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30 August, 2013
Surprising Canadian double standards
Hate speech against Jews and queers and blacks is bad but hate speech against individuals is OK?
It’s being called a crime of ignorance. But is it a hate crime?
Durham police have ruled out hate crime charges against the still-anonymous author of a vitriolic letter telling an Oshawa family they should “euthanize” their autistic son.
Experts, advocates and politicians say it’s the right call – and they don’t anticipate changing the law anytime soon. “This is a crime of ignorance and a crime of stupidity, and I think it’s an exception rather than the rule,” said Liberal Sen. Jim Munson, an autism advocate. “If we go out and have a vigilant group and circle the wagons and condemn somebody, I think it gets you nowhere.”
The criminal code includes the crime of hate propaganda, which is defined as advocating genocide, inciting hatred and promoting hatred. But it only applies to hatred against “identifiable groups,” not individuals.
Toronto criminal lawyer Mark Sandler says the law is crafted in such a way that it applies to the most narrow kind of conduct.
He worries that broadening the scope to include individuals would lead to numerous court challenges threatening freedom of speech.
Apparently the kid makes disturbing noises that can be heard in nearby houses. That would probably get on my nerves too. It seems that actual nuisances can't be prosecuted in Canada -- only theoretical nuisances. The letter concerned is here. What it suggests is extreme but underlying it may be a lack of available more moderate remedies.
Hate Speech Out of the Mouth of a Child
The hateful incitement offered by Elias Hazineh, the former president of Palestine House in suburban Toronto, at an Al Quds rally in Toronto has attracted a lot of attention, as well it should. The man openly called for the murder of Israelis in the public square of Toronto.
At the same rally, a young boy who could not have been much older than 11 or 12 years old described the Jewish state as the enemy of humanity. No, that is not an exaggeration. He said it: "Israel is an illegal, terrorizing racist group which works for the destruction of humanity and peace in the world." During his rant, he referred to Israel as "cancers." This is incitement to the destruction of the Jewish state.
And the crowd cheered him on.
A blogger who goes by the name Blazing Catfur caught it on video and posted it on Youtube. (Click on the video above.) This kid has been taught to hate and encouraged to preach hate.
Do not watch the video after dark. It is that frightening.
29 August, 2013
The crushing of dissent is the aim of speech regulation
The politics of personal destruction has become the de facto playbook for liberals who have for decades been unable to sell the American people on their policies, and have had to enact their policies through judicial fiat, executive order or, in Obama’s case, a blatant and outright disregard for the constitutional separation of powers.
This same assignment of hateful motives to their opposition has become a recurring theme by liberals, and has only grown more strident in the Obama era. A few other examples include:
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s declaration that opposition to homosexual marriage can only be driven by hate, and a desire to make homosexuals feel like second-class citizens. Never mind that Democrat hero Bill Clinton signed DOMA, and Obama himself just a few years ago opposed homosexual marriage. Never mind the fact that heterosexual marriage has been the standard for virtually every nation, culture, society and religion for thousands of years. No, according to Kennedy and many homosexual marriage proponents, only they, the enlightened few, are morally sound in their judgments, and the rest of us, billions of people acting since the beginning of history, are all hateful, morally evil bigots.
It is this type of thinking that has led to an inversion of accepted morality and attacks on religion by the Obama administration, where taxpayer dollars fund a performance by drag queens at a military instillation’s “Diversity Day,” even as Christians are threatened with punishment for such “offenses” as sharing their Christian faith with their fellow soldiers, or even simply having a Bible on their desk. The Obama administration considers religious expression a form of hate speech, and is actively trying to crush it.
It is darkly amusing to see how completely oblivious liberals are to their own double standards. Obama won re-election in large part based on class warfare, maligning the character of those that have achieved financial success as being “rich fat cats,” even as he lives in an enormous mansion, flies on the world’s most advanced and luxurious private jet, and takes lavish vacations more often than most people change the oil in their cars … all at taxpayer expense. Obama feels such a sense of entitlement, as if he is truly royalty, that he even had his dog Bo flown aboard a military MV-22 Osprey (an aircraft that takes off like a helicopter but flies like a plane) to join his family on vacation at Martha’s Vineyard, the ultra-exclusive playground for the rich. It would be nice if Obama, who loves to lecture us about the need for “shared sacrifice,” would share a little in the sacrifice himself.
What we must understand is this suppression of free thought and rational debate is not meant to achieve uniformity of thought, but to crush dissent. As British historian Alan Bullock noted, “No one understood better than [Soviet dictator Josef] Stalin that the true object of propaganda is neither to convince nor even to persuade, but to produce a uniform pattern of public utterance in which the first trace of unorthodox thought immediately reveals itself as a jarring dissonance.”
Global warming skeptics fire back at Al Gore
Global warming skeptics are hitting back at former Vice President Al Gore, who earlier this week compared them to racists and supporters of slavery.
“Gore is still trying to demonize and smear skeptics as modern racists and generally evil people,” Marc Morano, publisher of Climate Depot, a global warming skeptic site, told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “The problem is that the science is revealing Gore to be on the wrong side of history.”
“Al Gore has shown once again why he is seldom let out of his box without adequate adult supervision,” said Myron Ebell, director of global warming and international environmental policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. “When he is losing the debate, Gore has always resorted to nasty name calling, so this is just the latest embarrassing instance.”
In an interview with the Washington Post’s Ezra Klein, Gore equated his fight against global warming to the struggles against slavery, segregation and apartheid.
Thus disagreeing with Gore about environmental policy is similar to opposing civil rights, gay rights and the end of slavery.
28 August, 2013
The inimitable Pat Condell again
Australia: Must not use slang to refer to breasts
Department store Target appears to be getting bang for its buck by using British reality TV guru Gok Wan in a series of TV commercials, but his use of "bang" has some viewers up in arms.
The Advertising Standards Bureau has been forced to make a determination on Wan's use of the word "bangers" to describe breasts in ads about women not being properly fitted for bras.
"Your bangers will never feel more loved," Wan promises women if they wear a correctly sized bra.
"I find it distasteful that he uses the term 'bangers' to describe women's breasts," one wrote to the bureau. "If a straight man were to use similar language during prime-time TV, there would be a huge outcry by women claiming sexist behaviour. There should be no different standards of acceptable language simply because a man appears to be gay."
"A female body is a beautiful thing, not to be cheapened by a poofter calling breasts "BANGERS"!!!," a third wrote. "I WAS BREAST FED, NOT BANGER FED! It's an insult to sooooo many Aussie men and woman to see poofs on tv but you let it happen
Target countered that the women in the commercials had "a range of normal body shapes" which were not idealised.
It also defended the choice of Wan, saying in its submission that he was a British style icon who was playfully irreverent, colourful and fun.
It said that "bangers" was an "irreverent term of affection" chosen "in wry acceptance" that some women are unhappy with their breasts.
It was not chosen to be derogatory or suggest that breasts were meat, Target said, accepting that the lack of Australian understanding of the word's colloquial British use meant "boobs" may be substituted in later commercials.
The bureau dismissed the complaints, ruling that the ad was positive and light-hearted and its intent was to alert women to the importance of buying a correctly sized bra.
27 August, 2013
CO: Must not mention black genetics
Sparks flew between two legislators when one accused the other of making racially insensitive comments about minorities and the infant mortality rate during a meeting Wednesday.
The heated exchange occurred during a meeting of the Economic Opportunity and Poverty Reduction Task Force when Republican state Sen. Vicki Marble addressed health issues among African Americans.
"When you look at life expectancy, there's certain problems in the black race," said Marble, who is white. "Sickle cell anemia is something that comes up. Diabetes is something that is prevalent in the genetic makeup. Although I gotta say, I've never had better BBQ and better chicken and ate better in my life then when you go down South, I mean, I love it. Everybody loves it," Marble said.
Marble went on to blame government regulation for the demise of manufacturing jobs in the U.S., which she said harmed minorities by killing jobs and led some to lives of crime, hopelessness and addiction.
"If we would get a few things back in their lives, like a job, religion and family, and understand your genetic predisposition to certain diseases, and give them the responsibility to take care of themselves," Marble said, minorities would benefit.
Democratic state Rep. Rhonda Fields, who is black, responded by saying that Marble's statements were offensive and stereotypical.
Marble said her comments were taken out of context., adding there is nothing wrong with what she said. "My comments were not meant to be disparaging to any community," Marble said in a written statement. "I am saddened they were taken in that regard."
CA: Pols aim to censor “revenge porn” postings
"State lawmakers are attempting to limit a distressing social media phenomenon known as 'revenge porn,' where spurned suitors post intimate photos of their ex-lovers on the Internet for all to see.
The Assembly is set to debate a bill that would make such conduct punishable by up to a year in jail, while Gov. Jerry Brown is considering separate legislation that would make it a crime to impersonate or bully a domestic violence victim online. The measures are forcing lawmakers to consider where to draw the line between unfettered free speech and privacy rights."
This is really a copyright issue. Legislation clarifying the ownership of such images is probably what is needed.
26 August, 2013
Some choice Muslim hate speech
A Palestinian community leader in Toronto said Israelis should be given a two-minute warning before being shot. Addressing the annual Al-Quds Day rally on Saturday, Elias Hazineh, the former president of Palestine House in suburban Toronto, called for “an ultimatum” to Israelis: “You have to leave Jerusalem. You have to leave Palestine.
“We say get out or you’re dead! We give them two minutes and then we start shooting. And that’s the only way that they will understand,” Hazineh said to cheers from a crowd of approximately 400.
Incitement to violence is not protected speech. Will the Canadians prosecute this guy? Not likely. They only prosecute Christians.
ANOTHER Manufactured Hate-Crime
Busted. Stone-cold busted. Just as I suspected, "progressive" pranksters at Oberlin College have been definitively unmasked as the perpetrators of phony campus "hate crimes" that scored international headlines in March. The blabbermouth academic administrators who helped fuel the hysteria are now running for cover.
The Associated Press, The New York Times, MSNBC, Yahoo News and the Huffington Post were among the media outlets that trumpeted the story of supposed racism, homophobia and anti-Semitism run amok at my alma mater. Throughout the winter, anti-black and anti-gay graffiti, swastikas, and a shadowy figure in a "KKK hood" surfaced on the tiny campus outside Cleveland, Ohio. Black Entertainment Television News decried the hate outbreaks and "KKK sighting."
Because of my firsthand knowledge of Oberlin's long history of self-manufactured hate-crime incidents, the fake-hate-crime alarm bells went off immediately for me when I read the reports. Back in the 1990s, race-obsessed nutballs at Oberlin College cooked up a horrid hate-crime hoax. Asian-American students claimed that a phantom racist had spray-painted anti-Asian racial epithets on a campus landmark rock. It turned out that it was a warped Asian-American student who perpetrated the dirty deed.
Student newspapers were filled with complaints about imaginary racism. One Asian-American student accused a library worker of racism after the poor staffer asked the grievance-mongering student to lower the blinds where she was studying. A black student accused an ice-cream shop owner of racism after he told the student she was not allowed to sit at an outside table because she hadn't purchased any items from his store.
My suspicions about the latest "hate" crime were bolstered by police statements that the "KKK hood"-wearing menace was actually a female student wrapped in a blanket. Hollywood darling and Oberlin alumnus Lena Dunham was undaunted, however, in ginning up emotional calls for Obie solidarity on Twitter, which the AP dutifully reported as "news." My warnings and reports on previous Obie hoaxes, alas, were not deemed AP-newsworthy.
And now, the rest of the story. According to police reports published by Chuck Ross of The Daily Caller News Foundation this week, two students had 'fessed up to most of the incidents (and fellow students suspect they are responsible for all of them). The Oberlin Police Department identified the hoaxers as Dylan Bleier (a student worker bee for President Obama's Organizing for Action and a member of the Oberlin College Democrats) and Matthew Alden. Bleier told police the pair posted inflammatory signs and a Nazi flag around campus to "joke" and "troll" their peers.
Investigators "caught them red-handed" trying to circulate anti-Muslim fliers, and a search of Bleier's email confirmed he had used a fake account to harass a female student. Cops told Oberlin President Marvin Krislov, but he failed to pursue any criminal action.
Sad to say, this is the sorry state of liberal arts colleges in America today: Extreme identity politics, multiculturalism and pedagogical self-indulgence are creating a generation of race trolls enabled by tenured cultural Marxist punks raking in beaucoup bucks. The bursting of the higher-ed bubble can't come fast enough.
25 August, 2013
Australian politician accused of racial slur for alluding to affirmative action
As in America, Leftists lean over backwards to give preference to blacks. They haven't made a black lamebrain their Prime Minister yet, though. A female lamebrain had to do
Barry O'Farrell has been called on to apologise for a perceived racial slur against the [black] Labor frontbencher Linda Burney after he declared she hadn't achieved her career success on merit.
Ms Burney, the first Aborigine elected to the NSW parliament and a former national ALP president, served as minister for community services in the former Labor government and is deputy leader of the opposition.
During a heated exchange in question time on Tuesday over whether the current community services minister, Pru Goward, had misled parliament over caseworker numbers, Ms Burney said Ms Goward had "lost the confidence of every caseworker in this state".
The Premier responded that Ms Goward "has achieved every position in her life on merit", before turning to Ms Burney and declaring: "You can't say that."
The comment was met with laughter from the government backbench.
Opposition leader John Robertson said Mr O'Farrell to apologise for the comments "which have no place in Australia".
"Ms Burney is unequalled in merit and achievement," he said in a statement. "In addition to being the first indigenous person elected to the state's Parliament and first indigenous minister, Ms Burney is the chairperson of the Australian Rugby League Indigenous Council, has spoken at the United Nations on three separate occasions and is a former President of the Australian Labor Party."
Ms Burney, the member for Canterbury, is a former school teacher who holds an honorary doctorate in education from Charles Sturt University.
Boardwalk Violinist vs. City Hall: Challenging Ocean City's Noise Ban
Ocean City, Maryland is known for a bustling boardwalk that's packed with the sights, smells, and sounds of summer.
The city's leaders, however, felt the noise was becoming too much to bear and approved an ordinance prohibiting anyone from being audible from more than 30 feet away while on the boardwalk.
Mayor Rick Meehan tells Reason that the goal was "to ensure that everybody had an opportunity to enjoy Ocean City."
But that wasn't how William Hassay saw it after being hassled by cops. Hassay has been entertaining passersby for almost 20 years by playing his violin for tips. "I was told I would be cited and that I would be subjected to face jail time," he says.
So Hassay reached out to the ACLU of Maryland to defend his right to play music.
"The distance limitation that Ocean City choose was so restrictive," James Burke, a lawyer on Hassay's case explains. "All sorts of sounds are audible at 30 feet." A judge granted a preliminary injunction against the noise ban, though Meehan says the city will rewrite the law.
Hassay hopes the preliminary injunction will keep other cities from considering ultra-restrictive noise ordinances that will not only rob citizens of sweet music but other forms of free expression. "If I do lose," he says, "the meaning of [it goes] far beyond playing on the boardwalk."
Video at link. It appears to be an acoustic violin, not an amplified one.
23 August, 2013
Muslim hate speech in Australia
Muslims show what real hate speech is
AN Adelaide Islamic preacher calls for all Buddhists and Hindus to be killed and describes Australian soldiers as "Crusader pigs" in an online video.
Sheikh Sharif Hussein, in a video clip published by the US-based Middle East Media Research Institute, also attacks Jews, former prime minister John Howard, US President Barack Obama, and Australian troops.
“Tens of thousands of women were raped in Iraq, by the American and British crusader troops, aided by the Australian troops,” he says.
“The Australian participation in the Crusaders’ war on Iraq is 6 per cent. This is out of approximately 365,000 Crusader pigs sent to Iraq, during the term of (Mr Howard), Allah’s wrath be upon him.
“Listen, oh Obama, oh enemy of Allah, you who kiss the shoes and feet of the Jews. Listen! The day will come when you are trampled upon by the pure feet of the Muslims.
“Oh Allah, count the Buddhists and the Hindus one by one. Oh Allah, count them and kill them to the very last one.”
The Advertiser has confirmed the translation of Sheikh Hussein’s speech with independent translators.
Sheikh Hussein is known in Adelaide’s Islamic community, used to be connected to the Marion mosque in Park Holme, and has preached at the Islamic Da’wah Centre of SA in Torrensville.
His comments were quickly condemned as “ravings” and “hate speech”. Multicultural Affairs Minister Jennifer Rankine said they were “the ravings of someone completely out of touch with the views of South Australians”.
Australia: Liberal party candidate Kevin Baker stands down over "offensive" website
Politicians must not joke!
The Liberal candidate at the centre of a controversy over offensive comments on a web forum has quit. Kevin Baker’s name will still appear on the ballot paper because nominations have closed but he is considered unlikely to win Charlton, a safe Labor seat in NSW.
Labor had demanded Mr Abbott dump Kevin Baker as his candidate for former minister Greg Combet's seat of Charlton in NSW over the "Mini-Mods" web forum.
The forum, which has been pulled down since the criticism broke, featured a general discussion section with the banner: "Talk about anything you want - no censorship, no stress!"
According to reports in the Daily Telegraph, the forum included jokes labelling the Pope as a paedophile, referring to women making love on pool tables and "Tit banter".
In a statement, Mr Baker said he had decided not to run as the Liberal candidate for Charlton. "I understand that while my name will still appear on the ballot paper, my campaign is over," he said. "I deeply regret the posts made on my website and decided that it was not appropriate to continue as the party’s candidate."
NSW Liberal Party state director Mark Neeham said the party had accepted Mr Baker’s resignation as the candidate for Charlton. "Consequently the party will not be represented in Charlton at the election," Mr Neeham said.
Mr Abbott had earlier said he would be briefed on the issue, but noted Mr Baker had apologised for the comments.
"He's done the wrong thing. To his credit he's pulled down the site. He has abjectly and quite properly apologised but, yep, he's done the wrong thing," he said.
But Mr Abbott had left the door open to potentially dumping Mr Baker as a candidate, saying he would review further information about the issue later on Tuesday. "I'm going to receive a further briefing on this later today," Mr Abbott said. "I'll be further briefed on this. He has closed the site down and he has abjectly apologised."
In a statement, the Labor campaign said Mr Baker's website "included offensive references about incest, domestic violence, racism and child abuse" and "jokes about having sex with stripper
22 August, 2013
USAF Airman Punished for Opposing Gay Marriage Files Complaint
An airman who was relieved of his duties after he told his commanding officer that he could not support gay marriage has filed a formal complaint with the military alleging he is the victim of religious discrimination.
