Remembering Charlie Hebdo

3 years ago today was quite possibly the day that summed up to a tee, just how far Religious Extremists would go to further their ridiculous agenda.

“On 7 January 2015 at about 11:30 local time, two brothers, Saïd and Chérif Kouachi, forced their way into the offices of the French satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris. Armed with rifles and other weapons, they killed 12 people and injured 11 others. The gunmen identified themselves as belonging to the Islamist terrorist group Al-Qaeda’s branch in Yemen, which took responsibility for the attack. Several related attacks followed in the Île-de-France region, on 7-8 January 2015. On 9 January 2015 was the Hypercacher Kosher Supermarket siege, where a terrorist murdered four Jewish hostages and held fifteen other hostages.”

Sourced  from Wikipedia

I think back to that day and remember how, for just one day, everyone in the Western World seemed to be on the same page. Political lines were erased; there were no “Left v  Right” arguements, no “SJW v anti-SJW” debates. The only thing that seemed to matter was that EVERYBODY knew that this was indefensible, and barely ANYBODY was trying to excuse the actions of these animals.

Free Speech was important and neccessary, including the right to ridicule Religion without consequence.

The sad thing was, it didn’t last long.

A week after the massacre, according to a report in The Telegraph (link here) the Journal du Dimanche newspaper in France ran a poll that showed that 4 in every 10 people polled thought that Charlie Hebdo had gone too far by publishing the cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.

4 in 10. Let that sink in for a moment.

Though I believe in God, I’m not a huge fan of organised religion. Put simply, I think it causes more problems than it solves. However, I DO believe in respecting the fact that people have strong beliefs and that when those beliefs are challenged or openly ridiculed, that those people will either defend them or ignore them. Do you believe every word of the Bible, the Quran or the Torah? All power to you; just don’t try and shove it down my throat and don’t try to hold me to the same moral standards as yourself.

Defending your religious beliefs through discussion and debate is one thing. Slaughtering people because they drew a cartoon of your Prophet is not a reasoned reaction.

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Yet still to this day, people insist that Charlie Hebdo should not have published the cartoons. To me, that says everything about the mindset of the “Left” and the “Woke” of us in western society; ready and willing to mock Christianity for being out-dated and archaic, yet among the first to defend any kind of insult to Islam. Ask someone who thinks that the cartoons shouldn’t have been published, about the violence that followed and you’ll get a half-baked response consisting of “but it’s mocking their religion” and “they shouldn’t have killed them but…”

It reeks of cowardice and the inability to be able to say anything negative about religious extremism.

It also has a more chilling undertone to it:

It’s justifying the outcome.

Are we so cowed and afraid to stand up to religious extremists that we’re willing to gloss over violence and slaughter? Have we really digressed to the point where we can’t even poke fun at the things that seem to some as beyond credible?

You need look no further than the likes of Justin Trudeau and Angela Merkel for an answer to those questions.

Free speech is the very foundation upon which any society should be built. It allows us to develop and progress; to express ourselves fully and bring popular AND unpopular ideas to the forefront of human discussion. It is essential for the progression of our population, as without it, we are surely doomed to die out as a species.

If you can mock one religion, then you can mock them all.

WITH NO EXCEPTIONS.

You don’t have to like it. But you DO have to accept it.

At this moment, 3 years after the fact, I feel that as a society we can no longer say:

“Je suis Charlie”

But hopefully, with a little backbone, we can throw off the blanket of cowardice and fear and once again claim the right to be able to say:

“Nous sommes Charlie”.

 

RANT OVER

“Beware the irrational, however seductive. Shun the ‘transcendent’ and all who invite you to subordinate or annihilate yourself. Distrust compassion; prefer dignity for yourself and others. Don’t be afraid to be thought arrogant or selfish. Picture all experts as if they were mammals. Never be a spectator of unfairness or stupidity. Seek out argument and disputation for their own sake; the grave will supply plenty of time for silence. Suspect your own motives, and all excuses. Do not live for others any more than you would expect others to live for you.”
Christopher Hitchens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Leave the Kids out of it

Ok, I’m going to be the one who says it.

