Friday, January 20, 2017

Australia Attacker Reportedly Yelling, "Allahu Akhbar"

Hat tip Jihad Watch

According to at least one witness, the driver who killed four people and injured approximately 25 while driving in circles through a Melbourne intersection, was yelling, "Allahu Akhbar". That contradicts a police statement that while the attack was deliberate, it was not terrorism.

It may well be that authorities are trying to cover up the Islamic aspect behind the attack. Jihad Watch has new details.

Here also from Jihad Watch is a video of an interview with a witness by an Australian reporter in which he says the driver was yelling, "Allahu Akhbar". The reporter claims the police have asked to to take down the interview.

Here is more from Vlad Tepes. The great question raised here by VT is why we cannot hear what the driver is screaming at people as he drives in circles.

Another Car Attack-This Time Melbourne

A pram was dragged 100 metres through the middle of Melbourne's city centre by the car involved in today's horrific rampage, witnesses say

Four people, including a small child, are dead with many more injured after a man drove his car into a crowd of people in Melbourne today.

And the answer to your question is yes. Daily News (UK) has pictures, video and details. Read on.

"He was a great guy but ice destroyed him. Then he converted to Muslim and changed very quickly. For over a month he's been on edge,' he told Daily Mail Australia."

Today's Inauguration

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Like most of you (except those 60+ Democrat representatives who are boycotting it) I am watching the inauguration and the various events in Washington.

Fox is reporting 90 arrests of protesters/rioters downtown so far. At 12th and K Streets rocks are being thrown at police, who are responding with pressure grenades.

I liked Trump's speech. It was short (16 minutes) but powerful and in line with his previous themes. One thing shines through: Donald Trump is a nationalist, and he will put American interests first.

All in all, I thought it was inspiring to once again watch the peaceful handover of power something that America takes great pride in. Today, the African nation of Gambia has been invaded by Senegal and other neighboring countries to force out the president who has refused to cede power after an election. There but for the grace of God go you and I.

I think it is also appropriate to add that President and Mrs. Obama did their part today. No matter what you think of the Obama presidency, for the most part, he upheld the dignity and the protocols of his office. (Aside from his last executive orders) he assisted Trump and the transition in an exemplary manner.

It's going to be a very eventful 4-8 years, and it begins today.

Re-education Camp at Marquette

Hat tip Campus Reform

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"Students who try to leave early, though, or sneak in late “for any reason” will receive an incomplete for the mandatory workshop, with the tentative schedule explaining that any student who arrives “more than 15 minutes late or leave[s] more than 15 minutes early” will be penalized."

Several Marquette University professors are requiring-strictly requiring- that their students attend sessions designed that they examine issues of race and other politically-correct issues as part of their classes.

Isn't Marquette a Catholic/Jesuit university? Will we see Sister Rosa standing over the shoulders of students cracking them on the knuckles with her ruler if they don't utter the proper mea culpas? I mean what's up with all the political correctness?

Wisconsin Ave at Marquette University

"We're still a university, Fousesquawk."

Who Are the "Mediocre Negroes"?

Hat tip The College Fix and New English Review

This article was first posted in New English Review.

Marc Lemont Hill is a professor at Morehouse College. He is better known as a cable TV commentator previously at Fox News and more frequently at CNN. Hill is usually more congenial when debating conservatives, but he really made a splash last week when he referred to prominent blacks who have been meeting with President-elect Donald Trump as “mediocre Negroes”. In that class, he included the man he was debating with, Trump supporter Bruce Levell. It also apparently included ex-football stars Jim Brown and Ray Lewis as well as TV star Steve Harvey, all of whom have recently visited Trump at his Hqs in New York.

I don’t know much about the politics of Brown, Lewis or Harvey, though I would not recommend calling Brown or Lewis “mediocre Negroes” to their faces. I am old enough to remember seeing Jim Brown play as well as Lewis. Brown, after leaving football and a short-lived movie career, has devoted much of his time mentoring young gang members and trying to turn them straight. Lewis, who was actually accused of being involved in a homicide in Atlanta (He was never convicted), also spends time trying to teach young people to avoid the mistakes he made in his youth.
In a broader sense, however, this is the type of treatment that is dished out by the left to blacks who are either conservative, Republican, or who don’t follow the plantation rules of conduct and thought required by the left.

