New Dustin Hoffman Accuser Claims Harassment and Physical Violation on Broadway

New Dustin Hoffman Accuser Claims Harassment and Physical Violation on Broadway, by Kathryn Rossetter.

Rossetter writes that Hoffman would take photos with her and “grab my breast just before they snapped the picture and then remove it.” She often didn’t notice in time, which she says made it seem like she was “complicit with the gesture. I was not. Not ever.”

Kathryn Rossetter performed eight times a week with the star in ‘Death of a Salesman’ — but, she writes, a dream job soon became “a horrific, demoralizing and abusive experience at the hands (literally) of one of my acting idols.” …

One night in Chicago, I felt his hand up under my slip on the inside of my thighs. I was completely surprised and tried to bat him away while watching the stage for my cues. After the show he was busy with the producer and director so I had no access to him to address it. It then happened almost every show. Six to eight shows a week. I couldn’t speak to him in the moment because I was on a live mic. He kept it up and got more and more aggressive. One night he actually started to stick his fingers inside me. Night after night I went home and cried. I withdrew and got depressed and did not have any good interpersonal relationships with the cast. How could the same man who fought to get me the job, who complimented my work, who essentially launched my career, who gave me the benefit of his wisdom as an actor, how could he also be this sexual power abuser? Was I doing something? Was it my fault?

The groping continued. After the shows at parties, whenever he had a picture taken with me, he would put his arm around my rib cage and then grab my breast just before they snapped the picture and then remove it. He was very skilled at dropping his hand just as the picture snapped to avoid it being recorded. But it was pre-digital. You didn’t know what was there until they were developed. Only by luck do I have one such picture — where the camera caught him in the act. A picture I had taken with hopes of sending it to my family. A millisecond in time. There I am — big smile and my arm moving toward his with the intention to push it away. But caught as it is, it seems I’m complicit with the gesture. I was not. Not ever.

Everyone around always laughed when he did this. Does that make him just a jokester? Or is he extremely smart choosing when and how to pursue his actions? Everyone standing around laughing worked for him. He gave us gifts, paid for parties. Bait and switch.

This is the Democrat war on women, and they can’t escape it or deny it.

hat-tip Charles

ADF: the Australian Defence Farce

ADF: the Australian Defence Farce, by Mark Powell.

If you still have any uncertainty as to whether or not the Australian Defence Force has been ideologically hijacked by the Left, then just consider the following. Captain Sally Williamson was recently reported making the ludicrous suggestion that, “Prostitutes should be sent to the front line to ‘service’ Australia’s combat soldiers and help them relieve stress.” She also wrote that if the front line was too dangerous for prostitutes, troops could be given sex toys instead.” …

Andrew Hastie MP was previously an SAS commander.

I recently contacted Andrew Hastie, the Liberal Member for Canning, and I asked him what his thoughts on Williamson’s suggestions were, especially seeing that he had served as a SAS troop commander who had personally experienced the stresses of armed conflict. His immediate response?

Ridiculous. I experienced stress relief when the bad guys died on the battlefield.

He went on to say:

The prevailing culture of the Australian Defence Force should be centred on the delivery of lethal force against those who want to undermine Australian security. Everything else must be secondary to this purpose. All policy must be measured by this aim. The idea that we should provide masturbatory facilities for deployed troops is nothing but an academic thought-bubble that has no real appreciation of the crucible of war.

Hastie then relayed to me – from memory – a quote by Ernest Hemingway which, he had mentioned in his maiden parliamentary speech, and said continued to be especially pertinent:

I have seen much war in my lifetime and I hate it profoundly. But there are worse things than war, and all of them come with defeat. …

The reason why this has become such a focus for the Left is because our military personnel function as a ‘warrior class’ to protect our nation. As such, they have the respect, support and admiration of the entire country. Therefore, to infiltrate their ranks and push any alternative social agenda is an attempt not to improve their role but to give something else a certain social legitimacy. The problem is that our Defence Forces should be above all this. They are there to defend our freedoms, rather than to be a vehicle to re-define them. …

What is required of our military, and in particular our officers, is the self-discipline to master their physical and emotional desires in the pursuit of a specified objective, namely, the protection of our nation through lethal force, if necessary. This task requires them to be people of conscience and superior morality. Thus, the idea that they should supervise and manage the release of stress through promiscuous forms of sexual conduct of their troops is frankly, objectionable. Hence, the presence of sex workers on the field of battle is a profoundly retrograde and demoralising idea.

