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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Hey Viejo Chocho -- It's Called HEBREW

Immanuel or Emmanuel or Imanu'el (Hebrew עִמָּנוּאֵל "God [is] with us" consists of two Hebrew words: אֵל (’El, meaning 'God') and עִמָּנוּ (ʻImmānū, meaning 'with us'); Standard Hebrew ʻImmanuʼel, Tiberian Hebrew ʻImmānûʼēl).

Dear God, Fidel Castro has come out with a kind of op-ed piece in the Cuban news organ (think Pravda), Granma.

I refuse to link to that sack of smegma, so here is a blogpost that does.

In this piece, el Comandante-en-barba muses out loud about the possible origins of the name "Rahm Emanuel". Get this -- his first thought was that it appeared Spanish! You know, like Manuel the porter. ¿Qué?

"WHAT a strange surname! It appears Spanish, easy to pronounce, but it’s not. Never in my life have I heard or read about any student or compatriot with that name, among tens of thousands."

...what a diseased, parochial mind, dios mio.

Next he'll be telling us about how funny that he met an Arab girl called Fatima, because he always thought that was Portuguese.



But just so that Chris Matthews gets a tingle up his leg about his thought processes, Castro adds this little gem, remembered from his Jesuit boarding school teachers, no doubt.

"Where does it come from? I wondered. Over and over, the name came to mind of the brilliant German thinker, Immanuel Kant, who together with Aristotle and Plato, formed a trio of philosophers that have most influenced human thinking. Doubtless he was not very far, as I discovered later, from the philosophy of the man closest to the current president of the United States, Barack Obama."

What the bloody hell kind of logic is this?

It reminds me of reading a Woody Allen biography, which mentioned his real name was Allen Konigsberg, immediately segueing that it's no wonder Woody Allen is so interested in philosophy -- because Königsberg was the birthplace of (you guessed it) Immanuel Kant!

Castro wasn't done.

Not only did he use his squirelly logical skills to make snide inferences about the forthcoming American implosion, but he actually had the gall to reference Kant's aphorisms.

"Of course, it was not the only objective or the only inspiring idea, but what is certain is that after the triumph of the revolution in our homeland on January 1, 1959, I still recalled some of the German philosopher’s aphorisms:

“A wise man can change his mind. A stubborn one, never.”

“Do not use others as a means to your end.”

“Only through education can a man finally be a man.”

Ain't that funny, Fifo!

Especially since you're stubborn as the muck stuck to the sole of one's foot; you've used everyone and I do mean EVERYONE to get and keep yourself in power for 50 years; and you deny your people the basic human right to have an education.

Oh, don't tell me that because your educational system is free, that it's worthy, because that's another slap to our faces. When your own people cannot go into a library and check out non-approved literature, have no access to the internet unless they are higher-ups in the government, and have to samizdat their way to enlightenment, that is no education worth speaking of.

Hipocrita. Viejo chocho. Caso perdido!

Keep your thoughts to yourself next time, why don't you.

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8 Comments:

  • Phuck the fort when he regards Immanual. I should know.
    BTW, the best man at my wedding bore a family letter from I. Kant. Fidel Castro is no friend of Kant.

    By Blogger chickenlittle, at Wed Feb 11, 03:50:00 am GMT-5  

  • Wow. So, uneducated rubes take over island, run it into ground, pat selves on back for their own intellectual curiosity?

    It's the USA write small.

    By Blogger blake, at Wed Feb 11, 04:14:00 am GMT-5  

  • I'd say Woody Allen had it right back in the '70s.

    There's really nothing I can add to that.

    By Anonymous Starless, at Wed Feb 11, 08:01:00 am GMT-5  

  • Can we bury him now? He's been dead for so long that he's stinking up the place, ñó...

    Blake, yes, exactly, very familiar figure indeed. He is an uneducated rube with a brilliant penchant for oratory (so said his jesuit teachers at Belén, according to my cousin who went there as well) and unending promises of "change" and "hope for a glowing future"

    Alejo Carpentier, who was one of Castro's favorite pet intellectuals, unintentionally portraited him in one of his novels "Reasons of State" (El Recuros del Método). He is this sort of gangster with a highly pseudo-intellectualized idea of himself. Another fitting portrait, is that of Hitler by Chaplin in "The Great Dictator": someone who can speak for hours and say absolutely nothing.

    Poor Kant...

    By Blogger ElcubanitoKC, at Wed Feb 11, 09:52:00 am GMT-5  

  • CORRECTION:

    Can we bury him now? He's been dead for so long that he's stinking up the place, ñó...

    Blake, yes, exactly, very familiar figure indeed. He is an uneducated rube with a brilliant penchant for oratory (so said his jesuit teachers at Belén, according to my cousin who went there as well) and unending promises of "change" and "hope for a glowing future"

    Alejo Carpentier, who was one of Castro's favorite pet intellectuals, unintentionally portrayed him in one of his novels "Reasons of State" (El Recuros del Método). He is this sort of gangster with a highly pseudo-intellectualized idea of himself. Another fitting portrait, is that of Hitler by Chaplin in "The Great Dictator": someone who can speak for hours and say absolutely nothing.

    Poor Kant...


    I need more coffee

    By Blogger ElcubanitoKC, at Wed Feb 11, 10:08:00 am GMT-5  

  • Viejo chocho, yes. But, also a murderer, tyrant, slaveholder, thief, liar y tremendo hijo de puta!!!

    By Blogger Jose Aguirre, at Wed Feb 11, 11:00:00 am GMT-5  

  • I prefer "viejo cagalitroso E hijo de puta" myself...like the Colombian joke...

    By Blogger ElcubanitoKC, at Wed Feb 11, 11:06:00 am GMT-5  

  • They must have that morphine drip flowing pretty freely.

    What does "Granma? mean anyway...bullshit?

    By Blogger the wolf, at Wed Feb 11, 04:34:00 pm GMT-5  

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