Friday, September 30, 2016

Instapundit ‘Run Them Down’ Tweet Ruled Free Speech

The University of Tennessee will not punish the law professor who tweeted “run them down” about Charlotte protesters, after a school investigation found he was exercising his First Amendment rights.

“In short, no disciplinary action will be taken against Professor Reynolds,” law school Dean Melanie Wilson announced Tuesday, saying she had spent a week investigating the case. “The tweet was an exercise of his First Amendment rights.”

Glenn Reynolds fired off the tweet as protesters upset that police shot and killed Keith Lamont Scott were gathering on a highway in Charlotte, prompting a local news alert. “Protesters on I-277 stopping traffic and surrounding vehicles,” the alert read. “AVOID.”

Reynolds retweeted the alert, and added: “Run them down.”


Crucifix, Trump chalkings reported as 'hate incidents' at UW-L

More than 1-in-10 "hate incidents" reported to the UW-La Crosse "Hate Response Team" were deemed fake or frivolous.

Among the reports that were considered legitimate were the display of a Crucifix, the mere existence of a Christian student group, and an off-campus blog post about life as a white student.

A report released by the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse’s “Hate Response Team” shows that more than 10 percent of reported hate incidents were determined to be fake or frivolous.

In fact, the report notes that 28 of 192 reports were found to be either completely fake or “not a bias/hate incident,” accounting for 14 percent of all incidents reported.

A Crucifix was reported for representing “oppression and hate of the LGBT+ community.”   

Meanwhile, of the reports that were legitimate, students complained about everything from images of the crucifix to a blog post about life on campus as a white student.

According to The La Crosse Tribune, one student reported feeling unsafe when discovering a Campus Crusade for Christ poster on campus, claiming that the cross represents “oppression and hate of the LGBT+ community.”

Two other students turned in one of their peers for publishing a blog post about life as a white student, calling his post offensive to students of color, and even saying that the proximity of the author’s off-campus residence made them feel unsafe living on campus.

After the infamous “chalkening” had spread to UW La Crosse’s campus, several students reported the incident to the Hate Response Team, whose report shows a drastic increase in activity over the few days it occurred—18 reports in just three days.

The school had initially responded to the chalkening with a Facebook post that called it “contradictory to our mission as a university,” but later deleted the post after facing national criticism.

In most cases, students who reported instances of bias refused contact with the Hate Response Team, with only 34 of 192 reporters requesting contact from a Hate Response Team advocate.

Of the 192 reports, 56 of them were simply classified as a “statement,” which the Hate Response Team describes as “not only words that are spoken, but also instances where hateful messages are conveyed using sign language, gestures, or similar forms of direct interpersonal communication.”

But the Hate Response Team continues to defend itself as being consistent with the First Amendment rights of students, arguing in its report that “while the First Amendment protects free expression of ideas that are sometimes offensive, that does not mean the university is powerless to respond.”

Indeed, the Hate Response Team claims that its mission is to “assist the victim/target in receiving the appropriate services,” but only 34 students requested such services in the past academic year alone.

The Hate Response Team has been highly criticized by several national institutions, including the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), which awarded the school its February “Speech Code of the Month” award.


Thursday, September 29, 2016

UK: Pakistani actor Marc  called Indians 'bastards' in a Twitter rant

Pakistanis tend not to like Indians -- in part because India is more prosperous than Pakistan

Coronation Street viewers are calling for police to investigate Pakistan-born soap actor Marc Anwar after he was fired from the show for a racist rant on social media.

Mr Anwar, 45, who plays the role of Sharif Nazir in Corrie, referred to Indians as 'bastards' and 'piss-drinking c*nts' on Twitter.

On his account - which ironically says 'it's not what you say, but what you do' - he also wrote: 'Why the f*ck do Pakistani artists want to work in f*ckface India? Do you love money so much?'

It has prompted a furious backlash on social media, with many describing themselves as 'disgusted' and others calling for Mr Anwar to be reported for a hate crime.

Twitter users hit out at Mr Anwar, who has previously campaigned against hate crime with the British Transport Police.

The Sunday Mirror alerted ITV bosses to the Twitter rant and the actor was reportedly sacked within hours

ITV said in a statement: 'We are deeply shocked by the entirely unacceptable, racially offensive comments made on Twitter by Marc Anwar.


Must not disrespect "Black lives matter" group

If you think that what they do is just vandalism, you are not allowed to say so

A game satirizing the Black Lives Matter movement has been removed from the Google Play store for violating the store’s “hate speech” policy, the developers behind the game have revealed.

The game, called #Black Lives Matter, was a satire of the Black Lives Matter movement which used real quotes from activists and sympathisers of the movement.

On the game’s website, the developers describe the game as a chance to, “Defend your police station from crazy protesters and Black Lives Matter henchmen in this satirical tower defense game!”

However the developers were soon contacted by Google, who said they had pulled the game from the store for “its clear violation of our acceptable use policy,” with the company pointing to the hate speech section which states:

    "We don’t allow apps that advocate against groups of people based on their race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, nationality, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity"

As Raj Patel, a developer at Limited Software, points out, the app does not violate this policy as Black Lives Matter is not a race but an organisation.

Talking to Breitbart Tech, Patel claimed that the decision was “absolutely politically motivated,” especially because “Google has expressed public support for Black Lives Matter on multiple occasions.”


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Now "My country" is racist

Anger of PC accused of racism: Officer investigated after telling pro-Kurd protester 'you don't tell me what to do in my country' during clashes

A police officer is under investigation for racism after telling a demonstrator: 'You don't tell me what to do in my country.'

Marcus Tyson was responding to a screaming pro-Kurd activist who told him to 'get out of here' during an ugly clash.

The Metropolitan Police officer, who has served on the frontline for almost 29 years, thought little more about the incident.

But after a video was posted online, he found himself under investigation for racism and could now be sacked for gross misconduct.

Yesterday, Pc Tyson blasted his force for overreacting and described their actions as akin to 'Stalinist thought police'.

He accused his superiors of 'oppressive political correctness' and said many colleagues are 'afraid to do their jobs properly' as a result.

'I would like to know upon what basis they regard my statement as being racist — it is purely a statement of fact that this is my country,' he told The Sunday Times.

'The action the Department of Professional Standards has taken against me is so wildly over the top, it discredits the investigators and brings their judgment into question.'
The activist made a formal complaint to the Met on August 20, about which Tyson was notified in writing on September 6.

However, the wording in the complaint does not exactly match the wording of Tyson's comment, which can be heard in the online video.

The woman alleges he said: 'You can't teach me what I can do in my country.' However, the video captures him saying: 'You don't tell me what to do in my country.'

Last week he was placed under investigation for allegedly 'breaching the standards of professional behaviour' by 'using discriminatory language'.


Muslim preacher who branded a woman in skinny jeans a slut then shouted 'the Queen a terrorist' is found guilty of racial abuse

He certainly should have been prosecuted for harassing women but what he said was just nonsense that could have been ignored

An Islamic street preacher has been found guilty of abusing a woman in the street over her skinny jeans.

Unemployed Krissoni Henderson confronted his victim, Noor Alneaimi, in Birmingham's New Street on July 4 this year.

Henderson accosted his Muslim victim over her jeans before calling her a slut and saying he would blow up her house.

He said: 'You shall burn in hell, look at your jeans they are so tight. You will burn in hell for wearing such clothes'.

When she said she would report him, he told her: 'They can't do nothing. I am going to come down your house and blow up you and your house.'

Ms Alneaimi previously told the court: 'He started calling females on the street prostitutes, predominantly white women, calling them sluts. One woman started crying and ran off.

'Then he started hurling abuse at me. He said: 'Look at your tight jeans. You are a kafir'. I was dressed in Western clothes so I don't think he thought I was a Muslim.

'He kept saying: 'Satan, Satan, Satan' and it started drawing attention. I moved away because I was becoming frightened.'


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Must not mention differences between men & women

Eyelash headlights, a handbag hook and a bejewelled interior: Cosmo and SEAT lashed for launching the most patronising 'car for women' ever

Car manufacturer SEAT is facing a backlash after launching a brand new vehicle for 'women' at a joint unveiling with lifestyle magazine Cosmopolitan.

It provoked outrage on social media site Twitter with users mocking the two brands for 'trying to take us back to the 60s'.

