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UK comedian Jo Brand says, “throw acid at politicians instead of milkshakes”

Because battery acid attacks are hilarious! Just ask the Muslim women who are real victims of acid attacks.

How progressive and tolerant!

From The Sun: NIGEL Farage has accused comedian Jo Brand of “inciting violence” after she said politicians should have battery acid thrown at them instead of milkshakes.

The telly star, 61, was appearing on BBC Radio 4 when she joked about recent milkshake attacks on politicians, which included one hurled at the Brexit Party leader.

Farage, who had a banana and salted caramel Five Guys milkshake thrown on him while campaigning in Newcastle ahead of the EU elections last month, called for police to take action over ‘incitement of violence’.

Speaking on the Heresy show last night, Brand said: “Certain unpleasant characters are being thrown to the fore, and they’re very, very easy to hate. And I’m kind of thinking, why bother with a milkshake when you could get some battery acid?”

She added: “That’s just me, sorry, I’m not gonna do it, it’s purely a fantasy. But I think milkshakes are pathetic, I honestly do. Sorry.

Responding to that today Farage said: “This is incitement of violence and the police need to act.”

Brendan Cox, whose Labour MP wife Jo Cox was murdered by a far-right fanatic in her own constituency in June 2016, tweeted: “I dislike Nigel Farage‘s politics profoundly. But I don’t think throwing stuff at politicians you disagree with is a good idea. It normalises violence and intimidation and we should consistently stand again it.”

Broadcasting watchdog Ofcom confirmed it had received 19 complaints from angry listeners since the show was broadcast.

The sick gag was met with howls of laughter from the studio audience and show host Victoria Coren Mitchell didn’t appear concerned by the remarks.

Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan said: “Disgusting. This is an incitement for people to throw acid at politicians. Shame on you, Jo Brand.”

Leave.EU tweeted: “Absolutely disgusting remark by so-called “comedian” Jo Brand, who suggested last night on @BBCRadio4 that we throw battery acid at our politicians.

“Is this sort of hate speech what we fund the @BBC for? Shameful!”

But fellow comedians defended the star, with Lee Hurst writing: “Jo Brand is a comedian. She has made a joke. You may not find it funny or you may find it funny. Comedy is subjective. If you criticise her because you like her target, but defend other jokes of a similar nature against targets you don’t like you are a hypocrite.

The BBC refused to apologise for the broadcast and said remarks on the comedy show were ‘not intended to be taken seriously’.

A spokeswoman said: “Heresy is a long-running comedy programme where, as the title implies and as our listeners know, panellists often say things which are deliberately provocative and go against societal norms but are not intended to be taken seriously.”

Read the whole story here.

Listen to her “comedy” here.

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Mayor of Venice: Anyone who shouts ‘Allahu Akbar’ will be shot

Muslim terrorists are wont to shout “Allahu Akbar” (Arabic for “God is greatest”) in the act of committing terrorism.

The mayor of Venice declared that anyone who shouts “Allahu Akbar” will be shot by snipers. Alas for Americans, it’s not Venice of Los Angeles, California, but Venice, Italy.

Citing an article in The (UK) Times, which requires a subscription to read, the Mirror‘s assistant editor Stephen Jones reports that Venice’s “right-wing” mayor, Luigi Brugnaro, told a conference in Rimini in northeast Italy that he had ordered police to shoot on sight anyone who shouts “Allahu Akbar”, especially in tourist spots like St. Mark’s Square.

Brugnaro said: “If anyone runs into St Mark’s Square shouting ‘Allahu Akhbar’, we will take him down. A year ago I said within four paces, now within three. I will say it in Venetian: ‘Ghe Sparemo’ (We will shoot him).”

Brugnaro recalled the arrest in March 2017 of four suspected jihadists who allegedly planned to kill hundreds of tourist by blowing up the world famous Rialto bridge that spans Venice’s Grand Canal: “They wanted to go to Allah. But we’ll send them straight to Allah before they can do any damage.”

Brugnaro also said: “I have never been politically correct…that’s why we also need a naval blockade against people coming into Italy from north Africa.”

Brugnaro was applauded by delegates when he said, referring to the August 2017 terrorist attack in Barcelona when Moroccan Muslims drove a van into pedestrians, killing 14 and injuring 100: “In contrast with Barcelona, where they had not set up protection, we keep our guard up.”

But not all the conference delegates applauded Brugnaro.

A video was published online showing the left-wing mayor of Florence, Dario Nardella, rushing up to Brugnaro after the speech shouting “Allahu Akbar!” and laughing.

Nardella later apologized on Facebook: “I apologise for some comments in an online video. It was not my intention to offend anyone, not least the Muslim community, nor to joke about their religion or neither to reference the tragic events of our times. In fact, during that video, I distance myself from the statement (made) by my colleague Brugnaro about Muslims during his speech at the Rimini meeting.”

Dario Nardella, 43, has been the mayor of Florence, Italy, since 2014. He is a member of the Democratic Party.

Luigi Brugnaro, 57, is a conservative politician and entrepreneur who has been the Mayor of Venice since June 2015. He ran for the office as an independent.

In addition to his shoot-anyone-shouting-Allahu-Akbar statement, Brugnaro has also attracted controversy by banning gay pride parades in Venice, as well as 49 books about homosexuality from the city’s schools, including Jean Has Two Mums, a book on “gay” parenting.

H/t Maziel

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Failure of Polls: 2019 Australia federal election

Political polls are no longer reliable because they are no longer predictive of election results.

The UK Brexit referendum on June 23, 2016, in which 51.9% of those voting supported leaving the EU, was the first sign. 78% of phone polls had predicted that Remain would win; only two online pollsters, Kantar TNS and Opinium, forecasted a Leave victory just ahead of the vote. (Wikipedia)

The U.S. presidential election on November 8, 2016, in which polls had predicted a Hillary Clinton win, was the second sign.

Last Saturday’s Australian federal election is the latest indicator of the failure of polls.

On May 18, 2019, Australia conducted a nation-wide election to elect members of the 46th Parliament: All 151 seats in the House of Representatives (lower house) and 40 of the 76 seats in the Senate (upper house).

Unlike many other democracies, Australia has mandatory voting for all citizens aged 18 and over – or they risk a fine. This year has seen a record 96.8% enrollment rate. In contrast, the voter turnout for the most recent US and UK elections were an estimated 55% and 69% respectively. (BBC)

What this means is that in the case of Australia, the accuracy of pre-election polls would not be affected by voter turnout, which should lend even greater confidence in the accuracy of those polls. As the BBC confidently declared a day before the election:

Australians are voting in a closely-fought general election on Saturday. The poll will decide whether the conservative Liberal-National Coalition wins a third term or is replaced by a Labor administration led by Bill Shorten.

And what were the polls saying?

The graph below shows that although opinion polls have narrowed in recent weeks, the leftist Australian Labor Party still had the edge on a two-party preferred basis on the eve of election day.

The experts also predicted a Labor win:

  • Professor Sally Young, a politics expert from the University of Melbourne, said there was public cynicism about the major parties, and predicted that the bitter party infighting that led to Scott Morrison becoming PM only last August, was likely to harm the government’s standing with voters. Referring to Morrison’s ousting of his predecessor, Young declared: “They’re sick of the sniping and undermining. Knifing a leader – it never goes down well.”
  • Young also predicted that climate change would be a key election issue and that the government’s “lack of action on climate change” would be a critical factor in the election.
  • Citing unnamed “experts,” the BBC said that Morrison’s minority government “fears losing votes to more socially conservative minor parties and independents” in the northern state of Queensland, and is particularly vulnerable in Victoria in the south, where the “progressive” electorate had delivered a resounding victory to Labor in a state election five months ago.

Despite the polls and experts, and in spite of Morrison’s minority coalition government being consistently behind in the polls for the past three years, the government won a third term against the Labor opposition. As Wikipedia puts it:

The result of the 2019 election was in stark contrast to the aggregation of opinion polls conducted over the period of the 45th parliament and the 2019 election campaign. Apart from a few outliers, Labor had been ahead for the entire period, by as much as 56% on a two-party-preferred basis after Scott Morrison took over the leadership of the Liberal Party in August 2018—although during the campaign, Labor’s two-party estimate was between 51 and 52%.[67]

During the ABC’s [Australian Broadcasting Corporation] election coverage, election analyst Antony Green stated “At the moment, on these figures, it’s a bit of a spectacular failure of opinion polling.”—with the election results essentially a mirror image of the polls with the Coalition’s two-party vote at around 51%.[67]

CNN calls the election “a stunning turnaround after every opinion poll over the campaign pointed to a Labor victory. Analysts are now saying Labor lost an ‘unlosable’ election.”

To add insult to injury, not only did the leftist Labor Party lose the election, the formerly minority coalition government led by Morrison actually picked up the net two-seat swing it needed for a majority government. (ABC News)

Readers of FOTM had commented that they no longer answer phone polls. Nor do I.

We no longer respond to political polls because of our correct perception that, like the MSM, pollsters favor Democrats and are hostile to conservatives. I suspect also that many who still respond to polls don’t give honest answers, which is a prudent behavior given the many real instances of conservatives being publicly assaulted, denied service by businesses, and having their food and drinks contaminated by servers. See, for example:

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Liberalism is a mental disorder: Climate-change protester glues her breasts to ground

Joe Roberts reports for the UK Metro that on April 25, 2019, the final day of the Extinction Rebellion (XR) eco-protest in London’s financial district, a woman glued her breasts to the road outside the Goldman Sachs offices.

Several police officers surrounded the woman and put up screens to shield her from the public, but she was spotted by passengers on a double-decker bus, lying face down with her top up to her neck. One of the passengers, Jamie Lorriman, took the picture below.

Picture by Jamie Lorriman

Cimate change activists targeted London’s financial districts to highlight what they call the business world’s “role in our collective suicide”. An XR spokeswoman said “the financial industry is responsible for funding climate and ecological destruction and we are calling on them, the companies and the institutions that allow this to happen, to tell the truth.”

ER demonstrators temporarily blockaded the London Stock Exchange by gluing themselves across entrances to the building. The protesters were “unglued” before they were taken away in police vans. Scotland Yard said 26 people had been arrested on suspicion of aggravated trespassing.

Elsewhere, five protesters including 83-year-old grandfather Phil Kingston clambered onto the roof of a DLR (Docklands Light Railway) train at Canary Wharf station in east London, holding signs saying “business as usual = death” and “don’t jail the canaries”. British Transport Police (BTP) used ropes, ladders and harnesses to remove them from the roof. Five people were arrested on suspicion of obstructing the railway.

Altogether, some 1,130 people were arrested during the protests which began ten days ago on April 15. More than 10,000 police officers were deployed.

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German intellectuals call for end to gender-pronoun tyranny

So many choices…

The Guardian archly reports, March 8, 2019, that in an “reactionary” open letter published by the Dortmund-based German Language Association, a group of German authors, academics and comedians are calling for a fightback against “ridiculous linguistic constructions” designed to make the German language more gender-neutral.

German Language Association, with over 36,000 members, is one of several institutions in Germany which that try to set standards on grammar and spelling.

The letter’s signatories include philosopher Rüdiger Safranski, novelist Peter Schneider, comedian Dieter Hallervorden, and the former head of Germany’s domestic intelligence Hans-Georg Maassen.

In the German language, nouns have either a male, female or neuter gender; words for mixed groups of people are traditionally based on the masculine form. If you are talking about a group of teachers, for example, you would say die Lehrer, not die Lehrerinnen.

Feminist linguists have made various proposals to make the language more inclusive, either by typographic trickery, such as LehrerInnen, Lehrer(innen) or Lehrer*innen, or by replacing them with nouns that make the gender more invisible. Those proposals have been accepted by a number of academic institutions and municipal authorities. As an example, since January this year, officials in the city of Hanover no longer use the generic noun Lehrer in their correspondence, but the more neutral Lehrende (“teaching ones”).

The protest letter, headed “An end to gender nonsense!” and published shortly before International Women’s Day, argues that the distribution of gender to generic nouns in German is too arbitrary for there to be a systemic sexist bias. As examples, in German, lions are male while giraffes are female and horses neuter. The signatories also dispute that masculine generic pronouns discourage women from entering certain professions, pointing out the fact that Germany’s constitution has 13 mentions of the “chancellor” in its masculine form “did not prevent the repeated rise of Angela Merkel to the post of chancellor”.

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Britain’s Prince Charles is a descendant of Dracula

I find the strangest things while roaming the Internet.

Dracula is an 1897 Gothic horror novel by Irish author Bram Stoker, which introduced the character of Count Dracula of Transylvania and established many conventions of subsequent vampire fantasy.

Stoker’s notes for Dracula show that the name of the count was originally “Count Wampyr”, but Stoker became intrigued by the name “Dracula” after reading William Wilkinson’s book An Account of the Principalities of Wallachia and Moldavia with Political Observations Relative to Them (London 1820). The name Dracula was the patronym (Drăculea) of the descendants of Vlad II of Wallachia, who took the name “Dracul” after being invested in the Order of the Dragon in 1431.

Dracula means “son of the devil” in Romanian.

Some historians believe that a historic figure, Transylvanian-born Vlad III Dracula, aka Vlad the Impaler, was the model for Stoker’s Count Dracula. The second son of Vlad Dracul, Vlad the Impaler massacred more than 100,000 Turkish warriors in battle. The vampire legend is said to have been inspired by his cruelty, brutality, and predilection for eating bread dipped in his victim’s blood.

The (UK) Telegraph reports, November 5, 2012, that Transylvania, synonymous with the legend of the vampire, should also be known as the ancestral home of the Prince of Wales, according to the Romanian National Tourist Office. Links between the British Royal Family and Vlad the Impaler are being exploited in an attempt to lure tourists to the eastern European country.

The Prince has made no secret of his love for Romania and is believed to travel there frequently. In 2006, he purchased a farmhouse in Viscri, a village in rural Transylvania, which is available as a guest house at certain times of the year.

Prince Charles himself appears in a video being used to promote the country in which he claims distant kinship with Vlad Tepes, the 15th–century Wallachian ruler on whom the Irish novelist Bram Stoker based his Dracula.

Prince Charles jokes in an interview first shown on satellite television in 2011: “Transylvania is in my blood. The genealogy shows I am descended from Vlad the Impaler, so I do have a bit of a stake in the country.” The video climaxes with a reference to the Prince of Wales, “who can trace his ancestry back to Romania’s dark and distant past”.

According to Royal Highness, a book published in 1982 by Sir Iain Moncreiffe, Prince Charles is a great grandson 16 times removed to Vlad the Impaler, his lineage traced back through his great grandmother Queen Mary, the consort of George V, to Vlad IV, the half brother of the notorious ruler.

It has been claimed that porphyria, an iron deficiency which is thought to lie behind the vampire myth, has run in the British Royal Family. One of the symptoms of cutaneous porphyria is sensitivity to sunlight — of burning and severe pain in skin exposed to sunlight.

Here’s the family tree:

Dracul is Romanian for the dragon — a serpent used in the Bible as a symbol of the Devil.

Maybe there really is something to conspiracy theorist David Icke’s notion of a reptilian ruling elite after all. LOL. (Note: Australia recently banned Icke from entering the country for his multi-city speaking tour.)

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The Hide-in-a-Mattress Caption Contest

This is the 195th world-famous FOTM Caption Contest!

Here’s the gif:

About the gif: Spanish border police find African “migrant” in a mattress.

You know the drill:

  • Enter the contest by submitting your caption as a comment on this thread (scroll down until you see the “LEAVE A REPLY” box).
  • The winner of the Caption Contest will get a gorgeous Award Certificate of Excellence and a year’s free subscription to FOTM:D
  • FOTM writers will vote for the winner.
  • Any captions proffered by FOTM writers, no matter how brilliant (ha ha), will not be considered. :(

This contest will be closed in a week, at the end of next Tuesday, March 12, 2019.

To get the contest going, here’s my caption:

Come to the US-Mexico border, all ye dregs of the world! You can just saunter into America without resorting to tricks like hiding in a mattress!

For the winner of our last Caption Contest, go here.

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Prince Harry and Meghan will raise their child as ‘gender fluid’

Megan Markle, the biracial American wife of Britain’s Prince Harry, a former little-known actress, is expected to give birth to the couple’s first child this spring.

Vanity Fair reports, February 28, 2019, that “according to a source close to the couple,” Markle “is understood to have told at least one friend that they want to raise their baby without gender-stereotyping . . . in line with Meghan’s ideas about how to raise children.” The couple have already planned a gender-neutral nursery of whites and grays, instead of conventional blue and pink colors.

A source told Vanity Fair: “Meghan has been talking to some of her friends about the birth and how she and Harry plan to raise their baby. Her exact word was fluid. She said they plan to raise their child with a fluid approach to gender and they won’t be imposing any stereotypes.”

But according to the UK Express:

Kensington Palace was forced to issue a rare statement about intimate details on the royal couple and their anticipated baby, after Vanity Fair made the claim yesterday….

[A]fter initial silence from Kensington Palace, officials last night were forced to issue a statement on the claims.

They said simply: “This story is totally false.”

Prince Harry makes devil’s horn hand sign at Invictus Games in Toronto, Sept. 23, 2017

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The Hide-In-Plain-Sight Caption Contest

This is the 194th world-famous FOTM Caption Contest!

Here’s the pic:

You know the drill:

  • Enter the contest by submitting your caption as a comment on this thread (scroll down until you see the “LEAVE A REPLY” box).
  • The winner of the Caption Contest will get a gorgeous Award Certificate of Excellence and a year’s free subscription to FOTM:D
  • FOTM writers will vote for the winner.
  • Any captions proffered by FOTM writers, no matter how brilliant (ha ha), will not be considered. :(

This contest will be closed in a week, at the end of next Tuesday, February 26, 2019.

To get the contest going, here’s my caption:

Angela Merkel signals allegiance to her master.

For the winner of our last Caption Contest, go here.

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New French law compels schools to replace ‘mother/father’ with ‘parent 1/parent 2’

Callum Paton reports for Newsweek that on Feb. 12, 2019, France’s National Assembly voted in favor of an amendment removing the words “mother” and “father” from forms in French schools, replacing them with “parent 1” and “parent 2.” In so doing, the amendment became law, alongside a new school bill.

France’s majority party, La République en Marche! (LREM; in English “Forward!“), which was founded in 2016 by now-President Emmanuel Macron, says that the new law is a necessary step to bring France’s schools into line with the European nation’s 2013 same-sex marriage law — the Marriage for All Law that was passed in 2013. A Forward! legislator, Valérie Petit, told French outlet 20 Minutes: “The amendment aims to anchor into law the family diversity of children in the administrative forms submitted in school.”

Rodrigo Arenas, co-chair of Fédération des Conseils de Parents d’Élèves (FCPEP), the country’s largest federation of parents, called the amendment a “very good thing” because it “takes into account changing family situations” and “resonates with the law passed on the fight against harassment, because often in situations of child harassment, children have been targeted for not conforming.”

In a tweet on Feb. 14, Arenas decries usage of “mother” and “father” as religious tyranny (translated from French):

It will be necessary for the supporters of the “a Papa, a mother” to understand that a religious conception of the family cannot be imposed on a secular public school. This is why private schools exist.

Arenas also retweeted a tweet by LICRA (International League against Racism and Anti-Semitism), calling for making “homophobia” (whatever that means) a crime:

Racism, anti-Semitism, negationnisme, homophobia must cease to be regarded in our country as “opinion crimes” enshrined in the Law of 1881 which protects the freedom of the press. They must be considered as common law offences.

Conservative parties call the amendment a danger to society:

  • Xavier Breton, a conservative deputy for the country’s Les Républicains (LR), denounced the law as frightening, calling it a result of “politically correct thinking that did not correspond to reality” in that 95% of legal unions in France are comprised of male-female couples.
  • Eric Ciotti, another lawmaker whom Newsweek calls “rightwing” (how come the media never call leftwing parties “leftwing”?), calls the law a “fantasy” and that the “negotiation of gender” would “deconstruct the balance of society.”
  • France’s main “far-right” party, the Rassemblement National (RN), which progressed to the second round of the country’s 2017 presidential elections, also objected to the amendment. RN leader said “the mask had fallen” from the face of Forward!, and that Forward! is showing their contempt for the family.

Meanwhile, the Yellow Vest rebellion continues in the streets of Paris. In the video below, a protester had his hand blown off.

See also “Shocker, not: Macron AWOL as violence, protests continue in Paris“.

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