Superman Battles Islamic Extremism

SupermanA few days ago, I watched a fascinating television program about Stetson Kennedy. For those who may not know, Kennedy was the unsung hero who infiltrated and unmasked the Ku Klux Klan in the 1940’s. He was referred to as “the greatest single contributor to the weakening of the Ku Klux Klan”.

After World War II, Kennedy worked as a journalist for the liberal newspaper PM. His stories appeared in newspapers and magazines such as the New York Post and The Nation, for which he was for a time Southern correspondent. He authored a number of exposés of the Klan and the racist Jim Crow system including Southern Exposure (1946), Jim Crow Guide to the USA (1959), and After Appomattox: How the South Won the War (1995).

In the post-World War II era, the Klan experienced a huge resurgence. Its membership was skyrocketing, and its political influence was increasing. In 1946, Kennedy provided information that included secret code words and details of Ku Klux Klan rituals to the writers of the Superman radio program. The result was a series of episodes in which Superman the “Man of Steel” battled the hateful forces of the Grand Dragon and the Klan.

In the 1940s, The Adventures of Superman was a radio sensation. Kids across the country huddled around their sets as the Man of Steel leapt off the page and over the airwaves. Although Superman had been fighting crime in print since 1938, the weekly audio episodes now fleshed out his storyline even further.

In my view Kennedy reasoned that to make the greatest impact on the Klan and reduce its influence, it would be important to target children, the Klansmen of tomorrow. America had just come out of World War II and the fight against Nazism. Pictures of the atrocities of the holocaust were circulating far and wide. Superman comics had devoted a great deal of activity to fighting Nazism and America’s enemies, and now the Superman series was looking for new material.

What better way to influence and educate the children of the United States that the Klan was everything that America stood against. It would be the battle of “Truth, Justice and the American way”, against the forces of evil; this time, the Klan.

The 16-episode series titled “Clan of the Fiery Cross,” pitted the Man of Steel against the men in white hoods. The series concerned how a new kid on the block, an Asia named Tommy Lee became the pitcher for the Unity Club Baseball Team because he was supposedly better than the team’s current pitcher, Chuck Griggs an all American. Chuck’s uncle, a Klan member embellishes the story and puts the usual racist spin on it of the white American were being forced out of their place of prominence and displaced by immigrants.

The following is the second episode in the series. Yes, I realize that the series is quite HOKEY. But listening to this episode in its entirety will give you a better idea of what happened, and how it was twisted around racially. The following is the second episode of the series.

One of the unexpected results was that by exposing many of the Klan’s most guarded secrets, from code words to rituals, Superman completely stripped the Klan of its mystique. Within two weeks of the broadcast, KKK recruitment was down to zero. And by 1948, people were showing up to Klan rallies just to mock them. Continue reading


American Musical Classics and the Dream of Israel

wizard of ozI recently received an email which initially emanated from Louise Blondin Media Inc. about the origin and symbolism of the song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”. The song was voted the 20th century’s number one song by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

Very few people realize the significance of the film and how it is deeply embedded and reflective of the Jewish experience and the fulfillment of the dream of the establishment of the State of Israel. This really “hit home to me” in light of the events in the Middle East last summer, when rockets or “the flying bombs” were being propelled at Israeli citizens, and Israeli citizens entrenched themselves in their desire to persevere.

Many of the great American classics were written by Jews, and Jews have left their mark on Broadway from its very earliest beginning. Songs such as God Bless America and “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” were written by Johnny Marks, while “White Christmas” and “God Bless America” were written by Irving Berlin, a cantor’s son. They were all Jewish. Jews have left their mark on the American and contemporary musical landscapes.

Probably, the best example of the embodiment of the Jewish aspirations for freedom and to live in a land where they belong and can call home is reflected by “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” whose lyrics were written by Yip Harburg, and whose music was written by Harold Arlen. Yip Harburg whose real name was Isidore Hochberg was born to Russian Jewish Immigrants, while Harold Arlen was born as Hyman Arluck to Lithuanian Jewish parents.

In writing the song, the two men reached deep into their immigrant Jewish traditions and consciousness – framed by the pogroms of the past and the Holocaust about to happen – and wrote that unforgettable melody set to words that embody the Jewish spirit and the need to persevere in a land of their own.

When one reads the lyrics of the song, it is easy to visualize how it is reflective of the Jewish experiences of intolerance and the repeated expulsion from many a land throughout the centuries, and as immigrants to America in search of freedom. Each year at the end of Passover, Jews traditionally recite the words: “Next year in Jerusalem”. With the onset of World War II and its atrocities, with the allusion to the “land I once heard in a lullaby” and “dreams you dare to dream” the song becomes prophetic of the yearning for the creation of the State of Israel.

In honour of the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the release of the “Wizard of Oz”, the song was performed by Pink at the 2014 Oscar Awards. She sang the song with highlights of the film in the background.

Read the lyrics in this context and suddenly the words are no longer about wizards and Oz, but about Jewish survival in a land that they can call their own:

Somewhere over the rainbow

Way up high,

There’s a land that I heard of

Once in a lullaby.

Somewhere over the rainbow

Skies are blue,

And the dreams that you dare to dream

Really do come true.

Someday I’ll wish upon a star

And wake up where the clouds are far

Behind me.

Where troubles melt like lemon drops

Away above the chimney tops

That’s where you’ll find me.

Somewhere over the rainbow

Bluebirds fly.

Birds fly over the rainbow.

Why then, oh why can’t I?

If happy little bluebirds fly

Beyond the rainbow

Why, oh why can’t I?


There is no doubt that the residents of Gaza are suffering greatly as a result of the current escalation of fighting between Hamas, which controls Gaza, and Israel. Many of those suffering include the vulnerable – countless women, children and the average Gaza resident.

Hamas has done a fabulous job in showing the many so called atrocities committed by Israel against their defenseless women and children. In war the innocent die, so it is difficult to argue that many of the Gazans who lost their lives were indeed innocent victims of the war. But when there is a hostage taking, and police mistakenly kill one of the hostages, it is the hostage taker who is blamed, and not the police.

Unfortunately this standard is not applied to Israel. In the case of innocent Palestinians being killed mistakenly by Israeli bombing, why is Israel being blamed when it is Hamas that is using them as hostages? The international media and the United Nations have bought these stories without questioning the accuracy of what has actually happened.

What perturbs me is the gullibility of humanity. It is akin to an inherited trait on which the media feeds off.

As in any war, there are 2 sides. In this case, it is Hamas and Israel, each having a dual motive of winning the war as well as winning the public relations war by gaining the confidence of the media. In turn, the media attempts to influence public opinion. It is easy to claim that the media is biased when only one side of the story is told, or when a story is not balanced.

Supposed Israeli Soldier Standing Over a Dead Palestinian Child

Supposed Israeli Soldier Standing Over a Dead Palestinian Child

Generally speaking and I hope that an absence of balanced reporting may not be an indication of media bias in the non-Arab world. I prefer to think of unbalanced reporting to be the result of negligence, a failure of investigative journalism, stupidity, laziness, and an outright failure to question accuracy as illustrated in these two photographs. This view does not apply to entrenched anti-Semitic and anti-Israel bias.

In the corresponding photograph, an Israeli soldier stands over the body of a dead Palestinian child. The soldier is carrying an AK-47. It is extremely shocking and heart wrenching photograph which would create a great impact if it were only true. Israeli soldier’s do not carry AK-47’s, and their uniforms are different than shown in the photo.

Now we recently have learned through independent Indian television journalists that Hamas does fire their rockets from densely populated areas as shown in the following news report.

Let’s face it, Hamas has been extremely successful in getting its message out and in gaining the support of the public. It would not have been as successful without the negligent and unquestioning attitude of much of the international media which laughingly and falsely proclaims itself as being open-minded, unbiased and virtuous.

To get the real truth out about Israeli I hope that no one is duped by Hamas, as much of the international media has been. It might be best to either tell both sides or ask the innocent victims or the pawns of Hamas as shown in the following video.


The UN: From Irrelevance to Becoming Dangerous

UNOver the years, and since I was an adolescent I have always been amazed by the United Nations and its consistent inability to be effectual, and how it is hijacked by one faction or another.

At first I thought that the United Nations was merely one-sided. I am not going to use the term anti-Semitic because the term has been used “ad nauseam” and conveniently by Jews to describe every kind of difference they have with non-Jews, even when religious beliefs are not the basis for these differences. Please do not get me wrong, there are many cases throughout the world where anti-Semitism or hatred of Jews and the Jewish religion is at the core and drives a conflict.

