Enemies of the people

This is What Kerry Phelps Stands For, drawn to our attention by Max in a previous thread. These people are your enemy. And it might be noted that only on climate change does she have actual proposals. The rest are just smiley faces offering her support for any good ideas anyone else might come up with. Basically a policy vacuum. Pathetic that she has won this seat, although I would suspect her views are identical to Malcolm’s. Did people knowingly vote for this, and do these views really constitute the beliefs of the people of Wentworth?

What I stand for

Economically sensible.

Socially progressive.

Climate Change

Climate change is real. The government has NO policy for action and Labor’s policy does not go far enough.

Renewable Energy: Transition to 100% renewable energy, 50% by 2030.

Scientific Evidence: Restore a credible scientific-based Climate Change Authority.

No New Coal-Fired Power Plants: I will oppose the Federal Government spending your money on new coal fired power generation.

Oppose Adani: Stop government subsidies of new and existing fossil fuel developments including the proposed Adani coal mine and provide subsidies for investment in renewable energy sources.

Paris Agreement: Meet or exceed our commitments under the Paris International Climate Agreement.

Political Lobbying: Ban political donations by fossil fuel companies and their lobbyists.

 

Better Health for All

Health: I am committed to a viable future for Medicare and a more transparent, equitable and user-friendly private health insurance system.

My Health Record: I will advocate better privacy protections for all Australians.

Oral Health: I will champion a dental health scheme and a reassessment of private health rebates for dental work.

Aged Care: As Treasurer, the Budget papers show Scott Morrison pulled $1.2 billion out of aged care. As a Doctor, I know this is a national crisis and I fully support a Royal Commission into the Aged Care sector.

 

Strong Economy

Superannuation and retirement incomes: I will encourage stable superannuation rules for at least 5 years to generate investment certainty and confidence.

Banks:  I support strong regulators to improve the financial services system whose weaknesses were exposed in the recent Banking Royal Commission.

Business: I will encourage policies that support entrepreneurship with a focus on the ability of businesses to plan ahead and provide secure jobs.

Taxation:  I support the lowering of company tax and compliance costs along all levels of business to attract higher domestic and global investment provided that all companies pay their fair share of tax.

 

Social Justice

Inclusiveness: I will support Government creating a sense of community harmony through humane policies that respect and encourage diversity and civil rights.

Child Protection: The future of our children must be a priority. I will advocate for a clear national agenda and unified national system of child protection and recovery.

Asylum seekers: I call for an end to mandatory detention and the immediate removal of children and families off Nauru.

Live Sheep Exports:  I believe it is our moral and ethical responsibility to bring an end to live sheep exports.

Aboriginal Reconciliation:  I will continue to be a supporter of the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

Religious Freedoms: The Government must release the Ruddock report into religious freedoms to the public due to ongoing concerns that the report will be used to water-down anti-discrimination laws.

Education:  I will promote equitable, accessible education, fair funding for all schools, affordable early child care and restoring funding to universities and TAFE to invest in the future skills that Australia needs.

 

Local Concerns

ABC: We must restore funding and transparency to the ABC to ensure our public broadcaster is free from political or commercial interference.

National Integrity Commission:  I support The National Integrity Commission – a federal corruption watchdog as set out by The Australia Institute’s National Integrity Committee.

New Public High School:  Wentworth needs a new public high school and I will advocate strongly for the State Government to get on with building it.

South Head:  I have vowed to add my support to saving South Head as a national park and to block the proposed commercial development.

The Arts:  I support a creative Australia and I believe we need to invest in and support our dynamic arts industries.

 

Max also noted, quoting H.L. Mencken: “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.” I see it different. It is now the rich who are the greatest supporters of the left since half their wealth now comes from governments directing tax revenues into their pockets. And while once upon a time freedom of the press was a guarantee of honesty and balance in the media, today almost every journalist is a green-socialist of a far leftist kind who will lie and distort to help their side in the fight.

Empty-headed dolts with nothing to contribute to the conversation

First there was this: NPC. Now there’s more of the same, this time from Breitbart: What Is the ‘NPC’ Meme? Liberals Rage at Cartoons Mocking Their Scripted Thoughts. Many other memes at the link, but this one I have seen a few times and it always makes me laugh because the humour is so dark.

You should also go to the link to look at the comments. The left may be empty-headed dolts with nothing of their own to contribute to the conversation, but there are an awful lot of them.

The casting couch and the freedom of choice

A quite interesting article on an issue of extreme importance in the present day: Harvey Weinstein Criminal Lawyer Previews Defense Strategy: Police Misconduct and “Non-Victim” Actresses. This is a surprisingly serious and to-the-point article that has much to say.

