Republican lawmakers wonder: Why are Beyoncé and Jay-Z vacationing in Cuba?

posted at 2:01 pm on April 7, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

I must admit that I’m not usually one to keep up with celebrities or with trendy vacation fads.  Even if I was more hip, I’d put Havana way down the list of destinations if I had to pick a vacation spot for a relaxing, fun-filled getaway that didn’t involve the shameless exploitation of an oppressed people. That would be especially true if I was well known enough for the Castro regime to use my presence as a propaganda effort.

But hey, I guess I’m pretty unfashionable:

Beyonce and Jay-Z are the latest “tourists” to take advantage of the Obama administration’s eased , an island nation once off-limits to U.S. travelers. But some lawmakers are protesting the changes.

The power music couple was spotted strolling around Havana, the Communist nation’s capital today (Apr. 4). They chose to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary there.

The Obama administration eased travel restrictions, but only in a limited way.  It’s still illegal for US citizens to travel to Cuba solely for tourism; anyone applying to enter Cuba has to get a “cultural exchange” license.  It’s not difficult to see how two cultural/entertainment icons like Jay-Z and Beyoncé would have qualified for that kind of certification — but it’s very difficult to understand why they would have wanted to qualify in the first place.  What’s next, a tour of Pyonyang with Lil’ Kim for Beyoncé’s birthday?

Actually, as CNN reports, it’s not all that easy to qualify for the license, and the requirements don’t exactly resemble the itinerary reported by the media for the power couple:

In 2012 the Obama administration lifted some of the restrictions on travel to Cuba, instituting a “people-to-people” travel program that requires a strict itinerary for vacationers.

“Each traveler must have a full-time schedule of educational exchange activities that will result in meaningful interaction between the travelers and individuals in Cuba,” U.S. Treasury Department guidelines read.

Americans have been known to get around travel restrictions to Cuba in the past by stopping first in a country with flights to the island. Cuban customs officials are familiar enough with the practice to not stamp American passports when they cross their desks.

Yes, but those Americans are (a) uninteresting to the mass media, and/or (b) smart enough not to court the media on their tour of the prison island.

At least two Republican lawmakers want answers about this “educational exchange”:

Two Republican lawmakers are asking a government agency to look into a recent trip to Cuba by Beyoncé and Jay-Z, suggesting the superstar couple violated restrictions on travel to the communist island.

“Despite the clear prohibition against tourism in Cuba, numerous press reports described the couple’s trip as tourism, and the Castro regime touted it as such in its propaganda,” Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart, both of Florida, wrote in the letter to the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control.

Oh, I don’t know if this is so far off the mark.  I’m certainly getting an education in the values of the entertainment industry.  Via Twitchy, some wonder whether Barack Obama is learning a lesson here, too, as well as the two “tourists”:

Lori Ziganto reminds us that the Obamas will have an opportunity to ask this themselves when Beyoncé comes to the White House for Michelle Obama’s 50th birthday party later this year.  Perhaps it’s time for the White House to consider a “cultural exchange” and change the entertainment line-up.

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melle1228 on April 7, 2013 at 3:57 PM

ue votes Obama. The illusion is yours.

Schadenfreude on April 7, 2013 at 3:59 PM

This administration cow tows to Hollywood elitists. They took so much money from them the favors will be flowing for the next three and a half years. These two have their noses so far up in the air it’s like they live on a different planet. One where it’s ok to make yourself shoes out of elephant skin and sing and dance for brutal dictators.

scalleywag on April 7, 2013 at 4:00 PM

It’s not always all about you.

The state dept. has specific traveling directives for each country.

How obtuse your arguments are.

Schadenfreude on April 7, 2013 at 3:09 PM
urban elitist on April 7, 2013 at 3:57 PM

From the State Dept.’s website.

Planning Your Trip: Know Before You Go!

Information Resources

Travelers should familiarize themselves with their destinations, both to get the most enjoyment out of the visit and to avoid known dangers. Travelers should also be aware of restrictions on items that may be taken overseas (see “Bringing Medications or Filling Prescriptions Abroad,” below) and even on items that may be brought into the U.S. upon return (see “Customs and Import Restrictions,” below). More information resources follow:

http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/tips_1232.html

melle1228 on April 7, 2013 at 4:02 PM

Boy…disappear for only a few months, and see how raucous it gets in here?

I see the troll farm is having a bumper crop this season….

BlaxPac on April 7, 2013 at 4:02 PM

melle1228 on April 7, 2013 at 4:02 PM

Going from and comint to the US a traveler should always know what/if visas or other docs are needed, what to know, say, do…etc.

It’s not only common sense, safe, but wise and necessary. Any sane person knows this, alas.

The entire argument is a distraction.

The subjugated people of Cuba still suffer. That’s all I care about.

