Sunday, May 31, 2015

UC Santa Barbara Professors Turn History on its Head

Hat tip The Bottom Line

“A historical perspective gives us the tools to reject the dangerous claim that ISIS is the inevitable outcome of Islam,” said University of California, Santa Barbara assistant professor Sherene Seikaly, during a talk entitled “ISIS: A Historical Perspective,” held on May 20 in Buchanan Hall.

On May 20, two UC Santa Barbara professors gave a presentation before a room full of young heads filled with mush and told them that all this stuff happening with ISIS didn't happen in a vacuum.

It is the fault of the US. That's right. It is all part of a "broader ecology of cruelty".

“Sectarianism didn’t just happen,” said Sabra. “People didn’t automatically go for a gun and start shooting people of a different ethnicity or religion.”

That's right. ISIS is only beheading people and burning them alive because we toppled Saddam Hussein. They are killing Christians and Yazidis because we toppled Saddam Hussein. The Shia and Sunnis are killing each other because we toppled Saddam Hussein. Never mind the fact that they have been at each other's throats since the 7th century, when Mohammad died and they split over who should have succeeded him.

And don't feel sorry for that Jordanian pilot who ISIS burned alive. Blame Jordan for attacking ISIS. Never mind the thousands of Muslims from all over the world who have flocked to Syria and Iraq to do battle against those two respective governments.

"Seikaly began her portion of the talk by pointing to the U.S. use of depleted uranium in the battle of Fallujah, which she noted caused high rates of cancers, like leukemia, and birth defects than were found in a post-nuclear Nagasaki."

Is that right?

You may buy into that "broader ecology of cruelty" that Professor Sherene Seikaly is talking about. Me? I prefer to take the butchers of ISIS at their word when they tell us why they  are cutting people's heads off or burning them alive. They are doing it for the greater glory of Islam, not in memory of Saddam Hussein, who after all, never killed his enemies in the name of religion.

Here is the bottom line: As long as the Middle East has apologists like Sherene Seikaly and Adam Sabra to explain these things away as being the fault of others, nobody ever has to accept responsibility for the maladies and the failures of that region of the world. I mean, look at the result:

“People understand vaguely what ISIS is and what they’re doing but not remotely as much as to where they came from and the underlying tendencies that gave rise to such an explosive and global force,” said Stanton, “this isn’t just a single, political, event but rather it’s the fruition of years and years of disparate historical forces manifesting themselves in violence.”

The College Fix's Take on the Letters to UC President Napolitano

Hat tip The College Fix

"Nevertheless, it’s apparent the request made of Napolitano comes because many people are simply fed up with the ridiculous double standards at play when it comes to Jewish students and (criticism of) Israeli policies."

Dave Huber, Assistant Editor of The College Fix, has an interesting take on the letters recently sent to University of California President Janet Napolitano regarding anti-Semitism on UC campuses. Recently, I have been sending the above site updates on our efforts to fight anti-Semitism on campus.

I would be the first to agree that mere criticism of Israel is not necessarily anti-Semitic, and we don't want to shut down free speech. However, the pro-Palestinian movement on US college campuses goes way beyond advocating for Palestinians. It seeks the destruction of Israel. It does not recognize the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish state or to defend itself from attacks.

And it has, indeed, led to an increase in anti-Semitism in the US. In fact, the focal point for anti-Semitism is on our college campuses thanks to the pro-Palestinian movement. When swastikas start appearing on campus, things have gone too far.

I greatly appreciate the support of Dave Huber and The College Fix.

How the Jewish Federation of Orange County Treats Jewish Students at UCI Who Stand Up For Israel

Hat tip New English Review

If you are Jewish, living in Orange County, California, and believe all that tripe that the Jewish Federation and Family Services of OC supports Israel, you need to read this report by Jerry Gordon in the New English Review. Gordon has been following the situation at UC Irvine for several years. Not only does he support what I have been writing for years based on my own observations, this report contains interviews with the current president of the student group, Anteaters for Israel and a past member of AFI. It also contains previously published comments by Daniel Narvy, who was president of AFI last year. Narvy now serves in the Israeli army.

