Matthew Yglesias » Should I Be Excommunicated? .
Yglesias links to a column from the Jerusalem Post (which is like Israel’s New York Times, but conservative and less Jewy) which proposes the Jewish form of excommunication (herem) for those who critique Israel.
The rot has extended to the Diaspora, especially Europe and has also affected the United States. Highly vocal Jewish groups like the recently created J Street describe themselves as ‘Zionist’ but their prime objective is to pressure the US government to use “tough love” against Israel – a euphemism for demanding that the Jewish state make further unilateral concessions to neighbors pledged to its annihilation.
I’m a member of J Street! I hope I’m not excomJewnicated.
But seriously, this is the line? Bacon cheeseburgers? Fine. Schtupping shiksas? Encouraged! Voting for politicians who thing that the USA is a Christian nation and that all Jews should go to Israel to usher in the end times in which Christ throws all nonbelievers into a pit of hellfire and suffering? No problem there.
But joining a pro-Israel, pro-Zionist organization that thinks peace is the best path? You should be kicked out like a member of the Nation of Islam at a bar mitzvah.
via The Real Net Neutrality Astroturfers – Neil_Stevens’s blog – RedState.
when I first read this, I thought it was satire.
Opposing net neutrality because it is a socialist plan to impose regulations on the internet?
“The left is at it again. They know that in a straight-up battle of ideas, their socialist perversion of Net Neutrality could never win out. Nobody but the most blindly partisan supporters of Barack Obama wants a government takeover of the Internet, because everybody knows that when government takes something over, freedom in it tends to die”
Net neutrality is all about preserving freedom on the Internet. It would prevent telecoms from stifling arbitrarily or allowing those who can pay the most (large companies, political interests, etc) to get faster service than those who can’t pay as much (everyone else).
Net neutrality is supported by the left, the right (as the blog admits) and mostly by libertarians. To portray it as a leftist scheme is just plain incorrect and desperate politicking. Thou doth protest too much.
This is what people mean when they talk about brainlessness in modern conservatism. Because something involves regulation, it is inherently bad. Even if the regulation protects freedom on the web and facilitates a properly functioning web market, it must be opposed. This goes too far.
The Internet is supposed to be a capitalists dream because it is open, it is free, there are no costs for moving around. Lets keep it that way and support net neutrality.
As we are all just learning, Letterman not only boned a lovely young intern, but helped pay for her to go to law school. Which law school? Cardozo! Huzzah!
But why Cardozo? In the traditional Letterman format: an answer via a Top 10 list.
Top 10 Reasons Letterman sent his intern to Cardozo
10. School would forgive all his intern-related sins on Yom Kippur
9. NYU bowed to pressure from pro-Palin protestors and rejected her
8. He expected a Jewish law school to be cheaper
7. She needed a school where she could get off for Sukkot
6. Letterman’s the jealous type and half the guys are already married
5. Leno had already sent his intern to Fordham
4. Paul needed some inside info from the Innocence Project
3. She already had lots of experience fetching bagels
2. Cardozo’s excellent Extortion Law classes
1. Buttafuoco! Buttafuoco! Buttafuoco!