Jacob’s Courage: A Holocaust Love Story

 

  

Jacob's Courage

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Jacob’s Courage chronicles the dazzling beauty of passionate love and enduring bravery in a lurid world where the innocent are brutally murdered.  This is a tender coming of age love story of two young Jews when the Nazi war machine enters Austria.  Follow lovers Jacob and Rachael from their comfortable Salzburg homes to a decrepit ghetto, from there to a prison camp where they secretly become man and wife.  Revel in their excitement as they escape through a tunnel, join the local partisans and fight the Nazis.  Finally ride the fetid terrifying train to Auschwitz.  Stung by the death of loved-ones, enslaved and starved, the young lovers have nothing to count on but faith, love and courage.  From desperation and despair, to unforgettable moments of chaste beauty, Jacob’s Courage examines a constellation of emotions during a time of brutality and genocide.
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Reviews:

Gut Wrenching and Heart Rending.  Weinblatt’s characters and characterizations compel the reader to read onward.  At the end of the read one feels both hope and admiration for the human spirit.”  Holocaust Center of Toledo Director, Hindea Markowicz

“And I Cried…  This book brings the Holocaust to life and evokes emotions not found in many history books.  Weaving together a story of love, passion, horror, and history, Weinblatt left nothing out.” Sylvania Historical Society

“A tender, coming of age tale.  This book shows the critical roles that love, determination, and steadfast belief play toward battling one’s demons both physically and mentally.  Jacob’s Courage is ultimately a tribute to the triumphant human spirit.”  Jewish Book World

“Jacob’s Courage follows the young couple from the forced ghettos to the concentration camps and beyond, with several harrowing twists and turns that allow Weinblatt to illustrate the myriad tragedies Holocaust victims faced.”  Toledo Free Press

“The reader sees events through the eyes of archetypal participants… a doctor forced to experiment on his own, a Sonderkommando and a hero.”  The Association of Jewish Libraries

The love story was beautiful and touching. This was such an emotional read. Weinblatt’s vivid descriptions of the time beautifully entwines with the love story. Jacob’s Courage is a powerful story of how love does conquer all. No matter how hard the times are, love and humanity never lose their power.”  My Love Affair with Books.

“The author maintains a driving, relentless pace.  Jacob and his beloved Rachael try to escape the madness of Nazi Germany while maintaining their humanity; in the end, the visionary protagonist comes to echo his Biblical counterpart who fled danger in his own country and saw a life-changing vision in his dreams.”  The University of Toledo Alumni Magazine

 “Weinblatt has painted a picture with words of the horrors of the holocaust.  He has done so in a haunting and evocative way.  Weinblatt has the talent to convey the terror of the Jews.” James E. Vigiletti, Attorney at Law. 

“You see hear and smell…  Hitler’s Third Reich.”  Ron Braithwaite, author 

Jacob’s Courage reminded me of one of the greatest books of the 20th Century, Viktor Frankl’s, Man’s Search for Meaning.  Weinblatt has painted a picture with words of the horrors of the holocaust.  Jacob’s Courage is a personal, real life example of holding on to something greater than one’s self.  The love that grows between Jacob and Rachael sustains them through the horrors of life in a Nazi death camp.  We all could learn a lesson from these two teenagers, coming of age and faced with the greatest existential threat to life.”  Frank Fiore, author

Not since Corrie Ten Boom’s The Hiding Place have the horrors of the holocaust been brought to life in such vivid detail.  Charles Weinblatt takes you to Nazi Germany through the lives of two young people whose world is torn apart at a time in their lives when it should be blossoming.  Weinblatt does a masterful job of touching your emotions throughout the book by placing you inside the lives of Jacob and Rachel.  I recommend you pick up a copy of this book and a box of tissues.  Get ready for a good cry and a heart warming ending as Jacob and Rachel find the courage to live.”  Rick Rodgers, author

Weinblatt weaves such detail into his story that the reader comes away with a powerful sense of what life was like for the Jews during this horrible period in history.  Jacob’s Courage may be a work of fiction but it shines a spotlight on the truth. Anyone interested in World War II, the Holocaust, Jewish history, or a love story, should pick up Jacob’s Courage.”  Darcia Helle, author.

“This is an amazing book… one of the best reads that I’ve had in a long while and I literally could not put it down.”  Jodi Shepard.

Charles Weinblatt’s masterpiece is a gripping story… as well as a literary triumph.”  Marvin May.

For a clear and no-hold’s-barred description of life as a Jew in Nazi Germany, you can’t beat Jacob’s Courage, by Charles Weinblatt.”  Jennifer Feddersen, Editor.

“One of the best books ever written about the Holocaust. I’ve read hundreds of books on the subject as both my parents were survivors. However, this one touched my heart in a special way.”  – Toby Faywlowicz Schafer

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  1. You can definitely see your expertise within the work you write.
    The arena hopes for even more passionate writers like you who aren’t afraid to say how they believe. All the time go after your heart.

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  3. Given the events of genocide over the last century with Hitler, Stalin, Chairman Mao, and the usual suspects, had the civilian population of those countries had the right to bear arms do you feel that these events could of been thwarted?

    I mean, your a LIBERAL, do you support gun control or the 2nd Amendment?

    • GOTCHA! Now I know who you really are, “Klinger.” You are none other than Samuel “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbacher! You are the guy in NW Ohio who got into an argument with President Obama when he campaigned here in 2008. You called yourself a “plumber,” although you never completed a training program for it. Despite being embarrassed on national TV in 2008, you decided to run for Congress in my district this year. You hardly captured a vote, in one of the most embarrassing political campaigns ever. You have to be him. After all, who else could come up with such a bizarre thought? During your campaign this summer, you produced a TV commercial in which you were seen shooting at pumpkins and watermelons with rifles, machine guns and shotguns. Meanwhile, an announcer blared that (supported by text) “If Jews were able to own guns, the holocaust would not have happened.” Right, and if pigs could fly…

      OK, let’s follow your train of thought for a moment. Jews have been arguably the most benign religion in history. But let’s just say that before the Holocaust, sometime around 1936, someone gave every Jew in Europe a machine gun and several clips of ammunition. Of course, almost none of them would know how to use it. But, OK. Now move to 1939 and the invasion of Poland. Hitler ordered the SS, under Himmler, to annihilate the Jews of Europe. This was accomplished at the Wannsee Conference, when Nazis examined and approved death camps and gas chambers. The SS had Panzer tanks, armored personnel carriers, 88MM artillery, hundreds of thousands of mortars, and 2 million soldiers, all ready to snuff out the life of an untrained Jew with a machine gun that he/she doesn’t know how to use. Will win this battle? Will it be a few million Jews who have never used a gun? Or, will it be the 2 million man SS, all trained killers with tanks, artillery and superior machine guns?

      Let’s try ten million starved, emaciated, untrained victims of Stalin’s Gulag. That would be against a standing Soviet Army of almost 20 million trained soldiers, equipped with fighters, bombers, destroyers, hundreds of thousands of tanks, artillery, mortars, mines, machine guns, etc. Who would you bet on, Klinger/Joe the Plumber? Would you bet on the untrained emaciated prisoners? Or would you bet on the well-trained Soviet Armed forces? My money is on the Reds.

      Want more? OK. Chairman Mao has incarcerated several million innocent Chinese suspected of being less than enthusiastic about his politics. They are sequestered in horrifying prisons in which very few can survive for more than a few months. Let’s say that you gave them each a rifle and ammunition. Then put them, untrained, into battle against tens of thousands of trained battalions of Red Chinese Army soldiers, backed up by tanks, fighters, bombers, mortars, etc. Still want to bet on your untrained but-suddenly armed farmers?

      Klinger/Joe, do you really want to continue with this idiocy? OK. Please allow me to present one final scenario. You are a Jew living in Russia in 1941, just like three generations of my maternal extended family. Several battalions of SS, bolstered by tens of thousands of Einsatzgruppen (please look it up, but in the short run, these are Cossacks, criminals, thugs, the dregs of society, etc. who did the dirty work for the SS in Russia). You and your family are surrounded by at least 300 raving mad SS and Einsatzgruppen, armed to the teeth and backed up by Panzer tanks. You have that gun in your hand that we discussed at the beginning of our conversation. If you aim it at someone (much less shoot it), you and all of your family will be instantly vaporized by a hail of Nazi and Einsatzgruppen bullets. So, Klinger/Joe, do you still think that being armed would have made a rat’s ass of a difference?

      Klinger/Joe, I saw your TV ad for Congress this summer. You ran against Marcy Kaptur (D. Ohio), who has more tenure in Congress than any female but one. She has done more for jobs, business, commerce, education and infrastructure in NW Ohio in one year than most Congressmen accomplish in a lifetime. Your TV commercial said exactly the same thing as you have postulated here. If Jews had guns, which were made illegal by Nazi Germany, they would not have been genocide victims. Right. And if pigs could fly…

      Joe, most deeply religious people do not want to own, or will not use, advanced weapons. Shotguns against tanks makes little sense. And in the history of genocide, giving the victims similar weapons would have made no difference. You know this. I know this. And by far, the voters of NW Ohio know this as you lost the election by almost 80% of the vote.

      Of course, I support the 2nd Amendment. I always have and I always will. But Klinger/Joe, if you gave guns to ten untrained people who were surrounded by a hundred trained people with machine guns, tanks and mortars, who do you expect will win?

      You have proffered the most ludicrous and unsupported garbage I’ve seen in a long time. This claptrap did not work for the Republican Joe the Plumber and it will never pass the test of logic. Hell, a fourth-grader would know better. Having a gun and knowing how to use it are two different things. Being trained with a gun will not help you if you’re faced against a hundred people all with guns aimed at you. Your argument is non-sequitur, ad hominum.

      Genocide is never about whether the victims had a gun. It’s always about perpetrators with vastly superior and well-trained armed forces. Genocide has nothing to do with the 2nd Amendment. That just grants American citizens the right to own guns. Genocide is always about a vastly superior armed belligerent BIGOTED group attacking victims who cannot hope to defend themselves. It’s not about owning the guns, Klinger/Joe. It’s about vastly superior forces in every way attacking victims who cannot hope to survive. How can you not see this? Virtually every voter in the 9th Congressional District (Ohio) knew it.

  4. They’re just trying to waste your time, Mr Weinblatt!

    • Agreed. This is a time-waster. Were it not for the fact that I am currently in between writing new books, I would not have responded. Still, neo-conservative selfish Americans should hear the truth once in a while, even if it hurts. It’s so easy for many middle and upper-class Americans to smugly ignore the plight of the poor, the disabled, veterans and minorities. The GOP platform this year perfectly explained the fact that old white men rule that party, that they could care less about women, poor people and minorities, who are second-class citizens in their world and that if people are poor, “let them eat cake.” I’m here to say that our society is far too polarized. The top 2% of wealthy families control more than 90% of American wealth. Tax rates today are lower across the board than at any time since the early 1960s. Thus, millionaires and companies use capital gains deductions and other loopholes to pay a far smaller share of taxes than middle-class Americans. Today, the middle class American pays more than 30% in taxes, while the wealthy American pays 14% or LESS, just like Romney. It’s not fair! My wife and I have been solid middle class Americans for the past 40 years. We are HAPPY TO PAY MORE IN TAXES so that poor people and the underprivileged can have need services. This is not welfare, because welfare was eliminated in the Clinton administration. Far too many white Americans love the GOP because it’s a lily white party and their heroes (Fox News talking heads) preach that they should keep all of their money, rather than help the underprivileged. Those poor people were born with a handicap. Their single parent was unable to provide the enrichment that the child deserved. The ghetto schools have poor quality teachers. Ghetto peers deride others who value education. When it’s time for college, they can’t pay for it. If you cannot offer some of your money to give a hand to the disadvantaged, they you live outside the spirit of America. That’s what I’m fighting for here.

      • Saint Weinblott…..lol

        • Well hi there, “Klinger,” or whatever your name really is. Thanks for the kind comment. Unfortunately, we practitioners of the Hebrew faith do not endow individuals with the term “saint.” But I appreciate your comment regardless.

          Yes, many of us are happy to pay more in taxes to support those in need. That’s the kindred spirit of America. We help each other, especially when we can afford to do so. As long as programs like Head Start, NPR, the Peace Corps and Planned Parenthood are underfunded, as long as there are unemployed and homeless Americans, as long as the underprivileged cannot afford the cost of college, it’s up to those of us with resources to help.

          America is polarized today. The gap between the richest 2% and lowest 20% has never been this wide. During the past 40 years, the poor and working classes of America have had stagnant incomes; while the wealthiest 2% have seen their incomes increase 85-fold. My wife and I are not in that top 2%. But our incomes have risen steadily over those years. We give back because we can… and because it’s the right thing to do. I guess that’s not too popular among certain “conservative” political parties today.

          Romney’s sad comments about “47% of Americans sucking the life out of the rest of us” was a real wakeup call politically. In one unfortunate slip of loquacious verbiage, Romney placed poor Americans, students with college loans, elderly and disabled who receive Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security in a large bowl called leeches. Then, he said, “They don’t vote for us (Republicans) anyway.” What a selfish shame. Romney has tens of millions of dollars, yet he pays half the percentage in taxes that you and I pay; and he squirrels the rest away in foreign bank accounts. How does that “trickle-down economics” work for you? At least we now know exactly where the GOP platform stands. At least we now know for whom to vote.

          • Yeah and blame it on Twinkies Saint Chuckles….we will have this same conversation in about a year when your annointed Obammy shits on the country….in the meantime you keep giving extra $$$ for those free cellphones….smooch

            • While people like you have been crying about President Obama during the past four years, he saved our economy from the worst recession since the Great Depression, rescued the American auto industry, pulled our armed forces out of combat in Iraq and he is evacuating them from Afghanistan. The President enhanced America’s reputation overseas, which George W. Bush trashed with his fictitious ‘weapons of mass destruction” and he kept Republicans from destroying Medicare and Social Security with Paul Ryan’s GOP plan. Here in rustbelt Ohio, the unemployment rate when President Obama took office was 12%. Today, it’s 6.9%. Nationwide unemployment has gone down from 11% to 7%. Obama’s fiscal stimulus put our economy back on track while creating NO inflation at all. As the GOP said during the run-up to the election, “it’s all about the economy and jobs.” And President Obama accomplished it.

              President Obama’s signature legacy, The Affordable Care Act, will give 30 million low income Americans the same access to health care that you and I have enjoyed. Health care should not be a privilege for the employed and the wealthy. Health care should be available for all citizens, as is the case throughout Europe. In fact, universal health care (taking insurance companies out of controlling it), will save a great deal of taxpayer money. If you don’t trust government, take a long look at Medicare and Medicaid, which operate primarily in the black. Were it not for the fact that Congress (lead by the GOP in the House) raids the Social Security income for other uses, it too would remain in the black forever.

