Back to Jahiliyya by Ali Salim

http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/3649/back-to-jahiliyya Jahiliyya: The “state of ignorance of Divine guidance” — how Muslims refer to the pre-Islamic era. For years the sheiks of the Islamist movements have been promising us that “Islam is the Solution.” The sad fact is that it is the sheikhs of the radical Islamist movements of the global jihad — the Muslim […]

Is the Lutheran World Federation Praying for Israel to Disappear? by Malcolm Lowe

http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/3661/lutherans-israel It is intolerable that every Christmas, and from time to time at other events in the Christian festival year, the LWF makes participation in worship conditional upon the acceptance of a political opinion. Congregants who disagree can only walk out or stay away. No Christian should face such a choice on a Sunday, let […]

VICTOR SHARPE: THE TWO STATE SOLUTION….HISTORY’S NEGATION

http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/54357 I remember an article some few years ago in the Wall Street Journal titled, The Ugly Premise of Settlement Opponents, in which James Woolsey, former director of Central Intelligence under President Clinton, pointed out that the charter of the Fatah party – which is that of the Palestinian Authority’s putative president, Mahmoud Abbas – […]

SARAH HONIG: FACEBOOK’S FREEDOM

http://sarahhonig.com/2013/04/09/facebook-freedom/ Journalist Mamdouh Hamamreh served only one day of the year-long sentence imposed on him for “insulting” Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Facebook. Fearing a backlash and denying personal involvement in the case, Abbas decided to magnanimously “pardon” Hamamreh. But Abbas needn’t have feared. He is the darling of free world opinion – regardless of the incitement he […]

US Army Removes Slideshow Listing Ultra Orthodox Jews as Extremists Alongside Hamas and Al Qaeda:Max Elstein Keisler

http://www.algemeiner.com/2013/04/09/us-army-removes-slideshow-listing-ultra-orthodox-jews-as-extremists-alongside-hamas-and-al-qaeda/ The US Army has removed a slideshow used as training material for US Army Reserve recruits that describes “Ultra-Orthodox” Jews as religious extremists, equivalent to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, according to a report in London’s Daily Mail newspaper. The slideshow also describes “Catholicism,” the largest religious sect in the world, “Evangelical Christianity” and […]

JACK ENGELHARD: PRESIDENT OBAMA, KAMALA HARRIS AND THE RULES OF COMPLIMENTING WOMEN

http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/novelists-view-world/2013/apr/7/president-obama-kamala-harris-and-rules-compliment/

NEW YORK, April 7, 2013 – President Obama last week angered many with his comments about California Attorney General Kamala Harris.

Even Michelle Obama seems to have retaliated for the Presidential praise of the California attorney general.

Probably just coincidence, or Freudian Slip, but in an interview with CBS affiliate WCAX last Thursday, First Lady Michelle Obama plumb forgot she was married. She said, “Believe me, as a busy single mother – or, I shouldn’t say single – as a busy mother.” Okay, she quickly corrected herself, but what’s-his-name still has some explaining to do.

These days, it seems all we’re doing is explaining and apologizing. Ever since Gloria Steinem declared that women need men as much as a fish needs a bicycle, men have been properly put in our place and keep trying to make amends for 20 million years of sexism. Do the math. Women’s lib only began a few decades ago.

Please, give us a chance to learn the rules. Give us a minute to catch our breath.

The rules do keep changing. We can’t keep up, as is evidenced by two hot commentaries along these pages, one for Obama’s “sexist” remark, the other against.

It is folly for anyone to try to sort it out for the betterment of mankind (oops), but here is a reminder, anyway: A while back we were summoned to be gallant and chivalrous.

We were taught (most of us were) that girls and women were to be given flowers for their beauty of character and good looks.

Exactly what is wrong with this?

But one morning we were told that it is okay, even required, to tell a woman that she looks marvelous. Next morning, hey, we can go to jail for this!

Yesterday’s compliment is today’s complaint. We mean praise but get clobbered for making you feel “uncomfortable.”

We are finding this tough to follow.

