Sunday, December 29, 2013

NY Times Debunks #Benghazi ~ Pop! Go the Tea Party Heads

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The New York Times published the real story behind the Benghazi attack and Tea Party heads are 'splodin' all over the Right. They just can't let go of their favorite conspiracy theory, that all of this was either orchestrated by Al Qaeda and approved by Obama, or that Obama and Hillary and Susan Rice conspired to "ignore" the death and destruction. Either Obama did nothing, or Obama is a mastermind! Whatever - nothing can change the Tea Party minds!

From "A Deadly Mix in Benghazi" by David D. Kirkpatrick in The New York Times
Months of investigation by The New York Times, centered on extensive interviews with Libyans in Benghazi who had direct knowledge of the attack there and its context, turned up no evidence that Al Qaeda or other international terrorist groups had any role in the assault.
. . . Fifteen months after Mr. Stevens’s death, the question of responsibility remains a searing issue in Washington, framed by two contradictory story lines.

One has it that the video, which was posted on YouTube, inspired spontaneous street protests that got out of hand. This version, based on early intelligence reports, was initially offered publicly by Susan E. Rice, who is now Mr. Obama’s national security adviser.

The other, favored by Republicans, holds that Mr. Stevens died in a carefully planned assault by Al Qaeda to mark the anniversary of its strike on the United States 11 years before. Republicans have accused the Obama administration of covering up evidence of Al Qaeda’s role to avoid undermining the president’s claim that the group has been decimated, in part because of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

The investigation by The Times shows that the reality in Benghazi was different, and murkier, than either of those story lines suggests. Benghazi was not infiltrated by Al Qaeda, but nonetheless contained grave local threats to American interests. The attack does not appear to have been meticulously planned, but neither was it spontaneous or without warning signs.


. . . they didn't talk to the people on the ground who were doing the fighting and shooting and the intelligence gathering. When you put that volume of information, I think it proves that story is just not accurate.
. . . I find the timing odd. I don't want to speculate on why they might do it, but I can tell you that the information that's being presented in a way that we heard before ... through the [committee] investigation [we] have been able to determine [it] is not accurate in its portrayal.
~ Rep. Mike Rogers R-Michigan, Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

We have seen no evidence that the video was widely seen in Benghazi, a very isolated area, or that it was a leading cause. What we do know is that September 11 [the date of the 2012 attack] was not an accident. These are terrorist groups, some of them linked to or ... self-claimed as al-Qaeda linked. ... Before I go on, I wanted to make a very good point that [reporter David D. Kirkpatrick] put out. Look, it is not about al-Qaeda as the only terrorist organization.
. . . There was a group there that was involved that's linked to al-Qaeda. What we never said -- and I didn't have security look behind the door, that's for other members of Congress. ... Those sources and methods I've never claimed. What I have claimed, and rightfully so, is Ambassador Stevens [who was killed in the attack] and others alerted, well in advance, that they had a security threat.
~ Rep. Darrell Issa, R-California, Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, leading GOP critic of the Obama Administration, Hillary Clinton and Susan Rice

If Times reporter David Kirkpatrick truly found “no evidence that Al Qaeda or other international terrorist groups had any role in the [Benghazi] assault,” this must be because he spent little effort to uncover any.
~ Paul Mirengoff on Powerline Blog

N.Y. Times serves up baloney on Benghazi
Hit-piece 'investigation' parrots discredited talking points

~ Headline on World Net Daily

COME ON...Please, It is more than misleading information on Benghazi...It is Out & Out Lies. Rice still sticks to her story and never removed, only sifted to another Branch of Government to continue her support of Obama and His Muslim Brotherhood membership. I am so Furious, I could spit 44 Cal bullets from my mouth. Obama, Biden, Rice, Clinton, Jarret, Pelosi, Reid and even Numb-Nut Bone Head Boehner should be held for Treason.
~ Ltjg on World Net Daily

There needs to be a spontaneous attack on the NY Times fueled by their insulting lies. Kill em all and burn it to the ground.
~ Captain Crunch on The Blaze