This is just plain wrong.

Go for it.

Call me intolerant. Call me a bigot. Call me a sexist, homophobic, transphobic, gender-bashing, hate-mongering piece of shit.

I’m not any of those things. But this is going too far.

I can tell you until I’m blue in the face that I’m all for people living their lives the way that they see fit. As long as someone isn’t hurting somebody else, I don’t care. I’ll stand up and defend anyone who is being bullied because of their Race, Religion, Gender, Sexual preferences, how they want to dress or what they want to look like.

That’s every adults choice to make and I’ll defend them from persecution every time.

But this?

A 10 year old boy who likes to dress as a Drag Queen decides to start a club for other like-minded children?

This is a child.

A 10 YEAR OLD CHILD

The “Child” in question (I highlight the word Child as I honestly believe this boy has been forcefully pushed beyond the realms of childhood) is named Desmond Napoles, a 10 year old from New York (who’d have thought eh?) who is known on the internet as “Desmond is amazing”.

This is quoted from Desmond’s website:

“At age six, Desmond expressed boundless joy when he received an Elsa costume from Disney’s movie “Frozen” for Halloween. After that, he often asked for princess costumes or dresses while out shopping. Soon, he often wanted to wear his dresses outside of the home. Initially uncertain if they were making the right decision for allowing him to do so, Desmond’s parents quickly and fortunately realized that the source of their uneasiness came not from Desmond’s personal choices, but from their own misgivings about how the outside world would react. It was as simple as defeating those feelings, accepting Desmond as he is, and respecting Desmond’s own tastes and preferences.”

The part of the quote in red is where I’d like to focus my attention.

When you have children, you have to make decisions for your child; choices that children are unfit to make due to their age, life experience and understanding of complex situations and societal norms. Leave it to a child to make decisions regarding their safety and up-bringing and you’ll generally find that they eat nothing but sweets and soda, test to see if a fire really is hot and cross a busy road without paying heed to the truck barrelling towards them.

The fact that Desmond’s parents had doubts about allowing him to dress up in dresses not just inside the house but outside as well, tells me everything I need to know about the whole situation. As a parent you generally go with your gut instinct on situations you’ve never come across before; your first instinct is almost always the correct one. You can’t gamble with your child’s future, particularly if it means putting said child in the firing line of all sorts of people and scenarios that a 10 year old is not capable of fully understanding or dealing with.

Desmond’s parents have gambled and allowed their child to behave as a fully responsible adult when he clearly is not. If he wants to dress up in women’s clothes when he is old enough to understand the impact of his choices, then fine. All power to him. But he is being allowed and actively encouraged to make decisions about his life that even a teenager or an adult would struggle with, all in the hope that his parents portray to people that they are “doing the right thing” and “promoting a sense of inclusion and progressivism”.

There are easier and less harmful ways of teaching a child about inclusivity and tolerance, without the need to throw them into the pool of life and see if they swim or drown.

Children should be protected, not exploited.

The whole situation reminds me of the young child actors in the ilk of Macauley Culkin and Lindsay Lohan; pushed and encouraged into acting by their parents at incredibly young ages; unaware of the dangers and pitfalls of the life they were being pushed into, all in the name of making their parents rich.

Everybody knows what happened to these two young actors, and the dozens of child stars who were unable to cope with being prematurely promoted to adult status. I hope beyond hope that the same doesn’t happen to Desmond.

Let him be a child.

He’s 10 years old, and at 10 years old he should be worrying about nothing more than what sandwiches he has in his lunchbox, and not having to deal with the amount of ridicule and abuse that he will surely be receiving now, and in his teens from intolerant assholes in the world. It’s bad enough dealing with that as an adult, never mind as a child.

Like I said earlier: live your life the way you see fit. As long as you’re not hurting anyone else with your life choices I don’t care.

Desmond’s parents are hurting their child with their choices.

