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Posted: 1/8/2006 6:42:01 PM EDT

By IAN JAMES, Associated Press

CARACAS, Venezuela - The American singer and activist Harry Belafonte called President Bush "the greatest terrorist in the world" on Sunday and said millions of Americans support the socialist revolution of Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez.

Belafonte led a delegation of Americans including the actor Danny Glover and the Princeton University scholar Cornel West that met the Venezuelan president for more than six hours late Saturday. Some in the group attended Chavez's television and radio broadcast Sunday.

"No matter what the greatest tyrant in the world, the greatest terrorist in the world, George W. Bush says, we're here to tell you: Not hundreds, not thousands, but millions of the American people ... support your revolution," Belafonte told Chavez during the broadcast.

The 78-year-old Belafonte, famous for his calypso-inspired music, including the "Day-O" song, was a close collaborator of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and is now a UNICEF goodwill ambassador. He also has been outspoken in criticizing the U.S. embargo of Cuba.

Chavez said he believes deeply in the struggle for justice by blacks, both in the U.S. and Venezuela.

"Although we may not believe it, there continues to be great discrimination here against black people," Chavez said, urging his government to redouble its efforts to prevent discrimination.

Belafonte accused U.S. news media of falsely painting Chavez as a "dictator," when in fact, he said, there is democracy and citizens are "optimistic about their future."

Dolores Huerta, a pioneer of the United Farm Workers labor union also in the delegation, called the visit a "very deep experience."

Chavez accuses Bush of trying to overthrow him, pointing to intelligence documents released by the U.S. indicating that the CIA knew beforehand that dissident officers planned a short-lived 2002 coup. The U.S. denies involvement, but Chavez says Venezuela must be on guard.

Belafonte suggested setting up a youth exchange for Venezuelans and Americans. He finished by shouting in Spanish: "Viva la revolucion!"
Link Posted: 1/8/2006 6:42:50 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/8/2006 6:44:30 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/8/2006 6:44:44 PM EDT
Maybe he can 'tele his banana' down there...
Link Posted: 1/8/2006 6:48:02 PM EDT
So what, the guys a
Belafonte also called Colin Powell and Condaliza Rice the "White House n****s, that have to use the side door"
Link Posted: 1/8/2006 6:50:21 PM EDT
Well, he can stay there if he hates it here so much. Why don't people get that? If you don't fucking like it, leave.
Link Posted: 1/8/2006 6:53:53 PM EDT
Harry is no doubt one of the greatest political minds of our day.
Link Posted: 1/8/2006 6:56:26 PM EDT
Well, I can guaran-frickin-tee y'all that there are now plenty of Venezuelans that wouldn't piss on Harry's hair if it was on fire. These would be the same Venezuelans that wouldn't piss on Jaime Carter's hair under the same circumstances.

Not all Venezuelans down there are cock-sucking commies.
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 3:09:13 AM EDT
This guy needs to have his bags packed for him, as well as Danny Glover.
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 3:30:48 AM EDT

People like Harry Belafonte have zero appreciation for being able to make a comment like this and survive the aftermath.

One of the great and terrible things about our freedoms as Americans is that we can say all sorts of outrageous things with little regard to consequences. Great because of the freedom of expression we enjoy. Terrible because a lack of consequences, as in all areas of personal action, negates a sense of responsibility.

Thus, we have a multitude of Americans, generally on the left end of the spectrum, who make one unbelievably irresponsible comment after another without a price tag attached to their words. They treat our precious First Amendment as something cheap, to be exploited as they pump their mindless drivel out via interviews in such politically astute publications as "People" and "Rolling Stone" magazines. (As a sidenote, I recently perused a copy of Rolling Stone in the library while my daughter was researching a paper for school. It's hypocritical that they endorse environmental awareness while wasting tree products printing such flatulent bilge, but that's a topic for another day).

Belafonte isn't the first liberal to call President Bush a terrorist. It's happened before and it illustrates the lack of understanding and perspective, and the limited worldview possessed by these self-annointed prophets of America-hating.

Let's try to compare the rhetoric to reality.

Belafonte, as an American citizen, calls the president a terrorist. What happens? Nothing. The lack of reaction from the government disproves his claim.

If Mr. Belafonte was a resident of, say, North Korea, would he dare say the Dear Leader was a terrorist? What about Cuba? Would a Cuban Belafonte publicly make verbal attacks on the benevolence of Fidel Castro? What if Mr. Belafonte was a citizen of Venezuela? Would he dare go on TV and radio denouncing Hugo Chavez? (Ouch!)

The left is full of people with over-inflated opinions of themselves who believe that celebrity is a qualification for social and political commentary. These types generally lead lives insulated from the real world.

Do you remember the real world? Going to work everyday, hoping to make the next house payment on time, raising (and disciplining) our kids to be good citizens, and sacrificing to give our kids a good start in life. The real world is one in which there are people who despise us because we are Americans, in spite of the fact that we do more charitable works than any other country.

We have groups chastizing the President on behalf of the Iraqi people, whom they paint as being oppressed by the American imperialist aggressor. Where were these people when innocent Iraqis were being terrorized, kidnapped, raped, tortured, and murdered by Saddam Hussein & Co.? Their actions show that they really don't care about the Iraqi people. They hate President Bush and their feined compassion toward the Iraqis is just a thin veneer to give the illusion of legitimacy to their blind hatred.

After the last election in Iraq I was looking at the photographs of people proudly displaying their purple-stained fingers. I was proud of those fingers. I had an image in my mind of purple fingers poking liberals like Belafonte in the eye, saying, "See! We are making a difference!"

Were the elections perfect? No. Nothing run by men will ever be without flaw. Consider how elections here in the USA are contested. However, it is a vast improvement from when the ballots read "Saddam" and you had boxes to check "Yes" or "No" (and you'd better not check "No").

I recently heard someone say the best thing for the Republican party would be for Howard Dean to keep talking. The more he speaks, the more he undermines the credibility of his misguided cause. Likewise, the best thing for conservative, Pro-America types might very well be for Mr. Belafonte and his ilk to continue their rantings, as protected by the First Amendment.

Link Posted: 1/9/2006 4:54:56 AM EDT
What an asshole. His citizenship should be revoked, and he can stay in bananaland.....
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 5:08:29 AM EDT


We hear this daily on ARFCOM. Harry really needs new material.



Link Posted: 1/9/2006 5:14:14 AM EDT
Danny Glover is an asshat, as well.

Don't leave him out of this discussion!

Eric The(TakingNames)Hun
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 5:26:51 AM EDT

Originally Posted By EricTheHun:
Danny Glover is an asshat, as well.

Don't leave him out of this discussion!

Eric The(TakingNames)Hun



How many pages would this run if we listed the leftwing moonbats at one name per post?
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 5:40:58 AM EDT
Hey he's just playin' to the hometown crowd

Let 'em talk long & LOUD. Let the rest of America the Beautiful see & hear just how whacked out the leftists truely are.

Interesting point was brought up this a.m. on the local radio program. The on air guy commented <paraphrase> "I wonder if the same national media sources will run with this story as they did Pat Robertson's comments from Friday?"
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 5:43:51 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Brohawk:

Originally Posted By EricTheHun:
Danny Glover is an asshat, as well.

Don't leave him out of this discussion!

Eric The(TakingNames)Hun


How many pages would this run if we listed the leftwing moonbats at one name per post?


But Glover is in this story!

Eric The(NotGoingTooFarAfield)Hun
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 5:50:14 AM EDT

Originally Posted By EricTheHun:
Danny Glover is an asshat communist, as well.

Don't leave him out of this discussion!

Eric The(TakingNames)Hun





And we both know the history behind the political ties of the older civil rights gang and communism.


Paul Robeson.


Link Posted: 1/9/2006 5:52:53 AM EDT

Originally Posted By EricTheHun:

Originally Posted By Brohawk:

Originally Posted By EricTheHun:
Danny Glover is an asshat, as well.

Don't leave him out of this discussion!

Eric The(TakingNames)Hun


How many pages would this run if we listed the leftwing moonbats at one name per post?


But Glover is in this story!

Eric The(NotGoingTooFarAfield)Hun



I saw that. I think you misunderstood my intent.
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 5:56:03 AM EDT
Originally Posted By CavVet:

And we both know the history behind the political ties of the older civil rights gang and communism.

Paul Robeson.


It's a shame, indeed, that such an evil influence could have gained any traction whatsoever in 'the land of the free and the home of the brave.'

A lot of folks have a lot to be ashamed about when the past is carefully examined.

Eric The(It'sBestJustToWalkPastQuickly)Hun
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 7:37:01 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/9/2006 9:11:31 AM EDT by MonkeyGrip]
Their socialist dream state has already happened in Nicaruagua and Cuba.
We can see how well those went.

My wife's from Costa Rica which neighbors Nicaruagua. The Costa Ricans are paying heavily due to the flood of ignorant disease ridden ex-socialist loving "Nicas" that pour through the Costa Rica border as illegal aliens (not unlike Mexicans into the US) to steal jobs, medical care, education, welfare, purses and whatever else they can get.

We'll eventually have to pay for the mess that dictator Chavez is making in VZ. If we're lucky, their middle class will get fed up with being robbed and pay someone to get rid of him in a similar fashion to what occured in Chile in '73. A fitting end to a socialist parasite

I'll bet when the socialist dream goes to shit in VZ (once Chavez bleeds it down enough) bellefonte and his ilk will scream for our aid for the newly poor Venezuelian socialists and blame the failure on Bush, the CIA, you and I, etc.
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 7:38:24 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/9/2006 7:38:50 AM EDT by The_Beer_Slayer]
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 7:42:13 AM EDT

Originally Posted By MonkeyGrip:

I'll bet when the socialist dream goes to shit bellefonte will scream for our aid and blame the failure on Bush, the CIA, you and I, etc.



