In our system of law, one who asks the Court for an equitable remedy must come before it with “clean hands.”
David Storobin has asked the Court of Public Opinion for Equity because of words said by his opponent Councilman Lew Fidler.
I don’t think Fidler should used have the words he used, which slightly misconstrue things I’ve said in a series of articles about Storobin.
But, I strongly feel that Storobin has forfeited his right to Equity in the Court of Public Opinion.
Storobin does not have clean hands.
To recap, Fidler said the following at a Young Democrats meeting:
“a guy who can’t even fess up to what he writes on his web pages anymore and is busy scrubbing what little history he has because he’s embarrassed about his ties to skinheads and neo-Nazi groups and white supremacist groups because the Republicans had no idea who they were putting on the ballot.”
I suspect Fidler got caught in a bad game of telephone. Someone said Storobin’s pieces were repeatedly “linked by” websites of skinheads and neo-Nazi groups and white supremacist groups, which is true. They are “linked,” because, as I showed yesterday, what Storobin writes is greatly appealing to haters.
My guess is that somewhere along the line the assertion that Storobin was “linked by” such people was reported to Fidler in terms that Storobin was “linked to” them –a reasonable supposition, but one which has not been proven. From “linked to” it is only steps to having “ties with.”
At any rate, Storobin is linked to John Press, the former head of the Brooklyn Tea Party, whose first meeting Storobin hosted, and who has publicly aired views about “culturalism” which are arguably racialist. Further, Storobin not only whitewashes immigrant-bashing Minuteman Jim Gilchrist, but the recent controversy drew a strongly worded defense of Storobin by Gilchrist himself, in a thread on a local website. As the Anti Defamation League has noted, “the Minuteman Project has attracted a variety of extremists and anti-immigration activists of all types. A number of neo-Nazi National Alliance members showed up for the first weekend of events…”
So, maybe Fidler wasn’t all that wrong.
At any rate, the remarks were videotaped, and the video which so offended Storobin, apparently causing him great aguish, has been relentlessly distributed by his supporters ever since.
The deeply offended Storobin has now released a photo collage of family members who died fighting the Nazis in World War II or who were murdered by Soviet persecutors for being Jewish. The collage is accompanied by deeply mawkish prose.
As I said yesterday, by carrying the accusation slightly farther than the provable facts justify, Fidler has allowed a thoroughly despicable character who should never be allowed to hold public office to temporarily lay claim to the moral high ground to which he is not entitled.
That being said (and sad) I now must opine that Storobin is guilty of everything he accuses Fidler of and worse.
STOROBIN HAS NO RIGHT TO CLAIM TO IT IS OFFENSIVE TO IMLPY PEOPLE ARE LIKE NAZIS, BECAUSE HE DOES IT ALL THE TIME:
In a column I did examining Storobin’s Facebook posts, Storobin said:
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In the interview, Storobin compares elected legislators enacting same sex marriage to totalitarianism in North Korea, and as well as under Stalin and the Nazis.
STOROBIN DOES NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO PLAY FOR SYMPATHY BASED UPON HIS FAMILY’S EXPERIENCE DURING THE HOLOCAUST, BECAUSE HE WRITES AND PUBLISHES ARTICLES WHERE GENOCIDE IS DENIED:
“In the early 1990s, Yugoslavia fell apart along ethnic lines. The most contentious place was Bosnia where the Muslims clashed with Christian Serbs. Both sides committed atrocities…”
“It was thus hardly surprising that Bill Clinton chose to help Bosnian Muslims over the Serbs. What was unusual was the vilification of the Serbs as the only side that committed atrocities. While it is true that the Serbs committed crimes, it was always doubtless that Bosnians did as well.”
“In March 1999, after months of exaggeration of Serbian atrocities by the Western media… Washington-led NATO began the air campaign against Serbia”
Storobin""Thanks again for agreeing to put this up. If 'Global Politician' has at all an image of being cutting-edge, not to mention courageous, I don't think this article will hurt it. And those who know the real truth about this matter will regard your publication with much respect."
"Everyone, including some writers who have nothing to do with Armenians complained."
There is no indication he understood the enormity of what he’d done.
