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The mystery: does Mitt Romney actually believe his endless absurdities, in which case he’s a fool, or does he know better but calculates that in the current political environment the absurdities serve his ambitions, in which case he’s merely an unprincipled liar? Since I keep reading about how, underneath it all, he’s really quite smart, I’ve been inclined to go along with the unprincipled liar theory.   That was actually sort of comforting, since it would probably be less chilling to have an unprincipled liar as president than one who sincerely believes his stupidities.

However, even this small comforting thought may be denied us, for maybe Romney is both a liar and a fool.  Monday, in his groveling political tour of Israel, Romney gave a speech claiming that the fact that Israelis have a much higher per capita income than the Palestinians–about twice as much, he said, but actually over ten times as much–proved that Israel had a superior “culture.”

This was too much even for the New York Times, which in both its news story and editorial pointed out that Romney had somehow ignored the Israeli occupation and its ongoing border closures and trade as well as other economic  sanctions of the Palestinians.   The news story quoted from a CIA assessment–no less–that in the West Bank “Israeli closure policies continue to disrupt labor and trade flows, industrial capacity, and basic commerce,” and that matters were even worse in Gaza, where Israeli economic warfare has, (in the CIA’s words), “resulted in high unemployment, elevated poverty rates, and the near collapse of the private sector that had relied on export markets.” Aside from Romney’s mind-boggling cultural explanation, the Times editorial observed that Romney had demonstrated “troubling ignorance” in “vastly understating” the Israeli-Palestinian income disparities.

In a normal political environment this should have been a Gerald Ford, possibly election-changing, moment.  As will be recalled, in a debate with Jimmy Carter during the 1976 presidential campaign, Ford said “There is no Soviet domination of Eastern Europe, and there never will be under a Ford administration.”   Naturally, the Democrats gleefully jumped all over this, and many analysts believe that it tipped the electoral scales towards Carter.

My first thought was that the Romney “gaffe” demonstrated not merely that he was a shamelessly pandering liar but also a fool, because only a fool would fail to realize that his preposterous argument would hold him up to catastrophic ridicule, just as was the case with Ford.

But hold on!   Maybe he’s not so dumb after all!   Maybe he has cleverly and realistically calculated that he can get away with saying anything at all, so long as it is “pro-Israeli,” because Obama and the Democrats will not dare to point out the truth. 

Such is the state of affairs in 2012 America.  We have met the real fools, and they are us.

This post first appeared on Jerome Slater’s site two days ago.

Jerome Slater
About Jerome Slater

Jerome Slater is a professor (emeritus) of political science and now a University Research Scholar at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He has taught and written about U.S. foreign policy and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for nearly 50 years, both for professional journals (such as International Security, Security Studies, and Political Science Quarterly) and for many general periodicals. He writes foreign policy columns for the Sunday Viewpoints section of the Buffalo News. And his website it www.jeromeslater.com.

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  1. Citizen
    Citizen
    August 2, 2012, 9:04 am

    Damn, Mr Slater, that about sums it up on Mitt, and we, the American public. No doubt in my mind Mitt thinks John Q Public is a moron. He has virtually said so in another context, that is, when he responded to a question while on the stump regarding his wealth, the 1%, and the great disparity in income, and widening income gap. He responded that some people were just smarter than others.

  2. justicewillprevail
    justicewillprevail
    August 2, 2012, 11:28 am

    David Bromwich has a very good summary of who Romney’s speech was aimed at, and it wasn’t US voters:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-bromwich/romney-netanyahu-israel_b_1727802.html

