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At least Jack Torrance could write

One of dozens of similarly high-minded responses to my Feeling The Hate series, with an apparent allusion to “The Shining:”

great video, I got some more..

Monday, July 13, 2009 5:34 PM
From:
“Abdul Rajsitenai” <whoa30@yahoo.com>

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To:

maxblumenthal3000@yahoo.com

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Feeling The Hate In Tel Aviv — The Sequel To The Censored Video

Update: The Huffington Post has just removed “Feeling the Hate in Tel Aviv” without explanation.

On May 27, journalist Jesse Rosenfeld and I set out on the streets of Tel Aviv to probe the political opinions of young local residents. We started the day filming at Tel Aviv University, where a group of Jewish and Palestinian Israeli students gathered to protest a proposed law that would criminalize public observance of the Nakba, or the mass expulsion and killing of Palestinians by Zionist militias in 1948. There, we interviewed Palestinian Israeli students about the rising climate of repression, then spoke to another group of students who gathered nearby to heckle their Arab classmates and demand their deportation. A few hundred meters away, two genial business students expressed support for the so-called Nakba law, remarking to us, “If you want to keep democracy, you can’t let people protest against the independence of the country.”

That evening, Jesse and I took our camera to central Tel Aviv, where thousands were taking part in the annual all-night festival known as White Night. Some revelers took an intermission from the partying to express to us their hatred for the Iranian people. And a group of teenagers launched into a virtually unprompted diatribe against Barack Obama, referring to him as a Nazi, a Muslim, and a “Cushi,” which is Hebrew slang for “nigger.” When questioned about the source of his opinions, one teenager proudly declared himself a “gezan,” or a racist.

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Palin’s Final Insult To Alaska

Since her sudden resignation from the Alaskan governor’s office on July 3, Sarah Palin has created a constitutional crisis that could cost state legislators hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayers’ money to resolve. Palin appointed Lt. Governor Sean Parnell to succeed her, and tapped Lt. Gen. Craig Campbell, the commissioner of the Alaskan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, to fill Parnell’s post. However, the state legislature had already chosen someone to succeed Parnell in case of an emergency: State Corrections Commissioner Joe Schmidt. To resolve the conflict Palin created, the legislature will almost certainly have to call a special session, an event that could require at least $200,000 to administer.

The legislative sources heaped scorn on Palin for saddling them with a new and potentially expensive crisis while she made plans to pursue lucre and celebrity in the lower 48.

“Honestly, Sarah’s resignation was complete bullshit and I’m saying that as a Republican,” a Republican political veteran working in the legislature told me. “In all my years in politics, nobody has left Alaska in such a mess. Everyone here is just shocked.” The Republican added, “There’s no choice but to hold a special session. The conflict has to be handled in an orderly way.”

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Why Did Palin Resign?

Sarah Palin has threatened to sue my friend Shannyn Moore and any mainstream media outlets that discuss this story; more is on the way.

The suddenness of Sarah Palin’s resignation Friday raises the question about whether Palin is leaving to avert a major scandal. One logical place to start looking is the affair that has Alaska political circles buzzing: an alleged scandal centered around a building contractor, Spenard Building Supplies, with close ties to Palin and her husband, Todd.

Many political observers in Alaska are fixated on rumors that federal investigators have been seizing paperwork from SBS in recent months, searching for evidence that Palin and her husband Todd steered lucrative contracts to the well-connected company in exchange for gifts like the construction of their home on pristine Lake Lucille in 2002. The home was built just two months before Palin began campaigning for governor, a job which would have provided her enhanced power to grant building contracts in the wide-open state.

Liz Trotta cites the work of my favorite journalist at around 1:30

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How I Gave Sarah Palin Heartburn

Joan Walsh at Salon writes:

As CBS News reported Wednesday, Salon’s coverage of Sarah and Todd Palin’s ties to the secessionist Alaska Independence Party sparked a lively e-mail spat between Palin and McCain campaign manager Steve Schmidt. The climax is a withering note from Schmidt to the vice-presidential nominee — AKA “rogue diva” — rejecting her request that the campaign essentially lie about Todd Palin’s seven-year membership in the secessionist group.

I wanted to clear up one question the CBS News story raised for me: whether Palin or her staff had gotten media inquiries about the Alaska first couple’s involvement with the fringe party. Certainly Salon asked about it multiple times, and got no reply from either Palin’s staff or McCain’s, but I can’t speak to whether other outlets also asked about the story. All I know is, they should have.

Todd Purdum’s Vanity Fair story opened the door on this new round of reporting on the Palin-McCain feud. But where Purdum’s piece was long on juicy gossip from anonymous sources, the CBS News story delivers names, dates and clear details on exactly what Palin and Schmidt were fighting about: in this case, Palin’s effort to whitewash her husband’s long association with the fringe group.

Salon took the lead in reporting on the Palins’ ties to AIP, from David Talbot’s interview with Palin-admiring party leader Lynette Clark to the Oct. 10 investigative piece that set Palin off: Max Blumenthal and David Neiwert’s deep exploration of how AIP members aided Palin’s rise to power, and how she paid them back, from firing Wasilla city employees they opposed, to trying (unsuccessfully) to appoint one party leader to the Wasilla City Council.

When CNN covered Blumenthal and Neiwert’s scoop, Palin demanded that the McCain campaign respond. “Pls get in front of that ridiculous issue that’s cropped up all day today — two reporters, a protestor’s sign, and many shout-outs all claiming Todd’s involvement in an anti-American political party,” Palin wrote to Schmidt, Nicolle Wallace and Rick Davis. “It’s bull, and I don’t want to have to keep reacting to it … Pls have statement given on this so it’s put to bed.” Schmidt fired back: “Ignore it. He was a member of the aip? My understanding is yes. That is part of their platform. Do not engage the protestors. If a reporter asks say it is ridiculous. Todd loves america.”

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