Good Riddance Castro; May He Burn in Hell

From the Miami Herald

Cuban exiles pour onto Miami streets to celebrate Fidel Castro’s death

Pope Francis offering Mass under the gaze of Che. Do you imagine he told the Communist dictator and mass murderer Fidel to repent?

Fidel Castro died, and Cuban Miami did what it does in times of community celebration: It spilled onto the streets of Little Havana — and Hialeah, and Kendall — to honk horns, bang pans, and set off more than a few fireworks, saved for exactly the sort of unexpected special occasion that proved worthy of their detonation.

The scene across Miami-Dade County, the cradle of the Cuban exile community, was one of pure, raw emotion. This time, after decades of false alarms, Castro’s death was real.

“I wish my dad was here to see this,” 27-year-old Abraham Quintero cried just before 2 a.m. Saturday.

Wearing an “I love Hialeah” T-shirt, he stood on West 49th Street and Ludlam Road, where police quickly set up watch posts to make sure impromptu revelers stayed safe.

“Beautiful madness,” 29-year-old Christopher Sweeney said, describing the scene.

Passing cars honked incessantly. People waved huge Cuban flags. Parents carried their children and puppies. A few people appeared clad in pajamas and, in one case, flamingo slippers, jolted out of bed — and out of their homes — by the late-night news.

Shortly after midnight, Cuban leader Raúl Castro announced on state television, his voice trembling, that his older brother had died at 10:29 p.m.

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16 comments on “Good Riddance Castro; May He Burn in Hell

  1. Did Wojtyla tell Castro to repent?

    From Commie-symp Crux
    Fidel Castro, the communist leader who received three popes
    [There’s no mention of celebrations in Miami.]

    ROME- Fidel Castro, Cuba’s communist leader who died on Friday at the age of 90, was by far the most dominant figure in Cuba’s one-party state which he ruled with a rod of iron for almost five decades before handing over the powers to his brother Raúl in 2008.

    A hero to the left across the world, a hate figure to the right, especially in the United States, Castro is perhaps the only world leader to have received three popes – although when he met Benedict XVI in 2012 and Francis in 2015, he was technically no longer president.

    However, in an unusual move, Crux understands that the Vatican is later today expected to issue a telegram of condolence, a gesture it normally reserves for heads of state who die in office.

  2. from Motorpsycho Nitemare by Bob Dylan

    I had to say something
    To strike him very weird
    So I yelled
    “I like Fidel Castro and his beard”
    Rita looked offended
    But she got out of the way
    As he came charging down the stairs
    Sayin’, “What’s that I heard you say?”

    I said, “I like Fidel Castro
    I think you heard me right”
    And I ducked as he swung
    At me with all his might
    Rita mumbled something
    ‘Bout her mother on the hill
    As his fist had hit the icebox
    He said he’s going to kill
    Me if I don’t get out the door
    In two seconds flat
    “You unpatriotic
    Rotten doctor Commie rat”


    P.S. Bob gives us a little history lesson on how 60’s lefists were working to marginalize rigid anti-Communist deplorable bitter hicks who cling to their guns and religion.

  3. Pope Francis grieves, prays for atheist revolutionary Castro

    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis said the death of Cuba’s revolutionary leader Fidel Castro was “sad news” and that he was grieving and praying for his repose.

    Francis expressed his condolences in a Spanish-language message to Fidel’s brother, President Raul Castro on Saturday.

    The pope, who met Fidel Castro when he visited Cuba last year, said he had received the “sad news” and added: “I express to you my sentiments of grief.”

    Fidel Castro, who was a professed atheist, was baptized as a Catholic and educated in schools run by the Jesuits, the religious order of which the pope is a member.

    (Reporting by Philip Pullella; Editing by Alexander Smith)

  4. Poor Jorge must be in deep mourning. His fellow commie is dead and he, and the communist revolution, has lost one of their big guns.
    Who knows, Bergoglio could always set the wheels in motion for his beatification.
    May Fidel rot in Hell with all commies!

  5. Comrade Barry sounded off:

    Obama offered his condolences to Castro’s family, reaffirming that the Cuban people have a “friend and a partner” in the US.

    “We know that this moment fills Cubans — in Cuba and in the United States — with powerful emotions, recalling the countless ways in which Fidel Castro altered the course of individual lives, families, and of the Cuban nation,” Obama’s statement read.

    “History will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and world around him,” he added.

    Obama said his administration has worked hard to “put the past behind us” and pursue a future in which the Cuban-American relationship is defined not by differences, but by “the many things that we share as neighbors.”


    In contrast, the President-elect was more cogent:

    U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s initial public reaction to the death of Fidel Castro was expressed in a four-word tweet: “Fidel Castro is dead!”

    Later, Trump issued a longer statement:

    “Today, the world marks the passing of a brutal dictator who oppressed his own people for nearly six decades. Fidel Castro’s legacy is one of firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights.

    “While Cuba remains a totalitarian island, it is my hope that today marks a move away from the horrors endured for too long, and toward a future in which the wonderful Cuban people finally live in the freedom they so richly deserve.

    “Though the tragedies, deaths and pain caused by Fidel Castro cannot be erased, our administration will do all it can to ensure the Cuban people can finally begin their journey toward prosperity and liberty. I join the many Cuban Americans who supported me so greatly in the presidential campaign, including the Brigade 2506 Veterans Association that endorsed me, with the hope of one day soon seeing a free Cuba.”

  6. JorChe should resign and take Fidel’s place.

  7. Castro was a murdering thug, nothing more. And politicians, Hollywood-types, and activists who celebrate the life of this savage are a disgrace to civilized people all across the globe.

  8. [Barf alert. Crux attempts the rehabilitation of Castro. The author spends the first half of the article using a liberation theologian’s book on Castro to paint the picture of a would-be saint. The author adds his own spin at the end. Oh, they admit once that Castro was “brutal.” But this panegyric should be for the victims, not for the murderer.]

    How Fidel’s faith remained a mystery to the end
    by Austen Ivereigh

    When the Brazilian friar Frei Betto met Fidel Castro in 1980 in the Nicaraguan capital of Managua, the two had a dense conversation about religious freedom in Cuba that led to a bestselling book that helped pave the way for a church-state rapprochement, and eventually, the visit by Pope John Paul II.

    That book laid bare Fidel’s complex relationship with the Catholic faith of his childhood in 1940s Cuba, where as a child he was educated by Spanish Jesuit priests at an elite private school in the island’s southern city, Santiago.

    Betto, a liberationist Dominican sympathetic to the Cuban revolution, told Castro in Managua that his communist state had, in effect, three options. It could be hostile to the Catholic Church – in which case it simply made the case for the U.S. embargo – indifferent to it, or in dialogue with it along with other churches and faiths.

    Castro accepted that the third option was the right one, and admitted that he hadn’t met a Catholic bishop in 16 years. While the revolutionary government had never broken with the Holy See, it was, in effect, a confessional state – officially atheist.

    In the course of the 1980s, Castro moved the revolution slowly towards recognizing the Catholic Church’s presence in Cuba, meeting with bishops, and allowing, if not religious freedom, then at least freedom of worship.

    When Betto in 1985 published his Fidel y la Religión, it went on to sell 1.3m copies in Cuba alone, and helped create a new conversation about faith on the island.

    It revealed that Fidel had been profoundly marked by a deeply Catholic childhood, raised by a fervent mother who prayed daily and lit candles to the saints, as well as by equally devout aunts and uncles.

    … Castro’s break with the Church, Betto’s book showed, was essentially political.

    Yet the guerrillas he led in the 1950s were not mostly atheists: they even had a chaplain, appointed by his bishop to baptize the babies born in the Sierra Maestra, and to bury the dead revolutionaries. (Pope John XXIII even authorized the chaplain, Guillermo Sardiña, to wear an olive-green cassock.)

    But as the revolution turned atheist and communist, and the clergy turned against it, in Fidel’s binary politics, the Church was an enemy of the revolution. Even though, as he would later insist, the revolution was never (unlike, say, in Mexico) anti-religious, and no priest was ever killed by the communist state, his crackdown was nonetheless brutal.

    In 1961, Castro had his old school shuttered and the Jesuits expelled from the country. The clergy was reduced to just 200 on the whole island, and attending Mass came to be seen as an act of subversion.

    … But Betto showed Fidel as having an essentially 1950s view of the Church, and how fascinated he was by developments since the 1960s, above all by the attempt to blend Marxist social analysis with the Gospel in some strains of liberation theology.

    The publication of Fidel y la Religión helped to overcome some of the deep hostility between Catholics and Marxists, and for Cubans themselves to begin a conversation about faith and the revolution.

    Fidel’s article acknowledges how important religions are to humanity. It shows, if nothing else, that religion was on his mind in his final days. … he recalls the bible stories of Adam and Eve, Noah and the Ark, as well as “the mannah that fell from heaven when as a result of droughts and other causes there was a lack of food.”

    It is an intriguing story to pick out from the Bible – an example of where the needs of the people were met neither by the free market, nor by socialist central planning, but the providence of a benign creator.

  9. Epitaph: Castro’s funeral jeep breaks down (Russian made)!! Can’t make this up!

    • Reminds me of the story Ann Coulter related about the American Standard exhibit at the int’l trade fair visited by Khrushchev and Nixon.

      While those two debated, what went unreported was the gaggle of Soviet engineers gathered around one of American Standard’s most ubiquitous products, a flush toilet.

      As Ann described the scene, the look on the Russkis faces was one of wonder and total disbelief.

      (And, yes, I know, they’ve improved their engineering abilities since the 1950s but this mental image is priceless.)

      • Hold that thought, dude. If Moonbeam Brown and Jorche Bergoglio have their way, you’ll be walking out back to the privy.

        • Ha! But true enough. The toilets in CA now are all “eco-friendly” which means they need to be flushed 3 or 4 times now, compared to the good old days.

          Somewhere up in the Sierras, though, I’ll bet some sons of the original 49ers have REAL potties – and protect ’em with their double-barrels!

  10. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. Now that’s one where you can truly say the Holy Spirit was behind.

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