Fidel Castro, murderous dictator of Cuba, has postponed his 80th birthday party due to illness. His birthday is on Aug. 13 but the big shebang will be Dec. 2, the 50th anniversary of Cuba's Revolutionary Armed Forces. If he lives that long.
Apparently recent illness has caused Fidel to prematurely (and he hopes temporarily) relinquish his death-dealing office as head honcho of Cuba to his younger brother Raul Castro. Raul is hoping he doesn't screw up the job prior his older brother expiring.
Fidel underwent surgery for gastrointestinal bleeding said to be caused by stress from recent public appearances. Some think the ducking and hitting the dirt every time an old Chevy on the island backfired was too much for the old man.
As one of the last bastions of Communism, Cuba has become a true garden spot in the world. That is, the only garden spot still run by someone who's green thumb was surgically removed when Soviet Russia failed economically. Fidel Castro insists that those are not weeds growing in that farmer's pastures and no one yet has had nerve enough to challenge him on it.
There has been no indication of "Get Well Soon" cards from the last of the remaining communist countries, China, Vietnam, Laos and North Korea...
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prying1 sez: Thanks to Anita Snow and thanks to all the links above that carried the same Anita Snow story only slightly modified. Special thanks to Tarah Oliver of the above 'Newswatch50 link' who most likely borrowed from the same sources as I did but was not as entertaining as my blog post.
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