Archive for August 22nd, 2007

Levi’s Airs Ad for ‘Gay’ Jeans

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007

More indoctrination to homosexuality for kids to watch on TV. It is way past time to turn those televisions off.

In the newest ad for Levi’s 501 jeans, a guy opens up a box and takes out a new pair of jeans. As he pulls the pants on, the entire street below him magically rises into his apartment as well — carrying with it an attractive stranger who happens to be standing in a nearby phone booth. The two exchange a meaningful look and walk off into the night, arms touching flirtatiously.

If you’re like a lot of people, you’ll immediately think: Wait, who uses a pay phone anymore? But what’s really likely to get people’s attention is that the stranger in the phone booth is a woman in one version of this ad and a man in another.

The gay version of the ad is currently airing only on the gay- and lesbian-themed Logo channel, although Levi Strauss & Co. said it does have plans to air it on other cable stations with both gay and straight audiences.

Levi’s has done some limited marketing to the gay community since the late 1990s. Still, Robert Cameron, the jeans maker’s vice president of marketing, said he’s actually struck by the fact that the apparel company didn’t make a bigger effort, like this one, sooner.

“I think what’s surprising is how long it’s taken us to get there,” Cameron said. “Just to put (a commercial) on a gay-targeted channel like Logo that actually reflects the people who are watching it shouldn’t be such a radical notion. It really shouldn’t be.”

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“My New York Times Problem” by Dr. Phyllis Chesler

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007

Once upon a time, I only read and wrote for the most radical, left, and feminist media on the face of the earth. Reluctantly, suspiciously, I read just one establishment, “grown up” paper: The New York Times. After all, it was my home town paper and being as provincial as most Manhattanites, I somehow still believed (you learn this from the drinking water) that the Times covered issues in an objective, sophisticated, and leading-edge way.

I still subscribe to, and read the Times, but never first and sometimes not at all (I love how they cover weddings and usually check their obituaries). But duty calls and, as a culture warrior on the front lines, so to speak, I have to read the Times.

But now, I first read The New York Sun, Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, The Weekly Standard, The New Republic, Commentary, Middle East Quarterly, the American Jewish media, the online Israeli and Middle Eastern papers and then check about twenty five other internet websites beginning with FrontPage and Pajamas Media in order to steel myself for the ordeal of reading The Paper of Record–yes, the same paper which buried news of the Holocaust on its back pages; the one which today, chooses, positions, and captions photos in such a way that over time, its readers have come to believe that Israel is really an “apartheid” nation state and that every single Palestinian, including the suicide killers, their handlers, and their billionaire funders are barefoot, unarmed, and innocent victims of Israeli and Jewish aggression.

Just the other day–on precisely August 11, 2007, what fresh outrage blinded me and caused me to reach for my blood pressure medication? There, right on the front page of the Saturday Times was a photo four columns wide and five inches high. It was not about the American miners who were, at the time, heartstoppingly, tragically trapped in Utah.

It showed us a lonely man (Camus’ existential stranger-hero, perhaps Kafka’s lonely civilian facing a nameless bureaucracy) on a long, long road surrounded by a high wall. The article was captioned: “A Segregated Road in an Already Divided Land.” One more time, the Israeli attempt to defend itself from terrorist attacks by building a security wall and, incredibly, in this instance, to allow the West Bank Palestinians (those who do not comprise the 1.2 million who live in Israel proper as Israeli citizens) to travel from Ramallah to Bethlehem without checkpoints, without being stopped, without having to deal with Israeli soldiers.

One might think that congratulations were in order. Nope. In fact, the pull quote read: “A Lack of Exits Will Keep Palestinians Out of Jerusalem.” I do not recall any similar pull quotes about how Jews or Christians are not allowed to practice their religions in Saudi Arabia or Pakistan or even at their own holiest sites in Muslim-held territory. And, as Paul Berman has brilliantly pointed out, the Times has glamorized fascism in its overly gushing reviews of the work of Tariq Ramadan, the grandson of the founder of The Muslim Brotherhood, who now teaches at Oxford University and is published by their distinguished press.

