Sean Penn, Hugo Chavez’s Honored Guest

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That’s when Fidel Castro received a fawning invitation from Harvard Law School asking the honor of his addressing them. Seems that both the student body and faculty were smitten with the Cuban Revolution’s shining judicial record. Castro accepted on the spot, making Harvard the last gig on his 1959 U.S. tour.

“Castro Visit Triumphant!” headlined Harvard’s Law School Forum for April 30, 1959. “The audience got what it wanted: the chance of seeing the Cuban hero [italics mine] in person!”

“Viva Fidel!” roared these fervent foes of capital punishment and double jeopardy upon first glimpsing their hero. Though the adoring crowd was too enormous to fit in any campus arena they remained chipper, “even if we didn’t see Castro at as close a range as might have been desired,” an attendee was quoted as saying.

Interestingly, Fidel Castro had actually applied to Harvard Law School in 1948. This was brought to light by Harvard’s Arts and Sciences Dean, McGeorge Bundy, (later to serve as JFK’s national security advisor). “Caught up in the exuberance of the event,” continues the Harvard Law Forum, “Harvard Dean, McGeorge Bundy, declared that Harvard was ready to make amends for its mistake in 1948. ‘I’ve decided to admit him!’ declared Dean Bundy.”

“Viva Fidel!” The Dean’s quip brought the house down and shook the very roof. “Viva Fidel!” roared and cheered the cream of America’s law students (and their faculty)

Alas, given the law of averages, an independent thinker was bound to pop up — even among ten thousand Harvard students and faculty. One such wiseacre brought up the questionable legal procedures preceding those hundreds of executions in Cuba.

“If the defendant has a right to appeal,” answered Castro, “then so do the people! And don’t forget, Cuba’s is the only people’s revolution in Latin America!”

Well, this assembly of America’s most nimble verbal gladiators went absolutely wild over Castro’s brilliant riposte. They erupted again, roaring and whooping at the mass-murderer’s incontestable rejoinder. This creme de la creme of America’s most cunning ratiocinators found the Stalinist’s logic not only perfectly airtight but positively dazzling in its ingenuity and completely sound in its principle of justice. A delirious pandemonium swept the hall as America’s most ingenious and best-tutored law students (along with their tutors) went absolutely berserk with veneration and joy at this point-blank elucidation of Castroite justice.

Similar receptions had come at the National Press Club, Overseas Press Club, United Nations, and on Meet the Press.

Not one heckler from among America’s brightest and cheekiest college kids. Not one rebuttal from America’s biggest assemblies of its top journalists. Not one snigger or frown from the top cut of America’s adversarial press. Not one raised eyebrow from the nation’s most hard-boiled investigative reporters.

So let’s be fair: why pick on Sean Penn?

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  • Bartimaeus

    Highly intelligent people can also be morally and spiritually bankrupt. Natural intelligence is not necessarily connected to wisdom and real understanding. Tragically, history has shown that to be true over and over again.

    • dmh

      Your words should be written in stone and perched on a prominent place outside of the White House and every possible place where students and others so blinded by falsehoods and blood thirsty criminals can read it daily! It is so sad that thousands of supposedly well-educated students cannot also obtain a keen sense of spirituality, wisdom and a real understanding of why they are on this earth in the first place. That alone would change this world into a far better place.

      • Madeleine

        I was thinking the same thing. You're absolutely dead on Bartimaeus, I've gotten intelligence mixed up with wisdom more than once, you have just explained why. Thank you.

    • aspacia

      Ted Bundy comes to mind.

      • WilliamJamesWard

        While a Correctional Officer at Florida State Prison in the latter "70's I had Bundy on death row and
        he was a jerk, a devious and fiendish person. His folder was three times larger than the others, the
        FBI had him in the area of over 300 murders while the book on his life quoted about 187. Wasted
        life never makes any sense, it defies logic that such a nitwit could evade capture for so long and
        it was his lousy driving that did him in………………………………………………William

  • Ken

    Maybe Comrade Penn will stay in Venezuela! One can hope!!

    • kafir4life

      At the very least, he should avail himself of the Venezuelan medical system to show the world how horrible the American system is. We do have to keep in mind that when Mr. Penn is speaking, he's just acting. He's playing the part of an idiot. And very well I might add.

  • davarino

    Talk about mind numbed robots. There isnt an independant thinker in the bunch. They all think the same way so they can be liked by the intillagencia and be invited to all the cool parties. Penn and his ilk are idiots, but more than that they are mentally ill.

    Death to Castro, burn in hell Che

    • WilliamJamesWard

      A tee shirt of Penn in a straight jacket would be a hot item to have………………..William

  • Cuban Refugee

    Sean Penn's children do not need to be photographed with Castro to be deemed "socialist revolutionaries." They can simply attend one of the many centers for communist indoctrination commonly known in the U.S. as public schools, and when they receive their diplomas with degrees in treason and anarchist tactics for subversion, they will have made their useful idiot daddy proud. Perhaps, by the time Penn's kids get to college, our dictator will have returned to teaching, and his course on Alinsky's 'Rules for Radicals' will be a requirement for graduation.

    • mlcblog

      i am in recovery groups with many children of those 1960's parents. Boy! the tales they tell of deluded parents, who to be fair where very confused themselves, just like Penn and his father before him.

