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Monday, January 31, 2022

ADL Hires Director for Jewish Outreach Who Hates Jews

By On January 31, 2022
After the Hamas, kidnapping and murder of three Israeli Jewish teens, resulting in Israeli forces aggressively pursuing the Islamic terrorist group over the horrifying atrocity, Tema Smith retweeted and praised an article titled, "There Are No Good Guys In The Gaza-Israel Conflict".

The article, among other things, claimed that, "Hamas — and the Palestinians as a whole — have desperately real and legitimate grievances against Israel."

She also retweeted another piece urging Jews to, “repent for Gaza’s dead.”

“Here’s the thing: Jews *have* to be ok with Palestinians *explaining* why some turn to terrorism,” Tema Smith insisted two years ago.

Now, the ADL has chosen Tema Smith as its Director of Jewish Outreach. As a Jewish activist on Twitter quipped, “Whom do the Jews hire as Director of Outreach to the ADL?”

It’s a valid question since Smith, in her own words, has said of her role, “I educate the Jewish community on race and racism as a speaker and writer.”

Rather than educating anyone about the threat of antisemitism, she tells Jews they’re racists.

The ADL’s idea of “Jewish Outreach” is an identity politics hire who spends her time castigating Jews for opposing critical race theory and intersectionality because of its inherent antisemitism.

In an op-ed for the extremist Forward site, Tema Smith argued that black anti-semitism didn't really exist because "antisemitism in the black community is shown to be the symptom of the structures of racism in the United States". Last year, she attacked Jewish institutions that "platform speakers who call Critical Race Theory and antiracism inherently antisemitic."

Tema’s views on Israel come as no surprise. She was a fellow at the Israel Policy Forum. The IPF was J Street before the Soros group even existed and engages in anti-Israel activism. The self-described, “red diaper baby” refers to Israel’s “occupied West Bank and Gaza”, and repeatedly attacks the Jewish State for defending itself against Islamic terrorism.

The latest ADL outrage comes after a series of horrifying moves by its boss, Jonathan Greenblatt, which include ties to anti-Israel activists and minimizing BDS. But the hiring of Tema Smith outraged so many Jewish activists because it conveyed the ADL’s disdain for the Jewish community. Whom, they wonder, is the ADL reaching out to by hiring Tema?

But the ADL’s new constituency isn’t the Jewish community, it’s the anti-Israel Left.

Six years ago, Greenblatt wrote of BDS activists, “we should acknowledge the earnestness of their motives.”

Five years ago, the ADL touted Rep. Ilhan Omar as “inspiring”.

Four years ago, the ADL came out against security grants for synagogues. That same year,

Jonathan Greenblatt opened an ADL conference with a vocal defense of George Soros, and invited anti-Israel activists to the conference while a panel accused "some in the Jewish community" of labeling "almost all expressions that are deemed 'anti-Israel' as anti-Semitic".

Two years ago, Greenblatt and the ADL stood with Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch against Israel. They cosigned a Black Lives Matter letter alongside anti-Israel hate groups like JVP. This was one of several anti-Israel letters or letters with anti-Israel groups that the ADL had signed on to that year.

Even while the ADL has undermined Israel and the Jewish community, it has waged a war on authentic pro-Israel groups like the Zionist Organization of America and Canary Mission.

The ADL’s embrace of Tema Smith is part of its repudiation of Israel and Jews. Tema Smith isn’t just terrible on Israel, but on even the most obvious and basic forms of antisemitism.

Two years ago, British Jews protested antisemitism by Wiley, a British rapper who claimed that, "there are two sets of people who nobody has really wanted to challenge Jewish and KKK" and ranted, “Why did Hitler hate you? For nothing?”

Tema Smith posted that "the Jewish community's reactions to antisemitism coming from black people is inherently tied to (implictly racist) fears of black violence."

Academy Award nominated screenwriter Lee Kern noted that, "Tema helped antisemites rather than British Jews when she slandered us as the racists for symbolicly leaving twitter for a day in protest of someone who champions Nazi talking points."

Even as synagogues boost their security in the face of antisemitic violence, Tema Smith had contended that "security agencies uphold white supremacy through profiling, etc” and defended claims that “Jews uphold white supremacy.”

Smith cheered the idea that the Muslim murderer of Sarah Halimi, a retired Jewish kindergarten director, who had shouted Allahu Akbar after violently beating her and throwing her out of the window, was the real victim.

On Twitter, Smith endorsed a claim that the "Jewish community press" are out to "maximize outrage and minimize understanding" of the Halimi murder case.

Smith agreed that the "sources on this have been misleading and inflammatory"

The ADL frequently complains abut inappropriate Holocaust analogies, but Smith retweeted an attack on the Holocaust Museum for daring to condemn AOC's comparison of llegal alien detention to the Holocaust.

Tema Smith is a wholly inappropriate choice for any organization that still occasionally claims to be pro-Israel and to be dedicated to fighting antisemitism. But the ADL is actually neither.

The ADL is far more interested in Black Lives Matter and transgender activism than Jews.

Jonathan Greenblatt, the ADL's new boss, a veteran of the Obama administration who many blame for the organization's hostility to Israel and Jews, tweeted, "Mazel tov to @temasmith. Kudos for being honored for your vital voice in the movement to empower & include Jews of Color."

Tema Smith’s leftist politics and her identification as a black woman matter far more to the ADL than her position on any Jewish issues.

The ADL’s hiring of Tema Smith comes after its Never Again Is Now summit last year invited anti-Israel figures who had falsely accused Israel of "ethnic cleansing" and blamed the Jews massacred in the Mumbai terror attack for their alleged attitude which "gives the sense of an elite club for Jews alone, is part of what provoked the terrorists to target them for the attack.”

I titled my coverage of that abomination of a conference, "The ADL Convenes a Summit of Anti-Semites to Fight Anti-Semitism."

Now the ADL has hired a Director of Jewish Outreach who hates Jews.

Daniel Greenfield is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. This article previously appeared at the Center's Front Page Magazine.

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Sunday, January 30, 2022

Equity in Medicine is Racist and Lethal

By On January 30, 2022
February 1st is the Department of Health and Human Services deadline for public comments on bringing "equity" to organ donations. Equity invariably means racial quotas and artificially moving minorities to the head of the line and there’s no reason to expect anything else.

The Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO), which had already been blamed for “organ transplant disparities”, has been constantly touting its own AOPO Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force and promising to implement its recommendations.

Lost in all the noise is the reality that lower rates of organ donations and transplants from minorities are not, as equity advocates insist, evidence of systemic racism, but medical and behavioral differences. For example, “African Americans are half as likely as whites to agree to donate a loved one's organs” and there’s generally a “lower donation rate among racial/ethnic minorities, specifically including Blacks, Hispanics, and Asians”.

Organ donations require a certain degree of altruism and trust toward a larger group whether it’s the family or the country as a whole. Indoctrinating racial minorities with critical race theory myths about systemic racism makes them much less likely to donate organs.

The ultimate victims of lower organ donation rates by black people are… black people.

Instead of addressing this familiar Black Lives Matter cycle in which belief in one’s own victimhood ends up killing the members of the group by deepening social mistrust, equity in organ transplants takes the victimhood as a given. Much as in education, employment, and every other area, equity in organ transplants seeks to rig the game by fiddling with the metrics.

The familiar argument from equity in medicine is that minorities, especially black people, are disadvantaged, and that moving them to the head of the line will remedy the “inequity”.

The pandemic became a testbed for deploying racist equity measures like determining vaccine and medication distribution by race.

Under the CDC and NIH, the National Academies had produced a framework which claimed that "COVID-19 illnesses and deaths are strongly associated with race" due to "systemic racism" and that it was the job of the medical system to reduce these "health inequities".

The FDA's emergency use authorization for sotrovimab, supposedly the most effective monoclonal antibody treatment for the Omicron variant, listed "race" as a risk factor for deciding who gets the drug. Multiple states incorporated race as a treatment factor. After lawsuit threats from Stephen Miller’s America First Legal, Utah and Minnesota have backed down.

