Sharpton: Pirates really a “voluntary Coast Guard”

posted at 2:55 pm on April 15, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Via Powerline’s John Hinderaker, who calls this “beyond parody”. Oh, come on, John. I mean, our own Coast Guard routinely steals ships, shoots crew members, and demands millions in ransoms, right? Right? …

John’s right. You can’t make this stuff up. This man stood on the dais in Democratic Presidential debates in 2003-4. How many other Democrats want to make reference to “so-called pirates”? Arrrrrr.


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And Al Sharpton has not had a clue since Colonel Mustard!

kybowexar on April 15, 2009 at 2:57 PM

or Twana Brawley…

Whichever came first…

kybowexar on April 15, 2009 at 2:58 PM

Al Sharpton continues to prove his irrelevancy…

ladyingray on April 15, 2009 at 2:58 PM

Only white people can be pirates.

V15J on April 15, 2009 at 2:59 PM

Given the current state of events, I think the phrase “beyond parody” has to be redefined daily. Every day, someone does something that’s “beyind parody”.

Vic on April 15, 2009 at 2:59 PM

No, no, they’re merchant marine organizers.

TheQuestion on April 15, 2009 at 2:59 PM

Sharpton, go get Foxx fired for his comments.

sweetcake on April 15, 2009 at 3:00 PM

Merchant marine organizers. Rush had it right all along.

the_nile on April 15, 2009 at 3:00 PM

Doesn’t a coast guard’s jurisdiction end at the boundaries of its territorial waters? Haven’t these pirate hijackings been taking place in international waters? Or in Kenyan territorial waters? What ship captain would be fool enough to get within Somalian territorial waters? Surely it’s worth the fuel to steer around them.

Wethal on April 15, 2009 at 3:00 PM

Racist.

peski on April 15, 2009 at 3:01 PM

French warship captures pirates

A French warship has captured 11 pirates off the coast of Kenya, amid clamour for the international community to deal with the problem of piracy.

aengus on April 15, 2009 at 3:01 PM

I say we put Sharpton on a boat in the Sea of Aden with Gold, and while the “Pirate Coast Guard” come and get him, give them the gold and be rid of Sharpton…. for the rest of our lives!

Daydreams are nice!

upinak on April 15, 2009 at 3:01 PM

Only white people can be pirates.

V15J on April 15, 2009 at 2:59 PM

Not wanting to make a big thing of this – and it is truly nit-picking I am sure, but the computer animation shown of the SEALs take-down; why were the pirates (as were all the figures) white?

I realize it is a dumb question – and I hope it was simply because the default is white and they did have a deadline (no pun intended) to make.

Or was it simply PC?

kybowexar on April 15, 2009 at 3:02 PM

If this is a state sanctioned “voluntary coast guard” that would make the siezure of an American ship an act of war.

Is Al Sharpton suggesting that Somalia has declared war on the U.S.? If so, I hope he’s prepared for our response….

JadeNYU on April 15, 2009 at 3:02 PM

Al Sharpton is the leader of voluntary murderous mobs.

Maquis on April 15, 2009 at 3:02 PM

We knew someone would say this and if we had been asked to guess who–well Al comes to mind immediately. Does anyone, even the black community listen to him any more?

jeanie on April 15, 2009 at 3:02 PM

The pirates were guarding the coast of Somalia from, among other things, relief supplies bound for their country.

mchristian on April 15, 2009 at 3:03 PM

No, no, they’re merchant marine organizers.

TheQuestion on April 15, 2009 at 2:59 PM

No, they are Union – apparently those crews had been on those ships far too long. They were merely relieving them and making sure they’d gotten their contracted rest period.

And the ships too, but that’s not the point….

kybowexar on April 15, 2009 at 3:03 PM

From the other thread:

As for this story, there is something to be said for the fact that without a functioning government, the waters off the coast of Somalia HAVE in fact been used as both dumping grounds and illegal fishing havens. this is not a good thing, nor is it something someone should just ignore because they’re ‘conservative’.

that said, they aren’t a goddamn volunteer coast guard. they’re a privatized, for profit coast guard :-)

ernesto on April 15, 2009 at 3:03 PM

You gotta be a special kind of crazy to call these thugs anything but what they are…pirates.

Voluntary coast guard? Yeesh…I thought even Sharpton had better sense than that.

flipflop on April 15, 2009 at 3:03 PM

Hey look it’s Al, a genuine leftwing extremist. Someone alert Napolitano so she can put a SWAT Team on his ass.

fogw on April 15, 2009 at 3:04 PM

I say we put Sharpton on a boat in the Sea of Aden with Gold, and while the “Pirate Coast Guard” come and get him, give them the gold and be rid of Sharpton…. for the rest of our lives!

Daydreams are nice!

upinak on April 15, 2009 at 3:01 PM

They are nice, but like the Red Chief – they’d only make us take him back.

kybowexar on April 15, 2009 at 3:04 PM

They are nice, but like the Red Chief – they’d only make us take him back.

kybowexar on April 15, 2009 at 3:04 PM

LOL, they would probably give us the gold back as well.

upinak on April 15, 2009 at 3:05 PM

cue the bullhorn:

Sharpton: PiratesI am really anInvoluntary Coast Guard Blight Foisted on the American People

Branch Rickey on April 15, 2009 at 3:05 PM

He’ll prolly be on Hannity tonight.

Akzed on April 15, 2009 at 3:06 PM

Can some one please post the text so I don’t have to watch? Please!!!

Ann on April 15, 2009 at 3:06 PM

Yes, and Sharpton isn’t an extortion racket leader; he’s a voluntary tax collector.

SteveMG on April 15, 2009 at 3:07 PM

Al is great entertainment.

jdflorida on April 15, 2009 at 3:07 PM

Is this “so-called” catchphrase a new thing on the left or have I just not been paying attention that long?

Helen Thomas: “so-called” terrorists
Al Sharpton: “so-called” pirates

I think our side could have some fun with this too, we shouldn’t let them have it all to themselves.

Joe Caps on April 15, 2009 at 3:07 PM

P
O
S

blatantblue on April 15, 2009 at 3:08 PM

flipflop on April 15, 2009 at 3:03 PM

What I wanna know is, when did Sharpton get hired at DHS?

Kid from Brooklyn on April 15, 2009 at 3:08 PM

Has Sharpton ever accused a person with dark skin of ever doing anything wrong ever? If so, was he able to do it without immediately pooh-poohing the actions by saying they did it because they were oppressed and it was somebody else’s fault?

Joe Caps on April 15, 2009 at 3:09 PM

Is Al Sharpton suggesting that Somalia has declared war on the U.S.? If so, I hope he’s prepared for our response….

JadeNYU on April 15, 2009 at 3:02 PM

Surrender?

jdkchem on April 15, 2009 at 3:10 PM

Ann on April 15, 2009 at 3:06 PM

Can’t stand to watch Sharpton either. I always find myself lunging at the screen in frustration at not being able to whack him upside the head.

jeanie on April 15, 2009 at 3:10 PM

Stupid bigot is as stupid bigot does!

So, where’s all this healing of race relations that we all heard was going to magically happen once THE ONE was elected POTUS?

Answer: It will never happen as long as people like Sharpton, Rev Wright, Jessie, et al are still around as they have a vested interest (money) in keeping perceived racial tensions alive…after all, the business of Race Baiting is lucrative doncha know!

Nice of them to place their own monetary gain above the good of their race…Dr. King is weeping in heaven!

Liberty or Death on April 15, 2009 at 3:11 PM

I think our side could have some fun with this too, we shouldn’t let them have it all to themselves.

Joe Caps on April 15, 2009 at 3:07 PM

Ask and ye shall receive!

Helen Thomas: “so-called” Woman
Helen Thomas: “so-called” Journalist

jdkchem on April 15, 2009 at 3:12 PM

Ann on April 15, 2009 at 3:06 PM

Can’t stand to watch Sharpton either. I always find myself lunging at the screen in frustration at not being able to whack him upside the head.

jeanie on April 15, 2009 at 3:10 PM

It’s like a 15 second long audio clip.

You can do it! I believe in you guys!

Joe Caps on April 15, 2009 at 3:12 PM

Joe Caps on April 15, 2009 at 3:12 PM

New troll?

blatantblue on April 15, 2009 at 3:14 PM

Rush played this yesterday. Entirely predictable.

JammieWearingFool on April 15, 2009 at 3:14 PM

blatantblue on April 15, 2009 at 3:08 PM

raaaaaaaacist

FontanaConservative on April 15, 2009 at 3:14 PM

Al Sharpton is an embarrassment to homo sapiens. He is not worthy of the benefits of civilized society, since his whole life is directed towards destroying it.

As with the left in general, Sharpton is despicable, lying scum. And amazingly stupid, too.

progressoverpeace on April 15, 2009 at 3:16 PM

Sharpton continues to be a fu*king moron.

Dave Rywall on April 15, 2009 at 3:16 PM

Helen Thomas: “so-called” Woman

jdkchem on April 15, 2009 at 3:12 PM

heh heh heh

Joe Caps on April 15, 2009 at 3:16 PM

Please President Obama, appoint Rev. Sharpton your Special Envoy to negotiate with the pirates.

meci on April 15, 2009 at 3:17 PM

What I wanna know is, when did Sharpton get hired at DHS?

Kid from Brooklyn on April 15, 2009 at 3:08 PM

FTW!

flipflop on April 15, 2009 at 3:17 PM

I wrote that they would settle on “maritime reclamationists,” but I guess was wrong.

thebadoutlaw on April 15, 2009 at 3:17 PM

New troll?

blatantblue on April 15, 2009 at 3:14 PM

Are you really calling me a troll? What have I said that is troll-like?

Joe Caps on April 15, 2009 at 3:17 PM

Please President Obama, appoint Rev. Sharpton your Special Envoy to negotiate with the pirates.

meci on April 15, 2009 at 3:17 PM

Sec. of DHS?

Oh then the DHS report WOULD be a manifesto!

upinak on April 15, 2009 at 3:18 PM

Sharpton is actually a parody of a human being. Does anyone really take this irrelevant Luddite seriously? He is the poster child for liberal hypocrisy and hyperbole. Avast, Maties! Someone please make him walk the plank!

College Prof on April 15, 2009 at 3:18 PM

Hey Al, what ever you want to call him, your ahhh so called president
and you are full of it. Your ahhhh, so called supporters are nothin
but a bunch of ahhhhh, so called bigots & ahhhhh, so called racists…..

izoneguy on April 15, 2009 at 3:18 PM

Another reason to support abortion.

radiofreevillage on April 15, 2009 at 3:18 PM

They are nice, but like the Red Chief – they’d only make us take him back.

kybowexar on April 15, 2009 at 3:04 PM

Now that’s an obscure literary reference.

MarkTheGreat on April 15, 2009 at 3:19 PM

Why does this greasy, race-baiting, pig get any publicity?

That’s exactly what the greasy, race-baiting, pig wants.

He’s almost as repulsive to look at, or listen to, as Barney Frank.

OhEssYouCowboys on April 15, 2009 at 3:19 PM

Al Sharpton is an embarrassment to homo sapiens.
progressoverpeace on April 15, 2009 at 3:16 PM

You’re too generous. He’s an embarrasment to proto-plasm.

MarkTheGreat on April 15, 2009 at 3:21 PM

Only in a twisted mind like Sharpton’s can armed assault, hostage taking and theft be considered the activities of a coast gaurd.

So obsurd it’s like he are flaunting the fact that the sheep will follow them no matter how ridiculous the things they says are.

And just yesterday in one of the threads here a lefty was going on accusing people of racism because they had ideas about what might be good for the black community. But I doubt he’ll say anything about the fact that this moron claims to speak for the black community on a daily basis while spewing this kind of nonsense.

Scrappy on April 15, 2009 at 3:22 PM

It’s like a 15 second long audio clip.

You can do it! I believe in you guys!

Joe Caps on April 15, 2009 at 3:12 PM

I did not take that as Troll Speak – I thought it was dang hilarious.

Still too long for me to listen to Sharpton though. Nice attempt to encourage though.

kybowexar on April 15, 2009 at 3:24 PM

He should be evaluated by mental health professionals. He is clearly insane and/or mentally handicapped.

Grayson on April 15, 2009 at 3:24 PM

Sharpton once again proves he’s a zit on America’s ass.

Torch on April 15, 2009 at 3:25 PM

Wow, this was totally predictable. Are they ever going to mix things up a bit? I’m surprised Sharpton hasn’t made a general statement and then rolled that tape any time something like this happens. I doubt anyone who listens to him would know the difference.

Ingenue on April 15, 2009 at 3:25 PM

Shouldn’t the con artist couple (michelle and hussein) be attending Rev. sharpton’s church? Does he have one? Probably just an “ACORN expense account”? Don’t you just love it when…lower intelligence tries to run (our country)? Okay, leave me be…I didn’t use the “M” word!

JoeySlippers on April 15, 2009 at 3:26 PM

They are nice, but like the Red Chief – they’d only make us take him back.

kybowexar on April 15, 2009 at 3:04 PM

Now that’s an obscure literary reference.

MarkTheGreat on April 15, 2009 at 3:19 PM

Mark – you’re killing me – that is not even close to what Dennis Miller would say. (I’m always rather proud when I get most of his references…laugh)

I would have thought the whole idea of Ransom of Red Chief had entered the realm of allegory.

kybowexar on April 15, 2009 at 3:26 PM

Can we get rid of this guy please? He is definitely irrelevant. Especially now that we have ‘Barack the magic negro’. Yes I’m black, I can say that and I actually have no problem with white people saying that.

youngO on April 15, 2009 at 3:26 PM

I did not take that as Troll Speak – I thought it was dang hilarious.

Still too long for me to listen to Sharpton though. Nice attempt to encourage though.

kybowexar on April 15, 2009 at 3:24 PM

Thank you. You interpreted correctly. I never thought the day would come that I would be accused of being a troll – at least not on this site (maybe if they go forward with the Troll Hole and I become an anti-troll).

Joe Caps on April 15, 2009 at 3:27 PM

Are you really calling me a troll? What have I said that is troll-like?

Joe Caps on April 15, 2009 at 3:17 PM

I think your sarcasm was missed. No big deal.

You’re too generous. He’s an embarrasment to proto-plasm.

MarkTheGreat on April 15, 2009 at 3:21 PM

Heh. I’m still amazed that Sharpton was “rehabilitated” and allowed back into the national spotlight. He hasn’t got two brain cells to rub together but is allowed a public voice and gets none of the true ridicule that his idiocy demands. It’s a sad commentary on what’s left of society, though not nearly as bad as the idiot messiah’s election … Oh well.

progressoverpeace on April 15, 2009 at 3:29 PM

I dont suppose you guys on the right want to take Sharpton from us, do you? If you take him, you can also get our first draft pick for next season. :-)

orange on April 15, 2009 at 3:30 PM

He’s almost as repulsive to look at, or listen to, as Barney Frank.

Oh, I don’t know. He’s a race-baiting demagogue who would do absolutely anything to get near a camera or a microphone, but on the repulsive/ugly inside-and-out scale, he can’t hold a candle to the masters: Thomas, Waxman, Frank. They are the great ones, whose world-class levels of repulsiveness are in their own class.

I rarely agree with Sharpton on anything, but he can be entertaining.

Splunge on April 15, 2009 at 3:33 PM

Please, MSM and New Media: stop putting microphones under Al Sharpton.

baldilocks on April 15, 2009 at 3:35 PM

Does anyone, even the black community listen to him any more?

jeanie on April 15, 2009 at 3:02 PM

Relatively few in the “black community” ever listened to him after the Brawley crime. He is a total MSM creation.

baldilocks on April 15, 2009 at 3:37 PM

Thank you. You interpreted correctly. I never thought the day would come that I would be accused of being a troll – at least not on this site (maybe if they go forward with the Troll Hole and I become an anti-troll).

Joe Caps on April 15, 2009 at 3:27 PM

No worries – I’m glad I gave you the benefit of the doubt and did not say the same thing about it.

AP and Ed – we should have a list of commenters that are certified “OK” (laugh)

kybowexar on April 15, 2009 at 3:39 PM

I mean, our own Coast Guard routinely steals ships, shoots crew members, and demands millions in ransoms, right? Right? …

Just wait until Dear Leader transfers the Coast Guard to the ACORN Department.

rbj on April 15, 2009 at 3:40 PM

I rarely agree with Sharpton on anything, but he can be entertaining.

Splunge on April 15, 2009 at 3:33 PM

I was commenting on this in my office a bit of ago – and was shocked, truly shocked to hear one gentleman speak up and say that he respects Al a great deal. I did my mother proud and was politely discreet in my asking how he could feel that way.

Interesting conversation…

No, he’s not a typical liberal type at all- he’s a science writer for engineering, but he just has a respect for the guy. Go figure.

kybowexar on April 15, 2009 at 3:42 PM

Just wait until Dear Leader transfers the Coast Guard to the ACORN Department.

rbj on April 15, 2009 at 3:40 PM

And ICE and INS to the criminal illegals. Welfare department to the Cripps and Bloods. Budget to Bernie Madoff, and justice to William Ayers.

saiga on April 15, 2009 at 3:48 PM

What did you really expect from the man who brought us Tawana Brawley?

Pulchritudinous Patriot on April 15, 2009 at 3:48 PM

Yeah, well Sharpton’s a so called ‘pastor’.

Who gives a flip what this racist idiot thinks.

You-Eh-Vee on April 15, 2009 at 3:57 PM

“Undocumented crewmembers”

Bob Mc on April 15, 2009 at 3:59 PM

Does anyone, even the black community listen to him any more?

jeanie on April 15, 2009 at 3:02 PM

From what I can tell, only when he seriously plays the race card, and even then not for long. Mostly Sharpton’s just a woolly sock puppet for the MSM; his regular audience has simply gone elsewhere for whatever reason.

Dark-Star on April 15, 2009 at 3:59 PM

Barry has announced that calling them “Pirates” is being insensitive. From now on, they are to be referred to as “Overseas Undocumented Procurement Officers.”
/sarc

mwdiver on April 15, 2009 at 4:09 PM

A terrorist by any other name, etc., etc., ect.

pocomoco on April 15, 2009 at 4:16 PM

The criminal community is one of the Democrat Party’s most beloved supporters, Sharpton is just standing up for his homies.

NoDonkey on April 15, 2009 at 4:25 PM

Sharpton’s Delusional

CynicalOptimist on April 15, 2009 at 4:27 PM

Voluntary coast guard?? VOLUNTARY COAST GUARD?!?!

Private Pyle, you have got to be sh**ting me.

JohnGalt23 on April 15, 2009 at 4:27 PM

What did you really expect from the man who brought us Tawana Brawley?

Pulchritudinous Patriot on April 15, 2009 at 3:48 PM

Frankly, I expect him to spend the rest of his life on his knees, apologizing to decent society for that shameful travesty.

Of course, that presupposes that he actually has a conscience.

JohnGalt23 on April 15, 2009 at 4:30 PM

Yeah Sharpton, and you are a flatulence spewing meatbag.

Hawthorne on April 15, 2009 at 4:30 PM

How long do Liberal-Americans typically eat these mouthfuls of bullsh*t before they realize something tastes a little off? It’s getting very unnerving.

caygeon on April 15, 2009 at 4:30 PM

Only white people can be pirates.

V15J on April 15, 2009 at 2:59 PM

I really laughed out loud.

ARRRR

shick on April 15, 2009 at 4:42 PM

“Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?”

“SHARP-TON SQUARE-PANTS!”

shick on April 15, 2009 at 4:44 PM

He’s a Christian? What kind of divinity school did this Reverend attend? Hey Al, why don’t you go over there and minister to these people? You could convert them. Teach them about the 10 commandments. You could start with the one about stealing. Teach them about Jesus and loving your neighbors. Then you could train them to be a “Coast Guard.” I guess that does not fit into your agenda.

dentalque on April 15, 2009 at 4:44 PM

They “guard the coast” against what? Humanitarian aid to Kenya?

Maybe they could be re-labeled the Somali Maritime External Revenue Finders–SMERF for short.

Has the good Reverend ever heard of “Thou shalt not steal”? Maybe he should preach it to the Somali Coast Guard.

Steve Z on April 15, 2009 at 4:44 PM

He uses “voluntary coast guard” as a compliment? You mean there’s a Democrat who thinks highly of military service–and volunteer military service at that?

Well, color me a right-wing extremist by golly.

cackcon on April 15, 2009 at 4:51 PM

Frankly, I expect him to spend the rest of his life on his knees, apologizing to decent society for that shameful travesty.

Of course, that presupposes that he actually has a conscience.

JohnGalt23 on April 15, 2009 at 4:30 PM

I would settle for him taking his worthless butt out of this country that he hates so much and doing missionary work in Somalia.

It takes a village idiot to feed a village. 100 could probably subsist off his extortion fattened ass for a week.

NoDonkey on April 15, 2009 at 4:54 PM

Is fat al talking with food in his mouth? mush mouth to the tenth degree

Locrian on April 15, 2009 at 4:57 PM

AP and Ed – we should have a list of commenters that are certified “OK” (laugh)

kybowexar on April 15, 2009 at 3:39 PM

As of this week, we do. It’s called “The HotAir Green Room.” The list is small, but I’m confident it will grow.

gryphon202 on April 15, 2009 at 5:01 PM

They’re not pirates, they’re late boarding passengers, or undocumented shipowners, or undocumented maritime valet companies.

eaglewingz08 on April 15, 2009 at 5:03 PM

Supplemental Crew for Removal of Excess Wages = SCREW.

Steve Z on April 15, 2009 at 5:12 PM

Sharpton….still full of shit after all these years.

GarandFan on April 15, 2009 at 6:13 PM

How can anyone take this race baiter serious…
Next, why would anyone give this idiot good, and valuable news print, or air time?

byteshredder on April 15, 2009 at 7:02 PM

My goodness, our American ‘voluntary Coast Guard’ has never made millions killing and taken ships to fatten their wallets for the rop. Sharpton, you are a tiny slug slime.
L

letget on April 15, 2009 at 7:37 PM

Not terribly surprising, coming from the so-called Reverend Sharpton.

Note the absence of quotation marks.

Cylor on April 15, 2009 at 8:22 PM

Threads like this makes a inconvienence like a job even more of a aggravation. Missing out on the opportunity to strike early and often. And now, just about everything that can possibly be said, has been said.

Great point Al, keep up the great work….

Hog Wild on April 15, 2009 at 8:52 PM

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