Monday, May 12, 2014
TV-loving multiculturalist in Britain
An abusive father attacked his own son - and almost killer his wheelchair user wife - in a row over watching Emmerdale.
Ajit Sekhon, 59, was watching the soap over breakfast with his wife Manjit and son Paul, 32, but flew into a violent rage when the picture cut out.
He battered his son, who had been adjusting the aerial to fix the television, with a metal cereal bowl before trying to strangle him.
Mrs Sekhon managed to escape the attack to raise the alarm, but when she came back her husband turned on her, beating her with a heavy ornament, pouring burning liquid on her and even biting her fingers.
He used a heavy ornament to attack her head, causing significant injuries to her scalp.
Sekhon was found standing over his unconscious wife - whom he had beaten and abused for years - in his blood-spattered home in Barnsley, South Yorkshire.
He was jailed for sixteen and a half years after admitting two counts of grievous bodily harm against his family members at Sheffield Crown Court.
Sentencing him at Sheffield Crown Court, Judge Julian Goose said: 'It was a sustained attack on both of them with repeated blows when they were defenceless.'
Kirstie Watson, prosecuting, explained that Mrs Sekhon, who had been married to her Sikh husband for 38 years, had missed an episode of Emmerdale and wanted to catch up over breakfast.
She was watching the show with her son Paul when her husband came into the lounge and got two breakfast bowls for them.
'There was a problem with the reception and Paul tried to improve the picture,' said Miss Watson. 'Suddenly and without any warning the defendant jumped up and with his metal cereal bowl began to hit Paul about the head,' she said.
The prosecutor described how he fell onto his mother, who has mobility problems and uses a wheelchair, as she sat on the sofa.
Sekhon repeatedly hit his son with the bowl on the head and arms as his mother screamed 'you are going to kill him, you are going to kill him.'
Sekhon then began strangling Paul, who nearly passed out. He then picked up a sharp-edged bracelet and began hitting his blood-soaked son with it on his arms and body before Mrs Sekhon escape through the a patio doors and raised the alarm.
When she returned shortly afterwards her husband was still brutally attacking her son on his legs. But he managed to escape, leading his father to turn on Mrs Sekhon.
He turned to his wife, grabbed her by the hair, pinned her face down on the floor and said: 'I’m going to kill you now you have let that bastard go.' He struck her repeatedly about the head with a heavy ornament and sat on her as she was face down.
Miss Watson said at one point she pretended to be dead but when she moved her husband began beating her again. He bit one of her fingers and she felt he was trying to burn her as some liquid was poured over her.
When the police arrived Sekhon was stood over his unconscious wife who was still on the floor and he then stopped the attack and went to wash his hands.
Officers said Sekhon could only stare at them when they arrived - and they had to use a Taser to restrain him.
Miss Watson said: 'The police and paramedics found a scene of complete devastation. There was blood all over the room, on the walls, on the floor and on the sofa.'
Mrs Sekhon was rushed to hospital where she needed emergency treatment to survive. She has been left scarred for life and has had three operations on her badly damaged scalp and suffered injuries to her head, arms and hands and had broken fingers.
Her son had cuts to his head, arms and hands as well as broken fingers.
The court heard Sekhon had been controlling and abusive to his wife from the start of their marriage, both verbally and physically.
He broke her arm only a week after she had a caesarean birth and was also violent towards his children, one of whom ran away from home in fear of him.
Sekhon was effectively his wife’s carer on October 18 last year when the attack took place. She said in a victim impact statement that she still bears the mental scars, is scared to be alone and her road to recovery 'will be a long one.'
She said: 'I consider the arrival of the officers saved my life.'
Her son Paul had to take time off from his work as a carer and was now his mother’s main support. 'I don’t understand why my father acted as he did,' he said.
In mitigation Nawaz Hussain said the attack was not pre-meditated. He said: 'It was a normal family gathering and what came afterwards was all the more horrifying. It was a horrific loss of temper and self-control.'
He had clearly failed in his role as a 'husband and father' and when accounts of the incident were given to him he was 'sickened' as he remembered little of it.
'He will have no family on his release from prison and will not seek to contact them', said Mr Hussain. 'He may well see his final days in prison. 'He will have to live with the horror he has inflicted on his family to his last days.'
Judge Goose said: 'An argument developed, the cause is irrelevant but you lost your temper and began to attack Paul in a sustained and violent attack whilst your wife begged you to stop.'
He said Paul was defenceless as he was repeatedly struck with the bowl and then he was nearly strangled.
The judge went on: 'You knew your wife was vulnerable and had mobility problems and required a wheelchair yet still you struck her repeatedly on the head.
'You threatened to kill her and carried on a sustained attack with a heavy object. It was feared she might not survive due to the amount of blood she lost.'
Syphilis rate reaches highest level in the U.S. since 1995 as gay and bisexual men account for most of the rise
An unhealthy lifestyle
Health officials say syphilis has reached its highest level since 1995 with the increase all in men.
