Tuesday, February 04, 2014

I CAN'T BELIEVE IT'S NOT KRISTALLNACHT!

Did you know complaining about income disparities is kinda sorta anti-Semitic? Ruth R. Wisse explains at your Rich People Kristallnacht clearing house, the Wall Street Journal:
Two phenomena: anti-Semitism and American class conflict. Is there any connection between them? In a letter to this newspaper, the noted venture capitalist Tom Perkins called attention to certain parallels, as he saw them, between Nazi Germany's war against the Jews and American progressives' war on the "one percent." For comparing two such historically disparate societies, Mr. Perkins was promptly and heatedly denounced. 
But is there something to be said for his comparison—not of Germany and the United States, of course, but of the politics at work in the two situations? The place to begin is at the starting point: with the rise of anti-Semitism, modernity's most successful and least understood political movement.
Basically: The racist Wilhelm Marr was "originally a man of the left," and Karl Marx once used an unfortunate metaphor. This proves progressives are anti-Semitic, just as the Jamaican bobsled team proves that Caribbeans are natural winter athletes.

Also, today we have an "anti-Israel movement of boycott, divestment and sanctions," not because people (including plenty of Jews) are troubled by the treatment of Palestinians in the occupied territories, but because they all hate Jews and just needed a more exotic focus for their hatred now that Nazi rallies are unfashionable.

Wisse continues:
The ranks of those harping on "unfairly" high earners include figures in American political life at all levels who have been entrusted with the care of our open society; in channeling blame for today's deep-rooted and seemingly intractable problems toward the beneficiaries of that society's competitive freedoms, they are playing with fire...
...says the lady equating mainstream liberals with Hitler. Would it be anti-Semitic to tell her to go fuck herself?

UPDATE. Commenters catch the anti-Semitic bug! "Tl;dr, alt: If you don't have anything nice to say, you're Hitler," offers whetstone. Jeffrey_Kramer kicks it up a notch:
It turns out that anything can be equated with Hitler if you keep the association abstract enough. Flip through the dictionary and come up with a random word: I got scrum. So, "Is it not at the very heart of Nazism to join arms mindlessly in an attempt to crush the enemy into submission?" Flip again: crayon. "The opposing team's suggestion that children be given crayons is redolent of the Nazi love for gaudy propaganda which dazzled its followers with colorful phrases while bypassing the intellect"....
Etc. Big_Bad_Bald_Bastard posits "Cristalnacht," because "now [the rich] can't drink their overpriced champagne in peace." Jay B recognizes that because he wants the 1% "taxed at a reasonable level and maybe several dozen of them in prison," he is "the Gregor Strasser of Liberal Fascism or something. We've already established that Roy is the Ezra Pound." Hmmph! I'll be Celine or nothing.

136 comments:

  1. JennOfArk11:22 AM

    "... in channeling blame for today's deep-rooted and seemingly intractable problems toward the beneficiaries of that society's competitive freedoms, they are playing with fire..."



    Well, considering that the entire debt we have as a nation is entirely the result of giving huge tax cuts to people who would have been just fine without them, and who are now insisting that we have to cut food aid to hungry people and medical aid to old people and etc. to pay off the debt created by giving them tax cuts, I think it's safe to say that it's not liberals or progressives who are "playing with fire."

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  2. Dr. Hunky Jimpjorps11:23 AM

    It feels like everybody at the WSJ with a half-hour to spare is taking a shot at defending the Tom Perkins letter. Did an intern show them Upworthy to demonstrate what "clickbait" is?

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  3. whetstone11:32 AM

    Any ideology or movement, right or left, that is organized
    negatively—against rather than for—enjoys an inherent advantage in
    politics, mobilizing unappeasable energies that never have to default on
    their announced goal of cleansing the body politic of its alleged
    poisons....

    In this respect, one might think of anti-Semitism as the purest and most
    murderous example of an enduring political archetype: the negative
    campaign.


