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Belafonte: Bush kept him from King rites
Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | March 1, 2006 | Joe Guillen

Posted on 03/01/2006 7:51:24 AM PST by bwteim

Belafonte: Bush kept him from King rites

Legendary entertainer and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte on Tuesday explained his absence from Coretta Scott King's funeral.

Belafonte told reporters before a speech at Case Western Reserve University that President Bush influenced the King family to disinvite him from the funeral in suburban Atlanta on Feb. 7.

Belafonte, known to be a friend of Martin Luther King Jr., said he was told about the decision the day before the funeral, at which he had been scheduled to speak.

The King children made the final decision, Belafonte said, but they were "fiercely intimidated by the president's representatives."

Belafonte has been a vocal critic of the Bush administration.

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(Excerpt) Read more at cleveland.com ...


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KEYWORDS: bananas; belafonte; democrats; dramaqueens; fruitcake; loonybin
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"rite" on, "brother"....
1 posted on 03/01/2006 7:51:25 AM PST by bwteim
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To: bwteim

I hear violins playing in the background.


2 posted on 03/01/2006 7:52:56 AM PST by newconhere
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To: bwteim

I don't believe this for one minute. There were plenty of Bush bashers there. Why would this nut have been excluded?


3 posted on 03/01/2006 7:53:32 AM PST by Sunshine Sister
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To: bwteim

The man is a psychopath.


4 posted on 03/01/2006 7:53:34 AM PST by Skooz (Chastity prays for me, piety sings............Modesty hides my thighs in her wings......)
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To: bwteim

Yeah, can't have anybody there who would be critical of Bush. /sarc


6 posted on 03/01/2006 7:53:48 AM PST by SlowBoat407 (The best stuff happens just before the thread snaps.)
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To: bwteim

Too bad Bush couldn't keep that sniveling Jimmy Carter away, to say nothing of Bubba and Her Heinous.


7 posted on 03/01/2006 7:53:50 AM PST by TruthShallSetYouFree (Abortion is to family planning what bankruptcy is to financial planning.)
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To: bwteim

Fact or fiction?


8 posted on 03/01/2006 7:54:30 AM PST by sarasota
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To: bwteim
As if the banana man was any more an enemy of Bush than any others in attendance at the anti-Bush rally um, funeral.
9 posted on 03/01/2006 7:54:57 AM PST by mtbopfuyn (Legality does not dictate morality... Lavin)
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To: SlowBoat407

No kidding. IT would have been an added attraction to have Harry verbally assaulting the Pres from the podium. Sorry he was "disinvited".


10 posted on 03/01/2006 7:55:42 AM PST by babaloo
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To: Sunshine Sister

Perhaps he is in the early stages of senile dementia and the king family knows this.


11 posted on 03/01/2006 7:55:44 AM PST by Valpal1 (Crush jihadists, drive collaborators before you, hear the lamentations of their media. Allahu FUBAR!)
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To: bwteim

In other words, even the King family has no use for this anti-American troll.


12 posted on 03/01/2006 7:55:50 AM PST by TBP
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To: bwteim

Full of ....


13 posted on 03/01/2006 7:56:22 AM PST by Psycho_Bunny
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To: bwteim

My druthers would have been Belafonte over McGavin, Knotts, or Weaver.


14 posted on 03/01/2006 7:56:29 AM PST by 2nd Bn, 11th Mar
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To: bwteim

Why do I doubt the truthfulness of his statement?.........No one, Except maybe Hillary, would do such a vile thing..........


15 posted on 03/01/2006 7:57:04 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: bwteim

I hope it is true. Belafonte has called Bush a terrorist multiple times, and he called Powell and Rice house slaves. I hope Bush's people did everything they could to keep him out.


16 posted on 03/01/2006 7:57:07 AM PST by aynrandfreak (Terrorists love Democrats.)
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To: bwteim

This Bush guy must be some all-powerful kind of deity. He's caused hurricanes, volcanic eruptions and now a washed up Calypso singer missed a funeral. Tsk, tsk!


17 posted on 03/01/2006 7:57:07 AM PST by Emmett McCarthy
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To: bwteim

This guy has a god complex. In the full article they mention that if Belafonte made his speech in Cleveland, his words would have fixed poverty in the city, what a guy!


18 posted on 03/01/2006 7:57:13 AM PST by jeremiah (The biggest threat to Americas survival today, meth usage.)
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To: bwteim

Look forward to Harry's funeral, a double with Carter would be nice.


19 posted on 03/01/2006 7:57:25 AM PST by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: Sunshine Sister

It is going to become a he said she said contest according to another article:
http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060216/COLUMNIST0107/602160390/1101/NEWS

"I called Belafonte to find out for myself if it was true, and he said it was,'' the Rev. C.T. Vivian, a veteran civil rights activist, told me Friday after calling to see if I could find out why Belafonte was not at the funeral. "I asked were you disinvited, and he [Belafonte] said, yes.

"The reason is that the president was not coming if Belafonte was going to be there. ...''

SAME ARTICLE:

That's just not true, according to a public relations spokesman who worked with the King family on services for Mrs. King."


20 posted on 03/01/2006 7:57:54 AM PST by bwteim (Begin With The End In Mind)
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To: bwteim

Belafonte slapped the King family in the face by not showing up at the funeral, now he wants to blame President Bush.


21 posted on 03/01/2006 8:00:20 AM PST by TommyDale
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To: bwteim

How would Belafonte really know? Seems to me the people who really know would be the family.

When you disinvite a difficult person from spreaking at a funeral, what do you say to them?


22 posted on 03/01/2006 8:00:42 AM PST by I still care ("For it is the doom of men that they forget". - Merlin, from Excalibur)
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To: bwteim

Conclusion? The King family is a puppet for the Bush administration.


23 posted on 03/01/2006 8:01:01 AM PST by Niteranger68 ("Only 4 out of 3 Democrats actually vote.")
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To: bwteim

Maybe Robert Kennedy did it from the grave.........


24 posted on 03/01/2006 8:01:29 AM PST by jw777
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To: bwteim

day - o.


25 posted on 03/01/2006 8:01:39 AM PST by JackDanielsOldNo7 (If it wasn't for marriage, I would not have this screenname.)
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To: Sunshine Sister

Chicago Suntimes:

http://www.suntimes.com/output/washington/cst-edt-laura13.html

"King watchers opine that Belafonte was "disinvited" from the ceremony for fear that he would antagonize President Bush. The family knew Bush wouldn't sit on the same stage with Harry (the lion that roars) Belafonte after he pilloried the Bush presidency."


26 posted on 03/01/2006 8:02:27 AM PST by bwteim (Begin With The End In Mind)
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To: bwteim

When Satan calls this hateful man home, the world will be a better place.


27 posted on 03/01/2006 8:03:10 AM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: Sunshine Sister
Why would this nut have been excluded?

Because he's a dangerous nut case who consorts with our enemies. It wouldn't surprise me at all if the Secret Service nixed his attendance.

28 posted on 03/01/2006 8:03:26 AM PST by pgkdan
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To: bwteim

Hey, you freepers who went and bought baby rattles and pacifiers at the dollar store. Time to send one to Scary Harry. :)




29 posted on 03/01/2006 8:04:07 AM PST by Unkosified (Patiently waiting for Ted Kennedy's manslaughter trial for 36 years now.)
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To: All
Mr. Belafonte, please fill us in on this fierce intimidation.
30 posted on 03/01/2006 8:04:23 AM PST by dighton
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To: I still care

"When you disinvite a difficult person from spreaking at a funeral, what do you say to them?"

Perhaps nicely, "Harry, STFU and sit in the back?"
;)


31 posted on 03/01/2006 8:04:47 AM PST by bwteim (Begin With The End In Mind)
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To: bwteim

Daylight come and they wan' you to stay home


32 posted on 03/01/2006 8:06:20 AM PST by nuconvert ([there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: bwteim


Hey Harry, please call one eight hundred WHINNNNNNNNNNNNE, here's a quarter, call someone who gives a bleep.