New York, whose guidance was the most blatant example of racial discrimination, insists that it will go on discriminating against white patients while retaining its unconstitutional approach.

There’s no way to know whether Gov. Hochul’s, "non-white race or Hispanic/Latino ethnicity should be considered a risk factor, as longstanding systemic health and social inequities have contributed to an increased risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19” guidance will kill as many people as her predecessor’s insistence on putting COVID patients in nursing homes.

Turning risk factors into privilege was always the affirmative action playbook, but unlike employment and educational discrimination, in medicine, it’s bound to get people killed.

The Black Lives Matter riots drove institutions, both private and public, into dramatic policy shifts. In medicine, the shift away from equality and toward equity took place at both the levels of the medical establishment, with the American Medical Association rolling out a massive strategic equity plan, and the regulatory level with government bureaucracies mandating equity.

Equity in medicine means accepting and promoting unqualified doctors and medical personnel on account of their race, but it also means implementing a racial triage that prioritizes minorities for medical treatment. Equity knocks down professional merit at the top and patient need at the bottom, replacing the Hippocratic Oath and basic humanity with the tribalism of racial quotas.

Doctors are being taught that their responsibility is not to the patient as an individual, but to the society, and to some races more than others. And patients are being taught that, like students seeking admission to college or employees looking for a promotion, their race is all that counts.

This horrid fusion of the perpetual rationing of socialized medicine based on the social good and identity politics is little more than state-mandated genocide in which politicians tell doctors who must be allowed to die so that the people whose lives matter more get better survival odds.

Democrats loudly mocked Sarah Palin and denied the existence of death panels, but not even Palin would have predicted death panels that measure the value of life based on race. And yet a decade later, a scenario that would have been ridiculed as a wild conspiracy theory is upon us.

Equity advocates insist that they’re just compensating for inequity with equity, and for systemic discrimination with systemic discrimination. By discriminating against white doctors and patients, they’re artificially working to restore an ideal balance that even they admit will never be reached.

It’s become routine for medical professionals and institutions to declare that “equity” is at the center of everything that they do. And yet what they do is provide worse care for everyone because equity, not medicine or health care, is their aim. Much as equity in education destroyed the educational system and woke corporations are going broke, medicine is being transformed into a politicized practice that is no longer interested in healing patients, only social ills.

Equity leaves doctors unable to treat and help patients as individual people.

The AMA's new Health Equity Guide is not only full of Marxist indoctrination with a paragraph on "class consciousness" as "the recognition by workers of their unity as a social class in opposition to capitalists and to capitalism itself", but denounces the idea that people have a "personal responsibility" to make healthy choices. The Equity Guide urges doctors to "avoid… blaming individuals for their condition" and instead blame capitalism.

This radicalizing and recruiting strategy, the underlying motive for much of the “equity” scam, does nothing to help patients. Instead it makes things worse for them at every level.

Victimhood politicization is just another form of learned helplessness.

Telling groups that already suffer from obesity, diabetes, and other problems that they’re not responsible for their condition, that capitalism and racism are, is just a more elaborate way of killing them. Equity advocates not only don’t care, they profit politically from a worsening situation for minorities so that they have a statistical basis for making things worse for everyone else. The more minorities die, the more they can justify the medical murder of white people.

Daniel Greenfield is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. This article previously appeared at the Center's Front Page Magazine.

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Saturday, January 29, 2022

The Last Days of CNN

By On January 29, 2022
CNN is far behind FOX News and MSNBC in the ratings. It averages around half a million viewers in prime time and it recently hit a 7-year low in the demo.

So it was the perfect time for Chris Wallace to leave FOX News for CNN+.

Some might have thought that Wallace was leaving to fill Chris Cuomo’s slot at CNN. No such luck, though without Cuomo the failing news network’s ratings have crashed to new lows.

But crashing to new lows is the default story at CNN.

CNN Airport, its captive audience operation, shut down earlier this year. And CNN isn’t far behind. CNN+ is the network’s bet that enough people will pay 6 bucks a month to watch it.

CNN's effort to launch CNN+, a paid streaming service, at a time when its core ratings are crashing is confusing observers who wonder why the news network thinks people will pay for CNN when they won't even watch it for free.

CNN President Jeff Zucker billed CNN+ as being for "CNN superfans, news junkies and fans of quality non-fiction programming.”

The existence of CNN superfans is as improbable as Bigfoot and UFOs. No one has ever spotted a CNN superfan in the wild and not even the most exotic zoos have them in stock.

News junkies certainly exist, but they don’t bother with CNN which doesn’t offer news.

All that’s left is the “quality non-fiction programming” which is a euphemism for infotainment, cooking shows, travel shows, and whatever else you can find on PBS, Discovery, and a host of similar cable channels that, unlike CNN, people will actually watch on their own time.

But CNN is short on options. Like the Washington Post and the New York Times, and other media outlets that monetized hatred for Trump, the Biden era was a rude awakening. After killing the golden goose, they’re trying to figure out how to market themselves without him.

Unlike the Post, which is owned by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, and the New York Times, which is a family business, nobody really wants CNN. AT&T, which got CNN as part of a package deal, decided to roll the whole thing into the Warner Brothers Discovery megacompany. With its new motto of, "The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of", there’s no real room for CNN in the company.

The last thing anyone associates with CNN is the stuff that dreams are made of.

CNN+ is a frantic effort to pivot back to Jeff Zucker’s earlier plans to transform the news network into infotainment. And CNN+ is focusing on having Chris Wallace interview and bore assorted personalities, while actors Stanley Tucci and Eva Longoria wander around Italy and Spain.

But that just raises the question of why anyone would pay $5.99 for a mediocre copy of PBS.

The prospect of CNN+ becoming a success is unlikely, but the more likely situation is that it will still cannibalize the news network to become part of an HBO Max streaming bundle. CNN will still be around as a cable news network, but as cord cutters increasingly dump their subscriptions, the news network will disappear leaving the CNN+ brand in the HBO Max empire.

It’s a humiliating end for CNN. And a thoroughly deserved one.

A CNN executive described CNN+ as “the single biggest launch that CNN has had since Ted Turner launched the network in June of 1980." The comparison isn’t accidental. CNN+ is meant to be the next era of CNN, and to eventually replace it when it dies its natural death on cable.

The 24/7 cable news network concept was exciting when it first debuted. By the time that CNN dumbed it down to talking heads yammering at each other, the news part was deader than dead. And while that’s true of much of the media, the selling point of constant cable news was its ability to report live on breaking events. 24/7 narrative is much less exciting than 24/7 news especially in the age of social media when 24/7 narrative is more conveniently packaged.

And more democratic.

If CNN had focused on hard news, it might be in a better position today. Having traded news for narrative, it’s now trading narrative for infotainment. And it says everything about Chris Wallace that he left FOX News not for CNN’s news division, but for its infotainment streaming app where he can appear alongside old episodes of Anthony Bourdain only to have the latter beat him every time.

CNN+ intends to blur the line between news and entertainment, but there’s not much news left. And when people think of entertainment, the last thing that comes to anyone’s mind is CNN.

Having failed at news, CNN will go on to fail at entertainment.

CNN’s decline and fall will eventually be shared by much of the news media which will either become the vanity properties of billionaires, be transformed into non-profits, or abandon even the pretense of providing news coverage. Network news will follow cable news into oblivion. And, unlike CNN, NBC News, ABC News, and CBS News won’t even live on as infotainment.

It’s hard to know whether that’s better or worse.

CNN, like the rest of the media, spent too many years lying to Americans to ever be trusted. And the 20% of the country that shares its views already has too many media outlets competing for its business. The other 80% will hardly even notice that it’s gone. A news network that once had a stranglehold on the American public has lost its authority and even its airport business.

Now it’ll be little more than another app hoping someone will pay 6 bucks for a membership.

Daniel Greenfield is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. This article previously appeared at the Center's Front Page Magazine.

