Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Slow Collapse of Western Civil Structure

Civilisations come and go: they have done in the past and notable was the lack of perception of most of their peoples. They did not drive the rise of their own and they barely noticed its fall.  These events happen over long spans of time, in places that are further away than the next town and village and most people are too 'immersed' to take note anyway. But we live in a very different age, marked out by our vastly superior communications and ability to see and talk to one another over vast distances. We see what previous generations could not see. 

Our current and so well established civilisation with its legal, governmental, ethical and religious structures has been around a long time and most have forgotten how it started, was built and developed.  The folk of today took little part in the sacrifices. Today though they can take part in sacrificing it all at the behest of society's wreckers.

Few understand building regs. The natural ones. The trenches that need to be dug, the stones laid down, the Foundations painstakingly constructed, the Keystones where they need to be. Such is the way a civilisation is made.  Our Foundations are made from  the Catholic Faith, laid in trenches lined with Roman stone. The walls and doors, the windows and floors went in with strength and firmness of Faith, and upper floors were added. These enabled Freedom, Law, Science, Education, Democratic Government et al to take place and be fitted.

For 1500 years the Foundations were laid and the structures laid out. Then the past five hundred years have seen effort put into higher and higher upper floors  to reach the pinnacles, but at the gross neglect, even canabalisation of the Foundation. That Faith is weakened. Diluted. The Ethical underpinnings have been eroded. Some have been taken to with sledge hammers to prise out stones put to building statues to faithlessness. 

The result is around us. We are starting to see the entire civilisational edifice crumble for lack of 'base'. The upper floors are tumbling. Education, science, Law, even Freedom, are crumbling and failing.

Several folk stood glumly in the Tavern pointing out this issue and that, amongst them one I had not seen in a while and a new face or two as well. The previously missed was Melanie Phillips. Glad to see her back again.  She stood to tell of some symptoms of the dis-ease afflicting us. The white-ants in the woodwork. She identifies who are walking eyes wide shut and who are tearing the place down to build a mud hut. Her focus was on Politics and Values. She almost misses the point, seeing the symptom as the disease. 

