loser   31/10/2003

This creative soul has just failed to best his own earlier bid at immortality.
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Garry ‘Stretch’ Turner was hoping to clip more than 153 pegs to his face at the launch of the 2004 Guinness Book of Records in Manchester.
But his effort at the city’s Arndale Centre failed when he managed to clip on only 150 pegs.

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Medical indemnity and other lawyer rackets   30/10/2003

As whined below, you’re wasting time looking in the blats for informed comment on plaintiff lawyer scams.
Thank Allah for the Net. Boilermaker Bill at Crikey has an excellent backgrounder on how the health indemnity crisis has arisen in the States, with plenty of gainful lessons for our Feds.

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Moore lies   

DETROIT, Michigan (AP) — James Nichols, the brother of Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols, says he was tricked into appearing in the documentary “Bowling for Columbine,” according to a federal lawsuit filed against filmmaker Michael Moore.

Michael Moore dishonest? Never!

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Way to go   

Melanie Phillips succinctly explains the road map for the latest edition of Toryism. Don’t count on them to follow directions.

But with socialism destroyed as a global threat, and with everyone now a Thatcherite free marketeer, they lost any idea of a distinctive agenda to believe in. There is indeed such an agenda waiting to be promoted. It’s a moral one, because it’s moral issues on which our culture is now split asunder, on which real choices need to be made, and on which the present government has taken the country in a ruinous direction virtually every single time. The cause is nothing less than to reverse the tide of cultural nihilism and social disintegration.

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The lawyer friendly Bracks government intends to do nothing about criminals making trivial damages claims against the taxpayers purse.
Yesterday, we reported that Victorian prisoners are seeking cash for hardships behind bars such as stress, hard beds and passive smoking.
The Herald Sun is making much of the actual claims but not saying a word about the rotten judge-lawyer-criminal coalition that produces such iniquity. Yet they reckon the CFMEU is an out of control union.
The paper does however report that the world’s most stupid government Minister Andre Haemeyer (gave the coppers a whopping 38 per cent pay rise when they would have settled for a gigantic 24 per cent) is concerned enough to get a spokesman to respond.
A spokesman for Corrections Minister Andre Haermeyer said laws allowed prisoners to take legal action for damages suffered within the prison system.
“Corrections Victoria vigorously defends frivolous or vexatious claims. However, the corrections system is not above the law and must remain accountable,” he said.

Well how about it being accountable for the victims of crime instead of criminal bastards and their taxpayer mugging spokesfolk in silk?

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kindness to crims   29/10/2003

This follow-up to yesterday’s post about a Victorian prisoner settling with the government because he hurt his back bending over shows just how much the incompetent, yet media-spoilt Bracks Government is in thrall to its mates and benefactors in the anti-community legal industry.
One sex offender has complained that his bed is too cold and hard.
The Herald Sun has learned a former prisoner recently won a confidential payout after injuring his back making blackboards in a jail workshop.
And another non-smoking prisoner wants compensation for inhaling fumes from cell mates.
Ararat Prison inmate James Rainsford is considering a Supreme Court appeal over complaints his bed is cold, hard and difficult to make or get into.
Rainsford also complained about being forced to carry a box of belongings from the reception desk to a cell at Melbourne Assessment Prison in September 2002.
He claimed the box, filled with items including a bundle of legal documents, three legal books, clothes and a mug, was too heavy for him to lift.
Tribunal member Rohan Walker heard Rainsford also objected to sharing a cell, and went on hunger strike after getting a top bunk.
Rainsford – who once lodged a failed complaint against Port Phillip Prison for denying him TV and coffee – also claimed he sometimes had to sleep under three blankets because the cell was cold.
How weak are our politicians when not one of them is prepared to can this nonsense and promise to end it immediately by whatever means necessary?
Oh wassat? He/she might upset the nation’s strongest, most ruthless union — the scum sucking association of lawyers and parliamentary ex-lawyers.

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Rich cooking   28/10/2003

I’m a sucker for stories about good things happening to ordinary people. So I’m delighted for 15 school cooks and a janitor who won $95 million in a lottery.