STOROBIN DOES NOT GET POINTS FOR HAVING RELATIVES WHO FOUGHT THE NAZIS, WHEN HE WRITES ARTICLES SYMPATHETIC TO NAZI COLLABORATORS:
STOROBIN DOES NOT GET TO COMPLAIN ABOUT POLITICIAN FALSELY ACCUSSING HIM OF BIGOTRY, WHEN HE FALSELY ACCUSES OTHER POLITICAINS OF BEING BIGOTS:
As I’ve noted, Storobin blames Democrats as a group for reapportionment decisions which divided the Russian community, even though they were sometimes undertaken by the State Senate Republican, or a commission on which Republicans made the majority of appointments. Yet, asked recently to comment about the current LATFOR plan for the Senate, which tears the Russian community into shreds, Storobin’s spokesman said “The last thing David cares about is what’s going on in Albany”.
But it’s not group libel which concerns me here, but Storobin’s unspeakable effort to brand State Senator Diane Savino a bigot.
In the same article, Storobin descends into Charles Barron style race baiting.
STOROBIN: [The Russians’] power in Savino's district is so miniscule that she openly called the views of Russian-Americans "absurd" in a recent interview in the Staten Island Advance, knowing that her Russian constituents are too outnumbered to do anything about the insult during the next election….
… In other communities, such disregard and abuse would be unthinkable. Politicians, even the most corrupt ones, cannot harass local small businesses, nor ignore their legitimate concerns. At the very least, they have to pretend they are trying to help their constituents.
Not so for Russian-American voters. Russians are "absurd."…Russians are ... disenfranchised.”
Storobin does not link the article with Savino’s “offending” quote, but I will.
The article is called “Many Russians on Staten Island Aligning With Republicans.”
The article notes that the newly formed Citizens Magazine Business Club, a confederation of more than 50 Russian-owned businesses in Staten Island and Brooklyn, has aligned itself with the Molinari Republican Club in Staten Island in an effort to increase the Russian community's political and economic clout.
A businessman named Arkadiy Fridman is quoted:
"We decided we had to support this club…They are very close to our political and business vision."
The article then notes:
In the wake of the national GOP's big wins this year, when the party took back control of the House, Republicans everywhere are more confident that their bedrock message of smaller government and lower taxes will resonate with American voters.
Fridman said that the Democrats "are going in an absolutely different direction," focusing on "income redistribution" and rich-versus-poor "class war."
Fridman then makes the money quote (almost literally):
"It's too socialistic…It's very painful for us to see."
The article then goes on to note:
The Democrats' national losses were seen as a rejection of President Barack Obama's health care reform law and other initiatives that opponents say went too far in pushing government control on Americans.
The Big Brother approach reminds Fridman too much of what he left behind in the former Soviet Union.
Fridman then opines:
"It's the same rule like it was there."
Another businessman, Michael Petrov, is quoted to similar effect. He objects to "micro-managing of the economy…Government is affecting small business more and more…It's the same as what's happening in Russia."
At the end of the article a Democrat is finally allowed to respond.
State Sen. Diane Savino (D-North Shore/Brooklyn) said she understands the Russian aversion to anything that looks like big government, but thinks the criticism of the Democratic Party is off-base.
"You can't ignore the fact that the Russian population here came of age during the Soviet era," said Ms. Savino, who counts many Russians among her Brooklyn constituents.
"They have different thoughts on what communism and socialism mean. They are a little more sensitive to it.
"But, that being said," she added, "you can't compare the policies of the Democratic Party with communism. It's absurd."
There you have it.
Storobin’s description of what Senator Savino said about Russians, based on one single word in an article he refused to link, verges upon the definition of false light libel, and might even be actionable if the Senator were not a public figure.
Storobin ought to be ashamed himself.
SINCE STOROBIN EQUATES COMMUNISTS WITH NAZIS, SAYING SOMEONE IS LIKE A COMMUNIST IS JUST AS BAD, RIGHT? WELL HE DOES IT AGAIN AND AGAIN
David Storobin: Yeah, let's fight the people who became successful. Let's vilify them. Let's confiscate more and more from them, always claiming that they are not paying enough. That worked out so well in the Soviet Union, China, Vietnam, North Korea, Cuba, etc!
David Storobin I can kind of understand other people supporting leftist policies, but how is it possible for Russians to support this economically illiterate demagoguery? Hasn't the Soviet experiment been lesson enough?! Or is the liberal brainwashing in college so efficient that nobody remembers why Soviet citizens moved to the United States, and not the reverse?
David Storobin: Seriously? HuffPost is your source? What happened, Kim Jong-Il wasn't available for a comment?
Sorry David, people who Nazi-bait, Red-bait, Holocaust deny, defend Nazi collaborators and libel others do not get to whine about their hurt feelings because someone accuses them of being a slightly more obnoxious bigot than the type of bigot they actually are.