Jewish Agency for Palestine (C.1930)
Cent. Jewish Hospitality Committee (C. 1940)

By Subhash Kateel

Paul Krugman, commentator, economist and guy that predicted the economic collapse,  recently stated that Newt Gingrich is “a stupid man’s idea of what a smart person sounds like.”  Maybe it is telling that I generally disagree with him about Newt’s intelligence.  But his recent statements on Palestine and Palestinians really highlighted Krugman’s point. 
In an interview last week with the Jewish Channel, Newt Gingrich had this to say about the Palestinian people:
“I think that we have invented the Palestinian people, who are in fact Arabs and are historically part of the Arab community…”
Steven Weiss, the man who conducted the interview, seemed surprised.
“It’s a comment I’ve heard before because I’ve covered the far right in the Jewish community and the pro-Israel community…but I was surprised to hear a mainstream Republican figure say it.”
There are very few foreign policy issues that are more divisive and controversial in American politics than the question of Israel/Palestine.   I won’t rehash the debate now, but I believe that people are entitled to have their controversial opinions, as long as those opinions aren’t completely idiotic. 
I planned on responding to Newt’s comments.  Before I could finish, two ghosts from Jewish/Palestinian history’s past came to me in a dream and told me that they thought Newt was a fool.  They then directed me to their nifty posters from the 1930’s and 1940’s on the website for the Palestine Poster Project Archives. 
The first one above was created by the Tourist Office of the Jewish Agency for Palestine and dates to about 1930 while the second hails from the Central Jewish Hospitality Committee and dates to around 1940, just 8 years before what most Israelis would call Independence Day and most Palestinians would term Al Nakba (the catastrophe)
The posters should indicate to Newt and others that want to make up history for the purpose of a political primary that Palestine not only existed, but there were Jews living there that called it that, and believed in its existence so much that they wanted people to come visit. 
Unfortunately no poster from the past will help resolve the current crisis in the middle east, bring the thousands of dead back to life, ease the tensions or the emotions from the sheer loss people have faced or make it so billions of dollars aren’t spent on conflict.  But hopefully those that are compelled to speak on it in the future will at least try not to make stuff up.
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By Subhash KateelA radio host’s worst nightmare, that Herman Cain will suspend his campaign, has apparently made way for a Democrat’s biggest dream, that Republican mad professor Newt Gingrich will become the GOP’s front runner.   Some have even call his candidacy heaven-sent.  But to anyone that cares about policies that affect people’s lives more than the politicians who create them (or fail to), the Democratic glee over candidate Newt is sort of pathetic and reminds me how much a lot of Democrats still sort of suck.

To be clear, Newt Gingrich is a jackass.  He has been accused (controversially) of saying that his first  wife (of three) was not “pretty enough to be the wife of the President.”  He hid having an affair with a staffer at the same time he was pushing to impeach Bill Clinton for lying about having an affair with an intern.  In a bizarre mix of Protestant work ethic, Catholic guilt, and nationalist chest thumping he actually blamed his infidelity on loving the country too much and working too hard.
But as Newt’s biggest fan under 30, Juan Gil, admitted on my show, Newt isn’t known for not being an ass, but for being an ideas person.  He was, after all. the man behind the Contract With America.  But even the success of his ideas is more of a testament to how much some Democrats suck than to how great he is.
As PhD student and Newt hater, Charles Heck, pointed out on the same show, Newt was a big fan of bank de-regulation.  Some would say it was his idea (or the banks that backed him) to repeal key provisions of the Glass-Steagall act.  Several economists say that the repeal of those key provisions helped create banks that became too big to fail and the economic crisis that came with it.  Even Newt admits in retrospect that the repeal was a bad idea.  But like every other bad idea that Newt successfully made into a good idea, the repeal would have never happened had it not received bi-partisan support in Congress and been signed into law by then President and Republican bad-idea executor Bill Clinton (if I have to remind you, he was a Democrat).
Fine that was the past.  But even with Newt’s rare admission, neither Democrats nor Republicans seem to be in a hurry to fix the precise things that screwed our economy in the first place.  More importantly both parties continue to fail miserably at stopping the economic bleeding that is staining each and every one of our non-1%-er streets.
Don’t get me wrong, this doesn’t mean that all Democrats suck all the time at everything.  As I am writing this, I got word that Miami Congresswoman Frederica Wilson introduced the Mandatory Foreclosure Mediation Act to help prevent unfair foreclosures.  But honestly, even if you gloat about barely losing a two-way  “who sucks more?” contest, you are still a loser.
I am often told that I don’t understand the game of politics.  Folks are right, I don’t.  If I wanted to watch a game, it would be a UFC (Ultimate Fighting) match where the stakes aren’t as high as you know, more wars that kill people, higher unemployment, foreclosures that destroy livelihoods and stuff like that.   Even then, the best UFC matches, like the recent Dan Henderson victory over Shogun Rua are the ones where fighters fight their hearts out as if people’s lives depend on it.
Don’t forget to tune into our show, Let’s Talk About It!, every Wednesday at 7pm.

President Newt?

For many people old enough to remember the Clinton years, Newt Gingrich was the brains behind a lot of what the right wing convinced America was right with conservative (Contract with America, Welfare Reform, etc.).  But beyond being a mad professor, he actually harnessed the power to make some of those ideas a reality.  Now he wants a chance to be president.   We will chat with some true believers and true people in disbelief about what a President Newt would mean for the country.
Then…Original Gangsters:  Are Florida’s 1% Screwing the Country? Part I.
Florida’s 1% enclaves have often been a haven for retired mobsters, ponzi schemers, pirates, drug lords and ex-dictators.  Why wouldn’t it also be a haven for bad businesses?  As part of a continuing series looking at Florida’s 1% we look at one business that has been accused of a bunch of shady foreclosures practices around the country, Florida based Lender Processing Services.  You don’t want to miss this.
Also…a special tribute to the life of Haitian Dominican activist Sonia Pierre.