“Anne Frank Center” attempts to shame Tim Allen into silence

Last week, Tim Allen appeared on the Jimmy Kimmy Live! show. Kimmel asked Allen about his attending Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration. Clearly, Kimmel thought he was asking Allen an innocent question. However, Allen immediately became defensive, with Kimmel trying to reassure him that he wasn’t attacking him. Allen then compared today’s Hollywood to 1930s Nazi Germany.

“You gotta be real careful around here, you know. You’ll get beat up if you don’t believe what everybody believes. It’s like ’30s Germany.”

Below is a clip of the interview.

For that brief moment of honesty on a late night talk show, the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect excoriated Allen for even considering comparing Hollywood to Nazi Germany.

The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect demanded an apology from actor Tim Allen after he compared life for Hollywood conservatives to living in “’30s Germany.”

That era, of course, was when Adolf Hilter rose to power and the Nazis began their campaign of mass extermination of Jews and many others they deemed undesirable. The Anne Frank Center called Allen’s comparison “deeply offensive” and said it “trivializes the horrors imposed on Jews in Nazi Germany.”

The “Last Man Standing actor said on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Friday: “You gotta be real careful around here, you know. You’ll get beat up if you don’t believe what everybody believes. It’s like ’30s Germany.”

“Tim, have you lost your mind?” said Steven Goldstein, executive director of the Anne Frank Center. “No one in Hollywood today is subjecting you or anyone else to what the Nazis imposed on Jews in the 1930s – the world’s most evil program of dehumanization, imprisonment and mass brutality, implemented by an entire national government, as the prelude for the genocide of nearly an entire people.”

Added Goldstein: “Sorry, Tim, that’s just not the same as getting turned down for a movie role. It’s time for you to leave your bubble to apologize to the Jewish people and, to be sure, the other peoples also targeted by the Nazis.”

There’s nothing like berating someone for making an honest comment that makes the very point Allen was trying to make.

There are two general points I’d like to make.

First, this “Anne Frank Center” has nothing to do with the Anne Frank House and Museum in Amsterdam, Holland. Rather, it uses Anne Frank’s name as a cover for yet another progressive outfit.

Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, the U.S. national organization in the worldwide network of Anne Frank organizations, addresses civil and human rights across America. Through educational programs and grassroots organizing, the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect calls out prejudice, counters discrimination and advocates for the kinder and fairer world of which Anne Frank dreamed.

Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect is a progressive voice for social justice, fighting hatred of refugees and immigrants, Antisemitism, sexism, racism, Islamophobia, homophobia, transphobia, bias against the differently abled and any other hate that runs counter to American promise of freedom. In addressing the civil and human rights issues of today, the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect has developed contemporary advocacy techniques that incorporate historic lessons from Anne Frank’s life and the Holocaust. By applying those historic lessons to current issues, the organization works to make the Holocaust relevant to successive generations of Americans. – My emphasis

That’s right, folks. The Anne Frank Center is just one more progressive voice that uses the Holocaust as a cover to call people they don’t like antisemitic, sexist, racist, Islamophobic, and so on.

Second, what Allen was clearly referring to was the political dogma that many in Hollywood chant, and the consequences of differing from that dogma. All one has to do is watch Meryl Streep’s speech at the Golden Globes, and Mel Gibson’s and Vince Vaughn’s reaction to that speech, to see what that dogma is.

Frankly, it’s disgusting that someone would even consider using the suffering the Jewish people endured during World War II as a blunt instrument to shame others into silence.

If anything, Steven Goldstein ought to apologize to Tim Allen. After all, Allen works in Hollywood, and has a far better sense of the dynamics in that town than he does.

Goldstein’s outburst is not helping his presumed fight against anti-semitism one bit.

If anything, he is helping to make Allen’s point far better than he can possibly realize.

Jerry Brown’s pandering to Trump during CalExit dreams

While California leftists, who prefer to daydream rather than deal with the here and now, ponder whistfully about what life would be like if the state were to secede from the U.S., Breitbart reports that Governor Jerry Brown submitted his fourth request in two months for federal assistance:

California Gov. Jerry Brown asked President Donald Trump on Sunday for federal emergency assistance for the fourth time in just two months since the new administration took office, putting the nascent “CalExit” movement in a difficult position.

