Thursday, April 19, 2007
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Yet another Daily Kos diarist strays into anti-semitic territory with a post critical of the Israel lobby in the United States entitled Portrait of a Great Taboo: The Power of the Israel Lobby in the United States ; the diarist links to video posted on the Vanguard News Network, a neo-nazi white supremacist site, whose motto is purported to be "No Jews. Just Right".
Let's see how long this tripe stays posted.
Interestingly enough, a previous post by this Kos diarist, Sabbah, included an illustration by Carlos Latuff, an artist whose work was featured in and earned a second place finish (and $4000.00) in Iran's holocast denial cartoon contest.
Such are the perils of providing so much access to such a broad array of diarists on a given blog site; once you post something and it is out there, you can never, ever reel it back in.
Is Kos erecting a tent so big that Alex Linder can now find shelter within it? I don't think that was his intent when he launched DK back in the day.
Getting past the post's echo chamber commentary, which veers into anti-semitism at times (or as defenders at all costs of left leaning sites say, "harmless satire"), someone rebuked this seemingly anti-progressive train of thought far more effectively than I could:
American Jewish citizens have a right to express
their views without being charged with placing the interests of Israel ahead
of those of the United States. . .It is high time that the suggestion that
somehow Jews are especially disqualified from having a voice in the affairs of
whatever nation they belong to (lest they come to be a sinister cabal) was
banished from acceptable political discourse. By that I don't mean it
should become a criminal offence; I mean merely that it should be regarded and
roundly condemned by everyone of progressive democratic outlook for what it
is: at best, a disgraceful exercise in the operation of double standards; at
Well said. Now, let us see if any diarists come out on this site with a viewpoint that counters the illustrious Sabbah's, or at least arguesthat lying in bed with neo-nazis, fascists, white supremacists, and the Iranian Mullahs is a terrible vantage point from which to advance one's supposedly progressive views.
And the real acid test for Kos' influence in the coming election cycles will be whether progressive candidates believe that posting diaries on the site ties them to the anti - semitic crew that is beginning to post with greater regularity and enthusiasm there.
Vamos a ver.
UPDATE: The diarist changed his link to the recommended documentary; now his readers are no longer required to view a video posted by neo-nazis; they can view the exact same video (touted by neo-nazis as being aligned with their perverse viewpoint), posted by someone else. Great.
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Elizabeth Edwards ventured far afield recently when she publicly criticized a less financially endowed neighbor who is having problems adjusting to the 28,000 square foot Castillo de Edwards looming over his modest property:
Edwards, the wife of Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, particularly recalls the time neighbor Monty Johnson brought out a gun while chasing workers investigating a right of way near his property. The Edwards family has yet to meet Johnson in person. Edwards views Johnson as a "rabid, rabid Republican" who refuses to clean up his "slummy" property just to spite her
family, whose lavish 28,000-square-foot estate is nearby on 102 wooded
Johnson, 55, acknowledges his Republican roots. But he takes offense to the suggestion he has purposefully left his property, including an old garage he leases for use as a car shop, in dilapidated
condition. Johnson said he has lived his entire life on the property, which he said his family purchased before the Great Depression. He said he's spent a lot of money to try and fix up the 42-acre tract. "I have to budget. I have to live within my means," Johnson said. "I don't have millions of dollars to fix the place."
"I thought he [Senator Edwards] was supposed to be for the poor people," Johnson said. "But does he ever socialize with any poor people? He doesn't speak to me."
Indeed, the Edwards campaign literature states they want to create opportunities in rural America. But those who live within driving distance to Research Triangle Park in metropolitan Raleigh can watch the erstwhile transformation of rural America right before your eyes, populism be damned. The Rhode Island - sized Edwards Estate is symptomatic of the change taking place in this part of the country, and many others as well. The once modest homes and wooded fields of sleepy rural communities are being replaced by subdivisions of $300,000.00 homes, stacked on top of one another; Targets and Super-Walmarts are overtaking the little country stores, and where once there were familes who lived on the same properties for generations there are now educated, monied intellectuals scorning the original inhabitants for their unenlightened demeanor and simple ways. Once the property taxes rise, families sell their valuable land to developers, and the problems of "slummy" rural America (the second of the Two Americas, actually) just go elsewhere.
The Progressive blog Daily Kos went egregiously off message a few days ago when one of its diarists posted an antisemitic screed illustrated by an obscene photo that juxtaposed the visage of Hitler upon that of a man of Jewish persuasion [the text and illustration were subsequently removed, and many people in the comments section laughably suggested a conservative plot to discredit the site). Anti-Semitism in any form, on a supposedly progressive web site? Kos did not bathe itself in glory with this posting, and overall it is is probably a strategically poor idea to alienate an influential segment of the American population, especially when you plan on transforming American society and Crashing the Gate, I would think.
Finally, Illinois Senator and Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama, whose campaign proposes to rid Washington of its culture of corruption, was recently photographed meeting in his (federal) office with key campaign advisors, a major faux pax that is not only representative of that which the freshman senator purports to be trying to change, but is technically illegal to boot. The meeting may have been innocuous, but the perception that endures is the Obama campaign is just more business as usual politics, and this is far from the squeaky clean image this candidate is marketing.
So, for your reading pleasure, a few interesting anecdotes of politicians, bloggers, and straphangers off message. The aforementioned examples are more than just idle coffee talk, though. These journeys away from the steady path of The Message make you wonder if the aberrant remark, posting or action is just a stray blip on the radar, or if the the message itself is truly genune at all.
Monday, April 09, 2007
In an Easter litany of the world's suffering,
Pope Benedict XVI lamented that "nothing
positive" is happening in Iraq and decried the unrest in Afghanistan and
bloodshed in Africa and Asia. . .
"Afghanistan is marked by growing unrest and
instability," Benedict said. "In the Middle East, besides some signs of hope in the dialogue between Israel
and the Palestinian Authority, nothing positive comes from Iraq, torn apart by
continual slaughter as the civil population flees."
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
My new post is up over at the Elephant Bar, and in it I discuss the end of the Global War on Terror. Check it out, while you still remember what the GWOT is!