Jan 31, 2013
Jan 30, 2013
A "POOR taste" joke by Julia Gillard's partner Tim Mathieson could have landed him in hot water under Nicola Roxon's proposed anti-discrimination laws, the Coalition says.
Mr Mathieson told the joke about Asian women and prostate examinations at a reception for the Prime Minister's XI cricket team at The Lodge last night.
“We can get a blood test for it, but the digital examination is the only true way to get a correct reading on your prostate,” the men's health ambassador said.
“So make sure you go and do that, and perhaps look for a small Asian female doctor is probably the best way.”
Mr Mathieson later apologised, saying he didn't mean to offend anyone. “My comments last night were trying to raise awareness about prostate cancer and the need for men to have regular checks and the importance of early detection.
Jan 25, 2013
Jan 24, 2013
Ms Gillard's push for Ms Peris, which stoked leadership divisions, was assured of success after the Left faction decided to support her, despite opponents labelling the decision "brutal" and "arrogant".
At a fiery pre-national executive Left caucus, representatives from Victoria, Tasmania and NSW attacked the decision to take the NT Senate preselection contest from rank-and-file members and hand it to the national executive. However, it was argued the Left could not oppose the endorsement of a female indigenous candidate and undermine the Prime Minister's authority.
The subsequent national executive telephone hook-up voted unanimously to admit Ms Peris into the Labor Party and make her eligible to contest preselection for the number one position on the party's NT Senate ticket.Senator Crossin declared yesterday she would fight on and would encourage others to enter the race.
A Sydney magistrate has dismissed charges against a man whose goat was accused of damaging vegetation at Circular Quay last year. The courtroom at times erupted into fits of giggles at today's hearing in the Downing Centre.
Police fined Jim Dezarnaulds $440 last August, saying he allowed his goat Gary to eat plants and flowers at the Museum of Contemporary Art. He was charged with destroying vegetation without authority. News of Gary the Goat's run-in with the law went viral after Mr Dezarnaulds posted the incident on Facebook, attracting more than 300,000 likes.
Before the case was heard, Mr Dezarnaulds - a performer who goes by the name of Jimbo - wrote to The Rocks police asking for the case to be dropped. In the letter he also thanked them for "helping me out with my career as comedian".
After a lively hearing this morning, the magistrate dismissed the charge, saying Mr Dezarnaulds "had no control over what the goat might eat, he might have preferred an ice cream".
Outside court, Mr Dezarnaulds says Gary has taught police a lesson. "This is actually an abuse of the laws of nature, I mean it was a goat eating grass," he said.
"I'm a comedian, I can come up with jokes, but it's pretty hard to compete with cops coming up with this stuff. "It's obviously a joke, but the fact that we're here it's gone a bit beyond a joke."
There is now speculation that an unfortunate mishap outside court may lead Gary to be charged with public urination.
Jan 23, 2013
INDIGENOUS Australian and Olympian Nova Peris is set to stand as Labor's number one Senate candidate in the Northern Territory after the intervention of Julia Gillard.
The Prime Minister said she had exercised her discretion to make a “captain's pick” in selecting Ms Peris to run for the seat, currently held by Labor senator Trish Crossin. She has asked ALP chiefs to approve the move by overruling local preselection processes.
The move to dump Senator Crossin after 15 years follows the Country Liberal Party's victory over Labor in last year's territory election. Ms Gillard said she was troubled that Labor had never been represented in the federal parliament by an indigenous Australian. “I am determined that at the 2013 election we change that,” she said.
“I've asked the national executive to work with me in ensuring that Nova is eligible to stand for preselection and that she is preselected as our number one candidate for the Senate in the Northern Territory. …
An emotional Ms Peris thanked the Prime Minister for the “amazing opportunity” to stand for Labor preselection. “I stand here before you all today not only as an Australian but also as a proud Aboriginal woman, proud of my heritage and culture,” Ms Peris said. “I certainly understand the significance of this opportunity, and I am very honoured and humbled by this, Prime Minister.”
Senator Crossin said the decision, which she was told of last night, was taken without consulting her or the territory branch of the Labor Party. “It has been my long-held belief that preselection should always be a matter for NT Labor branch members to decide,” she said in a statement.
Jan 21, 2013
While I was abroad, a Nobel Prize–winning economist, a Harvard professor of constitutional law, a prominent congressman, and various other American eminencies apparently had a sober and serious discussion on whether the United States Treasury could circumvent the debt constraints by minting a trillion-dollar platinum coin. Although Joe Weisenthal of Business Insider called the trillion-dollar coin “the most important fiscal policy debate you’ll ever see in your life,” most Democrat pundits appeared to favor the idea for the more straightforward joy it affords in sticking it to the House Republicans. …
The trillion-dollar-groat fever rang a vague bell with me. Way back in 1893, Mark Twain wrote a short story called “The Million Pound Bank Note,” which in the Fifties Ronald Neame made into a rather droll film. A penniless American down and out in London (Gregory Peck) is presented by two eccentric Englishmen (Ronald Squire and Wilfrid Hyde-White) with a million-pound note which they have persuaded the Bank of England to print in order to settle a wager. One of the English chaps believes that simple possession of the note will allow the destitute Yank to live the high life without ever having to spend a shilling. And so it proves. … I always liked the line Mark Twain’s protagonist uses on a duke’s niece he’s sweet on: He tells her “I hadn’t a cent in the world but just the million pound note.”
That’s Paul Krugman’s solution for America as it prepares to bust through another laughably named “debt limit”: We’d be a nation that hasn’t a cent in the world but just a trillion-dollar coin — and what more do we need? As with Gregory Peck in the movie, the mere fact of the coin’s existence would ensure we could go on living large. Indeed, aside from inflating a million quid to a trillion bucks, Professor Krugman’s proposal economically prunes the sprawling cast of the film down to an off-Broadway one-man show with Uncle Sam playing every part: A penniless Yank (Uncle Sam) runs into a wealthy benefactor (Uncle Sam) who has persuaded the banking authorities (Uncle Sam) to mint a trillion-dollar coin that will allow Uncle Sam (played by Uncle Sam) to extend an unending line of credit to Uncle Sam (also played by Uncle Sam).
This seems likely to work. As for the love interest, in the final scene, Paul Krugman takes his fake dead girlfriend (played by Barack Obama’s composite girlfriend) to a swank restaurant and buys her the world’s most expensive bottle of champagne (played by Lance Armstrong’s urine sample). …
“It’s easy to make sententious remarks to the effect that we shouldn’t look for gimmicks, we should sit down like serious people and deal with our problems realistically. That may sound reasonable — if you’ve been living in a cave for the past four years.Given the realities of our political situation, and in particular the mixture of ruthlessness and craziness that now characterizes House Republicans, it’s just ridiculous — far more ridiculous than the notion of the coin.”
Jan 19, 2013
Posted by Jim Fryar at 10:20 AM
THE fly-in, fly-out staffing of Queensland mines that helped develop the coal mining boom was no longer guaranteed, Premier Campbell Newman said. In a visit to Mount Isa, Mr Newman said FIFO was appropriate in remote mines but may not be necessary in projects close to cities.
"This Government believes in regional cities and towns like Mount Isa and we want to see regional Queensland built up. "We don't want everyone to live in southeast Queensland.
"So what we have to do is take it on a case-by-case basis. If there are new mines to be built in close proximity driving distance from Mount Isa, preferably we will see the families coming here and people relocating here."
The Government has the ability to restrict FIFO through its conditions and approvals to mines. Central Queensland communities have voiced their concerns about the huge impact the rostering system has on small towns where infrastructure and services are limited.
Jan 18, 2013
Two former Prime Ministers of Australia decided today to remind us that one still feels relevant and the other was some years ago. Both were on the issue of gun control, and both felt that for some reason, their opinions were important enough to seek the limelight over.
Kevin Rudd, who only managed to complete part of a term after winning government before his party rolled him, felt it necessary to recite the MSNBC line over the NRA advertisement on protection of schools. Drawing on Chris Mathews, Piers Morgan, or the President, he repeated the old straw man line on the President’s family being off limits:
Mr Rudd, the former prime minister and now a Labor backbencher, slammed the video and said no political leader anywhere in the world should have to put up with it. "The US National Rifle Association TV ad on President Obama's kids is one of the most offensive ads of all time,'' he posted on Twitter.
"For the record, I fully support the Australian system of registered gun owners & gun clubs. But US NRA is out of control. KRudd.''It is dishonest of Rudd and those whose comments he is reciting to claim that the ad was aimed at the President’s daughters. It is clearly aimed at the hypocrisy of the President himself, who insists that armed personal in schools is not the answer and keeping them gun free while his children are guarded. Certainly his kids need protection, but so do other people’s.
Howard on the other hand is seeking some love from the American left now he has been largely forgotten here:
Writing in the New York Times, Mr Howard said he did not want to "lecture" Americans on how they should respond to Mr Obama's plan, (but he goes on to do it anyway) but pointed to his experience in introducing tough gun laws following the 1996 Port Arthur massacre.
Mr Howard said it was not an easy task, but he used the authority of the prime minister's office to curb the possession of such weapons. "The fundamental problem was the ready availability of high-powered weapons which enabled people to convert their murderous impulses into mass killing," he wrote.
"Certainly, shortcomings in treating mental illness and the harmful influence of violent video games and movies may have played a role.”His statement about “the authority of the prime minister's office” has to be the silliest attempt at self-aggrandizement to a foreign nation ever attempted by an Australian Prime Minister. The PM’s office has no authority on its own other than what the sycophants in his party are prepared to allow him. Howard used the Port Arthur tragedy to stage a knee-jerk reaction with the support of Labor who had always wanted gun control.
The Howard legacy is a lucrative sideline for drug pushers, a higher rate of home invasions and other crime, more feral cats, dogs, foxes and rabbits, and a matching decrease in native wildlife.
Jan 17, 2013
At one rather humorous point, Morgan’s attempt to control the conversation nearly failed when an anti-gun professor, speaking via remote link, corrected him on the topic of whether, in fact, assault rifles were used most often in mass shootings (semiautomatic handguns are the weapon of choice). That nearly took the discussion back to where Shapiro had taken it last week--i.e. highlighting Morgan’s true desire to remove all guns.
The most telling moment of all came at the beginning of the program, when Morgan openly admitted that the Obama administration’s new proposals for gun regulations, which he supports and for which he proudly campaigned, are “not gonna stop mass shootings.” They are worth enacting anyway, Morgan explained, because they are an appropriate response to the Sandy Hook shootings, even if merely a symbolic one.
Morgan immediately proved the point that Second Amendment defenders have been making for weeks--that none of the gun control proposals of the left would have made any difference in preventing the Sandy Hook atrocity. But what is important is not, in fact, whether we save the life of even one child. Rather, the aim is to humble Americans, particularly conservative ones, into accepting limits on our constitutional rights.
When Hughes challenged Morgan to explain why the Second Amendment ought to be limited to the technologies of the eighteenth century, but the First Amendment should not, he failed to produce a coherent answer. Never mind--the debate is settled, and the verdict is that Morgan is a small, small man. …
Jan 16, 2013
“An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.” ― Robert A. Heinlein, Beyond This Horizon
A couple of days ago on this site we accused Piers Morgan of ‘being a little disingenuous with his figures in relation to his statements in his debate with Jesse Ventura on gun control. We pointed out that while Britain had a lower gun murder rate than the US, it by no means indicated that the UK is a more civilized society, just that 93.4% of them prefer blunt or sharp objects to guns when committing murder.
Libertarian Republican has a good find in a video clip that details just how deliberately deceitful Morgan was with the figures in his claims when interviewing Alex Jones. These were similar to those in the Ventura interview:
Morgan’s claim that there were 35 murders in ‘Britain’ may be correct, but that figure excludes Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, which would otherwise be included if the term Great Britain or the UK was used.
His assertion that there were 11,000 gun murders in the US is also dishonest. FBI stats state that there were 8,583 of them in 2011 with 660 of them being ‘justifiable’ ones by law enforcement or civilians. Great Britain had 59, not 35.
The UK though, has a violent crime rate of 2,034 per hundred thousand people, compared with 446 in the US, (four and a half times higher) and even 25% higher than troubled South Africa.
If CNN are really convinced that Americans need to be talked down to by foreigners on the subject of crime and guns, it would be better if they picked someone who does not hail from one of the most violent societies on earth.
This Saturday, January 12, 2013, in a unanimous vote at their convention, the Queens Libertarian Party Endorsed Ex-Madam, Kristin Davis, as their candidate for Mayor of NYC in 21013.
Kristin Davis, the former Manhattan Madam, who supplied prostitutes for Eliot Spitzer, was convicted for promoting prostitution and served four months on Riker’s Island. Since her arrest and motivated by the inequities in our criminal justice system, Davis has become one of New York City’s most vocal Libertarian activists and ran for Governor in 2010 on a Libertarian platform of decriminalizing marijuana, marriage equality and legalizing casino gambling.
The Queens Libertarian Party is the largest Libertarian group in the state and their early endorsement of Davis sets the tone for her to become the official Libertarian Party Candidate in the 2013 NYC Mayoral Race.
Libertarian Party Presidential candidate Gary Johnson won over 42,000 votes in New York State last year. Davis is expected to announce her candidacy in early 2013 and will file for campaign matching funds under the city’s campaign finance system. Davis opposes the NYPD Stop and Frisk program, supports legalizing marijuana, opposes the restriction on soft drinks to 16oz and favors casino gambling in NYC over upstate.