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December 2013

FUNERAL SPICE: MARK STEYN ****

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/366289/funeral-spice-mark-steyn

‘I don’t want to be emotional but this is one of the greatest moments of my life,” declared Nelson Mandela upon meeting the Spice Girls in 1997. So I like to think he would have appreciated the livelier aspects of his funeral observances. The Prince of Wales, who was also present on that occasion in Johannesburg, agreed with Mandela on the significance of their summit with the girls: “It is the second-greatest moment in my life,” he said. “The greatest was when I met them the first time.” His Royal Highness and at least two Spice Girls (reports are unclear) attended this week’s service in Soweto, and I’m sure it was at least the third-greatest moment in all of their lives. Don’t ask me where the other Spice Girls were. It is a melancholy reflection that the Spice Girls’ delegation was half the size of Canada’s, which flew in no fewer than four Canadian prime ministers, which is rather more Canadian prime ministers than one normally needs to make the party go with a swing.

But the star of the show was undoubtedly Thamsanqa Jantjie, the sign-language interpreter who stood alongside the world’s leaders and translated their eulogies for the deaf. Unfortunately, he translated them into total gibberish, reduced by the time of President Obama’s appearance to making random hand gestures, as who has not felt the urge to do during the great man’s speeches. Mr. Jantjie has now pleaded in mitigation that he was having a sudden hallucination because he is a violent schizophrenic. It has not been established whether he is, in fact, a violent schizophrenic, or, as with his claim to be a sign-language interpreter, merely purporting to be one. Asked how often he has been violent, he replied, somewhat cryptically, “A lot.”

MY SAY: HERE IS WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT THIS BOOK

Don’t just take my word for it…rsk
Product Details
Roosters of the Apocalypse: How the Junk Science of Global Warming is Bankrupting the Western World (New, Revised… by Rael Jean Isaac (Nov 25, 2013)

“Dr. Isaac, appropriately in my view, places the current concern over climate in the realm of social anthropology, rather than science. This is an extremely important observation.” From the foreward by Richard Lindzen, professor emeritus of Meteorology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

“Rael Jean Isaac, author of the seminal The Coercive Utopians, has produced another masterpiece, an insightful account of global warming apocalyptic thinking.” Fred Singer — Emeritus Professor of Environmental Science, the University of Virginia, first director U.S. National Weather and Satellite Service, founder and president, Science and Environmental Policy Project, coauthor Unstoppable Global Warming, Every 1500 Years.

“Rael Jean Isaac has written a dynamite book exposing the corruption, hypocrisy and formulaic deception inherent in the “Global Warming,” aka “Climate Change” pseudo-scientific movement. Many books are described as “must read.” This one, seeking to debamboozle the public and condensing all the pertinent information in readerly compass, is a must-must read. “David Solway — poet, essayist, composer, author of Global Warning: The Trials of an Unsettled Science.

” In this lively and absolutely compelling book, Rael Jean Isaac–as she always does–has set her fellow Americans on the path to sanity, in this case providing them with everything they need to understand about both the recklessness with the truth and the very real threat to the future behind the politics of “global warming.” If we Americans ever find our way past this hoax, our debt to her (and to the Heartland Institute) will be immeasurable.” Midge Decter — former executive editor of Harpers and editor Basic Books, writer, recipient Medal of Freedom 2008.

” The “climatologists” predicting imminent disaster from man-made global warming descend spiritually from the Laputan astronomers in Book Three of Gulliver’s Travels. The latter “never enjoy a minute’s peace of mind” because they believe that “the sun, daily spending its rays without any nutriment to supply them,” will eventually burn out and bring “the destruction of this earth.” And Rael Jean Isaac is our Jonathan Swift, applying the lash of satire to apocalyptic dogmatism posing as science.” Edward Alexander — emeritus professor of English, University of Washington, author of The State of The Jews

” Rael Jean Isaac is an American icon whose ground breaking work has had a profound effect in several areas of study. Now Ms. Isaac has set her sights on Roosters of The Apocalypse, utopians who are using “climate change” to advance a radical agenda. These roosters are loud, boisterous and dangerous largely because they drown out contrary opinion. Fortunately there are truth tellers on the scene who are courageous and determined to reveal the facts. Rael Jean Isaac is one of those people and her new book is precisely that kind of contribution.” Herbert London — professor emeritus New York University, former president Hudson institute, president London Center for Policy Research.

