Too much grief   29/7/2011

How much tragedy can a family take?

THEY lost their parents to raging floodwaters in January. Now three siblings are preparing to bury their brother.

And again, it’s the good and the strong that are taken. A wonderful, moving tribute by Michael McKenna:

As we moved towards a makeshift bridge he had built across a newly formed ravine, Sam rushed over to offer his hand and a warning to be careful.
In this culture of complaint and age of dependence, he was a throwback to the generations of the past who accepted what life threw at them and got on with it.

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Just getting by   25/7/2011

Prominent Victorian socialist Andrew Demetriou talks about his salary:

“My pay is public knowledge,” Demetriou said. “We are a pretty public organisation so I have no issue with that being made public.
“The fact of the matter is the salary is only $1.3 million, while the rest is in bonuses and incentives. If I don’t hit targets then I don’t, quite rightly, receive any bonuses.”

Only $1.3 million!!!

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Did they predict threats?   24/7/2011

A bureaucratic penalty – the 21st century’s version of burning at the stake:

The city’s Licensing Board has taken disciplinary action against a prominent Salem witch and psychic who allegedly made threats on Facebook and other places against several city fortunetellers and store owners.

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Turning on bull   23/7/2011

Whatever is said about Lord Monckton, it can’t be denied that he’s a funny bugger.
Via Andrew Bolt’s blog, he’s delivered this challenge to the rightful heir to the Labor Party leadership, Malcolm Turnbull.
Challenge to an absolute banker
The Viscount Monckton of Brenchley, following what the great Alan Jones has described as his “6-0, 6-0, 6-0 victory” over the director of the Australia Institute in a debate about the climate at the National Press Club in Canberra early this week, has today issued the following challenge to Malcolm Turnbull, the former leader of the Liberal/National Coalition, whom his party recycled last year for his naïve belief that “global warming” is some sort of “global crisis” –
Whereas one Malcolm Turnbull, Member of Parliament for Goldman Sachs, self-appointed leader of the Absolute Bankers’ Get-Rich-Quick, Gimme-the-Money, Subsidy-Junkies’, Profiteers’-of-Doom and Rent-Seekers’ Vested-Interest Coalition Against Hard-Working Taxpayers, has this day demonstrated wilful but indubitably profitable ignorance of elementary science by declaring that since all relevant matters of climatology are settled no one should pay any heed to a mere Peer of the Realm who dares to question the imagined (and imaginary) scientific “consensus” to the effect that unless the economies of the West are laid waste and destroyed we are all doomed;
And forasmuch as it is easy to identify the said Turnbull’s aircraft when it arrives at Canberra Airport because when the engines are turned off the whining carries on;
Now therefore I, The Right Honourable Christopher Walter, by the Grace of God and Letters Patent under the Hand and Seal of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second (whom God preserve) Third Viscount Monckton of Brenchley, do by these presents challenge the said Absolute Banker to a Debate on live television, during which each party shall have the opportunity to state his case and to examine the other’s case, with a view to informing Hard-Working Taxpayers and allowing them to decide for themselves whether the truth is being told by me or by the said Member for Goldman Sachs, upon whom I call to take up this challenge, if he dares.
Given under my sign manual this twenty-second day of July in the Year of our Lord Two Thousand and Eleven,

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Not even a swastika tattoo   

Charlie Chaplin mo? No. Goosestepping? Nope. Yelling ‘death to all Jews’? Not that we know of.
Some plonker on ABC 24 News asked a wounded victim of the Norwegian mass killer whether the gunman had the appearance of an extreme right winger.
UPDATE: Seems we may have heard the last of that inane observation that even if all Muslims aren’t terrorists, all terrorists are Muslims.

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Darren’s durrie   17/7/2011

Boy, this will give the vapours to perpetually aggrieved health and safety nuts.

British Open leader Darren Clarke risks getting a hacker’s cough.

