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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

UC Riverside Highlander Editorial

I tend to use caution when criticizing university campus newspaper articles because, after all, these are young students writing them, and sometimes it just isn't fair for older and more experienced folks like myself to pick them apart.

The below article by the University of California at Riverside Highlander has no individual names attached, and after reading it, I felt compelled to send in my own comment in the reader thread.


http://www.highlandernews.org/16128/16128/

Below is my reader comment"

"You should not be lost for words. What happened in Paris were two atrocities carried out because someone was offended by cartoons and because someone hated Jews. (which you did not even mention). There is a worldwide movement to impose Islamic beliefs on everyone else, and it begins with criminalizing any speech critical of Islam. failing that, too many Muslims feel violence including murder is justified. Sorry, but in a free and democratic society, belief systems are going to be subject to examination, criticism, and sometimes ridicule. When a certain belief system engages in wholesale slaughter and persecution of religious minorities, there will be criticism, discussion, and even satire.
Do innocent Muslims suffer when their belief system is questioned? Yes, they do, but that is not sufficient reason to cut off and criminalize discussion of the horrors going on in the world especially when they are brought to bear on those of us in the West.
It is simple: When the intolerance, persecution, and violence ceases, the criticism will cease."
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How in the world could they not ask what it felt like to be a Jew in France given the barrage of anti-Semitic insults, attacks, and violence that is driving thousands of them to leave the country-not to mention Jews in other European countries who are in a similar situation? And it is not the Europeans themselves who are committing these acts; it is the young male Muslim immigrants, while Europeans turn a blind eye so as not to offend the Muslims.

In fact, even though this editorial is dated January 20, it seems the attack on the Jewish store was not even counted since they only counted the 12 dead from the Charlie Hebdo attack.

As a Gentile, I wonder how a Jewish student at UC Riverside would feel reading the above editorial.


Al Jazeera English: "Nothing Less Than a Propaganda Machine For Those Who Hate America"

It is time we face facts when it comes to Qatar's Al Jazeera. Behind the mask of a professional news network, Al Jazeera is a propaganda machine. When you eliminate terms like "terrorist" or "Islamist" from your lexicon, there is not much left of the truth.


http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2015/01/28/al-jazeera-english-bans-terms-terrorist-islamist/

This is the outfit to whom that blowhard Al Gore sold his interest in Current TV. (Thanks, Al.) And don't think that all of AJ's commentators, reporters, writers, and columnists are citizens of that duplicitous Gulf state that pretends to fight terror on one hand and funds it with the other. AJ has a fair share of Westerners on their payroll helping to spread the propaganda to Western audiences. They should all hang their heads in shame.

What Can Save Europe?

This article first appeared in Eagle Rising




It is too soon to proclaim the Paris attacks as the event that reversed  the course of Europe's downward plunge into Islamic darkness, but we can hope. It does seem that the Europeans, after decades of liberal blindness and sticking their heads in the sand, have awoken. They are fed up with the results of unbridled Islamic immigration that is tearing the fabric of their society apart. They are tired of the unassimilated masses, the no-go zones of their own cities, the riots, the crime, the rejection of their own traditions and culture, to say nothing of the terror. They are finally waking up to the inexcusable anti-Semitism that the immigrants have brought, the rekindling of the 1930s, if you will.

They are saying, "Enough is enough."

The trouble is that their own political leaders including the technocrats of the EU in Brussels are not listening. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has branded PEGIDA as some sort of racist organization, and she took to the airwaves to warn her citizens not to join PEGIDA's marches. France's Francois Hollande, who can shine one day and the next say something stupid ("This has nothing to do with Islam.") is anything but consistent when his country needs firm leadership. David Cameron, who is supposed to be a conservative, is a linguin in the UK's own pot of boiling water.

And of course, the last place Europe can look for inspiration and leadership is the United States of America led by Barack Obama and John Kerry.

But here is where hope might be on the way. The so-called "right-wing" parties and political leaders are in ascendancy in Europe. In France, it is Marine Le Pen and the Front National. In the Netherlands, it is Geert Wilders, probably the most courageous man in Europe, and his Party for Freedom. In the UK it is UKIP led by Nigel Farage, who is currently the "skunk at the garden party" in the European Parliament. In Sweden, it is Jimmie Ã…kesson and the Sweden Democrats. It is time that the people exercise their votes to put these leaders in office. If they don't, who knows what kind of parties and other leaders may come to the fore ten years from now. I believe that the above leaders and parties will act to stop the Islamic wave pouring across their borders and throw out the bad actors while protecting the rights of decent and law abiding Muslims and other immigrants. If the situation is allowed to fester and continue, the solution down the road can only be more drastic and less respectful of the rights of the innocent.