    Tl;dr: YU MAD NAZI BRO


    Tl;dr, alt: If you don't have anything nice to say, you're Hitler.

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  4. RogerAiles11:42 AM

    The wingnut whinging assignment desk (to be confused with Mickey's Assignment Desk) assigns this post to Ann Althouse. 500 words on "Roy Edroso is the Real Sexist Anti-Semite" by noon today, Ann.

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  5. whetstone11:44 AM

    Well, this makes sense.

    the Martin Peretz Professor of Yiddish Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University.

    "If you're not nice, then you're HitlerStalin" seems to be her approach.


    Women's liberation, if not the most extreme then certainly the most influential neo-Marxist movement in America, has done to the American home what communism did to the Russian economy, and most of the ruin is irreversible. By defining relations between men and women in terms of power and competition instead of reciprocity and cooperation, the movement tore apart the most basic and fragile contract in human society....


    She's really making history do a lot of contortions in those two sentences.

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  6. gop-sfb11:49 AM

    I guess my fellow progressives(who are also part of the 1%), who want to lessen income inequality, and are also Jewish, like me are anti-semetic? And many Jews, like me, don't agree with most of what Netanyahu and AIPAC stand for, does that make me anti-semitic? I'll have to ask my Rabbi his opinion on Saturday!

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  7. Criticizing plutocrats is just like Cristalnacht, because now they can't drink their overpriced champagne in peace.

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  8. Conservatives really get pissed off that Jews really aren't into them, and they think that this nonsense will change that.

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  9. Jeffrey_Kramer12:01 PM

    First rule of Debate Class: anything the other side is in favor of must be made to seem evil; the quickest way to do this is through a process of guilt by association; the most immediately obvious example of evil is Nazism; therefore we must practice how to get anything to sound like Hitler in two sentences or less.


    It turns out that anything can be equated with Hitler if you keep the association abstract enough. Flip through the dictionary and come up with a random word: I got scrum. So, "Is it not at the very heart of Nazism to join arms mindlessly in an attempt to crush the enemy into submission?" Flip again: crayon. "The opposing team's suggestion that children be given crayons is redolent of the Nazi love for gaudy propaganda which dazzled its followers with colorful phrases while bypassing the intellect." Last word is mine (the noun, as in underground mine): "In the final analysis, is there really any difference in principle between the Nazi demand that slave laborers mine their coal, and our liberal opponents' demand that miners be cosseted by safety regulations? Both represent interference with the free market."


    I got a million of them. I actually used some of them in high school. At least I feel ashamed of that now.

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  10. Karl Marx once used an unfortunate metaphor.

    You know, I'm no professor of Yiddish literature, but I'm thinking that picking a Ashkenazi Jew with two grandfathers who were rabbis as an exemplar of progressive anti-Semitism might be ... Oh, what's the literary theory term? ... fucking stupid. And I'm not a professor of anything at Harvard, but I'm thinking that picking an actual communist as an exemplar of mainstream liberalism might be ... Oh, what's the Boston Brahmin term? ... goddamned fucking stupid.

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  11. Jeffrey_Kramer12:05 PM

    Roy is perfectly imitating Hitler's path to power: sowing terror through the use of sarcasm. No wait, that was Doug Piranha....

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  12. Martin Wisse12:07 PM

    From erm, doing a bit self googling (don't you know you can get blind from that) that turned up this particular Wisse, it seems she's a bit of a professional zionist apologist, so this doesn't surprise me. I still feel compelled to note we're not related.

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  13. glennisw12:08 PM

    If hating the rich = anti-Semistism, what is hating the poor? Does Ms. Wisse have an analogy for that?

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  14. Well, of course you're not related. You're an anti-Semite. :-P

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  15. mrstilton12:18 PM

    "...to join arms mindlessly in an attempt to crush the enemy into submission?"

    GRNAGH! Have you ever even seen a rugby match? A scrum is not joining arms mindlessly in an attempt to crush the enemy into submission! There is nothing mindless about it.

