Thursday, October 30, 2014

Clueless in Seattle

Hat tip The Mike Report

"Just think, Bro. Forty years from now we'll be protesting against Israel."

If you want to see the end result of all those hippies back in the 60s who were stoned on acid, look no farther than this post from my friend Mike of the Mike Report. He filmed a demonstration in Seattle by a group of burned out 60s types who have found new meaning to their lives in protesting against Israel. They showed up to protest a shipping company that is doing business with Israel. Mike got some humorous video.

Bill Maher Update at Berkeley

Hat tip Daily Californian

It's getting interesting at UC Berkeley (When isn't it?). The student group that had invited Bill Maher to speak at its commencement bowed to pressure and disinvited him. However, Chancellor Nicholas Dirks refused to accept the "disinvite" and said that Maher will speak. His statement is linked in the Daily Californian article.

Way to go, Chancellor Dirks.

University of Virginia Panel on ISIS

Hat tip Campus Watch and Cavalier Daily
-Cavalier Daily

"Having a clothes drive would really help."

There was a panel discussion at the University of Virginia the other day, and the topic was ISIS and their crimes against women. Here is the blurb from the UVA campus paper.

 On the one hand, I'm glad somebody in academia is talking about the horrible things that ISIS is doing to women (and men). It should be pointed out that Esfandiari, was a prisoner for several months in 2007 in Teheran's notorious Evin prison on trumped up charges.

On the other hand, did anybody mention the word, "Islam"? Apparently not, so if that was the case, the audience didn't learn much about why this is happening and what ISIS considers its motivation for slaughtering so many people.

And there was this gem:

"To prevent such an outcome, there will need to be greater direct intervention by the West, Nicholson said. There also need to be greater efforts to “protect and develop” the foundations of democracy and the principles of private ownership and property."

I would say the clothes drive has more chance of success.

* In the interest of full disclosure, I received a masters degree from UVA in 1993 when I was 48 years old.

And what did I major in, you ask?

You don't wanna know.

Sherman Jackson Takes his Sharia Propaganda to University of Tennessee

Hat tip Campus Watch

Professor Sherman Jackson of the University of Southern California and a convert to Islam, took his propaganda show to the University of Tennessee this week where he argued that sharia law is compatible with the US Constitution. Here is the unquestioning  report in the UT school newspaper, the Daily Beacon (which has also been posted on Campus Watch).

Of course, this is not the first time that Jackson has tried to sell this lemon to an unsuspecting public. In 2012, I watched him perform with several others in a sharia workshop at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where he had a curious answer to my question about Muslim persecution of non-Muslims. He called it a "false criteria".

If anyone in the UT audience asked Jackson about hudud sharia, the punishment portion that deals with Crimes Against God, the student paper article does not report it. Hudud sharia mandates death for apostates, blasphemers, adulterers and homosexuals. Perfectly compatible with the US Constitition, mind you.

The fact is that when a knowledgeable person raises these issues, watch the Dance of Evasion begin. That is why these Islamic propaganda events are almost always structured so as to restrict questioning and eliminate follow ups by people who can destroy the lame talking points. Unfortunately, college students generally don't have the experience to be able to scratch beneath the talking points of these polished propagandists. That is why we need to attend these events. We can also get our views into the campus newspapers, which I will attempt to do with the Daily Beacon.

If they'll print it.


Here it is:

To whom it may concern,

I would like to submit the below as a letter to the editor for consideration for publication in your paper.

Thank you

Gary Fouse
Adjunct teacher
Univ of Calif at Irvine Ext.

"I can't help but wonder if anyone in the audience asked Professor Sherman Jackson during his appearance about Hudud Sharia. That is the part of sharia law that outlines punishments for "Crimes Against God". Under Hudud Sharia, the death penalty is mandated for apostasy, blasphemy, adultery and homosexuality. This is affirmed by virtually every leading school of Islamic thought in the world. How  is that compatible with the US Constitution?

In 2012, I saw Jackson speak at a sharia workshop at the Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. When I asked his panel about all the persecution of non-Muslims happening around the Islamic world, and why Muslims were not condemning it. he dismissed it as a "false criteria". That can be viewed at the below link.

Presentations like Jackson's should be accompanied by hard questions during the q and a with appropriate follow up. It appears that was lacking in this event."

Gary Fouse
Adj teacher
Univ of Calif at Irvine Ext.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Jewish Federations Invite Questionable Speakers to National Convention

Leave it to the Jewish Federations to invite Joe Biden, Andrea Mitchell and Elena Kagan to their annual convention.

At this point, I will quote the words of LA-based writer, Janet Levy to describe the Federation's choice of speakers.

"The Jewish Federation invited VP Joe Biden to address their General Assembly meeting in Washington, D.C.  Biden, who recently referred to unscrupulous bankers who prey on the military as “shylocks” and was quick to blame Israel for “undermining trust” for building housing units in East Jerusalem (NOT firing missiles or blowing themselves up!), will headline the event.

Another invited speaker is Andrea Mitchell, who during the recent defensive war against Hamas and Fatah in Gaza, waxed sympathetic for Palestinian civilians, especially children, and wondered aloud (on national TV) if Israel was “losing its soul.”  Mitchell also voiced a knee-jerk but false observation (without substantiation) that the majority of civilian deaths during the war were caused by Israel.  

Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, who idolizes activist judge Aaharon Barak as her “judicial hero,” will participate in the Jewish Federation’s General Assembly meeting as well.

The Jewish Federation is the largest Jewish organization in North America comprising 157 Federations and 300 Network communities.  Between 30-50% of Jewish households in the U.S. contribute to JFed, which raises and distributes more than $3 billion annually.

The Federation has supported BDS organizations and has invited several of them to participate in the “Celebrate Israel” parade in New York.  JFed has promoted and helped finance a program that sends Jewish, Christian and Muslim college students to Israel to meet with Hamas, Hezbollah and Muslim Brotherhood operatives and indoctrinate them into believing that Israel is an apartheid, Nazi-like state that violates the rights of Arab-Palestinians and steals their land and water.  (On one such trip, students met with Hamas operative, Aziz Duwaik, who was twice arrested (and served jail time) by Israeli Defense Forces, once in connection to the kidnapping of Gilad Shalit. 

The Jewish Federation did not participate in the recent protests of the Klinghoffer Opera at the Met in New York City."

Janet Levy,
Los Angeles
That's quite a record for the Jewish Federation. Well, I guess it's better than Jewish Voice for Peace, but pretty much on the level of J-Street, that bunch that calls itself pro-Israel but supports just about every Palestinian talking point.

I have an idea: Why don't they invite that anonymous source in the White House to speak-the one who called Bibi Netanyahu a coward?

Two Dead Cops in Sacramento Because We Will Not Secure Our Borders

This post first appeared in Eagle Rising.

From illegal immigration to drug smuggling to border violence to Middle Eastern terrorists coming up through Mexico to  the recent flood of unaccompanied Central American children to the Ebola virus. For years now we have been talking ourselves blue in the face over our government's refusal to secure our borders. Now this (as if it were the first): This past weekend two police officers in the Sacramento area were murdered, one other officer wounded, and a motorist shot in the face all by an illegal immigrant. As if that's not bad enough, this same man had been previously deported twice.

Nor is this the first case of a criminal illegal alien who had gone through our justice system committing murder in California. In 2008, Jamiel Shaw, a high school football star, whose mother was serving in the military overseas, was murdered in Los Angeles for no reason by an illegal immigrant gang member who had just been released from jail-without ICE being notified. The same year in San Francisco, another illegal immigrant gang member shot and killed a father and his two sons in some kind of road rage incident. Again, the  killer had recently been let out of jail without ICE being notified. He is now serving life in prison. The then San Francisco DA, ultra-liberal Kamala Harris, was famous for consistently refusing to pursue the death penalty for any and all cases in her jurisdiction. She is now California's attorney general, is running for re-election, and is rumored to
be considered as a replacement for Eric Holder or a spot on the US Supreme Court.

But what is the problem in California? Both San Francisco and Los Angeles are so-called sanctuary cities, where local police will not cooperate with the feds in getting illegal alien gang members and other criminals off the streets and out of the country. The current policy in most California cities is that when an illegal alien criminal is set to be released, the jails will not honor any holds placed by the feds, who instead have to be right there to take the defendant into custody as soon as he is released. Sanctuary policies are fully supported by Governor Jerry Brown.

This is not the way law enforcement is supposed to work. Stopping crime is supposed to be a joint effort at the federal, state and local levels. Ideally, ICE and local police should be working hand-in-hand to identify illegal alien criminals in the community sharing their intelligence and resources to rid the community of these criminals who are not even legally in the country. When I was a DEA agent working in Los Angeles in the late 1970s and early 1980s, our task force group consisted of DEA, Immigration and LAPD officers who worked as a team. It was a sound tactic and worked quite well.

I suspect some readers will conclude that I have something against immigrants in general or Hispanics in general. Far be the case. My wife is a Mexican immigrant (legal). I am very pro-immigrant as long as people come legally, obey our laws, and assimilate. I also well understand why millions of Mexicans come to this country because of the lack of opportunities in Mexico, which is a topic for another discussion. However, the plain fact is that no country can tolerate the presence of millions of people in the country illegally. Aside from the otherwise honest ones who are working, there is also a certain percentage who are criminals, and we must consider them as our top priority.

Yet, in spite of all common sense and in spite of all the horror stories, until we get a government that is serious about securing our borders, providing strong disincentives for local sanctuary policies (for example funding and other punitive measures), and getting rid of the foreign criminal elements, we will continue to suffer more outrages like the ones I have illustrated just in the state of California-to say nothing of the other 49 states.

Sweden's Willful Occupation Continues

Hat tip Jihad Watch

"All aboard!"

