Sunday, October 5, 2008

The Last Days of RCAB and the Cuban-American Blogosphere?

The Babalunians have always been at a great disadvantage in their battles with me (besides the obvious intellectual chasm between us): they are afraid to mention my name. Why? Because to do so is to make a gift to me of Babalú's readers. Their fear is not unfounded since that is exactly what has happened each and every time that one of them has made reference to me at Babalú. I can almost sympathize with their predicament. If they combat the "enemy" not only will they lose the battle but a considerable number of their adherents will defect to the other side. Their only choice, then, is to take volley after volley without offering any resistance. In the past, Fortress Babalú could withstand such an assault. Now, however, there are very considerable chinks in its walls and the whole edifice has been structurally compromised. Their friends (so-called) in the blogosphere have even begun to take notice of its dilapidated state and to allude mischievously to the cause (and even link to it). Then there are my secret admirers in the Babalunian fold itself. They pay me the tribute of their words, that is, they endeavor, with varying degrees of success, to model their writing on mine. I am to them what William Hazlitt and G.K. Chesterton were to me. Which is not good for them. They should go to the well rather than draw water from my pail, as I recently advised one of them. But let them do as they please.

The only response to RCAB that the Babalunians ever ventured safely upon was to attempt to parody it. From the start, I was the biggest fan of those parody blogs, because, of course, the joke was not on me but on them. I even reviewed these "Reviews of the Review" besides always linking to them. I regarded them as homage blogs and looked upon their proliferation with satisfaction even if their overall quality did not always do me honor. The best of these parody blogs was undoubtedly George Moneo's Review of the Review of Cuban-American Blogs , and the worst (for how could he hope to imitate me?) was fantomas' since deleted The Cuban American Misfits Review. Moneo's blog profile of "Manuel A. Chechechea" still makes me laugh and I even copied it in a post at RCAB lest it should ever be lost to history (which is a real possibility since George keeps forgetting the password to his parody blog since he posts there so infrequently. See here).

Of course, RCAB was not conceived as a parody of Babalú. But, imagine, how smart Val Prieto would have been if he had received it as such, publicized it, linked it and offered no opposition to it, taking it all as a big joke and finally reducing it to a big joke. In short, if he had taken a page out of my book. Instead, he has allowed it to cloud his sunny days for going on 2 years and can't even write a sentence now without trying to second guess it.

I have said that if Barack Obama wins this election I will close RCAB on Inauguration Day 2009. There will be no need then to be Babalú's watchdog because the proto-Communists will be in charge of U.S. foreign policy towards Cuba and the opinions of Val & Company will matter as much as a bucket of warm shit and my opinions about their opinions even less. All Cuban-American blogs, in fact, will become irrelevant because it will not be possible anymore to influence U.S. policy towards Cuba. Let the Babalunians rail against the storm all they want and put their Human Pressure Cooker on automatic, it will avail them not. With Obama's unconditional capitulation to Castro, the criminal state created by him in Cuba will be accepted as the legitimate representative of the Cuban people by the very nation that enthroned Castro 50 years ago. The betrayal of Cuba's freedom, independence and sovereignty will come full circle and find the U.S., as in the beginning, on the side of Castro. Well, maybe it was always on the side of Castro and we refused to believe it until it became official policy. With Obama's "Good Neighbor Policy" towards the Castro regime and Ambassador Greg Craig as the new Sumner Welles, it will be impossible to pretend anymore that we shall ever see a free Cuba. Even if we all live 100 years more it will be too little to see the end of Castroism in Cuba though long enough to see the decline and fall of the United States.

The Cuban-American Misfits Review: Of Dead Blogs and Other Irrelevancies

24 comments:

Fantomas said...

and the worst (for how could he hope to imitate me?) was fantomas' since deleted The Cuban American Misfits Review.

Te equivocas Manuel , No tengo nada que ver tampoco con el mischief, the real owner of that blog must be laughing at you now

Oye tu dices que en 100 años no veremos a cuba libre porque saldra Obama, te digo algo,,,, NO IMPORTA QUE TRAIGAN A RONALD REAGAN O AL GENERAL PATTON ...CUBAN ESTA DESTINADA A SEGUIR SU CURSO COMUNISTA UNLESS EL PUEBLO CUBANO SE DECIDA A LLEVAR LA COTRAREVOLUCION A LAS CALLES Y EL BAÑO DE SANGRE POR DOQUIER... aND FOR THAT TO HAPPEN MANUEL SE TIENE QUE ACABAR EL MUNDO PRIMERO..EN CUBA YA NO EXISTEN MACEOS

Anonymous said...

