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10% And Birthers.

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Mother Jones suggests that:

“According to a recent Washington Post poll, just 10 percent of Americans now strongly suspect that the President was not born in the United States; the number of true believers is even smaller.”

Meghan McCain On Bits Of The Tea Party.

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The Torygraph has a funny piece on Christine O’Donnell:

“Miss McCain, a Republican who is making a name for herself as an outspoken pundit, said what many party colleagues have been afraid of uttering publicly.

She is moderate who supports gay marriage, has criticised her father’s vice-presidential running mate Sarah Palin and taken issue with the anti-tax Tea Party for its “innate racism”.

Miss O’Donnell, 41, is a Tea Party darling.

She is trailing badly in the Delaware Senate race, is best known for having spoken out against masturbation and admitting she had “dabbled” in witchcraft.

Her first television campaign advertisement began with her saying: “I am not a witch.”

“Well, I speak as a 26-year-old woman and my problem is that, no matter what, Christine O’Donnell is making a mockery of running for public office,” Miss McCain said on ABC News. “She has no real history, no real success in any kind of business.

“It scares for me for a lot of reasons. In my group of friends, it turns people off because she’s seen as a nut job.” “

Very brave words, cos if Ms. McCain wakes up one day with pin holes in her then we’ll know the rumours about Christine O’Donnell are true, very brave 🙂

Update 1: Nick Lowles has more on some anti-Obama types:

“So you can imagine my surprise when I came across some anti-Obama activists outside the White House this afternoon. I was even more surprised to find them to be supporters of Lyndon LaRouche, well known to us at Searchlight for his right wing conspiratorial views.

There were about seven LaRouche activists there, some with placards with pictures of Obama with a Hitler moustache.

After taking a few photos I went over and struck up conversation with one of the people there. “Wasn’t it unfair to link Obama to Hitler?” I asked. “No,” came the reply. According to this woman the same people and institutions that funded Hitler were funding Obama – including, she told me, the Bank of England. hmmmm.”

Update 2: Ms. O’Donnell is very shaky on a key part of North American politics, the US constitution:

“The US constitution has its quirks but it is crystal clear on one issue: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” begins the first amendment, adopted in 1791. But more than 200 years later, its meaning appears to be lost on Christine O’Donnell, the Tea Party favourite running for a US Senate seat.

At a debate today for the Delaware Senate seat once occupied by Vice President Joe Biden, O’Donnell appeared to be nonplussed by the wording of the first amendment, repeatedly returning to the subject and sounding incredulous after her Democratic opponent Chris Coons attempted to explain it to her.

When Coons told her the text of the constitution prohibited government from establishing any religion, O’Donnell replied in apparent bewilderment: “You’re telling me that’s in the first amendment?”

Minutes earlier, the audience at Widener Law School in Delaware had laughed in derision when O’Donnell asked: “Where in the constitution is the separation of church and state?”

Not only is the first amendment perhaps the most famous part of the constitution but the “establishment clause”, as it is known, is the subject of legal precedent stretching back into the 19th century. No less an authority than Thomas Jefferson, one of the constitution’s authors, declared the clause’s aim to build “a wall of separation between church and state”.

While O’Donnell’s campaign was quick to attempt damage limitation, saying that the words “separation of church and state” appear nowhere in the constitution, the gaffe does O’Donnell no favours as her campaign unravels and she trails far behind Coons in latest opinon polls.”

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18/10/2010 at 21:50

Entertainment News: Tea, A Would-be Witch And Mel Gibson.

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I suppose we shouldn’t laugh, but the idea of starting a political advert saying “I’m not a Witch…” is only something that a Tea Partyer could do.

This is Christine O’Donnell’s advert, and I dare you not to smile:

And below another clip from 1999 where she admits to being a Witch:

Ms. O’Donnell makes Dan Quayle look like a erudite scholar by comparison, and here’s a reminder of his abilities:

More humour from the States, apparently Mel Gibson’s one-time partner, Oksana Grigorieva, is hiring a lot of lawyers, some 39.

Ms. Grigorieva will need them, having put up with Gibson’s rants, assaults and his racism she’ll need all the help she can get.

I have a feeling that Mel might be up for Tea Party membership shortly

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16/10/2010 at 22:52

9/11 And Anti-Zionism?

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I often wonder when I see supposed critics of Israel using the banner of “Anti-Zionism”, what are the other peculiar views that they hold.

To me, it seems that many of these “Anti-Zionists” are not what they seem.

By that I mean that their animosity towards Israelis is only part of some deeper prejudice or hangup.

An example, would be Alan Hart, onetime BBC journalist and now doyen of “Anti-Zionist” circles.

Alan Hart has been a vociferous critic of all things Israeli, but he has been careful to say that is not really against Jews. Hart is quick to trot out the old “some of my best friends are….” defence.

Which is all well and good, except when you scratch beneath the surface and ask him about 9/11.

Astute readers will already know what his answer is….read more at Adam Holland.

Update 1: I forget that Dr. Stephen Sizer seem to have a high regard for Alan Hart’s views.

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27/05/2010 at 14:18

The Drip Drip Of Conspiracy Theories.

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There has long been an argument that the drip drip of antagonism towards Israelis which is prevalent in the British media class and the intelligentsia would poison the political climate and make racism towards Jews more acceptable.

It is a contentious argument no doubt, but the evidence of how a Morning Star reviewer could write such a glowing review of a book, a conspiratorial book written by neo-Nazi is all the more surprising, and gives some credence to that argument.

A few minutes research into the nature of the book’s publisher, Progressive Press, would have sounded alarm bells to any competent antifascist, or anyone literate.

Still, worse was the seeming unfamiliarity with Nick Kollerstrom, a well-known holocaust denier.

Leaving aside the obvious ignorance on the part of Geoff Simons, I wondered if there was another reason that he was so accepting of Kollerstrom’s dubious arguments.

Now bear in mind that what unites Progressive Press, some of its authors, Kollerstrom and Hallett, etc is an obvious paranoia and a belief in antisemitic conspiracy theories, as seen in the publishers’ web pages.

But I couldn’t believe that a Morning Star contributor would have those hang ups, that was until I saw the following article by the same Geoff Simons.

It is full of inflammatory language, distorted history and a stock of dubious quotes, rather similar to those normally found on Far Right web sites.

Now I can see why Geoff Simons liked Kollerstrom’s book.

Update 1:
Rachel from North London dealt with Kollerstrom in 2008.

Update 2:
I am getting some spam from Jew hating nutbars, so I would like to refer them to my moderation policy.

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05/08/2009 at 00:57

Trust Amazon Reviewers?

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I like books, so I tend to read Amazon book reviews and have been swayed sometimes to buy the odd book on the basis of a favorable review. I suspect I am not alone.

So imagine my surprise when I read the reviews for that nonsensical rubbish “Hitler Was a British Agent” by Greg Hallett.

Plainly Hallet’s book is utter tripe, without any historical merit and only fit for putting under the leg of a wonky table.

Still, on Amazon it got four and a half stars, unbelievable.

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04/08/2009 at 22:03