Friday, January 20, 2017

Must not criticize  Islam in Finland

A local Finns Party politician in Oulu was convicted of incitement against an ethnic group and breaching religious peace on Monday.

Sebastian Tynkkynen is the former chair of the populist Finns Party youth wing and a deputy member of the Oulu City Council.

Oulu District Court convicted him of hate speech based on three anti-Islamic Facebook posts last summer. He was ordered to delete the texts and pay a fine of 50-day fine, which amounts 300 euros based on his income. The Finns Party youth organisation says it is appalled by the ruling.


Christian beliefs penalized once again

Grammy-nominated gospel singer Kim Burrell has had a scheduled appearance on Ellen cancelled, after a video showing her delivering a homophobic sermon at her local church went viral.

The gospel singer was due to perform her single I See A Victory – a song off the soundtrack to the new Golden Globe-nominated film Hidden Figures, recorded with Pharrell Williams – on the show today.

But, following days of public outrage at the singer's comments, including a petition condemning the upcoming performance, host Ellen DeGeneres vetoed the gig with a simple tweet to her 64 million followers.

"For those asking, Kim Burrell will not be appearing on my show," she wrote.

Burrell, 44 - a respected figure in the gospel music world, who had previously worked with the likes of Harry Connick Jr and Frank Ocean, and was once listed as an inspiration by Beyonce - was filmed delivering an angry sermon at Houston's Liberty Fellowship Church in a clip uploaded to Facebook last week, where she described homosexuality as a sin.

"I came to tell you about sin. That perverted homosexual spirit, and the spirit of delusion and confusion. It has deceived many men and women, and it's caused us pain on the body of Christ," she feverishly told her congregation.

"You as a man, you open your mouth and take a man's penis in your face - you are perverted... You are a woman and will shake your face in another woman's breast, you are perverted," she screamed from her pulpit.

After the clip went viral, Burrell stopped short of apologising for the comments in a Facebook video last Friday.


Thursday, January 19, 2017

UNM tries to levy ‘free speech fine,’ GOP group says

The University of New Mexico has told the school’s College Republicans organization that it must pay a $3,400 security charge for a scheduled Jan. 27 campus appearance by Milo Yiannopoulos, a controversial speaker, provocateur and writer for right-wing Breitbart News.

Marina Herrera, president of UNM College Republicans, described the charge as a “free speech fine” and challenged the university’s action. She said the administration is simply attempting to censor a controversial speaker – a claim denied by a UNM spokeswoman.

Herrera said the group was informed about the cost of the event Friday evening despite planning the event for months. She said the organization doesn’t have access to that kind of money.

“To wait this long to inform us is either poor management or a deliberate attempt to silence speech at a public university,” Herrera told the

Journal in a statement. “Neither possibility is acceptable and we continue to hope that we can come to a workable solution.”

UNM spokeswoman Dianne Anderson said the group was given an estimated cost Jan. 10.

Anderson said the university is treating the Yiannopoulos event the same way it treats all campus events sponsored by student groups. She referred to a university policy that says a group hosting the event is “responsible for security costs based on the number of police and/or security officers required and the length of event, program or rental.”

On Tuesday night, Anderson couldn’t immediately provide security charges for other speaking events on campus. She did say “additional security” could be needed at the Yiannopoulos event, based on planned protests at UNM and previous protests at other campuses.


Any reference to race is risky

Just before Christmas, the University of Oregon mounted an exceptionally unhinged assault on free speech. If you missed it, don’t feel bad. It got lost amidst the holiday cacophony and, in any event, it was only the latest in long a series of such eye-popping assaults on free expression over the past few years.

What happened? Tenured law professor Nancy Shurtz, a white woman, hosted an off-campus Halloween party at which she dressed up as a black man.

In response to complaints, the University of Oregon launched an investigation, ultimately issuing a report suspending the professor on the grounds that her costume constituted “discriminatory harassment.” That the professor actually intended (however clumsily) to protest racism was irrelevant. 


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Must not correct bad spelling?

THE sun will come out tomorrow — but the social-media manager at an American school won’t be tweeting about it.

Katie Nash says she has been officially terminated over her smart-alec chastising of a student who misspelled the word tomorrow as “tammarow” on Twitter.

The trouble began January 5, when a student wrote to the Twitter account, @FCPSMaryland, asking schools to close “tammarow.”

Nash responded: “But then how would you learn how to spell ‘tomorrow’? :)”

Her response garnered more than 1000 retweets and 1000 likes and she became the subject of a hashtag, #KatiefromFCPS.

The “tammarow/tomorrow” thread continued between Nash and the student, with the student later tweeting that he didn’t mind Nash’s original reply and didn’t take it personally.


The Patent and Trademark Office's Assault on Free Speech

Refused to approve the name of an Asian band called The Slants

In 1929, Chief Justice William Howard Taft convinced Congress to finance construction of “a building of dignity and importance” for the Supreme Court. He could not have imagined what the court will ponder during oral arguments this Wednesday. The case concerns the name of an Asian-American rock band: The Slants. And surely Taft never read a friend-of-the-court brief as amusing as one filed in this case. It is titled “Brief of the Cato Institute and a Basket of Deplorable People and Organizations.”

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is empowered, by the so-called “disparagement clause” of a 1946 law, to protect American sensitivities by denying trademark protection to “immoral, deceptive or scandalous” trademarks. These have included those that a substantial portion of a particular group perceive as disparaging that group — an ethnic, religious, national or other cohort. The PTO has canceled the trademark registrations of entities named Mormon Whiskey, Abort the Republicans, Democrats Shouldn’t Breed, Marriage Is For Fags, and many more.

The Cato/Deplorables brief urges compassionate libertarianism: “This Court should make the jobs of the employees at the … [PTO] much easier and put an end to the disparagement clause.” Government officials cannot be trusted to “neutrally” identify speech that disparages. Besides, “disparaging speech has been central to political debate, cultural discourse, and personal identity” throughout American history. The brief notes that a donkey became the Democratic Party’s symbol because someone called Andrew Jackson a “jackass” and he, whose default mode was defiance, put the creature on campaign posters. Entire American professions — e.g., newspaper columnists — exist in part to disparage.

Many rock bands pick names obviously intended to disparage or shock: Dead Kennedys, Dying Fetus, Sex Pistols, etc. Does the title of the best-selling book “Hillbilly Elegy” disparage a group? The Cato/Deplorables brief says: “One of this brief’s authors is a cracker (as distinct from a hillbilly) who grew up near Atlanta, but he wrote this sentence, so we can get away with saying that.” Then comes a footnote: “But he only moved to Atlanta when he was 10 and doesn’t have a Southern accent — and modern Atlanta isn’t really part of the South — so maybe we can’t.” Furthermore, the lead counsel on the brief “is a Russian-Jewish emigre who’s now a dual U.S.-Canadian citizen. Can he make borscht-belt jokes about Canuck frostbacks even though the first time he went to shul was while clerking in Jackson, Mississippi?”

When the government registers a trademark, it is not endorsing or subsidizing a product. It should not be allowed to use its power to deny registration in order to discourage or punish the adoption of controversial expressions. By registering trademarks, government confers a benefit — a legal right — on those who hold them. Trademarks are speech. The disparagement clause empowers the PTO to deny a benefit because of the viewpoint of the speech. This is unconstitutional.

