Friday, May 30, 2014

Must not mention that women are big buyers of shoes

Last Saturday night millions of football fans watched as Real Madrid won the European Cup in one of the most eagerly-awaited fixtures of the sporting calendar.

But, according to a Heineken advert shown in Brazil before the game, none of them were women, as they were all too busy shopping for shoes instead.

In the ad, the beer brand teamed up with Shoestock to offer a 50 per cent off shoes sale online and in stores, starting at exactly the same time as the game, in order to keep wives and girlfriends of sports fans busy.

The advert has been removed from YouTube after attracting a barrage of criticism for its sexist content

In the short clip, a voice-over offers men the opportunity to watch the game with their friends 'without ditching the wife, because this time she'll be ditching you'.

The voice-over adds that the sale will give women 'everything to make her think only about shoes, and especially not about where you are.'

One user wrote: Thank you, Heineken, for reminding me that my place is JUST in a store thinking about my appearance and not drinking your beer, which was my favourite, watching sports with my friends, which I thought was fun.'


Democrat Sends Racist Email Telling Other Democrats Not To Trust White Candidates

New Mexico state representative Miguel Garcia sent out an email in order to support another Democrat in his political race, but he’s gotten in trouble over his remarks that seemed to deride his opponents for being “anglo,” or white:

Garcia also lobbed race-based attacks against Otero and Barreras’ primary opponents, fellow Democrats Jim Danner and Teresa Smith de Cherif. Under a section titled “Treachery in Our Ranks Undermine Barreras and Otero”, Garcia wrote:

A minority of unsuspecting Democratic leaders are supporting the Democratic Anglo newcomer opponents in Andrew’s and Frank’s primary races. Anglo Democrats with egos as big as Texas, mouths as big as the Grand Canyon, and much “green” [moolah] from the East and the West Coast.

Garcia’s money reference appears to be more to Smith de Cherif, who has raised more than $10,000 of her campaign funds from out of state per finance records posted online.

When Miguel was asked about the offensive remarks, he said that the email was sent out to other Democrats, and wasn’t meant to be viewed by the public or the media. Yeah, so not really the best excuse.

I thought that conservatives are the only racists? Or maybe it doesn’t count because he’s racist against white people.


Thursday, May 29, 2014

MSNBC’s Touré says ‘power of whiteness’ benefited Holocaust survivors

Black hate speech.  How about the power of hard work?

MSNBC host Touré is accused of anti-Semitism after suggesting Friday that Holocaust survivors were able to succeed in America because they’re white.

A Twitter user by the name @hope_and_chains tweeted at Touré on Friday, saying, “My family survived a concentration camp, came to the US w/ nothing, LEGALLY, and made it work.”

“The power of whiteness,” Touré retorted, gaining more than 240 retweets.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Jewish organization dedicated to combating anti-Semitism, condemned the statement.

“It’s obviously absurd and smacks of intense and disgusting anti-Semitism. It’s reverse racism basically,” the center’s Efraim Zuroff told the Blaze.

“There is no question that part of the anti-Semitism that we see has its roots in the form of jealousy. This is a perfect example: ‘Jews made it because they’re white and Jews,’” he said.

Touré apologized for the remark Tuesday afternoon, four days after his original tweet.


Is America Starting To Target Thought Crime?

Last week, Michelle Obama made headlines when she exhorted graduating high schoolers in a commencement address to monitor their families for politically incorrect thoughts and behaviors.

To one journalist, this was more than an off-hand comment made by the first lady. In the opinion of Cheryl Chumley, a reporter for The Washington Times and the author of “Police State USA,” Michelle Obama’s remark reflects a growing trend in America to target and attack individuals for committing “thought crime.”

“Michelle Obama’s push for kids around the nation to monitor their family members for perceived racist comments is just another way the government seeks to inject itself into an area it doesn’t really belong — the American home,” Chumley told The Daily Caller Monday.

“Having the first lady wag her finger at us and send America’s youth on some sort of quest to scour the homes and backyards of our nation’s families for any mention of a racist joke, slur or slight is nanny-governance run amok — something that belongs in a George Orwell novel, not the White House,” Chumley said.


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Fury over 'offensive' 'Pakistani only' to let sign in Lancashire

I personally think landlords should be free to choose whom they want living on their premises.  It is a property right.  But "whites only" signs have in the past been heavily penalized

A ‘TO LET’ sign advertising for a Pakistani family only has shocked a community.

Both police and Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson received a dozen complaints from residents after the sign appeared in a window at a house in Nelson.

The handwritten advert posted in the window of a property in Railway Street read ‘For Rent, 3 Bedrooms, Just Pakistani Family’ with an attached mobile number.

Police officers tracked down the landlord following complaints about the ‘distasteful’ sign and it was removed.

Inspector Paul Goodall, of Pendle Police, said: “The landlord hasn’t committed any offences, and when we went round and asked him to take it down, he said ‘fair enough’ and took it down.

“We spoke to him and gave him some advice, and were satisfied it was not intended with any sort of malice.  “It was, in his opinion, to have some nice residents in the area..

“But the reality of the situation is, it might be deemed to be distasteful or inappropriate, which it is my opinion.

“There was no criminal act committed, and we would have dealt with it seriously if there was.


If he had been white and put up a "whites only" sign a "criminal act" would have been detected immediately.

Multiculturalist shows contempt for British defence of the Falklands

Football pundit Stan Collymore was today criticised by a Royal Navy veteran after he claimed Britain had ‘thieved’ the Falklands.

The 43-year-old former Liverpool player, who now works as a Talksport radio commentator, described the archipelago to his 565,000 Twitter followers as a ‘f***ing island with sheep’.

He said: ‘Falklands? Wasn't anyone's. We just thieved it, as we do. What glory, what triumph. A f***ing island with sheep. Rule Britannia.’

The tweet - which was posted on Saturday night - has since been deleted, but there have been calls for Collymore to issue a public apology.

Chris 'Kenny' Swain, 50, who served as Petty Officer Gunner in the Royal Navy from 1980 to 2003, said Collymore should be sacked from Talksport.  Mr Swain, of Plymouth, Devon said: ‘I had a lot of friends that died in the Falklands. I think it's just an absolute outrage. I don't know whether he did it to raise his profile, but it's just an outrage.

‘There are so many upset people. He needs to be sacked from Talksport for a start - you can't have somebody with opinions like that addressing the public. I am just so angry.

And a post of the official Twitter feed of the Falkland Islands Government said: 'Very disappointed to hear Mr Collymore's views on the Falklands - factually incorrect and hurtful.'


Collymore is an all-round bad character well known to the police.  His part-African ancestry may also help explain his hostility to Britain.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

British football presenter forced to apologise after "homophobic" joke

"Poofter and "woofter" are British slang for homosexuals.  They are not as contemptuous as the American "faggott"

A Sky Sports presenter was forced to apologise on air today after former England football manager Terry Venables appeared to make a homophobic 'joke'.

Venables, who also played for England before managing Crystal Palace, Barcelona and Tottenham Hotspur, was being interviewed on Sky show Goals on Sunday.

Speaking about the 1991 FA Cup final at Wembley, Venables told an anecdote about how then Nottingham Forest manager Brian Clough held his hand as the two team walked out onto the pitch.

The Dagenham-born 71-year-old said: 'As I come out he grips my right hand with his left hand and I'm clamped, I'm clamped.'

Venables appears to say they looked like a 'pair of woofters'.

