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JStreet Speaker Advocates Arab Palestine, Jewish Dhimmitude

Sunday, March 29th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Should it come as any surprise that a JStreet speaker would be applauded for proclaiming the myth that the Jews “took” the land of Israel from the Palestinians and are now “imposing” on it? No. Should it come as any surprise that said speaker advocates for the idea of Jews living as a “protected minority” in an Arab Palestine, or any other nation for that matter? No. But it is sadly ridiculous, nonetheless.

Check out commentary at the Algemeiner:

The moderator didn’t challenge her, and as far as I could tell neither did any other panelists.

Isn’t it interesting that at a conference that claims to be “pro-Israel, pro-peace” and that hammers away at how it wants a two state solution, there is no objection to this one-state solution where Jews are “protected” by people who want to kill them?J-Street refuses to let Alan Dershowitz, an advocate of a two-state solution since the 1970s, speak. But this crazy lady who thinks that Israel treats Arab citizens worse than Arabs would treat Jews is given a platform, without a single dissenting voice that I could find, either at the session or on Twitter afterwards, from J-Street members or attendees.

Marcia Freedman is a former Knesset member and a member of JStreet’s advisory council. Perhaps it is time for JStreet to remove “Pro-Israel” from their logo, since it is obvious that, for their membership at least, any state will do.

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The Radical Left Fishes for Israel, Uses Jewish Americans as Bait

Thursday, March 26th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Jewish Americans are being baited by a radical Left that has sharpened their anti-Bibi fangs in the ready to rip apart the nation of Israel and the entire body of world Jewry. It’s a bold statement, but it’s an honest one. If you thought V15 would dissolve, their participants cashing in the last of the State Department’s change for a defeat party in Vegas, you’re wrong. The ideological fervor is stronger than ever. It has to be, because ideology is the only thing they have fueling their “hope and change” community-organizing momentum that is anything but.

Jonathan Mark at the New York Jewish Week succinctly catalogs the radical-Leftist Jewish bias against Bibi, noting that this isn’t the first time a right-wing leader’s victory has been condemned in the American media. “Begin as in Fagin” a 1977 Time magazine article explained, conjuring up one of the most insulting anti-Semitic stereotypes in history.

Today it is the J Street crowd sacrificing their pound of flesh by cutting themselves off from the “Jewish establishment” in a radical attempt to “directly take on Jewish organizations …complicit with Israel’s occupation” via the Obama method. If Israel won’t directly negotiate, they’ll just be forced into a solution …and what? Be told to deal with it, or else? According to reports, the conference was keynoted by Obama’s chief of staff and fueled nothing more or less than the “Bibi is racist” tagline.

Hannah Senesh wrote about the power of one match to light a fire. In this instance, the blaze is burning out of control in this radicalized segment of the Jewish world.

Mark adopts the Israeli attitude toward the radical Left’s recent drumming up of hostilities, concluding:

If Israel has to go alone, so be it, writes The Wall Street Journal’s Brett Stephens: “Repay contempt with contempt. Mr. Obama plays to classic bully type. He is abusive and surly only toward those he feels are either too weak, or too polite, to hit back…. The Israelis will need to chart their own path of resistance…. Israel survived its first 19 years without meaningful U.S. patronage. For now, all it has to do is get through the next 22, admittedly long, months.”

In the end, he is right. Israel has the self-determination and autonomy to weather the storm. The question is, will the Jewish American community rise to the occasion, or be consumed in the fires of its own outrageous fury, drummed up by a mad man who has no problem negotiating the Jewish people’s terms of destruction on an international scale?

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GAME CHANGER: Hillary’s Campaign Is More Tech Savvy than in ’08

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

IT’S NEWS BECAUSE IT’S HILLARY, YOU SEE.

Hillary Clinton is assembling a technology team that signals a significant departure from her 2008 presidential run, led by Obama veterans and geared toward recasting her analog-era image.

With the hiring of 2012 Obama campaign alumni Teddy Goff as chief digital strategist, Elan Kriegel as analytics director and Andrew Bleeker as a top outside adviser, the campaign is indicating a greater emphasis on the kinds of cutting-edge techniques that both parties now routinely use to tap into every possible fundraising dollar and seek out every available voter. Just as important, the new hires point to a candidate who’s learned from a 2008 campaign marked by its inability to harness technology to its advantage.

It is adorable that they are trying to make it seem as if a shift in approach to technology after eight years is a big deal. In an arena that changes by the second, only the Democratic front-runner could get this many words devoted to the fact that she will be doing something every other major candidate has been doing in recent years: focusing greater resources on tech.

It’s doubly adorable for the lapdogs to pretend this is completely new, given that she already had people on staff who were smart enough to get her private servers to skirt the law while she was secretary of State.

So she’s not really doing something that can be called markedly new when compared either to other campaigns or a recent professional incarnation of herself.

Yet Politico gave it a thousand words.

No bias to see here, move along…

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The One Important Fact Every Media Report Left Out About That ‘Town That Banned Swearing’

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 - by Kathy Shaidle

no-swearing

 

A week or so ago, everyone was having lots of Footloose-joke fun at the expense of Canada’s “The Town That Dreaded Curse Words”:

Taber, Alberta — population around 8,000 — has not only banned swearing, but “yelling and screaming” are now also against the law in the small community.

Serious questions came up, too, like whether the bylaw violated (admittedly comical) Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

But what nobody dared to report, until Maclean’s did just now, was just who all these anti-social miscreants were, the ones that necessitated the passing of such a wacky-sounding law in the first place.

Turns out, they’re young Mennonites.

Huh? That sounds like a bigger joke than the original story, right?

(“What kind of Buddhism is this, Otto?“)

But even Maclean’s buries the (other) lede until mid-way through their piece:

These troublemakers aren’t just Mennonites.

They’re Mexican Mennonites.

Who’ve brought with them their culture’s well-documented indifference to such uptight Anglo-Saxon values as prioritizing higher education; cooperating with one’s neighbors to maintain a safe, clean, quiet, civilized public square; and interacting with (surprisingly non-bribable!) authorities in a respectful, law-abiding fashion.

Victor Davis Hanson, please pick up the (off-) white courtesy phone.

And press #2 for Spanish.

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George Zimmerman: Blame Obama for Racial Tension

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Sounds good to me.

George Zimmerman, the man acquitted in the 2012 shooting of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, blamed President Obama for inflaming racial tensions after the 17-year-old’s death, saying in a videotaped statement that Obama “overstretched, overreached, even broke the law” by allowing the Justice Department to pursue a civil rights investigation of him.

Zimmerman also criticized Obama’s public response to the shooting, in which he said a month after the shooting, “if I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon,” and for the president’s holding a ceremony marking the anniversary of Martin’s death with the boy’s parents.

“For him to make incendiary comments as he did and direct the Department of Justice to pursue a baseless prosecution, he by far overstretched, overreached, even broke the law in certain aspects to where you have an innocent American being prosecuted by the federal government which should never happen,” Zimmerman said.

While George Zimmerman may not be the poster boy for Neighborhood Watch, he is certainly right about this. Obama to jump in and ratchet up racial tensions in high-profile stories, often before the police have had a chance to weigh in. We all know the pattern now, too. He pretends to be concerned while either damning the suspect, the police, or both. Then his henchman Eric Holder would launch a very public DOJ investigation yet not find cause to file charges against the individual who was maligned by the president of the United States.

That’s how we end up with cops being targeted by deranged gunmen.

Can’t you just feel the post-racial hope and change calm all over the land?

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The Racist Campaign Ad Israel’s Left Didn’t Want You to See

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

+972 is about as Left as you can get when it comes to political opinions on Israel, which is why kudos go out to blogger Edo Konrad for being the only English-language Israeli writer to draw attention to Isaac Herzog’s anti-Arab campaign ad. It’s just a shame he waited for the dust to settle on the false “Bibi is racist” claims before doing so, but then again, why would he have risked screwing his own party of choice before the election?

Konrad is high-minded in his ethics, enough to criticize Herzog:

…it was Herzog’s utter indifference toward Israel’s Palestinian minority, not to mention the 47-year military dictatorship in the occupied territories, that received little media attention.

In fact, the only time Herzog’s campaign really made an effort to spotlight Israel’s Arab citizens was in a video featuring IDF veterans who served alongside him in the prestigious Unit 8200, which is part of Israel’s vaunted intelligence corps. In the video, the veterans laud Herzog as someone who “understands the Arab mentality” and “has seen Arabs in all kinds of situations,” including “in the crosshairs.”

But, don’t mistake Konrad’s commentary for caring an actual whit about Israeli Arabs. His conclusion as to why Bibi won and Herzog lost:

By warning against “buses full of Arabs,” Netanyahu crossed the line from Likud hawk to Marzel-type incitement. Herzog, on the other hand, remained strictly within the confines of “good taste” — and lost.

Disturbing to say the least. But not uncommon among Israel’s bruised and battered extreme Leftists who have decided to lash out in rage like abused, frightened animals in the wake of the Right’s overwhelming electoral victory. Which is probably why the Left is having such trouble unifying, something that inspired the following exchange between 2 Leftist friends on Facebook:

“The right and the left need to live with moderates.”

“I was thinking the right and left need to live with Xanax.”

So much for the hype that Jewish-American leftists will cut off their support for Israel in droves. If anything, perhaps they, too, will have the guts to look behind the green curtain and into the party’s psych ward.

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Family Feud? Cornyn Declines to Support Cruz Candidacy

Monday, March 23rd, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

A thing, or not a thing?

Sen. Rand Paul may have fellow Kentuckian Mitch McConnell’s support for his likely 2016 presidential bid. But Sen. Ted Cruz won’t have his senior senator from Texas, John Cornyn, behind him.

Cornyn, the Senate majority whip, said in an interview Monday that he would stay neutral in the Republican primary, declining to endorse Cruz just hours after he became the first candidate to officially declare his presidential run.

“You know, we’ve got a lot of Texans who are running for president, so I’m going to watch from the sidelines,” Cornyn said when asked if he would back Cruz. (Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is considering a run as well.)

Cornyn denied his position was retribution for Cruz’s refusal to back him during his Senate primary last year.

Cornyn’s position does not come as much of a surprise. The tea party freshman refused to back Cornyn during the senator’s crowded primary race last year, unlike in Kentucky where Paul aggressively campaigned for McConnell last year and backed him during his primary bid. But Cruz insisted he would stay neutral in Cornyn’s primary race, which he easily won.

While I am sure that Cruz and Cornyn probably aren’t on Snapchat with each other late at night, the tenor of this post is probably a bit much.

If Rick Perry decides to run, which seems likely, it would make more sense for Cornyn to back him, even if they all got along famously. Politico kicks this piece off with a false equivalency: McConnell hasn’t supported Rand Paul’s candidacy because Rand Paul is not yet a candidate. That may seem like quibbling, but it is true.

The media needs to create REPUBLICAN CIVIL WAR stories where there aren’t any.

But Valerie Jarrett’s machinations about Hillary’s emails are a non-story.

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Bedouin Arab Village Is Most Pro-Bibi Town in Israel

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Blogger Elder of Ziyon writes:

Deebo at Israellycool looks at some interesting statistics from the Israeli elections.

One of the facts reported is that the most pro-Likud town in Israel is the village of All Naim, where 77% voted Likud.

Al Naim is a Bedouin Arab town.

Why did they vote for Bibi? NRG went there and asked.

The NRG report is in Hebrew, but the basic story is that the village has been fighting for basic electric and sewage services for years. The Netanyahu government proved to be the one source that finally started making progress two years ago. As the secretary of the settlement explained, the overwhelming support for Bibi and Likud was due to the fact that “there is something in our heritage that we remember a person of good things.” Imagine, voting for a politician on the basis of what they’ve already accomplished instead of what they’re promising to do.

But, as EoZ explains, because this overwhelming Arab support for Netanyahu/Likud doesn’t fit the mainstream narrative, the chances of it hitting big press are slim to none. Illustrating his point, the story was covered by the Israel paper Haaretz, which sourced unnamed residents of the village who claimed the local council told the residents how to vote. Their article ended by quoting a disgruntled Arab from an adjacent unrecognized Bedouin village of 80 residents. How relevant the quote was to the story of Al Naim, versus the “Right is racist” narrative? You decide.

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VIDEO: Ayaan Hirsi Ali Speaks Out in New Book ‘Heretic’

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Watch as the infamous activist, blacklisted by Brandeis University for her anti-Islam views, discusses her new book Heretic and the concept of reforming Islam. Martha Raddatz has no problem outing herself as a turncoat feminist, accusing Hirsi Ali, herself a survivor of female genital mutilation, of unfairly attacking Islam now that she has left the religion.

Raddatz and the pro-Islam Manalo Omar are also quick to gang up on Hirsi Ali when she highlights one of the many Qu’ranic calls for death to infidels currently being used to justify Sharia law and jihad, citing both “the Torah” and “the Bible” as containing violent verses. When Hirsi Ali replies by questioning where the Christians are who take these verses as literally as their Islamic counterparts, Raddatz changes her line of questioning without changing her politically correct tone.

“Doesn’t [your book] incite people to hate Muslims?” is Raddatz’s conclusion, not her query, proving once again that the West’s multiculturalist elite are the greatest threat to Islamic reform.

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Jay Leno Says College Kids Too PC, Ageist Salon Calls Him a ‘Grumpy Old Man’

Friday, March 20th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

He’s right, of course.

Meyers asked Leno how colleges have changed since he played them decades ago. Leno said, “College kids now are so politically correct.”

He gave an example of a Tonight Show intern who said he sounded racist for not liking Mexican food. Leno said, “Being anti-guacamole is not racist, okay? You have no idea what racism is. That’s not racism, you idiot, you moron!”

A cursory glance at campus protests on any given day will prove that Leno is correct. What should be the segment of the population that is carefree and enjoying life has been turned into a bunch of perpetually aggrieved shrews by their commie masters in academia.

The single-digit IQ brain trust at Salon, which loves to write stories decrying ageism, by the way, responded with this:

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Why is Journalist Marc Ambinder Apologizing for Hurting the Feelings of a Government Agency?

Friday, March 20th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Obama’s America.

Marc Ambinder, The Week’s editor-at-large, is apologizing for a POLITICO Magazine article he wrote about the Secret Service in an essay published on Friday.

Ambinder wrote that his article, which looked into the problems with substance abuse within the Secret Service, “unfairly maligned” the agency.

Earlier this month, two Secret Service agents reportedly bumped some kind of plastic traffic barrel while driving onto White House grounds in the midst of an security incident investigating a suspicious package. The first reports cited the incident as a car crash caused by agents, who some said, had been drinking at a party, but later reports put a much milder gloss on the incident.

On Thursday, Secret Service director Joseph Clancy said the agents were driving “one to two miles per hour” and barely grazed an orange traffic barrel. The incident has been referred to the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Inspector General for further investigation.

What is disturbing here is that this wasn’t a deep investigative piece that got a lot of facts wrong. Ambinder is apologizing for saying something offensive and his wording of the apology borders on creepy if you’re a First Amendment fan:

In his essay for The Week, Ambinder wrote that he’s “embarrassed’ that he suggested the incident “smacks of the behavior of ‘high function alcoholics.”

“I had no right to say that, at all,” he wrote.

I am fairly certain that we all have the right to be offensive. Ambinder didn’t go after the agents themselves, but the agency, an agency that has had no shortage of embarrassments in recent years, by the way.

It does nothing to dispel the idea that the media are functioning as publicity arms of the government now that we media bias watchers worry about. The press in this country was supposed to be a fierce opposition voice to the powers that be and and watching it act like a whipped puppy and talking about not having a right to offend is a bit un-American.

If that offends anyone don’t bother asking me for an apology.

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Hillary Supporters Force Little Girls to Shill for Bill as First Lady in 2016

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Get your vomit bags out before watching this shameful attempt at brainwashing the next generation into thinking Hillary Clinton should be their feminist savior. The YouTube account “Bill for First Lady 2016″ has released a campaign spot featuring a series of little girls rhyming 5 reasons why Hillary should run for president in 2016.

They promulgate the requisite pay-gap myth with the tacky line, “In the USA, having a va-jay-jay shouldn’t mean less pay,” explaining why Common Core is so into sex ed. The girls also get in a line about Republicans bullying women over “reproductive rights,” leaving one to wonder if these girls know they’re the third generation to have survived legalized abortion in America (apparently not a lesson in the Common Core curriculum).

The most unintentionally comical point comes in the conclusion that, “As First Lady, Bill will rock the dress.” I guess Common Core hasn’t gotten to the ’90s, either. Bill definitely rocked the dress, in Democrat blue no less. Not surprisingly this one is red, reminding women they should vote Republican instead.

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MSNBC‘s Capehart: Admitting Truth About ‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot’ was ‘Hardest Piece I Ever had to Write’

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Here is the piece to which he is referring, which was titled, Hands up, don’t shoot” was built on a lie

We spend so much time highlighting the awfulness in news, especially of the cable variety, that it is perhaps worth a mention when one actually tells the truth and admits being wrong. This doesn’t excuse the damage that was done by the media perpetuating this lie, but it’s a start. Here’s the video:

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Politico: Bibi Wins But Obama Doesn’t Like Him, So There

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

This evening’s entertainment…

At a minimum, the result disappointed many Democrats long exasperated with an Israeli leader they consider tantamount to a partisan rival, particularly after Netanyahu’s controversial March 3 speech to Congress arranged by Speaker John Boehner behind the Obama White House’s back. Pre-election polling had shown Netanyahu’s Likud trailing the center-left Zionist Union party led by his chief rival, Isaac Herzog.

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Obama officials consider Herzog a far more promising partner on issues like the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and Iran’s nuclear program.

Now, if Netanyahu does outmaneuver Herzog to form and lead a majority coalition in the Israeli Knesset, his long-troubled relations with President Obama may reopen at their lowest point yet.

Expect the spinning to resemble the cartoon Tasmanian Devil by the morning. The last few days were absolutely polluted with stories about Netanyahu’s imminent political demise, with the most popular version of the tale being that he ruined his chances by angering great and powerful thin-skinned consumer of canines currently occupying the Oval Office.

One does not hurt Barack Obama’s feelings without some backlash.

Now that Obama has once again been revealed impotent in helping candidates not named Barack Obama to victory, his media petting zoo is out of sorts. They will be expending a lot of effort to explain exactly why this victory wasn’t really a victory.

Naturally, they will be directed by the White House.

Maybe with an assist from Tehran.

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Ed Schultz Believes People Will Magically Become Peaceful if Cops are Unarmed

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

The reverse logic here is stunning. The language is like something out of a children’s book (but then so is most progressive philosophy): “They become instant honest brokers. They become diplomats of peace.

That is the real problem with progressive “solutions”-they don’t understand the root causes of any problems they’re dealing with. Mob rule doesn’t flip and become a Hallmark moment if the police are offered up as sacrificial lambs.

Here is the audio from Big Ed’s “episode”:

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Mozilla Quickly Removes Feminazi-Themed App from Site

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Mozilla acted quickly to remove a hilariously controversial app, Men Kampf, from its site out of fear of radical feminist retribution.

Beta News reports:

Mozilla could soon find itself at the center of a new controversy, as it just approved a Firefox extension, called Men Kampf, designed with the sole purpose of replacing so-called “radfem rethoric [sic] with nazi friendly alternatives”.

