MEIN TWEET  9:32 am June 26, 2012

U.S. Embassy in Israel Tweeting Quotes From Henry Ford, Prominent Hater of Jews

by Rich Abdill

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:

Hmm.

 
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BarackMyWorld June 26, 2012 at 9:36 am

Oy vey!

actor212 June 26, 2012 at 10:00 am

You could say the embassy was farblondjet here? Nu?

freakishlywrong June 26, 2012 at 9:37 am

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

Gratuitous World June 26, 2012 at 9:38 am

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 June 26, 2012 at 10:06 am

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

MrFizzy June 26, 2012 at 9:38 am

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

Chill_Bill June 26, 2012 at 9:38 am

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

Steverino247 June 26, 2012 at 9:40 am

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 June 26, 2012 at 9:49 am

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 June 26, 2012 at 9:55 am

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."

actor212 June 26, 2012 at 10:01 am

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

scvirginia June 26, 2012 at 11:55 am

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

glamourdammerung June 26, 2012 at 2:34 pm

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

BigSkullF*ckingDog June 26, 2012 at 9:41 am

Awkward . . .

JustPixelz June 26, 2012 at 9:41 am

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 June 26, 2012 at 11:49 am

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 June 26, 2012 at 2:36 pm

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 June 26, 2012 at 9:41 am

At least he didn't say "vagina".

Baconzgood June 26, 2012 at 9:42 am

NEEDZ MOAR "KIKE"!!!

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

actor212 June 26, 2012 at 10:01 am

You got a lot of mockie, my boy.

thatsitfortheother1 June 26, 2012 at 10:08 am

Invite them over for BLTs.

ChernobylSoup June 26, 2012 at 9:45 am

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 June 26, 2012 at 9:47 am

Always wondered why Ford never made a Model J.

Steverino247 June 26, 2012 at 9:50 am

Good one!

actor212 June 26, 2012 at 10:02 am

He couldn't find the right kind of gas.

Fukui-sanRadioBarb June 26, 2012 at 10:05 am

I am so going to hell for laughing at that.

Mittens Howell, III June 26, 2012 at 10:05 am

too soon.

thatsitfortheother1 June 26, 2012 at 10:08 am

The ash trays were always full.

BoatOfVelociraptors June 26, 2012 at 10:19 am

Talk about a B-list joke.

Joshua Norton June 26, 2012 at 9:48 am

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 June 26, 2012 at 10:10 am

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

PubOption June 26, 2012 at 10:45 am

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

AbandonHope June 26, 2012 at 11:56 am

"Some"?

coolhandnuke June 26, 2012 at 9:50 am

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

Mittens Howell, III June 26, 2012 at 9:52 am

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

prommie June 26, 2012 at 9:53 am

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 June 26, 2012 at 10:04 am

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

gurukalehuru June 26, 2012 at 11:15 am

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

Fukui-sanRadioBarb June 26, 2012 at 9:55 am

We should stop using assembly lines immediately!!!!

Barb June 26, 2012 at 10:06 am

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 June 26, 2012 at 10:55 am

On a Sesame Street bun.

Mittens Howell, III June 26, 2012 at 9:55 am

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

Oblios_Cap June 26, 2012 at 9:55 am

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

prommie June 26, 2012 at 9:56 am

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 June 26, 2012 at 11:09 am

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

Maman June 26, 2012 at 9:56 am

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

Doktor Zoom June 26, 2012 at 9:57 am

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

actor212 June 26, 2012 at 9:58 am

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 June 26, 2012 at 10:02 am

You've never seen the Sons of David?

actor212 June 26, 2012 at 10:08 am

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

thatsitfortheother1 June 26, 2012 at 10:16 am

Prefer Sons of the Champlin.

bobbert June 26, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Now there's an obscure Marin reference.

thatsitfortheother1 June 27, 2012 at 3:22 am

I'm old. :)

SorosBot June 26, 2012 at 10:26 am

Sandy Koufax libel!

