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, October 07, 2011

Praise for the Prez?

This is a little after the fact, but in a major departure from my usual thoughts on the Commander-in-Chief, I would like to thank President Obama, and our military and intelligence services, for ridding the planet of al-Qaeda terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki in a drone attack last week. I don't often agree with Obama on matters domestic and I found his approach to foreign policy soon after taking office (i.e. The Apology Tour) nauseating, but in retaining, and in some cases, stepping up the policies of the Bush administration in the war on terror, he has earned my praise. Of course, his supporters on the left have been disappointed and disgusted by these very same policies and Obama has yet (when hell freezes over, I suspect) to acknowledge that the Bush administration was correct in treating Islamic terrorism as an act of war, not of mere criminality. But actions speak louder than words and if he keeps up the aggressive anti-terror campaign, it will be difficult for GOP candidates to keep trotting out related criticism as a campaign strategy. Just sayin'.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

"The Sing-Off" Stands Out From the Pack

TV singing competitions are a dime a dozen, but the third season of the best of the bunch started a couple weeks ago and aired last night: The Sing-Off. It's got the standard format (cheesy host--Nick Lachey--and three judges), but what makes it different is that it's an a cappella (i.e. no instruments; voices only) competition. The groups are really talented and they come up with some very creative arrangements. I even bought a few of the songs from iTunes last season. Here's Vocal Point giving one of my favorite performances from last night.