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Daily Kos Sticks Up for Praising Castro

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You can't call this unexpected. When Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen was suspended five games by his team for proclaiming his love and admiration for Fidel Castro in a town full of Cuban exiles, the ardent radicals at the Daily Kos would object.

In an article titled "Ozzie Got Screwed," The writer going by the handle "Agnostic" of "The Church of Ineffable Stupidity" threw his "WTF" hat into the air:

First, let's think about what Ozzie really said.  "I love Fidel Castro."

On prior occasions, he admitted that he thought he was courageous, that he stood up to everyone in the world, and that he succeeded where his enemies had failed.

Now what the f--k is wrong with that? [Dashes mine.]

Absolutely nothing. Castro did not wipe out millions of his own people. Castro did not start world wars. For all his faults, and there were many of them, Castro managed to confound and outlive a super power which faces his shores, despite the fact that that super power has never, not once, since 1918 had a year in which we did not use our military for one reason or another. We even invaded several of his neighbors, and succeeded in deposing those nearby rulers who managed to anger us. Especially if they won democratic elections. And still he survived. And still he managed to raise his country's literacy rate from 65-70% to 98%.

The ineffable stupidity is there. Here comes the "literacy" junk. He sounds like Barbara Walters, who once said on ABC "“For Castro, freedom starts with education. And if literacy alone were the yardstick, Cuba would rank as one of the freest nations on Earth. The literacy rate is 96 percent.”

Somehow, "Agnostic" doesn't think Castro's Cuba helped in deposing nearby rulers like say, Nicaragua's Somoza, so Soviet-friendly Marxists who didn't like elections could be installed. He unloaded the old ring of baloney that Castro outlasted many presidents, as if it were an achievement to put your opponents in prison, unlike American presidents:

Castro survived Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, and Bush, despite every one of them stating it was in America's best interests to have a Castro free Carib.

Besides, doesn't christianity teach people to love thy neighbors, to turn the other cheek, and to love their enemies?   It just strikes me that those people most upset about what Ozzie said just happen to be christian conservative GOP voters, which seems par for the course. Ignorance of the facts has never stopped them before. It certainly won't stop them now.

But a five game suspension for Ozzie? Now, simply for speaking his mind, that is Ineffably Stupid.

Another Kosmonaut cited The New York Times, which editorialized that Castro's reign was "violent and destructive" and then insisted this suspension of Guillen was a free-speech outrage: "The Marlins may be within their legal rights, but they should have thought harder before succumbing to the cries of a mob and punishing a political statement for business reasons." Of course, the Times said suspending a player for saying something racist-sounding isn't a freedom-of-speech outrage.

[Hat tip: Tommy Harper Bat]

Comments

#1 Sooooooo. . .

Guillen should not be punished for embracing a person who has jailed and executed his 'enemies'.
And Rush should be silenced forever for calling a whorish woman a 'slut'.

Americans keeping their own earnings is a Civil Right! Demand your Civil Rights!

#2 Now theres a shocker

Next they will condone the tyranny as well. BTW isnt Ozzie from Venezuela? Seems I remember him ridiculing Chaves. Wonder why he doesnt understand they are brothers in tyranny.

Seek Truth, Defend Liberty

#3 I'm Sorry, but

I am sorry, but I agree Mr. Guillen has to right to like and respect who he pleases and he is being punished by his team and the league for his freedom of speech.
I do not particualerly like or respect what Mr. Castro has done or supported but what Mr. Guillen said broke no law that I am aware of.

#4 Considering he chapped

A large part of the Marlines fan base, is why he got suspended. Has jack to do with freedom of speech

Seek Truth, Defend Liberty

#5 I agree

I don't like the idea of MLB being the speech police.

edit: Yes, the Marlins have the right to suspend him, but their actions appear heavy-handed to me. I think they (the Marlins and Guillen) could have done damage control without the suspension.

#6 It's not a free speech issue

The Marlins owe Guillen no guarantee of free speech. They are concerned with his hurting their bottom line. As a private business, the Marlins can conduct business anyway they see fit.

If you're not getting flak, you're not over the target.

#7 Double-check the Constitution

It doesn't say businesses must respect free speech. It's the government (Congress in particular). In fact, there is something about freedom of association. The Marlins don't have to associate with someone who says stupid things.

#8 What Guillen said was very stupid

But in a country that values free speech even if controversial, I don't understand why a baseball player should be suspended for stating an international political opinion.

#9 Huh?

Would you fire an employee who stood outside your buysiness and said things to run away your customers? Freedom of speech is only protected from the government. A business can restrict it all they want.

Face it, MLB is a business and Ozzie doesn't care or is too stupid to know who supports his team. Five games? He got off easy.

"Occasionally, and randomly, problems and solutions collide. The probability of collisions decreases geometrically as the size of the committee created to force these collisions increases."

#10 Wow, a bunch of stinking commie pukes coming to the defense...

...of a couple of stinking commie pukes.

Color me surprised.

If I were the owner of the Marlins, Ozzie Guillen would be busy updating his resume, as there is no way I would have a stinking commie puke working for me.

I hate and despise commies with a flaming purple passion.

-Dave

Vote for the American in November

#11 Freedom of speech also means

Freedom of speech also means the freedom to deal with the consequences of said speech.

Sure, Ozzie has the freedom to praise Castro. Ozzie's employers have the freedom to punish him for insulting their customers.

#12 Kos Kids Konsider Kastro Kool...

...Have Held Hitler Huggers High and Mention Mighty Morality of Mao...

#13 The Daily Kos supporting Castro loyalists?

Gee, I wonder which political party the Daily Kos supports?

thescoots

#14 The EPA requires Daily Kos

The EPA requires Daily Kos writers and editors to take a decontamination shower twice a day in order to wash the evil off their skin.

"This is not your mother's Democratic Party"--Andrew Breitbart, CPAC, February 2012

#15 "Ozzie Got Screwed"? No. "Ozzie Got Stupid"? Yes.

Of all places, it is just plain, old-fashioned stupid to support Fidel Castro amongst all of the Free Cubans who live in the area and form such an important part of that community's economy. It is the depth of depravity to openly praise a subhuman pile of dog crap like Castro, responsible for the murder of hundreds of thousands across Latin America as he tried to export his "revolution" through agents like that psychotic butcher Che Guevara.

Anyone who posts such rubbish on Daily Kos is suspect enough, but somehow the "Agnostic of Un-effing-believable Schizophrenia" managed to go lower on the evolutionary scale than a carbon atom.

#16 lets see how fast the daily

lets see how fast the daily Kos takes up the new democrat theme of equating themselves to Jesus.
already Obama and Al have taken the bait.

#17 What "super power" is that?

"Castro managed to confound and outlive a super power which faces his shores..."

What "super power" has Casto outlived (besides the USSR)? It can't be the USA, for the last time I looked, which was just a few minutes ago when I picked up my mail, America was still here! That's not a Cuban flag hanging off the Flag Pole in my front yard!

The Citizens of each State shall be entitled to all Privileges and Immunities of Citizens in the several States. The US Constitution

Unless you're a fetus. The US Supreme Court

Or Anwar al-Awlaki.

#18 That line struck me, too

Yeah, I had a WTH moment when I read that.

But it tells the reader all they need to know about the level of intelligence of the writer.

#19 Imperial America

And these are the same people who continually refer to America as Imperialistic!

So, we're an Empire, but not a super-power? Ok, and up really is down!

The Citizens of each State shall be entitled to all Privileges and Immunities of Citizens in the several States. The US Constitution

Unless you're a fetus. The US Supreme Court

Or Anwar al-Awlaki.

#20 its an odd one..

somehow not allowing people to elect you out means you outlasted someone who, by law, can server no more than 8 years and has elections every 4.

#21 praising Castro praising the devil

Is this the last gaffe this idiot will make? Give him time and he will do something similar.

Five days suspension?

His punsihment should be to join the politcal prisoners in Cuba for five days some of whom have been there for years.

Steve Cakouros

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