More BS lies from the times, the paper of record for communist bastards worldwide. This lie that the act of war was caused by a video seen by a few people is cover for the vile prog Clinton’s run in 16. The regime was involved in arming terrorists and an AmeriKan ambassador and three other men were murdered and this regimes response is……………… nothing? That alone tells you the Marxist regime in DC preferred those men’s deaths because the criminal acts of the regime dies with those men. BHO and all members of this regime involved in the Benghazi cover up should be in prison for life, vile bastards the lot of em.
~ Progressive Slayer on The Blaze

Is there a more trustworthy source? Such as The National Enquirer?
~ Smokey_Bojangles on The Blaze

the NYT just got office space in the white house
~ Republicorp on The Blaze

People! The Democrat’s political machine is running full bore in preparation for the next election. They need to throw several versions of the story out there to see which one gains acceptance by voters…once decided, everyone will stick to it. In the end, Hillarious Clinton will be a hero in all this…
~ StormCrow on The Blaze

The Benghazi attack had nothing to do with that film.
It was a planned attack, because it was the 11th anniversary of 9-11.
The Muslims’ holy lucky number is 11.
That’s also why New York was attacked on the 11th.
~ Believe-Receive on The Blaze

So why a story now about Bengazi when the NY Times could have cared less…SO HILLARY CAN RUN FOR PRESIDENT. This is ALL about creating a narrative so the lying wildabeast can run . The NY Times is only fit to line the bottom of bird cages
~ solomon1 on The Blaze

The New York Times. Huh. A subsidiary of the Liberal and Criminal Left Wing of American Politics.
I don't believe a word they write, and not a word of what they say.
Besides, "What difference at this point does it make?" Words to crucify Hillary "leso" Clinton.
~ Dave T. on Fox News Nation

~ billieebob1 on Fox News Nation

This story was devised as a cover for Clinton ! Period !
~ enuffnow on Fox News Nation

The new york times is the pravda of America.
~ Jim35 on Free Republic

White House clearing the way for Hillary in 2016
~ darkwing104 on Free Republic

At first I thought this was a serious investigative news piece until I noticed it was from that spoof news organization the New York Times. Why didn’t someone use the sarcasm tag?
~ WesternPacific on Free Republic

Wow... well the number two man... the man right under the Ambassador (Chris Stevens) that was killed and raped anally by al qaeda says that the ny slimes is lying... all evidence in the official investigation states that al qaeda and associates were the perps so the ny slimes is just lying for hillary clinton... the MURDERESS of Benghazi.
~ LibLieSlayer on Free Republic

Who gives a damn whether it was AQ or not?!?!?
~ GLarry on Free Republic

Michael Corleone: And we have newspaper people on the payroll, don’t we, Tom?
[Tom nods]
Michael Corleone: And they might like a story like that.
Tom Hagen: They might, they just might.
~ GreatMan on Free Republic

Haven't read thru all the responses so my point that the NY Slimes are paving the road for Hildabeast in 2016 may have already been made by someone as astute as ‘moi’.
~ BluH2o on Free Republic

If hitlery wins in 2016, America goes full tilt communist, and she will make mao Zedong look like a rank amateur in the area of political purges, and will start with obama and his quasi-muslim regime. The democrats have quite a quandary on their hands, either socialism, communism, brutal intolerant theocracy, or a straight up dictatorship. So many choices, so few options.
~ factoryrat on Free Republic

I think Obama had sex with the Ambassador and they killed him because he was about to talk.
~ MaxMax on Free Republic

New York Times=Propaganda
~ Red in Blue PA on Free Republic

“The Witch of Benghazi” = Derr Hilderbeast
~ Texas Fossil on Free Republic

A&E Reversal Keeps Bigot Phil Robertson on Duck Dynasty

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San Francisco Chronicle:
With A&E's decision Friday to bring Robertson back to its most-watched show, it remains to be seen if it can mend fences with both sides — or at least with those viewers who hold opposing views.

The channel's interest is in ratings and revenue, not refereeing social discord.

Will those who called for an A&E boycott unless Robertson returned be satisfied? Will "Duck Dynasty" fans who enjoy the Louisiana duck call-making family but were offended by Robertson's comments watch again?

. . . Within a day of Robertson's removal, more than a half-million people liked an impromptu Facebook page demanding A&E be boycotted until he returns. A petition calling for A&E to bring him back reached 250,000 signatures and counting in about a week.

The controversy similarly ensnared the Cracker Barrel restaurant chain, which removed "Duck Dynasty"-related merchandise from its shelves and then reversed course and apologized after being hit with complaints.


