In case you missed it I have a new book out called Assault and Flattery: The Truth About the Left and Their War on Women. In order to best present my arguments, I thought it was important for me to attend the National Organization for Women conference in Chicago last year for research purposes. I've already shown you the five Marxist books I purchased at the event (ironically they weren't giving them out for free and actually wanted money for them), but I figured it would be fun to also show you some of the bumper stickers I picked up while I was there.
Is NOW really an organization fighting on behalf of women? Or are they instead serving at the request of the big money abortion industry? You can find out more here.
This footage wasn't taken outside the Israeli embassy in Paris, mind you. It was shot at a Parisian synagogue -- a house of worship at which virtually all of the congregants, presumably, were Frenchmen (via Twitchy):
Dozens of young men protesting Israel’s actions in Gaza briefly besieged a Paris synagogue and clashed with security. At least three Jews were taken to hospital as a result of the clashes the erupted on Sunday between the protesters and young Jewish men who guarded the Synagogue de la Roquette in Paris, a witness told JTA. “The attackers splintered off an anti-Israel demonstration and advanced toward the synagogue when it was full,” Alain Azria, a French Jewish journalist who covered the event told JTA. Azria said that when the men arrived at the synagogue, located at the 11th Arrodissement near Dare de Lyon, there were only five police officers guarding the place. The police blocked the entrance to the synagogue while close to 200 congregants were inside and as the protesters chanted anti-Semitic slogans and hurled objects at the synagogue and its guards, Azria said. “They were determined to enter and the police did not have enough forces,” he said. According to Azria, the mob was kept away by men from the SPCJ Jewish security unit, the Jewish Defense League and Beitar, who engaged the attackers in what turned into a street brawl. “Thank God they were there because the protesters had murder on their minds and it took a while before police reinforcements arrived,” Azria added.
Mr. Azria says he attended another weekend rally (the ostensible purpose of which was to protest the Israeli government's actions) and heard chants of “slaughter the Jews” and “death to the Jews.” Those…aren't political slogans. As the JPost story notes, French Jews have witnessed an alarming uptick in anti-Semitic rhetoric and acts in recent days, as some anti-Israel fanatics abandon the pretense that their opposition to Israel is rooted in anything other than rank bigotry. Their quarrel isn't with the Jewish state; it's with Jews themselves. The New York Times reported in late June that thousands of French Jews are emigrating to Israel, an exodus fueled by escalating anti-Semitic violence. The piece quotes a young mother who was assaulted by a gang of Muslim girls on the iconic Champs-Élysées. Her assailants called her a "dirty Jew." Said the woman, "I love France, and this is my country, but I am disgusted now...In Israel there is an army that will protect us. Here, I can no longer see a future for my children." Heartbreaking. Perhaps these anti-pluralism, unassimilated French Muslims -- or "youths," as the media euphemism goes after destructive riots -- have been emboldened by the French government's acquiescence to so-called "no-go" zones, where officials essentially cede authority to ad hoc Islamic law. On a personal note, I just returned from Berlin, where I spent part of an afternoon at the 'Topography of Terror' museum. An outdoor display traces the history of Hilter's rise to power, which was littered with pogroms spurred by totally irrational, fervently anti-Semitic scapegoating. With that exhibit fresh in my mind, you'll forgive me for being chilled to the bone by Twitchy's avert-your-eyes round-up of tweets from the trending #HitlerWasRight hashtag. CNN's Jake Tapper drew attention to the hateful bile over the weekend:
As I mentioned yesterday, Tapper drilled a former PLO spokeswoman with tough questions on his program last week. She tried to argue that simply pointing out facts about radical Islamists' obscene death culture is a "racist" exercise. Identifying the Hamas' martyrdom obsession is "offensive," she added. And with that in mind, I give you Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri -- last heard from instructing Palestinians to risk their lives by ignoring Israeli evacuation warnings. A revealing slip of the tongue:
We are leading our people to death! Uh, actually, what I meant was, um…we're leading our people to confrontation with this occupier! Reminder: Israel unilaterally and completely pulled out of "occupied" Gaza nine years ago in a bid to appease the Palestinians. They've since been rewarded by more than 9,000 rockets fired at their civilians. I'll leave you with this charming message from an "anti-Isreal" riot in Germany, at which police were pelted with rocks:
"You Jews are beasts,” they say in Germany. In France, a synagogue is attacked. Maybe it's time to get out? http://t.co/Xr8gDGgdia— Jeffrey Goldberg (@JeffreyGoldberg) July 14, 2014
UPDATE - Israel unilaterally and unconditionally accepted the initial terms of an Egypt-floated ceasefire agreement. Hamas, whose ludicrous demands have been growing by the day, refused. Forty-seven rockets later, the Israelis have announced the resumption of their military campaign against the terrorist organization. But remember, this "disproportionate" conflict is Israel's fault.
