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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has published an apology for making self-evident observations about the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), an immensely influential lobbying firm which, like all lobbying firms, works to influence government policy toward a specific agenda, in this case the interests of the Israeli government. She issued the apology after hours upon hours of shrill, hysterical shrieking accusations of antisemitism from the entire establishment political-media class.

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So, looking into this a bit more. Because its clearly a smear job and there's no way Gracie cares about anything unless she's being told to. like celebrity deaths.

My favorite paragraphs:

There is a dim, primitive intelligence which guides these Twitter outrage groupthink orgies to advance the interests of the people who participate in them, kind of like the way lynch mobs of the American south were not random acts of mob violence but deliberate acts of terrorism directed to keep Black southerners afraid of demanding equal rights. This wasn't a random outburst, it was a political means toward political ends.

#1 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-02-12 06:30 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

and:

For the last two years the mainstream liberal establishment has been endlessly bleating about the need to elevate women of color to positions of leadership; then the first Black Muslim and first Somali American ever to get elected to Congress begins taking the leadership for which she was elected, and it turns out they actually meant they just wanted women with dark skin who will advance the status quo of the white imperialist patriarchy.

#2 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-02-12 06:30 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

She got B-Slapped by Pelosi, and like all the other big talkers, got put in her place. Lesson learned. "Right!!?"

#3 | Posted by Spork at 2019-02-12 06:38 PM | Reply

"it turns out they actually meant they just wanted women with dark skin who will advance the status quo of the white imperialist patriarchy."

Which one?

The white imperialist patriatchy that supports abortion and wants to expand health care,

Or the white imperialist patriarchy that wants to ban abortion and take away health care?

The devil is in the details.

#4 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-02-12 06:41 PM | Reply

She got B-Slapped by Pelosi

I've always said, Pelosi is where she's meant to be in order to maintain the status quo.

It's why this country is always pulled to the right.

#5 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-02-12 06:52 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Which one?

I was focusing more on the entire other portion of the statement which points out how democrats are too scared to defy the status quo, [where as republicans have no problem doing whatever they want to.] [My added two cents]

#6 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-02-12 06:57 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

FTA:

It all started when journalist Glenn Greenwald criticized GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy for threatening Omar and fellow first-term Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib if they didn't stop speaking out about the behaviors of the Israeli government, in which Greenwald said "It's stunning how much time US political leaders spend defending a foreign nation even if it means attacking free speech rights of Americans." Omar retweeted Greenwald's post with the comment "It's all about the Benjamins baby," meaning $100 bills. Everyone lost their ---- over a topic that is associated with Jewishness being mentioned in the same breath as a comment about money, despite the self-evident fact that using money to influence policy is precisely the thing that lobby groups do.

Some blue-checkmarked whatever person named Batya Ungar-Sargon tweeted "Would love to know who @IlhanMN thinks is paying American politicians to be pro-Israel, though I think I can guess. Bad form, Congresswoman. That's the second anti-Semitic trope you've tweeted." Omar tweeted back "AIPAC!" in response to the question, because duh, to which Ungar-Sarson responded, "Please learn how to talk about Jews in a non-anti-Semitic way. Sincerely, American Jews." Chelsea Clinton joined in the antisemitism smears, everything blew up way worse, and Democratic Party leaders condemned Omar in unison. Omar's name trended on Twitter for hours, and this baseless antisemitism smear is now the primary thing that she is known for by rank-and-file Americans.

#7 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-02-12 06:58 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Notice the only outraged people where political opportunists and willfully ignorant republicans.

#8 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2019-02-12 07:06 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

LOL, I read the article and not only will I never get that 5 minutes of my life back, but it was filled with some of the most non-nonsensical pseudo-political babble I have ever read: here is a collection of crazyisms that top hat and rose glasses wearing Caitlin Johnstone (self described as "Rogue journalist. Bogan socialist. Anarcho-psychonaut. Guerrilla poet. Utopia prepper.") uses in this article:

political-media class
Twitter outrage groupthink orgies
white imperialist patriarchy
Israel is a western imperialist military operation
transnational alliance of influential plutocrats
the unipolar world order
The Unipolar Empire
narrative matrix
malignant dominators

"Anarcho-psychonaut" indeed. No wonder -------- von Clownshart loves her so much.

