Lissandra's Thoughts

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

He's Not Dead Yet????

This reminds me of the daytime soaps where nobody is ever really dead dead.

Well, the web is coming apart at the seems regarding the newly released video of the supposedly "live" fidel castro meeting with his own special puppet.

I have my doubts, but here are some of the points people have made about this new video throughout the web. They kind of make you think about it.

  • According the what Cuban television reported, this video was taken just after chavez arrived last night in Cuba. Now if you look closely this video was taped in daytime.
  • Fidel make references to his fall, yet makes no remarks regarding his current situation
  • chavez mentions the date, but the image at that point is of him alone and no fidel.
  • He mentions the painting that took two days to paint again in this video, just as in one of the videos from last year.
  • A reference to Oscar Niemeyer makes no sense at this juncture, the statement is out of chronological order, as if this the conversation is taking place prior to October of last year.
  • If you pay close attention he really never drinks the orange juice.

I personally have no opinion regarding the points made above as I have not seen the full video. I have only seen the video in parts because I can't stomach seeing neither of those two clowns for more than a few seconds. All I know is that we will not know he's dead until that government reports it. Until then I will pray to hear official news of his death, and too bad for those who think such thoughts are barbaric or uncouth. In the future, once that government is history, the truth and actual order of events will come to light. I for one won't give a rat's ass how and when he died so long as I know he's dead dead.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

The Face of a Traitor...

Phillip Agee is a true traitor. He was a CIA operative who did work combating communism. He who flew the coop and then proceeded to write a book (Inside the Company) regarding inside secrets of the CIA. I have not read the book, but knowing the little I know about him at this point, I highly doubt I'll ever read it. How do I know whatever crap he wrote is true? He has said, he couldn't figure out why the US wanted to destroy groups who helped the poor, referring to communist groups. I watched a Spanish television talk show last night who gave some interesting and heartburn inducing information about this complete asshole, traitor and liar.

Phillip Agee a guy who told the world he had worked for a sinister government (U.S.A), is now living in Cuba, although not like a Cuban. He is part owner of a travel agency Cubalinda. He flies Americans into Cuba through other countries. He lives there in the lap of luxury and he uses his ties with foreign officials in countries such as Canada, Mexico, Dominican Republic, and Bahamas, to fly these Americans into Cuba without a hitch. Of course the Cuban government gets a big chunk of the proceeds or they wouldn't let him operate there.

What really pisses me off about this guy is that he accuses the US gov. of being sinister and defends the communist agenda, all the while living like a capitalist tycoon. He defends a government who holds hostage and rules with an iron grip 11 million poor and hungry people. He's a complete comepin&#.

His business has a site, and there is an icon on the main page that is false according to the gentleman who was giving the information about Mr. Agee's whereabouts. The icon says "ASTA" or American Society of Travel Agents, this gives people the impression that this company is a trusted travel agency. I have written to ASTA to confirm and am waiting for an answer. I will update this as soon as I receive a response.

Delfin Fernandez of Secretos de Cuba brought with him this information last night on A Mano Limpia of America TeVe.

UPDATE - I received a note back from ASTA, thanking me for the alert and advising me that they were going to contact the people at Cubalinda.

Friday, January 12, 2007


My prayers go out to his family. He was one of the true heroes against the false revolution. Please read more about this great man here, here, and here.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

More Surprises, not...

You didn't see this coming?

Why Are They Surprised??

"However, Chávez, an avowed enemy of the Bush administration and a strong ally of Cuba's Fidel Castro, has startled Venezuelans in recent days with his plan to nationalize the power and telecommunications companies, and his earlier announcement that he would shut down the RCTV television station for violating a strict media law."

You can read the whole article here.

I ask how can anyone inside or outside of Venezuela be surprised or startled as reported in the above article by this man's declarations? He didn't make a hard turn to the left, he's been turning that corner since 1998. After all he did last year, after all the communist and socialist countries he visited last year. After all the speeches he gave last year blasting capitalism, how can anyone with any amount of brain power actually be surprised with his declarations of the past two days? Worst of all, is the media, these idiots all around the world are reporting these events as if it were an earthquake that struck by complete surprise, were these people in a coma for the past 8 years?

Here's some great commentary and links regarding the situation in Venezuela.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Joke Pink

Cindy Sheehan is not even afraid of looking like a clown protesting for the human rights of the Guantanamo prisoners in a country with a 48 year history of human rights abuses. You can read more on the story here and here.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Ration Books

I enjoy reading much more than posting, and I think I do my reading a lot better than my writing.

