Israel Vs. Robertston? Chavez Anti-Semite? Going Bananas?

Well the new year has just started and already the news these days is a bit off the wall.

Israel Gets Robertson Back

In retaliation for Pat Robertson’s remarks about Ariel Sharon’s recent stroke being “divine intervention”, Israel Ministry of Tourism is pulling out of a $50 Million Dollar deal…let me repeat that…a $50 Million Dollar deal, with the televangilist that was set to build a biblical theme park by the Sea of Galilee to increase Christian tourism into Palestine, I mean Israel.

Rest assured however this will not stop Israel from going ahead with the construction

“The contract is still open – just not with Mr Robertson.”

“If there are other Christian leaders, they are most welcome to sign a contract to bring Christian tourists to the state of Israel.” [source]

I wonder if they’ll take a cheuqe from the 700 Club?

An Anti-Semite Christmas Eve

Also, a Jewish Rights Group is accusing Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez of making anti-Semitic comments in a Christmas Eve speech where he said:

“The world has enough for all, but it turned out that some minorities, descendants of those who crucified Christ, descendants of those who threw Bolivar out of here and also crucified him in their own way in Santa Marta, there in Colombia. A minority took the world’s riches for themselves,” Chavez said, according to a transcript of the Dec. 24 speech. Simon Bolivar led the 19th century fight to liberate Venezuela and some other Latin nations from Spanish rule.

Chavez did not did specifically mention the Jewish people in the televised speech. [source]

However one U.S. Rabbi, Arthur Waskow, said in an e-mail he has serious doubts it was an anti-Semitic slur.

“I know of no one who accuses the Jews of fighting against Bolivar,” wrote Waskow, of The Shalom Center in Philadelphia. “And certainly I â?? and most Jews â?? teach that it was the Roman Empire, and Roman soldiers, who crucified Jesus.”

Come Mister Tally Man, tally me Banana (Daylight come and we want go home)

Speaking of Venezuela, Harry Belafonte, best know for his Banana Boat Song back in the 80’s, 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.

“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. [source]

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The Daily Show with Jon Stewert has a funny take on this.

It’s been 10 days into the New Year and this is around the time everyone’s resolutions begin to fall apart. Maybe President Bush is keeping his…

Top Ten George W. Bush New Year’s Resolutions

10. Fewer decisions based on wild, drunken hunches

9. Have N.S.A. find out what really happened between Nick and Jessica

8. Stop using Situation Room monitors to play X-Box 360

7. More C-SPAN, less “Yes, Dear”

6. Team up with leading scientists to make Cheetos even cheesier

5. To capture and bring to justice King Kong

4. Beat the twins at beer pong

3. Respond to reporters questions with, “Bitch, don’t go there”

2. Scale back on grueling 12-hour work week

1. “Who needs resolutons? Everythng is fine”


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