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Scarlett Johansson gets an ally– Mike Huckabee

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Rightwing Fox star Mike Huckabee’s promotion of SodaStream sounds a lot like Scarlett Johansson’s! In the first two minutes of the video above, he comes down on Oxfam for criticizing Johansson and says that her new corporate partner SodaStream operates not in a settlement but in an Israeli neighborhood in Judea.

What SodaStream is doing in those neighborhoods… hiring Palestinians at wages they’ve never had in their lives before…Palestinians and Jewish Israelis working side by side in a company without their political differences getting in the way.”


I remain a supporter of economic cooperation and social interaction between a democratic Israel and Palestine. SodaStream is a company that is not only committed to the environment but to building a bridge to peace between Israel and Palestine.

More about Huckabee. Lately he went after Democrats for government funding of contraceptives and spoke of women’s “libido”:

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee accused Democrats Thursday of encouraging women to rely on the government for help in controlling their “libido” and said Republicans have been wrongly accused of waging a “war on women.”

“If the Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing for them a prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or reproductive system without the help of the government, so be it,” he said. “Let us take that discussion all across America.”

Huffpo is on the story, interviewing the Forward’s Jane Eisner, who says the paper hasn’t taken an official position. Why haven’t you taken a position? Alyona Minkovski of Huffpo asks. Because it’s “complicated,” Eisner says.

I haven’t quite sorted out all the competing claims. We are a small organization. I write all the editorials.. Honestly there’s a lot of confusion out there. There is question about the competing claims…. I’m not really sure where the truth lies right now. It’s a very complicated issue.

Eisner mentions the “harmonious workplace,” where Palestinians are paid well. Oh my god.

Even Minkovski says this is a product based on the blood of Palestinian children. Eisner:

This [is a] very fraught issue, which is debated a lot in our community.

“Personally,” Eisner says, she thinks the occupation is wrong. But she blames the Palestinian leadership in part for the “stalemate.” And SodaStream is offering 500 Palestinians jobs. A whole lot of people will lose their jobs if that factory closes. Maybe that’s the way to bring about a peaceful future, she says.

(See US history: Taxation without representation is tyranny.)

Also: The Forward was the leader of socialist Jewish life 100 years ago. And now it can’t figure out what it thinks about a military occupation by religious nationalist Jews.

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  1. seafoid
    January 26, 2014, 11:14 am

    Sorry, I thought it was going to be someone credible.

    Yeah, you’ve fucked up for the last time
    You think you got everyone figured out
    We’re living in a glass house
    ‘Cause everything’s shattering all around
    Now tell me, what you’re mad about?
    I’m tired of all of the nonsense

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    • Krauss
      January 26, 2014, 12:41 pm

      Ah, “it’s complicated”.

      The inherent logic of “liberal” Zionism.

      The pattern is always the same: they like to talk liberalism and democracy in the abstract but whenever there a clear-cut issue, they always back the oppression based on racial domination.

      Jane Eisner and the Forward in abstract opposes the occupation, just like Jeff Goldberg, but whenever there is a substantive issue they all either:
      A) Throw their hands up, saying it’s “too complicated”(Eisner)
      B) Start ranting about anti-Semitism and how the world must allow Jews to practice racial supremacy or else they will whine in their Op-Eds.(Goldberg)

      Is there a more intellectually and morally bankrupt movement in contemporary Western discourse than “liberal” Zionism as of right now?

      • seafoid
        January 26, 2014, 3:23 pm

        Judaism is a rabbit in front of headlights now. Faith in thugs and the thugs are lost.

    • RoHa
      January 26, 2014, 11:43 pm

      I’ve never heard of this guy before, but the billing “former Governor of Arkansas” is guaranteed to invite mockery.

  2. seafoid
    January 26, 2014, 11:24 am

    Huckabee is rolled out to play the role of Peter Cook’s biased judge
    Mr Justice Cantley’s summing-up was widely criticised for an alleged pro-establishment bias,[3] and it made headlines when he described Scott as “a crook, an accomplished liar … a fraud”. In spite of the judge’s direction, the jury was at first split 6–6, but, after 15 hours of deliberation, it finally reached a verdict of Not Guilty. The four defendants were all acquitted on 22 June 1979.

