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Conservative Townhall Website ‘Interrogates’ Rebel Heroes Owner for Her ‘Che Guevara’ Sandwich

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Y&H is slack-jawed at the sheer, unrelenting reductionist myopia of this "interrogation" video of Tan Nguyen, co-owner of the terrific Rebel Heroes food truck. Princess/journalist Katie Pavlich (of course, it's Katie) of the conservative Townhall.com grills Nguyen about naming a sandwich after Che Guevara.

Note how Nguyen is so insignificant in the Townhall worldview that princess/journalist Pavlich can't be bothered to ask the truck owner for her name. At no time is Nguyen identified.

Anyway...the princess/journalist in the blue dress wants to know how Nguyen can have the temerity to go all Commie on us when the owner is clearly "operating your business in a Capitalistic society." Pavlich, the princess/journalist, then provides some relevant details about the Cuban leader:

Guevara was, she notes, "responsible for the implementation of Cuban labor camps and the Communist regime in practice today run by the Castro brothers, both of which Che had a close, working relationship."

Then the princess/journalist really gets in Nguyen's face with this inquiry:

"Do you think that by saying it's about the food being good, that people are going to get the impression that maybe Che was a good guy, because, you know, he executed people?"

Nguyen, to her considerable credit, manages to keep her cool in this onslaught of utter stupidity. I mean, she could have said, 'Oh, I'm sorry. I should have named a sandwich after that other world leader who killed for his principles."

For a more balanced and fascinating perspective on Guevara, read Ariel Dorfman's essay for Time, which named the rebel leader one of the 100 most important people of the 20th century.

  • Native JD

    I eat capitalists for breakfast.

  • http://Townhall Chris

    I have a better idea. Read this expose on the real Che Guevara

    http://townhall.com/columnists/HumbertoFontova/2010/01/21/che_guevara_exposed_the_killer_on_the_lefties%E2%80%99_t-shirts

    The figures for the Che/Castro murders and jailings do not come from any “biased” Cuban-exile source. They’re available from “The Black Book of Communism,” authored by French scholars and translated into English by Harvard University Press, not exactly headquarters for any vast right-wing conspiracy.

    In 1956-7, this world-famous “Anti-Imperialist” who often signed his personal correspondence with the moniker “Stalin II,” appalled some of his fellow anti-Batista rebels by applauding the Soviet slaughter of Hungarian freedom fighters. All through the horrifying Soviet massacre, Che dutifully parroted the Soviet script that the workers, peasants and college kids battling Russian tanks in Budapest with small arms and Molotov cocktails were all “Fascists and CIA agents!” who all deserved prompt execution.

    “Executions?” Che Guevara exclaimed while addressing the hallowed halls of the U.N. General Assembly Dec. 9, 1964. “Certainly we execute!” he declared, to the claps and cheers of that august body. “And we will continue executing as long as it is necessary! This is a war to the death against the revolution’s enemies!”

    According to the “Black Book of Communism,” those firing-squad executions had reached 14,000 by the end of the ’60s, the equivalent, given the relative populations, of more than 3 million executions in the U.S. “I don’t need proof to execute a man,” snapped Che to a judicial toady in 1959. “I only need proof that it’s necessary to execute him! … Judicial evidence is an archaic bourgeois detail. We execute from revolutionary conviction.”

  • http://Townhall.com Chris

    Here's a little more on the oh-so-wonderful Che (from the aforementioned expose):

    Upon arriving in Havana in January 1959 after an utterly bogus guerrilla war (The New York Times breathlessly reported of “thousands dead in single battles!” The official tally compiled by the U.S. embassy after two years of ferocious “civil war” was 184 dead on both sides, half New Orleans’ annual murder tally.), Che Guevara immediately recognized the moat around Havana’s old Spanish fortress La Cabana as a handy-dandy, ready-made execution pit. So he promptly put his firing squads to work in triple shifts.

    Edwin Tetlow, Havana correspondent for London’s Daily Telegraph, reported on a mass “trial” orchestrated by Che Guevara in February 1959, where Tetlow noticed the death sentences posted on a board before the trial had started.

