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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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”

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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Pop-Paganism: 11 Extraordinary Camille Paglia Excerpts

Essential Authors: Camille Paglia

Two years ago, I joined Liberty Island Media, a start-up book publishing company focusing on genre fiction, as their West Coast Editor and began acquiring and editing novels. I also started writing my own novels and helping other writers develop their stories. Now, in this ongoing series at Smash Cut Culture I’m going to start highlighting the authors who I’ve returned to most often in working with writers. As I’ve studied and met both fiction and non-fiction writers over the years these are the ones with the most depth, originality, and humanity. Reading their books and understanding the ideas that matter to them has helped change my life for the better and I hope it can do the same for you.

On Tuesday Mark Bauerlein at First Things published a thoughtful post on Camille Paglia and the key idea that he sees as distinguishing her from today’s cookie cutter Right/Left ideologues:

She announced it a few months back in an interview with the New York Observer. The very first question asked her about comparisons between President Trump and Adolf Hitler, to which she replied: “‘Presentism’ is a major affliction—an over-absorption in the present or near past, which produces a distortion of perspective and a sky-is-falling Chicken Little hysteria.”

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Paglia believes there is a causal connection between young Americans’ ignorance of history and their dim view of present conditions. At a conference in Oxford, Paglia stated again, in response to a student who criticized her and others for telling youths not to be so sensitive and snowflaky, “There is much too much focus on the present.” Thanks to the (presumed) sensitivity of modern youth, Paglia says, students have not had a “realistic introduction to the barbarities of human history . . . . Ancient history must be taught . . . . I believe in introducing young people to the disasters of history.” Without that background, she implies, our only standard of appraising current circumstances is current circumstances plus a few utopian dreams. We have so much material prosperity, they think, so why don’t we have more perfect people to enjoy it?

I’ll take Bauererlein’s insight into Paglia’s value as a writer and intellectual a few steps further. Yes, that she analyzes today’s culture through the broad stroke of history, starting in the ancient world gives her arguments greater weight and originality. Where I value her even more though is in the way she connects this grand historical understanding to our everyday pop culture. And what is her key here? It can be summed up in one word: Paganism.

Paglia connects the primitive, religious earth worship of the ancient, pre-modern world, with the secular faiths of today’s postmodern ideologies and celebrity-obsessed culture. Here’s one of my favorite quotes from her book Vamps & Tramps: New Essays, about how what is natural must be overcome and transcended to achieve greatness:

Here are ten more of my favorite Paglia quotes I’ve collected over the years. I hope you’ll find them useful and inspiring. Continue reading “Pop-Paganism: 11 Extraordinary Camille Paglia Excerpts”

Behold the Power of “Ferengi Feminism”

(Warning: lyrics in music sampled for video below contain NSFW language.) Here’s a recent studio recap that April made for a piece she’s working on:

The piece-in-progress features Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a gifted Nigerian author and feminist activist, juxtaposed with the phrase “Ferengi Feminism” to be rendered in a similar style to an earlier piece (that sold in her recent solo show) in this “Afro-Futurist” series, Rules of Acquisition: 

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