Easy to do.
Credit to the left-leaning Atlantic magazine for running a piece by Peter Beinart, who has actually looked at what is happening in American society and reached an uncomfortable conclusion which would be hard to find elsewhere in the media – and which is all-too pertinent in the wake of Charlottesville.
For Beinart warns that the left is lurching into totalitarianism and violence. “Antifa” purport to be anti-fascist. But they define as fascist anyone they disagree with including mainstream conservatives. Hence their violent suppression of commentators and scholars such as the conservative columnist Ann Coulter, the Breitbart controversialist Milo Yiannopoulos and the political scientist Charles Murray.
What Antifa most certainly do not do is defend democracy, freedom and liberal values. As Beinart observes:
“Since antifa is heavily composed of anarchists, its activists place little faith in the state, which they consider complicit in fascism and racism. They prefer direct action: They pressure venues to deny white supremacists space to meet. They pressure employers to fire them and landlords to evict them. And when people they deem racists and fascists manage to assemble, antifa’s partisans try to break up their gatherings, including by force.”
If this was just a bunch of anarchists, the problem wouldn’t be so bad. What takes this onto a different level altogether is the fact that the mainstream left does not disavow Antifa but tolerates, sanitises and condones it. Referring specifically to the assault last January on the white supremacist Richard Spencer, Beinart continues:
“Such tactics have elicited substantial support from the mainstream left. When the masked antifa activist was filmed assaulting Spencer on Inauguration Day, another piece in The Nation described his punch as an act of ‘kinetic beauty.’ Slate ran an approving article about a humorous piano ballad that glorified the assault. Twitter was inundated with viral versions of the video set to different songs, prompting the former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau to tweet, ‘I don’t care how many different songs you set Richard Spencer being punched to, I’ll laugh at every one.’
“The violence is not directed only at avowed racists like Spencer: In June of last year, demonstrators – at least some of whom were associated with antifa – punched and threw eggs at people exiting a Trump rally in San Jose, California. An article in It’s Going Down celebrated the ‘righteous beatings.’”
As I wrote in The Times yesterday, this has produced an unholy alliance between the left and the far right:
“A white supremacist called Richard Spencer invented the blanket term ‘alt-right’ to associate his ilk with conservatives seeking merely to defend American identity and core values. Through this tactic, Spencer intended to boost the far right and simultaneously smear and thus destroy regular conservatives.
“The left has seized upon this smear with unbridled joy, routinely using the
‘alt-right’ term to try to destroy the national identity agenda by bracketing it with white supremacism. The result is a powerful boost for the far right. From deserved obscurity, they suddenly find the left are transmitting their every utterance to the world.
The phrase “useful idiots” comes inescapably to mind.”
Far from the left fighting the far-right, it is in fact inadvertently giving it the most powerful boost it has received since Nazism was defeated in 1945. This is not just because the left is using the far-right to smear and undermine mainstream conservatives, whose aim to defend western culture has been viciously equated over many decades now with white racism.
Not that there is any real 'far right'. The left can be scorned for decrying 'nazis' when for anyone with eyes to read history and ears to listen to fascist speeches of that era, the nazis WERE the left. 
National Socialist Workers Party of Germany. 
It’s also that – just as we can see over Islamisation – the fascist right has moved into the vacuum left by mainstream cultural and political establishment, which either shuts its eyes to the undermining of western values (US Republican Party, UK Conservative Party) or has put itself at the vanguard of the attempt to replace the west and even human identity itself by a new world order (US Democratic Party, UK Labour Party). {Oz is in the mix too}
The outcome is as predictable as it is terrible. This is why.
The equation of mainstream “national identity” conservatism with white supremacism is a foul lie. 
“National identity” conservatives want to uphold core western cultural values they deeply cherish and share with each other. The racist and fascist far-right is driven by loathing of racial and ethnic groups deemed to be inferior. The former is based on love; the latter is based on hate.
'Cultural Values' that lack the Foundations were bound to fail though. 
But here’s the awful thing. The more the mainstream establishment abandons or undermines western national identity, the more the fascist right postures that it alone is defending it. The more the fascist right flexes its muscles, the more the left seizes on those people as cultural aggressors, falsely presents the totalitarian left along with the Islamists as their victims and the heroic defenders of freedom, and assassinates the character of anyone who dares protest that the left along with the Islamists are in fact the twin destroyers of freedom and the major threat to it. The more mainstream society flees in terror from this cultural battleground, the greater the vacuum into which the fascist right will increasingly march. If mainstream society doesn’t get its act together, totalitarianism will win.
This fearsome situation is the reason Donald J Trump came to power. 
The west has simply come off the cultural rails. 
Or, rather, it has undermined the Foundations. 
Conservatism, the attitude of mind which conserves what is valuable in a society and defends it as the cultural legacy to be handed down to generations as yet unborn, no longer knows what it is supposed to be defending.
The West has lost its Faith. Its original Faith Foundations were hacked at and stones removed. 
Faced with the focused and implacable onslaught of secularism and left-wing ideology aimed at undermining and destroying the cultural legacy of the west, conservatives have scattered in total bewilderment, confusion and fear.
As a result the west, the crucible of reason, freedom and order, is repudiating these altogether and reverting to a Hobbesian war of all against all.
I have repeatedly stated my concern about Trump’s psychological flaws and his patent inadequacy for the great office he holds. But I separate the man from what he represents: the promotion and defence of American and western core values. That’s what his 63 million voters were saying they wanted when they elected him.
Those ranged against him are the apogee of what has been happening for the past fifty years: the willed undermining of the west by the totalitarian left. The gross and suicidal disorder of the age has thrown up a president who stands outside the boundaries of what is acceptable because 
western society itself has inverted truth and lies, right and wrong, 
justice and injustice. Trump is the creation of the left – and the more ugly their attempt to destroy him, the more they remind us just why this man was elected.
Trump is very far from what I would have chosen as the holder of any public office. But when I see the contempt for democracy shown by those trying to lever him out, the vicious lies and frankly deranged character assassination deployed against him and his team, the violence and intimidation used by his opponents – and the way in which the media keep the public in widespread ignorance of all this because the media, along with the rest of the intelligentsia, have their minds hermetically sealed by the same group-think – I know who frightens me more. 
Melanie is not wrong insofar as the political symptoms stand, but she does not get to the heart of the malaise. 

I listened as someone much closer to the Tavern - one who lives not far away - spoke to symptoms too, but in his case he has his eyes almost closed: not so much closed as having a mote in it. Mr Campbell Markham. 

Just a point here: Many speak in the Tavern and they do not always reflect the Tavern Keeper's views. I serve the ale. I admire many here, while having my own views too.

He is also more hopeful and personal.
Our friendships are shattering
My heart aches.  Friendships everywhere are shattering.
Tonight I spoke to some dear friends.  One described how his parents confronted him over the marriage issue.  They had read one of my articles and asked:  “Is this what you believe?” 
The other said that her sister in Brazil, and a long-time friend in Mexico, are angry for her Christian beliefs about marriage:  “LGBT people are born that way, but you choose to be a Christian!”