Reut Cohen is a friend of mine. I met her back in the days when she was still a student at UCI and trying to fight the good fight on behalf of Israel on campus. She does not hold fond memories of her days at UCI because of the travails she endured. When the Muslim Student Union was holding its annual week of anti-Israel events, Reut was there with an Israeli flag draped over her shoulders, taking the insults and getting her own camera shoved in her face. I was there too throwing hardball questions at the speakers like Amir Abdel Malik Ali. Meanwhile, the Jewish Federation types, the Hillel types, and Anti-Defamation League in Orange County types were there too, but they were just standing around silently taking it all in. They never said a peep. They never engaged the speakers in debates during the q and a. They never spoke out for Israel in the face of the slanders. That would have been "counter-productive" as the former head of Orange County Hillel told me last year.

I also had the pleasure of meeting Daniel Narvy last year when he was fighting against the Jewish establishment on behalf of Israel at UCI as described in the above link.

Just what is it that makes the leaders of the Jewish Federation and Hillel think that they can control Jewish students at UC Irvine? Who bestowed this authority upon them? I am not Jewish, so this isn't my problem, but whoever would have thought for a Gentile standing up for Israel and against anti-Semitism that one would make so many Jewish enemies? It has never ceased to amaze me.

As much as I detest Jewish Voice for Peace, at least they don't hide their pro-Palestinian sympathies and hatred for Israel-in spite of their grossly misleading name. On the other hand, J Street describes itself as "pro-Israel, pro-peace", which is a joke. They routinely support every pro-Palestinian measure that comes down the pike. Then you have this Jewish Federation of Orange County and Hillel of Orange County, which call themselves pro-Israel, but come down like a hammer on Jewish students at UC Irvine, like Sharon Shaoulian, Reut Cohen and Daniel Narvy, who want to take a stand.

I mean, who needs Students for Justice in Palestine when you have these organizations?

Does Boston University Has Any Standards for Faculty Hiring?

Hat tip Eagle Rising

Joe Messina, writing in Eagle Rising thinks not as he weighs in on the Boston University hiring and support for Saida Grundy, who became involved in a spate of controversies before ever setting foot in a  BU classroom.

Joe, here is the standard that Ms Grundy meet with flying colors: She is on the left. That's basically all that matters.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

The Dennis Hastert Scandal: What's It All About?

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Like many of you, I am trying to get my arms around this Dennis Hastert scandal. The former speaker of the house has been indicted for structuring and lying to the FBI. And just what exactly is structuring, you ask?

I first became aware of it in the late 1980s when I was a DEA agent stationed in Pittsburgh. Essentially, every financial transaction carried out in the US over $10,000 must be reported to the IRS by the involved financial institution. It is called a Currency Transaction Report (CTR). That means if you walk into your bank, for example, and withdraw, deposit, or send any amount over $10,000, a CTR must be filled out and sent to the IRS. Not surprisingly, those involved in making transactions involving money connected to crime want to avoid that requirement. That has resulted over the years in persons involved in criminal activity, such as drug trafficking resorting to structuring. That is, they break their monies into several separate amounts under the reporting limits.

When I was in Pittsburgh in the late 1980s, I was involved in a case with the IRS that involved Lebanese heroin smugglers. The IRS had been tipped off that members of this group were driving from one bank to the next sending wire transfers to Lebanon of amounts of $9,500 or thereabouts. Often, they would go to the same bank on successive days. The banks, having been educated about this practice by the IRS, tipped them off. Subsequent surveillance was conducted and the suspects were observed as they made their transactions over a period of several weeks. Eventually, the group was tied to airport heroin seizures in other cities, a wiretap was installed, and a seizure in New York led directly to the group being rounded up and successfully prosecuted in New York (where one heroin seizure had been made).

So now we have Hastert making withdrawals of his own money from banks in amounts under $10,000. The FBI was alerted and when they asked Hastert about it, he lied saying that he didn't trust the banks.

It's also a crime to lie to a federal agent.

What Hastert wanted to conceal apparently was the fact that he was being blackmailed. It appears though not officially confirmed that Hastert was being blackmailed regarding an improper relationship he had with a male student back in his pre-political days when he was a high school wrestling coach in York, Illinois. Assuming that is the case involving the reason for his being blackmailed, (and the person in question was underage) the statute of limitations has surely expired.

So there you have it. Hastert was withdrawing his own money from the bank in "structured" amounts under the $10,000 amount apparently to pay off his blackmailer and avoid any CTR being sent to the IRS. In addition, he lied to the FBI about it. If all that is true, Hastert has committed two crimes. Of course, if the rumors about why he was being blackmailed are true, his reputation will be ruined as well-assuming the person in question was underage.

