Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 6, 2014
A few weeks ago Campus Reform went to Harvard University and asked students who they felt was the greater risk to the world; the United States or ISIS. Some indicated that the US was the greater threat and claimed that American policies were responsible for the creation of radical Islamic movements such as ISIS. Some Harvard students then followed up on this “study” creating their own video questionnaire and found similar responses, videos posted below.
Harvard University is renowned as perhaps the most famous and supposedly intellectual colleges in the United States. The skills exhibited by some of the students in the videos bring into questions these conclusions.
It is remarkable that students from this prestigious University believe the United States responsible for radical Islam and the infighting within its subgroups. Had these students studied world history instead of the phony academics that make up much of today’s college curriculums they would have been taught that the Sunni–Shia divide that is led to so much conflict within the Islamic world began shortly after the death of the Islamic Prophet Mohammed in 632 with infighting over the secession to the Prophet. They would also learned that this conflict began over 1100 years before the founding of the United States.
Posted in Education, Islam | Tagged: Harvard, ISIS, Islam, Peace, Shia, Sunni, UNited States, US | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Steve Markowitz on June 4, 2014
Last week former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave the commencement speech at Harvard University. With some refreshing candor, Bloomberg castigated Ivy League schools for their censorship of those with conservative views. Bloomberg’s comments in the video below included:
- “There’s a word for that idea: censorship. And it is just a modern-day form of McCarthyism. Think about the irony: In the 1950s, the right wing was attempting to repress left wing ideas. Today, on many college campuses, it is liberals trying to repress conservative ideas even as conservative faculty members are at risk of becoming an endangered species.”
- “There was more disagreement among the old Soviet politburo than there is among Ivy League donors”.
- Neither conservatives nor liberals have a “monopoly of truth or God on its side.”
- After saying that 90% of Ivy League employees’ contributions in the 2012 presidential campaign went to Obama, Bloomberg concluded “you really have to wonder whether students are being exposed to the diversity of views that a great university should offer”.
The facts that Bloomberg states should be enough to cause concern as to the direction free speech and thought in our institutions of higher education. The fact that they are repeated by the very liberal Michael Bloomberg is telling. They may indicate a man concerned with his own constituent’s close-mindedness. On the other hand, Bloomberg may be concerned that inhibiting free speech has dangerous consequences for his liberal views when the inevitable occurs and the Right once again becomes the prevalent power in the country. As history has shown, after the genie is left out of the bottle, re-corking it becomes problematic.
Posted in Political Correctness, Progressives | Tagged: Bloomberg, commencement, Conservatives, Harvard, Ivy League, McCarthyism, Speech | 1 Comment »
Posted by Steve Markowitz on April 7, 2014
Harvard professor Alan Dershowitz is an un-avowed liberal. However, unlike many liberal professors today, Dershowitz is true to his ACLU type beliefs even if they encroach on Leftist dogma.
Now, after 50 years of employment at Harvard University, Dershowitz is hanging up his spurs and retiring. The good professor was recently interviewed by Madeleine Morgenstern of the Philadelphia Inquirer who questioned Dershowitz about some of his former students who went on to become famous. His comments include:
Former presidential adviser David Gergen– “Very quiet, very quiet. Not memorable in the classroom, but outside the classroom, when we would talk, he clearly was a leader. You could see that.”
Former United States Sen. Elizabeth Dole– “She was very talkative, and she was in a class of practically all women because in those days family law was called women’s law because women were thought to be only suited for the soft stuff. She was not soft at all. She was brilliant.”
CNBC’s Jim Cramer of Mad Money – “Jim didn’t come to class all that often. He was buying and selling stocks. You know, his answering machine when he was my research assistant had stock tips.”
Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer– “So terrific a research assistant! Maybe everything that happened to him since was my fault because one day I said to him, ‘Eliot, you’re working too hard. Go out and have some fun.'”
Perhaps Dershowitz’s most telling remarks came when he discussed United States Sen. Ted Cruz of whom he said: “Off-the-charts brilliant. And you know, liberals make the terrible mistake, including some of my friends and colleagues, of thinking that all conservatives are dumb. And I think one of the reasons that conservatives have been beating liberals in the courts and in public debates is because we underestimate them. Never underestimate Ted Cruz. He is off-the-chart brilliant. I don’t agree with his politics.”
This high praise for Cruz must be causing heartburn within much of the Progressive Left and its pals in the mainstream media. The false narrative created for most politicians who dare to disagree with Leftist dogma is that their opponents are somehow ignorant, approaching subhuman standing. This fascist approach to politics is meant to discourage reasonable debate and political discourse. It is likely that Dershowitz’s very public and positive comments concerning Ted Cruz relates to the professor’s concern for the fascist approach embraced by many of his Leftist cohorts.
Posted in Liberals, Politics | Tagged: brilliant, Cramer, Cruz, Dershowitz, dole, Fascism, Gergen, Harvard, left, Liberal, Retire, Spitzer | 3 Comments »
Posted by Steve Markowitz on June 6, 2012
Massachusetts U.S. Senatorial candidate, Elizabeth Warren, was the subject of this Blog’s May 6 posting, Jehmu Greene Plays Race Card. In background information that she supplied the Harvard University Warren claimed minority status as supposedly Native American. However, while Warren has no written proof of her ethnic background, at most she is 1/32nd Native American. Either Ms. Warren purposely misrepresented her status to take advantage of affirmative action or she had a bad case of Anglo guilt.
Ms. Warren’s false claim of minority status should have been enough to remove her from consideration as a US Senator. However, the Massachusetts Democratic Party had no problems with the misrepresentation. Over the weekend it gave Ms. Warren a margin of victory of 96% of the delegates. This margin kept her nearest competitor under 15% assuring her that she would not have to face a primary election battle in September.
The political elitists in Massachusetts do what they typically do in both parties; protect the party and its powerbrokers. This latest example in Massachusetts is another indicator as to why a movement like the Tea Party is so important if this Country is to see real hope and change.
Posted in Politics, Racism | Tagged: convention, Elizabeth Warren, Harvard, Native American, Primary | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Steve Markowitz on May 15, 2011
As the Civil Rights movement gained traction in the 1950’s and ‘60’s, many that favored segregation moved from the Democrat to Republican Party. This was referred to as the GOPs “southern strategy” as the South did an about face on party affiliations. The history led to the GOP as being portrayed as less sensitive to the needs of the African-American community than Democrats. An argument can be made, in fact, that the opposite was true. For example, the Great Society programs promoted by Democrats did not put a dent in poverty for African-Americans. Also, important social structures within the community were ruined by the programs creating a large perpetually dependent class.
While the portrayal of Republicans as insensitive the African-American community had some legitimacy in earlier decades, it has long since lost any semblance of reality. However, that has not stopped the Left from using the claim of racism to pursue its political agenda for its special interest groups.
There was benefit to Republicans as a result of the Left’s false narrative. The GOP was forced through hyper-sensitivity to the claim to cleanse itself of those that had even a tinge of racist behavior. On the other hand, the pass on racism that Democrats and their Leftist allies received during this same period has led to a Party that is loaded with racist and radical elements. The past week highlighted two examples.
President Obama has received broad support for his handling of the Osama bin Laden hit. The President took significant risk approving a special-ops raid when he could have had a B-2 bomber drop a radar control bomb through the smokestack of bin Laden’s hide-a-way house. The fact that America was willing to risk blood to take out bin Laden, mano-a-mano, sent a powerful message to radical Islamists. This lifting of America’s stature in the world has sent the radical Left into a tizzy.
One of the revered ones from the radical Left is Noam Chomsky, professor emeritus of linguistics from MIT. He has castigated America for the “political assassination” of the “unarmed victim, Osama bin Laden. He also questions weather bin Laden was complicit in the 9/11 massacre. Chomsky has in the past also spoken favorably of the Khmer Rouge and Hezbollah.
Of Obama’s bin Laden takeout, Chomsky asks, “how we would be reacting if Iraqi commandos landed at George W. Bush’s compound, assassinated him, and dumped his body in the Atlantic. Uncontroversially, his crimes vastly exceed bin Laden’s.” Mr. Chomsky, that rhetorical question is irrelevant. When one starts a war there are winners and losers and for both there are consequences. Bin Laden received his consequence earlier this month.
Of Chomsky, bin Laden said in 2007: “Among the most capable of those from your side who speak on this topic [war in Iraq] and on the manufacturing of public opinion is Noam Chomsky, who spoke sober words of advice prior to the war,” and, “Noam Chomsky was correct when he compared the U.S. policies to those of the mafia.”
