Did you know that your choice of milk brand could be turning your child gay, or worse, into less of a homophobe?
In Russia, Vesyoly Molochnik milk has been slammed by anti-gay groups for surreptitiously promoting and supporting homosexuality to the nation’s young. Apparently having packaging featuring a jolly farmer and a cow standing in front of a rainbow is enough to violate St Petersburg’s anti-gay propaganda law.
Good thing this didn’t happen in Australia, or else Senator Cory Bernadi would be stamping his own strange take on the whole situation. Again.
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You’ve gotta admire Cory Bernardi for sticking by his (misguided, mischievous, warped, cruel) guns. Don’t you?
Well, you don’t have to admire him in general. But it was good to see that he didn’t come out today with a typical politician’s mealy-mouthed, insincere apology for linking homosexuality to bestiality. Because we all know he wouldn’t have meant it.
Senator Bernardi dropped the bestiality clusterbomb a month ago. He was employing what is by now a tired, limp argument against same-sex marriage – in essence, that if you make one change to marriage then others will follow.
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In the early 2000s former prime minister Paul Keating gave a speech at the Sydney Town Hall where he took aim at the city’s growing culture of materialism and spoke of his fear that the next generation of first homebuyers would be priced out of the Sydney property market. It was a thoughtful and sincere speech and one I covered in a straight fashion for my then newspaper The Daily Telegraph.
I got a call that night from one of the sub-editors, a man who to his professional detriment had spent some time on Fleet Street, who said ominously that he had given the copy “a small tickle-up”. The sub thought it should be noted that Keating, as an apparent enemy of materialism, owned an extensive number of antique French clocks. It’s the kind of phone call that usually guarantees another phone call the following day, and sure enough it did, with the phone ringing at 9.01am and a woman’s voice saying “Hello David, I have Mr Keating on the line for you.”
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Geert Wilders is a hysterical anti-Islamist, a brewer of hate and intolerance. The extreme right-wing Dutch politician has declared there’s no such thing as a moderate Muslim, and compared Islam to fascism.
He’s about banning things including the Koran and the building of mosques, and he wants all Muslims out of The Netherlands. He once called Islam a “retarded culture”.
I won’t go on; the site today has plenty of justified bashing of offensive people.
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Tony Abbott’s slim hopes of scrapping Julia Gillard’s carbon tax without having to call another election have been undermined by the backlash against Cory Bernardi.
And in an ironic twist, the big winner could be the determinedly pro-gay marriage Greens’ senator Sarah Hanson-Young.
Senator Bernardi, the Liberals’ number one on his state’s Senate ticket, was relegated to the backbench on Wednesday after suggesting that by allowing same sex couples to marry we were entering a slippery slope towards legalised polygamy and even sex with animals – assuming some “creepy people” get their way that is.
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Tony Abbott’s initial explanation for dumping his parliamentary secretary Cory Bernardi was revealing for how far it did not go.
“I was concerned about what Cory said in the Senate last night and then when he compounded that by going unnecessarily on to radio this morning to repeat the matter, I swiftly concluded that that was one mistake too many,’’ he said.
It suggested Bernardi’s bestiality reference was not so much wrong in principle as in quantity. Further, it revealed that the outspoken South Australian would have survived had he not gone on radio – especially as sworn enemy Christopher Pyne was already on air on that station doing his regular Wednesday morning spot.
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It was his time to shine.
Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi has always been outspoken on the issues of gay marriage and multiculturalism. So what a week to go out: Gay marriage bills facing both houses of Parliament, Muslim riots on the streets and terror raids in Melbourne.
Mr Bernardi resigned from his post as parliamentary secretary to the Leader of the Opposition yesterday following ridiculous comments connecting gay marriage to bestiality.
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What’s the story with creepy Cory? Across the nation today dogs, cats, alpacas, goldfish and their owners are shuffling uncomfortably as Cory Bernardi talks about sex with animals.
Overnight Senator Bernardi embarked on a familiar slippery slope argument against same-sex marriage. It goes something like this: IF HUMANS WANT TO GET MARRIED TO HUMANS NEXT THING YOU KNOW THEY’RE GOING TO WANT TO HAVE BABIES WITH A CHIHUAHUA.
The more extended version is that he believes ‘marriage equality’ for homosexuals will allow a free-for-all. He said:
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A deranged TV anchor threatens to kill himself, then resurrects his career by ranting and raving on television, screaming his new catchcry – I’M MAD AS HELL AND I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE.
This is the “mad prophet of the airwaves” Howard Beale (Peter Finch) in the 1976 flick Network, in which “a TV network cynically exploits a deranged ex-TV anchor’s ravings and revelations about the media for their own profit”.
Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi sees this as a rage to aspire to. He calls the performance, in which Beale inspires people to throw open their windows and shout their madness into the street, as ‘mesmerising’ and says “perhaps it’s time for the concerned citizens of Australia to do the same thing”.
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Once upon a time, in city streets and in branch offices across the suburbs, people used to gather around with like-minded people who believed in the same things they did. Back then, these groups of people were called “political parties”.
Members of these “parties” would debate the big issues. Then they’d pick their most convincing and articulate to be their leaders. Their leaders would slug it out over their visions for the future with the leaders of other political parties. In Parliament, in the press, on the streets.
That’s all passé. In 2006, only 1.3 per cent of the adult population were members of political parties. Political parties and political leaders are so 20th century.
American celebrity culture and Australian politics don’t often make for useful comparisons - but then, it’s not every day that Charlie Sheen comes along.
Sheen is a highly amusing egomaniac but - unlike most Australian politicians - he also tells the truth. “I believe in the truth and that’s what rules me”, Sheen said in an interview with Andrea Canning for the ABC network in America. He certainly does.
When asked to describe the last time he used drugs, Sheen said, “I probably took more than anyone could survive… I was banging seven gram rocks… that’s how I roll. I have one gear—go.” It’s the answer no one else would’ve given even if they had’ve banged seven gram rocks (which I assume means consuming a lot of cocaine).
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This month’s debate about banning the burqa was set off by a blog post written by Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi. But instead of banning a piece of clothing, perhaps it’s time to consider banning him, instead.
Imagine a future Australia with Cory Bernardis on every street corner. Where children enjoying an otherwise pleasant family day at the beach could find themselves distraught by the sight of a horde of South Australian Liberal Party senators descending on the sand with their terrifying political thought bubbles. Is this the kind of future we want?
Left unchecked, Cory Bernardis could form ghettos, with God Save The Queen being played over loudspeakers five times a day. Youngsters dressed like Cory Bernardi will gather to listen to bands that performed at WOMADelaide, flashing their Young Liberals membership cards while they cite studies that say climate change isn’t caused by humans.
Hardline conservative Christians helped orchestrate the flood of correspondence that convinced Liberal MPs to ditch support for Malcolm Turnbull and the emissions trading scheme.
One site that published repeated calls for direct lobbying of politicians was Catch the Fire Ministries, a church whose pastor earlier this year said the Black Saturday bushfires were divine vengeance for liberal abortion laws.
It has also emerged that Cory Bernardi, one of the Liberal senators who led the revolt against Turnbull, called on supporters in late November to wage an email campaign to persuade his colleagues in the Senate that the public was outraged at the ETS. His email was published and endorsed by a website popular with fringe conspiracy theorists.
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