Friday, November 17, 2017

Janet Napolitano Rebuked by UC Regents-Will Stay on as President

Hat tip Daily Californian and Daily Bruin

One good turn deserves another as the old saying goes. Thus, Janet Napolitano will continue to serve as the president of the University of California in spite of the UC Regents finding that her office improperly interfered with a state audit of the university. Below are the reports this week by the campus newspapers of UC Berkeley and UCLA.

The president’s decision … reflected poor judgment and set in motion a course of conduct that the regents find unacceptable,” Kieffer said at the meeting.
He added, however, that the board maintains confidence in Napolitano and supports her continued leadership.

“I made a serious error in judgement. I apologize for the actions that I have taken that may have detracted from the reputation of this wonderful institution and the great people associated with it,” she said. “I personally apologize to each and every one on this board for what has happened here.

Napolitano's tenure at the University of California has been similar to her tenure at  Homeland Security under President Obama: Chaotic. While incidents of anti-semitism continue on virtually every UC campus with no remedial measures taken, Napolitano has gone overboard in supporting DACA students (Dreamers). UC campuses are now dotted with Dream Centers for the benefit of students who are not legally in the US. Meanwhile, UC is building a center for the study of free speech in Washington DC of all places. Safe to say, a lot of money is being wasted within the university system.

Ex Chancellor Returns to Berkeley as Professor

Hat tip Daily Californian

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Nicholas Dirks as UCB chancellor

Nicholas Dirks, the feckless former chancellor of UC Berkeley, is returning as a history professor. His topic? The history of the university. (Not clear if it is the history of UCB or universities in general). As the Daily Californian points out not all of those people in the department are thrilled, but they won't speak out publicly. (I thought UC Berkeley was the capital of free speech.)

It is also not clear if Dirks will get his custom-made escape hatch built into his classroom in the event of unruly students or protesters. That's what he had in his office when he was chancellor.

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"That was a close one."

Hillary Clinton Still Playing the Blame Game

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"-Lights. Camera. Action."

-"Your audience is waiting, Madame President."

- "It was the Russians. Yes. It was the Russians. 
But I know what I'll do. I'll write another book."

Hillary Clinton is still, out there pimping her latest book and blaming the Russians and everybody else for her loss. In her latest interview with Mother Jones (the blog not the real person, of whom there must be tens of millions), Hillary once again laid blame on the Russians. She also blamed voter intimidation, which means she is lamenting the loss of all those crucial votes from illegal aliens and dead people.

Aside from being crooked, corrupt and dishonest, Hillary Clinton is also a very sick and demented woman. She has no idea just how badly she comes across as a sore loser. It's a wonder that anyone still wants to interview her and listen to the same sad story. I guess they figure if Hillary thinks up someone else to blame for her loss, they'll get a scoop.

As it is, Clinton is staring to remind me of Norma Desmond in the old movie, Sunset Blvd.

Stop the Presses! NYT Op-Ed Says Franken Should Resign

Michelle Goldberg, who describes herself as a feminist Jacobin, has a "shocking" op-ed in the New York Times that says Al Franken (D-MN) should resign from the US Senate in the wake of his groping scandal.

One wonders what must be on the front page of the Times today- perhaps the news that the Titanic has arrived in New York Harbor? Perhaps, the sports page is reporting that Yankees are moving to Tulsa. Of course, the lady hastily adds that a woman should be appointed in Franken's place. Hillary Clinton, perhaps? All she has to do is move to Minnesota.

At least Goldberg is miles ahead of MSNBC's Kasie Hunt, who reported on air yesterday (twice) that Franken's  transgression was a "mock groping".

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"Mock groping"

If that is a mock groping, what do you call Charles Manson, a mock killer?

You have to hand it to these liberals. They can be funnier than...well, Al Franken.

One Fine Friday in France

Hat tip Vlad Tepes and Don Martin

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On the streets of Clichy a Paris suburb, the French are striking back at the takeover of their streets for Muslim prayers. This happened on November 10.

I figure it won't be long before some French liberal proposes a merger of the Marseillaise and "Allahu Akhbar".

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Senatorial Problems: Roy Moore and Al Franken

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The news is buzzing today (even at CNN) over the charges of sexual abuse by Minnesota Senator Al Franken (D). A female radio host is charging that a decade ago, while Franken was still a comedian, he kissed her in an welcome fashion while supposedly preparing for a comedy skit. The woman, Leeann Tweeden, also charges that Franken groped her breasts while she was sleeping during a USO tour. Her claims are strongly corroborated by a photo of the latter incident in which Franken is smiling at the camera and posing while clutching the woman's breasts. He has now apologized.

In addition, the controversy over Roy Moore, Republican candidate for the Alabama race to replace Jeff Sessions as that state's senator, continues to grow as more people come forth. Moore allegedly pursued teenage girls while in their 30s. He denies the accusations.

It goes without saying that there are political ramifications in both cases. The pressure is growing on Moore to step aside, and that includes from Republicans in Congress. There is the possibility that if he is elected, he might be expelled from the Senate after being sworn in. That would require a two-thirds vote. Franken now faces hearings by the Senate Ethics Committee, with which he has promised to cooperate.

Can we look at these two cases objectively and without regard to political affiliation? Hopefully. In my view, the charges against Moore are not corroborated or proven. It is the sheer weight of people coming forward that bothers me. Yes, the timing is curious due to the coming election. Moore has been a liberal target for a long time due to his controversial history as a judge including on the Alabama State Court. In addition to the women, there are the statements from former security officials at a Gadsden shopping mall to the effect that they were on the lookout for the then 30-something prosecutor Moore who was suspected of frequenting the mall and seeking out teenage girls. Even Sean Hannity, after interviewing Moore about the charges, was so uncomfortable with his responses that he challenged Moore this week to fully clear himself with an implied threat that he was ready to drop any support he might have had.

On the other hand, it has been rightfully pointed out by Moore's defenders that we don't want to create a system whereby any would-be public official is disqualified merely on sexual harassment/assault/abuse accusations. Not all charges turn out to be factual.

With Franken at this point, we are talking about one woman and acts that occurred before Franken became senator, but there doesn't seem to be much doubt that the charges are true. When you have a photo and an apology, I say, "Guilty". As to the forced kissing issue, in which Franken reportedly forced his tongue into her mouth, Tweeden said that she was disgusted and went to the bathroom to rinse her mouth out referring to Franken as "fish lips".

So what kind of a circus will we have in the Senate-especially if Moore is elected? I expect a full court press to kick Moore right out of the Senate. By that time, the charges against him hopefully will be further clarified one way or another.

Will the timid Republicans go after Franken in a similar manner, and if so, how much support will they get from the Democrats? Sexual harassment is in the forefront now with the Hollywood mess on front page. Will the Democrats be as indignant as the Republicans or stand by their party colleague? Either way, we headed for another interesting mess in Congress.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

UCLA Basketball Embarrassment

Legendary UCLA  basketball coach John Wooden must be turning in his grave. Today, three UCLA basketball players who had been charged with shoplifting by Chinese police in Hangzhou, China sat before a press conference in Westwood and read prepared statements expressing remorse for what they had done and accepting their indefinite suspensions. The three players, LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, should consider themselves very lucky.

It appears that President Trump and the State Department did all they could to secure the players' release. As it is, the charges have been dismissed. One can only wonder how the Chinese would have treated three Chinese citizens charged with a similar crime-or even three normal American tourists. (The three young men were with the UCLA basketball team, which was playing in China.)

Theoretically speaking, anyone who travels to a foreign country is subject to the laws of that country. The Chinese court and penal systems are generally tougher than the US. The players should have known that when they got on the plane to go over there.  Technically, the Chinese had every right to hold the players, try them, and send them off to jail for whatever their law dictated. The only responsibility of the US Embassy in Beijing had was to provide them with regular visits and ensure that they received the same rights and treatment as Chinese citizens received.


The fact that these were college basketball players participating in sporting events in China played in their favor. One of the players, LiAngelo Ball, is part of the newly-famous Ball family of players and their big mouth father, who was probably being kept locked up and gagged by UCLA lest he shoot off his mouth and anger the Chinese so much they would throw the book at his son.

So here we have President Trump already in Asia at a regional summit together with the Chinese president. The rest is history. Is it right? Is there equal justice for all? Obviously not. The Chinese can lock up their people and execute them all they want, but in a high profile international situation with diplomacy and international scrutiny of their justice system involved, they would prefer to compromise.

But what should UCLA do? The only question now is how long will the indefinite suspension last? 
If say, these players are back in uniform after five games, then the whole thing is a joke. Personally, I would be outraged if they appear in another game this season. They not only forgot the old adage- when you go to another country, you are an  ambassador for your country- they brought disgrace to the UCLA basketball program, once the class of the nation, and they brought disgrace to UCLA as an institution. If I were the chancellor of UCLA, these three guys would be looking for a new university to practice their basketball skills.