For two years the NAACP has denied a request by conservative author Deneen Borelli to speak at their annual conference. When Borelli, who is an employee of the conservative group FreedomWorks, attempted to pay for booth space at last year's National NAACP conference in Florida, they were told there was no room for them despite plenty of exhibit space remaining open.
This year, things will be different.
Borelli plans to sponsor an event in the same hotel during the NAACP's annual convention in Las Vegas next week. FreedomWorks’s Empower.org Liberty Summit event will be held on Monday, July 21 from 2pm to 5pm at the Mandalay Bay Hotel.
"I will moderate the event and will focus on how Obama's war on coal is preferentially harming the black community where unemployment is double that of white Americans and have the lowest average incomes," Borelli said. "We plan on focusing on 3 topics for the Empower Liberty Summit: Education, Employment, Energy. We also have a table in the exhibit hall."
Speakers include Katrina Pierson, Wayne Dupree, Lesli Brower, Brenda Flank, Rev. C.L. Bryant and more.
Yesterday it was announced alleged deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will return to active duty and a desk job at Fort Sam Houston after completing a series of mental tests. Just two months ago, Bergdahl was exchanged in Afghanistan for five high level Taliban members and was welcomed home as a hero by the Obama administration.
Last night on Hannity Bergdahl's former platoon mate, Army Specialist Cody Full, expressed his frustration with the situation and said he wants to see Bergdahl held accountable for his actions. Further, nobody has contacted Full or other platoon mates to ask questions about the circumstances surrounding Bergdahl's disappearance, which calls into question whether the administration is investigating Bergdahl as a deserter at all.
"I think the Army needs to do what's right here and abide by the Army values and he [Bergdahl] needs to face consequence for his action. Not only is it a slap in the face to all the men and women who have served honorably, who upheld their oath and it's also a bad precedent to set toward future service members," Full said.
Lt. Col. Ralph Peters also warned last night on Fox News that the administration is about to set a dangerous precedent that desertion, an action viewed by the military as one of the worst a soldier can take, is no big deal.
UPDATE: According to WSJ, Bergdahl is still refusing to speak to his parents.
Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA) is running for a US Senate seat in the Hawkeye State. But he recently ran into a bit of trouble when he was caught on camera, in Mitt Romney-like fashion, sneering about farmers and the state’s favorite Republican elder statesman. Since then, his campaign has suffered a number of embarrassing missteps along the way, and the path to victory, it seems, isn’t getting any easier.
And yet the most recent controversy to besmirch his image as a 'man of the people' is really quite silly. In brief, after his neighbor’s chicken wandered onto his vacation property, instead of dealing with the “dispute” cordially and with grace -- as most Iowans presumably would -- he threatened to resolve the matter through the local court system.
I suppose litigation is what trial lawyers do best, but one wonders how such rank pettiness will be perceived by voters in his home state:
Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, threatened to sue a homeowners’ association after a chicken crossed onto his vacation home property in Iowa, again raising concerns that the Senate candidate is out-of-touch with farmers in the state, the Iowa Republican reports.
The dispute started this spring after one of his neighbor’s chickens appeared on his vacation property in Holiday Lake, Iowa:
"Braley’s wife Carolyn attended a May 8 meeting of the Holiday Lake Owner’s Association to complain about the fowl. The dispute escalated, causing the association to incur nearly $1,700 in legal fees after Braley called the association’s attorney with an implied threat of legal action.
'It’s stupid that it went this far. Any reasonable person would have talked to their neighbor in a reasonable fashion instead,' said Bill Nagle, an association board member. 'For being brought up on a farm, he sure has lost his rural, farm values.'"
