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From The Nation back in 2009:

King of the Hate Business
With haters on the wane, what will the hate-seekers do?
By Alexander Cockburn (1941-2012), APRIL 29, 2009

… What is the archsalesman of hatemongering, Morris Dees of the Southern Poverty Law Center, going to do now? Ever since 1971, US Postal Service mailbags have bulged with his fundraising letters, scaring dollars out of the pockets of trembling liberals aghast at his lurid depictions of a hate-sodden America in dire need of legal confrontation by the SPLC. Nine years ago Ken Silverstein wrote a devastating commentary on Dees and the SPLC in Harper’s, dissecting a typical swatch of Dees’s solicitations. At the time, Ken pointed out, the SPLC was “the wealthiest civil rights group in America,” with $120 million in assets.

As of October 2008 the net assets of the SPLC were $170,240,129.

$319,300,000 in 2016 and who knows how much a year of Trump has added?

The merchant of hate, Mr. Dees, was paid an annual $273,132 as chief trial counsel, and the SPLC’s president and CEO, Richard Cohen, $290,133. Total revenue in 2007 was $44,727,257, and program expenses $20,804,536. In other words, the Southern Poverty Law Center was raising much more than it was spending on its proclaimed mission. Fundraising and administrative expenses accounted for $9 million, leaving more than $14 million to be put in the center’s vast asset portfolio.

But where are the haters? That hardy old standby, the Ku Klux Klan, despite the SPLC’s predictable howls about an uptick in its chapters, is a moth-eaten and depleted troupe, with at least 10 percent of its members on the government payroll as informants for the FBI. As Noel Ignatiev once remarked in his book Race Traitor, there isn’t a public school in any county in the USA that doesn’t represent a menace to blacks a thousand times more potent than that offered by the KKK, just as there probably aren’t many such schools that haven’t been propositioned by Dees to buy one of the SPLC’s “teaching tolerance” programs. What school is going to go on record as rejecting Dees-sponsored tolerance? Rub the kids’ noses in tolerance until they get Dad’s AK out of the closet and go on a rampage. Dees and his hate-seekers scour the landscape for hate like the arms manufacturers inventing new threats, and for the same reason: it’s their staple.

A recent article in Newsweek cites the SPLC’s latest “Year in Hate” report: “in 2008 the number of hate groups rose to 926, up 4 percent from 2007, and 54 percent since 2000.” The SPLC doesn’t measure group membership, meaning that it probably missed me. Change that total to 927. I’m a hate group, meaning in Dees-speak, one with “beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people,” starting with Dick Cheney.

I love to dream of Cheney being waterboarded, subjected to loops of Schoenberg played at top volume, locked up naked in a meat locker. But the nation’s haters are mostly like me, with their enjoyment of a (increasingly circumscribed) constitutionally guaranteed right to hate that is solitary, disorganized and prone to sickening relapses into love, or at least the sort of amiable tolerance for all mankind experienced when looking at photos of Carla Bruni and Princess Letizia of Spain kissing.

Cockburn came from a clan of leftist journalists, including his dad Claud, a favorite of FDR. His niece is the actress Olivia Wilde who picked the Irish playwright’s name because her own, while pronounced Co-burn, is not spelled appropriately for stardom.

The Cockburn’s conservative cousins include Evelyn Waugh and his many writing relatives.

They are all descended from Lord Cockburn, a literary Scottish judge of the early 19th Century.

Any chance that Morris Dees will get MeTooed?

 
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  1. He’s got the narcissistic personality that often leads to episodic behaviour that would expose him to the risk, but as we saw with Weinstein, you still need brave souls to come forward before the dam breaks open. And even then, as with Bill Clinton, you get plenty of sycophants who merely shrug it off because the cause is more important than the women.

  2. Hate this vague use of ‘hate’. Its use is an admission the speaker is a CultMarx snowflake. I hate hate hate many things, but the sort of things normal WM hate is by definition not hate. It’s only HATE when (((they))) say it’s hate.

  3. Wow, you inspired me to look up Alexander Cockburn’s family. Talk about distinguished!

    • Agree: Dan Hayes
    • Replies: @Dan Hayes
    jtgw:

    Not least among Alexander Cockburn's relatives is the one who burned down parts of Washington, DC including the White House.
  4. I think it’s pretty unlikely. Compare an aspiring actress to the kind of idealistic young woman who goes into the world of not-for-profits. A girl in the latter category is going to be more reluctant to making an accusation which will undermine the cause. It does happen, of course.

    • Replies: @L Woods
    "Idealistic" is not really the term I would use to describe the typical DC SWPL "non-profit professional." Their motivations are a pungent brew of status-seeking venality and quasi-religious zealotry.
    , @Bill B.
    Er ... no.

    The men with a mission-to-save-the-world tend to think of themselves as special souls not beholden to ordinary restraints.

    For example the chief of the IPCC climate change body was a serial harasser:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/11441697/Dr-Rajendra-Pachauri-the-clown-of-climate-change-has-gone.html

    (The above is worth reading.)

    The husband of the 'saintly' murdered MP Jo Cox had to resign from the Save The Children NGO after multiple complaints from female charity workers:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3298572/New-charity-scandal-Save-Children-executive-quits-women-s-complaints-inappropriate-behaviour.html
  5. One of the few enjoyable aspects of political writing during the Bush years was reading another one of Alexander Cockburn’s witty but languid assaults launched from his northern california website bunker on so many deserving targets–but especially Hitchens, who so desperately envied Cockburn’s aristocratic self-confidence, ease of manner, and charming blend of caustic intellectual divisiveness with genuine bonhomie.

    Hitchens remained the prickly adolescent egotist, always striving to show the public school boy crowd that he not only belonged but was special.

    They went out in similar ways, of course. I think Cockburn’s obit of Hitch is a classic of the form.

    https://www.counterpunch.org/2011/12/16/farewell-to-c-h/

    • Replies: @Lot
    Hitchens was on national TV constantly, Cockburn's only outlet was loony low-traffic alt-communist site counterpunch. I am sure Hitch just burned with envy.

    No offense to Steve here, but if you share a website with 9-11 truthers, mainstream pundits who appear on BBC/CNN/Fox/Bill Maher don't envy you.

    Cockburn/Counterpunch does serve as a nice warning to regular Americans of the link between the secular far left, antisemites, BLM, Muslim supremacists, and all the other fringe groups that hate them.
  6. $319,300,000 million in 2016

    That’s a lot of millions.

  7. We used to have a family in my hometown named the ‘Whores’ not sure if that was the spelling but was pronounced the same. I think their forefather had very right to change it, heritage be damned. Hehe …’Cockburn’…

    • Replies: @PV van der Byl
    I have known several "Hoares," during my life; several of them actually quite genteel.
    , @Reg Cæsar
    There was an actual case of a man named Hoar in upstate New York who had four daughters. He went to court to have their surname changed to their mother's maiden name of Whitney.

    The word means "frost". Imagine had JFK picked a Robert Hoar as poet laureate.
  8. Did he feel as I did when I looked at those two women’s rears? Good enough – #HimToo

    There’ve got to be a coupla thousand registered hate groups now, I’d imagine, as Cockburn’s article is 9 years old. This irks me greatly as Peak Stupidity has had its on-line application in to the organization for months now with not so much as a buy-your-leaves. It is harder to get in with these guys than getting an iSteve comment moderated during working hours.

    Do you have to know somebody? When dealing with a man of these means, I don’t think bribery is an option for us at this juncture, without resorting to the internet. Perhaps some crowdfunding would do the trick. #PeakStupidityForHateGroup, $PLC or BUST!

  9. Lord Cockburn’s “memorial” is a good read. It’s available free on the internet, you know.

    https://archive.org/details/memorialshistim00cockgoog

    • Replies: @dearieme
    I should add that he was a member of a talented burgher family: he was "Lord" by virtue of becoming a senior judge.
  10. @dearieme
    Lord Cockburn's "memorial" is a good read. It's available free on the internet, you know.
    https://archive.org/details/memorialshistim00cockgoog

    I should add that he was a member of a talented burgher family: he was “Lord” by virtue of becoming a senior judge.

  11. I think I screwed up posting this so I will try again:

    A lot of people online believe Dees has engaged in some sordid behavior for decades, but so far he appears bulletproof.

    He claims he is the son of cotton sharecroppers. Why did I assume he was Jewish? Morris?

    • Replies: @PV van der Byl
    Morris Dees is a Baptist, not Jewish. But he was named Morris after one of his father's friends who was Jewish. In any event, it seems likely that most of his direct mail revenues come from Jews.
  12. One of his distinguished ancestors also burned down our nation’s capitol during the war of 1812. Alexander always took pride in that.

  13. Look back into Dees’ divorce from his wife Maureene. There were allegations of adultery and child molestation

  14. The KKK is such a threat, compared to the Religion Of Peace™.

  15. Anon • Disclaimer says:

    https://twitter.com/mattyglesias/status/957048485957849088

    I’m surprised to see Matty Y echoing the proposition nation talking point. I thought American exceptionalism wouldn’t be a thing with the vox crowd, but then again I think we all know what is really going on here.

    Also it’s worth pointing out a couple of quptes that show Jefferson meant a different thing by “All Men Are Created Equal” than what Matt wants that phrase to mean. Jefferson didn’t have huddled masses of Somali refugees in mind…

    When forced, therefore, to resort to arms for redress, an appeal to the tribunal of the world was deemed proper for our justification. This was the object of the Declaration of Independence. Not to find out new principles, or new arguments, never before thought of, not merely to say things which had never been said before; but to place before mankind the common sense of the subject, in terms so plain and firm as to command their assent, and to justify ourselves in the independent stand we are compelled to take.

    -Thomas Jefferson
    (Letter 1825)

    Nothing is more certainly written in the book of fate than that these people are to be free. Nor is it less certain that the two races, equally free, cannot live in the same government. Nature, habit, opinion has drawn indelible lines of distinction between them. It is still in our power to direct the process of emancipation and deportation peaceably and in such slow degree as that the evil will wear off insensibly, and their place be pari passu filled up by free white laborers. If on the contrary it is left to force itself on, human nature must shudder at the prospect held up.

    -Thomas Jefferson
    (Autobiography 1821)

    • Replies: @Zach
    Wouldn’t, say, the Iroquois consider their piece of North America to be their land of blood and soil?
    , @Gunner
    Lil’ Matty is being brutalized by his twitter “fans”.
    , @MEH 0910
    All peoples are not created equal.
  16. We need something like PredictIt for MeToo. I’d put money on Dees getting MeTooed.

    • Replies: @Karl
    16 > I’d put money on Dees getting MeTooed.


    after you #metoo someone, you can no longer shake them down
  17. So far the public charities have evaded the sexual harassment spotlight ( always excepting Bill Clinton ). Probably a better class of harassers or harassees.

