Judeocentrism – Is It Always The Jew? by Fred Stopsky

Fred Stopsky

by Fred Stopsky
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Dandelion Salad

Fred’s blog
January 8, 2008

Anyone who has spent time on MySpace has encountered those claiming Jews are responsible for just about every evil in the world. They believe 17,000,000 Jews in the world far surpass in cunning and intelligence the other Six Billion and manipulate and control policy. Few realize this approach to understanding human behavior was popularized in the early years of this century when the Russian Secret Police in 1903 wrote a wild propaganda piece entitled, “The Protocols Of The Elders of Zion” which described secret meetings in graveyards by Rabbis where plots were made to overthrow the world and subject Christians to the evil control of Jews. Henry Ford, a well-known anti-Semite, published this trash in his newspaper, the Dearborn Gazette.

I have received several comments which list names of Jews in the Bush administration who favored a war with Iraq to prove it was the Israel Lobby which got America into the mess. Of course, the list leaves out George Bush, Dick Cheney, Don Rumsfeld, Condi Rice, Colin Powell and the 90% of State Department employees who are not Jewish. It postulates that George-I Am The Decider-Bush was pushed into something he really didn’t want to do. When Don Rumsfeld was asked about the Jewish Lobby theory, he responded: ” I suppose the implication of that is the president and the vice president and myself and Colin Powell just fell off a turnip truck to take these jobs.” Oh, Don, we know the decision was that of Bush, Cheney and yourself.

To blame the Jew has been rather common in American politics for over a hundred years. Of course, in the 19th and early 20th centuries it was “blame the Pope” and his evil Catholic Church. After Al Smith, the first Catholic to run for the presidency got slaughtered in normally Democratic districts and lost, he quipped, “I just sent a telegram to the Pope, it says, unpack your bag.” If you wish to access anti-Catholic images simply go to Harper’s Weekly.

I have been told America entered WWII because of the Jews. Really. The State Department of the 1930s was viciously anti-semitic and would not even allow German Jewish children to enter the nation as refugees. No action was taken during WWII to save Jews. In 1940, Joseph Kennedy (father of John and a real anti-semite and pro Hitler ambassador to England until recalled by FDR) told Hollywood producers, most of whom were Jewish, “to stop making anti-Nazi pictures or using the film medium to promote or show sympathy to the cause of the democracies” and they complied until American entered WWII. In fact, until the post WWII film, “Gentlemen’s Agreement” came out, not a single Hollywood picture portrayed the lives or issues facing Jews in America.

I continue receiving communications about “Jewish bankers” like the Rothschilds who somehow control American finance. I check the top 50 banks in the world, I believe Lehman Brothers and maybe one or two others are Jewish banks on the list. Very few Jews prior to WWII held important positions in leading industries such as steel, automobiles, oil, etc.. due to anti-semitism.

Of course, I continually receive comments about Israel and how American created that nation and gave it atomic weapons. Really. It was the British government which got control of Palestine after WWI. (For the record, there was no nation of Palestine, it was a province of the Ottoman Empire and after the UN partition, Jordan assumed control of what some of you claim is Palestine). Strange, I have never heard anyone complain about Jordan taking control and subjecting Palestinians to second class citizenship. The United States sent NO arms to Israel(aside from a shipload of weapons gotten together by Jewish gangsters like Lansky, Bugsy Siegel and Mickey Cohen). President Truman hesitated about recognizing Israel because Secretary of State Marshall threatened to resign if he did, but Harry finally made the decision. In the 1950s, President Eisenhower made Israel, France and England end their war against Egypt and severely tongue lashed the group. France provided the technology for Israel’s atomic energy program, not the US. Obviously, American Jews had scant influence up until the 1970s on US foreign policy.

Do American Jews influence foreign policy? Of course, they do. American Armenians just got Congress to try dealing with the Armenian genocide by Turkey– the resolution was opposed by the “Israel Lobby.” Among the most arm twisting lobbies in Washington D.C. these days is the Communist China lobby. Irish Americans controlled policy toward Ireland for over a hundred years, and nearly got American into wars with Canada. The Polish lobby has been influential for half a century. The anti-Castro Cuban Lobby has virtually dictated our nation’s policy toward Cuba for half a century. Talk about influencing foreign policy!! I dare any presidential candidate to talk common sense about Cuba!

I realize it is difficult for those who believe the Rothschild family still runs banking to even conceive modern banking and the relative unimportance of Jews in it as a group. Paul Wolfowitz was appointed head of the World Bank not because he was Jewish, but because of close ties with Bush. Do Jews exert influence? Yes, as a group they have high education levels, high income (but most Jews are simply middle class people) and are politically active for the simple reason if you have been persecuted for a few thousand years, you depend upon government to protect your rights.

