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30 November, 2015
Must not give hurricanes female names
Weather bureau to consider research showing female-named storms seen as less threatening
Weather authorities in Australia are considering further investigation
of how they name cyclones, after US research showed people take the
threat of female hurricane names less seriously than male-sounding
Alan Sharp, the manager of tropical cyclone warning services for
Australia at the Bureau of Meteorology, said the organisation would look
at the US data and may decide to do similar research in Australia.
He made the comments after the ABC forwarded him a copy of the work by a
US team, which included contributions from experts in psychology,
statistics and gender studies. "We will have to get someone onto it," Mr
He said an investigation of the data to see whether it had relevance in
Australia could be quite expensive, and given Australia's best-known
cyclone, Cyclone Tracy, had a female-sounding name, it is possible the
results would not translate in Australia.
The research out of America published last year looked at more than six
decades of death rates from US land-falling hurricanes and found that
the more feminine the name of the hurricane, the more people it killed.
"Simply put, the name of a storm affects how risky it is perceived to
be," said Professor Sharon Shavitt from the University of Illinois, who
was one of the report's authors.
Puppets must not be black
A CHILDREN’S puppet show was suspended after complaints a black puppet
looked like it was wearing a Muslim hijab and was racially offensive.
Kidzania London suspended Thursday’s performance of the show while it
investigated a complaint made by a father who had taken his family to
celebrate his daughter’s eighth birthday.
Pappi Ndelu, from Wandsworth, south-west London, said: “As an ethnic
minority living in London, I was shocked and embarrassed to watch a
racist children’s puppet show that is culturally insensitive towards
black people and Muslims.”
The show, which is performed at the company’s indoor amusement park in
Westfield Shopping Centre, west London, depicts a puppet called Shadow
being bullied by two white puppets. The puppet is completely covered in a
black sheet with just spaces for eyes.
Mr Ndelu said: "It looked like the character Shadow was wearing a hijab,
they started saying Shadow was scary and black and ugly.
“The two white puppets started talking about how they have a problem
with Shadow's appearance. “The language that was being used by the two
white puppets was frightening and appalling.
“This really made me feel uncomfortable being a black African father seated right in the front row.”
27 November, 2015
UK: Must not joke about dwarves
When Jimmy Carr warned The One Show that his jokes might get them into
trouble, the presenters probably took it as just another quip. But
yesterday the BBC1 programme found itself at the centre of a formal
probe by the broadcasting watchdog, after a risque comment about dwarves
Mr Carr, who was on the show to promote his Greatest Hits tour, told
viewers that he had once come up with a two-word gag. He said: 'I tried
to write the shortest joke possible. So, I wrote a two-word joke which
was: 'Dwarf shortage.' It's just so I could pack more jokes into the
He then looked directly at the camera and added: 'If you're a dwarf and
you're offended by that, grow up.' Fellow guest Rod Stewart looked
uncharacteristically stony-faced at the gag, while Alex Jones, one of
the hosts of the show, shook her head and grimaced.
Now two viewers have complained to Ofcom, which is looking into whether
the programme on November 4 broke television rules. 'We're investigating
whether potentially discriminatory comments in this programme met
generally accepted standards,' a spokesman said.
Must not joke about ambiguous sexuality
The trailer for the forthcoming Ben Stiller film "Zoolander 2" has outraged some members of the transgender community.
The film is a satire of male models, and one of the characters is a
model named All. Played by Benedict Cumberbatch, All is of indeterminate
sex. In the trailer All is asked by model Derek Zoolander (Stiller) and
fellow model Hansel (Owen Wilson) if he or she is male or female. "Do
you have a hot dog or a bun?" Hansel asks. "All is all," All replies.
Soon after the trailer was released, a petition to boycott the film was
launched. It has garnered over 11,000 signatures. The petition (errors
in original) reads:
"On November 18th, the much-anticipated trailer for the sequel to Ben Stiller’s hit film ‘Zoolander’ was released.
In the "Zoolander 2" trailer, an androgynous character played by
Benedict Cumberbatch is asked by Zoolander and Hansel if he is a ‘male
or female model’, and if they ‘have a hot dog or a bun’. Additionally,
Cumberbatch’s character is clearly portrayed as an over-the-top,
cartoonish mockery of androgyne/trans/non-binary individuals. This is
the modern equivalent of using blackface to represent a minority.
If the producers and screenwriters of Zoolander wanted to provide social
commentary on the presence of trans/androgyne individuals in the
fashion industry, they could have approached models like Andreja Pejic
to be in the film. By hiring a cis actor to play a non-binary individual
in a clearly negative way, they film endorses harmful and dangerous
perceptions of the queer community at large"
26 November, 2015
Generation Eggshell is Heavily Opposed to Free Speech
This is disconcerting. Generation Eggshell Psyche has arrived, and,
according to Pew Pesearch, they don't want to hear your thoughts
on the matter:
When asked whether the government should intervene if citizens say
something that might be considered offensive to minorities, 40% of
millennials [ages 18-34] agreed. This is, of course, still a minority of
respondents, but when compared to those of the previous generations
(even just the last), it is still an incredibly significant figure.
Only 27% of Gen Xers, 24% of Baby Boomers, and 12% of Silent Generation
respondents agreed that the state should control and limit potentially
offensive speech, so the comparative increase among the youth of
disregard for the 1st Amendment should be a major cause for concern.
This is simply the result of what most journalists on the right have
been saying for years. Freedom of speech is under attack, not by direct
legislation, but by erasing the value of freedom of expression in
schools and colleges. Students of today do not want a free discussion if
anything said could hurt someone’s feelings (unless you’re straight,
male, and white; then fire away).
The study also revealed that nearly twice as many Democrats were in
favor of limiting free speech (35%) in comparison to Republicans (18%).
Perhaps these are the wages of prosperity. A society that's become so
wealthy and healthy that the only thing kids have to fear is being
Australian Leftists come out as anti-free speech on marriage
Labor nailed its colours to the Greens’ anti-free speech mast today,
joining them to block a Senate motion supporting the Catholic church’s
right to teach the orthodox Christian view of marriage.
Australian Christian Lobby Managing Director Lyle Shelton said it was
chilling to have the alternative party of government oppose in
Parliament the church’s right to teach about marriage being between one
man and one woman.
“Labor’s action raises serious questions about where the same-sex political debate is taking our nation.
“Labor’s move coupled with Greens politicians Adam Bandt and Robert
Simms today calling people who support traditional marriage ‘bigots’, is
evidence of a growing intolerance emerging in Australian politics.”
The Senate motion was to support the Catholic church’s right to free
speech in the face of an anti-discrimination complaint lodged with
authorities in Tasmania.
The Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Commissioner is investigating the
complaint by a transgender Greens’ political candidate against the
Catholic church for distributing a booklet that explains its
millennia-old view on marriage.
In an extraordinary political maneuver, Labor today joined the Greens in
blocking the motion from even being discussed in the Senate.
25 November, 2015
UK: Must not celebrate the past
Two Oxford University colleges are at the centre of a race row over summer balls themed around the 1920s and New Orleans.
Students claim the balls may upset women and ethnic minority students
and have complained to the organising committees for the events.
Magdalen College’s £185-a-ticket ball, inspired by F Scott Fitzgerald’s
novel The Great Gatsby, promises to take revellers ‘back to 1926’. It
has been marketed using the quote: ‘Can’t repeat the past? Why of course
But Arushi Garg, a Magdalen law student, has criticised the ball, saying
it would force people to remember ‘a college devoid of women and people
She told the student newspaper Cherwell: ‘1926 at Magdalen was a time
when people of colour and women were entirely absent from college
spaces. I felt uncomfortable with the advertising.
‘Obviously my demographic (woman of colour from a former colony that
remains a developing country) makes me less likely than others to
uncritically long for a past that privileged some more than others.
Lincoln College’s New Orleans ball promises ‘amazing jazz ’, ‘spectacular Mardi Gras’ and ‘clandestine magic’.
But critics, including co-chairmen of the student union’s Campaign for
Racial Awareness and Equality, say it shows a ‘nostalgia for an era of
history steeped in racism’.
Magdalen’s ball committee said it had taken the comments ‘on board’ and
was discussing them with the college authorities. They added: ‘We
simply wanted the ball to be boldly designed, and thought that 1920s art
and design would enable us to do that.
‘We are of the opinion that to undertake changes now would be to
undermine the considerable amount of work our design, catering and
entertainment teams have already put in to what promises to be a very
A feminist who's madder than most
She even thinks she is pretty! Probably just an
attention-seeker. Picking on the peaceful and immensely civilized
Kiwis sure is strange
'I dare you to find someone prettier than me': US blogger Cassidy Boon
who linked the haka with domestic violence slams New Zealand for getting
upset by saying it has Gollum-looking chicks all over the place'
A 20-year-old American woman who has criticised New Zealanders for their
pronunciation and compared the traditional haka to domestic violence is
taking her third swing at the Kiwis.
Blogger Cassidy Boon, who has already caused an uproar in New Zealand
for her Youtube rants, is daring the kiwis to find a girl who they
believe it better looking than herself.
In her new video tirade, posted to her more than 2,000 subscribers,
Cassidy claims that finding New Zealander that is prettier than her will
be difficult because there are ‘horrible, gross, Gollum looking chicks
all over that damn place.’
‘If you’re a kiwi girl and you think you’re prettier than me, Cassidy
Boon, I think you should take a picture of yourself, upload it and tag
it with the hashtag #PrettierthanBoonNZ and post it all over Facebook,
Instagram, Twitter – you know, wherever, I don’t care.’
Outraged commenters have called her a ‘laughing stock’ and told her she needs help.
24 November, 2015
Germans shooting the messenger
By their logic, if I put up a notice board and somebody writes
something bad on it, I am the guilty party rather than the writer. Are
they too afraid to come down on people many Germans would agree with?
Prosecutors in Hamburg have opened another investigation into a top
German Facebook executive over complaints alleging that the site
facilitates incitement of hatred, Der Spiegel reported.
According to Der Spiegel, Hamburg's state prosecutors' office are
investigating Martin Ott, Facebook's managing director for Northern,
Central and Eastern Europe.
Prosecutors said last month that they were investigating three Facebook
Germany GmbH managers to decide whether to press charges.
A complaint had been filed by Bavarian lawyer Chan-jo Jun against the
managers, pointing in particular to examples of hate speech and racism
related to refugees, including posts that show Nazi symbols like
swastikas and Hitler salutes, according to Die Welt.
It was the first time that Facebook managers have been targeted over hate comments on the site.
Under the German criminal code, the crime of incitement of hatred is
punishable of up to five years in prison for encouraging violence or
hatred towards others for their religious, racial or ethnic background.
Written comments are punishable with up to three years in prison, including those who disseminate them or make them accessible.
Prosecutors must still determine whether there is enough evidence to press charges against the executives.
Name changes galore demanded all over
More trust in the power of names
Faced with growing pressure from students, colleges across the U.S. are
updating campus fixtures that have been deemed insensitive or outdated.
Inspired by racially charged protests at the University of Missouri,
students have demanded tweaks of that type among broader calls for
improved treatment of minority students.
Those behind the changes say they're long overdue. Critics say it's
another example of coddling by American universities. Here's a look at
some recent changes:
Amherst College in Massachusetts is poised to part ways with Lord Jeff, the school's unofficial mascot.
The mascot is based on 18th-century military general Jeffery Amherst.
Along with his conquests in the British army, Amherst is known for
suggesting a plan to deliver smallpox-infected blankets to Native
Americans, although historians debate whether the plan was carried out.
Students protesting the treatment of black students at Amherst issued a
list of demands last week, including the removal of Lord Jeff from all
college memorabilia and imagery. Protesters demanded that the college
president condemn the "inherent racist nature" of the unofficial mascot.
College spokeswoman Caroline Hanna said that there are "understandably mixed views about a change to the mascot."
During a recent informal vote, faculty members voted unanimously to
leave the mascot behind. A survey by the college found that 52 percent
of students want to change the mascot, while 25 percent want to keep it.
The rest were indifferent. The school's trustees will take up the issue
Other mascots and nicknames have fallen recently, too. The University of
North Dakota adopted the nickname the Fighting Hawks on Wednesday to
replace the Fighting Sioux, which the school had previously abandoned.
In Pennsylvania, Susquehanna University recently dropped its Crusader
Georgetown University is renaming two buildings that previously honored slaveholders.
In an email circulated on Saturday, university President John DeGioia
said that Mulledy Hall and McSherry Hall, named after former university
presidents with ties to slavery, will be called Freedom Hall and
Remembrance Hall, respectively, until the school settles on permanent
Students protested the names last week, staging a sit-in outside
DeGioia's office and declaring solidarity with protesters in Missouri.
In September, DeGioia asked a campus task force to make recommendations
about how the school should reconcile its historic ties to slavery.
During the protests last week, the task force met and voted to rename
the buildings, which house a residence hall and a campus meditation
Historic ties to slavery also sparked conflict at Harvard University's
law school. Some students want administrators to replace the school's
official seal, which is borrowed from the family seal of a slaveholder
who helped found the school. Students have yet to bring their demands to
Union College in Schenectady, New York, recently tweaked its motto to make room for women.
The original motto is a French phrase that was adopted when the college
enrolled only men. Its translation: "Under the laws of Minerva we all
become brothers." But because the college has been accepting women since
1970, the motto will now end with "brothers and sisters."
Two students proposed the recent change, following three failed attempts to update the motto since the 1970s.
"We respect the tradition of the words carefully chosen by our original
trustees, but it's important that those words now make explicitly clear
that Union is a place of inclusion and a shared intellectual mission for
all," President Stephen Ainlay said in a statement in early November.
Faculty supervisors over Princeton University dorms will no longer take
the title "master," instead being called "head of the college."
The New Jersey Ivy League announced on Wednesday that the change will
take place immediately. Dean of College Jill Dolan said in a statement
that master is an "anachronistic, historically vexed" title, while the
newly chosen replacement "better captures the spirit of their work."
Administrators announced the switch on Wednesday as students protested on campus, demanding better treatment of black students.
The protesters also urged the university to acknowledge what they say is
the racist legacy of former school president and U.S. President Woodrow
Wilson. They want the school to rename buildings and programs named for
Wilson, among other demands.
Princeton officials said they're in a continuing conversation with the protesters.
23 November, 2015
Big trouble if you joke about Hildabeest
Hillary Clinton may not be a stand-up comic, but she’s doing a killer Josef Stalin impression.
In a move that’s shocking even liberals, Clinton threatened a comedy
club for letting comics make jokes about her, even demanding the comics
be reported to her.
The legendary Los Angeles comedy club The Laugh Factory is speaking out
after the threat, in which the campaign the club could be shut down
unless they censored a video of comics joking about her. Even more
chilling, the Clinton campaign demanded the club turn over to Clinton a
list of the comics who made fun of her and where they lived.
Clinton’s dictatorial threat came after the Laugh Factory posted a video
to its website featuring comics telling jokes about her.
“A video of the short performance, which is less than three minutes, is
posted on the website of the renowned club, Laugh Factory, and the
Clinton campaign has tried to censor it. Besides demanding that the
video be taken down, the Clinton campaign has demanded the personal
contact information of the performers that appear in the recording,”
Judicial Watch reports.
“They threatened me,” club owner Jamie Masada told Judicial Watch. “I
have received complains before but never a call like this, threatening
to put me out of business if I don’t cut the video.”
The Laugh Factory is no small target. It is one of the country’s
most prominent comedy clubs. “Tim Allen, Jay Leno, Roseanne Bar,
Drew Carey, George Carlin, Jim Carrey, Martin Lawrence, Jerry Seinfeld
and George Lopez are among the big names that have headlined at the
Laugh Factory,” JW notes.
If Hillary will threaten them like a dictator, imagine what she’ll do to individual Americans.
No more "masters" at Princeton
"A rose by another name would smell as sweet"? Not to Leftist fanatics
Princeton University has announced that it will discontinue the title of
"master" for faculty members who help run Princeton's six residential
colleges. The six colleges are Butler, Forbes, Mathey, Rockefeller,
Whitman and Wilson.
"Master" has been a term used for these faculty members since the early
1980s. The former masters, who along with a dean, director of studies,
director of student life and others operate the residential colleges,
will now be called "head of college."
"I enthusiastically support the change adopted by our heads of college,"
Princeton President Christopher L. Eisgruber said. "The new title
better describes their roles, and it does away with antiquated
terminology that discomfited some students, faculty, and the heads of
"Though we are aware that the term 'master' has a
long history of use in universities (indeed since medieval times), it
seems to me by now to be anachronistic and unfortunate for the positions
we hold," said Sandra Bermann, head of Whitman College, Cotsen
Professor of the Humanities and professor of comparative literature. "We
are glad to take on the designation as 'head of the college' that
describes our role more aptly."
22 November, 2015
The FDA Wants to Tell Us What Words Mean
The FDA is proposing a new regulation to define, and potentially ban, the use of the word “natural” in food packaging.
Historically, there has been no official definition of the term, meaning
that food companies can include the word on anything they like. It’s a
marketing tool, rather than a genuine description of nutritional
This may seem problematic to people concerned about what they eat, but
the fact is that the word “natural” is inherently vague and ambiguous,
making it more well-suited to go alongside other marketing words like
“fun” or “tasty” than to attempt to convey specific nutritional
information. Regulation of these types of terms falls outside of the
purview of the FDA, and should be left for individual companies and
consumers to decide.
What does “natural” actually mean? It could be anything. From one point
of view, humans are creatures of nature, and therefore anything we make
is by extension natural. Just as honey made by bees is natural,
preservatives made by humans is too. From the other extreme, you could
argue that it’s unnatural to cook food, since that requires human
intervention, and this would rule out any cooked products from being
labeled as natural. Some may argue that this vagueness illustrates the
need for definition, but allowing a centralized authority to make that
decision comes with its own set of problems.
Any definition the FDA comes up with will be necessarily arbitrary.
Rather than informing consumers, what you will see is a government
agency effectively picking winners and losers in the food industry. The
FDA knows that consumers respond well to the “natural” label, so it
would be giving a de facto sanction to some foods while forbidding
others from using effective marketing.
Harvard Students Decry ‘Hate Crime’ After Tape Found On Black Profs’ Portraits
Another provocation, most likely from the Left
Students at Harvard University are denouncing an alleged hate crime at
the school after strips of black tape were found over portraits of
Harvard Law School (HLS)’s black professors Thursday morning. But there
are several aspects of the supposed “hate crime” that suggest it could
be a big hoax.
HLS’s Wasserstein Hall includes a small portrait of every single tenured
faculty member at the school, but Thursday morning small black strips
of tape were found covering the faces of every black professor’s
portrait. The vandalism was discovered sometime before 8:30 a.m., when
the first notices of the vandalism began appearing on Facebook and
The strips of tape are already being actively denounced as a savage hate crime by Harvard students.
HLS dean Martha Minow immediately called a meeting of the school’s
students and staff to discuss the incident, and announced it is under
While activists on Facebook and Twitter are quickly denouncing the tape
as a sign of the hate that lurks beneath the surface at Harvard, the
possibility must be considered that the hate crime is a hoax or false
flag. Bogus hate crimes have occurred with some frequency on college
One particularly noteworthy red flag is that the black tape used to
deface the portraits appears to be identical to tape that was recently
used by activists affiliated with the Royall Must Fall group protesting
against HLS’s current seal (which is taken from the coat of arms of the
slaveholding family that endowed HLS’s first professorship).
