‘Our kids are not your social experiment’: The No vote mums are back

‘Our kids are not your social experiment’: The No vote mums are back, by Debbie Schipp.

THEY said they were “demonised” for appearing in an ad against same-sex marriage, but that hasn’t stopped two of the three mothers featured in the original Coalition For Marriage advertisement appearing in a bizarre new video released by the group. …

The 90-second clip opens with the women walking on stage to almost rapturous applause, which extends for about 30 seconds before a word is spoken as the women appear to soak up the rock star welcome.

“We hear love is love, let me tell you what I know about love. There is no greater love than the love a mother has for her child,” says Ms Rancie from the podium, to more applause.

Ms McIvor then states: “Our kids are not your social experiment. They are not sexual beings,” to more raucous response from the crowd.

Mum’s speak out against radical gay sex education

Sydneysiders in revolt over development as two-thirds declare the city is ‘full’

Sydneysiders in revolt over development as two-thirds declare the city is ‘full’, by Sean Nicholls.

More than two-thirds of people believe Sydney is full and property development should be pushed to the fringes, new polling shows, amid simmering tensions within communities and the Berejiklian government over the issue.

With plans for hundreds of thousands of apartments in the city’s “priority precincts” over the next 20 years, the ReachTel poll conducted for Fairfax Media shows 66.4 per cent of NSW residents oppose more development in existing areas to accommodate a bigger population. …

The Greater Sydney Commission, established last year to lead on planning and development issues and chaired by former Sydney lord mayor Lucy Turnbull, says the city will need about 725,000 extra homes over the next 20 years to accommodate a growing and ageing population.

Sydney’s population is expected to grow by about 1.74 million by 2036.

The big problem with share bikes

The big problem with share bikes, by Caroline Overington.

The point of this article is to marvel at how superbly the share bike illustrates the age-old debate over capitalism v socialism.

What drives human beings? Is it predominantly self-interest? Or is it the common good? …

As every economist knows, you can count on self-interest. It’s the force behind a thriving economy. as every economist knows, you can count on self-interest. It’s the force behind a thriving economy.

I don’t have to quote this. You’re all going to know it. But let’s quote it anyway. In 1776, Adam Smith said: “It is not from the benevolence of the of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard for their own interest.”

Smith was arguing that human beings are programmed to take care of themselves, and their families.

They will work to get what they need — food and shelter — and they will work even harder to get the things they want: sweet wheels, for example.

That drive in turn powers the economy.

But of course, we also take care of the things we value. We polish our cars. We keep our valuables safe. We lock up our expensive carbon-fibre bikes.

Now enter the share bike.

It’s not yours, so what do you care about what happens to it? …

You can borrow one and you can then leave it anywhere. The local council says so. It might get stolen or wrecked or thrown in a river, but so what? You have no stake.

If you’re a decent citizen, you might go out of your way to find a nice tree to lean it against, but what happens to it from there isn’t your problem.

You don’t have to store it out of the rain, so it doesn’t get rusty. You don’t have to make sure the tyres are pumped and the chain is greased.

You are not going to shove your own bike up a tree for Facebook likes and nor are you going to let your mates ride your bike down to the Yarra and dump it in the river, because you love your bike.

Understanding Cultural Marxism: Bill Muehlenberg speaking in Perth

Understanding Cultural Marxism: Bill Muehlenberg speaking in Perth. Friday 27 October, 7pm (light meal and drinks from 5:30 pm), Malmalling Vineyard in Parkerville.

We live in an age where we see evidence of cultural decline, the erosion of values, the decline of civility, the denial of truth and the elevation of unreason. Many people are asking, “Where is our culture heading?”

Joanne and I will be there, as will the ubiquitous Stephen Neil.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Trans Sports Insanity

Trans Sports Insanity, by Bill Muehlenberg.

Just a few short years ago nobody – except for a handful of radical sexual anarchists and androgynists – would ever have imagined that a guy could decide he no longer wants to be a guy, and simply will himself to be a girl. And worse yet, that he would demand the “right” to play as a female in female sports.

Until a few years ago one would have thought that it was sheer madness for a person to deny biology, deny reality, and even deny one’s DNA, and just decide to change one’s sex because one feels like it. This is the sort of stuff mental institutions would have previously dealt with. …

The most recent Australian case of this is beyond bizarre. It involves a big hefty guy who now thinks he is a girl and is demanding to play in woman’s footy. Yes, you heard that right.

Thankfully this time the normally politically correct AFL actually made a good decision. They said ‘no’.