  18. Kind of a deceptive headline. There have been no MeToo type accusations against Dees.

    $275K is not that lavish by modern non-profit standards. The head of our local Philly public TV station makes like $1M/year (when I found that out, I shifted my contributions to the Allentown station where the guy makes a normal salary).

    Because Jews were so hated and despised in the Old South, Dees’s (Baptist cotton farmer) grandfather named his son “Morris Seligman Dees” in honor of his friend Morris Seligman.

    Morris falls in the category of names that were once perfectly valid English names (Irving, Seymour, Isadore, etc.) but at some point Christians stopped giving their kids these names in America and they became mostly Jewish. I’m convinced, though I haven’t found it, that there was a baby name book that told Jewish immigrants the equivalent of various common Hebrew names – Moshe became Morris, Shlomo was Seymour, Israel became Isadore, etc.

    • Replies: @sabril

    Kind of a deceptive headline. There have been no MeToo type accusations against Dees.
     
    Except for the one years ago during his divorce if I'm not mistaken.

    Steve seems to really have it in for Morris Dees, I guess Dees is kind of the anti-Steve. i.e. he completely sold out to all this Leftist nonsense and cashed in big.

    It would be nice if Dees gets his come-uppance at the hand of some lovely young ex-intern, but I doubt it's going to happen. Assuming for the sake of argument that Dees uses his position to indulge his sexual urges, it's probably with idealistic young women who are devoted to The Cause.

    I would guess that if Judge Kozinsky was a Leftist who limited himself to hitting on Leftist girls, nothing ever would have come out. Unfortunately for him, there are very few cute libertariennes out there.
    , @PV van der Byl
    Not hated or despised in the Old South, Jack:
    https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/judah-p-benjamin/

    The Union would not have a Jewish Secretary of State or Secretary of Defense for more than one hundred more years.

    , @Joe Stalin
    I recall WLS-AM radio commentator Don Wade (RIP) talk about how the PBS stations had the newest and best equipment that made people in private industry drool.

    That's why I always laugh at the phrase: "Non-Profits." Someone's making a profit, that's for sure.

    Cheney? My favorite satire piece from the Bush 43 era is this one about Rumsfeld:

    https://politics.theonion.com/rumsfeld-hosts-no-holds-barred-martial-arts-tournament-1819567287
    , @ChrisZ
    Hey Jack: Go Iggles!
    , @Mokiki
    Larry David's great grandfather fought for the Confederate Army. See also
    http://www.confederatejews.com/
  19. @jtgw
    Wow, you inspired me to look up Alexander Cockburn's family. Talk about distinguished!

    jtgw:

    Not least among Alexander Cockburn’s relatives is the one who burned down parts of Washington, DC including the White House.

  20. Well, there seems to have been information about his creepy behaviour towards women available on the web for a long time:

    https://robertlindsay.wordpress.com/2009/06/23/morris-dees-pathological-narcissist-and-ultra-creep/

  21. Let’s see, the only question raised in my mind is where does all the money go? Salaries are modest, and after subtracting fundraising expenses and savings, there is an awfully lot left over. Is Steve suggesting pricy non-disclosure settlements?

  22. Because Jews were so hated and despised in the Old South.

    My gut feeling is that this hate is exaggerated like a lot of anti-southern tropes. My understanding is that Jews were as well, if not better, integrated into southern society than they were in the north. Confederate currency featured a picture of a jew. Everyone’s quintessential southerner, Shelby Foote, has jewish ancestry. Elvis’s mother. My childhood idol Y.A. Tittle. Those are just the names off the top of my head.

    • Replies: @Anon
    Elvis Presley? I really doubt that unless I see proof. There weren't many Jews living in the historical south, and they avoided marrying into peckerwood families. Also, Elvis was as dumb as a post, whatever you may think about his looks and and singing skills.
    , @Altai
    Similar to the case in Britain versus France or Germany, if numbers are small, assimilation and ingrained animosity is much less. The North with it's large numbers of non-Anglo immigrants would develop more hostility and resentment towards immigrants in general and large numbers of German immigrants would bring disdain fostered by a large amount of recent Jewish immigrants from the east.

    Familiarity and ethnic conflict breed contempt and that needs numbers and sense of imposition.
    , @jtgw
    Jonathan Sarna's "American Judaism" provides many examples of pro-Confederate Jews, whom the author does not attempt to whitewash or excuse (or demonize). It's really a good history; I read it on Razib Khan's recommendation.
    , @Alden
    Lehman Bros were the second largest slave brokerage in the south before the civil war. The founder arrived in New Orleans around 1800 from Germany fleeing the draft made necessary by the French invasion.

    After the war they moved to New York.

    Jews claim every non Jew in the universe is anti Semitic. Jews are very, very vulnerable to certain kinds of propaganda. Dees has it down pat. His donor base is as Jewish as ADL’s.
    , @guest
    We had a lengthy discussion of this not long ago on iSteve. I recommend not mentioning Leo Frank. Oops.
    , @J.Ross
    The only Jews who were hated in the South were foreign subversives arriving in the mid-Twentieth century to make money and policy out of racial tension. This is brought up every twentieth thread: the agrarian South had plenty of room for Jewish white collar talents, whereas they would be usurping or competing with existing Yankee clerks up North.
    , @jack daniels
    Depends on what you mean by 'the old South.' The Leo Frank trial gives an interesting perspective on the topic. Frank and many other Jews were accepted members of local society, and, as has been pointed out by others, prior to the Civil War Jews had a comfortable place in southern society. The first two Jewish senators were from the south, one of whom became the the treasurer of the Confederate States of America. However, the war and Reconstruction planted the seeds of future prejudice. Frank was not only a Jew but a Yankee who had come south to run an exploitative factory where local girls worked for pennies and, according to some witnesses, were routinely exploited sexually by Frank. At Frank's trial for the rape murder of teen-aged Mary Phagan, he decided to play the prejudice card, and called upon a national network of allies including newspaper editors who wrote editorials trashing the south for its backwardness and bigotry, claiming that Frank could not expect a fair trial. At one point Frank's mother cursed out the judge in Yiddish. "Populists" like publisher/politician Tom Watson responded by writing virulently anti-Semitic pieces about the trial. btw Frank's lawyers were not above admonishing the jury to take a white man's word over that of a black man, who was the other possible perpetrator. Frank was convicted, his conviction sustained by the US Supreme Court 7-2, and his death sentence reduced by the governor on his last day in office, whereupon a vigilante group abducted and lynched him. This affair of course left a large scar. Another source of tension, I suspect, was the Russian Revolution and the advent of Bolshevism as a force threatening to engulf the western world. The strong Jewish presence in this movement, which intended to outlaw religion, seize private property, and overturn age-old sexual mores, was especially off-putting to southerners. And of course, the northern Jewish left largely directed the civil rights movement, which was experienced by southerners as a second invasion from the north.
    , @Glaivester
    I believe that it was said on Steve's blog that Jews were more accepted in the South, because Jews tended to be disproportionately lawyers, bankers, and merchants. In the North, successful WASPs tended to take these jobs, causing competition. In the South, successful WASPs tended to be large landowners with farms who saw Jews as economic complements.
    , @Glaivester
    By the way, does anyone else find it funny that the most prominent Jewish person in the South was named Judah Benjamin, the two tribes that composed the Southern Kingdom of Judah after it split in two? If the most prominent Jewish person in the North were named Ephraim Israel*, that would be perfect.

    *Ephraim was the tribe most commonly used as a synecdoche for the ten northern tribes, and after the split, Israel usually referred to the Northern Kingdom.
  23. @Jack D
    Kind of a deceptive headline. There have been no MeToo type accusations against Dees.

    $275K is not that lavish by modern non-profit standards. The head of our local Philly public TV station makes like $1M/year (when I found that out, I shifted my contributions to the Allentown station where the guy makes a normal salary).

    Because Jews were so hated and despised in the Old South, Dees's (Baptist cotton farmer) grandfather named his son "Morris Seligman Dees" in honor of his friend Morris Seligman.

    Morris falls in the category of names that were once perfectly valid English names (Irving, Seymour, Isadore, etc.) but at some point Christians stopped giving their kids these names in America and they became mostly Jewish. I'm convinced, though I haven't found it, that there was a baby name book that told Jewish immigrants the equivalent of various common Hebrew names - Moshe became Morris, Shlomo was Seymour, Israel became Isadore, etc.

    Kind of a deceptive headline. There have been no MeToo type accusations against Dees.

    Except for the one years ago during his divorce if I’m not mistaken.

    Steve seems to really have it in for Morris Dees, I guess Dees is kind of the anti-Steve. i.e. he completely sold out to all this Leftist nonsense and cashed in big.

    It would be nice if Dees gets his come-uppance at the hand of some lovely young ex-intern, but I doubt it’s going to happen. Assuming for the sake of argument that Dees uses his position to indulge his sexual urges, it’s probably with idealistic young women who are devoted to The Cause.

    I would guess that if Judge Kozinsky was a Leftist who limited himself to hitting on Leftist girls, nothing ever would have come out. Unfortunately for him, there are very few cute libertariennes out there.

    • Replies: @Lot
    The problem for Koz was the scope of his horndoggery. It wasn't just the young female clerks. He felt up a 50-something sitting female judge while driving with her in a car. Plus other judges clerks!
  24. Not by Heidi Beria, he won’t.

    She has to be feeling pretty left out by this time. Or rather, just plain left out. I’m kind of surprised she hasn’t started a #PickMeToo campaign.

    • LOL: BB753
  25. Can’t imagine The Nation posting this today

  26. Since Dees is a garden variety snake oil salesman, any #metoo assault on him would only serve to get his brand recognized more widely. Everybody dies, eventually. So will Morris Dees, and his parting will leave the same kind of hole that your hand leaves when you pull it out of a bucket of water. In other words, he won’t be missed.

  27. Back in the Dark Ages of the internet the Morris Dees divorce files made, er, “interesting” reading.

  28. @Sabril
    I think it's pretty unlikely. Compare an aspiring actress to the kind of idealistic young woman who goes into the world of not-for-profits. A girl in the latter category is going to be more reluctant to making an accusation which will undermine the cause. It does happen, of course.

    “Idealistic” is not really the term I would use to describe the typical DC SWPL “non-profit professional.” Their motivations are a pungent brew of status-seeking venality and quasi-religious zealotry.

    • Replies: @sabril

    Their motivations are a pungent brew of status-seeking venality and quasi-religious zealotry.
     
    That's probably true in a lot of cases, as peoples' true motives are typically pretty base. Note that religious zealots tend to be idealistic people. "Idealism" means pursuing (perceived) perfection in the world.

    Assuming that a young woman is motivated by "status-seeking venality and quasi-religious zealotry," is she more or less likely to throw an accusation (true or false) at a high status co-religionist? Compared to an actress who may (or may not) accuse some movie mogul?
  29. I enjoy his work fronting The Time very much, and thought he was a standout in Purple Rain. We’re talking about Morris Day, right?