It is not surprising to read of the lovefest between Chomsky and bin Laden. They are kindred spirits with similar fascist philosophies. What s surprising is how popular Chomsky remains within Leftist circles. Chomsky is the recipient of over 20 honorary degrees from institutions that include Harvard, Cambridge and the University of Chicago. He is also in high demand for commencement speeches. The fact that the Democrats have not disavowed association with Chomsky shows the fascist side that resides deep within the Party.
Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr., Known as Common
First lady Michelle Obama invited rapper Common to attend a poetry event at the White House, the peoples’ house. This invitation rightfully created controversy given some of Common’s lyrics and beliefs that include:
- A poem calling metaphorical for the burning of President George W. Bush: “Burn a Bush cos’ for peace he no push no button/Killing over oil and grease/no weapons of destruction.”
- In a 2000 album, Common included “A Song for Assata,” glorifying Shakur, formerly Joanne Chesimard, even though Shakur was convicted in the 1973 murdering a New Jersey state trooper. Shakur escaped and is living under political asylum in Cuba.
- In 2008 words praising racist Pastor Jeremiah Wright, “What I picked up from the pews…was messages of love. Anything that was going on against that love he would acknowledge and expose. He’s been a preacher that’s helped raise one of the greatest political figures in the world, and hopefully, the next president. He’s also raised one of the greatest rappers in the world.” How lame!
As President Obama once said: “words have meaning”. Evidently the President and Michelle Obama do not accept this reality when it comes to Leftist rants. After the negative publicity on the White House’s Common invitation started, presidential spokesman Jay Carney said: “While the president doesn’t support the kind of lyrics that have been raised here, we do think some of the reports distort what Mr. Lynn stands for more broadly in order to stoke controversy. He is within the genre of hip hop and rap in what’s known as a conscious rapper. The fact is, Mr. Lynn has participated in other events in the past, including lighting the Christmas tree. I believe he’s a multi-Grammy award-winning artist and he’s been invited to this event about poetry.”
Does the President really believe that lighting a Christmas tree or receiving Grammy awards justifies the type of hate that Common has spewed in the past? Unfortunately many Progressives, including the mainstream media, offer passes to radical and racist behavior if it comes from the Left. To these folks the ends justify the means, a common belief for radicals of the 1960’s. The difference today is that these radicals now have access to the White House.
Posted in Racism, Radical Left | Tagged: African-Americans, Columbia University, Common, Democrats, George W. Bush, GOP, Great Society, Harvard, Hezbollah, Jeremiah Wright, Joanne Chesimard, Khmer Rouge, left, Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Michelle Obama, MIT, Noam Chomsky, Osama bin Laden, Racists, Radicals, Rapper, Republicans, Shakur, Southern Strategy, University of Chicago, White House | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Steve Markowitz on May 17, 2010
The New York Times just reported that Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal lied about his service record. The link to the full story is below. According to the Times, at a ceremony honoring veterans and senior citizens who sent presents to soldiers overseas, Blumenthal said:
“We have learned something important since the days that I served in Vietnam. And you exemplify it. Whatever we think about the war, whatever we call it – Afghanistan or Iraq – we owe our military men and women unconditional support.”
The Times also reported that Blumenthal never served in Vietnam and obtained at least five military deferments from 1965 to 1970 that enabled him to avoid going to Viet Nam. He then completed his Harvard studies, pursued a fellowship in England, served as a special assistant to The Washington Post’s publisher, and ultimately took a job in Nixon’s White House. Then in 1970, he landed a spot in the Marine Reserve, guaranteeing he would not have to go to Vietnam.
Blumenthal is now running as a Democrat for the Connecticut Senate seat currently held by Christopher Dodd. Dodd, by the way decided not to run for reelection due to voter discontent with his ethics. But let us not be too harsh on Connecticut. It is not the only state with politicians who have difficulty with truth and ethics. This lapse is unfortunately all too common with our professional politicians who believe that the rules do not apply to their elitist group.
Blumenthal and Dodd are two additional reasons that the Tea Party continues to gain traction.
Attorney General Richard Blumenthal – New York Times
Posted in Politics, Tea Party | Tagged: Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut, deferments, Democrat, Dodd, England, Ethics, Harvard, Lie, Marine Reserve, Nixon, Politicians, Tea Party, Truth, Viet Nam | 3 Comments »