Farage; you can’t make this stuff up.
This one slipped past about ten months ago without being noticed here, but it is Farage at his best:
This one slipped past about ten months ago without being noticed here, but it is Farage at his best:
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Labels: Government, Politics
Cartoon: By Bill Leak.
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Labels: Carbon sense, Economics, Environment, Politics
But Fairfax Media has obtained documents showing that in September 2010, the HSU agreed to pay him $129,555 in entitlements plus $30,000 to settle a defamation claim he had brought against the union and his successor as national secretary, Kathy Jackson. At the time of the payout, Mr Thomson was suing Fairfax Media over the allegations and had been recently re-elected as a federal MP.Meanwhile the Speaker, Peter Slipper who is fighting allegations of rorting travel dockets and sexual harassment of a male staffer is to remain stood down after independent MPs indicated they would not continue to support the government if he were allowed to take the chair while allegations against him were unresolved. He will therefore, continue to contribute to the stench surrounding the PM.
Subsequently, the NSW branch of the Labor Party paid $150,000 in Mr Thomson's legal bills to prevent him becoming a bankrupt, which would have excluded him from office and caused the collapse of the minority government.
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Labels: crime, Government, Politics
… Tim McCarver said one of the stupidest things ever spoken on a television broadcast today, blaming global warming for "making the air thin" and thus leading to a rise in home runs.We are not certain whether this claim has been peer reviewed, so we wait with baited breath for the next IPCC report to find out.
Climate change, or in McCarver's words "climactic change," is the culprit (and not, say, steroids, the age of which McCarver insists is over) …
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Labels: amusing, settled science
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Labels: Carbon sense, Environment, Government, Politics, unsettled science, Viv Forbes
I always voted at my party's call,
And I never thought of thinking for myself at all. – ‘Sir Joseph Porter, K. C. B.’ HMS Pinafore.
Cartoon: By Pickering.
Some time ago one of the overseas readers of this site wrote a comment asking why it was that with the declining popularity of Labor and the total lack of credibility of the Prime Minister, that there was a likelihood of Kevin Rudd being reinstated. The reality is that the Labor Party has a distinct lack of talent.
It is worth remembering that prior to the ‘reverse leadership coup’ in February where Rudd was effectively forced to challenge against overwhelming odds, his Department of Foreign Affairs was the only effective one in the government.
The only other likely figures being touted are Simon Crean, Stephen Smith, and the most prominent possibility, Bill Shorten. None of them have been impressive and all are closely associated with the PM and her disastrous decisions. Shorten has just made a complete idiot of himself by supporting a statement by Gillard that he had not heard:
Interviewer: Do you think he [Peter Slipper] should return to the speakers chair while the civil claims are still being played out?Perhaps the quote from HMS Pinafore should be replaced with one from “Paint your wagon”:
Shorten: I understand that the Prime Minister has addressed this in a press conference in Turkey in the last few hours. I haven’t seen what she said, but let me say, I support what she said.
Interviewer: Hang on, you haven’t seen what she said …
Shorten: But I support what my Prime Minister has said.
Interviewer: Well, what’s your view?
Shorten: Well, my view is what the Prime Minister’s view is.
Interviewer: Surely you must have your own view on this Bill Shorten?
Shorten: No, when you ask if I have a view on this that is such a general question it invites me to go to …
Shorten: …. But I support what my Prime minister has said.
Interviewer: But you don’t know what that is?
Shorten: I’m sure she is right.
Interviewer: But you won’t make up your own mind until you see what your prime …
Shorten: I’m a minister in the government and I support our Prime Minister full stop.
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Labels: amusing, Government, Politics
Cartoon: By Pickering.
The intervention by Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten to sack the leadership of the HSU East branch and have an administrator appointed appears most likely to be a desperate attempt to ward off the possibility of the branch falling into the hands of those hostile to allegedly corrupt President Michael Williamson, and disgraced MP, Craig Thompson.
Meanwhile Gillard is facing a backbench revolt over her support for her pet Speaker of the house Peter Slipper, who is accused of rorting expenses and sexual harassment of a male staffer. Gillard is increasingly being seen as a hopeless decision maker.