Today my daughter described a group chat where friends rage against Christians for their convictions about LGBT issues.  It is excruciating for her.
A lady in my church told me how angry her husband is about these things, and she can no longer talk about her faith at home. 
A man in our church community thinks of leaving us.  He is loved, but he has a different view about marriage and feels that he can’t stay.
These are five drops in an ocean of broken relationships, and every drop is bitter. 
It doesn’t matter how often  we say that we don’t hate anyone, and that we can disagree without hating.  It doesn’t matter how often we show by our actions that we love and don’t hate. 
Australia has made up its mind: 
 if you won’t accept the LGBT program, then you are hateful and you deserve to be put in your place.  Old and precious friendships lie wrecked.
And here’s another thing. 
 Christians are no longer being left alone with their beliefs. 
 We are now asked about them; people want to know.  “What do you think about marriage?”  We must make our beliefs known, and be treated accordingly.
It’s going to get a lot worse.  Opinion in our society is accelerating, it is becoming more intense, more polarised.  Disagreement is felt instinctively to equate with hatred and unreasonable bigotry, and a corresponding outrage erupts.  
I am not saying that relationships are going to fracture—they are fracturing right now.  The shards of splintered attachments are raining down hard around us.
Here, one could gently remind this Protestant but Good man, that perhaps he is part of a long-term problem. He is not a Catholic, but one who follows a church - indeed is a person of significance -  which undermined the Foundations 500 years ago and removed solid stones hewn by Catholic predecessors, in order to 'go his own way' and build his church.

There may have been some justification in excavating the Foundations and putting in a damp-course, to stop the rot that was occuring, but the Council of Trent did that. The Protestants nevertheless refused to return the stones to their place and return to the fold themselves.

500 years of nit-picking undermining and ego-driven 'seperate churches has resulted in a severe dilution of Faithful people, and laterly an infiltration of those absconders into the woodwork again, bringing fresh rot to the Church. The Catholic Church is suffering again.
And so the words of Jesus, that we have heard two-hundred times, now emerge into deeply disturbing reality.
“Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my father in heaven.  But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my father in heaven.  Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. 
 I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 
 For I have come to turn, ‘a man against his father, and daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law – a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household’” (Mat 10:32-36).
Jesus said that he would divide humanity, and now we live that.  And the LGBT movement has apparently become the touchstone for this division. 
One cannot over-emphasise this enough. This whole mess was caused by a division in the first place, and NOT one brought by Christ, but by those who disagreed with the Church that Christ Himself established and promised to guide and preserve.

To them, the ones who diverged, Christ, apparantly, broke His promise !!
Let me explain what I mean.
Jesus’ total plan for sex and marriage and family is distinct and unambiguous:  “A man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate” (Mat 19:5-6).   
LGBT sex, marriage, and family ethics flatly contradict Jesus’ plan.  To be a Christian, therefore, is necessarily to stand distinctly against LGBT ethics.
We are at heart dividing over Jesus, and this means dividing over two distinct world views and a constellation of differences.  But Jesus’ sex, marriage, and family design is the most prominent boulder on which the society’s cultural and ethical river breaks, to roll and rage its separate ways.
This has become especially clear to me with the Baby Boomers.  Even those who are not LGBT have come to be angered with those who reject the LGBT ethic.  Why, when even just five years ago it was something that they hardly gave a thought to? 
 Because it has become a flag that stands for their whole world view: 
  a standard for their autonomy, self-determinationand self-constructed spirituality; of all the things that Jesus demanded we repent of.
Hello ! 

Does he hear himself?
Whether I’m right or wrong about this, the division that Jesus promised is here.  How do we respond? 
Be glad that the fog of complacency is blowing away.  Ten years ago no one really cared about God and the Bible and Jesus.  No one wanted to talk about it.  People were dying in droves having given barely a thought to God and judgment and eternity.  Now these are hot topics:  these are the beliefs that deeply offend and anger.  Rejoice for conversations about Jesus, as thorny and rugged as they might be.
God makes everything Right, in His own time.
Don’t trade Jesus’ truth for friendship.  The greatest need for people in our lives is not our friendship, but Christ.  The greatest need is not peaceful and quiet relationships, but Jesus’ saving death.  Yes fight hard to keep your relationships, but never at the expense of truth, or by keeping the kind of silence that communicates ambivalence about the truth. 
Yes we must speak wisely and “with gentleness and respect.”  But forget clever and sophisticated-sounding arguments that try to salvage common ground where there is none. 
 There is no give and take when it comes to Jesus.  “He who is not with me is against me” (Mat 12:30).
Accept with sorrowful hearts that many of your relationships will break.  Jesus promised it.  It is a sign that his truth is being heard and wrestled with.  And though we should weep for lost friends, we should never despair.  Our friendships may one day be restored, bringing about something far better.
Indeed. As a Catholic, I look to the day when the freindship between Catholics and Protestants will be restored. What he says of those (LBGTers) who revile Christians is but an echo of what Protestants have said about Catholics for 16 generations, and for which most have no idea why ! Habit and upbringing have a lot to answer-for.
Expect to be shamed.  It was not enough for Jesus’ enemies to do away with him.  First they had to spit on him, regale him in a purple robe and a crown of thorns, strip him, nail him to a cross, and hurl insults at him.  Jesus told us to expect the same shame (Mat 10:25).  It’s one thing for someone to hurt you or shout at you.  Shame brings a whole different realm of bitter feelings.  Expect it, and prepare to respond with surprising joy: 
“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.  Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you” (Mat 5:11-12).
Let us honour our parents, sacrificially love our wives, submit to our husbands, work hard for our masters, and treat our children with patient tenderness.  But love Christ first—for this is right, and is the most loving thing that we can do for those around us.  And if loving Christ and submitting to his teaching means shattered relationships, then we must not be surprised, but weep and pray and leave it in the hands of Him who knows best. 
And he will do wonders.
I do not take issue with this fine man. He speaks well and is currently under severe attack for speaking out. He has my admiration and support.

