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.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

More Mass Murders in Afghanistan

Frontline reporter Michael Yon continues to shed light on what's really happening in Afghanistan. Here a Marine reports that the Taliban have killed thirteen women and children. The reaction on the world stage? Crickets chirping. And it turns out Yon predicted not long ago that a U.S. soldier would soon crack under the pressure.

O'Keefe Video Exposes Voter Fraud-Friendly Policies in Vermont

This video is frighteningly familiar--we're not required to show an ID to vote here in California either--but it's also hilarious. James O'Keefe and Project Veritas colorfully demonstrate the absurdity of not requiring a government ID to vote when it is required for so many other reasons (to buy alcohol, book a hotel room, get married, etc.). And there's nothing "racist" about it.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Failure of Higher Education in Greece

Drudge has linked to yet another article on the sorry decline of Greece, this time focusing on higher education. Here are a few gems that explain why it's all going to hell and why pursuit of the same policies in the U.S. will also lead to ruin:
'Professors at Greek universities are civil servants paid by the state and their wages aren’t tied to their productivity.'

'Greek students pay no tuition, a fact enshrined in the constitution, so there’s no incentive to leave college.'

'. . . Greek students have a significant role in the governance and administration of the universities, including a say in the hiring of the rectors in charge. . . . That power is often exploited by political parties, which have large and active youth branches, to fight reform.'

'Another legacy of the 1970s youth movement was a prohibition against police entering campus. Originally intended to protect student protesters from police brutality, it meant drug dealers and users could find asylum on campuses. . . . While that law was overturned last year, the deans must invite police on campus, and because the deans were elected by students, they are loath to do so.'

'Legislation that passed in August by a wide majority reduces the power of students, subjects professors to research audits and, for the first time, creates outside governance councils, all of which will help break up the calcified system. . . . Students are fighting the moves to limit their power, and physically blocked voters from casting ballots that would create the new councils . . . Rectors have no incentive to force the changes.'
Read it all.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Afghanistan Shootings No Mystery

According to ABC News, shrinks can't seem to fathom why a U.S. soldier went on a shooting spree in Afghanistan. Only one of them hits on the probable cause:
Lieberman said a buildup of resentment could have also led to the soldier's alleged unprovoked actions.
Gee, you think? It's too early to reach firm conclusions about this awful incident and there's certainly no excuse for this soldier's actions. But it stands to reason that after years of serving in Afghanistan and trying to help its intransigent population; countless killings of U.S. soldiers perpetrated by the Afghan soldiers and policeman we've trained; Karzai's anti-American pronouncements; the world turning a blind eye to the Taliban's brutality; and the recent rioting and killing over the accidental Koran burnings; this guy simply lost it.

We've reached a breaking point in Afghanistan and it's time to get out, now.