Liberal Super PAC’s Twitter Rant Attacks Mitch McConnell for ‘Chinese’ Wife

the latest news on the racist war against against Asians.  the latest victim former U.S Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, born in Taiwan, immigrated to the U.S with her family.



A Super PAC set up to oppose Sen. Mitch McConnell’s re-election bid has liberals in hot water over the already boiling Kentucky mid-term campaign after the group that it walked a fine line with “some Tweets there that shouldn’t be there.” Those tweets were perceived as obliquely racist — and homophobic — enough to chime through the halls of the Capitol and even get potential candidate Ashley Judd to speak up.

Since February 14, an upstart Super PAC called Progress Kentucky has tried to implicate McConnell and his wife, former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, with shipping jobs overseas to China through her family ties (many since deleted or un-Retweeted):






In conflicting interviews with Louisville’s public radio station on Tuesday afternoon, Progress Kentucky spokesman Curtis Morrison initially denied that any of the tweets referenced McConnel’s wife, then eventually copped that some were inappropriate. “It’s a fine line, and that is not our overall message. We’ve got some Tweets there that shouldn’t be there and I’ll make sure they come down. We don’t want to cross that line,” Morrison later told WFPL. “We’re not after anybody because they are an immigrant, but I think it’s fair to question whether or not there’s a conflict of interest.” After Morrison spoke with the station, the tweets stayed up on Progressive Kentucky’s Twitter feed for most of the afternoon until the story was picked up by Buzzfeed and the Washington Post. Only since then, and the accompanying social media backlash, have (some of) the tweets been removed.

So, it’s one thing to suggest the the Senate Minority Leader has divided loyalties because of his wife — that’s the stuff of House of Cards, maybe, but hardly with any evidence here. But then there’s the implied race angle… which is as backwards as it is repulsive. Chao was born in the United States to Taiwanese immigrants. China and Taiwan are not the same country. This is basic stuff you learn in the second grade: all Asians are not the same. To make matters worse, Buzzfeed’s John Stanton caught two tweets the group put up (briefly) Tuesday afternoon asking, “Is [Mitch McConnell] a gay-bashing gay senator?” The tweet linked to a news release accusing McConnell of being a closeted homosexual.

Republicans are calling on top Democratic leadership to denounce the group: “This is disgusting and must be condemned immediately by top Democrats across the board,” National Republican Senatorial Committee spokesperson Brad Dayspring told the Washington Post‘s Aaron Blake, before calling on Jim Messina, Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Sen. Chuck Schumer, and Sen. Harry Reid, among others, to distance themselves from the group. “It is unconscionable that anyone would use blatant race-baiting for political again. Progress Kentucky should be ashamed of themselves,” McConnell spokesperson Jesse Benton told BuzzFeed. It remains unclear just how linked Progress Kentucky actually is to any of those Washington notables — according to NPR’s The Two-Way, Federal Election Commission records have the group filing papers to start in December 2012, thought the FEC is pushing them to disclose their receipts.

Liberal Super PACs went on offense against conservative candidates in trouble for racial comments during the 2012 election cycle — most prominently Pete Hoekstra in Michigan — but now the most hyper-charged campaign of the early 2014 midterm talk has seen the script half-flipped, with the left being cast as the infighters, or at least scrambling to contain a Twitter fire in yet another sign that midterm Super PAC stuff will get weird. Karl Rove is already deep in the weeds on this one, and McConnell’s campaign is preemptively attacking Ashley Judd, who is at least thinking about running and is definitely under scrutiny herself today. One sign Judd may be throwing her name in the Senate campaign? She took to Twitter to distance herself from Progressive Kentucky late Tuesday afternoon




Progress Kentucky Apologizes to Mitch McConnell’s Wife Over ‘Chinese’ Twitter Messages





a case of the yellow peril stereotype



Wen Ho Lee (1939- ), an American physicist who worked on nuclear weapons at Los Alamos, was accused in 1999 of being a spy for China. Even though the government had no proof, they kept him in solitary confinement for 278 days. The New York Times assumed his guilt and printed his name before he was even charged.

The government in trying to prove his guilt :

  • Carried out 1,000 interviews worldwide.
  • Tried to trick him into giving secrets to a (fake) Chinese military official.
  • Searched the county dump from end to end.
  • Searched his house and those of his family.
  • Searched all the computers he used.
  • Questioned him over 20 times.
  • Gave him a lie detector test. When he passed, the FBI told him he failed to shake him into signing a confession. He refused.

Lee spent over a million dollars to defend himself in court against the government.


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Pro Palestinian protesters calling convicted terrorists heroes



TORONTO – Palestinian terrorists on intermittent hunger strikes in Israeli prisons were hailed as heroes at a sparsely attended protest Saturday across from the Israeli consulate.

The protest, which had a slow start and at its height consisted of only 40 people, was organized by Palestine House and the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid in support of on-again, off-again hunger strikers Samer Issawi, Jafar Ezzedine, Tareq Qa’adan and Ayman Sharawna. The four reportedly decided to go hungry to raise awareness that they were being held on “administrative detention” in Israeli prisons. Two of the men have also stopped taking their vitamins, according to a handout provided by protest organizers.

Speakers and signs at the protest referred to the four men as political prisoners; not one mentioned the terrorism for which two of the men had been convicted or the alleged membership of the other two in a terrorist organization. One teenaged boy held up a sign describing Issawi as a “hero.”

IDF Spokesperson Captain Eytan Buchman told CAMERA (Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting) that Issawi (aka Isawi) “was convicted of severe crimes, which included five attempts of intentional death.”

Issawi was serving a 26-year sentence when he was released as part of the 2011 Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange and was sentenced recently to eight months for breaching the terms of that release, according to media reports.

Sharawna (aka Sharouna) was also released in the Shalit deal before completing a 38-year prison sentence. He is “a Hamas member…arrested in 2002 for his involvement in multiple attacks…. Sharouna took part in a bombing in Beer Sheva that wounded 18 people, attempted to kidnap an IDF soldier, and was involved in shooting attacks targeting soldiers,” Arutz Sheva reported.

Sharawna was reportedly incarcerated for breaching the terms of his release.

Ezzedine and Qa’adan, members of the terrorist group Islamic Jihad, were arrested and imprisoned during Operation Pillar of Defence, according to Arutz Sheva.

Salim Mansur, vice-president, Council for Muslims Facing Tomorrow (MFT), told the Jewish Tribune, “MFT recognizes the difficulties Israeli people are faced with in protecting themselves and we support measures adopted by the Israeli government that are open to scrutiny domestically and by outside agencies. The quickest way to end the violence in the region is for Palestinians and Arabs to end their long-standing opposition to Israel, their anti-Israel and anti-Jewish bigotry, recognize Israel and the Jewish state’s historic rights in Palestine or in parts of the ancient land of Judea and Samaria, and through genuine reconciliation open a better future for Palestinian children.”



Threats to Dem Rep: ‘I Hope Someone Giffords Your Ass With A Gun’



Franklin Sain, a 42-year-old Colorado Springs man, was arrested last Friday for threatening Colorado lawmaker Rep. Rhonda Fields (D-Aurora) over gun control legislation that she is currently sponsoring and that recently passed in the state House.

Franklin Sain is accused of threatening Fields and her daughter using racial and sexual slurs.

Fields told KOA Radio that she does not know Sain, and said “All I know is the kinds of things that he said were very inappropriate, and they’re alarming, and they were very intimidating.”

“It started last week around the 13th or the 14th,” Fields told KOA. “And then the emails got worse; it started to escalate until it got to a letter that was sent to the Capitol. At first, I was really taken aback by the tone and the language in it, especially the racial overtones – I’ve just never seen something like that before. No one has ever said those things or written those things towards me in the last two-and-a-half years that I’ve been serving the state. So, I was like ‘Wow, this is unbelievable.’ And then they kept coming.”

9News has obtained the arrest affidavit, and now the full scope of threats allegedly left by Sain over a nine day period are viewable. The threat of violence and use of racist language is prevalent throughout the messages, and they messages appear to escalate in tone by the ninth day. Caution: The language used is explicit and extremely offensive.

There are many misspelled words and incorrect grammar usage in the messages, and they appear as written in the affidavit, along with censoring of offensive words.

According to an affidavit, one of the letters alleged to have been written by the Colorado Springs man reads, “Rhonda Fields, mother of [Field’s daughter]. Death to both.” The letter goes on to say “There will be blood! I’m coming for you, N—– B—-.”

In one of the emails, Sain allegedly wrote, “hopefully somebody Gifords [sic] your asses with a gun.”

The following is one of seven emails police say Sain sent to Fields:

“THANKS N—– C—! You really think passing nay more laws will stop gun violence? You and that other N—– OBAMA are living in fantasy land. Chicago and DC have the most strict gun laws in the nation and more people die from gun violence than anywhere. You f—ing c—s are pathetic excuse for civil servants. Hell, n—–s love shooting themselves with GATS, isn’t that what your people call it. What you have done here is creater [sic] criminals out of law abiding citizens, and put yourself out of a job. You politicians have no idea what you are even doing anyway, do you know how long it takes some to change a magazine, less than a second, so what if some with experience decides to flip out and bring their gun in with 5 or so 10 round magazines, they can do the same amount of damage. Limiting magazine sizes is stupididty, [sic] and will not work…”

Then the most unhinged of Sain’s messages also refers to Field’s daughter:

Rhonda Fields, N—– C—, Mother of —–, Death to Both, All N—– Back to Africa, F— you, F— Your Laws, I Keep my 30 Round Magazines, There Will Be Blood!, I’m Coming For You, N—– B—-

Sain told police that he didn’t mean to threaten Fields, and regrets the language he used. He has no prior record, and is the chief operating officer at SofTec Solutions in Englewood, Colorado, where he does consulting work for the government and private organizations

House Speaker Mark Ferrandino and two other Democratic Reps also received similar threatening messages.

Tuesday afternoon, SofTec announced the suspension of Sain via Facebook:

“SofTec Solutions, Inc. has been informed of allegations against our employee, Mr. Frank Sain. We are shocked to learn of these allegations and are taking this matter very seriously. If true, these actions are highly inappropriate and will not be tolerated. Pending SofTec’s investigation into this matter, Mr. Sain has been suspended immediately from further duties at SofTec. SofTec Solutions is a minority-owned, small business and we employ a large diverse workforce. We will absolutely not tolerate any racial, sexual, gender-based slurs or threats of violence by employees.”

The full arrest affidavit is available online here, but caution, as the language is explicit and offensive. Sain is scheduled to appear in court on March 8, 2013.


Arab Hypocrisy in Mali

Mali and the other black African states tired of the bullshit, hypocrisy and racism from the Arab-Muslim racist states.


Dioncounda Traoré, 70, the interim President of Mali, harshly criticized Arab members of the African Union at its last organizational summit in Addis Ababa on January 27, 2013.

Traoré lashed out at the hypocrisy of the Arab member states of the Union, Egypt and Tunisia in particular, for condemning the French air attack against the al-Qaeda Islamists while at the same time refusing to condemn the brutal atrocities committed by the Islamists on the people of Mali.


According to Abdel Bari Atwan, editor-in-Chief of the London-based Al-Quds Al-Arabi Newspaper, “Traoré spoke of his sense of betrayal that the Arab nations had not joined Mali’s fight against the Islamists but had condemned France instead.  This was then taken up by the Malian press and several editorials critical of Arab countries ensued.”

Mali is a former French colony and a landlocked West African (Sahel region bordering the Sahara desert) nation that had often been cited as a democratic model.  In March 2012, mutinous soldiers in Bamako, the capital, rose up in a coup and overthrew the government of President Amadou Toumani Toure.  The troops responded to the government’s mishandling of the rebellion by the nomadic Tuareg tribesmen who seized much of Mali’s northern desert.  The Tuareg tribesmen were then pushed out by Islamists associated with al-Qaeda.

The foothold gained by al-Qaeda in Mali’s north worried Western policymakers that Mali might become a safe haven for Islamist terrorists.  The Malian government was unable to take on the Islamists, and appealed to the French government for help. It prompted the French government to send its military to intervene, and push al-Qaeda out to the northern mountains last January.  When French air strikes did not succeed in dislodging the al-Qaeda Islamists, the French deployed ground troops.  Now, the French are concerned about being bogged down in Mali and hope that an African force will be formed that will tackle the Islamists in the vast desert and mountains of Northern Mali.

