Andrew Bolt’s Blog,6/2/19 Bolt turns to Liam Neeson to defend Kennerly. Neeson wouldn’t agree; Julia Banks kicked further down Bolt’s road; Irrationality of News Corp Bullies;
George Colombaris was charged for a less violent reaction than Andrew Bolt’s. Police and all Security advice is to remove yourself from the situation. Yes Bolt was glittered however he attacked and did everything opposite to what is advised he attacked violently. Moreover he’s now proud of what he did and is celebrating his reaction. Police are investigating the incident. (Olddogthought)
New footage of an attack on Andrew Bolt after a book launch in Melbourne shows a hooded man run at the conservative newspaper and television commentator and throw glitter in his face without provocation.
The dual national allegedly bought options on Borussia Dortmund’s stock before the attack.
In today’s world people who are white, male, and right-wing can easily get away with racism and bigotry.
If the name Milo Yiannopoulos means nothing to you, congratulations on being a normal, well-adjusted person. The short version of his biography goes something like this: British, gay, alt-right attention-seeker, outspoken supporter of Donald Trump, the subject of protests on US college campuses due to his concerted harassment campaigns against a broad spectrum of minority groups. The Guardian has a longer version.
Source: Culture bores | The Monthly
I’ve always been perplexed by the fervour with which some women rush to denounce feminism and the people who practise it.
After Donald Trump’s win stunned the White House, Barack Obama was faced with the task of comforting his daughters.
Young people running riot on the streets, teenagers creating chaos in the justice system, a premier who wants to be seen acting tough – there’s a lot going on, but what’s the truth about youth crime and punishment?
A West Virginia mayor resigns following a backlash after she posted a response to a Facebook comment about US First Lady Michelle Obama.
“This needs to stop.”
Last week’s television debate Recognition: Yes or No? did not really advance the issue, which was a pity; it could have been more helpful had the participants been better matched.
Source: Mirror, mirror | The Monthly
Farewell Enlightenment, We Hardly Knew Ye.
Does you intelligence level effect your level of prejudice? A recent study by Mark Brandt and Jarret Crawford looked to answer just that, and the results will not make racists very happy. As Medical Daily via Rawstory reports: According to the study, people of lower intelligence, as measured by cognitive ability, tend to be prejudiced against non-conventional or liberal groups, as well as groups that have little choice in their status, such as people defined by their race, gender, or sexual orientation. On the other hand, individuals of higher intelligence were likely to be prejudiced against groups considered conventional and groups perceived to have “high choice” in their associations, such as conservatives. “People dislike people who are different from them,” study authors Mark Brandt and Jarret Crawford told Broadly. “Derogating people with different worldviews can help people maintain the validity of their own world view.” People of all levels of intelligence seem to have the same level of prejudices, just toward different groups. The reason for these differences in stereotypes, however, is more complicated than simply not liking those who are different from you. For example, the researchers explained that less intelligent people often like to view other groups as being distinctly different from them as a way to help see them as distant and therefore less of a threat. On a positive note, a separate study found that prejudice against transgender individuals, and be resolved in most with a simple 10-minute conversation with a transgendered individual. Could the answer really be that simple? Prejudice can be destroyed by 10 minutes of interaction with the perceived “other”? The science seems to back this obvious answer! Are you surprised? What does it say then that the supreme court ruled police can refuse to hire applicants with “too high” of an IQ? Could this be the reason police are so often accused of racism? Let us know and help SPREAD THE WORD! (Article by Jaimes Campbell and M.
An 18-year-old woman who earlier claimed to have been brutally raped by a gang of refugees in front of a Cologne train station reportedly confessed that her chilling story was fiction the whole time – she hadn’t even been in the city on New Year’s Eve.
Digital media has the power to inform, but it is also helping some to spread hate. Have we reached the tipping point between order and chaos at the global level?
The Muslim share of Europe’s total population has been increasing steadily, growing from 4% in 1990 to 6% in 2010.
A teenager who was fatally shot in Melbourne’s north is being remembered by the football club who embraced the “passionate sportsman” after he arrived from Afghanistan.
Bolt says threats came from Islamic State supporter and follows his newspaper column for Herald Sun which suggested if ‘we criticise Islam … we risk death’
Bill Shorten claims the Prime Minister is considering calling a fresh election as he stares down the barrel of a hung Parliament. Follow live.
Race Discrimination Commissioner warns Pauline Hanson’s anti-Muslim and Asian comments could unleash hatred and violence.
By Ross Sharp Andy Angry Pants Bolt is Angry. Angry Andy, The Angryman, who can take any sunrise and sprinkle it with spew, is well and truly Angry today, Angry that his political party and government of choice, under the stewardship of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, went to an election, and sorta-kinda-maybe-maybe not fucked it…
Everybody is good at something, right? And it turns out Andrew Bolt’s forte is summing up better than anyone else what his beloved Liberal Party of Australia actually stands for. Here’s Bolt on Sky News last night, foaming and seething at the fact the Liberals weren’t immediately returned to government. “It’s nine months ago sinceMore
The children of Polish soldiers who fought in the Second World War have spoken of their people’s proud history of fighting alongside the British amidst rising xenophobia following
In attacking the outgoing Senator in the way he did, Bolt tapped into an old dual standard, writes Dr Liz Conor. Andrew Bolt has Bolter heritage. If his ancestors are European I’m afraid they did a runner from their homeland. Unless they were actually transported as convicts (could Bolt have crim-heritage?) his heritage is oneMore
An anti-Islam rally ended in embarrassment after police outnumbered protesters four to one at a rally in Staffordshire. Just 24 people showed up to the demonstration in Burton organised by a group called The Casual Infidels. The Casual Infidels describes itself as a “freelancing movement” dedicated to “battling Islam”.
London—As Atticus Finch reminds us, “You rarely win, but sometimes you do.” This afternoon, some 17 hours after the polls closed, Labour’s Sadiq Khan was provisionally declared the next mayor of London.
Waleed Aly brought the Logies to a standstill with a heartfelt Gold Logie acceptance speech that highlighted discrimination in the entertainment industry. The Project host delightfully declared to the TV audience: “do not adjust your sets, there’s nothing wrong with the picture.” Noni Hazlehurst’s epic Logies Hall of Fame speech Behind the scenes at the Logies […]
Daily Telegraph’s reporter gets a taste of detention in Beirut, while some supporters play a poor hand as they rally to Tara Brown’s defence
We need to change the mindset of boys and young men to put a stop to rape culture.
After a drunken altercation on King Street captured on CCTV, police are searching for a man with strawberry blonde hair.
Source: CCTV: King St attack
Thirty years after the world’s most catastrophic nuclear accident, the home of the infamous Chernobyl nuclear reactor number four is transformed into an extreme tourism theme park.
A member of the Apex gang at the centre of a brawl in Melbourne’s CBD says it has been blown out of proportion.
“There were two groups involved in this incident in the city but they only targeting one group, the Apex group,” he said. The group has merged with another gang, YCW — made up of Pacific Islanders, Maoris and Anglo-Australians…. Why Andrew Bolt is racist
The Coalition’s push to make changes to the Racial Discrimination Act began after newspaper columnist Andrew Bolt was found to have breached it over his comments about Aboriginal Australians.
Eliyahu Eliav Moalem, 27, of central Israeli city Modiin, had over June and July 2014 written a number of posts calling for “acts of violence and terror against Pa
Sunday 14 October 2016 1 I haven’t read his full article but it seems Andrew Bolt is writing race again. He has a very limited world view outside of racism, Muslims, free speech and Climate Change. Apparently the headline read something like “Don’t blame whites for the failure of Bridging the Gap” Inferring that it was…
Written by: Letitia McQuade
After proposing then abandoning a raft of manifestly unpopular changes to section 18c of Australia’s racial vilification laws last year, certain members of the LNP have recently relaunched their attack on 18C, under the rather disingenuous pretext of championing free speech.
