He´s known the world over for his hit song that has people dancing Gangnam Style. But South Korean rapper Psy, who is the star of the halftime show at next Sunday´s Bills game in Toronto, has had to issue an apology for some anti-American comments he´s made. Psy´s halftime show at the Bills vs. Seahawks game at the Rogers Centre in Toronto on December 16 will feature more than 60 dancers, Buffalo Jills Cheerleaders, and hundreds of contest winners.[Snip] "I´m deeply sorry for how these lyrics could be interpreted."
Comments: I´m pretty sure they´re not dancing Gangnam Style at 2nd ID´s HQ at Camp Red Cloud. Enjoy your 15 minutes of fame, dude.
This isn´t an apology, a denial, a retraction, an explanation or anything of the sort. It simply implies that if anyone took his "lyrics" the wrong way, he is deeply sorry. The assumption is that what he said is ambiguous and thus open to several interpretations, at least one of which is acceptable. This is nonsense, and insulting nonsense at that. Does he (actually the publicist who composed this non-anything) think we are fools? He could be right. There are plenty of Americans perfectly prepared o accept these absurd comments and eager to "move on."
"In 2004, Psy rapped on a South Korean metal band’s song, “Dear American,” at a protest concert, The Washington Post reported.
“Kill those f---ing Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives,” he said.
“Kill those f---ing Yankees who ordered them to torture.”
“Kill their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law and fathers.”
“Kill them all slowly and painfully.”
"Psy and several performers were protesting the execution of a Korean missionary who had been captured by Islamists demanding that South Korea not aid the U.S. in the war.
"Two years earlier, after a pair of Korean schoolgirls were mowed down by a U.S.-operated armored vehicle, Psy again expressed vitriol toward America. Onstage, he smashed a plastic model of a U.S. tank into pieces as the crowd cheered, The Korea Herald reported. Psy apologized in a statement to the Daily News, adding that the song in question is from nearly a decade ago, and was "part of a deeply emotional reaction to the war in Iraq and the killing of two Korean schoolgirls."
This episode highlights the innate intellectual and moral depravity and deeply antisocial nature of so-called rap "music." Violence, hatred, revenge, boasting, dishonesty, lawbreaking, rebellion, pathological egotism and emotional immaturity are characteristic of this wretched genre, which naturally appeals to teenagers(not all of whom are still in their teens).
The news item doesn´t make much sense. It is hard to see how these dreadful hate-filled "lyrics" could be a rational or even an irrational response to the murder(beheading) of a South Korean missionary by Islamists. Then we are told that two S. Korean girls were "mowed down" and killed by an American military vehicle. No mention is made of the findings of the subsequent investigation, which found the American personnel not guilty of negligent homicide. Nor does the "artist" seem to remember or possibly even to know what American military personnel are doing in S.Korea to begin with. Does he think they are on vacation? But it is the barbaric summons to torture and kill as slowly and painfully as possible American military personnel and their families because of alleged torture of terror suspects that takes the cake. These are reprehensible, dishonest, misleading, hateful claims and insinuations that he has not disavowed, merely said that he should have kept to himself. He wants us to think that because he said these things 8 years ago they somehow no longer matter.
But I am glad, though not at all surprised, that Obama plans to forge ahead and attend the scheduled Christmas(!) performance. It is precisely so that Americans can see and learn more about the man they chose as their president that his re-election is a blessing in disguise.
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The Federal Department of Transportation will give New York $185 million to help build a rail tunnel under the Related Companies’ Hudson Yards project that will allow for high-speed train service between Manhattan and Newark, N.J., Crain’s reported. [Snip] "They [Related] weren’t going to wait two years; they were going to build,” said Senator Charles Schumer on Thursday. “Sandy [relief funding] was there, available."
Amherst, NY -- Dent Neurological Institute says patient information was accidentally attached to an e-mail with 200 recipients. As many as 10,000 patients could be affected. According to DNI CEO Joseph Fritz, the error was discovered just after it occurred on Monday afternoon and DNI personnel immediately began calling each of the 200 people who received the list. [Snip] “Patient confidentiality is extremely important in our field and we take it very seriously and we will review how this accident happened so we can steps to minimize the possibilities it could ever happen again.”
RUSH: This afternoon at the White House, President Obama got mad. He got mad at a reporter´s questions on Syria. [Snip] And during the Q&A, a reporter said, "Mr. President, does the United States have a core national security interest in stopping the slaughter in Syria, or merely a strong moral desire to see the violence end. [Snip] OBAMA: I think there would be severe costs in doing nothing. That´s not we´re not doin´ nothing."
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