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31 May, 2015
"Sexist" to advise modesty?
A Pennsylvania High School has been slammed for using degrading and
sexist language in a letter warning graduating seniors to wear
appropriate dress to an awards ceremony.
Biglerville High School, just north of Gettysburg, caused an uproar when
it issued a letter advising female students to 'choose modest attire'
and keep 'the girls' - a euphemism for breasts - covered and supported.
The startling letter also stated: 'Please remember as you select an
outfit for the awards assembly that we don't want to be looking at
sausage rolls. As you get dressed, remember that you can't put 10 pounds
of mud in a five-pound sack.' [Probable translation: Fatties should not
wear tight clothes]
While the school, which has about 500 students, warned female students
against tight clothing, it only advised boys to wear nice clothes and
avoid low-hanging pants.
Former Principal Richard Sterner, who retired earlier this school year,
told Daily Mail Online that he had apologized to his students on
Wednesday during graduation practice.
Australia: Must not show ferals as feral
Mt. Druitt is a Sydney suburb with a very low rating on socio-economic status: Much welfare dependency and crime
The bosses behind the controversial program, Struggle Street, will be
asked to defend the show at federal parliament on Wednesday. SBS CEO
Michael Ebeid will be questioned about how the show was funded in a
Senate Estimates hearing.
Mr Ebeid's parliamentary appearance comes after Labor MP Ed Husic said
the show treated people in Mt Druitt, a suburb in Sydney's west, as
'They were treated as simple comedic fodder by SBS, there to be
denigrated and demeaned and all for one purpose and one purpose only: to
boost ratings,' Mr Husic said, according to the AAP.
Mr Husic's comments were backed up by Labor Senator Sam Dastyari, who
will be one of the people to question Mr Ebeid, according to News Corp
The documentary was heavily criticised when it aired, however it also
proved a ratings winner for the network with almost 2 million people
tuning in to watch it over the two weeks it aired.
Some families who appear in the series believe were been unfairly
depicted. Ashley and Peta Kennedy decided to take part in the SBS
three-part series because they wanted to show viewers how they ended up
doing it tough - instead they feel they have been portrayed as 'bogans'.
The couple are unemployed and have 10 kids and 18 grandchildren between them.
29 May, 2015
Must not diss fat
Fashion label Lilly Pulitzer has been blasted by customers after an
image of the company's headquarters was published, which showed two
fat-shaming cartoons posted on the walls of an office.
The image, which was featured in an online piece by New York Magazine
entitled 'Inside Lilly Pulitzer's Pink-and-Green Headquarters' and shows
two hand-drawn cartoons, both of which include drawings of plus-size
women, pinned up on the wall of an employee's office.
One cartoon, which featured a picture of a blonde woman in a vest and
jeans, read: 'Just another day of…Fat, White, and Hideous. You should
probably just kill yourself…'
The second, which included an image of a woman in a string bikini, read: 'Put it down carb face.'
New York Magazine reportedly added a caption to the image on its
website, which now reads: 'This image shows the personal illustrations
of an employee not pictured in this story.'
Unsurprisingly, the image has sparked fury on social media, with dozens
of people taking to Twitter to slam the offensive cartoons.
A spokesperson for the company apologized for any offence caused by the
image, which remains on New York Magazine's website, noting that, as a
'female-dominated' company, it encourages individual employees to
decorate their office spaces as they choose.
She added however that the images pictured in the feature do not reflect
the label's values. 'These illustrations were the work of one
individual and were posted in her personal work area,' the statement
A bad pun
"Seize" as a pun on "seizure"
A campaign launched by two charities to raise awareness of epilepsy has
sparked outrage, with even controversial TV pundit Katie Hopkins
branding it 'crass'.
The two causes, Epilepsy Society and Young Epilepsy, joined forces with
high street store River Island to create a limited edition re-usable
shopping bag bearing the slogan 'Seize the Day'.
Around 10,000 bags were distributed to customers last week, to mark National Epilepsy Week, which ended on Saturday.
While the bags were designed and made by River Island, a spokeswoman for
the Epilepsy Society said the concept and slogan were the work of the
Defending the campaign, she said the slogan was intended as an 'empowering message'.
28 May, 2015
Australian company under fire for 'deaf shaming' after calling hearing aids ugly
A Victorian company has come under fire for an ad that called hearing aids 'ugly' and pictured a woman with a prawn on her ear.
Victorian Hearing apologised after members of the deaf community
labelled the advertisement 'awful', 'upsetting' and 'degrading'.
The ad for 'invisible' hearing aids was posted to Facebook and was met
with outrage by hearing impaired Australians and the parents of hearing
impaired children, with people from as far as the U.S. also complaining.
In a statement the company apologised for the ad causing offence but sought to justify the artwork and message.
'Victorian Hearing sincerely apologizes if our current invisible hearing
solution add was hurtful, it was certainly not our intention,' the
'However, we are fighting a war with a large population of Australians
(1 in 5) who refuse to seek hearing amplification because they are
'Victorian Hearing has, for many years, advertised BTE and traditional
hearing aids without any success in helping this large group of people,
so we tried something out of the box.
The company went on to claim that the ad had helped 'many who would have
never stepped foot inside an audiology clinic as they were not aware of
all options available'.
The Luft-wafer: Ice cream cone named after Adolf Hitler on sale in India sparks anger in Germany
Adolf Hitler is not generally condemned in Asia. In much of Asia he is admired as a strong leader
Even for the most dedicated of ice cream lovers this sweet treat may
prove a little hard to swallow. Unbelievably a brand of ice cream cone
is readily available in India which is named after Hitler.
It’s difficult to fathom what the Nazi leader may have in common with
the crunchy snack, but Hitler’s name is splashed across boxes of the
tasteless delicacy which is hawked across the country.
Meanwhile the cold eyes of the killer stare out at ice cream customers from the side of the packaging.
In some instances he appears in cartoon form in a Swastika-shaped top
hat with a jaunty red bowtie, which is somewhat at odds with his furious
Other more sombre packages depict him in full military regalia with
almost photographic realism, looking very out of place next to an ice
cream that's almost as big as he is.
A lack of Holocaust education in India means that people on the
sub-continent know little about the Nazi leader, and consequently
Hitler-themed pubs and restaurants are not viewed with outrage.
News of the Hitler ice cream cones provoked a furious response on
websites calling for the brand to be withdrawn. One spectator in Berlin,
said: ‘There is taste and there is tastelessness. The people of India
should be made aware of the terrible crimes committed by him.’
German newspaper Bild labelled the ice cream cones a ‘macabre publicity
stunt’, while several Twitter users branded them ‘tasteless!’
27 May, 2015
There's no privacy anymore
People should be allowed to say what they want in private
conversations but text messages and emails are no longer private -- as
the guys below found out. Most whites have been browbeaten into not
saying publicly what they think about blacks and Hispanics but it's
getting to the point where people cannot say disapproved things even in
San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr will recommend that six officers
under his command be fired after prosecutors said they exchanged racist
and homophobic text messages, police officials told BuzzFeed News.
Another two officers have resigned as of Friday afternoon, said Officer Albie Esparza, of the San Francisco Police Department.
The texts, uncovered during a federal criminal investigation of a
lieutenant in the San Francisco Police Department, has sparked a review
of more than 3,000 criminal cases handled by officers linked to the
messages, officials said.
Fourteen officers in total are believed to have exchanged the texts. All
were removed from “public contact” duties when Chief Suhr was made
aware of the investigation, Esparaza told BuzzFeed News.
The San Francisco Police Department is also conducting its own
investigation of the cases handled by the police officers, Esparza said.
The actual texts at issue are here
In Nazi times, expressing "incorrect" views in Germany was very
dangerous so German anti-Nazis consoled themselves with the saying that Die Gedanken sind frei (Thoughts are free). America is getting pretty close to the same situation.
