Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Campus War and Freedom of Speech. Bret Stephens and A Very Revealing Op Ed. An Embarrassing Look Back?



The Campus Wars against Israel are also more subtle attacks on Free Speech.  (See 1 below.)
Bret Stephens reveals why cost matters are out of control and you can lay much of the blame at the feet of big government and its overstaffed bureaucracy.  They are not spending their money and authoritarian nit-picking has become their specialty.

Ever need to go to some government office to get something done and , all too often, you are subject to an haughty and officious attitude?  (See 2 below.)
There are real feminists and then verbal ones.  (See 3 below.)
Twenty years from now when an entire generation of Liberals reach a ripe old age perhaps they will look back on how pathetic they acted in response to Trump's election.

One of my Liberal friends recently commented about how I had acted in the same way when it came to Obama.  I reminded him I never protested Obama's election and made a fool out of myself.  I only commented, during the campaign, Obama reminded me of Wilson's " The Music Man" and  then commented about his misguided and failed policies once he became president.  I accepted the fact that he had been elected president I just doubted he would be a president worthy of the faith others had placed in him and lo and behold I believe my suspicions have proven totally correct.

Tobin suggests Oberman get some professional help.  Hell, even the professionals have become whackos! (See 4 below.)
In his remaining days in office I suspect Obama will do things he knows Trump will reverse but it will anger all those who are opposed to Trump and keep de-legitimizing Trump going for a while longer, starting with coal, restricting drilling and moving our embassy to Jerusalem   etc. (See 5 and 5a  below.)
1) Why the Oldest Hatred Flourishes on US Campuses
By: Lori Lowenthal Marcus

Jewish Americans who have been paying attention know there is a serious anti-Israel problem on U.S. campuses, and they have some idea of where it is happening. What most still don't know is how or why it happened.

In Richard L. Cravatts' new book,"Dispatches from the Campus War Against Israel & Jews," (2016) he lays it all out.

"Dispatches" starts with the evolution of the "cognitive war against Israel." Dr. Cravatts traces the modern trajectory of the oldest hatred. In its latest incarnation, the "new anti-Semitism" has morphed into a more widely acceptable, but just as hate-filled and irrational, version which hides behind the fig leaf of "criticism of Israeli policies."

In Dispatches, Richard Cravetts explains where anti-Israelism and anti-Semitism is happening on US college campuses and why

The intense contortions of those whose anti-Semitism was not acceptable forged a more acceptable conduit for the irrational hatred, which then flowed into the most-favored blame receptacle, now represented by the Jewish State.

Cravatts names the leading players behind this movement to recast and legitimize anti-Semitism, such as the University of Michigan's Juan Cole, and Columbia University's Joseph Massad and Edward Said. "Dispatches" also reveals how various cultural currents, such as multiculturalism, moral relativism and the grotesquely misnamed social justice warrior movement buttress this new lethal narrative.

American campuses are the petri dishes in which the latest version of the oldest hatred festers. Tuition and tax dollars feed the disease, while the fecklessness of campus administrations and even most Jewish organizations ensures its continued growth.

Today's version of the Big Lie - that Israel is responsible for nearly every "pathology and failure" not only in the Middle East but for many even where Israelis have no footprint - is meticulously catalogued by Cravatts through his series of articles which make up "Dispatches."

Luckily, moral detectives were able to recognize and categorize this new version of the old disease which lurks behind the moral narcissists' claim of mere Israeli criticism. The villains are not the only ones whom Cravatts names.

Contemporary maccabees such as Martin Kramer, Ruth Wisse, Phyllis Chesler, and Canada's Irwin Cotler, whose heroic efforts to name and shame those spreading the disease in the hopes of controlling the contagion are saluted. But the numbers and the ferocity of those seeking to extirpate the Jewish State are, sadly, far greater in number.

The effort to cast Israel - and therefore its Jewish citizens and supporters - as the ultimate evil in the world includes fevered references to Israelis as the new Nazis. It is a form of ex post facto exculpation, and also lets off the hook the youthful initiates who might otherwise feel uneasy spewing hatred. The linkage between Zionism and Nazism is frequently displayed in the signs held aloft at many campus demonstrations, as "Dispatches" reveals.