Likely voters give Biden a 50% to 41% nod over Palin in the debate


UTICA, New York - Democrat Joe Biden won the Vice Presidential debate in St. Louis on Thursday, and his ticket, headed by Barack Obama, enjoys a four-point lead over Republicans John McCain and Sarah Palin, the newest Zogby Interactive poll shows.

Alex said...

Well, you'll be missed.

Vana said...

Manuel:

Moneo is chechechea? I'm confused, at the RRCAB he dumps on Babalu

If Obama wins (I can only hope he doesn't) you claim you will close this blog, but of course you will open another one right? I need my daily Tellechea dose, I'm addicted, you cannot leave me high and dry, you simply cannot!!

Manuel A.Tellechea said...

vana:

George's latest post at The Review of the Review of Cuban-American Blogs is intended to sound like me when I am chastising Babalú's Human Pressure Cooker. But, like you, I also sensed an earnestness that almost makes me believe that he in fact does not mimic but shares my perspective. The close seems a desperate attempt to conceal that heretical truth.

Let us not be pessimistic. I expect to be at the helm of RCAB for a long time to come. Obama is not going to win and I am not going anywhere.

Manuel A.Tellechea said...

Alex:

Well, at least you will have one consolation if Obama loses.

If Hillary had been the nominee (as I sincerely hoped), I would not have made such a resolution.

Manuel A.Tellechea said...

fantomas:

Aceept the fame I offer you. It may be the only fame coming your way.

Vana said...

Manuel:

Duh..lol..But I must say Georgie is venting in his own way.

Fulano de Cal said...

John Kerry was winning by five points in the week before the 2004 election and...he lost.

A vote for Obama is a vote for Greg Craig. This alone should be revolting to all Cuban Americans. A vote for Obama supports the view that Cuban exiles should be assualted by ATF commandos. A vote for Obama supports those who want to keep Cuba "unspoiled" by capitalist influences, so all of the america-hating Move-on idiots (the neo-progs) can visit and see old Chevys and Che billboards.

Anonymous said...

QUOTE OF THE MONTH


Obama is not going to win and I am not going anywhere.

jsb said...

"I am to them what William Hazlitt and G.K. Chesterton were to me."

Flatter yourself much?

Manuel A.Tellechea said...

jsb:

Anybody can read Hazlitt or Chesterton.

I recommended to the Babalunians that they study them rather than me. (That's what "draw from the well not my pail" means.)

Results, though, are not guaranteed.

Anonymous said...

Fulano the fool.

What poll are you talking about?

The polls all predicted a Bush win.

Just like they now predict an Obama win.

If you're not happy with Obama, you can leave. You rafters need to grow some balls and take your country back.

Don't expect us real Americans to do it for you.

Squathole said...

Manny: The McCain/imPalin' campaign's latest round of ads has the stench of desperation about it. Combine that with the recent polls, concerns over the economy, and Obama's considerable advantage in funding, and the outcome is obvious.

Despite that prediction (and predictions are predominantly "dic'), I look forward with pleasure to many more MAT posts and comments well into 2009 and beyond.

Fantomas said...

From now until nov 4


Every point lost in the Dow represents a Victory for Obama

Manuel A.Tellechea said...

steve:

Desperation is just what we need now. It makes people take chances and go for broke and sometimes it even pays off.

If the worst happens, I may just spend the next 4 years on your blog ruminating about every subject except Obama and Cuba's unhappy (unhappier) fate.

Fantomas said...

look forward with pleasure to many more MAT posts and comments well into 2009 and beyond.


Mat stand no chance after Inauguration Day

Fantomas said...

tic, tac, tic, tac, tic, tac, tic, tac, tic, tac, tic, tac, tic, tic, tic, tac, tic, tac

Fantomas said...

Manuel Alberto estas?

Fantomas said...

Say Hi, to Nancy

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said:
Don't expect us real Americans to do it for you.
1:13 pm

real Americans?
What does that mean?
Are you a native American Indian?

It's a longer raft ride to Europe or the East than to Cuba btu you obviously won't admit that. I'll bet you didn't come here as an exile either.

Anonymous said...

btu=but

Manuel A.Tellechea said...

fantomas:

It is ironic that you so eagerly await the demise of RCAB since it is practically the only blog that has not banned you.

Fantomas said...

THOSE WHO PRACTICE CENSORSHIP STAND NO CHANCE VS FANTOMAS