Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Why the 'Woke' Corporations Back China

Think there’s a contradiction between ‘woke’ corporate titans like Apple and Disney silencing anyone opposed to China’s crackdown on protesters in Hong Kong?

It’s not hypocrisy, it’s synergy.

The same forces that made the major brands scattered around your kitchen, living room and garage broadcast their support for gun control, gay marriage and illegal immigration are fueling their support for the People’s Republic of China pulling another Tiananmen Square in Hong Kong.

The lefties in Beijing and Berkeley used the same set of ideological tools to force companies to toe the party line. They roped off access to an appealing customer base, the population of mainland China, urban millennials with huge amounts of disposable income, in exchange for ideological compliance.

Communist China is one entangled oligarchy which mingles political party and company. Sound familiar?

The CEO of Nike sits on the board of Disney. The CEO of Disney until recently sat on the board of Apple. The CEO of Apple sits on the board of Nike. Good thing we have a “free market economy” isn’t it?

Disney, Apple and all the rest have no problem understanding their Chinese Communist counterparts.

ESPN smears democracy protesters in Hong Kong for the same reason that it celebrated Colin Kaepernick. There’s a fundamental contradiction in principles between supporting a Communist police state and denouncing American police officers, but a perfect synergy of political expediency.

Disney, ESPN’s parent company, has embraced identity politics from the top down, even as its head honcho, Bob Iger, remains whiter than vanilla ice cream, not because it really believes in this stuff. The Chinese Communist Party believes in One China. Its American counterparts believe in A Thousand Genders. Lefty power in China is built on unity and solidarity. Lefty power in America is built on divisive minority coalitions. But it’s only a difference if you focus on the means rather than the ends.

And the Mouse didn’t eat the entire entertainment industry by being unable to see the endgame. Avengers Endgame brought in $612 million in China. That’s the real endgame that it cares about.

In America and China, a lefty political elite controls the culture. Chinese and American lefties interlock cultural, economic and political power. Disney, once seen as a square family friendly studio, can rule the box offices in America and China because it advances the cultural goals of their political elites.

American corporations went ‘woke’ because their ideal customer base, wealthy millennials, were reprogrammed by academia. Getting access to young people with lots of money required ritual virtue signaling, first by cultural industries, which didn’t need much encouraging to function as gatekeepers, censors and reeducators, and then by all the other industries which bowed to the culture.

If Disney didn’t advance the party line, its comic book movies would be ridiculed, dismissed and denounced, and its cartoon remakes would be accused of racism in America. And in China, where the loci of political control are even simpler, they would never be released in the country’s movies theaters.

China’s Commies control the entire economy. America’s lefties control the cultural economy. And our few real exports to China are either agricultural or cultural. And soybean farmers aren’t tweeting about Hong Kong. The ‘wokest’ parts of our economy, entertainment and tech, are that way because they depend on the cultural sanction of the same political movement that killed millions in China.

If you’re going to sell thousand-dollar phones made by slave labor in some dusty factory town where the air is poison, you need the sanction of the Communist Party of China and the culture industry of California. And if you’re going to dump your cultural garbage in American and Chinese movie theaters, both owned by the same Chinese corporations, you’ll need to run the stuff by cultural censors.

Chinese censors are concerned about portraying their leaders as powerful and discouraging insurrection. American censors want to push their identity politics. That’s how you end up with ESPN cheering Colin and booing Hong Kong protesters. Chinese and American commies both get what they want and ESPN gets a foothold in the Chinese market and among the Ivy League’s wealthy woke grads.

The Hong Kong protesters won’t be too happy, but how many Avengers movies do they watch? How many iPhones can they buy? How many copies of Battlefield do they play? That’s the real question.

The ‘enemies of the people’ in Hong Kong are free market Christians who don’t want a police state controlling their lives. Funny coincidence, those are also the ‘enemies of the people’ in America.

Giant multinational monopolies don’t like free markets. They encourage competition.

The last thing the NBA, Disney, Apple, Nike and the rest of the ‘megas’ want is competition. What they want is a walled garden tended by a kindly Zen-Communist tyrant who will give them a virgin territory in exchange for a huge slice of the pie to be shared with local political partners. And, of course, slavish devotion to the tyranny of whatever it is the locals believe in, dialectical materialism, the transcendence of gender, which is a small price to pay by people who don’t have any principles or believe in anything.

It doesn’t really matter if this walled garden is in China or California. Either way, the ideal outcome is a totalitarian leftist state and the enemies are Christians who believe in a free market economy.

Can you think of anything a soulless ‘woke’ monopoly would hate and fear more than religious believers who also believe in personal freedom? That’s why Disney, Apple and the ChiComs are on the same page.

Apple, Disney and all the rest are about brands. A brand is a form of identity.

Brands don’t make good products. Instead they churn out overpriced junk and use advertising to fuse consumer loyalty to their brand. And that brand, a sports team, an Apple logo, becomes part of the identity of the people who are brainwashed into identifying with it even to their own detriment.

That’s why ad agencies have gone gaga for identity politics. And why every other ad you see is virtue signaling so hard that it would make Mao roll his eyes. They’re all in the manufactured identity business.

Identity politics manufactures identities and then convinces its dupes that their lives are hopeless and incomplete until they also implement open borders, gun control, and a ban on fossil fuels.

Sound familiar? Buy into the revolution now. Organizers are standing by to take your call.

That’s also why religious believers are the enemy. They don’t make ideal consumers.

People who have a form of meaning in their lives that isn’t for sale on Black Friday aren’t good consumers. Lefties with thirty genders and a hole the size of Cleveland where meaning should be, are.

So are Communist drones in a society drifting away from Communism while suppressing religion.

That’s why California and Communist China are the capitals of ‘Capitamunism’. And why free market Christians are the enemies in both of the capitals where identity politics are their own religion.

In China, it’s nationalism. In America, it’s anti-nationalism. But those are just different identities. And advertising is in the business of monetizing identities. The militant Chinese nationalist vocally insisting that everything in Asia belongs to Beijing and the furious Black Lives Matter activist demanding that we build Wakanda in Oklahoma are two sides of the same coin and ESPN will market to both of them.

And if a few protesters in Hong Kong or police officers in Dallas get shot, that’s also the same coin.

What really matters is the next game, the next movie, the next phone and the next crackdown. What matters is that you can buy governments, shut down protests and suppress the truth. What matters is that more people, in China and America, are realizing that what they want isn’t a sale: it’s freedom.

Daniel Greenfield is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. This article previously appeared at the Center's Front Page Magazine.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Bernie Sanders’ Perpetual Motion Green New Deal

One time, as I was riding in an Uber from the airport, the driver began explaining perpetual motion.

Even though we were in a motor vehicle which needed regular infusions of gasoline to keep going, the driver, who was a devotee of ancient Egyptian technology, claimed that the pyramids were really generators, that modern technology had been stolen by the white man, and that free energy was real.

He also had a video of a perpetual motion machine powered by a bicycle chain. “It generates energy by sliding down,” my driver assured me. “And then it gets pulled up by its own weight. It’s real simple.”

I never got around to asking him why he didn’t use the perpetual motion bicycle chain to power his car.

But now, Senator Bernie Sanders has announced his own perpetual motion energy plan.

In Bernie’s new Green New Deal, 20 million new jobs will be created to fight, what the elderly socialist claims is, a “climate crisis”. These jobs will be "good paying, union jobs" in "energy efficiency retrofitting, coding and server farms, and renewable power plants", not to mention the eternal New Deal fantasy of government work camps under a "a reimagined and expanded Civilian Conservation Corp".

And this perpetual motion plan will pay for itself by, among other things, "collecting new income tax revenue from the 20 million new jobs created by the plan."

The bicycle chain slides down. And then gets pulled up. And creates 20 million jobs. It’s real simple.

Bernie’s plan calls for spending a mere $16.3 trillion (also known as most our national debt) and that will create 20 million union jobs in such booming sectors as sealing windows and coding (when the coders have been unionized, all our software will work as well as all other union sectors), and then the income tax from those 20 million jobs will help cover that $16.3 trillion. Presumably with some tax hikes.

But it’s okay. We’ll just pay the workers more so they can afford to pay the higher taxes. It’s real simple.

Much like my Uber driver’s perpetual motion machine, the energy will be free.

First, Bernie will “ban the imports and exports of fossil fuels”. There will also be bans on fracking, coal mining and offshore drilling. And he’ll also “ensure fossil fuels stay in the ground by stopping the permitting and building of new fossil fuel extraction, transportation, and refining infrastructure.”

You wouldn’t want those fossil fuels escaping the ground and sustaining human civilization.

