Rick said ...
Manny...the reason that babalu pays no attention to you is that you habitually lie. It takes way too much time to deconstruct the lies so they don't bother responding.
For instance, in this post alone, you claim I have a fascination with Santeria. Not true. The only attention I pay to it is when it makes the news.
You also claim I'm in "the heartland," which I assume you mean the heartland of the US. Alas, I returned from there on Friday.
So you see, I've already taken up 3 paragraphs and way too much time denying your lies and have no motivation to address the rest of the BS that your post entails including the fact that you updated and composed most of it after seeing that I had written the post at SotP.
Oh, yes, Manny, RSS feeds don't lie and they show all your corrections and additions.
You are who you are, Manny, and you will never change.
That's why you're ignored.
9/16/2007 8:05 PM
So you are not in Tulsa, Oklahoma anymore, Rick? You returned on Friday? Do you communicate to me your itinerary? Do I "lie" because I don't know exactly where you are? As it happens, it is you who are lying, because this morning Tulsa was exactly from where you paid RCAB a visit, according to Sitemeter and Statcounter.
What you are pleased to call "lies" are merely lacunae in your knowledge, and these, of course, are as broad and wide as the West that you claim to crave but will never live in. It is the Miami which Cubans created — the only Miami that you have ever known — which fascinates and attracts you, and which you will never leave. Stop fooling yourself, Rick; you are certainly not fooling anybody else.
Of course, the Babalunians have tried to answer me. Val himself devoted the longest post he ever wrote in the history of Babalú to trying to answer me and deleted it within 2 hours for fear of my reaction. I had saved it, of course; but since he made it disappear, I was in no hurry to answer it. Four months later, when Val felt it was save to return the deleted post to the Archives, I unearthed it and deconstructed it word for word. Never again did Val cross swords with me. Henry, who has borne the brunt of my criticism, has remained silent. He knows better than to hurl obscenities at me. You, however, seem to lend yourself very well to that sort of treatment. Priggish and almost feminine in your sensibilities, humorless and at war with the only part of the world that has ever tolerated your "diversity," you are as easy to insult as you are to ignore. Personally, I would ignore you if you did not foist yourself upon me. The Babalunians, however, make sport of you. You, of course, are too hungry for attention to see it, and even preen yourself on having been noticed by a "national blog." Ironically, Val and Henry are feeding your ego when they mean to deflate it. They have nothing to gain from engaging you but the fun of seeing you make a pompous ass of yourself. Of course, you don't have to feed the coin machine for that to happen: it is your natural state.
Your post at SotP was written after you had read mine. No one comparing the two could arrive at any other conclusion. I don't see that as particularly relevant, though. Are we in a contest to see who can spot first Babalú's deletions? Does it really mean so much to you to scoop everybody on something that has long been public knowledge, which I, in particular, learned about more than two years ago, when Val was still inviting you to visit his home and you were salivating at the prospect of finding someone who would actually take anything that you said about Cuba seriously?
In fact, I decided that it wasn't worth the time or trouble to resurrect Val's deleted post about you. I certainly owed you no favors and it would be mean to deprive you of the impish joy that you seem to take in exposing Babalú's tricks. Its illogic and faulty knowledge of Cuba you could never expose because you share it and improve upon it.
I should congratulate you on assuming White Dade's mantle as the most bigotted and ignorant anti-Cuban blogger in Miami. You have even managed to improve on White Dade by your lack of humor and talent. With you, the caricature overwhelms the caricatured. That is, you are your own best joke. Your only joke.
That's why you are picked on.
Rick said ...
Ahh, Manny...it is you that brought up my visit to the "heartland" so it is you that must be keeping track of my movements around this country. With your numerous posts regarding SotP and now this, just who is foisting themselves on who?
Rest assured, I am in SoFla now and have been since Friday. You really do need to get your Sitemeter, Statcounter or Stargazer, whatever the heck you're using, adjusted. Better yet, just quit obsessing so much.
And again I spend time, this time 2 paragraphs, refuting your BS. See what I mean? You'll never change, although with a dedicated post and the post title itself, you're acting more and more like Henry Gomez every day.
9/17/2007 5:26 AM
"Numerous posts regarding SotP"? You wish. I have dedicated only one previous post to your blog, in which I did not even mention it by name. My readers are even perplexed about who are and how to reach SotP in order to read the deleted Babalú posts (see previous thread). Obviously, I must mention you more often. Within reason, of course, since SotP could easily supplant Babalú as this blog's muse, since on questions of Cuba it is even more "confused" and offensive. As for your travels to the heartland, I only regret that it is only your heart that you leave there. There are many besides myself who wish that you would leave the rest of you there too.
I sincerely hope that "Rick the Prick" will catch on. Val, who at heart is the same priggish schoolmarm that you are, also took me to task for calling him (or so he said) a "cocksucker," and that particular post has followed him around since the day I wrote it. If the two of you ever keep your longstanding date, it will no doubt be an interesting meeting.
No, I am never going to change. There you are right. Rely on me as your fixed star when you are baying at the moon.