My Counter-Islamist Grid Work So Far: 17 Articles, Photo Essays, and Reports

Best wishes to everyone for you summer! Here is a collection of events I’ve covered and the articles I’ve written in my work as the Southern California associate of the Counter-Islamist Grid, an initiative to monitor and counter Islamist influence at the local level. *August 12 Update: Now expanded with some new pieces and a few I’d forgotten to include previously*

      1. December 20, 2018, A CIG Report: Islamist Hot Spots in Southern California: Part One – Santa Barbara and Ventura

      2. January 17, 2019, An Article at PJ Media: The Truth About the Religious Activists Getting Arrested at the Border

      3. March 22, 2019, An Article at The Washington ExaminerShe’s not naive: Ilhan Omar is on the road, raising money for extreme Islamist groups

      4. April 8, 2019, A CIG Report: Over 700 Turn Out to Protest Rep. Omar’s Fundraising for CAIR-Los Angeles

      5. April 8, 2019, A CIG Photo Essay: 27 Photos from CAIR Los Angeles/Ilhan Omar protest: Varieties of the Counter-Islamist Experience

      6. April 10, 2019, An Article at The California Courier, a weekly newspaper covering Armenian news since 1958Turkish Leadership in International Islamist Movement Means Armenian Genocide Denialist Propaganda for American Muslims

      7. April 22, 2019, An Article at American Thinker: How to Counter 7 Lies in Turkey’s Denial of the Armenian Genocide

      8. April 26, 2019, A CIG Photo Essay: ‘1915 Never Again!’ Armenian-Americans and Supporters March at Turkish Consulate

      9. May 11, 2019 at PJ Media: Facebook and Disney Sponsor Islamist Group MPAC’s Media Awards Honoring Dead Anti-Semitic Activist Jamal Khashoggi

      10. May 28, 2019, An Article at The California CourierTurkey Indoctrinates American Muslim Children to Celebrate Islamist Leader Erdogan

      11. June 3, 2019, An Article at The Daily Wire: Non-Muslim Lawyer Launches Major Lawsuit Against CAIR

      12. June 18, 2019, An Article at PJ Media: Beverly Hills Warned of Dangerous Impact of Qatar’s Pro-Islamist Influence

      13. June 19, 2019, An Article at The Daily Wire: Los Angeles Islamists Take to The Streets In Support of Terror-linked Clerics

      14. June 24, 2019, A CIG Photo Essay: MAS Greater Los Angeles Protests in Support of Terror Clerics

      15. July 11, 2019, An Article at The Daily Wire: CAIR LA’s Hussam Ayloush Praises Journalist-Jailing Turkey, Criticizes U.S., during July 4th Holiday

      16. July 12, 2019, A CIG Photo Essay: FAIL: 5 Groups Co-Sponsor MAS’s Second Saudi Consulate Protest But Few Participate

      17. July 26, 2019, An Article at The California CourierInfluential Los Angeles CAIR Leader Trashes America and Whitewashes Turkey’s Assaults on Freedom and Human Rights

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Some Spring Maura Doggo Photos

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Ending Two Seasons of Silence

As is apparent, I have neglected regular posting at the MAD TAB Blog for most of the year. For this I have often felt guilty or even hypocritical – here I am telling the novelists I edit that they should be keeping a regular blog and other social media to connect with new readers and yet I am falling short in one of the important categories myself. Continue reading “Ending Two Seasons of Silence”

A 25 Song Playlist to Energize Your Writing

Yesterday in an online writing group, one sci-fi author wrote, “I am writing a chapter where the protagonist is (finally) leading a mutiny against her spaceship Captain. I need a playlist to write to. Taking all song suggestions!”

I threw a half dozen youtube videos at him and then decided that it might be worthwhile to compile a longer, more complete list of favorite tracks and explain how they assist me. So here you go.

I believe that essential to creative writing is the ability to shift and re-focus one’s normal state of consciousness — embracing the altered state. Thus, when I’m going to seriously write for a number of hours chances are it’ll be aided by some combination of caffeine, alcohol, sugar, exercise, and yes, specific songs. The objective of these varied methods is to prevent the mind from growing distracted and wandering to non-writing subjects. Music of numerous genres can contribute toward this shifted consciousness effect. Thus, I have chosen 25 tracks from throughout history and genres — from the Baroque era on through classic rock of the ’60s and ’70s, heavy metal and rap from the ’90s, and onto this century’s often more electronic pop songs.

I hope you find at least some of these tracks both useful and entertaining.

1. Just about anything by Bach can help inspire your writing. I love the Baroque era.

2. Vivaldi was another wonderful Baroque composer.

3 and 4. While I generally prefer the Beatles to the Rolling Stones, when it comes to kick ass, high energy tracks the Stones may have an edge.

5. While I’m trying to keep this list in rough chronological order, this track from a 2001 solo Mick Jagger album, Goddess in the Doorway, is getting placed among Stones tracks. “God Gave Me Everything” has been one of my absolute favorite, mantra-like tracks for about five years now.

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April Bey’s New Show “Made In Space” Opens Today at Band Of Vices Art Gallery

I am so happy and excited for April with her third solo art exhibition opening today. Click here for directions to this new art gallery in Los Angeles. The show will be up through June 16. Below check out, via April’s instagram, some of the work-in-progress images of pieces that will be included:

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The Mysteries of Ancient Egypt & the Hidden Roots of Western Civilization

Last weekend April and I saw the King Tut exhibition at the California Science Center. Here are some of the highlights:

This is a definite, must-see exhibit. It’s amazing see objections this old in such beautiful, stunning condition. Continue reading “The Mysteries of Ancient Egypt & the Hidden Roots of Western Civilization”