At a NY Bar Association panel behind closed doors, Ben Brafman addresses Gwyneth Paltrow and Rose McGowan (“quintessential non-victims”), the Brett Kavanaugh hearings (“an embarrassment to watch”) and a #MeToo movement he says could undo progress for women.
Harvey Weinstein criminal lawyer Ben Brafman offered a candid and detailed preview Thursday of his defense strategy, accusing law enforcement of grave misconduct during the investigation and arguing the former mogul charged with sexual assault has become a scapegoat for an entertainment industry “defined by sex.”

Speaking on a panel behind closed doors in front of a small group of New York lawyers, Brafman railed against what he called the excesses of the #MeToo movement, telling attendees that it could be “very dangerous in a democracy” to “criminalize stuff that isn’t criminal” and that the “movement has a danger of… undoing some of the progress” made by women in the struggle against workplace harassment and discrimination. He touched on the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings — which he labeled a “circus” — and drew parallels to what he deemed to be the rush to judge Weinstein in the media. He also lashed out at actress accusers Gwyneth Paltrow and Rose McGowan as “quintessential non-victims.”

“It’s kind of amazing to me that an industry that is defined by sex is now taking the position that it’s one man’s fault that all of this nonsense went on for 30 or 40 years,” Brafman said. “Is he part of the problem? Yes. Is the problem going to go away if the case against Harvey Weinstein ends in a conviction or an acquittal? No.”

Brafman, sounding like he was speaking to a jury rather than a collection of about 30 Manhattan attorneys gathered to hear about the legal fallout of #MeToo, struck an alarmist tone about the stakes in the Weinstein case. His comments suggest the Weinstein trial could become a highly politicized referendum on the proliferation of misconduct allegations against powerful men in media and elsewhere.

“We have lumped together decades of inappropriate behavior with allegations of intentional criminal conduct that could expose you to life in prison,” he told the panel, which featured attorneys on all sides of the #MeToo issue and was moderated by The Hollywood Reporter legal expert Eriq Gardner. “And we don’t send people to prison because they are offensive in how they interact with coworkers. We don’t do that. If we did that, then nobody would be walking around.” Brafman added: “Once we give up on the integrity of the process, none of the people in this room are safe and it becomes a much more dangerous world for all of us.”

Weinstein is charged in New York with several counts of sexual assault against production assistant Mimi Haleyi and an unnamed second accuser. Earlier this month, Brafman succeeded in knocking out a criminal charge related to the alleged rape of a third woman, Lucia Evans, after prosecutors acknowledged that the lead detective in the case had failed to disclose exculpatory evidence. A friend of Evans had told investigators that Evans had given a different account of the incident in question.

Although several other women (including McGowan) have accused Weinstein of rape, and dozens of others (including Paltrow) have alleged harassment, those acts aren’t the subjects of the criminal charges. Nevertheless, an open question in the case is whether these other accusers will be allowed to testify against Weinstein. If so, as happened in the sexual assault case against Bill Cosby, they could bolster the credibility of Haleyi, who says Weinstein forcibly performed oral sex on her in 2006 inside his SoHo home, and the other woman, whose relationship with Weinstein the defense team has argued was long-lasting and consensual.

Brafman, a former prosecutor turned high-profile criminal defense lawyer, zeroed in on what he called the weaknesses of the prosecution’s case.

“It’s stunning to me,” he said, again sounding like he was arguing the case in court. “The kind of stuff that’s unfolding in the Weinstein case never happens, or rarely if ever happens, where witness after witness tells the story of being pushed by detectives to perhaps lie or color her testimony or keep exculpatory information from the prosecutor.”

The comment came hours after it was revealed that prosecutor Joan Illuzzi-Orbon sent Brafman a two-page letter revealing that a detective had advised one of the accusers to delete personal information from a cell phone before handing over her device.

In his talk, Brafman also targeted Paltrow and McGowan, resulting in a seething eye roll from one panelist, Kalpana Kotagal, the attorney who conceived of the “Inclusion Rider” that several Hollywood companies have adopted. (Other panelists at the event, sponsored by the New York State Bar Association’s Entertainment Arts & Sports section and held at the offices of the Arent Fox law firm, included sports specialist Jennifer O’Sullivan and employment litigator Greg Chiarello, who would later take the mic from Brafman to express concerns about what Brafman had said.)

“Rose McGowan, who credits herself with starting the #MeToo movement, there isn’t a prosecutor in the world who would use her as a witness,” Brafman said. “She has completely self-destructed because she has, in my opinion and the opinion of almost every law enforcement person who came in contact with her, lied repeatedly, most recently in the drug case in Virginia where she’s charged with possession of drugs that were in her wallet that was found under her seat on an airplane. And her defense was that ‘Harvey Weinstein planted the drugs in my wallet.’”

