Tag: Liberals

How Long Will Liberal Jews Lie to Themselves?

 

American Jews have been associated with the Democrat Party since they first immigrated from Europe. The desire to be accepted in the larger society was prevalent, as Jews wanted to expand their opportunities for success and assimilation. For many, assimilation provided the road to being “like everyone else,” and their Judaism became less of a barrier.   The German Jews in particular brought Reform Judaism to America, which abandoned many of the rites and traditions of Orthodox Judaism. In fact, they tried to make the Jewish liturgy resemble Protestant Christianity. European Jews were determined to fit into the larger society, so adapting their practices to the culture around them seemed to be a sensible step. As Progressivism made inroads in Europe in the 19th century and America in the 20th century, secularism and universalism became a dominant theme, and these belief systems gradually moved them away from key Jewish values, such as following the Torah and Orthodoxy. Most Jews practiced Judaism superficially, deciding which observances fit their lifestyle and maintained their acceptance in the larger community. Ruth Wisse, a Jewish scholar paraphrased Sholem Aleichem saying, “It is harder to be a Jew”: It was easier to call oneself a liberal, leading a Jew further away from the Jewish community to defend universalist values, such as social justice and equity.

Over time, many Jews gravitated to socialism and Communism, too. It fulfilled their dreams of social justice and equity, and demonstrated their desire to be accepted by the Progressive community.

Join Jim and Greg as they discuss Senate Republicans’ refusal to raise taxes to pay for Biden’s proposed infrastructure bill, the results of the Virginia Democratic primary, and a new study showing the unlikeliness of bipartisan friendships.

San Francisco Is Pure Hell

 

It is a bit of a cliché to say that San Francisco is a hellhole.

I remember reading in conservative blogs back in the mid-2000s about gay pride parades in the Castro district in which men would masturbate out of windows and on to passersby as part of the procession. When I moved down there in 2008 and worked for the Business section of the San Francisco Examiner, I remember walking through Van Ness and seeing a big, thick, and unmistakably human turd right there on the sidewalk.

Let the Hate (and Love) Flow Through: Notes from Politicon 2018

 

Fox, CNN, MSNBC, and the alphabets are entertainment. Watch these channels with the sound off, maybe after a whiskey, and you will see it clearly. These are trained actors who have perfected outrage by reading political lines under the guise of informing. Cable news benefits from dividing us, continually. This has led to folks on both sides to become more intransigent, more entrenched. Our anger is palpable. It’s cancer. However, once we leave our tv’s, and are removed from the Twitter-verse, facebook and other social media, people are people. We all live and breath the same air, send our kids to the same schools and root the same home team (Go Dodgers!) Yet at cocktail parties, or events where mixed political company attend, many of us head to toward like-minded souls where we can vent our frustrations about whatever outrage the other side did today.

Case in point: Politicon 2018. Charlie Kirk told me “Politicon is Twitter in real life.” It’s an annual event held in Southern California (the last three years in Pasadena and this year in downtown Los Angeles at the sprawling LA Convention Center). The two days of panels, debates, and raucous main events feature the leading politicos from both Left and Right. Where else in America can people come and watch (deep breath) Tucker Carlson, Touré, Dennis Rodman, Ben Shapiro, Alyssa Milano, Adam Carolla, Ben Rhodes, Charlie Kirk, Hasan Piker, Joy Reid, Ann Coulter, James Carville, Michael Steele, Cenk Uygur, Dan Bongino, Sally Kohn, Andrew Klavan, Ana Kasparian, Michael Knowles, Elisha Kraus, and even a handful of Never Trumpers like Bill Kristol, David Frum, Jennifer Rubin, and Ana Navarro. By the way, this is probably not even a tenth of the speaker’s list.

Waiting for a panel to begin (the gross Michael Avenatti and certifiable Kathy Griffin) I was seated next to a 50-something couple. The woman said something about “we need less testosterone at the top.” I was in a playful mood so I bit.

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Rush will probably sue me for posting this transcript, but what the heck (from Rush 24/7): CALLER: Yeah, and I have some friends back there. People are apparently losing their minds right now in some of the predictable ways. But the question I wanted to ask you, Rush, is: Look, obviously this whole hearing is […]

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At National Review Online, I write about Penn State University barring its Outing Club from doing what the club was created to do and has been doing for 98 years — off campus outings. The disallowed activities are less dangerous than many on-campus activities that students undertake daily. What gives? An excerpt: Preview Open

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are fully aware that Democrats may have a good year in the midterms but Tuesday’s primary results suggest the Democrats still have a long way to go in Texas.  However, they don’t like the departure of chief Trump economic adviser Gary Cohn and they really don’t like that Trump’s surprise announcement on new tariffs is the reason for it.  And they confront a growing trend on the left demonizing people for driving or even having cars.  Jim points out it’s because urban liberals cannot fathom that anyone lives a different way than they do and Greg suggests that when lefties decide they don’t want something then no one else is allowed to have it either.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America welcome the decision of ABC News to punish Brian Ross over his sloppy, false, and damaging report about  when President Trump urged Mike Flynn to make contact with Russia – just the latest in a long history of shameful reporting by Ross.  They also erupt as Republican Texas Rep. Blake Farenthold reportedly used $84,000 of taxpayer money to settle a sexual harassment complaint made by his former staffer.  And they chronicle the liberal hysteria following the Senate vote on tax reform – including assertions that the vote killed America, that it will kill millions of people, and that it is akin to raping poor people.

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Please check out Episode 45 of Thinking It Through with Jerome Danner.  I had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. @derryckgreen about an old piece that he wrote –> http://ricochet.com/434674/lebron-james-racism-and-a-missed-opportunity/.  It dealt with LeBron James’ response to a racial epithet being spray-painted on the gate of his LA home. We had a wonderful conversation and […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America enjoy watching the Washington Post get called out for false reporting on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson by Matt Lee of the Associated Press.  They also wonder what Mike Flynn has to say to congressional investigators based on reports Flynn wants immunity from prosecution in exchange for his testimony.  And they unload on liberals for sneering at the boundaries Vice President Mike Pence and his wife have established to protect their marriage.

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This is the first I’ve heard of “Movember”, where men stop shaving to raise awareness of men’s health issues.  I guess that could explain why my boss is growing facial hair!  So, the usual suspects are attacking this as sexist, etc, etc.  I happened upon an article from Heat Street about it.  Here is an […]

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One of my Facebook interlocutors’ favourite talking points is that Trump is so bad that “we can’t give him the benefit of the doubt”. I was unclear on what that actually meant, in practice. I mean, what did this interlocutor suggest those disappointed by the election results should actually do about it? Preview Open

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Trump wasn’t created in the backwoods of Appalachia by a bunch of toothless rednecks. Trump was created by liberals who decided the market place of ideas was closed and kicked conservative voices off of college campuses. Trump was created by cocktail party lefties who clapped like seals every time a late night comedian used his […]

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There is a famous mythical exchange between Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway concerning the rich. Fitzgerald is supposed to have observed, “The rich are different from you and me.” To which Hemingway is supposed to have wisecracked, “Yes, they have more money.” This argument didn’t really happen like that. But supposing that it had, I […]

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Everyone is talking about the perils of allowing males (or gangs of males, such as horny teenagers) to lawfully hang out in ladies restrooms. However, no one is talking about the opposite peril: women in mens restrooms.  Here are the problems: o          Prostitutes (particularly looking for horny male teenagers) Preview Open

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