Friday, December 06, 2013
Cricket Australia apologises for 'offensive' Monty Panesar tweet
I don't really see what's offensive. Panesar is a Sikh and their turbans tell us that the guys in the picture are Sikhs. And Indians are fonder of bright colours than Anglos are. Why are we not allowed to mention that Panesar is a Sikh? He even wears a Sikh head-covering while playing. Sikhism is a religion, not a race
Cricket Australia has apologised for referencing England spinner Monty Panesar with a photo it tweeted of four bearded men wearing turbans.
CA posted the picture - taken from Instagram - on its official Twitter account late Thursday morning, day one of the second Ashes Test in Adelaide, with the caption: "Will the real Monty Panesar please stand up".
The men were dressed in bright purple, red, green and yellow clothes, depicting children's TV characters the Teletubbies and orginated from here.
The tweet sparked claims of racism and CA promptly deleted the post. "We apologise for any offence caused by our earlier tweet. That was certainly not the intention. It has been removed," it wrote.
Antisemitic black rapper
He is of course objectively correct in all he says about interracial differences but the undertone of resentment is disturbing
Kanye West has found himself facing accusations of racism after his recent comments regarding Jewish people. The rapper took part in a radio interview in which he claimed that African-Americans are less connected professionally than Jewish people, and therefore have fewer opportunities. It’s the latest in a string of potentially racist actions and comments that West has had in recent weeks.
In the interview, West called out Obama critics who felt the President hadn’t done enough during his two terms in office. “People want to say Obama can’t make those moves or he’s not executing. That’s cause he ain’t got those connections. Black people don’t have the same level of connections as Jewish people,” he said. “You know we don’t know nobody that got a nice house … with paper that we can go to when we’re down. Can you guarantee your daughter could get a job at this radio station? If you own this radio station, you could guarantee that.”
In response, the Anti-Defamation League has slammed West for his comments about Jewish people and demanded an apology. “This is classic anti-Semitism,” said ADL national director Abraham Foxman in a statement. “As a celebrity with a wide following, Kanye West should know better. We hope that he will take responsibility for his words, understand why they are so offensive and apologize to those he has offended.”
West also ranted about the lack of successful African-Americans in proportion to other ethnicities. “When I tell you [there are] only seven black billionaires, look at that marginalization,” he said. “And we feel like we’re happy because Rick Ross or I got a Maybach, or they put [in] a black President."
Thursday, December 05, 2013
AZ: Activist challenges city over “Guns Save Lives” ads
"A gun-rights activist is taking the city of Phoenix back to court over its refusal to put up a bus-stop ad that declares 'Guns Save Lives.' The case is as much about the First Amendment as it is about the Second. The Arizona Republic reports that the three-year legal battle is heading to the Arizona Court of Appeals on Tuesday.
The decision could have sweeping implications for free speech in the state, and on whether advertisers should be limited in what topics they can and cannot address on city property.
The battle started when the city removed 50 of the ads, put up by activist Alan Korwin, from city bus stops."
Advertiser blamed for people's own dirty minds
ITV came under fire from viewers today for screening an 'offensive' e-cigarette advert during I'm A Celebrity which appeared to show a woman talking about oral sex.
A woman in a black cocktail dress uttered a series of suggestive phrases in the 20-second commercial screened just after the watershed.
Advertising watchdogs have launched a full investigation into the advert after receiving a 'significant number' of complaints.
In the commercial, the woman said 'I want you to get it out' and 'I want you to put it in my mouth', in an apparent reference to a sex act. She added: 'I want to see how great it tastes'.
However, in a twist at the end she makes clear that she is actually referring to an electronic cigarette.
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Was Katy Perry’s AMAs Performance Really Racist?
For her song "Unconditionally," the 29-year-old went full geisha. Mimicking the well-trained Japanese women whose job is to entertain men through singing, dancing, and playing instruments (sometimes, though less frequently, in sexual ways too), Perry dressed in a long floral kimono and had her hair styled in the typical updo with bangs. She also had traditional makeup — dramatic black eyes, bright red lips, and, yes, whiteface.
Perry, who changed out of the Oscar de la Renta gown she wore on the red carpet, then launched into an Asian-infused act with other similarly attired women dancing behind rice-paper screens and emerging from a garden. There were also lanterns, fans, and cherry blossoms aplenty.
All of those components, especially her makeup, riled up viewers and pundits who — similar to Selena Gomez's incident with the bindis earlier this year — branded it culturally insensitive and racist.
"Katy Perry's AMA performance is offensive," Shivana Jorawar, who is the Reproductive Justice Program Director at National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum, tells Yahoo Music. "It is yet another example of Orientalist, exoticizing stereotypes about Asian women being reinforced. When you consider the pairing of her ensemble, which for the average viewer invokes the stereotypical 'geisha' image, with the words of the lyrics, 'I will love you unconditionally … don't need apologies,' it's clear that — intentionally or not — Katy is encouraging the kind of racist fetishization of Asian women as submissive and powerless that harms us and clouds the strength and resilience we demonstrate every day in this country as we support our families, contribute to the economy, and lead movements for social change."
Some people will find offense in anything
Band’s shirt is being called racist and insensitive
Mastodon have found themselves on the awkward side of Thanksgiving storytelling after the release of their new holiday t-shirt. Billed as “the real Thanksgiving shirt,” the controversial new design has detractors calling it both racist and insensitive. One look at the design (above) should make it clear why.