              In summary, President Obama saved our economy, rescued the auto industry, brought unemployment down from 11% to 7%, regulated financial institutions to prevent another recession, brought two foreign wars to a conclusion, restored America’s reputation with other nations, gave 30 million poor Americans equal access to health care, saved Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security from Paul Ryan’s budget axe and he’s now working with Congress to reduce the federal deficit. So what are you complaining about? Free cell phones? Is that the best you can come up with?

              I think that some Americans who complain bitterly about President Obama simply cannot abide by having a black man in the White House. Right “Klinger?” Are they man enough to admit it? I could not be more proud of President Obama. We should have had a black man there a long time ago. If Americans don’t like it, I think that Canada still has a white leader.

              Thanks again for writing, “Klinger,” if indeed that’s your name.

              • Saint Chuckles..keep on sucking that free wagon dry boy…..where do you get 7% unemployment? Ok… you keep believing the lies. Obamacare…well lets wait for the fine print to kick in and tell me then. A blackman.. he is half white and a shitty president, ……also read this and think about it! Just because you spent your life in a bubble dont spew shit that you assume is correct….

                “We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false”.
                William Casey’s first staff meeting 1981 Director C.I.A.

                • Mr. “Klinger,” what have you been drinking (or smoking)? I had no idea that you were privy to CIA Director-level meeting notes. Or did you copy and paste that from the GOP Misinformation Handbook? They are the experts at telling Americans lies.

                  The current unemployment rate in Ohio is 6.9%; it’s between 7% and 7.9% nationally. You can call that “lies” all you want, Mr. “Klinger.” It’s a fact. And that’s down from over 12% three years ago, after the financial abomination that George W. Bush left the nation in. He prosecuted two foreign wars and LOWERED taxes at the same time, which has never occurred before in America. The Republican Congress & Georgie Bush deregulated federal and local financial and housing markets, allowing companies (like Romney’s Bain Capital) to rape and plunder the markets, sending American jobs to foreign countries and allowing China to procure American land.

                  Under President Obama, employment is going up, unemployment is going down, home foreclosures are going down and hiring is picking up almost everywhere outside of Nevada. These, Mr. “Klinger,” are FACTS. I urge you to look them up. President Obama took the Bush-debacle Iraq war soldiers home safely. He’s now doing the same in Afghanistan. These, again, are indisputable facts.

                  The GOP shouted, “It’s about the economy and jobs,” during this year’s campaign. American voters responded with their choice of economic leader. In reality, Romney would have been a terrible economic leader, as would any millionaire who made a fortune by breaking up American companies and sending American jobs overseas. He would have been even more dangerous with foreign policy, where he has no experience beyond coordinating one Olympics. In his foreign tour last summer, he insulted three nations. It likely took several aids to dislodge his foot from his mouth on the flight back.

                  What “fine print” do you fear from the Affordable Care Act? As Congress was advised and agreed, it will lower health care costs in the long run and give 30 million poor Americans access to the same health care that you and I enjoy in the short run. Remember that the Republican-controlled House passed the Affordable Care Act. If you don’t like it, maybe you can ask your local GOP Congressman about why it passed.

                  I really do not know what “bubble” you refer to in my context. I was raised by a physician father and homemaker mother in a very middle-class Toledo neighborhood. My dad, the first full-time psychiatrist in Toledo, allowed his patients to pay whatever they thought was fair. Many of them were so poor that they paid with baked goods. Some paid $5, because it’s all that they had at the time. My Dad, who also served (volunteered, not drafted) as a Captain the Army Medical Corps in North Africa, Italy and France during WWII, only cared about helping his patients. The only “bubble” was that I was the only Jew in my neighborhood. I learned at a very young age to defend myself. I always had clothes on my back, food to eat and a few toys (nothing compared to most of my friends). But I was as middle class as you can get growing up. So, perhaps you can explain the meaning of “the bubble.”

                  I think you’re angry because your tribe lost the election battle, Mr. “Klinger.” The American people expressed more confidence in President Obama than in Mr. Flip-Flop Romney. Our economy is healing. The Affordable Care Act gives all Americans equal access to medical care. It should eventually lower medical costs. If it doesn’t, I’ll still be happy to pay more in taxes so that poor Americans have the same right to health care as the rest of us. If you disagree with that, then you lack compassion and empathy. It would be selfish to think otherwise. If the economy gets worse in the next four years, come back and complain. Meanwhile, the voters spoke. President Obama won the popular vote and he won the Electoral College by a wide margin. Get over it. I did for eight years of Bush’s madness that left our economy in the worst debacle since the Great Depression. I’m sure that you can get over this too.

                  • Saint Charles,

                    I am in awe by your drive in your beliefs….distorted and foolish… although the truth will set you free my Hebrew friend. Smoke and mirrors is what I see in ALL of politics….you make a good debate and a great bullshitter. I am an Independent, I have no party preference, whoever can do what is best for the country in my beliefs will get a vote without borrowing from China to spend our way out of debt….but it doesnt matter WTF I think or believe. I am a firm believer in many things some I do not post here, you just get a small taste, as I am being polite…..yes polite. Your useless dialog and beliefs are going to be the downfall of our free society. I see this nation heading for the shitter, but many like yourself cannot think that we as a nation will ever be in the position of failure. Many think the U.S. will be here forever, which will not happen. History repeates itself as in the case of Empires throughout history. Ask the citizens of the Roman Empire in its prime if their empire would ever crumble…..or Egypt, or Mesopotamia…all had their time and ours is about up. But who gives a shit what I and many, many others like myself think…right?

                    smooch

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    you need to share the wealth Chuck

    • I did not right this…. But if it were only this easy I think the world would be a far better place.

      Divorce Agreement……written by a young American college law student

      Dear American liberals, leftists, social progressives, socialists, Marxists and Obama supporters:

      We have stuck together since the late 1950’s for the sake of the kids, but the whole of this latest election process has made me realize that I want a divorce. I know that we tolerated each other for many years for the sake of future generations, but sadly, this relationship has clearly run its course. Our two ideological sides of America cannot and will not ever agree on what is right for us all, so let’s just end it on friendly terms. We can smile and chalk it up to irreconcilable differences and go our own way.

      The following is a model separation agreement.
      Our two groups can equitably divide up the country by landmass each taking a similar portion. That will be the difficult part, but I am sure our two sides can come to a friendly agreement. After that, it should be relatively easy! Our respective representatives can effortlessly divide other assets, since both sides have such distinct and disparate tastes.

      We don’t like redistributive taxes so you can keep them. You are welcome to the liberal judges and the ACLU.

      Since you hate guns and war, we’ll take our firearms, the police, the NRA and the military. We’ll take the nasty, smelly, oil industry and you can go with wind, solar and biodiesel.

      You can keep Oprah, Michael Moore and Rosie O’Donnell. You are responsible for finding a bio-diesel vehicle big enough to move all three of them.

      We’ll keep capitalism, greedy corporations, pharmaceutical companies, Wal-Mart and Wall Street. You can have your beloved lifelong welfare dwellers, food stamps, homeless, homeboys, hippies, druggies and illegal aliens.

      We’ll keep the hot Alaskan hockey moms, greedy CEO’s and rednecks. We’ll keep the Bibles and give you NBC and Hollywood.

      You can make nice with Iran and Palestine and we’ll retain the right to invade and hammer places that threaten us.

      You can have the peaceniks and war protesters. When our allies or our way of life are under assault, we’ll help provide them security.

      We’ll keep our Judeo-Christian values. You are welcome to Islam, Scientology, Humanism, political correctness and Shirley McClain. You can also have the U.N. but we will no longer be paying the bill.

      We’ll keep the SUV’s, pickup trucks and oversized luxury cars and you can take every Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf you can find.

      You can give everyone healthcare if you can find any practicing doctors. We’ll continue to believe healthcare is a luxury and not a right.

      We’ll keep “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” and “The National Anthem.” I’m sure you’ll be happy to substitute “Imagine,” “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing,” “Kumbaya” or “We are the World.”

      We’ll practice “trickle-down economics” and you can continue to give “trickle up poverty” your best shot.

      Since it often offends you, we’ll keep our history, our name and our flag.

      Would you agree to this separation agreement? If so, please pass it along to other like-minded liberal and conservative patriots. If you don’t agree, just hit delete.

      In the spirit of friendly parting……..I’ll bet you already know which one of us will need whose help in 15 years.

      Sincerely,
      John J. Wall (an American law student)

      PS: Please also take Ted Turner, Sean Penn, Brad Pasily , Barbara Streisand, & (Hanoi) Jane Fonda with you.

      PPS: And you won’t have to press 1 for English when you call our country!

      • You cant live in a million dollar home and cry liberalism to the fullest so get out and give it to a poor illegal mexican family….

        • Welcome back “Alberto!” You must have made an error in your research. While my little McMansion is larger and much more expensive than I ever anticipated owning, it’s not exactly in the range you mentioned. Perhaps it was a different Charles Weinblatt, or just a mistake in reading real estate valuations. Back to your comment, my wife and I earned our college and graduate degrees and we have worked very hard for more than 30 years to earn what we possess. At the same time, both of us have voted for each and every tax increase for children’s services, public schools, parks & recreation, children’s science museum and every other tax increase to benefit our city and region. For as long as I have been working, I have gladly voted for issues that benefit poor people, the disabled and homeless, veterans and students. I’m most happy to share my money with the underprivileged. They need it more than I do. So, “Alberto,” YES, I can cry out for liberalism because I live it each and every day. We support our local university, public broadcasting, museums and the arts. I’m happy to say that while we’re not millionaires, we are comfortable; and that allows us to support liberal issues right here where we live. Now, “Alberto,” how well do you support the disadvantaged in your community? Or, is that something that reactionaries are not supposed to do?

      • “Alberto,”when you said, “I didn’t ‘right’ this,” could that have been a Freudian slip? Get it? “RIGHT” this? Oh, never mind. My reply follows below:

        Dear Red States:

        We ‘re ticked off at the way you’ve treated the Blue States, and we’ve decided we ‘re leaving. We intend to form our own country and we ‘re taking the other Blue States with us. In case you aren’t aware that includes Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, California, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois and all the Northeast.

        To sum up briefly:

        You get Texas, Oklahoma and all the slave states; we get stem cell research and the best beaches.

        We get the Statue of Liberty; you get Opry Land. We get Harvard; you get Ole ‘ Miss.

        We get 85 percent of America ‘s venture capital and entrepreneurs; you get Alabama. We get two-thirds of the tax revenue; you get to make the red states pay their fair share.

        Since our aggregate divorce rate is 22 percent lower than the Christian Coalition ‘s we get a bunch of happy families; you get a bunch of single moms.

        Blue States in hand, we will have firm control of 80% of the country ‘s fresh water, more than 90% of the pineapple and lettuce, 92% of the nation ‘s fresh fruit, 95% of America ‘s quality wines (you can serve French wines at state dinners) 90% of all cheese, 90 percent of the high tech industry, most of the US low sulfur coal, all living redwoods, sequoias and condors, all the Ivy and Seven Sister schools plus Stanford, Cal Tech and MIT.

        With the Red States you will have to cope with 88% of all obese Americans and their projected health care costs, 92% of all US mosquitoes, nearly 100% of the tornadoes, 90% of the hurricanes, 99% of all Southern Baptists, virtually 100% of all televangelists, Rush Limbaugh, Bob Jones University, Clemson and the University of Georgia.

        We get Hollywood and Yosemite, thank you.

        38% of those in the Red states believe Jonah was actually swallowed by a whale, 62% believe life is sacred unless we ‘re discussing the death penalty or gun laws, 44% say that evolution is only a theory, 53% that Saddam was involved in 9/11 and 61% of you crazy bastards believe you are people with higher morals than we lefties.

        We ‘re taking the good pot too. You can have that dirt weed they grow in Mexico.

        Sincerely,
        Blue States

        P.S. Isn’t it somewhat more difficult taking people seriously when they refuse to use his or her real name? Or, are you really “Mr. VO5?

    • “Alberto,” should I be flattered that you have devoted considerable time researching my whereabouts and bank accounts? In reality, only a small portion of your “data” is correct. Your research is largely a wasted effort for accuracy. Much of it is significantly (hopelessly) dated. Your computer research is not truthful.

      As for “sharing the wealth,” my wife and I contribute significantly to regional charities and we vote for virtually every tax issue that can assist the disadvantaged, the unemployed, homeless citizens, underprivileged children and for every tax issue that benefits the most destitute in our community. We have always supported local schools, universities, museums, food banks, soup kitchens, PBS and the arts. We gladly support services that help the underprivileged, including Planned Parenthood, Goodwill, the Salvation Army and many other charities. I’d call that “sharing the wealth.” Do you call it “stupid?”

      Now, “Alberto,” please tell us how/if you assist those in need in your community. Or, do you not care about their welfare? I’m guess from your tea-partyish comments that you have no compassion for those less fortunate. That has been the GOP line for decades. You right-wing Republicans would be delighted to do away with Social Security, turn Medicare into a voucher system (in which only insurance companies are happy) and eliminate Medicaid (let them eat cake, eh?). How terribly compassionate they are! My most fervent wish for Republicans is that their progeny grow up in a ghetto, where their friends deride them for valuing education, where the teachers are unsupported by parents, where a child’s only decent meal comes from school and whose high school graduates are so far behind the eight ball in preparedness that college is an exercise in failure. Only then will you comprehend why people like me are happy to give our hard-earned money to programs like Head Start. But I’m guessing that you and your progeny will never be on the “needed” side of charity. The offspring of most Republicans rarely are in such financial and sociological need.

      Yes, “Alberto,” I’m a bleeding heart liberal. I feel guilty that I had a silver spoon in childhood, while millions of my contemporaries lacked sufficient food, support and compassion. I feel guilty that I grew up in a safe neighborhood whose parents were successful professionals, while others my age lived in a war zone of drugs, crime and apathy. I feel guilty that my parents helped me with my homework every day and attended parent-teacher conferences, while my less-fortunate contemporaries had one parent who was detached and uncaring; whose neighbors were drug abused incorrigible citizens and who ridiculed those few kids who valued education and had higher moral standards.

      “Alberto,” wake up! Half of America consists of these poor children, growing up within a community that lacks any care or hope for their education, their morality or their potential success in life. If their parent won’t or can’t help, if their neighbors are criminals and drug abusers, then we must do whatever we can to help (Head Start, Planned Parenthood, etc.). If you can turn your back on a hundred million poor kids with no moral compass, then I feel sorry for you. They are a part of our America and we must support their needs. If we do not help these children become thoughtful, careful and responsible adults, if we cannot find a way to improve their education and employment, then the future of American success will be in that 1% silver spoon American elite. The rest of us will live inside gated communities inside of a war zone of rampant crime. Isn’t it better to have some compassion for these kids when they are young? Would we not all benefit from helping these children successfully complete at least a two-year college degree?

