Mark Potok, a spokesman for the Southern Poverty Law Center, told USA Today that the Westboro Baptist Church today appears to have fewer than “a few dozen” members.
The group is believed to have descended into infighting prior to Phelps’s death. In an interview with the Daily Mail, Phelps’s estranged son Nathan said that the church’s founder had in fact been excommunicated from the group on his deathbed for having become too moderate.
In his view, the group is unlikely to survive its founder’s death. He said: “More members have left - three in recent weeks. There will be a tipping point where they cannot lose any more of their children.”
“It won’t be my father’s death that ends (the church). Ultimately it will fail with the death of his idea”, Nathan Phelps said.
Instead the hit piece, labelling a Jewish refugee who fought for Britain in World War II “The Man Who Hated Britain”, was roundly condemned, including by the Prime Minister. It brought back up the history that the owner of the Mail before the war supported Hitler.
The sharks are now circulating for the frothingly right-wing Editor. Politicians in particular seem to have lost their fear of him, much as the scandal surrounding Rupert Murdoch’s British papers caused them to lose their fear of him.
Jonathan Freedland looked at how the attack on Ralph Miliband resurrected familiar anti-semitic tropes.
So much as mention antisemitism and someone will pop up to tell you that Arabs are semites too so why do Jews insist on hogging, as it were, all the antisemitism for themselves. But the word was not a Jewish invention. It was popularised by a 19th-century German Jew-hater called Wilhelm Marr, keen to put his loathing on a pseudo-scientific basis: he used “semites” to mean Jews and, partly because “anti-Jewish racism” is a mouthful, the word has stuck.
Despite the name, it is not a phenomenon safely buried in the past. Just because hatred of Jews reached a murderous climax in the 1940s does not mean it ended with the war in 1945. It is alive and well even in 2013. Whether it’s on Twitter or in the cartoons that routinely appear in much of today’s Middle Eastern press, crude slurs and hideous caricatures of Jews - hook-nosed and money-grabbing - endure.
Move away from the gutter, however, and antisemitism is rarely so obvious. It is communicated through nods and winks, hinted at rather than spoken. In Britain especially, prejudice against Jews has long been of the latent, rather than overt, variety. Even the words Jew or Jewish are often avoided: spotting the euphemisms - “flamboyant North London businessman” - is a pastime in its own right. So those ready to acquit the Mail because there was no bald, outright statement of antisemitism were probably using the wrong measure.
Instead, there are familiar tunes, some centuries old, which are played again and again. An especially hoary trope is the notion of divided allegiances or plain disloyalty, as if, whatever their outward pretence, Jews really serve another master besides their country. Under Stalin, Jews, especially Jewish intellectuals, were condemned as “rootless cosmopolitans” (another euphemism) lacking in sufficient patriotism. The Mail’s insistence that Miliband Sr was not only disloyal but actively hated his country fits comfortably in that tradition.
In the antisemitic imagination, Jews are constantly working for some other, hidden goal.
The fifth Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report is due out on September 27th, and is expected to reaffirm with growing confidence that humans are driving global warming and climate change. In anticipation of the widespread news coverage of this auspicious report, climate contrarians appear to be in damage control mode, trying to build up skeptical spin in media climate stories. Just in the past week we’ve seen:
- The David Rose Mail on Sunday piece that treated scientific evidence in much the way bakers treat pretzel dough.
- Dr. John Christy interviewed by the Daily Mail;
- Christy's colleague Dr. Roy Spencer in The Christian Post;
- Andrew Montford in Rupert Murdoch's The Australian;
- Matt Ridley in Rupert Murdoch's Wall Street Journal; and
- Bjorn Lomborg in The Washington Post.
Interestingly, these pieces spanned nearly the full spectrum of the 5 stages of global warming denial.
Ever hear that Urban legend about the friend of a friend who took in a stray dog only to find out it was a rat? Well….
An Argentine man who thought he bought a pair of poodles at an outdoor market in Buenos Aires brought them home to the vet only to be told they were actually ferrets on steroids, reports the Daily Mail.
The man, a retiree from Catamarca, purchased the animals at La Salada, Argentina’s largest bazaar.
The veterinarian informed him the ferrets “had been given steroids at birth to increase their size and then had some extra grooming to make their coats resemble a fluffy toy poodle.
You can see the pic HERE
Have no idea how anyone could mistake that for a poodle.
There’s a new rumor going around that the University of Chicago wants to pave what’s left of Reagan’s paradise and put up a socialist parking lot.
On Wednesday, the UK tabloid the Daily Mail published a story claiming that the university had plans to demolish Ronald Reagan’s childhood home in Chicago (832 E. 57th St.), to make room for a parking lot for a potential Barack Obama Presidential Library. It goes without saying that this would be flipping one gigantic bird to the American right. …
The original Mail article was based on a Washington Times piece that ran last Friday on the paper’s “Communities” page. “Individual [Communities] contributors are responsible for their content, which is not edited by The Washington Times,” reads a disclaimer to the right of the item. “The opinions of Communities writers do not necessarily reflect nor are they endorsed by the Washington Times.”
The parking-lot claim made in this Washington Times post—the root of this latest conservative freak-out—is based entirely on speculation.