    Judge: [aloud] Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, it is now my duty to advise you on how you should vote when you retire from this court. In the last few weeks we have all heard some pretty extraordinary allegations being made about one of the prettiest, about one of the most distinguished politicians ever to rise to high office in this country – or not, as you may think. We have heard, for example, from Mr Bex Bissell – a man who by his own admission is a liar, a humbug, a hypocrite, a vagabond, a loathsome spotted reptile and a self-confessed chicken strangler. You may choose, if you wish, to believe the transparent tissue of odious lies which streamed on and on from his disgusting, greedy, slavering lips. That is entirely a matter for you. Then we have been forced to listen to the pitiful whining of Mr Norma St.John Scott – a scrounger, parasite, pervert, a worm, a self-confessed player of the pink oboe; a man, or woman who by his, or her, own admission chews pillows! It would be hard to imagine, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, a more discredited and embittered man, a more unreliable witness upon whose testimony to convict a man who you may rightly think should have become Prime Minister of his country or President of the world. You may on the other hand choose to believe the evidence of Mrs Scott – in which case I can only say that you need psychiatric help of the type provided by the excellent Dr Gleadle. On the evidence of the so-called “hit man”, Mr Olivia Newton-John, I would prefer to draw a discreet veil. He is, as we know, a man with a criminal past, but I like to think – ho, ho, ho – no criminal future. He is a piece of slimy refuse, unable to carry out the simplest murder plot without cocking it up, to the distress of many. On the other hand, you may think Mr Newton-John is one of the most intelligent, profound, sensitive and saintly personalities of our time. That is entirely a matter for you. I now turn to the evidence about the money and Mr Jack Haywire and Mr Nadir Rickshaw, neither of whom, as far as I can make out, are complete and utter crooks, though the latter in incontestably foreign and, you may well think, the very type to boil up foul-smelling biryanis at all hours of the night and keep you awake with his pagan limbo dancing. It is not contested by the defence that enormous sums of money flowed towards them in unusual ways. What happened to that money, we shall never know. But I put it to you, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, that there are a number of totally innocent ways in which that £20,000 could have been spent: on two tickets for Evita, a centre court seat at Wimbledon, or Mr Thrope may have decided simply to blow it all on a flutter on the Derby. That is his affair and it is not for us to pry. It will be a sad day for this country when a leading politician cannot spend his election expenses in any way he sees fit. One further point – you will probably have noticed that three of the defendants have very wisely chosen to exercise their inalienable right not to go into the witness box to answer a lot of impertinent questions. I will merely say that you are not to infer from this anything other than that they consider the evidence against them so flimsy that it was scarcely worth their while to rise from their seats and waste their breath denying these ludicrous charges. In closing, I would like to pay tribute to Mr Thrope’s husband, Miriam, who has stood by him throughout this long and unnecessary ordeal. I know you will join me in wishing them well for a long and happy future. And now, being mindful of the fact that the Prudential Cup begins on Saturday, putting all such thoughts from your mind, you are now to retire – as indeed should I – you are now to retire, carefully to consider your verdict of “Not Guilty”.

  3. just
    January 26, 2014, 11:26 am

    The Huckster is a rabid, theocratic fascist, an insufferable and dangerous misogynist, and a propagandist supporter of the apartheid state. Judea??????

    I’m sure that SJ will be so enchanted with his embrace of her womanhood and his love of the flagrant violation of international law by Israel and SS. What’s next, a Fox contract for SJ? Will she eschew Oxfam and run to media to attempt to save her career with the likes of the wide-eyed believers clapping for the Huckster’s terrible remarks about that worthy organization who actually works in Gaza?

    • January 26, 2014, 11:34 am

      The Huckabee is just one more puppet that the Lobby behind the curtain uses to mouth their words. Can you imagine how afraid that have to be of the truth? If their manipulations of the American politicians were ever to become common knowledge?

    • Rusty Pipes
      Rusty Pipes
      January 26, 2014, 7:26 pm

      Even if it’s only on Fox News, the fact that Huckabee tackles this at the top of the hour means that the boycott is getting more coverage — breaking out of activist and alternative media into mainstream discourse. Who knows, maybe NPR will consider it safe to mention now that Fox has broached the subject.

      • just
        January 26, 2014, 8:03 pm

        Good point, Rusty!

        Tick tock.

      • Kathleen
        January 26, 2014, 8:21 pm

        Really great point..

  4. DICKERSON3870
    January 26, 2014, 12:14 pm

    RE: “Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee accused Democrats Thursday of encouraging women to rely on the government for help in controlling their ‘libido’. . .” ~ Weiss

    MY COMMENT: Right Huck! Us guys are so tired of fighting off the multitude of totally bodacious women who are after our hot, studly bods. For Christ’s sake, why wont they give us a moment’s peace?!?! They just wont leave us alone.
    Give ’em hell, Huck!

