Monday, April 16, 2012

HBO's "Angry Boys" Have Many Angry As The Show Promotes Child Porn

World Net Daily--Cable network HBO has often portrayed programming too “mature” for the broadcast airwaves, but its latest offering has some critics complaining the company has gone too far.

HBO’s irreverent mockumentary “Angry Boys” is under fire for combining child actors and phallic humor, including one scene in the series’ 12th episode, where a little girl drinks from a water bottle shaped like a giant, pink penis.

“The incident is meant to be comedic,” writes Joe Wilson of the Media Research Center’s Culture and Media Institute, or MRC. “But showing a young girl sucking on a penis in a comedic fashion is akin to showing child pornography.”

He continues in an MRC article on the show, “Penis humor is a major premise of ‘Angry Boys.’ Out Magazine reported that the show features a Japanese mother exploiting her teenage son ‘to create a merchandising empire of cock-shaped products.’ In one episode, according to Out Magazine, the mother (played by a male, the creator and director of the show, Chris Lilley) unscrewed a pink plastic penis and shook it [for] parmesan cheese.”

“It’s difficult to imagine that HBO would go any lower,” the MRC’s Dan Gainor told “Oral sex ‘humor’ involving a young child shows precisely where the left’s mind is really at.”

Gainor links the network to “the left,” in part, because of the network’s only talk show, “Real Time with Bill Maher.”

“After all, it’s already the Bill Maher network,” Gainor said, “with all his sleaze and hatred of conservatives.”

“Angry Boys” is a co-production between HBO, the BBC and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the brainchild of Australian writer, performer and star of the show Chris Lilley.

The Los Angeles Times describes the show this way: “Even in the era of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ and ‘South Park,’ ‘Angry Boys’ manages to shock. Between S.mouse, a role that Lilley portrays while wearing a thick layer of brown makeup and a kinky black wig, and Jen Okazaki, a sort of

Tiger Mother on crack, Lilley clearly gets a kick out of breaking racial taboos.”

“It’s barely OK for me to be dressed up as a black guy,” Lilley admitted to the Times. “But part of me kind of enjoys provoking people.”

“I think people are too confused to know whether it’s offensive or not,” Lilley told the homosexual Out Magazine. “I wanted to do the nastiest character I’ve ever done.”

Regardless of whether its provocative or “nasty,” the MRC is arguing there’s no place for children cast amid such adult content.

“Promoting child pornography is a comedic way is much more shocking and outrageous than funny,” Wilson concludes.

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North Korea Threatening To Conduct Atomic Tests After Failed Rocket Launch

Bloomberg--North Korea won’t be bullied by its nuclear-armed enemies, third-generation dictator Kim Jong Un said in his first public address at a military parade as South Korea warned that his regime may conduct an atomic test.

Dressed in a dark Mao suit and standing on a podium high above Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang yesterday, the new leader said, “the days of enemies threatening and blackmailing us with nuclear weapons are forever over.” Goose-stepping soldiers, mobile rocket launchers and tanks rumbled through the streets below in a celebration broadcast on state television.

North Korea’s humiliation from a long-range rocket that disintegrated within minutes of liftoff two days earlier increases the chance of Kim ordering an atomic test to regain face, South Korean Deputy Defense Minister Lim Kwan Bin said on April 13. The launch also ended a U.S. food-aid deal.

“Kim is very aware of how powerful the military is and knows his only strategy is to keep selling the ‘military-first’ policy,” said Koh Yu Hwan, a professor of North Korean studies at Seoul’s Dongguk University. “Stability is what the young Kim needs most and he needs the full support of the military.”

The parade was broadcast on North Korean state television and held to commemorate the centenary of the birth of Kim’s late grandfather, state founder Kim Il Sung. The younger Kim is thought to be less than 30 years old and assumed power after his father, Kim Jong Il, died of a heart attack on Dec. 17.

Ballistic Missile

It also featured what appeared to be a new, larger ballistic missile, said Baek Seung Joo, who studies Pyongyang’s military at the Korea Institute for Defense Analyses in Seoul. South Korea’s Defense Ministry was unable to comment on the design or whether it was a real missile.

North Korea, which technically remains at war with the South since their 1950-53 conflict ended without a peace treaty, has 1.2 million people in its armed forces and has twice detonated an atomic device, in 2006 and 2009.

