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 (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

Monday, March 19, 2007

Zombie Captures San Francisco "Antiwar" Protesters in all their Glory

As expected, the streets of San Francisco were home to the usual bizarre assortment of "antiwar" protesters this past weekend. What that actually translated into were communists, pro-terrorists, Jew-haters, 9/11 conspiracists, acid-casualties from the 60s, brainwashed college students, a sea of bloody (literally) Palestinian flags, Che tattoos, lots of skin, and a few genuine, if confused, pacifists. And the America-hating "textbook" soon to be used in San Francisco public school classrooms, "Addicted to War," also made an appearance. As has been the pattern for the past few years, a group of brave counter-protesters showed up too.

The inimitable zombie parodies the lunacy of the local left with the usual revealing photos and clever commentary. Click here to venture down the rabbit hole...

Cross-posted at Kesher Talk.


Anonymous Paul said...

I believe in freedom of speech. That being said these pictures made me want to vomit ! God bless the USA .

Tuesday, March 20, 2007 5:24:00 AM  
Blogger diurnalist said...

The Chron's headline about this small turnout was "Pleading for Peace", which is laughable. They're pleading for impeachment, defeat for America, death to Israel and victory for terrorists.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007 10:03:00 AM  
Blogger Mark said...

Ms. Stillwell - A couple of friends of mine attended this rally (on the "right" side - heh!). I myself could not make it, but did attend a lecture last night by Elias Rashmawi at Sonoma State University.

Rashmawi is the chair of the National Board of the National Council of Arab Americans and a member of the Steering Committee of A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition, according to SF Voice for Israel.

I was not impressed.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007 5:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anita said...


OK, so I was at the rally, but somehow, despite all Cinnamon's pictures, she didn't get one of me or any of my friends, who are all fairly "regular" looking people. I mean, one of my best friends buys virtually ALL of his clothes at Banana Republic (ok, so, yes, he's gay). And the rest, well, we are pretty much jeans and t-shirts kind of people. Unless it's cold, and then we'll wear a sweatshirt or something. But, OK, anyway, somehow Cinnamon only took pictures of people who are dressed funny, intending to make some sort of point - something along the lines of not taking people who are dressed funny seriously and we don't need to pay attention to their plea that we get out or Iraq. Which is truly just very odd coming from Cinnamon, because, I the end of the day, she is no looker. And that may just be until the hormones or whatever kick in and she loses some of the more masculine edge he/she has. But, really, take some of the styles seen at the protest and compare them to her glasses and hair, and really, is there such a huge difference?

And would she rather they come in their army or marine gear with the bloody remains of Iraqi civilans splattered all over them?

OK, so, Cinnamon evidently believes that they are all freaks, except for the few pacifists he/she has so generously deemed confused. Confused because, well, they don't agree with her? Luckily for us, these people have the freedom to express their opinion and have the right to march peacefully. So, Cinnamon and Paul and Urinalysis, instead of looking at these people with complete disdain, instead of wanting to vomit, instead of sitting back, sickened by the thought of people marching for something they believe in, perhaps you should actually look with fondness on the whole event. Because they have the right to do so. And this should please you to no end. All the wars you people love to support and all the lives lost (ok, with the excpetion of Vietnam and this one in Iraq, and maybe a few others, but not really the main ones like WWI and WWII and the Civil War and the War of Independence), all this was done in the name of freedom. Freedom to hold an anti-war march right here in SF. And DC and Chicago and even London, too, although they lost the really important war years ago that would have pretty much changed all this.

So, look upon every person voicing their opinion (whether you agree with it or not) with pride and joy and pleasure and happiness, because all the wars you conservatives love to support have helped achieve these freedoms.

OK. Bye!

Wednesday, March 21, 2007 10:43:00 AM  
Blogger Mark said...

"But, OK, anyway, somehow Cinnamon only took pictures of people who are dressed funny, intending to make some sort of point"

Anita - If you applied some critical thinking to the so-called "peace"movement that is ANSWER, you would realize that you are being used as a tool by people who want anything but peace. Advocating armed resistance and intifada* is not advocating peace, something I think you, I and Ms. Stillwell all will agree is a good thing.

If you applied some reading comprehension to Ms. Stillwell's blogpost, you would realize that she did not, in fact, take those pictures. While they may not portray you and your friends, they are a pretty accurate look at a cross-section of people who attend ANSWER rallies, namely people with no other agenda than to use the time to engage in a freakish carnival atmosphere that does nothing to advance the cause of understanding between disparate groups.

*How do I know this occurs?

Been there, done that too.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007 1:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Midge said...

Good comments, Anita. I don't understand how all of these pro-war people think that it's un-american to have a differing opinion on the war. Isn't that what this country was founded on - free speech? It's almost as though they want to obliterate our rights as individuals to speak up with an opinion. One of these days we may not have any of these rights left - not even to change one's sex.

And Mark, I believe I did see Cinnamon taking photos at the event.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007 2:15:00 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

Well, Midge, I don't believe she took the ones she l;inked to. But if she did I will graciously accede you're right.

And why do you think those of us who support Israel and the US are "pro-war"?

Just curious, because I am no more "pro-war" than ANSWER is pro-peace.

You do knowe the meaaning of the word "intifada", don't you?

Wednesday, March 21, 2007 2:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Midge said...

