Bathroom reading.Just in case some of you aren’t reading tweets from U.S. embassies at 2 a.m., we of Your Wonkette are always On The Ball and keeping an eye on such things. And tonight, well, it got a bit silly.

The U.S Embassy in Tel Aviv was tweeting up a storm — as part of their effort to advertise how great each individual state is, they posted some quotes on behalf of Michigan: “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself,” for example. And “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”

Lovely-enough quotes, both. They were said by prominent Michiganer Henry Ford — who is also a little famous for some of his other quotes, such as “If fans wish to know the trouble with American baseball they have it in three words—too much Jew.”

Oh, heavens! You mean the prominent American businessman who was the source of so many lackluster inspirationals also hated Jews? Yeah. He had a whole newspaper about it. Hitler like, so loved it after it was published in bound volumes in Germany in the 1920s.

Aaaand our blockquote, from a little ditty called Mein Kampf:

It is Jews who govern the Stock Exchange forces of the American union. Every year makes them more and more the controlling masters of the producers in a nation of one hundred and twenty millions; only a single great man, Ford, to their fury, still maintains full independence.

If you’d like to read more of Mr. Ford’s writing, his The International Jew: The World’s Foremost Problem is available for download from the American Nazi Party website. Either that, or check out the embassy to Israel’s Twitter feed:


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  • BarackMyWorld

    Oy vey!

    • You could say the embassy was farblondjet here? Nu?

  • freakishlywrong

    Oh U.S embassy, Tel Aviv. I have the Shanda. Use the Googles, fer fucks sake.

  • alt. MIch quote,
    "You probably can't use the term `toxic cunt' in your magazine, but that's what she is. Her very existence insults the spirit of individualism in this country. This bitch is nothing but a two-bit whore for Fidel Castro."
    – Nugent

    • thatsitfortheother1

      His politics are no better than his guitar playing. Who knew?

  • MrFizzy

    Hey, it'll give them something to be angry about!

  • Fox News: "Jews Given Middle Finger In Obama's US Embassy."

  • Steverino247

    If the US Embassy was using Ford's anti-semitic quotes, then there would be a problem. Since they were not using his anti-semitic quotes, what's the problem?

    • bureaucrap

      Have to agree with Steverino. Even though I myself am of the hebraic persuasion, I'm not seeing this as an issue. Shakespeare even wrote an entire anti semitic play. Now, on the other hand, if they were tweeting even Glenn Beck's shopping lists, I'd have trouble with that.

    • Boojum

      So, if you'd be OK with it if they twitted "Whoever lights the torch of war in Europe can wish for nothing but chaos."

    • Dude, it's OBAMA's staff. You don't see a problem where they– the right wing– see a nigger.

    • scvirginia

      I'll bet some Israelis also listen to Wagner from time to time…

      • glamourdammerung

        There was a stigma for years, but there have been Wagner performances in Israel for years now.

  • BigSkullF*ckingDog

    Awkward . . .

  • JustPixelz

    And then his car company was saved by war production to defeat the Nazis. I guess that's irony. If "asshole makes billions by being wrong" is ironic.

    • GhostBuggy

      Ford was a complicated weirdo. He didn't seem to have a problem with Nazis running his European plants, but he also didn't seem to have a problem with his Michigan plants building bombers and tanks that would go on to kill a fuck-ton of Nazis.

      Then again, he also made a lot of money from it all, so maybe it's not that complicated.

      • glamourdammerung

        Ford was not that complicated. He was really, amazingly stupid. This is the guy that was not aware that this country was founded after a revolutionary war.

  • PuckStopsHere

    At least he didn't say "vagina".

  • Baconzgood


    (I'm just snarking here I'm not an anti-semite. I have many Heeb friends)

    • You got a lot of mockie, my boy.

    • thatsitfortheother1

      Invite them over for BLTs.

  • ChernobylSoup

    One would think the Tel Aviv embassy staff's time would be better spent trying to jew down Israel's demands regarding the Palestinian issue, rather than tweeting inanities from Henry Ford.

  • Mittens Howell, III

    Always wondered why Ford never made a Model J.

    • Steverino247

      Good one!

    • He couldn't find the right kind of gas.

      • Fukui-sanRadioBarb

        I am so going to hell for laughing at that.

      • Mittens Howell, III

        too soon.

      • thatsitfortheother1

        The ash trays were always full.

