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An expert in apologism

Caption: Yep. There’s someone I’d be taking counter-terrorism advice from.

George Orwell once wrote that “one has to belong to the ‘intelligentsia’ to believe things like that: no ordinary man could be such a fool”. He might have added that one has to be an “expert”. Many people are naturally thick-headed and duplicitous, but some “experts” seem to have really worked hard at it.

Anne Aly is touted (by herself, most often) as a “counter-terrorism expert”, despite the fact that her academic background is in English Literature and Acting, and Education. But, by some mysterious process, she has parlayed that into alleged counter-terrorism expertise. Perhaps merely being Muslim confers a certain working knowledge of terrorism? But, given that Anne managed to hang around campuses long enough to glom a PhD, you’d think she’d have learned a thing or two about constructing a sound, logical argument.

Perhaps they just don’t teach that stuff at unis any more. Quote:

Following last week’s terrorist attack in Melbourne…Prime Minister Scott Morrison said something most of our politicians and commentators are too gutless to say…If anything, he was diplomatic.

“I think the Prime Minister needs to do a little bit of Terrorism 101 before he starts talking in short phrases and catch phrases and know what he’s talking about before he starts dividing communities and pointing fingers at radical Islam,” said a smug Dr Anne Aly, Federal Labor MP, Egyptian-born Muslim and former counter-terrorism academic. “The biggest victims of violence in Australia aren’t victims of violent terrorism: they are victims of domestic violence.” End of quote.

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Who is Lushington D. Brady?

Well, a pseudonym. Obviously.

But the name Lushington Dalrymple Brady has been chosen carefully. Not only for the sum of its overall mien of seedy gentility, reminiscent perhaps of a slightly disreputable gentlemen of letters, but also for its parts, each of which borrows from the name of a Vandemonian of more-or-less fame (or notoriety) who represents some admirable quality which will hopefully animate the persona of Lushington D. Brady.

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He wants us all to call him “Loretta”

Caption: Smash or pass? Which of these three lovely ladies would you rather?

From Pauline Hanson donning a burqa, to David Leyonhjelm telling the Greens’ Sarah Hanson-Young to “fuck off”, and “stop shagging men”, the Australian Senate is always a reliable source of political champagne comedy.

Elitists like to bemoan this as the result of voting rules that allow too many oiks from the minor parties in the chamber, but there have been memorable moments from the “unrepresentative swill” on the red benches. Such as when former Labor senator Gareth Evans once threatened to cross the floor and “slowly garotte” Brownyn Bishop.

Now, Nationals senator Barry O’Sullivan has delivered a zinger of his own. Quote:

We’ve all heard the objections. No uterus, no opinion. Well, Nationals Senator Barry O’Sullivan has just clobbered the Left with their own stick. O’Sullivan told parliament he now identifies as a woman so that he would no longer be attacked for his opposition to abortion.

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Who is Lushington D. Brady?

Well, a pseudonym. Obviously.

But the name Lushington Dalrymple Brady has been chosen carefully. Not only for the sum of its overall mien of seedy gentility, reminiscent perhaps of a slightly disreputable gentlemen of letters, but also for its parts, each of which borrows from the name of a Vandemonian of more-or-less fame (or notoriety) who represents some admirable quality which will hopefully animate the persona of Lushington D. Brady.

To read my previous articles click on my name in blue.

Never mind the left, here’s the counter-culture right

Caption: Icons of the new counter-culture. Picture: Brett R. Smith.

In 1972, Will Eisner, renowned for pioneering the “graphic novel” comic book format, and for his iconic detective hero, the Spirit, parodied the “Underground Comix” movement. As the Spirit busts down the door of a hippy underground comix studio, almost hidden in the corner is a prescient detail: one of the brutish hippies scrawls, “I have just discovered a horrible thing – we are the Establishment!”

Which begs the question: if the hippy left-wing became the Establishment, what is the new counter-culture?

Lisa De Pasquale first coined the phrase “political punk rock” in early 2015. Others, like Steve Sailer and Paul Joseph Watson, have since drawn the same conclusion: when the left are the establishment, by definition the right are the counter-culture. Hillary is stuffed-shirt Washington establishment, Trump is the brash, upstart punk iconoclast taking delight in offending the old fogeys: “loud, abrasive, hostile, white, back to basics, and fun”.

YouTube and Twitter are determined to be the Perry Como-playing, whitebread squares of the new Establishment, but, just as they did in ‘77, a generation of snotty upstarts are storming the safe spaces with a refreshing wave of political Blitzkrieg Bop. Quote:

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Who is Lushington D. Brady?

Well, a pseudonym. Obviously.

But the name Lushington Dalrymple Brady has been chosen carefully. Not only for the sum of its overall mien of seedy gentility, reminiscent perhaps of a slightly disreputable gentlemen of letters, but also for its parts, each of which borrows from the name of a Vandemonian of more-or-less fame (or notoriety) who represents some admirable quality which will hopefully animate the persona of Lushington D. Brady.

To read my previous articles click on my name in blue.

It’s so sleazy being Green

In Kubrick’s classic black comedy, Dr. Strangelove, General Jack D. Ripper frets that fluoridation is a Communist plot. Ripper is insane of course, but it certainly sometimes seems as if the Marxist parties are putting something in their own drinking water. How else to explain the endless cavalcade of rape and sexual abuse in their ranks?

Back in the 70s, the leader of the Worker’s Revolutionary Party, Gerry Healy, was notorious as a serial rapist. His secretary listed 26 victims of his thuggish urges. More recently, the Socialist Worker’s Party was rocked by allegations of sexual harassment and rape.

Then there are the Australian Greens. Pious hypocrisy is the Greens’ trademark. The party calls for more transparency, but its own general meetings are obsessively secretive. The Greens also call for clampdowns on donations, even as they trouser the largest donations in Australian political history.

But, when it comes to covering up sexual shenanigans, the holier-than-thou Greens are in a grubby league of their own.

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Who is Lushington D. Brady?

Well, a pseudonym. Obviously.

But the name Lushington Dalrymple Brady has been chosen carefully. Not only for the sum of its overall mien of seedy gentility, reminiscent perhaps of a slightly disreputable gentlemen of letters, but also for its parts, each of which borrows from the name of a Vandemonian of more-or-less fame (or notoriety) who represents some admirable quality which will hopefully animate the persona of Lushington D. Brady.

To read my previous articles click on my name in blue.

We are entitled to decide who comes here

One of the primary functions of a state is to maintain the security of its citizens. Naturally, a state cannot guarantee the security of its citizens, but it must take reasonable steps, or it has failed in its responsibility. A state which willfully ignores obvious threats is even more derelict in its responsibility. Quote:

Sir Harry Gibbs’ advice was succinct: ‘…a state is entitled to prevent the immigration of persons whose culture is such that they are unlikely readily to integrate…’ That counsel was ignored and, once again, Allah’s will has been inflicted on a society whose misguided generosity opened the gates.

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Who is Lushington D. Brady?

Well, a pseudonym. Obviously.

But the name Lushington Dalrymple Brady has been chosen carefully. Not only for the sum of its overall mien of seedy gentility, reminiscent perhaps of a slightly disreputable gentlemen of letters, but also for its parts, each of which borrows from the name of a Vandemonian of more-or-less fame (or notoriety) who represents some admirable quality which will hopefully animate the persona of Lushington D. Brady.

To read my previous articles click on my name in blue.

Burying the truth with garbage

Theodore Dalrymple once wrote, of a piece by Marxist Jurgen Habermas defending the EU, that it was “every bit as stilted as the thought behind it, as if almost every sentence concealed a guilty secret”.

Language is the expression of thought; as Orwell wrote, politicians endeavour to control language in order to control thought. At its worst, Political Correctness for instance, language “is engineered to remove even the possibility of rebellious thoughts”. Quote:

Contrast two statements, which I saw in the Daily Telegraph last Friday. The first is by Luke Foley. “The allegations against me today made public by the ABC are false.” The second is by Scott Morrison. “The alleged behaviour of Mr Foley is very, very shocking and concerning.” For obvious reasons I do not want to comment on what did or did not happen between Foley and Ashleigh Raper…

Foley’s reported comment above is fine in respect of the English language. Morrison’s is not. What exactly is he saying?…An allegation is just that. And if any allegation proves to be untrue then perforce however shocking is the alleged offence, it is not shocking at all because it never happened…

A second example is an article I read by Sharri Markson, also in the Daily Telegraph. She starts out this way. “As a politician Luke Foley counted on a woman’s silence and timidity – regardless of the truth or falsity of his accusers claims.” I ask, quite honestly, what does this mean? How did it ever get past a subeditor? End of quote.

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Who is Lushington D. Brady?

Well, a pseudonym. Obviously.

But the name Lushington Dalrymple Brady has been chosen carefully. Not only for the sum of its overall mien of seedy gentility, reminiscent perhaps of a slightly disreputable gentlemen of letters, but also for its parts, each of which borrows from the name of a Vandemonian of more-or-less fame (or notoriety) who represents some admirable quality which will hopefully animate the persona of Lushington D. Brady.

To read my previous articles click on my name in blue.

Where the sheiks take no blame

Caption: A Muslim community leader responds to tomorrow’s Islamic terror attack.

A tiny minority of Australians – and almost none living – were complicit in the so-called “Stolen Generations”, black or white. Hardly any Australians were responsible for institutional child sex abuse. Yet the Australian community offered public apologies and restorative justice for those heinous crimes. The Senegalese complicit in the Transatlantic Slave Trade have been dust for generations, yet that nation offered an apology for their wrongdoing.

On the other hand, no matter how many enormities are committed by members of the Islamic community, that community refuses to express even the slightest contrition. Indeed, Islamic representatives steadfastly deny any connection at all between Islamic terrorists and the Islamic community.

Instead, outrage, indignation and blame-shifting are their default responses. The latest Islamic terror atrocity is no different. Quote:

The spiritual leader of the Islamic youth centre where Bourke Street terrorist Hassan Khalif Shire Ali ­attended prayer sessions has ­accused Scott Morrison of making the Muslim community a scapegoat to distract from the failure of police and intelligence services to prevent Friday’s attack. End of quote.

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Who is Lushington D. Brady?

Well, a pseudonym. Obviously.

But the name Lushington Dalrymple Brady has been chosen carefully. Not only for the sum of its overall mien of seedy gentility, reminiscent perhaps of a slightly disreputable gentlemen of letters, but also for its parts, each of which borrows from the name of a Vandemonian of more-or-less fame (or notoriety) who represents some admirable quality which will hopefully animate the persona of Lushington D. Brady.

To read my previous articles click on my name in blue.

Totally not-racist black woman slams ‘chinks’

The left are perhaps the least likely people to learn from their mistakes. Of course, almost no one likes to admit they’re wrong, but the left are too often unshakably obdurate. When caught out, rather than admit that they are wrong, for instance, they simply shift definitions and then pretend that they were right all along.

A classic case in point is racism. “Racism”, mostly imaginary, is the left’s great cause célèbre – largely because they’ve got nothing else left. To desperately cling to their thin moral veneer of supposed “anti-racism”, the left invented the bogus paradigm of “intersectionality”. One of the central tenets of intersectionality is that black people cannot ever be racist.

Which is just as well, because sometimes, some black people say things that sound awfully like unabashed racism. Quote:

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Who is Lushington D. Brady?

Well, a pseudonym. Obviously.

But the name Lushington Dalrymple Brady has been chosen carefully. Not only for the sum of its overall mien of seedy gentility, reminiscent perhaps of a slightly disreputable gentlemen of letters, but also for its parts, each of which borrows from the name of a Vandemonian of more-or-less fame (or notoriety) who represents some admirable quality which will hopefully animate the persona of Lushington D. Brady.

To read my previous articles click on my name in blue.

Straight shooting vs ducking and weaving

Caption: “Terrorism”? I prefer to think of it as “Non-Threatening Religious Enthusiasm”.

In the wake of the Islamic terror atrocity du jour, the biggest challenge for the Islamic community and their appeasers always seems to be how to control the narrative.

Forget about tackling extremism. Forget about apologising for the constant stream of violence from within their ranks. What really frets the Islamophile wing is: how can we make this about US?

Unlike the procession of mealy-mouthed apologists we’ve been cursed with for years, Prime Minister Scott Morrison was refreshingly blunt: Quote:

“Here in Australia, we would be kidding ourselves if we did not call out the fact that the greatest threat of religious extremism in this country is the radical and dangerous ideology of extremist Islam,” Mr Morrision said. End of quote.

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Who is Lushington D. Brady?

Well, a pseudonym. Obviously.

But the name Lushington Dalrymple Brady has been chosen carefully. Not only for the sum of its overall mien of seedy gentility, reminiscent perhaps of a slightly disreputable gentlemen of letters, but also for its parts, each of which borrows from the name of a Vandemonian of more-or-less fame (or notoriety) who represents some admirable quality which will hopefully animate the persona of Lushington D. Brady.

To read my previous articles click on my name in blue.

He’s not crazy, just a very Islamic boy

Caption: Nope, no connections to terrorism at all. Picture: The Australian.

When trying to distract the public from noticing that there just might be a connection between next week’s terror attack and the Islamic faith, the Islamophile media-political complex invariably resort to a number of tried’n’true strategies of mendacity.

There’s the classics, of course: “Nothing To Do With Islam™”, “Lone wolf”, and “But what about the Crusades?!”. Then again, nothing confers an air of smug superiority than pontificating that, “More people die from (insert irrelevant cause of death) than terrorism”.

But, when in doubt, just fall back on the golden oldies. Sure enough, within a day, Islamic supremacists and appeasers were trotting out everyone’s favourite: “mental illness”. Quote:

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Who is Lushington D. Brady?

Well, a pseudonym. Obviously.

But the name Lushington Dalrymple Brady has been chosen carefully. Not only for the sum of its overall mien of seedy gentility, reminiscent perhaps of a slightly disreputable gentlemen of letters, but also for its parts, each of which borrows from the name of a Vandemonian of more-or-less fame (or notoriety) who represents some admirable quality which will hopefully animate the persona of Lushington D. Brady.

To read my previous articles click on my name in blue.