    “When you saw the beaming look on Che’s face as the victims were tied to the stake and blasted apart by the firing squad,” former Cuban political prisoner, Roberto Martin-Perez, told me, “you saw there was something seriously, seriously wrong with Che Guevara.”

    “Castro ordered mass murder,” remembers Martin-Perez, “but for him it was a utilitarian slaughter, in order to consolidate his power. A classic psychopath, the butchery didn’t seem to affect him one way or the order. But Che Guevara, as his chief executioner, relished the slaughter.”

    As commander of this prison/execution yard, Che often shattered the skull of the condemned man by firing the coup de grace himself. When other duties tore him away from his beloved execution yard, he consoled himself by viewing the slaughter. Che’s second-story office in La Cabana had a section of wall torn out so he could watch his darling firing squads at work.

  • http://Townhall.com Chris

    And what about Che's sweet treatment of women and children? Well, there's this:

    Even as a youth, Ernesto “Che” Guevara’s writings revealed a serious mental illness. “My nostrils dilate while savoring the acrid odor of gunpowder and blood. Crazy with fury I will stain my rifle red while slaughtering any vencido that falls in my hands! With the deaths of my enemies I prepare my being for the sacred fight and join the triumphant proletariat with a bestial howl!” This is from Guevara’s famous “Motorcycle Diaries,” though Robert Redford somehow “overlooked” it while directing his heartwarming movie of the same name.

    The Spanish word vencido, by the way, translates into “defeated” or “surrendered.” And indeed, “the “acrid odor of gunpowder and blood” very rarely reached Guevara’s nostrils from actual combat. It came mostly from the close-range murders of unarmed and defenseless men (and boys). Carlos Machado was 15 years old in 1963 when the bullets from the fi ring squad shattered his body. His twin brother and father collapsed beside Carlos from the same volley. All had resisted Castro’s and Che’s theft of their humble family farm.

    Rigoberto Hernandez was 17 when Che’s soldiers dragged him from his cell in La Cabana, jerked his head back to gag him and started dragging him to the stake. Little “Rigo” pleaded his innocence to the very bloody end. But his pleas were garbled and difficult to understand. His struggles while being gagged and bound to the stake were also awkward. The boy had been a janitor in a Havana high school and was mentally retarded. His single mother had pleaded his case with hysterical sobs. She had begged, beseeched and finally proven to his “prosecutors” that it was a case of mistaken identity. Her only son, a boy in such a condition, couldn’t possibly have been “a CIA agent planting bombs.”

    “Fuego!” and the firing squad volley riddled Rigo’s little bent body as he moaned and struggled awkwardly against his bounds, blindfold and gag. Remember the gallant Che Guevara’s instructions to his revolutionary courts: “Judicial evidence is an archaic bourgeois detail.” And remember that Harvard Law School’s invitation to Fidel Castro to speak on campus, and rollicking ovation he received, happened in the very midst of this appalling and lawless bloodbath.

    The victims of this Stalinist bloodbath were not exclusively men and boys. In fact, the Castroites were well ahead of the Taliban. On Christmas Eve 1961, a young Cuban woman named Juana Diaz spat in the face of the executioners who were binding and gagging her. They’d found her guilty of feeding and hiding “bandits” (Che’s term for Cuban rednecks who took up arms to fight his theft of their land to create Stalinist kolkhozes). When the blast from that firing squad demolished her face and torso, Juana was six months pregnant.

    The term “hatred” was a constant in Guevara’s writings. Here’s a taste from this icon of flower children: “Hatred as an element of struggle”; “hatred that is intransigent”; “hatred so violent that it propels a human being beyond his natural limitations, making him a violent and cold-blooded killing machine.”

  • liz

    the townhall tagline: "Fresh. Intelligent. Conservative."
    the "che" story on their site: 'fresh' and conservative, yes, intelligent no.

  • dan riley

    @chris - keep your stupid Reagan-era politics off of my delicious sandwich. Stick to freedom fries and miracle whip.

  • Carine

    Tim, I agree wholeheartedly with your take on this. Funny what can pass for news-worthy these days. I thought the owner handled the "reporter" well. I personally would've laughed in her face.

  • Mike on H Street

    I can't wait for her follow up expose on El Floridano's version of the Cuban sandwich (the Fidel, though it's not actually named after Castro) and the Banh Mi (the Ho Chi Banh Mi).

  • http://www.che-lives.com Marcos

    Che Guevara is one of the most heroic figures in world history who is a stoic example of what all those who speak of "revolution" should espouse to be.

    This was a man who left a bourgeoisie comfortable life of the upper class, a potential well compensated career as a medical doctor, and a high regarded governmental position, each time to slog through the jungle and fight guerrilla wars against impenetrable odds = for a better and more equitable society.

    Throughout his life Che tended to thousands of sick campesinos, helped construct dozens of schools throughout Cuba, worked in a Leper colony to helped those afflicted, and even when he was literally tied up in a small mud school house awaiting his own execution ! , still complained to the local teacher that in a nation where the leaders drove Mercedes, it was a travesty that the peasants were taught in a dilapidated place like he was in.

    If the world had 100 Che's or hell even 10 ... we would be in much better shape.

  • http://www.che-lives.com Marcos

    "Che's life is an inspiration for every human being who loves freedom, we will always honor his memory." ---- Nelson Mandela

  • http://www.che-lives.com Marcos

    In most cases, if you want to know how heroic someone is, first gage how much the right-wing hates them. The greater the teabaggers hate him, the more heroic he/she must be. Che Guevara, (one of the most heroic individuals of the 20th century) invites a large amount of hatred, vitriol, and misinformation from the conservative wing-nuts for two reasons:

    (1) He represents many of the noble attributes that their bankrupt philosophy abhors, namely self-sacrifice, helping the poor, restoring justice when it comes to great inequality, and overthrowing the oligarch puppets of plantation capitalism.

    (2) Che represents everything that the right-wingers secretly wish they were "brave, determined, dashing, charismatic, intelligent, poetic, and unshakable against impenetrable odds" while they took deferments from Vietnam" Che battled armies on 2 continents usually outnumbered 20 or 50 to 1.

  • Ed W

    Explaining CHE-HATRED:

    There are a plethora of reactionary middle class capitalist-loving douchebags, who were born on 3rd base and think they hit a triple — who like to talk internet smack in Mom’s basement about a revolutionary who’s been dead for 40 + years. How post-modern.

    These clowns wouldn’t know the poverty that Che experienced during his travels through South America if it kicked them in their capri pants. Che was radicalized by seeing US Imperialism up close in Guatemala – you know when Uncle Sam & United Fruit decided to incinerate a few thousand brown people so American’s could save 20 cents on their bananas.

    Do any of the Che-haters know anything about the U.S.-backed dictatorship of Batista and the Mafia which propped him up? The oligarchs who alongside the mafia turned Cuba into a Yanqui whorehouse, while killing 20,000 Cubans? Che believed in cold justice – because he saw injustice up close.

    Meanwhile, the hardest challenge for the anti-Che vapid turds in the next 6 months will probably be the life or death decision of doritos or cheetos while playing their Xbox.

  • Ed W

    Che’s “CRIMES” were

    ~ Overthrowing a brutal U$ backed dictator allied with the Mafia (Batista)

    ~ Stopping American companies from owning 70 % of the arable land in Cuba

    ~ Teaching peasants to read, by bringing the Cuban literacy rate from 60 to 97 %

    ~ Having the 200 or so War Criminals who killed 20,000 Cubans for Batista shot against a wall

    ~ Speaking out against South African Apartheid to the UN in 1964

    ~ Fighting white mercenaries in the African Congo with an all black army

    ~ Speaking out against U$ and eventually USSR Imperialism while demanding that the poor of the world be allowed to live a life of dignity

  • Sara3

    Can the sandwich be bought with currency bearing the faces of slave owners?

    right-wingers have no shame.

  • Sgt. Charlie

    Slaves owned
    Che = 0
    George Washington = 316

  • Teabag a Teabagger

    why are Conservatives such douchebags?

  • Jessica1982

    I'd eat a Che chicken sandwich. But I'd draw the line at a George W Bush Steak Sandwich ;o) - some war criminals are just to blood soaked.

  • AortaY

    Re: Chris the caricatured faux news clown up above - the comically clownish Humberto Fontova is not a reliable source on Che Guevara. I suggest you read Jon Lee Anderson.

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