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In the wake of America’s week-long, Pope Francis bacchanalia, a few column titles suggest themselves:

“Benedict, What Have You Wrought?”

“The Global Village Idiot.”

“Lady Di of The Papacy.”

The last hints at the trendy, pop-philosophies that animate Pope Francis’ Lady Di-like belief system. The intellectual equivalent of these papal shopworn shibboleths you’ll find in a Chinese, fortune-cookie wrapper.

Ultimately, the editor will decide which of these unflattering headings best describes the man whom one devout Catholic—libertarian jurist Andrew Napolitano—called a false prophet for overturning Catholic canon law without consulting his Bishops. Yet another reason Pope Francis is drawn to an authoritarian president who rules by presidential veto.

Intellectually, Pope Francis is no match for his predecessors.

With his 1998 encyclical, the Polish pope—how the Polish people suffered under the communists whose creed Pope Francis is inadvertently dignifying—sounded a lone voice for both “Faith and Reason” in the postmodern religious wilderness.

Who other than Pope John Paul spoke with such unhectoring clarity about the errors of relativism in modern thought? Certainly not Jorge Bergolio, who is too simple to consider such abstractions.

The anti-intellectualism evinced in the Holy See’s 2015 environmental encyclical made this pope’s “close advisers,” in all their “ill-tempered diction,” the butt of ridicule over the pages of the Catholic Crisis magazine:

From the empirical side, to prevent the disdain of more informed scientists generations from now, papal teaching must be safeguarded from attempts to exploit it as an endorsement of one hypothesis over another concerning anthropogenic causes of climate change. It is not incumbent upon a Catholic to believe, like Rex Mottram in “Brideshead Revisited,” that a pope can perfectly predict the weather. …

In the same badly written potboiler, the pope took a swipe at the richest nations, blaming them for despoiling the earth. In truth, however, the developed world has advanced the technologies (and attendant ethics) that are helping to clean up the atmosphere, the waterways, the oceans and many a landmass. It is the developing and underdeveloped nations—China and India, for one—that despoil the earth and devastate its creatures. So polluted are the waterways in former communist countries that rivers are known to catch fire. Watch.

Not in the US, Canada or Germany does the earth look like an “immense pile of filth,” to use his Holiness’s hyperbole. Although this is indeed the case on land tracts upon which angry, entitled migrants tread. Familiarize yourself with “The Impact of Immigration Policy on Wild Life and on the Arizona Borderlands,” Mr. Pope.

Indeed, why not advocate the Golden Rule imperative where it’s most needed?

“Let us remember the Golden Rule,” preached the pope: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” (Mt 7:12).”

The young, aggressive, Arab males currently flooding many of Europe’s bucolic communities do not appear to apply Pope Francis’ Golden Rule to their benevolent hosts. Look at these images from the Hungarian-Austrian front deluged by the people the pontiff has deified.

Conspicuously missing from Pope Francis’ sermon to the joint session of Congress was the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ. Instead, the pope elected to tout war president Abraham Lincoln. Remarked Lincoln scholar Thomas DiLorenzo: “Honest” Abe “waged total war for four years on his own countrymen, causing as many as 850,000 deaths.” Yet to Pope Francis, Lincoln was “the guardian of liberty.”

Pope Benedict XVI was—still is—a great intellect. The Times Literary Supplement wrote this about Joseph Ratzinger’s “unflagging [intellectual] energy.”

For a man in his eighties to write a serious multi-volume work on Jesus (he promises a third installment on the infancy narrative) is remarkable enough. When the author happens to be the chief pastor of over a billion Catholics, it is truly extraordinary.

Befitting a scholar, Pope Emeritus Benedict had closely examined the possibility of Islamic reformation. After decades of primary source exegesis, Benedict concluded the following:

ORDER IT NOW

In Christian and Jewish texts, “God has worked through His creatures.” Consequently, these texts are not just the word of God, but the words of men inspired by Him. Isaiah, Mark and others of the “divinely appointed” are fully authorized and adequately inspired to interpret and revise the scriptures.

Not so in Islam. According to Father Fessio’s rendition of Benedict’s scholarly, spiritual inquiry, “The problem with Islam is far more fundamental. As the Islamic tradition has it, the Koran is not Mohammed’s words; it is God’s eternal word, seen as sent from Heaven, never to be adapted or altered.”

For warning the West that Islam may be “a closed and irrational system,” impervious to reform, Benedict was forced to apologize, in 2006, because Muslims threatened their version of the Golden Rule: riots.

With his brilliant mind and beatific smile, Pope Benedict XVI was the whole holy package. Now his successor, Pope Bumping, is dismissing Benedict’s finding about the theological imprimatur behind Muslim violence, and telling the faithful that “no religion is immune from forms of individual delusion or ideological extremism.”

In a word, be on the lookout for radical Christians and Jews.

As did the simpleton pope preach about the necessity to “harness the spirit of enterprise” for “the creation and distribution of wealth,” through legislators, whom the pope likened, mindlessly, to Moses, in their direct access to God:

You are the face of its people, their representatives. You are called to defend and preserve the dignity of your fellow citizens in the tireless and demanding pursuit of the common good, for this is the chief aim of all politics. …

Allow a Jew (albeit a bit of a closet Catholic) to quote from the encyclical written by Corinne and Robert Sauer (chosen people both, in my book) of the Jerusalem Institute for Market Studies:

The Hebrew word for charity—Tzedakah—comes from the word justice: Tzedek. To comply with both, a Jew must give ten percent of his income to help the poor. Charity, however, “is a moral principle, not a legal one.” There is nothing in this injunction that implies “a need for a public policy of involuntary taxation and … monetary handouts for the unemployed.” Voluntary charity, moreover, “should not be confused with income redistribution. Income redistribution aims at reducing income inequalities because income disparities are seen as unfair or immoral. … This is not the Jewish view. … The poor have no legal right to the rich’s property—distribution, and eradication of income disparities is impossible and not the goal in Judaism.”

More egregious, the pontiff (much like America’s representatives) knows nothing about the American constitutional scheme. America’s elected representatives are sworn not to “satisfy common needs,” as this pig-ignorant pope put it, but to uphold a limited set of negative, individual rights—those to life, liberty and property.

Even President Barack Obama, a socialist leveler if ever there was one, has recognized that “the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties.” Obama once confessed, in frustration, that the obstacles the Constitution poses to “redistributive justice” have compelled community organizers like him to pursue extra-constitutional change.

Clearly, this pope has confused Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s general will with the American Founders’ philosophy of individualism, republicanism and dispersed, limited authority.

Rousseau’s work was recited by Robespierre, leader of the Reign of Terror, during the French Revolution, as he beheaded innocents—17,000 of them—in the name of the nebulous common good the Jacobin pope is touting.

The Idea of America was not to centrally control man’s work and his fellow-feeling.

The statism preached by the scold from the Vatican is anathema to the philosophy of our Founders, who rejected a state-directed common good.

“By pursuing his own interest,” wrote moral philosopher Adam Smith in “The Wealth of Nations” imbibed by the framers—”[man] frequently promotes that of the society more effectually than when he really intends to promote it. I have never known much good done by those who affected to trade for the public good.”

Take that back to Rome, Pope Francis.

