us in that direction that we are so famous for taking at the most minimal chance.

Let's go rock and roll on this:


Childhood living is easy to do
The things you wanted I bought them for you
Graceless lady you know who I am
You know I cant let you slide through my hands

Wild horses couldn't drag me away
Wild, wild horses, couldn't drag me away

I watched you suffer a dull aching pain
Now you decided to show me the same
No sweeping exits or offstage lines
Could make me feel bitter or treat you unkind

Wild horses couldn't drag me away
Wild, wild horses, couldn't drag me away

I know I dreamed you a sin and a lie
I have my freedom but I dont have much time
Faith has been broken, tears must be cried
Lets do some living after we die

Wild horses couldn't drag me away
Wild, wild horses, well ride them some day

Wild horses couldn't drag me away
Wild, wild horses, well ride them some day

Monday, July 7, 2008

Ten reasons to boycott the Beijing Olympic Games.

King George has declared in Japan that he sees no reason to boycott the Chinese Olympic Games, which are the equivalent to the Berlin Games of 1936 in the 21st Century. He even talks about the "affront" to the Chinese people that the USA would commit by boycotting the Games. Forget about Tian Anmen and Tibet. King George equates the Chinese people with the Chinese tyranny that oppresses them. Like when his political sergeants put together in the same sack the Cuban people and the Cuban tyrants. For him the blood of the victims is just water from a seraphic brook, it doesn't matter if the blood is spilled by the bullets of the rifle of by the teeth of a shark.

In no particular order, I can give him ten reasons to fully boycott the games, but of course, he will lend me the same ear he lends me when I ask him to obliterate the inhuman policy of the Dry Foot Wet Foot. Honestly, I didn't expect anything different from the man who pulled North Korea out of the list of terrorist nations, not in virtue of any particular changes in policy by the part of the Norks, but responding to the big business interests that are eyeing that Asian branch of hell to establish industries with the cheapest (and most abused) labor force in human history since the days of Ancient Egypt.

These are my ten reasons, frat boy:

1- Horrible human rights records, suppression of political dissent, espionage on citizens, torture, execution with harvesting of organs.
2- Abandoned newborn girls on the side of the roads, bus terminals, one child policy. The most horrible abuse in orphanages where children are practically for sale. Suspicion of children being used as disposable human organ factories.
3- The occupation of Tibet, the murder of Tibetan monks, the elimination of Tibetan Buddhism and culture.
4- Constant military and industrial espionage against the United States. The Pentagon computers were hacked by the Red Chinese Army a few months ago, for example. The data is then passed to Cuba and Iran, as well as to terrorist groups, plus weapons sold to all rogue states and terror gangs in the world, possible including weapons of mass destruction.
5- Tainted foods, both for humans and pets, exported to the United States poisoning both.
6- Animal cruelty is rampant. Dogs are killed with sticks in front of their owners as a practice of animal population control. Cats and dogs are tortured and skinned alive for the "fur" trade in China. Other native animals are routinely killed in the most horrible ways or mutilated while alive for "traditional medicine" purposes. But the Pandas are cute and that's all that's meaningful for the West.
7- Slavery of country migrants in the cities, human traffic networks export poor country folks all over the world, using their merchant marine as a vehicle to make them land, let's say, in Bayonne and Long Island, not to talk about California.
8- Communist leaders implemented state capitalism without labor rights, in a monopoly where workers are just a bone and flesh extension of the industrial machinery. Unfair competition with the American worker, with the loss of jobs in this country and the American economy spiraling out of control.
9- The injection of funds belonging to the Chinese Communist Party into this country to replenish their coffers with the return of the investment to continue with their internal and international (criminal and communist) policies.
10- The never explained disappearance of American POWs in China, after the Korean War.

Two more reasons, plus une treizième, lagniappe:

11- Religious prosecution, ask Catholics -we heard that you are considering conversion-, Tibetan Buddhists, Falun Gong, and the myriad of American missionaries that have been to China lately.
12- Internet and e-mail monitoring, courtesy of Yahoo and Google -they same they do in Cuba, as proven by the government espionage in dissidents in both countries. This has resulted in jailing of bloggers.
13- The Chinese Army has grown to previously unknown levels, and Chinese companies which are Army fronts have effectively bought into the container business in American ports, they practically own the Panama Canal -oh Carter! The Chinese Army represses every mode and manifestation of dissent in the country and refers to the USA as "the enemy". Nice, uh?

Needless to say that we could very easily give him a cool 100 reasons to boycott that Orwellian nightmare that is China, but he will not be listening.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Pornomania in England

And here, the second installment of the story of the Cuban invasion to the British Isles....

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Fourth of July

Ah, another Fourth of July.
Far from the home base, but well….
Independence Day at least is not a commercialized holiday, and one can celebrate as one see fit, without silly costumes or without being assaulted by market driven strategies designed to get people into compulsory shopping sprees.
No.
We can celebrate the greatness of the country where we found liberty, and its generosity, without being subject to pressure to praise its government. We can celebrate that what we are and who we are also part of the independent spirit of America, which is the core of the celebration.
Let’s light the fireworks here, showing you some patriotic gals.
As you know the authors of this blog are red blooded rock’n roll dudes, and rock’n roll is famed for being all about chicks, booze, and music. Let’s skip the drugs, which we don’t do, and show the chicks in the Old Glory in all their glory:
Nothing like a good flare up between beauties. Texan Jess and Canadian born, newly minted American Pam are at odds, but they show their blue, red and white with pride and joy.


And so do the Dahm triplets, resorting to nothing else but body painting.

For the gals, we leave y’all with Jimi Hendrix and Uncle Ted (not Kennedy, Nugent)!
Happy Fourth of July!


And some Steve Vai fueled anthem....

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

CtrlAltShift

That's a new British online-and-in-print alternative magazine.... and guess who are featured there.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Blockade, the real one

The real blockade under which Cuba survives on daily struggle is the blockade of information and goods that the tyranny has impossed on the Cuban people.
There are several voices that the "government of Cuba" seeks to silence, not only those of Porno Para Ricardo, the emergent alternative art scene, the independent writers and journalists who are exposing the truth about Cuba to the outside world, but also the Cuban bloggers who are writing against the party line.
One refuses to follow the party line and one's voice is silenced and robbed from the public realm. That's the way it goes in Cuba.
Yoani's blog, Generacion Y is the latest casualty in the information war. Let's rescue her and not leave our own behind.
She's distributing the contents of her blog free of charge withing Cuba, making copies so people without connectivity can read it.
The blockade is just domestic.
We can read the blog abroad, though. The government does not want the Cuban people to read what that valiant woman has to say, but by the same token they want to give the impression to the readers abroad that Yoani has not been censored at all.
Let's help her.
Read her blog. Copy everything. Find the way to send the copies to Cuba, as you see fit, so the Cuban people can break the informational blockade and have access to the creators within the island.
Todos estamos en la misma celda, as Gorki once famously sang.