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Archive for May 23rd, 2013

Look out below, Japan edition

Posted by Charles II on May 23, 2013

Outsourced to Ritholtz:

Nikkei is down 7.3%….Major European indices are off 2-3%.

Year of the Water Snake indeed.
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Added: So, of course, what looked like a major crisis brewing turned out to be a simple correction. That’s the Water Snake. The minute you think it’s going one way, it turns the opposite direction.

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Remembering Paul Weyrich

Posted by Charles II on May 23, 2013

My post on how the right is seeking to attack the IRS for its questioning of anti-abortion groups which may have broken the law unearthed a Max Blumenthal article on Paul Weyrich:

In 2001, Weyrich circulated a commentary accusing Jews of murdering Jesus. When a conservative writer named Evan Gahr attacked Weyrich as a “demented anti-Semite,” he learned how powerful the conservative founding father truly was. In short order, neoconservative activist David Horowitz barred Gahr from writing for his FrontPageMag and forced him to apologize to Weyrich.

Obsessed with ideological purity, Weyrich homed his most vitriolic attacks on the Republican congressional leadership. David Grann’s classic profile of Weyrich as a “Robespierre of the Right,” published in 1997 in the New Republic, is probably the best window into Weyrich’s often destructive efforts to force the GOP to the hard right. “The problem with Gingrich,” Weyrich said of the House majority leader at the time, “is that he does not have any immutable principles that he would die for.” (Weyrich sued The New Republic for libel after it published Grann’s article, a suit that was dismissed.)

In 1996, Weyrich was diagnosed with a debilitating spinal injury. Five years later, the injury consigned him to a wheelchair. He spent the last years of his life in constant pain, and took heavy doses of painkillers. In 2004, after a bad fall, Weyrich’s legs were amputated. But he soldiered on, addressing conservative conferences and pumping out a steady flow of commentaries urging the Republicans to stay tethered to their right-wing base.

In September 2006, foreshadowing Rep. Michelle Bachmann’s notorious remarks about her congressional colleagues two years later, Weyrich called for an FBI investigation of reporters who harbor subversive attitudes and urged the resurrection of the House Un-American Affairs Committee.

Paul Weyrich was truly one of God’s weirder pieces of work.

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Snark of the week award to Jon Stewart

Posted by Charles II on May 23, 2013

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Jon Stewart sweeps the snark awards for this takedown of Peggy Noonan.

I could have done without the Peggy Noonan is like your mother when… part. But his rendition of Iran-Contra? Priceless.

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