Die Gedanken sind frei is actually an ancient German song, often sung by students. See below:
Must not say "woo, woo, woo"
"woo, woo, woo" being an approximation of a native American war-cry
When Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez spoke to a group at the Democratic
convention in Anaheim about a previous meeting she made this comment and
gesture that is raising some questions.
The candidate was explaining how she recently received an invitation from someone with the Indian American caucus.
"I'm going to his office, thinking I'm going to meet with ... " Sanchez
said on video just before clapping her hand in front of her mouth and
making a whooping cry sound.
She appeared to be making a joke about the difference between Indian-Americans and Native Americans.
The man who filmed Sanchez said several people in the room described the
comments as insensitive and undemocratic. "I was shocked and appalled
that she'd make the disparaging comments about Native Americans that
way," said Uduak-Joe Ntuke of Long Beach.
Sanchez's opponent, California Attorney General Kamala Harris, said she
was also shocked. "You know, I don't know what to say to that," Harris
said. "That's shocking."
I think she was just trying to make clear which sort of Indian she was referring to
26 May, 2015
NY Fashionistas all in a dither about China
They want to wear something Chinese-themed to honor a Chinese
occasion but fear they might be accused of "cultural appropriation" or
some such nonsense. But missing out on a chance to dress up is a
disaster to a fashionista. All those colorful silks etc that they would
like to wear!
On Monday, dozens upon dozens of celebrities and the designers who dress
them will walk the red carpet into the Metropolitan Museum of Art to
fete the opening of the Costume Institute's next exhibit, "China:
Through the Looking Glass." The event — which this year counts Jennifer
Lawrence, Jessica Chastain, Blake Lively, Anne Hathaway and Kim
Kardashian among its hosts — is often referred to as “fashion’s biggest
night," but many observers are wary to see how guests will interpret —
or misinterpret — that theme.
In a Jezebel article headlined “2015 Met Gala Will Probably Be an
Asian-Themed Shitshow,” Kara Brown writes, “The fact that the core idea
behind the theme is how Chinese aesthetics have influenced other
designers is troubling because that influence is often culturally
insensitive or downright racist." She adds, “I simply do not trust the
majority of Met Gala attendees to handle this theme with tact and
respect." Over at Bustle, Maxine Builder echoed her concerns, writing,
"To be culturally sensitive and to do this theme justice require an
ability to take the time to understand the culture, and I’m concerned
that no one will do that kind of research.”
NY: Must not mention that blacks tend to live in inner cities
Henrietta Town Supervisor Jack Moore is under fire amid allegations that
he made racist remarks in a town building last month, referring to
African-Americans as "city cousins."
Henrietta Democratic Committee town leader Simeon Banister is demanding
that Moore, a Republican, resign, calling his comments from April 10
"racist and reprehensible." And Monroe County Republican Chairman Bill
Reilich, who is also the Greece town supervisor, said he thinks Moore
should step down.
Moore acknowledges making the comments. He said they were not intended
to be racist but adds, "I can see how they were taken that way."
Moore's voice was taped by a Department of Public Works employee on
April 10. In audio obtained and first reported by WHAM-TV (Channel 13),
Moore is heard criticizing the Affordable Care Act and says, "You don't
know about cousins in the city? We get all kinds of them, they bus them
out here, OK?"
When a town employee asks about the health care law, Moore says, "This
Obamacare, I think that's how we're going to pay for your cousins in the
After overhearing Moore's comments from another room, 36-year town
employee Donald Youngman decided to file a complaint with the Henrietta
Board of Ethics.
25 May, 2015
The animal rights group PETA made an official complaint that sheep on an
outback [Australian] property were sworn at by a cursing shearer on an
outback property in far western NSW.
The allegation by the People for the Ethical Treatment for Animals was
investigated by the RSPCA after an 'undercover' PETA operative secretly
filmed footage of a worker in a shearing shed using bad language during a
live shearing session.
The RSPCA did not pursue the swearing claims because PETA's footage was
inadmissable in court as it had been filmed without permission on
private property, and because the claims of cruelty 'came down to one
person's word against another'.
Ken Turner, who operates Boorungie Station with his wife Vivien, said
the PETA complaint suggests that sheep understand English and he didn't
know you could offend sheep with rude words.
But he had no complaints from his herd, a bemused Mr Turner told
Macquarie Radio saying, 'none of them actually told me they were
Even posting a PICTURE of a gun can lose you your job
Stick a fork in us. We are done. Political correctness has finally
corrupted rational thought and common sense to the point that garden
variety sports trash talk is a firing offense.
Consider the case of Chad Shanks. He was hired to grow the Houston
Rockets’ social media presence. By all accounts, Shanks had done a good
job, posting edgy viral content and pregame and postgame interviews with
players and coaches on various social media channels. He helped grow
the Rockets Twitter following to upwards of 682,500 followers.
But on Tuesday he sent out a tweet from the official account at the end
of a series-clinching win against the Dallas Mavericks that the Rockets
deemed “in very poor taste,” and he was summarily, unceremoniously
The fatal tweet was directed at the Mavericks and featured emojis, or
cartoon-like characters, of a gun aimed at a horse, accompanied by this
text: “Shhhh. Just close your eyes. It will all be over soon.” The
metaphor here is hardly obscure: The ailing Mavs are a dying horse,
better off put out of its misery.
Let’s be clear: Shanks wasn’t threatening anyone. There is no actual horse in a barn somewhere that should fear for its life.
It was friendly trash talk. And had Shanks not used a gun emoji, I’m certain no one would have even noticed.
But because it’s 2015 and we have made finding offense a major industry —
and a particularly lucrative one when guns are involved — Shanks was
suddenly advocating “violence toward animals.” In the days after, he
found himself in the supremely preposterous position of having to tell
the Houston Chronicle that he “didn’t mean to advocate violence toward
24 May, 2015
Must not even hint that a woman is fat
A suggestion that a British footballer could do better than his current girlfriend arouses great ire
An Australian sports betting website sent a misogynistic tweet about the
girlfriend of young Manchester United star James Wilson, causing an
angry backlash on social media.
The Odds Checker Au Twitter account posted a photo on Thursday afternoon of the footballer holding hands with his partner.
'Sure she's a lovely girl but someone needs to remind James Wilson he's a
pro footballer. Start abusing this privilege,' Odds Checker Au tweeted.
The post was published at about 2pm on Thursday and sparked a series of angry tweets from disgusted Twitter followers.
'@OddscheckerAu This is so rude I can't believe anyone thought it was OK
to post it. You are garbage people. Disgusting,' Petra Starke wrote.
'Delete this, then seriously reprimand whoever ok'd it. @OddscheckerAu,'
The Odds Checker Au tweet has since been taken down and was replaced
with an apology. 'Apologies for the offence caused by our earlier Tweet -
it's now been deleted,' Odds Checker Au wrote.
Wilson, 19, is a striker for Manchester United after joining the team in July 2012.
Odds Checker, an online betting odds comparison service, is part of British company Sky Betting and Gaming.
Semi-covered picture of a man incorrect
A mother has slammed an explicit advertisement campaign after her foster
child became distressed at the reminder of sexual abuse she had
The Melbourne mother, who wished to remain anonymous, had been shopping
with her 12-year-old foster daughter at a Knox shopping centre when they
were confronted by The Body Shop's latest advertisement for its' hemp
The promotion, which has been displayed in shopfronts and splashed over
the company's website and social media, features a black and white
photograph of a man's naked torso holding a rope with a green
leaf-shaped soap covering his genitals.
The slogan along the advertisement reads: 'Get Your Hands on the Good Stuff'.
Penning an email to The Body Shop last Tuesday, the outraged mother has
called for the 'vivid, gritty and out of character' campaign to be
banned after causing distress on her foster daughter.
The mother told Daily Mail Australia the poster was displayed on 'such a
huge scale and in such a prominent position' that the pair had no
choice to avoid it.
In response to the email, The Body Shop claims the image and caption was
intended to be 'light-hearted and humorous'.... 'Our communication has
always been different, provocative, plain talking and irreverent -
That’s our personality as a brand.
22 May, 2015
Outrage after Google Maps search for 'N****r House' directs users to the White House
Google was forced to suspend its Map Maker editing tool this month after
users started abusing the service by adding what many considered to be
But the latest addition has caused outrage after racist search terms started directing users to The White House.
It is believed a label was added to the Washington address for the term
'n***a house' or 'n****r house' using the service - but this has not
been confirmed and it is not known how long the label has been live.
It will also happen when searching for 'n****r house' and 'n****r king' -
but these only zoom in automatically to the White House if the map is
already centred in or around Washington.
The problems with Map Maker began when fan site Cult of Android spotted
an image of a large Android urinating on an Apple logo at coordinates
33°30'52.5"N 73°03'33.2"E. Shortly after its discovery, the image went
viral and other eagle-eyed Maps users began searching for similar
The suspension of Map Maker is temporary.
At the time the announcement was made, Google's Pavithra Kanakarajan
posted: 'The most recent incident was particularly troubling and
unfortunate - a strong user in our community chose to go and create a
large scale prank on the Map.
'As a consequence, we suspended auto-approval and user moderation across
the globe, till we figure out ways to add more intelligent mechanisms
to prevent such incidents.'
If you prohibit certain things, that will make some people keen to use them.
UK: Must not compare homosexual rights to ISIS
Coleen Nolan has sparked widespread controversy after clumsily comparing
gay rights to supporting ISIS during a discussion on Loose Women.
She made the comments during a panel discussion on the recent gay cake row in Northern Ireland.
Nolan’s statements, in which she made a jumbled attempt to defend the
rights of businesses to refuse clients because of their beliefs, have
now sparked outrage on social media.
Coleen provoked the backlash when she compared a hypothetical situation
in which an ISIS supporter asked for an ISIS cake from a baker with the
recent controversy over gay rights in Northern Ireland.
‘What if somebody walked in and said: “Right, I want a cake and I want
the whole Islamic State on it – and how I support it, and how I support
them killing our people. Because it is a business do they have to make
it?” she asked.
Many have called for the agony aunt and TV personality to resign while others have simply demanded an apology.
21 May, 2015
Purdue commits to free speech
Interesting to see if they really do
On a weekend overshadowed by graduation ceremonies and tuition freezes,
Purdue University adopted a new free speech code modeled on the “Chicago
principles” of free speech.
The “Commitment to Freedom of Expression,” a policy adopted Friday by
the Purdue University Board of Trustees, permits speech that’s
“unwelcome, disagreeable or even deeply offensive” — language that’s
identical to a measure first approved by the University of Chicago in
“Our commitment to open inquiry is not new, but adopting these
principles provides a clear signal of our pledge to live by this
commitment and these standards,” chairman Tom Spurgeon said in a
university news release.
“As we’ve said before, a university violates its special mission if it
fails to protect free and open debate. No one can expect his views to be
free from vigorous challenge, but all must feel completely safe in
Muslim hate in a London university
Incitement to violence is not generally protected speech
The university equality officer at the centre of a racism and sexism row
could lose her job after she allegedly tweeted a hashtag 'kill all
Bahar Mustafa, 27, student union Welfare and Diversity Officer at
Goldsmiths University in London, was accused of discrimination after she
told white people and men 'not to come' to a meeting she was organising
to discuss 'diversifying the curriculum'.
Now students have launched a petition calling for her to be removed from
the post, saying she has 'made students feel intimidated', been
'unprofessional in her public conduct' and 'encouraged or expressed
hatred based on an individual’s race, gender, or social position'.
A similar petition on the public change.org site, which says she should
be expelled has more than 2,700 online signatures, although another one
backing her has been signed by nearly 1,300 people.
The students union petition, which closes on May 26, calls for a vote of
no confidence in Ms Mustafa and claims she used hashtags including
#killallwhitemen, as well as calling someone 'white trash' on Twitter.
Ms Mustafa's ban on white people and men from the meeting was made public last month.
20 May, 2015
With apologies to Orwell
YouTube and Google win lawsuit in free speech battle over anti-Muslim film
should not have been forced to take down an anti-Muslim film that
sparked violence in the Middle East and death threats to actors, a
federal appeals court ruled Monday in a victory for free speech
The ninth US circuit court of appeal sided with
Google, which owns YouTube, after free speech advocates urged the court
to overturn a 2-1 decision by three of its judges. The three judges had
ordered YouTube to take down the video.
Actress Cindy Lee Garcia
wanted Innocence of Muslims removed from the site after receiving death
threats. Her lawyer argued she had a copyright claim to the low-budget
film because she believed she was acting in a different production.
argued Garcia had no claim to the film because the film-maker wrote the
dialogue, managed the production and dubbed over her lines.
wasn’t immediately clear if or when the video would be reposted on
YouTube. A Google spokesman did not immediately respond to an email
The film inspired rioting by those who
considered it blasphemous to the prophet Muhammad, and President Barack
Obama and other world leaders asked Google to take it down.
which said those requests amounted to censorship, was joined by an
unusual alliance of filmmakers, other internet companies and prominent
news media organizations that didn’t want the court to alter copyright
law or infringe on first amendment rights.
19 May, 2015
UK: Must not portray elderly people as infirm
Even though the signs are placed where the infirm elderly are likely to be
it was introduced in 1981, the ‘Elderly People’ road sign has got on
people’s nerves. The winner of a children’s competition, it shows an
aged couple hobbling across the road.
Last year, the Government’s
tsar for the elderly, Dr Ros Altmann, said the sign should be banned
altogether because it puts off employers from hiring people over 50.
Now a series of designers has been commissioned to produce a cheerier series of options.
Calvert, responsible for many of our road signs — including ‘Men at
Work’ and ‘Children Crossing’ but not the elderly people — has come up
with a sprightlier couple, jauntily crossing the road, hand in hand.
born in 1936, says the ‘Children Crossing’ sign was inspired by herself
as a girl. Her new elderly people sign is based on her as a pensioner.
offering, based on Morecambe and Wise, comes from creative consultant
David Worthington, while graphic designer Jason Godfrey suggested a sign
based on pills and tablets.
‘The old road sign shows a
silhouette of two extremely decrepit old people crossing a road. But
older people aren’t like that any more.
'Mick Jagger is 71,
Billy Connolly’s 72, Judi Dench is 80 and Dame Helen Mirren is the face
of L’Oréal at 69. People are living longer and older age needs
rebranding, ideally using wit and humour.’
Mural of beaver getting fed is incorrect
artists have sparked outrage after painting a mural of a young woman
feeding a beaver on the side of an adult bookstore - with some fearing
the drawing will 'attract children and pedophiles'.
and Miguel Del Cuadro started working on the bright, cartoon-style
artwork at the request of Alison Barber - the owner of Taboo bookstore
in Richmond, Virginia - last Friday.
Eight days on, they have
used up 20 gallons of paint and 75 cans of spray-paint on the unfinished
mural, which features a female dressed in a top and a short skirt
feeding a purple beaver an apple.
However, both they and Ms
Barber have recently come under fire from locals, some of whom claim the
painting could attract children to the store, especially because the
woman 'looks like a little girl'.
'It is beautifully done, but I
believe it will attract children to an area that may have pedophiles or
the like. I believe [it] sets a dangerous precedent, and I wonder if
others are uncomfortable by it.'
Some social media users also
expressed concern over the artwork - which is a reference to either the
act of sexual intercourse or female masturbation - with one writing on
Reddit: 'So frightening.'
Taboo bookstore, one of three high-end
adult bookstores owned by Ms Barber, is situated at 5100 Midlothian
Turnpike. Its location is less than a 15-minute walk from George Wythe
Ms Barber told the network that she had wanted
something 'bright, friendly and happy' painting on the side of her store
- and 'ironically, something that was not going to cause a stir or a
fuss at all'. But he joked: 'There's no such thing as bad publicity I
And although some residents' and social media users'
have voiced concern over the painting - which is expected to be
completed in the next couple of days - others have spoken out in defense
One wrote on Fark the artwork was 'provocative without
being sleazy'. Another joked: 'This mural is ridiculous. From my years
of research, I know beavers prefer cucumbers, carrots, or zucchini.'