“In order to realize our goal of building a socialist, strong and prosperous nation, we must first, second and third strengthen the people’s army on all fronts,” said Kim, who shuffled his feet as he read from notes. “We have grown into a powerful military, equipped with our own means of defense and attack in any modern war.”

He didn’t mention the rocket launch or his regime’s atomic weapons program during the speech, which lasted 20 minutes. While North Korea said the launch was intended to put a satellite into orbit, the U.S. said it violated United Nations Sanctions 1718 and 1874, which ban any usage of ballistic missile and nuclear technologies.

Washington scrapped the February plan to provide 240,000 tons of food aid after the rocket was fired.

Resembles Grandfather

Kim Jong Un, who was schooled in Switzerland, styles his hair and mannerisms like his grandfather. He appeared more charismatic in his speech yesterday than his father, who publicly spoke only one sentence throughout his political career, according to Kim Hyung Suk, the spokesman for South Korea’s Unification Ministry.

“Glory for the heroic soldiers of the Korea People’s Army,” the late leader said at a military event in 1992, according to the ministry spokesman. Founder Kim Il Sung used public speaking as a key political tool and often engaged crowds, he added.

“The young Kim is taking after his charismatic grandfather, the family patriarch, in trying to engage the people more openly,” said Kim Young Yoon, senior research fellow at the Korea Institute of National Unification in Seoul.

Starving People

North Korea can’t compete against world superpowers in an arms race and must give up its conventional and nuclear weapons development programs to focus on improving its economy, South Korean President Lee Myung Bak said in a radio speech today.

Last week’s launch may have cost $850 million, enough to buy 2.5 million tons of corn for the North’s 24 million people, Lee said. As many as 1 million people starved to death during the 1990s, according to estimates from Marcus Noland and Stephan Haggard of the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington D.C.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Asia Kurt Campbell told reporters today in Seoul that he discussed “potential next steps” regarding North Korea with South Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung Hwan and chief nuclear envoy Lim Sung Nam. Campbell declined to elaborate on actions the

UN may take, saying only that he will “let that process play out.”
While the UN Security Council “deplored” the North’s rocket launch, they did not threaten further sanctions, U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice said hours after the rocket firing.

‘Splendor of Socialism’

The North’s parliamentary body decided to allocate 15.8 percent of the total state budgetary expenditure for national defense this year, the official Korean Central News Agency said on April 14, citing Finance Minister Choe Kwang Jin.

Kim Jong Il’s third son inherited an economy one-40th the size of South Korea’s. His father also left behind the goal of making the North a “strong and prosperous nation” by 2012.

Kim Jong Un, who formally assumed the regime’s top political and military posts last week, acknowledged past economic difficulties.“The Workers’ Party firmly determines that the people, who suffered much hardship, should enjoy the wealth and splendor of socialism and never again tighten their belts,” he said.

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Archbishop of Canterbury Says Christians In Britian Being Persecuted

The Telegraph--Christians are being “persecuted” by courts and “driven underground” in the same way that homosexuals once were, a former Archbishop of Canterbury has warned.

Lord Carey says worshippers are being “vilified” by the state, treated as “bigots” and sacked simply for expressing their beliefs.

The attack is part of a direct appeal to the European Court of Human Rights before a landmark case on religious freedom.

In a written submission seen by The Daily Telegraph, the former leader of more than 70 million

Anglicans warns that the outward expression of traditional conservative Christian values has effectively been “banned” in Britain under a new “secular conformity of belief and conduct”.

His comments represent one of the strongest attacks on the impartiality of Britain’s judiciary from a religious leader.

He says Christians will face a “religious bar” to employment if rulings against wearing crosses and expressing their beliefs are not reversed.

Lord Carey argues that in “case after case” British courts have failed to protect Christian values. He urges European judges to correct the balance.

The hearing, due to start in Strasbourg on Sept 4, will deal with the case of two workers forced out of their jobs over the wearing of crosses as a visible manifestation of their faith. It will also take in the cases of Gary McFarlane, a counsellor sacked for saying that he may not be comfortable in giving sex therapy to homosexual couples, and a Christian registrar, who wishes not to conduct civil partnership ceremonies.

Lord Carey, who was archbishop from 1991 to 2002, warns of a “drive to remove Judaeo-Christian values from the public square”. Courts in Britain have “consistently applied equality law to discriminate against Christians”.

They show a “crude” misunderstanding of the faith by treating some believers as “bigots”. He writes: “In a country where Christians can be sacked for manifesting their faith, are vilified by State bodies, are in fear of reprisal or even arrest for expressing their views on sexual ethics, something is very wrong.

“It affects the moral and ethical compass of the United Kingdom. Christians are excluded from many sectors of employment simply because of their beliefs; beliefs which are not contrary to the public good.”

He outlines a string of cases in which he argues that British judges have used a strict reading of equality law to strip the legally established right to freedom of religion of “any substantive effect”.

“It is now Christians who are persecuted; often sought out and framed by homosexual activists,” he says. “Christians are driven underground. There appears to be a clear animus to the Christian faith and to Judaeo-Christian values. Clearly the courts of the United Kingdom require guidance.”

He says the human rights campaign has gone too far and become a political agenda.
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University of Toledo in Ohio Administrator Fired For Stance On Homosexuality

World Net Daily--Arguing that the U.S. Supreme Court has determined that “no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion,” a legal team has appealed the dismissal of an administrator from the University of Toledo in Ohio for her opinion of homosexuality.

The appeal to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals comes on behalf of Crystal Dixon, who was fired by the university in 2008 after expressing her “personal, Christian viewpoint on homosexuality” in an op-ed published in a local newspaper.

“In direct contravention,” the appeal states, “defendants seek to prescribe what ‘shall be orthodox’ in matters of opinion by permitting University of Toledo employees to express personal messages that promote certain favored viewpoints on controversial political and social issues, while censoring certain disfavored viewpoints, such as plaintiff’s Christian viewpoint on the issue of homosexuality.”
The American Freedom Law Center is working on the case in conjunction with the Thomas More Law Center.

Spokesman Robert Muise of the AFLC noted that the lower court ruled that the school’s “diversity” interests outweighed Dixon’s First Amendment rights.

“This case is an egregious example of the anti-Christian bias and bigotry that is being promoted in our universities and other public institutions in the name of ‘diversity.’ This one-way diversity, however, is contrary to our constitutional guaranteed freedoms protected by the First Amendment,” he said.

It was in April 2008 when Dixon saw a commentary in the Toledo Free Press that contended those who choose the homosexual lifestyle are like people who suffer discrimination based on their skin color.

Dixon, an African-American and Christian, thought the commentary was incorrect and submitted her own opinion piece to present a Christian viewpoint.

“I respectfully submit a different perspective for Miller [the author of the original op-ed] and Toledo Free Press readers to consider,” she wrote. ” … I take great umbrage at the notion that those choosing the homosexual lifestyle are civil rights victims.” She signed it “Crystal Dixon.”
Just days later, she received a letter from the university president Lloyd Jacobs, who fired her over the “public position you have taken.”

A lawsuit followed, and earlier this year a judge in Ohio affirmed the dismissal,  arguing the university’s stated preference for “diversity” trumped Dixon’s constitutional rights.
But the appeal asserts Dixon was censored because of subject matter, because other school officials also have expressed opinions “about various political and social issues” without penalty.

The appeal points out another administrator, Carol Bresnahan, was identified by her university position when she blasted opponents of a domestic-partner registry law as bigoted.

“It’s their religious beliefs, and bigotry in the name of religion is still bigotry,” she said.
Bresnahan, however was not reprimanded by Jacobs for her “bigoted, anti-religious comments,” the appeal said.

According to court documents, Jacobs testified: “If you make a statement contrary to the university’s value system, that’s not fine.”

Dixon, writing as a private individual about her beliefs, said, “As a Black woman … I take great umbrage at the notion that those choosing the homosexual lifestyle are ‘civil rights victims.’ Here’s why. I cannot wake up tomorrow and not be a Black woman. I am genetically and biologically a Black woman and very pleased to be so as my Creator intended.”

According to the court documents, Dixon did not identify herself as a university employee. Jacobs did identify her position, however, in a follow-up letter of his own, stating, “It is necessary … for me to repudiate much of her writing. … We will be taking certain internal actions in this instance to more fully align our utterances and actions with this value system.”

Crystal Dixon

The problem, however, is that legal precedents hold that “it is well settled that ‘a state cannot condition public employment on a basis that infringes the employee’s constitutionally protected interest in freedom of expression,’” the brief said.

“Here, defendants violated plaintiff’s right to freedom of speech by terminating her employment because she authored an opinion piece in a local newspaper in which she expressed her personal opinion and viewpoint on the issue of homosexuality and civil rights from the perspective of a Christian, African-American woman.”

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