    P.S. ★ Huck fer Prez in ’16

    • just
      January 26, 2014, 12:19 pm


      “Uncle Sugar” does pay for Viagra, etc. But “Uncle Sugar” does not provide prescriptions for anything………doctors do.

      (wonder how the tea party likes “uncle sugar” now?)

    • DICKERSON3870
      January 27, 2014, 9:39 pm

      P.P.S. Here is a nice photo of Huck’s hot, studly bod.
      What a babe magnet!

  5. Sumud
    January 26, 2014, 12:41 pm

    You might be thinking, what could be controversial about Sodastream?

    Well, Sodastream is an Israeli company and critics don’t like that it operates in an Israeli neighbourhood in Judea where some people wish that Israelis wouldn’t live.

    No wonder so many Americans have distorted views on I/P with professional liars like Huckabee on the air.

    Are you aware that they’re hiring Palestinians at wages they’ve never ever in their lives earned before? Wages which are by the way exactly equal to what any Israeli is getting at the factory.

    Huckabee neglects to mention Sodastream is in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention and that the very reason Sodastream’s wages are (relatively) high is because Israel has been busy crushing the Palestinian economy for many years now.

    Nir Barkat put it plainly starting at about 2:35 in this 2011 interview, average income for:
    – a jew in Jerusalem: $16,000
    – a jew in central Israel: $24,000
    – a Palestinian living in Jerusalem: $4,000
    – a West Bank Palestinian: $800

    That’s not a typo. Eight hundred bucks, a year – manufactured poverty designed by Israel to drive out Palestinians and put those who refuse to leave in desperate circumstances. A captive workforce, literally.

  6. Citizen
    January 26, 2014, 1:06 pm

    Huckabee has visited Israel somewhere between 9 and 20 times, or in Huckabee’s words, “So many times I’ve lost track.” Has he ever visited Palestine and talked to any Palestinians? Not to my knowledge. He has advocated a Palestinian state somewhere outside of Greater Israel.

    • smithgp
      January 26, 2014, 3:29 pm

      Sorry, where do you get that H has visited Israel 9 to 20 times?? All he says is “so many times I’ve lost track,” which means at least once.

  7. Citizen
    January 26, 2014, 1:21 pm

    Huckabee was likely thinking of Jordan. It’s a version of the usual Zionist 101 hasbara that Arabs have so many countries, so let the Jews have one, and if you, an Arab state objects to transfer of Palestinians to your state, why this just shows you don’t really care about your brother Arabs, including Arab Christians.

    Personally, I’d love Huckabee to try to move to Israel permanently. He should love that idea since he will be advancing his rapture into heaven. Christian Zionists rapturing into heaven, Jewish Zionists taking wing to their homeland in Israel? With all these flying acrobats, what could go wrong for the rest of us left down here on earth? As between these two angelic-looking humans flying about as if in a Chagall painting or an early Christian fresco, which has their feet on the ground? Neither, but meanwhile, it’s the Dick and Jane who pays for all this crap, while they struggle in plutocratic America.

  8. ritzl
    January 26, 2014, 4:54 pm

    Wouldn’t the perfect visual analogy for this spiraling situation/opportunity and the underlying injustice be Huck and Jo wrestling each other’s SS-flavored tongues during the 3Q of the Super Bowl?

    Viscerally nightmarish? Exactly.

    Same feeling I get when I see pix like these:

  9. Daniel Rich
    Daniel Rich
    January 26, 2014, 5:23 pm

    Complicated, you [Eisner] say?

    Let’s see if you [Eisner] are able to formulate anything within the blink of an eye about this: Chancellor Hitler is an economic hero for bringing Germany back from the abyss, during his first years in office between the year of his election in 1933 and the Olympic Games in 1936.

    Feel the urge to say the predictable, yet, eh?

    I thought so.

    Now, cut to the chase and condemn both Johansson and Soda’s PalestinianBubbleFreeZone for siding with injustice, at the wrong side of another dark page in the historical annals of indefensible malpractice, where death is liberation and freedom locked up behind bars.

    We both know that deep down your tribal chain holds you in place, but try to walk free, for once. Please…

    You can do it.