 
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  1. In truth, however, the developed world has advanced the technologies (and attendant ethics) that are helping to clean up the atmosphere, the waterways, the oceans and many a landmass

    What a fantasy. Right-wing hackette ILana should recall Einstein’s maxim: “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it” The article’s author would appear to have a classic case of ‘apes’…

    http://ronaldthomaswest.com/2013/05/15/youve-got-apes/

    …reflected in the personalities of those high IQs in science who can see no oxymoron in the fact of any proposed ‘saved by science future’ is relying on the culture and mentality producing the technologies destroying us, to save us (noting IQ and common sense are not the same thing.)

    Insofar as ILana’s longing for the fascist popes of yesteryear, perhaps she should pay closer attention to Rome’s history of shielding Nazis from justice in the wake of WWII. Insofar as that goes, she has little to worry about in the present head of the church; Bergoglio has either bought off her beloved serial killers of nations or he is putting a brilliant cover on his history of sleeping with the same:

    http://ronaldthomaswest.com/2015/01/16/opus-dei-christian-dominion/

    Mercer puts a new spin on what it means to be a self-hating Jew, Netanyahu’s definition would not cover Mercer no different to it didn’t entirely cover Victoria Nuland:

    http://ronaldthomaswest.com/2014/03/21/victoria-nulands-wedding-with-christian-al-qaida/

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  2. …the Koran is not Mohammed’s words; it is God’s eternal word, seen as sent from Heaven, never to be adapted or altered.

    Oh no, it is much, much worse than that. According to Islamic theology, the Quran is uncreated and co-eternal with Allah. (!)

    (And these people dare call Christians ‘idolaters’! The mind boggles.)

  3. Jesuits are the intellectuals of the Church.
    Jorge Bergoglio is a Jesuit.
    Ergo, Bergoglio is an intellectual.

    Sadly, the syllogism is false.

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  4. I went to a parochial high school in the 90′s and even back then they were teaching much of this social justice, leftist nonsense. I think that part of the problem stems directly from the Christian doctrine of charity. Christians like to help the poor and the needy. Please note that it was European Christian countries that created the modern welfare state (not Muslim or Buddhist). Ms. Mercer once wrote an essay called “Why do WASP societies wither?” where she explored why the more powerful white Boer minority in South Africa caved into the demands of blacks.

    I remember after 9/11 talking to an African American colleague about what should be done. He had this bit of folk wisdom about charity:
    You have to be careful when helping homeless people. Maybe they have had a cruel, unfair life and maybe they deserve our sympathy, but they are no longer right in the head. If you let them in your home, they might start trashing the place.

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    Has the author heard of Jews and Christians who believe that their book from God gives a certain chunk of real estate to Jews? …Religious extremism is not just a phenomenon of Islam.

    Anyway, left alone, most people just want to live their lives and take care of themselves and their families. But we haven’t left the Arab/Persian world alone. Ask yourself: Would the Muslim crazies have gained adherents and power like they have were it not for the meddling of the west and the US-supported racism of Israel?

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  6. The people seem to love this pope. I know I do. I find his emphasis on humility and forgiveness refreshing. But then I’m not Catholic. I always thought Catholics revered or at least respected their pope. I was surprised to learn that there is much controversy among the faithful regarding their highest ranking shepherd. I tend to think of the American religious right as sex obsessed pharisees. Smarting from recent reversals in the culture wars they resent Francis who does not appear to be one of them. Francis may be a divisive figure in American politics but I see him as a unifying presence in greater Christendom.

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    I disagree with Napolitano, Pope Francis has done nothing to overturn or contradict Catholic doctrine. While I agree the global warming and environmental stuff is nonsense, I think Francis is trying to reach souls where they are. For purists it is off-putting. But mercy speaks to people, it is optimistic, while justice turns them off. Francis’ visit lifted my spirts and made me optimistic about the world and people. And as a Trump supporter (who owns four Trump 2016 t-shirts) I couldn’t help but notice the contrast between Francis and Donald. The scene of seeing Trump out in front of Trump Tower waiting to catch a glimpse of the Pope was surreal. Pope Francis’ visit rekindled that still small voice of mercy and charity within all of us. And I can’t help but think it had the same effect on Donald as well, as I have seen him apologize for his childishness and become more himself again, which is a very serious businessman and doer.

    Pope Francis’ visit was a good thing.

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  8. I understand where the Pope is coming from when he talks about compassion.

    But there’s a big difference between helping out folks in need and simply being taken advantage of.

    I don’t see how one can feel much compassion for the millions of angry Muslims flooding Europe.

    I wonder how many of these Muslims live in Vatican City.

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  9. Your headlines are good, but not encompassing enough.How about:

    Papal Smear

    Papal Crappal

    Using the two words intellectually and pope in the same sentence….too funny. Intended or not.

    The Pope’s visit dispelled one myth. ‘That there are enough intelligent Americans to make a difference.

  10. “The problem with Islam is far more fundamental. As the Islamic tradition has it, the Koran is not Mohammed’s words; it is God’s eternal word, seen as sent from Heaven, never to be adapted or altered.”

    Orthodox Judaism and certain sects of Protestantism (‘sola scriptura’) are no different. Even so, they still can’t always agree on every detail.

    Clearly, this pope has confused Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s general will with the American Founders’ philosophy of individualism, republicanism and dispersed, limited authority.

    The Pope is not a US official; protecting and upholding the US Constitution is the least of his concerns. Heck, he’s not even a US citizen. Not his responsibility. Moreover, when has Francis ever cited Jean-Jacques Rousseau? Red herring.

    By the way, a message to all you Napolitano-style ‘libertarian Catholics’ out there: Libertarianism and Catholicism are completely incompatible, both with respect to moral teaching as well as social teaching. In fact, in the opinion of Ayn Rand at least, doctrinaire capitalism (classical liberalism) is totally incompatible with any type of Christianity. Libertarianism puts the rational, self-interested individual (‘homo economicus’) at the center of the Universe; Christianity puts God at the center of Universe. Sorry, you’re going to have to choose.

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  11. Wally [AKA "BobbyBeGood"]
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    “Insofar as ILana’s longing for the fascist popes of yesteryear, perhaps she should pay closer attention to Rome’s history of shielding Nazis from justice in the wake of WWII.”

    That is classic Marxist/Judeo-supremacist propaganda.

    There are the ‘Nazis’ with the mythological ’6M & gas chambers’ and there are the ‘Nazis’ without the mythological ’6M & gas chambers’.

    The ’6M & gas chambers’ are scientifically impossible frauds.
    see the ‘holocaust’ scam debunked here:
    http://www.codoh.com
    No name calling, level playing field debate here:

    http://forum.codoh.com

    Why is Ronald West afraid to debate?

    Because he knows he will be made a fool of and the pillar of Marxist fantasies will ripped from underneath him

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  12. Jesuits are the intellectuals of the Church.

    You may be confusing the Jesuits, who were founded primarily as a missionary order to combat the Reformation, with the Dominicans, who have long been in charge of defending and enforcing Church doctrine against internal heresies.

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  13. Boy! The Neocons are really missing their favorite Nazi Pope aren’t they! Why was he the only Pope to ever step down? I never did get that story. I wish Pope Francis a long life!

  14. I understand where the Pope is coming from when he talks about compassion.

    But there’s a big difference between helping out folks in need and simply being taken advantage of.

    I would agree. Personally, I would exercise compassion toward the middle east by pulling our military out and ceasing to prop up Israel–not by opening the floodgates to all and every refugee fleeing the mayhem we ourselves have created.

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  15. It seems to me today that there is near-universal ignorance about what the term ‘charity’ actually means, yet everybody nonetheless uses the word with perfect assurance, and even makes bold to pronounce on its value, to clamor for its increase, and to evaluate who has it and who doesn’t, all the while speaking only about a figment of their own imagination.