Mark, you don't have to use ten dollar words like intifada to get our attention. War mongers are all the same whether they are from the Middle East or the US.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007 2:40:00 PM  
Blogger diurnalist said...

Leftists and assorted Trannys please pay attention.

Criticizing your stance on anything is not LIMITING YOUR RIGHT TO FREE SPEECH.

You get to spew unthinking talking points that you absorbed from the temples of leftist propaganda where you worship and clearer heads get to comment on the worthlessness of it all. You can then respond with whines about being censored and make bitchy comments about people's appearances.

Do you understand how that works?

Wednesday, March 21, 2007 3:28:00 PM  
Anonymous conrad said...

All you leftist pansies (I guess I cannot use the Ann Coulter description anymore)need to really listen to what you are saying. If it were not for people like Paul, diurnalist,Mark and myself, you would be living in a communist country overrun by non-whites. Is that what you want? Well it's not what I want so I am proud what America stands for. It's One Nation under one God. And our constitution guarantees us the right to bear arms and protect ourselves and that's exactly what we will continue to do. Protect ourselves from the criminal immigrants who have taken over this country.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007 3:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Paul said...

I am in favor of protest and always have been , but these peace rqallies tend to bring out their share of kooks as evidenced by the pics. I detest war, but I don't like Islamofascists dictating how I can live or planning to rule the world under Sharia law. And they are out to rule(that is their stated goal) the world and a fair share of Americans seem to like these jihadists and pander to their cause ad nauseum ! As for personal attacks on Cinnamon that is par for the Left/Liberal folks. As an old Leftie in the 60s I know this ploy. Attack the person not the message. And by all means have your anti war rallies - you have that right. I have the right not to attend them. :)

Wednesday, March 21, 2007 8:06:00 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

"I have the right not to attend them. :)"

Take it from me, Paul, you should. The entertainment value is way up there. Better still because the freak show is FREE.

Midge - How about some ten cent words for your apparently dime store vocabulary:

Muslims killing Jews.

I hope that clarifies things.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007 9:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"If it were not for people like Paul, diurnalist,Mark and myself, you would be living in a communist country overrun by non-whites"

Conrad, you are a shining example of the intellectuals who frequent Cinnamon's site. We'll all sleep better knowing you and your bible-thumping, gun-toting, white supremest buddies are looking out for our safety and protecting our constitution. God BLess America! (To Hell the rest of the world!)

BTW, Anita, you are spot-on - and actually funny ... unlike most right wingers. Thanks for throwing some reality into this shit soup occasionally.

Friday, March 23, 2007 6:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apparently, the facts have a liberal bias . Just like you, your pals in looney land are misrepresentating the whole anti-war majority in this country through cherry-picking photos of a small minority fringe. The vast majority of protesters are normal, middle-of-the road American patriots.

Portland war protest photos light a fire on the Internet

Friday, March 23, 2007

Apparently, "Portland hates America."

At least that's what conservative commentator Michelle Malkin of Los Angeles told the world on her Web site ( this week. Why?

Well, Malkin -- along with a Google-worthy list of her friends on the blogging right -- were goaded by the photos uploaded to Linfield College student Rachael Palinkas' online Facebook album.

An aspiring journalist, Palinkas snapped them during Sunday's anti-Iraq war rally and march in downtown. In one image, black-masked protesters burn a uniformed effigy of a U.S. soldier as a young girl cuddles up to her father and watches.

It didn't take long for the picture to explode in the blogosphere, with conservatives using it as reason No. 1 to oppose those who oppose the war.

"U.S. soldier burned in effigy," declared the Drudge Report on Tuesday. "What passes for an anti-war protest in Portland," huffed "Brainwashing the next generation of troop-haters," said Shock & Blog.

Palinkas just wants them to stop.

"What they're doing is wrong," she said. "They're twisting my pictures and misrepresenting what happened on that day."

In the past few days, the 19-year-old mass communications major said she has learned the power of a picture. And the power of people with an agenda on the Internet.

Palinkas said she posted to her Facebook site 240 photos from the peace rally and march that reportedly drew 15,000 people. Almost all of them showed "people laughing, talking, dancing, marching" at what she called a "family-friendly" event.

"No one is linking to those photos," Palinkas said.

Palinkas attended the march with a group of college friends. Shortly before the march, she noticed that a group of about 30 black-clad people had broken away from the crowd in the South Park Blocks. Shocked to see them burning a uniformed effigy of a U.S. soldier, she started snapping photos. She also took pictures of them lighting an upside-down flag afire.

Although she is opposed to the war, "I thought what they were doing was wrong," Palinkas said. "I had never seen anything like it. That's why I took the photos."

Monday, March 26, 2007 9:43:00 AM  
Blogger diurnalist said...

"Anonymous" says:

"The vast majority of protesters are normal, middle-of-the road American patriots."

No they aren't. Having counter protested recently I can tell you that the demonstrations are full of commies from ANSWER, Muslim radicals, old hippies reliving their wasted youth, and assorted America haters. And let's face it "Anonymous" you weren't even there.

And as far as the photographer Palinkas:

"What they're doing is wrong," she said. "They're twisting my pictures and misrepresenting what happened on that day."

How the hell do you twist a photo of idiots burning an effigy of an American soldier?

I guess we should decree that leftists can only be photographed wearing their best clothes and best smiles. After all it's rude to point out their seething hatred of this country.


Tuesday, March 27, 2007 1:33:00 PM  

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