Stop Me If this Sounds Familiar

Link: This week vandals sprayed the words "Jews" and the Nazi slogan "Sieg Heil" on the office windows of the Lausitzer Rundschau, a newspaper known for its coverage of far-right groups. The week before four swastikas were daubed on other offices of the paper as well as "Jews, kill them" and "We'll get you all". There were similar incidents …

More Stories that Cannot Possibly Be True

From France:Pro-Palestinian protesters clashed with police in central Paris on Saturday when hundreds of marchers defied a ban by French authorities to rally against Israel's offensive in the Gaza Strip.French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve warned organizers in a television address that they would be held responsible for any clashes and could be prosecuted for ignoring …

Your Non-Shocking News of the Day

Stop the presses. Martin Heidegger was an anti-Semite: For decades, controversy has marred the legacy of Martin Heidegger, whose theories and complicity with the Nazi regime led many to brand him an anti-Semite. Yet there was never a smoking gun in the late German philosopher’s expansive work, an explicit pejorative reference to Jews or Judaism …

Quote of the Day

I've seen proof, black on white, that Herr Dr. Förster has not yet severed his connection with the anti-Semitic movement. ... Since then I've had difficulty coming up with any of the tenderness and protectiveness I've so long felt toward you. The separation between us is thereby decided in really the most absurd way. Have you grasped nothing …

Yes Virginia, Friedrich Nietzsche’s Intellectual Legacy Was Hijacked By the Nazis

Details. Here is a key passage: Fitting Nietzsche’s ideas into a single worldview was no simple matter, but this was precisely the mission of theVölkischer Beobachter’s editors and writers: to make even complex ideas such as Nietzsche’s appear to coordinate with the main tenets of Nazism. Looking into the shifting terms with which the daily …

No Virginia, American Jews in Hollywood Did NOT Collaborate with the Nazis

Story here. Given the many holes in the original story, it comes as more than a little bit of a surprise that people bought into the idea that a certain subset of American Jews "betrayed their country and sold out their co-religionists." This excerpt sums up the whole sorry state of affairs: . . . …

James Clapper Throws the Obama Administration Under the Bus

Following up on this post, we have yet another indication that the intelligence community is pushing back against White House claims that it knew nothing about spying on friendly foreign governments: The nation’s top spymaster said on Tuesday that the White House had long been aware in general terms of the National Security Agency’s overseas eavesdropping, …

New Bulletin: The National Security Agency Doesn’t Like Being Thrown under Buses

So, we know that the Obama administration is claiming that the president did not know that the National Security Agency was bugging the communications of foreign leaders like Angela Merkel. I don't believe these denials, and I certainly hope that they are not true, because I think that the question of whether we should spy on …

Is Anyone Home at the White House?

Apparently, the president of the United States was unaware that American intelligence agencies tap the phones of foreign leaders. Like Stephen Bainbridge, I don't expect an American president to "know everything that goes on within Leviathan," but this particular issue seemed important enough to stay on top of, no? More here, where we learn that the …