Why aren’t the best and the brightest in our MSM?

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US President Barack Obama (R) meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, 20 May 2011. (Photo: AFP – Jim Watson)

 Yesterday I spotted Sullivan’s piece about Newt’s Sugar Daddy, Sheldon Adelson, who

… just happens to be Netanyahu’s chief propagandist in Israel. Sheldon Adelson is a Greater Israel fanatic, whose newspaper in Israel has featured full-on attacks on president Obama, featuring … Newt Gingrich. It’s important to understand that the Israeli prime minister is engaged in a full-on political campaign – against the re-election of the president of the US.

The link in Sullivan’s piece leads to the Lebanese website Al Akhbar English. I started reading “The Bibi Connection” and a little ways into it I’m like, ‘Holy Shit, awesome article. Now, if only we could get this article in the mainstream press here.’

While I was ranting on ‘they get better news about our presidential election in friggin Lebanon for Christ’s sake,’ it didn’t even occur to me to check out the author of that awesome article. It wasn’t til this morning Phil informed me, it’s Max Blumenthal.

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Max Blumenthal

You know, sometimes it makes me want to pull my hair out why the best of the best of our young American reporters have their stories buried by the US msm just because they are not Zionists. And that’s what’s happening. It’s takes Sullivan linking to a Lebanese site for me to notice this great article while fear mongering war pushers  get their hyperventilating memes republished in Bloomberg and SFgate . Why aren’t  these publications republishing the best reporting surrounding the candidates and our election? A big shout out to Al Akhbar for bringing us the news. And now for our reading pleasure,  Max Blumenthal on the shadow campaign:

The US presidential election campaign that kicked off January 3 with the Iowa caucuses was the subject of a curious article attacking President Barack Obama in the mass circulation Israeli daily newspaper, Israel Hayom.

“US President Barack Obama is ‘naïve’ and needs to face up to the threat presented by the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood across the Middle East, Israel’s National Security Council concluded during a strategic discussion several days ago,” Israel Hayom reported.

The Israeli National Security Council consists of Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu’s closest advisers. And Israel Hayom is not just another right-leaning Israeli tabloid. Referred to by Israelis as the “Bibiton,” or Bibi’s mouthpiece, the paper is an instrument that gives him extraordinary political leverage. The obviously planted article in Israel Hayom rang like a bell sounding the start of Netanyahu’s own campaign in helping the Republican Party oust Obama from the White House.

Israel Hayom’s genesis demonstrates the depth of Netanyahu’s connections in Republican circles. It was created by one of Netanyahu’s top financial supporters, a Las Vegas-based casino tycoon named Sheldon Adelson, who is also a major donor to the conservative wing of the Republican Party. Adelson’s closest relationship is with former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, a longtime ally of Netanyahu who has been running a rancorous campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.

Netanyahu’s less than subtle intervention has become an open issue in Israeli politics. Opposition leader Tzipi Livni of the Kadima Party has criticized Netanyahu for damaging the US-Israeli relationship. “Netanyahu spoke about consensus,” Livni said in May, “and if there is a consensus in Israel, it’s that the relationship with the US is essential to Israel, and a prime minister that harms the relationship with the US over something unsubstantial is harming Israel’s security and deterrence.”

But Livni’s warning has been ignored. Rather than hesitating, the prime minister and his inner circle are moving full steam ahead in their political shadow campaign whose ultimate goal is to remove Obama. Bibi’s war against Obama is unprecedented. While Israeli prime ministers have tried to help incumbent presidents, none have ever waged a full-scale campaign to overthrow them.

Netanyahu has engaged enthusiastic allies in the Republican Congress, led by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, and within the right-wing media. His neoconservative allies in Washington are launching a “Super PAC” to generate emotional attack ads against Obama and any candidate that might be an obstacle to his policies. And his campaign has even broadened into an attempt to discredit the New York Times, whose editorial page and foreign policy columnists, Thomas Friedman and Roger Cohen, have been critical of him.