Sky Sports presenter and former footballer Chris Kamara, sitting on the sofa opposite, then laughed loudly, while the show's host Ben Shephard looked uncomfortable.

The 39-year-old then apologised for Venables' comment.

Richard Lane, spokesman for gay rights organisation Stonewall, said: 'This kind of language might have been acceptable in 1991 but seems really rather dated in Britain today.'


Actress criticised for 'making an off-hand rape joke'

It was meant as a joke, but unfortunately for Jennifer Lawrence her rape quip at the Cannes Film Festival has seen her roundly criticised, even by those who were previously the actress's champions.

At an industry party hosted by Vanity Fair and Armani party on May 17, Jennifer's off the cuff and off-hand remark was overheard, duly noted and subsequently has snowballed into a PR nightmare for the 23-year-old.

Jennifer had revealed that when she first met Gravity director Alfonso Cuarón she started screaming and approached him saying: 'I broke out my rape scream for you!'

Celebrity blogger, Perez Hilton wrote: ‘We know you're always open and honest in interviews, but COME ON, a rape joke?!?

'We're sure she thought that what was said at the party was private, but even still, that's no excuse for a rape joke!! They're not funny, ever.’


Jokes are dangerous these days.  She was presumably referring to the "casting couch".

Monday, May 26, 2014

Another episode of manufactured hate speech

Blacks have been known before to fake hate-speech against themselves.  It pays

A Tennessee man who was accused of using a racial slur on a receipt at a Red Lobster restaurant last year is suing the restaurant chain and the waitress who cashed in on the incident after she posted a copy of the receipt on the Internet.

Devin Barnes, 21, claims he never wrote the racial slur on the receipt, and that the negative attention he received as a result of the way Toni Christina Jenkins - the waitress who claims to have received the slur - publicized the incident is slanderous.

On the receipt, a photo of which was posted on Facebook and Youtube in September by the 19-year-old waitress, the line designated for a tip read 'none.' On the line for the total, it read 'n***er.'

Jenkins left a caption on the photo that was uploaded to her Facebook page that read 'This is what I got as a tip last happy to live in the proud southern states...God Bless America, land of the free and home of the low class racists of Tennessee.'

Barnes' signature is visible in the photo directly below the offensive slur.

In the weeks following Jenkins' posting the photo on the web, the left-wing blog started an online fundraiser for her that raised more than $10,000 - money Jenkins later said she planned to use to buy a car.

Barnes admits that he didn't tip Jenkins, but says he didn't tip her because the order was a takeout order - but he adamant that he never wrote the slurs on the receipt, and even hired a hand-writing analyst to take analyze the receipt.

The handwriting analyst found that 'no significant handwriting characteristics similarities' were found between the questioned 'total' entry line and the handwriting samples provided by Barnes and his wife, the Tennessean reports.


Now BBC bans the G-word: Sports reporter joked that he’d been beaten in judo bout by a 19-year-old GIRL... so ‘sexist’ word cut from broadcast

Will the idiocy ever stop?

The BBC was embroiled in an extraordinary censorship row last night after cutting the word ‘girl’ from a documentary about the Commonwealth Games, fearing it might cause 'offence'.

Broadcaster Mark Beaumont, 31, joked after being hurled to the floor by a judo champion: ‘I am not sure I can live that down – being beaten by a 19-year-old girl.’

His remark was broadcast in full when the 30-minute episode of The Queen’s Baton Relay was first shown on the BBC News Channel in April.

But evidently sensitive to charges of sexism, BBC executives decided to edit out the word ‘girl’ when the programme was repeated last week, leaving an awkward pause in place of the offending word.

Asked by a viewer what had happened, Mr Beaumont tweeted: ‘Maybe the editor thought it was sexist – it wasn’t. I’m not worried about it.’

Even the judo champion involved, Cynthia Rahming, was left bemused. ‘I wasn’t offended – I didn’t find it sexist,’ she told The Mail on Sunday.

Elsewhere, it divided opinion, with some TV presenters, including Mariella Frostrup, 51, backing the BBC’s stance.


Sunday, May 25, 2014

Cis-Ridiculous.  How many labels do we need?

It’s time to come out of the closet: I am a cisgender woman.

I can see that you have a quizzical look on your faces. I suppose you don’t know what cisgender means. It is one of the 27,956 genders one can choose for oneself on a Facebook profile. A cisgender person identifies as the gender he or she was assigned at birth. “If a doctor said, ‘It’s a boy!’ when you were born, and you identify as a man, then you could be described as cisgender,” says the website

Wait, you are saying to yourselves, then aren’t you just a straight person? What is the difference between straight and cisgender?

According to a Tumblr blog called What-Does-Cis-Mean:

    "terms like cis allow us to identify when we mean cis men/women instead of always using men/women to mean cis men/women while always distinguishing trans men/women as the other. It places cis and trans people on equal ground."

I agree, that explanation was needlessly complicated. I will dumb it down for you. A cisgender is basically a non-transgender. But wait, you can’t say non-transgender. It is offensive for some reason. According to BasicRights, “referring to cisgender people as ‘non trans’ implies that cisgender people are the default and that being trans is abnormal.”

This is the main reasoning behind the existence of the word “cisgender.”


Protecting the right to bear … opinions. About guns

Alan Korwin wanted to splash his in-your-face pro-gun message on bus-stop billboards across Phoenix but the city stopped him, forcing Korwin to tone down his language.

Korwin then took his case to court. Not long ago he won the latest round in what has been a nearly four-year legal slugfest. If the city doesn't appeal that decision Korwin will finally get to say what he wants to say about firearms in the way he wants to say it.

Phoenix officials removed 50 of Korwin's original ads, which said in big letters within a big red heart "Guns Save Lives." There was lots more language on the signs in small print and a reference to Korwin's commercial website (The city required him to change the wording on the signs to "Guns Stop Crime" on a blue background.)

Lawyers from the Goldwater Institute's Scharf-Norton Center for Constitutional Litigation argued Korwin's case. The local American Civil Liberties Union filed a supporting brief.

The government is supposed to stand up for the little guy, not make his life more difficult. Little guys have limited resources. Governments have access to what seems like an unlimited amount of our tax dollars. That's why Korwin worries about an appeal.


Friday, May 23, 2014

Australian blogger faces fine over criticism of official body

A 47-YEAR-OLD blogger from Mount Gambier claims he will be the first person in South Australia to be charged under the state’s Independent Commission Against Corruption laws.

But the blogger, whose name cannot be published under the state’s ICAC legislation, will not be charged with corruption.

Anti-Corruption Branch officers from South Australian police raided his home on May 8 and seized his laptop computer for breaking the first rule of ICAC — talking about it on his blog.

The Australian has obtained a copy of the receipt police gave the blogger when they seized his ACER laptop and power cord, which are now classified as police “exhibits”.

In what could be a test case for the new laws, the blogger says police advised him he would be the first person in the state to be charged under section 56 of the ICAC Act — Publication of Information and Evidence — for blogging about an investigation.

He faces a $30,000 fine for breaching the act. “I was told, ‘Expect to be charged’, and that it was specific to that section,” he said.

“Obviously, I am fairly concerned. I asked them what it was all about, and they said it’s about something you said on your blog about ICAC, but they wouldn’t tell me what. I have got no idea what is going on at this point.”

The man said he had since sought advice from community legal services, but lawyers were unsure of his rights given the charges had not yet been laid.

“My legal advice is that they don’t know, because no one has ever had this enacted against them.”

His blog, which is still active, publishes a letter from ICAC Commissioner Bruce Lander that reports on the outcome of an investigation launched after the man made a complaint to his local member of parliament. The letter said “No evidence has been located to substantiate any of the allegations” that were made by the man, and the file had been closed.

The blogger admitted he was critical of ICAC’s probe, but said he believed he should have a right to express an opinion about the authority.


Student Suspended for Chemistry Joke in Her Yearbook

Senior class vice president and all-around model student Paris Gray tried out a  chemistry joke, but she didn't get a positive reaction from school administrators.

School administrators suspended Gray from her high school in Jonesboro, Georgia after they finally caught on to the joke that she had written for her personal quote in the yearbook. The quote read, "When the going gets tough just remember to Barium, Carbon, Potassium, Thorium, Astatine, Arsenic, Sulfur, Uranium, Phosphorus."

If you look on the periodic table, the elements Barium, Carbon, Potassium, Thorium, Astatine, Arsenic, Sulfur, Uranium, Phosphorus translate to [Ba][C][K] [Th][At] [As][S] [U][P], when you use their acronyms. Well played, Ms. Gray. Well played.

Sadly, school administrators don't share Gray's enthusiasm for the  nerdy joke. What began as a light-hearted quote to fondly remember her senior year could possibly threaten Gray's ability to attend graduation. Gray told local news station WSB-TV, "It just completely destroyed me, and my mom's been telling me don't let it ruin my happiness, but it's like really taking a big toll."

Update, May 20: Paris Gray will now be able to walk at graduation after meeting with the school district’s superintendent.


Jokes are dangerous these days

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Rapper Macklemore apologizes after he 'unintentionally' dressed up like Jewish caricature for secret Seattle show

"Progressive" hatred for Jews at work

Macklemore has released a statement to say he had not intended to resemble a Jewish caricature when he donned a 'random' costume for a Seattle show last week.

The rapper was branded 'anti-Semitic' after he appeared on stage at Seattle's Experience Music Project Museum wearing a long black wig, thick beard and large nose on Friday night.

But in a statement he released on his website on Monday night, he said that he had simply chosen random items to wear so that he could disguise himself while walking around at the secret show.

'Disguise was the intention,' he explained. 'I wasn't attempting to mimic any culture, nor resemble one. A "Jewish stereotype" never crossed my mind.'


Must not give the impression that most criminals are black

Even if they are

Spain's Interior Ministry has come under fire for a crime prevention campaign in which all the burglars are black... but attempted to defend itself by saying it was inspired by the Three Wise Men.

The safety warning was criticised by anti-racism campaigners and opposition politicians after a series of posters warning against burglars only featured figures with black faces.

In one of the posters three of the figures can be seen riding on a camel, while another shows what appears to be a woman with a black face, arms and legs carrying a bag of  money.

The ministry has attempted to dismiss the allegations by saying the characters had been wearing balaclavas.

Their argument failed to impress critics however who pointed out the characters also had black hands and legs.


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Blogger 'bombarded Labour MP with abusive tweets branding her a witch after she supported campaign to feature Jane Austen on the £10 note'

I don't believe that threats of violence are entitled to free speech protection so I support this prosecution.  Threats of violence can be very disturbing to even well-balanced recipients

A twitter troll bombarded a Labour MP with abusive messages after she supported a successful campaign to feature Jane Austen on £10 notes, a court heard yesterday.

Peter Nunn, 33, is said to have passed on the ‘menacing’ messages threatening to rape Stella Creasy and calling her an ‘evil witch’.

Miss Creasy, MP for Walthamstow, was deluged with offensive messages after she backed a high-profile social media  campaign to ensure a female face would remain on banknotes.

The court heard Nunn both retweeted and composed messages in which  campaigners were threatened.

Feminist Caroline Criado-Perez launched the Austen campaign in July after the Bank of England replaced social activist Elizabeth Fry with Sir Winston Churchill on £5 notes. The Bank then announced the Pride And Prejudice author would replace Charles Darwin on the £10 note.

Alison Morgan, prosecuting, told Westminster Magistrates’ Court Nunn ‘embarked on a campaign of hatred in various different forms towards both women’.


Is it OK for Hispanics to be racist?

New  Mexico state representative Miguel Garcia sent out an email in order to support another Democrat in his political race, but he’s gotten in trouble over his remarks that seemed to deride his opponents for being “anglo,” or white:

Garcia also lobbed race-based attacks against Otero and Barreras’ primary opponents, fellow Democrats Jim Danner and Teresa Smith de Cherif. Under a section titled “Treachery in Our Ranks Undermine Barreras and Otero”, Garcia wrote:

A minority of unsuspecting Democratic leaders are supporting the Democratic Anglo newcomer opponents in Andrew’s and Frank’s primary races. Anglo Democrats with egos as big as Texas, mouths as big as the Grand Canyon, and much “green” [moolah] from the East and the West Coast.


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Stealth Jew-Hate in Middle School

Jews are a great target for Leftist hate.

By this week, the Rialto Unified School District school board outside of Los Angeles was in full damage control, fending off universal opprobrium over a third-quarter English Language Arts argumentative writing/research project given to 2,000 eighth-graders. The breathtakingly ill-conceived assignment asked students to “read and discuss multiple, credible articles on this issue, and write an argumentative essay, based on cited textual evidence, in which you explain whether or not you believe [the Holocaust] was an actual event in history, or merely a political scheme created to influence public emotion and gain wealth.”

Most critics denounced the assignment as absurd on its face, since it asked middle school students, after reading a only handful of brief research essays, to convince a reader that the Holocaust, one of the most documented historical events in modern human history, either happened or did not happen. Even more egregious than the notion that the Shoah might not have even occurred was the statement that, as the instructions for the assignment read, “some people claim the Holocaust is not an actual event, but instead is a propaganda tool.”


Genetics theory slammed as ‘racist’

A plausible theory is not so much debated as denounced. To Leftists, all mention of genetics is "racist" and hence not to be discussed

A BOOK claiming genetics lies behind the emergence of ­Europe and parts of Asia as economic powerhouses has been criticised by scientists.

A Troublesome Inheritance by Nicholas Wade, a New York Times science writer for 30 years, says that since the sequencing of the human genome in 2003, evidence of genetic differences has been mounting.

After our ancestors left Africa, he says, different groups of people evolved in slightly different ways to adapt to local conditions. The most successful of those people passed on their ­adaptations to their offspring.

Wade also challenges the consensus that human evolution stopped shortly after the Stone Age. “New analyses of the human genome have established that human evolution has been recent, copious, and regional,” he writes. Populations have changed, grown lactose intolerant for example, or adjusted to live at high altitudes or in severely cold climates, he writes.

This part of the book has been relatively well received. However, his subsequent argument that there are genetic group differences in behaviour and cognitive skills, and that human history can be explained by genetics has left him vulnerable to attack. In The Times of London yesterday, Matt Ridley said he couldn’t accept the idea that genes account for momentous events in history, such as the Industrial Revolution.

Wade says evidence from surnames shows that entrepreneurial Europeans out-bred their less-able citizens, creating a hotbed for creativity. “The ability of the rich to raise more surviving children slowly diffused the social behaviours required for modern prosperity into the wider society.”

These behaviours became the fertile soil for the Industrial Revolution, which vaulted Britain out of poverty and paved the way for Western domination. “The rise of the West is an event not just in history but also in human evolution,” he writes.

Ridley responded: “Yes, there would have been genetic change in European society as certain types of personality had more offspring. But surely this was not fast enough and large enough an effect to spark the ­Industrial Revolution”.

Wade’s argument has run into criticism elsewhere. The US statistician Andrew Gelman calls his book “racist”.

In the book, Wade points out that in the early 1950s Ghana and South Korea had similar economies. Thirty years later, South Korea had become the world’'s 14th-largest economy while Ghana’s had stagnated.

The author believes South Koreans valued thrift, investment, hard work, education and discipline while Ghanaians had different values, and he attributes these attitudes towards East Asian genes.


Monday, May 19, 2014

White person barred from attending white privilege conference

A reporter attending this year’s White Privilege Conference in Madison, Wisconsin, was escorted out of a workshop because he is white.

Progressives Today reported the conference had “segregated workshops open to only some conference participants, based solely on the color of their skin.”

A reality one of their staff found out the hard way when he was escorted out of a workshop.


Apparently blacks are such delicate little petals that having a white person present at their meeting would make them feel "unsafe".  So who is it who is putting blacks down here?

Is the United Kingdom Independence Party racist?

Leftist Dan Hodges says below that it is.  Hodges is an unusually rational Leftist but his nuances fail him when dealing with a dynamic new British conservative political party.  Because its prime focus is getting the UK out of the European union, people suspect that UKIP has broader nationalist beliefs, beliefs of a Fascist sort.  In fact it is the opposite.  It wants to REDUCE government, not increase it.  It has a largely libertarian inspiration.

It does however attract a number of supporters for non-libertarian reasons -- in particular its opposition to Britain's flood of immigrants  of various stripes.   And in Britain, being anti-immigrant gets you called "racist" by Leftists every time.  In the USA, it is perfectly mainstream politics for conservatives to be outspokenly critical of illegal immigration.  Not so in Britain.  So Hodges is right that by  Leftist standards UKIP is racist.  But the objective truth is that UKIP has NO racist policies and rejects racism. 

References below to the BNP refer to a now largely defunct party that was solely anti-immigration but which was always portrayed by the Left as Fascist.

As the row continues to swirl this morning around Ukip’s racist election posters it’s important to keep a few things in perspective. Nigel Farage is not Nick Griffin. Ukip are not the fascist foot soldiers of the BNP.  They’re worse.

The British National Party are finished. They are kaput. Or, as I’m sure their followers would prefer, “Kaputt”.

Griffin’s remaining tenure as an MEP can now be counted in weeks. There will be no tearful celebrations from burly men in black bomber jackets when the Euro election results are read out in Manchester town hall. On 22 May the BNP will cease to exist politically.

At which point Ukip will become de facto standard bearers for the extreme Right. Indeed, Farage has openly expressed his pride that the BNP’s former supporters are making Ukip their new home. In his now notorious interview with GQ magazine, Ukip’s leader took a break from expressing his admiration for Vladimir Putin to explain

“What we did is starting with Oldham by-election in the North of England is for the first time ever try and deal with the BNP question by going out and saying to the BNP voters: ‘if you are voting BNP because you are frustrated, upset, with the change in your community, but you are holding your nose because you don’t agree with their racist agenda, then come and vote for us. And I would think that we have taken a third of the BNP vote from them, and I don’t think that anyone has done more to damage the BNP than Ukip and I am quite proud of that”.


The fact is that many Labour party voters are dissatisfied with the disruption to their communities caused by massive immigration and UKIP has taken a lot of voters off the Labour party for that reason.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Is conservative free speech banned in America?

Is there free speech left in America...if you're a conservative or Christian?

Isn't free speech protected by the U.S. Constitution? Can your views cost you your job, career or property?

Don’t look now but it’s happening. Views considered "too conservative" “old fashioned” or “politically incorrect” are no longer tolerated by Obama’s socialist cabal or the “thought police” (I know, I repeat myself).

Let me give you just a few examples of political correctness run amok. Interestingly, in each of these cases I disagree with the views expressed.

Let’s start with the case of openly gay football player Michael Sam. On Saturday he became the first gay player drafted into the NFL. I say congratulations. I’m happy for Sam. I was rooting for him. I actually thought he should have been drafted higher.

But have we traded one prejudice and civil rights violation for another? Many religious Americans were offended by Sam’s publically affectionate hand holding, hugging, and kissing with his boyfriend on national TV after his NFL draft selection.

If it’s called "progress" and a sign of "freedom" that two men can openly kiss on national TV, what is it called when someone offended by that same scene can be fined or suspended from their job? Is that progress? Is that free speech?

Ask Miami Dolphins safety Don Jones. He tweeted about how disgusted and offended he was by that kiss. Jones was immediately fined and barred from team activities until he finishes "training for his recent comments made on social media." Training? You mean like a “reeducation camp?”

I may disagree with Don Jones’ comments. They may have hurt Michael Sam’s feelings. They may have offended gay Americans. They may have been politically incorrect. But that’s not the point. Just because you disagree with someone’s opinion, does your employer have the right to suspend you from your job? Can that same employer demand “thought training” to get your job back? In America?


British Chip shop owner shuts up shop after being threatened over 'racist' sign boasting about its 'English owners'... and now a Cypriot has re-opened it selling only 'English meals'

And the Cypriot will be OK of course

A chip shop owner has removed a ‘racist’ banner boasting that the business now had ‘English owners’, after his predecessor received threats to burn it down.

Previous owner Paul Bradbury - who put the sign up at the Chippy on the Green in Padiham, Lancashire, after taking it over last August - has gone back to Liverpool with his wife Rachel after shutting up shop.

The couple had put a banner outside which said ‘Under new management with English owners’ - but Mr Bradbury said that he received two threatening phone calls from people calling him racist.

They left the shop and moved away from the area earlier this year - and new owner Sotos Orfanides has now adapted the sign to read ‘Under new management with English meals’.

Mr Orfanides, who is originally from Cyprus and also owns a Greek restaurant in Liverpool, had previously been renting the Chippy on the Green to Mr and Mrs Bradbury.

He said: ‘I don’t think the original sign was racist, but there was a big thing about it being racist. No one is racist in this shop. They were English and they were serving some English food.

‘I changed the sign because people were calling and threatening to burn the shop down. I care about the business, so I changed it. Paul and Rachel went back to Liverpool because of the threats. They weren’t racist.’

The shop had previously been run by English people of East Asian and of Greek descent. It used to sell English and Chinese food, kebabs and pizza under Mr and Mrs Bradbury but is now going to mainly sell fish and chips.

A Lancashire Police spokesman said at the time of the threats: ‘Police officers from the Padiham neighbourhood team went to the shop after becoming aware of the threats.

‘The owner told officers he did not want to pursue the matter and so we can’t take any further action.’

The shop was reopened last week after a refurbishment and is being managed by one of Mr Orfanides’s relatives.


Friday, May 16, 2014

British Paramedic who wrote abusive comments on Facebook  suspended from his job

A paramedic who wrote abusive comments on Facebook about an NHS campaigner, whose mother who died at Stafford Hospital, has been suspended.

Roy Guest, 51, was told he could not work for a year after posting ‘offensive’ remarks about whistle-blower Julie Bailey's late mother, Bella, who died while being cared for at the scandal-hit institution.

One of the many comments he posted on the social media page stated: ‘I hope you suffer a life threatening illness...’

Ms Bailey set up the campaign group Cure the NHS and has been widely credited for pushing politicians to hold a public inquiry into the failings.

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) panel ruled that Guest should be suspended from the register for 12 months.  Panel chair Clair Bonnet said: ‘The panel concluded that his insight is limited. The registrant has not engaged with these proceedings at any stage.

‘The panel had no evidence before it of the registrant’s current attitude or whether he had taken any steps to remediate his misconduct.


He made no threats so should have been entitled to express his feelings.  But free speech is very limited in Britain.

From Jerry Hunsinger

I agree with our Native American population. I am highly insulted by the racially charged name of the Washington Redskins. One might argue that to name a professional football team after Native Americans would exalt them as fine warriors, but nay, nay. We must be careful not to offend, and in the spirit of political correctness and courtesy, we must move forward.

Let's ditch the Kansas City Chiefs, the Atlanta Braves and the Cleveland Indians.

If your shorts are in a wad because of the reference the name Redskins makes to skin color, then we need to get rid of the Cleveland Browns.

The Carolina Panthers obviously were named to keep the memory of militant Blacks from the 60's alive. Gone. It's offensive to us white folk.

The New York Yankees offend the Southern population. Do you see a team named for the Confederacy? No! There is no room for any reference to that tragic war that cost this country so many young men’s lives.

I am also offended by the blatant references to the Catholic religion among our sports team names. Totally inappropriate to have the New Orleans Saints, the Los Angeles Angels or the San Diego Padres.

Then there are the team names that glorify criminals who raped and pillaged. We are talking about the horrible Oakland Raiders, the Minnesota Vikings, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Pittsburgh Pirates!

Now, let us address those teams that clearly send the wrong message to our children. The San Diego Chargers promote irresponsible fighting or even spending habits. Wrong message to our children.

The New York Giants and the San Francisco Giants promote obesity, a growing childhood epidemic. Wrong message to our children.

The Cincinnati Reds promote downers/barbiturates. Wrong message to our children.

The Milwaukee Brewers---well that goes without saying . . . Wrong message to our children.

So, there you go. We need to support any legislation that comes out to rectify this travesty, because the government will likely become involved with this issue, as they should. Just the kind of thing the do-nothing congress loves . . .

With all of this in mind, it might also make some sense to change the name of the Oregon State women's athletic teams to something other than "The Beavers.”

Via Facebook

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The right to be forgotten online: EU court rules Google must remove personal data from search results on request

Internet users have the right to tell Google to hide embarrassing details of their past in search results, European judges  ruled yesterday.

Although content cannot be removed  from the internet altogether, the decision means it can be hidden from search results if it is ‘inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant, or excessive’.

The ruling by the Luxembourg-based European Court of Justice yesterday provoked a wave of anger in Britain.

Both privacy and freedom of expression watchdogs said it was a threat to free speech – condemning efforts to allow people to ‘whitewash their personal history’.

Influential Tory Eurosceptic MP Dominic Raab added: ‘This ruling is a draconian attack on free speech and transparency, totally at odds with Britain’s liberal tradition.

‘It highlights the increasingly authoritarian dimension to the EU, which threatens basic freedoms we have long taken for granted.’


MP condemns police for sending two officers to home of Twitter user who criticised Ukip

Blogger Michael Abberton, of Cambridge, was visited by two officers after he added to a mocked-up 'Ukip manifesto' poking fun at what makers claimed are the party's policies.

His local MP, Julian Huppert, has now expressed 'huge concerns' at his local force's decision to question Mr Abberton and demanded police chiefs explain their actions.

Photographer and Green Party member Mr Abberton used his Twitter account to re-Tweet an online poster which claimed Ukip wanted to, among other policies, 'scrap maternity leave' and 'raise income tax'.  He added links to party members' websites which he claimed backed up the supposed 'policies', although he admitted he could not find evidence for others.

Describing the visit on his blog, Mr Abberton wrote: 'They asked me to take it down but I said I couldn't do that as it had already been retweeted and appropriated, copied, many times and I no longer had any control of it  - I had to explain to one of the officers what Twitter was and how it worked.

'They said that they couldn't force me to take it down anyway.'

'I asked if I could tweet about the visit. The straight answer was "no", as this might appear prejudicial in light of the upcoming election and the police must appear to remain neutral.

'Incredulously, I said, "...but you must realise how this looks!" 

One shrugged, the other looked embarrassed.'

Cambridgeshire Police confirmed the visit but denied they had told Mr Abberton to delete his tweets.  A spokesman said: 'We were called with a complaint about a message on social media at about 12.40pm on Friday.  'Inquiries were made as to whether any offences had been committed under the Representation of the People Act but none were revealed and no further action was taken.'

The Lib Dem MP for Cambridge said: 'I have huge concerns about this issue because Mr Abberton had the right to freely express his opinion and I cannot see what law he may have broken.

The investigation has also been criticised by civil liberties groups, who fear police are unnecessarily criminalising incidents on social media.


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Fury at trendy fashion label's logo that bears an astonishing resemblance to NAZI eagle

There is a resemblance but they are not at all identical.  Do we have to watch what we resemble these days?

Angry shoppers have demanded people boycott a fashion brand, claiming its logo bears a striking resemblance to the Nazi eagle insignia which became the national symbol of Adolf Hitler's Third Reich.

A-list celebrities including singers Rhianna and Jessie J and model Cara Delevingne, have been spotted wearing the UK-based Boy London brand in the past.

The brand's logo depicts a spread-winged eagle perched on a podium on top of the letter 'O' in the world 'Boy', which is written underneath.

Outraged customers have called for the company to take action after drawing comparisons with the infamous Nazi Parteiadler symbol. The image was used as the emblem for Hitler's party.

The eagle is facing the same way as in the Boy London logo, but carrying a swastika in its claws, instead of the 'O'.

Department store, Fenwick, have now withdrawn the brand from its position at the entrance to their store in Brent Cross Shopping Centre in north-west London.

A spokeswoman for the store said: 'Our Boy London line is no longer on the shop floor as we investigate the matter directly with the brand.'

One customer, Polish-born Jakub Mozdzanowski, 34, said: 'I saw the logo on a T-shirt a few weeks ago and it wasn’t a good feeling. Then I saw it on someone else a week later and I even went over to speak to them.


Must not laugh at Tongans

As Polynesians, Tongans do have a high crime rate when in Australia or New Zealand.  The  concept of private property seems difficult for many Polynesians

Chris Lilley's portrayal of Jonah Takalua has been criticised as racist by a one of Australia's Tongan community members.

The fictional character, who is of Tongan descent, first emerged in Lilley's TV series Summer Heights High.

The Logie-winning comedian has since gone on to bring back the 14-year-old rebellious school boy in the series Jonah from Tonga, which will first go to air tonight.

SBS's Meliame Fifita, who presents the Tongan program, said the show was a misrepresentation of Tongans.

'It's quite concerning that it's going to create a stereotype of Tongans as troublemakers and the younger ones will think that's the way to behave,' she told  'It's degrading for us Tongans.'

Mrs Fifita said the show and Jonah's character was 'in many ways' racist.

She particularly objected to the way the program's characters spoke as swearing in Tonga is taboo and disrespectful.

Mrs Fifita also said she was disappointed that the producers of the show didn't take on any of the information she provided, despite meetings with them twice last year for cultural research purposes.

However, ABC TV head of comedy Rick Kalowski rejected the accusations and said he didn't think the program was racist.

'Jonah from Tonga plays with stereotypes but it's doing so to make an observation about the narrow-minded attitudes expressed by some of its characters, including Jonah's own,' he said.

He added that aside from Jonah's character, 'every other Tongan or Islander character in the series is presented as a well-rounded, believable person without comic traits'.


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Twitter troll, 42, who posted sickening messages praising killing of teacher Ann Maguire is JAILED for eight weeks

A Twitter troll who posted abusive messages about the fatal stabbing of teacher Ann Maguire has been jailed for eight weeks.

Robert Riley, 42, of Port Talbot, South Wales, told his followers he would have killed 'all the b****** teachers' at Corpus Christ School, Leeds, where the 61-year-old was fatally stabbed on April 28.

Jobless Riley, a former heroin addict, sent the shocking tweets two days after the teacher's death, showing 'complete disregard' for the tragedy, his sentencing hearing was told.

Swansea Magistrates' Court heard Riley even seemed to revel in his new-found notoriety.

But at the hearing earlier today, Riley begged for leniency.

But chairwoman of the bench Georgina Scannell made no secret of her disgust, telling the defendant she had no choice but to send him straight to jail.

Prosecutor Linda Baker told the court that following a complaint to police, the defendant’s other offensive tweets had come to light.

The court heard that, at the time of the tweets, Riley was subject to an existing community order for an unrelated offence.


He did nobody any harm so should not have been jailed

NBA legend and broadcaster Charles Barkley slammed over fat jokes

During Tuesday night’s broadcast of Inside the NBA, Barkley mocked the city’s overweight women at length, saying: “Some big ol’ women down there ... that’s a gold mine for Weight Watchers.”

And he didn’t stop there.

“Victoria is definitely a secret [in San Antonio] ... they can’t wear no Victoria’s Secret down there,” Barkley added.

Two obesity organisations have hit out at Barkley, who himself is a spokesperson for Weight Watchers, calling on the 10-time All-Star to apologise.

“Making slurs about body size is just as offensive as making comments about body colour,” National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance spokesperson Peggy Howell told TMZ.

“One would think being a black man, he’d be more sensitive to having his physical body criticised. It’s totally out of line. He should absolutely apologise.


You can lose fat.  You can't change your skin color.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Broadcaster forced to quit by BBC after accidentally playing a song with the N-word

The BBC was facing criticsm last night after it forced a radio presenter to resign after he unwittingly played a song containing a deeply offensive racist slur.

David Lowe, a veteran radio broadcaster, played a song on his show which, unbeknown to him, contained a phrase using the N-word.

When a listener complained Mr Lowe offered either to apologise on air or resign. His BBC managers initially said he would have to resign, but after the affair threatened to become public the corporation underwent a sudden about turn and has now stated he can have his job back.

However the broadcaster said he had been left so stressed by the BBC’s attitude that he no longer feels well enough to continue working.

During his nostalgic Sunday evening music show, Swingers and Stingers, which is broadcast across south west England, Mr Lowe last month played a recording from 82 years ago of The Sun Has Got His Hat On, by Ambrose & His Orchestra.

Mr Lowe said that, in his case at least, “where political correctness is concerned in the UK today, there is no room for excuses or forgiveness”.


The BBC went into overdrive over ONE complaint

"88" and "18" are  forbidden numbers!

Ariel detergent has sparked outrage in Germany after placing a neo-Nazi code on a new line of promotional packages.

The boxes feature a white football shirt with a large number '88' - which far-right extremists use as a code for 'Heil Hitler' to skirt the country's ban on Nazi slogans.

The number was intended to show how many loads of laundry buyers would be able to do with one package.

However, it is common knowledge in Germany that neo-Nazis have given the number a new meaning. The symbol derives from that fact that 'H' is the eighth letter of the alphabet.

The brand's parent company, Procter & Gamble, has issued an apology for 'any false connotations' after shoppers took to Twitter posting pictures of the offending powder.

Haessig said the company has stopped shipping the offending powder.

They have also pulled a liquid detergent that was being promoted as 'Ariel 18' - which represents 'AH', as in Adolf Hitler.


Sounds like old Adolf still has a lot of influence

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Atheists Sue to Remove WWII Monument!

Every couple of weeks, like clockwork, we hear about an atheist group that is targeting a historical memorial because of its religious connotations. First, there was the lawsuit over a cross in the 9/11 museum at Ground Zero. Now, an atheist group is targeting a war memorial because of its religious significance!

The World War II memorial was erected by the Knights of Columbus at the Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort in Montana more than 60 years ago. Whereas other monuments or statues hint at a religious connection, this one couldn’t be any clearer. The six-foot tall Jesus statue is in honor of the Army veterans who served as ski patrols in the Alps of Italy.

Since the ski resort is technically on public land, the atheists claim that the existence of this monument violates the First Amendment’s establishment clause, amounting to a “permanent Catholic shrine on public land.” Supporters of the monument disagree, arguing that it is an important part of our past and a dedication to all those who gave their lives fighting for our country!

What began as a religious monument has, today, somewhat shifted to a local legend. The Jesus statue is routinely high-fived by skiers passing through and the statue is usually found dressed up for holidays. That isn’t stopping the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) from suing to have the monument removed.

One FFRF atheist remarked that he became physically ill and uncomfortable at the sight of the statue. The group remarks that its members avoid the statue whenever possible, choosing to hike and ski elsewhere.


The matter is at present before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Australia:  Hate speech from a far-Left union

The Electrical Trades Union has apologised for comparing Prime Minister Tony Abbott to Adolf Hitler, infuriating Jewish groups who condemned the portrayal in the union's newsletter during a campaign.

The ETU released a brief statement on Friday apologising for the newsletter and pulled the offending article from its Facebook page.

"The ETU sincerely and unreservedly apologises," the statement said.  "The theme of the magazine was to show the demonisation of unions has had a long history."

The cover of the autumn newsletter for the Victorian branch of the ETU has used a digitally altered picture of Tony Abbott, complete with a tiny moustache and a tattoo on his chest similar to the Third Reich eagle.

The newsletter has been sent out to thousands of ETU members and promoted on the union's Facebook page.

Danny Lamm, president of the Zionist Federation of Australia, said it was repulsive to see a union using the deaths of millions of people under Hiter and the Nazi regime to promote a political agenda.

"It is a shameful publicity stunt that disgraces those affected by the Second World War. It is truly disappointing to see this in Australian society," Dr Lamm said.  "Whatever good work they may do as a union is totally discredited by this obscene image."


Friday, May 09, 2014

Must not asssociate black men with King Kong

Sydney Swans veteran Adam Goodes [an Australian Aborigine] has revealed his friendship with Eddie McGuire is over following the racial comments he made about the player last year.

Adam Goodes was shocked when Eddie McGuire made racial comments about him on radio last year

At the time of the incident McGuire, 49, went public with an apology and said he would remain as Collingwood' President despite pressure for him to resign.

The Triple M radio presenter made a terrible error in judgement by suggesting Adam Goodes be flown down from Sydney to Melbourne to help promote King Kong the musical.


Calif. Bill Banning State Sale Of Confederate Flag Passes‏

California state government departments will be prohibited from selling or displaying items with an image of the Confederate flag under a bill that passed the Assembly on Monday.

