Darlin’ boys   28/12/2012

My favourite Christmas pic – son and grandson.

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Where’s the anger?   

It’s puzzling to find that many of my old hippy, libertarian and lefty mates are not outraged by a federal government proposal to put a stranglehold on free expression. One can only hope that loyalty to Labor does not trump basic liberties.

Every time we give away a little free speech here or restrain a little free speech there, we chip away at the cornerstone of our democracy. Before we have raised an eyebrow, let alone a voice, we have lost the ability to robustly test ideas, debate questions big and small and to laugh freely without fear. It hardly needs saying that freedoms are easily lost and not so easily won. Then again, maybe it does need saying – again and again to check our natural tendency to complacency.

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Stink blockers   24/12/2012

Given the amount of rich tucker, beer and wine likely to be consumed over the next 48 hours, undies could for once be a welcome Chrissy present.

Underpants which are claimed to neutralise the smell of flatulence are proving a hit in Japan, whose hard-working businessmen seem to like the idea of breaking wind without getting caught.

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Lifeless of the party   23/12/2012

Well, it worked for him:

SAN BERNARDINO (CBSLA.com) — Authorities Saturday continued to investigate the circumstances surrounding a fight at an “End of the World” party in San Bernardino that turned deadly.

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Hate sermon   

And a happy Eid al-Fitr to you Sheikh, you creep.

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Have a good one   

A merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous new year to all travellers on this blogship. We’re off to this getaway tomorrow for a three-day seasonal gathering of the clan. Should be fun with four generations in attendance. Now to attend to provisions . . . wine, ham, beer, cake, wine, prawns, beer, fruit, wine, turkey, beer, chocolate, wine, oh, and more beer.
UPDATE: Heh, heh, just learnt that our destination – Wildwood Retreat at Pennyroyal – doesn’t have mobile phone or TV reception. Chance for the youngies to learn some old-school distractions like conversations and card games. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas used to be.

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Up yours, censors   21/12/2012

Brilliant columnist James Delingpole has thumbed his nose at Australian Press Council intimidaters and refused to resile from his colourful comparison of wind farms to pedophiles.

As for its Press Council and their ruling about what I said about wind farms (The Australian, May 3) I stand by every word of the piece – especially the bit about pedophiles. I would concede that the analogy may be somewhat offensive to the pedophile community. Nevertheless, like the anonymous sheep farmer I quoted, I feel that the “level of offensiveness” is entirely justified.

So where does this leave the APC bullies? They’ve already been left red-faced by fellow lefties at the ABC approving a comparison of climate change doubters with pedophiles. Perhaps they hope the whole matter will disappear over the Christmas break.

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Stocking stuffers   20/12/2012

That’s all right, Santa,
But where’s me effing bike?
NY Health Clinic Video Features Santa Passing Out Syringes, Condoms

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Lily gilding revealed   

And these lying, cheating alarmists have the gall to hurl vile abuse at those who challenge them.

Lewis tells me that the latest observational estimates of the effect of aerosols (such as sulfurous particles from coal smoke) find they have much less cooling effect than thought when the last IPCC report was written. The rate at which the ocean is absorbing greenhouse-gas-induced warming is also now known to be fairly modest. In other words, the two excuses used to explain away the slow, mild warming we have actually experienced – culminating in a standstill in which global temperatures are no higher than they were 16 years ago – no longer work.
In short: we can now estimate, based on observations, how sensitive the temperature is to carbon dioxide. We do not need to rely heavily on unproven models. Comparing the trend in global temperature over the past 100-150 years with the change in “radiative forcing” (heating or cooling power) from carbon dioxide, aerosols and other sources, minus ocean heat uptake, can now give a good estimate of climate sensitivity.
The conclusion – taking the best observational estimates of the change in decadal-average global temperature between 1871-80 and 2002-11, and of the corresponding changes in forcing and ocean heat uptake – is this: a doubling of CO2 will lead to a warming of 1.6-1.7C.
This is much lower than the IPCC’s current best estimate, 3C.

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Don’t you just love it when censorious bullies contradict each other?

DRAWING comparisons to pedophiles to attack your opponents is acceptable under the ABC complaints process – held up as the ideal model by media inquiry head Ray Finkelstein – but has been ruled out of order by the newspapers’ existing regulatory body.

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Learned opinion   19/12/2012

Gillard and Co might think they’ve swept the AWU slush fund scandal under a heavy duty axminster but the stinking lump of corruption is still quite visible.
A former chief corruption fighter and university chancellor is the latest to suggest possible wrongdoing by the Prime Harridan.

Gillard advised Blewitt on the incorporation of the association and prepared the rules of the association and, following a query from the commissioner, wrote arguing for the incorporation of the association.
The letter has not been disclosed so it is impossible to draw any conclusions about it. Gillard has maintained that she did nothing wrong but has not explained why she says that.
However, without some explanation from her as to what occurred, there is, in my opinion, a prima facie case that she could have been charged along with Blewitt as she drafted the rules of the association for Blewitt knowing that the rules did not disclose the purpose for which the association was being incorporated.

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Dumb despots   

Thanks to Janet Albrechsten for further proof that the irredeemably stupid fit naturally into the nanny state.

A Perth policeman issues a $250 fine to a woman for using a mobile phone while pushing a pram. The police later apologise and withdraw the fine, admitting a pram is not a vehicle.
The parents of a deaf child named Hunter are advised by his Nebraska preschool that he needs to change his name as it offends the school’s “weapons in schools” policy ban.
A British man trying to buy a chocolate pudding from his local supermarket is asked whether he is over 18 because reheating a pudding in a microwave oven may cause burns. The shop apologises and admits buying the pudding doesn’t require proof of age.

