:leaning forward: We win.
After arguing that the media is controlled by Jewish interests, [Louis Farrakhan] applauded Hagel’s nomination. “Senator Hagel is in trouble,” Farrakhan said. “But America needs a man in Congress like that, who’s not a rubber stamp for others. You need a man like Senator Hagel as your secretary of defense because a man with a mind like that will keep you out of fighting somebody else’s wars. You need a man in government that has another opinion that is not controlled, and if the Senate does not confirm him as defense secretary because of his opinion on Israel, that only proves that the Senate in the U.S. Congress is controlled by the Israeli lobby. And it also sentences America to war with Iran for the state of Israel.”
In a very bizarre sort of way, admittedly. Whether or not the nomination goes through tomorrow – unlike Allahpundit*, I am not quite ready to assume that it will – the original purpose of said nomination is now officially dead, dead, dead. There is now no way that you can say with a straight face that Chuck Hagel is acceptable to the Republican party. The Republican party does not stand with Louis Farrakhan. We derive considerable pleasure from not standing with that anti-Semitic nutjob. If you are liked by Louis Farrakhan, there is something wrong with you. Continue reading Louis Farrakhan endorses Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense.
Glenn Reynolds, commenting on John Kass’s disgust with the selective outrage in Chicago over Chick-fil-A*, notes:
See, I support gay marriage — though I think it should be arrived at legislatively, not through judicial fiat — but the thuggish behavior of gay-marriage supporters is a real turnoff. There’s a good chance it will inspire a backlash.
*The short version is, apparently you can get away with being publicly against gay marriage in Chicago if you are a) Louis Farrakhan and b) don’t own a Chick-fil-A franchise. Actually, Farrakhan could get away with it even if he did own a Chick-fil-A franchise.
The Chicago Sun-Times is far too polite to and about the doddering racist, though:
Farrakhan gave several reasons why the U.S. lacks the moral authority to intervene in the Libyan conflict, including the deaths of black people at the hands of law enforcement during the Rodney King protests in 1991 and the unhealthy food that the federal government allows into the marketplace.
…if for no other reason than the fact that ‘the Rodney King protests’ should be more accurately described as ‘the LA Riot.’ If you’re wondering about how people died there, Jim Crogan did a ten-year retrospective*; suffice it to say that Farrakhan is being considerably… ‘nuanced’ is nicer, but ‘mendacious’ is more accurate. Either way, every so often you have to remind people that, yes, people like Farrakhan are out there and apparently welcome to speak at Left-events without fear of embarrassment for anybody. But, hey! Let the Obama administration worry about it now!
PS: And, oh yes, Obama is our first Jewish President and was picked by shadowy Jewish leaders. (sigh) The tertiary phase of conspiracy theorizing is never pretty.
*And if you’re wondering what happened to those two guys most well-known for rushing in and saving people from mob violence (thus making them much, much better people than Farrakhan)… well, Rev. Benny Newton tragically passed away a couple of years later, but Bobby Green got the hell out of LA.
What? No, not this one. Not that it isn’t interesting, or that I have anything really to add to it except that I read it, disagreed with its conclusion, and yet retained my respect for Byron York as a columnist and conservative. We try to leave obsessive own-goal feuding to regional bloggers: like, say, South Carolina’s. If it weren’t for the fact that I’ve been doing this sort of thing long enough to know that somebody would ask, I wouldn’t have noted it; but somebody would, so I might as well save us all valuable time.
Anyway, the interesting column that I wanted to bring up was this one:
President Obama’s home is in the same Chicago neighborhood as Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. On Saturday night, the overlapping of Obama’s and Farrakhan’s worlds made for a strange, and sometimes testy, encounter between the Secret Service, the press corps covering the president, and the paramilitary security force, the Fruit of Islam, surrounding Farrakhan.
Continue reading An interesting column from Byron York.