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Barney Frank stuns commencement crowd during speech
WHDH-TV ^ | 5/28/12 | Victoria Block

Posted on 05/28/2012 7:16:21 PM PDT by raccoonradio

NEWTON, Mass. (WHDH) -- Democratic Representative Barney Frank raised eyebrows during his commencement speech at UMass Dartmouth when he referenced the Trayvon Martin case.

Barney Frank, never at a loss for words, drew gasps from the commencement crowd at UMass Dartmouth where his good friend Hubie Jones was awarded an honorary doctorate -- complete with a degree and hood.

"When they give you an honorary doctorate they give you one of these and Hubie, I think you now got a hoodie you can wear and no one will shoot at you," Frank said during his speech.

The crowd was stunned by the humor, and many in his district felt it was in poor taste.

“That’s terrible. That’s insensitive. I don't think that's an appropriate joke," one woman said.

The hoodie joke was a clear reference to the controversial Florida shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman -- a shooting that has drawn thousands into the streets demanding justice for the young black man who was wearing a hoodie at the time of the shooting.

Jones, a long time social activist told 7News, "I don't believe Barney Frank meant any harm. He's a quick witted guy and within the context of the commencement it was a surprise."

For Frank, it should be no surprise that he was forced to explain himself in a statement, which says in part:

"I wore a hooded gown in three ceremonies earlier this year…used the same joke on myself…I shamelessly recycled the hoodie joke."

He went on to say he "used the ‘hoodie’ line to ridicule the notion that a hooded sweatshirt is somehow sinister."

Frank said he thinks the world of Hubie, but some of Frank's constituents don't think as highly of him.

"I definitely think he owes an apology to Hubie and then to the community

as well," a woman said.

Hubie Jones and Barney Frank have been good friends and have worked alongside each other for decades.

Read more: http://www1.whdh.com/news/articles/local/12007593498827/barney-frank-stuns-commencement-crowd-during-speech/#ixzz1wDl3V2Z9


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; US: Massachusetts
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He's leaving anyway but "how can we miss you when you won't go away", Barney.

Hubie Jones (CH 2 Boston Say Brother 1972)

1 posted on 05/28/2012 7:16:39 PM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio; Andonius_99; Andy'smom; Antique Gal; Big Guy and Rusty 99; bitt; Barset; ...

Imagine the uproar if Scott Brown had said this. Instead,
since it’s Barney...”crickets, please”


2 posted on 05/28/2012 7:18:22 PM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio
Barney Frank stuns commencement crowd during speech

That goes without saying - eh?

3 posted on 05/28/2012 7:19:51 PM PDT by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: raccoonradio
Illustrating for all the banality of Evil.



Nos genuflectitur ad non princeps sed Princeps Pacem!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

4 posted on 05/28/2012 7:20:20 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: raccoonradio

You know you bombed when they make you explain it.


5 posted on 05/28/2012 7:25:23 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (they have no god but caesar)
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To: raccoonradio

Stunned? Really? Why?

Haven’t they paid attention to what he’s been doing in Congress all these years?


6 posted on 05/28/2012 7:27:22 PM PDT by rbg81
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To: raccoonradio

Whoever invites this sham of a man to be a commencement speaker deserves whatever she/he gets....


7 posted on 05/28/2012 7:28:33 PM PDT by Sioux-san
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To: Libloather

8 posted on 05/28/2012 7:29:22 PM PDT by tumblindice (Our new, happy lives.)
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To: raccoonradio

Oh barney, you’re such a drama QUEEN!


9 posted on 05/28/2012 7:31:22 PM PDT by 43north (BHO: 50% black, 50% white, 100% RED)
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To: rbg81
''Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are not facing any kind of financial crisis.''

frank-23sm Commie

10 posted on 05/28/2012 7:35:14 PM PDT by BobP (The piss-stream media - Never to be watched again in my house)
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To: raccoonradio

Barney would be quaking in his fairy boots if he were to run into some hooded youth on the street late at night. Gaurrantee it.


11 posted on 05/28/2012 7:37:27 PM PDT by vpintheak (Occupy your Brain!)
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To: raccoonradio

Barney Frank is a mutant. It says volumes about the prople in his district who would vote for and give power to such a disgrace. The IQ average in that area must be mighty low. Good riddance to him...but will he please just go already!


12 posted on 05/28/2012 7:37:58 PM PDT by Swede Girl
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To: tumblindice

Thanks - I just threw up in my mouth!


13 posted on 05/28/2012 7:38:48 PM PDT by JaguarXKE (If my Fluffy had a puppy, it would look like the puppy Obama ate!)
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To: raccoonradio

Barney Frank is a mutant. It says volumes about the people in his district who would vote for and give power to such a disgrace. The IQ average in that area must be mighty low. Good riddance to him...but will he please just go already!


14 posted on 05/28/2012 7:38:55 PM PDT by Swede Girl
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To: JaguarXKE

Vomit-swallowin’. There’s a lot of that going on lately.
I just looked at some photos of Margie Cho, same-same.


15 posted on 05/28/2012 7:48:50 PM PDT by tumblindice (Our new, happy lives.)
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To: Libloather

THe audience was lucky that Barney didn’t drop trowel and show his Frank.

I’m gonna be sick after visualizing this.


16 posted on 05/28/2012 7:54:20 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: raccoonradio

He could have done what he did on the Rachel Maddow show and it would have been less shocking.

Well, except for those sitting downwind.


17 posted on 05/28/2012 8:02:49 PM PDT by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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I doubt the crowd was stunned. They’re the ones that invited the scumbag.


18 posted on 05/28/2012 8:14:34 PM PDT by baiamonte
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To: raccoonradio
some of Frank's constituents don't think as highly of him.

Well, the idiots and drones up there have been returning this queer to office for how many years? More than I care to remember, I'm sure.

BTW, when Barney gets married will he be the pitcher or the catcher?

19 posted on 05/28/2012 8:14:46 PM PDT by Marathoner (If the election was Obama vs. Satan I'd have to flip a coin.)
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To: Sioux-san
"Whoever invites this sham of a man to be a commencement speaker deserves whatever she/he gets..."

I can only imagine what the civil/social environment must be like in the district that kept electing this man person.

20 posted on 05/28/2012 8:19:27 PM PDT by Baynative (REMEMBER: Without America there is no free world!)
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To: raccoonradio

Blame the fools who invited him. They had their choice of hundreds of inspirational speakers, and they went with this no-good, crooked lowbrow. What did they expect?


21 posted on 05/28/2012 8:27:09 PM PDT by FlyVet
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To: raccoonradio

Hey Dartmouth. . you invite a scumbag - you get scum.


22 posted on 05/28/2012 8:37:39 PM PDT by McBuff
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To: Libloather

What did they expect Barneys frank is inappropriate.


23 posted on 05/28/2012 8:40:38 PM PDT by funfan
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To: raccoonradio
Bawney is pandering, Leftist twinkie; ergo, he gets a free pass, no matter the crime. As for his constituents? He's said and done far worse to America over the years; it never kept those haughty New England types from repeatedly sending him back to D.C. to inflict more damage, so their 'condemnation' rings as hollow as an old bell.

"We are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of Nature has placed in our power..... the battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave."

--Patrick Henry, to the Virginia Convention, March 23, 1775


24 posted on 05/28/2012 8:43:31 PM PDT by Viking2002 ("Always with the negative waves, Moriarty, always with the negative waves!" - Sgt. Oddball)
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To: raccoonradio

It’s just the AIDS-related dementia talking.


25 posted on 05/28/2012 9:13:15 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: raccoonradio

Could the public finally be getting enough of the leftists constantly wallowing in the supposed abuse of blacks - nah.....


26 posted on 05/28/2012 9:16:08 PM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
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To: raccoonradio

You ever notice how we never see Frank and Charles Nelson Riley in the same place, at the same time?

I’m just sayin...


27 posted on 05/28/2012 10:02:55 PM PDT by DemforBush (A Repo man is *always* intense!)
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To: raccoonradio

OY, and he said this about a black guy? That’s pretty stupid.


28 posted on 05/28/2012 10:40:40 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: raccoonradio

What else is to be expected from a commencement speaker like Barney Frank?


29 posted on 05/29/2012 1:32:20 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: raccoonradio
I am certainly no supporter of Barney Frank. That said, I have no problem at all with what he said. He, indeed, was given a “hoodie”, and a good natured comment about it, though maybe inappropriate considering the commitment students go through to earn one, is hardly worth a condemnation.
30 posted on 05/29/2012 6:13:50 AM PDT by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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To: raccoonradio

It looks like his arse cooties are now rotting his brain.


31 posted on 05/29/2012 8:27:51 AM PDT by fwdude
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