One of the characteristics of leftist activists is deconstructionism. Part of this means intentionally hijacking cultural symbols to promote their own causes. Some of them have started a social media campaign to use Anzac Day to raise awareness of offshore detainees on Manus Island. This strikes me as highly disrespectful to the day, which is about commemorating Australian and New Zealand military service personnel. As a day of solemn observance and reflection for most Australians and New Zealanders, it should not be appropriated for partisan political causes. There are other days in the year for that.
Sunday, April 22, 2018
Friday, April 20, 2018
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Controversial Sydney talkback host Alan Jones also has a nightly news programme on Sky News, Jones & Co. When I had a cable subscription, I never bothered to watch it, so I thought I'd give it a try. Almost half of its 45 minute running time was taken up with editorials from Jones, with some contributions from co-host, Peta Credlin. There was also an interview with a member of Australia's Commonwealth Games swimming team. Again, Jones did most of the talking. I won't bother with this show again. Jones is too overbearing and opinionated for my tastes.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
I randomly came across this on an online pop culture store. The Bookworm is one of the lesser known Batman villains. I vaguely remember that he appeared in an episode of the 1960s Batman TV series, and that he set a trap for Batman and Robin in a library. He wore a dark brown suit, thick glasses, and a hat, and most definitely did not style himself after the Egyptian pharoahs.
Sunday, April 15, 2018
As a foreign outsider, I cannot offer informed comment on the some of the information he presents, such as the academic question of whether Nazism is to be classified as a extreme left or extreme right ideology. However, I was astounded to learn that the Nuremberg race laws were partially based on the Jim Crow laws of the American South, Nazi eugenics programs being partially modeled on those in some American states, the idea for the Nazi genocides came from that which was perpetrated on Native Americans, and that the Democrats, who in the present time position themselves as the progressives, were historically the party of slavery and the Ku Klux Klan. There was what D'Souza terms as "two way traffic" between Nazism and the American left.
I will deal with the portions of this book that I am informed about. Atheists have often claimed that Adolf Hitler was a Christian, and that the Nazi movement was a Christian one. These claims do not stand up to historical scrutiny. D'Souza's earlier work has dealt with this question, and he addresses it again in this book.
"Hitler's Table Talk, a revealing collection of the Fuhrer's private opinions, assembled by a close aide during the war years, shows Hitler to be rabidly anti-religious. He called Christianity one of the great "scourges" of history, and said of the Germans, "Let's be the only people who are immunized against this disease." He promised that "through the peasantry we shall be able to destroy Christianity." In fact, he blamed the Jews for inventing Christianity. He also condemned Christianity for its opposition to evolution.
Hitler reserved special scorn for the Christian values of equality and compassion, which he identified with weakness. Hitler's leading advisers like Goebbels, Himmler, Heydrich and Bormann were atheists who hated religion and sought to eradicate its influence in Germany."
Here we have definitive statements from Hitler and other top ranking Nazis, clearly stating their contempt for Christianity and Christian ethics. There is no way that they were Christians, not even in the broadest sense of the term.
Friday, April 13, 2018
The Victorian government is going to spend millions of dollars of taxpayers' money on stadium upgrades, such as Etihad Stadium. I can understand the logic of financing stadium upgrades in suburban and regional areas, but why are taxpayers being asked to pay for a stadium redevelopment that the AFL could easily finance from its own funds? Furthermore, why is the government preferencing the AFL over community sports clubs, which often struggle financially?
Sunday, April 08, 2018
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull went to a Sydney Swans match, and was booed by the crowd when a shot of him appeared on the video scoreboard. Considering his current unpopularity with voters, this is an understandable, if disrespectful gesture. Then again, they may have also booed because they suspect that he only pretends to be interested in football because it's good for him politically.
I don't expect flowery prose in a sports report, but surely correct punctuation isn't too much to ask for. In this context, an apostrophe must be used, because nation is a collective noun. Malcolm Turnbull is the nation's Prime Minister, namely Australia.