Hannah Walker tweeted: 'Wow, thanks @SEAT_cars_UK & @Cosmopolitan for designing a car just for women? Is the steering wheel small for my delicate hands?'

The SEAT Mii, a collaboration between the manufacturer and magazine, comes with 'eyeliner headlights' that are 'emphasised in the same way as make-up emphasises the eye'.

It also has jewel-effect rims and a handbag hook.

The model was unveiled today at Cosmopolitan's FashFest event in London but immediately drew fierce criticism.

SEAT has since hit back by claiming that the car is intended for the Cosmopolitan reader specifically, rather than the female gender as a whole.


Italian TV presenter is criticised for wearing a crucifix and rosary beads on air to read the news

Italy is still a strongly Catholic country so this is just normal behaviour

An Italian presenter has been criticised for wearing a crucifix and rosary beads while reading the news.

Marina Nalesso, 44, has worn the religious accessories on several occasions during broadcasts on Italy's state-owned channel TG1.

The Venetian journalist, now based in Rome, often presents the 1.30pm slots.

She said her reason for wearing them was 'for faith and to make a statement', according to the Daily Express.

RAI, the country's national public broadcasting company, permits religious symbols to be worn by newsreaders, despite demands from some quarters to have them banned.

One commenter on newspaper site, Il Giornale, said: 'I am an atheist, but an intelligent one - and the crucifix doesn't bother me, otherwise I wouldn't live in Italy.'

Gynaecologist Silvio Viale, a radical atheist and member of the Democratic Party in Turin referred to Ms Nalesso's 'arrogance' at wearing the religious accessories


Monday, September 26, 2016

BBC accused of racism against Scots after use of the word 'Jock' in business story headline

The BBC has been accused of racism after using the term 'Jock' in a headline for a business story on its website.

The 'offensive' word was used as part of a blog post, titled 'Jock Shock', by its Scottish business editor Douglas Fraser.

And Scots took to Twitter to slam what they believe is a 'racial slur'.

SNP MP Carol Monaghan tweeted the BBC story and wrote: 'The use of "Jock" is as unacceptable as any other racist slur. @BBCScotland is this considered an appropriate headline?'

Another user said: '@bbcscotlandnews "jock"? Stick your racist language and colonial attitudes where the sun doesn't shine.'

Pam G said: '"Jock"? Care to reword that or are Scottish licence payers expected to tolerate derogatory & insulting language?'

But many find the word offensive and UK courts have convicted people for using the term in a derogatory manner.

Other people disagreed that 'Jock' was an offensive term. 

'The use of "jock" has been controversial in the past.

'Police Scotland dropped action against columnist Katie Hopkins after comments she made describing Scottish people as "sweaty little jocks" provoked a flurry of complaints.'

Derek Murray said: 'For generations, Scottish soldiers have been known as "The Jocks" in the British Army. Racist slur it is not.'

A spokesman for BBC Scotland told The Scotsman: 'The news headline that was used with an article on the Scottish economy was a play on words on the term Shock Jock.

'It was produced by our Scottish news team and we do not consider the reference to be offensive.'     


Mispronouncing Student’s Name Now Considered a ‘Microaggression’

Hundreds of school districts across the country have taken a pledge to “pronounce student’s names correctly” to avoid the “microaggression” of mispronunciation.

According to ‘My Name, My Identity: A Declaration of Self,’ a national campaign launched in 2015 by the Santa Clara County, Calif. Office of Education (SCCOE) and the National Association for Bilingual Education, a teacher who mispronounces a student’s name can cause that student “anxiety and resentment”.

 “Mispronouncing a student’s name truly negates his or her identity, which, in turn, can hinder academic progress,” according to Yee Wan, SCCOE’s director of multilingual education services.

Rita Kohli, assistant professor of education at the University of California at Riverside, says it is a sign of “microagression” when a teacher mispronounces, disregards, or changes a child’s name, because “they are in a sense disregarding the family and culture of the student as well.”

The Washoe County School District in Reno, Nevada is one of 528 school districts across the country that have recently implemented a campaign to “pronounce students’ names correctly” - including names teachers and administrators find difficult or unfamiliar - in order to be sensitive to the ancestral and historical significance of a child’s name. 

In a 2014 Cult of Pedagogy blog post, former teacher Jennifer Gonzalez claimed that “mutilating someone’s name is a tiny act of bigotry. Whether you intend to or not, what you’re communicating is this: Your name is different. Foreign. Weird. It’s not worth my time to get it right….

“And before you get all defensive about the bigotry thing, let’s be clear: Discovering that something you do might be construed as bigotry doesn’t mean anyone is calling you a bigot. It’s just an opportunity to grow.”


Sunday, September 25, 2016

Men and women should wear the same sort of clothes (?)

FANS are up in arms over the first pictures to emerge from the new Jumanji reboot, starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Jack Black, Karen Gillan and Kevin Hart, with many branding the movie “sexist”.

Hart took to Instagram to rave about how great the chemistry is between the stars in the remake of Robin Williams’ 1995 original movie, but ended up attracting major backlash over the difference between the men’s outfits and Gillan’s.

In the on-set picture, the males are seen in commando-style outdoor wear, while Gillan is wearing wildly impractical short-shorts, a crop top, and knee-high boots — hardly sensible for running through the jungle.

Johnson quickly jumped into the commentary underneath Hart’s picture, explaining that it’s not how it looks. “Her jungle wardrobe will make sense when you know the plot,” he wrote. “Trust me.”

But fans were still up in arms, with some even threatening to boycott the movie.

“All the guys are dressed for the jungle,” one person commented. “Except the girl who’s dressed like she’s in the beginning of an adult film. If the girl’s going to dress like that, pass. I have two young girls.”


Note that the black guy is also wearing shorts.  Doesn't he count?

Asking a Minority for Help? You're a Microaggressor!

I'm guessing that some students will conclude that it is not safe to speak to minorities at all.  Another example of the many "unforeseen" and harmful side effects of Leftist policies

At Gonzaga University, students are being indoctrinated under the watchful eye of the microaggression police. According to a detailed list of one course’s “Examples of Racial Microaggressions,” inquiries like “Where are you from?” and statements like “You are so articulate” send derogatory missives to Hispanics along the lines of “You are not American” and “It is unusual for someone of your race to be intelligent.”

Also off-limits? “Asking an Asian person to help with a math or science problem.” The sheet flags this as inappropriate because it suggests “All Asians are intelligent and good in math/sciences.”

Just so we’re clear: It’s demeaning to suggest Hispanics are intelligent because their knowledge could possibly come across as “unusual.” But on the other hand, assuming every Hispanic is smart is also wrong. Good luck finding the middle ground. As if that weren’t ridiculous enough, National Review reports that the guide was distributed in a “gender studies class.” That’s half the problem right there.

“Context makes all the difference in these situations,” writes Katherine Timpf, “and context is exactly what lists like this ignore. In fact, without considering the role of context, such a list actually runs the risk of inhibiting communication — it can freak people out about saying things that they really don’t have to be freaked out about saying. Discussions about sensitivity are one thing, but making definitive claims that a particular phrase always has a particular meaning is not the way to deal with something as nuanced as language.”

Higher education is supposed to encourage thought and generate knowledge to help students flourish in the real world. Instead, universities are being held hostage by leftists who implant in their acolytes the absurd belief that avoiding “microagressions” and diving into gender studies will provide important life lessons. The reality is that it’s making the next generation equally dimwitted.


Friday, September 23, 2016

National anthem nonsense comes to Australia

Imported from America. Allegiance cannot and should not be forced but the motivation behind this disrespect is deeply twisted.  American blacks live far better in America than they do anywhere else. American blacks should be thanking America for that, not insulting America.  Let the complaining blacks go back to Africa and see how they like it.  It is true that blacks run foul of the police a lot in America but that is an outcome of the high black rate of violent crime.

Australian blacks also have lots of complaints, despite long standing great efforts by all Australian governments to improve their lot.  Everything has been tried.  Their problems are their own, nobody else's

THE NRL has been dragged into the national anthem protest storm with rugby league greats calling on players not to stand during the national anthem at this year’s NRL grand final.

Indigenous greats of the game have called on indigenous players from the Sharks, Cowboys, Storm and Raiders to stage a protest when Advance Australia Fair is performed before kick-off at the NRL decider to be held at ANZ Stadium on October 2.

