Sunday, September 19, 2021

Another old-guard general died in Cuba

 


(My new American Thinker post)

It's been a tough summer for the old guard in Cuba.  They are dying so quickly that many are wondering if someone is poisoning their "cafecito," or maybe it's COVID.  Who knows for sure?  The truth is, they are quickly joining Fidel wherever the bearded one is spending eternity.

This is from our friend Alberto De La Cruz:

Stellar News on Cuban state-run television reported the death of Reserve Brigadier General Hiraldo Antonio Mora Orozco, who passed away on September 16 from COVID-19.

In an announcement from the Ministry of Armed Forces, it was reported that the officer was part of the First Column of the Rebel Army under the command of Fidel Castro and after 1959, he served as an infantry and tank battalion chief, head of the anti-aircraft artillery regiment and the tank division, and the Second in Command of the Juvenile Labor Army, among other duties.

He also commanded troops during the so-called "Escambray cleansing" against armed Cubans who rose up against Fidel Castro's regime and served three tours in Angola with the Cuban military operations that intervened in the war in that country.

"His body will be cremated and his ashes placed in the Veterans' Pantheon in the Necropolis of Colon," said the announcement in conclusion.

According to state-run media, Mora Orozco is the third high-ranking officer of the Revolutionary Armed Forces to die in the past week and a half. He is the 12th to pass away since July 11, when massive protests against the regime shook the island.

From that date on, obituaries for high-ranking officials published by state-run media have been frequent.

Yes, the guys at the state-run media are getting a lot of practice writing obituaries.

There are lots of rumors flying around, as you would expect.  I heard they want to "cremate" the old guard so no one can oppose the economic reforms coming.  That sounds possible, but who said current leader Diaz-Canel is a reformer?  He didn't show it when people rose up over the last few weeks.  Then I heard that they are paving the way for the big one or Raúl Castro, who is somewhere either dead or near death.  It's possible.  Then I heard that their deaths are just another example of how bad Cuban health care is.  I like that one because Fidel Castro had to bring in some doctor from Spain, and Raúl Castro is probably being treated by a similar group.

So who knows?  All we know is that the old men who sat behind Fidel's longest speeches are fading, and fast.  We are up to twelve and wonder who the lucky number thirteen will be.

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Happy # 72 Twiggy




We say happy birthday to Twiggy, a face from the 1960's.   She was born Dana Lesley Hornby in England on this day in 1949.

As I recall, she was a famous model and became more than that.  

Does anyone remember that 1971 movie "Boy Friend"?  What about those TV appearances?

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Happy # 81 Sylvia Tyson


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We say happy birthday to Sylvia Tyson who was born in Ontario on this day in 1940.  

She was the other half of the wonderful Canadian duo "Ian & Sylvia".

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Happy # 88 David McCallum





We say happy birthday to David McCallum who was born in the UK on this day in 1933.  

Many of us remember him as Illya Kuryakin in "The Man from U.N.C.L.E."
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Happy # 81 Paul Williams, great songwriter




We remember Paul Williams who was born in Omaha, Nebraska, on this day in 1940. 

Paul Williams won "the lottery" when Richard Carpenter heard one of his songs.  Richard played it for Karen and we know the rest of the story.     

"We've only just begun" was The Carpenters' 2nd big song and included in their "Close to You" album.  It become The Carpenters' signature song and a very popular tune for newlyweds.

The Carpenters also recorded "Rainy Days and Mondays", a truly magnificent vocal performance by Karen Carpenter.

Three Dog Night kept the streak going with "An old fashioned love song", my favorite song by that group.

Last, but not least, Kermit the Frog also recorded one of Williams' songs.  It was "Rainbow connection".  

Enjoy them because they are wonderful songs from a great songwriter.

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