Sunday, February 28, 2010

Guns and Races

The protestations of the holohoaxers notwithstanding, genocides tend to acquire consistent, even predictable, features, especially as time passes and victim lobbies get the chance to organize, develop an official story, and recruit spokesmen and publicists to transmit their story effectively to groups controlling economic and military power.

The 1994 mass killings in Rwanda, perhaps the largest such incident to occur since World War II outside China, have attained the age of 16 as of this year, and we are called upon to remember it, along with all other such incidents that occurred outside territory that is still controlled by the perpetrating government.

In this article [sorry - one has to have a subscription in order to view the entire article. I won't be able to blog WSJ articles anymore if I can't figure out how to make them available to all through a link like this] in the Wall Street Journal, we discover that, in a brutal conflict between two tribes of black Africans, a mysterious gang of murderous white men exercised a pivotal role in the carnage. It is surmised in the article that they are advance agents of a French peace-keeping force that wasn't dispatched to the area in question until a month after the incident. One conspiracy theory competes against another, but we most emphatically do not always have the freedom to choose among them.

The show (and it is a show) is replete with the files of survivors, all rendering a notably consistent account of the atrocities. The choreography is familiar, even conspicuous, to attentive students of stories concerning the Holocaust.

Genocides need a demon recognizable to citizens of rich, industrialized countries, preferably a demon whose identity can make those citizens feel guilty themselves in some way. Those were German, these are French - both serve quite admirably.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

U Wisconsin Badger Herald -- Editor finds Smith to represent "vile, reprehensible and absurd" ideas

By Jason Smathers
Editor of The Badger Herald

Thursday, February 25, 2010 1:30 a.m.

"Bradley Smith, an infamous Holocaust denier, took this opportunity to place a link to his denial website on our online site. He paid $75 for the ad, and we chose to accept the advertisement.

"The placement is a vile, reprehensible and absurd recreation of history that would be rejected as blatant lies and fantasy by any rational student on campus.
But it is because of this very fact that I have decided to accept this ad and allow it to run its course.

"The site itself, the Committee for Open Dialogue [sic] on the Holocaust, is a troth of lies that masks itself as an attempt to challenge conventional wisdom on whether the Holocaust and murder of 6 million Jews took place. The assertion is so wildly and obviously false that to even address its claims would be an exercise in futility.

"But since its posting, members of campus and this office have asked whether that should be grounds for its deletion." Read more.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The Badger Herald is Not Alone

(5:31MIN)Smith addresses a few words to the student staff of the Badger Herald, U Wisconsin-Madison, encouraging them to stand steady if they come under pressure from special interests asking (demanding) that the Text Link ad be removed from the paper where it is to run the next couple months. The ad reads: "The Holocaust Question THE POWER OF TABOO "

View this Video here

University of Wisconsin, Smith's Report, and Blanche Debois

Did a new YouTube video this morning, a few words directed to the staff of the Badger Herald, U Wisconsin-Madison, encouraging them to stand steady if there is any pressure applied to the paper to remove the Text Link advertisement that is running there on every page of every issue of The Badger for the next couple months.

The link reads: “The Holocaust Question THE POWER OF TABOO”

I had to use makeup before we filmed. There’s some stuff on my nose that the dermatologists at the VA want to get rid of, I'm applying medication to it, and the organ is all broken out. This has happened before with my face. For some reason, when I’m putting on the makeup thought recalls Blanche in Streetcar Named Desire, the old Marlon Brando film version. Don’t ask. I don’t even recall a scene in the film where Blanche is fixing her face. Must be there. Now, a couple hours later, I find that the YouTube upload did not work and we have to take another run at it. Well have it up as soon as we can. Maybe this afternoon.

The hard copy of issue 169 of Smith’s Report went into the USPO system Saturday afternoon, and by Tuesday morning it was already reaching subscribers in the Mid-West. Issue 169 is not online yet because my guy who does that work has moved his office and is a couple days behind the curve. Soon. A day or two.

And so it goes.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

There's irony, and then there's irony

I’m thinking it’s not depression after all, but anxiety. When I wake in the morning and thought on its own begins to go here and there it takes only an instant and the anxiety is there in the abdomen, the place below the rib cage. It’s there, and it’s swollen, and then I am aware that the heart muscle is constricted. It’s interesting, but it’s very uncomfortable. So thought wakes and without any preliminary, with no hesitation, it fixes itself onto the issues of income mixed with what we understand is the plight of our daughter, her fate. When you’re eighty years old you are supposed to have learned (ahh, the irony) how to make a living, and you are supposed to have learned how to accept the implicit tragedy of family, a place where irony is unknown.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Indoctrinate U:

Just when you thought campus brainwashing couldn't get any worse

So what happens when political correctness goes too far? Someone makes a feature-length documentary about it, that's what. And in this case that doc is the much-talked about 2007 film Indoctrinate U, written and directed by Evan Coyne Maloney, who also stars in it Michael Moore-style (albeit with one critical difference said a reviewer at The Weekly Standard: "[Maloney's] got the on-screen dexterity of a Michael Moore, only with integrity").

Indoctrinate U closely examines repressive and widespread ideological conformism on American university and college campuses, a slowly moving storm of censorship that has created "a campus culture in which speech codes rule the day; in which free inquiry has been replaced with prescribed, politically correct values; and in which students are taught not how to think, but what to think."