18 May, 2015
'I Can't Bake That Cake Because It Would Offend Muslims'
week, Rush Limbaugh wondered rhetorically, “Where do we draw the line?”
when it comes to offending Muslims. Is it drawing cartoons or is it
advocating same-sex marriage? Expanding on that idea Monday, Limbaugh
proposed something for American bakers facing gay fascists: “My idea for
you is quite simple. …
Let’s say that you own the ABC wedding
cake bakery. The only thing you do is you bake wedding cakes. And as
such, militant gay activists target your bakery. They’re gonna take you
out, they’re gonna take you down, they’re gonna walk in there, they’re
gonna tell you they’re gonna get married, and of all the bakeries in the
world, yours has been recommended to them because that’s all you do,
therefore you must be better than anybody else at baking wedding cakes.
of telling the gay couple that you refuse to bake the cake for their
wedding because you disapprove of homosexuality, you should now say you
are not going to bake a cake for the gay wedding because you fear Muslim
backlash. Or, due to your respect of Islam, you cannot bake a cake for a
gay wedding. See how that flies.”
Indeed, it would at least be
entertaining to watch the Left contort in knots trying to get around the
results of their own “logic.”
Should speech critical of Islam be banned on campus?
Muslims say it should but law professor Volokh says that would violate the 1st Amendment
Post (Alexandra Svokos) reports that conservative firebrand David
Horowitz spoke at the University of North Carolina, and said (among
other things) that “the Muslim Students Association and Students for
Justice in Palestine are associated with terrorist organizations” and
“intend to ‘kill the Jews, to push them into the sea.'”
students spoke out against those statements, and “began an online
campaign called #NotSafeUNC to show how they have felt discriminated
against on and around campus.”
What I found noteworthy, though,
was the statement from Ibrahim Hooper, the spokesman for the Council on
"[Anti-Muslim speakers] create a
hostile learning environment for Muslim and Arab-American students, and
that’s what they’re designed to do. … They’re designed to demonize
Muslim and Arab students"
“Hostile learning environment,” of
course, isn’t just a general term of condemnation — it’s not just
calling something “offensive” or “insulting” or even “hate speech.”
Rather, a “hostile learning environment” (also known as a “hostile
educational environment”) is a legal term of art, referring to something
that violates Title VI of the Civil Rights Act or other bans on
discrimination in education. Many campus speech and conduct codes,
including UNC’s, ban speech or conduct that creates a “hostile
environment.” The federal government has stated that speech that creates
a hostile environment based on national origin is barred by Title VI.
Indeed, CAIR has in the past called for the federal government to
investigate allegations of a hostile learning environment.
statement is suggesting that, in CAIR’s view, “anti-Muslim speakers”
may already violate campus speech codes, and that universities may be
under a legal obligation (under Title VI) to exclude such speakers.
I think that a public university’s exclusion of anti-Muslim speakers —
or, more broadly, speakers that are harshly critical of Islam generally
or certain strands in particular — would violate the First Amendment,
and Title VI cannot constitutionally be interpreted to require
universities (public or private) to exclude such speakers. There is no
“hostile learning environment” exception to the First Amendment, and I
think cases striking down campus speech codes support that position.
I thought that it was worth noting that CAIR’s view is different: CAIR
seems to think that the force of law — and of campus speech codes —
should indeed be used to exclude anti-Muslim speakers from university
17 May, 2015
Must not mention Muslims
headteacher who racially abused staff and said 'If we have any more
Muslims in here it's going to start looking like Al Jazeera' while
checking CVs has been sacked by a school.
Anupe Hanch, 49, who
was in charge of Gearies Junior School, in Ilford, Essex, for seven
years, also asked a pupil 'Do you want to become a paedophile?' and said
she wanted to 'chop off' the head of one of her colleagues, a hearing
In July 2010 she locked the assistant headteacher in
her office for three hours and a year later got another staff member to
place the jobs section of the Times Education Supplement on the
assistant head's desk every Friday.
Ms Hanch denied the allegations but a National College for Teaching and Leadership panel found them to be proven.
She was found guilty of unacceptable professional conduct after the panel spent two weeks hearing evidence from witnesses.
report published after the inquiry said Ms Hanch made racist remarks
over Muslim colleagues taking the religious holiday of Eid off in
The teacher said she was trying to encourage staff and children not to take religious holidays.
panel determined on the basis of probabilities the allegation was
proven saying it 'did not find the racist nature of the alleged comment
to be completely contrary to the nature of Ms Hanch, as she had
She also insulted a Polish colleague and said she
would like to 'chop off' the head of another staff member and 'see her
walking around headless', the hearing was told.
CVs for a job, Ms Hanch said: 'If we have any more Muslims in here it's
going to start looking like Al Jazeera', according to the report.
allegations the panel found proven were that Ms Hanch referred to one
pupil as 'a devil' and said 'I'm going to have to break down 5,000 years
of Islam to get through to her' when a staff member asked for time off
to volunteer at the 2012 London Olympics.
No free speech in Muslim Bangladesh
A MASKED gang wielding machetes hacked a blogger to death in Bangladesh on Tuesday — the third deadly attack since February.
Ananta Bijoy Das was murdered in broad daylight as he headed to work at a local bank in the city of Sylhet, police said.
group of four masked men attacked him with machetes around 8:30am on a
busy street in the country’s fifth biggest city, before melting back
into the crowd.
Police would not comment on a motive for the
brutal attack. However fellow writers say he was on a ‘hit list’ drawn
up by militants behind a spate of killings including fellow blogger
Avijit Roy — a Bangladeshi-born US citizen who was hacked to death in
the capital Dhaka in February.
Head of a Bangladeshi bloggers’
association, Imran Sarker said Das was an atheist who regularly blogged
for Mukto-Mona, a website that used to be run by Roy.
this heinous killing. It once again confirms our fear that there is a
culture of impunity in Bangladesh. Anyone can now get away with killing a
progressive free thinker,” Mr Sarker said.
Police chief Hasan
said they are investigating an announcement by an unknown group called
Ansar Al-Islam who said on Twitter that al-Qaeda in the Indian
Subcontinent was responsible for Das’s murder and warned of more to
The group has already claimed responsibility for the deadly
attack on Roy on February 26 in which his wife was badly injured. An
Islamic extremist has been arrested over his murder.
Debu, a friend of recently killed blogger Das, said the 33-year-old
banker was an editor of a quarterly magazine called Jukti (Logic) and
headed the Sylhet-based Science and Rationalist Council.
to the Mukto-Mona site, Das won the publication’s annual Rationalist
Award in 2006 for his “deep and courageous interest in spreading secular
and humanist ideals and messages”.
15 May, 2015
Must not call someone fat
wore a pretty but voluminous gown for the 2015 BMI Music Awards that
covered her from neck to toe - but the singer insists she isn't
'covering up' because she doesn't like the way her body looks.
Try hitmaker, 35, says she refuses to be bullied about her weight. 'I
think people have gotten it wrong. They think their opinion matters and
holds weight, and I don't know where or why they're giving themselves so
much credit, you know? So I thought it was important for me to remind
them that I don't care,' she told Entertainment Tonight.
responding to a question about why she came down hard on her Twitter
followers who suggested she's put on weight after she wore a black dress
with a plunging neckline to the John Wayne 30th Annual Odyssey Ball
'I don't take well to bullying. I never have. I'm not
a person that will be bullied. I'm not a person that will stand by
watching other people bullied,' she said. 'I'm raising a girl. I am a
girl. I have feelings. People think I take no s**t and I'm tough,
tougher than nails, but I'm a human being.'
Her sweeping criticisms of George Bush are fine, though. Leftists can dish it out but can't take it.