Schadenfreude on April 7, 2013 at 4:07 PM

Viva Cuba Libre!!!

Schadenfreude on April 7, 2013 at 4:08 PM

coming to

Schadenfreude on April 7, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Stop digging. I thought you were way smarter. You disappoint today, badly.

Schadenfreude on April 7, 2013 at 3:57 PM

I will try to do better. Could be bad biorhythms. Also, I think we’re just arguing past each other on this one. Yes, I know there are travel restrictions to certain countries. My point is that Jay and Bee apparently met them, and the only reason this little teapot tempest broke out is that it’s a slow news day and the happy vacationers are FOBs.

Travelers should familiarize themselves with their destinations, both to get the most enjoyment out of the visit and to avoid known dangers. Travelers should also be aware of restrictions on items that may be taken overseas (see “Bringing Medications or Filling Prescriptions Abroad,” below) and even on items that may be brought into the U.S. upon return (see “Customs and Import Restrictions,” below). More information resources follow:

http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/tips_1232.html

melle1228 on April 7, 2013 at 4:02 PM

“Travelers should familiarize themselves with their destinations” is hardly a “specific traveling directive for each country.”

urban elitist on April 7, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Precious rights and traditions can run out from small cracks.

Once you retreat from the rights we think are carved in stone and dating back to 1250, it is comparatively easy to embrace the notion of thugs without any ethics running a nation. It is even easier when you aren’t ground down by the dictators but treated like a star.

I tried to excuse Dennis Rodman. A mistake.

All this cavorting with monsters, in addition to what I just learned about our visiting Latinos, is showing a political problem that makes the San Andreas fault look like a scratch on a pebble.

We have to stop ignoring idiots who do not value our historic rights.

They need an education.

IlikedAUH2O on April 7, 2013 at 4:13 PM

The subjugated people of Cuba still suffer. That’s all I care about.

Schadenfreude on April 7, 2013 at 4:07 PM

And the question is, then, have the U.S. economic and travel restrictions on Cuba done anything at all for the suffering people of Cuba? And the answer is clearly no.

urban elitist on April 7, 2013 at 4:13 PM

And the question is, then, have the U.S. economic and travel restrictions on Cuba done anything at all for the suffering people of Cuba? And the answer is clearly no.

urban elitist on April 7, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Obama is in charge…5 years now.

Schadenfreude on April 7, 2013 at 4:14 PM

And the question is, then, have the U.S. economic and travel restrictions on Cuba done anything at all for the suffering people of Cuba? And the answer is clearly no.

urban elitist on April 7, 2013 at 4:13 PM

No. But they show disapproval.

This is a wimpy way of placating Americans with guts who would go in and exterminate the criminal Castro and all who support him.

IlikedAUH2O on April 7, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Black Racism in Latin America is not news. Fidel’s executioner and hero of the American democratic party Che Guevara once wrote: “The N***o is indolent and lazy, and spends his money on frivolities, whereas the European is forward-looking, organized and intelligent.”

slickwillie2001 on April 7, 2013 at 4:16 PM

“Travelers should familiarize themselves with their destinations” is hardly a “specific traveling directive for each country.”

urban elitist on April 7, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Goebbels would really love you.

Schadenfreude on April 7, 2013 at 4:16 PM

ue, though I could go, I’d never, ever, visit an unfree Cuba.

It’s a matter of principle.

Viva Cuba libre!!!

Schadenfreude on April 7, 2013 at 4:17 PM

“Travelers should familiarize themselves with their destinations” is hardly a “specific traveling directive for each country.”

urban elitist on April 7, 2013 at 4:11 PM

He was a racist. I know exactly how he died too, a wimp all the way.

Schadenfreude on April 7, 2013 at 4:19 PM

And the question is, then, have the U.S. economic and travel restrictions on Cuba done anything at all for the suffering people of Cuba? And the answer is clearly no.

urban elitist on April 7, 2013 at 4:13 PM

So then it is okay for entertainers to go there an be used for propaganda purposes right? It doesn’t matter how many blacks are oppressed or how many musical artist, authors etc. are jailed because there is not freedom of expression down there– As long as Jz and Bitcyonce is happy we should all rejoice. And Cuban GOPers who actully lived under the regime and have family that lived under that regime should just shut it when those wonderful stars go celebrate Cuba..

melle1228 on April 7, 2013 at 4:19 PM

If Obama cares so much why doesn’t he open up Cuba?

Schadenfreude on April 7, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Cuba will be the workers paradise in contrast to the USA when this cabal of usurpers is done destroying the nation.

tom daschle concerned on April 7, 2013 at 4:24 PM

And the question is, then, have the U.S. economic and travel restrictions on Cuba done anything at all for the suffering people of Cuba? And the answer is clearly no.

urban elitist on April 7, 2013 at 4:13 PM

If that’s the case, neither did the embargo of apartheid South Africa.

sentinelrules on April 7, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Obama is in charge…5 years now.