Let's hope that Paris really represents a sea change in saving Europe.


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

UC Santa Cruz's Puzzling Selection of MLK Speaker (Angela Davis)

Hat tip AMCHA Initiative



Home of the Banana Slugs



Once again, UC Santa Cruz solidifies its reputation as America's Wackiest University. Tomorrow, the university has invited Angela Davis to speak at an event commemorating Martin Luther King. Davis, of course, is a professor at UCSC's History of Consciousness Department-whatever the Hell that is. Aside from being a 1960s radical, she is also an anti-Zionist. In addition, the message she was sending out back in the 1960s was far different from that of Martin Luther King.



In response, the AMCHA Imitative and 19 other organizations have sent a letter to UCSC's clueless chancellor George Blumenthal voicing their concern along with a couple of requests.


UC Santa Cruz Chooses Anti-Zionist Angela Davis to Speak on “Racism, Militarism, Poverty: From Ferguson to Palestine” at Major Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Event Tomorrow


Take action by joining the campaign to urge Chancellor to address UCSC's history of sponsoring events that demonize and delegitimize Israel
Tomorrow evening Angela Davis, a well known anti-Zionist who aggressively promotes boycotts of the Jewish state and has condoned terrorism against it, will be giving a talk entitled “Racism, Militarism, Poverty: From Ferguson to Palestine” as the keynote address at UCSC’s 31st Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation.  Davis’ talk is being sponsored by the UCSC Office of the Chancellor.

Far from being a unique event, UCSC has a long history of providing administrative and departmental sponsorship for antisemitic events which demonize and delegitimize Israel, and many Jewish students have reported feeling a sense of alienation, marginalization and anti-Jewish hostility in response to these events.

This morning, an AMCHA-led coalition of 20 organizations sent a letter to UCSC Chancellor George Blumenthal expressing their serious concern with his office’s sponsorship of the Angela Davis talk and urging him to adopt measures which will address the university’s history of sponsoring antisemitic events which have a harmful effect on Jewish students.

You can see the full letter from the 20 organizations below.


TAKE ACTION: In light of UCSC’s longstanding history of sponsoring anti-Israel and antisemitic events, including its most recent selection and sponsorship of well-known anti-Zionist Angela Davis to deliver a talk intended to demonize and delegitimize the Jewish state, please join 20 organizations in urging UCSC Chancellor George Blumenthal to issue a public statement committing himself to the following actions:

1) Review UCSC’s policies on University sponsorship and neutrality and develop model institutional protocols for such activities.

2) Adopt a definition of antisemitism and provide a model protocol for campus administrators to identify contemporary incidents of antisemitism, which may be sanctioned by University non-discrimination or anti-harassment policies.

You may email Chancellor Blumenthal at chancellor@ucsc.edu.



Here is the letter that AMCHA Initiative and 19 other organizations sent to UCSC Chancellor Blumenthal this morning:


January 27, 2014

Dear Chancellor Blumenthal,

We represent 20 organizations with hundreds of thousands of members and supporters.  We are very troubled by UCSC’s selection of Angela Davis as speaker for the 31st Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Convocation, an event sponsored by your office.  Given the title of her talk -- “Racism, Militarism, Poverty: From Ferguson to Palestine” -- it is clear that Davis will use this event, intended to honor Dr. King’s memory, as an opportunity to promote her own political agenda, which includes the demonization and delegitimization of the Jewish state. Instead of choosing a speaker who could unite diverse communities, as did Martin Luther King himself, UCSC has chosen a speaker whose well-known hatred of Israel and support for efforts to harm it through antisemitic boycotts, are extraordinarily divisive and deeply offensive to many in the Jewish community.

Even more troubling, however, is the lack of sensitivity shown to those members of the Jewish community, including many UCSC Jewish alumni  who have expressed to you their sincere concerns about this major event.  Rather than publicly acknowledging these concerns and seeking to address the serious issues that underlie them, you issued a statement which completely ignores their concerns and simply asserts the University’s right to sponsor any event on the grounds of freedom of speech and academic freedom.