But I am not the chancellor of UCLA. That position is occupied by Gene Block, a feckless hack who has seen his university embarrassed time and time again by radical professors and radical students. Over the ten years this site has been in existence, I have written far too many articles about the nonsense occurring on that campus-including anti-semitic harassment of Jewish students, which has been tolerated far too long.

I expect that well before the season is over, these three players will be back on the floor. After all, that's what UCLA is all about.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Disruptors of Academia

Hat tip Times of Israel and Eagle Rising

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UC Irvine, May 10, 2017

* This article first appeared on Eagle Rising, which included a video of an incident referenced in the below piece, specifically, the disruption of a pro-Israel event at UC Irvine. The below videotape of that incident was produced by Reservists on Duty, an organization of Israeli reservist  soldiers who tour US university campuses presenting what life is like for Israeli soldiers trying to protect their country from Palestinian terrorists. I am cross-posting the video at the bottom of this article. It is highly instructive and verifies the thesis of this article. It shows Students for Justice in Palestine disrupting an Israeli event at UC Irvine on May 10, 2017. My own video of the incident, which captures every moment of the disruption within the meeting room can be linked in  paragraph 5 under Msy 10, 2017.

Earlier this month, conservative speaker and pro-Israel activist David Horowitz was disrupted as he was giving a speech at the University of Houston. As usual, his topic was the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, anti-semitism, and the anti-Israel agitation on university campuses. That he was disrupted is not news. He is often disrupted when he speaks at universities. Nor is it news who the disruptors were. It was the brown shirt organization called Students for Justine in Palestine (SJP).

SJP was co-founded by UC Berkeley professor Hatem Bazian, himself a Palestinian and Muslim activist. He also runs something at UCB called the "Islamophobia Research and Documentation Center", an impressive-sounding enterprise that actually occupies a broom closet in  room 638 at Barrows Hall. Bazian has two agendas: First is the advancement of Islam and the silencing of anyone who criticizes Islam as evidenced by the very name of his center at Berkeley. Second is the demonization of Israel.

As part of the latter agenda, Bazian co-founded SJP, which in practice works with various chapters of campus Muslim Student Associations in their never-ending propaganda campaign against Israel. While the MSA chapters have only Muslim members, SJP is open to non-Muslims as well. They get much of their funding from another group co-founded by Bazian, American Muslims for Palestine (AMP).

The tactics of SJP are simple: They not only organize events and speakers dedicated to the condemnation of Israel; they also engage in disruptive actions when pro-Israel events or speakers come to campus. They have no interest in dialogue with those whom they disagree with. Their aim is to shut down any support of Israel on campus. Indeed, when an SJP chapter was formed at State University of New York at Binghamton in 2014, a document surfaced in which they stated explicitly that one of their tactics would be  the "non-violent" disruption of pro-Zionist events. In recent years, SJP has engaged in disruptive behavior on campuses across the country.

As a part-time teacher at UC Irvine from 1998-2016, I personally observed the disruptive tactics of SJP and the Muslim Student Union over the past several years on the UCI campus. (The UC Irvine SJP chapter was formed after the MSU chapter was suspended from UCI for one quarter following their disruption of a speech given at UCI by the Israeli ambassador to the US, Michael Oren, in 2010.) I have personally observed SJP/MSU disrupt the annual I(srael) Fest on campus on two occasions. In May 2016, SJP and other student groups disrupted a pro-Israel Defense Forces film, terrifying the mostly female audience and causing campus police to be called. For that, SJP received a warning letter. Then on May 10, 2017, they disrupted a similar pro-Israel meeting again causing campus police to be called. On that occasion, I was present and videotaped the whole thing. It seems UCI's patience for that sort of thing is unlimited. Now SJP has received a two-year-probationary period.

Of course, SJP and MSA are not the only groups on campus that engage in disruption. Black Lives Matter and their leftist allies (including SJP) also shut down any speech they disagree with. Conservative pundits like Milo Yiannopoulos and Ben Shapiro routinely face hostile crowds that often go beyond being disruptive. When Yiannopoulos was scheduled to speak at Berkeley on February 1, 2017, the result was a full scale riot. People were beaten, fires were set, and windows broken. Incredibly, campus police, held in check by weak administrators, only made one arrest during the melee.

And with the emergence of the leftist, anarchistic Antifa, who have already began linking up with campus radicals, the situation on our campuses promises to get worse.

