Tuesday, May 22, 2007

"BUCL Up, It's Gonna be a Bumpy Ride"

No, things are not going well for Bloggers United for Cuban Liberty (BUCL, pronounced "Buckle"). The readers of its mother blog Babalú have dealt BUCL a considerable rebuke when they refused to support its "Manifesto" as posted on some Spanish version of DIGG called Menéame. I had pointed out to them earlier the necessity of bringing their campaign to Spain itself, which apparently had never occurred to them, and being little acquainted with Spanish blogs, or, indeed, Spanish anything (quite an omission when you are embarking on such a mission as BUCL's), they chose this humble (and free) Spanish venue to launch their campaign in Spain. Apparently, the Spaniards were not paying much attention to their endeavors, and so Henry was compelled to beg Babalu's readers to visit the Spanish website and register their support for BUCL's boycott against Spain. At last count only 52 of Babalu's 2,000-3,000 daily visitors complied and 9 of the votes were negative, and this despite Henry's desperate attempt to stuff the ballot box with absentee U.S. voters. Maybe Val can offer tee-shirts for voting in the popularity poll or Henry write tributes to each of the 52 Menéame voters. The simple truth is that no one here much less there is paying attention to them or wants anything to do with this re-play of Cuba's War of Independence. Someone should really tell Val and Henry that we won and don't have to undertake any more "campaigns" against Spain. I recommend to them once again that they desist with this farce and concentrate their attention on something that they could actually hope to impact, such as the upcoming U.S. elections or the "Wet Foot/ Dry Foot Policy."

This whole campaign against Spanish re-conquest reminds me of Ignatius Reilly's "Crusade for Moorish Dignity" in A Confederacy of Dunces. And who shall hold the stained blanket?


Vana said...

Manuel I love that you used the line from All About Eve, it fits to a T, what can I say you are right, they need to stop this absurdity, I see it as you do, let's put our energies into the wet foot- dry foot fiasco

Omar said...

Estas apretando. Some bloggers need a quick dip in the ocean--maybe it will clear their heads up and focus on Washington instead of Madrid. Say, whatever happened to the Churumbeles de ...dare I say the place? Hispania.

Manuel A.Tellechea said...


The problem is that their heads are buried so deeply in the sand that you could pour the whole ocean on them without one drop ever reaching their entrapped minds.

Manuel A.Tellechea said...


It's easy to declare victory even though BUCL's Campaign Against Spanish "Explosion" of Cubans fired nary a sticker there.

Regardless of the real results of their ill-conceived and executed campaign, and even if the "Battle of the Three Stickers" is its bootless culmination, Val & Henry are just shameless enough to claim, and their acolytes gullible enough to believe, that they were the decisive factor in Zapatero's future and inevitable defeat in the next elections.

Our prescient friend Charlie Bravo predicted that they would claim credit for it, and I am sure he is going to be proved right.

So, go ahead, Val & Henry, declare victory in your war against Spain and announce BUCL's next campaign (I shudder to think what that will be).

When all is said and done, the rain in Spain still falls mainly on the plain.