Richard Dawkins tells Andrew Bolt what he is not allowed to ask

Richard Dawkins tells Andrew Bolt what he is not allowed to ask, by Andrew Bolt.

Got to protect that PC image to keep the money rolling in to his shows. Andrew Bolt might spoil his PC image by asking … well almost anything that Bolt would like to ask.

We’ve seen public figures vary off the PC orthodoxy, thinking it’s harmless because they are just telling the truth. Not a bit of it. They get told off on Twitter by the PC crowd, then the media never mentions them again (much). Silenced. If they make a living from speaking and public appearances then their livelihood is trashed, because few dare risk the wrath of the PC mob by inviting them to any mainstream event.

A small but noisy and pushy PC crowd have learned to manipulate what the public finds out and what is said in public.

Not that Dawkins is interesting nowadays. We went and saw his show in Perth. The four of us independently came to the same conclusion — one giant disappointment.

The format was the laziest imaginable — just sitting on stage responding to questions from some ABC personality, who never followed up or pressed in the slightest when Dawkins did not answer a question. While excellent on anything relating to genetics, his views on religion were juvenile and uninformed. The audience loved the offhand PC views thrown out as asides. A quarter of the audience gave him a standing ovation at the end — how embarrassing, really just applauding themselves for their own “virtuous” views.

By the way, the seats were not inexpensive. This was a major exercise in maximizing revenue for the least effort. (Many thanks to the reader who shouted us to come along with them to the talk.)

Joanne Nova adds:

Dawkins has suddenly realized that he is standing on the precipice — he’s had a golden run of being the left’s pet intellectual idol. But talking about Islam honestly has triggered the trap door. At this point usually the innocents fall into the deplorable pit, never suspecting that all the loyalty and stardom they thought they earned from the Left could be whipped away in a moment when they broke a sacred rule.

Yesterday was the point that Dawkins must have realized if he appeared on Bolt he could only lose. In a panic in the last hours and with one foot in the pit he tried to find some safe ground they could discuss. To no avail.

For him strategically the mockery from not-appearing is nothing compared to what could have happened had he been forced to answer real questions.

I wrote about this phenomenon years ago — that moment when a naive believer asks an unpermitted question and gets thrown in the pit.

Time to Say “No” To Trans Madness and the Assault on Our Children

Time to Say “No” To Trans Madness and the Assault on Our Children, by Susie O’Brien.

Victorian councils are auditing libraries, schools and kindergartens and urging a ban on the terms “boy” and “girl” in a bid to teach kids as young as three to have “gender equitable relationships”. City of Melbourne is among a number of local authorities responding to radical new research that suggests educators should:

  • AVOID classifying children according to gender and having boys-only and girls-only activities;
  • AVOID use of the terms boys and girls and to “minimise the extent to which gender is labelled”; and
  • AVOID comments that define what females or males do or should do.

Bill Muehlenberg comments:

The activists and their supporters are always telling us to relax and ease up — they insist that what they want will have no impact on anyone else. They tell us that what they do in the privacy of their own bedrooms is not the business of anyone else.

They say nothing will change when things like homosexual marriage are legalised. They accuse us of being alarmists and fear-mongers. They tell us to just shut up because they are entitled to do what they want, and we should just butt out since it will have no impact on us.

Yeah right. These are among the biggest lies being thrown around by the militants. They know perfectly well that EVERYTHING changes when they start seeing items on their bucket list being realised. We are ALL impacted by their social engineering. We are ALL affected by the radical ideologies they are ramming down everyone’s throats.

Every day we find more proof of this. Every day we see the activists making more frightful demands. Every day we see them getting bolder in their attacks on faith, family and freedom. …

Their non-stop insanity never relaxes nor diminishes, but only gets worse. And it is not just a few cranks or kooks pushing all this, but all sort of “respectable” types in high places: leaders, educators, bureaucrats, politicians and others who have way too much power and influence.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Freedom of thought, not tribalism, is what makes America great

Freedom of thought, not tribalism, is what makes America great. By Orrin Hatch, a Utah Republican, is president pro tempore of the US Senate and chairman of the Finance Committee.

Our tendency to use labels to box each other in is indicative of a much larger societal problem: the unleashing of identity politics. Identity politics is tribalism by another name. It is the deliberate and often unnatural segregation of people into categories for political gain. Under this cynical program, the identity of the group subsumes the identity of the individual, allowing little room for independence, self-realisation or free thought.

Some play down the dangers of this practice, but identity politics is a blight on our democracy. It feeds fear, division, acrimony and anger. Worse, identity politics is inimical to the very idea of what it means to be American. For more than two centuries, we have been able to weave together the disparate threads of a diverse society more successfully than any nation. How? Through the unifying power of the American idea that all of us, regardless of colour, class or creed, are equal, and that we can work together to build a more perfect union. It’s the idea that our dignity comes not from the groups to which we belong but from our inherent worth as individuals — as children of the same God and partakers of the same human condition.

Identity politics turns the American idea on its head. Rather than looking beyond arbitrary differences in colour, class and creed, identity politics separates us along these lines. It puts the demands of the collective before the sovereignty of the individual.

Identity politics conditions us to define ourselves and each other by the groups to which we belong. Soon, we lose sight of the myriad values that unite us.

We come to see each other only through the distorted prism of our differences. Where identity politics reigns, so, too, do its regents: polarisation, gridlock and groupthink.

Identity politics is cancer on our political culture. If we allow it to metastasise, civility will cease, our national community will crumble, and the US will become a divided country of ideological ghettos.

To save the American experiment, we must reject tribalism. On the left and right, we must renounce identity politics in every form.

We must resist the temptation to use labels, and we must allow each other room to be more than one thing. Ideas — not identity — should be the driving force of our politics. By restoring the primacy of ideas to public discourse, we can foster an environment that will allow democracy to thrive, an environment of free thought and open deliberation unconstrained by the excesses of political correctness.

Well said, Sir.

hat-tip Barry Corke, Stephen Neil

Clintonista Mark Penn: Mueller Probe Exposed — and the ‘Deep State’ Is Flailing

Clintonista Mark Penn: Mueller Probe Exposed — and the ‘Deep State’ Is Flailing, by Breitbart.

Mark Penn — Hillary Clinton’s chief strategist during her 2008 presidential campaign who has served the Clinton family since the mid-90s — lowers the boom on Robert Mueller, Rod Rosenstein, Christopher Steele, the Clinton Foundation, and the intelligence community’s “deep state,” laying out the absurdity and the danger of the Obama administration’s abuse of surveillance and law enforcement against political enemies.

From The Hill:

The “deep state” is in a deep state of desperation. With little time left before the Justice Department inspector general’s report becomes public, and with special counsel Robert Mueller having failed to bring down Donald Trump after a year of trying, they know a reckoning is coming.

At this point, there is little doubt that the highest echelons of the FBI and the Justice Department broke their own rules to end the Hillary Clinton “matter,” but we can expect the inspector general to document what was done or, more pointedly, not done. It is hard to see how a year-long investigation of this won’t come down hard on former FBI Director James Comey and perhaps even former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who definitely wasn’t playing mahjong in a secret “no aides allowed” meeting with former President Clinton on a Phoenix airport tarmac.

With this report on the way and congressional investigators beginning to zero in on the lack of hard, verified evidence for starting the Trump probe, current and former intelligence and Justice Department officials are dumping everything they can think of to save their reputations. …

Time and time again, investigators came up empty. Even several sting operations with an FBI spy we just learned about failed to produce a DeLorean-like video with cash on the table. But rather than close the probe, the deep state just expanded it. All they had were a few isolated contacts with Russians and absolutely nothing related to Trump himself, yet they pressed forward. Egged on by Steele, they simply believed Trump and his team must be dirty. They just needed to dig deep enough. …

Flush with 16 prosecutors, including a former lawyer for the Clinton Foundation, and an undisclosed budget, the Mueller investigation has been a scorched-earth effort to investigate the entirety of the Trump campaign, Trump business dealings, the entire administration and now, if it was not Russia, maybe it’s some other country.

The president’s earlier legal team was naive in believing that, when Mueller found nothing, he would just end it. Instead, the less investigators found, the more determined and expansive they became. …

This process must now be stopped, preferably long before a vote in the Senate. Rather than a fair, limited and impartial investigation, the Mueller investigation became a partisan, open-ended inquisition that, by its precedent, is a threat to all those who ever want to participate in a national campaign or an administration again.

Its prosecutions have all been principally to pressure witnesses with unrelated charges and threats to family, or just for a public relations effect, like the indictment of Russian internet trolls. …

The final stopper may be the president himself, offering two hours of testimony, perhaps even televised live from the White House. The last time America became obsessed with Russian influence in America was the McCarthy hearings in the 1950s. Those ended only when Sen. Joseph McCarthy (R-Wis.) attacked an associate of the U.S. Army counsel, Joseph Welch, and Welch famously responded: “Sir, have you no decency?” In this case, virtually every associate and family member of the president has been subject to smears conveniently leaked to the press.

Stopping Mueller isn’t about one president or one party. It’s about all presidents and all parties. It’s about cleaning out and reforming the deep state so that our intelligence operations are never used against opposing campaigns without the firmest of evidence. It’s about letting people work for campaigns and administrations without needing legal defense funds. It’s about relying on our elections to decide our differences.

hat-tip Charles

Alexander Downer, Who Prompted FBI Trump Spying, Helped Raise $25M for Clinton Foundation

Alexander Downer, Who Prompted FBI Trump Spying, Helped Raise $25M for Clinton Foundation. By Nate Church.

Before his tip sparked a divisive witch hunt, former Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer helped to secure $25 million for the Clinton Foundation.

Downer arranged one of the largest foreign donations ever made to the Clinton Foundation in February 2006. He and former President Bill Clinton signed a “Memorandum of Understanding” that purportedly dedicated the substantial funding to a project meant to provide screenings and drug treatment for AIDS patients in Asia.

The donation, originally intended for the Clinton Foundation, was then rerouted through an affiliate — the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI). The project was lauded for its help in China, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and Vietnam, but auditors criticized its “management weaknesses” and inadequate budgetary oversight.

Good one Alexander. Part of the globalist network, spending our money on their agenda.

hat-tip Scott of the Pacific

“Collusion against Trump” timeline

“Collusion against Trump” timeline, by Sharyl Attkisson, a respectable and previously mainstream reporter. For those with too much time on their hands, or the congenitally curious.

It’s easy to find timelines that detail Trump-Russia collusion developments. …

On the other side, evidence has emerged in the past year that makes it clear there were organized efforts to collude against candidate Donald Trump–and then President Trump. … But it’s not so easy to find a timeline pertinent to the investigations into these events.

hat-tip Charles, Scott of the Pacific

Spies Like Obama?The treachery of “Crossfire Hurricane” comes into the light.

Spies Like Obama?The treachery of “Crossfire Hurricane” comes into the light. By Matthew Vadum.

With the flood of new evidence from recent days, it is becoming increasingly difficult to deny that President Obama – undeniably the most pro-Russian president in American history – and his men abused the powers of their offices not only to spy on then-candidate Donald Trump but also to undermine and lay the foundation for the overthrow of Trump’s administration.

No matter how many idiots and liars from both parties embarrass themselves by blathering on about the Left’s utterly insane conspiracy theory by which Russia and Trump are said to have engaged in electoral collusion, whatever that may be, we now know there was a conspiracy born in the summer of 2016 – and that Trump and his people had nothing to do with it.

This shameful real-life conspiracy is called Operation Crossfire Hurricane. Crossfire Hurricane is the codename for the FBI’s now-confirmed spying on the Trump campaign, which included placing at least one infiltrator within the campaign apparatus.

Incredibly, Obama’s Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said on CNN Thursday that it was “a good thing” the FBI had an informant embedded in the Trump campaign.

After admitting the FBI “may have had someone who was talking to them in the campaign,” Clapper said that person was there to find out “what the Russians were doing to try to instantiate themselves in the campaign or influence or leverage it.”

Never good when the secret police get involved in politics. That’s a trend I hope we do not import from the USA. Perhaps it’s a forlorn hope, because the Australian left import nearly every other trend (even if it doesn’t fit, e.g. even if it regards blacks).

hat-tip Scott of the Pacific

Condoms required at Scouts’ 24th World Jamboree

Condoms required at Scouts’ 24th World Jamboree, by Bob Unruh.

The Boy Scouts have decided to accept people who identify as gay and lesbian among their ranks. And girls are welcome now, too, into the iconic organization, which has renamed itself Scouts BSA.

So what’s next?

A mandate that condoms be made available to “all participants” of its global gathering.

It’s among the demands of the World Scout Committee for any host country of a World Scout Jamboree.

That would include the 24th World Scout Jamboree, scheduled July 21-Aug. 1, 2019, in West Virginia.

The Scouts say: “For the first time, a world jamboree will be hosted by three national Scout organizations: Scouts Canada, Asociación de Scouts de México, and the Boy Scouts of America. These three distinct cultures will join together to host the world Scouting community in a celebration of cultural exchange, mutual understanding, peace, and friendship.”

With condoms.

Hooray for progress!

Cui bono? Who benefits from bringing condoms to a camp with lots of young boys?

I am your protector, Erdogan tells EU’s Muslims

I am your protector, Erdogan tells EU’s Muslims, by Hannah Smith.

President Erdogan condemned Europe’s treatment of Turks yesterday as he used a fiery speech at a rally on European soil to present himself as champion of the continent’s Muslims.

He urged expatriate Turks to fight back against any discrimination by working their way into power in European capitals. “The European countries that claim to be the cradles of democracy have failed,” he told 15,000 cheering supporters in Sarajevo, many of whom had been bussed in from Germany, Austria and the Netherlands.

Hitler protected Germans in the Sudetenland, Austria, Czechoslovakia, then Poland — before general war broke out.

Trump backs down on China tariffs

Trump backs down on China tariffs, by Paul Mirengoff. Contrary to the view in yesterday’s article on negotiations, this article argues that Trump has achieved very little by threatening tariffs.

There are two problems. First, the tariffs weren’t, or shouldn’t have been, primarily about getting China to buy more American stuff. They were, or should have been, directed at ending predatory Chinese practices that enable China to steal American technology as part of its plan to gain dominance in the technology sector.

What does the deal with China accomplish on this front? According to the joint statement of the U.S. and Chinese governments:

Both sides attach paramount importance to intellectual property protections, and agreed to strengthen cooperation. China will advance relevant amendments to its laws and regulations in this area, including the Patent Law.

In other words, China has agreed to nothing.

Second, China hasn’t agreed to much even on the straight trade side. There is a “framework” that Mnuchin will “try to execute.” He wants to “follow up” with “hard commitments.” … Once again, the can has been kicked down the road. I agree with Rich Lowry:

The vague-to-the-point-of-useless deal and complete absence of American action could have been pulled straight from the Obama or Bush administrations. Secretary Mnuchin is perfectly imitating former Treasury secretaries Lew, Geithner, and Paulson, who led us here.

PC spinner Paul Krugman puts the worst possible interpretation on events, and wonders if the Chinese have a “Trump tape”: