Pogrom at San Francisco State (05/09/02) new
By Laurie Zoloth at FrontPage Magazine
I cannot fully express what it feels like to walk across campus
daily, past maps of the Middle East that do not include Israel, past posters
of cans of soup with labels on them of drops of blood and dead babies,
labeled canned Palestinian children meat, slaughtered according
to Jewish rites under American license, past poster after poster
calling out Zionism = racism, and Jews = Nazis. This is not
civic discourse, this is not free speech, and this is the Weimar Republic
with brown shirts it cannot control. This is the casual introduction of
the medieval blood libel and virulent hatred smeared around our campus
in a manner so ordinary that it hardly excites concern except if
you are a Jew, and you understand that hateful words have always led to
Blood Libel Poster at SFSU (April 2002) new
By Scott Armel-Funkhouser of University of California
This poster, funded by the Associated Students of San Francisco
State University, was posted on campus in April 2002. This is perhaps
the most grotesque and explicit incarnation of the blood libel
observed in the free world since the Nazi Holocaust. It was generated
on the campus of a public university by students, using public money.
The poster included the names of the following organizations: Associated
Students, GUPS (General Union of Palestinian Students), MSA (Muslim Student
Association) and WIA (unidentified). The poster incorporates the two
most common elements to this medieval racist slur. It suggests (1) that
Jews ingest the flesh and/or blood of children, and (2) that there are
rites associated with the Jewish religion which detail how to perform
this cannibalism. Note that this vicious racism is not directed specifically
at Israel but at Jews, for it reads, slaughtered according to
riot at San Francisco State University (05/16/02) new
By Melissa Radler in The Jerusalem Post
After being surrounded by a mob of students shouting, Hitler
didnt finish the job, and Get out or well kill
you, pro-Israel students at San Francisco State University are finally
finding an ally against hate. The university president is so fed-up with
the hate-filled atmosphere on the Bay Area campus that he has asked the
local district attorneys office to help bring pro-Palestinian hate-mongers
Only Protect PC Speech, Groups (05/16/02) new
By Glenn Harlan Reynolds at FoxNews
But so far this event, and the university’s tepid response, is simply
the latest stage in a long-standing and widespread trend of giving some
student groups the permission to engage in behavior that the university
would not permit for a moment if it came from groups not favored as politically
correct. The result of impunity, of course, is escalation. Just as the
toleration of broken windows and other petty acts of lawbreaking
leads to more serious crime, so a policy of tolerating acts of lawlessness
by overpoliticized students leads to more serious problems.
of South Carolina Mandates Political Indoctrination and Orthodoxy
At Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
The University of South Carolina (USC), in a required course for
a degree-granting program, has adopted Guidelines for Classroom
Discussion that demand adherence to a narrow set of partisan political
assumptions on pain of being graded poorly for honest disagreement.
Although USC is a public institution, bound by the First Amendment, it
has created an ideological loyalty oath that constitutes a
profound threat to both freedom of speech and freedom of conscience in
South Carolina and across the country.
studies mandates seen as threats to free speech (05/16/02) new
By Ellen Sorokin in The Washington Times
The course syllabus, distributed in January, specifically outlines
eight prerequisites during class discussion, which counts for 20 percent
of the students overall grade. The course Womens
Studies 797: Seminar in Womens Studies — is listed on the
programs Web site as required for a certificate of graduate
study in womens studies. One of the prerequisites is that students
acknowledge that racism, classism, sexism, heterosexism and other
institutionalized forms of oppression exist.
Course on Mideast Raises Concerns (05/16/02) new
In The New York Times by Chris Gaither
The political tensions in the Middle East have once again roiled
the University of California, with the most recent incident focused on
a catalog course description.... The listing for the course, The
Politics and Poetics of Palestinian Resistance, one of the choices
for a required course in reading and composition, was pulled for review
last week by university officials after protests by civil liberties and
pro-Israeli groups.... The last line of his course description drew the
most ire, especially among civil libertarians: Conservative thinkers
are encouraged to seek other sections.