Paltrow, according to Brafman, simply complained of “an inappropriate pass that Mr. Weinstein made 25 years ago” and continued to work closely with him. “After that, she made a dozen movies with Harvey Weinstein. Made hundreds of millions of dollars with Harvey Weinstein. Invited him to speak at her events as her mentor, as her uncle, as her close friend and ended up winning a couple of Oscars.” (Paltrow has won only one Oscar, for acting in the Weinstein-produced Shakespeare in Love.)

Paltrow’s and McGowan’s claims are not on trial in New York, but Brafman said they are indicative of what he’s up against: “Now that I’m in the mix and I’m drilling down on the allegations, I’m beginning to say ‘OMG, you know, I think this woman may have lied. I think this woman may have taken advantage of an opportunity to come out now.’ It’s easy to take a shot at him and move offensive verbal behavior into the criminal arena where it doesn’t belong.”

The audience of attorneys at the panel was respectful but seemed highly skeptical of Brafman’s claims.

Chiarello discussed how a benefit of the #MeToo movement was that it allowed other women to identify with accusers and come forward with their own stories. He defended Paltrow as not seeking anything but merely sharing something that she saw as consistent with other accounts of Weinstein’s behavior. He said Brafman was missing the point and said there needed to be accountability for inappropriate behavior. “To focus on what is criminal is counterproductive to the #metoo movement and creates a standard that if it doesn’t rise to criminal, we shouldn’t care about it,” he added.

Brafman stayed firm.

“I was at a Knicks game last night and now that I’m Harvey Weinstein’s lawyer and I’m on television more than I ever have been, I’m recognized,” he said.

“Strange women come up to me and wish me death,” he continued. “They say ‘I hope you die.’ I say ‘That’s very sweet. I hope the rest of your family is nicer than you are.’ But there are a lot of women who come up to me and say that ‘it’s very important that you have the guts to do the work you do’ and it’s important not just for Mr. Weinstein but it’s important for the women who are watching this case that the case be handled well and that it not turn into the circus that unfortunately the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings [of Justice Brett Kavanaugh] turned into. Nobody benefitted from those hearings. It was an embarrassment to watch them.”

It’s a dangerous world out there

Latest news from Lucianne.

Why Is Khashoggi Being Made The
Defining Issue Of U.S. Foreign Policy?
The Federalist, by Ben Weingarten    Original Article   Why has the media and much of the political establishment made the presumed murder of an Islamist Saudi dissident on Turkish soil a defining issue in American foreign policy? Jamal Khashoggi is not a U.S. citizen, despite his past residence in Virginia, nor is he a lover of liberty, despite his criticism of Saudi Arabia’s despotic regime. He previously served that regime as a mouthpiece for, and adviser to, the alleged al-Qaeda-tied Saudi intelligence leader Turki bin Faisal. Khashoggi mourned the death of Osama bin Laden, whom Khashoggi had been granted unusual levels of access for numerous interviews.  

Democrats are an ´angry mob´ and
´they´re losing it´ says Trump as
he brands Holder and Hillary
obstacles to national unity
Daily Mail [UK], by Francesca Chambers    Original Article    

President Trump pinned the divisive discourse in American politics on former Department of Justice head Eric Holder and ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a video shared on his official Twitter account. He said in remarks in front of the White House that Democrats are ´losing it´ and out on the campaign trail ´ranting and raving´ in the video posted to his accounts on Friday. ´The Democrats don´t like being called an angry mob. But really, that´s what they´ve become,´ the president said. ´They´ve gone so far left, they can´t even believe that they´re over there. They don´t know what´s going on.´  

Media Admit: Migrant Wave Seeks U.S.
Jobs After Trump Ended ‘Zero Tolerance’
Breitbart Immigration, by Neil Munro    

Original Article   The growing surge of Central American job-seeking migrants began after President Donald Trump reluctantly canceled his May-to-June policy of zero-tolerance for the migrants who bring children to the border, according to establishment media outlets. “The number of migrant parents entering the United States with children has surged to record levels in the three months since President Trump ended family separations at the border,” the Washington Post reported Oct. 17. “Another big wave of migrants from Central America has arrived since late June, when President Trump halted the practice of separating migrant families detained

Socialism kills

Socialism is even more devastating to your life than smoking – fantastically bad for your health and welfare, will ruin your income-earning potential, and cost you your freedom. It might even kill you just as it has done for so many others.

