UN-believable   30/4/2010

News to hand:

Iran’s election comes just a week after one of its senior clerics declared that women who wear revealing clothing are to blame for earthquakes, a statement that created an international uproar — but little affected their bid to become an international arbiter of women’s rights.

Elected to what, you ask.

Without fanfare, the United Nations this week elected Iran to its Commission on the Status of Women, handing a four-year seat on the influential human rights body to a theocratic state in which stoning is enshrined in law and lashings are required for women judged “immodest.”

Seems “brown-out” could be the desired status:

On Thursday, Tehran police chief Brig. Gen. Hossien Sajedinia has warned that all women sporting a tan will be arrested and imprisoned because this violates the “spirit of Islamic law.” Thus, any woman that looked like a “walking mannequin” will be punished.

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Yellow streak   28/4/2010

Paul Kelly nails it in The Australian today:

There will be many words written about Rudd’s retreat but it is simply crystallised: he is a prime minister without the courage to champion the policy that defined him.

Man of his word?

Monday, November 4, 2006 on The 7:30 Report:
Kerry O’Brien: Kevin Rudd , what is the one thing more, than anything else, that will define your leadership?
Rudd : We’ll have a clear alternative on climate change.

Kevin Rudd and Climate Change Minister Penny Wong at the UN, New York, September 23 last year:
EVERY time a nation delays, every time a nation puts up its hand and says, “It’s all too hard”, it’s a further excuse to put off the measures we need to take to deal with the challenges for climate change for Australia.

The PM on November 6 last year, at the Lowy Institute in Sydney:
WHEN you strip away all the political rhetoric, all the political excuses, there are two stark choices: action or inaction. We choose action, and we do so because Australia’s fundamental economic and environmental interests lie in action. Action now. Not action delayed. Now the Liberals and Nationals have said wait for Copenhagen and for President [Barack] Obama’s scheme.What absolute political cowardice. What an absolute failure of leadership. What an absolute failure of logic.

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Someone knew how to grow up   25/4/2010

A commenter at Bolt’s blog reacts to the hate-propelled attitudes of a couple of serial boors to matters that decent Australians hold dear:

This is all SO predictable, so cliched, so boring. SO tedious.
For a couple of years when I was a student I held the then fashionable view that Anzac Day glorified war, yada yada—but soon dropped that opinion when I started thinking for myself.
Apart from those years, & time spent living abroad, I’ve always attended the Dawn Service.
Only someone with a heart of stone could fail to be moved by it.
This year I went as usual to the local service. It’s supposedly a “tough” suburb, & the many young men who attended looked as if they could handle themselves.
But they, & the rest of the larger-than-ever crowd, were there to show respect, to pay tribute to the men & women of Australia & New Zealand who gave their lives for our freedom—& to those who still serve.
The service was simple & moving—the crowd sang the National Anthem off-key, we joined in The Ode & the Lord’s Prayer (it matters not a jot to me that I’m not a Christian), the RSL Piper played the Lament, wreaths were laid, local kids took part …
It was beautiful.
So these absurd, unhappy people who want to destroy Anzac Day can go bite their bums, as far as I’m concerned.
They’re missing out on an incomparable experience.
HMK of Melbourne

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Working overtime   24/4/2010

That weekend-long buzz across the nation? Could it be the sound of shredders in the home offices of football club CEOs of all persuasions?

Storm sources said the rorting centred on the illegal third-party payments and fake invoices. Some players were allegedly paid in $15,000 increments, special game day bonuses being dressed up as third-party hospitality payments.

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It would give you the Brits   

Richard Littlejohn casts a caustic eye over fellow Britons. It’s not a pretty sight.

Fish and chips for breakfast was simply a way of giving them an authentic working-class experience to broaden their horizons and drum home the message that not everyone starts the day with organic muesli from Waitrose.
The novelty baseball cap could have been an ironic, post-modern take on the nature of unbridled consumerism or a witty protest about societal stereotyping.
Then again, they could just have been scum. It was then that it dawned on me that the game was up for Labour. We’ve always had what sociologists prefer to call an underclass. But not on this scale and never so visible.
Labour promised a New Jerusalem. They’ve delivered Little Britain.

Of course, public grossness, along with nanny-state fascism, rewarded sloth and reverse discrimination has been something Australia has inherited from the UK’s New Labour cultural nirvana.
The problem here is that those who think they benefit from neo-socialist idiocy are forced to vote.
The Australian today has published (not online) extracts from Littlejohn’s House of Fun: Thirteen Years of (Labour) Madness. It’s a great read that has you seething one minute and chortling the next. There goes another $25 on online literature. Here’s a sample from The Oz:

After the government announced what it described as a shake-up of government priorities, some councils decided to take the guidance literally. Officials in Gateshead began touring chip shops, confiscating salt shakers with more than five holes in them.
They spent 2000 pounds on replacements, which were given away free. Fish and chip shops were issued with five-hole salt shakers instead of the normal 17-hole ones in an effort to get people to use less salt on their meals.
They carried out 15 days of research, obtaining samples of fish and chips, measuring salt content and conducting experiments “to determine how the problem of excessive salt being dispensed could be overcome by design” while still ensuring a “visibly attractive sprinkle”.
Chip-shop owners reported punters unscrewing the caps of the shakers to save time, smothering their food with salt.

Old-style wowsers were equally fanatical and hate-filled but even the most fundamentalist of blue stockings were not quite as stupid as these state-sponsored ‘elfandsafety nazis. It must be embarrassing to at least some on the left that these obsessive morons are even entertained by socialist governments.

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Book of ideas   19/4/2010

This arrived in the mail today and will be a valued companion on daily commutes. Great value at $30.
In particular, I’m looking forward to this examination of one of my greatest bugbears – health and safety fascism unnecessarily infringing on decent human behaviour.

‘No-one wants to see a return of laws requiring a man with a red flag to walk in front of every motor vehicle, but what regulation do we want of food handling and labelling at community sausage sizzles and cake stalls?’
Robert Clark

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Not holding back   11/4/2010

Fighting words from Jon Voight:

This will be the first president to ever weaken the United States of America. President Obama uses his aggression and arrogance for his own agenda, against the will of the American people when he should be using his will and aggression against our enemies.

And here’s a clever jest at the expense of the anointed one.

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