Airport Screeners Proves Tough (05/15/02) new
In Washington Post by Sara Kehaulani Goo
After 4,800 people applied for 600 federal airport screening jobs
at Baltimore-Washington International, the Transportation Security Administration
confidently removed the job application from its Web site. Then the problems
started. Hundreds of applicants either failed the governments tests
for prospective screeners or they didnt even show up for the exam,
according to a TSA official. Surprisingly, the numbers of the latter
were higher than we expected, he said.
Warming Models Labeled Fairy Tale By Team of Scientists
At Cybercast News Service by Marc Morano
A team of international scientists Monday said climate models showing
global warming are based on a fairy tale of computer projections.
The scientists met on Capitol Hill to expose what they see as a dearth
of scientific evidence about global warming. Hartwig Volz, a geophysicist
with the RWE Research Lab in Germany questioned the merit of the climate
projections coming from the United Nations sponsored Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change (IPCC.) The IPCC climate projections have fueled
worldwide support for the Kyoto Protocol, which aims to restrict the greenhouse
gases thought to cause global warming.
change faults and fears (05/12/02) new
By Pete du Pont in The Washington Times
While climate models cannot be expected to simulate future weather,
they should be able to accurately depict the Earths present climate
and to simulate changes in the frequency and type of the weather events
that make up climate. Since they cannot, GCM predictions of
climate change are statistical exercises with little bearing on reality
and certainly should not serve as the basis for government policy.
Carter: America basher (05/15/02) new
By Jonah Goldberg at TownHall
Its an unusual thing for a former president to more or less
choose sides against the United States and with a hostile nation ruled
by a ruthless dictator. Unusual, that is, in the sense that most U.S.
presidents current or former dont do this sort of
thing. Unfortunately, Carter is the exception that proves the rule.
rattle? (05/13/02) new
By Laura Miller at Salon
Beyond the familiar schism between the Sunnis and the Shiites, the
faith is spectacularly diverse, from the mystical brotherhoods of the
Sufis, to the puritanical Wahabbites, to (what remains of) the relatively
secularized cosmopolitan elites of more developed countries like Egypt.
It makes as much sense to draw conclusions about all Muslims on the basis
of the beliefs of the Taliban or bin Laden as it does to expect a Quaker
to light candles to Santa Barbara or a Unitarian minister to plant bombs
in abortion clinics simply because other people who call themselves Christians
the Numbers: A hopeless state (05/15/02) new
By Ron Dermer in The Jerusalem Post
In fact, the recipe for making a suicide bomber is one part fanaticism
and one part hope. The fanaticism is bred in a culture of death, where
terrorist recruits are meticulously brainwashed to believe that their
noble ends justify any means. Still, a fanatical mindset only sets the
fuse. Hope is the spark that lights it. Suicide bombers would not be so
quick to die if they didnt believe that the cause they so fanatically
pursue will be advanced by their sacrifice.
Children Worship Martyrdom (05/14/02) new
In The Washington Post by Hamza Hendawi
In Gazas funerals for shaheeds, or martyrs, and
in rallies by Palestinian factions such as Arafats Fatah or the militant
Islamic group Hamas, children as young as three or four are outfitted with
combat fatigues, masks and toy guns. Such occasions routinely attract hundreds
of children, all accustomed by now to the deafening noise made by gunmen
firing in the air.
Myths: Why Israels war on terrorism is working. (05/13/02) new
By Jonathan Chait at Slate
Palestinian terrorism does not result from Israels occupation
of the West Bank and Gaza, but from Israels existence. Palestinian
terrorism long predates the 1967 occupation; the Palestine Liberation
Organization was formed in 1964, three years earlier. But hasnt
the more recent phenomenon of suicide bombing come about because of long-simmering
Palestinian despair? Not really. Suicide bombings started only after the
1993 Oslo Accords, which provided Palestinians with their best opportunity
for a state.