Schadenfreude on April 7, 2013 at 4:14 PM

Right. So you should get off his back when he tries to change strategies that were failing for almost 50 years before he was elected.

“Travelers should familiarize themselves with their destinations” is hardly a “specific traveling directive for each country.”

urban elitist on April 7, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Goebbels would really love you.

Schadenfreude on April 7, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Because I point out the obvious?

So then it is okay for entertainers to go there an be used for propaganda purposes right? It doesn’t matter how many blacks are oppressed or how many musical artist, authors etc. are jailed because there is not freedom of expression down there– As long as Jz and Bitcyonce is happy we should all rejoice. And Cuban GOPers who actully lived under the regime and have family that lived under that regime should just shut it when those wonderful stars go celebrate Cuba..

melle1228 on April 7, 2013 at 4:19 PM

So entertainers can’t go anywhere you don’t approve of? Or is it just that black people can;t go to Cuba?

urban elitist on April 7, 2013 at 4:30 PM

So entertainers can’t go anywhere you don’t approve of? Or is it just that black people can;t go to Cuba?

urban elitist on April 7, 2013 at 4:30 PM

OOOOh a liberal trying to pull out his race card.. How predictable.

melle1228 on April 7, 2013 at 4:33 PM

OOOOh a liberal trying to pull out his race card.. How predictable.

melle1228 on April 7, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Urban put his kids into Catholic schools just to avoid the “darkies.”

sentinelrules on April 7, 2013 at 4:35 PM

Could we please always tag Beyonce’s name with the disclaimer– “no longer a Texan.”

Thank you.

jazzuscounty on April 7, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Sexist and probably racist. You bring new meaning to the word “twofer.”

urban elitist on April 7, 2013 at 2:48 PM

He said, in defense of a piece of trash whose lyrics cant even be posted here. I am utterly disgusted that he is a friend of the President.

stefanite on April 7, 2013 at 4:38 PM

urban elitist on April 7, 2013

libfreeordie on April 7, 2013

…two bigots!…each holding a race card in one hand…and masturbating with the other
!…anything new?

KOOLAID2 on April 7, 2013 at 4:42 PM

I found this funny..

http://www.decanter.com/news/wine-news/487126/rapper-jay-z-boycotts-racist-cristal

The US hip-hop community is set to boycott luxury Champagne Cristal after rapper Jay-Z accused the boss of Champagne house Louis Roederer of racism.

Jay-Z, who like other rappers and hip-hop artists frequently mentions Cristal in his lyrics, has also banned the cult cuvée from his ‘upscale sports lounge’, the 40/40 Club, replacing it with Dom Pérignon and Krug.

The boycott came after new Roederer managing director Frédéric Rouzaud told a special edition of The Economist that the house viewed Cristal’s association with rap ‘with curiosity and serenity’.

Asked if he thought the association would harm the brand, he replied, ‘that’s a good question, but what can we do? We can’t forbid people from buying it. I’m sure Dom Pérignon or Krug would be delighted to have their business.’

‘It has come to my attention that the managing director of Cristal, Frédéric Rouzaud, views the “hip-hop” culture as “unwelcome attention”’, said Jay-Z. ‘I view his comments as racist and will no longer support any of his products through any of my various brands, including the 40/40 Club, nor in my personal life.’

And Urban elitist wonders why it is hypocritical for these two artists to go to Cuba..

melle1228 on April 7, 2013 at 4:46 PM

Want to see some nuanced, intelligent, urban, elite lyrics?

Just look up the lyrics to any Jay-Z song. Pure filth. Gutter trash. The product of a reprobate mind.

Keep Obama in president, yo!

tom daschle concerned on April 7, 2013 at 4:46 PM

Hmmmm Urban’s a JOKE.

“Big Pimpin’ (Extended)”
(feat. U.G.K.)

[Jay-Z

You know I – thug em, f@ck em, love em, leave em
Cause I don’t f@ckin need em
Take em out the hood, keep em lookin good
But I don’t f@ckin feed em
First time they fuss I’m breezin ……….
I got no patience
And I hate waitin..
Hoe get yo’ a$s in

CW on April 7, 2013 at 4:48 PM

CW on April 7, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Prolly the way mooch treats the mom-jeans dog eater.

tom daschle concerned on April 7, 2013 at 4:50 PM

Want to see some nuanced, intelligent, urban, elite lyrics?

Just look up the lyrics to any Jay-Z song. Pure filth. Gutter trash. The product of a reprobate mind.