    Now charity has nothing whatsoever to do with helping the poor. Charity is one of the three theological virtues, along with faith and hope. A virtue, according to Aristotle, is an habituated state of being conducive to excellence. Certain virtues are called “theological” because they are not natural powers or capacities of the human soul. A theological virtue can only come from God, and it has God as its end and object. It is not within man’s ability to save his own soul; he requires the theological virtues, which are a result of grace operating within the soul. Let’s look at them briefly.

    1. Faith is the theological virtue by which I believe everything that Holy Mother Church teaches and proposes for my belief, because He who has revealed it is truth itself, who can neither deceive nor be deceived. Faith is above all believing in God as he is in Himself, the ground of all being, goodness, and truth; and accepting His one definitive revelation to man, of which the Church is the custodian. It is necessary for salvation because no one who does not know God can possibly enjoy eternity with Him, nor merit such a reward.

    2. Hope is the theological virtue by which I desire heaven and eternal life, trusting not in my own goodness but in Him who is goodness itself, and has the power to sanctify me. Hope is opposed to despair and the will to self-annihilation. Once you realize what a fearsome and holy judge God really is, and how infinitely displeasing sin is to Him, only a theological hope can prevent you from fleeing from His tremendous presence and casting yourself into hell.

    Note here that the two virtues we have discussed so far pertain directly to the soul with its faculties of will and intellect. They are (to use an incorrect but hopefully indicative term) “spiritual substances” and are not in any sense rooted in the passions. In that light, let’s examine charity.

    3. Charity is the theological virtue by which I love God above all things for his own sake, and my neighbor as myself for the love of God.

    This powerful definition, which can be found in any old Catholic catechism, makes mincemeat out of any claim that “social justice” is a work of “charity.” Charity is first, foremost, and preeminently the intellectual love of God; it is the power by which we grasp the object of faith and hope. It is only secondarily about the love of neighbor, and is specifically about the love of neighbor for God’s sake, insofar as we desire our neighbor’s salvation as much as our own. There is nothing in this virtue about helping the poor, about promoting the welfare state, or about cleaning up the environment (a phrase pseudo-Christianized as “stewarding the creation”).

    We live in an age when people not only understand nothing about real religion, but also understand nothing about the Aristotelian-Thomist philosophy of realism which is necessary for the definition and annunciation of basic religious concepts.

    “Charity” is today a heavily bastardized word, and Jorge Bergoglio exploits and promotes this bastardization. He is a modernist, a Marxist, a mountebank, and a heretic. He is not a real Catholic and not a true pope of the Catholic Church. He is a pretender and an anti-pope, as have been all so-called popes since and including John XXIII, convener of the blasphemous, perfidious Second Vatican Council with its Novus Ordo Missae and its modernist nonsense.

    If you wish to learn real Catholic doctrine, you must look to pre-Conciliar sources, saints, theologians, and popes. Read the Catechism of the Council of Trent. Read the excellent encyclicals against modernism by Pope St. Pius X, Pascendi dominici gregis and Lamentabili sane. Read, read, and read again St. Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Theologica. Read the excellent little book by Fr. Felix Salvany with the bluntly appropriate title Liberalism is a Sin. Read Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics (probably the best non-canonical treatise on virtue ever written).

    All these works are available online completely free of charge. Once you read them you will see that the post-Conciliar church and its anti-popes and its social justice gospel have nothing at all to do with the Roman Catholic faith.

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  16. Moron. codoh is a patent fraud forum for holocaust deniers more likely than not run by some MOSSAD aligned entity to tarnish people with guilt by association. It attracts certain people like flies are attracted to stink. I don’t like the aroma (or company.)

    For a real take on holocaust denial, better thinking people should read here:

    http://ronaldthomaswest.com/2015/01/29/holocaust-perversions-of-truth-western-mentality/

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  17. “Take that back to Rome, Pope Francis.”

    “No good deed goes unpunished.”

  18. Pope Francis is a feel good pontiff in an era where feeling feed into the progressive monster. His environmental doctrine just shows lhow sheltered Pope Francis truly is from real life. Someone has to produce to feed his poor. Raiding the pantries of the white-haves only goes so far. Plus those types are paying the Church’s bills, or maybe Francis thinks everything is free. Encouraging massive immigration prior to winter…well you better pray for global warming.

  19. You got it dude.

    All the problems in the Mideast are 100% the fault of Israel.

  20. codoh [Committee For Open Debate on the Holocaust] is [...] more likely than not run by some MOSSAD

    That is the most bizarre theory I’ve ever heard, and I’ve heard some pretty deranged ones over the years.

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  21. Jesuits train for 12 years and must speak foreign languages. They used to be the intellectual elite of the Church.

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    You may be confusing the Jesuits, who were founded primarily as a missionary order to combat the Reformation, with the Dominicans, who have long been in charge of defending and enforcing Church doctrine against internal heresies.

    I’ve got a joke on this subject!
    The Dominicans were founded to fight Albigensianism.
    The Jesuits were founded to fight Protestantism.
    Punchline: When’s the last time you met an Albigensian?

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  23. Love it when the trolls (or perhaps the merely unintelligent, such as yourself) essentially extend an invitation to put up the better information…

    http://ronaldthomaswest.com/2013/05/14/gods-chosen-a-dumb-idea/

    ^ this one’s about a different sort of denial (satire next?)

  24. My concern is that discussion of the holocaust is forbidden. Exactly –in an academic sense- what is the definition of “holocaust”? The six million figure (actually 5.8 million) was reached by subtracting the population of Jews in Europe before WWII from the population after the war. If you’re not allowed to discuss history the natural response is to question.

    On the other hand, in my view, Jews as a group were a primary targeted group for the work/death camps. But I want to hear from even those with whom I disagree as to the full nature of this historic atrocity.

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  25. The Arab/Persian world believes that everything it has ever taken with the sword belongs to it eternally, and that to see even small parts of it taken, or taken back, by the sword is an insult to the word of God.

    Whether considered as history, in terms of international law, as political philosophy, or in whatever context, there was no difference between Islamic Spain or the Ottoman Balkans and the later French Algeria and Syria or British Egypt and Iraq. Save that the former lasted MUCH longer.

  26. I’ve read your first assertion about orthodox Judaism being like Islam. Nonsense on stilts. Our texts have been interpreted continuously during the centuries by our great sages: Talmud, Mishnah, etc. Jews CANNOT stone an adulterer, however religious they are. It’s exactly as I said. Ancient biblical literalist injunctions are NO LONGER. The fundamentalist laws have been nullified by religious intellectuals with authority who adapted the faith.

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  27. Indeed, a rabbi wrote a book to dispel the myth of an utterly indifferent papacy, during WWII. Great were sins committed, but many Christians did a great deal to save Jews:

    Was Pope Pius XII secretly in league with Adolf Hitler? No, says Rabbi David G. Dalin—but there was a cleric in league with Hitler: the grand mufti of Jerusalem, Hajj Amin al-Husseini. …

    http://www.amazon.com/The-Myth-Hitlers-Pope-Against/dp/0895260344

  28. Self-hating Jew? Me? You’ve been listening to Radio Neocon in all its cliches for too long. I write in a very Jewish tradition (analytically, critically). So does Paul Gottfried, by the way. But not many of the golems on American TV and radio do. We are extremely Jewish in our way of thinking. Moreover, If I hate my identity, how is it that I am also a right winger? Irrational you are. The “right-wingers” you look up to can’t stop kibitzing about their Israeli ID.

