Monday, October 27, 2014
Hercules Actor: ‘Ferguson Rioters I Called Animals and Losers – And They Are’
Kevin Sorbo, star of the 1990s TV series Hercules: the Legendary Journeys, as well as the 2011 movie Soul Surfer and this year’s hugely successful God’s Not Dead, said the people rioting and looting – not peacefully protesting -- in Ferguson, Mo., in the wake of the Michael Brown shooting are “animals and losers,” stressing that no one has a right to “burn people’s property or attack other people when something like this happens.”
Sorbo, a Christian and conservative in Hollywood, was criticized by some liberal media, such as The Huffington Post, when he wrote against the Ferguson rioters back on Aug. 20 on his Facebook page. Sorbo had written, “Ferguson riots have very little to do with the shooting of the young man. It is an excuse to be the losers these animals truly are.”
The Huffington Post, however, ran a headline that read, “’Hercules’ Actor Kevin Sorbo Calls Ferguson Protestors ‘Animals,’ ‘Losers.’” But as Sorbo explained, he did not label the protestors that way; he wrote of the “Ferguson riots.”
In an interview with CNSNews.com, Sorbo said, “You know, people like to sensationalize all that stuff. I had the same thing happen to me when I made a comment about the Ferguson rioters and the Ferguson rioters I called animals and losers -- and they are.”
Critics said “Kevin Sorbo is racist, he called the protesters losers and animals, [but] I never called the protesters that,” said the actor/director. “We have a total right to protest in this country. But then, you know, you look at three days later there were two African American officers up in Utah that shot a white man, an unarmed white man, killed him. No news story on that, no rioters on that.”
Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African American, was shot by a white police officer in Ferguson on Aug. 9. On Aug. 11, an unarmed 20-year-old white/Hispanic man, Dillon Taylor, was shot and killed by a police officer, described as not white, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
“We don’t have a right to riot, to loot, to vandal, to burn people’s property or attack other people when something like this happens," said Sorbo. "I mean it's just, Martin Luther King's turning over in his grave. I mean the whole thing Martin Luther King was, you know, his dream was one day to have everybody judge the character of a person not by the color of their skin."
Sorbo went on to say, "And if you look at people, most of the people that were rioting and stealing and looting, destroying people’s businesses [in Ferguson] that have nothing to do with the murder of this young kid. It’s just, it’s amazing to me, and we sit there and we support that?”
“Oh that’s fine, that’s wonderful?” he said. “And then you look at what’s going on overseas right now. My God, the beheading of children and it’s going on every single day right now and we sit around and go la,la,la,la,la like nothing’s going on. I mean, it’s sad to me where we have our priorities in this country, it’s just sad to me.”
Ukip Calypso: Lefties more outraged by song than child abuse, Nigel Farage claims
Left-wing commentators have shown more outrage over the Ukip Calypso song than the grooming and rape of thousands of girls in northern England, Nigel Farage has said.
The UK Independence Party leader made the controversial claim during a robust defence of a record about his party, which has faced criticism for being racist.
Mike Read, a former radio DJ, recently pulled the song - which was sung in a faux-Jamaican accent and made reference to immigration - after it triggered a backlash.
Speaking on LBC Radio, Mr Farage defended Mr Read's song, which he urged Ukip supporters to buy, and rejected suggestions it was insensitive.
"Had he done this in any other context than Ukip, there wouldn't be a row at all. But because it's Ukip people will scream blue murder," Mr Farage said.
"And I tell you what gets me. We've had more condemnation and outrage from Left-wing commentators about Mike Read's Calypso than we've had over the grooming and rape of thousands of young girls in the north of England."
Lyrics sung in a faux-Jamaican accent include the lines: "The leaders committed a cardinal sin. Open the borders let them all come in. Illegal immigrants in every town. “Stand up and be counted Blair and Brown."
After initially defending the song as a “bit of fun”, Mr Read, a Ukip supporter, asked his record company to withdraw the single.
He said: "I'm so sorry that the song unintentionally caused offence. That was never my intention and I apologise unreservedly if anyone has taken offence."
The evolution of UKIP (The United Kingdom Independence Party)
From libertarian to conservative
In a by-election last week in the run-down, seaside constituency of Clacton, the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) won its first-ever seat in the UK Parliament. The town's Conservative MP switched parties, resigned his seat, then fought and won the ensuing by-election under his new colours, gaining a stupendous 60% of the vote. Perhaps even more remarkable, in a by-election held on the same day in the northern seat of Haywood & Middleton, triggered by the death of the sitting MP, UKIP came within a whisker of winning what had been a safe Labour seat.
