Thanks for proving our point

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I was catching up on some reading last night and found this bit written by Ann Coulter in her column The Democratic Party: A Vast Sleeper Cell.
Democrats are always lying in wait, ready to force a humiliating defeat on America. Democrats want to cut and run as fast as possible from Iraq. Liberals spent the Vietnam War rooting for the enemy and clamoring for America's defeat, a tradition they have brought back for the Iraq war.
It’s quite simple to see why leftists despise Coulter so much; she is just telling us the truth. Consider this news article I read on the 29th of January 2007.
U.S.-backed Iraqi troops on Sunday attacked insurgents allegedly plotting to kill pilgrims at a major Shiite Muslim religious festival, and Iraqi officials estimated some 250 militants died in the daylong battle near Najaf. A U.S. helicopter crashed during the fight, killing two American soldiers.
The figure of 250 was later revised to 200, none the less, that was a terrible thrashing the Islamists took from the American back troops. Most of us living on this planet, including some who may just be passing through our solar system would call that an ass-whuppin.

Yet on the very day, Hillary Clinton was calling for Bush to cut and run, pull back, no, no, no, we cannot let the Americans win, never!! Better to re-deploy from Baghdad, like her other half did from Mogadishu.
Hillary Rodham Clinton said Sunday that President Bush has made a mess of Iraq and it is his responsibility to "extricate" the United States from the situation before he leaves office. It would be "the height of irresponsibility" to pass the war along to the next commander in chief, she said.
I can see what Hillary is thinking, she knows well enough if she gets into the Whitehouse in 08 that she will run from Iraq. So it would be better if Bush ran now, it gives the Liberals the option of changing their bleatings and saying later that the former president lacked the will.

Many Conservative commentators and some Liberal commentators have concluded that the Democrats have no plan, if America suffers another 9/11, the scum can rest assured there is no plan if a Democrat is in power. Hillary in a forum with 300 activists.
One questioner asked Clinton if her track record showed she could stand up to "evil men" around the world. "The question is, we face a lot of dangers in the world and, in the gentleman's words, we face a lot of evil men and what in my background equips me to deal with evil and bad men," Clinton said.

Meeting later with reporters, she was pressed repeatedly to explain what she meant. She insisted it was a simple joke. "I thought I was funny," Clinton said. "You guys keep telling me to lighten up, be funny. I get a little funny and now I'm being psychoanalyzed."
In other words, the strategy if there is one, will be joke, everyone knows this, so why dwell on it!! Moving on, I made the following comment yesterday to Len Kutchma’s post, Everyone’s a Target, further down.
If it wasn't for the bit of shame over that holocaust affair, the Eurabians would have shafted the Jews years ago. However in the coming decades, i think it will become harder and harder to shame the Eurabians into doing the right thing.
The post was about the most recent suicide bombing in Israel which killed 3, and the pride expressed by the family of the suicide murderer. I believe no matter what Islamic terrorists do, the morally bankrupt Europeans will continue to barrack for them, as long as it’s Jews dying all the way over there. And what have we here?
The German authorities were preparing for criticism from the Jewish community after it was revealed that a Holocaust memorial in Berlin was being used as a public bathroom by tourists and by neo-Nazi sympathizers.
Well, I guess thanks for proving us right.

get a life!

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Nude Harry Potter angers parents

The 17-year-old Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has stripped off for his London stage debut in Peter Shaffer's Equus.

Topless publicity photos of Radcliffe with a half-naked blonde have upset some parents.

The UK's Daily Mail reports that Harry Potter fan sites have received emails from concerned parents.


Fer crying out loud! The poor guy appears in a movie and for the rest of his life he's supposed to behave as a goody-two-shoes "role model" for pimply-faced adolescents.

Radio station 'vilified' Lebanese people

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Truth is no defence in the kangaroo courts ("Tribunals") that have sprung up in many countries to police political correctness:

"Leading Sydney broadcaster 2GB was guilty of vilifying Lebanese people when presenter Brian Wilshire said they were inbred and had very low IQs, according to an investigation by the media watchdog.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority found yesterday that a 2005 broadcast on the top talk station was a breach of the Commercial Radio Code of Practice. Wilshire made his remarks in a talkback segment late at night just days after the Cronulla riots.

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For some facts on the Muslim inbreeding problem in Australia, see here. See also here on Muslim IQ.

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Australia's Barrier Reef extinct in 20 years: Stupid Greenie claim

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Odd that coral reefs have survived all the past warming episodes in Earth's history! Odd that coral thrives most in the WARMER waters of Northern Australia! The reef is thousands of miles long and stretches from barely warm waters in the South to very warm waters in the North. So it clearly can handle large temperature variations. Coral is mainly tropical. It LIKES warmth! What barefaced lies Greenies tell!

The Great Barrier Reef will become functionally extinct in less than 20 years if global warming continues at its current pace, a draft international report warns. A confidential draft of the report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), obtained by Melbourne's The Age newspaper, says that global warming will cause billions of dollars of damage to coastal areas, key ecosystems and the farming sector without massive greenhouse gas emission cuts.

In a chapter on Australia, the draft IPCC climate impacts report warns that coral bleaching in the Barrier Reef is likely to occur annually by 2030 because of warmer, more acidic seas. The reef is one of several iconic areas of Australia identified in the report as key hot spots for climate vulnerability. Others include the Kakadu National Park's wetlands, the Murray-Darling Basin and alpine zones in southern Australia.

Australian Conservation Foundation executive director Don Henry said the report was a big wake-up call. "They are saying our beloved Barrier Reef is at grave risk," Mr Henry told Sky News. "We've got a major economic and environmental problem unless we heed the call of these scientists. "I think the science is getting clearer about how just how serious and urgent it is."

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Everyone’s a Target

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I don't know what's worse, someone who murders innocent bystanders in a shopping mall or the family of the killer on congratulating him for his efforts.
"The whole family was very happy when it heard that Muhammad is the hero who carried out the attack," said Naim Saqsaq, the brother of Muhammad Saqsaq, who carried out the suicide attack in Eilat that killed three people.

In case you didn't hear about it, Saqsaq detonated a bomb in a bakery in a Eilat shopping mall killing 3 people and critically injuring 2 others. The blast also killed him.
"We knew that he was waiting and praying for this moment. He always said, 'If only I could be a shahid, if only I could carry out an attack.' And here Allah gave him the privilege," he told Ynet.

"He was always in the mindset of the fighters. When the Israelis were invading Gaza, he participated in the battles in Jabalya and Beit Hanoun. He was waiting for this moment. The truth is that we knew that at some point he would be killed in a confrontation with the Israelis and would be a shahid. Because of this, we are happy that God gave him what he asked for."

Yes he's a shahid alright. I'm sure his God jumped at the chance to allow him to blow up unsuspecting bakery patrons. Isn't it amazing how these people think?

Meanwhile, Palestinians promise to stop slaughtering each other.
A cease-fire started taking hold in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, after five days of intense Hamas-Fatah fighting that left 34 people dead.

However, previous truce deals struck in recent weeks of factional clashes quickly collapsed, and it appeared unlikely the two sides would comply with all the terms of the current agreement, such as handing over all those involved in killings and abductions.

In the past, Hamas and Fatah gunmen used lull periods to prepare for the next round of fighting.

That last sentence was emphasized by me because it's important. It's precisely the reason why truces with Israel don't work. The Palestinian terrorists use the lull periods during so-called truces to re-arm and re-group. How will these people ever achieve state-hood and be welcomed by the world community when they can't even stop fighting amongst themselves?

[cross-posted to Rite Turn Only]

See you in hell

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This morning I watched an interview of a Brian Flemming on Fox news, apparently this fellow and his growing band of pin-heads are bravely standing up to God, his son and the Holy Spirit. I think it might be news to the good Lord that he is in some sort of war with Flemming and his revolutionaries. From what I know of his past actions, if there really was a war, Flemming and his fellows would have been dusted up quick smart long ago.

I don't have a problem with people choosing not to believe in God, but actively encouraging children to renounce God in this fashion is going too far. I watched a couple of their videos on their Blasphemy Challenge website. This might come as news to many of us Christians, but apparently we have been terrorized by our parents through religious indoctrination over this whole God business. I don’t know what leftists are banging on about a few years in Gitmo, while this outrageous child abuse has been going on under our noses for centuries! Oh yeah I forgot, leftists aren’t big on children.

I watched a few of the videos on their website and Santa and the Easter Bunny catch it too, damn these angry folk want to rescue little children from all happiness, for their own good you see [where have we heard that before]. They are offering anyone a free DVD of The God Who Wasn't There, when they upload their video, not sure if postage is included.

I found it interesting that some of the Rational Response Squad ended their videos by saying “See you in hell”, I don’t know how you can deny God but acknowledge hell. The Fox news interviewer did bring to our attention that this seemed to be directed at Christians only. In one of the videos, one firebrand was sporting a “@#% Jesus” t-shirt, Flemming denies this, insisting it was aimed at all religions. Funny that I couldn’t find any videos denouncing Islam and the fact that you only get the free DVD if you utter the phrase “I deny the Holy Spirit” because “Whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he is guilty of an eternal sin” in your video probably escapes Flemming.

Ultimately Flemming is not only a sniveling little parasite preying on children, but also a coward. God may require your belief before you enter the kingdom of heaven, but satan doesn’t require any such belief, all are welcome in his pit. I read the following at Conservative Beach Girl’s blog a while ago and thought it appropriate to bring it up now.
A United States Marine was attending some college courses between assignments. He had completed missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. One of the courses had a professor who was a vowed atheist and a member of the ACLU. One day the professor shocked the class when he came in. He looked to the ceiling and flatly stated, "God, if you are real, then I want you to knock me off this platform. I'll give you exactly 15 minutes." The lecture room fell silent. You could hear a pin drop.

Ten minutes went by and the professor proclaimed, "Here I am God. I'm still waiting." It got down to the last couple of minutes when the Marine got out of his chair, went up to the professor, and cold-cocked him; knocking him off the platform. The professor was out cold. The Marine went back to his seat and sat there, silently. The other students were shocked and stunned and sat there looking on in silence. The professor eventually came to, noticeably shaken, looked at the Marine and asked, "What the hell is the matter with you? Why did you do that?"

The Marine calmly replied, "God was too busy today protecting America's soldiers who are protecting your right to say stupid shit and act like an asshole. So, He sent me."
To put it another way, when we were in Africa recently, we went on a game drive and had the good fortune to admire Lions from a few meters away (from the safety of the car off course), if you look closely you’ll see the odd fly buzzing around the Lions and frequently sitting on them. The Lions occasionally drive the flies away with a wave of their tails when the flies become irritating but they largely tolerate the pests.

If the fly were to issue a challenge to the Lions and the Lions go back to sleep, does this disprove the strength of the Lion? If you think so, feel free to step out of the vehicle and find out for yourself.
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White students 'do better' in British universities

Below is a brief summary from a Leftist newspaper of an official British government report that does not appear to be online. It is difficult to dissect the sort of "massaged" statistics one has to expect from official Britain but I expect that the following is going on:

1). Blacks do badly as usual because of their low average IQ.

2). Chinese do badly because of their poor English skills. Most Chinese probably are not born in Britain and mastering English is very difficult for Orientals -- as mastering oriental languages is for us. Most immigrant blacks, by contrast, would come from places where at least a form of English is spoken (e.g. Nigeria, The Caribbean).

3). The "whites" include Jews -- who usually perform very well indeed and who are disproportionately present in higher education.

4). The female advantage comes from the black component. Black females are normally much better motivated than black males and take full advantage of the official and unofficial favouritism that is given to blacks.

5). Amusing that South Asians (Indians etc.) are not mentioned. The obvious inference from the omission is that they did as well as whites overall. So skin colour or "xenophobia" was not a factor.


Black and Chinese students are less likely to get top university degrees than their white contemporaries, a government report has found. The study suggested that ethnic minority undergraduates faced "a considerable cost" as a result because students who get first-class degrees increasingly command higher salaries.

The Department for Education and Skills report also found that students living at home were more likely to get firsts, women performed better than men, and older students tended to get better degrees.

Analysing data for 65,000 students, the researchers predicted the odds of different ethnic groups getting first-class degrees, 2:1s, 2:2s or thirds. The gap was widest for black Caribbean, black African and Chinese students. The analysis took account of factors such as gender, prior academic performance, subject studied and deprivation levels.

"A number of studies have found that attaining a 'good' degree carries a premium in the labour market, and that this premium has been increasing over time, as the higher education system has expanded," the study said. "As a result, there is a considerable cost attached to this attainment gap identified in relation to minority ethnic students."

It cautioned that the findings did not "automatically" imply "ethnic bias". The Higher Education Minister Bill Rammell said the Government was committed to ensuring people of all backgrounds could thrive in higher education."

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A generation of outsiders

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"The doctrine of multi-culturalism has alienated an entire generation of young Muslims and made them increasingly radical, a report has found.

In stark contrast with their parents, growing numbers sympathise with extreme teachings of Islam, with almost four in ten wanting to live under Sharia law in Britain.

The study identifies significant support for wearing the veil in public, Islamic schools and even punishment by death for Muslims who convert to another religion.

Most alarmingly, 13 per cent of young Muslims said they "admired" organisations such as Al Qaeda which are prepared to "fight the West".

The poll exposes a fracture between the attitudes of Muslims aged 16 to 24, most of whom were born in Britain, and those of their parents’ generation, who are more likely to have been immigrants.

A report published alongside the poll, commissioned by the Right-wing think tank Policy Exchange and carried out by Populus, said the doctrine of multi-culturalism was at least partly responsible.

A series of Labour ministers have broken recently with the idea that different communities should not be forced to integrate but should be allowed to maintain their own culture and identities.

Trevor Phillips, head of the Commission for Racial Equality, and Dr John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York, have also expressed serious doubts about multi-culturalism.

Academic Munira Mirza, lead author of the report, said: "The emergence of a strong Muslim identity in Britain is, in part, a result of multi-cultural policies implemented since the 1980s which have emphasised difference at the expense of shared national identity and divided people along ethnic, religious and cultural lines."

The poll of 1,000 Muslims, weighted to represent the population across the UK, found that a growing minority of youngsters felt they had less in common with non-Muslims than their parents did.

While only 17 per cent of over-55s said they would prefer to live under Sharia law, that increased to 37 per cent of those aged 16 to 24."

(bold mine)

Daily Mail UK

The truth is finally dawning....but probably too late. There's no way this tide will be turned back, especially given the militant nature of young muslims and the utter apathy of the majority of the population.
Too many careers have been built on multiculturalism, too many bureaucrats, teachers, judges and journalists have too much invested in the idea to willingly admit that they were wrong and to say so out loud.
Political correctness won't die, even with a stake driven through its festering heart. And PC is the enabler which forces a society to commit slow-motion suicide, watching its own death with a kind of numbed curiosity.




Calif. Bans Toxic Dry-Cleaning Chemical

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Don't you love that word "toxic" above? No mention that the stuff has NOT been shown to be harmful to humans, despite many attempts to do so. What DOES "toxic" mean in La la land? Apparently, all it means is "Greenies don't like it". I think there are better grounds for saying that the Greenies are toxic

By 2023, California will completely ban the most common chemical used by dry cleaners. Under the newly enacted ban, perchloroethylene is to be phased out starting next year. The state is still debating what the alternative will be. Dry cleaning businesses are upset.

The regulation by the California Air Resources Board begins to phase out the toxic chemical next year, banning dry cleaners from buying machines that rely on the solvent. State officials say the fluid causes a variety of cancers. The state's 3,400 dry cleaners who now use it must get rid of machines that are 15 years or older by July 2010. "That's the wave of the future -- nontoxic, non-smog forming," said Annette Kondo, spokeswoman for the Coalition for Clean Air, a California environmental group. "We think this is going to ripple down to other states across the country."