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Thursday, January 27, 2022

Democrats Legalized Crime, Thousands Died

By On January 27, 2022
4,901 more people were murdered last year than in 2019. The 30% increase in murders during the year of Black Lives Matter and criminal justice reform was catastrophic. And it’s not over.

With the early numbers coming in, over a dozen cities broke their murder records in 2021. Cities across California are continuing to show double digit increases. Philly broke past 500 murders and in response Soros DA Larry Krasner, whom many blame for the crime wave, assured tourists that everything was fine and they should feel safe coming to the City of Brotherly Love.

"We don't have a crisis of lawlessness. We don't have a crisis of crime. We don't have a crisis of violence,” Krasner, newly reelected with a mandate to keep giving criminals a pass, insisted.

That was too much for even Philly’s Democrat establishment.

"It takes a certain audacity of ignorance and white privilege to say that right now," former Mayor Michael Nutter blasted Krasner, "I have to wonder what kind of messed up world of white wokeness Krasner is living in to have so little regard for human lives lost, many of them Black and brown, while he advances his own national profile as a progressive district attorney."

"I’d like to ask Krasner: How many more Black and brown people, and others, would have to be gunned down in our streets daily to meet your definition of a 'crisis?'"

Krasner belatedly apologized, after critics, many of them, like Nutter, black, attacked him for gaslighting them, insisting that he had just said “some inarticulate things”. Why did Krasner think he could offer up a crazy lie like that? He had just won his reelection race by 69% to 31%.

The proponents of the leftist pro-crime policies that led to this nightmare keep telling crazy lies.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claimed that, “A lot of these allegations of organized retail theft are not actually panning out.”

White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki falsely argued that the pandemic was the "a root cause" of the crime wave.

The legalization of theft, the elimination of bail, the revolving door arrests and releases of criminals, the mass jailbreak of violent felons and gang members to “protect them” from the pandemic, reduction in sentences, diversion programs, refusals to prosecute certain offenses, police defunding, and the rest of the catalog of criminal justice reform are the real root causes.

In typical leftist fashion, a radical transformation was enacted through a set of policies disguised as reforms based on an even more radical understanding of how society should work. And, much as with critical race theory or wealth redistribution, we’ve been bombarded with pop propaganda, but virtually no discussion of what the underlying ideology behind it believes.

Criminal justice reform was based on the conviction that crime was due to social inequity, that criminals were innocent victims of an uncaring society, that the police were the latest incarnation of slave catchers, that prisons were the new slavery, and that crime prevention was racist.

Pro-crime ideologues argued for legalizing property crimes since property was theft, and for substituting restorative justice therapy sessions for prison sentences for rapists and killers. They called for abolishing police and prisons because once society is transformed, there will be no more crime because the root cause of crime isn’t individual choice, but systemic racism.

This isn’t some fringe idea by a few nuts. It’s what the Squad believes. That’s why Rep. Tlaib introduced a bill that called for freeing all federal prisoners. It’s what key elected officials in cities like New York City, Minneapolis, and Chicago used as their guiding light when advancing the disastrous policies that wrecked their respective cities.

And yet the media has offered virtually no exploration of these beliefs to mainstream audiences.

Instead the media lied about the most basic things like the meaning of “defund the police”, denying that it meant the elimination of police departments, and justifying assorted “abolitionist” measures like opening up prisons as one-time responses to the pandemic. Even now the media continues echoing the false claims of the Democrats that the crime wave is a pandemic crisis.

And that’s a lie.

The crime wave has followed political patterns. That’s why commercial burglaries and gang murders are up while rape is down. Those crimes that Democrats still take seriously, like rape, are not in crisis mode. It’s those crimes that they either don’t take seriously, like property crimes, or those that they enable, like murders by the career criminals they freed, that are booming.

Criminal justice reform is not the first time that radical leftists imposed a dramatic policy program with virtually no public explanation of what it was or how it would work. The few times that media talking heads actually asked Democrat officials, like those in Minneapolis, who would deal with crime if the police were no longer around to respond to calls, the responses were nonsensical.

And yet no media outlet was willing to bottom line the agenda of criminal justice reform by admitting that its proponents did not believe that crime needed to be “fought” to begin with.

"If you are a comfortable white person asking to dismantle the police I invite you to reflect: are you willing to stick with it? Will you be calling in three months to ask about garage break-ins? Are you willing to dismantle white supremacy in all systems, including a new system?" Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender tweeted.

What was this new system? No one was willing to discuss what exactly it entailed.

But the system is plain to see. Watch a video of a thug hauling away trash bags full of stolen merchandise from a CVS. Or more videos of porch pirates brazenly walking away with packages. At the local supermarket, staff have been told not to interfere with shoplifters.

The new system abolishes private property by legalizing theft.

It’s a simple proposition that the media refuses to speak out loud because the vast majority of the public would never go along with it. That’s why statements by criminal justice reform politicians and police defunding slogans can never be followed to their logical conclusion.

The new system abolishes private property and treats gang violence as a social problem to be met with wealth redistribution, community intervention, and other means of bribing the thugs.

The crime wave is not a baffling phenomenon, but exactly what the defunders wanted.

Thousands of people have died as a result of a leftist social experiment. And thousands more will go on dying because it’s a lot easier to destroy public safety than it is to restore it.

And that won’t change until we start telling the truth about what’s really happening.

As horrible as the Soros DAs, AOC, and the tip of the spear for criminal justice reform may be, they couldn’t have done their work without the complicity of mainstream Democrats and Republicans. Under the Obama administration, countless Republicans, local and national, jumped on the bandwagon of criminal justice reform contending that our prisons were too full.

Even now Republicans are arguing that they could do a better job of freeing criminals than the Dems. Just like they could do a better job of carrying out all the other leftist political agendas.

Criminal justice reform was never anything other than a stalking horse for the radical transformation of American society by enabling and legalizing crime. The entire gruesome theater of Black Lives Matter was the front for a radical Marxist project that must be stopped.

Or the killing will continue.

Daniel Greenfield is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. This article previously appeared at the Center's Front Page Magazine.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2022

The $100 Million Latinx Bomb

By On January 26, 2022
"First thing I said was every single Shark, boy and girl, needs to come from the Latinx communities,” Steven Spielberg said. Every single ‘Latinx’ in America may have shown up to see Spielberg’s reworking of West Side Story, but not that many Latinos were interested.

The Comscore rating showed that only 30% of West Side Story's audience was Latino and that they rated it lower and liked it less than white audiences did. While the failed movie musical had plenty of reasons for turning into one of the year’s biggest bombs, its “Latinxface” didn’t help.

The original musical was going to be about Irish and Jewish gangs, and then Mexican gangs in L.A., before finally returning to New York City and a Puerto Rican gang. Jerome Robbins, Leonard Bernstein, and Stephen Sondheim might have known something about New York Jewish immigrants, they knew nothing about Puerto Ricans. And didn’t pretend otherwise.

Latter day hacks like Steven Spielberg, who has spent the last twenty years churning out Oscar bait interspersed with brief failed attempts at going back to popular entertainment, and leftist amanuensis Tony Kushner, tried to pretend that they did through the facile lens of wokeness.

And yet their $100 million bomb shows that they have even less of a clue about Latinos.

West Side Story had a good plan on paper. Latinos make up a quarter of the country’s moviegoing audience. More importantly, like most minorities, they’re far more likely to show up to movie theaters week after week. Why not revive a classic Hollywood movie musical, layer it over with wokeness, and wait for the Latinx moviegoing masses to beat a path to the theater?

For one thing Latinx isn’t just an assault on the Spanish language, it groups people with very different backgrounds into a single category. That may be useful for Democrat voter outreach, but Mexican-Americans in Texas weren’t all that invested in Puerto Rican nationalism in NYC.

The original Jewish boys who made West Side Story understood that audiences would care a lot more about the love story in the latest reworking of Romeo and Juliet than about getting the culture or identity politics right. But wokes always prioritize their politics over the human story.

They can’t tell stories about people because they believe politics is more than people.