#9 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-02-12 07:13 PM | Reply

Here is my favorite segment of inanity:

Israel is a western imperialist military operation that was dropped in the heart of the most strategically crucial location on earth a few decades ago. It should surprise no one that there is a transnational political-media campaign to keep that operation going, especially as pertains to the United States, the nation with the most powerful military force in history. Lobbying, campaign donations, military and intelligence alliances are all just glue which keeps ostensibly different nations moving in the same direction in a world where separate nations don't actually exist. In reality our world is dominated not by sovereign nations and governments, but by a transnational alliance of influential plutocrats who have no loyalty to any government or religion but rather use governments as tools to advance their agendas. Many of those plutocrats call themselves Christian, Muslim and Jewish, but really they worship nothing but the amassment of more power.

If the unipolar world order operated honestly, the nations currently labeled "United States", "Israel", "United Kingdom", "Australia", "South Korea", "Japan" etc would all be painted the same color on the globe, and they'd all be labeled simply, "The Unipolar Empire". There'd be the unabsorbed nations labeled "China", "Russia", "Iran" and so forth with their own individual colors, but the majority of the globe would be one giant smear of empire. Shoring up ever-increasing dominance over this hegemonic world order is the highest ambition that anyone can have in terms of real power, far greater than president or king, and controlling the narratives that the general populace believes about what's going on in their world is an indispensable aspect of that power.

You can't fake this kind of crazy.

#10 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-02-12 07:16 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Over/under on the number of cats Caitlan owns is 6...

#11 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-02-12 07:17 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

#10: Hey kid, I'll just respond to you in memes from now so your dumb ass can actually understand.

"Here is my favorite segment of inanity:..."

#12 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2019-02-12 07:24 PM | Reply

LOL, get your own material Vizzini, I have been using that Diego Montoya meme for years.

#13 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-02-12 07:26 PM | Reply

Speaking of words that are meaningless-

non-nonsensical => nonsensical.

#14 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-02-12 07:28 PM | Reply

I have been using that Diego Montoya meme for years.

#13 | POSTED BY TED CRUZ

As you wish.

#15 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2019-02-12 07:30 PM | Reply | Funny: 3

And that should also be Inigo, damn tablet.

#16 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-02-12 07:37 PM | Reply

. No wonder -------- von Clownshart loves her so much.

Wow! I found an article that really pissed RoC off. Awesome!

He can't argue against anything in it.

So he thinks of a clever nickname for me.

I like it. It's a full three part name. Thanks RoC

#17 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-02-12 07:40 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

Hey, Vizzini made a funny.

#18 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-02-12 07:41 PM | Reply

PRO-ISRAEL LOBBY CAUGHT ON TAPE BOASTING THAT ITS MONEY INFLUENCES WASHINGTON

Without spending money, Ochs argues, the pro-Israel lobby isn't able to enact its agenda. "Congressmen and senators don't do anything unless you pressure them. They kick the can down the road, unless you pressure them, and the only way to do that is with money," he explains.

AIPAC, on its own website, recruits members to join its "Congressional Club," and commit to give at least $5,000 per election cycle.

Eric Gallagher, a top official at AIPAC from 2010 to 2015, tells the Al Jazeera reporter that AIPAC gets results. "Getting $38 billion in security aid to Israel matters, which is what AIPAC just did," he notes at one secretly recorded lunch. "Everything AIPAC does is focused on influencing Congress."

Video is at the link.

#19 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-02-12 07:42 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Clownshack confirmes what we all knew. He's friggin' craaaaazy!

#20 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-02-12 07:45 PM | Reply

So he thinks of a clever nickname for me.

It's his thing. That and blowing his own horn, so to speak.

#21 | Posted by REDIAL at 2019-02-12 07:53 PM | Reply

#21

In all honesty, I can't take full credit for that nickname, but it is fitting:

Democratic candidates should come up with one good nickname for Trump, and then all use it.

Too late. "-------- von Clownstick" is taken.

#12 | POSTED BY REDIAL AT 2019-02-10 10:19 PM

I just recognized brilliance and ran with it.

#22 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-02-12 08:03 PM | Reply

It was impressive how fast the establishment Democrats turned on her.

#23 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2019-02-12 08:21 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

That's because, as Tony notes in 19, lobbyists are the conduit for donations (but not the contributors themselves), which are the lifeblood of politicians in both parties.

Nancy took young Ilhan out behind the woodshed not just because what she tweeted was anti-Semitic but because she was blatantly biting the hand that feeds all the Democrats in her caucus.

Can't let that happen, now can we...

#24 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-02-12 08:30 PM | Reply

"Here is my favorite segment of inanity:"

Weird.
What parts (if any) do you disagree with?

#25 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-02-12 08:37 PM | Reply

#24

Nailed it. Ironic though, she got pilloried for telling the truth; a truth she can never be heard uttering, lest it become her own suicide.