Andrew Sullivan Bites Paper; Paper Bites Back (05/14/02) new
In The Washington Post by Howard Kurtz
Andrew Sullivan, the confrontational conservative columnist, has
been attempting the high-wire act of writing for the New York Times while
frequently whacking the Times for liberal bias on his Web site. Now the
tightrope has snapped. Sullivan, who once wrote a biweekly column for
the New York Times Magazine, says he has been barred indefinitely
from writing any more for the magazine. The popular Weblog writer
says the directive came from Executive Editor Howell Raines.
York Times v. Sullivan (05/14/02) new
By Nick Schulz at Tech Central Station
There is already chatter among the chattering asses dissecting Sullivans
banishment. Slates Mickey Kaus and John Ellis of Fast Company fame
suggest it is because of Raines need for control. Meanwhile the
folks at The American Prospect the terrific lefty publication edited
by Robert Kuttner say that explanation is way off base. Actually,
they call it paranoid. They say Sullivan was dropped because
he has taken shots at the Times for its biased coverage and shoddy reporting.
Cultures of Newsrooms: A Book Unfit for The New York Times
By Nat Hentoff in The Village Voice
Unlike Bernard Goldbergs bestselling Bias, McGowans
Coloring the News has received generally favorable reviews, even
in such papers as The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times,
which are sharply criticized in his book. But the influential New York
Times Book Review has so far ignored McGowans indictment of much
of the press an analysis that, as Peter Schrag, no right-winger,
says in the Columbia Journalism Review, has focused attention
on important and troubling issues.
news we heard from a guy at Handgun Control (05/16/02) new
By Ann Coulter at Town Hall
But for bald-faced lies, nothing beats the [New York] Times
preposterous characterization of Supreme Court precedent. The most recent
case directly raising the Second Amendment was United States vs. Miller,
decided in 1939.... The Miller case simply defined the types of guns protected
by the Second Amendment. Reviewing the case of two bootleggers charged
with failing to pay federal taxes on a sawed-off shotgun, the court concluded
that the instrument was not covered by the Second Amendment.
are bad. The New York Times says so. (05/08/02) new
By David Nieporent at Jumping to Conclusions
The Justice Department submitted briefs to the Supreme Court on
Monday that said that the Second Amendment protected an individual right,
not just a collective right, to bear arms.... And then the [New York]
Times had to try to prove that this is a novel theory, that John Ashcroft
was going against established law. Unfortunately, since he wasnt,
the Times had to make something up: The Supreme Courts view
has been that the the Second Amendment protected only those rights that
have some reasonable relationship to the preservation of efficiency
of a well regulated militia, as the court put it in United States
v. Miller, a 1939 decision that remains the courts latest word on
the subject. Actually, this cleverly clips the Supreme Court quote
in just the right part so that she can paraphrase it incorrectly.
says animals have rights too (05/17/02) new
In Contra Costa Times from Reuters
Basing his arguments on well-documented studies of their mental
powers, emotional bonds, social skills, language and self-awareness, Wise
says there is also increasing evidence to suggest that African elephants,
African Gray parrots, honeybees and dogs may merit such legal rights.
In an age when it would be unthinkable to use newborn human babies, the
profoundly senile, or the insane for biomedical research or display them
for public entertainment, Wise asks why dolphins, chimps or elephants
some of whom are more sophisticated than tiny infants should
have to endure such indignities.
for Moe: Activists Pursuing Legal Status for Animals One Case at a Time
At ABCNews.com by Amanda Onion
Moes owners think they know whats best for him. So does
the city of West Covina, Calif., so does the Animal Legal Defense Fund,
and so does the director of a local sanctuary. The problem is, even though
hes 36 years old, Moe the chimp cant speak for himself. Thats
partly why the custody battle between Moes owners and the city of
West Covina has continued for nearly four years. Its also why a
growing cadre of prominent lawyers is lobbying to broaden the way we define
all animals and animal rights in the U.S. court system.
votes for animal rights (05/15/02) new
At CNN without Byline
A majority of lawmakers in the Bundestag voted on Friday to add
and animals to a clause that obliges the state to respect
and protect the dignity of humans. The main impact of the measure will
be to restrict the use of animals in experiments. In the end 543 lawmakers
in Germanys lower house of parliament voted in favour of giving
animals constitutional rights. Nineteen voted against it and 15 abstained.