  6. You just think your so correct dont you, your information you read is just the written law and there isnt a possible chance of you ever being wrong about any academic thought, or written page. The very thought of you being wrong negates your intelligence. God forbid your ever wrong. I see from research that you did dodge the draft smoked pot in college and with your tripe you teach, you have literally poisoned the minds of all you taught. The jobs you held are not real outside the universitys, you have apparantly never worked at any lenght in the private sector just getting free rides from the government and the institutions you ”worked” at….your a nigger and a whore! Process that in therapy…..

    • “Alberto,” how kind of you to stop by! After careful thought, I decided to post your comment, although it has absolutely no connection with the topic of this blog. Let me try to inform you about where you are wrong:

      #1. “Alberto,” if you wish to be perceived in better light, it would behoove you to learn to use proper English. In other words, when you use “your” instead of “you’re,” and “dont” instead of “don’t,” it makes you appear as an angry seven year-old. Also, comments such as, “your (sic) a nigger (sic) and whore” will not endow your persona with any modicum of respect. Of course, it is possible that a person with such atrocious butchering of the English language to have average intelligence. Perhaps English is not your native language? I’m trying to help you here.

      #2. I have been, and I am wrong about many things. The thought of being wrong does not affirm or negate my intelligence. My intelligence is an innate factor that can be measured. In fact, the last time it was measured, my IQ was 146 (the average IQ today is around 100). That still does not make me right or wrong about any particular issue. However, I would suggest that having almost a double minor in Philosophy really opened my eyes into deductive logic. Learning about the epistemology of many philosophers has proffered various versions of logic. So, I never say that I am the only source of truth. However, I try to implement deductive logic and empirical rules of argument. BTW, your sentence, “The very thought of you being wrong negates your intelligence,” is truly mystifying. Whose thought? Mine or yours?

      #3. Mr. “VO5,” if you had been able to read and comprehend my statement here, I said that I DID NOT DODGE THE DRAFT. While I had a college deferment, I MADE MYSELF 1-A FOR THE DRAFT IN 1971. THAT IS THE OPPOSITE OF DODGING THE DRAFT. Can you wrap your mind around that statement? I could have gone to Canada, or I could have used my college deferment. Instead, I made myself available for the draft, despite the fact that I didn’t have to do that. NOW HOW PATRIOTIC IS THAT? And, while we’re discussing discarding my college career to be eligible for the draft in 1971, let me ask you, “Alberto,” for which American armed forces did you volunteer? I made myself 1-A in 1971. So, let’s hear how YOU. “Alberto,” I can’t hear you! When did you volunter? Huh? Still can’t hear you! Are you or are you not sufficiently patriotic? If you were patriotic, you would have volunteered for the armed forces, as I did in 1971. So, did you?

      #4. You said, “The jobs you held are not real outside the universitys (sic), you have apparently (sic) never worked at any lenght (sic) in the private sector just getting free rides from the government and the institutions you ”worked” at (sic). My, oh my… where do I begin. OK, let’s forget about your butchering of the English language. Do you know that the first 15 years of my career were spent in the private sector, doing psychiatric and vocational rehabilitation counseling? If so, why would you say that I “never worked in the private sector.” Are you aware that more than half of all universities (the second half of my career) are PRIVATE employers? I guess if you knew that you wouldn’t have exposed yourself to such ridicule. And how on Earth can you suggest that employees of public universities are at a loss for logic. In reality, “Alberto,” the opposite is true. If there is any viable source for logic, it’s at public universities in The United States of America. I feel sorry for you that you have not been exposed to that or that you were not a part of it.

      #5. Contrary to your false supposition, my career in higher education involved NO FREE RIDE. I was director of a division at The University of Toledo (that I created) which was SELF-SUPPORTING. Can you comprehend that? I had to generate more money than my staff spent in order to survive year after year. Do you understand, “Alberto,” that many university divisions never suck a penny from the public trough? Instead of taking money from the State of Ohio, my division earned more than enough to make ends meet and we gave eight million dollars in profit to Ohio. Maybe, “Alberto,” you lack appropriate perspective about how universities operate. When one does not comprehend such things, it’s always better to avoid commenting on them. In my entire 16 years at The University of Toledo, each year I provided the institution and The State of Ohio a PROFIT from services performed by my division for regional and international companies. No FREE RIDE there.

      #6. “Alberto,” I am neither a “nigger” nor a “whore.” All of my ancestors that I am aware of are Caucasian. I have never sold myself for sex or in any other way (although it’s possible that a couple of my publishers might disagree). Since you could not possibly be in a position to determine my ancestors or any employment history selling sex for money, your comment can only be construed as “sour grapes.” In other words, since you cannot defeat me with language or logic, you resorted to a baseless exhortation of blind rage. Instead your caustic language only degrades your position. Of course, if you can prove that there are any African Americans in my lineage, or if you can prove that I have sold my body for sex, by all means please proceed. In fact, at my age, I almost wish that you could prove that I sold my body for sex.

      • Charlie O.Weinblott your a hoot…when in doubt pick apart the punctuation. I am sorry for butchering the english that you hold on a platform so tall…you look under a Scots kilt….”homo”…

        Ok in your mind I am a 7 year old. You have again covered your ass with much verbage that I can only vomit again . Teaching kids to become a liberal mess is what you strive to achieve. You have done so with much passion. To destroy ones mind is a crime, you know it and I know it even though you’re (spelling) part of the problem you suceeded in helping destroy America’s youth by poisoning their minds with LIBERAL ideas and thought. I was 1-A as well and was never called into the service of our country. I was a merchant marine and a welder I have had my own businesses with employees and paid a shitload of taxes, been up been down and unemployed but never NEVER had to have a hand out. I have been beaten and left for dead and have beaten in self defense. I am what I am and proud of it.

        You are a nigger and a whore you just will not admitt it….and by the way fuck my spelling

        • Hi “Alberto.” How gracious of you to visit and to call me a, “nigger” (sic) and “whore.” That’s a very mature way of contributing to a discussion, eh? I would expect this from a parental love-deprived, education-bashing redneck adolescent. Does that describe you? No, I thought it didn’t. I would consider your heartfelt request to “fuck my spelling errors.” Alas, I am happily married and uninterested in having sexual intercourse with other entities – including spelling errors. Do you have anything material to contribute that does not sound like some teenager’s bad dream?

          So, you call me a “nigger.” To the best of my knowledge, all of my ancestors are Caucasian. But if I were to discover any African American blood in my ancestors, I would regard it as a blessing. Diversity makes us all better human beings. I mean than not only from the Darwinian perspective (you do believe in advanced selection of the species?), but also from a sociological perspective. After all, it was Adolph Hitler who desired to create an entire world of identical Aryans. Murdering everyone else, especially Jews and Roma just seemed like a good idea at the time.

          Mr. “VO5,” I’ve never taught anyone to “be liberal.” My teaching experience was with reading for fourth graders as part of my undergraduate degree. Later in life, I taught job search skills for a wide variety of displaced employees. That’s resumes, cover letters, interviewing skills and locating appropriate job openings. There’s nothing “liberal” there. But I did help several thousand unemployed people find work. Or, do you consider that too “liberal?” After that, I created and led a university division with services for businesses and organizations. Nothing “liberal” there.

          Honestly, I apologize for displaying your errant punctuation and spelling. Failure to use appropriate English is not unique to those of low intelligence. But it is a signpost on that road. Those of us who have earned a living in education and especially higher education treat appropriate use of English (or any other language) as of paramount concern. If you can’t take the time to use proper language skills, then how can we really value your comments? Is that too “elitist” for you? So sorry!

          Please accept my apology. You are free from now on to butcher the English language as you please. However, you are not free to post in a derogatory manner about me, liberals or those who liberals care about (the vast American disadvantaged). I might have pointed out your errant English. But I never called you vicious names. I would never dream of calling anyone a “nigger” or a “whore.” More than anything, you have branded yourself as a reprobate with those comments. Perhaps you can be more careful with your choice of words in the future. Or, not! But if not, I have the right to censor your immature comment.

        • Some people just want to get you off course, Mr Weinblatt. Keep up the good work.

  7. In the last two Democratic administrations we have seen a sleazier,
    angrier and more selfish part of America rising up more and more in
    our political class. The Founders told us that ultimately our
    elected politicians are a mirror of ourselves. Just like you, before
    November 7, 2012, I lived in the fervent hope that the degradation
    of the Clinton and Obama years might be an exception to the long
    trend of American history. But two times eight years of radical
    leftists in high office can’t be an accident. We can’t just blame
    our sleazy media, or just the leftist political class, as corrupt
    and malevolent as they truly are.

    No — the balance of decency in America has changed. Every society
    has normal, decent people and the other kind. The America we grew up
    in was fundamentally decent. Decency was the expected standard.

    Now the balance has changed.

    The evidence for our sleazified culture can be seen all around. It
    is in our pop music, which has lost melody and now just has rhythm.
    We have a President who won on revenge against middle class values.
    That’s what he meant by telling his people to vote for revenge. And
    they did — showing us exactly who they are.

    We are now a society divided between the makers and the takers, and
    the takers are on a campaign of theft and revenge.

    We have a President who takes dangerous pride in his hatred for
    “middleclassness” as Jeremiah Wright taught him to believe. We have
    a President who culminated his campaign with a ghetto singer rapping
    about hoes and bitches, about drug-ridden and broken families, as if
    all those cruelties were good.

    This is not normal, decent America.

    It is not.

    We need to face that.

    Morality and values are not small things. The new tide in the
    affairs of America also means that we can no longer be trusted to
    defend civilized values around the world, as we have done for the
    last hundred years.

    It’s a sea change. Fools around the world will applaud Obama as a
    savior, but wise people will see us crumbling. They know they will
    be the worse for it.

    Today the world is far more dangerous place than four years ago. If
    you doubt that, keep an eye on the rise of barbarisms around the
    world. Obama constantly facilitates barbarism, and the barbarians
    understand that much better than decent people do.

    History buffs will remember that we’ve had decades of sleaze before.
    The Founders were followed by Jacksonian corruption. Abraham Lincoln
    was followed by Reconstruction. Yet we somehow found our way back.
    Come-backs can happen, but probably not soon.

    So this is an elegiac moment, a moment of mourning for what has
    passed. From Truman and Eisenhower to Bush 43 we have had leaders of
    character.

    No longer.

    Republicans by and large still look, act, and speak like normal,
    decent people. But they have a hard time even understanding a
    thoroughly sleazified America. Normal, decent people do not know how
    to live in this new, barbaric society. We live in protected
    communities, we drive around in SUVs, like armored cars.

    The left knows exactly how to act in this Brave New World. They’ve
    made it. We are now ruled by sleazy demagogues who take bribes from
    foreign nations that do not wish us well. Obama is the worst example
    so far. Even the Clintons, both selfish narcissists, were somewhat
    better.

    With the decline of American decency, the civilized world has lost
    its foremost defender. America wasn’t a world power in earlier times
    of corruption. We could afford to make mistakes. Today, our national
    decay endangers the world. The left has purposely attacked our
    self-respect, our pride in our morality and decency, and our crucial
    role in the defense of civilized values. We are no longer the Leader
    of the Free World, because we have lost — for now — the values
    that guided us. America can no longer be trusted, as we saw so
    clearly in Benghazi and the fraudulent Arab Spring.
    Any nation that places any trust in our promises today is run by fools.
    Our allies must arm up to protect themselves, or they must find new,
    trustworthy allies.

    For sixty years Europe has lived off our willingness to come to its
    defense. The southern rim of Europe is now going bankrupt, and even
    France looks ready to crumble. Without our leadership Europe has to
    rely on itself, or on Russia, or on the spreading Muslim empires.
    But Europe has shown no capacity to defend itself. Maybe they will
    learn. Or maybe they will be swamped. We can no longer be trusted.

    William Butler Yeats’s most famous poem, “The Second Coming,” was
    written out from overwhelming sense of social degradation in Europe
    in the 1920s and 30s. Years afterwards Yeats wrote that maybe he was
    anticipating the rise of Hitler and Stalin, the two greatest evils that rose
    From the rubble of World War I.

    • Mr. Man, thank you for your fine forensic manifesto, although I’m struggling to determine how this diatribe relates to genocide or the Holocaust. But I’ll grant you license to express unrelated opinions. Now, I’ll take it apart.

      The last two Democratic administrations (Clinton and Carter) were far from “a sleazier, angrier and more selfish part of America rising up,” unless you refer to Monica Lewinsky. That part could be slightly sleazy, or at least a little creepy. Those two administrations were anything but what you describe, which makes me wonder if you comprehend recent history, or if you get it in a box from Fox News. President Clinton entered office with a huge deficit left by GOP Presidents George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan. The Reagan deficit was the largest in history. President Clinton gave America two surpluses (both terms). President Clinton stopped genocide in Bosnia without damaging anyone or anything – and without massive American casualties. At the end of his second term, America was at peace with the world, had a full, robust economy and a fiscal surplus. When Mr. Clinton left office, America was respected by the nations of the world, while crime rates were steadily down. President Carter’s administration was characterized by American respect around the world, with the exception of Iran, which occurred at the end of Mr. Carter’s term. Our economy was far from moribund (although we had periods of inflation) and crime rates were low. So, how, exactly, can you turn these truths into “sleazy, angry, selfish, etc.? If you don’t believe that my descriptions above are accurate, why don’t you just Google or Wikipedia it? Take this to any PhD in History at your nearest university. They will affirm my points.

      However, Mr. Man, America turned angry, sleazy and selfish during the two terms of GOP President George W. Bush. In those administrations, the president started two wars on the opposite side of the world, one of them (Iraq) based upon manufactured (false) intelligence (“weapons of mass destruction”) that were fabricated by Bush administration cronies. When our president can lie to the public, so can we, eh? This GOP administration had massive federal deficits, an increase in violent crime and political destructiveness like the nation had never seen. The Bush administration can only be compared to the Nixon administration in terms of lies, deceit, obstruction of justice and (I’ll use your word here) “sleazy.” Economically, the Bush administration can only be compared to Reagan’s two terms, because both Reagan and Bush gave America the largest federal deficits in history. Clinton gave us a surplus. Reagan and Bush gave us massive deficits. And, Mr. Man, if the nation is “angry,” it is because Bush gave millionaires huge tax breaks, all upon the backs of the middle class. Mr. Man, the Bush administration lowered tax rates for the wealthy to the lowest point in almost 50 years. American millionaires, like Mr. Romney, pay on average a tax rate of 14%. Romney gave us only one year of his recent IRS forms and he paid “14%.” When a millionaire GOP candidate refuses to release tax forms, don’t you wonder what he’s hiding? I don’t know about you, Mr. Man, but my wife and I have been paying over 30% for most of our lives is taxes. If Americans today are “angry,” Mr. Man, it’s because millionaires like Romney pay less half of the tax rate that we middle class Americans pay. Is this fair, Mr. Man? Does this not make you “angry?” Mr. Man? Hello? Yes, Mr. Man, our own Republican politicians and their hacks taught us how to be sleazy and how to waste resources and money that our progeny deserve. That, Mr. Man, is GOP “malevolence and selfishness,” courtesy of the professor of vindictiveness, Karl Rove.

      Bush (“W”) denied that climate change was real, even though all of his own climatologists agreed that it was real and that human production of carbon was exacerbating the problem. Bush refused to sign the Kyoto agreement and he trashed critical EPA regulations, allowing his corporate CEO buddies to produce even more atmosphere-destroying carbon. Bush deregulated EPA rulings, resulting in the Gulf oil spill. Bush also deregulated the financial industry, resulting in the housing bust and our Great Recession. Yes, Mr. Man, if Americans are “angry,” it’s because the GOP trashed industry regulations that protected our environment and our economy. Deregulation is the GOP’s middle name! Getting angry yet? Well, Americans are angry about their Republican government allowing corporations to rape and plunder, garnering massive profits at the expense of our progeny.

      Today, virtually every scientist and climatologist around the word rails against the (carbon) pollution produced in INCREASING amounts, yet the GOP Romney/Ryan ticket again turned their backs on the greatest danger facing the world today. Placing their heads firmly in the sand, Republican politicians continue to whistle while the world’s climate grows ever more dangerous. Soon, even powerful coordinated action by all of the world’s governments to reduce climate change and global warming will be too late to reduce the danger. Our grandchildren will curse the Bush administration and the GOP for fiddling while the world burns in drastic climate change.

      The “left” did not create this brave new world of faded morality, because the left has had no power at all since Lyndon Johnson. The two Democratic administrations (Carter and Clinton) were moderates; they were centrists not leftists. They did not move us in any direction. In fact, the Clinton second term oversaw the end of welfare in America. Nothing socialist about that. Even President Obama has remains a centrist. He only asks that millionaires pay their fair share in taxes. But Bush lowered tax rates on the wealthy to the lowest point since 1964. Today, the GOP Romney/Ryan ticket proposed changing Medicare into a voucher system that would enrich private insurance companies while increasing health care premiums on Americans. The GOP wants to dismantle Social Security as we know it and end Medicaid, which operates year after year in the black. Don’t take my word for this. Look it up for yourself.If Americans are “angry” it’s because Republicans want to take away the only economic and health care safety net for the poor and the working class. You know this to be true.

      The GOP is increasingly seen as an out of touch party dominated by older white males who come off as wanting to remake the nation socially into the 1950s. Their credibility among young, diverse voters is lost on issues such as gay marriage, abortion rights, social rights and women’s (equal) rights. The GOP’s antagonism towards hot-button issues such as college loans, collective bargaining and immigration reform make them appear protective of a status quo in which young, working class and minority voters are alienated by older white politicians. Worse yet, thinly veiled Republican efforts to disenfranchise minority voters by limiting polling hours came off as punitive, pushing the GOP farther behind the eight ball of America’s future demographic profile. This election was clearly a negative message to the tea party, which has now pulled the GOP so far to the right that they are viewed by many voters as reactionary rather than conservative. Tea party favorites often shot themselves in the foot with comments about women’s reproductive rights, their indifference to any form of gun control (during a period in which automatic weapons are increasingly used to massacre innocent citizens) and their anti-Muslim rhetoric. Republicans favored ending or diminishing entitlement programs, including Medicare (into a voucher system) and Social Security. Romney’s suggestion that 47% of Americans are leeches upon the bloodstream of the American economy was seen not only as demeaning, but also was disenfranchising. VP candidate Paul Ryan has attempted for years to reduce popular entitlement programs which benefit poor and middle class citizens, while protecting the wealthiest Americans from paying their fair share of taxes. Mr. Obama asks only that Americans earning more than $250K/yr, pay a little more in taxes. Republicans falsely claim that this will damage the economy. Yet, every single recent study reveals that taxing millionaires more has no deleterious effect upon the economy at all. Republicans protect the wealthy. Democrats protect everyone else.

      America’s young voters value minority rights, freedom from religious doctrine in government and liberalization of society, manifested by legalization of marijuana, immigration reform, women’s reproductive rights, equal pay for women and equal rights for minorities. As long as the GOP fights to protect wealthy Americans from paying higher taxes (tax rates today across the board today are lower than they have been since the 1960s and much lower for the highest income Americans), they will be viewed by virtually all voters as supporting millionaires on the backs of the middle class. This manifests as an America increasingly polarized, in which a handful of millionaires controls almost all of our wealth. The GOP is fighting diversity as America continues its steady march to a much more diverse society.

      Your comment about “Obama taking bribes from nations that do not wish us well” is so ludicrous as to not deserve a rebuttal. You made that up or copied it from some reactionary web site. I challenge you to prove it. But, of course, you can’t. It will remain, like all of your other derogatory remarks about President Obama and Democrats, unproven, inaccurate and vindictive. I suppose that when you can’t defeat someone with credibility, you must resort to propagating lies about him. One can onnly wonder how many of these angry manifestos were created in anger than a black man has won election as President of The United States. Today, he has been re-elected as President. For many white males in America, this thought is disturbing. Well, here’s a white male who celebrates diversity. I am an American white male who could not be more proud to have a black man as leader of our nation and the free world. Of course, I understand how this makes you angry. My White Man, America has moved beyond your callous days of minority hatred and aggression. We have moved from lynching black men to electing them as our leader. Today, more minority babies are born in this land than white babies. I love it. How’s that working out for you?

      Wait, you can always move to Canada!

      P.S. If I post your raging manifesto, I’m entitled to do the same for myself.

      • Oh so George Soros is a fine example of a friend in need?The left knows exactly how to act in this Brave New World. They’ve
        made it. We are now ruled by sleazy demagogues who take bribes from foreign nations that do not wish us well. Obama is the worst example so far….

        Maybe Charles you will have some kneegrow grandkids that speak spanish….

        • Donald, I think Canada is still accepting citizenship applications. Best of luck!

          • Mainstream “American” values? Hmmm … flaming homosexuality, no God, disregard of the Constitution (particularly First & Second Amendments), tolerance for only those who agree, fanatical labeling of those who don’t … I don’t quite think I want to be mainstream; those are neither the values that I nor my forefathers hold/held near & dear to our hearts …

            • “Barry”… I hardly know where to begin. “Flaming homosexuality, eh?” My undergraduate degree was in Psychology. Half of my career was in counseling. I continue to read journal articles. I was also heavily invested in sociology. There are no more or fewer gays in America today than there were 100 or 200 years ago, just more who have come out. Sexual orientation is not learned or acquired, but ingrained before birth. Thus we see males in female bodies and females in male bodies. Our society has finally gone past condemning such individuals. There but for the sake of a chromosome could be you. Same-sex marriage is legal in many states today and there will be many more such successes in the future. Gays are not good, bad, right or wrong. They’re just people, like you and me.

              “No God?” Barry, a little research will correct that boner. Almost all research today reveals that the vast majority of Americans believe in a deity. I believe it is something like 70% to 80%. What’s different today is that people are dropping out of organized religion (think church) like people fleeing from… well, sexual predators in authority positions within the church. Americans still believe. They just don’t have to go somewhere on Sunday morning to prove it.

              “Disregard the Constitution?” I honestly can’t think of anyone, any group or any movement that has made Freedom of Religion less available to Americans. As for gun control, well, Barry, more guns are sold today than ever before. I’m scratching my head on that one.

              As for, “tolerance for only those who agree, fanatical labeling of those who don’t,” I think that describes the Republican platform perfectly. After all, the Democratic clan is the party of tolerance, openness and equality. Don’t take my word for it. Just go back and view video of the Republican Convention that nominated Mr. Romney. No minority faces there! Very little youth. Not even many of the female gender. Just angry white men. Then view the Democrats – a veritable rainbow! So who is against tolerance today? Who labels people today (gays, blacks, immigrants, Hispanic Americans, Asians, “draft-dodgers, pot-smokers,” etc.? Democrats favor inclusion. Republicans label Americans and trample their values. Methinks you should look in a mirror, Barry.

  8. What are you going as for Halloween…….???

    • Welcome back, Mr. Rection. For Halloween, I will be disguised as an American businessman who formed a company that specializes in capturing floundering companies and sending American jobs to foreign countries for a tidy profit, and who continues to refuse to open his tax records for the past ten years, because this man pays less than 15% in taxes while you, I and every other working class American pay over 30% in taxes. I will represent a man who as governor of an eastern state ten years ago created and implemented something identical to ObamaCare (and who now hates the very health care policies that he created and his constituents still value), who was in favor of abortion before he was against it, who this past summer visited several foreign nations and insulted the integrity of each one, and as a man who selected a running mate for president who has vowed to eliminate Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid as we know it. I will wear the costume of a man who publicly stated that 47% of all Americans are shiftless scoundrels who leach from the nipple of our government trough, including those of us who use Social Security & Medicare and who admitted that he doesn’t have to care about the 47% because, “they won’t vote for me anyway.”

      I will be disguised as a man who sidles up to Christian Evangelicals while hiding his Mormon faith, who plans to restore the deregulation policies of George W. Bush (need I explain what those policies did to our economy?), who wants to destroy Planned Parenthood, where tens of millions of poor American women receive free medical exams each year, who will do away with our only truly independent educational TV & radio network (PBS) and who despite public massacres, wants to allow every demented American to own and use automatic-firing guns capable of shooting hundreds of rounds per minute at other innocent Americans in malls and movie theaters.

      I will pass myself off on Halloween as a man who has his finger on the trigger of an attack against Iran, likely to start WWIII and as a man who, with his running mate, wanted to let the American auto industry perish. I will pass myself off as a man who tells us that our economy is a disaster, even though unemployment is lower now than when our incumbent president took office and as a man who admittedly wants nothing more than to give American millionaires (who already own more than 90% of our wealth) a big tax break, paid for by the working class (yes, that’s you and I).

      And, Mr. Rection, all that I need to do for Halloween is put on the mask of a man named Romney.

      Happy Halloween… and enjoy the next four years under President Obama.

      • Ok wisenheimer….just wait and see if your savior BO really wins and if it does win, see what this country will be like in 4 more years of his dictatorship.He has been in bed with the Saul Alinsky type of radicals….like you and your liberal way of life. All that liberalism will be the end of this country….jackass thanks Chuck

        • Thanks for writing “Oprah” (don’t you just love guys with the gumption to trash others in public; yet who lack the courage to use his real name?). And your political diatribe has WHAT do do with the Holocaust, WWII, Nazi Germany or Jewish resistance? Meanwhile, “Oprah,” you are free to leave this country, which makes sense since you hate what it has become. Close the door on your way out. And thanks again for writing.

          • Seems you have a fond vision for fleeing to Canada….sounds like the Voice of experience….did you dodge the draft? I seem to think your all for it…..you must smoke pot too!

            • The duty of a Patriot is to protect his country from its government….

              • The vote was legal. Americans rejected the aged and obsolete Republican culture. We rebuff your misogamy, your abject rejection of women’s rights, your detestation of Hispanic immigrants and African Americans and your clownish refutation of the dangers of climate change, which has been accepted by virtually every other nation on Earth. We will not be pushed back to the culture of the 1950’s, in which women stayed home rather than have a career, in which blacks “knew their place and were not uppity,” and we reject your belief that America should be a white nation ruled by white men. We will no longer allow you to give companies the right to pollute our pristine nation at will and ruin it for our progeny. Do yourself a favor. View a recording of the Republican convention. Then, look for the faces of Asian Americans, African Americans and Hispanic Americans. Look for faces of young Americans. But don’t waste too much time, because you’ll find almost none of those faces. Then, examine a contemporary demographic analysis of America. Whites will remain a minority in America as far ahead as you can imagine. Minorities and women are throwing off the yoke of oppression that made them non-citizens, Americans unable to vote, then second-class citizens, unworthy of living in your neighborhood… until now. Do you really think that you can “protect your country” from this massive onslaught of freedom and equality? Do you really think that these changes in our society are an outcome of the election or our President and his political party? Or, can you finally comprehend that President Obama and Senate Democrats are in power as a result of the maturation of America? Minorities have finally decided to vote; and they have now become a majority. Our nation has changed and all for the better. No longer will more than half of our nation, composed of minorities, be ruled by old white men. You cannot “protect” America from social progress. But if you desperately need to live in a white nation, Canada is not too far away. Don’t forget to close the door on your way out. P.S. The real Thomas Paine would be ashamed to have his name hijacked in this manner.

            • Well, “Barry,” I was in college during the war in Viet Nam. But, I changed my exemption from a college deferral to 1-A in the year 1971 (the height of the war). My draft lottery number was not reached that year, which means that the government then changed my deferral to 1-H. Not long after, the war ended. It was America’s first defeat. I did not resist the draft or flee to Canada. But I have experienced many fine camping, fishing and tourist vacations in Canada, since I have lived not far from the border my entire life. I suppose that you might find Canada too liberal for your draconian taste. And, yes, like a majority of Americans my age and younger, I have inhaled the leaf and bud of the cannabis plant. It did not deprive me of fathering two wonderful, beautiful and very successful children, nor did it prevent me from having a terrific career as an administrator at The University of Toledo. Which leads me to wonder if you might lose some of that angst by consuming a few buds yourself. Happy smoking, “Barry!”

  9. The genocide of the American Job by Barack Hussein Obama…..oh by the way Mitt Romney handed Obama his ass on a plate….

    • Thanks Fletch. I appreciate your comment, even if it is off-topic. However, in the future, it would be nice if we could discuss the purpose of this blog, which is to review genocides, the Holocaust, Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda, Darfur, etc.

  10. This blog is for discussions concerning the Holocaust and other genocides. When people submit posts that are irrelevant (such as your twisting of this blog into American politics), I often delete them. Your recent posts to me have not only included irrelevant propaganda against President Obama, but language about me that goes beyond distasteful. If you cannot maintain a proper deportment, if you feel the need to use vulgar language about me or others of if you find it necessary to post vile comments, they will not appear. I’ve given you more leeway than I should have. From now on, please post about the Holocaust, genocide or a related topic. If you can’t do that, you’ll have no further need to wonder where your comment went.

