No holding back   26/5/2011

Tell us how you really feel, Greg Sheridan:

MALCOLM Fraser’s memoirs, co-authored with Margaret Simons, are the most error-riddled, factually unreliable, tendentious, consistently nasty and overall disgraceful political memoirs I have ever read. Naturally they won the NSW Premier’s Literary Award.

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Not exactly enraptured   22/5/2011

Some folk must be feeling a wee bit silly today.

As the talk of a world-ending Rapture turns to ridicule, a new set of worries is coming to the fore: How will the followers of Family Radio preacher Harold Camping react to their failure to ascend to heaven?

So the Rapture didn’t eventuate? Oh well, it’s not the end of the world.
Still, there’s some fiscal consolation.

In the case of Family Radio, there are additional factors in play: One has to do with the huge amounts of money collected and spent by the non-profit organization. Although verifiable figures on Family Radio’s current finances are not available, the organization had $72 million in net assets at the end of 2009. How much of that remains, especially considering that Camping apparently expected to have shuffled off this mortal coil by now? Could contributors make legal claims on those funds?

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Big sooks   

David Penberthy nails it:

Over the past couple of months the Greens have shown themselves to be a simpering conglomeration of glass-jawed blouses who want all the trappings and influence of a major party and none of the scrutiny.

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Stupidity on parade   21/5/2011

When this travesty finally ends, one can only hope that proper punishment is meted to those deserving it. “Duty of care” under fire in the battlefield? What planet do these idiots inhabit?

THE case against two army reservists charged with manslaughter in Afghanistan will not go to a court martial after a judge advocate yesterday dismissed the charges.

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Turncoat for Labor?   20/5/2011

Gillard is gone but the Labor Party doesn’t know what to do about it. Swan is useless, Combet could well lose his seat if they continue with a carbon tax and the public would quickly despise Shorten.
But there’s one MP that Labor voters keep suggesting should lead his party. And now that his aspirations are history with his own colleagues, perhaps he should throw his hat into the Labor leadership ring.
Win, win all round. The Libs would be rid of Malcolm Turnbull and Labor voters would have a leader they like. As Sam K says, you know it makes sense.

SENIOR Liberals have declared that Malcolm Turnbull will never again lead the party after he questioned the Coalition’s direct-action climate change policy, undermining Tony Abbott’s attack on Julia Gillard’s carbon tax.

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Welcome move   19/5/2011

Finally, the end of an exercise in patronising tokenism that only emphasised racial differences.

The Premier has confirmed he will no longer force ministers and public servants to acknowledge traditional Aboriginal land owners at official events.

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Inventing racism   18/5/2011

John Hawkins is offended by those who take gratuitous offence:

1) Resigning over the word “niggardly:” One day, David Howard was working for the government of D.C., but then, he used the word “niggardly.” The next thing you know, such a furor rose up that Howard had to resign because so many ignorant people didn’t know the difference between the word “niggardly,” which means stingy, and the N-bomb.
Eventually, after D.C. became a laughingstock over the incident, Howard did get rehired by the same mayor who originally said he “thought it was the best thing for the city and the administration” for Howard to resign. For using the word “niggardly.” Yes, really.

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Doubts abound   

Australia’s doyen of political commentary has woken up to the con. How long before the rest of the commentariat behave predictably and fall into line?

Repentance will take many forms and have multiple consequences. The electoral backlash from defective pro-green policies and the arrogance towards ordinary voters embedded in such schemes will haunt Labor, state and federal, for many years. Perhaps some tolerance for mistakes should be extended. The bigger point, however, is that Labor’s culture abandoned fiscal discipline and social equity for what became the climate change cargo cult.

It will be amusing in the months and years to come to watch commentators and politicos explain how they didn’t really go along with all that global warming alarmism.
To be met with a resounding chorus of “Oh yeah!!!” from the rationalist wing.

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Hasn’t Gillard got enough problems?   17/5/2011

This will have the lefty luvvies ducking for cover:

THE nation’s peak Muslim group is using the Gillard government’s re-embracing of multiculturalism to push for the introduction of sharia in Australia . . .

