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No Place for Gadhafi’s Tent

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Posted on Sep 23, 2009
U.S. Navy / MC2 Jesse Awalt

Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi is having a hell of a time finding lodging in the New York area. The Brother Leader and Guide of the First of September Great Revolution of the Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya (official title) was chased off his country’s compound in New Jersey only to have his tent on Donald Trump’s property dismantled and his application to pitch in Central Park denied.  —PS

AP via Yahoo:

Trump returned a reporter’s call Wednesday but refused to answer questions on the record.

In a statement about the dismantling of the tent, he did not name “the tenant.” On Tuesday, the Trump Organization hinted he had been hornswoggled when he agreed to rent his prime acreage.

“We have business partners and associates all over the world,” it said. “The property was leased on a short-term basis to Middle Eastern partners, who may or may not have a relationship to Mr. Gadhafi. We are looking into the matter.”

[...] Bedford [N.Y.] officials — who learned the tent had been pitched on Tuesday — grew impatient with the real estate titan. Before the tent was dismantled at about 4:45 p.m., town attorney Joel Sachs said Trump’s people were not cooperating.

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By Belisarius6, November 11, 2009 at 3:01 pm Link to this comment
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Racism is so imbedded and common in U.S. culture RAE it goes unnoticed - like cars in the other lane. Take, for instance, the self-lauding and self-congratulations Americans gave themselves for electing a “black” man. If racism isn’t involved then why was a candidate’s skin tone considered a significant issue by the American people when voting?

I gladly accept your challenge: 

I cannot believe any person on this planet with a functioning brain would give “Crazy Mo” more than a passing glance - and then, just for the chuckle value.

Gadhafi is the leader of a country and as such the representative of its people. He deserves common curtesy for his position at the very least. Just for the chuckle value? Where you so cavalier about what George the Younger was doing to your country when he was office? There’s nothing funny about the fact there are dozens of ‘Gadhafies’ running a major chunk of this world. We should be weeping instead.

He looks and sounds like a mental patient and dresses like the Pope… but then I’m being redundant.

Looks? You judge a person negatively by their looks? When their style of dress is custom in their own culture? That’s the very definition of racism. You’re so racist you don’t even realize it. Just as most American’s think that they support peace in the world. The fools.

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By RAE, September 25, 2009 at 7:12 am Link to this comment

To Belasarius6 who penned… “The racism that pervades American society, no better exemplified by the blatant and ignorant racism of Guzelvis and RAE above, is an excellent reason why Americans…

Please point out where in my three lines I even HINTED my “racism.”

I’ve worked with thousands of mental patients and some look so “worn out” as to be Gadhafi’s twin! The man clearly has “problems” and is one bizarre choice to lead ANYBODY, let alone a country, in my opinion, of course.

The Pope also dresses in an ostentatious fashion that is carefully designed to present him as all-round superior to everyone else. It is to intimidate and assert authority. Can you even IMAGINE Christ’s reaction to meeting the Pope? The Pope would be lucky if Christ didn’t punch him in the nose!

I don’t give a damn what race either is. It’s what they SAY and what/how they DO that offends me.

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By LostHills, September 24, 2009 at 1:28 pm Link to this comment

Wait a minute, I forget…. Why are we supposed to care about this?

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By drbhelthi, September 24, 2009 at 9:57 am Link to this comment

OK. There goes AmericanDream again. Talking accuracy and truth. Will you never learn to think and do as the NAZI and zionist leaders dictate?  dr.b_helthi

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By AmericanDream, September 24, 2009 at 9:41 am Link to this comment

Gadhafi has a history of being openly anti-Western and there are many claims that he has murdered opposition to his power.  That alone has led to this circus of refusing to host him and his tent.  However if you decipher what he has to say from his ramblings, he makes some decent points. 

The UN (esp. the Security Council) needs to be restructured to allow equal representation from all countries.  If that were the case, perhaps the illegal imperialistic wars would be stopped.  There also needs to be some accountability for the failures of the UN.

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/KI25Ak02.html

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By Eso, September 24, 2009 at 9:40 am Link to this comment

Some of the comments below are rather remarkeable for their post 9/11 uppidiness even as a half of the U.S. unemployed no longer get their unemployment checks. Just keep on looking on others as and calling others fools.

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By Belisarius6, September 24, 2009 at 9:25 am Link to this comment
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It’s really disappointing to discover Americans are so inhospitable that they refused permission to pitch a tent, a request from a visiting foreign dignitary no less. The racism that pervades American society, no better exemplified by the blatant and ignorant racism of Guzelvis and RAE above, is an excellent reason why Americans should be looking inwards for the source of most of the world’s problems rather than whining about the rest of the world not helping out. As Nerfertiti points out Gadhafi’s speech contained several irrefutable truths the Western powers would prefer to be unsaid. It’s time for justice - not power - to prevail.

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By drbhelthi, September 24, 2009 at 9:23 am Link to this comment

Could it be that the focus on “Mos tent” and similar tangential issues are simply distractions to what the CIA and US Army are doing/have done in Central and South America ? Are US Army choppers and Air Force aircraft still being used to feret “stuff” into the US? Whats the price of “four fingers” near the residence of Rabbi Schmuley Boteach? Since when do the ruling NAZIs and zionists limit their non-hospitality to non-Whites? Seems to me to be more focussed on folk who speak logically and truthfully, such as Mo´s recent speech, rather than being “racially-oriented.” Logic and intelligent thought are still NOT racial. Or ?  dr.b_helthi

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By Folktruther, September 24, 2009 at 7:57 am Link to this comment

the usual racism against foreign dignitaries, conveyed by the media and chuckled over by unenlightened.  The same reception was accorded Castro, Hu of China, and many others.  The UN should be moved out of the US, the country is too racist to house non-Whites hospitably.

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By RAE, September 24, 2009 at 4:24 am Link to this comment

I cannot believe any person on this planet with a functioning brain would give “Crazy Mo” more than a passing glance - and then, just for the chuckle value.

He looks and sounds like a mental patient and dresses like the Pope… but then I’m being redundant.

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By nefertiti, September 24, 2009 at 3:47 am Link to this comment

Im a north African (Arab and Muslim) and Im not a fan of Ghaddafi s tents or his colorful clothes , but i liked his speech at the UN , he asked the right questions and said the right thing about a handful powerful having the veto power whereas 190 nations sit there and clapps hands , i also liked his words about certain UN resolutions being followed through (applying to weak poor nations ) but not applying to Israel .. etc..etc.. He was (too long ) but very good .

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By Ana, September 23, 2009 at 10:50 pm Link to this comment
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Please…it is so much easier to pay attention to this circus than it is not only to analyze the Honduras case, but even closer to home, analyze the self-destruction of Mexico, and the poor and homeless in our own country. Gadhafi came to the US, he did his thing…now let’s start focusing on something that really matters. http://www.dimequecrees.com

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By Potent_Placebo, September 23, 2009 at 8:16 pm Link to this comment
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Isn’t that a tent he’s wearing?

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By Old Geezer Pilot, September 23, 2009 at 6:09 pm Link to this comment

Turns out the Jersey property is adjacent to the home
of Rabbi Schmuley Boteach.

He was not a happy Rabbi.

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By Commune115, September 23, 2009 at 5:32 pm Link to this comment

I’m not exactly a big Gadhafi fan, but this story shows how crazy the US remains to the point where a firestorm starts over a TENT. There’s a major uprising brewing next door in Honduras and people are stomping and shouting over a f—-ing TENT.

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