Via the Instapundit, accusations of hypocrisy on the art of Rush Limbaugh:
Not being a cigar aficionado, I have no idea what the hell Rush is talking about, except that he took the opportunity of a visit to London to break US sanctions against importing products of Communist Cuba.
Hunh? The US embargo dictates what individuals must do in England?
Now as a democrat/democratic socialist, I make an effort not to buy items produced in countries whose governments repress free trade unions. With China seemingly manufacturing most of the world’s goods these days, that’s getting harder and harder, but I try. But I’d like to believe that even if I was a cigar aficionado, I would resist the temptation to puff on a Cuban stogie as long as the Castro regime forbids the island’s cigar workers from freely organizing and striking.
So does this mean that on the Cuban-cigar issue, I’m (shudder) to the right of Rush Limbaugh?
No, it just means you have never smoked a good cigar.
Attributed to Alexander Haig most often, when asked why he supported Cuba, since he smoked cubans all the time… Haig said he preferred to think of it as “burning down their crops!”
The grand rationalizers, known as the Republicans and conservatives have been working with a guy who has financed communist North Korea with billions. Ignoring whatever it takes to gain power in America for the hypocrites, liars and frauds on the right is a very common thing.
Just a little on the right’s TRUE Savior found here.
I’m with John here. Screw the embargo – Cuban cigars rock!
Best smoke I ever had, I bought from the attendant in the restroom of the Eiffel Tower restaurant in Vegas. He said they were originally purchased in Vancouver.
I’m told the Canadian imports are the 2nd best afte the English ones. Anyone hear otherwise?
The US embargo dictates what individuals must do in England?
No, but support for the embargo dictates what individuals must do in England.
*yawn* Is this there a point to this discussion?
I actually am something of a cigar afficianado, and I have never smoked a Cuban. I fully intend to smoke a Cuban one day. I will light it up while pissing on Fidel Castro’s grave.
I’m not sure I’d agree with all the folks having orgasms over Cuban cigars. Dominican tobacco grown from Cuban seed is excellent and it’s been well documented that the best cigar makers left Cuba years ago.
I agree- there are many non-Cuban cigars which are simply excellent.
I too think Cuban cigars are a tad overrated. They are excellent, but as Ralph says, there are some Dominican cigars that are fantastic. The Honduras as well.
“The US embargo dictates what individuals must do in England?”
Correct. There was a spate of blogging about this a couple of months ago.
See here, for example.
Living in Taiwan, one year I was able to bust 3 sets of sanctions:
A. Drink South African Beer
B. Smoke Cuban Cigars.
C. Buy made in Vietnam clothes
Hell, maybe I even used some Libyan gasoline then without knowing.
I gave cigars a fair chance, I thought, but still didn’t see what people thought of them. People kept telling me that I just hadn’t smoked a GOOD one yet.
Well, in Europe I tried a couple of Cubans: a Partagas, a Romeo y Julieta, and a Cohiba.
Still thought they tasted like ass. Fidel can have’em.
I always buy cuban cigars when I go to mexico, which is often since I live close. I love them. I never thought about them politically in the least. hmmm…
Merry christmas btw!!!
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It’s nice to know I can feel comfortable going over to Amsterdam and gettin’ stoned to the beejeebus and maybe bringing back a little somethin somethin and not be looked down upon by my republican friends……right?
Not down upon by this fella, Caleb.
Looked down upon