Monday, November 26, 2007

Shopping for Outrage: the government needs another 9/11

by Michael A. Hoffman II

I had to be out and about this past weekend, rather than at my desk, due to family obligations, and not due to any involvement in the ho-ho-ho "Sanny Claws" commerce.

I don't know how it is where you live, but in the Coeur d'Alene, ID/Spokane, WA area, the people were out spending, but doing so joylessly. It was so rote and mechanical it was spooky. The Stepford Shoppers prowled the aisles as they were told, but joy to the world, conviviality, Christ? These were nowhere to be found. Instead, minimum-wage store clerks stressed out by not being able to afford to drive their gas-guzzling clunkers to work, waited on harried and haughty shoppers. Deck the halls with boughs of folly!

I assume it's better in Europe, even though they are mostly agnostics over there; still, the roots of the holy day ("holiday") run deep in the Old World and have more of an association with the root than the register; Europeans celebrate at this darkest astronomical season and they do so in quaint and lovely ways, from the nativity displays of Italy to the festive lighting of the Nordic countries.

Here in the Pacific Northwest however, it's a mostly grim, going-through-the-motions affair. The psychological state of the masses seems to be one of mild to acute depression. It's like they don't have a fighting spirit. They are being robbed and they don't seem to think they can do anything about it. Resignation reigns, and with it, despair.

Partly this is due, methinks, to an unspoken popular sense, not quite a conscious realization or outright affirmation, that the U.S. government was behind 9/11. Not only that, but also a sense that all indicators are that the government can only radically increase its power with yet another government-approved terror attack on U.S. soil.

Columnist Stu Bykofsky of the Philadelphia Daily News said it openly earlier this year, "To save America, we need another 9/11." David Addington, one of Vice President Dick Cheney's aides, is reported to have stated, with regard to the "FISA" court which oversees executive wiretapping, "We're only one bomb away from getting rid of that obnoxious court."

It's hardly a secret that the government needs another 9/11, or that the Bush administration was behind the first one; and since these dreadful facts are indeed known, if only at some sub-cellar level of the Group Mind of the American people, that's a terrible psychological burden to carry and goes a long way toward explaining the apathy and exhaustion we are witnessing, or that this writer observed anyway, here in the inland Northwest.

But it's more than apathy.

The American people are wounded, and therefore to a certain extent, incapacitated. We see this even here, among the readers of On the Contrary. On Saturday we broke the story on an otherwise obscure squib that appeared in New York City's "Forward" newspaper, confirming what your editor has been saying for years, that "Catholic conservative" super-hero, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, has been engaged in a sustained campaign of actively assisting in the promotion of Talmudic law clerks and lawyers at the highest levels of the American judiciary.

After we reported this outrage on Nov. 24, it should have been passed around and reprinted in some significant corners of the Internet. But it wasn't. To my knowledge, it was published only on our own blog, and that of Maurice Pinay: http://mauricepinay.blogspot.com/2007/11/disabuse-yourself-of-disinformation.html.

That was the sum total of the "publicity" for this shattering insight into the double-mind of the paleo-conservative right wing and the character of one of its most revered icons. But if we have been adulating one of our executioners, isn't that newsworthy, and shouldn't it be halted, by shining the light of exposure on it? A crucial revelation like this is empowering, if it is publicized. It liberates those who have been fooled by one of the cruelest cons ever perpetrated inside the bowels of our own movement. After all, Scalia is "one of us" isn't he?

But so far, the story has gone almost nowhere. Is this information only passed around when it appears in Pat Buchanan's column? If that's the case, then let me clue you in on a little secret: it never will be, due to the unfortunate fact that Mr. Buchanan is one of the main props of Justice Scalia's personality cult.

This is the Internet, and as Ron Paul's vibrant movement has shown, Paul's supporters have built him an impressive base online, through grassroots efforts. Dr. Paul confesses to knowing little about the web. So it was done for him, by self-motivating initiative.

Will this populist, Ron Paul-style energy branch out into other issues and endeavors? If it doesn't, then Dr. Paul can't make it. His movement alone cannot reanimate a corpse. Paul's momentum and offensive must serve as a candle of inspiration that motivates others to work on issues Dr. Paul can't tackle right now, precisely like what we are addressing here, a story which should snowball into a hugely embarrassing controversy for Scalia.

Is Justice Scalia going to be allowed to get away with this, without any questions being asked in public, and without his admirers being made aware that their support for him puts our nation on the road to the implementation of the Talmudic "Noahide Laws"? If so, that's quite a test of our apathy, isn't it? Is that why the Cryptocracy had the "Forward" float the story in the first place, to measure the depth of our outrage?

What outrage?


Michael Hoffman is at work on his seventh book, "Judaism Discovered."

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Saturday, November 24, 2007

Talmudic Court Clerks Predominate Under Justice Scalia

Kosher-Conservative Treason

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Number of Orthodox Court Clerks Jumps Thanks to Scalia
Jennifer Siegel | The Forward | Wed. Nov 21, 2007
http://www.forward.com/articles/12075

EXCERPT: “He has commented at times on the fact that he thought that people who had a talmudic training had a head start,” Lewin said of Scalia.

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Court watchers say you can count on one hand the number of Orthodox Jews who have served as clerks, but that figure will see a significant jump in 2008, when Harvard Law graduates Moshe Spinowitz, 28, and Yaakov Roth, 23, join the staff of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia.

“I think it’s sort of a coincidence. Things just sort of worked out that way this year, but it is 20% of a minyan,” Roth said, speaking to the Forward about the lawyers’ good fortune.

In interviews with the Forward, both Roth and Spinowitz said they believed that their faith was something of a footnote to the arduous selection process and had been unremarkable both at Harvard Law and at their current clerkships for U.S. Court of Appeals judge Michael Boudin, where the two now sit in neighboring cubicles.

...Despite Orthodox Jews’ tiny numbers, their experience at the Supreme Court has been one small but telling barometer of the place of Jews within the broader society.

Nathan Lewin, a prominent Washington lawyer who graduated from Harvard Law School in 1960 and went on to clerk for Associate Justice John M. Harlan from 1961 to 1962, recalled being pleasantly surprised when Harlan said at his initial interview that a Saturday Sabbath observance would not be a problem.

During his tenure at Harvard, Lewin said, classes were held Saturdays, leading the handful of Orthodox male students to rush through their morning services — only to arrive at lectures without their books or pens. When exam time rolled around, the men paid for their own proctors to administer Saturday evening exams. And when recruiting season came, several law firms told Lewin that they would not hire an associate who refused to work Saturdays.

At the same time, Lewin recalled a fellow classmate and colleague on the Harvard Law Review who was impressed by his Jewish background: the Italian Catholic, staunchly conservative Scalia.

“He has commented at times on the fact that he thought that people who had a talmudic training had a head start,” Lewin said of Scalia. The two were “quite friendly” during their law school days, said Lewin, and last met socially at a kosher restaurant in Washington. (End quote from The Forward)

HOFFMAN'S NOTE: Justice Scalia's close Talmudic pal, Nathan Lewin, is the attorney for AgriProcessors, allegedly one of the worst and most inhumane kosher slaughterhouses in the nation. Lewin is on record as advocating that the family members of Palestinian suicide bombers--their parents for example--should be executed. For several years he and Scalia have been attempting to establish a yeshiva (Talmud school) for US judges.

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