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Fidel Castro: Cyber Deathwatch Begins on Internet
The National Ledger ^ | Aug. 1, 2006 | John David Powell

Posted on 08/01/2006 2:20:14 PM PDT by John David Powell

Fidel Castro: Cyber Deathwatch Begins on Internet

By John David Powell Aug. 1, 2006

The call from my friend Oscar came as I dozed in front of the television. “Are you watching Univision or Telemundo?” he asked.

I told him I was dozing, and asked him what was going on. He told me that the Spanish-language stations had just announced that Cuba’s Fidel Castro was undergoing surgery and had turned over power to his brother Raul.

“They’re already dancing in the streets in Miami. The old son-of-a-bitch may already be dead. Wasn’t Stalin dead for a week before they told anyone?”

Oscar and his family have been in this country for more than forty years, but his ties to Cuba remain strong, partly because he has family still in Havana. He remembers watching the Playa Girón, or Bay of Pigs, invasion from his apartment window. He retells stories of the installation of anti-aircraft guns on the top of his apartment building. On rare occasions, he shows the home movie he took as Castro and his band of thugs entered Havana.

He shares snippets of Cuba’s past, how Cuban women sold their jewelry to bail out a bankrupt Continental Army, how the Chinese played a major role in Cuban history and culture.

He has no patience for those he terms useful idiots who wear t-shirts bearing the face of Che Guevara, the cowardly murderer of children and the darling of the pretentious and ill-educated left. He ridicules those who speak in glowing terms about Cuba’s healthcare system, whose doctors are no more than paramedics or physician assistants. He politely endures stories from those who visit Cuba and boast about how much one can buy for a single Yankee dollar and ask if he ever went to the Buena Vista Social Club.

He longs for a return of the luster of the jewel of the Caribbean.

My friend Oscar is not alone. The Internet provides outlets for countless supporters of a free Cuba, millions of dreamers anxious in their wait to awake from their collective nightmare.

And today, the first day of August, just a week before Castro’s eightieth birthday, the blogosphere is afire with news and rumors, along with hope and speculation for Cuba’s next chapter. An Internet search narrowed for Cuba, Castro, and blogs returns 1.9 million hits.

The Blog for Cuba (http://blogforcuba.typepad.com) could be the blog of blogs, with links to more than sixty anti-Castro news and blog sites. Today’s entry, “While We Wait”, includes photographs of death, destruction, and despair.

Abajo Fidel (www.abajofidel.blogspot.com) provides Internet radio links and scatological steam letting, along with Drudge-like headlines:

“Medical advise from a reputable cuban gastro doctor from texas...Fidel castro may have had a gastric ulcer or bleeding through the colon area.. At at that age it is very difficult for him to survive but not impossible.. Even if he does survive he may have great additional complications......Developing......”

Oscar frequents the Babalu Blog (www.babalublog.com). Today’s posts provide no news but a lot of rumor:

“As you can imagine, rumors are rampant right now within circles of the Cuban-American community. Ive heard that there was one person who witnessed the bearded bastard die personally. Of course, I cant cofirm the validity of that report. Nor, I suspect, will we be able to confirm any report of any kind regarding this issue. the Cuban government is holding all the cards on this right now. Im getting emails from folks who have been in contact with family in Cuba, most of which saying that there's an eerie silence in the island and most family members are apprehensive about discussing the events via telephone with family abroad for fear of reprisals.”

The Real Cuba (www.therealcuba.com) takes a more traditional approach by providing video clips of the latest news and links to historic documents regarding Castro and the United States.

The Miami Herald is the defacto paper of record for news about Cuba. As expected from a professional news outlet, its blog (http://blogs.herald.com/cuban_connection) offers a journalistic approach to news and information, one that is not fueled by speculation, and therefore, much less entertaining, than, say Independent Sources (http://independentsources.com/2006/07/11/fidel-castro-dead/) that provides a picture of Daisy Fuentes laughing in the surf.

Such are Cubans as they live their lives while they wait for death.

John David Powell is a six-time winner of the Houston Press Club Lone Star Award for Internet Opinion Writing, a communication professional, and a contributor to the Christian History Project. His email address is johndavidpowell@yahoo.com


TOPICS: Cuba; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: blogs; castro; cuba; deathwatch; raul
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1 posted on 08/01/2006 2:20:15 PM PDT by John David Powell
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To: John David Powell

Death Pool anyone?


2 posted on 08/01/2006 2:21:56 PM PDT by bmwcyle (Only stupid people would vote for McCain, Warner, Hagle, Snowe, Graham, or any RINO)
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To: John David Powell

They should see our coverage lol


3 posted on 08/01/2006 2:22:31 PM PDT by GeronL (http://www.mises.org/story/1975)
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To: John David Powell

I bet it's to much to hope for that Raul is better person than Fidel..............


4 posted on 08/01/2006 2:23:52 PM PDT by Sunshine Sister
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To: bmwcyle

The Franco Death Pool or a real one?


5 posted on 08/01/2006 2:24:05 PM PDT by VanShuyten (One of my hungry and forebearing friends was sounding in the bows just before me.)
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To: bmwcyle

What's the over/under ?


6 posted on 08/01/2006 2:24:16 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: John David Powell

The only thing that could make it better is, as the doctor puts him under he announces "I didn't stay at a Holiday Inn last night but I am an American military doctor".


7 posted on 08/01/2006 2:24:54 PM PDT by cripplecreek (If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?)
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To: John David Powell

About 1 1/2 hours ago our local radio station was reporting he was dead and that folks in Miami were honking horns in celebration. Fox has shown the honking. CNN says White House doesn't believe he's dead.


8 posted on 08/01/2006 2:24:59 PM PDT by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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To: John David Powell
I absolutely do not understand all the celebration. He's turned power over to his ruthless brother, Raul. Are things suddenly going to get better? Is he some kind of reformer? Will the communist state end in the near future?

Don't think so.

9 posted on 08/01/2006 2:25:00 PM PDT by mikeus_maximus (Hey George! Read OUR lips: Build the wall!)
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To: John David Powell

Hopefully dictators will follow the Hollywood rule of 3 and two more of these guys will croak in short order.


10 posted on 08/01/2006 2:25:07 PM PDT by RS ("I took the drugs because I liked them and I found excuses to take them, so I'm not weaseling.")
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To: John David Powell

I hope that the murdering bastard dies.


11 posted on 08/01/2006 2:25:15 PM PDT by sport (cognizes)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Someone needs to call Vegas.


12 posted on 08/01/2006 2:25:22 PM PDT by bmwcyle (Only stupid people would vote for McCain, Warner, Hagle, Snowe, Graham, or any RINO)
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To: bmwcyle

An October Surprise for me - October 29, 2006


13 posted on 08/01/2006 2:25:38 PM PDT by VanShuyten (One of my hungry and forebearing friends was sounding in the bows just before me.)
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To: John David Powell

So if he dies. Fingers crossed. What next? Raul runs the show.

What changes?

The people there have not risen up yet. We wont invade.
I hear there are plans. But what are they?



14 posted on 08/01/2006 2:25:41 PM PDT by Names Ash Housewares
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To: bmwcyle
He's not "dead."


15 posted on 08/01/2006 2:25:47 PM PDT by Boss_Jim_Gettys (Willing to compromise...NOT)
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To: Sunshine Sister

Raul carried out atrocities for Fidel. He was the stick to Fidel's carrot in some cases. He would be no better as far as I understand.


16 posted on 08/01/2006 2:26:27 PM PDT by Ingtar (Prensa dos para el inglÚs)
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To: Boss_Jim_Gettys

'E's pinin' for the fjords!


17 posted on 08/01/2006 2:27:10 PM PDT by nina0113
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To: John David Powell
Go Death!


18 posted on 08/01/2006 2:27:45 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Boss_Jim_Gettys

We can only hope he has bleeding passed on.


19 posted on 08/01/2006 2:28:16 PM PDT by bmwcyle (Only stupid people would vote for McCain, Warner, Hagle, Snowe, Graham, or any RINO)
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To: dead

perfect!!!!!!


20 posted on 08/01/2006 2:28:46 PM PDT by bmwcyle (Only stupid people would vote for McCain, Warner, Hagle, Snowe, Graham, or any RINO)
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