Keep Obama in president, yo!

tom daschle concerned on April 7, 2013 at 4:46 PM

Yep. Wonder how long it will be before she shows up in a police station with two black eyes?

slickwillie2001 on April 7, 2013 at 4:52 PM

If they wanted to go to Cuba so bad, they can just go to Guantanamo Bay and have a little water splashed on their faces.

portlandon on April 7, 2013 at 4:58 PM

Our CIC dumbo is Bro’s with a man
whose lyrics can’t even be posted here.
At campaign events for 2008, Bro JayZZZZZZZ song
was a fave as Dumbo walked on stage…99 problems and a bi$ch ain’t one.
The president of the great US of A. Pure class.
I wonder if they let thier girls jam out to uncle J.

Another JayZZZZZZZZZZ lyrical master piece:
“Christ can’t save you and life won’t begin until Christianity ends.” Those are the blasphemous lyrics in the hit Jay Z (Jigga) song “Empire State of Mind” featuring Alica Keys.

I wager this was 0′s latest fave and on his Ipod.

bazil9 on April 7, 2013 at 4:58 PM

So Urban is Jay Z a racist and a sexist too?

CW on April 7, 2013 at 5:00 PM

What’s next, a tour of Pyonyang with Lil’ Kim for Beyoncé’s birthday?

Why not? Is there something in it for her? This is a person who sang for one of the Gaddafi sons.

it’s all about the money

Even picked a liberal publication for posterity.

It baffles me to no end that anyone would bother to give her (and her husband) the time of day and/or their money.

Starve the beast.

kim roy on April 7, 2013 at 5:03 PM

If the Republican politicians would keep their minds focused on the important things, we just might get to the bottom of the “Fast and Furious Operation” and the “Benghazi Fiasco”. But no! unimportant garbage like this takes the spotlight. Every week something new comes up and everything else is off to oblivion.

savage24 on April 7, 2013 at 5:04 PM

Conservatives are just mad that their musical artists have the “talent” of Hank Williams junior.

libfreeordie on April 7, 2013 at 2:27 PM

Please define “good music” for us.

Del Dolemonte on April 7, 2013 at 5:06 PM

So the GOP is also against people who travel for fun to China? Oh wait….not at all. Capital has a funny way of getting people to disavow their “moral” convictions.

libfreeordie on April 7, 2013 at 2:31 PM

Admission of total ignorance of the difference in US laws re. travel to each country is duly noted, and diligently recorded.

a+

Del Dolemonte on April 7, 2013 at 5:08 PM

So the GOP is also against people who travel for fun to China? Oh wait….not at all. Capital has a funny way of getting people to disavow their “moral” convictions.

libfreeordie on April 7, 2013 at 2:31 PM

You own anything made in China? Shoes? Clothing? A MAC or iPhone/iPad? Cheap kitchen items? Cheap plastic toys for your kids?

Your entire house is China made goods free?

kim roy on April 7, 2013 at 5:09 PM

Maybe we shouldn’t be so indignant or surprised. Afterall Beyonce did play for money for Gaddafi’s son and JayZ was there at that time as well..

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/8371731/Divas-and-despots-the-stars-who-sing-for-dictators.html

He had good reason to savour the moment. For the son and national security adviser of Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi had just invested a reported $1 million to obtain the services of Beyonce to welcome in 2010.

Clad in a body-hugging outfit, the singer earned her fee by belting out just five numbers on stage at an exclusive resort on the on the jet-setting island playground of St Barts. A British guest, who wished to remain anonymous for security reasons, described to The Sunday Telegraph how the party ran until dawn as hundreds of bottles of champagne were downed and shuttle boats ferried revellers between the beach and luxury yachts anchored offshore.

Beyonce was not alone on the payroll that night – her fellow RnB star Usher delivered the countdown to midnight. Other celebrities in attendance included Beyonce’s husband Jay-Z, hip-hop impresario Russell Simmons, veteran rocker Jon Bon Jovi and singer-actress Lindsay Lohan.
Twelve months earlier, Mutassim Gaddafi paid Mariah Carey a similar sum to provide the new year’s entertainment at the same flashy resort. As a leaked US diplomatic cable observed last year, he “kicked off 2010 in the same way he spent 2009—with a New Year’s Eve trip to St. Barts—reportedly featuring copious amounts of alcohol and a million-dollar personal concert”.

melle1228 on April 7, 2013 at 5:11 PM

I hear on Radio Habana that Cuba’s a great place to see.

urban effetist on April 7, 2013 at 2:48 PM

Edited for accuracy.

Oh, and Viva la Revolucion!

Del Dolemonte on April 7, 2013 at 5:11 PM

I happen to find Beyonce to be a superlatively gifted entertainer, anyone who has seen her live show will agree.

libfreeordie on April 7, 2013 at 2:54 PM

Beyonce blew it out. Did you watch the halftime show, Snerdley? Let me tell you something. You know, I marvel at people’s talent, and she has it. That was the most high-energy Super Bowl halftime show I’ve ever seen. I mean, production value, you gotta marvel at it. Snerdley, you have to marvel. When you see the upper echelon of professionalism on display, you have to acknowledge it. She didn’t do anything political last night. It was really good.