Recently, I came across an interview where a Belgian doctor refused to provide medical help to a 90 year old American Jewish Tourist based solely on her own religious practices. For all intents and purposes, the lady could have been an anti-Zionist or anti-Israeli. However, the doctor refused to investigate her political beliefs, and made his decision not to provide medical care purely on the basis of her religious practices, and for no other reason whatsoever. This is clearly a case of anti-Semitism, and nothing else as shown in the following video.

In the case of the UN, over the years I have noticed the organization’s behaviour as being anti-Israeli. I won’t describe it as being anti-Semitic, as the organization’s actions have been detrimental to Israel’s majority Jewish population, as well as to the country’s many Muslims and Christians. Perish the thought if one said or felt that the UN was anti-Christian, or God forbid, anti-Muslim. To stop any and all debate, pure and simple, let’s just call it being: anti-Israeli or anti-Israel.

What started with my biased or one-sided view of the UN, was translated to a view of the organization being ineffectual. I remember the countless times that delegates have walked out of UN Security Council debates when Israeli delegates rose to speak. UN Peace Keeping forces did not stop the Serbian genocide of Bosnian Muslims in the early 1970’s. I doubt if the UN has the moral capacity or capability of mediating the “Pepsi Challenge”.

In July 1976, Palestinian and German terrorists hijacked an Air France plane to Uganda, and threatened to kill the civilian hostages, after Israel raided the Ugandan airport and saved most of the hostages, United Nations Secretary General Kurt Waldheim “condemned Israel” for the violation of Ugandan sovereignty“. In his book, former UN Ambassador Dore Gold discusses that the UN has fueled global crisis through moral relativism. I call it moral bankruptcy, when the organization does nothing to stop conflicts, and allows countries that support and export state terrorism to remain as full-fledged members within their organization. It’s moral bankruptcy when the UN General Assembly pays its respects with a minute of silence in the death of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il.

I will even argue that this moral bankruptcy is dangerous from the point of view of the UN’s ability and any inclination that it may have to mediate conflicts and protect the innocent. No where can we see this better, than in the violence between Hamas controlled Gaza, and Israel.


Members of Hamas’s al-Qassam Brigades

In the years before this escalation, has the UN at least made their usual ineffectual and impotent act of censuring Hamas for their indiscriminate firing of rockets at Israeli settlements? The answer to this question is a resounding – NO!

Now with the recent escalation of the conflict with Israel attempting to destroy the tunnels used by Hamas to attack Israeli citizens and its capability to launch rockets against Israel, we see the repeated UN role as a tool of the murder and destruction being caused by Hamas against the citizens of Gaza and Israel. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency was found to have housed rockets in one of its schools. The UN was also quick to condemn Israel for the death of a Gaza child when in fact she was killed by a Hamas rocket.

Now, the most idiotic and dangerous comment has just come from the UN’s top human rights official Navi Pillay who condemned Israel for its military actions to stop Hamas rocket attacks against Israeli civilians. It accused Israel of “defying International Law… in a way that may constitute war crimes.” She went on to say that Israel was not protecting civilians, and that it should share its Iron Dome ballistic missile defense shield with the “governing authority” of Gaza, which is Hamas.

I would laugh at the stupidity of this suggestion if it wasn’t so irresponsible and dangerous. I hope that Navi Pillay considers wearing a helmet to protect whatever brain cells that she may have. If we listen to her, Russia should also share its nuclear technology with the Ukraine, and North Korea should definitely share its nuclear technology with South Korea.

Israel: The Neighbourhood Bully

gazaIn the worst outbreak of violence on the Israel – Gaza border since 2012, Israeli authorities have mobilized 40,000 reservists to stop the launching of rockets against their population. It all began on June 12th when 3 Israeli youth were kidnapped by Hamas and their bodies were found two weeks later. This was followed by the firing of hundreds of rockets at Israel from Gaza by Hamas.

I take exception to the term “rockets” that are being used by Hamas to bomb civilians. The term has gullibly been accepted by the international media. Let’s call it what it is. The term “rocket” is a sanitized version of what they really are: BOMBS! Bombs are being launched again Israeli citizens for the sole purpose of killing and destruction – nothing less.