Would that men such as he would return to the Foundation, to the Church, as a Catholic. 

Until the day when the 'friendly-fire' ceases and we all join together against the lies and cant, the deceptions and the insults, the assaults and the destructions of the Liars,  we will continue sliding down the slippery slopes to the end of our Civil and Spiritual World.
The multiplicity of 'Christian churches' has taken many fine, upstanding men and women away from the One True Faith and enabled poor and even 'bad' people to be deceived. The rise of such minor yet quite large churches has enabled a fifth column which embraces heretics and even clearly anti-christian people to pass themselves off as christians - the Westboro' mob spring to mind - which in turn gives ammunition to the LGBT crowd to point to 'hatred'.

Christians do not hate. 

Truely Christian people that is.

One such effort at joining together, in Oz at least, is the Australian Christian Lobby. The ACL.  They (we) do not hate, and in fact go far to show love and kindness, while being 'strong'.

While the LGBTers whine about being scared that Christians will say horrid, hateful things about them, one of their own did far worse and bombed the ACL offices.

The police initially denied any 'motive' that might look anti-Christian. But now they cannot. 
Gay activist did bomb ‘research’ before ACL hit
The man accused of driving a burning van laden with gas bottles into the Australian Christian Lobby headquarters was a gay activist who disliked the group because of its “position on sexuality” and had searched online how to make plastic explosives and a pressure-cooker bomb.

The face of LGBT

Court documents tendered to the ACT Magistrates Court yesterday reveal Jaden Duong had also run searches about gay marriage in other countries and, a month before the alleged attack at 10.45pm on December 21 last year, had searched for the “Australian Christian Lobby”.
After the blast at the group’s Canberra headquarters in Deakin, which gutted the ground floor and caused $100,000 of damage, police said the 
attack was not “politically, religiously or ideologically motivated” and referred to it as a “car fire”.
According to documents tendered in court, soon after the explosion, police asked Mr Duong why he had picked the location. “Because I dislike the Australian Christian Lobby,” he allegedly replied. 
The Australian understands he previously had volunteered on the political campaign of a gay activist politician and for an LGBTI organisation in San Francisco.
The former IT manager’s LinkedIn profile, which was taken offline earlier this year, said he had volunteered on California State Assembly member and gay activist David Chiu’s 2014 campaign for office and on Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf’s 2014 campaign.
A person describing himself online as Jaden Duong was also a contestant in the Mr GAPA 2014 pageant hosted by the Gay Asia Pacific Alliance Foundation in San Francisco.
Mr Duong’s LinkedIn profile says he volunteered for political organisation San Francisco Moderates and San Francisco-based social entrepreneurship organisation StartOut, which offers “education, networking, mentorship and access to capital in order to foster entrepreneurs and great business leaders in the LGBTQ community”.
The Australian can also reveal that a Jaden Duong joined the ACL’s email list on July 7 last year before unsubscribing on August 23.
Online, Mr Duong said he had worked in IT for law firms including Freehills, Mallesons and Sparke Helmore in Sydney and Canberra, as well as at the University of Technology Sydney.
He also claimed he previously worked at the Australian Taxation Office, Centrelink and the Department of Health and Aged Care.
Australian Federal Police Commissioner Andrew Colvin told a Senate estimates hearing earlier this year that authorities believed Mr Duong knew the building he drove into in December was the ACL office, but that he was not driven by an ideology based on anything the Christian lobby had said or done.
Clearly the Police lied and tried to provide cover for this paragon of 'please don't hate me' modern faux-virtue.

Not that we can expect the Police to be held to account.

It is coming the time when Christians will need to come together, back into one Church. The above issues are almost all 'internal' to our civilisation but there are external threats looming and threatening to overwhelm.

The Islamists. Mohammedans. Moslems.