34 posted on 03/01/2006 8:06:42 AM PST by rockabyebaby (I'm not afraid to say out loud what the rest of you are afraid to admit.)
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To: TommyDale

Right on target, IMO


35 posted on 03/01/2006 8:06:51 AM PST by bwteim (Begin With The End In Mind)
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To: bwteim
Legendary? That is just ridiculous, he is nothing more than a pest.
36 posted on 03/01/2006 8:09:48 AM PST by BlueAngel
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To: Skooz
The man is a psychopath.

In so saying, you malign honest, hardworking psychopaths everywhere, by association.

Dan

37 posted on 03/01/2006 8:11:23 AM PST by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: sarasota; far sider

Fact or fiction?

Fact, if you believe everything you read.

Fiction would be if King County Seattle would vote to change its name to Belafonte County...
"King County (Seattle, Wash.) to change logo to honor MLK"
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1586918/posts


38 posted on 03/01/2006 8:11:26 AM PST by bwteim (Begin With The End In Mind)
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To: bwteim

Heh heh! Good for Bush!


39 posted on 03/01/2006 8:12:27 AM PST by areafiftyone (Politicians Are Like Diapers, Both Need To Be Changed Often And For The Same Reason!)
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To: jeremiah

Belafonte's absence is curious because he is Chairman of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Fund and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador (Spreading Goodwill around the world... /s off)


40 posted on 03/01/2006 8:17:59 AM PST by bwteim (Begin With The End In Mind)
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To: bwteim

Dry his venom out and you can fertilize a golf course.


41 posted on 03/01/2006 8:18:05 AM PST by Corporate Law (<>< Xavier Basketball - Perennial Slayer of #1 Ranked Teams)
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To: Skooz

He's hasn't sold any records since 1959.


42 posted on 03/01/2006 8:19:01 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: bwteim
every MSM newsreader and writer calls him a "legendary" entertainer.....

I remember 1 song... that's it. I know that to be legendary you have to be at least a 2 hit wonder or have been #1 for a year... I'm just trying to figure out where the "legendary" entertainer did his legendary stuff... or even his entertainer stuff... Vegas, Broadway, minstrel show...where?

43 posted on 03/01/2006 8:19:02 AM PST by Dick Vomer (liberals suck......... but it depends on what your definition of the word "suck" is.)
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To: Sunshine Sister
I agree. Bush is too smart to waste time worrying about Belafonte. Sounds like old Harry's ticked off at the King family, but won't ever criticize a Black person...or every NOT criticize a white one.
44 posted on 03/01/2006 8:22:29 AM PST by utahagen
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To: bwteim

Harry oughta stick to bananas.


45 posted on 03/01/2006 8:22:52 AM PST by Revolting cat! ("In the end, nothing explains anything.")
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To: Skooz

and a Professional Victim joining the ranks of Jessie and the rest of the bunch.

"Everyone else is making us behave this way!"

Is ol Harry a muslim, yet? Because he sure has the aptitude and the mindset to be one.


46 posted on 03/01/2006 8:23:17 AM PST by SusaninOhio
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To: bwteim

47 posted on 03/01/2006 8:24:31 AM PST by steve-b (A desire not to butt into other people's business is eighty percent of all human wisdom)
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To: bwteim
Communist malcontent Harry Belafonte is too deluded with malignant hatred to make the causal connection that he has established himself as being a prime Pariah. Belafonte's irrational rhetoric is terroristic in tone. He's selling his capitalistic multi-million dollar properties in the U.S. Belafonte belongs in Cuba. I believe we should give him a going away party.
48 posted on 03/01/2006 8:34:22 AM PST by purpleland (Elegy 9/11/01 Vigilance and Valor! Socialism is the Opiate of Academia)
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To: sarasota; steve-b

"Fact or fiction? "

Let me rephrase my answer:

IMHO it is total BS, a fabrication by Harry and other moonbats that has become fact in eyes/ears of loony left.


49 posted on 03/01/2006 8:35:23 AM PST by bwteim (Begin With The End In Mind)
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To: bwteim

"Ah, but the strawberries, that's where I had them..."

50 posted on 03/01/2006 8:37:21 AM PST by Reaganesque
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