is Castro a bad-ass or what?

Posted by: $500,000 Bentley

is Castro a bad-ass or what? - 08/04/03 09:23 AM

Honestly, how many guys stand up to the worlds super power and win? any opinions on him? [machine]
Posted by: SilentRage

Re: is Castro a bad-ass or what? - 08/04/03 10:02 AM

I like his style actually. I've never really had an opinion on the guy, but in everything I've read about him, I can't fault him. Despite being a communist and some of the bad baggage that comes with that, he's done some good things for his country.
Posted by: jonconley

Re: is Castro a bad-ass or what? - 08/04/03 11:18 AM

being 100% serious... I love the guys sense of style. The clothes, the hair, the accessories.. the perfect.

If I didn't know better, I would think him queer.
Posted by: Crime

Re: is Castro a bad-ass or what? - 08/05/03 08:28 AM

he is the fucking man, fidel is my hero

dammit i need his island !
[Vampire]
Posted by: expatriate ghost

Re: is Castro a bad-ass or what? - 08/05/03 07:37 PM

Well ... I wouldn't go as far as saying he has "won" anything besides his revolution, and repelling the "Bay of Pigs" invasion.
Just the fact that he has clung to power this long is amazing! I mean the guy was beefing with JFK way back when!!
Cuba is extemely impoverished, artists, musicians and intellectuals defect at every possible opportunity in order to be able to say and express what they want.
I think the economy's primary focus agriculture and foreign tourism.
The U.S. is partially at fault for keeping it under embargo for this long, I mean if we opened up travel restrictions and began some trade reletionships, Cuba might make a little more bread.
They do have FREE UNIVERSITY EDUCATION as well as FREE HEALTHCARE and GUARANTEED HOUSING FOR ALL CITIZENS. Back to Fidel ... he's got guts. He gets my bad ass vote.
Posted by: SilentRage

Re: is Castro a bad-ass or what? - 08/05/03 08:14 PM

Thank you expatriate ghost. You managed to give in detail exactly what I meant with "Despite being a communist and some of the bad baggage that comes with that, he's done some good things for his country."

I just couldn't remember what it was he did.
Posted by: $500,000 Bentley

Re: is Castro a bad-ass or what? - 08/06/03 12:27 AM

i just respect him for giving america the finger and holding his ground. i didnt know bout the healthcare and all that.is university really free?
Posted by: expatriate ghost

Re: is Castro a bad-ass or what? - 08/06/03 01:33 AM

http://www.cubasocialista.com/ed0.htm

I beleive that the University of Havana is free, but probably only to Cuban citizens. They do have a free medical school you can attend as an american citizen, but then you are required to come back here and work in the impoverished areas of the US for some time before you go on to an illustrious medical career and a penthouse apartment in midtown manhattan among us bourgeois pigs.

Spending my childhood in a formerly socialist country (yugoslavia) and talking to my folks that went to school there, I can tell you that college was free as well as doctors.

But as Mr. Rage says, theres some bad baggage that came along with that.
Posted by: Crime

Re: is Castro a bad-ass or what? - 08/16/03 02:17 AM

shouts go out to my boy fidel on his 77th birthday, keep it strong pimp....
Posted by: Disgruntled

Re: is Castro a bad-ass or what? - 11/11/03 03:56 AM

Without freedom of speech,thought, and deed, even a paradise is still a prison, and castro is the warden.
Posted by: truthspreader

Re: is Castro a bad-ass or what? - 11/12/03 04:42 AM

Fidel is a hero for his people. See my post in the communism sucks debate for details.
Posted by: Disgruntled

Re: is Castro a bad-ass or what? - 11/12/03 05:58 AM

In reply to truthspreader,

If fidel is such damned hero, why are so many Cubans dying trying to get to america so that they can finally be free.
Posted by: fleshwound

Re: is Castro a bad-ass or what? - 11/12/03 10:37 PM

well... i don't really have any problems with him. i love seeing him sitting there with his military uniform smoking a huge cuban cigar. i don't know why... i just dig it. i guess people look more distinguished with cigars? i don't know. but he seems like an ok guy. the only problem i see is that he's communist. blah.. but oh well.
Posted by: Jedi Knight

Re: is Castro a bad-ass or what? - 11/15/03 07:24 AM

Cuz those who "dare" get on a raft a usually middle class white who benefited from a premium education and elect to come to the US. This means that they've reneged on a promise to return service to the country in return for this education. Kinda like going to West Point , then bailing from military service...... You don't usually see Black Cubans on those raft...........usually well educated whites........The blacks excel in government, and in sports.
Posted by: Disgruntled

Re: is Castro a bad-ass or what? - 11/15/03 09:52 AM

In reply to Jedi knight,

In cuba a person's skin color doesn't mean zip. If your not in castro's favored 10%, or the military, then your a prisoner like everyone else.
Posted by: truthspreader

Re: is Castro a bad-ass or what? - 11/16/03 06:39 AM

After the American Revolution over one-hundred thousand people fled from a country where there were only about two million. The Cuban revolution was a genuine social revolution, so more people would be at odds with the government. And those that flee ARE formerly rich or those who served in Batista's brutal government and their family members. For most Cubans, the Revolution has given them more than they ever could have come close to possibly getting under the American sponsored corporate-mafia dictatorship.
Posted by: fleshwound

Re: is Castro a bad-ass or what? - 11/17/03 11:34 PM

ummm....
Posted by: truthspreader

Re: is Castro a bad-ass or what? - 11/19/03 06:16 AM

Its all true. See what you can learn outside the propaganda filled classroom.