in a flutter (05/11/02) new
Review by Peter D. Smith of Of Moths and Men: Intrigue,
Tragedy & the Peppered Moth at Guardian Unlimited
The question Hooper sets out to answer is why such a shoddy piece
of scientific research was so readily accepted by the scientific community
and allowed to attain iconic status in evolutionary biology. Her answer:
because scientists wanted to believe it. Once it had been cited enough
times, it became an irrefutable article of faith. Hoopers meticulous
research provides a fascinating insight into the fallibility of scientists
after all, as she points out, they are only human.
Steam: Why the Evening News is Worse Than OReilly
By Rob Walker at The New Republic Online
So what did I learn in three weeks of watching the evening news?
Basically that the network news, which defends itself against detractors
by invoking the earnest sobriety of its broadcasts, contains as much hype
and fake populism as any of its cable competitors. In fact, in some ways
its actually worse. As distasteful as the cable shout fests can
be, they generally assume that their viewers can handle a detailed discussion,
conflicting views, and lengthy segments on a particular issue.
is morality a dirty word? (05/13/02)
By Dennis Byrne in The Chicago Tribune
We are a diverse nation founded on respect for others beliefs,
religious or otherwise. But that principle has become subverted by this
hell-bent determination to avoid discussion of the moral aspects of conduct.
When you think of it, this avoidance makes no sense, because we are a
nation operating on such concepts as justice and equality concepts
that are fundamentally moral in nature.
turns the other cheek: Where is the outrage when a church is desecrated?
By Raymond J. de Souza in The National Post
It needs to be said. The occupation of the Church of the Nativity
by armed Palestinian terrorists was a gravely anti-Christian act. Much
has been made of how the basilica was filthy but not seriously damaged.
To speak only of what happens to a church physically is to miss the point.
One of Christianitys holiest shrines was profaned by armed terrorists.
It is blasphemy to use the house of God as a military refuge. For more
than a month, the faithful were denied access to the basilica to pray
while the gunmen used its status as a house of prayer as a tactical advantage.
Matters: Welfare reform has liberals and conservatives calling for government
By Mike Lynch at Reason Online
Why exactly it’s up to us to set goals for less-educated
women and to slot them into their proper role in promoting that great
fiction of society’s interest is left unsaid. Maybe even less-educated
women are smart enough to get by without conservatives shoving them to
the altar or liberals shoving them into classrooms.
9/11: Too Much? Too Soon? (05/12/02)
In The New York Times by Julie Salamon
Television has long been the defining medium for great and terrible
national events like war, assassinations and presidential elections. But
nothing in the past has generated this sheer volume of reportage and commentary,
because Sept. 11 was an unprecedented event occurring in an age of unprecedented
media exposure.... The variety and quantity have been staggering
valuable (much of it), but also alarming.
as Minitowns (05/09/02)
In The New York Times by Patricia Leigh Brown
Southeast Christian is an example of a new breed of megachurch
a full-service 24/7 sprawling village, which offers many of
the conveniences and trappings of secular life wrapped around a spiritual
core. It is possible to eat, shop, go to school, bank, work out, scale
a rock-climbing wall and pray there, all without leaving the grounds.
These churches are becoming civic in a way unimaginable since the 13th
century and its cathedral towns. No longer simply places to worship, they
have become part resort, part mall, part extended family and part town
anti-Catholicism the new anti-Semitism? (05/09/02)
By Rev. Ephraem Chifley in The Age
Considering that most instances of paedophilia involve not priests
but live-in step-fathers, clerical celibacy cannot be considered a significant
element in this tragedy. Strange, isnt it, that cartoonists and
comedians dont make jokes about paedophilia and mums new boyfriend,
or that there are so few voices calling for a royal commission into marriage
break-up and child protection? That, of course, would call for society
to examine its substitution of personal fulfilment for duty far
easier to attack a large and slow-moving target, like the church, especially
as it is apt frequently to say inconvenient and frightening things.