As a gay socialist playwright, Kushner failed to make a doomed teenage love story come alive, but he was much more interested in delivering yet another political lecture. Latino moviegoers opted out and bought tickets for the latest Spider Man movie because they, like most moviegoers, wanted entertainment, not identity politics in exchange for their fifteen bucks.

The assumption that minorities are inherently political and that they not only share the politics of obnoxious woke twerps like Kushner, but want to hear about them non-stop is central to the leftist narrative, but as detached from how people actually live as the neologism, Latinx.

Most Latinos don’t want to be Latinx and they don’t want to live in a permanent campus protest.

"We just wanted for this movie to get it right in the way that we wanted every single person who plays a Puerto Rican to be from the Latinx community, and that was a mandate from the get-go," Spielberg said.

Did Latinos actually care that Spielberg’s Maria, unlike Natalie Wood, is half Polish and half Colombian, instead of fully Russian? Did the average Puerto Rican feel more represented by a half-Colombian from Hackensack than they did by the daughter of Russian immigrants?

Outside of woke identity politics, few people care because Twitter isn’t actually real life.

The old Hollywood understood that the stories that mattered were universal ones, but the new woke entertainment industry insists that only particular minority stories matter. Not only does that destroy the signature universalism that made American entertainment a worldwide export, but the lefties who advocate particularism over universalism are horribly bad at implementing it.

Hollywood used to make everyone feel like Americans. Now it makes everyone feel like outsiders. But the market in selling alienation and outrage may not be what it used to be.

After all the complaints about Hollywood movies “othering” minorities, all the wokes have to offer is a new wave of “othering” minorities by depicting them as oppressed victims. When significant portions of a minority group appear to have little interest in being victims, then the Democrats and the Left, including their culture industries, have no idea what to do with them.

The wokes want all of life to be about politics, but what if a key part of their base would rather have a steady paycheck or be swept away with a love story while leaving the politics behind?

The Latinx crisis is both political and cultural. It’s why Democrats struggle with a Latino electorate that appears to swing with current affairs, rather than staying on the plantation. And it’s why Latino audiences don’t seem all that interested in playing their part in the culture war.

Disney’s losses on West Side Story may well be nothing compared to the massive losses that Democrats have begun suffering from Latino voters who are sending an equally clear message.

What Latinos want from their politicians and their movies is not so different from what everyone else wants when they go to vote or out for the weekend. There are real cultural and national differences, but when the wokes deny the possibility of universalism, they spend all their time talking down to Latinos, instead of talking to them. And that’s how Spielberg’s $100 million bet turned into a huge box office bomb and why the 2022 midterm elections are looking grim.

Daniel Greenfield is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. This article previously appeared at the Center's Front Page Magazine.

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Monday, January 24, 2022

Biden Frees Alternate 9/11 Hijacker and Military Base Truck Bomb Plotter

By On January 24, 2022
After Obama’s obsession with freeing as many Islamic terrorists from Gitmo as possible, the ones who remained were the absolute worst of the worst. Now Biden is setting them loose too.

5 Islamic terrorists, Al Qaeda and allies, have been scheduled for release from custody.

They include Osama bin Laden bodyguards and murderous terrorists with blood on their hands.

Zuhail al-Sharabi had been allegedly trained in “how to function in Western cities” and “reading airline timetables” alongside 9/11 hijacker Nawaf al-Hazmi. He also met Khalid al-Mihdhar who, along with Al-Hazmi, was part of the crew that hijacked American Airlines 77 for the attack on the Pentagon.

Al-Sharabi had been part of an expanded version of the September 11 attacks that would have targeted American planes in Southeast Asia; either blowing them up in mid-air or hijacking them to crash into American military bases. That part of the operation was cancelled by Al Qaeda.

As government documents note, “detainee and several other al-Qaida members were designated as suicide operatives in a plot to hijack US air carriers traveling across Southeast Asia” on September 11 and that "he traveled to Southeast Asia as part of the pre-planning for the hijacking plot” where he and his accomplices “gathered information about the security practices and defensive postures for U.S. air carriers".

Al-Sharabi functioned as the “Emir” of an Al Qaeda operation and ran “the al-Nibras guesthouse in Kandahar” where an Al Qaeda figure stayed “during a January 2001 visit to brief Osama bin Laden on the progress of the training for the 11 September 2001 hijackers.”

The report notes that Al-Sharabi had stated that, "the U.S. is going down" and warns that he "maintains his support for extremism and if released would reengage in hostilities".

While the United States had captured a number of the alternate Asia 9/11 hijackers, Obama had already freed three of them, including Dirty Thirty members Mohammed Al Ansi, Abdul Rahman Shalabi, and Abd al Malik Abd al Wahab. Biden is helping out the 4th alternate 9/11 hijacker.

Lee Wolosky, Obama's point man for freeing Jihadists from Gitmo (currently advising Biden on Afghan refugees), recently wrote an editorial falsely claiming that, “our longest war has ended, yet Guantanamo endures” and that "the world seemed to have moved on even more definitively from the era of the war on terror." Democrats may have moved on, but the terrorists haven’t.

Islamic terrorist plots continue to target Americans. While Biden pushes Afghan immigrants and gun control, the second largest mass shooting was carried out in an Orlando nightclub by Omar Mateen, the son of Afghan immigrants, who pledged allegiance to ISIS. Cholo Abdi Abdullah, a Kenyan member of Al-Shabaab, an Al Qaeda ally, will face trial later this year for plotting a 9/11 style attack that included hijacking a plane and crashing it into an American skyscraper.

The war isn’t over, but the Left desperately wants Americans to forget that it’s still going on.

And so Biden is not only releasing the fourth alternate 9/11 Southeast Asia hijacker, but Moath al-Alwi, another Osama bodyguard and member of the Dirty Thirty, whom U.S. documents note, has threatened to kill US personnel" and “made a threat to kill a US debriefer upon his release".

The media however emphasized that he took part in an art project, making sculptures that were displayed at the NYU Law School, which neglected to show off Hitler's watercolors next to them.

Biden is also releasing Mohammed Abdul Malik Bajabu, linked to the terrorist attack on the Paradise Hotel in Africa which killed three Israelis, two of them children, along with ten Kenyans, a missile attack on an Israeli plane, as well as a plot to "attack the Kenyan Anti-Terrorism Headquarters located in Nairobi, and the Mombasa Marathon,with the intent of killing Americans and Israelis”, not to mention, "potential attacks on US and Israeli Embassies".

But, according to his lawyer, Babaju “can quote Mohandas Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King like teenagers quote Taylor Swift.” Gandhi, King, and Swift could not be reached for comment.

Neither could the victims of the Paradise Hotel attack.

Also set to be released is Guled Hassan Duran, a member of Al Qaeda and a Somali Jihadist group whose successor organization turned into the infamous terrorist group Al-Shabaab.

An assessment noted that the reasons for detaining the Jihadist included the belief that he had "personally surveyed Camp Lemonier, headquarters of CJTF-HOA, for a potential truck bomb attack", and had "participated in the planning of bombings, robbing Ethiopian businessmen in Hargeysa, kidnapping Westerners in Somalia. and shooting down an Ethiopian Airlines jet liner."

The report noted that the Somali “may have assisted an al-Qaeda operative in bombing the Whitesands Hotel in Mombasa, Kenya, and the Coral Key Beach Hotel in Malindi, Kenya.”

Also, "Detainee has stated that he would fight until his death for the AIAI cause."

What are the reasons for releasing him beyond a love for terrorism and a hatred for America?

Camp Lemonier housed a joint task force of the United States Africa Command in Djibouti that was set up in response to the 9/11 attacks and hosted thousands of American and allied forces. A year after the United States set up the base, Duran "conducted reconnaissance of Camp Lemonier" and "expressed interest in seeing where the U.S. military was housed".

Initial plans apparently included "hijacking an aircraft and crashing it into Camp Lemonier" in another 9/11 copycat operation or "conducting an attack against off-base US personnel."

The attack plan finally came around a truck bombing similar to those that had been used to attack American military personnel in Lebanon and Saudi Arabia.

