Socialist anti-semites

Racist anti-semitic socialists. Lots of people once thought being a Nazi was the height of political sense. Now they are often just called Democrats. That cover was published by Rolling Stone which is designed to appeal to those who are in and with it.

Just so you know who we are dealing with:

1) Rep. Ilhan Omar: Anti-Semitic to the Bone.

Rep. Ilhan Omar is once again under fire for using an anti-Semitic trope about the “dual loyalty” of supporters of Israel.

It’s beginning to look like her anti-Semitism is embedded so deeply that she has no conscious thought about Israel and Jews that doesn’t drip with Jew-hatred.

2) After years of infighting, the Democrats may finally have found an environmental consensus in the Green New Deal. From The Atlantic in an article that supports AOC and details her green agenda. Every bit of what they support requires total control of not just the economy but the whole of society.

I have no idea whether the Green New Deal will result in a federal climate law two or five or 10 years from now. The proposal clearly has momentum on the left. Since early November, I’ve seen the Green New Deal talked about as a story of Democrats in disarray, or as another example of the party’s turn toward socialism. Both analyses miss the mark. The Green New Deal is one of the most interesting—and strategic—left-wing policy interventions from the Democratic Party in years.

3) Rep. Tlaib Blows Up Cohen Hearing: It Was a ‘Racist Act’ for a Republican to Bring a Black ‘Prop’. Vile from head to toe, Tlaib goes beyond merely anti-semitic.

During today’s House Oversight Committee’s interrogation of former Trump fixer Michael Cohen, Tlaib suggested that Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) is a racist for bringing a black “prop” to the hearing [that is, she described Meadows’ black advisor as tokenism and only there to provide cover for the Republicans].

There is also a rundown here: Pelosi/Schumer Protect Jew Haters in Congress.

You think such sickening mindsets and policies cannot gather a majority? Nazis and socialists don’t get to take over because they promise to ruin the countries they are governing. They do, of course, and that is inevitable with socialism, but in the meantime there are a lot of lessons that get to be learned the hard way. Look at the picture from the cover of Rolling Stone and then compare them with this video of all the young, idealistic Nazis of the 1930s.

The whole world is watching

From George Weigel at First Things: The Pell Affair: Australia is now on trial. He begins:

Has it occurred to anyone else debating the perverse verdict rendered against Cardinal George Pell, which convicted him of “historic sexual abuse,” that the cardinal did not have to return to his native Australia to face trial? As a member of the College of Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church and a Vatican official, Pell holds a Vatican diplomatic passport and citizenship of Vatican City State. Were he guilty, he could have stayed put in the extraterritorial safety of the Vatican enclave, untouchable by the Australian authorities. But because Cardinal Pell knows he is innocent, he was determined to go home to defend his honor—and, in a broader sense, to defend his decades of work rebuilding the Catholic Church in Australia, the living parts of which owe a great deal to his leadership and courage.

Jordan Peterson would have voted for Hillary!

What a dunce! This is from Caroline Overington in The Oz, yesterday:

In an hour-long interview, he tackles a range of topics, including the rise of Trump, which he characterises more as the fall of Clinton. (Had Peterson been an American, he says he would have “held his nose and voted for her”.)

I did look high and low for quite a long time to see what I could discover on his attitude to the American President and nowhere could I find a thing until yesterday. This is an unforced error. He was on Q&A the day before and managed to not answer a question on whether he believed in G-d since, as I see it, he does not want to be pigeonholed as basing his arguments on a Christian platform. I understand why he is wary of such associations, since it makes him an easier target for the left. I suppose in its own way, aligning his political views with Hillary also makes him less vulnerable to attack from the left.

But all that aside, he did not have to answer. Lots of ways to have evaded the question, but he chose not to. And we are not in the middle of 2016 with the election before us, and an unknown untried potentially loose cannon is running for President. We are instead more than two years into the soundest, most sensible presidency of my lifetime, going against a wall of stupidity, that I would have thought would align Peterson with the President’s agenda. Not so, it seems. What a complete goose. Anti-Marxist but pro-Hillary. Truly disgusting and dispiriting. A reminder just how wary you have to be about everyone’s political judgement.