The enemy doesn’t care if we have “gender quotas.” Indeed, people can, and will, potentially have their lives and relationships put at risk due to the stupidity of suggestions like this.

The Multiculti cult: Rather than new restaurants, multiculturalism has spawned division and terror

The Multiculti cult: Rather than new restaurants, multiculturalism has spawned division and terror, by Hal Colebatch.

Multiculturalism seems to have begun here as a vague idea during the Whitlam-Fraser episode – something like more Chinese restaurants, and colourful ethnic folk dances. It meant more jobs for the boys and girls and greatly simplified vote-buying: buy off the leaders of ethnic communities, however identified, with sinecures and grants, and their respective communities might be expected to follow. …

One day scholars may speculate on how what was previously regarded as a political good – unity – came to be replaced as a good by its opposite – ‘diversity’, with no attempt to define or analyse, let alone question or criticise it.

The Australian Defence Force, whose senior members have apparently never heard of Fort Hood, is also affected. The current Chief of the Army, Lieutenant-General Angus Campbell, states, ‘The Number One priority I have with respect to recruitment is increasing our diversity.’ Not, be it noted, maximising fighting ability, toughness, strength, initiative, bravery, patriotism or intelligence. …

There is now strong political pressure on Aborigines not to assimilate, though assimilation in the past gave many their best chance of a good and reasonably long life. Assimilated, they ceased to be interesting to the race-relations and multiculturalism nabobs. …

Once our culture had more confidence. When Sir Charles Napier, a British General of the Indian Raj, was told that suttee – burning widows on their husbands’ funeral pyres – was ‘the custom’ he replied: ‘We too have a custom: when men burn women alive we hang them.’

I have no doubt at all that today there would be no shortage of commentators ready to attack the general for cultural imperialism and microaggression and as an enemy of diversity. Germaine Greer has defended female genital mutilation as an expression of cultural integrity.

 hat-tip Stephen Neil

Top Transgender Weightlifter: I Have No Advantage Over The Biological Women I Beat

Top Transgender Weightlifter: I Have No Advantage Over The Biological Women I Beat, by Amanda Prestigiacomo.

A top male-to-female transgender weightlifter in New Zealand says he has no physical advantages over the women he beats in competitions.

Speaking to Newshub on Friday, decorated weightlifter Laurel Hubbard, who “transitioned” to female four years ago, said there’s no “fundamental” difference between a biological male and his female competitors, and to suggest otherwise would be “disrespectful” to the women Hubbard defeats in said competitions. …

As noted by Reuters, Hubbard, 39, recently took home two silvers in the women’s World Weightlifting Championships, placing behind only Sarah Robles, an American. …

“He met requirements set by the International Weightlifting Federation and International Olympic Committee to compete as a woman, given that he met the testosterone level threshold 12 months prior to competition,” notes The Daily Caller. …

Hubbard was formally a men’s weightlifting champ pre-transition.

You’d think some PC fantasies would be just too obvious to deny, but people under the spell of PC will deny almost anything.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Kim’s troops riddled with giant worms, thanks to gross, twice-yearly assignment

Kim’s troops riddled with giant worms, thanks to gross, twice-yearly assignment, by Richard Parry. A recently defected North Korean soldier was shot five times as he escaped. Upon operating on his intestines, doctors in South Korea found dozens of parasitic worms, up to 27 centimeters long. Apparently this is common in the NK army:

The Korean People’s Army is the fourth largest in the world and its soldiers have a fanatical devotion to Kim Jong-un.

But the accounts of those who have served reveal a force stricken by hunger, disease, parasites, frostbite and miserably low morale.

“Everyone was sick in the army, all the time,” Kim Eun-jung, a defector in her early thirties who escaped to South Korea via China after serving 10 years as a junior officer, said. “They took away what should have been the ten most beautiful years of my life.”

Ms Kim — a pseudonym to protect her family in the North — said that standard-issue boots were full of holes, leaving troops vulnerable to frostbite during harsh winters. In her artillery unit, food was always scarce and of the lowest quality.