Sadly, the reaction from the loony left was as predictable as it was pathetic. Many are calling this an outrage and are demanding that the decision be overturned. Plenty of legal cases will very likely soon emerge as we now demand the “right” for men to pretend they are women.

One opinion piece actually had this headline “AFL’s shameful fear of Hannah.” The commentator wrote: “Inclusion it seems is not for everyone and frankly that is a disgrace. It is a confusing and sad situation because Mouncey has basic human rights. You have to feel for her. She doesn’t want to be the face for transgender people. All she wants to do is play footy.”

Oh good grief. This guy is wrong in everything he said. Should I as an overweight senior citizen who has never played a game of footy in my life demand my “inclusion” and force the AFL to have me play? And a basic “human right”? Really? To play football? Since when? What UN document says that? …

We have had female athletes who have actually been taken to hospital as a result of playing against men who pretend they are women. …

As Matt Walsh writes: “Women cannot compete in women’s leagues if men are competing in women’s leagues. So, there will be no more women’s leagues. There will be men’s leagues and then cross dressing men’s leagues. I’m really hoping you can explain to my daughter and to all of our daughters how empowering it will be to witness the end of female athletic competition.”

Scott Yenor:

Sports scream: “Some playing fields can’t be leveled. Some competitors are better than others!”

In this, sports speak the truth. There is no fine line between athletic accomplishments for women and men. Men are generally bigger, stronger, and faster. Where strength and speed and agility are the factors determining success, human beings watch men’s sports.

AFL right to ban Hannah Mouncey, says transgender advocate

AFL right to ban Hannah Mouncey, says transgender advocate, by Chip Le Grand.

A prominent advocate for transgender athletes has backed an AFL decision to exclude Hannah Mouncey from its elite women’s competition due to her abnormal size and strength.

Kirsti Miller, a transgender sport trail blazer who represented Australia in modern pentathlon as a man before waging a four-year battle to be accepted as a female country footballer, said a tough stance was necessary to protect the integrity of women’s sport. …

The AFL’s principal reason for excluding Ms Mouncey from today’s AFLW draft is the residual strength and physical size she has from her previous life as a male athlete.

Before transitioning to female two years ago, Ms Mouncey represented Australia in men’s handball. Although her testosterone levels are below the International Olympic Committee limit for transgender athletes, she is a muscular 100kg and 190cm tall.

As part of its deliberations, the AFL compared Ms Mouncey’s strength and body mass to other women playing in the AFLW. A source described her test results as “off the charts’.’

The main point of having women’s sport instead of all-sex competitions is so that women can play sport without being out-muscled by men. In that spirit, preventing Hannah from playing in the AFL seems fair enough. So why is her Canberra football league allowing her to play? The purists are not happy though:

Caroline Layt, a schoolboy athletics champion who represented NSW in state of origin rugby league and Australia in track and field after transitioning to female, said the AFL decision sent a conflicting message to transgender people and exposed the league to legal challenge.

“It just saddens me that we really haven’t advanced,’’ she said. “If you are transgender you can play sport at a community level but don’t aspire to live out your dreams and goals and don’t aim too high because we won’t allow you to do that.”

hat-tip Stephen Neil

FBI uncovered Russian bribery plot before Obama administration approved controversial nuclear deal with Moscow

FBI uncovered Russian bribery plot before Obama administration approved controversial nuclear deal with Moscow, by John Solomon.

Before the Obama administration approved a controversial deal in 2010 giving Moscow control of a large swath of American uranium, the FBI had gathered substantial evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering designed to grow Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy business inside the United States, according to government documents and interviews.

Federal agents used a confidential U.S. witness working inside the Russian nuclear industry to gather extensive financial records, make secret recordings and intercept emails as early as 2009 that showed Moscow had compromised an American uranium trucking firm with bribes and kickbacks in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, FBI and court documents show.

They also obtained an eyewitness account – backed by documents – indicating Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the U.S. designed to benefit former President Bill Clinton’s charitable foundation during the time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served on a government body that provided a favorable decision to Moscow, sources told The Hill. …

But the FBI did nothing, and Democrats were protected:

Rather than bring immediate charges in 2010, however, the Department of Justice (DOJ) continued investigating the matter for nearly four more years, essentially leaving the American public and Congress in the dark about Russian nuclear corruption on U.S. soil during a period when the Obama administration made two major decisions benefiting Putin’s commercial nuclear ambitions.

The first decision occurred in October 2010, when the State Department and government agencies on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States unanimously approved the partial sale of Canadian mining company Uranium One to the Russian nuclear giant Rosatom, giving Moscow control of more than 20 percent of America’s uranium supply. …

Clinton corruption is not newsworthy:

The Obama administration’s decision to approve Rosatom’s purchase of Uranium One has been a source of political controversy since 2015.

