I wish to thank Rick of South Florida Daily Blog for adding RCAB to his Blogroll. I take this as one more harbinger that the end may be in sight. The end, of course, being an Obama presidency, which would make RCAB and all other blogs of a similar tendency obsolete (though they either do not realize it or won't admit it). The end also of a whole lot of other things more important than this blog.
Rick, in his former capacity as co-editor (with Alex) of Stuck on the Palmetto, is not a name unknown to our readers. Rick is the blogosphere's second most relentless critic of Babalú and may actually be the founder of the club. Although sometimes Rick and I have coincided in our criticism of Babalú, and on occasion he has even surprised me by taking an unexpected line of attack, sparing me the trouble of pursuing it myself, we nonetheless tend to approach Babalú from different if not opposite directions. Still, it is remarkable that Babalú managed to irk us both. No, it is not a sign of fairness on its part but of hubris. Its addiction to censorship, autos-da-fé and bannings transcends politics. In fact, it is the negation of politics, which necessarily involves more than one party or official ideology (in Babalú's case, the Human Pressure Cooker). Opposing Castro by aping his methods even without his power is not something that will promote the cause of Cuban freedom. Rick, too, is conscious of Babalú's hypocrisy in this respect but not sufficiently conscious of the hypocrisy of other bloggers who avail themselves of a democracy to defend Castro's dictatorship. Yet I have not given up the hope that some day he may see through their hypocrisy too. The only thing that's probably stopping him is his aversion to Babalú itself.
If this blog should close in January 2009 SFDB will be the place to see Val & Company put through their paces; not the same paces, mostly, that I would put Babalú through, but still a thorough workout for you who appreciate that as a sport (and many do). For those who want a more Tellechean touch, based on our common Cuban identity, there is Alex's Miami & Beyond, which will continue to monitor Val's Human Pressure Cooker, I am sure. I will devote a later post to the blog that most clearly mirrors my own thinking on Cuba and Babalú.
Today I am adding South Florida Daily Blog and Miami & Beyond to RCAB's Blogroll.