I just hope the feds didn't have too spend too many man-hours and resources cracking this case. Hastert is no longer in Congress though he is still a person of great influence. There may have originally been concerns about the potential for public corruption, but that is apparently not the case.

So what do you want to see happen to Mr Hastert now?

Hillary Twang on Display in S Carolina

Hillary Clinton was in South Carolina on Thursday and so was that fake southern accent.

Well, it wasn't as bad as that "No way, no how" speech in Selma a few years back, but do y'all think that jest maybe that accent is a bit put on?


I can't wait till she campaigns in Boston.

"Wheh's my cah?

Friday, May 29, 2015

Live Coverage of the Draw Mohammad Event in Phoenix

This evening, a group has organized a "Draw Mohammad" event in front of the Phoenix mosque attended by the two Muslims who tried to attack the similar event in Garland, Texas. Fox News in Phoenix is covering the event live at the above link.

Hopefully, this will remain peaceful.

Wanna Give Bill Clinton a Lifetime Achievement Award? Price is $500,000

Only two stories today about the Clinton Foundation for a total of $1 million dollars

$500 Grand to the Clintons From ASU

All you Arizona State University students who are now having to pay double tuition, but plan to vote for Hillary Clinton for president in 2016, you better read this-sitting down.


1- ASU paid the Clinton Foundation $500,000 to participate in some event that involved, well, er, uh, Hell, read it yourself.

2- Tuition has been doubled.

"ASU played host to the CGI University in March 2014, which featured former President Bill Clinton and former secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a program aimed at bringing together college students to find practical, innovative solutions to global challenges," 

Yeah. That's what I was trying to say.

So for $500,000 the Clintons-including daughter Chelsea- showed up at ASU and rubbed shoulders with students who pretended they "finding practical, innovative solutions to global challenges."

"Ah wunnerful, ah wunnerful, ah."

I assume Chelsea spoke on the problem of diarrhea.

The Godmother (Part 17)

Part 17

In a presidential palace on a third world Caribbean hellhole island

Seated around a long table were a group of American businessmen, plus a Canadian businessman, and the president-for-life of the island nation. Also present was the Godmother.

As the president- for- life called the meeting to order, one of the businessmen rose and presented him with a box all gift wrapped. Inside as he opened it was a gold plated cell phone. Smiling broadly, he turned the meeting over to the Godmother, who presented her ideas for commercial development of the island.

"It's all very simple," she said. "Here is how it works. First of all, you give a $ one million dollar contribution to the Godmother Foundation to support our good works on behalf of the poor."

"OK," said the president- for- life. "And?"

The Godmother continued. "And you grant my brother, Fredo, a gold mining concession."

"Wait a minute," interjected the president-for-life. "With all due respect, Godmother, everybody knows Fredo is a pimp. Besides, what does he know about gold mining?"

"Nothing, but he sits on the board of Goldilocks Mining Corporation of Nevada."

"Since when?"

"Since this morning."

"What else?" asked the president-for-life.

"You pay my husband $700,000 to give a speech in front of your Chamber of Commerce. Oh yes. One other thing. Our daughter gives a speech here about diarrhea for 75 grand. You have a lot of diarrhea on this island, and she's an expert on the subject."

The president-for-life said nothing, but clearly he was confused. He looked at his aides, but they stared straight ahead afraid to say anything. Finally, he looked at the Godmother and asked," Such a deal, but what do I get out of all this?"

The Godmother smiled.

When the Godfather gives his speech, he will describe you as a great world leader.

The president-for-life smiled broadly. Then, just as suddenly, the smile disappeared and he said," But everybody knows I'm no great world leader. I'm a tin pot dictator in charge of a hell hole in the middle of the Caribbean."

The Godmother never missed a beat.

"You know that, and I know that, but there are about 150 million Americans who don't know that. That's where the Godfather and I come in. They'll believe anything we tell them. It's our credibility that you can bank on."

The president-for life sat thinking to himself.

"Yeah," he said half audibly.

"Plus, you get to keep the gold plated cell phone. It has my number and e-mail on speed dial."

"Deal!" The president-for-life rose and extended his hand across the table. The two shook hands.

"By the way," the president-for-life added. "Why isn't the Godfather here?"

"The Godmother hesitated then answered, "Oh, he's back at the hotel preparing his speech."

