Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Comments of the Day

The Huffington Post covered a story about a new possible nomination for Secretary of Defense named Chuck Hagel now facing opposition about it. Some of the opposition comes from his views on Israel and Iran. Naturally this led to all the usual ignorance: The "Israel lobby," people childishly liking Hagel more because Netanyahu supposedly doesn't, and so for. All those usual tropes have been done to death, but here are a couple that really stand out. First example:

The key phrase is right at the beginning: "Haven't you ever wondered if the Jewish people in America are so involved in Jewish politics - then why aren't these folks living in Israel?" Actually, now that you mention it, I haven't. Why would Jews be involved with Jewish politics, OMG it doesn't make any sense! And hey, Cubans are involved in Cuban politics too! Let's not forget how Irish Americans are involved in Irish politics too! We're surrounded by dual loyalists!

Oh wait, no we aren't. It's normal for groups of people to get involved in politics to further their own interests and the interests of their peers. But apparently, when Jews do it, it's a problem amassing 13 favorites from a "pundit." I guess the dual loyalty canard hangs in there.

Next up! I think this comment more or less speaks for itself:

Yup, that's right. Seven Huffington Posters (and the Huffington Post moderators apparently) think that all Jews work for Israel and control America. Let's see the responses too:

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