~ Rush Limbaugh, February 4, 2013

How does it feel to totally agree with a hateful, racist fearmonger?

Del Dolemonte on April 7, 2013 at 5:17 PM

have the U.S. economic and travel restrictions on Cuba done anything at all for the suffering people of Cuba? And the answer is clearly no.

urban effetist on April 7, 2013 at 4:13 PM

The travel restrictions to Cuba were formally signed into law in 1962 by a Democrat President, and the later (1992) Cuban Democracy Act was authored by (Democrat) Senator Torricelli (Felon-NJ).

Take it up with your Party Leaders.

Del Dolemonte on April 7, 2013 at 5:25 PM

If the Republican politicians would keep their minds focused on the important things, we just might get to the bottom of the “Fast and Furious Operation” and the “Benghazi Fiasco”. But no! unimportant garbage like this takes the spotlight. Every week something new comes up and everything else is off to oblivion.

savage24 on April 7, 2013 at 5:04 PM

Can’t disagree with you, but can’t even get that level of attention on this site. Not complaining, just observing.

For instance, there was a post in the headline thread yesterday that I commented should have its own blog post and be something that “The Powers That Be” should be paying extreme attention to if we ever want to take the country back in any kind of meaningful way.

I’ll re-link the headline post.

here it is

It is definitely worth reading the article.

kim roy on April 7, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Del Dolemonte on April 7, 2013 at 5:17 PM

A+

KOOLAID2 on April 7, 2013 at 5:35 PM

celebtard votaries of celebtard POTUS- who never met a racist oppressive marxist dictatorship he didn’t get all moist over.

mittens on April 7, 2013 at 5:41 PM

Del, that is hilarious. You are a gem!

tom daschle concerned on April 7, 2013 at 5:42 PM

If the Republican politicians would keep their minds focused on the important things, we just might get to the bottom of the “Fast and Furious Operation” and the “Benghazi Fiasco”. But no! unimportant garbage like this takes the spotlight. Every week something new comes up and everything else is off to oblivion.

savage24 on April 7, 2013 at 5:04 PM

Like I posted before, this issue might be important to the two GOP politicians making it an issue. One was born in Havana and the other’s aunt was Fidel Castro’s first wife. They both have family in Cuba. This probably hits them close to where they live and it probably hits their constituiency.

melle1228 on April 7, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Trash

southernms on April 7, 2013 at 5:55 PM

And the question is, then, have the U.S. economic and travel restrictions on Cuba done anything at all for the suffering people of Cuba? And the answer is clearly no.

urban elitist on April 7, 2013 at 4:13 PM

If that’s the case, neither did the embargo of apartheid South Africa.

sentinelrules on April 7, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Yes it did. The embargo brought down the apartheid regime. The Cuban embargo has not worked. Americans can travel to China why not Cuba? What do the Cubans do the Chinese don’t? At least there isn’t a One Child policy in Cuba.

Tasha on April 7, 2013 at 5:57 PM

These fools would have played “Sun City”

southernms on April 7, 2013 at 6:01 PM

They both have family in Cuba. This probably hits them close to where they live and it probably hits their constituiency.

melle1228 on April 7, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Yes. They are Florida reps.
The FL Cuban constituency is large here.
Especially,S FL. They have very strong feelings about
Cuba and many have family still stuck there.
When you build a makeshift raft and make a dangerous voyage
to the FL shores to escape the Cuban tryanny…
you tend to get a little riled up.

bazil9 on April 7, 2013 at 6:04 PM

And the question is, then, have the U.S. economic and travel restrictions on Cuba done anything at all for the suffering people of Cuba? And the answer is clearly no.

urban elitist on April 7, 2013 at 4:13 PM

You’d have to ask the Cubans in Miami.

unclesmrgol on April 7, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Yes it did. The embargo brought down the apartheid regime.

Tasha on April 7, 2013 at 5:57 PM

What proof do you have of this?

Besides, the outcome of embargoes doesn’t differentiate that both Apartheid South Africa and Castro Cuba are two repugnant regimes.

And if the Left is so opposed to embargoes of Cuba, perhaps they will rescind their anti-Israel embargo?

sentinelrules on April 7, 2013 at 6:19 PM

And the question is, then, have the U.S. economic and travel restrictions on Cuba done anything at all for the suffering people of Cuba? And the answer is clearly no.

urban elitist on April 7, 2013 at 4:13 PM

If that’s the case, neither did the embargo of apartheid South Africa.

sentinelrules on April 7, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Yes it did. The embargo brought down the apartheid regime.

Tasha on April 7, 2013 at 5:57 PM

Only partially correct. The embargo played a major role, but so did the rampant internal violence in the country, as well as changes in the country’s demographics.

Just curious, how did all of those embargoes against North Vietnam work? Or against Iraq?

Del Dolemonte on April 7, 2013 at 6:21 PM

I don’t get this. None of the rest of us can visit Cuba. What’s the purpose?

ted c on April 7, 2013 at 6:36 PM

These fools would have played “Sun City”

southernms on April 7, 2013 at 6:01 PM

I remember a politically charged video titled “Sun City” from back in the ’80s centered around apartheid.

ted c on April 7, 2013 at 6:39 PM

So entertainers can’t go anywhere you don’t approve of? Or is it just that black people can;t go to Cuba?

urban elitist on April 7, 2013 at 4:30 PM

OOOOh a liberal trying to pull out his race card.. How predictable.

melle1228 on April 7, 2013 at 4:33 PM

You brought up race, not me.

Urban put his kids into Catholic schools just to avoid the “darkies.”

sentinelrules on April 7, 2013 at 4:35 PM

You are beyond stupid. The lower school my kids attended was probably 40% minority and the high school my daughter attended was probably 60%. If you knew a thing about urban Catholic schools you’d know that they tend to be heavily minority. But you apparently know nothing.

urban elitist on April 7, 2013 at 6:40 PM

You brought up race, not me.

I didn’t bring up THEIR race.. That was ALL YOU..

melle1228 on April 7, 2013 at 6:46 PM

Why don’t Democrat lawmakers wonder…?

Fallon on April 7, 2013 at 2:27 PM

I was wondering the same thing. Then again, the Congressional Black Caucus has made a big point of visiting the Castros’ “paradise,” too. What is it with the Dems and their love affair with Communist and Islamist regimes?

onlineanalyst on April 7, 2013 at 6:52 PM

Maybe when JayZ visits Preezy in the WH War Room again, he can fill in the details of his ambassadorial duties re life in a “workers’ paradise.”

onlineanalyst on April 7, 2013 at 6:55 PM

~ Rush Limbaugh, February 4, 2013

How does it feel to totally agree with a hateful, racist fearmonger?

Del Dolemonte on April 7, 2013 at 5:17 PM

Since Rush Limbaugh probably likes pizza I already knew I agreed with his hateful self on one thing. I’ll let you know when the trauma hits or something.

libfreeordie on April 7, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Black Racism in Latin America is not news. Fidel’s executioner and hero of the American democratic party Che Guevara once wrote: “The N***o is indolent and lazy, and spends his money on frivolities, whereas the European is forward-looking, organized and intelligent.”

slickwillie2001 on April 7, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Hold up. This just can’t be the same Che that the average Leftist worships. Heck, even Jay-Z himself rocked a Che shirt. You must be spreading FoxNews propaganda again! /s

visions on April 7, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Beyonce does Kings of Leon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjQnpJVdv-8

libfreeordie on April 7, 2013 at 7:29 PM

If the Republican politicians would keep their minds focused on the important things, we just might get to the bottom of the “Fast and Furious Operation” and the “Benghazi Fiasco”. But no! unimportant garbage like this takes the spotlight. Every week something new comes up and everything else is off to oblivion.

savage24 on April 7, 2013 at 5:04 PM

I don’t think this is “taking the spotlight.” It’s hyped up by blogs, to be sure, but that’s just because Obama’s support of Jay-Z is hypocritical to the extreme, and Jay-Z and Beyonce are entertainers.

visions on April 7, 2013 at 7:32 PM

But you apparently know nothing.

urban elitist on April 7, 2013 at 6:40 PM

I know you’re a frigging liar. You wrote that your brats went to NYC schools and then recently, DC schools. So, which is it?

Oh, and please understand that the sequester doesn’t end in January 2014. You were beyond ignorant with that statement.

sentinelrules on April 7, 2013 at 7:37 PM

Same reason Dennis Rodman is Ambassador to North Korea, honkeys…”

——— sleazy Eric “the Red” Holder

viking01 on April 7, 2013 at 7:40 PM

The State Dept claims to know nothing about this, just like they claimed to know nothing about Dennis Rodman’s trip to North Korea. They really are on the ball.

Meanwhile Rodman’s trip was so successful Kim Jr is threatening to nuke the Pacific. Hopefully nothing bad happens after this Havana thing.

A.C. McCloud on April 7, 2013 at 7:41 PM

Cuba is most likely paying them to visit with a portion of their proceeds going to their obamessiah’s swiss bank account. After all, this is the same woman who took over 1 million dollars for a one night engagement with the Ghadaffi’s.

lonestar1 on April 7, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Ok, so two nobodies(in the grand scheme of things) go to Cuba, where Castro put a bullet in the brain pan of Che because he got to carried away with the whole rebel thing, and the savior of the world and Camelot maker Kennedy(bootlegger’s son) failed to send a squadron of B-25s and B-26s to support the invasion and allowed and entire country to be plunged into darkness until present day. So business as usual then.