But the professoriat and their acolytes also delve into more recent history to stigmatize Jews and the Jewish State. Apartheid South Africa is a favored comparison to Israel, which reveals how little concern for facts plays a role in this academic game. Israel is one of the most diverse nations on Earth, one that has absorbed people of every imaginable color and religion. A quick peek at the Israeli legislature or the Israel Defense Forces puts the lie to the claim of Israeli apartheid, but as Cravatts repeatedly points out in his book, "facts are irrelevant" because Jew-hatred blinds the hater.

The second part of "Dispatches" explains the current malevolent phenomena of the BDS (Boycotts against, Divestment from and Sanctions against Israel) Movement. This section focuses on recent efforts by academic associations to attack Israel using the BDS form of warfare. Why American academic associations such as the Modern Language Association, the American Studies Association and others believe themselves justified in attacking Israel (and only Israel) is examined in-depth. What's revealed in that examination is shameful. That academics fail to recognize the moral failure of attacking Israel says volumes about the state of the American academy. It is not only a moral failure but an intellectual failure for a profession of those whose sole job is education.

The final section of "Dispatches" consists of nearly two dozen campus case studies. The role of the virulently anti-Israel organization "Students for Justice in Palestine" gets a lot of play, and deservedly so. Cravatts catalogues a plethora of outrages set on university campuses throughout the country.

Although Israel and Jews are the primary targets of the latest version of anti-Semitism, Cravatts does a masterful job of revealing one of its collateral victims: free speech. The chapters dealing with the abandonment by the left of a bulwark of freedom, that of speech, demand attention. Further, the co-existence of "safe spaces," "trigger warnings" and hate speech codes, with calls for Israel's extermination and the justification of murdering Jews because of the mythical "occupation" should boggle the mind. And yet it hasn't. Not yet.

The author of "Dispatches" told the he wrote the book with the hope that "by understanding the toxic tactics of pro-Palestinians, readers can begin to see the danger of teaching a whole generation of students a false and damaging narrative about the Jewish state.

"If we understand the tactical strategy and know its weaknesses, we can begin to combat the lies and degrade the odious campaign to vilify Israel."

Cravatts lectures around the country on higher education, anti-Semitism and the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. He has published hundreds of articles on these topics and is the immediate past-president of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East. Currently Cravatts sits on the board of the AMCHA Initiative, the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under the Law, and the Journal for the Study of Antisemitism. Read his book. 

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is a contributor to the A graduate of Harvard Law School, she previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools. You can reach her by email:


Doomed to Stagnate?

Eight years ago it took 40 days to get a construction permit. Now it’s 81.

The World Bank, which does many things poorly, does one thing exceptionally well: It 
publishes an annual survey that scores and ranks countries according to the ease of doing 
business. Want to better understand the mess Greece is in? In 2006 it took an average of 
151 days to enforce a contract in the Hellenic Republic. Today it takes 1,580. Want to 
measure Israel’s progress? A decade ago, starting a business in the startup nation took 
about 34 days. Now it takes 12.
What about the United States? When President Obama took office in 2009, the U.S. 
ranked third in the overall index, just behind Singapore and New Zealand. It has since 
fallen to eighth place. Eight years ago, 40 days were needed to get a construction permit. 
Now it’s 81. When President Bush left office, it took 300 days to enforce a contract. 
Today: 420. As for registering property, the cost has nearly quintupled since 2009, to 
2.4% of property value from 0.5%.
Not all the numbers have moved in the wrong direction under Mr. Obama. It takes 
somewhat less time to pay taxes today, for instance. But the broader trend is clear, and it 
goes to the heart of the most important debate in—and about—America today. Are we 
doomed to the long-term economic stagnation that afflicts Japan and Europe, regardless 
of who’s president? Or can we grow again as we did in the 1980s and ’90s?

