The useful idiot doesn’t fall far from the tree

Like father, like son:

Oliver Stone’s Son, Defender of Ahmadinejad, Converts to Islam

He said criticizing the Iranian government is “like someone coming to your house and saying the father shouldn’t hit the kids,” he said. “Who are we to tell them how to rule their country?”

So it’s a bad thing to intervene when a father hits the kids? I’m sure Sean Stone didn’t intend it, but he’s right in casting Ahmadinejad and the Iranian regime as abusive parents.

Oliver Stone’s next conspiracy: Israel killed Neda

Hugo’s lickspittle (my new favorite word) unleashed:

Referring to the alleged influence of the powerful Jewish lobby on U.S. foreign policy, Stone said that Israel had distorted “United States foreign policy for years,” adding he felt U.S. policy toward Iran was “horrible.”

“Iran isn’t necessarily the good guy,” Stone said, insisting that Americans did not “know the full story.”

Stone’s comments to the Sunday times echo pervious remarks by the Hollywood director, regarding what he conceives as the distorted view of figures such as Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin in U.S. media.

Earlier this year, Stone, speaking at the at the Television Critics Association’s semi-annual press tour in Pasadena said that “Hitler is an easy scapegoat throughout history and it’s been used cheaply.”

Oliver Stone, useful idiot and shameless propagandist

He ain't heavy, he's my dictator

The hack director of a fawning new documentary about Hugo Chavez just told Larry King that in Venezuela “you can say anything you want.”

Bullshit!

The Board of the World Association of Newspapers has strongly condemned the repression of freedom of speech and the press in Venezuela, and has called on President Hugo Chávez to stop proposed legislation and other measures aimed at silencing the independent press.

“The government “has once again threatened to apply military measures and repression against the media and to enact new and pending legislation limiting freedom of the press,” said the WAN Board in a resolution which was passed on the eve of the World Newspaper Congress and World Editors Forum, which brought more than 1,000 newspaper executives to Istanbul, Turkey, for the global meetings of the world’s press.

In cracking down on the opposition press, Venezuela has recently created a government-controlled committee to regulate the content of news broadcasting and has reopened discussions that would criminalize libel statutes. Recently, the majority of pro-government members of Congress have approved a petition that asks the Attorney General to annul the nationality of several Venezuelan journalists, media owners and other opposition personalities.”

Chavez has also aligned with the fundamentalist thugs who rule Iran, a fact the propagandist Stone chooses to ignore. Useful idiot, indeed.

Georgia legislators determined to out-Alabama Alabama

State Rep. Mark Hatfield (R-Waycross) has just introduced legislation that would require Barack Obama – should he run for re-election – to provide proof of his citizenship before being granted a spot on the 2012 Georgia presidential primary ballot. …

In addition to Hatfield, the resolution is sponsored by some of the most conservative Republicans in the House: Barry Loudermilk of Cassville; Steve Davis of McDonough; Charlice Byrd of Woodstock; Bobby Reese of Sugar Hill; Calvin Hill of Canton; Bobby Franklin of north Cobb County; and Jeff May of Monroe.

Not that it matters to these useless idiots, but here’s a copy of Obama’s birth announcement in the Honolulu Advertiser.

21st century authoritarianism

The useful idiots cheering Hugo Chavez’s permanent takeover of Venezuela know not of what they speak.

Or maybe they concur with Chavez’s assessment of Zimbabwe’s brutal dictator Robert Mugabe:

“I give you a replica of liberator Simón BolÍvar’s sword . . . For you who, like BolÍvar, are and will always be a true freedom fighter [who] continues, alongside his people, to confront the pretensions of new imperialists.”

Perhaps they have no problem with Chavez’s cronies profiting from the country’s socialist revolution:

One of them even drove a Porsche Boxster with a bumper sticker promoting “21st Century Socialism.”

I suppose they agree that the Venezuelan president’s BFF Ahmadinejad is simply misunderstood.

And what of Chavez’s *miserable human rights record?

In the more than twenty years that Human Rights Watch has worked in Latin America, no government has ever expelled our representatives for our work, not even the right-wing dictatorships guilty of far more egregious abuses than those committed by Chávez.

–José Miguel Vivanco and Daniel Wilkinson, Americas director and deputy director at Human Rights Watch

So who’s more credible: Human Rights Watch or Sean Penn, who famously said of Chavez: “It’s true, Chávez may not be a good man. But he may well be a great one.”

*Anyone who questions the veracity of this post will be detained and questioned. It’s what “great” men do.