Although you aver in your statement that the University’s commitment to providing a platform for “the widest range of viewpoints” does not imply "agreement or endorsement” of those views, the reality is that when the University itself sponsors any event — but particularly one as important to the University as the annual MLK Memorial Convocation, involving a rigorous review of possible speakers — there is indeed an implicit endorsement of the views expressed at the event.  For this reason, we do not believe the University would have selected a speaker with a known history of racist or homophobic statements or allowed him or her to speak on a topic which was so obviously offensive to African Americans or members of the LGBT community, freedom of speech and academic freedom notwithstanding.

Unfortunately, the University has a history of selectively ignoring Jewish concerns and giving its official imprimatur to events which have had a deleterious effect on members of the Jewish community, particularly students. This is well-documented in the University of California Jewish Student Campus Climate Report commissioned by former UC President Mark Yudof.  Here are some excerpts from that report, which included substantial testimony from Jewish members of the UCSC campus and general communities:

"Jewish students are confronting significant and difficult climate issues as a result of activities on campus which focus specifically on Israel, its right to exist and its treatment of Palestinians…[and] which portray Israel and, many times, Jews in ways which project hostility, engender a feeling of isolation, and undermine Jewish students' sense of belonging and engagement with outside communities. The issue of anti-Zionism activities was a focal point of our discussions with all of the students, Jewish organizations, faculty and administration."

"One of the most significant issues expressed by Jewish students, faculty and community members is their difficulty with sponsorship of university departments, campus organizations and others of events which are very clearly designed to promote themes which are biased and unbalanced in their portrayal of Zionism and Israel. The students indicated that University administrative offices, such as the multicultural or cross cultural centers, sponsor student organization events that are dominated by groups adopting anti-Zionist platforms. Others indicated that they were doubtful that academic departments exhibited balance in their sponsorship or hosting of events -- symposiums, speaker series, etc. -- as they related to Israel and Zionism.”

"What came through in our discussions...was a sense from Jewish students and others of a double standard when it comes to the themes and language used by those protesting Israel and its policies. Specifically, Jewish students described the use of language and imagery which they believe would not be tolerated by faculty and administration, or would at least be denounced with more force, if similar themes and language were directed at other groups on campus.” 

“[P]ro-Zionist Jewish students and faculty perceive a difference in how the movement against Israel and Zionism is viewed and addressed by those in faculty and administration responsible for dealing with campus climate."

We are aware that in response to the controversy surrounding the upcoming event you have agreed to offer a joint on-campus program with the Anti-Defamation League. While this may be a step in the right direction, it is in no way sufficient to addressing the long-standing and pervasive problems that Jewish members of the campus community have been facing at UCSC, including the harmful effects of University sponsorship of unambiguously anti-Israel events.

We therefore urge you to issue a public statement in which you commit yourself to the following two recommendations from the UC Jewish Student Campus Climate Report:

1) Review UCSC’s policies on University sponsorship and neutrality and develop model institutional protocols for such activities.

2) Adopt a definition of antisemitism consistent with the working definition developed by the European Union and used by the U.S. State Department in its 2008 report on contemporary global antisemitism, and provide a model protocol for campus administrators to identify contemporary incidents of antisemitism, which may be sanctioned by University non-discrimination or anti-harassment policies.

We believe that taking these important steps will help to ensure that UCSC affords all members of its diverse community a safe, equitable and inclusive campus climate.


Sincerely,

Accuracy in Academia
Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity (AEPi)
AMCHA Initiative
American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists
American Freedom Alliance
Americans for Peace and Tolerance
California Association of Scholars
David Horowitz Freedom Center
Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET)
Hasbara Fellowships
Institute for Black Solidarity with Israel
Iranian American Jewish Federation
Middle East Political and Information Network (MEPIN)
Proclaiming Justice to the Nations 
Scholars for Peace in the Middle East 
Simon Wiesenthal Center
StandWithUs
Students and Parents Against Campus Anti-Semitism
The Lawfare Project
Training and Education About the Middle East (T.E.A.M.)
Zionist Organization of America

Cc: UC President Janet Napolitano
      UC Regents
      UCSC Associate Chancellor Ashish Sahni
      UCSC Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Herbert Lee
      UCSC Assistant Campus Diversity Officer Sheree Marlowe
      Jewish Community Leaders


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Thank you for your actions to protect Jewish students.