You might think socialism is cool and you might think it’s chic, but if you do, you are historically illiterate and ignorant to a fanastic extent. The evidence of its massive dangers is everywhere; there is no counter story. Socialism brings ruin.

And yet, even with all the evidence everywhere available, people do smoke, in the same way that people line up to become socialists and support political leaders who would lead them into slavery, economic ruin and for many into death if those whom they follow ever end up with their hands on the levers of power. With all the warnings in the world, and all the evidence at every turn, all too many, because they think they are too smart to need such warning, will trundle down these doom-ridden paths.

As with cigarettes, socialism is a habit often commenced in youth, an intellectual disease which poisons the mind, which try as one might, can becomes an addictive belief system impossible to shed until dragged down by the inevitable harm that it creates if by fate one happens to find their own community, the one in which they live, has become yet one more socialist entity. Living in a socialist state is the surest cure for this addiction, but by then it is too late.

With socialism, just as with cigarettes, there is no reason for anyone to be unaware of the harm it brings. We have known its folly since even before the first disastrous socialist experiments were tried, which began just over a century ago. We have seen the ruin of one economy after another, from Russia in 1917 to Venezuela today. Yet there are always some who think they can beat the odds, that they know best, that next time will be different.

Do not be a fool. Do not support anyone or any party who offers you socialism as the answer to any actual existing problem. We know already what will happen. A tiny handful will scramble to the top who will then oppress everyone else – including you. Socialism creates poverty, misery and death. Socialism has never succeeded at any time in any place ever. The next time will be the same as all the other times.

If you call yourself a socialist, you are a fool. There are no exceptions.

Guess who: “I think I was a thug while growing up”

WATCH: Old Interview With Heavy-Drinking ‘Thug’ Obama Puts Wild-Man Brett Kavanaugh To Shame. Where you will find this text:

Remember all the hubbub about Brett “Party Man” Kavanaugh? The guy who was a boozer loser in his teens and, therefore in part, has no business being on the Supreme Court in his 50’s? Well, move over bacon — now there’s something meatier.

A video of the Left’s savior, Barack Obama, has resurfaced. And Barry is talkin’ up a storm about his partying days as an adolescent. The hits:

–Trigger Warning–

“I think I was a thug for a big part of my growing up.”

A THUG!

“[I] reacted by engaging in a lot of behavior that’s not untypical of a lot of black males across the country.”

What? That’s racist.

“I didn’t take school that seriously.”

Say it ain’t so!

“I got into fights.”

That sounds a lot like toxic masculinity.

“I drank and consumed substances that weren’t always legal.”

SHUT THE FRONT DOOR.

“Some of my behavior was self-destructive — I might drink a six-pack in an hour before going back to class.”

Certainly unfit to be president, but that we know because he was president and showed just how unfit he was. As in:

obama accomplishments

Body slamming a journalist is not the way to behave but even worse is the media lying

 

Here’s today’s story: Trump praises U.S. congressman from Montana who body-slammed reporter.

Trump, who has called the media the enemy of the American people and regularly derides journalists as “fake news,” made his latest remarks during a campaign rally in Montana.

Representative Greg Gianforte, who made brief remarks at the rally with Trump, was ordered to perform community service as part of his sentence for attacking Ben Jacobs, a correspondent for Britain’s Guardian newspaper, on May 24, 2017, the day before a special election to fill Montana’s sole congressional seat.

“Any guy that can do a body-slam … is my guy,” Trump told supporters at the rally, adding that he was concerned at first that the incident would jeopardize Gianforte’s campaign.

“I said: ‘Oh, this is terrible, he’s going to lose the election.’ Then I said: ‘Well, wait a minute, I know Montana pretty well, I think it might help him,’ and it did,” Trump said.

Want the background. This is what I posted at the time.

Fascinating story. This is how it begins.

The Republican candidate for Montana’s congressional seat slammed a Guardian reporter to the floor on the eve of the state’s special election, breaking his glasses and shouting, “Get the hell out of here.”

This is how it continues:

A statement by campaign spokesman Shane Scanlon blamed Jacobs for the altercation, saying that he “entered the office without permission, aggressively shoved a recorder in Greg’s face, and began asking badgering questions”.

“Jacobs was asked to leave,” the statement reads. “After asking Jacobs to lower the recorder, Jacobs declined. Greg then attempted to grab the phone that was pushed in his face. Jacobs grabbed Greg’s wrist, and spun away from Greg, pushing them both to the ground.

“It’s unfortunate that this aggressive behavior from a liberal journalist created this scene at our campaign volunteer BBQ.”