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Permission denied   

Kids with lemonade stands were once stock images for cartoonists. So, media humourists should have some fun with this classic exercise in boneheaded petty officialdom.

MIDWAY, Ga. (AP) — Police in Georgia have shut down a lemonade stand run by three girls trying to save up for a trip to a water park, saying they didn’t have a business license or the required permits.

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Sexier than a giant pineapple.

I once worked with a woman who dressed like this. She’s doing time after she told a traffic cop she was a witch who didn’t have to obey his laws and then drove off with his arm stuck in her car window.
The statue was unveiled in the Windy City. Apt.

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True carbon price   10/7/2011

As noted yesterday, the Gillard government lauds European scams aimed at depocketing hapless citizens. Here’s the consequence:

Household electricity bills will soar by 30 per cent to pay for “green” measures being announced this week by Chris Huhne, the Energy Secretary, according to experts.

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Terror tactics   9/7/2011

Scare the kids witless and before you know it they’ll be dobbing Dad into the Climate Stasi for lighting up a wood-burning barbecue.

PRIMARY school children are being terrified by lessons claiming climate change will bring “death, injury and destruction” to the world unless they take action.
On the eve of Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s carbon tax package announcement, psychologists and scientists said the lessons were alarmist, created unneeded anxiety among school children and endangered their mental health.

Climate propaganda commissars at the ABC got early drops of press releases meant to accompany tomorrow’s carbon tax announcement.
Even the usually balanced News Radio today broadcast someone gushing enthusiastically from a handout about European economies successfully adopting emission trading schemes.
Perhaps the ABC newsroom should check the files of lefty fellow-travellers at the Guardian who – no doubt reluctantly – reported the truth about USER’s (United Socialist European Republics) disastrous schemes.

Six years later that vision is looking a little clouded. With the EU ETS accused of failing to reduce carbon emissions, countries outside Europe delaying companion cap-and-trade systems, and critics charging that the carbon-trading mechanism has opened the door to fraud, profiteering, and “gaming” by participants, serious questions have arisen about the future of the EU’s grand emissions plan.

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Pathetic gesture   8/7/2011

So the nasty little totalitarians at Get Up are planning extortion.

Get Up confirmed it was prepared to mount a national boycott of the products of any company that was “holding our climate to ransom” by supporting a multi-million-dollar anti-tax advertising campaign by business.

Yeah, I’m sure the horrible little creeps that would follow Get Up’s orders are major supermarket customers. After they’ve paid for their dope and their Socialist Alternative subscription they’d have only enough left from their dole for a fortnight’s supply of mung beans.

Stymie the infantile grubs here:

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She thinks we’re a nation of masochists   7/7/2011

Have I got this right? The Gillard government will spend $12 million on an advertising campaign that tries to sell me a carbon tax that she lied about introducing and that the majority of Australians don’t want. And here’s the killer: it will add at least 10 per cent to the cost of living. A Nobel prize for advertising for any brand-flogger that can get that to work.

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Sliding downhill   6/7/2011

It makes depressing reading, but Andrew Bolt has today produced as fine a piece of commentary as you’ll read anywhere on our degenerating culture.

But in Melbourne last Friday, 19 protesters were arrested as they tried to stop people from shopping at the Max Brenner chocolate and coffee store in Melbourne’s QV.
In Sydney last month, Leftist and Muslim protesters did the same to a Max Brenner shop in Sydney, claiming the Jewish-owned franchise company supported the Israeli Army.
I’ve seen pictures of Jewish shops being attacked before, of course, but they were in black and white, in another country at another ghastly time.
But this is Australia. Today.

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Truly one-eyed   5/7/2011

If there’s a more unpleasant improvement to the human carcass than a cataract removal, I don’t wish to know about it. The procedure yesterday apparently went without a hitch and the stinging and itching to the eyeball and pounding of the cranium should disappear in due course to be replaced by clarity of vision not enjoyed for 30 years. For now, miserable discomfort is my lot.

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