Our family has become even closer through the past 9 days and we are excited to keep making a quality tv show for our dedicated fans, who have showed us wonderful support. We will continue to represent our faith and values in the most positive way through 'Duck Dynasty' and our many projects that we are currently working on. The outpouring of support and prayer has encouraged and emboldened us greatly.
~ Phil Robertson's eldest son, Alan - a Preacher

Some of Robertson's fans are pledging they'll be part of a "Chick-Phil-A National Support Day" on Jan. 21.
As of early Friday afternoon, there were about 25,000 "likes" and nearly 165,000 "guests" on the Chick-Phil-A-Day Facebook Page.
The idea, according to the Facebook campaign, is this.
1. Wear your Duck Commander or camouflage gear.
2. Eat at Chick-fil-A.
In August 2012, you'll likely recall, that boosted sales at the chain as conservatives showed their support for the company's president, Dan Cathy, and his stand against same-sex marriage.
Chick-fil-A says it has nothing to do with the upcoming Chick-Phil-A Day.
~ From NPR

Old Fashioned Traditional Christian Sentiment And Values.
~ Sean Hannity of Fox News

I’m glad that A&E came to their senses and recognized that tolerance of religious views is more important than political correctness. Today is a good day for the freedoms of speech and religious liberty.
~ Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana

This is why A&E now has, if not an obligation, a golden opportunity. The network should return Robertson and Duck Dynasty to the air, but not in the adulterated, cartoon version that has conservatives so besotted (a Facebook page calling for a boycott against A&E has generated over 1.8 million likes). No, Duck Dynasty should get real. It should show Robertson being as homophobic as he pleases, in his home, his church, his community. The show’s editors have previously been criticized for asking Robertson to not say “Jesus” at the end of his prayers; they should now let him get his Jesus freak on, whether in words that invoke hellfire and damnation or those that profess to love the sinner but hate the sin. And, as long as the show’s producers “guide” reality along, they should film Robertson interacting with actual gay people. If the LGBT population of West Monroe, Louisiana is camera-shy, they can fly some folks in for a good old duck hunt. I bet Mary Cheney is pretty handy with a shotgun.
~ Richard Kim of The Nation via AlterNet

Some of My Tweets (along with my witty husband!)


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Monday, December 23, 2013

Justine Sacco Tweet Heard Round the World

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The hashtag #HasJustineLandedYet took over Twitter this weekend as people followed the flight pattern of Justine Sacco to Africa after she posted a tasteless - and racist - tweet about AIDS.

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From the LA Times
Justine Sacco, a director of communications at Diller's IAC, whose holdings include television production company Electus, dating sites and OKCupid as well as the video site Vimeo, tweeted “Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding. I’m white!”

Then she boarded a flight from London to Africa and all heck broke loose on Twitter as her tweet circulated way beyond the few hundred followers she had and became news. IAC issued a statement condemning Sacco's tweet, calling it an "outrageous, offensive comment that does not reflect the views and values of IAC." She has subsequently been relieved of her duties.

. . . She became a trending topic on Twitter and a hashtag #HasJustineLandedYet spread like wildfire, with people berating her insensitivity and anticipating what life would be like for her after the plane landed.
This isn't the first time Sacco tweeted something that is inappropriate and questionable for someone working in such a high-profile position. Last year she tweeted about having a dream involving sex with someone with autism. Her account has now been shut down.

Response from IAC via ValleyWag:
"The offensive comment does not reflect the views and values of IAC. We take this issue very seriously, and we have parted ways with the employee in question.
There is no excuse for the hateful statements that have been made and we condemn them unequivocally. We hope, however, that time and action, and the forgiving human spirit, will not result in the wholesale condemnation of an individual who we have otherwise known to be a decent person at core."

Statement from Sacco after landing in Africa via ABC News
Words cannot express how sorry I am, and how necessary it is for me to apologize to the people of South Africa, who I have offended due to a needless and careless tweet," Sacco said. "There is an AIDS crisis taking place in this country, that we read about in America, but do not live with or face on a continuous basis. Unfortunately, it is terribly easy to be cavalier about an epidemic that one has never witnessed firsthand.
"For being insensitive to this crisis -- which does not discriminate by race, gender or sexual orientation, but which terrifies us all uniformly -- and to the millions of people living with the virus, I am ashamed.
"This is my father's country, and I was born here. I cherish my ties to South Africa and my frequent visits, but I am in anguish knowing that my remarks have caused pain to so many people here; my family, friends and fellow South Africans. I am very sorry for the pain I caused."



