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(CNN)   It's nice to know, with all the various hardships facing citizens, that two of Florida's representatives are tackling an important issue: investigating why Jay-Z and Beyoncé went to Cuba   (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com) divider line 76
    More: Florida, Mario Diaz-Balart, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, U.S. passport, Jay Z, Office of Foreign Assets Control, US dollar, Havana, Fidel Castro  
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2013-04-07 08:28:45 AM
Flroida?
 
2013-04-07 08:49:46 AM
Because they're rich farks who can do what they want?
 
2013-04-07 08:57:16 AM
Because they're Agents of the Illuminati. Duh.
 
2013-04-07 08:59:17 AM
If you're having various hardships I feel bad for you citizen
I got 99 problems but going to Cuba isn't 'em
 
2013-04-07 09:05:50 AM
I thought everyone knew this already:

Jay-Z and Beyonce are the cover names of a pair of top secret agents working for the Obama White House.  They pose as music superstars to travel the world and gain access to countries and information previously unavailable.  In order to appeal to a wider audience, a carefully arranged and staged marriage was shown to the public.  They're clearly in Cuba meeting contacts in order to smuggle information out of the country and back to Obama.
 
2013-04-07 09:11:03 AM
How come they're not investigating why I went to Cuba a couple of decades ago?

Had a freakin' amazing time, by the way, and I'd love to go back.  I recommend everyone should go at least once.
 
2013-04-07 09:11:37 AM
First it was Dennis Rodman, now Jay-Z and Beyonce. This is obviously John Kerry's plan for dealing with communist nuclear wannabes. Thanks Obama!
 
2013-04-07 09:12:26 AM
We get it. They're black.
 
2013-04-07 09:13:14 AM

Vodka Zombie: How come they're not investigating why I went to Cuba a couple of decades ago?

Had a freakin' amazing time, by the way, and I'd love to go back.  I recommend everyone should go at least once.



bb..bb..bb.bb.b.b.b.b.butt soshulism
 
2013-04-07 09:15:13 AM
OH GOD

RICH AMERICAN TOURISTS GOING TO CUBA

THIS HAS NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE EVER
 
2013-04-07 09:28:31 AM
Probably because it's one of the few paces where there's no paparazzi. And it's got nice beaches.
 
2013-04-07 09:28:57 AM
Probably for their health care...............
 
2013-04-07 09:34:45 AM
They wanted an old Chevy and the prices they ask in the states are ridonkulous?
 
2013-04-07 09:36:54 AM

Friskya: Flroida?


Is there an ointment for that?
 
2013-04-07 09:38:37 AM

Doktor_Zhivago: Vodka Zombie: How come they're not investigating why I went to Cuba a couple of decades ago?

Had a freakin' amazing time, by the way, and I'd love to go back.  I recommend everyone should go at least once.


bb..bb..bb.bb.b.b.b.b.butt soshulism


I know.  It's infested everything there.  I ordered a Mojito in the lounge of the Intercontinental (I think that's the name of where we stayed), and that bastard bartender slipped some socialism into my drink.  Before I knew it, I was looking for a Che t-shirt and trying to give free health care to this chick at the bar who looked like she might have had a rash.
 
2013-04-07 09:38:43 AM
When are we going to lift the travel restrictions on Cuba? If you want to put an end to the communist regime, just pour some good ol' American dollars into their economy and watch how quickly the wonders of capitalism take hold.
 
2013-04-07 09:39:13 AM
I have a cousin in S. Florida who claims he slipped into Cuba for rum, cigars etc. during a fishing trip.

/not Cuban, but hablas the Espanol
 
2013-04-07 09:46:28 AM
So very little has changed since the Jon Stewart interview on Crossfire.
 
2013-04-07 09:50:47 AM

saintstryfe: Because they're rich farks who can do what they want?


I think us poor farks should be able to do what we want as well. I'm not outraged by Bey and Jay. A little miffed that any American should have to get permission to travel where they wish.
 
2013-04-07 09:51:05 AM
25.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-04-07 09:51:51 AM
Would it not be better to investigate why we let them back in?
 
2013-04-07 09:52:00 AM
How much would we have to pay Cuba to keep them

Best kickstarter ever.
 
2013-04-07 09:59:55 AM

Snapper Carr: How much would we have to pay Cuba to keep them

Best kickstarter ever.


I think jay z probably is worth more then Cuba, and it would help his new athletic managing group for baseball
 
2013-04-07 10:02:34 AM
Oh for farks sake, just lift the damn embargo.  It's Cuba, not Nazi Germany.
 
