Withering   30/5/2012

Bolt’s blog commenter J.T. nails it on gabfests such as the Sydney Writers’ Festival:

These leftist wank-fests are all designed to stroke their overblown leftist egos and prove to the world that there’s nobody more self-congratulatory than a pretentious leftist prat slapping him or herself on the back.They give these events highfaluting names when all they are really are sectional and biased gatherings of like-minded leftist propagandists pretending they are important enough to be noticed, recognised and rewarded for their leftist scribblings and cultist, socialist opinions.Who gives a toss what any of them think or write?

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Don’t mention the carbon tax   25/5/2012

You vill be zeverely punished for tellink ze truth!!

SHOPS and restaurants could face fines up to $1.1 million if waiters or sales staff wrongly blame the carbon tax for price rises or exaggerate the impact.

The carbon tax will increase the cost of a vast amount of business overheads, from energy supply to rubbish removal, from transport bills to council rates, so I’m looking forward to the alarmist ineptoes’ first prosecution.
Er, by the way, who has told the biggest lie about the carbon tax?

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Inventor departs   24/5/2012

Eugene Polley, who invented the remote control, has died in Chicago.
A colleague wanted to know whether he’d been buried between two cushions.

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Run for cover   23/5/2012

Larry Pickering has still got it.

UPDATE:
The whole Craig Thomson scandal just got a lot messier.

UPDATE 2:
Acquaintance reckons Thomson should be promoted to the Ministry. After all, he’s demonstrated he is the only Labor member who could organise nooky in a brothel.

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Awwww . . .   

Grandson produces his first smile for the camera

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Hot stuff   20/5/2012

Global warming, how’s that work? Here’s one way.

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Refreshing   15/5/2012

Added this to the “must see” list.
“God Bless America” also takes aim – if you will – at the escalating sue-happy mentality of our world.
“We have become such a litigious society. Back in my day, you are going to meet me after class and I am going to punch you in the throat and put you down and we won’t have this argument again. Now you have to worry if they will take you to court, it is a different world than when we would fight in the yard,” Murray lamented.

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Air cleared   13/5/2012

Journalists generally don’t enjoy a good press with the public, deservedly in many cases. But in this case they’ve acted with fairness and caution, despite an avalanche-like campaign of character assassination. On almost a daily basis for the past month I’ve received claims of various intensity about a federal minister. I sounded out colleagues, who had been told the same damaging tales. But none broke ranks despite the parties’ reluctance initially to comment on the claims that were circulated without evidence, let alone proof. Unfortunately, the scuttlebut swelled to unbearable proportions, so this weekend the victims went public to set the record straight.
Let this be the end of the matter; there is no place for such despicable rumour-mongering in a liberal democracy.
Importantly, such abuse of digital media merely plays into the hands of latter-day fascists who would censor such carriers of information.

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Cold hard untruths   12/5/2012

Lefty media again caught reporting the news not as it is, but as they’d like it to be.

AFTER triggering a global news event with reports about death threats against climate scientists, the ABC and Fairfax Media are under investigation by Media Watch after a central plank supporting their reports was found to be non-existent.
Before the flaws in their reports were revealed, their versions of the truth had been picked up by Britain’s The Guardian and the scientific journal Nature.
The critical error in their reports, which has been revealed by The Australian, is that emails held by the Australian National University that were supposed to outline death threats against climate scientists have been independently assessed as containing no death threats.

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Unintended honesty?   

There’s a strong chance that Julia Gillard was telling the truth after all when she said there’d be no carbon tax under a government she led.
The carbon tax isn’t due to take effect until July 1.
The latest opinion poll suggest that despite her declaration of class war and handouts of borrowed billions, Gillard remains on the nose with voters.

The Nielsen poll in Fairfax newspapers show Mr Abbott’s approval rating climbed five points from the last poll to 44 per cent.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s approval rating fell 1 per cent to 35 per cent, which is within the poll’s margin of error.
The Coalition leads Labor 58 to 42 percent on a two-party preferred basis.
Labor’s primary vote has risen one point to 28 per cent, while the Coalition is up two points to 49 per cent, with the Greens on 12 per cent.
Mr Abbott is the preferred prime minister on 50 per cent, compared to Ms Gillard on 42 per cent.
The poll also found that more than four in 10 voters believe the budget will leave them worse off.

It would not surprise in the least if the faceless assassins were now circling. Kevin Rudd or Simon Crean?

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Wrong again   10/5/2012

Is there anything that Julia Gillard can get right? Here she is yesterday bagging Tony Abbott:

“Mr Abbott’s got to get off Sydney’s north shore and go and talk to some real families and get himself in the real world,” she said.

Now, the North Shore on the northern side of Sydney Harbour, is where Sydney’s rich and powerful reside, in suburbs such as Cremorne, Neutral Bay and Mosman.
Tony Abbott lives in the far less silvertail Warringah in Sydney’s Northern BEACHES area around Manly.
And “real families”?!! Jeez, I wouldn’t go there, PM.

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Non-productive rule   7/5/2012

This quote is popping up all over the net in response to growing political extremism and the international disaster it will bring:

The problems we face today are there because the people who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living

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New ruling class   6/5/2012

David Penberthy gets it. Pity too many of his colleagues don’t.

It’s time to stop sneering, hipsters. Something remarkable has happened. The bogans have won. They are officially and seriously cashed-up.
The rise of the affluent blue-collar sector has been a nation-changing transformation. Not the least, it has turned politics on its head. People who were once uniformly loyal to the Australian Labor Party are now anything but. They are more likely to be individualists who dislike taxation and welfare, believe in reward for effort, have an in-principle problem with punishing people for getting ahead, and want government to limit itself largely to keeping the budget in the black and interest rates down.
Just in case you missed the data I’m basing this on, I’ll recap. Figures released last week showed blue-collar workers have overtaken white-collar workers as the highest-paid people in Australia. Not just in mining but across the board.

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Mad or evil?   5/5/2012

Remove any doubts the US is heading down the gurgler at world record speed. Hasn’t that idiot Obama seen what cradle to grave socialism has done to Europe? Or is it a case that he has and doesn’t care? Or worse, he cares and that’s exactly what he wants – the destruction of great nations to be replaced by a worldwide state-dependant proletariat. Frightening!
UPDATE:
The inimitable Iowahawk serves up the idiot in chief the derision he deserves.
UPDATE 2:
This latest round of US political idiocy was never going to escape the attention of Mark Steyn:

But being yourself is never going to be enough in the new composite America. Last week, in an election campaign ad, Barack revealed his latest composite girlfriend — “Julia.” She’s worse than the old New York girlfriend. She can’t even be herself. In fact, she can’t be anything without massive assistance from Barack every step of the way, from his “Head Start” program at the age of three through to his Social Security benefits at the age of 67. Everything good in her life she owes to him. When she writes her memoir, it will be thanks to a subvention from the Federal Publishing Assistance Program for Chronically Dependent Women but you’ll love it: Sweet Dreams from My Sugar Daddy.

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Another day, another scandal   3/5/2012

Outrageous scandal of the day linked to the Gillard government? This qualifies.

If the unions were merely exploiting government environmental legislation to milk the taxpayer it would be bad enough: but what makes the wind farm scam so scandalous are the public health issues. Why aren’t we more aware of these? Because there have been cover-ups on an epic scale. The owners on whose land the turbines are built are subject to rigorous gagging orders (from law firms such as Julia Gillard’s ex-company, Slater & Gordon); tame experts are paid huge sums to testify that there are no health implications; inquiries are rigged; victims are rehoused and silenced with million-dollar payoffs. The global wind farm industry — a cash cow for everyone from Labor’s unions to the mafia — is so massive it can afford it.


James Delingpole
is not wasting time during his visit to Australia.

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False alarm   

Climate alarmists wonder why they are so widely doubted.

CLAIMS that some of Australia’s leading climate change scientists were subjected to death threats as part of a vicious and unrelenting email campaign have been debunked by the Privacy Commissioner.

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Changes in attitude   2/5/2012

Picked this up from the Coyote Blog which in turn credited it to Jerry Pournelle:

- Fifty years ago, if you wanted to be color-blind and treat everyone the same, you were considered a hopeless liberal.
- Today, if you want to be color-blind and treat everyone the same, you are considered a right-wing racist.

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Truth after all   

It’s looking increasingly like Julia Gillard was NOT lying when she said there’d be no carbon tax under her prime ministership.
With the party sharks circling, it has to be remembered that the carbon tax doesn’t come in until July 1.

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Uneasy rider   1/5/2012

A problem that would be, er, hard to live with:

Henry Wolf of California is suing BMW America and aftermarket seatmaker Corbin-Pacific claiming his issue began after a four-hour ride on his 1993 BMW motorcycle, with a ridge like seat. Wolf is seeking compensation for lost wages, medical expenses, emotional distress and what he calls “general damage.”
He said he’s had the erection non-stop for 20 months. And it comes with another side effect: The lawsuit says Wolf is “now is unable to engage in sexual activity, which is causing him substantial emotional and mental anguish.”

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