So I DO care.

 

RANT OVER

 

 

My empathy for the Chef who spiked a Vegan

As a former Chef myself, I always find it funny reading stories about Chefs who “exact revenge” on someone.

Especially when that someone is an annoying, self-entitled pain in the arse.

This story came from the RT website which you can view by clicking here.

It tells the tale of Laura Goodman; Chef at the Carlini Restaurant in Shropshire, and how she “spiked” a Vegan with a non-vegan product, and then bragged about it in a series of Facebook posts, one of which was:

“pious, judgemental Vegan has gone to bed still believing she is a Vegan”

According to Goodman, she had spent hours coming up with a Vegan menu with the alleged victim of the “spiking”, after which the same person then ordered a non-vegan meal for herself.

Extremely unnecessary if true isn’t it?

She was simply looking after the other people in her party who were obviously all hard-core Vegans, and who:

“MUST be given only the finest Vegan delicacies, and there CANNOT POSSIBLY be any non-vegan items anywhere near the food at all! I must make you aware of the fact that we are VEGAN and we are saving the World one meal at a time! We MUST be accommodated more than the average customer for the same price that everyone else pays because: WE ARE VEGANS!!!!!!”

“Oh, and I’ll have cheese on mine.”

“But cheese isn’t Vegan?”

“That’s ok, a little bit is fine.”

I know, I know. That was quite a bit of conjecture on my part, but I guarantee that’s pretty much how it would have went.

The amount of times I’ve sat down with clients who have “Dietary issues” who, instead of politely asking for their needs to be accommodated, suddenly grow a huge chip on their shoulder and start DEMANDING things that aren’t even on the Dietary menu that I have provided for them.

“But I don’t WANT that, I want THIS instead! I’m allergic to Gluten and can’t possibly have THIS menu!”

“But those are the Gluten Free options Sir/Madam” I respond (generally through gritted teeth)

To which the client will suddenly remember that they are also allergic to most of the other items on the menu, so I will absolutely HAVE to make the dish they have specified and that is NOT on the menu.

And which normally always contains an item that they earlier claimed to be “allergic” to. (For more insight into my detestation of “allergen” sufferers, see my Post: Gluten free – my arse!)

So, back to Chef Goodman. What did she actually do wrong?

According to another of her Facebook posts she claims to have “spiked a Vegan tonight…”

Her partner and Co-owner has claimed that Goodman simply “mis-spoke” and “had used a poor choice of words”.

Personally I think she was completely annoyed at the customers for messing her about and decided to vent her fury by claiming to have “spiked” them with non-vegan or vegetarian products. I think she was just trying to wind-up some Vegans on Facebook in order to “get back” at the ones who had caused her the stress at work.

Did she really spike them?

Probably not. Chefs are angry, cantankerous and easily offended, however 99% of us wouldn’t actually spike a Vegan.

We’d think about it for sure, but not actually do it.

It remains to be seen if Chef Goodman is part of the 1% however.

I think the moral of this story should be this:

Don’t make claims about “spiking” people, particularly Vegans, when you’re a Chef and own a business. It’s bad for your reputation and that of Chefs everywhere.

Also, don’t annoy a Chef. We understand you have certain dietary needs and we’ll try our best to aid in your pursuit to “save the World one plate at a time”, but stop acting like you’re the most important person ever to grace the globe with your presence.

Nobody cares about your “needs” as much as you do.

 

Well, I’m off now to eat a big, juicy cheeseburger in front of the window of the local Vegan Bistro. I know it’s childish but it’s just too hard to stop myself winding up people who don’t have the energy to chase after me…

 

RANT OVER

 

 

 

 

How to teach Sex Education the RIGHT way…

Happy New Year!

It’s only the 1st day of 2018 and already I’m ready to rant about more liberal nonsense.

Take this little beauty of an article in the Metro by Lifestyle Editor Ellen Scott entitled:

Why you should buy your teenage kids sex toys

Seriously. Go and read it and come back.

I’ll wait.

