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.

Friday, June 01, 2007

UC Berkeley's Hatem Bazian a Contributor to the Bin Laden-Praising "Al-Talib: The Muslim Newsmagazine at UCLA"

Middle East Forum director Daniel Pipes' latest article centers on a recent exchange between counterterrorism specialist Steven Emerson and Muslim Public Affairs Council communications director Edina Lekovic. The two appeared on CNBC's Kudlow & Company on May 23 to discuss a "Pew Research Center poll on U.S. Muslim attitudes."

The segment soon turned into a debate revolving around Lekovic's stint as managing editor for Al-Talib: The Muslim Newsmagazine at UCLA, which, in July 1999, ran an editorial praising Al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden as a "freedom fighter." As Emerson pointed out, this was well after the 1998 bin Laden-orchestrated bombing of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

To read the entire post, go to Campus Watch.

Saudi Indoctrination at Amherst Middle School

This has to be one of the more horrifying instances of encroaching dhimmitude in the United States I've run across. It seems that someone at the Amherst Middle School decided that it would be a great school project to transform "the quaint colonial town of Amherst, New Hampshire...into a Saudi Arabian Bedouin tent community."

The kiddies got to learn about all sorts of wonderful aspects of Saudi culture, including executing drug traffickers, gender segregation, male superiority, female subjugation, and Islamic religious practices. Here are a few highlights:
During the check-in, guests selected a traditional Arabic name for their name badge and completed an actual Saudi customs form, which warned in bold letters “Death for Drug Trafficking ” at the top.

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Flowing fabrics hung from the ceiling separated the family and men-only dining sections.

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Only the seventh-grade boys were allowed to host the food stations and the Arabic dancing, as the traditions of Saudi Arabia at this time prevent women from participating in these public roles.

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Seventh-grade girls hosted the hijab and veil stations, where other female guests learned how to wear the required head covering and veils. An antique trunk full of black abayas worn by women, and white thobes worn by the men, were available for guests to try on.

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An Islamic religion station included a Muslim prayer rug with a compass embedded in it to locate Mecca, readings on the Islamic faith, call to prayer items and prayer beads.
And the article ends on this happy note of multicultural diversity:
The “open tent” was created to encourage participants to reach out and learn from people around the world, and to promote curiosity and cultural understanding.
I wonder if schools in Saudi Arabia will be hosting similar events where children can learn about co-existing with other religions such as Judaism, Christianity or Hinduism? Oh, that's right. Saudi Arabian society doesn't allow other religions to be practiced openly and it promotes Islamic supremacy. Silly me.

Update: Follow the link to the original Cabinet Press article for a photo of one of the little tykes dressed in full Saudi regalia.

The Decline and Fall of Western Civilization?

In her latest Jerusalem Post column, Caroline Glick brilliantly (and depressingly) sums up Europe's self-destruction and that of Israel and the United States if we continue to follow their model.

In my view, it's all part and parcel of the suicidalism of Western civilization. Could it be that liberalism, when taken to its extreme (i.e. the self-annihilation of multiculturalism), is the last stage of Western democracy? It certainly looks that way.

Thursday, May 31, 2007

More Pallywood Fauxtography?

My Pet Jawa thinks he may have found yet another case of Pallywood "missile" fauxtography. You be the judge...

Update: Apparently, Charles Johnson over at Little Green Footballs disagrees (h/t Brazilian Neocon).

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Amnesty Bill, Kowtowing to Mexico Only Breeds Contempt

Michelle Malkin's got a new column out today on the despicable treatment meted out to American contestant Rachel Smith at the Miss Universe pageant held this week in Mexico City. She also runs down similar incidents that have taken place in Mexico over the past few years.

This treatment comes even as politicians in both parties continue to push for a massive amnesty bill and in general, do everything possible to let the corrupt and failing Mexican government off the hook in terms of its responsibility to its own people. Unsurprisingly, this constant kowtowing has only increased hostility in Mexico towards the United States.

As has been shown time and time again, whether with the American lack of reaction to Islamic terrorism in the years leading up to 9/11, Israel's continuing capitulation to failing "peace processes," and the gradual erosion of American sovereignty due to out-of-control illegal immigration and open borders, weakness only breeds contempt.

One of these days, someone in power will figure that out.

The Muddled Mess of Middle East Studies

I've got a new Campus Watch article up at The American Thinker on a Stanford University symposium I attended earlier this month on the "state of Middle East studies." Speakers included Columbia University's Hamid Dabashi, UC Berkeley's Minoo Moallem, and the University of Washington's Arzoo Osanloo.