Friday, December 20, 2013

Stigmatize Them! ~ Poor Kids Must Work for Food, Unlike Rich Kids

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From Think Progress - Rep. Jack Kingston R-GA
Rep Jack Kingston: . . . one of the things I’m talking to the Secretary of Agriculture about: why don’t you have the kids pay a dime, pay a nickle, to instill in them that there is, in fact, no such thing as a free lunch. Or maybe sweep the floor in the cafeteria. And yes, I understand that that would be an administrative problem and I understand that it would probably lose you money — but think what we’d gain as a society in getting the myth out of their head that there is such thing as a free lunch.

. . .Since paperwork is often an obstacle to access, communities like Boston and Dallas have opted to simply provide free meals to all students, regardless of economic need. But other schools have gone in the opposite direction, including a Dickerson, Texas, middle school that threw away the lunch of a student whose account was 30 cents short.
Kingston’s plan would potentially discourage participation in the program — some kids do not have the five to ten cents for their meals and singling them out as janitors would broadcast to other students which families are the poorest. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 18.9 million students receive free lunches and another 2.6 million receive reduced fee lunches. Last year, Kingston voted for a bill that would have kicked 280,000 low-income out of the program.

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This idea has come up before - here's then-GOP Candidate Newt Gingrich, running in the Presidential Primary for Election 2012:
"You say to somebody, you shouldn't go to work before you're what, 14, 16 years of age, fine. You're totally poor. You're in a school that is failing with a teacher that is failing. I've tried for years to have a very simple model," he said. "Most of these schools ought to get rid of the unionized janitors, have one master janitor and pay local students to take care of the school. The kids would actually do work, they would have cash, they would have pride in the schools, they'd begin the process of rising."

Yeah, that went over like a lead balloon, and so did Kingston's cruel remark, so he backpeddled on CNN:
“This was a discussion about the work ethic in America and I think all kids of all socioeconomic brackets could prosper and learn a lot by having some sort of chores,” Kingston said Friday on CNN’s “New Day.”
The Republican lawmaker added that he never said “poor kids” ...
. . . “This wasn’t anything in a back room. This wasn’t a policy statement. This was a discussion,” Kingston said, slamming Democrats who he said planted a tracker to film his comments and then fundraise off of them.
“How are we going to change the status quo if we can’t have discussions about sensitive issues, or quasi-sensitive issues, without all the hyperbole that we always get trapped into in modern America,” the congressman said.

And he was still backpeddling (but strangely also doubling down)in this interview, which the caller, Roman Coley Davis,posted on Facebook.
RD: . . . I understand that words are often twisted in political races. However, you explicitly and plainly stated that poor kids should have to pick up a broom (and thereby, be ridiculed, and face even more stigma), simply because they’re not from a wealthy family…in order to eat!”

REP. JK: “ALL kids should be made to learn hard work.”

RD: “That’s not what you said, Sir.”

REP. JK: “Yes, it is.”

RD: “No, Sir. With all due respect, I can provide you with the public transcript of your statement, which plainly illustrates that you did NOT, in fact, say ‘all kids should learn hard work’.”

REP. JK: “I passed by a ball field after a little league game and saw trash everywhere. I thought to myself ‘How great would it be if after just a simple ball game, these kids were made to pick up after everyone…to show them that working is important’. If we continue to give these poor kids charity, then we are robbing them of their work ethic.”


Here’s the truth: What’s shocking about Jack Kingston’s statement isn’t that he said it, but that it’s not out of place with the GOP of 2013. Yes, individual Republicans may have an anti-poverty agenda, and there are conservative thinkers who want the party to do more for low-income people. But for too many Republicans, behind closed-doors and otherwise, the poor aren’t people with interests worth respecting—they’re targets for moralizing and disdain.
~ Jamelle Bouie on Daily Beast

Maybe we should make them work for the schools on the weekend and even provide free labor for local mega churches.
That might help them gain an understanding of the true message of modern christianity.
~ Honestead on Atlanta Journal Constitution

Republicans really need to notice the calendar. Wanting kids to work for their lunch sounds so Charles Dickens and Scrooge. And seriously, does he have kids? A first grader doing janitorial work? Imagine how clean the bathrooms would not be. Kingston's heart is four sizes too small.
~ NWGAL on Atlanta Journal Constitution

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Just in time for the birthday of baby Jesus, they are cutting food stamps and unemployment benefits. It’s all for the benefit of the poor.
. . . The true enemies of Christmas – and of Christian hope, as articulated in this season by Pope Francis – are those who pretend to befriend the poor by taking bread from their children’s mouths. Both the mean old Grinch and Ebenezer Scrooge were saved from villainy before their stories ended. Our modern political misers, clothed in self-righteousness, have no such prospect of redemption.
~ Joe Conason on National Memo

Duck Dynasty Daddy Gets The Boot for Bigoted Remarks

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Duck Dynasty Patriarch Phil Robertson said some shocking things during an interview with GQ:
Out here in these woods, without any cameras around, Phil is free to say what he wants. Maybe a little too free. He’s got lots of thoughts on modern immorality, and there’s no stopping them from rushing out. Like this one:

“It seems like, to me, a vagina—as a man—would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”

Phil On Growing Up in Pre-Civil-Rights-Era Louisiana
“I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. Not once.
Where we lived was all farmers. The blacks worked for the farmers. I hoed cotton with them. I’m with the blacks, because we’re white trash. We’re going across the field.... They’re singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, ‘I tell you what: These doggone white people’—not a word!... Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.”

. . . “Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong,” he says. “Sin becomes fine.”

What, in your mind, is sinful?

“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men,” he says.
Then he paraphrases Corinthians: “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”


Statement from Phil via A&E released to Huffington Post:
“I myself am a product of the 60s; I centered my life around sex, drugs and rock and roll until I hit rock bottom and accepted Jesus as my Savior. My mission today is to go forth and tell people about why I follow Christ and also what the bible teaches, and part of that teaching is that women and men are meant to be together. However, I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me. We are all created by the Almighty and like Him, I love all of humanity. We would all be better off if we loved God and loved each other.”

Later the A&E Network responded with "You're Fired."
Via Hollywood Reporter:
We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson's comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty," A&E said in a statement. "His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely."

But . . . wait a minute --

Family Statement on the Duck Commander Website:
We want to thank all of you for your prayers and support. The family has spent much time in prayer since learning of A&E's decision. We want you to know that first and foremost we are a family rooted in our faith in God and our belief that the Bible is His word. While some of Phil’s unfiltered comments to the reporter were coarse, his beliefs are grounded in the teachings of the Bible. Phil is a Godly man who follows what the Bible says are the greatest commandments: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart” and “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Phil would never incite or encourage hate. We are disappointed that Phil has been placed on hiatus for expressing his faith, which is his constitutionally protected right. We have had a successful working relationship with A&E but, as a family, we cannot imagine the show going forward without our patriarch at the helm. We are in discussions with A&E to see what that means for the future of Duck Dynasty. Again, thank you for your continued support of our family.


Free speech is an endangered species. Those “intolerants” hatin’ and taking on the Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing his personal opinion are taking on all of us.
~ Failed Alaska Governor Sarah Palin on Facebook

The PC Police have pulled over yet another Patriot!
This is a terrible day for Americans. But admittedly, a pretty good day for ducks.
Why did A&E A-and-axe him? Because this good Christian man spoke his mind to GQ about 'the Gays.'
(Quotes Phil)
Now I'll admit it's not the eloquent speech you'd expect from a backwoods Louisiana bird-murderer.
. . . Tonight we are ALL Phil Robertson. (dons beard)
And yes, black people had no reason to sing the blues! For pete's sake - they got their own water fountains!
~ Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central

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The politically correct crowd is tolerant of all viewpoints, except those they disagree with. I don’t agree with quite a bit of stuff I read in magazine interviews or see on TV. In fact, come to think of it, I find a good bit of it offensive.
I also acknowledge that this is a free country, and everyone is entitled to express their views. In fact, I remember when TV networks believed in the First Amendment. It is a messed-up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson gets suspended.
~ Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal

The First Amendment, like the constitution generally, only applies to the government, so if the government stops someone from talking or punishes them, that’s a First Amendment issue. If a private person says I won’t hire you or let you be on TV anymore, that’s not.
The idea is we don’t let the government decide what’s a good opinion, but we do let individuals decide what they think is offensive and what should be rewarded and what should be discouraged. That’s the way the marketplace of ideas is supposed to work.
~ Law Professor Kermit Roosevelt, Univ. of PA, on ABC News


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Friday, December 13, 2013

Fox's Megyn Kelly Tells Kids Jesus was White, just like Santa

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Yet another person saying it's racist for Santa to be white....
For all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white....Santa is what he is.... I wanted to get that straight.
. . . Just because [an image] makes you feel uncomfortable doesn't mean it has to change. I mean, Jesus was a white man too. He was a historical figure — that's a verifiable fact. As is Santa. I just want the kids watching to know that.
~ Fox Host Megyn Kelly


Who are you even talking to? Children who are sophisticated enough to be watching a news channel at 10 o’clock at night, yet innocent enough to still believe Santa Claus is real, yet racist enough to be freaked out if he isn’t white?
. . . Who exactly is changing the facts to make themselves more comfortable here? Actual Saint Nicholas — well, my guess is there’d be no Christmas if he looked [darker], because he’s probably still on the no-fly list.
. . . You do know Jesus wasn’t born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, right?
~ Jon Stewart on Comedy Central

Jesus's whiteness is a verifiable fact. I mean, just look at any photo of Jesus. He was just your average Aramaic-speaking First Century Middle Eastern White Guy.
~ Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Tea Party Tantrum as Obama Shakes Hands with Cuba's Castro

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Yes, it's true. Our President, like most Presidents, sometimes shakes hands with dictators or despots, and at Mandela's funeral he shook the hand of Raul Castro of Cuba, brother to Communist dictator Fidel Castro. Immediately Republicans began to howl - here was Obama acting all Communisty and "Palling around with Terroristy." Apparently the GOP Tea Party thinks the President should throw down the gauntlet (like Rand Paul) or pitch a tantrum in public or something. But Obama was at a state funeral it's called "diplomacy" people! It's called being a gentleman! It's called being a President. You have to act like a grown-up when dealing with other world leaders!

So shame on John McCain, of all people. I'd love to have a list of people he's shaken hands with over the years. Having Sarah Palin on his ticket is bad enough!

From Huffington Post:
As he rose to the podium to deliver his speech at the funeral of South African leader Nelson Mandela, President Barack Obama took about 20 seconds to shake hands and greet his Cuban colleague (Raoul Castro). The fleeting contact of the leaders’ skin prompted wild speculation about what it all might mean. Does this image of the two leaders symbolize the beginning of a new era?
Given the course of U.S.-Cuba relations over the last five decades, it's safe to say the Obama-Castro handshake probably doesn’t mean a whole lot.


If the president was going to shake his hand, he should have asked him about those basic freedoms Mandela was associated with that are denied in Cuba.
~ Senator Marco Rubio, R-Florida, via The Hill

Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas) walked out of the memorial service for Nelson Mandela when Cuban “president” Raúl Castro began speaking.
“Senator Cruz very much hopes that Castro learns the lessons of Nelson Mandela,” said Sean Rushton, Cruz’s communications director. “For decades, Castro has wrongly imprisoned and tortured countless innocents. Just as Mandela was released after 27 years in prison, Castro should finally release his political prisoners; he should hold free elections, and once and for all set the Cuban people free.”
~ National Review

It gives Raul some propaganda to continue to prop up dictatorial, brutal regime, that’s all it is to prop up his dictatorial voodoo regime. Why should you shake hands with somebody who’s keeping Americans in prison? I mean, what’s the point? Neville Chamberlain shook hands with Hitler.
~ Senator John McCain via FreakoutNation

Ladies and gentlemen, today is about honoring Nelson Mandela. The president was at an international funeral with leaders from all over the world. He didn't choose who's there. They're there to honor Mandela.
~ Secretary of State John Kerry defending the President

Sometimes a handshake is just a handshake, but when the leader of the free world shakes the bloody hand of a ruthless dictator like Raul Castro, it becomes a propaganda coup for the tyrant.
(Showing Kerry photos of the handshake.)
Raul Castro uses that hand to sign the orders to repress and jail democracy advocates. (Activists) will feel disheartened when they see these photos.
~ Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen R-Florida in confrontation with John Kerry