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Rape Epidemic in Britain Continues

Hat tip Vlad Tepes

Things have sure gone downhill in Bradford, England since their representative, George Galloway, was thrown out of Parliament in the last elections (just kidding). Here is the latest on the rape epidemic that plagues once-Great Britain.

Hmm. Surprising that they actually listed the names. Wanna give a guess as to their national origin? Here's a clue: It begins with  a "P". Need another clue?

(It's not Pennsylvania.)

A Liberal Lawyer Looks at the Immigration Mess in Austria

Hat tip Gates of Vienna

Like most every other western European country, Austria is grappling with its immigration situation. A liberal attorney named Rudolf Mayer has written an intriguing article with his own perception of what has gone wrong. Like Baron Bodissey of Gates of Vienna, I suspect that Mayer has failed to make the final connection-with the influence of militant Islam. Yet, he offers an interesting perspective.

It seems that Mayer is speaking primarily of Turkish immigrants. As an American soldier in Germany in the 1960s, I recall the early stages of Turkish immigration. Most were people who were brought in as guest workers. They worked hard, suffered discrimination, and in many cases established themselves in European society. Mayer points out that something has gone wrong between the 2nd and 3rd generations. I would suggest that militant Islam has infected these young people-much more than their parents or grandparents who came from a Turkey that had been secularized-and which is drifting away from  that secularization.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Our Man in Libya: Sidney Blumenthal

Who ya gonna call?

Sid Blumenthal!

Who needs the CIA when you have Sidney Blumenthal? Yes, the former Clinton White House hatchet man, sometime journalist, and Clinton Foundation employee was apparently our man in Libya before and after the downfall of Muammar Qaddafi. Now more e-mails from reveal that Hillary was receiving "intelligence" from Sid Vicious and expressing interest in arming private contractors to go and fight the strongman. Not to nitpick, but apparently Hillary was talking about this before we had recognized the Libyan opposition.

Oh, and one other thing: Didn't Hillary tell us that no classified information was sent on her private e-mail server?

"Confidential, Secret, Top Secret. What difference at this point does it make?"

The Clinton Foundation and FIFA

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"In 2014, the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee, set up by the Qatar government to ensure a successful FIFA world cup, awarded the Clinton Foundation between $250,000 and $500,000; the State of Qatar donated between $1 million and $5 million.

The money, according to the Clinton Foundation website, is for “research and development for sustainable infrastructure at the 2022 FIFA World Cup to improve food security in Qatar, the Middle East, and other arid and water-stressed regions throughout the world.”

I could care less about soccer, but I know enough about it to note that its governing body, FIFA, is rife with corruption. Even our own corrupt Justice Department has just brought charges against FIFA. And now, sure enough, it is emerging that FIFA has given money to guess who-the Clinton Foundation. It also appears that Qatar, which suspiciously was awarded the World Cup in 2022, has also given money to the money grubbing Clinton Foundation.

FIFA, Qatar's quest for the World Cup in 2022, and money going to the Clinton Foundation-all to help the world's downtrodden, of course.


Syrian Refugees Anyone?

Hat tip Creeping Sharia

In case you haven't noticed the Dems in Congress are busy lobbying President Obama to increase the number of Syrian refugees to be admitted into the US. Creeping Sharia has the report.

I also note that leading the charge are two Muslim members of Congress, Andre Carson and Keith Ellison.

To me, there is an obvious compromise, one that allows us to maintain our tradition of helping refugees and keeping Americans safe. That would be to admit Christian and Yazidi refugees. After all, they are ones who are truly running for their lives and are truly being persecuted.

As long as this insanity in the Muslim world continues, there is zero justification for bringing them to the US. You do remember the Brothers Tsarnaev, don't you?

Does anyone in Washington care about protecting American lives?

Hillary and Sidney

This article first appeared in Eagle Rising.

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The latest disclosure about Hillary Clinton's e-mails while she was secretary of state gives us one more insight and warning about what a Clinton presidency would look like. While Libya was descending into chaos after the fall of Ghaddafi, guess who Hillary was getting inside information from. None other than Sid "Vicious" Blumenthal another one of the disreputable figures from the presidency of her husband. Think of it: While Hillary was ignoring requests for additional security at the US mission in Benghazi from the ambassador, she was listening to the sage advice of this former journalist and longtime Clinton hatchet man-who incidentally was trying to scrounge up business in Libya.

To quote Andrea Tantaros of Fox News, who asked whimsically:

"What could possibly go wrong?"

This is truly amazing. The day after the 9-11-12 attack at Benghazi, Blumenthal was sending Hillary a message that it was a protest over a video. The following day (September 13), he tells her it was a terror attack linked to al Qaeda. The next day, Hillary tells the families of the dead at Andrews Air Force Base that it was a video.

Back in the days when Bill Clinton was caught up in the Monica Lewinsky mess, it was people like Blumenthal who were working behind the scenes to defend him from the "nuts and sluts". They didn't call him "Sid Vicious" for nothing. In fact, the Obama administration had barred Hillary from bringing this guy into the State Department because during the 2008 Democratic primary, he had smeared Obama on behalf of Hillary. As things were, Sid found a spot in the notorious Clinton Foundation while pursuing business deals in Libya. Surely, Mr Blumenthal would not have been trying to use his relationship with the secretary of state to facilitate those business dealings.


And surely, Mrs. Clinton would never have allowed herself to be used by her longtime friend and associate in the Clinton Foundation in order to use her position to help Sid's business dealings.


That's why we need to get that private Clinton e-mail server that Hillary was running out of her Chappaqua, New York home, the one with all the deleted emails.

It might also be noted that Sid's son, Max, is also a journalist of sorts. In Max's case, he is an unhinged type, whose primary journalistic goal in life is to trash Israel. Last seen, he was storming through the Reichstag in Berlin a'la Marinus Van Der Lubbe upset that one of his anti-Israel speaking appearances had been cancelled in 2014.  At least Max didn't set the place on fire. (Then again, maybe Marinus didn't either.) In spite of his Jewish background, Max is a true Brownshirt in spirit.

But I digress.

At any rate, the Sid Blumenthal angle to the Clinton e-mails and Libya gives us yet another glimpse into the shady side of the Clintons. This is the type of an administration we can expect if Mrs. Clinton becomes president. How many scandals can you stomach, America?

The Clinton Racketeers

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How fitting. The Clinton Foundation has now been hit with a racketeering lawsuit. Too bad it's only civil.

And why not given the latest alleged revelation about the complex maze of Clinton financial dealings?

Too bad we don't have a Justice Department doing their job.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Hypocrisy of CAIR's Hussam Ayloush

He condemns Hizbollah as terrorists in Syria but not regarding Israel

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Hat tip Investigative Project on Terrorism

Hussam Ayloush is the CEO of the Council on American Islamic Relations in Southern California, an organization which masquerades as a mainstream Muslim civil rights organization. In reality, it is an arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt with links to Hamas, a State Department designated terror organization that rules Gaza.

Ayloush has a habit of putting his foot in his mouth when pressed,. So he did with this latest description of Hizbollah, another terrorist organization based in Lebanon. Hizbollah is currently sending its fighters to Syria to fight on the side of Bashar Assad, whom Ayloush opposes. So now, Ayloush says that Hizbollah are terrorists while fighting in Syria. Not however, when they are committing acts of terrorism against Israel.

As the above article points out, Ayloush has a ready answer if you ask him about CAIR supporting or disowning Hamas. He calls you a bigot. That is what he did at the referenced event in Anaheim. He also did it to me shortly thereafter in Riverside  in November 2013 when I asked him why CAIR would invite a man like Siraj Wahhaj to be a speaker at the above event. I also asked him why he said nothing about the plight of Syrian Christians as he was giving his description of the war in Syria.

In response he dismissed me as a bigot.

Later, on January 9, 2015, I attended an event at the Islamic Center of Orange County in which he appeared as a panelist discussing ISIS. (Theme: ISIS is not Islamic.) On that evening, he stated that according to US Government estimates only a dozen or so American Muslims had joined ISIS. He then asked why nobody was talking about the "thousands of young Jewish men who were joining the Israeli Defense Forces killing the people of Gaza".

All of the above statements by Ayloush are on videotape.

In reality, Ayloush is such an easy adversary. All you have to do is cut through his BS and ask him the right questions. He can't deal with them. All he can do is call you a bigot.

Jewish Federation of Orange County Under Attack (Deservedly So)

Janet Levy has written an op-ed in Arutz Sheva, the Israel National News attacking the Jewish Federation of Orange County, California as being an obstacle in efforts to defend Israel and Zionism on the University of California at Irvine campus. Yours Truly is mentioned in the article.

