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  • The 'Angry Arab' Goes Mad

    12/08/2011 1:04:30 PM PST · by SmithL · 19 replies
    Campus Watch ^ | 12/8/11 | Cinnamon Stillwell and Rima Greene
    As'ad AbuKahlil—a political science professor at California State University, Stanislaus—spoke last month at a day-long "teach-in" at the University of California, Berkeley titled, "Building Solidarity with the Arab Spring." It consisted of a number of "workshop sessions" at the Valley Life Sciences Building, followed by a "plenary session" at the Multicultural Center, and was co-sponsored by the Arab Resource Organizing Committee, the Berkeley Muslim Students Association PAC, the International Socialist Organization, and the Syrian American Council. AbuKhalil's workshop on "The U.S. and the Arab Uprising" was held in a tiny, hot, windowless room filled with students wearing hijabs and keffiyehs....
  • Palin Derangement Syndrome 2: Attack of the Hatemail

    10/03/2008 3:31:01 PM PDT · by SmithL · 17 replies · 804+ views
    Cinnamon Stillwell's Blog ^ | 10/3/8 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    As much as we like to think otherwise, human behavior is fairly predictable, and sometimes ironically so. Muslims reacting to depictions of violence within the Muslim world (during the Danish cartoon controversy) with, well, violence, comes to mind. This time around, it's been Obama supporters responding to my SFGate column on Palin Derangement Syndrome with, well, Palin Derangement Syndrome. The avalanche of e-mails I received (not to mention the 913 comments at SFGate) was evidence of the collective nervous breakdown that has met Sarah Palin's arrival on the political scene. It was all there: the condescension, elitisim, sexism, paranoia, personal...
  • Panel Findings: Islamic Saudi Academy Textbooks Promote Hatred, Intolerance, and Violence

    06/12/2008 1:20:55 PM PDT · by SmithL · 15 replies · 131+ views
    Cinnamon Stillwell's Blog ^ | 6/12/8 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    Hot on the heels of my column yesterday, "Islam in America's Public Schools: Education or Indoctrination?," which included mention of the Islamic Saudi Academy (ISA) in Fairfax, Virginia, comes news that the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom has released its findings from a review of the school's textbooks and found that they promote hatred, intolerance, and violence. As reported by the Associated Press: -The authors of a 12th-grade text on Koranic interpretation state that apostates (those who convert from Islam), adulterers and people who murder Muslims can be permissibly killed. -The authors of a 12th-grade text on monotheism write...
  • Worshipping Edward Said at San Francisco State University

    11/08/2007 11:52:16 AM PST · by SmithL · 2 replies · 95+ views
    Campus Watch ^ | 11/8/7 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    After a contentious two-year campaign waged by the General Union of Palestinian Students (GUPS) and other supporters, a mural dedicated to the late Columbia University English and comparative literature professor Edward Said was unveiled at San Francisco State University (SFSU) last week. Former SFSU Arabic professor Fayeq Oweis – now teaching the same subject at Santa Clara University – was the lead artist for what's been labeled the "Palestinian Cultural Mural." The mural does include various symbols said to be associated with Palestinian culture, but it is Said's likeness that looms largest. This is perhaps appropriate for it was Said's...
  • You Want Nasty? Check Out My Hate Mail (Ah, the 'tolerance' of liberals!)

    09/19/2007 6:11:29 AM PDT · by redstates4ever · 40 replies · 93+ views
    SFGate.com (San Francisco) ^ | 9/19/07 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    Earlier this month, fellow SFGate contributor Mark Morford featured a sort of "best of" hate-mail collection, proving that vitriol emanates from both sides of the political spectrum. It's a symptom of the Wild-West-frontier-like atmosphere of the Internet. Anything goes, and that's the beauty of it. As a right-leaning columnist in a left-leaning town, I've been the recipient of some rather colorful hate mail myself. And, over the years, I've been collecting and posting it at my Web site. The following is a sampling of these e-mails, presented in their original condition, but with profanity obscured, names omitted, and, in some...
  • '24': Television for a Post-9/11 World