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Stinking insensitive capitalist   

This letter to the Rocky Mountain News needs to be published far and wide — almost as wide as the arse of its subject. Via Habib.
Recently, a co-worker asked me if I had seen the movie Bowling for Columbine yet, I told her absolutely not! My answer surprised her, given the fact my son, Matthew, was one of the 13 murdered during the deadliest school shooting in our country’s history. I explained to her that prior to the public release of the movie the families of the injured and dead were invited by Michael Moore to attend a preview screening. How thoughtful.
Our family and others considered attending because we were genuinely interested in his message to the public regarding gun control and school violence.
However, once we discovered he was going to charge us admission we refrained from doing so.
It’s laughable that Moore attempts to portray himself as an anti-establishment liberal who is the voice of the common folk, when in fact he is no better than the greedy capitalists he shuns. Maybe now that he has made millions of dollars off the blood of our children he could toss a DVD or two our way to view.

Ann M. Kechter
Evergreen

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slippery customer   

Yet further compelling evidence in the case to shut down the law schools:
A PRISONER who slipped while playing table tennis at a remand centre has won an undisclosed settlement from the State Government.
Ayhan Gur sued for up to $40,000 after he landed heavily on a recently mopped floor while picking up a ball at the Melbourne Remand Centre in June 1996.
Ross Stevenson on 3OW (changed from AW this week due to the influx of Irish for the Rugby and International Rules) this morning thought the story a tad sus. He reckons no one bends over to pick up anything in the Melbourne Remand Centre.

In the first Victorian high school south of Sydney they’re encouraging young teens to come out.
A SCHOOL course prompting 14-year-olds to question whether they are homosexual has caused an outcry at Wodonga High School.
The course includes a questionnaire, entitled “Attitudes about homosexuality”, requiring students to respond to questions such as, “If you have never slept with a person of the same sex, is it possible that all you need is a good lesbian/gay lover?”.
Other questions include, “How can you become a whole person if you limit yourself to compulsive and exclusive heterosexual behaviour?” and, “Is it possible that your heterosexuality stems from a neurotic fear of others of the same sex?”.
Hmm, twist on an old gag:
“My teacher made me a homosexual.”
“If I get him the wool, would he make me one too?”

UPDATE (So to speak):
Phew, that’s a relief — scored only 20 per cent on the Gay-0-meter. Courtesy of Paul Bickford.

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From way back in the rack   27/10/2003

In case you missed them first time round.
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This is worth a gander, too.

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And this one’s for Bailz:

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Scary stuff   

When you adopt the moral equivalence that gives murderous barbarism the same status as liberal democracy, frightening opinions are likely to surface.
Excerpts from today’s SMH letters page:

Reading Alan Ramsey’s article only serves to convince me that Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s comments about the influence of Jews appears to have more than just a tinge of truth.
Con Vaitsas, Ashbury, October 25.

. . . the revelation by Alan Ramsey that the university had succumbed to Jewish pressure and banned the use of the Great Hall for the presentation of Dr Ashrawi’s Peace Foundation Prize.
Neville Petersen, Hazelbrook, October 25.

As Simon Crean’s recent U-turn shows, the anti-Palestinian lobby has powerful influence at all levels of the political as well as the commercial structure. The sad thing is that this force is mistakenly identified as the Jewish lobby, just as Pauline Hanson was portrayed internationally as representative of Australian opinion.
Tony Cutcliffe, Director, The Eureka Project, Melbourne, October 25.

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Talent spotter   26/10/2003

Here’s a pinup for under 25 RWDBs.
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The worst of it   

Mark Steyne exposes the evil that moral equivalence wroughts when confronted with disturbing incidences of Muslim gang rapes.
As I understand it, the benefits of multiculturalism are that the sterile white-bread cultures of Australia, Canada and Britain get some great ethnic restaurants and a Commonwealth Games opening ceremony that goes on till two in the morning. But, in the case of those Muslim ghettoes in Sydney, in Oslo, in Paris, in Copenhagen and in Manchester, multiculturalism means that the worst attributes of Muslim culture – the subjugation of women – combine with the worst attributes of western culture – license and self-gratification. Tattooed, pierced Pakistani skinhead gangs swaggering down the streets of Northern England are as much a product of multiculturalism as the turban-wearing Sikh Mountie in the vice-regal escort at Rideau Hall. Yet even in the face of the crudest assaults on its most cherished causes – women’s rights, gay rights – the political class turns squeamishly away.
Once upon a time we knew what to do. A British district officer, coming upon a scene of suttee, was told by the locals that in Hindu culture it was the custom to cremate a widow on her husband’s funeral pyre. He replied that in British culture it was the custom to hang chaps who did that sort of thing. There are many great things about India – curry, pyjamas, sitars, software engineers – but suttee was not one of them. What a pity we’re no longer capable of being “judgmental” and “discriminating”. We’re told the old-school imperialists were racists, that they thought of the wogs as inferior. But, if so, they at least considered them capable of improvement. The multiculturalists are just as racist. The only difference is that they think the wogs can never reform: good heavens, you can’t expect a Muslim in Norway not to go about raping the womenfolk! Much better just to get used to it.