This is what happened next: Body-slamming a reporter just made Greg Gianforte a whole lot of money:

Montana Republican Greg Gianforte’s congressional campaign has raised $100,000 and counting in the hours since he allegedly “body-slammed” Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs.

And this is how it ended:

Republican businessman Greg Gianforte won Montana’s sole House district in a special election Thursday, keeping a seat in Republican hands despite facing assault charges for allegedly attacking a reporter who’d asked him about the GOP’s health-care bill.In his victory speech, Gianforte admitted to the attack and apologized for it.“I shouldn’t have treated that reporter that way,” he told supporters at his rally here.

No doubt about it, you shouldn’t get into a fight with journalists however obnoxious they are. But all the same, if the media are going to tell the story, a bit of context might go a long way. And if you want to see just how deceptive the slag media in the US tells the story, this is from CNN: What Donald Trump did Thursday night in Montana is really dangerous.

Sins of commission and omission the standard operating procedure.

If the left could actually fulfil their promises they would never lose an election

I guess with compulsory voting, no one will be discouraged from going out to vote no matter how pessimistic they might feel. So in Australia, I guess this can’t hurt that much: Sharma will likely lose: Morrison.

I realise those who vote for a living, or have relos parked somewhere near some leaky fishing boat offshore, might see such an outcome as all right. Anyway, a wrap up from Maurice Newman about how things stand: Bob Hawke rebuff burdened Libs with a LINO. Here’s part of what he wrote:

In the six weeks since his resignation, Turnbull has yet to offer Scott Morrison or his Wentworth successor, Dave Sharma, any formal electoral support. In fact, apart from a congratulatory tweet, he has yet to even publicly endorse Sharma.

According to Sharri Markson in The Daily Telegraph: “Dissatisfied with the outcome of a new-look government getting on with the job, Turnbull is now trying to force the issue and facilitate the downfall of the Liberal government. There have been leaks designed to damage Morrison from Turnbull’s closest confidants . . . .”

This vindictiveness has become a family affair.

Son Alex Turnbull is encouraging voters to put their money on Labor in the lead-up to the by-election, re-tweeting a post by candidate Tim Murray instructing people to donate. As he sees it: “My father fought the stupid and the stupid won.”

And if the Turnbulls’ scorched-earth policy is not handicap enough, Sharma has been ­attacked by another LINO, former federal leader John Hewson. He wants electors of Wentworth to register a substantial protest vote against the government “or any other candidates that don’t understand the magnitude and urgency of the climate change challenge”. Hewson is a global-warming activist and a renewable-energy investor, yet rather than speak from this platform, he artfully chooses to abuse his Liberal Party credentials to inflict maximum political pain on Sharma.

The Wentworth aspirant must wonder: with Liberals such as Hewson and the Turnbulls, who needs enemies?

I will just add that if the left could actually fulfil their promises, they would never lose an election. But they can’t, so they eventually do lose, but until then they create serious havoc and harm.

NPC

From the New York Times: What Is NPC, the Pro-Trump Internet’s New Favorite Insult? Excerpts:

NPC means “nonplayable character” or “nonplayer character.” It’s a term, borrowed from the world of video games, for a character that is controlled by the computer rather than by a player. An NPC often advances the game’s plot by saying scripted lines, or assisting the playable characters in some way….

It’s a long story, but the short version is that a group of young, extremely pro-Trump internet trolls have spent the past several years mocking anti-Trump people as whiny, easily triggered snowflakes who are primarily motivated by social acceptance rather than by logic and critical thinking….

Late last week, a group of users on r/the_donald, Reddit’s largest pro-Trump forum, decided to take the NPC meme to a wider audience. They created dozens of Twitter accounts using fictional NPC personalities, the NPC Wojak avatar and bios like “fighting against Nazi Racist Drumpf Fascist Cheetofinger.” They used these accounts to follow and tweet at one another, as well as at liberals, creating the semblance of an army of resisters mindlessly repeating anti-Trump talking points….

The campaign began as a joke. But a few of the accounts started posting misleading information about the midterm elections, including encouraging liberals to vote on Nov. 7. (Election Day is Nov. 6.)

Evidence suggests that these are mostly just attention-starved gamers looking to impress one another by “triggering the libs” with edgy memes. But not everyone gets the joke. State officials are already worried that voters will be fooled by deliberate social media campaigns that contain incorrect voting information. Similar types of disinformation spread on social media in 2016, which makes companies like Twitter nervous….

Twitter has therefore barred hundreds of right-wing accounts for posing as soulless, “nonplayable” liberal activists.

Apparently there were 1500 of them.

And now this video explains it even more clearly:

AND NOW HERE’S SOME MORE: