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sonny
02-19-2008, 01:03 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/americas/02/19/castro/index.html

OldRightHander
02-19-2008, 01:08 PM
I heard that on the radio this morning. Time will tell if things actually improve down there, but I'm not holding my breath.

Raisor
02-19-2008, 01:09 PM
Cuba resigned Castro? Hope they didn't give him more then two years, since I doubt he'll be worth it in that third year.

BoydsOfSummer
02-19-2008, 01:11 PM
:laugh:

Chip R
02-19-2008, 01:20 PM
Careful, people.

smoke6
02-19-2008, 01:23 PM
Man, I got all excited. I thought you meant JUAN Castro resigned. He's eating a roster spot.

M2
02-19-2008, 01:41 PM
I liken Castro to Franco, a dictatorial relic of a bygone era. Hopefully Cuba will blossom like Spain did post-Franco. And hopefully the U.S. will recognize this as an opportunity to rethink our relations with Cuba in order to help it out of its shell.

Raisor
02-19-2008, 02:12 PM
Time for us to make Cuba a resort for mobsters again.

919191
02-19-2008, 02:37 PM
I don't think this thread will pose much od a problem, unless there is an unknown pro-Fidel pocket lurking here in the background.:)

Raisor
02-19-2008, 02:44 PM
I don't think this thread will pose much od a problem, unless there is an unknown pro-Fidel pocket lurking here in the background.:)

Krono is a well known commie.

Just sayin.

Highlifeman21
02-19-2008, 02:48 PM
Krono is a well known commie.

Just sayin.

Card-carrying, I believe.

durl
02-19-2008, 02:51 PM
I liken Castro to Franco, a dictatorial relic of a bygone era. Hopefully Cuba will blossom like Spain did post-Franco. And hopefully the U.S. will recognize this as an opportunity to rethink our relations with Cuba in order to help it out of its shell.

I believe the problem there is that Fidel's brother is reportedly more harsh than Fidel. He's been part of the power structure since the revolution and was seen as the "enforcer" where Fidel was the charismatic leader. Fidel may have resigned but the structure is not likely to drastically change...if it does at all. Still, who knows what will happen?

I think Cuba's willingness to host nukes so close to our shores in the past will be a hard problem to overcome. If they were to institute fully democratic elections and disband the communist party I could see the embargo being lifted.

M2
02-19-2008, 03:17 PM
I believe the problem there is that Fidel's brother is reportedly more harsh than Fidel. He's been part of the power structure since the revolution and was seen as the "enforcer" where Fidel was the charismatic leader. Fidel may have resigned but the structure is not likely to drastically change...if it does at all. Still, who knows what will happen?

I think Cuba's willingness to host nukes so close to our shores in the past will be a hard problem to overcome. If they were to institute fully democratic elections and disband the communist party I could see the embargo being lifted.

The Cuban Missile Crisis happened before I was born, and I'm no spring chicken. The U.S. planned an invasion of Cuba too.

Sooner or later both sides need to agree that obstinance hasn't gotten anyone anywhere. The Communist Party in Cuba isn't going to disband and you can be sure it will be a political force in Cuba's future free elections (Daniel Ortega just got re-elected in Nicaragua in 2006). If we expect Cuba to capitulate to our politicized agenda, then this inane standoff will continue.

klw
02-19-2008, 04:33 PM
I liken Castro to Franco, a dictatorial relic of a bygone era. Hopefully Cuba will blossom like Spain did post-Franco. And hopefully the U.S. will recognize this as an opportunity to rethink our relations with Cuba in order to help it out of its shell.

Wasn't Franco trying to resign with the Mets?

KronoRed
02-19-2008, 05:15 PM
Card-carrying, I believe.

Aren't we all comrade? :cool:

KronoRed
02-19-2008, 05:16 PM
Time for us to make Cuba a resort for mobsters again.

51st state

Rojo
02-19-2008, 05:32 PM
Considering the movement of much of Latin America these days, this might be a good time for Fidel to resign. The Yanqui way isn't exactly on fire down there.

GAC
02-19-2008, 08:10 PM
51st welfare state

fixed that for ya. ;)

Degenerate39
02-19-2008, 09:25 PM
Now only if Juan Castro would resign

sonny
02-19-2008, 10:08 PM
I think I speak for everybody when I say "Free the Cigars!"

MaineRed
02-19-2008, 10:19 PM
The best ones are rolled by Dennis Castro's staff.

Raisor
02-19-2008, 10:47 PM
I think I speak for everybody when I say "Free the Cigars!"

When the workers are restless, the first one they come after is El Presidente!

Highlifeman21
02-19-2008, 10:51 PM
Aren't we all comrade? :cool:

Just b/c I'm a Reds fan doesn't mean I'm a Reds fan.

Hollcat
02-19-2008, 10:54 PM
Wasn't Castro a pitcher?
"Fidel, someone named Jim Bowden is on the phone for you"

MaineRed
02-19-2008, 11:12 PM
He was a former Washington Senator minor leaguer (I think) so Bowden has no use for him. Ex-Reds only.

Chip R
02-20-2008, 01:08 AM
He was a former Washington Senator minor leaguer (I think) so Bowden has no use for him. Ex-Reds only.


Fidel only received a tryout, he was never signed by a big league team. You're right, though. JimBo would never take him. He only gets ex-Reds and we all know Fidel is still a Red. ;)

reds44
02-20-2008, 02:23 AM
Cuba resigned Castro? Hope they didn't give him more then two years, since I doubt he'll be worth it in that third year.
haha that made me chuckle.

klw
02-20-2008, 09:26 AM
Fidel only received a tryout, he was never signed by a big league team. You're right, though. JimBo would never take him. He only gets ex-Reds and we all know Fidel is still a Red. ;)

But is he old enough for the Reds bullpen?

Chip R
02-20-2008, 09:30 AM
But is he old enough for the Reds bullpen?


Well, why do you think Wayne hasn't signed him yet?

klw
02-20-2008, 09:49 AM
Well, why do you think Wayne hasn't signed him yet?


Castro's long running feud with Coutlangus could be a factor.

Ltlabner
02-20-2008, 04:37 PM
Well, why do you think Wayne hasn't signed him yet?

I heard Castro is a real clubhouse problem. Always telling everyone what to do, wanting to share the supply of free gatorade equally, banning playstation from the clubhouse....that sort of stuff.

Chip R
02-20-2008, 05:01 PM
I heard Castro is a real clubhouse problem. Always telling everyone what to do, wanting to share the supply of free gatorade equally, banning playstation from the clubhouse....that sort of stuff.


Yeah. No chewing gum on line either.

dabvu2498
02-20-2008, 05:03 PM
Yeah. No chewing gum on line either.

Plus all that communal sharing of salaries stuff. Sheesh.

SunDeck
02-20-2008, 08:26 PM
Fidel only received a tryout, he was never signed by a big league team.

Evidently not. (http://www.snopes.com/sports/baseball/castro.asp)
I hate snopes.com. Bunch of party poopers.

Maybe Raul was the one who played ball? Speaking of Washington, why did they name their club after an airport, anyway?

SunDeck
02-20-2008, 08:28 PM
Plus all that communal sharing of salaries stuff. Sheesh.

No recliners unless everyone gets one, for sure.

15fan
02-21-2008, 11:23 AM
51st state

:thumbup:

If I ever run for federal office, making Cuba state #51 will be part of my platform.

Flew over Cuba on my way to Grand Cayman 11+ years ago. From 30,000 feet above, the coast line was absolutely stunning.

SunDeck
02-21-2008, 12:40 PM
:thumbup:

If I ever run for federal office, making Cuba state #51 will be part of my platform.

Flew over Cuba on my way to Grand Cayman 11+ years ago. From 30,000 feet above, the coast line was absolutely stunning.

Because from that high up you can't see the crumbling buildings and all the broken down old Studebakers and Nashes?

KronoRed
02-21-2008, 01:21 PM
Because from that high up you can't see the crumbling buildings and all the broken down old Studebakers and Nashes?

