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Manufacturing outrage and jihads against celebrities

Jeremy Clarkson is under the hammer..,apparently for a “fracas” with a producer.

Brendon O’Neill at The Australian writes about the propensity of the luvvies to attack and boycott and run people out of jobs.

We have of course seen this here, and are seeing it here right now over X-Factor.

Clarkson-bashing is the glue of Britain’s liberal elite. Fearing and fuming about theTop Gear presenter, wringing one’s manicured hands over the impact of this engine-revving bloke-in-a-blazer on gullible TV viewers, has become the great unifier of the snootier sections of Britain’s media classes.

You want in to their starched, censorious moral universe? Then practise shaking your head and making vomiting noises in response to every utterance of the words “Jeremy” and “Clarkson”.

The chattering classes’ Clarksonphobia was on full display this week, following Clarkson’s suspension by the BBC after he allegedly hit, or in the Beeb’s words “had a fracas with”, a Top Gear producer.

Apparently, after a long day’s filming, Clarkson was expecting a steak dinner but was given a plate of cold cuts, and he flipped.

Now, being giving cold meat instead of hot steak does sound fantastically annoying, but it doesn’t justify alleged fisticuffs.

Don’t hit your bosses, folks! But the wild glee that has greeted the suspension of Clarkson, the media demands that this “ogre” (The Guardian’s actual word) be forever banished from the Kingdom of TV, has very little to do with his alleged use of force.

No, the Clarksonphobics want him out because of what he represents: car-loving, free-speaking, un-PC folk, those eco-unfriendly, somewhat rough sections of society that the chattering classes would rather didn’t exist. Literally. The New Statesman, house magazine of Britain’s zombie Left, this week even fantasised about Clarkson fanboys being boiled to become biofuel.

No sooner had the Beeb announced that JC had been suspended than the Clarksonphobics were hollering: “Make it permanent!”

“Why does the BBC put up with Clarkson?” demanded a Guardian hack who clearly doesn’t have access to Google. For a quick web search would have revealed to her the reason the Beeb “puts up” with him: Top Gear is phenomenally popular, with the kind of people whose shoulders will never rub with Guardian writers’ shoulders. Five million Brits watch it on BBC2, 300 million people around the world tune in, and it has made the BBC £50 million ($95.6m).

This is what most terrifies Clarksonphobics: the fact that people, the little people, like him.

The Guardian writer said Clarkson has become a blot on the Beeb, through “pushing the boundaries of … political correctness”. Apparently the BBC should only be for PC people, people like Us.

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I know stuff about cars thanks to Jeremy Clarkson

My interest in cars is almost zero. Their job is to get me from A to B safely and comfortably. My son however has formed his likes and dislikes and his knowledge of cars solely from his avid viewing of the T.V Show Top Gear. Both my son and my daughter begged to be taken to their stage show in Auckland years back and we watched minis play soccer with a giant ball on the stage while inhaling vast quantities of exhaust fumes.

Jeremy Clarkson on a Jet bike

Jeremy Clarkson on a Jet bike

The reason that my son despises caravans is because Jeremy Clarkson does. He quotes Clarkson’s opinions often and if Jeremy says a car is ‘ Gay ‘ then my son will agree. My son can quote statistics and horse power and other car stuff because of Top Gear and even I know stuff simply because I picked it up while watching.

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Brits sick of BBC pandering to terrorists

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PEOPLE keep telling me it’s the one thing I am not supposed to write about.

And my lawyer says it will be expensive.

But to hell with it all because, frankly, I have had enough.

I am outraged my country is changing and Great Britain is looking less great. I’m also sick of holding my tongue. Enough. Read more »

Photo Of The Day

Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965) gives his famous V-sign as he opens the new headquarters of 615 (County of Surrey) Squadron of the RAAF (Royal Auxiliary Air Force) at Croydon in 1948 in England. (Photo by Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Winston Churchill (1874 – 1965) gives his famous V-sign as he opens the new headquarters of 615 (County of Surrey) Squadron of the RAAF (Royal Auxiliary Air Force) at Croydon in 1948 in England. (Photo by Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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BBC struggles with press freedom in Charlie Hebdo aftermath

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BBC’s own guidelines on the use of religious icons in any of their content restricts the use of any iconography or graphics that may be interpreted as the Prophet Mohammed, while not having this limitation on any other religion.

The BBC has clarified its guidelines on the depiction of Mohammed, god’s last prophet according to Islamic theology.

The old guidelines were tweeted out by the BBC Question Time Twitter feed after they were read out loud on the show by host David Dimbleby last Thursday (January 8).

The guidelines read: “Due care and consideration must be made regarding the use of religious symbols in images which may cause offence.

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This is the greater threat…problem is it is already here

What if Charlie Hebdo was a UK publication?

Spiked examines what would have happened.

Week 1: Magazine’s editors and staff get No Platformed by the National Union of Students on the grounds that their publication has been ‘identified by the NUS’s Democratic Procedures Committee as holding racist or fascist views’. They are forbidden from all campuses.

Week 2: Individual student unions ban the sale or display of Charlie Hebdoanywhere on their premises in order to protect students from feeling the need to ‘succumb to media pressure to fear and loathe Muslims’ and encourage students instead to ‘celebrate Muslim students for their academic achievements and countless other talents’. Unions across the country justify the ban as ‘an important symbolic step towards creating a culture of ethnic and religious parity on campus’.

Week 3: A Change.org petition is created, calling on supermarket chains to ‘Stop Selling Charlie Hebdo’. A different petition is launched, by a campaign group called Muslim Eyes, demanding that supermarkets hide Charlie Hebdo in black plastic bags so that Muslims and others will not feel offended by its front covers. Supermarkets are called upon to ‘promote the right environment in store’ and not allow the open display of ‘offensive material’.

Week 4: A Twitterstorm builds in support of the petition of supermarkets, with hundreds of thousands of tweets using the hashtag #CoverUpCharlie to demand that the magazine be put in black bags. A member of parliament backs the campaign. Supermarkets relent and announce that some stores will remove Charlie Hebdo from sale while others will put it in black plastic covers and on the top shelf next to the porno mags.

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The BBC capitulates to Islamists

Liberty Scott blogs about the capitulation of the BBC to Islamists:

The Islamists want to return us to the dark ages.  They are not murdering out of a random desire for hatred, nor are they avenging Western involvement in wars in Iraq (which France did not participate in) and Afghanistan (which France had almost no involvement in), they are seeking to impose sharia law.

They achieve their aims by these sorts of events, and the previous attacks on the Danish newspaper Jyllands Posten.

It creates a climate of fear, fear that if you do offend those who want sharia law, they will enforce it.

So what happens is that they get what they want.

That is exactly what the BBC has done (and many other media outlets).

I pick on the BBC for some obvious reasons:

1.  It is state owned.  As such, it is meant to represent the UK, as a whole and embody the ill-defined values of the country.

2. It projects itself as a bastion of objectivity and balance.  Although plenty will accuse of it bias (and it has an inherently statist bias, rarely taking the view that government should do less), it still has some credibility internationally, particularly with the BBC World Service, in not being afraid to take on those who would censor opinions and information that offend them or disadvantage them.  Read more »

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Why Assange, Snowden and their little henchmen aren’t heroes

The left-wing lauds Julian Assange, ignoring his alleged criminal behaviour.

They celebrate Edward Snowden despite the fact he is a traitor and currently enjoys the protection of a despotic virtual dictator.

They falsely claim that their enabler, Glenn Greenwald has won a Pulitzer Prize, when he has not.

They hold these three up as heroes, when the reality is starkly different.

Max Hastings calls them out and explains why the “liberals who defend traitors like Snowden and Assange should look at this photo and admit: We were deluded fools”.

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Just imagine the Queen’s Birthday Parade, June 13, 2015: the monarch, her family and escorting officers are arrayed on Horse Guards’ in Whitehall, watching the serried red companies wheel and march past in slow time.

Suddenly, men burst from the crowd and begin spraying bullets among the soldiers and spectators.

It is a scenario from hell, yet no more fanciful than that of Wednesday’s massacre in a Paris magazine office, or last month’s slaughter of 132 schoolchildren in Peshawar, or the carnage of the London bus and Tube bombs of July 2005.

It is the sort of image with which security chiefs live every day of their working lives, because for them that would be the cost of a failure.

Yesterday’s dramatic events in France ended with three terrorists and four hostages dead after a formidable French security and intelligence operation.

The intelligence services have never doubted that new terrorist attacks will come to the West, including Britain. An event such as the Charlie Hebdo killings merely gives the ongoing threat a shocking new sense of immediacy.

On Thursday, the director general of MI5, Andrew Parker, made a rare speech, warning it was almost inevitable that an attack in this country would get through sooner or later. ‘Although we and our partners try our utmost, we know that we cannot hope to stop everything,’ he said.

The price of living in an open society, with the precious freedoms we take for granted, is that all of us, great and small, are vulnerable to attackers consumed by hatred for our culture, its values, and manifest superiority to those from which they come.

Globalisation places a disturbing number of such people in our midst, rather than far away in Somalia or Iran.

The good news is that although Islamic fanatics can cause us pain and grief, they pose no existential threat as did Hitler’s Germany or Stalin’s Soviet Union.

They cannot be compromised or parleyed with, because they have no rational political demands: they claim affiliation to a feudal order in which women are denied rights, technology is banished and mullahs arbitrate over daily life.

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Islam already has the world’s media under pressure

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Yesterday we heard that the BBC had pixelated the cartoons in their reports.

Our own NZ Herald had carefully redacted the cartoon from the image above.  “For space reasons”, I’m sure.  After all, the Internet is nearly full.

Here’s another weapons grade piece of pandering to Islam by a scared media, AP:

As reported through Breitbart, the Associated Press made clear that its official policy is to censor photos of the Prophet Muhammad. Apparently, though, disparaging images of Jesus Christ are acceptable. Read more »

Face of the day

Today’s Face of the day is a man of courage, a man who stood for freedom of expression, a man who persisted in the face of danger. His body guard was not able to save him or the others at his newspaper. I honour him, and them today and I challenge us all to not let their deaths be in vain. We too must be brave. We too must stand strong against this worldwide threat against the freedoms that we hold so dear.

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Charlie Hebdo editor Stephane Charbonnier Photo: AFP

Stephane Charbonnier, editor of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, was among four cartoonists killed in the Paris massacre which left 12 people dead in total.

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