France intervened in Mali to protect its vital interests.  For years, al-Qaeda has been trying to penetrate the countries of the Sahel region, and Mali is its main target.  Without the French military intervention, Mali would have become the first Islamic state of the Sahel region, followed by neighboring Niger, a country on which France heavily depends for its uranium imports.

USA Today reported (2/14/2013) that “In their hurry to flee last month, al-Qaeda fighters left behind a crucial document…spelling out the terror network’s strategy for conquering northern Mali and reflecting internal discord over how to rule the region…It moreover leaves no doubt that despite the temporary withdrawal into the desert (driven out by French forces), al-Qaeda plans to operate in the region over the long haul.”

Mali, recently, much like other black-African states in the past, felt betrayed by and disappointed with the Arab-Muslim world.  In the aftermath of the 1973 Yom Kippur War, the Arab League urged the black-African states to sever their ties with Israel and threatened them with an oil embargo.  The rich oil-producing Arab states of Saudi Arabia and Libya used financial incentives to bribe the African states.  As a result, most of the Sub-Saharan African states cut their diplomatic relations with Israel.  Soon enough, the African states discovered the Arabs’ empty promises, and while the Arabs wanted Africa to join them in isolating Israel, they did not, however, want to share with the Africans their oil.

In the 1980s and 1990s Israel invested serious efforts in restoring relations with the African states.  It paid off when most black-African states renewed their diplomatic ties with Israel in those decades.  In the following decade, however, as a result of the Second Intifada (2000-2004), Niger severed its relations with Israel in 2000, and Mauritania (a member of the Arab League) in 2009, following Israel’s Iron Cast operation in Gaza.

The Islamic Republic of Iran, too, is seeking to develop close ties with the Continent’s states, and gain political influence.  Under the guise of providing economic and military aid, and backed by a large and wealthy Shiite-Lebanese diaspora in such African states as the Congo, Guinea, and Senegal, who send large sums in contributions to Hezbollah, Iran hopes to garner UN support from African states and thus break its regional and international isolation.


According to the Afri Commons Blog (2/2/2011), quoting Meir Javedanfar, an Iranian-born Middle East analyst at the Tel Aviv-based Meepas risk-analysis group, Iran’s goal in Africa is “to win votes in the UN and increase the number of countries that support them there, to win economic points, to increase Iran’s economic clout in the region and in the world…The Iranian leadership sees Iran as a superpower, and superpowers build alliances.”

The triumph of Islamist parties in Egypt and Tunisia and the near takeover of Mali by al-Qaeda terrorists had increased the African states’ apprehensions over Iran and its allies meddling in Africa.  Countries such as Ethiopia and Kenya, both confronted by Islamist rebels, have indicated their interest in strengthening their military ties with Israel.  From 2006 to 2010 Israel delivered major weapons to nine sub-Saharan states: Cameroon, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, Lesotho, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, South Africa, and Uganda.  Nigeria signed deals with Israel worth $500 million.

Increasingly, African leaders and political pundits have become critical of Arab hypocrisy, and worried about Iran and its Islamist allies.  They have charged the Arabs of racism, reminding them of their past slave trading in Africa.  They were also concerned by Muammar Gaddafi’s expansionist and destabilizing policies in the African Continent.

Mali’s daily Le Matin has recently excoriated Palestinian ambassador Abu Rabah, the influential dean of the diplomatic corps, for not coming out against the Islamists.  The newspaper claimed that the Islamists are backed by Arab and Muslim countries. Le Matin argued that “since Mali has been duped by its so-called Muslim brethren, it should change its foreign policy.”

Abdel Bari Atwan writes that “[t]he French military intervention in Mali is designed not only to protect its own interests in the region but to benefit Israel.  The Mali adventure has opened new doors for Israel in terms of diplomacy and its expansionist plans in the African continent as a whole.” In the end, it is Arab and Muslim extremism that affords Israel an opportunity in Mali and in sub-Saharan Africa.

Texas school comes under fire after students wear burqas in class



Parents are accusing the Lumberton Independent School District of promoting Islam, but the district says it was simply following standard curriculum.

Pictures of five high school students wearing burqas in a Texas classroom have surfaced on the Internet, sparking outrage and upsetting parents and community members.

Although initial reports indicated that the students had been made to wear the burqas as part of a controversial online public school curriculum called CSCOPE — which has been criticized for its aleged “Islamic and anti-American bias” — the school district released a statement Monday saying the students volunteered to wear the burqas during a lesson taught as part of standard Texas public school curriculum.

The students, who attend Lumberton High School in Lumberton, Texas, wore the burqas for a geography class held on Feb. 1 that the Lumberton Unified School District says is  intended to teach them about different cultures.

But some parents came across a photo on Facebook of their children wearing burqas during the lesson, igniting debate about whether the school was promoting Islam.

The online news site WND reported that a student had quoted a teacher as saying, “We are going to change your perception of Islam.”

According to WND, a student reported the teacher as also saying, “I do not necessarily agree with this, but I am supposed to teach you that we are not to call these people terrorists.”

A student in the class said the burqa exercise had focused on fashion and “did not include the fact that in many Muslim communities, women who appear in public without a burqa face being beaten, imprisoned or murdered by family members, vigilante groups or even the state,” WND said.

Lumberton resident David Bellow posted about the incident on his blog, criticizing the school for what he alleged was a biased curriculum.

“I have no problem with them teaching students about different kinds of cultures, but just don’t tell them that burqas are just a fashion statement when women are punished in some of these countries for not wearing them,” Bellow told MSN News. “The issue is that it was portrayed in a biased way and didn’t tell the whole story.”

Bellow said that parents were also upset that there had been no mention of Christianity during the lesson. “If you are teaching about Islam, you should teach about Christianity as well,” he said.

He added that parents were furious because students had said that they were told to call terrorists “freedom fighters.”

“Lumberton does not ‘promote’ Islam, but ‘teaches’ a world geography curriculum as prescribed by the state of Texas,” Lumberton Independent School District Superintendent John Valastro told MSN News. “The teacher is a veteran teacher and she is Jewish. Now of all people, if anyone had an agenda to teach the negative aspects of Islam, it might be her. The teacher was teaching about culture and not about a dangerous radical religion.”

