Tag Archives: australia

Christine O’Dainundah

She’s twenty-seven years old, full of enthusiasm, and standing for hate crimes against halal. She’s Delaware’s Brisbane’s pert and perky bigot, Stephanie Banister.

”I don’t oppose Islam as a country, umm, but I do feel that their laws should not be welcome here in Australia,” Ms Banister said in the one-on-one interview in her Queensland backyard.

The mother-of-two’s attack on Islam began with a claim that 2 per cent of Australians ”follow haram”.

Which is tantamount to saying that Christians “follow sin.” Or that Buddhists “follow darkness.” Her pamphlet on the Musselmen had lots of filthy words, but it didn’t have a glossary.

She also advocates a ban on halal food but said similar dietary guidelines for followers of Judaism, known as kosher, were permissible because ”Jews follow Jesus Christ”.

”Jews aren’t under haram, they have their own religion which follows Jesus Christ,” she said. ”They don’t have a tax on [kosher], they’ve just got a certain way of making it where haram has a tax on the food.”

In fact, kosher food has a small fee too. And Judaism rejects Jesus Christ.

But not in any bad way, like blowing up Pope Frances. Which would be haram.


Rape by Catholic priests and suicides of their victims in Australia

These are the sorts of truths you don’t even want to write about. These are the stories you take in, you put your head in your hands, and you want to forget you ever heard them.

And I might just pass on all of it, the Catholic church’s child sex abuse scandal being so planet-encompassing and seemingly unending. But for the damningly black-hearted carelessness of the Ballarat Bishop, Peter Connors, I might have. But I can hardly tell you how angry I got reading his careless opinions. This is a person too irresponsible to have ever been properly put in charge of anything.

This is the latest reminder that the Catholic church hasn’t come close to realizing what, perhaps for centuries, it had become: a cabal that conspired to molest and rape children. It is only now — now that they can no longer get away with it — that they’re pretending to give a damn about addressing the crimes they’ve perpetrated.

Infuriatingly, in this case, pretending is all they’re prepared to do:

Church sex abuse inquiry ‘not needed’
Kellee Nolan | Herald Sun | August 3, 2011

An inquiry into suicides among victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and brothers in Victoria would achieve little, a Catholic bishop says.

Police investigating the case of convicted pedophile Brother Robert Best believe at least 26 victims of sexual abuse at schools in which he taught have committed suicide.

So, let us get this straight: 26 dead bodies, but no wider investigation? And you’re not stonewalling anything, Bishop? If 26 nuns had been raped and later killed themselves, wouldn’t you want to know how such an immense tragedy came to be?

“I don’t think they’ll learn very much more … I’m convinced we’ve done the best we can in more recent years.”

Best, who taught at schools throughout Victoria, including Ballarat, will be sentenced on Monday after pleading guilty to 27 charges of abusing 11 boys between 1969 and 1988.

. . and that’s the end of the story? That’s the beginning, Bishop Connors. How is it Best managed to get away with it for so long? Who else knew about it? Somebody knew about it, that’s guaranteed. When kids were killing themselves, no one thought twice about it?

But Bishop Connors on Tuesday said not even revelations from Detective Sergeant Kevin Carson that 26 young men had killed themselves after being abused by priests and brothers in Ballarat convinced him that more would be learnt from an inquiry.

“I think we’ve learnt a lot of things about what is appropriate behaviour and what’s not appropriate behaviour,” Bishop Connors said.

“I think people are very well informed nowadays as to what’s inappropriate approaches from a male.”

What the FUCK does THAT mean? This Connors guy might be the single most ill-equipped individual to deal with these horrific issues. Sadly, one of Best’s fellow pedophiles (there were more, of course) would be better suited to respond with a mote’s bit of compassion.

While conceding the abuse of children was wrong, he said that in the past it had not always been clear to everyone what was appropriate and inappropriate behaviour.

“In the past a lot of ignorance was there on the part of lots of people. Parents didn’t understand, sometimes bishops didn’t understand. We have no excuse now.”

It’s like the darkest bit of sketch comedy ever staged. Except it keeps going on and on.

Among the charges laid against Best in Victoria’s County Court last month were details of him raping a nine-year-old boy in his office.

The court heard that after Best raped him, the boy thought he was going to die and blacked out.

Bishop Connors said in the past 14 years he had spoken to more than 30 victims of [convicted child molester Father Gerald] Ridsdale and other priests in the Ballarat diocese.

But he said none had told him they were also abused by Best.

“I can’t remember them saying they were victims of Brother Best as well,” he said.

The bishop said he had no reason to meet Best’s victims “because he being a Christian Brother, I’m not responsible for him.”

Unbelievable. Just unbelievable.


Florida’s ‘tough’ Arizona-style anti-immigrant proposal legally exempts almost all White people from the law

So, if you’re a blogger, and you wanted to double-check if some racist Republicans in Florida just wrote a law meant to precisely attack a very general group of people — non-Whites — by constructing an even more twisted version of Arizona’s anti-immigrant law, how would you go about doing that?

