Posted on 12-03-2010
Filed Under (Current Affairs) by Rashtrakut
  • Sean Penn rising to the defense of Venezuelan demagogue and increasingly authoritarian Hugo Chavez with this gem:

“Every day, this elected leader is called a dictator here, and we just accept it, and accept it. And this is mainstream media. There should be a bar by which one goes to prison for these kinds of lies.”

Evidently being elected excuses authoritarianism and locking up vocal critics.

  • Glenn Beck once again displaying his special brand of ignorance that had got Christians on the left and the right pissed off at him:

“I’m begging you, your right to religion and freedom to exercise religion and read all of the passages of the Bible as you want to read them and as your church wants to preach them . . . are going to come under the ropes in the next year. If it lasts that long it will be the next year. I beg you, look for the words ‘social justice’ or ‘economic justice’ on your church Web site. If you find it, run as fast as you can. Social justice and economic justice, they are code words. Now, am I advising people to leave their church? Yes!”

He followed this up by comparing the basis of most Christian churches in ministering to the needs of their flock to Nazism and Communism:

“Communists are on the left, and the Nazis are on the right. That’s what people say. But they both subscribe to one philosophy, and they flew one banner. . . . But on each banner, read the words, here in America: ‘social justice.’ They talked about economic justice, rights of the workers, redistribution of wealth, and surprisingly, democracy.”

Must be news to the Catholic Church that principles that are central to its mission are akin to the Nazism and communism.  Beck was presumably targeting his usual liberal targets but used his typical broad brush strokes to incorporate any Church activities aimed at aiding the poor.  It is interesting to note that social justice was the rallying cry of the liberal churches who opposed slavery and segregation.  Of course in the alternate reality of Glenn Beck, progressives used to be called “tyrants,” or “slave-owners — people who encouraged you to become dependent on them.”   See link.

  • Baseball player Torii Hunter lashing out his frustrations at the declining percentage of African American players in baseball with this:

“People see dark faces out there, and the perception is that they’re African-American. They’re not us. They’re impostors. Even people I know come up and say, ‘Hey, what color is Vladimir Guerrero? Is he a black player?’ I say, ‘Come on, he’s Dominican. He’s not black.'”

“As African-American players, we have a theory that baseball can go get an imitator and pass them off as us. It’s like they had to get some kind of dark faces, so they go to the Dominican or Venezuela because you can get them cheaper. It’s like, ‘Why should I get this kid from the South Side of Chicago and have Scott Boras represent him and pay him $5 million when you can get a Dominican guy for a bag of chips?’ … I’m telling you, it’s sad.”

See link. Setting aside the lack of awareness of the racial ancestry of of the “impostors” this is hardly the way to generate a discussion on how to encourage baseball (which has not held up well to competition from basketball and football) in the African American community or to address concerns that players in Latin American communities countries are being exploited.  After doubling down on his comments initially, Hunter has since decided to zip it using the old “taken out of context” routine.

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