The "operatives identified a dark red Isuzu water tank truck that delivered water to Camp Lemonier. Subsequently, in December 2003, they agreed on a plan to target Camp Lemonier with an explosives-laden water truck… Detainee stated that a powerful car bomb would be used to blow up a military compound or hardened structure.”

Had the truck bombing succeeded, the casualties could have been horrifying. The Iran-backed Beirut barracks bombings killed 220 Marines in Lebanon and the Iran-backed Khobar Towers bombing killed 19 Air Force personnel. Fortunately the Djibouti plot was disrupted.

Lee Wolosky, Obama’s point man on releasing the terrorists, accused America of racism for locking up these monsters. “If these detainees had been white and not brown or black, is there any realistic chance the United States… would imprison them without charge for decades?”

Duran’s “special group” had also been tied to the murder of Florence Chepkemei.

Chepkemei was an African aid worker. In Wolosky’s racial terms, a “brown or black” person. She was one of a number of aid workers murdered by the Jihadis, including anti-apartheid activists Richard and Enid Eyeington, who taught Nelson Mandela's children, and Annalena Tonelli

When the Jihadis finally faced justice, they were sentenced to death by an African court, which unlike American courts didn't hold them for decades while they pottered around with art projects, read up on Harry Potter, demanded more varied meals, and flirted with their NYU lawyers.

Their defense consisted of quoting the Koran and arguing that, "we should not be killed for killing infidels."

That is the racist genocidal mindset that the defenders of Al Qaeda terrorists collaborate with.

Duran is the first black site "high value" detainee being let loose on the world by the Democrats.

He won't be the last.

Lee Wolosky, Obama's point man on freeing the terrorists, urges Biden to show "the same resolve and leadership" that he had "demonstrated in extricating the United States from Afghanistan."

Biden is certainly doing that. Even while he abandoned Americans to the Taliban, he’s freeing some of the worst of the worst from Guantanamo Bay. It’s a degree of “resolve and leadership” that the Al Qaeda terrorists he is liberating to kill more innocent people can only applaud.

Is there any Islamic terrorist too monstrous and evil for even Biden to free? It’s still a long way to 2024 and there’s plenty of time for us to find out and for him to free them all.

Daniel Greenfield is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. This article previously appeared at the Center's Front Page Magazine.

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Saturday, January 22, 2022

Democrats Must Refuse to Use the Jim Crow Filibuster

By On January 22, 2022
"Dr. King knew the Jim Crow filibuster was a barrier to progress & justice, and that remains true today," Rep. Ayanna Pressley tweeted. "To honor his legacy and claim our place on the right side of history, we must abolish the filibuster."

If this is true, and we must assume that Pressley believes it to be so, she and all Democrats should immediately commit to refusing to make use of the filibuster under any circumstances.

Otherwise they might be kicked out of the Right Side of History Bar & Grill.

It is shameful that over 50 years after Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated by a supporter of Alabama Democrat Governor George Wallace some Democrats still continue to utilize the filibuster. Now that the Democrats have officially denounced the filibuster as the work of Jim Crow (even though it actually originated with anti-slavery Whigs like Henry Clay attacking pro-slavery Jacksonians), it’s time for them to live up to their standards and reject the filibuster.

“The Jim Crow Filibuster Must Go,” the Center for American Progress hectored. "End the Jim Crow Filibuster Now," MoveOn clamored.

Martin Luther King III demanded that Senator Sinema see to it that "the Jim Crow filibuster does not stand in the way" of Democrat plans for permanent majority rule. Because if there's anything his father stood for, it was the unambiguous right of the majority to rule over the minority.

Obama, as usual, got all of this started when he insisted that, "if all this takes eliminating the filibuster, another Jim Crow relic".

Confusingly, Democrats keep relying on this Jim Crow relic, most recently when they blocked Senator Ted Cruz’s sanctions on Putin’s European pipeline possibly because, to play by their rules, Vladimir has tapes of them with micturating prostitutes in a Moscow hotel room.

It’s unfathomable that at a time when we are courageously toppling the statues of anyone who lived in the 19th century (never mind the 18th century) that Democrats cling to this vestige of Jim Crow in order to protect Russian pipelines, illegal aliens and abortion, and also to stop Senator Tim Scott’s police reform legislation. Truly the Dem filibuster is a relic of Jim Crow.

Democrats, who have called this dreadful issue to our attention, must lead the way.

When they are in the minority (which is likely to happen quite soon) they should make it clear that they will refuse on principle to make use of the filibuster to oppose Republican legislation.

To do otherwise would make them complicit in Jim Crow, systemic racism, and other social justice buzzwords that I am sure they were wholly and entirely sincere about invoking.

The Democrats must make it clear that they will have no part in the Jim Crow filibuster starting today. Even if they can’t abolish it, they must show their moral superiority by refusing to trifle with it. If there’s anything that the civil rights movement teaches us, it’s that the minority must never object to the rule of the majority. And by refusing to employ the Jim Crow filibuster, they will live up to the true legacy of the civil rights movement by abandoning minority rights.

It’s what Martin Luther King Jr. would have wanted. According to them.

Only the most ridiculous racists would believe that there is any value whatsoever in allowing minorities to obstruct the will of the majority and as we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday, we should be mindful of his words in his Letter From a Birmingham Jail, “A just law is a code that a numerical or power majority group compels a minority group to obey”.

Actually, King wrote that, “An unjust law is a code that a numerical or power majority group compels a minority group to obey but does not make binding on itself.” But, much like his “content of character” quote and the filibuster, that’s inconvenient. So we’ll just get rid of it.

The Democrats, as the momentary majority, would like to bind Republicans by the filibuster, without being bound by it. And then once out of power, they would like to revive the filibuster. And then opposition to the filibuster will be the new Jim Crow after the filibuster was the old Jim Crow. That fits King’s definition of an unjust law that a tyranny “does not make binding on itself”.

And if the Democrats want to disprove it, all they have to do is reject the Jim Crow Filibuster.

If the filibuster really is, as Common Dreams, the Sierra Club, the Associated Press, the For the People Project, Robert Reich, the Democracy Initiative, Common Cause, Rep. Pramila Jayapal, and Senator Brian Schatz falsely claim, the "Jim Crow Filibuster", how can Democrats possibly justify continuing to make use of it?

Would Democrats make use of Jim Crow water fountains or buses? How can they use the Jim Crow Filibuster then?

If Senate Democrats won't listen to these idiots and front groups for radical billionaires, won't they listen to Rob Reiner who pleaded with senators to, "get rid of the Jim Crow filibuster, and save Democracy. We’re watching it slip away before our eyes." As an oppressed white California millionaire famous for playing a television buffoon, he knows what he’s talking about.

Democrats must live up to their principles and turn their backs on the Jim Crow Filibuster.

Otherwise people will begin to suspect that they’re pathological liars exploiting the traumas of one of the most difficult eras in our history in order to seize power and make some money.

And that would not be very nice.

From this day forward, if a Democrat makes use of the Jim Crow filibuster, he or she must be forever known as a Jim Crow Democrat. After having given themselves ample warning of its racism, their determination to continue making use of the filibuster can be seen as nothing less than complicity in the systemic racism that has characterized their party since its origins.

This is no laughing matter.

Democrats have shamelessly weaponized racism on both sides of the table. They have shown absolutely no hesitation in hurling the worst possible accusations of racism if there’s something in it for them. And they’ve done it in the most nakedly hypocritical ways possible. The only thing to do is to hold them accountable for their talking points even after they’re no longer convenient.

Or especially if they’re no longer convenient.

Since they’ve decided that it’s the Jim Crow Filibuster, let it be so every time they use it even when they suddenly change their minds and decide that the Jim Crow Filibuster should really be known as the Martin Luther King Filibuster and that employing it is a true tribute to his legacy.

“Words matter,” as Obama said a long time ago before he decided that they didn’t after all.

Daniel Greenfield is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. This article previously appeared at the Center's Front Page Magazine.

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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Wearing a Chanel Face Mask, He Yelled, “Black Lives Matter”, and Threw the Burning Box

By On January 19, 2022
After billions in damages, hundreds wounded, and some killed, including an 8-year-old girl, the Black Lives Matter riots led to virtually no consequences. The co-founders of the racist hate group got Hollywood deals and bought mansions, and BLM groups were flooded with cash.

While cities and states rushed to give the rioters a free pass, a few federal prosecutors worked to bring at least a few of the worst rioters to justice. With no support from the Department of Justice, which under Attorney General Merrick Garland is fully invested in supporting black nationalism, and little local support, they have won serious prison time for two rioters.

It may not be much, but like the Kyle Rittenhouse case every little bit of pushback counts.

In the Buffalo BLM riots, virtually every rioter got a pass from local authorities in upstate New York with 35 out of 57 cases dismissed, 12 adjournments, and only three guilty verdicts.

But Federal prosecutors have scored a win with one rioter getting a five year prison sentence.

Courtland M. Renford became a minor celebrity when he was photographed shirtless and wearing a Chanel luxury brand face mask while doing a black nationalist salute.

Court documents describe him yelling, “with an arm thrust overhead in excitement, ‘Black Lives Matter!,’ just a few feet from the camera. Less than a minute later, he picks up a green laundry basket with flames in it, steps up on a waist-high two-level abutment and on to the frame of the already broken window, and tosses the flaming basket into City Hall.”

The fire was quickly put out, but caused $10,000 in damage. While the media has typically refused to show pictures and videos of BLM rioters, let alone ask the public for help in locating them, an attitude that has made it difficult for law enforcement to track down and arrest rioters, his image appeared on the news. The perp’s friends and neighbors stayed loyal and refused to turn him in, but a local cop who knew him called in and provided his name and address.

New York's "bail reform" would have set him loose, as it has so many other criminals, but then federal authorities stepped in and refused to buy his excuses and give him a slap on the wrist.

A court ruling noted that Renford was a career offender who though, "only 20 years of age" had built up quite a criminal record and had been the "subject of multiple bench warrants while under court supervision" and "committed additional crimes while under court supervision."

Renford claimed that unknown individuals had given him the burning basket and told him to throw it through the window. There's no way to know whether that's true, but it does raise questions about how the BLM riots were organized and who was really behind them.

The City Hall BLM arson attack was his "eighth arrest in a two-year time frame" that included holding up a woman for her cell phone, and he has six orders of protection against him.

His lawyer claimed, as usual, that he had mental problems, and proposed that he be enrolled in anti-violence programs. Renford underwent three psychological evaluations and the process dragged on even though he had already confessed and there was a trail of text messages linking him to the attack. But finally the justice system delivered justice.

Over in Minneapolis, Victor Devon Edwards has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

Edwards had joined a BLM riot based on the false claim that police officers had shot and killed a black man, and then engaged in a long string of of attacks over three hours during which he broke into numerous businesses, including large chain establishments like Target and Saks, as well as smaller businesses, a bar and a coffee shop.

Federal prosecutors noted that, "Edwards bragged about his participation in the rioting and looting." Much of the evidence against Edwards came from Facebook live streaming video and surveillance cameras which captured him, among other things, starting a fire in the Target headquarters that caused almost a million dollars in damage.

Edwards' public defender insisted that "he is not a violent person", but "a sensitive, impressionable young man whose life has been repeatedly derailed by tragedy and trauma.”

Instead of psychological problems, as had been the case for Renford, his lawyer blamed “learning disabilities”, an equally cliched excuse for criminals. The defense attorney did not specify which learning disability prevented Edwards from understanding right and wrong.

But according to her, he was not ”in a positive, healthy place.” Now he will be.

Coffee or Die reported that prosecutors warned that his criminal behavior had escalated, “leading to convictions for criminal sexual conduct, felony theft, driving while intoxicated, and child endangerment.”

Alpha News reported that Edwards had "prior felony convictions in Hennepin County for third-degree criminal sexual conduct and theft, as well as other convictions for child endangerment” but that in “both felony convictions, Edwards was granted a stay of execution or imposition and was placed on probation.”

Being sentenced to 8 years in prison should at least temporarily impose some consequences.

The verdict sends a clear message in Minneapolis, where over 90% of cases against Black Lives Matter rioters were dropped by the Democrat establishment. As the New York Times put it, "prosecutors declined to pursue many of the cases because they concluded that the protesters were exercising their basic civil rights."

Burning, looting, rioting, maiming, and terrorizing entire cities is not a “civil right”.

Black Lives Matter have often been accused of being racial arsonists. Renford and Edwards have been accused of literal arson. The vast majority of BLM arsonists have never been caught or received a slap on the wrist, but these convictions are a sign of hope for our justice system.

This won’t be in the next email about diversity and inclusion that a major corporation dispatches, it won’t show up in Attorney General Merrick Garland’s next speech or on CNN, but it happened. America isn’t dead yet and justice is not impossible: it takes hard work, dedication, and a willingness to take on an unpopular cause and see it through by rigorously following the law.

This is a reminder that there are still good people working to bring the race rioters to justice.

Daniel Greenfield is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. This article previously appeared at the Center's Front Page Magazine.

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Monday, January 17, 2022

Texas Synagogue Terrorist Came Out of UK Islamist No-Go Zone

By On January 17, 2022
As far back as 2013, Pakistani Muslim terrorists had plotted to take "foreign Jews" hostage to trade for ‘Lady Al Qaeda’. In 2022, a Pakistani Muslim terrorist actually went out and did it.

The hostage crisis at Congregation Beth Israel, a Reform Temple in Texas, ended with Faisal Akram of Blackburn, another post-industrial English town where Muslims make up a third of the population and Pakistanis account for over 10 percent, dead, and his Jewish hostages set free.

Back home, the Blackburn Muslim Community page announced that "Faisal Akram has sadly departed from this temporary world" and prayed that Allah "bless him with the highest ranks of Paradise".

The BMC page had previously promoted a “charity” event to raise money for “Palestinians” by the Human Relief Foundation, which had been banned by Israel over its ties to Hamas.

The town has produced no shortage of Jihadists, including the youngest terrorist in the UK, as well as a number of Jihadis who traveled to join ISIS, an associate of shoe bomber Richard Reid, and a terrorist who played a key role in an Al Qaeda plot that targeted New York and D.C.

Blackburn is one of the most segregated towns in the country and has been described as a “no-go zone”. The area that produced the Temple Terrorist has one of the highest Muslim populations outside of London and some claim that flying the English flag has been effectively outlawed.

The setting couldn’t be any better for the media to whitewash the murderous terrorist with the familiar excuses that he was the victim of failed integration in the United Kingdom. His family, in an even more familiar excuse, is claiming that he “was suffering from mental health issues”.

That, along with the claim by FBI Special Agent in Charge Matt DeSarno that the terrorist, "was singularly focused on one issue, and it was not specifically related to the Jewish community", is becoming the very familiar narrative for covering up the latest Muslim terror attack.

But antisemitism, like Islamism, was part of the air that Faisal Akram breathed in Blackburn.

Salim Mulla, Blackburn's former mayor and current Labour councilor, claimed that Israel was behind ISIS and school shootings in America. Last year, four Muslim men from Blackburn took part in a "Palestinian" convoy while shouting, "F*** the Jews... F*** all of them. F*** their mothers, f*** their daughters and show your support for Palestine. Rape their daughters and we have to send a message like that. Please do it for the poor children in Gaza."

Siddiqui aka Lady Al Qaeda, on whose behalf the Texas synagogue attack took place, was married to the nephew of 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and had assorted recipes for mass murder in her possession when she was captured. Despite graduating from Brandeis, a formerly Jewish university, she demanded at her trial that jurors undergo DNA tests to prove that they are not Jewish. And the Aafia Foundation posted bizarre antisemitic rants about the "degree of poisonous venum (sic) within the heart of American mainstream jewry".

The hatred of Jews, like the hatred of all non-Muslims, is a crucial motive for Islamic terrorism.