  30. You can change the post title, but the URL stub will live on forever.

  31. 319,300,000 in 2016 and who knows how much a year of Trump has added?

    I consider Dees to be more like a televangelist for lefties, scaring dollars out of their wallets that might otherwise go to useful lefty causes.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

    I consider Dees to be more like a televangelist for lefties, scaring dollars out of their wallets that might otherwise go to useful lefty causes.
     
    Televangelists don't get their "statistics" quoted as fact by agencies of the Feral Government though - that's the problem I have with this guy and his $PLC. Otherwise, I wouldn't care how people throw away their money.
    , @Lot
    Lots of direct mail scammers on the right too. Raise $10 million, keep 90-100% as "expenses," give a pittance to that black GOP congressman in Florida.
    , @anonymous
    Reading this reminded me of Jimmy and Tammy Faye. I had that same sense from observing the Clintons.
  32. Anon • Disclaimer says:

    The SPLC is getting richer because the stock market has been going up. Elderly Jews are making money from their investment portfolios, and that cash is being thrown at left-wing causes. Once these elderly Jews die off, I wouldn’t be surprised if their heirs discover, to their dismay, that half or even all of their expected inheritance is being left to the SPLC and like-minded institutions.

    There are still elderly Jews who are 1st generation Holocaust survivors, or who have 1st degree relatives who died in the Holocaust, and the money-making industries that use Holocaust scare-mongering to raise cash are not about to let these Jews die (or live, for that matter) in peace.

  33. @Rohirrimborn
    Because Jews were so hated and despised in the Old South.

    My gut feeling is that this hate is exaggerated like a lot of anti-southern tropes. My understanding is that Jews were as well, if not better, integrated into southern society than they were in the north. Confederate currency featured a picture of a jew. Everyone's quintessential southerner, Shelby Foote, has jewish ancestry. Elvis's mother. My childhood idol Y.A. Tittle. Those are just the names off the top of my head.

    Elvis Presley? I really doubt that unless I see proof. There weren’t many Jews living in the historical south, and they avoided marrying into peckerwood families. Also, Elvis was as dumb as a post, whatever you may think about his looks and and singing skills.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    >disproportionate media influence
    >corruption of the youth
    >bizarre dietary habits
    >complex relationship with Nixon
    , @Reg Cæsar
    Presley is a Scottish name, but not Elvis's. It was originally something like Presslar, from a colonial German immigrant who is also an ancestor of Jimmy Carter's. And it wasn't Elvis's male line-- his grandfather was one of ten illegitimate children who carried their mother's name.
    , @Anonymous
    Elvis wasn’t especially stupid. He knew full well he was being screwed by The Col. But he had a misplaced loyalty to the old bastard.
  34. @william munny
    I think I screwed up posting this so I will try again:

    A lot of people online believe Dees has engaged in some sordid behavior for decades, but so far he appears bulletproof.

    He claims he is the son of cotton sharecroppers. Why did I assume he was Jewish? Morris?

    Morris Dees is a Baptist, not Jewish. But he was named Morris after one of his father’s friends who was Jewish. In any event, it seems likely that most of his direct mail revenues come from Jews.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    PV, The names Morris, Elliot and Sheldon, are to Jews what Tre'Davious, LeSean and D'Brickashaw are to blacks.
    , @Thea
    I wonder how many Jews assume he is Jewish thus donate to his cause. Matthew Dees would likely accrue less.
    , @Reg Cæsar

    Morris Dees is a Baptist, not Jewish. But he was named Morris after one of his father’s friends who was Jewish.
     
    No, Morris Sr. was named for his father's friend, Morris Seligman. This one is Morris Jr.

    A similar situation is that of Donald Tusk of Poland. You get an exotic name, then pass it on to your son? That must be one of those proverbial childhood millstones that supposedly boost one's chances to success. Like losing a parent young, which has been statistically demonstrated, I think.
  35. @Rohirrimborn
    Because Jews were so hated and despised in the Old South.

    My gut feeling is that this hate is exaggerated like a lot of anti-southern tropes. My understanding is that Jews were as well, if not better, integrated into southern society than they were in the north. Confederate currency featured a picture of a jew. Everyone's quintessential southerner, Shelby Foote, has jewish ancestry. Elvis's mother. My childhood idol Y.A. Tittle. Those are just the names off the top of my head.

    Similar to the case in Britain versus France or Germany, if numbers are small, assimilation and ingrained animosity is much less. The North with it’s large numbers of non-Anglo immigrants would develop more hostility and resentment towards immigrants in general and large numbers of German immigrants would bring disdain fostered by a large amount of recent Jewish immigrants from the east.

    Familiarity and ethnic conflict breed contempt and that needs numbers and sense of imposition.

  36. @Jack D
    Kind of a deceptive headline. There have been no MeToo type accusations against Dees.

    $275K is not that lavish by modern non-profit standards. The head of our local Philly public TV station makes like $1M/year (when I found that out, I shifted my contributions to the Allentown station where the guy makes a normal salary).

    Because Jews were so hated and despised in the Old South, Dees's (Baptist cotton farmer) grandfather named his son "Morris Seligman Dees" in honor of his friend Morris Seligman.

    Morris falls in the category of names that were once perfectly valid English names (Irving, Seymour, Isadore, etc.) but at some point Christians stopped giving their kids these names in America and they became mostly Jewish. I'm convinced, though I haven't found it, that there was a baby name book that told Jewish immigrants the equivalent of various common Hebrew names - Moshe became Morris, Shlomo was Seymour, Israel became Isadore, etc.

    Not hated or despised in the Old South, Jack:

    https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/judah-p-benjamin/

    The Union would not have a Jewish Secretary of State or Secretary of Defense for more than one hundred more years.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    You missed the joke - you wouldn't name your kid after a Jew if you hated Jews. I can't imagine any WASP giving their kid the 1st and middle name "Morris Seligman".
    , @Crawfurdmuir
    It is my impression that the antebellum South was relatively philosemitic. Jews migrating to the New World preferred the nominally Anglican (but more religiously tolerant) South over Puritan New England, or to Nieuw Amsterdam under the government of Pieter Stuyvesant. There was a well established Sephardic Jewish community in South Carolina. The financier Bernard Baruch was born there; his mother was an active member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

    The activities of Jewish merchants and traders in the South provoked Ulysses S. Grant to one of the most overtly anti-Semitic acts ever taken in the name of the U.S. government, namely his General Order No. 11 of December 17, 1862, expelling all Jews from Union-controlled territory in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Mississippi:

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Order_No._11_(1862)

    Lincoln, in response to the outraged reaction, countermanded the order on January 4, 1863. Grant spent the rest of his life trying to explain and apologize.
  37. @Jack D
    Kind of a deceptive headline. There have been no MeToo type accusations against Dees.

    $275K is not that lavish by modern non-profit standards. The head of our local Philly public TV station makes like $1M/year (when I found that out, I shifted my contributions to the Allentown station where the guy makes a normal salary).

    Because Jews were so hated and despised in the Old South, Dees's (Baptist cotton farmer) grandfather named his son "Morris Seligman Dees" in honor of his friend Morris Seligman.

    Morris falls in the category of names that were once perfectly valid English names (Irving, Seymour, Isadore, etc.) but at some point Christians stopped giving their kids these names in America and they became mostly Jewish. I'm convinced, though I haven't found it, that there was a baby name book that told Jewish immigrants the equivalent of various common Hebrew names - Moshe became Morris, Shlomo was Seymour, Israel became Isadore, etc.

    I recall WLS-AM radio commentator Don Wade (RIP) talk about how the PBS stations had the newest and best equipment that made people in private industry drool.

    That’s why I always laugh at the phrase: “Non-Profits.” Someone’s making a profit, that’s for sure.

    Cheney? My favorite satire piece from the Bush 43 era is this one about Rumsfeld:

    https://politics.theonion.com/rumsfeld-hosts-no-holds-barred-martial-arts-tournament-1819567287

    • Replies: @Jack D
    "non-profit" means that they don't have to pay income taxes. You can't call them "non-commercial" because I hear ads all the time now on public stations.
  38. @Anon
    We used to have a family in my hometown named the 'Whores' not sure if that was the spelling but was pronounced the same. I think their forefather had very right to change it, heritage be damned. Hehe ...'Cockburn'...

    I have known several “Hoares,” during my life; several of them actually quite genteel.

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
    Ironically, "Mad Mike" Hoare was a famous mercenary.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mad_Mike_Hoare
  39. @Wilkey
    319,300,000 in 2016 and who knows how much a year of Trump has added?

    I consider Dees to be more like a televangelist for lefties, scaring dollars out of their wallets that might otherwise go to useful lefty causes.

    I consider Dees to be more like a televangelist for lefties, scaring dollars out of their wallets that might otherwise go to useful lefty causes.

    Televangelists don’t get their “statistics” quoted as fact by agencies of the Feral Government though – that’s the problem I have with this guy and his $PLC. Otherwise, I wouldn’t care how people throw away their money.

  40. Syracuse professor: don’t ask me how but somehow immigration restrictions will backfire:

  41. @Rohirrimborn
    Because Jews were so hated and despised in the Old South.

    My gut feeling is that this hate is exaggerated like a lot of anti-southern tropes. My understanding is that Jews were as well, if not better, integrated into southern society than they were in the north. Confederate currency featured a picture of a jew. Everyone's quintessential southerner, Shelby Foote, has jewish ancestry. Elvis's mother. My childhood idol Y.A. Tittle. Those are just the names off the top of my head.

    Jonathan Sarna’s “American Judaism” provides many examples of pro-Confederate Jews, whom the author does not attempt to whitewash or excuse (or demonize). It’s really a good history; I read it on Razib Khan’s recommendation.

    • Replies: @Lot
    One of my earliest Jewish ancestors in the USA was a Anglo-German Ashkenazi who served with the Union.
    , @J.Ross
    There's a surprisingly good American Experience documentary on Jews, much more objective than I had expected.
    , @Dan Hayes
    jtgw:

    Historian Eugene Genovese has stated that both Jews as well as Catholics were better treated in the ante-bellum South than in the North.

    I was incredulous when I first heard him state that in a lecture. To my chagrin, he was correct.

  42. @Rohirrimborn
    Because Jews were so hated and despised in the Old South.

    My gut feeling is that this hate is exaggerated like a lot of anti-southern tropes. My understanding is that Jews were as well, if not better, integrated into southern society than they were in the north. Confederate currency featured a picture of a jew. Everyone's quintessential southerner, Shelby Foote, has jewish ancestry. Elvis's mother. My childhood idol Y.A. Tittle. Those are just the names off the top of my head.