That’s when conservative author Peter Schweitzer and The New York Times documented how Bill Clinton collected hundreds of thousands of dollars in Russian speaking fees and his charitable foundation collected millions in donations from parties interested in the deal while Hillary Clinton presided on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. …

Oh no, not us:

The Obama administration and the Clintons defended their actions at the time, insisting there was no evidence that any Russians or donors engaged in wrongdoing and there was no national security reason for any member of the committee to oppose the Uranium One deal.

Maybe the whole Trump-Russia thing is a case of projection?

hat-tip Tim, Scott of the Pacific

After Defending Child Rapist Polanski, George Clooney Lectures Middle America in ‘Suburbicon’

After Defending Child Rapist Polanski, George Clooney Lectures Middle America in ‘Suburbicon’, by John Nolte.

Judging by the trailer and the early (and awful) Suburbicon reviews, George Clooney is once again chomping at the bit to lecture Middle America about just how awful and intolerant we all are. But are we really going to allow ourselves to be scolded by a mediocre director who defends an admitted child rapist like Roman Polanski?

Back in February, … Clooney was in France for the Cesars where he received an honorary award (probably because nothing he makes deserves an award-award). …

What he said then about Roman Polasnski:

“I don’t know enough about the Polanski affair to talk about it in detail. But what I understand is that he had an agreement with a judge and that the judge didn’t respect. I also know that the victim now supports him.” And he concluded: “When you think about all that this 83-year-old man has been through, it’s awful to imagine that they’re still after him.

Yes, “it’s awful to imagine” because of all that Poor Roman “has been through.”

In 1977, Polanski admitted to raping a 13 year-old girl (who also says she was sodomized). Before he could be sentenced, Polanski fled America for Europe where, for the last 40 years, a who’s-who of the world’s elite have celebrated and enabled his lavish fugitive lifestyle.

During those terrible, awful decades, poor Polanski has “been through” the winning of an Academy Award (and standing ovation) from Hollywood, has directed more than a dozen films, has been feted and worshiped in most every European capital that does not extradite, and has made millions of dollars.

Polanski is the cream of the international film world’s crop and because he cannot come to Hollywood, Hollywood comes to him.

Oh, and something else that Poor Polanski has “been through” — allegations from three other women who claim he sexually assaulted them as minors.

Last week, Clooney said he knew nothing! about the 20 years of allegations surrounding his colleague Harvey Weinstein. … If Clooney opposes seeing a fugitive child rapist face justice, are we also supposed to believe that someone who is that morally illiterate would have done the right thing had he known about Weinstein?

Try to imagine just how much better off leftwing Hollywood would be right now if they despised sexual predators and child rapists half as much as they do us normal Americans.

hat-tip Charles

James O’Keefe Busts New York Times Editor Explaining How Paper Sets Anti-Trump Narrative

James O’Keefe Busts New York Times Editor Explaining How Paper Sets Anti-Trump Narrative, by Joel Pollack.

James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas has released the latest video in his “American Pravda” series — this time, featuring a New York Times online editor trashing President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

In the video, which seems to have been filmed in a pub, the Times‘ London-based homepage editor, Desiree Shoe, is seen describing Trump as an “oblivious idiot.” She does not care for Trump’s potential replacement, either, describing Pence as “f**king horrible … possibly worse than Trump” because, she says, he is “extremely religious.”

Shoe, who is seen describing her job as curating the Times‘ front pages, also describes the approach of American journalists towards covering Trump during the 2016 election: “I think that one of the things that maybe journalists were thinking about is, like, “Oh, if we write about him, about how, like, insanely crazy he is and how ludicrous his policies are, then maybe people will read about it and be, like, ‘Oh, wow, like, we shouldn’t vote for him.’” In her description, the Times‘ front page is used to set the media narrative against Trump.

The “future” is here.

hat-tip Scott of the Pacific

Barbarians at the door after the left’s long march

Barbarians at the door after the left’s long march, by Keven Donnelly.

The peace and prosperity we now take for granted and the fact that our legal and political systems enshrine the inalienable right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” are products of this narrative — one that began with the philosophers and sophists of ancient Greece and Rome and that embraces Judeo-Christianity and epochal historical events such as the Renaissance, the Enlightenment and the Reformation. …

Beginning in the late 1970s and early 80s, the cultural left in England, the US and Australia attacked this liberal view of education as imperialistic, elitist, patriarchal, misogynist, racist and inequitable.