If Blackburn is a miserable place, the tale of the Akram family may reveal why. The official family statement by the terrorist’s brother, Gulbar Akram, claims that "although my brother was suffering from mental health issues we were confident that he would not harm the hostages" and denied that the FBI had rescued the hostages from being killed by his brother. "Don’t believe the bull#### in the media they were released from the fire exit and Not rescued.”

The Blackburn Community message describes the terrorist as having brothers named "Gulbar", “Malik” and the "Late Gulzameer Akram".

Two brothers named Gulbar Akram and Gulzameer Akram in Blackburn had been locked up over stolen cars. Another time, a Blackburn resident named Gulbar Akram almost had his nose sliced off. A Gulzameer Akram ran a massive counterfeiting operation from a Blackburn home. A Malik Akram was locked up for harassing girls. Were all of them members of the same clan?

The best way to cover up a terrorist attack is to shift the context. And that’s what they’re doing. But it’s important to dig into the true context to understand the true origins of the Texas attack.

In his book, Among the Mosques, ex-Islamist Ed Husain described Blackburn as “another global hub for the Deobandis and the Tableeghi Jamaat” where the mosques pray for the destruction of the enemies of Islam and texts declare that “there can be no reconciliation between Islam and democracy”.

The Deobandis, who control many of the mosques in Blackburn, originated the Taliban.

Aafia Siddiqui, better known as 'Lady Al Qaeda', is a Deobandi, the terrorist on whose behalf Faisal Akram took a synagogue hostage, and a popular cause with Pakistanis. A few years ago the Pakistani Senate had even named the Islamic terrorist, the “Daughter of the Nation”.

Indian Mujahideen co-founder Riyaz Bhatkal had plotted to take Jews hostage a decade ago in order to force 'Lady Al Qaeda's release. British Muslim “charities” were a major source of funding to the Jihadist group as they are for many Pakistani Jihadist enterprises.

While much has been made of the advocacy on behalf of Siddiqui by CAIR and other Islamist colonists in America, top Muslim politicians in the UK also vocally demanded her release, including Lord Nazir Ahmed and Lord Altaf Sheikh.

When Husain visited Blackburn, he warned that, "it is clear that a caliphist subculture thrives here, a separate world from the rest of British society.”

Tableeghi Jamaat, whose mosques are known as "breeding grounds" for Jihad, is closely intertwined with Pakistani Islamism and vectored Islamic terrorism. Quite a number have joined Al Qaeda. It is no coincidence that so many Islamic terrorists have come out of Blackburn.

Nor is it a coincidence that the latest Islamic terrorist attack on America originated there.

Faisal Akram traveled to Texas, where ‘Lady Al Qaeda’ sleeps at the Federal Medical Center, Carswell in Fort Worth. He was one of many Muslim pilgrims seeking to extricate her. Just last fall, the Dallas-Forth Worth CAIR and the Pakistani terror regime claimed that Aafia Siddiqui had been assaulted in U.S. custody in the latest effort of many on behalf of ‘Lady Al Qaeda’.

Faisal’s target, a progressive Reform Temple which happened to carry the traditional name of Congregation Beth Israel despite its social justice activist clergyman’s hostility to Israel, was ideally selected to fit Muslim antisemitic obsessions with both Israel and Jews.

The antisemitic rants, the hostage crisis, and the rapid cover-up are all regular features of life for Jews in Europe. Changing demographics are making them a new reality for American Jews.

Any American city or town can become the new Blackburn. That’s the harsh lesson here.

Pakistani antisemitism and obscure Jihadist movements are not local issues, they are global threats. The poison nurtured in a declining British post-industrial town blew up in Texas. We are all interconnected, and that interconnectedness has made the Jihad into a global enterprise. Ideas, tactics, and organizations that once took centuries to colonize the world can travel around it at the speed of the internet and a terror plot can happen at the speed of a jet plane.

We can either police our borders, control our immigration, and build walls around our nations, or we must be resigned to being hunted, stalked, and killed anywhere and at any given moment.

In Blackburn, Muslims anticipate the Texas Jihadist ascending to the “highest ranks of Paradise" where he will enjoy the company of 72 virgins. More Muslims from Blackburn, marinating in the same hatred for America, for Jews, and for anyone unlike them, will follow in his footsteps.

Daniel Greenfield is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. This article previously appeared at the Center's Front Page Magazine.

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Saturday, January 15, 2022

Black Panther Defense Minister Leaves Congress to Spend More Time With His Hate Group

By On January 15, 2022
After the last of the old Senate Democrat Klansmen rode off into the sunset, it’s the turn of the longest serving former official of a racist hate group to throw his own retirement party.

Rep. Bobby Rush, the former Deputy Minister of Defense for the Black Panthers, announced that he’s joining his fellow Democrats fleeing the sinking ship ahead of the midterms, not for political reasons mind you, but in order to spend more time with his grandchildren.

"I don’t want to be a historical figure to my grandchildren," Rush said. That stands to reason considering his history.

Rush was recruited by Stokely Carmichael, a deranged bigot who would later describe Adolf Hitler as “the greatest white man”, to form a Black Panther chapter in Chicago.

"We plan to arm the total black community so when the pigs come down on us, we will be equal," Rush once bragged. "We advocate offensive violence against the power structure... we are at war and the Minister of Defense must be in charge."

As a House Democrat, Rush, suffering from criminal hypocrisy and a broken mirror, falsely claimed during the BLM riots that President Trump “wants to instigate a race war”.

A month after two police officers were murdered, the cops finally raided a Black Panther apartment where Fred Hampton, the chairman of the Chicago chapter, was holed up. This time around, the Panthers got the worst of the exchange. Rush, who had been there hours earlier, emerged at Jesse Jackson’s service, claiming that he had been marked for death by the cops.

“If I was out on the street, they would have shot me down," he claimed.

(Unlike Hampton, who was the subject of a recent Hollywood hagiography, Judas and the Black Messiah, the two murdered officers, Patrolman Frank Gershon Rappaport and Patrolman John Gilhooly, one Jewish and one Irish, have not been lionized by Warner Bros and the Oscars.)

Rush went into politics, but never left behind his affinity for his racist hate group.

In 2019, Rush hosted a special on the "legacy of Fred Hampton" featuring a propaganda poster of Malcolm X next to Mao, and claims that the Black Panther was “murdered”. In 2021, he appeared at a black nationalist conspiracist forum that included a Black Panther who had admitted to pouring boiling water on a teenager who was being tortured and then murdered.

"I have a lot of fun ribbing other elected officials now and other members of the Central Committee because they all came up through the Young Democrats," Rush told an interviewer. "My training was in the, was in the, was in the Black Panther party. And we've been regular democrats for a while now. So I figure my training was probably a little bit better than theirs."

Say what you will about the Young Democrats, but they don’t train members to pour boiling water on people whom they suspect of being insufficiently loyal to the socialist cause. Yet.

The Mao portrait is no accident.

When Rush visited Cuba, he called his meeting with Castro, “like listening to an old friend.”

“In my household I told Castro he is known as the ultimate survivor,” he said.

Retiring from the House after three decades of blight and misery in the black community he claimed to represent even as he managed to pay his wife $550K for, among other things, consulting services, not to mention his brother, sister, and son, Rush is a mini-Castro.

Like his old Communist friend, Rush is the ultimate survivor and a revolutionary hypocrite.

“The Chicago Fraternal Order of Police is the most rabid, racist body of criminal lawlessness by police in the land. It stands shoulder to shoulder with the Ku Klux Klan then, and the Ku Klux Klan now," Rush ranted during the BLM riots.

That same month, the former Black Panther official, complained that Chicago cops, the men he called the modern KKK, sat eating popcorn in his office instead of stopping Black Lives Matter rioters from looting his office.

“One was asleep on my couch in my campaign office,” Rush whined at a press conference.

Worse still, “they even had the unmitigated gall to go and make coffee for themselves and to pop popcorn, my popcorn, in my microwave while looters were tearing apart businesses within sight and within their reach.”

And most horrifying of all, the popcorn they were eating was almost certainly white.