As far as the referenced report on anti-Semitism on the UCI campus is concerned, I have no issue with it. However, it should be noted that during the same time period, ADL president Abe Foxman spoke to a Jewish group in Newport Beach. I was not present, but an activist friend of mine was and asked Foxman about the problem at UCI. Foxman dismissed it saying that there was no problem on the UCI campus, and that the Jewish students and UCI administrators had it under control.

Hogwash. The report contradicts Foxman's own words.

Hillary Relayed Max Blumenthal's Thoughts to Her Deputies

Hat tip Frontpage Magazine

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It's bad enough that we learn that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was using her private e-mail account(s) to trade notes with her crony Sid Blumenthal. Now we learn that Sid was pimping for his son, Mad Max Blumenthal, the anti-Israel fanatic. In the below article from Frontpage Magazine, we learn that Hillary forwarded an e-mail from Sid to her private account with the written rants of son, Max to her aides at DOS. The note dealt with the purported role of the Muhammad video producer, who was subsequently arrested.

And to think that this woman may be our next president! One wonders who else she was corresponding with on that private account.



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Subject : It was the Jews


Better check this out.

Crossing the Line 2

Hat tip Israellycool

Crossing the Line 2 was produced by Jerusalem U and shows the anti-Semitism on US campuses masquerading as a Palestinian human rights movement. Sadly, once again, some of the footage was taken from UC Irvine, where I teach part-time. Yet the footage from UCI and other campuses is disturbing. It shows the brown shirt tactics of the pro-Palestinian movement on campus. What is particularly outrageous is that not all the miscreants are students. Some are actually professors.

On a side note, one of the people interviewed is Robert Wistrich, noted historian, who passed away this past week. One of his many books was "A Lethal Obsession", a classic history of anti-Semitism.

Monday, May 25, 2015

UC Riverside Professor David Lloyd Talks About "Balance"

I have recently responded to an article in the liberal site, which criticizes the recent letters presented to University of California President Janet Napolitano expressing concern about the history of anti-Semitic expressions on UC campuses and asking that UC adopt the US State Department's own definition of anti-Semitism. One of the letters, signed by 104 UC faculty members was co-authored by Tammi Benjamin of the AMCHA Initiative and myself.

The article can be viewed here. The two most recent reader comments are mine.

One of the people quoted in the article is UC Riverside English Professor David Lloyd, who is heavily involved in anti-Israel activism and efforts to boycott the Jewish state. Note the words he uses here in connection with "balance".

"Their criticism of the course is typical, both in its stridency and in its ignorance.  They assume, simply because the leader of the course is president of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), that it will be “propaganda.”  But the syllabus contains a broad range of views, Palestinian, Jewish, Jewish Israeli and Palestinian Israeli.  It has readings from Edward Said, Saree Makdisi and Rashid Khalidi, all widely respected scholars; it also has readings by Benny Morris, Israeli historian and Zionist, David Grossman, the liberal Israeli writer, Neve Gordon, an Israeli political scientist who is critical of Israel’s occupation, and Uri Ram, an Israeli sociologist.  Setting Benny Morris alongside Palestinian journalist Ali Abunimah allows students to consider very different ideas of possible solutions to the occupation, while reading a broad spectrum of Israeli opinion allows students to see that criticism of Israel is by no means the same thing as anti-Semitism: it is possible to be an Israeli anti-Zionist, or an Israeli Zionist who is opposed to the occupation.  To suggest that criticism of Israel is identical with anti-Semitism is not only absurd, but also implicitly racist, since it pretends that all Jews must uniformly identify with that particular state.

As faculty sponsor of SJP (and past faculty sponsor of SJP on other campuses), I have always understood that students benefit from a thorough understanding of the issues about which they are concerned and for which they advocate.  They do not benefit from a purely one-sided treatment of the issue, if only because not understanding one’s opponents’ arguments prevents one from articulating one’s own arguments well.  For that reason it is pragmatic as well as intellectually responsible to explore a wide range of opinions.  However, that said, AMCHA and its supporters are not asking for balance.  They are asking to “eliminate” the study of Palestinian issues from a Palestinian perspective."

Balance? Let's go back to January of this year when Lloyd brought Omar Barghouti, one of the originators of the boycott Israel movement, to speak at UC Riverside. During the q and a, I directed a question to the sponsors of this one-sided event as to whether they would bring in a pro-Israel speaker to expose their students to the other side. Lloyd gave the response and termed my question, "preposterous". The video of that event can be viewed here.