    Lehman Bros were the second largest slave brokerage in the south before the civil war. The founder arrived in New Orleans around 1800 from Germany fleeing the draft made necessary by the French invasion.

    After the war they moved to New York.

    Jews claim every non Jew in the universe is anti Semitic. Jews are very, very vulnerable to certain kinds of propaganda. Dees has it down pat. His donor base is as Jewish as ADL’s.

    • Replies: @Hibernian
    They were cotton brokers and slave owners. Please give a citation stating that they were "slave brokers." It's not the same thing.
    , @stillCARealist
    Wikipedia says he arrived in 1844. Also that they were involved in the Atlantic Slave Trade in the 1850's. but the slave trade was outlawed in 1807 so what was up with that?
  43. Gotta love Affinity scams.

    Morris Dees is just Bernie Madoff by other means.

  44. @anonymouslee
    One of the few enjoyable aspects of political writing during the Bush years was reading another one of Alexander Cockburn's witty but languid assaults launched from his northern california website bunker on so many deserving targets--but especially Hitchens, who so desperately envied Cockburn's aristocratic self-confidence, ease of manner, and charming blend of caustic intellectual divisiveness with genuine bonhomie.

    Hitchens remained the prickly adolescent egotist, always striving to show the public school boy crowd that he not only belonged but was special.

    They went out in similar ways, of course. I think Cockburn's obit of Hitch is a classic of the form.
    https://www.counterpunch.org/2011/12/16/farewell-to-c-h/

    Hitchens was on national TV constantly, Cockburn’s only outlet was loony low-traffic alt-communist site counterpunch. I am sure Hitch just burned with envy.

    No offense to Steve here, but if you share a website with 9-11 truthers, mainstream pundits who appear on BBC/CNN/Fox/Bill Maher don’t envy you.

    Cockburn/Counterpunch does serve as a nice warning to regular Americans of the link between the secular far left, antisemites, BLM, Muslim supremacists, and all the other fringe groups that hate them.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    I love nothing better than JIDF attempting to impugn CounterPunch's credibility. I suppose the real reason people fled mainstream news in droves is it was just too deep for them.
  45. @jtgw
    Jonathan Sarna's "American Judaism" provides many examples of pro-Confederate Jews, whom the author does not attempt to whitewash or excuse (or demonize). It's really a good history; I read it on Razib Khan's recommendation.

    One of my earliest Jewish ancestors in the USA was a Anglo-German Ashkenazi who served with the Union.

  46. @Wilkey
    319,300,000 in 2016 and who knows how much a year of Trump has added?

    I consider Dees to be more like a televangelist for lefties, scaring dollars out of their wallets that might otherwise go to useful lefty causes.

    Lots of direct mail scammers on the right too. Raise $10 million, keep 90-100% as “expenses,” give a pittance to that black GOP congressman in Florida.

  47. @sabril

    Kind of a deceptive headline. There have been no MeToo type accusations against Dees.
     
    Except for the one years ago during his divorce if I'm not mistaken.

    Steve seems to really have it in for Morris Dees, I guess Dees is kind of the anti-Steve. i.e. he completely sold out to all this Leftist nonsense and cashed in big.

    It would be nice if Dees gets his come-uppance at the hand of some lovely young ex-intern, but I doubt it's going to happen. Assuming for the sake of argument that Dees uses his position to indulge his sexual urges, it's probably with idealistic young women who are devoted to The Cause.

    I would guess that if Judge Kozinsky was a Leftist who limited himself to hitting on Leftist girls, nothing ever would have come out. Unfortunately for him, there are very few cute libertariennes out there.

    The problem for Koz was the scope of his horndoggery. It wasn’t just the young female clerks. He felt up a 50-something sitting female judge while driving with her in a car. Plus other judges clerks!

  48. Dees did not get a $300 million art collection by being the $LPC version of Jim Baker or Jimmy Swaggart.

    He almost certainly got that by money laundering. Little known fact — trusts and non-profits are the preferred way for foreigners to launder money even over Panama as the US does not disclose to foreign taxmen the true beneficiaries of trusts and non-profits. South Dakota has a huge business in trusts that exist basically to launder money and shelter it from the taxman in places like Dubai or Russia or China or the UK.

    If I had to bet, I’d bet that Dees is laundering money for various Latin American drug cartels, but that’s only a wild guess. It could be Russians, it could be Chinese, it could be European rich people and companies. Anyone could be the money source.

    But you don’t get richer than Jimmy Swaggart by hustling marks out of dollars. Big money is in big crime — and those Picassos don’t buy themselves.

    • Replies: @Pericles
    Why would they need to launder legally received money?
  49. @Rohirrimborn
    Because Jews were so hated and despised in the Old South.

    My gut feeling is that this hate is exaggerated like a lot of anti-southern tropes. My understanding is that Jews were as well, if not better, integrated into southern society than they were in the north. Confederate currency featured a picture of a jew. Everyone's quintessential southerner, Shelby Foote, has jewish ancestry. Elvis's mother. My childhood idol Y.A. Tittle. Those are just the names off the top of my head.

    We had a lengthy discussion of this not long ago on iSteve. I recommend not mentioning Leo Frank. Oops.

  50. @Wilkey
    319,300,000 in 2016 and who knows how much a year of Trump has added?

    I consider Dees to be more like a televangelist for lefties, scaring dollars out of their wallets that might otherwise go to useful lefty causes.

    Reading this reminded me of Jimmy and Tammy Faye. I had that same sense from observing the Clintons.

  51. Amusing that Ms. Wilde went from one pornstar name to another.

  52. @Anon
    https://twitter.com/mattyglesias/status/957048485957849088

    I'm surprised to see Matty Y echoing the proposition nation talking point. I thought American exceptionalism wouldn't be a thing with the vox crowd, but then again I think we all know what is really going on here.

    Also it's worth pointing out a couple of quptes that show Jefferson meant a different thing by "All Men Are Created Equal" than what Matt wants that phrase to mean. Jefferson didn't have huddled masses of Somali refugees in mind...

    When forced, therefore, to resort to arms for redress, an appeal to the tribunal of the world was deemed proper for our justification. This was the object of the Declaration of Independence. Not to find out new principles, or new arguments, never before thought of, not merely to say things which had never been said before; but to place before mankind the common sense of the subject, in terms so plain and firm as to command their assent, and to justify ourselves in the independent stand we are compelled to take.

    -Thomas Jefferson
    (Letter 1825)

     


    Nothing is more certainly written in the book of fate than that these people are to be free. Nor is it less certain that the two races, equally free, cannot live in the same government. Nature, habit, opinion has drawn indelible lines of distinction between them. It is still in our power to direct the process of emancipation and deportation peaceably and in such slow degree as that the evil will wear off insensibly, and their place be pari passu filled up by free white laborers. If on the contrary it is left to force itself on, human nature must shudder at the prospect held up.

    -Thomas Jefferson
    (Autobiography 1821)

     

    Wouldn’t, say, the Iroquois consider their piece of North America to be their land of blood and soil?

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    Zach, the Iroquois were made up of six tribes, Seneca, Onondaga, Mohawk, Cayuga. Oneida and Tuscaroa, who frequently warred upon each other. A lot of the blood on the soil they spilled during tribal conflicts.
  53. Dees did get MeTooed years ago. His wife accused him of attempting to molest their daughter in their divorce papers. Weinstein is far more expendable than Dees in any analysis. Weinstein’s accusers are women, and therefore undoubtable in the veracity of their claims; Dees’s critics are racists and therefore lying, even when they supply copies of the paperwork. What I’m waiting to hear:

    MARK POTOK
    CLOSETED LEATHERMAN TOP WITH A TASTE FOR BLOOD

    I miss CounterPunch. Silverstein’s book on lobbying is still one of the best on the topic.

  54. @Lot
    Hitchens was on national TV constantly, Cockburn's only outlet was loony low-traffic alt-communist site counterpunch. I am sure Hitch just burned with envy.

    No offense to Steve here, but if you share a website with 9-11 truthers, mainstream pundits who appear on BBC/CNN/Fox/Bill Maher don't envy you.

    Cockburn/Counterpunch does serve as a nice warning to regular Americans of the link between the secular far left, antisemites, BLM, Muslim supremacists, and all the other fringe groups that hate them.

    I love nothing better than JIDF attempting to impugn CounterPunch’s credibility. I suppose the real reason people fled mainstream news in droves is it was just too deep for them.

    • Replies: @lavoisier
    Agreed. Trying to argue that being popular with the MSM is equivalent to being truthful is absurd.

    What is credible--or more importantly respectable-- with the great and the good is almost always a lie.

  55. @jtgw
    Jonathan Sarna's "American Judaism" provides many examples of pro-Confederate Jews, whom the author does not attempt to whitewash or excuse (or demonize). It's really a good history; I read it on Razib Khan's recommendation.

    There’s a surprisingly good American Experience documentary on Jews, much more objective than I had expected.

  56. When Cockburn had a writing berth as an op-ed columnist at the Wall Street Journal he irritated me.

    In retrospect I was wrong, terribly wrong.

  57. @Rohirrimborn
    Because Jews were so hated and despised in the Old South.

    My gut feeling is that this hate is exaggerated like a lot of anti-southern tropes. My understanding is that Jews were as well, if not better, integrated into southern society than they were in the north. Confederate currency featured a picture of a jew. Everyone's quintessential southerner, Shelby Foote, has jewish ancestry. Elvis's mother. My childhood idol Y.A. Tittle. Those are just the names off the top of my head.

    The only Jews who were hated in the South were foreign subversives arriving in the mid-Twentieth century to make money and policy out of racial tension. This is brought up every twentieth thread: the agrarian South had plenty of room for Jewish white collar talents, whereas they would be usurping or competing with existing Yankee clerks up North.

  58. Back in the 90s, it runs in my mind, SPLC was going after some militia woman who, as part of her counter-offensive, dug up materials from Dees’ divorce proceeding. They were kinky indeed. Have no idea if true but if someone wanted to make a project of looking into this there might be grounds for optimism.

  59. @Rohirrimborn
    Because Jews were so hated and despised in the Old South.

    My gut feeling is that this hate is exaggerated like a lot of anti-southern tropes. My understanding is that Jews were as well, if not better, integrated into southern society than they were in the north. Confederate currency featured a picture of a jew. Everyone's quintessential southerner, Shelby Foote, has jewish ancestry. Elvis's mother. My childhood idol Y.A. Tittle. Those are just the names off the top of my head.