If our culture has become so neutered, soon we may be forbidden from watching Guys and Dolls.

RUTHIE BLUM: KERRY’S POINTLESS FREQUENT FLYER MILES ****

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_opinion.php?id=3945

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Israel for his third trip to the region since he took office on Feb. 1, and for the second time in the span of two weeks. The impetus for these visits is the urgency he feels in the face of the “clock ticking” toward a point of no return.

Too bad the deadline he has set for himself has nothing to do with the Iranian nuclear program. No, on that score, he is confident that his boss, President Barack Obama, has everything under control.

“All options are on the table,” Kerry reiterated on Monday, following his participation in the Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day ceremony at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. But diplomacy, he stressed, is still the preferred route.

He’s right about one thing: Diplomacy is certainly Iran’s preference, particularly in light of North Korea’s military muscle-flexing, which is testing the waters for a buoyed Tehran.

In fact, the reason for Kerry’s country-hopping is to reignite peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. To this end, first he flew to Istanbul on Sunday, where he made an appeal to the Turkish government to “play a role” in pushing the process forward.

To say that this is delusional would be to diminish the depth of its derangement. Turkey has been making overtures to Hamas in Gaza and remains hostile to Israel, in spite of Obama’s brokering a restoration of ties between the two countries during his own visit to Jerusalem last month. And though a group of Israeli diplomats is scheduled to go to Ankara in the near future, the purpose of the delegation is to discuss the multi-millions of dollars in compensation to be paid to the families of the Turkish radicals who were killed during the “Free Gaza” flotilla raid in 2010.

Meanwhile, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu made it clear to Kerry that Israel would have to meet a stringent set of preconditions before Turkey would agree to kiss and make up. These include lifting the naval blockade of Gaza.

ALAN CARUBA: GUN CONTROL IS DOA IN CONGRESS

http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/detail/gun-control-is-doa-in-congress When I was a teenager I was a magician performing at birthday parties and before local clubs whose adults enjoyed legerdemain as much as the kids. The essence of magic is diversion, distracting the audience to watch the right hand while the left is setting up the illusion. It was a lesson I never […]

ON THE GLAZOV GANG: WHY LEFTISTS MAKE GOOD ACTORS….SEE NOTE

HOW APPOSITE THIS IS….MERYL STREEP PLAYED THE ROLE OF MARGARET THATCHER….AND HAD THIS TO SAY:

“Meanwhile, because Streep portrayed Thatcher in the film “The Iron Lady,” she was sought out as an expert on her legacy, and criticized her economic policies: “Her hard-nosed fiscal measures took a toll on the poor, and her hands-off approach to financial regulation led to great wealth for others.”

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/matt-hadro/2013/04/08/cnn-quotes-meryl-streep-gerry-adams-legitimate-critics-margaret-thatcher

http://frontpagemag.com/2013/frontpagemag-com/leaving-the-totalitarian-left-on-the-glazov-gang/

This week’s Glazov Gang had the honor of being joined by actor Basil Hoffman (The Artist), Ari David, Podcast Host of The Ari David Show and Czech Defector Borek Volarik.

The Gang members gathered to discuss the big issues of our time, which include: Why Leftists Make Good Actors. The dialogue occurred in Part II during a discussion with Basil Hoffman about his book, Acting and How to Be Good at It. The segment also focused on the recent black mob violence in Chicago – highlighting Colin Flaherty’s book White Girl Bleed a Lot, which documents black mob violence across the country and the media’s silence about it. The segment ended with a reflection on Senator Dianne Feinstein’s hypocrisy on gun control.

BRUCE BAWER: AN ANATOMY OF INDOCTRINATION

http://frontpagemag.com/2013/bruce-bawer/an-anatomy-of-indoctrination/ If you’re on the lookout for first-class ideological indoctrination in America today, there’s plenty of it to be found, of course, at such sprawling, internationally famous universities as Harvard, Columbia, and Berkeley. As a rule, however, these places are so big that there’s room for pockets of dissent. They’re so big that they can’t […]