It’s tragic when the KKK won't lift a finger to stop racist thugs who view his Black Panthers as role models from looting their former Deputy Defense Minister's office. Where’s the respect?

Rep. Rush had schizophrenically pivoted from claiming that police efforts to stop the BLM riot in D.C., “reminded me of 1968, when the police were as responsible for the rioting,” to complaining that the police were eating popcorn instead of cracking BLM heads outside his offices.

But the former Black Panther leader has never let consistency get him down.

As a Deputy Minister of Defense, he was busted on gun charges. He named his son Huey, after the Black Panther leader, Huey P. Newton, only to see his son follow in Newton’s footsteps by getting shot and killed during an argument over drugs.

And then Rep. Rush began campaigning for gun control. He might have done better to give his son a different role model. Or perhaps dissuade him from going down the path that led him to becoming the target of a druglord named “Ball” who wanted $110,000 in cocaine from Huey.

Huey P. Newton, the original Huey and Minister of Defense for the Panthers, was shot and killed by a member of the Black Guerrilla Family during an argument over a cocaine deal.

The former Deputy Minister of Defense who had advocated, “we need to arm ourselves”, and had served time on gun charges, blamed not his son or his decision to use the Black Panther thug as a role model for him, or even drugs, but the firearms that were used in the argument.

“Ultimately, I would like to see the manufacture and possession of handguns banned,” Rush declared.

As a radical revolutionary, Rush wanted guns to fight the power structure, but as a member of the political power structure, his interests lie with disarming the public.

If Rush can’t manage to dynastically hand over his seat to his son Flynn Rush, a failed candidate who was paid by his father’s campaign, he’ll at least be able to spend more time doing interviews about the glory days in a violent hate group. Back then reporters would line up at Bobby Lee’s press conferences as the bespectacled nerd held forth surrounded by thugs.

The Black Panther minister may be leaving, but his rise is a measure of just how much the Democrat party that made him its elder statesman has become an extremist hate group.

Daniel Greenfield is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. This article previously appeared at the Center's Front Page Magazine.

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Thursday, January 13, 2022

The Washington Post Accused Conservatives of Russian Disinformation, Its Boss Was Spreading Chinese Disinformation

By On January 13, 2022
If there’s one newspaper that could have had “disinformation” copyrighted and then collected royalties from every Russian conspiracy theory, it was the Washington Post.

The Washington Post gained power and influence and its circulation and its profits grew as the paper spread lies, smears, and conspiracy theories that pandered to the prejudices and coup impulses of an angry base of D.C. Democrat government bureaucrats, politicians, lobbyists, and contractors who fancied themselves to be the “resistance” to the 2016 election.

The Post's opinion section filled up with headlines like, "The Republicans have become the party of Russia", but its news desk was no better with a false claim, later retracted, that Giuliani had been warned by the FBI that he was the target of a “Russian influence operation”.

Day after day, the paper built a case that Republicans were a “threat to democracy” by “spreading Russian disinformation”, and urgently needed to be deplatformed and censored.

Max Boot, a Washington Post columnist, cheered Big Tech's censorship of a New York Post story about Hunter Biden while insisting that it was "Russian disinformation".

"Sorry, Republicans. Social media companies aren’t obligated to spread your lies," he gloated.

We now know that there was no Russian disinformation, but that the Washington Post’s Big Tech boss was actually the one profiting from spreading Chinese disinformation to Americans.

The Washington Post had been purchased by Jeff Bezos while Amazon’s federal contracts and lobbying expenditures began to grow. One of Amazon's biggest federal paydays was a $600 million cloud contract with the CIA. Then the Big Tech giant set its sights on a $10 billion military cloud contract known as JEDI. After the Trump administration noted favoritism toward Amazon, the contract was instead awarded to Microsoft, leading to an Amazon sore loser lawsuit. JEDI was then canceled and Amazon got a profitable piece of a new JWCC military cloud contract.

Meanwhile, Amazon was deep in bed with Communist China. Amazon’s marketplace is dominated by third party sellers and most of those third party sellers are based in China.

But a recently leaked internal Amazon document also revealed that the Big Tech giant was trading the Communist regime access to Americans in exchange for doing business in China.

While Amazon wanted the right to sell books to the Chinese, the Communist regime wanted to be able to push its propaganda through Chinabooks on the Amazon platform.

Jay Carney, formerly Obama's press secretary, now heading up Amazon's lobbying operation, was told before he flew out to Beijing that the key to persuading the Communist regime to allow Amazon to continue doing business was "the Chinabooks project.”

The China Books project is outwardly just another storefront, albeit stocked with books on Xi. The design may be crude but the agenda shows up at the beginning with a menu that highlights "Governance of China" and "Books on China's Battle Against the Pandemic". While the former category largely features Xi, the country’s Communist dictator, the latter is where the action is.

The various texts, political, personal, and even books on the pandemic for children, highlight the efforts of the Communist party and treat the battle against the virus as a vindication of the party.

The books often come through the Foreign Languages Press, an arm of the Chinese Communist Party that is used to spread disinformation and propaganda around the world. FLP is an imitation of the Soviet Union's Foreign Languages Publishing House. While the Soviet Union had shut down and freshened up its FLPH propaganda operation in the sixties, China, which copied it in the fifties, has kept FLP going with few changes to the operation.

Amazon sells a lot of books, but with the Chinabooks project it had partnered with an enemy nation’s propaganda campaign in order to be able to do business with the Communists.

And much of that propaganda campaign was aimed at Americans.

Even while Amazon’s CEO was partnering his company with China’s state propaganda arm, his newspaper was accusing Republicans of being in bed with Russia. The Washington Post’s smear campaign was true, not of Republicans, but of its owner and his Big Tech monopoly.

Even as Amazon swallows up American retail, it’s become little more than a front for China. Its products come from China, but so do the third party sellers who dominate its platform.

And yet Amazon also wields enormous influence over American policy and politics.

Despite its close relationship to Communist China and other enemies, Amazon controls the CIA’s cloud and will have a chunk of the military cloud. Some of our most sensitive information is in the hands of a corporation that doesn’t think twice about collaborating with our enemies.

Amazon did not hesitate to give China’s Communist party the key to spreading their disinformation to American audiences. What other digital doors might it help China open?

Beyond the sensitive role that Amazon plays in our military and intelligence apparatus is the political role that it enjoys courtesy of its chairman’s ownership of the Washington Post.

The Post sets the policy agenda for the Democrats and columnists like Jennifer Rubin function as mouthpieces for the Biden administration. The partnership has been extremely profitable for the paper as lefty audiences ate up its Russiagate disinformation campaign, sending subscription rates sky high and making its articles trend on Big Tech social media platforms.

Qatar’s biggest foreign influence operation, involving the death of Jamal Khashoggi, a Qatari terror operative embedded as a columnist in the Washington Post, was enormously successful and quickly became part of the Democrat foreign policy agenda. The transformation of an old friend of Osama bin Laden into a political martyr would not have been possible without the unquestioning acceptance that the Post’s disinformation campaigns have achieved among the Democrats and even among some less sensible Republicans.

Even after stepping down as CEO to become Amazon's executive chairman, Jeff Bezos still commands $180 billion worth of Amazon stock. The intertwining of the key media outlet of D.C. Democrats and one of the most powerful Big Tech monopolies in the country still remains.

So does the disinformation threat posed by the combination of Amazon and the Post.

Leftists most often accuse their enemies of their own sins. While the Washington Post colluded to censor its conservative political opponents to protect Biden’s electoral chances, Amazon stood to profit from Biden’s win, renewed relations with China, and a military cloud deal.

And while the Post claimed that Republicans were spreading Russian disinformation, it was actually the money behind its machine that was spreading Chinese disinformation.

The paper manufactured a threat by Republicans to cover up the threat that it poses to America.

As long as China calls the shots at Amazon, and the Big Tech monopoly and its paper call the shots in our retail sector and our nation’s capital, America remains in the grip of China.

Daniel Greenfield is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. This article previously appeared at the Center's Front Page Magazine.

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