    Depends on what you mean by ‘the old South.’ The Leo Frank trial gives an interesting perspective on the topic. Frank and many other Jews were accepted members of local society, and, as has been pointed out by others, prior to the Civil War Jews had a comfortable place in southern society. The first two Jewish senators were from the south, one of whom became the the treasurer of the Confederate States of America. However, the war and Reconstruction planted the seeds of future prejudice. Frank was not only a Jew but a Yankee who had come south to run an exploitative factory where local girls worked for pennies and, according to some witnesses, were routinely exploited sexually by Frank. At Frank’s trial for the rape murder of teen-aged Mary Phagan, he decided to play the prejudice card, and called upon a national network of allies including newspaper editors who wrote editorials trashing the south for its backwardness and bigotry, claiming that Frank could not expect a fair trial. At one point Frank’s mother cursed out the judge in Yiddish. “Populists” like publisher/politician Tom Watson responded by writing virulently anti-Semitic pieces about the trial. btw Frank’s lawyers were not above admonishing the jury to take a white man’s word over that of a black man, who was the other possible perpetrator. Frank was convicted, his conviction sustained by the US Supreme Court 7-2, and his death sentence reduced by the governor on his last day in office, whereupon a vigilante group abducted and lynched him. This affair of course left a large scar. Another source of tension, I suspect, was the Russian Revolution and the advent of Bolshevism as a force threatening to engulf the western world. The strong Jewish presence in this movement, which intended to outlaw religion, seize private property, and overturn age-old sexual mores, was especially off-putting to southerners. And of course, the northern Jewish left largely directed the civil rights movement, which was experienced by southerners as a second invasion from the north.

    • Replies: @Jack D

    At one point Frank’s mother cursed out the judge in Yiddish
     
    That would be strange because Frank's family was German-Jewish and German Jews spoke standard German, not Yiddish. Also this sounds like the kind of "local color" that Tom Watson would throw in to make Jews look bad. What was your source?
    , @Buffalo Joe
    jack, read your comment too fast and thought you wrote "where local girls worked for penises," not pennies. The penis came after they worked for pennies.
    , @Reg Cæsar

    Frank was not only a Jew but a Yankee who had come south to run an exploitative factory where local girls worked for pennies and, according to some witnesses, were routinely exploited sexually by Frank...

    Frank’s lawyers were not above admonishing the jury to take a white man’s word over that of a black man, who was the other possible perpetrator.

     

    This sounds a lot like Gary Condit's situation. Or perhaps Trayvon Martin's, who was indeed a burglar, just not on that night.

    Years ago, American Heritage did a long piece on the case. It implied that the black janitor was as likely as Frank to have been the culprit, but he'd have had a lot more friends and relatives in Atlanta, and the locals were in no hurry to get the servants worked up. Jews were few, and weren't cooking the meals and making the beds.
  60. @jtgw
    Jonathan Sarna's "American Judaism" provides many examples of pro-Confederate Jews, whom the author does not attempt to whitewash or excuse (or demonize). It's really a good history; I read it on Razib Khan's recommendation.

    jtgw:

    Historian Eugene Genovese has stated that both Jews as well as Catholics were better treated in the ante-bellum South than in the North.

    I was incredulous when I first heard him state that in a lecture. To my chagrin, he was correct.

    • Replies: @Anon
    Maryland had a Catholic Southern aristocracy before the Civil War.
  61. @Anon
    https://twitter.com/mattyglesias/status/957048485957849088

    I'm surprised to see Matty Y echoing the proposition nation talking point. I thought American exceptionalism wouldn't be a thing with the vox crowd, but then again I think we all know what is really going on here.

    Also it's worth pointing out a couple of quptes that show Jefferson meant a different thing by "All Men Are Created Equal" than what Matt wants that phrase to mean. Jefferson didn't have huddled masses of Somali refugees in mind...

    When forced, therefore, to resort to arms for redress, an appeal to the tribunal of the world was deemed proper for our justification. This was the object of the Declaration of Independence. Not to find out new principles, or new arguments, never before thought of, not merely to say things which had never been said before; but to place before mankind the common sense of the subject, in terms so plain and firm as to command their assent, and to justify ourselves in the independent stand we are compelled to take.

    -Thomas Jefferson
    (Letter 1825)

     


    Nothing is more certainly written in the book of fate than that these people are to be free. Nor is it less certain that the two races, equally free, cannot live in the same government. Nature, habit, opinion has drawn indelible lines of distinction between them. It is still in our power to direct the process of emancipation and deportation peaceably and in such slow degree as that the evil will wear off insensibly, and their place be pari passu filled up by free white laborers. If on the contrary it is left to force itself on, human nature must shudder at the prospect held up.

    -Thomas Jefferson
    (Autobiography 1821)

     

    Lil’ Matty is being brutalized by his twitter “fans”.

  62. I doubt we’ll see leftists of his calibre again. This is a real problem for the left. While their institutional power is enormous, they are not producing quality thinkers anymore. From Chomsky to… Coates, that’s quite a drop.

    • Replies: @anonymouslee
    Someone like Chomsky was able to avoid this by saying things like, "that's interesting, unfortunately feminism is a topic I've sadly neglected, no doubt other people will be a better resource" and when things get really serious he comes down on the side of angels. eg,

    In fact, the entire idea of “white male science” reminds me, I’m afraid, of “Jewish physics.” Perhaps it is another inadequacy of mine, but when I read a scientific paper, I can’t tell whether the author is white or is male. The same is true of discussion of work in class, the office, or somewhere else. I rather doubt that the non-white, non-male students, friends, and colleagues with whom I work would be much impressed with the doctrine that their thinking and understanding differ from “white male science” because of their “culture or gender and race.” I suspect that “surprise” would not be quite the proper word for their reaction.

    I find it depressing, frankly, to read learned left discourse on science and technology as a white male preserve, and then to walk through the corridors at MIT and see the significant results of the efforts to change that traditional pattern on the part of scientists and engineers, many of them very remote from the understanding of “positive social outcomes” that we largely share

     

    Indeed, but what would Chomsky be able to do if he were a 22 year old today? The left wouldn't take him.
  63. I recall another time when Alexander Cockburn nailed it. Back in the mid ’80s or so, several years after China had opened up agriculture to private endeavor but before China became a big exporter, Alexander Cockburn wrote that Fascist would best describe China. At the time, I didn’t agree with him, but time has proven him more right than wrong. Private enterprise with an oppressive government? Sounds rather Fascist to me.

  64. OT Remind me again why people dislike them?
    If you have ever said anything the Israeli government considers to be anti-Semitic online, there is now an effort by that government to dox you (get you fired, hassled by police, evicted, and encourage you to commit suicide). This isn’t an activist group, this is by their government, and it’s explicitly targeting the citizens of other countries. If you are a devout unmixed Jew and disagree with some Israeli policies then you can ask Norman Finkelstein how that works.

    https://www.algemeiner.com/2018/01/26/sunlight-is-the-best-disinfectant-israel-launches-system-to-expose-antisemitism-online/#

  65. @Joe Stalin
    I recall WLS-AM radio commentator Don Wade (RIP) talk about how the PBS stations had the newest and best equipment that made people in private industry drool.

    That's why I always laugh at the phrase: "Non-Profits." Someone's making a profit, that's for sure.

    Cheney? My favorite satire piece from the Bush 43 era is this one about Rumsfeld:

    https://politics.theonion.com/rumsfeld-hosts-no-holds-barred-martial-arts-tournament-1819567287

    “non-profit” means that they don’t have to pay income taxes. You can’t call them “non-commercial” because I hear ads all the time now on public stations.

  66. @Jack D
    Kind of a deceptive headline. There have been no MeToo type accusations against Dees.

    $275K is not that lavish by modern non-profit standards. The head of our local Philly public TV station makes like $1M/year (when I found that out, I shifted my contributions to the Allentown station where the guy makes a normal salary).

    Because Jews were so hated and despised in the Old South, Dees's (Baptist cotton farmer) grandfather named his son "Morris Seligman Dees" in honor of his friend Morris Seligman.

    Morris falls in the category of names that were once perfectly valid English names (Irving, Seymour, Isadore, etc.) but at some point Christians stopped giving their kids these names in America and they became mostly Jewish. I'm convinced, though I haven't found it, that there was a baby name book that told Jewish immigrants the equivalent of various common Hebrew names - Moshe became Morris, Shlomo was Seymour, Israel became Isadore, etc.

    Hey Jack: Go Iggles!

  67. @PV van der Byl
    Not hated or despised in the Old South, Jack:
    https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/judah-p-benjamin/

    The Union would not have a Jewish Secretary of State or Secretary of Defense for more than one hundred more years.

    You missed the joke – you wouldn’t name your kid after a Jew if you hated Jews. I can’t imagine any WASP giving their kid the 1st and middle name “Morris Seligman”.

  68. @Anon
    https://twitter.com/mattyglesias/status/957048485957849088

    I'm surprised to see Matty Y echoing the proposition nation talking point. I thought American exceptionalism wouldn't be a thing with the vox crowd, but then again I think we all know what is really going on here.

    Also it's worth pointing out a couple of quptes that show Jefferson meant a different thing by "All Men Are Created Equal" than what Matt wants that phrase to mean. Jefferson didn't have huddled masses of Somali refugees in mind...

    When forced, therefore, to resort to arms for redress, an appeal to the tribunal of the world was deemed proper for our justification. This was the object of the Declaration of Independence. Not to find out new principles, or new arguments, never before thought of, not merely to say things which had never been said before; but to place before mankind the common sense of the subject, in terms so plain and firm as to command their assent, and to justify ourselves in the independent stand we are compelled to take.

    -Thomas Jefferson
    (Letter 1825)

     


    Nothing is more certainly written in the book of fate than that these people are to be free. Nor is it less certain that the two races, equally free, cannot live in the same government. Nature, habit, opinion has drawn indelible lines of distinction between them. It is still in our power to direct the process of emancipation and deportation peaceably and in such slow degree as that the evil will wear off insensibly, and their place be pari passu filled up by free white laborers. If on the contrary it is left to force itself on, human nature must shudder at the prospect held up.

    -Thomas Jefferson
    (Autobiography 1821)

     

    All peoples are not created equal.

  69. @PhDPepper
    I doubt we'll see leftists of his calibre again. This is a real problem for the left. While their institutional power is enormous, they are not producing quality thinkers anymore. From Chomsky to... Coates, that's quite a drop.

    Someone like Chomsky was able to avoid this by saying things like, “that’s interesting, unfortunately feminism is a topic I’ve sadly neglected, no doubt other people will be a better resource” and when things get really serious he comes down on the side of angels. eg,

    In fact, the entire idea of “white male science” reminds me, I’m afraid, of “Jewish physics.” Perhaps it is another inadequacy of mine, but when I read a scientific paper, I can’t tell whether the author is white or is male. The same is true of discussion of work in class, the office, or somewhere else. I rather doubt that the non-white, non-male students, friends, and colleagues with whom I work would be much impressed with the doctrine that their thinking and understanding differ from “white male science” because of their “culture or gender and race.” I suspect that “surprise” would not be quite the proper word for their reaction.

    I find it depressing, frankly, to read learned left discourse on science and technology as a white male preserve, and then to walk through the corridors at MIT and see the significant results of the efforts to change that traditional pattern on the part of scientists and engineers, many of them very remote from the understanding of “positive social outcomes” that we largely share

    Indeed, but what would Chomsky be able to do if he were a 22 year old today? The left wouldn’t take him.

    • Replies: @PhDPepper
    The quite thoughtful leftist Freddie deBoer quit blogging and checked himself into a psychiatric hospital, in part due to the unhealthy leftist environment he found himself in. The check- your- privilege, call out culture really is toxic. It's the mean girl culture on steroids, and most men are unaccustomed to navigating such backstabbing bitchiness. So, that's a good idea of where a young Chomsky might find himself today. The same can be said of a young Bernie Sanders. Excluding homosexuals, how many young white men are leftists today? Not many, I'd say. There's nothing in it for us. It's important to remember, and Steve has written on this before, but the left used to be a quite masculine tradition. Not so now. I think this hurts everyone, because leftism, at its best, is about checking corporate malfeasance (think the Sackler Opioid crisis) and monopoly, and supporting workers' rights (Damore- Google) and quality of life. The leftism we have cares about cultural degeneracy and kill Whitey garbage, and little else. America desperately needs a proper left.
  70. @jack daniels
    Depends on what you mean by 'the old South.' The Leo Frank trial gives an interesting perspective on the topic. Frank and many other Jews were accepted members of local society, and, as has been pointed out by others, prior to the Civil War Jews had a comfortable place in southern society. The first two Jewish senators were from the south, one of whom became the the treasurer of the Confederate States of America. However, the war and Reconstruction planted the seeds of future prejudice. Frank was not only a Jew but a Yankee who had come south to run an exploitative factory where local girls worked for pennies and, according to some witnesses, were routinely exploited sexually by Frank. At Frank's trial for the rape murder of teen-aged Mary Phagan, he decided to play the prejudice card, and called upon a national network of allies including newspaper editors who wrote editorials trashing the south for its backwardness and bigotry, claiming that Frank could not expect a fair trial. At one point Frank's mother cursed out the judge in Yiddish. "Populists" like publisher/politician Tom Watson responded by writing virulently anti-Semitic pieces about the trial. btw Frank's lawyers were not above admonishing the jury to take a white man's word over that of a black man, who was the other possible perpetrator. Frank was convicted, his conviction sustained by the US Supreme Court 7-2, and his death sentence reduced by the governor on his last day in office, whereupon a vigilante group abducted and lynched him. This affair of course left a large scar. Another source of tension, I suspect, was the Russian Revolution and the advent of Bolshevism as a force threatening to engulf the western world. The strong Jewish presence in this movement, which intended to outlaw religion, seize private property, and overturn age-old sexual mores, was especially off-putting to southerners. And of course, the northern Jewish left largely directed the civil rights movement, which was experienced by southerners as a second invasion from the north.

    At one point Frank’s mother cursed out the judge in Yiddish

    That would be strange because Frank’s family was German-Jewish and German Jews spoke standard German, not Yiddish. Also this sounds like the kind of “local color” that Tom Watson would throw in to make Jews look bad. What was your source?

  71. @PV van der Byl
    Not hated or despised in the Old South, Jack:
    https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/judah-p-benjamin/

    The Union would not have a Jewish Secretary of State or Secretary of Defense for more than one hundred more years.

    It is my impression that the antebellum South was relatively philosemitic. Jews migrating to the New World preferred the nominally Anglican (but more religiously tolerant) South over Puritan New England, or to Nieuw Amsterdam under the government of Pieter Stuyvesant. There was a well established Sephardic Jewish community in South Carolina. The financier Bernard Baruch was born there; his mother was an active member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

    The activities of Jewish merchants and traders in the South provoked Ulysses S. Grant to one of the most overtly anti-Semitic acts ever taken in the name of the U.S. government, namely his General Order No. 11 of December 17, 1862, expelling all Jews from Union-controlled territory in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Mississippi:

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Order_No._11_(1862)

    Lincoln, in response to the outraged reaction, countermanded the order on January 4, 1863. Grant spent the rest of his life trying to explain and apologize.

    • Replies: @PV van der Byl
    Not only was Bernard Baruch's mother a member of the UDC but his father, Simon Baruch, (Surgeon General of the Confederacy and private physician to Robert E. Lee) was a member of the KKK(Google, if you doubt me). No one thought tbat was weird in the 1860s. There was of course, no continuity between the original Klan and its later nominal incarnations in the 20th century.
  72. @PV van der Byl
    Morris Dees is a Baptist, not Jewish. But he was named Morris after one of his father's friends who was Jewish. In any event, it seems likely that most of his direct mail revenues come from Jews.

    PV, The names Morris, Elliot and Sheldon, are to Jews what Tre’Davious, LeSean and D’Brickashaw are to blacks.

  73. @J.Ross
    I love nothing better than JIDF attempting to impugn CounterPunch's credibility. I suppose the real reason people fled mainstream news in droves is it was just too deep for them.

    Agreed. Trying to argue that being popular with the MSM is equivalent to being truthful is absurd.

    What is credible–or more importantly respectable– with the great and the good is almost always a lie.

  74. @Zach
    Wouldn’t, say, the Iroquois consider their piece of North America to be their land of blood and soil?

    Zach, the Iroquois were made up of six tribes, Seneca, Onondaga, Mohawk, Cayuga. Oneida and Tuscaroa, who frequently warred upon each other. A lot of the blood on the soil they spilled during tribal conflicts.

  75. @jack daniels
    Depends on what you mean by 'the old South.' The Leo Frank trial gives an interesting perspective on the topic. Frank and many other Jews were accepted members of local society, and, as has been pointed out by others, prior to the Civil War Jews had a comfortable place in southern society. The first two Jewish senators were from the south, one of whom became the the treasurer of the Confederate States of America. However, the war and Reconstruction planted the seeds of future prejudice. Frank was not only a Jew but a Yankee who had come south to run an exploitative factory where local girls worked for pennies and, according to some witnesses, were routinely exploited sexually by Frank. At Frank's trial for the rape murder of teen-aged Mary Phagan, he decided to play the prejudice card, and called upon a national network of allies including newspaper editors who wrote editorials trashing the south for its backwardness and bigotry, claiming that Frank could not expect a fair trial. At one point Frank's mother cursed out the judge in Yiddish. "Populists" like publisher/politician Tom Watson responded by writing virulently anti-Semitic pieces about the trial. btw Frank's lawyers were not above admonishing the jury to take a white man's word over that of a black man, who was the other possible perpetrator. Frank was convicted, his conviction sustained by the US Supreme Court 7-2, and his death sentence reduced by the governor on his last day in office, whereupon a vigilante group abducted and lynched him. This affair of course left a large scar. Another source of tension, I suspect, was the Russian Revolution and the advent of Bolshevism as a force threatening to engulf the western world. The strong Jewish presence in this movement, which intended to outlaw religion, seize private property, and overturn age-old sexual mores, was especially off-putting to southerners. And of course, the northern Jewish left largely directed the civil rights movement, which was experienced by southerners as a second invasion from the north.

    jack, read your comment too fast and thought you wrote “where local girls worked for penises,” not pennies. The penis came after they worked for pennies.

    • LOL: PV van der Byl
  76. @anonymouslee
    Someone like Chomsky was able to avoid this by saying things like, "that's interesting, unfortunately feminism is a topic I've sadly neglected, no doubt other people will be a better resource" and when things get really serious he comes down on the side of angels. eg,

    In fact, the entire idea of “white male science” reminds me, I’m afraid, of “Jewish physics.” Perhaps it is another inadequacy of mine, but when I read a scientific paper, I can’t tell whether the author is white or is male. The same is true of discussion of work in class, the office, or somewhere else. I rather doubt that the non-white, non-male students, friends, and colleagues with whom I work would be much impressed with the doctrine that their thinking and understanding differ from “white male science” because of their “culture or gender and race.” I suspect that “surprise” would not be quite the proper word for their reaction.

    I find it depressing, frankly, to read learned left discourse on science and technology as a white male preserve, and then to walk through the corridors at MIT and see the significant results of the efforts to change that traditional pattern on the part of scientists and engineers, many of them very remote from the understanding of “positive social outcomes” that we largely share

     

    Indeed, but what would Chomsky be able to do if he were a 22 year old today? The left wouldn't take him.

    The quite thoughtful leftist Freddie deBoer quit blogging and checked himself into a psychiatric hospital, in part due to the unhealthy leftist environment he found himself in. The check- your- privilege, call out culture really is toxic. It’s the mean girl culture on steroids, and most men are unaccustomed to navigating such backstabbing bitchiness. So, that’s a good idea of where a young Chomsky might find himself today. The same can be said of a young Bernie Sanders. Excluding homosexuals, how many young white men are leftists today? Not many, I’d say. There’s nothing in it for us. It’s important to remember, and Steve has written on this before, but the left used to be a quite masculine tradition. Not so now. I think this hurts everyone, because leftism, at its best, is about checking corporate malfeasance (think the Sackler Opioid crisis) and monopoly, and supporting workers’ rights (Damore- Google) and quality of life. The leftism we have cares about cultural degeneracy and kill Whitey garbage, and little else. America desperately needs a proper left.

  77. @Anon
    Elvis Presley? I really doubt that unless I see proof. There weren't many Jews living in the historical south, and they avoided marrying into peckerwood families. Also, Elvis was as dumb as a post, whatever you may think about his looks and and singing skills.

    >disproportionate media influence
    >corruption of the youth
    >bizarre dietary habits
    >complex relationship with Nixon

  78. @Sabril
    I think it's pretty unlikely. Compare an aspiring actress to the kind of idealistic young woman who goes into the world of not-for-profits. A girl in the latter category is going to be more reluctant to making an accusation which will undermine the cause. It does happen, of course.

    Er … no.

    The men with a mission-to-save-the-world tend to think of themselves as special souls not beholden to ordinary restraints.

    For example the chief of the IPCC climate change body was a serial harasser:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/11441697/Dr-Rajendra-Pachauri-the-clown-of-climate-change-has-gone.html

    (The above is worth reading.)

    The husband of the ‘saintly’ murdered MP Jo Cox had to resign from the Save The Children NGO after multiple complaints from female charity workers:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3298572/New-charity-scandal-Save-Children-executive-quits-women-s-complaints-inappropriate-behaviour.html

    • Replies: @sabril

    The men with a mission-to-save-the-world tend to think of themselves as special souls not beholden to ordinary restraints.
     
    Assuming that's true, how does it contradict anything I have said?
  79. @Alden
    Lehman Bros were the second largest slave brokerage in the south before the civil war. The founder arrived in New Orleans around 1800 from Germany fleeing the draft made necessary by the French invasion.

    After the war they moved to New York.