So much for Dr Lloyd's idea of balance. As for his sponsored class (being taught by an undergraduate who just happens to be president of UCR's Students for Justice in Palestine chapter) he may think that adding readings by liberal Israelis and throwing in Israeli historian Benny Morris as a token represents "balance", but I don't buy it. Dr Lloyd's idea of "balance" is enough, in the immortal words of Rep. Hank Washington (D-GA), to cause the island of Guam to tip over and capsize.

Memorial Day Weekend in Baltimore: 28 Shot, 9 Dead

Hat tip Gateway Pundit

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"Let's move back to Cleveland."

Freddy Gray is dead and buried. Six police officers are charged in his death in what can only be described as a lynch mob atmosphere. Certain people have promised more riots in Baltimore if the cops are not convicted.

Yet what goes under the radar in this sordid tale is the fact that Baltimore is out of control. Shootings and deaths are skyrocketing. Over this Memorial Day weekend, 28 people were shot and 9 are dead. Too bad Baltimore's most famous resident, Edgar Allen Poe, isn't still around. He would have plenty of tales to weave.

And the city leaders of Baltimore, the activist hacks in the Justice Department, and the liberal media want us all to believe that the cops are the problem. Well, as far as I can determine, the cops didn't shoot anybody in Baltimore this weekend. I wrote about the problems in the city a couple of weeks ago-not that I am some kind of rocket scientist for figuring out what many others have.

The same disease that affects Baltimore affects many other big US cities like Philadelphia, Detroit, Clevelend, Chicago and Los Angeles to name the most obvious examples. And what do they have in common? They have all been run for decades by Democrats, who wring their hands and plea for peace on the streets while finding others to blame-like the police. They can't face up to the real cause of this bloodshed- breakdown in the inner city families and lack of positive male role models. Until they come to terms with that reality, the problems will just continue and more cops will be blamed.

How convenient.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

The Islamophobia Conference at UC Berkeley: Was Anybody There?

Hat tip Pro-Israel Bay Bloggers

For the past couple of weeks this and other sites have been poking fun at Hatem Bazian's 6th annual Islamophobia conference at UC Berkeley. Now Pro-Israel Bay Bloggers posts a photo showing how sparsely attended the affair was, Considering the lineup of non-entities who were speaking, this is hardly any surprise.

This looks like a convention of Esperanto-speakers or maybe a Holocaust denial conference in Iran. Or maybe it's a shot of the grandstand during the 18th inning of a Monday night Tampa Bay Rays game.

The Never-Ending Saga of Boston University's New Professor (Saida Grundy)

Boston University's new professor of black studies, Saida Grundy, has become a national embarrassment even before she gets her first class under her belt. First she comes under criticism for trashing white men in general. Then she trashes a white female who claimed to be a rape victim. Now it turns out she has an arrest record for identity theft. But it's all mox nix as far as BU is concerned.

“A number of years ago, when she was a student at the University of Michigan, Dr. Grundy made a mistake,” Steve Burgay, the university’s senior vice president of external affairs, told
“She admitted the mistake, accepted the consequences, and brought closure to that case,” he continued. “Eight years later, we do not see any reason to reopen it.”
Of course not. Just like Steve "Move on" Burgay saw no big deal with the first two embarrassing episodes surround Dr. Grundy. When it comes to those on the left, no transgression ever matters.

Just ask Hillary Clinton.

While Obama Fiddles, the Horrors Continue

Hat tip Vlad Tepes

"And there are horrific reports about the fate of the brave women who resist the murderous terrorists - including one victim who was burned alive for refusing to perform “extreme sexual acts”.

This past week, two more young Muslim men were intercepted by the FBI as they attempted to leave Southern California to join ISIS. One was from Sudan, the other a Palestinian. Below is what they were attempting to join.

It is incomprehensible to me that such cockroaches are walking among us in our own society.

Sooner or later, the civilized world is going to have to get serious about this worldwide menace. President Obama's constant promises to "degrade and destroy" ISIS ring on hollow ears. Air power and drone strikes have proven to be insufficient. Wouldn't it be nice if our "allies" in the Arab world and Turkey were willing to really go in on the ground and take care of business? What about NATO? Must it always be us?

I guess so.

