"You know what I'm done with pulling my hair and gnashing my teeth about things like this. No matter what anyone does, the exile community is never going to come out of it with positive press. Screw it. We can't control the actions of a few old men, and if the media is dumb enough to generalize, it's their problem. As far as those old men go, in my mind they've earned the right to tell those bitches exactly what they did and more. Don't come into the lions den with a stick, you might just walk out with it impaled in an orifice. Imagine if you had your house, your way of life, your country stolen from you and had to deal with some ugly broad telling you how great the guy who stole all of this from you is. You'd probably react violently too. — Henry Gómez, "CodePink's 'Big' Protest" (comment), Babalú, January 12, 2008.
We may not be able to keep up with the pace of Henry's evolution anymore. He seems to be evolving by giant strides now, like Darwin on roids. Still, we will try. Today we are inaugurating a new feature on Review of Cuban-American Blogs: "The Evolution of Henry Gómez." It will chronicle Henry's tortuous journey from "American-Cuban" to Cuban-American. Our hopes stop there, but he may yet surprise us.
What about Val Prieto? Well, evolution doesn't happen in tandem and some species do go extinct. In any case, Val's recent "vow of silence" is at least as satisfying as Henry's evolution.