As a Jew and as an American and as a Human, I am a complex individual. How about a list of nations where Jews have NO power– India, China, Indonesia, Iran, just about all of Africa (except there is a Jewish community in South Africa) just about most of Latin America, and most of eastern Europe. Not much power in Scandinavia, Germany, Turkey, Pakistan, etc…

My last point is how sick and tired I am of receiving comments that Jews are:

Communists, Liberals, Bankers, corporate leaders, neo-conservatives, Libertarians, radicals, anti-Christian, anti-Muslim, and so on. Put these all together and you have one real weird person.

Oh, for the record, there are about six million Jews among the 300,000,00 people in this country.

A biting story from Wisconsin. A returned war veteran from Iraq was at a holiday party when he began telling people about the horrible things soldiers did to Iraqis. Brian Johnson got mad and said: “Shut Up. My dad was in Vietnam, and those guys didn’t tell stories like that.” They got into a a fight and Ramon Alega bit off Johnson’s ear. The sad aspect of the story is the inability of Vietnam war veterans to articulate what happened to them in a horrible war.

The Kurdish Workers Party is now switching from fighting in mountains to blowing up things in cities. The Turkish government says it will only grant pardons to those who didn’t fight against Turkish soldiers. Brilliant. The Kurdish rebels say they will cease fighting if all are granted a pardon. Figure it out Turkish government, no pardon and no end to bombings.

The situation in Kenya is horrific. Over 300 dead in an election stolen by President Kibaki. Bishiop Tutu of South Africa finally got him to agree on a new election if a recount of votes proves there was manipulation. One problem facing a recount is that records might already have been destroyed. How about getting Bishop Tutu (Nobel Prize Winner) to mediate the Israel-Palestinian conflict?

Speaking of bishops, the Bishop of Rochester in England came out blasting Muslims in his nation for creating zones in which it was dangerous for a Christian to venture. he blames the current problems in his country on multiculturalism, the government’s lack of “a moral and spiritual vision” because it dose not help the Church of England and gives all that aid to the Muslims. Liberal Democrat leader, Nick Clegg, asked the obvious question– could you please cite proof of in which areas it is dangerous for Christians to venture?

They are celebrating independence day in Myanmar and the government has sent in thousands of police and soldiers to maintain security. Notice how everyone has forgotten the brutality of the Burmese junta? It goes to prove if you are brutal in suppressing dissident voices the world will move on to the next topic. Oh, just to keep out the media, the price for a license to access satellite TV has been raised from $6 a year to $1000. See how easy it is to suppress information n the modern world?

Oh, China has now made illegal the distribution of “vulgar” video and audio products. The government is concerned over language that is “absolutely erotic.” And, those half nude images really drive the censors wild. I am confused, why are they worried about half-nudity? Or, are they saying it is OK to be completely nude?

Prime Minister Olmert of Israel finally is cracking down on building new housing on the West Bank and in eastern Jerusalem. His decision infuriated right wingers and MP Arye Eklad urged west bank settlers to “violate the law and build.” He blasted the Prime Minister for being an anti-Zionist and, listen to this, named as the chief culprit, George Bush! He claims Bush “is leading us to catastrophe.” Somehow, I just don’t think Palestinians view Bush as being on their side.

I listened to the Republicans go at one another. I loved the crack by John McCain when Romney claimed to be a man who believed in change–“I agree, you are a man of change.” Of course, referring to the times Mitt changes his policies in order to get votes. I guess Hillary just can’t shake the baggage issue. She simply misread the mood of Americans– they want honesty, they want action. This nation will insist on a national health insurance and they certainly don’t want any of those silly Republican ideas about tax deductions for medical care. I will still argue that Medicare is the most cost effective health system in this nation and it provides all of us in it the freedom to choose our doctors. I have a hunch Obama will win by about 9% more votes than Hillary with Edwards close behind. When will Bill Richardson please go home.

A new anti-Muslim party is emerging in Germany based on the “Pro-Cologne” movement which is fighting the construction of a large new mosque in the city of Cologne. The party is called, “Pro NRW”(Pro-North Rhine Westphalia). For some reason the building of this mosque has created an uproar among Germans. The main complaint is about the tall minarets. Funny, when in Germany I saw a lot of churches with tall spires.

The people of Okinawa have been “hosts” to American forces since 1945. Originally the soldiers came as an occupation force, then remained for the Korean War. For some reason they are still present and when the Okinawa government suggested they move their bases, our Secretary of Defense Gates became upset and said we had agreements and they had a right to remain. Would someone please tell me why Japan needs US troops? Against whom are they protecting the Japanese people? Me thinks, it it is time to withdraw all US forces from Japan and allow the people of Okinawa the right to decide who protects them.

Interesting Headlines:

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Tape To Protect Soldiers From Friendly Fire”
I assume it is sticky tape.

Finland, Sanomat: “Women In Espo Live Up To 13 Years Longer Than Men In Jakomaki”
Yeh, but what about the men in Espo and the women in Jakomaki”

Bhutan, Bhutan Times: “Tourist Thief Gets 7 Years”
But, where does he stash the tourists?

Mongolia, Mongol Messenger: “Anti Corruption Chief Appointed”
Now, that Mongolia has one, how about one for the USA?

Australia, West Australian: “Too Much Blubber”
I believe this is an excellent description of the old Mike Huckabee.

England, Manchester Guardian: “Virgin Preferred Bidder For Northern Rock”
This is one bank that I really would like to deposit my hormones.

Peace and Love

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Ron Paul On The Big Rock Candy Mountain by Fred Stopsky

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by Fred Stopsky
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Dandelion Salad

Fred’s blog
December 28, 2007

There is an old American folk song entitled, “On The Big Rock Candy Mountain.” The gist of the song is that on the Big Rock Candy Mountain, “the cops all have wooden legs” and there is peace, happiness, and plenty of food for everyone. After reading responses to my recent comments about Ron Paul I get the impression he believes there once was a Big Rock Candy Mountain until evil big government came along. He believes that once upon a time, before evil government, free independent men ran their property as they desired, and there was freedom and liberty in this nation. After reading Paul and those who support him, the kindest words I can express is that he represents the traditional conservative big business male white Anglo Saxon Protestant perspective. Let’s look at the record:

1. Between 1865-1940 about 5,000 people were lynched in America of whom 4,000 were black skinned, about four hundred Asians, and the rest whites including a few Jews. These people were killed by mobs of angry white people, not by government. The largest one day lynching occurred in March, 1891 when 11 Italians were lynched in New Orleans by a mob. In other words, the lack of Federal government action allowed local white mobs to lynch people and it was a rare occurrence if anyone was arrested, let alone convicted by Paul’s beloved local government.

2. Ron Paul’s beloved STATE GOVERNMENTS passed segregation laws. Black skinned people in the “good old days” were denied entry to state universities, to state medical and law schools. It was action by the US Supreme Court and Federal legislation that ended segregation.

3. In the Big Rock Candy Mountain days, women lacked the right to vote, were denied employment opportunities and it was illegal for them to control their own bodies. It took Federal Constitutional changes and laws to end that situation.

4. I continually receive comments about “my rights,” “my property,” and so on. African Americans, Jews, Italians, Irish Catholics, etc.. paid taxes that provided you police and fire and health services for your “property.” They fought and died for this nation. So, listen Mr. Bigot, if you want to use our highways, our police, our fire department, if you wish to be certain food you eat is safe, if you want to use government developed Internet services, then you have no right to deny equality to all citizens of this nation.

I could go on ripping to pieces the lack of logic and historical background of comments I received, but you either got my point or it is hopeless. I received one comment from a person who in the same piece called me: a Communist, a Neo-Conservative, a Jewish Radical, a supporter of bankers and corporate interests, and God knows what else. How do I explain to this ignorant person that Neo-Conservatives were originally liberals who felt other liberals were too easy going with Communists and broke away. In other words, Neo-Conservatives are virulent anti-Communists! Why would bankers and Communists be allies!!! By the way, the “Communist” writing these words volunteered to fight in the American army during the Korean War when the enemy was Communism!!

I am throwing out a challenge to Ron Paul supporters.

1. Identify the time period in American history in which you believe people had greater freedom than today.

2. Define and explain IN DETAIL what you mean by “Individual Freedom.”

3. Present evidence that State governments in American history have been more supportive of individual freedom than the Federal government. I will help you out. During the Progressive Movement several states such as Wisconsin, and Minnesota and Wyoming did sponsor several reform pieces of legislation. But, fellows, you have one big problem when you discuss southern states.

Good news from Great Britain. Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s Labor Party is rebelling against his “anti-terror plan” to extend to 48 days the time when a suspect can be held without charges being levied. Enough Labor Party MPs have deserted him because they are tired of the erosion of civil liberties which have occurred since 9/11. Who knows, maybe some day the Democratic Party will get some backbone and fight to defend our civil liberties against the tyranny of “anti-terrorism” fear mongering rhetoric.

I assume everyone read about the assassination of Benazir Bhutto. Bush is now out on a limb. He placed all his bets on the incompetent President Musharraf who is now the object of hatred in his own country since most people blame him for the killing. We may well witness complete chaos envelop Pakistan if next week’s election results in a triumph for the Musharraf party.

Did you read that touching story about Barack Obama and the veteran? In Iowa, he teasingly asked a man to pose a tough question. The man rose and explained he was a military veteran and described the fight he had to get medical care after his discharge. The man began to cry and Barack went to him and gave him a hug and promised if elected president he would fight for proper health benefits for our veterans. Somehow, I just don’t see Hillary going over and giving the hug or getting emotional. A great leader knows when to allow his/her feelings to show, she guards them too much. By the way, the media has completely ignored the terrific job done by this Democratic Congress to back veteran rights and improved medical care.