Netanyahu’s shadow campaign is intended to be a factor in defeating Obama and electing a Republican in his place. He opposed Obama’s early demand to freeze settlements on the West Bank as a precondition for reviving the peace process, a process since the Oslo Accord that Netanyahu has attempted to stall or sabotage, despite his signing of the Wye Agreement under pressure from President Clinton. Since his adamant stand against the settlement freeze, Netanyahu has undermined every effort to engage the peace process. He appears dead set on consolidating Greater Israel, or what many Israelis call “Judea and Samaria,” and has signaled a strong desire to attack Iran.

Max is just warming up. Read the rest of The Bibi connection at Al Akhbar.

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  1. American
    January 13, 2012, 5:22 pm

    Why aren’t the best and brightest in our media?

    First guess would be they aren’t willing to give up their intergity or betray the country for a big paycheck.
    But moot question really, the media wouldn’t hire the best and brightest anyway.

    • Hostage
      January 13, 2012, 8:17 pm

      Why aren’t the best and brightest in our media?

      It always slays me how MW obsesses over the media. The only way Americans are ever going to sit still and listen to any of this stuff, is if you edit it into a Kardashian sex video as a subliminal message. If you want to make sure that no one watches it, then just air it on MSNBC in prime time.

      • MRW
        January 14, 2012, 1:39 am

        Hostage, Greenwald has a good companion piece to this:
        “Arthur Brisbane and selective stenography”

        I particularly like this distinction:

        But there is one important caveat that needs to be added here. This stenographic treatment by journalists — of simply amplifying what someone claims without any skepticism or examination — is not available to everyone. Only those who wield power within America’s political and financial systems are entitled to receive this treatment. For everyone else — those who are viewed as ordinary, marginalized, or scorned by America’s political establishment — the exact opposite rules apply: their statements are subjected to extreme levels of skepticism in those rare instances when they’re heard at all. ….

        Stenographic treatment is a license extended only the most powerful. As Atrios put it yesterday: “It isn’t as if random crazy people on the street are granted ‘they said it so that’s good enough to print’ privileges by our elite newspapers. Powerful connected people are.” The most damaging sin of this stenographic model isn’t laziness — the failure to subject false statements to critical, investigative scrutiny — although that is part of it. The most damaging sin is that it’s propagandistic: it converts official assertions and claims from the most powerful into Truth, even when those assertions and claims are baseless or false.

      • iamuglow
        January 14, 2012, 2:30 am

        “edit it into a Kardashian sex video as a subliminal message”

        Ha. Thats perfect. When I get some time, I’m going take up that project.

    • MRW
      January 13, 2012, 9:41 pm

      The media isn’t journalism anymore. It’s corporate profits and infotainment. They pay the on-air staff enough to hook them in, having to meet minimum $50G monthly nuts. They marry, have kids, they want private schools, and summers in the Hamptons or equivalent. You think Harold Fineman is going to give that up? Or Matthews? The access? They’re rock stars.

      The culture used to be that the news department was sacrosanct and was never expected to make money (CBS News legacy). Then Cap Cities bought ABC and brought in the bean counters; they changed the news model as well. Cable (CNN specifically) finished the change.

      • Annie Robbins
        January 13, 2012, 10:00 pm

        the ultimate bummer is that stories like max’s, which really inform, are not circulated.

        this is a hella article, it’s full on. i’m kicking myself actually.

      • MRW
        January 14, 2012, 12:03 am

        Yeah, Max has wonderful style and I like that he reports with his feet. He also has connections up the ying-yang through his father, meaning he gets to hear things.

      • Hostage
        January 14, 2012, 12:42 am

        I love Max’s work too, but the ratings indicate that only about 5 million Americans watch all of the cable news channels combined. So 300+ million have either tuned out or never tuned in.

      • dumvitaestspesest
        January 14, 2012, 12:44 am

        “he gets to hear things” ??
        Can you care to elaborate on it, since you threw it in so…. “as a matter of factly”??