  11. EXECUTIVE ORDER 10990
    allows the government to take over all modes of transportation and control of highways and seaports.
    EXECUTIVE ORDER 10995
    allows the government to seize and control the communication media.
    EXECUTIVE ORDER 10997
    allows the government to take over all electrical power, gas, petroleum, fuels and minerals.
    EXECUTIVE ORDER 10998
    allows the government to seize all means of transportation, including personal cars, trucks or vehicles of any kind and total control over all highways, seaports, and waterways.
    EXECUTIVE ORDER 10999
    allows the government to take over all food resources and farms.
    EXECUTIVE ORDER 11000
    allows the government to mobilize civilians into work brigades under government supervision.
    EXECUTIVE ORDER 11001
    allows the government to take over all health, education and welfare functions.
    EXECUTIVE ORDER 11002
    designates the Postmaster General to operate a national registration of all persons.
    EXECUTIVE ORDER 11003 allows the government to take over all airports and aircraft, including commercial aircraft.
    EXECUTIVE ORDER 11004 allows the Housing and Finance Authority to relocate communities, build new housing with public funds, designate areas to be abandoned, and establish new locations for populations.
    EXECUTIVE ORDER 11005
    allows the government to take over railroads, inland waterways and public storage facilities.
    EXECUTIVE ORDER 11051
    specifies the responsibility of the Office of Emergency Planning and gives authorization to put all Executive Orders into effect in times of increased international tensions and economic or financial crisis.
    EXECUTIVE ORDER 11310
    grants authority to the Department of Justice to enforce the plans set out in Executive Orders, to institute industrial support, to establish judicial and legislative liaison, to control all aliens, to operate penal and correctional institutions, and to advise and assist the President.
    EXECUTIVE ORDER 11049
    assigns emergency preparedness function to federal departments and agencies, consolidating 21 operative Executive Orders issued over a fifteen year period.
    EXECUTIVE ORDER 11921
    allows the Federal Emergency Preparedness Agency to develop plans to establish control over the mechanisms of production and distribution, of energy sources, wages, salaries, credit and the flow of money in U.S. financial institution in any undefined national emergency. It also provides that when a state of emergency is declared by the President, Congress cannot review the action for six months. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has broad powers in every aspect of the nation. General Frank Salzedo, chief of FEMA’s Civil Security Division stated in a 1983 conference that he saw FEMA’s role as a “new frontier in the protection of individual and governmental leaders from assassination, and of civil and military installations from sabotage and/or attack, as well as prevention of dissident groups from gaining access to U.S. opinion, or a global audience in times of crisis.” FEMA’s powers were consolidated by President Carter to incorporate the…
    National Security Act of 1947

    Just a few things your Brother Obama has passed Chuckie…oh and the LIBERAL Jimmy Carter…..Bill Clinton

    • My dear Mr. “Lackey,” you have copied and pasted erroneous information, likely gleaned from some ultra-conservative web site or perhaps from a paranoid militia group. According to Snopes (http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/executiveorders.asp) your cliam is completely false. Instead of writing “923 executive orders” as you claim, he has in reality produced only 138, which pales in comparison to George W. Bush (291) or President Clinton (364). The Republican president Theodore Roosevelt issued 1,081 executive orders, while his cousin, President Franklin Roosevelt issued a mammoth 3,522 orders. Now, compare that to Obama’s 138.

      I quote Snopes as follows: “The attribution of fourteen executive orders (10990 to 11921) is completely false. He did not issue a single one of those orders.” The first twelve orders that you listed, Mr. Lackey, “date to the administration of President John F. Kennedy.” One dates “to Lyndon Johnson” and one “to Gerald Ford.” According to Snopes, “the entirety of this claim is erroneous.”

      Mr. Lackey, if you will just visit the Snopes address in my first paragraph, you will see your list of alleged Obama executive orders (word for word from your list) with a big fat “ERRONEOUS” sign near the top of the page.

      Mr. Lackey, you have fallen for someone’s make-believe list of lies about President Obama and executive orders. Don’t feel too bad about it. I’ve made the same mistake myself in the past. You might wish to do a little of your own research before calling out our President (or anyone)for things not proven true.

  12. Tick-tack, tick-tack – yep, it’s closer, and closer, every minute. You never know when you’re going to die. Maybe it’s in 10 years, maybe 50 – or, maybe, even tomorrow. You don’t know that. You can’t know it. So forget about doing everything “later”. “Later” often never happens. Maybe you don’t get a chance to do it tomorrow. But now? YES. Now – you are alive. Breathing. Alive. And be thankful for it. Stop being a cunt and start acting, now, not later. Do what YOU want to do with your life – not what others think you should do. You don’t want to wake up at the age of 60 thinking “If I did this that then bla bla bla – could-a, should-a, would-a” – you DIDN’T do it. Period. You were a cunt and you had no balls to confront your fears.

    You were searching for security in a world were there is no security. The biggest insecurity is searching for security. You end up doing nothing in life. You wake up, go to school, go to work, get married, make children, pay for college – then you die. Big deal. What a life. It’s better if you just shoot yourself now if you’re too much of a pussy to think big and make something REAL with yourself. We all have the potential, we just don’t have to courage. Imagine if every day of your life was your last day – how would you do things differently?

    Would you give a fuck about crap? Would you treat your friends and family differently? Would you have less fear? Yes, you would. You’d have nothing to lose. The problem is that most of us just make a too big deal out of irrelevant crap. You give power to crap, you let it control you – you let your fears control you, instead of DESTROYING them. Every day. Fighting and conquering. That’s what we were designed to do. Hunt, conquer, win. Not watch commercials on TV and jerk off to porn all day. We are made to eat, and fuck. That’s what we are designed for. But instead, we are becoming robots, fighting for jobs we hate to eat food made on chemical farms, and then letting some other guy be with the hottest girls because “we’re just not worth it, she’s too good” – what the fuck? Don’t be a loser. Do something with your life. Create, conquer, win. Have the balls to do and say whatever the fuck you want to do and say – whenever the fuck you want to do or say it.

    • Mr. Rosen, I agonized over whether to post your manifesto here, because it seems to be completely unrelated to the Holocaust, WWII, prejudice, bigotry, intolerance or global genocides. I erred on the side of caution to give you a chance to explain this diatribe or for others here to comment on it. Frankly, all that I could get out of it is: Don’t waste time. Do something meaningful. Speak your mind. Value things (perhaps more like “people”) that are worthwhile, not objects. If this is not your intention, please reply. I’m not sure that your predelection towards vulgar language adds anything to the message. Thanks again for posting. Please come back.

  13. A LIBERAL….I knew it….damit I knew it….See where the Liberal ways have taken this country? Right in the crapper wise guy! Thanks for standing up for your ”beliefs”…asshole! I did grow up in the 60’s and remember how things were and how they still should be….JIM CROW!!!

    • It is time for a wake-up call Frankie. During the past 22 years, Republicans have controlled Congress, the Supreme Court and/or the presidency every year. The two Clinton administrations gave America TWO BUDGET SURPLUSES, a military victory in Bosnia, global respect for America and world peace. But I guess you don’t want to discuss that. So, Frank, if you want to hang our troubles on “liberals” you’ll have to retreat all of the way back to the early 1960s, when Jack Kennedy was our Fearless Leader and President and Lyndon Johnson was VP. Frankie, if you wish to bring up when “liberals have taken this country,” you’ll need to discuss the Cuban Missile Crisis and the embryonic stages of the Viet Nam War, since the GOP has had a hand in everything since then (think Nixon, Ford, Reagan, George HW Bush and George W. Bush, who gave America its Great Recession. Is that what you meant Frank? I mean, since then the GOP and its conservative minions have enjoyed partial or complete government control. Did you mean “liberal Republicans?” That’s possible, except that the last two living “liberal Republicans” were Everett Dirksen and Jacob Javits. Again… sorry Frankie… 1960s.

      “Leftists?” Exactly who are “leftists?” Do you mean “Communists?” The only ones alive are in China and today they call themselves Chinese capitalists. Frankie, there have been no “liberal ways with government in America since 1968. Even if you want to call President Obama a “liberal” (which he is not), the GOP/Conservative House of Representatives has blocked him every step of the way. So, you can’t say that we have any “liberal” or “leftists” today in power. After all, the Supreme Court and the Congress today are both led by CONSERVATIVES. Must I spell it out for you? They are beholden to the Republican Party!

      The Republican Party promotes glorious tax breaks for the wealthy, the end of Medicare and Social Security (read “vouchers”) no tax relief for the middle class and “we don’t care about the 47% of Americans who use Medicare, Social Security, Student Loans, Medicaid, etc. (just like they voted to let the US auto industry go into bankruptcy). Yes, Frankie, JIM CROW lives in the Republican Platform of 2012. JIM CROW now denies voting rights to poor and minority Americans for generations, making them show a drivers’ license they don’t own, or a street address that they left a few months ago. The Republican Party has supported legislation to prevent minorities from voting in over 20 US states this year alone. JIM CROW is alive in well the party of Romney & Ryan. After all, Frankie, when a supermajority of blacks, Hispanics, Jews, Asians and other minorities threatens to vote a second term for President Obama, the only recourse left is to find technicalities that prevent the majority vote from counting. That, my friend, is the essence of “Jim Crow” and the essence of the 2012 Republican Party in this election.

      • So your a Liberal Socialist Democrat? And just whom will you vote for my Hebrew friend….??

        • Frank says, “So your (sic) a Liberal (sic) Socialist (sic) Democrat? And just whom (sic) will you vote for my Hebrew friend….?? (sic)”

          Frank, where did you pick up the words, “Socialist Democrat?” Are you a scholar of European politics? If so, you would know that the party in Europe is called, “Social Democrat,” not “Socialist Democrat.”

          Of course, there has never been a viable socialist party or candidate for president in The United States. The president of France is a socialist. But why would you mention European politics in this context?

          Yes, Frank, I am a liberal (BTW, that’s with a lower case “l”). I vote for many Democrats. In fact, our president, who is a Democrat, will be re-elected for a second term in a few weeks. In the United States, there are far more Democrats than Republicans (thankfully). As for who (not “whom” Frank) I will vote for… that’s none of anyone’s business. I owe no allegiance to any political party. I am an independent voter, my gentile friend.

          • When all else fails….correct the spelling ”chuckles”….

            I guess the shape of the Executive Orders that your liberal socialist democrat President has issued has no concern to you. You liberal ”people” vote for a muslim, ….you know what …fuck it never mind …I know what I believe in and we will see what happens at the polls and I hope we do not get 4 more years of socialism, cause if we do the country will be beyond disrepair and the Rights you and I do enjoy now will be shredded along with the Constitution,,,,but hey you dont care as your part of the problem ”chuckles’….Shaloam

            • Frank, do you even know what “socialism” means? Can you compare and contrast socialism and communism with free market economies? There has never been a meaningful “socialist” party in the US. No overt socialist has been elected in Congress or has been a president. We cannot have “four more years of socialism” because we haven’t had any such years in the past and neither Romney nor President Obama is a socialist. Our president is asking millionaires and big companies to pay their fair share in taxes. Maybe you are unaware of this Frank, but today’s across-the-board tax rates are lower than at any time since the 1960’s. Romney pays less than 15% in taxes (you and I pay more like 30%) because Romney’s income is primarily from interest earned in capital gains (stocks, mutual funds, bonds, off-shore investments, Swiss bank accounts,etc.). Frank, is it fair that the American middle class pays twice as much as the wealthy (by tax percentage)? Should you and I pay twice as much as Romney just because ourincome from a job and his comes from investment income taxed at a much lower rate? But Frank, don’t take my word for it. Instead, go to the non-partisan Congressional Research Service (http://www.loc.gov/crsinfo/) and read it for yourself. You can also learn how the American economy has always thrived when the wealthy paid more in taxes. Every time we have given millionaires a big tax break, such as 2000-2008 (George W. Bush), the economy breaks down and we have had budget deficits (see also 1980-1988, Ronald Reagan). Of course, if you want to continue to pay twice as much in taxes as millionaires, then by all means, vote for Romney. He’ll laugh about it all the way to his bank.BTW, Frank, the last time that millionaires paid their fair share in taxes was 1992-2000, under President Bill Clinton and America had a budget SURPLUS.

              As for your comment about “voting for a muslim” (sic), which Muslim did you have in mind? There has never been a Muslim president of the United States. If you believe that President Obama is a Muslim, they you are either substantially ignorant or you want to perpetuate a fabrication that holds no veracity. May I also assume that you believe that President Obama’s Hawaii birth certific is a fake? Barak Obama has always practiced Christianity (even when he lived in Indonesia) and he has never been a Muslim. The world accepts this. It must be frustrating having to cling to lies about someone. I guess if you can’t find fault with his record, you must resort to calling him invalid names. And, Frank, exactly which “Rights” (sic) will “be shredded?”

              Thankfully, President Obama is polling significantly ahead of Romney in all of the states that count (for winning the Electoral College). So Frank, prepare for four more years of economic growth, improved tax rates, more balance in The Supreme Court and continued prudent foreign affairs. And in 2016, we’ll have our first female president. Then Bill can move back into the White House with his presidential spouse. Let the good times roll!

              When you say, “your (sic) part of the problem,” what does this mean? Am I part of the problem because I believe that everyone should pay their fair share in taxes (as President Obama believes? Am I part of the problem when I wish to prevent the GOP from eliminating labor unions? Am I part of the problem when I want to protect our environment and the GOP could care less about it? Am I part of the problem when I believe that every president must be fully capable with affairs of State, unlike Romney who insulted every nation that he visited over the summer? Am I part of the problem when I support the Constitution and I believe in a separation of church & state, while Republicans want to put Christ into the public school classroom? Am I part of the problem when I support Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security and Republicans want to reduce or eliminate them? Am I part of the problem when I believe in Roe vs. Wade and a woman’s right to govern her own body, while the GOP wants to end abortion under all circumstances, including rape, incest and when the mother’s life is in jeopardy? Am I part of the problem when I oppose the Supreme Court’s decision allowing companies to act as people in donating vast amounts of cash (see bribery) to politician campaign coffers? Am I part of the problem when I understand that Romney & the GOP want to return to George W. Bush’s failed economic policies, those would be the policies that created our Great Recession and put tens of millions of Americans out of work and out of their homes? Is that what you want, Frank? You want more of those failed policies?

              BTW, Frank, you don’t need to address me with “Shaloam” (sic). I understand it was meant in a disparaging and insincere manner.