While advocates of California secession — both on the left and operating from abroad — have hoped to make the case that the Golden State can stand on its own, Brown’s repeated requests for help underline the fact that the world’s sixth-biggest economy is still dependent on the rest of the country.

The latest request, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, asks for money for flood relief, including for repairing the damaged spillways of the Oroville Dam, which nearly failed last month, resulting in the temporary evacuation of 200,000 residents downstream of the dam.

All three of Brown’s previous requests, which relate to assistance to address weather-related damage, have been granted.

Governor Brown is taking a “having my cake and eating it too” approach with the Trump administration. He’s pretending to stand up against Trump’s presumed crimes while taking federal taxpayer money:

Brown has vowed to stand up to the Trump administration on left-wing causes such as climate change and illegal immigration. At the same time, he has welcomed the commitment of the Trump administration to invest in infrastructure, although the White House has signaled that such spending would not include California’s controversial and costly high-speed rail project.

The White House’s “tough” approach to California is just fine with Brown, seeing that money is fungible.

One would think a businessman would understand that.

Meanwhile, the pipe dream of California secession continues to evaporate. While the state could easily stand on its own if it followed free market policies, California’s politicians are too addicted to other people’s money for this to take place.

And taxpayers, both state and federal, suffer as a consequence.

 

Trump’s insane posture towards North Korea

I don’t know what Trump is thinking, but his sabre rattling towards North Korea is insane.

Trump’s bravado against North Korea began with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s undiplomatic remarks about the country while visiting South Korea on March 17th. As ZeroHedge reports:

The U.S. policy of “strategic patience” with North Korea has ended, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in South Korea on Friday quoted by Reuters, adding that military action would be “on the table” if North Korea elevated the threat level. Tillerson said that 20 years of trying to persuade North Korea to abandon its nuclear program had “failed” and that he was visiting Asia “to exchange views on a new approach.”

“I think it’s important to recognize that the political and diplomatic efforts of the past 20 years to bring North Korea to the point of denuclearization have failed,” Tillerson said. “Let me be very clear: the policy of strategic patience has ended. We are exploring a new range of security and diplomatic measures. All options are on the table,” Tillerson told a news conference in Seoul and added that any North Korean actions that threatened the South would be met with “an appropriate response.”

“If they elevate the threat of their weapons program to a level that we believe requires action, that option is on the table,” Tillerson said when asked about military action.

The harshly worded warning came as Tillerson began his first Asian visit as secretary of state; after Japan and South Korea, he will travel to China on Saturday with a main focus on finding a “new approach” on North Korea after what he described as two decades of failed efforts to denuclearize the insular nation.

North Korea’s response to Tillerson’s remarks have been swift.

Soon after Tillerson’s remarks, in a sign of mounting tensions, the North Korean Embassy held an extraordinary news conference in Beijing to blame the potential for nuclear war on the United States while vowing that its homegrown nuclear testing program will continue in self-defense, the WaPo added. North Korea has amassed a sizable nuclear stockpile and appears at the brink of being able to strike the U.S. mainland and American allies in Asia. The rising threat from the isolated military dictatorship has prompted the Trump administration to begin assessing its options for how to respond and serves as an early test for how the president will confront an increasingly volatile international situation.

In addition, Robert Wenzel refers to a report in The Australian indicating that North Korea recently tested a new rocket engine:

North Korea has tested a powerful new rocket engine, state media said Sunday, with leader Kim Jong-un hailing the successful test as a “new birth” for the nation’s rocket industry.

The test was apparently timed to coincide with the visit of US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to Beijing on Saturday, where he warned that regional tensions had reached a “dangerous level”.

State news agency said Kim had overseen the operation, and “emphasised that the whole world will soon witness what eventful significance the great victory won today carries”, KCNA reported, hinting that the North could use the new engine to launch a rocket to put a satellite in orbit.

Rocket engines are easily re-purposed for use in missiles.

Outside observers say that the nuclear-armed Pyongyang’s space program is a fig leaf for weapons tests.

Wenzel now puts the probability of the U.S. going to war with North Korea as greater than 50%.

As for how such a war would proceed, he refers to an analysis by Eric Margolis that indicates that the U.S. could easily win it, but not without a significant loss of life.