It was Catholics 1000 years ago that took up the sword to fight off the same threat back then. Not a divided christianity.  Not 'christians'. We may need to take up the sword again. United.

Drink deep of Grace.

Get thee to Confession.

Take Communion.

Gird for the Fight.

Return to the fold. 


only then......


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Defence Chief is a Disgrace

Our Chief of Defence is a Prat. A Pillock. His name has cropped up a time or two in the Tavern and each time it has caused a groan and a strain on my cellars.  It used to be, not so long ago that Australians were open-mouthed at the pathetic leadership of the American armed forces under that appalling but very effective (if you can call destruction  of military ability effective) President Obama, but whatever the Americans can do, we can do worse in Oz. At least America saw sense and elected Trump. We have Malcontent Turdball. 

America now has 'Mad-Dog' Mattis in charge of military matters: a man with a solid military reputation and a rhetoric to match. We have a 'large-figured' lady as Defence Minister calling the shots but who would not know the working end of a rifle from a tampon dispenser.

Our most senior Army bloke takes his order from her which possibly explains his fixation on finding the easiest, most vulnerable targets to aim his weaponry at: targets that cannot shoot back.  

He has raised the white flag and the white ribbon, and dirty, despoiled items they are too.

He cares little for his men, it appears, prefering to criticise and condemn them and even to replace them with women.

He is emasculating the Australian Defence Forces.

There has been some grumblings in the press this past week about the 'recruitment' bizzo and its focus - at the Lt General's direction - on getting women into roles usually fit for blokes. But now he has made an even bigger pig's ear of his role, and on National TV to boot.

His intent, whether he knows its extent or not, is to let loose a draconian regime of intolerance upon men who serve their nation under the most dangerous circumstances.

Yes, we speak of Lieutenant General Angus Wossname.  Well, Bernard Gaynor speaks of him, as he had had words with and about him before.

Today, Army Chief Lieutenant General Angus Campbell addressed the National Press Club.
Room for another medal and ribbon there. A White one.

But his address wasn’t about the war against the Islamic State. Nor was it about rising tensions and threats of nuclear war from North Korea.
And when he was asked about the upcoming independence referendum in Iraq’s Kurdistan region and the potential impact it might have on operations there, Campbell admitted that he was not across the issue as he should be.

So what did he speak about?

Domestic violence. That’s what. He’s definitely across that issue.
The Chief of Army didn’t wave the white flag. But he did raise the White Ribbon. And he supported its political campaign which Defence has also signed up to.
In fact, giving such speeches is just one requirement of White Ribbon accreditation. It appears that the Chief of Army is actually working to White Ribbon’s tune rather than doing the job he’s been given under the Defence Act 1903.
Now, let’s get one thing clear for all the breast-beaters out there. I don’t support domestic violence. No one does.
I concur. I have never seen anyone agreeing with it or promoting it. I know no-one who does not roundly condemn it.  
But you don’t need to be coerced into joining the White Ribbon brigade to hold this position. Nor do you need to uphold dubious campaigns that give an impression that all Defence members and, indeed, all Australian men are wife-beaters.
In fact, according to statistics in the Chief of Army’s own speech, a grand total of 0.4% of Army members have been linked to domestic violence. And, if you care to read White Ribbon’s definition of domestic violence, almost everything can be deemed evil.
Indeed, this is one of four examples the Chief of Army gave about domestic violence:
Elsewhere, as one of our Platoon Commanders was walking by, he overheard what he later learnt was a recruit’s ex-husband very loudly abusing her during a phone conversation. She described a very controlling relationship, in which her ex-husband was continually pressuring her to quit her training and return home.
There is no example of what the verbal ‘abuse’ was. It may have been terrible.
Or it may, just perhaps, have been nothing more than a husband trying to get his wife to leave the Army, return home and restore the marriage. We just don’t know.
But this is the point. 
Both possibilities amount to violence against women 
....according to White Ribbon’s definitions. And we are all expected to condemn both with equal ferocity.
And there is no detail of the ‘controlling’ relationship. On the face of it, it cannot have been that controlling. After all, the husband wanted his wife to return home. And she was ignoring that desire and was instead in the Army.
So the real surprise is that more people have not been labelled a perpetrator.
The truth is that White Ribbon is nothing less than hypocritical virtue signalling of the highest order. 
And, even worse, support for White Ribbon equates to support for the worst form of domestic violence in Australia.
It is also part of the leftist program and political agenda to criminalise dissenting thought in this nation. And even if you do support abortion, which I will touch upon below, you should still understand this because it has ramifications for you.
Now, these are harsh words. But they are true.
But first, this point needs making. 
The reason the Australian Army exists is to wage violence and engage in lethal combat to protect Australians.
The focus on diversity and anti-domestic violence campaigns might sound nice. But they do absolutely nothing to ensure the Army can do its job 
Despite all the catch-phrases, zero evidence has been presented that our Army’s capability has been increased by any of these politically-correct policies.
And when they result in insane recruitment programs that prioritise women over men, they actually decrease our national ability to defend ourselves.
Ironically, they also put women in harm’s way for no good reason at all, which seems quite contrary to the goals of anti-domestic violence campaigns. I can’t explain the logic but I’m not a feminist, so I won’t try either.
Now, let’s turn to White Ribbon.
It supports abortion.
Let me say that again: White Ribbon campaigns for abortion.
Abortion involves the deliberate destruction of a baby. In other words, its death.
It is the most brutal, violent and prevalent form of domestic violence in Australia. 
It also occurs on an epic scale, with about 100,000 abortions each year. 
That’s about one every six minutes.
If our nation truly does have a systemic problem with domestic violence, then I helpfully venture the suggestion that ending the culture that legalises mass infanticide will probably do more to increase respect for life and limb than anything else.
However, the organisation that pretends to campaign against domestic violence is out unashamedly campaigning for it.
This is a quote taken from White Ribbon’s webpage earlier this year:
Because of this, we advocate for: – Decriminalisation of abortion, for example we support the It’s Not 1899 Campaign by Pro Choice Queensland.
Just so you know, the ‘It’s Not 1899 Campaign’ urged the Queensland government to decriminalise all forms of abortion, including late-term and gender selection abortion. White Ribbon is loud and proud in its support for your right to abort unwanted baby girls.
Pictorially, if you buy a White Ribbon you are donating to political campaigns to legalise this killing of  the innocent, most vulnerable.
Just up the Lt General's street I should think.  
Unfortunately, the Australian Defence Force has signed up to White Ribbon, as detailed by former Chief of Army, David Morrison:
Your Army’s commitment to White Ribbon is not merely symbolic; it reflects the best of our culture and values.
The mind boggles. This is the best of our culture and values? His rhetoric does not meet even basic animal values. 
We are challenging ourselves to promote positive attitudes and behaviours in the workplace and in the community. I encourage Army members to intervene to prevent violence against women. I also encourage my commanders to become White Ribbon Ambassadors and our soldiers to swear the White Ribbon oath.