Senior Master Sgt. Phillip Monk, a 19-year veteran of the Air Force was punished after he disagreed with his commander when she wanted to severely reprimand an instructor who had expressed religious objections to homosexuality.
“I was relieved of my position because I don’t agree with my commander’s position on gay marriage,” Senior Master Sgt. Phillip Monk told Fox News. “We’ve been told that if you publicly say that homosexuality is wrong, you are in violation of Air Force policy.”
The Liberty Institute filed a formal complaint against Major Elisa Valenzuela on behalf of the Christian airman.
"Major Valenzuela asked SMSgt. Monk if he could agree with her belief that openly voicing a religious or moral opposition to same-sex marriage is discrimination," the official complaint reads. "Because of SMSgt. Monk's sincerely held religious belief, he could not agree with the major. As a direct result, Major Valenzuela immediately relieved SMSgt. Monk from his First Sergeant duties and reassigned him to a different unit."
Monk was also banned from returning to his unit's building and required special permission to retrieve his personal belongings.
Liberty Institute attorney Michael Berry said the major's actions are a violation of the law.
"Your conduct constitutes unlawful discrimination," Berry wrote in a letter to the major. "According to Department of Defense Directive 1020.02, unlawful discrimination against individuals or groups based on religion is contrary to good order and discipline, counterproductive to combat readiness and mission accomplishment, and shall not be condoned."
Monk has served as a first sergeant at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio since 2011. He recently returned from a deployment and discovered he had a new commander – an open lesbian.
Pastor Harassed by British police for Preaching the Bible
Report by Rev. Clifford:
I was informed that a complaint had been made to the Police by the ‘chair person’ of Norwich ‘gay pride’ (Norfolk LGBT Project) about an e-mail sent by me on 29 July. This e-mail consisted of a report sent to editors and others of a Christian witness five of us made against the city-centre ‘gay pride’ demo of the previous Saturday, 27 July 2013. (Since their official pamphlet gave a contact e-address, I decided to include them on the larger list of recipients.) The ‘gay pride’ recipient (or another) found the e-mail’s two attached leaflets offensive. These leaflets were ‘Christ Can Cure – Good News for Gays’ and ‘Jesus Christ – the Saviour we all need’.
PC Arnold said that there was reason to believe that I was chargeable with a homophobic incident, having communicated by electronic means something likely to annoy or cause offence. Accordingly, I had two options. I could admit I’d done wrong and pay an ‘on the spot’ fine of £90.00, or produce a signed statement in defence of our actions. I decided on the latter course.
PC Arnold proceeded to ask me a series of questions. Unfortunately, I was not permitted to make a photocopy of the statement I eventually signed (it then would be a document in the criminal investigation), so the following details from memory simply reflect the main points discussed.
Among other things, I was asked why I had sent this e-mail. Was it to annoy or cause offence? I said, “No. I was reporting to the ‘gp’ people our Christian complaint against the public display of their homosexual propaganda, which we find offensive.”
I was asked if I was aware that I’d committed a homophobic offence, as defined by the official police leaflet now presented to me: “Any incident which is perceived to be homophobic by the victim or any other person.”
I rejected the accusation, adding that everything depends on the meaning of ‘homophobia’. Since a ‘phobia’ (from Greek) is ‘a fear’, it does not mean ‘hatred’ in the now commonly-understood use of the term. I certainly fear the influence of homosexuality on society, but this should not be regarded as ‘hatred’ unless criticism is taken to mean ‘hatred’. I reminded the officer that my leaflet was subtitled ‘A Compassionate call to Christian Conversion’. Is that hatred? We don’t hate these people. We love them and want to help them. So, even though the ‘gp’ people are upset, we are guilty of no crime.
I asked the officer that since we are offended by their public display of homosexuality, could we not have made a complaint to the police? He answered that we had such a right to complain.
I then explained that we were perfectly within the law regarding our criticism of homosexuality. Yes, the ‘gp’ people are upset by my leaflets but they contain nothing wrong where the law is concerned. I elucidated this point by quoting as follows:
The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), in Handyside v UK (1976), made it clear that freedom of expression embraces not only information and ideas that are favourably received or regarded as inoffensive, but also, ‘… those that offend, shock or disturb the state or any sector of the population. Such are the demands of that pluralism, tolerance and broadmindedness without which there is no democratic society’.
Lord Justice Sedley, in Redmond Bate v DPP (2000), famously said that, ‘Free speech includes not only the inoffensive, but the irritating, the contentious, the eccentric, the heretical, the unwelcome and provocative provided that it does not tend to violence. Freedom only to speak inoffensively is not worth having’.
PC Arnold then informed me that a senior officer would decide whether the complaint is sent to the Crown Prosecution Service. A decision on this should be made in about a week’s time.
21 August, 2013
Nike forced to pull 'culturally exploitative' leggings after garment sparks outrage among Polynesians
Nike has been forced to remove a pair of tattoo-style leggings from its range after they were criticised for being culturally exploitative.
The monochrome printed garments have sparked controversy in Australia and New Zealand where residents say the design of the Pro Tattoo Tech Tights is similar to the traditional Samoan Pe'a male tattoo.
New Zealand's ONE News reports that by using the traditionally male print on women's leggings, Nike has offended many people in the Pacific community, who find it to be exploitative in the first place.
The Nike Pro Tattoo Tech collection was unveiled over a month ago and it was noted that they had taken inspiration from the tatau - the traditional tattoos - of Fiji, Samoa, and New Zealand.
An online petition against the leggings was posted in early August on Change.org petition, which described them as a 'direct violation of the Indigenous peoples of the Pacific, and is furthermore in violation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples'.
Saying "some woman" is sexist!
Re: Bloomberg and the "stop and frisk" policies of NYC police:
Now his reaction to the recent ruling by federal judge Shira Scheindlin, who found stop and frisk unconstitutional, is renewing questions of whether or not the mayor is not only racially insensitive but also insensitive when it comes to gender issues.
During an appearance on his weekly radio show, he was repeatedly condescending and dismissive of Scheindlin's ruling, qualifications and role as a jurist, referring to her as "some woman" who was unqualified to make such a ruling. "Your safety and the safety of your kids is now in the hands of some woman who does not have the expertise to do it," he said. He went on to add that she knows "absolutely zero" about policing.
According to a report in the New York Daily News, Scheindlin is actually far more qualified on the legalities of stop and frisk than the mayor. She "has a master's degree from Columbia University and a law degree from Cornell University, was a federal prosecutor in Brooklyn and general counsel to the city Department of Investigation before becoming a judge."
20 August, 2013
Must not tell the truth about black crime
A tea party Republican state legislator in Arizona is apologizing for a series of racially charged tweets where he accused U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder of being "soft on crime" in order to keep black people out of prison.
State Rep. Bob Thorpe (R-Flagstaff) issued the apology Thursday following tweets he made this week on a series of crime- and race-related issues, the Arizona Republic reported. In one he called a rodeo clown who wore a President Barack Obama mask at the Missouri State Fair causing recent controversy, "crowd pleasing," the Phoenix New Times reported.
Thorpe mentioned three black teens who were arrested for allegedly beating a white teen and asked, "where's liberal press, the racial outcry now?" In the Holder tweets, Thorpe wrote, "Why is Holder now soft on crime? Perhaps: blacks = 12% - 13% US population, but make up 40.1% (2.1 million) of male inmates in jail or prison?"
Thorpe was criticized by Democratic lawmakers for the tweets. When state House Minority Leader Chad Campbell (D-Phoenix), a 2014 gubernatorial candidate, called Thorpe's Holder tweet "offensive, ridiculous and exactly why the tea party needs to go," Thorpe accused Campbell of supporting more crime.
Must NOT mention racial difference
Even though she pointed out that some individuals depart from the average
A state appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a former science teacher in the Franklin Township school district for allegedly making racially insensitive remarks during a classroom lesson.
In a hearing before the Administrative Law judge, Chaki testified that she referred to ethnic demographics to illustrate “whether a sample of isotopes collected from a location would remain constant all of the time,” the appellate decision states.
Chaki said she told students that her community had been entirely made up of Caucasians, but they had grown old and moved out for many reasons, the decision states. Chaki claimed to have said that Asians were buying homes in her neighborhood because high-tech jobs were in the area, the decision states.
Referring to African-Americans, the decision quotes Chaki’s testimony: “I told the students not to laugh about the African-Americans because I have seen always the smartest students in my class were African-Americans, and I also see a lot of African-Americans in lab chemistry classes, they’re very smart, they should be in honors had they worked hard.”
But students said Chaki described African-American students “as manifesting poor work ethics,” the acting commissioner’s decision states. Students said Chaki characterized Asian students “as being superior in work ethics and ‘brain power,’” the decision states.
Students also said Chaki’s comments included that “Caucasian people could no longer afford to live in New Jersey” and “Spanish people were working class,” the appellate decision states.
19 August, 2013
I’m proud to be a 'Paki’, how can that be racism?
"Paki" is just an abbreviation of "Pakistani" but Leftist Brits burst with fury when it is used
A British-Asian comedian has been questioned by police over accusations that he was inciting racial hatred by using the word “Paki” in his act.
Jeff Mirza, who was born in Pakistan but brought up in Essex, was questioned over the use of the term in his act “Meet Abu Hamsta and Paki Bashir” at the Edinburgh Fringe.
The complaint came from another man of Pakistani background, who claimed he was upset by a poster for the show, which attempts to “reclaim” the use of the racially offensive term.
Mr Mirza, 49, was dressed in character as a butcher, called Paki Bashir, when he was questioned at the police station on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. He was warned that he could be arrested and charged if he continued to use the poster, although he is continuing to do so.
Mr Mirza said: “How on earth can I be accused of racism against my own community?”
His act centres on jokes about Pakistan and the wider Islamic world. His main character, Bashir, tells the audience he loves his family, “otherwise of his workforce” and says of Pakistan: “We also have a thriving gay community and they are also known as clerics.”
A police spokesman said: “Police have a certain amount of room to give guidance and in this case it has been decided that there will be no further action.”
Must not mock the President (unless he is a Republican)
"Bush=Hitler" is forgotten
Fallout continued Monday over the performance of a rodeo clown who donned a mask resembling President Barack Obama during Saturday’s bull-riding competition at the Missouri State Fair.
The Missouri State Fair imposed a lifetime ban on the rodeo clown whose depiction of Obama getting charged by a bull was widely criticized
The rodeo clown won't be allowed to participate or perform at the fair again. Fair officials say they're also reviewing whether to take any action against the Missouri Rodeo Cowboy Association, the contractor responsible for Saturday's event.
“The announcer wanted to know if anyone would like to see Obama run down by a bull,” the posting said. “The crowd went wild. He asked it again and again, louder each time, whipping the audience into a lather.”
Another clown then apparently joined the performance.
“One of the clowns ran up and started bobbling the lips on the mask and the people went crazy,” the posting said. “Finally a bull came close enough to him that he had to move so he jumped up and ran away to the delight of the onlookers hooting and hollering from the stands.”
Since when has it been wrong to mock the President? Swingeing criticism of leading politicians has been normal for centuries. It's something that distinguishes democracy from tyranny.
17 August, 2013
Must not refer to East Asians as "Orientals"
It's an old-fashioned word from the Latin but I don't see that it is racist. The Orient is simply the East
A media watchdog group recently declared that Seth MacFarlane’s new sitcom Dads is insensitive and racist.
One group that has taken particular offense to Seth MacFarlane’s Dads is Media Action Network for Asian Americans (MANAA). The organization bills itself as “the only group solely dedicated to being a media watchdog for Asian American media issues.”
Deeply offended by some of the stuff found in the new sitcom, MANAA issued a stern letter to the folks at Fox asking them to reshoot some of the controversial scenes in question.
According to Digital Spy, the pilot episode of Dads features a character making reference to “Orientals.” The show also reportedly contains a few jokes made at the expense of the Chinese. Not surprisingly, the folks at MANAA aren’t exactly thrilled with the sitcom’s sense of humor.
I think the Chinese are big enough, strong enough and confident enough not to be bothered by some idiocy in an American comedy show.
Australian workers told to cut the slang
I am more concerned about it dying out. A lot of colourful expressions are seldom heard now. Do young people today know the difference between a galah and a drongo, for instance? -- JR
AUSSIE workers have been urged to soften their strine and avoid traditional slang, in a Federal Government push to make workplaces more migrant friendly.
Despite Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's penchant for obscure Aussie colloquialisms, the Immigration Department is frowning upon strine and slang in the workplace, in a new guide for employers.
Business groups have criticised the advice, one policy analyst dismissing it as political correctness "writ large" that would achieve nothing.
The official document warns the Australian accent can baffle even English-speaking migrants, and tells bosses and workmates to speak slowly, clearly and simply. "Remember some people, including native English speakers ... may have trouble understanding the Australian accent," the guide says.
"Keep in mind common Australian expressions may be misunderstood, for example, 'bring a plate', 'this machine is cactus' and 'he really spat the dummy that time'.
"For some people, casual swearing may also be seen as aggressive or provocative and new employees may not be sure how to respond.
"If it appears your new employee is baffled by the sense of humour and the jokes of your other employees, have someone help them out."
The guide is accompanied by taxpayer-funded fact sheets on "Harmony in the Workplace", prepared by the Federation of Ethnic Communities' Councils of Australia.
Despite using "ethnic" in its own title, FECCA says the word is "an illogical term with negative and potentially discriminatory connotations" when used to describe individuals.
It says migrants should not be referred to as "ethnic", but as Culturally and Linguistically Diverse or CALD.
"Referring to someone as an 'ethnic' is not acceptable, given its assumptions and stereotypes, and connotations between the term and other racial slurs such as 'wog', 'chink' and other discriminatory labels," its fact sheet states.
Centre for Independent Studies policy analyst Alexander Philipatos, who has a Greek background, said the guide appeared to be a well-intentioned waste of money.
"My initial reaction is it is political correctness writ large," he said. "I think it's well intentioned, but personally I don't think it's going to do anything and is probably a bit of a waste of money."
FECCA president Pino Migliorino questioned the Prime Minister's use of obscure slang, such as "fair shake of the sauce bottle". "I think the Prime Minister is very interesting in his use of slang," he said. "It doesn't make it right."
Mr Migliorino said the guide was "not trying to be politically correct, but to give a sense of what's meaningful".
The Harmony in the Workplace guide says Australian culture can seem "alien" to migrants - including "Edna Everidge, pavlova, fish and chips, Australian Rules football, the summer barbecue and drinks after work".
One in four Australian workers was born overseas, and 17 per cent hail from non-English speaking countries.
16 August, 2013
Must not mention Hitler to a Norwegian
Some novelty wines sold in Italy were too much for a sensitive Norwegian conscience. No thought that the Norwegian Vikings were the terrorists and mass murderers of their day
A Norwegian holidaying in Italy came in for a nasty surprise when he stumbled upon a rack of 'Hitler' wine openly for sale in a local grocery shop.
"I have no personal connection to what happened during the war, but I naturally reacted with disgust," Håvard Furulund, who works at a Toyota dealership in Trondheim, told Norway's Adressa newspaper.
The bottles, sold in a shop on the Rimini seafront, had a shelf all of their own, where they were sold alongside bottles of wine celebrating the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini.
They sported images of the Nazi leader, along with swastikas and Nazi slogans.
The Italian wine-maker Vini Lunardelli, which produces Hitler wine as part of its 'Historical' line, has been attacked in the past, with Italian prosecutors threatening it under a law which makes it a crime to glorify fascism.
Its Hitler bottles are embellished with slogans such as "Ein Volk! Ein Reich! Ein Fuhrer!", and feature old propaganda pictures of the Nazi leader.
The company's 'Il Ventennio' line celebrates Mussolini, with wines carrying names like 'Il Duce' and 'Il Camerata', while the Communist Collection features Stalin, Lenin, Trotsky, Marx and Marshall Tito, leader of the former Yugoslavia.
Must not mention that a cricketer is "Asian"
Usman Khawaja. When Brits say "Asian", they usually mean "from India and surrounds"
There is more to this than meets the eye. The English cannot afford to have the ethnicity of a cricket team mentioned. Why? Because around half of the England team are in fact white South Africans. England supporters boast that at last they have got the upper hand over the Australians but fail to mention that the England team is not English!
Usman Khawaja has been dragged into the centre of a controversy over race after comments by a leading English cricket writer sparked a furore online.
English cricket writer Scyld Berry was condemned by some readers after referring to Khawaja's Asian heritage in a report filed after Australia's defeat in the fourth Test.
Khawaja is fighting for his place in the Australian team after a lean series with the bat.
"Usman Khawaja will be roasted for the limp defensive prod that he aimed at Graeme Swann when Australia were 147 for one. He could well be replaced in the Oval Test by Phil Hughes and Australia's experiment with their Asian immigrant population will be shelved,” Berry wrote in London's Daily Telegraph newspaper.
Berry's comment was branded as “totally disgusting”, “idiotic” and “disgraceful” by some readers. The line referring to the Asian immigrant population was removed from the Telegraph's website.
Berry has since defended his stance and said he did not mean to “disparage” Khawaja. The piece also told readers his wife of nearly 30 years is an Asian immigrant from India.
“If I may explain, however, it is an observation I made without any intent to disparage Khawaja, but as an attempt to portray the unique position in which he finds himself as the first Muslim to represent Australia – and, broadly speaking, the first non-white since Sam Morris in the 19th century,” he wrote.
15 August, 2013
How can anyone with a sense of humour censor Tom and Jerry as racist?
Picture this gloriously silly scene from a Tom And Jerry cartoon. In a jungle clearing, trapped in a steaming cauldron, is Tom the cat. He’s the prisoner of Jerry the mouse, who is perched on the pot’s rim.
With a bone tied between his ears, a grass skirt, and his fur blackened with soot, Jerry is waving a little spear and pretending to be a cannibal.
‘Peel dem potatoes!’ he roars, and Tom obeys miserably. ‘Chop dem carrots,’ bellows Jerry, and the cat adds them to the hot water he’s stewing in. Then he reaches for an onion. ‘Hold de onion!’ barks Jerry.
What’s wrong with that picture? Logically, just about everything — the mouse is talking, the cat is dicing vegetables and is terrified, despite his kitchen knife being much bigger than Jerry’s spear… and anyway, a cannibal mouse would eat mice, not cats. It’s perfect nonsense.
Even if you’re a Tom And Jerry fan, you might not have seen that cannibal scene. It’s from a 1951, seven-minute cartoon called His Mouse Friday, where the duo get shipwrecked on a desert island, like Robinson Crusoe. It is never shown on TV now, for fear of causing racial offence.
The problem isn’t so much Jerry’s deep-fried accent, or that when the real cannibals show up, they’re talking hep Fifties jive, like jazz stars Duke Ellington and Sammy Davis Jr. No, the problem is the soot.
Jerry rubs his face and body with soot from the cauldron to disguise himself. He blacks up.
Blacking up, sometimes called blackface, is forbidden in the 21st century. It’s so unbearably racist that we are never allowed to see it. Not only our children but all of us, the whole of society, must be protected from the mind-polluting horror of witnessing a cartoon mouse blacked up with soot.
That’s why the next Tom And Jerry Blu-ray disc from cartoon giant Warner Bros — the Golden Collection Volume Two — will be missing two episodes originally scheduled for inclusion.
And two less controversial episodes that were pencilled in for the Blu-ray series have now been dropped. One is Casanova Cat, from 1951, where Tom blackens Jerry’s face by blowing cigar smoke at him. The other is Mouse Cleaning, a 1948 short in which Tom tries to talk his way out of trouble while his face is blacked up in coal dust.
War On Words: NYC Dept. Of Education Wants 50 ‘Forbidden’ Words Banned From Standardized Tests
The New York City Department of Education is waging a war on words of sorts, and is seeking to have words they deem upsetting removed from standardized tests.
Fearing that certain words and topics can make students feel unpleasant, officials are requesting 50 or so words be removed from city-issued tests.
The word “dinosaur” made the hit list because dinosaurs suggest evolution which creationists might not like, WCBS 880?s Marla Diamond reported. “Halloween” is targeted because it suggests paganism; a “birthday” might not be happy to all because it isn’t celebrated by Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Words that suggest wealth are excluded because they could make kids jealous. “Poverty” is also on the forbidden list.
Also banned are references to “divorce” and “disease,” because kids taking the tests may have relatives who split from spouses or are ill.
There are banned words currently in school districts nationwide. Walcott said New York City’s list is longer because its student body is so diverse.
14 August, 2013
The Left Vs. the Redskins
The online magazine Slate announced last week that it will never again refer to the Washington's National Football League team, the Redskins, by its name.
The name, according to Slate, offends American Indians, and therefore should be dropped. And until such time, Slate will never mention it. It will become, in effect, the R-word.
The article, to its credit, acknowledged that the term "redskins" was not coined as a racist epithet:
"The word redskin has a relatively innocent history. As Smithsonian linguist Ives Goddard has shown, European settlers in the 18th century seem to have adopted the term from Native Americans, who used 'red skin' to describe themselves, and it was generally a descriptor, not an insult."
Argument Four is the key argument, offered by the Atlantic, in its support of Slate:
Response: "Whether people 'should' be offended by it or not doesn't matter; the fact that some people ARE offended by it does."
This is classic modern liberalism. It is why I have dubbed our age "The Age of Feelings."
Teaching people to take offense is one of the left's black arts. Outside of sex and drugs, the left is pretty much joyless and it kills joy constantly. The war on the "Redskins" name is just the latest example.
Second, it is the left that specializes in offending: labeling the Tea Party racist, public cursing, displaying crucifixes in urine, and regularly calling Republicans evil (Paul Krugman, in his New York Times column last month, wrote that the Republican mindset "takes positive glee in inflicting further suffering on the already miserable." For such people to find the name "Redskins" offensive is a hoot.
"Hamlet" is Banned in the British Library
On Monday, I was sitting in the British Library frantically trying to write my new book in a shturmovshchina [desperate hurry]. I had to quickly check a particular line in Hamlet, so I Googled Hamlet MIT, because the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has put the entire works of Shakespeare up on the Internet. (It takes 70 mins to order a physical book). I clicked on the link and...
A message came up from the British Library telling me that access to site was blocked due to "violent content".
Now, Hamlet is a violent play. I see that. When the curtain comes down there's a lot of bodies on the boards. But...
I took my computer over to the information desk, and after I had explained to them what MIT stood for (really), they called the IT department and told them about the webpage that I had been blocked from. http://shakespeare.mit.edu/hamlet/full.html
They had to spell out Shakespeare letter by letter. Really. Ess. Aitch. Ay. Kay...
I asked them if they were surprised that Hamlet was now banned in the British Library. They shrugged. I asked them how it was that I could still access youtube, facebook and twitter. I asked why the girl at the next desk to me had been able to spend the last half hour on Guardian Soulmates, while the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's website was banned. They shrugged.
I asked if they saw the problem, perhaps just the symbolism, of Hamlet being banned in the British Library. They shrugged.
UPDATE: Twitter worked a lot better than talking to library staff. When he got home the writer tweeted about it. Shortly thereafter the library tweeted back that it had lifted the block
13 August, 2013
Danish Muslim leader who fuelled uproar about Prophet Muhammad cartoons now says he was WRONG and paper was RIGHT to print images
He was one of the most vocal critics of Danish newspaper caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad that sparked violent fury throughout the Muslim world.
But seven years on Muslim leader Ahmad Akkari has had an unexpected change of heart, declaring his decision to travel to Lebanon, Egypt and Syria to garner support for the ensuing protest was 'totally wrong'.
Lebanon-born Akkari, now 35, was the spokesman for a group of imams who led the outcry against the satirical drawings, and their tour helped to turn the dispute into an international crisis.
He now says the Jyllands-Posten newspaper had the right to print the cartoons.
Dozens were killed in weeks of protests over the drawings that included violent attacks against Danish missions in Syria, Iran, Afghanistan and Lebanon.
Tiny Denmark found itself on a collision course with the Muslim world — something Akkari now regrets. 'I want to be clear today about the trip: It was totally wrong,' Akkari told The Associated Press this week.
'At that time, I was so fascinated with this logical force in the Islamic mindset that I could not see the greater picture. I was convinced it was a fight for my faith, Islam.'
He said he's still a practicing Muslim but started doubting his fundamentalist beliefs after a 2007 trip to Lebanon, where he met Islamist leaders. 'I was shocked. I realized what an oppressive mentality they have,' Akkari said.
Must not call the sainted Trayvon a thug
The sainted Trayvon at age 17
A Volusia County Beach Safety officer accused of sending insensitive racial messages at the end of last month’s Trayvon Martin trial was fired Friday for unprofessional conduct — or what county officials called “horrible judgment made worse during a racially charged atmosphere.”
Todd Snipes, 45, a Volusia lifeguard for 24 years and a law enforcement officer for 15, “engaged in behavior that threatens the respect and trust of the community and jeopardizes the perception that the department enforces the law fairly, even-handedly and without bias,” Department of Public Protection Director George Recktenwald wrote in Snipes’ notice of dismissal.
Snipes’ messages included a Facebook post the night after George Zimmerman’s acquittal that read: “Another thug gone. Pull up your pants and be respectful. Bye bye thug r.i.p.”
He was also involved in an exchange of a series of racially tinged picture messages that included a cartoon of Trayvon Martin, holding a bag of Skittles. The words across the cartoon were: “Those Skittles were to die for.”
12 August, 2013
The “I ? boobies” case
It’s hard to think of a less sexually enticing word for the female breast than boobie. Boobie is the word only little kids use: My son started calling bras “booby-catchers” back when he was in preschool. It’s a word that sounds as benign, bouncy, even snuggly, as a word can sound, and yet it’s been at the heart of one of the most controversial student free speech cases in the country. When and if it gets to the U.S. Supreme Court, even the grim-lipped Justice Anthony Kennedy will probably speak the cheerful little word aloud.
This week, the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Philadelphia, ruled in a longstanding case about the appropriateness of silicone bracelets inscribed with “I ? boobies!” in schools. The bracelets are sold around the country by the Keep A Breast Foundation to raise awareness for breast cancer research. The foundation says it donates 100 percent of the proceeds from the sales “to the Keep A Breast Foundation, a worldwide non-profit organization."
Often, students wear the bracelets to support family members struggling with the disease. But across the country, schools have banned the bracelets as offensive sexual speech, confiscated them, and suspended students for wearing them. In some schools, officials reportedly snip them right off. The constitutional question is whether the bracelets are lewd sexual speech that proves distracting and disruptive in schools, or a political symbol of support for breast cancer awareness.
Two middle school students in Easton, Penn., wore the bracelets (with their parents’ permission) despite a school ban that called them “distracting and demeaning.” The girls were suspended and banned from participating in extracurriculars. In November 2010, the ACLU helped them file a suit claiming the ban violated their right to free speech. In 2011, a federal judge enjoined the school policy. In a 9–5 en banc (meaning every judge on the court heard the appeal) decision issued this week, the federal appellate court agreed that the school ban violates the First Amendment. The school district has 90 days to decide whether to appeal that ruling to the Supreme Court.
Free speech on lawns
On first blush, the case of Peter and Peg Jasinski of Queensbury seems straightforward. The Jasinkis voluntarily bought a house in the Hudson Pointe development, where a homeowners association sets rules all homeowners must agree to follow. One of those rules bans the public display of signs in windows or on lawns or doors or anywhere else on the property.
The Jasinkis didn’t have to buy the house, and if they objected to the association’s rules, they could have gone elsewhere. Most neighborhoods in Queensbury don’t ban political signs, which is what the Jasinkis have been periodically planting in front of their house.
In June, the New Jersey Supreme Court (the top court in New Jersey) decided a homeowners association rule banning the display of political signs “violates the free speech clause of the State Constitution.”
It didn’t matter the homeowner, Wasim Khan, voluntarily bought his house within the development and agreed to the rules of the Mazdabrook Commons Homeowners’ Association. Since those rules were unconstitutional in New Jersey, he was under no obligation to follow them.