Trademarks are not commercial speech — essentially, advertising — which is accorded less robust protection than that given to other speech. Eugene Volokh, a UCLA law professor and one of The Slants' lawyers, correctly says the band’s name is expressive speech. The Asian-Americans of The Slants agree. They say they adopted this name “to take on these stereotypes that people have about us, like the slanted eyes, and own them.”

The PTO applies the disparagement clause by assessing “what message the referenced group takes from the applicant’s [trade]mark in the context of the applicant’s use” and denies registration “only if the message received is a negative one.” The PTO, which has denied trademark protection for The Slants, has given it to a band named N.W.A. which stands for [a version of the N-word] Wit Attitudes.

The PTO’s decisions are unpredictable because they depend on the agency speculating about what might be the feelings of others in hypothetical circumstances. This vague and arbitrarily enforced law, if such it can be called, chills speech by encouraging blandness.


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Anti-Defamation League Stunned To Discover Anti-Semitism On An Arabic Website

Are they finally waking up to the reality that it's not Christians who are the enemies of Jews?

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today voiced disappointment over the failure by editors at HuffPost Arabi to remove a blatantly anti-Semitic blog after it was first brought to their attention several weeks ago. The Arabic-language blog promotes a conspiracy theory blaming Jews for the death of the Prophet Mohammed.

“It is troubling that an anti-Semitic screed cleared The Huffington Post’s editorial review process and that our concerns so far have been ignored,” said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO. “We call on The Huffington Post to immediately remove this offensive entry and to ensure that the proper safeguards are in place so that the Arabic site is free of anti-Semitism and incitement against Jews.”

The post is titled “Was the Prophet Poisoned With Arsenic” (or words to that effect). It examines the story of the perfidous Jewess (sorry, you don’t get much of a chance to use this word so I can’t pass it up) Zeynab bint Al-Harith (“bint” is also one of those late 19th century British words that can get you fired today if you use it) who poisoned Mohammed with arsenic. The same enlightened writer also seems to characterize the slaughter of Jewish prisoners of the Banu Qurayza tribe as anti-Islamic propaganda.

Unfortunately for Mr. Greenblatt, it would be rather impossible to withdraw that article without discounting Islam altogether. Muslims claim that Jews made many attempts on Mohammed’s life and the one by this woman succeeded. The story comes from hadith, essentially the Islamic equivalent of Gospels only without the “good news” part, which is classified “shahih,” or authentic.


Must not give abuse for abuse to a homosexual

SUSAN Olsen, who played Cindy Brady in five seasons of The Brady Bunch, has been fired from a Los Angeles radio station for allegedly posting homophobic remarks against a listener who complained about “idiotic lies” she was spreading on her program.

On December 8, LA-based actor Leon Accord-Whiting posted on Facebook that it was “widely irresponsible for LA Talk Radio to allow a Trump fanatic to co-host one of their programs, where she can spew her idiotic lies unchecked ... I think LA Talk Radio needs to give ‘Cindy Brady’ her walking papers. I will not listen to or appear on any shows there from this point forward until she’s gone. This isn’t just disagreeing on, say, tax plans or foreign policy. Susan Olsen spreads outrageous misinformation & it is dangerous and unprofessional.”

Olsen allegedly sent Accord-Whiting a direct message after his post, calling him “the biggest faggot ass in the world” and a “true piece of sh*t” among a string of other pejoratives. “I hope you meet your karma slowly and painfully,” she wrote. In a separate public post she referred to him as a “little piece of human waste” and complained that “He blocked himself from me before I could even get one hit in” before advising her supporters to “please send him my love.”

Accord-Whiting posted her private response to his Facebook wall. He also claimed to be hacked and subjected to online harassment from Olsen’s supporters.

The radio station responded by firing Olsen from the show Two Chicks Talkin’ Politics.

In an online post the station stated: “LA Talk Radio takes pride in its close and collaborative relationship with the LGBT community, and will continue to provide a home for those who have hopeful and positive messages of togetherness and tolerance to share with our listeners.


Monday, January 16, 2017

Black TV host is a clown in more ways than one

But he is black so will get away with it

COMEDIAN Steve Harvey is under fire for mocking Asian men. During a segment on his eponymous talk show on Monday, the 59-year-old comedian made fun of several self-help books, including one titled How to Date a White Woman: A Practical Guide for Asian Men.

“Excuse me, do you like Asian men?” he asked the audience. “No thank you.”

He then suggested a new book title, “How to Date a Black Woman: A Practical Guide [for] Asian Men.”

“That’s one page too!” He says. “‘You like Asian men?’ I don’t even like Chinese food. It don’t stay with you no time … I don’t eat what I can’t pronounce.”

Though Harvey spent most of his segment cackling at his own jokes, people on social media weren’t laughing.

“Steve Harvey’s joke about Asian men being unattractive was trash,” wrote one Twitter user.

Asian American advocacy groups have also come out condemning Harvey.


'Shut it down': Customers slam Coles ad for referring to sausage sandwiches as an 'Aussie taco'

A bit of imaginative copywriting fell foul of how Australians see themselves.  They certainly don't see themselves as in any way tributary to Mexicans

Australians may be divided on many important issues, but they all seem to agree on one thing - a sausage sandwich should never be called the 'Aussie taco'.

So when supermarket giant Coles decided to feature cricketer Merv Hughes in an advert holding a sausage in bread and call it an 'Aussie taco', social media users lost their minds.

'Whoah whoah whoah... When did Australia agree on calling a snag in bread an 'Aussie Taco? Shut it down,' Leon Sjogren posted, the first of many tweets reprimanding the Coles advertisement.

'I don't know about you guys, but I've never heard a sausage on bread referred to as a "great Aussie taco",' one user posted.

Another added: 'To say I'm going to Bunnings for an Aussie Taco just doesn't sound right does it.'

Others pointed out that while a sausage paired with a slice of bread can go by many names, the 'Aussie taco' title just was not one of them.

'It's called a sausage sandwich. Not an Aussie Taco. Other people call it a snag sanga. Coles get it right please,' one person wrote.

Sausages are the meaty pillars on which society stands in Australia, a country where even 'democracy sausage' was voted Australian National Dictionary Centre's word of the year.

The staple's popularity at polling booths grew to such a frenzy during Australia's most recent election that several websites were set up to map where voters could find the best place to cast their ballot and eat a snag.


Sunday, January 15, 2017

Incorrect boot

A California shoe company has apologised and recalled a boot after a customer realised the sole's tread left behind swastika imprints.

The boot, made by Conal International Trading Inc, went viral after a Reddit user posted a photo of it leaving behind a swastika print.  "There was an angle I didn't get to see when ordering my new work boots," the post read.

Conal has since pulled the boot and issued an apology, saying the design was "not intentional" and "a mistake" by manufacturers in China.

"We were informed recently the company imported boots that have an offensive symbol designed on them," the company said.

"There was never any intention to include any offensive designs on the products we import."

Conal said it did "not promote hate or discrimination of any kind" and was investigating what had gone wrong.

The Reddit post, which has been viewed more than 3 million times, sparked a flurry of jokes on social media.

On Amazon, where the boots were sold before being pulled by the company, users left reviews describing the boots as "good for marching into Poland, but not so much for anything else", and rating them a "nein out of ten".

