Saturday, July 4, 2015

The Clinton-Blumenthal Connection: What the Media Is Missing

Gary Fouse

This article first appeared on Eagle Rising.

The emergence of e-mails between ex-Clinton administration hatchet man Sidney Blumenthal and Hillary Clinton on her private e-mail server during her tenure as secretary of state is troubling for a variety of reasons. While the media is focusing on the appropriateness (or lack thereof) of Ms. Clinton receiving e-mails on a private server from Blumenthal on the topic of Libya, they are missing another critical point. That is Sidney Blumenhal's son, Max Blumenthal.

Max Blumenthal is a journalist by trade, but in recent years has pretty much discredited himself with his fanatical obsession and activism against the state of Israel. These days, he pretty much makes his living writing and speaking about the "evils" of Israel vis-a-vis the Palestinians, whose cause he supports. Max is also a supporter of the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, which has gained particular traction on college campuses.

To give an example of just how unhinged this character is, he made a spectacle of himself in Berlin last year when he went on a rampage through the Parliament (Reichstag) building over the fact that a speaking appearance of his was cancelled.

Here is the point that the media seems to be missing: If it is troubling for Ms. Clinton to be getting and passing on e-mails from Sidney Blumenthal providing information about Libya from a friend of his with business interests in that country during a tumultuous point in time, could it be that Sidney was also passing on tidbits about our ally Israel from his son Max-a fanatical enemy of that country?  

Is that not a matter of concern? Shouldn't somebody in the media or Congress be asking Ms Clinton or Sidney Blumenthal about that?

Friday, July 3, 2015

In San Francisco, the Chickens Come Home to Roost-Once Again

Gary Fouse

Out here in California, San Francisco and Los Angeles both pride themselves as "sanctuary cities". That means they practically welcome illegal aliens, More specifically, they don't cooperate with ICE when it comes to the illegal aliens that go through their respective justice systems. That means that illegal alien who get arrested for crimes often go through the local justice system and when they are released from jail, ICE isn't notified.

This was brought home with great force in recent years when a high school football star, Jamiel Shaw, was shot down and killed on a sidewalk near his home by an illegal alien gang member who had just been released from jail with no notice to ICE.

The same year (2008) , another illegal alien gang member (MS 13) just out of jail in San Francisco shot and killed a man and his two sons in a road rage incident.

You would think these cities would learn, but they don't. Now we have another innocent person shot to death in San Francisco by an illegal alien who, in this case, has been deported five times.

I don't know the details about this latest killer's (Francisco Sanchez) 5 deportations, but the last one was in 2009, and he was recently released from jail even though ICE had requested he be turned over to them. A federal hold means that the locals don't simply release prisoners on the street, but turn them over to the feds when they are finished with them. To be fair, the locals don't want to hold prisoners any longer than their local charges warrant for fear of lawsuits, so it behooves the feds to be there on time when the person is released.

Here is the trick: ICE literally has to determine on their own when a person is going to be released and be there at the jail to grab them as they leave. The way the system should work is that ICE places a hold and coordinates with the locals to know when a release is to be made so they can take custody. It's a simple procedure, but it is clear that the locals are not fully cooperating. As I understand it, only in cases of prisoners convicted of serious felonies will the local notify ICE and inform them when the prisoner will be released. So in LA and San Francisco, we have illegal alien criminals getting out of local jails and nobody tells ICE. Now we see the result.

By the way, one of the public figures involved in this mess is Kamala Harris, former San Francisco DA and current California attorney general. She is now running for the US Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Boxer and is a favorite to win the Democratic nomination. Since California is literally devoid of Republicans that means she will probably be our next US Senator.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Response to a Crybaby Professor

Gary Fouse

Jonathan Judaken is a professor at Rhodes College in Memphis. In March, he gave a presentation at the University of Rochester, whose message was Muslims are the new Jews a kind of twisted defense of Muslims from the charge that they tend to be anti-Jewish.

Anyway, Judaken's presentation was critiqued by another professor, AJ Caschetta of the Rochester Institute of Technology, who wrote the below piece that appeared in Jihad Watch among other sites.

That didn't sit well with Judaken, who wrote the below woe is me piece for Inside Higher Education. He accused Caschetta of engaging in McCarthyism for critiquing his presentation.

McCarthyism, be Jeezus!

That was when I weighed in with the below piece on Fousesquawk:

And in response to Judaken, Caschetta has written this in Inside Higher Education and cross-posted on Middle East Forum:

Now it seems to me that professors who deem to speak out on the issues of the day are entitled to have their say. It's called freedom of speech. On the other hand, since they choose to enter the arena, others also have the freedom of speech to disagree. Professor Caschetta is hardly a policeman or even a US senator like Joe McCarthy was. He is in no position to take away Judaken's freedom of speech, his job, or God forbid, his liberty. I think Professor Caschetta refutes the McCarthyism charge much more eloquently than I ever could.

Of course, on a college campus, charges of McCarthyism and victimhood always carry traction. I know because I work on a college campus myself. But in the real world and in the places I frequent after a hard day at work, Mt Judaken would be laughed out of the joint.


Black Churches Burning?

Gary Fouse

Hat tip Frontpage Magazine and Michelle Malkin

A couple of nights ago I was watching CNN International from London (much more to the left of their US counterparts). They were reporting the burning of a black church in Greeleyville, South Carolina. I was pretty taken back especially when I heard the next day that 6 black churches have been burned in the South just since the shooting in Charleston. That was reported by the New York Times. I thought to myself, "Are we really getting this bad that we are returning to the bad old days? Is there really that much white hatred for black people in America? What happened to the New South? Have I been wrong about my own perceptions?"

Not so fast.

At this point, it appears that the Greeleyville church fire was caused by lightning.

Don't get me wrong; one case of a racist arson against a black church is one too many. However, it appears that some very prominent news organizations have taken a story and run with it before the facts have come in. We have seen it with Treyvon Martin. We have seen it with Michael Brown.

Those CNN news anchors over there in London are sitting there crowing that America is a racist country. They are no better than the clowns that you see on MSNBC. They ought to be paying attention to their own country, which is collapsing all around them.

This is a dangerous business these irresponsible journalists are engaging in. Tensions are high enough in this country and false stories like this only fan the flames. How irresponsible is it to take a church that was apparently struck by lightning and before the embers have died out, talk about white racists burning down black churches before you know that is the case. Again: If some white racist yahoo sets fire to a black church, I want the police to catch the guy and throw him in prison for a few decades.

This is another example of why Sean Hannity talks about the death of American journalism.