Warm regards,

AMCHA Initiative
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Is it not also curious that the event not only coincides with the recent Martin Luther King Day but also today's Holocaust Remembrance Day, in which Europe commemorates the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz? I guess that fact was lost on Blumenthal.

BBC Exec: "Don't Call Paris Attackers Terrorists"

Hat tip Gates of Vienna

"Too loaded and value laden"



-AMN News



This is a classic example of the moral rot that has infected the West when it comes to dealing with Islamic terrorism. According to Tarik Kafala, the head of BBC Arabic, the word "terrorist" is "too loaded and value laden".

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2926375/Paris-Charlie-Hebdo-extremists-murdered-17-people-not-called-terrorists-says-BBC-executive.html

Well, I prefer to use that "overloaded and value laden" word to deal with the savages who carried out the Paris terrorist attacks. They were terrorist savages.

How's that, Mr Kafala?

Services for Ernie Banks

Hat tip Bleacher Nation







Courtesy of Bleacher Nation, below are the details for services this week for Ernie Banks.
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The Chicago Cubs have announced that a public visitation, as well as memorial services, for Ernie Banks will be held this Friday, January 30, and Saturday, January 31, at Fourth Presbyterian Church.
Details on each day:
FRIDAY, JANUARY 30, 2015
12 P.M.-8 P.M.
PUBLIC VISITATION
FOURTH PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
EAST CHESTNUT STREET (AT NORTH MICHIGAN AVENUE)
126 EAST CHESTNUT STREET
CHICAGO, IL  60611
SATURDAY, JANUARY 31, 2015
10 A.M.
MEMORIAL SERVICES FOR ERNIE BANKS (LIMITED PUBLIC SEATING AVAILABLE)
FOURTH PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
EAST CHESTNUT STREET (AT NORTH MICHIGAN AVENUE)
126 EAST CHESTNUT STREET
CHICAGO, IL  60611
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ernie’s memory to Cubs Charities by visiting www.cubs.com/give and clicking on “Donate Now”, or to the following address:
Cubs Charities
In Memory of Ernie Banks
Wrigley Field
1060 West Addison
Chicago, IL 60613
In addition to the public visitation and memorial services, the Cubs and the City of Chicago will place Ernie Banks’ statue at Daley Plaza, starting tomorrow and lasting through Saturday, so that fans can pay there respects there as well.


http://www.bleachernation.com/2015/01/27/public-visitation-and-memorial-services-for-ernie-banks/

Holocaust Memorial Day

Hat tip Honest Reporting


Today is Holocaust Memorial Day and my contribution here is posting what I consider to be Irish pundit Pat Condell's finest video piece to date. In this video he reminds us that European Jews are facing their greatest threat since the days of Adolf Hitler and puts the blame right where it belongs. First of all it is the European Muslim immigrants who are stoking the fires. Secondly, it is the cowardly Europeans who are turning a blind eye to it all.




But lest you readers think that Pat's eloquent words will carry the day in Europe, here is your daily bucket of cold water:

The BBC is marking Holocaust Remembrance Day with a poll on its The Big Questions site:

"Is the time coming to lay the Holocaust to rest?"

http://honestreporting.com/bbcs-holocaust-tweet-shocker/

Amazing. We still have Holocaust survivors-to say nothing of their children-living among us. I Dare say we still have Holocaust perpetrators living among us. Yet, the BBC has the gall to raise this question. Do they really believe that such a thing could never happen again given what we see in Europe and the Middle East? Condell reminds us that the terrorists of Hamas in Gaza call for the destruction of not just Israel but Jewry in their charter. Not because of Israel, but because the call to kill Jews-not Israelis-but Jews- runs throughout their scripture.

What is happening to Jews today in Europe is testament to the hate that too many Muslims (not all) hold for Jews combined with the utter cravenness of too many Europeans.

Pat Condell excepted.

