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Richard Silverstein already gets far too much attention being that he’s a total whack job. So I didn’t pay much attention to this typically Dickish rant:

The Israel Lobby’s Distortion Effect on U.S. Middle East Policy

(h/t Michael Behar of The Mike Report) which might credibly be confused with a horoscope from Cosmopolitan’s Bedside Astrologer:

I chart [Aipac’s] power like an astronomer charts the waxing and waning of the Moon. . . since last September, two momentous events have occurred which have put a huge dent in Aipac’s aura of invincibility.

I got bored with the Aquarius meets Pisces scenario and skipped down to read the comments. And that was the really interesting part. A guy named “Bluto” was pontificating about the need to create a new paradigm:

Simply put – it’s time to create a whole new paradigm where to be a ‘Pro-Apartheid Zionist’ makes one AUTOMATIC SCUM – just as the old ‘Anti-Semtie’ [sic] charge WIELDED by these ‘Pro-Apartheid Zionist’ has been, continues to be, and will in the future continue to be TRIED to be used to destroy anyone trying to stop Apartheid.

In other words, it’s no longer enough to be called an anti-Semite.

‘Pro-Apartheid Zionist’ must make Dershowitz feel like SCUM, persecuted, enlist all his worst ‘everybody hates me because I am a Jew RATHER than the fact I am such an incredible sociopathic Asshole’-fantasies

The American Zionists still desperately supporting’ the Apartheid state – including ALL US Senators/Congress who support the Apartheid State – must START FEARING their ‘Pro-Apartheid Zionist’ support for Apartheid Zionism as MUCH as most every single human being on the face of the earth has come to fear being labeled an ‘Anti-Semite’ by the likes of a ‘Pro-Apartheid American Zionist’ like Dershowitz or a ‘Pro-Apartheid Israeli Zionist’ like Netanyahu or Bennett

Being a ‘Pro-Apartheid Zionist’ must be made to NOT be a civilized option – but rather a CHOICE that will likely destroy your career, livelihood, and VOICE – like a Dershowitz would relentlessly destroy a Finklestein. THAT RAW

Ooh. That’s RAW all right. And in case you didn’t get the point:

Automatic Scum, Beyond the Pale, for ANY American to STILL be trying to drive the US into a war with Iran or Syria or whatever to protect the Israeli crimes – ‘Pro-Apartheid Zionist’ must make one AUTOMATIC SCUM

‘Pro-Apartheid Zionist’ must be come to be looked at as ‘Automatic Scum’, with support for the Apartheid State ALONE being enough to qualify a person as ‘AUTOMATIC SCUM’

‘Pro-Apartheid Zionist’ must be enough, where Brooks or Mort Zuckerman or Andrea Mitchell or Dick Gregory or DERSHOWITZ can no longer come out into the American public as a ‘Pro-Apartheid Zionist’

“Automatic scum.” Interesting. Reminds me of the rumors that, um, were floated about regarding the swimming pool of a certain public high school I attended in Pittsburgh back in the day. Supposedly, a student was paid each morning to dive into the pool, to break the surface scum. Well, the school was in a Jewish neighborhood.

It’s important to note the tactic inherent in Bluto’s paradigm. The facts aren’t enough for the anti-Israel crowd to eliminate Israel. Because were they to focus on the facts, Israel would come out smelling like a rose. There IS no Apartheid in Israel, as Silverstein and his ilk well know. Arabs serve in the Israeli parliament and in Israel’s Supreme Court. They vote. They ride on buses and walk freely on Jerusalem streets.

Thus, the anti-Israel crowd must resort to dirty tricks in order to do their damage because the truth simply will not do. They have to lie.

Lies, lies, and more lies from the anti-Israel crowd.
Lies, lies, and more lies from the anti-Israel crowd. Their collective nose is growing.

The unclean tactics of people like Bluto include Pavlovian conditioning of the world at large so that the term “Pro-Zionist” will evoke a negative emotional response. Bluto wants to shame those of us who support the State of Israel as the only democracy in the Middle East. He wants to drive the defenders of Israel into the closet.

The only way to do that is to hurl epithets and insults and to come up with an ugly catch-phrase. Bluto clearly spent several happy hours coming up with the catchiest hook possible: “Automatic Scum.”