You wouldn't expect him to admit he's wrong when the facts spell it out? Denial is much easier for his type.
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 7:49:20 AM EDT
Harry needs some punching. By someone who knows how to punch well.
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 7:55:47 AM EDT
I hope he doesn't have any problems with customs when he returns.
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 7:56:53 AM EDT
"No matter what the greatest tyrant in the world, the greatest terrorist in the world, George W. Bush says, we're here to tell you: Not hundreds, not thousands, but millions of the American people ... support your revolution," Belafonte told Chavez during the broadcast.

What revolution?



BTW I don't support it.

Link Posted: 1/9/2006 8:16:21 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Brohawk:
People like Harry Belafonte have zero appreciation for being able to make a comment like this and survive the aftermath.

One of the great and terrible things about our freedoms as Americans is that we can say all sorts of outrageous things with little regard to consequences. Great because of the freedom of expression we enjoy. Terrible because a lack of consequences, as in all areas of personal action, negates a sense of responsibility.

Thus, we have a multitude of Americans, generally on the left end of the spectrum, who make one unbelievably irresponsible comment after another without a price tag attached to their words. They treat our precious First Amendment as something cheap, to be exploited as they pump their mindless drivel out via interviews in such politically astute publications as "People" and "Rolling Stone" magazines. (As a sidenote, I recently perused a copy of Rolling Stone in the library while my daughter was researching a paper for school. It's hypocritical that they endorse environmental awareness while wasting tree products printing such flatulent bilge, but that's a topic for another day).

Belafonte isn't the first liberal to call President Bush a terrorist. It's happened before and it illustrates the lack of understanding and perspective, and the limited worldview possessed by these self-annointed prophets of America-hating.

Let's try to compare the rhetoric to reality.

Belafonte, as an American citizen, calls the president a terrorist. What happens? Nothing. The lack of reaction from the government disproves his claim.

If Mr. Belafonte was a resident of, say, North Korea, would he dare say the Dear Leader was a terrorist? What about Cuba? Would a Cuban Belafonte publicly make verbal attacks on the benevolence of Fidel Castro? What if Mr. Belafonte was a citizen of Venezuela? Would he dare go on TV and radio denouncing Hugo Chavez? (Ouch!)

The left is full of people with over-inflated opinions of themselves who believe that celebrity is a qualification for social and political commentary. These types generally lead lives insulated from the real world.

Do you remember the real world? Going to work everyday, hoping to make the next house payment on time, raising (and disciplining) our kids to be good citizens, and sacrificing to give our kids a good start in life. The real world is one in which there are people who despise us because we are Americans, in spite of the fact that we do more charitable works than any other country.

We have groups chastizing the President on behalf of the Iraqi people, whom they paint as being oppressed by the American imperialist aggressor. Where were these people when innocent Iraqis were being terrorized, kidnapped, raped, tortured, and murdered by Saddam Hussein & Co.? Their actions show that they really don't care about the Iraqi people. They hate President Bush and their feined compassion toward the Iraqis is just a thin veneer to give the illusion of legitimacy to their blind hatred.

After the last election in Iraq I was looking at the photographs of people proudly displaying their purple-stained fingers. I was proud of those fingers. I had an image in my mind of purple fingers poking liberals like Belafonte in the eye, saying, "See! We are making a difference!"

Were the elections perfect? No. Nothing run by men will ever be without flaw. Consider how elections here in the USA are contested. However, it is a vast improvement from when the ballots read "Saddam" and you had boxes to check "Yes" or "No" (and you'd better not check "No").

I recently heard someone say the best thing for the Republican party would be for Howard Dean to keep talking. The more he speaks, the more he undermines the credibility of his misguided cause. Likewise, the best thing for conservative, Pro-America types might very well be for Mr. Belafonte and his ilk to continue their rantings, as protected by the First Amendment.




Well done....some good points in there.
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 8:19:43 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/9/2006 8:32:33 AM EDT by Alien]
Millions support Chavez? I doubt total number of Americans that know he exists surpsasses "millions."
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 9:15:49 AM EDT
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 9:20:58 AM EDT


Harry served in the Navy in WWII. What the hell happened to you Harry?
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 9:28:17 AM EDT
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 11:10:11 AM EDT

Originally Posted By EricTheHun:
Danny Glover is an asshat, as well.

Don't leave him out of this discussion!

Eric The(TakingNames)Hun



Well then, while we're at it...


Dolores Huerta, a pioneer of the United Farm Workers labor union also in the delegation, called the visit a "very deep experience."
Link Posted: 1/11/2006 9:32:39 AM EDT
This idiot is full of shit. I know a lot of Venezuelans & NONE of them support Chavez & his "revolution." Belafonte speaks nonsense, he speaks to & for a socialist/communist crowd. He has no idea what real suffering is & what it is to live in a communist/socialist country. He speaks all this trash in Venezuela, but eventually he goes back to his million dollar home in the USA. He's a hypocrite, a limousine liberal, nothing more, nothing less.

I'd love to send him & all these fools to live in Cuba for a month & it wouldn't be like a tourist, they'd have to live like the people. I gurantee that they wouldn't be able to handle it.

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