No, there’s no “hate speech” exception to the First Amendment
By UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh
keep hearing about a supposed “hate speech” exception to the First
Amendment, or statements such as, “This isn’t free speech, it’s hate
speech,” or “When does free speech stop and hate speech begin?” But
there is no hate speech exception to the First Amendment. Hateful ideas
(whatever exactly that might mean) are just as protected under the First
Amendment as other ideas. One is as free to condemn Islam — or Muslims,
or Jews, or blacks, or whites, or illegal aliens, or native-born
citizens — as one is to condemn capitalism or Socialism or Democrats or
To be sure, there are some kinds of speech that are
unprotected by the First Amendment. But those narrow exceptions have
nothing to do with “hate speech” in any conventionally used sense of the
term. For instance, there is an exception for “fighting words” —
face-to-face personal insults addressed to a specific person, of the
sort that are likely to start an immediate fight.
exception isn’t limited to racial or religious insults, nor does it
cover all racially or religiously offensive statements. Indeed, when the
City of St. Paul tried to specifically punish bigoted fighting words,
the Supreme Court held that this selective prohibition was
unconstitutional (R.A.V. v. City of St. Paul (1992)), even though a
broad ban on all fighting words would indeed be permissible. (And,
notwithstanding CNN anchor Chris Cuomo’s Tweet that “hate speech is
excluded from protection,” and his later claims that by “hate speech” he
means “fighting words,” the fighting words exception is not generally
labeled a “hate speech” exception, and isn’t coextensive with any
established definition of “hate speech” that I know of.)
is true of the other narrow exceptions, such as for true threats of
illegal conduct or incitement intended to and likely to produce imminent
illegal conduct (i.e., illegal conduct in the next few hours or maybe
days, as opposed to some illegal conduct some time in the future).
Indeed, threatening to kill someone because he’s black (or white), or
intentionally inciting someone to a likely and immediate attack on
someone because he’s Muslim (or Christian or Jewish), can be made a
crime. But this isn’t because it’s “hate speech”; it’s because it’s
illegal to make true threats and incite imminent crimes against anyone
and for any reason, for instance because they are police officers or
capitalists or just someone who is sleeping with the speaker’s
The Supreme Court did, in Beauharnais v. Illinois
(1952), uphold a “group libel” law that outlawed statements that expose
racial or religious groups to contempt or hatred, unless the speaker
could show that the statements were true, and were said with “good
motives” and for “justifiable ends.” But this too was treated by the
Court as just a special case of a broader First Amendment exception —
the one for libel generally. And Beauharnais is widely understood to no
longer be good law, given the Court’s restrictions on the libel
14 May, 2015
Is "special needs" now a bad expression?
Police launched a 'disability hate crime' investigation after a headteacher said one of her pupils had 'special needs'.
Felkin, who runs Blatchington Mill School in Hove, East Sussex, had to
fight the discrimination claims after a parent complained that the
autistic student would find the term offensive.
After six months
of having the probe hanging over her, while the local council and the
Department of Education got involved, she has now been found to have no
case to answer.
The term 'special needs' is believed to have been
used at a governors' meeting and in the meeting's minutes, which were
later taken down from the school's website.
complained that the 'highly intelligent' student, who falls under the
autistic spectrum, would be offended by the description.
But after no action was taken against her this week, Mrs Felkin branded the complaints 'vexatious'.
UK: Must not notice women's bodies
bosses have been forced to apologise after advertising for waitresses
with 'athletic physiques' and asking applicants to include a 'full body
shots' with their CV.
The job advert, which also called for
potential candidates to provide service with a smile, was posted by
Pryzm nightclub in Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey.
which was uploaded on Monday to the club's Facebook page and removed
after less than 24 hours, stated: 'We are looking for VIP Hostess /
Waitresses to join our team.
'The applicant must have great
customers (sic) service skills, provide service with a smile, be hard
working & be of athletic physique. 'In return you will receive great
basic pay plus commission payments.
Accompanying the advert is a
video - now deleted - shows a hostess bringing bottles of champagne -
complete with burning candles either side - to a VIP table at the club.
job-hunter Samantha Cooke, 21, said she saw the ad and was 'disgusted'.
She said: 'I've been to Pryzm a few times clubbing and thought it might
be a nice place to work, but when I saw the advert I was disgusted -
they just want someone with a body the lads can ogle.
'I'm not just a body and nightclubs should have got rid of their meat market mentality in this day and age.'
local, Graham Livingstone, 41, said: 'It's pretty obvious they want a
young woman with a nice body - it's just it's not very PC to say that
Another, calling themselves Smithy456 and writing
online before the ad was removed on Facebook, wrote: 'How disgusting -
what a bunch of creeps at Pryzm!!!'
A spokeswoman for Luminar,
which owns Pryzm - which has clubs in Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff and
Leeds as well as Kingston-upon-Thames, said: 'We are an equal
opportunities employer and apologise unreservedly for any offence this
post may have caused.
13 May, 2015
used to think that prudery went out with the '60s but we now seem to
live in an era when people moan about everything and anything
bus company has prompted outrage by using an advert which shows topless
models holding up signs saying 'Ride me all day for £3'.
Adventure Travel Ltd (NAT), based in Cardiff, excitedly took to Twitter
this morning to promote the new provocative adverts which have been
emblazoned across the back of ten new buses.
One advert shows a
dark-haired woman posing in a sultry manner with the suggestive sign,
while another shows the same sign being held by a topless male model.
the campaign backfired when passengers condemned the company for being
'unacceptable' and 'insulting'. Others accused the company of 'promoting
sexism and rape culture'.
Singer Charlotte Church even waded into the debate, saying the signs were 'atrocious'.
Federal Agency to Regulate Christmas Lights
a hot day in Washington, D.C., a federal agency issued 11 pages of new
regulations on Christmas lights and other holiday decorations, calling
certain products “a substantial product hazard.”
Product Safety Commission … is issuing a final rule to specify that
seasonal and decorative lighting products that do not contain any one of
three readily observable characteristics (minimum wire size, sufficient
strain relief or overcurrent protection), as addressed in a voluntary
standard, are deemed a substantial product hazard under the Consumer
Product Safety Act,” the Consumer Product Safety Commission said on
Monday in its new rule.
A voluntary standard, which created
safety guidelines for companies that manufacture Christmas lights, was
created by Underwriters Laboratories in the 1990s. Underwriters
Laboratories is a non-governmental party that provides safety-related
guidance to a wide range of industries.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has now taken those standards and imposed them as official, enforceable regulations.
found in violation of any of the imposed safety characteristics can now
be stopped at ports or otherwise prevented from distribution without
If Christmas lights are not made in accordance with
these standards, the agency said consumers can be “seriously injured or
killed by electrical shocks or fires.”
In its justification, the
Consumer Product Safety Commission cited 258 deaths that have occurred
as a result of dangerous holiday lights since 1980.
majority of those deaths occurred before 1994, prior to when
Underwriters Laboratories issued its voluntary standard for the
Since the voluntary standard was put into place, that number has sharply declined.
2014, no deaths were attributed to being caused by Christmas lights. In
2015, the agency cited one death caused by holiday decorations.
argued the rule “represents government waste, government overreach, or
would result in a ‘waste of money,’” but the commission disagreed,
citing its mission to protect consumers from “unreasonable” risks of
injury or death.
Diane Katz, a research fellow in regulatory
policy at The Heritage Foundation, disagrees. “This is regulating for
the convenience and power of regulators—not for public safety.”
The rule takes effect on June 3.
12 May, 2015
Member of British anti-imigrant party banned from teaching for Muslim jibe
teacher who told a class of teenage girls that he was ‘allergic’ to
Muslims and they ‘worshipped the devil’ will be banned from the
profession for life this week.
Self-styled cleric the Rev Robert
West, who stood for the British National Party in the General Election,
made the comments during a discussion on the use of cavalry in the
When a pupil said she was allergic to horses, Mr West replied: ‘I’m allergic to Mohammedans.’
And he told another class at Walton Girls High School in Grantham, Lincolnshire: ‘Muslims worship the devil.’
Andrew Colman of the National College for Teaching and Leadership said his remarks were ‘unacceptable’.
West will be banned by the Department for Education this week.
I think it's not unreasonable to see Islam as the religion of the Devil. Any religion that loves death
or leads to parents rejoicing when their children blow themselves up is
surely of the Devil -- however you conceive of the Devil. Whether he is
a man in a red suit with horns and a tail, a fallen spirit being, or
simply the evil side of human nature hardly matters. In all cases Islam
is clearly anti-life and only the Devil or his disciples could rejoice
Satirical owner of BBQ restaurant in trouble over mention of race
owner of a Colorado barbecue joint has spoken out, after the restaurant
was harshly criticized online for its scheduled 'White Appreciation
Day' next month.
Rubbin' Buttz BBQ and Country Cafe is going to give white patrons on June 11th ten percent off.
on the Milliken restaurant's Facebook page have claimed that Rubbin'
Buttz is offering a racist deal. Its Yelp page has also received a heap
of negative one-star reviews, ever since the scheduled event was first
revealed in a KUSA report last week.
Restaurant co-owner Edgar
Antillon told Daily Mail Online that Rubbin' Buttz was evacuated on
Friday after a bomb threat had been called in.
Addressing critics, Antillon said 'I think they should actually know what the day is really about.'
Edgar Antillon, who co-owns Rubbin' Buttz BBQ, is also a concealed
carry activist. He has said 'We wanted to emphasize white appreciation
because there's a lack of that'
The discount, he explained, was
'making a joke about the need of us having Black History Month and
Hispanic Heritage Month, and understanding what we want to accomplish is
eliminate the need for that.'
'We're all Americans,' he said. 'We're all from one country whether we were born here or not.'
11 May, 2015
Not allowed to teach monogamy in some Australian schools?
church leaders have slammed an “unprecedented” interference by the
Department of Education after it banned three books used by the church’s
scripture teachers on the basis they promoted only monogamous
Scripture teachers were told this
week they were not allowed to use books called Teen Sex By The Book by
Patricia Weerakoon, You: An Introduction by Michael Jensen, and A
Sneaking Suspicion by John Dickson because the texts violated
The texts were used in Special Religious
Education (SRE) classes at state schools — classes parents choose to
send their children to.
Castle Hill Liberal MP Ray Williams,
whose electorate covers much of Sydney’s “bible belt”, said he was
requesting an urgent explanation on the book ban from Education Minister
“Several Anglican leaders in my community have
contacted me today saying they are completely shocked at the
heavy-handed, reactionary response of the department by demanding these
books be removed,” he said.
“I believe the principle of a ‘one
partner’ relationship is a fundamental value upheld by society,
regardless of whether people are religious or not.”
said he had asked the department to review the decision to ban the
books: “Department officials will meet with SRE providers to discuss the
Must not offend pigs
Is there no end to this nonsense?
They are supposed to be at the forefront of fighting disease and saving lives all over the world.
in an astonishing example of political correctness, World Health
Organisation officials have called for terms such as swine flu, bird flu
and monkey pox to be banned – in order to protect animals from needless
Other conditions – including German measles and
Spanish flu – will also be outlawed because they might upset people from
Last night experts said the proposal would turn
the Geneva-based WHO into an international laughing stock. The
organisation was recently criticised for its failure to react quickly to
the ebola outbreak in West Africa.
WHO – a UN body to which
Britain contributes £35 million a year – says the aim of the new
guidelines is to minimise the ‘negative impact’ of such terms as German
measles or Lyme disease on travel, tourism or animal welfare.
It also wants to avoid offending ‘cultural, social, national, regional, professional or ethnic groups’.
bacteriologist Professor Hugh Pennington, who chaired inquiries into
E.coli outbreaks in Scotland and South Wales, said: ‘This won’t save
lives. It comes under the heading of political correctness and I am very
sceptical it will have any permanent benefit. As for avoiding upsetting
animals, that is a load of rubbish.
10 May, 2015
Colors in politics
a very long time, red has been the color of the Left. But in America
today it is the color of Republicans. How come? It was a bit of Leftist
"cleverness" by some media types in (I think) the year 2000, when they
put up TV projections of the vote on election night that reversed what
was customary and displayed GOP-leaning States in red -- part of the
unending quest for change that characterizes Leftists.
graphic below, an election-night projection from the recent British
election, you will note that party colors follow tradition in Britain.
Conservatives are true blue. The only dubious bit about British practice
below is showing the Scottish Nationalists in yellow. Why? The only
reason I can think of is that it is more polite than showing them in
their true colors -- Fascist brown.
the love of change for the sake of change that we often seem to see on
the Left, I wonder if some bright spark will in due course revert to the
original colors for TV displays?
Being a male, blue is of course
my favorite color so I am rather pleased to see in operetta that blue
eyes are often described as treu, variously translatable as loyal, faithful, reliable, honorable, trustworthy. I say more about that here.
all date from before WWII, however, so they could say things that would
not be allowed today. Just mentioning blue eyes is probably "racist"
these days. I seem to have gotten away with talking about iris pigmentation, however -- which is the same thing.
And we all know of course that blacks are no longer "colored" -- the NAACP excepted.
False racism accusation acknowledged
actress who accused Los Angeles police of racially profiling her in a
lewd conduct case has agreed to apologize to the three officers who
detained her months after the incident took place. Daniele Watts, who
acted in the movie “Django Unchained,” pleaded no contest on Monday to
disturbing peace with loudness after police responded to reports that
she was having sex with her boyfriend in a parked car in September, NBC
The three officers had briefly detained Watts and
her boyfriend, Brian Lucas, before releasing them later in the day.
Watts condemned the officers’ decision in a Facebook post, claiming they
had both been fully clothed. She wrote: "The tears I cry for a country
that calls itself 'the land of the free and the home of the brave' and
yet detains people for claiming that very right."
Watts and Lucas
were sentenced to 40 hours of community service and a year of "formal
diversion" that usually entails counseling. The two were also reportedly
ordered to write apology letters to the three officers and occupants of
the nearby building where they were detained. Charges of lewd conduct
were removed from their records.
8 May, 2015
Air Force general resigns command after ‘drunker than 10,000 Indians’ remark
Caught out by a bit of military slang
An Air Force general resigned his command last week after making insulting remarks about Native Americans.
Maj. Gen. Michael Keltz, commander of the 19th Air Force at Joint Base
San Antonio-Randolph, made the comments during a disciplinary hearing
last month for a lower-ranking officer accused of being intoxicated,
reported the Express-News.
Keltz told the officer he appeared to be “drunker than 10,000 Indians” in a photo entered as evidence in the hearing.
The other officer had accepted a finding of wrongdoing in a previous
hearing, and Keltz berated him after the officer had asked for a reduced
punishment during the April 9 hearing.
Keltz is a decorated combat pilot who led task forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Greenpeace fracking advert that claimed drilling for shale gas 'won't cut energy bills' is banned by watchdog
Lies are not protected speech. Shale has already slashed American oil and gas prices dramatically
A Greenpeace advert claiming that allowing fracking in UK ‘won’t cut
energy bills’ has been banned in a victory for David Cameron and other
supporters of the technology.
The campaigning group argued fracking for gas under Britain would threaten the climate, the countryside and the water supply.
Significantly, it attempted to appeal to the nation’s purses and wallets
by stressing: ‘Experts agree – it won’t cut our energy bills.’
However, a complaint from the pro-fracking Labour peer Lord Lipsey said
it was wrong and misleading to state that access to a new source of gas
from shale rocks will not cut prices.
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has agreed and banned
Greenpeace from making the claim in its anti-fracking advertising
The group cited comments from the Lib-Dem energy secretary, Ed Davey,
who in March described the idea that fracking would massively reduce
prices and transform the economy as ‘ridiculous’.
However, the ASA rules today that given the disagreements, Greenpeace
was wrong to state as fact that the introduction of fracking in this
country will not cut energy bills.
The watchdog pointed to the comments made by Mr Cameron as evidence there is no consensus on the impact on bills.
It said: ‘While we acknowledged that Greenpeace had provided quotes from
22 people, groups or organisations, demonstrating support for the view
that fracking would not reduce energy prices, we understood that there
was a significant division of informed opinion on the issue.
‘While we understood the claim was made in the context of a public
debate on fracking, we considered the claim was absolute in nature and,
therefore, implied the statement was accepted among informed opinion,
which we understood was not the case. Because of that, we concluded that
the ad was misleading.’
Greenpeace dismissed the decision and questioned the impartiality of the ASA.
7 May, 2015
Must not count Muslims
A French mayor has been accused of acting like a Nazi today after
looking at children's names to establish how many were Muslims. Far
right politician Robert Menard counted up first names such as Mohamed to
compile illegal statistics, in tactics which evoked memories of the
He claims to have established that almost 65 per cent of youngsters in
Beziers, in the south of France, were Muslim, while also complaining
that 'the majority of mothers don't speak French.'
Mr Menard told France 2 television station: 'Sorry to say this, but the
town hall has, class by class, the names of the children.
'I know I don't have the right to do it. Sorry to say it, but the first
names tell us their religion. To say otherwise is to deny the evidence.'
As a secular republic, France does not officially compile any statistics
at all about people's religions, instead treating everybody as citizens
equal under the law.
But Mr Menard's tactics caused outrage, with Interior Minister Bernard
Cazeneuve saying counting children by religion 'takes us back to the
darkest hours of our history'.
Mr Cazeneuve was referring to the Second World War Holocaust when the
occupying German, with the help of French collaborators, 'rounded up'
anyone suspected of being Jewish.
A single complaint gets an expensive advertisement banned
An advertisement for luxury fashion brand Prada featuring a young
Hollywood actress has been banned for appearing to sexualise a child. In
the image, British-born Mia Goth is seen lying on a bed through an open
doorway, as if she is being spied on.
Although she was 21 when the pictures were taken, the Advertising
Standards Authority said the styling meant she looked under 16.
The watchdog acted following a single complaint over the advert for the
Italian label’s diffusion line Miu Miu, which appeared over a
double-page spread in Vogue earlier this year.
Prada defended the image saying it was part of a campaign featuring
three different models and actresses, including Imogen Poots and Marine
Vacth, in a series of cinematic tableaux, denying there was a sexual
The company said it ‘showed [Miss Goth] on crisp white bed sheets,
wearing a sophisticated outfit, without a low neck-line, and nude
6 May, 2015
Must not mention that Hillary Clinton is female
ONE is the former CEO of Hewlett Packard. The other is the former US
Secretary of State. They are powerful women with eyes on the most
powerful position in the free world.
Yet somehow the run for presidency of newly-announced Republican
candidate Carly Fiorina and Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton has been
reduced to a “weird girl fight”.
Those are the poorly-chosen words of CNN host Carol Costello overnight
whose foot in mouth moment when announcing the pair’s White House bids
added, sadly, to a long list of sexist remarks aimed at female
After Fiorina’s announcement that she was running, Costello said the
Republican candidate had positioned herself as an ”attack dog” to take
down Clinton. “She’s sort of setting herself up to be Hillary Clinton’s
chief attack dog,” she said. “And Republicans are embracing her. So,
it’s turning into this weird girl fight almost.”
NBC Declines to Label Gunmen in TX Terror Shooting ‘Islamic Extremists’ or 'Terrorists'
In covering the failed terrorist attack at a Prophet Mohammad cartoon
event in Texas, NBC neglected to describe the two gunmen on Monday
evening as “Islamic extremists” or “terrorists” while all three English
networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) prominently touted the Southern Poverty Law
Center’s (SPLC) description of AFDI as an “anti-Muslim” or
“anti-Islamic” “hate group.”
NBC Nightly News interim anchor Lester Holt declared in a tease that
“gunmen” had “opened fire at an anti-Islamist event in Texas” and later
before correspondent Jacob Rascone’s report that “[i]t happened at a
Dallas suburb where a group the Southern Poverty Law Center has labeled
an anti-Islamic hate group was holding a Prophet Muhammad cartoon
On the subject of whether it was a work of terrorism, Holt only went as
far as to note that “authorities are investigating it as a possible
terror attack.” As for Rascon, the NBC News correspondent continually
referred to the terrorists as only “gunmen” or “suspects” and parroted
the SPLC’s label from Garland, Texas:
While the CBS Evening News also promoted the SPLC’s labeling of AFDI,
the CBS newscast stood out in how it described those behind the
shooting. Anchor Scott Pelley made the immediate connection to Islam in
one of the show’s opening teases: “Islamic extremists open fire in a
terror attack near Dallas. We now know who the suspects were.”
5 May, 2015
Typical Leftist doublespeak from a Leftist Rabbi
He starts out saying, "I am a strong supporter of the right to free
speech" and then goes on immediately to applaud its banning. He clearly
likes Stalin's definition of free speech: "Freedom to agree with me"
I am a strong supporter of the right to free speech guaranteed in the
First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, a principle which is at the
very heart of the liberties we enjoy in America.
Nevertheless, I applaud the April 28 decision by the Board of the New
York City Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) to ban all political
advertising on its buses and subways, rather than accede to a U.S.
District judge's irresponsible ruling that the MTA must allow an
inflammatory ad that defames Muslims
Allow me to briefly run through the chain of events that led us to this
pass. The 9-2 decision by the MTA Board to ban all political advertising
came several days after U.S. District Judge John Koeltl ruled that the
MTA must run an ad by Pamela Geller's American Freedom Defense
Initiative on New York City subways and buses featuring a photo of a
sinister-looking man in a checkered keffiyah and the words, "Killing
Jews is worship that draws us closer to Allah." The ad, which cites
Hamas MTV as the source of its quote, closes with the noxious tagline,
"That's his jihad. What's yours?"
UK: Black lawyers taking outspoken TV personality to an international court
This is pretty dumb. The ICC lacks jurisdiction in such matters as
far as I can see. It has jurisdiction over genocide, crimes against
humanity, and war crimes only
A UK law society has stepped up its pursuit of the Sun and its ‘Nazi
propaganda’ spouting columnist Katie Hopkins over alleged anti-migrant
hate speech, referring both to a powerful international court usually
reserved for war criminals.
The Society of Black Lawyers, which originally reported the column
written by Hopkins and published by the Sun just hours before 800
migrants drowned in the Mediterranean, has referred the case to the
International Criminal Court (ICC).
The SBL’s efforts come after UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein
said the column – in which Hopkins referred to migrants as
“cockroaches” – recalled Europe’s darkest days of fascist hate speech
and “Nazi propaganda.”
4 May, 2015
US Immigration Exam Replaces ‘Freedom of Religion’ With ‘Freedom of Worship’
Another Leftist attempt to change words in an attempt to change reality
A Republican senator from Oklahoma pressed Department of Homeland
Security Secretary Jeh Johnson at a hearing Wednesday about why the U.S.
is “misrepresenting” Americans’ First Amendment right to freedom of
religion to immigrants who are applying to become U.S. citizens.
“We in the United States actually have freedom of religion, not freedom
of worship,” Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., told Johnson yesterday during
a Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearing.
Lankford was referring to the department’s decision to include “freedom
of worship” instead of “freedom of religion” as a basic American right
listed in the civics test that all immigrants must take to become a
naturalized U.S. citizen.
Sarah Torre, a policy analyst at The Heritage Foundation who focuses on
issues related to religious liberty, argued the difference between
“freedom of worship” and “freedom of religion” is significant.
“This incorrect view of religious liberty argues that faith should
remain a private affair—relegated to personal activities or weekend
worship services,” she said. “Step outside the four walls of a home or
house of worship and robust protection of religious freedom ends.”
Is "whiteness" a problem?
