Rummaging through the weekend papers after returning from the west coast (Florida) after a few days, I come across this:
HAVANA, Oct. 28 (Reuters) — Fidel Castro, looking thin and tired, appeared Saturday on television and defiantly dismissed rumors that he was dead, as images showed him walking, talking on the telephone and reading the day’s newspaper.
Mr. Castro said he was taking part in government decisions, following the news and making regular phone calls as he recovers from emergency intestinal surgery in late July.
“Now that our enemies have prematurely declared me dying or dead, I am happy to send my compatriots and friends around the world this short film material,” he said. “Now let’s see what they say. They will have to resurrect me.” — NY Times
To quote occasional comment contributor Rollo Nickels, “I Call Bullshit!” As a resident of south Florida for better than two decades, I have learned that if Fido says it, it has to be a lie. So if he says he’s alive, one thing we can be sure of: he’s not.
Hot Damn and Media Noche!! There’s gonna be a 10-day party in Miami make Key West look like Century Village after dark! I hop on-line and check out the usual suspects, the bloggers whom I consult daily when I seek clarity (if not brevity), for the inside scoop…..and there’s not one word about it! WTF?
What am I missing here? Is this a tacit admission that Fido speaketh with straight tongue? The cockroach lives? A precedent set in his 8th damned decade?
I check all my favorites: 26th Parallel, babalublog, Cuban American Pundits (at least here I found the original “I Ain’t Dead Yet” story linked to the Toronto Star), En Vivo Y En Directo, even Miamista, MIA for damn near a month. Nothing. No confirmation, no condemnation. And no party.
What, he was actually alive when he said he was? The sumbitch told the truth? Shitting fuck! Is nothing sacred, no eternal truths on which a concerned and informed populace can count with confidence and certainty?
Ladies and gentlemen, I’m disappointed on so many levels I’m afraid I’ll be driven back to posting about gay bestial necrophilia, risking links from every sex-site spammer in Creation.