20 November, 2015
More hate-speech hokum
Most episodes like this have in the past ended up being traced to
Leftist attention-seekers so that has to be the default conclusion on
Valdosta State University’s interim president has issued a
statement condemning what he referred to as "hate speech" graffiti.
The graffiti was reportedly found Tuesday on a campus bathroom stall and
the university has announced an investigation of the incident and the
creation of a diversity task force.
A photo of the graffiti scrawled in red marker ink circulated on social
media. Posters claimed the message, that included a swastika, was found
in the school’s Nevins Hall.
The hastags “#mizzoustudentsarecrybabies” and “#whitelivesmatter” were
written on the bathroom stall in what is being viewed as apparent
opposition to recent protests at the University of Missouri that
resulted in the resignation of the school’s president.
“This morning an act of intolerance occurred on our campus. The nature
of this incident is an inappropriate example of speech that does not
reflect the code to which we hold ourselves – The Blazer Creed,” said
Cecil P. Staton, VSU interim president, in a released statement.
The university is conducting two separate investigations as the result
of the incident. The school will not be issuing any further statements
about the incident until those investigations are completed, Staton said
Duke U hastening slowly on "hate speech"
Brodhead is being a lot more cautious now than he was in the Lacrosse team episode. That cost Duke millions. Brodhead was really a d*ckhead in that episode
After recent events involving hate speech both on campus and nationally,
administrators and students are debating how to balance freedom of
speech with an inclusive, safe campus climate.
Although a hate crime is punishable by law because it perpetrates
violence or harm, hate speech is more difficult to eliminate because it
is often protected by the First Amendment. Long-standing traditions of
free speech on campus have also established a precedent of protecting
extreme and even hateful speech. After the defacement of the Black Lives
Matter poster with a racial slur along with other racially charged
incidents, students have protested and called for administrative action
to create policies against hate speech on campus. According to Duke
Student Affairs' website, University student conduct policy currently
does not specifically mention racial harassment or hate speech.
"We [will] be revisiting and reconsidering the question of whether our
disciplinary rules should have specific mention of bias and hate and
specific weighting of penalties for those things," President Richard
Brodhead said during an interview Friday.
Brodhead added, however, that introducing policies against bias and hate
speech runs the risk of inhibiting free expression on campus. As a
result, designing such policies can be complicated, and few universities
have managed to do so successfully.
"If the great majority of universities in America don’t have that kind
of regulation, it isn’t because they don’t care about these things," he
explained. "It’s because there are complications in administering that
have to be worked through."
19 November, 2015
Strange American feminist says New Zealanders are 'hateful' and mocks their accent
She seems surprised that they don't like her
Cassidy Boon has criticised New Zealanders for their grammar and
pronunciation only days after comparing the All Blacks' traditional haka
to 'domestic violence and rape'.
The American blogger received a backlash on social media for her
thoughts on the All Blacks' haka, but she responded by pointing out the
spelling errors in their copy and describing them as
‘Just wanna say how hateful you guys are – I had no idea. I thought
hobbits were supposed to be nice and gentle,' she said in a YouTube
‘Anyway it’s no surprise to see how sexist you guys are towards strong,
independent feminists with an opinion. Seriously if you guys are going
to attempt to insult me you should at least attempt to do it properly.
‘I mean the differences between your and you’re, and they and they’re.
Spelling errors, grammar and all that s***. By the way, it’s definitely
“fish and chips” not “fush and chops”. Bye, bye.’
BBC radio presenter is sacked after calling Christian campaigner 'bigoted' for saying homosexuality is a sin
Good to see a Leftist bigot get the shaft
A BBC radio presenter has been sacked after calling a Christian campaigner 'bigoted' for saying homosexuality is a sin.
Iain Lee labelled Bible verses ‘homophobic’ during a heated debate with
Libby Powell from campaign group Christian Concern on BBC Three Counties
Radio - and described her as a ‘bigot’.
They were discussing the case of Christian minister Barry Trayhorn who
was disciplined by prison authorities for quoting verses from the Bible
during a service that were deemed to be homophobic.
But Mr Lee, 42, has since apologised for causing offence, and the BBC
said the language and tone of his interview were ‘at several points
inappropriate’. It has now been confirmed he has left his job.
And a BBC spokesman told MailOnline: 'Iain Lee will no longer be
presenting his shows on the station but we want to take this opportunity
to thank him and wish him well for the future.'
It comes after the corporation said in a complaint ruling last week:
‘Iain Lee described comments by Rev Trayhorn as “obnoxious” and
“poisonous” and called Ms Powell “bigoted”.
18 November, 2015
Must not criticize official response to Muslim crimes
Former Big Brother winner Josie Gibson has been accused of racism after
endorsing a controversial speech made by the former EDL leader.
The reality star posted a video of Tommy Robinson's address to the
Oxford Union in which he claimed authorities were 'afraid' of standing
up to extremism out of fears of being accused of racism.
Ms Gibson posted the video just one day after the Paris attacks, in
which 132 people were killed and dozens more were injured. Posting the
footage, she wrote: 'Before you're quick to shout "racist" watch this
She then went on to say that the video was 'highlighting extremism' and 'coming up with a potential solution'.
When several people criticised her for giving credence to his views, she
insisted the speech was 'not about targetting Muslims', adding: 'I live
next door to a mosque, and have many Muslim friends it's about Islam
The hour-long video shows the former far-right boss's controversial appearance at the union in 2014.
During the speech, Mr Robinson told students about the roots of the EDL
and claimed it was a response to the 'religious intolerance' of some
Muslims in his home town of Luton, Bedfordshire.
He also accused the authorities of a 'two-tier system' in which Muslims
with extreme views were allowed to 'get away' with crimes for which a
white British man would be reprimanded.
Missouri U. Police: Call us about ‘harmful’ or ‘hurtful speech’
Prof. Thom Lambert (Truth on the Market) passes along the following Missouri-University-wide e-mail:
From: MU POLICE
Date: November 10, 2015 at 9:52:16 AM CST
To: MU POLICE
Subject: Reporting Hateful and/or Hurtful Speech
To continue to ensure that the University of Missouri campus remains
safe, the MU Police Department (MUPD) is asking individuals who witness
incidents of hateful and/or hurtful speech or actions to:
Call the police immediately at 573-882-7201. (If you are in an
emergency situation, dial 911.)
Give the communications operator a summary of the incident, including location.
Provide a detailed description of the individual(s) involved.
Provide a license plate and vehicle descriptions (if appropriate).
If possible and if it can be done safely, take a photo of the
individual(s) with your cell phone.
including posting information to social media, can often reduce the
chances of identifying the responsible parties. While cases of hateful
and hurtful speech are not crimes, if the individual(s) identified are
students, MU’s Office of Student Conduct can take disciplinary action.
Wow. Note the pattern, so familiar now — things start with extremely
offensive speech that might actually be punishable (e.g., racial
epithets addressed in person to a Missouri student, which apparently is
part of what triggered the protests). Add other speech that seems
similar but is potentially much broader, and vaguely defined, such as
“hateful” speech. Then add other speech that’s even broader, such as
“hurtful” speech. Now you’ve covered a vast range of speech on
And of course note the veneer of generality with which this is covered, a
veneer that strikes me as especially out of place in universities,
which are supposed to be devoted to truth as well as to debate. Is the
police department really going to take seriously all your complaints of
“hurtful” speech? If you think that people’s sharp criticisms of
Republicans or conservatives or “privileged” white males are “hurtful”
to you, and you call the police immediately about this, what do you
think the police — or “MU’s Office of Student Conduct” — is likely to
Now I agree that the police can reasonably ask people to call about
things that are less than proof beyond a reasonable doubt of a crime. If
the government wants you to let it know about suspicious behavior that
is evidence of, say, a possible planned bombing or shooting (or even
theft), it can well cast the net wide, so the police get lots of
information and then figure out if a crime (including the conspiracy to
commit a crime) has indeed happened. And if the university wants
information about speech simply in order to know what’s up and to
express its own views about such speech, there is room for that, too
(though at some point such reactions by the university might themselves
start to unduly deter public debate).
But here there’s not even any claim that they’re just trying to find
evidence of crimes, or trying to answer speech with more speech. Here a
university is urging students to call the police whenever they hear
“hurtful speech,” precisely so the university “can take disciplinary
action” against the speakers. This is the new face of the modern
17 November, 2015
Yale Students Protest, Disrupt, Pro-Free Speech Event
No respect for free speech where Leftists dominate
Students at Yale on Saturday protested—and in one case disrupted—an
event held by the William F. Buckley, Jr. Program that was designed to
highlight the importance of freedom of speech.
According to a report in the Yale Daily News “several attendees were spat on” by the protestors.
The targets of the protest and disruption were participating in the
Buckley Program’s “Fifth Annual Conference on the Future of Free Speech:
Threats in Higher Education and Beyond.”
The conference is held in keeping with the program’s mission “to expand
political discourse on campus and to expose students to often-unvoiced
One of the attendees—James Panero, executive editor of The New
Criterion--tweeted out two videoclips of the proceedings. One shows
students in a hallway chanting in unison “genocide is not a joke” as
conference attendees file quietly by so they can leave the lecture hall.
The other shows a student shouting at one of the speakers at the
conference and physically resisting the efforts of a security officer to
remove him from the room.
The Yale Daily News, citing Buckley Fellows (Yale students who
participate in the program), reported that protestors spat on conference
attendees as they departed.
Nutty female says word 'too' is SEXIST
A young female student has written a powerful essay explaining why the
word 'too' is often used as a way to belittle women - and should
therefore be seen as a sexist term.
Cameron Schaeffer, a Philadelphia native and a freshman at The
University of Vermont was consulting a friend about a new haircut when
she had her 'epiphany'.
'There is no proper way for a woman to cut her hair, let alone do
anything right in this world,' she wrote in an essay for Huffington
'There seems to be an unobtainable one-millimeter-wide mark of
perfection, and none of us can reach it. Everything is too this or too
She added that she suddenly recognized how the word is seen all over
tabloids in reference to women, in all kinds of extremes. It's also, she
says, uttered frequently in reference to men.
'I hear women and men alike each day describing women as too something.
But what does it really mean when you call a woman too? I asked myself,
"too what?"' she said.
'I have determined that too means you're calling a woman too far away
from your idyllic vision of what a woman should be,' she added.
'Something as small as calling a woman's dress too long or her muscles
too built has a much larger social construct.'
16 November, 2015
UK: Free speech for all – even neo-Nazis
In a move that insults the intelligence of the British public, the UK
Home Office recently decided to prevent US neo-Nazi Matthew Heimbach
from entering the UK. Heimbach, a barely known anti-Semite and president
of a white nationalist organisation called the Traditionalist Youth
Network, was banned on the basis that his presence would not be
‘conducive to the public good’.
While at university in Maryland, Heimbach founded the White Student
Union, a group which hosted events with white supremacists and carried
out night patrols to target ‘black predators’. On Twitter, Heimbach
frequently quotes Goebbels, says ‘international Jewish propaganda’ is
promoting a ‘lifestyle’ of homosexuality, and bemoans the fact that the
White House isn’t run like the Third Reich.
Heimbach may well be a moronic racist, but UK home secretary Theresa May
clearly has too much time on her hands if she bothers worrying about
people like him. Banning white supremacists from entering the country
certainly won’t eradicate white-supremacist views. Aside from being a
token gesture to please the PC crowd, this kind of policing is futile,
only provoking the kind of people it tries to censor and encouraging
But the Home Office’s stance isn’t just illogical; it’s patronising. It
treats citizens like weak and unintelligent children who need protection
from ‘offence’, and are incapable of passing judgement on ideas for
themselves. What does May expect to happen if Heimbach arrives in the
UK? Will a few words from Heimbach about Lebensraum being a great idea
suddenly prompt thousands to start goose-stepping through the streets of
Chipping Norton? May is clearly grossly out of touch if she thinks that
the overwhelming reaction to Heimbach would be anything other than
The issue at stake here is free speech. In the same year prime minister
David Cameron publicly declared ‘Je suis Charlie’, his government is now
banning one very sad man from entering the country because he holds
controversial views. Discriminating against those, like Heimbach, with
certain ‘offensive’ or unpopular ideas, while apparently championing
freedom of speech, reeks of hypocrisy.
The government seems to have forgotten that free speech is a universal
principle. Its universalism demands that we defend the right of those
with unpopular beliefs to speak their minds, and not just those we agree
with. Otherwise, we are not defending free speech, but privileged
speech. So, we must dismiss the thought police, tolerate other
viewpoints, allow our own viewpoints to be challenged and allow
ourselves to be offended – even by the likes of Heimbach. Only then can
we clarify our own values and begin forging a truly open, progressive
society founded on the free exchange of ideas.
Must not mention it if elderly people slow others down
Another bit of reality that may not be mentioned
An elderly woman was reduced to tears when she was blamed for delaying a flight.
Alicia Staveley was travelling back from Wellington after treatment for
ovarian cancer when she was blamed for delaying an Air New Zealand
flight because a passenger lift she required, had not turned up as
Ms Staveley waited 15 to 20 minutes while the lift was brought which inadvertently delayed the plane's departure.
Once she was boarded the already fragile Ms Staveley was shocked and
hurt to hear the plane’s captain announcing: ‘Sorry for the delay folks.
We were waiting for the forklift so the disabled person can get on the
Ms Staveley’s daughter Kylie Rush who was travelling with her was
‘angry’ that the captain had made her mother feel so ‘awful.’ Ms Rush
told Stuff that Ms Staveley had cried and that it had been a ‘big thing
for her because she wants to be independent.’
Airline Pilots' Association president Mark Rammell told Stuff: ‘I don't think it's a mistake – it's factual.’
Mr Rammel said ‘It was the first complaint of its type he knew of in his
seven years as president, and he did not see a need for a change in how
announcements were made.’
Air New Zealand had been apologetic to Ms Staveley and Ms Rush and told Stuff it had ‘let its customers down.’
The old lady was weeping over her own decline, nothing more.
14 November, 2015
Big boots disrespected
"Slag" is British slang for a promiscuous or disreputable woman. "Wellies" are gum-boots
A coffee shop in East London has provoked outrage after banning Ugg boots and referring to them as "slag wellies".
Brick Lane Coffee in Shoreditch, East London, slated the popular
Australian brand on a chalkboard outside its shop earlier this week,
with the message: 'Sorry no Uggs (slag wellies)'.
The chalk board, which stated that people in Ugg boots were banned from
the coffee shop, caught the eye of pedestrians who accused the café of
Passers-by who spotted the sign took to social media to vent their
outrage. Lily Potkin took the coffee shop to task over their sign on
Twitter, asking why they felt the need to refer to women as slags
Meanwhile, another Twitter user Morwenna Jones announced that she would be boycotting the shop.
'Genuinely one of my favourite coffee shops. Until this,' she posted.
'Refuse to explain AGAIN why it's not OK to call women slags.'
The independent retailer was unapologetic about the latest row. In
a statement, a spokeswoman said: 'Our sign does not mention women; Uggs
are unisex. 'Making a "sexist" issue out of it is over the top
when there are much more important things to be outraged about.
'This criticism is a lot less than the support we get. Our shop is full
of happy customers. 'All this kind of faux outrage does is give us
German grandmother, 87, is sentenced to ten months in jail for
denying the Holocaust and saying Auschwitz was 'just a labour camp'
Punishing holocaust denial just creates the impression that something is being covered up
A German grandmother aged 87 has been sentenced to ten months in jail
for denying the Holocaust and saying Auschwitz was 'just a labour
Ursula Haverbeck, who is a friend of Gudrun Burwitz - elderly daughter
of Nazi S.S. chief Heinrich Himmler - was sentenced in a court in
Hamburg for sedition over an interview she gave to a TV station denying
that Jews were murdered in extermination camps.
In the interview with the ARD network she claimed the death camp of
Auschwitz in Nazi occupied Poland, where at least 1.1 million people
were murdered, was 'nothing more than a labour camp.'
Haverbeck has been sentenced several times in the past for her trenchant views supporting the Nazis.
During her defence she said that the Holocaust of six million Jews 'was the greatest and longest lived lie in history.'
Judge Björn Jönsson struggled to maintain his temper with the elderly
Nazi after she said she shouldn't be punished for the crime again as she
had already been fined twice and given a suspended sentence for
previous Holocaust denials.
He said: 'I do not have to prove the Holocaust to you, same as I do not have to prove that the earth is round.
'It is futile to discuss facts with people like you. A thief who steals
the same thing again and again is punished again and again.'
The prosecutor in the case stormed: 'It is regrettable that a woman who
is still so vivid in her old age wastes her energy trying to spread such
a hair-raising bullshit.'
13 November, 2015
Must not criticize Israel's critics
Muslims get in a huff if you do
Security fears today forced Boris Johnson to cancel a planned visit to Palestine after a joke about Israeli boycotts backfired.
Mr Johnson has spent three days in Israel, where he claims to be drumming up business interest in London.
But he landed himself in hot water after criticising the Israeli
boycott. While his opposition is in line with British Government policy,
his choice of words and approach is said to have prompted the backlash.
Speaking in Tel Aviv, Mr Johnson said a 'completely crazy' trade boycott
against Israel lacks support and used a lecture to hit out at some
'corduroy, jacketed, snaggletoothed, lefty academics in the UK' who are
pursuing the cause.
Today, shortly after he entered the Palestinian city of Ramallah, news
emerged that his appearances at three scheduled events had been binned.
The office of Palestinian Authority prime minister Rami Hamdallah warned
security would be 'perhaps at risk' if he went ahead with the visits in
the West Bank. It was indicated protests were feared should he turn up.
Two of the groups due to host events insisted they refused to welcome Mr Johnson.
Australia: Apple apologises after allegations of racism by blacks
If I had a gang of 6 Africans in my shop, I'd be nervous too -- not
because of racism but becoause of the high crime rate among blacks
Apple has apologised to six schoolboys asked to leave one of their shops
in Australia, in what the students described as a racist incident.
Footage of the incident at Melbourne's Highpoint shopping centre emerged
on Tuesday sparking a social media outcry. A staff member can be heard
saying security are concerned that the boys will shoplift.
Apple said the store manager apologised to the boys, who are all black, and their school principal.
The video of the incident has been viewed more than 39,000 times on
Facebook. In it, a staff member can be heard saying: "These guys
are … just a bit worried you might steal something".
When the boys protest, the staff member tells them: "End of discussion - I need to ask you to leave our store."
All of the students in the video are in Year 10 and attend Maribyrnong College in Melbourne.
12 November, 2015
British social worker uses n-word, loses job
A social worker who asked for her coffee to be made 'n***** brown'
escaped with a caution after a panel accepted she was only referring to
the strength of her hot drink.
Nichola Taylor was working for Stoke Council when she made the racist remark in a communal kitchen.
A colleague was so concerned she made a note of it and raised the matter
with bosses who launched an investigation, prompting Taylor's dismissal
Taylor had worked for Stoke Council since September 2007 and was
appointed to the position of operational lead within the authority's
Learning Disabilities Team in May 2011.
She was in a communal kitchen when the colleague asked how she liked her
coffee on December 11, 2013, the Health and Care Professions Council
'Ms Taylor told her colleague that she would like her coffee 'n*****-brown',' said Tom Orpin-Massey for the HCPC.
'The HCPC say this statement was racist and that it constitutes
misconduct and as a result of that misconduct her fitness to practise is
Taylor denied the comment it was racist - citing Guy Gibson's dog in 1955 movie classic The Dam Busters as an example.
The social worker also highlighted the use of the word in certain music
genres and pointed to its historic use in the textile industry which she
was previously employed in.
Taylor was sacked by the council for gross misconduct after an
investigation last June and was handed a caution order following a
hearing at the HCPC.
'The panel has accepted that this racist phrase was used in relation to
the strength of a cup of coffee,' said HCPC panel chair Claire Bonnet.
'It was not used as a descriptor of an individual nor directed at an individual.
Taylor, who was present and represented at the hearing, will have her
HCPC registration marked with a caution order for a period of one
‘You can’t sit with us’ T-shirts promote bullying, says psychologist
You can't choose your friends?
A CLOTHING chain is under fire for marketing a teen girl T-shirt that
encourages children to exclude their peers. Opponents say Jay Jays’ new
range of new T-shirts that read “You can’t sit with us” is promoting
bullying. Child psychologist Michael Carr-Gregg has called for a
nationwide boycott of the stores until Jay Jays pulls the “disgraceful”
clothing from its shelves.
He was contacted by outraged parents who had become concerned after
noticing the T-shirt in a Jay Jays store. “I talked to a mother of one
12-year-old who said if you had any idea what life is like in the
playground for my 12-year-old old you would know this is obscene,” Dr
The quote “You can’t sit with us” was made popular by the 2004 hit
comedy Mean Girls, which was a film about a clique of nasty high school
The chain was forced to pull the range and apologise after a barrage of customer complaints.
11 November, 2015
Charlie Hebdo attacked by Russians after French magazine publishes 'blasphemous' cartoons mocking the Egypt air disaster
Charlie Hebdo sure are gluttons for punishment. Do they want
Russian operatives to get the staff that the Muslims missed? Russians
are not the meek and mild people of the West. A bit of Polonium or
ricin in the coffee at Charlie Hebdo would seem a distinct possibility
Russians hit out at Charlie Hebdo after it published cartoons mocking
the Egypt air disaster. The French magazine featured two cartoons
relating to the Metrojet plane, going from Sharm El Sheikh to St
Petersburg, which crashed in Sinai on October 31, killing all 224 people
The first drawing showed a passenger's skull, with the caption: 'The dangers of Russian low cost flights'.
The second showed the plane's debris falling on an Islamist militant,
with the legend: 'The Russian air force is intensifying its air
It emerged last night that investigators are now 90 per cent sure the aircraft was downed by a bomb.
VK, one of Russia's largest social media networks, said on Sunday the
magazine's cartoons had been the most discussed topic by its more than
100 million active users over the weekend.
But Russians also took to Twitter to express their anger and disgust too.
Anna Isayeva said: 'Insane cynicism and a mockery of the memory of the victims of this terrible tragedy.'
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said he thought the cartoons were 'pure
blasphemy' and had nothing to do with democracy or freedom of
Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for Russia's foreign ministry, posted on Facebook: 'Is anyone still Charlie?'
It was a reference to the catchphrase 'Je Suis Charlie', used to express
sympathy with the French magazine after Islamist gunmen killed 11
people at its Paris headquarters in January.
Ramzan Kadyrov, the Kremlin-backed leader of Chechnya, also weighed in,
saying he thought the cartoonists responsible for the two images were
Who’s really being silenced in the gender debate?
A Feminist tries to squash debate of men's issues in the British parliament.
have no perspective. They cannot see that men have hardships
too. They think their own hardships are unique. They are
narcissists. There are some women who think that being a
stay-at-home wife and mother is a great racket and that men have the
harder time. A hormonally deranged feminist would be totally unable to
The truth is that "men" and "women" are
mostly inadequate generalizations when it comes to privilege or lack of
it. It all depends on individual likes and dislikes. As the
old saying goes: "One Man's Meat is Another Man's Poison".
Feminists are basically misfits lashing out mindlessly -- seeing in
others faults that are really their own
The past week has seen a perfect case study in the casuistry that underpins much of the public discourse around gender politics.
On Tuesday last week, Tory MP Philip Davies went before the Backbench
Business Committee, which is tasked with considering proposals for
debates in parliament, to call for a debate on International Men’s Day
to match the International Women’s Day debate that has been held in
parliament for the past decade.
Davies said he hoped it would be an opportunity to discuss a raft of
inequalities that disproportionately affect men and boys, from
educational underachievement and fathers’ post-separation contact with
their children to men’s healthcare and the crisis of male suicide (now
the UK’s biggest killer of men aged under 45).
As Davies was making his pitch, committee member and Labour MP Jess
Phillips was caught on camera rocking backwards and forwards on her
chair with derision while clamping her hand over her mouth to suppress
snorts of laughter. She listened to Davies outline issues, such as male
suicide and male-specific cancers, and then said: ‘You’ll have to excuse
me for laughing, but the idea that men don’t have an opportunity to ask
questions in this place is a frankly laughable thing… as the only woman
on this committee it seems like every day to me is International Men’s
Day.’ She added: ‘When I’ve got parity, when women in these buildings
have parity, you can have your debate. And that will take an awfully
Phillips’ comments prompted a handful of intelligent articles
criticising her response; but the footage also prompted vile threats and
abuse on social media. In no time at all, editors, who’d collectively
shrugged their shoulders at a female MP sniggering at male suicide, were
falling over themselves to run stories framing Phillips as the latest
victim of online misogyny; while ranks of fellow MPs who’d also
responded with a collective ‘meh’ to the contempt she’d shown her male
constituents, suddenly sprang into action behind the hashtag
By Sunday, Phillips was presented across the media as the latest
embattled female politician bravely fighting to be heard against a
culture overwhelmingly hostile to outspoken women. Most of these reports
barely even mentioned the sneering veto she’d imposed on men’s voices,
which had caused the uproar in the first place.
At the centre of this dismal mini-saga is a single, poisonous casuistry:
that because there are more men in positions of power, men’s needs are
given unfair prominence and women’s voices are silenced. Therefore, so
the argument goes, only women should be allowed a special platform to
voice their concerns. But, although there are indeed more male MPs than
female MPs, when it comes to talking about gender, neither side shows
much interest in addressing issues that affect men. In fact, Davies
aside, when was the last time you heard any MP, male or female, call for
urgent action on, say, the crisis in boys’ education, or in support of
fathers’ post-separation relationship with their children? As Davies
succinctly put it: ‘There’s a very big difference between men raising
issues and the raising of men’s issues.’
By contrast, from prime minister David Cameron’s pre-election audience
with Mumsnet to Harriet Harman’s Pink Bus to Ed Miliband and Nick
Clegg’s feminist t-shirts to Samantha Cameron’s girls’ summit with
Michelle Obama, both male and female politicians consistently engage in
high-profile discussion of issues that affect women.
But this isn’t just about the dead hand of political correctness
stifling discussion. Rather, a bias in favour of women’s issues is now
built into the mechanisms that address gender across government
departments and embedded in the quangos and third-sector organisations
that are instrumental to delivering policy.
10 November, 2015
Locksmith must pay out £7,500 for worker's 'discriminatory gestures'
at homosexual customer following ten-month dispute over refund
A locksmith's firm has been told to pay a gay man compensation after a
court decided he had been a victim of a staff member’s ‘discriminatory’
The customer, who has been named only as Tim, had gone to the business
several times over a period of ten months to resolve a dispute over a
Southend County Court heard that locksmith Peter Edwards – whose mother
Angela owns the firm – blew a ‘sarcastic kiss’ at the disgruntled
customer when he walked out.
This was apparently followed up with more than 20 ‘homophobic’ gestures
over the next few months, ranging from winking to ‘vile and vulgar
Tim decided to take the firm to civil court, where he was awarded £7,500
in compensation from Taylor Edwards Ltd of Southend, Essex, under the
Equality Act 2010 – which prevents anyone supplying goods or services
from discriminating against customers on grounds including race,
religion, disability and sexual orientation.
Although several of the alleged incidents took place while Mr Edwards
was taking a cigarette break outside the locksmith’s shop, he was still
considered to have been acting in the course of his employment.
A judge ruled that Tim’s distress had ‘not been minor’ and awarded him
compensation at a hearing last month. The case is believed to be the
first time a business has been ordered to pay damages for discrimination
that was entirely non-verbal.
However last night the firm’s owner claimed none of the gestures had
actually taken place, and insisted she lost the case because she missed a
deadline to present her side of the story.
Angela Edwards, whose 30-year-old son was accused of making the
gestures, said the claims were a ‘fabrication’ which followed her
refusal to issue Tim a £40 refund for four patio locks when they were
brought back three months after purchase, despite there being nothing
wrong with them.
She claimed that her business, which has been open since 2002, will now
struggle to survive – as her total bill including both sides’ legal
costs and the compensation would come to more than £40,000.
The company could not afford to appeal against the decision, she said,
adding: ‘We’ve been victimised and held to ransom. We don’t deserve
this. I believe it’s a miscarriage of justice.’ Her son Peter went on to
say: ‘The events he [Tim] described never occurred.’
Must not imply that fat people are fat
Schoolgirl, 12, who suffered years of bullying over her size is left in
tears after being given the part of Augustus Gloop in school production
of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
A 12-year-old girl who suffered years of bullying over her size was left
in floods of tears after her school gave her the part of Augustus Gloop
in the Christmas play.
Lexi Shaw, from Chaddesden, Derbyshire, was devastated when she got the
script through the post with her initials next to the name of the fat
young boy from Charlie And The Chocolate Factory.
Looking down the script, she feared she would be further humiliated
after years of abuse, invited to read lines such as 'Chocolate,
chocolate, chocolate, I love the chocolate, I must eat all the time,
Her parents were 'fuming' with Lees Brook Community School after
numerous meetings with teachers about bullying problems since she put on
weight a few years ago due to health issues.
In the children’s classic, written by Roald Dahl, Augustus Gloop is fat
boy hooked on chocolate who wins the chance to visit Willy Wonka’s
He is eventually forced to leave after falling into a chocolate river -
which Wonka told him not to drink from - and being sucked up through the
The schoolgirl is extremely conscious of her weight and feared that
being forced to perform as the fat and greedy character would lead
totally humiliate her in front of her peers.
9 November, 2015
Must not mention homosexuality and pedophilia in the same breath
Boxer Tyson Fury was accused of being 'offensive and deranged' last
night after he made vile comments equating homosexuality and abortion
In an exclusive interview with The Mail on Sunday, Fury unleashed a
quasi-religious diatribe which is likely to outrage even the most loyal
fans of the leading British heavyweight.
'There are only three things that need to be accomplished before the devil comes home,' he said.
'One of them is homosexuality being legal in countries, one of them is
abortion and the other is paedophilia. Who would have thought in the 50s
and 60s that those first two would be legalised?
'When I say paedophiles could be made legal, it sounds crazy. But if I
had said to you about the first two being made legal in the 50s, I would
have been looked upon as a crazy man.
'People can say, 'You are against abortions, you are against
paedophilia, you are against homosexuality', but my faith and my culture
is based on the Bible.'
Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell condemned Fury, saying: 'Tyson is a
brilliant boxer but a very bigoted and confused Christian. To equate
same-sex love with abortion and paedophilia is deranged and offensive.'
He did NOT equate anything with anything. He mentioned three separate
issues that he disagreed with on Christian grounds. And his prediction
that pedophila would one day be legalized now that homosexuality and
abortion have been legalized may well come true. As he points out,
the legalization of all three was once unthinkable. He may be a
boxer but it was a perfectly intelligent comment -- IF you note what he
Jokey song about boomerangs banned by Australian public broadcaster
"A 936 ABC Hobart listener complained that an offensive song was played on the Weekends program.
Complaint Finding Status: Upheld against 7.1 ABC Editorial Policies (11 April 2011)
Audience and Consumer Affairs response:
The broadcast of the song ‘My Boomerang Won’t Come Back’ was not in
keeping with the ABC’s editorial standards for harm and offence; there
was no editorial justification for playing it. The song was not on
a regular ABC playlist but was aired because it was requested by a
listener. This error was due to staff not being familiar with the
track’s lyrics. The ABC apologised to the complainant, removed the
track completely from the system and took steps to ensure that this
would not happen again."
The song was actually written by an Englishman and there is virtually
nothing authentically Aboriginal in it. It is just a bit of
imagination. Listen to the song below:
The full words are here:
"My boomerang won't come back
My boomerang won't come back
I've waved the thing all over the place
Practiced till I was black in the face
I'm a big disgrace to the aborigine race
My boomerang won't come back"
8 November, 2015
Property developer says billboard showing a 'deeply offensive' image was just 'a bit of a laugh'
A storm of controversy has blown after a company placed a billboard on a
busy highway that shows the shadows of a man and a woman merged in a
New Zealand property developers Gillman Wheelans erected the advertisement on a highway in West Melton in Christchurch.
With the accompanying caption 'getting the job done, ' the billboard
shows a female construction worker kneeling in front of a male
co-worker. When combined, their shadow casts a suggestive image.
But some found the advertisement hard to swallow, with one woman lodging
an official complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority.
Gillman Wheelans director Hamish Wheelans told Daily Mail Australia they
made no apologies for using humour in their advertisements.
'I think you choose to be offended or not. I think the complaint probably took it a bit far - it was about humour.'
The complaint, lodged by Christchurch artist C. Logan, claimed the
billboard was 'deeply offensive' and undermined the role of women in the
'It implies that women are sexual objects to be used for men's sexual gratification,' the complaint read.
'As a woman who has worked in construction in the past, the already
entrenched sexism faced daily is only worsened by the proliferation of
this kind of advertising message in public spaces.'
Wheelans said he believed it was 'ironic' that an artist had complained as they are 'supposed to look at things with open eyes.'
The complaint was not upheld by the Advertising Standards Authority, who
voted in a majority decision that the ad did not meet the criteria for
causing serious or widespread offence.
Outrage after man posts ad looking for flatmates but says 'no Indians
or Asians' because he does not want to live with curry smells
My wife and I once had an Indian friend living with us who used to
cook his own meals. He had difficulty hanging on to his dinners as
they smelt so good that were always demanding a taste of them.
But "De gustibus non disputandum est", as the Romans used to say. Tastes differ and people are entitled to their preferences
A man who posted a 'flatmates wanted' advertisement online saying 'no
Indians or Asians' is unapologetic despite causing outrage - although he
has removed the ad.
The Christchurch, New Zealand man identified only as Alistair created an
ad on the online trading website Trademe.co.nz that that said he did
not want to live with anyone who cooked curry or could not speak
Speaking to the New Zealand Herald, he denied being racist but admitted to having a problem with some Indian people.
His ad, published on the TradeMe website about a week ago and now
removed, attracted 'hundreds' of views and widespread criticism, the
It was condemned by New Zealand Central Indian Association president
Harshadbhai Patel, who called the ad 'shocking' and potentially harmful
to race relations.
6 November, 2015
Wrong to call killer illegals 'Banditos'?
Seems an apt word to me
In emotional testimony before a House joint panel this week, a Virginia
man recalled the death of his teenage daughter in 2007 – a death caused
by an illegal immigrant who was driving drunk and who had been arrested
twice before the crime, but was not deported.
“Two years ago this week, my 16-year-old daughter, Tessa, and her best
friend Allison were killed as they were sitting at in intersection
waiting for a red light to change,” Ray Tranchant said, as friends
placed a photograph of Tessa Tranchant on an easel behind him.
Since his daughter’s death, Tranchant, a professor from VIrginia Beach,
has become an advocate for the enforcement of immigration law.
On Thursday, as Tranchant applauded local law enforcement in Virginia
for its increased efforts to work with federal immigration authorities
since his daughter’s death, he referred to individuals listed on the
Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s database of illegal aliens with
criminal backgrounds as “banditos.”
That comment drew a rebuff from Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.).
“Mr. Tranchant, can I share with you as the father of two daughters, I
thank you for bringing your testimony here, but I suggest to you that if
we refer to people as banditos, as you referred to them in your
testimony, it does not help to solve the problem,” Gutierrez said.
Native American offended by "Redskins" wore blackface
Do as I say, not as I do?
A Native American leader at the forefront of efforts to ban the “racist”
Washington Redskins team name dressed up in blackface for Halloween,
according to a report.
Terry Rambler, chairman of the San Carlos Apache Tribe in Arizona,
posted a Facebook picture of himself as reggae legend Bob Marley,
according to the Independent Journal.
“I had fun tonight at the Bylas Halloween Carnival,” he wrote of a
picture of himself flashing a peace sign and wearing a dreadlocks wig
with blackface makeup.
Several of Rambler’s Facebook friends chimed in and chastised him about the get-up. He hasn’t immediately responded.
5 November, 2015
British TV talker will NOT face charges over allegations that she incited racial hatred
Katie Hopkins will not face charges over allegations that she incited
racial hatred in a newspaper article calling migrants 'cockroaches' and
'feral humans', it can be revealed today.
The 40-year-old MailOnline columnist caused a storm after writing a
controversial article in April entitled 'Rescue boats? I'd use gunships
to stop migrants'.
And three days later she was reported to the Metropolitan Police by
Society of Black Lawyers (SBL) chairman Peter Herbert, who complained
that her words were ‘offensive’ and ‘xenophobic’.
But Detective Inspector Howard Hold from the force’s homicide and major
crime command unit has now written to Miss Hopkins to confirm she will
not be charged following the article and her subsequent comments on LBC
And the mother-of-three told MailOnline today: ‘I will not and will
never apologise for standing up for what I believe in. People are not
really sorry. They are sorry to be disliked.
‘I find it surprising that at a time when police are so undermanned they
can't afford to turn up to burglaries or find cars after a crash, they
think a woman with an opinion is their highest priority.
‘I am grateful Scotland Yard enjoys my writing but I would encourage
them to focus their energies on those who present a real threat to this
country which I love.’
She added that the officers who interviewed her under caution appeared
to make it clear there was no case to answer, but that she would be
referred to the Crown Prosecution Service because it was the SBL making
Gin And Tonic flavoured crisps 'totally irresponsible'?
A police officer who works in an alcohol harm reduction unit has been
ridiculed online after branding a packet of gin and tonic-flavoured
crisps 'totally irresponsible'.
PC Claire McNaney, of Durham Constabulary, came under fire on Twitter
after she shared a picture of Aldi's Gin and Tonic crisps and showed her
disapproval by claiming they 'give out the wrong message'.
She posted on Twitter today: 'Totally irresponsible product @AldiUK,
what message does this give out to people, especially children?'
The crisps are currently available to buy in Aldi supermarkets, which also sell a Red Wine & Thyme flavour.
However, instead of supporting the officer's views, dozens of Twitter
users responded with outrage – telling her to 'get a grip' and pointing
out numerous other alcohol-related flavours such as steak and ale.
One Twitter follower, writing under the name OObnoxio The Nutter,
replied to her message by saying: 'Get a grip woman, people who binge
drink aren't doing it on crisps'
Another Twitter user, called Mylo, added: 'While we're at it can we also
ban.. steak & ale pies, shandy, beer batter and f*** it.. wine
John Duncan said: 'Presumably you are against wine gums too....'
Aldi also took to Twitter to respond to the message, writing: 'We're
very sorry to hear you feel this way, and we'll be sure to pass your
feedback onto the relevant department.'
A spokesman later told MailOnline: 'Our delicious gin and tonic
flavoured crisps are part of our exciting and extensive Christmas range.
We’re confident that our customers will really like their unique
4 November, 2015
Fury after mobile phone shop puts up job advert stating ‘only male
staff’ should apply ‘because they needed to be able to fix phones’
The advertisement is realistic but not cautious about current
hysteria. Men are indeed by far the ones most likely to
enjoy tinkering but a less overt advertisement that simply said
"Must like tinkering" or some such would have achieved the desired
results without firing up the grievance-mongers
A mobile phone shop has provoked fury after it put up a job advert for
staff insisting that males should only apply and explained this was
because only men could fix phones.
The handwritten poster was put up on a wall outside the Phone Workshop
in Windsor, Berkshire and said that potential employees could 'apply
today, join tomorrow' - but only if they were men.
It read: 'Job vacancy. Only male staff. Apply today, join tomorrow. Full time, 5 days a week. Contact inside store with CV.'
And when an outraged shopper asked why the vacancy was only for men, a
member of staff told them it was because the potential new employee
would need to learn how to fit screens to mobile phones.
The angry customer, who did not wish to be named, believes the response implied it would be beyond the capabilities of women.
He said: 'When I asked in store why the vacancy was only open to men, I
was told it was because they would need to learn to fit the screens to
mobile phones; the implication being this would be beyond the
capabilities of women.'
The controversial poster has now been taken down but several staff members defended the advert and denied claims of sexism.
Marius Bordean, who works at the shop, said women had worked there
before and 'they didn't have the skills to learn how to fix the phone.'
Why did Kanzlerin Merkel disrespect her country's flag?
Americans are well used to flag controversies. Various obnoxious
people do from time to time trample or burn Old Glory. Although
this is deeply offensive to most Americans, America's erratic Supreme
Court has upheld such actions as protected "speech".
So the recent actions of the German leader in literally tossing out a
German flag will seem puzzling, if not disgraceful, to many. In
his inimitable way, Ezra Levant does a good takedown of the
So why did she do it? Is she a Leftist? Leftists, by their
very nature, have large resentments against their country so, in extreme
cases, Leftists will disrespect their country's flag.
Wet-behind-the-ears Leftist students do it from time to time and tend to
be rather surprised to find that the major effect of doing so is to
cause themselves to be disrespected.
But Dr. Merkel is no Leftist. She is the leader of Germany's ruling conservative party and a committed Christian to boot.
The reason she acted as she did is that the national flag in most
countries tends to be much used by patriotic conservatives and opponents
of immigration in particular. And immigration is THE issue in
Germany today, with a huge army of Middle-Easterners and Africans
marching into Germany right at this moment.
And Merkel has a battle on her hands. Her Christian principles
tell her that she must help this army of frauds, only a few of whom are
actually refugee Syrians. But ordinary Germans don't like
it. They are not these days a very patriotic people but everything
has its limits and the prospects of playing host to an army of hostile
and parasitic Muslims does not appeal. So the situation in Germany
at the moment is a delicate one. Mrs Merkel is trying to hold the
line against what her own people want.
So it is in that context that Mrs Merkel tossed out a German flag. In
the present crisis it was seen as a patriotic and nationalist symbol
that represented the rebellion that she was trying to hold down.
In the present political context she saw it quite accurately as an
anti-immigration symbol, and a symbol of people who stand in the way of
her doing her Christian duty. So it was her political opponents,
including members of her own party, that she was throwing out when she
threw out the flag. The flag had come to symbolize them
One hopes that she will in time realize that most of the influx deserve contempt rather than pity.
Ezra Levant is not, however, wholly wrong in attributing her actions to a
sense of lost moral authority. Leftists have been preaching moral
relativism throughout the world for a long time now. So Muslims
are seen as no more to be condemned than Christians are. Muslim
barbarity is held to be equal to Christian compassion. And conservatives
have not been very effective opponents of that philosophical
So why do Leftists preach such a foul gospel? Mainly because it
helps them to destroy the values and traditions they despise. It
is an incoherent position because Leftists readily rush to condemn (say)
"racism" as wrong. But if all values are to be equally esteemed,
how can it be wrong? But Leftists don't bother about consistency
The underlying philosophical difficulty is that there are no absolutes
in philosophy. No argument can be finally refuted. The
traditional philosophical answer to some argument is to show that it
leads to absurd conclusions. But what is absurd? The absurd
often happens. You can even at times get a President who despises
his own country and all that it stands for.
So from the impossibility of absolute evaluations, Leftist philosophers
infer that there can logically be no relative evaluations either.
But that just shows the inadequacy and irrelevance of philosophy.
We all make relative judgments every day. Philosophy is an
interesting intellectual exercise, no more. It does not remotely
engage people's actual choices and dilemmas.
I have written at some length on problems in moral philosophy if anybody is interested in such arcana
3 November, 2015
Must not mock foreign accents
Another joke is squashed
A BBC sports expert has been accused of casual racism for faking a crude
Chinese accent while commentating the country's performance in the
World Gymnastics Championship.
Mitch Fenner, 69, who has helped the Corporation cover the sport for
years, appeared to mock fans of the national team in a display of
'Chinglish' - often ungrammatical English spoken in a heavy accent.
When BBC cameramen zoomed in on two young female fans waving the
national flag on Wednesday night, Fenner imagined what they might have
Speaking on BBC Two, he said: 'Oh wow, they say, look at that, we from
China.' The Corporation estimates that 1.4million people were tuned in
at the time.
Fenner, who coaches the Dutch national team, came in for a tide of
criticism, and was also reprimanded by Corporation bosses, who re-edited
the iPlayer version of the programme to exclude the comments.
Twitter user @Ryan_S_1993 said: 'Good to see casual racism on the BBC.
You may as well have filmed Mitch Fenner making a derogatory face.'
Disbelieving viewer Paul Reynolds asked: 'Did you see a sports
commentator did a Mícheál Martin "chinaman voice"? like it's 1953.'
Saturday, Nov 7th 2015 1PM 32°C 4PM 27°C 5-Day Forecast
Fat or too heavy? How words used by doctors can offend overweight patient
80% believed a doctor's words significantly affected their relationship
'Weight', 'overweight' and 'weight problem' were voted most appropriate
'Fat', 'obesity' and 'obese' were ranked as the most inappropriate terms
Women, the lifelong obese, and the educated were the most sensitive
By Kate Pickles For Mailonline
Published: 06:05 EST, 7 November 2015 | Updated: 09:22 EST, 7 November 2015
Most people can be a bit touchy when it comes to talking about their weight.
But whether excess weight is termed 'fat' or a 'weight problem' can have a real impact when it comes to going to the doctors.
Researchers in Norway have found that how healthcare professionals speak
to people about their weight can affect their doctor-patient
How doctors and healthcare professionals speak to patients about weight
was found to impact on their relationship, a study by Norwegian
How doctors and healthcare professionals speak to patients about weight
was found to impact on their relationship, a study by Norwegian
They examined how a sample of patients responded to various expressions
used to describe obesity before ranking them in terms of
Eight out of ten patients said they were affected when it came to the choice of words used, Science Nordic reports.
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But sensitivity varied with women, people who had been obese since
childhood and the best educated, found to be the most delicate.
The study asked patients how they would react to various words used to
describe weight in a hypothetical situation at the doctor's office if
they were talking about obesity for the first time.
Nearly everyone out of the 157 people surveyed said doctors should take the initiative to talk about weight problems.
WHAT TERM SHOULD A DOCTOR USE TO TALK ABOUT WEIGHT?
The participants in the study ranked the following words from appropriate (1) to highly inappropriate (13):
BMI (body mass index)
Source: Science Nordic
But only one in three claimed to have had this happen - despite everyone being treated for morbid obesity.
Researchers found the word 'obese', typically used to describe anyone
with a BMI of more than 30, was considered offensive by most.
But they admitted there was no clear answers as to which words doctors should use when discussing weight with patients.
The latest study comes as the world is in the midst of an obesity crisis
with experts warning parts of Europe are facing soaring numbers of the
About a quarter of adults in Britain are obese, with the World Health
Organisation predicting this will rise to a third by 2030.
With obesity knocking up to nine years off a person’s life and raising
the risk of diseases including cancer, millions face an early grave or
The Norwegian scientists questioned whether a patients' dislike of
certain words should control the language health professionals use,
stating previous studies have show more confrontational phrases are more
likely to motivate change.
Telling a patient they are 'fat' would encourage some patients to
realise the seriousness of the situation while it may be
counter-productive to others, they wrote.
Israeli army uniform incorrect
No doubt it reminds people that the IDF shoots rampaging Arab
fanatics before they can kill more people. We can't have that, can
Walmart has discontinued the sale of controversial Halloween
costumes after they sparked outrage. The costumes depicted an Israeli
solder and a large-nosed Arab man.
The outfits sparked a backlash on social media ahead of Halloween on
Saturday and came at a time of spiralling violence between Israel and
The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) called the "Sheikh
Fagin nose" "racist anti-Arab costumes". The latex prosthetic nose is
described on the website as being "perfect for an Arab Sheik".
"Selling merchandise which mocks Arabs, or any other race or ethnicity,
must not be tolerated," said Samer Khalaf President of ADC.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) costume was also heavily criticised by many on Twitter.
Arabs routinely publish depictions of Jews with big noses so why is it incorrect to do the same back?