Printed on a bright yellow tee, the design features a grinning pilgrim smirking as he points his blunderbuss at a submissive, scantily clad native woman who’s holding a big juicy turkey up for his approval. Earlier today, the band posted a non-apology for the shirt on Facebook:
"Regarding our thanks giving shirt, whether you choose to believe or not, the American Indians were massacred by the white settlers who became the Americans we are today.
this shirt represents this atrocity and celebrating in the face of this atrocity is chilling.
we may have a sick sense of humor, but we are far from being “Racist” as some of you who might not get it are calling us."
We get it. And we can see how it can be seen as funny in the crassest of ways, but this elaboration tells us nothing. Mastodon aren’t the first to open the public’s eyes to the atrocities of the holiday’s origins, and while we doubt they meant any harm with the shirt, framing it as some sort of statement might not be the right move.
Mastodon aren’t racists, and nobody should jump to the conclusion that they are. But funny as you (or they) might see it, this shirt is insensitive.
Everything is offensive to someone these days
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Conversion of Jews unmentionable
Christians have long prayed for the conversion of the Jews. They do it to this day in my old Presbyterian church. But some people do more than pray -- they evangelize Jews. Jews tend to find that obnoxious. But should Jews actively oppose and block such evangelism? It seems they do -- JR
George W. Bush granted Messianic Jews a brief shining moment in the spotlight last week — and then just as quickly sent them back into the shadows.
The Messianic Jewish Bible Institute in Dallas had advertised Bush as the keynote speaker at its annual fundraiser on Nov. 14, prominently featuring the former president’s appearance on its website alongside pages describing the group’s mission to bring “Jewish people into a personal relationship of faith with Yeshua the Messiah.”
But after a reporter for Mother Jones wrote about the fundraiser, any mention of the dinner disappeared from the institute’s site. Otherwise solicitous staff refused comment. Bush went ahead with the speech behind closed doors.
The turn of events is emblematic of what Messianic Jews have faced since their emergence in the 1960s: a tantalizing taste of acceptance followed by a pronounced repudiation by the mainstream Jewish community.
Monday, December 02, 2013
An unfortunate sense of humor
Many people find an Indian accent amusing and some are good at imitating it. Jokes in public can be unwise, however. Monty Panesar is actually England-born of Indian descent. He is a Sikh
An Australian cricket announcer has been sacked on the spot after using an Indian accent to pronounce the name of Engand spinner Monty Panesar.
David Nixon was fired from his match-day duties by Cricket Australia after his announcement in England's tour match at Traeger Park.
He appeared to mock the cricketer, who plays for Essex, and was relieved of his duties after lunch on the second and final day.
There were reports that he used an Indian accent when announcing the name of England bowler Monty Panesar, but CA would not comment on the specifics of the dismissal.
But Nixon took to his Twitter account to explain that his 'style' did not work with the broadcaster. He wrote: 'Really? I love Monty P - cult hero. He should bat 3. My style didn't fit theirs. That's all.'
The announcer concerned was known for banter
Asian Girlz: Racist or Insensitive?
Last week, the band Day Above Ground released their single and “tribute” to Asian women called, Asian Girlz. The video went viral, but for all the wrong reasons. Many found the song offensive and accused the band of being racist. With lyrics that include, “”I love your creamy yellow thighs / Ooh your slanted eyes,” and “it’s the Year of the Dragon / Ninja p***y I’m stabbin,’” it’s little wonder why some might be offended.
The band eventually released a statement stating that the video was simply “satirical.” Plus, according to the band, there is no way they can be racist because they have an Asian friend – one of the band members is Indonesian.
Sunday, December 01, 2013
Bob Dylan sued by Croatia for racism after saying 'Just like Jews can sense Nazi blood... the Serbs can sense Croatian blood'
The hostility between Serbs and Croats is chilling -- so Dylan is correct to express that truth in his elliptical way
Famous musician Bob Dylan is being sued along with the French version of Rolling Stone Magazine for ‘racist’ comments in the cover interview of September’s edition.
A Croatian group in France didn’t like Dylan’s answer to the question about whether or not he sees similarities between America today and the civil war era, reported Slate.fr.
‘This country is just too f***** up about color. It's a distraction. People at each others throats just because they are of a different color. It's the height of insanity, and it will hold any nation back – or any neighborhood back. Or any anything back, ‘said Dylan.
It was Dylan’s next comment in the interview referring to the ongoing dispute between majority Roman Catholic Croats and Christian Orthodox Serbs that caused outrage in the Croatian community. Signs of the tension are still visible. Balkin Insight reported that Croatian vandals tore down bilingual and Cyrillic signs in Serbian minority institutions—an act of blatant discrimination, reported Business Insider Australia.
‘Blacks know that some whites didn't want to give up slavery – that if they had their way, they would still be under the yoke, and they can't pretend they don't know that. If you got a slave master or Klan in your blood, blacks can sense that. That stuff lingers to this day. Just like Jews can sense Nazi blood and the Serbs can sense Croatian blood,’ he continued.
Bob Dylan has never been accused of being racist before and was at the forefront of the Civil Rights Movement.
Humanists Sue Teacher Who Prayed for Injured Student
The latest allegations from the American Humanist Association are shocking, titillating, and (cue the 1950s soap opera organist) downright scandalous.
In a complaint filed by the organization on November 20 a Missouri public school teacher has been accused of praying for an injured student, organizing a project to feed hungry children and (brace yourself) -- cavorting with a Methodist.
“Teachers simply cannot participate in prayers with students at school, nor can they promote their religious beliefs in any other way to their students,” the AHA said in a statement.
