CBC Stand Before His Satanic Majesty – Fifo

Hot off the presses, three of the leaders of the CBC paid their respects to his Satanic Majesty today ….

By WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press Writer Will Weissert, Associated Press Writer – 29 mins ago

HAVANA – Fidel Castro met Tuesday with three members of the Congressional Black Caucus, the former Cuban president’s first meeting with American officials since falling ill in July 2006.

Greg Adams, a spokesman at the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, said Rep. Barbara Lee, a California Democrat, and two other lawmakers met with the ailing, 82-year-old Castro. He did not have further details, nor could he provide the names of the other Americans who attended the meeting.

The meeting appears to underscore the Cuban government’s desire for improved relations with the United States under new President Barack Obama.

Adams said he expected the Cuban government to release more information during the nightly newscast on state television.

The bearded former president who has clashed with every U.S. president since Dwight D. Eisenhower has not been seen in public since undergoing emergency intestinal surgery in July 2006. He formally ceded power to his brother Raul, five years his junior, last February.

Lee led a delegation of six Democratic representatives who left Havana Tuesday after a five-day trip designed to encourage dialogue between the United States and Cuba.

The group was traveling and not immediately available to provide details. Reached in Washington, J. Jioni Palmer, a spokesman for the Congressional Black Caucus, said he had not heard of any meeting with the elder Castro.

UPDATE: This should tell you everything about where these folks’ priorities come from. They remind me of folks like Paul Robeson and others who knew of Stalin’s murderous ways, but kept quiet for their cause. Their cause is the castro’s cause, not the cause of the Cuban people and Cuban dissidents.

“I’m convinced Raul Castro wants a normal relationship with the United States,” Lee said after the meeting. “He’s serious.”

Delegation members said they discussed topics as such as increased U.S.-Cuba trade and better cooperation in combating drug and human trafficking — but “we did not talk about specifics,” Lee said during a Tuesday news conference.

She ducked questions about why the delegation failed to meet with any Cuban dissidents during the five-day trip that was due to end later Tuesday. Some past congressional trips to Cuba, though not all, have included meetings with dissidents.

They “ducked” questions about their failure to meet with dissidents. What a disgrace. Why not make her and her neo-Stalinist delegation official members of the Cuban Communist Party. Makes me want to puke!

Night of the Living Dead

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Self-proclaimed liberal Jim Cramer is surprised to find his own have turned on him and are tearing into him with reckless abandon. In a scene reminiscent of the classic horror flick, Night of the Living Dead, Cramer is experiencing the business end of a feeding frenzy by the zombies on the left with an insatiable appetite for brains.

President Obama’s team, unlike Bush’s team, demonstrates a thinness of skin that shocks me. When I somewhat obviously and empirically judged that the populist Obama administration is exacerbating the crisis with its budget and policies, as evidenced by the incredible decline in the averages since his inauguration, I was met immediately with condescension and ridicule rather than constructive debate or even just benign dismissal. I said to myself, “What the heck? Are they really that blind to the Great Wealth Destruction they are causing with their decisions to demonize the bankers, raise taxes for the wealthy, advocate draconian cap-and-trade policies and upend the health care system? Do they really believe that only the rich own stocks? What do they think we have our retirement accounts in, CDs? Where did they think that the money saved for college went, our mattresses? Do they think the great middle class banks at the First National Bank of Sealy and only the wealthiest traffic in the Standard & Poor’s 500?”

They exacerbated their insensitivity when President Obama proclaimed that he wasn’t worried about the averages, dismissing them as traffic polls that go up and down in the short term. Ah, if only they went up occasionally and not down endlessly then I would believe the President’s logic.

Don’t get me wrong, Obama was dealt a terrible hand by the previous croupier. But this administration’s handling of the banking crisis, something that has brought Citigroup, Bank of America, Wells Fargo and even JPMorgan Chase to their knees, has been devastating. The indecision of Geithner, who has floated to the media every single idea in his head, only to announce none orally, has created a vacuum that has allowed short-sellers to dictate policy.

As you can see from the above quote, Cramer is exhibiting some brains and we all know what happens when zombie leftists smell brains: they get hungry!

Jeff Spicoli speaks…

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To me actor Sean Penn will always be Jeff Spicoli, the stoner character he brilliantly played in that classic 80’s film, Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Don’t get me wrong, Penn has gone on to do brilliant work in dozens of other films since then, but the Spicoli character, to me at least, personifies him the best. Every time he opens his mouth without a script in front of him is like watching one of his hilarious scenes from Fast Times. At any moment, I expect him to slip off one of his checkerboard sneakers and bang his head with it. So when you hear Penn talk politics, you have to keep in mind that what you are really watching is Jeff Spicoli talking politics. He is just as clueless as Spicoli, and apparently, just as stoned.

In a recent interview Penn was asked about the criticism he received when he wrote those fawning articles about Hugo Chavez and Raul Castro for Nation magazine. His Spicoliesque response was truly classic.

MB: I know you don’t want to talk about politics, but I’m sure you saw the recent columns attacking your…

SP: No, I didn’t. I’m pretty out of the loop.

MB: The gist was, they praised you as an actor but said you’re a naive journalist.