    01/31/2007 8:03:24 AM PST · by SmithL · 18 replies · 1,172+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/31/7 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    Americans have yearned to see current geopolitical realities portrayed in popular culture ever since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Before then, Islamic terrorists were a staple, albeit a stereotypical one, of action films such as "Executive Decision," "Back to the Future" and "True Lies." But after Sept. 11, the arbiters of political correctness, fearing that fiction hit too close to home, all but erased such terrorists from the public eye. Hollywood finally started coming around in the last year or so with films directly related to Sept. 11, such as "United 93" and "World Trade Center." But television...
  • Mob Rule on College Campuses

    11/29/2006 7:26:33 AM PST · by aculeus · 25 replies · 1,301+ views
    SFGate.com ^ | November 29, 2006 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    America's college campuses, once thought to be bastions of free speech, have become increasingly intolerant toward the practice. Visiting speakers whose views do not conform to the prevailing left-leaning political mind-set on most campuses are at particular risk of having their free speech rights infringed upon. While academia has its own crimes to atone for, it's the students who have become the bullies as of late. A disturbing number seem to feel that theirs is an inviolate world to which no one of differing opinion need apply. As a result, everything from pie throwing to disrupting speeches to attacks on...
  • STILLWELL: Politics and Relationships: Strange Bedfellows?

    07/19/2006 7:52:44 AM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies · 303+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 7/19/6 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, may have united America as a nation, however briefly, but they also sharpened the political differences between many of its citizens. As someone whose politics went from left to right as a direct result of Sept. 11, I experienced firsthand the sort of upheaval political disparities, newfound or otherwise, can have on personal relationships. My oldest friends and I have been able to salvage our friendships, even if voluntary silence on political matters is necessary at times. But it was that most intimate of personal relationships -- marriage -- that unfortunately fell prey...
  • STILLWELL: The Truth About 9/11 Conspiracy Theories

    04/19/2006 9:10:40 AM PDT · by SmithL · 32 replies · 1,672+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/19/6 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    With the upcoming release of the film "United 93," the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, have returned to the fore of public consciousness. While for many Americans such painful memories remain forever seared in their minds, for a small but vocal minority the Sept. 11 attacks have taken on a mythical character. These are the Sept. 11 conspiracy theorists. If Web sites such as whatreallyhappened.com, 911truth.org and scholarsfor911truth.org (among countless others) are any indication, the Sept. 11 conspiracists have become a movement in their own right. Despite a host of differences, they share the belief that the widely accepted version...
  • Illegal Immigration Reaches Critical Mass

    04/05/2006 2:34:48 AM PDT · by johnny7 · 10 replies · 735+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 5, 2006 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    The issue of illegal immigration, while long roiling beneath the surface of American politics, is now boiling over.The eruption began with the introduction of House Judiciary Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner's (R-Wis.) bill HR 4437 to the Senate following its passage by the House last December. The first attempt at real immigration reform since 1986, this commonsense legislation would have made being an illegal immigrant a felony, authorized additional fencing at the border and required all employers to use an electronic verification system to ensure that workers are legal residents. Yet the Senate supported the bill only after watering it down...
  • 3/10, San Francisco: Rally to Support Denmark and Free Speech

    03/03/2006 8:38:19 PM PST · by TFFKAMM · 16 replies · 1,995+ views
    cinnamonstillwell.com ^ | 3/3/06 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    Worldwide protests, riots, and threats aimed at Denmark and its citizens have taken place ever since the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten printed cartoons featuring the Islamic prophet Muhammed. In response to this unprecedented assault on the right to free speech, rallies supporting Denmark have occurred in Washington D.C. and New York,.  Others are planned for Chicago, London, Toronto, Montreal and Sydney. In addition, there will be a "Rally to Support Denmark and Free Speech" outside the Danish Consulate in San Francisco: When:  Friday, March 10, between noon and 1pm. Where:  Danish Consulate - One California Street (Suite 330) - San Francisco - Map....
  • STILLWELL: Death Penalty Double Standard: Tookie vs. Allen

    01/13/2006 11:59:25 AM PST · by SmithL · 10 replies · 250+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | 1/13/6 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    Readers will no doubt recall the hysteria from the mainstream media and anti-death penalty forces on the left over the execution of Stanley’s "Tookie" Williams last month. Countless articles were written bemoaning Tookie’s loss and news anchors spoke glowingly of his supposed contributions to ending gang violence. That Tookie himself was the founder of the notorious "Crips" gang, responsible for so much murder and mayhem over the years, didn’t seem to enter into the equation. Neither did the four people he murdered in cold blood. Now California’s next execution is scheduled for Tuesday, January 17, with multiple murderer Clarence Ray...
  • STILLWELL: The Wall Street Journal Goes Liberal on the Middle East