Environmental and health advocates embraced the new rule, though they had urged the air board to accelerate the ban because of the chemical's health effects as a potential carcinogen. The solvent has contaminated one in 10 wells in California. But cleaners say the ban threatens to drive some of them out of business because alternative methods are unproven and more costly. An estimated 70 percent of the state's dry cleaners use the solvent. "It could shut down some mom-and-pop operations _ the little guys that can't afford it," said Bob Blackburn, president of the California Cleaners Association.

The cost of converting could be significant for dry cleaners, 85 percent of which are small businesses with slim profit margins. Replacing a machine that uses perchloroethylene can cost between $41,500 and $175,000. The air board estimates that the additional expense of the new equipment will boost a customer's $15 bill between $1.20 to $1.60.

What alternative should be allowed in California is still under debate. Dry cleaners who switched to other systems sought to sway the board in favor of their preference. Although the air board did not endorse a substitute, the regulation would give cleaners a $10,000 incentive to buy a machine that uses a wet cleaning system, which use carbon dioxide. Environmentalists urged the board to ban the most common alternative, which uses hydrocarbons. Critics said it could lead to increased ozone pollution.

The board's vote follows similar action five years ago by the South Coast Air Quality Management District in Southern California. That agency became the first regulatory body in the country to ban perchloroethylene, forcing more than 2,000 dry cleaners to stop using the chemical by 2020. Last year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency banned the chemical for dry cleaners located in residential buildings nationwide by 2020. But those operations are a small fraction of the nation's cleaners, said Jon Meijer, vice president of the International Fabricare Institute, an industry association based in Maryland.

California declared perchloroethylene a toxic chemical in 1991. State health officials told the air board Thursday that it can cause esophageal cancer, lymphoma, cervical and bladder cancer. The solvent, which has a strong, sweet odor, also can affect the central nervous system. Some business owners disputed those claims.

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when will these idiots finally get the message?

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A TAXPAYER-funded film titled Wrong Girl is being produced about the shocking Sydney gang rapes led by the notorious Skaf brothers.
The feature film, which has received $51,000 of government funds, will re-visit the ordeal of a 16-year-old who was sexually assaulted 25 times by a gang of 14 men in the year 2000.

Writer Nicholas Hammond said filming could begin as early as next month.
It was initially inspired by the case of the Sydney girl who was sexually assaulted over a six-hour period by the gang led by the notorious Bilal Skaf and his brother, Mohammed.
It was the first of a series of attacks by Lebanese gangs, sparking debate about the integration of Muslim men into the community.

Hammond hoped the film would be "provocative", and its aim was to "stimulate active debate about social issues".

"We're trying to make something that has more global ramifications, particularly between the Muslim and non- Muslim world, and explore the fact there's a lack of understanding there, which creates conflict," he said.

Article from: Sunday Mail (Qld)

So, according to this guy, Lebanese muslims living in Sydney form gangs and hunt Australian girls in order to rape them due to a lack of understanding on the part of both the muslim youths AND their victims?
Jesus wept!

the roaches are coming out into the light again...

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Hanoi Jane returns....at a rally in front of the U.S. Capitol. She "recalled her opposition to the Vietnam war" according to the news.com report.

I recall her traitorous support of our enemies, being photographed astride the barrel of an AA gun in Hanoi. While American prisoners were being tortured.

May this bitch fry in hell, along with the rest of the lefty fellow-travellers who belong on the end of a hemp rope.

Idiotic political posturing

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We have been down this road before with the Ord river boondoggle in Western Australia: Lots of water was flowing out to sea in a remote area so huge dams were built at great expense to conserve the water for irrigation. Problem: There was almost nothing you could grow there that was commercially viable. Nobody seemed to notice then that the world is chronically plagued by unsellable food surpluses (owing to equally idiotic interventions by other governments) and nothing has changed since. Growing stuff does not mean you can sell it at a sustainable price. Government efforts to pick business winners are almost invariably laughable and this is no exception. If dams are to be built they should be built where there is already a demand for them. I live in a large Australian population centre that is allegedly drought stricken yet it rains here several times a week. There is NO shortage of water -- just a failure to dam it.

North Queensland could become the "food bowl of the world" under a proposal to catch thousands of gigalitres of water and irrigate vast tracts of the desolate Gulf of Carpentaria and Cape York. Prime Minister John Howard yesterday appointed Liberal Senator Bill Heffernan to head a taskforce to investigate water and agriculture development in the north as part of his $10 billion national water plan. The vision is to turn the region into a garden of Eden by harnessing some of the estimated 88,000 gigalitres of water lost in run-off in north Australia each year.

With one gigalitre equal to 1000 megalitres the options are immense, Senator Heffernan told The Courier-Mail yesterday. He said the inquiry would look at harnessing the 60 per cent of Australia's total run-off that flowed through three major catchments. "This is. . . about opening up new opportunity," he said.

Peter Kenny, president of the nation's peak farmers group AgForce, said the north had the potential to become the "food bowl of the world". "There is assumption by climatologists that most of the rainfall in the future will be in the northern part of Australia," Mr Kenny said. Wilderness Society spokeswoman Larissa Cordner said: "Moving irrigated agricultural development into northern Australia will be an unmitigated disaster both for the environment and economically."

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San Francisco Values

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Now listen up your heartless conservative bastards and listen good, they have voted and we have Utopia, simple as that. It’s the law, so suck it up and deal with it, we now have Utopia because we voted for it.
Employers in the City by the Bay must now give paid sick leave to all their workers — even, in some cases, when they're not sick. One provision of the law allows workers without families to call in sick to care for a friend or neighbor — all on the boss' dime. Voters overwhelmingly approved the measure, which is the first law of its kind in the country.

It mandates sick pay for everyone from full-time cab drivers to part-time nannies. The law provides up to 9 paid sick days a year to an estimated 115,000 workers, including low-wage earners who, according to labor activists, can't otherwise afford to skip work. A local chef says he's either going to have to raise prices or hire fewer workers.
He also goes on to say that San Francisco folks don’t really think about the consequences of their feel-good schemes. Did you good readers know that the city of San Francisco now registers more dogs than children, I’m not kidding. Perhaps when the businesses close up shop and head elsewhere, they might figure out why, in between whining about delayed latte’s and long queues for their dogs to get fluffed, puffed and walked.

In other news, if this was anyone else other than darling-of-the-left [sorry Hillary] Barack Hussein Obama, the leftists would be tearing their clothes off at the insensitivity of what he said. After all, aren’t leftists always banging on about all cultures are equal and the bastard Christians are the real threat.
Senator Barack Obama has hit out at "malicious, irresponsible" claims that he was educated at an Islamic fundamentalist madrassa in Indonesia, insisting he has "never been a Muslim, was not raised a Muslim".
Good heavens, the man say it like it’s bad thing, read my lips, I have never been a Muslim, do you hear me, never, like he’s just been accused of something dirty and perverted, like having child porn. By the way, does Barack Hussein Obama know the punishment for leaving Islam?

New Blogger

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What's with this New Blogger business? Does anyone have any clues?

Cheering at U.S. School Sports Events is Becoming Strictly Regulated

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Fun not allowed. What next?

"WIAA policy states that only cheers supporting one's own team are permitted - no put-downs, no innuendos. Every BHS game has a contest manager, often an administrator, to reel in a rowdy crowd and put a damper on inappropriate cheers, signs or attire.....

"It's unfortunate that some kids who legitimately want to cheer for their team are stuck in the middle of it," said School Board President Kevin Vodak. "But the bottom line to us was that the Badger Conference approves only positive cheers for your team. Maybe the original intent was to skirt the rules, to have some fun, but the hidden meaning was well known among students and it's gotten out of hand."

Head boys basketball coach Tom Steinhorst said a little old-fashioned "De-fense, de-fense" can go a long way. "(Student fans) do what they feel is cute and funny, and cute and funny aren't what we're looking for. We're looking for fire up, loud, positive, a great atmosphere," he said. "A lot of these cheers have nothing to do with our team; they're nonsense." ....

The very people assigned to riling up the crowd at the basketball games - the cheerleaders - are having trouble making headway with a sometimes rowdy student section. "We often don't get a lot of participation from the crowd at all," said Cheer Squad advisor Teri Fichter.....

"The cheers our squads do are politically correct," she said. "The ones (the fans) come up with are a little more risky."

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Good to see that the kids are resisting being dictated to. School political correctness has the saving grace of being BORING -- so that actually discredits it among kids.

Taranto has more.

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Think We’ve Got Problems?

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SHANGHAI — Companies looking to reach China's consumer market with pig images during Year of the Pig celebrations next month will have to adjust after a national television network adopted a policy to be sensitive to the country's small Muslim population, according to published reports.

CCTV's ad department said the regulations are intended to avoid offending Muslims, who consider pigs unclean animals. China's 20 million Muslims comprise less than 2 percent of the population, the Journal reported.

"China is a multiethnic country," the network said in a notice. "To show respect for Islam, and upon guidance from higher levels of the government, CCTV will keep any pig images off the screen."
Twenty million Muslims. Small by Chinese standards, I guess, but more than enough to get one’s mind right, it seems:

The new policy comes as a surprise move as Chinese authorities rarely advance concerns of minority groups over the broader population in the world's most populous country, the Journal reported.
So – what does it mean when the Chinese begin thinking they need to start sucking up to Muslims?

Does anyone share my vague feeling of disquiet about this?

Australia Day 26 January 2007

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Today we commemorate the landing of the first fleet all the way back in 1788.

Happy Australia Day everybody.

Amusing: Global warming makes Italian men suicidal

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I thought they were supposed to be hot-blooded!

Journal of Affective Disorders, Article in Press, Corrected Proof

Global warming possibly linked to an enhanced risk of suicide

By A. Preti et al.

Abstract

Background: The global increase in surface temperature (known as global warming) was found to impact on mortality through ill health, particularly among the elderly and in summer. This study sets out to explore the impact of global warming on suicide mortality, using data from Italy.

Methods: Monthly data on suicide mortality and temperature were obtained for a 30-year period (from January 1974 to December 2003), and the relation between them was investigated using the Gaussian low-pass filter, linear correlation analysis and rank analysis.

Results: For males, increasing anomalies in monthly average temperatures associated to a higher monthly suicide mean from May to August and, to a lower extent, in November and December. In January, on the other hand, increasing anomalies in monthly average temperatures appeared to be coupled to a lower number of suicides. For females, the links between temperature and suicides are less consistent than for males, and sometimes have a reverse sign, too.

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Texas Mayor Singles Out N-Word for Ban

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We read:

"It's one of the most reviled words in the English language, but if one Texas mayor gets his way, getting caught uttering the "N-word" will hit offenders where it hurts.

Mayor Ken Corley of Brazoria, Texas, has proposed a city ordinance that would make using the word in an offensive fashion a crime equal to disturbing the peace and punishable by a fine of up to $500. But legal experts said it's unlikely the law will stand up to the First Amendment....

Under the proposed Brazoria ordinance, users of the N-word would be fined only if a complaint were filed against them, thus protecting those who think they are using the word as a term of endearment.

Source

A number of comments:

1). "most reviled words in the English language". Reviled in the current U.S. climate of PC hysteria would be more accurate. We DO speak English in Australia but the High Court of Australia recently ruled that the word is not offensive at all in Australia.

2). The loophole that you can avoid penalty by claiming that you used the word affectionately is fun. Can whites use that defence? And if whites are disbelieved while blacks ARE believed, is that racism? And what if a black uses the word abusively? How do you prove that? Or don't you try? And is THAT racism?

3). Why ban just one "reviled" word? What about the c-word, the f-word etc. Is not singling out just one racial word racism? And too bad there's nothing about calling a white man a "cracka", eh?

4). Anybody using the word in writing would be smart to spell it with a single "g", as "niger" is simply the Latin word for black and even Brazoria, Texas, is unlikely to ban Latin.

5). I occasionally refer to people of sub-Saharan African ancestry as "negroes" but I believe that that word is "offensive" too in America. Should that word be banned too? It IS, however, the scientific term -- though Leftists would say that there is NO scientific term for people of African ancestry. But I wonder how people of African ancestry can be given special preferences ("affirmative action") if they cannot be scientifically described?

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Racism in Congress! Whites not allowed in Black Caucus

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We read:

"Freshman Rep. Stephen I. Cohen, D-Tenn., is not joining the Congressional Black Caucus after several current and former members made it clear that a white lawmaker was not welcome.

"I think they're real happy I'm not going to join," said Cohen, who succeeded Rep. Harold Ford, D-Tenn., in a majority-black Memphis district. "It's their caucus and they do things their way. You don't force your way in. You need to be invited."

Source

Imagine the hysteria if there were a white caucus that blacks were barred from! ANY group wherein blacks were not allowed would be accused of racism so there are clearly a lot of racists in Congress -- black ones.

It rather reminds me of an old Australian political joke:

Q. What's the difference between a caucus and a cactus?
A. With a cactus, all the pricks are on the outside.

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Bastards Inc.

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Charles Krauthammer once wrote about Australia, this is a place where, when the remains of a fallen soldier are accidentally switched with those of a Bosnian, the enraged widow picks up the phone late at night, calls the prime minister at home in bed and delivers a furious, unedited rant -- which he publicly and graciously accepts as fully deserved. Where Americans today sue, Australians slash and skewer.

By the time I finish writing this, many of you around the country may have heard about the following story, probably not our world-wide readers, but bear with me it is worth the read. On Monday morning, I was listening to AJ (Alan Jones) who returned from holidays at talk-back radio 2GB. He told us the story of John Beaven who worked for 43 years in the Accounts department of Tristar Steering (known from here on as Bastards Inc.), a parts manufacturer in Sydney.

He has two children, his wife has passed away and this was the only job he ever had. He has been battling bowel and liver cancer and is now at death’s door, the company recently offered him voluntary redundancy, which he agreed to, so that he could leave some money for his children. However, on his application form, he made the mistake of telling them of his illness. So what does Bastards Inc. do? They decided to stall, give this poor man sick leave and deny him the redundancy, stall until he’s dead, then they won’t have to pay the 50 grand.

On Monday AJ tried calling one of the directors about this, as soon as AJ identified himself, Mr. Bastard hung up. Not fazed, AJ kept on the matter; from there the terms Bastards Inc. and Mr. Bastard were coined and stuck like crap to shoes. The public were flaming red, many were calling for boycotts of Mr. Bastard and his bastard products, the only way to Bastards heart was through his wallet, so tell us what he sells and we’ll show the Bastard.

This morning AJ raised the matter with Prime Minister John Howard, he didn’t make any promises, saying the PM of the country could not just decide what a company in this country should do. AJ pressed him for some action, but the PM stuck to his guns and agreed to meet with his minister and get him on the job. Many callers called in later to voice their disappointment at the PMs responses,

I must say I wasn’t disappointed in PM Howard, what he said was entirely correct, yet I had the feeling something was going to happen. By the time I got home in the evening, I saw the news that the redundancy would be paid out to Mr. Beaven and Bastards Inc. will start negotiating with the rest of their workers.
Prime Minister John Howard today despatched Mr. Hockey for urgent talks with Mr. Beaven's employers and the company's parent, Arrowcrest. "I have had robust discussions with directors of Arrowcrest and they have agreed to pay Mr. Beaven his full voluntary redundancy," Mr. Hockey said.
Yeah “ROBUST”, I’ll bet the PM made it clear to Joe Hockey this morning, in no uncertain terms, not to come back until a boot print was decorating Bastards arse. And I’ll bet Joe Hockey emboldened by the PM, made it clear to Mr. Bastard that even if he or the PM couldn’t lawfully do anything, they would make sure everyone, even the pigs in Australia, will know about Bastards Inc.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Beaven and his family at this time.

Update

It has been brought to my attention (apologies and thanks CB) that some of our readers might mistake the above mentioned companies for an internet blog called Bastards Inc.

For the record, apart from the steering components in one of our or Chief Bastard's vehicles, Bastards Inc. is in no way affiliated with Tristar Steering or Arrowcrest. The terms were merely applied to Tristar Steering to convey our emotions over their morally bankrupt actions and to shame them into doing the right thing. I am assured the REAL Bastards Inc. and its directors will never stoop to such lows and good on them for that.

You can always count on them

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Scumbags. Yep, you can’t always count on everyone else, you cannot always predict the weather, you might be dead tomorrow or fall ill and you’ll never know. But you can always count on a scumbag raising his/her head to get every ones blood pressure soaring and reaching for a whip.
An American GI in Iraq who e-mailed a Wisconsin company to ask for a shipment of some floor mats got a brusque reply: "We would NEVER ship to Iraq. If you were sensible, you and your troops would pull out of Iraq."

Bargain Suppliers, an online retailer based in the Milwaukee suburb of West Allis, shut down its Web site Monday and fired the unidentified employee who sent the e-mail, WTMJ-TV reported.
Funny thing is, it is a Muslim owned business, and I don’t know if the employee who did this was a Muslim, chances are he/she was. If so why would you just declare Iraq off-limits, it might be obvious to most of us but it’s not Chinese people living in Iraq, they are actual Muslims, you know, Arabs. What a bloody idiot, refusing to deal with their own kind, simply because they got a chance at the freedom you already enjoy for free.

I heard this one on the radio this morning and it really makes me angry, what a bunch of scumbags. We have bushfires raging away threatening people’s homes and lives, the fire fighters running towards the flames are doing it for free, they put their backsides on the line for us and this is how some of the bottom feeders repay them.
Two Rural Fire Service firefighters have had their cars broken into while fighting fires in Sydney's north.
I hope the police catch these vermin and take them out the back to teach them some good old country values. These scumbags aren’t worthy enough to wipe the sweat off a fire fighter’s brow.

Kling Klanger

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I greatly admire the writings on economics by Arnold Kling. His recent comment on IQ is deficient, however. He falls into the trap of regarding mental abilities as specific when the whole thrust of a century of research into IQ shows that they are general. Everybody has things that they are best at but in general a person who is good at solving one sort of problem will be good at solving many sorts of problems. IQ represents in fact precisely that general ability which Kling concedes is badly needed in today's world. IQ is therefore a useful sorting method for determining in advance who can handle college education. And the SAT that is much used for that purpose in the USA is in fact little more than an IQ test.

To be fair, Kling seeems to be talking about top talent rather than normal ability. He is correct that extreme ability in any field is poorly predicted by IQ tests. Once you get into the genius range (say the top 2%) IQ tests can no longer sort out who will be the highest achievers among that population.

But Kling seems to conclude from that that IQ tests are not GENERALLY useful -- which is false. There may of course be a few rare cases where a person of genius ability in some particular field cannot make it into the top 20% of IQ scorers and who might therefore in a strict system be barred from higher education. But making provision for exceptional cases is part of any form of administration. Teachers do it all the time already when they award marks. So that poses no great difficulty.

Footnote:

Perhaps an example of ability generalizing might be in order -- to show what I mean:

My own greatest ability is getting papers published in academic journals. I am exceptionally good at that -- which is why I have had hundreds published. Papers which I have taken only a day to write generally get accepted for publication whereas some of my unfortunate colleagues labour for a year over a paper and then get it knocked back.

So I am hopeless at other things, right? Yes. I am a total washout at sport for instance. But I am also reasonably good at many apparently unrelated things. I am good at fixing old locks, for instance, and I have been quite successful in business.

But I am no billionaire and any locksmith is better at fixing locks than I am. I have just the one special ability but, associated with that, I also have a range of lesser abilities in which I am no world-beater but in which I do better than most. And that is pretty much how abilities generally are related to one another.

Jesus put it rather bluntly: "To him that hath, more will be given him. And to him that hath not, what little he hath will be taken away".

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Tories Extremist: Zahar

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Mahmoud ZaharThis has to be one of the funniest stories I’ve ever read. Palestinian foreign minister Mahmoud Zahar, very upset that Foreign Affairs Minister Peter McKay refused to meet with him, said that Canada risks becoming an enemy of not only Palestinians but of the broader Islamist movement if we continue to ignore Hamas.

Canada if you recall led the world in stopping aid to the PA after Hamas cleaned up in the elections. Had he been able to meet with McKay, Zahar stated he would have asked him on what moral basis did Canada impose the boycott and sanctions. On what moral basis? Hmm let’s see. Hamas is dedicated to the eradication of an entire state and all of its people. Canada refuses to support an organization with such lofty goals. I don’t see the problem. But then again I don’t see the world through radical glasses. Zahar also referred to the Conservatives as extremists for the same reasons as outlined above. Yup. Mahmoud Zahar is a picture of honour and nobility because his government slaughters innocent people while Stephen Harper is an extremist because he refuses to play along. What rubbish.

Zahar also had the audacity to compare Hamas to the French Resistance during WW2. He further claimed,
"Canadians have to change their extremist government, or else they’re going to lose their credibility as a neutral state. You cannot create a new enemy without a price."
Last time I checked we already ARE an enemy of Islamofacism. Hell, OBL said so in one of his home movies. This bizarre thinking line of thinking makes them the true extremists - and extremely dangerous. I hope our government continues to refute Hamas and everything they stand for.

How feminists tried to destroy the family

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Erin Pizzey, founder of the battered wives' refuge, on how militant feminists - with the collusion of Labour's leading women - hijacked her cause and used it to try to demonise all men.

Yet the feminist refuges continued to create training programmes that described only male violence against women. Slowly, the police and other organisations were brainwashed into ignoring the research that was proving men could also be victims.
Despite attacks in the Press from feminist journalists and threatening anonymous telephone calls, I continued to argue that violence was a learned pattern of behaviour from early childhood.
When, in the mid-Eighties, I published Prone To Violence, about my work with violence-prone women and their children, I was picketed by hundreds of women from feminist refuges, holding placards which read: "All men are bastards" and "All men are rapists".

Because of violent threats, I had to have a police escort around the country.

It was bad enough that this relatively small group of women was influencing social workers and police. But I became aware of a far more insidious development in the form of public policy-making by powerful women, which was creating a poisonous attitude towards men.
In 1990, Harriet Harman (who became a Cabinet minister), Anna Coote (who became an adviser to Labour's Minister for Women) and Patricia Hewitt (yes, she's in the Labour Cabinet, too!) expressed their beliefs in a social policy paper called The Family Way.

It said: "It cannot be assumed that men are bound to be an asset to family life, or that the presence of fathers in families is necessarily a means to social harmony and cohesion."

It was a staggering attack on men and their role in modern life.

Daily Mail UK

Socialist windbag: Ahmadinejad

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A few weeks ago, when I heard that candidates associated with Ahmadinejad didn’t do so well in local elections, I didn’t make much of it, the way they are always banging on about Jihad and the west, you’d think Ahmadinejad to Iranians was the next best thing after sliced bread. Well it looks like those elections were not the exception.
Iran's most senior dissident cleric said President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's aggressive nuclear diplomacy had harmed the country, joining a chorus of criticism that has included even the hard-line leader's conservative allies. The comments by Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, released Monday, reflected a growing feeling among many that Ahmadinejad has concentrated too much on fiery, anti-U.S. speeches and not enough on the economy.
So it’s not all firing Kalashnikovs, Allah Akbar and Death to America, sooner or later the masses will start to wonder how are they supposed to feed themselves, for all the fiery rhetoric, eventually hunger and light wallets will take the fizzle out of fissile materials [I know, that is so lame]. Before you get your hopes up and leftists start clearing their throats for “Hands off Iran”, they still hate you, so you can forget the Christmas card, a fatwa perhaps.
"One has to deal with the enemy with wisdom, not provoke it," he said, according to a copy of his comments made available to The Associated Press.

"Some countries don't have oil and gas. Yet, they run their country and stand on their own. We have so much oil and gas but make useless expenditures work for others and don't think of our own people's problems and the price of basic commodities go higher and higher every day,"
Now why does that sound so familiar, is there another country in the world with such oil revenue that is used to prop up failed policies like the following. The “good” Ayatollah was referring to Iranian taxpayers coughing up to support Hamas and Ahmadinejad’s trips to South America to snuggle up with fellow gasbag Hugo Chavez.
Ahmadinejad was elected last year on a populist agenda promising to bring oil revenues to every family, eradicate poverty and tackle unemployment.
Wow, so many utopian ideals, next he’ll be asking to extend his rule and telling Satan to go to hell, can someone tell these socialist fools that Satan is already there and is quite happy there and has a room all prepped and waiting for them.

Perhaps it's time for the US to start a real conspiracy, send some money to some secret agency to fund a bit of local revolution in Iran, start feeding those SOBs a bit of their own medicine.

Oh, The Horror. . .

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Wait for the shrieks over this one (chirping crickets). Of course, it’s been suggested before, and most recently by Vietnamese community leaders, to much - well - silence:

IMMIGRANT youths unable to settle in Australia should be forcibly repatriated, an African community leader has said.

Aguer Raul of the African Community Development Centre said that's the only way they would get discipline, because laws in Australia left parents unable to control teenagers once they turned 16. He said one option they wanted to put to the Federal Government was repatriating teens who dropped out of school and lived on the dole away from their families or guardians.

"They have been unable to settle here. If they were back in Sudan, they would have discipline - the discipline of the elders and local laws they could not ignore," he said. They will be good citizens there but here they will create problems, for their families and for the Australian community."

A knifing at a Keysborough cultural festival a fortnight ago has added to concerns raised by a brawl last year between Sudanese and islander youths in Sunshine.

Those silly Africans clearly don’t know what’s best for them! Fortunate that they have an army of lefty bleeding hearts and do-gooders to look after them, though, isn’t it?

Mr Raul has blamed government services, including the police, Centrelink and Department of Human Services, for protecting teens who want to move out of the family home after age 16.

He claimed parents or guardians were not being properly consulted when these agencies took action over breaches of the law or custody issues.
Welcome to our nightmare, Mr Raul. . .

Time to fry us some leftists

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By now you have no doubt heard of the latest outrage. Banning the flag is one thing but saying it is nothing more than a gang symbol.... If you know me, you will know it takes a hell of a lot to offend me, but I am truly lost for words that properly express how offended I am by that. That spits on every man and woman that has served, fought, and died under that flag.

Now do you people see why leftists need to be killed? Do you? This call to ban the flag is a direct result of their influence on society.

And I had to choke back the vomit when I heard pig-fucker fucker Morris Iemma expressing his outrage at this. Listen to me you miserable little fuck: It is your (and your fellow leftist) pandering to those Lebanese muslim pieces of shit that has caused all this. If you and your ilk would have done your job and cracked down on these pig fuckers without mercy the second they put a foot out of line, Sydney would not have such a problem and there would be no need for anyone to suggest such a vile ban.

And Rudd saying it is political correctness gone mad? It is you leftist fuckheads that have been pushing political correctness for years.

I’ve said it many times before and will say it again. It is time to exterminate the left.

Australia is long overdue for a civil war. The US is long overdue for a second one. The West as a whole is in desperate need of one. It will be a civil war between those who treasure our society and way of life and want to keep the greatest and most successful civilization in the history of this little planet and those who want to destroy it. The filth of the treasonous left has been allowed to fester for too long, and it has now become so bad that the wound can no longer simply be drained of pus. The whole limb must be excised.

A strangely fitting metaphor is Evil Dead 2. The protagonist's hand becomes possessed by the demonic forces and actively tries to kill him. He knows there is only way to prevent it from taking over his entire being, so he makes the decision and cuts off the infected hand with a chainsaw. And so it is with the left and our society.

They have become so completely corrupt they are actively working to destroy our society, so they too must be cut off. Stop wasting time. Stop pretending they can be reasoned with or made to see the light. My loyal crew and I are prepared to take the chainsaw to the infected part of the West's body. Time for the rest of you to fucking WAKE UP!

Black Star Gets off Lightly for Using Word "f*ggot"

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He would be out of work now if he had been white:

"The heated controversy at ABC's top show, "Grey's Anatomy," boiled over Thursday as the network rebuked co-star Isaiah Washington for an anti-gay comment and Washington issued a lengthy apology.

"We are greatly dismayed that Mr. Washington chose to use such inappropriate language at the Golden Globes, language that he himself deemed `unfortunate' in his previous public apology," the network said in a statement....

In his apology Thursday, Washington acknowledged "repeating the word Monday night."

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The Left tell us that blacks can never be guilty of racism so maybe the same applies to "homophobia". The homosexuals want him fired, however. How insensitive they are about the legacy of slavery that Mr Washington undoubtedly suffers from!

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she's been working for them for years, anyway.

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Labor recruits journo McKew
AWARD-WINNING ABC broadcaster and journalist Maxine McKew is joining Labor leader Kevin Rudd's new team as a special adviser on strategy and policy.

Australian flag a "gang colour"

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THE Australian flag has been banned from this year's Big Day Out in Sydney after organisers branded it a "gang colour" and symbol of hate.
Organisers of the Aussie rock festival at Homebush will confiscate any flag or bandana bearing the national symbol at the gate.
Labelling Sydney a hot bed of racism, producers of the Sydney Showground event said it will be the only city in the nationwide event to be subject to the draconian action.
Promoters have already moved the event from the traditional Australia Day gig to a day earlier to avoid nationalistic overtones.
more here:

A "gang colour", is it? And a symbol of hate? You ignorant bastards!

Until Lebanese muslims arrived in Australia, that flag was a symbol of freedom and hope for millions of immigrants, including my father. Greeks, Italians, Englishmen, Chinese, Scotsmen, Germans and all the rest were proud to live and serve in the armed forces under that flag.
If anyone had suggested to them that it was a "symbol of hate" they'd have either laughed out loud at the absurdity of such a statement or visited violence on the moron making it.

Under that flag Australians--whether called Luigi or Sandy or Ah Fong--died to defend freedom and those values which we regard as essential to civilisation.

Now, to avoid conflict with a pack of parasitic goat-humpers who wouldn't know what freedom and democracy was if it wore a fucking neon sign and was jammed up their rectum you have the arrogance to ban our flag. (because it will never be theirs)

You despicable chancres on the scrotum of humanity have no idea, no fucking idea at all, of what the flag represents.
You prance around in your self-righteous bubble sublimely unaware of the cost of your freedom to make inane, childish statements.
You are parasites. Scum. Leeches on the body of Australians who expectorate better things than you every morning.

also posted at Crusader Rabbit.

Let’s chat

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When Nancy Pelosi was made first female speaker in the US, the leftists were falling over themselves, first woman ever, the wretched “Man” has been shafted, the glass ceiling has been smashed, all hail Pelosi, bring on San Francisco values. We couldn’t blame Condi Rice for feeling left out, she’s a woman and she’s black, but she’s with Bush, so it probably doesn’t count.

Funny thing about Pelosi is she doesn’t fit the model woman that leftists like to shove in our faces as justification to make life easier for working mothers. She’s got it all, kids, grand children and a career. So us hard-bastard conservatives can now tell feminists whining about how hard it is for working mothers, she can do it, why can’t you?