      • Annie Robbins
        January 14, 2012, 7:01 am

        hostage, what do you mean “watch all of the cable news channels combined”. what would be the point of watching them all combined? don’t most of them stay relatively on the same course?

      • Hostage
        January 14, 2012, 8:40 am

        hostage, what do you mean “watch all of the cable news channels combined”.

        That the grand total of people watching either Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, or other cable news channels on a normal day is only about 5 million viewers in all. It doesn’t appear that most Americans are getting their news from those particular sources. So they’re not necessarily the “main stream” media.

      • Annie Robbins
        January 14, 2012, 12:58 pm

        but your link says this:

        Nielsen Cable Network Coverage Estimates (as of July, 2011)

        CNN/HLN: 101.12 million HHs

        CNBC: 98.62 million HHs

        FNC: 99.15 million HHs

        MSNBC: 95.72 million HHs

        Fox Business: 58.15 million HHs

        all those statistics above this list has “(000s)” after it. that looks like more than 5 million to me. maybe i am reading it inaccurately.

      • MRW
        January 14, 2012, 4:11 pm

        It’s more than 300+ million have either tuned out or never tuned in.

        Unfortunately, with 30 million people out of work, or having to accept part-time work–can’t remember where I saw these figures–paying for cable over basic TV took a hit. The cables made up for it by raising the rates on sports fans; the Leagues pass along the high salaries to the cables too. We’ve all noticed the steep rise in cable rates these past three years.

        O’Reilly gets 6 million viewers a night, but he’s on basic FOX broadcast as well as FOX cable.

      • Hostage
        January 14, 2012, 6:40 pm

        Annie the Nielsen Cable Network Coverage Estimate is the number of subscribers.

        The number of viewers are given in thousands – 000s – not millions 000,000s.

      • Annie Robbins
        January 14, 2012, 8:25 pm

        yes, i gathered that much. i think i misunderstood the number of households with televisions totals (HH) as representing how many households were tuning in to that station. “Nielsen Cable Network Coverage Estimates CNN/HLN: 101.12 million HHs”.
        i thought it meant cnn had over 100 million tuning in. i guess it doesn’t mean that. where i live you have to have cable to get cnn.

        never mind, i’ve just been googling around. although i think it is more than 5 million it isn’t anything near what i thought it was. thanks

      • MLE
        January 15, 2012, 2:15 am

        Oreillys not on basic Fox. At least not in New York.

      • Bandolero
        January 14, 2012, 8:40 am

        “The media isn’t journalism anymore.”
        Can you tell me, when media was journalism? Have a look what John Swinton (1830 – 1901), chief editorial writer at The New York Times from 1860 to 1870, said about the so-called independent press at his time:

        “There is no such thing, at this stage of the world’s history in America, as an independent press. You know it and I know it. There is not one of you who dare write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid weekly for keeping my honest opinions out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for similar things, and any of you who would be foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the streets looking for another job. If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my papers, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone. The business of the journalist is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of Mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. You know it and I know it, and what folly is this toasting an independent press? We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes.”

        Media was obviously already hardly more than propaganda of rich people more than a hundred years ago. I think media was never much like that journalism that people thought media ought to be. In reality the concept of the so-called free press never worked well.

  2. Dan Crowther
    January 13, 2012, 6:02 pm

    My main man Noam has an idea about this:

    “If you quietly accept and go along no matter what your feelings are, ultimately you internalize what you’re saying, because it’s too hard to believe one thing and say another. I can see it very strikingly in my own background. Go to any elite university and you are usually speaking to very disciplined people, people who have been selected for obedience. And that makes sense. If you’ve resisted the temptation to tell the teacher, “You’re an asshole,” which maybe he or she is, and if you don’t say, “That’s idiotic,” when you get a stupid assignment, you will gradually pass through the required filters. You will end up at a good college and eventually with a good job.”


    • Tuyzentfloot
      January 14, 2012, 10:41 am

      I think that Chomsky’s propaganda model would have been received differently if he’d presented it as an instance of the domestication that happens in any job environment. People adapt and take on sensible behaviour in their environment. For journalists we have this additional(..) demand to disregard the environment and act in a strictly principled manner instead. Now the model is too much treated as some conspiracy theory. Those who buy into it also tend to underestimate the amount of conformism, selection and adaptation that happens in say, a corporate environment.

      • Donald
        January 14, 2012, 11:25 am

        “I think that Chomsky’s propaganda model would have been received differently if he’d presented it as an instance of the domestication that happens in any job environment.”

        That’s pretty much what his model amounts to. No need for a conscious conspiracy, just natural conformism in a given corporate environment.

        That said, in some cases I wonder if there are orders given. But in most cases it wouldn’t be necessary. Politicians and mainstream journalists both know where the boundaries of acceptable opinion are located.

      • Tuyzentfloot
        January 14, 2012, 3:06 pm

        (Donald)That’s pretty much what his model amounts to. To a large extent yes. At least it’s a good entry point. Now Chomsky has been fighting for years to correct the misunderstandings. The examples where orders are given should come at the end of the story to avoid putting people on the wrong foot.

      • dumvitaestspesest
        January 14, 2012, 11:32 am

        So… you are trying to tell us that we have no other choice ,but to sell our values, principles, to conform, to act like slaves to the”corporate environment”??
        So… we have no other choice but to give up ,and do what we are told to do???

      • Tuyzentfloot
        January 14, 2012, 3:18 pm

        Here’s Seymour Hersh, he’s a friend of Chomsky I believe

        from 21:30 min to 22:40min he talks about how to fix journalism.

        – get rid of the top 70% of the editors
        – points out the overall timidity and risk aversion
        – he also says journalism is not a special case and it’s common in any organisations that you want to promote people that aren’t going to make you uncomfortable.

      • Tuyzentfloot
        January 14, 2012, 3:34 pm

        Dum vitae est spes est – I didn’t see that coming. I’m not telling what to do, just telling what happens. It is sensible to adapt to your environment, part of the adaptation is explicitly taking in account the rules of the game, while part of the system is internalized. There’s always a degree of freedom but at least one needs to be aware of the problem in order to use it. Someone who doesn’t take in account the rules of the game at all, drops out of the system.

  3. seanmcbride
    January 13, 2012, 7:09 pm

    The mainstream media have deliberately overloaded their organizations with pro-Israel activists and militants — and these people tend to be the worst and least bright people in America — the very antithesis of people with independent, inquisitive and truth-seeking minds.

    One could argue that the Israel lobby has played the lead role in ruining once great journalistic institutions like the New York Times (which helped herd Americans into the disastrous Iraq War) and the Washington Post (which is now mostly a debased propaganda outlet for Israel’s Likud and its neoconservative operatives in American politics).

  4. chet
    January 13, 2012, 7:26 pm

    With the fervent hope for Pres. Obama’s re-election and the absence of the necessity of pandering to AIPAC, he MUST make the a**hole Netanyahoo pay big-time – no more “carrots”, but the “stick” repeatedly and harshly dispensed.

    • john h
      January 13, 2012, 9:03 pm

      That’s really the $64,000 question, chet; does anybody really know? Even Obama?

      It is a legitimate fervent hope, but, regardless of what he thinks or wants personally, won’t he be obliged to continue to play ball so as not to damage his party’s chances at the mid-term and next presidential elections?

      • chet
        January 14, 2012, 12:39 pm

        Don’t you think that, if re-elected, Pres. Obama will have free rein for the first six to nine months or perhaps a year without concern for the mid-terms?