MosesInvests June 26, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Hank Greenberg libel, also, too!

Chow Yun Flat June 26, 2012 at 10:50 am

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.

gurukalehuru June 26, 2012 at 11:20 am

George Herman Ruthenstein. Joseph Dimagiberg. Mikhail Mantelovitz.

Naked_Bunny June 26, 2012 at 11:38 am

I assumed he meant the managers.

Mittens Howell, III June 26, 2012 at 9:59 am

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

Beowoof June 26, 2012 at 9:59 am

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 June 26, 2012 at 9:59 am

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

Tyrannically_Joe June 26, 2012 at 8:20 pm
Boojum June 26, 2012 at 9:59 am

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 June 26, 2012 at 10:02 am

'twas Goebbels, wasn't it?

actor212 June 26, 2012 at 10:09 am

That's what they want you to believe.

lisawines June 26, 2012 at 11:16 am

The Karl Rove strategy to a (model) T.

Mittens Howell, III June 26, 2012 at 10:00 am

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

ManchuCandidate June 26, 2012 at 10:01 am

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

Fukui-sanRadioBarb June 26, 2012 at 10:03 am

and unions

and beards

Crank_Tango June 26, 2012 at 10:02 am

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

weejee June 26, 2012 at 10:11 am
thatsitfortheother1 June 26, 2012 at 10:31 am

Lenny Bruce?

Doktor Zoom June 26, 2012 at 10:04 am

Other Michiganders they could have quoted:

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

Tyrannically_Joe June 26, 2012 at 10:31 am

"Fucking magnets, how do they work" #Michigan's Violent J http://goo.gl/TDUM8 #50in50

weejee June 26, 2012 at 10:44 am

The result of Maxwell's silver hammer.

KotBR June 26, 2012 at 10:04 am

Boy, talk about a lot of chutzpah.

I'll show myself out.

mavenmaven June 26, 2012 at 10:07 am

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 June 26, 2012 at 11:57 am

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

fuflans June 26, 2012 at 12:13 pm

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

SorosBot June 26, 2012 at 10:07 am

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!".

actor212 June 26, 2012 at 10:16 am

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

weejee June 26, 2012 at 10:10 am

Sounds pretty gefilte fishy to me.

actor212 June 26, 2012 at 10:16 am

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

Hera Sent Me June 26, 2012 at 10:17 am

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 June 26, 2012 at 10:17 am

History is bunk.

BoatOfVelociraptors June 26, 2012 at 10:22 am

Why not go the full sandesky?

Oblios_Cap June 26, 2012 at 10:28 am

Sounds like somebody's got matzo balls for brains.

badseeds June 26, 2012 at 10:34 am

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

lisawines June 26, 2012 at 11:18 am

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

Chow Yun Flat June 26, 2012 at 10:44 am

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

Sandy Koufax would disagree.

proudgrampa June 26, 2012 at 10:51 am

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

sezme June 26, 2012 at 11:30 am

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

Naked_Bunny June 26, 2012 at 11:40 am

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

guangho June 26, 2012 at 2:56 pm

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

poorgradstudent June 26, 2012 at 4:01 pm

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

Guppy June 26, 2012 at 11:54 am

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

glamourdammerung June 26, 2012 at 2:38 pm

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.

fuflans June 26, 2012 at 12:13 pm

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

imissopus June 26, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Obviously the only resolution here is for Obama to resign.

Smithboy June 26, 2012 at 2:12 pm

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 June 26, 2012 at 2:31 pm

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

barto June 26, 2012 at 3:59 pm

They should have stuck to quoting from Walt Disney.

ttommyunger June 26, 2012 at 5:03 pm

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

Troglodeity June 26, 2012 at 5:26 pm

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

TribecaMike June 26, 2012 at 6:57 pm

Sorry, Wonkette, but this thread is inane.

Negropolis June 27, 2012 at 2:57 am

"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.

redarmyzombie June 27, 2012 at 5:36 am

*headdesk*

*headdesk*

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