Free Republic
Browse · Search
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Next to Anthony Bourdain, Paula Deenís a Saint ^ | July 12, 2013 | Humberto Fontova

Posted on 07/12/2013 12:31:30 PM PDT by Kaslin

Paula Deen occasionally used the N-word, we’ve recently learned. For this she was tarred and feathered, drawn and quartered, and fed to the ‘gators.

Anthony Bourdain, on the other hand, headlined a propaganda junket to help secure the financial lifeline for the Stalinist regime that jailed and tortured the longest suffering black political prisoners in modern history.

But Bourdain sniffs that: “She (Paula Deen) revels in unholy connections with evil corporations.” Going further, he denounces Paula Deen’s professional endeavors as “in excruciatingly bad taste.” Further still, Bourdain finds Paula Deen, “unconscionable, cynical, and greedy.”

You’ve probably noticed whose side the media takes.

Allow me to explain: On the July 12th 2011 episode of The Travel Channel’s No Reservations Bourdain traveled to Cuba highlighting the exquisite food (most people claim it s*cks big time, the best is manifestly in Miami) the friendly and perennially dancing and singing natives, the exhilarating island sights and sounds, etc. "Yes, go to Cuba!" gushed Bourdain at the show’s conclusion.

Neck to neck with Venezuelan subsidies, Castro’s Stalinist regime lives off tourism. As thoroughly documented in a new book, Castro’s family, secret police and military enjoy majority ownership of Cuba’s tourist industry. Concurrent with his TV propaganda piece, Bourdain’s Travel Channel page posted a link to the Castro-regime-owned (stolen at Soviet gun-point from capitalists who built it) Hotel Nacional, for quick and easy reservations in Havana!

In brief, Bourdain's Castroite visa-issuers got a fabulous return.

Not far from where Bourdain wined and dined on food most Cubans savor only in their dreams (in 1958 Cubans enjoyed the 3rd highest protein consumption in the Western hemisphere, by the way) black political prisoners were jailed in conditions that make Nelson Mandela’s incarceration look like a stint in a Motel 6. These black Cubans crimes?

Publicly quoting the works of Martin Luther King and the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights, mimicking Gandhi’s peaceful protests against the British. Please note: these Cuban human-rights activists did NOT mimic Mandela’s against South Africa’s (placing bombs in public places.)

Among these black prisoners was Dr. Elias Biscet, an Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience who was awarded (obviously in absentia) the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bush in 2008. He was finally released just a month before Bourdain’s propaganda junket. But you’ve never heard of him, right?

Many Cuban blacks suffered longer incarceration in Castro's dungeons and torture chambers than Nelson Mandela suffered in South Africa's. In fact, they qualify as the longest-suffering political prisoners in modern history. Eusebio Penalver, Ignacio Cuesta Valle, Antonio Lopez Munoz, Ricardo Valdes Cancio, and many other Cuban blacks suffered almost thirty years in Castro's prisons. These men (and many women too, by the way, black and white) suffered their tortures 90 miles from U.S. shores.

But you’ve never heard of them, right? And yet from CNN to NBC, from Reuters to the AP, from ABC to NPR, Castro’s fiefdom hosts an abundance of U.S. and international press bureaus and crawls with their intrepid “investigative reporters.” Now when it came to Nelson Mandela’s incarceration 8000 miles away? Whoo-Boy! They reported everything.

Most of Cuba’s Human rights activists are black, many are female. As I write, Sonia Garro sits in a pestiferous dungeon (almost walking distance from where Bourdain feasted.) Her crime? Same as above but with the added insult of carrying flowers during her peaceful marches.

Again you’ve never heard anything from the media about Sonia Garro’s suffering 90 miles away. But I bet you heard and read about Winnie Mandela, 8000 miles away.

A year before Bourdain filmed his Castroite infomercial, his hosts jailed and murdered black human rights activist Orlando Zapata Tamayo. This black Cuban had endured an 83-day hunger strike seeking (vainly, as usual) to alert the world of the Castro regime's cowardly Stalinism and racism. Finally a series of savage beatings by his Communist jailers finished him off. Naturally, the intrepid investigative media was no more revelatory of his death than they'd been of his jailing or hunger strike.