Aside from Brown and Lewis et al, this is what people like Clarence Thomas, Condi Rice, Thomas Sowell, Shelby Steele, Larry Elder, Deroy Murdoch and others have been subjected to for years. Because they refuse to live their lives as victims and suggest alternatives for the failed policies of the left as they pertain to the lives of African-Americans, they are derided as “sell-outs” and “Uncle Toms”. Those are epithets that we as whites cannot fully understand or appreciate. They are designed to cut, to wound, and to silence the target. It is the last insult that most blacks want to endure just as whites are fearful of being called racist. It is to the credit of the above people I listed that they have continued to speak out in the face of a vicious campaign of vilification designed to discredit them and silence them.

Elder, who is a nationally syndicated radio talk show host and commentator, believes that of all the problems facing black America, white racism is near the bottom while single parent homes with absentee fathers is at the top of the list. He states a simple rule: If you get a high school education, stay out of jail, avoid drugs, and don’t father a child out of wedlock at an early age-you will not grow up to be poor in America. (I am paraphrasing.)

When we look at conservative blacks, is there not a lesson there for the rest of us? Can we disagree about gay marriage without fear of being called a homophobe? Can we criticize people like Al Sharpton or groups like Black Lives Matter without fear of being called a racist? Can we oppose illegal immigration without fear of being called a racist? ( I oppose it, and I am married to a Mexican.) Can we speak openly about the threat of Islam and how it relates to terrorism without fear of someone accusing us of hating Muslims as people? Even I as one who has maintained that much of the opposition to Israel is rooted in Jew hatred should concede that not everyone who criticizes Israel is an anti-semite.

In my view, conservative black Americans are the most intellectually stimulating people American society has to offer. It takes courage for them to take the positions they take. They absorb terrible epithets and yet, persevere to say what they think. Their voices should be heard not silenced.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Norman Finkelstein Is Back in the News

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Once again for all the wrong reasons

Hat tip Campus Watch and Jerusalem Post

The Max Planck Institute in Halle, Germany is hosting ex-DePaul University professor, Israel critic, and all-around misfit Norman Finkelstein to lecture on Gaza. Not surprisingly, this has brought complaints from those who question the appropriateness of having a man who thinks the Holocaust was exaggerated and exploited by Jews and Israel

I have seen Norman speak on three occasions and have written about each. In my view and that of most of his critics, he is an unbalanced clown who is unable to debate points without flying off the handle and insulting his opponents. His presence at DePaul was an embarrassment even by their low standards, and they finally canned him. The last time he spoke at UC Irvine on behalf of the Muslim Student Union, he was billed as an "independent scholar with a Phd from Princeton". Predictably, he embarrassed himself.

So now Norman bounces from speaking gig to speaking gig with an occasional class in places like Turkey.

Here is a statement in English from the Max Planck Institute addressing the concerns over the invitation.

"This, we feel, is one of the most important skills we can instil in our PhD students and early-career academics – especially in a time when social media permits expressions of prejudice and recourse to anonymous insults is almost socially acceptable, and objective exchange of arguments seems to fall more and more behind."

Wait until they see how Finkelstein engages in exchanges of arguments.

But for those who think it is inappropriate for Finkelstein to be speaking in Halle, Germany of all places (granted, he has the absolute right to do so) given his statements about the Holocaust, I have a bit of trivia news for you. Halle was the birthplace of none other than Reinhard Heydrich, one of the architects of the Final Solution.

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Who says it isn't appropriate?

Yet Another "Real Reason" Hillary Lost

Hat tip Total Conservative

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It wasn't Benghazi

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It wasn't the emails.

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It wasn't the Clinton Foundation.

                                                                          It wasn't her insufferable persona.

Nor was it the 1,245,987 lies.

No, it wasn't any of those things. It was those darn supermarket tabloids at the check out counter that you can't avoid seeing because they are right in eye level view.

That's the reason Hillary Clinton won't be sworn in tomorrow-according to some guy from Politico.

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