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30 October, 2015
Must not disrespect Vegans
A cafe owner has come under fire by the vegan community for posting a
message on his Facebook page asking customers to give the cafe advance
notice if they required special meals.
Paul Stenson, proprietor of The White Moose Café in Dublin, provoked the
ire of vegans from all over the world, who spammed the cafe's Facebook
page with hundreds of negative reviews as a sign of their discontent.
The original post which was made on 13 August this year read: ‘Attention
vegans. Please do not waltz into our café with no advance notice and
look at us as if we have ten heads when you realise that there aren't
50,000 items on our menu that suit your idiosyncratic dietary
‘Our chef will be more than happy to prepare a number of dishes for you,
but a little heads up in advance of your visit would be appreciated.
Fair is fair like.’
Unbeknownst to Mr Stenson, his post was shared on various vegan pages by
a Facebook user Tee Jay, who also posted a negative one-star review on
She wrote: ‘Absolutely disgusting manners and behaviour. Wonder why I am
judging before I’ve even eaten here? Because according to The White
Moose Café it is okay to judge people without knowing them. It’s okay to
call their beliefs idiotic and belittle them online.
She continued: ‘You are disgusting, disrespectful and ignorant. Get a
life and a job because you wont be in this one much longer talking to
customers like that!
The negative reviews and backlash from the vegan community have garnered
Mr Stenson even more support and publicity with his story being
featured in various publications worldwide.
On 25 October Mr Stenson posted: ‘I would like to thank the hundreds and
thousands of vegans across the world for all the hard work they have
been doing to promote our café over the past couple of days. Thanks to
you guys, our café has gone viral in countries as far as New Zealand,
Australia, America and Germany (to name but a few).
‘We have been receiving hundreds of messages and fan mail from people
saying they will make a point of eating in our café, and the table
reservations have been coming in thick and fast
Mad scientists beat back the politically correct ‘police’
Even nerds aren’t exempt from the PC police — as the kids at
Claremont/Harvey Mudd College learned from being slapped as insensitive
toward the mentally ill for throwing a “mad scientist”-themed dorm
Never mind that the Southern California campus is known as a science
school, or that the “Mudd Goes Madd” party was part of a multi-school
drive to get students from the five allied Claremont Colleges to mix.
Nope: The student government at Pomona, another Claremont campus, opted to pull its share of funding for the bash.
“We are disappointed at your choice of the name for the event .?.?.
‘Mudd Goes Madd,’ ” wrote the Associated Students of Pomona College.
“Your disregard of the concerns of the mental-health community and their
allies trivializes issues that we deem extremely important to our
The Mudd kids threw the party anyway. “This was definitely a win against
overzealous PC culture,” student Steven Glick wrote in an e-mail to The
In fact, a host of students with mental-health issues wrote in to also denounce the critics. They got the joke.
29 October, 2015
Must not advertise for a 'good looking girl' to fill a job vacancy
Fat feminists would object
A property company who used a modelling agency to advertise for a
'good-looking girl' to fill a receptionist vacancy has been blasted by
Advertising agency the Modelling Network posted the 'sexist' advert on
their Facebook and Twitter pages saying it was on behalf of Kingston
Letting Agents in Cathays, Cardiff.
Now politicians - including former Labour leader Harriet Harman - have
hit out at the advert. Ms Harman warned the job advert as 'unlawful' -
and called for the Equality and Human Rights Commission to step in.
The advert said the employee was needed to 'get students in' for a lettings company in the Welsh capital.
Kingstons Residential letting agents on Wyeverne Road, in Cathays,
Cardiff, (pictured) said the post was a practical joke but denied having
any association with the modelling company
Jo Stevens, Labour MP for Cardiff Central, posted: 'Shocked by this job
advert from one of our local letting agencies #everydaysexism.'
Kingston Letting Agents initially said the post was a 'practical joke' -
but denied having any association with the company. They added they are
'extremely shocked' and had 'no knowledge' of the company.
Laura Tresfon, Accounts Manager at Kingstons said the job has been
advertised on official job sites and the gender of the person is
'neither here nor there'. The company also apologised on their Facebook
The post read: 'The events today where completely and totally
astonishing to us as we were caught completely unaware regarding the
inapproved advert, that has caused great offence to our clients and to
the wider community.
'We fully understand the offence it has caused as we are an investor in people.'
A spokesman for the EHRC said they were investigating the complaint.
School Paper In Hot Water After Cartoon Offends Black Students
Students at a New York public university are outraged after an
illustration in the campus paper showed a stereotypical image of a black
man standing in a run-down neighborhood:
The illustration in Cardinal Points, the school paper of the State
University of New York at Plattsburgh, was made to accompany an article
examining admission rates for minorities.
It shows a smiling black man wearing a cap and gown and carrying a
diploma, while walking through an urban hellscape featuring a mangled
stop sign, a car on cinder blocks, and buildings with boarded up windows
Students say the image is both racist and ignorant.
“I’m from New York City. There’s no community that looks like that [with
a] broken stop sign, burnt down buildings or cars that look that way,”
student Antwan Clark told local WPTZ News.
The editors of Cardinal Points posted an apology on the paper’s website.
The critics seem to have lost sight of the fact that it WAS a cartoon!
28 October, 2015
U of Wisconsin Bans "Politically Correct" as Politically Incorrect
The phrase “politically correct” is now a microaggression according to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
The university’s “Just Words” campaign is the work of
UWM’s “Inclusive Excellence Center” and aims to “raise awareness of
microaggressions and their impact”—microaggressions like “politically
correct” or “PC.”
Enforcing political correctness is a great way of raising awareness of
it. But then you have to ban any mention of "political correctness" so
that no one realizes you're enforcing it because if you eliminate the
word, the problem goes away.
It worked in Orwell's 1984. It's bound to work now.
The university, however, claims that calling
something “politically correct” “has become a way to deflect, [and say]
that people are being too ‘sensitive’ and police language.”
Where would they possibly get the idea that people are too sensitive and
policing language? Maybe it's from all the language policing. Why then
we'll just ban the language.
The university also claims the word “lame” is a
microaggression that somehow both “ridicules and ignores the lives of
amputees” and therefore shouldn’t be used.
It's not just a joke. It's also a police state.
Interestingly enough, while the university’s
Inclusive Excellence Center has labeled several common-use adjectives
harmful, the man running the campaign, Warren Scherer, the director of
the university’s Inclusive Excellence Center, has taken to Twitter to
accuse Mike Huckabee of “pandering to Republican Jews” and accused
presidential candidate Rand Paul of courting “rich Jews.”
But anti-Semitism is politically correct now. On the other hand, lame
offends the lame and politically correct offends the politically
Rep. Castro Proposes Law to Stop Government from Using 'Alien' to Describe Foreigners
U.S. Rep. Joaquín Castro (D-Texas) wants the federal government to
drop the word "alien" from laws and documents because “when you use the
word alien you think of martians and people from outer space.”
Castro introduced the The Correcting Hurtful and Alienating Names in
Government Expression (CHANGE) Act last week. The measure removes the
term “illegal alien” and replaces it with "undocumented foreign
national" in federal law and government documents.
“When we think of immigrants, we don’t think of aliens,” Castro told
MSNBC on Friday. “When you use the word ‘alien’ you think of martians
and people from outer space. These are human beings that we’re talking
“So, my point is that we can disagree on immigration reform policy but
the very least that we could do is have respect for these folks as human
In a press release announcing the Change Act Castro says, “Words matter,
particularly in the context of an issue as contentious as immigration.”
“Discontinuing our use of the term ‘alien’ will help lessen the
prejudice and vitriol that for too long have poisoned our nation’s
discussions around immigration reform. The recognition of immigrants’
personhood in our laws should bring civility to and prompt progress in
our efforts to fix America’s broken immigration system.”
More belief in verbal magic
27 October, 2015
Famous British singer faces backlash over "homophobic" comments after
admitting he was 'paranoid' about gays – and saying they're not
They clearly are not normal. They are only about 2% of the population
Sir Tom Jones has been blasted by fans after suggesting that he believes homosexuals are not 'normal'.
The ageing crooner admitted he used to be prejudiced towards gay people
when he first arrived in London - and that he was so uncomfortable in
their company that he even contemplated returning to Wales.
He also said he struggled to accept his first-ever music producer, the
late Joe Meek, because of his sexuality, and became paranoid about his
own managers and whether they were gay or not.
Sir Tom goes on to express his relief at discovering that most men in the music business were, as he described it, ‘normal’.
The comments have been met with widespread condemnation on Twitter, with
fans of the singer lambasting his 'wrong' and 'out of touch views'.
Storm in a coffee cup: Owner to take down 'offensive' coffee shop sign after landlord threatens legal action
A coffee shop has found itself in hot water over its 'offensive' sign.
The manager of F***offee has vowed to remove its name from the shop in
Bermondsey, south London, tomorrow after being threatened with legal
action by the buildings owners.
The legal letter also warned that the sign could be forcibly taken down by controversial coffee shop's landlord.
'We’ve had fun with it, but I do think it may be time to move on,'
manager Adrian Jones, reportedly told the Evening Standard. 'Once I
start getting legal threats, that’s when the wife starts to get the
But it has not all been bad news, with the coffee shop experiencing a 20 per cent increase in sales in a week.
Supporters branded the threats 'pathetic' and said the sign makes them smile.
26 October, 2015
Australia: Must not mention that disability is disabling
Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham has come under fire for
saying he 'thanks his lucky stars' his children do not have a
'I think we look at some friends who have children with varying
disabilities and I thank my lucky stars that's not me,' Mr Birmingham
told a Senate committee meeting in Canberra on Wednesday night.
'So I am very conscious of making sure we do what we can in that space.'
The Education Minister and South Australian Senator made the comments
during a discussion about potential cuts to funding for students with a
disability next year, as a new funding model is introduced.
The 'lucky stars' comment was slammed by advocacy groups, who labelled it 'deeply offensive' to people with a disability.
'They are constantly exposed to significant barriers in education,
including constant bullying, and for them to hear that can easily cause
harm and further diminish the views that we are trying to stop,'
Children with Disability Australia chief executive Stephanie Gotlib
said, according to the Canberra Times.
'He is either acknowledging that the education system is causing
significant challenges, or is he saying children with a disability
themselves are a burden, and aren't a valuable member of a family or
community.' [But they ARE a burden. Whether the burden should
be borne and by whom is a legitimate and important debate but denying
the reality attacks the need for debate. Is that ever wise?]
Some jokes are not allowed these days
I have myself joked about "poofter drinks" (mixed drinks) in my
wicked past, so I know it was a joke. "Poofter" is
Australian/British slang for a male homosexual
A MELBOURNE bar owner has “unreservedly apologised” after pub goers took offence at an apparently homophobic sign.
A menu board at Handsome Steve’s House of Refreshment, in Fitzroy,
listed items such as “Lemonade of honour”, “Whine”, “Geelong premiership
years” as well as “No poofter drinks”, reported the Herald Sun.
The bar’s Facebook page has been bombarded by angry comments after a
group of customers complained about the sign hanging in the bar on
“Homophobia is alive and well in this business. Time for management to
grow up,” wrote Nic Gwynne. “It's not edgy or cool to bring back being a
homophobic bro. It's f**king boring. Try harder next time,” Taylor Di
Owner Steve Miller said the sign had been up for seven years, was not
meant to cause offence and people, including gay customers, found it
hilarious. “If I’ve given offence to anybody, I unconditionally
apologise. I unreservedly apologise,” Mr Miller told the Herald Sun.
Convener of the Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby, Justin Koonin, told
news.com.au if it was a joke, it was in very poor taste. “What
seems funny to one person can be most hurtful to another. It is
important to think about the impact language can have on those who are
Koonin said taking down the sign was the right thing to do.
25 October, 2015
"Negro" now not allowed in Australia?
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. People
who take their cue from American sensitivities would however object to
Additionally, "Negro" is a scientifically correct
term for a person of sub-Saharan African origin or ancestry.
Leftist hysteria has however moved most scientists these days to use
the ponderous circumlocution "sub-Saharan African" instead of "Negro"
is the customary term in America these days but "Negro" is more
accurate than "black" because most American blacks are in fact
brown. And there are a lot of black people (Melanesians and
Australian Aborigines) who are black but are not negroes. The Senator
below most likely had that latter fact in mind in his choice of words
Australian Government Senator Eric Abetz has bizarrely called U.S.
Supreme Court Judge Clarence Thomas a 'n***o' during a radio
interview. Mr Abetz, 58, used the dated and offensive slur during
an interview on Sydney radio, while being interviewed about the push for
'It was completely debunked by Clarence Thomas, the n***o American on the Supreme Court of the United States,' he said on 2UE.
Radio host Justin Smith could be heard quizzically muttering, 'n***o',
as the Senator continued with his sentence. Moments earlier, Mr
Smith had asked the Senator about whether a business should be allowed
to serve or not serve customers based on gender, race or sexuality
Mr Abetz was quickly criticised for the comment on social media, with
many saying it was an offensive remark. 'And here's me thinking
dinosaurs were extinct,' one Twitter user wrote. 'Simply jaw-droppingly
offensive that Senator Abetz uses word 'n***o' - walking anachronism,'
Tom Allen said.
New Zealand to scrape three racist location names off the map and replace them with less offensive monikers
Renaming of place-names continues in America too. An Alaskan
mountain known as Mount McKinley since 1917 has recently been renamed
"Denali" by Obama, apparently in deference to some native
tradition. Naming the mountain to honor an assassinated U.S.
President was not good enough, apparently. That the President
concerned led his nation to victory in the Spanish-American war and
ruled over a period of great American prosperity fades into
insignificance compared with honoring a custom of an obscure native
The names of three places in New Zealand could be permanently wiped off the map - for being too offensive.
Nigger Hill, Nigger Stream and Niggerhead - which lie at the base of the
Southern Alps, in North Canterbury - could be changed if a proposal by
the New Zealand Geographic Board (NZGB) is given the greenlight.
Under the proposed changes, Nigger Hill will be renamed K?nuka Hills,
Nigger Stream will become Steelhead Stream and Niggerhead will be named
Tawhai Hill, NZME reported.
The new names were suggested by a member of the public, Stuff cited NZGB secretary Wendy Shaw as saying.
'The proposals... are based on these names being in poor taste, offensive, discriminatory and derogatory,' she said.
The new names represent native trees in the area.
Public consultation on the name changes of the three places at the Southern Alps will be open for three months from October 29.
23 October, 2015
Top gym sorry for Nazi graffiti
A LA fitness manager has apologised for his club’s failure to remove
graffiti that compares Israelis to Nazis. Chris Smith, regional manager
of the leading healthclub’s branch in Kentish Town, north-west London,
said the club would now remove a message that read: “Israelis are
The message, which was sprawled on the inside of a locker in the men’s changing room, was spotted by a club member.
Mr Smith said: “It has now been dealt with. The locker’s been locked and
[the graffiti] will be dealt with, with immediate effect.”
Composer Benjamin Till, who appeared in Channel 4 show Our Gay Wedding,
saw the graffiti on Thursday evening. He said he had initially reported
the offensive slogan to another manager three months ago.
The 41-year-old from Highgate, who is Jewish, said he was told that the
locker would be permanently shut in July. He said he was surprised to
see it again. “It’s astonishing that it’s still there,” he said. “It’s
deeply troubling. “To discover that it is still there is offensive.”
Obama Calls for Amendment Limiting Free-Speech Rights
President Barack Obama endorsed a constitutional amendment that would
restrict the free-speech rights of political activist groups by
overturning the Supreme Court decision in the landmark Citizens United v
FEC case that granted First Amendment rights to corporations.
“Over the longer term, I think we need to seriously consider mobilizing a
constitutional amendment process to overturn Citizens United,” Obama
wrote during a question and answer session on the website Reddit on
“Even if the amendment process falls short, it can shine a spotlight of
the super-PAC phenomenon and help apply pressure for change.”
In its decision, the Supreme Court said that the government could not
restrict the free-speech rights of organizations during elections,
striking down key provisions of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance
That law restricted how much money independent political organizations
could spend and banned them from engaging in election-related speech 60
days prior to a general election.
22 October, 2015
Must not mention that Israel is just defending itself
Former adult actress Jenna Jameson has sparked online outrage after
tweeting support for Israel in the wake of recent tension in the area.
The Celebrity Big Brother star, who converted to Judaism after becoming
engaged to her partner Lior Britton, urged Israelis to 'stand strong and
defend yourself by all means'.
The 41-year-old former porn star's comments, which comes amid fears of a
third intifada as violence between Israel and Palestine escalates, has
been met with both anger and scorn.
A tweet where she declared to be 'forever Israel', one man responded:
'@jennajameson I used to worship you. If you had the soul to feel the
plight of innocent Palestinians, I would respect you.'
However, the critique has been drowned by Ms Jameson herself, who has continued to post frequently in support of Israel.
Conservative French leader should have 'inciting hatred' charges
dropped because her comments comparing Muslims to Nazi occupation are
protected by freedom of expression, say prosecutors
Freedom of expression in France? A novel idea. Le Pen
senior and Brigitte Bardot have often been penalized in France for
condemning Islam. Are the French getting tired of defending
Marine Le Pen should have her 'inciting hatred' charges dropped -
because her comments comparing Muslim street prayers to Nazi occupation
are protected by freedom of expression, prosecutors said today.
The leader of France’s far-right Front National - who could face a year
in jail - was in combative mood as she told Lyon Correctional Court:
‘I’ve committed no crime. I’m an honest woman.’
It was in the same south-eastern city in 2010 that Le Pen, 47, evoked
the Nazi Occupation while referring to Muslim street prayers.
She said at the time: ‘For those who like to talk about World War Two,
to talk about occupation, we could talk about, for once, the occupation
of our territory. It is an occupation of part of the territory, suburbs
where religious law is applied.
'Sure, there are no armoured vehicles, no soldiers, but it is an occupation nonetheless and it weighs on residents.’
The recorded comments were the main evidence against the Front National
leader as she was accused of ‘provocation through discrimination,
showing violence or hate towards a group of people because of their
But prosecutor Bernard Reynaud argued that Le Pen should be acquitted
because ‘her views did not target the whole Muslim community’. Mr
Reynaud said that her views were ‘shocking’ but they ‘amounted to
freedom of expression’.
It will be up to judges to decide the verdict in the case, and not the prosecutor.
21 October, 2015
‘No Haitians': New York staffing agency posts blatantly racist job ad for nurses
It's pretty clear that the advertisers have had bad experiences with
poorly educated Haitians but they were foolish to let Haitians know
that. They should have just allowed Haitians to waste their time
applying for a job they were never going to get. So who is
Nurses in New York state are outraged over a job ad seeking a female nurse, but specifying, “no Haitians,” CBS New York reports.
The ad in a local Pennysaver newsletter was posted for a position in
West Haverstraw, a town in upstate New York by Interim Healthcare Inc., a
staffing company for home health care, according to their website. The
post asks for a “laid back nurse, no haitians” and promises a weekly
“It’s very distasteful, hurtful for this day and age, to have this
published,” Mireille Leroy, a 24-year nurse and president of the Haitian
American Nurses Association of Rockland County said, adding that kind
of “racism will not be tolerated.”
New York State Senator David Carlucci told the station his office has been flooded with complaints.
“I’ll be calling on the commissioner of labor and the attorney general
to do a thorough investigation to make sure that this form of racism,
this form of discrimination is not tolerated in our state at all,” he
Must not be critical of immigrants in Minnesota
I gather this was primarily about Muslim immigration
Harsh words and heartfelt sentiment were exchanged by community members
and local officials on racial issues in Central Minnesota at the St.
Cloud NAACP Community Conversation with Gov. Mark Dayton.
From the start of the event, Dayton bluntly stated his opinions on the
racial tension in St. Cloud and across the state in regards to
“Look around you. This is Minnesota,” Dayton said. “Minnesota is not
like it was 30, 50 years ago. ... This is Minnesota and you have every
right to be here. And anybody who cannot accept your right to be here,
and this is Minnesota, should find another state.”
Dayton said he was aware of some of the racial issues happening in the
St. Cloud area and urged participants to take a stand against what he
described as “unacceptable, un-Minnesotan, illegal and immoral”
“If you are that intolerant, if you are that much of a racist or a
bigot, then find another state. Find a state where the minority
population is 1 percent or whatever. It’s not that in Minnesota. It’s
not going to be again. It’s not going to be that in St. Cloud, or
Rochester or Worthington,” Dayton said.
Governor Dayton sounds pretty intolerant himself
20 October, 2015
New speech rules in British schools
Being enforced with Fascist zeal
Children as young as five will be told not to use sexist language such
as ‘sissy’, ‘cupcake’ and ‘man up’ under new Government guidelines.
Teachers are being urged to treat such words and phrases as seriously as
they would racist insults in a bid to stamp out gender stereotyping in
The guidelines, which will be published tomorrow and sent to every
school in England, advise head teachers to appoint experienced teachers
as ‘gender champions’. Some schools have already assembled squads of
volunteer students to report any sexist language and behaviour to staff.
The guidelines were drawn up by the Institute of Physics as part of a
bid to tackle stereotypes in schools that lead to fewer girls than boys
The guide suggests that schools should find strategies to get more girls
to study so-called ‘male’ subjects such as economics and physics at
GCSE and A-level, while boys should be encouraged to take more ‘female’
subjects including English literature, foreign languages and psychology.
Rapper TI in trouble about his comments on Hillary
But his comment that most people would be more comfortable with a male President is probably right
"Not to be sexist, but I can't vote for the leader of the free world to
be a woman," the rapper said. "Just because, every other position that
exists, I think a woman could do well. But, the president? It's kinda
like, I just know that women make rash decisions emotionally – they make
very permanent, cemented decisions — and then later, it's kind of like
it didn't happen, or they didn't mean for it to happen."
After expressing concern over whether foreign leaders would take a
female president seriously during policy negotiations — despite Clinton
doing just that as secretary of state — T.I. tried to qualify his
remarks, adding: "The world ain't ready yet. I think you might be able
to get the Loch Ness Monster elected before [a woman]. It's not right,
but I'm just saying."
19 October, 2015
Is The Donald guilty of hate speech?
The woman writing below thinks so. Or is he just being properly cautious about a possible influx of hate-filled Muslims?
What do you define as political campaigning, and what constitutes hate
speech? Donald Trump, I think, constitutes the latter.
He is taking American and World race relations back into the dark ages.
His comments are so inciting, so irresponsible, and tragically, he is
still the frontrunner in the Republican bid for the White House.
He has been speaking at a rally in New Hampshire and at that rally he
said that if he becomes President, he will send home every Syrian
But what is worse is that he spoke to a school and he said to the
children, and I quote “I hear we want to take in 200,000 Syrians. And
they could be- listen (he said)- they could be the Islamic State.”
And then he described refugees in America not as people, but as a 200,000-strong army. And he said this to children.
