Friday, March 24, 2017

AT&T And Verizon Pull Google Ads Over Hate Speech Controversy

You can bet your bottom dollar that Jihadi videos were the ones that needed to be deleted.  Anything favouring conservative or Christian thought would have been wiped ages ago

AT&T is the latest high-profile company to pull its advertising from YouTube and Google as the search and advertising giant struggles to quell a controversy over online hate speech and its marketing platforms. Verizon has also suspended some of its Google advertising.

“We are deeply concerned that our ads may have appeared alongside YouTube content promoting terrorism and hate,” a spokeswoman for AT&T said in a statement to BuzzFeed News Wednesday. “Until Google can ensure this won’t happen again, we are removing our ads from Google’s non-search platforms.”

In a statement to BuzzFeed News Verizon said: “Once we were notified that our ads were appearing on non-sanctioned websites, we took immediate action to suspend this type of ad placement and launched an investigation.”

Several other brands including McDonald’s, HSBC, and L’Oreal, as well as the British government, have also recently pulled advertising from YouTube over concerns that the company is not doing enough to protect them from having their marketing campaigns tied to abusive and extremist content online.

The sudden departure of advertising partners, first reported by the Times, followed an investigation that Google had failed to remove hateful material from YouTube, in what appeared to be a breach of its own guidelines.


Liberal Social Justice Warrior brutally beats woman for “cultural appropriation”

Ms Figueroa is a rather large young woman, which may help explain her unhappiness.  She has been charged with disorderly conduct, assault and battery, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

A whiny liberal student is on trial for physically attacking two basketball players after a basketball game at Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass.

According to Carmen Figueroa, one of the women she attacked was guilty of “cultural appropriation” for wearing braids while white:

    The victims of the alleged assault are members of the Central Maine Community College women’s basketball team.

    Figueroa, 20, approached the players after the game and demanded that at least one player remove braids from her hair, according to court records.  Figueroa apparently decided the braids amounted to “cultural appropriation” because a Central Maine player who had the braids was white.

    The white Central Maine player with braided hair opted not remove the braids and tried to leave the building.

    In response, police say, Figueroa attacked her by pulling her braided hair so hard she fell to the ground. Once the unidentified player was on the ground, Figueroa allegedly kicked her and stepped on her.

    A second Central Maine [player] tried to intervene, but Figueroa was having none of it. Figueroa “grabbed her by the head and threw her to the ground,” according to court documents obtained by the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

Court documents indicate that Figueroa screamed “swears and racial slurs” during her attack.

Figueroa appears to have been a spectator at the basketball game. She’s not on the roster for the 2016-17 Hampshire College women’s basketball team, but a college spokesman confirmed that she is enrolled at the school.


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Must not find black women unattractive

Chicago Blackhawks winger Artemi Panarin apologized Monday for a racially insensitive comment made about black women in an old YouTube video that emerged on social media over the weekend. A statement was released through the team, and published by Chris Hine of the Chicago Tribune.

The video, which was filmed in 2012 when Panarin played in the KHL, shows Panarin and former teammate Yaroslav Tulyakov asking each other questions in Russian with subtitles included at the bottom. Midway through the interview, Tulyakov asks Panarin the question, "What could you never do?"

Panarin replies, “Have sex with a black woman," according to the subtitles and multiple Russian-speaking sources from Hine. Those sources also told him that the players “appeared to be joking and at times making off-color remarks as they read the questions” and his comment “appeared to be an attempt at humor.”

The Blackhawks and Panarin apologized on Monday.


Must not note racial differences in sport

Hundreds of students at a Baltimore County school held a peaceful protest Thursday after a classmate apparently wrote a racial slur on a baseball field and posted the image to Snapchat.

An Eastern Tech High School student posed with a racial slur on a baseball field with the caption "Baseball is a white man's sport." The incident upset many students and parents.

"We felt like we had to make a difference and if it wasn't us it would be nobody," senior Ashlyn Woods said.

Woods and other students held a peaceful protest Friday morning in the school lobby, but it turned into an all-day discussion about race relations with most of the student body taking part.


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

NY liberals push internet speech ban

Speech is only free so long as it’s inoffensive. That’s the basic premise behind a new bill being pushed through the New York state House and Senate:

    The bill is being called “the right to be forgotten act” but would be more aptly named “you can only write things on the internet that the government give you permission to write.” The bill “requires search engines, indexers, publishers and any other persons or entities which make available, on or through the internet or other widely used computer-based network, program or service, information about an individual to remove such information, upon the request of the individual, within thirty days of such request.”

In other words, if someone is offended by something said about them on the internet, this bill would give them the “right” to appeal to have it removed. If a court determines that the speech in question is “inaccurate,” “irrelevant,” “inadequate,” or “excessive,” it must be removed within 30 days or the author of the speech/search engine will be fined $250 per day.

This is far different from someone reporting a comment for harassment on Facebook. This is politicians attempting to give the courts the ability to destroy the First Amendment and fine people for exercising their God-given right to free speech.


No whites allowed: Politically correct computer game under fire

"Manveer" is a Punjabi (Indian) name

One of the most controversial individuals who worked at BioWare on "Mass Effect: Andromeda" was Manveer Heir, a game designer on the project. He had mentioned recently on his Twitter profile that "Mass Effect: Andromeda" was one of his past projects, but now we have confirmation that Manveer Heir is no longer working at BioWare.

The significance of this news is that a lot of gamers had mentioned that they wouldn’t be purchasing Mass Effect: Andromeda due to Manveer’s tweets, as he made it blatantly known that he did not like white people. His Twitter feed is filled with many crude, insensitive and racist remarks about Caucasians.

Heir’s persistently racist tweets ended up spawning a petition, with some gamers asking for BioWare to fire him for racism.

Things continually escalated as the release of Mass Effect: Andromeda drew near, with the 10-hour free trial and the revelation of the game’s poor quality and the fact that fair-skinned whites couldn’t be made in the character creator also made people quite angry.

The lead game designer, Ian Soon Frazier, commented on Twitter that they would investigate possibly patching in the ability to make fair-skinned whites and light-skinned Asians in "Mass Effect: Andromeda", leading many people to believe that Manveer Heir may have had something to do with it.

At the same time, there were also reports that BioWare may have been filling their ranks with “diversity hires”, which is why the quality of the animation, character models and facial rigging was so low compared to previous games, as revealed by Nick Monroe on Twitter.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Milk is Now Racist! Didn't You Know?!

You know the old saying, “Milk does a body good?” Well, it does, and you’re a racist.

Samantha Diaz, a writer for California State University-Long Beach’s (CSULB) newspaper “D49er,” wrote an article this past Monday asking the question, “Milk, new symbol of hate?”

In case you're not familiar with Diaz's article/argument, here you go:

The federal endorsement of milk in American diets contributes to the problem by uncritically pushing people to drink milk, despite the potential detriment it has on non-white people’s health.
Diaz references a study that states that 75 percent of African-Americans are lactose intolerant. Therefore, touting the health benefits of milk ignores non-white people, and is intrinsically racist.

“It may not surprise you that the United States was founded on racism,” Diaz added, by way of explanation. “That every institution we uphold has racist roots that are sometimes difficult to catch and even harder to fight against.”