The district addressed the accusations against it in a statement posted on its website Monday:

“Recently a picture had surfaced showing five students dressed in burqa’s [sic] (Islamic attire) in a World Geography classroom at Lumberton High School. The lesson that was offered was not a written CSCOPE lesson; however it informed students to the customary culture of the people in the Middle East.

“The lesson that was offered focused on exposing students to world cultures, religions, customs, and belief systems. A description on the whiteboard behind the students show the splits in religions: Islam (Sunni and Shia), Judaism (Reform, Conservatives, and Orthodox), and Christianity (Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant). Clothing expresses the individual culture. The lesson is not teaching a specific religion, and the students volunteered to wear the clothing.”

Valastro said that although he had not been present during the lesson, he was confident that the teacher would have addressed any questions students had about the punitive aspects of not wearing a burqa.

“I think the teacher is well versed in all the ramifications of what the religion represents,” Valastro said. “I assure you, she knows her stuff and if it came up, she could address the oppression piece quite clearly.”

Valastro added that the lesson was “a teachable moment to discuss the horrendous conditions that women live under in these countries.”

“Did we do everything right? Probably not, but we attempt to teach our students critical thinking skills so they can judge for themselves,” he said. “I can honestly say, to my knowledge, Lumberton ISD has never converted a single student to Islam.”

Quebec language police aim at more Montreal restaurants

laughing at Quebec




More Montreal restaurateurs are speaking out about the demands imposed by Quebec’s language police over signs and menu items that are not in French.

Several restaurants, including Joe Beef, a high-end establishment in Montreal’s Little Burgundy neighbourhood, and Brasserie Holder, an eatery located in Montreal’s Old Port, say they have been ordered to remove English or foreign words from menus and decor.

According to Maurice Holder, the owner of Brasserie Holder, the Office québécois de la langue française (OQLF) asked the restaurant to comply with the law, Bill 101, and get rid of several things around the kitchen.

Holder said his chef’s grocery list, which was written on a blackboard when the language police dropped by the restaurant, said “salade, oeuf,sucre and steak.”

The OQLF told Holder to change “steak” to “bifteck,” he said.

The restaurateur said he was also asked to cover up print on a hot water switch that read “on/off.”

When a first layer of opaque tape failed to cover up the English words, Holder said he was told to add a second layer of tape.

David McMillan, the co-owner and chef at Joe Beef, was also asked to take down vintage signs in his restaurant and told to translate some items on his menu into French.

Maison Publique may not comply

Derek Dammann, the chef at Maison Publique, co-owned by world-renowned television chef Jamie Oliver, told CBC Radio Montreal’s morning program Daybreak that the OQLF paid the restaurant two visits after someone complained.

“They come in, took pictures of everything and don’t say a word [about what the complaint is],” said Dammann.

Dammann said Plateau Mont-Royal borough officials came by the restaurant a few days later to tell management to get rid of a large mural on the outside of the building.

Daniel Sanger, a political attaché at the borough of Plateau-Mont-Royal, said the order to take down the mural had nothing to do with the OQLF, but was because the restaurant had no permit for the mural.

Damman said the restaurant would most likely refuse to comply with the OQLF’s demands because many other establishments seem to be fighting the language police requests.

“I mean, where it stands right now, everyone seems to be kicking up a fuss. I’m not going to be one to lie down and just … take it,” said Dammann.

Félix Léonard Gagné, the manager at Maison Publique, said the OQLF is dredging up old issues.

“I think it’s just maybe old problems and stuff that we don’t need to deal [with right now],” he said. “Like some old problems that we keep stirring up and taking back to the surface that we don’t [need in the future.]”

Last week, the OQLF issued a warning to the owners of Buonanotte, a chic Italian eatery in Montreal, for using Italian to name menu items, including the word “pasta.”

The OQLF backed down, following a public outcry.

OQLF spokesman Martin Bergeron said that outcry prompted the language police to review its order.

“We should not have asked for that,” he said. “But we did. It’s a mistake. Maybe it’s a little bit of zeal, but the important thing is we look at it more closely, and we come to the conclusion that there is nothing there.”

Ministry to review OQLF

In a news release issued Monday afternoon, Quebec Language Minister Diane De Courcy announced the government would be taking a closer look at the way the OQLF handles complaints.

With the help of the cultural communities and immigration ministry (MICC), De Courcy said her ministry would look at ways to improve the processes used when complaints are made to the language watchdog.

“At the ministry, we have verification experts that can help the organization with processing complaints to apply strict laws without creating unnecessary irritants. I mandated authorities at the MICC with this task in order to take action quickly,” said De Courcy in the release.

The ministry said it will be taking a look at the way the OQLF applies the laws written in the French-language charter and issue a report in March.

Asian American Kevin Tsujihara becomes CEO of the racist brothers(WB) movie company

will the racist brothers WB continue to whitewash POC characters in their future live adaptations of comics and novels after they choose an Asian American CEO?



Kevin Tsujihara was named CEO of Warner Bros. Entertainment on Monday, stunning Hollywood given that he was viewed as the dark-horse candidate for the top job at the studio.

As chief of the studio’s homevideo division, Tsujihara had been seen as something of a long shot in a three-way battle with Warner Bros. Picture Group president Jeff Robinov and Warner Bros. TV Group president Bruce Rosenblum to succeed Barry Meyer, who will remain chairman through 2013.

While a statement from the studio made clear that Robinov and Rosenblum are continuing in their current roles, getting passed over for the CEO post immediately called into question their futures at Warner Bros.

Tsujihara told Variety that he’s very much hoping that Robinov and Rosenbloom remain in their posts in order to maintain stability at Warner Bros. — a theme that was emphasized in recent conversations with Meyer and Time Warner chairman-CEO Jeff Bewkes.

“In each conversation, we agreed that we don’t want to change the culture at Warner Bros. — not just for the management team but also the creative community and our partners such as Village Roadshow, Legendary and Alcon,” Tsujihara said.

“Given the talent, depth and strength of the Warner Bros.’ leadership, selecting our next CEO was not a decision that could be made hastily or lightly,” read a joint statement from Meyer and Bewkes. “But we both agreed that Kevin is the right person to lead Warner Bros. and to build on its proud heritage as the world’s most storied content producer.”

The ascension of Tsujihara, who starts March 1, will likely be seen as underscoring the importance of digital media for the future of the studio even though it isn’t currently a big revenue generator. A 20-year WB veteran, Tsujihara had been seen as the most progressive of the execs given the immersion of his division in new business models.

Tsujihara said there’s no timetable yet for any changes, adding, “One thing we want to do is get this right. I’m not coming into a situation where something is broken.”

Tsujihara, 48, has been president of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment since 2005. While principally charged with managing the studio’s DVD business, he has a broad portfolio of responsibilities that encompass pretty much everything that isn’t part of the TV or movie fiefdoms.

That’s included the still-nascent business of digital distribution as well as videogames, technical operations and piracy.

“It is an honor to have the opportunity to lead this storied business,” Tsujihara said. “We’re at a pivotal moment in the histories of Hollywood and entertainment: Technology is changing the canvas we use to create theatrical releases; home entertainment is rapidly evolving; and the definition of television now includes viewing across a wide range of devices and services.”

The race for the WB CEO job has been perhaps Hollywood’s most keenly followed, with speculation constantly swirling about shifting fortunes for the various candidates as they did best their not to look as if they were openly lobbying for the position.

Rosenblum offered a candid reaction of disappointment in not getting the promotion. “Obviously, I’m disappointed; who wouldn’t be?” he said in a statement. “Warner Bros. is a unique and special place, and I know it will be in good hands with Kevin at the helm. I continue to be proud of our accomplishments, and I have the most respect and admiration for our amazing team at the studio — a team that is thriving in an ever-transforming business.”

Under Tsujihara’s leadership, WB has been an aggressive player in digital distribution on a number of fronts. The studio played a leading role last year in the launch of Ultraviolet, a format backed across a consortium of industries that enables cloud-based distribution of content to a wide array of devices. While Ultraviolet is far from a success story after one year on the market, amassing over 7 million accounts, the technology is seen as Hollywood’s best hope for encouraging purchasing of films and TV series, as opposed to lower-margin but more popular rental options.

Tsujihara’s ascension will open up the top post at his homevid unit.

While it remains to be seen whether he restructures the portfolio he’s leaving behind, Ron Sanders, president of Warner Home Video, to step up. Or, in keeping with the growing importance of digital at Warners, Tsujihara could end up handing the reins to Thomas Gewecke, president of Warner Bros. Digital Distribution.

As for Robinov, he choose to keep his chin up in a corporate statement.

“I am truly happy and proud of Kevin,” he said. We are both good friends and colleagues, and I think he’s an excellent choice for the job. The company will be in great shape under his leadership.”

Robinov will remain on and continue overseeing the film division, but speculation will clearly begin to mount that he may step in for Ron Meyer as president of Universal if Meyer moves into a more corporate role at Comcast.

Rumors began mounting last fall that Robinov may be the man to replace Meyer, and this move to promote Tsujihara will only flame those suggestions.

Insiders add that a Robinov jump to Universal is by no means a certainty because many feel his internal management skills are what lost him the top job at Warner Bros. and would also be a factor if Universal considered him for Meyer’s job.

Robinov has headed the motion picture group since April 2011, when he replaced Alan Horn and was given sole greenlight authority over feature films.

During his tenure, Warner Bros. remained at or near the top of the box office thanks largely to betting big on tentpoles such as the final Harry Potter pics; “The Dark Knight Rises”; the “Sherlock Holmes,” “Hobbit” and “Hangover” franchises; and “Inception.”

For 2013, the studio’s key projects include Zach Snyder’s “Man of Steel,” the studio’s reboot of its Superman franchise, along with Guillermo del Toro’s sci-fi tentpole “Pacific Rim,” Bryan Singer’s “Jack the Giant Slayer,” “Hangover 3” and “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.”

Further out, the studio’s planning on a “Justice League” tentpole — presenting DC Comics characters Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash and the Green Lantern — on the order of Marvel’s “The Avengers.” Will Beall is scripting, but no director has been attached.

Robinov, a former talent agent, has maintained a strong filmmaker roster with first-look deals with Snyder, Ben Affleck (“Argo”), Todd Phillips (“The Hangover”), Robert and Susan Downey, Bradley Cooper, Tom Hardy, Clint Eastwood and “Harry Potter” producer David Heyman. The studio has three dozen first-look deals, more than any other.

Robinov is responsible for more than $2 billion in annual spending on production and marketing and has a solid relationship with the affable Tsujihara. It’s widely known that Robinov and Rosenblum have a chilly relationship, and it was believed that Robinov might have departed had Rosenblum become CEO.

Tsujihara was in charge of the negotiations over “The Hobbit” with MGM in 2010, leading to the start of production of Peter Jackson’s trilogy, which carries a pricetag in the range of $600 million. “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” has performed well, with worldwide grosses of over $940 million.



shoppingWhileBlack“Shopping while black” is the “crime” of shopping while being a black person. It is not supposed to be a crime but you would not know it the way some shopkeepers seem to assume you are going to take something the minute their back is turned.

In one well-known example a woman and two of her friends from work went to Old Navy during lunch. They were respectably dressed. But despite that when they entered the store the police were informed of a “gang of shoplifters” – based on little more than the fact that the three women were black.  The police came and held them for 90 minutes even though they had shoplifted nothing.

It is not just “certain blacks” either – most blacks in America have had the experience of being followed or closely watched while shopping, of not being trusted. One black woman put it this way:

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An Islamic Coup in India – Mughalistan

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
Zemira Eli Natan ( Executive Director )
Achintya Das ( Administrative Director )
International Unity For Equality





Yesterday, I received word of some horrible bombings by Islamic militants in India. 13 were killed and 70 were injured. Not a peep of this on the news. Islam is cutting a bloody swath across the planet and the media is giving us shiny things to chase after as distractions. So much for Peace be Upon Him and all that. Jihadists are murdering innocent Hindus and no one seems to care.

Then, even more comes to light as 4 are killed in Bangladesh in a violent ‘Bloggers Riot‘:

Four killed in ‘blasphemous bloggers’ riot in Bangladesh, AFP, February 23, 2013 (thanks to Kenneth)

BANGLADESH police fired live rounds in fierce clashes with Islamists demanding the execution of bloggers they accuse of blasphemy.

Two people were shot dead by police in the northwestern town of Palashbari, and two others died elsewhere, police said.

Parts of the capital Dhaka were turned into a battlefield as thousands of protesters attacked police with bricks and sticks in front of the national mosque. Officers there retaliated with rubber bullets and tear gas.

The country’s 12 Islamic parties called the protests after Friday prayers in nearly half a million mosques nationwide, demanding the execution of bloggers whom they say blasphemed Islam and the Prophet Mohammed.

Tensions have risen in the Muslim-majority nation over allegedly anti-Islamic blog posts by Ahmed Rajib Haider, who was hacked to death last week near his home in Dhaka.

And while the world turns a blind eye to the bloody massacres in India, the Mughalistan Project takes shape. It is the Islamic Pakistan-Bangladesh plan to split India. The plan is being billed as Mughalistan – An undivided Islamic nation in the Indian Subcontinent. Pakistan and Bangladesh would be connected through a land corridor running across the Indo-Gangetic plain, the heartland of India.

In 1947, India was partitioned into two countries based on religion – India for Hindus and Pakistan for Muslims. Pakistan had two parts to it – West and East. West is now Pakistan, East is now Bangladesh. The Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971 occurred and a declaration of independence was made. Muslims wanted a corridor between the two countries in 1947 to unite the country and now want it again to ensure that Bangladesh becomes Islamic. For a full explanation of this Project, read here.

Islam has totally infiltrated India. India has 29 member states and 7 union territories. Kashmir now has a population that is 97% Muslim. This has happened by highly aggressive conversions, marriages and brutal violence. Muslims now own around 100 districts in India and what they don’t own, they are now trying to take by converting owners to Islam, by using violence to drive the Hindus out or by outright theft.

In West Bengal, out of their 19 districts, 5 are now Muslim and the takeover is growing rapidly. Islam composes 40% of the population there now. In Assam, out of their 21 districts, 8 are now a Muslim majority. There are thousands of no-go areas – these are areas that only Muslims may venture into and where sharia law rules. In Uttar Pradesh, the largest state in India, the Islamic population is now 25%. In Bihar, it is 20%. Kerala – 30%. And in Jammu, it is 40%. These are the most violent territories and it is spreading like wildfire. These numbers were given to me by others living in India. In the US, we are worried about Mosques and Madrassas. In India, their entire country is being invaded; converting hundreds of Hindus every day by force and the rape of Hindu women is commonplace.

According to the last census in India, the Muslim population was 13.4%. My sources tell me it is actually closer to 35%.

If Mughalistan becomes a reality (and it looks like it is well on its way to being one), it will be the largest Islamic Republic on the planet and it will take the whole of eastern, northeastern and northern India as part of its domain. Mughalistan will be an independent homeland for the Muslims of India and it will become part of the upcoming caliphate.



From Creeping Sharia:

Mughalistan (or Mughalstan) is the name of an independent homeland proposed for the Muslims of India. This Mughal-Muslim state in the Indian subcontinent will include all of North India and Eastern India, and will be formed by merging Pakistan and Bangladesh through a large corridor of land running across the Indo-Gangetic plain, the heartland of India. This Mughalistan corridor will comprise Muslim-majority areas of Northern India and eastern India that will be partitioned for the second time in history.

MughalistanThe comprehensive plan for a second partition of India was first developed by the Mughalstan Research Institute (MRI) of Jahangir Nagar University (Bangladesh) under the patronage of the two intelligence agencies, Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) and Bangladesh’s Director General of Forces Intelligence, DGFI. The “Mughalistan Reaserch Institute of Bangladesh” has released a map where a Muslim corridor named “Mughalistan” connects Pakistan and Bangladesh via India.

This Greater Mughalistan is of strategic significance as it will provide a contiguous, strategic corridor linking the Ummah into a pan-Islamic Caliphate. The ISI-DGFI-Indian Jihadi triumvirate has fondly nicknamed this pan-Islamic Caliphate as Islamistan (meaning “Land of Islam”), a synonym for `Islamic World’ or `Dar-ul-Islam’. This geographical Islamic crescent will link the Islamic Middle-East to Islamic South-East Asia, with the new Islamic World stretching all the way from Morocco and Bosnia in the West to Malaysia and Indonesia in the East.

Jihad manifests its hideous visage in many forms on the Indian Subcontinent as it does all over the world. What we see happening in India, Africa and other countries is a preview of events to come in the US if we are not vigilant within our borders. Islam targets and converts as many as possible and once you convert, you can never go back on penalty of death. It’s another perk of sharia law, along with removing hands and other appendages as well as hanging, stoning and beheading. Jihadists practice ‘Love Jihad’ where they target women for the sole purpose of expanding the Islamic Umma. Peaceful Hindus are murdered for their land. Slavery is common – it is called ‘Bonded Labor,’ where landlords in Pakistan chain people to their work. These slaves get one meal a day at gunpoint. They are forbidden to travel or marry. Political Jihad takes the place of rights for the Hindus. The Islamists are hellish overlords. Any religion even rumored to be worshiped outside of Islam by families will get them charged with blasphemy, which is punishable by death.

The recent bombings in Canning and Hyderabad, destroyed holy shrines and entire villages. If you speak out against them, they hunt you down and kill you. It’s that simple. And the West is complicit in keeping the conquest by Islam quiet through the simple device of deliberate media ignorance. It reminds me of those who ignored the Jews being slaughtered. For shame. Censorship and propaganda abound, just as they are beginning to take hold in the US. India not only needs help, her plight should be a rude awakening for America. We’re on the Islamic dance card.

Islam (the religion of “peace”) has discovered for itself the simple truth: violence works. In a modern world of “anti-bullying” rhetoric, no one wants to see the real bully for who he is, the sharia thug enforcer of Islam. Hoping that “maybe if we don’t look at him or talk about him he’ll leave us alone,” has never worked. It didn’t work for the victims of the pogroms, it didn’t work for those gulag-bound souls in Russia, nor again in the Asian countries conquered by assorted communists. The frightened and cowed common man and his family do their best to pretend there are no monsters, but the monsters are real, and they ravage and pillage as they come.

Islam now holds all of Western civilization in contempt. Islam knows no one has the courage to stand in its way and call its name as the monstrosity it is. Islam comes for its prey with sword and gun, shackle and manacle, prison and grave. Of course, there’s always the “easy way.” You can always just give up — and be assimilated by the Muslim Borg.

