Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Man posts song lyrics on Facebook, arrested for terrorist threats

Posting the lyrics of a song on Facebook could send you behind bars. That's what happened to a Kentucky man who has been jailed and accused of terrorist threats for posting the lyrics of a metal song to Facebook.

James Evans, a 31-year-old from Central City, Kentucky, posted the verses of the Exodus song "Class Dismissed (A Hate Primer)" on August 24 on his wall, including a verse that read "student bodies lying dead in the halls, a blood splattered treatise of hate / Class dismissed is my hypothesis, gun fire ends the debate."

After someone reported his post to the police, agents arrested him and brought him to jail on August 26. He was released a week later, on September 3, according to records at the Muhlenberg County Detention Center.

Police arrested him for threatening "to kill students and or staff at school," according to the arrest warrant seen by local TV station 14News. Evans counters saying he only posted the lyrics of a song he liked on his Facebook wall.

"It's surreal," Evans told Billboard. "I didn't think anything would come of it."

But something did come of it. Evans is now facing charges for "terrorist threatening," a crime that in Kentucky could potentially land him between 5 and 10 years in prison, according to Kentucky Law. Evans is due in court for a hearing on October 1.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Kentucky announced on Wednesday that it's taking his defense.

"At this point, we're looking to have him completely exonerated," Bill Sharp, an attorney with the ACLU, said.

The ACLU is presenting this as a First Amendment issue.

"The First Amendment exists to protect people from government censorship of unpopular, but otherwise lawful, speech. And there is no greater threat to our ability to exercise that right than to be thrown in jail for doing so," said ACLU's Executive Director Michael Aldridge in a statement.


Firemen Say They Were Sent Home for Refusing to Remove Patriotic Stickers

Four suburban Chicago firefighters say they were suspended after refusing to remove patriotic stickers posted on their helmets and lockers.  The Maywood firefighters say they were ordered to go home for refusing to remove stickers of American flags after their fire chief implemented a ban on all stickers.

"I'm floored that he would even consider this two days before 9/11," said firefighter Dan McDowell. "It's ridiculous."

Some said the stickers were sentimental.  "My dad served here for 26 years, an ex-Marine, ex-Vietnam vet," said Dave Flowers, Jr. "I took his locker."

Flowers said he was ordered to take a sticker off his locker or he would face discipline.  "We are the first African-American father and son on the Maywood Fire Department," Flowers said. "It has sentimental value."

Don Albanese agreed to remove several stickers, including a memorial flag from his helmet, but kept an American flag on his locker.  "I said, 'You know what? The one thing I won't do is I'm not going to remove the flag on my locker,'" he said. "No one sees it but us. We're all brothers here."

The firefighters said they were shocked to hear they couldn't keep their patriotic stickers.  "You'd be hard-pressed to find a firefighter who doesn't have strong feelings about 9/11," McDowell said.


The fired firemen have now been reinstated

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Video game journalists heavily politicized

As I wrote last week, gaming journalism, populated by well-meaning liberals, has forgotten what it is for and become consumed with social justice activism, at the expense of writing intelligently about games.

To give just one example of the hatred between gamers and the journalists who are supposed to serve them, Chris Grant, editor-in-chief of gaming news site Polygon, is blocking his own readers on Twitter by the thousand, together with journalists and academics whose opinions he doesn't like. It's unprecedented in an industry that ought to stick up for readers instead of sucking up to lobbyists and the powers that be.

It's also a remarkable display of political intolerance, not to mention a serious strategic error. Grant, and others like him, have given up any pretence of wanting to engage in dialogue with alternative opinions and instead hunkered down with a small but noisy minority readership of single-issue campaigners, feminist blowhards and perpetually angry "social justice warriors" to the exclusion of the backbone of his readership.


The Leftists are, however, rapidly losing their audience

Calls for British TV star to be fired after  tweet about  Dogs' Home fire

Jokes are VERY risky these days

Hundreds of Coronation Street fans have called for Jack P Shepherd to be sacked after he made jokes about the Manchester Dogs' Home fire which claimed the lives of 60 animals.

The actor, 26, who plays David Platt in the ITV soap, was forced into an apology after causing uproar on Twitter when he said: 'I have a million 'hot dog' jokes'.

When people responded with complaints and messages of disbelief he added: 'You guys need to lighten up. #GetItLightenUp.'

Hours later when it became known how many animals have perished in the fire on Thursday night, he issued a grovelling apology.

He said: 'I sincerely apologise for any offence I have caused. This was not intended to be a malicious tweet and I didn't consider the offence it would cause.

'At the time I didn't realise the scale of the tragedy but that doesn't excuse my behaviour. I now realise how insensitive I have been.

'I have made a donation to the MCR dogs home and I'm very sorry for my behaviour.'


Monday, September 15, 2014

Since when is speaking AT the same as speaking FOR?

The post below is from the far-Left "Daily Kos". They do not as yet know what Curry will say. But you must not even speak at some places. Just being in the company of conservatives discredits a person, apparently.  In Communist and Fascist regimes you could be executed for the company you keep, so it is nice to see what company the American Left keeps

Curry is actually a Warmist.  She just doubts that we know how severe the warming will be.  She allows that it could be trivial.  That is enough to get her cast into outer darkness however.  No debate permitted!  Science, data and facts no longer matter, only your politics.

Judith Curry, former Chair of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology was, until now, one of the few skeptics with a veneer of credibility.

But that is slated to change, as she will be featured in a George C. Marshall Institute event at The National Press Club. For those who are unaware, the Marshall Institute is a conservative "think tank" that began lobbying to support Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative. Over time the Institute shifted from Cold War hype to the downplaying of environmental threats, including the dangers of secondhand smoke, CFCs' effect on the ozone, and now climate change.

The Institute's event is titled "State of the Climate Debate" and will focus on the (supposedly) weakening case for human caused climate change as well as the link between extreme weather events and climate change, and the challenges of "deep climate uncertainty" for policymakers.

Perhaps the bigger story, however, is this event may be the last straw for Curry's dwindling credibility in academia. It's one thing to question the consensus or otherwise indirectly assist anti-climate science arguments. But to speak on behalf of a group heavily funded by fossil fuel companies and conservative donors—a group with a well-known 30 year history of distorting science for political aims—well that may just be career suicide. At least, academic career suicide. Unfortunately, if Curry has given up on respectability, this may just be the first of many such events.


More on Levenson's self-immolation

Comment from a reader.  (See post here of 10th)

Hysteria over Levenson's E mail etc is NOT being taken in context.

Indeed, only person I knew who took on this issue head on was retiring talk show host Neal Boortz:

He laid it on thick why the Atlanta football team left "Turner Stadium" in CNN Peachtree district:

Fans were and are harassed by "Gang Bangers" - unruly Blacks. Move to suburbs was economic necessity.

Levenson is smarter than pundits give him credit for: he sees the same thing as Boortz does, for Basketball; civilized people don't like to go to games if harassed by Blacks. So Levenson is picking the right moment for some multi cult fool to pay big dollars for a franchise where fans don't want to go.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Scotland: Pro-independence posters organising 'short walk to freedom' marches trigger backlash

There are a lot of extremists among Scottish nationalists and many HATE the English.  So they are campaigning hard to win the coming  referendum in favour of complete Scottish independence from England

Pro-independence campaigners are facing a backlash over "grossly distasteful" posters organising "short walk to freedom" marches on polling day.

Adverts urging Nationalists to "be Bravehearts" on September 18 and quoting Nelson Mandela and Abraham Lincoln have recently appeared in south Edinburgh.

The tagline echoes Mr Mandela's famous "long walk to freedom" after spending years incarcerated in prison before South Africa's first democratic elections after apartheid.

The adverts appear to be produced by a local branch of the official Yes Scotland campaign, but a spokesman from the nationwide HQ said he was not aware of the events.

Kezia Dugdale, Labour MSP for Lothians, where the posters appeared, told The Telegraph the adverts were "offensive" and organisers should "rethink" the plans.

"The poster compares Scotland's democratic debate with Mandela's march for freedom. Now I find that distasteful and offensive, but other people might find that intimidating," Ms Dugdale said.

"I just think it's an appalling comparison and it does a huge disservice to everybody who fought against apartheid.

"To suggest that there are parallels between what happened in South Africa with what's happening in Edinburgh today is just grossly distasteful."


Another controversial restaurant receipt

The details are here but it's a bit long-winded so I will summarize:

The 20c tip was left by footballer LeSean McCoy.  The restaurant put the receipt online in an attempt to strike back at him.  McCoy says he left the tip as a comment on the bad service -- and other servers said he was normally a generous tipper.

Most readers sided with McCoy and said it was offensive to post the receipt.  Many said that they would boycott that restaurant in future.

The restaurant owner says, however, that he personally observed McCoy getting excellent service.  See here.  What the owner says has the ring of truth and McCoy refuses to go into details.

The restaurant was PYT —a burger joint in Philadelphia. I suspect that they were justified in posting the receipt.  It seems possible that McCoy and his buddies were drunk.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Must not tell people what happens in Muslim countries

When, this spring, Brandeis University reneged on its commencement invitation to human-rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali, it revealed the cravenness that characterizes many of America’s leading institutions of higher education. The decision of Yale’s William F. Buckley Jr. Program to invite Hirsi Ali to New Haven as part of its speaker series has exposed the same quality in many of that school’s students.

In an open letter sent to Buckley Program student leaders, members of 35 campus groups say they feel “highly disrespected” by the September 15 lecture “Clash of Civilizations: Islam and the West.”

The letter, drafted by the Muslim Students Association, lays out their complaints. They are concerned that “Ms. Hirsi Ali is being invited to speak as an authority on Islam despite the fact that she does not hold the credentials to do so.” They accuse Hirsi Ali of “hate speech” and express outrage that she should “have such a platform in our home.” “We cannot overlook,” they write, “how marginalizing her presence will be to the Muslim community and how uncomfortable it will be for the community’s allies.”

Their remedy, of course, is censorship.


Bras Are Now Racist Because They Come in ‘Nude’

The editorial board of a college newspaper has declared that bras are racist because they come in colors named “nude,” since non-white people’s skin isn’t that color when they’re nude.

“How would it make you feel that the fashion industry and society at large has based its ideal of nude on Caucasian people? That the color of your skin doesn’t count as ‘nude’?” asks the staff editorial, published by the Oklahoma Daily, the official newspaper of the University of Oklahoma.

The board used the same reasoning to conclude that that “nude” makeup, “flesh-colored” clothing, and Band-Aids were also racist.

The piece referred to the bra color name as one of the “subtle examples of racism” — often referred to as a “microaggression” — that apparently runs rampant in our society today.


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Arab magnifies encounter with mental ill man into "Islamophobia"

A recent incident between an Arab-American activist and a mentally ill homeless man is being distorted by the national media and left-wing activists, say residents of the Brooklyn community of Bay Ridge.

Last Wednesday afternoon, Palestinian-American Linda Sarsour allegedly had a run-in with a well-known local street person as she exited the Arab-American Association of New York’s headquarters on Fifth Avenue in Bay Ridge. According to the Huffington Post, activist Sarsour “noticed a man leaning up against its storefront.”

A more recent article in the Daily News says Sarsour’s alleged assailant, 45-year-old Brian Boshell, “was sleeping on the street in Bay Ridge, blocking their organization’s entryway.” Either way, an employee of the Association, of which Sarsour is the executive director, called 911; but before the NYPD arrived, the man became belligerent. He stood up and allegedly shouted, “you are cutting people’s heads off sharmoota. I’m going to cut off you head and see how your people will feel, you Arab b****.” He then threw a New York City garbage can into the street, according to a police report.

And who is Brian Boshell, the bigot so full of hatred towards Muslims and Arabs? This man.

Boshell is a mentally ill homeless man widely known in Bay Ridge for his public, incoherent outbursts, which resulted in 56 arrests and 34 minor convictions. Police are familiar with his flare-ups, which have been irksome but not dangerous. The picture above shows him sleeping in a bank on Fifth Avenue, a few blocks away from the Arab-American Association. He is known to “sleep where he falls,” as one resident put it.

The community isn’t buying the story the mainstream media and Sarsour are spinning. A 30-year resident of Bay Ridge, who requested anonymity, tells National Review Online, “Instead of an incident with a drunk man, [Sarsour] is using this as her final proof of Islamaphobia in America . . . 

Brian [Boshell] has a 25-year history of outbursts . . .  There is a lot that’s questionable about her not knowing who he was.”


Interesting that he knew the Arabic word for bitch (sharmoota).  Maybe it has become a common insult in parts of NYC

Must take abuse seriously

The head of the Professional Cricketers’ Association has said sorry for suggesting that England's Moeen Ali should take the abuse from India supporters at the weekend as a positive.

Angus Porter, the chief executive of the PCA, admitted that his attempt to play down the incident at Edgbaston on Sunday only inflamed it further.

In an interview on Tuesday with the Press Association, Porter said it was better for Moeen to be booed than ignored.

“There is an element of taking it as a compliment. You are more likely to boo someone when you think they are someone to be feared. Take it as as a positive, you’d rather be booed than ignored,” he said.

But Porter quickly apologised for causing any offence. “I made a mistake by suggesting racism does not matter and I do condemn it unreservedly. I started by saying that in the interview but I also tried to play down the situation because Moeen does not want it to become a major issue. But in trying to play it down I succeeded in doing the reverse and I am sorry.


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Airline faces boycott for mocking celebrity victims of nude photo scandal in jokey advertisement

Florida-based Spirit Airlines is facing a backlash for its 'Our Bare Fare was hacked!' ad that features a drawing of a topless woman covering her breasts with her arms.

Twitter users have called the airline 'crude' and 'vile' for trying to take advantage of a photo hacking scandal that has exploited actress Jennifer Lawrence, model Kate Upton and other celebrity victims.

Spirit Airlines emailed the ad to its newsletter list and posted the image on Twitter, but it deleted the tweet after it was flooded with complaints.

The ad said: 'We feel naked; you were never supposed to see this Bare Fare! It was meant for someone special (who isn't you). 'Now it's all over the Internet for you to take advantage of as you see fit. Scandalous!


Political correctness slays another NBA business career

The insanity of liberal political correctness just claimed another victim. This time it is Bruce Levenson, owner of the Atlanta Hawks NBA team.

Levenson “self-reported” to the NBA that because he “wrote an email two years ago that was inappropriate and offensive,” he has decided to sell his interest in the basketball team. Are you kidding me? If this politically correct foolishness continues, pretty soon almost every American will have to “self-report” for saying or writing something inappropriate and offensive at one point in their lives and then resign.

While Levenson only referred to his email as “inappropriate and offensive,” the media instantly labeled it “racist.” Well, there you go. All of this, of course, follows in the wake of former NBA owner Donald Sterling’s “racist” phone call with his mistress.

Levenson’s entire email is online for all to read. As he says, it’s rambling. To Abdul-Jabbar’s point, parts of it are business-related, parts are cringe-worthy, parts are ignorant, parts are contradictory, and parts are, if anything, assigning a racist motive to Southern whites for being uncomfortable in an arena that is “70 percent black.”

Is Levenson a racist? I doubt it. Should he resign because he wrote an email that was “inappropriate and offensive?” No. Again, almost all of us are guilty of such conduct at least once in our lives, and most deserve a second chance.


The full email is here

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Australia: Mock violence towards women causes uproar

It appears to have been in jest but joking is dangerous these days

 Bliss N Eso could face being banned by radio stations after Max 'Eso' MacKinnon from the rap outfit made recent offensive Instagram posts which have sparked a social media maelstrom.

Leading the charge against the artist are Australian rappers themselves, principally Xannon 'The Tongue' Shirley who are angry at his comments which appear to trivialize domestic violence.

He penned an open letter to Eso on The Vine, which started scathingly: 'imagine being 33 years old and thinking domestic violence is hilarious.'

'We now know how your mind works and, for someone with so much influence over Australian youth, it's truly disturbing,' Xannon continued. 

The controversy is over the Australian rapper's numerous Instagram posts on Monday of him at Madame Tussaud's wax museum in Los Angeles, which can only be described as misogynistic.

Causing the most backlash was a picture that saw him cock his fist at a statue of Rhianna alongside hashtags 'smackbyb****' and 'lovethewayithurts,' in reference to her song Love The Way You Lie with Eminem.

Xannon challenged Eso to go to a women's shelter 'to see how funny it is,' before questioning how Triple J, a radio station that's supported Biss N Eso, would react to the uproar.

And on Thursday the station reacted, with management stating: 'We haven't played any Bliss N Eso on Triple J. since Monday when this incident happened.'

'We appreciate that Eso has apologised and believe his sincerity. We'll wait on the audience sentiment before playing the band again.'


No free speech in Scotland

An anti-English racist group linked to Scotland’s Yes campaign is behind some of the organised intimidation which drove a prominent No supporter off the streets.

Siol nan Gaidheal, or “Seed of the Gaels,” coordinated abuse and attacks during at least four street-corner meetings held by Jim Murphy, Labour’s former Scottish secretary, immediately before the growing threats forced him to suspend the events.

The group describes itself as an “ultra-nationalist organisation” and attacks English people in Scotland as “white settlers” imposing the “Lebensraum of rapacious Anglo-Saxonry” on “colonised” Scots. It says that “Scottish ethnicity” should “form the basis for Scottish citizenship”.

The Telegraph has established that Siol nan Gaidheal has links to the Yes campaign. It provided stewarding and first aid at the last major Yes independence march and rally last year, according to its website.

Bruce Ogilvie, one of Siol nan Gaidheal’s leading activists, stated in online postings last week that “we have been following Murphy” for “in-your-face confrontations”, adding: “They hurt us, we hurt them. This is turning bad. We have had Yes supporters’ cars and property damaged. The gloves are now off. We will fight fire with fire.”

Wearing an SnG top, he was filmed at Mr Murphy’s meeting on August 27 in Montrose shouting abuse at the politician and members of the audience, one of whom he called a “conceited Tory cow”.

Mr Ogilvie, a self-confessed racist, is the former leader of the now-defunct “Settler Watch” group which attacked English-owned property in Scotland and made death threats to English residents in the 1990s.

Siol nan Gaidheal was officially expelled from the Scottish National Party in 1982, and described as “proto-fascist” by the party’s then leader, Gordon Wilson.

However, Mr Ogilvie appears to have been involved in the SNP until much later. He was active in its Bannockburn branch in 2005 and was pictured with Alex Salmond, the First Minister, and local SNP election candidates in 2009.

Mr Murphy said that his speaking tour, involving impromptu open-air meetings in 100 Scottish towns and cities, had suffered no major difficulties until the victory by Alistair Darling, leader of the Better Together campaign, over Mr Salmond in the first televised debate last month.

After that, many of his meetings were disrupted by abusive mobs, often waving Yes placards, trying to shout him down and intimidate his supporters. Typical chants included: “Go back to London, go back to your nest of paedophiles.”


Monday, September 08, 2014

Australian radio host Eoin Cameron under fire for anti-cyclist comment

Breakfast radio host Eoin Cameron has copped a tongue lashing from Perth cyclists over a flippant remark he made on air last Friday morning.

The popular ABC presenter was discussing repairs to the Fremantle rail bridge when the conversation briefly turned to cyclists.

"I'm going to get a roo bar on my car to sort out the cyclists, they're proving to be a bit like mozzies in my area," he said.

Cameron appeared to regret his comment and immediately admitted it was "extremely naughty... I shouldn't have said it and I could bite my tongue off".

Perth cyclists then took aim at Cameron on social media to express their dismay, with a Facebook post by the Bicycle Transport Alliance shared more than 100 times.


Google censorship again

The following appeared recently on Strange Justice:

On 9th June this year I received a note from Google advising me that they had taken a post on this blog down.  The post originally appeared on 8 September, 2012. The post reported that Pc Kyle Webber resigned from Central Scotland Police in May following allegations that he had sex with Sarah Mitchell, 23, described at the time as a former escort girl. The offence was committed on June 6, 2011 at Alloa Police Office.

Google did not say why the post was "infringing" but in any case I have no intention of reviving the post.  You can however read more about the matter here

Also see here

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Catholic church bullied into silence on Catholic moral teachings

A day after the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade announced a step toward LGBT inclusion, a pastor at the Archdiocese of Washington said that it is time to end such events altogether as they have been “hijacked.”

Instead of wearing green and attending St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, Monsignor Charles Pope, said Catholics should “enter their churches and get down on their knees on St. Patrick’s Day to pray in reparation for the foolishness, and to pray for this confused world to return to its senses.”

The statements were published on Pope’s designated blog on the Archdiocese of Washington’s website, but the post was apparently removed from the site shortly after BuzzFeed inquired about the post to a spokesperson. The original link to the post now leads to an error page.

“Now the St. Patrick’s Parade is becoming of parade of disorder, chaos, and fake unity,” Pope wrote in the blog post. “Let’s be honest: St. Patrick’s Day nationally has become a disgraceful display of drunkenness and foolishness in the middle of Lent that more often embarrasses the memory of Patrick than honors it.”

Pope also decried the Al Smith Dinner Memorial Foundation Dinner as “a night of frivolity.” Additionally, he said attendees celebrate along “with those who think it is acceptable to abort children by the millions each year, with those who think anal sex is to be celebrated as an expression of love and that LGBTQIA… (I=intersexual, A= Asexual) is actually a form of sanity to which we should tip our hat, and with those who stand four-square against us over religious liberty.”


New York’s ‘shut up’ rule

Keep quiet. That’s the message being sent by New York State Board of Elections, which disregarded the First Amendment to enact new “emergency regulations” on political speech that could become permanent at the end of this month.

Intended to regulate spending by independent groups during campaign season, the regulations are so expansive that almost anyone, citizen or organization, hoping to have their say on any issue could find themselves in bureaucratic dire straits.

Imagine you hear a radio ad where your state representative — let’s call him Fred — claims to oppose higher taxes. But you know that Fred voted three times for higher taxes.

Outraged, you print up 500 flyers with a picture of Fred, a copy of his voting record on taxes and a brief statement about how you think your neighbors should know the truth.  You hand out these flyers at your son’s Little League game, your daughter’s soccer practice and in front of the grocery store while your husband is shopping.

While most would applaud you for performing your civic duty and educating the public about a dishonest politician, the New York State Board of Elections could now fine you at least $1,000.

Why? Because you failed to register as a political committee, complete the appropriate paperwork for filing an “independent expenditure,” list your donors and your treasurer and provide copies of your flyer to the board for its stamp of approval.

As the recent IRS scandal has made abundantly clear, government bureaucrats can’t fairly assess what groups have the right to speak. The opportunity for politically malicious prosecutions in New York will be rampant.

For nearly four decades, courts have consistently discarded as unconstitutional such haphazard definitions of political speech.

If the board’s new regulations become permanent, they will undoubtedly face similar court challenges.

Ultimately, the courts will quash the rules, as they have New York’s past efforts to squelch independent political speech.

But in the meantime, while the state squanders taxpayer dollars on litigation, these regulations will prevent individuals and organizations from delivering their message to the public.


Friday, September 05, 2014

EU judges rule that there is no free speech for parody

European Union judges have ruled that parody is not acceptable when it goes beyond "an expression of humour or mockery" and contains a "discriminatory message".

EU courts, not known for a sense of humour, have made a judgement under European copyright law after a far-Right Belgian party used a parody of cult comic characters to make a political point about immigration.

Three years ago, a member of the Vlaams Belang, a Flemish anti-immigration party, handed out calendars with a cover page based Suske en Wiske, Spike and Suzy, cartoon characters that have been as famous as Herge's Tintin in Belgium for almost 70 years.

The far-Right parody took a Suske en Wiske book cover, the "Wild Benefactor", showing a character scattering coins from a helicopter to the delight of people on the street, to depict the mayor of Ghent throwing money to Muslims wearing burkas and Arabic looking turbaned men.

Several heirs to Willy Vandersteen, the creator of the comics, and other holders of the rights to the cartoon characters brought a breach of copyright action against Vlaams Belang, which claimed an exception under rules allowing political caricature and parody.

In a ruling for the Belgian courts, EU judges declared freedom of expression did not override copyright when being used for politics aimed at discriminating against groups of people.

"If a parody conveys a discriminatory message (for example, by replacing the original characters with people wearing veils and people of colour), the holders of the rights to the work parodied have, in principle, a legitimate interest in ensuring that their work is not associated with such a message," said the EU court.


'Sexist' school girl advertising campaign for American Apparel banned by watchdog after they say images are 'gratuitous'

A shocking advertising campaign for fashion brand American Apparel has been banned for ‘sexualising school-age girls’.  Photographs of its ‘School Days’ range included a young woman bending over in an ultra- short tartan skirt with her white underwear on display.

In a scathing attack, the advertising watchdog labelled the campaign ‘gratuitous’ and ‘sexist’.  The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) said ‘the focus was on her buttocks and groin rather than on the skirt being modelled’.

The brand launched its Back-to-School range earlier this month with the slogan, ‘Your first assignment is to dress accordingly.’

The campaign included pictures of a model bent over touching the ground, revealing her crotch and underwear, while another showed a woman bending over a red car in a thigh-skimming green tartan skirt and her buttocks on show.

The ASA said: ‘We considered the images were gratuitous and objectified women, and were therefore sexist and likely to cause serious and widespread offence.


It does seem a bit rude.  I doubt that we are ready for publicly displayed porn yet

Thursday, September 04, 2014

These 12 Words and Phrases Are Apparently Sexist Now

Feminist activists like to take their fight to the dictionary pages — here are a dozen words that various liberal groups have decried as sexist:

1. “Oh man!” as in “Oh man, it’s raining!”

Why isn’t it “oh woman, it’s raining?” Why isn’t it “Oh people, it’s raining?” How sexist! Saying “oh man” is apparently such a serious problem that a rape crisis center gave sociologist Sherryl Kleinman significant space in its newsletter to try to convince people to stop using it. It’s a “reinforcer of a system in which ‘man’ in the abstract and men in the flesh are privileged over women,” she explained.

So, next time you’re about to say “Oh man, I forgot my keys!” don’t just feel bad about being locked out. Remember to also feel bad about reinforcing male privilege.

2. “You guys” as in “You guys want to go grab some pizza?”
Like “oh man,” saying “you guys” also reinforces gender inequality, according to Kleinman. And she’s not alone — last year, Macalaster College launched a campaign impressing upon students phrases such as “you guys” are so sexist that they have an “oppressive impact” on culture.

3. “Men and women”

Okay, so you can’t use “you guys” to describe a crowd. How about “men and women?” Nope. Or at least not more than half the time. According to blogger Rady Ananda, that’s also sexist. The phrase says “men” before “women,” so people who say it are basically saying they think men are more important than women. In order to be not sexist, Ananda said, you have to “alternate the words through a document or verbal presentation.”

4. “Ladies and gentlemen”

Okay, so don’t use “you guys” or “men and women” to describe a crowd. What about “ladies and gentlemen”?

The phrase puts women first, there’s no way that could be considered sexist! Nope, still sexist. Why? Because the correct pair for “gentlemen” is “gentlewomen.” The fact that “parallel” words aren’t chosen makes this phrase inappropriate, according to the Women’s Media Center.

So how on earth should someone address a crowd? Probably best to to just wave.

5. “Aggressive”

According to the WMC, this word is inappropriate because it it is “often used disparagingly of women and Jews.”

6. “Feisty”

According to an article in the Guardian, the word “sounds like a compliment” but “really it just puts down a whole gender.” Yes, if you have ever called someone feisty, you have insulted an entire gender.

7. “Fair-haired boy/fair-haired girl”

These phrases aren’t just sexist — they’re also racist. According to the Women’s Media Center, these phrases are inappropriate because “making ‘fair’ the preferred coloring is racist and egocentric”; because they often describe adults and it’s offensive to call adults “boy” or “girl”; and because “fair-haired” is more often used to describe men than women. It’s not just WMC: The University of Utah actually changed its fight song this year over concerns about the word — replacing “our coeds are the fairest” with “our students are the finest.”

8. “Founding Fathers”

According to Ananda, the phrase Founding Fathers is sexist because it only refers to men. Apparently the fact that the Founding Fathers were only men is not enough to make it not sexist. Ananda suggests using “founding leaders” instead.

9. “Opinionated”

WMC states that people should not use the word “opinionated” because it is almost only used to describe women. A simple Internet search suggests that this is not the case.

10. “Spirited”

Yet another word that WMC seems to think is only used to describe women and therefore sexist. Again, an Internet search shows this is not the case. Also, when it suddenly became sexist to use different words to describe genders that are indeed different?

11. “Husband and wife”

Again, WMC considers this sexist because it puts the husband before the wife. If you use the phrase “husband and wife” more often in a speech or document than “wife and husband,” you’re sexist. Please keep count.

12. “Man up”

Duke University launched an awareness campaign against offensive words and phrases last year. The group considered “man up” offensive because “strength is not defined by sex or gender.” Whether the students understand the concept of an idiom is unclear.

After all, are “easy as pie” and “piece of cake” also offensive because they diminish the hard work that bakers do?



A large sign that read “Send ‘Em Home” along with the prominent hashtags #Trail_of_Tears and #GOPOKES has been decried as racist hate speech on social media by some, with others just calling it not well thought out and insensitive.

Florida State’s Seminoles play OSU’s cowboys today.gameday

The sign, held aloft by seven fans who appear to be students, with dozens of others standing in the background, was seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show and “took place on the Cherokee National Holiday where tribal members celebrate the signing of their constitution and commemorate the 175th anniversary of the Trail of Tears, the forced march from the Southeast to Oklahoma that killed thousands of Native Americans,” reports Oklahoma’s News on 6.

Comments on social media are overwhelming negative, such as:

“only racist white people would make a hashtag out of #trail_of_tears”TrailofTears

First time in 29 years I have been embarrassed to be an @okstate fan. It includes living through “Poke Choke” many times #trail_of_tears

Hey dummies! OSU! You’re in Indian Territory! Poor and shameful sign! Get a clue!  #trail_of_tears

Comments under some news stories on the subject have different takes, however:

All they meant was send Florida State home crying. Geez…

It’s a game for crying out loud!! It’s SUPPOSED to be an intimidating sign! I guess it worked! Somebody WHINED.

It’s amazing in our free country (how) much we have to watch what we say!!


Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Outrage over avuncular fat jokes

Gillibrand shares a sobering incident in the congressional gym where an older, male colleague told her, ‘Good thing you’re working out, because you wouldn’t want to get porky!’

On another occasion, she writes, after she dropped 50 LBS, one of her fellow Senate members approached her, squeezed her stomach, and said, ‘Don’t lose too much weight now. I like my girls chubby.’ .....

 I mean, we are digressing here, we are not getting better, we are going backwards. And this is just got to stop. So women and men and people who are in this country and cover the Senate should not be surprised, they should be angry. This is ridiculous.


Leftists can't bear to admit that female attractiveness matters.  We're all EQUAL, don't you know?

Clown  in trouble for speaking the truth

Ricky Gervais has defended "free speech" after he was accused of blaming the celebrity victims of a nude photo hack for the online theft.

"Celebrities, make it harder for people to get nude pics of you from your computer by not putting nude pics of yourself on your computer," Gervais wrote in a tweet which he then quickly deleted.

Many social media users took the British comic to task for "victim blaming" celebrities such as actor Jennifer Lawrence and model Kate Upton, who were among 100 stars to have photographs stolen and shared on the internet.


Truth-telling was one of the historical roles of "jesters"

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Australian school principal calls students with mental health issues 'morons' and 'village idiots'

It was clearly a joke but jokes are unwise these days

Chris Cundy, head of Calare Public School in Orange, wrote to teachers announcing a mental health and social skills workshop to be held at the school.  In the letter, he appears to have considered it humorous to speculate about students with "two heads" and "webbed feet" requiring special assistance.

Mr Cundy dubbed the program "Operation Nutcase" and asked teachers to "start identifying students at our school with the following characteristics:

suffering from undue anxiety

lacking any resilience

poor socialising skills

2 heads

webbed feet

village idiots

"I would like to start Operation Nutcase in week 5 but this might be a bit ambitious," Mr Cundy wrote.  "All victims, er candidates must have a signed form from their parents before we commence. We will have groups of roughly 10. (but in the two headed group there will only be 5)."

The DEC spokesperson said Mr Cundy had not been suspended, but had been formally counselled by the department.

"The department stresses that the material is contrary to the values of public education and the school's track record of support for students with disabilities and other learning needs," the spokesperson said.


Zara apologizes for 'concentration camp' tee-shirt

You must not even RESEMBLE something bad, apparently

Retail clothing chain Zara issued a public apology on Wednesday following an outcry over one of its T-shirts that some claim bears a resemblance to a concentration camp uniform.

The blue and white striped boy’s shirt with a yellow six-pointed star was intended to convey a wild west aesthetic, according to parent corporation Inditex, and will no longer be sold.

“The T-shirt has already been withdrawn,” a spokeswoman told The Jerusalem Post, adding that “you can find sheriff written on the star. It has nothing to do with the Second World War or whatever. The inspiration had to do with the old classic western movies. Obviously we are very attentive to the sensitivity of our customers. we made a mistake in this case.”

Angry consumers took to Twitter to question Zara’s decision to sell it, with one user joking that “this shirt from #Zara won’t sell too well in Germany.”


Monday, September 01, 2014

Bacon wars

A sign on a lamp post at the bottom of the Winooski Circle displayed the words “Yield [for] Sneakers Bacon” until Friday morning. The bistro owners took it down.

It got there as part of “Operation Bloom,” a city program put in place to keep its flower beds beautiful. If businesses do some gardening they can post an advertisement where they do it, but the word “bacon” on the Sneakers Bistro sign started a discussion about diversity on the Winooski Front Porch Forum. It started with a post from one woman who wrote that the sign was insensitive to those who do not consume pork. She said as a vegan living in a Muslim household she is personally offended by it.


Why we should all hail the Redskins

This week the Washington Post editorial board decided that it will no longer use the word ‘Redskins’ when referring to the Washington football team that has used the name for the past 80 years. The team name is a ‘slur’ and offends many, the editors say. The new policy will apply to editorials only, not the news and sports sections of the newspaper.

However, the vast majority of Americans – about eight in 10, according to polls – are opposed to changing the team’s name. It even appears that most Native Americans, perhaps up to 90 per cent, are either not bothered by the name or see it as a compliment. A number of Native American high-school teams call themselves the Redskins.

There’s a good reason why most people are against changing the name: common sense. The anti-Redskins campaigners are cut off from the real world. Everyone but a small minority recognise that there is no racist intent or malice behind the name. Fans of the team have used the name with pride since it was introduced in the 1930s.

There is also something really odd and worrying about trying to claim the name is offensive: it seeks to re-write history. A team name that has had entirely positive connotations for decades, which is part of NFL tradition and lore, is now deemed offensive. That means that every time thousands of fans sing the fight song ‘Hail to the Redskins’ after a touchdown, they are supposedly engaging in a racist act. We are all now meant to feel guilty about uttering the innocuous name.

This PC policing of language ignores history and context. To today’s guardians of speech, the word is inherently a slur, no matter the intent or situation. The term has not led to violent attacks on Native Americans, or other forms of abuse or discrimination. In fact, at the moment, Native Americans are widely held in high regard in American society. Although ‘Redskins’ is claimed to be disparaging, the name has had no negative effect on Native Americans.

The campaign is part of a wider censorious climate in the US. As in other cases, it is assumed that the feelings of offence felt by a group, however small, should trump other people’s freedom to speak and associate freely. But no group has a ‘right’ not to be offended; the campaign is a call for sensitivity dressed up in the terminology of ‘rights’. If this view becomes accepted, it will open the floodgates to new forms of censorship, as anyone with hurt feelings can claim that others must be silenced.

The anti-Redskins campaign displays a low opinion of fans, who are deemed to be promoters of a racist slur. It is a crusade driven by an elite desire to impose a particular vision of moral purity upon the masses


Sunday, August 31, 2014

Budget supermarket chain bans kids' book

So, Aldi has banned the Roald Dahl kids' classic Revolting Rhymes over a word.

The word at issue – and it pains me to assault your ears, dear reader, with such unpleasantness but assault I must – is "slut".

It was withdrawn, apparently, after "comments by a limited number of concerned customers", which appears to mean a single post on the supermarket's Facebook page.

"There is an unacceptable word in it for kids!!! Not OK!" fumed the outraged (and over-punctuated) customer.

Since when did Aldi sell books, anyway? I always thought it was that place you went to buy baked beans and come home instead with a new golf bag and some off-brand breakfast cereal the kids refuse to eat.  But now apparently it's a bookstore, too. And a laughably and stupidly prudish one at that.

Dahl is routinely described as "much-loved" largely because he is ... much loved. And the reason his books like Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, James And The Giant Peach and The Twits are so popular is because he is so totally unsentimental. People – especially adults – behave very badly in Dahl's books and characters routinely come to a sticky end (in Augustus Gloop's case, literally). The stories are gloriously gruesome and violent ... and kids adore them because they don't feel patronised.

Dahl's work also demonstrate his fierce intelligence and his passion for language, which brings us to the word slut, which has been excised lest it provoke uproar among the baked bean shoppers of Aldi.

The couplet in Dahl's re-working of Cinderella reads: "The Prince cried, 'Who's this dirty slut?/ Off with her nut! Off with her nut!"

Fully accepting that words can and do change their meaning over time (cf "gay") it's nevertheless clear Dahl is using the word here in its original sense, "a dirty, slovenly woman", according to the Macquarie Dictionary.

One of the earliest recorded usage of the word is in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, a work which presumably also has no chance of making it on to Aldi's shelves.

A few kids books have so far escaped the eagle eye of the supermarket censors. How long they might last before someone complains, however, is anybody's gues


"Doctor Who" criticised for scene in which characters tear out their hair after complaints from sufferers of rare disorder

No matter what you do, it seems you will "offend" someone

Doctor Who has come under fire after a scene featuring stars Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman pulling out their hair sparked complaints from sufferers of a rare disorder.

The BBC sci-fi show has been branded 'insensitive' following a scene which left sufferers of trichotillomania 'upset' and 'uncomfortable'.

Around 36 minutes in, the Doctor, who at the time was seen to be in an intense conversation with Clara Oswald (Ms Coleman), appears to begin to pull his hair out before then pulling out the hair of his co-star.  After pulling her hair out he remarks to Clara 'it was the only one out of place, I am sure you would have wanted it killed'.

Quickly after the short scene finished, sufferers of trichotillomania and Dr Who fans took to social media to slam the BBC for showing the scene which could be seen as a trigger to some people.

Trichotillomania is an uncommon way of harming where the inflictor pulls their hair out.  It’s classed as an obsessive compulsive  disorder and can affect anyone. Unfortunately there is still no known cure for the life-long disorder.


Friday, August 29, 2014

Australia: Apartheid Billboard -- "Wrong in South Africa. Wrong in Palestine" -- taken down

Libel has never had free speech protections and the message on  the billboard is an egregious lie -- grossly defamatory to Israel and Israelis

The Free Palestine billboard that was taken down last week from its City Road, Southbank [Melbourne] position by oOh! Media pending a determination, will not be put back.  

The Chief Operating Officer of oOh! Media said that his company had decided the Apartheid message – Wrong in South Africa. Wrong in Palestine. was political and that it was within its rights to terminate the contract with Australians for Palestine.   He also advised that the Advertising Standards Board would not be making a ruling.

While clause 10.1 does allow for termination of the contract, the required seven (7) days written notice was never given.  Instead the billboard was arbitrarily taken down within 48 hours.  The company claimed that it had made its decision after considering the unprecedented number of complaints.

Ms Samah Sabawi speaking on behalf of Australians for Palestine said “that this action contravenes the rights to freedom of opinion and expression as set out in articles 19 and 20 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) to which Australia is party.”


Must not mention the oppression of Muslim women

"He could be funny anywhere. We were such close friends," Billy Crystal said of Robin Williams in a special tribute to the comedian aired midway through the Emmy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles last night

"While some of the brightest of our celestial bodies are actually extinct now, their energy long since cooled, but miraculously, because they float in the heavens so far away from us now, their beautiful light will continue to shine on us forever.

 "And the glow will be so bright it will warm your heart and will make your eyes glisten and you will think to yourselves, 'Robin Williams. What a concept.'"

And for the most part, the audience at home and in the Nokia Theatre crowd appeared visibly moved by the segment.

That is until the honour ended in a series of clips of the comedian in action, cracking jokes during televised interviews and in stand-up.

In particular, it included a short snippet of a stand-up performance during which Williams borrows a pink scarf from an audience member in the front row and wraps its round his head to simulate a Hijab, or Islamic headscarf.

"I would like to welcome you to Iran… Help me!" he cries.

Viewers participating over Twitter were quick to criticise the inclusion of the joke as "racist":


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Must not disparage the Taliban (!)

The writer is a member of UKIP, an increasingly influential British conservative party

Over the weekend I came across a spoof picture of a Taliban Online Dating Website with profiles of burka-clad women listed as: Occupation: Not Allowed; Income: Not Allowed; and Hobbies: Not Allowed, I re-tweeted it saying humour can be a most expressive form of critical comment.

To my shock, a torrent of abuse landed in my Twitter feed. Despite the picture being beyond any doubt a pop at the Taliban - and only the Taliban - the UKIP-haters still did their worst. By the end of the day I’d been labelled a ‘truly sickening racist,’ ‘openly racist,’ ‘sexist,’ ‘xenophobic,’ ‘Islamophobic,’ ‘vile,’ and a ‘lout.’ And that’s just the stuff I can publish here.

When I tweeted back, expressing astonishment anyone could think I was bigoted because I slated the Taliban and suggested one particularly vituperative correspondent might struggle to defend his claims in court, I was accused of ‘harassment,’ ‘thuggery’ and being a ‘bully.’ A few then started copying journalists not known for their love of UKIP into their tweets. You really couldn’t make it up.

Presumably these agitators generally consider themselves to be the very epitome of feminist, free speech-loving liberalism. They probably even complain on occasion that there aren’t enough women in politics – oh the irony!

Yet in their bloodlust for seeing someone, anyone, in UKIP humiliated they effectively defended one of the world’s most despicable political organisations, one that wouldn’t hesitate to execute a teacher who taught a girls to read and write, or slaughter a gay man on sight.

But of course, that doesn’t matter; because for the anti-UKIP internet ‘liberals’ who hide behind false profiles and fake photos and scream ‘intolerance’ while hurling abuse and trying to ‘expose’ you to all and sundry, this isn’t about right or wrong, or it’s about perpetuating a political witch-hunt. That and completely muddle-headed thinking.


Hate speech against tea partiers from Karl Marx avatar

All assertion.  No supporting evidence

In an op-ed published on Tuesday, an Illinois State University professor made numerous baseless accusations leveraged at the good people of the Tea Party. Steve Hochstadt stated:

    “Tea party politicians don’t like people who are out of work. In Congress and in campaigns they consistently oppose paying unemployment insurance to the most distressed citizens, those who have been out of work for the longest time.”

In reality, members of the Tea Party don’t want to pay for the bottom feeders of society to sit on their rear ends all day while the rest of us foot the bill. But Hochstadt doesn’t have time for all that logic. He went on to say:

    “They don’t like immigrants. Most of those who identify with the tea party want to deport all undocumented immigrants. But tea party supporters don’t like immigrants in general: Over half think that ‘immigrants’ take away jobs from ‘Americans.”

Then, Hochstadt went on to call all members of the Tea Party racist. Of course, he has no evidence to back any of these claims up. Liberals don’t like to get tied up with pesky evidence. Hochstadt ranted:

    “[Tea partiers harbor] generally negative beliefs about African-Americans. They do not believe that all men have inalienable rights. Only they have the right to say what is right. They don’t want to govern, they want to dictate. They don’t like most Americans, who don’t agree with their ideas. They probably don’t like you. They are intolerant and dangerous.”

Ironically, Hochstadt is a history professor at ISU. If he knew a thing or two, he’d realize that it’s the Democrats who have historically been, ‘racist, intolerant and dangerous’.  [Google "klanbake" if you doubt it]


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Racist slur backfires

Olivia Chow is a prominent Leftist in Canadian politics who is at present running for Mayor of Toronto.  A senior member of her campaign team made an egregious accusation of racism about one of Ms Chow's opponents.  That was widely seen as offensive and unwarranted

Ever since Warren Kinsella, an outspoken Liberal strategist who is head of Ms. Chow’s rapid-response “war room,” incited controversy this week by accusing rival John Tory of having a “segregationist” transit plan, Ms. Chow has attempted to play down his role on her campaign. In recent days, Mr. Kinsella appears to have deleted more than 40 blog posts he’s written in support of Ms. Chow, dating back to at least November of last year -- later writing on his blog that he still supports her, but is trying to be "positive".


British soccer official in trouble over things he said in private emails

Iain Moody has resigned as Crystal Palace's sporting director after Sportsmail revealed that he exchanged a series of shocking text messages with then Cardiff City boss Malky Mackay.

Mackay and Moody have been reported to the FA and accused of being racist, sexist and homophobic after the alleged recovery of around 70,000 texts and 100,000 emails.

These messages came to light after a dawn raid on Moody’s south London home in March this year, as part of Cardiff’s £750,000 investigation into eight controversial transfers.

The letters to the FA make reference to the following alleged offensive communications between Moody, Mackay and others:

    In July 2012, Cardiff signed South Korean international Kim Bo-kyung, but when Moody informed Mackay on July 12 that ‘five of the b******s including the player’ were arriving for talks, the reply from Mackay’s phone was: ‘Fkn chinkys.’ A further message says: ‘Fk it. There’s enough dogs in Cardiff for us all to go around.’

    In reference to the prominent football agent, Phil Smith, a text states: ‘Go on, fat Phil. Nothing like a Jew that sees money slipping through his fingers’. The Israeli club, Maccabi Tel Aviv, are also referred to simply as ‘the Jews’.

    A football official at another club is referred to as ‘a gay snake’ and ‘the homo’ and someone who is ‘not to be trusted’, while a French player is someone ‘who struck me as an independently minded young homo’.

    In a separate exchange a picture entitled ‘Black Monopoly’ is sent, with every square a ‘Go To Jail’ square. Of one African player, it is stated: ‘Doesn’t look like a good cv. And he’s Nigerian.’


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Harry Reid Tells Some Asian "Jokes"

Sen. Harry Reid is continuing his odd habit of providing racial commentaries. It seems that Asians were the next demographic on his list, where his speech to the Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce included some awkward jokes about Asian-Americans:

"I don’t think you’re smarter than anybody else, but you’ve convinced a lot of us you are,” Reid, a Nevada Democrat, told the guffawing crowd at the Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce. Video of the remarks was recorded by the Republican opposition research group American Rising.

Later, before walking off stage, Reid quipped: “One problem that I’ve had today is keeping my Wongs straight.”

The group decided against backing the Reid-endorsed Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor, Lucy Flores, supporting Republican Mark Hutchison instead, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.


Amazing what you can say if you are a liberal

Black basketball player  Calls Rev. Al Sharpton A 'Coon'

Gilbert Arenas uncorked a racial slur on Reverend Al Sharpton ... attacking him over his reaction to the police shooting of Michael Brown and the riots that have followed. Arenas posted his rant on Instagram, saying ... "the stats also show AL coon Sharpton has not helped one situation he has protested at,he actually made it worst and because of him the jury goes the other way." Gilbert appeared to be reacting to news coverage of Sharpton arriving in the St. Louis area and marching arm-in-arm with protesters. As if the racial slur wasn't enough, Arenas added, "#AL ur like a #THOT in the club, lookn for attention. What u said at trayvons rally #enoughisenough ur right were tired of u PRETENDING." Sharpton hasn't responded. Yet.


Amazing what you can say if you have a dark skin

Monday, August 25, 2014

College Newspaper Changes Name, Says 'The Bullet' 'Propagated Violence'

The usual Leftist gun phobia

Located in Fredericksburg, Virginia -- a place where the Civil War once raged -- Mary Washington University's student newspaper has been known as The Bullet since 1922. But not any more.

Pending final approval by the university, the newspaper will now be called "The Blue & Gray Press," a change intended to "really be reflective of the student body," the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star quoted Editor-in-Chief Alison Thoet as saying.

"The editorial board felt that the paper’s name, which alludes to ammunition for an artillery weapon, propagated violence and did not honor our school’s history in a sensitive manner,” said a news release announcing the change. “The board intends to remain faithful to the history our university stands upon, and we continue to honor this history both in a respectful and meaningful way.”

The new name reflects the college's colors. The Mary Washington yearbook is still called "The Battlefield."  Mary Washington is a public liberal arts school with an enrollment of 4,000 undergraduates.


'Taylor Swift may be boring but she's not a racist': Critics rubbish claims that singer's new twerking video 'perpetuates black stereotypes'

Critics have rubbished claims that Taylor Swift's latest music video, Shake It Off, 'perpetuates black stereotypes.'

After the singles release on Monday, two members of the California hip-hop collective Odd Future branded the 24-year-old singer 'racist' with her attempts at break dancing and twerking.

However, now several members of the black community have weighed in on the debate and come to Miss Swift's defense.

Everdeen Mason, a writer and SEO for the fashion website, Refinery 29, wrote in an article titled Taylor Swift's "Twerking" Is Not Racist, how she can’t help but 'feel sorry' for the star.

Ms Mason continues: 'Swift may be many things - boring, overly twee, and an opportunist who capitalizes on her "approachability" - but she’s probably not a racist.'

Meanwhile, an anonymous commenter for the tumblr account says that as a 'proud black man' he doesn't find the video 'problematic or even close to racist.'

He adds: 'If you bothered to watch the video, the video was about being happy and dancing and celebrating other people’s dancing. One of them happened to include twerking.

'Taylor was not “cultural appropriating” anything and she wasn’t “being racist” by only having black woman in that part of the video.

'She was celebrating people’s dancing and how they celebrate music throughout the video and a large variety of black woman twerk. Would it honestly make sense if Taylor had 100 or so white girls try to twerk?


Twerking seems to consist mainly of pointing your bottom at the audience so why that is even seen as entertaining rather escapes me.  It must communicate something I guess.  Lack of good taste?

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Student reportedly suspended after saying 'Bless you'

DYER COUNTY, TN - A young girl, who claims she was standing up for her religious beliefs in the classroom, was suspended after breaking a class rule of saying "bless you" after a classmate sneezed.

When Dyer County High School senior Kendra Turner said bless you to her classmate, she says her teacher told her that was for church.

"She said that we're not going to have godly speaking in her class and that's when I said we have a constitutional right," said Turner.

Turner says when she defended her actions, she was told to see an administrator. She says she finished the class period in in-school suspension.

Students sent WMC Action News 5's Michael Clark a photo of the teacher's white board that lists 'bless you' and other expressions that are banned as part of class rules.

Turner's family met with school leaders Tuesday. They say the teacher claimed Turner was being disruptive and aggressive. Some classmates showed support Tuesday by wearing hand made bless you shirts.

Turner said she doesn't want trouble for her teacher but says she'll stand up for her faith.   "It's alright to defend God and it's our constitutional right because we have a freedom of religion and freedom of speech," said Turner.


Ireland: Tyrone footballer Tommy McGuigan saw no problem in recently tweeting that we should assault Jews

Showing the kind of keen political understanding that we have come to know and expect of our Norn Iron [Northern Ireland] brethren, McGuigan - a former All-Ireland winner, lest we forget, felt no qualms about expressing his distaste for the situation in Gaza by encouraging his followers to randomly attack Jews on the street or in the workplace.

That is appalling enough in itself. But what has been remarkably depressing, although not very surprising, is the silence of the usual mob of poltroons who are so quick to hop on any perceived slight or threat against one of their pet ethnicities.

But Jews are not a pet ethnicity, you see, and they never have been, so therefore McGuigan isn't a racist, bigoted scumbag. No, he is merely expressing his horror at a situation he obviously knows absolutely nothing about.

The difference between actual freedom of speech and literal incitement to violence is very clear. You are perfectly entitled to express your contempt for a particular group or culture if you want. After all, that means you have to defend your position.

But when you start encouraging people to attack members of that group, you've crossed a line and entered the realm of violent rabble rousing.

The reason why so many of the Irish Left squeal so loudly when accused of anti-Semitism is because they know, deep down, that even if they aren't anti-Semitic themselves, there are plenty in their ranks.