Trump’s press secretary evicted from restaurant


Sarah Huckabee Sanders, President Trump’s Press Secretary, was asked to leave a restaurant in Lexington, Virginia on Friday evening. She wasn’t drunk, rude, unruly or agitated. The problem, it seems, is that she was there. This article is from The Washington Post, and is written with a sympathetic view towards the restaurant owner. Quote:

Stephanie Wilkinson was at home on Friday evening – nearly 200 miles (322km) from the US White House – when the choice presented itself.

Her phone rang about 8pm. It was the chef at the Red Hen, the tiny farm-to-table restaurant that she co-owned just off Main Street in Lexington, Virginia.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders had just walked in and sat down, the chef informed her.

“He said the staff is a little concerned. What should we do?”

She knew Lexington, population 7000, had voted overwhelmingly against Trump in a county that voted overwhelmingly for him. She knew the community was deeply divided over such issues as Confederate flags. She knew, she said, that her restaurant and its half-dozen servers and cooks had managed to stay in business for 10 years by keeping politics off the menu. End quote.

The smart thing to do would have been to keep it off the menu. But no. Quote:

They stepped outside, into another small enclosure, but at least out of the crowded restaurant.

“I was babbling a little, but I got my point across in a polite and direct fashion,” Wilkinson said. “I explained that the restaurant has certain standards that I feel it has to uphold, such as honesty, and compassion, and cooperation.

“I said, ‘I’d like to ask you to leave.’ “

Sanders’ response was immediate, Wilkinson said: “‘That’s fine. I’ll go.’ “

Sanders went back to the table, picked up her things and walked out. The others at her table had been welcome to stay, Wilkinson said. But they didn’t, so the servers cleared away the cheese boards. End quote.

Read more »

Listen to this post:

Daily sudoku

This is Subscriber Content.

You can access subscriber content, including crosswords, sudoku, polling, commentary and podcasts by subscribing to one of our membership packages.

Listen to this post:

Whaleoil wisdom

Memes mercilessly mock media

What has happened this week with the Time magazine cover is one of the reasons why the European Union is trying to ban memes by censoring the internet. Quote:

A new EU law could change the online world forever by effectively banning memes, remixes and other content which incorporates copyrighted material. The rules are contained in Article 13 of the Copyright Directive and are controversial because they demand platforms ‘take measures to ensure the functioning of agreements concluded with rights-holders for the use of their works’, meaning that large-scale censorship would be the only way of enforcing the law.

[…] You might think this law would be impossible to police, but in fact, it could be relatively easy. All platforms like Facebook or YouTube need to do is automatically scan all uploaded content to see if it breaks copyright law or contains banned hate speech – and then pull it down. End of quote.

We use memes on Whaleoil and mock political figures and issues using photoshop. Political cartoonists have been doing that job for over a hundred years. Now, thanks to social media and the internet, one person’s meme can go worldwide in a matter of minutes.

Read more »

Listen to this post:

Map of the day

Source – The Matador Network

The most common jobs held by immigrants in the USA

Moving to another country  is not for the faint heart’ed. You will be, and always will be, a foreigner in your new country, irrespective of residence status.  Language and cultural barriers will only escalate the situation. Some have little choice but to start at the bottom of the food chain again. Having once gracefully managed the front of house as the head maitre d’, you now humbly wash dishes at a doughnut joint. ‘Tis the story of the brave immigrant!

Guys, don’t lose control of your sperm

Watch out guys, your swimmers are not safe! Even after you have died, they can be harvested and used to conceive a child, whether you want that or not. Quote:

A woman in Queensland, Australia, has won the right to use her dead boyfriend’s sperm to have children.

Brisbane Supreme Court justice Sue Brown handed down her landmark decision on Wednesday.

She determined Ayla Cresswell should be able to use Joshua Davies’ reproductive tissue but said it was up to the particular medical clinic to decide if it was satisfied to go ahead with the procedure.  End of quote.

Really? A medical clinic is that entity that gets the make the final decision on this?  Quote.

The decision will set a legal precedent in Queensland for women seeking to use the sperm of their late partners to have children.

It is currently illegal in Queensland to take, store, transport and use in IVF a man’s sperm, without his written consent.  End of quote.

As it should be.  What sort of a world are we living in when we can take a man’s sperm and create a child that is half his when he has absolutely no say in whether it happens or not.  Quote

Read more »

Listen to this post:

Let’s fix this

Let’s fix this

‘Let’s fix this’ is the Whaleoil alternative to numerous government working groups. Who needs expensive consultants with expense accounts when you can throw the problem to the Whaleoil readership and come up with multiple solutions quickly and easily.

Today we will attempt to answer the following questions:

  1. If we want to keep all but the violent out of prisons then it must be asked what punishment should be given for other offences. How should we deal with shoplifters?
  2. Do we shame and name?
  3. Should any amends be made in full public view?

Leftie babies

Too Right!

A regular column by John Black

Whaleoilers, being people of taste and discernment, will seldom have loitered at the Spinoff, a website devoted to the concerns of millennials – reality TV and naive politics. Purely in the interests of remaining outside any bubble of bias, I have a daily wade through the ‘Heart Break Island’ reports and articles about transgender models in a grim search for something worthwhile. Last week I hit rare pay dirt – an article that managed to sum up everything I despise about the modern Left in under a thousand words.

The topic: kid’s been detained at the US border, the author: Golriz Ghahraman, the Green MP.

Dozens of children sit inside a wire cage at a detention center in Arizona in 2014 after being locked up by the Obama administration

Let’s start with the title. “Will New Zealand stand silent while Trump’s America tortures children?’” Really paints a picture doesn’t it? The Don down on his knees applying electrodes to toddler temples, pliers to toddler toenails. Nowhere in the article does she explain how detaining children (as unfortunate as it is) deserves the descriptor ‘torture’. So why use it?

It is because comrade Ghahraman is following the first rule in the playbook of the modern Left– the constant prejudicing of emotion over reason. Why mount a reasoned argument to sway the reader when you can conjure the image of Trump waterboarding whippersnappers to do your work for you?

Read more »

Listen to this post:

View from your window

Where do you think today’s photo was taken?

VFYW: Whaleoil


Read more »

I suspect media bosses get a lot of emails like this one

A former Fairfax subscriber tells a media boss exactly what they think:

Subject: Cancelled subscription
Date: Wed, 20 Jun 2018 16:25:43 +1200
To: Victoria Guild <[email protected]>

Hello Victoria

I confess it’s  with considerable relief that  I’ve now cancelled  my subscription to the Nelson Mail.

It’s taken me a very long time to do this (and I still must follow up my complaint to the Press Council), but I felt at this stage that I had little choice.

It’s a shame to see how basically third-rate, non-objective and biased this newspaper has become – as have all in the Stuff stable, I understand,  from feedback all over the country.

Read more »

Listen to this post: