Two gunmen in balaclavas and bullet-proof vests, armed with a pump-action shotgun and an automatic rifle, stormed into the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo at about 11.30am as about 15 journalists had gathered for the weekly editorial conference. They called for the editor by name and then murdered him before spraying the room with gunfire, killing nine more and wounding others. Laurent Léger, a Charlie Hebdo writer, managed to sound the alarm, calling a friend and telling him: “Call the police. It’s carnage, a bloodbath. Everyone is dead.”
As they made their getaway, the gunmen shot dead two policemen, including one who they shot in the head at close range as he lay injured on the pavement.
The two attackers then jumped into a small black Citroën that they had apparently arrived in and drove off. Police said there was a third man involved in the attack, who had driven the car to the magazine offices, on rue Nicolas Appert in the 11th arrondissement in eastern Paris, and it is not clear whether he fled the scene during the attack.
The gunmen abandoned the Citroën in the 19th arrondissement, in the north-east of the capital before hijacking another car. Police said the attackers had then had gone to ground, leaving a nation in shock.
The attack was the bloody culmination of a long-simmering struggle between France’s libertarian traditions of free speech and an increasingly extreme strand of Islamism. Witnesses described hearing the attackers shout “Allahu Akbar” as well as “We have avenged the Prophet.” Two eyewitnesses said they claimed to be from al-Qaida. One of them specified al-Qaida in Yemen, a group also known as al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.
The French are often despised by the English for being “cheese eating surrender monkeys” as a consequence of their capitulation to the invading Nazis during the second world war so It is heartening to see that they are on this occasion not being at all meek in their response to this outrage. To be frank there is no reason to make excuses for Islam after this assault upon every writer’s freedom of speech. Yet I am certain that there will be elements of the left who will do just that. Without the right to treat the totalitarian religion of our age with the utter contempt that it so clearly deserves we are all slaves to its propagators and as someone observed on twitter “It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees” (who said that before?) maybe its time for all of the fourth estate to stop pussy footing around with the followers of Islam, to tell them that they are not going to win and that theirs is a religion that is totally unacceptable in a modern world. maybe its time for all of us who have a presence in the public media discourse to stand up and say “I am Charlie Hebdo” just as the slaves in revolt against Rome all stood up and said “I am Spartacus”*
Angry again Comrades
*well according to the film anyway
After recent exchanges with University of Canberra Academic Jason Wilson, I have formed the view that there is a wide gulf between his own esteem of his knowledge and intellect and the far less impressive reality.
There is no doubt that Wilson fancies himself – this is evident from his sneering during twitter debates and his presumptuous claim to know more about the Middle East than the experienced journalists at The Australian.
One of our debates concerned whether the terrorist threat in Australia was real or whether it was just a beat up. Strangely, Wilson believed that the number of non-terror related homicides was relevant to this question:
So according to Wilson’s logic, we should not be concerned about men killing their partners either, because this number is dwarfed by the number of people who die every year in motor vehicle accidents.
Moreover, there are a couple of other problems with Wilson’s argument, as I pointed out:
“To point out the social effects of terrorism is to engage in nationalist fantasies.”
According to Jason Wilson, there is no unity in Australian society. For a fellow who deems himself to have a very sound knowledge of international affairs, this appears to show that Wilson does not understand that compared to many other countries, Australia is one of the most harmonious.
However, in spite of his pompous demeanor, the exchange shows that Wilson does not really think through the issues at all. It is plain that he has not considered that some terrorist attacks have killed thousands, and that a successful terrorist attack in Australia could well drive a wedge between mainstream Australian society and certain parts of the Muslim community. His only response is to accuse me of believing in a “nationalist fantasy”.
Finally, just today Wilson accused me of making up the fact that he supported some form of media regulation. Whilst I could not find the tweet where Wilson indicated as such to me, I was able to find an article he wrote for the Drum in 2012. Whilst the article does not endorse the recommendations of the Finkelstein Report, the following comments reveal that Wilson does consider a free media market to be unsatisfactory and would support some form of media regulation:
It’s a shame that most of the Finkelstein Independent Media Inquiry Report will go unread by many of those who are damning it…. The problems it identifies are real enough, and pressing.
Australia has the worst concentration of media ownership in the developed world – no other country has, or likely would have, allowed things to get to this point… There are no truly effective remedies for ordinary people with few resources, whom the news media prints lies about, whose privacy is invaded, or whose careers are ruined by baseless reporting.
It is a shame that, rather than seeing the online space as cacophonous and unruly, Finkelstein didn’t instead offer ways in which diversity and sustainability might be promoted for a better media future.
As you can see, I did not “make it up”. I was right. Wilson does want media regulation.
You just got to love crap like this:
In a letter to the Fairfax chief executive, Greg Hywood, and editor-in-chief, Darren Goodsir, the Australian National Imams Council, Islamic Council of New South Wales and Muslim Legal Network New South Wales, among others, said they would boycott the Sydney Morning Herald unless the outspoken columnist was reinstated.
Carlton quit the Herald on Wednesday after being told he would be suspended for the language he used when replying to readers who objected to an article he wrote discussing the conflict in Gaza. The editor-in-chief of the SMH and Sun-Herald, Darren Goodsir, said Carlton had used “inappropriate and offensive language” – not in the column, but in his responses to readers.
In Saturday’s Sydney Morning Herald, Carlton’s column was replaced by one by author and columnist John Birmingham.
The letter to Fairfax said the Muslim groups would consider notifying community organisations and spokespersons to cease cooperating with Fairfax journalists for media interviews.
“As representatives of the Muslim community we have always regarded Fairfax to be one the more balanced media organisations in the country and where possible we have co-operated with your journalists on countless stories,” it said.
“But with the resignation of Mr Carlton from your publications we have now lost one of the very few voices advocating for the Palestinian cause in the country.”
A media campaign targeting Fairfax advertisers was also being considered, the groups said.
Lets face it Mike Carlton has always been a rather nasty piece of work in the boorish leftard mould and it was his boorishness that has cause Fairfax to give him the opportunity to resign. He forgot the most important thing in public life which is no matter how nasty your interlocutors may be one has to maintain a certain level of decorum and you certainly don’t publicly abuse them on twitter or any other forum.
As for the threat to boycott Fairfax from the “the Australian National Imams Council, Islamic Council of New South Wales and Muslim Legal Network New South Wales, et al” I can’t help thinking that the only significant thing about these groups is their overly grandiose titles and inflated notions of their own self importance. Honestly who could possibly care if they won’t talk to Fairfax? I ‘m sure that the Fairfax editors are laughing into their Lattes this morning at such an impotent attempt at blackmail.
As for Carlton anyone want to give me odds that he will soon be embraced by that leader in apologia for Islam, The Guardian, sooner rather than later? After all it is where all of the otherwise washed up hard left Journos all seem to end up.
(by Ray Dixon ~ no longer a proud Australian)
Genevieve LaCaze gets her “little bit of fame”
If Athletics Australia is looking for answers to our worst Commonwealth Games results since 1986, they need look no further than the antics (and comments) of one Genevieve LaCaze, the self-admitted attention-seeking GenY so-called “athlete”, who after only finishing 5th in a less-than-inspiring performance in the 3000m steeplechase felt, nonetheless, entitled to her “little bit of fame” by making world-wide headlines ‘Stage Bombing’ Kylie Minogue’s closing ceremony performance.
All for attention:
Australians stole the show at the closing ceremony for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games with the baton for 2018 handed over to the Gold Coast.
Jessica Mauboy and Kylie Minogue performed on stage with one surprise Aussie guest: steeplechase runner Genevieve LaCaze hopped on stage and danced alongside Minogue and other performers, waving a miniature Australian flag.
The athlete, who is celebrating her 25th birthday on Monday, was centre stage for nearly a minute before being gently ushered away by security.
“I just wanted a little bit of claim to fame,” LaCaze told Channel Ten after the ceremony.
“I wanted a little bit of TV time, I am turning 25, so why not.” LaCaze said that, while she still did not know if she would be disciplined for her actions, she had no regrets.
‘‘The opportunity to dance with Kylie Minogue doesn’t come around every lifetime, so I took it,” she told Brisbane radio station B105.
And making matter worse the report goes on to inform us that:
Twitter erupted in cheers for the cheeky LaCaze.
“In cheers”? Am I the only one who sees the problem here? Who sees what’s happening with our current crop of athletes caught up in the selfie culture of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other forms of various social media hero (and self) worship?
I am reminded of Paul Newman’s famous line from the classic movie Cool Hand Luke, “What we have here is a failure to communicate” …. only in reverse. What we have here is an over-communication and a failure to focus (on the job at hand). What we have here is a generation (called “Y”) brainwashed and brain-deaded by the lure of so-called fame on their little iPhone screens. Addicted to the applause and ‘you-go-girl’ accolades from their fellow ‘friends’ and followers (who are nobodies in themselves) for just being a jerk. I’m only surprised that LaCaze didn’t take a selfie while she was up there with Kylie.
These same distractions caused by addiction to social media were pinpointed as a major reason for Australian athletes underperforming at the 2012 London Olympics too. Especially our swimmers, who were constantly being “cheered on” (without achieving anything) by their adoring and misguided followers. Why didn’t we learn that big heads don’t win races?
Before you call me an old grump stuck in the past and point to the likes of Dawn Fraser’s post Olympic Games antics in Tokyo in 1964 (when Dawn climbed up a flag pole and stole a flag), well yeah, if Dawn were of this time and era she might have done the Genevieve thing too. But there’s a difference – a bloody big difference. Compare and contrast the two:
- Dawn Fraser had just completed her 3rd multi-gold medal winning Olympics. She was our greatest ever female swimmer, world record holder and a totally committed & focused athlete just letting off some well-earned steam. Genevieve LaCaze is an under-achieving good-time girl. A nobody on the rankings and (at 25) unlikely to ever win a major event.
- Dawn Fraser was promptly banned from competitive swimming (anywhere in the world) for 10 years, effectively ending her stellar career. Genevieve LaCaze is likely to get off with a slap on the wrist, if that. And she’s being “cheered” on Twitter?!!?
But yeah, it’s a real hoot, aint it Gen-Gen (Y)? You got your ‘One minute of fame’ but it’s a pity you didn’t decide to do that on the track. You see, “the opportunity to dance with Kylie Minogue doesn’t come around every lifetime (sic)” and neither does the opportunity to do something of real meaning and worth. Maybe you should have taken that instead?
(PS to Iain: I don’t use Twitter but you’re welcome to send Genevieve a tweet with a link to this post. Someone needs to tell her … and Athletics Australia …. that this ain’t good enough)
(by SockPuppet ~ not a Twit)
“The problem is (IMO) many homos make their sexuality a defining aspect of their being.’’
With that tweet the political career of wannabe Victorian Liberal MP Aaron Lane looks like ending before it even got really started:
Mr Lane has been called into Liberal headquarters for a “please explain” on that and a series of other “crude” posts on Twitter.
And the Victorian Liberal Premier Dennis ‘Doctor (of Veterinary Science)’ Napthine has said,
“I believe that it’s time for Mr Lane to step down.’’
In other tweets Lane:
- Referred to former speaker Peter Slipper as “a giant C”
- Called former Labor Minister Simon Crean “a big C’’
- Said that “shirts are for faggots’’
Let this be a lesson to all you Twitterers out there:
There are days when you just have too look out of your window and be thankful for the sunshine , well to day is such a day because I have just managed to get a stalker off my back. This creep set up a twitter with the lovely Tittle of @ShutUpIain This scumbag has been harassing me with this little stalking horse since March.
It was not Twitter support that took down the page it was me posting this tweet:
@ShutUpIain I have worked out PRECISELY who you are so you would be wise to cease and desist harassing me
— Iain Hall (@theiainhall) July 29, 201
Yes Comrades it was just another example of how certain people think that being anonymous on the net gives them License to stalk and harass people. Now were I to be a vengeful man I might, at this point be tempted to name this creep, which could well ruin his life, destroy his small business and frankly bring utter havoc into his life, Believe me the temptation to do so is really really strong because this is not the first time I have had to deal with his creepy obsession with me. I have actually banned him form commenting here under three or four different pseudonyms but he just keeps coming back to try it on again and again.
Well I won’t beat around the bush @ShutUpIain next time you try this sort of crap on I won’t hold back , I won’t think twice about how making you own your bile I won’t care if my revelations might hurt your family, I will name you very publicly and I will make a complaint to the appropriate authorities about you stalking me, your nasty online behavior will come back to haunt you and you will think that your life has become a Stephen King Novel without a happy ending.
Am I making myself absolutely clear @ShutUpIain? Just go away and live your life in peace without ever trying to comment at my blog, or attacking me elsewhere. Frankly you should just go away from anywhere on the net that I frequent and just pray that I never find you harassing me again because there will be no more chances, no more compassion for you and you tiny insignificant life so think twice and then think twice again before you try to harass me because you WILL regret it.
That is a promise!
I truly hope that I never have to write this sort of post again I am just so sick of all of the old blog war stuff which is in internet terms very ancient history indeed sometimes a man has just got to make the journey and fight the good fight even when they don’t really want to.
Love these two songs, the first because I have often been the target of the spelling/Grammar Nazi’s the second I think I should dedicate to Jackie Lambie because she certainly is the tackyist person I can think of (and I have it on good authority that Weird Al is well endowed)
By SockPuppet (a interested party)
Hi there allyou long suffering Sock fans who have waited so long for my return to Chez Hall. Well here Iam back for another chameleon performance a curtain call or a whole newseries – takeyour pick. I dunno if I will stay or go but I just I thought it was about time you were given a pickmeup dose of what the Sock does best – you know the polioemic polarisation of the blogging world.
Now what subject I hear you ask would so grab my attention and interest that it would stir me from my den of inequity caravan with the lovely Laura to write another groundbreaking cuttingedge peace of literatti genius? What? Well bloody sex of course you idiots. And thats what Im here to talk about:
Well lots ofit for some people…..Especially the young people or so it seems. Here is my groundbreaking peace on Sex and the modern teenager and how feminism has gone arse about on itself. Below.
I mean on the line below the …………… (dots)
I have to wunder how dumb some people are when it comes to the old saying of “be careful what you wish (or push) for” because it might not turn out to be so f*ucken great afterall.
Just look at 40-sumthing feminist journo Wendy Squires from the SMH. Wendy has gone out and studied the sexual habits of young people today for a book shes writing about … well about young peoples sex habits of course. And she is just so saddened and worried that young girls today are having multiple sex partners without even a real date let alone a relationship and this is not what she had in mind for the feminist future cos she reckons the girls are just being sluts and its all the fault of young men who look at porn. Go figure.
Hear is what she found (I apologise for reproducting most of Wendy’s piece here but its necessary cos the devil is in the detail my friends):
Speak to sexually active teenage girls today, as I have been lately while researching a book, and it is evident that many feel the only means they have to beguile men is through sex. And even then, they feel a need to be overt with their flirt.
All those too-tight, too-short and too-low dresses aren’t, as I once thought, what girls wear to be appear fashionable to their female peers. They wear them, I’m informed, to look sexy to men.
Whoa, stop right there. You thought girls dress like that to appeal to there girlfriends? Did you think they were like all lesos or something? Its news to you that girls like to look sexy for men? Sheez. Read on:
‘‘I don’t really care what my friends wear out,’’ one young lady told me, ‘‘unless it makes them look hotter than I do.’’
‘‘You have to be hot to attract a guy,’’ another 16-year-old girl asserted. ‘‘If you don’t look sexy, then they won’t think you are interested in them.’’ And once you attract said guy? ‘‘You need to have sex with them. If you don’t, they’ll just go with someone who will.’’
One just-turned-17-year-old, who will remain anonymous so her mother doesn’t kill her and then me, confessed that she has had sex with seven guys ‘‘so far’’. One she considered a boyfriend, because they went out for three months. The others? All ‘‘hook-ups’’.
Stop #2: So lets see – she has Just turned 17 and had 6 insta-fucks with hook-ups already? That’s good going girlie and at that rate by the time your 20 you will have about 50 notches on your belt. What a catch you will make for some bloke one day – any thoughts of ever getting married and having kids with someone? Think again. Back to the fem journo:
A hook-up, it seems, doesn’t normally entail even eye contact, that blush-inducing chemistry when spotting someone attractive across a crowded room. Instead, I’m assured, a hook-up can start on a dating app such as Tinder and often entails posting a sexy selfie and then volleying some flirty texts back and forth, often soon followed by a photo of a would-be date’s erect penis.
This last part I found hard to believe, naively assuming that young men today were as awkward and embarrassed about their bodies as they were in my day. That was until several of the girls I spoke to pulled out their smart phones to show me said photos, with one girl exclaiming upon seeing an erect member on her friend’s screen, ‘‘I think I got sent that too!’’
Stop again – I think Wendy shoulda thought about that last line with the exclamation mark she added making it read like the girl said ”I think I got sent that tool”. Well she did didn’t she? You can carry on reading now:
From there, I learn, the hook-up – a face-to-face meeting – occurs, which usually entails sex. ‘‘Usually just oral,’’ one young girl reassured me, seeing no irony in the ‘‘just.’’ ‘‘Everyone does it!’’” she added with eye-roll upon witnessing my obvious horror.
‘‘Why would you meet up with them if you’re not going to have sex?’’ another says, in a tone that implies I am way down the spectrum of coolness. ‘‘That’s just teasing.’’
Comment break: “Usually JUST oral”? Oh I see if you just give a bloke a blowjob it doesn’t count? It counts for him young lady. Back to the story:
‘‘But, don’t you worry that this is all too much, too soon? That you’ll wind up jaded or regret your choices?’’ I splutter, unable to contain myself. Rightfully, I receive an earful in response.
‘‘And you call yourself a feminist!’’ one young friend admonished. ‘‘Now girls are acting like men always have, there’s supposed to be a shame around it. How hypocritical!’’
It is true I find this issue a conundrum, one that tests my own moral boundaries and ethics. As a feminist, I agree I should be supporting young women to live their lives the way they wish; reinforcing the idea that it is their bodies and their choices.
Whoa, whoa and whoa again there Wendy. Another break and groundbreaking comment is needed here:
Deary when you say “As a feminist, I agree I should be supporting young women to live their lives the way they wish ..blah, blah and blah….” what you are really saying (to there ears and unformed brains) is this:
“I support young women becoming young sluts and degrading themselves by having sex with as many blokes as they like within a few minutes of meeting them (oh after seeing their cocks on there phones of course)”.
Thats the message they get lady – they are not exactly Einsteins remember? Back to Wendy:
But, perhaps because I have also have been talking to a lot of young men lately who are either participating in or witnessing hook-up culture, I must confess I am left in despair.
From what I’m hearing, young men are happy to participate in casual sex and claim they are still friends with lots of girls they have ‘‘been’’ with. However, ask if they would consider any of them as girlfriend material and a vast majority respond with a vehement ‘‘no way’’.
‘‘I would never go out with a girl who’s been with my mates,’’ one 17-year-old told me. His friend, 19, agrees. ‘‘No guys go out with girls who screw around.’’
Comment intervention time again:
Oh, I have some news for you Wendy – blokes have always thought that way about girls who give it out so freely. Didn’t you know? Or did you think blokes would/should respect girls who fuckalot and don’t care who with and how often? Wendy continues:
Now, before I get inundated with protests and/or abuse on Twitter, let me say that, yes, I understand this is not all kids today and, yes, I am painting my snapshot of the situation with broad brush strokes.
But I will not apologise for saying I find it beyond sad that sexuality has been reduced to the sexual act itself. That the trust, tenderness and affection that I was offered in my sexual first encounters is not always afforded to girls today by porn-educated young men (most of the girls I spoke to admitted they are yet to have an orgasm from a sexual encounter). That there is not always a sense of appreciation that comes with such intimacy.
While I think it is commendable that young women feel in charge of their bodies and lives, I do wonder whether it comes at the cost of what is at our feminine core, whether through nature or nurture, and that is a desire to feel secure and respected in our romantic relationships.
Wait up there Wendy: So you think its all the fault of the “porn-educated young men” and that is why young girls are putting out so easily and not even having orgasms just sex for sex’s sake cost thats what guys are making them do? Look deary, here is some more news for you:
Young men have ALWAYS wanted sex with every half attractive chick they meet. Nothing has changed in that respect porn or no porn, Tinder or no tinder and mobile phones with photos of there cocks or not. Do you geddit? Blokes will have sex if girls let them. That is the way it has always been and will always be.
Here is some more news for you honey:
No one made these girls give insta-fucks and blowjobs on the spot to these young men they hardly know. No one except them and maybe you and your kind who told them it was okay to have sex like men (or sex like the ‘Sluts in the City’ show what was on TV).
And finally Wendy wraps it all up:
Of all the young girls I’ve spoken to recently, I’d say 90 per cent told me they want to get married and have kids one day. All implied they are aware that men are less likely to commit than in generations past, yet all still wanted to be an exception to this rule.
Few believe their actions now will reduce their chances of this happening, and I sincerely hope it is the case. More than that, I hope they don’t end up feeling powerless when it comes to love.
Well Wendy you pushed for sexual equality remember?
This IS what you and your fellow feminists wished for honey, a generation of girls whose only hope of having kids is to get themselves knocked up and bring up the kid as a single mum (thats happening a lot already btw).
Either that or find some less-than-a-real-man loser who actually falls ‘in love’ with one of these slackers and marries her even though she does not and cannot love him back on account of shes basically (and literally) f*cked her own value and self worth to death.
You see Wendy here is the real truth.
The fundamental law of the men v women world that you and these young slags have either forgotten or never bothered to work out in the first place.
Here it is.
On the next line:
Real men do not respect or marry girls who have no respect for themselves and who fuck around like men do.
No that is not sexist … it is truth.
(PS: I showed this to Laura and she agreed but says she does not care. Shes a slut and she knows it. She does not want kids just more Bundy & Coke and lots of sex with lots of guys – and girls. Now even I can respect that type of honesty)
(PPS: Iain you dont have a ‘sex’ category – am I in the right place?