Wednesday, January 25

Freedom Quotes Annoys castro!

castro is a little irritated these days--we can always hope it brings up his blood pressure, and finishes him off. The AP story is full of Castro propaganda, of course, with no semblance of truth or fact-checking.

Another focus of Castro's ire is a new electronic sign installed outside the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, which handles consular affairs in the absence of full diplomatic relations. The sign was activated as Castro began speaking Tuesday, relaying global news and quotes including Abraham Lincoln's: "No man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent."

"They already turned on the little sign--the cockroaches are brave," Castro said before starting his speech.

The mission launched the sign a week ago with streaming text of sayings from Martin Luther King Jr. and excerpts from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, to which Cuba is a signatory.

"It's nonsense!" said Carla Smith, a 61-year-old lawyer among the marchers. "Within a few days, we'll have forgotten all about them."

In Washington, State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said he did not see why messages containing quotes about freedom "should be such a source of concern for the Cuban government."