    Romney, with his eagerness to pander to Republican billionaire donors most of whom are also Israeli firsters, is played for the fool he is by these oligarch manipulators. He is more than happy to outsource US policy, and US lives, to a paranoid, scheming huckster who, laughably, poses as a representative of ‘all Jews’, through his demagogic position in israel. What is near seditious is his handing over US policy decisions to the little tyrant, whilst not even in office. This has handed Yahoo another stick to beat Obama with, which he has wasted no time in doing so, as he tries to ramp up the pressure to take military action with more loose and misleading talk. Romney is happy to collude with the extremists in israel to create an arms race between the parties who compete to outdo each other in kowtowing to the unelected, unrepresentative, mendacious Israel lobby and whatever wars they want the US to fight for them. Bromwich nails the absurdity, and the ugly truth, of these disgraces to the American people. Romney’s stupidity, allied with his cynical calculated play for money, and thus votes, at the expense of America should consign him to the rubbish heap of history. Unfortunately, with the poverty of real debate in the US, and its corporate media hacks, most Americans have little idea of the depth of the political surrender to Israel. However, those who overreach themselves, can get their fingers burnt. Here’s hoping.

    • American
      American
      August 2, 2012, 1:30 pm

      @ justicewillprevail

      Opps, I didn’t see you had already posted Bromwich’s article when I posted mine.
      But maybe people will read the full article, it’s that’s good.

      • ritzl
        ritzl
        August 2, 2012, 5:35 pm

        Yup. And Bromwich was beautifully explicit about the giant, glaring, dirty, open secret of this fundraiser and its implications for the lives of middle America – that will never be discussed loudly and/or openly and/or for very long.

        …So Romney’s intervention in Jerusalem amounted to approval of war — and a war before November if Netanyahu happens to find that desirable. As a candidate in an election season, Romney gave the green light to a power whose engagement in war would involve the United States.

        Nothing like this has ever happened before in American politics. But then, there has never been anything in history remotely like the present relationship between the United States and Israel. …

        Great article. I hope it gets a lot of hits and regular people get plenty PO’d about how so far over the line the Israel talk is.

        What Romney did should change the election, but it won’t because Obama won’t exploit this gaping political hole. What’s doubly sad (in some ways) about that is that Obama could do it without even mentioning Israel. He could just use the racial angle. He just won’t do any of it, which makes it triply sad because that is foresight into an Obama second term and the prospects for some US shift in policy wrt Israel.

  3. American
    American
    August 2, 2012, 12:28 pm

    “Romney’s ‘culture’ comment ought to be an election-changing moment”

    It ought to be but it won’t.
    Look around…..the US has devolved from one nation for all into a political system of ‘competing tyrannies’ of minorities and ethnics.
    US government by the desires of various ethnic niches of voters and donors has produced a toxic ‘hodgepodge’ of domestic and foreign policy that is destroying the country and is not sustainable in the long term.
    Hold onto your hats cause sooner or later even the majority is going to go tribal.

  4. American
    American
    August 2, 2012, 1:26 pm

    I have asked many times here if anyone knew of any instance in history like the US has now where it’s government and FP is controlled by foreign loyalist for the benefit of a foreign nation. Well no one has ever given me a example of this happening before in history and I’ve never been able to find one.
    Evidently Professor Bromwich, who I am sure has done his history homework, has never been able to find a comparable example either.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-bromwich/romney-netanyahu-israel_b_1727802.html

    Romney, Netanyahu, and George Washington’s Warning

    Professor David Bromwich – Yale

    ‘’Nothing like this has ever happened before in American politics. But then, there has never been anything in history remotely like the present relationship between the United States and Israel.’’

    At the King David Hotel, Romney addressed campaign donors from America who had traveled thousands of miles to another country to affirm their loyalty. But loyalty to what and whom? Are the United States and Israel the same country? This was one of the weirdest exhibitions of transnational financial muscle in recorded history. It probably has no precedent. Will it have a sequel? Let us try a thought experiment. Imagine the American reaction to an American presidential candidate who calls a meeting of wealthy Italian-Americans in Vatican City in order to declare their unconditional fidelity to the Pope. The United States was once the country of protestant nonconformity.

    What is happening to us?’’

