Wednesday January 25, 2006
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Just when you think there's no one out there to help the Conservative cause, along comes a "six foot, seven foot, eight foot bunch" of goofball like Harry Bellow-fonte, a man whose words are so vile he makes Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean sound reasonable.
If you've been absent from class let's review:
Several years ago, apparently having "worked all night on a drink of rum," Belafonte called then-Secretary of State Colin Powell, and by extension then-National Security Advisor Dr. Condoleezza Rice, "house slaves" for George W. Bush. (To which Dr. Rice responded, "I don't need Harry Belafonte to tell me what it means to be black."
A few days ago, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton - this time without her plantation kerchief and apron - ended up at the same fundraiser for a children's charity as Belafonte.
Mrs. Hillary didn't get to be Senator Hillary by being stupid, so, she stayed physically far enough away from him as to make it impossible for any photograph to show them together.
Remember when Pat Robertson bumped his head and said, aloud, that maybe the US should assassinate el-Presidente Chavez and people like Jesse Jackson were demanding - DEMANDING - that President Bush personally disassociate himself from Robertson's remark?
Where are the demands that any of the Kennedys or either of the Clintons or Chuck Schumer (thank goodness there's only one Chuck Schumer) speak up and say that Belafonte is off his rocker.
As far as I'm concerned I hope they continue their unashamed silence. It allows Conservatives to argue - correctly - that by remaining still, the Left must approve of Belafonte.
You don't have to agree with the war in Iraq to agree that there are limits to public discourse and Harry Belafonte has busted right through those limits. If the national Democrats are willing to silently assent to the loathsome language of Harry Belafonte, Conservatives should spend every day between now and November 7 - election day - reminding their neighbors about who has spoken up and who hasn't.
Here's a conversation starter for the coffee machine this morning: Harry Belafonte is billed as a "Goodwill Ambassador" for the United Nations International Children's Fund. On its website, the UNICEF press office stated:
Earlier this month, Mr. Tallyman got on a banana boat to Venezuela where he appeared with Fidel Castro's new best friend President Hugo Ch�vez and called President Bush, the "greatest tyrant in the world, the greatest terrorist in the world."
Belafonte returned to earth, however briefly, to announce that "We've come to this dark time in which the Gestapo of Homeland Security lurks here," apparently believing that the Department of Homeland Security runs the prison at Gitmo, and owns the National Security Agency.
Comments � by Harry Belafonte in Venezuela were made as a private citizen, and not in his role as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, nor in an official capacity on behalf of the organization.
Whoa! Wait. "Does not endorse these comments?" How about "UNICEF is appalled by" or "UNICEF categorically rejects" or "UNICEF urges Belafonte to stuff a banana in it?"
Or how about "We have withdrawn Mr. Belafonte's status because even the United Nations can't rationalize allowing someone who uses language like "house slave" and the "world's greatest terrorist" and the "Gestapo of Homeland Security" to be called a "Goodwill Ambassador."
Yeah, right. As soon they fix Iran, the UN will take up the matter of Harry Belafonte.
The United States pays about 20% of the UN's budget. Every year. One out of every five dollars which is spent by the UN comes out of your pocket.
When the House of Representatives comes back into session next week, I will be very pleased to watch the introduction of a resolution to withhold any US funds from the United Nations until the UN tells Belafonte to take a hike.
Daylight come and me want go home.
On a the Secret Decoder Ring page today: The lyrics to the "Banana Boat Song" which is the real name of "Day-o"; a link to an illuminating report, in a Black newspaper, on Belafonte's visit to the same church that Mrs. Clinton visited - you will get a sense of how differently the far Left sees this than you and I do; Another encounter with a young person demonstrating about something; and a Catchy Caption of the Day featuring naked people.
UNICEF does not endorse these comments.
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