Wednesday, November 2, 2016

832 Genderless Marriage is a War for our Civilisation - Mark Latham

Genderless Marriage is a War for our Civilisation - Mark Latham
(Australia's Donald Trump)

Newsletter published on 12 June 2016

(1) Genderless Marriage is a War for our Civilisation - Mark Latham
(Australia's Donald Trump)
(2) Australia's Donald Trump is Mark Latham - Sarrah Le Marquand
(3) 'Brexit makes no sense if you’re gay ... If you’re a gay person,
you’re an internationalist'

(1) Genderless Marriage is a War for our Civilisation - Mark Latham
(Australia's Donald Trump)

It's a War for our Civilisation

Latham participated in the Australian Marriage Forum:

Watch this 6-minute Youtube featuring Latham with Miranda Devine and
Alan Jones:

Published on 10 Jun 2016

THE HON MARK LATHAM: "It's a war for our civilisation".

He's speaking of the insane world of 'gender theory', which is embodied
in the radical LGBT sex-education programmes being rolled out in our
schools. And which (as we keep reminding people) will be cemented into
law and culture if we ever institute 'genderless marriage'. The creators
of the "Safe Schools" programme must be trembling in their boots when
the great Alan Jones is onto them. Plus the combined parental firepower
of Miranda Devine and Mark Latham.A clip from Sky News Australia, 7/6/16.

More at

(2) Australia's Donald Trump is Mark Latham - Sarrah Le Marquand

So the former Australian Labor leader’s endorsement of Trump’s run for
the US presidency is hardly a revelation.

Both men relish being howled down by the "elites". They are each
desperate to cast themselves as a down-and-out, ordinary, everyday man
on the street. (And it’s always a man on the street — the only time a
woman gets a mention is if it is an unflattering observation on their
looks or a rant against ugly, bitter feminists.)

They also share a talent for reinvention that would have been the envy
of even the late, great David Bowie.

There’s Trump — one-time generous Democrat donor, ardent admirer of
Hillary Clinton and champion of pro-choice and pro-gay marriage
legislation — newly transformed into one of the most conservative
figures of modern politics.

Meanwhile Latham — who once challenged John Howard’s dusty looking
social policies with his vision for a bolder, more progressive Australia
— has resurfaced in recent years as a small-minded grouch with a soft
spot for misogyny.

It’s amazing what a run for the White House and an imploded attempt at
moving into the Lodge can respectively do for a person. "I am just like
you, dear voters. Except much, much, MUCH richer. Like, we’re talking
billions. But other than that, we are exactly the same." (Pic: AP
Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

A cynic might even suggest such a complete and utter about-face has more
to do with career-driven pragmatism and garnering publicity than a
genuine epiphany regarding the principles and beliefs they once held so

But it is in casting themselves as outsiders — allegedly fearless,
PC-slaying, plain-talking warriors — that the unlikely twins bear the
most striking resemblance.

Never mind that they owe more to the "establishment" than any of their
rivals combined, or that they are infinitely more well-off than either
you or me — according to their rhetoric, Trump and Latham are the only
ones who understand your pain.

As a campaign strategy, this appears to have worked pretty well for
Trump thus far. How else to explain that the man once considered little
more than a late-night talk show punchline is now almost certain to
secure the Republican nomination?

Anger, vitriol and shock-jock slogans have delivered him an advantage
his Republican rivals could only dream of: saturation media coverage.
Donald Trump might not be familiar with the name Mark Latham, but his
knowledge of all things Australian does at least extend as far as former
Miss Universe Jennifer Hawkins. (Pic: Supplied)

Two weeks ago, the New York Times dispatched two tracking firms to
calculate the value of airtime and newspaper inches Trump has enjoyed
during the course of his campaign. The result was an estimated $1.9
billion of free media — pretty handy exposure for anyone, much less one
who spends far less on television advertising than his fellow candidates.

The moral of this modern political fable is simple: ranting and raving
and venturing thought bubbles on international relations so inane they
make a fifth grader sound sophisticated is Trump’s trump card.

The more horrified certain pockets of the population become, the happier
he is. The more indignant and alarmed highbrow political commentators
get, the more confident he becomes. "I know the hat suggests otherwise,
but I’m thinking of voting for Latham." (Pic: Ralph Freso/Getty Images/AFP)

Rather than make a hero out of Trump, and see him further lionised as a
fearless renegade, his detractors would do well to dial down the
hysteria. Being perceived as a lone crusader, alienated from America’s
political and media elites, is the very lifeblood of his campaign.

Closer to home it is also the lifeblood of Latham’s career, a strategy
that has proven successful thanks in large part to those who allow
themselves to be so effortlessly whipped into a frenzy every time he
utters something Trump-esque.

Last August, when he parted ways with the Australian Financial Review
after the launch of various petitions demanding his dismissal, the
consensus was that it would prove the "end to Mark Latham’s media career".

This columnist had a somewhat different view, predicting at the time:
"Instead of obscurity, the all-too-easily manipulated mob has delivered
him infamy".

Six months later he was awarded a fortnightly column with News Corp —
quite an upgrade for a columnist once in danger of being eternally
confined to a little-read newspaper.

Despite his bluster and unwavering self-belief Donald Trump’s political
ambitions are destined to prove futile. Come the general election in
November, he will be consigned to the would-be presidential scrapheap.

Once the can’t-look-away theatrics of the Trump Sideshow give way to
ballot paper reality, voters will simply not support in numbers large
enough to secure him the top job.

Which will be more one more thing he has in common with our very own
Mark Latham.


Mike 61

What I find amusing is that all of these "left wing" journalists
continually denigrate, insult, ridicule  and put down Trump at every
opportunity but none has actually done some fundamental research to why
his message is resonating with so many in the USA AND around the world.
  The only rationale the "left wing" media can attribute this to is that
all Trump supporters are "right wing" knuckle dragging, xenophobic,
redneck bigots. Now this may be true in some cases but there has to be
an underlying rebellion against the current system and politics to
result in what we are seeing now.  Is it that these journalists are too
lazy to do some research or are they afraid and don't want to admit that
not everyone agrees with them??

(3) 'Brexit makes no sense if you’re gay ... If you’re a gay person,
you’re an internationalist'

Sir Ian McKellen: 'Brexit makes no sense if you’re gay'

Boudicca Fox-Leonard

10 June 2016 o 7:00am

"Retirement! What does that mean?" Ian McKellen is scandalised by the
suggestion that, at 77, the day may soon come when he takes his last bow
on stage.

"Retirement from theatre would mean retirement from life. It doesn’t
appeal to me. A few years ago, I decided to take six months off each
year and see what happened – and what happened was, I got intensely
bored. So I went back."

It’s the kind of passion that explains a glittering career such as
McKellen’s. Six Laurence Olivier Awards, one Tony, a Golden Globe, as
well as two Oscars, in roles spanning Shakespeare and Beckett to
Tolkien, where he made a legion of younger fans as Gandalf. [...]

McKellen doesn’t even have a garden at his London home in Limehouse, not
far from the Grapes pub, which he co-owns with his former partner, Sean
Mathias, and newspaper owner Evgeny Lebedev.

"Gardens are very hard work. I’m often away for long periods and gardens
need constant tending. But I like flowers and I always have lots in the
house. So when Mig asked me to come to his latest venture in Blenheim, I
was only too happy."

Before Blenheim, though, he is going to India, China and Russia to speak
about a subject close to his heart. A long-time vocal advocate of gay
rights (he came out in 1988, in protest at the proposed Section 28
clause that would prohibit the promotion of homosexuality), he has lived
to see vast improvements but feels much work is still to be done at home
and abroad. "I travel around quite a lot and visit schools, so I do
sense what’s going on, and it’s going way beyond my expectations.
There’s a lot to be positive about – but not in the countries I’m visiting."

It is because of this issue that he hopes Britain will vote to remain in
the EU on June 23. Conscious of how European legislation helped to
enshrine gay equality during the Blair years, he says: "Now is the time
to be backing Europe and giving back that sense of empowerment to
countries in the European Union that are still very backward in this regard.

"If I were to look at ‘in’ or ‘out’ from that point of view, there’s
only one point, which is to stay. If you’re a gay person, you’re an
internationalist. I don’t want us to retract. I don’t want to and I
won’t, whatever the vote happens to be. It wouldn’t be the end of the
world, but it’s nearly the end of my life. And it’s up to the youngsters
to decide, really." [...]

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