Samizdats, smuggled from Cuba by eye-witnesses, reported that while gleefully kicking and bludgeoning Tamayo, his Castroite jailers yelled, "Worthless ni**er!"

“If I were on at seven at night and loved by millions of people at every age,” sniffs Bourdain about Deen, “I would think twice before telling an already obese nation that it’s OK to eat food that is killing us.”

Well, If I was as popular as Bourdain and claimed his social conscience and “anti-establishment fesitiness,” I’d think twice about helping bankroll an official State Sponsor of Terror that came closest to nuking my nation and jailed and tortured the most political prisoners (per–capita) in the Western hemisphere. And is still at it.

Oh I know, I know, the media mantra has it that opening Cuba to tourism will quickly convert it into a combination Shangri-La, Land of Oz and Cancun. “ I mean, come on Humberto! It just sounds so plausible! “

Yes, and until a few people decided to look behind the surface plausibility a flat earth also sounded plausible.

So let’s do like beatnik Bourdain professes and shun official corporate and establishment hype, man. Let’s get down and dirty and dig it, daddy-oh. Let’s cut the cr*p and look at the actual facts on the ground. Fine:

Every year for the past decade over ten times as many tourists have visited Cuba as in the 50’s when the island was billed by the media (and Godfather II) as a” tourist playground.” Last year almost 3 MILLION tourists visited Cuba. Given all the loopholes opened by the Obama team about 400,000 of these were from the U.S. (That’s twice the annual total as during Godfather II years, by the way.) For a decade now Castro’s fiefdom has enjoyed the most tourists per capita in Latin America, more than Mexico’s. The Castro police and military-owned tourist facilities are virtually maxed out. More tourists could barely fit in Castro family fiefdom. Last year these vacationers dropped almost $3 billion worth of their loonies, pounds dollars, marks etc. into the coffers of the Stalinist regime. Result?

The Cuban people suffered a ten year record of repression at the hands of the fat and happy KGB-trained security forces (slightly topping the 2011 record that coincided with the record tourism revenues that year.)

In brief: record tourism=record repression. In brief: Every shred of observable evidence proves that travel to Cuba enriches and entrenches the KGB-trained and heavily-armed owners of Cuba’s tourism industry, and thus the most highly motivated guardians of Cuba’s Stalinist and Terror-Sponsoring status-quo.

But let’s face it: “Flat Earth Societies” do still exist...

TOPICS: Cuba; Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: anthonybourdain; deen; nelsonmandela; pauladean; stalinist
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-2021-27 next last

1 posted on 07/12/2013 12:31:30 PM PDT by Kaslin
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Kaslin
But, he was great as Bastard Chef on Archer.

Boom! Bumper!

2 posted on 07/12/2013 12:35:24 PM PDT by freedomson (Tagline comment removed by moderator)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

Bourdain is a putz!

3 posted on 07/12/2013 12:38:26 PM PDT by TexasCajun (Creepy-Ass Cracker)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

Bourdain has been a left winger since his college days.

Just another left wing new Yorker.

Also, a former heroin addict, which further clarifies his character.

4 posted on 07/12/2013 12:42:25 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (K I L L T H E B I L L !!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: TexasCajun

Chefs, like actors, shouldn’t have political opinions.

5 posted on 07/12/2013 12:42:47 PM PDT by miss marmelstein ( Richard Lives Yet!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

And what has happened to Elian Gonzalez? The last I heard, he was a happy member of Fidel’s Youth Corps. I wonder if he will ever get out?

6 posted on 07/12/2013 12:45:09 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

Any woman with a smile like hers, who can cook and says y’all is by definition a saint.

7 posted on 07/12/2013 12:45:31 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: freedomson

Love Archer!