    George Washington thought that being Americans should be enough for us. In his great Farewell Address, he also gave some reasons why attachment to a foreign power, no matter how sentimental the affection, could only impair American liberty and independence and serve to draw the country into unnecessary wars. “Nothing,” said Washington,

    is more essential than that permanent, inveterate antipathies against particular nations, and passionate attachments for others, should be excluded; and that, in place of them, just and amicable feelings towards all should be cultivated. The nation which indulges towards another a habitual hatred or a habitual fondness is in some degree a slave. It is a slave to its animosity or to its affection, either of which is sufficient to lead it astray from its duty and its interest. . . .Hence, frequent collisions, obstinate, envenomed, and bloody contests. The nation, prompted by ill-will and resentment, sometimes impels to war the government, contrary to the best calculations of policy. . . .The peace often, sometimes perhaps the liberty, of nations, has been the victim.”
    >>>>>>

    What indeed is happening to us. I am convinced that this Israeli fetish in the US will come to an end. Whether it comes to an end with a whimpering strangulation or the biggest FUBAR event we have ever seen I don’t know. I tend to lean toward there being some FUBAR event simply because the nature of the zionist and Israel.
    Since there is nothing in history exactly comparable to go by all we can guess on is the rise and fall and Waterloos of similar aggressors and movements.

  5. Blake
    Blake
    August 2, 2012, 1:44 pm

    How ironic Newt Gingrich killed any chance he had when, for a huge payola, he said Palestinians were an invented people and now Mitt Romney….who said Palestine has no clout in American politics?

    • ritzl
      ritzl
      August 2, 2012, 7:31 pm

      Brilliant!

      This underscores the trend that American and others have been pointing out for a while.

      As you say, as the level of abject racism in Israel threatens to break/breaks containment, it becomes such glaring, toxic, in-your-face, ugliness that Americans (or most otherwise normal people) just won’t stomach it.

      Again, brilliantly observed and posed.

  6. Blake
    Blake
    August 2, 2012, 1:47 pm

    While they adopted different newer religions & rulers came & went, they remained the people of the ancient land & they were & remain pioneers. They were the first to develop: law, astronomy, math, & shipping, agriculture (hence the designations of fertile crescent & land of milk & honey), first to domesticate plants & animals, an alphabet – proto Aramaic alphabet evolved to the Arabic & Hebrew there in Canaan.

  7. German Lefty
    German Lefty
    August 2, 2012, 1:52 pm

    OT: To all the German speakers here. There’s a new German documentary about the attack on the Israeli Olympians. You can watch it on YouTube.
    “Vom Traum zum Terror – München 72”

  8. Citizen
    Citizen
    August 2, 2012, 5:36 pm

    Mitt can’t sink the good character of America any lower in the eyes of the world. This guy spells it out: http://www.veteransnewsnow.com/2012/08/01/is-romney-just-a-pretty-face-then/

    He could care less, since he has a very low opinion of the American masses, just like Bibi and Shelly Adelson. Dick and Jane sleep on, while their pockets and brains are picked, handed over to “the smarter set.”

    • ColinWright
      ColinWright
      August 3, 2012, 2:51 am

      “…He could care less, since he has a very low opinion of the American masses, just like Bibi and Shelly Adelson. Dick and Jane sleep on, while their pockets and brains are picked, handed over to “the smarter set.”…”

      Well, I take some consolation in the fact that Sheldon Adelson himself doesn’t appear to be too bright. After all, he led off by showering money on Newt Gingrich, which was not only a waste in itself, but forced Romney to make that many more far-right statements, thus making him that much less electable come November.

      If Adelson was smart, he would have started with Romney and stuck with Romney. Obviously, Romney is willing to give him all he wants, and presumably always was.

      The one getting played here is Sheldon Adelson. Not that I mind — couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. Besides, every dollar he gives to American politicians is a dollar that doesn’t go to fund illegal settlements.

