Archive for October, 2007

Happy Halloween?

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

By Andrew L. Jaffee

Happy Halloween from the folks in our “entertainment industry,” proving that nothing matters to them — not morality, society, integrity, or anything. Lo and behold the latest video game, “Manhunt 2,” the “most violent game yet,” in which players use virtual reality tools to torture and kill in the most gruesome, graphic manner:

…The objective: a mental patient tries to escape from a bizarre insane asylum using everything from a sickle to rip out a character’s skull to a club to attack a police officer, CBS News science and technology correspondent Daniel Sieberg reports.

As Scott Steinberg, a video game reviewer and author, demonstrated for CBS News, the experience is even more intense when it’s played on Nintendo’s Wii, which gets players to act out the violence.

“We’re going to lure them into the open and then chop them up,” Steinberg explained while playing.

“The Wii has motion-sensing controls, and therefore to stab you’re gonna mimic a stabbing motion, to swing a sledgehammer or a shovel you would do the same. Unfortunately it’s probably not something you would want to have your kids get much practice on,” Steinberg said. …

Is acting out violence in virtual reality any different from actually committing violent acts? (See the Buddhist concept of “Right Thinking.”) If you are concerned about our entertainment industry’s production of ultra-violence, please get involved:

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My Book, “The Saudi Lobby” Still Awaits Its Publisher

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

By Phyllis Chesler

The lead article today in ArtsandLettersDaily is taken from the Chronicle of Higher Education. The article, written by Evan R. Goldstein, is tltled “Waltheimer on the Hot Seat,” and presents Stephen M. Walt and John J. Mearsheimer as martyrs of truth, lone critics, and near-pariahs for having dared write about the allegedly enormous influence of the Israel Lobby.

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Many Hispanics Oppose Illegal Immigration

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

By Andrew L. Jaffee

The Left would have you believe that opposing illegal immigration makes you a “racist,” but according to a story in the Albuquerque Journal, “Many Hispanics are among the strongest opponents of illegal immigration.” Here’s more:

…But more than half of Hispanics say that the United States has too many immigrants from Latin America. …

These viewpoints have a voice on the national level with You Don’t Speak for Me, a Hispanic group appalled at what they see as anti-American acts by the pro-immigration movement.

Al Rodriguez, a retired U.S. Army colonel, said he started the organization in May 2006 when he saw pro-immigrant marchers take down American flags.

“That’s what really hurt me as I’m a military retiree,” he said. “I said, ‘Well, wait a minute, these folks aren’t speaking for us.’ ”

Rodriguez said his group quickly grew to more than 5,000 members. …

Of course, the usual suspects label people like Rodriguez as “traitors” (Uncle Toms).

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Heralds of the Second Secular Coming: AKA as Fools at the Midnight Hour

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

By Phyllis Chesler

Despite the best laid plans of the Revolutionary Communist Party, we blessed three (Ibn Warraq, Christina Hoff-Sommers, and myself) quietly triumphed at Columbia during Islamo-fascism week. But you’d never know it if you read The Nation’s online coverage. Esther Kaplan, author of “With God on their Side: George Bush and the Christian Right, ” led with her bias showing.

In her article, Kaplan spends ten paragraphs demonizing David Horowitz and then dismisses us as fellow travelers in only a mere two paragraphs. I am not complaining. If she had written about us at greater length, she would only have misquoted us or taken our words out of context even more.

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The Attempt to Kill Olmert

Monday, October 29th, 2007

By Barry Rubin

Several Fatah security force officers assigned to protect Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert as he went to meet with Palestinian Authority (PA) head Mahmoud Abbas, it has just been revealed, planned to assassinate him instead. This event should be amazing enough to get people to rethink their premises. After all, it is late 2007, with a supposedly moderate leadership running the PA and Fatah, and this kind of thing is still happening.

It should be emphasized that the would-be assassins were Fatah, not Hamas, and that they were quickly released by PA authorities before outside pressure forced their re-arrest. (Prediction: they will be freed soon with little or no international media coverage.)

