Thursday, May 24, 2007

Babaloo's Waterloos: Public Vandalism in NYC Caps BUCL's Spanish Boycott

Has it really come to this? The grand strategies and grander promises? Is this the culmination and fruit of their labors? BUCL stickers stuck to a Brooklyn street lamp, a MetroCard vending machine and a column at the 28th Street subway station (not even Times Square or Herald Square)? Is this all? Is this the end? Or can we expect BUCL stickers on the walls of subway stations throughout the country and the world? Is the Madrid Metro next or is that the pièce de résistance? Perhaps they could order a customized rubber stamp (price: $6.95) and stamp the BUCL logo on all the contributors' dollar bills?

They also serve who only cut and paste, or in this case, paste and cut (as in run).

So far Bloggers United for Cuban Liberty's Campaign Against Spain has astonished everyone by its minimalism. Is there a surprise in their bag of (cheap) tricks?

Amazing, but Kilroy did the same thing during World War II which now costs BUCL $2000-$3000 to accomplish for nary one cent. The historical allusion, I know, is lost on them.

Here, learn:


The BUCLers (pronounced "bucklers") are actually celebrating on Babalú their "victory" in the Battle of the Three Stickers. One is suggesting that their campaigns be henceforth carried out solely through the instrumentality of stickers. Another is ready to pit the BUCL stickers against the Five Cuban Spies stickers in what promises to be a battle royal. They are intent on sticking it to everybody (the BUCL stickers, that is) and I do believe they will.


Charlie Bravo said...

oKilroy was like the ubiquitous graffitti in Havana, which appeared from the forties to the seventies, in great -and neat- hand writing: "el Chori".
Versions of who really was el Chori abound, I met once a black man, a great bongo player called known as el Chori, who had very similar handwritting, and was old enough to have scratched the walls of the whole city with his moniker, but there are reports that there were many "graphically inclined" Choris.
Now, they say that KillCastro gets written all over the place, but that's kind of urban lore for the future researchers..... Actually, the name of our blog has its origins in that graffitti, so we took on that lore.

Vana said...


Thanks for giving us the link to read up on the Killroy was here lore, I had heard the expression before but was not sure what it was about, thanks again, and lol pretty soon bucl will seem like Killroy, popping up every where with it's exploding Cubans,

Enric said...

Wow, so I take it this site has something against getting the word out regarding Spanish complicity in Cuban repression? Lame.

Manuel A.Tellechea said...


So I take it that you believe that, through the genial instrumentality of stickers, we are to receive from the hands of Spain in 2007 what we didn't receive in 1898. Fool.


Of course not however, what on Earth is the problem with raising awareness of Spanish complicity? That logic is counter-productive. Sure, it's a tiny effort but an effort none-the-less.

Now as for your "fool" remark. . . have called you anything?

Bottom line is - the point of your diatribes against any Cuba-related blogs that aren't your own seem rather silly and again, counter-productive. What is the point? What are you trying to achieve here? Seriously, I want to know. And please note that I don't say that with sarcasm but, rather, genuine curiosity.



Manuel A.Tellechea said...

"Enric" (is that a Viking Henry?):

When people say foolish things I have no qualms about so describing them. Nothing personal.

What do I intend to achieve? Precisely what your own remarks illustrate — a climate of free discussion unfettered by the censorship practiced by Babalú and its client-blogs. Now, shall we discuss that?

Enric said...

I have never experienced censorship on Babalu or any of the other related blogs.

Furthermore, you failed to identify exactly what was foolish in my previous remark.

Again I ask - how is raising awareness of Spanish complicity foolish? I await your answer.

Manuel A.Tellechea said...


The fact that you yourself have not experienced it does not mean that it does not exist. Censorship at Babalú was already notorious long before I highlighted it on this blog. For specific instances of such censorship, including its strictures on free speech, banning of dissent and sleight of hand with both posts and threads, I invite you to visit our Archives where all these practices are reported and documented.

To think that you can "sticker" Spain into liberating Cuba (which Spaniards couldn't even bring themselves to do 109 years ago with 100,000 Cuban machetes in their faces) is the height of foolishness, and all who believe in that are completely detached from the Cuban reality. Anyone who embraces it as any kind of panacea for Cuba's ills must either be stupid or intent on changing the focus of the discussion from U.S. complicity in perpetuating Castro in power for 48 years.

Much as you seem to enjoy making me repeat myself, this really is the last repetition.

Enric said...

No one - certainly not me - ever said anyone could "sticker spain into liberating Cuba" thus, your argument dies there. Case closed.

"The fact that you yourself have not experienced it does not mean that it does not exist."

Point taken.

Manuel A.Tellechea said...


Do not assume that because you don't believe that it is possible to "sticker Spain into liberating Cuba" that the esteemed leaders of BUCL (pronounced BUCKLE) share your clarity of vision.

It is not my conceit but theirs that victory is even an option, though they have not "fired" a single sticker in Spain or registered the least response there to their antics. Of course this will not stop them from declaring victory at the opportune moment (i.e. when Spanish voters defeat Zapatero) and moving on to other targets of opportunity.

Before they are through they shall have condemned everybody for Cuba's plight but the real culprits. You know who they are, but they don't, or, rather, they won't admit it, good American patriots that they are.

And, of course, the chronicle of their foibles is never "closed."