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Thursday, January 29, 2015

NBC Journalist Calls Chris Kyle a "Racist on a Killing Spree"

Hat tip Newsbusters



Today on MSNBC's "Morning Joe", an NBC journalist named Ayman Mohyeldin referred to "American Sniper" Chris Kyle as a "racist on killing spree".


http://newsbusters.org/blogs/mark-finkelstein/2015/01/29/nbcs-mohyeldin-suggests-real-american-sniper-racist-who-went

To his credit, host Joe Scarborough interrupted reporter Mohyeldin and called him on his characterization.

However, this is typical of the American left, both in Hollywood, as exemplified by Michael Moore and some other actor-slob named Seth Rogan and in the media. Had this ex-al Jazeera mouthpiece said this on any other MSNBC show, he would not have been challenged.

Benghazi: The Latest Document Release to Judicial Watch Shows How the State Department Lied About the Attack




Judicial Watch has just received  documents from the State Department pursuant to a federal lawsuit that make it clear that State was lying to the public about the nature of the Benghazi attack. They knew in real time that it was no demonstration over a video gone bad. It was a terrorist attack, and they were following it in virtually real time.

 http://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/weekly-updates/another-benghazi-cover/#anc1

So the question continues to be asked: How can ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continue to be considered a serious contender for the presidency in light of this whole mess (let alone a shoo-in for the Democratic nomination)? If the American electorate sends this woman to the White House in two years in the face of this, I see no hope left for this country after 8 years of Obama.

Hey Kamala Harris! You Have Mail!

If you are considering voting for California's Attorney General, Kamala Harris, who is running for Barbara Boxer's Senate seat, read this first. Not only has Harris spent her tenure as AG going after those "corporate polluters" and ignoring real crime, she refused to seek the death penalty for any and all murderers while she was the DA in San Francisco.

In addition, she is apparently too busy planning her campaign to answer her mail. A year ago, the AMCHA Initiative wrote her a letter complaining about a California State University math professor who was allegedly using university resources (web sites) to push his opposition to Israel. AMCHA never even got a response, so they have sent Harris a second letter.
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Kamala Harris
Attorney General
California Department of Justice
1300 “I” Street
Sacramento, CA 95814-2919


January 29, 2015

RE: One-Year Follow Up of Alleged Misuse of State Resources

Dear Attorney General Harris:

It has been exactly one year since we wrote to inform you of new evidence that we had found regarding the case of California State University Northridge Mathematics Professor David Klein, who has been using the taxpayer-funded CSUN website to host his politically-motivated, antisemitic web page, entitled "Boycott Israel Resource Page", for five years. We, and many other concerned California citizens, are extremely disappointed that you have to date ignored our letter.  Indeed no one in your office has even acknowledged receipt of our complaint.

In our letter, we provided substantial evidence showing that Klein has been in violation of the following state and federal laws:

  • CAL. GOV’T CODE § 8314, which considers it a misdemeanor to use "public resources" to advocate for "personal or other purposes which are not authorized by law."
  • CAL. EDUC. CODE § 89005.5(a)(2)(C), which considers it a misdemeanor to "display" the CSU name or any variant of that name "in connection with" any propaganda or promotional activity "which has for its purpose the support, endorsement, advancement...[of] boycott or of any political...activity or program," without the permission of the CSU Trustees.
  • 50 U.S.C.App. § 2402 (5) and § 2407 (c), which make it illegal for a state agency to engage in anti-Israel boycott activities.

Freedom of speech and academic freedom are essential on a university campus.  However, it is very difficult for us, and for many citizens of this state, to understand how either “freedom of speech” or “academic freedom” applies in the case of a state-employed mathematics professor who has been using the state university’s taxpayer-funded server to promote his own personal hatred of the Jewish state and an illegal boycott against it.

This matter clearly requires legal adjudication, and yet after one year you still have not provided us with answers to the reasonable legal questions we raised.  Given the importance of this matter not only to the Jewish community but to all citizens of the state, we request that you do one of the following:

If Klein is in violation of state law, then please ensure that his “Boycott Israel Resource Page” is removed from the CSUN server and that Professor Klein is appropriately sanctioned for his illegal behavior.

If Klein has not violated California law, then please publicly clarify for us, and for the citizens of California, why the substantial evidence presented in the letter we sent you one year ago fails to demonstrate that Klein has violated state or federal law.

We hope to receive a response from you in the near future.

Sincerely,

Tammi Rossman-Benjamin
Co-founder AMCHA Initiative

Leila Beckwith
Co-founder AMCHA Initiative


Cc:  CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White
CSU Board of Trustees
CSU Associate Vice Chancellor and Deputy General Counsel Andrew Jones
Senior Assistant Attorney General Douglas Woods
California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson
California State Senator Robert M. Hertzberg (Northridge)
        California State Assembly Member Matthew Dababneh (Northridge)
California Senator Carol Liu, Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Education
California Assembly Member Patrick O'Donnell, Chair of the Assembly Education Committee
California State Senator Marty Block, Chair of Legislative Jewish Caucus
U.S. Congressman District 30 Brad Sherman
California Jewish community leaders
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I'll let my readers know if Harris responds.
 
  

Erwin Chemerinsky and "Botched Executions"




UC Irvine Law School Dean Erwin Chemerinksy sheds a lot of tears over the pain and suffering executed murderers may experience when they are executed by lethal injection. In today's Orange County Register he gives four examples. Unfortunately, Chemerinksy gives no mention whatsoever to the pain and suffering experienced by their victims. Here is what Chemerinksy didn’t tell the reader:

1 Clayton Lockett (not Lockhart).  He and his accomplices kidnapped 19-year-old Stephanie Neiman, beat her and tied her up while they dug her grave before Warner shot her in cold blood with a shotgun.

2 Joseph Randolph Wood III shot and murdered his ex-girlfriend Debra Dietz in cold blood after first killing her father, Eugene Dietz.

3 Dennis McGuire- McGuire was executed for the rape and murder of Joy Stewart, who was 30 weeks pregnant. McGuire stabbed his victim and slashed her throat.

4 Charles Warner. Warner was convicted of  beating to death 11 month old  Arienna Waller after repeatedly sexually abusing her.

http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2014/04/life_of_inmate_who_raped_murde.html

As to some witnesses hearing Warner saying, “My body is on fire,” don’t you think all of the witnesses would have heard him SCREAMING, “My body is on fire”?

And Chemerinsky tells us that the drug sodium thiopental, used to render the inmate unconscious, is no longer made in the US and the Europeans will not export it to us. As if science has come to a screeching halt.  There must be something out there that will induce unconsciousness.

Of course, this could all be avoided if we went back to other forms of execution that would not be “botched‘.  But Chemerinsky wants all executions halted because after all, Europe and other advanced countries don’t do it. So what? Given what is going on today in their societies (like France), they might want to reconsider.

Which reminds me. Isn't the guillotine guaranteed to produce instant death?


"Hey Pierre. I think my head fell off, Old Chap. Do you see it?"


"You're killing me, Erwin."

(No pun intended.)



Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Saudi Imam's Lunacy


Hat tip MEMRI TV




President Obama and Michelle dropped in to Saudi Arabia on their way home from India to sign the guest book for King Abdullah, who died a few days ago. Too bad they didn't get there a few days earlier so they could have hopped over to Jedda and heard the sermon from Imam Issa Assiri. MEMRI TV has the video. In this stirring sermon, ISSA opines on the Paris attacks as the only language that Christians and Jews understand. He also "sheds light" on the discovery of America,

Here's a hint: America was discovered by Muslims.



http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/4745.htm

I can't wait until our State Department gives this crackhead a visa to come here and preach this stuff in some US mosque.



You laugh.

White House Hack Eric Schultz

Is the Taliban a terrorist organization?


Not according to White House spokeshole Eric Schultz when pinned down about the deal that freed Bowe Bergdahl in Afghanistan. Watch as this mealy-mouthed hack dances around a reporter's question about the Taliban.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/01/28/video-white-house-spokesman-struggles-on-whether-the-taliban-is-a-terrorist-group/

Gee. Schultz wasn't nearly so mealy-mouthed when he reportedly screamed obscenities at then-CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson when she had the "effrontery" to ask questions about Operation Fast and Furious.

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/cbs-news-reporter-says-white-house-screamed-swore-her-over-fast-and-furious_595011.html

Is this a modern day case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde?

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/