Ice-sculpted from chainsaws and blow-torches, menorahs illuminate celebrations

Chabad Rabbi Tzemach Cunin lights Chainsaw Chicks'
ice-sculpted menorah for Chanukah 2011 in L.A.
Artists craft, ignite, then, demolish giant ice-menorah in L.A. Chabad Lubavitch gives Los Angeles, a city more accustomed to sand-sculpting than ice-sculpting, its first hand-crafted ice-menorah. The menorah draws attention to the history of the Maccabean Jews of Judea who fought the Syrian Hellenists to rededicate the Second Temple in Jerusalem, 165 BCE.

Rabbi Tzemach Cunin leads the ceremony which featured traditional oil-cooked foods, potato pancakes and jelly-donuts. The Chainsaw Chicks crew wowed the attendees with their custom designed, outdoor crafted, ice-menorah- which for safety reasons, they publicly demolished as the conclusion of the festivities. The event is captured here on video.

In related news, YNet News, Danny Adeno Abebe reports that an 'Ice City' is to be built in Jerusalem
Israel's capital to host its first ever ice festival in March-April 2012, including frozen sculptures of important sites. 
Jerusalem will host the first ice festival in its history in March-April 2012. It will be held at the city's old train station plaza and will include an exhibition of Jerusalem's most famous sites, all carved in ice, and many attractions for visitors. 
The sculpture exhibition will display Jerusalem's most unique sites, including the Tower of David, the Israel Museum and the Light Rail. Visitors will enter the complex through an icy "Jaffa Gate" and pass through a route including ice slides and other attractions linked to the different displays.

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Muslim Brotherhood reveals make-up at Cairo rally "One day we'll kill all Jews!"

Arab hate: A Muslim Brotherhood rally in Cairo's most prominent mosque Friday turned into a venomous anti-Israel protest, with attendants vowing to "one day kill all Jews."

Winds of Jihad Blog by Sheik Yer'mami:
All Jews- not just Zionists, as the so-called “moderate Muslims” in the west keep telling us.  The world stands by in eery silence, just like 1938."
Some 5,000 people joined the rally, called to promote the "battle against Jerusalem's Judaization." The event coincided with the anniversary of the United Nations' partition plan in 1947, which called for the establishment of a Jewish state.

Speakers at the event delivered impassioned, hateful speeches against Israel, slamming the "Zionist occupiers" and the "treacherous Jews." Upon leaving the rally, worshippers were given small flags, with Egypt's flag on one side and the Palestinian flag on the other, as well as maps of Jerusalem's Old City detailing where "Zionists are aiming to change Jerusalem's Muslim character."

Muslim Brotherhood spokesmen, as well as Palestinian guest speakers, made explicit calls for Jihad and for liberating the whole of Palestine. Time and again, a Koran quote vowing that "one day we shall kill all the Jews" was uttered at the site. Meanwhile, businessmen in the crowd were urged to invest funds in Jerusalem in order to prevent the acquisition of land and homes by Jews.

Speaking to Ynet outside the mosque following the prayer, elementary school teacher Ala al-Din said that "all Egyptian Muslims are willing to embark on Jihad for the sake of Palestine."

"Why is the US losing in Afghanistan? Because the other side is willing and wants to die. We have a different mentality than that of the Americans and Jews," he said.

Eldad Beck is reporting from Cairo on behalf of Ynet and Yedioth Akhronot. Roee Nahmias contributed to the story. Published November 25, 2011 in YNet News.com

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Howard Stern comic icon, Melrose Larry Green, at the Menorah parade in liberal West Hollywood

At the completion of the Chabad L.A. Menorah parade, which aspires to spread light in the world, former L.A. mayoral candidate (and Howard Stern Show comic icon), Melrose Larry Green, taunts upper-middle class Hollywood liberals for insensitivity to Obama-era, lower-middle-class realities.

Is the Obama Administration Politically Manipulating the Poverty Data?

How Obama could abuse a new set of poverty statistics. by Tom Blumer in PJ Media

The Census Bureau’s recently created “Supplemental Poverty Measure” (SPM) looks like a ruse to artificially show economic and poverty-reducing improvement in time for the 2012 presidential election. Longer-term, it appears to be a rigged mechanism for demonstrating how ObamaCare, assuming it survives legal challenges and attempts at repeal, is a resounding success. . . .

SPM’s consideration of taxes will help Obama’s reelection campaign if (and I believe it’s more like when) the Census Bureau surprises everyone and releases its related report in October of next year instead of November, as it did this year, and attempts with media help to give it greater credibility than the official measurement. 

Why Hamas Wants To Join the PLO

Why Hamas Wants To Join the PLO by Khaled Abu Toameh in Hudson-NY
Hamas' Ismail Haniya shakes with
PA Pres. Mahmoud Abbas

Hamas's decision to join the PLO is seen by some Western analysts and governments as a sign that the Islamist movement is headed toward "moderation" and "pragmatism."

But in 2012, if the agreement with Abbas is implemented, Hamas will take control over the PLO.

Hamas is joining the PLO not because it has changed, but out of a desire to make the Fatah-dominated organization stick to its true mission: the liberation of Palestine from Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea -- in other words, all the land that is currently Israel -- and to achieve the "right of return" for Palestinian refugees to their original villages and homes inside Israel.

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Exchanging gifts for Christmas

DemoCast seeks to conserve American traditions. Enjoy warmest wishes of the season with musical traditions we we videographed this holiday season.

Hollywood Holiday Sidewalk Serenade acapella by The Dickens Carolers of the Church of Scientology

"White Christmas" Dean Mora's Orchestra with Bing Crosby newphew- Johnny Holiday, Damon Kirsch, The Lindy Sisters, & Kayre Morrison. Composed by Irving Berlin.

Jonathan Stout's instrumental barbershop quartet plays Sweeney Todd's Barbershop party in Hollywood.

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American carolers inspire traditional holiday values - like giving

The spirit of the holiday season reminds us to revisit David Zucker's under-rated, conservative-themed, neo-classic, "An American Carol" starring Kelsey Grammer Jon Voight, Dennis Hopper, and Kevin Farley released just 3-years ago and available on YouTube.

DemoCast strives to preserve Anglo-Saxon tradition. In the holiday spirit, we present, from the streets of East Hollywood, the libertarian Dickens Carolers of the Church of Scientology.

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Chankuah's lessons for today (hint: it isn't a Jewish version of Christmas)

Most people assume that Chanukah is the Jewish holiday equivalent to Christmas, just as Passover is the predecessor of Easter. South Park had some fun with this here.

But Hanukah Harry (Rabbi Moshe Parry of L.A.) teaches us that the story of Chanukah (which translates as re-dedication) is more about conservative dedication to Torah (bible) principles in the face of pressure to assimilation to multiculturalism among the Syrian Greeks for personal aggrandisement.

(Glossary: Torah= Biblical law; Eretz Yisoel = The land of Israel; Beis ha Migdash = The Holy Temple; Avraham Avinu = Abraham, our father; Shabbos= The sabbath; Bris milah = ritual circumcision; Kashrut= kosher dietary laws; Kohen Gadol= Great Priest; Avodah= devotional prayer; HaShem= the name of G-d).

So you see, remembering Judah and the Maccabees fighting to preserve God-given rights, liberty, and culture is a long-honored tradition we can take inspiration from to protect Israel and Anglo-Saxon culture in our own time.


Christopher Hitchens (1949-2011) defended the Iraq War, opposed Islamism and anti-Semitism

Christopher Hitchens, author and public intellectual, died Friday, 15 December of pneumonia resulting from esophageal cancer in Houston, Texas.

Mr. Hitchens lived one day beyond the ceremony to end the Iraq war. He supported the liberating the Iraqi and Kurdish peoples from Saddam Hussein.

