Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The Leftist censors have grabbed another social media site: imgur.com

Imgur.com is the biggest image-hosting site that there is these days.  It is very easy to use so has left other image-hosting platforms -- such as Tinypic and Photobucket  -- for dead.  It also offers permanence. It says that pictures you have uploaded there will stay up. 

But that has now fallen by the wayside.  Some pictures I have housed there have been replaced by an angry and unpleasant looking cartoon, presumably under the pretext that my pictures were "offensive"

One of the pictures I had up was of General Pinochet, who is/was a great Leftist boogeyman. He did solve Leftist terrorism in Chile by killing off a couple of thousand of the livelier Chilean Leftists. So I can understand his image being "disappeared".  But for most of the pictures no offensiveness is obvious.  A table of statistics that disappeared would seem inoffensive.  But it WAS a table of IQ statistics -- and IQ is as unpopular among the Left as General Pinochet. 

But the deletion that really amuses me is that they have taken down a picture I had up of myself!  I make no claim to being  good-looking but I didn't think I was that bad!    They have also taken down images of my discharge certificate from my time in the Australian army and photocopies of my university degrees. So they have been rather systematic.

Anyway, I keep very comprehensive backups so have simply rehoused all deleted images on another site so all images I had up are now back up.

So the question arises of what to do about this latest transmogrification.  In my case, I can't see any form of protest as being needed.  It is simplest just to replace the lost images from backups.  And I do have archive copies of all my blogs online which already include self-hosted picture backups.  My practice of putting up backup copies of my blog entries has probably seemed like overdoing conservative caution but it has clearly now come into its own.

Nonetheless, I will have to think in future about where I house pictures online.  I will probably host the more incendiary ones on one or another of my own sites and use imgur for the more mundane ones

It is something of an irony that I have a regular blog devoted to coverage of censored content -- only to be censored myself -- JR

"Live Action" defended
When Lila Rose posted two videos insisting abortion isn’t medically necessary, they were labeled “false” and censored.

In a pointed letter to Zuckerberg, Senators Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), and Mike Braun (R-Ind.) explain how interesting this is, since Facebook’s “fact-checkers” are supposedly “certified” through a nonpartisan group. If that’s the case, how does Zuckerberg explain putting two pro-abortion activists with “significant ties to abortion-rights advocacy organizations” in charge of Live Action’s content?

“…No reasonable person would describe [these activists] are neutral or objective when it comes to the issue of abortion,” they write, “yet Facebook relied on their rating to suppress and censor a pro-life organization with more than three million followers. These are clear violations of the IFCN principle and of Facebook’s supposed commitment to nonpartisanship.”

Like Twitter, Google, Pinterest, and other platforms, Facebook insists these are “glitches.” That’s funny, these senators would say, since these “glitches” only seem to affect conservatives. The political optics must not have been lost on Facebook, who contacted Live Action within hours of the letter and informed the group that its posts had been restored. In a tweet, Senator Hawley celebrated the news that Zuckerberg had also asked the company’s “‘independent’ fact check organization to open investigation into how pro-abortion activists got certified as ‘neutral’ fact checkers.”

And that’s a problem, Hawley knows — not just because they’re a major corporation, but because they get special protections that other companies don’t get.

“Facebook gets a special immunity from [law]suits — immunity from accountability, really. So groups like Live Action, they can’t sue Facebook under the law. They can’t pursue any kind of remedy under the law because Facebook is immune. That’s because of the federal government. The federal government has given them this special deal. It’s worth billions of dollars to Facebook. I mean, it’s really a massive subsidy for the American taxpayer. And that’s why I say Facebook if [they’re] going to censor, if they’re going to discriminate, why are we being forced to subsidize it? Why are we being forced to protect them with the power of the law and taxpayer money? That needs to stop.”


Monday, September 16, 2019

A Great Win for a Conservative Consulting Firm and Free Speech!

We have great news! The city of Ann Arbor, Michigan, declared that it will not force Grant Strobl and Jacob Chludzinski to promote political beliefs that go against their own.

You might be surprised that such government coercion was even a possibility. But that is exactly what the text of a city law threatened.

Grant and Jacob knew this wasn’t right. After all, the right to speak freely transcends political beliefs—that’s at the heart of the First Amendment! So, Alliance Defending Freedom filed a lawsuit on their behalf.

Thankfully, the city of Ann Arbor has agreed not to apply this law to Grant, Jacob, and their political consulting business, ThinkRight Strategies.

The law makes it illegal for businesses to “discriminate” based on “political beliefs.” If Ann Arbor were to apply this law to ThinkRight, then advocacy materials ThinkRight creates for Republican candidates to promote limited government, lower taxes, and the sanctity of life, must also be created for Socialist candidates to promote government control, higher taxes, and abortion on demand.

That would contradict the entire purpose of Grant and Jacob’s mission to promote conservative ideals! Not only that, but it’s a blatant violation of their freedom of speech.


Fishmonger claims social media posts are being censored as 'disturbing' after they were reported by vegans

When celebrity fishmonger Rex Goldsmith laid his row of glistening, freshly-caught fish out on the counter and proudly took a photograph to post online, he hoped customers would be enticed to his shop.

Instead, he fell victim to a trend of Instagram censoring photographs of meat and fish - and labeling them as "disturbing".

Mr Goldsmith, who owns The Chelsea Fishmonger in London, serves many well-heeled customers including Nigella Lawson and Henry Blofeld.

This week, those who looked on his page were presented with a warning - placed there by Instagram. It read: "This video contains sensitive content that many may find offensive or disturbing."

This has happened twice so far to Mr Goldsmith, who told The Telegraph: "I think it's a bit ridiculous really. "I don't know whether the post has been reported by vegans or whether Instagram censored it as they thought it would be offensive to vegans."

He added: "If they're going to pick on me, why don't they pick on one of the big companies who use the methods of farming that are bad for the environment and fish welfare."

I guess someone complained. Why the monkey don’t they report pictures of burgers, sausages and bacon too? Ridiculous. And shame on you @instagram for censoring it. People are so detached from reality.

Mr Goldsmith added: "I have no idea why a vegan would follow a fishmonger on social media in the first place."

If this censorship continues, the fishmonger said he may get his friends in the industry to stop posting on the site. He explained: "There's a massive food community out there and we could start a big movement with everybody I know to stop posting their pictures."

Celebrity chef Richard Corrigan, who runs seafood restaurant Bentley's in Mayfair, supported Mr Goldsmith, and said that pictures of fresh fish are not disturbing, adding: "I myself am disturbed by vegans".

A spokesperson for British Meat Producers Association said: "What is the world coming to? The majority of people don't mind pictures of meat.

"The social media companies should not be pandering to vegans. At the end of the day, this is something that any of us walking to the supermarket can see, it's part of the shopping experience. "How can it be 'disturbing content'?"

After this newspaper contacted the social media giant, the fish counter posts were uncensored. Instagram said in a statement:  “This content was marked as sensitive in error and has now been reinstated. We apologise for the mistake.”


Sunday, September 15, 2019

A "violent silence"?  I love it!

No longer can we say that the Left never have an original thought.  The improbable expression "violent silence" has popped up in a Warmist headline from far-Left Australian e-zine "New Matilda".  The headline reads: "Australia Burns While We Maintain A Violent Silence On The Climate-Ecological Crisis"

How can a silence be violent?  It's another example of constant Leftist misuse of words

The article is just pure anecdote with no scientific merit whatsoever so I won't reproduce any of it here, but you can read it here

You've Been Warned: Western Table Manners Are Now Racist

Heads up, everyone! There are new rules again, so I want everyone paying attention. Eating your food the way you've been taught to with forks and knives (because this is the West and it's what we do) is racist and it hurts people who are still upset about colonization from hundreds of years ago. Writing in "Today's Parent," Joshana Maharaj is outraged, I tell you, just outraged that some teacher somewhere in Canada told a little girl not to eat rice with her hands.

This prompted her to write about learning how to eat around the world, where using hands is acceptable and how the West is just racist by using utensils, or something:

"Recently, I chatted with someone who told me a story about her young niece, who goes to a prestigious preschool and was eating rice with her hands at lunchtime. The feedback her parents received was that this child needed to work on her table manners and use proper cutlery to eat.

