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Harry Belafonte flirting with Treason, Black Conservatives Say
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Posted on 01/10/2006 8:06:15 AM PST by Cindy_Cin

CNSNews.com) - Calypso singer and liberal political activist Harry Belafonte was speaking for himself, not UNICEF, when he called President Bush a terrorist during a visit to leftist Venezuela, the U.N. children's advocacy group says.

Belafonte was quoted as telling Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Saturday, "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 made the comment on Chavez' radio and TV broadcast.

The U.S. Fund for UNICEF told reporters that Belafonte -- a UNICEF goodwill ambassador since 1987 -- made the comments "as a private citizen and was not speaking as a UNICEF ambassador, nor acting in an official capacity on behalf of the organization."

Belafonte led a group of Americans, including actor Danny Glover and Princeton University Professor Cornel West, to Venezuela over the weekend.

The Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, a conservative black leader, is among the Americans questioning Belafonte's sanity.

"Harry Belafonte's hatred of President Bush is causing him to embrace America's enemies," the Rev. Peterson said in a press release. "I also believe that his actions are treasonous as described by Article Three, Section Three o the U.S. Constitution, which says that 'adhering to our enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort' constitutes treason."

Peterson called Chavez a "brutal, paranoid dictator with nuclear ambitions who wants nothing more than to destroy the U.S."

Peterson said it's time to take U.S. laws seriously - by classifying Belafonte and his delegation as "domestic enemies of the United States."

In a Tuesday morning interview with Fox & Friends, Professor Cornel West said that he, Belafonte and the other Americans went to Venezuela so they "could see for themselves "the ways in which poor people are gaining a voice in a democratic process."

Hugo Chavez, elected in 1998, is an authoritarian, populist leader who rejects democratic principles and has allied himself with Cuba.

But West said the American delegation recognizes that President Chavez is "trying to lead a country and a region out of the immense poverty," and he said the delegation is "concerned about the kind of hostility that the Bush administration has manifested" toward the Chavez administration.

West said his friend Harry Belafonte on Saturday was "not so much" trying to bash the Bush administration - but to let people in Venezuela and Bolivia and other countries know "that there are Americans that care about them as fellow human beings, and are concerned about their poverty and democratic ways of overcoming that poverty."

As Cybercast News Service has previously reported, Belafonte's senior years have been marked by controversy.

In August, during a civil rights march in Atlanta, Belafonte referred to prominent African-American officials in the Bush administration as "black tyrants," and he also compared the Bush administration to Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany.

In 2002, Belafonte described then-Secretary of State Colin Powell as a "house slave."


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aarp; belafonte; blackconservatives; calypsoharry

1 posted on 01/10/2006 8:06:16 AM PST by Cindy_Cin
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To: Cindy_Cin

"Harry Belafonte's hatred of President Bush is causing him to embrace America's enemies," the Rev. Peterson said in a press release."

That could be said about many on the left. Their hate of Bush is blinding them to what is best for America.


2 posted on 01/10/2006 8:08:43 AM PST by mlc9852
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To: Cindy_Cin

Flirting?? I'd say he crossed the line long ago but, hey, in his age of 'Freedom of speech' Treason and Sedition are outmoded concepts.


3 posted on 01/10/2006 8:09:57 AM PST by TCats
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To: Cindy_Cin

Belafonte, Glover, and West......

Sounds like an answer for Carnac, but I'm not sure what the question should be. 'Name a has-been singer now Unicef shill, an actor who wants to be a political activist, and an academic fraud?'

Useful idiots is too kind a description....


4 posted on 01/10/2006 8:10:34 AM PST by Rummyfan
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To: Rummyfan

I will not watch a movie with Dan Glover in it.


5 posted on 01/10/2006 8:13:01 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Don't buy Bose. Their warranty is no good.)
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To: Cindy_Cin

Calypso Harry, Calypso Louie: like Mr. Potatohead, they're fully interchangeable.


6 posted on 01/10/2006 8:14:12 AM PST by Sisku Hanne (The Old Media, Democrat party & the Left are grim MILLSTONES for our troops)
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To: TCats

I called AARP & gave them an ear full~!


7 posted on 01/10/2006 8:14:34 AM PST by Cindy_Cin
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To: Cindy_Cin

If he hates the US so much, he really shouldn't come back here


8 posted on 01/10/2006 8:15:06 AM PST by freeperfromnj
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To: Sisku Hanne

hahahahahahahaha Thank You for the laugh!


9 posted on 01/10/2006 8:15:44 AM PST by Cindy_Cin
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To: Cindy_Cin

UNICEF and the AARP had better wake up to the fact that a traitor to the USA will not reflect kindly on their missions. I'm getting old but my parents taught me as a youngster that I could be guilty of things just by association.


10 posted on 01/10/2006 8:15:45 AM PST by jazusamo (A Progressive is only a Socialist in a transparent disguise.)
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To: Cindy_Cin

Flirting?!? It's an all out courtship!


11 posted on 01/10/2006 8:16:12 AM PST by FiddlePig (truth is hard... lies are easy - http://redneckoblogger.blogspot.com)
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To: mlc9852
Belafonte led a group of Americans, including actor Danny Glover and Princeton University Professor Cornel West, to Venezuela over the weekend.And when they tried to re-enter the U.S., Customs Agents told them that their passports had been revoked and they needed to return to Venezuela
14 posted on 01/10/2006 8:23:05 AM PST by Ouderkirk (Funny how death and destruction seems to happen wherever Muslims gather...)
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To: Cindy_Cin

Is Belafonte even an American citizen? I thought he was from the Caribbean.


15 posted on 01/10/2006 8:24:10 AM PST by HostileTerritory
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To: Sisku Hanne


Yeah...but apparently daylight never came...or at least he's never seen it.


16 posted on 01/10/2006 8:24:28 AM PST by in hoc signo vinces ("Houston, TX...a waiting quagmire for jihadis.")
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To: Cindy_Cin
Of course he is a dottering old fool. If he had been speaking this gibberish around the coffee table with is friends it would be one thing.

Somehow he has gotten a public vehicle to spout his BS. The blame from this must be placed squarely on the press. As with Babs and Cher the press takes these has been celebs and promotes them to pundit status (which ain't too high). These people don't read and analyze. They just listen to canned comments from people with agendas and regurgitate vitriolic material.

Paid for by the Mike Ferrell for President Committee
17 posted on 01/10/2006 8:25:59 AM PST by JustAnotherOkie
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To: Cindy_Cin
Belafonte led a group of ANTI-Americans, including actor Danny Glover and Princeton University Professor Cornel West, to Venezuela over the weekend.
18 posted on 01/10/2006 8:26:00 AM PST by Red Badger (And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him)
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To: Cindy_Cin

What am I missing...what's the AARP tie-in?


19 posted on 01/10/2006 8:29:08 AM PST by ErnBatavia (I post in slang..live with it or ignore it - reader's choice.)
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To: ErnBatavia
The AARP named Harry Belafonte their "Man of the Year"
"RED" flags about the AARP have been coming up a lot lately.
PUN INTENDED
20 posted on 01/10/2006 8:34:14 AM PST by Cindy_Cin
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To: Red Badger
Why should Glover, Belafonte or West be any different from the rest of the Anti American Hollywood, Academia Limo Libs?
2 faced ~!@#$%^&*( ~~ All of EM!
21 posted on 01/10/2006 8:37:13 AM PST by Cindy_Cin
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To: Cindy_Cin
He is not flirting. He has been humping its leg for decades.
22 posted on 01/10/2006 8:40:28 AM PST by JasonC
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To: Cindy_Cin

http://www.aarpmagazine.org/people/impact_awards_bela.html


23 posted on 01/10/2006 8:45:36 AM PST by ErnBatavia (I post in slang..live with it or ignore it - reader's choice.)
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To: freeperfromnj
If he hates the US so much, he really shouldn't come back here

Oh, he'll come back. He is a liberal and lives in a very swanky part of Calif., Del Mar or some such place. While here relaxing on his veranda and watching the seagulls float over the pacific he swills caviar and chanpagane and mulls the "terriorism of George Bush" with his liberal friends. What a piece of crap!

24 posted on 01/10/2006 8:49:47 AM PST by mc5cents
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To: Cindy_Cin

Old left-wing nut. He doesn't represent anyone but himself, for which we should thank God.


25 posted on 01/10/2006 8:54:50 AM PST by popdonnelly
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To: Cindy_Cin
Re: AARP. IMO just a slick marketing device that looks out for itself, often to the detriment of its so-called 'Members'. If Bellafonte gets them business then he is good, if he doesn't then he is bad - Irrespective of his real message. Totally amoral approach to business and cynical as well.
26 posted on 01/10/2006 8:58:37 AM PST by TCats
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To: Cindy_Cin

One of my very liberal friends has joined some AARP board. Should fit right in.


27 posted on 01/10/2006 8:58:59 AM PST by popdonnelly
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To: popdonnelly

Even Juan Williams said last night that Belafonte is tapioca.


28 posted on 01/10/2006 9:06:32 AM PST by massgopguy (massgopguy)
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To: Cindy_Cin

Treason abroad is quite acceptable.
At least since Hanoi Jane did it without getting her neck stretched upon her return to US soil.


29 posted on 01/10/2006 9:33:57 AM PST by TheDon (The Democratic Party is the party of TREASON!)
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To: Cindy_Cin
Harry Belafonte flirting with Treason, Black Conservatives Say

And they're right
30 posted on 01/10/2006 9:34:33 AM PST by Vision (“We have now sunk to a depth at which the restatement of the obvious is the duty of intelligent men")
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To: Cindy_Cin
Calypso singer and liberal political activist Harry Belafonte was speaking for himself, not UNICEF, when he called President Bush a terrorist during a visit to leftist Venezuela, the U.N. children's advocacy group says.

There's a hole in his bucket, dear Liza, dear Liza.

-PJ

31 posted on 01/10/2006 9:42:04 AM PST by Political Junkie Too (It's still not safe to vote Democrat.)
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To: Cindy_Cin

Help me over a senior moment here - what's the AARP tie-in?


32 posted on 01/10/2006 9:46:05 AM PST by savedbygrace (SECURE THE BORDERS FIRST (I'M YELLING ON PURPOSE))
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To: Cindy_Cin

Sedition and treason laws were designed to protect us from people like Eva Toguri, Mildred Gillars, and Harry Belefonte. Time to dust off those laws.


33 posted on 01/10/2006 3:55:31 PM PST by SpaceBar
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To: Cindy_Cin

I let Unicef know where my charity dollars will NOT be going.

http://www.unicef.org/about/contact.html


34 posted on 01/10/2006 6:52:27 PM PST by Harrius Magnus (Joseph P. Kennedy thought that involuntarily lobotomizing a 23-year-old was good parenting technique)
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To: popdonnelly
I can honestly say I have no liberal friends~
Liberal In-laws are as much as I can take. Grin*
35 posted on 01/11/2006 6:20:05 AM PST by Cindy_Cin
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To: Cindy_Cin

Not treason, just whining.


36 posted on 01/11/2006 6:26:55 AM PST by Doctor Stochastic (Vegetabilisch = chaotisch ist der Charakter der Modernen. - Friedrich Schlegel)
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