University campuses are full of young people who have yet to make up their minds on a whole plethora of issues let alone their world view. They are searching for answers. Thus, they might attend several events on both sides of a particular issue. As a conservative, my message to them would be simple: Take note of which side engages in disruption rather than legitimate dialogue. Take note of which side tries to shut down an event and interfere with the right of free speech of others. Take note of which side engages in violence, destruction and intimidation. Then you will have gone a long way in discovering which side is right and which side is wrong.

Perversion of American Studies Association

Hat tip The College Fix

There is a lawsuit underway in Washington DC that alleges that pro-Palestinian activist professors engaged in an effort to take over the American Studies Association in order to promote the boycott, divest and sanctions movement against Israel.

The ASA is an association made up of education professionals engaged in the teaching of American Studies. My question is what do Israel and the Palestinians have to do with American Studies? Maybe some of these teaching "professionals" need to look at a map.

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There is no Israel on this map. There is no Palestine on this map. Even if you throw in Canada,  Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean, you will find no Israel or Palestine. I suggest these "professionals" drop out of the ASA and form something called the Palestine Studies Association (if they can find it on a map).

Here we have the same old pro-Palestinian radicals perverting our education system to advance their agenda. I can only hope this lawsuit succeeds.

Wanna Get Away?

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"-Where to, Mr Weinstein?"

- "Belize?"

Monday, November 13, 2017

Phony Imam in Italy

Hat tip Vlad Tepes, La Striscia and Il Giornale

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Imam Sharif Lorenzini

Imam Sharif Lorenzini (at least that's what he calls himself) is an imam in the Italian coastal city of Bari (Puglia). Rajae Bezzaz, a reporter for La Striscia, has confronted the imam with his birth certificate, which indicates that he told a number of lies when he entered Italy as pertains to his identity. He lied about his nationality, claiming to be Iraqi when he is actually Egyptian. He also claimed to be a minor when he was already an adult.

When confronted by Bezzaz on camera with his falsehoods, "Lorenzini" was evasive and on one occasion called the police to get rid of the reporter. The Italian newspaper, Il Giornale, has picked up on the story. The below article is translated by Yours Truly.

The Lying Imam Mocks the State But Not La Striscia
by Magdi Christiano Allam

I congratulate Rajae Bezzaz, of La Striscia, not only because she confirms the uselessness of the Order of Journalists, but because she has managed to put the lie to  the so-called "Bari imam" Sharif Lorenzini.

Having received the original birth certificate, Rajae proved that Sharif lied to the Italian authorities on his arrival in Italy in 1993, declaring false identifying details. He falsified the date of birth, making himself pass as a minor when he was already an adult. He said he was born in Tikrit, Iraq while he was born in Alexandria, Egypt. He presented himself as an Iraqi citizen when he was an Egyptian citizen.

When Rajae showed him his birth certificate and asked him if the names of his parents were correct,  Sharif answered embarrassed, "I must confess that I am ignorant. I must verify, I don't remember well, I lack the dates, I don't even remember the most simple data." But Sharif was contradicted by his younger brother, Mohamed, who has resided in Milan for 16 years, and who Sharif denied being in contact with. " It seems very strange to me because up to a year and a half ago, we associated together."

At the moment, it adds up to crimes of false identity, substituting a (name) and illegal entry. Formally, they are prescribed offenses, but what remains is the substance of the complaint.  Because we find ourselves confronted with a public person who purports to (carry out) a series of religious duties, who has been accredited as a religious authority within the religious institution and the institutions of the State, presenting himself as "imam of Bari, president of the Islamic Community of Italy, and vice president of the Islamic Community of Puglia".

Just as he boasts of a prestigious series  of entrepreneurial duties, president of Halal International Authority, administrative delegate of Sinterivet Srl, a society that works in the sector of innovative systems for the recycling and recovery of glass and solid waste, ex president of the administrative counsel of Ccib, a society which is occupied with international consulting and procurement, he has  occupied roles of responsibility in multi-nationals such as Anas SpA, Proctor and Gamble, American Express, Alegna Marconi. On the academic level, Sharif, who presents himself as "professor" and "engineer", boasts  a laureate of engineering of industrial production obtained from Turin Polytechnic, a laureate obtained from the School of Business of Brighton University, a specialized laureate at the International Business Development and Management. Last year, Sharif was assigned by the state attorney of Bari to reeducate an Albanian boy who had been praising ISIS, imparting to him  a course in Islamic religion.  In anticipation now that the state attorney will shed light on the true identity of Sharif, I hope that the Church and the institutions of the state will refrain from engaging in relationships with a dubious person.