Capt Shindy versus the Fascists: extreme, ill-informed fringe group menaces pioneering naval officer

You may recall we recently republished a Daily Telegraph article on the groundbreaking work of RAN Captain Mona Shindy in her role as Chief of Navy’s Strategic Adviser on Islamic Cultural Affairs.

However this is but one of Capt. Shindy’s many achievements after 26 years of service in the ADF. Last year she was named as 2015 Telstra NSW Businesswoman of the Year. She was on active service during the 2003 Iraq War. She holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree and is Head of the Guided Missile Frigate System Program Office. In the 2015 Australia Day Honours she was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross.

Conspicuous Service Cross

The CSC is awarded only for outstanding devotion to duty, or outstanding achievement in the application of exceptional skills, judgment or dedication, in non-warlike situations.

So it was with a good deal of concern that we read this report in today’s Guardian dealing with the sudden removal of the Navy’s Islamic Twitter account (@navyislamic).

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And how and why was the Twitter account removed?

“The head of the ALA (Australian Liberty Alliance), Debbie Robinson, who has previously described Islam as “a dangerous ideology” incompatible with Western society, wrote to the chief of the Australian defence force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, on 10 December asking the navy to distance itself from the account or delete it.

“It is completely unacceptable for an official defence Twitter account to criticise any registered political party in Australia,” Robinson said in a press release.”

We have a number of posts detailing anti-Muslim extremist Debbie Robinson’s work.

We also went through them and through the MSM carefully trying to find an achievement – any achievement – to mention.

All we could find in the MSM was that she was married to an orthopaedic surgeon, a notion we find quaintly Mad Men in its 1950s aspirational tone.

And hubby is a tad shy about his political leanings but it seems he too does have some association with Fascist foreigner Geert Wilders’s latest offshore embryonic party branch (see Perth Now)

We’d like to think that newly minted Defence Minister Marise Payne may not have been informed of this preremptory response. In case she was not you can contact her via the links  here

FURTHER READING

https://overland.org.au/2014/03/international-guests-q-up-for-bigotry/

https://www.themonthly.com.au/blog/richard-king/2015/27/2015/1445911695/geert-sea

Four Corners goes comic with some halal hilarity

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In these parlous times of terrible events, environmental disasters and sobering economic woe, people need some comic relief and who better to provide it than the far right ratbag rabble who periodically surface from the sludge of hate under a variety of names and banners – same usual suspects, different cause each week.

On Monday night 7th September 2015 the ABC’s Four Corners will depart from its weekly deadly serious examination of the darker side of Australia and the world featuring crooks, sociopaths, standover merchants and shonks to examine the darker side of Australia and the world featuring crooks, scam artists, sociopaths, standover merchants and shonks hilarious hate-group underbelly of Straya.

So brew up the lattes, uncork the chardonnays and nuke the popcorn for Wednesday night’s The Weekly with Charlie Pickering tonight’s rib-tickling episode of Four Corners

With seasoned comic performers like #bernardithebigot, the Magic Christians, Mr Potato Head and various boggarts and gremlins slithering in and out , how could it go wrong?

Your comedy team

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A laugh a minute from Restore Straya
 
Guffaw merchants from the Q Society:  Andrew Horwood    Debbie Robinson     Susan Horwood

Or maybe they’ll unearth these fake profile food tampering Ninjas

Not to mention some friends in Canberra if they need some extra (under)belly-laughs.

The PDLA: Queer as Volk?

Here’s the PDLA, one of the alphabet soups of far right patriot #hateriot Facebook sewers venting their tiny collective spleen over the supposed burning of a rainbow LGBTIQ flag in faraway Texas, USA, supposedly by Muslims.

Now given that the far right likes to think of itself as a vanguard of warriors fighting for “values” they have invented, it is rather amusing to see these self-described epitomes of Strayan masculinity and champions of homophobia getting their odorous underdaks in a knot over the destruction of the symbolic rainbow flag.

But hey, any chance to have a go at Muslims will do for them.
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 EXCEPT

The story was a fake, originating from neo-Nazi website Stormfront Scumfront, the trailer park of fake bigot beatups (no link for your protection)

Read more here

So red faces all around at Piddler HQ and another own goal for the haters

I call myself an Australian

Reblogged from gimpled -a thirty day project connecting life with thoughts with words (with insomnia)

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Image description - a map of Australia has a series of primary coloured pins placed upon it to symbolise diversity.