The humanists filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of two students accusing Gwen Pope and the Fayette R-III School District of violating the Constitution by allowing a Christian club to meet before the start of the school day. The school's former principal is also named in the lawsuit.
Mrs. Pope, who is no longer teaching at the school, was the sponsor of the Fellowship of Christian Students at Fayette High School. Since 2010, students have voluntarily gathered before the start of the school day to pray and read the Bible in her classroom.
The American Humanist Association said the two unnamed complainants had been subjected to “unwelcome encounters with the classroom prayer sessions.”
It seems her classroom is near the entrance door of the school and apparently non-believing students could see their classmates engaged in religious activities.
They alleged that Mrs. Pope and the students were seen reading Bible verses and (again, brace yourself) praying for the ill.
“When a student was sick or injured, Pope frequently asked the students in attendance to pray for the afflicted student and joined the attending students in prayer by bowing her head, closing her eyes and saying amen,” the lawsuit alleged.
Can you believe a public school would tolerate such diabolical behavior?
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Must not criticize fatties
Only governments can do that
An exercise-loving mother-of-three claims she was blocked from Facebook after launching a tirade against a group of plus-size women who posed in lingerie to promote body confidence.
Maria Kang, 32, from California, wrote on the site last Friday that she was 'annoyed' by 'news stories about how overweight, nearly obese women should be proud of their bodies' - referring directly to a story by MailOnline highlighting a 'selfie' photo campaign launched by Curvy Girl Lingerie.
The post, which reportedly received thousands of 'Likes' from her 230,000 followers, was deemed a 'hate speech' by Facebook Ms Kang says, and she was locked out of her account as a result.
Must not tell the plain truth
A UKIP councillor faces an investigation after asking children in care how it felt 'to be takers from the system'.
A dozen complaints have been lodged against Gordon Gillick who also demanded to know when the children would 'give back to society'.
The 74-year-old Cambridgeshire County Councillor left other councillors stunned with his remarks, but his wife insisted he was 'challenging them' like US President John F Kennedy with his famous 'Ask not what your country can do for you' speech.
Mr Gillick was among several councillors invited to a briefing on their responsibilities as 'corporate parents' to protect children from abuse.
Three youngsters had made a film about their experiences in foster homes, and were explaining it to the councillors when Mr Gillick interrupted.
He asked: 'How does it feel to be takers from the system?' He reportedly also asked the youngsters when they would 'start giving back to society' before walking out of the session.
Tory, Labour and Liberal Democrat councillors have all submitted complaints about the incident.
However, Mr Gillick has received the backing of UKIP, which is the third largest group on the authority.
Group leader Peter Reeve said: 'As long as he's being honest and transparent and saying what he believes, I've no problem with that.
'It may or may not be that I agree with him or that people find his views offensive, but I would rather a councillor is honest than cover up their beliefs because they are worried about it not being politically correct.'
His wife Victoria told MailOnline: 'He is very, very popular with young people. He has 15 teenage grandchildren.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Is this ad for the new Renault Koleos sexist?
Renault has launched an advertising campaign promoting its new Koleos SUV. In the good-looking ad, against a catchy, cheesy sound track, a couple embark on a ‘glamping’ trip in their new SUV.
As they set up camp the woman pretties up the tent arranging flowers, while the man erects a satellite dish, then goes fishing. He returns victorious, and his partner transforms the catch into a dainty sushi platter, which she then proceeds to feed to him with chop sticks.
On the website Campaign Brief, viewer comments include “charming”, “cute” and “funny” but, oddly, no-one seems to have raised the issue of sexism. Thankfully, YouTube commenters are a little more forthcoming – “This is so sexist it made me feel physically ill,” writes a riled-up 'Bertie Page'.
The campaign’s slogan “Beautiful meets capable,” we’re told by advertisers, is their way of saying Aussie car buyers no longer need to sacrifice style for practicality.
That’s all very well, but why does the woman in the film have to represent all that is stylish and beautiful, while the male “tradie” character gets to be the hunter-gatherer-solver-of-problems-macho-man?
You can praise feminism all you like but praising a traditional life is offensive? No tolerance there!
But sexism from the Left is OK
Democrats in New Hampshire wasted no time in attacking conservative and four term State Representative Marilinda Garcia when she announced she will run for election yesterday in the state's second congressional district.
Garcia was elected for the first time in 2006 at the age of 23 and already has an impressive resume of successes including serving as Majority Whip for the Committee on Legislative Administration and is on the advisory board for GOPAC, a group dedicated to supporting young Republican leaders. She currently serves on the Finance Committee and received a Master of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 2010. She believes economic and social values are equally as important to each other when it comes to how they affect the nation and its health.
Despite her impressive background, immediately after her announcement Monday morning Democrat Peter Sullivan, a prominent New Hampshire State Representative, took to Twitter and compared Garcia to reality star Kim Kardashian (who has a sex tape) and talked about her "stiletto heels."
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Founder of Website critical of the French President arrested
On charges of "insulting the president", thirty policemen arrested the founder of the French website "http://hollande-démission.fr/" last week and impounded his car according to a translation from Les Observateurs.
The website owner and four passengers were detained for 16 hours. "Démission" means resignation.
Here is a translated excerpt from the "hollande-démission" site that got the website owner arrested:
"Enter the site Hollande-Resignation to view and / or sign the petition. Demand the resignation of François Hollande presidency!"
Costco Apologizes for Mislabeling the Bible as Fiction
Costco has vowed to correct a store error after learning from Pastor Caleb Kaltenbach's tweet that they were selling Bibles with the fiction books. "The buyer let us know that this was an error and the books are being pulled off the shelves to be re-marked," Costco informed Fox.
Monday, November 25, 2013
British councillor sparks race row after claiming it would be 'awkward and uncomfortable' for white council staff to work with black colleagues
Every time minorities do something obnoxious, Leftists rush to assure us that it is just that they have a different culture. So it seems reasonable that different cultures might not mix well
A councillor has sparked a race row by claiming that white council officers would not be able to work with their black colleagues.
Jeffrey Tucker, who represents Rainham on Havering Council, said it would be like throwing an African football team and an English team together and expecting it to work.
He slammed proposals to combine the back office services of Havering and Newham councils in east London in a bid to save cash.
Mr Tucker said white staff would find it 'awkward and uncomfortable' to work with black workers.
The shopkeeper's incendiary comments were last night branded 'dangerous' and 'extraordinarily offensive' by a top London Assembly member.
Mr Tucker, who leads the Independent Residents' Group that includes Havering's only black councillor, also stuck the boot in to neighbouring Newham by labelling it 'filthy'.
The married dad said he's been losing sleep over the staff merger because he's so worried by it.
Mr Tucker, who's owned Rainham Goldmine jewellery shop for 23 years, said: 'I think it's a terrible idea. I can't see the two councils being able to work together. We've got 95 per cent white English workers in Havering Council and Newham Council is 95 per cent not white English.'
But Andrew Boff, London Assembly's Conservative group leader, said he was 'dumbstruck' by the attack.
Mr Boff, 55, said: 'There's an inference that people of African origin can't get on with people who are ethnically white. That's deeply offensive. I can't understand why, in 2013, this councillor seems to think that an attitude that separates people because of race is OK.'
Even a bronzed face is bad
Looks like no more than fake tan above
Julianne Hough's Halloween costume is stirring up quite the controversy, and rubbing people the wrong way. The Safe Haven actress showed up to a Halloween party in Beverly Hills, Calif., dressed in blackface on Friday, Oct. 25.
Hough went all out for her costume, wearing orange prison attire, her hair in a knotted 'do and even had an I.D. with the name "Crazy Eyes" on it. The former Dancing With the Stars professional dancer looked to be with a group of six female friends dressed up as several of the other fictional inmates as well.
Hearing of the backlash, Hough quickly took to Twitter to respond the following day. "I am a huge fan of the show Orange is the New black, actress Uzo Aduba, and the character she has created," she wrote on Saturday, Oct. 26. "It certainly was never my intention to be disrespectful or demeaning to anyone in any way. I realize my costume hurt and offended people and I truly apologize."
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Obamaspeak about health insurance
The Obama administration once gave us “man-caused disasters” for acts of terrorism and “workplace violence” for the Fort Hood shootings. Now it has trumped those past linguistic contortions by changing words to mask the Obamacare disaster.
The president and his advisors apparently knew long ago that millions of the insured would face cancellations or premium hikes once Obamacare would be fully implemented. Yet to get the 906-page bill passed, they had to convince the public of the very opposite scenario. So they repeated ironclad guarantees that no one would lose their coverage or doctors – “period!”
Now the administration explains the deception by going after both the ethics of the insurers and the intelligence of the previously insured. That task required language to be altered. The newly canceled health plans are suddenly rebranded by the administration as “subpar.” Only in autumn 2013 is the supposedly unaware public told that, years ago, “bad apple” insurance companies sold them “substandard” plans.
According to Obama, millions of Americans were once ignorant or uninformed, and thus will soon be pleased about their cancellations: “So the majority of folks will end up being better off. Of course, because the website's not working right, they don't necessarily know it.”
By that logic, the legions of Obama supporters who desperately sought and won exemptions from Obamacare are not “better off” now, but those stuck with it will be?
The NAACP’s “Hate Speech” Against Academic Freedom
The chains may be gone, but generations of blacks in South Carolina remain enslaved … trapped by a government-run education system that’s condemning them (and growing numbers of their lower and middle class white peers) to second class status.
According to the latest “Diplomas Count” graduation rate report, only 54.3 percent of black students graduate from high school in the Palmetto State – which is below the state total (61.5 percent), the national total (74.7 percent) and the national black total (61.7 percent)....
Just this week one of those “leaders” – the “Reverend” Joe Darby of the Charleston, S.C. NAACP – compared expanded parental choices to the “Jim Crow” segregation laws of the late nineteenth/ early twentieth centuries.
South Carolina’s government-run schools are spending nearly $12,000 per child on the worst public education system in America (one that’s sitting on $1 billion in cash reserves, by the way). That system is failing generations of blacks (and whites) – and it is past time state government did something about it.
Friday, November 22, 2013
Racist hate speech against "white suburban moms"?
Proving once again that any controversy will be intensified -- if not illuminated -- by random references to race, class, and gender, Education Secretary Arne Duncan has ignited a storm of protest by noting opposition from "white suburban moms" to one of his prized educational initiatives.
In a meeting with state education chiefs Friday, Duncan said some opposition to the Common Core State Standards -- a controversial effort to standardize education -- has come from parents displeased that test results have exposed local weaknesses. Duncan said he found it "fascinating" that opponents include "white suburban moms who -- all of a sudden -- (discovered that) their child isn't as bright as they thought they were, and their school isn't quite as good as they thought they were."
Duncan apologzied Monday afternoon for the remark.
Speaking to CNN, Duncan said: "My wording, my phrasing, was a little clumsy and I apologize for that."
Those dratted golliwogs again
The son of an artist at the centre of a row over a school mural featuring a golliwog last night insisted his father was ‘no racist.’
But Henry Westwater said he could understand why the image, which sparked an on-going police investigation, was controversial – and would have no objection if it was replaced.
It was reported yesterday that a complaint about the 1930s painting - by RH Westwater - had been logged by Police Scotland as a ‘hate incident’.
Visiting parent Margaret Rocha, 43, who is herself black, made an official complaint after touring Wardie Primary School in north Edinburgh with her son who was at that time a prospective pupil.
The image is contained in a mural, based on Alice in Wonderland, which was lovingly restored two years ago and now takes pride of place in the school’s assembly hall.
Last night Henry Westwater, 74, of Tain, Inverness-shire, said golliwogs had once been common, though he could understand why the image had proved offensive.
But he suggested treating the situation as a ‘hate incident’ may be a flawed approach and said that while he would not want part of the mural to be ‘hacked out’, he could understand why some would want the golliwog image to be removed.
Mr Westwater said: ‘It was painted in 1936, when people’s perception of things was somewhat different.
‘I remember that I had a golliwog when I was a small boy; many children did. They used to be popular.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Yet another blackface row -- this time at York University (in York, UK)
I wonder if Mrs Obama is racist? She has her hair straightened and that's an attempt to look white
A group of university students have been branded 'shameful' and 'insensitive' after they 'blacked themselves up' to look like the cast of cult movie Cool Runnings.
The four young men smeared black paint all over their faces and bodies - and one of them wore a dreadlock wig.
A picture of the group, posted on one student's Facebook page, shows the four posing proudly with a homemade bobsled which is made out of cardboard boxes.
The group - who include one Old Etonian - have been warned they could face disciplinary action by their university.
In the popular 90s movie Cool Runnings, John Candy turns a team of failed Jamaican athletes into a bobsleigh team for the 1988 Winter Olympics in Canada.
Union president Kallum Taylor said: 'I can't see how any one studying here would think this ridiculous behaviour is anywhere near appropriate in any context.'
A University of York spokesman said the incident was 'regrettable' and added that they may take disciplinary action.
Edinburgh Univ. law students cause race row after 'blacking up' as Somali pirates for a night out
THE move, which saw the undergraduates dress in camouflaged trousers, yellow T-shirts, headbands and have blacked-up faces and hands has been met with outrage from University groups.
The drunken undergraduates from Edinburgh University pulled the stunt as part of the annual “beerienteering” race across the city.
Other students, including members of the veg society and Amnesty society, have condemned the “blacking up.”
And the president of the student law society, who run the event, has apologised for the conduct of the future lawyers, saying he is “mortified”.
Amie Robertson, of the university’s Tibet Society, who was at the event, said the students were dressed as pirates for bash’s “around the world” theme.
When they were confronted by other students, she said they replied that the costumes were “only for one night.”
Must not defame those Somali pirates!
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
You Don't Fight Intolerance With More Intolerance
In 1967, millions of American women of all races cheered when the queen of soul Aretha Franklin told the men of America what many female co-horts of her generation were looking for. The trait that Franklin and her outspoken feminists demanded from their boyfriends, husbands, fathers, uncles and all men in general was R-E-S-P-E-C-T.
While Ms.Franklin's song was designed to (and in fact did) inspire pride and confidence in many marginalized groups in America society at the time, today almost a half century later, another more radical, less inspirational, semi-Orwellian, hostile, dismissive movement has continued to plague our society. These are the people who have decided to engage in a "we do not like what you are saying, your politics and other positions, therefore we are going to do everything we can to prevent you from having a voice" policy. These people come from all walks of life and in various shapes and forms - tall, short, fat, thin, straight, gay, wealthy, poor, disabled, able bodied all races and ethnicities etc... Their goal is to denigrate, discredit, denounce and if possible, prohibit anything they find offensive or not to their satisfaction. There favorite word is I-N-T-O-L-E-R-A-N-C-E and it is their rallying cry.
One recent example of this sort of behavior took place recently at Brown University. Last month in mid October, Ray Kelly, New York City police commissioner was invited to speak at the ivy-league institution. Kelly is the creator of the city's (New York) controversial "stop and frisk" laws. A policy that many people of all races believe are racist due to their disproportionate targeting and profiling of young Black and Hispanic men. Mr., Kelly showed up and attempted to speak, but he was interrupted and faced such blatant acts of obstruction that he was unable to do so and the event was cancelled.
For the record, I want to make it clear that I, like many people, am troubled by such "stop and frisk" laws and oppose them on the grounds that they are indeed invasive, discriminatory, rob people of their civil liberties and are dehumanizing in general. That being said, I still believe that Kelly had every right to speak and present his argument without being verbally attacked and shouted down by intolerant dissenters who disagreed with his position. The fact is that the protestors who decided to censor Kelly demonstrated their intolerance as well. Their behavior was disgraceful.
There were many other positive approaches that these students could have taken that would have been far more effective in accomplishing their goals. The fact is that from a public relations standpoint, their strategy was a disaster. Such behavior made them look like a bunch of overgrown, unhinged, mentally unbalanced human beings with severe personality disorders. Moreover, to a degree, their actions possibly bolstered support for Kelly and his supporters. There was nothing gained by such a juvenile display of intolerance.
Must not mention that some people are critical of black/white marriages
I'm betting that the relatives of Nicole Brown Simpson are
If you were awake on Tuesday, you heard or read or divined something about what Richard Cohen wrote on Monday.
Cohen writes a weekly political column for the estimable Washington Post, WaPo to the in crowd. And on Monday he said this:
"People with conventional views must repress a gag reflex when considering the mayor-elect of New York – a white man married to a black woman and with two biracial children. (Should I mention that Bill de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, used to be a lesbian?)"
That caused the pundits, bloggers, tweeters – and columnists – to hit their keyboards with a fervor not seen since Miley Cyrus got cheeky with Robin Thicke. Even fellow WaPo columnist Ezra Klein, jumped in to critique his colleague’s piece.
The tweets were merciless. Reuters columnist Jack Schafer tweeted that, “Cohen just wrote his resignation letter.” Syndicated advice columnist Margot Howard tweeted, “Richard Cohen AND his editor should be let go. Cohen only has 2 options: to plead dementia or that he was drunk.” And from Matt O’Brien, senior associate editor at The Atlantic, “Who doesn’t have to repress a gag reflex when they read Richard Cohen?”
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Golliwog furore again
Golliwogs ARE modelled on blacks but they are lovable cuddly toys. One would think that blacks could do with a bit more of the lovable and cuddly image
Amazon has come under fire for selling a fancy dress costume of a golliwog.
The online shopping giant has not removed the outfit from sale despite receiving a flood of complaints from furious customers. Many commenters have denounced the costume as 'racist' because of its links with outdated stereotypes about black people.
The outfit is advertised as an 'Adult Golly Fancy Dress Costume' and is on sale for £39.99.
It is being listed on Amazon by Orion Costumes, an independent company which also sells 'sexy' outfits such as a schoolgirl costume.
The golly kit includes a mask and wig as well as striped trousers, a tailcoat and an oversized bow tie.
The official product description reads: 'Our amazing Golly Costume is a fantastic recreation of the popular rag doll character and is ideal if you are looking for a memorable outfit!'
A number of angry browsers have left one-star reviews on the Amazon website, calling for the outfit to be removed from sale.
Michelle Coke wrote: 'This should not be an item for sale and should be removed immediately. This is offensive and show lack of sensitivity on the part of Amazon.'
Christian 'love guru' who tells women they must know 'how to shut up' if they want to be dateable sparks outrage
A so-called Christian 'love guru' who tours the country telling teens that women must 'know how to shut up' if they want to get a date and men must 'fight battles' and keep girls 'covered up' has sparked outrage at a Texas high school.
Justin Lookadoo, a bleach-blonde former juvenile probation officer, claims to have given motivational talks at some 4,000 public schools throughout the South and Midwest, preaching in his heavy Texas drawl 'all the juicy secrets' to help students pick up.
But students at Richardson High School in Dallas walked out of his speech Wednesday and others confronted him afterwards, asking questions like: 'Why did you tell girls to get out of abusive relationships instead of telling guys not to be abusive in the first place?'
Others later tweeted their disgust at his misogynistic comments, using the hashtag #lookadouche.
'Honestly the speaker we had today, Justin Lookadoo, disgusted me with his out of line jokes about women,' Anah Delgado tweeted.
Victoria Bryrom tweeted: 'According to Justin Lookadoo I'm undateable because I talk too much.'
Lookadoo offers a snippet of his 'Dateable' program on YouTube in which he declares 'Dateable girls know how to shut up. They don't monopolize the conversation. Let him lead. God made guys as leaders.'
He's right, of course. No-one wants to listen to an unending stream of self-obsession. Both men and women should learn to listen as much as they speak but women do seem to be the big talkers in general. As Solomon said: "Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding." (Prov. 17:28).
Monday, November 18, 2013
Prosecutor Asks That She Not Be Called 'the Government' Because the Term Is 'Derogatory'
Last month a Tennessee judge overseeing a burglary case rejected a pretrial motion in which the prosecution requested that it not be referred to as "the Government" because that term is "derogatory."
In the May 22 motion, Assistant District Attorney General Tammy J. Rettig noted with alarm that "it has become commonplace during trials for attorneys for defendants, and especially Mr. [Drew] Justice [the defendant's lawyer], to refer to State's attorneys as 'the Government' repeatedly during trial."
Rettig worried that "such a reference is used in a derogatory way and is meant to make the State's attorneys seem oppressive and to inflame the jury."
She added that "attempts to make the jury dislike the State's attorney have no place in the courtroom." She therefore urged Williamson County Circuit Court Judge Michael Binkley to bar Justice from using the g-word during the trial and instead refer to her as "General Rettig, the Assistant District Attorney General, Mrs. Rettig, or simply the State of Tennessee."
"Government" SHOULD sound derogatory. It is at best a necessary evil.
Protest against 'racist' Dutch tradition
It's incorrect to be black?
THE Dutch equivalent of Santa Claus arrived in the Netherlands on Saturday to the delight of thousands of children.
But some adults protested vigorously against one element of the beloved tradition they find racist: his servant in blackface make-up, Black Pete.
In the annual Dutch Sinterklaas festival, St Nicholas arrives by steamboat in mid-November and spends a month in the country with dozens of the Petes - clown-like figures who leave cookies, chocolate and other treats for children. The affair ends in a night of gift-giving on December 5.
Protesters say the Petes - servants who wear blackface make-up, red lipstick and frizzy Afro wigs - are blatant racist caricatures and should be banned.
But in a country where 90 per cent of the people have European ancestry, a large majority feels there is no racial insult intended by Black Pete. They say he's a positive figure of fun and the dissent is a sign of political correctness gone overboard.
The debate over the figure has gone on for years, but it is now electrifying - and polarising - the Netherlands as never before.