As noted by the American academic Christopher Lasch, instead of education involving a “universal transcendent truth”, the cultural left argues it simply cloaks the self-serving power of “white Eurocentric males”.

So, today’s education is all about who gets power in the here and now.

This gets to the nub of why the new left cannot abide by the notion s of truth and merit:” it doesn’t get them power. They’ve tried, and it wasn’t enough.

Meritocracy does not lead to equitable results, because not all groups of people have the same statistical properties. The new left furiously deny this, but are now resorting to openly discriminating against males and whites in order to grab more power for other groups.

Given the threat of Islamic fundamentalism it is also true that at the very time Western civilisation should be celebrated future generations remain either ignorant or hostile to what makes us unique and what must be defended.

hat-tip Stephen Neil, Scott of the Pacific

Left is parading social science as history

Left is parading social science as history, by Bella d’Abrera, the director of the Foundations of Western Civilisation program at the Institute of Public Affairs.

Identity politics encapsulates two main ideas.

The first is that an individual’s political position (and many other things, such as moral worth) is defined by their identity. The second is the way in which a person is to be treated is decided according to that person’s identity.

Which is why identity politics causes people to discriminate between races and genders and treat them differently — it encourages bigotry. It is in direct opposition to the previous ideal of treating everyone the same, solely on their merits as individuals. Move over Martin Luther King. History has changed direction.

The suspicion that history as an academic discipline has been successfully hijacked by left-wing cultural theorists is no longer hearsay or speculation. The audit reveals that at least 244 of the 746 history subjects belong to the social sciences. History departments are replete with subjects that examine the study of human society and social relationships, not historical events or periods.

Take for example Gendered Worlds: An Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of NSW; Masculinity, Nostalgia and Change offered at the University of Western Australia; Monash University’s Nationality, Ethnicity and Conflict; and the University of New England’s Being Bad: Sinners, Crooks, Deviants and ­Psychos. None of these subjects belongs in a history department.

In comparison, of the 746 subjects on offer, just 241 explain the material and technological pro­gress and belief systems of Western civilisation. …

There is a direct correlation between the proliferation of trigger warnings, cultural appropriation and safe spaces (which are rapidly becoming the norm on campus) with the identity politics being propounded in the classroom.

The more that students are taught to view history in terms of identity politics, which by its ­nature is divisive, the more it will manifest on campuses across Australia, creating inequality where there is none.

hat-tip Barry Corke

Slavery to dogma rife in Victoria

Slavery to dogma rife in Victoria, by Nick Cater.

Religious liberty is all very well and all that, but it has its limits in Victoria’s state schools where principals are bound by Ministerial Direction 145.

The determination allows faith-based religious instruction at the principal’s discretion providing no child attends for more than 30 minutes a week, and then only in the lunch break or in the hour before or after school. Parents must complete form CD145 — available in 15 languages — to give consent.

Instructors must be referred to as instructors or special instructors, never as teachers. Teaching material cannot be described as “curriculum” and may only be referred to as “materials” or “program materials”.

The Safe Schools program is different. There is no parental red tape to navigate since Safe School classes are compulsory and will be conducted in every state school by next year.

In summary, parents must apply to have kids study the biblical canon, but they don’t get asked if they’d like their kids to study OMG I’m Queer, OMG I’m Trans, Gayby Baby, or anything else included in the School Action Toolkit “that explores family diversity in a fun & insightful way”. Principals don’t ask parents, they consult an amorphous entity that the Department of Education calls “the broader school community”. OMG indeed. …

Who is Premier Andrews? The trendiest, most PC Premier in Australia:

Andrews is undoubtedly the most hardline, ideological, left-wing premier to assume office in this or any other state. As Liberal MP Bernie Finn said recently: “This bloke makes Joan Kirner look like a softie.” …

Andrews has achieved the seemingly impossible in reconciling the sensitivities of the sophisticates with the day-to-day anxieties of the masses.

He has an army of media minders to run a virtual newsroom, turning out dozens of asinine press releases weekly, whistling to both audiences. …

Meanwhile his government panders to activism by handing out thousands of grants, large and small, to community organisers of every stripe. It pays for the Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council’s Multicultural Dinner, hands over a lazy half-mill to LGBTI support groups to counsel LGBTI Victorians disturbed by a plebiscite, and chucks money at the Feminist Writers Festival in recognition of its “important role in challenging sexism and gender stereotypes, and fostering cultural change”. …

And so in countless feel-good ways, announced in countless fawning press releases, the Andrews government funds a growing bullshit industry, employing countless professional do-gooders in meaningless bullshit jobs.

When Andrews boasts of the jobs he has created, he neglects to mention that the taxpayer is paying for most of them. The growth in education, health, welfare and much heavy construction is funded by the state. But when your only work experience is in politics, that probably doesn’t matter.

At best the bullshit industry is merely ineffective, but we suspect the moral harm is worse. The application of identity politics, the constant affirmation of diversity and the pleas on behalf of the vulnerable feed a culture of complaint and entitlement. It erodes the personal virtues of prudence, fortitude and courage by outsourcing responsibility for individual destiny to the machinery of state.

Read it all.

hat-tip Barry Corke

PC Enforcement in action: Marc Faber Asked to Leave Sprott Board After “Racist” Report

PC Enforcement in action: Marc Faber Asked to Leave Sprott Board After “Racist” Report, by Max Abelson.

Veteran investor Marc Faber left the boards of money manager Sprott Inc. and mining companies Novagold Resources Inc. and Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. after he claimed in his newsletter this month that “the U.S. would look like Zimbabwe” if it had been settled by black people instead of whites.

“The recent comments by Dr. Faber are deeply disappointing and are completely contradictory with the views of Sprott and its employees,” Sprott Chief Executive Officer Peter Grosskopf said in announcing Faber’s departure from the board. “We pride ourselves on being a diverse organization and comments of this sort will not be tolerated.” …

His blasphemy? Faber wrote the following in his newsletter:

“And thank God white people populated America, and not the blacks. Otherwise, the US would look like Zimbabwe, which it might look like one day anyway, but at least America enjoyed 200 years in the economic and political sun under a white majority. I am not a racist, but the reality — no matter how politically incorrect — needs to be spelled out.”

Another consequence:

A CNBC spokesperson said Tuesday the cable channel doesn’t plan to invite Faber back for appearances.

Not backing down:

“If stating some historical facts makes me a racist, then I suppose that I am a racist,” Faber wrote in an email to Bloomberg. “For years, Japanese were condemned because they denied the Nanking massacre.”

The battle between truth and PC fantasy is a long one, and there have been many casualties. Some truths, and some opinions, are not allowed by the protected class.

The definition of “racist” has inverted in recent years, making it largely meaningless except as a term of disapproval. It used to mean “discriminating between people on the basis of race.” But now the new left call you a racist if you are color blind — the new left demands you discriminate furiously on the basis of race, like them, or else they call you a racist.

The Fussy Attack of the Domesticated Conservatives

The Fussy Attack of the Domesticated Conservatives, by Kurt Schlicter.

You know what you won’t find in the major papers or on the mainstream networks, besides timely exposés of Democrat megadonors who are also megaperverts? Conservative columnists who don’t foam at the mouth over Donald Trump and who actually support conservative policies. Instead, you’ll find a bunch of journalistic Jeb!s, because the liberals hiring them know that squishes gonna squish.

Look, far be it from me to tell my enemy when it’s making a mistake, but because the media only hires nominal conservatives who already agree with liberals, liberals have no idea what real conservatives think or why. This is the reason they end up baffled when they lose and lose and lose again – sure, Felonia von Pantsuit was also stupid and drunk, but you get the point. As Sun Tzu observed, and I believe this is a verbatim translation from the original Chinese text, a wise general must seek to know and understand the true nature and schemes of his enemy lest he end up as forlorn and humiliated as a foxy fern in the Miramax head office. …

What’s missing are, of course, actual conservatives who generally support the president we elected. There are a few of us. Instead, we get Salon-selectees like Jennifer Rubin, the WaPo’s shrill, naggy voice of every liberal’s favorite kind of conservatism – the limp, ineffectual kind. … The conservatism the mainstream media pushes is really conservatism; the rest of us have moved on from the old conservatives as submissive, bow-tied weenies model. …

But when the lib media claps its hands, there’s always some pseudo-con eager to please. Really, the please-hire-me cons’ capering and clowning for liberal approval is getting embarrassing.

Australian ABC displays obviously partisan hypocrisy again

Australian ABC displays obviously partisan hypocrisy again, by Andrew Bolt.

Four Corners’ Sarah Ferguson had Hillary Clinton complain that Julian Assange helped steal last year’s election from her by leaking emails hacked by Russia. The show’s executive producer Sally Neighbour retweets a post saying “Assange is Putin’s bitch“.

From The Killing Season by Sarah Ferguson:

I felt like vomiting when I saw the signs. ‘Dich the witch” is bad enough but “Bob Brown’s bich’ is so deeply and utterly offensive to any woman …