      • BoatOfVelociraptors

        Talk about a B-list joke.

  • Right Wing back then:

    Jews! Communists! People slightly different than me existing in the world! AAAAAAIIIIIIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEE!!!!

    Right Wing today:

    Muslims! Communists! Queers! People slightly different than me existing in the world! AAAAAAIIIIIIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEE!!!!

    • thatsitfortheother1

      Run of the mill middle class Democrats. People slightly different than me existing in the world! AAAAAAIIIIIIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEE!!!!

    • PubOption

      Some of the comments on 'Free Republic' look like they were based on Nazi propaganda, but have had 'Jew' replaced with 'Muslim'.

      • AbandonHope


  • coolhandnuke

    If it increases the value of my Hank Greenberg baseball card–tweet on McDuff.

  • Mittens Howell, III

    Helpful tip for diplomats: any friend of Hitler is probably not a friend of Israel.

  • prommie

    Oh My God, there are Hitlers in the embassy, obviously, you can tell because they quoted innocuous business profundities from Henry Ford. Next thing you know, they'll be mentioning Charles Lindbergh! Heavens to betsy, fetch me my fainting couch! Sound the Alarums, Henry Ford was an anti-semite in the 1920s! And there were some slaveowners in the South who were racist, too, I know, shocking, but thats your "Believe it Or Not" moment for today.

    • Crank_Tango

      That, or there are tone-deaf morons in the embassy.

    • Just don't go quoting that old slavefucker Jefferson on Saint Martin Luther King Day, that's all.

  • Fukui-sanRadioBarb

    We should stop using assembly lines immediately!!!!

    • Barb

      Well, then we are screwed! I don't think they have an employee at McDonald's who knows how to put a whole Big Mac together. "Two all beef patties, special sauce……." See, even I can't do it.

      • James Michael Curley

        On a Sesame Street bun.

  • Mittens Howell, III

    Now Israel knows how I feel when I watch Fox and Friends.

  • Oblios_Cap

    What would Ford think about the Neo-Cons? What a quandry!

  • prommie

    Little known bit of automotive history, the fact is, automobile air conditioning was invented by 3 jews. They went to Henry Ford and wanted to license their invention to be put in his cars, but they had one condition, they wanted their names on the AC units. Well, Ford, notorious anti-semite, balked at this, but they worked out a compromise. And thats why, to this day, every auto air conditioner has the names Hi, Max, and Norm on it. And now you know, the rest of the story. Good day.

    • Mittens Howell, III

      Thank you, I always wanted to know who those guys were.

  • Ironically the embassy is trying to attract the International Jew by quoting the dude who wrote the book.

  • Doktor Zoom

    "Man, that Ford thing was a bad idea. For our next quote, we'll stick to a true-blue American hero, Charles Lindbergh"

  • Too much Jew in baseball?

    Really? Did Henry Ford even GO to a game? There were about as many Jews on a baseball team as there were in a cathedral.

    • prommie

      You've never seen the Sons of David?

      • No, but I've seen Jews for Jesus. Good hit, can't field.

      • thatsitfortheother1

        Prefer Sons of the Champlin.

        • bobbert

          Now there's an obscure Marin reference.

          • thatsitfortheother1

            I'm old. :)

    • SorosBot

      Sandy Koufax libel!

      • MosesInvests

        Hank Greenberg libel, also, too!

    • He might have meant Arnold Rothstein–while not exactly "in" baseball, he had a big impact on it when he bribed the Chicago White Sox to throw the 1919 World Series.

    • George Herman Ruthenstein. Joseph Dimagiberg. Mikhail Mantelovitz.

    • Naked_Bunny

      I assumed he meant the managers.

  • Mittens Howell, III

    Ahmadinejad just followed 'USEmbassyTelAviv' on twitter. That's weird.

  • Beowoof

    How much would you bet the person handling tweets for the Embassy was hired during Bush's term. And that he/she now supports Mitt. See we on the left can be a little crazy, not birther crazy, but still thinking of obtuse conspiracies.

  • Goonemeritus

    You know who else liked that paper – oh wait you said Hitler already.

  • Boojum

    Speaking of Republicans, Fox News, and quotes:

    "Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it."

    Adolph Hitler

    • Fukui-sanRadioBarb

      'twas Goebbels, wasn't it?

      • That's what they want you to believe.