Currently, there is no actual evidence that the University of Chicago (an institution long famous for promoting economic theories that could fairly be classified as “Reaganomics”) is planning to flatten one of Reagan’s former homes for the sake of an Obama parking lot. First of all, the location of Obama’s inevitable presidential library hasn’t even been decided yet—the stiff competition has come down to the University of Chicago and the University of Hawaii. The university’s plans involve something that is more mundane and far less troll-y than any pro-Obama conspiracy: According to the school’s representatives, they’re just trying to build more facilities for scientific studies.
“832 E. 57th St. is one of a number of vacant buildings the University owns that will be taken down to allow for expansion of the medical and biological research campus,” Jeremy Manier, news director at the University of Chicago, wrote in a email to Mother Jones. “The University’s permit request currently is under review by the city. Recent media reports that have speculated on other potential uses of the property are inaccurate.”
A Roman Catholic bishop is to use his Christmas message to take a political sideswipe at the coalition government, addressing its intentions to redefine the institution of marriage.
During midnight Mass at Shrewsbury Cathedral the Rt Rev Mark Davies will tell his congregation that the proposals to push through a Bill to legalise same-sex marriages are casting shadows over the country.
According to the Daily Mail and the Daily Telegraph, the Bishop of Shrewsbury will also compare coalition plans to the ideologies of Nazism and Communism, which threatened “Christian civilisation” in the name of “progress”.
He is expected to say that supporters of same-sex marriage are using the notion of “progress” to help pave the way for legalisation of gay marriage.
Bishop Davies will accuse also Prime Minister David Cameron of attempting to redefine the identity of marriage for “generations to come” without either a mandate from the electorate or properly consulting on the consequences of the proposal.
Simon Tomlinson, a writer for The Daily Mail, has been caught out making up a story out of thin air.
Remember the tale of the jilted Polish dentist who pulled all the pearly whites from the mouth of her ex-boyfriend?
Turns out the story has no teeth.
The report that dentist Anna Mackowiak removed all her ex-boyfriend’s teeth after he came into her dental office complaining of a toothache turned out to be false.
The popular story, which included quotes from both parties and ended with statements that Mackowiak was being investigated and that the man had already lost his new girlfriend because of his toothless look, was picked up by Yahoo! News, MSNBC and dozens of other major U.S. media outlets.
The original story was traced back to Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper. The writer Simon Tomlinson, says he does not know where the story originated, despite its bearing his byline. “I’ve drawn a bit of a blank,” he told MSNBC.
You publish a scientific paper, and people are bound to criticize you. Publish your data online for the world see for themselves in the name of transparency, you get this figure:
The right-wing argument is the following:
1) If CO2 causes global warming, the continued increase in global warming should cause a continued increase in global temperature averages.
2) Average temperatures have ceased to increase in the last decade, in comparison to the average from 1950-1980.
3) Average CO2 production has only increased over time.
4) Therefore, since CO2 is constantly rising, and global temperature averages have not changed, AGW is not caused by CO2.
5) We shouldn’t regulate CO2. WOOT!
Dr. Judith Curry, 2nd co-Author in the BEST papers and chair of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Georgia Tech, has been quoted saying the following by the Daily Mail:
This is nowhere near what the climate models were predicting. Whatever it is that’s going on here, it doesn’t look like it’s being dominated by CO2.
This is what happens in science people. You see an anomaly and you try to explain it. It does NOT discredit the theory of AGW (as global temperature averages have certainly increased), but the effects may have changed over time after a threshold amount of CO2. The article, which I have yet to read, cites possible additional causes such as solar radiation, cloud formation, and natural temperature cycles, something that their work has included. Dr. Curry continues:
There is no scientific basis for saying that warming hasn’t stopped. To say that there is detracts from the credibility of the data, which is very unfortunate.
If you read the whole Mail article, which I suggest you don’t, you’ll find that many of the comments that Dr. Curry made are related to the fact that she was miffed that Dr. Muller, the Berkley scientist who sparked the controversy, started talking to reporters, saying that the data irrefutably proved the causation between CO2 and global temperature change.
Of course this isn’t the end of skepticism. To say that is the biggest mistake he [Prof Muller] has made. When I saw he was saying that I just thought, ‘Oh my God.”
Yesterday Prof Muller insisted that neither his claims that there has not been a standstill, nor the graph, were misleading because the project had made its raw data available on its website, enabling others to draw their own graphs.
However, he admitted it was true that the BEST data suggested that world temperatures have not risen for about 13 years. But in his view, this might not be ‘statistically significant’, although, he added, it was equally possible that it was – a statement which left other scientists mystified.
Prof Ross McKittrick, a climate statistics expert from Guelph University in Ontario, added: ‘You don’t look for statistically significant evidence of a standstill. ‘You look for statistically significant evidence of change.’
And the echo chamber is ringing!
Ed Morrissey/HotAir: Surprise! No warming in last 11 years
GayPatriot: Media-hyped global warming “skeptic” was no such thing
A British police investigation into illegal phone hacking by journalists has expanded beyond Rupert Murdoch’s disgraced News of the World tabloid to many other newspapers, the British Information Commissioner’s Office told CNN Thursday.
The Metropolitan Police asked the data-protection agency to hand over files from a 2006 investigation into the work of a private investigator who sold illegally obtained information to a wide range of newspapers, including the Daily Mail, Daily Mirror and News of the World.
Anderson Cooper explains why the people behind conspiracy theories about a possible presidential scar have earned on a spot on his RidicuList.