Cinnamon Stillwell

I’m the West Coast Representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum that focuses on Middle East studies. I was a political columnist for SFGate.com (San Francisco Chronicle online) from 2004-2008. I've written for the American Thinker, Frontpage Magazine, Family Security Matters, Accuracy In Media, Newsbusters, Israel National News, The Jewish Policy Center, J-The Jewish News Weekly of N. CA, Intellectual Conservative and many others. More info at CinnamonStillwell.com.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Blogging Interrupted

No sooner had I gotten started blogging last week, when life interrupted. Hence my absence for the last several days. The Fleet Week festivities took up most of my time, not to mention a friend visiting from out of town.

Needless to say, it was a quite a weekend. I watched the Blue Angels air show both days, once from down among the crowds at the waterfront and then from a roof deck with a view of the entire bay.

The incredible sonic boom (which many of us dubbed "The sound of victory") of the Blue Angels aside, my favorite moment was when all six jets, after flying straight up, descended downwards in formation in complete silence. A beautiful sight indeed.

As expected, it was a time of rare patriotism and military pride for San Francisco. Locals got to enjoy the spectacular air acrobatics and fighting acumen (many of them have served in Afghanistan, Iraq and beyond) of the various air show pilots, go aboard docked Navy ships, and see cute sailors wandering all over town! And on top of it all, the weather was gloriously fog-free.

Other than that, I've been hard at work on my next SFGate column. It will focus on self-censorship in the west when it comes to critiquing Islam in any way, shape or form. Beginning with the Pope's recent comments, a series of capitulations have occurred across the western world, which I examine from the international to the local level. Anyway, I hope it will do justice to this important topic.

So for now, and as Porky once said, that's all folks...

4 Comments:

Blogger sunflowergirl said...

Self-censorship about islam is only one small part of the problem. It is more far reaching than that! Let's admit it is a scary region of the world, with some really crazy people in charge. If a black person commits a crime, its ALWAYS because of racism. And now, if a person is obese and dies its because of structural inequality and bad governmental food policies. Can't we all just be honest? Don't muslims realize that by freaking about about the danish cartoons they are representing themselves as the violent fundamentalists that they truly are? I saw a Muslim man on the street the other day sweating, looking nervous and carrying a huge dirty black bag. Everyone around him pretended like he was totally normal and kept right on walking near him. Please. Bay area PC-ness could have gone too far because they didn't want to offend anyone and admit that guy could have been a bomber. They had to keep on walking near him, pretending they were not afraid because the horrors of being labeled anti-muslim are so scary here in SF.

Monday, October 09, 2006 3:26:00 PM  
Blogger baycommuter said...

Cinnamon, stop working on this blog and finish your column before the deadline! (Just kidding). - Vlae

Tuesday, October 10, 2006 12:09:00 PM  
Blogger Cinnamon said...

Yes, boss!

Tuesday, October 10, 2006 4:22:00 PM  
Blogger diurnalist said...

I mentioned the word "dhimmitude" to a left leaning blogger and he became quite hysterical. The word is now officially "hate speech."

The irony is that this is a perfect example of dhimmitude in action.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006 5:26:00 PM  

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