If, like me, you’re ready to snap your laptop in two, then we’ll begin.

So. The premise of this article, we are told, is not to “buy your son a Fisher Price sex-doll, or your daughter an 8 inch strap-on for her 8th birthday”.

Oh no, that would be crazy…

No, the reason for the article is as “a way to introduce your offspring to the concept of self-pleasure.”

Yes. You heard that right.

She’s suggesting that you buy sex-toys for your teenager

Ok, first of all: it’s a parents job to make sure their kids grow up healthy and safe, with enough food to eat and a roof over their head.

It’s not the job of a parent to sit down with their child and ask if they’d prefer a Pulsating Pussy or a Butt Plug.

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Generally, when it comes to discussing sex with your kids, I always find that less is more. The most that me and my parents talked about it was when I came home from school with a pocketful of condoms from Sex Education, to which my Dad warned me:

“Don’t let your sister see those!”

That was it. And the lesson I took from that is: don’t tell kids too much about adult subjects.

They’re called Adult subjects for a reason.

I know it’s the “cool” thing for parents to talk about everything with their kids now; the “no barriers” approach that single parents tend to  take in order to stay relevant to their kids. You know the ones: they’re the parents going through a mid-life crisis post-divorce who begin dressing the same as their kids and actually hanging out as friends and drinking buddies.

“Don’t go with Dad/Mam! Stay with me your Dad/Mam, I’m cool and can relate to you! I’m more like a best-friend than a parent! I’ll let you drink and snort coke with me!”

There’s just certain things that parents and kids don’t talk about in order to have a healthy relationship, and masturbation with sex toys is definitely one of them. Kids know about sex, and parents know their teens masturbate. Let’s just stay oblivious eh?

Can you imagine a single Father having to sit his daughter down and ask her if she wants a sex-toy?

He’d be in prison before he could say “but muh progressive parenting..”

So parents, the only thing I can say to those of you who might be considering offering sex-aids to your kids is: Don’t.

If you really want to help your kids when it comes to sex, do it the old-fashioned way:

Stock up the freezer with plenty of frozen Hot-dogs (a-la “Family Guy”) and occasionally replace the crusty sock that’s stashed under your son’s bed.

And then go about your business. Trust me, the kids will appreciate it more.

RANT OVER

 

 

Feminism – The Gulf between Persia and the West

Although the majority of major news networks are barely covering it, (apparently there’s a big white truck blocking CNNs view) there is an uprising happening in Iran. Women are beginning to take off their hijabs and protest the Islamic dictatorship that is choking the very freedom from it’s people; particularly its women.

You look at what is happening in Iran; from Honour Killings to the fact that women’s testimony is worth only half that of a man’s, and you quickly come to realise that women are in desperate need of support to enable them to break free from the oppressive Government. The very things that modern Feminists in the West claim to stand for are being trampled on by Iran’s leaders, causing untold suffering to it’s women.

Yet, as the brave protestors in Iran are rising up and fighting back, the proud and strong Feminists of the West who have been fighting their own “oppression” and “torment” are silent. In fact, the only people I hear in support of these women are the very people Feminists claim to be Sexist, misogynistic, homophobic….you know the drill.

As soon as I learnt of the Uprising, I immediately knew that the Western Feminists would clam up. And here’s why:

THERE’S NOT A DAMN THING THE WOMEN OF IRAN CAN LEARN FROM THEM

The “problems” that Women in the West face are little more than a joke when you compare them with women in Iran or any country that even entertains Sharia for that matter.

Women in the West don’t have to do what a man tells them.

Women in the West don’t have to cover their heads or dress modestly.

Women in the West don’t have half the testimony of that of a man.

Women in the West are free to leave the Country without a man’s permission.

Women in the West can do anything they bloody-well please, whenever they please.

 

Western Feminists want “equality between the sexes”; the ability to be on a level playing-field with men.

Listen up Western ladies – you already have it.

It’s the rest of the world who don’t.

“But muh wage-gap!” I hear you cry.

