I say we refuse to negotiate!

posted at 12:14 pm on July 1, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

It’s been a while since we last heard from Cynthia McKinney, but today we discover that she’s … well, in the same place as six months ago.  McKinney tried running the Israeli blockade on Gaza and got captured, along with her crew.  Now she demands her release, while the Israelis make the completely understandable case that they don’t want her a minute longer than necessary (via Yid with Lid):

Former U.S. lawmaker and Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney, whose relief boat was seized by an Israeli naval ship Tuesday for the second time in a year, is demanding the immediate release of her and 20 other activists.

McKinney, a longtime supporter of Palestinians, said her Greek-flagged boat, the Spirit of Humanity, was carrying medical supplies, cement, olive trees and children’s toys to Gaza when it was boarded by the Israeli navy.

“This is an outrageous violation of international law against us,” said McKinney. “Our boat was not in Israeli waters and we were on a human rights mission to the Gaza Strip. President Obama just told Israel to let in humanitarian and reconstruction supplies, and that’s exactly what we tried to do. We’re asking the international community to demand our release so we can resume our journey.”

Well, President Obama is not president of Israel.  He doesn’t get to dictate policy to Jerusalem, although Obama himself might think that he can.  The Israelis do allow humanitarian aid into Gaza, but through closely secured transit points that allow them to keep out weapons, especially rockets that get launched from Gaza at cities in southern Israel.  Running a blockade carries with it the risk of arrest — or worse — and announcing your intention to run the blockade (as McKinney does in this statement) is certainly enough reason to stop the Spirit of Humanity before it succeeds.

In fact, the Israelis warned McKinney and her crew to stay out of Gaza waters.  They ignored the radio warning and proceeded towards Gaza until the Israeli navy intercepted them and forced them into an Israeli port.  Israel also said that they would send the goods McKinney transported into Gaza as soon as it checked out as safe.

The Israelis, meanwhile, have already tired of McKinney:

Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said Israel was planning to free the crew and passengers.

“Nobody wants to keep them here,” he said. “They will be released as soon as they are checked.”

We feel your pain, Yigal.


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OTAY!

right2bright on July 1, 2009 at 6:35 PM

What’s with the Buckwheat ‘do?

atheling on July 1, 2009 at 6:37 PM

America’s been blessed with great black scientists

Quick: name 2 great black scientists.

Name one.

guntotinglibertarian on July 1, 2009 at 6:47 PM

George Washington Carver

Techie on July 1, 2009 at 6:54 PM

“Nobody wants to keep them here,” he said. “They will be released as soon as they are checked.”

So that means we have to take her back?!

vcferlita on July 1, 2009 at 6:59 PM

Donut on July 1, 2009 at 6:50 PM

That’s one…and what did he accomplish?

And who’s the second?

guntotinglibertarian on July 1, 2009 at 7:12 PM

The Israelis should pay us to take her back. Better yet, I’d pay for a one-way ticket to Waziristan, as long as she gives up her passport.

BottomLine5 on July 1, 2009 at 7:21 PM

I would call this woman thing a stark raving lunatic, but that would be an insult to stark raving lunatics.

infidel4life on July 1, 2009 at 7:23 PM

Can we negotiate to leave her there indefinitely?
She’s got that Hamas feelin’
Wooo that Gaza feelin’
She’s got that Hezbolah feelin’
Now she’s gone, gone, gone woooo.

Se ya Cynny

swede7 on July 1, 2009 at 7:23 PM

Oh, this is too good. Maybe we could send Pelosi, Hillary, Obama, Reid, and Holder over to negotiate her release… Just tell them they have to go to Gaza first in a Greek vessel…

Upstater85 on July 1, 2009 at 7:25 PM

Quick: name 2 great black scientists.

Name one.

guntotinglibertarian on July 1, 2009 at 6:47 PM

Does Neil deGrasse Tyson count?

Upstater85 on July 1, 2009 at 7:27 PM

That’s one…and what did he accomplish?

And who’s the second?

guntotinglibertarian on July 1, 2009 at 7:12 PM

He revolutionized farming – especially in the impoverished South.

Upstater85 on July 1, 2009 at 7:28 PM

guntotinglibertarian on July 1, 2009 at 6:47 PM

Was Benjamin Bannecker a scientists? I think he counts.

Upstater85 on July 1, 2009 at 7:29 PM

Does Neil deGrasse Tyson count?

Upstater85 on July 1, 2009 at 7:27 PM

Is he related to Mike Tyson?

swede7 on July 1, 2009 at 7:29 PM

Wait, tell her there is a great humanitarian need in Iran.

boomer on July 1, 2009 at 7:32 PM

Wait, tell her there is a great humanitarian need in Iran.

boomer on July 1, 2009 at 7:32 PM

Better, Pyongyang!

swede7 on July 1, 2009 at 7:33 PM

Does Neil deGrasse Tyson count?

Nope. He’s an academic, not a scientist. Any affirmative action baby can be an academic.

guntotinglibertarian on July 1, 2009 at 7:34 PM

Is he related to Mike Tyson?

swede7 on July 1, 2009 at 7:29 PM

Nope. Watch PBS… I have to tend to agree with guntoting that he’s not really a research scientists.

Upstater85 on July 1, 2009 at 7:36 PM

Was Benjamin Bannecker a scientists? I think he counts.

Nope, his body of work was minimal and derivative.

guntotinglibertarian on July 1, 2009 at 7:37 PM

Nope, his body of work was minimal and derivative.

guntotinglibertarian on July 1, 2009 at 7:37 PM

Wait, minimal doesn’t mean someone isn’t a scientists.

Upstater85 on July 1, 2009 at 7:39 PM

guntotinglibertarian on July 1, 2009 at 7:37 PM

OK, name two great white scientists of let’s say the last 15 years.

Upstater85 on July 1, 2009 at 7:40 PM

James Van Allen, Steven Hawking.

Interesting how you formulate your question…recognition of scientific greatness usually lags the actual accomplishment by 30 years.

But then, of course you knew that, rascal.

guntotinglibertarian on July 1, 2009 at 7:51 PM

James Van Allen, Steven Hawking.

Interesting how you formulate your question…recognition of scientific greatness usually lags the actual accomplishment by 30 years.

But then, of course you knew that, rascal.

guntotinglibertarian on July 1, 2009 at 7:51 PM

Maybe I should have asked for people born after 1950…

Upstater85 on July 1, 2009 at 7:54 PM

When McKinney slapped that Capitol police officer he should have put her in the figure four leg lock. That’s a Ric Flair move by the way.

THE CHOSEN ONE on July 1, 2009 at 8:00 PM

Don’t know if it’s the pix or not, but that’s one nutsy looking gal if that photo is even close to accurate.

jeanie on July 1, 2009 at 8:02 PM

Dump her in the middle of the Gaza Strip and tell her to start humanitarianing.

davidk on July 1, 2009 at 8:23 PM

Don’t know if it’s the pix or not, but that’s one nutsy looking gal if that photo is even close to accurate.

Is “Buckwheat” from The Little Rascals still alive?

Goldy1 on July 1, 2009 at 8:30 PM

Is “Buckwheat” from The Little Rascals still alive?

Goldy1 on July 1, 2009 at 8:30 PM

No. Met his demise a while back.

coldwarrior on July 1, 2009 at 8:40 PM

YO ! ! !
WHERE MY THORAZINE AT ! ! !

Artifact67 on July 1, 2009 at 9:16 PM

Having been in the physical sciences since the mid 1980′s I can safely say that there are very, very few black research scientists in all areas of the physical sciences. There are even fewer American Indian ones as well. While colleges and universities do actively recruit them, you cannot take what is not there.

Bubba Redneck on July 1, 2009 at 9:49 PM

“America’s been blessed with great black scientists
Quick: name 2 great black scientists.

Name one.

guntotinglibertarian on July 1, 2009 at 6:47 PM”

Where would America BE without black scientists? George Washington Carver invented peanut butter and some other guy invented the golf tee!

Star20 on July 1, 2009 at 9:49 PM

My goodness, what some people will do to get their name in the news.

Kissmygrits on July 1, 2009 at 10:08 PM

In her off time, Cynthia McKinney enjoys burning kitty cats and stealing from the elderly.

THE CHOSEN ONE on July 1, 2009 at 10:11 PM

Blacks who get upset with whites creating unfavorable black stereotypes in Hollywood or on TV really need to hide people like C.M.

Star20 on July 1, 2009 at 10:16 PM

So that means we have to take her back?!

vcferlita on July 1, 2009 at 6:59 PM

shhh…maybe if we tiptoe quietly away right this second they won’t notice you said that…

Miss Molly on July 1, 2009 at 10:20 PM

Make Jimmah C come an get the witch an put her uner house a rest in Plains,Ga.Jimmah also gotta post her bail if the folks will take any cash to get rid of her.
Take the boat out and FRAG it so it don be comin’ back no more.

Col.John Wm. Reed on July 1, 2009 at 10:21 PM

If god gave me a choice to spend the rest of my life on a deserted island with either Cynthia McKinney or Stalin, I’ll take Stalin. He probably likes to fish.

THE CHOSEN ONE on July 1, 2009 at 10:25 PM

Jerusalem is the capitol of Israel; that’s where the Knesset is.

Our embassy is in Tel Aviv because we’re not willing to deal with the grief we’d catch if we acknowledged Jerusalem as Israel’s capitol.

BD57 on July 1, 2009 at 10:50 PM

If Cynthia McKinney is running the blockage in Isreal, who’s smoking the crack in a dark alley back in Georgia?

THE CHOSEN ONE on July 1, 2009 at 10:57 PM

LMAO, cant help but laugh every time I come to this site and that photo is out there front and center.

WoosterOh on July 1, 2009 at 11:18 PM

I guess someone mentioned it, but did they say anywhere that she was a big d legislator?
I thought not.

Bambi on July 1, 2009 at 11:38 PM

I bet Cynthia McKinney really yearns for those days when she was a Congresswoman and had the opportunity to shake down white America from its’ capitol.

THE CHOSEN ONE on July 2, 2009 at 12:03 AM

I hear Jerimiah Wright and McKinney are dating.

THE CHOSEN ONE on July 2, 2009 at 12:04 AM

“Our boat was not in Israeli waters and we were on a human rights mission to the Gaza Strip.

How do you get to GAZA via sea without violating Israeli waters? Is there some sort of StarGate out there beyond the 12 mile limit? Hmmmmm.

She’s a terrorist – they should throw her in jail.

HondaV65 on July 2, 2009 at 12:34 AM

I hope the Israelis prepare her for eventual return to society by giving her some life skills – have her clean various areas of the prison, give her some achievement and purpose in her life.

virgo on July 2, 2009 at 12:54 AM

I hope the Israelis prepare her for eventual return to society by giving her some life skills – have her clean various areas of the prison, give her some achievement and purpose in her life. a lobotomy.

virgo on July 2, 2009 at 12:54 AM

FIFY

infidel4life on July 2, 2009 at 2:14 AM

This clown really does need her own Reality TV show. I’d watch it… she’s hysterical.

ronnyraygun on July 2, 2009 at 2:57 AM

Dammit, stop pressuring the Israelis on settlement expansion, and start pressuring them to keep Cynthia McKinney! If they let her go, she’ll only wind up back here again.

morganfrost on July 2, 2009 at 5:36 AM

As Obama is so in favor of hostage trades, perhaps she could be swapped for Gilad Shalit.

AE on July 2, 2009 at 7:04 AM

I picture her and Helen Thomas doing a prime time political news cable show no MSNBC. Look, the ratings couldn’t get worse.

Jeff from WI on July 2, 2009 at 7:19 AM

HondaV65 on July 2, 2009 at 12:34 AM

Gaza is still considered under Israeli occupation as Israel
controls air, sea and land access to the Strip.

http://www.haaretz.co.il/hasen/spages/830452.html

mags on July 2, 2009 at 7:46 AM

I guess that Bambi isn’t the only one with the ” EVIL EYE ”

Both of these freaks are angry people. When will you and the press figure that out?

bluegrass on July 2, 2009 at 8:50 AM

I must say,This is one very angry African American Racist!

Roadking85 on July 2, 2009 at 8:55 AM

Gaza is still considered under Israeli occupation as Israel
controls air, sea and land access to the Strip.

http://www.haaretz.co.il/hasen/spages/830452.html

mags on July 2, 2009 at 7:46 AM

Then it must be under Egyptian occupation, too, as Egypt alone is in charge of the entire southern Gazan Rafiah border.

Shy Guy on July 2, 2009 at 9:27 AM

Some people you can just look at and know they are crazy. Blank stares are also big clue and she has lots of them.

closetgop on July 2, 2009 at 9:29 AM

Is there any way to get word to Israel’s navy to just sink the goddamned boat the next time?

rollthedice on July 2, 2009 at 9:50 AM

she is truly beautiful inside and out. sarc.

la.rt.wngr on July 2, 2009 at 9:58 AM

I wonder if those eyes light up in the dark. gawd.

johnnyU on July 2, 2009 at 10:03 AM

Simply Stunning!

Jeff from WI on July 2, 2009 at 10:10 AM

I wonder if those eyes light up in the dark. gawd.

johnnyU

They DO – I saw her on TV last night; she was in Ghostbusters II as one of the ghouls.

BD57 on July 2, 2009 at 10:53 AM

What a WILD-EYED WENCH!

CynicalOptimist on July 2, 2009 at 12:31 PM

Ya know… she wouldn’t be half ba… never mind… yes she would.

CynicalOptimist on July 2, 2009 at 12:32 PM

Quick: name 2 great black scientists.

Name one.

guntotinglibertarian on July 1, 2009 at 6:47 PM

Chemist Percy Julian

There are many unsung heroes in life. National fame is recognized well enough. But there are also those working behind the scenes accomplishing reputable work.

Tony Soprano on July 2, 2009 at 12:59 PM

She is an embarrassment to Americans.

They should have let her go and distribute the toys and bandaids. With any luck… you know…

CNN Reports: Well known humanitarian, Human Rights Activist and Green Party Presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney has been crushed to death. Appearantly McKinney with 20 activists where in the process of bringing supplies to people of Gaza. Upon using the underground tunnels that were used by Hamas to defend themselves against the savages of Isreal simply collapsed. President Obama has stated that he is deeply troubled by this and has ordered an independant commity to ensure that Isreal was not involved.

DRod on July 2, 2009 at 1:04 PM

Play “catch and release” with them…..throw her butt, and everybody else on the ship, back into the water and impound/keep or destroy the ship. If some organization she blelongs to owns it, at least you cost them their dignity (lol) and money. If it was a chartered/leased carrier, shippers might have some serious second thoughts about doing business with her ilk in the future. Hit ‘em where it hurts.

keldog on July 2, 2009 at 1:09 PM

Generally the only success a black person has is as an athlete(few), actors (few), government employees (many)…

right2bright on July 1, 2009 at 5:26 PM

Sheesh. That’s worse than tacky. Don’t go racist on what professions to which blacks are limited. The caste system only goes as far IN AMERICA as people self apply.

There is a “cultural” choice people make from which generalities can be rather predictable. Regardless of race or socio-economic status, all who discard their education doom what further opportunities will likely be open.

Gangs are the street criminal version of the elitist fraternities that also seek to manipulate power over the lives of subservient workers. Obviously there are huge distinctions. But there’s a generalization morons can grab and shake.

My gripe with any “special” minority is when they just won’t throw into the American e pluribus unum Dream without hanging onto their self righteous bitter chip on the shoulder. Ex: Obama.

America’s been blessed with great black scientists, judges, humanitarians, etc. True enough, it all boils down to the quality of character.

maverick muse on July 1, 2009 at 5:50 PM

America’s been blessed with great black scientists, judges, humanitarians, etc. True enough, it all boils down to the quality of character.

maverick muse on July 1, 2009 at 5:50 PM

No doubt, but those are exceptions…look at the stats.
70% unwed mothers…70% drop out of high school…Unemployment off the chart (reported 13.4%, but you know it is much higher)….
In the 50’s black society was one of the most stable, moving into “middle America” economically, and socially if the dems hadn’t blocked most of the Republican bills.
You can’t take a few great examples, and then use them as a template of success…with literally trillions of dollars spent since the “great society”. The black family, and the black culture has been torn apart…they were once conservative, when they were stable, being educated, but the dems can’t afford that. After 40 years of controlling the schools, look what they have wrought.
And you say don’t go racist…don’t go and be foolish.
If stating the fact that black society has suffered under the liberal control, makes someone a racist, then they will forever be caught in that web…you fell into the typical (and you are not) liberal knee jerk statement.
Black society needs an injection of conservative values…or they will continue down the spiral path of destruction and anger.
They need reality, not a pat on the head from you…

right2bright on July 1, 2009 at 6:00 PM

right2bright,

You worded a statement very poorly, reflecting poorly on us all. You compound that by ignoring Christ’s admonition to refrain from calling someone a fool.

As an egalitarian, I do not presume the ostentatious habit of doling out pats unless on the back for morale. That you would taint my character is a poor reflection on your own self defense mechanism.

We’ve responded with each other on former occasions and have read each others’ responses for years now. You acknowledge “()” that I am not a Leftist. But that you presume to lecture me to the error of my thinking, IGNORING the MANY posts I’ve consistently written condemning progressive Socialism for enabling the downfall of American society given the multitude of 20th Century Democrat presidential agendas, leaves your position beneath what I find worthy of further affiliation.

maverick muse on July 2, 2009 at 1:25 PM

She should be careful running blockades lest she finds her boat hit with an errant torpedo.

scotash on July 2, 2009 at 2:55 PM

Hahaha, beautiful inside and out!!! ;)) I’m glad she’s California’s problem now!!

DanaSmiles on July 2, 2009 at 3:27 PM

Those eyes! Those eyes! Creepy. I saw a video where she was talking about thousands of jail inmates who were killed by the police and dumped into Louisiana swamps after Katrina. Those eyes! Some poet out there should compose new lyrics for “These Eyes” by The Guess Who. I ani’t no PO8.

Pelayo on July 2, 2009 at 6:19 PM

DO NOT confuse George Washington Carver with Quota Queens like B. Hussein Obama and Cynthia McKinney. Carver actually accomplished things on his own.

“[George Washington]Carver’s work resulted in the creation of 325 products from peanuts, more than 100 products from sweet potatoes and hundreds more from a dozen other plants native to the South. These products contributed to rural economic improvement by offering alternative crops to cotton that were beneficial for the farmers and for the land. During this time, Carver also carried the Iowa State extension concept to the South and created “movable schools,” bringing practical agricultural knowledge to farmers, thereby promoting health, sound nutrition and self-sufficiency…”

http://www.lib.iastate.edu/spcl/gwc/bio.html

oldleprechaun on July 2, 2009 at 7:19 PM

George Washington Carver did a lot of things with peanuts but peanut butter wasn’t one of them. That was invented by an unnamed Philadelphia doctor as a source of protein for toothless patients.

Neil deGrasse Tyson has a degree in astrophysics (I think) which is worthy of note. But he’s more a pitch man for space and astronomy as the head of the planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History than a researcher.

AaronGuzman on July 2, 2009 at 7:48 PM

Hey..She’s O TAY!

Jeff from WI on July 2, 2009 at 7:57 PM

And to think this imbecile won several elections for CONgress. Once again proving Americans are in general a very stupid people.

angryed on July 2, 2009 at 8:51 PM

Is it some rule that hard-liberal women are ugly freakazoids? Who the heck did that lady’s hairdo – Max the Mad Bomber?

Dark-Star on July 2, 2009 at 8:56 PM

Ahh haaa, Israel locked her up. Hehe.

Geronimo on July 2, 2009 at 11:25 PM

Thank you for the most laughs I have had at Hot Air. I lived in GA back when she was in Congress and Oh what an embarrassment she was. Please Israel, keep her.

KCinLV on July 3, 2009 at 12:24 AM

Who the heck did that lady’s hairdo – Max the Mad Bomber?

Dark-Star on July 2, 2009 at 8:56 PM

The Braille Institute.

(My apologies to any blind folks who may be reading this…) ;o)

infidel4life on July 3, 2009 at 2:00 AM

Unfortunately, it won’t take many hours of custody of Ms. McKinney to convince anyone to send her . . . somewhere else.

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Adjoran on July 3, 2009 at 3:43 AM

The Braille Institute.

(My apologies to any blind folks who may be reading this…) ;o)

infidel4life on July 3, 2009 at 2:00 AM

Careful there or you’ll have some hyper sensitive woman or a flamer of a guy attack you for being insensitive to those
with vision problems.You may get one to even cry.

Jeff from WI on July 3, 2009 at 6:30 AM

JU-JU eyeballs!

lizzee on July 3, 2009 at 7:06 AM

Other than being a convenient target for “Buckwheat” comments, why is this mug still being displayed on HA?

It’s not like we’re having a slow news cycle these days.

Hot Air, you know you’re better than this…

Sweet_Thang on July 3, 2009 at 7:30 AM

“Name two black scientists”

1. Charles Drew

2. Elijah McCoy

Shame that the folks here don’t even recognize how offensive and racist their comments are…or they don’t care.

Lennie on July 3, 2009 at 8:06 AM

Cynthia was my Congressperson. Even tho, I am conservative, we voted for her rival during Democrat primaries to get RID of her. She is a moonbat, a racist and criminal. She thinks she can do whatever she wants, which she did when she was in Atlanta…I am so happy she has gone to CA where she really belongs! Israel can have her–we dont need her back.

kittyAJ on July 3, 2009 at 8:34 AM

Other than being a convenient target for “Buckwheat” comments, why is this mug still being displayed on HA?

It’s not like we’re having a slow news cycle these days.

Hot Air, you know you’re better than this…

Sweet_Thang on July 3, 2009 at 7:30 AM

I kind of wondered about that too. I’m tired of looking at her.

Jeff from WI on July 3, 2009 at 10:00 AM

To be quite honest I was very surprised that the Big “O” didn’t try to get her into his cabinet somewhere. Secretary of “Ticking off our Allies” maybe?

Vntnrse on July 3, 2009 at 10:36 AM

Thank you for the most laughs I have had at Hot Air… Please Israel, keep her.

- KCinLV on July 3, 2009 at 12:24 AM

Same here. I can’t stop laughing at the comments from all these witty HA people.

Of course, I know that a former US legislator being on the side of Hamas is no laughing matter.

(But oh, just look at her hair. Was it her bad-hair day?)

mz.josephine on July 3, 2009 at 11:31 AM

To be quite honest I was very surprised that the Big “O” didn’t try to get her into his cabinet somewhere. Secretary of “Ticking off our Allies” maybe?

Vntnrse on July 3, 2009 at 10:36 AM

Slightly OT, but this regards Ogabe’s appointees: is it possible that with the rainy/cloudy weather we’ve had ad nauseum here in the Northeast, that maybe DuhWon surreptitiously appointed Bill Ayers as his “Weather Czar”?

Thimk about it…just a randumb thought, I guess.

Sweet_Thang on July 3, 2009 at 11:45 AM

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