  • StephenD

    So when his kids find out later in life who their Dad's hero is, will they wonder after his heart? Would they want to honor his memory after this? "What you sow so shall you reap." The way things are going Penn has a whirlwind of tragedy coming his way. He may have the eye and ear of fools and fakes but eventually he'll go to his grave. I wouldn't want to go to mine with my kids looking on me with disgust and shame which should be his fate.

  • Choi

    Sean Penn is a POS!
    Re: Harvard:
    On a regular basis ,we continue to see the CESSPOOL known as Harvard engaged in one WRONG TREASONOUS ACTIVITY after another.
    A Harvard degree should be a BADGE of SHAME rather than the "exhalted" sham that it really is.
    There are ONLY 4 universities that have HONOR: West Point(Army),Annapolis(Navy/Marine Corps), Colorado Springs(Air Force) and the Coast Guard Academy.

  • mrbean

    Yet how odd to imagine their lot under a Chavez or a Castro or a Stalin. Just picture the collapse of Hollywood's playground — the redistribution of all their wealth, the despotic squelching of their free speech in art, the strangling of their rights and riches. And remember, to these Hollywood people Joseph Stalin was lovable uncle Joe but Joseph McCarthy was the devil incarnate. McCarthy had nothing to do with investigating Hollywood, he was after the State Department – but they still call it McCarthyism.

    • pennswoods

      Don't forget that both JFK and his brother Bobby supported Senator Joe McCarthy in the late 1940's. Bobby Kennedy was a legal aid to Senatory McCarthy. Both Kennedy's were such good friends of Joe McCarthy that Bobby asked McCarthy to be the godfather for his first child, Kathleen Kennedy. This fact is conveniently swept under the rug by the left wing Hollywood Blacklisting crowd.

  • oldtimer

    If Mr.Penn (and others in the entertainment industry) likes it there so much, why doesn't he just move there!

  • tagalog

    In the religious, capitalist-oriented college I teach ethics at, I emphasize to my students that they must have enough facts at their disposal to undergird any moral convictions their hearts lead them to. But I guess knowing the facts is something that can now be disposed of among those highly intelligent Lefties. I guess us dumb Righties must continue to ground our own ignorance in factual knowledge while the Left finds truth through its flights of fancy.

  • Tony Kondaks

    Correction: Penn didn't win an Oscar for "Dead Man Walking"; his two Oscars were for "Mystic River" and "Milk". Susan Sarandon won the Oscar opposite Penn in “Dead Man Walking".

    • Ann

      and does any one give a crap???

  • Tony Kondaks

    Gotta hand it to Chavez for having the courage of his convictions.

    He has obviously bought into Castro's propaganda that the Cuban health system is of high standards and, as such, is insistent upon using it to treat his cancer. Solidarity with his socialist brothers and all that. Of course, the system in reality is of very poor quality and one wonders if Chavez had availed himself of treatment in the United States whether his cancer would be less serious today.

    Chavez should have done what former Premier of Quebec, Robert Bourassa, did, who went to the States for treatment of his melanoma instead of relying on treatment from Canada's health care system.

  • Ghostwriter

    I doubt many Venezuelans would like Sean Penn. They probably think he's a complete idiot,trying to brainwash Americans into liking Hugo Chavez.

  • BLJ

    Sean Penn: Just having a little pizza and learning about Marxism, Mr. Hand.

  • Serafino

    How can anything intelligent be expected of a degenerate like Penn, whose brain is destroyed by a lifelong use of drugs and alcohol? A typical Hollywood story of self-destruction. It's funny, on this picture he looks like Hitler, and his host – like a North Korean dictator on the stage of Mad TV.

    • WilliamJamesWard

      If the picture had a caption it would be "Oh Hugo! you are going to the prom with someone else?

  • Ann

    can this bop stay with his girlfriend—he seems to like the both ends of el dictator!!!

  • W. C. Taqiyya

    To complete the idiotic irony, President Obama is going to award S. Penn the Freedom Medal just as soon as he re-opens the shuttered business that made them. My error, the contract for medals has already been awarded to China.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Hollywood leftism in it's most extrem form Penn is the McCommie of the decade or is that decadence
    of the left's 10 year pin———-head. I just wonder what kind of role model he could be, despicable does
    make it impossible for caricature……………………………………William

  • pennswoods

    Sean Penn supports Gay "marriage". During his heart to heart conversations with his bosom buddies Fidel and Hugo I wonder if he has ever asked them why Gay "marriage" isn't an issue in those two "progressive" countries? A few years ago Penn sold his house in Marin County, CA for over 15 million $$$. Why can't Communists like him be satisfied living in a 3 or 4 bedroom 1 1/2 bath house like the rest of Middle America? Come the revolution his mansion in Marin County could have provided homes for at least 20 or 30 poor families.

  • BS77

    I read that the violence, corruption and official criminal malfeasance in Venezuala is actually worse than Mexico.

  • Steve Chavez

    HUGO TO SEAN: "You support the 99%ers right? Will you donate 99% of your wealth to the Revolution? Even with 1% left, you would still be richer than 99% of my people."

    Penn: "Well ah ah ah, you know, ah ah ah, I ah ah ah, oh ah, I'll have my accountant call you. Gotta go."

  • T100C1970

    Penn is looking pretty beat up for a 51 year old. Maybe the drugs and alcohol that consumed his brain are now working on his body.

  • gman213

    Is it me or does Sean Penn look like Geraldo Rivera's son?