It’s been debunked more times than the Flat-Earth Society.

So I’m going to ask all Feminists to stand with me and send your support to the Women of Iran and the rest of the Sharia-led world who are facing the kind of torment and suffering that you claim to suffer from.

Linda Sarsour. I will expect you to be at the front of the line with your hijab burning at your feet, ready to take on the oppressors of women. Lena Dunham. Anita Sarkeesian. Chelsea Handler. Samantha Bee. Hilary Clinton. Justin Trudeau. Barack Obama and all of you proud Feminists who call yourselves “Champions of Women”.

Your time has come.

Your chance is here.

Grab your Pussy Hats and form a march! March to Tehran and demand change!

This is the REAL fight you have been waiting for, and myself and the rest of the “Misogynists” are here with you.

AS EQUALS.

 

RANT OVER

 

Laura Plummer – Drug Mule or Love Fool?

Laura Plummer, who was arrested in Egypt for carrying 300 Tramadol pills into the country, was jailed for 3 years and sent to prison.

Carrying Tramadol pills into Egypt is illegal, therefore; no argument right?

Wrong.

Karl Turner, an MP for Laura’s home town, Hull, has stated:

“[She was] going to visit her partner in Egypt, taking what she thought was a painkiller and no more than that,” he said.
“It clearly is a banned substance and whilst we must respect the law of other countries there must be good sense and fair play as well.”

Sourced from BBC News: For full article click here

Turner also goes on to say that Plummer was “naïve” and is “suffering from sleep deprivation and anxiety”.

Well Mr. Turner, here’s a little anecdote for you.

When the Car Tax system in the UK changed from a paper disc system displayed on a car, to the new system; I found myself in some hot water. I believed that when you bought a car that was Taxed, that the Tax would follow on with the car, and when it expired I would begin paying for it myself.

How wrong was I?

I ended up being pulled over by the Police and issued with a fine for driving an un-Taxed vehicle and a good talking-to about the importance of keeping up-to-date with current driving laws.

I was stressed. I was anxious. I was naïve.

Yet I was still guilty and completely at fault. I hadn’t done my homework and it cost me.

As it should.

Not being aware that something is illegal isn’t always the best excuse to try and get out of a sticky situation, particularly in a foreign country.

What gets me about this situation is not just that she took an illegal substance into a foreign country. She was in possession of 300 Tramadol pills. You can’t be prescribed that many at once, and you certainly can’t supply them to someone else. It’s illegal.

If you can’t have that many Tramadol at once, then she obviously obtained them in a non-legal manner; according to her family Ms Plummer was given them by “a friend”.

Did she not question her “friend”, (who no doubt said “Don’t tell anyone where you got them from”) about the legalities of carrying such a large amount of prescription drugs? She might not have known it was illegal to be given them or to give them out, or to even enter Egypt with them, but she must have known that something wasn’t right. You can’t even buy more than two packs of paracetamols in a shop, never mind carry such a large quantity of a Class C drug into a foreign country.

There’s just no way that there wasn’t any alarm bells ringing in her head. She may have been naïve about certain aspects, but certainly not all. And like I said earlier; being naïve doesn’t mean you didn’t commit an offence.

There’s an amazing thing called the Internet that can be used for all sorts of things like asking the following question –

“Does car tax transfer with the sale of a car?”

I could have saved myself some money and stress by googling this question, yet I didn’t and therefore had to suffer the consequences of my naivety.

You can also Google the following question –

“Can I carry an amount of Tramadol, a Class C drug which I’m not legally allowed to be prescribed in the UK and which weren’t actually prescribed to me but were given to me by a friend, into Egypt?”

I think she already knows what the answer is to that one.

On a final note, Karl Turner MP will no doubt be using all resources available to him in getting to the bottom of finding out who supplied the drugs to Ms Plummer I assume?

Or would that be NAIVE of me?

 

RANT OVER

 

Meryl Streep and the Hollywood Hypocrisy – #Sheknew

The Hollywood sex scandal certainly isn’t going away anytime soon.

And neither should it.

It has however, been injected with another talking point: #Sheknew

Aimed at Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep, the #Sheknew campaign is a series of posters spread around Hollywood depicting Meryl Streep and Harvey Weinstein with the Phrase “She knew” plastered over Meryl’s face.

Personally, I don’t think she should be on that poster.

I’ll explain why.

For those of you who don’t already know; Meryl Streep is a long-time friend to Harvey Weinstein and denies ever knowing ANYTHING about his years of abusing women. A fact that many, including actress Rose McGowan (who claims that Weinstein raped her), simply do not believe.

Normally, I would be the first person to say innocent until proven guilty (read my post The problem with Linda Sarsour and Lena Dunham). However, if you look closely at this case, it becomes more and more clear that it would be pretty much impossible for Streep NOT to know about Weinstein’s behaviour.

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Harvey Weinstein’s behaviour was undoubtedly the worst kept secret in Hollywood. Practically EVERYBODY in Hollywood knew a story about him or at the least, knew somebody who did. The very fact that Streep was friends and colleagues with Weinstein for a number of years is, some would say, evidence enough that she must have at least suspected something. Arguably the greatest Actress in the last 30 or so years, she will no doubt have contacts ranging from all aspects of the movie and political worlds in which Weinstein was well-known and feared. Somebody must have said something to her at some point. A little whisper here. A little word in the ear there.

Hollywood is full of people who can’t keep secrets, and knowing something as explosive as the Weinstein scandal is too much not to at least tell a fellow Hollywood alumni if not the press.

However, speculation can only get you so far. I’d be a hypocrite if I didn’t say that Meryl Streep doesn’t at least deserve the right of due-process to be able to “clear her name” in all of this. The evidence against her knowing about Weinstein’s behaviour is pretty substantial, yet I think the whole truth of the matter will never see the light of day. It’s easy to say “Of course she knew! She must have!” simply because she was friends with the guy. But throw in the fact that she is without a doubt the most famous and well-connected actress in Hollywood, and you really do have to ask: “How could she not know?”

Finally, to single out Meryl Streep alone is perhaps a tad unfair.

I understand why some people have; some see her as the ultimate hypocrite: the rich, privileged global superstar who portrays herself to be the moral conscience of “the people”, the epitome of all that is good and fair and just; all the while telling us, the lowly proles that we are how we should live our lives better. How to give more. Who to vote for. Who we should revere and condemn.

All while buddying up to people like Harvey Weinstein.

Like I say though: she needs due process. There’s no proof, just conjecture that she had any idea how much of a monster Harvey Weinstein really is.

And then I remember someone else she’s spoken up for.

Someone else she has applauded and lavished praise and admiration on.

Somebody who, she does know is guilty of being a monster. A rapist. Even a paedophile. We know that she knows he’s guilty.

Of drugging and raping a 13-year-old girl.

Roman Polanski.

The crimes of this man are beyond abhorrent. And we all know they are true.

Meryl Streep knows they are true, yet still applauds and congratulates the man for his accomplishments in Hollywood.

THAT is the true reason I believe most people believe she knew the truth about Harvey all along. It’s not the first time she has done it.

I’m going to end this piece by saying this:

I still don’t think it should be Meryl Streep on that poster.

It should be all of them.

The whole damn lot of them.

From the make-up artists, to the grips, the camera operators to the actors, the directors to the producers. Brad Pitt. Hilary Clinton. Donald Trump. Barack Obama.

They all knew. Every single last one of them knew and yet; they did nothing.

Nothing.

Nobody was willing to stand up and risk their way of life, their position amongst the elite. They all had too much to lose by way of association.

That was proven the moment Rose McGowan finally broke her silence and was then cast aside like a traitor.

They all knew. And trust me, that’s not all they know. But until someone puts them all in a position where they HAVE to condemn someone, you’ll be the last ones to know.

#Sheknew?

How about #Theyknew?

RANT OVER