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Definitely disturbing   18/12/2012

Here’s a report guaranteed to produce a tsunami of puns and wordplay:

A 37-year-old Swedish woman with an admitted obsession with skeletons has been convicted of disturbing the peace of the dead for allegedly using human bones for sexual purposes.

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Foul abuse   

Hope Maurice Newman mounts a defamation action against the ABC for likening climate sceptics, such as himself and a significant section of the Australian population, to pedophiles and crack users.

On November 24, Robyn Williams intoned to his audience on ABC’s The Science Show, “if I told you that pedophilia is good for children, or asbestos is an excellent inhalant for those with asthma, or, that smoking crack is a normal part and a healthy one of teenage life, you’d rightly find it outrageous. Similar statements are coming out of inexpert mouths again and again, distorting the science”. My article was given as an example of an anti-scientific position.

Better still would be a class action so lots of us could take a slice of the ABC’s lying leftwing arse.
The bolshie broadcasters must be really confident in their case when they’re forced to resort to such obscene slander.
Yet another convincing reason for putting the Australian Broadcasting Collective on the auction block.

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Surprising figures   17/12/2012

Tim Blair brings clarity to hysteria as sloppy media milk a tragedy for every teardrop.

As the number of guns in the US increases, the deaths keep going the other way. “The rate of gun-related murder and manslaughter fell 11 per cent from 2008 to 2010, the most recent year for which comparable statistics are available,” Businessweek reported in October. Moreover, “the gun-killing rate has fallen a total of 51.5 per cent since 1993.”
This is not to diminish the shocking slaughter of 27 people, most of them very young children, in Connecticut. There is no moral way that a crime on this scale can be understood as anything less than pure evil.

It seems that every two-bob commentator in Australia is demanding the US tighten gun controls, ignoring the practical, legislative, economical and political impossibility of such action.

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Ms Failure   

Henry Ergas calls the prime harridan on her government’s deplorable record in women’s employment:

LITTLE Miss Bossy tells everyone what to do. Little Miss Naughty is badly behaved.
And Little Miss Fickle breaks her promises. But no one is as scary as Little Miss Ogyny, especially when she goes on the attack.
Not that she understands the difference between ad hominem and ad nauseam. Nor is she shy of veering into a Little Miss Statement.
For despite all the noise Julia Gillard makes about gender women achieved far greater progress under the Howard government than they have under Labor.
Since Labor came to power, the female unemployment rate has risen from 4.4 to 5.2 per cent. And surveys show women feel more at risk of losing their job now than at any point in the Howard years.

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Snatch and run   

A terrific story in today’s Strewth column in The Australian about one of this turf fan’s favourite training families:

Canine castaway
A TRIP to the races on Saturday with wife Karen turned into a dog day afternoon for Warrnambool dentist Bill Wilde, who doubles as a racehorse trainer with his son Symon. Frantically readying horses to race at Stawell and Cranbourne, where the Wildes were in the winner’s stall, nobody noticed Symon’s staghound Snatch was missing as Bill drove out of the stables with a five-year-old gelding named Lord Wimble in tow. After more than an hour travelling at mostly 110km/h along some rough country road the vehicle carting the horse transport came to a halt for the first time at a T-intersection outside Cressy — some 40km north of the western district town of Colac — only for Bill to see “a dog just like Symon’s overtake me” on the side of the road. “We were in a bit of a rush leaving and it must have jumped up on to that little platform between the tow-bar and the float and there it stayed,” Wilde said. “It was an amazing balancing act.” There were more than a few expletives uttered in the 10 minutes it took Wilde to catch the eight-month-old bitch. Karen rang their son, who was getting ready to bat at a western district cricket match, describing the high-speed journey on a 40cm by 40cm ledge. The dog went to the races, but was too scared to eat or drink after the ordeal and yesterday was too tired to move. As for the other four-legged passenger, who had the creature comforts that go with being the sole traveller in a two-horse float, Lord Wimble ran like a dog and finished third last.

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Getting better all the time   15/12/2012

Warmenistas are waffling, but their own figures deny their past predictions.
Australian global warming scaredy cat Steve Sherwood gives a most illuminating but unscientific response:

But, you know, look at it if you want, but I would suggest to people to wait for the final report to come out, which will be better than the draft that’s there now.

It will be “better”?!!!

Meanwhile, the Australian Press Council is revealed as nothing more than a denier of free speech.

The Press Council’s ruling claims that by not noting what the Met Office said, my article “was likely to be interpreted as implying that the Met Office had the same view” of its data. News flash to the council. The Met indeed has the same view.
The Met does not and cannot deny its data shows what I reported – no statistically significant warming for 15 years (now 16 years).

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Small talk   14/12/2012

Couple of questions raised by this act of politically correct contrition from a black US politician.
Why didn’t he apologise to “abnormally tall people”?
Surely “abnormally small people” could be seen as just as offensive a term as “midget”?

(CNSNews.com) – Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) compared companies and workers to a “cage fight” between a “giant” and a “midget” on Wednesday night. By Thursday, he publicly expressed regret to “abnormally small people” for using the “m-word”.


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Tough times ahead   

Expect a lean and mean 2013 as socialist incompetents in Canberra run out of other people’s money to spend.

HOUSEHOLD tax increases of more than $1000, including a new state land levy on the family home, will be needed to fund an annual $2.5 billion budget black hole caused by Gillard government cost-shifting, according to explosive advice to Victorian Treasurer Kim Wells.

Gillard and co can hurl all the “hyperbowl” they like about misogynists, internet nutjobs and sneerers and smearers, it can’t change the facts: the economy is going downhill faster than Mulga Bill from Eaglehawk and incompetence and ideological idiocy are helping propel it.
At least one Labor luminary is prepared to take a frank approach.

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