It comes after San Francisco 49ers star Colin Kaepernick knelt during the American national anthem in a silent form of protest against oppression of black and other minority communities in the United States.

Rugby League Week has reported NRL greats Larry Corowa and Joe Williams have publicly called on players to “send a powerful message to white Australia”.


Australia: Fury at controversial cartoonist Bill Leak's latest drawing depicting gay marriage campaigners as NAZIS

They've been acting like it lately, with their successful attempt to shut down a Christian meeting.  As the old saying goes:  "If the cap fits, wear it"

An Australian cartoonist has stirred up more controversy after he compared LGBTIQ activists to Nazis.

The drawing by veteran cartoonist Bill Leak appeared in The Australian and showed a group of men dressed in the uniforms of the Nazi SS, in LGBTIQ colours and carrying bats with the words 'WAFFEN-SSM' beneath them.

His latest cartoon was branded homophobic on social media and comes ahead of a possible national referendum on same sex marriage next year.

The Waffen-SS were an armed wing of Hitler's SS, who were responsible for running both the extermination and concentration camps in Nazi Germany, with the 'SSM' in the cartoon instead standing for 'same-sex marriage'.

Comedian Ben McLeay was just one person who was angered by the cartoon, the SBS reports.

'Bill Leak might be the dumbest man alive but he's not an idiot, he knows full well what the Waffen were responsible for, and yet he chose to go ahead with it,' McLeay said.

'It must be infuriating for these people, clutching on tightly to bigotry like it's the door at the end of the Titanic.'


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Must not say that homosexuals can go straight

A series of billboards in Waco, Texas, suggesting that a person’s homosexuality can change will come down in October when the group’s contract expires and won’t be erected again, according a local TV station.

KTRE-TV reported Sunday that the founder of an activist group called Interwaco called the billboard owner, Swift Media, to complain about the billboard’s message: “Ex-Gays prove change is possible.”

The billboard also includes the website, which links to the Alliance for Therapeutic Choice and Scientific Integrity, which promotes “principled advocates for persons experiencing unwanted homosexual attractions.”

“The people that own that company don't want any controversy. They don't want to fall down on either side when I explained to them what reparative therapy is... they had no idea," Carmen Saenz, founder of Interwaco, said, adding that the billboard cast a negative light on the city.

The billboard was rented by the group Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays (PFOX), a non-profit group “committed to helping ex-gays and parents and friends of gays who want help, hope and community.”

"What we want to let people know is that there is hope if you are unhappy with your sexual orientation. There is no scientific evidence to suggest you are born that way. If you are unhappy you can change," PFOX Executive Director Regina Griggs told KTRE-TV.


John Banzhaf: GWU’s Hate Speech Ban Is Left’s Latest Tactic in War on Free Speech

John Banzhaf, public interest law professor at George Washington University Law School, joined Breitbart News Daily SiriusXM host Alex Marlow on Tuesday to discuss his recent column about demands that Milo “promise to abstain from hate speech” at his scheduled speaking engagement at GWU or be banned from appearing at the university.

Banzhaf wrote:

     "Perhaps responding to the growing chorus of criticism of colleges which suddenly disinvite speakers when small groups of students don’t want other students to hear what they have to say, this piece says that Milo Yiannopoulos “should be allowed to come to GW, but he shouldn’t be allowed to target minorities within our student population. Before Yiannopoulos comes, he should assure students and administrators that he will not actively engage in hate speech at GW.”

    But this editorial’s author seems to be under the same delusion that many of his colleagues share: that there is a “hate speech” exception to free speech.

    But the Supreme Court has said time and again that there is no exception for hate speech under the First Amendment, and that even the most hateful of speech – the burning of the American flag, vile slurs of gays and others at funerals for soldiers – is protected

“The people who object when someone says something they don’t like may very well be trying out a new tactic here", said Banzhaf.

He added: "They’ve been criticized, rightly so, for trying to ban speakers, so here is somebody suggesting, “No, don’t ban him. I believe he should be able to come to campus. He should be able to say what he wants to say. But if he refuses not to engage in hate speech, then he shouldn’t be allowed to come.” So it’s kind of a new tactic"


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Must not say that blacks are hard to see in the dark

Even though they are.  Colour must be INVISIBLE!

Paul Gascoigne has admitted racially abusing a black bouncer during an 'Evening with Gazza' stage show.

The 49-year-old said he couldn't see whether a black security guard was enjoying his show because Wolverhampton Civic Hall was poorly lit.

District Judge Graham Wilkinson said the ex-player had admitted 'the sort of insidious racism' that needed to be challenged.

He ordered Gascoigne to pay a £1,000 fine and hand over £1,000 in compensation to his victim. He will also pay around £600 in costs.

Dudley Magistrates' Court was told Gascoigne humiliated Errol Rowe, who had been assigned to protect him during his 'An Evening with Gazza' show, by asking him: 'Can you smile please, because I can't see you?'

According to one witness account, Gascoigne said: 'You want to get to the front of the stage and smile so the audience can see you,' as Mr Rowe maintained his professionalism in an area of the wings covered by shadow.

In a victim impact statement read to the court, Mr Rowe, 38, said he had two decades of experience in the security industry but had cried after the show.

'To have your hero as a footballer speak to you in a racial manner makes me feel so upset and angry,' Mr Rowe said.


Intra-Leftist hate speech

Moderate British Leftist Compared To Hitler By Far-Left Union Leader

Tosh McDonald, the president of the ASLEF train drivers union, has compared former shadow foreign secretary Hilary Benn to Hitler.

Speaking at a fringe event at the TUC conference in Brighton on Monday evening, the union leader attacked Benn for supporting the expansion of RAF military strikes against Isis from Iraq into Syria.

Benn told the Commons in December Western military action against Isis was similar to the “fight against Franco” in the 1930s.  But as the Daily Telegraph reports, McDonald said it was Benn and the West who were like the fascist leaders. “The only comparison I can draw is with Hitler and Mussolini, bombing the republican lines in Spain,” he said.

In December last year, Benn gave a passionate speech in favour of military strikes against Isis.


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Milo Yiannopoulos can only speak at George Washington University if he does not say anything that would be unpopular at George Washington University

That's the view of free speech at George Washington University enunciated below.  Typical of the Fascist Left.  I think there is rather a good case for transgenderism being a mental illness but that must never be debated at George Washington University

Milo Yiannopoulos, the technology editor at Breitbart News Network, is coming to speak at GW in late October. If you’ve never heard of Yiannopoulos, you’re not alone. Given Breitbart’s limited appeal to the alt-right and Yiannopoulos’ reputation as troll targeting women, ethnic minorities and religious groups, his fan base outside the far right is rather limited.

This man has described Black Lives Matter activists as goons, said that the Orlando shooter beat his ex-wife “as a good Muslim,” wrote that birth control makes women “slut[s]” and even declared that being transgender is a mental illness.

Despite all of the controversies, University spokesman Tim Pierce confirmed that the GW College Republicans scheduled Yiannopoulos to speak on campus. The student group invited Yiannopoulos to campus to take a stand against “liberal anti-free speech policies,” following the events of Spring Fling last semester, according to the event's page on Facebook. The organization said they were inspired to invite Yiannopoulos after Action Bronson, a rapper whose songs condone rape, was removed from the Spring Fling lineup.

Yiannopoulos should be allowed to come to GW, but he shouldn't be allowed to target minorities within our student population. Before Yiannopoulos comes, he should assure students and administrators that he will not actively engage in hate speech at GW.


Queensland restaurant British Colonial Co accused of ‘gross racism’

British colonial life did have a style of its own and it is that style which is being reflected.  It is about domestic style, not conquest or oppression.  But again we have here the characteristic Leftist attempt to abolish the past

A BRISBANE restaurant has been accused of “gross racism” on social media for promoting itself as celebrating the British Empire’s “push into the developing cultures of the world”.

British Colonial Co, located in Hawthorne, opened in late June but attracted criticism today over a description on its website, which read: “Inspired by the stylish days of the empirical push into the developing cultures of the world, with the promise of adventure and modern refinement in a safari setting”.

As of Monday afternoon, that tagline had been changed to: “A refined and modern dining experience with the adventure of east meets west in a plantation style, club setting”.