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  16. Tikkun olam?

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  17. Dr. Hunky Jimpjorps12:21 PM

    You're the Sonderkommandos of liberal fascism, obviously.

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  18. ALSO ON THE NET: THE 8 HOTTEST ANTI-SEMITES ON INSTAGRAM

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  19. Jay B.12:23 PM

    Class conflict? Jesus, these awful, awful people are begging for it. They stole our money, got their bonuses anyway and want to starve old people, ignore public infrastructure, support scam schooling, and bitch about every goddamn thing about their precious money -- on top of a million other, documented, actual things. That we don't have a Democratic Party who would run against these breathtaking assholes every day of the week is an indictment of the Democratic Party and our political system. AND EVEN THEN I DON'T WANT THEM BEATEN AND ROBBED. I just want them taxed at a reasonable level and maybe several dozen of them in prison.


    Which makes me the Gregor Strasser of Liberal Fascism or something. We've already established that Roy is the Ezra Pound.

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  20. The most charming part of this New Blood Libel that the brethren are trying to whip up is learning how many of them believe that anti-Semitism is a product of the 20th Century. Apparently, no one hated Jews in Russia prior to the 1870s. The Pogroms? What were those?

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  21. Ever heard of the SHIT list? A bunch of goobers harvested a bunch of names from some online petitions (mostly involving Israel) and then claimed that they were all self-hating Jews. It might have been less of a joke had their list not contained so many rabbis.

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  22. There is nothing mindless about it.


    There is when it's Nazis doing it.

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  23. M. Krebs12:29 PM

    Stille Nacht! Krystallnacht!
    Alles schläft; zusammen wach
    All die gierige punkt null eins Prozent.
    Die Schweine kümmern uns niemand und
    Schlafen in himmlischer Ruh!
    Schlafen in himmlischer Ruh!

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  24. Waffle_Man12:31 PM

    Holy shit, this is a thing now. I'm going to quote Steve M. from No More Mister Nice Blog because he makes the point very well:

    "[I]f there are window-breakers in the streets and the government is unambiguously on the opposite side, then YOU ARE NOT LIVING THROUGH KRISTALLNACHT."

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  25. Susan of Texas12:39 PM

    To be fair I do want to see Jonah Goldberg eaten by an angry mob. Which would make me the Magda Goebbels of Liberal Fascism.

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  26. Tehanu12:54 PM

    Jenn, I don't think I've told you before how much I like all your comments. You really cut thru the BS and tell it not only concisely but in words anyone can understand. Thanks for saying what I think far more clearly than I can myself.

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  27. Tehanu12:58 PM

    So why isn't she at home making sandwiches for her lord and master instead of cluttering up the halls of Harvard?

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  28. tigrismus1:00 PM

    I just want them taxed at a reasonable level


    YOU MONSTER!

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  29. Susan of Texas1:28 PM

    I have to wait to use the bathroom because of equal pay for equal work.
    Although I am not sure how marriage is both the most basic and most fragile contract in human history. Shouldn't it have broken by now anyway? My glass teapot didn't last a week and it was the both the most basic and most fragile teapot I own. Owned.

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  30. Shouldn't it have broken by now anyway?


    Not until Texas recognizes same-sex marriages.

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  31. mortimer20001:35 PM

    Indeed. These poor victims of the leftist anti-1%:
    -were bailed out by taxpayers to the tune of $800 billion and trillions of $$ in interest-free loans.
    -were not prosecuted by the government for fraud and other actual criminal acts, and still aren't.
    -are the continuing beneficiaries of enormous tax cuts, the lowest tax rate in a century, endless subsidies, deregulation, deductions, loopholes, and a zillion other government perks for the ownership class
    -etc.

    Where can I sign up for some of this terrible oppression?

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  32. Bethany Spencer1:35 PM

    So, yeah, basically this is a threat: bring up income inequality and we'll call you a Nazi.