The situation we have where the government is relying on its ability to protect its position by refusing to act against two disgraced MPs could be resolved if the electorate had the option of recall elections like Americans are able to petition for. Should an MP turn out to be corrupt, dishonest, or dishonor a commitment to his or her constituents it is only right that voters have the opportunity to recall that MP and choose a replacement.
Recalling an MP should be a serious matter. Only where an MP’s performance is deemed by voters as unacceptable should it be undertaken. The recall provision should not be so easy as to make it susceptible to abuse by those with a personal vendetta or partisan agenda, such as that being attempted in Wisconsin against Governor Scott Walker. For this reason a high bar of something like 20-25% of the registered voters in an electorate should be required to trigger it.
An MP Should only face a recall petition not more once each term. This will ensure that only MP’s who have really lost the confidence of their constituents will face recall, and eliminate opportunistic recall attempts.
In addition to this electoral reform in Australia should consist of:
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Map: Battle of Kapyong.
Korean war veterans tend to feel that they fought in a forgotten war. This is probably an overstatement as it gets mentions, but probably less attention than it deserves. Perhaps the fact that it sits between two longer wars – WW2 and Vietnam may have something to do with it.
The defining battle for Australians in Korea was the Battle of Kapyong, fought on the night of 23Apr 51 and through the following day. The 24th of April is officially ‘Kapyong Day’ but it is generally overshadowed by Anzac Day on the 25th. The Battle of Long Tan which was smaller, less significant, but no less courageous, has fared better with its day on the 18th of August.
At Kapyong the Australian 3rd Battalion and the Canadian 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry set up defensive positions on hills either side of the Kapyong Valley to block the Chinese spring offensive from reaching Seoul, and with some American tanks and New Zealand artillery were able to block a Chinese Division after heavy fighting.
The following transcript gives an idea of the situation:
Early in the evening, retreating South Koreans streamed past the Commonwealth position, with Chinese forces closely intermingled. Soon afterwards a platoon of American tanks supporting 3 RAR was overrun. The Kapyong valley was too large an area to defend with the forces available, and the brigade was spread very thinly.Both the Australian and Canadian Battalions were awarded the US Presidential Unit Citation for their actions (Image left).
Throughout the night the Chinese repeatedly pressed the Australian positions, attacking in waves over their own dead and wounded.
At dawn, A Company, under the command of Major Bernard "Ben" O'Dowd, found that the Chinese had infiltrated its position, but a counter-attack was able to eject them. Meanwhile B Company, which had spent the night on a hill near the riiver, discovered Chinese occupying some old bunkers on a small knoll. Hand-to-hand fighting ensued with grenades and bayonets. C Company, under the command of Captain Reg Saunders, was in position to reinforce both A and B Companies.
"Major O'Dowd then directed the radio operator to contact anyone. The American 1st Marine Division answered but their operator refused to believe who our operator was speaking for. Major O'Dowd took the phone and demanded to speak to the commanding officer. The general in charge of the [Marine] division came on the phone and told O'Dowd we didn't exist as we had been wiped out the night before. Major O'Dowd said, 'I've got news for you, we are still here and we are staying here.”
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"The Aussies have been reluctant soldiers at the best of times, and they've been essentially lazy bludgers, some of them - excellent black-marketeers, scavengers, poachers and thieves," he told the panel.This left international audiences asking the obvious question, “What is New Zealand?” As a service to our extensive readership, we will put you in the picture.
"Occasionally, they've actually been quite good soldiers, but there was no way that they can hold a candle, in my opinion, to the Kiwis.”
Cartoon: By Spooner.
Over the past 50 years southern Australia has lost about 20 per cent of its rainfall, and one cause is almost certainly global warming. Similar losses have been experienced in eastern Australia, and although the science is less certain it is probable that global warming is behind these losses too. But by far the most dangerous trend is the decline in the flow of Australian rivers: it has fallen by around 70 per cent in recent decades, so dams no longer fill even when it does rain. Growing evidence suggests that hotter soils, caused directly by global warming, have increased evaporation and transpiration and that the change is permanent.This seems to have been missed by Ruben Meerman of the ABC’s science program ‘Catalyst’ the other night while discussing flood sediment in Moreton Bay and it’s effect on sea grass:
I believe the first thing Australians need to do is to stop worrying about "the drought" - which is transient - and start talking about the new climate.
Dr James Udy: Longer term we have to be very mindful of what we’re doing on the land that comes swishing out into Moreton Bay and will affect the ecosystem for now and in the future.
It seems that the sea grass which was expected by ‘reputable’ scientists to be wiped out by flood sediment was faring way better than expected, especially in the worst affected Western sector which was explained away as:
Ruben Meerman: This time Moreton Bay faired surprisingly well,
but with climate change we expect bigger floods more often.
NARRATION: And while this ecosystem has proved more resilient than expected, nobody knows how much more it can take. The one thing that’s certain it’s too beautiful to risk finding out.
I think one way to look at it is if you think about would you expect an individual, a human that is in very good health to be better able to ward off disease, and you probably think well yes you would. But in fact with the ecosystem it’s the, part of ecosystem here on the western side that’s been having little bits of suffering year in year out was better able to cope this time when the major flood came.There is another possibility, which was not canvassed. Possibly the reason why the most flood affected grass was doing better than that in the East is that the nutrients from the silt actually nourish sea grass. Unfortunately such an idea does not lead to the conclusion that farming in river valleys should be stopped.
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Labels: Environment, Politics, unsettled science
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Cartoon: By Pickering. http://lpickering.net/
After a virtual clean sweep of the last state election, taking 78 of the 89 seats in the Legislative Assembly the new government seems to be getting down to the business of deficit reduction. It has started in small immediate moves but former federal Treasurer Peter Costello has been hired to review the states finances.
Judging by the reaction to the axing of the state literary awards there is going to be considerable angst among those who are accustomed to state largesse. This is being seen as the end of the world, as we know it and is claimed that it will stop any books being read in the state:
It's taken a long time even to begin to convince the rest of the country that we of the Deep North aren't … a state of slack-jawed provincials whose idea of refinement is playing the banjo with our toes. Might I suggest there are better ways of pinching a few pennies than effectively saying that the state places no value on reading, or writing, or introspection. …Rather than the usual effort by new governments of claiming budget holes need immediate plugging with new or heavier taxes, the state budget has been postponed for three months to make a proper assessment of what needs to be done.
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Labels: Bureaucracy, Economics, Politics
"If ever the Greens were needed in Australian politics in public life in redefining the debate in Australia, it's now," Senator Milne said. "I'm going out there as a country person to say to other country people it's time the Greens and country and rural and regional Australian really worked together.” …Last year the Greens supported demands for legislation to protect their land from coal seam gas and mining. When the draught Planning Policy for Strategic Cropping Land was delivered it was found that the proposed law would also restrict what landowners could do.
Senator Joyce said that while the Greens' concern for the rapid development of the coal-seam gas industry was reflected in some rural communities, most other Greens policies were anti-bush. "The Greens have a problem with coal-seam gas, as does the Coalition," Senator Joyce said. "But the Greens also have problems with rodeos, irrigation, live cattle exports, and they want a 50 per cent top tax rate and death duties. …
"I would welcome her (Senator Milne) in some of my communities. Any town hall, any time you want. My tactic would be to simply tell people what her policies are. People know in the back of their minds that the Greens' policies are dangerous.”
It is obvious that Bob Brown is resigning today because he knows his time is up and he wants to go out on a high. Brown knows that the party is losing the environmental message the party was based on and is now being used by the far left as a way to spread their extreme agenda. He is just trying to get out before that happens.These people do not appear to be the party to attract the bush.
Without Brown, the far left and extremists will steamroll over the others and become the new reigning force within the Greens.
These members include the now Deputy Leader, Adam Bandt, a self-identified former member of the Left Alliance that once admonished ultra-left groups such as Resistance and the International Socialists for not being left-wing enough.
Bandt has referred to the Greens as a ‘bourgeois party’ that can be used as a Trojan horse for pushing an anti-capitalist, socialist Marxist agenda. He has identified the Greens as the best avenue to achieving socialism in Australia. …
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Labels: Greens, Politics, Property rights, Tax, The left
I won’t dwell on this one too much; I’m sure my old mate Bawb is all over it.
The North Eastern United States contains a large number of the sort of people that consider themselves to be the font of all wisdom. This is nicely balanced by California in the far South West, where a similar group regard the place as a cornucopia of good ideas for running the country, but that’s another story.
In between is ‘flyover country’ where the population tends to watch the ideas rushing back and forth with a mixture of laughter and rage. These people for whatever reason fail to understand how much better their lives would if they just accepted that the elite knows what is best for them.
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin states in his ‘about Peter’ section of his webpage; “He likes to fish, hunt and garden and can sometimes be found spreading manure and cutting hay at the dairy farm where he is a partner.” (The bull manure presumably, is saved for spreading over the entire state.)
Any Vermont hunter just knows how to deal with bears that raid bird feeders, you just go out there and take the feeders away from them and shoo them away, none of that Tennessee Davy Crocket stuff of grinning them down. Unfortunately, bears tend to lack culture and in this case thought they would supplement their diet with a bit of red meat:
A LATE-NIGHT encounter with four bears trying to snack from backyard bird feeders has given Vermont's governor a lesson in what not to do in bear country. One of the bears chased Peter Shumlin and nearly caught the governor as he tried to shoo the animals away, he said on Friday. "I had a close encounter with a bear. Four bears to be exact,'' Shumlin said.Governor Shumlin is a Democrat.
Shumlin said he had just gone to bed inside his rented home on the edge of Montpelier late on Wednesday when the bears woke him up. He looked out the window and saw the omnivores in a tree about 1.5m from the house trying to get food from his four bird feeders.
"I open up the window and yell at them to get away from the bird feeders. They kind of trot off,'' Shumlin said on Friday. "I go around to the kitchen to turn the lights on and look from the other side and they're back in the bird feeders. So I figure I've got to get the bird feeders out of there or they're going to make this a habit.”
He said he then ran out and first grabbed two of the feeders. As he grabbed the other two and made his escape, "one of the bigger bears was interested in me.” "It was probably six feet (two metres) from me before I slammed the door and it ran the other way,'' Shumlin said.
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Brown's moment of triumph, Gillard signs the article of unconditional surrender by the ALP to the Greens.
In the wake of the 2010 federal election there was some speculation that Greens leader Bob Brown would be replaced by Christine Milne. The influx of a newer, more Bolshie generation of hard liners was always likely to spell trouble for Bob, who despite his determination to put a stop to the evil creation of wealth and prosperity, tended to be seen as relatively sane in some circles.
Now at the midpoint of the current parliament Bob has resigned the leadership and will retire from the Senate in June. This brings to mind the deals, which were done in the past between Hawke and Keating, and between Howard and Costello, neither of which were honored.
During this term Brown has become increasingly bizarre with calls for the destruction of the coal industry, the submission of the Australian population to a world government, and shutting down anything that is not ‘sustainable’ from his blinkered and dour point of view. It is not certain whether this was the result of a swing further to the left by the party, or a revelation of the ‘real Bob Brown’ as result of obtaining the balance of power, thanks to Liberal Party preferences.
In a recent speech, ‘the third annual Green oration’ better known as the ‘Fellow Earthians’ speech, he went completely off the deep end with renewed calls for world government, a mixture of capitalism and communism, and goals of Economy, Equality, Ecology and Eternity. He also claimed that the reason why aliens from other galaxies have not contacted him is that they have ‘extincted’ themselves by destroying their planets.
The speech was greeted with enthusiastic applause at the time, however subsequent press coverage ridiculed him and has possibly hastened his demise.
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Conservatives frequently rail at the way in which their statements tend to be spun into something totally different by opponents and the left wing media. It is not uncommon for an innocent statement to be manipulated into something totally different to what was intended. It’s a form of blatant dishonesty, but has become the norm, unfortunately to the point that conservatives have adopted it.
Jeff Flake is highly regarded among small government types as a Congressman from Arizona who is attempting to enter the Senate in the coming election. Consistently being among the top few people on the RLC Liberty Index for his fiscal conservatism and socially moderate views, he is seen as something of a thorn in the side of the conservatives.
In a recent Tea Party town hall where he was asked whether or not he believes that Barack Obama is a legal President, he answered:
"I think he is our President. I think he is duly elected and I believe he is a citizen. And I do believe it is a distraction. And my job is to make sure we beat him in November.” Here is the video:
Americas Conservative News however has altered his statement to claim that Flake was saying that the US Constitution was a distraction. This is a falsehood in the style of the NBC Trevon Martin transcript doctoring effort, one they are unlikely to approve of:
(ACN) Congressman Jeff Flake got more than he bargained for at a recent Red Mountain Tea Party town hall forum in Arizona. When a member of the audience asked Flake whether or not he believes that Barack Obama is a legal President, Flake tried, in vain, to put the man in his place.Republicans need to move on from the ‘birth certificate’ issue. While eligibility is an important issue, there were plenty of issues in 08 which were valid areas for use in the campaign but were ineffective because they failed to gain traction with the media which seemed to have a lot of blind spots, especially where Bill Ayers and Reverend Wright were concerned.
