Archive for October, 2011

Cain Receives The Clarence Thomas Treatment

The media is trying to destroy him. Coke anyone?

I am not linking to anything because I am sure you’re all aware of it. But I would be interested in your comments.

- Aggie

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Antisemitism At Kent State

Another school year, another explosion of Jew hatred by a professor, this time directed at an Israeli Bedouin who has become a high level Israeli diplomat.

The focus is back on a Kent State faculty member with former ties to a jihadist website.

Julio Pino’s shout of “Death to Israel” at a public lecture by a former Israeli diplomat “was not surprising,” said Jennifer Chestnut, executive director of the Jewish organization Hillel at Kent State, who attended the speech.

“If he will say this in public, what will he say in the confines of his own classroom when it’s just him at the podium?” she asked.

The KSU student news site KentWired reported that Pino, 50, disrupted the Tuesday night lecture by Ishmael Khaldi, who rose from living in a Bedouin tent to the top ranks in the Israeli government.

Pino asked Khaldi how Israel could justify providing aid to countries such as Turkey with “blood money” from the deaths of Palestinians, according to the student website.

The two traded barbs, then Pino stormed out and Khaldi fielded more questions from the 100 people in the audience.

“Is this what that professor is telling you?” he asked at one point. “It is my responsibility to tell you the truth and build relationships.”

Chestnut, the head of Hillel, said Pino distributed anti-Israel fliers in the back of the room and had done so at other events on campus in the past.

Pino, an associate professor of history, could not be reached for comment.

The native of Cuba and convert to Islam has been a lightning rod on campus for a decade.

In 2002, he wrote a column in the Daily Kent Stater eulogizing an 18-year-old Palestinian suicide bomber. In 2005 and 2006, he wrote letters to the student-run paper criticizing American policy in the Muslim world.

One letter from Pino later appeared on a jihadist blog, www.?global.war.bloghi.com, to which he told the KSU administration that he had contributed. The website no longer exists under that name.

“You attack, and continue to attack, us everywhere,” read both the letter and submission to the website. “The ill done to the Muslim nations must be requited. The Muslim child does not cry alone; the Muslim woman does not cry alone; and the Muslim man is already at your gates.’’

The university fired his department head in 2007 when he allowed Pino to take a fully paid, six-week professional leave to the United Arab Emirates to learn Arabic.

The university said John Jameson did not follow university protocol in approving Pino’s travel. Jameson said officials were anxious about further bad publicity about Pino and yanked his title and ordered Pino back to campus in retribution.

In 2009, the U.S. Secret Service acknowledged that it was investigating Pino “as an individual who came to our attention who needed to be interviewed.”

Resident agent in charge David Lee said then that officials went to Pino’s home in the “ongoing” investigation and declined to elaborate.

In the latest dust-up, KSU student and event organizer Evan Gildenblatt of Cincinnati, in a guest editorial Thursday in the student media, criticized Pino for abusing his powerful influence over students.

The column by Gildenblatt, who is majoring in conflict resolution and minoring in Jewish studies, called for more understanding between people of different faiths.

“He came with a premeditated plan to disrupt the program, and completely disregarded one of the main messages of the evening: peaceful coexistence through respectful dialogue,” Gildenblatt told the Beacon Journal.

University President Lester A. Lefton released a statement Thursday afternoon saying that Pino treated Khaldi “in a way which I find reprehensible, and an embarrassment to our university.”

Lefton, who is Jewish, said he found Pino’s words “deplorable and his behavior deeply troubling.”

“We hope that our faculty will always model how best to combine passion for one’s position with respect for those with whom we disagree,” Lefton said.

KSU spokeswoman Emily Vincent said the university has received about two dozen complaints about Pino in the past two days.

The Beacon Journal received more than a dozen emailed complaints from various parts of the country in less than an hour Thursday evening.

Pino has tenure, or virtual lifetime employment, in his $73,631 job.

They fired the Department Chair for allowing Pino to go to Saudi Arabia and study Arabic? What are the chances they’ll fire this bigot? What would happen to a faculty member who stood up and shouted Death to Cuba! or Death to Saudi Arabia? Would that individual have his or her job the next morning?

Doorbells ringing… time to run up the dentists’ bills.

- Aggie

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From the Country That Brought You the Darfur and South Sudan Civil Wars…

We now present a new genocide—slaughter and inhumanity on unimaginable scales.