      • Citizen
        January 14, 2012, 6:41 pm

        I dunno; I read recently that our history shows if any POTUS wants to do some real change, he or she must do it during 1st year of term, or last year of 2nd term. Well, Obama made his Cairo Speech, and he proposed to Israel it stop its settlements before or at commencement of peace talking. After that, when Bibi moved a hair, Obama bent over backwards.

  5. dumvitaestspesest
    January 13, 2012, 7:49 pm

    MSM became one of the most effective propaganda machines on Earth in steering people’s minds, hearts and souls in a direction set by its bosses/owners.
    It is also great money making machine. He who owns the media, owns part od the world. Very important part; spiritual, intellectual, emotional.
    Those who own the MSmedia know exactly how powerful they are ,and they began using it AGAINST people.
    Many people started realise how manipulative, deceiving, brainwashing MSM has become. Many people suspect it, but still don’t do anything about it, they gladly chew on their daily portions of poisonous medial junk.
    Many people don’t even bother to question it , and they pay their continuing homage to the medial “god ” placed carefully on a living room’s altar:
    “Om…almighty TV ,om…I spent only half of the saturday with you ,om.. and most the sunday..om…. and 4/5 hours daily om….. and I’ve been doing it for many years om…..om………”
    MSM don’t need/want the best and the brightest. They need/desire the most loyal individuals, obedient, servile, willing to do whatever is required from them, agressive , insolent, cheeky , disrespectful when needed.

    • dumvitaestspesest
      January 13, 2012, 9:18 pm

      So many people do not get even 10/20% of the whole picture that is reavealing its diabolical face in front of us. A possible war is only a part of this picture.
      War as a way of a massive eliminating/reduction of a population.
      Apparently for some, there are too many of us on this globe.
      Much too many. And they do whatever they can do in their power to change the number, to bare minimum.

  6. atime forpeace
    January 13, 2012, 8:01 pm

    Speaking of the best and the brightest, did anyone hear Chris Mathews on his LET ME FINISH piece at the end of his show, holy shit i didn”t know whether i wanted to cry or puke.

    I guess we must have a vision.

  7. Matthew Graber
    January 13, 2012, 11:07 pm

    Yeah that article is great. I had no idea Bibi graduated from Cheltenham High School… Philly boy I guess…

    Completely unrelated to this, David Cohen, the Executive VP of Comcast, will be the keynote speaker at the JNF fundraiser in Philly in March. If you don’t recall, he also made an appearance alongside Governor Rendell at the Friends of the IDF Fundraiser here in Philly. (HT Phil http://mondoweiss.net/2011/11/nbc-and-the-israel-lobby.html

    I’m just so proud of this city…

    • Scott
      January 14, 2012, 1:41 pm

      gets to host the BDS conference next month though. . .

      • Matthew Graber
        January 14, 2012, 7:28 pm

        Thanks Scott. And we’re looking forward to it and working hard preparing.

      • Annie Robbins
        January 15, 2012, 8:12 am

        hey matthew, can’t wait to meet you there!

  8. Philip Munger
    January 14, 2012, 2:57 am

    Max has occasionally asked similar questions to what you are putting out there, Annie. In a diary at firedoglake I wrote last summer, I embedded three clips from Sternchen TV, in which Max is asked about the role of the media in covering Palestine, and other issues.

  9. Justice Please
    January 14, 2012, 5:16 am

    Annie, good article and wonderful question: Why aren’t the best and brightest in our MSM?

    Well, because your MSM is corporate owned. It’s job is not to best inform the consumer, but to sell advertising space (whether overt ads or covert “infomercials”). So the MSM mostly hires zombie salesmen, not bright investigators. This fact is sometimes balanced by the odd editor in chief who still has principles about truth and democracy. But by and large, such principled types get frustrated by the profit-oriented structure of their organisations and quit.

    As long as too few viewers, readers and listeners demand any journalistic integrity from their news-providers, this will not change.

    And of course, this is why sites like Mondoweiss keep growing, and propaganda outlets keep shrinking in viewership and circulation.