MarshFox on April 7, 2013 at 7:44 PM

urban elitist on April 7, 2013 at 3:44 PM

You’re an idiot.

And utterly predictable.

Solaratov on April 7, 2013 at 7:54 PM

I hear on Radio Habana that Cuba’s a great place to see.

urban effetist on April 7, 2013 at 2:48 PM

Then you’ll most certainly love Pyongyang.

DevilsPrinciple on April 7, 2013 at 7:58 PM

What is it with the Dems and their love affair with Communist and Islamist regimes?

onlineanalyst on April 7, 2013 at 6:52 PM

You forgot racist regimes.

Schadenfreude on April 7, 2013 at 8:01 PM

Michael Mooreon is a huge fan of Castrocare so I’m sure, er, “town simp” would find gangrene, rusty needles and the 1957 Chevy Ambulance as added features of seeing Cuba.

viking01 on April 7, 2013 at 8:04 PM

I used to really like Beyonce. I thought she was a terrific entertainer with a superb voice.

Her “Take that, Mitches” after the election and the “Bow Down, Biatches” and the sneer she had on the whole superbowl half-time…just seems so lacking in class. I really thought she was better than that. I think JayZ is a negative influence.

This trip is just more of the same.

Mitsouko on April 7, 2013 at 8:07 PM

What is it with the Dems and their love affair with Communist and Islamist regimes?

onlineanalyst on April 7, 2013 at 6:52 PM
You forgot racist regimes.

Schadenfreude on April 7, 2013 at 8:01 PM

Not sure but if you look at my earlier post, it would seem that they love to install them!

MarshFox on April 7, 2013 at 8:09 PM

So entertainers can’t go anywhere you don’t approve of? Or is it just that black people can;t go to Cuba?

urban elitist on April 7, 2013 at 4:30 PM

You are beyond stupid. The lower school my kids attended was probably 40% minority and the high school my daughter attended was probably 60%. If you knew a thing about urban Catholic schools you’d know that they tend to be heavily minority. But you apparently know nothing.

urban elitist on April 7, 2013 at 6:40

You lying sack of racist shiite. You weren’t even smart enough to go t the NCEA website to look up the facts on minority enrollment in Catholic schools.

Dale McDonald, PBVM, Ph.D.
Margaret M. Schultz

Executive Summary
This annual report presents national data on Catholic elementary and secondary schools. Enrollment patterns, regional geographic trends, types and locations of schools, student and staffing demographic characteristics and student participation in selected education programs are reported. Where data permit, the exhibits compare information across the last decade as well as the past five years.

Enrollment
Schools
Ethnicity/Religion
Staffing
Tuition & Costs
Other Resources

Highlights

Enrollment:
• Total Catholic school student enrollment for the current academic year is 2,001,740.
1,415,244 in elementary/middle schools; 586,496 in secondary schools
• Student diversity: 19.6% are racial minorities, 14.3% are Hispanic/Latino and 6.4% were reported as unknown in the racial data collection.
• Non-Catholic enrollment is 317,470 which is 15.9% of the total enrollment.

EXHIBIT 26a
Catholic School Enrollment and Percentages by Race ~Black
Elementary/Middle Secondary All Schools
99,986~7.1% / 50,531~8.6% / 150,517~7.5%

Directly from THIS YEARS NCEA website stat analysis. So now, racist, homophobic a$$hole, you’ve been caught in a lie. Leftists are always the same. Lying sacks of narcissistic shiite.

You’re a hateful human being. How pathetic you are.

DevilsPrinciple on April 7, 2013 at 8:18 PM

But you apparently know nothing.

urban elitist on April 7, 2013 at 6:40

You know less than nothing. One truly has to be deaf,dumb and blind and lack real motivation to have grasped nothing in life as you have managed.

DevilsPrinciple on April 7, 2013 at 8:25 PM

These 2 make me feel sick. I hate that they are in the music industry and yet they have so much power. The lemmings will be the death of all of us.

redlucy on April 7, 2013 at 8:47 PM

en vogue were miles better than destiny’s child (all of whose songs sound pretty much alike).

http://youtu.be/liT8cILFAV4

mittens on April 7, 2013 at 8:58 PM

Let them all go to Cuba.