    Nice.

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  33. ... entirely by liberals.

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  34. redoubtagain1:36 PM

    Conservative Upworthy, AKA Upchuckthy

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  35. coozledad1:36 PM

    Count Gobineau was an aristo. Lothrop Stoddard was a Republican.
    Either one of them would have been welcome on The Wall Street Journal's editorial board.

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  36. Unless you're one of these assholes who believes that rich people are a superior breed to poor people


    CALCULON: [BEEP] Conditional satisfied.

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  37. Yeah, but at least the WSJ would have drawn the line at Henry Ford.

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  38. RogerAiles1:38 PM

    I got Peter Beinart on Buzzfeed's "Which Jewish Anti-Semite Are You?" quiz.

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  39. redoubtagain1:44 PM

    The place to begin is at the starting point: with the rise of anti-Semitism, modernity's most successful and least understood political movement.

    Modernity? Henry III of England, among others, would like a word.

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  40. redoubtagain1:46 PM

    I think the German Giftgas is very appropriate here.

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  41. BG, dismayed leftie1:51 PM

    Amazing how the 1% can simultaneously control everything and be victimized at the same time.

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  42. coozledad1:51 PM

    Even after Edison put in a good word for him?

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  43. Bubba Zanetti2:05 PM

    Krystlenacht Carrington, even!

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  44. Bubba Zanetti2:10 PM

    Speaking of Nazis, there's some amazing new skreee arguing that Godwin's Law was "written by a socialist lawyer to divert attention from rising dictators". I can't wait for "Godwinite" to become the new "Alinskyite".

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  45. Halloween_Jack2:13 PM

    In this respect, one might think of anti-Semitism as the purest and most murderous example of an enduring political archetype: the negative campaign.


    *cough*protocolsoftheeldersofwilliehorton*cough*

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  46. Spaghetti Lee2:20 PM

    "This Anti-Semitic propaganda will restore your faith in...wait, nevermind."

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  47. coozledad2:23 PM

    I always thought he came up with it to encourage his fellow socialists to be more creative when describing Republicans.

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  48. coozledad2:32 PM

    Given the ownership, I suspect they'll have to make it a regular column:
    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/nov/19/rupert-murdoch-jews-twitter

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  49. Much like Obama can be both an incompetent naif in way over his head and an evil genius expertly executing a fiendishly clever plan for world domination.

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  50. Susan of Texas2:45 PM

    Our mayor just married her girlfriend and told conservatives to (more or less) kiss her ass if they didn't like it. Our kids go to racially balanced schools and think racial equality is normal, and while many are little assholes to gay classmates, their kids won't care. The days of gay persecution are numbered.

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  51. BG, dismayed leftie2:49 PM

    Only difference is that he doesn't portray himself as either, while the 1% portray themselves as both. Except when testifying before Congress. Then, as if by magic, silly things like oil spills and financial catastrophes fall under the heading of Shit Happens.

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  52. The ability of the right to embrace contradictory notions in support of every conceivable agenda knows no bounds.

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  53. Remind how this works: If your rich father marries your poor mother, are you half rich or whole rich according to the Bank Manager? What if your mother is the rich and father is the gentile... I mean poor?

    I just want to know whose windows to break when we get the signal.

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  54. Also, too, when did the Nazis make war against the Jews? German citizens who were Jewish (amongst others) were disowned by their native country, forcibly exiled, imprisoned, and murdered.

    This is a war?

    Maybe in the winger playbook, but to human beings this is genocide.

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  55. butt sex was last thread

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  56. I was told the First Rule of Debate Class was to Not Talk About Debate Class

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  57. mortimer20003:17 PM

    Sure, you laugh now. But you just wait for when the Aspen Ghetto erupts. It's gonna get ugly, and I'm not talking about an epidemic of Ralph Lauren suede. Well, okay, maybe I am.

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  58. brucej3:20 PM

    ..and Antisemitism is a modernist political movement. Because antisemitism didn't exist before Hitler. Nope. Not at all!