Other Reddit users pointed out the boot style shared its name — Polar Fox — with that of the codename for a German and Finnish military operation in World War II.


Australia Day lamb advertisement draws criticism from blacks

It was highly politically correct -- failing even to mention Australia day and being super-multicultural -- but you can't please some people.  

Australia Day commemorates the landing of the first white settlers in Australia.  It is a popular day for getting together with friends and relatives over a BBQ.  The sheep farmers want us to put lamb chops on the BBQ

The annual television advert encouraging people to eat lamb on Australia Day is often controversial, and it seems this year is no different, with members of the Indigenous community describing it as "highly offensive" and "disgusting".

While Meat and Livestock Australia says the response has been mostly positive, some in the Indigenous community say it is highly offensive.

The campaign, which depicts a European invasion, makes no mention of Australia Day. It begins with a group of Indigenous Australians having a barbecue on a beach as one by one, ships of explorers reach the shore.

The cast of the ad is diverse, with guest appearances from Cathy Freeman, Wendell Sailor, Poh Ling Yeow and former chair of the National Australia Day Council Adam Gilchrist.
YouTube: 2017 Australia Day lamb ad

While some have taken umbrage at the complete omission of references to Australia Day, some within the Indigenous community have criticised the ad.

"[Using] the continual pain, the real pain felt on this date for their own purposes, for a marketing stunt ... that's the most offensive part of it," said journalist and Darumbal woman Amy Mcquire.

"There's Aboriginal people dying in custody, having their children taken away, suiciding ... and that oppression stems from that original invasion.   "So to use that as a marketing ploy to sell lamb ... is even more disgusting I think."

But Andrew Howie, group marketing manager of Meat and Livestock Australia, says the organisation held consultations with several Indigenous groups throughout the creative process.

Mr Howie says an effort was made to respect "cultural sensitivities".

"The work that we create is never designed to be offensive, it's not designed to cause offense to people," Mr Howie said.

"This year's campaign is a celebration of Australia's history. This year, and with the essence of the brand being very much around unity, we realised that this time of year there are cultural sensitivities.

"If we were going to be inclusive … we needed to understand some of those cultural sensitivities."

Tim Burrowes from the media and marketing website Mumbrella says the ad is risky, but most good marketing is.

"I think if one thinks about the motives involved behind creating this ad, they come from a place which is trying — through sense of humour — to move on a conversation and get a message out there."


Friday, January 13, 2017

"Eyetie" for "Italian" offends some in British TV audience

EastEnders viewers were outraged on Tuesday night after Mick Carter (played by Danny Dyer) referred to Italian food with the derogatory slur, eyetie.

The term originates from World War II and originated from the mispronunciation of Italian. It is described as 'offensive British slang' on Collins Dictionary.

Taking to Twitter, stunned fans of the BBC soap voiced their anger after hearing the pub landlord use the term.

'@bbceastenders Are you kidding me? This day & age we are still referring Italians as I Ti!!??? Disgusting racist comment from EastEnders!!!' wrote one viewer.

Another added: 'Just sat there with my mouth open – Eyetie is Al Garnet language – @bbceastenders – it’s difficult to even place that term to the 70s.

One viewer believed the term was no longer offensive, however, posting: 'So some people are offended by East Enders actor calling an Italian an Eyetie !!!Is it me or do they need a life???'


The usage was probably intended to be jocular

Meryl Streep refuses to mention Israel

So who is the bigot now?

Meryl Streep has been accused of being 'anti-Israel' after she said Natalie Portman was from Jerusalem at the Golden Globes.

Streep, who was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award on Sunday, had launched a blistering attack on Donald Trump in front of a room of stunned Hollywood stars.

But while the president-elect may have been the target, the three-time Oscar winner managed to insult football, MMA and now, according to some, the state of Israel, which has battled with the State of Palestine for decades over ownership of Jerusalem.

Attacking Trump's divisive rhetoric towards immigrants, Streep said that 'Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners.'

'The beautiful Ruth Negga was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and was raised in Ireland... Ryan Gosling, like all the nicest people is Canadian. And Dev Patel was born in Kenya, raised in London, is here playing an Indian, raised in Tasmania.

'Sarah Paulson was born in Florida... Amy Adams was born in Vicenzia, Italy, and Natalie Portman was born in Jerusalem. Where are their birth certificates?

Some have pounced on the fact that Streep chose to only mention that Portman was from the world famous city of Jerusalem, and not the country of Israel.

Anti-Israel and anti-Zionists do not recognize Israel's ownership of East Jerusalem which occurred after the 1967 Six-Day War, and was sanctified again in the 1980 Jerusalem Law proclamation, which declared a 'complete and united' Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Must not say that black thugs could have been Obama's children

Even though Obama himself said that Trayvon Martin could have been his child.  And she thinks ill of Muslims!  How Awful!

A high school teacher from West Virginia has been suspended with pay over a litany of racially charged and anti-Muslim tweets, including some posts targeting President Barack Obama.

Mary Durstein, a social studies teacher at Huntington High School, was asked to leave the campus on Monday after district officials in Cabell County were made aware of her vitriolic social media posts and comments dating back to at least 2015.

Posting under the user name 'pigpen63,' Durstein recently weighed in on a widely covered incident out of Chicago in which four black youths allegedly tortured a special-needs teenager and broadcast the attack on Facebook Live.

The suspects, Jordan Hill, 18; Tesfaye Cooper, 18; and sisters Brittany, 18, and Tanisha Covington, 24, were ultimately arrested on hate crime charges.

Someone posted a photo of the four suspects with the caption: 'Imagine if these were 4 white people torturing a special need black kid!'

Durstein, who is white, commented on the post saying the alleged assailants 'could have been Obama’s children,' seemingly referencing the president's statement from 2013, in which he famously said that unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin, who was shot dead in Florida by George Zimmerman, 'could have been my son.'

In response to another meme calling President Obama a 'douchebag Muslim,' Durstein wrote, 'Exactly!' reported the Herald-Dispatch.

Durstein frequently targeted Muslims in her outbursts.

In a tweet dated July 18, 2015, Durstein wrote: 'Who cares if we offend Muslims at least they keep their heads on tact [sic]. They're the enemy!'


Must not be related to anyone who supported Trump

Leftist viciousness at work

L.L. Bean doesn’t sell flak jackets, but the Maine-based purveyor of just about every other kind of outdoor gear might need a few after finding itself caught in the middle of a political skirmish over its namesake heiress and her support of President-elect Donald Trump.

Some customers vowed to boycott the family-owned company after learning last week that Linda Bean, the granddaughter and heir of company founder Leon Leonwood Bean and a longtime Republican activist, bankrolled a political action committee in her efforts to support Trump.

That led L.L. Bean’s board chairman, Shawn Gorman, a great-grandson of L.L. Bean, to do something unusual for the company: address a political controversy head-on.

“We are deeply troubled by the portrayal of L.L. Bean as a supporter of any political agenda,” Gorman said in an open letter posted late Sunday night on Facebook.

A spokeswoman for the Freeport-based company went a step further Monday, with a reminder that the five-generation company has a sprawling family tree.

“As with most families of this size, the views of L.L.’s family members cover nearly the entire political spectrum. And as every member of this very large family would agree, no single person represents the values of the company that L.L. built,” Carolyn Beem said. “Unfortunately, some have attempted to attribute the personal political activities of one member of a five-generation ownership family to our entire company. That is both illogical and unfair.”

L.L. Bean is hoping to avoid the bruising public relations imbroglios that have struck other companies with products seen as linked to Trump’s policies or his or daughter Ivanka Trump’s commercial and retail businesses.

Boston-based New Balance is still grappling with the negative publicity that came after it offered favorable comments about Trump’s position on global trade late last year.

Those comments prompted some unhappy customers to destroy their New Balance shoes by lighting them on fire or attempting to flush them down a toilet in a social media protest that went viral.

“That’s it. No more Bean,” John Eismann from Oakwood, Ohio, posted on L.L. Bean Northport’s Facebook page, echoing other commentators.

To which Chris Dixon of Auburn, Maine, replied: “Good lord, so many people want to punish a good business over one person having free speech in the United States of America?”


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

That evil frog

The Russian Embassy today tweeted a racist frog meme to Theresa May, seemingly mocking her over relations with Donald Trump.

The official Twitter account of the Embassy in the UK tweeted a picture of Pepe the Frog, a cartoon character declared a hate symbol by the Anti-Defamation League.

The character was increasingly used by the so-called 'alt-right' segment of the white supremacist movement - particularly in support of Donald Trump ahead of the 2016 Presidential election.

The Russian Embassy's tweet was accompanied by the message: "In today’s papers: pundits call on @theresa_may to disrupt possible Russia-US thaw. No trust in Britain’s best friend and ally?"


It's just a frog with different meanings for different people.  That the ADL call it a symbol of hate proves nothing.  The ADL  exists nominally to protect Jews but spend most of their energies attacking U.S. Christians -- who are the only friends Jews have.  They are just another mob of addled and hate-filled Leftists

Must not mention brown skin

Big Brother star Skye Wheatley has raised eyebrows after making some controversial comments during a make-up tutorial posted on YouTube.

The 22-year-old reality star said she wished she was a 'naturally tanned Aboriginal' in the 12-minute clip.

Skye made the remarks after talking about her hands, which featured a streaky tan.

'I apologise. I'm not a naturally tanned Aboriginal. I wish I was. But unfortunately I'm not,' Skye said.

One viewer claimed that Skye's comment were inappropriate, writing, 'You look so hottt (sic) but what you were saying was so disrespectful.'

Speaking with Daily Mail Australia, Skye said: 'I think no matter what I say people are always going to be offended.'


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

A clever Connecticut politician

WESTPORT — The Democratic Town Committee called on First Selectman Jim Marpe to speak out against hateful rhetoric perpetuated by President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign. Marpe obliged less than 24 hours after the request was made public.

In an open letter addressed to Marpe, the DTC asked the first selectman to take a stand against Trump’s words and “never accept the xenophobia, misogyny, and intolerance that characterized so much of his campaign.”

The DTC’s letter cites Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton winning 69 percent of the vote in Westport to Trump’s 27 percent as a signal the town does not stand for his values.

Marpe responded to the open letter, and one paragraph is worth quoting in full because it addresses the heart of what the DTC sought:

“The 2016 election has stirred us all to reconsider our core values and our rights as Americans; rights which many in Westport may have taken for granted because we thought we had the luxury of doing so. However, with recent events fresh in our minds, we must be cognizant that with the freedoms we cherish come certain personal obligations. Despite differences, Westporters must treat each other with mutual respect and civility. We are no strangers to making our world, country, and our community a better place. The Town’s municipal, civic, religious and volunteer institutions operate under the mantle of these values. Our laws and our values don’t change because of the most recent political winds. We encourage thoughtful and constructive means to embrace each other’s differences. We denounce hatred, divisiveness and manipulation by words and deeds. We remember that in Westport, we are grateful and thankful for and continue to be committed to, the values we hold so dear in our cherished Town. I can assure you that this Town will continue to embrace and protect all its citizens and will stand firmly against hate and intolerance, now and always.”

DTC Chairwoman Melissa Kane said she thought Marpe’s response was “beautiful” and was very satisfied with his handling of the matter.


Marpe is a clever guy.  They think he did what they wanted but what he said could equally be seen as a rebuke to them.  They wanted him to condemn Trump and his supporters but he in fact told them to be tolerant of different views.  Being thick Leftists, they did not see that, however. It apparently did not occur to them that the "others" in his advice to treat "others with mutual respect and civility" could be Trump and his supporters.

A critic of the "cultural appropriation" nonsense

Novelist Lionel Shriver:

‘I don’t feel this way about everything I think, but to me, in this case, my perspective is so self-evidently true, that it’s not even worth having the discussion.’ She’s talking about the source of her recent infamy, the run-in with the right-on crowd, following her criticism of cultural appropriation, the idea that one shouldn’t use or adopt elements of another culture different to one’s own.

Sitting in her kitchen, she defends her argument: ‘Fiction writing is a form of pillaging, happy pillaging, theft that doesn’t hurt anybody or take anything away from people. I saw on the news recently that Edna O’Brien is writing a book, set in Nigeria, which has a lot to do with Boko Haram’s kidnapping of the school girls. If that’s cultural appropriation, then good luck to her. Doesn’t it express an interest in other people’s problems? And one that she doesn’t really have to indulge? She could just keep setting books in Ireland. Isn’t it admirable that she has an eye on the wider world? And I would say that it’s admirable even if she falls flat on her face. I admire that impulse, getting outside your tiny garden.’

When Shriver spoke out against cultural appropriation at ‘a rather modest out-of-the-way literary festival’ in Brisbane, Australia, her contention that fiction is necessarily inauthentic, and that writers ought to be free to write about characters from a range of cultural backgrounds, initially met little resistance.

It was only when a young activist walked out of Shriver’s talk, later describing it as a ‘poisoned package wrapped up in arrogance’, that Shriver’s comments suddenly became controversial. Since then, she says she has ‘got it in the neck for somehow not presenting my case the way I was supposed to’.

But this doesn’t bother her in the slightest. ‘For the sake of sheer variety, someone needs to get a different perspective out’, she tells me defiantly. ‘Fiction writing is a form of pillaging, happy pillaging, theft that doesn’t hurt anybody or take anything away from people’


Monday, January 09, 2017

Must not say a fat lady is fat

Beaming for the cameras, and with a protective arm wrapped around his protegee, Sir Tom Jones promised to make Leanne Mitchell a star.

Five years on – and following a short-lived career – the veteran singer believes the reason the 33-year-old failed to crack the charts is because she refused to lose weight.

Now the 76-year-old Grammy award-winner has found himself at the centre of an extraordinary ‘fat-shaming’ row after accusing the first ever winner of the then BBC1 talent show, The Voice, of being too big.

He admitted suggesting she shed the pounds in the hope it would boost her career but, instead, she ‘put on more weight’.

Miss Mitchell, whose only album failed to make it into the top 100, is now back singing at holiday camps where she was originally discovered.

At the launch of the new series, which makes its debut on ITV tonight, Sir Tom said: ‘When she first came on the show, I thought about her trimming down a bit because she had gotten comfortable in this holiday camp and put on some weight.

‘She took the opportunity of winning The Voice but she put on more weight, got more comfortable with the boyfriend who then became her husband.’

Denise Hatton, chief executive of the National Council, which led the YMCA Be Real Campaign for body confidence, has accused the star of fat-shaming.  She said: ‘Success in music or in any other industry should not be dependent on your appearance. [But it is]


Free-speech groups defend publication of Milo Yiannopoulos memoir

A boycott of far-right controversialist Milo Yiannopoulos’s publisher Simon & Schuster will have “a chilling effect” on authors and publishers and will not prevent the spread of “noxious ideas”, according to free-speech campaigners.

Led by the National Coalition Against Censorship, eight groups have issued a statement criticising the backlash over his $250,000 (£203,000) book deal as the latest attempt to stifle books likely to cause offence.

The statement, signed by among others Index on Censorship, the Authors Guild and the National Council of Teachers of English, said: “The suppression of noxious ideas does not defeat them; only vigorous disagreement can counter toxic speech effectively”.

It added: “Shutting down the conversation may temporarily silence disfavoured views, but does nothing to prevent them from spreading and resurfacing in other ways.”

The move follows a vociferous campaign against the publisher for signing the so-called “alt-right” figurehead and Breitbart News technology editor to write Dangerous, due out in spring. The book will appear under the publisher’s Threshold Editions imprint, set up as an outlet for conservative voices. Dick Cheney, Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh have also been published by the imprint.

Last week, the Chicago Review of Books announced that it would not review Simon & Schuster authors in 2017 in protest at the deal.


Sunday, January 08, 2017

British student union bans use of 'he' and 'she' - because they 'don't want to make assumptions about gender'

A students' union is discouraging its members from using the pronouns 'he' and 'she', to avoid assumptions being made as to how people identify.

Sussex University students' union has released a gender inclusive language policy, which applies to all its meetings, radio broadcasts, communications, societies and elections.

The policy states that preferred pronouns should be stated at the beginning of every meeting, regardless of whether they have been stated at previous meetings, and that gender neutral language should be used when the pronoun is not known.

The policy continues: 'In situations where introductions are not appropriate or where an individual has not directly stated their pronouns, gender-neutral language should be used to refer to them, and no assumptions should be made based on presentation or appearance.

'The gender-neutral pronoun ‘they’ should be used as opposed to ‘he’ or ‘she’, and the pronoun ‘them’ as opposed to ‘him’ or ‘her’.

'Individuals whose gender identities are not known should not be described as ‘men’ or ‘women’, and inclusive terms such as ‘person’ should be used instead.

In 2014, the union marked a 'massive win' and a 'great achievement' when gender neutral toilets signs were placed in 75 of the facilities across the campus.


New Years' Eve injunction blocks the federal redefinition of the word 'sex'

On New Year's Eve, a federal judge in Texas issued an injunction against what has become known as the "transgender mandate." The injunction prevented enforcement of a new federal regulation issued this spring whose consequences have been hotly debated, which would have gone into effect on Jan. 1.

The Becket Fund, which litigated on behalf of religious healthcare provider networks, has argued ever since the rule was promulgated that it will require many doctors to perform procedures related to gender reassignment, even on children, and even where it violates their medical judgment, let alone their religious beliefs about sex changes.

The state plaintiffs in the case, who had sued alongside the providers, argued (among other things) that their state laws requiring doctors to act on their best medical judgment would be overturned by this new federal rule. They also argued that the rule would require them to provide state employees with insurance plans that cover sex reassignment procedures.

The Obama administration, on the other side (and this has been parroted in most of the media coverage), maintained that this rule merely forbade discrimination against transgendered individuals in healthcare, and that's all, full stop. If this actually were a fair statement of the case, then who could possibly be against that? After all, you don't have to buy into the normalization of gender dysphoria to find it completely immoral to deny treatment to a transgendered person who walks into a hospital with an injury or disease.

But as often happens in these cases, the popular representation is not always the same as the case presented in court. The rule, as the Department of Health and Human Services acknowledged in its own 66-page response to the complaint, would have subjected denials of gender reassignment treament or coverage to administrative and court challenges, in which those making the decisions would have had to justify their medical decisions in such cases as non-discriminatory.

Judge Reed O'Connor issued the preliminary injunction based on the belief that plaintiffs are likely to win the case at trial, and that a failure to enjoin the new rule would cause them irreparable harm.

Congress, through multiple federal laws over the last 45 years, has defined "sex" based on biological science. By using Title IX's definition for sex discrimination and applying it to the concept of "gender identity," HHS tried to slip a more subjective "modern gender" definition of "sex" into the law without Congress.


Friday, January 06, 2017

Why making fun of "Pancasila" is no joke to Indonesians

“PANCASILA”, a word that embodies the Indonesian national philosophy, is at the centre of a high-profile spat between Australia and its close neighbour.

Many Australians may be scratching their heads at the Indonesia’s reaction to an apparent play on words making fun of their national ideology, but one expert has explained why it’s so offensive.

Associate Professor Greg Fealy of the Australian National University said the furore appeared to be over a joke.
According to The Australian, an instructor from the Indonesian special forces unit Kopassus, went to the Perth base for training but felt uneasy at some of the topics discussed in class

While it has not been confirmed, it’s believed the Indonesian officer went to the academy’s head office to complain and reportedly found a play on words referencing Pancasila, but ending the word with “gila” which means crazy or mad in Indonesian.

Not every military officer would have been offended by the apparent joke, said Prof Fealy, but there was a high risk of offence.

The professor, who is an expert on Indonesian politics, said Pancasila — meaning “five principles” — was very important to Indonesians as these represent the country’s national ideology.
“Every schoolchild, every Indonesian knows what the five principles are, they are thoroughly ingrained and taught in the education system,” Prof Fealy told “For a strongly nationalistic military officer, the Pancasila has an almost sacred status.”


Snowflake adult does not like being referred to as white

What he objected to was a perfectly innocent and objective description

FORMER American Idol contestant Bo Bice has spoken out about copping what he claimed was “racist behaviour”.

The singer was at Popeye’s, a fast food restaurant at Atlanta International Airport, when one of the employees went to give his order to a different person. The singer then claimed her co-worker said: “He already got his, that white boy there.”

“The three ladies behind the counter asked whose food it was,” Bo Bice said in an interview with Fox 5 in Atlanta. “Just when I turned around, one of them said ‘that white boy.’”

The husband and father of four said the incident was shocking.

“If tables had been turned and I used something as insensitive like that ... I would be boycotted, people wouldn’t buy my albums,” Bice said.

Bice said all he wanted from the corporation was an apology, but he never got it.

The worker who said “white boy’ has now been suspended after Bice complained on his social media accounts about her, and even posted a photo of the two women working along with the name of one on his Facebook page.

During the interview the singer broke down in tears.


Thursday, January 05, 2017

What a lot of Bologna! Facebook 'censors' nude statue of sea god Neptune, the well-known Renaissance symbol of northern Italian city

A virile, muscled statue of the sea god Neptune has fallen foul of Facebook’s prudish policies on nudity after an Italian art historian was told to remove it from her web page.

The sixteenth century Renaissance statue dominates Piazza del Nettuno, a grand square in the heart of Bologna.

A symbol of the prosperous northern Italy city, it was chosen by Elisa Barbari, a local writer, to illustrate her Facebook page, called “Stories, curiosities and views of Bologna”.

But the social media giant objected to the image, which shows a naked Neptune – Nettuno in Italian – holding a large trident. “I wanted to promote my page but it seems that for Facebook the statue is a sexually explicit image that shows off too much flesh. Really, Neptune? This is crazy!” Ms Barbari said.