In the wake of the Charlie Hedbo attacks Cory Bernardi has been out there again, calling for the LNP’s precious 18c amendments to be put back on the table.
Like pit bulls with lock jaw, a gang radical right wing MP’s including Cory Bernardi, George Brandis, Dean Smith, liberal Democrat David Leyonhjelm, and Family First’s Bob Day have been lobbying hard to ensure we Aussies have the right to engage in hate speech.
Just for clarity, lets take a closer look at what it is they want to change. Specifically they want to have the words “offend, insult and humiliate” removed from the act.
Offensive behaviour because of race, colour or national or ethnic origin
(1) It is unlawful for a person to do an act, otherwise than in private, if:
(a) the act is reasonably likely, in all the circumstances, to offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate another person or a group of people; and
(b) the act is done because of the race, colour or national or ethnic origin of the other person or of some or all of the people in the group.
So in effect what they are proposing is that it would just fine to PUBLICLY “offend, insult and humiliate” someone based on their race, colour or national or ethnic origin, so long as you don’t “intimidate” them.
I think it’s fairly safe to say that most people would find public insult and humiliation somewhat intimidating; so we can assume that the interpretation to be given to the word “intimidate” under the proposed amendments would be “to directly physically threaten”, rather than “to emotionally threaten”.
If these changes were ushered in, then it theoretically it would be OK if I were to call Tony Abbott filthy, unwashed, lazy, whinging, snaggle toothed, imperialist, stuck up, limey British scum? And that would be totally OK, because I am all I am doing is using racial stereotypes to abuse him, but I am not actually threatening to do him any harm. Of course the truth is that most British people work hard, wash regularly, visit dentists, aren’t seeking to expand their empire, and complain in relatively appropriate measure..:-), but hey why let the truth get in the way of good story.
Unfortunately what these right wing warriors are failing to understand is that the Racial Discrimination Act is not really about protecting the feelings of “white people”. It was drafted in the knowledge that there are ethnic groups in this country that really suffer as a result of constant racial abuse and the negative stereo types that such abuse fosters.
To our shame there are many Australians, (most notedly our indigenous brothers and sisters, followed closely by those of African or “middle eastern appearance”) that regularly suffer systemic discrimination in housing and employment on the basis of their race. They are the same Australians that regularly suffer physical abuse in public spaces, and higher rates of detention and incarceration on account of their race. So please let’s not minimise this, these are real consequences, for real people!
Free speech is a noble ideal, but in order for something to be truly free it must come without a cost. Just because hate mongers like Andrew Bolt, Alan Jones and the oh so white fleet of right wing MP’s don’t personally pay the price for their racist tirades doesn’t mean someone isn’t picking up the tab. And too frequently those picking up the tab are the among the poorest and most marginalised members of our Australian family.
If you happen to belong to one of those oft targeted minorities the Racial Discrimination Act may not offer a lot of protection, but it is the thin end of a very important wedge. It is a line in the sand that says NO, we as Australians do NOT want a society where racial vilification and negative racial stereotypes are permitted to fester and stew in the public sphere. We want an Australia that says racists need to be ashamed, knowing that they are on the wrong side of what is morally decent, and on the wrong side of the law. We want an Australia where vile hate speech does land Andrew Bolt in court and up on charges. Mostly we want an Australia that is for the fair go for everyone regardless of race, colour or creed.
So Mr Bernadi, I say this to you on behalf of all decent, fair minded Australian’s….. GET BACK IN YOUR BOX!!!, we don’t want the hate you are peddling!!!
Have yourself a merry little drone strike, let your heart be light
From now on our victims will be out of sight
Have yourself a merry little drone strike, make the Yuletide gay
From now on our pilots will be miles away
Here we are as in olden days, happy golden days of gore
Faithful rebels who were dear to us, are not near to us anymore
Through the years we all will be together, if the courts allow
Hang a bloody corpse upon the highest bough
And have yourself a merry little drone strike now
ISLAMABAD-As Christmas Day approaches and millions of Americans are celebrating the birth of Christ by purchasing presents from Walmart, our military marked the occasion by obliterating a few suspected militants in Yemen and North Waziristan. Although administration officials declined comment on the strikes, we managed to reach General Jack Ripper USAF (Ret) for his thoughts on the matter.
“It has become a sort of Christmas tradition,” said General Ripper. “The holidays are the perfect time to hit the enemy because we can target weddings and other gatherings during the slow news cycle back home. Most Americans are more concerned with the mythical “War on Christmas” than with innocent people being vaporized in the name of democracy. Drone strikes are great because they are the most cost-effective way to provoke the locals and swell the ranks of our terrorist opponents. If we face growing numbers of terrorists then it is much easier to justify a bloated defense budget and intrusive information-gathering programs.”
General Ripper continued, “These savages living in mud huts thousands of miles away constitute a clear and present danger to our way of life and our republic, and the startling truth is that there are at least a few dozen of them. Furthermore, these guys are believed to be the masterminds behind the evil worldwide plot to sap and impurify our precious bodily fluids,” said Ripper. “Our nation is a righteous one founded on Christian principles, chosen by God and Jesus to lead the free world, and if we have to blow up the rest of the globe to prove it, then by God that’s what we’re gonna do!” General Ripper had to end our phone interview at that point because it was time for the night nurse to distribute medication.
Pakistani and Yemeni government officials have protested the drone strikes as being counter-productive, saying they serve only to provoke lunatic religious fanatics. They have advised citizens living in tribal areas that during traditional infidel holidays a trip to a large town may be in order, and all New Year’s Eve celebrations should be held in caves deep underground.
THE CABIN ANTHRAX, MURPHY, N.C. (CT&P) -At a hurriedly called press conference somewhere in the bowels of Cretonia earlier today, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), a Catholic, criticized Pope Francis after the pontiff played a key role in helping the United States and Cuba forge an agreement that resulted in the release of American Alan Gross from Cuba.
Rubio said he would “ask His Holiness to take up the cause of freedom and democracy.”
The pompous ass junior senator from Cretonia who intends to school His Holiness was speaking in response to the White House’s announcement about talks to normalize relations with Cuba after a nearly 50-year embargo with the country.
The pope played a pivotal role through personal appeals to President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro to help the two countries forge an agreement for the release of Gross, Obama announced on Wednesday.
Rubio is set to play a major role in Cuba policy as the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee on Western Affairs, and he noted Wednesday some of Congress’ leverage points, such as funding for embassies and nomination of a U.S. ambassador to Cuba.
“I’m committed to doing everything I can to unravel as many of these changes as possible,” Rubio said.
At the end of November, News Corp’s Samantha Maiden reported via a source that Joe Hockey had gone “off his tits” after the PM’s office briefed journalists that the GP co-payment was about to be ditched. According to Hockey, it wasn’t dead at all.
“Senior Liberals” responded that Hockey was only saying that so he could keep the $3.6 billion raised by the GP tax on the books, ahead of December’s Mid-year Economic Fiscal Outlook, the “budget update”.
One unnamed minister told Maiden that Hockey was a “sook”. Another “senior Liberal” said that Hockey was “erratic’’ because he’s either “full bottle or on holidays and there’s nothing in between’’.
“We should have nailed Labor to the cross,” a “cabinet source” told Simon Benson, as published on his blog at the Daily Telegraph on 28 November. The source primarily blamed Hockey for the government’s inability to sell its message that Labor was to blame for the “fiscal mess”. “This is the mob that came in . . . trashed the house, shot the dog and ran off with the wife. And they have got away with it.’’ Soon after, Scott Morrison accidentally let slip that this source was none other than Barnaby Joyce.
A week later, the Daily Telegraph later ran a front-page story by Benson with the headline “Joe’s on the nose”, suggesting that Hockey might be dumped as treasurer. The following day, Laurie Oakes reported that fingers were pointed at Scott Morrison as a likely culprit for spreading the rumour.
A Morrison defender bit back: “For God’s sake, Scott’s been virtually living with crossbenchers all week. When would he have had the time to dump on Joe?”
This same source said it was more likely the PM’s office had planted the story, as a distraction from Tony Abbott’s own poor performance.
Many ministers have told journalists, off the record of course, that the PM’s office is too manipulative and controlling – “the PM’s office” being widely regarded as a euphemism for Peta Credlin, Abbott’s chief of staff.
For his part, Hockey has let it be known that it was the PM’s office that forced Martin Parkinson to resign as secretary of the treasury department. Hockey’s people have also been blaming the PM’s office for the total hash that was made of the May budget.
Former Coalition minister Amanda Vanstone has held the media responsible for the kicking Joe Hockey is getting. But according to Samantha Maiden, Hockey and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop have compared notes, and came to the conclusion that the PM’s office was trying to play them off against each another.
Bishop famously went “bananas” after her request to attend the Lima climate change talks was refused, and then she was sent with a chaperone, Trade Minister Andrew Robb.
“Why would I be angry?” was Bishop’s barbed response to the report, in a classic non-denial denial. Replied government members: see, she was not at all angry, and it was always part of the plan.
In an interview with broadcaster Andrew Bolt on 7 December, Education Minister Christopher Pyne pointed out that Bishop was actually the senior portfolio minister, so if anything, she was chaperoning Robb. Robb had not been despatched by anyone, he added.
“You are denying what I know is a fact,” retorted Bolt.
“I certainly am,” Pyne replied.
But this week Bishop gave an account of how, when the PM refused her initial request to attend the climate negotiations, she took the matter to a meeting of the full cabinet and had the decision reversed. The cabinet, in other words, agreed with her position, not Abbott’s. Now, apparently, there is a “growing view in the upper echelons of Coalition government” that Bishop and Credlin are “like two Siamese fighting fish stuck in the same tank.” The relationship is said to have broken down irretrievably.
Fairfax’s Peter Hartcher also revealed that ministers in the Abbott government (for which presumably we are supposed to read “Julie Bishop”) had repeatedly counselled the prime minister’s office against trying to shut down G20 discussion on climate change – but the PM’s office ignored the advice. And now, the article explained, new climate change polling demonstrates the unpopularity of the government’s approach to the issue.
What’s more, Hartcher went on to write, Andrew Robb is a climate change sceptic, who “was forced to rearrange his schedule to attend”.
Hockey then sought to cast doubt on the whole report, saying “that certainly wasn’t my recollection of the cabinet discussion”. Was this an implicit criticism of Julie Bishop?
Backbenchers are telling anyone who’ll listen that they’re sick of not being listened to. Pyne has rebuked colleagues for backgrounding the media about the Coalition’s current political woes. Pyne himself has not been immune to criticism for his performance, which, like that of Defence Minister David Johnston, has been regarded as abysmal. Johnston was blamed for the Liberals’ South Australian by-election loss. Abbott was blamed for the Victorian state election loss. And Alan Jones has blamed Greg Hunt for putting Tony Abbott’s seat at risk (his logic was hard to follow, but it involved plans for a nursing home in the PM’s electorate), and blamed Joe Hockey for just about everything.
Hockey this week described the mood in cabinet as “good”. There are no plans for a cabinet reshuffle.
Indeed, why would it be necessary? For Abbott, it’s been “a year of achievement”.
This view may not be shared by “government ministers”, though, who are telling journalists that Abbott is expected to announce a modest reshuffle after the summer break.
The break didn’t come soon enough.
But the public can rest assured, because after another long press conference or two, and another backdown or three, no doubt all these tensions will dissipate and be forgotten despite the government’s terrible polling and hard economic road ahead, and we’ll have the competent, grown-up government that we were promised.