The Brilliant Black Guy Was Also The Coolest Guy You Could Meet

Half-Japanese, half-white blogger John Craig reflects on this brilliant black card counter he knew, the coolest cat around, and how their 30-year friendship ended after John’s blog post speculating that Obama might be gay:

When I first heard a few days ago that Obama might be gay, my initial reaction was, that’s ridiculous. He’s married, has two kids, and he’s never set off my gaydar. I had read a couple years ago about Larry Sinclair’s claims of having given Obama oral sex in the back of a limousine when Obama was a state senator. But at the time I just figured that any famous person is bound to attract a few loonies who will say anything to get publicity.

But after I read the article linked two posts ago (and directly below), I started reading more about the rumors of Obama’s gay life, and after a while, it just made too much sense not to be true.

In his article in, Jerome Corsi, a Harvard Ph.D. in political science, said that Obama (along with Rahm Emanuel) was a lifetime member of Man’s Country, a gay bathhouse in Chicago. Obama was evidently well known there and many of the older clientele remembered him:

Investigative journalist Wayne Madsen, who worked with the National Security Agency from 1984 to 1988 as a Navy intelligence analyst, confirmed DuJan’s claims.

“It is common knowledge in the Chicago gay community that Obama actively visited the gay bars and bathhouses in Chicago while he was an Illinois state senator,” Madsen told WND.

Obama’s reputation in gay circles, by the way, was that he liked to receive oral sex but not to give it, which squares with what Larry Sinclair had said about him. (It’s his “signature.” And receiving blow jobs but not giving them would be consistent with Obama’s narcissistic personality.)

As a member of the Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s Trinity United Church of Christ, Obama was known to have a “close friendship” with Donald Young, the openly gay choir director of the church. Young was murdered execution-style on December 23, 2007, just as Obama began his climb toward the Presidency. Another gay member of the church, Larry Bland, had also been killed execution-style a month earlier. Neither man was robbed, and both cases remain unsolved. Donald Young’s mother believes to this day that her son was killed in order to silence him before he spoke out about Obama.

Jerome Corsi is dismissed by the Left as a “Tea Party activist and conspiracy theorist.” But even if you regard Corsi and Madsen and Dujan with suspicion, what they say fits the larger picture of Obama’s life far better than any heterosexual narrative would. The circumstantial evidence — away from his public image as a family man — fits the homosexual narrative perfectly.

Chaim Amalek: “This article lost me at “his rigidly leftist mindset”. Which appears almost at the end of the article, so yes, I read it all. Back in my day, in order to be regarded a rigid leftist you had to be an acolyte of Lenin, Trotsky, or perhaps Mao. And Obama is not any of those. Nor is HRC or any other Property-Of-GoldmanSachs Democrat I can think of. Now then, is he gay? I’ve always thought open borders, free trade fetishists like Obama and our ruling elites had a touch of the gay in them, but likely that reaches too far. Still, the idea that our president is so selfish as to no even have the common courtesy to give a man a reacharound and a blow job is very disturbing. What must the Russians think of us? Won’t anyone think of the Russians?”

“Concerning the lack of old girlfriends from his salad days, it is possible that he never had a particularly strong sex drive. Not every red blooded young man is obsessed with sex. Some of us were more concerned with organizing our communities.”

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Returning Goods Lightly Used Is Not Unknown Among Jews

I hope there is not a higher percentage of Jews doing this than non-Jews.

There’s a mentality among some Jews (and some goyim) that they are free to return items after they’ve used them and to keep playing this game as long as they can get away with it.

I must confess that I briefly did this in the years following my Reform conversion and I would never have considered committing this abuse prior to my conversion. For me, there was something about belonging to a tribe that developed in me a contempt for the goyim and a decrease in the feeling that I owed things to the wider society.

I don’t think this tribal mentality that I tapped into is unique to me or unique to Jews. I suspect it applies to most tribes most of the time, whether they are black or Chinese or Jewish, etc (as opposed to WASPs).

Which groups are the least likely to abuse a store’s return policy? I’d say WASPs would be the least likely. Those who feel the least identification with their host nation would be the most likely.

Here’s a comment from an Orthodox Jewish board discussing the Wallmart in the Catskills: “When the Wal-Mart in Monticello had to send a letter to the Agudah discussing the horrible chillul hashem made in many ways over the summer months, it wasn’t because they hate us. They love every one of the millions of dollars we spend in their store, summer after summer after summer. What they DO NOT like, and rightfully so, is that we take advantage of a return policy in ways not intended. Is there a reason Wal-Mart has been reffered to as the Toy Gemach, Bike Gemach and A/C Gemach? That we take advantage of a large air conditioned store and use it as a babysitting service.”

