February 5, 2014

NewsBusted (020514)

Filed under: NewsBusted — Tom @ 1:52 pm

Here we go:

– Seahawks Win Super Bowl
– Chick fil-A
– Obama Closing Gitmo?
– NBC’s Chuck Todd
– Duck Dynasty
– Rand Paul
– Bill Clinton
– Justin Bieber
– Pete Seeger
– Minimum Wage

Best Line ” at the age of 94. He would have had more friends at his funeral, but Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin, and Mao Tse Tung are all dead.”

Proof regarding Seeger’s support of Hitler and Stalin:

As a Communist Party member in the 1940s he was a supporter of Adolf Hitler after the Nazi/Soviet Nonaggression Pact, even going so far as to pillory Franklin Roosevelt in song for opposing Nazi Germany up until the very day Hitler invaded Russia. Then he changed his tune, as it were, without missing a beat and became a supporter of war against Germany, obedient to the dictates of the Communist Party.

Proof regarding Seeger and Mao, with free bonus text indicating that he acted like a complete jerk at a pivotal moment in rock ‘n roll history (links are in original):

Seeger went to China in 1949, when Mao’s troops were butchering the populace. He was there to “collect songs of the Red Army,” at least one of which (“Three Rules of Discipline and Eight Points of Attention” — above) he kept in his repertoire for decades, breezily relating its origin as if it were a traditional laborer’s chant rather than a war-time dictum of military indoctrination.

Again, just as with Stalin, the cynical Seeger didn’t only turn a blind eye to the greatest war crimes of the 20th century, he openly supported evil regimes. Even later in life, hecouldn’t really bring himself to make a heartfelt apology about Stalin.

Then there was the 1965 Newport Folk Festival controversy, where Bob Dylan was booed for playing an electric guitar. Seeger is said to have been upset, and to have tried to cut electric power cables to the amps. Much later, Seeger, “almost apologetic,” denied the incident ever occurred.


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