"The world is watching, and the Netherlands has been found wanting," anti-Pete protester Quinsy Gario told a group of about 300 supporters in Amsterdam, most of whom were black.
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Alec Baldwin suspended by TV network MSNBC after gay slur
Being a Leftist, he gets only minor punishment
MSNBC isn't standing by its homophobic man. After eternally angry Alec Baldwin let loose his latest anti-gay rant — calling a NY Post photographer a "c–ks–king f-g" — the cable network yanked its flailing "Up Late" chat-show host off the air for two episodes starting Friday night.
Baldwin contritely announced his own suspension in a statement on the MSNBC web site.
"I did not intend to hurt or offend anyone with my choice of words, but clearly I have – and for that I am deeply sorry," he wrote. "I understand "Up Late" will be taken off the schedule for tonight and next week.
"I want to apologize to my loyal fans and to my colleagues at MSNBC – both for my actions and for distracting from their good work. Again, please accept my apology."
The announcement came hours after the former "30 Rock'' star trotted out a gay friend to defend him.
Britain: "Touch" is a naughty word
Or so it seems
A policeman has been barred from using a neighbourhood Facebook account after he joked that a teen suspect may enjoy being ‘touched’ by officers.
The status, posted by Pc Tom Leyden on the Irlam and Cadishead police page, was taken down after users complained that it was inappropriate.
Greater Manchester Police confirmed it had removed the post and had suspended Pc Leyden from using the neighbourhood social media accounts.
But now fans of the officer’s posts have set up their own campaign page calling for the ban to be lifted.
Pc Leyden’s offending post described how officers were called out to a street in Irlam after a 15-year-old was spotted holding a carving knife.
It goes on to describe how a boy fitting the description took exception to being stopped and searched.
It read: 'Funnily enough, the same boy is always being stopped and searched. 'I’m not a suspicious person but I think that, either the lad enjoys being touched by Police Officers, which would make him very strange, or he’s what we call in Scotland, a numpty (It is a recognised word in Scotland and my granny used to call me it, so it can’t be offensive.)'
The post has since been removed and it was replaced with an apology which reads: 'We posted over the weekend and this clearly caused some concerns.
Friday, November 15, 2013
Student hockey players caught on video singing sexist songs about miscarriage, making racist jokes and performing Nazi salutes on crowded public bus
Both university students and sporting clubs have a tradition of singing raucous songs with indelicate wording. It's just normal hijinks that has never been shown to do harm. I sang "reworded" songs myself in my student days.
Doing it on a crowded bus was however inconsiderate and some retribution for that would be reasonable
A shocking video of university students singing sexist songs on a packed public bus has gone viral.
The mobile phone footage shows male members of the University of Stirling’s hockey club drinking beer and shouting derogatory sexual and racist chants while other passengers look on.
The students from the university in Scotland are filmed laughing at a joke about miscarriages and at one point even appeared to make mock Nazi salutes after a joke with a German-related punchline.
The video - filmed last Wednesday as students took the 63 bus from the university into Stirling town centre - has been viewed around 35,000 times on YouTube after being posted on Monday.
Women on board were clearly uncomfortable about the antics of the team - who were singing the traditional drinking song I Used to Work in Chicago - and one said: ‘This is quite scary.’
The students involved are now facing the prospect of disciplinary action from university bosses.
Sean Betteridge, a student who was also on the bus, told the university's student newspaper Brig that he was embarrassed by the behaviour of the hockey players.
He said: ‘I felt generally angry. There's little you can do when there's a big group of people chanting like that on a bus. Any kind of challenge just fuels it. I was happy when I noticed it being filmed though, if you're going to spout this offensive nonsense in public then you have to expect to be held accountable.
Anti-Roma speech in Ireland
A common complaint among minorities, in Ireland and around Europe, is that discrimination is hard to spot. People from minority groups complain they no longer face a slammed door but a revolving one.
Individuals and families spend time analysing cryptic remarks for evidence of something sinister, leaving them feeling uncertain whether they should be offended. Roma are yet to reach even this difficult stage.
Anti-Roma racism is everywhere and is unmistakable. Among other things, it takes the form of a cacophony of slurs and bullying, punctuated by regular attacks from high-level politicians.
One of the most recent cases saw a French politician say, “maybe Hitler didn’t kill enough” of them. There are countless other examples.
This barrage of anti-Roma insult is more common elsewhere in Europe than in Ireland, but the increasingly hateful rhetoric in mainstream political life has the potential to affect all of Europe, even countries that consider themselves tolerant.
At the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) we monitor hate speech against Roma and are committed to forcing the authorities to combat it. We have only begun to litigate the issue, and it poses enormous challenges
The "hate speech" concerned is mostly accurate complaints about what Roma (Gypsies) do. They rarely work and live off minor crime -- pickpocketing etc. They are an incredible nuisance wherever they congregate
Thursday, November 14, 2013
UCB bans "illegal immigrant"
You can be an immigrant while not legally permitted to be one but you are not an illegal immigrant?
The UC Berkeley student government has banned the term “illegal immigrant” from its discourse, deeming the phrase racist, offensive, unfair and derogatory.
In an unanimous vote, student senators passed a resolution that stated the word “illegal” is “racially charged,” “dehumanizes” people, and contributes to “punitive and discriminatory actions aimed primarily at immigrants and communities of color.”
The “resolution in support of drop the I-word campaign” was approved 18 to 0 with one abstention on Oct. 30, according to a copy of the meeting’s minutes obtained by The College Fix.
Its approval marks at least the second time this semester that a public university’s student government has voted to eradicate the phrase. UCLA passed a nearly identical measure in late August.
There are an estimated 900 students in the country illegally who are currently enrolled in the 10-campus, University of California system, according to UC officials. These students live in “fear” because former Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano is now president of the UC system, according to the resolution, which aims to “create a safe campus environment for all students.”
“The ‘I’ word is legally inaccurate since being out of status is a civil rather than criminal infraction,” states the resolution, which notes some journalists have stopped using the term.
“No human being is illegal,” the resolution continues. “ ‘Foreign nationals,’ ‘undocumented immigrants,’ ‘immigrants without papers’ and ‘immigrants seeking status’ are examples of terms we can use that do not dehumanize people.”
Must not call abortionists Nazis
But it's OK to call George Bush a Nazi, of course
Jill Stanek whipped out a dictionary to argue about whether or not Holocaust references are appropriate when talking about abortion, after anti-choice celebrities Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar did just that.
Consider this phrase again from Jim Bob’s speech at this year’s Values Voter Summit that Stanek is defending, as he relayed an anecdote about a visit to a concentration camp: “That’s where we’re at in our nation.”
"It shouldn’t have to be said, but the Holocaust was not a natural disaster; it was a premeditated war crime. The people who carried out this world-traumatizing genocide were known as Nazis, and they were justly tried at the behest of the world community at Nuremberg for crimes against humanity".
In sum, I think Jill Stanek just called me a Nazi. And she called you one, too, if you believe a pregnant person has the right to decide the outcome of her pregnancy, or if you are among the roughly one in three women who has exercised her constitutionally protected right to have an abortion. If she means what she says, we’re all deserving of a Nuremberg trial.
This is the kind of extremism we’re dealing with: people who think they’re living in a nation packed to the gills with modern-day Nazis and their supporters.
So what's the difference? Hitler killed Jews, Stalin killed rich Russians and American liberals kill babies. Leftists have no regard for human life so abortion is for them a no-brainer.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Must not use Hitler in advertisements
An Italian labor union has been slammed by Jewish groups for offering a spoof 'Hitler Prize' to people who work with animals, who have been targeted by extremists.
Feder Fauna, a union for people working commercially with animals such as breeders and farmers, named the prize because the Nazi leader created a law to protect animals while ordering human experiments.
The union has called on its members to nominate those they considered 'most worthy' of receiving the award such as those who have suffered violence from animal rights activists.
Massimiliano Filippi, general secretary of Feder Fauna, said: 'The Hitler Prize represents a condemnation of those who trample on human rights in the name of the ideology of "animal rights"!
'I find that asking to stop experiments on rats and proposing instead experiments be done on prisoners has a close affinity to Nazism.'
However despite having an anti-Nazi message, the prize has been condemned for diminishing the suffering of those who died in the holocaust and because it could be seen to show Hitler in a positive light.
Twitter Goes After Conan O’Brien for ‘Racist’ Muslim Female Superhero Joke
Conan O’Brien uses his influential Twitter account almost exclusively to share jokes on the latest news with his more than 9 million followers that may or may not end up in his late night monologue. Inevitably, some of these jokes rub his followers (and the rest of Twitter) the wrong way.
Friday evening, O’Brien posted a joke about Marvel’s new Muslim female superhero that has caused a major backlash and brought out accusations of racism against the comedian.
The tweet received a barrage of angry responses from people who not only pointed out to O’Brien that his comment was prejudiced towards Muslims but also that the character being introduced by Marvel is a teenage girl from Jersey City, not a housewife from Saudi Arabia. In other words, there’s more than one type of Muslim woman.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Must not mention that Chris Christie is fat
CHRIS Christie, the plain-speaking governor of the US state of New Jersey, is tipped to be a future president.
He's also overweight, which is why this TIME magazine cover featuring Mr Christie and the headline 'The Elephant In The Room' was savaged as a "cruel" fat joke this week.
The issue focused on the governor's "outsized influence" in the Republican Party - but many commentators saw it as an attack on obese Americans.
"It's fat-shaming," fumed Mary Elizabeth Williams, a writer for the pop culture website Salon in the piece 'Don't call Chris Christie an Elephant'.
Political pundit Emily Shire agreed: "Enough with the Chris Christie fat jokes," she wrote for The Week. "It's immature and it's subeffective to boot ... Tasteless and unfunny."
California High School Pressed to Drop Its ‘Arab’ Mascot
Hot on the heels of the Washington Redskins name controversy, an Arab-American advocacy group wants a California high school to abandon its decades-old sports mascot and associated imagery on the grounds it offensively stereotypes Arabs.
The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is unhappy with the Coachella Valley High School’s “Arab” mascot – the name, the logo, half-time shows that feature an “Arab” figure and a belly dancer, as well as Arabian Nights-styled wall murals including one depicting an Arab man and woman using a book as a flying carpet.
“ADC is appalled at the use of a caricature depicted to be an ‘Arab’ as the official mascot of the high school,” ADC legal and policy director Abed Ayoub wrote in a Nov. 4 letter to Coachella Valley Unified School District superintendent Darryl Adams.
He observed that the mascot logo “depicts a man with a large nose, heavy beard, and wearing a kaffiay [keffiyeh], or traditional Arab head covering.”
“ADC understands the context in which the nickname was initially selected,” Ayoub wrote – apparently a reference to the valley’s history as a prime date-growing region, dating back to the early years of the 20th century.
“However, in the 21st century, such justifications for these actions are no longer tolerable.”
Arab slime should think it an honor that a U.S. team is named after them