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  59. Helmut Monotreme3:22 PM

    George Orwell describing the future: "Imagine a boot stamping on a human face forever"
    Rich people describing higher taxes: "Imagine a boot stamping on a human face forever... OK, well more of a slipper than a boot... fine a baby slipper... and not my face, just some guy I pay to worry about that stuff... OK, fine, not forever, more like ten minutes a year at tax time!" rich person stomps off in a huff, slams bedroom door muttering darkly about 'going galt'

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  60. brucej3:22 PM

    Actually, I think that's less 'contortion' than 'will it blend?'

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  61. AND EVEN THEN I DON'T WANT THEM BEATEN AND ROBBED.


    That's the thing. You know how we yell at Democratic politicians to forget about all the triangulating and meeting halfway bullshit, because the GOP will call them anti-American socialist traitors no matter what? If I'm going to get compared to a Nazi or Stalin just for suggesting somewhat higher marginal tax rates and treating capital gains as ordinary income, what will they have left to call us if some of these spoiled psychopathic democracy-destroying parasitic shits finally do get dragged shrieking from their mansions built from the bones of starved children, and loaded into tumbrels? Superconducting supercommunists? You're draining the strategic invective reserve dry, guys.

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  62. dstatton3:50 PM

    Not only that, but how was it more successful than Marxism?

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  63. Thoughts:


    1.) She's probably talking about complementarianism here. If you're not familiar with this particular turd, here's the capsule version: We must oppose equality between the sexes and anything that acknowledges gay couples because men and women are two halves of a unit that only work together.


    2.) When used as a snarl term (particularly by a woman), "women's liberation" means anything associated with feminism - directly or indirectly, in real life or in someone's fantasies - that the author does not like. There's no one definition, so the term is meaningless. See also: "Hollywood values."

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  64. One Weird Trick Will Remove Your Anti-Semites, Painlessly.

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  65. Jewish Doctors Hate These Anti Semites!

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  66. Communitarianism is the opposite of Complementarianism. Commies love gay marriage while Religious people like Patriarchy. That's about the size of it.

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  67. Oops. Should have read down faster. D Johnston got there before me.

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  68. So LittlePig is a bit behind.

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  69. Hells yeah. They even outlawed marital rape. Is nothing sacred anymore? Next they might even tackle child abuse.

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  70. Jeez, everyone knows that Rabbis are the worst of the lot when it comes to self hating. They have such fucking high standards.

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  71. You know, I'm no professor of Yiddish literature, but I'm thinking that picking a Ashkenazi Jew with two grandfathers who were rabbis as an exemplar of progressive anti-Semitism might be ... Oh, what's the literary theory term? ... fucking stupid. And I'm not a professor of anything at Harvard, but I'm thinking that picking an actual communist as an exemplar of mainstream liberalism might be ... Oh, what's the Boston Brahmin term? ... goddamned fucking stupid.


    I think she'd argue that you are just doing it wrong.

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  72. Yeah, I was waiting for that. So, in other words, Hitler was right--the Jews were the 1 percent and deserved everything they got?

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  73. Writing these columns is a perk, not a chore. Expect to see every single writer who rates high enough jump on the bandwagon. Its like some form of psychotherapy for them.

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  74. I think they are finally taking us seriously--because they used to just call us Commies, or Catholic Workers.

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  75. Waingro4:08 PM

    "30 Cat GIFS That Show How Obama is Exactly Like Pol Pot."

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  76. nowlo4:40 PM

    Slave-master relations sure can seem peaceful and lovely from the perspective of the slave master.

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  77. that's called ham, right?

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  78. Hey, if they don't like it, they can go back where they came from--back to their homeland of Newport or Martha's Vineyard.

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  79. ahemconstitutionalamendmentagainstgaymarriageahem

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  80. BigHank535:40 PM

    Really? I scored an Andy McCarthy, but that's just because I answered every single question with "Kill the fucking ragheads." Even the one about what my favorite color was.