Then, President Bernie will use the SEC to force "financial institutions, universities, insurance corporations" to divest from oil and gas and buy "clean energy bonds". Those “clean energy bonds” will be subsidizing the failed “renewables” strategy that doesn’t work, but will now have been mandated.

Federal pension funds will also be forced to throw away the futures of their workers in the same way.

By 2030, the entire country’s electricity and transportation grid will be powered by “100 percent renewable energy.” Which is to say you’ll spend a lot of time sitting around in the dark.

But the whole thing will pay for itself “through litigation, fees, and taxes” on the fossil fuel industry.

First Bernie will bankrupt the energy industry and then pay for everything by taxing the industry he bankrupted. The bicycle chain goes up and then it goes down. Which part of that don’t you understand?

At least the energy will be free. Or virtually free.

Bernie’s Green New Deal proposal claims that, “after 2035 electricity will be virtually free, aside from operations and maintenance costs.”

Operators are standing by to take your call.

Bernie promises to “end greed in our own energy system”. Goodbye Edison, vamoose Tesla. There’ll be no more profiteering from the infinite free energy generated by the Green New Deal. Forget energy greed. And the energy grid. There’ll be neither greed nor grid in the Green New Deal.

How will this free energy work?

Simple. "The renewable energy generated by the Green New Deal" will be sold to "cooperatively-owned" utilities that " demonstrate a commitment to the public interest". Ban oil, coal and gas, then force all the financial institutions to subsidize “clean energy” which will be sold to lefty cooperatives.

And they say Communism doesn’t work.

There will be no more “energy greed” because the Green New Deal, whose key pieces of energy infrastructure, windmills and solar panels, are the least reliable ways to produce energy, and only work intermittently when there’s sunlight and wind, will resell its energy to politically correct utilities.

Everything will be subsidized and pay for itself by taxing the oil industry that no longer exists. And forcing everyone to invest their savings and pensions in a boondoggle worthy of Venezuela.

The bicycle chain goes up. The bicycle chain goes down. And you’re really gonna need those bicycles.

As Bernie puts it, "We will move beyond oil toward an electric car." There'll be $2 trillion in grants to buy electric cars. And $681 billion for electric car trade-ins. Then $407 billion to replace all buses with electric buses. And $216 billion to replace trucks with electric trucks. Plus, another $100 billion to “decrease the cost of a new electric vehicle to at most $18,000.”

(It's only money. Taxpayers have lots of it.)

Actual cars will be eliminated through the, "regulation" and "enforcement" of personal vehicles.

But don't worry about the cost of charging your new electric car, built by unionized "indigenous peoples" and "communities of color", because with charging stations everywhere, "drivers will no longer need to worry about where to charge their car or if they can pay for it."

The electricity is "virtually free".

The entire country, including all its vehicles, and long-haul trucks and school buses, and your car, will be dependent on an energy grid run by political apparatchiks who worked on the Bernie Sanders campaign and whose power supply varies depending on the weather, and are managed in defiance of economics.

What could possibly go wrong?

Better hang on to your bicycle. You’re going to need it once the blackouts, brownouts and restrictions on power usage kick in. After a while that $2 trillion worth of electric cars will be banned through “regulation and enforcement”, while everyone except seniors will be told to ride bicycles.

The bicycles will be powered by that unique form of renewable energy known as human muscle.

Human ingenuity and folly are the only true sources of renewable energy. Both are infinite. And sometimes it can be hard to tell one from the other. That is why socialism continues to endure. Not because it works, but because there will always be people who want to believe that the bicycle chain can go up and down, and that your trillion-dollar spending plans will be paid for by your fantasies.

Any intelligent adult would see Bernie’s Green New Deal as raving lunacy. Take the plan to subsidize 20 million jobs with income taxes from those 20 million jobs. Or the claim that the Green New Deal can be paid for with taxes on the energy industries it proposes to wipe out. Or a call to spend $150 billion to “decarbonize” shipping and aviation “as soon as possible”. (Just put windmills on the planes.)

Portions of the Green New Deal read like socialist gibberish poorly translated from the original Russian.

“We will establish a ‘take back’ program to require large corporations that produce goods with the materials needed for this clean energy transition to pay to take those goods back from consumers who no longer want them to establish a nation-wide materials recycling program so we can use as many recycled materials as possible to build the renewable energy equipment needed to transform our energy system,” one particular breathless sentence insists.

There’s no room for periods or commas in this excited vision of a world in which consumers eagerly rush to turn over the goods they no longer want so they can be used to construct windmills for free energy.

After the Bernie revolution, the people will have been educated to realize that they no longer need material goods. (Bernie however will have upgraded from three houses to four.) And they’ll rush to turn over all their iPhones and convertibles, while the evil corporations which convinced them that they needed those things will atone by beating their lawnmowers into solar panels and windmills.

This isn’t a political vision. It’s environmentalist messianism. It doesn’t work. But it isn’t really meant to.

My driver didn’t try powering his car with the perpetual motion bicycle chain. The idea of it was what mattered. Once upon a time, American socialists were cranks confined to lecturing students or random people about their magical economics with no real risk of having to put their delusions into practice.

The truly vital thing was the pseudo-religious vision of a remaking the world into a magical place.

We all like believing that wonder can transcend material reality. For religious people, God is the source of wonder. Others, like my driver, find validation in imagining the technological miracles of ancient Egypt. And millions of lefties believe that given total power they could reshape reality to create their vision of a magical world unbounded by the materialism of economics and energy.

In the real world, the only way the bicycle chain keeps going is if your feet are working the pedals. And lefties invariably realize that the only “free energy” doesn’t come from wind or solar.

The only “free energy” with which lefties build their utopias is slave labor.

Ancient Egypt wasn’t powered by magical batteries or lost ancient technologies. It worked because of slave labor. Communist dictatorships got things done not because they had good ideas, but because they enslaved millions of people. Bernie proposes bringing back the Civilian Conservation Corps. Perhaps he forgot that Norman Thomas, America’s leading socialist, had called CCC a “system of forced labor”.

Or maybe Bernie remembers all too well.

The bicycle chain rattles. Keep pedaling. It’s the only way to generate power in the Green New Deal.

Daniel Greenfield is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. This article previously appeared at the Center's Front Page Magazine.

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

How Obama’s Senior Response Director Profited From Disaster in Puerto Rico

By September 2018, despite billions of dollars in aid, Puerto Rico was still a mess. By August, FEMA had stopped paying for the nearly 2,500 displaced Puerto Ricans who had been living in hotels after Hurricane Maria had wrecked their homes. But the FEMA times were good at Casino Del Mar.

San Juan's Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz had become a CNN celeb by wearing a, "Help Us We Are Dying" t-shirt. But no one was dying at the luxury resort in San Juan with its 15,000 square feet of gaming tables and its seven restaurants. Except maybe some especially unlucky gamblers. Its blue neon wave walls were shimmering, the machines were jingling and there were some high rollers at the tables.

One of those high rollers was a FEMA administrator.

Ahsha Nateef Tribble’s job had been to get Puerto Rico working again. That’s why Ahsha had been appointed FEMA's Power Sector Chief and Infrastructure Chief for Recovery.

And she was certainly helping one part of Puerto Rico recover.

At Casino Del Mar, Donald Keith Ellison, the former president of Cobra Acquisitions, who has been indicted alongside Tribble, was seen in surveillance footage picking up $3,000 worth of casino chips. The indictment alleges that Tribble and Ellison were together at the gambling tables and the cash cage.

Tribble and Ellison were gambling in more ways than one. The stakes would have easily broken the Casino Del Mar. Ellison’s Cobra had received $1.8 billion in federal contracts to restore Puerto Rico’s power grid. And Tribble had the authority to dispense $200 million in public assistance projects.

What was a mere $3,000 compared to the millions and billions that they were already playing with?

The indictments of Tribble and Ellison ended the game. The dice have come up snake eyes and the croupier is taking back all the chips. But the game of profiting from catastrophe was a fun one.

At Casino Del Mar, Ahsha Nateef Tribble was enjoying the good life at the top of a meteoric career. But while her annual salary of $149,000 placed her among the top 10% of employees at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), it wasn’t enough to buy her everything she wanted.

And that’s what Ellison was allegedly doing by, in the language of the indictment, promising, offering and giving “Ahsha Nateef Tribble a stream of things of value, including airfare, ground transportation, helicopter fights, hotel rooms, meals, entertainment expenses.” $149,000 a year only goes so far.

Not that Ahsha had anything to complain about. After earning a BS in Math from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, an MS in Meteorology from Florida State, she had traveled out of state to the University of Oklahoma for a PhD in Meteorology. And the year she graduated she was somehow already the Technical Chief of Staff at the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Commerce at NOAA.

Two years after graduating, she was the Executive Officer at the NOAA National Hurricane Center.

Five years after graduation, she was the Chief of the Climate Sciences Division for NOAA's National Weather Service.

With that kind of resume, Ahsha must have been brilliant. But her indictment doesn’t suggest a genius. Even an evil genius would have done a better job of cashing in than hotels, a casino and a copter.

There is, unfortunately, another explanation.

And it’s why the blame for the Puerto Rico mess falls squarely on the Obama administration.

Under Obama, the former Florida girl was in D.C. as a senior policy advisor coordinating with the White House. Obama's White House then put her on staff as a director at the National Security Council.

Ahsha Nateef Tribble became Obama's Senior Director for Response and even served as an interim Deputy Homeland Security Advisor.

In the waning days of the Obama regime, Ahsha was appointed a Deputy Regional Administrator at FEMA. Either Ahsha had guessed correctly that the next administration would not have the word 'Clinton' in it or she didn't have the right connections. But she had landed safely. And someone had decided that with her impressive resume, she would be perfect for tackling Puerto Rico's power crisis.

Hadn't she served as a senior advisor to Obama's Secretary of Energy?

And, according to her FEMA bio, "led or supported White House response coordination and operational policy for major disasters including Hurricanes Sandy and Irene."

There was just one problem.

The Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency. Disaster relief needs competence, not diversity. But FEMA, like every other part of the government, had gone mad for diversity without ever recovering. For Black History Month, its Diversity and Inclusion unit had promoted a livestream of a transgender panel from the U.S. Air Force Academy. FEMA might not be very competent at managing disasters, but it was great at promoting random lefty social agendas and spending taxpayer money.

Ahsha was the daughter of Israel Tribble Jr, an affirmative action advocate who claimed that the education system pandered to European elitism and was unsuited for those who were “dark or different”. The names of his children reflected the academic’s belief in his own form of Afrocentric Egyptology. In Puerto Rico, affirmative action ran into a wall of corruption and human misery.

A casino in San Juan was a long way from Ahsha’s glory days of traveling to disaster sites with Obama and Biden. Or representing the United States at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

But there were still opportunities here. And she allegedly knew how to take them.

Puerto Rico was a crisis. And the thing to do with a crisis was play it up and then cash in. And Ahsha Nateef Tribble was allegedly influencing the payments going to her new friend’s company.

While contracts in the hundreds of millions of dollars were dispensed, she enjoyed the little things, a helicopter ride, a hotel room, and a fun time in a casino. Also riding the Puerto Rico gravy train was Jovanda Patterson, another FEMA employee and a good friend of Ahsha’s, who got a job with Ellison.

“Thank you both for My day will be great when I get a picture of Ahsha getting her treatment today please,” Jovanda had emailed Ellison and Ahsha.

Times were still hard in parts of Puerto Rico, but there were other priorities for FEMA’s best.

“I’m on it. I will get her down there at 1pm,” Ellison replied.

You didn’t have to be in a disaster area to get personal service like that. Just tasked with managing one.

A Twitter account with Jovanda Patterson’s name and tweets about FEMA and Puerto Rico, includes a retweet of anti-American racist activist Colin Kaepernick, Barack Obama and Senator Kamala Harris.

Why was Hurricane Maria so devastating?

The answer has little to do with President Trump and a great deal to do with the existing corruption by local officials in Puerto Rico, which has already resulted in multiple arrests, and within FEMA.

It was one of Obama’s NSC staffers who had traveled with him and with Biden, who allegedly conspired to rob taxpayers and to abuse money meant to help Puerto Ricans.

What happened in Puerto Rico is the same thing that happens in Chicago, Detroit and Baltimore.

In another hurricane procurement scandal, FEMA gave Tiffany Brown a $156 million contract to serve 30 million meals to hurricane victims. Brown's company had no employees and no experience in large-scale disaster relief. And was not able to actually provide the meals. But "Dr. Brown" does boast that her Tribute Contracting LLC is a "a minority-owned government consulting firm".

The government can help people. Or it can help itself.

It can help the minorities it claims to care about. Or it can just help the well-connected ones.

A quick walk around Newark, Los Angeles or San Juan can clue you in on who’s really being helped.

The money that’s supposed to help people never actually reaches them. But that’s fine. There’s better uses for that money. And the worse things get, the more money will be spent on not fixing the crisis.

And, if you’re lucky, you can have a fun night in a casino in San Juan where everyone is always dying.

Daniel Greenfield is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. This article previously appeared at the Center's Front Page Magazine.

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Monday, October 07, 2019

Bernie Sanders Could Have Died Under Medicare-for-All

On Tuesday night, Senator Bernie Sanders, the socialist candidate who has run on a plan to nationalize medicine and ban health insurance, began to feel ill while doing an event at a Pakistani Halal restaurant.

Sanders requested a chair in the middle of answering a question. He appeared even more confused than usual and stumbled through his response. The event at the Halal restaurant was cut short and the millionaire campaigner against wealth was rushed to the hospital and admitted that very night.

The Sanders campaign failed to state and the media failed to report the name of the hospital. Why keep the name of the hospital secret? Sanders is most closely associated with a plan to take away everyone else’s access to the kind of health care he just benefited from. Releasing details about his level of care could prove as embarrassing as the socialist millionaire’s recent ascension to the ranks of the 1%.

What we do know is that Bernie Sanders was admitted Tuesday night and by the next day, he had two stents put in to deal with a blockage in an artery. He tweeted, “I'm feeling good. I'm fortunate to have good health care and great doctors and nurses helping me to recover.” And added, “Medicare for All!”

Despite the name, Medicare for All has nothing to do with Medicare. It’s a socialist proposal that would actually eliminate Medicare and reduce everyone to a sub-Medicaid system with limited care options. It draws its inspiration from the British NHS, Canada’s socialized medicine and some European systems.

While Bernie’s timetable of getting an angioplasty within a day might not sound that impressive to Americans, in the British NHS system, the median time from assessment to treatment is 55.3 days. Mean times for treatment have been cited as being 80 days. The maximum NHS waiting time is supposed to be 18 weeks and almost 16% of patients in the UK have to wait more than 3 months for an angioplasty.

Canada’s socialist system has angioplasty waiting times of around 11 weeks. And that’s after you get an appointment to see a specialist. The usual approach is to hand patients some aspirin and to praise Canada’s enlightened socialist system for not “rushing” patients into the hospital like the Americans.

You can go to the ER, but waiting times in Canadian ERs are worse than most other countries.

Senator Bernie Sanders has cited Norway as an inspiration for his socialist policies. 13.4% of Norwegians wait three or more months for the procedure that Bernie got just by walking into an “undisclosed” hospital in the United States.

Bernie waited a day in Vegas to get his angioplasty. In Norway, he would have waited 39 days.

In Finland, which Bernie has also cited as an inspiration for his socialist program, he would have waited 22 days. In Sweden, another favorite of American socialists, Bernie would have waited 42 days.

In New York, the average wait time is a day.

Sweden has improved from its infamous wait times of over a year during the eighties when 10% of cardiac patients on the waiting list were dying while on line to get access to its “Medicare-for-All”.

Socialists also love to tout the virtues of Cuban medicine. Good luck getting an angioplasty in Cuba.

“I think that countries like Denmark and Sweden do very well,” Senator Bernie Sanders claimed.

But, bafflingly, he chose to get an angioplasty in Vegas in a day instead of waiting around for 42 days in Sweden. Bernie Sanders wants Americans to live under socialism. As long as he has other options.

Sanders wants to benefit from a system in which he can get two stents put in one day, but he wants you to live under his Medicare-for-All socialist plan which would force you to wait weeks and months.

And if you die then, just as in Sweden or the VA, that’s one less cardiac procedure on the waiting list.

Senator Sanders had come to Vegas to appear at a Medicare-for-All town hall. He wasn’t able to make it because he was too busy benefiting from the free market medical system that he wants to destroy.

Ironically, if his socialized medicine system existed, he would have plenty of time to appear at his Medicare-for-All town hall while gasping for breath and popping aspirin. He would have had weeks, perhaps months, of waiting for his angioplasty while promoting Medicare-for-All.

Sanders is only able to continue campaigning for socialized medicine because he isn’t living under it.

But Bernie’s leftist speechwriter, David Sirota, insisted that Bernie’s health scare was “a perfect example of why the United States needs to join the rest of the world and pass Bernie’s Medicare for All legislation.”

It’s a pity that Bernie didn’t join “the rest of the world” and wait weeks to get his angioplasty.

Instead of going into an “undisclosed” hospital and getting his procedure done in a day, Bernie could have shown his supporters how socialized medicine really works and the sacrifices they’ll make.

But a camera crew following Bernie for weeks while he gasped for breath waiting to finally be seen would have killed any remaining support for the socialist plan to destroy health care in this country.

It might have also killed Bernie.

And if Bernie Sanders does, somehow, become the nominee and win the election, a set of events as unlikely as the NHS delivering faster and better care than Bernie’s “undisclosed” hospital, then he won’t be waiting 42 days or 18 weeks for an angioplasty. Instead, he’ll be going to “undisclosed” hospitals.

Socialist leaders don’t live by the same rules they make for everyone else.

“Nobody should earn more than a million dollars,” Bernie Sanders claimed when he ran for Senate. He argued that millionaires in the Senate were “immoral”. These days he’s a millionaire. And that’s okay.

“I wrote a best-selling book,” he sniped. “If you write a best-selling book, you can be a millionaire, too.”

“You don't necessarily need a choice of 23 underarm spray deodorants or of 18 different pairs of sneakers when children are hungry in this country,” he once argued.

But Bernie Sanders and his crooked clan need to have three homes. Even when children are hungry.

Bernie needed to fly around on a chartered 767 jet serving lobster sliders, crab salad, red lentil soup, herb crusted lamb loin, chocolate ganache, fine cheeses and white wine.

You don’t need a choice of deodorants. But Bernie needs a choice of lamb loin, ganache and crab salad.

There’s no mention of him sharing the fine cheeses or the lobster sliders with the hungry children of America whom he once saw on TV in a Sally Struthers commercial in between episodes of Matlock.

If Bernie gets his way, he won’t wait 42 days for an angioplasty. You will.

Bernie, just like Prince Harry, Al Gore and Leonardo DiCaprio, will have his jets and his white wines and his medical procedures. And he will have them the moment he decides he needs them.

You will get nothing. Not unless you have the right political connections.

That is socialism.

If Bernie Sanders were some random 78-year-old man, Medicare-for-All might have killed him. But if Bernie gets to run the country, then Medicare-for-All won’t kill him. He’ll never even experience it.

Medicare-for-All will kill you.

Daniel Greenfield is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. This article previously appeared at the Center's Front Page Magazine.

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Thursday, October 03, 2019


They say that Disneyland is the happiest place on earth, but Hillaryland must be the saddest.

What is Hillaryland? It’s a social network “aiming to connect all the people who’ve worked for Hillary Rodham Clinton during her more than 40 years of public service.” It’s run by “volunteers” and offers a plain white $15 Hillaryland tote bag which it claims that it’s selling “at cost” and “not for profit”.

How the might have fallen.

Once upon a time, Hillary and her people gaslit the country on the big issues. Now they’ve gone from Benghazi to trying to convince a declining handful of suckers that $15 is the cost price for a tote bag.

Hillaryland is the sad successor to Clintonworld networks like the Clinton Foundation which connected world leaders, foreign criminals and a prospective president. The alumni network is now a joke. The Clintons will never hold public office again. Hillaryland isn’t an alumni network, it’s a political leper colony run by “volunteers” too dumb to realize that the S.S. Slick Willy will never rise again.

Hillaryland promotes such promising ventures as Nasty Women Serve which holds an annual Hillary Rodham Clinton Day of Service. The highest level of service in Hillaryland is hosting a “house party” on November 8, which is National Hillary Day, also known as the day of Hillary’s downfall and defeat. The party will have, “in the true spirit of HRC — some Chardonnay” and will go on “until the wine runs out”.

Only Nazi war criminals in Argentina have sadder and more pathetic reunions than Hillary minions.

Nazis and potheads have 4/20 to get high. Hillary fans have 11/8 to get drunk on white wine. And both of them even blame the Russians for the defeat of their miserably corrupt murderous regimes.

And where’s Madame Fuhrer?

Hillary stopped by the Venice Biennale, the umbrella organization that includes the Venice Film Festival, allegedly a favorite stalking ground of old Clinton pal, Harvey Weinstein, to attend the exhibit of “HILLARY: The Hillary Clinton Emails."

For an hour, Hillary sat in a replica of the Oval Office pretending to read her own emails as part of an art project. To make her humiliation more complete, HILLARY was staged at the Despar Teatro Italia, a former theater turned into a supermarket. Confused shoppers watched a former American presidential contender pretending to be the President of the United States in an Italian supermarket.

There’s your chicken, your canned tomatoes and your pasta. Upstairs is a crazy lady who thinks she’s the President of the United States. Go easy on the chardonnay, you don’t want to end up like her.

Even Lady Macbeth went mad with more dignity than Hillary Clinton.

The Oval Office recreated in an Italian supermarket is only the second most famous piece of eponymous Hillary art. The National Museum of Women in the Arts also features a 6-foot-tall painting of a black fabric swatch named Hillary gifted to it by Heather and Tony Podesta. Heather and Tony have since split up. And Tony, a Hillarylander, got caught up in the Russia scandal and shut down his lobbying operation.

Sic transit gloria clintonmundi.

Hillaryland and the Italian supermarket presidency cast a dim light on Hillary’s prospects. What do you do when you run out of Chardonnay and ways to market yourself to an audience that no longer cares?

Audiences turned up their noses at Bill and Hillary’s theatrical appearances. The real Bill and Hillary flopped and so did fictional versions of them played by John Lithgow and Laurie Metcalf in Hillary and Clinton. Everyone, including Italian supermarket shoppers, want Hillary to go away. But she won’t go.

After churning out way too many books, Hillary is back with The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience. This one is supposedly co-written with Chelsea, but just sounds like a revamp of Chelsea’s collection of She Persisted books which seem to have the same premise and theme.

This just means another Hillary Clinton book tour that nobody asked for and nobody actually wants.

Nevertheless, Hillary's desperation tour will still be coming to such world-renowned locations as the Women's Club of Ridgewood, NJ (no books will be signed), the United Methodist Church in Denver, CO, and the San Ramon Valley High School gym. Next stop, a random Appleby’s in Great Forks.

What’s the point of all this?

Jeffrey Epstein is dead, Ed Buck is in jail, and Harvey Weinstein is tapped out. The money has to come from somewhere. Even if it means sitting dead-eyed and drunk in a high school gym while Chelsea launches into an enthusiastic explanation of how Rachel Carson made the world safe for malaria.

But it’s not as if the Clintons really need the money. Their greed is as compulsive as all their vices.

Hillary Clinton loathes other people, but is incapable of existing without them. She can’t do what every other contender did and go away because she has nowhere to go. There’s a mansion in New York, but it has too many mirrors. And at night, she might start wandering and muttering, “Out, damned spot.”

And she won’t be talking about the neighbor’s dog who committed suicide in a local park.

Desperate and malicious, Hillary’s restless spirt wanders the nation and the world, haunting random supermarkets, gyms and colleges. To paraphrase her inspiration, Karl, a specter is wandering D.C. That’s where Hillary showed up to George Washington U to claim that she only lost Wisconsin because of Republican voter suppression. It had nothing to do with her failure to campaign in Wisconsin.

Meanwhile, only 300 people turned out to hear her latest set of pathetic excuses and lies.

“I was the first person who ran for president in more than 50 years without the protection of the Voting Rights Act,” she whined.

The Voting Rights Act had been put into place to stop Democrat voter suppression in segregated states in 1965. Not to protect Hillary. It had nothing to do with why a rich white Democrat lost Wisconsin.

Who actually invited Hillary to rant at GWU? Who else? Hillary Clinton. In Defense of American Democracy, the conference at which Hillary spoke was sponsored by Onward Together. Her own group.

Hillary told attendees that the crisis caused by her defeat requires "national soul searching."

Would you have "risked arrest to demand votes for women or bled on the Edmund Pettus Bridge to demand voting rights for all?" she demanded.

Why would anyone get arrested or bleed for Hillary? They’re not even coming to hear her speak.

Just like they didn’t bother turning out to vote for her.

Hillary wants to fight a war until the last Hillarylander, but nobody would sacrifice a bunion for her, let alone their life and liberty to see that the flag of Hillandia flies proudly over a burning White House.

That’s what happens when you live in your own imaginary echo chamber of wealth and power.

Hillary claimed that Republicans had prevented American Indians on reservations from voting for her. But maybe they were just saving their votes for Elizabeth Warren, the first Cherokee president.

The only thing democracy needs defending from is Hillary Clinton.

The 2016 election was not hijacked by the Russians, Facebook or UFOs. It was nearly hijacked by Clinton operatives who spread false claims that Trump was a Russian agent that her campaign manufactured and paid for, and then passed along to government officials who used it as a pretext to spy on the opposition. Hillary began her rise with Watergate and ended her career by trying to recreate Watergate.

And now it’ll be on to the next stop in her endless self-humiliation world tour.

Hillary’s election hijacking failed and the only way she’ll ever be president is in an Italian supermarket.

Daniel Greenfield is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. This article previously appeared at the Center's Front Page Magazine.

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Sunday, September 29, 2019

House Dems Plot to Use IRS to Suppress Conservatives

"It is important for us to consider how our policies can help reduce hate and violence through any vehicle," Rep. Danny K. Davis insisted. "Any mechanism, any apparatus, any way that we possibly can."

The mechanism and apparatus being considered was unconstitutional viewpoint discrimination.

The Oversight Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee was holding a hearing on How the Tax Code Subsidizes Hate. Its theme was removing tax-exempt status from groups it didn’t like.

The Democrats running it didn’t issue a full list of allegedly discriminatory groups they wanted the government to discriminate against, but the Committee’s Twitter list of ‘hate groups’ seem to overlap with a list assembled by the Southern Poverty Law Center and curated by Philanthropy Magazine.

The Southern Poverty Law Center’s leadership was recently forced to resign over racism and sexual harassment. Its hate map had inspired a terrorist attack against the Family Research Council in D.C. In the same city where the hearing was taking place, Floyd Corkins had shot Leo Johnson, the African-American building manager, while trying to murder members of the conservative civil rights group.

“Southern Poverty Law lists anti-gay groups. I found them online,” Corkins had told the FBI.

But instead of removing the SPLC’s tax-exempt status, the Democrats on Oversight appeared to be proposing to put the SPLC and its spurious hate lists and maps in charge of tax-exempt status.

The Southern Poverty Law Center had once added a Pennsylvania bar sign to its list of hate groups. It had put an entire Iowa town on its hate map because an online troll had once proposed holding a Neo-Nazi book club there. The SPLC is as qualified to assemble lists of hate groups as Rep. Danny Davis is.

Rep. Davis was an inside expert on hate groups. He had boasted of going to Farrakhan’s home, and participating in meetings and events with him. “I don’t regard Louis Farrakhan as an aberration or anything, I regard him as an outstanding human being who commands a following of individuals who are learned and articulate and he plays a big role in the lives of thousands and thousands and thousands and thousands of people,” he had said of the racist leader of the Nation of Islam hate group.

Now, Rep. Davis and his fellow Democrat committee members were sanctimoniously lecturing on hate.

“Racism, in and of itself, is a public health crisis,” claimed Rep. Davis, who has collaborated with a racist.

“I disagree with Minister Farrakhan in terms of white people being devils and Jewish people being satanic,” Rep. Davis had once said. “But other than that, I think he does outstanding things for, especially for blacks who are unsure about themselves.”

Rep. John Lewis had called the hearing as chair of the Oversight Subcommittee.

"The (tax) code exempts some charitable and educational organizations from paying taxes. Some of these organizations promote hate based on race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or ethnicity," Rep. Lewis said in his opening statement. "I believe that the federal government should not sponsor or support groups whose hatred seeks to divide us."

This was the same man who had been part of a meeting with Farrakhan and commented that, “Minister Farrakhan made a great presentation to us, and the Caucus is going to be very supportive.”

Also participating in the hearing was Rep. Gwen Moore who had failed to denounce Farrakhan.

The Oversight Subcommittee campaigning to fight hate had its own serious hate problem to deal with.

If Farrakhan’s racism and anti-Semitism wasn’t its idea of hate, what sort of hate did it want to fight?

On its Twitter account, the Ways and Means Committee denounced the American Family Association as one of the “over 60 hate groups” while contending that it’s “unacceptable” to allow them to maintain their tax-exempt status. What did the conservative Christian group say to infuriate the House Dems?

In the Committee’s pull quote, the AFA is accused of saying that, "homosexuality is a poor and dangerous choice." If that’s enough to be labeled a hate group and lose your tax-exempt status, the House Dems have just made a case for stripping away the tax-exempt statuses of the Catholic Church, most traditional Christian and Jewish denominations, and the Mormon Church. Not to mention Islam.

The Catholic Church teaches that, "the homosexual inclination is objectively disordered". Are the House Democrats proposing that it be deemed a hate group and lose its tax-exempt status?

Do they want to explain that to their voters?

The star witness of the How the Tax Code Subsidizes Hate hearing was Brandon Wolf, a gay gun control activist who had survived the Islamic terrorist attack on the Pulse nightclub. Wolf repeatedly spoke about “hate”. And Omar Mateen, the ISIS shooter who shot up Pulse, was certainly hateful.

His hatred however didn’t come from conservative Christian groups, but from the teachings of Islam.

Mateen had pledged allegiance to ISIS. The Islamic State is not a 501(c) (3) charity registered as a tax-exempt non-profit with the IRS. Bringing Wolf to a hearing about stripping the tax-exempt status of groups the Southern Poverty Law Center doesn’t like without mentioning ISIS is ridiculously dishonest.

The Pulse massacre could have been prevented if the warnings of the David Horowitz Freedom Center, Robert Spencer’s Jihad Watch, the Center for Security Policy, the American Freedom Defense Initiative, and other groups targeted by the SPLC had been listened to, instead of attacked as ‘Islamophobia’.

But it just got worse from there.

Rep. Suzan Delbene had tweeted, “Over five dozen hate groups in the U.S. are paying zero taxes”. But once the hearing began, her idea of a hate group that she wanted the IRS to go after was the NRA.

Delbene was one of several House Dems who were interested in using the IRS to target the NRA.

By that point there wasn’t even a pretext that the How the Tax Code Subsidizes Hate hearing was about hate, instead of using the IRS to suppress the political opposition. The NRA is closely involved in congressional elections. Proposals by members of Congress to use a government agency to go after the NRA is a blatant case of officials suppressing funding and organizations tied to their political opponents.

It’s the stuff of North Korea, Venezuela and the Kennedy administration which was infamous for it.

The Kennedy administration’s abuse of the IRS to target political opponents on the Right and the Left had been headed up by IRS boss Mortimer Caplin. Marcus Owens, the legal expert brought in to argue the Dem case, had formerly worked for Caplin & Drysdale. That would be Mort’s old firm.

JFK’s Ideological Organizations Project had resulted in the mass targeting of conservative groups. Owens has been a reliable attack dog against conservative non-profits and for leftist non-profits.

Owens has attacked the David Horowitz Freedom Center. And it is highly likely that the Freedom Center, which has also been smeared as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, would be one of the targets of House Dems if they continue plotting to use the IRS to suppress the opposition.

The Oversight Committee had invited three witnesses who had been victimized by shootings in some way. The first witness was traumatized after an attack by an ISIS terrorist. The second witness’ daughter had been killed by an unstable man with a history of harassing women. The third dealt with the El Paso shooter. None of the killers were known members of any hate group. Let alone a tax-exempt one.

ISIS is not a tax-exempt group. Neither is 8chan. Membership in a terrorist group is already illegal.

The How the Tax Code Subsidizes Hate hearing was a blatant attempt to build a case for suppressing opposition groups like the NRA that there is no possible way to label a hate group. It echoes the usual SPLC tactic of mixing together Neo-Nazi groups with conservative organizations and calling for a purge.

The same arguments used to attack the Second Amendment were not being used to undermine the First Amendment. It’s bad enough when the SPLC does this, but it’s truly dangerous when elected officials do.

Professor Eugene Volokh repeatedly reminded House members of the First Amendment. As did GOP Subcommittee members.

Rep. Wenstrup, an Iraq War vet, recalled facing fire when a Bernie Sanders supporter shot up a congressional charity baseball game. That, as he said, was "hate".

But not the kind of hate that the SPLC has a problem with.

Hate groups are organizations that refuse to accept coexistence with another group. The hateful rejection of coexistence by leftist has manifested itself in violence and in growing efforts to censor, sanction and destroy political opponents using governments, corporations and any means available.

"Any mechanism, any apparatus, any way that we possibly can,” Rep. Danny K. Davis had said.

How the Tax Code Subsidizes Hate was not about fighting hate. It was hate. This radical hatred is tearing apart the country and destroying the rule of law.

Daniel Greenfield is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. This article previously appeared at the Center's Front Page Magazine.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Jews Hate Bernie Sanders

New York has more Jews than any place outside Israel. It’s one of the few places with enough Jews for them to show up as a distinct group in polls and surveys.

In the latest Siena College poll, Jews expressed their opinion about Senator Bernie Sanders.

14% of white voters in New York chose Sanders, as did 14% of black voters and 18% of Latino voters.

15% of Catholics support Bernie. So do 9% of Protestants. As do 24% in the nebulous 'other' category which can include everyone from atheists to Muslims.

But only 4% of Jews do.

To put this into perspective, there is no group in New York of any race, color, creed or religion with whom the former Brooklynite performs as badly as he does with the Jews. Far more black voters support Bernie than Kamala Harris and Cory Booker. But the Jews don’t care for him at all.

15% of self-described conservatives support him.

And yet only 4% of Jews are prepared to vote for Bernie Sanders.

These numbers may only be from New York, but they're not an outlier. A Morning Consult poll back in May saw 17% of Catholics, 12% of Protestants, 30% of atheists, 24% of agnostics, and only 11% of Jews supporting the socialist pol. Even nationally, Protestants are more likely than Jews to vote Bernie.

Back in July, The Forward noted that Jews formed the smallest part of Bernie’s donor base compared to most other candidates.

Meanwhile in New York, where his support among Jews ought to be strongest, it’s weakest.

Even as Bernie waxes nostalgic about playing stickball in Brooklyn and pores over the immigration records of his ancestors provided by helpful reporters trying to make the naked socialist emperor seem more likeable, the Jews of Brooklyn would rather vote for anyone than Bernie.

How can that be?

For one thing, New York Jews are a lot less radical than the stereotype on both sides would have it.

The same poll that has Bernie Sanders coming in at 4% also shows that 44% of Jewish voters in New York have a favorable opinion of President Trump. Although only a third (33%) intend to vote to reelect him.

That’s around the same number (34%) who rate him as doing a good job.

Those numbers may not seem great, but they show that a larger number of Jews like Trump personally than support him politically. That flies in the face of Trump Derangement Syndrome.

It’s also New York.

Jewish favorable ratings for Trump tie Catholic numbers and are higher than Protestant numbers.

More Jews in New York rate President Trump positively than white voters in general.

Why are President Trump’s favorable ratings among Jews in New York higher than among other white people? And why is Bernie Sanders’ support so achingly low among that same demographic?

The obvious answer is Israel.

President Trump’s pro-Israel policies have obviously made inroads among Jews. Even when they haven’t led to direct support, they have made Jews like him more. Even as the media demonizes him.

Bernie Sanders has run as the unabashedly anti-Israel candidate. He has surrounded himself with anti-Semitic figures like Linda Sarsour. His campaign chief, who managed an anti-Semitic blog, has been accused of helping raise money for Hamas. When Rep. Omar made anti-Semitic comments, he took her side. When Rep. Omar and Rep. Tlaib were barred from Israel, he rushed to MSNBC to harangue Israel.

"The idea that a member of the United States Congress cannot visit a nation which by the way we support to the tune of billions and billions of dollars is clearly an outrage," Sanders ranted.

That’s the same sort of rhetoric you hear from anti-Israel activists and Neo-Nazis.

Jews were listening.

They were listening when he falsely accused Israel of killing “over 10,000 innocent people” during its conflict with Hamas. Instead of apologizing to the Jewish community, that became one of a series of Sanders smears of Israel for daring to defend itself against Hamas terrorism.

They were listening when he compared his activism to that of anti-Semitic British leftist Jeremy Corbyn.

They noticed when his illegal alien press secretary, Belen Sisa, posted that, the “American-Jewish community has a dual allegiance to the state of Israel” and went unpunished.

And they’ve listened in the past when he called for a ban on arms sales to Israel before the Yom Kippur War, when he backed Jesse Jackson despite his anti-Semitic ‘Hymietown’ slur, and stood with Communist and Marxist regimes from the USSR to Nicaragua that were oppressing Jews.

When Jews look at Bernie Sanders, they see more than the Brooklyn accent, the radical politics and the rumpled appearance. Instead they see in him and his politics an even more familiar type.

The self-hating Jew.

Bernie’s hostility to Israel and his eagerness to befriend anti-Semites from Jesse Jackson to Jeremy Corbyn to Al Sharpton to Rep. Ilhan Omar stems from his obvious discomfort with his family’s Jewish roots and his own dislike of Jews and Jewishness. Sanders hasn’t even made a token effort to reach the Jewish community. In sharp contrast to his outreach to the Latino community, black voters, LGBTQers and Islamists, his outreach to Jews has wavered between the insulting and the non-existent.

His 2016 Jewish outreach coordinator, Simone Zimmerman, was an anti-Israel activist whose hate group, IfNotNow, is frequently in the news for targeting Jewish groups. Who’s handling Jewish outreach now?

Good question.

An unofficial Jews for Bernie page was last updated in June. It’s filled with anti-Israel rants from the IfNotNow hate group. And it links to a site that doesn’t actually exist.

That dead link is a fitting metaphor for Bernie’s Jewish support and his connection to Jews.

But, why bother? Jews won’t vote for him anyway. And he doesn’t actually want their votes.

That 4% represents the mutual distaste between Bernie Sanders and the Jews.

Bernie Sanders doesn’t like Jews. And Jews don’t like him. Sanders is the ‘Jewface’ that an anti-Semitic movement of radical leftists, identity politics nationalists and Islamists wears when it attacks Jews.

While his media fan club markets his accent and his resemblance to Larry David, as if these things mean anything other than an accident of birth, actual Jews don’t like him and won’t support him.

Last week, some Jewish high school students were discussing the 2020 Democrats. They’re not old enough to vote, but old enough to know their own minds.

“Bernie,” one of them said, “is a Jew who hates Jews.”

The teenage boy who said it was only half right. Bernie hates Jews. But there’s nothing inwardly Jewish about him. And yet those words capture what many Jews instinctively feel about Bernie Sanders.

It’s also why, President Trump’s favorability among New York Jews ties his national average.

President Trump likes Jews. Has a Jewish family. And is pro-Israel. He’s the opposite of Bernie Sanders.

American Jews often vote stupidly. But they’re not as stupid as the Left thinks. These numbers ought to serve as a warning that the Corbynization of the Democrats will see them lose their Jewish support.

A Jewish exodus from the Democrats can happen.

Just ask Bernie Sanders and his 4%.

Daniel Greenfield is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. This article previously appeared at the Center's Front Page Magazine.

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Monday, September 23, 2019

Venice is Sinking

In 1999, Nate Parker was accused of raping a woman. In 2012, his alleged victim, who testified that she had tried to kill herself twice after the assault, took her own life. In 2019, the Venice Film Festival gave a standing ovation and an award to Parker’s movie glamorizing a terrorist attack on a police station.

The Venice Film Festival has always been a sewer where Eurotrash effluent and Hollywood slime back up into Venice’s disgusting canals. Last year’s Venice Film Festival had seen a “Weinstein is Innocent” t-shirt. Polanski, a Venice Film Festival regular wasn’t there, because he feared being extradited to the United States over his rape of a 13-year-old girl. And this time, Weinstein, who had spearheaded a campaign to get Polanski off the hook when he was nearly extradited from Zurich, can no longer count on the support of Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese, Julian Schnabel, and Darren Aronofsky.

Well, maybe Woody Allen.

There were no “Polanski is Innocent” t-shirts on display when the infamous director skyped in to avoid the long arm of the American law. But, Venice went one better by giving him the Grand Jury Prize.

Like Parker, Polanski also got a standing ovation.

“The history of art is full of artists who committed crimes but we have continued to admire their works of art and the same is true of Polanski," Alberto Barbera, the festival's director insisted.

Barbera compared Polanski to Caravaggio. An important point in Caravaggio’s defense is that he died in 1610. It’s one thing to admire the work of an artist who died four hundred years ago, and another to continue promoting the work of a living predator whose alleged targets had included models and actresses whom he had gained access to because of his role in the film industry.

But at Venice, the mythology of European cinema with its parties and payouts is all that matters.

Last year, Moritz de Hadeln, the festival's former director, had defended Harvey Weinstein by arguing that, "no one has done as much for European cinema."

If the Venetian house of European cinema is built on Harvey Weinstein, maybe it deserves to sink.

But what of Nate Parker, whose latest black nationalist screed, American Skin, was widely panned by even leftist critics? American Skin depicts a black father whose son has been shot by police, storming a police station and putting the officers on trial at gunpoint. Critics had few problems with glamorizing Black Lives Matter violence against police officers, despite the murder of five police officers in Dallas by Micah X. Johnson, a black nationalist, and Gavin Long’s murder of three police officers in Baton Rouge.

Instead, they took issue with Parker’s acting, the technical execution and its general terribleness.

But at Venice, American Skin’s depiction of a black nationalist assault on a police station, got a standing ovation from Polanski and Weinstein’s fan club. Parker was praised by Spike Lee, the movie’s producer, who had helped him break out with a role in Red Hook Summer the year his accuser committed suicide.

And American Skin won the Filming Italy Award for Best Film despite not actually being filmed in Italy.

But geography, like consent and the age of the girls you assault, is often a technicality in Venice where the canals run with sewage and the film festivals with slime who give sewage a run for its money.

What little there is of American Skin’s "Italian" heritage comes from Tarak Ben Ammar, the Tunisian Muslim who controls Italian film distributor Eagle Pictures.

Tarak Ben Ammar was there alongside Parker and Spike Lee when the latter insisted that, “we’ve got to move forward.” That’s something that the dead woman whom Parker allegedly raped is unable to do.

“My hope is that I can make more films that speak to times that need attention in a way that inspires people to do better," Nate Parker told reporters. “Gun violence needs attention in our country… what happened to the indigenous people in America, we need to know more about it and have an opinion about it. The plight of women globally - there are so many stories that have not been told."

It's much easier to talk about the plight of women globally, than the plight of women locally.

After the accusations began coming out, Harvey Weinstein also urgently wanted to talk about gun violence. “I am going to need a place to channel that anger, so I’ve decided that I’m going to give the NRA my full attention,” the alleged rapist had declared in his statement.

While rattling off his list of politically correct talking points, Parker left out the one story that he is truly qualified to tell. Not the plight of women globally, but the plight of one particular woman. Not the story of gun violence, but of his own violence. And that’s the one story that he has no interest in telling.

Spike Lee implied that Parker had unfairly lost out on an Oscar for a previous movie because of racial bias in handling accusations against black and white Hollywood figures accused of sexual misconduct. But Weinstein and Polanski are also out at the Academy Awards. Like Parker, they’re still popular in Europe.

"We have to assume facts: One, he was acquitted and is innocent. Two, he's a great film director,” Tarak Ben Ammar insisted.

Spike Lee began ranting about President Trump. “I hope people register to vote because this guy has got to go. He has done many evil things but one thing that has really struck me is infants being torn out of the arms of their mothers.”

The suicide of Parker’s alleged victim had left her ten-year-old son without a mother.

Spike Lee, Nate Parker and the rest of the gang at the Venice Film Festival, couldn’t care less.

Instead, Parker and Polanski cynically make movies about racial injustice in order to wrap themselves in the cloak of an unearned martyrdom. Polanski is not a victim because he’s unable to hear the cheers of the Venice Film Festival audience in person. And despite Parker’s insistence on playing oppressed men driven to the breaking point, his film office boasts an address near the Woodland Hills Country Club.

American Skin’s reception at the Venice Film Festival does tell a story. Not about racism, but about its uses. It’s not just a story about Venice, but about the entire movie industry whose moguls and directors tell the stories of underdogs while bullying, terrorizing, raping and assaulting real-life underdogs.

The movie industry’s value system is a narrative invented by predators who want to seem like heroes.

Hollywood heroes are always fighting injustice in front of the camera because the industry’s figures believe that holding them accountable for the crimes they commit is an injustice. They’re always rebelling against social norms because the industry doesn’t believe in norms that restrict their appetites. They’re always leading the battle against bigotry, sexism and homophobia because the attacks on the morality of the country provide them with cover for their own horrifying crimes against everyone.

These truths are not as obvious as they are at the Venice Film Festival. But they ought to be.

Daniel Greenfield is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. This article previously appeared at the Center's Front Page Magazine.

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Queensistan: A Big Islamic Terror Problem in Trump’s Old Neighborhood

Awais Chudhary, a Pakistani immigrant, lived with his parents in their $920,000 house whose street number ends in 911, a block away from the Grand Central Parkway, where he hoped to drop bucket bombs on passing cars, and blocks away from the Dunkin Donuts where he plotted a stabbing spree.

On the other side of LaGuardia International Airport sits the New York City headquarters of CAIR.

If the 19-year-old Islamic terrorist had kept going after, in his own words, planning to use “a knife to spill the impure blood of a kafir” or non-Muslim, he could have easily ended up in the offices of the Islamic group most associated with defending and justifying Islamic terrorist violence worldwide.

Once upon a time, Queens was the home of working-class New Yorkers. These days it’s the home of a growing number of Islamic terrorists. The Pakistani terrorist’s mother showed up to support him in court wearing a full black burka. Cameras caught other members of the clan covering their faces with hijabs.

Burkas and hijabs are a common sight in Queens. As are mosques and FBI raids on terror homes.

The terrorist's family had a choice between the Al Madni mosque, the Nuriddin mosque, the Al-Falah mosque, the Khazara mosque, the Islamic Center of Jackson Heights, the Dar-ul Furqan mosque and many others not far from LaGuardia. And the terrorists have an even wider choice of kafir targets.

Earlier this year, Ashiqul Alam, a 22-year-old Bangladeshi Muslim immigrant, was arrested in a Queens apartment for plotting a bombing of Times Square. Alam had been interested in getting a suicide bomber vest and seeing the "flag of Islam” flying from “the Empire State Building."

Alam's social media revealed that he was a supporter of the campus hate group, Students for Justice in Palestine, as well as the Bangladesh Muslim League, and Jaamat e-Islami Pakistan. The Alam family’s apartment was a few miles away from where the Chudhary clan lived. The closest mosque, Dar-ul Furqan, was only a few blocks away in this predominantly Muslim enclave.

But terror plots just seem to spring up in Queensistan.

In August, Asia Siddiqui and Noelle Velentzas, Queens roommates, pled guilty to a pressure cooker bombing plot. Velentzas had gushed that paradise lies through the "flesh of the kufar” or non-Muslims, and had cited the attack by Zale H. Thompson, a Muslim convert, on two police officers in Queens.

Imam Charles Aziz Bilal of the Masjid Al-Hamdulillah in Queens denied the charges against the terrorists.

Siddiqi had been inspired by Samir Khan, a Pakistani immigrant formerly in Queens, who headed Al Qaeda's Inspire magazine. It was Khan who had authored the famous "Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom" article that was used by the Boston bombers for their pressure cooker bomb, and by the San Bernardino shooters, and the Chelsea jihadist, Ahmad Rahimi, who set off bombs across New York.

Earlier this year, Najibullah Zazi finally pled guilty to a plot to bomb the New York City subway system. The Afghani Zazi family had moved to Pakistan and then to Queens. Zazi was recruited by Al Qaeda in Pakistan and along with two Muslim high school friends from Queens began plotting mass murder.

Former Attorney General Eric Holder had described the 2009 plot “one of the most serious terrorist threats to our nation since September 11, 2001.” Nevertheless, a decade later, Zazi was finally sentenced to time served. He will rejoin his father, Mohammed Zazi, who apparently doesn’t speak English, but admitted to covering up for his son and was sentenced to over four years in prison.

Amanullah Zazi, Najibullah’s cousin, whom Mohammed falsely claimed was his son, in an immigration fraud plot, and the terrorist’s uncle, Naqib Jaji, pled guilty to obstruction of justice.

Imam Ahmad Afzali, a Queens imam, had also tipped off the terrorist on September 11. Afzali has since been deported to Saudi Arabia. Masjid-al-Saaliheen and Masjid Hazrat I Abubakr, where Afazli preached, remain behind in Queens. The hulking Hazrat mosque overshadows the churches that surround it.

Zazi’s two Queens classmates, Adis Medunjanin, a Bosnian Muslim immigrant, and Zarein Ahmedzay, an Afghan Muslim immigrant, had both attended Queens College, and had participated in the Queens College Muslim Students Association. The MSA has been a gateway to terrorism for Al Qaeda figures.

But the NYPD’s monitoring of the Queens College MSA was attacked by the pro-terror media.

Admedzay had prayed at the Abubark mosque and studied Islam with Imam Afzali.

Unlike the other Queens plotters, Medunjanin did carry out a terrorist attack when he tried to ram another car, while shouting, “We love death more than you love your life.” No one was actually hurt.

Quazi Mohammad Nafis, a Bangladeshi Muslim immigrant living in Queens, had wanted to detonate a truck bomb at the Federal Reserve building. "We will not stop until we attain victory or Martyrdom,” he had declared. The Queens apartment where the Islamic terrorist lived and plotted the mass murder of Americans was a few blocks away from the headquarters of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA).

The Islamic enclave in Queens is home to more than 10,000 Bangladeshi Muslim settlers.

Nafis was just one of them.

Queens was also the home base of Mohammad Ashrafuzzaman Khan, another Bangladeshi immigrant, the former Secretary General of ICNA, and the head of the North American Imams Federation. Khan was sentenced to death in absentia in Bangladesh for torturing and murdering secular political opponents.

Khan’s killing squad was an offshoot of Jamaat-e-Islami, the same Islamist group which, Ashiqul Alam, the Bangladeshi Islamic terror plotter arrested this year in a Times Square plot, appeared to support.

The United States has failed to turn over the former ICNA leader to Bangladesh to face justice.

In previous generations, Queens had produced Donald Trump and David Horowitz. These days it’s the haunt of Islamic terrorists who plot the mass murder of kafir infidels in basements, apartments and hotel rooms. What was once an enclave of the middle class is becoming enemy territory.

Grand Central Parkway, where Awais Chudhary, the latest Islamic terrorist operating out of Queens, planned to drop bombs on passing cars, passes a few blocks from President Trump’s childhood home. There are 5 Islamic centers within a little over a mile of where Trump had grown up. Including ICNA.

Hijabs and burkas can easily be spotted on the border of the neighborhood where he used to live. Muslim preachers hand out Korans to passerby and the shadow of terror hangs over Queensistan.

Nafis plotted to kill hundreds of Americans one mile away from President Trump’s former home.

The decline of the borough that once gave rise to Trump and Horowitz into a terrorist enclave is the outcome of the immigration policies that have killed thousands of Americans. And the terror goes on.

That’s why President Trump understands that we won’t stop the terror until we stop the migration.

Daniel Greenfield is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. This article previously appeared at the Center's Front Page Magazine.

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Monday, September 16, 2019

When Muslims Oppress Gays, It's the Fault of the Jews

The constitution of ‘Palestine’, a terror state funded by the rest of the world, declares that "Islam is the official religion in Palestine" and that "Islamic Sharia shall be a principal source of legislation".

Sharia, or Islamic law, imposes the death penalty on homosexuality. That’s the way it is from Qatar to Iran, and Saudi Arabia to Afghanistan. So it shouldn’t have been much of a surprise when a gathering by Al-Qaws, a gay right group operating under Palestinian Authority rule, was met with severe threats.

The Palestinian Authority police, a paramilitary terror organization which draws its personnel from supporters of Fatah, the core group of the PLO, warned that gay activists would be arrested and tried.

A spokesman for the PA police said that gay rights were “harmful to the higher values and ideals of Palestinian society” and “unrelated to religions and Palestinian traditions and customs.” That was a convoluted way of saying that homosexuality was unacceptable under Islam and Islamic law.

While the PA urged locals to turn in members of Al-Qaws and ‘Palestinians’ denounced them and called for their deaths, the Soros-funded gay rights organization jumped into action and blamed Israel.

In an official Twitter statement, Al-Qaws claimed that "singling out incidents of homophobia in Palestinian society ignores the complexities of Israel's colonization and military occupation being a contributing factor to Palestinian LGBTQ oppression." And it told foreign journalists to "situate Palestinian LGBTQ oppression within the larger context of Israeli occupation."

Somehow, Muslim terrorists targeting gay people is the fault of the Jews.

Groups advocating for abused women in the Palestinian Authority routinely blame Muslim men hitting their wives on Israel. It makes just as much sense for Al-Qaws to blame threats from the Palestinian Authority on Israel. If it wasn’t for the “occupation”, the Muslims of Gaza and the West Bank would enjoy the same standard of gay rights, from floggings to hangings, of Islamic countries around the world.

The PA police is going after Al-Qaws because, as its constitution says, Islam is the official religion and the laws are based on Sharia. The existence of the modern state of Israel has as much to do with the Islamic position on homosexuality, as it does with the Islamic support for wife-beating or beheading infidels.

But Al-Qaws is just coming off a $100,000 grant from George Soros’ Open Society Foundation. A decade of cash has poured in from the Astraea Lesbian Foundation For Justice, whose longtime head was Katherine Acey, an Arab activist, who had chaired the National Executive Committee of the Palestine Solidarity Committee, had served as an Open Society Foundation advisory board member, and a member of the Arab Women’s Gathering Organizing Committee.

The real business of Al-Qaws was attacking Israel.

In 2017, Haneen Maikey, the head of Al-Qaws, put out a Newsweek editorial calling for BDSing the gay parade in Tel Aviv. Maikey claimed that the gay parade was “deployed to divert attention from the occupation of Palestinian lands.” Maikey’s rant failed to list any alternative gay parades under PLO or Hamas rule. Instead she claimed that the existence of the parade was an example of “pinkwashing”.

Pinkwashing is a term used by anti-Israel activists to claim that Israel’s failure to treat a gay parade the way that the PLO or Hamas would is a conspiracy to divert attention from its oppression of terrorists.

Last year, when Eurovision came to Israel, Maikey claimed that gay rights was part of “Israel’s propaganda campaign”, and insisted that gay people should boycott Israel because the “struggles for queer and Palestinian liberation are inseparable.” But, according to the Palestinian Authority, they are extremely separable. But they’re also entirely separable for Maikey and Al-Qaws.

And “queer” liberation has to take a seat at the very back of the “Palestinian liberation” bus.

Al-Qaws isn’t arguing that gay rights are better in the Palestinian Authority than in Israel. Its real argument is that gay rights is much less important than creating an Islamic terror state in Israel.

That’s not even ‘pinkwashing’. It’s pinktrashing.

In countless anti-Israel editorials and petitions, Al-Qaws failed to mention the rights of the people it claims to be advocating for. Instead it put out strident Arab nationalist screeds while claiming that intersectionality meant gay rights and the rights of Islamic terrorists are somehow intertwined.

The irony is that Al-Qaws, which accuses Israel of ‘pinkwashing’, is the ultimately pinkwasher. Its interest in gay rights is always subsidiary to the centrality of its Arab nationalism and hatred for Israel. Its gay identity is only used as a weapon to advocate for a ‘Palestinian’ cause that eliminates gay rights.

That’s why Al-Qaws responded to the Palestinian Authority crackdown by trying to blame Israel.

Pro-Israel gay rights activists are accused of ‘pinkwashing’ for pointing out the vast difference in civil rights between Israel and the Islamic terrorist entity in Ramallah. Al-Qaws can’t do that. It can’t even safely hold events in the Islamic terrorist state on whose behalf it demands a boycott of Israel.

And yet, in response to the crackdown on itself, it insisted that the idea that Israel offers more rights is “factually baseless.”

Rep. Ilhan Omar responded to the Palestinian Authority crackdown on Al-Qaws by warning that it might be a “distraction”. Then she retweeted Al-Qaws’ claims that it’s really Israel’s fault.

Omar’s use of “distraction” echoes Maikey’s use of diversion to describe the issue of gay rights.

Describing gay rights as a distraction or diversion is an interesting position for a House Democrat and a gay rights activist to take. But it’s the same way that the Left responds to accusations of anti-Semitism.

The underlying message is that there is a central cause and there are lesser causes. In certain contexts, gay rights may be a valid cause. But it cannot be allowed to distract from the central cause.

Maikey’s use of intersectionality positions Arab and Islamic nationalism as the central cause, while gay rights is a lesser cause. Gay rights is a legitimate cause when challenging the Republican leadership in Alabama, but not when it comes to an Islamic regime in the Middle East. That’s when gay rights, a compelling issue in the United States, becomes a distraction, as Rep. Omar put it. Or, ‘pinkwashing’.

Gay rights cannot be allowed to distract from supporting an Islamic terrorist state against Israel.

Likewise, anti-Semitism is a legitimate accusation when directed at Republicans, but not Democrats. Accusing Rep. Omar or Rep. Tlaib of anti-Semitism is a distraction or diversion from the true cause.

Al-Qaws and Maikey are eager for the current wave of controversy to pass so that they can refocus on urging British musicians to boycott Israel, while accusing the Israelis, who don’t lock up gay rights groups, of pinkwashing their oppression of Islamic terrorists by not acting like Islamic terrorists.

Men and women waving ‘Queers for BDS’ and ‘Queers for Palestine’ signs will flock to rallies in New York, San Francisco and London. They just know better than to wave their little signs in Ramallah.

The ‘Queers for Killing Jews in Palestine’ can rename themselves, ‘Queers for Killing Queers in Palestine’.

Daniel Greenfield is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. This article previously appeared at the Center's Front Page Magazine.

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