  9. Citizen
    Citizen
    August 2, 2012, 5:45 pm

    EU masses roll up right behind USA’s, all sleeping as their representatives cater to their respective Israel lobbies headed by the USA’s. So it’s downright talmudic, the goys really are a subspecies, sheep. The best and brightest of them are whores, and the rest, well, they don’t have a clue the Zionist Establishment around the world does not give them. http://www.veteransnewsnow.com/2012/07/31/eus-latest-message-to-israel-do-your-worst-without-fear-of-sanction-by-us/

  10. Citizen
    Citizen
    August 2, 2012, 6:12 pm

    Dyed pup Mitt in Israel to Bibi, AIPAC, and Shelly Adelson: “Is this jump high enough?”
    http://www.veteransnewsnow.com/2012/07/30/romney-in-israel-how-high-to-jump/

    I’m sure patriotic Americans are very proud of Mitt. My god, look at the fat bones he’s getting!

  11. fillmorehagan
    fillmorehagan
    August 2, 2012, 6:24 pm

    All this talk of possibly attacking Iran is probably a bluff, beacuse Iran can impose heavy costs on the attackers. If an attack on Iran was easy it would have happened years ago.

    The real aim of the war talk is to encourage drastic economic sanctions on Iran to head off a threatened Israeli strike. These sanctions now been escalated to the point where they are making it very hard for Iran to import food and medicine. To say that this is a criminal policy would be a drastic understatement.

  12. dbroncos
    dbroncos
    August 2, 2012, 7:07 pm

    Thanks, Mr. Slater. I also enjoyed reading your review of Beinart’s book.

  13. yourstruly
    yourstruly
    August 3, 2012, 12:47 am

    if a 2-3 minute video of mitt romney’s fundraiser in israeli were to be placed on youtube and goes viral, might not this alert the public to the fact that the tale’s wagging the dog? and considering how many people place videos on youtube, why hasn’t someone already done this? after all it’s well known that msm not only pays attention to what goes viral on social media, it regularly considers such information newsworthy. or are we to believe that only videos showing a cat trapped in a tree or someone angrily waving a finger at president obama have the capacity to go viral?

    • Citizen
      Citizen
      August 3, 2012, 5:57 pm

      The information is out there, but the US MSM does not dwell on it, although it is outrageous, e.g., it would take 321,000 US families giving 0.15 % of their wealth to match the Adelsons’ super-PAC donations to date. http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/08/super-pac-dark-money-charts-sheldon-adelson-demos via @motherjones

      A mere thousands individuals and a mere 5 super-PACs are spinning exactly what goes into the American voters’ ears. Few Americans spend time doing there own research on issues and candidates on the internet, although the number of same is increasing even if it doesn’t even barely touch those who will spend hours on the internet gaming and gossiping, etc.

  14. yesspam
    yesspam
    August 3, 2012, 4:59 pm

    Mitt says that the reason that the Palestinians have not won any medals at the Olympics is because ‘culturally’ they are not as good at sports as Israelis!!!!!

  15. Nevada Ned
    Nevada Ned
    August 3, 2012, 10:24 pm

    Romney racks up another endorsement, this time from porn star Jenna Jameson.
    http://ed.msnbc.com/_news/2012/08/03/13107068-jenna-jameson-endorses-romney-because-when-youre-rich-you-want-a-republican-in-office?lite
    Her rack is nice, also.

  16. DICKERSON3870
    DICKERSON3870
    August 4, 2012, 3:49 pm

    RE: “The mystery: does Mitt Romney actually believe his endless absurdities, in which case he’s a fool, or does he know better but calculates that in the current political environment the absurdities serve his ambitions, in which case he’s merely an unprincipled liar? ” ~ Slater

    FROM AVIVA SHEN @ ThinkProgress.org on 7/30/12″

    {EXCERPT] In a speech to wealthy donors in Tel Aviv over the weekend, Romney praised Israel’s “economic vitality” compared to the poor Palestinian economy. He attributed the economic success of the nation to a strong culture. . .
    . . . To give the full context, Romney discussed two economic theories, one attributing success to the physical characteristics of the land, while another attributes it to culture. He argued that the successes of Israel, the U.S. and Chile can be attributed to strong cultures; conversely, the geographically similar Palestinian, Ecuadorean and Mexican economies are the result of a poorer culture. . .

