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  1. The man is on MONEY, Ice Cap. Cash money. Name me one - just ONE "bad" guy that's ever been put on paper. While you're struggling to come up with one, I'm going to go make it rain Ches (FWIW each Che is approx 12ยข.) [/sarcasm]
  2. Well we started, but then the government "nationalized" the situation and Raul took the girls, gave them to Fidel, and here we are. That's communism for you. I did get an extra loaf of bread for my troubles though.
  3. THe Pittsburgh / Philadelphia "rivalry" only exists in Pittsburgh (assuming you're not talking about just sports.) IMO the keystone, while a symbol of PA, is more associated with Pittsburgh (maybe due to Heinz ketchup, or maybe just due to that most of the state associates more with Pittsburgh, with Phila being its own thing that just happens to fall within PA lines.) I thought it was an odd choice by the Flyers to use it a few years ago, and expressed my thoughts on it to the designer (they went with it anyway, and to their credit it seems to have been a hit with Flyers fans.) My experience living and going to school in both regions is that Phila is mentioned in Pittsburgh in some capacity on a daily basis, while most people who live in the Phila region have no reason to ever think about Pittsburgh (outside of sports.) FWIW, I like the Penguins version of the keystone better anyway. I also don't take the City of Champions as trolling. That's how they refer to it there, and I would assume that all fans in central / western PA, and probably most older fans get the reference, despite the already-proven fact that several cities refer to themselves by the same nickname. It's harmless.
  4. nfl

    Eagles will be in black on Monday Night vs GB.
  5. Hang on, I'm not saying I idolize the guy, just saying that from the admittedly little I've been exposed to he seemed pretty heroic, with the caveat that I don't know much. Feel free to PM me anything you think would be beneficial for me to read in my quest for knowledge. Seriously, I'd appreciate it. Edit: actually one of the museums made it seem like he was just getting job offers from all these other countries, including Congo, and eventually deciding on which cause he would accept. It seemed like they asked him, not that he just showed up and started barking orders. Again, just what I got from a very biased source.
  6. I still have a lot to learn, and admittedly I don't know much outside of Cuba and Guatemala (and not that much about Guatemala.) Admittedly my viewpoint is slanted after having so recently been surrounded by statues, monuments, museums, mausoleums, etc. dedicated to the guy.
  7. Sorry Puerto Rico, there's a new shining star of the caribbean!
  8. What I've learned both from there (obviously slanted) and also via independent research is that we did some repugnant stuff to them, such as staging attacks against ourselves in order to drum up support for a war, pumping hallucinogens into a studio before he spoke in order to make him seem loopy and unfit to lead, attempting to get him to wear a uniform made from tainted cloth that would cause his hair to fall out so he would appear old and weak, partnering with and granting immunity to known LCN to have him assassinated, etc. So much of it was really between us and USSR with them in the middle, but since we refused to recognize them (which I assume was partially because he wouldn't be our puppet like his predecessor, and also because he was already being backed by the USSR) they took proactive action and nationalized our interests (which we would be justified in tacking action against) but also allowed Kruschev a base for the missiles (which are still there, though non-functional... I think.) I walked away from the experience looking at the Castros, Frank Pais, and Che as legit heros (especially Che) who were backed by all of the people, and then who solidified that status after defending them from big-bad US (which the more I read seems even more amazing.) Obviously he was brutal to his detractors, stifled opposition (though I'm not sure how much non-US backed opposition there really was), and seized assets that weren't his, but I read the situation as more 1) sour grapes on our part, and 2) oh you accepted Kruschev's friend request? Well then we're defriending you and going to war. If Nutsack would just stay out of the way, and continue with what has already been started, I (and many of them) feel that it would be a much better situation for everyone, as they are already allowing more and more privatization (but using the profits from that to provide more subsidies and rations) and I (just my opinion here not based on anything anyone else said) feel that (with assistance) they could transition to a more socialist (rather than communist) system while keeping up the subsidies that would prevent the tragic conditions that other nations have seen after going to a free market (see Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia 1.0 and 2.0, etc.) They have an excellent education system, among the highest literacy rates in the world, their artists are required to be trained and educated in multiple disciplines (yes, you need to be licensed to be a dancer or painter or something) and they have brilliant scientists and doctors - unfortunately someone who can split an atom might be working as a cop, because there's just no way for them to practice their trade elsewhere (and believe it or not, you can't even move provinces unless it's for school or a job, so scientists in rural areas will take any poopy job they can get in order to move to Havana or Santiago, even if it means abandoning their craft.) They were pioneers in women's rights and pumped a lot of money into building top-tier (relatively speaking) educational facilities in rural areas, as Castro believed that education was power (which is contrary to how most dictators think - though, of course, he had the ability to control what was taught.) Is he a babyface? No. Is he a heel? No. He's kind of like Stone Cold Steve Austin, or more accurately HHH. Did a lot of dastardly things when pressed, but when left alone built a lot of great successful programs that benefited people (NXT.) Sorry for comparing a revolutionary leader/dictator to a pro wrestler... just painting a picture.
  9. So no threesome. As for the poo-pourri, in our first room (in Santa Clara Cuba), the bathroom "door" was "saloon style" and that freaked the girls out and it just kind of worked out that people only used it for "conference calls" while the others were outside the room (ex - we'd be eating breakfast with the family and one would excuse herself to "take a call".) In Trinidad, we were in a pretty nice "casa", and our room had two levels and separate bathrooms so the girls just stunk theirs up downstairs and I was free to unload upstairs. I was baffled by how nice (by cuban standards) this place was, then I learned about the casa particular system and how there's more and more privatization (i.e. you can purchase your home from the government and bring it up to a certain standard and then get a license to rent rooms out in exchange for a sizeable kickback.) L&I in Cuba is no joke though - you get inspected pretty regularly (and from what I was told, the impression that everyone just takes bribes is not true.) In Havana, we were with this lovely gay couple (think of a Cuban Santino Marella (who spoke a bit of English) and his partner who spoke none... but was all about making coffee for us and was really sensitive about it if we didn't have time that day for it.) They had a three-bedroom apartment so they gave the girls one room, me the other, and they shared the one in the middle. So no sharing of facilities. I did hear the one girl complaining that the other had an "emergency conference call" that resulted in utter devastation. I offered them the poo-pourri but they didn't want to use it. Their loss. I think I'm getting people this stuff for the holidays. It's that good. I've seen some alt-brand ones on Amazon that claim to be just as good, but I have no reason to switch from the original (except to try other scents.) I usually take immodium or some other pill before going to parties just to make sure I'm never "that guy" that renders the toilet unuseable for a while, but now I'm just going to find a way to discreetly bring this stuff with me and just let go whenever I damn well please.
  10. It's mind boggling how they operate. They announce new uniforms seemingly every year, but (with exception of last year with the yellow) they're basically the same as the previous ones just with some aspect removed. Now, they have "new" home uniforms that will only be worn on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, while a throwback will be on Wednesday, brown on Friday, navy-man dress up on Sunday, and I forget what was on Saturday. THen their "new" road uniform is just a non-urine version of one of their old road uniforms. They're among the least inspiring uniform sets in any of the major leagues - I just don't get what makes people in highly-paid positions give the green light to changes like this
  11. The problem is that the ice surface is white, unlike other sports that play on green or wood. Gray and black jerseys just look terrible against a white background, IMO - you need more color on your TV screen. I hated it when the Flyers wore black at home - it was so dull and looked like a black-and-white TV most of the time. It was literally dull to watch on TV. Fortunately for them, they already had a huge fan base that didn't care. If you're building one from scratch, you need to make it "fun" to watch. Black and white isn't "fun".
  12. While I still have a lot to read (been reading about Cuba/US relations pretty much non stop for the past few days) the resentment from the US stems from Castro's seizing of US business interests (and nationalizing them) after we refused to recognize the revolution government, which lead to Kennedy and his successors plotting acts like the Bay of Pigs, Operation Mongoose (which really opened my eyes to how evil we are), and Peter Pan (the "re-education" of kids taken from the island... though I'll admit there's a lot of sides to this one.) IMO nobody cares about the freedom of the Cuban people, or their human rights, or whatever else. Certain people are butthurt that they can't set up businesses there and that Castro took over the banks and other US hotels and companies that were there, and it's all about money. Their people are actually very well informed about the world - while the national news is state controlled, they have fee access to other news sources via TV and radio (just not US sources) and know just as much as we do about what's going on in the world, especially the US. They were very encouraged that Obama's show of good faith was working with Raul and that would accelerate the rate of change which had already been in force since he took over. Raul even said that he was going to drop the 10% tax on the USD if the US held up it's end of the bargain. Well, that's all over now, and every single last Cuban - whether a 1%er or a 99%er with dirt on their floor knows at least two English words: one starts with F, and the other ends with "rump". Sorry for the choppiness and potential irrelevance of these posts. Trying to post while doing a million other things.
  13. THeir healthcare is actually very good, even if the facilities aren't what we'd expect. While I definitely got the sense that the people considered him "loco" in his later years, and were growing more resentful of him, at the end of the day they do credit and thank him (along with Che, Raul, and the other guy that survived... Cienfuego I think?) for liberating them from a US backed dictator and from the US in general. The conversations I had with the "99%" ers there (due to the recent relaxiation on communism and increase in privitization, there's a clear 1% - mostly people with dual citizenship that can travel freely and have access to resources off the island) did not indicate any resentfulness towards the government. They seemed to legitimately like Raul, and the progressiveness (to a point) that's taking place. I went to LGBT bars that wouldn't have been so open decades ago, and even stayed with a gay couple that wouldn't have been able to 1) own a place and 2) live together even a decade ago. There's certainly a LOT of issues there - people in the rural areas with mounds of dirt in their living room between their chair and TV, rations, a dual-currency system that (while necessary) creates some issues, but my sense is that while I KNOW that they aren't allowed to say anything out loud against their government, most are happy as Cubans and don't harbor resentment against the leadership. There's a sense of community there that I haven't seen elsewhere, even in other communist states. There are also no races - there are cubans that are whiter than me, blacker than wesley snipes, and every shade in between - but the only race is "cuban". It was very refreshing to see. People respect each other and aren't looking to stab anyone in the back like in "civilized" societies. Crime isn't a thing either. I've been to 23 countries in the past 4 years, and Cuba was in the top 1 or 2 of most fascinating places I've been, and probably where I learned the most. I recommend going there - NOT THROUGH A TOUR before our tweet-happy a-hole of a president elect shuts the doors again. They already have a place reserved for him on their "wall of cretins". More to come on that later.
  14. About to board plane to Santa Clara Cuba. Spray is in the bag. I'll provide updates if I'm able to get online. If not, I'll post my log when I get back.
  15. Also, Popovich's rant the other night was IMO spot on, and while I still don't think that it's good business to publicize your political views, I'm proud of him for having the balls to say that while in Texas. It won me over as a fan (though that contributes $0 to their bottom line.)