And he told them “if I win, every one of them is going back.”
How would you feel as a parent?
How is it that a school let a campaigning politican speak to students -
let alone a twisted, bigoted and globally naïve fool like Trump.
He has crossed a line, I think, and has become fluent in hate speech.
Remember he referred to Mexicans, recently, as importers of rape? [See here on Hispanics and rape.]
VW engineers the new outcasts
You can't say anything derogatory about blacks, queers or women but holding VW engineers up to contempt is fine
They are the elite of British education who have gained a coveted place at one of Cambridge University’s ancient colleges.
But now the students of Gonville & Caius have been lambasted by the
Master of the revered institution and damned as the next generation of
‘insider traders, exchange-rate riggers and corrupt Volkswagen
Sir Alan Fersht made his astonishing comments after second-year students
were caught on CCTV encouraging first years to drink shots as part of a
Freshers’ Week initiation ceremony.
The 72-year-old professor was so shocked that he sent an email to all
Gonville undergraduates on Friday, demanding that loutish behaviour be
‘nipped in the bud’.
He claimed there was a ‘national scandal of students drinking
irresponsibly, indulging in laddish behaviour and sadistic initiation
rights, and men plying women with drink and abusing them’
18 October, 2015
UK: Internet troll in court for saying disabled people should be
exterminated is cleared because punishing him would breach his right to
freedom of speech
An internet troll who called for disabled people to be exterminated has
been cleared of being grossly offensive because a judge decided it was
his human right.
Joshua Bonehill-Paine, 22, was in charged over two articles posted on
far-right websites, including one promoting eugenics - the practice of
killing people whose DNA is seen as inferior.
A court heard that he said babies with conditions like Downs Syndrome should be killed at birth for the good of the nation.
Bonehill-Paine, who calls himself a 'proud anti-Semite' said that the UK
should adopt the practices of Sparta in ancient Greece, where
physically imperfect babies were abandoned on a hillside.
He accompanied the story, on a site describing itself as 'Britain's
number one nationalist newspaper' with a picture of a Tesco worker with
He was also charged over another article in which he claimed food sold by Tesco contained the deadly Ebola virus.
The articles - posted on two separate websites - resulted in charges of
misusing a public computer network to propagate grossly offensive,
indecent, obscene or menacing material.
But in a hearing at Stevenage Magistrates' Court this week, district
judge Carolyn Mellanby dismissed both charges, saying that his right to
free speech protects him from being punished over the stories.
She said: 'Freedom of speech has a very high threshold and I would have
breached Article 10 of the Humans Rights Act if I had found you guilty.
Black hate speech. Black professor calls Dr. Carson a coon
University of Pennsylvania professor Anthea Butler, last week tweeted
out about Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson. Her tweet was,
"If only there was a 'coon of the year' award . . . ." The professor had
tweeted at Goldie Taylor, Daily Beast editor at large, whose tweet had
highlighted a Sports Illustrated article in which Carson championed
Americans' right to fly flags, even the Confederate flag.
The word "coon" is so offensive that I did not even feel comfortable
when I reported it on my radio show. According to Online Etymology,
etymonline.com, the word "coon" is an offensive term to slander
Africans, deriving from the Portuguese word barracoos, which is a
hut-like dwelling used to store slaves during auctions. It's an awful,
It seems then because Butler differs with Carson's comments, she feels
that he has adopted a slave's mentality. This clearly hateful and
derisive comment is not the first time Butler has engaged in, shall we
say, "racially charged" comments.
16 October, 2015
The Anti-Free-Speech Movement at UCLA
Whites must not wear saggy jeans
Last week, when this controversy began, many news outlets reported that
some of the fraternity and sorority members who attended the “Kanye
Western” theme party wore blackface. While that offensive behavior would
not change the First Amendment analysis to come, there is no evidence
for the claim: The Greek organizations deny it and no published
photographs from the party depict anyone in blackface.
“We have been asked to respond specifically to rumors that some guests
attended the event in blackface,” the fraternity said in a statement.
“It is important that we put this rumor to rest. Some of our guests
attended the event dressed as miners in reference to the Kanye West song
‘Gold Digger,’ but their attire had nothing to do with race.”
The Huffington Post has published a photograph that seems to confirm
this explanation: a group of girls pose with a bit of soot smudged on
their faces, but not covering it, and there can be no doubt that they
are attempting to dress as miners, or “gold diggers,” because they are
all holding plates of “gold” as if panning for it.
Others who objected to the theme party deemed it an example of cultural
appropriation, a “microaggression” against black students, or deeply
insensitive and hurtful.
“The sagging or baggy jeans that students wore to the party represent
one of the most notorious African American stereotypes in fashion,” UCLA
student Caleb Jackson wrote in The Daily Bruin. “So notorious in fact,
that it has led several cities across the country to make sagging
illegal. The racial undertones associated with this clothing style make
its cultural appropriation highly offensive to Black students.”
Meanwhile, critics of the critics insist that West is a famous
celebrity, not a stand-in for black culture; that stuffed butts were a
reference to Kim Kardashian, who is white and of Armenian descent, not
black; that there is nothing wrong with appropriating the dress of
hip-hop culture, which is not the same as black culture; that it’s
myopic for privileged student activists to focus on a frat theme party
while living in a city plagued by police killings, homelessness, housing
discrimination, and other injustices; that activists are giving Greek
organizations too much power to set their agenda; and that college kids
these days are oversensitive to the point of self-parody.
Must not mention that blacks are the main perpetrators of gun crime
A tweet by Randy Pullen, former chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, is garnering major attention.
During the first Democratic Presidential Debate on Tuesday, a viewer in
Iowa asked the presidential candidates if black lives matter, or if all
Pullen tweeted his response, which stated:
Yes black lives matter. The best way to end the slaughter of young black
men is to take guns away from blacks as they are the main killers.
The tweet quickly garnered attention, including from many people who called him racist.
Pullen told the Phoenix New Times Wednesday that he was being sarcastic and that guns aren't the cause of violence.
15 October, 2015
Government-Mandated Speech: Jerry Brown Signs Law Forcing Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers to Promote Abortion
Gov. Jerry Brown (D.-Calif.) signed a law on Friday mandating that all
licensed pregnancy centers in the state “disseminate to clients” a
message promoting public programs with “free or low-cost access” to
abortion and contraceptive services.
The new law makes no exception for pro-life and faith-based crisis pregnancy centers.
Critics of the law say that it violates the right to freedom of speech, which is guaranteed by the First Amendment.
AB 775, known in the state legislature as The Reproductive FACT Act,
requires all pregnancy centers that are licensed as clinics to post the
“California has public programs that provide immediate free or low-cost
access to comprehensive family planning services (including all
FDA-approved methods of contraception), prenatal care, and abortion for
eligible women. To determine whether you qualify, contact the county
social services office at [insert the telephone number].”
According to the legislation, pregnancy centers that fail to disseminate
this message “are liable for a civil penalty of five hundred dollars
($500) for a first offense and one thousand dollars ($1,000) for each
However, the legislation was dubbed “the bully bill” by its pro-life
opponents who argued that the bill forces pro-life pregnancy centers to
violate their conscience rights by participating in an abortion
"Does the government have a right to tell a newspaper what to write, a
preacher what to preach, a private school what to teach? Of course not,”
said Assemblywoman Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) in a statement
following the bill’s passage in the State Assembly.
“So why is it okay for the government to force pro-life pregnancy
centers against their will to advertise and promote government abortion
services?” she asked.
'Stepford student' culture threatening free speech
Opportunities for debate are being denied to students because a
minority believe that shutting down the debate is akin to winning
Unfortunately, the recent decision by the University of Manchester’s
students' union to ban radical feminist Julie Bindel and right wing
provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos from participating in a union debate on
free speech, is just another example of the ludicrous "Stepford student"
culture - a term coined by journalist Brendan O'Neill - that is
engulfing our universities.
The event, ironically entitled: “From liberation to censorship: does
modern feminism have a problem with free speech?” had originally been
intended to provoke a challenging debate among open minded students.
However, following outcries from sections of Manchester’s student
cohort, who accused Ms Bindel of transphobia, her involvement was
declared unsuitable as it broke the unions “safe space policy”.
Manchester University’s women’s officer, Jess Lishak, commented on the
union’s decision via Facebook in a post that has now been deleted,
stating: “Julie Bindel is a journalist and activist who’s been on a
crusade against the trans community, and trans women in particular, for
Miss Lishak’s comments were in relation to Ms Bindel’s article in the
Guardian from 2004 in which she wrote: “I don't have a problem with men
disposing of their genitals, but it does not make them women, in the
same way that shoving a bit of vacuum hose down your 501s does not make
you a man.”
Undoubtedly some contentious views. But why ban her from the
debate? So she has some difficult to stomach views, it doesn’t
change the fact that she’s been a lifelong contributor to the feminist
cause, and could rightly be regarded as an expert in her field. By all
standards a good addition to a healthy debate.
14 October, 2015
UK: Must not comment on the ethnicity of politicians' wives
A Labour MP triggered fury last night after questioning why Jeremy Hunt’s Chinese wife had come to Britain.
Helen Goodman faced a backlash over an apparent response to the Tory
minister’s suggestion that tax credit cuts could encourage Britons to
work as hard as people in fast-growing Asian economies.
Miss Goodman, MP for Bishop Auckland, tweeted: ‘If China is so great, why did Jeremy Hunt‘s wife come to England?’
Her remarks were described as deeply offensive and ‘bizarre’ last night –
and come just weeks after Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called for a
‘kinder’ politics and an end to online abuse from Twitter trolls.
Urging British workers to copy the work ethic of the Chinese and
Americans, Health Secretary Mr Hunt had told a fringe event at the Tory
conference last Tuesday that his wife, Lucia, was Chinese and he knew
The Hunts have three children but the minister has kept his family
largely out of the limelight. Miss Goodman, 57, who was shadow minister
for welfare reform under Ed Miliband, responded six days later via
The time-lapse caused some observers to wonder if her Twitter account had been hacked.
Nadhim Zahawi, a Tory MP who works on policy for No10, called on her to
apologise, tweeting: ‘Helen that is a terrible thing to say I hope you
delete and apologise to Mrs Hunt. have you been hacked?’
Labour peer and former MEP Lord Cashman tweeted: ‘Helen this is not an
acceptable tweet. As politicians we are fair game, not our partner nor
Labour’s leader in the Lords, Baroness Smith, called the remarks bizarre and said she should apologise.
A Labour spokesman said last night: ‘This does not represent the views of the Labour Party.
‘Helen will be reminded of her responsibilities as an elected Labour politician.’
Late last night, Miss Goodman finally deleted her tweet and said: ‘Wish to absolutely apologise for earlier tweet.’
Why we must fight for free speech for people we loathe
Today’s backlash against censorship just isn’t good enough
At a glance, it seems a fightback against censorship has finally kicked
off in Britain. Headlines inform us of a ‘feminist backlash against the
censors’, proof, apparently, that the ‘tide [is] turning in the
free-speech debate’. Even the Guardian has taken a five-minute breather
from demanding restraints on Page 3, lads’ mags and sexist comedians to
publish a piece criticising student officials’ No Platforming of radical
feminists, telling us that ‘college is about learning to think’. The
University of Warwick’s students’ union was forced to backtrack on its
scandalous ban on Iranian secularist Maryam Namazie after liberal
newspaper columnists raised hell. And the news that Bahar Mustafa,
diversity officer at Goldsmiths Students’ Union, will shortly appear in
court partly for having tweeted the hashtag #killallwhitemen has been
met with near universal condemnation.
On one level, this feels good. At last people are taking seriously a
freedom that spiked has been championing since we were founded, which we
describe as ‘the foundational freedom upon which every other right we
enjoy is built’. But on another level there’s a serious problem with
this supposed backlash against censorship, something that ought to make
all true free speechers feel uncomfortable. Which is this: for the most
part, and certainly in all the recent flashpoint cases mentioned above,
people are only defending free speech for people they like. In fact,
their new interest in freedom of speech was kindled only when a
colleague, comrade or mate of theirs faced censorship. They aren’t
defending freedom of speech; they’re defending friends’ speech. And
today’s various, distinct, disconnected calls to ‘let my friend speak!’
could actually damage rather that boost that most pressing cause of the
21st century: the fight for the right of everyone – literally everyone –
to say, sing, write, depict and think whatever they like.
What we’re witnessing is not a new movement for freedom of speech, but
the rise of cliques that deploy the language of freedom in a quite
cynical way to defend people who espouse ideas they agree with. So
feminist commentators are currently arguing against students’ unions’
banning of Julie Bindel, yet say nothing about the banning of Dapper
Laughs by Cardiff University, or the NUS’s nationwide clampdown on
‘laddish banter’ (speech), or the ban on the Sun and ‘Blurred Lines’ on
campuses across Britain. They aren’t defending freedom of speech, which
is, by definition, undiscriminating, and should apply as equally to a
sexist rugby club leader as it should to Julie Bindel; instead they are
merely defending speech, in this case Bindel’s speech, the content of
which they admire and support.
Likewise, the secularists who defended Maryam Namazie said nothing about
the banning of a homophobic Islamist preacher at the University of East
London. And Bahar Mustafa and her friends might be terribly concerned
about Mustafa’s arrest for tweeting #killallwhitemen – as they should be
– but, as I discovered when I debated Mustafa in London last month,
they don’t support anyone else’s right to be offensive: not lads, not
‘transphobes’, not people who are critical of Islam – no one.
Indeed, many of those fighting for friends’ speech actively support
restrictions on non-friends’ speech. The defenders of Bindel include
people who campaigned to end Page 3. In a letter to the Observer
denouncing the No Platforming of feminists, various activists and
academics called for a return to that time when No Platform was ‘a
tactic used against self-proclaimed fascists and Holocaust deniers’.
That so many can use the language of freedom of speech to defend people
they like while simultaneously giving the nod, or turning a blind eye,
to the censorship of people they don’t like – fascists, sexists,
Islamists, pornographers – should leave no doubt that we are not
witnessing a new fight for freedom of speech. If anything, the ideal of
freedom of speech is being damaged, badly, by those who use the language
of freedom in the pursuit of the very narrow, self-serving aim of
preserving their own political influence.
13 October, 2015
British police must not wear a British Flag patch in case it causes 'offence'
Too bad if it did, one might think
Police officers wearing an emotive 'thin blue line' badge in tribute to
PC David Phillips who was killed on duty have reportedly been told they
are not allowed to display the patch because it may cause 'offence'.
Metropolitan Police officers were apparently told they are forbidden to
wear the badge - a black and white Union flag with a 'thin blue line'
through it - because it could upset 'some communities'.
Officers had been keen to display the poignant patch in tribute to
father-of-two PC Phillips who was knocked down and killed by a stolen
pick-up truck in Merseyside on Monday.
However, a high-ranking Scotland Yard officer apparently told staff
wearing the badge could provoke ill-feeling or cause offence in some
However, earlier this week, after PC Phillips' death, Met Commissioner
Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said he had 'no issue' with his officers wearing
the badge, the newspaper said.
Naked BACK of women must not be shown
LUSH cosmetics has pulled risqué posters of nude women from its stores
after a concerned mother’s complaint was upheld by the advertising
The body-positive advert, which featured a group of women of varying
shapes and sizes standing with their backs to the camera, was part of a
promotional campaign for the company’s unpackaged cosmetics.
But several shoppers were offended by the poster, complaining that the
“pornographic” image should not have been displayed in a public shopping
“It was placed at a child’s eye level in a shopping centre. It shows
naked women touching other naked women and it is shown in a public
place,” one official complaint said.
“I was unable to shield my children from exposure to this advert as it
was on a poster in the centre aisle of the shopping centre. When I
contacted Lush, they said that the women in the photo consented so it
was OK — I’m sorry but I never consented for myself or my children to be
exposed to nudity on our weekly shopping trip!”
“I am offended as this is nudity for the sake of causing a stir and is offensive and unnecessary,” another complainant said.
12 October, 2015
EU urges fight against online hate speech
Is it hate speech or is it a reasonable protest to say that the
acceptance of a parasitical and hostile flood of Muslims into Europe is
unwise? Their deficient language skills alone make them largely
unemployable -- to say nothing of their superior attitudes
EU justice ministers have met to try to combat a rise in hate speech and
xenophobia spread through social media as Europe grapples with an
unprecedented influx of refugees.
Facebook pledged last month to fight a surge in racism on its
German-language network as Germany has become the top destination for
refugees, triggering a backlash from the far Right.
"We realised in Germany that hate criminality has increased
significantly on social platforms," German Justice Minister Heiko Maas
told reporters as he arrived for talks in Luxembourg.
Maas was to brief his EU counterparts about talks with Facebook and
other sites as well as German initiatives to fight what he said was a
UC faces the impossibility of banning "hate speech"
They can see that such a ban might hit some of their favorite things
-- such as "affirmative action" advocacy and anti-Israel protest
The challenges are enormous, if not insurmountable, as the regents of
the University of California seek to develop a hate-speech policy on
campuses. Recent anti-Semitic incidents spurred the regents to want to
take action, but at their Sept. 17 meeting, they chose not to adopt
proposed "principles against intolerance." Instead, they created a
committee to consider the issue anew. The reality, however, is that the
chance of a breakthrough is low.
Any written policy would need to achieve conflicting goals: expressing a
strong commitment to freedom of speech as an integral aspect of
education, while seeking to prevent speech that is racist, sexist,
anti-Semitic or homophobic. The trick is in setting the border between
heated, even inflammatory, speech and hate speech, which is notoriously
The Supreme Court long has held that vague speech rules violate the 1st
Amendment and deny due process of law. In fact, efforts at defining hate
speech by other state universities have been declared unconstitutional
on vagueness grounds.
The University of Michigan, for example, adopted a code in the 1980s —
later struck down by the Supreme Court — that prohibited "any behavior,
verbal or physical, that stigmatizes or victimizes an individual on the
basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, creed,
national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, handicap or Vietnam-era
But what does it mean to "stigmatize" or "victimize"? If a professor or
student argues that there are inherent differences between men and
women, does that violate the policy? Can advocacy of affirmative action
be deemed to violate this policy because it stigmatizes racial
minorities by assuming that they need preferential treatment to compete?
11 October, 2015
V8 Supercars driver labels female team the ‘p***y wagon’
V8 Supercars driver David Reynolds has been fined $25,000 for a comment
he made about the series’ first all-female team at the Bathurst 1000
Speaking at the press conference at the end of the first day of practice
for Australia’s greatest motor race, Reynolds made an off-the-cuff quip
about Harvey Norman Supergirls duo Renee Gracie and Simona de
A journalist asked Reynolds if he was wary of the all-female team.
He responded by asking: “Was I aware of the p***y wagon?”
“Yeah, I think that’s great. Renee and Simone are really good people and
really good drivers. I hope they perform well for us. I really hope
they go well. Simone has never been here before and she doesn’t even
understand we have a Kangaroo flag. I thought that was standard.”
Reynolds issued a statement to apologise for his comment. “I
unreservedly apologise for a comment I made in a press conference
earlier today in relation to my female teammates,” he said.
“While it was intended to be humorous, I understand it has caused offence.
Australia: You can't win. Wrong to say “Real men don’t hit women.”
The new Prime Minister has won enormous praise for putting domestic
violence on the agenda, but there’s one big problem with the way he’s
been talking about it.
Malcolm Turnbull came out swinging when he promised a tough approach to
domestic violence during the second week of his newly claimed Prime
“It has been overlooked, to some extent ignored, for far too long. We
must have zero tolerance for it. The growing level of awareness is
vital,” he said, building up to a simple, blunt, and catchy
punchline. “Real men don’t hit women.”
It was music to the ears of most. Finally, a leader who wasn’t afraid to
address this issue, who wouldn’t be beating around the bush on the
epidemic killing two Australian women every week.
But criminologist and gender violence expert Michael Salter, among
others, felt his ears prick up for a different reason. “We’ve
heard it before, it doesn’t help, and really, it’s destructive,” he told
Dr Salter says Malcolm Turnbull’s message, like those of generations of politicians before him, is sexist and ineffectual.
“It assumes that ‘real’ men are strong and ‘real’ men are protective and
have authority, and that it’s wrong to hit women because they’re weak
and passive. The statement only makes sense if we assume those things,
and it reinforces those stereotypes.”
9 October, 2015
Must not say that women are needed around the house
The house is a mess, dinner's been burned, the ironing hasn't been done
and the toilet seat has been left up. France 3 TV featured these
scenes of a house in turmoil in an advert boasting about how many female
presenters it employs.
The commercial was pulled after a scathing backlash by social media
users, government ministers, equal-rights activists and the general
public who accused France's second largest public television channel of
France 3 shared the 38-second clip with its 156,000 followers on Twitter
on Friday. As the song, 'Where Have All the Women Gone?' plays, a
message on screen reads: 'There are all on France 3.'
To justify the message concept behind the commercial, the Tweet
alongside the video read: 'The majority of our presenters are females.'
It was meant to run for three weeks but Delphine Ernotte, the president
of French Televisions which controls a host of state-run TV and radio
stations, ordered it to be decommissioned, Pure Medias reported.
Prenons-la-Une, a group of female journalists who campaign for equality
in industry, said the advert does seek to promote the role of women on
TV but 'this is not the right way'. In a statement on its website, they
said: 'We too have been shocked by the gender-biased video on France 3.
Must not publicize the 10 Commandments
Around 10:30 p.m. Monday night, contractors began taking down a
2,400-pound monument depicting the Ten Commandments from the grounds of
Oklahoma’s State Capitol.
The monument’s removal comes a little more than three months after the
Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled in June that its presence violated the
state constitution’s prohibition against using public property for
In Prescott v. Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Commission, the Oklahoma
Supreme Court decided that the six-foot tall granite monument, which was
built with private funds, “operates for the use, benefit or support of a
sect or system of religion.”
Justice Thomas Prince wrote the opinion, which read, “The Ten
Commandments are obviously religious in nature and are an integral part
of the Jewish and Christian faiths.”
Gov. Mary Fallin reportedly said after the ruling that “the court got it wrong,".
After its removal, the Ten Commandments monument was transferred to the
Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs (OCPA), a conservative think tank
located in Oklahoma City.
8 October, 2015
Must not mock Warmism
The BBC has apologised for airing a half-hour radio show earlier this
year in which a series of high-profile climate sceptics lined up to
disparage the science behind global warming.
What’s the point of the Met Office, aired in August, did not make clear
sceptics are a “minority voice, out of step with scientific consensus,”
the corporation said in an email to climate scientist Andy Smedley.
“This was an unfortunate lapse for which we apologise and we would like
to assure you we remain committed to covering all aspects of the subject
in the most accurate and responsible way possible.”
Presented by Daily Mail columnist Quentin Letts, the show featured Peter
Lilley MP, Graham Stringer MP, forecaster Piers Corbyn and Andy
Silvester from the TaxPayers’ Alliance.
All had previously questioned the veracity of climate science. They took
the opportunity to mock the Met Office over its weather forecasting and
climate modelling work.
In reply, the show featured a brief clip of Met Office head of
communications Helen Chivers, which did not address the show’s critique
of recent climate research.
The BBC said it had carried out an internal review and emphasised that
the programme emerged from “an unusual combination of circumstances
which we have now rectified”.
Racial slur OK if it's directed at a conservative?
Anthea Butler has a knack for inciting heated debate about political
issues (regardless of the tenured professor’s inability to garner the
same passion about academic topics from her less-than-enthusiastic
The University of Pennsylvania firebrand, who is an Associate Professor
of Religion and Politics, has once again become the focus of public
scrutiny, this time by heaping a racially insensitive insult onto
presidential candidate Ben Carson.
Campus Reform reports:
“If only there was a ‘coon of the year’ award…” Professor Butler tweeted
in response to another tweet linking to a Sports Illustrated article in
which Carson was quoted defended the right of NASCAR fans to fly
Confederate flags during races.
“Coon of the Year Award”? Imagine if a college professor had said the same of President Obama.
Campus Reform also added a bit of etymology on the insult “coon”:
The word “coon” is an offensive term to slander Africans, deriving from
the Portuguese word “barracoos,” which is a hut-like dwelling used to
store slaves during auctions, according to Online Etymology.
In effect, then, Butler’s tweet insinuated that Carson is a metaphorical slave who belongs in a wooden shed.
Neither the Department of Religious Studies, nor the University of
Pennsylvania have commented on the inflammatory comments of the tenured
7 October, 2015
Toys R Us faces bizarre race row over children's dolls
Toys R Us is facing a bizarre race row after selling a family of black dolls for £3 less than white ones.
The children’s retailer was found to have the ‘Wooden Dolls Family’
product of a white father, mother, son, daughter and baby figures on
sale for £9.99 on its website.
However the ‘ethnic’ version - which features the same five dolls, but
as black relatives wearing different outfits - was available for about
two thirds of the price, at just £6.99.
A Toys R Us spokesman told The Sun that it had made a mistake, adding:
‘This £6.99 was simply a keying error on a pricing - the ethnic family
should be £9.99 as well. The price will be changed.’
Americans must not do traditional New Zealand haka war dance
An American college football team who started performing the haka made
famous by New Zealand's All Blacks have stopped the pre-game ritual
after backlash from New Zealanders.
The Arizona Wildcats, from the University of Arizona, have been forced
to stop the war dance after it was slammed by critics who said it was
insulting to the tradition of the Maori, the New Zealand Herald reports.
In the video the Wildcats team, clad in red, perform a haka at a much
faster pace than it is usually completed and the player leading the team
does not seem to pronounce the words properly during the rendition.
An Arizona Athletics spokesman told the newspaper it wasn't planned to
come across as disrespectful, and he apologised if it caused offence.
'The Arizona football program has a strong lineage of Polynesian
student-athletes, and in 2009, a group of players wished to share this
aspect of their culture with their team mates and community,' the
spokesman told the NZ Herald.
'As a result, the Ka Mate haka became part of the program's on-field pregame preparation starting that year.
'Even though that intent remains the same today, we've been made aware
that a segment of the population is unhappy that the haka is being
performed. As a result, we have decided to discontinue the activity.
Are the Kiwis being racist?
6 October, 2015
Must not mention that France is mostly white
A French European MP was fighting for her political future on Wednesday
after coming under attack for describing France as a country of “white
Nadine Morano, of the right-wing The Republicans party, could be barred
from standing in regional elections in December over her remarks, in
which she also said France was a “Jewish-Christian” country.
Former president Nicolas Sarkozy, who heads the party – the main
opposition to the governing Socialists – has asked the leadership to
withdraw Morano from its list of candidates for the biggest electoral
test of 2015.
Morano, a former minister with a reputation for gaffes and unguarded
Twitter comments, said in a television interview on Saturday that: “We
are a Jewish-Christian country... of white race, which takes in
Morano has been condemned from all points of the political spectrum, and
the head of The Republicans’ list of candidates for eastern France,
Philippe Richert, said her comments had had a “devastating effect” on
Men must not be seen touching a lady's bottom
When Jilly Cooper’s seminal “bonkbuster” novel Riders was re-released
earlier this year with a “sanitised” cover, it was decried as a symbol
of political correctness gone too far.
Now, however, the best-selling author has disclosed that she ordered it
to be sent back for a re-print – featuring the male hand touching the
female rider’s bottom once more.
The original 1985 book cover of Riders, the first in a series of romance
novels about show jumpers, featured a hand resting seductively on the
bottom of a woman wearing tight white jodhpurs.
However, the 30th anniversary edition of the book, released in June, was
criticised for depicting a “toned down” version, with the hand placed
higher up on the woman’s hip.
“The supermarkets were very shocked by the old cover,” Cooper told the
Cheltenham Literature Festival. “They also said it demeaned women and
that it was not politically correct. I was very cross. It was awful. The
hand’s going back now for the re-print.”
Earlier this year, Cooper, who has an OBE for services to literature, decried her publishers for changing the cover.
“They moved Rupert’s hand, which is much smaller and less suntanned, by at least a centimetre,” she said.
5 October, 2015
The Umpqua shooting. The missing word
I have read several accounts of the shooting, including a very comprehensive one in the New York Times.
The NYT even has a picture of the white father of Christopher
Harper-Mercer. No picture of the mother? Why? She was
quoted by various news outlets, so she should have been
The reason why goes back to the missing word: African.
Christopher Harper-Mercer's mother is African American. It is true
that some readers might have identified the killer's origins by his
brown skin but he was pretty light-skinned and did not have
distinctively African features. The irrepressible George Zimmerman
did identify Harper-Mercer as "mixed race" and his African mother was
noted in Britain's "Daily Mail" but silence about that was the rule in
White on black shootings get huge coverage as "racist", but for a black on white killings there is only silence about race.
Obama gave his usual speech blaming guns but this time refrained from
saying that Christopher Harper-Mercer could have been his son
Harper-Mercer apparently targeted Christians for execution, but Obama did not mention that either.
I am not the first blogger to note the blackout (if I can use that
word). A really comprehensive coverage by another blogger is here, including a picture of the black mother.
The media view above
Must not laugh about illegal immigrants
The mayor of a South Wales town has issued an apology after posting a
photo on Facebook of desperate refugees running into the back of a lorry
with the caption: 'Quick, they've dropped us in Barry.'
Vale of Glamorgan's Labour mayor Fred Johnson shared the picture and posted jokes mocking migrants on the social network.
As well as the doctored lorry image, his online account also featured an
edited photo of a plane carrying refugees into the UK, with one of them
hanging by his neck from a noose, and he commented on an image of a
naked woman on a horse, saying: 'Lovely horse'.
The material, which has since been removed, was slammed by the Welsh Conservatives as 'extremely offensive'.
A Welsh Conservative spokesman told the Mirror: 'Much of this material
is extremely offensive and it's hard to believe the Vale of Glamorgan's
mayor thinks it's appropriate to share online.
'His attitude towards the refugee crisis is shameful and he should apologise for offence caused.
'Not only has this senior Labour councillor seen it fit to ridicule
refugees, he also mocks Barry in the process - a town in which he's the
4 October, 2015
American woman says a favorite Australian sandwich spread is racist because it is black!
One would normally think this is a spoof but it could be for real in
the context of all the things that are said to be racist these
days. Vegemite and similar products are popular in Australia,
Britain and some other English-speaking countries but Americans usually
find it unpleasant. Like most Australians, I always have some in
my fridge -- JR
A bizarre online rant that claims "Vegemite is racist because its black" has gone viral.