Ordinarily I would dismiss this kind of a story. But when a candidate tries so desperately to relate to his constituents, and fails so spectacularly, I can’t help but write about it.
Last week, Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn attended a fundraiser hosted by an ex-convict. No, I’m dead serious. The $2,600 a head Capitol Hill fundraiser for Ms. Nunn was co-hosted by Virtual Murrell; an early leader of the Black Panther Party who served some prison time for extorting businesses when he worked as an aide in city government in the 1990s (via National Review):
Murrell was indicted in 1994 by a federal grand jury on charges that he solicited and received over $37,000 in bribes from businesses in San Francisco while serving as an aide to an Oakland city councilman. The indictment found him guilty of violating the Hobbs Act, a federal statute that prohibits elected and appointed officials from using their public positions for personal gain. Murrell pleaded guilty and, in 1995, was sentenced to a year in prison.
His brush with the law was not his first time in the spotlight. In the late 1960s, as distribution manager for the Blank Panthers, Murrell was a vocal proponent of the party’s ten-point platform. Archival news footage from the local San Francisco station KRON-TV shows him arguing, on the eve of his draft date in 1968, that African Americans should be exempt from military service because blacks are “victimized by the white racist government of America.”
“I’m due to report for induction tomorrow morning for the purposes of being drafted into the United States Army,” Murrell says. “If this racist, ethnocentric, imperialistic dog forces me to go, I have no other choice other than to sabotage your arsenal and to arm black people to use [arms] against this racist power structure to defend themselves.”
Well, that sounds like just the right person to host a fundraiser for a Democrat running in a Republican state. Nunn’s communications director told National Review that they didn’t know Murrell’s past and disagree with his comments.
Residents of Chicago’s South Side are sick and tired of the epidemic of violence in their community—and for good reason. This year alone, 1,080 people have been shot and wounded in the Windy City, while 184 have been killed. To make matters worse, President Obama seems to be ignoring the problems plaguing his hometown, yet is catering to the tens of thousands of illegal immigrants crossing the border.
“[Barack] is gonna go down as being one of the worst presidents ever,” one angry South Side resident said at a protest in front of the Chicago Police Department last week. “President Barack needs to pay attention to Chicago, if he cannot pay attention to Chicago and the African-American community, he needs to resign.”
Check out what other residents had to say in the video below:
H/T: Weasel Zippers
Earlier this year, eighth graders enrolled in the Rialto Unified School District in Rialto, California were assigned a rather questionable essay assignment: Did the Holocaust happen, or was it "merely a political scheme created to influence public emotion and gain wealth[?]" The district immediately apologized for the assignment once it came to light, and initially claimed that no students wrote that the Holocaust was a hoax. That allegation was wrong, as the San Bernadino County Sun newspaper discovered that over 50 students expressed doubt that the Holocaust happened in their essays, and were given high marks for their views.
“I believe the event was fake, according to source 2 the event was exhaggerated,” one student wrote. (Students’ and teachers’ original spelling and grammar are retained throughout this story.) “I felt that was strong enogh evidence to persuade me the event was a hoax.”
In some cases, students earned high marks and praise for arguing the Holocaust never occurred, with teachers praising their well-reasoned arguments:
“you did well using the evidence to support your claim,” the above student’s teacher wrote on his assignment.
The student received a grade of 23 points out of 30, with points marked off for not addressing counterclaims, capitalization and punctuation errors.
Students were given documents from About.com and History.com in addition to pieces of information from a Holocaust denial site. In one, the Diary of Anne Frank was presented as a hoax.
Administrators claim that the prompt was an exercise to improve critical thinking skills.
This is disturbing. There are plenty of ways to improve critical thinking and writing skills without having to wade in the territory of Holocaust denial. This assignment never should have been allowed in the first place. Teaching children conspiracy theories does nothing to help them educationally—and from the looks of the essays posted by the Sun, those students need all the help they can get.
Fox's @JustinFishelFNC confirms - Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is expected to "return to life as a regular Army soldier" as early as today— Shannon Bream (@ShannonBream) July 14, 2014
My initial reaction: So soon? The deal to secure Bergdahl's release was executed in late May. Six weeks later, he's ready to be re-integrated into an active duty context? The guy was held captive by the Taliban and Haqqanis for five years, and has returned home to a firestorm over compelling allegations of desertion, if not outright collaboration. The public didn't support the Obama administration's 'one-apparent-deserter-for-five-hardened-jihadists' swap, with veterans and military families overwhelmingly opposed to the deal. Current service members have made their views crystal clear, too. So how is this supposed to work, exactly? A distrusted (and no doubt traumatized) accused deserter is back on the job lickity-split despite (a) the military's initial findings that he'd abandoned his post, (b) the fact that a follow-up investigation isn't yet complete, and (c) recent reports of active duty soldiers receiving pink slips while deployed abroad? At first blush, it appeared as though the US Army had internalized Susan Rice's "honor and distinction" idiocy, an indication that the White House's "suck it up and salute" political brigade has won the day. To that end, Katie embeds an angry tweet from one member of Bergdahl's former unit, who evidently perceived the Army's decision to reinstate Bergdahl as a slap in the face. But it seems there's more to the story. Twitter's 'First Team Tommy,' a veteran, admonished outraged conservatives on Twitter, suggesting that this step was necessary for the military justice process to move forward:
Hey Folks, Before the outrage machine gets up & running -> Bowe #Bergdahl absolutely has to be RTD before anything else can happen with him— Tommy (@FirstTeamTommy) July 14, 2014
Here's another reason #Bergdahl is being RTD'd: If they were to charge him while still under a medical command it effs up the process.— Tommy (@FirstTeamTommy) July 14, 2014
Allahpundit summarizes: "I believe that if Bergdahl’s discharged, he can’t be court-martialed. He has to be on active duty for that. (See, e.g., section 802(c)(4) of the UCMJ.) Leaving him in the care of military doctors would also complicate the legal process...Moving him to a desk job at Fort Sam Houston solves those problems." In other words, it's very likely the case that Bergdahl hasn't been re-embraced and set up with a cushy a desk jockey job for kicks; the Army's simply doing what must be done to tee up critical next steps. Critics of the Bergdahl deal and proponents of due process should think twice before venting fury over these developments. Parting thought: Is a court martial conviction, followed by an Obama pardon, in the offing here? Allahpundit thinks it's inevitable, while Tommy adamantly disagrees. I tend to lean in the latter direction, but the White House's acute tone-deafness on this entire matter has been mystifying, so you never know.
The 2014 midterm elections are nearly upon us, and you know what that means: vulnerable Senate Democrats are doing everything they can to distance themselves from the president.
And I mean everything.
This includes but is not limited to peddling the ridiculous notion that they were actually elected to both "jab" and thwart President Obama's legislative agenda. For example, here’s what Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) recently told the Washington Post:
When Sen. Mark Begich talks about his role in American politics, he describes himself as a sharp object, sent to Washington to jab at President Obama.
“I’ll be a thorn in his [posterior],” Begich (D-Alaska) said in an interview. “There’s times when I’m a total thorn, you know, and he doesn’t appreciate it.”
That metaphor is at the heart of Begich’s political self-image — and, now, his reelection campaign. Begich is running in an age of congressional weakness. Earmarks are dead. The Hill is gridlocked. So Begich has little hope of doing what Alaska always expects its politicians to do: bring home boatloads of money through legislation.
Instead, Begich is running on his power to nag.
In other words, in his own high-minded opinion, Sen. Begich is a genuine profile in courage who is unafraid to push back against the president or his policies. His voting record, however, tells a very different story about his penchant for impartiality, working with Republicans, and bridging partisan divides.
At the same time, his list of “legislative accomplishments” is, shall we say, grossly thin:
Begich, 52, is a first-term senator known for being pro-gun and pro-oil. But he is not actually that well known for anything. In the Senate, Begich is a junior figure, moving through the chamber’s power structure at the speed of a mastodon trapped in a glacier. Over five years, just one of his bills has been passed into law. It renamed a courthouse in Anchorage.
That’s better than nothing, I suppose. Still, using history as our guide, re-electing Sen. Begich can only mean one thing: watching another empty suit vote reliably, and predictably, with his own party for another six years.
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