2013-04-07 10:11:28 AM

yeegrek: Oh for farks sake, just lift the damn embargo.  It's Cuba, not Nazi Germany.




Good thing, because We burned Germany to the ground.
All told, Cuba came away from their debacle with minimal damage. What is happening there now is the continued result of living under an iron fisted government that is only now contemplating reforms.

/Lifting an embargo on someone who threatened us with nukes might not be the best of ideas right now.
/politically, its almost impossible.
 
2013-04-07 10:15:11 AM
 
2013-04-07 10:22:15 AM

yeegrek: Oh for farks sake, just lift the damn embargo.  It's Cuba, not Nazi Germany.


www.americavictorious.com
 
2013-04-07 10:24:07 AM
I heard they went to Benghazi
 
2013-04-07 10:48:11 AM

phenn: saintstryfe: Because they're rich farks who can do what they want?

I think us poor farks should be able to do what we want as well. I'm not outraged by Bey and Jay. A little miffed that any American should have to get permission to travel where they wish.


THIS.

I have no desire to go there, but I SHOULD have that freedom of choice.

/ IIRC, pretty much everyone else on Earth can go there, except us...
 
2013-04-07 10:57:06 AM

Jebdiahbob: I thought everyone knew this already:

Jay-Z and Beyonce are the cover names of a pair of top secret agents working for the Obama White House.  They pose as music superstars to travel the world and gain access to countries and information previously unavailable.  In order to appeal to a wider audience, a carefully arranged and staged marriage was shown to the public.  They're clearly in Cuba meeting contacts in order to smuggle information out of the country and back to Obama.


Jay-Z is a member of the Illuminati, I thought.

Obama works for HIM.
 
2013-04-07 10:59:04 AM

way south: yeegrek: Oh for farks sake, just lift the damn embargo.  It's Cuba, not Nazi Germany.



Good thing, because We burned Germany to the ground.
All told, Cuba came away from their debacle with minimal damage. What is happening there now is the continued result of living under an iron fisted government that is only now contemplating reforms.

/Lifting an embargo on someone who threatened us with nukes might not be the best of ideas right now.
/politically, its almost impossible.


Those Soviets might come back to finish the job.
 
2013-04-07 10:59:42 AM
Jay-Z was carrying a message to Castro from his buddy and fellow commie Barack Obama agreeing to surrender terms.
We're all Cubans now.
 
2013-04-07 11:15:00 AM
www.cuba.tc

Mystery solved. Next problem, please Florida. Thank you.
 
2013-04-07 11:16:47 AM

Jebdiahbob: I thought everyone knew this already:

Jay-Z and Beyonce are the cover names of a pair of top secret agents working for the Obama White House.  They pose as music superstars to travel the world and gain access to countries and information previously unavailable.  In order to appeal to a wider audience, a carefully arranged and staged marriage was shown to the public.  They're clearly in Cuba meeting contacts in order to smuggle information out of the country and back to Obama.


brilliant my man watson!
 
2013-04-07 11:18:28 AM

clambam: When are we going to lift the travel restrictions on Cuba? If you want to put an end to the communist regime, just pour some good ol' American dollars into their economy and watch how quickly the wonders of capitalism take hold.



lol    let us Crony Capitalists show them how Real Corruption is done!
 
2013-04-07 11:20:33 AM
First, I'd love to go to Cuba.  I hear the diving is fantastic.  Second, I can't for the life of me understand why we still have an embargo in place.  Want to rid the Cubans of evil communism and get rid of the Castro regime for good?  Life the embargo and watch the people suddenly revolt when they learn they can survive on something other than what Fidel can provide for them.

But I'm guessing that Beyonce and Jay-Z didn't go to Cuba by way of Canada or France, and that they got the special permission from the government needed to go.  I'm further guessing that they're not there on a diplomatic or educational mission, or we'd have heard al about it prior to them going.  Since they obviously have friends in D.C., it strikes me as odd that some people who constantly complain about special privileges being granted to a certain percentage of the population don't at least have a problem with this based on that.  I guess it's all about who's side we get outraged about, no?  Imagine the comments if this would have happened on Junior's watch and it was one of his big contributors that went.
 
2013-04-07 11:21:22 AM

Forbidden Doughnut: phenn: saintstryfe: Because they're rich farks who can do what they want?

I think us poor farks should be able to do what we want as well. I'm not outraged by Bey and Jay. A little miffed that any American should have to get permission to travel where they wish.

THIS.

I have no desire to go there, but I SHOULD have that freedom of choice.

/ IIRC, pretty much everyone else on Earth can go there, except us...


I've always wondered why the US has this embargo on Cuba but happily trades with China.

