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Banning a Commenter

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I banned someone from commenting today, using an IP address. Maybe he’ll be back, I’ll try and get on it if he does. It’s hard to know if I even got him… Thanks to Charles Keating for doing some detective…

Neocons Are Smearing Obama for a Reason

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The estimable Ari Berman has an interesting piece in the Nation on the rightwing and neocon smears of Obama as a Muslim (which he isn’t) and as a critic of Israel (which he might be). Berman is outraged by the…

Sex & Marriage & the Spitzers

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I know someone, who knows someone, who knows the Spitzers, and my source tells me that their source says the Spitzers have a sexy marriage. (Or had one). That they’re into one another, they both are sexual people. This is…

3 A.M. Is Also a Metaphor About Marriage

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A lot of people are asking why Eliot Spitzer’s wife Silda Wall stood by him at his two agonized speeches at the end of his governorship. Of course I have no idea why she did it. But I think about…

Spitzer’s Loss Still Seems Unfair…to New York

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Eliot Spitzer’s departure reminds me of an assassination. A week ago everything was fine. A week later, he’s gone. No drawn-out trial or scandal, no time for both sides–poof. A non-person. I still think it’s unfair, and that prostitution should…

Who Joins the Army? A: They Can’t Afford College

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My friend Michael Massing has a wonderful piece of reporting in the latest New York Review of Books on who is the volunteer army. It is not a statistical hodgepodge, no, he went to Fort Drum in Watertown, N.Y., to…

Anti-Zionism Agony, in Aussie, and America

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I don’t think I got it right about what is happening in Australia; I’m going to take another crack at it. And I thank the commenters who corrected me. Last Wednesday, a group called Al-Nakba ran a large newspaper ad…

Jewish Anti-Zionism Is Rehabilitated in Australia

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A year or so back, Benny Morris in the New Republic wrote presciently about a worldwide effort to delegitimize Israel. I say prescient because there is now a guerrilla war against Zionism in the U.S. that will one day soon,…

‘Why Do They Hate Us?’ We’re Still Confused

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David Bromwich, a prof at Yale, is an important voice on the left. Last year he had what I believe is the only reasonable response to Walt and Mearsheimer–impressed by the scope of their work, disturbed by their findings–and said…

Flap Over Obama’s Preacher Is Sign the Left Is A-Comin’ In

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It was exciting to hear Obama’s pastor, the fiery and bookish Jeremiah Wright, denouncing state-sponsored terrorism against the Palestinians on national television. You don’t hear this kind of statement in the mainstream! And the same day appears Janny Scott’s fabulous…

Obama and Paterson. Black Men Don’t Look Alike

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A black president and a black governor of New York, or so I hope. I watched Governor-in-Waiting David Paterson’s press conference yesterday with interest. He’s an appealing guy. He has a very soft and warm manner, he doesn’t speak very…

A Debate on the Israel Lobby

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I’m trying to have more dialogues with Richard Witty because he’s a smart guy who disagrees with me, also I’m grateful that he’s come to this site overcoming his objection to a lot of stuff said here. (On a personal…

Model/Whore

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Gawker has the “Emperors Club” listing for “Kristen,” the prostitute at the heart of the Spitzer story. It says that she is a “swimsuit model.” A friend of mine in the modelling business, at a good agency, once told me…

Define Lobby! Define Apartheid! Ignore Both.

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Richard Witty and I have been emailing one another about the Israel lobby definition issue; and I will post that exchange soon. But this a.m. he jumps the gun and asks me a bunch of very socratic questions. As if…

Bring Back the Hetaera

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My response to the pictures of Ashley Alexandra Dupre is the same as most other guys I know: beautiful chick, amazing rack. I’d apologize for my crudeness but everyone is saying, or pretending to say, “What was he thinking?” I…

Keating Responds to Witty!

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Charles Keating responds to Richard’s post of this a.m. re financial corruption being the issue, not the sex: The possibility of corruption & conflict of interests certainly is there when a high level government official is paying call girls (look…

‘There Is No Israel Lobby’

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The other day Dan Fleshler took me to task me for my sarcastic refrain, “There is no Israel lobby.” He called it a “glib distraction.” He said everyone acknowledges there is an Israel lobby, the real question is how much…

Spiritual Mutt

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Richard asks what makes me proud of my tradition, what is in it, what other influences are in there. Truthfully I know little about Jewish spiritual tradition, though I am aware that I was steeped in certain aspects of it,…

Charles Keating Responds to Clara

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Charles Keating had this response to Clara’s long comment re lobby, Finkelstein and censorship in the thread below, on “Spitzer’s Nobility”: I agree with Clara. Please don’t respond to her by attacking her because of her “reperations” typo. Digest what…

Spitzer’s Nobility

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I was moved by Spitzer’s resignation speech. It was a beautiful piece of writing. Simple, honest, hurt, and deeply spiritual in his statement that we all fall and his desire for his public redemption through future works. Also I liked…

Yes, Richard, I Have Too Much Money

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Richard Witty has challenged me, re my belief that Jews make too much money: “Do you have too much money? Do you think I do?” I don’t know about you Richard, but I think I do. And no, I don’t…

Misrepresenting Charles Keating

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A comment yesterday said I’m wrong about where Spitzer grew up. “Spitzer grew up in the Bronx, a—–e. Where did you “gather” that he grew up on Park Avenue? You’re even less successful as a journalist than you are as…