Found in the country   28/4/2011

Seen at one of Victoria’s great regional pubs, the Warrnambool Hotel: punters alternating their attention between the band, Lost in Suburbia, and the AFL match of the day between North Melbourne and Richmond.
Glass of irony, anyone?

The next day at Port Fairy we discovered the intriguing product of a local’s historic maritime fascination.

It’s all explained here:

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Rare sighting   

A man at Geelong Station this morning was doing something that was once commonplace, yet I can’t remember the last time I saw such a thing: he was smoking a pipe.
What else do you rarely see these days which not so long ago was quite common?
Someone sending a fax?

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Wet world   26/4/2011

Irony – meet Unintended Consequences.

THE companies building Victoria’s multibillion-dollar desalination plant are seeking compensation from taxpayers because of the impact of this year’s floods on construction.

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Swamped with erudition   

What a pleasant surprise to return from the Easter/Anzac break to discover the Bunyip was back wallowing in the blog. He is in fine form, too, ruminating on matters as diverse as hypocritical bigots to the star turns at footy club pie nights.

THIS being Easter the papers are full of deep questions about Christianity, especially its divisive influence. Funny thing, that. Come Ramadan we won’t see too many speculations about another creed, one that inspires a disproportionate number of grievances and bristling quibbles from what is, for the moment, a very small section of Australia’s worshipful population. That the Prophet’s adherents are so indulged may strike crucifix-besotted genuflectors as unfair, but such a view would be to repudiate one of modern Christianity’s currently fashionable tenets: Thou shalt not wish ill on others, even if they deserve it.

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Comparisons   16/4/2011

Sometimes, you may not agree with all a writer has to say but you nonetheless admire their work for the thought, research and wordsmithing that underpins it.

There are many other phrases of this deceitful kind I could cite. “Human rights” now means “fewer rights”, so an activist demanding, say, a new law on free speech is actually wanting a law that curbs that speech to save certain favoured people from “offence”.
“Progressive” means a retreat to tribalism, “reform” means to restrict, “rights” means a freedom from responsibility, and “refugees” means people fleeing nothing but poverty.

Then there are others who repulse a rational reader by offering nothing but witless, repetitious abuse:

I think I’ve earned some cred to speak on matters concerning the Odious Bolt. You were all there with me a few months ago while we waited for the defamation lawyers to painstakingly clear every effing comma and blinding metaphor of the Instrument’s reply to his sick-making attack on Julia Gillard after the refugee boat tragedy.
I stand proudly behind my characterisation of this worthless bloodclot as a worthless bloodclot.

About as convincing as an inmate hollering from an asylum window. A worthless bloodclot?! Repeated? Could it get any more infantile?

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Mouths of babes   14/4/2011

Politically correct zealots fool only themselves.

Rather than question the decision, Jessica opted to “roll with it.” But the third graders had other ideas.
“When I took them out of the bag, the teacher said, ‘Oh look, spring spheres’ and all the kids were like ‘Wow, Easter eggs.’ So they knew,” Jessica said.
The Seattle elementary school isn’t the only government organization using spring over Easter. The city’s parks department has removed Easter from all of its advertised egg hunts.

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Man, that’s not cool   

Is there anything on this planet that doesn’t contribute to global warming? According to scientists.

“From the perspective of individual consumers, a single Cannabis cigarette represents 2 pounds of (carbon dioxide) emissions,” Mills says.
For this report, which he published independently, Mills says he didn’t count the energy used in producing fertilizer, water, equipment and building materials also used in indoor pot farms.

Maggoty old hippy tree-huggers won’t like that news.

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Vilification   

Bet Comrade Bolta read this with great interest this morning:

HIGH-profile indigenous lawyer Larissa Behrendt is under fire after using her Twitter account to describe watching bestiality on television as “less offensive than Bess Price”, an Aboriginal woman in favour of the radical Northern Territory intervention.

UPDATE: An apology goes unaccepted.

Ms Price said last night she did not accept the apology as it stood.
“I want her to apologise to me in public, not just via email,” she told The Australian.

Inadvertently, Behrendt’s astonishingly offensive slur may have done much to advance the cause that her victim passionately advocates.
Another respected female indigenous advocate, Marcia Langton, nails the elitism, if not racism, that lies behind the disgusting outburst.

The Twitter messages reveal a repulsive hatred of everything that Bess stands for: the rights of Aboriginal women in remote communities to be protected from sexual abuse and violence and to be supported to take up opportunities for themselves and their children. As for the human rights that Behrendt and company laud so highly, how have they been accorded by this crew to Bess in this exchange? Not at all. Her plea for an inquiry into the culture of sexual abuse in her part of the world is “offensive”, according to Behrendt. What are we to make of this hypocrisy? It is very simple: Behrendt and the other anti-intervention campaign maestros have assumed the role of superior thinkers whose grand education and positions in the metropolis qualify them to heap contempt on the natives of that faraway place where other urban Australians rarely tread foot and about which they sustain a romantic out-of-date mythological view.
In this view, one sustained by Behrendt and company, the natives are simply not smart or sophisticated enough to know what is right for them. Once upon a time this was the role of the patrol officers, now it’s the turn of the city slicker Aborigines with an axe to grind.