  10. Blownaway
    January 26, 2014, 5:47 pm

    Reverend Hagee, Michelle Bachman, Louis Gohmert, Mike Huckabee, Santorum this is good company for Scarlett Johannsen and Israel. With friends like this who needs enemies

  11. January 26, 2014, 6:35 pm

    I see all this as very healthy. Prior to these events the [….] media and their fundamentalist apologists in the US had suppressed most discussion about these issues in the USA. With the recent outbursts by Scarlett and the Arkansas ark-dweller there is a huge response by the public and a new era of discussion of the Israel-Palestine problem among the previously inert public. This openness is a welcome development and I can foresee a constructive evaluation and realignment of US opinion. I truly believe that US citizens are much better informed this year than ever before. Just based of what my neighbors and colleagues say to me I see a dramatic improvement in how Americans have detected the Israeli policies of obfuscation and intimidation and the average American is starting to be much more critical. Even if there are more and more daft or outrageous statements by people like Scarlett, Huckabee, DeBlasio etc, this will only draw attention to the normally outrageous statements by Foxman, Dershowitz etc and the forced attention of the otherwise anesthetized media will only expose the irrational and malign activities of AIPAC etc.

  12. Kathleen
    January 26, 2014, 8:25 pm

    All we should be caring about is whether Oxfam is going to stick by their words or jeopardize their own brand?

    Oxfam “However Oxfam believes that businesses that operate in settlements further the ongoing poverty and denial of rights of the Palestinian communities that we work to support. Oxfam is opposed to all trade from Israeli settlements, which are illegal under international law.”

    They have to drop Scarlett or their words are hooey.

  13. Citizen
    January 26, 2014, 9:42 pm

    I scream, you scream, we all scream for Sodastream!

  14. kma
    January 26, 2014, 10:45 pm

    you guys don’t know Huckabee! this is absolutely who he is, down to the core. He’s FOR REAL, it’s not any political party yanking anyone around. you can’t make this up. he believes women are given to men by God, because the Bible says it on about 500 different pages at least. Miss Scarlett can talk sexy all she wants, but she said what she thinks, and it’s called ethnic cleansing for Israel. Oxfam may want her sexy money, but they can’t change their entire mission statement to support a woman who supports ethnic cleansing and wants to sell it like candy. She is the same ilk as Huckabee!

    • Blownaway
      January 27, 2014, 10:17 am

      I believe Huckster is a true believer. But johansen is simply reading what her and soda streams hasbarist wrote for her.

  15. kalithea
    January 27, 2014, 12:30 am

    I’m delighted that someone who’s made all kinds of backward, ignorant, sexist comments is supporting this backward move by Johansson. Birds of a feather deserve each other. This is what happens when you go over to the dark side, Scarlett.

  16. Talkback
    January 27, 2014, 8:02 am

    German revisionists will be delighted to reframe Nazi settlements in occupied territories as German “neighborhoods” in Bohemia and Moravia.

  17. Citizen
    January 27, 2014, 9:42 am

    From the ClevelandJewishNews web site, today:

    “Meanwhile, the Fox network, which is airing the Super Bowl, rejected SodaStream’s commercial for the big game because it objected to a sultry Johansson saying at the end, “Sorry, Coke and Pepsi,” USA Today reported.
    Daniel Birnbaum, CEO of SodaStream, told USA Today that it had no choice but to drop the line, but complained to the newspaper that Fox rejected the Super Bowl commercial “because they’re afraid of Coke and Pepsi.”
    CBS, which aired the Super Bowl last year, took a similar action against SodaStream’s spot for that game.”

  18. Citizen
    January 27, 2014, 9:48 am

    Looks like FOX only objected to the last line in the commercial (not the occupation) about Coke and Pepsi and Birnbaum said he took it out, so my guess is it will play during the last quarter of the game–now that’s what I call a top & very expensive ad:

  19. Citizen
    January 27, 2014, 10:06 am

    Here’s another actress pitching Sodastream under the Green flag; the CEO asks the onlookers to become evangelists by buying his product and telling their friends to help save the environment from plastic bottles:

    I didn’t realize the same objection to Sodastream ads in the past (dissing Coke & Pepsi) have been raised here and in England. The battle for market share in the soda pop industry, where the rights at issue are always the one and only right to drink unhealthy sweet soda.

  20. Citizen
    January 27, 2014, 10:56 am

    Oxfam deleted its notice it will give its decision soon, after delving into the issue.

    Pretty amazing in view of its official stance on the illegal Israeli settlements and how they oppress the natives. Must be checking with big Jewish donors to its organization, and perhaps Jewish workers for Oxfam?
    So now, it’s not only Scarlett’s good reputation on the line, but Oxfam’s! Who’s next into this tar baby-briar patch? The Pope? Isn’t he visiting the holy land soon? Given his humble creed and empathy for the poor and oppressed so far displayed, let’s see if he pulls a mild version of Huckabee over there… That would really honor the adage that if you want to see who controls you, just look to whom you cannot publicly criticize.

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