This was no flash in the pan. In May, UKIP won 24 of the UK's 73 seats in the European Parliament. And about 1 in 6 voters say they intend to support the party at next year's general election - enough, say the pundits, to take a dozen or more seats (Conservative and Labour) under Britain's First-Past-The-Post electoral system. UKIP itself believes it could win as many as 25 seats next year, ousting the Liberal Democrats as the third-largest party at Westminster, and possibly holding the balance of power in a hung parliament.
Founded by an London School of Economics academic in 1993 as a "democratic, libertarian party", UKIP's core objective has always been British withdrawal from the EU, but this has traditionally been linked to a raft of policies likely to appeal to classical liberals. Its 2010 general election manifesto, for example, emphasised tax cuts and limited government. Rather like the CIS's 'Target 30' campaign, it demanded a return to 1997 levels of state spending with a flat rate income tax of 31% and abolition of inheritance tax. Free trade deals would replace Britain's existing EU treaty obligations.
Other policies also reflected key libertarian ideas. All parents would be offered education vouchers to be redeemed in state, independent, or faith schools, and 'health credit vouchers' would allow patients to opt out of the National Health Service in favour of private treatment if they so wished. There would be a single, flat-rate welfare benefit, limited to people who have lived in the country for at least five years, and public sector pensions would be frozen to bring them back into line with the private sector. The Climate Change Act would be repealed, voters would have the right to call referenda and recall MPs, an Australian-style points system would be introduced for awarding work visas, and there would be an increase in prison places as part of a tightening of law-and-order.
So is Britain approaching next year's election with a classical liberal party in serious contention to take a significant number of seats and possibly help form a coalition government? Unfortunately not, for UKIP leader Nigel Farage has now disowned the entire 2010 party manifesto. While withdrawal from the EU remains central to the party's program, the one policy which is now being pushed to the exclusion of almost everything else - and which is cited by most voters as their sole reason for supporting UKIP - is an immigration clamp-down.
UKIP has morphed from a libertarian party attracting very little support (just 3% of the votes in 2010) into a populist, nationalist party with the potential to attract very substantial support. Gone are the radical ideas about health vouchers - at the next election, UKIP will feed the NHS sacred cow as generously as all the other parties. The flat tax and swingeing spending cuts seem unlikely to survive either. Instead, Farage seems set to offer millions of disaffected, marginalised, and alienated voters protection against foreign workers competing for their jobs, plus bucket-loads of government patronage to cosset and comfort them.
Support for classical liberal ideas remains depressingly small in Britain. It is not Hayek the country is starting to embrace with its flirtation with UKIP
Taxi firm which offered white drivers on demand after two of Pakistani origin were jailed for sex-grooming of girls backs down after its Asian drivers go on strike
A taxi company which offered white drivers on demand to customers after two of Pakistani origin were jailed for sexual grooming has decided to pull the service after its Asian drivers went on strike.
Minicab firm Car 2000, in Heywood in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, has reversed its decision to offer white or 'local' drivers on demand after all of its 55 Asian drivers walked out over the 'racist and discriminatory' decision.
Company boss Stephen Campbell, 34, said he had now told the firm's operators to no longer offer the 'on request' service and said he would be meeting with those on strike in an attempt to iron out the issues.
He said he made the decision to pull the service after learning of the taxi drivers' large protest in the town centre last night.
He said: 'The drivers were all aware we did this and said they wouldn't want to pick up a customer that didn't want them as a driver. 'But, as soon as they raised this as a problem, I have immediately changed it and have done what they wanted.'
In 2011, Mr Campbell's family took over the business, which was formerly called Eagle Taxis and which employed two of the nine men who were jailed a year later for grooming girls.
Mr Campbell previously said that, out of 12,000 calls a week, around 60 would request a 'local' driver in the wake of the Rochdale sex abuse scandal. He said: 'Our operators have now been told that no one can do that again.'
Mr Campbell said on one occasion one of his Asian drivers had been to pick up a customer who refused to get in his car, which left the employee upset.
He added: 'I don't operate a company that makes people feel bad. I was trying to protect them. But I suppose in protecting them I was contributing to people's racist beliefs.'
Mr Campbell, who employs a total of 80 drivers at Car 2000, said all his 55 Asian drivers were on strike today over the row.
He is set to meet with some of them this afternoon to iron out the problems in a bid to get them back to work.
The on-strike drivers gathered in the centre of Heywood last night to protest about the firm offering white drivers on demand - blasting the service as 'racist' and 'discriminatory'.
They said they were concerned the policy would reinforce negative stereotypes in the town and described how their cars had regularly been attacked following the grooming scandal.
One driver, Abdul Hafiz, said: 'There were some bad men who worked as taxi drivers in Heywood and now they are in prison. 'We have done nothing wrong but now we are being treated like paedophiles.'
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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