              • EXECUTIVE ORDER 10990
                allows the government to take over all modes of transportation and control of highways and seaports.
                EXECUTIVE ORDER 10995
                allows the government to seize and control the communication media.
                EXECUTIVE ORDER 10997
                allows the government to take over all electrical power, gas, petroleum, fuels and minerals.
                EXECUTIVE ORDER 10998
                allows the government to seize all means of transportation, including personal cars, trucks or vehicles of any kind and total control over all highways, seaports, and waterways.
                EXECUTIVE ORDER 10999
                allows the government to take over all food resources and farms.
                EXECUTIVE ORDER 11000
                allows the government to mobilize civilians into work brigades under government supervision.
                EXECUTIVE ORDER 11001
                allows the government to take over all health, education and welfare functions.
                EXECUTIVE ORDER 11002
                designates the Postmaster General to operate a national registration of all persons.
                EXECUTIVE ORDER 11003 allows the government to take over all airports and aircraft, including commercial aircraft.
                EXECUTIVE ORDER 11004 allows the Housing and Finance Authority to relocate communities, build new housing with public funds, designate areas to be abandoned, and establish new locations for populations.
                EXECUTIVE ORDER 11005
                allows the government to take over railroads, inland waterways and public storage facilities.
                EXECUTIVE ORDER 11051
                specifies the responsibility of the Office of Emergency Planning and gives authorization to put all Executive Orders into effect in times of increased international tensions and economic or financial crisis.
                EXECUTIVE ORDER 11310
                grants authority to the Department of Justice to enforce the plans set out in Executive Orders, to institute industrial support, to establish judicial and legislative liaison, to control all aliens, to operate penal and correctional institutions, and to advise and assist the President.
                EXECUTIVE ORDER 11049
                assigns emergency preparedness function to federal departments and agencies, consolidating 21 operative Executive Orders issued over a fifteen year period.
                EXECUTIVE ORDER 11921
                allows the Federal Emergency Preparedness Agency to develop plans to establish control over the mechanisms of production and distribution, of energy sources, wages, salaries, credit and the flow of money in U.S. financial institution in any undefined national emergency. It also provides that when a state of emergency is declared by the President, Congress cannot review the action for six months. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has broad powers in every aspect of the nation. General Frank Salzedo, chief of FEMA’s Civil Security Division stated in a 1983 conference that he saw FEMA’s role as a “new frontier in the protection of individual and governmental leaders from assassination, and of civil and military installations from sabotage and/or attack, as well as prevention of dissident groups from gaining access to U.S. opinion, or a global audience in times of crisis.” FEMA’s powers were consolidated by President Carter to incorporate the…
                National Security Act of 1947
                allows for the strategic relocation of industries, services, government and other essential economic activities, and to rationalize the requirements for manpower, resources and production facilities.
                1950 Defense Production Act
                gives the President sweeping powers over all aspects of the economy.

                • More lies about President Obama. Again, please visit Snopes on this page http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/executiveorders.asp where you will see that you have copied and pasted a list of executive orders falsely attributed to President Obama. Please do a little research before posting such things. Of course, when you post with a fake name, you can make up any tawdry lie and feel safe in knowing that it cannot be attributed to your real name. Many of us here post with our real names. After all, most people will not believe information produced by those who lack the courage to use her or his real name.

  14. Charles,

    For 44 years, the Polish authorities and with them most of the world’s mass media had been claiming that some four million inmates had perished there, but in 1989 they suddenly changed their minds and reduced this figure drastically. As a consequence, the memorial plates on display in the camp Auschwitz-Birkenau were removed in 1990, which had propagated the four million figure in many languages.

    Following this dispute, an investigative commission was formed to come up with a more acceptable number of victims. When this commission published its results in summer of 1990, it was widely distributed by the international media. The most astounding admission came perhaps from a prominent Polish journalist, who stated that the old, exaggerated figure was an “anti-fascist lie.”

    New memorial plates were installed in Auschwitz in 1995, claiming an alleged “final” victim count of 1.5 million.

    Explain please.

    F.L.White

    • Hi Frank. Thanks for your comment. You are right on target. The amended death list for Auschwitz-Birkenau is 1.5 million, the vast majority being Jewish. However the overall Holocaust death numbers for Jews remains at about 6 million. This is a figure established repeatedly from massive research.

      No event in human history has been as thoroughly researched as has been the Holocaust. Literally tens of thousands of thesis and dissertations have poured over millions of Nazi facts. In recent years, captured German war documents have been released by the United States National Archives. The U.S. National Archives and Footnote.com, a fee-based history research Web site, recently launched the largest online interactive collection of Holocaust record (http://www.jewishjournal.com/nation/article/holocaust_archives_go_online_20100114/). More than 1 million records are housed there. As a result, we know that the 6 million figure for murdered Jews is accurate. But don’t take my word for it. Visit the site yourself. Or visit the web sites for The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum or Yad Vashem, the two iconic sources for condensed Holocaust records.

      Frank, if we know one thing from history it’s that our information and insights become more complete and detailed over time. To reach the most accurate and detailed historical facts, we turn to university and government-based projects, such as those I’ve mentioned above. History is never an exact science. But for the Holocaust, we know that about 6 million Jews were murdered and that about 1.5 million of them were at Auschwitz.

      I’m not sure what you meant when you said, “an investigative commission was formed to come up with a more acceptable number of victims.” I’m retired from a university and we never dealt with “finding an acceptable number” of anything. The study of history is ruled by empirical research standards that are used by virtually every PhD in every nation and university. With the Holocaust, we arrive at facts not just by interviewing people and using anecdotal information, persuasive as it may seem. We arrive at conclusions based upon an analysis of empirical DATA. By far, the most conclusive and impressive data from the Holocaust is in captured German war documents. There (view it for yourself) we find Nazi leaders and German officers providing their own facts. We see that 1.5 million Jews were murdered at Auschwitz, a certain number at Sobibor, a certain number at Treblinka… and so on. We even have records showing how many Jews were transported by which train in which nation, from which camp to which destination, including how many Jews died along the way.

      For Holocaust researchers, the most compelling proof of the crime comes from the perpetrators own facts (Nazi data). Add to this the testimony of Nazi leaders and German officers at Nuremberg. Add to this the testimony of camp employees, prisoners and victims, including Sonderkommando. Add to this the testimony of leaders of the Einsatzgruppen, providing data about how many Jews were murdered in Eastern Europe and at places such as Babi Yar, where at least 13,000 Jews were murdered in a few days in late September of 1941.

      Stating that someone many years ago suggested that four million Jews were murdered at Auschwitz, but now historians have downgraded it to 1.5 million serves little purpose. If Nazis had not murdered any other Jew in all of the Holocaust, Auschwitz alone would forever be remembered as the most massive genocide against a religion in history. So what is gained by pushing the downgraded number at one place of genocide?

      • Perhaps some LIED as to sensationalize the story?

        Oh the poor, poor jews, I get sick of hearing this crap. If your people would of done what God told them to do, instead of always turning a deaf ear to him over and over, maybe your people wouldnt of suffered as much as they have. I think most of your peoples struggle was self-induced, such as denying that Christ IS the Messiah, but instead your people chose to kill him.

        • So, Frankie, let me get this right. Millions of Jews were murdered because it was “self-induced.” Hmmm. Very clever, Frankie. Get people to believe that all Jews, throughout 3,000 years of history have all been SUICIDAL! How brilliant. In that light, the Crusades, the Spanish Inquisition, the Reformation, the English Expulsion and the Holocaust (totaling at least 9 million murdered Jews) were all done to help lowly Jews with their desire to be put to tortured and put to death, and to see their children murdered. THAT’S IT FRANK WHITE!! All Jews have always wanted to die (your “self-induced” outcome). Massive genocides against Jews throughout history actually occurred because it was “self-induced.” Brilliant! I wonder why no one thought of that earlier. Sounds like a promising topic for a thesis or dissertation.

          What do you suppose, Frank, makes your Christian bible more accurate or factual than the Talmud, the Quran, Buddhism, Bahia, Confucianism or even Santeria etc? Would it not be unfounded arrogance to assume that Christianity is any more “right” than any other religion? I mean, how do you know that you’re not worshiping the wrong deity, or observing the right holidays? Bible stories were all written by humans, for humans – but none have been vetted factual or empirically verified.

          Jews have been arguably the most benign religion in history. They prefer careers in education, medicine, law and government, rather than the military. They are not prone to terrorist or military attacks. Rather than offend gentiles, Jews use their skills and talents to make societies better. Because Jews have been such a peaceful group, they have also been viewed as a natural scapegoat.

          • In response to some of the comments that were made, I noticed that it said on the old monument at Auschwitz that ‘4 million people’ perished there, which was later revised down to 1.5 million people. However, it never read 4 million Jews. These estimates were made immediately after the war, based on the capacities of the ovens and gas chambers, and hence were not accurate.

            • Although the Holocaust remains the most researched genocide in history, it is impossible to determine exactly how many victims were murdered by Nazi German, in part because they coerced other groups to do some of the murdering. For example, the SS paid groups of criminals, thugs and anti-Semites to murder hundreds of thousands of Jews in what is today The Ukraine (including members of my family). These groups of murders were called The Einsatzgruppen. Some Nazi labor and death camp records were destroyed before falling into the hands of the Allies. Some records that were taken by liberating Soviet troops were either destroyed or never again saw the light of day. However, most of the Nazi genocide records were captured by the Allies and now reside in The United States National Archive. You can actually look them up with a simple Internet search. Other records from death camps are just now being released by Germany. Therefore, we will soon have a much better knowledge of the accuracy of Nazi genocide victims.

              Initial estimates about the number of innocent men, women and children murdered at Auschwitz were too high at four million. Adolph Eichmann admitted in a war crimes tribunal that more than two million people were murdered there (http://www.nizkor.org/faqs/auschwitz/auschwitz-faq-09.html). Many sources based upon academic and government research peg the number of murdered Jews at Auschwitz at between 1 million and 1.6 million (http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Holocaust/auschwitz_faq_09.html). Another source suggests that the number was one million; and it describes the four functioning gas chambers with capacities (http://www.deathcamps.org/occupation/auschwitz.html). The Auschwitz Museum calls it 1.1 million, of whom at least 85% were Jews (http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_many_people_died_at_Auschwitz). The camp’s first commandant, Rudolf Höss, testified after the war at the Nuremberg Trials that up to three million people had died there (2.5 million gassed, and 500,000 from disease and starvation), a figure since revised to 1.3 million, around 90 percent of them Jewish (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auschwitz_concentration_camp).

              These are but a few of the many solid sources of information (vetted, verified and empirically proven). In addition, we have the testimony of various Nazi and SS leaders from post-war tribunals, including Nuremburg. To give you some idea of the accuracy of this data, the tribunal defendants had an out. They could have claimed that they did not commit genocide against Jews, Roma, the intellectually challenged, Soviet prisoners, etc. They could have vowed innocence. Instead, virtually all of them admitted to murdering millions of Jews and others, but claimed that they were just following orders. Therefore, we have the admission of guilt (genocide) by the criminals themselves in a lawful court.

              The figure of four million murdered Jews remains accurate for the entire Holocaust, verified by literally thousands of thesis and dissertation research projects and the research of many governments. This figure comes not from the survivors, but from captured Nazi records (which you can view at The US National Archives) and in courtroom testimony by the camp commanders, SS officers and soldiers, camp workers, surviving Sonderkommando, the railroad travel records into Nazi death camps and even by Polish farmers who were given many metric tons of human ash and were told to bury it and dump it into nearby rivers and streams. You can discard the anecdotal evidence and still understand the truth. The captured Nazi records alone, plus their admission of guilt in courtroom trials verifies the accuracy of four million Jewish deaths, most by gas chambers. Their bodies were cremated and the remains buried.

              Millions more gentiles were murdered because they did not fit into Hitler’s plan for “the future of the Aryan race.” No genocide in history compares to it, especially against members of one religion. At least two million Jews were murdered in the name of Christ during the Crusades, the Spanish Inquisition, the Reformation and the English Expulsion. Since the Holocaust, we’ve witnessed genocides in Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda and now in Darfur. Christians are being murdered en mass by Muslims in Africa. Humans are no more mature now than they were generations ago. It has always been easy to murder those who appear different, use a different language, who observe a different religion or who have possession that other desire. Such is the state of humanity in the Twenty First Century.

              Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_many_people_died_at_Auschwitz#ixzz24IsbSTFk

          • Chuck,

            Throughout the Old Testament ”jews” disobeyed God and he punnished them thus self-induced. Ever think that God was pissed at his chosen ones and thus the ovens were made available to them?

            • Actually, “Frank,” I never think such things. There all kinds of Jews, including millions who are secular. I’m not at all convinced that any type of deity exists. After 4,000 years of recorded history, there has never been any empirical evidence to corroborate bible stories (written not by a deity, but by people who try to convince us that their stories are true). So, “Frank,” we don’t know if there is a god; or if there is one, whether it is a female, male or neutral gender.Do you find it comforting to believe such things? Most people do. I do not. Therefore, the mendacious and evil actions of people are not employed or inspired by a deity. Nor are bible stories factual. You may accept such concepts if you desire. But there is no empirical evidence at all to persuade the kind of factual interpretation which you promote. “Frank,” people do terrible things to other, innocent people. We still murder for avarice or out of passion. These actions are not inspired by a deity, but by a desire to subjugate people we do not like or trust, or by a desire to accumulate wealth in the mistaken belief that it will purchase happiness. . We’ll have to agree to disagree. But thanks for writing again. I enjoy reading your posts.

              • Are you not a ”Hebrew” yourself? And you do not believe….oh thats right you been edumacated and are a ”gentleman AND a scholar”….as you studied thru the 60’s educational system that makes one full of shit!

                • Thanks for your thoughtful comment “Frank.” Judaism allows members to believe as much and as little as they desire. We are open to various interpretations of our faith. Am I a “Hebrew?” That term is rarely used. But if you’re comfortable with it, so am I. Why do you disparage education in the ’60s? Were you alive then? My undergraduate education was in the 70’s. My post-graduate education was in the 90’s, while I was already an administrator at The University of Toledo. Perhaps you can elaborate on your disparaging remark about the 60’s. I was, and I remain, a liberal. In the 60’s, I marched for equal rights (civil rights), against the war and for tolerance. When I grew up in the 50’s, there were still proprietors who refused to serve a black person. There were separate public bathrooms and drinking fountains for “colored.” I saw signs saying, “No dogs or Jews allowed.” I protested the war in Viet Nam, which cost 50,000 American lives and accomplished nothing. We defended a corrupt regime. We were told that if we lost the war, every other SE Asian country would fall to communism. That lie was almost as horrific as George W. Bush’s fabricated WMD, which cost thousands more American lives in Iraq. It’s no wonder the rest of the world hates us. We so often back the wrong leaders. I’m proud that I stood up for my beliefs and I am still proud to call myself a liberal (even if some people today want to change it to “progressive”). So, what is “wrong” with an education in the 60’s? I’d really like to hear the logical premise of your opinion. Conservative Americans were wrong then and they remain wrong today. BTW, while we’re discussing my education,the best courses that I took in my liberal arts undergraduate education were philosophy courses. I learned how to dissect an argument and to prove or disprove its position based upon empirical evidence and deductive logic. Thanks again for writing “Frank.”

    • The Soviets made a mistake because there were millions killed throughout the Nazi camps, not just at Auschwitz. Perhaps they figured that since there was little left of Sobibor, Treblinka, and the other camps, that they should just make Auschwitz birkenau the symbol for all the death camps in Poland.

      • Thanks for your very insightful comment. The USSR controlled most of Eastern Europe, including Poland, after the Holocaust. Many Nazi death camp records in Poland, including Auschwitz, became Soviet property. The records of Sobibor, Chelmno, Belzec, Majdanek and Treblinka fell under USSR control. These Russian conquerors controlled most of the critical Nazi documents related to genocide victims. Did they share that information accurately with the West?