    SOURCE – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chile

    CHILE’S “STRONG CULTURE”, FROM WIKIPEDIA [Chile]:

    [EXCERPTS] Chile (i/ˈtʃɪliː/[10] or /ˈtʃɪleɪ/), officially the Republic of Chile (Spanish: República de Chile [reˈpuβlika ðe ˈtʃile] ( listen)), is a country in South America. . .
    . . . In the 1970 election, Senator Salvador Allende of the Socialist Party of Chile (part of the “Popular Unity” coalition which included the Communists, Radicals, Social-Democrats, dissident Christian Democrats, the Popular Unitary Action Movement, and the Independent Popular Action),[30] achieved a partial majority in a plurality of votes in a three-way contest, followed by candidates Radomiro Tomic for the Christian Democrat Party and Jorge Alessandri for the Conservative Party. Allende was not elected with an absolute majority, receiving fewer than 35% of votes. It became a war of classes, motivated by the central government. Despite pressure from the United States government, the Chilean Congress conducted a runoff vote between the leading candidates, Allende and former president Jorge Alessandri and keeping with tradition, chose Allende by a vote of 153 to 35. Frei refused to form an alliance with Alessandri to oppose Allende, on the grounds that the Christian Democrats were a workers party and could not make common cause with the right-wing.[35][36]
    An economic depression that began in 1972 was exacerbated by capital flight, plummeting private investment, and withdrawal of bank deposits in response to Allende’s socialist program. Production fell and unemployment rose. Allende adopted measures including price freezes, wage increases, and tax reforms, to increase consumer spending and redistribute income downward.[37] Joint public-private public works projects helped reduce unemployment.[38][page needed] Much of the banking sector was nationalized. Many enterprises within the copper, coal, iron, nitrate, and steel industries were expropriated, nationalized, or subjected to state intervention. Industrial output increased sharply and unemployment fell during the Allende administration’s first year.[38]
    • Augusto Pinochet
    Allende’s program included advancement of workers’ interests,[38][39] replacing the judicial system with “socialist legality”,[40] nationalization of banks and forcing others to bankruptcy,[41] and strengthening “popular militias” known as MIR.[41] Started under former President Frei, the Popular Unity platform also called for nationalization of Chile’s major copper mines in the form of a constitutional amendment. The measure was passed unanimously by Congress. As a result,[42] the Richard Nixon administration organized and inserted secret operatives in Chile, in order to quickly destabilize Allende’s government.[43] In addition, American financial pressure restricted international economic credit to Chile.[44] The economic problems were also exacerbated by Allende’s public spending which was financed mostly by printing money and poor credit ratings given by commercial banks.[45] Simultaneously, opposition media, politicians, business guilds and other organizations helped to accelerate a campaign of domestic political and economical destabilization, some of which was helped by the United States.[44][46] By early 1973, inflation was out of control. The crippled economy was further battered by prolonged and sometimes simultaneous strikes by physicians, teachers, students, truck owners, copper workers, and the small business class. On 26 May 1973, Chile’s Supreme Court, which was opposed to Allende’s government, unanimously denounced the Allende disruption of the legality of the nation. Although illegal under the Chilean constitution, the court supported and strengthened Pinochet’s seizure of power.[41][47]
    Finally, a military coup overthrew Allende on 11 September 1973. As the armed forces bombarded the presidential palace, Allende apparently committed suicide.[48][49] A military junta, led by General Augusto Pinochet Ugarte, took over control of the country. The first years of the regime were marked by human rights violations. On October 1973, at least 72 people were murdered by the Caravan of Death.[50] According to the Rettig Report and Valech Commission, at least 2,115 were killed,[51] and at least 27,265[52] were tortured (including 88 children younger than 12 years old).[52] A new Constitution was approved by a controversial plebiscite on 11 September 1980, and General Pinochet became president of the republic for an 8-year term. . .