And how the US can claim to be land of the free while forbidding its own citizens from going somewhere. How does that work?
 
2013-04-07 11:21:23 AM

BizarreMan: Would it not be better to investigate why we let them back in?


probably because our economy would shut down if we didn't, thanks to ronnie reagan getting that ball rolling of shipping american jobs overseas for that cheap communist chinese labor so our small number of stock holders can laugh all the way to their overseas tax haven bank accounts.

how do you like those apples, republican.
 
2013-04-07 11:22:50 AM

Flint Ironstag: Forbidden Doughnut: phenn: saintstryfe: Because they're rich farks who can do what they want?

I think us poor farks should be able to do what we want as well. I'm not outraged by Bey and Jay. A little miffed that any American should have to get permission to travel where they wish.

THIS.

I have no desire to go there, but I SHOULD have that freedom of choice.

/ IIRC, pretty much everyone else on Earth can go there, except us...

I've always wondered why the US has this embargo on Cuba but happily trades with China.

And how the US can claim to be land of the free while forbidding its own citizens from going somewhere. How does that work?



it works because its Propaganda.   most folks aren't smart enough to figure out they've been tricked.
 
2013-04-07 11:25:32 AM

FilmBELOH20: First, I'd love to go to Cuba.  I hear the diving is fantastic.  Second, I can't for the life of me understand why we still have an embargo in place.  Want to rid the Cubans of evil communism and get rid of the Castro regime for good?  Life the embargo and watch the people suddenly revolt when they learn they can survive on something other than what Fidel can provide for them.

But I'm guessing that Beyonce and Jay-Z didn't go to Cuba by way of Canada or France, and that they got the special permission from the government needed to go.  I'm further guessing that they're not there on a diplomatic or educational mission, or we'd have heard al about it prior to them going.  Since they obviously have friends in D.C., it strikes me as odd that some people who constantly complain about special privileges being granted to a certain percentage of the population don't at least have a problem with this based on that.  I guess it's all about who's side we get outraged about, no?  Imagine the comments if this would have happened on Junior's watch and it was one of his big contributors that went.


Around 400k Americans visited Cuba last year. Yup it's a conspiracy!
 
2013-04-07 11:26:26 AM
those who Own the U.S. and its government Fear Cuba because they're afraid that some of that 'socialism' might rub off on americans.  they can't have that.  don't want to give americans any ideas that might interfere with the myth that crony capitalism is the best thing since sliced bread.
 
2013-04-07 11:27:59 AM

yeegrek: Oh for farks sake, just lift the damn embargo.  It's Cuba, not Nazi Germany.


The embargo is supposed to encourage the Cuban people to oust the Castro brothers, or something like that.  50 years and it hasn't happened.  If anything, the embargo gives the Castro brothers an excuse.  Shortages?  Blame the malditos gringos.
 
2013-04-07 11:28:31 AM

Fart_Machine: FilmBELOH20: First, I'd love to go to Cuba.  I hear the diving is fantastic.  Second, I can't for the life of me understand why we still have an embargo in place.  Want to rid the Cubans of evil communism and get rid of the Castro regime for good?  Life the embargo and watch the people suddenly revolt when they learn they can survive on something other than what Fidel can provide for them.

But I'm guessing that Beyonce and Jay-Z didn't go to Cuba by way of Canada or France, and that they got the special permission from the government needed to go.  I'm further guessing that they're not there on a diplomatic or educational mission, or we'd have heard al about it prior to them going.  Since they obviously have friends in D.C., it strikes me as odd that some people who constantly complain about special privileges being granted to a certain percentage of the population don't at least have a problem with this based on that.  I guess it's all about who's side we get outraged about, no?  Imagine the comments if this would have happened on Junior's watch and it was one of his big contributors that went.

Around 400k Americans visited Cuba last year. Yup it's a conspiracy!



but those 400k americans won't give GOP asshole Legislators any media attention. and they can't be used to portray Obama as incompetent and loving communism.  image is everything in a TV society, you know.
 
2013-04-07 11:30:39 AM

propasaurus: Jay-Z was carrying a message to Castro from his buddy and fellow commie Barack Obama agreeing to surrender terms.
We're all Cubans now.



yea, that's why americans go to cuba for health care. because we're so awesome!!    man, you've got it all figured out!
 
2013-04-07 11:35:45 AM

Vodka Zombie: How come they're not investigating why I went to Cuba a couple of decades ago?

Had a freakin' amazing time, by the way, and I'd love to go back.  I recommend everyone should go at least once.


i was there once. for underway training out of gitmo. i'd rather not do that again. even the 25 cent drinks in the EM club didn't make it worthwhile.
 
2013-04-07 11:51:22 AM

Linux_Yes: propasaurus: Jay-Z was carrying a message to Castro from his buddy and fellow commie Barack Obama agreeing to surrender terms.
We're all Cubans now.


yea, that's why americans go to cuba for health care. because we're so awesome!!    man, you've got it all figured out!


I studied it out.
 
2013-04-07 11:53:54 AM
Cuban-American problems... heaven help, if some wealthy Americans decide to spend their hard earned money in some place other than Miami or Little Cuba.
 
2013-04-07 11:56:20 AM
Why we let a handful of shiat for brains Cubans in Miami dictate our foreign policy is beyond me.
 
2013-04-07 12:08:52 PM

Friskya: Flroida?


The next Fark standard misspelling, like vodak, perhaps?
 
2013-04-07 12:09:05 PM

Linux_Yes: Flint Ironstag: Forbidden Doughnut: phenn: saintstryfe: Because they're rich farks who can do what they want?

I think us poor farks should be able to do what we want as well. I'm not outraged by Bey and Jay. A little miffed that any American should have to get permission to travel where they wish.

THIS.

I have no desire to go there, but I SHOULD have that freedom of choice.

/ IIRC, pretty much everyone else on Earth can go there, except us...

I've always wondered why the US has this embargo on Cuba but happily trades with China.

And how the US can claim to be land of the free while forbidding its own citizens from going somewhere. How does that work?


it works because its Propaganda.   most folks aren't smart enough to figure out they've been tricked and voted for obama AGAIN

 
2013-04-07 12:28:02 PM

AngryDragon: [25.media.tumblr.com image 500x500]


sad but true
 
2013-04-07 12:33:04 PM

sendtodave: If you're having various hardships I feel bad for you citizen
I got 99 problems but going to Cuba isn't 'em


That was horrible.
 
2013-04-07 12:59:35 PM
You guys are still mad at Cuba? Really nice country, actually.
 
2013-04-07 01:00:44 PM
The government has no right to tell a Citizen where they can or cannot vacation
 
2013-04-07 01:03:23 PM

SovietCanuckistan: You guys are still mad at Cuba? Really nice country, actually.


Not perfect, but no country is. If I want to check the place out as a tourist, there really is no fear that I'll start conspiring with their government to overthrow the US.
 
2013-04-07 01:17:13 PM
Obviously, they went for the classic car shows in Cuba. Cuba is a land that time forgot.  Its dangerous, even the mob stopped going.

www.janstein.com
 
2013-04-07 01:30:15 PM

jehovahs witness protection: Linux_Yes: Flint Ironstag: Forbidden Doughnut: phenn: saintstryfe: Because they're rich farks who can do what they want?

I think us poor farks should be able to do what we want as well. I'm not outraged by Bey and Jay. A little miffed that any American should have to get permission to travel where they wish.

THIS.

I have no desire to go there, but I SHOULD have that freedom of choice.

/ IIRC, pretty much everyone else on Earth can go there, except us...

I've always wondered why the US has this embargo on Cuba but happily trades with China.

And how the US can claim to be land of the free while forbidding its own citizens from going somewhere. How does that work?


it works because its Propaganda.   most folks aren't smart enough to figure out they've been tricked and voted for obama AGAIN


and, of course, your boy bush let 'em waltz into cuba any time they please.  you can go back to your bong now.
 
2013-04-07 01:30:26 PM
I just want to go before the embargo is lifted because as soon as it's lifted every Floridian with a boat that can safely handle the 90 mile trip is going to be making day/weekend trips to Cuba just because it's there.
 
2013-04-07 01:32:52 PM

phenn: SovietCanuckistan: You guys are still mad at Cuba? Really nice country, actually.

Not perfect, but no country is. If I want to check the place out as a tourist, there really is no fear that I'll start conspiring with their government to overthrow the US.


That's why I was there...I mean a couple weddings. Nice country.
 
2013-04-07 01:45:09 PM

Hollie Maea: Why we let a handful of shiat for brains Cubans in Miami dictate our foreign policy is beyond me.


A handful of various types of shiat for brains people dictate virtually all aspects US policy.

/joos
//rednecks
///kochs
////etc
 
2013-04-07 02:01:46 PM

FilmBELOH20: First, I'd love to go to Cuba.  I hear the diving is fantastic.  Second, I can't for the life of me understand why we still have an embargo in place.

Shoot, man, lift the Cuba embargo and the next thing you know Congress will be voting to decriminalize marijuana and legalize sodomy.

Tell me, is that the kind of country you want to bring up your kids in?

 
2013-04-07 02:14:23 PM

Lee Jackson Beauregard: yeegrek: Oh for farks sake, just lift the damn embargo.  It's Cuba, not Nazi Germany.

The embargo is supposed to encourage the Cuban people to oust the Castro brothers, or something like that.  50 years and it hasn't happened.  If anything, the embargo gives the Castro brothers an excuse.  Shortages?  Blame the malditos gringos.


It just needs more time!  What if they were going to cast them out in year 51, but America blinks?  Also, according to this thread.  Kruschev!
 
2013-04-07 03:22:47 PM
I'm assuming it was to eat good food, drink good rum, smoke good cigars, and relax?
 
2013-04-07 04:00:16 PM
wonder if Cuba would take Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart back since they only pander to the Hispanic community and can care less about us English speakers in their districts.
 
2013-04-07 05:05:23 PM
Dear Cuban Americans,

Get over it.
 

Sincerely,

Everyone

P.S-For Fark's sake, I know people who have vacationed in VIET-FARKING-NAM.
 
2013-04-07 05:26:09 PM
America: please continue boycotting Cuba.

Signed, Canada.
 
2013-04-07 05:38:33 PM

EbolaNYC: Dear Cuban Americans,

Get over it.
 

Sincerely,

Everyone

P.S-For Fark's sake, I know people who have vacationed in VIET-FARKING-NAM.


I lived in Vietnam, and if I could find a job there that would make me enough money to pay off my student loans I'd move back in an instant. This obsession we have with Cuba isn't helping anyone, much less the actual Cuban people.
 
2013-04-07 06:36:58 PM
Okay here the skinny. Jay Z is scouting for land  to buy and resorts to build.
Obama is going to lift all that Cuban Embargo crap after 2014

See fun fact : White Cubans fled Castro ,they had the money and education. But the poor Cuban blacks were left to build the socialist paradise.

Now the well the old men and grandchildren of white republican cubans think they are going back to Cuba oneday and kicking the black folk off the land and out of the houses.

No way Jose. This is Jay Z 40,000.00 acres and mule.

// Cuba the elite new private reserve .
It's african word for Cuba.


encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com
 
2013-04-08 06:36:39 AM

Hollie Maea: Why we let a handful of shiat for brains Cubans in Miami dictate our foreign policy is beyond me.


The 2000 US Presidential election would like a word with you.
 
2013-04-08 07:26:58 AM
Well at least they are not starting the 172nd vote to repeal Obama Care, so there's that.
 
2013-04-08 08:59:00 AM
Making an example of some high profile scoffers is what they appear to be doing.

If it wasn't for the Cuban exiles, the embargo would have been lifted a long time ago.... they friggin HATE the Castro regime.  It's also not that difficult to get department of treasury permission to go for a visit. (it's an economic embargo.. you can go to Cuba, but the moment you spend a dime you are breaking the law).  Even with Department of Treasury permission.. you still cannot bring back cigars :(
 
2013-04-08 09:19:12 AM
Can we just prevent them from re-entering the US?
 
2013-04-08 09:27:38 AM
I often wonder if the embargo was lifted, and their government became democratic, how many of the Cuban's in Miami would move back there.

Massive real estate crash in south Florida?
 
2013-04-08 10:12:14 AM
Been there myself a few times a few years ago when it was easier to go legally. However, I did get a sternly-worded letter from the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) demanding an accounting of my trip under pain of penalty, etc.

However, OFAC requested an accounting of a trip and had the dates listed incorrectly in their letter. I simply sent them a letter stating that I did not travel to Cuba on the dates they listed and therefore did not need to provide an accounting of my trip.

Never heard from them again. Pretty stupid mistake they made there.

Lift the embargo!
 
2013-04-08 04:27:08 PM
Average American here,

Lift the embargo, shiat I wasn't even alive for whatever "offense" they caused us, but I love ropa vieja and I want to get it from the source, I could give a shiat less about people losing their beachfront homes to the government.  It's obvious our punishment isn't hurting anyone that was involved.
 
2013-04-08 08:24:22 PM

Girion47: Average American here,

Lift the embargo, shiat I wasn't even alive for whatever "offense" they caused us...


Nationalizing billions in US assets, shooting down our aircraft, encouraging other revolutions, allowing our cold war enemies to use their ports for safe harbor, threatening to start a war that would have destroyed anything larger than microbial life on planet earth.

Sucks to be an island that pissed in the face of an empire, but you can't expect to do that without long lasting consequences.
If they want modernization then they can ask Putin for favors.

/lives a few islands over from there, could care less about Cuba.
 
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