Ah the media. All we here is about the success of the famous surge. I was reading the Iraqi newspaper, Azzaman which describes complete chaos in Basra. The police have essentially abandoned control over the city to militia groups. They can not even halt the killing of over 40 women who were slain by fundamentalists because they wore “improper clothing.” Gen. Jaleel al-Shuwaili, head of the police says his police are “powerless.” I guess the surge troops will head on down south to Basra.

Another poke at the American media. If a Muslim terrorist blows up someone, it is front page news. Yesterday, I reported the peace and quiet and protection for Christians in Indonesia that was ignored. On Christmas eve in the Indian state of Orissa, mobs of Hindus destroyed 12 churches and beat up dozens of Christians. Will Rush Limbaugh now tell his audience about Hindu terrorists? Like hell he will, as long as he can keep up the drum beat that all Muslims are to be suspected.

Senator Joseph Lieberman has come out for John McCain. As you recall Lieberman lost the Democratic nomination in Connecticut for the senate and ran as an independent. He promised Democrats that he would work with Democrats if elected. He undoubtedly is the most fervent supporter of George Bush’s war on terror and the Iraq War. Lieberman has completely misunderstood how best he can support Israel. Instead of working for a two nation solution and exerting pressure on Israel’s leaders to compromise, he supports all Israel government policies. Now, he is going to help Republican McCain by appealing to the religious right who like Lieberman for backing Bush. Sorry, John, I don’t think Joe will help you at all. He is a washed up figure who has lost the respect of senatorial colleagues and of most people in his own state.

A good piece of news from the Middle East is a proposal by Egypt’s President Mubarak. He offered to mediate between Israel and Syria. His proposal makes sense. Mubarak suggests that Israel would abandon the Golan Heights(israel forces seized the mountainous area of the Golan Heights during the 1967 war) and over a ten year period gradually withdraw. He offered to place Egyptian troops to help monitor the situation as well as urging UN forces to help out. This is a sensible compromise.

Interesting Headlines:

China, China Daily: “Dog Could Now Become Panda Savior”
I don’t know if the Pope is going to go for this dog-panda fooling around, sounds like bestiality to me.

Kuwait, Gulf Times: “No Relief In Sight For Visually Impaired Voters In Pakistan”
Nor is there for people who can see, hear or smell.

Himalayan Times: “Angela Joie Rubs Caviar Into Her Skin”
Only Angela could get the Himalayans stirred up over caviar.

Nepal, Nepalnews.com: “Guilty Should Be Punished”
Oh yeh, when do white collar criminals ever really do jail time?

Bahrain, Bahrain Tribune: “Youth Hurt As He Hits Lamppost”
Not a damn word about the feelings of the lamppost!

Before concluding, let me reiterate one thought. I have never questioned the integrity or honesty or patriotism of Ron Paul. I have never demonized him or insulted him in any manner. I was raised in the south Bronx where people argued for hours, then went to a movie together. I believe in free speech and my right to disagree with someone. I find most sad that some– not all– Ron Paul supporters resort to vituperation and questioning the loyalty or patriotism of those who disagree with Mr. Paul. I disagree with the ideas of Ron Paul, that’s all.

Peace and Love

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A Christmas Tale: Libertarianism, Paulism, & Fantasy by Fred Stopsky

by Fred Stopsky
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Dandelion Salad
December 24, 2007

A Christmas Tale: Libertarianism, Paulism, and Fantasy

Christmas is a time of fantasy and dreams. It is also a time when humans take pride in their relationship with other people and are proud to be part of the human community. During the past several months writing this blog, I continually encounter the Ron Paul/Libertarianism cohort who believe freedom entails being free of “coercive government” and a return to a time when people controlled their property and were free of nasty intrusions like income taxes and laws that said people had to behave in certain ways. So, this is my Christmas tale. Continue reading

I Am A Jesus Man -Jesus Who Spoke For the Poor! by Fred Stopsky

by Fred Stopsky
featured writer
Dandelion Salad
December 17, 2007

Monday Essay: I Am A Jesus Man

I was raised in the Depression when liberals and radicals frequently cited Jesus Christ as a man of the people, not of corporate America. I recall one day, at the age of 12, wandering among used book stores down on 14th Street in Manhattan when I came across a copy of the New Testament. Reading the Sermon on the Mount overwhelmed me, I had been raised as an Orthodox Jew without any learning about Christ. My initial impression was that he was a wonderful Jewish man and why wasn’t I taught about him. I immediately connected Christ with the working class since he appeared most interested in the needs of poor people. Continue reading