Diaz goes on to argue that white nationalists and neo-nazis are using milk as a form of white supremacy.


Intolerance on the left

Republicans are often accused of racism, bigotry and intolerance. But believing we have a right to define and defend our borders is not racism. Believing that marriage is a religious institution reserved for one man and one woman is not bigotry. Fighting to save lives of unborn children is not intolerance.

The left feels if you express your religious beliefs, you're a bigot. But if you force a business to abandon its religion and cater to your desires, you are just exercising your civil rights. If you pray outside an abortion clinic, you are intolerant. If you block traffic, burn buildings or beat people you are just a frustrated protester.

The left and the Democrats have shown they are as bigoted, racist, and intolerant as anyone on the right or in the Republican Party. I don’t know if this will ever change. The country is more divided politically and racially than it has been in 50 years. President Obama was supposed to be the great uniter, but turned out to be the great igniter. It is not people on the right expressing a desire to blow up the White House with Obama in it. It is not white people asking for black cops to be killed. And it is not Republicans blocking traffic, destroying property and beating innocent people because their candidate lost nor have they ever acted this way.


Monday, March 20, 2017

Must not joke that Mexicans are poorly educated and earn low wages

Truth is no defense, of course

Two Snohomish County fire commissioners had a private conversation last week during which they made jokes about hiring Mexicans as cheap labor.

Meador and Chan apologized repeatedly. They said they wished the union had approached them personally before going public. Chan said the board’s swift response made him feel like someone who got caught "picking your nose in the grocery store."

On the March 7 recording, Chan joked about whether it would be cheaper to hire Mexican immigrants to work for the fire district, which has been short on paramedics.

Meador said, "I don’t want those immigrants. They can’t do the job."

The comments occurred during a break. The board’s secretary had turned the audio system back on, before the meeting reconvened, so the system could warm up, Reading said. The audio system picks up more sound than the desktop microphones, he said.

In an interview Friday afternoon, Meador said he is not anti-Mexican or anti-immigrant. "It was a joking thing," he said. "… I have Mexican grandchildren."

Chan is a Democrat who supported Bernie Sanders and Meador is an independent and they like to rib each other, Chan said. Chan on Friday brought up President Donald Trump several times and said that Trump’s comments about Mexicans have been "much more worse"


Google lets antisemitic videos stay on YouTube

Google is failing to remove virulent antisemitic content from its YouTube video platform in an apparent breach of its own guidelines and the law.

Havas, one of the world’s biggest advertising agencies, pulled hundreds of UK clients out of Google’s advertising network yesterday after revelations in The Times that taxpayers and big brands were unwittingly funding extremists through adverts. Dozens of other brands have also withdrawn their business.

The full scale of Google’s failure to tackle hate speech can be revealed today, with fresh analysis showing that more than 200 antisemitic videos are hosted on YouTube.

In some cases, the offensive videos were uploaded years ago and have attracted hundreds of thousands of views. Some even hosted advertising, suggesting antisemites may be profiting


Sunday, March 19, 2017

Must not say blacks are black?
Most of them are actually brown, I suppose

British rocker Morrissey has been accused of racial insensitivity over a T-shirt set to go on sale during his upcoming tour.

The controversial T-shirt is emblazoned with a picture of African-American writer and civil rights activist James Baldwin's face.

Above the image of Baldwin are lyrics from Morrissey's former band The Smiths' song Unloveable, which read, "I wear black on the outside because black is how I feel on the inside."

Although Morrissey has previously written about his love for Baldwin in his 2013 autobiography, social media users were quick to object to the T-shirt due to the combination of the words and image.

Hunter Felt, a journalist at The Guardian, wrote on Twitter, "Morrissey jumping in on the extremely hot "racist people co-opting black activists for their own purposes" trend."

Meanwhile editors at Britain's FACT magazine published an article headlined, "Morrissey is selling racist t-shirts because he is a f**king idiot".


Must not mention support for Trump

Actress and University of Kentucky basketball fan Ashley Judd  seemed shocked to discover that a basketball arena is not a safe space.

At least, not safe from an old man who asked for a photo.

In a Facebook post on Saturday, the actress described how she was “frankly scared” by an “older man with white hair” who asked to take her picture and then told her he was a Trump supporter.

She never described him as threatening or even said he had raised his voice.

In fact, he was apparently docile enough that she was expecting to swap stories with him about his hometown, where she had shot a film.

But once he had said he liked Trump, she said it became clear to her that “his affect was angry.”

And she observed, “I feel very sad that this happened, and frankly scared.”

The incident apparently occurred at the SEC tournament game in Nashville on Saturday


Friday, March 17, 2017

Earring correctness

Hoop earrings are ethnic.  Who knew?

A resident assistant at Pitzer College sent out an email to the entire school about how upset she was seeing white girls in hoop earrings because it’s culturally offensive to “[t]he black and brown bodies who typically wear hooped earrings.” 

According to an article in The Claremont Independent, the whole thing started when a group of Latino students spray painted “White Girl, take off your hoops!” on a dormitory wall that’s devoted to free speech.

Then, after one white girl said she was confused by the message, one of the spray-painters  – a resident assistant named Alegria Martinez — felt the need to fire off a school-wide email expressing her disgust. 

““[T]he art was created by myself and a few other WOC [women of color] after being tired and annoyed with the reoccuring [sic] theme of white women appropriating styles … that belong to the black and brown folks who created the culture,” Martinez wrote.

 Martinez explained that “[t]he black and brown bodies who typically wear hooped earrings, (and other accessories like winged eyeliner, gold name plate necklaces, etc) are typically viewed as ghetto, and are not taken seriously by others in their daily lives,” and that she sees “winged eyeliner, lined lips, and big hoop earrings … as symbols [and] as an everyday act of resistance, especially here at the Claremont Colleges.” 

(Yep — “winged eyeliner” and “lined lips” are apparently forbidden for white girls, too; I guess I’d better run to the bathroom and wash off my culturally appropriative face!) 

“We wonder, why should white girls be able to take part in this culture (wearing hoop earrings just being one case of it) and be seen as cute/aesthetic/ethnic,” Martinez continued. “White people have actually exploited the culture and made it into fashion.”


Founder of world-renowned cocktail festival is slammed for putting on a blackface to perform in a Zulu parade at Mardi Gras

The founder of a world-renowned New Orleans cocktail festival has come under fire after a photo showed her in blackface and Zulu Krewe regalia for Mardi Gras.

The photo on Ann Tuennerman's Facebook page was captured by her husband, Paul Tuennerman, as he made a video recording at the Zulu den.

It was captioned: 'As he said, "Throw a little blackface on and you lose all your Media Skills."

Criticism soon erupted on Facebook.

'It is 2017,' said one critical post. 'No reason for adults or anyone to still be putting on blackface, even if tradition.'

Some were upset at the comment - deeming it racially offensive - but not so much at the blackface get-up. Others were upset at both.

According to, New Orleans bartender Mark Schettler said on Facebook: 'The comment suggests that by performing blackness Ann loses her ability to intelligently and effectively engage media. Which is racist.'


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Australia: Must not have Bible verses on beer cartons

Coopers is facing a boycott and backlash after teaming up with a Bible group who used the beers in a bizarre debate on marriage equality.

The South Australian brewery has released a commemorative range of light beers with Bible verses on its cartons to mark the 200th anniversary of the Bible Society.

But Coopers says the brewery has nothing to do with a bizarre video debating marriage equality by the Bible group.

'We want you to know that Coopers did not give permission for our Premium Light beer to feature in, or "sponsor" the Bible Society's "Keeping it Light" video,' the brewery said in a statement.

The video featured Liberal MPs Andrew Hastie and gay politician Tim Wilson debate marriage equality, while drinking and cheersing Coopers beers.

A spokesperson for the Bible Society told Daily Mail Australia: 'Coopers has definitely not paid any money or donated any money towards the video. It was produced solely by Bible Society Australia.'

Coopers had not gone so far to distance itself from the video in an earlier statement.

'With regards to the "Keeping it Light" video from the Bible Society featuring Andrew Hastie and Tim Wilson, this is a light hearted but balanced debate about an important topic within Australia,' the earlier statement said.

'Coopers isn't trying to push religious messages or change your beliefs by celebrating 200 years of charitable work undertaken by the Bible Society, in fact, over the years we have produced a number of different celebratory cans to recognise the historical achievements of a vast array of different organisations.'

In a second statement, Coopers put further distance between the brewery and the video.

Coopers is releasing a range of light beer in partnership with the charity. The cartons will have Bible verses written on them, and the cans will feature the Bible Society logo.

Coopers said the brewery respected community beliefs.  'We aren't trying to push a religious message, we see these commemorative cans as a celebration of the Bible Society's 200 years of charitable work in Australia,' the company said in a statement.


Google: we won’t remove video that attacks Jews

But just attack Muslims and see how far you get

Google has refused to remove a video from YouTube that one of the company’s executives admitted was “antisemitic, deeply offensive and shocking”.

MPs criticised the technology company, which owns YouTube, yesterday after it claimed that a video entitled “Jews admit organising white genocide” did not breach its rules on hate speech.

The clip, posted in 2015, was highlighted by the home affairs select committee at the opening of the parliamentary inquiry into hate crime on social media. Executives from Facebook and Twitter also appeared before the committee and faced criticism.

The YouTube video features David Duke, the former Ku Klux Klan leader, saying: “The Zionists have already ethnically cleansed the Palestinians, why not do the same thing to Europeans and Americans?


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Liberal Media Reliably Leap Into Action, Condemn Carson for Immigrant-Slave Comparison

On his first day on the job, newly sworn in Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson made the awful mistake of comparing immigrants and slaves.

The liberal media (the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Buzzfeed, Hollywood Reporter and others) reliably leaped into action to cover the remarks with their usual glee. There immediately followed a scrum of condemnation from movie stars such as Samuel L. Jackson and the NAACP. Even the Anne Frank Center got into action calling the remarks "as offensive a remark as it gets."

The thing is, though, that the comparison, as inapt and inept as it certainly is, is often made by immigrant advocacy groups, supporters of open borders, and even black progressives from time to time. Doing so is frequently a conscious effort to hitch the "illegal immigration is benign" wagon onto the civil rights train.

Example: Maria Hinojosa, a National Public Radio host who wears her alien advocacy on her sleeve in the same uncritical way that Jorge Ramos of Univision does, made the comparison when making the unverified and unverifiable claim in regard to aliens in Flint, Mich., during the tainted water crisis there. Her guest for the day, Melissa Harris-Perry, carried the stupid analogy even further by comparing immigration laws with "fugitive slave laws".

That CNN unwittingly exposes its own hypocrisy is no surprise; they are a network with neither shame nor historical memory.

But where were the howls of outrage from Hollywood stars over Hinojosa and Harris-Perry's conversations? There were none.

All things considered, the silence in the face of these other gaffes is suspicious. Is it because Carson is a Black Republican, and African-Americans aren't allowed by the progressive thought police to be conservative? Is that why only his remarks get singled out when so many others have made the same kind of inappropriate comparisons? I can't help but wonder.


UK: Conservative Club Says College is Intolerant of Free Speech, Is Promptly Banned

Nothing says "hey, we're totally open to all ideas" like banning one's critics.

At Lincoln University, they are very tolerant of all viewpoints and encourage free speech... until you cross them. A conservative student group discovered this when it pointed out Lincoln University was ranked as "very intolerant" about free speech.

Well, the university wasn't going to sit by and let that go unchallenged. Immediately, the school disproved/proved the validity of this group's accusation by... drumroll please... censoring the group's message.

The Telegraph reports:

Lincoln University’s Conservative Society has been censored by its student union after it posted an image online showing that the university had been ranked “very intolerant” on free speech in a recent survey.

In response, the Students’ Union swiftly suspended the society’s social media accounts, on the grounds that highlighting the university’s ranking had brought it into disrepute.

The move has been widely derided in social media


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Must not suggest that some groups are less civilized than others

Rep. King tweeted: "Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies"

Representative Steve King, a Republican from Iowa who has a history of making inflammatory statements viewed by many as insensitive or outright racist, was roundly criticized on Sunday for his apparent endorsement of white nationalism.

Mr. King made the remark on Twitter when he shared a story by the Voice of Europe website about the far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who wants to end Muslim immigration and ban the Quran and who has called Moroccan immigrants “scum.”

Critics said that Mr. King echoed the principles of white nationalism, the belief that national identity is linked to the white race and its superiority to other races. Self-proclaimed white nationalists emerged as a small but vocal group during the candidacy of Donald J. Trump, celebrating his promises to crack down on illegal immigration and ban Muslims from entering the United States, as well as heralding his presidential victory as a chance to preserve white culture.

David Duke, the white nationalist and former Ku Klux Klansman who called Mr. Trump “by far the best candidate” during the campaign, celebrated Mr. King’s comments.

But many people quickly condemned Mr. King. “You, Congressman, are simply a bigot,” one person replied. Another person wrote, “You know that you were ‘somebody else’s baby’ too, right? Or do you not understand how this works?”


Facebook, Twitter Censor Jihad Watch

Those who rely on the Big Lie can't bear the truth being told

By: Robert Spencer

The facts at hand presumably speak for themselves, but a trifle more vulgarly, I suspect, than facts usually do.

Referrals to Jihad Watch from Facebook, February 2, 2017: 16,683
Referrals to Jihad Watch from Twitter, February 2, 2017: 1,051

Referrals to Jihad Watch from Facebook, February 6, 2017: 12,882
Referrals to Jihad Watch from Twitter, February 7, 2017: 1,880

Referrals to Jihad Watch from Facebook, February 7, 2017: 23,783
Referrals to Jihad Watch from Twitter, February 7, 2017: 1,718

Referrals to Jihad Watch from Facebook, February 8, 2017: 18,926
Referrals to Jihad Watch from Twitter, February 8, 2017: 1,091

Referrals to Jihad Watch from Facebook, February 9, 2017: 11,914
Referrals to Jihad Watch from Twitter, February 9, 2017: 974

And then the very next day:

Referrals to Jihad Watch from Facebook, February 10, 2017: 2,923
Referrals to Jihad Watch from Twitter, February 10, 2017: 295

The dropoff has continued:

Referrals to Jihad Watch from Facebook, February 20, 2017: 3,408
Referrals to Jihad Watch from Twitter, February 20, 2017: 416

Referrals to Jihad Watch from Facebook, February 27, 2017: 2,369
Referrals to Jihad Watch from Twitter, February 27, 2017: 329

Referrals to Jihad Watch from Facebook, March 2, 2017: 1,645
Referrals to Jihad Watch from Twitter, March 2, 2017: 206

Referrals to Jihad Watch from Facebook, March 6, 2017: 1,948
Referrals to Jihad Watch from Twitter, March 6, 2017: 261

Did thousands of people who used to click on Jihad Watch articles from Facebook and Twitter suddenly on February 10 lose interest? Of course not. This is what happened: Facebook and Twitter are censoring Jihad Watch as "hate speech," in accord with assurances they recently gave to the European Union that they would stop tolerating such speech.

Now, I do not accept and will never accept the idea that reporting on jihad activity and Sharia oppression constitutes "hate speech," but that is, of course, the longstanding claim of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and Muslim groups in the West, and has been uncritically adopted by the Left, with which Facebook and Twitter are so firmly aligned.

In reality, what constitutes "hate speech" is a subjective judgment. The label itself is a tool in the hands of the powerful, enabling them to control the discourse and silence dissenters to their agenda. That is ultimately what this is about: the purveyors of the Big Lie always have to shut down those who tell the truth, because they are aware that their whole enterprise rests on a lie and is deeply threatened by the truth. They can only put their lie across by constant repetition and relentless persecution of those who tell the truth. The truth-tellers, in contrast, need not resort to censorship against the liars, for they are confident that the truth, if given a fair hearing, will be obvious and compelling.

The good news in all this is that despite this choking-off of referrals from Facebook and Twitter, Jihad Watch's overall readership is growing. Apparently many people who used to come to the site from Facebook and Twitter are finding different avenues. That is very important in general: free people must not accept this censorship, which is a desperate lashing-out of a discredited and weakening political and media elite against an inexorably growing populist revolution. If Facebook and Twitter shut out the truth, then we have to, in large numbers, shut out Facebook and Twitter.

That is certainly what I am going to do: while each Jihad Watch post automatically goes up on Facebook and Twitter (for as long as that will last), I will never personally go to either one again.

And despite the ever-decreasing platform for those who dissent from the socialist, globalist, internationalist agenda of these sinister and authoritarian elites, there is every reason to be confident. They have all the money and all the power and all the platforms, and even so, Brexit was voted in, Trump was elected, and much, much more is to come. There is, after all, one weapon they do not have on their side, and that is why, for all their intermediate success, they are doomed to failure: that weapon is, of course, the truth.


Monday, March 13, 2017

The suing of Katie Hopkins is a scandal

People of England, be careful what you tweet. Make a mistake, say something you shouldn’t, get too heated, and you could find yourself dragged to court, punished for committing libel, and out of pocket by thousands of pounds. This is what happened today, in the scandalous case of Guardianista kale fan Jack Monroe dragging Daily Mail columnist Katie Hopkins to the libel courts over something she tweeted. Tweeted. It’s a dark day for free speech when you can find yourself in the dock for a goddamn tweet; when even the largely thoughtless thumb-tapping of one’s feelings into the ether can become a matter of law. Liberty online has been dealt a low blow.

Monroe took Hopkins to court over two tweets she wrote in May 2015. Hopkins, known for her provocative style, asked Monroe if she had ‘scrawled on any [war] memorials recently’. Monroe has never scrawled on a war memorial or suggested that doing so is a good or acceptable thing. Hopkins had mixed her up with Laurie Penny, a New Statesman columnist, who did once say that the daubing of the words ‘Fuck Tory scum’ on the women’s war memorial in London during an anti-austerity protest was an acceptable part of political protest.

It’s understandable Hopkins confused Monroe and Penny: both are drab writers obsessed with their own identities and given to blathering about being genderqueer or trans, of which the press has its fill these days. Hopkins realised her mistake and deleted the tweet, though she followed it up with one asking what’s the difference between Monroe and Penny. The End? Of course not. This is England, where libel acts as a permanent invitation to punish those who say wrong or bad things about you.

And so Monroe sued. Over. A. Tweet. Someone needs to get a life, pronto. Incredibly – or not, given how skewed and authoritarian the libel laws are – she won. Today the court ordered Hopkins to pay £24,000 in damages. If we take the first offending tweet, about war memorials, which was 20 words long, this works out at around £1,200 per word. That is outrageous.

If I found myself facing such a financial thrashing for speech, I’d ask if the stocks were available as an alternative form of punishment. Getting pelted with tomatoes would have less severe personal consequences than losing tens of thousands of pounds. Of course both serve the same purpose, both that old public pelting and the still existing libel law: they reprimand severely those who speak out of turn or say untrue things.

The Twitterati is celebrating the court judgement because they hate Hopkins. The fools. It doesn’t matter what you think of Hopkins – you should be concerned that England has some of the worst libel laws in the world and that they have now been deployed to punish someone for making a mistake in a tweet. Monroe says the tweets caused harm to her reputation, and I guess we have to accept that, because otherwise she might sue us too.

The single judge who ruled on this case – so much for our ‘liberalised’ libel laws – decreed that the tweets caused Monroe ‘real and substantial distress’ and ‘harm to her reputation’. But that we have laws that allow for this, which elevate one individual’s reputation over other people’s freedom of speech, is alarming. Monroe joins Saudi plutocrats, Russian oligarchs and other unpleasant characters in using England’s libel laws to sue someone they claim wronged them with words. Shame on her. (Can I say that? Hope so.)

Yes, Hopkins was wrong. But so what? She deleted her wrongness. That should have been the end of it. If I sued every time someone said something incorrect and harmful about me, I’d never be out of the courts. If someone lies about you, you should speak up; you shouldn’t use archaic, censorious laws to make them pay. In the US, where it’s rightfully very difficult for public figures to sue for libel, the landmark Supreme Court ruling New York Times vs Sullivan recognised the importance of free speech for wrong statements: ‘Erroneous statement is inevitable in free debate, and… it must be protected if the freedoms of expression are to have the “breathing space” that they need to survive.’

The chilling effect of today’s ruling will be dire. Twitter in England is in essence no longer a free space. Watch what you say. Censor yourself. That this situation has been brought about by so-called liberals goes to show that while they might not approve of desecrating war memorials, they’re okay with desecrating what liberalism means.


UK cellphone service provider GiffGaff is banning people from its forum if they criticize Islam

Enlarged version here

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Air Force: Words Like 'Boy' and 'Girl' Could Be Offensive

The Air Force fears that words like boy, girl, colonial and blacklist might offend people, according to an email sent to Airmen at Joint Base San Antonio. An outraged Airman sent me a copy of the email as evidence the military is still infected with Obama-era political correctness. The email included an attachment that listed a number of words and phrases that might be construed as offensive.

Now, to be fair there were some legitimately offensive and racially charged words and phrases on the list. But also included on the list were the words boy and girl. The email was written by a senior Air Force leader and was sent to an untold number of personnel at Lackland Air Force Base. Airmen were advised to study a list of words and phrases that “may be construed offensive.” Here’s a partial list of the dubious words and phrases deemed troublesome by the Air Force:



You People





Sounds Greek to me

Blondes have more fun

Too many chiefs, not enough Indians

“Please be cognizant that such conduct is 100 percent zero tolerance in or outside of the work climate,” the email read. “Let’s capitalize on our richly diverse climate, and help others seek assistance if they are struggling with compliance.” Based on my interpretation of the email, it’s pretty clear that Airmen have been advised not to use those words in any sort of context — on or off base. So I reached out to the public affairs office at Lackland to find out why they had a problem with the words boy and girl. Was it true that the Air Force had banned those words?

“The Air Force has no list of prohibited terms,” a public affairs spokesperson told me. “It was sent out by an individual simply reminding Airmen to be respectful to others.” Apparently, the words “100 percent zero tolerance” don’t have the same meaning in Air Force vernacular.

This is a case of the Air Force getting caught red-handed trying to advance a politically correct agenda. And now that I’ve got a copy of the evidence, it is attempting to whitewash the situation. It’s time for Defense Secretary James Mattis to root out political correctness in the Armed Forces. We must never again allow the greatest fighting force on the planet to be used as a social engineering petri dish.

The Airmen I know are brave men and women who are devoted to their calling to protect our great nation. I sincerely doubt they give two hoots about political correctness. That being said, there could be one or two folks in the military who contracted microaggressions that were triggered by someone uttering the words “boy” or “girl.” Perhaps those individuals might consider seeking treatment for their affliction inside a designated safe space at a nearby public university instead of Joint Base San Antonio.


Hate Crime Hoax: Michigan Snowflake Scratched Own Face with 'Safe Space' Safety Pin

Yet another one

A 21-year-old woman from Ann Arbor, Michigan, pleaded guilty to making a false report after she fabricated a fake hate crime following the election of President Trump.

Halley Bass originally told the police that a strange man had pricked her face with a pin in downtown Ann Arbor on Nov. 15., but in reality, she had scratched herself with her own "safe space" safety pin after "becoming upset" in her women's literature class at the University of Michigan.

Via MLive:

"I was suffering from depression at the time," Bass told Judge Elizabeth Pollard Hines. "I made a superficial scratch on my face. It was visible and I was embarrassed about what I'd done. So I made up a story and told a friend that a stranger had done it while I was walking. I was encouraged to report it to the police. I made the mistake of doing that."

Enter Ann Arbor police Detective Robin Lee and Special Agent Sean Nicol of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, who questioned Bass at the Ann Arbor Police Department on November 17.

Bass told them that she was targeted for wearing a "solidarity pin" (a show of opposition to President Trump and a signal to other liberals that she is a "safe space"). The idea was started by the losing side of Great Britain's "Brexit" vote and adopted by American snowflakes after Trump's election victory.

She said her safety pin "was to show, yeah, solidarity with the people like we show your fear and we want to help you get through it."

Bass described the suspect as an approximately 45-year-old white male, with stubble on his face, wearing a black baseball hat pulled low over his face, a gray hoodie with the hood down and sweat pants. She has now admitted to making up the suspect.

Bass posted about the attack on Facebook the same day she reported the attack to the police, according to the report.

Bass later told detectives she wrote the post to convey "that all people are equal and deserve to have their voice heard and not feel endangered."

Detective pointed out her post had a dozen shares and more than 100 likes. "It blew up a little bit more than I meant to," she said about the post.

Bass was called into police headquarters for a second interview after detectives scoured surveillance footage from restaurants and other businesses near the site of the alleged attack and found nothing.

Bass eventually confessed that she had cut her own face after getting out of her Woman's Literature class.

Bass and her attorney have requested that she be sentenced through the 15th District's mental health court. Which sounds about right.


Friday, March 10, 2017

The Brawny Man is now a Brawny Woman

Wrap it up ladies, because we’ve finally accomplished it all: The Brawny Man is being turned into a Brawny Woman.

As part of Georgia-Pacific’s #StrengthHasNoGender initiative, Wal-Mart will be selling special commemorative “Brawny Woman” 8-packs of paper towels all March, which just happens to be Women’s History Month. Pick some up to clean up all your kids’ kitchen messes, ladies! You’re doing the cleaning, after all, whether you’re on the label or not. And here’s hoping Wal-Mart has them on sale, since you’re going to need a deal, given that you’re making just $.79 for every male dollar, and your income will probably peak when you’re just 39. But it’s the little victories, right?

Sales of the product—which, by the way, is owned by The Koch Brothers—will help fund a $75,000 donation Brawny is making to Girls Inc.’s SMART programming, which is a totally valid program meant to nurture girls interested in science, technology, engineering, and math.


UK: Stating reality can be wrong

Dame Jenni Murray has sparked a fierce debate with her claim that a sex change can't make someone a real woman

The presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour argued that transgender women do not have the shared experience of growing up female.

On Twitter, some commenters vehemently disagreed with the remarks while others agreed with the veteran broadcaster.

Twitter user Wadorf Sixpence said: 'Jenni Murray needs to be sacked from Women's Hour immediately.'

Writing in the Sunday Times Magazine, Dame Jenni, 66, said: 'Let me make something absolutely clear at the outset. I am not transphobic or anti-trans.'

She went on to criticise comments made by broadcaster India Willoughby on Women's Hour in December.

Willoughby became the first trans woman to present an all-female TV chat show when she co-hosted Loose Women.

Dame Jenni wrote: 'India held firmly to her belief that she was a "real woman", ignoring the fact that she had spent all her life before her transition enjoying the privileged position in our society generally accorded to a man.'

She adds: 'Your sex, male or female, is what you’re born with and determines whether you’ll provide the sperm or the eggs in the reproductive process.'

Dame Jenni said that she 'firmly' believes that transsexuals 'should be treated with respect and protected from the bullying and violence'.


Thursday, March 09, 2017

Students must not sing ribald songs

During their freshman year at university, students have always sung ribald songs.  I never went in for it myself but I heard plenty of it in my student days.  The students concerned were perfectly normal and remained so.  It let off steam without doing any harm.  But the new Puritans of the Left are intent on crushing it.  Oliver Cromwell would approve

Four first-year students at a prestigious Catholic college have been suspended for singing sexist songs about 'nailing' women.

The male students - who had been at Australian National University (ANU) for just two days - were overheard singing lewd chants that reportedly included euphemisms for oral sex.

The reputable college in Canberra, which counts former prime ministers Kevin Rudd and Bob Hawke among its alumni and charges fees of about $16,000, confirmed the boys had been suspended.

ANU's head of college admitted the songs were 'definitely sexist' but insisted they were not 'pro-rape'.

The young men were heard shouting the offensive rhymes inside accommodation at John XXIII College, The Daily Telegraph reported.

A source told the newspaper one of the songs went: 'I wish all the women were nails in my shed, then I'd grab my hammer and nail 'em in my bed.'

The students were on just their second day of orientation week when they were caught.

They were suspended for the remaining three days of the introductory week but were allowed to take part in classes the following week.

But college officials say the first-years could yet face further punishment, which could include being expelled or fined up to $150.


University Language Guide Deems ‘Homosexual’ and ‘Housewife’ to Be Offensive Terms

Cardiff Metropolitan University in Wales is instructing its students and teachers to not use “potentially discriminatory” words like “homosexual” and “housewife.”

There are a total of 34 no-no words listed on the school’s “Code of Practice on Using Inclusive Language” list, which aims to promote “fairness and equality through raising awareness about the effects of potentially discriminatory vocabulary,” according to an article in The Independent.

Other forbidden words include “mankind,” “forefathers,” and “Miss/Mrs.” The code also suggests some replacements. For example: The guide deems the words “homosexual” and “heterosexual” to be “laden with the values of a previous time,” and so it recommends “referring to ‘same-sex’ and ‘other-sex’ relationships” instead.

Other suggested swaps include using “Ms.” instead of “Miss/Mrs.” (“unless a specific preference has been stated”), “humanity, humankind, human race, people” instead of “mankind,” “and “shopper, consumer, homemaker (depends on context)” instead of “housewife.”

Now, to be honest, I really cannot imagine any of my stay-at-home-mom friends saying that they would would rather be called a “consumer” than a “housewife,” and I’m pretty sure that some of them would find that “shopper” label to be downright insulting.

Is “housewife” a bit of an old-timey term, one that suggests you are a woman who performs traditional wife-y tasks? Yes, it is — but some women are still proud of that. The label “housewife” denotes that a woman is doing the things that she does (yes, including shopping) not for herself, but out of love and care for the family that she built with her husband — which is, believe it or not, still a badge of honor for some.


University Language Guide Deems ‘Homosexual’ and ‘Housewife’ to Be Offensive Terms

Cardiff Metropolitan University in Wales is instructing its students and teachers to not use “potentially discriminatory” words like “homosexual” and “housewife.”

There are a total of 34 no-no words listed on the school’s “Code of Practice on Using Inclusive Language” list, which aims to promote “fairness and equality through raising awareness about the effects of potentially discriminatory vocabulary,” according to an article in The Independent.

Other forbidden words include “mankind,” “forefathers,” and “Miss/Mrs.” The code also suggests some replacements. For example: The guide deems the words “homosexual” and “heterosexual” to be “laden with the values of a previous time,” and so it recommends “referring to ‘same-sex’ and ‘other-sex’ relationships” instead.

Other suggested swaps include using “Ms.” instead of “Miss/Mrs.” (“unless a specific preference has been stated”), “humanity, humankind, human race, people” instead of “mankind,” “and “shopper, consumer, homemaker (depends on context)” instead of “housewife.”

Now, to be honest, I really cannot imagine any of my stay-at-home-mom friends saying that they would would rather be called a “consumer” than a “housewife,” and I’m pretty sure that some of them would find that “shopper” label to be downright insulting.

Is “housewife” a bit of an old-timey term, one that suggests you are a woman who performs traditional wife-y tasks? Yes, it is — but some women are still proud of that. The label “housewife” denotes that a woman is doing the things that she does (yes, including shopping) not for herself, but out of love and care for the family that she built with her husband — which is, believe it or not, still a badge of honor for some.


Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Australia: Must not promote candies

The advertising consumer watchdog has deemed a Baker's Delight ad promoting finger buns with lollies [candies] on top was undermining the promotion of healthy balanced diets.

The ad showed finger buns with lollies on top and scrolls with Vegemite inside with the wording: 'School lunches? Problem solved.'

But a complaint to the Advertising Standards Bureau slammed the ad claiming food choices are hard enough, let alone the promotion of lollies on bread for lunch.

Bakers Delight said the ad was not specifically directed at children, but rather busy parents looking for an alternative food for their kids.

'It is not our intention to target children with any of these advertisements, alternatively our copy is specifically designed to be directed at parents,' its response read.

''School lunches? Problem solved' is intended to target busy parents during the back to school rush period, to encourage them to consider Bakers Delight in their purchasing decisions. There is no copy used that is targeted specifically to children.

The Advertising Standards Board decided the Children's Code to advertising did not apply to the advertisement because the content was equally appealing to parents, despite the particular images appealing to children.

However, the board upheld the complaint pointing out the advertisement does undermine the promotion of healthy balanced diets through the text.

Bakers Delight accepted the findings of the consumer watchdog and said they would not be 'undertaking that campaign as a result of your intervention.'


Germany: Must not suggest that women have nipples

BAYERN MUNICH [basketball team] have been blasted for a “sexist” poster showing a close up of woman’s breasts with no bra to promote a key match.

The racy image put out by Bayern’s basketball team ahead of their cruch Eurocup tie against Spanish side Unicaja Malaga has been criticised for sexually objectifying women.


Tuesday, March 07, 2017

"Islamophobia" to be outlawed in Canada

Turns out, there are a lot of people concerned about free speech in Canada. And concerned about losing it.

“It’s great to be in a room full of severely normal people,” said Conservative leadership candidate Dr. Kellie Leitch, drawing cheers.

About 1,200 people showed up to The Rebel’s Rally For Free Speech at Canada Christian College to protest Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government’s M-103 motion being debated in the House of Commons this week, which many criticism is, in essence, an anti-blasphemy law seen in many Muslim countries that prevents criticism of Islam.

“We need to fight back against all of this politically correct nonsense,” said Leitch. And they were doing just that.

When it comes to Liberal Erin Mills MP Iqra Khalid’s motion to “condemn Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination,” the crowd’s stance was clear. They don’t want it.

“Justin Trudeau says people who are opposed to M-103 are fringe,” said Leitch. “Justin Trudeau, you are fringe.”

Every speaker brought similar sentiments, whether it be Ezra Levant, Faith Goldy, PC leadership candidates Leitch, Chris Alexander, Brad Trost, Pierre Lemieux or Dr. Charles McVety of Canada Christian College.

“This is grassroots,” said Goldy. “If we don’t stand up now historians will look back and say no one stood up for free speech that our soldiers laid down their lives for.”

I have said Khalid’s motion should be ripped up for good. Canada needs a lot of things, but not government deciding who and what is Islamophobic. Scary a government would even try.


Must not suggest that women do most of the housework

Marks & Spencer has become embroiled in a sexism row over school uniforms that are labelled 'less work for mum'.

Equal-rights campaigners accused the retailer of 'reinforcing stereotypes' and pointed out that fathers are also responsible for uniforms.

The labels are on a range of boys' and girls' trousers that promise 'reinforced hems'. Costing less than £15, they boast technology that ensure hems 'stay up for longer, so that's less work for mum!'

Last night, campaign group Fathers 4 Justice announced plans to lobby M&S to change its 'prehistoric' advertising.

Founder Matt O'Connor said: 'It is disappointing to see this from a flagship retailer.

'There is this mentality among high-street stores that it's only women who shop for children. It is an insult and we'll follow this with a campaign.

'It should say 'mums and dads' or 'parents'. It is like 'Mothercare' – where is 'Fathercare'?

'It really irritates fathers, but also instils children with bad lessons about stereotypes, which is irresponsible.

 'It teaches girls 'this is your preserve' and boys 'you have nothing to do with this'. That is harmful.'

Sam Smethers, chief executive of the Fawcett Society, said: 'This isn't just sexism – this is M&S sexism.

 'We slip into these lazy stereotypes as easily as a pair of their comfy slippers. It's 2017 and time to recognise that dads can sew, too.'

The labels also sparked discussion on social media, with one Mumsnet user writing: 'Well I won't be buying uniform from M&S this year!'

However, others sprang to M&S's defence, with one posting: 'Even in these supposed times of equality, most chores fall down to Mum.

'Even if she doesn't sew the hems herself, she's likely to take them to the tailor to have them adjusted.'

Last night M&S said its schoolwear packaging was being changed before the collection hit stores in May.

A spokesman added: 'It was never our intention to offend parents.'


Monday, March 06, 2017

Bad words in video games

Horizon Zero Dawn recently received criticism for its portrayal of different tribes represented in the game and four words used to describe those people: savages, braves, primal and tribes.

On Feb. 28, a Native American writer called out the game in a Medium essay for the descriptive words that historically have a degrading connotation attached. In her essay, Dia Lacina calls out the fact that terms like savages, primal and braves can “reinforce racist and colonialist ideas about indigenous people.” Lacina also calls out reviewers for not picking up on it in their critique of the game and its appropriation of Native culture.

“Video games have been appropriating from Natives both blatantly and obliquely for decades,” Lacina wrote. “And as much as we’d like to hope — it’s probably not going to stop anytime soon.”


Games convey a fantasy world, not a real one

Must not suggest that a crime-prone area is crime-prone

MOBILE, AL (WKRG) — The Comic Cowboys are receiving a barrage of complaints online after their jokes in Fat Tuesday’s Mardi Gras parade were considered by some to be “racially insensitive.”

The Comic Cowboys, who boastfully go over-the-top with their satirical jokes every year for Mardi Gras, targeted the city of Prichard in many of their parade billboard on Fat Tuesday this year.

The one receiving the most scrutiny portrays an Uber ride in Prichard as a trip in a police vehicle. Prichard, predominantly a black city in Alabama, has been plagued by violence and crime for decades.

“Do you think it is ok for children to see this? Is it ok to make fun of someone being shot?,” said one upset person who emailed News 5.


Sunday, March 05, 2017

"Orientals" is a bad word

He was referring to the Chinese Communists

Rep. Mike Bost said Thursday he regretted invoking a racially insensitive term and reference to explain why he would not hold in-person town hall events.

The Illinois Republican's comments were reported by The Southern Illinoisan, whose editorial board met with him last week. They discussed his lack of in-person town hall events, and he said such events would be an unproductive use of his time and used the derogatory term "Orientals" in the process.

"The amount of time that I have at home is minimal, I need to make sure that it's productive," Bost told the Illinoisan. "You know the cleansing that the Orientals used to do where you'd put one person out in front and 900 people yell at them? That's not what we need. We need to have meetings with people that are productive."

Bost told CNN in a statement that he regretted his choice of words for creating a distraction and said there was "no malicious intent." He also called on people not to disrupt town hall events.


"You people" is wrong

To close out Black History Month, President #Donald Trump met with a group of African-American leaders at the White House. After speaking to the group in question, the president is now being accused of using an insensitive term to describe those in attendance.

According to the report in Buzzfeed, six people who were in the room have confirmed that Donald Trump referred to the group of African-American leaders as "you people." "You people are doing an amazing job," Trump reportedly said, before repeating the term at least three more times during the meeting.

The comment allegedly "raised eyebrows," and was later described as "Trump being Trump." One of the leaders who was in the room said Trump's use of the term was "very insensitive."


Friday, March 03, 2017

"Working like a Hebrew slave" is a wrong expression

At the time of events giving rise to this complaint, Complainant worked as a term Workers’ Compensation Claims Examiner …. Complainant and [Supervisor S1 had] exchanged emails about Complainant’s work hours and schedule. During the exchange, Complainant stated that government employees generally work shorter hours than private sector employees, and she was “working like a civilian.” In response, S1 stated the following:

Wow … then I must be a damn fool … cause I’ve been working like a Hebrew slave the last 9 years and don’t have enough time to take off … at least somebody got it right.

S1 testified that during the relevant time period, he was aware that Complainant is Jewish because she requested leave for religious purposes, but he used the term “Hebrew slave” in his email to her because this was a “common term that’s used to reflect individuals who work with little means to produce great things.” He further testified that he understood that the [term] related to the trials Jewish people endured while in bondage in Egypt, as recounted in the Bible. The Agency maintains that S1’s comment was not severe enough to constitute harassment because he applied the term to himself, instead of to Complainant.

[Sentence moved:] [I]n evaluating whether the conduct is severe or pervasive enough to create a hostile work environment, the harasser’s conduct should be evaluated from the objective viewpoint of a reasonable person in the victim’s circumstances….

Upon review of this matter, we note that the Commission has found that under certain circumstances a single or limited number of epithets or slurs may constitute harassment under Title VII. In this case, S1 made the comment in an email to Complainant, and S1 knew that Complainant is Jewish. Although S1 only made such a comment once, the comment packed a painful, potent punch. Specifically, S1’s comment made light of the long and painful history of Jewish persecution and genocide.

The fact that S1 may have intended his comment to be a joke or a cliché does not soften the offense any more here than it would if he had uttered an equally offensive racial slur. We determine that a reasonable person in Complainant’s circumstances would find that S1’s comment was severe enough to create a hostile work environment based on her religion. Thus, we find that the AJ properly found that Complainant was subjected to religious harassment….

Our finding that Complainant was subjected to religious harassment, coupled with Complainant’s testimony that she was negatively impacted by S1’s conduct, persuades us that the AJ’s award of $10,000 is supported by substantial evidence…. [We also] find that the AJ’s award of attorney’s fees in the amount of $10,980 is supported by substantial evidence.

There was no finding of any tangible discrimination, or any other offensive statements, or any real anti-Semitism; the religious harassment finding (and the $20,000) bill was based solely on this one statement.

I should note that hostile environment harassment claims aren’t always (or even usually) this easy to win — there are court cases rejecting harassment claims based on more and worse incidents. But with standards as vague as “severe,” “pervasive,” “hostile work environment,” and “reasonable person in Complainant’s circumstances,” the results will naturally vary. And reasonably cautious employers will thus feel pressured by the law to restrict a vast range of employee speech, for fear that the judge in their case will read the standard in the more plaintiff-friendly way.


Taco Bell apologizes for commercial some viewers called racist

Taco Bell apologized for what many perceived as a racist commercial and edited out the offending scene where a white man throws a piece of trash at a black lady who is taking her child for a stroll.

Taco Bell released a statement apologizing for the commercial, saying, “We had no intention of upsetting anyone with this ad and apologize to anyone who was offended. We immediately re-edited the commercial and removed the original version from the air.”

According to AgencySpy, the commercial was accidentally released.


Thursday, March 02, 2017

European Parliament Votes to Censor Politically Incorrect Speech

Will they censor Nigel Farage?  See below

Worried by the rise of nationalist parties that threaten the very existence of the European Union (EU), the European Parliament (EP) has quietly amended its internal rules to enable the silencing of “racist” speech within its hallowed halls.

The rule change, which passed in December, allows the president of the EP to “interrupt the live broadcasting of” a parliamentary debate “in the case of defamatory, racist or xenophobic language or behavior by a member.” Furthermore, it gives the president the power to “delete” said incident “from the audiovisual record of the proceedings,” consigning it to the memory hole unless a journalist happens to be present to report on it. Offenders may be fined up to $9,500.

Conveniently, the rule doesn’t define what constitutes “defamatory, racist or xenophobic language or behavior,” leaving it to the president’s discretion, although the EP Bureau, which consists of the president and 14 vice presidents, must review the decision within four weeks.


Popular British comedy killed by PC

IT MIGHT’VE scored a number of television revivals and a hit movie, but the creator of Absolutely Fabulous is well and truly done with the show and has finally explained why.

Jennifer Saunders, who built the hit British sitcom from a 1990 sketch she did with fellow comedian Dawn French, said in an interview with The Mirror she’s sick of everyone being so “politically correct”.

“We couldn’t get away with anything. You can’t even get away to be a politically incorrect character, because that is seen as being politically incorrect [sic],” said Saunders.

The sitcom, which first aired in 1992, had a number of revivals and specials since its first episode with the final episode airing in 2012.

Last year, the show received a movie revival which took the show’s creator Jennifer Saunders years to write.

Despite the film being a relative commercial success, the movie came under fire for racism accusations when it was announced Janette Tough, a caucasian comedian, would be playing a Japanese character.

Comedian Margaret Cho hit out at the movie saying they were using ‘yellowface’.

And, it was criticism like that which encouraged Saunders to finally put the much-loved comedy to bed.


Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Must not joke about ethnic names

Jimmy Kimmel had a few funny zingers throughout his Oscars hosting gig. There was the bit where he tweeted at Donald Trump, and some ha-ha moments when he made snacks rain down on the audience. But overall, many of the late night personality's jokes landed with a thud — especially because more than a few of them were at the expense of people of color.

Most glaringly was that moment where he lifted the adorable eight-year-old star of Lion, Sunny Pawar, in the air to recreate The Lion King. A rich white man lifting up a brown child — one of few to ever make their way inside the Academy Awards show — in a nod to a movie set in Africa? Not the best idea, Jimmy.

Perhaps less noticeable but even more offensive was a consistent narrative throughout the night: Kimmel's tendency to either botch the non-typical names of the minorities in attendance, or his tendency to straight up make fun of them.

When he met an Asian woman — one of the tourists involved in the-tour-bus-skit-that-didn't-quite-work — and she told him her name was "Yulerie," Kimmel looked so dumbfounded that she had to clarify that it's pronounced Yulerie, which rhymes with "jewelry." After, when Kimmel asked another one of the tourists their name and they said, "Patrick," Kimmel quipped, "Now that's a name." Um, what? So it's acceptable in front of millions of viewers to tell a woman of color that her name isn't as good as a more American-sounding man's name? Not cool, Jimmy.

That wasn't it, though. After Muslim actor Mahershala Ali accepted his award for Best Supporting Actor and thanked his wife for giving birth to their daughter just four days earlier, Kimmel took the opportunity to take another jab, this time asking what Ali decided to name his daughter. After all, it can't be something "normal," like "Amy," he joked. Yes, joked. To the first ever Black Muslim Oscar winner — who had just tearfully shared with the world his joy over both the Oscar honor and being a proud new dad.

Of course, it doesn't seem like Kimmel is the type of guy that would purposely try to offend people on a major stage like the Academy Awards. But that's part of the problem: Many people don't stop to think about how their microaggressions toward people of color can wear them down over time. In addition to constantly being reminded of their "otherness" for simply being born with different skin, these men and women have likely already dealt with a lifetime of unnecessary teasing or questioning because of their unique names.

Mahershala Ali is now an Oscar-winning actor. A white man teasing a Black Muslim man about his name on a national televised award show does not set a great example for the rest of America — especially right now. And particularly when you kicked off the show with a message about bringing the country together.


Australia: Must not refer to illegal immigrants as "fleas"

None of the "asylum-seeker" detainees are in fact refugees.  None of them came to Australia directly from their own countries.  So they already had refuge before they departed for Australia

LIBERAL Senator David Fawcett has clarified a statement where he appeared to describe asylum seekers as “fleas” while quizzing the Immigration Department over border protection.

The senator made the statement while responding to Employment Minister Michaelia Cash in a senate estimates hearing at Parliament House today. Minister Cash had defended the Turnbull Government’s track record on border protection by saying it was “still trying to clean up” a mess left by the former Labor government.

Senator Fawcett, a panel member of the estimates hearing, responded: “I’ll leave it there, I just question the ethics of nitpicking when your particular group brought the fleas in the first place.”

Senator Ian Macdonald, who made headlines this month by defending the Life Gold Pass for retired politicians, laughingly said “Nicely put.”

Senator Fawcett has since clarified his comment, saying he was describing the Labor Party’s dispute of a very small detail of processes at a time the Immigration Department was under great stress and that the stress was due to Labor policies at the time.

“If they were nitpicking they were responsible for the cause of the irritation,” he said.

Shadow Immigration Minister Shayne Neumann had called on the senators to apologise for their comments after they were initially made.

“It is beyond belief that a Turnbull Government senator would ever refer to vulnerable people seeking asylum as fleas, and even worse, to have other Coalition senators laugh, cheer and eagerly agree,” Mr Neumann told News Corp.

“Senators Fawcett and MacDonald should immediately apologise for their comments and start treating Australia’s humanitarian program with the respect and seriousness it deserves.”


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Australian fishing store forced to take down 'incredibly offensive' ads after they were found to 'ridicule' Muslims

A fishing shop in regional Victoria has been forced to remove two of its Australia Day advertisements after it was found they 'humiliated' and 'ridiculed' Muslims.

Trelly's Tackle World in Shepparton, north of Melbourne, had a print ad featuring products on sale with an offer of free pork kebabs: '1 day only! Halal or Haram.'

A complaint lodged with the Advertising Standards Bureau (ASB) claimed the advert was 'incredibly offensive', 'Islamophobic' and 'aggressively attacked Muslims'.

The complaint said the emphasis on pork - consumption of which is forbidden in Islam - was intentionally included to 'suggest that Muslims are not Australians and are not welcomed'.

Trelly's responded to the claims by pointing out the word 'Muslim' was not used in the advertisement and said that kebabs were not exclusive to any one culture.

'In Australia we are free to eat and drink what we want within the laws of Australia,' Trelly's wrote. '[The complainant] is hiding behind the misuse of very loosely used words like multiculturalism and Islamophobic.

'I have also enjoyed by far a greater number of people who like my ad.'


‘Jamaican stew’ lands Cambridge in the soup

One of the wealthiest Cambridge colleges is to rethink its menu after ethnic minority students complained about culinary offerings such as “Jamaican stew” and “Tunisian rice” on the grounds that the names are “cultural misrepresentations” as they do not exist in their supposed native countries.

The complaints were made by Pembroke students on a Facebook page about food in the college ­restaurant. “Dear Pembroke catering staff, stop mixing mango and beef and calling it ‘Jamaican stew’,” wrote one student. “I’m actually half Jamaican pls show me where in the Caribbean they mix fruit and meat.”

Another complained about “cauliflower, date and tofu tagine with Tunisian rice and coriander yoghurt”, saying “sorry but what is this we don’t eat these tings in Tunisia”.


I hear that a lot of favorite Chinese meals in Australia and the USA are unknown in China.  But China does not complain.