North Korea’s one million-man armed force is large but obsolescent.  Its great strength in heavy artillery partly compensates for its totally obsolete, 1960’s vintage air force. Key combat elements of the DPRK army are dug deep into the rocky hills just north of the DMZ, with thousands of heavy North Korean guns facing south. In the event of war, the North claims it will destroy South Korea’s capital, Seoul, that is only 30km away and has 20 million residents.

US estimates of war in Korea made a decade ago, suggest America would incur 250,000 casualties in a war that would cost one million Korean deaths. That’s why the US has shied away from the direct attack on North Korea. Unlike Iraqis, Syrians, Libyans and Somalis, North Koreans know how to fight back and are amply armed for a defensive war.

The US would certainly be tempted to use tactical nuclear weapons against North Korean troops and guns deeply dug into the mountainous terrain. Without them, air power, America’s usual trump card, would lose much of its destructive potential.  No doubt, all North Korea would be ravaged by US air power, as it was during the 1950’s Korean War. South Korea plans massive air, missile and commando attacks on North Korean military HQ and against leader Kim Jung-un’s hideaway.

US war plans call for amphibious landings along North Korea’s long, vulnerable coastline. This threat forces the North to deploy large numbers of regular army and militia troops on both coasts.

North Korea’s air force and little navy would be vaporized on the first day of hostilities. But it is likely that the DPRK would be able to fire a score or more of medium-ranged missiles at Japan. If the war goes nuclear, Japan looks almost certain to suffer a nuclear attack, along with Guam. Tokyo and Osaka are prime targets.

North Korean forces might be able to push south to Seoul, but likely no further in the face of fierce attacks by the US and South Korean air power operating from bases further south. The North’s powerful commando force of some 100,000 troops would attack key South Korean targets, including its vital air bases shared with the US. Such raids would be highly disruptive but not decisive unless the DPRK used chemical and/or biological weapons to shut down South Korea’s air bases and its ports at Busan and Inchon.

The US and South Korea could certainly win such a war but it would be very bloody and expensive.

If Trump was mindful of the President’s role in the Constitution, he could not in good conscience put the U.S. into such a war without asking Congress for a declaration of war against North Korea. However, the likelihood of that happening is practically nil. He has his precessors such as Obama and Bush the Younger to thank. Before Trump’s election, the Deep State supported the continual buildup of the Imperial Presidency. Further, Congress is usually a paper pansy it relation to the Presidency, especially on foreign affairs matters.

I don’t know what it will take to prevent such a slaughter of innocent life. It does not even seem to be on the radar of major news outlets. Hopefully, there is some way to prevent such an unnecessary war.

St. Francis, pray for us!

St. Maximilian Kolbe, pray for us!

St. Edith Stein, pray for us!

Are we approaching an Alaric Moment?

Alaric was the famous Visigoth King that led the sack of Rome in 410. The sack is usually highlighted as the decisive event that led to the decline of the Roman Empire. However, that fateful event took place after the culmination of several barbarian invasions of the empire.

Source: Mr. Giotto’s online textbook http://www.penfield.edu/webpages/jgiotto/onlinetextbook.cfm?subpage=1492781

Given the United States’ insistence in pursuing a suicidal foreign policy, regardless of either the results or the consequences, it would be imprudent to discount the possibility of similar movements of displaced peoples. After all, when Obama continued America’s reckless foreign policy across North Africa, the Middle East, and Yemen, is it any wonder that over 2 million refugees currently reside in Turkey?

Turkey has received €3 billion from the European Union in exchange for keeping those refugees within its borders, and is slated to received an additional €3 billion by the end of 2018. However, given the recent tensions between Turkey and the Netherlands due to the Dutch government’s refusal to allow Turkish officials to speak in Holland about an upcoming Turkish referendum, Turkey decided to threaten Europe with a move that would truly blow their minds:

Turkey’s Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu threatened to “blow the mind” of Europe by sending 15,000 refugees a month to EU territory, in an intensifying dispute with the bloc.The threat is also a confirmation that for Turkey, refugees are merely a form of “weaponized” leverage in the escalating war of words between the country and Europe.

“If you want, we could open the way for 15,000 refugees that we don’t send each month and blow the mind” of Europe, Soylu said in a speech late Thursday, quoted by the Anadolu news agency. Soylu, a hardliner considered close to Erdogan, accused The Hague and Berlin of involvement in June 2013 anti-Erdogan protests, October 2014 pro-Kurdish riots and the July 15, 2016 failed coup attempt.