From Wikipedia:
Christopher Hitchens argued the case for the Iraq War in a 2003 collection of essays entitled A Long Short War: The Postponed Liberation of Iraq, and he has held numerous public debates on the topic with George Galloway and Scott Ritter. Though he admits to the numerous failures of the war, and its high civilian casualties, he sticks to the position that deposing Saddam Hussein was a long-overdue responsibility of the United States, after decades of poor policy, and that holding free elections in Iraq has been a success not to be scoffed at. He argues that a continued fight in Iraq against insurgents, whether they be former Saddam loyalists or Islamic extremists, is a fight worth having, and that those insurgents, not American forces, should be the ones taking the brunt of the blame for a slow reconstruction and high civilian casualties.

An updated summary of his views on Iraq and the war on terror can be found in his memoirs Hitch 22. . . .

British politician George Galloway, founder of the socialist Respect Party, on his way to testify in front of a United States Senate sub-committee investigating the scandals in the U.N. Oil-for-Food programme, called Hitchens a "drink-sodden ex-Trotskyist popinjay", to which Hitchens quickly replied, "only some of which is true." Later, in a column for Slate promoting his debate with Galloway which was to take place on 14 September 2005, he elaborated on his prior response: "He says that I am an ex-Trotskyist (true), a 'popinjay' (true enough, since the word's original Webster's definition is a target for arrows and shots), and that I cannot hold a drink (here I must protest)."

Journalist Eli Lake eulogizes Mr. Hitchens in the Daily Beast:
Mr. Hitchens never stopped saying and writing that the (Iraq) war was just and that American arms were needed to end the regime of Saddam Hussein. But Christopher did not arrive at this position simply because his old colleagues at the Nation Magazine did not. He came to support the Iraq war after befriending many Iraqis, and particularly Kurds, who told him about the horrors of that dictatorship. For Christopher, supporting the war was an expression of his anti-totalitarianism. He would later say that the war pitted the anti-totalitarian left against the anti-imperialist left.


The Palestinian Conflict is the Excuse of Arab Jew-Haters, Not the Cause of Their Hatred

US Amb. Howard Gutman
President Obama's appointed Ambassador to Belgium, Howard Gutman, made remarks in Belgium in which he attempted to distinguish Muslim anti-Semitism from classic anti-Semitism. He put forth a view shared by Obama that contemporary Muslim anti-Semitism is distinct and caused by perceptions of the Israel-Palestine conflict.  Jonathan S. Tobin challenges this view, excerpted here from Commentary" Conflict is the Excuse of Arab Jew-Haters, Not the Cause of Their Hatred."

"It is true that those who express hatred for Jews and give vent to these feelings are more likely to do so when Israel is in the news. Then they claim it is the conflict or specific actions undertaken by the Jewish state that is the cause of what they say and do. But, as with the “classic anti-Semitism” that Amb. Howard Gutman saw as different from contemporary Arab hate, Israeli actions merely provide an excuse for this prejudice. Israeli actions are not its cause.
The anti-Semitism growing in Britain and throughout Europe did not arise in an ideological or cultural vacuum. Nor did it come to life only after 1948 or 1967. It sprung from Arab propaganda about Israel and Jews virtually identical to the old anti-Semitism and even has used texts such as The Protocols of the Elders of Zion as its sourcebook. The calumnies thrown at Israel and its supporters abroad are not the stuff of diplomatic complaints about specific incidents in which Israelis are wrongly alleged to have misbehaved, such as the Gaza offensive or the flotilla. Rather, they are rooted and often expressed in the language and spirit of “traditional” anti-Semitism in which the Jew is a foreign body who is falsely thought to be oppressing innocent gentiles, in this case the Palestinians. European anti-Semites, a growing group comprised of both Muslim immigrants from the Middle East and homegrown leftist intellectuals, aren’t merely upset with Israeli policies. They believe the Jewish state has no right to either exist or defend itself.


Univ of Calif Irvine threatens to arrest Dr. Terry Jones, candidate for US presidency, for speaking-out on campus against Sharia

The Univ of Calif at Irvine has earned a reputation for enabling pro-Islamism, but anti-American and anti-Israel activities, speakers and events.