Well, you might go straight to the legendary, premiere White supremacy website on the planet, Stormfront.org, and you might ask: “On planet Earth, who are the White people?” And (just trust me) they will tell you: “That would be European Christendom and their obvious descendants.” [note: that is a hilariously long thread, what with everybody being an expert on the genetics and ancestry of every group of peoples ever in existence]

So then you’d probably say to yourself: “So, White folks would roughly be the Europeans, Americans, Canadians and, err, Australians?

Florida’s Arizona-Style Immigration Bill Would Give Canadians, Europeans a Free Pass
By Tim Elfrink, Mon., Oct. 18 2010 | Miami New Times

Florida state Rep. William Snyder, the slow-drawling ex-Miami-Dade Police officer who has drafted Tallahassee’s version of the hotly debated Arizona immigration bill, is adamant that his law would not lead to racial profiling.

“Race, ethnicity, and national origin cannot be used in making arrests. It’s immoral, illegal, and unconstitutional,” he said in a recent radio interview.

Well, then roll the bill in gator crap and call it all of that:

So why does his bill explicitly offer a free pass to Canadians and Western Europeans, who need only show a passport to be “presumed to be legally in the United States”? . .

Even if an officer has “reasonable suspicions” over a person’s immigration status, the bill says, a person will be “presumed to be legally in the United States” if he or she provides “a Canadian passport” or a passport from any “visa waiver country.”

Yes, why does this ‘tough’ bill allow all those White people off the hook? Is it because they’re . . White?

“What we’re doing there is trying to be sensitive to Canadians. We have an enormous amount of… Canadians wintering here in Florida,” he said. “That language is comfort language.”

I call bull. With respect to the 36 visa waiver countries, their citizens are normally allowed to stay up to 90 days in the U.S. But they are not allowed to hold jobs or to overstay the period.

Nonetheless, if a Florida law enforcement officer pulls over a heavily-accented Estonian Fed Ex truck driver and, in compliance with the law, asks him for his papers (c’mon, just play along), once the trucker pulls out a valid passport, he’s off the hook. Even though he’s employed by a trucking company and therefore residing illegally. Even though he may have been here for years. Florida’s law says ‘we don’t care.’

Convenient, huh? Clearly, the law was written to give cops every excuse never to bother with bothering White people in Florida, which is pretty much the only way anyone important would ever get pissed off enough to complain.

Btw, who are America’s visa waiver countries? Here:

. . with a couple of exceptions, it’s Europe. And, of course, Australia.


U.S. patriots issue Conservative Principles of Soccer Chart for cheering World Bee Ruckus: CONGRATS AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND AND SWITZERLAND!

It’s about time Conservatives made it clear whom they were rooting for, ruckus-wise.

Coming around only once every four years, it’s the world’s greatest stinging hornets and swarming insects poetry jam in centuries, if not more. Bzzz. There’s also a bizarre Soccer Kabuki Montage playing out in the background, to no one’s entertainment.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010
The Apathetic but Freedom-Loving American’s Guide to the World Cup
Posted by: Kevin Glass at 1:54 PM

u.s.-mens-national-soccer-teamDo you not particularly care about soccer other than global geopolitics? Upset with others acting morally superior over you for not paying attention to the “beautiful game” of “football?” Fear not! I’ve got just the compromise for you.

Just root for the team from the country ranked higher in the Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom!

What A Douchenozzy Idea. Hopefully America will come in dead last, and then you can lecture/console us because you will have made it possible and patriotic to root against ourselves! I like this, and I like you!

. . between Spain and Switzerland, you can just look up which country loves freedom more! (Answer: Switzerland. And they won, in a stunning upset and a victory for freedom everywhere.)


Here are the World Cup teams ranked in the top 10 most free, in order: Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, United States, Denmark, Chile.


Chin up, freedom-lovers. At least now, if you want to pretend to care about the World Cup, you can rationalize it.

This afternoon’s match is South Africa (freedom rank: 72) vs. Uruguay (freedom rank: 33). Now you know who to cheer for!



My GUIDE dog would love some of your vegetable quiche, thank you

“Naoh dohgs, Sheila.”

‘It’s a guide dog.’

“A GAY dohg? OI!

‘Gay dog’ refused entry to Australian restaurant

SYDNEY — An Australian restaurant that refused a blind man entry because a waiter thought his seeing-eye dog was “gay” has been ordered to apologise and pay compensation.

gay-dog_goldbergIan Jolly was told he could not take guide dog Nudge into Adelaide’s Thai Spice last May because a member of staff objected, The Sunday Mail reported.

The restaurant’s owners said a misunderstanding had arisen between Jolly’s female companion and a waiter who understood the woman “to be saying she wanted to bring a gay dog into the restaurant”.

“The staff genuinely believed that Nudge was an ordinary pet dog which had been desexed to become a gay dog,” the owners said in a statement to South Australia’s Equal Opportunity Tribunal.

The tribunal on Friday ordered the restaurant to pay Jolly 1,500 dollars (1,400 US) and offer him a written apology for discriminating against him on the grounds of disability.

gay dogThe restaurant, which displays a “guide dogs welcome” sign, refused to comment to the newspaper and was unavailable to respond on Sunday.

Jolly told the Sunday Mail he was happy with the result.

“I just want to be like everybody else and be able to go out for dinner, to be left alone and just enjoy a meal,” he said.