” Roosters of the Apocalypse is a devastating take-down of the excesses of the environmental movement past and present, in the form of a well-reasoned, easy to digest analysis that packs equal parts reason and entertainment into a surprisingly compact package.” Rich Trzupek — Environmental consultant, author Regulators Gone Wild

MARTIN SHERMAN: WACKO IN WASHINGTON ****

http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Columnists/Into-the-fray-Wacko-in-Washington-334885
When it comes to the Mideast, bad ideas never die, no matter how implausible, improbable or impractical.
I ask you to imagine what a two-state solution will mean for Israel, Palestine, Jordan and the region. Imagine what it would mean for trade and for tourism – what it would mean for developing technology and talent, and for future generations of Israeli and Palestinian children. Imagine Israel and its neighbors as an economic powerhouse in the region. – John Kerry, US secretary of state, Saban Forum, December 7.

Enough is enough. At some stage there must be a limit to the verbal garbage – I resist the strong temptation to employ a somewhat coarser epithet – that one can be subjected to before giving vent to pent-up exasperation and outrage.

A spade is still a spade.

Of late, this limit has been breached with increasing frequency – particularly when the matter of the “Palestinian issue” is broached.

As the clock runs out on the viability of the so-called “two-state-solution,” efforts to sustain it have become increasingly desperate, bizarre and disingenuous.

The annual Saban Forum held in Washington over the weekend provided ample examples of this near-hysteria, thinly veiled by the niceties of diplomatic decorum and dialect, masquerading as far-sighted diplomacy and inspired statesmanship.

No dogma, however disproven, no folly, however farcical, no notion, however nonsensical was discarded.

They were all bandied about, with great fanfare, as if they comprised a bold, yet-untried vision of a new future for peace, prosperity and regional understanding – rather than a proven recipe for calamity.

But smooth semantics cannot transform frenetic fantasy into sound substance. Merely because one describes a spade as a “manually operated device whose principal function is the creation of elevation differentials on the surface of the earth” does not mean that a spade is anything more lofty or exalted than a spade.

Similarly, shying away from more earthy and abrasive expressions will not transform utter absurdities into pearls of wisdom, no matter who is articulating them and no matter how glittering the setting in which they do so.

So no matter how prominent and preeminent the participants at the Saban Forum were, what took place in Washington was, well… wacko.

DANIEL GREENFIELD: THE WEEK THAT WAS PART 2

MANDELA BROUGHT PEOPLE TOGETHER

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Speaking at the International Women’s Forum, Mandela said “if there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America.”

Mandela said U.S. President George W. Bush covets the oil in Iraq “because Iraq produces 64 percent of the oil in the world. What Bush wants is to get hold of that oil.” In fact Iraq contributes to only 5 percent of world oil exports.

Mandela, a frequent critic of US policy on Iraq, also said that countries were only challenging the mandate of the United Nations now because Secretary-General Kofi Annan is black.

A threat to world peace “I have also said when the secretary-generals were white, we never had the question of any country ignoring the United Nations,” he said.

DANIEL GREENFIELD: THE WEEK THAT WAS PART ONE

ALLAH KABOOM FAIL
Statements Loewen has made to FBI Employee 1 reflect his desire to engage in violent jihadl on behalf of al Qaeda.

“As time goes on I care less and less about what other people think of me, or my views of lslam. I have been studying subjects like jihad, martyrdom operations, and Sharia law. I don’t understand how you can read the Qur’an and the sunnah3 of the Prophet (saw)a and not understand that jihad and the implementation of Sharia is absolutely demanded of all the Muslim Ummah.”

I do agree on one thing; the one thing we are doing wrong is that all 1.5 billion of us don’t rise up against the rest of the world and tell THEM how it’s going to be. lnshallah,T it will happen soon.”

Loewen left a letter dated December 71,7013 for a family member describing his intent to conduct a martyrdom operation. It reads in part:

“By the time you read this I will – if everything went as planned- have been martyred in the path of Allah. There will have been an event at the airport which I am responsible for. The operation was timed to cause maximum carnage + death.”