Not a word about violence against men.

Nothing about violence against children.

Nothing about violence against the most innocent and vulnerable: babies in the womb. 

Forget about the Billions of OzBucks deployed to visit violence upon the enemy.

Forget about any Oath of Defend the Nation.
In fact, the Australian Army, the Royal Australian Navy, the Royal Australian Air Force and even the Australian Defence Force Academy are all White Ribbon accredited workplaces.
So presumably the battlefield is too !! 

They fork over taxpayer dollars to this organisation so that they can display the virtue signalling, pro-abortion White Ribbon logo on things like our nation’s military equipment.
I have no idea how much this costs. But considering the Diversity Council of Australia charges a cool $10K per year for an organisation with more than 3,000 employees, one could guess that the Australian Defence Force bill each year might close on $100,000.
These taxpayers' dollars are, of course, deployed for defence of the nation. Not for frittering on organisations that have nothing to do with that task. 

Personally, I call it embezzlement and corruption.
At this point, you might be saying so what. Especially if you support abortion.
Well, this is the first so what.
Defence has no business in sponsoring or promoting organisations that are campaigning politically to change laws in this nation.
The fact that it is doing so affects all Australians. It undermines our democracy because it violates the convention that Western militaries do not interfere in domestic political matters. They have had a tendency to do so in the past and it didn’t end so well for the general population.
But if that is a bit airy-fairy for you, let me get to the second so what. 
It’s a major threat that you now face to your own personal freedom. 
And not just if you work in Defence. But if you work in any organisation that is seeking White Ribbon accreditation.
If you don’t support abortion, your job in such a workplace has suddenly become a lot less secure. And if you do, you should be aware of the way these things work. I have not yet met any person who is actually politically correct enough to withstand all the demands of the new Thought Police.
Every single one of us still lingers in the real world in some way.
White Ribbon states that this is domestic violence against women:
Reproductive coercion is any behaviour, physical and emotional, aimed at establishing and maintaining power and control by restricting a woman’s reproductive autonomy, denying her control over decisions related to her reproductive health and limiting her access to reproductive health options.
If you are a husband, or an expectant father, any opinion you have about your partner's pregnancy can be deemed 'restricting'. Even fully supporting and being delighted with the prospect, can be deemed  'coercive' or at the very least 'emotional pressure'.
This language makes it clear that opposition to abortion is a form of violence against women.
The White Ribbon workplace accreditation program also requires employers to implement policies that:
“define VAW [violence against women] in the broadest possible sense”
If the above definition did not cover liking pro-life Facebook posts, the workplace accreditation program does.
It gets worse.
As part of accreditation, all employees are required to sign a code of conduct that recognises violence against women is unacceptable as part of the job.
It might not have happened yet, but if you are in a White Ribbon workplace like the Army and you state that you do not support abortion, or you like a Facebook post of a pro-life group, then technically you are in breach of your code of conduct and should face disciplinary action.
And White Ribbon requires accredited workplaces to take action against all such ‘perpetrators’ of ‘violence against women’.
This includes counselling, warning, and ultimately loss of employment.
Just because no one has been sacked yet at a White Ribbon workplace for actually wanting babies to live doesn’t mean that the sackings aren’t coming.
The framework is in place for draconian, totalitarian crack downs from the Thought Police.
All it take is one huffy pro-abortionist to lodge a complaint 
....and all of sudden a workplace like the Army will face questions about the disciplinary processes in place.
By the way, this is exactly what happened to me in the Australian Army, although on the issue of marriage and family. Homosexual members of the Defence Force lodged complaints and next thing I knew I was in the middle of an investigation and termination procedures.