Writing books for boys

This is a comment at the Instapundit thread on George Korda: Are men the new marginalized minorities on campus?

What Glenn is referring to I see, and have seen for close to 20 yrs in of all places my P/T job at B&N – the children’s Department is a mecca for girls, take any 100 books and 98 are written for them, their interests, story lines, be it noble heroines or cupcake fairies, check out ‘boys books’ for the 6-12 or so age group and you have strict ghetto’s of topic material: nerdy doofus boy; loser outcast boy; sports boy; sci-fi fantasy boy who is just woke enough to interest girl readers so throw these in with the girl books; bullies and literal creeps that must be remediate – somehow, what woman will come to their salvation? One would think the popularity of Harry Potter would have proven to publishers that boys will read 700 page books in a wknd, that they will come begging for more, but no, the boys have less and less to read, and so they drift to the nonfiction areas or we lose them altogether – and the result? Their (female) teachers moan that they aren’t reading – because nonfiction isn’t considered reading – those adorable cupcake fairies or horse books or endless snippy girlfriend who aren’t friends books, now that is reading.

I once had a Newbery winner complain to me (Princeton, you’d be surprised how many live in Princeton) that she couldn’t ‘get’ why Harry Potter was so popular – she wrote important noble girl empowerment books, I just suggested she do something totally against the norm, like Harry Potter, write about a NICE boy, who has interesting friends, and challenges. She did not take my advice , which is why if I told you her name not one of you outside the publishing bubble would know to whom I refer. College is just an extension of what I’ve seen for years, but that expulsion of all things male started long before the Women’s Studies mania in colleges.

Particularly interesting is that the teaching profession doesn’t think reading non-fiction is a form of reading. Don’t girls read non-fiction?

Trump speaks on anti-semitism

Anti-semitism is a sickness that has infected many minds in the West but has now been brought in plague proportions by the teachings of the Religion of Peace. If you are stupid, you buy it, and there’s plenty of stupid around, especially among those who proclaim how anti-racist they are. The President is referring here to the newly elected Congresswoman from Minnesota, who has brought her evil views with her into American politics. Discussed here by Scott Johnson at Powerline: The apology this time. This is a earlier discussion by Scott from when this all began to provide some context: The apology this time – first discussion.

Anti-semitism, Jews and the modern left

FROM THE AMERICAN THINKER BY KAREN MCQUILLAN- THE LINK IS AT THE END

My father was a combat photographer in World War II, who filmed our frontline troops in Europe from Omaha Beach through the liberation of Paris and the Battle of the Bulge to Berlin in ruins.  He also filmed the liberation of Dachau, an experience so painful he never spoke about it to me until the last year of his life, at age ninety-eight.  He could hardly speak.  He was crying so hard his frail body was shaking, as he gasped out, “I’m sorry to be so weak.”

Battle of the Bulge

In my father’s last years, many things fell away, but he always gave charity to one group, the Anti-Defamation League, the voice of conscience of American Jews fighting to purge our society of the scourge of anti-Semitism.

No more.  Now the ADL is just one more left-wing group, “a radical extension of the Democratic Party,” according to  Isi Leibler, a prominent worldwide Jewish leader writing in the Jerusalem Post.  The only anti-Semitism that it will fight is that of the tiny fringe group of white supremacists.  The greater danger of the radical left and Muslim activists gets a pass.  The Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS) movement, declared anti-Semitic by the American government, is supported by Democratic politicians and so ADL won’t fight it.  ADL actively supports the Marxist anti-Semitic group Black Lives Matter, which “incorporates anti-Israel passages in its platform and campaigns against anti-boycott legislation.”

ADL’s moral collapse is even greater than Leibler had space to enumerate.  ADL won’t fight anti-Semitism, even violence against Jewish youngsters on campus, organized by Muslim Brotherhood front groups, because progressive multiculturism privileges Muslims over Jews.  And it utterly refuses to confront the Democrat party mainstreaming anti-Semitism from three out of its four main voting blocs – blacks, new Hispanics, and leftists.