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United Nutcases   13/4/2011

Surely, some in the Greens camp must be feeling just a tad embarrassed:

UNITED NATIONS — Bolivia will this month table a draft United Nations treaty giving “Mother Earth” the same rights as humans — having just passed a domestic law that does the same for bugs, trees and all other natural things in the South American country.

Talking about the UN, after reading this report from Gavin Atkins, I reckon that if the UN were a racing tipster it would have Black Caviar out of the placings:

In 2005, the United Nations Environment Programme predicted that climate change would create 50 million climate refugees by 2010. These people, it was said, would flee a range of disasters including sea level rise, increases in the numbers and severity of hurricanes, and disruption to food production.

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Chevy levy   12/4/2011

What happens when the government gets involved in industry?
Waddya think, the wheels fall off.

Imagine turning your car’s steering wheel, or giving it a gentle tug, and having it break away from the steering column. Now you’re speeding along holding the suddenly useless wheel.

This follows a sweetheart deal the troubled auto giant did with the US Government.

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — The U.S. Treasury is giving up $14 billion in tax revenue because of a sweetheart deal it’s giving General Motors.

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Chain gang   11/4/2011

One of several protesters who have chained themselves to a ladder inside Melbourne’s Treasury Place is a teacher at Northcote High School.
Herald Sun commenter Neil of Melbourne is unimpressed:

Unfortunatley this moron is a teacher at MY childs school, hardly surprising given the homework they are given that reinforces the Green’s agenda. I guess that’s all any of us have to do now, don’t like something, head to Treasury place with a lock and chain.

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The more things change . . .   9/4/2011

The leader of the Australian Labor Party a communist sympathiser? Never!

ONE of Australia’s leading intelligence experts, Des Ball, says newly released MI5 documents have convinced him to express publicly for the first time his belief that former Labor leader Herbert Evatt secretly worked for the Soviet Union against Australian interests.

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Marine hard-head   6/4/2011

That won’t kill me,” said Sgt. Paul Boothroyd III, waving the lit cigarette in his hand. ”This should have killed me,” he said, pointing to the sniper’s bullet hole in his head.

Manning the top of a compound south of Sangin, Afghanistan, Sgt. Paul Boothroyd III took a sniper round to the head. He landed face down onto the muddy roof with a thud.
Fifteen minutes later, Boothroyd was bandaged, smiling, smoking a cigarette and giving the “thumbs up” as he waited for the medevac helicopter, to which he walked under his own power.
It’s a “you-gotta-be-kidding-me” story that earned Boothroyd, a signals intelligence operator with 2nd Radio Battalion, a new call sign from his team members: Headshot.

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Against the rules   

My old pal Jack Lester reveals the real reason that we can’t have the Ten Commandments posted in a courthouse or Parliament:
You cannot post ‘Thou Shalt Not Steal’, ‘Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery’ and ‘Thou Shall Not Lie’ in a building full of lawyers, judges and politicians ….. It creates a hostile work environment.

Jack also has a solution to our aged care and prison problems:
Let’s put the pensioners in jail and the criminals in a nursing home.
This way the pensioners would have access to showers, hobbies and walks.
They’d receive unlimited free prescriptions, dental and medical treatment, wheel chairs etc and they’d receive money instead of paying it out.
They would have constant video monitoring, so they could be helped instantly, if they fell, or needed assistance.
Bedding would be washed twice a week, and all clothing would be ironed and returned to them.
A guard would check on them every 20 minutes and bring their meals and snacks to their cell.
They would have family visits in a suite built for that purpose.
They would have access to a library, weight room, spiritual counselling, pool and education.
Simple clothing, shoes, slippers, PJ’s and legal aid would be free, on request.
Private, secure rooms for all, with an exercise outdoor yard, with gardens.
Each senior could have a PC a TV radio and daily phone calls.
There would be a board of directors to hear complaints, and the guards would have a code of conduct that would be strictly adhered to.

The criminals would get cold food, be left all alone and unsupervised.
Lights off at 8pm, and showers once a week. Live in a tiny room and pay $600.00 per week and have no hope of ever getting out.

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Open and shut case   3/4/2011

Surely it’s not modesty?

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama has accepted an award for making the government more open and transparent — presented to him behind closed doors. No media coverage or public access was allowed at the ceremony.

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Nasty bunch   2/4/2011

In a few words, Greg Sheridan identifies andcondemns the anti-semitism that infects extremist sections of the Greens.
Sheridan also points to the hypocrisy of a commentariat that chooses to remain silent about a classic example of guilt through association.

It is a continuing mystery of Australian politics that Julia Gillard signed a governing agreement with them. If the Liberal Party had such a formal association with such an extremist party, there would be merry hell.

This sign was seen at a rally addressed by Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young:

Hat-tip to Yobba at Facebook

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Take offence   1/4/2011

Funny, clever and relevant:
Lifted from Bolta’s blog.

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