Rice was cut with low-grade corn, which was often stale, mouldy, unhusked and full of stones that broke soldiers’ teeth. To accompany it there was cabbage and radish, chopped up and served with dirt from the fields still clinging to it.

“We were supposed to have meat at new year,” she said, “but I never saw it in my whole time in the army.”

The parasites were a consequence of the fact that twice a year Ms Kim and her comrades were sent to farms to work in the fields.

Chemical fertiliser was in short supply, so instead they were made to collect and spread human excrement through which the worms’ eggs were easily transmitted.

Dear President Trump – This Christmas Americans Want Special Investigations Into Uranium One, Hillary Emails and Dirty Cop Mueller

Dear President Trump – This Christmas Americans Want Special Investigations Into Uranium One, Hillary Emails and Dirty Cop Mueller, by Joe Hoft.

The economy is going great and really couldn’t be better. All year CNN has shown that it (sucks) by continuing to report fake news. Illegal immigration is way down and prototypes of the wall are under review. ISIS is shattered and no longer in Iraq. President Trump is making good on all his promises.

However, America is getting very tired of the corrupt and criminal culture of the ‘swamp’ in Washington, D.C. It’s is time to create special investigations into the Mueller investigation, Uranium One and Hillary’s emails. …

Now after nearly a year of Trump’s Presidency, the FBI and the DOJ are in shambles. There is no trust in these entities and certainly no trust in the Mueller investigation that is filled with former Obama and Clinton FBI and DOJ lackeys. The US cannot survive with these two institutions so badly corrupted!

hat-tip Scott of the Pacific

Australian same-sex marriage: MPs’ ‘no’ to liberty ushers in new sectarianism

Australian same-sex marriage: MPs’ ‘no’ to liberty ushers in new sectarianism, by Steve Chavura.

The same-sex marriage debate in Australia has exposed a sectarian politics reminiscent of the skirmishes between Protestants and Catholics over freedom of conscience that plagued Australia up to World War II.

People may disagree on the justice or injustice of fining bakers for not baking same-sex wedding cakes, forcing adoption agencies to shut down for catering only to mother-father clients, or forcing people to answer to anti-discrimination and human rights tribunals for non-abusive, non-incendiary speech, but no one can deny that this is happening, as experience in the US, Canada, Britain and Australia shows.

And it is this climate of soft persecution that makes Smith’s bill an incredibly irresponsible piece of legislation. …

The “discrimination” excuse is selectively applied:

Rejection of the religious liberty amendments as a mere licence to discriminate reveals a worrying misunderstanding of some necessary conditions of a free society.

For example, how long will a political party exist without the right to discriminate in favour of potential candidates and staffers who adhere to the principles of that party? The same goes for a trade union, Get Up!, a church, a charity, and a school.

Lobby groups, the media, political parties, businesses, educational institutions, and charities make up civil society — that free, voluntary sphere that seeks to have a positive influence on government and other people’s lives. Without the right to discriminate in employment this sphere disappears and the social needs that it meets are taken up by the state. Liberals should be especially concerned with this.

The point should be clear: some rights to discriminate are valid because they are anchored to the preservation of social goods and ideals that constitute a free society. When business owners exercise conscientious objections to participating in same-sex marriages either through catering or photographing the event, they are not restricting the liberties of anyone else, and no one is being forced to use their services. …

Freedom versus PC:

If freedom leads to plurality of opinions, then freedom is the greatest enemy of any movement that demands uniformity of opinion on questions of sexuality and gender.

The same-sex marriage debate and its aftermath around the ­English-speaking world showed that such a movement is afoot, even in Australia. A good first step to imposing this uniformity is to have passed Smith’s bill unamended. The next step is to start attacking institutions and individuals who represent traditional views or who defend those who do.

Welcome, then, to the new ­sectarianism.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Czech president brands EU ‘cowards’ over stance on Trump’s Jerusalem move

Czech president brands EU ‘cowards’ over stance on Trump’s Jerusalem move, by RT.

Czech President Milos Zeman, known for his controversial statements, has called EU countries “cowards” over their response to Donald Trump’s recognizing Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. He is the only world leader to endorse the move, other than Netanyahu. …

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said that the US announcement on Jerusalem “has a very worrying potential impact.”…

The reaction of other European leaders to Trump’s declaration was negative as well, with France and Germany pointing out that it disregarded all international agreements. French President Emmanuel Macron expressed regret at Trump’s “unilateral” decision, underlining that France “does not approve” of it.