Just don’t let them come back.

wildcat72 on April 7, 2013 at 9:33 PM

I see nothing wrong with their visit. I have visited Cuba and will continue to do so. There are always ways around the restrictions. I’ll be damned if this country will tell me where I can travel.
If the Cubans in Miami want their country back…. Go fight for it. Stop waiting for others to do your bidding. Play your dominos in south beach…I’ll party in Havana.

oceansidecon on April 7, 2013 at 10:12 PM

The State Dept claims to know nothing about this, just like they claimed to know nothing about Dennis Rodman’s trip to North Korea. They really are on the

A.C. McCloud on April 7, 2013 at 7:41 PM

They are government “workers”…… So easy to fool. They make the TSA look like brain surgeons.

oceansidecon on April 7, 2013 at 10:16 PM

I hear on Radio Habana that Cuba’s a great place to see.

urban effetist on April 7, 2013 at 2:48 PM

The places they keep up for foreign tourists are absolutely pristine. Potemkin villages to the extreme; not only do they look good up close but they actually function. Everything outside of those areas…well…

MelonCollie on April 7, 2013 at 10:54 PM

DevilsPrinciple on April 7, 2013 at 8:18 PM

Before you get too far into this personal retribution thing, the levels of minority enrollment depend on the school. Perhaps you should ask Mr. Urban Elitist which schools his kids attended.

http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/1997/06/why-catholic-schools-spell-success-for-americas-inner-city-children

As for myself, I might be looking at greener grass, but I really do wish I’d sent my kids to Catholic school. It might well have saved a whole bunch of problem later on when they flamed out in college and had to restart their engines. The flameouts cost me in excess of $100,000 in tuition and fees, room and board — a bit less than half of each kid’s college funds (we obviously didn’t save enough).

unclesmrgol on April 7, 2013 at 10:59 PM

Attention whores nothing more.
Well, based on what I have read regarding their fee for partying with Gaddafi and his ilk in past posts I’d add attention whore to just plain whore and no-brain liberals (sorry for the redundancy).

Isn’t he the one who beats her or is that some other singer-thug pair?
I honestly don’t know . . . or care for that matter.
What idiot of a mother names her son Jay-Z??

Bubba Redneck on April 7, 2013 at 11:16 PM

Vacation in Cuba is de rigueur for the ambitious millionaire-socialist elitist. They go there to get their Social Justice ticket punched. It’s not their fault, it’s expected.

Kenosha Kid on April 7, 2013 at 11:22 PM

Jay Z and Beyonce in Kooba?

Ain’t nobody got time for dat!

PappyD61 on April 8, 2013 at 7:18 AM

Mitsouko on April 7, 2013 at 8:07 PM

Although it wasn’t mentioned above, several performers claimed to donate the money to charity when they learned what kind of people hired, and paid or over paid, them.

Beyonce claimed to do so, although one would think that giving a cool mill to charity would keep you away from Castro’s Cuba to avoid political problems unless you researched the Cuban Paradise with member’s of the US left who live in a world of their own.

Or it is possible that you lied about donating your earlier fee to charity. Hollywood does that frequently.

Celebs do lie about good works and you have to watch if the don’t name a specific charity! They know the media is too lazy to follow up and all is forgotten.

IlikedAUH2O on April 8, 2013 at 7:52 AM

Didn’t Beyonce drown in a bathtub as she was soaking in coke and alcohol?

Sherman1864 on April 8, 2013 at 8:27 AM

Why is this ‘News?’

TimBuk3 on April 8, 2013 at 9:21 AM

Rich Useful Idiot Scanks. Two generals in Obongos Zombie Army,

Texyank on April 8, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Didn’t Beyonce drown in a bathtub as she was soaking in coke and alcohol?

Sherman1864 on April 8, 2013 at 8:27 AM

Future’s past.

tom daschle concerned on April 8, 2013 at 1:57 PM

unclesmrgol on April 7, 2013 at 10:59

He’s an ignorant racist, his misinformed mind notwithstanding. But what he’s really saying is that elected democrats, community organizers (aka Acorn) and public teachers unions have failed black children.

Way off.

Funny how in urban effluences mind it believes that a “cultist” organization could possibly be a positive influence on minorities.

Urban Effluence is entitled to be stupid ,too, I suppose.

DevilsPrinciple on April 8, 2013 at 3:03 PM

This is no small thing.Obama has made the impression quite clearly that B&J are very close friends…pro-Communists, and anti-Christian friends, of course, but that’s nothing that sets them apart from most of Barry’s friends. Anyone can see that they’re Obama surrogates.
This was meant to send a message to his celebrity obsessed base. And it has. To hell with America, but when there are Commies to coddle, he sends in the big guns.
And as with all thngs Obama, this also provides an oportunity to gin up his kids’ contempt for the GOP.
This was not a random act…it was exactly the opposite.

Kenz on April 8, 2013 at 3:31 PM

Didn’t Beyonce drown in a bathtub as she was soaking in coke and alcohol?

Sherman1864 on April 8, 2013 at 8:27 AM

That was whitney houston.

SparkPlug on April 8, 2013 at 10:28 PM

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