Flake: "I think he is our President. I think he is duly elected and I believe he is a citizen. And I do believe [his eligibility] is a distraction. And my job is to make sure we beat him in November.”
Question: How can you sucessfully take Barack Obama to task for exceeding his constitutional authority when you believe that the Constitution is "a distraction?" Answer: You can't.
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Labels: Elections, Politics, Tea Parties
“If, from the more wretched parts of the old world, we look at those which are in an advanced stage of improvement, we still find the greedy hand of government thrusting itself into every corner and crevice of industry, and grasping the spoil of the multitude. Invention is continually exercised, to furnish new pretenses for revenues and taxation. It watches prosperity as its prey and permits none to escape without tribute.” – Thomas Paine.
A Treasury brief released under Freedom of Information declared the rebate was “not a subsidy for fuel use, but a mechanism to reduce or remove the incidence of excise or duty levied on the fuel used by businesses off-road or in heavy on-road vehicles.”Curiously, Milne seems to miss the cognitive dissonance in this statement in which she abhors subsidies to sections of the economy she has no time for, while advocating the heavily subsidized “rolling out smart technology like big solar power stations” and the would be heavily subsidized high speed rail. What she seems to contend is that a failure to implement a tax is letting people off the hook she wants them impaled on.
But Greens Deputy Leader Christine Milne said the rebate “walks like a subsidy and quacks like a subsidy.” “In anyone's understanding, a payment or avoided payment that helps one technology or business choice over another is a subsidy,” she said.
“What we've got here is the government using taxpayers' money to make it cheaper for miners to use diesel fuel, meaning there is less in the pot to invest in the things we really need, such as putting dental care into Medicare, supporting people with a national disability insurance scheme, and rolling out smart technology for a changing world like big solar power stations and high speed rail.”
Cartoon: By Pickering.
Well, it is all very unsavory but we have a month of a whole range of possibilities we got to. One is that a thief broke into Craig's house and he stole Craig's mobile phone, he stole Craig's credit card and he stole driver’s licence. He then managed to operate Craig's mobile phone as he drove to Sydney.Now Richo is saying:
When he got to Sydney he presented himself, and this thief looked a lot like Craig Thomson, he then had to vouch for his signature and his signature was a lot like Craig Thomson’s. Then a transaction took place which we will not go into. He then went back up to the Central Coast, broke back into the house and put everything back where he found it.
Now, that is one possibility and the other possibility is – and this is a far-fetched one – is Craig Thomson. They’re the two possibilities we’ve got. …
The issue is that he said he didn’t do it and the Prime Minister says she has full confidence, which must mean she believes the story and there is a big problem.
.... To believe Thomson never visited the house of ill-repute that appears on his credit card statement, you would have to believe that a person unknown stole his credit card, forged his signature, stole his driver's licence - a copy of which was appended to the credit card payment - and also stole his phone, which was used three times between the Central Coast and the city of Sydney to call the house on the day in question.Perhaps some attribution may have been in order.
Further, you would have to believe that the credit card, the licence and the phone were all miraculously returned the next day.
As evidence mounts of the systematic bleeding of union funds for a decade or more, Gillard must share the shame that the whole of the labour movement must now bear. What disgusts me most is that the losers are some of the lowest paid workers in the land.
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Senator Carr, whose brother Greg died of a heroin overdose in 1981, said he supported decriminalising low-level drug use so police could redirect their resources. "A bit of modest decriminalisation, de facto decriminalisation at the edges, simply freeing up police to be doing the things they ought to be doing would be a sensible way of going about it," he told the Seven Network. (Bob is a notorious waffler.)The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) is encouraged to see this result. The members of the panel are all high profile respected members of the Australian community, with two ex Premiers, two former Health Ministers, an AFP Commissioner, a Director of Public Prosecutions, just to mention a few.
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Labels: crime, Law, Libertarian, Politics