The NYT mutters fitfully about Jewish legislator opposition to Iran deal.

(H/T: @NathanWurtzel) The New York Times apparently had one mission: use the word ‘Jewish’ as many times as it took to associate that word with opposition to the Iran deal.

Despite the fact that, as the NYT itself noted, more Jewish Democratic legislators support the Iran deal than oppose it. Now, I think that supporting the Iran deal is stupid, on general principles, and general secular principles at that. But since the NYT is determined to drag religion into this whole, dreary mess, I have to ask: just what benefit do Jewish Democrats get from being Democrats? They’re certainly not avoiding becoming the subject of NYT hit pieces!

How I generally react to the latest DNC/DCCC lunatic fundraising emails.

Said lunatic fundraising emails always – especially when the GOP comes up – remind me of a joke I heard once:

So once in Czarist Russia there was this poor Jewish peasant who lived in a rural, poor, Jewish village.  One day the peasant decides to visit his best friend who lives next door. So he goes over, only to find his friend sitting there at his rickety table and reading an old newspaper put out by the anti-Semites in the big city.  It’s all about how the Jews do this, the Jews do that, the Jews own everything; and yet the peasant’s friend is still happily reading it.

The peasant looks at his friend in horror, then bursts out with “How can you read that rag?”

His friend looks up, looks at the shack, looks at the dirt floor, looks at the pathetic candle that’s his only light. “What? I always like to find out how well I’m doing.”


Jew-hating wing of the Presbyterian Church gives the divestment game away.

Background: the Presbyterian Church (USA) finally voted narrowly to retreat from doing business with Jews… oh, pardon me: I meant ‘divest themselves from companies that sell stuff to Israel.’ The virulent anti-Semites – oops, I was trying to type out ‘hardcore progressive activists’ – in that particular sect have been pushing for this for some time; they finally got their way.  Which makes this Kinsley Gaffe – yikes, what it is with me, today?  I absolutely thought that was going to be expressed as ‘inarticulate comment’ – all the more fascinating.

…Heath Rada, moderator for the church meeting, said immediately after the vote that “in no way is this a reflection of our lack of love for our Jewish brothers and sisters.”

So, apparently, there is an actual lack of love: it just… had no actual effect on this decision, then.

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Pat Quinn thinks black Republicans are like Jewish collaborators to Nazis. …No, really.

I… am having difficulty processing this story.

Illinois Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn is in some hot water with the Jewish community after his campaign tweeted—and then quietly deleted—several messages urging backers to read an article comparing black Republican voters to Jews who collaborated with the Nazis.

That is indeed what the article said, and my difficulty is not in believing that Pat Quinn might think that such a comparison was warranted.  I am fully aware that he could think that, and does think that.  What is causing my head to short-circuit is that the Quinn campaign did not immediately have whatever fool intern was responsible for the governor’s endorsement of bigotry – over Passover weekend, no less! – drawn, quartered, and the pieces displayed as an attempt to placate critics.  What the Hell was Pat Quinn thinking?  Was Pat Quinn thinking?

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Over/under on Harry Reid declaring that the Koch brothers are secret Jews?

Because that’s the endgame.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Thursday accused Republicans of holding up crucial assistance to Ukraine in order to protect the Koch brothers.

Reid tied the billionaire brothers who have bankrolled conservative causes to GOP demands that language delaying the Internal Revenue Service’s regulation of non-profit political advocacy groups be added to the Ukraine package.

That’s where conspiracy theorists always end up. Eventually, they just come out and say It’s all because of the Jooooooos and then we have to kind of… shuffle the sufferer over to the fringes of polite society. It’s really a tragedy when it happens, of course.  Even the most miserable human being is a child of God.

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Mark Kleiman* shows classic tertiary stage of [runaway conspiracy theorizing~].

[~It’s too nice a day to be that mean.]

Basically, [runaway conspiracy theorizing] – which is my (non-professional**) term for the condition – follows three stages:

  1. OK, [insert conspiracy theory here] obviously isn’t completely true, but there’s some stuff here that suggests that they have a point.
  2. [stunned look]  My God. It all makes sense, now.  This explains every mystery of human society, ever. I was blind before, blind!
  3. Yeah, it’s all because of the Joooooooooooooooooooooos.

You can function more or less indefinitely at Stage 1, but once you hit Stage 2 it’s really, really difficult to keep from hitting Stage 3.  So, anyway… Mark Kleiman.  Notably known for taking far too seriously the notion that asking people to show a picture ID when they vote*** is actually a Republican conspiracy.  So he’s a high-risk candidate. Continue reading Mark Kleiman* shows classic tertiary stage of [runaway conspiracy theorizing~].

Obama underwater with Jewish voters. #rsrh

(Via Instapundit) I offer my sympathies in advance to the American Jewish community for the Left’s likely reaction to this, as I suspect that it is going to be at least moderately ugly:

United States President Barack Obama has lost nearly half of his support among American Jews, a poll by the McLaughlin Group has shown.

The US Jews polled were asked whether they would: (a) vote to re-elect Obama, or (b) consider voting for someone else. 42% said they would vote for Obama and 46%, a plurality, preferred the second answer. 12% said they did not know or refused to answer.

That’s down from almost 80% support in the 2008 election; essentially, the President tanked across the board, and I want to point out, particularly among American Jews with family in Israel (42 re-elect/50 somebody else).  It’s sort of funny, in its way.  The Right has been trying to figure out for decades how to get Jewish voters to peel themselves away from the Left; we tried everything, and nothing worked.  Turns out that all we needed to do all along was let the Democrats finally elect the elitist, ivory-tower academic of their dreams, and he’d do it for us.

Go figure.

Moe Lane

I will not put this anti-Semitic trash on either website.

Not directly, at least. You can see the latest Jew-hating filth from Pat Oliphant for yourself here, if you’re the morbid sort.

I know that this sort of hate speech is an unavoidable consequence of having a First Amendment, and I have no intention of ever trying to put an end to it. But I still feel like I just stepped in something vile with my bare feet.

Crossposted to RedState.

[UPDATE]: Ed Morrissey has a stronger stomach than I do. Also, a poll with which you can show your displeasure.