Why is Drudge Having a Cow

… about Obama shaking hands with Raul Castro? We’ve shaken hands with lots of bloody-handed Commie butchers from China to Russia to the Soviet satellite states. Hell, the butchers in China have enjoyed most favored nation status since forever. Why is Cuba uniquely evil and the mere touch of Castro’s hand a sign of ritual impurity?

People tell me that our friendly relations with China is all part of our clever plan to lull China into the community of free enterprise and bring about the blessings of liberty by forcing their economy–and eventually their state–to live according to free enterprise rules. Such an economy, I’m told, cannot function in a police surveillance state and must inevitably transform itself into our glorious free society.

Um, okay. Prescinding from NSA surveillance and the militarization of our police state and the obvious fact that we seem to be becoming more like China as our ruling class treats the rest of us as less equal than they are, let’s take the argument at face value. Trade with Commies turns Commies into Murkan fans of Rush Limbaugh. If so: then why not do that with Cuba too? Why is Cuba radioactive? Why are American relations with Cuba stuck in 1962? The Pope’s been there. Why shouldn’t we go there? Why not try the old capitalist razzle dazzle of Murkan freedom on those Cuban Commies if its supposed to work so well with Chinese Commies? Is it really the case that we are simply too proud to admit that we failed to bring down Castro so we’re just not on speaking terms due to our pride? That seems like a dumb reason to maintain a policy that hasn’t worked for 50 years.

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  • bob

    Drudge is having a cow because it’s his job to have cows about liberals. What, he’s usually a paragon of intellectual integrity?
    The better question is why are you reading Drudge?

    • chezami

      Because I think the notion that you contract ritual impurity from reading news aggregators is bullshit and I’m as sick of lefties like you talking that way as I am of righties doing it.

      • Wolfenberry

        I hear you… though I’ve never heard of rightists criticizing anyone for reading news aggregates…..

    • For Comments

      [...]The better question is why are you reading Drudge?[...]

      Drudge is just a news aggregation website, he/editors do not write the content. So don’t you mean, ‘why are you reading the AP or NY times which are linked from Drudge?’ The links are catchy aren’t they?

      • chezami

        Its’ not *just* a news aggregator site. Drudge is a mix of sensationalist junk, actual news, and stuff specifically chosen for highlight to advance the agenda of the Thing That Used to be Conservatism. Bob is perfectly right to note the bias. It’s just that he’s dumb for speaking as though so much as looking at Drudge makes you ritually impure.

        • Wolfenberry

          “Its’ not *just* a news aggregator site. Drudge is a mix of
          sensationalist junk, actual news, and stuff specifically chosen for
          highlight to advance the agenda of the Thing That Used to be
          Conservatism.”

          It’s still a NEWS AGGREGATE– i.e., an aggregate of news stories, no matter what you may think of the topics/subject matter of said news stories. It’s not like he’s writing the actual stories themselves.

    • merkn

      Actually Drudge is reporting that noted lefty Christane Amanpour is having the cow. Which is just as funny.

  • AMoniqueOcampo

    I think they should be more disgusted at Obama’s stupid selfie. At least Pope Francis did his with kids AFTER Mass and not during a frickin funeral!

    • chezami

      Obama’s Narcissism is epic.

    • merkn

      Not that I disagree that he is a narcicist, but I don’t think it was taken at the funeral, but at some memorial service where a lot of people were milling around. My respect fo Michelle has moved up a bit though.

  • Frank

    This is a no s__t moment… Is there anyone here that really thought Obama would not find a way to make Mandela’s death about him? BWMN?…

    • Wolfenberry

      He also made it about picking up Norwegian chicks, apparently.

      • Chipsie

        excuse me, are you disrespectfully referring to the Prime Minister of Denmark? OK, I liked your other post….sorry, this one not at all.

      • kenofken

        Don’t disrespect Helle Thorning-Schmidt! Not only is she a very capable leader of a decent little country, she is quite likely the most beautiful woman this wretched little race of ours has ever produced. She is WAY out of Obama’s league!