It is a good weekend for leftists; Hillary Clinton is throwing her hat into the ring for the 08 presidential campaign. She could become the first female president of America, oh my Godless, only a lesbian could top Hillary now.
"I'm not just starting a campaign, though. I'm beginning a conversation with you, with America," Clinton says in her web message. She announced that she will be holding live, on-line video conferences with Americans starting Monday.

"Let's talk about how to bring the right end to the war in Iraq, and to restore respect for America around the world," she said.
Is that respect for America around the world or just old Europe, because it’s only in old Europe where doing nothing and appeasement earns respect, in the rest of the world, walking away or running whilst talking doesn’t earn any respect.
"Let's definitely talk about how every American can have quality, affordable health care," she said in the message. "So let's talk, let's chat... because the conversation in Washington has been just a little one-sided lately, don't you think?" Clinton said.
What is it with these leftists and talking, talk, talk, talk, on and on it goes. Maybe they have seen that killing millions upon millions in places like Russia and China won’t work, so they’re hoping to talk us all into submission. Rest assured America, you’ll be paying for the healthcare of everyone else, and probably also that of illegal immigrants; as for respect.. oh you figure it out.
Clinton's announcement, days after Sen. Barack Obama shook up the contest race with his bid to become the first black president, establishes the most diverse political field ever.
Oh dear, however will the leftists choose their candidate, a white woman or a black man, on the one hand Hillary is a woman and without a doubt has been oppressed, discriminated against and treated unfairly by the hated white man, but she’s also white.

Obama, well there is slavery, imperialism, racism, profiling, but his mother is Indonesian and father is Hawaiian, there is also that Obama – Osama thing, but he’s a man.

So how will you decide leftists, will it the one most deserving of your coddling, or will it be decided on their actual policies, as in who can run from Iraq the fastest and open multi-lateral chat sessions with jihadist haters? I hear they are well experienced at grainy internet videos with unwilling participants.

What is it With Lefties and Dictatorships?

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Venezuela's Chavez granted approval to rule by decree

Venezuelan legislators have voted unanimously to grant leftist President Hugo Chavez initial approval to rule by decree for 18 months. The move comes a week after he began a second six-year term, vowing to seek to become president for life.
They just seem to love the idea, don’t they (given how readily they seem to embrace the notion – well, so long as the right person is doing the dictating, of course)?

'Oh, no we don’t,' they shriek in reply. 'Not here in the West! We hate dictatorship!'

Here, we’re just ever-so-slightly fond of the idea of a natural party of government.

Weather Channel Climate Expert Calls for Decertifying Global Warming Skeptics

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From the web page of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works:

"The Weather Channel’s most prominent climatologist is advocating that broadcast meteorologists be stripped of their scientific certification if they express skepticism about predictions of manmade catastrophic global warming.

This latest call to silence skeptics follows a year (2006) in which skeptics were compared to "Holocaust Deniers" and Nuremberg-style war crimes trials were advocated by several climate alarmists.
The Weather Channel’s (TWC) Heidi Cullen, who hosts the weekly global warming program "The Climate Code," is advocating that the American Meteorological Society (AMS) revoke their "Seal of Approval" for any television weatherman who expresses skepticism that human activity is creating a climate catastrophe. "

The leftist greenie bastards have founded a new religion and heretics will be persecuted in the name of it.
Aided and abetted, of course by the politicians and bureaucrats who view it as an opportunity to extend their power and their tax base.
Scumbags, liars and charlatans, the lot of 'em. Amply supported by the gullible fools who regard anything they read in the print media or view on television as fact.

Update: A weatherman answers:

"Billions of dollars of grant money is flowing into the pockets of those on the man-made global warming bandwagon. No man-made global warming, the money dries up. This is big money, make no mistake about it...."

Jeremy Sear (aka Mr. Lefty) makes a total ass of himself

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HERE

Read the comments...classic!

The 800lb gorilla nobody's noticed:

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Chinese missile destroys satellite in space


The prospect of "Star Wars" between China and the West loomed last night after Beijing used a ballistic missile to destroy a satellite in space.
The missile, which hit a 4ft-wide obsolete Chinese weather satellite 530 miles above the Earth, is thought to have been launched from the Xichang space centre in -China's Sichuan province.
It suggests that the Chinese have developed a major new capability that underscores the communist regime's desire to use its military might as well as burgeoning economic power to expand its influence.


"The US believes China's development and testing of such weapons is inconsistent with the spirit of co-operation that both countries aspire to in the civil space area," said Gordon Johndroe, spokes-man for the US National Security Council, yesterday. "We and other countries have expressed our concern regarding this action to the Chinese."
It is understood that Australia and Canada have also protested to China.


The ability to destroy satellites with such precision could undermine the US National Missile Defence programme, a network of rocket interceptors, computers and satellites intended to protect America and its key allies from nuclear attack. It became known as "Son of Star Wars" after President Ronald Reagan's so-called "Star Wars" programme proposed in the 1980s.

The test heightens tensions between Washington and Beijing, which increasingly see one another as long-term strategic rivals in the Pacific. China's navy is undergoing massive expansion that could threaten the independence of its neighbour Taiwan, which is backed by the US.
Taiwan was particularly alarmed at yesterday's announcement because it relies on satellites to monitor cruise missiles pointed towards it from the Chinese mainland.


China is seeking to challenge American military strength in the Far East, including its vital trade routes in the South China Sea and Straits of Malacca.
Short- and medium-range ballistic missiles have been developed with the potential to take on American aircraft carriers.

Telegraph UK

Who’s Doing the Hating?

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They try and they try. . .

John Howard in hate row

JOHN Howard has been caught in a religious storm after taping a goodwill message for a fundamentalist Christian group accused of inciting anti-Islamic hatred.
“Accused” – an accusation found to be wanting, as the Court of Appeal subsequently found, and in quite spectacular fashion:

Last month the Victorian Court of Appeal threw out the charges brought in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Appeals Tribunal which had sought to jail Pastor Nalliah and Daniel Scot for allegedly inciting hatred, contempt, revulsion and ridicule of Muslims.
And throw it out they did, with, in my opinion, one of the appellate Judges drawing agonisingly close to finding that certain of the Tribunal's original findings (relating to what the Pastors actually said) were false (hoods?).

Islamic leaders last night condemned the Prime Minister for appearing in a DVD message for Catch the Fire ministries. The controversial movement has sponsored a major multi-denomination gathering in Melbourne on Australia Day. But the PM's decision to back the event has been described as "dangerous".

Muslim community leaders said Mr Howard risked legitimising hateful anti-Islamic views.
'. . .Legitimising hateful anti-Islamic views'? In what way, given the ministers involved weren’t expressing anything of the sort? That aside, I find it fascinating that a major multi-denomination gathering is seen as legitimising ‘hateful anti-Islamic views’. I guess you have to be Islamic. . .

"It sends quite a dangerous message to mainstream Australia that extremist views and hate speech is normal and justified," said former president of the Islamic Council of Victoria, Yasser Soliman.
Oh really? Of course, all this wouldn’t have anything to do with this:
The outcry comes as Federal Police launched an investigation into inflammatory comments by Sydney's Sheik Feiz Mohammed, which included a description of Jews as pigs and calls for children to die as "martyrs of faith".
Don’t worry, Yasser - we know - he was taken out of context. But if it’s competition you’re really concerned about, we fully appreciate that the Islamists are in a league of their own.

Leading British writer on terrorism and Islamism Martin Amis, in The Independent, on Western apologists

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" QUESTION: What is the most depressing thing about Britain you have observed in recent times? And the best?

Amis: The most depressing thing was the sight of middle-class white demonstrators, last August, waddling around under placards saying, We Are All Hezbollah Now. Well, make the most of being Hezbollah while you can. As its leader, Hasan Nasrallah, famously advised the West: "We don't want anything from you. We just want to eliminate you."

Similarly, when I went on (BBC television program) Question Time the other week, a woman in the audience, her voice quavering with self-righteousness, presented the following argument: since it was America that supported Osama bin Laden when he was fighting the Russians, the US armed forces, in response to September 11, "should be dropping bombs on themselves". And the audience applauded. It is quite an achievement.

People of liberal sympathies, stupefied by relativism, have become the apologists for a creedal wave that is racist, misogynist, homophobic, imperialist and genocidal. To put it another way, they are up the arse of those that want them dead.

The Australian

Another misleading analysis of conservatism by Leftist psychologists

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Psychology Today has just put out a big article on the psychology of politics. It purports to explain why people hew to the Left or the Right.

It bases its conclusions, however, on research that has no scholarly worth whatsoever. The two main pieces of research it relies on to support the differentiations it proposes are by Jost et al and Block et al. Both pieces of research are within my area of academic specialization so the gaping flaws in both are more evident to me than they might be to others. I have previously pointed out how intellectually discreditable both studies are. See here and here. I was actually one of the authors whose research the Jost et al. article purported to summarize!

Jost et al. showed vividly the usual Leftist talent for ignoring large bodies of evidence that did not suit their preconceptions. Their article must in fact rate as one of the most dishonest meta-analyses ever reported. They were very clearly guilty of "motivated cognition" -- exactly what they accused conservatives of. Leftist projection and leftist denial do usually go hand in hand.

Michelle Malkin and Jim Lindgren note the absurd "sampling" in the Block study. It seems unlikely that there were any actual conservatives among the individuals studied! That is not the first time Leftist psychologists have perpetrated such an absurdity in their mendacious claims to "explain" conservatism, however. See, for instance, here.

Given the very dubious basis of the generalizations offered in the Psychology Today article, the generalizations offered by the article should detain no-one. Whether any of the statements made are true is simply unknown.

Sadly, many in the blogosphere have assumed that there is some respectable evidential basis for the article. Cinnamon Stillwell and Fausta sum up some of the blogospheric reactions.

For an account of the psychology of conservatism based on the actual history of conservatism, see here

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Urgent! Send more SUV's!

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This, from Reuter's:


"LOS ANGELES: Snow has fallen briefly in normally sunny Malibu, and west Los Angeles saw hail in the first sighting in 20 years of a white winter.
The mountains behind Malibu – a celebrity enclave that hugs the Pacific Ocean – got a dusting of snow that brought traffic chaos to a region where rainfall is usually headline local news.
Snow plows were sent out to clear a major road through the Malibu mountains and at least one car crashed, highway police said.

"I lived in Malibu in 1978 when snow fell," said California Highway Patrol officer Patrick Kimball.
Rain showers in unusually cold conditions turned to hail and sleet in parts of the beach city of Venice and in inland west Los Angeles, giving cars and rooftops a sprinkling of white."

All gather..

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.. for daily mass at the church of Mother Earth. Collections will be numerous and mandatory. Bugger the scientists and those insisting it’s all a load of crock, who needs evidence, the end is near, it’s all over, America must pay, just believe!!
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, intent on putting global warming atop the Democratic agenda, is shaking up traditional committee fiefdoms dominated by some of Congress' oldest and most powerful members.

She's moving to create a special committee to recommend legislation for cutting greenhouse gases, most likely to be chaired by Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., a Democratic leadership aide said Wednesday.

Markey has advocated raising mileage standards for cars, trucks and SUVs and is one of the House's biggest critics of oil companies and U.S. automakers,
Yeah, down with SUVs, down with oil, Bush lied thous.. oops.. wrong protest, drive the Prius, screwsave the planet. Meanwhile the indifferent Mother Earth carries on while her subjects beaver away pointlessly.
Harsh winter weather is still gripping large parts of the US, leaving at least 50 people dead and hundreds of thousands without power. A powerful storm which began on Friday has brought ice, snow, floods and high winds to a huge swathe of the country from south-west to north-east.
Has anyone else noticed that there are fewer hot days now, I would have thought since there is global warming and the temperature is supposed to be rising, we’d get fewer cold days and more hot days. But I’m just not seeing it, granted there is less rain and the hot days are still around, but I’m still keeping the warm clothes at hand.

The BBC – Softening Up Those Wicked British Girls for Some Hijab Fun

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The good old BBC – taking its role as Islamic stalking horse as seriously as usual.

Wearing the veil in the Arab world

Many women struggle with the issues around the veil and the hijab
The Muslim headscarf has become a controversial issue in Britain, with government ministers speaking out against women covering their faces. BBCArabic.com asked. . .Muslim women. . .for their experiences of wearing the veil or the hijab.
Let’s hear what they have to say:

HUDA, 29, UNIVERSITY STUDENT, SYRIA
I chose to wear the veil or the niqab [a full face covering] as an act of worship. As a Muslim I believe that women should not only wear the hijab [head covering] but the veil too.
Fluff over, now for the real reason:

I don't trust men, and women should protect themselves.
And another:

ALIA, 37, TEACHER, BAGHDAD
The hijab is being forced upon women at gunpoint. Women have no choice but to comply. This is what is happening in Iraq where the wearing of the hijab is a recent development.

I feel I have to wear it, but if I had the chance, I wouldn't because I have faith that God knows what is truly in my heart.
And another:

SALWA, 27, CAIRO
My decision to wear the hijab came about because of social pressure. I sensed that women who did not wear the Hijab were regarded as not respectable. Society seemed to look on them as if they had something wrong with them. Women who did not wear the hijab were subject to all sorts of harassment, usually verbal.
Clearly a very happy band of hijab-wearing vegemites (not). And the beeb’s response?

Find out about different styles of Muslim
headscarf


And learn to start liking it. . .

Is "Categorizing" Wrong?

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One of the assertions that one commonly hears in discussions of race relations is that categorizing people is wrong. Apparently we should be blind to any group to which a person may belong.

This has an element of truth in it but is a vast oversimplification. The fact is that every word in our language stands for a category of some sort. When we talk about (for instance) dogs, we are using a category. Individual dogs may be small or large, black, white or brindle and savage or tame but we still need to talk about dogs if we are to discuss them. To forbid categorizing would be to forbid language.

And how could we do without the word "blue"? Yet it turns out that "blue" is a rather broad category. As any woman will tell you, there are many shades of blue -- Ming blue, Teal blue, Electric blue, Navy blue, Sky blue etc.

And the first step in any science is of course taxonomy -- which is just a fancy word for categorizing. So there is absolutely nothing wrong with categorizing.

What is true however, is that to describe any one individual adequately, we need to use many categories. To make useful descriptions, we often need to say "big old dog" rather than just "dog", for instance.

Note however, that the more complex description requires more knowledge. And the more knowledge we have about any given individual the better. Most dogs like to live in the house with their owners, for instance, but there are some dogs that are "outside" dogs and we might treat a dog wrongly if we assumed that it was an "inside" dog when it was really an "outside" dog.

But what if we are given a dog to mind that we have never met before? How do we treat it? We would seldom go wrong if we initially treated it as an "inside" dog so we would probably assume that and act accordingly. Is that wrong? Not at all. What WOULD be wrong is if we treated it as an "inside" dog once we had found that it preferred the outside.

So having in our minds and using generalizations and categories is perfectly right, proper and useful, even if it is not the end of the story. Generalizations -- such as "most dogs prefer to live close to their owners" -- are useful rather than wrong.

And the generalization: "blacks are very crime-prone so it is safest to keep away from them" is also a matter of fact and can be useful. And "white flight" shows that most Americans act on exactly that generalization. But once we have got to know an individual black person and found him peacable, it would be foolish to continue with avoidance behaviour towards him. So generalizations are proper and useful but are only a preliminary step in any reasonable interaction.

I discuss in more detail the use of generalizations and categories here, here and here.

And even Leftists understand that you need to use categories to express yourself. To take just one of zillions of possible examples, the "anti-Fascist" demonstrators against the "BNP ballerina" in London chanted: “We are Muslim, black and Jew, there are many more of us than you”. So categories like "blacks" and "Jews" are fine!

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