The Swedish ship Vasa

As pointed out over and over again at this site, Sweden is a country that has capitulated to militant Muslim immigrants who continue to arrive in large numbers and do nothing but increase the country's crime rate and welfare rolls. Sweden has invited its own occupation. Jihad Watch has the report from a Danish source.

When your cops are scared of your immigrants, it's a sign that maybe-just maybe- your immigration policies are out of whack.

UC Berkeley in a Tither Over Bill Maher as Commencement Speaker

Hat tip Daily Californian

“It’s not an issue of freedom of speech, it’s a matter of campus climate,” Navid said. “The First Amendment gives him the right to speak his mind, but it doesn’t give him the right to speak at such an elevated platform as the commencement. That’s a privilege his racist and bigoted remarks don’t give him.”
-Marium Navid

In case you didn't know, Bill Maher is scheduled to be the commencement speaker at UC Berkeley. In the wake of his recent comments about Islam on his show, that has some folks in an uproar, specifically Muslim students. They want him dis-invited.

As I have said before when I posted the original story of Maher's debate with Ben Affleck, I think Maher is a jerk. It is a mystery to me why anybody would want this guy as a commencement speaker. I mean is he the best they can do? Having said that, his critics must now challenge the truthfulness or falsity of what he said. There is now a larger issue at stake here. In addition, I would ask where all these people were when Maher was bashing Christians as he has done for years.

At any rate, I am copying my comment to the above reader thread.

“It’s not an issue of freedom of speech, it’s a matter of campus climate,” Navid said. “The First Amendment gives him the right to speak his mind, but it doesn’t give him the right to speak at such an elevated platform as the commencement. That’s a privilege his racist and bigoted remarks don’t give him.”

"And who decides that, Marium Navid?

Where were all the objections to Bill Maher when he was bashing Christians as he has done for years?

In fact, where were all the objections in the past years of anti-Israeli events on UC campuses in which Jews have been insulted by speakers? Has the UCB Muslim Student Association ever invited Amir Abdel Malik Ali to speak on campus? The MSU at UC Irvine, where I teach has invited him many times. He regularly takes names out of a hat and calls them "Zionist Jews", a term he spits out with contempt.

Bill Maher is a jerk in my view, but he pales in comparison to some of the speakers who regularly appear on UC campuses and bash Jews."

Gary Fouse
Adj teacher

(I always sign my name.)

Benjamin Netanyahu's Response to the Anonymous White House Official

A diplomatic row is brewing over an anonymous White House official who referred to Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as "chickensh--". Below courtesy of Arutz Sheva and Frontpage Magazine is Netanyahu's response before the Israeli Knesset.

I can't wait to learn the identity of this anonymous individual who called Netanyahu, a war veteran whose own brother was killed while leading the raid on Entebbe, a coward. I would be willing to wager that this anonymous person has never worn the uniform of his country.

Hillary Clinton "Corrects the Record"

Hat tip Buzz Feed

A new political term has been born.


“I short-handed this point the other day, so let me be absolutely clear about what I’ve been saying for a couple of decades.”
“Our economy grows when businesses and entrepreneurs create good-paying jobs here in America and workers and families are empowered to build from the bottom up and the middle out — not when we hand out tax breaks for corporations that outsource jobs or stash their profits overseas.”

That's what Hillary Clinton explained to an audience after several days of furor over her preposterous statement, "'Don't let anybody tell you that corporations and businesses create jobs."


Sorry, Hillaria. There is no walking this back. Your words were clear. This attempt at "clarification" doesn't hold water.

Hijinks at UC San Diego Center Around Deadbeat Cafe named After Che Guevara

Hat tip Campus Reform

“The Che Cafe Collective doesn’t mourn, it organizes,” the event description reads.

Those who know a thing or two about history know that when Castro took over Cuba, Che Guevara (an Argentine, no less) was in charge of the kangaroo courts that executed hundreds of supporters of the ousted Batista regime. In fact, the "trials" barely lasted 5 minutes each as the "convicted" defendants were marched out the back door to the firing squad.

Those who don't know a thing or two about history today wear t-shirts with Che's face emblazoned across the front-or name cafes after him on the UC San Diego campus-cafes that fail to pay rent no less.

Of course, we all know that Che met his end in Bolivia where he was killed by Bolivian security forces-for failing to pay his rent or some such thing.

The Latest White House Insult Against Israel

Hat tip John Speedie for audio

If you still think the Obama administration "has Israel's back", read this latest flap.

At this point, any administration claims that the President is a friend of Israel are laughable. Equally laughable is the White House official's reference to a  recent visit to the White House by Netanyahu. Sorry, but we have seen those visits in the past. Remember the time Obama told Netanyahu to "come up with something better and let him know when he did" as he marched upstairs to dinner? Then there was the time, Bibi took Obama to task in front of the press corps as he schooled him on why Israel would never compromise on its security. Surely Obama never forgot that. Just this week, we learned that the Israeli defense minister was denied a White House visit during his trip to Washington. He couldn't even meet with Susan Rice!

No doubt, the White House does, in fact, view Netanyahu as "chickensh--". He insists on defending his own country. How
chickensh-- is that?