Muslim Convert Plotted Suicide Bombing at Wichita Airport for “Allah”

THE ROAD TO LONDONISTAN
What the report is clumsily getting at is the idea that Islam is legitimate in private practice, but not in public imposition. It’s Islam when a Muslim goes to a mosque or avoids alcohol, but Islamism when he harasses barflies or chops off heads under the dictates of Islamic law. Unfortunately this distinction has no meaning in Islam which was never rewired to function as a private religion in a secular state.

The Extremism report talks around these basic facts. The solution of all the extremism projects is to combat Islamic theocracy by having governments distinguish “good Islam” from “bad Islam”. It’s a silly and awkward solution because it creates a government religion in the name of combating a government religion.

In totalitarian movements, the difference between the moderates and extremists lies only in the paths that they take to the same final goal. The radicals want action now. The moderates are willing to wait until the demographics are firmly on their side. The radicals want to blow up buses. The moderates want to expand immigration numbers. And both totalitarian paths ultimately lead to Londonistan.The UK Confronts Islamism

INTOLERANCE REARS ITS UGLY HEAD
After telling her to take a shower, because it was customary to wash after sex in his culture, he raped her again. Judge Cannon said Derwish, who is incontinent and had been binge eating while being held in custody because of anxiety, had suffered bullying behind bars. 330lb Muslim Rapist Who Claimed Bin Laden Ties Complains of Prison Bullying

“Fighting Against Jews To Return Islamic Sex To The World” – Muslims can’t even publish a sex guide without anti-Semitism
UTOPIA IS ONLY A FEW SPEECHES AWAY
South Africa is for all intents and purposes a one-party state. And it was Mandela who blasted opposition Democratic Party voters as white racists who “would one day die with a heavy conscience.” As a Communist, Mandela had always envisioned a one-party state.

MANDELA AND DOUBLE STANDARDS ON THE GLAZOV GANG

Mandela and Double Standards — on The Glazov Gang
When will a stadium be jammed with world leaders honoring a political prisoner rotting in Castro’s gulag?
http://www.frontpagemag.com/2013/frontpagemag-com/mandela-and-double-standards-on-the-glazov-gang/

EDWARD CLINE: THE OIC ORGANIZES FOR CENSORSHIP

http://ruleofreason.blogspot.com/2013/12/the-oic-organizes-for-censorship.html

I begin this column with a quotation from Soren Kern’s Gatestone article of December 11th, “OIC Blames Free Speech for ‘Islamophobia’ in West”:

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation, an influential bloc of 57 Muslim countries, has released the latest edition of its annual “Islamophobia” report.

The “Sixth OIC Observatory Report on Islamophobia: October 2012-September 2013” is a 94-page document purporting to “offer a comprehensive picture of Islamophobia, as it exists mainly in contemporary Western societies.”

But the primary objective of the OIC—headquartered in Saudi Arabia and funded by dozens of Muslim countries that systematically persecute Christians and Jews—has long been to pressure Western countries into passing laws that would ban “negative stereotyping of Islam.”

I’ve written in the past about the OIC’s continuing campaign to insulate Islam from serious and satirical criticism here, here, and here in its call for international censorship. In this column I will discuss some angles Kern does not emphasize or discuss in his column.

The OIC report is unique in that it is illustrated and features photographs of individuals the OIC has found guilty of “Islamophobia,” images of “offensive” newspaper headlines and photographs, and even of “defamatory” FaceBook pages and “tweets” that identify the alleged criminals. These can be found between pages 10 to 83, which constitute the bulk of the report and represent a “catalogue of crimes.”

Kern writes, in reference to the OIC report:

But the common thread that binds the entire document together is the OIC’s repeated insistence that the main culprit responsible for “the institutionalization of Islamophobia” in Western countries is freedom of speech, which the OIC claims has “contributed enormously to snowball Islamophobia and manipulate the mindset of ordinary Western people to develop a ‘phobia’ of Islam and Muslims.”

According to the OIC, freedom of expression is shielding “the perpetrators of Islamophobia, who seek to propagate irrational fear and intolerance of Islam, [who] have time and again aroused unwarranted tension, suspicion and unrest in societies by slandering the Islamic faith through gross distortions and misrepresentations and by encroaching on and denigrating the religious sentiments of Muslims.”

“Freedom of expression” occurs six times in the document, while “freedom of speech” occurs only once. Not that it makes a difference which term the document employs. (Hillary Clinton would agree.) The term “hate speech” occurs fifteen times, while “hate crime” was used thirty-five times, most frequently in the “catalogue of crimes.” The OIC demanded that Islam be “respected” seventeen times, and cited the importance of “interfaith dialogue” twenty-one times, even though such “dialogue” notoriously is set on Islamic terms and can go only one way, with concessions made by Christians and Jews, and none made by Muslims.

The term “toleration” and its variants, such as “intolerance,” occur fifty-seven times in the document. What this means in practice is that Western societies must “tolerate” the depredations of Islam and “accommodate” Muslims at the price of Western civil liberties, while any resistance or criticism of Islam’s ideology and practices, such as primitive Sharia law, can be designated as bigoted “intolerance.”

THE UNIVERSITY OF HAIFA DECLINES AN AWARD TO NOBELIST ROBERT AUMANN…..

Haaretz reports that the University of Haifa has decided not to grant an honorary doctoral degree to Nobel Prize winning economist Robert Aumann because the University disapproves of Aumann’s political opinions. He is decidedly non-Left.

The story in Hebrew appears here: http://www.haaretz.co.il/news/education/.premium-1.2189627

A few months ago the same University of Haifa had no problem granting an honorary PhD degree to Shulamit Aloni, and has granted similar degrees to other far leftists. Prof. Aumann won the Nobel Prize in 2005 for his pathbreaking research in game theory and strategy.

The University of Haifa has been in the news recently for the naked politicization of some of its academic units. The university’s law school was the focus of a blistering report by the Im Tirtzu Zionist student organization exposing the fact that some of its law clinics were coercing students into providing legal aid to convicted terrorists and are also collaborating with anti-Israel radical NGOs such as Adalah. The law school had earlier prohibited the singing of the national anthem Hatikva at its graduation ceremonies. Other university universities are similarly politicized and the School of Education operates an indoctrinational “peace education” program. The University also continues to allow the anti-Semitic “ALEF LIST” chat list to operate under university auspices and to proliferate anti-Jewish and anti-Israel hate propaganda (see http://isracampus.org.il/ALEF%20Watch.htm for details). In the past the University of Haifa employed Ilan Pappe and granted him tenure. All of this has been in the name of “pluralism and diversity.”

It turns out that Prof. Aumann is not covered by the University’s devotion to pluralism and diversity.Want to tell the University heads what you think of all this?

Write to

President of the University of Haifa
Mr. Amos Shapira
University of Haifa
Mt Carmel, 31905 Haifa Israel
Tel: 972-4-8240101
Fax: 972-4-8288110
E-mail: president@univ.haifa.ac.il
a.shapira@univ.haifa.ac.il

Rector of the University of Haifa

Prof. David Faraggi

University of Haifa

Mt Carmel, 31905 Haifa Israel

Tel: 972-4-8288094

Fax: 972-4-8342101

Email: faraggi@stat.haifa.ac.il

Chairman of the Board of Governors

Mr. Leon Charney

Law Office of Leon H. Charney

Broadway 1441

New York, NY 10018

Phone: 212-819-0994

E-mail: charney@lhcharney.com

University “Friends of” Offices Outside Israel are listed here: http://www.haifa.ac.il/html/html_eng/friends.htm

Courting Iran : Rachel Ehrenfeld

http://acdemocracy.org/?utm_source=Courting+Iran&utm_campaign=ACD+BLOG&utm_medium=email The secret is out: The United States’ policy toward Iran is made by Tehran, not the White House. On December 7, Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif warned, “If Congress adopts sanctions … The entire deal is dead. We do not like to negotiate under duress.”     Zarif’s threat worked magic. President Obama and […]

The Palestinian Refugees – a Reality Check (part 1) Ambassador (Ret.) Yoram Ettinger

http://send.hadavars.com/index.php?action=message&l=2096&c=23792&m=22276&s=a317a26441993bdd8f740ee9a6c71bce Western policy makers and media have misconstrued/misrepresented the Palestinian refugee issue, ignoring its global context and core data. Moreover, the Palestinian claim of dispossession – which impacts the US financial aid to UNRWA, and is defined as a key issue in the peace process – fails the reality test.   The Global Context At the end of 2012, the […]