Monday, January 26, 2015

US Embassy Tells US Citizens in Yemen, "Get Out Immediately"

Hat tip Gateway Pundit


"It's every man for himself"



Can this be the country that in September was being trumpeted by President Obama as a success story?

http://yemen.usembassy.gov/mobile//em_012615.html

"Due to ongoing security concerns, the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa is unable to provide routine consular services but remains open and operational and is providing emergency services. We are continuously analyzing the security conditions and will resume regular consular operations as soon as possible.
The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the high security threat level in Yemen due to terrorist activities and civil unrest. The Department urges U.S. citizens not to travel to Yemen. U.S. citizens still in Yemen should make plans to depart immediately. U.S. citizens seeking to depart Yemen are responsible for making their own travel arrangements. Travelers should reconfirm flight schedules with their airline prior to going to the airport. Flight cancellations occur frequently. There are no plans for charter flights or other U.S. government-coordinated evacuations. 
U.S. citizens in Yemen remain vulnerable to kidnappings and terrorist attacks, especially when in transit to and from residences or workplaces. U.S. citizens should exercise caution and take prudent security measures in all areas, especially those areas frequented by Westerners. All U.S. citizens are reminded to vary their routes and times for all travel, maintain a high level of vigilance, keep a low profile, lock car windows and doors, carry a cell phone at all times, and report suspicious incidents to the Embassy.
Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates. Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security and follow instructions of local authorities.
We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Yemen enroll in the Department of State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. Embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency.  
Regularly monitor the State Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs website where the current Worldwide CautionTravel Alerts and Travel Warnings, and Country Specific Information for Yemen can be found. Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions. Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the United States and Canada or, for callers in other countries, by calling a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
The U.S. Embassy also encourages U.S. citizens to review the Traveler's Checklist which includes valuable security information for those living and traveling abroad. Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook as well."


Denis McDonough and the Art of Not Answering Questions



They say there is a rule for people in politics when being asked tough questions. Answer the question you wanted to be asked rather than the question that was asked.

Yesterday, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough was a guest on Chris Wallace's Fox News Sunday show. As you will see, McDonough, aside from the first question on ransom for hostages, did not answer any other questions Wallace asked. He merely repeated WH talking points.

Monster Blizzard Hits Northeast


                                                                          Grounded

It certainly looks like the climate is changing in the northeast United States as they brace for a monster blizzard. Does that mean that Al Gore will be stranded in Davos, Switzerland or has he gotten back in the nick of time in his private jet?

Hopefully things will "warm up" after a few days.

American Middle East Studies Professors Paint European Muslims as Victims

Hat tip Frontpage Magazine

Middle East Studies-Producing tomorrow's indoctrinators


Cinnamon Stillwell, writing in Frontpage Magazine, has collected an "all-star" list of comments by various US Middle East Studies professors on the Charlie Hebdo issue in the wake of the Paris attacks. Note that the status of victimhood is placed on European Muslims.

http://www.frontpagemag.com/2015/cinnamon-stillwell/profs-on-paris-attacks-je-suis-not-charlie/


If European Muslims are "under siege" as one professor put it, they have a strange way of showing it. Seems to me they are plainly the aggressors. And what pogroms have been carried out against French Muslims?

That is the kind of "scholarship' that reigns supreme on US university campuses especially when it comes to Middle East issues, where only one side is ever presented.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Mark LeVine on Charlie Hebdo: Blame Capitalism and the West

Mark LeVine


"Decades of the combined onslaught of extreme capitalism and extreme religion have shaped a necropolitics of the oppressed that is the mirror image of the necropolitics of local and western governments, and the oppression and violence they've imposed."


UC Irvine professor and Al Jazeera contributor Mark LeVine has put together his usual blame the West gibberish on Al Jazeera. In this piece, the attacks in Paris are all attributable to colonization, capitalism and the West.

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2015/01/charlie-hebdo-islam-cartoon-terr-20151106726681265.html

That's right. If you want to blame someone, blame France. Blame the US. Blame the West. Blame capitalism and colonialism. LeVine thinks he has found the Missing Connection when he brings out the fact that the Paris killers were of Algerian and Senegalese extraction-both ex-French colonies.

Of course! Why didn't we think of that before? Elementary my dear Watson.

Nonsense. Just how long does it take for a former colony to get its act together? The US was once a colony of England. It seems our Founding Fathers did a pretty good job of putting a functioning democracy together. No, it wasn't perfect because it didn't immediately abolish slavery, but it eventually did. In fact, it was the West that led the way in the 19th century in abolishing slavery.

But as to the question at hand, it is time that the blame be placed squarely on the backs of the murderers and the ideology that drives them to do it. After all, they tell us in their own words why they do what they do. Should we not take them at their word instead of engaging in self-flagellation?