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, December 20, 2013

A Soulful Christmas

The Temptations' "Silent Night" is just about my favorite rendition. I also love Otis Redding's version of "White Christmas." Have a soulful Christmas, everyone.

Cross-posted from Facebook

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Christmas in Dubai

Apparently, Christmas is quite popular in Dubia, although, according to this writer, the celebrations are mostly non-religious. Either way, it seems a positive development to me. Pastor Ravi Zacharias (hat tip: Ruth Malhotra), discussing the phenomenon from a Christian perspective, notes the contrast with, of all places, the U.S., where the "holiday that shall not be named" continues to languish:
[A]s I write, I am in the largest Muslim country in the world, yet, everywhere there are Christmas decorations, the strains of Christmas carols in the malls and elevators, and the hotel staff wishing me a 'Merry Christmas.' It’s Christmas in Indonesia. If you were in the UAE, Indonesia, even Syria, you would see the same thing and hear the same Christmas carols in the hotels and malls. Ironically, on the news this very week is a story of a school in a town in Texas that sent a letter to parents of students informing them there was a ban on children wearing red or green for their 'holiday party'; apparently, red and green 'send the wrong message.'
Cross-posted from Facebook

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

'Fascinating Rhythm' Continues to Fascinate

Watch this fantastic Busby Berkeley number from the 1941 MGM film "Lady Be Good," featuring one of the best female tappers of the time, Eleanor Powell--dancing to the Gershwins' "Fascinating Rhythm" alongside a caravan of black jazz pianists in a three-minute single take--and preceded by the acrobatic Berry Brothers.

Cross-posted from Facebook

Broadway Calls With 'After Midnight'

I'm dying to see the new Broadway show "After Midnight," directed by Wynton Marsalis and featuring the Cotton Club-era music of Duke Ellington. Fantasia Barrino, who has a voice straight out of that time, is a perfect guest star for the show, although k.d. lang, whose voice also speaks of yesteryear, will likely be great, too. This one might just be worth a trip to NYC for next year . . . 
Cross-posted from Facebook.