More Academic Insanity at Rutgers: Biker Gang Shoot-out is "Proof of White Privilege"

Hat tip Campus Reform

"According to Cooper, white people are more inclined to “insist that this was just an isolated incident” which demonstrates a “studied ignorance [in the sense that] people can look at this set of incidents and simply refuse to see all the ways in which white privilege is at play.”

If the biker massacre in Waco wasn't insane enough, we have a Rutgers University professor of Women, Gender and Africana Studies (Yes, that's right) named Brittney Cooper who is proclaiming that the incident is further proof of the latest academic fad, white privilege.

As I stated in the Salon reader thread, outlaw biker gangs are scum regardless of their race. Nobody is excusing this behavior just because the overwhelming majority of them are white. They are scum, pure and simple, guys in their 30s and 40s killing each other over their stupid colors. All they are is proof that each ethnic group has its bad elements. Once in my DEA career I viewed photos of a Pagans' initiation. It would make you sick to your stomach. Without going into graphic detail, imagine recycled beer and the proverbial sh-- sandwich. These are hardly  what you would call real men. 

But for Cooper to extrapolate this into a "white privilege" issue shows the insanity that reigns supreme on our college campuses including our most "prestigious". I also note that Rutgers has had more than its share of embarrassing incidents and professorial outbursts over the past few years including one by Ms Cooper just last month that adorned our pages.
I suggest Ms Cooper drop the racial angle. And drop this "white privilege" nonsense, as well. It no longer exists.

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How pathetic is it when you can't even get love from the readers of Al Jazeera? So now we are reduced to quantum physics. So now Mark is reduced to quoting crackpots like Jeff Halper. Just a few years ago another Israel-hating professor named Chuck O'Connell brought this boob to UC Irvine to talk to his students. I attended too and heard Halper talk about something called "spectral dust" (No not pixie dust- spectral dust.)

Ayaan Hirsi Ali's Interview With Jyllands Posten

Hat tip Jihad i Malmo

Although the below link is in Swedish, the videotaped interview of Ayaan Hirsi Ali with the Danish news outlet, Jyllands Posten, is in English. In this fascinating interview, Ali gives her current views on Islam, the possibility of reform, and the comparison between Islamism and Islam itself. This is well worth a listen.

Obama's Coast Guard Address

Hat tip Eagle Rising

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"The only thing we have to fear is Climate Change."

Could you ever imagine FDR saying something like that say on December 8, 1941? (Attention all you UC Santa Cruz Community Studies and History of Consciousness majors: Guess what happened one day prior.)

Yet that is what President Obama told a graduating class of the Coast Guard Academy this week. Never mind being on guard against ISIS, drugs or illegal aliens washing up on our shores. They need to be on guard against Climate Change lest they be guilty of dereliction of duty.

Oh, I'm making it up, am I?

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"Autumn ahoy!"

Is Obama really that dumb? Or is this all by design? I suspect the latter.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Has Al Franken Rejoined SNL?

Hat tip Frank

If you want to see another example of how our country is out of control, watch the below exchange (from 2014) between comedian (and part-time senator) Al Franken and Charles E. Samuels, who is our director of the US Bureau of Prisons. At issue was the size of the cells for solitary confinement.
(I swear this is not Saturday Night Live.)

Report on the Big Islamophobia Conference at UC Berkeley

Hat tip Jihad Watch and Campus Watch

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Man of many hats

Below is another report on that big Islamophobia Conference at UC Berkeley hosted by your friend and mine, Hatem Bazian, a man of many hats, UCB professor, founder of the Islamophobia Research and Islamophobia Center, founder of Students for Justice in Palestine, and co-founder of Zaytuna College-which pretends to be an Islamic college just off the main UCB campus. Cinnamon Stillwell and Rima Greene have the report in Jihad Watch.

I was on the Berkeley campus a couple of weeks ago and decided to go see the Islamophobia Research and Documentation Center for myself. I figured since I am an adjunct teacher at UC Irvine, I could introduce myself as a researcher and ask to sift through their extensive files.
Alas, the IRDC is nothing more than your typical broom closet of a teacher’s office big enough for one person. Nobody was there, of course.
I guess they have all those files on microfiche.

"Kilroy was here"

Yet here we have Hatem Bazian talking as if he were presiding over the Harvard School of Law and expounding about this invented term, Islamophobia, while millions of people worldwide are running for their lives from bloodthirsty Muslim madmen who are beheading and burning their victims alive in an effort to impose their ideology over the whole world in an orgy of blood.

I don't suppose they talked about that at the conference.