8 posted on 07/12/2013 12:46:07 PM PDT by subterfuge (CBS NBC ABC FOX AP-- all no different than Pravda.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

Bourdain is a jackass, worth watching however is a segment on one of his shows where he meets up with Ted Nugent. They grill some kill, some wounded vets are on hand, and afterwards they take Tony back to the range where he does a bit of shooting and smiling. He comments that his liberal friends in New York would have a fit. After he fires many rounds on a hand held 50 cal, he looks at the camera and says that was strangely satisfying. It’s a hoot.

9 posted on 07/12/2013 12:48:43 PM PDT by MomwithHope (Buy and read The Liberty Amendments by Mark Levin!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Don Corleone

I agree 100%

10 posted on 07/12/2013 12:50:51 PM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

He’s a glorified a**hat of a cook with socialist tendencies. I don’t care what he thinks and I’m sure that he would find that, “sniff, unconscionable!”

11 posted on 07/12/2013 12:54:10 PM PDT by MWestMom (Psalms 109:8)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

Bourdain is the epitome of an obnoxious arrogant liberal elitist.

However, he did one thing decidedly PC incorrect in of his shows. Did anyone catch the show when he personally capped the pig in Louisina?

Now that was classic. Most liberals would have been horrified.

12 posted on 07/12/2013 1:00:01 PM PDT by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

Bourdain, like so many elite, effete North East liberals think that any one who lives south of the Mason-Dixon is unwashed, ill-educated, and insensitive to any one but their huntin’ dog.

Miss Deen, because she is from the south is in the minds of liberal snobs no doubt a Christain (the enemy), red neck (ill educated), and can’t speak so she can be accepted in upper east side Manhattan circles. Therefore, she is the enemy and must be destroyed.

When Tony was hard on drugs, I am sure he said countless things (20 years ago) that he would not be proud of today. Miss Deen admitted her “sins” of 30 years ago. Will Bourdain ever admit his?

And lest he forget, he is from New Jersey and not Manhattan. That alone makes him suspect IMHO (having seen the Jersey Shore and Real Housewives of NJ)

13 posted on 07/12/2013 1:02:48 PM PDT by llevrok (We are in a new Cold War. At home.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: llevrok

I was once on a transatlantic flight in first class next to Bourdain. He didn’t say a word to anyone, and never thanked the attendants at all. He just slept and refused to eat anything given to him. One of my more unpleasant flights.

14 posted on 07/12/2013 1:05:55 PM PDT by HopeSprings
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
On one show out of the blue he commented that he'd like to see the British royal family heads on pikes. I didn't sense any irony.

I thought it was weird. Who cares what a cook thinks about the royal family?

15 posted on 07/12/2013 1:06:35 PM PDT by skeeter
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

Don’t believe everything you read: I actually recall watching that particular episode of “No Reservation Required,” and if I recall correctly, he gushed over the Cuban people, not Casto and not the Cuban government, and in fact, he was highly critical of the regime. I think he even commented on the impoverished lifestyle of the average Cuban.

As far as “liking” the Cuban food, anyone who knows Tony Bourdain should know that he has often said that when invited into people’s homes ad restaurants, he is there as a guest not as a food critic, and he will always compliment the chef no matter what he really thinks of the food.

16 posted on 07/12/2013 1:10:40 PM PDT by Labyrinthos
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

It’s a shame I already stopped watching him, and can’t stop watching him again. I stopped watching him after one or two tries not even knowing about his drug abuse or politics, just because of his obnoxious manner, decadence and narcissism.

17 posted on 07/12/2013 1:22:56 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ("Remember... the first revolutionary was Satan."--Russian Orthodox Archpriest Dmitry Smirnov)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

This just in Anthony Bourdain say, “Paula deen is disgusting but I would eat her”.

18 posted on 07/12/2013 1:23:33 PM PDT by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Albion Wilde

I have never watched him and I am not going to start watching him now

19 posted on 07/12/2013 1:31:38 PM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

There are lots of things about Bourdain that I don’t particularly like, but the funniest thing is when he gets around real men, and he turns into a prissy little girl...

20 posted on 07/12/2013 1:36:18 PM PDT by Kenton
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-2021-27 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794 is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson