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30 October, 2016
UK: Must not mention differences between the sexes
A mother has claimed that a supermarket cashier 'gender shamed' her
three-year-old son when he picked up a 'girls' Frozen Kinder Surprise
egg instead of a blue Marvel superheroes one.
Charlotte Houghton told her son Mason to chose a Kinder Surprise egg at
the Sainsbury's checkout as a treat for doing well in his potty
But, when he picked a pink egg one with a Frozen character inside -
rather than the blue Marvels egg - the cashier allegedly told him:
'You've got a girl's one.'
Outraged Ms Houghton said: 'I've heard of comments being made to parents
before but this was the first time I've personally experienced gender
shaming. 'I was really taken aback by it.'
The mother-of-two, from Hull, said she then explained to the woman that
her son always picks the Frozen one and that he likes the figures.
She added: 'I'm sure she meant no harm by her comments but I can't understand this divide of boys and girls toys.
'Personally I think we should encourage our children to play with any toys that they want, as long as they're safe.
Ferrero, the Italian company which produces the Kinder eggs, said they were not meant to be gender specific.
A spokeswoman said: 'The Frozen Kinder Surprise egg is part of the Pink
and Blue range, that offers different branded toy ranges in pink or blue
Israeli wedding guests who were filmed celebrating the death of a
Palestinian toddler and his parents in a firebombing at their West Bank
home are charged with inciting terror
Given what Israelis have suffered in attacks by Arabs, this can
surely be forgiven. Besides, when is a celebration an
incitement? It is looking back, not looking forward
Prosecutors have charged a groom and 12 Israeli wedding guests,
including the groom, with inciting violence after they were caught on
camera celebrating the murder of a Palestinian toddler and his parents,
who died after their home was firebombed by Jewish settlers.
Ali Saad Dawabsha, who was 18 months old, died when his home in the
village of Duma in the occupied West Bank, was attacked in July 2015.
Ali's parents died later from severe burns. His badly burned brother Ahmed, aged five, was the sole survivor.
In December last year the suspects - eight men and five teenage boys -
were filmed waving guns and stabbing a photograph of the dead child at a
A Star of David and the words 'revenge' and 'long live the Messiah' were
spray-painted on a wall near the Dawabshas' small house.
A Jewish settler, Amiram Ben-Uliel, 21, was charged in January with
murder, attempted murder, arson and conspiracy to commit a hate crime.
The Times of Israel said Ben-Uliel claimed to have carried out the
firebombing in retaliation for the murder of another Jewish settler,
Malachy Rosenfeld, by a Palestinian gunman.
28 October, 2016
Austrian newspaper editor faces HATE crime charges over column calling migrants 'testosterone driven Syrians'
They are certainly prolific sexual offenders
An Austrian newspaper editor is facing hate crime charges for a
controversial column he wrote about the migrant crisis last year.
Chief editor of the Styrian edition of national paper Kronen Zeitung,
Christoph Biro, labelled migrants 'testosterone driven Syrians' in his
opinion piece on October 25 last year.
He also accused migrants of 'extremely aggressive sexual assault' and
reported that Afghans had slashed train seats and refused to sit near
Police and the Austrian train company ÖBB denied that Afghans had destroyed the seats.
Fritz Grundnig of the National Police Directorate in Styria called the remarks 'absolute nonsense'.
The article prompted 37 complaints to the Press Council and Mr Biro took
four weeks leave from his job, reportedly saying he had 'lost sense of
Mr Biro said he had been a journalist for 39 years and had made a
'particularly unfortunate' error, the website Nachrichten reports.
He described how he had previously given Syrians German lessons with his
wife and noted that among the refugees there can be 'black sheep' and
Why an Australian ambulance officer described Dreamworld victims as having suffered ‘injuries incompatible with life’
AMID the unfolding tragedy of four deaths on a ride at Dreamworld on
Tuesday, an ambulance officer’s seemingly heartless description of the
victims’ injuries had social media in uproar.
It caused a social media maelstrom, with many attacking the Gold Coast's
acting supervising officer — and the media for reporting it — for a
seemingly cold description so soon after four deaths.
But the clearly shaken, senior officer, facing a live national
television cross fresh from leaving the grisly scene, was using a
clinical term commonly used by medical professionals, police and other
Unknown to many was that the term gave a sad insight into the extent of the injuries the victims suffered.
When injuries are deemed by paramedics to be so severe that they are “incompatible with life”, CPR is deemed a futile exercise.
The Queensland Ambulance Service official clinical practice guidelines
for resuscitation outline a number of instances in which CPR should not
They include where the patient has sustained injuries that are “totally incompatible with life”.
Many social media users rushed to defend Mr Fuller’s use of the term on live television.
A 32-year-old woman and her 35-year-old brother were killed in Tuesday
afternoon’s tragedy, which happened on the Thunder River Rapids Ride.
The man’s 38-year-old male partner also died. All three were from
Canberra. The woman’s 12-year-old daughter was thrown clear of the ride
and watched in horror as her mother and uncles perished. Another
unrelated woman, 42, from Sydney was also killed. Her 10-year-old son
was also thrown free from the raft and watched his mother die.
27 October, 2016
Oxford English Dictionary REFUSES to remove 'offensive' term 'Essex girl' despite 3,000 signature petition
The Oxford English Dictionary publisher insisted today that it will not
remove the term 'Essex girl' after a campaign that has attracted 3,000
The petition was started by two mothers who claim the term 'pigeonholes'
women into an 'appalling stereotype', and they have organised a meeting
with the publisher.
Natasha Sawkins, 34, and Juliet Thomas, 32, reacted after the term
became recognised in the dictionary to describe 'unintelligent and
But Oxford University Press, which publishes the OED, said it cannot
make changes as a result of a petition, 'as this would go against our
descriptive editorial policy and undermine the evidence-based approach
that our dictionaries are built on'.
The two former Bloomberg executives claim the phrase is not reflective
of Essex women and that those living in the county should 'reclaim' the
The mothers, who both live in Essex, hope their campaign will help
redefine 'Essex Girl' by celebrating their achievements and true
Student Sues Over Iowa State’s ‘Speech Code’
A 34-year-old student at Iowa State University is suing the school over what he calls an “unconstitutional speech code.”
The student, Robert Dunn, says the university is forcing him to
compromise his First Amendment rights by complying with “overly broad
and vague” anti-discrimination and harassment policies. Failing to agree
to abide by the policies, he added, could result in the school placing a
“hold” on his diploma and a “review” by the dean of students.
The “speech code” Dunn is referring to is a university policy titled,
“Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Assault, and Sexual Harassment Involving
Students.” In August, prior to the fall 2016 semester, Dunn said he
received an email announcing the new training program on “the
university’s nondiscrimination policies and procedures” to be completed
Specifically, Dunn’s lawyers argue in the lawsuit, the policy “states
that ‘gossip’ about a male student’s ‘feminine dress’ could be
harassment, failing to even acknowledge that students also possess First
Amendment rights that might be implicated.”
“The harassment doesn’t even have to be directly at the person,” Dunn
told The Daily Signal in a phone interview. “So I didn’t feel
comfortable saying that I was going to sign over my First Amendment
right in order to comply with campus policy.”
Dunn is a resident of Ames, Iowa. He is a conservative, member of Young
Americans for Freedom, and the founder and president of Iowa State’s
Young Americans for Freedom organization. He is a senior at Iowa State,
where he is majoring in accounting in order to pursue a new career path.
Dunn is being represented by lawyers at Alliance Defending Freedom, a
Christian conservative nonprofit law firm that advocates for the right
of people to live out their faith.
Casey Mattox, an attorney representing Dunn, said the policy at Iowa
State is “one of the worst policies that we have seen in recent years.”
“We handle a lot of university free speech cases,” Mattox said, adding:
The fact that it would affirmatively state that First Amendment
protected speech can still be deemed harassment by the university and
then just give administrators the authority to decide what those
circumstances are, when free speech equals harassment, it basically
eliminates any kind of protection for free speech. You can’t be put in a
position as a student where you have to fear that whatever you say
could be deemed harassment if someone else thinks the circumstances are
26 October, 2016
Must not say a deformed baby is ugly
One day the parents might have to accept reality
Parents have expressed outrage following comments made by Nova radio
hosts Kate, Tim and Marty about a child with a rare genetic disorder.
The trio aired a segment on October 14 titled ‘What have you got that’s
big?’, following media coverage of a 16-month old US baby with
Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome, which can cause overgrowth of various parts
of the body.
Little Paisley Morrison-Johnson was forced to undergo two rounds of
life-saving tongue reduction surgery, just to be able to eat, breathe
and smile uninhibited.
However, according to the mother of a child in Paisley’s BWS support
group, the South Dakota girl became the butt of “cruel and horrible”
jokes made by the radio hosts, who reportedly compared her appearance to
“a comedy act”.
As well as suffering similar problems with her tongue, the Melbourne
woman’s daughter was also born with her bowel on the outside because it
was simply too large to fit inside her tiny body.
“My daughter along with Paisley that you giggle about, has overcome more
adversity and shown more courage in her life than all three of you put
together,” she wrote.
“I am disgusted to think that this unempathic [sic], insulting,
uninformed chatter seems to count for entertainment. This is a very low
The episode podcast has been deleted and re-uploaded minus the offending
segment, but it’s been reported the trio also used phrases including,
“If you thought your kid was ugly jump on Instagram and look at this”
and “the tongue is a put-off” when discussing Paisley’s condition.
Labour fury at 'highly offensive' joke poster mocking child refugees
Britain has recently accepted various Muslim refugees who claim to be
children -- even though blind Freddy could tell they are grown
men. But apparently the British Left think it is offensive to
mention that. All refugees are good, apparently
A poster mocking the age of child migrants coming to Britain has caused
fury after being put up in a kitchen for MPs in Parliament.
Labour's shadow minister for Industrial Strategy, Chi Onwurah, tweeted
the image with the text: 'Just £3 from you could clothe and feed his
12yr old Syrian child for a week'.
But instead of showing a Syrian child, the poster contains an elderly man in a headscarf.
Ms Onwurah, who represents Newcastle Central, said that someone had put
it up deliberately in a kitchen serving 12 MPs and their staff.
It came as the row over whether all the migrants entering the UK from
Calais are all under 18 after one was found to be an adult.
Explaining what happened the MP said: 'It was spotted sellotaped above a
sink so it was not by accident. I thought it was really upsetting. It
shouldn't have a place in Parliament'.
The kitchen serves MPs from Labour, the SNP and the Tories.
Ms Onwurah told Huffington Post: 'There's been an increasing xenophobic
commentary in politics and the Tory Party Conference had numerous
examples of that and so by condoning that kind of hostility you're
making this more likely to happen'.
25 October, 2016
Only governments are allowed to condemn FAT
Jamelia has reportedly been axed from the Loose Women panel following
her controversial comments about plus-size women earlier this year.
According to The Sun, the Superstar singer, 35, is said to have rubbed
ITV bosses up the wrong way after saying that obese women 'should feel
uncomfortable' about their unhealthy size, and that high street stores
should not be catering for them.
'Jamelia really annoyed bosses with her comments on high street shops selling bigger clothes', a source told the paper.
'The show is often close to the bone but those comments were the final straw.
'Loose Women’s viewers come in all shapes and sizes and the producers don’t want them to be offended,' the source explained
Dallas Elotes Cart Says They Won't Shut Down After Allegations of Racism and Cultural Appropriation
Elotes is a simple dish — but it's not proving so simple for Corn
Connection, a Dallas elotes cart that's been accused of racism and
insensitive cultural appropriation.
A Facebook post by community organizer Luz Hernandez calling for a
boycott of Corn Connection, an elotes stand in Dallas, spread like
wildfire once Hernandez made the post public, and it set off a viral
avalanche when Hernandez was verbally attacked on the internet by one of
the business’ former workers.
Hernandez originally posted a picture of the Corn Connection cart and
employees, and she captioned it, “Please don’t support this Columbusing
ass company, the Corn Connection, in Dallas. YT ppl [white people]
selling elotes – SMMFH.”
Aside from borrowing its logo, interlocking Cs from Chanel, the business
also borrowed its product, elotes: a Mexican dish of corn, mayonnaise,
hot sauce and cheese that's found its way onto an increasing number of
American menus in recent years.
24 October, 2016
A Dictionary for Victims
Woke, intervention, safe-space, micro-aggression. Everyday on social
media we see these words and phrases, and many others besides. They have
become the mainstay of the regressive left’s vocabulary. Most were
borrowed or adopted from the US, where so many of our populist
repertoires originate, but they are generally not well defined. Let’s
see what we can do about that.
Here follows a guide for the perplexed:
Safe-space: A virtual prison, guarded in similar fashion. You
can't leave and you need permission to visit. Ostensibly designed to
protect, it is in reality a Panopticon. Inside, each inmate acts as both
enforcer and victim, policing their colleagues and mobilising sentiment
against the outside world, presumably for a breakout at some point.
However, while prisons have rehabilitation and reintegration at their
heart, safe-spaces serve to regress and alienate. It is a safe enough
place, for everything other than free speech. It is a total institution
Intervention: Threatened by more traditional words like "argument" or
"criticism", using "intervention" serves to avoid any objective
description as to the nature of a comment or insight. Thus, it is the
phrase of choice for those wishing to avoid the hurt and pain that
inevitably accompanies critical opinion. If every sentiment is merely an
"intervention", all sentiments are equal, nonthreatening and neutral.
Thomas Paine’s Common Sense was an intervention; so was your
protestation on receiving the wrong change at the corner cafe.
Woke: A person who is woke is aware of injustice and prejudice, and
embracing of the burden that accompanies being a social justice warrior
(see: social justice warrior). It is an admission of failure; for before
the revelation there was presumably just ignorance. And, like a
religious conversion, it is worn as a badge of honour. Once pinned to
your Facebook page, it is an all-encompassing truth. You cannot be woke
and wrong. Only woke and misunderstood. From that point, all moralising
flows. In order not to lapse back into ignorance, one must stay woke. It
is a constant battle.
Intersectional: Something is labelled intersectional (in the real world
we use the word complex) in order to negate specificity. If everything
is multidimensional, nothing is as it appears and no one point can stand
on its own. Every point has a context and no point is true in and of
itself. Many of these contexts are unseen (unless you are woke) and to
make a point without reference to this complexity is to lose any
argument from first principles. On our roads, intersections are
regulated and traffic flows in one direction or another. In the language
of victimhood all lanes are always open.
Bodies: Bodies are metaphors. They are not physical but metaphysical.
Thus, always they are accompanied by an adjective, usually racial in
nature, giving them their true and final form. It is the language of
otherness, to take something universal and redefine it as particular. It
is one of the many rhetorical tools used to enforce difference. They
are used negatively, as flash points for suffering. We all have bodies
but to have, say, a "white body", is to possess something entirely
History: History, as practised in academia, is the study of days gone by
and the attempt to understand and draw from it both truth and wisdom.
History in the language of victimhood is what happened five minutes ago.
And so 1976 and October 2016 can be effortlessly merged into a single
stream of conscience. Everything turns on yesterday and there is no
tomorrow. No perspective or wisdom either. Of course, the problem with
labelling anything historic is that the exercise is redundant.
Everything is historic in some sense or another. A better word would be
"important". However, then you run the risk of exposing your own
judgment; far more convenient to feign clairvoyance and, of course,
place your humble self at the centre of history's grand narrative.
Violence: Violence, in the true sense of the word, is ubiquitous in SA;
horrific in the depth and breadth of its depravity too. Rape, murder,
assault; thousands, if not millions, suffer at its hands everyday. But,
in an arrogant act of egomaniacal proportions, the language of
victimhood has adopted the word to mean one’s feelings are hurt when
offence is caused. Ideas and arguments, the word suggests, are the real
cause of violence, belittling the very real experience of those who
actually bleed and die. Soon, no doubt, other words will follow suit, as
the language of victimhood seeks to elevate its own concerns above all
others. Argue too strongly and, in the near future, it could be deemed a
Social Justice Warrior: Hashtags and posters are their weapons;
sometimes human excrement too. They hunt down inequality and destroy it;
often with the emphasis on the destroying. Enlightened in a way others
are not, they can see through the fog of injustice. They can see the
path and the light. But they cannot see too far down the path. So,
often, it is their own future they damage in an act of self-harm. But
their fires burn brightly, enough to light the path just a little bit
more. And so they march on. Fire by fire.