Men Kampf scans the page that the Firefox user visits for any words considered to be linked to feminism — certainly not radical feminism, as claimed in the description — and replaces them, on the fly, with said “alternatives”. As such, an article about feminism will quickly appear to be one about nazism. The developer behind the extension, Erim Secla, says that it’s all “just for fun” in Men Kampf’s description.

…Men Kampf is apparently inspired by a Chrome extension called “Man Kampf” (in reality, it’s called Men Kampf and is available in the Chrome Web Store), which is equally offensive. The Chrome counterpart “Turns SJW nonsense into pro-Nazi propaganda. Changes words such as ‘Men’ into ‘Jews’ to make any radical feminist post sound like something straight out of Hitler’s mouth!”, claims its developer in the description.

While Men Kampf is no longer available through Firefox, it is still available for download through Google Chrome where users have given it a 4.5 star rating.

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Top U.S. Islamic Cleric Dr. Salah Soltan Sentenced to Death in Egypt

Monday, March 16th, 2015 - by Patrick Poole

A man once hailed as “one of the most respected Islamic scholars in the country” was sentenced to death today in an Egyptian court after being found guilty on charges of inciting murder.

Dr. Salah Soltan, a senior member of the international Muslim Brotherhood, lived and worked in the U.S. for more than a decade.

He is still listed as a member of the Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) on their organizational brochure.

Al-Ahram reports:

A Cairo criminal court sentenced Mohamed Badie, the Muslim Brotherhood’s supreme guide, and 13 other leading members of the group to death on Monday for inciting murder in the now infamous case known in the media as “Rabaa control room.”

The 14 convicted include Muslim Brotherhood spokesperson Mahmoud Ghozlan, former Kafr El-Sheikh governor Saad El-Hossainy and preacher Salah Sultan. The court has also set the date of 11 April to announce its verdict concerning other defendants in the case.

The court has referred the death sentences to Egypt’s Grand Mufti for revision. The referral of the sentences to the Mufti is the first step in the legal process required to enact a death sentence. The Mufti’s decision is not binding. However, following his decision the court will issue a final verdict. Once a final verdict is issued, defendants can appeal.

Badie and another 13 Brotherhood figures are convicted of setting up an operation after the violent dispersal of the Rabaa Al-Adaweya protest camp in mid-August in 2013 to direct the movements of Brotherhood supporters across the country as part of plans to defy the state and spread chaos, as well as plot attacks on police stations, private property and churches.

Soltan was arrested in September 2013 as he tried to flee to Sudan, and was charged with incitement to kill and attempted murder.

His son Mohamed, who has become a cause celebre for the American media and U.S. Islamic organizations, was also convicted in the current case and will be sentenced on April 11:

The story of Salah and Mohamed Soltan will not be unfamiliar to regular PJ Media readers.

Just last week, Mohamed Soltan was trying to paint himself in court as an innocent spectator swept up in the aftermath of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi’s overthrow. I noted here that multiple Western media reports at the time identified Mohamed as one of the top leaders organizing the violent Muslim Brotherhood protests in Cairo following Morsi’s removal from office.

Salah Soltan has also been the subject of several of my reports here at PJ Media going back to January 2009 when he appeared on Al-Nas TV threatening America with death and destruction for its support of Israel.

At the same time the elder Soltan was threatening America on Middle East TV, his son Mohamed was seen leading anti-Jewish genocidal chants in front of the Ohio Statehouse (as I reported here last week):

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Salah Soltan was also a leading figure at the Muslim Brotherhood protests dispersed by Egyptian authorities in August 2013, even appearing on stage at the protest standing beside an al-Qaeda flag:

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Our late PJ Media colleague Barry Rubin noted here in August 2011 that Soltan had issued a fatwa in Egypt authorizing any Muslim to kill any Israeli that could be found in the country. He also took note of the media backlash I had received for reporting on Soltan’s extremist activities and open support for Islamic terrorism.

I followed up Barry’s report with my own observing everything I had written about Salah Soltan going back to my first report in April 2006. Despite all the attempts by the establishment media to paint him as an interfaith moderate, I chronicled a lengthy list of his activities:

  • Sultan leading a Hajj tour with al-Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki following the 9/11 attacks (after Awlaki had been allowed to leave the country);
  • His appearance at a July 2006 pro-Hamas rally in Turkey featuring leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood and the prime minister of Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh;
  • Sultan’s attendance at a July 2007 conference in Doha, Qatar, where he shared the speaker dais with the head of Hamas, Khaled Meshaal, and Yousef al-Qaradawi;
  • The cancellation of his TV program in Bahrain by the that government (whom he worked for at the time!);
  • The L.A. Times article that identified Salah Sultan by name as a “controversial Sunni figure”, among those “glorifying holy war” and “sharing the outlook of Al-Qaeda” causing trouble in Bahrain;
  • His interview with the official Muslim Brotherhood website following the November 2008 elections where he claimed that Jews assassinated President Kennedy and advocating Islamic theocracy in U.S. elections;
  • His December 2008 appearance on Egyptian Al-Nas TV (which I reported on here at PJM) warning of the imminent destruction of the U.S., invoking notorious Islamic hadith calling for the extermination of the Jews by Muslims, and citing approvingly the Protocols of the Elders of Zion;
  • His March 2010 interview on Hamas’ Al-Aqsa TV, where he invoked the blood libel claiming that Jews make their Passover matzos with the blood of non-Jews;
  • His leading a crowd in cheering fires in Israel that had claimed the lives of dozens of Israelis in December 2010;
  • And following the killing of Osama bin Laden in May, in an article published on the Muslim Brotherhood website he lauded bin Laden as a warrior who “had raised the banner of jihad for the sake of Allah and had served a lofty goal,” and stating that U.S. “terrorism” was greater than bin Laden’s.

A year later, Salah Soltan was a senior member of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt. As I reported here in August 2012, Soltan could be seen in his new role visiting with a number of U.S.-designated terrorists and Islamic extremists across the Middle East.

Those who have followed my reporting here and elsewhere on Salah and Mohamed Soltan know that my continued interest in their activities was not merely academic, as the pair were my former neighbors in my hometown of Hillard, Ohio.

The elder Soltan even served as religious director of our local mosque, the Noor Islamic Cultural Center.

That story was covered in the 2-part documentary by The Blaze titled The Project. My PJ Media colleague Andrew McCarthy and I were interviewed:

When Mohamed Soltan burned down their family home in Hilliard as part of a staged “Islamophobic” hate crime in January 2012, Soltan repeatedly cited in sworn testimony that my writings, that documentary, and Erick Stakelbeck’s October 2007 CBN News report on their presence here incited the arson. Here’s that 2007 CBN News report:

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And yet court documents in a later civil case indicate that investigators fingered the younger Soltan for the crime, and he fled the U.S. for Egypt in February 2013 as investigators were looking to question him further on his role in the fire.

Now, nearly a decade into this saga, I expect that no apologies will be forthcoming from the various media outlets and local figures who publicly attacked me for reporting on this, including our local newspaper, the Columbus Dispatch.

The establishment media needs to be more forthcoming in reporting on extremism inside the Muslim community. Salah Soltan, now sentenced to death for his crimes, was not some marginal figure in the American Muslim community, but one of its leaders. And those organizations that continued to support him in the face of the mountain of evidence compiled over the years should be subject to some hard questions. But I’m not holding my breath.

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VIDEO: Israeli Music Artist Celebrates Re-Opening of Paris Kosher Market with Music Video

Monday, March 16th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

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The same day as the re-opening of the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket in Paris, Israeli music artist Gad Elbaz released an English-language music video shot in the Jewish section of Paris. Dubbed by the Jewish Standard as “a fully remixed and re-imagined version of Hava Nagila – an early Zionist call to optimism,” the video features “crowds of Jews and other Parisians dancing through the city’s Le Marais historic Jewish quarter” to the classic Jewish folk song.

“We chose to record there to march as Jews in pride and with heads uplifted,” said Elbaz. “To say we are here to strengthen the Jews of France and Europe in their spirit and pride, not with protests and cries of war but rather with drums, dance and eternal Jewish singing that has been strengthening our existence for two thousand years of exile.”

Elbaz dons a kippah at the beginning of the video, a notable sign of defiance in the wake of warnings issued against wearing Jewish religious headcoverings in public throughout Europe.

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Estimated 100,000 Rally for Bibi in Tel Aviv

Monday, March 16th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Ahead of Tuesday’s elections, an estimated crowd of 100,000 Israelis rallied in support of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square, where only one week ago an estimated 40,000 rallied in support of the opposition.

Reuters reports:

Speaking to a rally of thousands of supporters of Israel’s right-wing parties from behind a bulletproof screen at Tel Aviv’s main square, Netanyahu warned that the right-wing government he leads could be voted out of office.

“Our rivals are investing a huge effort to harm me and the Likud, to open a gap between my party, the Likud, and (our rivals), and if we don’t close this gap, there is a real danger that a left-wing government will rise to power,” Netanyahu said.

Final opinion polls published on Friday predicted the center-left Zionist Union led by Isaac Herzog and Tzipi Livni would take between 24 and 26 seats in Tuesday’s vote, compared to 20-22 seats for Likud.

No single party has ever won an outright majority in Israel’s 120-seat Knesset and the party leader with the best chance of forming a coalition would lead the new government.

While admitting he is trailing in the polls, Netanyahu is hoping that right-wing parties can narrow the gap sufficiently for him to be nominated by Israel’s president to form the next coalition and win a fourth term as prime minister.

Partisanship is at an expected high in the last days before the election, with left-wing sources coming out swinging against the prime minister and his right-wing “settler” crowd.

Meanwhile, a bi-partisan congressional investigatory committee is “probing possible Obama administration ties to the anti-Netanyahu effort” in Israel in a move that “could be seen as a rebuke to President Obama.”

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Precious: Pres. Obama Says He’s ‘Embarrassed’ for GOP Senators Behind Iran Letter

Friday, March 13th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Chuckles all around…

Yes, President Selfie-Stick actually said he was embarrassed. He said this to an interviewer from Vice News, who seemed so eager to please that I felt a twinge of embarrassment myself while watching just the trailer for the interview. I’d bet good money that the president has a pocket full of Snausages every time he meets with one of these carefully chosen media sources.
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Kathy Griffin Ducks Behind ‘Gays and People of Color’ as she Runs from the Fashion Police

Friday, March 13th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

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Let’s be clear about one thing: The only time Kathy Griffin shows up anywhere is when her fellow D-lister Andy Dick is unavailable. And apparently even Andy Dick didn’t want to touch the hot mess that is Fashion Police in the wake of Joan Rivers’ untimely death.

The chaos began when the Empress of E! Giuliana Rancic lamely joked that Disney Princess Zendaya’s dreads smelled like “patchouli oil…or weed.” Because Zendaya is African American, the entire world jumped to defend her Marleyesque hairstyle, raking Rancic through the standard hot coals saved for politically incorrect commentators like herself. In the wake of the “scandal” Kelly Osbourne decided to leave the show and yesterday Kathy Griffin tweeted her resignation, commenting:

“…I do not want to use my comedy to contribute to a culture of unattainable perfectionism and intolerance towards difference. I want to help women, gay kids, people of color and anyone who feels underrepresented to have a voice and a LAUGH!”

Sounding more like Patricia Arquette backtracking after her Oscars flub about “gay people and people of color,” Griffin proved she’s no Joan. None of them are. That’s why Fashion Police couldn’t survive a day without her.

Gen-X and Millennial hacks the lot, watch Griffin and her crew run and hide behind their beloved “gays” and “people of color” like a human shield designed to protect their own inflated egos in the wake of the minefield of political correctness. Only Joan Rivers, born before all this post-1960′s liberation activist schlock could navigate this battle unharmed. In seeking out her replacement the only thing these doobs saw in Joan was a woman unafraid to offend. They didn’t see the honesty in her “Can We Talk” comedy because, to them, talk is nothing more than a media appearance and a quick paycheck. They’re too busy hiding behind the latest cause celeb to begin to attempt the kind of self-honesty Joan emoted with every barb.

Fellow narcissist Lena Dunham, a common victim of Joan’s silver-tongued quips, tweeted support for Kathy Griffin “saying enough is enough to intolerance”. Spare me, you Queens of Intolerance hiding behind a human shield of your own making. Come up for some air in-between Tweet praises and go shopping for matching outfits. You’ll need new camo when your beloved “gays and people of color” turn to you and say, “Can we talk?” Now that’s a show I’d watch.

 

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Politico Sowing Seeds of White House Distrust of Hillary

Thursday, March 12th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Awwwwwwwkward.

It isn’t that Obama and Clinton like or don’t like each other, or that their aides still have hard feelings left over from the 2008 primary campaign. In the White House, as conversations with current and former aides make clear, they want her to win — after all, so much of what they’ve achieved depends on her getting into the Oval Office to keep it going. The Democratic nomination is all but hers, the Republican field still looking weak to them, and they’re counting on her.

And now?

To sum up the feelings, all the way up to the highest levels: What. The. Hell.

Actually, it is that they don’t like each other, but the author needs to play that game for the “Yeah, we never trusted her…” story they are about to tell.

“You never feel like you’re quite getting the full story, because everyone’s got some side deal or some complicating factor,” said one former Obama aide, reflecting on dealing with Clinton and her circle. “I don’t think there was a conscious effort to watch out for scams. It was more just, you know who you’re dealing with.”

I said it last week and I will say it again: this story still has legs in the MSM only because higher-ups in the Democratic Party want it to have legs. It’s also quite likely that those higher-ups work for the president of the United States.

This president doesn’t need Hillary to win to validate his legacy. Liberal historians will give this guy a pass if he commits mass murder in the White House on his way out of office. He knows his legacy is being created out of whole cloth by them at the moment and he need not do anything to influence it.

It’s no secret that the Obama faithful aren’t Hillary Clinton fans.

If there is anything we’ve learned in the last six years, it’s that the Obama faithful don’t have a thought in their heads that wasn’t put there by Obama.

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A Hundred Grand Per Year for a Journalism Degree from Columbia? Please…

Thursday, March 12th, 2015 - by Michael Walsh

Well, almost a hundred: $92,933, to be exact, at the prestigious Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. No wonder they’re slowly going out of business:

Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism will reduce its class size and cut about six positions from its staff as the news industry retrenches. The school will gradually reduce enrollment over several years and has already stopped filling some vacant faculty positions, Steve Coll, dean of the school since 2013, said in an e-mail to students, faculty and staff today.

The cuts were reported by media blogger Jim Romenesko.

News organizations around the world are cutting staff and budgets as advertisers and readers have fled traditional media for free online sources and social media sites, such as Twitter. While graduate student applications rose sharply after the recession that began in 2008, the school’s class size is headed back to a lower “historical norm,” Coll said.

It’s certainly true that the Old Media world is dying. And overgrown teenagers with rich parents could afford to flee into useless graduate degrees during the recession, when they weren’t going to get any work anyway, to put off the day of reckoning. But maybe the sticker price for a credential has something to do with it as well:

The New York school will also focus on raising funds for student scholarships, Mr. Coll said. Estimated tuition, fees and living expenses for a full-time master’s degree student are $92,933, according to the school website. Coll said he will host a public meeting tomorrow to discuss the changes.

Columbia is seeing increased demand for training in digital media, Ms. Fishman said, adding that applications for the school’s dual degree in journalism and computer science were up 47% this year.

I got into professional journalism in 1972, when I was hired by the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle as a cub reporter. I was armed with a degree in music and knew zero about journalism; my editors said, don’t worry, we’ll teach you. The rest is history.

 

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Is the Obama-Jarrett Duo Behind Hillary Clinton’s Email Scandal?

Thursday, March 12th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

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Soviet leaders just killed their enemies and told the world they went on extended vacations. American politicians prefer more Dallas-like drama — the Democrats do anyway. The latest accusation in the Hillary Clinton email scandal comes from Ed Klein’s “sources inside the White House” who claim the most powerful duo since Batman and Robin, Barack Obama and Valerie Jarrett (you decide who’s playing who), is out to take down Hillary before 2016. Why? Simply put, she’s just not progressive enough.

Apparently the Clintons are aware that Hillary is “under not 1, but 6 investigations” prompted by the Obama administration. Basic cable channels everywhere wish they could get this kind of stuff on tape for a reality TV series, that is how delicious it sounds. Which makes one wonder if it’s really true. Ed Klein’s telltale book Blood Feud: The Clintons vs. the Obamas has scored big in the charts for what has been dubbed its “stunning exposé of the animosity, jealousy, and competition between America’s two most powerful political couples.” But the journalist’s sources go largely unnamed and more than one anecdote hasn’t held up well under scrutiny. Does this boil down to more he-said, she-said fodder for popular consumption?

Then again, Hillary has been the whipping boy of the Democrat Party since Lewinsky (if not before). She is the epitome of Whittaker Chambers’ sad fact that Communists will never hesitate to take a personal hit for the sake of The Party. Whether the blue dress or Benghazi, Hillary has never hesitated to make a complete ass out of herself for the good of the gang. Which leads one to question: If Klein’s sources are correct, is this really a “feud” between the Obamas and Clintons, or yet another maneuver to entertain the masses while Jarrett and her cronies empower another up-and-coming radical progressive (think: Obama II: Spawn of Obama) ahead of 2016?

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How the Media Shapes Political Dialogue, Deliberately Misleading You

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015 - by Michael Walsh

 

"Conservatives" gather to honor Lenin, Stalin

“Conservatives” gather to honor Lenin, Stalin

Here’s a quote from the Wall Street Journal‘s news pages (not at all conservative, unlike the editorial page), with a classic misuse of the words “conservative” and “progressive”:

Iran Picks Conservative Cleric to Head Powerful Supervisory Body

The body that chooses and supervises Iran’s Supreme Leader has elected a conservative cleric as its new chairman, dealing a blow to progressives at a crucial time in the nuclear talks with the U.S. and other world powers.

And… let’s stop right there. Not one but two political terms/buzzwords in that lede — casting, as usual, “conservatives” as the bad guys and “progressives” as the good guys. It’s the same trick the MSM used with the Soviet Union — a Marxist/Leninist state, remember — in which the “conservative” hard-line Leftist Marxists-Leninists were pitting against the “liberal” Marxist-Leninist “reformers.” So, through the miracle of linguistic trickeration, Communists becomes “conservatives,” as do the radical mullahs who overthrew the Shah of Iran.

The instant the Left, or any other force antithetical to classical liberal Western civilization becomes institutionalized… presto, change-o! It becomes “conservative.” The Left, in order to keep what’s left of its sanity and self-esteem, must always see itself as the hero of its own movie, rescuing the damsel in distress and righting the wrongs of the “conservatives.”

It’s a deliberate lie, of course, and we ought to call them on it every time.

 

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VIDEO: The Holocaust Survivor Band Takes Vegas by Storm

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

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The New York Times reports:

Like many survivors of the Holocaust, after World War II, Saul Dreier and Reuwen (“Ruby”) Sosnowicz moved to America, started families and careers, grew old, and retired to Florida. For these octogenarians, settling near Boca Raton could have been the last chapter in their story.

But then, last summer, Mr. Dreier, 89, decided to start a klezmer band, drawing upon the music he grew up with in Poland. Playing the drums, he teamed up with Mr. Sosnowicz, an 85-year-old Polish accordionist. This Op-Doc video profiles the two men and their group, which they’ve named the Holocaust Survivor Band. In recent months they have performed for audiences at venues ranging from local nursing homes and temples to The Venetian in Las Vegas.

…For them, music is catharsis. The Holocaust Survivor Band summons the bittersweet memories of childhood, but more than that, it is a celebration of life.

Seniors Dreier and Sosnowicz prove that life doesn’t stop and start at the convenience of a radical dictator or cultural norm.

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Politico Sums Up Hillary’s Message at Press Conference: ‘Go to Hell’

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Their headline, not mine.

Hillary Rodham Clinton was likable enough, answering questions calmly though with a weary smile. She even offered a feint toward humility, allowing that, “looking back,” perhaps there was a “smarter” way for her to have handled her correspondence as secretary of state besides bypassing official government email entirely.

Beneath the politesse, however, was an unmistakable message in her 21-minute news conference in New York Tuesday, easily distilled into three short words: Go to hell.
No, Clinton said, she did not violate the law or rules when for reasons of “convenience” she used a private email account in her years as the nation’s top diplomat.

No, she said, this matter does not need to be turned over to some outsider who can examine the Clinton family’s private email server and independently assess her assertion that she has already given to the State Department any correspondence that might conceivably be of public interest.

And no, she clearly believes even if she did not explicitly say, she’s not going to pretend that this latest uproar is on the level, that the reporters and politicians second-guessing her judgments and clamoring for more answers have anything but self-interested motives in fanning the controversy.

Only a member of the media could ever find Hillary “likable enough.” Every time I see her speak I wouldn’t be surprised if she peeled off her human mask, revealed her true space alien self, and began communicating with Nancy Pelosi via a clicking voice like something out of District 9. The only time she wasn’t disdainful and snippy came when the first three softball questions were asked by Turkish Television Guy and Andrea Mitchell, who both seemed to be obvious plants with pre-approved queries. After that, Mrs. Bill was oozing the unpleasantness that we’ve all come to expect, reaching peak discomfort when she had to utter the words, “my husband.”

This article then goes on to somewhat justify her behavior, blaming the very media that coddled her for the most part. Politico has been in need of some lithium on this story, first seeming to approach it as actual journalists, then falling into a Dobby the house-elf obsequiousness as soon as Her Madameship glared at them.

Turkish Television Guy should have asked her how much of a break she thought she was getting because she’s a Democrat. The media response so far has been to take what she says at face value and almost applaud her for releasing the emails that should never have been hers to release in the first place.

People who take the Clintons’ word for anything should probably be examined for concussions.

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Hillary Email Press Conference as Substance-Challenged as You’d Expect (VIDEO)

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

All you need to know about this bit of grand political theater is that the first “reporter” called on was from something called “Turkish Television” and asked Her Madameship if she thought she was being treated unfairly because she’s a woman. When some real questions started coming, she got snippy and her handler pulled her away.

Also, her first excuse was basically, “I was lazy and opted for convenience.”

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VIDEO: Tens of Thousands Attend ‘Anybody But Bibi’ Rally in Tel Aviv

Sunday, March 8th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

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A crowd estimated at 40,000 filled Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square this weekend in what is being called an “anti-Netanyahu” rally ahead of the elections scheduled for March 17. Former Mossad Chief Meir Dagan keynoted the rally calling Netanyahu, ”the person who has caused the greatest strategic damage to Israel.” The rally was reportedly organized by the Million Hands grassroots campaign “along with other social movements.” The Millions Hands organization “campaigns for a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians and the creation of a Palestinian state.”

Twitter reaction to the rally was mixed with several users referring to the organizers of the rally as the “Obama Army”:

While others noted the rather un-productive nature of the rally’s negative theme:

Most Israelis remained unmoved, chalking the rally up to a typical pre-election political demonstration:

…and waiting for Bibi supporters to do the same thing next week:

According to the latest polls, Netanyahu received only a slight bump in the polls after his speech to Congress, illustrating once again that Israel, like every other nation on the planet, has more than just matters of national security to address in an election. Still, in a nation of millions of voters, the most 40,000 demonstrators can do in a tight race is pose for an impressive Twitpic.

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(VIDEO) Chuck Todd: ‘I Would Bet’ Obama Emailed Hillary

Friday, March 6th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Todd begins the interview by saying that nobody at the White House knew about Hillary’s private email account but then speculates that the president had to have emailed her from his Blackberry. That would undercut some of the distancing the White House has been trying to do.

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Unhinged LGBT Activist Dan Savage Is Exec-Producing Autobiographical SitCom for ABC

Thursday, March 5th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

In a world where non-PC utterances are cause for ruining careers, the notoriously unhinged Dan Savage is given the opportunity to be the executive producer of a network comedy based on his life.

Savage gets a pass on his lunacy, however, because he’s in an Approved Victim Group (AVG) and fought against bullying.

For quick reference, here are a few examples that should be fun to play a game of “What if a conservative had said this?” with.

Real mainstream America stuff there, ABC.

This is why conservatives need to continue to fight in Hollywood, and trust me, the fight is happening. America doesn’t need a conservative alternative, it needs us to battle to shred the entertainment industry status quo, which not only overlooks, but rewards, all things leftist.

Uphill battle, you say? Most goals worth achieving are.

Before any agenda-driven lefties try to say (and they will) that my beef is with Savage being gay and getting a network show, let me be clear: it’s only because he’s a jag-off.

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Two Days Later, Hillary Responds with a Tweet, Should Be Enough for the MSM

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Finally, an in-depth response from Her Madameship!

 

See? Everything is on the up and up. Hillary is going to have the State Department release emails from her private server. No word on how many people she has chained in a basement and scrubbing those emails first, all the while screaming, “Remember what happened to Vince Foster!” to make them work faster.

Meanwhile, the press was quick to pretend this nothingburger tweet was a thing.

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Feminists Fail to Notice Netanyahu’s Stand for Muslim Women

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

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Fast-forward to 19:12 (or better yet, just watch the whole thing).

In the world of contemporary feminist politics, criticism of Islam is off the table. Unless, of course, you’re a female Muslim in a Muslim-dominated country who desperately seeks reform. If you are, you’re stuck banging your head against the wall as your sisters in the West do everything to ignore you in pursuit of wage equality, sexual consent apps, and chronicling Lena Dunham’s latest hair adventure.

Most women who follow feminist media is sadly too drunk on the Kool Aid to realize that popular sites like Jezebel, Feministing, the Mary Sue, Everyday Feminism, and the Feminist Majority Foundation have all failed to comment on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s historic address to Congress. Their flagrant ignorance of the most important foreign policy issue of our time is inexcusable. The willful blind eye they continue to turn towards women oppressed by radical Islamic rule is unforgivable. In one simple, powerful sentence Netanyahu did what contemporary feminists in the West refuse to do:

In this deadly game of thrones, there’s no place for America or for Israel, no peace for Christians, Jews or Muslims who don’t share the Islamist medieval creed, no rights for women, no freedom for anyone.

His Game of Thrones mention received more attention than did the fact that Netanyahu equated “freedom for anyone” with “no rights for women.” There’s your meme. There’s your platform. There’s your unifying fact: If women are not free, no one is free. And yet here Western feminists remain embroiled in a heated debate over Patricia Arquette’s lack of “intersectionality“. There’s an age-old meme for that one, too: It’s the pot calling the kettle black.

In appearing before Congress today, Bibi Netanyahu did more for women oppressed by Islam than the feminist movement has on a worldwide scale. He joins a small but powerful group of real feminists including Nonie Darwish, Wafa Sultan, and Ayaan Hirsi Ali who are brave enough to use their western platforms to speak out on an issue vital to women across the globe. Israel’s Prime Minister ended his speech by quoting Moses: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them…“. It’s time contemporary feminists ask themselves what they are so afraid of.

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Ann Coulter Lands Cameo in Sharknado 3 on Syfy

Monday, March 2nd, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

The Hollywood Reporter details:

Mark Cuban and Ann Coulter have joined the growing list of guest stars for the third TV movie in the phenomenon, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Launching in July, Sharknado 3 will be set in Washington, D.C., this time and, per Syfy, will “cause mass destruction in the nation’s capital” before it roars down the Eastern Seaboard.

Entrepreneur/Dallas Mavericks owner Cuban of Shark Tank will play the president, while conservative commentator/author Coulter will play the vp.

They join a rapidly growing list of guest stars set to cameo in the third film, including Bo Derek as May, the mother to star Tara Reid‘s April; Jerry Springer, appearing as Mr. White, a manic tourist; ‘N Sync’s Chris Kirkpatrick as a pool lifeguard; and Chris Jericho, who will play Bruce, a roller-coaster ride operator.

For those unfamiliar with the Syfy cult classic, picking up a cameo in the Sharknado franchise is roughly the equivalent of dropping into a George Romero movie, or Romero-inspired Brit spinoff.

It would seem like an odd place to find one of the most hawkish conservative commentators in America. Then again, it’s far more entertaining to consider the fact that political commentators who are also well-known actors, like Janeane “Where the hell did she go?” Garofalo, didn’t make the cut. Apparently it doesn’t pay to ditch your sense of humor for the sake of your politics after all. So much for being accused of embodying every nasty conservative female stereotype under the sun: Coulter proves she’s hipper and funnier than any liberal elite with a pop culture pedigree.

Let’s just hope this doesn’t turn into another Iron Sky. The 2012 Finnish schlock film that pitted moon-Nazis against a pseudo-President Palin has been accused of abusing the same old tired jokes about the former VP-nom. As long as the Sharknado team sticks to the camp sensibility that has turned a low budget TV movie into an international sensation, chances are Coulter will get a fair shake — and perhaps even a trademark dry line or two.

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Seven Reasons Why We Really Hate the Media

Monday, March 2nd, 2015 - by Michael Walsh
Anything you say, Boss

Anything you say, Boss

Courtesy of Frank Bruni of the New York Times, this thumb-sucker on the media’s favorite subject — itself!

MAYBE those of us who write about politics and campaigns should adopt a bristly uniform of hair shirts, so that we’re constantly atoning for our sins. Maybe we should wear targets, the better for our critics to take aim at us.

Oh, how we’re hated. And as another presidential race takes shape, that hatred gathers force. Hillary Clinton’s protectors cast us as bloodthirsty raptors intent on finding flaw where none exists. Chris Christie was asked what he’d given up for Lent and said that it would have been The New York Times, but then his priest told him he had to forswear something he’d truly miss.

Scott Walker thinks we’re laying an elaborate trap for him, and after The Washington Post inquired if he regarded President Obama as Christian, he not only punted but also bellowed about “gotcha” questions, griping: “This is a classic example of why people hate Washington and, increasingly, they dislike the press.” 

Dislike? Increasingly? Either he was being charitable or he hasn’t read the polling. The public’s esteem for us has been abysmal for a good long while.

Don’t get too excited, though. As I wrote on Twitter: “One of those bait and switch pieces that begins as a mea culpa and turns into a tu quoque. Hackwork.” Bruni’s prescriptions for the media include not hyping New Hampshire and Iowa (duh, but never happen), “go easy on the spouses” (tell that to Sarah Palin and her family), stop hyping non-starting fringe freak-show candidates like Donald Trump and Michele Bachmann (here we agree), etc.  Then he tells us what’s right with the media, which basically negates everything he just said. Here’s a better list of what’s wrong with the media:

  1. It’s one giant club. Trust me on this, as I was part of it for 25 years. They all went to the same schools, studied the same subjects, live in the same neighborhoods in Manhattan and Washington, D.C.  Not only do they not know you, they don’t know anybody who knows you.
  2. Incest is best. The big-time media pool is rather shallow. On the road, they have affairs with each other. At home, they marry each other. It’s nearly inconceivable that they marry outside the circle. And then they raise their kids to be journalists, too.
  3. They’re all in bed with the Obama administration. From the Rhodes brothers to Jay Carney and Claire Shipman, to Rick Stengel, the super-cozy relationship between reporters and administration officials — born of their shared devotion to the Democrat Party — just comes naturally.
  4. They don’t know anything about anything, except “journalism.” Imagine a press run entirely by liberal-arts majors: this is contemporary American journalism. And they have degrees in journalism to prove it! On the several occasions when I have been invited to throw my hat into the ring and take over a major J-school, I always write back that I could change the curriculum to de-emphasize journalism courses and add a heavy concentration of literature, writing, languages (indispensable) and even firearms training, so they would know what the hell they’re talking about when they cover Second Amendment issues. Needless to say, that is the last I ever hear from them.
  5. They are intellectually incurious. Try to talk to a national political reporter about anything except national politics and maybe, just maybe, baseball. You will get a blank stare.
  6. They don’t understand people, for whom they mostly have contempt. When you live in the Bos-Wash corridor, everything else is flyover country, including California. It’s populated by “the other” — Christians, gun nuts, hillbillies who didn’t go to Harvard. Big-time journalists approach such people like anthropologists doing field work — and then they make fun of them. And by “them,” I mean “you.”
  7. They’re mostly irreligious or atheists. And the rest of us are not. So good for Ana Marie Cox for her brave — yes, brave – piece in the Daily Beast the other day. If you haven’t read it yet, drop whatever you’re doing and then comment below.

 

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