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 08, 2007

Of Anthrax and Al-Qaeda

Ross Getman, who is described in his bio as "a New York-based lawyer who maintains a Web site devoted to the 2001 anthrax attacks, http://www.anthraxandalqaeda.com/," has an intriguing article at NewsMax.com on the considerable connections between al-Qaeda and the as-of-yet unsolved anthrax attacks of 2001.

I must say, I always found the predictable "disgruntled white guy" theory (a la Steven Hatfill, who was leaked as "person of interest" in the FBI investigation and then tried and practically convicted by the media) fishy. Coming right after 9/11, not to mention exhibiting a host of characteristics typical of Islamic terrorism, the anthrax attacks felt eerily similar.

One aspect of the case that seemed particularly puzzling was that, among all the other high-profile media and political recipients, the perpetrators chose to target sleazy tabloids such as the National Enquirer and The Sun. Both were owned by American Media, Inc. (AMI) and this is where the only explanation that makes sense to me arises. Who but an Islamic terrorist, presumably from another country, would target a company simply because it's called "American Media"? Kind of makes you wonder...

We may never know the full story, but it would be reassuring to think that should the case be solved and Islamic terrorism be found guilty, the authorities will convey this information to the public. Otherwise, questions will continue to linger, as they have in the past, whenever the "disgruntled white guy" is allegedly to blame.

Aussie Media Reports on the Indoctrination of Palestinian Children

The mainstream media reporting on the daily indoctrination of Palestinian children into mini-suicide bombers in waiting? Oh, silly me, that would be the Australian mainstream media. Well, good on the Aussies.

Our own media seems to have gone back into silence mode after briefly touching on the subject during the recent furor sparked by the Mickey Mouse lookalike character Farfur teaching kids Islamic supremacy on Hamas-owned al-Aqsa TV.

In the meantime, Palestinian Media Watch and MEMRI. org continue to do the hard work the MSM refuses to do.

San Francisco Board of Supervisors: Recall Them All!

First Supervisor Jake McGoldrick and now Supervisor Aaron Peskin. It seems both have been targeted for recall efforts by San Franciscans who are fed up with their anti-business, anti-private property, pseudo-Socialist policies. The kind of policies that have caused San Francisco to become one of the most expensive cities to live in the country, families and businesses to flee in droves, nice neighborhoods to go to pot (pun intended), crime to skyrocket, and bums, er, homeless to keep pouring in for the handouts and lenient enforcement.

As I've written in the past, there are few too many members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors (11 compared to 9 in Los Angeles County, which has a much higher population), each one of them elected by a miniscule number of voters in their districts (beware of district elections!), with far too much time on their hands to come up with financially disastrous, nanny state, anti-military, social engineering policies aimed only at pushing a leftist political agenda. The latest of which being Supervisor Chris Daly's effort to get rid of the annual Fleet Week Blue Angels airshow at the behest of "local peace advocacy groups."

As far as I'm concerned, we should recall them all!

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Gaza Palestinians Long for the Return of Israeli Occupation

Despite all the calls to "end the occupation," Israel withdrew (against many of its supporters wishes) from Gaza almost two years ago and now it seems the Palestinians want them back.

Fed up with the Hamas terrorist leadership they elected (turns out terrorists don't govern very effectively - who knew?) and its constant armed battles with Fatah, the previous terrorist leadership and current partner in the "unity government," Gazans are asking Israel to stop the chaos.

As demonstrated in this Reuters article on the subject, the recent IDF incursions into Gaza to stop the rocket attacks on Israel are actually being applauded:
"It's very ironic but I'm relieved the Israelis have started a bombing campaign. The gunmen killing each other on the streets were forced to go into hiding," said Mai, a Gaza housewife."
According to Nasser Jum'a, a former leader of Fatah's al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades and now a legislator:
...ordinary Palestinians were so fed up with the armed groups "they now wish the Israeli occupation would take over in Gaza or hope for the return of Jordanian rule in the West Bank" to get rid of them.
The article ends with this:
"The message is that people are tired of inter-Palestinian fighting. They are fed up with both Fatah and Hamas, and all they want is to live in security before any thought of fighting Israel," Palestinian analyst Bassem Izbedi told Reuters.
Perhaps if the Palestinians spent less time "fighting Israel" and more time taking care of their own backyard, they wouldn't be in the mess they're in today.

In other words, you reap what you sow.

British Boycott Against Israeli Academics? It's a Mad, Mad World

P. David Hornik has an excellent article at Frontpage Magazine today titled "Boycotting the Jews in Britain." Pointing to the topsy-turvy moral universe inhabited by Britain’s University and College Union (UCU) and the other groups that recently voted for a boycott against Israeli academics, Hornick has this to say:
BBC reporter Alan Johnston has been held since March 26 by a terrorist group in Gaza, where he had been the last international journalist to keep living and working. He appeared last Thursday in a video wearing an orange sweatshirt and reading a prepared statement. Meanwhile British soldiers are under attack by Muslim and Arab terrorists in Afghanistan and Iraq, and fifteen British sailors were recently kidnapped and held in harsh conditions for two weeks by Iran.

Closer to home, a survey found one-quarter of British Muslims expressing sympathy for the London bombers of July 7, 2005, and British intelligence estimates that about 16,000 of them are capable of carrying out such attacks themselves. Indeed, last August 11 the left-wing Guardian reported that British Muslim “suicide bombers were within days of blowing up 12 passenger jets above five US cities in an unprecedented terrorist attack designed to commit [quoting intelligence sources] ‘mass murder on an unimaginable scale.’”

Yet Britain’s University and College Union, made up of university academics, as well as other groups have figured out who their real enemies are...the Jews.
As to the oft-repeated claim, made again by the UCU in their resolution, that these sorts of actions do not constitute anti-Semitism, Hornick blows it out of the water:
...it is of course not anti-Semitic to make Israel the sole and obsessive focus of efforts at condemnation and excommunication by academics, journalists, doctors, architects, clergy, and ordinary workers at a time of ongoing genocide in Sudan and constant severe human rights abuses in the likes of Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and the Palestinian Authority itself—to go no further than the Muslim Middle East.

It is not anti-Semitism, it is just that the Jews, in their not-quite sixty years of statehood after two millennia of dispersion, have managed to create the world’s most evil society and the only one so repugnant that even its academics need to be silenced and ostracized. It is not anti-Semitism, it is just that all the problems of Arab and Muslim aggression the world over stem from that one primal sin of “Israeli occupation”; just that the Jews have somehow once again managed to poison the wells and be at the root of all evil.
As Hornick notes in his conclusion, the West, in accepting the false narrative of Israeli aggression and Arab victimhood despite all evidence to the contrary, not to mention an inability to "tell enemies from friends," has lost its moral compass.

We have indeed, in the words of Lewis Carroll, gone "through the looking glass," and Alice only knows when and if we will return to reality.

Monday, June 04, 2007

You Say You Want a Revolution?

From the eminently entertaining mailing list of the Bay Area Radical Women, "a socialist feminist organization...fighting for social change and revolution":

HEAVY ROTATION: San Francisco 's dance party for everyBODY!!! An outsiders club for body rebels, size queens, radical fatties, chubsters, trannies, queers and our friends and lovers of all colors, genders, sexualities and ages 21 and beyond!!!

...Come see Paradise Island (Jenny Hoyston's solo project) and Trannysaurus Sex (booty shakin beats and pop rocks in yr pants!). Join us for a night of debaucherous rock and beautiful electronic sounds, followed by a dance party...sure to put the wiggle back in yer jiggle!

It seems the revolution originates in...yer pants.