Would you want to live this way? No, you wouldn’t and our brothers and sisters in India should not be forced into this Islamic nightmare either. A not-so-silent bloody coup is going on in India while the world turns their back on peace-loving Hindus. Behold, Mughalistan and the caliphate are rising.


ICLA: Canning Riots 2013: Persecution of Hindus In West Bengal

Gates of Vienna: Make Way For Mughalistan



North Sudan’s cracking down on Christians in their latest war against non-Muslims and non-Arabs

North Sudan’s genocidal war against non-muslims continues in their quest to islamise and arabize the country. The Arab League and the OIC looking the other way

Having deported scores of foreign Christians and demolished several church buildings in the past few months, Sudan continued ridding the country of Christianity this week by raiding Christian bookshops in Khartoum and arresting Christians, sources said.

Men who described themselves as agents of Khartoum State Security on Monday (Feb. 18) confiscated books, films and archives from the Evangelical Literature Centre, part of the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church (SPEC) denominational headquarters, church leaders said.

“They took everything – not a single sheet of paper was left on the shelves,” said one church leader. “They took the cinema, old movies and tapes and archives. They filled a big truck with our stuff from the ELC.”

When SPEC leaders asked the security agents why they were taking the items away, they replied that they had “orders from above” to confiscate all Christian books, the church leaders said. The clergymen said they understood this to mean the government intends to make Sudan a solely Islamic country.

In the course of the raid, security personnel beat a church leader for taking photos, sources said. The following day (Feb. 19), national security agents arrested the church leader, whose name is withheld, and his whereabouts remained unknown at press time, a pastor told Morning Star News.

Prior to the raid, authorities of the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) in Khartoum state sent a letter to SPEC leaders informing them of their plan to search the premises for Christian literature, according to the church leaders. They described the move as unlawful and unacceptable.

Security agents later confiscated two containers full of Christian books and Bibles at the SPEC headquarters adjoining the Evangelical Literature Centre.

Church leaders hope to meet with an official from the Ministry of Guidance and Religious Endowment about the raid. SPEC officials have decided to hold regular prayer meetings at the depleted Evangelical Literature Center.

“We continue to pray for God to strengthen our faith in these difficult times,” a church leader told Morning Star News by phone.

In a related incident, national security agents on Feb. 14 went to an academic institution in Khartoum, forced open a container and confiscated Christian literature, a source said.

“They took three cartons of books,” he said.

In addition, NISS agents on Feb. 15 went to another bookstore, whose name is withheld, and confiscated Christian books, sources said. Three Christians were arrested, including one foreigner; they were still in custody at press time.

In the past month authorities have also summoned church youth group leaders for interrogation, sources said. At least three were held for days, and after their release they have been ordered to report to NISS offices every day.

Authorities have arrested at least 55 Christians this month, according to aid and advocacy organization Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW). The detained Christians have been falsely accused of receiving money from foreign countries, CSW reported, adding that a crackdown on Christians that began at the end of last year has led to the deportation of about 100 foreign workers.

Harassment, violence and arrests of Christians have intensified since the secession of South Sudan in July 2011, when President Omar al-Bashir vowed to adopt a stricter version of sharia (Islamic law) and recognize only Islamic culture and the Arabic language. South Sudanese have been ordered to leave the country following the new republic’s secession, but thousands are reportedly stranded in the north due to loss of jobs,poverty, transportation limitations and ethnic and tribal conflict in South Sudan.

South Sudanese Christians in Sudan have faced increased hostilities due to their ethnic origins – though thousands have little or no ties to South Sudan – as well as their faith.

Churches Demolished
Besides arresting and deporting foreign Christians, the government has also demolished several church buildings.

Authorities on Jan. 15 and 16 destroyed seven church buildings in or near Khartoum, as well as a health center run by the Sudan Council of Churches (SCC), claiming that they belonged to South Sudanese who are no longer citizens of the country, sources said. Although the properties originated with South Sudanese, they now belong to citizens of Sudan, church leaders said.

“Christians in north Sudan are very worried and in a dangerous situation,” one church leader said.

The demolished buildings belonged to Roman Catholic, Presbyterian Church of Sudan, Africa Inland Church, Episcopal Church of Sudan, Sudan Pentecostal Church and Seventh-day Adventist congregations, along with the SCC health center, sources said. Most of the buildings were in the Soba al Aradi area on the outskirts of Khartoum.

A pastor whose identity is withheld was arrested during a church service last month, the sources said; he was released after a few hours. Security personnel arrested two other leaders and a pastor’s wife at another church on Jan. 22, accusing them of links to a Christian school in Omdurman, across the Nile from Khartoum.

The three Christians were still in custody at press time, the sources said.

North Dakota high school investigating fans in Ku Klux Klan-style white robes and hoods



SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A North Dakota high school principal says appropriate action is being taken after three students briefly donned Ku Klux Klan-style white robes and hoods Friday night during a state hockey semifinal game.

The photo caused an uproar on Twitter when it was posted by 19-year-old Shane Schuster, who was seated with some friends at Ralph Engelstad Arena when something in the student section across the rink caught his eye.

“I thought, ‘Are those KKK hoods?’ I couldn’t believe it,” Schuster said. “I was shocked.”

Schuster said he focused his camera phone and snapped a photo, later uploading it to Twitter.

Kristopher Arason, Red River’s principal, said the school’s investigation determined that the students put on the attire just after Red River’s first goal and wore it for about 30 seconds to a minute. The teens removed the outfits after students in the section told them it was offensive, he said.

“We, as a school, are extremely disappointed with the behavior of these three students,” Arason said in a statement sent to The Associated Press on Saturday. “This behavior is not a representation of our school or student body.”

Arason said administrators were notified of the incident at the completion of the game. The students and their parents have been contacted and “appropriate action is being taken,” he said.

Arason did not indicate what disciplinary action, if any, the three unidentified students could face.

Red River topped Fargo’s Davies High School 2-0 to advance to Saturday night’s North Dakota Boys State Hockey Tournament title game against Grafton-Park River.

Davies High School is named in honor of Ronald Davies, the former federal judge from Fargo whose 1957 rulings integrated Central High School in Little Rock, Ark. — a pivotal event in the civil rights movement.