Syphilis remains far less common in the U.S. than many other sexually spread diseases. But there has been a steady rise in gay and bisexual men catching the disease. They account for most of the recent infectious cases.
Since 2005, the rate in men has nearly doubled. It is much lower in women and hasn't changed much.
Syphilis is a potentially deadly bacterial disease that surfaces as genital sores. It was far more common until antibiotics became available in the 1940s, slashing the number of annual cases to below 6,000.
Last year, there were nearly 17,000 cases.
The The Clarkson 'racism' row shows how out of touch liberal bullies are with the real world
Jeremy Clarkson has had a very bad week. The Top Gear host is reportedly being divorced by his wife of 21 years, with whom he has not lived for some time.
He is also being investigated by the media regulator Ofcom over his use of the word ‘slope’ about a bridge in an episode of the BBC2 motoring programme that was filmed in Thailand.
Evidently a ‘slope’ is not just a slight incline but also a derogatory reference to Asians. This was news to me.
And he has been carpeted by the BBC director-general Tony Hall after apparently mumbling the ‘N-word’ in a clip that was never broadcast. According to Clarkson’s own account, he has been given one more chance.
‘If I make one more offensive remark, anywhere, at any time, I will be sacked,’ he wrote.
We should therefore assume that, if the BBC sticks to its threat, the TV presenter will be shown the door pretty soon, because he loves scandalising people by saying things which normal, well-mannered folk do not say.
But is he a racist? I very much doubt it. Better call him a rebellious, ex-public schoolboy who loves larking around and has never really grown up. This is one reason why young people often like him, despite his relatively advanced years.
He was expelled from his school, Repton. I can imagine him sitting at the back of the class, not learning very much but occasionally coming up with a cunning and subversive question designed to drive his poor teacher crazy.
New boys at Repton were called ‘stigs’, and when Clarkson started Top Gear with an old school-mate, Andy Wilman (he’s the producer), they had the perhaps not very original but somehow appropriate idea of calling their sometimes put-upon test driver ‘The Stig’.
Top Gear is not really about cars. It is about Jeremy Clarkson — striking poses, challenging received wisdom, being rude, accepting (and making) daft and often infantile challenges.
And it has been fantastically successful — almost certainly the most successful series ever made by the BBC. In Britain, it attracts audiences of seven or eight million, making it BBC2’s most watched programme; while globally it has an international audience of some 350 million.
It has earned tens of millions of pounds for BBC Worldwide, which markets the programme, and made Clarkson and, to a slightly less extent, Wilman, very rich men. Clarkson is said to be worth £30 million, of which his wife Frances will deservedly get a large chunk if they do divorce.
This is my question. If Jeremy Clarkson really were a racist, would millions of people in this country watch Top Gear, and would hundreds of millions in Asia and other parts of the world, where almost no one is white, also remain glued to it?
There is an enormous gulf here between home-grown, sensitive, liberal types versed in all the by-ways of political correctness, and ordinary punters in Britain and abroad who like Clarkson and recognise that there is no apparent nastiness in him, let alone racism.
If Clarkson exuded a whiff of racism, or even a touch of post-imperial grandeur, tens of millions of television sets throughout the world would be switched off, and millions in this country would never be turned on.
They like him because he is an odd man who makes them laugh. Of course, I can’t vouch for what he may allegedly have said in the past to his nearest and dearest.
Look at the recent charges against him. In the unshown video, Clarkson recites the old nursery rhyme ‘Eeny, Meeny, Miny Moe etc’, and when he gets to the N-word he mumbles it almost inaudibly, almost as an afterthought.
Jeremy Clarkson took to Twitter to apologise over his use of the 'Eeny, Meeny, Miny Moe' nursery rhyme
Jeremy Clarkson took to Twitter to apologise over his use of the 'Eeny, Meeny, Miny Moe' nursery rhyme
Yet human rights lawyer Lucy Scott-Moncrieff told the Daily Mirror, which published the video: ‘It is all about context. If there was a crew member who was distressed by it, then there could well have been a breach of equality legislation.’
Another lawyer, Lawrence Davies, said: ‘Clarkson has to be sacked, no matter how much money he makes for the BBC.’
This character, who runs the law firm Equal Justice, claims there have been ‘repeated’ racist jibes on Top Gear at the expense of Germans, Mexicans and Asians, among others.
What can you do with humourless people who are constitutionally programmed to make a mountain out of the tiniest molehill, and see scope for some idiotic legal action whose sole, and doubtful, benefit would be to make a clutch of wealthy lawyers even richer?
As for ‘slope’, Andy Wilman has apologised. He says the word was employed by way of a joke to convey ‘both the build quality of the bridge and a local Asian man who was crossing it’.
They hadn’t realised it was thought offensive by some people, and Clarkson wouldn’t have used it if he had known.
But among all the tens of millions of people who watched the show, it seems that not very many were upset. Ofcom, in all its pomp, has launched its inquiry after receiving just two complaints following the broadcast on March 16.