In 1994, the U.S. Supreme Court decided in Ladue vs. Gilleo that a ban on lawn and home signs in Ladue, Mo., was unconstitutional. That case involved a municipality, not a homeowners association
11 August, 2013
The Philadelphia Eagles’ Riley Cooper the latest victim of anti-white racism
Under the current Minority Occupation Government, the historic American nation exists only to be exploited. And the worst crime for Americans is not murder, rape, or treason—but whites saying a forbidden word.
The destruction of a public figure for saying a forbidden word is now an established American ritual. The dust has yet to settle on the Paula Deen n-word debacle, but another manufactured controversy has taken over the headlines. This time, it comes from “America's Opiate”--the National Football League. The sacrificial victim: the Philadelphia Eagles’ Riley Cooper, one of the few white wide receivers in professional football.
The National Football League is dominated by black players, in my opinion partly because of institutional bias and anti-white racism. As a result, the sport is pervaded by a ghetto culture, including frequent use of the “n word.” As one NFL player, afraid of giving his name, stated recently
The ‘n-word,’ as they like to say, is all over. I will tell you this, it’s said all over—on the field, definitely in locker rooms. This is really nothing new.
However, Riley Cooper is white, and the current much-vaunted “white privilege” does not extend to using a forbidden word. Cooper has become this generation's John Rocker because a video has surfaced of him drunk, cursing, using racial epithets and uttering the n-word in an altercation with a black security guard at a Kenny Chesney concert in June.
Since the video became public, Cooper has been the target of one of the Main Stream Media’s Two -Minute Hates, especially from sports reporters, notoriously PC.
Finally, he has been fined by the Eagles—all for using a word that his black teammates, remember, throw around with impunity.
Hate speech against Christianity is OK
Should we call them "Christophobes"?
Another rabble-rousing community page is testing the limits of Facebook’s policies regarding offensive content, only this time it’s the devoutly religious who say they are the target of hate speech.
A group of Christian activists is calling on Facebook Inc. to remove the page “Virgin Mary Should’ve Aborted,” calling it an attack on their faith and saying it violates the website’s policies against hate speech. The page, created in February, is described by its administrators as a “playground for fundamentalists and free-thinkers to challenge each other.” It includes numerous memes and status updates attacking organized religion as outdated, bigoted and harmful to society.
9 August, 2013
Reality incorrect again
A senior UKIP politician was recorded telling activists that Britain should not be sending aid to ‘bongo bongo land’.
Godfrey Bloom, a UKIP member of the European Parliament, made the comments at a meeting of supporters last month. He suggested foreigners used aid to ‘buy Ray-Ban sunglasses’ and ‘apartments in Paris’.
His remarks have emerged in the week his party is due to publish its list of approved candidates for next year’s European elections – at which the party hopes to get the biggest share of the vote.
In the recording leaked to The Guardian he says: ‘How we can possibly be giving a billion pounds a month when we’re in this sort of debt to bongo bongo land is completely beyond me.
‘To buy Ray-Ban sunglasses, apartments in Paris, Ferraris and all the rest of it that goes with most of the foreign aid. F18s for Pakistan. We need a new squadron of F18s. Who’s got the squadrons? Pakistan, where we send the money.’
Two months ago UKIP leader Nigel Farage ensured an Italian MEP was expelled from UKIP’s European alliance for saying a black minister in Italy was part of a ‘government of bongo bongo’ who would want to impose ‘tribal traditions’, and would be better suited as a housekeeper.
Last night a UKIP spokesman said Mr Bloom’s remarks were being ‘discussed right at the very highest level of the party’ while sources close to Mr Farage confirmed disciplinary action against Mr Bloom was being considered.
There is no doubt about where a lot of the aid money goes. Famously, Peter Bauer said: "Foreign aid is a way of taking money from poor people in rich countries and giving it to rich people in poor countries"
Marmite advert faces ban as animal welfare campaigners either love it or hate it
Marmite is one of a family of yeast-based sandwich spreads much loved in Britain, Australia and other Commonwealth nations. I have three different versions of it in my fridge at the moment: N.Z. Marmite, Vegemite and Ozemite. It is however something of an acquired taste and Americans almost universally loathe it.
The makers of Marmite have stayed true to their "love or hate it" ethos after broadcasting an advert parodying the work of animal welfare campaigners, which received hundreds of complaints.
The advert features Marmite welfare officers visiting the homes of people who are neglecting their jars of yeasty spread and rescuing them from a life of abandonment.
One officer gets particularly choked up after finding a "baby Marmite jar" lingering at the back of the kitchen cupboard virtual unused. "I just hadn't seen one that small," the officer says to his sympathetic colleague.
The tongue-in-cheek ad provoked 250 complaints to The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) after it made its debut broadcast on Monday.
People took to social networking sites to complain, one Facebook user said: "Your new advert is very bad taste. Animal abuse is no laughing matter and think it's very wrong to jokingly use such a subject as a marketing scheme to increase your sales."
However animal agencies, such as PETA have welcomed the campaign saying it reminds viewers of the hard job that animal welfare officers do.
People tend to be strongly partisan in the spread they prefer. Australians will usually have only Vegemite and Kiwis will normally have only their version of Marmite.
When the Christchurch earthquake knocked out the N.Z. Marmite factory, there was national panic, with even the Prime Minister getting involved and urging calm. You would think that imports of British Marmite could fill the gap but no way! Kiwis like THEIR Marmite and that is that.
There was at one time talk of Denmark banning Marmite. In response a British expat living there said he would not know what to put on his toast in the morning.
8 August, 2013
Black hate speech has no restrictions
I’m a 23-year-old psychology student from Sydney and in June this year, I was subjected to a horrific torrent of abusive tweets from fans of touring American rapper Tyler Okonma. I challenged Okonma’s lyrics which encourage rape and violence against women by vocally supporting a petition on change.org that suggested he shouldn’t be playing all-age shows.
At Tyler’s concert in Sydney the next day, he told his fans he hoped my children got STDs, and “dedicated” songs to me that included lyrics like “punch a bitch in her mouth just for talkin' shit”.
The abuse started almost instantly. First a drip, then a rush, then a flood. I felt physically sick. He had 1.7 million fans, and it felt like every single one of them had some violence stored up for me - a promise to assault me, the threat that they would rape me, an expression of hatred for my life and my freedom.
America sure is a racist country. The Left have created that. Blacks and Leftists are privileged groups while whites and Asians have to know their place and mind what they say.
Furore over 'sexist, racist' DVD cover of Australian movie
The imminent DVD release of The Sapphires in the United States has prompted a social media backlash, with campaigners in Australia and America claiming the cover art is sexist and racist.
Home entertainment distributor Anchor Bay plans to release the homegrown hit in the US next week, but has chosen to downplay the significance of the four Aboriginal women at the heart of the story in favour of Irish actor Chris O'Dowd, who plays the drifter who becomes their manager.
O'Dowd's image is front and centre, in full colour, while the [black] women - played by Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Shari Sebbens and Miranda Tapsell - provide a muted blue-toned backdrop.
The post was read by 24-year-old Melbourne climate change activist Lucy Manne, who started a petition on change.org to try to convince Anchor Bay to change the artwork.
7 August, 2013
British treasurer accused of 'patronising' stay-at-home mothers
Calling traditional mothering a "lifestyle choice" does seem pretty derogatory. It is in fact a calling that many women wish they could respond to. The British government, however, wants all mothers working so it can tax them. Somebody has got to pay for all those useless bureaucrats!
George Osborne has been accused of "patronising" stay-at-home mothers after saying that they have made a "lifestyle choice" and should not receive childcare vouchers.
The Chancellor today unveiled a scheme to encourage women back into the workplace by handing up to £1,200 of taxpayer-funded childcare for each child to families where both parents have a job.
He said that he had "huge respect" for stay-at-home mothers and said that the government will "help" their families by introducing tax breaks for married couples.
However Laura Perrins, a stay-at-home mother who took on the Deputy Prime Minister during a radio phone earlier this year, said that the reported £120 tax breaks were "pathetic" compared to the value of childcare vouchers.
She said: "Saying stay-at-home mothers have made a lifestyle choice is pejorative and patronising. They are contributing to the economy, to society, to everything. Staying at home is not a luxury, it's not a hobby. Women who chose to stay at home make huge sacrifices.
"The married tax allowance is something we have been calling for but their version is pretty pathetic when compared to the childcare vouchers. We pay disproportionately more tax. They [the government] are socially engineering it, they think that stay at home mothers are not conforming to what they want."
Veteran fights battle to fly U.S., Marine Corps flags
A combat veteran is in a battle over a patriotic display outside his home. Former Marine Captain Jim Lowe tells FOX 5 the management at his community is trying to force him to take down either his U.S. flag, or his Marine Corps. colors.
Lowe, a decorated veteran, says he's been flying the U.S. flag along with the Marine Corps. colors for more than two years. But now, he says his Sun City community's management is asking him to take one of them down. If he doesn't, he says they've threatened to fine he and his wife $25 per day, as well as other possible legal action.
The community's codes and covenants clearly state that only one flag can be flown per house. Lowe maintains the Marine Corps colors is not a flag.
"I don't consider it a flag," he told FOX 5. "Most people don't. You talk to any Marine. Those are the colors. That is the flag."
Lowe says he has sent a letter to management asking them to retract the violation notice, but he has not received a reply yet. FOX 5 tried to contact the community's management group, but they have not responded yet.
You would think the rules could be bent a little for someone who has risked his life fighting for your safety.
6 August, 2013
Seattle officials call for ban on 'potentially offensive' language
Perhaps we should remember that Seattle is the city that restricts snow removal to protect the sea from too much salt!
Government workers in the city of Seattle have been advised that the terms "citizen" and "brown bag" are potentially offensive and may no longer be used in official documents and discussions.
KOMO-TV reports that the city's Office of Civil Rights instructed city workers in a recent internal memo to avoid using the words because some may find them offensive.
In an interview with Seattle's KIRO Radio, Bronstein said the term "brown bag" has been used historically as a way to judge skin color. "For a lot of particularly African-American community members, the phrase brown bag does bring up associations with the past when a brown bag was actually used, I understand, to determine if people's skin color was light enough to allow admission to an event or to come into a party that was being held in a private home," Bronstein said.
According to the memo, city employees should use the terms "lunch-and-learn" or "sack lunch" instead of "brown bag."
Bronstein told KIRO Radio the word "citizen" should be avoided because many people who live in Seattle are residents, not citizens. "They are legal residents of the United States and they are residents of Seattle. They pay taxes and if we use a term like citizens in common use, then it doesn't include a lot of folks," Bronstein said.
Boss of multi-million pound vegetable wholesaler thought it was 'entirely acceptable' for her staff to call black worker 'golliwog Brian'
Banter was once common in the British workplace but it is risky these days
The owner of a multi-million pound firm failed to stop her staff calling another employee 'golliwog Brian' because she did not think there was anything wrong with the nickname.
Amanda Miles, 40, 'tolerated a culture of racism' at her fruit and vegetable wholesaler, an employment tribunal found.
Brian Ennis was given the nickname and also called 'black Brian' to distinguish him from a white worker with the same first name, the wholesaler admitted.
Another black worker, a delivery driver who was so upset by the racist behaviour that he quit, has been awarded £27,000 in compensation after a panel ruled that having to listen to racist nicknames had 'violated his dignity'.
Roy Morgan told Bristol Employment Tribunal that a colleague ordered him to 'stop speaking that jungle talk' as he chatted to another driver in patois.
And bosses at the firm did not discipline a white driver who said that 'black people should be burnt at the stake like Jews', despite a complaint from an employee with Jewish heritage.
The tribunal awarded Mr Morgan £13,427 in 2011 for racial harassment and recently ruled he should receive a further £14,286 for lost earnings from constructive dismissal.
But Mr Morgan is unlikely to see a penny of his award because the firm has recently gone into administration.
The drivers earned about £300 per week and swearing was common in the warehouse, the tribunal heard.
5 August, 2013
Racist to dislike black music?
A popular music band called "The Postal Service" offers generally fairly mellow music. At a recent concert, however, their appearance was preceded by an opening act offering a very different type of music from a black performer. Many concert goers did not like the opening act, feeling that it was not what they had paid to hear. Because the opening act was by a black, however, such objections were said to be "racism"
“An actual twerk team is opening for The Postal Service. I don’t know what’s going on.”
“Why in the hell is Big Freedia opening for Postal Service? What, are you’re gonna bounce/twerk your ass, then guilty cry about it afterward?”
Well, crying to the Postal Service is for teenagers a decade ago. But these are just a few of many tweets from fans at a handful of recent Postal Service concerts who told the world they were “so confused,” and in many cases pretty displeased, by the opening act, sissy bounce artist Big Freedia. For some reason, audience members reacted as if they had no advance knowledge of who would be playing, and attendees in Vancouver, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and especially Seattle thought perhaps they’d been “pranked” by the unlikely pairing of hypersexual New Orleans dance-rap with the light-synthy lily-white lullabies of the Postal Service. The presence of Big Freedia and her dancers was said to be “inexplicable,” “awkward” and the result of a decision made by someone “on crack.”
A fan in L.A. wondered if the main act was “trolling hipsters” — the same question posed by Uproxx, in a post headlined in part, “Exceedingly White Postal Service Fans Are Confused.” Uproxx picked up the story from the Seattle Times, where blogger Andrew Matson reported, “In the normally neutral space of KeyArena, audience members were irritated, seemed to be uncomfortable with Freedia’s brand of sexual expression and questioned whether the performance was ‘real music.’”
Most people, including most Postal Service fans, are familiar with bounce sounds from crossover hits like Juvenile’s 1999 No. 1 “Back That Azz Up” or Beyoncé’s 2007 “Get Me Bodied.” But still reaction to Big Freedia’s set spiraled from baffled to outright racist: The show was said to be “ghetto” and “hoodrat,” while multiple pissed attendees echoed Twitter user @vangrafics: “I thought that I came for The Postal Service, and not a twerk show.”
Big Freedia, the sullen black that the concert-goers did NOT want to hear
Jewish campaigners call for end to controversial German pulp magazine that 'glorifies Nazi SS butchers'
War comics are mostly for kids and kids want drama and heroics, not moralizing. If you want to moralize there is fault on both sides. Should American war comics agonise about the terror-bombing of Dresden and Hamburg?
Jewish campaigners are demanding a German pulp magazine be shut down for glorifying Nazi soldiers in World War II. Der Landser - translated literally as The Squaddie - is a small magazine published by the giant Bauer media group whose pages are filled with stories of derring-do, glory and chivalry.
But those it praises are foot soldiers in either the Wehrmacht - the Germany army during the Second World War which facilitated in numerous massacres of civilians - or the soldiers of the Waffen S.S. The Waffen S.S were seen as one of the main perpetrators of the Holocaust.
The Simon Wiesenthal Centre in Los Angeles, named after the death camp survivor who devoted his life after the war to bringing Nazi killers to justice, said it is time to call time on Der Landser. It called on the German government to shut the publication down.
Distributors for the magazine in Germany said they have no plans to halt production but the country's interior ministry, mindful of the harm done to Germany's image abroad through such works, has promised a full probe which will seek ways to possibly shut it down.
German forces in fact had many great victories in WWII, victories of a magnitude that any nation would celebrate and remember. The campaigns by von Manstein, in particular, are still treated with awe in military staff colleges worldwide. Germany was crushed by weight of numbers, not by superior military skill.
Generalfeldmarschall Erich von Manstein
4 August, 2013
Must not mention that basketballers are mostly black
The term "kushim" refers to the biblical land of Kush, which is today's Sudan and southern Egypt. So it is a reasonably accurate reference to blacks. So whether it is derogatory or not depends on what you think of blacks. There are quite a lot of East Africans in Israel, either as illegal immigrants or as fake-Jews, and it is fair to say that most Israelis don't think much of them -- for the usual reasons: welfare dependency, criminality etc.
Israel's newly elected chief rabbi has provoked fury after he was accused of making racist remarks about professional basketball players.
David Lau, who is one of two men who serve as spiritual authorities for Israelis - made the apparent racist remark while addressing a group of ultra-orthodox yeshiva students.
During a speech, Lau made reference to young people watching basketball on television in public rather than spending time studying the Torah.
As reported by the Huffington Post, he said: 'Why do you care whether these [k]ushim who are paid in Tel Aviv beat the kushim who are paid in Greece?"
The word kushim is a derogatory Hebrew term for black people.
The comment angered members of the Israeli parliament with some calling for Lau to apologise.
Speaking to the Jerusalem Post, Labor party representative Nachman Shai said the comment stands in contrast to the remarks made earlier this week by Pope Francis in reference to not judging gay people.
Basketball is extremely popular in Israel and is a strong source of national pride. Amare Stoudemire of the New York Nicks was recently invited by President Shimon Peres to play for Israel's national team.
Must not imitate Stevie Wonder
A Greek female pop star has courted controversy by appearing on a popular TV show as Stevie Wonder - blacked up and pretending to be blind.
The bizarre performance came on Your Face Sounds Familiar, a talent show which is similar to the British programme Stars In Their Eyes.
Singer Mando performed a rendition of Part-Time Lover, and dressed up as the blind African-American star to do so.
Your Face Sounds Familiar is an international franchise which originated in Spain and is currently showing in Britain on ITV.
The Greek version was broadcast on channel ANT1 earlier this year, with all the contestants being national celebrities.
Each week, every celebrity was assigned a star to impersonate, with the audience and judges voting on a winner.
One week Mando, a 47-year-old singer who has had five gold records, was assigned Wonder's Part-Time Lover.
When she emerged from backstage, she had blacked up her face and hands and was wearing a false moustache.
She was obviously pretending to be blind, as a production assistant rushed out and helped her down the stairs, then led her to her piano.
Although the audience continued to cheer and applaud during Mando's entrance, the judges looked taken aback by her surreal get-up.
Viewers apparently did not object to Mando's offensive outfit, as she was voted the winner of that week's contest.
But web users have since spoken out against the bizarre episode, taking to Twitter to voice their shock.
2 August, 2013
San Antonio Considers Prohibiting City Workers from Expressing Bias Against Bisexuals
Unconstitutional but the pro-homosexual religion is compelling. Being pro-queer is the Leftist version of righteousness
The San Antonio City Council is considering an ordinance that would ban anyone who speaks out against homosexuality based on their moral beliefs from being hired as a city employee or government contractor, including businesses owned by Christians.
