Monthly Archives: July 2009

Friday Housekeeping and Some Egberto Gismonti

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For some reason I never categorize my posts when I publish them. I always do it later. Sometimes much later. This morning I noticed the last post I categorized was way back in February. So I went through and tagged all the posts up till today. Feel free to hit the tags in the tag cloud on the left side of my blog.

On to what you have really been waiting for, my weekly roundup of the good stuff:

Airforce Amazons: A nice roundup of posts on Iran

Bob from Brockley: Mehdi Hasan Continued

Contentious Centrist: The Essence of Evil II and A Fireman Can’t Let People Burn

Elder of Ziyon: IDF Report of Operation Cast Lead

Engage: Does Israel “Cause” Anti-Semitism

Flesh is Grass: “A Reactionary View of the Part Played by Women in Politics”

Iranian Freedom: My Congressman on the Iranian Uprising

Long War Journal: Islamist Violence Grips Northern Nigeria and Nigerian Taliban leader Killed in Custody

Modernity Blog: Torries Sucking Up to Jew Haters

Poumista: On this day: 31 July 1937 – NKVD Operative Order 00447

Simply Jews: The blood chilling affinity or songs that change color

Small Wars Journal: This Week at War, Life After the Insurgency

The Stark Tenet: Interventionism Dead?

Sultan Knish: Israel’s Obama Problem

ZWord Blog: “No”: The Real Obstacle to Peace in the Middle East

Cults: Dr. Malachi York and the Nuwaubians

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I was watching Brooklyn Community Access Television (BCAT) the other night and came across a program promoting the cult of Dr. Malachi York. I previously knew nothing about York but he and his group are definitely bat shit crazy. He borrows heavily from ideas promoted in Erich von Daniken’s Chariots of the Gods, David Icke’s notion of reptilians and the concept of a New World order controlled by the Illuminati or the Bilderberg Group. Sounds like they would get along well with the Paulistas!

Prior to his tenure as a cult leader, York was a musician and member of the Black Panther Party. In 1970 he embraced his own distorted version of Islam organized a cult called Ansaru Allah Community. The group transformed its ideology and changed names numerous times from Ansaar Pure Sufi, to the Nubian Islamic Hebrews to Nuwaubians. Tensions developed between York and the larger Black Muslim sects and he eventually took his group out of New York City and moved south.

York and his minions established a community on a 440-acre farm in Putnam County, Georgia called Tama-Re. They now called themselves the Yamassee Native American Moors of the Creek Nation. Patterning their new community after a Hollywood caricature of ancient Egypt, the complex contained grand gates, pyramids and obelisks. I was able to dig a few pics:

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TamaRe from air

Here is a small sample of York’s beliefs:

Africans or “Nubians” are not originally brown in complexion but green. The Earth’s atmosphere has “rusted” their complexion because the magnesium in their melanin has been replaced by iron.

York claimed to be an extraterrestrial master teacher from the planet Rizq in the galaxy Illyuwn and promised his followers in the year 2003 a spaceship would return from his home planet and collect 144,000 believers and take them back to his extraterrestrial homeland.

York told his followers that in 1952, grotesque extraterrestrial Andromedeans that resembled the Predator met with and frightened U.S. President Harry S. Truman. Other extraterrestrials have been trading with Earth since the Eisenhower administration, and are responsible for giving us technologies ranging from the polio vaccine to the hula hoop.

Each of us has seven clones.

Everyone is originally conceived as twins, but usually only one of the twins survives to be born.

Ok, you might be thinking dude and his followers are nuts but what’s the big deal? As long as they don’t hurt anyone who cares what they believe? Well, as is often the case with cults, the leaders abuse the followers. In York’s case, he is a convicted child abuser and molester. The first charge he was convicted of is raping a 13-year-old when he was 19. In 2002, he was charged with over 100 counts of child molestation and sentenced in 2004 to 135 years in prison. Tama-Re was razed by the authorities. York’s scheduled release date is December 15, 2119. I bet his followers have come up with some mystical significance for that date. Despite all evidence against their leader, they continue to profess his innocence.

Much more information available here.

[Comments are now closed. This post is five years old.]

ADDED:

To all the nuts, zombies and followers of Malachi York,

I have no problem with you leaving comments here at my blog but you must adhere to the conventions of written English. Also, if you do not have anything to add to the dialogue, consider posting somewhere else. For example, if you “know” that York is innocent of the charges he has been found guilty of, please provide some evidence.

–TNC

Five Words Meme

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This is from Bob.

Coast: I spent most of my teenage years coasting through life. It was fun.  I also spent much of the time swimming, body boarding and surfing at the coast. This beach here. I have never lived far from the coast and I still greatly enjoy spending time at the beach, especially if the water is warm.

Temple: Where my people worship. Next year in Yerushalayim. It will be rebuilt! Also where my wife’s people worship. Close up here.

Avrich: The historian of the U.S. and European (esp. Russian) anarchist movements. I had the opportunity to hear him speak a couple of times and he was an inspiration to me and my work. Attended his funeral in 2006 and remember his daughters talking about him taking them to a cemetery in Russia to locate the graves of Kropotkin and I think Bakunin as well but I could be wrong about Bakunin.

Dosa: A crepe made of rice and lentil flower, often stuffed with spicy veggie innards. This is probably my wife’s favorite South Indian dish, especially paper masala dosa. There is a dosa cart on the southern edge of Washington Square Park near NYU that routinely wins competitions for the best food cart in NYC. But I’m more of a samosa chaat or bhel puri man myself.

Neocon: Four meanings. First, someone who has left the left and embraced conservatism. Second, a conservative who supports a proactive and vigorous foreign policy in favor of democracy promotion as opposed to a more “realist” orientation. Third, a generic term of denigration that leftists and paleocons use to refer to those they despise. Lastly, neocon is often used as a synonym for Jewish conservative by leftists and paleocons.

To view some of the confusion around the term, check out this page at SourceWatch. The author(s)  identify everyone from Norman Podhoretz (definitely a neocon) to Martin Peretz (a neoliberal) to Zbigniew Brzenski (a realist) as neocons!

Some of my favorite neocons are James Burnham, John Bolton, Joshua Muravchik and Paul Wolfowitz. The only time I have ever called the White House was to thank President Bush for appointing Mr. Bolton ambassador to the United Nations.

Radical Leftists, Neo-Nazis, and other “Anti-Zionists” in a Tizzy Over the Launching of Z Street

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Man, I love it when “progressives,” neo-Nazis, and other assorted “anti-Zionists” go crazy. And nothing is more certain to rile up and unite the Stephen Lendmans, Richard Silversteins, and National Alliance cretins of the world–and I should not leave out those wacky 9-11 Truthers–than when the Jewish people stand up for their identity and homeland.

This is the case with a new organization called Z Street. I blogged about J Street a few days ago and just learned this morning about Z Street which has emerged to take the ideological struggle to college campuses and communities across the U.S. They are planning a major rally in Washington, DC, to coincide with the J Street’s first annual meeting (October 27, 2009).

Arutz Sheva reports:

A new Zionist organization declaring support for Jewish communities in all parts of the Land of Israel and opposition to negotiations with terrorists was formally launched last week. The group, going by the name Z Street, intends to “serve as an educational force” and “a proud banner” behind which Zionists can rally, according to its founding documents. The group’s founders believe the current period is a “time of great danger to the Jewish State of Israel and, increasingly, to world Jewry,” warranting the establishment of a new, unabashedly Zionist advocacy group.

“We need to show everyone that it isn’t only those on the left who know how to organize,” said Lori Lowenthal Marcus, a long-time Zionist activist and, with Allyson Rowen Taylor, a Z Street founder. Her point of reference, and the inspiration for the name Z Street, was the well-known Jewish-American far-left advocacy group J Street and its associated Capitol Hill political action committee.

J Street calls itself “the political arm of the pro-Israel, pro-peace movement,” while promoting demands for Israeli territorial concessions and multilateralism.

In contrast, in her inaugural blog post on behalf of Z Street, Marcus declared: “No more appeasement, no more negotiating with terrorists, no more enabling cowards who fear offending more than they fear another Holocaust. Z Street is for those who are willing not only to support – but to defend – Israel, the Jewish State.” Members hold the “firm belief that there can be no compromises or agreements with, and no concessions to, any terrorist entity or any individual terrorists.”

One question I have is how will Z Street differentiate itself from the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) and other right-leaning Zionist organizations as well as non-partisan groups like AIPAC? Is Z Street seeking to reach out to younger folks than these two organizations or is its primary goal as a counter-lobby to J Street? If it is the former, I wish them much success. If it is the latter, I think AIPAC has done a good job for Israel thus far and that time, energy and resources would be better spent on AIPAC than creating a new organization.

Read more:

Atlas Shrugs

Israpundit

Friday Roundup

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The weekend is upon us. What are my plans? Plenty of cover letter writing, resume emailing, and maybe even a visit to the farmers market. Last weekend they had the most delicious tuna steaks, fresh corn, and other tasty treats. But you’re probably not interested in any of that so read this stuff from the usual suspects for your mental nutrition:

Kellie (Airforce Amazons) on anti-Israel stupidity

Rabbi Andy Bachman (Water Over Rocks):  The Real Power to Save

Bob from Brockley on the New Statesman’s Mehdi Hassan

But, I am a Liberal! clowns the leftover left

Contentious Centrist peers into The Essence of Evil

Ganselmi (Iranian Freedom) promotes the Global Day of Action for Iran

Happy Fifth Anniversary to Jewlicious!

Martin in the Margins critiques Saint Che

Mod continues his critique of the crank Ben White

Poumista has had a lot of great posts this month

Simply Jews: Minister Yisrael Katz, road signs and Zionism

Small Wars Journal: Dr. Donald Stoker on the  Six Reasons Insurgencies Lose

Sultan Knish tells readers How to Stop the Cycle of Violence

Michael Weiss (Tablet Magazine): Broken Engagement, How Iran’s presidential election changed U.S. foreign policy

ZWord: Melbourne tells Ken Loach to get lost

The Problem With J Street

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J Street was ostensibly formed to be a critical, pro-Israel voice in the Jewish community. This critical voice was something the organizers and supporters of J Street thought was missing in contemporary discourse, in particular around the peace process and the building of settlements in the so-called “occupied territories” aka Judea and Samaria. However, since its formation, J Street has emerged as a lobbying arm for the Obama administration and consistently taken positions that are against the security interests of Israel.

James Kirchick writing in the Forward notes:

Both Obama and J Street have fixated upon the subject of settlements. Both seem to believe that a settlement freeze holds the key to unlocking Middle East — if not global — peace. In their analysis, only American pressure can lead to a solution, as the Israelis are too hidebound and paranoid to understand what is in their own best interest. (Indeed, Obama reportedly told the assembled Jewish leaders that Israel needs “to engage in serious self-reflection” — something at which our president, as the author of not one but two memoirs, can claim not inconsiderable expertise.)

Who keeps preventing the full flowering of the necessary American leadership? In the J Street narrative, it’s establishment Jewish organizations, which distort American foreign policy by shielding Israel from pressure that would otherwise lead to peace. And who better to counter the influence of the so-called “Israel Lobby” than other Jews? J Street and the constellation of far-left “pro-Israel” organizations put a kosher stamp of approval on Obama’s bizarre hectoring and moral equivalence.

To this end, J Street seems to spend almost all of its resources bashing supporters of Israel. Those who disagree with the organization’s positions are routinely denounced as “right-wing” or “extremist.” Rather than draw attention to the murderous antisemitism, terrorism and impending nuclear-armed theocracy that Israel must confront, J Street prefers to churn out countless blog posts, press releases and op-eds denouncing the people who it believes are the real impediments to peace: stalwart defenders of Israel like Pastor John Hagee, Senator Joe Lieberman and former House speaker Newt Gingrich.

Moshe Kapinski (Israpundit) is even more critical:

Throughout Jewish history the embattled people of Israel have developed conditions and neuroses very similar to victims of abuse. At times, they have begun to blame themselves for the hatred that they have experienced hurled against them. At other times, they have begun to assume that if they would adopt more universal ideals and become more connected to the greater whole they would cease to be persecuted. As a result of such a desire they have eschewed uniqueness and national identity for the safe anonymity of “sameness”.

There is nothing inherently wrong in looking for commonality and initiating bridge building. In fact, the building of bridges of understanding between peoples is one of the critical goals of mankind’s destiny and purpose. Yet, the collapse of identity and the slipping into the morass of blandness and anonymity has become a disaster, and an ever-present danger for the Jewish people.

There is an even darker side to the phenomenon. Throughout history, some of the greatest enemies of the Jewish people have been Jews who so wanted to identify with the world that the result was a deep hatred within themselves for Judaism and Jewish destiny. Some of the greatest persecutors of the Jewish people have been people of Jewish descent.

How sad and how true. I recently finished Dennis Prager and Joseph Telushkin’s Why the Jews: The Reasons for Antisemitism. It is a bit general but the authors make some important points, especially regarding the role of radical left-wing Jews (what the authors call “non-Jewish Jews”) in promoting antisemitism. They write:

How is one to explain Jews who devote their lives to hurting Jews–such as professors Noam Chomsky, Norman Finkelstein and other radical Jews? The question demands an answer. Among no group in the world are there so many individuals who so single-mindedly attempt to damage the group into which they were born…

How does one explain all these radical Jews–a group that in terms of self-loathing may be unique in the world?

These Jews themselves have an answer–they are morally enlightened, while the bulk of Jewry is morally benighted. They see Israel as Nazi-like because they have the moral clarity that the rest of us lack.

As I mentioned in a comment at Bob’s, there have always been Jews willing to sell their people out. Sadly, there probably always will. It is part and parcel of our history and I don’t see it stopping any time soon. Not when people on the left continually present the Palestinians as victims (and therefore worthy of solidarity) and Israelis as imperialists, occupiers and European settlers. I am heartened most Israelis have finally recognized the extent of this nonsense on the left, even if far lefty Jews like J-Street and their supporters continue to believe it.

Read more:

James Kirchick on J Street’s lies

Sultan Knish: What is J Street?

Another tag game: Seven (or more) Things I Love

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The rules:

1) List seven things you love. (I cheated)

2) Tag seven other people. (or, in my case, four)

Noga tagged me. As far as seven others, most of my homeboys and homegirls have already been tagged besides Martin in the Margins, Ganselmi, Snoop and Stark.

Here are my seven in no particular order with the exception of #1.

1) Life and the Giver of Life. Not sure what I would do without it. A big one. Praises to the Creator of the universe and giver of life.

2) Family. I enjoy them more and more each day and miss my brother dearly (זכרו לברכה).

3) Friends. Especially the good ones.

4) Intimacy. Touching, sharing, talking, sex.

5) Food and Drink. Cooking and eating. Everything from burgers and fries to tapas, steaks, bbq, Italian, shawarma and kabobs, knishes, fried chicken and mashed potatoes, sushi (fish and seafood in general), latkes, Mexican and Indian (murgh methi is one of faves). Beer is my drink of choice. I used to like microbrews but these days a Modelo Especial is just fine.

6) Reading. Mostly non-fiction although I read The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Klay while I was vactioning in Puerto Rico.

7) Music. Everything from hardcore punk to jazz, electronic sounds (esp. drum and bass), Cuban and Brazilian rhythms, Indian carnatic, Mexican ranchera, hip-hop, classical.

Did I forget anything?

8 ) Travel. Somewhere by the sea. Israel, Kerala, the Caribbean, Mexico, places with warm ocean water. I love the SF Bay Area but the water is too cold!