Editor-in-Chief of Frontpage Magazine, Jamie Glazov, was recently threatened with violence by a Muslim on Facebook, and the only one who paid a price for that threat was Jamie, after he posted about it. Facebook ended up suspending him for a week. That’s the basis of my accompanying cartoon. This unfair, unwarranted punishment of those on the Right is happening more and more these days by a platform that pretends to be neutral but is dominated by hardcore leftist Islamophiles.
I’ve had my own trouble with Facebook. Right after the Garland attack, where Jihadists planned to murder over two hundred of us at the Mohammad Art Exhibit event, Facebook removed me from their platform. It was only after a healthy online protest against my removal that I was reinstated. I’ve enjoyed social media, it’s helped me connect with like-minded individuals around the world, and it’s helped me get my work out there in a way I haven’t before. But it’s becoming increasingly clear that, despite their protestations, they have a secret policy of limiting the reach of those who criticize the Left and Islam.
If Facebook and Twitter were transparent from the outset that they would censor non-leftists and Islam critics, they wouldn’t be as big as they are. But now that they’re massive, the purge is here. But instead of outright removing accounts they find troublesome from their leftist perspective, they secretly limit their reach. Facebook has crippled the accounts of Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, limiting their reach to a fraction of what it used to be. Facebook and Twitter are private companies who can do what they want, and who can alienate whoever they want, but they’re underhanded about it and they belie their terms of service, which is supposedly against discrimination. That’s a big reason why their reputations are eroding.
Positive Train Control & the LIRR
The Federal Rail Road Administration originally mandated that Positive Train Control to insure safety for the riding public be completed by 2015. Even with a time extension to December 2018, it is doubtful that the Long Island Rail Road will meet this new dead line. Perhaps the LIRR may also have insufficient force account including inadequate numbers of certified signal maintainers and other specialized trade employees to support installation of Positive Train Control along with annual routine state of good repair system wide projects, additional work in the East River Tunnels, $2.6 billion Main Line Third Track, $450 million Jamaica Capacity Improvements, $387 million Ronkonkoma Double Tracking along with $11.8 billion MTA East Side Access.
It continues to be challenging for the LIRR to coordinate daily track outages and go slow work zones to support all of this work while at the same time providing the basic service customers pay for. There is no guarantee that these issues will be resolved any time soon. This could even result in missing the most recent December 31, 2018 date for completion of Positive Train Control. The LIRR has known since 2010 for this need. Complete means Positive Train Control is up and running 24/7 on all LIRR branches and service areas. Counting on another two year extension to 2020 is an admission of failure.
Positive Train Control should be the number #1 priority for the LIRR in 2018 even if it means diverting resources from other capital improvement projects. Safety should be #1 for commuters.
(Larry Penner is a transportation historian and advocate who previously worked 31 years for the United States Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration Region 2 New York Office.).
Condemning Abbas on Holocaust Remarks
The Simon Wiesenthal Center has condemned Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas’ remarks in Ramallah where he said that Jews caused the Holocaust because of “social behavior”.
Rabbi Marvin Hier, Founder and Dean of the Wiesenthal Center, and Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the Center’s Director of Global Social Action have said that the Wiesenthal Center has a copy of Heinrich Himmler’s telegram to the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem on November 2, 1943, the anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, where the SS head wrote, “The firm foundation of the natural alliance that exists between National Socialist Greater Germany and the freedom loving Moslems of the whole world….It is in this spirit that I am sending you, on the anniversary of the infamous Balfour Declaration, my heartiest wishes for the successful pursuit of your struggle until the final victory,”
Center officials had also exposed Abbas’ 1982 PhD thesis, “The Other Side: the Secret Relationship Between Nazism and Zionism”, wherein he questioned whether 6 million Jews perished on the Holocaust. Abbas was forced to acknowledge that historic fact.
Responding to Abbas’ other claim that Jews have no historical connection to the Holy Land, Rabbis Hier and Cooper pointed to another document in the Wiesenthal Center’s possession, the Supreme Muslim Council’s 1924 guide to the Temple Mount, where they write that the site’s identity with Solomon’s Temple was “beyond dispute”.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center
Shame on Natalie Portman
Israeli born Actress Natalie Portman today announced she would not take part in the prize ceremony for the Genesis Prize, slated to be held in Israel in June 2018. The Genesis Prize Foundation, which awards what it calls the “Jewish Nobel,” had previously named Ms. Portman this year’s awardee, until she notified Genesis that “[r]ecent events in Israel have been extremely distressing to her and she does not feel comfortable participating in any public events in Israel” and that “she cannot in good conscience move forward with the ceremony.”
The Genesis Prize Foundation cancelled the prize ceremony, saying that its organizers “fear that
Ms. Portman’s decision will cause our philanthropic initiative to be politicized, something we have worked hard for the past five years to avoid.”
Shame on Natalie Portman for bowing to those who boycott Israel.
Israel’s Culture Minister Miri Regev hit it right on the head noting that,“ …Natalie Portman fell into the hands of the BDS supporters. Portman, a Jewish actress born in Israel, joins those who tell the successful, wondrous founding of the State of Israel as ‘a tale of darkness and darkness.’
Sane people must agree with Hillel Neuer of UN Watch who told Portman that “If 30,000 rioters were at your borders & approaching your family in Los Feliz, and they were orchestrated by a terror group that advocates the murder of all Jews, I believe you would “in good consicience” support officers doing their best to protect you.”
Israel is the only real democracy in the Middle East, where all religions are protected, where women have equal rights. Israel is a beacon of light. Shame on Natalie Portman for standing against Israel.
The Genesis Prize “honors individuals who serve as an inspiration to the next generation of Jews through their outstanding professional achievement along with their commitment to Jewish values and the Jewish people.” They must revoke their decision to award her the prize immediately.
Shame on Natalie Portman.