  10. patm
    January 14, 2012, 8:07 am

    Annie, Phil, will Max B allow a re-posting of this article on Mondo?

    It’s an important piece and should be ‘boosted’.

  11. dumvitaestspesest
    January 14, 2012, 9:29 am

    But ……..who is going to read ( and understand) “the best and the brightest”????

    “No surprise. A retired Engineer & mathematician, went to Los Alamos Nuclear Lab from Grad school. Thought to teach (University) here in mid-america. Hopeless. Hi-school grads can’t do 6th grade arithmetic, a very few care to learn. All (few good) teachers are just waiting to retire. Schools care not if students learn anything – it’s become just a sorry business. Loaded with useless bureaucrats, a magnet for retired military, and mostly utterly incompetent “teachers” teaching useless courses (e.g., how to file your resume on the internet, truck driving, machine shop management [2 students], etc.) I taught engineering classes, 90% of student probably didn’t quaify to take the courses — thermodynamics, engr. mechanics, math. Very few entry stutents are qualified to come to University or probably not a community college. Teachers are being strongly “encouraged” to give passing grades to many who do not qualify. The lower schools will have to be “fixed” before the colleges & univesities can function. Get rid of bureaucrats, find good qualified teachers if any still exist. [Quit making stupid “excuses” for the failure.] I don’t know how all of that can be done. Very sad.”

    More of the similar comments here:

    • dumvitaestspesest
      January 14, 2012, 10:05 am

      This video is a must to watch, although I don’t know if I should laugh or cry after watching it. I guess I can do both.

    • Annie Robbins
      January 14, 2012, 1:04 pm

      people read what’s in front of them dumvit. a good reporter narrates functionally and speaks in a voice an ‘everyman’ can relate to. imho. max does this in spades, plus he goes for the meat whereas the vast majority of the msm divert away from it.

      • dumvitaestspesest
        January 14, 2012, 7:01 pm

        You are right. Max’s article is very good. It shoud be distrubuted whenever possbile.
        “……………..In the past, America’s Israel lobby sold the US-Israel alliance as a marriage of two vibrant democracies united by shared liberal values. In the current environment of heightened polarization, the special relationship is increasingly marketed to Americans as a united front of besieged bastions of Western civilization against an incipient Islamic onslaught. Rapture ready evangelicals, right-wing ultra-nationalists, and Republican Jews are far more likely to be attracted to this sort of alliance than cosmopolitan liberals. And this may be exactly the way Netanyahu wants it.

        But he is far from confident that he can dislodge Obama. Steeling himself for a possible second Obama term, Netanyahu has signaled his intention to move up the date of Israel’s national election. Hanan Krystal, a political analyst for Israel Radio, explained Netanyahu’s possible motives to Reuters: “At the highest echelons, they have long been saying that if Obama is elected for a second term, the carrot will be replaced by a stick.”

  12. patm
    January 14, 2012, 6:27 pm

    Zbigniew Brzezinski on US Ignorance

    Seafoid posted this link on the “Israel’s nightmare: Jew against Jew” thread. It’s a good read.


  13. dumvitaestspesest
    January 14, 2012, 7:03 pm

    I find also this comment under his article interesting.