A course at Arizona State U identified whiteness as a problem. Is
that OK? How about identifying blackness as a problem? What would be the
response to that? So did ASU can the course? No. They did and said
nothing. But when people began firing back, they found a voice:
After months of silence, Arizona State University is condemning recent
activity by White nationalists and "hate preachers" who were responding,
in part, to a new class on the "Problem of Whiteness."
James Rund, an ASU administrator who oversees student services at all
four ASU campuses, issued a statement with Jake Bennett, director of the
Anti-Defamation League in Arizona, and well as representatives from ASU
Undergraduate Student Government, ASU Police, Hillel ASU, Tempe
Interfaith and almost 20 other co-signers.
"There have been a series of hate speech incidents over recent weeks in
Tempe and Mesa, orchestrated by Neo-Nazi groups and hate preachers," the
statement begins. "Some of the incidents included anti-Black,
anti-immigrant, anti-LGBT and anti-Muslim speech and intimidation. This
behavior and these sentiments do not reflect the values of our
ASU President Michael Crow defended the class and its teacher, assistant
professor Lee Bebout, in an interview published last week in the State
Press, ASU's student newspaper, but the joint statement marks the first
time the university has responded to the recent hate speech and its
perpetrators, as a whole.
How do they know their critics were Nazis? It's just a casual slur. They
have submitted no evidence of it. But Leftists don't need evidence, of
course. Their anger is sufficient.
3 May, 2015
A Thug by Any Other Name
For most Americans, including President Barack Obama, the term “thug”
seemed an appropriate appellation for the rioters who destroyed
businesses, homes and other property in Baltimore this week.
Now liberals are crying foul. The Baltimore Sun has editorialized,
“Having city leaders apply it to the high school students and others who
rioted throughout Baltimore tells the offenders that they weren’t just
wrong in what they did, but that they’re also worthless because of it —
something too many people already believe.”
Baltimore’s mayor, after initially using the term, apologized on
Twitter: “That night we saw misguided young people who need to be held
accountable, but who also need support. And my comments then didn’t
convey that.” Several commentators have likened the use of the term to
But a thug by any other name remains just that. What does one call the
people running into a Baltimore CVS and stripping its contents before
setting it afire? Somehow “misguided young people” doesn’t quite convey
the behavior or the participants.
The world watched while parts of Baltimore burned. Not just stores owned
by big corporations who can rebuild — though most likely somewhere else
— but mom and pop storefronts blazed throughout the night, as did a
brand-new senior housing center and modest row houses that had been
owned by some families for generations. To try to understand the
perpetrators' motivation or to excuse their actions is a great
disservice to the victims of the violence.
UK: Watch that joke!
OK. I am going to say what is probably behind the joke: There are
some masochistic women. Being assaulted during a sexual encounter turns
them on. I once had an encounter with such a woman. I recoiled and
refused point blank to do what she wanted but there is no doubt that
others had given her what she wanted. I was however curious about her
wishes and asked her about it. She attributed it to her having had an
abusive father. So the joker below was probably just acknowledging
An Oxford university newspaper has sparked outrage after printing a joke
about punching women during sex. The quote 'No I haven't punched a girl
during sex. But never say never' is highlighted at the top of a page in
The Newt, a publication distributed around the University of Oxford's
A women's charity has hit out at the 'inappropriate' and 'offensive' use
of the line, which appeared at the top of page eight above a separate
Chris Green, director of anti-violence against women charity, the White
Ribbon Campaign, said: 'The inappropriate page header of the "news"
paper which is delivered to every pigeonhole in New College reinforces
sexist and controlling disrespectful attitudes which students are
already excessively exposed to.
'Only a foolhardy publisher would put such an offensive quote into a
newspaper. The publishers would do well to offer a page to an
anti-violence organisation to explain the issues as a minimum response.'
A spokesman for New College Oxford, whose former students include
Hollywood actress Kate Beckinsale and comedian Sally Phillips, said:
'The College does not condone remarks of this kind, and is looking into
1 May, 2015
Model wades into Protein World row... as she credits brand for her own 'healthy' weightloss
A few days ago, I noted the adverse reaction to an advertisement in
Britain that featured a shapely woman in a bikini. The advertisement was
for a product that allegedly aids in slimming. The uproar has not died
down. It has escalated. Below is the latest:
It's the campaign that has seemingly struck a raw nerve across the
nation, prompting petitions, planned protests and even bomb threats.
But one person who is baffled by the Protein World outrage is reality
star Holly Hagan, who puts her dramatic weightloss down in part to the
Speaking about the response to that advert, which features a lithe
bikini model alongside the slogan 'Are you beach body ready?', the
Geordie Shore beauty admits she's baffled at the huge outpouring of
Speaking exclusively to MailOnline, she says: 'I think the whole thing
has been taken way too seriously. If people want to put their time to
something worthwhile then they should be donating to the disaster in
Nepal, woman rights in Africa.
'This is a healthy woman who is posing for a fitness brand, one who exports around the world and supports the economy.
'It's not saying that you have to look like the model on the poster,
it's just an illustration of a healthy, fit and toned model who we can
admire, not suggesting we all have to look like that. I think she looks
Holly, who has shed three stone [42 lb] over the last year after
completely overhauling her health and fitness, signed up as an
ambassador for the company last year as the effects of her new lifestyle
began to show.
The campaign has seen many of its posters defaced with feminist slogans,
more than 50,000 people have signed a petition to have them removed and
a demonstration is planned for this weekend in protest.
However, the company’s marketing boss, Richard Staveley, insists the ad
has been a hit with their target audience: ‘It’s been a brilliant
campaign for us and I don’t see us changing anything dramatically any
I'm guessing that it is feminists and less attractive women (do I repeat myself?) who are behind the uproar.
Must not suggest that men and women may have different food preferences
A cafe has come under fire for offering a breakfast menu with separate food suggestions for male and female diners.
Caffe Be On, in Clare Street, Bristol, has been accused of sexism on
Twitter after a photo of its 'his' and 'her' breakfast went viral.
The restaurant's £7.95 meal deal offers a full English for men, while
women get to enjoy a muffin, poached egg, and smoked salmon for the same
The menu has come under attack after a picture of it was posted by
Charlotte Murray. The charity administrator from St Werburgh's also
tweeted the picture to Everyday Sexism, an organisation that addresses
the discrimination women face on a daily basis.
On the menu, men are offered tortilla, bacon, sausage, tomato, mushroom,
cheese, ham, bread and butter as part of the 'For Him' deal. Female
diners on the other hand can breakfast on an English muffin, smoked
salmon, poached egg, salad leaves, cherry tomatoes, avocado, red onion,
blueberry yoghurt and pumpkin seeds.
In her initial post, Ms Murray had said: 'Not impressed with these gendered menu choices in a Bristol Café. WTF.'
Speaking to FEMAIL, Ms Murray said: 'The positive responses have been
great. 'I'm glad that people are recognising that it is lazy
stereotyping and that there's no need for it.'
'This plays into lazy stereotypes about masculinity and femininity -
that women are very diet and health conscious, men are grease-loving
slobs. It feels patronising and old-fashioned,' she said to Bristol
A spokesman for the cafe told FEMAIL: 'This menu has been up for over
two months. 'We never thought that this is going to be offensive to
anyone. 'When we were creating the menu we chose these names because it
was designed for couples and based on customer feedback from men and
women, but we never thought it could be read as sexist.
'There were no complaints before this, nobody has spoken about this. The menu is now down.'
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Is the American national anthem politically incorrect? From the 4th verse:
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."
"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
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"
One for the militant atheists to consider: "...it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg" -- Thomas Jefferson
"I think no subject should be off-limits, and I regard the laws in many
Continental countries criminalizing Holocaust denial as philosophically
repugnant and practically useless – in that they confirm to Jew-haters
that the Jews control everything (otherwise why aren’t we allowed to
talk about it?)" -- Mark Steyn
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
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
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"?
If any mention of racial differences is racist then all Leftists are
racist too -- as "affirmative action" is an explicit reference to
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.
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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