Â Dino Might? Â Â
Anti-evolutionists are feeling pretty good about themselves, so confident they’ve got the godless on the run thatÂ their analogy generation skills are shot.
From the crypto-creationist Discovery Institute’s evolutionnews.org Â [clever name to propagandize the unwary evolution-curious!] comes a metaphor for the ages: “Creation scientists” are Mao Tse Tung, and Beijing is theirs!
“After 1949 when China went Communist, American anti-Communists in their anguish turned on fellow Americans, seeking to pin the blameÂ somewhereÂ and prompting the famous “Who Lost China?” debate. Evolutionists lately have been following this same path, bewailing the public’s continued discontent with Darwinism and support for academic-freedom legislation, and looking for someone to blame, even if that someone is on the Darwinists’ own side.”
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â “Still, my main points are (1) even if this is what provoked Dawkins, Myers, et. al., their gratuitously insulting reaction (IMHO) was still counter-productive, fueling the anti-evolutionism fires; (2) their reaction may well have abetted anti-scientism in areas unrelated to evolution, such as climate change.]”
To ex-Trotskyite Irving Kristol’s Â judgement that
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â “.. there is one thing that the American people know about Senator McCarthy: he, like them, is unequivocally anti-Communist. About the spokesmen for American liberalis they feel they know no such thing.”
Lets certify that Communisim was feared, but McCarthy was looking for means of doing in domestic enemies. Â The fall of Beijing was to cause the fall of Washington.
Later day former leftist Ronald Radosh still swoons for Kristol’s Lattimore stylings.
*After detailing an instance where Lattimore did the opposite of what a communist had asked him to do in editing, the Committee said he was still a bad person, and never mind:Â “From the communist point of view, a given book or article may be to their interest, even designedly to their interest, though in quantity 95 percent of it is neutral or non communist” [page 95]
So no defense then!
Through time wasting video, of course.
Sprightly young “Sarah61” Â has gone YouTubular to explain McCarthyism to the kids, mobilizing the power of Rap to inform and enlighten.
Joining theÂ disturbing APUSH sub-genreÂ which haunts YouTube, our Sarah joins alliteration and droopy beats in the service of History!
Proving once more that the Rap must be retired before every white suburban youth shamesÂ a generation with lame rhymes and lamer posing.
Â Someday, Maybe! Â Â
How Owen Lattimore Got Obama Laid, & Policy MadeÂ
Slate’s David Weigel surveyedÂ how wingnuts and their Politico enablers folded David Maraniss’s exciting Obama college girlfriend revelationsÂ into their rich fantasy life,Â finding “A frantic search for something else to be conspiracy-minded about.”
I say they’re missing the shadows in plain sight.
Maraniss tracked down Obama’s girlfriend of his New York years, Genivive Cook, who shared with him, and the nation, her contemporary notes on the affair. Â He mentions Cook’s stepfather Phillip Jessup, with a glancing mention of Jessup’s father, the Philip Jessup. Â That Jessup was a major Joseph McCarthy target, paired with Truman Secretary of State Dean Acheson and Owen Lattimore as Chiang Kai-shek’s banana peels, the “Pied Pipers of the Politburo“.
High on their own fumes heroes managed to link Bill Clinton with Lattimore by inventing connections and ignoring actual facts, and here is an Obama link with the boys who lost China!
Dreams Of Her [Step] Grandfather Â
On the Other Hand, Questioning! Â
Not since I read newspaper copy saying “Adolf Hitler was Chancellor of Germany form 1933 to 1945” have I felt so old.
Informer, Comic Book Star? Â
Our old pal Harvey had a 2nd [or 3rd? 4th?] life in England after fingering Owen Lattimore and others, then recanting.
Wire magazine has a post up focused on this period, when Matusow became an avant garde music impresario in England.
They feature a “portal” [remember when they were all the rage!] of links to parts of Matusow’s lifeÂ in this era.
Radio interviews, bits of his unpublished autobiography, and a comic about the crowd he hung out with.
Â Matusow: The Later Years
Svetlana Alliluyeva Â
He was a fan, and using his historian glasses hunted up proof of Alliluyeva’s version of her mother’s death.
“There is independent testimony (AlexanderÂ Orlov, AlexanderÂ Barmine, Victor Serge, VictorÂ Kravchenko) that Nadya was appalled by the violence, repression, and famine which came in the wake of the forced collectivization of the countryside.Â “
Of the four, Barmine is the only one playing a roll in the Lattimore case, but lets look at these guys.
Orlov spent the years of collectivization, Alliluyeva’s death and Stalin’s murder of most of the party leadership working abroad for Soviet intelligenceÂ in Berlin, the US, Vienna, London, and Copenhagen. He ended as intelligence chief in Madrid during the Spanish Civil War, where while apparently brooding over Alliluyeva’s suicide four years previously turned grief into strength hunting down Spanish Trotskyists and shipping Spain’s gold reserves to Moscow. Â He didn’t break with the Soviets until 1938, and didn’t surface his tales of the Kremlin until the US anti-communist market appeared in the fifties.
Barmine claimed to have known Stalin’s brother-in-law, who filled him on all the dope. Who knows, but Barmine’s constant discovery of new memories was on display in his Lattimore testimony, where, years after writing his post-Soviet memoir and debriefing the FBI, he suddenly recalled a fancy Soviet intelligence boss as mentor, and Lattimoreâ€™s participation in a preposterous Soviet scheme to smuggle arms into China. Â To a province they already occupied.
Serge spent the late twenties and the thirties hounded as a dissident, in the Gulag and then in exile, and is fairly reliable on other matters. He claimed his information came from Kremlin gossipers he knew before his last imprisonment.
Kravchenko was a minor official who defected in the mid 40s while in New York for a wartime Soviet purchasing commission.
That these four told similar tales, years later and often with the benefit of each others books, tells us that they can read and write.
Schlesinger is the “Even The New Republic” of the Lattimore case, the liberal fig-leaf held up by a certain stratum of Lattimore-Was-Guilty-Of-Something-ists as showing that even one of their guys hated him.
“Why, oh why, oh why oh, did he ever leave Ohio?”
Dateline: Dayton Ohio, February 25, 1952
The Ohio House Un-American Activities Committee probes the Red Menace.
In the chair is Harvey Matusow, a young ex-Communist looking to get big in the burgeoning field of Anti-Communism, and hoping Ohio’s laboratory of democracy will loose him upon the world as a made man:
Was there no aspect of America’sÂ faux folk past safe from Communist marauders?
Fortunately yes, as the Committee’s Chief Counsel rushed to assure:
The Committee is interested in Yellow Springs’ Antioch College, a Pink festering sore on Ohio’s ass since the days of the Abolitionists. Â Harvey was gunning for the big leagues, and Red subversion of innocent youth was to be his ticket out of there. Â Shortly after this out of town production he came to Washington, started lying about Owen Lattimore, and left Ohio behind.
Matusow ran through a greatist hits of folk Commie Classics during his testimony, mangling lyrics as he went.
One of the better songs he namechecked:Â Banks Of Marble
Past Time: Lattimore Re-enactors
A Re-enactment of Lattimore case highlights was staged back in May by the Historical Society of the District of Columbia Circuit, and their video is now up online.
Several veterans of the case participated, including former Judge Luther Youngdahl clerk Berl Bernhard and two lawyers with connections to Lattimore’s defenders at Arnold Fortas & Porter, Patricia Wald and Bud Vieth. Â The prosecution was played by Miguel Estrada, famously Â blocked by Democrats from a federal Appeals Court seat, who demonstrated the menacing skills they were so afraid of.