My parents arrived in this country on a boat, and yet I call myself an Australian.

As a disabled woman, I am in a minority group, yet I call myself an Australian.

But according to racist pages promoting a new rally – the ‘Reclaim Australia Rally’ – ‘patriotic Australians’ need to stand together and stop the minorities from changing our country. They’re marching in April to tell the rest of Australia that they don’t want halal certification, burqas and the teaching of Islam in government schools. In short, they don’t want Muslims in our country, and they don’t want our country to change to suit them.

3,306 likes in Perth, and another 500 or so in Bunbury. One in almost every state. It saddens me, because this is the message to anyone who is different – ‘we will not tolerate diversity’.

My parents arrived on the ‘right kind of boat’. They were ten pound Poms, and my father was skilled and the right shade of white. He was Dutch, and his peers were self described ‘wogs’ and ‘dings’ – people from Italy or Greece or Malta, paid to come to this country under the Skilled Migrant program. Nowadays, being of Italian or Greek descent is unremarkable – but all the kids with salami sandwiches, back in the day, were teased relentlessly. I’m a first generation migrant, but nobody ever told me to go away because my very British mother bought Polo mints and held tea parties. No Aboriginal person ever told me that I should leave their country because I was white. Nobody ever told me what I ate or wore or did was wrong, or bad.

We will not tolerate diversity.

‘We don’t want to change the country to accommodate their needs’, they say, and I feel uneasy. Because there is no reason that ‘they’ need halal – but there is also no reason that ‘they’ need steps, no reason they need to adjust their teaching in schools to accommodate differences. There is no reason ‘they’ should make things accessible and available to others, because we are a minority. Yet we disabled people lobby for change – change for a minority group. We will only ever be 20 percent of the population. Why should ‘they’ tolerate us and not them? Why should ‘they’ change? Why should ‘they’ tolerate difference, let alone embrace and welcome it?

‘They’ – the intolerant – are not just the rednecks from down the street. Facebook has a neat way of throwing up an algorithm that allows you to see the comments from your friends first. From the ‘Reclaim Australia – Perth’ page, a comment by one of our former Scout parents, a staunch Christian woman –

‘Putting one or two or fifty in prison doesn’t prevent their being replaced. They have to be removed from the country, every Islamic man, woman and child. As long as one Muslim remains there will be someone with intent on seeking the Islamic state agenda.’

Unfriended.

And these views, from others –

‘Islam is islam, the quran is the quran. No such thing as moderate Muslim.’

‘That is true, and only because the tenets of islam teach them to do these very things! The fact that the majority of muslims choose not to openly engage in jihad against non-believers, simply means they are not good muslims. Those who do engage in jihad are the ones who follow the qur’an and hadiths very closely.’

And I think about my yesterday afternoon, which was spent with my friend and her mother. She always feeds me too much and I regard her as my own mother. We talked about each having six children (she with four girls, me with four boys) and breastfeeding and how wonderfully hot the weather was. I told her that I couldn’t wear a hijab and long sleeves, I would roast, and she unbuttoned her dress to show me the light cotton wear underneath. I would still roast, I told her, and she smiled. Family talk, more offers of baklava, and I went home, and slept, and woke to these posts.

I spent my yesterday morning talking to people, including an Aboriginal artist who chatted easily with me about country, and his mob and mine, and painting styles and cultural traditions in Aboriginal art. I’m as white as the driven snow, but I’m still accepted as Australian by our Aboriginal brothers and sisters, the original owners of this land. We invaded this country, and brought our culture with us – my culture included, there is a fish and chip shop on every corner, teapots in every store. I went to my friend’s house, then home to sleep, and woke to these posts.

I am almost in tears.

They horrify me, those posts, the idea of a rally against difference. This is not the Australia I was born into. This is not the Australia I signed up for. I believe in an Australia where you can embrace diversity and still be a patriot. An Australia where it does not matter what other people wear and what they eat.

A few months ago, there was a campaign to boycott Vegemite on the premise that it has halal certification. I forwarded the comments to Vegemite, including the accusations that they were ‘funding terrorism’. They emailed me back. So the last word on this, for me, goes to Vegemite, who state that they are against racism and bigotry and disrespect. For me, THAT is Australian.

Vegemite’s response re halal certification, 2014:

The AFIC symbol has been present on some of our products, including Vegemite, for some time now and we are proud to make products that can be enjoyed by people of different backgrounds, beliefs and ethnicity. We are also proud of locally manufacturing our products, many of which are exported to markets throughout South East Asia. Our export sales are an essential part of business, and crucial to preserving investment and employment at our manufacturing sites in Australia.

One of the main reasons for the AFIC Halal symbol on our packaging is to assist people of Muslim faith, both here in Australia and across our export markets, to identify our products as including ingredients that meet their consumption requirements.
Further, we wish to advise the Vegemite formulation has not altered nor does the product contain any ingredients from animals. Halal certification warrants that, in accordance with Islamic law, the yeast has been processed to ensure the product is alcohol free.

The inclusion of the AFIC Halal symbol is not intended to offend any member of the public of any cultural or religious belief. We do not believe that it promotes one religion over another rather it simply provides people of Muslim faith with information about the food choices they make. Following other consumer inquiries, we have written formally to the AFIC in order to seek clarification on its business activities. In response, the AFIC provided us with verbal and written assurances that it is not engaged in unlawful activities. As such, we have confidence in AFIC as a reputable organisation. We pay a blanket administration fee that covers the certification of a number of our products. This cost is not a tax and is not attributed to a particular product or brand, therefore consumers don’t pay more for a Halal certified product versus a non-certified product.

As a business, we are founded upon values of integrity and respect and take a strong stance against any individual or campaign promoting racism, bigotry and disrespect.

We hope this addresses your questions and any concerns you might have. We produce products that bring joy and pleasure to millions of people across the world every day, and we look forward to continuing this tradition.

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Craig Kelly MP – working for his electorate by rubbishing the ABC and pandering to Islamophobes

#mikebairdMP                 #jrobertsonmp

Craig Kelly is the Liberal Federal MP for the seat of Hughes.

When this story and picture surfaced of a man allegedly bashed by police during a  raid on his home connected to Operation Hammerhead, Craig joined in the jeers from his anti-Muslim Facebook fans with a swipe at the ABC for *gasp* reporting the news.

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We don’t have much evidence that Craig is very bright so we will tell him that bashing suspects is NOT correct police procedure. In some rare instances an officer may need to act against an alleged suspect to protect the lives of themselves, their colleagues or someone else at a crime scene.

This was not the case in this instance.

We are not aware either that this man has been charged with any crimes.

What Craig should have done before opening his mouth was to request an investigation by his State colleagues. After all he has more clout with Police Minister Stuart Ayres than we do.

We are also told that the Police Commissioner would regard such allegations as serious and is keen to emphasise that unprofessional conduct by the police is not sanctioned.

It is the job of the ABC to report news, not to make life more relaxed and comfortable for the current shambolic Federal government. And we know that the ABC sometimes goes overboard in brown-nosing the current government in an effort to silence its yammering critics, all of whom are besties of the Coalition.

But we hope the voters in Hughes remember at the next Federal election that their current member prefers cosying up and having a laugh with his rabid Facebook cronies as well as rubbishing the national broadcaster rather than actually doing any electorate work.

School for Scandal

You remember this story don’t you?

Christian college Principal Mark Bensley, apparently wearing a school blazer (what is THAT all about?) does not like women wearing hijab.

One hopes that universities seeking practicum placements for their teacher education students give his college a big MISS.

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However it seems Mark Bensley has some form on ignoring the real world. Check out this story from 2009.

 

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Corporal punishment was abolished in normal Queensland schools, public and independent,  in 1995, almost 20 years ago. This brought Queensland in line with all other Australian states and with best practice in managing schools and student behaviour.

Meanwhile along came Danny Nalliah’s Rising Gorge Rise Up Straya hate party (Groom Branch) to add their two bob’s worth of bigotry

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Well we’re not impressed with the Facebook poster’s attempts both at literacy and at his casting of a hate group as being one supporting women’s rights.

In fact the Christian Taliban in all its nasty manifestations has an abysmal record where women’s rights are concerned, going right back to that scriptural misogynist and homophobe Paul of Tarsus.