    Meantime, unlike me, they can’t speak, write or read Hebrew REALLY REALLY WELL. Let your right-wingers read and understand Tanach in Hebrew, as I can, and then they can talk. Did my matric in Israel.

    Political hacks with a homo-erotic obsession with Bibi: (whom I like a lot too): that’s your idea of loyal Jew.

    Alas, gentiles over these pages keep having orgasms over Ann Coulter’s discovery of Israel’s patriotic policies. I’ve been touting these for years.

    http://www.ilanamercer.com/phprunner/public_article_list_view.php?editid1=33

    http://www.ilanamercer.com/phprunner/public_article_list_view.php?editid1=135

    http://www.ilanamercer.com/phprunner/public_article_list_view.php?editid1=283

    On and on, here: http://www.ilanamercer.com/phprunner/public_article_list_search.php?Search+by+Category=Search+by+Category.

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  29. “The six million figure (actually 5.8 million) was reached by subtracting the population of Jews in Europe before WWII from the population after the war.”

    No it wasn’t. That figure was cemented in before any count was possible. Even now, no one agrees how many Jews were in Europe before or after the war. For instance, it’s utterly impossible to count how many ended up in the Soviet Union. Anyway, just because they weren’t in Europe anymore doesn’t mean they were dead. Many went to Israel, obviously, the U.S., etc. And among those who did die in WWII, why assume it was the Holocaust that killed them, or that they were killed at all?

    People certainly act as though there’s a missing 6 million that needs to be explained, though I don’t know why. This is why the official count for deaths at Auschwitz can go down by millions without the 6 million figure being touched. They simply spread the missing Auschwitz millions across the eastern front, where the magic and mysterious Einsatzgruppen took care of them somehow.

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  30. “I disagree with Napolitano, Pope Francis has done nothing to overturn or contradict Catholic doctrine. While I agree the global warming and environmental stuff is nonsense, . . .”

    I am not Catholic, but I was the second husband of my ex-wife, who was Catholic and, last I checked, a three-time divorcee. But I thought the Catholic Church learned its lesson after the Galileo nonsense and decided to keep its nose out of “scientific” matters, where it has no expertise whatsoever and where the doctrine of “papal infallibility” doesn’t apply. (If “papal infallibility” applied to scientific matters, the sun would still be revolving around the Earth.) I agree with you that the matter of man-made global warming is nonsense and a big scam. (See the current NRO piece about the George Mason professor from India and the millions he has gotten from the American taxpayer.) For the pope to even get involved in that nonsense, which is not close to being scientifically proven, diminishes him as a spiritual leader.

    “And I can’t help but think it had the same effect on Donald as well, as I have seen him apologize for his childishness and become more himself again”

    I too would like to see The Donald succeed, for he is a breath of fresh air, if nothing else. I saw him on the O’Reilly Factor earlier this week and caught his “apology.” I think the change can be better explained by the fact that his over-the-top personal attacks, especially against Fiorina and her looks, were hurting him in the polls, and he could read the polls.

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  31. If you like Bibi, then you plainly would enjoy the company of a two-faced hypocrite, with lip service to peace and a two state solution but actions (and a ‘settlement’ policy towards a ‘greater’ Israel) in opposite direction. That only makes him equal to Obama’s mastering of political lies – both are cretins and killers. As for claims of paleo-libertarian .. isn’t that more typically some sort of Koch Brothers corporate $ aligned dinosaur?

    As for the self-professed “New Jew” Ann Coulter… might as well make ‘lite’ of the Christians that happen to believe you all are headed to hell as a matter of theological holding, you think?

    http://ronaldthomaswest.com/2013/06/23/how-jesus-gets-kicked-out-of-heaven/

    ^ People never cease to amaze…

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  32. Priss Factor [AKA "The Priss Factory"]
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    Libertarianism, in most cases, strike me as fantasy wealth for those who don’t have it. By praising and rooting for the rich and successful, non-too-wealthy Ayn-Rand worshipers can feel successful via celebration. Even if you got nothing, by admiring a billionaire, you feel part of the club. It’s like an unathletic fan feeling he’s part of the team by applauding the championship team.

    Catholicism has the same kind of appeal for so many people without power. Most Catholics and Christians don’t got much. But by revering the Pope and the Catholic Church, they feel special as part of some grand movement.

    I guess homo-deism has the same kind of effect. Most people in cities are not rich or successful or creative or privileged, but by attending homo parades, they feel one with the upper crust of the city that put on the homo fests.

    If you can’t have the gift, at least own the wrapping.
    So many have-nots feeling as haves by yammering about Ayn Rand.
    So many holy-nots feeling as holies by yammering about the Pope.
    So many create-nots feeling as creates by yammering about the homos.

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  33. It would be nice if we could stick to the subject at hand. The OP was about (non) Pope Francis, yet 80% of the comments are about Jews, the (non) Holocaust, and Israel.

    A bit of a (non) sequitur.

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  34. “The Dominicans were founded to fight Albigensianism.
    The Jesuits were founded to fight Protestantism.
    Punchline: When’s the last time you met an Albigensian?”

    I guess you missed the news that the Germans defeated the French in 6 weeks back in 1940.

    I believe it was the uncle of Alexander the Great, Alexander I of Epirus, who invaded the south of what is now Italy and died in the process, at the same time his famous nephew was conquering the world to the east. According to Wikipedia, “In a famous passage[6] that is often considered the first specimen of alternative history, Livy speculates on what would have been the outcome of a military showdown between Alexander the Great and the Roman Republic. He reports there that as Alexander of Epirus lay mortally wounded on the battlefield at Pandosia he compared his fortunes to those of his famous nephew and said that the latter “waged war against women”. ” So, it all depends on who you are fighting.

    When I was growing up in Washington, D.C., Gonzaga High School, the alma mater of Pat Buchanan which was run by the Jesuits, had the reputation of being one of the toughest and best academic high schools in the Washington area. I don’t know whether that reputation holds true today since I haven’t lived in D.C. for years. I’m not Catholic, but I always thought the Jesuits were supposed to be the greatest intellectuals in the Catholic Church.

  35. Randian hero worship usually only applies to a vanishingly small number of the rich; most of the rich characters in her novels are execrable. Which isn’t to say the objectivist set–if not Rand fans in general –doesn’t tend toward idolatry. But they make up a small portion of the libertarian whole. Many libertarians go overboard in the opposite direction, assuming no one deserves the wealth they have, and only got it through force or fraud.

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  36. It seems you missed this one about Bergoglio performing internal church political fellatio on the murderous Catholic religious-right:

    http://ronaldthomaswest.com/2015/01/16/opus-dei-christian-dominion/

    ^ Never too late to know forgiveness, eh?

  37. If you wish to learn real Catholic doctrine, you must look to pre-Conciliar sources, saints, theologians, and popes.

    You may be surprised to learn that the Church’s present socio-economic teaching is pre-Conciliar. Leo XIII’s Rerum Novarum (1891) rejected Marxism, but also rejected laissez-faire capitalism:

    “The richer class have many ways of shielding themselves, and stand less in need of help from the State; whereas the mass of the poor have no resources of their own to fall back upon, and must chiefly depend upon the assistance of the State. And it is for this reason that wage-earners, since they mostly belong in the mass of the needy, should be specially cared for and protected by the government.”