    Jews claim every non Jew in the universe is anti Semitic. Jews are very, very vulnerable to certain kinds of propaganda. Dees has it down pat. His donor base is as Jewish as ADL’s.

    They were cotton brokers and slave owners. Please give a citation stating that they were “slave brokers.” It’s not the same thing.

  80. @PV van der Byl
    I have known several "Hoares," during my life; several of them actually quite genteel.

    Ironically, “Mad Mike” Hoare was a famous mercenary.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mad_Mike_Hoare

    • Replies: @PV van der Byl
    A great Irishman.

    And a great South African!
  81. When reading iSteve recently, I came across the term “steatopygia” for the first time. After looking it up on Wikipedia, I had a flashback to an image of Carla Bruni and the Spanish princess together, but with a notable third wheel:

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
    Michelle Obama was photoshopped into that picture.
  82. @Charles Erwin Wilson II
    We need something like PredictIt for MeToo. I'd put money on Dees getting MeTooed.

    16 > I’d put money on Dees getting MeTooed.

    after you #metoo someone, you can no longer shake them down

  83. @Dan Hayes
    jtgw:

    Historian Eugene Genovese has stated that both Jews as well as Catholics were better treated in the ante-bellum South than in the North.

    I was incredulous when I first heard him state that in a lecture. To my chagrin, he was correct.

    Maryland had a Catholic Southern aristocracy before the Civil War.

    • Agree: Dan Hayes
  84. @Alden
    Lehman Bros were the second largest slave brokerage in the south before the civil war. The founder arrived in New Orleans around 1800 from Germany fleeing the draft made necessary by the French invasion.

    After the war they moved to New York.

    Jews claim every non Jew in the universe is anti Semitic. Jews are very, very vulnerable to certain kinds of propaganda. Dees has it down pat. His donor base is as Jewish as ADL’s.

    Wikipedia says he arrived in 1844. Also that they were involved in the Atlantic Slave Trade in the 1850′s. but the slave trade was outlawed in 1807 so what was up with that?

  85. @Harry Baldwin
    Ironically, "Mad Mike" Hoare was a famous mercenary.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mad_Mike_Hoare

    A great Irishman.

    And a great South African!

  86. @Crawfurdmuir
    It is my impression that the antebellum South was relatively philosemitic. Jews migrating to the New World preferred the nominally Anglican (but more religiously tolerant) South over Puritan New England, or to Nieuw Amsterdam under the government of Pieter Stuyvesant. There was a well established Sephardic Jewish community in South Carolina. The financier Bernard Baruch was born there; his mother was an active member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

    The activities of Jewish merchants and traders in the South provoked Ulysses S. Grant to one of the most overtly anti-Semitic acts ever taken in the name of the U.S. government, namely his General Order No. 11 of December 17, 1862, expelling all Jews from Union-controlled territory in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Mississippi:

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Order_No._11_(1862)

    Lincoln, in response to the outraged reaction, countermanded the order on January 4, 1863. Grant spent the rest of his life trying to explain and apologize.

    Not only was Bernard Baruch’s mother a member of the UDC but his father, Simon Baruch, (Surgeon General of the Confederacy and private physician to Robert E. Lee) was a member of the KKK(Google, if you doubt me). No one thought tbat was weird in the 1860s. There was of course, no continuity between the original Klan and its later nominal incarnations in the 20th century.

  87. @Rohirrimborn
    Because Jews were so hated and despised in the Old South.

    My gut feeling is that this hate is exaggerated like a lot of anti-southern tropes. My understanding is that Jews were as well, if not better, integrated into southern society than they were in the north. Confederate currency featured a picture of a jew. Everyone's quintessential southerner, Shelby Foote, has jewish ancestry. Elvis's mother. My childhood idol Y.A. Tittle. Those are just the names off the top of my head.

    I believe that it was said on Steve’s blog that Jews were more accepted in the South, because Jews tended to be disproportionately lawyers, bankers, and merchants. In the North, successful WASPs tended to take these jobs, causing competition. In the South, successful WASPs tended to be large landowners with farms who saw Jews as economic complements.

  88. @Rohirrimborn
    Because Jews were so hated and despised in the Old South.

    My gut feeling is that this hate is exaggerated like a lot of anti-southern tropes. My understanding is that Jews were as well, if not better, integrated into southern society than they were in the north. Confederate currency featured a picture of a jew. Everyone's quintessential southerner, Shelby Foote, has jewish ancestry. Elvis's mother. My childhood idol Y.A. Tittle. Those are just the names off the top of my head.

    By the way, does anyone else find it funny that the most prominent Jewish person in the South was named Judah Benjamin, the two tribes that composed the Southern Kingdom of Judah after it split in two? If the most prominent Jewish person in the North were named Ephraim Israel*, that would be perfect.

    *Ephraim was the tribe most commonly used as a synecdoche for the ten northern tribes, and after the split, Israel usually referred to the Northern Kingdom.

  89. @ConservaWhig
    When reading iSteve recently, I came across the term "steatopygia" for the first time. After looking it up on Wikipedia, I had a flashback to an image of Carla Bruni and the Spanish princess together, but with a notable third wheel:

    https://i.imgur.com/JtqkpQ2.jpg

    Michelle Obama was photoshopped into that picture.

  90. @jack daniels
    Depends on what you mean by 'the old South.' The Leo Frank trial gives an interesting perspective on the topic. Frank and many other Jews were accepted members of local society, and, as has been pointed out by others, prior to the Civil War Jews had a comfortable place in southern society. The first two Jewish senators were from the south, one of whom became the the treasurer of the Confederate States of America. However, the war and Reconstruction planted the seeds of future prejudice. Frank was not only a Jew but a Yankee who had come south to run an exploitative factory where local girls worked for pennies and, according to some witnesses, were routinely exploited sexually by Frank. At Frank's trial for the rape murder of teen-aged Mary Phagan, he decided to play the prejudice card, and called upon a national network of allies including newspaper editors who wrote editorials trashing the south for its backwardness and bigotry, claiming that Frank could not expect a fair trial. At one point Frank's mother cursed out the judge in Yiddish. "Populists" like publisher/politician Tom Watson responded by writing virulently anti-Semitic pieces about the trial. btw Frank's lawyers were not above admonishing the jury to take a white man's word over that of a black man, who was the other possible perpetrator. Frank was convicted, his conviction sustained by the US Supreme Court 7-2, and his death sentence reduced by the governor on his last day in office, whereupon a vigilante group abducted and lynched him. This affair of course left a large scar. Another source of tension, I suspect, was the Russian Revolution and the advent of Bolshevism as a force threatening to engulf the western world. The strong Jewish presence in this movement, which intended to outlaw religion, seize private property, and overturn age-old sexual mores, was especially off-putting to southerners. And of course, the northern Jewish left largely directed the civil rights movement, which was experienced by southerners as a second invasion from the north.

    Frank was not only a Jew but a Yankee who had come south to run an exploitative factory where local girls worked for pennies and, according to some witnesses, were routinely exploited sexually by Frank…

    Frank’s lawyers were not above admonishing the jury to take a white man’s word over that of a black man, who was the other possible perpetrator.

    This sounds a lot like Gary Condit’s situation. Or perhaps Trayvon Martin’s, who was indeed a burglar, just not on that night.

    Years ago, American Heritage did a long piece on the case. It implied that the black janitor was as likely as Frank to have been the culprit, but he’d have had a lot more friends and relatives in Atlanta, and the locals were in no hurry to get the servants worked up. Jews were few, and weren’t cooking the meals and making the beds.

  91. @Anon
    We used to have a family in my hometown named the 'Whores' not sure if that was the spelling but was pronounced the same. I think their forefather had very right to change it, heritage be damned. Hehe ...'Cockburn'...

    There was an actual case of a man named Hoar in upstate New York who had four daughters. He went to court to have their surname changed to their mother’s maiden name of Whitney.

    The word means “frost”. Imagine had JFK picked a Robert Hoar as poet laureate.

  92. @Anon
    Elvis Presley? I really doubt that unless I see proof. There weren't many Jews living in the historical south, and they avoided marrying into peckerwood families. Also, Elvis was as dumb as a post, whatever you may think about his looks and and singing skills.

    Presley is a Scottish name, but not Elvis’s. It was originally something like Presslar, from a colonial German immigrant who is also an ancestor of Jimmy Carter’s. And it wasn’t Elvis’s male line– his grandfather was one of ten illegitimate children who carried their mother’s name.

    • Replies: @Crawfurdmuir

    Presley is a Scottish name, but not Elvis’s. It was originally something like Presslar, from a colonial German immigrant who is also an ancestor of Jimmy Carter’s.
     
    This type of phonetic modification of a name's spelling was more frequent in early America than might be imagined. The name Bumpus, for example, is originally French, Bonnepasse, and was brought to the New World by Huguenots. The surname of Orval Faubus, the erstwhile governor of Arkansas, is originally Scottish and is a variant of Forbes, preserving the original articulation of the "e."

    Phonetic re-spelling seems to have been more common in the South than elsewhere. At least according to one account, the city of Rolla, Missouri, got its name because its original settlers came from North Carolina. They named it after Raleigh, N.C., but spelled the name as they pronounced it.
  93. @Whiskey
    Dees did not get a $300 million art collection by being the $LPC version of Jim Baker or Jimmy Swaggart.

    He almost certainly got that by money laundering. Little known fact -- trusts and non-profits are the preferred way for foreigners to launder money even over Panama as the US does not disclose to foreign taxmen the true beneficiaries of trusts and non-profits. South Dakota has a huge business in trusts that exist basically to launder money and shelter it from the taxman in places like Dubai or Russia or China or the UK.

    If I had to bet, I'd bet that Dees is laundering money for various Latin American drug cartels, but that's only a wild guess. It could be Russians, it could be Chinese, it could be European rich people and companies. Anyone could be the money source.

    But you don't get richer than Jimmy Swaggart by hustling marks out of dollars. Big money is in big crime -- and those Picassos don't buy themselves.

    Why would they need to launder legally received money?

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    No, he's saying it was illegal upstream and Dees is part of the laundering. There is a similar phenomenon with the proliferation of Holocaust museums and educational programs -- overfat trusts need to put cash somewhere and nobody says no to Holocaust education, although I have heard black activists and white liberals demanding to know why there are multiple Holocaust units in a school that hadn't gotten around to talking about the Civil War. Was it Bill Kristol who said our Civil War might as well have been England's? Maybe he was programming the curriculum that year. I see no reason why this money need be illegal given decades of wealth hyperconcentration, but it would be an ideal laundry given its cultural meaning as the new church.
  94. @L Woods
    "Idealistic" is not really the term I would use to describe the typical DC SWPL "non-profit professional." Their motivations are a pungent brew of status-seeking venality and quasi-religious zealotry.

    Their motivations are a pungent brew of status-seeking venality and quasi-religious zealotry.

    That’s probably true in a lot of cases, as peoples’ true motives are typically pretty base. Note that religious zealots tend to be idealistic people. “Idealism” means pursuing (perceived) perfection in the world.

    Assuming that a young woman is motivated by “status-seeking venality and quasi-religious zealotry,” is she more or less likely to throw an accusation (true or false) at a high status co-religionist? Compared to an actress who may (or may not) accuse some movie mogul?

  95. @Bill B.
    Er ... no.

    The men with a mission-to-save-the-world tend to think of themselves as special souls not beholden to ordinary restraints.

    For example the chief of the IPCC climate change body was a serial harasser:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/11441697/Dr-Rajendra-Pachauri-the-clown-of-climate-change-has-gone.html

    (The above is worth reading.)

    The husband of the 'saintly' murdered MP Jo Cox had to resign from the Save The Children NGO after multiple complaints from female charity workers:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3298572/New-charity-scandal-Save-Children-executive-quits-women-s-complaints-inappropriate-behaviour.html

    The men with a mission-to-save-the-world tend to think of themselves as special souls not beholden to ordinary restraints.

    Assuming that’s true, how does it contradict anything I have said?

  96. @Anon
    Elvis Presley? I really doubt that unless I see proof. There weren't many Jews living in the historical south, and they avoided marrying into peckerwood families. Also, Elvis was as dumb as a post, whatever you may think about his looks and and singing skills.

    Elvis wasn’t especially stupid. He knew full well he was being screwed by The Col. But he had a misplaced loyalty to the old bastard.

    • Replies: @Flip
    I saw an interview with Presley and he said that he'd be a nobody without Parker and didn't begrudge him what got.
  97. @Reg Cæsar
    Presley is a Scottish name, but not Elvis's. It was originally something like Presslar, from a colonial German immigrant who is also an ancestor of Jimmy Carter's. And it wasn't Elvis's male line-- his grandfather was one of ten illegitimate children who carried their mother's name.

    Presley is a Scottish name, but not Elvis’s. It was originally something like Presslar, from a colonial German immigrant who is also an ancestor of Jimmy Carter’s.

    This type of phonetic modification of a name’s spelling was more frequent in early America than might be imagined. The name Bumpus, for example, is originally French, Bonnepasse, and was brought to the New World by Huguenots. The surname of Orval Faubus, the erstwhile governor of Arkansas, is originally Scottish and is a variant of Forbes, preserving the original articulation of the “e.”

    Phonetic re-spelling seems to have been more common in the South than elsewhere. At least according to one account, the city of Rolla, Missouri, got its name because its original settlers came from North Carolina. They named it after Raleigh, N.C., but spelled the name as they pronounced it.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    The most amazing instance I know of is "Crenshaw"-- originally "Granger". Whoever spoke like that makes Foghorn Leghorn sound like the Queen's English.
  98. @PV van der Byl
    Morris Dees is a Baptist, not Jewish. But he was named Morris after one of his father's friends who was Jewish. In any event, it seems likely that most of his direct mail revenues come from Jews.

    I wonder how many Jews assume he is Jewish thus donate to his cause. Matthew Dees would likely accrue less.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    Most of his money comes from Jews and he plays up "Morris Seligman Dees" as is convenient when targeting them.
    , @PV van der Byl
    Well, a name like Morris could not have hurt. But to really appreciate Dees's MO, you ought to read his direct mail fund raising letters (his real business). I did so 20 or so years ago and it occurred to me that everything he wrote was intended to arouse the most lurid fantasies in moneyed but paranoid Jewish Park Avenue dwellers about what goes in flyover country.
  99. @Pericles
    Why would they need to launder legally received money?

    No, he’s saying it was illegal upstream and Dees is part of the laundering. There is a similar phenomenon with the proliferation of Holocaust museums and educational programs — overfat trusts need to put cash somewhere and nobody says no to Holocaust education, although I have heard black activists and white liberals demanding to know why there are multiple Holocaust units in a school that hadn’t gotten around to talking about the Civil War. Was it Bill Kristol who said our Civil War might as well have been England’s? Maybe he was programming the curriculum that year. I see no reason why this money need be illegal given decades of wealth hyperconcentration, but it would be an ideal laundry given its cultural meaning as the new church.

  100. @Anonymous
    Elvis wasn’t especially stupid. He knew full well he was being screwed by The Col. But he had a misplaced loyalty to the old bastard.

    I saw an interview with Presley and he said that he’d be a nobody without Parker and didn’t begrudge him what got.

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
    Parker got 50% of what Elvis made.
  101. @Flip
    I saw an interview with Presley and he said that he'd be a nobody without Parker and didn't begrudge him what got.

    Parker got 50% of what Elvis made.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    Parker got 50% of what Elvis made.
     
    Please tell me you don't mean Lisa Marie.
    , @Anonymous
    Elvis would have been successful with or without Parker, as long as someone, anyone, else had got hold of him. He couldn't have done it on his own, like Madonna, and his mother couldn't have done it for him like Hat Pin Dolly did for her Frankie.

    Parker's carny barker instincts did help him become big quick, but he actually became too big too quick for his own good. Had he been promoted like Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins or Roy Orbison he'd have done better in the long run. Might still be here.

    But by 1959, clearly, he would have done better without Parker. He should have given Parker a percent of everything he made for the next ten years to go away. Sane management would have had him adopt a sane tax strategy (Presley grossly overpaid tax because Parker figured if he paid the statutory amount without deductions or loopholes it would be less suspicious. Since Presley was the only white celebrity that did that it would have brought the IRS down on him had they been doing their job, but that's another matter) and had Presley tour overseas where the real money was. (Parker, an illegal immigrant, had no passport.)
    , @Flip
    I read that Wozniak knew he would have gotten nowhere without Jobs as the promoter despite being the one who knew computers.
  102. @Crawfurdmuir

    Presley is a Scottish name, but not Elvis’s. It was originally something like Presslar, from a colonial German immigrant who is also an ancestor of Jimmy Carter’s.
     
    This type of phonetic modification of a name's spelling was more frequent in early America than might be imagined. The name Bumpus, for example, is originally French, Bonnepasse, and was brought to the New World by Huguenots. The surname of Orval Faubus, the erstwhile governor of Arkansas, is originally Scottish and is a variant of Forbes, preserving the original articulation of the "e."

    Phonetic re-spelling seems to have been more common in the South than elsewhere. At least according to one account, the city of Rolla, Missouri, got its name because its original settlers came from North Carolina. They named it after Raleigh, N.C., but spelled the name as they pronounced it.

    The most amazing instance I know of is “Crenshaw”– originally “Granger”. Whoever spoke like that makes Foghorn Leghorn sound like the Queen’s English.

  103. @PV van der Byl
    Morris Dees is a Baptist, not Jewish. But he was named Morris after one of his father's friends who was Jewish. In any event, it seems likely that most of his direct mail revenues come from Jews.

    Morris Dees is a Baptist, not Jewish. But he was named Morris after one of his father’s friends who was Jewish.

    No, Morris Sr. was named for his father’s friend, Morris Seligman. This one is Morris Jr.

    A similar situation is that of Donald Tusk of Poland. You get an exotic name, then pass it on to your son? That must be one of those proverbial childhood millstones that supposedly boost one’s chances to success. Like losing a parent young, which has been statistically demonstrated, I think.

    • Replies: @PV van der Byl
    Thanks, I stand corrected.
  104. @Jim Don Bob
    Parker got 50% of what Elvis made.

    Parker got 50% of what Elvis made.

    Please tell me you don’t mean Lisa Marie.

  105. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Jim Don Bob
    Parker got 50% of what Elvis made.

    Elvis would have been successful with or without Parker, as long as someone, anyone, else had got hold of him. He couldn’t have done it on his own, like Madonna, and his mother couldn’t have done it for him like Hat Pin Dolly did for her Frankie.

    Parker’s carny barker instincts did help him become big quick, but he actually became too big too quick for his own good. Had he been promoted like Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins or Roy Orbison he’d have done better in the long run. Might still be here.

    But by 1959, clearly, he would have done better without Parker. He should have given Parker a percent of everything he made for the next ten years to go away. Sane management would have had him adopt a sane tax strategy (Presley grossly overpaid tax because Parker figured if he paid the statutory amount without deductions or loopholes it would be less suspicious. Since Presley was the only white celebrity that did that it would have brought the IRS down on him had they been doing their job, but that’s another matter) and had Presley tour overseas where the real money was. (Parker, an illegal immigrant, had no passport.)

  106. @Thea
    I wonder how many Jews assume he is Jewish thus donate to his cause. Matthew Dees would likely accrue less.

    Most of his money comes from Jews and he plays up “Morris Seligman Dees” as is convenient when targeting them.

  107. @Thea
    I wonder how many Jews assume he is Jewish thus donate to his cause. Matthew Dees would likely accrue less.

    Well, a name like Morris could not have hurt. But to really appreciate Dees’s MO, you ought to read his direct mail fund raising letters (his real business). I did so 20 or so years ago and it occurred to me that everything he wrote was intended to arouse the most lurid fantasies in moneyed but paranoid Jewish Park Avenue dwellers about what goes in flyover country.

  108. @Reg Cæsar

    Morris Dees is a Baptist, not Jewish. But he was named Morris after one of his father’s friends who was Jewish.
     
    No, Morris Sr. was named for his father's friend, Morris Seligman. This one is Morris Jr.

    A similar situation is that of Donald Tusk of Poland. You get an exotic name, then pass it on to your son? That must be one of those proverbial childhood millstones that supposedly boost one's chances to success. Like losing a parent young, which has been statistically demonstrated, I think.

    Thanks, I stand corrected.

  109. @Jim Don Bob
    Parker got 50% of what Elvis made.

    I read that Wozniak knew he would have gotten nowhere without Jobs as the promoter despite being the one who knew computers.

  110. @Jack D
    Kind of a deceptive headline. There have been no MeToo type accusations against Dees.

    $275K is not that lavish by modern non-profit standards. The head of our local Philly public TV station makes like $1M/year (when I found that out, I shifted my contributions to the Allentown station where the guy makes a normal salary).

    Because Jews were so hated and despised in the Old South, Dees's (Baptist cotton farmer) grandfather named his son "Morris Seligman Dees" in honor of his friend Morris Seligman.

    Morris falls in the category of names that were once perfectly valid English names (Irving, Seymour, Isadore, etc.) but at some point Christians stopped giving their kids these names in America and they became mostly Jewish. I'm convinced, though I haven't found it, that there was a baby name book that told Jewish immigrants the equivalent of various common Hebrew names - Moshe became Morris, Shlomo was Seymour, Israel became Isadore, etc.

    Larry David’s great grandfather fought for the Confederate Army. See also

    http://www.confederatejews.com/

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