They just need Starbucks and McDonalds :thumbup:

durl
02-21-2008, 02:12 PM
Talking about crumbling buildings and old cars, that's an aspect that has made me curious. I've heard people blame the lack of modern technology on the US embargo, but Cuba is free to trade with all other nations, if I recall correctly. So does the US represent greater leaps in technology than all other nations combined or (more likely) does it mean that the leadership wrecked the country?

15fan
02-21-2008, 02:37 PM
Because from that high up you can't see the crumbling buildings and all the broken down old Studebakers and Nashes?

We didn't fly over Havanna or any other cities.

(My understanding at the time was that there was a 9 mile wide strip of airspace through which American planes could pass over Cuba. Fly outside that corridor, and you were fair game for Cuban missiles. :) )

Just remote, unspoiled beaches. Think Florida Gulf Coast 100+ years ago.

Chip R
02-21-2008, 02:44 PM
Just remote, unspoiled beaches. Think Florida Gulf Coast 100+ years ago.


So we're going to have to ask RFS about how those beaches were like then?

SunDeck
02-21-2008, 03:11 PM
Just remote, unspoiled beaches. Think Florida Gulf Coast 100+ years ago.

It must be awful.
Can't compare with this paradise:

http://content.answers.com/main/content/wp/en-commons/thumb/0/00/230px-Coney_Island_beach_aerial_view.jpg

Rojo
02-21-2008, 03:11 PM
Because from that high up you can't see the crumbling buildings and all the broken down old Studebakers and Nashes?

Or all the foreclosure signs.

M2
02-21-2008, 04:16 PM
Flew over Cuba on my way to Grand Cayman 11+ years ago. From 30,000 feet above, the coast line was absolutely stunning.

If Cuba ever opens up, coastline property there is going to be the investment of the century.

klw
02-21-2008, 04:47 PM
If Cuba ever opens up, coastline property there is going to be the investment of the century.

The only problem is that European countries don't have a similar ban on business with Cuba and I thought I heard a story of European investors starting to buy there.

freestyle55
02-21-2008, 04:56 PM
The best ones are rolled by Dennis Castro's staff.

Just don't let them roll crepes...

SunDeck
02-21-2008, 05:36 PM
If Cuba ever opens up, coastline property there is going to be the investment of the century.

I can't wait to buy some with a no doc interest only loan.

GoReds33
02-21-2008, 05:40 PM
If Cuba ever opens up, coastline property there is going to be the investment of the century.You're probably right. The beaches alone would make that a haven for some people to go on vacation. Not to mention buying beach. You could at some point also see that as a stop on a cruise ship.

Rojo
02-21-2008, 05:43 PM
If Cuba ever opens up, coastline property there is going to be the investment of the century.

If they're smart, they will de-communist everything but the property.

M2
02-21-2008, 05:58 PM
The only problem is that European countries don't have a similar ban on business with Cuba and I thought I heard a story of European investors starting to buy there.

Probably good news from a development standpoint, more Playa Del Carmen and less Cancun.

GAC
02-22-2008, 11:11 AM
I spent 30 days on Cuba once. Never got to see Havana though. The barb wire and armed Cuban military sorta frowned on that kind of thing. ;)

Chip R
02-22-2008, 11:15 AM
I spent 30 days on Cuba once. Never got to see Havana though. The barb wire and armed Cuban military sorta frowned on that kind of thing. ;)


Knowing you, you wouldn't have seen Castro if he was smoking a cigar a foot in front of you. :p:

GAC
02-22-2008, 11:46 AM
Knowing you, you wouldn't have seen Castro if he was smoking a cigar a foot in front of you. :p:

It's kinda hard to really tell them apart since everyone wears army green fatigues, has facial hair, and smokes cigars. Even the woman. :D

Rojo
02-22-2008, 11:50 AM
Even the woman

Just one? That DOES sound miserable.

GAC
02-23-2008, 05:09 AM
Just one? That DOES sound miserable.

:lol:

It does pose a problem on the island. She wears sneakers and is very fast.

WebScorpion
02-25-2008, 10:18 AM
Just one? That DOES sound miserable.

See what communism does to a country?... Chicks dig democracy! :cool: