Friday, November 28, 2014

Did IRS Turn Over Confidential Tax Payer Records to White House?

Hat tip Daily Caller

It looks like the screws are tightening on ex-IRS official Lois Lerner and the White House as well. At issue are the thousands of documents being released that may reveal that IRS turned over confidential tax payer records to the White House. And that, Dear Reader would be a crime.

Open Hillel by Professor Mark LeVine

Mark LeVine (on the right calling David Horowitz a liar "on international television")

UC Irvine Professor Mark LeVine is a regular writer for Qatar-based Al Jazeera, which is funded by the ruling family of Qatar.

And who is Mark LeVine, you ask?

You don't wanna know.

But, if you insist, he is a professor of Middle East studies at UC Irvine, where I also teach part-time. A few days ago, he got very angry at me at a campus event when I called him an "anti-Israel activist" and told me in no uncertain terms that if I ever called him "anti-Israel" again, I would have a problem!

Anyway, here is one of Mark's recent pieces for Al Jazeera in which he talks about the Open Hillel movement, an effort to get the national Jewish student support organization to admit members who are anti-Israel, folks like Jewish Voice for Peace, the most inappropriately-named organization since the LA Lakers.

"For many years, the powerful Israel lobby, a group of Jewish and (largely) conservative Christian and U.S.-national-security-related organizations whose main purpose is to ensure untrammeled U.S. support for Israel, regardless of its policies, has overshadowed American Jewish life. However, a convergence of factors, including the spread of alternative media, the rise of the anti-globalization and anti-war movements, the intensification of the occupation and deepening of violence in Israel and Palestine and the emergence of a highly educated and committed progressive activists, is increasingly challenging Israel’s militarized policies and the brand of Jewish identity championed by right-wing Israeli leaders."

Boy! That's a mouthful.

"Open Hillel’s rapid growth mirrors that of Jewish Voices for Peace, a grass-roots organization that advocates for a lasting peace that recognizes the security and self-determination of both Israelis and Palestinians. Israel’s recent assault on Gaza has given the group another boost."
Jewish Voice for Peace, despite its name, is an anarchist bunch of misfits that is totally in line with the Palestinian movement. They hate Israel with a passion. Three of these characters came to UCI  a couple of years ago, and guess what-one of them, Rachel Roberts, yelled at me. (What else is new?)  Roberts is now a legal counsel for CAIR. Are you surprised?  Another was Matan Cohen, a self-described student and anarchist, whose main claim to fame has been getting tuned up by Israel forces when he tries to put his anarchist tricks to use against them, He even lost an eye in the process.  The third was a b-grade actress named Estee Chandler, who, in spite of her training, had to sit and read her presentation from her laptop!

"Cut! Take 102."
To call JVP a grass roots group that advocates for a lasting peace that recognizes the security of Israel is laughable.

"This group, however, is coming into conflict with U.S. Jewish leadership. While average American Jews remain the most liberal group in U.S., the core leadership has moved to the far right on the Israeli-Palestinian issue. Criticizing Israel remains taboo, and even the best-known American Jewish intellectuals (Tony Judt, Judith Butler, Tony Kushner and Noam Chomsky, among others) face vitriolic attacks for speaking out against the occupation."

Judith Butler? Noam Chomsky? 

When I was studying linguistics, I had to read Chomsky's book on Universal Grammar. Whatever his talents as a linguist, when it comes to anything else, the man is an idiot-in my humble view, of course. I don't know which he hates more, Israel or the US.

(At least I didn't call him a moral idiot. That would be vitriolic, wouldn't you say?)


To close, I am no fan of Hillel-at least its chapter in Orange County. If they want to open up their organization-which claims to support Israel- to Jews who don't share that view, that's their business. But it must be pointed out that this Open Hillel movement is nothing more than trying to infiltrate Hillel with anti-Israel forces and change the very nature of the organization. In my view, it is all part of the grand scheme to totally deligitimize Israel.

A UCLA Student Lectures a Black LA Cop on Race

Hat tip Frontpage Magazine

It appears from what looks like LA City Hall in the background that this protest took place in downtown LA. Watch the below video tape as a snot-nose white female who identifies herself as a UCLA student "doing research" lectures an older black LAPD cop about race.

Where does one begin? That cop has more life experience with race in his little finger than that arrogant white female will ever have in her life. As for the female, she didn't learn that rhetoric from her parents; she learned it from her professors over in trendy Westwood Village. This is the garbage that she and the rest of our kids are learning in the classroom, not just at UCLA, but all over the country.

I once regretted the fact that my two kids only finished two years of college. Now I don't. They don't talk like this. They have common sense and are living in the real world. This young woman is living in a fantasy land of "structural racism" and "white privilege", "People of color" and all the other divisive nonsense that is being taught in humanities and social sciences these days. I wonder how much Mommy and Daddy are paying for their daughter to learn this crap.

And you know what's really scary? This lady ten or twenty years from now instead of looking back and thinking, "How could I have been so dumb?" will probably be teaching that same stuff in some other university.

Another Sex Grooming Ring Busted in UK

Hat tip Vlad Tepes

A group of Somali men has been busted by Bristol police for running an underage prostition ring using British girls "groomed" for the purpose.

This is not an isolated case. Britain is afflicted with numerous such rings, mostly comprised of Pakistani men.

Hillary Clinton's Speaking Demands+$300,000

Hat tip and Shirley

"Daddy, why is UCLA so expensive?"

Daddy may have no idea, but I do. Here is more on that time Hillary Clinton came to speak at UCLA.

And keep in mind this woman is running all over the country making speeches and collecting 6-figure fees (all for the Clinton Global Initiative, of course)

The woman is not only running for president, she (like her) husband is a grifter.

No doubt UCLA will respond that this money comes from some sort of special fund set up by private donors and all that. But if the University of California is so hard up for money that they are pleading with the governor to increase the tax-payer bite for them and having to raise tuition again, perhaps those special funds could be used for better purposes like providing a quality education for serious subjects. Having a vainglorious politician come and receive some boffo award and spout her off-the-shelf BS to a college audience does little to advance education in my view.

Three hundred thousand to listen to Hillary Clinton? It's like spending a few thousand to attend a World Series game. I can watch it on TV for free.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Continuing Insanity at UPenn: Prof. Anthea Butler

Hat tip Campus Reform

University of Pennsylvania professor Anthea Butler has been featured on this site before. Her statements are so outlandish that even the academics at UPenn should hide their heads in shame. Look what she has to say over Michael Brown and the Ferguson case.

White racist God?

Does it look like this?                         Or this?

I don't know what a white racist God is supposed to look like, but I think this woman is first of all, full of hate, and second of all a nut case. No wonder they bring her on to MSNBC.

The Question of Professors Bringing Their Beliefs Into Classrooms (Steven Salaita)

Hat tip American Thinker

This post originally appeared in Eagle Rising.

My friends and colleagues Tammi Rossman-Benjamin and Leila Beckwith of the AMCHA Initiative have an article in American Thinker about how the anti-Israel campaign has infected academia and even the classroom. This has been mostly brought to the fore by the controversy over the rescinded hire of Professor Steven Salaita by the University of Illinois.

I have said many times on this site that I do not bring my personal beliefs into the classroom. (I teach English as a Second Language part-time at the University of California at Irvine.) That includes my personal support of Israel. However, I do make my views known at other venues on campus, specifically speaking events where I attend and often participate in q and a, usually in opposition to the speaker. I think that is fair game. While I don't organize out-of-class events myself, I would not preclude myself from doing so.  I think two things are important here: First, I don't subject my own students to my beliefs either in class or on a university server (campus e-mails etc).

Salaita lost his UI job offer principally over intemperate tweets suggesting approval for the kidnapping of Israelis living in the disputed settlements. I don't tweet myself, but I do send out personal emails and I blog. I am sure many who read my comments about Islamic extremism have concluded that I am Islamophobic or that I hate Muslims. As to the latter, I plead innocent. As to the former it depends how you define that tricky term, which I shouldn't even give lip service to since it was invented only a few years ago by Islamists themselves to try and silence their critics. (Sorry, it hasn't worked.)

Some of the things outlined in this article that I find troubling are Salaita's attempts to organize an academic boycott of Israel. As to other professors, I note the account of UC Riverside's Professor David Lloyd and others putting together a speaking event by noted anti-Israel agitator Omar Barghouti and assigning students to attend. I was present at that event, and when I took the organizers to task during the q and a and asked whether they were going to balance their presentation to their students by inviting an opposing voice, Lloyd responded by defending Barghouti and calling the question "preposterous". The video can be viewed here.

Professor David Klein of California State University at Northridge as stated above, has used the university list server to spread propaganda to his students about Israel, which in my view is an abuse of his position and misuse of university resources. CSUN does not agree with my assessment, however. To me that indicates they agree with Klein's anti-Israel message.

As for CSUSF professor Rabab Abdulhadi (also described in the article), its seems to me that the university should seriously investigate what influence she has had on her students either in the classroom or those she mentors given the deadly expressions some of them have uttered about murdering Israelis. As to her use of university funds for a trip that was misrepresented, that should also be investigated.

Two things are clear: As stated by the authors, our universities are out of control when it comes to spewing radical propaganda, and secondly, the Israeli-Palestinian issue has been pushed to the fore of all the issues that consume the students interests and passions. Why is it that of all the issues competing for our attention in the world this one issue is the number one hot topic issue on campus?

It is because of a well-organized and well-financed campaign by pro-Palestinian forces to delegitimize the Jewish state in the eyes of Americans-especially the future leaders of this country who are walking on our university campuses today.

Pope Condemns Violence Against Christians

Pope Francis has spoken out about the killing of Christians and Yazidis by ISIS on the eve of a trip to the Middle East.

I hope His Holiness goes further because it is not just what is happening in Iraq and Syria. It is not just ISIS. Christians are being persecuted in Egypt, Sudan, Libya, Iran, Pakistan, and Nigeria just to name a few. In addition, Turkey, which the Pope is set to visit, has shown a troubling anti-Semitism in recent months. Furthermore it is Muslims who are the perpetrators of all this hate, and that must not be sugar-coated.

The Pope should speak forcefully and let those with whom he meets know that the world is watching this persecution and hate play out (which may not be altogether true) and that people will draw their own conclusions about this persecution. In short, it must end. That is the message that Middle East leaders should hear.

Erwin Chemerinsky Defends Obama's Immigration Action ( or Inaction)

UC Irvine's liberal law school dean Erwin Chemerinsky has an op-ed in today's Orange County Register predictably defending President Obama's immigration amnesty plan for some 5 million illegal immigrants.

When it comes to liberal law school professors, I prefer people like George Washington University's Jonathan Turley, who condemned Bill Clinton's perjury and abuse of office and has condemned Obama for taking the country to the "constitutional brink" by going around Congress.

Note to President Obama: If Ruth Bader Ginsburg decides to retire over age and health issues (as I know you are hoping for), Chemerinsky is your man.

Note to Ginsburg. Get well.

"You're killing me, Erwin."

Piers Morgan on Darren Wilson

Piers Morgan is one of the real dopes out there. Every time he opens his mouth, something dopey comes out. So it was this week when he appeared on  Access Hollywood with Billy Bush and Kit Hoover  and opined on the Ferguson grand jury decsion. He objected to Officer Wilson telling George Stepanopoulos in an interview that his conscience was clear.  Then he said that Officer Darren Wilson had carefully planned his testimony, and that he wasn't subjected to a cross examination as would have happened at a trial.  ( I am paraphrasing.) He also raised the case of Treyvon Martin and "re-convicted" George Zimmerman. Then he goes into his America and guns rant that he is famous for.

Did he read the transcripts???  Has he heard about how Officer Wilson's "carefully planned testimony" is supported by the evidence?

First of all, Morgan (a Brit) has little understanding of our legal system. It is a prosecutor's duty to decide if a person should be charged. First of all, he must decide if enough evidence exists to convince a trial jury beyond a reasonable doubt to convict. More importantly, if the evidence points to innocence, it would be an ethical and a moral malfeasance of office to take the case to trial. (Are you reading this, you Florida prosecutors who charged George Zimmerman?)

Morgan's views were echoed by fellow panelist Segun Oduolowu, an Access Hollywood contributor, who was also ignoring the evidence that the grand jury (6 whites and 3 blacks) had examined. According to Segun, Wilson had shot Brown to death for petty theft. No, he shot him to death for trying to take his gun away from him.

In the interest of full disclosure, my two children were friends and schoolmates of Segun and his younger brother when we lived in Northern Virginia in the 1990s. My son is still in contact with Segun's younger brother, and he has visited our home here in California on a couple of occasions. He is a fine young man, and I am sure Segun is as well. I just think he is not accepting the evidence that came out of the grand jury. Of course, he is not the only one.

One thing that is necessary to reiterate: When you try to take a cop's gun away from him, the whole idea of being unarmed goes out the window. That is what the evidence showed, not once, but twice, once in the car, and then outside the car when he tried to rush Wilson who had his gun drawn.

Access Hollywood should stick to blabbing about the private lives of Hollywood stars.

Happy Thanksgiving

After a hard week dealing with turkeys, it's time to say happy turkey day. So may all of you (except the turkeys) have a happy Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

More Jew Hatred on Display at UC Berkeley

Hat tip JWeekly and Pro Israel Bay Bloggers

On December 4, a union representing 13,000 graduate student workers in the University of California will be voting on a resolution calling for (yawn) an academic boycott of Israel. It appears they are trying to keep it low key to keep the voter turnout low. (So that is why I am telling you.) The union in question is UAW 2865 (United Auto Workers???) Yes. They oversee 2865, which is a union for graduate student workers. Go figure.

Tammi Rossman-Benjamin of the AMCHA Initiative has written an article about an ugly incident that occurred at UC Berkeley on November 12 when Lara Kiswani, the director  from the Arab Resource and Organizing Center (whatever the Hell that is) spoke in support of the measure. The meeting was arranged by-get this- the BDS caucus of UAW 2865. Here is what happened:

“See, part of the problem with the Palestine question particularly on campus is it always gets framed as this two-sided thing and liberal democracy loves to make it seem like everyone has a right to speak, including the oppressor alongside the oppressed. … I don’t think that this form of liberal democracy really has a place in terms of real struggle. … Maybe liberal Zionists here on this campus have a hard time understanding what that means. … As long as you choose to be on that side, I’m going to continue to hate you.”

After Kiswani’s remarks, the Jewish graduate student left the room in tears."

At least the young lady learned a valuable lesson. It is fruitless to try and engage in dialogue with these ideologues. Her time would have been better spent trying to get Ms Kiswani to leave the room in tears.

As Tammi says, this asinine BDS movement against Israel is really about (Jew) hatred.

I am also posting this item from Pro-Israel Bay Bloggers about this measure coming up for a vote on December 4. First of all, the UAW is opposed to BDS.

And then there is this message I received from Pro-Israel Bay Bloggers tonight:

"To all Graduate Students at the University of California: (parents and friends of grad students, please forward)

You may not have already heard about this- the opposition is keeping it very quiet, because low voter turn out is what they are hoping for .

The graduate student union that represents all 13,000 graduate students at the University of California is voting on an academic boycott of Israel on Dec. 4.  This isn't about disagreeing with Israeli policies- its about endorsing the elimination of academic collaboration with Israel.  Its an egregious break with academic principles of academic freedom, diversity and discourse.

These folks are coordinating the effort to have it defeated 

Please sign the petition, and pass on the contact information.   They can fill you in on the particulars of where to vote .

If you aren't already a member of the graduate student union, you can join on Dec.4, the day of the vote.  We need to spread the word among graduate students to vote No on this resolution."

I urge my readers to go to this site and sign the petition. I have.

Let me close by saying this: Beyond the issue of one young Jewish lady learning a lesson the hard way about  trying to dialog with these characters, it never ceases to amaze me how many Jews and Jewish organizations have such an unnatural hatred for Israel. I suppose most of it is related to being leftists. Jews have an expression for this called, "self-hating Jews". Being a Gentile, I don't use that term preferring to leave it to the Jews to thrash that out.

But I have nothing but contempt for that crowd nonetheless, whether it be despicable organizations like Jewish Voice for Peace or J Street or individual Jews. 

Since the focal point for anti-Israel agitation and Jew-hatred in general is right smack dab on our university campuses, I have a particular contempt for left-wing Jewish professors who engage in anti-Israel activism and indoctrination of their students to that end. Perhaps, surprisingly there are a fair number of them out there, but perhaps that is because universities are hotbeds of leftist thought.

How can any self-respecting Jewish person, religious or not, align him/herself with such Jew-hating forces? I am still trying to figure that out.