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Iraqi Women Impressed by U.S. Servicewomen

Monday, October 29th, 2007

By Andrew L. Jaffee

…When they [Iraqi women] learned recruits were being sought, Genan, Kadmia, 35, and Fatma, 27, said they jumped at the chance. …

They also felt emboldened, they said, by seeing women among the U.S. troops patrolling and fighting in Ramadi’s streets.

“They left their children at home, not a few houses away, but thousands of miles away,” Genan said. “If American women can do it, we can do it.” …

- AP

These brave Iraqi women have overcome Islamic cultural taboos to serve their nation and bring home the bacon (not the PC term for making money, I’m sure) — $500.00/month. U.S. attempts to recruit new soldiers into the Iraqi security services are going well in Ramadi in Anbar province. The new recruits include fourteen women:

… One of the trainers at the academy, 2nd Lt. Kristy Goddard, 29, of Oscaloosa, Iowa, said she and her colleagues weren’t ready for the women to be so well-prepared and enthusiastic.

“They studied ahead of time,” she said. “They were way motivated. They knew there would be a lot of obstacles to overcome and they wanted to do it anyway.” …

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Dear Friends, Adversaries and Disturbed People

Monday, October 29th, 2007

By Steven Shamrak

You might be surprised, but I do like receiving messages from people who disagree with ideas I express, as long as they are able to support their views with facts and intelligibly present them. It gives me an opportunity to revisit my own ‘pre-conceived’ ideas and analyse them from an antagonist’s point of view. While doing so, I have been finding more supporting facts and ideas for the main point I advocate — the right of Jews to the land of Eretz-Israel — which I might not look for otherwise.

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Obama says Hillary Clinton in Pocket of Special Interests

Sunday, October 28th, 2007

By Bill Levinson

We must remind the voters of this next November. This is especially devastating because it comes not from Republicans but from Clinton’s fellow Democrat.

Dear Bill,

Last night each of the presidential campaigns reported their third-quarter fundraising numbers.
The results are clear. We continue to build the largest grassroots movement in history, but Washington lobbyists and special interests rallied to help Hillary Clinton out-raise us for the first time.
If we want real change in this country, then we need to prove that together we are stronger than the lobbyist-driven money machine that has dominated Washington for too long.
The situation here is simple. We are $2.1 million behind. We must close that gap right now. I need you to make a donation of $100:

[fundraising link deleted]

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China’s Enormous [Communist] Profits

Saturday, October 27th, 2007

By Andrew L. Jaffee

“The making of profits is impossible,” wrote Eleanor Marx, summarizing one of her father’s key economic concepts as set forth in his rather long-winded Das Kapital. I then wonder how my left-wing friends would explain the fact that, “China will soon overtake Germany to become the world’s third-largest economy behind the US and Japan.” We’re talking 100′s of billions in “communist” profits; so much so that the politburo has had to “curb the pace of growth” with “five interest rate increases in 2007 and limits on spending on factories and property:”

China’s economy grew at an annual pace of 11.5% in the three months to the end of September, official figures show.

The figure was ahead of economists’ predictions but slightly slower than the 11.9% seen in the previous quarter. …

Growth slowed to 11.5%! Still no contradictions? China is the “world’s second largest emitter” of carbon and, “Every week to 10 days, another coal-fired power plant opens somewhere in China that is big enough to serve all the households in Dallas or San Diego.” And these left-wingers still think of China as some kind of nirvana…

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Palestinian Civil Rights Dismal

Saturday, October 27th, 2007

… as if this was a surprise.

By Andrew L. Jaffee

Amnesty International reports on the blood feud/turf battle between Hamas and Fatah:

… the situation in Gaza has deteriorated sharply since June when Hamas seized control by force. …

According to Amnesty, arbitrary detentions and the torture of opposition supporters have become widespread in the Gaza Strip where there have also been attacks on demonstrators and journalists covering such incidents.

But the report says human rights abuses are being committed in the West Bank too, by government security forces under the control of President Mahmoud Abbas against Hamas supporters.

Hundreds of Hamas sympathisers have been arrested and reports of ill-treatment and torture are frequent but much less publicised than Hamas violations, Amnesty notes. …

Good timing as, “…In its final months, the Bush administration has pushed Middle East peace to the top of the White House agenda…?

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And then there were three…

Friday, October 26th, 2007

By Fern Sidman

The voices of truth can never be diminished or drowned out, be it by the rain that fell in New York City or by the zealousness of truth’s adversaries. On Wednesday evening, October 24th, the electricity in the air was palpable on the campus of Columbia University. In a packed classroom in the mathematics building, a panel discussion was held as part of an ongoing series of lectures in a weeklong event being held on over 100 university and college campuses. This nationwide event is entitled Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week and is the brainchild of the David Horowitz Freedom Center.

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An American Dissident’s Fighting Words: My Speech at Columbia on 10/24/07

Friday, October 26th, 2007

By Phyllis Chesler

It is an honor and a privilege to be here today. Talking about Islamo-fascism and the violent Islamic oppression of Muslim women, Muslim intellectuals, and Muslim homosexuals is exactly the right thing to do at this moment in history. The western university campus is exactly the right place to do so since it is the university that has been hijacked, Palestinianized, Stalinized, Edward Said-ized, by a series of truly Great Lies.

It is time to take the campus back so that the rights of “free speech” and “academic freedom” also apply to those who tell the truth about Islam and who espouse minority and dissident intellectual points of view. Such rights also belong to those of us who are pro-American and pro-Israel and not only to those who demonize the West and valorize Islamist misogyny, death-cult terrorism, and Wahabi and Salafi fundamentalism.

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Marxists of the World: Get a Piece of Che!

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

By Andrew L. Jaffee

Marxists of the world: you can get a lock of Che Guevara’s hair! Now you can wear your Che t-shirt AND attach a lock of his own hair to your dreadlock coif. Don’t be outdone by your Marxist comrades. Get out to organize and represent in style. Reframe the debate. Revisionize. Take it to the man. Raise class consciousness. Be the first to bid on a piece of communist, revolutionary history:

Strands of hair taken from the body of Ernesto Che Guevara by a former CIA officer involved in his death are being sold at an auction in the US.

They are part of a lot also including photos of Che Guevara’s dead body and fingerprints taken after he was killed in Bolivia 40 years ago. …

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Did the Muslim Chaplain at Wellesley Commit these Questionable Acts, or are these Accusations Baseless? Calling all Sleuths…

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

By Phyllis Chesler

I am working on my remarks for tomorrow night at Columbia University as part of Islamo-Fascist Awareness Week on the American campus.

I will speak in solidarity with Muslim and ex-Muslim dissidents in the Islamic world and in the West. I am especially mindful today of the student activists in Iran who were tortured and who have now just been given prison sentences. Iranian Muslim and perhaps ex-Muslim students are protesting this.

Incredibly, in America, some campus “activists” are not protesting these harsh sentences but are, instead, protesting our right to hassle-free “free speech” on campus if we dare expose such obvious facts about Islam.

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Terror in Black September: An Eyewitness Account

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

by David Raab*

On September 6, 1970, terrorists from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) hijacked TWA flight 741 from Frankfurt to New York and Swiss Air flight 100 from Zurich to New York, diverting them both to a disused airfield in the Jordanian desert. Terrorists also hijacked Pan Am flight 93 from Amsterdam and diverted it to Beirut and then Cairo. El Al officials thwarted another hijacking attempt on their flight from Amsterdam. On September 9, another PFLP sympathizer seized a British Overseas Airways Corporation flight in Bahrain and brought it to the same Jordanian airstrip as the first two. The terrorists removed all hostages, separating fifty-four Jewish and other captives, and blew up the empty planes.

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