SP: Well, I think that they’re professionally naive journalists. I have no regard for 90 per cent of American journalism. That’s why I travel and look for things for myself. If you’re going to get on Cuba for its lack of free press, well, we don’t have any press, as far as I’m concerned. We supposedly have the right to it. But we don’t fulfil it. I’m flattered by their disparaging remarks. And with the television guys, a lot of it’s based on actor envy. They’re all a bunch of failed actors. Bill O’Reilly wanted to be an actor more than anything. So they have to diminish it. I’ve heard plenty of actors say: ‘I don’t like it when actors get political.’ They’re just trying to appease these people.

So what Jeff… I mean Sean, would like us all to believe is that the press in the US is just as repressed as it is in Cuba. I find that funny because I have yet to hear of the US government rounding up dissident journalists and sentencing them to long prison sentences. But that does not stop Penn from drawing such a comparison. He apparently views the US, and the world, through the lens of a smoky bong.

The comedy, however, does not stop there. When the interviewer suggests that actors do not speak out about politics out of fear of getting boycotted, Penn provides yet another pearl of wisdom.

MB: Maybe they don’t want to get boycotted.

SP: Or laughed at. People are more afraid of being laughed at than boycotted. It’s a really cowardly position to take.

His answer brings me back to the original point of this post. Although through the use of his twisted logic Penn sees the label of laughing stock as something to be proud of, he basically gets it right: He is nothing more than someone to laugh at.

It is truly a waste of time to get upset about whatever idiocy comes out of Sean Jeff Penn Spicoli’s mouth because one has to consider the source. So the next time you come across one of his moronic quotes, just add this line to the end of it: “Dude! I’m so wasted!”

Once viewed in the proper context, Sean Penn continues to provide us with plenty of comedic moments.

When actors speak…

An actor without a script is about as useful as a car with an empty tank of gas; neither of them are very practical and all they really do is take up space. This is proven time and time again by such luminary thinkers such as Sean Penn, Susan Sarandon, Danny Glover, and a host of other Hollywood elitist actors that comically venture beyond a script in a desperate attempt to show the world that they, too, have a brain. But like the car with an empty tank of gas, they only show the world how utterly useless they are when left without fuel.

Add to this growing list the actor Peter Coyote who has decided to write his own script and inform us about Cuba. Unlike the sometimes informative narratives he reads from a script for documentaries (seemingly the only work he can find nowadays), Coyote depends entirely on his own intelligence (or lack thereof) to provide the narrative for his trip to Cuba. The results are as expected–he has no idea what he is talking about.

The flight [from Cancun to Havana] is only an hour, but it entails a cultural shift of many years. Disembarking, one goes through X-ray security and metal detectors before being admitted into Cuba and retrieving your suitcases. Lest one think this excessive, I suggest they read Reese Erlich’s instructive new book titled “Dateline Havana.” Most Americans know about the multiple attempts our government made to assassinate Fidel Castro, but I, for one, did not know that as a part of our plan to “destabilize” Cuba, we (meaning our government working through right-wing Cuban “terrorists” given safe-harbor in Miami) introduced swine flu from Africa, forcing the Cubans to kill more than 500,000 pigs, and dengue fever, which killed more than 150 Cubans, more than 100 of which were children. This is not to mention the bombing of liberal and moderate Cuban radio stations and newspapers in Miami, the bombing of the car of Cuban Minister Orlando Letelier in Washington, D.C., or even the invasion of the Florida Election Commission in 2000 to stop the counting of more than 10,000 uncounted ballots in the presidential elecction. To date, none of these folks, in flagrant violation of U.S. law, and most certainly “terrorists” (consider the bombing of the Cuban plane, which killed the entire Cuban Olympic Fencing Team, by a man named Posada Carilles, who is living under U.S. protection today) has been prosecuted by our government. I guess there are “those” terrorists and “our” terrorists, or something. Which all goes to say, I can understand the caution of the Cubans.

The article gets even more ridiculous as it goes along with Coyote marveling over farmers plowing fields with oxen and the wondrous dilapidated structures in Havana. The article seems to go on and on, however, and even I could not push myself to finish it before my eyelids began to close.

Perhaps I was too generous comparing Peter Coyote’s unscripted work to a car with an empty tank of gas; at least the car makes an excellent paperweight.

Write a letter…

Write a letter; that is Benecio Del Toro’s recommendation to any journalist that wants to ask him tough questions regarding his romantic portrayal of a megalomaniacal serial killer.

“The problem that I’ve had, if I’ve had problems with journalists, is, what’s the point of being a journalist if you’re just gonna talk to me and tell me stuff. Write a letter and in my own time I’ll write you back, or email. “

In all fairness, old Benny is just being honest and he should be given credit for that. He obviously realizes that no matter how artistic the cinematography is or how moving his performance, he still does not know who Che was and how many thousands of innocent men, women, and children died because of him.  The last thing he wants to do is have to sit in front of a camera and record for posterity his utter cluelessness and idiocy.

Instead, write him a letter, or send him an e-mail. Maybe he’ll respond, or maybe he won’t. But at least he’ll stop looking like a moron on camera and in print.