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(Chron)   Castro hasn't departed this mortal coil yet, but U.S. preparing for mass exodus to Miami when he does   (chron.com) divider line 145
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2006-12-13 10:08:42 AM  
"to"? or "from?"
 
2006-12-13 10:27:13 AM  
Well we could always change our retarded policy regarding Cuban migrants.
 
2006-12-13 10:37:22 AM  
Why? Aren't these people generally leaving BECAUSE of Castro?
 
2006-12-13 10:45:49 AM  
Im off to brush up on my Espanol.

/que?
 
2006-12-13 10:51:22 AM  
thats allwhat miami needs, more "boat people". They are like the katrina vicitims.

I wish the navy would torpedo their little rafts before they got on shore.
 
2006-12-13 10:57:17 AM  
well a departure of 500,000 Republican voters isn't necessarily a bad thing.
 
2006-12-13 10:57:25 AM  
Does this mean good things for baseball?
 
2006-12-13 10:57:33 AM  
Pat, I'm pretty sure that falls under the Overkill tag.
 
2006-12-13 10:58:27 AM  
Actually, can we just shove all those Cuban expatriates who've hijacked our Cuba policy for the last fifty years into boats and send 'em back? Call it a "Reverse Mariel".
 
2006-12-13 10:59:02 AM  
I wish the navy would torpedo their little rafts before they got on shore.

LMFAO
 
2006-12-13 11:01:04 AM  
Gee, I'd think all those Cuban nationals enjoying our 1st world civilization will be just jumping to get their butts back to their 3rd world island once Castro is gone.
At least, that's what they claim they're waiting for.
All so proud to be Cuban, waiving their little Cuban flags... yet don't want to go back.
 
2006-12-13 11:02:03 AM  
Can they bring good Cuban cigars with them so that I don't have to smuggle them anymore...?
 
2006-12-13 11:03:04 AM  
Tuesday at the start of a simulated exercise aimed at gauging the ability of the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies to respond to a potential rafter crisis.

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2006-12-13 11:03:38 AM  
They're all going back after he dies because he was such a great leader....right?...right?...hmmm...But Bushco is Hitler!

/Maaaammm! Realty is dismantling my beliefs again!
 
2006-12-13 11:03:50 AM  
I'm just waiting for that Havana Club to be legal here.
 
2006-12-13 11:04:03 AM  
Well, I think there will be a large exodus from Cuba at first, because the first few years without Castro will be a bit crazy. Generally when your whole economy and leadership changes there is a lot of havoc, and Cuba will be no exception. In 5 or 10 years after Castro you will see things get a lot better, and people really start investing and moving back to Cuba. Heck it wouldn't surprise me if it was a US state 50 years from now.
 
2006-12-13 11:04:16 AM  
Why is it that minorities are just OH SO PROUD of who they are, that they feel compelled to throw themselves into a group of white americans and tell us how great they are?

You're not great. If you were great you wouldn't have fled your homeland a like a drowning rat. Get the fark outta here!
 
2006-12-13 11:06:29 AM  
It could happen. If military leaders in Cuba think Raul Castro, the Fidel sanctioned replacement, is weak they may try to overthrow him. Not to mention the possibility of a revolution that is given the support of the US. Life in Cuba is pretty awful, sadly there are a lot of things that could happen after Castro dies that could make it a lot worse.



PatMcCroch: I wish the navy would torpedo their little rafts before they got on shore.

You know you remind me of that guy Dwight on The Office.
 
2006-12-13 11:06:31 AM  
www.ahherald.com
They're Baaaaaaaaack
 
2006-12-13 11:07:17 AM  
Can you imagine the spooks in DC, staining their pants with jizz about the possibility of going down to Cuba once the Beard takes a dirt bath? Lots of opportunities are going to spring up - the main one of course being a chance to whack the Beard's brother and install our own government down there.
 
2006-12-13 11:07:19 AM  
You people will never have any say about Cuba policy because you just don't count.

We do.

Get used to it.
 
2006-12-13 11:08:35 AM  
Yup, because, as we've seen in recent history, once a dictator is taken out of power, the country instantly becomes shining-happy people-smiling REM land.

It's not at all likely that Castro's successor will be as bad or worse than him.

It's not at all likely that there will be a struggle for power that will throw Cuba into a civil war.
 
2006-12-13 11:08:45 AM  
biobob

Heck it wouldn't surprise me if it was a US state 50 years from now.

It'd surprise me. US doesn't want states - states means they have to provide services and money and minimum wages and suchlike. Much easier to simply make business deals in foreign countries with friendlier laws.

Cuba will turn into just-another-Caribbean-resort-island.
 
2006-12-13 11:09:21 AM  
You know, the US should just offer Cuba the opportunity to become a State.

This would solve a few things, (and I'm sure create more troubles too, but hey-fark-it, it's America!)

All the Cubans in Florida could go back to Cuba if they wanted, or stay. Makes no difference. (Cuba is Florida's Mexico?)

Simply put tho' they are all Americans anyway, (or they are the instant they are feet dry on US Soil), so why not just accellerate the process, and once Castro is nuts up in the grave, offer Cuba the one time opportunity to become a US State.

But, hey. I don't know nothin'
 
2006-12-13 11:09:51 AM  
Floridian, looks like you've assimilated well into American society, i.e., you're totally deluded about the power you have to influence government.
 