#26 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-02-12 08:39 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"Nancy took young Ilhan out behind the woodshed not just because what she tweeted was anti-Semitic but because she was blatantly biting the hand that feeds all the Democrats in her caucus."

Still waiting to find out what was the anti-Semitic part...

#27 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-02-12 08:47 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

In all honesty, I can't take full credit for that nickname, but it is fitting:

Why are you weaseling out of your own nickname?

You created it. Own up to it.

I just recognized brilliance and ran with it.
#22 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER

Nice way of complementing yourself.

#28 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-02-12 08:47 PM | Reply

#26

The problem is, she was right on the major theme (that lobbyists are the problem) but chose to, once again, use her well chronicled animosity towards Israel as her vehicle, with some thinly veiled anti-Semitism thrown in for good measure.

Nancy just told her, in no uncertain terms, that was a terrible move and I am sure threatened to strip her of her committee assignments if she didn't "unequivocally apologize."

"Welcome to the Sausage Factory, Ilhan...here is your ----------."

(I would have made a reference to "pork" as a double entendre, but that would have been culturally insensitive.)

#29 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-02-12 08:49 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

she got pilloried for telling the truth;

The truth can be dangerous when it's more profitable to ignore its existence.

#30 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-02-12 08:49 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"with some thinly veiled anti-Semitism thrown in for good measure."

What thinly-veiled anti-Semitism?

#31 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-02-12 08:59 PM | Reply

I'm in total agreement with Snoofy. Not a single word that she tweeted had any animus in it whatsoever. That misrepresentation is being used as to deflect from the simple truth. She cast no aspersions toward Israel other than their acknowledged funding of Congresscritters towards their own ends nor did she stereotype Jewish conduct or besmirch AIPAC.

She is 100% right on the facts. And facts are all she tweeted about.

#32 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-02-12 09:07 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

And all this happened at the same time as this:

Jared Kushner will try to sell Middle East peace plan to U.S. allies amid skepticism, scant details

Feb. 11, 2019

www.usatoday.com

Most likely to distract from this:

Jared Kushner To Release Mideast Peace Plan Even Though He's A National Security Risk

www.politicususa.com

#33 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-02-12 09:14 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#32 Thanks TonyRoma.

If there's an anti-Semitic trope or hint in this particular Tweet, I sure ain't seeing it.

And right-wingers know I can be counted on to see prejudice in just about anything!

#34 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-02-12 09:44 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

She is exactly right. Man, do we need public funding of campaigns for national office.

#35 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-02-12 09:53 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

What thinly-veiled anti-Semitism?

#31 | POSTED BY SNOOFY

RoC is probably a bonafide anti-Semite, so when the rest of us thought she was quoting Puff Daddy, he thought she was signalling his band of idiots.

#36 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2019-02-12 11:17 PM | Reply

Man, do we need public funding of campaigns for national office.

#35 | POSTED BY AMERICANUNITY AT 2019-02-12 09:53 PM | REPLY | FLAG

Thats crazy talk. If we had that, then Washington might actually work on behalf of all Americans rather than just for the ones that can afford to buy them.

#37 | Posted by Nixon at 2019-02-13 12:02 PM | Reply

#36

Once again, Vizzindy, have Snoofy give you tips on assigning positions to people that they don't have, because you are really bad at it.

#38 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-02-13 12:08 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Man, do we need public funding of campaigns for national office.
#35 | POSTED BY AMERICANUNITY

Wouldn't help ... people/pacs can still run ads ... and its remembered, or brought up...

#39 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-02-13 12:49 PM | Reply

#18 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER
"Hey, Vizzini made a funny."

Anybody want a bunny?

#40 | Posted by TheTom at 2019-02-14 12:32 AM | Reply

In the end, Omar wins. This all goes above AIPAC and the amount of eventual damage to an existing infrastructure that a single woman wearing a headscarf can do. This is an attack on Zionist influence in the American halls of power. Really though, it wasn't the attack that was so damaging-- it was the obligatory response.

#41 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2019-02-14 01:42 PM | Reply

The entire political class gave and gives cover to war criminals like Abrams.

We need more non-standard legislators to speak truth to power.

The "standard legislators" are ok with sooooooooooooooo much of current policies.

#42 | Posted by fresno500 at 2019-02-14 03:19 PM | Reply


Still waiting to find out what was the anti-Semitic part...

#27 | Posted by snoofy

Not until I find out what racist was said by the Covington kids.

#43 | Posted by boaz at 2019-02-14 03:36 PM | Reply

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