Micro-aggression: A micro-aggression is a minor slight, one that causes
violence (see: violence) to a particular body (see: bodies). It is met
in turn by a macro-aggression, a phrase that, curiously, does not enjoy
the same standing. A micro-aggression, its identification and
countenance, is typically conveyed with passive-aggressive intent. Only
that response is described as an intervention (see: intervention). In
defence, to deny any intent other than human frailty or, indeed, the
truth of the matter, is to reveal you are not woke (see: woke).
Myths: Myths are legends. Tall tales of magic and superstition. Like
equality, that is a myth. And justice; that too is a fable. In
dispelling these myths, the world of principles and ideals is
conveniently conflated with the real world, with all its ambiguity and
unfairness. Most people understand the difference but if you are woke
(see: woke), this understanding has arrived as something of an epiphany.
Lo and behold, the world is not fair or just. Once that point is agreed
to, it is then appropriate to again differentiate the two worlds and to
ask, what now? But first the dispelling of the myths.
The Economy: There is no definition for this word in the language of
victimhood — no understanding of how it works either, nor its effects or
its central importance to improving the quality of life, an
appreciation for human rights or the creation of a better society.
Certainly no policy or programme to address it. Thus, it is never
Hegemony: Used as an ironic reference to some powerful idea or practice,
usually problematic in nature (patriarchy for example), with no
appreciation for the fact that the language of victimhood, with all its
demagogic undertones, is somewhat hegemonic itself in turn, which has
many completely captured in its web. "Totalising" is another word often
used in conjunction with this idea. Western ideas are totalising, we are
told. The very fact that so much national discussion would seem to
revolve around denigrating and maligning them, is evidence not of that
the fact they are not totalising, but of the very kind of hegemonic
thinking against which we are told to fight.
Disrupt: One must disrupt conventional thought, we are told, but in a
particular way. Declaring, for example, Africa to be the biggest
continent is not the kind of disruption we are after. That is worthy of
ridicule. But saying science should be scrapped, that is acceptable;
worthy of consideration and reflection. Importantly, one should never
disrupt a disrupter, although one can intervene (see: intervention). To
suggest some or other moronic disruption as just that, is to commit
violence (see: violence), possibly on a particular body (see: bodies).
Western and African: No idea is an idea in and of itself. Democracy, for
example, cannot exist as an ideal. It has to be differentiated. Western
democracy or African democracy. Everything can be divided into these
two camps. And each of these two camps is totalising (see: hegemony).
So, there is no North Africa, just as there is no Asia. At a push,
Western can be subdivided into European and American but the word
"imperialist" suitably represents both. The distinction breaks down the
more specific you get. So, for example, no one takes an African selfie
on their Western iphone.
23 October, 2016
Students told term ‘be a man’ represents toxic masculinity
More feminist hatred
Gettysburg College freshman James Goodman began his first moments of
higher education by being lectured by campus leaders about “toxic
masculinity,” he tells The College Fix in an interview.
Students who “identify as male” were shown a docudrama film about
masculinity. The film, titled “The Mask You Live In,” was part of the
lessons warning students that the notion of masculinity comes with
harmful side effects, he said.
According to the trailer of the film, it teaches that the “three most
destructive words” a boy can hear growing up is “be a man.” Experts
quoted therein also suggest that violent outbursts are prompted by
masculinity pressures because “respect is linked to violence.”
“They really buy into a culture that doesn’t value what we feminize,”
says scholar Dr. Niobe Way in the trailer, continuing that people of
both genders will “go crazy” under that construct.
Psychiatrist Dr. James Gilligan added “whether it’s homicidal violence
or suicidal violence, people resort to such desperate behavior only when
they are feeling shame or humiliated, or feel they would be if they
didn’t prove that they were real men.”
As he makes the comments, headlines reporting on suicides and murder-suicides flashed on screen.
Others headlines that peppered the trailer apparently link shooting
massacres to masculinity; images included stories about the Sandy Hook
Elementary School shooting, in which 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shot
20 children and six staff members, and the shooting in Aurora, Colo.,
in which James Holmes killed 12 people inside a movie theater.
“The entire movie and lesson made it seem like masculinity was an
unacceptable human trait. That it’s something males should avoid. It was
completely pointless. It did nothing to help anyone. I got absolutely
nothing out of the experience, other than a headache,” Goodman said to
The College Fix.
University Threatens to ‘Silence’ Professor Protesting Genderless Pronouns
A psychology professor at the University of Toronto who is protesting a
law that would force him to use certain pronouns for transgender and
other gender nonconforming individuals says the school is trying to
“The university, yesterday, basically told me to silence myself,” Jordan
Peterson told The Daily Signal. “That’s the second warning letter.”
Peterson has been a vocal opponent of a measure before Canada’s
Parliament known as C-16, which would amend the nation’s human rights
and criminal codes to make it illegal to discriminate based on gender
identity and gender expression.
If passed, failure to refer to a person by the preferred pronoun or
refusing to hire someone based on gender identity could qualify as
discrimination and be punishable by law.
In a phone interview with The Daily Signal, Peterson said he has no
problem with addressing people “as whatever gender they appear to be
presenting themselves as.”
Peterson, a clinical psychologist, is a tenured professor.
“If Caitlyn Jenner wants to be called ‘she,’ I don’t give a damn,” he
said. “If someone’s going through a fair bit of work to manifest
themselves as a female or manifest themselves as a male, I’m not going
to make an issue of it.”
What Peterson takes issue with, however, is the Canadian government
potentially forcing him to speak in a manner that reflects a particular
ideology, such as using the genderless pronouns “zie” or “hir.”
“The law should be very careful when it mandates what people have to say,” Peterson said, adding:
That’s the fundamental issue here. The mistake of this legislation is,
it’s an attempt to force people to utter certain words that are not of
their choosing. There’s a big difference between being required to not
say something, and being required to say something. It’s a different
category of law. One is closing your mouth. The other one is putting a
hand inside you and forcing you to be a puppet.
Some students and other members of the University of Toronto community
took immediate offense to Peterson’s remarks, telling school leaders
they found his comments “unacceptable, emotionally disturbing, and
The university first warned Peterson to stop making “discriminatory”
remarks in an Oct. 3 letter from Susanne Ferber, chairwoman of the
Department of Psychology
The letter signed by Cameron and Nelson, dated Oct. 18, informs Peterson:
The impact of your behavior runs the risk of undermining your ability to
conduct essential components of your job as a faculty member and we
urge you to consider your obligations as a faculty member to act in a
manner that is consistent with the law and with university policy.
Peterson’s tenure status provides “some protection” from being fired, he said, “but the limits of that can always be tested.”
The university officials object to what they call Peterson’s
“discriminatory intentions”—that, as a matter of principle, he has said
he’d refuse to comply with rules or laws dictating pronoun usage.
Peterson said he doesn’t intend to stop speaking out on the issue, and
warned that political correctness is spiraling out of control,
particularly in the U.S.
I think the university will send me a third warning letter, because I
think they’re getting the documentation in order, and then I think
there’s a reasonable probability that they’ll take action against me.
And I think there’s a nontrivial possibility that I’ll be held up in
front of the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal. I’m obviously
prognosticating with regards to something I can’t predict, but the
university did yesterday tell me to silence myself, and I didn’t expect
them to do that.
21 October, 2016
NOTE: My normal posting time has come, only to find me under
the influence of both health and cable problems. The cable
problems seem by now to have been banished but too late for me to read
much. There is a fair chance that I might be back in normal action by
this time tomorrow.
My health problem is a post operative infection in the wound site --
most probably golden staph. I am on 300 mg of clindamycin 6 hourly
so that should help. I can control the pain with di-gesic pretty well
but I have to be cautious about sepsis so my next recourse may have to
be a vancomycin drip.
Either the infection or the remedies seem to be making me very drowsy so
I sleep for long periods, which is probably a good thing on the whole.
20 October, 2016
More Leftist hate speech
A BBC news presenter has been suspended for allegedly calling the Tory
government 'the new Nazis' in an online social media rant.
BBC Look North's Danny Carpenter reportedly accused the government of
being 'cynical, vicious, racist and xenophobic' in a Facebook rant and
has now been suspended by the corporation as they carry out an
Mr Carpenter is also said to have called for the Brexit to be 'voted
out' by Parliament because of a 'combination of dishonest fear-mongering
and lies about the economy'.
He wrote earlier this month: 'Now let's see the Labour Party grow some
proper balls and unite in the lobbies to vote out every cynical,
vicious, racist and xenophobic piece of legislation these new Nazis
'Let's start by demanding a commons debate on Brexit and voting out this
utterly undemocratic and non-legally binding referendum result which
was achieved by a combination of dishonest fear-mongering and lies about
Tory MP Nigel Adams told The Sun: 'I was gobsmacked to read the BBC journalist comments.
'Neutrality is so important but when you read such anti-Tory rhetoric
from a well known local reporter, it does nothing to heal the
preconceptions about BBC bias that many in politics have.'
A BBC spokesman said: 'The impartiality of our journalism is of the
utmost importance to us. We have clear social media guidelines for
staff, which we take very seriously. 'We have spoken to the member of
staff and we are continuing to investigate.'
Supermarket is accused of 'cultural appropriation' for selling a
Halloween Day of the Dead costume inspired by the Mexican festival
Asda was today accused of ‘cultural appropriation’ for selling a
Halloween costume which has been labelled as disrespectful to Mexicans.
The supermarket has been criticised by shoppers for its ‘Halloween Day
of the Dead skeleton costume’ inspired by the annual Dia de Muertos
festival in Mexico.
Critics argue that Halloween and Day of the Dead are two separate events
with different origins, and say it is culturally disrespectful to sell
Dia de Muertos is a holiday to honour the dead, with participants
decorating altars with flowers, candles, food and pictures in memory of
The celebration originated as a ritual in South America as long as 3,000
years ago - and was merged with Catholicism following the Spanish
Halloween is on All Hallows’ Eve, the evening before the Christian
festival All Saints Day, and began 2,000 years ago as the Celts marked
the end of summer.
People at that time believed the barrier between our world and that of
ghosts and spirits became thin at this point, so had a huge party to
scare them away.
Irish immigrants to the US raised the popularity of Halloween in the
19th century, before it became more commercialised and spread further in
Asda’s ‘Halloween Day of the Dead’ costumes are available in both male
and female styles and adult and children’s sizes, costing £16 and £11
The store is also offering ‘Sugar Skull’ themed items, including masks,
based on the traditional calavera skulls, which are used in Day of the
However some critics have tweeted their disappointment at the
collection. Christina Bradley said: ‘The sugar skull range/the advert
with sugar skull makeup for Halloween is awks. Learn what they’re about
before you appropriate them?’
19 October, 2016
Historic posters must not be shown: Erase history!
The Yale football team’s victory over Dartmouth Saturday was tainted by
program booklets that featured racially insensitive portrayals of Native
Americans on the cover.
The booklets, which were printed to commemorate the football team’s
100th game against Dartmouth, included eight historic renditions of
program covers from past years, half of which contained offensive
depictions of Native Americans that included Dartmouth’s unofficial
former mascot, the Indian.
One cover showed a bulldog chasing the Native American figure up a tree,
while another featured a Yale football player lighting the figure’s
clothing on fire. The Athletics Department issued an apology for the
The image of the cover surfaced on social media Saturday when Mary
Kathryn Nagle, executive director for the Yale Indigenous Performing
Arts Program, tweeted out a picture of the program, criticizing the
“dehumanizing images of redface.”
Students’ condemnation of the cover took off after an image of it was
posted on the Overheard at Yale Facebook page Sunday afternoon.
Later that day, Director of Athletics Thomas Beckett responded on behalf
of Yale Athletics and issued an apology for the offensive images in a
Sometimes you can't win
Actress Priyanka Chopra has apologised for modelling an "insensitive" top on a magazine cover.
The former Bollywood star features on the front of a recent copy of
Conde Nast Traveller magazine, wearing a white vest top with the words
"migrant", "refugee" and "outsider" crossed out, while "traveller" is
However, people have been quick to criticise the publication for the
message sent in the cover, with many stressing that being a refugee is
"not a choice".
Priyanka, who currently stars in U.S. TV series Quantico, told Indian
news channel NDTV: "I'm really apologetic about sentiments being hurt. I
have always been against labels. I am very affected and feel really
horrible, but the message has been misconstrued. The magazine was very
clear that they wanted to send a message about addressing xenophobia
She said that she is more than aware of the issues currently faced by
refugees, and was actually aiming to send a message in support of their
18 October, 2016
False accusations that Britain is a racist country
By Nadhim Zahawi MP (Nadhim Zahawi is a member of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee and MP for Stratford On Avon)
Everyone needs to calm down, breathe, and think a little bit more before
they react to stories about Brexit. Many seem to be excited every time
they stumble upon a shred of evidence that might be twisted to point
towards their view – already dearly held – that those who support Leave
are racist fools, dreaming of an all-white Britain.
And this fantasy view is now sometimes taken of the entire Government,
simply because Theresa May has committed to following through on the
will of the British people. Now many opponents of Brexit are prone to
seize upon any Government policy as evidence of shameful racism, and
make it controversial. All to fit their sad view that this country is
suddenly something to be ashamed of.
We saw this in the response to the consultation on the number of foreign
workers companies have hired. Cue outrage – and the creation of fears
that the Government will soon be regularly publishing lists of
foreigners for angry mobs to threaten. But if only the outraged had
paused and listened to what Ministers are saying, they would have heard
what the plan actually was. Instead they heard a few words; placed them
within their pre-existing view of the ‘xenophobic Tories’ and conjured
up something to shock themselves with – something that gets wilder and
wilder during the game of political Chinese whispers that is modern
Of course the policy – to provide information to central Government
about how many foreign workers they had to hire in order to provide
useful detail about skills shortages – was perfectly reasonable. But
when this reality started the perforate the self-satisfied bubble of
disgust, those who had blown it up just called the move a U-turn and
went on their way, ready to be righteous another day.
It would be all too easy to accept that some have created this idea of a
racist Britain for themselves to fight against, and to conclude that we
should ignore them, and get on with our lives. But instead we must
stand up and challenge this view because it is so damaging and so far
from reality. Ultimately, this distorted viewpoint only undermines the
real fights against racism and intolerance.
Britain racist? Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones
Across parts of Germany, running battles between immigrants and
neo-Nazis are becoming so frequent that they no longer lead the news.
In France and Belgium, Jewish schools and synagogues require armed
guards. In Toulouse, a mosque has been burned to the ground. In Sweden,
neo-Nazi thugs warned of a ‘year of violence’ against immigrants.
Racist violence across much of Europe is now becoming almost routine.
So which country has the Strasbourg-based Council of Europe decided to
accuse of ‘anti-foreigner sentiment’? You guessed it. The European
Commission on Racism and Intolerance, which reports to the Council, says
it is alarmed at the ‘intolerant political discourse in the UK,
particularly focusing on immigration’.
Seriously? Political discourse in the UK? Let’s compare how politicians
talk here with what passes unremarked in other EU states. Czech prime
minister Bohuslav Sobotka says: ‘To be honest, we don’t want a large
Muslim population here.’ His Slovak counterpart, Robert Fico, is just as
blunt: ‘Islam has no place in Slovakia.’
In France, Nicolas Sarkozy calls Islamic dress ‘a provocation’, and
promises laws against it. (And, of course, a ban on the wearing of
burkas on French beaches sparked huge rows over the summer.)
In Britain, by contrast, Theresa May was cheered by her party members
yesterday when she said: ‘I want us to be a country where it doesn’t
matter where you were born.’
By what measure is ours an intolerant country? To be sure, we have our
bigots, as every nation does. But against whom are we being so harshly
17 October, 2016
Assistant teacher fired for comparing Mrs Obama to a gorilla
Yet it was just fine and witty to compare GWB to a chimp! How
come! Could it be that Mrs Obama really does look simian but GWB
Jane Wood Allen, a parapro at Chestatee Elementary School, shared
articles on Facebook about First Lady Michelle Obama with comments that
used derogatory words like “gorilla” and other posts that contained
anti-Hispanic and anti-Muslim sentiments, according to school officials
and her posts that were screen-captured by the Forsyth County News.
On Aug. 27, Allen shared an article by Opposing Views with the caption,
“First Lady Michelle Obama continues to top lists of most admired women
in the world. Do you admire her?”
Her comment on the post read, “I admire a gorilla more than I admire
her. (Wait I forgot, she is a gorilla)! … She is the worst example of a
First Lady ever! (Oh sorry, I meant gorilla not First Lady)!”
This week she posted an article from Americannews.com titled, “Outrage
after Michelle Obama Slips Up…America Furious,” on which Allen posted,
“This poor Gorilla. How is she going to function in the real world, by
not having her luxurious vacations paid for anymore? She needs to focus
on getting a total make-over (especially the hair), instead of planning
Yachting term "boat nigger" misunderstood
Definition: "Middle class white girls (usually) who go crewing on a
voluntary (usually) basis on larger cruising or racing yachts on their
gap year. Occasionally in the hope of meeting a male (usually) crewman
from a middle class background and income bracket for likeminded travel,
fun and sex
Real Housewives of Auckland star Michelle Blanchard has opened up about a
racial slur that was used against her on an upcoming episode.
The comment, which was recorded as the women sailed on a luxury yacht in
Australia's Port Douglas, involves Housewives star Julia Sloane
referring to fellow housewife Michelle Blanchard as a "boat n.....".
Sloane is pakeha [white] and Blanchard is English with Jamaican ancestry on her mother's side.
After last week's episode, in which Sloane demanded she deserved the
best villa bedroom over Blanchard and Kirkpatrick because she was
blonde, the incident was hinted at in the "next episode" teaser.
It is understood that, off camera but recorded on a microphone, Sloane
said to Kirkpatrick, "Gilda! Don't let Michelle be your boat n*****!",
Sloane then said in a reaction interview: "It's an old boating term. I should never have said it."
Blanchard is consoled by Kirkpatrick, who is in tears about the incident herself.
16 October, 2016
Obama Admin Says You’re “Racist and Intolerant” If You Believe in Religious Freedom
The Obama Administration released a concerning new report this month
with recommendations that would chip away at Americans’ religious
The lengthy new report came from the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
Called “Peace Coexistence: Reconciling Nondiscrimination Principles with
Civil Liberties,” the report makes recommendations that it says would
balance religious freedom with non-discrimination laws. However, the
recommendations appear to be thinly veiled attempts to deny Americans’
their First Amendment right to religious freedom.
Commission Chairman Julian Castro wrote some very hostile words in his personal statement in the report:
“The phrases ‘religious liberty’ and ‘religious freedom’ will stand for
nothing except hypocrisy so long as they remain code words for
discrimination, intolerance, racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia or
any form of intolerance. … today, as in past, religion is being used as
both a weapon and a shield by those seeking to deny others equality. In
our nation’s past religion has been used to justify slavery and later,
Jim Crow laws.”
The report recommended that law and policy makers tailor religious
exceptions “as narrowly” as possible, citing the “undue burden” that
these exceptions place on “non discrimination law and policies.”
Another recommendation states: “Federal legislation should be considered
to clarify that RFRA [the Religious Freedom Restoration Act] creates
First Amendment Free Exercise Clause rights only for individuals and
religious institutions and only to the extent that they do not unduly
burden civil liberties and civil rights protections against status-based
Deceptive poll results due to people being afraid to speak their minds?
This is something for all voters who have not made up their mind yet on
who to vote for president. The left-leaning media does not even want to
hint this is possible, but the fact is, previous presidential elections
make it feasible. The Reagan landslide of 1980 over incumbent President
Jimmy Carter and the 1948 victory of President Harry Truman, who defied
virtually every national poll to win over Tom Dewey, the heavy favorite
come to mind in the last 65-years.
Here’s the scenario beyond what the polls can accurately predict. Now
let’s say a pollster calls you, and you are a Trump supporter. But you
are also, say, deeply religious, or a very nice person who doesn’t want
to be thought of as not nice, or, perhaps, a woman who doesn’t want to
feel like she is betraying her gender.
You know that to speak up in many parts of the country means predictable
liberal outrage and the left’s answer to silencing you; bigot, racist,
extreme, intolerant, on and on. You have someone you don’t know on the
other end of the line, who for all you know is recording the
conversation, wants to know if you will vote for Donald Trump or Hillary
The media is has been bashing Trump to a pulp about womanizing, sexism,
possible sexual harassment, etc. There is basically no equivalent for
their “fair” reporting of Hillary and you are afraid to speak up.
How strong is the incentive to lie and say what you assume the pollster
wants to hear? That is, to say what you think they want to hear, when in
fact, you will vote for Donald Trump. Any Republican or conservative
will tell you it’s tough to be different with the hysterical media and
Hillary followers. You are uncaring, nasty, and possibly very stupid.
These assumed attributes are doubled if you are a Republican and you
support Donald Trump.
It makes it even harder to admit you will back the Republican Trump if
you are an independent or a Democrat who just can’t stomach Hillary
Clinton and think the country needs to change. You dodge such
confrontations and merely stay silent.
It’s impossible to determine how many millions upon millions of likely
voters will choose to make their decision in private, whether it be
absentee ballot or at the polling booth. What will the “Trump bump” over
the polls be on Election Day?
It would seem in this nasty election year, the polls would have to have a
few extra points built in for Hillary Clinton based on the Trump shame
factor. You want to be liked and you answer accordingly. You would never
think to have a Trump placard on your front lawn, even though Hillary
signs outnumber Trump signs 10-1.
Ask yourself this; How many men are going to hesitate before telling a
female pollster they will vote for Trump? Maybe a Hispanic voice on the
other end will silence your true opinion? Let’s be real.
14 October, 2016
City Councilwoman Says 'Wheely Wheely Good' Food Truck is Racist
East Asians are not allowed to make fun of themselves
Wheely Wheely Good was at a recent catering gig when the owners of the truck encountered the Democratic legislator.
“She approached our truck while we were working and started to argue
with my partner and me,” recalls Wheely Wheely Good co-owner Alanna Li.
“She told us, ‘Your truck’s name is super-racist.’ She used those
words,” according to Philadelphia Magazine.
Li says that Gym also took umbrage at the Asian caricatures painted on
the truck, as well as the typeface used in the design. Li says the
caricatures are cartoon versions of her and her partner, Bailin Chen.
Gym took the issue to social media, tweeting a photo of her daughter
holding a sign that read “RACISM SUCKS! AND SO DOES THIS” with an arrow
pointing at the truck.
Li and Chen claim that Gym threatened to make it difficult for the
company in the city if they didn't change thier name and design.
The coverage of the food truck has led to the Republican City Committee
headquarters hiring Wheely Wheely Good to cater a presidential debate
watch event next week.
British University cheerleading team cancels chav-themed night out
after right-on students moaned they were 'appropriating working class
"Chav" is a contemptuous term for assertive young British lower class
people who often wear "shell suits", colourful tracksuit trousers
matched with a colourful top
The Bristol University Cheerleading Society was set to host a chav
night, but one of the cheerleaders complained that the theme could be
seen as an appropriation of working class culture.
While the group's secretaries argued that 'not all working class people
are chavs' this claim was ignored after the student union's equality
office became involved.
Equality, Liberation and Access Officer Hannah Dualeh said she was keen
to take a hard-line stance against the 'demonising of caricatures' and
'classist and horrible' behaviour and urged the society to change the
She told student newspaper The Tab she was shocked 'by the lack of
concern or apology' regarding an event that 'perpetuates oppression
towards students from working class backgrounds', according to her
social media output.
But the cheerleading troupe, seemingly unphased by Ms Dualeh's comments,
proceeded to rename their event: 'Comfortable tracksuit bottoms and
The group was slammed again and accused of turning the criticisms into a joke before renaming the event simply 'social'.
13 October, 2016
Changing the Canadian national anthem
The epidemic of political correctness has reached absurd proportions and
people are getting sick of it. Take the absurdity of Justin Trudeau and
the Liberals changing the wording of our cherished national anthem to
a gender-neutral version as an example.
In the absence of any pressing outcry from the general public for change
to our anthem and much more pressing priorities such as the economy,
high unemployment, rising deficits and national security the government
would be hard pressed to explain the rationale of rushing this bill
Many of the advocates for changing the wording of our anthem bought into
the false narrative that “in all thy sons command” was somehow
discriminatory against women and therefore “sexist.”
This is nothing more than juvenile reasoning ignoring a certain poetic
language of the past where “sons” included “daughters” and was in no way
meant to discriminate. So now we are left with the lyrics “in all of us
command” replacing “in all our son’s command” and a sloppy,
ungrammatical and embarrassing national anthem as a second-rate token of
Tom Flanagan’s words are most appropriate. “Most of all, it’s a bad idea
to start rewriting national anthems and other national symbols every
generation in response to passing trends in public opinion.
Once you start, the atheists will want to get God out, and the pacifists
will object to standing on guard, and aboriginal activists will want to
know who owns this native land.”
Putting a finger under your nose imitates Adolf?
He could just be smelling something
Embarrassed Ikea bosses remove framed picture of a young boy 'imitating
Adolf Hitler' which took pride of place in a mock bedroom
The black and white print was pictured on the wall of the store in Cardiff.
Ikea bosses quickly removed it after the error of judgement was pointed out.
The print was spotted in a bedroom showroom by Stevie Davies-Evans, who posted a picture of it on Twitter.
He tweeted to the furniture giant: 'Saw this in a "Bedroom" in your
Cardiff store yesterday. Inappropriate much? #Hitler #Salute'
The 33-year-old father told Wales Online: 'It was quite a shock when I saw it. I caught it by fluke.
'It was one of four pictures in a row above a bed and it just caught my eye.
The print was one of four pictures on the wall of the mock bedroom, with the rest being more innocuous.
Bosses at the furniture store said the picture had been removed.
'We apologise for any offence the image may have caused.'
12 October, 2016
More Leftist hate speech
Students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are asking people to buy
sweatshirts promoting violence against police officers and classifying
all white people as racists.
“Racism,” claims one hoodie’s page, “is a set of systematic,
institutional, cultural, and epistemological (although not limited to
said forms) structures [sic] that inherently empowers white folk and in
turn disempowers people of color. This power dictates who lives, have
housing, access to education/healthcare etc. Racism has little to do
with hatred and mostly to do with who has power.”
Facebook has already removed an original picture of the sweatshirt for
not following Facebook’s Community Standards. However, as of this
writing, Facebook has yet to remove the post selling the sweatshirts.
One of the sweatshirt says “If I Encounter Another Cop With A God
Complex I’m Going To Have To Show The World That They Are Human”,
seemingly promoting violence towards police.
Since the clothing went up for sale on Etsy, Pickett has apparently been
receiving racially charged messages online. He has put screenshots of
several such messages on Facebook.
Must not mention black IQ -- or anything associated with blacks
When Money Magazine named Columbia, Md., the “best place to live” in
America earlier this month, it splashed a glossy photo of a smiling
local black family on its cover. “Why we love it,” the publication
gushed: “A planned community that prizes economic and social diversity.”
Before the issue could even hit newsstands, however, another report threatened to paint a very different picture of the place.
These are a few of the “negative comments, gestures, and/or derogatory
epithets against African-Americans” allegedly made by Howard County
Sheriff James F. Fitzgerald, according to an investigation by the
county’s Office of Human Rights.
* Black sheriff’s deputies “are not too smart, but they get the job done.”
* “There’s no watermelon there for you!”
* “Are you getting the chicken special?”
The report has shaken a community renowned for its racial tolerance and
inclusivity. Protesters have twice picketed outside the sheriff’s office
since the report was released last week. Elected officials across the
political spectrum have called for Fitzgerald, a Democrat, to step down.
11 October, 2016
PC zealots are blasted for banishing biblical carving from library
after 40 years - because the depiction of a baby being SPEARED might
A striking work of art is at the centre of a ‘censorship’ row after it
was removed from public display after 40 years amid claims that it
The Crucifixion Of Mankind, by sculptor Connor Barrett, has adorned a
wall in a library in Colchester, Essex, since the 1980s, but has now
been put in storage.
The mahogany carving depicts the crucifixion of Christ alongside a
Pan-like figure, and also includes a scene of a soldier spearing a baby,
echoing the biblical massacre of the innocents by Herod.
Essex County Council said the powerful artwork, which was completed in
1961 and given to the library by the artist, had been taken down because
of the ‘graphic depiction of a baby impaled on a sword which has
distressed parents and children’.
But last night the council was accused of censorship, political
correctness and an ‘ignorance of the nation’s Christian heritage’.
The town’s former Liberal Democrat MP, Sir Bob Russell, who now holds
the honorary position of Colchester High Steward, said: ‘The excuse that
some people do not like it is not a reason for its removal. This is
censorship, which is bad enough anywhere but not in a public building.’
Canon David Banting, an Essex vicar and member of the Church of
England’s General Synod, said: ‘What has been acceptable and understood
for over a generation needs to be explained to a new generation.’
Bryan Whiteley, chairman of the Colchester Art Society, also questioned
the decision, saying: ‘It does seem strange that after so many years, a
piece of artwork that was a gift should be removed because it is
‘In typical fashion, the person who made the decision cannot be
identified. What is certain is that a small, vociferous minority have
got their way again because a council is unwilling to defend slightly
contentious works of art instead of explaining the meaning behind the
Australia: Job advert that explicitly asks for 'applicants of Aboriginal descent' sparks furious 'discrimination' backlash
The Left are obsessed with race and you can guess that they are pulling the strings here
Job advertisements which say only Indigenous people need apply have been labelled 'discrimination' by a talkback radio host.
Recruitment and labour hire company New Start Australia advertised a
series of casual positions on the jobseeker website Indeed at the
'This is an Indigenous-identified position,' said the notices, which
advertised casual positions in Carole Park, Queensland and Derrimut,
'Applicants must be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander decent (sic)
(pursuant to Section 14 (d) of the Anti-discrimination act'.
Radio 3AW Mornings host Neil Mitchell told his listeners he was torn over the advertisements.
'The initial reaction is that's fair enough, there's certainly an employment problem amongst Indigenous people.
'Then I think yeah but hang on, if I'm not Indigenous and I'm a storeman
and I'm looking for a job and I see that I'd be very annoyed and put
out by it. 'It's positive discrimination, if you like, but it is
discrimination... I haven't seen it put quite so blatantly before'.
The report sparked a backlash on social media: 'Imagine if it was reversed!' said one listener.
'Reverse racism is such a nice thing. Bloody disgraceful,' said another.
'Very Racist against white Ausstraalians (sic),' a third added.
New Start Australia is Indigenous owned and says on its website it
'acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the lands on which we work'. It
specialises in Indigenous labour hire, recruitment, policy management
There have been discrimination exemptions for advertising jobs only for
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders since about the 1980s.
10 October, 2016
John Cleese is slammed for bizarre Twitter rant against 'half-educated tenement Scots'
John Cleese has caused outrage after launching a foul-mouthed tirade against Scottish people on Twitter.
The Monty Python star, 76, was enraged by a column Scottish journalist
Fraser Nelson had written in The Telegraph newspaper and turned to
social media to vent his anger.
While commenting on the column he wrote: 'Why do we let half-educated
tenement Scots run our English press? Because their craving for social
status makes them obedient retainers?'
When he was slammed by fellow tweeters for making the offensive observation, he defended his comments.
The comedian remarked: 'It's not casual racism, it's considered culturalism.'
However, fans were less than impressed with the much-admired comic
actor's opinions and many expressed their anger and disappointment.
A tenement is a very basic form of apartment which has housed a lot of
Scots over the years. Families living in tenements usually shared
some facilities. "Tenement" does not refer to race but it does
refer to a culture of poverty
What word would you use to describe people who fish?
An Australian ruminates
A question came to my desk the other day: "Hello, can I ask a language question? Is it 'fishermen' or 'fishers'?
"Fishermen is obviously discriminatory, but fishers seems to be disliked
by many within ABC Rural. And fisherpeople is out of the question. As
someone who has never fished I feel like I have no authority to decide."
It's a good question, asked with noble intentions. But one thing made me pause: is "fishermen" an exclusionary term?
There's a line on this that says it isn't. Historically speaking, this
position might even be correct: the Oxford English Dictionary does note
that the suffix -men was considered until the 20th century to include
women, if only by implication.
But! Language changes. There's even a nice little term for this: the etymological fallacy.
"Decimate" may once have meant "to kill one in every 10", but only the
most rusted-on Roman legionary would today argue that the words means
anything more than to more generally devastate or ruin.
And, if society has changed to be more inclusive of female perspectives, then so too should the language we use.
Fishermen, runs the non-sexist language reform line, could be seen to be
as exclusionary as terms like chairmen. It treats maleness as the norm
in matters involving more than one angler, and steps should be taken to
rectify this disparity.
9 October, 2016
UK: Must not imitate black people
In this case the rather gross Diane Abbott
Comedienne Jan Raven mocked the shadow health secretary in a skit on the
ITV political show Peston on Sunday, drawing giggles from Labour MP
Jess Phillips who remarked "very good".
The short segment also left host Robert Peston - who described it as
"uncanny" - and Tory MP Anna Soubry in stitches, but has gone down badly
with Mr Corbyn's fiercely loyal supporters on social media.
In it the impressionist imitated Ms Abbott's distinctive voice and
delivered a speech chastising Mr Peston and Ms Phillips, urging them to
"unite around Jeremy".
But leading Twitter Corbynista Eoin Clarke immediately leapt upon the
clip, which was posted online, claiming that it showed that "trolling
black women is still fair game" in the Labour Party.
Replying to the video on the Peston on Sunday Twitter feed other Corbyn
supporters also got in on the act, accusing the show of "racism" and
decrying the choice of guests as "a room of white liberals".
Notably almost all of the users replying negatively to the tweet did so using anonymous pseudonyms.
De mortuis nil nisi bonum?
The traditional Latin piece of advice above translates as: "Speak
only good of the dead". But is it not absurd? Should we
speak only good of Hitler?
Absurd or not, it seems widely
regarded as good manners. So when an Australian Senator made a
perfectly factual comment about a dead person which alluded to something
unpopular about that person, that was widely condemned.
person concerned was a popular media personality and she was being very
fulsomely praised in something of a media frenzy. I infer that the
Senator was only trying to restore some balance to the commentary about
her. I don't see that he has anything to apologize for. An
alternative point of view is often unpopular but is all the more
important for that
A senator has been slammed on social media and faces calls to resign
after a 'horrid, dreadful' tweet about sports journalist Rebecca Wilson.
The 54-year-old broadcast and print veteran died at home on Friday after
a 'long' battle with breast cancer she had kept very private.
Just hours after the Daily and Sunday Telegraph columnist's death,
Liberal Democrat Senator David Leyonhjlem tweeted: 'Doubt there'll be
many #WSW (Western Sydney Wanderers) fans at Rebecca Wilson's funeral
He quickly came under attack for the post - a reference to Ms Wilson
naming and shaming fans allegedly on Football Federation Australia's
banned list, nearly half who were fans of the western Sydney club.
Fairfax investigative journalist Kate McClymont said: 'Shame on you,
Senator @DavidLeyonhjelm. 'You mightn't have agreed with Rebecca Wilson
but with her death so fresh show some human decency.'
'That's a pretty horrid thing to say so close to her death,' tweeted TV critic Steve Molk.
7 October, 2016
Must not prefer attractive women
London recruitment firm Matching Models under fire over jobs for 'attractive' women and specifying bra size
A high-end London recruitment firm serving the wealthy was under fire
today for advertising jobs only for “attractive” women - and even
specifying what their bra size should be.
Matching Models specialises in providing companies and private clients
with candidates for jobs including “hospitality staff, receptionists,
flight attendants, as well as sales and promotional staff worldwide.”
In a statement on its website, it says: “It is almost politically
incorrect to request someone to work for you that is both attractive as
well as professionally equipped with the right set of skills.
“However, our company understands the importance of having the right
people representing your company, because after all, first impressions
A job for a PA advertised on the company’s website, insists candidates have “a classic look” and “brown long hair with b-c cup.”
The position, working for “a well known flamboyant aristocratic figure,”
says applicants should have a “a bubbly personality and flexible
approach” and “classy and immaculate presentation.”
It commands a salary of between £110,000 and £140,000 and also involves working on a private Learjet as a flight attendant.
But Sam Smethers, chief executive of leading women’s equality campaign
group the Fawcett Society, criticised the approach. She said: “It is
advisable and also makes good business sense to seek the best person for
“Employers can take positive action measures to recruit
under-represented groups, but targeting ‘beautiful and attractive’ just
Calling Scottish people 'Jocks' is fine, rules TV watchdog - but 'Taff' IS offensive
It is a term that has divided Scotland for centuries - with some viewing
it as a friendly nickname and other condemning it as an insult.
But the word 'Jock' has been deemed of 'limited concern' and on par with
calling someone a 'Nazi' or 'Hun' by the communications watchdog Ofcom.
They were all viewed as less shocking than referring to a Welsh person
as a 'Taff' - a slang term which derives from the River Taff which runs
The regulator has published a document that ranks offensive terms on a scale from 'mild' to 'strongest'.
Ofcom's rankings have raised eyebrows, especially concerning how the
word 'Jock' is no more or less offensive than the word 'Nazi', which
Ofcom also deemed 'mild'.
'Hun', which Rangers fans have lobbied to make a hate crime when used in a footballing context, was also deemed 'mild'.
The report, Attitudes to Potentially Offensive Language and Gestures on
TV and Radio, was based on a survey of 248 people in the UK.
'Ginger' is deemed funny and described as 'mild language, generally of
little concern… typically viewed as a humorous insult, however, more
aggression or specific intent to hurt heightens impact'.
The term 'Hun', sometimes used as a derogatory term for Rangers fans, is
described as 'mild language, generally of little concern… however, seen
as less acceptable by those familiar with the history and use of the
term as a sectarian insult'.
The report states that some interviewees who were unaware of its use as an insult assumed it was an abbreviation of 'Honey'.
'Taff', a derogatory term for a Welsh person, is considered more
offensive than 'Jock' and is described as 'medium language, potentially
unacceptable... uncertainty outside Wales about how offensive it is to
The Ofcom report states: 'Participants in the research found it hard to
make overall judgments about individual words or gestures without taking
into account the specific context.
'In some cases, they gave their views on the acceptability of words
without being provided with detail about how a specific word might have
Last week, the BBC was accused of racism after 'Jock' appeared in a headline in a story about the Scottish economy.
6 October, 2016
Must not compare the Obamas to a group of monkeys
But calling George Bush a chimp is fine, of course
“MORE than enough people, if they were honest, would laugh and respond
in a positive way,” reads a comment under a Facebook post.
The post it sits under, a meme, features a group of orangutans in a
wheelbarrow. It looks innocent enough, until you read the caption.
“Aww ... moving day at the Whitehouse has finally arrived,” it says. “Kenya or bust”.
In fact, Charles Wasko’s page is filled with dirty and derogatory posts.
One in which calls for the lynching of President Barack Obama, for
Mr Wasko’s posts have become so inflammatory, with such a wide reach,
the town in which he holds the entitled position of mayor, West York, in
Pennsylvania, now wants him out.
Honesty risky on dating sites
Many women have unrealistic views of their own desirability but you must not say so
A PERTH man has been branded a “creep” after he shut down a woman on a
dating website because he doesn’t “consider dating women who are over 30
A Scottish woman from Edinburgh messaged ‘Ash’ on dating website Plenty
Of Fish (POF) “just to say hi,” said the woman’s sister, who shared the
interaction on Facebook. “OK, so my sister messaged someone on an online
dating site just to say hi ... and got this,” she wrote.
‘Ash’ replied with an extensive message explaining why he refuses to date women over 30.
“I was specific with age because I would like to start a family one day
and, to be honest, I think that the necessary timeline before doing so
is shortened/compressed with a lady over 30,” he wrote.
“I was also specific about weight as I have never been attracted to big
women. However since moving to Scotland and going on POF [Plenty of
Fish, the dating app] I have learned that ‘average body type’ is
commonly held to be around a dress size 14/16.
“I had to google this, but that dress size, with a waist around 34
inches, indicates a woman as being very overweight and all likelihood
5 October, 2016
Must not mention FAT
She found herself at the centre of a social media backlash for daring to
voice her opinion about an unhealthy breakfast she spotted someone
But Location, Location, Location presenter Kirstie Allsopp yesterday
defended herself against accusations of fat-shaming claiming she had
shared her observation to highlight the pressure on the NHS caused by
Last week she took to Twitter and revealed: ‘Just saw a guy have a glass
of coke, a cappuccino, a croissant and a ham & cheese sandwich for
breakfast #OurNHSistoast #worldgonemad’
Yesterday in an open letter she posted on social media, the Location,
Location, Location star said the only point she was trying to make is
that if we ‘all want a functioning NHS we all need to take a pull [take
'It’s not healthy [to eat what the man in the café was consuming] whether it’s breakfast, lunch or supper.
'We can either take a pull and accept that what we eat hugely impacts
our health and therefore #OurNHS or we can stick our heads in the sand.
'Say anything about over eating and its impact on the NHS and a whole load of folk go crazy, wonder why....
