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Islam doesn’t need a Reformation, it needs to reform

Islam is internally resistant to reform. Misleading polemics don’t help.

Mehdi Hasan is a presenter for Al Jazeera and wrote this piece for The Guardian. If that gets your bullshit detectors twitching, it should. In this curious article, Hasan actually says a lot of interesting things. Unfortunately, in doing so he also subtly deflects attention from the real issue: the desperate need for Islam to change.

Islam doesn’t need a Reformation, but it does need to be reformed. The question is, whether it even can be. These are all issues Hasan skillfully avoids, as he plays his clever rhetorical pea-and-shells game. 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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Melbourne is not the Congo

Caption: Facts are hate-speech.

When psychiatrist Bettina Arndt spoke at Melbourne’s La Trobe university, to debunk the conventional wisdom of a ‘rape crisis’ on Australian campuses, the reaction was immediate and furious.

First, administrators tried to ban the event altogether. When it finally did go ahead, brain-dead student protesters, from the Victorian Socialists naturally, repeatedly tried to disrupt the talk but refused to engage in any dialogue.

Probably because they know that their position is simply wrong: There is no ‘rape crisis’ on Australian campuses, nor does a ‘rape culture’ exist in mainstream Australian society. 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.

Burning the boss’ money on bonfires of political vanity

Caption: The smirk you wear when you’re flushing someone else’s money down the toilet of left-wing groupthink.

In a key early scene in Citizen Kane, Kane’s guardian frets that his ward’s recently-acquired newspaper is fast losing money. The ebullient Kane retorts, “You know, Mr. Thatcher, at the rate of a million dollars a year, I’ll have to close this place in… 60 years”.

But Kane is backed by a literal gold-mine. He can afford to lose money on a newspaper vanity project. Modern media companies have no such luxury. They certainly can’t afford to sink money into soapboxes for moralising elitists hardly anyone pays attention to. Quote:

The Project sinks in the ratings to just 312,000 viewers… as Nine’s The Block continues to smash the million mark.

Channel Ten’s network audience share has noticeably dropped since January, according to OzTAM figures.

And the CBS-owned broadcaster flopped in the ratings on Sunday, with The Project attracting just 312,000 viewers across the five major cities. 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.

Vote 1: Rockspider?

Caption: Beauty may be skin-deep, but creepy runs all the way through.

I recently described the disturbing push to normalise paedophilia that is re-emerging in the festering corners of the left. But, just to prove that there is no rock these spiders won’t crawl out from, along comes Nathan Larson. Quote:

WUSA9.com ran this headline on June 1: “Candidate for Congress wants to legalize incest.” Yes, “Nathan Larson, an accountant who lives in Fauquier County [VA], thinks it’s okay for adults to have sex with children. A survivor of child sex abuse says Larson is a predator who should be locked up — not elected to high office.”

A widely-shared article from May 31 on the Huffington Post carried this headline: “Congressional Candidate In Virginia Admits He’s A Pedophile.”

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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.

‘Liberal’ bias is killing science

Caption: Political hacks who masquerade as “scientists” are ruining the good name of science.

John Stuart Mill, one of the founders of liberalism — actual liberalism, as opposed to the leftist authoritarianism which passes for “liberalism” today — was unequivocal about the importance of intellectual diversity.

In his classic On Liberty, Mill wrote that “it is only the cultivation of individuality which produces, or can produce, well developed human beings”. As Mill argued, those who are only ever exposed to one idea never have the opportunity to learn whether or not they might be mistaken.

Modern “liberals” have no truck with such rubbish. As much as they worship at the altar of “diversity”, “liberals” cannot bear diversity of thought. Quote:

A University of North Texas professor is warning fellow academics that a lack of conservative scholars is undermining the accuracy and integrity of scientific research.

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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.

Orbán: Giving the middle-finger to Brussels

Caption: Say what you will, the man has good taste in literature.

Populism: A popular opinion not approved by the elite.

Victor Orbán, like him or not, is an extraordinarily popular leader. He seems especially popular with the working classes of his nation. Naturally, the elites in Brussels hate him. Quote:

Hungary’s populist Prime Minister Viktor Orbán delivered a fiery speech in the European Parliament in Strasbourg in which he claimed his country was being condemned for choosing not to be a “country of migrants”, as he conceded that the European parliament was set to trigger the EU’s most serious sanction against his government.

Arriving late to the debate in the chamber in Strasbourg on Tuesday on the country’s courts, treatment of its Roma community and media and academic freedoms, Orbán told MEPs that the parliament was “insulting” his nation. 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.

Pauline does ’em again

Photoshopped image credit: Lushington

“Troll” is one of the most abused terms on the internet. Even more than ‘far right’.

Too often, trolling is confused with flaming: the act of abusive internet bullying. Trolling, on the other hand, is a kind of pranksterism with a mission: purposefully exposing ignorance, hypocrisy and groupthink by making deliberately provocative statements.

Donald Trump is one of the world’s great trolls. He makes easy meat of the Trump-deranged left, baiting them into making gibbering fools of themselves.

Pauline Hanson is fast becoming a troll to rival the Donald.

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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.

The tart is a lowly hunter

Caption: Harpies of a feather flock together. Photo by IPA/REX/Shutterstock

As used as they are to living in a bubble of exclusivity that would make the Ancien Régime Sun Kings of Versailles weep with envy, the cluelessness of the Hollywood elite is still astonishing. These hyper-privileged morons actually seemed to imagine that admitting that their walled gardens are rife with rape and paedophilia somehow strengthened their moral superiority.

It’s as if a priest buggered a choirboy in front of the congregation while sermonising his actions as a moral lesson to the sinners in the pews.

The overpaid and overpraised ninnies of Hollywood openly confess to being the moral dregs of humanity, all the while lecturing we hoi polloi just how awful we are. The most hypocritical offenders are the “MeToo” harridans. 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.

Fruit spiking scare affects NZ consumers

Caption: Tonnes of ripe strawberries dumped at Queensland’s Donnybrook Farms.

The effects of the fruit-spiking crisis that is devastating Australian growers have spread across the Tasman, as Newsie reports. Quote:

Foodstuffs has halted the distribution of Australian strawberries after sewing needles were found inside the fruit sold in supermarkets across the Tasman.

Sewing needles have been found in punnets of strawberries purchased in five states or territories – the latest in Tasmania.

Australian police believe a disgruntled farm worker is to blame for the cases in Queensland, but said copycats may be responsible in other states.

Foodstuffs said it was confident there was no product in its stores that have been affected by the Australian action.

But the company said for added reassurance it elected to halt distribution of Australian strawberries. The decision was made yesterday. End of quote.

In Australia, the issue has snowballed in the days since the first case of spiking was reported recently. 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.

Everything about sharia is wrong

Many Muslims – that’s the Islamic State “tahwid” sign they’re making, by the way – are perfectly aware that sharia is incompatible with British law. Even Guardian writers occasionally admit it.

Brace yourselves, people: this was actually published in The Guardian.

I read the Grauniad so you don’t have to, but sometimes, it’s actually worth it for more than comedic fodder. This is one of those rare moments. Quote:

The recent global day against the imminent stoning of Sakine Mohammadi-Ashtiani in Iran for adultery is an example of the outrage sparked by the brutality associated with sharia law’s penal code. 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.