When Islamic jihad intensified against Israel in 2000, I began meticulously to document such media biases. I wrote articles, delivered speeches, lost old friends and colleagues but made new ones for doing so. I counted myself one lucky woman when HonestReporting, Camera, and Memri emerged to do just this both systematically and splendidly. Let me note that because the Times is still so large it can afford to throw bones, offer scraps, to cover their considerable moral nakedness.

Thus, the paper has also published inspired, “corrective” reportage by Nicholas Kristof, Christopher Caldwell, and David Brooks–even occasionally by Thomas Friedman on the subjects of Islamic gender and religious apartheid and about the Middle East. And, let me admit: I still read their Sunday Book Review which, although it chose not to review my last two books, (a “first” for me, but a very educational experience), still remains essential reading. But, the book reviews in the New York Sun, Wall Street Journal, and Weekly Standard are now also essential reading.

Here’s the problem: Despite all the ongoing critiques, the Times remains a major cultural gate-keeper. If a film, opera, ballet, concert, or book is reviewed in its pages–the work exists. Otherwise, the work and its creator are rendered almost invisible. A good review in the Times (and I have had two front page Sunday book reviews, appeared on the cover of their magazine, been interviewed and published in their pages hundreds of times), inevitably leads to book sales, lecture and media requests, larger publishing advances, and invitations to much-talked about parties. It does more than that: It ensures that your ideas are made available to a large number of people.

If this is true about culture, imagine the influence the Times wields by its coverage of war, politics, foreign policy or the Presidency.

I don’t think the bias or the influence of the mainstream media will change any time soon. And, it may get a lot worse with the increasing Saudi purchase of shares in American media.

However, there is cause for hope. I am banking on the internet to effectively compete with such mainstream media. Most people under 30 turn to the internet for their news, not to hard copy newspapers–or so my son and various polls tell me. This, more than the cancellation of subscriptions by irate readers, is probably the primary reason that circulation has fallen at the Paper of Record.

And now, having gotten this off my chest, I am ready to face the Paper of Record for today.

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Dr. Phyllis Chesler is the well known author of classic works, including the bestseller Women and Madness (1972) and The New Anti-Semitism (2003). She has just published The Death of Feminism: What’s Next in the Struggle for Women’s Freedom (Palgrave Macmillan), as well as an updated and revised edition of Women and Madness. She is an Emerita Professor of psychology and women’s studies, the co-founder of the Association for Women in Psychology (1969) and the National Women’s Health Network (1974). She is currently on the Board of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East and lives in New York City. Her website is www.phyllis-chesler.com.
We are delighted to have Dr. Chesler as a new contributor to the Jesus is Lord, A Worshipping Christian’s Blog.

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Alltel Features Pentagram-Earring TV Spot

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007

Kind of inappropriate, in my opinion. Wonder how it got past the editors? Accident or “on purpose”?
There are also several other “oddities” about Alltel.

Cell-phone carrier Alltel is raising eyebrows with a TV spot featuring a woman wearing large earrings in the shape of a Pentagram, the symbol of Satanism and other occult beliefs and practices.

Alltel, an Arkansas-based company, has long ties to Bill and Hillary Clinton and the Little Rock Rose Law Firm and has been shrouded in mystery and intrigue since its inception.

In November 1999, the FBI confirmed to WND in response to a Freedom of Information Act request that there were “law enforcement” investigations involving the Arkansas Rose office law firm, former employer of Hillary Clinton, and its relationship with Alltel.

According to FBI Section Chief John M. Kelso, the bureau could not release the records because they had been compiled for “law enforcement purposes” and “could reasonably be expected to interfere with enforcement proceedings.”

The relationship between the Clintons and Systematics dates back to the mid-1980s when the man who would become chief executive officer, William Cravens, was working for the Worthen Bank, also owned by Riady and Stephens. Mrs. Clinton and her Rose law partners, Vincent Foster and Webster Hubbell, worked on Worthen legal contracts.

Later, Cravens left Worthen and took the top position at Systematics and brought its legal work to the Rose law firm. Systematics would go on to develop the secret computer “Clipper” chip capable of bugging every phone, fax and e-mail transmission in America.

Cravens was succeeded by Charles Wilbourne Miller, who became the CEO of Alltel. On Nov. 17, 1998, Miller, 63, was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head in a shallow pit about 300 yards from his ranch house near Little Rock.

Police found a .410 shotgun near Miller’s body and a Ruger .357-caliber revolver submerged in water. Investigators concluded the Ruger was the weapon used by Miller to kill himself. Yet, two rounds in the handgun’s cylinder had been spent. Even though two weapons were found at the scene and two rounds from the Ruger had been fired, Miller’s death was ruled a suicide.

There was one other high-profile “suicide” among the inner circle involved with the “Clipper” chip project – Foster, who attended critical National Security Agency planning meetings on the Clipper chip project, along with then-Associate Attorney General Hubbell, Attorney General Janet Reno and then-White House Counsel Bernard Nussbaum, the man who cleaned out Foster’s office after his death.

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Terrorist: U.S. Training Helps Attack, Kill Jews

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007

This rates right up there with our support of Saudi Arabia. It is most certainly a case of “support the supposed lesser of two evils”.

RAMALLAH – United States-run programs that train militias from Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah organization have been utilized to kill Jews and were instrumental in the “success” of the Palestinian intifada that began in 2000, a senior Fatah militant trained by the U.S. told WND.

“I do not think that the operations of the Palestinian resistance would have been so successful and would have killed more than 1,000 Israelis since 2000 and defeated the Israelis in Gaza without these [American] trainings,” said Abu Yousuf, a senior officer of Abbas’ Force 17 Presidential Guard unit in Ramallah.

The U.S. has long run training programs at a base in the West Bank city of Jericho for members of Force 17, which serves as de facto police units in the West Bank, and for the Palestinian Preventative Security Services, another major Fatah security force.

This weekend diplomatic security officials announced the State Department will begin training Force 17 again this year in an effort to bolster Abbas against Hamas, which took over the Gaza Strip in June when the terror group easily defeated U.S.-backed Fatah forces in the territory.

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Church’s Pro-Life Advocacy Earns IRS Audit

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007

Church persecution continues to accelerate here in the U.S.

A church whose pastor is a leader in the local pro-life efforts has earned an Internal Revenue Service demand for an audit of the organization’s books by posting its biblically mandated support for life on its marquee.

The IRS demand arrived recently for Pastor Mark Holick and the Spirit One Christian Center at which he serves in Wichita, Kan., and he says it’s a result of the church’s work against abortion in a city that features one of the world’s premiere late-term abortionists, George Tiller.

But Holick said the message he’s getting is straightforward: “Don’t touch abortion – if you do, we will come after you!”

“An examination of your records may be necessary in order to resolve our concerns about your organization’s possible political campaign intervention,” the letter, from Marsha A. Ramirez, director of examinations for the IRS, said. “Records to be examined include financial and accounting records, such as check registers and/or canceled checks, records of contributions made to candidates, solicitations made on behalf of candidates, and evidence of any in-kind support for political campaigns.”

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Legal Brief Filed in California Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Case

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007

The Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) is headed to court claiming that constitutional rights and obligations extended to people in traditional marriage do not apply to homosexual relationships.

The Supreme Court of California is reviewing six consolidated cases that were filed by same-sex couples after the high court stopped San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom from issuing same-sex “marriage” licenses. ADF senior counsel Glen Lavy says federal law is clear regarding marriage.

“What the city and the same-sex couples, the homosexual organizations that are involved in this litigation, are asking the court to decide is what marriage should be,” he says. “But we are arguing in this brief that California really cannot change what marriage ought to be because that’s protected by the U.S. Constitution.”

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