Thursday, October 22, 2015


Israeli PM Netanyahu is harvesting a storm of indignation by positing in a speech that not the Nazis but the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem is the source of the Final Solution, the genocide of the Jews in World War II. But his goal was to make a broader point.

Letter from the Grand Mufti to Ribbentrop, urging that Jews not be deported to Palestine.

UPDATE: After checking the historical records, turns out PM Netanyahu was absolutely right. But his actual goal was to make a broader point: that Islamic Jew hatred predates the Jewish state and even so called "occupation"

Mr. Netanyahu, who had also called the mufti “one of the leading architects of the Final Solution” in a 2012 speech, on Wednesday called the criticism of his remarks “absurd.” “My intention was not to absolve Hitler of his responsibility,” he said as he left Israel for Germany, where he met with Chancellor Angela Merkel.
“But rather to show that the forefathers of the Palestinian nation, without a country and without the so-called occupation, without land and without settlements, even then aspired to systematic incitement to exterminate the Jews.” 

Halliburton House, Inspiration For "The Fountainhead"

Early in her career the young Ayn Rand visited Halliburton's House (1938) in Laguna Beach. It was her inspiration for the novel The Fountainhead, in which an individualistic architect, Howard Roark chooses to struggle in obscurity rather than compromise his artistic and personal vision. (Wiki

Halliburton's House (1938) in Laguna Beach.

John C. Drew, an award-winning political relating on his blog a recent visit to Halliburton's House (1938) in Laguna Beach, said to be the model for Howard Roark's fictional Heller House in Ayn Rand's novel The Fountainhead. (Wiki) Halliburton's House was visited by the young, yet-to-be-famous Ayn Rand when she was inspired to write the novel about personal and professional integrity. Draw describes it thusly:

The real life Halliburton House is indeed built on a cliff and seemingly arises out of it in a manner consistent with the novel protagonist Howard Roark's vision that a building should be a natural expression of its location. As Tore Boechmann writes in “The Fountainhead as a Romantic Novel,” Roark's architectural principles are outlined in the novel’s opening chapter: