Archive for April 1st, 2008

Hamas TV Puppet ‘Kills’ Bush as Revenge for U.S., Israeli Actions

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

The Pali terrorist death cult continues to do everything it can to train up it’s children with an unquenchable hatred of all things Israel and the U.S.

In a Hamas TV production for Palestinian children, a puppet stabs U.S. President George Bush to death in revenge for American and Israeli actions.

The children’s puppet aired Sunday, part of series called “Exceptionals.”

In the episode, Bush, a hand-held puppet dressed in a green uniform and wearing boxing gloves, is shown talking to a Palestinian child.

The child, with tears in his voice, accuses Bush of killing his father in Iraq, his mother in Lebanon and his brothers and sisters in Gaza with the assistance of the Israelis.

The Islamic Hamas overran Gaza last June. Israel, the U.S. and EU consider it a terror group. Hamas charges the U.S. with backing Israeli attacks.

The unnamed child tells Bush: “You are a criminal. You deprived me of everything.”

The child says, “I have to take my revenge with this sword of Islam.”

Bush, in a panic, pleads for his life. “I repent. Don’t kill me.”

He invites the child for talks in the White House. But child counters that the White House has been turned into a mosque, and “impure Bush” can’t enter it. Then the child stabs him to death.

In a previous Hamas production, a Mickey-Mouse lookalike preached against Israel and the United States and urged Palestinian children to fight them.

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Truckers Go On Strike Due To Outrageous Fuel Prices

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

Independent U.S. truckers are planning to stop hauling freight Tuesday in protest of record-high diesel prices that drivers say they can no longer afford.

Independent truckers, who constitute 90 percent of the nation’s trucking fleet, are being hit especially hard by soaring diesel prices and compensation lags far behind rising costs, according to the American Trucking Association.

“Diesel used to be 30 to 40 cents cheaper than regular gasoline; now it’s 30 to 40 cents more,” said independent truck driver Gordon Gravely, of Helena, Mont., who stopped at the Phoenix Petro Truck Stop on his way to Roseburg, Ore.

Many truckers are spreading word of a strike through Internet blogs and over their CB radios, encouraging everyone to put their trucks in park in order to send the message to U.S. oil companies and the federal government.

“Make a stand, we’re going to unite. It’s something we’ve needed to do,” said truck driver Carla Skipworth.

Diesel this week was at an average of more than $4 a gallon in Oregon and Washington and nearly $4.12 in California, according to the American Trucking Association. If a trucker is filling up a 300-gallon semi, that bill could top $1,200.

USA 2008: Great Depression?

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

Americans are noted for their extravagance and love of excess. We have overspent and overestimated the economy. With 28 million people on food stamps, and so many in foreclosure, I would say that a day of reckoning (of sorts) has come. I don’t know if I would use the term ‘depression’, but our country is in a serious state when it comes to the economy and falling dollar.

We knew things were bad on Wall Street, but on Main Street it may be worse. Startling official statistics show that as a new economic recession stalks the United States, a record number of Americans will shortly be depending on food stamps just to feed themselves and their families.

Dismal projections by the Congressional Budget Office in Washington suggest that in the fiscal year starting in October, 28 million people in the US will be using government food stamps to buy essential groceries, the highest level since the food assistance programme was introduced in the 1960s.

The increase – from 26.5 million in 2007 – is due partly to recent efforts to increase public awareness of the programme and also a switch from paper coupons to electronic debit cards. But above all it is the pressures being exerted on ordinary Americans by an economy that is suddenly beset by troubles. Housing foreclosures, accelerating jobs losses and fast-rising prices all add to the squeeze.

Emblematic of the downturn until now has been the parades of houses seized in foreclosure all across the country, and myriad families separated from their homes. But now the crisis is starting to hit the country in its gut. Getting food on the table is a challenge many Americans are finding harder to meet. As a barometer of the country’s economic health, food stamp usage may not be perfect, but can certainly tell a story.

Michigan has been in its own mini-recession for years as its collapsing industrial base, particularly in the car industry, has cast more and more out of work. Now, one in eight residents of the state is on food stamps, double the level in 2000. “We have seen a dramatic increase in recent years, but we have also seen it climbing more in recent months,” Maureen Sorbet, a spokeswoman for Michigan’s programme, said. “It’s been increasing steadily. Without the programme, some families and kids would be going without.”

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“Sleepwalkers in Dangerous Times” by Dr. Phyllis Chesler

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

I am intimately surrounded by enemy propaganda and I’ve only myself to blame. For example, I have been reading Publishers Weekly (PW) for a very long time. I don’t have to but I won’t give it up. Yes, I have noted the leftward drift of their reviews but, like the New York Times, whose editors and book reviewers have drifted similarly left-ward, PW remains a “must” for all those who want to read reviews of upcoming book titles and who want to know what publishing deals are in the works.

In their March 10th issue (I am behind this month), there is an image on page 66 and a glowing review on page 74. The photograph is titled “Palestinians waiting to be processed at an Israeli checkpoint, West Bank.” Yes, another image, another work. The book is titled Palestine Inside Out: An Everyday Occupation. The anonymous reviewer finds the book “urgent,” and focuses on how many Palestinian children have been killed by Israeli military operations—as if Israelis planned to kill the children.

This image, this idea, this reality has been burned into Western and Eastern brains. The Chinese Occupation of Tibet, the Sudanese genocide, the thousands of Muslim on Muslim atrocities and Islamist acts of terrorism all pale by comparison. The “Israeli checkpoints” was an accusation hurled at me when I spoke at Barnard in 2003. As I described the features of Islamic gender and religious apartheid, (honor killings, arranged marriage, polygamy, forced veiling, female genital mutilation, etc.) the assembled feminist crowd kept yelling at me to “admit” or to “focus on” the checkpoints. No matter what I said, they shouted back: “What about the humiliation at the checkpoints?”

They were very noisy for “sleepwalkers.”

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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 contributor to the Jesus is Lord, A Worshipping Christian’s Blog.

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“PANEL ADDRESSES ACADEMIC TIES WTH NAZIS” by Fern Sidman

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

Several renowned academics and researchers participated in a most revealing and highly informative event on Sunday, March 30th entitled, “Columbia and the Nazis: New Research, New Concerns”. The event, designated as a special session of the Organization of American Historians annual conference was held at The Center for Jewish History in Manhattan and was sponsored by the David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies.

The session was chaired by esteemed historian and prolific author, Dr. Rafael Medoff. Dr. Medoff is the director of the David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies and has recently co-authored a book with former New York City Mayor Ed Koch titled, “The Koch Papers: My Fight Against Anti-Semitism” (Palgrave MacMillan).

Dr. Medoff introduced Prof. Stephen H. Norwood of the University of Oklahoma who has done extensive research on the ties between such prominent institutions of higher learning as Columbia and Harvard Universities and their support for Hitler and the Nazi party during the 1930s. Norwood himself is an alumnus of Columbia University, having received his PhD from there in 1984. Prof. Norwood told the audience that in 1933 Columbia University president Nicholas Murray Butler invited Hitler’s ambassador, Hans Luther to speak on campus, despite vehement protests by students there. Ignoring strident editorials in The Columbia Spectator admonishing Butler for extending this invitation, Butler nonetheless forged ahead, referring to Luther as “a gentleman” displaying great courtesy and respect to this high ranking member of the Third Reich. In order to dodge hostilities by Columbia student opponents of his decision, Butler had another speaker introduce Luther, while he attended a sporting event.

Moreover, Prof Norwood reveals that Butler went so far as to have certain faculty members terminated and students expelled from Columbia because of their anti-Nazi stance. Prof. Jerome Klein of the Fine Arts department at Columbia was terminated and Robert Burke, a student leader of the anti-Nazi contingent was expelled for “leading pickets protesting the Columbia administration’s insistence on sending a delegate and friendly greetings to a major propaganda festival the Nazi leadership orchestrated in 1936 in Germany, the 550th anniversary celebration of Heidelberg University.”

Burke was a fine student, had been elected president of his class and had challenged Columbia’s decision to expel him with a lawsuit, yet he was never readmitted. Prof Norwood said that “like his counterparts at Harvard and Yale, Butler considered German universities in 1936 to be part of the “learned world” and claimed political concerns were irrelevant when academics interacted.” Norwood further reveals that the “Nazis tightly controlled Germany’s universities, driving into exile many of the world’s foremost scholars, propagated Nazi racial ideology and helped the Hitler regime develop anti-Semitic legislation.” Columbia students held a mock book burning in front of Butler’s mansion, to reflect the very real book burning that occurred in 1933 on the campus of the University of Heidelberg. Prof. Norwood also mentioned that President Butler was an admirer of Mussolini and had consistently violated the boycott of Nazi goods and services by taking German ocean liners to Europe, where he visited the Third Reich on a regular basis.

Columbia University made international headlines in September of 2007, when Columbia President Lee Bollinger extended an invitation to Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to speak on campus. The administration, completely cognizant of the fact that the Iranian dictator has denied the veracity of the Holocaust and has repeatedly threatened to obliterate the State of Israel were not swayed by arguments presented by student protestors and other vocal opponents to cancel this invitation. It now appears that a delegation of Columbia University professors and deans of faculties will be accepting Ahmadinejad’s offer to visit Iranian universities.

Prof. Norwood drew parallels to student and faculty exchange programs during the Nazi era saying that American university students were incessantly subjected to Nazi propaganda and eventually became “apologists for the Nazi government”. Conversely, he said that “German students came to the United States to serve as propagandists for Nazi anti-Jewish policies.” While Prof. Norwood defended the concepts of freedom of speech and academic freedom he said “you don’t have to go out of your way to invite dictators and despots to American campuses.” Prof. Norwood spoke at length about the “moral bankruptcy” of the American academic community, underscoring the fact that anti-Semitism is a ubiquitous and dangerous phenomenon on Western campuses. Norwood went on to say that, “despite the higher university degrees and brilliance of those at the helm of the academic world, there is very little or no sense of morality. Quite to the contrary, these same people display an insensitivity to morality. These people can’t feel deeply enough to care about people. Their only concern is about the prestige of the university that they represent.”

The second speaker of the day was 92-year-old Nancy Wechsler, Esq. who attended Columbia University in 1933 and was a participant at the anti-Nazi demonstrations that took place on campus. She recalls that as a freshman at the New College, a branch of Columbia, she joined the Social Problems Club, a leftist organization that decided to protest the invitation to the German ambassador to speak, based on the premise that fascists had no right to speak. It was there that she met her future husband, journalist James Wechsler who was covering the demonstration. Mrs. Wechsler said of her husband, “he was supposed to be neutral but he was not. He got up and made an anti-Nazi speech. We started talking and we had our first date.” She said that demonstrators handed out leaflets while police escorted them away. “People climbed on each other’s shoulders and spoke out against Nazi fascism” she said and “three women were able to get in to the speech and disrupted and were arrested.” She added that the sister of New York Times op-ed contributor A.M. Rosenthal was one of those arrested.

The next speaker on the program was Prof. Laurel Leff, author of the new book, “Buried By the Times: The Holocaust and America’s Most Important Newspaper”. She told the audience that the rise of the Nazi party to power in Germany and the Holocaust “presented a moral choice for elites from the United States.” She went on to say that despite their copious scholarship many leading American intellectuals and the US government remained indifferent and apathetic towards the plight of European scholars and intellectuals who were summarily dismissed from their positions throughout western Europe and subsequently persecuted due to their opposition to Nazi philosophies.

“Seeking to escape Nazi Europe, many European professors, lawyers, journalists and authors made their way to Prague or Brussels and were then deported to Poland for assignment in a concentration camp where many, if not all of them perished” she said, adding that “the United States government erected obstacles to immigration from Europe during this era and it took Herculean efforts for German academics to get in to the United States. German scholarship was even greater than that in the US and a great deal of talent and brains were lost to the US because of their callousness and reluctance to condemn the Nazism. America was not a monolith. People had clear moral choices to make when it came to allowing European scholars in to the US.” She did mention that “some Americans did try to help by signing affidavits assisting scholars in getting US citizenship and obtaining teaching positions in the US, but more could have been done, such as insisting that the US increase immigration quotas. Professors at Harvard did succeed in bringing 45 European scholars to the US, over the staunch objections of the university president.”

Prof. Leff was followed by Dr. Melissa Jane Taylor who is a historical researcher and employee at the United States Department of State. The thrust of her remarks focused on U.S. diplomatic responses to the Anschluss and she spoke in great length about a State Department official named John Wiley who was stationed at the American Consulate in Vienna, Austria during the rise of Nazism in Europe. She prefaced her words by saying that these were her own views and did not represent the official position of the US State Department. John Wiley was assigned to Vienna from July of 1937 through the end of 1938 and was present during the Nazi Anschluss. He remarked that subsequent to the Anschluss, Vienna had become a “dull and restrictive city”.

Dr. Taylor illustrated the internal conflicts that plagued Wiley during his employ at the visa section of the consulate. “Wiley did not create obstacles for immigrants, yet did not break any immigration laws. Wiley strove to adhere to US policies of severely restricted immigration, but felt the pain of those seeking to emigrate. He very much wanted the US to relax immigration quotas, to revise immigration policies due to the pervasive and intense anti-Semitism in Austria in the wake of the Anschluss. Wiley insisted that Austrian Jews had a moral right to be heard, to be treated fairly and respectfully and he communicated this to the State Department in no uncertain terms.”

Dr. Taylor said that immediately following the Anschluss, Wiley telegraphed the US State Department saying, “the tragedy here is greater than in Berlin. The visa section is in a state of siege and will be for a long time.” Wiley worked tirelessly to increase immigration from a little over 1000 a year following the Anschluss to 27,362. The State Department responded to Wiley by indicating that they wished to reduce the staff at the US Consulate in Vienna. Wiley protested vehemently, insisting that the consulate desperately needed personnel, both German and American to process all visa applications and even hired employees and paid them from his own pocket. Wiley’s reimbursement requests to the State Department were denied.

As the plight of Austria’s Jewish population intensified exponentially, Wiley referred to the Austrian government’s policy toward Jewish immigration as “lunatic”, saying that government wanted the Jews out of Austria even weeks before a visa could be issued. Dr. Taylor said that Wiley continued to struggle with his desire to be a humanitarian while following the letter of the law.

The last speaker of the day was independent scholar, Dr. Susan Subak who spoke about American Unitarian efforts to rescue Jews from the Holocaust. Dr. Subak said that Unitarians were very active in rescue efforts during World War II and most were New Englanders who were highly educated and had chosen Unitarianism. While Unitarians routinely confronted the US State Department on the issue of European immigration, their rescue efforts spread throughout Europe including Vichy France, Lisbon and Prague. In Prague, Dr. Subak said, “there was a large Unitarian community numbering in the several thousand range. They were magnetic speakers who aroused their spiritual kinsmen such as Quakers to get more involved in helping European refugees. Unitarians would help people get on ships, stay out of prison and would assist those refugees in internment camps to get proper medical care.”

Dr. Subak also spoke of the Jewish Children’s Aid Society who coordinated its rescue efforts through the Unitarians because it was a safer option and spoke of the efforts of Martha Sharp, the wife of a Unitarian minister who rescued Jewish children in Austria following the devastating destruction of Kristallnacht. She risked her safety and her life by leading these children across war-town Europe to Portugal where they boarded a ship sailing to the United States in December of 1940. Dr. Subak also said that through the use of refugees as would be informants the Unitarians also engaged in “espionage missions and worked on passport renewals”. Following the war, Dr. Subak said that many prominent Unitarians were investigated by the House Un-American Activities Committee for assisting “leftist” refugees to escape Europe and the results of this witch hunt cast a giant shadow on their careers.

The day concluded with a lively question and answer session as audience members were given the opportunity to ask questions of the panelists. Both audience members (which included several members of the Arts and Letters Council of the David S. Wyman Institute) and the panelists then headed to another room to enjoy a reception where more questions more dialogue took place.

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Fern Sidman holds a B.A, in political science from Brooklyn College. She was the educational coordinator for the Betar Youth Movement in the late 1970s and early 1980s. She was national director of the Jewish Defense League from 1983-1985. She was a researcher for several books written by Rabbi Meir Kahane, ZTK”L. She was the managing editor of the publication entitled, The Voice of Judea, and is a regular contributor to its web site. She is currently a writer and journalist living in New York City. Her articles have appeared in The Jewish Press, The Jewish Advocate, The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, and numerous Jewish and general web sites including, Front Page Magazine, Daniel Pipes and Michael Freund.
We are delighted to have Ms. Sidman as a regular contributor to the Jesus is Lord, A Worshipping Christian’s Blog.