    “Submitted by DE Tedooru (not verified) on Fri, 2012-01-13 08:41.
    The critical fact is to show that MOST Diaspora Jews do not share the Israeli Psychosis. It is said that if you repeat a lie often enough it will be believed, though this fails to consider another saying: you can fool some of the people all of the time and all the people some of the time, but never all of the people all of the time. Worst still is the fact that if you tell a lie often enough YOU will believe it. Throughout the Holocaust the Zionists sought to exploit it. Today one cannot delve into this horrible moment in history to try and understand it because the Zionists insist that they hold sole control on the narrative to make of it whatever suits their purpose at the moment. So long have they made it Israel’s raison d’etre and, worst still, raison de faire, that they believe their own hasbara so as to justify whatever Israeli leaders do. Once you believe that in ALL situations you have no option other than kill or be killed, there are no more moral barriers to anything. So, despite the fact that Israel is the most diverse society on earth and most Jews are spiritually bound by the Jewish Ethic, the panicky Holocaust Complex has turned into everything from a money making proposition to a cover-up for murder. The Founding Fathers of Zionism held their Israel to a high standard: that it should become, “A LIGHT ONTO THE NATIONS.” Since coming to power, the Likudniks have dimmed that light severely. Groping in the dark, they have become accustomed to darkness as the vehicle by which they justify behaving exactly as Afrikaner South Africa or extermination again by Holocaust. Thus disinhibited from the Jewish Ethic the Zionists have imposed on those they deem “Dumb Goyim” only two options: compliance or criticism-of-Zionist-actions=antiSemitism because non-acceptance of Israeli actions means you want the Holocaust to happen again. So Jewish critics invoking the Jewish Ethic are not argued with but attacked as “self-hating Jews.” Now, after announcing that they do not believe Iran is making a uclear bomb, nuclear Israel may have killed yet another Iranian nuclear scientist as it did with other scientists and engineers whose work its leaders feared. There cannot be a Jewish Conspiracy because if you lock six Jews in a room and don’t let them out until there is unanimity, you will get eternal debate of seven opinions. While that shows profound intellect it also shows great vulnerability to association with Zionist racism and mendacity. In Israeli anti-Arab literature one reads of two races: the Arab race that wants to destroy Israel and the “chosen” race that God wants to dominate the Middle East. Few Jews hold such view as 70% of World Jewry deems Israel a nice place to visit but prefer to live as loyal citizens in their nations of birth. Indeed, many Israelis finish university in the fantastic Israeli education and go West to find their future. Greater Israel is premised on ALL Jews moving to Israel. The question is whether Likud wants to fan the flames of anti-Semitism in order to stampede all Jews into an aliyah to the “homeland.” That is the real issue: whether desperate to make Zionism work, Likuniks will again cooperate with the forces of evil or fan them as they did before WWII trying to make Jews become olims? I fear far more what Israel does to Diaspora Jews than what it does to the Iranians. Yet the Iranians may well be the kindle Likud uses to start the Diasporic fires of anti-Semitsm. The issue must be openly debated in meaningful dialogue for the sake of all mankind, Israel included.”

  14. calm
    January 14, 2012, 10:53 pm

    The minority population within the U.S. has suffered much more than the Ordinary Joe during this economic collapse.

    The main reason they have not feverishly joined or supported the Occupy Movement is because they don’t want to destroy the first black presidency.

    That is why Obama will be “Allowed” to win the presidency and not control of Congress.

    It is all about musical chairs which give us the illusion of a functioning democracy.


    • Annie Robbins
      January 15, 2012, 12:24 am

      The main reason they have not feverishly joined or supported the Occupy Movement is because they don’t want to destroy the first black presidency.

      do you have any links to support this theory, because the one you left doesn’t. btw, i saw minorities at our local occupy.

      • calm
        January 15, 2012, 12:05 pm

        I used the word “Feverishly” as per support of the Occupy Movement.

        It has been pointed out many times throughout the media that the minority population has not climbed on board in great numbers. In fact the Occupy Movement itself has stated that there needed to be a more concerted effort to reach out to the minority population. And, during the past 2 months the Occupy Movement has been doing exactly that.


  15. patm
    January 15, 2012, 9:11 am

    Harper’s has a depressing but illuminating article in its February issue:

    Killing the Competition: How the New Monopolies are Destroying Open Markets

    The bad old days of the 19th century Robber Barons are back again.

  16. dahoit
    January 16, 2012, 11:50 am

    A very simple answer,but one would be accused of anti whatever if one expressed it.
    Remember that old adage,that those who would be first,will be last?
    Israel the most diverse nation on earth?Wow,what about America and Canada,as every racial group is here or there.Any injuns over there?
    Other than weapon names?

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