Nothing is Something (05/13/02)
By Anna Quindlen in Newsweek via MSNBC
It is not simply that it is pathetic to consider the lives of children
who dont have a moment between piano and dance and homework to talk
about their day or just search for split ends, an enormously satisfying
leisure-time activity of my youth. There is also ample psychological research
suggesting that what we might call doing nothing is when human
beings actually do their best thinking, and when creativity comes to call.
Perhaps we are creating an entire generation of people whose ability to
think outside the box, as the current parlance of business has it, is
being systematically stunted by scheduling.
ugly now? (05/04/02)
By Mark Steyn in The Spectator
Muslims killed thousands of Americans, but America doesn’t have
anti-Muslim political parties — just a goofy President who hosts a month
of Ramadan knees-ups at the White House and enjoins schoolkids to get
an Islamic penpal. America has millions of Muslims, but they don’t firebomb
synagogues and beat up Jews, and, if they did, the police wouldn’t turn
a blind eye.
is right: Skip international court (05/08/02)
By Editors of The Seattle Times
President Bush is right to pull out of the treaty for the International
Criminal Court, which is an agreement that would give a foreign court
jurisdiction over acts committed by U.S. soldiers. This is not the International
Court of Justice, or World Court, which has existed since
1945 to settle disputes that governments bring to it. This court is to
have jurisdiction over individuals. It promises to act only if national
courts dont, but it will make the decision to intervene itself,
which is a breach of national sovereignty.
New York Times Gloats Over Popes Illness, Awaits His Death
By J. P. Zmirak at FrontPage Magazine
It fills Keller, and liberal Catholics, with intolerant rage that
a Church is permitted to exist which claims continuity with the
past and divine authority, which refuses to cave in to their opinions,
which dares to dissent from dissent. They will not follow their consciences
which point the way to the Episcopal church down the road
and theyre furious that they cannot coerce the consciences of other
Catholics, pull down the Churchs leadership, destroy her internal
consistency and integrity, then smoke a joint in her rubble.
Jenin battle became a massacre (05/06/02)
By Sharon Sadeh at Media Guardian
In line with the prevalent tradition, the liberal British press
has made an extensive and creative use of figurative language in its reports,
which betrayed both bias and an attempt to elicit emotional response from
the readers which could be translated into increased sales circulation.
Big Jenin Lie (05/08/02)
By Richard Starr in The Weekly Standard
Precisely a month ago, on April 8, the Palestinian news agency Wafa
was reporting that Israel had committed the massacre of the 21st
century in the Palestinian refugee camp in Jenin. Medical
sources informed Wafa of hundreds of martyrs. This was
a lie, concocted not only for local consumption to keep the Palestinian
people whipped up in a patriotic, Israel-hating frenzy but mostly
for export to the West.
brutal Afghan winter hits Jenin: Announcing the first British Press Award
For Total Fantasy (05/06/02)
By Mark Steyn in The National Post
Nonetheless, in recognition of my London friends spectacularly
inept record since Sept. 11, I am proud to announce the inauguration of
the British Press Award For Total Fantasy. Journalists can enter as many
of their reports as they wish. Cant decide whether that story based
on a Hamas press release is more risible than that dispatch based on the
Radio Taliban lunchtime news? Hey, send us both! Winners will receive
a grand prize of five thousand pounds!!!! However, in keeping with
traditional Fleet Street standards of numerical accuracy, when the cheque
eventually shows up a month later itll be for £8.47.
When journalists fall for fake news (n.d.)
At Society of Professional Journalists by Chris Berdik
Media hoaxes are nothing new. Both Ben Franklin and Edgar Allen
Poe wrote satirical yarns and passed them off as news articles. And in
the 19th century, frontier newspapers were filled with tall tales of murder
and mayhem. It seems that as long as theres been mass media in America,
theres been somebody around to monkey with it. Yet there is something
new, as it turns out. In recent years, the publics confidence in
and regard for news media has plummeted.