2006-12-13 11:10:23 AM  
vanity
You're not great. If you were great you wouldn't have fled your homeland a like a drowning rat. Get the fark outta here!

You mean... the same way your ancestors did?
asshole.

wait... you're not native american are you?
*checks profile*
nope. asshole.
 
2006-12-13 11:10:23 AM  
you don't "depart" this mortal coil, you "let loose" or "shuffle off" this mortal coil.

seriously, get it right.
 
2006-12-13 11:10:25 AM  
Why is it I have a feeling those who believe the US Government wasn't prepared for Katrina are going to laugh at this preparedness -the "Oh Noes" crowd.
 
2006-12-13 11:12:54 AM  
Castro is already dead.
 
2006-12-13 11:13:28 AM  
So Vanity's family immigrated from Assholia?
 
2006-12-13 11:13:58 AM  
SchlingFo:

It's not at all likely that Castro's successor will be as bad or worse than him.

eur.news1.yimg.com

/ Donde esta Raul (pops) ?
 
2006-12-13 11:14:12 AM  
"We don't want to be caught flat-footed"

????

You stinking flat-foot.

/cigars stink
//sharks with lasers come to mind
///normandy beach scene too
 
2006-12-13 11:14:55 AM  
Also, with Baseball being as big as it is in Cuba, I would really like to see the MLB there in 20 years with a team. That'd make a lot more sense than what they tried with Puerto Rico and the Nationals/Expos.
 
2006-12-13 11:14:59 AM  
Cuba will turn into just-another-Caribbean-resort-island.


That was kinda one of the reasons for their Communist Revolution in the first place...
 
2006-12-13 11:16:02 AM  
Wouldn't the mass exodus go the other way? Cuban exiles going back to Cuba to remake the country?

There's got to be some way to get those tapas munching assholes in Miami to leave.
 
2006-12-13 11:16:18 AM  
drg8r:

z.about.com

/ fixed that for ya
 
2006-12-13 11:17:05 AM  
can we get a nother scarface movie outta it? This time maybe he is dealing meth out of trailer?
 
2006-12-13 11:17:25 AM  
veedeevadeevoodee

Wow. So the country will convert from a Communist dictatorship into a good-old-fashioned US-corporate-puppet-dictatorship.

Fantastic.

Still, either way the influx of business will improve the lot of the Cuban populace at least marginally (and the lot of a handful of investors and businessmen significantly).
 
2006-12-13 11:17:41 AM  
Please God, let it be a mass exodus of millions of liberals from the USA to this island communist utopia
 
2006-12-13 11:18:04 AM  
I, for one, welcome our new Cuban overlords.

/crud, that already happened in Florida
//never mind
///all you Cubans, get the hell off my lawn
 
2006-12-13 11:18:15 AM  
veedeevadeevoodee,

Yup, him, for one.

He's (if it's even possible) more committed to socialist ideals than Fidel.

It's naive to believe that the situation will all of a sudden improve in Cuba when Fidel kicks it.

If you want it to improve, you have to open trade with Cuba and let capitalism win the day (much as we've done with China).
 
2006-12-13 11:18:23 AM  
Pxtl - as it should be.

I welcome all who come.
 
2006-12-13 11:20:16 AM  
Mr. Xhin,

Wouldn't the mass exodus go the other way? Cuban exiles going back to Cuba to remake the country?

They fled because running from the problem is easier than staying to fight the problem.

These people (the Cubans that fled to the U.S.) have proven that they take the path of least resistance. Why would they want to go back and try to rebuild Cuba (which is going to take work the likes of which they couldn't imagine) when they could stay here in the U.S. living the good life?
 
2006-12-13 11:21:15 AM  
...gauging the ability of the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies to respond to a potential rafter crisis.

Does the term "rafter crisis" refer to the assumption that they will all be building little rafts and paddling on over to Miami? Or does it imply that Miami will be filled to the rafters by this supposed mass exodus? Just curious.
 
2006-12-13 11:21:36 AM  
We could just drop the bullshiat and start treating them the same as we do China. That would pretty much solve everything.
 
2006-12-13 11:23:25 AM  
"They fled because running from the problem is easier than staying to fight the problem."

Just like wealthy Venezuelans. Christ, I hope they never have the numbers to be a voting bloc.
 
2006-12-13 11:24:04 AM  
Ah, Miami, where Cubans go to live and Jews go to die...
 
2006-12-13 11:25:10 AM  
HotWingConspiracy,

We could just drop the bullshiat and start treating them the same as we do China. That would pretty much solve everything.

Agreed.

Just like wealthy Venezuelans. Christ, I hope they never have the numbers to be a voting bloc.

And agreed :)
 
2006-12-13 11:25:43 AM  
Day one post-Castro: dancing in the streets on Calle Ocho in Miami, as the mass exodus begins.

Day ten, p-C: More dancing in the streets in Miami, as the last of the Cubanos departs.

Day twenty: Dancing in Miami stops as the first of the disillusioned Cubanos returns.

Day thirty: Dancing in the streets in Havana as the last of the returned exiles flies back to Miami.

Day forty: Status quo ante.
 
2006-12-13 11:27:12 AM  
SchlingFo
They fled because running from the problem is easier than staying to fight the problem.


Reminds me of a certain ilk who fled to Canadia and Frenchland in 2000 and 2004. Is Soros still in that monastery he said he was going to enter if President Bush were re-elected?
 
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