Saturday, November 26, 2016

Hasta La Vista, Fidel...

You've stepped off life's great carousel.
Oppressed Cubans deplored you
But Lefties adored you
Along with your Communist hell.

Update: My morning's amusement--flipping between RT and Fox News on TV. Needless to say, their coverage of Fidel's passing is widely divergent.

Update: Two more divergent views--Justin Trudeau, whose late papa was palsy-walsy with Fidel (the old coot even attended Trudeau pere's funeral), says Castro was "larger than life." Donald Trump, on the other hand, nails it when he calls Castro "a brutal dictator."

Update: Let's not forget the great harm the late dictator did to the Jewish state via his ardent support for Yasser "Stinky" Arafat and his cause.

Update: "A very hot place awaits Fidel" (hotter than Havana, he means).

Update: Justin Trudeau's uber-reverent comments are eliciting some harsh reaction:

  • From Conservative leadership candidate Maxime Bernier: "I can't believe our PM is expressing 'deep sorrow' and calling [Castro a] 'legendary revolutionary' and 'remarkable leader,'" Bernier said on Twitter. Bernier also called Castro a "despicable dictator who killed and imprisoned thousands of innocents and drove away in exile more than a million.
  • From former PM Stephen Harper's son Ben: The younger Harper tweeted, "Castro was a monstrous leader, and the world is better off now he's dead."
    He also tweeted that Trudeau's statement is "an embarrassment for Canada."
  • From Florida Senator Marco Rubio: U.S. Senator for Florida Marco Rubio...questioned if Trudeau's statement was real or a parody and said it's shameful and embarrassing if it's real.
Sadly, Senator Rubio, it only sounds like a parody but I can assure you it's all too real. (One wonders if Justin, who was in Cuba only the other week, will pay homage to his dad's pal by showing up as his funeral.)

President Barack Obama said “history will record and judge” former Cuban leader Fidel Castro‘s impact on the island nation and offered a “hand of friendship” to the Cuban people in a statement Saturday on Castro’s death at 90 years old
“We know that this moment fills Cubans–in Cuba and in the United States–with powerful emotions, recalling the countless ways in which Fidel Castro altered the course of individual lives, families, and of the Cuban nation,” he said.
Well, yes, as someone who subjected many of his citizens to firing squads and decades of imprisonment, he certainly "altered" the "course" of their lives. But, sorry, Barry, you get no props at all for that mush-mouthed tribute. (One could expect a similarly imbecilic reaction were the Grandiose Ayatollah, another tyrant for whom Barack manifested a soft head spot, to suddenly shuffle off this mortal coil. At which point, I'd have to reach for a stiff drink to numb my outrage/gag reflex.)

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