It doesn’t help much when the only crims your state police force can catch and confidentally get punished are speeding drivers.

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Spam attack   

And not before time, say those of us sick to death of the daily deluge of spam.
Wallace Craig reports that the US Senate has passed anti-spam legislation 97-0 that provides for heavy fines, and jail, for anyone who sends messages under false addresses, highjacked ISP’s or where the product is a scam.
Wal elaborates:
“In other words, everyone who sends Spam these days. I’m not naive enough to think that this will stop all spammers, but it will help. And it will give prosecuters something to work with. However, much of the Spam comes through foreign sources now days, so I would hope that there would be some wording in the bill that penalizes the major US backbone carriers like Verio, Level3, and Sprint if they allow the traffic to come into the US over their lines.

One can only hope for ditto down under.

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Hee-hee   25/10/2003

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For the record   

We all knew it would come to this, but it should be recorded nonetheless. (Not that I could find it in the online edition of The Australian, so I’ll transcribe from the dead tree version).
In contrast to the 2500 angry demonstators who greeted US President George W. Bush in Canberra this week, just 50 protestors — at two separate actions — turned up to voice their outrage at the leader of the other superpower (China) yesterday.
Why is this so?
Well protestors are busy people, says socialist youth leader Stuart Munckton, who told The Australian:
“It is not always possible to attend two protests in two days. I think what you’ll find is that people are angry at the Chinese Government, too, but the unelected (my emphasis) President of the US is causing more damage.”
Yes, getting rid of a murderous tyrant is far more damaging than banning political opposition, locking up human rights activists, executing drug dealers, banning women from having children, forcing the South China Morning Post to drop their AFL correspondent (well, if Stuie Munckton can make outrageous claims, so can I).
And Stuart really should tell Al Gore that Dubya wasn’t elected. You see, Al believes he was and conceded that such was the case.

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Study hard boys   

Perhaps they were told to start boning for exams.
Stiff Discipline After Schoolboys’ Viagra Prank
LONDON (Reuters) – Six British schoolboys were rushed to hospital after taking the erection-enhancing drug Viagra at lunchtime for a dare, the school said on Thursday.

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Fine specimens   24/10/2003

Holy skinny ties and velco-rap shoes!!
It is Muck-up Day on the Slatts family calendar, meaning the son and heir and mates are marking their last day of school with drinks, pranks, fancy dress, inept attempts at romance with the Sacred Heart girls and more drinks.
It must have been the boom-boom of disco or the tinny dink of New Wave that rattled their embryonic consciousness, for the bucks were most keen on adopting an 80s look for the day. Apart from one who opted for the middle-aged matron look. Got grandmother issues to resolve, that boy.

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Low down   

Dumbed-down media reached its zenith in the past few days as greedy bastards, who wouldn’t know talent or originality if it chewed them a new basic orifice, broke records in cross promotion. Paul Bickford noticed and came up with the quote of the week:
Who says pop music is facile and all appearance? Looks to me like it’s better to be carcinogenic than photogenic.

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Fools on the Hill   23/10/2003

A doofus in my local bar last week kept smoking while playing pool, despite several warnings from customers and staff.
He got thrown out and no one tried to defend him. He behaved like an idiot, got treated like an idiot and no one changed their mind about anything because of what he did.
Must be contagious. Two other dickheads were thrown out of a public room in Canberra today. Same upshot there as down in the local … act like a dickhead, get treated like a dickhead and impress no one.

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