 

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Tom Colquhoun’s trifecta of hate

Here’s some rool dinki-di Strayan hatred for you

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A bit of “casual racism”? Definitely nothing “casual” about this.

In addition to his hatred of Indigenous people  check out two groups Tom “likes”

“Izlam is shit” is an anti-Muslim hate group.

“Untold truth” is anti-Semitic, Holocaust-denying and redolent with lurid conspiracy theories.

Here’s Tom Colquhoun

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Bogot Bingo: theantibogan interactive

Let’s play a game!

It’s well documented that the Bogotariat have little in the way of original thought or imagination, and thus have a tendency to repeat things they have heard other bogots saying.  The bogot does this without ever questioning the veracity of what they are spewing forth onto the internet or how nonsensical it sounds to normal people.

We’ve collected some of the most predictable, common, ignorant and moronic comments and topics raised by the average bogot in full rant, and now we want to see just how predictable the Bogotariat is.

And so we present you with:

Bogot Bingo

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Instructions:

  1. Download and/or print the bingo card above
  2. Browse the internet as normal
  3. Should you stumble across a fetid, teeming nest of bogots, pull out your bingo card and start checking off any of the words, phrases, grammatical quirks and nutty fantasies that appear in a comment or thread of comments.
    Please note: The words and phrases don’t have to be verbatim, they just need to be reasonably close in wording and/or sentiment.
  4. If you manage to make a straight line across 5 boxes on your bingo card in any direction, screenshot the comment or thread and send it back to us (via private message to our Facebook page).

We will then sift through the submissions and find the best, worst and funniest Bogot Bingo wins and present them in a blog in a few weeks time.  (Rest assured we will keep the identities of all players completely secret.)

Ready to play?

Go forth and bingo!

The ADL: fail at Bendigo, fail at bullshit

The ADL staggers from failure to failure, shooting itself in the foot as it goes.

First, a footnote from the failed anti-mosque demo in Bendigo from our friends at Aussies Against the Australian Defence League V.

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Seems that the “Concerned Citizen” may or may not be one of the half dozen or so who turned up and made some noises but it isn’t very good for a company and its image to be associated with street rabble like the ADL

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Second, the continuing soap opera and train wreck that is Nathan Abela posted this on his (now vanished) ADL League page.

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We are certain no such attack took place, and if there was an attack it was a deliberate own goal.

But wait! It gets better.

You remember Ralph Cerminara don’t you?

He was Nathan’s fellow traveller for a while until they had a falling out about whose brain processes were the most warped.

Looks like this bromance is over folks…

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Nathan and friends would be well advised to read this below.

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“No wonder so many people think we are all stupid, bigotted racist red necks!” (sic)

Anyone who has come across a gathering of bogots on the internet has experienced the depths of Bogotariat indignation when someone suggests that their anti-Muslim rants might be an indication of, well, very poorly veiled racism.

Mostly because they are.

Very occasionally – very, very occasionally – a tiny spark goes off in the bogot brain and looks like it might actually fire up the engine room for some critical thought.

In one such instance, one enterprising boguette has decided to open a new anti-halal group where she, as the group admin, intends to weed any racist comments out of the discussion so that the message will be taken seriously.  Particularly by friends and family who, thus far, may have her pegged as being racist.

And maybe, just maybe, this is the start of some kind of revelation or epiphany?.  Maybe there is hope that some of the bogot elements might finally be realising that racism is ugly and unacceptable?  That it is a sentiment and a thought process that they need to reject?

Maybe, just maybe, they’re getting somewhere?

 

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Sigh.

 

It seems not.  They still want to be racist, they just think they can hide it by not being explicit about it, and no one will notice.

Yeah.  Right.

Nevertheless, the very notion appears to just wind one of the other boguettes up like too many cans of Monster before a big night out at Penrith Panthers (if you haven’t heard of it, it’s a world of entertainment).

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Indeed.

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Hahahahahahaha.

Sorry, didn’t meant to interrupt.  Let me just take a few steps back and let them sort it out like… adults?

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No wonder!

 

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And so it was.  (Removed.)

The Bogotariat just aren’t ready for crazy new ideas like trying to better hide their racism so they can pretend to be arguing from a rational perspective.

It’s just TOO MUCH TO ASK, GUYS.  OKAY?

“End of Story”!