I immediately felt a rush of anger bubble up inside me when I heard this. The message that eating food with your hands is an unmannered way to eat is a real problem for me because it is dripping with the control and shame of colonization, which is particularly dangerous in an educational context.

Suggesting that a child who eats with her hands has no manners is an echo of European colonial powers looking to tame the wildness out of the people they controlled. These European table manners were imposed on conquered people in an attempt to “civilize” them.

It’s a damaging message about right and wrong ways to do things. It positions the technique as superior and the people who practise it as setters of the standard, leaving those with a different approach to eating with a status of inferiority. The idea of a single standard of acceptable table manners is just one of a host of strategies used to grow and promote racism. It’s a subtle message but one that is reinforced three times a day, every day, which makes it quite powerful"

Oh for crying out loud! For the most part in her essay, she explains that certain manners are for certain foods: chopsticks for sushi, and hands for naan, which makes sense and we do that in my house. But if you're in a Western prep school, you need to use the table manners of the West. It's not racist. It's giving respect to the culture you're in.

You're not in China. We eat rice with forks here in the West. If you are in China, then you probably want to put the fork down. I don't think this has anything to do with colonialism, but with respecting the culture you're in. "Recognizing diversity in cultural backgrounds and food traditions is essential, especially in a country as multicultural as Canada," wrote Maharaj, totally unironically.

The West has a culture. Forks are a big part of that. Isn't it funny how all cultures are "diverse" and worthy of respect except Western, European, Canadian, and American cultures?

I can't keep up with these people anymore and I don't want to.


Friday, September 13, 2019

Odd Allies Are Coming Together to Defend Free Speech

It’s amazing to see who comes to the defense of freedom when you least expect it.

In July, 12 leading philosophy scholars from around the world signed on to a statement supporting freedom of thought and speech in academia, specifically as those freedoms are being undercut by gender identity ideology.

These scholars warned of a dangerous movement within academia to sanction and silence people who express support for a biologically based understanding of gender and sexuality. All 12 philosophers denounced this trend and called for a restoration of academic freedom.

That the statement exists is remarkable in itself, given the backlash academics are prone to face when they so much as question the current orthodoxy of gender identity ideology. But what’s even more remarkable is who signed the document.

The signers include philosophers who, in all frankness, hold a wide range of radical positions. One signer is Peter Singer, the Princeton University professor who defends infanticide as a morally permissible option.

When Singer speaks, it’s usually a signal that defenders of life need to push back. But on this issue of free speech in higher education, Singer aligns perfectly with his typical opponents in arguing for civil discourse and a classic view of free speech.

In standing up for free speech, he is directly rejecting the toxic tactics of not just fellow academics, but groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center and the ACLU, who endlessly deploy ad hominem attacks against any who disagree with them.

This is a rare moment indeed—when people we don’t see eye-to-eye with suddenly jump to our side of an argument.

The simple reality is that truth is truth, no matter who advocates it. And when a coalition as diverse as this one spontaneously speaks out in defense of free speech, it’s worth taking a closer look.

The signers of this statement don’t pull their punches. They insist people with gender dysphoria should be allowed to live free from harassment and discrimination, but then they state, with equal force, that the same respect must be given to those who advocate biologically based views of sex.


Fireman Sam axed as fire service mascot 'because he is not inclusive enough'

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service said it made the decision after receiving negative feedback about the mascot, which is based on the popular children's TV show.

Now the force's other mascots - fire extinguisher-shaped Freddy, Filbert and Penelope - will be used in place of Fireman Sam.

According to Government statistics, 5.2% of firefighters in England were women in 2017.

Lincolnshire's Chief Fire Officer, Les Britzman, said the mascot was "outdated" and did not help sell the fire safety message.

He said: "Firefighters nationally and residents locally have raised some concerns that Fireman Sam doesn't reflect the fire service today, in terms of both the job itself and our workforce.

"It's important to us that our open days and community events don't make anyone feel excluded and therefore we took this decision.


Thursday, September 12, 2019

It’s Now “Incendiary” To Say There Are Two Genders

Republican Congressman Ralph Abraham of Louisiana is running for Governor in his state and his team recently released their first television ad. If Abraham was looking to get the left up in arms, he certainly succeeded. Take a look at the list below and see if you can guess which of the truths he’s promising to speak has liberals setting their hair on fire

Here’s the full list:

“Here’s the truth. Life begins at conception. Government is too big. Our taxes are too high. And our car insurance is too expensive. President Trump is doing a great job. Facts matter more than feelings. The Second Amendment is self-explanatory. And as a doctor, I can assure you there are only two genders.”

If you guessed it was the last one, saying that there are only two genders, give yourself a cookie. Of course, as a medical doctor, Abraham probably knows a thing or two about the subject.

As you might expect, this prompted an immediate reaction

MSNBC anchor Chris Jansing addressed this topic during a panel discussion about the GOP’s relationship with women and the LGBT community. (Specifically, a national LGBT group, the Log Cabin Republicans, had just endorsed Trump for a second term.)

An indignant Jansing told viewers she found Abraham’s remarks to be “incendiary.” Here’s what she had to say.

We’ve got an important question now. What does it mean to be a mainstream Republican? It is the question that some Republicans have been asking in the age of Donald Trump, and increasingly, it seems the answer might be to make incendiary comments about women and members of the LGBT community.

So it’s apparently now simply gospel at MSNBC to say that a medical doctor stating the human race is composed of two genders by design is “incendiary” rhetoric. Of course, for the entire history of the human race, there have been two genders (with the thankfully rare exceptions of intersex people born with anomalous chromosomal structures). It’s how we reproduce. This really isn’t rocket science.


Sweden Bans 'Trump' License Plate, Declaring It 'Offensive'

Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS) is a worldwide malady that causes leftists to behave in irrational and childish ways. While not necessarily advisable during the workday, it's easy to waste hours laughing at YouTube videos of leftists losing it after the news broke that Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election. Since then, TDS has gotten worse and spread. A recent case of TDS involves an entire governmental agency. A Swedish man was denied his application for a license plate that reads "Trump" because the Swedish Transport Agency deemed it offensive.

In an article published by the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, it's explained that the man was drunk and thought it would be funny to have a license plate bearing the U.S. president's last name on his American-made car. Swedish authorities, though, didn't find the idea as humorous as the man and denied the online application.

Swedish authorities told the Associated Press that it does not allow political letter combinations. Saaf was informed that the decision could not be appealed.


The guy should have got a medal for bravery

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Black academic pushed out for hate speech

There is no end of instances when conservatives are fired or otherwise sanctioned for hate speech, but when it is a Leftist being fired it suddenly becomes an issue of legitimate  free speech

The recent resignation of the University of Alabama’s dean of students over a series of tweets about racism threatens to chill academic speech, PEN America said in a statement today.

On September 5, Dr. Jamie Riley, assistant vice president and dean of students at the University of Alabama, resigned from his position “by mutual agreement” with the university. His resignation occurred the day after right-wing media outlet Breitbart published an article featuring a series of tweets Riley wrote in 2016 and 2017, in which he commented on the issue of race in the U.S.

In one such tweet, from September 2017, Riley wrote, “The [American] flag represents a systemic history of racism for my people. Police are a part of that system. Is it that hard to see the correlation?” In a tweet from October 2017, Riley wrote that he was “baffled about how the 1st thing white people say is, ‘That’s not racist!’ when they can’t even experience racism? You have 0 opinion!” and in October 2016, Riley wrote, “Are movies about slavery truly about educating the unaware, or to remind Black people of our place in society?”

“Dr. Riley’s tweets were related to his area of academic expertise and his speech on political subjects is of precisely the type that a university must vigorously defend,” said PEN America’s Friedman. [Can we quote Mr Friedman on that?]


Australian university's student representatives try to censor conservative speech about sexual issues

A Deakin University student club says it has been censored over ­ social­ media posts criticising gender­ ideology and a new Victorian­ law that makes it easier for trans­gender people to alter their birth certificates.

Members of the Deakin University Liberal Club have accused the university’s student association of curtailing free speech after it requested they delete Facebook posts deemed to be a breach of its social media policy.

One of the posts, from the Liberal­ club’s Geelong branch last month, referred to the Victorian government passing of the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Amendment Bill as failing to “stack up with scientific fact”.

The post included a quote from George Orwell’s 1984 and linked to a news report in The Age.

Another allegedly offending post contained a short video titled “There Are Only Two Genders” by US author Ashley McGuire, which challenges gender ideology and the increasingly popular push for self-identified gender to supersede biological sex.

The club opted to remove the posts after being threatened with disciplinary action.

However, the Deakin University Liberal Club at the Burwood campus has declined to delete an August 31 post in which it wrote about meeting Liberal MPs at Victoria­’s Parliament House.

“Fantastic conversations were had particularly about the dis­as­trous births, deaths and marriages registration bill, allowing people to change the sex recorded on their birth certificate on a 12-month basis simply through self-selection,” the post said.

While the new law and its potenti­al consequences have been the subject of widespread public debate, the club was contacted by the Deakin University Student Association on Tuesday advising that the post had sparked complaints and requesting its removal.

“The post has been deemed in breach of DUSA’s social media policy,” wrote DUSA clubs support­ officer Sophie Elizabeth.

While no specific reason was provided, Ms Elizabeth referred to a clause within the policy that states “examples of unacceptable social media conduct include posting commentary, content or images that are defamatory, porno­graphic, proprietary, harass­ing … or that can create a hostile environment”.

Deakin University Liberal Club Burwood president Luke Dalle Nogare described the ­association’s censorship bid as “frivolous and arrogant”.

“There aren’t many conservative views on campus, so it’s ­important for us to be strong and represent those voices,” he said.

“Sure it’s a somewhat contentious issue but we’re not making any extremist views in any sense.”

Liberal senator James Paterson described the student association’s actions as an “outrageous attempt at censorship”.

“Topical public policy issues on which good people can disagree surely must be free for university students to debate on campus and on social media,” he said.


Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Google BANS café owner's advert for traditional faggots after deeming post 'inappropriate and offensive content'

Faggots are just a type of rissole in Britain

A woman advertising faggots at her café called Fanny's says Google removed the post - because it was deemed 'offensive'.

Jo Evans-Pring, 63, was promoting her award-winning funky retro music diner 'Fanny's Rest Stop Café' in Newport, Wales. Within just a few weeks, the mum-of-four, found that her business sales were soaring once again.

But one day after Ms Evans-Pring posted a picture of faggots with peas and onion gravy on her website, she got an email from Google stating the advert had been removed.

In the email, Google cited their content policy explaining not to post anything that could be construed as 'inappropriate and offensive content'.

Ms Evans-Pring said that she was 'absolutely startled by what's happened' and claims 'the world's gone totally mad if people are getting worked up over that'.

She claimed: 'People need to spend their time dealing with real problems, not things like whether or not the word 'faggots' when selling that meal is hateful.

'Fanny's has been doing really well because of the Internet campaign. We've noticed a big change in the past couple of weeks.  'People have been coming from a little further afield because we're paying for adverts when they google for places to eat.  'They've loved coming to Fanny's because it's fun and retro.

'I posted an advert on the website for Fanny's faggots with peas and onion gravy, a pretty traditional meal and one of my favourites, on the 27th.

Faggots is a traditional dish, long popular in the English Midlands and South and Mid Wales, made from minced off-cuts and offal.

But the word 'faggot' was misconstrued by Google administrators to refer to the pejorative term of abuse referring to gay men.


Haters target Australia's favourite horse race

Must not speak well of the Melbourne cup

A former Miss Universe Australia has been heavily criticised for her new role as ambassador for the Melbourne Cup Carnival, with cruel trolls calling her involvement in the horse racing industry 'disgusting'.

Tegan Martin shared her exciting news on Sunday, posting a photo of herself dressed in a designer outfit by Australian brand Torannce.

'The Carnival has always been a favourite time of year for me and with only 55 days to go it's going to be an amazing season! Big thanks to Flemington for this incredible opportunity,' she wrote on Instagram.

The 27-year-old Sydneysider, who was 'thrilled' by the appointment, couldn't have foreseen the hate comments her single post would generate.

'Such an awful industry that use horses as business commodities,' one person commented.

'Educate yourself about the "sport" you're being an ambassador for. This race and all horse racing is disgusting. So many horses are murdered and abused and here you are all proud thinking this is oh so glamorous - it isn't,' said another.

'This horror show is my least favourite day of the year! I can't help but think if these "celebrities" just stopped being ambassadors and throwing their support behind it - it may just lose its appeal entirely,' a third added.

Many of the comments took aim at Tegan for not 'understanding' what the horse racing industry does to its champions

The Melbourne Cup Carnival begins on November 2 and runs until November 9 with Derby Day, the Melbourne Cup and Oaks Day included.

In her role Tegan will be expected to attend all of the major day events dressed in designer wear.


Monday, September 09, 2019

Selective prosecution of "hate"

Hate is only wrong when it is not dangerous, apparently.  The Left never stop expressing their hatred of conservatives and  Christians but I have yet to hear of any of it being prosecuted.  And because of the wide following Leftists have, their hate is surely the most dangerous.  Yet a guy who likes Hitler and therefore has only negligible influence is prosecuted.  Haywire priorities.  The Hitler lover was NOT prosecited for hate,  He was prosecuted for being unfashionable

A white supremacist who owned boxer shorts emblazoned with Nazi swastikas has been found guilty of stirring up racial hatred.

Nathan Worrell, 46, from Grimsby had denied 11 race hate offences after being accused of distributing stickers and posters with slogans including "Diversity is White Genocide" and "Refugees Not Welcome".

He was arrested in November 2017 but denied having done anything wrong saying if people did not like the slogans they could ignore them.

During the trial Worrell described himself as an "ethno-nationalist" and said he did not believe in diversity or multiculturism.

When police searched his home they found shirts, jumpers and underwear bearing Nazi symbols as well as swastika fridge magnets and a large amount of Nazi propaganda.

The prosecution said the material was threatening, abusive or insulting and Worrell’s intention was to stir up racial hatred around Grimsby by distributing or displaying the stickers.

Prosecutors also said that he had also stirred up racial hatred by publishing, distributing and displaying the racist stickers on lamp posts, signs and notice boards.

He was convicted of eight charges but cleared of three others at Grimsby Crown Court.

Worrell was remanded in custody and will be sentenced on Thursday.

Jenny Hopkins from the Crown Prosecution Service said: “Nathan Worrell is a committed neo-Nazi with a hatred of people who are not white.

“From the time he gets up to the time he goes to bed, he surrounds himself with images of Hitler, the SS and the Third Reich.

“The CPS will prosecute right-wing extremists who stir up racial hatred in communities and help keep the public safe.”   


NFL player Drew Brees Is Being Attacked As ‘Anti-Gay.’ All He Did Was Promote The Bible

While the country suffered through a season opening game so boring it might as well have been a soccer match, the real NFL drama unfolded off the field. Drew Brees became the latest target of the LGBT pitchfork mob for recording an allegedly "anti-gay" video.

Before we take a look at the offensive clip, here's how some of the headlines described it:

"Drew Brees Appears In Video For Gay Conversion Therapy Sickos, Doesn't Understand What The Big Deal Is"

"Drew Brees Records Video for Anti-LGBT Religious Organization"

"NFL Quarterback Appears in Commercial for Anti-Gay Extremists"

"Fans are freaking out over NFL star Drew Brees partnering with antigay hate group"

"Drew Brees Hasn’t Commented on Why He Created a Promo Video for an Anti-Gay Religious Group That Believes in Conversion Therapy & Fights Against Any Anti-Discrimination Laws; Wants Kids to Bring Bible to School to Convert Other Kids"

That last article originally described it as a "promo video for an anti-gay religious cult." Cult has been changed to group without any explanation or apology.

Now, if you didn't know any better, you'd think that this all seems pretty bad. Based on the headlines alone, it sounds like a star NFL quarterback joined some sort of backwoods religious cult and recorded a video bashing gays and calling for forced conversions. But the truth is somewhat less dramatic. In reality, Brees filmed a 20-second video for the advocacy group Focus on the Family encouraging kids to bring their bibles to school. Here's a full transcript of his remarks:

“One of my favorite verses in the Bible is 2 Corinthians 5:7, ‘For we live by faith, not by sight.’ So I want to encourage you to live out your faith on Bring Your Bible to School Day and share God’s love with friends. You are not alone.”

That's it. Nothing about homosexuality. Nothing about gay conversion or any other kind of conversion. Nothing political. Nothing ideological. Nothing remotely controversial or divisive. The word "gay" is not mentioned at all. The words "love," "share," and "friends" are mentioned. These were thoroughly inoffensive comments coming from one of the most thoroughly inoffensive figures in all of professional sports. In the same week that a different star player gets suspended from his team for being an unhinged jerk and pathological narcissist, it's the polite and mild Drew Brees who catches the flak for telling kids to read the Bible to their friends.

This should be a clarifying moment for anyone who hasn't yet figured out how things work in our culture. "Anti-gay" is now code for "Christian," providing anti-Christian trolls cover as they launch their bigoted attacks. The website Queerty was particularly open on this point, claiming in its headline that Brees and Focus on the Family have partnered "to promote hate." But what they have really partnered to promote is the Bible. To the gay radicals over at Queerty, the Bible and hatred are synonymous.

Far be it for me to offer advice to those gay radicals, but this strategy seems counterproductive. Gays have already achieved full legal equality in this country. Public opinion of homosexuality is, for the most part, pretty libertarian. Most Americans don't care about the sex lives of other people. "Do what you want," seems to be the general attitude these days. Pointless, vitriolic outbursts against guys like Drew Brees can therefore only have the effect of moving public opinion in the other direction. The gay rights movement had most people on its side. But now that the movement has become so intently focused on petty vengeance and anti-Christian propaganda, some of those allies might start to question their allegiances. Drew Brees won't be much hurt by this controversy — he'll go on to make his millions and score his touchdowns. It's the anti-Christian bigots who stand to lose, in the end.


Sunday, September 08, 2019

Parents should stop using euphemisms like 'front bottom', 'bits', 'flower', 'tuppence', and 'fairy' with their daughters, gynaecological charity urges

This is a curious turnabout.  Most political correctness consists of using euphemisms -- short people are "vertically challenged", for instance -- but here we are urged to STOP using euphemisms.  You can't win with Leftists.  Whatever exists is wrong

Eve Appeal, a UK-based gynaecological charity, believes that girls need to use the right words about their bodies 'from the start'.

It said opening up conversations across generations about women's health 'gives women the best chance of living healthy lives'.

Eve Appeal's comments comes as data found 44 per cent of parents regularly use such euphemisms instead of the correct terms.

A fifth (19 per cent) claimed they frequently say 'vagina' in front of their daughters, while only one per cent often use the word 'vulva'.

The vulva is the external part of female genitalia, which includes the labia, clitoris and both outer and inner 'lips'.

Little more than a fifth (22 per cent) of parents said they never refer to female body parts in front of their daughter.

The survey also found almost a third felt it was only appropriate to use anatomical language when their daughters were aged 11 or older.


Furious face-tattooed diner labels Melbourne restaurant 'racist' after being turned away at the door because of eatery's 'strict policy'

Criminals often  sport heavy tattoos so the restaurant had reasonable fears that this guy would make them look bad.  They were wise to turn him away

A man sporting a traditional Maori face tattoo was turned away from a restaurant due to its 'strict policy'.

Gary Harding, a Maori man now living in Melbourne, tried to enter the hotel in St Kilda, Melbourne, on Saturday when the bouncer stopped him at the door.

Mr Harding told RNZ the bouncer told him he couldn't let him into the establishment due to his facial tattoos. 'He quickly says, ''I can't let you in with all those facial tattoos all over your face'',' Mr Harding said.

'And I was pretty shocked by his response, and I say ''are you for real mate?'', and he's like ''yeah, it's not a good look, we've got a strict policy around facial tattoos''.'

After attempting to explain his Ta moko tattoo was different from other facial tattoos Mr Harding was still refused entry and started to leave the premises.

Mr Harding also spoke with ABC News about the cultural significance of a Ta Moko facial tattoo.

'It talks about your lineage, it talks about your heritage, it talks about your rank within your community and what you've done for your community,' he said.


Friday, September 06, 2019

Outraged guests slam Nigloland theme park’s ‘racist’ Africa Cruise ride

Must not show black men with bananas

One of the most popular theme parks in France has been forced to shut down a popular ride after guests accused the attraction of being racist.

The Africa Cruise ride at Nigloland in north eastern France has been at the park for several decades, having first been installed in 1987.

However, the popular attraction was embroiled in a race row after a video of the ride surfaced last week. A park guest who goes by @Astrotoujours on Twitter posted a video of his experience, with a series of comments. He said: “I went to Nigloland and saw that. I wanted to know if you found it normal??”

The footage showed a section of the cruise where two people climbed up a tree while an angry rhino was just beneath them.

One of the figures was white and wearing a colonial-style safari outfit while another, who was visibly black, was wearing a fez and holding a bunch of bananas.

The ride also featured problematic dialogue according to France 24 — the black character apparently spoke in an audibly African accent and called the white person boss.

The viral post sparked a backlash against the park, with many accusing it of being racist. One person wrote: “@Nigloland caricatured accent, banana? Do you find that normal.” Another said: “It’s shocking it looks like the racist jokes of the colonial era.”

In response, the park decided to close the ride last weekend. In a statement on Twitter, the park apologised to the public for any offence it had caused.

The park also took steps to modify the ride — by removing the banana and the speech.

Since changing the ride, however, many have come out in support of the park. One wrote on Twitter: “Serious. … where it will stop!!! Must be stupid to see racism there.”


Facebook Blocks Bridget Phetasy's Podcast with Glenn Beck: 'Against Community Standards'

Popular podcast host Bridget Phetasy was very excited yesterday: this week's guest on her podcast was Glenn Beck. She could share the podcast with all her followers, who could then listen to it... and who would undoubtedly be very happy to hear the two talk about the most important issues. One problem: when she tried to share the podcast on Facebook, the social network blocked it.

"I have firebrand Glenn Beck on the podcast this week and we delve into the value of struggle and overcoming hardship," Bridget wrote in her introduction to the episode. "The cultural celebration of 'victimhood,' how tribalism and the culture wars trick people into thinking that the problem is outside themselves, and the dangers of buying into your own fame."

She went on: "They explore the importance of being able to say 'I don't know,' the loss of compassion that occurs when we stop seeing the humanity of the people we disagree with, Glenn's surprising conversion to Mormonism, and what he found in the depths of his most recent dark night of the soul."

That sure sounds great -- and not even extremely political in nature. Absolutely no reason for the Trump-hating social media powerhouse to ban it, right? Well, guess what happened:

"WTF," Bridget said on Twitter, "Facebook blocked my podcast with Glenn Beck for going 'against community standards.'"

Glenn Beck responded with shock, outrage, and a kind of fatalism very prominent on the right these days:

"What?! By banning this podcast, Facebook is confirming that their community standards are simple: no opinion or voice of common sense is allowed," Beck wrote. He finished his tweet with an ironic "welcome to my world Bridget" and the hashtag #whostheFascist?

And still, there are those on the right who argue that no action should be taken against Facebook. It has a monopoly position, it routinely abuses its power in an effort to silence conservatives and libertarians, and (with a little help from its friends in high places) its legally protected so those who are silenced can't do anything about it.

Something needs to be done about these crackdowns.


Thursday, September 05, 2019

Australia: Fair Work Commission upholds BP sacking of worker over Hitler  parody

No free speech for extreme abuse

BP’s sacking of a technician for sharing a Downfall parody video the company said compared its managers to Nazis has been upheld by the Fair Work Commission.

Process technician Scott Tracey said the video was intended to be a humorous parody of long-running enterprise bargaining negotiations at the BP’s Kwinana refinery in Western Australia.

The video is an extract from the German language film Downfall which portrays the final days of Adolf Hitler’s life. Hitler responds in a highly agitated and aggressive manner to advice from his generals that the Nazis have lost the Second World War.

Mr Tracey said his wife used the Caption website to create the “Hitler Parody EA Negotiations”, adding subtitles that referenced comments made by BP management during the negotiations.

Mr Tracey shared the video with a private Facebook group whose members included refinery employees and also showed it to BP nightshift employees.

A BP investigation found Mr Tracey had been “involved in creating, and made available, shared and distributed an offensive and inappropriate video depicting BP representatives involved in the current …. negotiations as Nazis”. He was sacked and paid four weeks’ notice.