Oh, I SHOULD also mention that he did provoke a complaint from a hitherto rather obscure actress called Somi Guha, who consulted our old friends at Equal Justice with a view to suing the BBC.
Perhaps it would have been better if Clarkson hadn’t mumbled the N-word on a programme that was never broadcast. (It would, of course, be a different matter if it had been.)
And maybe ‘slope’ was a tactless thing to say. But at the very worst, these amount to minor errors of taste. They’re not evidence of racism.
My point is that, like many 17-year-old public schoolboys of his era, Clarkson cannot resist a rebellious dig at orthodoxy. And the orthodoxy in this instance is the stifling cloak of political correctness, which seeks to determine not only what can and cannot be said, but what can and cannot be thought.
He was recently accused of racism for naming his black terrier ‘Didier Dogba’, after the black former Chelsea football star Didier Drogba.
This was pretty puerile and rather unfunny, but it wasn’t racist. Clarkson was trying to enrage the politically correct wallahs, and, predictably over-sensitive as they are, I have no doubt he succeeded.
If Clarkson were not a cash cow for the BBC, he would of course have been sacked long ago. As he says a final warning has now been issued, it is hard to see how he can survive very long.
Last year, the BBC gained full worldwide distribution rights for Top Gear, paying Clarkson £8.4 million (plus a £4.86 million dividend payment) for his share, while Wilman trousered £5.6 million for his stake.
So it can get rid of its unruly presenter, and select an anodyne anchorman to carry on with the series. In which case it would soon collapse.
As an only occasional viewer, I can’t say I would lose much sleep. But I wouldn’t like to see Jeremy Clarkson felled by his narrow-minded critics.
For all his faults, he is an independent spirit who connects with tens of millions of people of all creeds and races. However absurd he sometimes is, they are confident he is not a racist.
Racist ThinkProgress Asserts black gun advocate Must Have Been Manufactured By The NRA
If you listen to the assertions made by ThinkProgress’s Jessica Goldstein, Colion Noir was manufactured by the NRA virtually overnight in an effort to con minorities into supporting gun rights.
Does that sound like too harsh a criticism of Goldstein’s rant? Judge for yourself.
Goldstein seems to believe that it is impossible that Noir could exist without someone else creating him. The incredible depths of racism exposed in her thought patterns are terribly disconcerting. She shows the depths of her dark fantasies by imagining precisely how he was created… by the demonic old white men that run the NRA, no doubt:
"As you can probably guess, Colion Noir is not his real name. It’s Collins Idehen. (Can you imagine the pitch meeting, trying to come up with the just-right fake name for the face of young black gun ownership? “How about Jack Black? Wait, that’s taken.” “You know, Noir means “black” in French.” “French? Isn’t that a little liberal-elite for our taste?” “No, trust me, people are going to like it.” “BOOM. Best brainstorm ever!”)"
She’s told us nothing about Noir, but she does strongly suggest that she sincerely thinks that a black American male cannot be well-spoken, have refined tastes for well-made things, be “hip,” and produce video with good production values without someone speaking through him, using him as a puppet.
Goldstein indulges in her thinly-veiled racism even more in the next paragraph:
"Noir seems to have emerged out of the ether; evidence of his earlier, real-name career is scant. In interviews, he recites an origin story that sounds too good to not be scripted: he told conservative news site The Blaze that he was “not too fond” of guns as a kid and didn’t fire one until after college, when he went with gun-owning friend to a range one day. “Quite frankly, when I stepped in I was terrified.” But once he fired, “it was literally love at first shot.”
You’ll note that she specifically chooses the term “origin story,” (a term generally used in the context of a comic book hero’s backstory) to continue her thesis that he couldn’t be a self-made man, but was the product of someone else’s imagination. She insists that he’s a scripted character.
Noir, the newly-manufactured (“scripted,” with a “just-right fake name”) NRA shill that Goldstein insists must be muttering lines in someone else’s minstrel show, just celebrated the third anniversary of his first video, uploaded May 8, 2011.
She cannot accept the thought that in a nation of 312 million souls, there exists young, successful, discerning minorities that hold views other than those approved by racial gatekeepers.
We haven’t learned anything about Colion Noir in this article, but I’m afraid that we’ve learned quite a bit about what Jessica Goldstein really thinks about black men in our society, and perhaps something about the sort of editors who would allow such an obviously bigoted article go to print.
Political correctness is most pervasive in universities and colleges but I rarely report the incidents concerned here as I have a separate blog for educational matters.
American "liberals" often deny being Leftists and say that they are very different from the Communist rulers of other countries. The only real difference, however, is how much power they have. In America, their power is limited by democracy. To see what they WOULD be like with more power, look at where they ARE already very powerful: in America's educational system -- particularly in the universities and colleges. They show there the same respect for free-speech and political diversity that Stalin did: None. So look to the colleges to see what the whole country would be like if "liberals" had their way. It would be a dictatorship.
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