Today in America, Leibler writes, Jews and Israel’s biggest supporters are Evangelicals.  American Jewish leaders are betraying the trust of their community, putting their liberal agenda ahead of protecting Jews at home and Israel abroad.

Jewish identity has become submerged by progressivism. Indeed, left-wing Jews wishing to be regarded as “progressive” are discovering that a prerequisite to their acceptance requires a hostile attitude to Israel.

It all began with Obama, says Leibler. Before Obama, Jewish leaders were not intimidated.  Their job was to speak out in defense of Israel.  No more.

Read it all: Progressive Jews and Anti-Semitism. It only gets worse from there. And then when you have read that, you can go on with Tony Blair’s HOW IS ANTISEMITISM IN LABOUR PARTY TOLERATED?.

Former UK Prime Minister and Labour Party Leader Tony Blair criticized the party for its heavy use of antisemitic rhetoric in a Sky News interview on Sunday, asking, “How can we say it’s tolerable to have a certain level of antisemitism?”

After being asked by the interviewer about the heavy criticism of antisemitism in the party, Blair responded that they “should eradicate antisemitism for the Labour Party.”

“We’re supposed to be a progressive political party,” Blair explained. “Yes, there are parts of the left, not the whole of the left, that have a problem with antisemitism, and you see this in their attitudes to the State of Israel.”

Blair was referring to the current Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn, who has on numerous occasions spoken and acted in an antisemitic manner: Laying a wreath for one of the 1972 Munich Olympics terrorists, claiming the EU only supports Israel because of the Holocaust, repeatedly supporting and later denying support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, to name a few.

Blair clarified that people may criticize Israel how they like. However, “their continual focusing on Israel all the time, over a long period… you’re left with the feeling that they’re in a sense targeting it because it is a Jewish state.”

And that too you can read on at the link. A real problem and a serious worry for the future, and not just for Jews. But do the majority of the Jewish population get it? Not yet, but I fear for what must happen before they do.

How Long Will Interest Rates Stay Low?

A very good question. Back story here. These are the words.

How Long (Will Interest Rates Stay Low)?
by Merle Hazard
(c) 2016

Chorus 1
How long (how long) will interest rates stay low?
That’s the question, the whole world wants to know
How long (how long) will interest rates stay low?
It seems like if they’re going up, they’re going pretty slow

Verse 1
Our country’s central bank is really scared, that’s plain to see
When everything is leveraged, raising rates is misery
But keeping rates too low, too long, would cause us pain and sorrow
There is no easy option in a land of constant borrow

Chorus 2
How long (how long) will interest rates stay low?
That’s the question, the whole world wants to know
How long (how long) will borrowing be free?
How long will we be subsidized by savers and retirees?

Verse 2
Central banks around the world, not only in the States
Are each at work on lengthy slumps, their countries’ tragic fates
Legislatures will not spend to give sufficient boost
Lower interest rates are all that’s left to get their countries juiced

Chorus 3
How long (how long) will interest rates stay low?
If you could predict it, you could make a lot of dough
How long (how long) will interest rates stay depressed?
The answer…is anybody’s guess

Verse 3
Some say low rates are symptomatic, rather than the cure
I have a hunch they’re right. I can’t say I am sure.
But recovery has been long and slow, the crisis wounds are deep
So until we see inflation, money’s likely to be cheap

Chorus 4
Instrumental solos

Verse 4
Capital’s abundant, money’s not in short supply
China holds our Treas’ry bonds, although I wonder why
Start-ups happen in the cloud, few people are employed
If something could push rates back up, I’d be overjoyed

Chorus 5
How long (how long) will interest rates stay low?
That’s the question, the whole world wants to know
How long (how long) ‘til we really start to grow?
Interest rates are goin’ up, but they’re go-in’…pret-ty…slow….

And here he meets Arthur Laffer! Leads to another song about bond traders and even Milton Friedman.