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Last updated on March 5th, 2018 at 01:33 pm

Commie paranoia is sweeping the globe:

Cuba pressed on with its biggest military exercises in almost 20 years, with 400,000 reservists joining regular forces and millions of civilians in wargames which the authorities say are to deter a US invasion.

“The enemy will never catch us by surprise,” the official communist party daily, Granma, trumpeted Tuesday …”The only way to stop aggression is to make it abundantly clear that, in this case, Cuba will become from one end to the other an enormous wasp’s nest that no aggressor, however powerful, will be able to overcome,” Defense Minister Raul Castro said Monday.

Sure thing, Raul. No aggressor could ever overcome a large pod of bugs. And over in the Democratic People’s Republic of Total Failure

North Korea warned that it would regard any sanctions imposed on it by Japan as a declaration of war and would hit back with an “effective physical” response.

“If sanctions are applied against the DPRK (North Korea)…, we will regard it as a declaration of war against our country and promptly react to the action by an effective physical method,”the unidentified spokesman said in a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency.

Nations with “official news agencies” don�t have a great record in recent international conflicts. Good luck finding your weapons in the dark, North Korea.

(Via contributor J.F. Beck)

UPDATE. Santa isn’t welcome in Havana:

Cuba’s most senior US diplomat says he has been warned by the government of serious consequences unless he takes down Christmas decorations in Havana.

James Cason says he will not remove the display at the American interests section, which includes a reference to 75 dissidents jailed last year …

The BBC’s Stephen Gibbs in the capital, Havana, says the display does seem designed to irritate the Cuban government.

He adds that the government cancelled Christmas as a holiday for several decades in an apparent bid to increase sugar production.

Posted by Tim B. on 12/15/2004 at 11:58 PM
    1. Hey, love the new site. Can’t get the XML feed to work.

      Posted by Meatriarchy on 2004 12 16 at 01:12 AM • permalink


    1. Of course, the People’s Democratic Popular Marine Corps part of the exercise had to be cancelled because all the landing craft were mysteriously stolen and last seen headed north, loaded with women and children…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2004 12 16 at 03:43 AM • permalink


    1. One of my dogs used to bark at nonexistent bugaboos in order to get the other dogs to rush outside and play with him.  Same thing.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2004 12 16 at 03:52 AM • permalink


    1. Must be the Cubans feared those in the US suffering from PEST (Post Election Selection Trauma) were going to emigrate in large numbers to escape the US’ reign of BushHitler. The Cubans didn’t want such an influx of US moonbats so they are preparing their military to repel the US Invaders.

      Posted by CJosephson on 2004 12 16 at 04:39 AM • permalink


    1. We here in the USA would invade Cuba, but alas there is nothing there worth having. Unless of course you are an antique car collector. It’s a buyers market for ‘57 Chevies.

      Posted by Wallace-Midland Texas on 2004 12 16 at 05:03 AM • permalink


    1. If Fidel really wants any invasion by us decadent capitalistic American pigs to fail, he’d be better off stacking cases of rum and cigars at potential beach heads, with attractive, scantily dressed waitresses and waiters to serve cold drinks upon demand.

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2004 12 16 at 05:39 AM • permalink


    1. A little known fact is that one of the American ambassador to Cuba’s major duties is crank calling Fidel’s private line at 3 AM at least 4-7 times a week.

      It gives me the giggles to know that there is at least one embassy out there with explicit orders to provoke the host country’s leader.

      Posted by Vasco on 2004 12 16 at 07:37 AM • permalink


    1. So that’s where Clover Moore got her inspiration…

      Posted by murph on 2004 12 16 at 09:40 AM • permalink


    1. ’Scuse me: the official Cuban party newspaper is called ‘Granma’?

      Posted by cuckoo on 2004 12 16 at 10:15 AM • permalink


    1. Cuban Gov. probably didn’t like Cubans to be reminded of what they have lost since the revolucion (Christmas, for example).

      Posted by jlyoder on 2004 12 16 at 11:35 AM • permalink


    1. cuckoo:  Not only that, but it’s unofficial party newspaper is called Tia Maria.

      Posted by JorgXMcKie on 2004 12 16 at 11:41 AM • permalink


    1. The Commies stopped Christmas celebrations to increase sugar production? Sweet Jesus, take the damn day off.

      Posted by Butch on 2004 12 16 at 12:11 PM • permalink


    1. Fidel Castro canceled Christmas?  The Grinch lives.

      Posted by Michael Lonie on 2004 12 16 at 03:09 PM • permalink


    1. If Castro really wanted to increase sugar production he’d abolish Communism instead.  What an evil moron.

      Posted by Michael Lonie on 2004 12 16 at 03:14 PM • permalink


    1. Now that the Chinese are capitalist-roaders, and the Eastern Block have gone all Eurofied, there may be a niche market opening up for Stalinist Nostalgia Tours. Countries like North Korea and Cuba could have a thriving tourist industry without investing in any better facilities! Doing it tough is part of the trip. No plugs in the baths, maybe no baths, no phones, no cabs. No shopping, just lots of poorly maintained relics to look at, including Fidel himself.

      Posted by blogstrop on 2004 12 16 at 06:11 PM • permalink


    1. The “serious consequences” reminds me of Monty Python – “what are you going to do, bleed on me?”

      Posted by PJ on 2004 12 16 at 08:58 PM • permalink


  1. Pop culture professor on local ABC radio (from Curtin Uni) agrees with Fidel. “in AustraliaChristmas is becoming increasingly secularised and really it’s pretty poor that our yearly holidays are based around the Christian “calendar”. Thats his take on it – makes life pretty difficult for non -Christians in a multicultural country. Oh gosh,so sorry.Anyway 70% of Aussies on Census declare their religion as Christian. Amazing how the country is being overrun by crazed evangelicals when it suits the ABC and when it doesn’t religion, speciallyOUR religion, is on its last legs.

    Posted by crash on 2004 12 16 at 11:27 PM • permalink