        Perhaps it matters less which Nazi death camp became a “symbol” of atrocities; and it matters more which crucial documents may have been destroyed or withheld by the USSR. The records of Soviet atrocities against conquered Europeans AFTER the war have been similarly buried under a mountain of cover-ups. Think Hungary, Romania, Czechoslovakia, Serbia, Croatia, Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia, etc. This pall of silence fell similarly upon Nazi death camps and Einsatzgruppen records. Not every Jew, Roma, Russian, Allied prisoner, etc. was murdered in Auschwitz. One could say that it is a small miracle that global universities and governments (especially the US National Archives, The US Holocaust Museum and Yad Vashem) have been able to access and utilize empirically most of those “lost” records.

        Your postulation about Russia and Auschwitz might have some teeth. It may have been convenient for the USSR to blame Auschwitz for the bulk of Nazi genocide efforts against Jews and others. In reality, more than half of all innocent Jewish men, women and children murdered by Nazi Germany were not in Poland or anywhere near Auschwitz. Nor were they moved into Poland. The Einsatzgruppen alone murdered at least one million Jews, many of whom were my family in Russia (the Ukraine). At least one million more were in France and Belgium. Another million were in Scandinavia, Greece, Spain and Portugal. Auschwitz accounted for about 1.5 million. Add to that Treblinka, Sobibor, Chelmno, Belzec, Majdanek, etc. and you have the globally-recognized six million.

        We know this… The USSR, under Stalin, murdered more people than in Holocaust. Of course, this was not the industrial-strength extermination like Nazi death camps. Nor was it all aimed at Jews or any other religion. Stalin sent millions of innocent Russians into the Gulag; Siberia and beyond. In 20th-century Russia, under Stalin, you were productive or you were sent to a place from which you never returned. A government that willingly sent millions of its own citizens into oblivion certainly could not be counted upon to provide the rest of the global community with facts about Jews murdered under the Nazi regime.

        Thankfully, the US National Archives has been very successful in obtaining a massive percentage of Nazi documents regarding their genocide against Jews, Roma, Russians, political prisoners, etc. We can access this information via the Internet. Thus the bulk of Nazi atrocities are empirically proven and the details (from Nazi records) are accessible for virtually all of us via a common Internet search. No matter how the USSR might have twisted Holocaust data, the figure of six million murdered Jews remains explained with proven facts, primarily delineated through the data from captured German war documents.

  15. I dont doubt that the stories told during the last 70 years of the people still alive that went thru this to some degree, but is there any possible chance of some tall tales or sensationalized reports or even blatent lies going on?

    And why does the rehashing of all this have to be gone over and over like a broken record?

    • Hi Tyler. Thanks very much for writing. I appreciate your comment and question.

      Tyler, historians do not reply upon “stories” for accuracy or historical veracity. Historians only use empirically-vetted facts, preferably physical evidence. So, while we have literally thousands of anecdotal verifications that all point to the fact that millions of innocent Jews were systematically exterminated by Nazi Germany, we in higher education prefer to use empirical evidence for proof. In this endeavor, we find abundant and robust evidence for the murder of millions of innocent Jews. For example, records from the Wannsee Conference prove that Nazi leaders desired to exterminate all of Europe’s Jews, mostly with gas chambers and cremation. This physical evidence exists in the US National Archives, at Yad Vashem, at the US Holocaust Museum and many other locations. Feel free to look it up yourself, on the Internet. We also have physical evidence of the original death camp architectural records, revealing gas chambers and crematoria for massive-scale exterminations. We have Nazi death camp records, proving by name and number each of the millions of murdered Jews. We have the physical evidence of crumbling death camp buildings, replete with gas chambers and crematoria. We have the testimony of Nazi leaders, SS officers, guards and camp workers – all agreeing that millions of Jews were murdered. We even have the testimony of Polish farmers, asserting that they received tens of thousands of metric tons of human ask, to be spread upon fields of crops or to be placed into rivers and streams, especially the Vistula. Finally, we have the testimony of the victims themselves.

      Tyler, no one is forcing you to read or research Holocaust records. The Jewish people do not desire your attention, your respect or any comment. The Holocaust remains the most widespread and egregious genocide in history against one religious group. It also remains the most researched event in history. Literally thousands of thesis and dissertation projects were focused upon the Holocaust.

      But Tyler, here is the bottom line. Here is why we continue to discuss the Holocaust and all genocides in history. In the words of philosopher and writer George Santayana, “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” In other words, if we stop discussing it, then other genocides are much more likely to happen in the future.

      In conclusion, Tyler, forget about all of the stories of Holocaust survivors, despite the fact that they seem to be highly accurate. Even if we discounted all of their comments, or suggested that they were “sensationalized,” we would still have the vast collection of physical data and the testimony of the perpetrators, admitting that they murdered millions of innocent Jews. Tyler, when the criminal admits guilt and when all of the physical crime data agrees with that admission of guilt, we have an airtight case.

      We have focused on all of the robust research using empirically valid means. Those agree and coincide with the survivor’s testimony and prove that about six million innocent Jewish men, women and children (along with millions of other innocent people) were exterminated in favor of a “pure Aryan Europe.” By keeping these facts alive, we hope to prevent another genocide in the future.

      • But what would be wrong with having a country of Aryans? Does not the Jews have their own country?

        • Hi Tyler. Thanks for your thoughtful comment. In essence, there is no reason why there can’t be a nation with only Aryans. In fact, by all means, feel free to start one. You could call it “Aryanville, Naziland” or “White Christian People are Only Welcome Here” nation. OK, that last one might be a little cumbersome. Of course, your sports teams might not be too competitive. But, at least you could keep out those pesky minorities. Maybe you can name the Aryanville capital, “Tylerville,” or “DurdenTown.” Anyway, good luck with that, Tyler. Send me a postcard.

          By the way, Tyler, Jews do not technically, “have their own country.” Israel is a democracy with a secular government. It is not a theocracy. Unlike “Anyanville,” where only Aryans are welcome, Israel grants citizenship to people of all colors, ethnic origins and religions. Israel’s government, called the Knesset, consists of various parties, including a party that represents Islamic citizens. So you see, Israel welcomes all who lish to live there, regardless of who they are, where they came from or their religious choice.

          Best of luck with your new Aryan nation, Tyler. Send me some pictures.

          • Ok I see your point however, why would someone want to go and live in a place they know they are not welcomed.

            Whats your address and I will send a postcard as they are being made as we speak.

            • Tyler, what place are you referring where “people would go when they are unwanted?” If you speak of Jews living in Europe (since this blog is about the Holocaust, I can only infer that intent), many, if not most of those Jews had ancestors who lived in Europe longer than the gentiles who turned them in to the Gestapo and who murdered them in Nazi death camps.

              Jews immigrated to Europe after their ancestral homeland (Israel) was conquered by the Greeks and Romans; long before the Crusades. And those Jews were welcomed in most of the places where they lived. Europe had a small population and there was plenty of room for everyone. During the Dark Ages and the Renaissance, Jews accepted jobs that Christians found distasteful, such as money-lending. In many lands, they became leaders of commerce, education, medicine and industry. It was only after the Reformation that Jews became persona-non-grata, leading to the genocides of the Spanish Inquisition, the English Expulsion and the Holocaust. And since they were condemned only for not being Christian, it would be impossible in contemporary knowledge to say that they deserved their fate.

              Moreover, Tyler, almost every land in the world contains people who were unwanted, including America (genocide of Native Americans), Africa, where genocide continues today and Asia (think China, Japan, Korea, Cambodia, Viet Nam, etc.). Virtually everyone in central and South America represents an unwanted group. After Columbus, Cortez and Magellan, the indigenous populations were wiped out by war, famine and pestilence brought by the invaders. Scotland has been imposed-upon by England for many centuries. I could go on. There are but a handful of vastly isolated locations on our planet where the indigenous population remains as it was two thousand years ago. Unwanted people live everywhere else.

              Thus, Tyler, one cannot (without significant chutzpah) point towards Jews living in Europe without also pointing to virtually every place on the planet where non-indigenous people arrived. But what makes Jews different, Tyler, is their benign nature. Can you name one land that Jews have conquered? History reveals that Jews have never attempted to conquer any land to which they have immigrated. Ironically, Jews have made the lives of those around them better, with every facet of science, technology, education and commerce – even in places where many disliked them.

              If your intention was to suggest that Jews were unwanted in Israel, then you are completely mistaken. When Jews arrived after the exodus from Egypt, only Canaanites lived there. Canaanites welcomed those Jews and they lived side by side in peace for many years. However, Canaanites have no surviving descendents. Therefore, Jews are the only original inhabitants of Israel, their ancestral homeland who remain there. As for “unwanted people,” Israel has been conquered by Assyria, Babylonia, Greece, Rome, Christians and Muslims. Jews lived in Israel at least 1,000 years before the creation of Islam and at least 1,500 years before Palestinians arrived. Thus it’s safe to say that Israel is their ancestral homeland, they never left (although they were conquered repeatedly) and therefore they cannot be “unwanted” in their own homeland. In 1948, the UN agreed with this and declared once more that Israel is the contemporary Jewish homeland.

              No people should be forced to depart from their homeland. And if forced out, they cannot ethically be declared unwanted elsewhere without cause. Jews have never been responsible for genocide – anywhere. The only cause anyone has declared about Jews being unwanted is simply that they are Jews. Would it make sense to force Christians to move out of North and South America and Africa? Are they too “unwanted?” They brought disease and death. Jews only brought determination to succeed, commitment to their faith and a deep, persistent love for education. How does that become “unwanted?” What did Jews do to deserve that fate?

          • So the Israelis that kick people out of Palestine or the West Bank or the Gaza Strip are allowed to do so correct?

            • 1. Jews did not “kick out Palestinians.” In 1948, when the UN announced that Israel would be the contemporary Jewish State (on the same land that is the ancestral Jewish homeland), the Arab world rebelled with anger. The leaders of Egypt, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan told Palestinians living in the Holy Land to leave, in preparation for the annihilation of Israel. They told the Palestinians that they would be able to return to their homes, as soon as Israel was defeated. In this, they meant that it would take only a few weeks to drive every Jew out of the land. To the great surprise of everyone, Israel pushed back the attacking Arabs and saved their homeland from destruction. Tyler, in all of modern history, no nation that was attacked without provocation and defended itself successfully has been forced to give land back to the attacking nations. You should also know that the first act of the Israeli government was to welcome everyone currently living there (all religions and races) as free and equal citizens. The nascent Israeli government begged Palestinians to stay. In fact, those that did (and their children and grandchildren) today live as citizens of Israel with every benefit that Jews have. They even have their own party in Knesset. And they are exempt from mandatory military service. Israel was and is the Jewish homeland. They cannot be “unwanted” and they never cast out Palestinians.

              2. The topic of this blog, Tyler, has nothing to do with Israel. This blog is about the Holocaust. Israel did not exist then. Therefore, your attempt to use Israel as a bargaining piece in your argument about Jews being “unwanted” is non-sequitur.

              3. If you want to discuss Israel, that’s fine with me. You can start your own blog about it. Or, you can visit someone else’s blog about the Middle East and post comments about Israel there. This blog is about the Holocaust, which ended before Israel was created.

              • Racism has not abated in recent times unfortunately. For example, when black African Jews returned to Israel in 1969 under the Right of Return Act, the government ruled that they were not real Jews and therefore did not qualify for citizenship or any legal status. The black Hebrews were also denied state benefits and work permits. It wasn’t until 2003 that black Hebrews were granted permanent residency, but not the automatic citizenship granted to all other races returning on the exact same provision. If it wasn’t for a group of Americans who shamed the Israeli government into granting black African Jews some legal status, they would probably never have received it. To this day black Jews are still not accepted by the Jewish community in Israel. Racial slurs, insults, and discrimination in housing rentals are commonplace. This treatment has reached such an unbearable level that Ethiopan Jews have taken to the streets to protest.

                This isnt fair Charles, whats your take?

                • No nation, race or ethnic group is above intolerance. But consider this. Whenever there is an earthquake, tsunami, volcano, tornado or other natural disaster, Israel is a first responder – even when the disaster is in a Islamic nation. Israel is color blind to those in need of help. Whether Haiti, Japan, Indonesia, you name it – Israel has been there first to help. No Arab nation has offered similar help to any other nation in any part of the world.

                  When Israel was born in 1948, the first act of Knesset was to beg Arabs (Muslims) to remain as free and equal citizens. Those who did, and their progeny, today remain free and equal citizens of Israel. They can own property, run for public office and they even have their own party in Knesset. Compare this to Jews in Muslim nations. They cannot own property, vote, run for public office, have a government job or be represented in any government group. Jews in Arab nations are persona non grata. They are the lowest of human life in that nation. Moreover, in Muslim nations Jews are vilified as “pigs, vermin” and “the lowest form of life.” Youngsters in Muslim nations are encouraged to kill Jews.

                  No nation is above making a mistake. Even Israel makes mistakes. If they have denied legal rights of Jews from Africa, then they are wrong. But which nation has not done this? America murdered millions of Native American men, women and children in one of the greatest genocides on record. Before that American in the South owned and persecuted African slaves. Many Western nations allowed slavery and genocide. Christian nations in the Crusades murdered millions of Jews and Muslims. In the Spanish Inquisition and The English Expulsion, at least two million Jewish men, women and children were murdered only because they were Jews. Many such nations had policies in prior years that allowed citizens to own Jewish slaves.

                  So pardon me if Israel made a mistake in granting rights of Africans who claimed to be Jews. Maybe they were. Maybe they simply desired the wonderful lifestyle accorded to Israelis. Either way, even if a mistake was made, it pales in comparison to the countless nations and countless times that it was legally and socially acceptable to murder innocent Jews.

                  Thanks again for your kind contribution.

                  Israel committed genocide against no one. The Palestinians who fled in 1948 did so because they were told to do so by the gopvernments of Egypt, Syria, Jordan (“Transjordan”) and Lebanon.

                  • Israel or ”jews” most certainly did indirectly commit genocide when they sold slaves and had slave ships that brought blacks to America. Being people of slavery themselves turned and profited from the slave trade. Small or large scale genocide or slavetrading is immaterial and sometimes Charles you act as though the ”jews” as so innocent and the picked on ”nationality” of people.

                  • My reply to your post about Israeli “racism” was that no nation is perfect (read it again). Every Israeli citizen shares equal rights and Israel is a first responder to global disasters, even in Muslim nations. I also explained how Jews are mistreated in Muslim nations, denied the rights that Muslims have in Israel. Does that make Israel perfect? Are they always “innocent?” Human Rights International ranks Israel among the most consistent nations for equal rights and civil rights. Yes, they occasionally make a mistake. But among all of the nations of the world, Israel stands out for being an open and free democracy, for providing all citizens with prevalent and equal human and civil rights and for being a tolerant society. But Israel is not our topic. Israel did not exist during the Holocaust. It is irrelevant to our discussion.

                    Your comment suggesting that Jews were responsible for slavery is both extraneous and illogical. Jews represented less than 1% of the population in Antebellum America. They are less than 2% today. Just to reference your attempt at logic, it’s like saying that Mormons were responsible for widespread genocide against Native Americas. A handful of incidents does not constitute a trend. Mike, any historian will agree that Christians have been far more responsible for slavery and genocide than any other religion. At least 600,000 Jews and perhaps a million Muslims were murdered in the name of Jesus in the Crusades. About one million Jews, including children were murdered by Christians in the Spanish Inquisition. About 200,000 Jews were murdered in the English Expulsion. Tens of thousands more Jews were murdered in the Reformation. Then we have the Holocaust, in which six million innocent Jewish men, women and children were murdered by predominantly Christian Nazi Germany. These are facts about widespread racism, persecution, slavery and genocide. A handful of Antebellum Jewish slave owners will not reverse these facts. Jews in the course of history have been victims.

                    This blog is devoted to the Holocaust. It is illogical to argue that Jews are a guilty people because they once owned slaves (non-sequitur). Virtually every society in history once owned slaves. Mike, you said, “Israel or ”jews” (sic) most certainly did indirectly commit genocide when they sold slaves and had slave ships that brought blacks to America.” Just two sentences later, you said, “Small or large scale genocide or slave trading is immaterial.” Which is it Mike? You argue that Jews committed genocide by owning slaves (which, by the way, is again non-sequitur and completely false) and then you say that it was “immaterial.” Those are contradictory statements. You don’t need to be Einstein to know that owning slaves and committing genocide against them is illogical. Why would any owner of slaves (property) deliberately exterminate them? Who would pick the cotton if slave owners committed genocide against their slaves? You can argue that some American plantation owners owned slaves. But there was no genocide against them. I challenge you to find any factual data to support your claim that Jews committed genocide against slaves.

                    This blog is devoted to the Holocaust and other genocides. While I very much appreciate your comments here, it will be useful to focus on our purpose, which is to discuss racism and intolerance. Among all religions, in all of recorded history, Jews have been by far the most predominant victims, not perpetrators of genocide or owners of slaves.

  16. Charles are you making up some of this data? Its hard to believe all this!

    • Thanks for dropping a question, Tyler. Yes, my data is accurate. I devoted more that years of daily effort to researching the Holocaust. I’ve bookmarked well over two hundred links, many of which are along the front page of this site. Do you have any specific questions about the data?

  17. a great book! best regards,Robert I appreciate the reciprocation. Keep up the great work! I hope you enjoy Jacob’s Courage.Chuck Weinblatt

  18. Good work, and I hope you will find my blog, which I’ve pretty much finished , useful for info. best, Paolo

  19. Sir, may i say that i my heart breaks for what had been and is still being done against your people. Know that many are praying for shalom for your country and people. I am looking forward to reading your story. Thank you for leaving a link to this blog in your post here http://derek4messiah.wordpress.com/2010/01/19/mapping-messianic-jewish-theology-ch-2/ – i have replied to your post as well.

  20. Thanks for your efforts. Do you know that Heinrich Himmler admitted the Holocaust openly in speeches to the Military Staff in 1943? The transcripts are on Youtube and the internet as well. I use that to ‘prove’ to skeptics what we know to be true, that the Holocaust happened.

    Best, Paolo

    • Thank you very much Paolo. I appreciate your contribution. You are completely correct.

      I’ve read and heard several Himmler speeches that validate your assertion. To the world community, Nazis were careful to avoid using words like “extermination, annihilation, murder,” etc. In reality, they systematically exterminated six million Jews and countless others, deemed “not sufficiently Aryan.”

      Yet, several times Nazi leaders slipped in public and admitted that their policy was to murder all Jews in Europe and beyond. Such was the case with Himmler speeches, when he presented the Nazi plan to destroy the Jews of Europe. These speeches were recorded and preserved. Anyone can access these records. They prove that Nazi leadership planned and executed the annihilation of Jewish men, women and children, wherever they could be found.

      The records of the Wannsee Conference reveal that Nazi leaders planned the extermination of all Jews with concentration and death camps, as well as with the use of Zyklon B and other assembly-line methods of mass genocide. SS testimony and captured German war records prove that the annihilation of Europe’s Jews became an active policy, especially with camps in Eastern Europe and Germany. Death camp workers testified that the genocide occurred (see Auschwitz, Dachau, Sobibor, Majdanek, Gross-Rosen, Mauthausen and others). That’s in addition to the testimony of camp survivors, workers, guards and nearby communities where tons of human ash fell.

      These records exist at the US National Archives, the US Holocaust Museum, Yad Vashem and many other museums. They are available for all to see. So, the next time someone tells you that there were no gas chambers, death camps or six million murdered Jews, just refer them to the above-mentioned museums and historical agencies.

      Charles Weinblatt
      Author, Jacob’s Courage

      http://jacobscourage.wordpress.com/

  21. Charles Weinblatt wrote: “Who would discount the world’s leading historians in order to support a wicked revision of history that denies the known and accepted genocide of the Jewish people? What sort of evil mind is required to deny history in order to punish Jews?”

    Jack Martin replies:
    Revisionists are not interested in punishing Jews. Their aim is to bring ‘history’ into accord with the facts.
    Weinblatt’s appeal to “the world’s leading historians” is the classic logical error of argumentum ad verecundiam.
    Albert Einstein spoke the obvious truth when he said:
    “The foolish faith in authority is the worst enemy of truth.”
    Were he alive today, I’m sure he would be a revisionist, though most likely a ‘closet’ revisionist

    • Thanks for posting Jack. I respect your right to create a personal revision of history (non-sequitur, ad hominum). But, when you purposefully discount the vast, vast majority of professional historians on Holocaust fatcs, then you are certainly ignoring veracity. Eiinstein left Europe after the Nuremberg Laws made Jews second-class citizens. If you really understood Einstein (and I’m not too certain, based upon your comment), then you would know that he feared for his life and the lives of his family and friends, all because they were Jewish. You can read this for yourself in one of the best Einstein biographies, “Einstein: A Life,: by Denis Brian; 1996, John Wiley & Sons.

    • In the exact words by your reference, Martin — “The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.” ~Albert Einstein

  22. Jacob’s Courage is a work of fiction. At least it is honest in that respect.
    That is more than what can be said for most of the “Holocaust” literature.
    Most of what comprises the “Holocaust” legend is likewise fiction but is dishonestly presented as established fact.
    Professor Arthur Butz rightly labeled it “The Hoax of the Twentieth Century” in his book of that title.
    It’s high time for that pernicious hoax to be exposed for the lie that it is.

    • Jack, your “Professor Butz” is the “butt end” of jokes among the community of professional historians. Please note that Butz is a PROFESSOR OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING, NOT HISTORY. He should be one of the last individuals to claim as your prophet of Holocaust denial, along with other prominent Holocaust deniers who are NOT professional historians. You might as well proffer You Tube videos as evidence, as do most revisionists.

      What strikes me as odd is that Holocaust deniers must know deep in their heart that millions of Jews were systematically exterminated. Thousands of thesis and dissertation research projects confirmed this. Wannsee Conference records reveal that the SS, through Heydrich, Himmler and Eichmann were tasked with the extermination of Europe’s Jews, most through death camps using Zyklon B. At the Nuremberg trials, Nazi leaders admitted to murdering millions of Jews. The same Holocaust facts were corroborated through captured German war records (see US National Archives, the US Holocaust Museum, Yad Vashem and many other viable sources). Add to this anecdotal evidence, provided by camp guards and workers, Holocaust survivors, Polish famers who received thousands of metric tons of human ash for fertilizer.

      During various tribunals after the war, hundreds of Einsatzgruppen participants testified that they were tasked by the SS to murder as many European Jews as possible. Members of my own family were likely murdered at Babi Yar, along with at least 80,000 other Jewish men, women and children. Parents were forced to watch as their naked children were shot; their bodies dumped into trenches. With the SS watching, hundreds of thousands of Jews were taken from their homes, their possessions looted, they were force-marched to trenches and then shot and buried. Many of them were buried alive with wounds that were not mortal. All of this is available for your perusal, not on You Tube, but at the US National Archives and many notable academic institutions of higher education (see Emory University).

      Jack, you may claim “Butz” until hell freezes over. His comments are not accepted by professional historians. Do you ever wonder why virtually every public school in the free world teaches the same facts about the Holocaust? Could it be because the proof is so incredibly overwhelming? The only real question is why someone would try to deny these facts. The answer is that there are a few possibilities. They hate Jews and cannot tolerate that Jews have obtained some measure of sympathy because of the Nazi genocide. Anti-Semites distort the truth in a way that promotes antagonism against the object of their hatred (Jews). Many deniers likely find it necessary to deny the culpability of their ancestors and heroes (Germans). In a paranoid way, they think that teaching the truth about the Holocaust somehow disparages contemporary Germans. Of course, no one blames current Germans for the genocide perpetrated by their ancestors. The world understands that Nazis were the most mendacious and evil villains of history. You can accept this veracity, or remain a denier like Butz, ridiculed by professional historians.

  23. More propaganda crap. Upon real historical examination you will find NO JEWS were made into soap. NO PERSONS were gassed at Dachau. Quite a few books on the holocaust are outright lies. There was a swimming pool at Auschwitz where INMATES used to swim. The Camps had, mail service, musical orchestras., camp money and more things to keep them alive then wanting them dead. Their clothes and bedding were gassed or hot steamed and even zapped using microwaves so that they could live, not die in the camps. Most of the Holocaust stories are just out right lies or exaggerations of the above methods their clothes and bedding were made safe.

    The gassing stories followed these real historical facts and became woven into the holocaust time line just like high school freshmen going to high school were always told of the swimming pool down by the cafeteria or other gullible stories not based on facts but barn yard rumor. Unfortunately the barn yard rumor became like the American story The Man Who Shot Liberty Vallance. “When the rumor becomes truth, print the rumor.

    • Hi Joe. Thanks for posting here. I’m glad you stopped by. Unfortunately, your comments reflect no historical accuracy. I don’t know where you obtained your interesting, albeit inaccurate collection of Holocaust information. Your comments about Auschwitz (“a swimming pool where inmates used to swim”) are incredulous, and lacking in any serious reference.

      I have interviewed Holocaust survivors, including Auschwitz victims (calling them an “inmate” is far too pleasant a description). I am a published author and Holocaust researcher, with literally thousands of hours of research. I’ve been interviewed by newspapers, magazines and on distinguished Internet sites. Victims at Auschwitz did not lounge about or swim in a pool. Nor did the SS use “microwaves to steam bedding.” In point of fact, the victims had no “bedding.” Zyklon B was used at Auschwitz, Dachau, Sobibor and many other Nazi death camps. It kills humans much faster than insects, because insects have no lungs to process it quickly into the bloodstream. One camp had mail service for a year (Theresienstadt). There was also an orchestra there. The SS used this as a ruse to fool the Red Cross into believing that Nazi Jews were well taken care of. Auschwitz also had an orchestra. They played classical music to calm incoming victims as they were moved from railroad cars to the gas chambers of Birkenau. Auschwitz victims had brutal and vicious medical experiments performed upon them, including surgery without anesthesia. They had to live on less than 400 calories per day. When they weren’t burning the bodies of gassed Jews, they were slave labor for the Nazi military and German industrialists. They were not “lounging in swimming pools.”

      Joe, thanks again for writing. Please come back with your “proof” (and I don’t mean You Tube videos). I will accept vetted academic research. Virtually every professional historian will testify that you are completely wrong. Millions of innocent Jews were systematically exterminated by Nazi Germany. Nazi leaders admitted this in testimony, one after the other. They had an out at the Nuremberg Trials. They could have denied murdering millions of innocent Jews. Instead, they admitted it, but cliamed that they were “just following order.” This is factual historical information, stored at the US National Archives (http://www.footnote.com/documents/231979309/wwii_captured_german_records/). No other act in history has been so meticulously researched.

  24. Hi, I posted your comment to my blog this morning. I thank you for trying at least to answer “Furtherglory” but it’s just pointless. He is a hypocrite Holocaust -denier, or minimizer. He knows fully well that the Holocaust happened, because he used to maintain a blog called “Scrapbookpages.com” which has actual footage from the Death Camps. Why he became a ‘denier ‘ lately, I don’t know. Maybe for money?

    best,

    Paolosilv.wordpress.com

    If you find any errors of fact on my blog, then you can let me know; I will always correct errors of fact.

  25. Just want to say what a great blog you got here!
    I’ve been around for quite a lot of time, but finally decided to show my appreciation of your work!

    Thumbs up, and keep it going!

    Cheers
    Christian,Diet Guide!

    • Thanks for your support, Christian. I’m pleased that you visited. Despite mountains of evidence proving that millions of innocent Jews (and others) were murdered by Nazi Germany, I find it amazing how so many people with no post-graduate degree in History (or even a post-graduate degree in anything) believe that they know more than professional historians (and about 98% of them agree with our history books). The deniers cite You Tube and Neo-Nazi web sites as their “proof,” as though such insipid and mendacious places could be more accurate than Harvard, Stanford, Yale, the US Holocaust Museum or Yad Vashem. How preposterous. Who would discount the world’s leading historians in order to support a wicked revision of history that denies the known and accepted genocide of the Jewish people? What sort of evil mind is required to deny history in order to punish Jews?

      Thanks again, Christian.

      Chuck

  26. I agree with most of what is said here.

  27. consider my blog Never Again! for a link on your Holocaust list and/or Blogroll…I’ll be happy to return the favor and send students and other general traffic your way…can’t wait to read the book!

    • Thanks for your comment. I’m adding a link to your site on mine. Of course, I appreciate the reciprocation. Keep up the great work! I hope you enjoy Jacob’s Courage.

      Chuck Weinblatt
      csw1@sev.org

  28. a great website- really interesting and a great book! best regards,
    Robert

  29. Wow…. I just read your thoughts on my blog so came to see what your book was about. It sounds like a good read.

    I appreciate you taking your time to tell me a little about it.

    One Persons Journey Through a World of Books

  30. Thank you for the recommendation, I will have to get a copy of the book. I’ve located it on Amazon and will order soon. Take care

  31. Welcome back, Mr. White. Still hangin’ in there here. How are those KKK meetings working out for you?

  32. Have a great month! Paolo

  33. just fine………….

  34. You too, Paolo. Life has been good lately. We’ll celebrate my wife’s birthday tomorrow and I’ve received a new publishing contract with Texas Tech University Press via my agent. At least for us, retirement is sublime.

    What’s new with you, Paolo?


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