I've not posted anything regarding fidel and or Cuba because I feel that other bloggers I read do a much better job than I ever would do. I always feel I'll sound redundant.

This time is a exception, because I really think people who defend that system of government have absolutely no idea what they're defending, and the ones that do know, imagine themselves being one of the elite government officials rather than one of the slaves that survives under this type of regime.

For that past two nights I watched a show on a Miami Spanish speaking TV station called "A Mano Limpia". It airs on local channel 41, Monday thru Saturday at 8PM EST for an hour. Most of the nights the shows effort is to bring the realities of what is going on today in Cuba, to the public. The show can also be viewed via internet at The last two nights the host (Oscar Haza), has brought on a guest who has put together a documentary of the reality of the 1990's in Cuba and the ration book experiences.

The documentary is in Spanish with English subtitles and I'm sure once the fidel and communist era is a past history of Cuba, clips of this documentary will be shown on the History channel. As it depicts and shows real footage of what living with a ration book is like. It was filmed in a pre-castro era department stored named "Fin de Siglo," now reserved for the avante-guarde worker and couples who've applied for and attained a marriage license. Other people have other ration stores available to them with less items. The special items in this store for couples and good workers are for example, a bottle of shampoo for the couple and a bag of cookies for that dedicated worker. In this store's liquor department you'll find available for purchase a tissue paper ornament for your bedside table or a lighter, but no liquor.

For all who do not know what a ration book is, it is a little book that tells you what you can buy and when. From a toothbrush to a pair of shoes and everything in between. The same goes for any appliances, housewares and food. At first that doesn't sound so bad to a person with absolutely no knowledge of all that this book represents. Then you learn that each family gets assigned a number and a letter, and you may only shop on the days assigned to that letter and number. Then you find out that your letter and number get called twice a year for clothing. Once you've fooled yourself into thinking that buying clothing once a year is not so bad, you're told that although there are 4 people in your household, you're only allowed to buy two articles of every type of clothing. Such as two pieces of underwear. Two shirts, skirts or pants. Two pairs of socks or a pair of shoes and a pair of socks, never two pairs of shoes.

Next is the food. Your number and letter get called more often for food and it goes something like this. If there is nobody in your household who is under seven years old, there is no milk for you. If nobody is on a doctor assigned special diet, there is no red meat for you. Chicken is available at a pound per person per week. Rice is 4lbs per person per month. The last one doesn't sound so bad until you remember that the chicken runs out and there are no vegetables to go with that. The rice itself often comes with dirt and other unmentionables, so in the end you have roughly 3lbs of rice. Beans are a staple of Cuban cuisine, and they're not always available, and if they are, they're the same beans for months and months and months, such is the case with lentil beans. Black beans are rare commodity at the store. Two blocks down from that Cuban store are tourists at a restaurant ordering a Surf & Turf lunch, where Cubans aren't allowed to linger outside, not even to catch a whiff of that wonderfully delicious aroma.

How were they able to film this documentary? That is simple, it was going to be filmed to show the world at large what a great system fidel had implemented in Cuba. They filmed it with all the permissions granted by the government. The object was to film the day to day activities in the store and have the store clerks show the camera what they offer at the different departments and how you're allowed to purchase the items. If it weren't a reality you'd think it is the best comedy filmed in decades. You'd be spilling your guts laughing if you didn't realize it is the reality these people were living in. I started to wonder what level of stupor these 11 million people have fallen under to accept this as their lot in life.

Once it was edited and complete the Cuban government considered the documentary was anti-revolutionary. Imagine that, THE REALITY WAS ANTI-REVOLUTIONARY! Needless to say it was never aired on Cuban TV and we're lucky that a copy of the documentary survived and made it out of Cuba. I'm sure that in years to come, once fidel and that regime are a past history of Cuba, clips of this documentary will be aired on the History Channel.

For the record, the avante-guarde and couples store is no longer open to the public. The good workers and married couples now receive a permit to shop at a Dollar/Euro store.

There are many people who defend the ration book, and believe it is the only way to establish true equality. These people fail to realize that the government elite do not live by the ration book, they live like the citizens of their much hated capitalist enemy do. To those that think the implementing of a ration book is fair and just treatment of a government, know that the Southern plantations in the US had such a book for slaves. These books stated how much clothing and food should be allotted to each slave by the plantation owner/manager. In this case the words "plantation owners/manager" can be replaced with "the government elite" and the words "each slave" can be replaced by "each Cuban". All this only 90 miles south of Key West.