Smith says: Looks like a film you might want to look at.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

University of Wisconsin, the Badger Herald

On 08 February a news story in the Badger Herald at University of Wisconsin-Madison tells us that the campus Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity threw a party/fundraiser on 04 December where there were intoxicated monitors, poor crowd control, lewd behavior, drunkenness, and sexual acts in the public restrooms—in short, a lively event.

Complaints were registered against the Greeks. AEPi President Jeff Herscott said the party was a philanthropic event, which raised $2,010 to go toward the Jewish charity organization B’nai B’rith International. In the comments that followed the story the issue of “coasties” was introduced. I had never heard the term. It took a moment to understand that coasties are students at U Wisconsin who are not locals, but come from the East and West coasts where the largest Jewish populations live.

On 10 February the Badger Herald published a letter to the editor by Lori M. Berquam, Dean of Students at UW, calling attention to the fact that “anti-Semitism and hate speech are unacceptable and inconsistent with the values of our community. I suspect some of those commenting were engaged in a misguided attempt to be amusing or outrageous by making references to ‘Lori Berquam’s final solution’ or suggesting that a fraternity house ‘should be turned into an oven….In the future, I would ask everyone engaging in these online exchanges, both in the Herald or elsewhere, to remember our shared commitment to discourse that is both open and respectful.”

On 15 February the Badger Herald published a letter from Greg Steinberge, Executive Director, UW campus Hillel. He wrote in part: “References to the Holocaust, to the final solution and to ovens are dangerous and cannot be tolerated. We must not forget that in very recent history this hateful language was accompanied by the murder of Jews, gays, lesbians, the Roman people and other minorities throughout Europe — the genocide of nearly 10 million people. Hateful language was tolerated by many bystanders who stood idle, either too timid, lazy, or full of disbelief to act….We here at the UW Hillel see ourselves as a place on campus that welcomes debate, even conflict of opinions or divergent views in the Jewish community and in the wider campus community. We are a place of discourse, as is the larger UW campus community, even when people disagree — and even when it is painful.

We welcome Dean Berquam’s commitment to a “shared commitment to discourse that is both open and respectful.”

We welcome Hillel Executive Director Greg Steinberge’s view that the UW Hillel sees UW as a “place of discourse, as is the larger UW campus community, even when people disagree — and even when it is painful.”

On 18 February CODOH placed a small text link in the online edition of the Badger Herald that reads:

The Holocaust Question:

The full three lines are the link. It is in the left-hand column of every page of each issue of the Badger Herald for the next 30 days.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

I’m not certain I want to do this

I’m not certain I want to do this. Not certain it is a good idea to do it with regard to business, with regard to those who associate themselves with CODOH, with regard to family. While the issue is many-sided, it is not complicated.

I’ve never been one for depression. That’s what is so surprising about encountering it now, being aware of encountering it, for the first time in my life. I am not talking about sadness. I was brought to the point of tears only yesterday when I was informed that my friend Ron Nelson had died of cancer, but that was a reaction to a specific event. Depression is a more mysterious affair.

When I woke this morning I did not want to get out of bed. Part of it is that the house is cold, but mostly I just didn’t want to get out of bed. That’s not how it used to be, but it is how it oftentimes is lately. I don’t want to get out of bed. Of course this morning I did get up, took care of a few things like making a pot of coffee and scratching the parrot’s back, then came into the office. Once here I was aware of not wanting to do the work. Thirty years of wanting to do it, always understanding that I would have nothing from it but always wanting to do it and now, increasingly, the not-wanting to do it.

The depression that comes and goes and comes around again every couple days, sometimes every couple hours—I’m aware that it is mixed with the unending anxiety about money, the endless anxiety over a daughter who is 24 years old now with no apparent future, and the surprising new anxiety about the coming end to my life. Tomorrow I’ll be 80 years old. A year ago, when I turned 79, I didn’t give it a second thought. Even after the cancer, the chemotherapy, the exhaustion. It didn’t matter. A year ago no depression, no anxiety, no fear, no thinking about the end of things. That stuff has only come around the last three, four months. Maybe it’s been a couple months longer. No way to know now.

My way of dealing with this stuff used to be to write about it. I’d keep a journal. I’m not a book writer. From the beginning—I was 22 years old—even at the beginning I saw that my own character interested me more than any character I might imagine inventing. I think that might be at the crux of the problem now with this depression thing. I do not write about my character, and I do not write about the work that I observe this character doing. I do write about both, but not with care. I have started over with the journal and the blogs half a dozen times. Each time I let it go. Maybe the time has come to stay with it.

The problem is, tomorrow’s another day.

Conspiracy Theories!

This article from the Ludwig von Mises Institute Web site reports the appointment to an innocuous-sounding post with the federal government of Cass Sunstein, a former colleague of Barack Obama's at the University of Chicago Law School who published a paper two years ago about how "the government" should go about quashing conspiracy theories.

Some conspiracy theories, of course, are intensely inconvenient to governments everywhere, while other conspiracy theories are vital to the maintenance of the powers they constantly seek over the citizenry.

Yes, the mainstream account of the Holocaust is, in fact, a conspiracy theory - a truly unbelievable one that has for decades been drummed into the heads of billions now inhabiting the richest countries in the world. And, of course, throwing into jail those impertinent enough to voice disbelief in any aspect of the conspiracy theory.

Sunstein will no doubt busy himself with quashing revisionism of all kinds, including that concerning the Holocaust, itself frequently dismissed as a "conspiracy theory." Of course, it's the conspiracy theories that are true that are the most dangerous!