AB2444 by Assemblyman Isadore Hall, D-Compton, is headed to the Senate after passing on a 72-1 vote. Hall introduced the bill after his mother saw replica Confederate money being sold at the state Capitol gift shop.

He called the image a symbol of racism meant to intimidate. “Its symbolism in history is directly linked to the enslavement, torture and murder of millions of Americans,” Hall said of the Confederate flag. “The state of California should not be in the business of promoting hate toward others.”

The only lawmaker to vote against the bill was Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, the leading Republican candidate for governor. “We shouldn’t be here picking the kind of speech we like,” he said. “I am not standing here defending the symbol. I am standing here defending the principle that the First Amendment principles should apply in all state buildings, of all places.”

Courts have upheld the rights of individuals to display the Confederate flag while also upholding the rights of government agencies to limit what they endorse.

Earlier this year, Georgia approved a specialty license plate featuring the Confederate flag.


Thursday, May 08, 2014

British cop's lighthearted comment on having icecream thrown at him found "offensive"

Must not blame the mentally ill for ANYTHING

A joke at the expense of the mentally ill, however it was intended, is probably not the most politically correct thing for a police officer to post on Twitter.

The non-PC PC’s tweet included a photograph of an officer, said to be PC Nick Boyce, with ice cream splattered on his uniform.

With the picture was the comment: ‘Warning do not get  to [sic] close to people with  mental health problems when they are eating ice cream.’

One said: ‘Wow, this is ill-judged at the very least! I can’t get over it. I’m quite angry in fact.’

Another commented: ‘That’s absolutely abhorrent. I’d do more than smash an ice cream into the tw*t’s chest.’

Yesterday Avon and Somerset Police would not confirm what had actually happened ahead of the officer been covered in ice cream and whether or not he had actually engaged with someone suffering from mental health issues.

Pc Boyce is a serving officer with over 25 years’ experience and a former merchant navy sailor.

Yesterday other Twitter users urged Mr Gargan to punish the officer responsible.


A British politician speaks frankly about homosexuality!

A politician who has said homosexuality is “abnormal and undesirable” could become the UK Independence Party's first MP.   Roger Helmer, 70 who defected from the Tories in 2012, was chosen as Ukip's candidate on Monday evening to fight the Newark by-election.

Mr Helmer was selected despite last week comparing being homosexual to choosing between different types of tea.  He said: “You may tell me you don’t like Earl Grey tea. That may be a minority view, but you’re entitled not to like it.”

Last week, Mr Helmer’s views on homosexuality emerged in a 14-year-old booklet called “Straight Talking on Europe”.

According to the booklet, Mr Helmer said: “The homosexual lobby is not content with decriminalisation. It wants to be accepted as a ‘valid alternative lifestyle’.

“But it is not a valid lifestyle worthy of equal respect. At the risk of offending the politically correct, I will argue that homosexual behaviour is abnormal and undesirable.”


Since only about 2% of the population are homosexual, it clearly IS abnormal.  And given the much shorter lifespans of homosexuals, it is clearly undesirable too

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Christian Prayers Constitutional

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that opening town council meetings with Christian prayers does not violate the Constitution, so long as officials make an effort at inclusion.

The 5-4 ruling was a victory for Greece, New York, which was at the center of the case, but also for a fair and historical reading of the First Amendment.

Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the majority, "The inclusion of a brief, ceremonial prayer as part of a larger exercise in civic recognition suggests that its purpose and effect are to acknowledge religious leaders and the institutions they represent, rather than to exclude or coerce nonbelievers."

Given that public prayer wasn't considered a constitutional crisis by those who authored and signed it, we'd say this ruling got it right.


Must not joke about nagging wives

River Island has removed an ‘anti nag gag’ novelty item after coming under fire on Twitter for the ‘sexist’ product over the bank holiday weekend, Telegraph Wonder Women has learned.

‘The Domestic Anti Nag Gag’ - a football on a string, intended to go in a woman’s mouth to ‘gag’ her - was labelled sexist and offensive after being shared on Twitter.

Jenny Bede, actor and comic, shared a photo of the item to her 4,833 followers after spotting it in a River Island shop over the weekend.

She tweeted it to the Everyday Sexism project, which has 142,000 followers, and it has since been retweeted around 200 times.

Users have written comments such as “shocked and now NOT shopping at River Island again” and “I’m showing my girls & instigating a boycott.”

The product, which is not designed in house, shows a woman’s face calling out phrases such as: “Have you put the bins out?”, “Turn the footy off!” and “It’s your turn to do the dishes!” A silhouetted man is pictured saying: “Will you put a sock in it!”

But some users justified the gag saying it was clearly meant to be a joke and was not intended to be sexist.  User Musty Habibi wrote: “Why are all these feminist birds getting annoyed? It’s called a joke.”


Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Chinese lady in Finland is a strong personality

I like her individuality.  She joined an anti-immigration party, a most unusual thing for an immigrant to do.  But when you realize that the immigrants being criticized are mostly Muslims from the Middle East and Africa, you can see that a high-quality Chinese lady might not be impressed by them.

She has however retained an affection for her homeland and tends to defend China from critics.  So she said something that for many years was conventional  -- that traitors should be executed.  That was too much for the anti-immigration party, however, and they expelled her.  She says they just didn't feel comfortable with a Chinese in their ranks, which could be true

It was a cold winter's day 17 years ago when nine-year-old Belle Selene Xia stepped off a plane and first set eyes on the Finnish capital, Helsinki. Three days later, the little girl from Chongqing, saw snow for the first time.

She did not know this Nordic country would become her home and she certainly couldn't have imagined that she would marry a Finn, receive a PhD from a Finnish university and give birth in Finland (her second child is on the way). She also had no inkling that she, an immigrant herself, would one day join the country's leading anti-immigration party - and then be hounded out for being "too intolerant".

Around the turn of the year, Xia, then a deputy Helsinki city councillor, went head-to-head with a local human rights organisation that had organised a seminar on the spiritual movement Falun Gong. The Chinese authorities systematically harvest the organs of living practitioners of the movement, the group claims.

In an e-mail exchange with the group, Xia hit out at the Falun Gong, which is banned in the mainland. As the dialogue became heated, Xia is reported to have written, "A person whose goal is to destroy China and bring down the Chinese government is a traitor and deserves to die!"

Not long after that outburst, Xia was expelled from the True Finns' council group.

According to the group chairman, Harri Lindell, "The most significant reason for her expulsion were these Falun Gong statements, in which she said, among other things, that people of a different opinion deserve to die."


Australia:  It's time to stop using the 'R' word

"Retarded" is still relatively freely used in Australia

“What are you Fucking Retarded?”, ran one of the punchlines on Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell, which screened on the ABC on April 2. As the crowd laughed uproariously at the suggestion that the well-known comedian may be mentally disabled, the hearts of family, friends, carers, and colleagues of anybody with a disability, and most importantly any viewer with a disability themselves, collectively sank.

Those concerned with issue of disability will be totally unsurprised that a prime time television show on the state broadcaster ran this joke. Use of the ‘R’ word is pervasive in Australian media and amongst the broader public. It is equally unsurprising that at no point in the production of the episode did it occur to any of the cast or crew that they were broadcasting an offensive word, with demeaning and slanderous imputations directed at people with disabilities. The fact of the matter is that the use of the word ‘retarded’ to describe anything stupid, unappealing, uncoordinated, ill-conceived, or simply bad, is utterly ingrained in the Australian vernacular.

The problem is, of course, not exclusive to the state broadcaster. In an article celebrating ‘cricketing insults to aspire to’ in November last year The Age sports editor placed a sledge that amounts to ‘your kids are retarded’ at the top of the list. What a feel-good read that was for parents of children with disabilities. The examples are plentiful and they often fly under the radar of all but the people directly affected by them.

Whether it be on the street or in the media it is unthinkingly permitted to demean those of us who are least deserving of rancour with a throwaway comment or witless insult.


Monday, May 05, 2014

More Leftist bigotry

There's a lot of hair underneath that hat but not much brain

What Cliven Bundy said about blacks

The relevant excerpt:

“I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” he said. Mr. Bundy recalled driving past a public-housing project in North Las Vegas, “and in front of that government house the door was usually open and the older people and the kids — and there is always at least a half a dozen people sitting on the porch — they didn’t have nothing to do. They didn’t have nothing for their kids to do. They didn’t have nothing for their young girls to do.

“And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do?” he asked. “They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.”


These are simply old-fashioned views from an old-fashioned man  -- views that had wide currency in America not so long ago.  Bundy is being pilloried for being old-fashioned.  He has been too busy managing his cattle to keep up with the latest intellectual fashions.

Even so, his views about the present bad state of many black families are widespread in respectable sources because the dysfunction concerned  is so obvious.  It's only his "wondering" about whether blacks were better off under slavery that is no longer fashionable.  But should ANY wondering be penalized?

His use of the term "negro" has also been condemned -- but "negro" is simply the scientific term for sub-Saharan Africans.  Again it is old-fashioned in modern speech but hardly wrong.

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Madonna outrages fans as she uses the term 'gay' as an insult... during a word association game to describe a vegetable

She’s one of the world’s best-known gay icons but it seems Madonna outraged a huge chunk of her fans playing a game online on Tuesday.

The 55-year-old was taking part in a word association game with entertainment site Buzzfeed when she was asked how she felt about kale - one of the healthiest vegetables around.

The star wrote ‘gay’ to describe her feelings toward the cabbage-like product – outraging many fans with her flippant use of the word as an insult.

She also used the word to describe Russia’s president Vladimir Putin – who is openly opposed to homosexuality and has imposed stringent rules in his Eastern European country.

And when her fans got wind of the video, they were less-than-impressed with one fan saying, ‘She should know better.’ Another, named Santi, seemed confused by Madonna’s misuse of the language, asking: ‘Did Madonna just try to use ‘gay’ as an insult or…?’


British parliament:  PC brigade refuses to let bar sell ale featuring black-faced Morris dancers

Even if your face is black from working in a coal mine, black faces are still a no-no.  So how come black people don't have to whiten their faces?  I guess I must be missing something

When an MP was asked to nominate a guest ale from his constituency to be served at a House of Commons bar, he was only too happy to help out.

But Jake Berry’s chosen tipple from an award-winning brewery in Ramsbottom, Lancashire, has fallen foul of the Commons PC brigade – because its label features black-faced Morris dancers.

The beer from the Irwell Works Brewery was intended to celebrate the Britannia Coconut Dancers from nearby Bacup, who have been performing since 1857 with blacked faces to celebrate the area’s mining heritage.

But officials said the image may cause offence, so the beer will be served in the Strangers Bar sporting the Bacup crest instead.

The Coconutters have hit out, saying their traditional black make-up and colourful turbans, red and white kilts and clogs, are a celebration of Lancashire’s mining heritage.

‘After recent comments made about us, I felt compelled to go back through our history, and there is no racial element whatsoever. There is no mention of race or ethnicity.


Friday, May 02, 2014

Traditional children's rhyme now forbidden

Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson has sparked fury after he was reportedly caught on camera using the n-word during filming of the hit BBC series.

In unaired footage the 54-year-old presenter was allegedly heard reciting the rhyme 'eeny, meeny, miny, mo' before muttering 'catch a n***** by his toe'.

According to the Mirror, Clarkson uttered the n-word during filming of the third episode of Top Gear series 19 as the star reviewed the £25,000 Toyota GT86 and the Subaru BRZ - which costs around the same amount.

Telling viewers that they may find it difficult to differentiate between the two vehicles he demonstrated how to do it using the child's counting rhyme.

Audio forensic experts studied the clip and confirmed to the newspaper that Clarkson had used the word, which is deemed highly offensive.

Legal experts have said that the presenter could have breached equality legislation, depending on the context in which the word was used and whether a crew member had been offended by what was said.

'If it had been brought to the attention of the police they would have considered whether an offence had taken place and whether it was in the public interest to prosecute,' said solicitor Lucy Scott Moncrief.

'All employers and programme makers have policies on discrimination and I would have thought that this kind of language would have been a breach of those and could have led to disciplinary action.'


U.S. Military Ordered to Examine Hairstyle Rules for Offensive Language

Black hair CANNOT be "unkempt or matted", apparently

Responding to a complaint from the Congressional Black Caucus, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Tuesday ordered the military services to review their grooming standards for African-American women.

Hagel told the CBC that he has given the services 30 days to “review the definitions of authorized and prohibited hairstyles contained in each of their respective policies and revise any offensive language.”

At issue is Army Regulation 670-1, published last month, which bans certain hairstyles, including dreadlocks, twists, and hair that sticks out more than two inches from the scalp.

In an April 10 letter to Hagel, female members of the CBC complained that the words "unkempt" and "matted" are "offensive and biased" when referring to "traditional hairstyles worn by women of color."

The military guidelines specifically state that "Any unkempt or matted braids or cornrows are considered dreadlocks and are not authorized."

"The assumption that individuals wearing these hairstyles cannot maintain them in a way that meets the professionalism of Army standards indicates a lack of cultural sensitivity conducive to creating a tolerant environment for minorities," the women of the CBC wrote to Hagel.


Thursday, May 01, 2014

UK: Churchill quotation gets minor-party politician arrested

Today Paul Weston, chairman of the party Liberty GB and candidate in the 22 May European Elections in the South East, has been arrested in Winchester.

At around 2pm Mr Weston was standing on the steps of Winchester Guildhall, addressing the passers-by in the street with a megaphone. He quoted the following excerpt about Islam from the book The River War by Winston Churchill:

“How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property – either as a child, a wife, or a concubine – must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the faith: all know how to die but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith.”

Reportedly a woman came out of the Guildhall and asked Mr Weston if he had the authorisation to make this speech. When he answered that he didn’t, she told him “It’s disgusting!” and then called the police.

Six or seven officers arrived. They talked with the people standing nearby, asking questions about what had happened. The police had a long discussion with Mr Weston, lasting about 40 minutes.

At about 3pm he was arrested. They searched him, put him in a police van and took him away.


Black Columbia Professor Says GOP Opposition to Medicaid Expansion, Minimum Wage Hike Is Racist

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MSNBC guest Dorian Warren thinks that racism is behind the GOP's opposition to Medicaid expansion, affirmative action, and a minimum wage hike. Warren is a professor of political science and public affairs at Columbia University.

"There's a distinction we should make between racist words and speech, and racist practices and policies. We should be focused on the policies and the racial impact of policies that those Republican leaders frankly stand for," Warren said on Tuesday's The Last Word. It wasn't enough that GOP leaders like Rep. John Boehner and Sen. Mitch McConnell denounced the racist statements of former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

Warren accused Republicans of racist policies, including Wisconsin's voter ID law which was just struck down by the federal judge.

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