Angela Merkel’s spokesman said the German Chancellor “doesn’t support” the US decision and believes that “the status of Jerusalem needs to be negotiated” as part of talks on a two-state solution.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said that Moscow is “seriously concerned” over Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

War Criminals of the “Harassocaust”

War Criminals of the “Harassocaust”, by David Cole.

Scott Rosendall is a very talented actor, and a good friend. Confined to a wheelchair, he excels at comedic roles that challenge the notion that disabled people are always noble and dignified. Basically, he plays a lot of jerks, and he plays a lot of creeps. One of the things I like about Scott is that he’s ideologically open-minded. He leans left on certain issues, but he’s always up for reasonable conversation with right-wing dickwads like me and his longtime friend Edwin Oslan, my weekly podcast cohost.

Last month, Scott decided to speak out, as an industry professional, about what he saw as the danger in making snap judgments when someone in Hollywood is accused of some manner of improper sexual behavior. In a thoughtful and carefully worded Facebook post (since removed), he warned against getting caught up in a witch hunt.

Well, that turned out to be a mistake! Within minutes, his Hollywood colleagues began insulting him, berating him, and defriending him. And it was about to get worse. One woman in his circle accused him of having “groped” her. She’s a movie editor and documentary film director, but I can’t use her name because when I reached out to interview her, I promised to keep her anonymous. So I’ll call her Linda. Her claim is that at a party some years ago, Scott “put his hand on her chest.” Scott agreed that he did touch her upper chest (not her breasts) while trying, for comedic effect, to make a priest’s “blessing” motion. Linda told him she didn’t like to be touched, and he apologized. A screen shot of a text clearly shows that the woman accepted his apology. She never mentioned the “incident” again for three years, and the two continued to mix cordially at social events.

But following the “witch hunt” post, that all changed. She went after him full-throttle, and she encouraged her friends to do the same. He was called a “monster,” a “molester,” “a creeper who thinks he’s on our side,” and “as bad as a rapist.” There were calls to harass him at his job and “kick his ass.” One woman sent him a late-night threat that implied he was going to be “hunted.” There was absolutely no sense of proportion to the reaction. When Scott tried to defend himself, when he pointed out that Linda had long ago accepted his apology, the attacks intensified. Now he was “blaming the victim.” I’d never seen such vitriol directed at someone, in many cases from people he’d considered friends. Scott was devastated. He issued several heartfelt apologies, not one of which made a damn bit of difference to his pursuers.

His career may indeed suffer because of this; his “hunters” have been reaching out to industry professionals telling them what a “monster” he is.

Milo Yiannopoulos promoters won’t pay $50,000 Victoria Police bill

Milo Yiannopoulos promoters won’t pay $50,000 Victoria Police bill, by Ede Gardiner.

HE ORGANISER behind controversial Milo Yiannopoulos’ Melbourne event is refusing to cough up $50,000 to cover the cost of police after a violent protest broke out.

Penthouse publisher Damien Costas, the man who organised Milo Yiannopoulos’s tour, told 3AW he had no intention of paying the five-figure bill from Victoria Police, following the Kensington clash.

Mr Costas said he’d already paid the agreed amount of $5000 to $6000. …

“In Melbourne they were talking about a user pays model but a particular sergeant at our head of security we were dealing with said ‘We’d like you to pay for the barriers, bollards etc’.”

“I think the entire thing was about five or $6000.” …

The left caused the violence, so shouldn’t they have to pay?

Supporters of the far-Right figure were involved in violent clashes with left-wing protesters on Monday night in Kensington.

Hundreds of police were called in with some using capsicum spray to subdue rioters.

Mr Costas said the 3000 attendees didn’t do anything wrong rather those uninvited threw rocks.

Police Minister Lisa Neville told the radio station on Wednesday the event’s promoters would have to foot the bill, which would be at least $50,000.

Silly me, the left are also in Government — so their opponents have to pay.

This is like a protection racket: shame if anything should happen to that nice little rally your having. And if something does happen, you get to pay for our protection too.