Christopher Hitchens on George Orwell in Weekly Literary
Supplement of LA Weekly
Orwell was an early and consistent foe of European imperialism and
foresaw the end of colonial rule. He was one of the first to volunteer
to bear arms against fascism and Nazism in Spain. And, while soldiering
in Catalonia, he saw through the biggest and most seductive lie of them
all the false promise of a radiant future offered by the intellectual
underlings of Stalinism.
Dinosaurs Are Taking Over (05/13/02)
Jane Black interviews Lawrence Lessig at Business Week
Who should control the Internet? If Stanford University law professor
Lawrence Lessig is right, the Internet will soon belong to Hollywood studios,
record labels, and cable operators corporate giants that he says
are trying to cordon off chunks of the once-open data network.... Lessig
argues that imminent changes to Internet architecture plus court decisions
that restrict the use of intellectual property will co-opt the Net on
behalf of Establishment players and stifle innovation.
Cheers for Colonialism (05/10/02)
By Dinesh DSouza in The Chronicle Review
There is nothing uniquely Western about colonialism.... The West
did not become rich and powerful through colonial oppression.... The reason
the West became so affluent and dominant in the modern era is that it
invented three institutions: science, democracy, and capitalism. All those
institutions are based on universal impulses and aspirations, but those
aspirations were given a unique expression in Western civilization....
The descendants of colonialism are better off than they would be if colonialism
had never happened.
SAT Comes Full Circle: Proposed changes in the Big Test guarantee more
racial special-pleading. (05/06/02)
By Heather Mac Donald in City Journal
Racial quota pushers are laying a big trap. For years, they have
argued that the college admissions aptitude test, the SAT, discriminated
against blacks and Hispanics.... Despite its faulty arguments, the race
industry easily persuaded colleges virtually to ignore low SAT grades
when evaluating black and Hispanic students. Now, the race industry is
about to claim its biggest victory of all dismantling the SAT entirely.
the Catholic Church, Public Education and the U.S. Navy (05/01/02)
By Diane Alden at NewsMax
If the leadership in all the institutions dont get a grip,
speak up and out, defend Western civilization and traditional beliefs,
the scandals of the Catholic Church will pale in comparison to the horrors
inflicted by the facilitators and change agents
of the despotic left. Our war on terrorism should include a war on the
ideas and the people who promote moral relativism and the use of trends
like diversity and sensitivity training to produce the new statist man.
can survive despite liberal bias (05/05/02)
By Debra J. Saunders in The San Francisco Chronicle
Of course the news media are liberal.... Better to get the facts
with a little bias than no facts at all.... Besides, most reporters
not columnists, who are paid to be opinionated try to keep their
ideology under wraps. Most also strive for balance within a story. Its
in the story ideas, however, that the bias really shows.
Sought a Treaty; Now They Fault It (05/07/02)
In The New York Times by Andrew C. Revkin
A treaty enacted nine years ago to conserve and exploit the diversity
of species on earth is seriously impeding biologists efforts to
catalog and comprehend that same natural bounty, many scientists say....
As a result, biologists say, in many tropical regions it is easier to
cut a forest than to study it.
and Rise of Christianity (05/04/02)
In The Wichita Eagle by Kristin E. Holmes
When scholars talk about the death of Christianity and the rise
of the secular state, Penn State University professor Philip Jenkins just
remembers the south. Not south as in Georgia or Mississippi, but south
as in sections of Latin America, Africa and Asia. There, Christianity
is not only alive but thriving. Christianity is not in free fall,
said Jenkins, a professor of history and religious studies at Penn State.
Its booming and growing very fast in absolute and relative
Hard Look at Jenin (05/07/02)
By Richard Hart Sinnreich in The Washington Post
But before Americans, assaulted by dramatic pictures of Jenin refugee
camps rubble-strewn streets and shattered buildings, draw hasty
conclusions about the Israeli Armys recent operations, we had better
face up to an uncomfortable reality: In an urbanizing world in which enemies
actuated by ideological or religious fervor feel no obligation to conform
to Western norms of military behavior, scenes such as those in Jenin are
likely to increasingly become the rule in war rather than the exception.
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