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Oh dear, this will not go down well in the alarmists’ camp.

SPECIFIC natural disasters such as Cyclone Yasi and the Brisbane floods could not be directly linked to man-made climate change, the world’s leading climate change authority said yesterday.

Professor Bunyip exposes some filthy lies from climate alarmists

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Always on the ball . . .   

G-town has lost a legend.

Davis, who has been ill in recent months, was admitted to hospital on the weekend and died suddenly on Monday night.

It’s not just his footy prowess and media smarts that will be missed. Bob-eee could conjure up an exquisite turn of phrase. I was behind him in the local butcher’s one Saturday when the counterhand asked if he’d be at the president’s lunch that day at Kardinia Park in the wake of much controversy about bountiful lunch offerings. Bob suggested that maybe he should get down to “the club” and snaffle his share of “the lark’s tongue in aspic” he suspected would be served up.

A fine tribute from his son and my former colleague, Guy:

Guy Davis said his father would be remembered for his tremendous heart, enduring passion for the game and love for his family.
“He was a larger than life character,” Mr Davis said.
“He had a long full life and live it to the utmost and that is one of the greatest lessons I can take away. He was a terrific ambassador for the Geelong Football Club and the game itself.
“But as a father he was the kindest, sweetest and funniest man I’ve ever met.”

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Nothing doing   13/5/2011

So let’s have a talk about . . . um, nothing in particular.

THE Federal Government is set to announce the nation’s first population strategy.
The plan, which has been a year in the making, would be announced today, the ABC reported last night.
Population targets and the rate of expected growth would not be outlined, instead, the plan would focus on livable communities and sustainability.

Next week, they’ll announce their transport strategy. Of course, there’ll be no mention of roads, rail or airports.
Suppose there’s an up side. If they haven’t set targets they probably won’t do anything. And if they don’t do anything, they can’t stuff it up, like they have with almost everthing else they’ve tackled.

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Fatal mistake   11/5/2011

When ya gotta go, ya gotta go . . .
But not, perhaps, that far:

Fayetteville police said John Standridge entered the woman’s apartment to use the bathroom.
She told police she found him and screamed. She said Standridge then ran out of the room with his pants around his ankles, tripped and fell down the stairs and died.

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It’s only our taxes   10/5/2011

Do these clowns do any research before they announce programs?

A NEW public waste scandal is looming after it was revealed that up to $400 a time has been allocated to install digital TV set-top boxes that can be purchased for as little as $30 each.

And David Penberthy is right on the money:

It might sound like a heartless thing to say, but since when did it become the job of government to use public money to make sure everybody can sit around watching television?

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Harp work   

It’s great to see a young bloke I’ve known since he was a nipper get rewarded for the hard yards he’s put in. Good on you, Rory Millar.

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Change of heart   8/5/2011

A notorious leftwing commentator performs an astonishing U-turn.

We have a duty to base our judgments on the best available information. This is not only because we owe it to other people to represent the issues fairly, but also because we owe it to ourselves not to squander our lives on fairytales. A great wrong has been done by this movement. We must put it right.

Hat-tip to reader Ayrdale.

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Red pen   6/5/2011

An admission by an ABC leftie?

Dear Comrade,
I congratulate you on your perception. It is true that we attempt to conduct each week a rigorous Marxist-Leninist analysis of Australian conditions. Of course, we do our best to dress up the product of our labours in the bourgeois garb of ‘impartiality and balance’. However, such attempts will never deceive viewers, like yourself, who have a grasp of the fundamentals of dialectical materialism.

Er, not quite. The author admits he had fun writing it, but higher-ups were not amused.

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Ho-hum, another cross-dressing goat killer yarn   4/5/2011

Who could resist reading this right through?

A US man found wearing women’s underwear and standing over a goat’s carcass told West Virginia police he was high on bath salts.

Wait, there’s more: The accused is Corporal Sean Snuffer.

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