    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rerum_novarum#Preferential_option_for_the_poor)

    It has been the basis of RCC social doctrine ever since.

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  38. Jesuits train for 12 years and must speak foreign languages. They used to be the intellectual elite of the Church.

    Oh, I certainly wasn’t trying to imply that Jesuits are stupid. I was just trying to point out that, in the Church’s traditional division of labor, Jesuits were proselytizers, while Dominicans were jurists and theorists. That’s all.

  39. Fuck you, too (to our editor: forgive me).

    The Israel columns I’ve written for close on 2 decades are pretty nuanced. You have “American Rabbis For Israel First”:

    http://www.ilanamercer.com/phprunner/public_article_list_view.php?editid1=780

    And you have “ISRAEL BELONGS TO THE JEWS”:

    http://www.ilanamercer.com/phprunner/public_article_list_view.php?editid1=316

    Israel was a wasteland, a swamp when Jews bought land legally from its owners (Turks held the deeds), dried the swamps, died in droves doing that, and turned a blighted spot into an oasis. Some libertarians can’t wait to return Israel to the Mohammedans. Ludwig von Mises, something of a utilitarian, would be appalled. It would be like sacking a whole country. Madness. Pay a visit to Israel, then go on to Lebanon or Jordan or Egypt. Night and day.

    Apropos the gentile writers oozing over Ann’s belated discovery of Israel’s fealty for its national character. Done that years ago: http://barelyablog.com/bibis-paleo-position/

    But defended Ann lately: http://barelyablog.com/israel-all-the-time-crowd-should-lay-off-ann-coulter/

    Love Bibi, but reprimanded him aplenty: http://barelyablog.com/now-is-not-a-good-time-bibi/

    And Bibi is nothing like “Osissy”: http://barelyablog.com/dilettantes-diss-netanyhu/

    Hope you can keep up.

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  40. On the other hand, in my view, Jews as a group were a primary targeted group for the work/death camps. But I want to hear from even those with whom I disagree as to the full nature of this historic atrocity.

    That’s exactly how I feel. I am not a WWII revisionist personally, but I think we should hear from those who are. That’s why, when countries like France start to criminalize questioning whether the total figure was 6 million, or to what extent gas-chambers were used, I react very negatively against such censorship. It feels as though these theories have now become articles of faith in some new state religion, and questioning them has become a kind of blasphemy. Yet France claims to be a ‘secular’ republic!

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  41. And another thing. As a homosexual, I’m tired of the bigoted rantings of this column and of others on this website. Perhaps they should learn some real universal love for all of humankind and respect all of the Universal Architect’s creations.

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  42. Narrow minded bigotry. Perhaps you read my most recent comment and understand what it means to be discriminated against.

  43. Good Christian — bad Jew!

    All one has to do is comprehend the totally different mindsets promulgated by the Pope’s speech at the UN and by the mass murdering Netanyahu’s speech at the UN.

    How could anyone in their right mind think that the Jew was superior.

    Clearly the Christian’s view was life affirming – and the Jew’s view was deeply rooted in hate and death.

    p.s. How many times can that jerk face cry holocaust – when it was the Jews who brought their troubles on to themselves. Big Jew bankers put Germany in the position were a Hitler type could surface. And the Jew commie KGB taught the Nazis how to kill people in mass. Those Jews made the Nazis look like amateur pikers.

  44. You’re making my point a bit more explicitly. I got my info from A History of the Holocaust by Y. Bauer. There are cites since this work is near academic standards (it was a text for a university course I took years ago). If the Holocaust is defined as WW2 these figures would make a bit more sense. But refugees and military casualties would seem to fit within the Holocaust loss calculated this way.

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    Mark Riebling, an expert in intelligence and counterterrorism, has written a new book on the Vatican and WWII– Church of Spies: The Pope’s Secret War Against Hitler – which has gotten good reviews from Sir Martin Gilbert, Gerald Posner, Sam Harris, among others. Sam Harris has a good interview with Reibling posted on his blog. Here’s a transcript of it.

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    “Many libertarians go overboard in the opposite direction, assuming no one deserves the wealth they have, and only got it through force or fraud.”

    You’re talking about libers whose only interest is guns and/or pot.

    Now, even Randians will say they despise those who got rich through corruption or collusion(with government).

    But consider your average talk radio libertarian. He hasn’t the brains, talent, or vision to do much in life. He aint gonna be no rich tycoon. But by being a fanboy and praising the rich(even as victims of government), he feels he’s part of the game too when he is nothing but a sports commentator praising top athletes.

    It’s sort of how like the character of Poe admires men like Chisum in PAT GARRETT AND BILLY THE KID. It is the toady-ism of the have-nots for the haves. Via toadyism, they feel special, as if the successful give a crap about them when the successful just see them as second-rate suckasses.

    Poe certainly has a rude awakening when he meets Mr. Chisum. Chisum sizes him up for a sec and sees him as a worthless suckass.

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    The Man for All Treasons.

    http://www.smh.com.au/world/pope-francis-met-and-embraced-gay-couple-in-us-vatican-regrets-kim-davis-meeting-20151002-gk0f43.html

    Christianity reserves forgiveness for those who atone and seek redemption.
    Otherwise, it must judge and condemn those who sin.

    This pope is worthless.

    It’s one thing to open up the Church to those who repent and seek redemption.
    This pope is handing out free passes to every idiot and degenerate.

    Though this pope has met with conservatives, he’s also warmly greeted those whose lifestyles and values are clearly anti-Christian and anti-Catholic, and he will not judge them. (The point of a religion that doesn’t judge?)
    That is the real significance.

    There is nothing special about Pope meeting conservatives since Catholicism has been a conservative force for a long time. That the Pope is now warmly greeting anti-conservatives and degenerates is significant since it is shift in tone.

    It would be like a communist who only met with communists suddenly meeting with capitalists. One may argue that he is still meeting with communists, but that’s just the same old same old. The differences is he is now meeting with capitalists who are enemies of communism.

    Religion isn’t what it used to be in the West. At one time, it had substantial political power. It no longer does, so its remaining duty is to play a spiritual and moral role.
    But this sleazy pope prefers the game of politics than morality. He would rather score popularity points by acting like princess di than be a spiritual leader.

    He is a lowlife, but then, maybe this is an opportunity for white cons to finally wash their hands clean of the Catholic Church which has turned into a cesspool of homo-globo degeneracy.

  48. And another thing. As a homosexual, I’m tired of the bigoted rantings of this column and of others on this website. Perhaps they should learn some real universal love for all of humankind and respect all of the Universal Architect’s creations.

    Dude, Ilana Mercer defended Michael Vick’s right to brutalize dogs, do you really think she has it in her to sympathize with the feelings of some overly sensitive butt pirate?? Btw, defending Vick (good game last night Mike, haha) is actually worse than Hitler, who at least liked dogs.

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  49. Ironically, if I recall correctly, the previous Pope was chastised for just such blasphemy.

  50. There you go, Robert Thomas West, well said, but let’s be clear I’ve no idea who you are with your near clone of my name. That small matter cleared up, what about the numerous fascists who’re closet gays and love persecuting the s**t out of yourself and your openly gay friends everywhere?

    http://ronaldthomaswest.com/2015/01/11/who-punked-the-cardinal/

    ^ Bergoglio transferred this (above linked) creep to be in charge of the Knights of Malta, nobody can claim he doesn’t have a sense of humor, eh?