Radical Islamist critics of America and Israel have been welcomed to speak and agitate on the campus. Muslim and leftist enemies of America, Israel, and capitalism are permitted to hold prominent, vitriolic exhibitions and rallies in the center of the campus.

UCI police threatened not to protect, but to arrest Dr. Terry Jones & Pastor
Wayne Sapp for speaking on campus without permit the school won't grant
The Muslim Students Union was found guilty of conspiring to thwart an invited address by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren last year- and suspended for a semester (under that name).

Dr. Terry Jones, Independent presidential candidate and leader of Stand With America Now ("SWAN") had intended  to speak at the "soap box" outdoor forum at the "flagpoles" on the Univ of Calif at Irvine campus on December 1st. His group says that they filed the necessary formal requests- but the college did not respond and did not reply to their follow-up inquiries.

They announced that they would be seeking to stage a small outdoor forum anyway, but the Administration did not respond.  Muslim activist groups, however, were organizing a counter-protest to the SWAN appearance. On the night before the scheduled rally, sheriffs from Irvine phoned and offered Dr. Jones and Pastor Wayne Sapp to escort their car to the University campus. Militant Muslims have announced a $2 million dollar bounty for anyone to kill Dr. Jones, and specific threats came in related to his appearing at UCI.  When the sheriffs arrived, they informed SWAN that they would be bringing them to meet with the UCI Campus Police first.

(From right:) Rabbi Nachum Shifren with Pastor Wayne Sapp 
The campus police told them that the University had denied them permission to speak, and moreover, that there were security threats made if Dr. Jones were to appear on the campus- which could be a threat not only to the SWAN visitors, but to others. asked them to withdraw from the campus, and when SWAN confirmed their intention to speak publicly, the Campus Police cited them for non-consent to withdraw. The police further warned Dr. Jones and Pastor Sapp that, in the interest of public safety, the administration was banishing them from the State University campus. Police threatened to arrest them not only if they tried to speak at the flagpoles, but if they were even found in a vehicle anywhere on campus within the next 7 days.

Rabbi Nachum Shifren, a candidate for US Senate from California who was on campus waiting to watch the SWAN forum, was told by police that there would be no rally and that he was considered trespassing.  Campus police physically escorted him off of the campus. He compares his experience here with Pastor Sapp.

Rabbi Shifren relates his opinion about why UC Irvine's chancellor had campus police deny the SWAN's campus access. Shifren believes that political-Islamic groups and financiers have an influence on creating the strong, pro-Islamic academic and social atmosphere at the Irvine branch of the Univ of California.

Dr. Jones discusses the administration's selective banning his presence, and discusses the message that the school censored Stand With American Now from presenting. Was the school prejudiced in denying Dr. Jones' free-speech message?

Pastor Sapp discusses the SWAN views that Muslims challenge with violence.

Dr. Jones and Pastor Sapp give their view of the message that the UCI imbroglio conveys- that all sides of controversial speech should be welcome dialogue on campus- and that the the public should demand that the university administrators provide ample protection for controversial conservative speakers, as they do for controversial Islamist speakers.

Are campus administrators obliged to have taken sufficient safety precautions in order to ensure SWAN's ability to speak on the campus?


Clint Howard, Rep. Mike Kelly, Larry Elder, and Frank Gaffney appear for Republican Party Animals of L.A.

The Republican Party Animals hosted an event which mixed Washington and local conservative luminaries on October 15, 2011.

(Advance through the playlist using buttons on the lower left and right).

Watch the remarks of the speakers appearing on this playlist are Congressman Mike Kelly (R-Pennsylvania); syndicated talk-radio host Larry Elder, who blasts the Democrats for challenging every criticism of the Obama Administration performance as "racism;" Larry Greenfield of the Claremont Institute; and the Center for Security Policy's Executive Director Frank Gaffney- who declares that by allowing Obama to endanger Israel to Islamists, we are at the brink of the next horrific war. Actor Clint Howard speaks about liberalism in Hollywood and its effect on his career and Western culture.