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Boerish Behavior

Those who cracked even the merest smirk at the shenanigans surrounding Mandela’s funeral have been branded racists. (For the record, we think Mandela would have laughed hardest of all.)

Make room for one more racist:

Archbishop Desmond Tutu has said that Nelson Mandela would have been appalled that Afrikaners were excluded from memorial services marking his death.

He highlighted the absence of the Dutch Reformed Church and the limited use of the Afrikaans language at the services.

Archbishop Tutu also strongly criticised the prominence of the governing African National Congress (ANC) during the week of events following Mr Mandela’s death on 5 December.

“I also believe it may have sent out a more inclusive message had the programme directors at the Memorial and Funeral – both national and State events – not both been senior office-bearers of the ruling party,” he said.

“We were amiss in not being as inclusive as Madiba [Mandela's clan name] would certainly have been,” he said.

“To the extent that I can do so meaningfully, I apologise to our sisters and brothers in the Afrikaner Community,” he added.

We don’t have much use for Tutu in Bloodthirstan. His statements on foreign policy—particularly Israel—are hateful and ignorant. But of his own turf he speaks with a degree of authority.

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Deaf and Dumb

It’s an old joke, to be sure, but it never gets old:

The sign language interpreter used at Tuesday’s memorial service for Nelson Mandela was being called a “fake,” news reports said.

Australia’s The Age reported:

“As Mr Mandela’s funeral was streamed live around the world, Wilma Newhoudt-Druchen, the first deaf woman to be elected to the South African Parliament tweeted: ‘ANC-linked interpreter on the stage with dep president of ANC is signing rubbish. He cannot sign. Please get him off.’ ”

The AP said it was told by the national director of the Deaf Federation of South Africa that the signs used by the unnamed interpreter, who shared the stage with several heads of state and whose signs were broadcast around the globe, were “fake.”

Leave him alone. He wasn’t the only fake up there.

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How Do You Top the Death of Nelson Mandela?

Silly question.

That was but the warm-up for the main event:

RUSH: [Y]ou gotta hear the Drive-Bys. You just have to hear the audio, verbal orgasms here.

CHRIS CUOMO: Were walking around and talking to security officials.

CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR: Castro! He’s shaking hands with Raul Castro.

CHRIS CUOMO: As Christiane points out, President Obama just shook hands with Raul Castro from Cuba. What does that say as a gesture?

CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR: It says that this a moment of reconciliation for Mandela. And President Obama is doing the diplomatic thing. He’s not just going to walk by and ignore these people who are there. And they’re all in a line. He’s kissing now the U.N. Secretary General, President Zuma.

ROBYN CURNOW: This is a man, and it is so true, who brought people together in life and he continues to bring people together in death.

Rush didn’t see the big whoop in bringing two communists together.

But it has to be pointed out that Cuba is still holding Alan Gross in prison, after four years, despite his direct appeal to President Obama. (Fox Butterfield, is that you?) And it has to be said that Raul Castro did Fidel’s dirty work. I would hope there’s something newsworthy in Obama shaking his hand. I would hope that was not routine. (Note I don’t say seemly or moral, just newsworthy.)

But CNN wasn’t done—and neither was Rush:

Now, we go back to Christiane Amanpour. Some gospel singer was bringing down the House. That’s the next thing that happened here at the memorial. And while the gospel singer was bringing down the house, Christiane Amanpour comes back to describe the moment when Obama shook Raul Castro’s hand as joy and described the whole service as just a warm-up act for Obama. Listen.

CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR: President Obama couldn’t be getting a better warm-up act.

CHRIS CUOMO: I know!

CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR: Look at this! The whole crowd!

CHRIS CUOMO: American gospel singer Kirk Franklin, who just brought this stadium to its feet, the South African crowd dominantly was just going crazy to the –

ROBYN CURNOW: Wonderful.

CHRIS CUOMO: — stylings of Kirk Franklin.

ROBYN CURNOW: Just a sense like we’re in the middle of a pop concert, half a party, but it’s a funeral. It’s a memorial service.

CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR: This truly is what today’s about! This moment really captured the joy!

Mandela’s dead! All right! Woo-hoo! Way to warm up the crowd! Hey, Nellie, can I take a selfie with you?

But then, the Left is notorious for hijacking death rites.

Shameless, shameless people.

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Wearing Mandela’s Dashiki

Yesterday, we noted with some disgust how the namesake of ObamaCare had practically Weekend-at-Bernie-d the death of Nelson Mandela. (By which we meant Obama had used Mandela’s lifeless body as a prop for his own benefit.)

Turns out there’s a long history of that—and expect to see a lot more.

I confess I picked one where the great man appears about done with the appearance. Expect to see plenty more of these as 2016 approaches.

Whole families can play!

At least they have a common history. But I do have to wonder if Mr. Mandela can place the face.

Hey, Mandela was good for domestic consumption, too:

If you’re going to exploit someone, it’s seemly to have their permission first.

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And then there are those images you probably won’t see:

Oops! How’d that get in there? This is more like it.

Nobody’s perfect.

He was a great man, a historic figure. But history is complicated and messy. We should remember that as we pay him due tribute.

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Mandela Has Died

CNN’s report.

Ninety-five is not bad, even if 27 were spent behind bars as a political prisoner.

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Can Mandela Keep His Doctor?

To the best of my limited religious feelings, I am praying for Nelson Mandela:

Former South African leader Nelson Mandela remained in intensive care Monday, two days after he was hospitalized with a recurring lung infection.

The increasingly frail Mandela was rushed to a hospital in Pretoria on Saturday. Later in the day, the South African president’s office said the 94-year-old former leader was in a “serious but stable condition.”

He was breathing on his own and his wife was by his side, the office said at the time.

After offering no updates for 48 hours, the government said Monday that Mandela’s condition was “unchanged.”

Meanwhile, his daughter Zenani Dlamini, who is the South African ambassador to Argentina, has flown back to South Africa to be with her father.

Mandela has been in and out of hospitals in recent years.

On Sunday, South Africans offered prayers at church services, and well-wishes poured in for Mandela from across the world.

That reminds me of another aged person with health issues, and the medical advice she received:

[A]ll we’re suggesting — and we’re not going to solve every difficult problem in terms of end-of-life care; a lot of that is going to have to be we as a culture and as a society starting to make better decisions within our own families and for ourselves. But what we can do is make sure that at least some of the waste that exists in the system that’s not making anybody’s mom better, that is loading up on additional tests or additional drugs that the evidence shows is not necessarily going to improve care, that at least we can let doctors know, and your mom know, that you know what, maybe this isn’t going to help, maybe you’re better off not having the surgery, but taking the painkiller.

That advice travels:

Meanwhile, the front page of South Africa’s Sunday Times read, “It’s time to let him go.”

The paper quoted Mandela’s longtime friend Andrew Mlangeni as saying that the time may have come for South Africans to say goodbye to the beloved icon.

“You have been coming to the hospital too many times. Quite clearly you are not well and there is a possibility you might not be well again,” Mlangeni told the paper.

“Once the family releases him, the people of South Africa will follow. We will say thank you, God, you have given us this man, and we will release him too,” Mlangeni said.

Your choice, Nelson.

If there’s a blue pill and a red pill, and the blue pill is half the price of the red pill and works just as well, why not pay half for the thing that’s going to make you well.

That’s compassion for you.

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Better 20 Years Late Than Never

I don’t have much time for Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s ignorant rantings against Israel. No time at all, in fact.

But on domestic politics, he seems to have a point:

South African elder statesman and Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu has said he would no longer vote for the ruling ANC.

“I would very sadly not be able to vote for them after the way things have gone,” he wrote in South Africa’s Mail and Guardian newspaper.

Inequality, violence and corruption are among the reasons costing the ANC his support, he added.

Archbishop Tutu, 81, was a strong supporter of the ANC’s struggle against white minority rule.

Former African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela became the country’s first black leader after all-race elections in 1994.

“The ANC was very good at leading us in the struggle to be free from oppression,” Archbishop Tutu wrote.

“But it doesn’t seem to me now that a freedom-fighting unit can ­easily make the transition to becoming a political party,” he continued.

Describing South Africa as “the most unequal society in the world”, he highlighted corruption, unaccountability and weaknesses in the constitution as key issues that need to be addressed.

If I understand the Archbishop, he seems to be saying that, as “the most unequal society in the world”, South Africa is no better—and possibly worse—off than under apartheid.

And it’s about to get worse:

In the opinion piece, he also warned South Africa to prepare for Mr Mandela’s death.

“My concern is that we are not ­preparing ourselves, as a nation, for the time when the inevitable ­happens.”

“He’s 94, he’s had a rough time, and God has been very, very good in sparing him for us these many years. But the trauma of his passing is going to be very much intensified if we do not begin to prepare ourselves for the fact that this is going to happen at some time,” he added.

It’s very sad. South Africa had so much—still does—but it can’t get out of its own way.

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Apartheid State Update

This is not the apartheid state you’re thinking of:

A man, struggling to get away, is surrounded by South African police in the middle of a street as a large crowd looks on. The officers pull him over to a police van and handcuff his hands, over his head, to the back of the vehicle as he sits on the ground.

Soon, as some in the crowd scream, the van begins to move. It slowly picks up speed. The helpless man in a red T-shirt is dragged along the road.

Soon, two officers lift him up by the legs, apparently to avoid dragging — but the police van seems to speed up, and the man’s legs fall to the ground, He is dragged hundreds of feet.

Though injured, the man was never taken to a hospital, police investigators say.

He died a few hours after the incident. The suspected cause of death: head wounds.

Yeah, but the guy was supposedly from Mozambique, so maybe he had it coming.

Here in the USA, we give our illegal aliens citizenship, free college education, and full welfare benefits. So, while the SA method is infinitely more cruel, it does have the benefit of thrift and brevity.

Not taking sides, mind you…

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Someone’s Getting Hungry

Right on schedule: North Korea faces yet another famine (or just a worse famine than the usual), and prepares to fire off another rocket.

North Korea plans to launch a rocket carrying a satellite between December 10 and 22, a spokesman for the Korean Committee for Space Technology said Saturday, according to state-run media.

The Unha-3 rocket will launch from the Sohae Space Center in North Phyongan Province and put a “working satellite” into orbit, the report by the official Korean Central News Agency said.

The planned launch is unusual because it comes during the wintertime and only months after a failed attempt in April.

On that occasion, Pyongyang also said the rocket was supposed to put a satellite into orbit, but the launch was seen by many other countries as cover for a ballistic missile test and drew international condemnation.

South Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade expressed “serious concern” Saturday over its neighbor’s planned launch, saying it was a “long-range missile test in the name of working satellite.”

If the North goes ahead with the launch as intended, “it will be faced with a strong response,” the ministry’s statement said.

“The launch is a severe provocation as it is ignoring the concern and warning from the international community and is a direct challenge to the international community as a whole,” it said.

The action is in violation of U.N Security Council Resolutions 1718 and 1874, under which North Korea is barred from testing ballistic missile technology, the statement said.

Oh, stop! I was with you until you started citing UN resolutions. Kim Jong Un wipes his ample behind with the damn things, which is about all they’re good for (and more absorbent than what most Norks have to use, I’m sure).

Oh, speaking of make-believe:

North Korea’s state-run news agency is reporting that the country’s archaeologists have confirmed the existence of a unicorn lair.

Not just any unicorn lair, mind you, but the ancient lair of Koguryo Kingdom founder King Tongmyong’s unicorn.

The Korean Central News Agency indicates that said unicorn lair was in Pyongyang City, 200 meters from Yongmyong Temple in Moran Hill. The lair reportedly features a rock, carved with the words “Unicorn Lair” in front.

Maybe the rocket is so they can be the first country to send a unicorn into space. Take that, you Yankee, running-dog, lickspittle, “extra-large bloodsucker” (courtesy North Korean Insult Generator) imperialist lackey!

Oh, speaking of real-life unicorns:

A record number of African rhinos were illegally killed in South Africa this year, driven by the use of their horns in Chinese medicine and a spreading belief in Southeast Asia, unfounded in science, that they may cure cancer.

The street value of rhinoceros horns has soared to about $65,000 a kilogramme, making it more expensive than gold.

South Africa, home to more than 20,000 rhinos, or about 90 percent of all the rhinos in Africa, lost 455 rhinos to poachers, as of Tuesday, to eclipse the 448 killed in all of 2011, the environment ministry said in a statement.

Around 15 animals a year were lost a decade ago, showing the impact of rising demand from Asia.

Since the election, I’ve been trying very, very hard not to care about anything. Alcohol helps, but sometimes an unpleasant fact penetrates my inebriated haze. North Korea can starve to death if it so chooses; China can smuggle and counterfeit to its heart’s content; South Africa can flush its riches, financial and natural, down the pooper—I DON’T CARE.

But do we have to take down such noble beasts in our degraded and debased demand for… whatever it is humanity is pursuing? At the very least, can we ship some freshly butchered rhino meat to the starving Koreans? I bet barbecued rhinoceros short ribs are something even Un hasn’t tried, and he’s tried everything, from the looks of him.

I know I can’t repair the world, but if I can just apply a little duct tape or gorilla glue before having another double scotch for breakfast, I will have done my small part.

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The Emperor Has No Clothes

No, we mean it. Seriously, not a stitch:

South Africa’s governing ANC has expressed its “disgust” at a cartoon of President Jacob Zuma as a penis.

The cartoon, by prominent artist Jonathan Shapiro, known as Zapiro, also features a poem, which refers to Mr Zuma as a “dick”.

The latest row comes just weeks after the ANC forced an art gallery to withdraw a painting showing Mr Zuma with his genitals exposed.

In case you forgot (we mentioned his unmentionables before):

The president sued the cartoonist, who works for the Mail & Guardian newspaper, after he depicted Mr Zuma in 2008 about to rape a female figure representing justice. Mr Zuma was cleared of raping a family friend in 2006.

The pair have also clashed over Zapiro’s portrayal of Mr Zuma with a shower cap on his head – a reference to Mr Zuma’s statement in the rape trial that he had taken a shower after having sex to reduce the chance of contracting HIV.

Which led to this:

and this:

I think I could use that shower myself. This story leaves a residue.

Before the gallery agreed to remove the painting, called The Spear, it was vandalised by two men.

In an affidavit, Mr Zuma said: “The portrait depicts me in a manner that suggests I am a philanderer, a womaniser and one with no respect.”

Mr Zuma, who has four wives, has previously sued local media companies 11 times for defamation.

I guess we Americans have a thing or two to learn about uncivil discourse, eh Joe?

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Apartheid State Update

Today, it’s a two-fer!

Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor, on Saturday, slammed the recent decision by South Africa’s trade and industry minister to issue a directive forcing importers to remove “Made in Israel” tags from products originating in West Bank settlements, calling it an “essentially racist decision.”

“This isn’t a case of political opposition to the settlements, but rather of singling out a country by special labeling, according to nationalist-political criteria,” said Palmor, according to Walla News.

“It is shocking to think that South Africa of all countries is showing such obtuseness and treading down the slippery slope towards racism,” added Palmor.

Another account of this story claims that South Africa will become the first nation to implement this “trade apartheid”. But, of course, who would know better?

I wonder if they have applied similar boycotts to goods from Gdansk, Poland (Danzig, Germany)? Or Alsace-Lorraine? Or Cyprus? Heck, there are territory disputes all over the world, many of them in—you guessed it—Africa!

Even South Africa is involved in a couple têtes-a-têtes. I’m sure you’ll join me in boycotting the very fine wine they produce there. (Seriously!) We wouldn’t want to reward a people who deprive the Namibians and the Swazis of their just territories by an unjust occupation, would we?

PS: If Israel would just go ahead and annex Judea and Samaria (see below), this would no longer be a problem.

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Ellen Degenerate?

I understand America is to be hated, despised, and condemned at all times and at all costs. I’ve been beaten into submission. Why, we don’t allow gay people to marry (well, actually, we do here in Massachustts).

Even President Obama can’t decide.

President Obama still has not reached a conclusion on whether homosexuals should be allowed to marry, despite months – or years – of supposedly thinking about the issue.

Attitudes evolve, including mine. And I think that it is an issue that I wrestle with and think about because I have a whole host of friends who are in gay partnerships.

That was 15 months ago. Which either makes Obama the most indecisive person on the face of the earth, or a man who is frightened that admitting he supports gay marriage WILL HARM HIS REELECTION CHANCES.

In 1996, Obama offered unequivocal support for gay marriage, only to reverse his opinion afterward.

But enough about Obama’s closed mind.

Maybe it’s a cultural thing:

Lesbian South Africans are living in fear as rape and murder become a daily threat in the townships they call home.

Noxolo Nkosana, 23, is the latest victim of a series of violent attacks against lesbians.

She was stabbed a stone’s throw from her home in Crossroads township, Cape Town, as she returned from work one evening with her girlfriend.

The two men – one of whom lives in her community – started yelling insults.

“They were walking behind us. They just started swearing at me screaming: ‘Hey you lesbian, you tomboy, we’ll show you,’” Ms Nkosana tells the BBC.

Before she knew it a sharp knife had entered her back – two fast jabs, then she was on the ground. Half conscious, she felt the knife sink into her skin twice more.

“I was sure that they were going to kill me,” she says.

She lived, and she was spared one indignity:

In April, Noxolo Nogwaza was raped by eight men and murdered in KwaThema township near Johannesburg.

The 24-year-old’s face and head were disfigured by stoning, and she was stabbed several times with broken glass.

The attack on her is thought to have begun as a case of what is known as “corrective rape”, in which men rape lesbians in what they see as an attempt to “correct” their sexual orientation.

The practice appears to be on the increase in South Africa.

More than 10 lesbians per week are raped or gang-raped in Cape Town alone, according to Luleki Sizwe, a charity which helps women who have been raped in the Western Cape.

Many of the cases are not reported because the victims are afraid that the police will laugh at them, or that their attackers will come after them, says Ndumie Funda, founder of Luleki Sizwe.

“The cases people read about in the media are not even the tip of the iceberg. Lesbians are under attack in South Africa’s townships every day.”

Reports of police ridiculing rape victims abound in the gay community.

“Some policemen in the township mock you saying: ‘How can you be raped by a man if you are not attracted to them?’ They ask you to explain how the rape felt. It is humiliating,” says Thando Sibiya, a lesbian from Soweto.

Where do people get such notions?

South Africa’s Human Rights Commission is investigating reports that Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini called gay people “rotten” during a speech.

The rights group says it has obtained transcripts of the speech to look into the matter.

King Goodwill Zwelithini allegedly made the anti-gay remarks in rural eastern South Africa during a ceremony at the weekend to mark the Battle of Isandlwana – a famous 19th Century Zulu victory over British troops.

“Traditionally, there were no people who engaged in same-sex relationships,” The Times quoted the king as saying.

“There was nothing like that and if you do it, you must know that you are rotten,” King Goodwill said, according to the newspaper, adding: “I don’t care how you feel about it … same sex is not acceptable.”

But the king’s office says the newspaper reports were badly translated and the king’s meaning misconstrued.

“At no stage did His Majesty condemn gay relations or same relations,” spokesperson Prince Mbonisi Zulu told the Sapa news agency.

King Goodwill should have studied at Harvard. He would have learned that it’s Jews who are “rotten”, not gays.

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