I wonder if this Wal-Mart had to scrap its return policy over this?

Chaim Amalek: “When Moshiach comes, the goyim will compete with one another to sell us their goods just that they might receive returns from us.”

Daniel de Jew: “Neither I, nor my family have ever purchased anything with the intention of returning it later. I have entertained the though of, for example, buying a nice camera for a special event and then returning it after it was over. But I never did, because I know I’d be violating my Jewish values and feel terribly guilty as a result. The Jews who commit this crime of ethics are, I hope, a very small minority. If they would study some Mussar, they’d realize the gravity of their deeds, and cease their activity immediately.”

Stores that accurately racially and religiously profile their customers and get away with it legally will be more profitable than those that don’t profile. Countries that racially and religiously profile their citizens and base their immigration an visitor policies, in part, on such profiling are more likely to survive and perpetuate themselves than countries that don’t. For instance, not admitting people from countries with high rates of Ebola seems like a good idea right now.

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Who Was The Greatest Jewish Mass Murderer?

I’m reading Joseph Telushkin’s biography (Rebbe: The Life and Teachings of Menachem M. Schneerson, the Most Influential Rabbi in Modern History). Here’s an excerpt from pg. 229-230:

The Rebbe then said that Kaganovich was a “big rasha” (an evil person) but added, “But you never know, maybe he’ll repent. When you go back the next time, you should tell him he should still do teshuva, he still has a chance.”

Lazar Kaganovich was among the horrific mass murderers of the twentieth century… It is likely that Kaganovich brought about the deaths of more people than any other Jew in history.

Kaganovich had the unique “distinction” of being the one Jew who always remained on close terms with the highly antisemitic Soviet dictator Josef Stalin. It was Kaganovich whom Stalin called upon to enforce the policy of forced starvation of kulaks (relatively well-off peasants) in Ukraine, a policy that resulted in the deaths by killing and starvation of an estimated six million people.

An effective administrator, Kaganovich also headed the construction of the subway system in Moscow. It is unknown how many over-worked and maltreated laborers died in the extremely rushed process of building the underground rail system (in addition to those executed for making critical remarks about Kaganovich’s employment practices. Stalin rewarded Kaganovich by naming the subway system the Kaganovich Subway.

Robert Conquest, the foremost historian of Stalin’s years of terror, portrayed Kaganovich as “a brilliant administrator. A clear mind and a powerful will went with a total lack of the restraints of humanity… There was no…pity at all in his make-up… He took the extreme line that the Party’s interests justified everything.” Referring on more than one occasion to the murderers of millions of people carried out under his and Stalin’s direction, and to the realization that many of those killed must have been innocent even by Kaganovich’s standards, Kaganovich explained that there were bound to be occasional mistakes: “When the forest is cut down, the chips fly.”
Basic to Kaganovich’s philosophy was that a Communist must be ready to sacrifice himself for the party: “Yes, ready to sacrifice not only his life, but his self-respect and sensitivity.”

…When his wife criticized him for enforcing an antisemitic policy (“Have you no sense, no compassion, no feelings for one of your own?”), he told her not to bother him with such pleas: “Stalin is my god. Doy ou hear me? Hear me good.”

Lazar Kaganovich was similar to Adolf Eichmann. Both efficiently carried out under orders the killing of six million innocents. I wonder why Eichmann’s name is associated with Evil while Kaganovich is unknown to most people? I wonder why the Holocaust is more remembered than the Ukrainian genocide? I suggest this as a topic of discussion around your Shabbos table.

Alex Trivunovic: “Same type. Efficient bureaucrat as opposed to bloodthirsty maniac. Banality of evil and all that.”

Different groups have different interests and hence there is conflict and people die. For instance, American Jew Jonathan Pollard stole the crown jewels of America’s nuclear secrets for Israel which then, most likely, traded them to the Soviet Union for the release of Jews.

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What’s The Best Device For Hiding A Camera In A Mikveh?

It looks like Rabbi Barry Freundel is accused of using something like this (the Sony Dream Machine Alarm Clock).

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Los Angeles Has Its Own Barry Freundel

The Modern Orthodox rabbi arrested in Washington DC yesterday on charges of voyeurism has a long history of accusations reported to rabbinic organizations about his improper behavior with women, similar to Rabbi Abner Weiss in Westwood. Rabbi Weiss is still a member in good standing with the RCA. He was a well-known philanderer while he presided over Beth Jacob, enjoying good times with the ladies in his private shul office.

Jerusalem has womanizer Rabbi Tovia Singer.

There were first-person accusations against Rabbi Aron Tendler for more than a decade in Los Angeles and he was simply moved around different rabbinic positions, all the while the RCC maintained it had a zero tolerance policy for sexual abuse.

The RCA and other Orthodox rabbinic bodies only act in these matters when they have no other choice.

If a woman wants to convert to Judaism, there’s a good chance some rabbi connected with her conversion will try to pork her.

A few years ago, I blogged: “Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival Rejects Important New Documentary About Rabbinic Sexual Abuse

On Feb. 9, 2012, I blogged: “Los Angeles Has A Predatory Rabbi Doing Orthodox Conversions To Judaism

A rabbi presided over Chabad Bais Bezalel for more than a decade though he was known for being arrested for soliciting a prostitute and was a regular at strip clubs.

How many illicit plooks does a rabbi get before he’s out of a job?

About 2002, Rabbi Simcha Weinberg (brother of Rabbi Matis Weinberg) lost his job with Lincoln Square Synagogue for having an affair with a congregant. Rabbi Simcha Weinberg is still going strong offering spiritual counseling and talking in shuls all over the world.

There’s the long complicated story of Rabbi Marc Gafni.

The Forward reports today:

A national Orthodox rabbinic association recently investigated allegations of sexual impropriety made against the rabbi accused of videotaping women at his mikvah, the Forward has learned.
Rabbi Barry Freundel, spiritual leader of the Washington, D.C. congregation Kesher Israel, will be charged with voyeurism after a witness allegedly saw him installing a hidden camera above a shower stall at his synagogue’s mikvah.
The president of the Rabbinical Council of America, Rabbi Leonard Matanky, confirmed that the RCA received allegations over the summer of “ethical issues that came up regarding an issue with a woman.” The allegations were investigated, but no action was taken.
A person who works in the travel industry told the Forward that they had informed the RCA that Freundel, who is married, made reservations to stay overnight in a hotel with a woman converting to Judaism who was not his wife. The person declined to be identified, citing confidentiality rules…
Matanky also said that unrelated accusations were made against Freundel “a number of years ago” related to the administration of conversions. Matanky declined to describe those allegations, citing confidentialities related to the conversion process. He said the allegations were not sexual in nature.
“There was nothing illegal or criminal in the activities, and at the time, we did look into it, there were conversations, there were discussions regarding that,” Matanky said.
“It wasn’t that a person’s conversion was done wrong, it was regarding the administration of conversion, not the halacha.”

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America Should Stay Out Of The Middle East

Israel can look after itself. American Jews should get another hobby, perhaps Judaism, instead of lobbying on behalf of Israel.

I would like an American foreign policy of resisting invasion of America (including by Mexicans) and abstaining from invasion of other countries.

Every host nation has the right to demand that its citizens put the country first before any foreign power and if Americans want to obsess about Israel and lobby for Israel or Taiwan or Mexico or China, they should move to the countries they obsess about. If you want to obsess about America, live in America. Don’t wave the flags of foreign powers more prominently than you wave the American flag.

From Politico:

“The region is an economic dwarf. Its combined GDP—even including oil—represents roughly 6 percent of world GDP. Its population is closer to 5 percent of world population, and its military forces are similarly unimpressive. As the iconoclastic scholar Edward Luttwak has pointed out, America’s Middle East analysts frequently fall victim to the “Mussolini syndrome” when thinking about the region, attributing “real military strength to backward societies whose populations can sustain excellent insurgencies but not modern military forces.” No Middle Eastern state can project power outside the region—not Iran, which spends about $18 billion per year on defense, and not Saudi Arabia, despite its roughly $60 billion in annual military spending.”

The American Conservative: “What silver lining? It’s rooted in the fact that the Mideast may now actually matter much less than we think it does. We do have the option of pretty much ignoring it, if we choose. Its contribution to the world economy is negligible. Its oil will reach the market one way or another. The security and well-being of the American people is not linked to the survival of a Shi’ite regime in Baghdad, a medieval monarch in Riyadh, or, for that matter, a Jewish state in Jerusalem. Recognition of this fact is only beginning to seep into the discourse…”

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Steve Sailer writes: Houston is extremely flat, but has a lot of big trees, an impressive skyline, nice clouds, and fine sunsets. San Francisco is obviously unique, but Houston outpointed Los Angeles in the late 1970s on trees, skyline, clouds, and sunsets.