    SOURCE – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chile

    • DICKERSON3870
      DICKERSON3870
      August 4, 2012, 4:08 pm

      P.S. ALSO FROM WIKIPEDIA [Salvador Allende]:

      [EXCERPTS] Salvador Allende Gossens (Spanish pronunciation: [salbaˈðoɾ aˈʝende ˈɣosens]; 26 June 1908 – 11 September 1973) was a Chilean physician and politician, known as the first Marxist to become president of a Latin American country through open elections. . .
      • US involvement
      Main article: United States intervention in Chile
      The possibility of Allende winning Chile’s 1970 election was deemed a disaster by a US administration which wanted to protect US business interests and prevent any spread of Communism during the Cold War.[35] In September 1970, President Nixon informed the CIA that an Allende government in Chile would not be acceptable and authorized $10 million to stop Allende from coming to power or unseat him. [36] Henry Kissinger’s 40 Committee and the CIA planned to impede Allende’s investiture as President of Chile with covert efforts known as “Track I” and “Track II”; Track I sought to prevent Allende from assuming power via so-called “parliamentary trickery”, while under the Track II initiative, the CIA tried to convince key Chilean military officers to carry out a coup.[36]
      During Nixon’s presidency, U.S. officials attempted to prevent Allende’s election by financing political parties aligned with opposition candidate Jorge Alessandri and supporting strikes in the mining and transportation sectors.[37]
      After the 1970 election, the Track I operation attempted to incite Chile’s outgoing president, Eduardo Frei Montalva, to persuade his party (PDC) to vote in Congress for Alessandri.[citation needed] Under the plan, Alessandri would resign his office immediately after assuming it and call new elections. Eduardo Frei would then be constitutionally able to run again (since the Chilean Constitution did not allow a president to hold two consecutive terms, but allowed multiple non-consecutive ones), and presumably easily defeat Allende. The Chilean Congress instead chose Allende as President, on the condition that he would sign a “Statute of Constitutional Guarantees” affirming that he would respect and obey the Chilean Constitution, and that his reforms would not undermine any of its elements.
      Track II was aborted, as parallel initiatives already underway within the Chilean military rendered it moot.[38]
      During the second term of office of Democratic President Bill Clinton, the CIA acknowledged having played a role in Chilean politics prior to the coup, but its degree of involvement is debated. The CIA was notified by its Chilean contacts of the impending coup two days in advance, but contends it “played no direct role in” the coup.[39]
      Much of the internal opposition to Allende’s policies came from business sector, and recently-released U.S. government documents confirm that the U.S. indirectly[24] funded the truck drivers’ strike,[40] which exacerbated the already chaotic economic situation prior to the coup.

      The most prominent U.S. corporations in Chile prior to Allende’s presidency were the Anaconda and Kennecott copper companies, and ITT Corporation, International Telephone and Telegraph. Both the copper corporations aimed to expand privatized copper production in the city of El Teniente in the Chilean Andes, the world’s largest underground copper mine.[41] At the end of 1968, according to US Department of Commerce data, U.S. corporate holdings in Chile amounted to $964 million. Anaconda and Kennecott accounted for 28% of U.S. holdings, but ITT had by far the largest holding of any single corporation, with an investment of $200 million in Chile.[41] In 1970, before Allende was elected, ITT owned 70% of Chitelco, the Chilean Telephone Company and funded El Mercurio, a Chilean right-wing newspaper. Documents released in 2000 by the CIA confirmed that before the elections of 1970, ITT gave $700,000 to Allende’s conservative opponent, Jorge Alessandri, with help from the CIA on how to channel the money safely. ITT president Harold Geneen also offered $1 million to the CIA to help defeat Allende in the elections.[42]
      After General Pinochet assumed power, United States Secretary of State Henry Kissinger told President Richard Nixon that the U.S. “didn’t do it,” but “we helped them…created the conditions as great as possible.” (referring to the coup itself).[43] Recent documents declassified under the Clinton administration’s Chile Declassification Project show that the United States government and the CIA sought the overthrow of Allende in 1970 immediately before he took office (“Project FUBELT”). Many documents regarding the 1973 coup remain classified. . .

