Saturday, August 05, 2006


There is a blog here by what looks like a common or garden variety New York Jewish "Liberal" that takes Jonah Goldberg to task at some length for pointing out the undoubted historical affinity between Mussolini's Fascism and other varieties of Leftism. Does he challenge Goldberg on the facts? No. Because he cannot. The history is there.

He criticizes Goldberg one one ground only: That Goldberg rejects the claimed affinity between Israel and the Nazis. That what Goldberg says in that regard is also true does not seem to matter at all to our NYCJL. He detects an "inconsistency" there. What inconsistency? Apparently an inconsistency in propaganda. Our wise NYCJL seems to think that it looks bad to condemn false statements as "demonization" while making true statements that to the uninformed could also look like demonization.

But to the Left, "There is no such thing as truth", so the lack of interest in the truth of what Goldberg says is supremely unsurprising.

But for saying what I have above I will no doubt be condemned as a Nazi. I have always been an unwavering and vocal supporter of Israel but that truth won't matter either. Propaganda value is all that counts.



Americans back Israeli actions: "Israel's military campaign in southern Lebanon is still being backed by most American voters, according to a survey published yesterday that shows public opinion in the US once again sharply at odds with views in Europe. The Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll found that 59 per cent believed that Israel’s actions were “justified”, although a quarter of this group stated that the military had behaved in an “excessively harsh” fashion. In contrast, a recent YouGov/Telegraph poll in Britain showed that only 17 per cent of those surveyed believed that Israel had made an “appropriate and proportional” response to the kidnapping of its soldiers."

The Bush tax cuts: "You are absolutely correct on the dollar amount, $1 trillion in just six years, but I believe the most important aspect of the tax cuts is not the dollar amount but rather the structural changes Bush has achieved. First, the president smashed the old model of governing on tax issues. Every 20 years a president would enter office and enact a major tax cut. In the remaining years Congress would pass and the president would sign tax increases. Bush changed this pattern dramatically by cutting taxes every year for six consecutive years.... every taxpayer received a [federal] tax cut. And while everyone is paying less in [federal] taxes, the rich are now paying a higher percentage of the federal tax burden than before the tax cuts went into place."

Democrat tells voters that their votes are his, not theirs: "Carl Romanelli, a Green Party candidate for the Pennsylvania Senate, said Monday that Republican donors probably gave him most of the $100,000 that he spent gathering signatures, to qualify for his placement on the Nov. 7 ballot. The Democratic front-runner in the race, Bob Casey, accused Republicans of 'trying to steal the election' by helping a candidate who would likely win voters who would otherwise have voted Democratic."

RINO scum: "A former state legislator who changed parties in 2003, enabling Democratic House Speaker Jim Black to stay in power, pleaded guilty Tuesday to taking $50,000 in campaign contributions to make the switch. Former Rep. Michael Decker, 61, could get up to five years in prison at sentencing Nov. 1. Prosecutors said Decker supported a particular candidate for speaker in exchange for the money. ... Decker switched to the Democratic Party just before the 2003 legislative session after 18 years as a GOP legislator. ... Decker switched back to the Republican Party after the session but was defeated in the 2004 primary."

Why am I not surprised? "Undercover investigators entered the United States using fake documents repeatedly this year -- including some cases in which Homeland Security Department agents didn't ask for identification. At nine border crossings on the Mexico and Canadian borders, agents 'never questioned the authenticity of the counterfeit documents,' according to Government Accountability Office testimony to be released Wednesday."

Army reserves short of equipment: "More than two-thirds of the Army National Guard's 34 brigades are not combat ready, mostly because of equipment shortages that will cost up to $21 billion to correct, the top National Guard general said Tuesday. Lt. Gen. H. Steven Blum spoke to a group defense reporters after Army officials, analysts and members of Congress disclosed that two-thirds of the active Army's brigades are not ready for war."

Capitalists happier: "A British psychologist has produced the first 'world map of happiness' and it seems if you are looking for happiness, go and live in Denmark. It is the happiest country in the world, while Burundi in Africa is the most unhappy, the report says.... He says the main factors that affected happiness were health provision, wealth and education and that his research produced the "first world map of happiness". "There is a belief that capitalism leads to unhappy people," Mr White said. "However, when people are asked if they are happy with their lives, people in countries with good healthcare, a higher GDP per capita, and access to education were much more likely to report being happy.".

EU protectionists lose one: "Britain's retailers were handed a reprieve yesterday when European Commission plans to impose punitive tariffs on leather footwear from China and Vietnam were rejected by a majority of EU states. Britain was among 13 countries to lodge a preliminary vote against a proposal to impose anti-dumping duties of 16 per cent and 10 per cent respectively on Chinese and Vietnamese shoe imports from early October.

Signing Statements: "It's a sad day for the legal profession when its largest organization, the American Bar Association (the largest voluntary professional association in the world), succumbs to Bush-hatred. How else to explain the ABA's recent report to the effect that President Bush's use of signing statements is unprecedented and unconstitutional? It is neither. See here. As I said the other day, a president swears under oath to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." This implies that he or she must refuse to enforce unconstitutional provisions of a statute—and if this is so, then the president may announce as much in a signing statement."



"All the worth which the human being possesses, all spiritual reality, he possesses only through the State." -- 19th century German philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel. Hegel is the most influential philosopher of the Left -- inspiring Karl Marx, the American "Progressives" of the early 20th century and university socialists to this day.

The Big Lie of the late 20th century was that Nazism was Rightist. It was in fact typical of the Leftism of its day. It was only to the Right of Stalin's Communism. The very word "Nazi" is a German abbreviation for "National Socialist" (Nationalsozialistisch)

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