Is “walkability” a euphemism for “you can have a few drinks with dinner at the restaurant and not have to risk a DUI?” That’s a nice amenity, but if that’s what this euphemism means, can we spell it out?

“Walkability” also means I don’t have to be a taxi for my kids’ activities.”

That would be great, but that seems to come more with suburban than with urban life.

Okay, here’s a way to compare public transportation to work across cities, apples to apples. (This isn’t walkability in your home neighborhood, it’s your opportunity to ditch driving to work.) Most cities have a downtown where a lot of lawyers work. What percentage of married lawyers between 35 and 60 who work downtown take public transportation (including commuter trains) to work at least 3 days a week?

That seems like a pretty fair comparison across cities.

Hallie: What percentage of married lawyers between 35 and 60 who work downtown take public transportation (including commuter trains) to work at least 3 days a week?

None that I’m aware of (in St Louis).

Steve Sailer writes: Probably very few in Los Angeles either. I watched people get off the subway in North Hollywood last year at rush hour, and maybe 1%-2% of the men looked like lawyers.

Probably some lawyers take buses down Wilshire. And there’s now a trolley from Pasadena. I talked to a professional who rode that to downtown.

In Chicago, however, lots of men in good suits take the commuter trains from the suburbs to the Loop. It’s a pretty pleasant lifestyle.

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Leading Modern Orthodox Rabbi Arrested For Voyeurism

I understand why somebody would want to peep. Which guy doesn’t like to look? It’s a symptom of sex addiction aka an intimacy disorder.


Uniformed officers and plainclothes detectives swarmed a house at 30th and O streets, Northwest, at about 8:30 Tuesday morning. According to neighbors, the house belongs to Barry Freundel, the rabbi at Kesher Israel, a prominent Orthodox synagogue in Georgetown. The neighbors say Freundel was led away in handcuffs by Metropolitan Police Department officers following what appeared to be a major investigation. Cops were later seen removing computers and other items from the residence.

“You don’t usually see a rabbi led away a handcuffs,” said Michael Friedman, who lives across the street from Freundel.

Police sources confirmed the investigation and the arrest, but said the warrant was sealed. “We’re still on the scene,” says MPD spokesperson Gwendolyn Crump.

According to the Jewish Press: “Rabbi Dr. Barry Freundel was suspended without pay by Kesher Israel’s board of directors after he was arrested and charged with voyeurism, allegedly using cameras to spy on women in the mikveh.

A police report obtained by the Washington, D.C. Fox affiliate alleges that Freundel was installing a camera hidden in a clock radio above a shower at the mikveh. The rabbi allegedly told the person who caught him that he was fixing the shower’s ventilation system.”

Chaim Amalek: “Nebech, if this story is “true” then an erlicher Yid simply wants to be sure women are cleaning up as they should, and for this the goyim arrest him? Please send us Moshiach NOW so that this does not happen again!”

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I Am Just Glad Jameis Winston Can Write His Own Name

Too often the news media concentrate on the negative instead of looking for uplifting angles to a news story.

That’s the case here. There’s good news. Jameis Winston is not illiterate. He’s a university-educated scholar.


Even as Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher says he believes that quarterback Jameis Winston didn’t sign autographs for money, a source tells ESPN that the university’s athletic compliance department has begun to look into how so many Winston autographs were authenticated by a single company.

ESPN has learned that after the team’s 38-20 win Saturday against Syracuse, Fisher approached Winston and asked him whether he signed autographs for money. Winston told Fisher, according to the source, that he did not.

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Why Is Africa A Disaster Zone?

On his radio show today, Dennis Prager said: “African hospitals just can’t handle Ebola. And why is Africa so poor? Because of corruption. The brain power is there.”

The average IQ in sub-saharan Africa is 70, which alone is enough of a factor to account for the continent’s poverty and savagery. Blacks everywhere in the world are a disaster when compared with their more prosperous whites and oriental neighbors, who average much higher IQs (whites average 100, orientals 105, and Ashkenazi Jews about 112).

Do I think that Dennis Prager believes the stupid things he says? When your living depends upon believing things as stupid as that IQ does not matter for prosperity and civilization, then yes, I think he believes the stupid things he says.

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