It does have a sort of ring to it.

28 thoughts on “Automatic Scum”

  1. The say “Pro-Apartheid Zionist” like it’s something bad. Yes, I am a Zionist, and I want to live APART from those trying to exterminate me and my people.

  2. The say “Pro-Apartheid Zionist” like it’s something bad. Yes, I am a Zionist, and I want to live APART from those trying to exterminate me and my people.

  3. Norman_In_New_York

    This particular rant smells of desperation, which a good thing, since desperate people are prone to make mistakes. The most appropriate response would be to compare him to Josef Goebbels, since he is piqued at being called an anti-Semite. There is no reasoning with such people, so we have no other choice than to show that we can piss farther and more accurately on target than he can.

  4. Norman_In_New_York

    This particular rant smells of desperation, which a good thing, since desperate people are prone to make mistakes. The most appropriate response would be to compare him to Josef Goebbels, since he is piqued at being called an anti-Semite. There is no reasoning with such people, so we have no other choice than to show that we can piss farther and more accurately on target than he can.

  5. Bluto? That’s the comic strip villain (later renamed Brutus) who with brute strength and dirty tricks was always trying to kill Popeye and abduct Olive Oyl (against her will); until Popeye ate his spinach (cue the music) and proceeded to pound him to a pulp, rescue Olive and leave him watching the birdies and stars spinning around his head. He was a dim witted plug ugly who spoke in grunts and leers. This clown could hardly have picked a better name.
    Pass the spinach.

  6. Bluto? That’s the comic strip villain (later renamed Brutus) who with brute strength and dirty tricks was always trying to kill Popeye and abduct Olive Oyl (against her will); until Popeye ate his spinach (cue the music) and proceeded to pound him to a pulp, rescue Olive and leave him watching the birdies and stars spinning around his head. He was a dim witted plug ugly who spoke in grunts and leers. This clown could hardly have picked a better name.
    Pass the spinach.

  7. ahad_ha_amoratsim

    When Bluto says that being an anti-Semit is not a civilized option, what planet is he living on? Blatant Jew-haters like Al Sharpton, Rev. His Name Escapes me Obama’s Minister, Mary Durbin Robinson, Omar Bargouthi and countless others are received and honored in the best places, in the US and abroad, and without even having to say “oops, I mean Israel” when issuing or endorsing their screeds against Jews.

  8. ahad_ha_amoratsim

    When Bluto says that being an anti-Semit is not a civilized option, what planet is he living on? Blatant Jew-haters like Al Sharpton, Rev. His Name Escapes me Obama’s Minister, Mary Durbin Robinson, Omar Bargouthi and countless others are received and honored in the best places, in the US and abroad, and without even having to say “oops, I mean Israel” when issuing or endorsing their screeds against Jews.

  9. Hard Little Machine

    He reminds me of the British authorities 1946-7 who after the end of WW2 insisted that Jews in DP camps NEITHER be repatriated to their home countries NOR allowed to emigrate to Mandatory Palestine nor any other country. By 1947 there were perhaps as few as 800,000 left alive in central and eastern Europe, almost all of them in DP camps often next door to the concentration camps they were previously imprisoned in. Some, but not all British authorities felt that the best solution would be to keep them imprisoned in camps until they died out rather than freeing them. This quite nearly became a seriously debated policy among the allies.

    1. Varda Meyers Epstein

      OMG. I’ve never heard it put quite like that, Hard Little Machine. I want to look into that (and blog about it, of course). And yes, it does resemble our current situation in a lot of ways.

  10. Hard Little Machine

    He reminds me of the British authorities 1946-7 who after the end of WW2 insisted that Jews in DP camps NEITHER be repatriated to their home countries NOR allowed to emigrate to Mandatory Palestine nor any other country. By 1947 there were perhaps as few as 800,000 left alive in central and eastern Europe, almost all of them in DP camps often next door to the concentration camps they were previously imprisoned in. Some, but not all British authorities felt that the best solution would be to keep them imprisoned in camps until they died out rather than freeing them. This quite nearly became a seriously debated policy among the allies.

    1. OMG. I’ve never heard it put quite like that, Hard Little Machine. I want to look into that (and blog about it, of course). And yes, it does resemble our current situation in a lot of ways.

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