Saturday, March 26, 2016


Not to be tedious, or tendentious, but let us remember that the Palestinians who took over the Achille Lauro in 1985, and threw Leon Klinghoffer overboard, on account of he was the worst thing possible, that is, a Jew, were not Islamicists, not members of al Qaeda, or ISIS, or the Al-Nusra Front.

They were Marxist-Leninist-Fanonists of one stripe or another.

They were secular, no Koran implicated or involved.

What am I trying to say? Let me say it clearly: the assassins responsible for the Achille Lauro massacre, like those responsible for the murder of Israeli athletes during the Munich Olympics of 1972, were not Islamicists.

They were Palestinians of a certain stripe, a stripe that has changed its stripes from secular to Islamist, and will mutate further.

This is not yawn yawn to excuse Israeli land grabs of the West Bank, only to inform the discussion,  in the unlikely event that any such is possible.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

A Torturer Who Quits.

Trump wants to use waterboarding and stuff, he says, that's much worse than waterboarding on prisoners. Cruz wants to skip torture altogether by going to what he construes as the source, and just carpet bomb the Middle East.

Unbelievable that this is the twenty-first century and that it's likely that one of these ignorant thugs will be the candidate of the Republican Party for President of the United States.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Trump, AIPAC, J. Street . . .

1) Trump will be appearing before AIPAC.

A walkout of rabbis is planned. They will hold some sort of prayer meeting, in opposition 

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Trump & J. Street.

AIPAC has invited Donald Trump to trumpet his Trumpism to it.

So should J. Street. 

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Big O

As I think about the candidates from both parties, I can't but appreciate what a unique candidate Barack Obama was. 

Monday, March 14, 2016

Sandernista . . .

I'm not one of those Sandernistas who won't vote for Clinton. I'm not necessarily a Sandernista at all. Yeah, Bernie went to a high school in Brooklyn but not the one I went to, the one down the road, so I'm not indebted by nostalgia. Larry David went to the very high school I went to — along with Terri Gross and Rico Petrocelli — but his SNL jokes are increasingly & embarrassingly awful: "I used to be a poor schmuck. Now I'm a rich prick."

That's funny? There's humor there?

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Trump & speed, or Fuhrer power 1.1

What's the difference between Dean Moriarity (the groovy, Beat, propulsive lead character in Jack Kerouac’s "On the Road") and Donald Trump? Well, the answer isn't drug intake.

Speed freaks, total speed freaks both.

If you were listening to Trump's victory rant last night, you couldn't stop. You might have been horrified, like me, but you couldn’t stop. That it didn't bother to make much sense was part of its appeal. A testament, if anything, to pure authority.

Marjorie Eagan, on her talk show today, said she usually gets some housework done during such victory speech rigmaroles. Not this time. She put down the laundry and couldn't stop listening. (She likes Trump about as much as I do, which is a inordinately negative amount.)

This ability to rivet listeners is very Fuhrer. It was not the least of the Fuhrer's powers.

(There should be a superhero, Marvel or not, who is not endowed with super strength, super speed, invisibility, etc., any of the usual, but can lock in your auditory attention, keep you listening, rivet you, no matter how you try to break off, as he raves on. What should he be called?)

I don't meant to imply that the United States today, for all its shit, is much like Weimar Germany, with the Depression going, and Nazis and Communists doing gang war in the streets.

Just saying that Trump has that particular Fuhrer-power.

And, that Hitler, too, loved speed.

Trump is on speed.

Only way to stop Trump is to identify, expose, and interrupt his access to speed.

Listening to him last night in his victory speech, it became absolutely obvious that I was listening to a speed rap. 

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Oberlin College Controversy

There is an intense controversy going on at Oberlin College concerning BDS, those for, those against, with some flagrant anti-Semites contributing their bit to all involved — not merely that Jews knew in advance about 9/11 (since, after all, everyone knows *that*) but, moreover, that the World Trade Center was brought down not by al Qaeda but by, you got it, the Mossad.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Naderism, 2016

What I want to know is this, from all the earnest once or still Sanders supporters (not necessarily excluding myself): should Clinton become the Democratic nominee, as seems likely, will you then support her, as, I'm sure, Sanders himself unfailingly will? 

Friday, March 4, 2016

Trump, Gerry Springer . . .

In the 1920s, with Hitler on the rise, Germany's communist party (KPD), at Stalin's behest, attacked the larger anti-Nazi  party (SPD), as "social fascist." Socialists were as much the enemy of Revolution as Nazis, and were in some ways worse, since they created illusions and obscured the stark, dialectic, dichotomy. 

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Violence Craziness in the Air

A few months ago I ran into a woman, a physician still in practice, who I hadn't seen in many a year. After a hug or two she broke off to say — to declare — that this was the scariest time she'd ever known. I scoffed, pooh-poohed, didn't credit it. She and I had both been through the sixties, a time when, as one writer has put it, "America was so overwhelmed by war, antiwar, assassinations, uprisings, happenings, and backlashes that it frequently seemed on the verge of disintegrating."

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Sleepless in Trump Tower

Doris Lessing once wrote that severe and extended sleep deprivation is a sure way to induce psychosis. She was speaking from experience, having at one point experimented with that technique of entering an altered state. She emerged with warnings against said regimen.