By contrast, the case for growth is micro. There’s nothing “secular” about our low rate of 
growth, goes the argument: It’s just the result of the never-ending accretion of ever more
 costly and time-consuming regulations, all of which could, in theory, be overturned at a 
stroke. These regulations go largely unnoticed by coastal elites because we’re mostly in 
the business of producing and manipulating words—as politicians, lawyers, bureaucrats, academics, consultants, pundits and so on. But regulations (and those who profit from 
them) are the bane of anyone who produces or delivers things: jet engines, burgers, pool 
supplies, you name it.The case for stagnation is macro. The labor force is no longer 
growing the way it used to. Innovation isn’t giving us the same productivity gains as it 
did in the past. There’s too much saving, not enough investment. Look at all the broad 
indicators, say the pessimists, and they all point south.
Words-makers have the benefit of the First Amendment, that great guard against speech
 regulation, to keep the government at arm’s-length from their work. Things-makers do 
not. It’s one of the reasons our worlds seem politically so far apart.
In recent months I’ve tried to get a better sense of the things-making world by asking 
executives in different industries to share their sense of what it’s like to do business in 
America today. They talk about Sarbanes-Oxley—its punishing auditing requirements. 
Or Dodd-Frank—the Compliance Blob it has created within banks. Or the Affordable 
Care Act—the employer mandate, the increased age of dependent “children,” the obscure
 little taxes for things like the “Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute.”
Then there’s the rest of the iceberg.
Did you know that a company that is a contractor or subcontractor with the government 
must, according to recent Labor Department regulations, establish a goal of having 7% 
of its workforce be disabled? Did you know that, to achieve this goal, “Contractors 
mustconduct an annual utilization analysis and assessment of problem areas, and 
establish specific action-oriented programs to address any identified problems.” (My 
Did you know that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently banned 
blanket policies on post-accident drug testing because they may be discriminatory? Did 
you know that OSHA’s decision to adopt the U.N.’s 2003 Globally Harmonized System 
of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals required a relabeling and reclassification 
effort that cost affected companies an estimated $2.1 billion in compliance?
Did you know that a driver who makes a delivery within Seattle’s city limits must earn a 
minimum of $15 an hour, irrespective of whether his company has a branch in the city? 
Did you know that San Francisco’s Fair Chance Ordinance forbids employers from 
asking about convictions or arrests on a job application?
The list goes on endlessly. When those of us in the words-making world use the term “overregulation,” we are mostly putting a name to a concept we rarely experience 
consciously. On the things-making side of life, regulations are experienced every day as 
a mix of tedium and torment—a drag on profits, time and what used to be the joy of 
making money in America.
The Mercatus Center at George Mason University recently estimated that regulations 
have knocked 0.8% off of annual GDP growth since 1980, for a cumulative total of $4 
trillion in lost domestic product. Economists trying to explain the puzzle of faltering 
growth might begin with that estimate. So, too, might those of us in the words-making 
world, puzzled by the anger out there, seeking to better understand what just happened
in American politics.

Heroic Female IDF Fighter Fights Off 23 Terrorists After Being Wounded in Ambush

Take that, Beyonce. Here's a real feminist. 

Captain Or Ben-Yehuda of the Israeli Defense Forces just put Generation

Snowflake to shame.

While many American youth -- male as well as female -- cower in college 
safe spaces to protect themselves from microaggressions, this young

female IDF Captain has just been decorated with the country's highest

honor, the Medal of Valor, for her leadership and bravery in the face of an

ambush by nearly two dozen terrorists near the Egyptian border.

According to The Tribunist, Captain Ben-Yehuda was in charge of the

Caracal Battalion which was stationed near the Israeli / Egyptian border.

When three suspicious vehicles approached the battalion’s position,

Captain Ben-Yehuda went with a driver to check them out.

As they approached the first vehicle, nearly two dozen armed

men opened fire on their position in an ambush attack. Both

Captain Ben-

Yehuda and her driver were immediately shot in the volley of gunfire.

Despite suffering from a gunshot wound, Captain Ben-Yehuda managed to 
get on the radio and call for backup, administer first aid to her driver and 
return several magazines worth of gunfire back at her attackers.

Backup, in the form of several vehicles full of IDF soldiers, arrived on scene, the wounded Captain commanded the responding soldiers and positioned her 
men to effectively fight back the terrorists.

At this point it was obvious the IDF was going to be able to push back the 
armed group, and medical personnel wanted to evacuate Captain Ben-
Yehuda to treat her gunshot wounds. However, she was unwilling to leave 
the battlefield until all of the fighting was done.

After she recovered from her injuries, Captain Ben-Yehuda’s own mother 
showed up to present the award to her daughter in a special awards 
ceremony Her mother, Emma Dina Ben-Yehuda, is no slouch 
either. A decorated IDF officer herself, she served in the Yom 
Kippur War and was also honored later for her work with
 grieving families of IDF soldiers killed in the line of duty.

Take that, Beyonce and Amy Schumer. This is what a feminist looks like:


Why Democrats Can’t Move 

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