The photo that Schuster posted on the social media site shows the three hooded fans in the middle of the Red River Roughriders section, in which everyone is dressed in white as part of a “whiteout.” The post had been retweeted 75 times by late Saturday afternoon, with many users expressing their outrage.

The hockey tradition of encouraging fans to all wear all white was started more than 25 years ago by the original Winnipeg Jets — which currently are the Phoenix Coyotes. In 1987, Jets fans donning white shirts and jerseys packed Winnipeg Arena to watch the team take on the Calgary Flames in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The practice has since spread to the college and high school levels.

Arason said Red River has a tradition of wearing a different color for each of the three days of the state tournament in accordance with the team’s colors. Roughrider fans wore black for the first day, white for the second and red for the final day.


Why Toronto’s plan to give illegal immigrants sanctuary is nuts: Walkom



Toronto council’s decision to declare the city a sanctuary for illegal immigrants is both irrelevant and misguided.

It is irrelevant because services the city alone administers are already available to all Torontonians, legal or otherwise.

It is misguided because it is based on the assumption that Canada should have no border controls whatsoever, that anyone in the world who wants to come and live in this country should have the right to do so without hindrance.

That’s an assumption I doubt most Canadians accept, particularly at a time when the federal Conservative government is already using immigration loopholes to push down wages.

The fact that Toronto city council passed the sanctuary motion overwhelmingly Thursday underscores its irrelevance. Toronto council likes nothing better than passing feel-good resolutions in areas over which it has no jurisdiction. Motions decrying the war in Vietnam come to mind.

The sanctuary resolution is firmly in this tradition. It requires city officials to ignore a person’s immigration status when providing services. But that’s the case already.

You do not need a passport to borrow books from Toronto’s library system. What you do need is something like a phone bill to prove you live here rather than in, say, Mississauga.

Nor do you need papers to ride the subway, have your garbage collected or drive on city-maintained streets.

By law, schools are not supposed to discriminate on the basis of legal status. Some once did. But the Toronto District School Board agreed six years ago to end the practice.

Since 2006, Toronto police have agreed not to ask witnesses to or victims of crime about their residency status — unless there is an overwhelming reason to do so.

In some areas of provincial or federal jurisdiction, immigration status does matter. Those who are not legal Canadian residents don’t qualify for publicly subsidized medicare and must pay out of pocket for health services.

Similarly, those who haven’t lived legally in Canada for the required number of years can’t collect federal old age pensions. Nor can illegals obtain welfare.

Do these rules discriminate against those who are neither Canadian citizens nor legal residents? Yes, they do. Are such rules reasonable? Yes again.

Or at least they are reasonable if you believe the country needs some border controls. Right-wing libertarians do not. They hold that borders should be wide open so as to allow business to import low-wage labour whenever it pleases.

Canada’s Conservative federal government has expanded its so-called temporary skilled foreign worker program for exactly this purpose. In Alberta, doughnut shops are using “skilled” foreign workers to pour coffee. In British Columbia, one coal mining firm is refusing to hire Canadians and is instead bringing in temporary, low-wage Chinese workers.

Ottawa specifically allows employers to pay such foreign workers less than the going wage rate.

Given that many temporary workers overstay their visas, this part of the immigration system is destined to create a reserve army of low-wage, undocumented labour — which is reportedly what is happening in Toronto.

So what to do? For hard-boiled, free marketeers, scrapping all border controls might be the answer. For the rest of us, the solution is a more coherent immigration system.

First, scrap the temporary worker programs. My guess is that higher wages would solve a host of labour shortages. But if Canada really does have a dearth of nannies, fruit-pickers, plumbers, and doughnut-shop baristas, let them enter as permanent residents on an assured path to citizenship rather than as temporary low-wage help.

Then they wouldn’t be nervous about getting library cards. And then Toronto city council could get back to dealing with matters over which it has some control.


Thomas Walkom’s column appears Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.

New Study Indicates Broadway Shows Employ Higher Percentage of Minority Actors Than Not-for-Profit Sector

New Study Indicates Broadway Shows Employ Higher Percentage of Minority Actors Than Not-for-Profit Sector

By Andrew Gans
15 Feb 2013

A new study released by the Asian American Performers Action Coalition finds that the not-for-profit sector lags behind the commercial Broadway sector in terms of hiring minority actors.


The study focused on the top 16 not-for-profit theatre companies in New York City.

In the 2011-12 season, African-American actors were cast in 16 percent of all roles, Hispanic American/Latino actors in 3 percent and Asian-American actors in 3 percent (others, including Arab American/Middle Eastern and Native American actors, comprised 1 percent). Caucasian actors filled 77 percent of all roles at these not-for-profit companies.

On Broadway minority actors filled 25 percent of all roles for the past two years, the highest percentage in the six years studied in the report. In fact, African-American representation hit a six-year high this past season at 19 percent. Asian Americans increased a percentage point over the previous year to 3 percent.

The non-profits, which had once consistently hired more actors of color than the commercial sector (reaching a high of 27 percent during the 2008-09 season), have fallen below the industry average of 20 percent for the second year in a row, landing at 19 percent this past year.

The following are this year’s rankings for the most and least diverse among the 16 companies based on percentages of actors of color employed:


5. MCC THEATER (7.7%)

*[The York Theatre Company disputes its rating. Artistic director James Morgan said in a statement, “We are always delighted to find areas we can improve what we do, but we are actually extremely proud of our record in diverse casting over the years, and find this recent charge of 0% diverse casting not only unfounded but ludicrous.” Among the diverse group of actors to have worked at the Off-Broadway company this past year are Krystal Joy BrownStephanie Umoh, Gilbert Bailey, John-Michael Lyles, Angela Grovey, Alton Fitzgerald White, Anastacia McClesky, Janet DacalNicholas Rodriguez and Rafael Rodriguez. For its part, the AAPAC said its study only took into account full productions; readings, workshops and the York’s Musical in Mufti series were not included.]

The report also tracked the number of minority actors cast in roles not racially-specific (non-traditional casting): Only 10 percent of all roles received by actors of color were not defined by the color of their skin. The theatre companies with the highest percentage of roles cast non-traditionally follow:


The full report is available for download by visiting