    12/30/2005 12:06:27 PM PST · by SmithL · 1 replies · 111+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | 12/30/5 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    A UCLA political scientist conducted a recent study on media bias and came to the conclusion that many of us reached a long time ago. The media tilts left. But the study did produce some unexpected results. It turns out that PBS’ NewsHour With Jim Lehrer is the most "centrist outlet," while the Drudge Report "leans left." Most readers find the Wall Street Journal’s editorial page to be conservative (with the exception of their stance on illegal immigration, which mirrors that of the far left), but the UCLA study found that the news pages are "even more liberal than The...
  • STILLWELL: The Christmas Kerfuffle

    12/20/2005 9:30:26 AM PST · by SmithL · 11 replies · 599+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/20/5 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    Upon leaving a San Francisco shop last week, I wished the clerk a cheery "Merry Christmas," only to be met with a surly "Happy Holidays" in return. With that simple exchange, our positions at opposite ends of the political spectrum were revealed. The celebration of Christmas has indeed been overshadowed by politics in recent years, to the point where every greeting is pregnant with meaning. And even non-Christians are swept up in the Christmas kerfuffle. As a member of the Jewish faith, I've never once felt intimidated, bothered or offended by Christmas. In fact, I grew up celebrating Christmas and...
  • The Murder of Earl Krugel: Where’s the Outrage?

    12/06/2005 3:42:48 PM PST · by TFFKAMM · 7 replies · 1,029+ views
    ChronWatch ^ | 12/06/05 | Cinnamon Stillwell
      On November 4, 2005, Jewish Defense League (JDL) member Earl Krugel was murdered in an Arizona prison.  It was only his third day into a 20-year sentence at the Federal Correction Institution in Phoenix.  The 62-year old Navy veteran and former dental technician was exercising when another inmate came up behind him and hit him over the head with a concrete block, killing him instantly.  Why a loose cement block was just hanging around the exercise yard is still unknown.  Authorities have been fairly tightlipped so far, but the investigation has reportedly focused on a white supremacist inmate.   While this...
  • STILLWELL: Jews must stand by Jews — including the marginalized JDL

    11/18/2005 3:43:04 PM PST · by SmithL · 28 replies · 563+ views
    Jewish News Weekly ^ | 11/18/5 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    A deafening silence overcame the Jewish community this month after Jewish Defense League member Earl Krugel was murdered in an Arizona prison. The 62-year old Navy veteran and former dental technician — three days into a 20-year federal sentence — was exercising when another inmate came up behind him and hit him over the head with a concrete block, killing him instantly. Why a loose cement block was just hanging around the exercise yard is still unknown. Authorities have been fairly tightlipped so far, but the investigation has reportedly focused on a white supremacist inmate. Despite all the questions surrounding...
  • What a Palestinian State Would Look Like

    10/28/2005 5:41:57 AM PDT · by SJackson · 20 replies · 971+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10-28-05 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    Since Israel's disengagement from the Gaza Strip, the Palestinians have basically been left to their own devices. The world has gotten an eyeful of just what a much-anticipated Palestinian state might look like, and it's not a pretty picture. The dust hadn't even settled after the last of the Jews had been removed from Gaza when Palestinians resorted to form. Looting and demolishing buildings they might otherwise have been able to reside in, the Palestinians displayed the sort of destructive and dysfunctional behavior they've become known for. They soon graduated to burning down synagogues, a time-honored tradition from the...
  • STILLWELL: Conservatives Give Bush An Earful

    10/26/2005 11:20:44 AM PDT · by SmithL · 19 replies · 782+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/26/5 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    Leftist Bush-bashing is certainly nothing new, but recently the president has been getting an earful from his right flank as well. For some time now, a lively debate has been raging among conservatives over a variety of Bush administration policies and decisions. For conservatives, criticism of the Bush administration centers not so much on style than on substance. Unlike the left's scattershot attacks, the president's appearance, past habits or religious beliefs are unlikely to figure in the equation. Disagreement exists over the war in Iraq, but conservatives are largely united in the belief that the war on terrorism is the preeminent...
  • A Day At The Zoo (San Francisco Moonbats Take To Streets In Pro-Terrorist Rally Alert)

    09/27/2005 3:49:03 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 16 replies · 511+ views
    http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=19631 | 09/27/05 | Cinnamon Stillwell and Lee Kaplan
    A crowd of around 10,000 protesters gathered in San Francisco on Saturday, September 24, allegedly to express their displeasure with the war in Iraq. But it wasn't Iraq this rally was really about, but rather radical leftist and anarchist politics manifested by a hatred for America and Israel, and, of course, a chance to rail against the supposed evils of capitalism. This was fitting given the two main groups, International ANSWER (Act Now to Stop the War and End Racism) and United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ), that organized the event. For those in the know, those are front groups...
  • Galloway vs. Hitchens: Western Civilization Wins

    09/24/2005 9:47:51 AM PDT · by Terabitten · 7 replies · 641+ views
    www.cinammonstillwell.com ^ | 24 SEP 05 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    Galloway vs. Hitchens: Western Civilization Wins Written by Cinnamon Stillwell Saturday, September 24, 2005 When British Respect Party MP George Galloway spoke before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee regarding allegations that he’d personally profited from the U.N. oil-for-food scandal, he was hailed as a hero to the American anti-war movement. Galloway’s defiance in the face of the U.S. government thrilled his fans on the left, who probably didn’t much care whether or not he’d been cited six times as an oil contract beneficiary by the former Iraqi Minister of Oil. Of course, Galloway denied it all, but he certainly gave a...
  • STILLWELL: Racism Rears Its Ugly Head in Mexico

    08/03/2005 7:38:28 AM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies · 547+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/3/5 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    Mexico's President Vicente Fox is having a tough year.During the much-publicized Minuteman Project in Arizona last March, Fox's arrogant comments and dismissive attitude didn't win him too many fans north of the border. Then in May, while making yet another speech about how America couldn't function without illegal immigrants from Mexico, Fox managed to insult African Americans in the process. He claimed that illegals do the work that "not even black people want to do," implying that African Americans make up the lowest rungs of society. About a month later came the unveiling of Mexico's latest series of postage stamps,...
  • Where Have All The Manners Gone?

    06/22/2005 8:08:11 AM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies · 405+ views
    San francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/22/5 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    Every generation reaches a point where it starts grousing about "these kids today" and how much better things were in the good old days. Having reached my ripe old 30s, I guess it's my turn. Although I hardly grew up in an age of innocence, the world I left behind strikes me as relatively genteel in comparison. But it isn't just the kids today that disturb me; it's also their parents, aunts, uncles and cousins. The general coarsening of society seems to be creeping upon us, and it often feels as if there is little one can do to stop...
  • Cinnamon Stillwell: Supporting The Troops? Not On Campus

    05/04/2005 5:09:58 AM PDT · by StoneGiant · 2 replies · 345+ views
    SFGate.com ^ | 5/4/2005 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    OPINION: Supporting The Troops? Not On Campus - Cinnamon Stillwell Wednesday, May 4, 2005 It's been a tough couple years for America's antiwar movement. Unable to effect change at the ballot box and frustrated by the lack of popular support for its agenda, the antiwar crowd has turned its sights on the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) and other military recruitment on college campuses across the country. It's becoming increasingly common for antiwar activists to stage protests and disruptions at college job fairs involving military recruiters. The greater Bay Area, in particular, has become a locus for such activity, with...
  • Revenge Of The Neocons (GREAT READ!)

    03/09/2005 7:31:56 AM PST · by srm913 · 27 replies · 1,081+ views
    SFGate ^ | March 9, 2005 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    To the extent that one hears the term neocon in the Bay Area, the connotation is usually sinister. But few critics actually know of whom they speak. Beyond the stereotypes, neoconservatism is simply another strain in American political history. The original neocons were liberal intellectuals who gravitated toward the Republican Party in the late 1960s and early '70s out of frustration with the Democrats' approach to defense. Distinguishing themselves from traditional conservative isolationists, they later formed the core of the Reagan Republicans. They supported the Reagan administration's strategies toward the Soviet Union, which are now credited in large part with...
  • MARK LEVIN! Cinnamon Stillwell! How Liberal Extremism destroyed Gray Davis! Wed (3-2) on RIGHTALK!

    03/02/2005 8:53:21 AM PST · by Bob J · 3 replies · 1,058+ views
    RIGHTALK.com ^ | 3-2-05 | Bob J
    Listen While You Freep! All programs are replayed for 23 hours and again on weekends so tune in when it's convenient for YOU! Call In Number - 866-884-TALK (8255) Heating the EDGE of a New Media! 1pm EST - THE GREAT ONE, Mark Levin will join us to talk about his new book, "Men In Black" -- a must read for anyone who cares about the future of the federal judiciary. 2pm EST - "THE MAKING OF A 9/11 REPUBLICAN" chronicles the transformation of my guest, writer Cinnamon Stillwell, who came from liberal Marin County and had her world changed...
  • Rightalk Radio: Wednesday - DFU interviews author of "The Making of a 9/11 Republican"

    03/01/2005 3:13:50 PM PST · by doug from upland · 18 replies · 489+ views
    dfu | 3-1-05 | dfu
    THE MAKING OF A 9/11 REPUBLICAN Many of you were impressed with THE MAKING OF A 9/11 REPUBLICAN. It chronicled the transformation of writer Cinnamon Stillwell, who came from liberal Marin County and had her world changed forever on 9-11. Cinnamon will be my guest tomorrow on Rightalk Radio at 2pm Eastern. It will be a compelling hour of radio. The left is intolerant, not our side. RIGHTALK RADIO
  • The Making Of A 9/11 Republican

    02/26/2005 6:05:59 AM PST · by q_an_a · 9 replies · 643+ views
    SF Gate via RealClear Politics ^ | 02.26.05 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    As one of a handful of Bay Area conservative columnists, I'm no stranger to pushing buttons. Indeed, I welcome feedback from readers, whether positive or negative. I find the interplay stimulating, but I am often bemused by the stereotypical assumptions made by my critics on the left. It's not enough to simply disagree with my views; I have to be twisted into a conservative caricature that apparently makes opponents feel superior. They seem not to have considered that it's possible to put forward different approaches to various societal problems and not be the devil incarnate.
  • The Making Of A 9/11 Republican

    02/25/2005 6:57:47 AM PST · by Blackirish · 53 replies · 1,306+ views
    SFGate ^ | 2/25/05 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    But more than anything, it was the left's hypocrisy when it came to the war on terrorism that made me turn rightward after 9/11. I remember, back in my liberal days, being fiercely opposed to the Taliban and its brutal treatment of women. Even then, I felt that Afghanistan should immediately be liberated, as Malcolm X once said in another context, by any means necessary. But when it came time, it turned out that the left was mostly opposed to such liberation, whether of the Afghan people or of the Iraqis (especially if America and a Republican president were at...
  • The Making Of A 9/11 Republican

    02/24/2005 7:42:59 AM PST · by SmithL · 72 replies · 2,156+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/24/5 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    As one of a handful of Bay Area conservative columnists, I'm no stranger to pushing buttons. Indeed, I welcome feedback from readers, whether positive or negative. I find the interplay stimulating, but I am often bemused by the stereotypical assumptions made by my critics on the left. It's not enough to simply disagree with my views; I have to be twisted into a conservative caricature that apparently makes opponents feel superior. They seem not to have considered that it's possible to put forward different approaches to various societal problems and not be the devil incarnate. But in some ways I...
  • Cinnamon Stillwell to be on NRA radio show; Friday January 14: 4:20PM (EST)

    01/13/2005 2:03:38 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 1 replies · 230+ views
    CINNAMON STILLWELL EMAIL ^ | JANUARY 13, 2005 | CINNAMON STILLWELL
    Hey folks, Earlier this week, I sent out the link to my SFGate column on the San Francisco handgun ban proposal. Well, it's doing quite well so far and has generated a lot of feedback. In fact, I've added several new people to this list--welcome! The article has been linked at the NRA site and some other pro-gun and conservative radio (KSFO) sites and blogs. And on Tuesday, I did an interview with Spencer Hughes of the Sonoma station KSRO, which went really well. Unfortunately, that station doesn't have online streaming audio, so I didn't send out the link. But...