Silence of the Dems

Featured image Victor Davis Hanson brings his scholarly temperament and detachment to what he calls “The new, new anti-Semitism.” The new, new anti-Semitism has manifested itself in the House of Representatives, but I seriously doubt that it will be discussed or condemned there any time soon. Professor Hanson deserves a Pulitzer Prize for commentary, but that won’t be happening any time soon either. Doing the job that the Star Tribune refuses to »

Anti-Semitism Breaking Out Among Congressional Democrats

Featured image Newly-elected Michigan Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib–the one who says House Democrats are going to “impeach the motherfucker,” President Trump–is in the news again. Emily Zanotti has the story: Freshman Democratic Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) is creating fresh controversy in her second week in the House of Representatives, but this time it’s over a shocking, anti-Semitic slur leveled at her Congressional colleagues for their support of a bill which would allow local, »

You Want Hate? Here’s Hate

Featured image There is a lot of talk these days about hate in our public discourse. In truth, much of what is denounced as “hate,” especially by the Left, could more properly be described as disagreement. But every once in a while you come across the real article. As in the case of Lara Kollab, an American Muslim from Ohio, who was fired from a residency at the Cleveland Clinic, one of »

Understanding Alice Walker (& the Times), cont’d

Featured image I wrote about Alice Walker’s New York Times Book Review interview and Book Review editor Pamela Paul’s response to criticism raised by it here. Richard Cohen devotes his Washington Post column to the subject and does a better job getting at the heart of Pamela Paul’s neurasthenic comments than I did. He gives a careful reading to what Paul had to say and finds it wanting. He concludes: The tone »

Understanding Alice Walker (& the Times)

Featured image I subscribe to the New York Times Books Briefing (an email newsletter). In today’s email from Times Book Review editor Pamela Paul there is this drily stated bullet point: • Alice Walker recommended an anti-Semitic book in the Book Review’s By the Book column. In the face of public outcry, she defended her choice. You may have read about Walker’s book recommendation last week. Turning to the article linked in »

When they tunnel under your house

Featured image I want to take the liberty of highlighting four paragraphs from Bret Stephens’s New York Times column of December 13: “When anti-Zionism tunnels under your house” (accessible via Outline here). Stephens’s column silently responds to his colleague Michelle Goldberg’s December 7 column “Anti-Zionism isn’t anti-Semitism,” a column that gives cover to the likes of Minnesota Fifth District Rep.-elect Ilhan Omar: Anti-Zionists are not advocating the reform of a state, as »

They #StandWithIlhan

Featured image As Scott wrote here, glamorous freshman Representative Ilhan Omar caused a stir by coming out in favor of the anti-Israel BDS (“boycott, divestment and sanctions”) movement. Those who had been paying attention weren’t surprised, but most of Omar’s 5th District Jewish constituents apparently didn’t see it coming. Omar’s left-wing supporters cheered her endorsement of BDS. The far-left site Common Dreams headlines: “#IStandWithIlhan: Supporters Reject Smear Campaign After Newly-Elected Omar Declares »

The way we hate now (Omar edition)

Featured image Minnesota Rep-elect Ilhan Omar presents as a case study in the way the Democrats hate now. I have pursued the case study for Power Line readers in numerous posts as well as for Weekly Standard readers in “The anti-Israel seat” and City Journal readers in “A question for Democrats.” I wrote all the most prominent Minnesota Democrats I could think of for their comment on the Omar case. To a »

Telling admissions from the New York Times about anti-Semitism

Featured image The leftist media insists that President Trump is encouraging anti-Semitism even though he has never made a statement that fairly can be considered anti-Semitic. It relies in part on untenable inferences from statements by Trump that have nothing to do with Jews, and in part on claims that anti-Semitic incidents have risen since Trump became president. Such incidents might well have increased since Trump’s victory. However, Gina Bellafante of the »

D.C. leftists vie for endorsement of anti-Semite

Featured image Remember Trayon White? He’s the Washington D.C. city council member — a Democrat — who claimed that Jewish financiers control the climate. In his view, a mild snowfall in the District was an instance of “climate control” by the Rothschilds who “create natural disasters they can pay for to own the cities.” White also opined that the Rothschilds control the World Bank and the federal government. There might have been »

Anti-Semitism: Not What It Once Was

Featured image On Thursday evening, a comedian named Ilana Glazer was scheduled to perform at a synagogue in Brooklyn as a get-out-the-vote event. The performance was canceled when anti-Semitic graffiti was found scrawled throughout the synagogue. The New York Times reported on the story. The Times article looks to me as though it was initially written from a typically liberal point of view, and then, when the perpetrator was identified and caught, »

Is this what they call a dog whistle?

Featured image President Trump campaigned for Republican candidates at a rally in Estero, Florida. C-SPAN has posted the video here. Adam Kredo’s Washington Free Beacon account of the speech prompted me to track it down and transcribe the president’s opening remarks: Before going any further I went to take a moment to address the horrific shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. It was terrible. Eleven Americans were brutally murdered »

Jennifer Rubin is up to her old tricks

Featured image In 2007-08, Jennifer Rubin supported Rudy Giuliani, now one of President Trump’s most ardent defenders, for president. When Mitt Romney announced his bid for the presidency, Rubin denounced him for choosing the Henry Ford Museum as his venue. Romney selected this location because of his family’s connection to the automobile industry, his own theme of innovation, and his desire to win votes in Michigan where he was born and raised. »

Trump speaks for me (2)

Featured image President Trump appeared at a campaign rally last night in Murphysboro, Illinois. I can’t find a transcript or news story that gives his opening remarks in full. I have tracked down the video posted here to transcribe Trump’s opening remarks myself so that I could supplement my post last night: Before going any further I want to address the horrible shooting that took place earlier today. The hearts of all »

Trump speaks for me

Featured image Every time I attended Shabbat services at Temple of Aaron — like Tree of Life, home to the largest conservative Jewish congregation in town, at least on our side of the river — I always thought about an atrocity like the one committed this morning in Pittsburgh. Driving into the temple parking lot, I would see the police cruiser parked in the far corner to remind me of the possibilities »

Notes on fake news (1)

Featured image On Monday I am scheduled to make a presentation on the subject of “fake news” to our local Cardozo Society chapter. The society is an affinity group of Jewish lawyers. I am a member of the group. Unlike the past president of the Hair Club for Men (now Hair Club), I can’t say I’m both an owner and a client, but that’s the idea. It will make me nervous to »

Chain of fools revisited

Featured image Our friend Seth Leibsohn wrote yesterday to ask if he was the only one who has a problem with what is depicted in the photo below from Aretha Franklin’s funeral in Detroit. Seth then opened his radio show (audio below) with the question: “What do you think would be said about Donald Trump, President Trump, if he were on a stage at a big event with someone who said, ‘Satanic »