    • The Karl Rove strategy to a (model) T.

  • Mittens Howell, III

    I'm not rushing to judgement until I hear what Joe the Plumber has to say on this.

  • At least it wasn't Diznee… he really hated the Jews.

    • Fukui-sanRadioBarb

      and unions

      and beards

  • Crank_Tango

    Oh well. you know who else hated the j…oh wait.

  • Doktor Zoom

    Other Michiganders they could have quoted:

    Michael Moore
    Sandra Bernhard
    Jerry Bruckheimer
    Aileen Wuornos
    Jim Bakker
    Father Charles Coughlin
    Jack Kevorkian
    Insane Clown Posse

  • KotBR

    Boy, talk about a lot of chutzpah.

    I'll show myself out.

  • mavenmaven

    The twenties, with their right wing catholic radio hosts, their extreme haters rioting violently across the nation, their extreme xenophobia and obsession with blocking immigration, were a terrible time for the US, one the right seems eager to replicate again nowadays.

    • AbandonHope

      It's like they're watching Boardwalk Empire and think it's a how-to manual.

    • i think they've set their sights higher. more like the 1420s.

  • SorosBot

    They thought they were sending out inspirational quotes from Gerald Ford, and will correct that error. The next tweets are, "Whoopsie!" and "Ow, my foot!".

    • And "Alert Secret Service agents wrestled the thumb to the ground."

  • Sounds pretty gefilte fishy to me.

    • Kosherrrrrrrrrrrrrr, go for the Yiddish puns, why don't you?

  • Hera Sent Me

    Coming soon:

    US embassy in Ottawa quotes John Caparulo: "Canada. It's just like America, except it sucks."

    US embassy in Seoul quotes Maj. Frank Burns: "They don't all look alike by accident, you know."

  • AddHomonym

    History is bunk.

  • BoatOfVelociraptors

    Why not go the full sandesky?

  • Oblios_Cap

    Sounds like somebody's got matzo balls for brains.

  • badseeds

    I love Michigan. The jews there are just the right height.

    • If I could double-up-fist you, I would. Er…

  • “If fans wish to know the trouble with American baseball they have it in three words—too much Jew.”

    Sandy Koufax would disagree.

  • proudgrampa

    Ford's source material was the well-respected Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

  • sezme

    I hate Illinois Nazis. Michigan Nazis, though, are A-OK.

  • Naked_Bunny

    So the US embassy can't find any quotable quotes from a Michiganer that aren't a century old?

    • guangho

      "There is a gentleness in Michigan that you just can't replicate."- Jennifer Granholm

    • poorgradstudent

      They tried, but they couldn't find any without the word "cunt" in it.

  • Guppy

    At least they're not offering Gospel verses for Hanukkah.

    • glamourdammerung

      But that was different because it does not fit in the narrative that President Obama somehow hates Israel and the Jews (because all Jews not only support Israel, but are Israelis of course) and that this hatred manifests as giving them a ton of money and letting them do what they please regardless of morality or international law.

  • meh. just throw in a bear jew quote and we'll be good to go.

  • Obviously the only resolution here is for Obama to resign.

  • Smithboy

    OK so the religious sect that pronounced that God loves them best, that they are his chosen people, are still shit faced that Henry Ford didn't care for their business ethics? Get over it!!!

    • MosesInvests

      Hey, shouldn't you be busy burning a cross somewhere? Dawn take you, and be stone to you!

  • barto

    They should have stuck to quoting from Walt Disney.

  • ttommyunger

    Relax, when it comes to hating Jews, the Jews have it covered.

  • Troglodeity

    That'd be like having a cute dog calendar with an inspirational quote from Mitt Romney.

  • TribecaMike

    Sorry, Wonkette, but this thread is inane.

  • Negropolis

    "Michiganer" isn't a word, at least not anymore. It's Michigander or Michiganian. The more you know!

    Yeah, but Ford was a total anti-semite and he didn't think too highly of the blahs, either, but you'd never know by visiting his museum. He was your quintessential eccentric businessman. All you ever hear about is him giving anyone jobs, but at the end of the day that came down to a smart business decision more than some kind of egalitarian ideology. Ford was a suburbanite before there were suburbs, born on a farm that was, at the time, outside of Detroit and hated the city before it was "Detroit" who he saw as a viceland with too much taxes and regulation.

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