She said she was “indignant and irritated”, and asked “How can a work of art, our very own statue of Neptune, be the object of censorship?”


You can have French food, Chinese food, Indian food but you CANNOT have black food

MADELEINE Pickens wanted the African-American chef she recruited from the country club she owns in Southern California to cook “black people food” — not “white people food” — at her rural Nevada dude ranch and wild horse sanctuary, according to a federal lawsuit accusing her of racial discrimination.

Armand Appling says the wealthy philanthropist and ex-wife of Oklahoma energy tycoon T. Boone Pickens told him fried chicken, BBQ ribs and corn bread would be perfect for the tourists who pay nearly $US2,000 ($A2779) a night to stay in plush cottages, ride horses and take Wild West “safaris” on ATVs at her Mustang Monument Wild Horse Eco-Resort.

Appling alleges he was fired in 2014 in retaliation for complaining about a hostile work environment. He says Pickens’ stereotypical references were commonplace at the Elko County ranch stretching across 2330 square kilometres on the edge of the Ruby Mountains about 50 miles west of the Utah line.

Among other things, he says Pickens, who is white, instructed him to terminate two other black kitchen staffers — one she referred to as her “bull” or “ox” and another who had “too much personality.” He says she told him they didn’t “look like people we have working at the country club” and didn’t “fit the image” of the staff she wanted at the ranch.

US District Judge Miranda Du said during a hearing in Reno last week that Appling’s lawyers have failed so far to prove the sort of racial hostility needed to win such a civil rights claim. She dismissed the original lawsuit that was filed in February but gave them until January 13 to refile an amended complaint seeking unspecified damages from Pickens’ nonprofit, Save America’s Mustangs. “It takes a lot to prove these allegations,” Du told California attorney Willie Williams on Thursday.

Du agreed with Pickens’ lawyer, Dora Lane of Reno, that the only comment that specifically referred to race was the reference to “black people food.” Lane said categorising foods by ethnicity is commonplace in the restaurant industry. Some restaurants serve Mexican food, others Chinese or Thai food, she said.


Wednesday, January 04, 2017

The N-word is used in famous British comedy made in 1975

Censored recently but now available again

The derogatory lines appear in the celebrated 1975 episode called The Germans, in which the hapless Basil Fawlty, played by John Cleese, offends a party of German tourists by mentioning the war and performing a Nazi-style walk.

Also in the episode is a scene when long-term hotel guest Major Gowen, played by the late Ballard Berkeley, recalls the day he took a former girlfriend to watch a cricket match between England and India at The Oval.

He tells Fawlty: ‘The strange thing was that throughout the morning she kept referring to the Indians as n*****s.’

He goes on: ‘No, no, no, no I said – n*****s are West Indians, these people are wogs. No, no no, she said – all cricketers are n*****s.’

The lines were not seen as an issue when the episode was first broadcast on October 24, 1975, but BBC chiefs decided they were in bad taste when they repeated the episode in 2013.

But the cuts divided opinion, with some fans accusing the BBC of overreacting. One fan wrote: ‘The point is that the Major is a racist old bigot, incongruous with modern society even in the 1970s. The audience wasn’t supposed to agree with him. They were supposed to laugh at him… The whole episode is about xenophobia.’

All 12 [Uncut] episodes of Fawlty Towers are currently available via Netflix with a G rating, which urges adult discretion.

A Netflix spokesman said: ‘The service includes ratings guides and episode synopses to help people decide, and we also provide a PIN code system to ensure children can’t view certain content.’


More Leftist hate speech

HONOLULU’S Café 8 ½ gets rave reviews on Yelp for its “Radiatore Verde” and “Italian stir fry,” among other popular dishes at the eclectic mum-and-pop restaurant — but the response to its new “policy” barring pro-Trump patrons has been decidedly more mixed.

A bright yellow, handmade sign posted on the restaurant’s front glass door declares: “If you voted for Trump you cannot eat here! No Nazis.”

A photo of the sign was shared with One also is proudly posted on the cafe’s Facebook page, and was “liked” by some 40 people.

“…The next time you’re in Honolulu, eat lunch here, not only are they on the right side of things, the food is delicious and reasonable,” Facebook user Ariel Agor wrote next to the photo.

Others aren’t so charmed.

Honolulu resident and Donald Trump voter Susan Roberts told she found the sign in “extreme poor taste.”

“It’s childish and very unprofessional,” she said in an email. “… The restaurant owner doesn’t have to worry ... I will not be stepping foot in that establishment.”


Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Students know what a good parade looks like

Most Asians care little about the holocaust, seeing it as a Western thing.  They may even admire Hitler as a strong leader.  And Hitler definitely ran impressive parades.  So they see no problem in copying him

To celebrate the 62nd anniversary of a school in northern Taiwan, students were invited to choose historical figures and “cosplay” them at a parade Friday.

Liu Hsi-cheng, a history teacher at Hsinchu Kuang Fu High School, suggested to his homeroom class that they go with famous people from Arabic culture, he told the Taipei Times.

But Liu's students had another idea: a theme based on Adolf Hitler.

Liu warned his students that such a theme would be “very controversial,” the paper reported — but ultimately “chose to respect the students' decision and did not veto it” after the class voted on it twice.

On Friday, students from the school in Hsinchu, about 55 miles southwest of Taipei, showed up to the festivities wearing Nazi uniforms and brandishing signs, arm bands and long red banners with swastikas on them.

As word of the school activity circulated online, the outrage was swift and widespread. On social media, people in Taiwan and abroad condemned the students' decision as “ignorant” and “a disgusting display of disrespect.”


Another Leftist censorship attempt

Simon & Schuster has defended a reported $US250,000 book deal with alt-right blogger Milo Yiannopoulos, after the news sparked backlash from authors and book reviewers accusing the publisher of condoning hate speech.

Dangerous, due out in March, has already shot to the top of Amazon's bestseller list, based on pre-order purchases alone. 

Yiannopoulos, 32, a blogger for the far-right opinion website Breitbart News - whose influence now reaches the highest offices of US government, after president-elect Donald Trump named Stephen Bannon, the site's founder and executive chair, as his Chief Strategist – has a history of controversial statements, including attacking feminism, Islam, transgender people, Black Lives Matter and the "regressive left", on a platform of anti-PC "free speech".

Last July, he was permanently banned from Twitter, following racist and sexist messages aimed at Ghostbusters actress, Leslie Jones.

Confirming the announcement in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Yiannopoulos taunted his detractors.

"They said banning me from Twitter would finish me off. Just as I predicted, the opposite has happened," he said.

"Every line of attack the forces of political correctness try on me fails pathetically. I'm more powerful, more influential and more fabulous than ever before, and this book is the moment Milo goes mainstream. "Social justice warriors should be scared – very scared," he added.

Simon & Schuster's decision to publish Yiannopoulos' incendiary views – via their imprint Threshold Editions, which previously published Trump's Crippled America and Great Again - was instantly condemned from many within the industry.

In a statement addressing the backlash, Simon & Schuster said it does not condone discrimination or hate speech and asked readers to "withhold judgment until they have had a chance to read the actual contents of the book."

The book is due for release on March 14.


Monday, January 02, 2017

Animated kids movie Sing is accused of racism because its gorilla characters are criminals who like hip hop and are sent to prison

Not sure what the problem is.  Is the problem that gorillas look like someone we know?  Odd that they don't say that below

Sing, Universal Pictures’ 3D computer-animated music comedy film which was released in theaters last week, is being accused of perpetuating racial stereotypes because the film’s plot line includes gorillas who are sent to prison for criminal activity.

A number of Twitter users noted that the film, which features the voices of Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon, conjures up uncomfortable stereotypes about black people.

One of the protagonists, Johnny, is a gorilla who aspires to be a hip-hop singer but is burdened by his father, who at one point in the film is in prison for running a gang, according to Heatstreet.

Seeking to pursue his dream of making it as a musician, Johnny betrays his father by abandoning him during a robbery, leading to his dad’s incarceration.

Having gorillas engaged in criminal behavior and becoming hip hop singers crossed the line for some people, who accuse the film in trading in classic, racist tropes.

'Sing looks like a cute movie but I can't get past the fact that the gorillas are gang members in jail,' one Twitter user wrote.


University of Kansas students are being offered buttons spelling out their preferred gender pronouns

What about a button with the old instruction:  "Call me anything but don't call me late for dinner"

University of Kansas students are being offered buttons through the school's library system meant to make their preferred gender pronouns clear.

Various University of Kansas Libraries employees now sport the square-shaped pins, with extra ones also doled out to interested students, the Lawrence Journal-World reports.

Library leaders say the buttons are part of the library system's 'You Belong Here' marketing effort meant to lure undergraduates and ensure that they feel welcome, including transgender students.

The buttons come in three versions: 'He him his,' ''She her hers' and, for people who don't identify themselves as male or female, 'They them theirs.'

'Because gender is, itself, fluid and up to the individual,' a sign at the libraries reads. 'Each person has the right to identify their own pronouns, and we encourage you to ask before assuming someone's gender.


Sunday, January 01, 2017

Must not say a woman is beautiful

Steve Martin was forced to delete his Twitter tribute to the late Carrie Fisher after critics labeled the remembrance as 'sexist'.

Fisher's death at the age of 60 took her fans, friends and family by surprise and Martin was one of the many celebrities who voiced his shock and sadness at her passing online. 

'When I was a young man, Carrie Fisher was the most beautiful creature I had ever seen. She turned out to be witty and bright as well,' the comedian wrote on Twitter.

Some on Twitter came out to criticize Martin's post however, saying that his attention first on her physical appearance before her personality wasn't the right way to remember Hollywood princess.

Twitter user Joe Bennett said he found Martin's tweet 'tasteless'.  'I doubt Carrie would like to be remembered as a sex symbol first (but also smart!)' he wrote.

New York Magazine's The Cut blog also wrote a post about Martin's since-deleted tweet.  Writer Claire Landsbaum said that Martin's tweet focusing on Fisher's beauty was something she 'spoke out against her whole career'.  '[R]emember Fisher for her immense talent, her outspoken feminism, and her moving commentary on mental health - not for the way she looked onscreen,' the article reads.

Martin sparked a new wave of tweets - this time in his favor - when he deleted the tribute.

Many Twitter users jumped to the 71-year-old comedian's defense - saying it was a lovely remembrance and the criticisms are just more evidence of a politically-correct-obsessed culture.

'We live in a society where Steve Martin says a few nice words about Carrie Fisher and people perceive it to be sexist,' a Twitter user named Lawrence wrote.


US company Cinnabon cops social media backlash after posting Carrie Fisher ‘tribute’

A US baked goods company has been slammed over a “tacky” Carrie Fisher tweet that many considered to be in poor taste after the star’s death.

Fast food bakery chain Cinnabon posted a “tribute” to the fallen Star Wars star, tweeting a picture of a cinnamon-inspired Princess Leia with a Cinnabon roll as hair.

The caption: “RIP Carrie Fisher, you’ll always have the best buns in the galaxy”.

The post has since been deleted after swift backlash from furious fans on Twitter.

Cinnabon’s next tweet was more heartfelt, claiming the tweet was “genuinely meant as a tribute” but “we shouldn’t have posted it”.

It’s not the first time Cinnabon has used a cinnamon-inspired Princess Leia on their Twitter handle.

On May the 4th – considered to be Star Wars day – the company tweeted: “Here’s to the princess with the second-best rolls in the galaxy”.


Friday, December 30, 2016


More progressive censorship on display. About mid-way through the Michael Savage show on WMAL earlier today, it was suddenly yanked off the air. A re-run of the Chris Plante was aired instead of the Michael Savage show. Seems to me this country is getting more and more like Europe. Freedom of speech is only free if leftists spew it.

Chris Plante is a good guy and all, but I’m not interested in listening to some re-run. If i want to listen to re-runs I could always find it on the Internet. So far, no reason has been given by WMAL why they suddenly pulled the Michael Savage show. Don’t expect one either.


Muslim hate speech is OK

Google is refusing to stop its enhanced search function helping users to access lectures by a Muslim cleric dubbed the pied piper of jihad, despite acting against other offensive material.

When people search for the radical imam Anwar al-Awlaki, the site’s autocomplete function — which uses algorithms based on what others have searched for — suggests searches that add words including “quotes” and “lectures” while they are still typing his name.

These enhanced searches lead to transcriptions and recordings of hate-filled lectures that are known to have inspired the 7/7 bombers and helped to radicalise other terrorists. In contrast, searches for Awlaki’s name without Google’s suggested extra words lead to accounts of his terrorist involvement.


Thursday, December 29, 2016

Real men don't eat icecream?

THEY’VE done it again — only this time it’s Richard Hammond in the firing line. The star of The Grand Tour has sparked a backlash after he said he doesn’t eat ice-cream because he is “straight”.

The comments came during an episode of the reimagined version of Top Gear which screens on Amazon Prime instead of the BBC after Jeremy Clarkson’s “fracas” with a producer saw the trio opt to stay together.

In the clip being circulated from Happy Finnish Christmas, Hammond explains he wouldn’t eat a Magnum in a Volvo because “I don’t eat ice-cream. It’s something to do with being straight.”

After some quizzical looks from Clarkson, James May, laughter and applause from the audience he is forced to explain.  “Ice-cream is a bit, you know ...” he said.

Clarkson clarifies: “So you’re saying all children are homosexual?”

“There’s nothing wrong with it, but a grown man eating an ice-cream, you know it’s a bit ... it’s that way rather than that way,” Hammond said.

Clarkson responds: “Welcome to the inside of Richard Hammond’s head.”


Speech ferment in Oklahoma

Last November 14, a professor from the History of Science Department found two racist posters in university buildings. The posters were titled "Why White Women Shouldn't Date Black Men" and "Race and Intelligence:  the Facts." The professor photographed these flyers, posted the images on Twitter, and then took them down. Ironically, by publicly posting images of the posters the good professor succeeded in publicizing their message. What might have been viewed by only a handful of people was instead seen by thousands.

Removing the posters set a terrible example for students. The implied lesson was that you don't have to defeat ideas you disagree with by reasoned argument -- you are entitled to suppress them by force. Subsequently the Faculty Senate declared that toleration of hate speech was antithetical to "the pursuit of learning [and] the creation of art and knowledge." Members of the OU community were advised to report incidents of hate speech to the OU Police Department. Collectively, the OU Faculty Senate has the intelligence of a flock of turkeys. But to assert that intolerance is essential to teaching and research plumbs a new low.