Cassidy Boon, 20, aired her controversial anti-yeast spread views on
YouTube as she launched a #banvegemite campaign. She said: "Eating
Vegemite is racist towards Aboriginals - because it is black. "If
you eat Vegemite, you’re literally what’s wrong with the world."
"Ever since the 1950s - or whatever - Vegemite has been a way to
symbolically make white Australians feel superior to Aboriginals by
literally eating their f*****g skin in a jar.
The American adds that she spent seven years living in Australia during which she felt "ashamed of all of you".
The video is here.
She basically doesn't know anything about Australia, and is probably
pretty dim generally. Her use of profanity does not suggest much
TX chief under fire for 'In God We Trust' motto on patrol cars tells critics to 'go fly a kite'
A Texas police chief said that the recent string of violent attacks
against police officers led him to paste "In God We Trust" in capital
letters on the back of his department’s patrol cars, despite protests
from a nontheistic group asking him – and other police chiefs around the
country – to take the words off the cars.
In response to a letter by Freedom From Religion Foundation, Childress,
Texas police Chief Adrian Garcia told the group to "go fly a kite" after
they asked him to take down the United States’ national motto from the
"After carefully reading your letter I must deny your request in the
removal of our Nations motto from our patrol units, and ask that you and
the Freedom From Religion Foundation go fly a kite," Garcia wrote in a
"In God We Trust" first appeared on U.S. coins in 1864 and became the
official national motto in 1956, being added to paper money the
following year. While there have been many challenges to the motto over
the years, the Senate reaffirmed its status as the official motto in
2006 and in 2011 the House of Representatives passed another resolution
to back the motto.
Free from Religion did not immediately respond to a request for comment
From Fox News Latino. But one of the co-presidents of Free From
Religion, Annie Laurie Gaylor, told the Los Angeles Times that the motto
is a "johnny-come-lately" adage that only gained popularity when the
U.S. was trying to distinguish itself from official atheist state of the
Soviet Union during the Cold War.
2 October, 2015
Must not say ‘Happy girls are the prettiest’
A long-sleeved T-shirt on sale at British retailer Next has sparked
outrage on Twitter, with a leading mental health and equality charity
joining the debate.
The Audrey Hepburn quote 'Happy girls are the prettiest' appears on the top aimed at girls aged from three to 16 years.
However, the use of the slogan has prompted protests on social media,
with some arguing that it is a negative message and equates happiness
directly with attractiveness.
The first complaint seemed to come on September 5 from Eleanor
Pugh-Stanley, who tweeted: '@nextofficial selling this 2 girls. Don't
care where the quote comes from this is not ok! @fawcettsociety
In recent days the T-shirt, which is currently on sale for between £9
and £12, has attracted a further backlash on Twitter from individuals -
with mental health charity Mind even joining the debate.
The slogan is a shortened version of a well publicised quote by popular
1950s screen idol Hepburn. Her original words were: 'I believe in being
strong when everything seems to be going wrong.
'I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and I believe in miracles.'
Twitter user FeministUK highlighted that the message, although well
intended, could heap pressure on those suffering from mental health
She said: 'Pretty mean on all us miseries suffering with mental ill health. No pressure girls of today!'
Another, @glosswitch said: 'It suggests to me that for girls being pretty is worth more than being happy.'
Gladwell optimism hits a sour note
I hold no brief for Malcolm Gladwell. He is an entertainer
masquerading as a scholar. But optimism is his stock in
trade. But optimism about the fate of blacks is not allowed,
apparently. Only moaning about black oppression is allowed -- JR
Katrina does more than evoke a critical understanding of institutional
racism and the politics of racial disposability; it also elicits new and
more dangerous justifications for racist policies. For instance, the
neoliberal shill Malcolm Gladwell reaches a new low with his piece on
Katrina titled Starting Over which was published in The New Yorker. He
argues that for many of the 100,000 poor blacks displaced by the storm
involuntary displacement was a good thing because it opened up new
opportunities for upward mobility for them and provided a model for
When Barbara Bush uttered a similar statement after Katrina, she was
condemned roundly in the press for being morally insensitive. Greeting
displaced Katrina victims in Houston in the aftermath of the hurricane
and forced evacuations, she exclaimed “And so many of the people in the
arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this – this is
working very well for them.”
Barbara Bush’s insensitivity was viewed by many in the black community
as a justification for a form of state violence and symptomatic of the
racism that dominated her son’s presidency. Yet in Obama’s post-racial
America, Gladwell’s racist creed provokes no moral outrage and is
published without a touch of irony or a shred of historical
1 October, 2015
Redskins’ Name Feared More Than Islamo-Nazi Regime in Tehran?
On his Sept. 17 show, nationally syndicated radio host Mark Levin
criticized the left for fearing the Washington Redskins’ name more than
the “Islamo-Nazi regime” in Tehran.
More than 150 D.C. residents convened at an Events DC meeting and
expressed opposition to a new Redskins stadium on Robert F. Kennedy
“This is how pathetic and stupid things have become,” Levin said. “So
the name Redskins is to be feared more than the Islamo-Nazi regime that
has ICBMs and wants to put nuclear warheads on – than an Islamo-Nazi
regime that has killed Americans, that has four American
Here is the full transcript of Levin on the Redskins:
“Barack Obama will negotiate with the Islamo-Nazi
regime in Tehran. They’ll say ‘Death to America.’ He’ll still negotiate
with the Islamo-Nazi regime in Iran, right?
“And yet, it appears that they’re going to block the
Washington Redskins from even considering building a brand new, spanking
new football stadium in the District of Columbia. All the jobs it would
create, not just construction, but ongoing jobs it creates and the
convenience that it would provide for Redskins fans because of the name,
“This is how pathetic and stupid things have become.
So the name Redskins is to be feared more than the Islamo-Nazi regime
that has ICBMs and wants to put nuclear warheads on – than an
Islamo-Nazi regime that has killed Americans, that has four American
“We have to be open to talk to them. We have to be
respectful when we refer to them. We use whatever name they say when we
refer to them. They’re going, ‘Death to America! Death to Israel! Death
to the Jews! Death to this one!’ They want to do us grievous harm.
“Obama says, ‘Engage, look, look, engage. We can’t change them. That’s not the purpose of the negotiations.’
“But the Redskins. No no! Crush them! Kill them! We cannot tolerate that! No way! Not today! Never ever!
“This is the perversion that is liberalism. This is
the perversion that is Obama. And the media go along with it.”
Judge dismisses $10million lawsuit filed against ESPN announcers because they poked fun at Yankees fan who fell asleep
One baseball fan's desire to make money for sleeping has been put to bed
by a judge who says he had no legal basis to sue the ESPN announcers
who made fun of him for dozing off during a game.
Andrew Rector, a used car salesman from the Bronx, was caught sleeping
in his seat by a camera during a game between the Boston Red Sox and New
York Yankees in April last year.
The drowsy fan later made national headlines by suing MLB Advanced
Media, the Yankees, ESPN and announcing team Dan Schulman and Jon Kruk
for $10million after they discussed his unusual behavior.
Rector, who was greeted by a round of applause from the stadium when he
woke up, said he suffered 'mental anguish' because of the ordeal.
He alleged in his suit that the broadcasters published statements
against him that allegedly called him a 'fatty cow', 'stupid', 'socially
bankrupt' and a 'symbol of failure'.
Though Schulman and Kruk said none of those words, Rector's suit said
that the announcers and ESPN 'set the stage' for him to be defamed by
Internet users who did.
The clip was replayed on ESPN and Rector experienced the kind of vile derision that Internet commenters are known for.
Dismissing the suit, Rodriguez said that 'a defendant cannot be found
liable for a libelous or defamatory statement that they did not
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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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