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Archive for 'Stateside'

Anti-Semitism at the University of Oregon

Sometimes, “polite” Jew haters in America drop the guise and display their anti-Semitic motives for all to see.
A sign belonging to the Jewish campus group Hillel at the University of Oregon was vandalized with pro-Palestinian profanity, the group said on Friday.
The sign — located in a parking lot and bearing the greeting “Welcome” in English and Hebrew [...]

“When in the Course of human events…”

Happy Fourth of July.
Did the rather dimwitted hosts of Donald Trump’s favorite news source “Fox and Friends” get punked by a Thomas Jefferson impersonator?
Everything he read from the Declaration of Independence actually appears in our founding document. But his selection of specific items from the long list of grievances against George III is interesting in [...]

Another time

Remember when Howard Dean couldn't be president because he yelled
— Ben Domenech (@bdomenech) May 31, 2018

Yup. This post of mine from way back then seems downright quaint.

Zionists on Campus “a declaration of war against Arabs, Muslims, Palestinians”

Across the Atlantic in California:
California State University Chancellor Timothy White said this week he would “explore all appropriate options” in response to a San Francisco State University professor who on Facebook described welcoming Zionists to her campus as “a declaration of war against Arabs, Muslims [and] Palestinians.”
In a March 26 email, White criticized SFSU associate [...]

It’s Not All Bad News for Jewish Students on American Campuses

With the endless spats of anti-Semitism within our major political parties and a constant stream of “anti-Zionist” claptrap coming out of universities on both sides of the Atlantic, it’s nice to hear some good news about being Jewish on campus:
A recent Brandeis University study of anti-Semitism and anti-Israel sentiment on American college campuses finds information completely [...]

Huge crowd in LA for Women’s March despite “pro-Palestinian” boycott

You may recall four years ago when the actor Scarlett Johansson ended her relationship with Oxfam after the charity took exception to her involvement with the Israeli company SodaStream, which at the time operated a factory on the West Bank– including a commercial during the American Super Bowl.
Even though SodaStream has since closed that plant [...]

Twitter Cracks Down on Far Right Users

Twitter changed their platform policies, resulting in a number of British and American right-wing accounts being banned.  From Taylor Lorenz:
Far-right U.K. political group Britain First was one of the first accounts to be suspended, along with its affiliates including Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen. Three of Fransen’s anti-Muslim viral video tweets, one of which featured [...]

Victory for decency in Alabama

There is much to be said about the narrow but astonishing victory of Democrat Doug Jones over Republican Roy Moore in the special election for the US Senate in Alabama on Tuesday.
This, after all, is a state where Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton a little more than a year ago by more than 27 percentage [...]

Flynn pleads guilty

It was almost two years ago that Donald Trump’s future national security adviser Michael Flynn and future 2016 Green party candidate for president Jill Stein joined Vladimir Putin in Moscow to celebrate the Russian propaganda outlet RT.

Trump reportedly considered choosing Flynn as his 2016 running mate and Flynn led chants of “Lock her [i.e., Hillary [...]

Santa Rosa after the Tubbs Fire

Cross-posted from Ordinary Times
As coffee brewed in the kitchen, I took to my shower with the enthusiasm only a commuter at 4 AM can muster, mentally coaching myself for the week ahead. It was a rather warm week, so I was stunned that neighbors appeared to be running their fireplaces; the unmistakable smell of burnt [...]