Rejecting his unfair dismissal claim, commission deputy president Melanie Binet said she was satisfied the video was “objectively inappropriate, offensive and “did cause offence to a number of BP employees”.

“The Hitler Video had the potential to undermine, demean and denigrate the BP senior management team amongst an audience which they were charged to lead,’’ she said.


Hollywood Leftists Blacklist Conservatives

The double standard is astounding as calls for silencing and doxing political opponents spread   

If you want a look at just how bad the situation has become regarding freedom of speech, just look at the former stars of the NBC show “Will and Grace,” Eric McCormack and Debra Messing. Over the holiday weekend, both urged the prepublication of attendees to a Donald Trump fundraiser.

Why would they want that? Well, McCormack made it clear it wasn’t to praise these folks for involvement in the process of governing our country by supporting a political candidate they felt would represent them. This is something that has, until recently, been accepted as the right of every single American. McCormack made it clear that the intention of his request was “so the rest of us can be clear about who we don’t wanna work with.”

To put it bluntly, McCormack wanted to know who supported a politician he opposed so that he could use his power and influence to ruin their professional lives at the very least. This is nothing short of a revival of the tactics of Joseph McCarthy. The big difference between McCarthy and the McCormack/Messing combination is the target selection.

Former Secretary of Defense James Mattis stated recently that America’s tribalism is what worries him most. Well, we’re seeing the symptoms, and while Messing and McCormack are two of the more prominent, we have noted this pattern before — both private efforts and efforts by the state of New York under the Andrew Cuomo-Letitia James regime.

To compound the problem of tribalism is the fact that there is a clear double standard being applied. If you back the NRA, you are painted as a child-killing domestic terrorist who believes in white supremacy. Efforts to ruin your life through blacklisting are practically celebrated by the Leftmedia. But suppose a Second Amendment supporter in office tried to utilize the same tactics that Cuomo is using on the NRA. We’d never hear the end of how America faces a grave threat to “democracy.”

We noted the same double standards in effect with some recent actions by Rep. Joaquin Castro last week. Doxing Trump supporters? It was practically a non-event that got little, if any, mention — much less condemnation — from mainstream media outlets. This was an action by a sitting congressman, someone who wields no small amount of influence in DC, including with regulatory agencies.

Similarly, when Federal Election Commission chairwoman Ellen Weintraub slammed President Trump for making claims about voter fraud in New Hampshire, we couldn’t help but notice her silence regarding Stacey Abrams’s 10 months of unsubstantiated claims of vote suppression in Georgia. By the way, Weintraub applied her double standard while being responsible for the enforcement of campaign-finance laws.

This also comes as James Comey again skates despite another damning report on his behavior from the Justice Department’s inspector general. This is in addition to the other issues that emerged from Spygate — questions Americans deserve the answers to, not to mention the need for accountability.

The frustrating thing is the fact that the double standards that could destroy any confidence in the Rule of Law are perpetrated not just by the legal system but by the studious lack of comment from the Leftmedia. While America can survive when Americans have deep divisions, it cannot survive if legal and moral double standards exist. And if free speech is successfully quashed — whether by Hollywood, academia, or Big Tech — our republic is in serious danger.


Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Ruling in filmmaking/marriage case is a win for free speech

According to Minnesota officials, the State’s Human Rights Act mandates that if the Larsens make films celebrating marriage between one man and one woman, then they must make films celebrating same-sex marriages as well.

By Carl Larsen

My wife and I are professional storytellers. Through our family business, Telescope Media Group, we produce short films, commercials and documentaries. And we direct live events.

We serve everyone. We just cannot express every message or celebrate every event through our custom films.

To our dismay, several years ago we learned about a Minnesota law — or rather, the unusual application of one — that sought to interfere with our filmmaking choices. According to state officials, this law would force us to create films promoting messages in conflict with our deepest beliefs.

The state’s position put us to a terrible choice. We could bend to the state’s interpretation of the law and compromise our faith; we could follow our faith and risk severe penalties, including fines, damages, or even jail time; or we could ask a court to vindicate our fundamental rights before we entered the wedding film industry.

We opted for court, but only as a last resort. The issue was simple but huge: Can the state compel filmmakers’ speech — that is, can it force filmmakers to create content that violates their core beliefs — just because they offer to create films for a living?

Minnesota said “yes”; we said “no.” On Aug. 23, a federal appeals court issued a strong ruling in favor of our free-speech rights.

That’s a big win — not only for us, but for everyone.

This mandate would pose a problem for any filmmaker, religious or not. The state shouldn’t be able force you to speak messages that contradict what you believe.


Count on Trump to defend free speech from global censorship

President Trump deserves enormous credit for his exceptional and unwavering commitment to free speech at the recent Group of Seven summit in France. Foreign leaders, like liberal activists in the United States, are chomping at the bit to introduce more online censorship.

At the meeting of the leading democracies, European leaders introduced a new measure that would draft technology companies into the role of government censors, forcing them to police online content and remove anything that bureaucrats deem to be insensitive. Emmanuel Macron struggled in vain to conceal his disappointment as he announced the United States had refused to sign on to his crackdown on online speech, which would have institutionalized the exact same kind of discriminatory treatment that American conservatives are fighting against here at home.

By refusing to sign on to the repressive accord, President Trump took a crucial stand in defense of one of the basic tenets of democracy. The traditional conception of free speech, that governments cannot prevent citizens from expressing their opinions or punish them for doing so, once reigned supreme across the Western world. From its roots in the Magna Carta, to its refinement in the works of John Locke, to its codification in the First Amendment of the Constitution, freedom of speech could be the greatest contribution Anglo Americans have made to human civilization.

In the aftermath of the totalitarian horrors of the 20th century, freedom of speech was embraced by all of the countries that now make up the G-7. It was even enshrined in the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights. Unfortunately, freedom of speech has come under siege, especially in Europe, as governments seek to eradicate “hate” and “offensiveness” at the expense of the right of their own citizens to express themselves.


Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Pennsylvania man's 'gunlike hand gesture' toward neighbor was a crime, court rules

A Pennsylvania court ruled Tuesday that making a "gunlike hand gesture" is a crime after a man made the hand motion during an argument with his neighbor — an act which reportedly made several nearby residents nervous and prompted a call to police.

Stephen Kirchner, 64, made the gesture toward his neighbor in Manor Township in June 2018, according to surveillance video. Kirchner, walking alongside a female neighbor, "stopped, made eye contact with [the male neighbor] and then made a hand gesture at him imitating the firing and recoiling of a gun," according to court documents.

The action made one neighbor feel "extremely threatened" and he called 911. Another neighbor said she saw Kirchner “put his finger up like he was going to shoot [the neighbor]", "insecure," prompting her to call 911.

Kirchner and the female neighbor Kirchner had been walking with previously had issues and confrontations, sparking the neighbor to install six security cameras on his property. At the time of the incident in 2018, the female neighbor had a "no contact" order against the neighbor who felt threatened, court documents indicate.

Kirchner was issued a citation for disorderly conduct following the incident. He said in district court he made the "gunlike" gesture after his neighbor gave him "the finger with both hands."

The 64-year-old was found guilty, but appealed, arguing the hand gesture didn't "create a hazardous or physically offensive condition." Kirchner said he didn't mean to cause public alarm, and there wasn't really any harm done to the neighbor or others.

On Tuesday, however, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania found the gesture "served no legitimate purpose, and recklessly risked provoking a dangerous altercation."

Kirchner was ordered to pay a $100 fine and court costs.


Man considers legal action against Starbucks following claims of racism in store

A Philadelphia man is considering legal action against Starbucks after an employee labelled his drink order “ISIS” instead of his Islamic name.

Niquel Johnson, 40, told the Washington Post he had used his Islamic name, Aziz, “countless” times before, but this time the three drinks he ordered came back with “ISIS” — the acronym for the Islamic State terror group — printed on the receipt.

“I was shocked and angry,” Mr Johnson told the Washington Poston Friday. “I felt it was discrimination.”

In a statement to the Post, Starbucks spokesman Reggie Borges said: “After investigating, we don’t believe this was a case of discrimination or profiling.

“The customer approached and provided the name Aziz. The barista mistakenly spelled it incorrectly. We have connected with Mr. Johnson and apologised for this regrettable mistake.”

Mr Johnson, who was wearing Islamic dress, didn’t notice what the cashier had printed on the cups until after he had left the store.


Monday, September 02, 2019

Google Defends YouTube Restrictions on PragerU’s Educational Videos in Federal Court

A lawyer representing PragerU in federal court says Google’s reasons for denying some viewers access to videos produced by the conservative education organization on the tech giant’s YouTube subsidiary defy belief.

“To suggest that PragerU’s content is obscene, violent, hate speech is an absolute insult to the intelligence of the American public and people like yourself, who are willing to enter the important political dialogue,” Peter Obstler, PragerU’s lead attorney, told reporters and others at a press conference Tuesday in Seattle.

Obstler spoke to reporters after both sides presented oral arguments in Prager University v. Google LLC before the Seattle-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The legal battle by the organization co-founded by commentator and talk radio host Dennis Prager began in October 2017. Prager University, known as PragerU, filed a lawsuit against Google after YouTube placed more than 100 of its videos in “restricted” mode, flagging them as “dangerous” or “derogatory,” according to a press release from PragerU.

“‘Restricted’ means that families that have a filter to avoid pornography and violence cannot see that video,” Prager told a Senate subcommittee in a July hearing.

PragerU said in the press release that it filed the suit because Google and YouTube have restricted 10% of its video content and “maintains that the organization’s videos have been restricted, not because they are explicit, vulgar or obscene in nature, or inappropriate for children in any way, but rather because they promote conservative ideas.”

The videos categorized as restricted cover a range of topics, including the Ten Commandments, tolerance, climate change, free speech, and fake news, and tend to be three to five minutes in length.

Obstler said the organization, which focuses on teaching America’s founding principles and institutions and has more than 2 million YouTube subscribers, is ready to take the case as far as the Supreme Court.

“We will be back, but I am optimistic that we got a very fair hearing with three very able judges today,” Obstler said. “I believe they will do the right thing, and I believe that we will survive in federal court.”


Cyclists group demands 'appalling' AAMI commercial be taken off screens immediately - even though there's NOT a bicycle in the ad

A new term:  Cycling is now "active transport"

An Australian cyclist group has slammed an AAMI Insurance advertisement and demand it be taken down, even though there are no bikes in the video.

Members of the Australian Cycle Alliance (ACAi) say the advertisement is 'appalling' and are calling for the insurance company to take it off screens immediately.

The video shows a family who have to use scooters - a form of active transport - to get to school as their car is in the repair shop.

While the father is eager to use scooters as a mode of transport, the children are reluctant as they are humiliated by what their friends may think.

The ad then suggests AAMI Comprehensive Car Insurance will provide a hire car for families while their car is out of action.

President of ACAi, Edward Hore, told Daily Mail Australia the alliance finds the video discouraging as it makes active transport look like a last resort.


Sunday, September 01, 2019

Dior pulls its 'tone deaf' Johnny Depp advert for its 'Sauvage' cologne after it is sparks outrage over its 'racial insensitivity' to Native Americans

Dior has deleted ads from its social media accounts promoting its Sauvage fragrance after it faced a backlash because of its use of Native American culture.

A video on Twitter featuring a Native American dancer and an Instagram post explaining the campaign that was crafted with Native American consultants was deleted hours after the fashion house was called out for cultural misappropriation and being insensitive.

As part of the Sauvage campaign, Johnny Depp stars in a film called 'We Are the Land' that is described in marketing materials as an 'ode to Mother Earth'. 

In the ad, the narrator says, 'We are the land', as a Native American man performs a traditional dance before the screen goes black. 

It also featured Johnny Depp wearing a multi-colored poncho while playing guitar, and a dark-haired model with long hair in Native American dress.

Hours after it was posted on Friday, the video was deleted from the luxury designer brand's social media accounts.

Soon after posting the video on Twitter and Facebook on Friday, users were quick to criticize the designer brand.

One user called @AmyBertrand: 'if you wanted to be authentic you should of made a perfume called "colonizer," a journey deep into the colonial soul , in a stolen territory.


Australian PM slams new transgender toilet notices in his  offices and orders them REMOVED - calling them 'over the top political correctness'

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has slammed a toilet sign encouraging staff to use the bathroom which 'best fits your gender identity'. The sign was installed at the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet's office in Canberra. 

'PM&C is committed to staff inclusion and diversity. Please use the bathroom that best fits your gender identity,' the sign read. 

Mr Morrison has slammed the sign as 'political correctness over the top'. 'Honestly this is why we call it the Canberra bubble, it's ridiculous ... It will be sorted out,' he told 2GB Radio.  

'I don't think this is necessary. I think people can work out which room to use, 'It is political correctness over the top.'

He has spoken to the department officials about the sign and said he expects the note to be taken down. It is unknown when the sign was put up.

The PM&C's website said 'promoting diversity and inclusion is critical' in order 'to achieve our goal of best supporting government and improving outcomes for all Australians'.


Friday, August 30, 2019

Personal insults are free speech?

Not all personal insults rise to the level of defamation but they are in the same general category of speech.  They have never been protected free speech.

Reasoned criticism is another matter. That is protected.  But the young writer below cannot, apparently, see the difference between criticism and personal insult.  It is rather symptomatic of the vacant Leftist mind that they see insults as criticism. I hate to mention it, but it is possible to make political criticisms without insulting anyone personally. Conservatives do it routinely.

And the response by the conservative below is an example of that. He did not trade insult for insult but simply made some polite proposals. But it would appear that the Leftist concerned did not rise to that level of maturity.

But one can in a way understand the thinking of the woman below. Leftist discourse is so light on reason that insult has to substitute for rational argument among them.  Insults are often all they have got in defending their positions

When I saw a tweet saying that The New York Times newsroom might have bedbugs, I wasn’t especially surprised. The city says the problem is “increasingly common.” It seemed like a mundane inconvenience for the paper of record and joke fodder for its critics. I didn’t expect these jokes to end up infesting my Twitter timeline, but then conservative Times columnist Bret Stephens got involved.

Stephens, a vociferous defender of free speech, went full-on “I’m telling your manager” on a professor who tweeted, “The bedbugs are a metaphor. The bedbugs are Bret Stephens.” The absurd episode exposed, not for the first time and likely not the last, how the free speech double standard works for many intellectuals and politicians on the right.

Many people, including President Donald Trump and Republican politicians trying to crack down on the right to protest, are eager to crusade as champions of liberty and open discourse — until someone lobs the slightest criticism in their direction.

The Stephens incident is just one example. On Monday evening, Dave Karpf, an associate professor at George Washington University, tweeted the joke at the columnist’s expense. Later that night he returned to Twitter to share an email he said Stephens had sent him, with the university’s provost (Karpf's boss) on cc.


Preferred Pronouns and More: What a Mom Saw at Her Son’s College Orientation

College campuses are known for radicalism—but more and more mainstream colleges are bending to identity politics and woke activism. Recently, Penny Nance, the president and CEO of Concerned Women for America, attended her son’s student orientation at Virginia Tech, where gender ideology was a dominant theme—pronouns and all.

Nance: Well, I should first lead by saying that this is my second child to go to college. My first kid went to Liberty University and it was a totally different experience, let me just say.

But I have a son who’s a math and science guy who wants to study engineering. We are from the great state of Virginia and my son is military bound and wants to be a member of the Corps of Cadets, and who wouldn’t? Because let me just tell you, it is fantastic. That’s where it gets real. Those people are unbelievable. It’s an unbelievable opportunity.

So then you move into orientation and I understand you want it to be upbeat, but it took this immediate turn left from the very beginning, from the first moments in which everyone stood up. And there was between, I lost track, 10 and 20 people that during those couple of hours stood up, introduced themselves, their name and their preferred pronoun, every single part.

At first parents were like, “OK, that’s surprising or whatever.” By the end it’s so heavy-handed that they’re looking at each other, rolling their eyes, they’re annoyed, they’re sighing. And as we’re leaving I’m hearing their remarks to each other like, “I cannot believe that just happened.”

So, most of the kids being 17-, 18-year-old kids are … coerced into it. Of course they’re going to submit because they’re new, and they don’t want to get singled out, and they don’t want to say the wrong thing.

But then you hear stories like one kid said, “Well, I prefer either ‘sir’ or ‘your highness.’ I’m really comfortable with either one.” In which the kids all burst into laughter because they get it. They understand that this is ridiculous and they understand also that there are people who truly and sincerely struggle with gender dysphoria and we want to love them and be kind to them.

I forgot to mention that the kids, and I didn’t even know this until I got there, were asked while they were registered for orientation to submit to the school their preferred pronoun, and it wasn’t very obvious. We went back and looked. It wasn’t really obvious, but it ended up being printed on their lanyard, on their badge that hung around their necks. …


Thursday, August 29, 2019

Even puns are offensive now

A comedian has been asked to apologise for a vegetable-based joke.

Swedish comedian Olaf Falafel has been asked to apologise for a joke he made at the Edinburgh Fringe.

The joke was as follows: ‘I keep randomly shouting out “broccoli” and “cauliflower” – I think I might have florets.’ TV channel Dave awarded it the ‘Joke of the Fringe’ prize.

But not everyone was amused. Suzanne Dobson, chief executive of Tourette’s charity Tourette’s Action, thought the joke was ‘rubbish’. Fair enough.

But she went further. She also demanded an apology from the comedian: ‘Humour is a great way of educating people – but not only is it not funny to poke fun at people with Tourette’s, it’s not even that funny a joke, is it?’ She also said the joke brought ‘shame on Dave’. (Arguably a funnier statement than the joke itself.)

Of course, there is nothing offensive about this joke and people with Tourette’s are clearly not the target of it. It was a pun, not some covert incitement to hatred.


I am embarrassed to admit that I did not "get" the joke initially

They’ve Lost Their Minds in San Francisco

San Francisco, a city described in song for its natural beauty, is descending into an abyss of homelessness, the use of sidewalks as toilets, and a place you might not want to visit, much less live.

The latest, but surely not the last demonstration of insanity, is San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors’ adoption of new “person first” language guidelines meant to “change the public’s perception of criminals.”

The words “convicted felon,” “offender,” “convict,” “addict,” and “juvenile delinquent” are now out. These individuals will henceforth be referred to as a “justice-involved person.” Someone previously called a “criminal” will now be referred to as “a returning resident,” or “a formerly incarcerated person.”

Supervisor Matt Haney told the San Francisco Chronicle the intent is to keep people from being “forever labeled for the worst things that they have done. We want them, ultimately, to become contributing citizens, and referring to them as felons is like a scarlet letter that they can never get away from.”

In our muddled language and culture, one dare not suggest anyone has done anything wrong lest negative labels be attached to them. Such labels are unevenly applied. The political left often retains them to attack the right, but should the right seek to use words that accurately describe the conduct or status of another they are condemned as old-fashioned, rigid, judgmental, or worse.

Instead of applying euphemisms, San Francisco should be seeing to the homeless (“previously housed individuals”?) and the filthy streets that now require maps so people can avoid stepping in human waste.


Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Australia: Left-wing journalists try to censor the inconvenient facts

The hysterical preeners of the virtue-signalling Left must exhaust themselves daily with mental contortions working out what facts are suitable for public consumption and what needs to be suppressed. Slaves to political fashion, social media memes and their own sanctimony, these people seem to lack any guiding principles or ­intellectual integrity.

If they had their way, media ­reports last week would have told us about a fatal stabbing rampage and shown a man standing on a car in Sydney’s CBD, beeping out the audio of what he was yelling and telling us merely that there was some shouting. Apparently, the public could not be trusted with the knowledge that the man yelled “Allahu akbar”.

You need to remind yourself that these same activists tend to have an anarchical attitude to government secrecy, supporting the Julian Assanges of this world who would share even the most highly classified secrets. Yes, ­secrets are evil to these leftist ­activists, except the secrets they want to keep from a public they believe is not wise or woke enough to be trusted with reality.

They want to save the mainstream from their own bigotry and knee-jerk reactions. They must consider themselves secular saints — arbiters of the national debate for the common good — but in truth they are delusional.

My Sky News colleague Laura Jayes ran headlong into this idiocy when she happened to tweet breaking news from last week’s stabbing, including the fact that a man, armed with a knife, was ­yelling “Allahu akbar” as he called for police to shoot him. Jayes ­posted video showing exactly this.

Soon enough on social media Jayes was criticised for being ­unhelpful, encouraging “unnec­essary othering” — whatever that is — and “Islamophobia”. News reports yesterday revealed “Allahu akbar” also got a mention on a grotesque video made by the alleged killer; I guess that should never have been reported either.

The facts often don’t fit the narrative, so the Left prefers to leave them out. And increasingly they will bully any journalist impertinent enough to report any facts that the green-left evangelists find too confronting.


Leftists Declare War on 'Archaic' and 'White Nationalist' Pledge of Allegiance
Patriotism is under assault in city halls and school classrooms and athletic stadiums across the fruited plain.

In chapter two of my forthcoming book, Culture Jihad: How to Stop the Left From Killing a Nation, I warn Americans about the stealth war being waged on our traditions and heritage.

That’s why so many lawmakers and educators have been triggered by the Pledge of Allegiance. The belief that we are one nation under God has caused an untold number of leftists to suffer microaggressions.

The latest incident occurred in Arcata, California, where a lawmaker called for the eradication of the Pledge of Allegiance at city-council meetings.

“I would love to get rid of the flag salute,” city councilman Paul Pitino Pitino said Aug. 21 in remarks reported by the Lost Coast Outpost.

Pitino made national headlines in 2018 when he called for the removal of a statue honoring President William McKinley.

City leaders voted to remove the statue because they viewed McKinley’s annexation of tribal lands in the western U.S. and Hawaii as “racist toward indigenous people.”

The city council did not take immediate action on Pitino’s request, but given its aversion to patriotism, I would not be surprised if the pledge got the heave-ho.

Meanwhile, in Hammond, Indiana, a member of the South Shore Convention and Visitor’s Authority caused a bit of a tiff when he refused to recite the pledge because of its alleged white-nationalist origins.

“An important tenant in the way I live my life is introspection, self-criticism, and a historical perspective,” Raymundo Garcia told newspaper columnist Jerry Davich. “We need to remind people of the hypocrisy, the true racial origin and the historical context in which the Pledge originated.”

And hell hath no fury like a school district that catches a teacher trying to instill American pride into the hearts and minds of students.

Just ask Daniel Goodman, a former school teacher in Florida who was indefinitely removed from the classroom because he dared to lecture students who refused to stand for the pledge.

Unfortunately, we live in a day when the leftists not only want us to forget the past, they want to destroy the past.


Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Louisiana Republican's Belief in Only Two Genders Is 'Incendiary'

That's it. The left truly has gone insane. Saying that there are only two genders is now deemed a horrible, terrible thing to say.

According to MSNBC anchor Chris Jansing, Republicans are bigoted women-haters. "We've got an important question now," she told viewers. "What does it mean to be a mainstream Republican? Is it the question that some Republicans have been asking in the age of Donald Trump, and increasingly, it seems the answer might be to make incendiary comments about women and members of the LGBTQ community."

She then used the Republican candidate for governor in Louisiana, Ralph Abraham, as an example of such terrible "incendiary" comments.

In a new TV ad, Abraham says the following:

Here's the truth. Life begins at conception. Government is too big. Our taxes are too high. And our car insurance is too expensive. President Trump is doing a great job. Facts matter more than feelings. The Second Amendment is self-explanatory. And as a doctor, I can assure you there are only two genders."

He's right, of course. There are only two genders. But according to Jansing and her fellow leftist friends, saying so is now officially "incendiary" and hateful. Oh yes, Abraham is hating on the LGBTQ (where did that Q come from? I see I'm truly getting old because I didn't know another letter had been added to the growing list of protected groups) community! He says there are only two genders -- which is indeed the way nature has created life. It would be rather difficult for living beings to procreate if it were different -- and that obviously means he hates gays and lesbians!

Now, wait a minute. If you follow the left's wacky line of reasoning, shouldn't you accuse lesbians and gays of discrimination? After all, they're folks of one gender who are sexually attracted to other people of the same one gender. How dare they! They're even less tolerant and open-minded than heterosexuals who are, after all, at least willing to have fun with another gender!

Anyway, back to the topic at hand (or at foot if you prefer. I don't want to insult anyone who chooses to identify his/her/er hand as a foot): the left has gone so much overboard that what was considered common sense a mere four years ago is now deemed incendiary and hateful. Literally everything that we used to embrace as a culture is now supposedly bigoted and intolerant.

The good news is that folks like Jansing will end up hurting the progressive movement and the Democratic Party they hold so dear. As professional leftists, they may have gone insane, but the average voter hasn't.


Facebook Pulls Trump Campaign Ads Over Alleged Policy Violations

Earlier this week, Facebook took down several Trump campaign ads over alleged violations of their advertising policies. They must have been terrible, horribly offensive ads, right? Heck, even I thought they must have been tasteless ads that were reasonably taken down... and then I saw one of the offensive ads:

What did this and other offensive Trump ads do that was so terrible? They targeted women. The website Popular Information explains:

Facebook's advertising guidelines list thirty varieties of prohibited content. Number twelve on the list prohibits ads that target "personal attributes." Facebook says ads must not include "direct or indirect assertions or implications about a person’s... gender identity."

So, let me get this straight. The Trump campaign runs an ad that says "The Women for Trump Coalition needs the support of strong Women like you" and somehow that’s so offensive that it violates Facebook’s ad policies?

Can anyone explain what is so offensive about a campaign trying to build up a coalition of female voters? Barack Obama had an official “Women For Obama” campaign initiative in 2012. I guess things have become so politically correct now that such things can’t be done anymore? After checking a few different 2020 Democrat campaign sites, the use of coalitions such as “Women for…” “Latinos for…” “Coal Workers for…” “African Americans for…” “Unions for…” etc., that used to be common for campaigns are curiously absent. Though every campaign I checked does have its own “Pride” collection of apparel.

In today’s politically correct climate, targeting women for being women might offend people who identify as women… or something. Or perhaps Facebook is just coming up with any excuse it can to prevent Trump from running ads.


Monday, August 26, 2019

Democrat Governor Excludes Conservative News Service From Media List

When two reporters showed up at the Wisconsin governor’s office in February for a press briefing on the new administration’s proposed budget, staffers turned them away.

Although the governor’s office didn’t formally invite the reporters, they were credentialed through the Wisconsin Legislature to cover government activities. They also emailed an RSVP to the governor’s staff.

The two reporters arrived at a conference room for the budget briefing at the designated time, but the governor’s staff said they weren’t on the RSVP list.

So, what gives?

Under the First Amendment’s prohibitions against government actions that inhibit “freedom of speech” and “freedom of the press,” shouldn’t all credentialed reporters be granted access to something as routine as an elected official’s budget briefing?

That’s what the MacIver Institute for Public Policy, a free-market think tank based in Madison, Wisconsin, argues in a lawsuit filed against Gov. Tony Evers, a Democrat who assumed office in January.

MacIver Institute’s suit claims the governor violated its right to equal protection of the laws and due process under the 14th Amendment. 

At a time when the Trump White House’s every dealing with the press appears to be scrutinized, a Democrat governor’s attempts to exclude a conservative-leaning news organization, even as he continues to welcome left-leaning media outlets, garner little attention.


Michigan State Training: Avoid Trigger Words Like 'But' and 'I Apologize'

As students went back to school at Michigan State University, those who wanted to make an extra buck working on campus were in for a rude awakening. At a mandatory student employee training, administrators told them to avoid words like "but" and phrases like "no problem" and "I apologize." According to the training, these words and phrases are "triggers" that could make people uncomfortable.

"Raise your hand if you’ve ever said 'no problem.' Did you ever think that was a trigger?" MSU Facilities Manager Sheena Ballbach asked student employees, according to Campus Reform. "I say this all the time and never thought that this could be a trigger word. But if I’m saying 'no problem,' that’s leading a customer to believe that they could be a problem or they could be an inconvenience to you and we’re just assuring them that they’re not."

The training featured a presentation with a page on "triggers" and "calmers." According to that page, the trigger phrase "I apologize..." should be replaced with the calmer phrase, "I am truly sorry..." The trigger phrase "I don't know..." should be replaced with the calmer phrase, "I'll find out & get back to you..." The trigger phrase "It's our policy..." should be replaced with the calmer phrase 'Here's what we can do..."

Taking a page out of Chick-fil-A's book, the presentation suggested, "You're welcome, it was my pleasure..." to replace "No problem..."

With all seriousness, the presentation suggested that the trigger phrase "But..." should be replaced with the calmer phrase "And..."

College Lists 'God Bless You' as Microaggression

Those poor student employees had no idea the kind of Orwellian nightmare they were entering. Just imagine going one day without using the word "but," and choosing to say "and" instead. This mandatory training is directing students to alter their thinking — to never use a contrasting conjunction but always use a connecting conjunction.

As National Review's Kat Timpf pointed out, this completely ignores what words actually mean. The phrase "no problem" clearly makes the point that the customer is not a problem. As difficult as it would be to avoid using "but" all day, using the word "and" instead would not really change the meaning of most sentences. Timpf used the example, "I love you, but I don't want to be with you anymore." Is it any less hurtful to say, "I love you, and I don't want to be with you anymore?" The point is the meaning of the sentence, not the word "but."

From the Campus Reform report, it seems the administrators had too much authority for the students to ask the simple question, "Why, in the name of all that is holy, do you want us to avoid using the word 'but'?!" Somehow, the question never came up.


Wednesday, August 21, 2019


I go into hospital later today for an operation that will require me  to spend around two days in hospital to have my recovery monitored. So I will be hors de combat until some time on the weekend.  I expect to be back to normal after that.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Company Says It’s Receiving Death Threats Because ‘Bikini Atoll’ Beer Offends Liberals

Back in the 1950s, the island of Bikini Atoll was the site of nuclear tests by the U.S. Armed Forces. You’ve probably seen the video and if you’re familiar with the tiny landmass in the Marshall Islands, it’s probably because of its association with our nuclear program.

The Manhattan Project Beer Company, a small brewery, makes a number of beers with nuclear-themed names. You may have guessed why given the company’s name, which is a reference to the project that produced the first nuclear weapon during World War II.

Brews from Manhattan Project include Half-life, Particles Collide, Plutonium-239 and 10 Nanoseconds, Pacific Daily News reported.

Thus, when they decided to name one of their new products Bikini Atoll, absolutely nothing should have happened except that those who enjoy imbibing microbrews had a new nuclear-themed option to choose from.

Instead, people began stamping their feet in anger.

The Texas-based company, the Pacific Daily News noted, “is facing criticism over the insensitivity to the Marshall Islanders who were exposed to high levels of radiation. The atoll remains uninhabitable.

“In 1946, the U.S. relocated 167 Bikinians to other parts of the Marshall Islands before detonating 23 atomic and hydrogen bombs at Bikini Atoll. The tests lasted until 1958.”

Residents were moved back to the island in 1969 but relocated again in 1978 when high levels of radiation were detected.

Republic of the Marshall Islands Secretary of Health & Human Services Jack Niedenthal — who is in no way looking to raise his profile through brewing up outrage — wrote a sternly-worded letter to Manhattan Project co-founder and co-owner Misty Sanford regarding the grave cultural transgression.


Must not criticize Halal meat

Political correctness even intrudes into British High School exams

A GCSE pupil was disqualified after examiners mistook her vegetarian views on Halal meat for Islamophobia. 

Abigail Ward, 16, who attends Gildredge House school in Eastbourne, East Sussex, was told by exam board OCR that she had made 'obscene racial comments' while answering her Religious Studies exam in June.

On the subject of halal butchers, the student had written, '...which I find absolutely disgusting.'

In an appeal, her school explained that her comment was in relation to her vegetarian beliefs, not her opinions on Muslims.

Her mother, Layla Ward, said the examiner has been 'over-zealous, over-righteous'.

Speaking to The Sunday Telegraph, the 36-year-old said the family were shocked by the decision to disqualify her daughter, and the exam board has since overturned the decision.

She said:  'Abbey is an animal lover and a very strict vegetarian. 'It made me angry … when asked a question in the exam, you can't even express your feelings.

In a statement, OCR said it has apologised to Abbey, adding that its initial conclusion was incorrect and 'too harsh'.

A Daily Mail investigation found this week that OCR - which oversaw 163,000 A-level entries this year – offered A-level ‘assessor’ roles to a reporter in two subjects in which she had no qualifications.