Not to put too fine a point on this, what Soylu threatened was to send tens of thousands of migrants into Europe as weapons. Such a move would, indeed, be an act of war.

Soylu most likely made this threat as a negotiating tactic with Europe. Unfortunately, it doesn’t make sense to issue a threat unless there are dire consequences should it be carried out.

Meantime, there are untold numbers of homeless refugees who are being played as pawns in this Satanic game of chicken.

It behooves us to monitor this situation very closely.

Saint Augustine, pray for us!

 

Leftists are idiots example no. 45,214: Rachel Maddow

For reasons that seemed reasonable at the time, I thought yesterday would be as good a day as any to turn my attention on Trump. After all, when all you end up doing is punching the same leftist dummy, time after time after time, it gets boring after awhile.

Then a story comes along that reminds me to not to fight the obvious.

Yesterday, Rachel Maddow breathlessly tweeted that she finally had Trump returns to share!

I’ll let Slate explain what happened next:

Could this be it, the tax return that would bring down the Donald? If this was it, why wasn’t MSNBC cutting into its programming, instead of running a countdown clock to Maddow’s show? By 8:24 (pm eastern time; Maddow’s above tweet is time-stamped in PDT. Mr. Fool), Maddow was tweeting that the tax return in question was Donald Trump’s 1040 from 2005. By 8:30, still half an hour before Maddow started airing, the White House had responded to the MSNBC report, saying that Trump had paid $38 million on income of $150 million that year. An hour later, about 20 minutes after The Rachel Maddow Show started, Maddow would confirm these numbers, turning her big scoop about Donald Trump’s long-missing tax returns into a cautionary tale about overhype. Rachel Maddow, you played yourself—and us too.

The response on Twitter to Maddow’s “bombshell” was swift, ruthless, and well-deserved:

Unthwarted by yet another flesh wound it has inflicted on itself, the left remains undaunted from its task of removing Trump from the presidency through disclosing Trump’s tax returns. To wit, I present example #45,215 supporting the thesis that liberals Are idiots:

It’s moments like these that I have to remind myself of a simple truth.

Stupid really is as stupid does.

The sooner the left impales itself, the better.

 

 

White supremacists reaching out to college campuses

TruePundit.com highlights a disturbing trend:

In recent months, America’s various hardcore white supremacist organizations have engaged in considerable outreach efforts on college and university campuses to convince students to join their fringe cause.

The flurry of activity includes putting up racist and anti-Semitic posters and fliers, affixing stickers, creating chalk messages and sending faxes and sending emails to student subscribers on electronic mailing lists.

Since around the beginning of the current academic year, white supremacy groups have attempted to proselytize on U.S. college campuses a total of 107 times — and 65 times since January, according to a report by the Anti-Defamation League.

Racist agitprop has appeared on campuses in over two dozen states — in hallways, in parking garages, on utility poles and on street signs.

One white supremacist group responsible for littering college campuses with racist posters and fliers is American Vanguard. The group’s website features propaganda about “an America based on the immutable truths of blood and soil.” Members “must be physically fit.” Also, “no non-white-Europeans.” “No hand/neck tattoos,” either, but “exceptions” are “possible.”

In November, American Vanguard members placed several posters around the campus of Purdue University.

“Defending your people is a social duty not an anti-social crime,” read one of the posters.

“We have a right to exist,” read another.

As I mentioned in my discussion with the kind Kenny the Wizard, identity politics lead to white identity politics. If leftists continue demonizing white people in general, and white Christian heterosexual men in particular, they’re going to become the very demons they’ve been made out to be.

While this is certainly a disturbing development, white supremacists would like nothing more than to be further attacked and demonized. That would only help their enrollment numbers.

Perhaps this is a good opportunity for everyone involved to step back, take a deep breath, and make sure that when we’re talking to someone, we look at that person as an individual, rather than as an element of a larger blob?

Saint Francis, pray for us!

 

One man’s heroic defense of Buenos Aires Cathedral

Lew Rockwell highlights the heroism of one man defending Buenos Aires Cathedral from attack:

Women who participated in an International Women’s Day march in historic heart of Buenos Aires covered the national museum with graffiti, attempted to set the Metropolitan Cathedral afire, and viciously attacked a lone man who bravely tried to defend the cathedral.

Startling video footage shows the man standing in front of the cathedral, quietly holding a Vatican City flag. He is approached by a masked women who attempts to take the flag from his hands. After that another woman lunges at him and tries to punch him in the head.

After that, hordes of women surround him, punching him, pulling his hair, and shoving him away from the cathedral.

This is not the first time Cathedral have been under attack. The following took place at the same Cathedral in 2013:

The following was filmed in Posadas, Argentina in 2012:

There is no reason for man and woman to be enemies of each other. However, the scourge of cultural Marxism has the potential of poisoning the most basic human relationship.

We need to categorically reject such destructive thinking. Until then:

The Lord is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?
When evildoers assail me
to devour my flesh—
my adversaries and foes—
they shall stumble and fall.
Though an army encamp against me,
my heart shall not fear;
though war rise up against me,
yet I will be confident.
One thing I asked of the Lord,
that will I seek after:
to live in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to behold the beauty of the Lord,
and to inquire in his temple.
For he will hide me in his shelter
in the day of trouble;
he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;
he will set me high on a rock.
Now my head is lifted up
above my enemies all around me,
and I will offer in his tent
sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make melody to the Lord.
Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud,
be gracious to me and answer me! – Psalm 27: 1-7

Mary, Mother of God, pray for us!

 

Feminism as a virus?

If you’re on Twitter, you have to – have to! – follow New Real Peer Review. This account captures the poisonous nature of modern academia by highlighting articles that can only be published in academic journals. Among the nonsense it has identified is the following article:

Breanne Fahs and Michael Karger, “Women’s Studies as Virus: Insitutional Feminism and the Projection of Danger,” Multidisciplinary Journal of Gender Studies Vol. 5 No. 1 (February 2016): 929-957.

The article’s abstract is as follows:

Because women’s studies radically challenges social hierarchies and lacks a unified identity and canon of thought, it often negotiates a precarious position within the modern corporatized university. At the same time, women’s studies offers—by virtue of its interdisciplinary, critical, and “infectious” structure—cutting-edge perspectives and goals that set it apart from more traditional fields. This paper theorizes that one future pedagogical priority of women’s studies is to train students not only to master a body of knowledge but also to serve as symbolic “viruses” that infect, unsettle, and disrupt traditional and entrenched fields. In this essay, we first posit how the metaphor of the virus in part exemplifies an ideal feminist pedagogy, and we then investigate how both women’s studies and the spread of actual viruses (e.g., Ebola, HIV) produce similar kinds of emotional responses in others. By looking at triviality, mockery, panic, and anger that women’s studies as a field elicits, we conclude by outlining the stakes of framing women’s studies as an infectious, insurrectional, and potentially dangerous, field of study. In doing so, we frame two new priorities for women’s studies—training male students as viruses and embracing “negative” stereotypes of feminist professors—as important future directions for the potentially liberatory aspects of the field. – My emphasis

Women’s studies as a virus? Now where have I seen this idea put in action before?

Trump’s mealy-mouthed plan to reduce government waste

With great fanfare, President Trump signed an executive order yesterday requiring all federal departments and agencies to review how they are organized so as to reduce government waste.

What a bunch of claptrap.

Trump personally has no clue about what government should or should not do. The idea that bureaucrats are going to magically report to him, “Mr. President, here are the horrible and duplicative activities we’re inflicting on the American people” is ridiculous.

However, that doesn’t stop Trump from making his sales pitch:

“We have assembled one of the greatest Cabinets in history and I believe that so strongly,” Trump said as he signed the order, according to the White House press pool. “And we want to empower them to make their agencies as lean and effective as possible and they know how to do it. Today there is duplication and redundancy everywhere. Billions and billions of dollars are being wasted.”

“This order requires a thorough examination of every executive department and agency to see where money is being wasted, how services can be improved and whether programs are truly serving American citizens.”

“Based on this input, we will develop a detailed plan to make the federal government work better, reorganizing, consolidating and eliminating where necessary. In other words, making the federal government more efficient and very, very cost productive. So we’re going to do something, I think, very, very special.”

Unless and until Trump knows what government activities to cut and why, there is no reason to think the federal government will shrink from the bloated monstrosity it has become.