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  81. mrstilton5:57 PM

    You know, rugby culture gets accused, often, of complacent bourgeois dumbshittery. And there's probably something to that. But let me contrast two cases.

    Just a few weeks ago, recently retired German national football (soccer) player Thomas Hitzlsperger came out. Public reaction was mostly how you'd hope it would be. But there was an awful lot of nervous looking about, as there is at family holiday dinners where you're hoping that your wingnut uncle won't go off on his usual tangent. And sure enough, former national goalkeeper Jens Lehmann had to expand at length on how it would have been so much better if Hitzlsperger could somehow have managed to be Not Gay -- really, being gay was very selfish of him, when you come right down to it -- but if he could not do that for the team, could he not at least keep quiet about it; could he not remain in, say, a small structure normally used for the storage of clothing.

    A few years ago, rugby player Gareth Thomas, capped a hundred times for Wales, came out while still an active player. The universal reaction, including from his teammates, was, "Good man for getting that off your chest. Now, how are we going to destroy England this Saturday?"

    I love both codes. And yes, some of the cliches about rugby are true, at least to some extent, at least in some of the places it's played. But at least in this pair of nearly contemporary, very concrete opportunities to Not Be A Complete Knob, rugby acquitted itself rather better than did football.

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  82. Tehanu5:57 PM

    You forgot Kristolnacht!

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  83. Settle down, Marmalard.

    http://cdn.ksk.uproxx.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/riversface.jpg
    ~

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  84. JennOfArk6:10 PM

    Why, thank you. I don't think I've ever taken the time to comment on how much I enjoy both your comments and those of all the regulars here, which is my bad, but I really do. I always learn something new or get a new perspective or just get a real belly laugh, and usually all three. Finding the alicuratti (and the Sadlies) felt kind of the same as when I went to architecture school - you know, "oh, so I DO fit in somewhere!" Thanks again for such a kind comment - it means a lot coming from you.

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  85. M. Krebs6:19 PM

    Yay, Houston!

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  86. Gromet6:29 PM

    Ugh, this is a kristallnacht of mutual admiration.


    (I'm sure I used the word as correctly as any rightblogger.)

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  87. M. Krebs6:43 PM

    Is that the night when we find Irving's grave and take turns pissing on it?

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  88. JennOfArk6:44 PM

    I'd like to tax this comment at a reasonable level and perhaps sentence it to a short stay in prison.

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  89. AGoodQuestion6:59 PM

    The parallel that Tom Perkins drew in his letter was especially irksome to his respondents on the left


    You misspelled "side-splitting", Professor Wisse.

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  90. AGoodQuestion7:03 PM

    Wouldn't that just make them an angry mob with severe indigestion?

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  91. AGoodQuestion7:12 PM

    Not to mention the "right or left" is just the most transparent of ruses. Liberals and leftists are cryptonazis when they talk about income inequality. She wouldn't condemn rightists and conservatives unless they started spit roasting rabbis. And it's not a pattern until they set fire to at least a dozen.

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  92. AGoodQuestion7:21 PM

    Wait, let me get my appointment book.

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  93. mrstilton7:34 PM

    The Sevens version will be introduced at the 2016 summer games. Sevens is played by seven rather than 15 players -- it's as though you had the backfield only -- in short matches where the emphasis is on speed rather than strength.


    Sevens is great, but has a very different dynamic. The problem with the full version, from an Olympics perspective, is that you can't fit a tournament with anything more than a tiny number of teams into the timeframe of the games.


    Rugby has in fact got a foothold in the US, though a limited one. It's about where US soccer was 30 or so years ago. That is, you'd expect the US XV to qualify for the World Cup, but you'd also expect them to go home, pointless, after the group round. In terms of becoming a top professional sport in the US (though bear in mind that rugby was amateur-only till the mid 1990s), it faces the the same structural challenges that hamper US soccer, plus is that much closer to (and hence eclipsed by) American Football.

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  94. Waffle_Man7:39 PM

    Oh, thanks, I knew the basic idea of complimentarianism but didn't know it had a name. I did try to find the whole article containing that quote, but I gave up pretty quick.

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  95. smut clyde7:47 PM

    the long lines for everything

    Also too, take your own toilet paper and bath plugs.

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  96. in soviet russia, relations define you!

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  97. [motions for jamie farr to hit the gong]

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  98. Mooser8:01 PM

    And don't forget the anti-Semetic idea inherent in all of this, that the Jews have all the money.

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  99. Mooser8:05 PM

    They'd get big-toe poisoning, for sure.

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  100. Mooser8:07 PM

    "I thought I read he did the lawyers course right after the ministers one?"

    That doesn't apply to them, our new American 1% is mostly Christian, and thus, tempers their capitalism with grace and mercy, like, you know, Jesus.

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  101. Mooser8:15 PM

    Oh, being progressive, or a Democrat, that's not so bad, might even be good. But insufficiently Zionist, or even, G-d forbid, anti-Zionist, and you are immediately called "anti-Semetic" or "not a Jew". I've been called both. I understand, tho, I mean, when honestly, there's just way too many Jews, way more than we need, you have to cull the ranks, keep the riff-raff and unreliable elements out.

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  102. Mooser8:21 PM

    You know who knew about complimentarianism? Ol' Thomas Ottway, who said:

    "O woman! lovely woman! Nature made thee
    To temper man: we had been brutes without you.
    Angels are painted fair, to look like you:
    There ’s in you all that we believe of heaven,—
    Amazing brightness, purity, and truth,
    Eternal joy, and everlasting love."

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  103. Mooser8:25 PM

    Oy! Such Kristallnaches I'm getting from all this.

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  104. Meanie-meanie, tickle a person8:25 PM

    Would it be anti-Semitic to tell her to go fuck herself?

    "with a pork sausage", perhaps, though it would all depend on how observant she is.


    A better question, perhaps, is: is this comment itself anti-Semitic?

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  105. TGuerrant8:28 PM

    New from Kraft Food Products: Crystal Nachos Lite. Same hate, less flavor.

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  106. Meanie-meanie, tickle a person8:28 PM

    Ghawdde, how I loath those ads...

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  107. tigrismus8:30 PM

    "especially irksome to his respondents on the left"

    SOMEbody is not aware of all internet traditions.

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  108. Jeffrey_Kramer8:57 PM

    Decadentproterroristliberalcoastalelites

    Wait,whathappenedtomyspacebar?

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  109. TGuerrant9:10 PM

    O NOEZ. We haz a pin the tale on the Nazi problem. According to Gawker, the Republican National Committee has opened a new lab in San Mateo to pool the genius of techies and creatives, and "they named it for a Nazi gun, a type of ammo, and a philosophy that puts war before peace": Para Bellum.

    Weigel took it upon himself to seek clarification:

    I irritated RNC spokesman Sean Spicer, asking him to respond to the story. He responded with this link to a definition of "gawker."

    "Interestingly, a spectator who stares stupidly without intelligent awareness."

    In other words, the RNC remained mute on the subject of whether it is or is not a Nazi organization. WHY? We must ask, WHY? Benghazi!

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  110. Ellis_Weiner9:12 PM

    Close. The First Rule of Debate Class is, Resolved: Debate Class does not exist.

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  111. Ellis_Weiner9:16 PM

    Just tell me it's not as weird as the one example of Australian Football I saw on tv, complete with a flock of seagulls--not the band; the actual birds--who occupied one side of the field when the action was at the other, flapped and flew away when the action approached, and then returned when the coast was clear, bopping around on the turf as casual as you please.

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  112. smut clyde9:59 PM

    Hey now. Whatever Gawker may say, there is nothing Nazi about Parabellum automatics or cartridges.

