October 21, 2004

Fidel Gets a Boo-boo

See this picture?


That's Fidel Castro falling at a graduation ceremony yesterday in Havana. Broken knee. Fractured arm. Thought I'd share.

Posted by Michael J. Totten at October 21, 2004 01:10 PM

When I first saw that I winced because it pains me to see any old timer take a tumble like that. But then I remembered this is Fidel we're talking about. HAHAHAHA! He'll be alright.

Posted by: David at October 21, 2004 01:16 PM

And here's a video link for your viewing pleasure.

Posted by: Nathan Hamm at October 21, 2004 01:31 PM

It looks like the guy in stripes is poised to kick him while he's down. Wishful thinking on my part I guess. Why do old dictators and terrorists (Arafat) seem to live forever?

Posted by: Joe Marino at October 21, 2004 01:37 PM

Why do old dictators and terrorists (Arafat) seem to live forever?

Cause no one on the other side wants them fucking things up over there?


Posted by: Ratatosk at October 21, 2004 01:43 PM

Why do old dictators and terrorists (Arafat) seem to live forever?

Because evil thrives in this world; while goodness must be nurtured.

Posted by: David at October 21, 2004 01:46 PM

Schadenfreude's a bad thing...right?


Why didn't somebody shoot the sonofabitch while he was down?

Posted by: spc67 at October 21, 2004 01:49 PM

Good thing Cuba has "universal health care."

Posted by: SoCalJustice at October 21, 2004 02:06 PM

I think Rat might be onto something there...

but seriously, he is one of the few people that I feel little or no sympathy for.

Posted by: FH at October 21, 2004 02:06 PM

Ouch. Looks painful.

Not as painful as having your family lined up in front of a firing squad, though.

I guess I will reserve my tears.

Posted by: Neighborhood Bully at October 21, 2004 02:10 PM

Actually, I think he saw some American $$ under that chair and he's going for it.

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Posted by: David at October 21, 2004 03:31 PM

In Miami you could hear them cheering, with a huge sigh of disappointment when he got back on his feet.

Posted by: Zacek at October 21, 2004 04:39 PM

My first thought was "omigod." Like David, I instinctively flinch at the sight of an old timer taking a fall. On reflection, however, it's just too bad he didn't crack his skull.

Posted by: Michael at October 21, 2004 05:09 PM


Yes. I'm tired of arguing with him about this. I have many things to do in my life, and I'm not going to sacrifice them for an unpaid babysitting position. He's the third person I've had to ban this week, after Trewth Seeker and Michael Turner. Both Turner and HA have been on-again off-again problems for over a year. And neither of them have ever shown any respect when I ask them to cool it. I should have kicked both of them out back in 2003.

Posted by: Michael J. Totten at October 21, 2004 05:55 PM

Wearing his fatigues at a graduation ceremony? What a knucklehead. Still, I sometimes find it hard to get outraged about Castro's dictatorship. It's been 40 years since he threatened us with nukes and 15 years since the collapse of global communism. All in all, when you make a list of the most murderous, oppressive, corrupt, tyrants of the past century, Castro might not even make it into the top 20 - although he holds the number 1 rank for longevity and long-windedness.

We know he no longer has a hold on the loyalty and reverance of the Cuban population. However, it's not clear that he is universally reviled by his own people the way most other long-serving tyrants wind-up.

Posted by: John in Tokyo at October 21, 2004 06:41 PM

Good for you, Michael. He really did need to go.

And it is your blog.

Posted by: Court at October 21, 2004 08:31 PM

Ah, Fidel, you make us laugh. Methinks maybe somethings up. When I saw this story on the BBC site yesterday, it said he was at a "rally". Now it says graduation. What's up?

Posted by: Greg at October 21, 2004 08:52 PM

Too bad he didn't break his f*cking neck and die. And I'm not a bit ashamed that I feel that way.

Posted by: Al Superczynski at October 21, 2004 09:26 PM

This video clip is great! If only this foul mass of human scum could die by lingering septicemic infection, it would be perfect. By the way, John in Tokyo, the decent Cubans shot, tortured, and sitting in camps would not take such a benign view of this scumbag.

Posted by: John Cunningham at October 21, 2004 09:28 PM

There was something ironic in his physical fall. Does it forshadow Castro's ultimate political demise?

He is an old, feeble man with old, feeble policies. He is another dictator that has ruined the lives of an entire generation of Cuban citizens. It's too bad he didn't land on his head.

It will be interesting to see what happens in Cuba when Castro ultimately meets his fate. I hope the cause of freedom wins.

Posted by: BDB at October 21, 2004 09:49 PM

Broken knee and arm?

I wonder if he blurted out "But nobody asked me a question yet?" right after he hit the floor.

There ought to be a pool on how long the interval will be between his funeral and the first elections. What a beautiful country to be a basket case.

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Posted by: chopperdave at October 21, 2004 10:46 PM

John Cunningham,

When I said Castro might not make it into the top 20 of 20th Century Dictators, it was a joke -a back handed compliment. So was the part about it being 40 years since he threatened us with nukes.

It was not an attempt to defend or apologize for Castro and in fact it was meant as a sort of parody of those who do, like Robert Redford. Afterall, just because you're not ranked in the top 20 of murderous tyrants of the 20th Century, it doesn't mean that you can't be plenty murderous and plenty tyranical. It's just that there's a lot of tough competition in that category.

Posted by: John in Tokyo at October 22, 2004 12:40 AM

“Too bad he didn't break his f*cking neck and die. And I'm not a bit ashamed that I feel that way.”

And you shouldn’t! Fidel Castro is a very evil man. His death would be a good thing. Castro has tortured and murdered many innocent people. Let us hope that he dies in the very near future.

Posted by: David Thomson at October 22, 2004 02:41 AM

Of course, the fall itself is not the end of this matter: Falls in the elderly.

Posted by: Anthony at October 22, 2004 03:58 AM

The clip of this was the Daily Show's 'Moment of Zen'

Posted by: mary at October 22, 2004 06:36 AM

I wonder how many of the people there for Fidels Fall were put in front of a firing squad for laughing. I'll bet the guy who put that step there is currently being tortured also.

Posted by: Barney at October 22, 2004 10:22 AM

Fidel takes a header and the Yankees blow a 3-0 series lead for the first time EVER in baseball, both events occurring within a day of each other. Coincidence, or God deciding to throw a schadenfreude festival?

Posted by: Sebastian at October 22, 2004 11:56 AM

Gerald Ford did it better... and with more style.

Posted by: Bill at October 23, 2004 12:05 PM

Where are the librians when you need them.

Posted by: Akweth at October 23, 2004 02:00 PM

I just read taht Arafat is in bad condition, too. Maybe something will happen to Mugabe or Kim Jong Il as well.

Personally, I wonder what would happen if Castro and Pinochet were forced into a cage match :)

Posted by: Green Baron at October 24, 2004 06:04 PM

I am planning to have a party when the old bastard finally pops his clogs. Now if, as Green Baron hopes, Arafat, Mugabe or Kim Jong Il were to go we could have a whole series of parties

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