To defend its citizens, the Israeli government’s only option has been to strike back to stop the indiscriminate bombing of its citizens, and the penetration of the Israeli border from Gaza by murderous hit squads using the countless tunnels that have been built by Hamas. This has now escalated to a ground offensive of Gaza by Israel for the purpose of rooting out their weapons of destruction and tunnels.

At times like this, I think about the song written by Bob Dylan in 1983, during Israel’s 30th anniversary called “Neighborhood Bully”. The song is a testament to Israel’s ongoing struggle for survival and the fact that it always stands alone as it has to defend itself.

These are the lyrics to the song:

Well, the neighborhood bully, he’s just one man
His enemies say he’s on their land
They got him outnumbered about a million to one
He got no place to escape to, no place to run
He’s the neighborhood bully

The neighborhood bully just lives to survive
He’s criticized and condemned for being alive
He’s not supposed to fight back, he’s supposed to have thick skin
He’s supposed to lay down and die when his door is kicked in
He’s the neighborhood bully

The neighborhood bully been driven out of every land
He’s wandered the earth an exiled man
Seen his family scattered, his people hounded and torn
He’s always on trial for just being born
He’s the neighborhood bully

Well, he knocked out a lynch mob, he was criticized
Old women condemned him, said he should apologize.
Then he destroyed a bomb factory, nobody was glad
The bombs were meant for him. He was supposed to feel bad
He’s the neighborhood bully

Well, the chances are against it and the odds are slim
That he’ll live by the rules that the world makes for him
’Cause there’s a noose at his neck and a gun at his back
And a license to kill him is given out to every maniac
He’s the neighborhood bully

He got no allies to really speak of
What he gets he must pay for, he don’t get it out of love
He buys obsolete weapons and he won’t be denied
But no one sends flesh and blood to fight by his side
He’s the neighborhood bully

Well, he’s surrounded by pacifists who all want peace
They pray for it nightly that the bloodshed must cease
Now, they wouldn’t hurt a fly. To hurt one they would weep
They lay and they wait for this bully to fall asleep
He’s the neighborhood bully

Every empire that’s enslaved him is gone
Egypt and Rome, even the great Babylon
He’s made a garden of paradise in the desert sand
In bed with nobody, under no one’s command
He’s the neighborhood bully

Now his holiest books have been trampled upon
No contract he signed was worth what it was written on
He took the crumbs of the world and he turned it into wealth
Took sickness and disease and he turned it into health
He’s the neighborhood bully

What’s anybody indebted to him for?
Nothin’, they say. He just likes to cause war
Pride and prejudice and superstition indeed
They wait for this bully like a dog waits to feed
He’s the neighborhood bully

What has he done to wear so many scars?
Does he change the course of rivers? Does he pollute the moon and stars?
Neighborhood bully, standing on the hill
Running out the clock, time standing still
Neighborhood bully

You can hear the song in its entirety with the lyrics by clicking on the following link:–30th-Anniversary




Is Lev Tahor A Cult or Not?

Within the last month, about 200 members, of a reclusive ultra-imagesYSVI0ALForthodox Jewish sect called Lev Tahor, which included 130 children, headed west to the “promised land” of Chatham, Ontario to escape the persecution of the Quebec government. In doing so, in the middle of the night, they boarded buses abandoning their homes for the past twelve years in Sainte-Agathe des-Monts, to escape from what they call a lack of religious and educational freedom in Quebec.

Being closer to the truth, their reason for moving to Ontario may be the fact that they are the subject of a child-protection probe being carried out by Quebec’s ministry responsible for education and family services. Since moving, the Quebec government issued a summons for Lev Tahor members to appear before a Quebec youth court on allegations of child abuse. Continue reading

Loubani and Greyson’s Con Job on the Canadian Media

loubani and greyson

Freed after spending over 50 days in Egyptian prison, Tarek Loubani and John Greyson are now back in Canada.

This year’s “Con Job” on the Canadian press award has to go to Tarek Loubani and John Greyson, the two Canadians that were held in Egyptian prisons without being charged by Egyptian officials. Throughout their 51 day imprisonment and additional 5 day in which they were not allowed to leave Egypt, all they did was sing their own rendition of Warren Zevon’s song, Poor Poor Pitiful Me.

I understand that their incarceration was far from being a holiday at Club Med. But let’s look at the facts, were they truly innocent, being in the wrong place at the wrong time, or did they have it coming to them. Continue reading