    And then there’s always Michele Bachmann…

    http://ronaldthomaswest.com/2013/05/24/the-michelle-bachmann-archetype/

    I might have to come up with a satire for all of those child-molesting conservatives in NYC who’re near clones of ILana’s beloved West Bank settlers… (and I probably will with the next F.Y. that comes from her holiness’ defender of killer pedophiles)

  51. SHUT UP!! Let Mercer speak for herself! She’s a big girl.

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  52. I’m well aware of Rerum Novarum, you condescending prick — I’ve read it several times and I don’t need to “learn” anything about it from your wiki search. As it so happens, the passage you cite is the very opposite of the policies advocated by the post-Conciliar church. In that instance Pope Leo XIII was condemning downward wage pressure on the laboring class by the moneyed interests, and was calling upon aristocratic statesmen to defend the dignity of the laborers as a matter of honor. That is true Catholic social justice. It is telling of just how far the rot has progressed, that you would interpret the passage through the lens of welfare statism, and would bring up the illusory dichotomy between socialism and capitalism while speaking to me as if I belonged to the capitalist camp (something I never mentioned, by the way).

    If the precepts of Rerum Novarum were to actually be applied in the nonce, it would result in inter alia the immediate enforcement of restrictive immigration laws, the deportation of illegal immigrants and the punishment of their employers, since all of this results in massive downward wage pressure while divesting the poor of their few scraps of rightful property. Compare this with Antipope Francis’ attitude towards immigrants, and tell me whether his view is still “pre-Conciliar.”

  53. You mean she’s a big twit who left South Africa because she couldn’t handle Black majority rule, right ‘Robert’ (not Ronald) Thomas West?

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  54. “Jews as a group were a primary targeted group for the work/death camps.”

    Jews were targeted for segregation, ghettoization, and forced removal, and as a result ended up being enslaved and put in camps. There were no “death camps,” so far as I’ve seen, although death rates were inhumanely high in the camps. Jews were victims of ethnic cleansing, not genocide.

  55. Troll alert, Robert’s not Ronald

  56. I tuned her out when @39 she resorts to foul language and reveals her history knowledge never progressed past her local Synagogue.

  57. The idea that Soviet “communism” was as conservative as one can imagine is not the author’s strong point. This Pope is merely a “new left” shill.

  58. 2 families

    http://www.cruxnow.com/church/2015/09/06/pope-opens-the-vatican-to-refugees-calls-on-europes-churches-to-follow-suit/

    The head left-footer is protected from the rest of them by this little picket fence.

    http://www.vankempen.org/Rome2012/album/slides/60-vatican%20city%20walls.html

  59. I’m sorry, Ilana, but I don’t believe any Jewish “Pope” has ever declared that Jews cannot stone an adulterer. I’l bet that if given the opportunity, many of the fundamentalist Jewish groups that exist both in Israel and in other parts of the world, would happily return to following the insane edicts of the Old Testament. You obviously belong to one of the more liberal Jewish sects that have adopted the standards of Europe, rather than those of the East. There are, however, many Jews who disagree with you and those groups tend to have very large families and one day could very possibly represent the majority of your coreligionists.

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  60. -I thought the Catholic Church learned its lesson after the Galileo nonsense and decided to keep its nose out of “scientific” matters, where it has no expertise whatsoever-

    If Catholics kept their nose out of scientific matters, you would live in a dramatically different world. Look up the religious persuasions of Copernicus, Roger Bacon, William of Ockham, Gregor Mendel, George LeMaitre and others.

  61. Would that be the Black-ruled “Rainbow Nation” that now has several thousand more murders per year than does the United States, Ronnie, despite the former’s having barely one-sixth the resident population of the latter (not to mention the Black majority’s committing too many rapes to count)? All hail, Mandela! (Aside from his having been a Communist and a terrorist, I mean.)

    Have you ever noticed, Ronnie, that seemingly all of your hyperlinks lead to your own Web site? Are you operating under the grandiose delusion that you are an omniscient savant? How about posting a link here, next time, to your own MMPI profile, Ronnie? It might help explain a lot….

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  62. In what position would you place the floodgates if, America having washed its hands of the Middle East the refugees fleeing the mayhem were Jews from Israel including the 120,000 Falasha and the extreme ultra Orthodox who are, inter alia, exempt from assisting in the defence of their country?

  63. “If Catholics kept their nose out of scientific matters, you would live in a dramatically different world. Look up the religious persuasions of Copernicus, Roger Bacon, William of Ockham, Gregor Mendel, George LeMaitre and others.”

    I specifically said “the Catholic Church,” and you deliberately changed that to “Catholics.” At no point did I say anything disparaging the intellectual contributions of Catholics. (I will make an exception for my ex-wife, who was a Catholic.) The first three on your list, btw, lived during a time when not only did the Roman Catholic Church occupy a somewhat more prominent role in society but the RCC was essentially the only game in town. I seem to recall that a fellow named Martin Luther unloosed a force that we call the Protestant Reformation, which changed all that. That happened shortly before the Church’s showdown with Galileo. Apparently, you see nothing wrong with the Pope threatening to take the life of one of the greatest scientists who ever lived, Galileo, unless he changed his theory that the Earth revolved around the Sun, and not vice versa, something a Greek scientist had come up with 2000 years earlier. As uncomfortable as it may make you feel, let me quote Galileo: “And yet it moves.”

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  64. There is not a single Jew in the world – even among the most extreme ultra-Orthodox sects- who is in favor of stoning adulterers.

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  65. Familiar language, new handle/old troll, great to know ILana has her fascist petticoats covering a really creepy bug up her butt.

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  66. Obviously, you have interviewed every Jew in the world. A difficult task I’m sure, but rewarding, in that you can speak for every Jew alive. I’m curious whether you based your study on only those born of a Jewish mother or if converts and half-Jews participated in your study. Also, since you know, without doubt, the opinion of every Jew, do Jews prefer chocolate or vanilla ice cream?

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  67. I have used this exact ID, and only this ID, here and elsewhere online, for years, genius. I never have posted at Unz.com under any other ID. Feel free to confirm that fact with our gracious and eponymous host, who keeps track of such details. Ms. Mercer, on the other hand, does not know me from the proverbial Adam.

    So, which facts from my first paragraph, above, about South Africa, would you like to dispute, Mr. Wizard?

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  68. So, which facts from my first paragraph, above, about South Africa, would you like to dispute, Mr. Wizard?

    Dispute? Rather affirm ILana lacked the patriotism to stay on and work to make South Africa a better nation … but then her loyalties appear never to have escaped a peculiar and necrotic form of Zionism and clearly she’ll never be a patriotic American either – sayonara fool

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  69. It is amusing to see so many right wing, most probably honkey types, who lurk here, including the evilho who wrote this ‘article.’

    It gives me great satisfaction to know, really know, you vermin will be spending a whole lot of time in the worst depths of hell. Please continue, so that your misery can only be worse, in ways I cannot even imagine, in ways only He will know.

  70. Why am I a fool, Ronnie? Because I realize that there is no way to save South Africa from its own low-IQ, violent, indigenous majority, other than by reinstating White-minority rule, and thus do not blame any White South African, Jew or gentile, for fleeing the hell-hole that that former First World country now is– and especially its women, who now are almost guaranteed of being raped by one or more indigenes, before those women would otherwise die of natural causes, if they stay in South Africa to be preyed upon by people who simply envy and hate them? Regardless, your very premise, vis-a-vis Ms. Mercer, is utterly fallacious, as a brief gander at the very beginning of her Wikipedia.org entry would have informed you:

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    Ilana Mercer is a writer, born in South Africa to Rabbi Ben Isaacson and raised in Israel, where the family decided to move after Rabbi Ben Isaacson’s anti-apartheid preaching and activism led to their harassment by South African security forces.[1] She is a Canadian citizen currently residing in the United States.

