LDP moves closer to extending Abe’s term as party head



The ruling Liberal Democratic Party edged closer to extending Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s term as party president on Tuesday, proposing to either raise the existing limit to three consecutive terms over a total of nine years or abolish term limits entirely.

If Abe is able to run for a third three-year term as party president, and succeeds, he could see through the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics in 2020 as prime minister.

Current party rules limit LDP presidents to two consecutive terms totaling six years, meaning Abe’s term is set to expire in September 2018.

While Japanese law does not limit the number of consecutive terms a prime minister can serve, by convention he or she must be the head of the ruling party.

There were no objections to the idea of extending the party president’s term at the first board meeting Tuesday of the task force on party and political system reform, according to LDP Vice President Masahiko Komura who chairs the gathering.

The LDP is expected to prepare to revise party rules at a convention next year reflecting the action team’s conclusions.

The task force’s acting chairman, LDP policy chief Toshimitsu Motegi, told reporters following the meeting that he understands the rules would be swiftly enforced following their revision.

In the meeting, members confirmed that the change would not be carried out as a special measure for Abe alone.

According to sources close to the matter, the party is considering bringing a policy group on board, led by former Secretary General Sadakazu Tanigaki, to collect a wide range of opinions on the issue.

“The party will look at the situation in the international community as it decides on its direction (in determining) what form the role of president should best take,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a press conference Tuesday.

Once the task force sorts out the points of contention, it will take the debate to a meeting open to all LDP lawmakers.

Attention will be paid to how potential successors to Abe, including Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and former LDP Secretary General Shigeru Ishiba, handle the issue.

While the two LDP prime ministers prior to Abe’s re-election in late 2012 resigned early, Junichiro Koizumi, who was prime minister from 2001 to 2006, stepped down when he reached the term limit.


Pro Male Genocide, Female rapist defending Guardian Attacks Gay, Feminist, Sex Assault Victim, Declares Europe’s Migrant Rape Epidemic ‘Made Up’

The Guardian’s U.S. bureau appears to have denied the Rotherham and Cologne rape scandals as “made up” while attacking a gay, feminist, sexual assault victim and Breitbart contributor, claiming her experiences of sexually aggressive migrant men is “openly, wildly racist”.

The sex assault-denying Guardian has attempted to discredit an article by former left-wing activist and LGBT and women’s rights campaigner Anne-Marie Waters who wrote an article in October 2015 which was subsequently tweeted out by Donald Trump Jr on Tuesday morning.

The paper’s U.S. election live blog said of the article: “What Donald Trump Jr is tweeting here would very comfortably appear in the feeds of the white nationalist accounts he approvingly retweets”. Author Tom McCarthy adds: “The Breitbart story [sic: it is an op-ed], a tourist’s out-of-nowhere description of a made-up gang-rape epidemic in Europe, is not only openly, wildy racist, describing a continental crisis of white European women under assault by “Middle Eastern-looking men” – the racist Breitbart piece is also breathtakingly unhinged from reality”.


Australia’s most prestigious acting school, NIDA, is staging a play called #KillAllMen.




Date/Time: 19 Oct 2016 – 25 Oct 2016
By Nakkiah Lui
Directed by Anthea Williams
Eight women create an internet utopia where they discuss the most intimate details of their lives, the most righteous, and the most hilarious. Dating, camming, work, love, and how to be an out and proud feminist. But when one of them disappears after being attacked everything changes. #KillAllMen suddenly moves from joke to reality.
19–25 October, 8pm
20 October, 2pm
NIDA Theatres, Space
Featuring NIDA graduating Acting, Costume, Design for Performance, Properties and Objects, Technical Theatre and Stage Management and Staging students.
Suitable for adult audiences.

Commissioned by NIDA with support from the Nick Enright AM Bequest

Tickets on sale soon.

Woman, 37, admits sexual activity with boy, 14

Barbara Ellen:

do we seriously think that a female teacher sleeping
with a male pupil is on a par with a male teacher sleeping
with a girl pupil? I don’t.



20 September 2016 1:15PM

A woman wept in court as she admitted engaging in sexual activity with a 14-year-old boy.

Angela Gatt, 37, appeared at Carlisle Crown Court today and was told she must now sign the sex offenders’ register.

Gatt had previously denied a charge of sexual activity with the child and was due to go on trial this week.

But during a short hearing this afternoon in front of Judge Barbara Forrester she changed her plea to guilty.

No details about the offence, which occurred in north Cumbria on June 21 last year, were outlined in court and Judge Forrester adjourned the case until October 18.

Gatt – a mother to two young daughters – will learn her fate on that date.

However, Judge Forrester indicated she was considering either a suspended prison term or a community order.

Background information was requested by the judge and Gatt, of Dalrymple, Ayr, was remanded on conditional bail.


Woman had 2 children with underage boy

Barbara Ellen:

do we seriously think that a female teacher sleeping
with a male pupil is on a par with a male teacher sleeping
with a girl pupil? I don’t.



DENVER – Denver investigators say a 33-year-old woman had a relationship with an underage boy and had two children with him.

The Denver District Attorney charged Alicia Hernandez with sex assault on a child and sex assault.

According to the arrest affidavit, on September 6, DPD sex crimes unit received a report of an inappropriate sexual relationship from Denver Department of Human Services.

The victim, now 18, was 14 at the start of the relationship and Hernandez was 29-years-old at the time.

According to court records, the victim told police he met Hernandez at Garfield Park four years ago and told her he was 18. The victim told investigators after a year of dating, the couple had sex, Hernandez got pregnant and their first child was born in June of 2013.

Hernandez told police she did indeed meet the victim at a park. She believed they conceived their first child in August or September of 2012. According to court records, Hernandez then got pregnant again and their second child was born in January of 2015.

Denver DA’s office says Hernandez has been released from custody on a $50,000 bond. She’s scheduled back in court in October.