I apologize for spoiling your morning coffee like this.
You know, when this video from Reason.tv came out, I invoked the 48 Hour Rule as a matter of course. For those who don’t know, the 48 Hour Rule is one of those useful rules of thumb that people come up with to make sure that they don’t get burned on a story; if something sounds too good to be true, or too bad to be true, or even just too much to be true, it’ll probably be debunked pretty quickly. 48 hours is usually enough time to establish that. And I was optimistically certain that this was the case, here: surely the LA school system hadn’t really employed somebody calling for the expulsion of the Jews.
…that people panned Obama’s inability to check before insisting that Israel give back East Jerusalem.
At least, the Bad Jooosss: the ones that live in Israel and supposedly run American foreign policy. And the American media. And, apparently, bloggers (which apparently includes people like me*). Andy, Andy, Andy. Real Americans don’t have to be paid to respect magnificently tough sons of bitches that have held off everything thrown at them for sixty-three years and counting. That they’re also a functioning and prosperous democracy in a sea of kleptocracies and failed states is merely icing on the cake.
You know, I’m glad that Helen Thomas still has cognitive function, as revealed in this interview (sent to me via email). Evil, twisted, and yes, anti-Semitic*, but otherwise cognitively functional:
On the Jews’ influence and power: “[The Jews are] using their power, and they have power in every direction…Power over the White House, power over Congress…Everybody is in the pocket of the Israeli lobbies, which are funded by wealthy supporters, including those from Hollywood. Same thing with the financial markets. There’s total control…It isn’t the two percent. It’s real power when you own the White House, when you own these other places in terms of your political persuasion. Of course they have power. [To the interviewer] You don’t deny that. You’re Jewish, aren’t you?”
You see, there’s no point to despising the mentally ill. Neither is it nice. After all, the mentally ill can’t help being mentally ill, right? But Thomas can; and so watching her squirm under the consequences of her actions is perfectly justified. If she doesn’t like being treated as a Bad Person, then she shouldn’t be Bad.
Read the whole article, by the way: apparently, the interviewer flat-out asked Thomas whether or not she was non compos mentis. A shame that they probably don’t videotape these interviews: I’d pay a buck to see her face when that question came up. I’d pay more for a montage of the people who are going to be upset by this interview, too; there’s going to be a lot of bitter resentment among the Left-pundit class that they’ll have to tone down their memorials to this woman when she eventually kicks the bucket. Which should happen in due time, I’m sure.
*Babbling about international Jewish conspiracies is, as they say, diagnostic.
Oh, let’s not pretend that this is a surprise. This is the tertiary stage of conspiracy theorizing: if you indulge in such things, and you are not very careful, you will find that somehow, inexplicably, your carefully-constructed edifice of ad hoc reasoning, unfalsifiable assertions, and erroneous pattern-matching has led you to blame it all on the Jews. It’s like a giant bug in the source code in Western thinking, and I can’t for the life of me figure out why we have it – hell, it’s such a glitch that if I make the obvious joke about why somebody out there will probably take me seriously…
“I can call a president of the United States anything in the book but I can’t touch Israel, which has Jewish-only roads in the West Bank,” Thomas said.
Again: oy. In case you’re wondering, that link is to Jim Treacher’s quoting of Ed Morrissey’s not-really-gentle correction of that particular canard. Short version: she’s referring to Israeli-only roads in the West Bank (the government restricts them to cars with Israeli plates, which are available to Israeli citizens… including the non-Jewish ones, of which Israel has quite a few.
You know, in her way Helen Thomas is a shining avatar of the power of American assimilation. Nowhere else could the daughter of Middle Easterners grow up to be the sort of person who thinks that all Middle Easterners look alike to her.
Well, not yet – but when you start blaming shadowy conspiracies for your problems (which is what the Left is doing right now), you’re going to eventually end up talking about the Jooooooooooooos. It’s the tertiary stage of conspiracy thinking, and once you reach that point, there’s more or less no hope for you.
When an ideology stumbles, its adherents can always turn to alcohol – or to conspiracy theories. It is easier to recover from alcohol.
Mostly because very few people actually want alcoholics to stay on the sauce. But you can always find a group ready and willing to enable conspiracy thinking – particularly, again, if they can get you on the path of blaming it all on the Joooooooooooooos.
Via somebody or other; there was a conspiracy today to feed me decaf, so I’ve lost track.
(Via Instapundit) No, really: I hate guessing wrong. Anyway, while I share Ann’s distress I’m not surprised by what apparently provoked it. I’ve been reading about conspiracy thinking and secret societies for some time now; and as I’ve noted in the past if you’re not careful you can very, very easily end up being that person who accosts other people in the street, grabs their sleeves, and starts talking about the Jews.
Honduras’ fallen leader told The Miami Herald he is being subjected to mind-altering gas and radiation — and that `Israeli mercenaries’ are planning to assassinate him.
TEGUCIGALPA — It’s been 89 days since Manuel Zelaya was booted from power. He’s sleeping on chairs, and he claims his throat is sore from toxic gases and “Israeli mercenaries” are torturing him with high-frequency radiation.
On the other hand, when it comes to this sort of thing eventually somebody decides to blame it all on the Jews. Apparently, in this case Zeleya’s got “Israeli mercenaries” going after him with sonic weapons and radiation! Spying on him with rays! Can somebody explain why we’re backing this lunatic, again? Oh, right: because the administration got caught unprepared by events, went off half-cocked, and guessed wrong: and God forbid that this administration ever admit that it’s capable of error.
I swear, it’s like the President is deliberately trying to be a caricature of all the Left-wing fantasies about President Bush.
Pejman Yousefzadeh is cruel, as befits someone as high up in the International Neo-Zionist Conspiracy as he. When confronted with Andrew Sullivan going into an ecstatic frenzy over what was more or less a pedestrian and prosaic statement by the President, it was not enough for him to merely mock the conspiracy theorist. No, Pejman had to go back in time, using strange and forbidden Neo-Zionist temporal secrets, and change the speech so that when Sullivan wrote*
Did you notice how many times he invoked the word “justice” in his message? That’s the word that will resonate most deeply with the Iranian resistance.