The hits just keep on coming:

Hundreds of rebels have been killed in Sudan’s South Kordofan state following clashes with the army, governor Ahmed Haroun has said.

He said the SPLM-North rebels were killed when the army repelled an assault on the city of Teludi.

The rebels have not commented on the claims but previously accused the army of “ethnic cleansing” in the oil-rich area.

The state borders South Sudan, which became independent in July.

“Hundreds of soldiers from the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM-North) were killed during an attack on the city of Teludi this morning,” Mr Haroun said.

Mr Haroun is indicted by the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes in Darfur, where he was once the governor.

Sudan lodged a complaint with the UN Security Council in August, accusing South Sudan of backing the rebels.

The SPLM, in power in South Sudan, denies Khartoum’s claims, even though it fought alongside the northern rebels during Sudan’s decades-long civil war.

Sudan agreed to give the south independence in July, but held on to South Kordofan, Abyei and Blue Nile states.

Where’s Mia Farrow looking concerned—gaunt and concerned? It’s just not an African genocide without Mia’s pained expression. Sting? Bono? Bueller…Bueller? Anyone?

PS: Is the Symbionese Liberation Army still in one piece? Maybe they should get the band back together to help the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement.

Nah, forget it.

Who can take these factions seriously anymore? I’m sorry about the hundreds dead and all—and the rapes, maybe they need a Sudan Jobs Act to cut down on the rapes—but when I read the name Sudan People’s Liberation Movement, I have to laugh. Taking the word for how it is, I think genocide and ethnic cleansing may be cultural norms in some societies.

That doesn’t make me racist, it just makes me literate.

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The Widow Arafat

So Yasser Arafat’s beard—sorry, wife, I meant wife—is in trouble with the law.

Surprise, surprise, surprise!

Late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat’s widow Souha Arafat rejected, on Monday, the accusations leveled at her by the Tunisian justice of financial corruption.

In a telephone conversation with the French AFP news agency, Mrs. Souha Arafat, residing in Malta, asserted that she is ready to defend herself against the Tunisian justice’s accusations and prove that she has no relation with the financial corruption case of the Carthage International School.

The Tunisian justice issued an international arrest warrant against Souha Arafat, an authorised source in the Justice Ministry told Tunis Afrique Presse.

The international warrant issued last week is part of the corruption case in relation with the deposed President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali and his relatives, as well as several government officials.

She lives in Malta? That makes her the Maltese Felon, doesn’t it?

But how can she be down with the struggle from Malta? Get up to much resistance in Valletta, do you, toots? Fire off a few M-80s in Israel’s general direction and call it a night? Say what you will about the old man, he was there, calling the shots from his gay bar—sorry, headquarters, I meant headquarters—in Ramallah. (How did she stay clean, anyway? Oh wait, never mind.)

I hope she beats the rap. The poor woman has suffered enough, losing a diseased catfish—sorry, husband, I meant husband. However much she has stashed away in Switzerland, she earned ever sou… ha.

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Occupy Grand Cayman

A nice three-bedroom condo, overlooking the harbor… could be theirs if they play their cards right:

Occupy Wall Street is looking to make its mark — on everything from tote bags to t-shirts.

The Occupy Wall Street movement applied for the trademark to its name on Oct. 24, filing for the use of the mark on its website, in periodicals and newsletters, and on clothing and bags.

But the movement isn’t the only entity hoping to lay claim to the name —Fer-Eng Investments, LLC, of Arizona also applied to trademark Occupy Wall Street on Oct. 24. Fer-Eng Investments wrote in its filing it is intending to use the name on bags, footwear, hats and various other clothing items.

“To the extent that it is possible, this application is intended to vest trademark rights in ‘Occupy Wall Street’ in the unincorporated association ‘Occupy Wall Street’ as a whole, not in the individual applicants as joint applicants per se,” the application states. “Any uses of the “Occupy Wall Street” mark herein claimed are and will be authorized by the majority vote of the General Assembly of Occupy Wall Street or a duly designated agent or agents thereof.”

I don’t know what that means, but it sounds nicer than “Google Wall Street and Jews.” And if it amounts to nothing, it will at least come in handy in the loo.

But isn’t that beautiful? A bunch of drugged-out, antisemitic anarchists with dysentery arrives at base capitalism all on its own. Proving that the free enterprise and enlightened self-interest are part of the human condition, as natural as breathing, blinking, and cornering the market in silver. Don’t forget to make the stuff in China, my little Vanderbilts. They’ll work for tea and rice over there, and no weekends off.

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Once, She Broke Ground; Now, She’s Falling Through the Ice

There’s something about this story that seems familiar, but I can’t put my finger on it:

Groundbreaking mayor losing favor

FITCHBURG [MA]- Mayor Lisa Wong entered office four years ago as a fresh young voice in an old mill city teetering on the financial brink. She was the state’s first female Asian-American mayor in a place that had never elected a minority to the job.

She made tough choices, extinguishing streetlights to save money and paring hours at the library. She pushed the city to see its river as a recreation magnet, its university as a vibrant partner, its empty buildings as an opportunity instead of a blight.

But now, like half the streetlamps she has darkened, the light might be dimming on the 32-year-old’s administration.

Wong is striving for a comeback in the Nov. 8 election after being trounced in preliminary balloting by a city councilor who has pledged to undo many of the sacrifices he says make life more difficult in the city.

Joseph Solomito, a 60-year-old lawyer who has been a police officer and prosecutor, offers a message designed to appeal to voters weary of austerity: turn the streetlights back on, repair the roads, and hire more police officers.

“People are just unhappy with the way things are,’’ Solomito said.

Let me get this straight: a “groundbreaking” mayor—groundbreaking on the basis of race, it seems—has lost favor with the electorate that broke ground to put her in office. And now they are “just unhappy with the way things are”. Doesn’t that sound like something you’ve heard of before?

Help me out, people. Can you think of another occasion when a perfectly nice person whose only qualification for elected office was race and/or gender actually got elected to office, only for the people to realize they’d been had? I can’t imagine doing such a thing for dog catcher, much less mayor. Good thing such a phenomenon never got above the level of mayor of Fitchburg.

PS: And it sounds like she was doing the job they elected her to do. That is different and groundbreaking!

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Even The LA Times Is Scolding The Most Transparent Administration Evah!

This is what an empty suit looks like.

One of the most disappointing attributes of the Obama administration has been its proclivity for secrecy. The president who committed himself to “an unprecedented level of openness in government” has followed the example of his predecessor by invoking the “state secrets” privilege to derail litigation about government misdeeds in the war on terror. He has refused to release the administration’s secret interpretation of the Patriot Act, which two senators have described as alarming. He has blocked the dissemination of photographs documenting the abuse of prisoners by U.S. service members. And now his Justice Department has proposed to allow government agencies to lie about the existence of documents being sought under the Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA.

At present, if the government doesn’t want to admit the existence of a document it believes to be exempt from FOIA, it may advise the person making the request that it can neither confirm nor deny the document’s existence. Under the proposed regulation, an agency that withholds a document “will respond to the request as if the excluded records did not exist.”

This policy is outrageous. It provides a license for the government to lie to its own people and makes a mockery of FOIA. It also would mislead citizens who might file an appeal if they knew there was a possibility that the document they sought was in the possession of a government agency. Such an appeal would allow a court to determine whether the requested document was covered by an exemption in FOIA.

We’ve already written about this, but it is good to see the media rub the sleep from their eyes and comment.

And you all know my fallback position: Elections Have Consequences. It is a shame that the American public is so shallow, so celebrity-driven, and so poorly educated, that they couldn’t be bothered to wonder about Reverend Wright, Bill Ayers, Community Organizing, or what Obama taught at U Chicago. But that’s the world we live in.

- Aggie

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No One Gets Along Anymore

Two of the world’s top classical musicians have ended their partnership over a single cadenza.

This is a metaphor for our times. Helene Grimaud and Claudio Abbado had collaborated for twenty years, but the relationship fell apart because they couldn’t agree on a cadenza for one of the Mozart piano concertos. It’s important, I know, but come on…

“Artistic differences.” It’s the euphemism of choice to save face and explain away unpleasant disputes among performers. The phrase pops up all the time in the arts, but in truth it describes nothing.

Sure enough, it was invoked to fend off questions about the puzzling cancellation of a recent series of concerts by two of classical music’s most prominent figures, a much-respected pianist and a celebrated conductor who had performed together successfully for more than 15 years.

Now, in a rare parting of the curtain, several figures involved — including the pianist, Hélène Grimaud — have talked candidly about what went wrong, illuminating how seemingly narrow differences of musical opinion, scholarship and taste can metastasize into a test of wills and the collapse of a deep artistic relationship.

It is a rift that also points to the importance of musical chemistry, the ineffable meeting of musical sensibilities that leads to great performances. And the dispute has left Ms. Grimaud’s latest recording project, a Mozart disc due out Nov. 8, without a second major draw: the eminent Italian maestro in question, Claudio Abbado.

Ms. Grimaud was to have performed with Mr. Abbado at the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland this summer and in London next October. The concerts were canceled because of “artistic differences” — naturally.

“It’s neither the first nor the last musical partnership to go south,” Ms. Grimaud said in a recent interview. “It doesn’t cast any shadow on a partnership” of nearly 20 years. But the experience seems to have rankled. “For Claudio it’s pretty clear he has no interest in working with someone who doesn’t do what he likes,” she said.

He wanted the original Mozart, she wanted a 19th century cadenza. And that was that.

I wonder if that’s how marriages end? Or nations?

- Aggie

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Isn’t That Special?

If a Jew so much as thinks of G-d on the Temple Mount, he is wrestled to the ground and dispatched post-haste.

Because we wouldn’t want their filthy thoughts to interfere with the pure souls of the jihadist:

A group of 15 terrorists Israel freed two weeks ago for kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit visited the Temple Mount and the grave of Faisal al-Husseini, a former Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) leader.

The terrorists, who were pictured at the Temple Mount on an Islamic website, laid a wreath at a monument to al-Faisal, who died of a heart attack in 2001 but is considered a “martyr.”

How is dying of a heart attack “martyrdom”? Is Nelson Rockefeller a martyr? Is Arafat a martyr for dying of the, ahem, “mysterious” syndrome he “mysteriously”, ahem, acquired? If Faisal had died in of asphyxiation with a satsuma up his bum in some weird auto-erotic act (not to sound judgmental), would he have still been a martyr? I guess I have to go to asktheimam.com for answers.

Anyhow, these brave boys had a few days of R&R on the Gaza Riviera before taking in the sights of Jerusalem:

The terrorists visiting his grave on the Temple Mount were freed in the deal that that included 1,027 terrorists, many sentenced to multiple life in terms in jail.

The same day the terrorists were released, several of them incited for terror and called for more kidnappings of Israeli soldiers as bargaining chips for the release of other Arabs remaining in Israeli jails.

Course they did, it’s what they know. If they knew how to weld, they’d weld. If they knew how to count, they’d keep books. They know how to commit terror, so…

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G-G-G-G-lobal W-W-W-arming

A lot of New England is still without power this morning—wind, solar, or coal-generated—thanks to an October blizzard this weekend. October.

Some people had to shovel more than a foot of CO2 from their walks and driveways. Since the trees still had their leaves, all that dry ice snapped more than a few branches and toppled more than a few elms and maples.

I would say AGW couldn’t happen soon enough, but I fear it might never happen at all:

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I couldn’t fit the whole chart, but this is the gist of the story:

Prof Judith Curry, who chairs the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at America’s prestigious Georgia Institute of Technology, said that Prof Muller’s claim that he has proven global warming sceptics wrong was also a ‘huge mistake’, with no scientific basis.

Prof Curry is a distinguished climate researcher with more than 30 years experience and the second named co-author of the BEST project’s four research papers.

Her comments, in an exclusive interview with The Mail on Sunday, seem certain to ignite a furious academic row. She said this affair had to be compared to the notorious ‘Climategate’ scandal two years ago. …

In fact, Prof Curry said, the project’s research data show there has been no increase in world temperatures since the end of the Nineties – a fact confirmed by a new analysis that The Mail on Sunday has obtained.

‘There is no scientific basis for saying that warming hasn’t stopped,’ she said. ‘To say that there is detracts from the credibility of the data, which is very unfortunate.’

What’s unfortunate is that double negative. She is essentially saying that there is a scientific basis for saying warming has stopped.

I would note that about the time Al Gore started banging on about global warming is about the time it stopped. Causality or not, that sounds like “settled science” to me.

And what do climate scientists say when confronted with the possibility of grant money evaporating like the oceans of their apocalyptic visions?

Yesterday Prof Muller insisted that neither his claims that there has not been a standstill, nor the graph, were misleading because the project had made its raw data available on its website, enabling others to draw their own graphs.

However, he admitted it was true that the BEST data suggested that world temperatures have not risen for about 13 years. But in his view, this might not be ‘statistically significant’, although, he added, it was equally possible that it was – a statement which left other scientists mystified.

‘I am baffled as to what he’s trying to do,’ Prof Curry said.

He’s trying to make a buck, dear, as are we all. That 32-foot Cobalt 323 power boat with the Twin Mercruiser 8.2 Mag HO ECT B3 (430 php, 321 PkW) engines and the optional teak accent package isn’t going to pay for itself, and the only other work out there is doing weather updates on the half hour on AM radio.

If that isn’t enough of a conflict of interest, consider that most science now takes place in academia, and ask yourself how impartial that segment of society is. Global warming is faith-based science, supported by the state, and observed in the ivory tower. At least, that’s what my frozen windshield tells me.

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Social Security Is “Cash Negative”.

Does that mean broke?

We’ll need Buck’s input, but I think that’s what it means.

Last year, as a debate over the runaway national debt gathered steam in Washington, Social Security passed a treacherous milestone. It went “cash negative.”

For most of its 75-year history, the program had paid its own way through a dedicated stream of payroll taxes, even generating huge surpluses for the past two decades. But in 2010, under the strain of a recession that caused tax revenue to plummet, the cost of benefits outstripped tax collections for the first time since the early 1980s.

Social Security, until now a huge lender to the government, will begin demanding repayment to its trust fund to cover the shortfall. If fully repaid, the trust fund can fully finance benefits until 2036, when people currently about 40 years old will begin to retire. Once the trust fund runs out, monthly benefits will decrease by about a quarter.

Now, Social Security is sucking money out of the Treasury. This year, it will add a projected $46 billion to the nation’s budget problems, according to projections by system trustees. Replacing cash lost to a one-year payroll tax holiday will require an additional $105 billion. If the payroll tax break is expanded next year, as President Obama has proposed, Social Security will need an extra $267 billion to pay promised benefits.

But while talk about fixing the nation’s finances has grown more urgent, fixing Social Security has largely vanished from the conversation.

Lawmakers in both parties are ducking the issue, wary of agitating older voters and their advocates in Washington, who have long targeted politicians who try to tamper with federal retirement benefits. Democrats lost control of the House last year in part because seniors abandoned them in protest over Medicare cuts in Obama’s much-contested health-care act, and no one in Washington has forgotten that lesson.

In his February budget request, Obama ignored the Social Security blueprint put forth by his own bipartisan panel on debt reduction. During this summer’s debt-limit showdown, he endorsed the panel’s proposal to tie future benefits to a less-generous inflation index. But Obama took that idea off the table in September when he submitted recommendations to a special debt-reduction “supercommittee” now at work on Capitol Hill. Until recently, members of the supercommittee said, Social Security had rarely come up in their closed deliberations.

Profiles In Courage.

- Aggie

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Minneapolis Terrorist Explodes In Somalia

So we grow our own terrorists and export them?

A suicide bomber who carried out an attack in Somalia this weekend was an American citizen of Somali descent, a website associated with the Al-Shabaab Islamist movement claimed Sunday.

The website named the bombers as Aden al-Ansari and Cabdi Salaam al-Muhajir, and posted what it said was an audio interview with al-Muhajir speaking American-accented English.

The speaker urges his “brothers and sisters” to “do jihad” in America, Canada, England, “anywhere in Europe, in Asia, in Africa, in China, in Australia, anywhere you find kuffar,” a derogatory term for non-Muslims.

The African Union force trying to establish order in Somalia said there had been an attack Saturday involving two suicide bombers in the capital Mogadishu, but said AU troops “beat off” the attack by “al-Qaeda linked terrorists.”

Al-Shabaab is associated with al Qaeda and is considered a terrorist organization by the United States. The African Union military spokesman in the country did not immediately respond to a CNN question about the identity of the bombers or whether any AU troops were injured.

Omar Jamal, a Somali diplomat at the United Nations, identified the person who made the audio recordings as Abdisalam Ali of Minneapolis. He told CNN that friends of Ali had listened to the messages in English and Somali and were “convinced it is him.”

The discrepancy in names may mean that the name released by Al-Shabaab is a nom de guerre.

Jamal said Abdisalam left Minneapolis on November 4, 2008, with another man, Burhan Hassan, who has since been killed.

It’s too cold to blow yourself up in Minneapolis this time of year.

- Aggie

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