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  113. Another Kiwi10:37 PM

    Keen followers of NZ ploitics will be aware of our own version of "can't talk about inequality" which erupted last wee. Ruling (Conservative) National party hack MP Ann Tolley said that Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei could not talk about poverty because she(Turei) was too well dressed and lived in fancy house. http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/234810/ministers-accused-of-bullying-turei
    So you can't talk about poverty if you're not dressed like a workhouse child and even if you do it's anti-Semitic. Uh huh.

    It's almost as though they don't want to talk about it.

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  114. smut clyde10:51 PM

    People who live in glass houses shouldn't own trebuchets accuse everyone else in the neighbourhood of planning a Kristalnacht.

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  115. J Neo Marvin10:53 PM

    Hmmph! I'll be Celine or nothing.

    Roy's heart will go on.

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  116. Derelict11:17 PM

    Made with special chips-on-the-shoulder, and served with plenty of sour looks.

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  117. Why is it that you excess populace don't know your place, any longer?

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  118. When conservatives start actually wearing red armbands with swastikas, are led by a German-speaking demagogue with a little mustache, and actually start making Jews wear yellow stars, she MIGHT condemn them. But not before.

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  119. When I feed the poor, they call the poor moochers and me a dupe. When I ask why they are poor, they say it's because they're lazy and I'm a communist.

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  120. They would have published the "Protocols" in a hot minute.

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  121. Pope Zebbidie XIII6:03 AM

    And if you are dressed like a homeless person you will not be allowed into any of the corridors of power to make your case.

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  122. Jeffrey_Kramer7:01 AM

    I'm all for trying out the Sevens, but what I really want to see as an Olympic sport is the Dozens.

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  123. Penniless Moocher7:43 AM

    I guess they'll finally be able to say, "I told you this was going to happen! I WARNED YOU!" And then, I dunno, complain even louder about the whole thing.

    Meanwhile, of the people they "warned," 1% of them will be getting loaded into tumbrels, and the rest will be cheering it on.

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  124. William Miller9:03 AM

    After standing in line for six hours in the pissing rain with this comment, I'd like to take it with me into the store, scouring the shelves for a single loaf of bread or the one remaining package of hamburger, shelves that are empty, bare and forlorn because Women's Lib.

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  125. William Miller9:12 AM

    Apparently Hank was standing on the shoulders of his betters: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constantine_the_Great_and_Judaism

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  126. Halloween_Jack9:27 AM

    What amuses me most about this is that this seems like the GOP's attempt to avoid another Project Orca failure by getting a head start. Good luck with that, guys.

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  127. I don't have any tags (that I can see) can you tell me how to do a bloquote using those little thingies, you know, <>?

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  128. M. Krebs9:49 AM

    [blockquote] stuff you're quoting [/blockquote]


    ... except use < >'s instead of [ ]'s.

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  129. stuff I'm quoting?


    Thank you so much!

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  130. Compliment Josh Marshall, offer sentimental memory of first time reading/subscribing to TPM, then offer obvious insight/personal anecdote about something Josh is too fucking lazy to do any actual reporting on?

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  131. Aw... knock it off, ya two big lugs...

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  132. On the Charge of following Josh Marshall and even making TPM my home page for a while, until about 2007 or so:

    The defendant pleads guilty.

    On the Charge of being a JMM ass-kisser:

    The defendant pleads not guilty.

    http://www.sadlyno.com/archives/39594.html#comment-1372147

    On the Charge of actually believing Catholic shit I was raised on:

    The defendant pleads guilty, with no extenuating circumstances.

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  133. Jeffrey_Kramer11:27 AM

    One of the tragedies of the disappearance of Yiddish is that at some point in the future the point of this comment will be farblunget.

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  134. Another Kiwi1:11 PM

    Exactly.

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  135. linusbern8:31 AM

    With their ceaseless lusting for power, the uberwealthy are exactly like Stalin, How soon before they decide to starve millions of us to death.

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