The restaurant serves dishes such as hickory smoked quail with tarragon polenta and African-influenced eggplant spinach sauce, and a lamb burger with goats curd, grilled eggplant, hummus, baby spinach and carrot jam.

In a July Facebook post, the restaurant explained some of the inspiration behind its interior design styling.

“‘The sun never sets on the British Empire’ is the oft-repeated quotation used when trying to explain British colonial style,” the post read.

“In a nutshell, the style is a result of English citizens travelling the world during the empire’s heyday, bringing with them typically heavy wooden furnishings and adapting to hot local climates with lighter local fare.

“These travellers also brought back exotic pieces from the Caribbean, India, the Far East and Africa as a way to show off how far they’d travelled. They tried to travel relatively light; campaign furniture (light, foldable and portable) also became a part of the look.

“The results can mean a wild mix of light bamboo or cane furniture, heavier pieces, plaids mixed with animal prints, dark floors next to white walls and paisleys mixed with chintzes.”
British Colonial Co in Hawthorne. Picture: Chris McCormack

The British Empire colonised many developing countries including Australia, India, large parts of Africa and Asia, often pushing out and killing local indigenous communities.


Monday, September 19, 2016

"Subcontinental" not such a bad word after all

The Indian subcontinent was being referred to.  There is a very high rate of complaints in Britain about Indian and Pakistani doctors, so regarding them as a bad lot is defensible

A top NHS surgeon branded a racist after he referred to a group of Asian colleagues as 'sub-continent elements' has won a three-year fight to continue practising medicine

Clinical director Peter Hale, 58, had made his candid comments after a stormy staff meeting about rotas in which three Pakistani junior doctors and one Indian medic claimed they he was treating them 'like slaves.'

When the four men left a room, Mr Hale was said to have offered to place a £50 bet that one would agree to work a particular shift only to then 'fly to Nigeria and that there would be a problem with the plane coming back.'

But unbeknown to Mr Hale, his unguarded remarks were being taped after a mobile phone which had been recording the meeting was left switched on.

The device - which belonged to one of the Asian doctors - caught Mr Hale making further comments including: 'Some of these sub-continent elements; what you end up with is long term resentments and grievances and all sorts of stuff. They are their own worst enemies.

'They're not clear thinkers. They're an unbelievable group of people. Vile actually.'

When the tape recording came to light, Mr Hale was reported to bosses at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust and he was later sacked for gross misconduct from Royal Sussex County Hospital.

Investigators claimed the surgeon's remarks could be considered racially discriminatory as he had referred to an Australian colleague as a man who 'never lets you down and will go a mile to make sure he helps.'

The four Asian doctors Khawaja Zia, Ved Prakash, Vivek Kaul and Christi Swaminathan subsequently sued the NHS trust for racial discrimination claiming they had been under-paid and under-promoted due to their race and treated as 'slave labour.'

They also claimed they had taken offence to Mr Hale using the phrase 'three-line whip' to ask them to come to a meeting but lost their case.

At the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in Manchester Mr Hale from Hassocks, West Sussex, an expert in gastrointestinal conditions, faced being banned from practising medicine but a disciplinary panel said the surgeon was not racially prejudiced and no warning was needed.

The tribunal heard members of the group of Asian doctors had planned to covertly record the meeting.

Several medical colleagues had spoken up for Mr Hale describing him as 'transparent, robust, clear-sighted, trustworthy and professional' and claiming 'bad behaviour ' of several junior doctors was well known amongst staff in the hospital.

Panel chairman Mr Sean Ell told Mr Hale: 'Your comments followed a heated and antagonistic meeting at which the complainants made a number of unprofessional and personal comments which included accusations of racism and slavery.

'Whatever their grievances may have been, they were not appropriate comments to have made at that meeting. Their conduct at the meeting followed similar behaviour towards you and other staff members over a period of time.

'The Tribunal was satisfied that against that background your comments were not motivated by racial prejudice, but rather in response to the conduct of the complainants both during and prior to the meeting. Although your comments were derogatory and dismissive, the Tribunal is satisfied that they were not racially motivated.'


Leftist censorship of a newspaper

"The Sun" got it wrong, as newspapers do at times, but they were not to blame.  They were simply reporting as truth what the police told them. Trusting the British police certainly was unwise but you are supposed to be able to trust them.  Liverpudlian anger should be directed towards their police, not towards a paper that was misled by the police

A campaign calling on newsagents to stop selling copies of The Sun in Liverpool has been backed by the city council.

A motion, put forward by a Labour councillor, received unanimous support and was approved without debate.

The newspaper is already widely shunned on Merseyside for its coverage in the wake of the Hillsborough football disaster and its now discredited ‘The Truth’ front page.

It is sold in very few places, but the motion went one step further and called for a city-wide boycott.  The city’s mayor even said he would ban the paper completely if he could.

But critics described the move as ‘stretching toward censorship’ and akin to rules under a dictatorship.

But Bob Satchwell, from the Society of Editors, said: ‘In a free society people must be free to choose which newspapers they read or sell.

‘The comments from Joe Anderson demonstrate the danger when he says that if he has his way he would ban the Sun. That is what happens in dictatorships and banana republics.’

The discredited 1989 article claimed Liverpool fans were drunk, had pickpocketed the victims and attacked those trying to help the survivors of the football stadium disaster.

It was based on copy from a Sheffield news agency, whose reporters had spoken to police officers, but the claims were later found to be part of a smear campaign to shift blame onto victims.

Other newspapers also ran the allegations, but it was The Sun’s decision to present them as ‘The Truth’ on the front page that provoked outrage in Liverpool and an unofficial boycott.

The Sun carried a full page apology in 2004. And in 2012 former editor Kelvin MacKenzie also said sorry, saying he had been totally misled.


Sunday, September 18, 2016

Dreadlock controversy

Unfortunately, it wasn't the clothes that made the headlines at Marc Jacob's New York Fashion Week show.

It was the designer's controversial decision to use a cast of predominately white models - which included Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid - with huge multicolored wool dreadlocks.

Many people online have blasted Marc Jacobs for the move, accusing the brand of cultural appropriation.

'Dreadlocks are part of black culture, something you have no business trying to sell or appropriate. Do better,' wrote Twitter user Maia. 

Others questioned why there were so few black models in the show. 'Dreadlocks and yet no black models. Smh,' wrote one user. nother tweeted: 'Y'all made your models wear dreadlocks but only use two black models? Bye.'

Marc Jacobs say the look was inspired by rave culture, London 1980s fashion and and Harajuku girls - black culture was not mentioned.

But some furious Tweeters claimed that white people should be banned from wearing dreadlocks altogether.

Dreadlocks are apparent in many different cultures, from the ancient Greeks and Egyptians, to right through to modern day India, Africa and white counterculture.

But in America, it is most closely linked to black culture and is sometimes used as a symbol of black pride.


Angela Merkel refuses to let EU leaders describe migrant crisis as 'chaos' - insisting joint statement refers to 'uncontrolled flows' instead

Angela Merkel is refusing to let EU leaders describe the migrant situation as 'chaos' - instead insisting they refer to 'uncontrolled flows'.

In their first meeting without Britain, the leaders of the 27 countries that will remain after Brexit are meeting at Bratislava Castle in Slovakia to consider how the Brussels club can survive.

At the end of the meeting, they were due to present a joint statement promising to tighten borders controls so as 'never to allow a return to the chaos last year'.

However, Mrs Merkel - who has been heavily criticised over her decision to open Germany's doors to more than a million migrants last year - insisted the word 'chaos' was deleted.

Instead the leaders will refer to 'uncontrolled flows', an EU source told the Mail.


Friday, September 16, 2016

Must not say that male and female brains are different

There are a lot of men who say that they will never understand women but that doesn't count, I guess

Scientists have hit out at a London museum over an exhibit which apparently reveals whether a person’s brain is male or female.

Visitors at Science Museum London can take part by answering a number of questions – with a ‘sex-o-meter’ analysing the responses.

An arrow then points to a blue or pink section, representing male and female respectively.

But some people have slated the exhibit on social media for its ‘antiquated gender stereotypes’ while researchers have also questioned its value.

The test says that men can see things better in three dimensions and are more able to imagine how things rotate while women have better visual memories and can distinguish more easily between subtle details.

Dr Joseph Devlin, head of experimental psychology at University College London, told CNN he was ‘surprised’ at the exhibit.

He said: ‘The Science Museum has an impressive track record and I really respect their work in science communication. This particular exhibit is not at all representative of the work they do.’

Dr Devlin added: ‘Disentangling cause and effect is tricky but to my mind, claiming that there are 'male' or 'female' brains is disingenuous and grossly oversimplifies a complex topic.’


"Climate change"? Don’t call it climate change

American cities from Boston to Baton Rouge are getting hammered by hurricanes, torrential downpours, and blizzards amped up by climate change. Maybe that’s why Americans are coming around to the idea that the climate is actually changing. But are all the floods, heat waves, and other disasters spurring cities to prepare for our overheated future?

Sabrina McCormick, a sociologist at George Washington University who once investigated how cities cope with disasters for the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, set out earlier this year to find out. Her study, recently published in the journal Climatic Change, breaks down 65 in-depth interviews with city officials and experts in six cities — Portland, Boston, Los Angeles, Raleigh, Tucson, and Tampa. It seeks to answer the etiquette question from hell: How does a city go about preparing for something that its residents would rather not think about, or even believe in?

In a recent interview, McCormick said she learned that many city officials believe the key to getting everybody on board to battle climate change is to avoid uttering the words “climate change.” It’s “a poisonous term to use,” one said.


Thursday, September 15, 2016

German nationalist leader seeks renewed use of Nazi-era term

This is a bit nonsensical.  The Nazis just used common German words.  Even the old East (Communist) Germany used "Reich" and "Volk" (e.g. Reichsbahn; Volkseigene Betrieb).  Were the Communists Nazis? Not exactly

A leading member of Alternative for Germany, the nationalist party whose recent elections successes have shaken the country’s political system, faced fierce criticism Monday after calling for a racially charged term favored during the Third Reich to be rehabilitated.

Party cochairwoman Frauke Petry said in an interview published Sunday that words such as ‘‘voelkisch’’ shouldn’t be taboo any longer.

The term refers to people who belong to a particular race and was frequently used by the Nazis.

Her remarks prompted a swift backlash from politicians, commentators and historians who warned that Petry’s party was trying to legitimize ideas that were once at the core of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi ideology.


The Leftist hunger to find racism everywhere

Now you have to be trained to see it!  Some nonsense from Australia

ANTI-racism “training” being used by schools, universities and other organisations has been labelled patronising and divisive.

Say No to Racism workshops are being rolled out to encourage people to take “safe and constructive” action against racism.

The training involves putting participants in realistic situations “with the opportunity to experience and overcome the barriers to intervention” while learning the “tools and language” needed for safe intervention.

Workshop facilitators promise that after training is completed participants will be able “to understand the individual and ambiguous nature of everyday and casual forms of racism”.

“(They will) recognise the potential of bystander action in creating anti-racist social norms,” they said.

Devised by the City of Darebin, the Say No to Racism project was initially funded by a $50,000 grant from the Federal Government’s Diversity and Social Cohesion program.

The council was given the taxpayer dollars “to address the lack of response by the general public to racist incidents”.

Workshops were due to be held this month at places including Monash University and Bendigo Senior Secondary College.

A Monash staff member, who requested anonymity, was concerned with the assumption that racism existed in every “nook and cranny” and that people had to be trained to see it.

“The great contradiction is that if we are such a racist and intolerant society why are we such a popular destination for people from all over the world,” the staff member said.

Swinburne adjunct professor of sociology Katherine Betts said an overemphasis on other people’s backgrounds through such training could inhibit normal interaction.

“It could discourage making friends with people from different ethnic backgrounds,” she said.


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Abuse of black movie star in "Ghostbusters"

The whole movie was a painful bit of political correctness, with its all-female cast.  And I think that it is the correctness that angered fans.  Note that there was a black character ("Uhura") in the original "Star Trek" movie and that seems to have passed with very little comment.  Abusing Ms Jones was however unkind.  The abuse should have been directed at the movie-makers.  She was just doing the job given to her

Leslie Jones, one of the stars of the new adaptation of “Ghostbusters,” recently fell victim to hate speech. Much of the reaction that she received, primarily on Twitter, had very little to do with the movie and instead focused on her race and gender.

A few of the hundreds of tweets directed at her read as follows: “Don’t let the #Ghostbusters bombing get you down. You’re a shoo-in to star in the Harambe motion picture as the man himself,” “Your Ghostbusters isn’t the first to have an ape in it” and “Big lipped coon” repeated eight times.

Such unnecessary and hurtful words lend nothing to potentially improving the actress or movie, and instead seem aimed purely to do emotional harm.

Thus far, the response by Twitter has been minimal and ineffective. Milo Yiannopoulos, a long-time twitter user associated with the Gamergate controversy was the first to experience any punishments from Twitter for misconduct when his account was shut down in response to his attacks on Jones.

This is a step in the right direction, but already Yiannopoulos and his followers argue that in shutting down his account, Twitter is undermining his First Amendment rights.


Debating homosexual marriage is "hate speech" (?)

The usual intolerance of dissent that characterizes the Left below.  They just KNOW all the right answers and everyone else should shut up. Stalin thought the same.

The writer is commenting on a proposal to have a popular vote on whether homosexual marriage should be allowed in Australia.  The Left are showing how antidemocratic they are by opposing the idea.  The people are not fit to make decisions affecting their own lives, apparently

Here's a question that, on the face of it, seems refreshingly simple to answer: should public money be used to promote hate speech?

And at first glance the answer would appear to be "no, obviously". But when you think about it a little bit more deeply, the answer becomes: "Seriously? Still no, for all sorts of legal and moral reasons. Why are you even asking this? Do you need a hug and some quiet time?"

However, it's the question which the Coalition party room is going to be inexplicably struggling with this week as it decides whether or not the $160 million plebiscite on whether or not to legalise same sex marriage should be even more expensive by using even more public money to fund publicity campaigns for the Yes and the No cases.

The problem that the No case, and by extension the federal government, have with funding such a campaign is that it would encourage activity which is arguably illegal.

In 2013 the Sex Discrimination Amendment (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Status) Bill 2013 was passed, meaning that it is illegal to discriminate "on the basis of sex, marital or relationship status, pregnancy or potential pregnancy, breastfeeding, family responsibilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, and intersex status."

This little problem, incidentally, is why there was a push to suspend our anti-discrimination laws for the duration of the plebiscite - an option which was immediately ruled out by Attorney-General George Brandis in February, who pointed out that "There are very obvious practical problems with that, among them... that most anti-discrimination laws in this country are laws of the states, not the Commonwealth."

The fact that a No campaign would appear to be arguing for something which is prima facie illegal is just one more problem for those seeking to prevent same sex marriage being recognised in Australia, along with the enduring problem that there's no sane reason to deny Australian citizens equal rights because of their sexuality, and the fact that those most strongly advocating the No case are not exactly the most charming, persuasive and charismatic people the country has to offer.


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Cultural appropriation?

When whites adopt anything associated with minority cultures, it is condemned as "cultural appropriation".  So should we condemn Mrs Obama for torturing her naturally nappy hair into the flowing locks at present popular among young white women such as the Duchess of Cambridge?  If not, why not?

New Trade Secretary Liam Fox is secretly recorded claiming Britain is 'too lazy' and our businessmen are 'far more interested in playing golf than securing overseas trade'

There's a lot of truth in what he says -- and he is in a position to know -- but he wouldn't say it publically

Liam Fox has been covertly recorded attacking British businessmen for being more interested in playing golf than securing overseas trade.

In unguarded remarks, the Trade Secretary said Britain had become 'too lazy, and too fat on our successes in previous generations'.

Last night his comments were firmly slapped down by No 10 – the third time he has been rebuked in barely two months. It said Dr Fox was expressing a personal view and not that of the Government.

Dr Fox made his made remarks on Thursday night during a drinks reception for the Right-wing Conservative Way Forward group, a recording of which was obtained by The Times. In an attack on the firms whose interests he is paid to represent, he said: 'This country is not the free-trading nation that it once was. We have become too lazy, and too fat on our successes in previous generations.

'What is the point of us reshaping global trade, what is the point of us going out and looking for new markets for the United Kingdom, if we don't have the exporters to fill those markets?

'We've got to change the culture in our country. People have got to stop thinking about exporting as an opportunity and start thinking about it as a duty – companies who could be contributing to our national prosperity but choose not to because it might be too difficult or too time-consuming or because they can't play golf on a Friday afternoon.'


Monday, September 12, 2016

Hate speech from Hillary

And the Leftists slam generalisations about human groups?

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has taken aim at supporters of Republican rival Donald Trump, saying half of them belong in a "basket of deplorables" as people who are racist, homophobic, sexist, xenophobic, or Islamophobic.

Speaking at a LGBTI fundraiser in New York, Mrs Clinton said Mr Trump had given voice to hateful rhetoric through his behaviour as a candidate for the White House in the November 8 election.

    "To just be grossly generalistic, you can put half of Trump's supporters into what I call the 'basket of deplorables,'" Mrs Clinton said. "Unfortunately there are people like that. And he has lifted them up."

Some of those were irredeemable, she said, but they did not represent America.

The other basket of Mr Trump's supporters constituted individuals desperate for change who felt let down by the government and the economy, Mrs Clinton added.


Australia: Golliwogs at the Royal Adelaide Show

Golliwogs are basically an American issue only.  We had no slavery, no Jim Crow and no black minstrels in Australia. Until recently, we didn't even have any Africans.  So they should not be an issue in Australia -- JR

THE Royal Show is a delightful festival of anachronisms. There’s wood chopping, sheep shearing, displays of needlecraft, crochet and patchwork quilts.

There’s thread spinning and bread baking and jam making, and the hard-working women of the CWA serve up the best scones in town at a price that even seems unchanged since the 1970s. It’s all brilliant fun.

But there’s one old-fashioned relic I was utterly shocked to discover proudly on display at the Show this week, instead of being consigned to the rubbish bin of history where it belongs: the golliwog.

With their frizzy hair, googly eyes and clownish lips, golliwogs are a grotesque, racist caricature of black people. Modelled on the African-American minstrels of the 19th and early 20th centuries, they are a caricature of a caricature. They are "blackface" embodied in a children’s toy.

They have no place in Australia’s modern, multicultural society.

And there they were at the Royal Show, four of them, proudly displayed in a glass cabinet among the handmade crochet and lace. All three prize-winning entries wore red jackets, bow ties and stripey pants, just like blackface minstrels. How quaint. How appallingly racist. How offensive and upsetting this display must be for indigenous visitors, for our many African-Australian residents.

I wondered if perhaps the golliwogs were the creation of some guerrilla arts activism group, a sort of ironic statement on racism in the 21st century. But no, there’s an official category in the Royal Show’s "Open arts and crafts" prize section, listed under "teddy bears and friends: Class 264 - golly (Traditional children’s soft toy)".

See, we don’t call them "golliwogs" anymore, we call them "golly" dolls, and say they’re "traditional", which apparently makes them OK.

The Royal Show isn’t the only offender here. Last week I saw golliwogs for sale in a Norwood newsagency, this time labelled as "rag dolls". Handy for all those needing to buy racist memorabilia with their X-Lotto tickets and craft supplies.

Defenders of "golly" dolls say they are innocent relics of a bygone era and shouldn’t be seen as racist, which is a bit like saying the swastika should no longer be seen as offensive because it’s more than 70 years old. It’s an utterly ignorant stance. We know golliwogs are racist.

The last thing I want the gloriously old-fashioned Royal Show to do is get with the times, but it should at least ditch the golliwogs.


Sunday, September 11, 2016

Mattress Shop Sorry For 'Disgusting' 9/11 Ad

A Texas mattress shop has apologised for a "disgusting" and "offensive" advert to promote its "Twin Tower Sale".

The advert, now deleted from its Facebook page, features two men toppling into mattress towers emblazoned with the US flag.

In the foreground, shop manager Cherise Bonanno says: "What better way to remember 9/11 than with a Twin Tower sale?

"Right now you can get any sized mattress for a twin price. Full mattress? Twin price. Queen mattress? Twin price. King mattress? Twin price. Store-wide sale all day long."

Predictably, the video prompted fury on social media.

Evelyn Sainz Jauregui posted in the comments section: "I find it hard to believe you knew anyone or any of your employees knew anyone who lost their lives in 9/11!


EU goes to war against HYPERLINKS

The EU's top court has come under fire after backing Playboy's fight to stop a website posting links to images published without permission.

Playboy's Dutch publisher, Sanoma, had sought to force website GeenStijl to remove a hyperlink to photos of television celebrity, Britt Dekker, which were posted illegally.

In a decision which could have far wider consequences across the internet, the European Court of Justice decided that posting such links infringes copyright - when the website doing it is seeking to profit from pictures published without permission.

GS Media, the company that owns GeenStijl, described the decision as a blow to press freedom.

'It is undisputed that GS Media provided the hyperlinks to the files containing the photos for profit and that Sanoma had not authorised the publication of those photos on the internet,' the Luxembourg-based European Court of Justice (ECJ) said in a statement.

'When hyperlinks are posted for profit, it may be expected that the person who posted such a link should carry out the checks necessary to ensure that the work concerned is not illegally published.'

GS Media said after the ruling: 'If commercial media companies - such as GeenStijl - can no longer freely and fearlessly hyperlink it will be difficult to report on newsworthy new questions, leaked information and internal struggles and unsecure networks in large companies.'

The issue of hyperlinking to photos and articles has become a divisive issue with the spread of the internet.

Content owners argue that the ease with which people can post links to copyrighted material on the internet infringes their rights while internet users say restricting people's ability to post links goes against the principle of freedom of information.

The ECJ recognised that the internet 'is of particular importance to freedom of expression and of information and that hyperlinks contribute to its sound operation and to the exchange of opinions and information as well.'

Therefore it could be difficult for individuals posting such links to know if they are doing it legally, the court said.

However, if a person should have been aware because the owner informed him or he is doing it for profit, then the posting of a link infringes copyright law, the court said.


Friday, September 09, 2016

Chinese realism unwelcome

Tourists are being told to avoid areas of London 'populated by Indians, Pakistanis and black people' in a Chinese airline's in-flight magazine.

Wings of China, the in-flight magazine for Air China, made the 'racist' comment in a travel article on the UK capital.

The article, printed in both English and Chinese, said: 'London is generally a safe place to travel, however precautions are needed when entering areas mainly populated by Indians, Pakistanis and black people.'

Air China is Asia's third largest airline and operates twice daily flights between London and Beijing.

The article continued: 'We advise tourists not to go out alone at night, and females always to be accompanied by another person when travelling.'

Dr Rosena Allin-Khan, Labour MP for Tooting which has one of the largest Indian and Pakistani populations in London, said: 'My initial thoughts were that the comments were outrageous.

'I think that it is offensive to Londoners and I would like to see it removed. I would also like to ask the airline why they thought these precautions needed to be taken.

With mad Muslims and black muggers on the loose in London, the advice is in fact timely -- JR


Must not disrespect Vegans

A chocolate milk brand has come under fire after publishing an advert that has been deemed offensive to vegans.

An image appeared on OAK's Facebook page this week which read: 'Hungrythirsty is pathetic, like a vegan sausage. Kill HungryThirsty dead.'

Within hours, angry customers had taken to the site to express their disdain - with one woman branding it 'disgusting advertising'.

The image appears to have been removed and MailOnline has contacted OAK's parent company Parmalat for comment.

OAK is a popular flavoured milk drink in Australia but the brand has drawn criticism from vegans all over the world.

Bek Varcoe wrote: 'Hate this ad - appealing to the lowest common denominator again...'

Rachel Walker, from Perth, blasted the company as 'pathetic'. She wrote: 'Trying to buy into the bogan, testosterone market. No company should call a section of the community pathetic. You should be ashamed.'


Thursday, September 08, 2016

Sometimes stereotypes can not even be mentioned

The book does NOT say Mexicans were lazy.  It simply reports accurately that some people said they were

A group of educators and historians say errors and racist terms are used in a proposed textbook.

A book titled “Mexican-American Heritage” is being considered for use in Texas classrooms. The book is published from the company Momentum Instruction, a Virginia company headed by former Texas State Board of Education member Cynthia Dunbar.

On Tuesday, an advisory committee made of historians and scholars against the book filed a 54-page conclusion on the book pointing out all its errors.

One excerpt of the book reads:

“Stereotypically, Mexicans were viewed as lazy compared to European or American workers. Industrialists were very driven, competitive men who were always on the clock and continually concerned about efficiency.”

University of Texas History professor Emilio Zamora said the advisory committee against the book found a total of 141 total errors.

Zamora added some of the language used is “disparaging” by calling Mexican-Americans “lazy,”

In a statement sent to CBS Austin’s sister station in Brownsville, Dunbar said the book has no hidden agenda and “there is no objective to be in anyway negative.”


Leftists Redefine 'Illegal'

Words mean things, which is why the Left is always trying to change those meanings. Marriage, gender, life, rights — you name it and they’ve got a redefinition. One of their favorites is bickering over what to call individuals who have immigrated illegally. For conservatives, the answer is fairly straightforward — they’re illegal immigrants (or aliens), sometimes illegals for short. To the Left, they’re “undocumented.”

Steve Cortes, a supporter of Donald Trump, appeared with Joy Reid on MSNBC Thursday, where he explained Trump’s immigration policy: “Number one, we have to secure our border. Number two, there can be no citizenship for illegals. You cannot reward criminality.” That was not acceptable to Reid, who fired back, “I’m going to stop you right there. You are Hispanic, Steve. Are you comfortable with that term, ‘illegals’? That is a pejorative to a lot of people. Why do you use that term?”

Simple. “Because words matter,” Cortes replied. “If you do something that is against the law, it’s illegal. If you go into a store and you shoplift, you’re not an undocumented holder of a good, you’re a thief. If you come to the United States against the immigration laws of the United States, you’re not undocumented, you’re illegal.”


Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Trump's call for high-skill immigration is no 'hate speech'

Would he go hard or would he go soft? That was the mainstream media template for judging Donald Trump's speech on immigration in Phoenix last Wednesday.

The verdict: hard. "How Trump got from Point A to Point A on immigration," was the headline in the Washington Post's recap.

Similarly, the often insightful Talking Points Memo blogger Josh Marshall characterized Trump's discourse as "hate speech." "Precisely what solution Trump is calling for is almost beside the point."

But that's precisely wrong. Marshall found the Phoenix crowd's raucous shouts distasteful, and so did I. But a search through Trump's prepared text and his occasional digressions fails to disclose anything that can be fairly characterized as "hate speech."

What it does disclose includes some serious critiques and proposals for recasting our immigration laws which almost everyone agrees need changing.

Start near the end, with the tenth of Trump's ten points. He notes that we've admitted 59 million immigrants since the last major revision of immigration law in 1965, and that "many of these arrivals have greatly enriched our country." No asides about criminals or rapists.

Then he proposes a major policy change, "to select immigrants based on their likelihood of success in U.S. society, and their ability to be financially self-sufficient ... to choose immigrants based on merit, skill and proficiency."

That's not racism or hate speech, and it's not out of line with American tradition, or even current law.


Must not find old bodies unattractive

Playboy Playmate Dani Mathers caused outrage earlier this year when she took a photo of an unsuspecting woman in a gym change room and put the photo online with a nasty caption, now she could face prison time.

In July the nude pin up model mocked an innocent woman changing in a gym on Snapchat with the caption, “if I can’t unsee this then you can’t either”, and now she is set to face criminal charges and six months in jail after police located the victim, reports gossip site TMZ.

The site says the woman – who is in her 70s – wants to proceed with prosecution and TMZ claims that their inside sources claim police want to make an example out of Mathers who broke laws prohibiting the dissemination of private images.

TMZ say the police have reportedly accused the 2015 Playmate of the Year 2015 of “egregiously violating a member’s right of privacy by taking a picture of her while naked in the shower, and then humiliating her by posting the picture with a disgusting caption”.

Mather’s claims she never meant to make the post public as she was only trying to send the image to a friend.


Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Must not mention that Muslims avoid pigs

A Hungarian politician has sparked outrage for suggesting placing pigs' heads on fences at the border will deter refugees from entering the country.

Gyorgy Schopflin, 76 - part of the country's right wing party - made the comment when responding to criticism about their attitude towards refugees.

The MEP posted on Twitter that by placing the head of a pig on fences at the border it would 'deter' people try to enter 'more effectively'.

Schopflin, of the Fidesz Party, was replying to Human Rights Watch director Andrew Stroehlein.

The argument on Twitter came after Hungarian officials placed masks made from vegetables on their border fences in a bid to prevent refugees trying to enter the country.

Mr Stroehlein tweeted: 'Refugees are fleeing war & torture, Hungary. 'Your root vegetable heads will not deter them.' Mr Schopflin quickly replied: 'Might do so. Human images are haram.  'But agree, pig's head would deter more effectively.'

But the politician's response has sparked outrage and Mr Stroehlein has described him as an 'embarrassment to humanity'.

He also said that Schopflin's suggestion was 'disgusting' and accused him of spouting 'xenophobic filth'. 

Speaking directly to the MEP, Mr Stroehlein said: 'Your words are disgusting.

'I would expect that from anonymous neo-Nazi trolls but you're an MEP. Act like one.'  He continued: 'You are an embarrassment to Hungary, to Europe & to humanity.'

Of 177,135 asylum applicants to Hungary in 2015, just 146 were approved, according to government statistics.

In March 2015, the Hungarian government declared a state of emergency in the country due to Europe's refugee crisis.

It deployed an additional 1,500 security personnel to the country's Serbian frontier in a bid to deny refugees entry.


Good advice about women criticized

Indian ladies normally wear their Saris at ankle length so brief Western clothing looks like a sexual invitation to Indian men

After drawing widespread criticism, India's tourism and culture minister has backtracked after suggesting that female foreign tourists should not wear skirts in the country.

Talking to journalists in the north Indian city of Agra on Sunday, Mahesh Sharma said tourists would be handed a "a list of do's and don'ts" at airports that would advise them "not to wear skirts" or "venture out alone at night in small cities".

"For their own safety, women foreign tourists should not wear short dresses and skirts," he said. "Indian culture is different from the western."

Sharma, whose comments came under fire in India and abroad, clarified on Monday that he was referring only to religious places, and that he "spoke out of concern".

Indian minister advises tourists to 'not wear skirts': After heavy criticism, tourism minister backtracks on earlier remarks, saying he was referring only to religious sites. © Provided by Al Jazeera After heavy criticism, tourism minister backtracks on earlier remarks, saying he was referring only to religious sites. "I was speaking about religious places, like temples. I did not comment on what women should wear or not. I am the father of two daughters, I cannot put a ban on what women wear," Sharma said.

"Such a ban is unimaginable, but it is not a crime to be cautious," he added.  "Different countries issue advisories from time to time, but I never said change anyone's way of dressing."

Despite the minister's rebuttal, many Indians criticised him online.

"Mahesh Sharma go home & make a sandwich. Don't dictate terms to women under garb of Indian culture," one Twitter user using the screen name "SheSays" tweeted.

  "How are you less than a Taliban? They also want to control what to wear, what to eat? " Rajesh Sharma, from the opposition Aam Aadmi Party, asked.


Monday, September 05, 2016

British TV bosses have been forced to apologise after their soap was accused of racism for a comment a character made about her hair

The episode on Bank Holiday Monday saw Eva Price, played by Catherine Tyldesley, visit Audrey's hair salon, where she remarked: 'I have more roots than Kunta Kinte. 'No idea who that is, by the way, just something my mum used to say.'

Kunta Kinte was a character from the novel Roots: The Saga Of An American Family, which was adapted into a hit TV miniseries.  Based on a real-life ancestor of author Alex Haley, it tells the story of a young man taken from Gambia and sold as a slave.

Ofcom confirmed it received more than 250 comments and will asses them and decide whether to investigate.

Viewers complained about the comment on Twitter and to broadcast regulator Ofcom.  A spokesman for TV watchdog Ofcom said: 'Ofcom has received 278 complaints about Coronation Street, which aired on Monday.

'We will assess these complaints before we decide whether to investigate or not.'


Itay furious over Charlie Hebdo earthquake cartoon

It certainly was in dubious taste but Charlie Hebdo aims to shock

A Charlie Hebdo cartoon depicting victims of the Italian earthquake as lasagna has sparked outrage in the country which is still mourning the nearly 300 people who died in last week’s tragedy.

“The drawings are repugnant,” said Italian Justice Minister Andrea Orlando, as furious reactions began flooding social media sites.

“I don’t think its useful to comment further as I think that would produce precisely the sought after effect... that is to create a scandal,” and draw attention to the cartoons, he added.

The drawings in the current edition of the French satirical weekly depict bloodied victims of the quake.

The words “penne tomato sauce” appear above a picture of a bloodied and bandaged man, while a woman with burns is described as “penne gratin”.

To their right, a pile of bodies under layers of rubble is titled lasagne”. The cartoons are captioned “Earthquake Italian style”.

The quake struck central Italy on August 24, with the small town of Amatrice bearing the brunt. The town is the home of the all’amatriciana pasta dish.

Italian Senate leader Pietro Grasso said that he respected “the freedom of satire and of irony,” but added that “I am free to say that all this is disgusting”.


Sunday, September 04, 2016

Suspected neo-Nazi is accused of terror offence for 'posting picture of Adolf Hitler with 'kill the Muslims' message online'

The man seems mainly to have done the sort of things Muslims repeatedly do -- so why is he singled out?

A suspected neo-Nazi is accused of a terrorism offence and of writing a litany of racist, Islamophobic, homophobic and anti-Semitic calls to arms on social media.

Sean Creighton, 44, allegedly stirred up racial hatred by posting an image of a man brandishing a rifle in front of a black child.

Creighton, a dad who lives with his parents in Enfield, north London, is also accused of putting an image of Adolf Hitler along with the message 'kill the Muslims' online.

It is alleged he possessed an electronic document entitled 'White Resistance Manual 2.4' which is said to contain details of improvised weapons and explosives.

Heavily-tattooed Creighton appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court today to deny all ten charges against him.

He sat quietly in the dock with a short growth of hair on his head and stubble while wearing a navy Burberry-style bomber jacket with blue jeans.

Among the other posts he is said to have put on social media is an image of a gun alongside a swastika and the words 'Jews prepare to die'.

And he is said to have posted an image of an injured man alongside words intended to stir hatred of sexual orientation as well as a cartoon of a head in a noose.

He is also accused of possessing stickers from Combat 18, the neo-Nazi organisation, with the text 'sink the refugee boats!'.

Creighton is so said to have possessed a badge with 'burn your local mosque' written on it.


Facebook Continues Its Leftist Ways

Over the last few months Facebook has been in the news often, and for reasons other than its latest stock value. This past May, Fox News reported on 10 instances where conservatives were singled out for censorship, and this after Facebook’s own internal investigation in which it claimed to have found no evidence of overt anti-conservative bias. However, after several more revelations of censoring conservative content, Facebook admitted that there had been some censoring of conservative content — but only by a few workers. The problem is, Facebook’s anti-conservative bias hasn’t changed.

A recent example is that of middle school teacher Stephan Neidenbach, who founded a Facebook page entitled “We Love GMOs and Vaccines.” To his surprise he later found the page had been removed by Facebook censors, because it offended some anti-GMO and anti-vaccine activists. National Review recounts, “Despite the fact that no polices were violated, [Facebook] acquiesced to [the activists'] demands and deactivated the page. … Neidenbach was subsequently banned from the platform for 30 days.”

This is yet another example of Facebook’s bias against conservative pages, whether they be pro-Second Amendment, conservative news or opposed to a variety of liberal issues. Facebook clearly seeks to tilt the public’s views on cultural and political issues away from a conservative perspective and toward leftist and socialist ones. No matter how much it may deny its bias, Facebook is a powerful platform that aims to promote and normalize a leftist worldview.


Friday, September 02, 2016

Must not suggest that women do most of the cleaning

A 'Batgirl' T-shirt, sold by Target Australia, is going viral after a mother posted on the store's Facebook page suggesting that the top was sexist and 'offensive'.

'Target, can you explain why you are selling something as offensive as this in your stores currently?,' furious mum, Ninac Ollins, from Melbourne, wrote.

'What message are you intending on sending to young girls?'.

The short-sleeved shirt in question is a pink top aimed at young girls that has lettering in the form of a to-do list emblazoned onto it.

The top reads: 'Batgirl to do list: Dry clean cape, wash Batmobile, fight crime, save the world'.

 We know that working mothers still do more housework than their spouses, we don't need you to perpetuate this inequity

What was annoying Ms Ollins was the fact that, according to her, it perpetuated the sexist status quo.

Just 19 hours after Ninac Ollins had uploaded her feelings onto the social media site, she received close to 600 likes and a couple of hundred comments.

Despite her anger, other mothers were divided as to whether they thought the top was offensive or if they reckoned the mother in question was just over-reacting.


Some Warmist hate speech

Steven Craig Jones wants to save the planet.  He has a site that says so here:

So how does he deal with skeptics?  He sent Marc Morano the following message:

"you are dead wrong on climate change.  it is the number one international security issue on planet earth in 2016. you climate deniers need to be put in prison"

He's all charm, isn't he?  He makes no attempt to dispute any point ever made by any skeptic and makes no attempt to present any fact. Since he believes in anti-gravity that is perhaps just as well.  All he can resort to is Stalinism:  Imprison your opponents. A dismal soul, indeed. He is completely dogmatic, with a completely closed mind.  It might not be good to see him coming towards you on a dark night if you disagree with him.

The fantasy of being able to save the planet must generate such a warm glow inside.  No wonder he hates any threat to that.  How awful to find that you are in fact completely irrelevant and that your crusade has been a complete waste of time!  The poor dupe.

His email is

Thursday, September 01, 2016

The Angry Bird Iowa Professor

Last week, the president of the University of Chicago informed incoming students regarding of the expectations they can have regarding the university’s stance on freedom of speech. The president reminded students that the university was a place where differing opinions and views were welcomed. That there were no “trigger warnings” or “safe places” where students could expect to be free from ideas or views with which they may disagree or that offended them. The president of the University of Chicago was rightly praised for standing up for freedom of speech.

Now in contrast comes this story, also out of the country’s heartland. According to University of Iowa Pediatrics Professor Resmiye Oral, the Hawkeyes' mascot Herky promotes anger and violence by the look on his face. “I believe incoming students should be met with welcoming, nurturing, calm, accepting and happy messages,” she wrote to the athletic department, requesting that the mascot have a different expression. “Herky’s angry, to say the least, faces conveying an invitation to aggressively and even violence are not compatible with the verbal messages that we try to convey to and instill in our students and campus community. … As we strive to tackle depression, suicide, violence, and behavioral challenges and help our students succeed, I plead with you to allow Herky to be like one of us, sometimes sad, sometimes happy, sometimes angry, sometimes concentrated.”

Evidently, this professor sees the university as some giant daycare designated to protect the sensitive minds of college toddlers. To date no student has complained about being mentally oppressed by Herky, but we in our humble shop know of one toddling professor…


School Reverses American Flag Ban

Editor’s note: In a week that saw an NFL star dissing the national anthem, there’s a bit of good news out there too…

Students at Travelers Rest High School in South Carolina will once again be able to wave American flags at football games. Principal Lou Lavely reversed his ban on Old Glory just a few hours after we posted a column about the controversial decision.

The high school’s stadium is named after my great uncle — Chico Bolin, a decorated World War II Marine veteran. Uncle Chico restarted the football program at Travelers Rest in 1949 and named the team the Devildogs in honor of the Marines.

Following is the school district’s complete statement:

“[A]fter meeting with Travelers Rest student and faculty leadership, and with the benefit of time to reflect, Mr. Lavely has reached a different decision. He based this decision on current students' request that he judge them on their own merits and not based on the actions of past students. As a result, effective immediately, students are allowed to bring the American Flag to any and all Travelers Rest High School events. Instead of restricting possession of the flag, the TRHS administration will, if needed, address the misuse of the Flag, or any other inappropriate behavior, on an individual basis.”

“I fully support Mr. Lavely’s thoughtful reconsideration, and his willingness to respond to advice and input from his community,” said Superintendent Burke Royster. “I am appreciative of the Travelers Rest High School community for sharing its concerns and opinions on this matter in a respectful, civil manner. I also appreciate and applaud their desire to promote patriotism and service as a part of the culture of their school and am in agreement that students' desire to carry and display the American flag should be encouraged and supported throughout the District.”