      SOURCE – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvador_Allende

  17. Citizen
    Citizen
    August 4, 2012, 5:09 pm

    Is there a lesson for pending America in Wiki’s data on Chile?

  18. DICKERSON3870
    DICKERSON3870
    August 4, 2012, 8:46 pm

    RE: “Monday, in his groveling political tour of Israel, Romney gave a speech claiming that the fact that Israelis have a much higher per capita income than the Palestinians–about twice as much, he said, but actually over ten times as much–proved that Israel had a superior ‘culture’.” ~ Slater

    SPEAKING OF “CULTURE”, ALSO SEE: “In Jerusalem, Pipes suggests Muslim polygamy has ended ‘Jane Austen’ England”, By Philip Weiss, 09/17/10 (excerpts)

    . . . Here is a snapshot of Jerusalem life. My wife and I go to dinner in the German Colony, a good neighborhood in West Jerusalem. . .
    . . . We walk home past a conference center. Former Israeli Ambassador Dore Gold is outside talking on a cell phone. Inside, Daniel Pipes is speaking, the U.S. neoconservative, the hall is sold out, but we jam in the back. The Hadar-Israel Council for Civic Action. He’s talking about the Muslim threat in Europe. England and Sweden have lost their essential character, England has given up the “Jane Austen” side of its culture for a new Muslim flavored England. “Before our eyes it is becoming a different country.”. . .
    . . . The problem is not the hijab or the minarets, that is just “symbolic,” Pipes says. The problem is laws that allow polygamy. Apparently that is the thin edge of the wedge that will destroy western civilization, Muslim practice of polygamy! Pipes says that we must use all means we can to counter radical Islam, including “demographic” means. I am not sure what he means, but he suggests that means having more babies. Europeans are only having 2/3 of the babies they “need” to have to replace themselves. Immigrants are making up much of the rest.
    The audience asks a bunch of questions that are intolerant of Islam. One woman with a strong accent calls Pipes naive and says that we should be dealing with the Muslim world as we should have dealt with the Nazis.
    So Daniel Pipes is a liberal! Only in Jerusalem. . .

    SOURCE – http://mondoweiss.net/2010/09/in-jerusalem-pipes-suggests-muslim-polygamy-has-ended-jane-austen-england.htmlbritish-anti-muslim-nativists-riot-muslim-immigrant-murdered/Weiss, 09/17/10

  19. DICKERSON3870
    DICKERSON3870
    August 4, 2012, 10:36 pm

    RE: “Monday, in his groveling political tour of Israel, Romney gave a speech claiming that the fact that Israelis have a much higher per capita income than the Palestinians–about twice as much, he said, but actually over ten times as much–proved that Israel had a superior ‘culture’.” ~ Slater

    WHERE THE DESPICABLE IDEAS OF MITT ROMNEY (AND DAN SENOR) ULTIMATELY LEAD:
    Homo Sapiens 1900 (2000) NR, 85 minutes
    This documentary follows the history of eugenics — scientific studies designed to improve genetic qualities, usually by selective breeding — from when it gained steam at the start of the 20th century to its decline after World War II. Initially, the hype involved promoting a healthier lifestyle, but the real controversy dealt with Nazi leaders who used the theory to determine which members of society were less desired and expendable.
    Director: Peter Cohen
    Netflix Format: DVD and streaming
    • Netflix DVD – http://dvd.netflix.com/Movie/Homo_Sapiens_1900/70002652
    • Netflix streaming – http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Homo_Sapiens_1900/70002652
    • Internet Movie Database – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0176825/
    • Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homo_Sapiens_1900
    ALSO ON YouTube: Homo Sapiens 1900 – [History of Eugenics] (VIDEO, 1:24:05) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8Vttg25FmY

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