    ***

    Do you ever tire and despair of always being wrong, genius? It might help, Ronnie, if you actually tried reading something besides your own Web site!?!

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  71. Dream on, Rochester!

  72. Yep, I’ve spoken to every Jew on the planet, including half Jews and converts.

    They all agree that they are against stoning adulterers.

    They also all agree that you’re a moron.

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  73. Okay, let’s see, Sherm, you claim that you know for a fact that there’s no Jew alive, anywhere on earth, who is in favor of stoning adulterers, none, anywhere, and I’m the moron? Buy a mirror, kid.

  74. Hi Ilana,
    A few things. I reckon we should acknowledge good humour as often as it is on offer, and upon reading RTW’s post on Carlin and Yeshu Ben Yosef, I was moved to tears: of the variety that accompanies wholesome laughter. It was really funny, especially the last bit about bolt cutters. I had in fact called it – appropriately I thought – a short yet witty update of Alighieri’s 2nd or 9th Circle.

    Second, I have no quarrel with your love for Bibi. We all have different heroes we look up to. In my opinion though, Bibi is a wanker, one that hasn’t the gumption, nor certainly the little gray cells to do the right thing (long discussion needed, another time). His only motive, boringly like most pols, is not to get his derriere unstuck from the PM’s seat. In my estimate, among all the flawed leaders, Arik, hu haya gever im moach

    Third: Laama at koeset al Afifior? ekh ze kol kach hashuv?

    Had no idea that you were a closet Catholic :-)

    Nice post overall, and I’ve read your past posts on similar subjects, hedgy though they were compared to the current article!

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  75. A hundred percent true. Talmudic argumentation removes it without any possibility of re-emergence. I have spoken of this in other posts, the 71 Sanhedrin etc……

  76. Ilana Mercer goes:
    “Israel was a wasteland, a swamp when Jews bought land legally from its owners (Turks held the deeds), dried the swamps, died in droves doing that, and turned a blighted spot into an oasis.”

    Yawwnn… these are old, stale zionist LIES. Ilana, you know they are lies and you are still repeating this kind of BS… what does that say about you?

    First of all, it was not “Israel”, since this is an artificial zionist entity created in 48 trough terrorism, ethnic cleansing and chicanery, at the expense of the indigenous Palestinian population. No, it was not a wasteland and no, Jews did NOT buy the land legally. These are all old zio lies refuted by many scholars, including Jewish/israeli ones.
    See, for instance, “The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine” by Israeli historian Ilan Pappe or the various books by Norman Finkelstein.
    Under Zionist pressure, the UN recommended giving away 55% of Palestine to a Jewish state – despite the fact that this group represented only about 30% of the total population, and owned under 7% of the land.
    For a detailed synopsis of the conflict, see http://www.ifamericansknew.org/history/

  77. Alan Hart, a former BBC reporter and author of several books on the israel/palestine conflict, has this to say on its creation:

    [...]In the name of pragmatism, willingness to “merely to recognise” Israel – meaning to accept and live in peace with an Israel inside its pre-June ’67 borders – has long been the formal Palestinian and all-Arab position. Why does it stop short of recognising Israel’s “right to exist”, and why, really, does it matter so much to Zionism that Palestinians recognise this right?

    The answer is in the following.

    According to history as written by the winner, Zionism, Israel was given its birth certificate and thus legitimacy by the UN Partition Resolution of 29 November 1947. This is propaganda nonsense.

    - In the first place the UN without the consent of the majority of the people of Palestine did not have the right to decide to partition Palestine or assign any part of its territory to a minority of alien immigrants in order for them to establish a state of their own.
    -Despite that, by the narrowest of margins, and only after a rigged vote, the UN General Assembly did pass a resolution to partition Palestine and create two states, one Arab, one Jewish, with Jerusalem not part of either. But the General Assembly resolution was only a proposal – meaning that it could have no effect, would not become policy, unless approved by the Security Council.
    -The truth is that the General Assembly’s partition proposal never went to the Security Council for consideration. Why not? Because the U.S. knew that, if approved, it could only be implemented by force given the extent of Arab and other Muslim opposition to it; and President Truman was not prepared to use force to partition Palestine.
    -So the partition plan was vitiated (became invalid) and the question of what the hell to do about Palestine – after Britain had made a mess of it and walked away, effectively surrendering to Zionist terrorism – was taken back to the General Assembly for more discussion. The option favoured and proposed by the U.S. was temporary UN Trusteeship. It was while the General Assembly was debating what do that Israel unilaterally declared itself to be in existence – actually in defiance of the will of the organised international community, including the Truman administration.
    The truth of the time was that the Zionist state, which came into being mainly as a consequence of pre-planned ethnic cleansing, had no right to exist and, more to the point, could have no right to exist UNLESS … Unless it was recognised and legitimized by those who were dispossessed of their land and their rights during the creation of the Zionist state. In international law only the Palestinians could give Israel the legitimacy it craved.

    And that legitimacy was the only thing the Zionists could not and cannot take from the Palestinians by force.[...]

    http://www.alanhart.net/israel%E2%80%99s-right-or-not-to-exist-the-facts-and-truth/

  78. Also, Israel is hardly self-sufficient; it has aways been heavily subsidized. One historian wrote:

    “Israel has never been self-supporting. It has always required massive subsidies from the outside – above all from the United States. Total direct US aid to Israel has amounted to well over $140 billion (in 2003 dollars). In addition, Germany and other European states and companies have paid out many billions in ‘restitution,’ and wealthy Jewish communities, especially in the US, have provided substantial financial assistance.”

    - John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt, “The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy”:

    “Since the October War in 1973, Washington has provided Israel with a level of support dwarfing the amounts provided to any other state. It has been the largest annual recipient of direct U.S. economic and military assistance since 1976 and the largest total recipient since World War ll. Total direct U.S. aid to Israel amounts to well over $140 billion in 2003 dollars. Israel receives about $3 billion in direct foreign assistance each year, which is roughly one-fifth of America’s entire foreign aid budget. In per capita terms, the United States gives each Israeli a direct subsidy worth about $500 per year. This largesse is especially striking when one realizes that Israel is now a wealthy industrial state with a per capita income roughly equal to South Korea or Spain.”

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  79. Hit the disagree button inadvertently

  80. Plus there’s the theft of US assets by Jews in the US selling “surplus” assets at cents on the dollar.

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  81. “In Christian and Jewish texts, “God has worked through His creatures.” Consequently, these texts are not just the word of God, but the words of men inspired by Him. Isaiah, Mark and others of the “divinely appointed” are fully authorized and adequately inspired to interpret and revise the scriptures.
    Not so in Islam. According to Father Fessio’s rendition of Benedict’s scholarly, spiritual inquiry, “The problem with Islam is far more fundamental. As the Islamic tradition has it, the Koran is not Mohammed’s words; it is God’s eternal word, seen as sent from Heaven, never to be adapted or altered.”

    But did Pope Benedict really say that ? It looks like they are just the conclusions of the reviewers of his works, which does not necessarily make them his own conclusions. Which are the actual quotes from Pope Benedict’s writings ? Why would he advocate the revising and re-interpretation of scriptures, when, all through his papacy, he was in fact trying to reorient the Catholic Church back towards its 2000 year old Tradition, and away from the modernist bedlam of Vatican II ?

    Also, the reinterpretation and revising of Scriptures is exactly the desire of Pope Bergoglio, whose people work tirelessly all over the place promoting “the doctrine of development”. So this supposed approval of Benedict to revise the scriptures should work just fine for Francis, but in reality his people are denigrating Benedict and complaining that he was against change and development. Which change and development will be soon seen at this October Synod, where their doctrine of development will stretch the scriptures to a place where no man has gone before.

  82. Hi Sam

    Wouldn’t ‘crypto-Catholic’ be the better description? ;)

    I’ve an old draft that was so inflammatory I’d left it to gather dust .. ‘Lenny Bruce on Jews for Jesus’

    I’m going to dig it out, I’m sure I can work in ILana’s love for Catholic fascists :D

  83. -I specifically said “the Catholic Church,” and you deliberately changed that to “Catholics.” At no point did I say anything disparaging the intellectual contributions of Catholics.-

    All the people I mentioned were clerics, so they represented the institutional church.

    -I seem to recall that a fellow named Martin Luther unloosed a force that we call the Protestant Reformation-

    which undermined Europe during the height of its confrontation with Islam, and which is just a Christian version of Islam anyway, involving worship of a book rather than God.

    -That happened shortly before the Church’s showdown with Galileo.-

    No showdown and this is overblown in the same Protestant historical revisionism which created a “Dark Ages” out of whole cloth. Galileo was opposed by most astronomers of the time, including liberal hero Tycho Brahe, who was a geocentrist. In fact, even Einstein said that geocentrism was a perfectly working system. The reason we believe in heliocentrism now is not because Copernicus showed it to be possible but rather because Newton and others demonstrated whythe planets move as they do rather than simply predict their motions with accuracy (which is what geocentrism does).

    -Apparently, you see nothing wrong with the Pope threatening to take the life of one of the greatest scientists who ever lived-

    OK, yeah, I am a bloodthirsty monster. This typical liberal argumentation is tiresome. You have apparently decided that I want to kill scientists simply because I do not subscribe to your blanket characterizations about the institution that continues to preserve the core of Western civilization in its history, philosophy and theology.

    The US kills way more people in a a year than the “Church” ever killed and you might actually study history to find out how that whole Inquisition thing worked. You might be surprised to learn that it was a much safer place than the secular courts, which were much quicker to kill someone on flimsy charges.

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    according to stats South africa had a higher murder rate during apartheid, what do you say about that?

    https://africacheck.org/reports/are-white-afrikaners-really-being-killed-like-flies/

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  85. “Jews CANNOT stone an adulterer”

    What a joke – every Jew male that I have known was unfaithful to his wife.

    If Jews stoned adulterers there would be no Jews.

    Too funny – this just another distraction from the reality of the mean spirited Jew culture.

    We must talk about anything but Israel’s evils.

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  86. I think Ms Mercer is a crypto-Catholic just as much as Mr Shamir is an Eastern Orthodox.

  87. We must talk about anything but Israel’s evils.

    Exactly what the Iranian nuclear crisis was/is all about…. let’s change the subject, shall we.

  88. I would say that you obviously need to improve your own English reading-comprehension skills:

    ***

    A 2004 report published in the SA Crime Quarterly compares homicide rates across all races from 1937 to 2003. Based on this, it is clear that homicide rates for all races increased over this period (although they fell somewhat from 2003 onward). However, the increase in the white homicide rate began in the late 1970s and has remained markedly less than the increase in murder rates for all other race groups.

    [N.B.: This statement is referring to racial victimization rates, not to racial perpetration rates!]

    ***

    South Africa, as I said above, now has far more murders each year than does the United States, despite the former’s having barely one-sixth the resident population of the latter. In the United States, our Black minority, which comprises barely over one-eighth of our resident population, commits over half of our murders, year in and year out. This is not a temporary phenomenon; it has been true for generations– and probably since the end of slavery. The discrepency in lynching rates, back in the day, between Black lynchees and White lynchees, was overwhelmingly because of the comparative rates at which the two races committed murder, rape, and other then-capital offenses. Pray tell, what percentage of murders in South Africa, today, under “democratic” Black rule, are committed by Whites? What percentage of murders, there, are committed by Blacks?

    The correlation between Black population size (%) and crime rates, especially for violent crimes, and most especially for murder, rape and sexual assault generally, is akin to a universal constant.

  89. The decrease in murders they claim also happens to correspond to the period when the police started forbidding individual police stations from releasing statistics directly to the public. Even if overall murders have fallen, murders of whites have increased sharply. Hardly a day goes by that you don’t read of some horrific attack on a white somewhere.

    Btw, AfricaCheck is funded by Soros, who also funded pro democracy groups before the transition. Obviously he wants to paint a favourable picture of the mess he has helped to bring about.

  90. Yep, Grant F. Smith, in “Spy Trade: How Israel’s Lobby Undermines America’s Economy”, provides all the details;

    http://www.amazon.com/Spy-Trade-Israels-Undermines-Americas/dp/0976443716/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1444008727&sr=8-2&keywords=grant+smith

    “Israel and its American lobby have committed audacious but generally unknown crimes against the United States. The government has long kept files about Israeli espionage, weapons smuggling, and covert operations on American soil classified…until now. Spy Trade begins on the trail of a vast smuggler network funneling stolen and illegally purchased surplus WWII arms to Jewish fighters in Palestine. When the FBI threatened to crack down, a clandestine summit meeting yielded minor convictions for small-time operators, but not the financial masterminds behind the scheme. Spy Trade probes Israel lobby smuggling operations diverting uranium from the US to Israel’s Dimona nuclear weapons facility. The Justice Department battled mightily to regulate two key enablers—the Jewish Agency and American Zionist Council—as Israeli foreign agents in the 1960s. But when the effort collapsed, it unleashed election law violations and escalating intimidation of American politicians by the Israel lobby. Spy Trade reveals the long-term impact of a newly declassified “third scandal” that began in the 1980s. In the midst of both the Iran-Contra affair and the Jonathan Pollard espionage incident, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and the Israeli embassy conducted a spectacular clandestine operation against American industries and workers; it has so far cost the US economy $71 billion and a hundred thousand jobs each year by shutting down or diverting US exports. More than a dissection of the tactics used by Israel and its lobby to evade justice, Spy Trade provides strategies for ending criminal immunity and restoring American governance.”

  91. In case you missed the subtlety of Bobby’s argument here, people, please note:

    Nazis with six million dead Jews, half killed in gas chambers = bad
    Nazis without six million dead Jews, half killed in gas chambers = totally swell

    Thanks goodness for moral clarity.

  92. The practice of religious rituals is merely a hobby. If your hobby is Roman Catholicism, your practical options are: accept that Jorge Mario Bergoglio has a hotline to god; find a new hobby; volunteer for the committee and move a non-confidence motion.

  93. What a fantasy.

    Yours has to be among the stupidest comments I have read today.

  94. “The Global Village Idiot”; that is priceless! This is what comes of p c madness getting into the Papal Conclave; “Si, I know he’s a moron but Hispanics are about all we have left!” Paging the Vatican Poisoner.

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  96. […] doesn’t exist pristine in nature, until individuals—deserving as much, if not more, of the pope’s love as the poor—apply their smarts, labor and savings to transform raw materials into marketable […]

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