The White Ribbon framework also encourages complaints from subordinates.
There’s nothing like the old Communist strategy of turning children against their parents and workers against their bosses. It keeps everybody on their toes, fearful and compliant.
It is certainly turning the Military leader Donkeys against their Lion-hearted men. 
Accredited workplaces need to demonstrate that they have addressed ‘perpetrators’ adequately if they are to keep the right to use the glossy White Ribbon logo that they have already paid so much to obtain.
So when it comes to weighing up the job of a pro-lifer against the complaints of a female victim of ‘violence’, you can guess who’s gonna win. 
No one wants the ABC on their back for failing to address ‘verbal abuse’ against women around the water cooler.
However, perhaps you think you can get by with being silent.
Unfortunately, that won’t work either.
The White Ribbon accreditation program does not require all employees to sign up and take its oath: just the ones who want to get ahead in life.
If you want to be promoted in a White Ribbon workplace, it’s more than likely you’ll have to start meeting performance measurement indicators for your support of the White Ribbon campaign. This includes participation in White Ribbon events, donating monthly, acting as an ambassador and generally promoting the logo.
All of this implicitly involves active support of White Ribbon and its campaigns for things like abortion.
You’ll also need to be seen to do things demanded in the White Ribbon accreditation program like ensuring females are prioritised for promotion, training and leadership roles.
So on top of the hypocritical participation in a campaign to eradicate domestic violence that actually supports the killing of innocent children in Australia, you’ll also have to participate in the feminist movement’s attempts to discriminate against men in the workplace.
The Oz  Military does not give out many medals, but it is only a few steps away from having a white one amongst the coloured ribbons on a senior chapesses chest.
All of sudden, White Ribbon is not a colourful flourish you wear on your suit or uniform once a year to demonstrate you don’t beat up on women. 
It’s an insidious cancer that is steadily hijacking your workplace and emplacing measures that will also silence your political opinion and replace it with theirs.
There’s no better proof of this than the Chief of Army’s speech today.
We face significant military threats across the world. But our nation’s most senior soldier is giving speeches to meet White Ribbon’s workplace accreditation demands.
The only way to stop this is to push back and end the political correctness that is being thrust upon society.
No one wants domestic violence. But no one needs a solution like White Ribbon either.
Next time you’re asked to buy a White Ribbon, tell them no means no.
In fact it is high time our Feminist Chief of Defence learned what N.O. means. 

I gave Bernard free drinks all evening and put another couple of barrels on for all the glum chaps in the Oz Bar.  Someone suggested Ol' Wossname be given a couple of different barrels for himself. 12 bore.


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Reggae Reggae Saucy Blighter

It is astonishing what a cheeky grin and an easy manner can achieve. I have decided to ask my chef to order some Reggae Reggae Sauce to spice up our upcoming Spring and Summer menu. It is hot stuff, I am told, and comes from (originally) Mr Levi Root's mum's kitchen. 

It turned out that it didn't actually, and Levi's short burst onto the famous Dragon's Den program soon saw most of his claims carved up like a gently savaged fox set upon by hounds. Nevertheless.

One is often astounded by the sheer cheek of some people. In this case a very cheeky chappy, but one who soon had some powerful mates.  The Dragon's Den is a TV show in which chaps like Levi can 'make a pitch' for some cash and partners for their quite often bizarre business ideas.  

I'll find the show for you, showing Levi, and let you see it soon.

Reggae Reggae Sauce is a barbecue sauce that incorporates Jamaican jerk spice, popularised by creator Levi Roots' appearance on BBC Two's Dragons' Den.

Dragons' Den investor Peter Jones has since classified the product as ...

one of his most successful investments from the show.

