July 31, 2006

Pray For Fidel -- Michael
— Ace

I'm not sayin' exactly what you should pray for.


By ANITA SNOW, Associated Press Writer, 4 minutes ago

HAVANA - Fidel Castro temporarily relinquished his presidential powers to his brother Raul on Monday night and told Cubans he underwent surgery.

The Cuban leader said he had suffered gastrointestinal bleeding, apparently due to stress from recent public appearances in Argentina and Cuba, according to the letter read live on television by his secretary, Carlos Valenciaga.

What's stressful about a public appearance? This guy is famous for running his yap in front of a microphone and delivering four-hour speeches.


"The operation obligates me to undertake several weeks of rest," the letter read, adding that extreme stress "had provoked in me a sharp intestinal crisis with sustained bleeding that obligated me to undergo a complicated surgical procedure."

Castro said he was temporarily relinquishing the presidency to his younger brother and successor Raul, the defense minister, but said the move was of "a provisional character." There was no immediate appearance or statement by Raul Castro.

I'm thinkin' Raul is saying the same prayers we are. He's been the Commandante-In-Waiting for a long time.

The elder Castro asked that celebrations scheduled for his 80th birthday on Aug. 13 be postponed until Dec. 2, the 50th anniversary of Cuba's Revolutionary Armed Forces.

Hell No! I'm going ahead with the Castro's 80th Birthday Party that I had planned. We already sent out the invitations.

AP - Castro relinquishes power before surgery

Posted by: Ace at 05:16 PM | Comments (22)
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1 heh

Posted by: Dave in Texas at July 31, 2006 05:19 PM (q1bX5)

2 What if ol' Raul decided that he likes the reins too much.....

Posted by: Sterm26 at July 31, 2006 05:24 PM (VH9z7)

3 Intestinal discomfort?  Probably caused by a full pack of sugar-free Twizzlers and a full pack of sugar-free M&M knock-offs with all their sugar alcohols.  It happened to someone I know once.  Makes you a bad speller too.

Posted by: BlameCandida at July 31, 2006 05:25 PM (huEVN)

4 Will JIMMY CARTER and the hollywood liberals send him get well cards? and will commie crap face ED ASNER send him XXXX OOOO to him and what about baghdada sean be there to and what about crud mouth JOHHNY DEPP? PHOOIE SPURWING PLOVERS CAN KICK ANY JACK SPARROW SQUAWK SQUAWK

Posted by: spurwing plover at July 31, 2006 05:33 PM (vnSBY)

5 Anyone else ever get the feeling that Raul is Fredo?

Posted by: Eric J at July 31, 2006 05:33 PM (5PRM2)

6 Pray for Fidel? How's "Die, Maggot, Die!"

Posted by: Redhand at July 31, 2006 05:39 PM (7G9b2)

7 From the article:
When asked about how she felt having Raul Castro at the helm of the nation, Cesar paused and said one word: "normal."Smart answer, Cesar. Now, leftists spend so much time shrieking about American totalitarianism, they forget what actual totalitarianism really means. Dictatorship is a crime.

But this was funny: Although Castro quickly returned to the stage, many Cubans understood for the first time that their leader would one day die.The AP apparently thinks Cuba is populated by morons.

Posted by: sandy burger at July 31, 2006 05:45 PM (zHO88)

8 Although Castro quickly returned to the stage, many Cubans understood for the first time that gravity pulls things down.

Posted by: Associated Press at July 31, 2006 05:46 PM (zHO88)

9

I was just reading through comments when I  hit a google ad on the right of the screen....Cuba's Finest Florist...coinsidence?  I think not.


Posted by: SJR at July 31, 2006 05:54 PM (CnEld)

10 You know when you're reading a post and see a related ad on the sidebar?  You know who's behind it...

J-O-O-S

Posted by: BlameCandida at July 31, 2006 05:59 PM (huEVN)

11 God I hope and pray he dies soon and faces his oh-so-just reward. Soon.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at July 31, 2006 06:04 PM (FuM7z)

12 god dammit I'm never ever going to get a spurwing post.

I really hate that.

Posted by: Dave in Texas at July 31, 2006 06:15 PM (q1bX5)

13 You got one.  Check your own Castro post.

Posted by: Michael at July 31, 2006 06:19 PM (xTnLp)

14 Thanks to Fidel himself, the dear leader has the world's foremost medical system in place to oversee his treatment. And it's available to all Cubans too. Not just the elite. Like over here in amerikkka. That's whats so freakin' neat about it. He'll be back up kissin' babies and fighting US imperialism before you know it!!! I just know he will! OK. I'm off to the big protest against using Agent Orange to clear fields of fire for our misguided little murderers in Iraq. You guys comin'????

Posted by: UCal-BA in PolySci at July 31, 2006 06:50 PM (uZY36)

15 had provoked in me a sharp intestinal crisis with sustained bleeding that obligated me to undergo a complicated surgical procedure

A shotgun blast to the gut can do that. Should've aimed a little higher.

Or a little lower.

Posted by: Drumwaster at July 31, 2006 07:13 PM (2xIKF)

16 His buddy Che can show him around Hell.

Posted by: mesablue at July 31, 2006 07:23 PM (DzeyU)

17 Just had a thought.

How many idiots are we going to see running around in Fidel t-shirts from now on?

Posted by: mesablue at July 31, 2006 07:25 PM (DzeyU)

18 Now where did I put that rum?

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19 If he dies can we do I,LL BE GLAD WHEN YOUR DEAD YOU RASCAL YOU?

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