The symposium ended up being a primer on all that's wrong with the field Middle East studies today. And in some respects, the results turned out to be more ridiculous than ominous. As I put it:
A paranoid fixation on imagined American and Israeli "empire"; the refusal to accept legitimate criticism; an insulated, elitist worldview; an inability to employ clear, jargon-free English; and a self-defeating hostility towards the West: these vices and more were made clear at "The State of Middle East Studies: Knowledge Production in an Age of Empire."
To read the rest, click here.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Commemorating Memorial Day in the Bay Area

For too many Americans, Memorial Day has come to mean little more than an opportunity for a BBQ or a sale at Macy's. But for those who wish to pay homage to all those lost to war fighting for our country, there are several Bay Area Memorial Day events to choose from. This is just a sampling:

USS Hornet Museum - Memorial Day Ceremony
May 28, 2007

A Memorial Day ceremony will be held on board the USS Hornet Museum from 1-2 p.m. on Monday, May 28. The event will remember and honor those men and women in the military services who paid the ultimate price for our freedoms. Veterans of past and present wars will be honored during a special Memorial Day service. Tours of the ship will be available from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Aircraft Carrier USS Hornet Museum is a non-profit 501(c)(3)organization with the goal of inspiring people of all ages to experience naval history, science, and space technology first-hand. A registered State and National Historic Landmark, the USS Hornet is docked permanently at the former Naval Air Station in Alameda and is open to the public for an admission fee. The museum is open daily, except Tuesdays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is berthed at 707 W. Hornet Ave, Pier 3, in Alameda, CA.

Regular admission price is $14 for adults and $6 for kids. Free parking. More information: (510)521-8448 or www.hornetevents.com.

To view this posting, click here.

Free Memorial Day Concert of Appreciaton and Support for the Gold Star Families and Blue Star Moms

For a third year, Creekside Community Church in San Leandro is hosting an evening concert in appreciation of and support for the Blue Star Moms and the Gold Star parents. The theme is "Proud of Each Other in the Land of the Free." So please come and encourage these military families whose loved ones have given their lives for our country or are now in harms way. This concert will feature the US Air Force Band of the GoldenWest - brass quintet, and the Fret Not old-time gospel band.

Quotes from Gold Star parents:

"As national support weakens for our efforts at defending ourselves against those who hate us, your support has a great strengthening effect on those of us who continue to wait and pray for our loved ones who have selflessly volunteered to put themselves in harms way."
- Gold Star Parent

"I can't tell you what a simple word of thanks means to us, to have you all come out and show your support for us and the job our sons and daughters are doing. ...Never underestimate what a thank you means to us."
- Blue Star Mom

"We hope it is clear that from the heart of the Bay Area, we are among the many who whole-heartedly support our military personnel and their noble cause to fight for liberty in this world and thereby secure us from our enemies. We are proud to say that your cause is our cause."
- Community/Concert Organizer


Click here for the e-invitation.

Memorial Day Ceremony at the Presidio - Honor and Remember
Monday, May 28, 2007
10:30 am – parade at the Presidio Main Parade Ground
11 am – program at SF National Cemetery at the Presidio

The event begins at 10:30 am at the Presidio Main Post Parade Ground. A parade led by the 91st Division Color Guard Pipes and Drum Band will proceed to the nearby National Cemetery.

At 11 am, the formal ceremony will include a laying of wreaths, remarks, a reading of the Gettysburg address, music by Pleasanton Community Concert Band, and a 21 gun salute. The ceremony will be followed by tours led by National Park Service rangers. A 1 pm Memorial Day event will follow at the Presidio Interfaith Center.

For more information, click here.

From the KSFO website:

San Francisco USS Pampanito Submarine Memorial Day “Lost Boat” Ceremony
May 28, 2007

This Memorial Day, join 200 submarine veterans in the “Lost Boat” ceremony honoring comrades and submarines lost at sea. The moving ceremony aboard the World War II submarine, USS Pampanito, features sixty-five bell tolls, flag dips and flower tosses for each boat and crew on “eternal patrol.” The ceremony starts 1pm at San Francisco’s Pier 45 in Fisherman’s Wharf. To find out more, call 415-775-1943, or on the Web at www.maritime.org.

VNVDV Memorial Day Ceremony
May 28, 2007

The VNVDV will commemorate Memorial Day at Oak Hill Park, Danville, Ca (next to Monte Vista H.S.) - All Wars Memorial at 10:30 am. The ceremony will feature the Blue Star Moms singing group, music, fly overs, Sentinels of Freedom and veterans. The speaker for the event is Undersecretary for Veterans Affairs for California, Retired Two Star General Roger Brautigan.