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  • Michelle Malkin Loves Non-Facts

    Everyone's favorite hysterical reactionary, Michelle Malkin, has many dumb things to say, all the time. This week, she took aim at Hungarian-born Jewish billionaire investor and Obama supporter George Soros, who donated $100 million to international nonprofit Human Rights Watch.

    Malkin writes, "The anti-Israel bias of HRW is so brazen that liberal lawyer Alan Dershowitz took to the blogosphere to denounce it," conveniently neglecting to mention that Alan Dershowitz thinks everyone who does not agree with his every thought is, in fact, a bloodthirsty anti-Semite. Malkin then directs folks to this "must-read" by Ezra Levant, which reads, in part…

    When the Nazis took total control of Hungary in 1944, the Holocaust followed. In two months, 440,000 Hungarian Jews were deported to death camps.

    To survive, George, then a teenager, collaborated with the Nazis.

    First, he worked for the Judenrat. That was the Jewish council set up by the Nazis to do their dirty work for them. Instead of the Nazis rounding up Jews every day for the trains, they delegated that murderous task to Jews who were willing to do it to survive another day at the expense of their neighbours.

    Levant later adds, "By collaborating with the Nazis, George survived the Holocaust. He turned on other Jews to spare himself."

    Here's an exciting thought. Let's see what Soros himself actually says about that time, in a handy-dandy 1994 interview with The New Republic

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    Tags: Abu Ghraib, Michelle Malkin, Nazis, WWII
  • George Bush Gives Last Press Conference, Actually Utters Word "Mistake"

    This morning — one week before he steps down from the presidency into what I can only imagine will be a wholly more preferable career as a professional brush clearer — President Bush gave his last ever press conference as president ever.

    It wasn't a particularly long press conference, but it was just long enough to give the master raconteur the chance to explain away all the mistakes of the past eight years. And he didn't really need much time at all. Because there weren't any "mistakes"

    You don't — you don't get to have information after you've made the decision. That's not the way it works. And you're — you stand by your decisions and you do your best to explain why you made the decisions you made. There have been disappointments.

    Abu Ghraib, obviously, was a huge disappointment, during the presidency. You know, not having weapons of mass destruction was a significant disappointment. I don't know if you want to call those mistakes or not, but they were — things didn't go according to plan, let's put it that way.

    He went on to say that it'll be up to the historians, not him, to him to judge his two terms as Commander-in-Chief. It's true. It'll be up to future generations to decide if Bush was a "mistake," a "disappointment" or a "things didn't go according to plan."

    It's certainly one of those three. He's right about that. I imagine they'll be much debate over that in the years ahead. Why, we'd need one of those future-fangled time machines to fully understand that now.

    Thank God, no one's invented one yet…

    I don't think you can possibly get the full breadth of an administration until time has passed. You know, where does a president's — did a president's decisions have the impact that he thought they would — or he thought they would, over time? Or how did this president compare to future presidents, given a set of circumstances that may be similar or not similar?

    I mean, it's just impossible to do and I'm comfortable with that.

    Somehow, I imagined he would be.

    Tags: Abu Ghraib, George W. Bush, Hurricane Katrina, Torture, Weather