Japanese Sushi chain accused of hate crime
Extra hot spice added to food for Westerners
A JAPANESE sushi chain is being accused of “wasabi terrorism” after it
admitted to heaping excess dollops of the pungent root into foreign
Osaka-based Ichibazushi issued an apology on its website Sunday, owning
up to the charges but denying discrimination was at play.
It insisted that the wasabi-laced sushi was a response to many
foreign-born patrons ordering extra portions of the fiery green paste
used a condiment for the raw fish dish.
The chain did, however, acknowledge that some of its chefs had slipped
copious amounts of wasabi — reportedly sometimes twice as much as usual —
into unsuspecting customers’ food.
It was not immediately clear how many incidents there had been. “Because
many of our overseas customers frequently order extra amounts of
pickled ginger and wasabi, we gave them more without checking first,”
the chain’s operator said.
“The result was unpleasant for some guests who aren’t fans of wasabi.”
The story was picked up by national media which pointed to comments
online complaining of so-called “wasabi terrorism” -- and racism. “That
is no apology; it’s an excuse. What they did was a hate crime,”
@sakeuchi317 wrote on Twitter.
4 October, 2016
Racist, culturally insensitive : High school girls basketball team under fire over poster
A high school girls basketball team has been criticised over a poster
promoting their upcoming season. Featuring the girls of the 2016 Clarke
basketball team wearing headdresses and war paint, the poster has since
been described as 'racist' and 'culturally incorrect'.
According to KCCI, no members of the basketball team are Native American.
Based in Southern Iowa, Vicky Apala-Cuevas of the Oglala Lakota tribe
told KCCI that "everything" shown on the poster was culturally
incorrect, and painful to look at. "Everything that I saw on the poster
does not in any manner depict Native American women and that's the sad
part," Apala-Cuevas said. "Our women are very beautiful and to be
She said the way the basketball players were dressed was "culturally insensitive."
Community members and parents of the players have since defended the poster.
Arminda Cosner, a mother of one team member, defended the poster. "These
girls are representing being ready for the season to come up, being
ready and even nowadays it's an empowering message for women all over
and these young women are doing it," said Ms Cosner.
Community members and parents of the players said the poster is meant to show how proud they are to be Clarke Indians.
"These girls are representing being ready for the season to come up,
being ready and even nowadays it's an empowering message for women all
over and these young women are doing it," said Arminda Cosner, who has a
daughter on the team.
These lamebrain critics seem unable to admit that these Indian themes
are meant to CELEBRATE the strong qualities of American Indians
Straight talk about black riots not allowed
Seattle Mariners catcher Steve Clevenger has been suspended for the rest
of the season for sending racially insensitive tweets about the
protests of police killings in Charlotte on Wednesday.
The Mariners announced the decision on Friday, following Clevenger’s tweets on Thursday night.
The posts refer to police-shooting victim Keith Lamont Scott as a
"thug," mock athletes protesting during the national anthem and also
lash out at the Black Lives Matter movement and President Barack Obama.
The posts also suggest those involved in the Charlotte protest “should
be locked behind bars like animals.”
3 October, 2016
German lawyer makes hate-speech complaint against Facebook
No free speech in Germany -- again. There was no free speech
under Hitler either. You would think they would learn from that
German prosecutors are again considering whether to press charges
against Mark Zuckerberg and other Facebook executives for failing to
staunch a tide of racist and threatening posts on the social network
during an influx of migrants into Europe.
Munich prosecutors said they had received a complaint filed by a German
technology law firm two weeks ago alleging that Facebook broke strict
national laws against hate speech, sedition and support for terrorist
Attorney Chan-jo Jun, who filed a similar complaint in Hamburg a year
ago, is demanding that Facebook executives be compelled to comply with
anti-hate speech laws by removing racist or violent postings from their
Mr Jun is principal partner of the law firm Jun Lawyers of Wuerzburg in Bavaria.
Facebook said the complaint had no merit. "Mr Jun's complaints have
repeatedly been rejected and there is no merit to this (latest) one
either," a Facebook spokeswoman said.
"There is no place for hate on Facebook. Rather than focusing on these
claims we work with partners to fight hate speech and foster counter
Facebook's rules forbid bullying, harassment and threatening language, but critics say it does not do enough to enforce them.
A spokeswoman for the public prosecutor in Munich said a decision would
be taken in coming weeks on whether to act on the new complaint, which
names Mr Zuckerberg - Facebook's founder and chief executive - and
regional European and German managers.
The national anthem went off without a hitch at the Australian Football League Grand Final
Calls to emulate Kaepernick went unheeded
OBVIOUSLY no one was listening to Anthony Mundine. The former NRL
star-cum-boxer wanted players and fans to boycott the national anthems
at this weekend’s AFL and NRL Grand Finals to protest against
Australia’s “ignorant” attitude towards Aborigines.
“Been saying this for years!” Mundine wrote on his Facebook page on
Thursday. “The anthem was written in late 1700s where blackfullas (sic)
were considered fauna (animals) Advance Australia Fair as in white not
fair as in fair go ...
“All players aboriginal & non aboriginal should boycott the anthem
& start changing Australia’s ignorant mentality. “Lets move forward
The proposal was rejected by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who said:
“Everyone should sing. Those like myself who perhaps are not the best
singers should perhaps sing quietly so as not to ruin the experience for
neighbours, but everyone should sing and everyone should be proud about
our country and the fact that we can come together with sport.”
Swans forward Buddy Franklin rubbished the idea as “stupid” and
television personality Karl Stefanovic thought it was “ridiculous”.
It came after NRL greats Larry Corowa and Joe Williams publicly called
on players to “send a powerful message to white Australia” when Advance
Australia Fair is played before the rugby league Grand Final at ANZ
Stadium on Sunday.
But Mundine’s wish went unheeded, as the anthem went off without a hitch
at the MCG on Saturday afternoon. The players put their arms around
each other’s shoulders and the crowd was respectful.
2 October, 2016
Evil film shut down
Vaccination has been protecting people from disease for around 200
years so attacks on it are just attention-seeking sensationalism. The
supposed link to autism has long ago been debunked and traced to a
crooked scientist named Andrew Wakefield. I would burn him at the
stake for all the harm he has caused to children
DAVID Thrussell doesn’t see it as a debate between mainstream healthcare
and what has been derided as quack science. He sees it as an issue of
But the man in charge of a small film festival in country Victoria said
he didn’t realise the "powder keg" he’d lit when he chose to screen a
documentary that calls into question the safety of vaccinations.
The makers of Vaxxed: From Cover Up to Catastrophe claim it highlights a
link between autism and immunisation. Critics say it is nothing more
that anti-vax propaganda "based on lies" that will scare parents away
from vaccinating their children against disease.
The documentary was supposed to have its premiere in April at Robert De
Niro’s New York Tribeca film festival before it was abruptly dumped from
the schedule after angry protests. De Niro later said he regretted the
It was then picked up by the tiny Castlemaine Local and International
Film Festival (CLIFF), based in a Central Victorian town known more for
vineyards than vaccinations, who planned to premiere it next month.
But those plans have just been shelved, news.com.au can reveal,
following what Mr Thrussell, CLIFF’s creative director, said was a
"highly co-ordinated campaign of intimidation" surrounding the film.
‘Is Your Dog’s Halloween Costume Sexist?’
The Washington Post thinks that your pet’s Halloween costume may be sexist.
Abha Bhattarai reports that while "national retailers have begun taking
steps to eliminate gender labels from their products" for humans, pet
stores such as PetSmart and Baxter Boo still segregate dog costumes by
male and female.
The glass ceiling appears to be firmly in place at PetSmart, where
career costumes labeled "male" include firefighter and police officer,
while female dogs can choose between a pink cowgirl costume and pink
On the site BaxterBoo.com, options for your female pooch include "sweet
heart nurse" or French maid. "Any tidy girl dog will look adorable
wearing this French Maid Dog Costume," the site’s description reads.
"Whether your pup is a clean freak or a messy mutt, she will enjoy
playing ‘dress up’ in this fun costume."
"It seems silly on the surface, but this is part of a larger message
we’re sending, that there are certain jobs for men, and certain jobs for
women," said Scott Lawrie, 36, who co-hosts a podcast, ‘She will not be
ignored,’ about gender issues. "The career options for women — and dogs
— need to go beyond pink loofahs and pink cowgirls."
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The war on "cultural appropriation" is straightforward racism
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."
The truth can be offensive to some but it must be said
"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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