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July 2012

Mark Steyn: Obama Builds Roadblocks, Not Roads

Instead of roads and bridges, Obama-sized government funds stasis and sclerosis: The Hoover Dam of regulatory obstruction, the Golden Gateway to dependency. http://www.ocregister.com/opinion/obama-364707-build-golden.htmlOn the evidence of last week’s Republican campaign events, President Obama’s instant classic – “You didn’t build that” – is to Mitt Romney what that radioactive arachnid is to Spider-Man: It got under […]


http://www.thecommentator.com/article/1424/according_to_the_bbc_israel_has_no_capital_city In just nine days the Olympics in London will commence with a now shorter than planned opening ceremony, a questionable representation from those chosen to secure the Games and growing public disquiet over the hardline sponsorship rights which restrict local sellers from serving chips (only the McDonald’s overlords may sell you potato-based goods!) But […]



With the BBC continuing to report on the Middle East conflict in the way it does – who needs the Balen Report?

On Wednesday, The Commentator brought you the exclusive story that the BBC refused to recognise anywhere as the capital city of the State of Israel.

While our other outlets picked up on the story (and failed to credit us, ahem) we were busy celebrating what was bound to be a BBC response, especially after Mark Regev, foreign press officer for the Prime Minister of the State of Israel, issued a stern letter to the BBC.

Sure enough, a partial cave from auntie’s end has occurred (Oo-er). Instead of now leaving the capital up to the imagination of the reader, the BBC Olympics page now recognises that the government sits in Jerusalem, although a caveat insists that most foreign embassies are based in Tel Aviv (spin, spin, spin).

Nonetheless, The Commentator was also the first to discover on Wednesday night that this wasn’t an incident limited to the BBC Sport site. In fact, this was a trend set by the BBC News section in the first place, confirming our suspicions of an institutional line on the State of Israel having no recognisable capital. As an extension of the British government – question must now be asked of the British Foreign Office as well.



Der Spiegel pointed out the obvious: “A certain role of the Muslim Brotherhood in the transition process [to ‘democracy’] in Egypt seems acceptable to the Obama White House.” It was early February 2011, the moment when the uprising that would oust Hosni Mubarak was bubbling over in Tahrir Square. The prominent German newsmagazine figured, who better to ask about the Muslim Brotherhood than the American political establishment’s resident foreign-policy genius, John McCain?

So, the reporter asked him, does Obama’s tolerance of the Muslim Brotherhood “concern you”?

Senator Maverick shot back without hesitation: “It concerns me so much that I am unalterably opposed to it. I think it would be a mistake of historic proportions.”

Senator McCain elaborated that he was “deeply, deeply concerned that this whole movement [toward democracy] could be hijacked by radical Islamic extremists.” And what, he was specifically asked, “is your assessment of the Muslim Brotherhood”? McCain pulled no punches:

I think they are a radical group that, first of all, supports sharia law; that in itself is anti-democratic — at least as far as women are concerned. They have been involved with other terrorist organizations and I believe that they should be specifically excluded from any transition government.

In fact, so apprehensive was he over the Brotherhood and its sharia agenda that McCain was quick to brand Mohamed ElBaradei, the Nobel laureate, as a Brotherhood tool. Many of us watching developments at the time noted the apparent collusion between ElBaradei and the Brothers. McCain went farther: “Oh yeah, I think it’s very clear that the scenario is very likely he could be their front man.”

Senator Straight Talk reasoned that since ElBaradei appeared to be on the same page as the Brotherhood, and was being hailed as a potential Mubarak successor despite having “no following nor political influence in Egypt,” we should assume that he must be in cahoots with the Brotherhood. It did not matter that ElBaradei was a renowned international figure and an important leftist ally of President Obama’s. So pernicious was the threat posed by the Brotherhood that, in McCain’s considered opinion, you just had to assume the worst.



* Boy runs from crowd and attempts to wrestle flame from torch bearer shouting Arabic for ‘God is Great’
Anna Skora, 23, manages to keep hold of flame to carry on
* Security drag teenager away, who has since been arrested and is being held in custody
Kent police say the relay continued ‘without disruption’ as Ms Skora passes torch on to next bearer

A 17-year-old shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ – Arabic for ‘God is Great’ – as he unsuccessfully tried to grab the Olympic torch during a stretch of the flame’s route through Maidstone towards Redhill.

Broadcast live on the BBC, the youth lunged from the crowd to try to take the torch from the hands of its bearer Anna Skora, but was swiftly bundled away by officers.

In one video posted to YouTube he can be seen waiting behind a car and as Ms Skora gets closer he lunges towards the torch.

Scroll down for video.

Hollywood’s Israel Problem & the Gentleman’s Agreement : Moshe Phillips ****

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/11935#.UAmRuqA2yE4 The fascinating, unknown story of how famed Hollywood figures who followed Jabotinsky helped the Jews and the State of Israel. And, asks the writer, what is Hollywood like today vis a vis Israel? No different than Israel’s president. In 1947, Hollywood gave us “Gentleman’s Agreement,” a thoughtful and compelling portrait of anti-Semitism in America […]

Ze’ev (Vladimir) Jabotinsky…In Honor of His Memory by Gerald A. Honigman


Jabotinsky was both brilliant and essential in the human aspects of Israel’s resurrection and survival.
During my own graduate study days in the late ’70s, I will never forget a conversation I had with the tenured chief honcho professor of one of the doctor seminars. He would later see to it that my own academic career would be nipped in the bud by denying me a Ph.D. dissertation advisor. I was the most advanced doctoral student in the program and the department used me to secure additional funding. But, I asked too many of the wrong questions. Professor Daniel Pipes’ organization, Campus Watch, Professor Martin Kramer’s book, Ivory Towers On Sand…, and a brand new, break away academic organization from MESA, ASMEA, would later emerge over the same issues–all too late to help me, however.

After hearing a fellow doctoral student’s oral summary of her own research project covering the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem (Amin al-Husseini), it was my turn to do likewise with the extensive research I had done on Jabotinsky.

At no time during the presentation about the Mufti was it reported that Hitler had made him the leader of the Waffen SS Division in the Balkans in charge of atrocities against Serbs, Gypsies, and Jews. And the professor asked no prodding questions about such things afterwards as well. He simply went along with the whitewash.

Yet, after my discussion about Jabotinsky, the same professor was quick to question about his alleged “fascist connections.”

Alas, such experiences were and still are quite common in too many duplicitous MESA-run classrooms where one set of lenses is used to scrutinize Israel and Zionism and quite a different set–if any at all–is used to critique the “Arab” world.