A Stain On America

A Stain On America, by John Hinderaker.

It would be a full-time job to keep track of the Democratic Party media’s failed attacks on President Trump and his administration. …

The president’s comment was prompted in part by an absurd tweet by the Washington Post’s Dave Weigel, who was fired by the Post some years ago for his participation in the surreptitious, left-wing JournoList. Weigel rejoined the Post after rehabilitating himself with MSNBC and Slate. I used to say that the Post is the most respectable voice of the Democratic Party, but I am not sure that compliment is still warranted.

Purporting to cover the president’s triumphant rally in Pensacola, Florida, Weigel published a picture of the arena that was partly empty — because it was taken hours before the event began. This tweet by President Trump shows Weigel’s misleading photo along with actual pictures of the event once it was underway. Weigel later admitted that the President was right. …

It’s effective, because the lies are so consistent. Many people, especially lefties, will believe them.

These battles between President Trump and Democratic Party reporters are going on almost every day, and Trump is nearly always winning, because reporters from the Washington Post, the New York Times, CNN, the Associated Press and so on are so crazed by Trump’s election that they can’t restrain themselves from lying.

But maybe that is too charitable. Maybe these reporters have been lying for a long time, and we finally have a Republican leader with enough guts to call them on it.

The U.S. Media Suffered Its Most Humiliating Debacle in Ages: Losing Credibility Fast Rate Due to its Anti-Trump Animus

The U.S. Media Suffered Its Most Humiliating Debacle in Ages: Losing Credibility Fast Rate Due to its Anti-Trump Animus. By Glen Greenwald.

Friday was one of the most embarrassing days for the U.S. media in quite a long time. The humiliation orgy was kicked off by CNN, with MSNBC and CBS close behind, with countless pundits, commentators and operatives joining the party throughout the day. By the end of the day, it was clear that several of the nation’s largest and most influential news outlets had spread an explosive but completely false news story to millions of people, while refusing to provide any explanation of how it happened. …

This entire revelation was based on an email which … in CNN’s extremely excited mind, because it was dated September 4 — 10 days before WikiLeaks began promoting access to those emails online — and thus proved that the Trump family was being offered special, unique access to the DNC archive: likely by WikiLeaks and the Kremlin.

It’s impossible to convey with words what a spectacularly devastating scoop CNN believed it had, so it’s necessary to watch it for yourself to see the tone of excitement, breathlessness and gravity the network conveyed as they clearly believed they were delivering a near-fatal blow on the Trump/Russia collusion story:

There was just one small problem with this story: it was fundamentally false, in the most embarrassing way possible. Hours after CNN broadcast its story — and then hyped it over and over and over — the Washington Post reported that CNN got the key fact of the story wrong.

The email was not dated September 4, as CNN claimed, but rather September 14 — which means it was sent after WikiLeaks had already published access to the DNC emails online. Thus, rather than offering some sort of special access to Trump, “Michael J. Erickson” was simply some random person from the public encouraging the Trump family to look at the publicly available DNC emails that WikiLeaks — as everyone by then already knew — had publicly promoted. In other words, the email was the exact opposite of what CNN presented it as being.

How did CNN end up aggressively hyping such a spectacularly false story? They refuse to say. …

All of this prompts the glaring, obvious, and critical question — one which CNN refuses to address: how did “multiple sources” all misread the date on this document, in exactly the same way, and toward the same end, and then feed this false information to CNN?

It’s hard to overstate how fast, far and wide this false story traveled. Democratic Party pundits, operatives and journalists with huge social media platforms predictably jumped on the story immediately, announcing that it proved collusion between Trump and Russia (through WikiLeaks). …

The above sounds just like the climate squabbles, where the narrative is so important that mere facts and due process are repeatedly swept aside with nary an apology afterward. The lies are presented to the public, who mostly nod because it confirms the narrative, and the correction follows later with little publicity. This is how modern propaganda works. And just like the climate debate, this is a modus operandi rather than an isolated scandal:

So numerous are the false stories about Russia and Trump over the last year that I literally cannot list them all. Just consider the ones from the last week alone, as enumerated by the New York Times yesterday in its news report on CNN’s embarrassment:

It was also yet another prominent reporting error at a time when news organizations are confronting a skeptical public, and a president who delights in attacking the media as “fake news.”

Last Saturday, ABC News suspended a star reporter, Brian Ross, after an inaccurate report that Donald Trump had instructed Michael T. Flynn, the former national security adviser, to contact Russian officials during the presidential race.

The report fueled theories about coordination between the Trump campaign and a foreign power, and stocks dropped after the news. In fact, Mr. Trump’s instruction to Mr. Flynn came after he was president-elect.

Several news outlets, including Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal, also inaccurately reported this week that Deutsche Bank had received a subpoena from the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, for President Trump’s financial records. …

That’s just the last week alone. Let’s just remind ourselves of how many times major media outlets have made humiliating, breathtaking errors on the Trump/Russia story, always in the same direction, toward the same political goals.

Here is just a sample of incredibly inflammatory claims that traveled all over the internet before having to be corrected, walk-backed, or retracted — often long after the initial false claims spread, and where the corrections receive only a tiny fraction of the attention with which the initial false stories are lavished:

  • Russia hacked into the U.S. electric grid to deprive Americans of heat during winter (Wash Post)
  • An anonymous group (PropOrNot) documented how major U.S. political sites are Kremlin agents (Wash Post)
  • WikiLeaks has a long, documented relationship with Putin (Guardian)
  • A secret server between Trump and a Russian bank has been discovered (Slate)
  • RT hacked C-SPAN and caused disruption in its broadcast (Fortune)
  • Crowdstrike finds Russians hacked into a Ukrainian artillery app (Crowdstrike)
  • Russians attempted to hack elections systems in 21 states (multiple news outlets, echoing Homeland Security)
  • Links have been found between Trump ally Anthony Scaramucci and a Russian investment fund under investigation (CNN)

That really is just a small sample.

It’s good to see some political journalists getting excited about this propaganda technique because it’s now happening in their field, but it happened right under their noses on climate for as decade and they said nothing.

Australian rainbow-haters have declared war on No voters

Australian rainbow-haters have declared war on No voters, by Miranda Devine.

WE KEEP hearing that the rainbow crusade for marriage was only about “love is love”, but the reaction on social media last week tells you that hatred played a part too.

Eat shit, Lyle” was trending on Twitter the day Liberal Senator Dean Smith’s same-sex marriage bill passed through Parliament.

Lyle is Lyle Shelton, head of the Australian Christian Lobby. …

Rob Stott, of online rag Junkee, boasted that his story showcasing the worst Shelton tweets was “doing more traffic than the actual story about marriage equality passing”.

Respect? Typical of PC it is only partially true, and only true for some:

“Australia has done it. What a day for love, for equality, for respect,” Malcolm Turnbull declared triumphantly.

Well, Lyle Shelton didn’t get a lot of respect on Thursday.

And by abusing the most effective spokesman for the No campaign, what the rainbow-haters are doing is declaring war on the four in 10 Australians who voted No. …

Finally, someone quoted in some media pointing out that the institution of marriage is for reproduction. The PC media, as they do on every topic, do not argue with points or facts they do not like — they just suppress them so that are not heard.

Probably the most formidable is the Maronite Bishop in Australia, Antoine Tarabay. …

Marriage is something we understand through the history of humanity (for) man and woman to procreate… This is the position of the Church today, tomorrow and forever. …

“Many of us in the No campaign have been (told) that we are bigots, that we have hatred…

“My message is that it’s time for reconciliation and unity, and this… cannot happen when we legislate not to respect the minority of people who have voted against the change in legislation.

Millennials: Calling Us Snowflakes Hurts Our Fragile Feelings

Millennials: Calling Us Snowflakes Hurts Our Fragile Feelings, by Tom Knighton.

While there are some millennials who are outstanding in every way, the generation appears to be marked by not just profound narcissism, but a thin-skinned approach to virtually every aspect of human life. …

A poll reported in the Telegraph notes that “research by insurance firm Aviva found that 72 per cent of 16-24 year-olds think the term [“snowflake”] is unfairly applied, while 74 per cent think it could have a negative effect on young people’s mental health.”

Now, bear in mind that this is a term used to deride and mock the generation because they are, in part, too blasted fragile with their feelings. This poll doesn’t dissuade people from using the term, but points out just how justified the term is.