Attempts to suppress hate speech are extremely troublesome. For starters, there is no objective or legal definition of hate speech. In practice, hate speech can be anything people find offensive. On the OU campus, if you say something as innocuous as 'I support Trump," a number of people would consider this to be hate speech. Hate speech is also protected by the First Amendment. People do not have a right to make specific and credible threats or incite violence, but they do have a right to express personal opinions that are both wrong and offensive. Pity the poor police officer who receives a report of alleged hate speech. How is he or she to respond? Not only is there no statute outlawing hate speech, it's a crime to deprive individuals of their First Amendment rights under color of authority.

Not only is the University of Oklahoma campus a hotbed of racial hysteria, it's also home to the dreaded scourge of Islamophobia. According to a report in the OU Daily, on November 15, an unidentified person handed a Chick Tract titled "Camel's In the Tent" to a female professor from Lebanon. A Chick Tract is a short evangelical Christian pamphlet. Distributing Chick Tracts is a common form of Christian proselytizing. Over the last fifty years, approximately 800 million Chick Tracts have been printed and distributed. They are very common.

Evidently the professor who received a copy of "Camel's In the Tent" had never seen a Chick Tract before. Because the content of the pamphlet made her feel "uncomfortable," she reported the incident to the OU Police. Irony coated the professor's account like two inches of freezing rain in an Oklahoma winter storm. She professed that she "came to this country because I believe in American values," and then preached "we need to reach out [to people] and listen to their fears."

But she didn't reach out and listen to fears about Islam or Islamic terrorism. She called the police! The professor also failed to grasp that freedom of religion and speech are core American values. In the United States of America we don't call the police on people who are engaged in Christian proselytizing. That's what they do in Islamic countries such as Saudi Arabia and Iran.

It gets worse. In October of 2015 a monument recognizing the Ten Commandments was removed from the grounds of the Oklahoma State Capitol because Section II-5 of the Oklahoma Constitution states that "no public money or property shall ever be appropriated, applied, donated, or used, directly or indirectly, for the use, benefit, or support of any sect, church, denomination, or system of religion." But this has not stopped the University of Oklahoma from setting aside a room in their Bizzell Library dedicated to Muslim prayer. Although the room is described as a "reflection room" open to everyone, it's sectarian nature is indicated unambiguously by the fact that it's stocked with copies of the Koran and pamphlets on Islam.

While conservatives view leftists as people with bad ideas, leftists don't look upon conservatives as people who even have ideas -- they're just bad people who must be rooted out, suppressed, and excluded. This quest has now superseded any pretense to education. The OU Campus is in the grip of a moral frenzy, the very definition of a witch hunt.


Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Comments made under a guarantee of privacy lead to punishment

Most blacks don't do much to endear themselves to whites so whites who dislike them have some grounds for that

Fathers of two Marist High School seniors filed a lawsuit Monday claiming their daughters were “used as scapegoats” after a racist text message thread between students went viral.

The two students were among a group of five either suspended or expelled from the school at 4200 W. 115th St. in the wake of the text message incident.

The text messages surfaced Nov. 6 after a protest following the fatal police shooting of a 25-year-old black man the day before in Mount Greenwood. Black activists said they encountered '60s-style racism as they clashed with demonstrators supporting police.

Meanwhile on Twitter, someone shared a screen shot of a text message reportedly from a Marist student, who said "I F------ HATE N-----S," to which one of her friends replied, "same."

The plaintiffs were kicked out of school within days of the messages going viral “without hearing their side of the story and without any disciplinary process,” according to the suit.

The two white teenagers, who are also unnamed in the lawsuit, were among 32 girls included in the text message group. The group originally met in September at a religious retreat, known as Kairos.

The retreat is designed for young women to meet and "freely express themselves on all types of topics," according to the lawsuit. As part of the retreat, the girls involved were promised that "any comments made orally would be strictly confidential."

The lawsuit also points to a March 14, 2014 incident in which a black student and Marist football player, according to the suit, tweeted a comment "advocating the killing of white people." That student was required to receive counseling following the comment, the suit argues.

"By comparison, the comments made by the minor plaintiffs were, at most, racially insensitive," the lawsuit says.


Must not disrespect Mrs Obama

The University of Colorado’s School of Medicine is cutting ties with a faculty member who made a racist remark about first lady Michelle Obama on Facebook.

Dr. Michelle Herren, who works at Denver Health Medical Center, holds a nonpaid faculty appointment at the CU School of Medicine and a medical-staff appointment at Children’s Hospital, where Denver Health physicians supervise residents and other medical practitioners in training, the Denver Post reports.

As previously reported on The Root, Herren posted a photo of Michelle Obama yelling on Facebook. Under the photo, Herren wrote: “Doesn’t seem to be speaking too eloquently here, thank god we can’t hear her! Harvard??? That’s a place for ‘entitled’ folks said all the liberals!”

Herren then added, “Monkey face and poor ebonic English!!! There! I feel better and am still not racist!!! Just calling it like it is!”


But it's OK to call George Bush a monkey face!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

TX: Must not get tired of black people

Even in a private message

The text read, "I'm so sick of playing black people."

A woman in the stands for a girl's basketball game between Kingwood High and Nimitz High (Aldine ISD) sent the message to someone. A Nimitz parent saw it and whipped out her phone to take a picture.

"I think that's not acceptable. Especially in this day and time," said Humble ISD parent Ed Dubois.

We've learned the woman who sent the text was a teacher at Greentree Elementary School. The parent who took the picture of the text sent it to Houston-area activist Gerry Monroe, who took his concerns to Humble ISD.

Here is Humble ISD's full statement:

"Humble ISD expects educators to show respect for all students and to demonstrate good sportsmanship at student events. The text message does not represent the values of the district. Upon being made aware of the photo, the district took immediate action by investigating. That investigation revealed that a person employed as an elementary school teacher sent the text. She has resigned."


Depicting racism is racist?

This fall, Salem State University put out an open call for an exhibition titled “State of the Union.” Artists were asked to submit work that “addresses concerns and hopes for our future,” such as “environmental issues, social inequities, income inequality and education.”

Garry Harley, an artist in nearby Lowell, Massachusetts, saw the notice and knew immediately what to submit: two digital paintings, both inspired by campaign rhetoric he found frightening. One was based on a photo of Ku Klux Klan members in full, menacing regalia; the other, Warsaw Jews being rounded up during World War II.

Both were accepted.

The exhibition opened the day after Election Day. And when it did, Harley’s work — in particular the KKK picture — caused an uproar. Students complained that the art was insensitive, racist, upsetting, offensive.

The school held a tense public forum. Harley, who says he wanted to raise awareness but not offense, attended in the hopes of a “teaching moment.” He arrived with handouts: copies of Francisco Goya’s “The Third of May 1808” and Pablo Picasso’s “Guernica,” masterpieces that had committed traumatic events to canvas and, by extension, to public memory.

The next day, administrators sent an apology to the campus community and announced they were temporarily shuttering the exhibit. Then last week, after a second meeting, which Harley did not attend, the exhibit was reopened — with some modifications.

Among them: The KKK painting, and only that work, was curtained off, peep-show-style