Some famous Royal incorrectness analysed
By Harry Mount, a former Bullingdonian, a prolific non-fiction
author, still in his 40s and arguably the most well-connected journalist
in Britain. So he is well-qualified to do the analysis below
I’ve just been on the receiving end of a Prince Philip gaffe, of sorts,
and I loved it. It was at a lunch last week at the Cavalry and Guards
Club for the Gallipoli Association — the charity that commemorates
victims and veterans of that tragic, doomed campaign.
For 40 years, the Duke of Edinburgh has been the association’s patron.
And so, in Gallipoli’s centenary year, he came to the association’s
lunch. Before lunch, he roamed at will around the cavernous drawing
room, chatting to association members.
As he approached me, he held his drink in his right hand, meaning I
couldn’t shake it, and launched straight into conversation. It meant I
had little opportunity to bow and call him ‘Your Royal Highness’ — as I
would have done in an instant. I got the distinct impression he didn’t
want much bowing and scraping.
‘Who roped you into this?’ the prince said. It was the first intimation
of his supposedly brusque manner. In fact, it was conspiratorial,
teasing and jokey. He knew I hadn’t been roped into lunch; I knew he
knew. That faint blast of humour made it much easier to explain how I
had in fact roped myself into the Gallipoli Association.
I told him how my great-grandfather, Thomas Longford, had been killed at
Gallipoli on 21 August 1915. His last words to his second-in-command,
crouching down to avoid the hail of shells overhead, were, ‘Please don’t
duck, Fred. It won’t help you and it’s no good for the men’s morale.’
Moments later, marching at the head of his Yeomanry Brigade troops, with
a map in one hand and his walking stick in the other, Longford was cut
down by heavy rifle fire. ‘Fred’ — Fred Cripps, brother of Sir Stafford,
the future chancellor — lived on for 60 years.
I fear I’ve told the story many times before. And I went on to tell
Prince Philip how I’d also told the story to Prince Harry in April —
when we were both at Gallipoli for the centenary commemorations of the
I had asked Prince Harry, ‘What’s the protocol on ducking these days in the army?’
‘You’re allowed to duck,’ he had replied, smiling. ‘But there’s a strict protocol against running away.’
Still not tiring of my theme, I asked Prince Philip if he was allowed to duck in the navy during the war.
‘What a silly thing to do!’ he said. ‘Not much point in ducking on a ship.’
And with that, he was off, in search of Gallipoli Association members with less idiotic questions to ask.
Afterwards, I could easily have presented the whole thing as a classic
Prince Philip gaffe: the aggressive prince ticking off the descendant of
a first world war soldier. But he was right — it was a silly question.
And his answer wasn’t just honest; it was very funny. I cracked up; he
kept a straight face. But he certainly meant to get a laugh. Prince
Philip is the Paul Merton of the royal family — the straight man with
the funny lines.
I suddenly realised what all those supposed Prince Philip gaffes over
the years were. Gaffe is the wrong word. They are in fact jokes — jokes
that follow almost precisely the same formula: a mixture of
conspiratorial banter, mock teasing and stage rudeness. They are that
much funnier because of who he is — a 94-year-old Greek prince, war hero
and husband of the most famous woman in the world. You’re prepared for
seriousness and diplomatic discretion from that sort of man; when you
get the reverse, it’s that much funnier.
When he was asked in 1967 whether he’d like to visit the Soviet Union,
he said, ‘I would like to go to Russia very much, although the bastards
murdered half my family.’ That’s funny because the first half of the
sentence is in opposition to the second. It’s also funny because you
don’t expect uncomfortable truths from the great and the good.
Except with Prince Philip. As well as playing against type, he is also
playing along with type. He knows his reputation and he knows his
one-liners are likely to be reported by scoundrels like me. And yet he
goes on delivering the material, knowing the punters lap it up.
Prince Philip shares with Boris Johnson what my friend Stephen Robinson,
former comment editor of the Telegraph, identified as ‘a presumption of
hilarity’. As Prince Philip approached me, I longed for him to be
outspoken and funny. What a delight when the expectation was satisfied.
It’s striking that most people on the receiving end of a Prince Philip
gaffe also find it funny. This July, he visited Chadwell Heath Community
Centre in Romford, and asked a charity trustee, ‘Who do you sponge
off?’ The trustee fell about laughing and later said Prince Philip had
just been teasing her.
There’s a world of difference between affectionate teasing and malicious
teasing. Having seen the Prince Philip act in the flesh, I can see it’s
always affectionate teasing — even if it looks more direct, or even
rude, on the page. Like most gags, his are better if you are there at
I wasn’t in Cardiff in 1999, when he told children from the British Deaf
Association, standing next to a Caribbean steel band, ‘If you’re near
that music, it’s no wonder you’re deaf.’ But I bet it was aimed at
making them laugh, not at humiliating them.
The same goes for the most celebrated gaffe of all — his comment in 1986
to British students in Xian, China: ‘If you stay here much longer,
you’ll all be slitty-eyed.’ OK — that sort of language is no longer
acceptable. But the point wasn’t that he was trying to offend the
British students; he was trying to make them laugh.
On 20 November, Prince Philip will have been married to the Queen for 68
years. That’s 68 years of dealing with thousands — no, millions — of
nervy, sycophantic strangers like me. Gaffes are a brilliant way to make
those meetings easier for both sides. They aren’t just funny; they
don’t just put people at their ease. They also magically choke off the
soul-destroying small talk that must be the bane of every royal’s life.
The Prince Philip gaffe is the quickfire shortcut to a proper
conversation — to talking on the same level. It is the ultimate royal
2 November, 2015
Why are these people called the "All blacks", when they are almost all white?
Is it some weird form of racism? Some people are in fact
uncomfortable with the name but it's unlikely ever to be changed.
It is of course the New Zealand rugby team, current world champions.
"Black" refers to the color of their customary uniforms. Rugby
tends to be a middle to upper class game, though in NZ it is the
national sport. American football developed from Rugby
origins. The players in the picture are performing a Maori
Haka. Maori culture is treated with respect in NZ and the Haka has
been widely adopted. It is basically a war dance.
The 2015 trophy was presented to the winners by Prince Harry, who is
himself a keen sportsman. The Royal presence at the game elevated
the occasion and undoubtedly helped the Prince's already high esteem in
British Commonwealth countries.
Story of the 2015 match here
Name of FBI founder now "incorrect"
Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the
following statement praising U.S. Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) for noting
the hypocrisy of renaming the J. Edgar Hoover FBI building while failing
to rename other federal institutions named after Democrat Party racists
such the Richard Russell Senate Office Building, the Robert Byrd
correctional facility, and others:
“Ken Buck’s challenge to the politically correct police who would smash
every statue in their revolution against history is refreshing. It sets a
bold example on how to deal with these bullies. Renaming the J. Edgar
Hoover FBI building while failing to rename other federal institutions
named after Democrat Party racists such the Richard Russell Senate
Office Building, the Robert Byrd correctional facility, and many more is
a testament to the Left’s hypocrisy and selective revisionism.
Considering such legislation is beneath Congress, and it is time to
follow Ken Buck’s lead in confronting this divisive gotcha censorship.”
1 November, 2015
Retired Australian Leftist politician uses the words 'darkie' and 'n****r' on TV
Biffo has never pulled his punches (sometimes literally) and he
clearly does not like censored speech in others. Surprisingly for a
Leftist, he sometimes gets things right. Note that The High Court
of Australia ruled in 2002
that the word "n*gger" is not offensive in Australia so there is little
doubt that "negro" is also not generally offensive in Australia.
It was clearly seen by the media personalities as incorrect, however
Former Labor leader and controversial columnist Mark Latham has
repeatedly used racial expletives including the N-word in a televised
discussion about political correctness.
Mr Latham used the highly offensive terms ‘n****r’ and ‘d**kie’ on
Channel Nine's recently launched The Verdict on Thursday night, leaving
host Karl Stefanovic stunned at the rant.
The terms were used during a debate around the question of whether
'political correctness is killing Australia', which quickly resulted in a
heated discussion of Eric Abetz's recent use of 'n***o'.
The terms were used during a debate around the question of whether
'political correctness is killing Australia', which quickly resulted in a
heated discussion of Eric Abetz's recent use of 'n***o'
The Senator had called U.S. Supreme Court Judge Clarence Thomas a
‘n***o’ during a radio interview about the push for marriage equality on
But panellists Mr Latham and News Corp columnist Miranda Devine, rejected that ‘n***o’ was offensive.
Mr Latham appeared to use the term to intentionally offend, and the audience sounded shocked at his statements.
‘I am happy to make my weekly donation to Australia’s outrage industry by saying: “N***o, n***o, n***o",’ he said.
‘Back in the ‘70s and ‘80s, n***o was actually a respected, dignified
alternative to really racist terms like n****r and d**kie.’
Social media was awash with disgust following his comments, with Twitter users widely criticising Mr Latham.
"Hard worker" now a bad term
MSNBC weekend host Melissa Harris-Perry objected to use of the term
"hard worker" on a recent show, telling a guest it demeans the
experience of slaves.
Harris-Perry was interviewing guest Alfonso Aguilar, Executive Director
of the American Principles Project's Latino Partnership, about Paul Ryan
(R-Wisc.) and his fitness for the role of Speaker of the House.
“If there’s somebody who is a hard worker when he goes to Washington, it’s Paul Ryan,” Aguilar said.
While Harris-Perry agreed Ryan could make a good House Speaker, she had a problem with Aguilar’s word choice.
“[I] want us to be super careful when we use the language ‘hard
worker,’” she cautioned. “Because I actually keep an image of folks
working in cotton fields on my office wall, because it is a reminder
about what hard work looks like.”
Harris-Perry was born to a white mother and black father so frequently
takes an interest in what she sees as black issues. So she
apparently sees work as a black issue. I could say something about
that but I won't.
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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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