The draft ordinance seeks to amend San Antonio’s Non-Discrimination Policy, which is based on Title VI of the Civil Rights Voting Act of 1964. (See SA-Ordinance.pdf)
According to the proposed ordinance: “No person shall be appointed to a position if the City Council finds that such a person has, prior to such proposed appointment, engaged in discrimination or demonstrated a bias, by word or deed, against any persons, group or organization on the basis of race, color, religion,, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, age or disability."
“Violation of this standard shall be considered malfeasance in office, and the City Council shall be authorized to take action as provided by law to remove the offending person from office,” the ordinance states.
Arrested for a tattoo
A man who allegedly revealed his tattoo of a mosque being blown up at an English Defence League rally in Birmingham has been arrested. Sean Reah, of South Shields, South Tyneside, has been arrested on suspicion of inciting racial hatred.
The 39-year-old was reportedly recently pictured lifting up his T-shirt to reveal an image of a Muslim place of worship with 'BOOM!' displayed across it.
The picture was taken during a demonstration organised by the English Defense League in Birmingham city centre on Saturday, July 20.
A spokesman for West Midlands police said: 'A 39-year-old man has been arrested in South Tyneside on behalf of West Midlands Police on suspicion of using words or behavior, or displaying written material with intent to stir up racial hatred.'
The image sparked outrage after it was posted online. It was taken at a demonstration in Birmingham, according to The Sun, where police made 20 arrests after officers came under attack on Saturday.
Much of the violence at the event came from Leftist counter-demonstrators
1 August, 2013
Must not praise a woman's bottom
The Government has again attacked the BBC for sexist sports coverage after presenter Colin Murray said Olympic gold medallist Jessica Ennis-Hill had the ultimate bottom.
A capacity crowd at the Olympic Stadium were left shocked by Murray's comments just weeks after John Inverdale said Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli 'was never going to be a looker'.
Colin Murray had been given the job of geeing up the crowd at the Anniversary Games in the Olympic Stadium.
The 36-year-old told the 80,000 people there that the ultimate athlete would have: 'The stamina of Mo (Farah), the speed of (Usain) Bolt, the leap of (Greg) Rutherford and the bottom of Jess Ennis'.
Although his comments were not broadcast it led to a row on Twitter where the Northern Irish presenter was accused of sexism and living in the 1950s.
Ian Jackson wrote: 'Sexism in sport alive & well. Apparently Jess Ennis just has good bum. Shame on Colin Murray.'
Julie Haigh tweeted: 'Boys get their skills mentioned, but @J_Ennis has her bum mentioned. In the 50s are we?'
When men stop liking the way women look, that will be the end of the human race. But I suppose some Leftist haters would like that.
British soccer club issues staff with list of 'unacceptable' words banned by club as it cracks down on discrimination
Liverpool have issued their staff with a list of "unacceptable" words and phrases as the club begins a comprehensive crackdown on discrimination in the workplace.
The list, leaked on Twitter, was handed to all full-time and casual members of staff with public-facing jobs at the football club on match days and during the week.
Liverpool's players have not been given the list, however, as they are provided with their own guidelines by the Premier League.
Included in the list, along with highly-offensive racial and sexual slurs, are phrases such as "man up" and "play like a girl".
The club's social inclusion officer, Rishi Jain, said: "As part of the club's continued commitment to tackle all forms of discrimination, as well as promoting its approach to equality and diversity, Liverpool FC has been actively engaged in a full club-wide education and awareness programme.
A useful guide to contemptuous language. I can think of some choice ones they have left out though ...
"HATE SPEECH" is free speech: The U.S. Supreme Court stated the general rule regarding protected speech in Texas v. Johnson (109 S.Ct. at 2544), when it held: "The government may not prohibit the verbal or nonverbal expression of an idea merely because society finds the idea offensive or disagreeable." Federal courts have consistently followed this. Said Virginia federal district judge Claude Hilton: "The First Amendment does not recognize exceptions for bigotry, racism, and religious intolerance or ideas or matters some may deem trivial, vulgar or profane."
Even some advocacy of violence is protected by the 1st Amendment. In Brandenburg v. Ohio (1969), the U.S. Supreme Court held unanimously that speech advocating violent illegal actions to bring about social change is protected by the First Amendment "except where such advocacy is directed to inciting or producing imminent lawless action and is likely to incite or produce such action."
The double standard: Atheists can put up signs and billboards saying that Christianity is wrong and that is hunky dory. But if a Christian says that homosexuality is wrong, that is attacked as "hate speech"
A prophetic comment on Norwegian hate speech laws: As Justice Brandeis once noted, repressive censorship “breeds hate” and “that hate menaces stable government,” rather than promoting safety; “the path of safety lies in the opportunity to discuss freely supposed grievances and proposed remedies.”
Voltaire's most famous saying was actually a summary of Voltaire's thinking by one of his biographers rather than something Voltaire said himself. Nonetheless it is a wholly admirable sentiment: "I disagree with what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it". I am of a similar mind.
The traditional advice about derogatory speech: "Sticks and stones will break your bones but names will never hurt you". Apparently people today are not as emotionally robust as their ancestors were.
The KKK were members of the DEMOCRATIC party. Google "Klanbake" if you doubt it
A phobia is an irrational fear, so the terms "Islamophobic" and "homophobic" embody a claim that the people so described are mentally ill. There is no evidence for either claim. Both terms are simply abuse masquerading as diagnoses and suggest that the person using them is engaged in propaganda rather than in any form of rational or objective discourse.
Leftists often pretend that any mention of race is "racist" -- unless they mention it, of course. But leaving such irrational propaganda aside, which statements really are racist? Can statements of fact about race be "racist"? Such statements are simply either true or false. The most sweeping possible definition of racism is that a racist statement is a statement that includes a negative value judgment of some race. Absent that, a statement is not racist, for all that Leftists might howl that it is. Facts cannot be racist so nor is the simple statement of them racist. Here is a statement that cannot therefore be racist by itself, though it could be false: "Blacks are on average much less intelligent than whites". If it is false and someone utters it, he could simply be mistaken or misinformed.
Categorization is a basic human survival skill so racism as the Left define it (i.e. any awareness of race) is in fact neither right nor wrong. It is simply human
Whatever your definition of racism, however, a statement that simply mentions race is not thereby racist -- though one would think otherwise from American Presidential election campaigns. Is a statement that mentions dogs, "doggist" or a statement that mentions cats, "cattist"?
Was Abraham Lincoln a racist? "You and we are different races. We have between us a broader difference than exists between almost any other two races. Whether it is right or wrong I need not discuss, but this physical difference is a great disadvantage to us both, as I think your race suffer very greatly, many of them by living among us, while ours suffer from your presence. In a word, we suffer on each side. If this be admitted, it affords a reason at least why we should be separated. It is better for both, therefore, to be separated." -- Spoken at the White House to a group of black community leaders, August 14th, 1862
Gimlet-eyed Leftist haters sometimes pounce on the word "white" as racist. Will the time come when we have to refer to the White House as the "Full spectrum of light" House?
The spirit of liberty is "the spirit which is not too sure that it is right." and "Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can even do much to help it. While it lies there it needs no constitution, no law, no court to save it." -- Judge Learned Hand
Mostly, a gaffe is just truth slipping out
Two lines below of a famous hymn that would be incomprehensible to Leftists today ("honor"? "right"? "freedom?" Freedom to agree with them is the only freedom they believe in)
First to fight for right and freedom,
And to keep our honor clean
It is of course the hymn of the USMC -- still today the relentless warriors that they always were.
It seems a pity that the wisdom of the ancient Greek philosopher Epictetus is now little known. Remember, wrote the Stoic thinker, "that foul words or blows in themselves are no outrage, but your judgment that they are so. So when any one makes you angry, know that it is your own thought that has angered you. Wherefore make it your endeavour not to let your impressions carry you away."
"Since therefore the knowledge and survey of vice is in this world so necessary to the constituting of human virtue, and the scanning of error to the confirmation of truth, how can we more safely, and with less danger, scout into the regions of sin and falsity than by reading all manner of tractates, and hearing all manner of reason?" -- English poet John Milton (1608-1674) in Areopagitica
Hate speech is verbal communication that induces anger due to the listener's inability to offer an intelligent response
Leftists can try to get you fired from your job over something that you said and that's not an attack on free speech. But if you just criticize something that they say, then that IS an attack on free speech
"Negro" is a forbidden word -- unless a Democrat uses it
"It is impossible to speak in such a way that you cannot be misunderstood." -- Karl Popper
Why are Leftists always talking about hate? Because it fills their own hearts
Leftists don't have principles. How can they when "there is no such thing as right and wrong"? All they have is postures, pretend-principles that can be changed as easily as one changes one's shirt
When you have an argument with a Leftist, you are not really discussing the facts. You are threatening his self esteem. Which is why the normal Leftist response to challenge is mere abuse.
The naive scholar who searches for a consistent Leftist program will not find it. What there is consists only in the negation of the present.
The intellectual Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius (AD 121-180) could have been speaking of much that goes on today when he said: "The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane."
I despair of the ADL. Jews have enough problems already and yet in the ADL one has a prominent Jewish organization that does its best to make itself offensive to Christians. Their Leftism is more important to them than the welfare of Jewry -- which is the exact opposite of what they ostensibly stand for! Jewish cleverness seems to vanish when politics are involved. Fortunately, Christians are true to their saviour and have loving hearts. Jewish dissatisfaction with the myopia of the ADL is outlined here. Note that Foxy was too grand to reply to it.
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