Levi stood and announced that he had in his pocket an order for two and a half Million litres of his sauce from a major buyer.  It was bullshit. Well, not really.  Not really truely deceptive bullshit. Other claims were though. The millions of litres was just a error of maths: and a mistaken commitment. It was quickly savaged. But, as I said, gently.  It isn't as though he lied like a Dickie Mint Trim Sheet.

Here, watch the whole thing.  It is really quite funny while being deadly serious. One almost feels sorry for Levi (his real name, by the way, is Keith)

Levi's appearance on Dragons' Den On 7 February 2007, indeed his entire presentation, demeanour, charm and cheekiness convinced Peter Jones and Richard Farleigh to invest £50,000 in return for 40% of his company. It was not quite what he wanted, but then clear vision did not seem to be his forte.  Luck walked into the Den with him.

The sauce gained fame as a result of his memorable television appearance and on 9 February, Sainsbury's were confirmed to be interested in stocking it. On 7 March, the sauce went on sale nationwide.

The product's catch line is "Put some music in your food". Levi Roots released an accompanying single of his "Reggae Reggae Sauce Song" which he sang whilst pitching his product on Dragons' Den, and also on Harry Hill's TV Burp. The song was released as a download with proceeds going to Comic Relief. In September 2008, Reggae Reggae Sauce was voted as a CoolBrand by a panel of experts and the British public.

Ah, but. Fame and fortune brings problems. 

The origin of the recipe was disputed by Tony Bailey, who runs a West Indian takeaway in Brixton, South London; 

"The recipe is mine. People round here know, but we don’t say."

In 2010, Bailey filed a preliminary claim in the High Court for more than £300,000 claiming that, as the inventor of the sauce, he was entitled to a share of profits.

Roots ran a jerk chicken stall at the Notting Hill Carnival for 15 years with Bailey. Levi Roots gave evidence to the High Court and admitted that previous claims made by him on Dragons Den and in marketing for his product, including the claim that the recipe was his grandmother's, were untrue.

However, Judge Mark Pelling QC dismissed Mr Bailey's claims for breach of contract and breach of confidence. He told the court: "This was a dishonest claim, dishonestly advanced." No solid evidence had been offered to support Mr Bailey's claim that he was the original inventor of the sauce. Lawyers said they estimated the legal battle had cost more than £1m in total and the judge said Mr Roots was entitled to have his costs paid.

Talk about falling on your feet. 

I am pretty sure the Judge was not bribed with a lifetime supply of Reggae Reggae Sauce, but ........

Reggae Reggae Sauce is manufactured by AB World Foods, a division of Associated British Foods and despite Levi saying he wanted production of his sauce to continue in the UK, production moved from Wales to Poland in March 2007.

Initially the sauce was carried exclusively in Sainsbury's supermarkets but now many supermarkets in the UK and Ireland stock the sauce. A follow-up episode of Dragons' Den, aired on 18 July 2007, revealed that Sainsbury's had expected the sauce to sell 50,000 bottles in its first year. 

In fact it sold 40,000-50,000 bottles per week.

In the first half of 2008, Roots launched "Love Apple Tomato Sauce" and "Fiery Guava Dipping Sauce" in the same style as Reggae Reggae sauce. A cookbook called Reggae Reggae Cookbook was released in June 2008. The "Love Apple Tomato Sauce" was later renamed "Reggae Reggae Tomato Ketchup".

Restaurants Subway, JD Wetherspoon, Hungry Horse, Slug and Lettuce as well as the Scream Pub chain now offer the sauce on various menu items. In July 2009, Birds Eye released chicken Chargrills in Reggae Reggae Sauce.

In the summer of 2010, snacks were added to the range of products with the launch of Reggae Reggae Peanuts and Cashews. These peanuts are covered in the original Reggae Reggae Sauce and seasonings. Subsequently a range of Reggae Reggae flavoured Caribbean ready meals was launched.

In September 2010, Morrisons supermarket announced it would be carrying a range of Levi Roots sandwiches.

In April 2011, Domino's Pizza in the UK launched a limited edition "Reggae Reggae Pizza", a combination of toppings with the Reggae Reggae sauce. In 2012 KFC launched a reggae reggae box meal.

The range has expanded into other areas such as Levi Roots Jamaica Ginger Cake and Levi Roots Caribbean Crush drink which is sold in mainstream UKsupermarkets.

In 2012, a new "Mild" variant of the sauce was released. A new advert was made at the same time.

So, there you go. Telling great fat porkie pies on TV can convince even the rich and famous. 

And Tavern Keepers.

I hear  it goes well with pork pies.

Try some, and have a long cool drink to wash it down.

And if you go into business, get some sound business acumen alongside to keep you honest. Well, a little bit anyway.