        • Chipsie

          “this wretched little race of ours” sounds unmistakably leftist. Individuals can be quite evil and have free will, but human beings are still created by God as his beloved children. I feel free to write in this way in context of this particular site by the way, which addresses matters of Faith.

  • Pavel Chichikov

    Why are you watching television? It’s like cleaning commodes with your brain.

  • Elmwood

    I look at the drudgereport daily, in fact multiple times a day. it’s very right-wing biased, especially against AGW.

    • bob

      AGW? Not getting the acronym.

      • Elmwood

        Anthropogenic global warming

        • Wolfenberry

          Being “biased” against “anthropogenic global warming” is like being “biased” against unicorns and loch ness monster.

          • Chipsie

            thanks for making me smile!

    • palmharbor

      You think????????????

  • Chipsie

    Obama not only shook hands with the guy, he did his little bow once more to another scurrilous world dictator. I believe he is the only President of the US to bow down to America’s enemies. And the fact that Castro is holding Americn Alan Gross (American Contractor) in prison, let alone all citizens of Cuba as they are not “allowed” to leave should make anyone, to use your words “have a cow.” Communisim is abusive to its people and Castro, if you hadn’t noticed, oversees all of it. And if you think this is about BO showing “respect” then how can it be he is the same person smiling while taking “selfies” during the memorial service for Mandela who he proclaimed so great an influence in his life?

    • S. Murphy

      Yeah, but *maybe* shaking hands with little brother Castro will lead to talking constructively about Mr. Gross. Gaffing him off in front of the whole world wouldn’t have helped – apparently there was a row of people, and it was shake all their hands, or none – Obama went for all. Prolly not a bad choice, all things considered.

      • Chipsie

        And yet, do you not see a pattern of behavior where this President embraces enemies of the United States of America? Meanwhile, he continues to be tone deaf to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, America’s long time ally. Additionally, he didn’t even attend the funeral of Britain’s Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, particularly notable when Britain has consistently allied with the United States. And then of course he unceremoniously just sent back the statue of Winston Churchill, sent to the United States as a gift from England after having it removed from the Oval Office. So obviously, Obama is no stickler for “etiquette” in the broad sense, but rather selectively. I think it wrong to be blind to outright acts of disrespect to America’s friends while giving a pass to the act of bowing and deferring to murderous thugs. A world leader should be consistently civil, but not more so to those dictators whose hatred hurts millions of people in this world.

    • chezami

      I notice that you didn’t answer my question. Do you mean that we should likewise embargo China since they are also Commie butchers? If you want to cut off relationship with abusive regimes, should we embargo the Saudis?

      • Wolfenberry

        Yes, we should not only have “embargoed” the Saudis, we should have nuked them. But then I don’t run things.

        • freddy

          “…we should have nuked them.”
          Which would be a gravely immoral act. Glad you don’t run things.

        • chezami

          Thanks be to God for that.

      • Chipsie

        Didn’t see your question…..where was it?

        Answer: Yes, and yes.

        Another irony is that Obama had lauded Mandela for his opposition to leadership that would imprison citizens for holding views contrary to their own. The fact that he would then go to embrace Castro and his wife is inappropriate.

    • kenofken

      Displays of collegiality with America’s enemies are not entirely unprecedented:

      http://odinsblog.tumblr.com/post/60364297408/war-criminals-bffs-donald-rumsfeld-saddam

      http://odinsblog.tumblr.com/post/60364297408/war-criminals-bffs-donald-rumsfeld-saddam

      Then there was that time in the late 90s when Unocal hosted a Taliban delegation at a five-star hotel in Houston to try to sweet-talk a pipeline deal. Or the limitless tolerance and funding of Pakistan, which created the Taliban, continues to abet them and sold nuclear technology to rogue countries.

      Or the deferential policy toward China, a nation which we have allowed to hollow out our manufacturing sector through currency and trade manipulation and intellectual property theft. A nation which props up the only real communist country left on Earth (North Korea), and a country which routinely hacks both our commercial and military computer systems.

      At its height, Cuba was a welfare client of the Soviets. It has been utterly irrelevant as a foreign power for a quarter century and has been stumbling toward capitalism as all communist countries do sooner or later. The Castro brothers are both of an age where buying green bananas is almost reckless speculation, and the rest of the world is working to engage the country and modernize it, but to the conservative mind, it will always be 1962 in Cuba.

      • Chipsie

        Who do you mean by “the rest of the world is working to engage and modernize it” ? Also, while you may may mock Conservatives who feel it will always be 1962 in Cuba” you might be interested in the voice of young “cuban revolutionary” Elian Gonzalez who speaks as if he is a character right out of a movie about the Cold War from 1962 …seriously…..this is a sad reality: (and by the way, as a conservative, to me the real Cuba is the colorful tourist destination it was in the 1950′s before the jack boot stomped the soul out of the place….

        http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/dec/11/elian-gonzalez-its-americas-fault-my-mother-died/

        • palmharbor

          You are quoting the newspaper of Sung Yung Moon, the paper that has never, ever made a profit because of poor sales???????

          • Chipsie

            truth is truth regardless of the source, even if you don’t like a particular rag because of your personal bias. Some of us read a wide range of news sources and you might want to try it yourself.

            Maybe you can believe CNN and the words of Gonzalez himself who obviously is completely brainwashed and blames the US for the poor souls who die trying to escape Cuba, which tragically include his very own mother who risked her life trying to give him freedom. Castro, the actual cause of massive suffering is a “god” to him (his words).

            http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/10/world/americas/elian-gonzalez-ecuador-interview/

        • kenofken

          The rest of the world realizes that Cuba is not going to be fixed by pretending it doesn’t exist and maintaining a wartime posture towards it indefinitely. This silly narrative of existential conflict between the United States and that little island has strengthened Castro’s position for decades.

          Ironically, as we’ve “held the line” on this one authoritarian state (but no others), we’ve evolved into the police state of Castro’s dreams. We lock up more of our people than any communist state ever did, and we have our own system of arbitrary detentions and an infrastructure real-time monitoring of every last communication of every citizen, 24/7. Castro’s secret police apparatus, next to ours, is all hole and no net.

          We are, so far as I know, the only democratic nation that bars its citizens from traveling to other countries. Doesn’t it seem just a little bit absurd that we can travel to North Korea or Iran, or even the heart of Taliban country if we’re crazy enough, but to go to Cuba we have to pretend we’re academics or sneak through via a third country?

          Cuba in the 50s certainly was “colorful” to say the least. It was paradise if you liked weird sex for hire, gambling and tropical breezes (and who doesn’t?). It left much to be desired for 99% of the Cubans who didn’t get to fly home to Miami hung over.

          I don’t know what to say about Elian Gonzalez. The poor kid has been a political pawn for most of his life for one side or another. Is he a brainwashed victim of communism? Maybe. Maybe not. In any case, I don’t see how Obama giving Raul Castro the stink eye would have brought him or any other Cubans closer to freedom.

    • palmharbor

      Tell us: Were you there? did you see the “bow” or is Obama taller than Castro………by the way…when did you get released from Prison?

      • Chipsie

        I guess you have some acquaintances from Prison, but your question makes no sense to me. Obama does a lot of bowing if you haven’t noticed…ever since he started his Apology for America tour, which has been going on now for years.

  • Almario Javier

    Why? The Cuban-American community is very influential in the crucial state of Florida, and somewhat justifably see the Castro brothers as just a step up from the Antichrist. Drudge having a cow likely is meant to agitate the usual suspects in the hope that they will continue to vote Republican. Refugees from Red China, on the other hand, tend to live in states where the result is a sadly foregone conclusion.

  • meunke

    Why? BECAUSE CASTRO WAS AN ENEMY IN “CALL OF DUTY – BLACK OPS”!!!

    Our treatment of Cuba is one of the big reasons we are so mistrusted in South America.

  • palmharbor

    Matt Drudge can be seen most any night cruising the Gay Bars of Coconut Grove looking for a night of “conservative family values” Look for him at Discotekka, Sugar, Bohemio Cafe, MOVA Lounge Brickell.

    • Chipsie

      What an ugly comment….ugly toward gay people, toward Drudge, toward conservatives….but doesn’t say anthing about anyone. Oh yes, it does say a lot about you as a person for even posting that.


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