The paragraph Aaron quotes from Jonathan Marks actually makes my point for me:
The Spectacle Blog
While Matt Walther does not approve of Roger Waters’ words and deeds directed towards Israel, he takes me to task for characterizing Waters as an anti-Semite. Matt chides, “Anti-Semite is not an epithet to be tossed at one's political opponents.”
Before I proceed further, let me convey my appreciation to Wlady for his response to Matt’s assertion. With that let me add my own.
Matt argues, “I do not see enough evidence to suggest that Waters, however crudely he chooses to express his disagreements with Israeli foreign and domestic policy, actually hates Jewish people.” On that point, it would behoove Matt to read Jonathan Marks’ recent article in Commentary on the subject:
Commenting on President Obama’s shortcomings, Barbara Walters told Piers Morgan last night, “We thought he was going to be…the next Messiah.”
This comment took me back to the day after the 2008 election when I read this poem at the Cantab Lounge in The People’s Republic of Cambridge – a venue which I have since been banned from for life.
This poem is titled “The Messiah Has Not Come”:
So the Messiah has triumphed
What have we really gained
Besides opiates of hope and change
That can only mask the pain
He tells us, “Yes we can,”
Knowing full well we can’t
Ever make a perfect world
No matter how loudly we chant
I did not bet on the dark horse
You brand me with a scarlet letter
Should you call me a racist
When I learned yesterday that several buildings at Harvard University had been evacuated, a colleague quipped it was probably some kid trying to get out of final exams.
Well, that’s exactly what it turned out to be.
Needless to say it was an exceedingly stupid thing to do. All the more so when you consider it was scarcely eight months ago that two bombs were detonated just across the Charles River in an act of Islamic terrorism which resulted in three deaths and hundreds being injured.
It just goes to show that Harvard men might be smart, but it doesn’t mean they’re very bright.
Matthew, what on earth does "not necessarily an anti-Semite" mean? So comparing today's Israel to Nazi Germany is not necessarily over the top? I'm sure it comes as a great relief to Roger Waters' fans in Israel that he may not actually hate Jews. No doubt the Mullahs will duly take note of that as well, and hopefully soften their views in the coming years.
Just a quick response to Aaron Goldstein's piece on Roger Waters, the doddering rocker formerly of Pink Floyd. Waters's criticism of Israel strikes me as bizarre and wrongheaded, but not, pace Aaron, necessarily "anti-Semitic." Anti-Semite is not an epithet to be tossed at one's political opponents. I do not see enough evidence to suggest that Waters, however crudely he chooses to express his disagreements with Israeli foreign and domestic policy, actually hates Jewish people. Besides, it is a bit rich to find someone who refers monolithically to "the Palestinians" (cf. "the blacks"), as if every single Palestinian shared the disgusting opinions of certain propagandists and P.A. higher-ups, making accusations of racism.
The Federal Reserve Board of Governors announced today that they would begin a taper of monthly bond purchases made as part of quantitative easing policy. The taper, or reduction, is slight—a decrease in monthly asset purchases from $85 billion to $75 billion, or a little more than 10 percent, which would begin in January.
While some analysts did not expect the Federal Reserve to taper any time in the near future, there were hints in Janet Yellen’s testimony before the Senate Banking Committee last month that the Fed was pleased with progress they perceived in the economic indicators they used to determine whether to scale back on asset purchases. Recent jobs numbers were probably one of the major indicators the Fed relied upon in their decision.
One of the funniest political pundits on television or in writing, Fox News' Greg Gutfeld, will be the keynote speaker at the 2014 Independence Institute Founders' Night Dinner on March 6, 2014 in Denver.
Gutfeld is irreverent, incisive, and increasingly influential. Those who see him on Fox's programs "The Five" or "Red Eye," which he hosts, would not be surprised that the sub-title of Gutfeld's web site is "A handkerchief of hard news soaked in a sneeze of thought snot."
Tickets are on sale now, and prices will go up after December 31st, so if you are near Denver (or can be on March 6th) I encourage you to buy today, before you forget.
I'll see you there!
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On Monday at 2 pm, The American Spectator hosted a tweet-up with Nansen Malin, who currently works as the Washington State Director for Americans for Prosperity. She has held prominent positions in Washington State politics and nationally is one of the most followed conservatives on Twitter, with over 600,000 followers.
Here’s what we learned from our Twitter discussion with @nansen about what the Affordable Care Act means for Americans.
Less access, longer waits: