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Sledge of the Day – James Blunt

James Blunt has hit back at a Labour MP for criticising his upbringing and produces an awesome sledge.

James Blunt, the singer, has issued a robust response to an MP who criticised his privileged background, saying his “populist, envy-based, vote-hunting” ideas were making the country worse.

Blunt told Chris Bryant, the shadow culture minister, he was teaching the “politics of jealousy”, after the MP spoke out to condemn a lack of diversity in the arts.

Mr Bryant told the Guardian one of his priorities if he became a minister would be to encourage fairer funding, encouraging organisations to hire from a wider variety of backgrounds rather than just “arts graduates from Cambridge”.

“I am delighted that Eddie Redmayne won [a Golden Globe for best actor], but we can’t just have a culture dominated by Eddie Redmayne and James Blunt and their ilk,” he said.

Blunt, who was educated at Harrow, served in the Army and is known for his no-nonsense response to critics on Twitter, has now issued a public reply to the MP, saying he had to work as hard as anyone in the music industry to combat accusations he was “too posh”.

James Blunt’s letter in full:

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Let’s lift up the Burka and have a peek at Sharia law: Part One

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Example one: Pregnant young woman flogged in public

Example two: Gay men forced into hiding as law passed stating that anyone caught having gay sex  will be sentenced to 100 lashes.

Location: Indonesia

Example three: UPDATE removed as turned out to be fake.

Example four: Colorado School Requiring Girls To Wear Islam-Compliant Clothing During Trip To Mosque

Location: America

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Outrage! Offensive! ban the ads, boycott the firm!

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People these days are “outraged” and offended by the stupidest things.

In the UK the ads shown above have caused “outrage”.

A private taxi firm has sparked outrage over a ‘sexist’ advert that has attracted a wave of complaints.

The advert for Southampton-based West Quay Cars features a larger, middle-aged woman with the caption: “If I Start To Look Sexy – Book A Taxi.”

Members of Southampton University’s Feminist Society criticised the advert and called for students to boycott the firm.

“I was horrified to see a recent ad by West Quay Cars which featured a middle-aged, larger woman with the words ‘If I look sexy, book a taxi’ advising people not to drive drunk or make bad decisions after drinking,” wrote one campaigner, who did not want to be named.
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Deluded fatty complains about being called fatty

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This deluded fatty has complained about being called fatty by Lord Sugar

Lord Sugar has been accused of bullying after calling a young woman “fatty” on Twitter.

The Apprentice star was bombarded with complaints and branded “arrogant” and “sexist” after sending the message to size 16 beauty queen Elena Raouna.

The row began after Miss Raouna, 23, sent Lord Sugar a message that said: “Evening sugar ;-) can I call you that? Lol.”

The multi-milionnaire tycoon replied: “yes no problem as long as I can call you fatty.”

He later responded to another follower who waded into the row by asking whether there was “any need to reply in that manner” by saying: “get stuffed and mind your own business.”

The response sparked a backlash in which Lord Sugar was roundly criticised and called “a miserable old goat”.

Miss Raouna, who won Miss British Beauty Curve in 2013, has demanded an apology from the businessman, saying she was “absolutely fuming” about the “cruel” tweet.

She told the Mirror: “‘It was just a friendly tweet to say ‘hi’ but my face froze in shock with his reply and I had to check it was his official Twitter page because I couldn’t believe he would be so abusive.

“It’s cyber bullying.”

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Outraged? Come on first world problems people

Some people have nothing better to do other than be outraged.

This time is is over tweets from Dick Quax, especially one where he basically says Glen Innes is a crime suburb.

Auckland councillor Dick Quax has been causing a stir online with flippant comments about public transport and the regular presence of police in an Auckland suburb.

The Howick councillor and former Olympian, who describes himself as “pragmatic and moderate” on his Twitter page, sparked a lengthy debate on the social media site after several tweets to his 339 followers.

In one tweet on Friday, he appeared to suggest a nearby suburb was crime-ridden: “Police helicopter ‘Eagle’ now declared official bird of Glen Innes,” he said.

Some people responded with surprise, saying it was “unbelievable” and a “disgraceful” comment by an elected official.

Mr Quax defended his tweet yesterday, saying it was a personal observation which was accurate.

“In fact, the police helicopter was up there last night for another half-hour. It’s more common than anywhere else it appears.

“I don’t know if it’s got a high crime rate or not but it does seem the police helicopter does spend a lot of time there. You might want to check with police if it’s one of the areas they spend more time.”

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Not sure that the people are looking for humour from security services

Unless it’s in the movies…

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The Swedish Security Service has created an online buzz on social media networks with its sarcastic first tweet. The Säpo agency recommended Swedes to follow its Twitter account, as it is already “following” the nation’s citizens. Read more »

Can anyone spot the problem with this picture?

Only the Greens would promote this…in this way.

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Turkey considering shutting down web sites without a warrant

In its latest attempt to control the internet, the Turkish government announced it’s looking into a bill that would grant powers to block any site that is considered as threatening “national security and public order” without an immediate court order.

The bill would give a green light to the prime minister and communication minister to make such decisions.

“If a situation concerning … public order and national security [arises] … the prime ministry, TİB [Telecommunications Directorate] will be able to temporarily remove content or block access,”Transportation, Maritime Affairs and Communications Minister Lütfi Elvan told reporters.

He noted that even though the website could be shut down immediately, a court order would still have to be filed “within 24 hours.”

“The judge shall announce his decision within 48 hours from the time of [action]; otherwise, the [prohibition] shall automatically be lifted.”

There is a similarity to that and our own anti-terror legislation, except that the Turks are dealing the the comunications end of terrorism, whereas John Key is more concerned about keeping wanna-be terrorists from messing up our reputation by stopping them going overseas to fight.   Read more »

What on earth is wrong with Peter Dunne?

And why aren’t hordes of women and leftie liberals not demanding his head?

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Did #illridewithyou turn into #iliedtoyou?

It seems that the media and the lefty luvvies who were dead kent to hug a muslim had been sold a pup with the so-called #illridewithyou rubbish.

I had a discussion with someone on Thursday about this, and I was suspicious of the whole Twitter meme…likening it to #kony2012.

Slacktivism at its worst.

It seems I was right, with the woman credited with the originating story that lead to the creation of the hashtag  now confessing to lying about her encounter.

GAPS have appeared in the story that inspired the #illridewithyou Twitter phenomenon.

University lecturer [and former Greens candidate] Rachael Jacobs had originally posted a status on Facebook, explaining how she offered to protect a woman who felt uncomfortable wearing her hijab.

According to her story, Ms Jacobs had seen the woman beginning to remove her scarf, and ran after her, saying “Put it back on. I’ll walk with you.”

The exchange took place on a Brisbane train, while the Sydney siege was taking place in Sydney’s Martin Place.

But did a “conversation” actually occur?

It seems not. The Brisbane Times reports a different story:

By sheer fluke, we got off at the same station, and some part of me decided saying something would be a good thing. Rather than quiz her about her choice of clothing, I thought if I simply offered to walk her to her destination, it might help.

It’s hard to describe the moment when humans, and complete strangers, have a conversation with no words. I wanted to tell her I was sorry for so many things – for overstepping the mark, for making assumptions about a complete stranger and for belonging to a culture where racism was part of her everyday experience.

But none of those words came out, and our near silent encounter was over in a moment.

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