Idiots rule   26/2/2013

The ACT has the highest wages and best working conditions in the nation, so it stands to reason that the territory has the smartest workers, doesn’t it? Well no, if your job is to determine policy for the ACT Human Rights Commission, you must be a gold-plated, fully-fledged moron. With learning difficulties.

Canberra’s Alexander Maconochie Centre is the first modern prison in Australia to be designed by do-gooders. Late last year it also became the first prison in Australia to be raided by police investigating a child pornography ring. Designing a model prison is the easy part; finding model prisoners is another matter altogether. What’s the criminal class coming to when you can’t give them a laptop and an email address without them getting up to no good?
It claims to be the first prison in Australia to provide prophylactics, but evidently with mixed success. One inmate in the mixed-sex facility is in the process of applying for early release on the grounds that she is expecting a baby at Easter, a month before the end of her 12-month sentence.
Let’s hope ACT Human Rights Commissioner Helen Watchirs has better luck with the needle exchange program likely to begin soon, despite opposition from prison officers. As Watchirs sees it: “To deny protection against disease transmission in such a high-prevalence and closed population in prison may be viewed as inhumane.”

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Drinks ban   25/2/2013

It’s a brave nanny stater who gets between a New Yorker and his big bottle of soda pop. The wowserly leader of arguably the western world’s most tolerant city cops a well-deserved bagging from the local paper.

Say goodbye to that 2-litre bottle of Coke with your pizza delivery, pitchers of soft drinks at your kid’s birthday party and some bottle-service mixers at your favorite nightclub.
They’d violate Mayor Bloomberg’s new rules, which prohibit eateries from serving or selling sugary drinks in containers larger than 16 ounces.

The mayor would achieve far more by telling his fat constituents to get off their lard arses and take some exercise and get on a diet.
Can’t have that. Someone’s self-esteem might take a battering.

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Ripper   22/2/2013

Joe pulls off the rant of the year:

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Cold, hard facts   

Chief of the world’s main manmade global warming advancement organisation has admitted the world hasn’t warmed for 17 years and that MGW doubters deserve to be heard.
Jeepers, that’s a big yarn that will be all over the TV news bulletins tonight, won’t it? Won’t it?

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Cold revenge   

This comment at Bolt’s blog makes sense. In a machiavellian way.

Andrew, I think it’s possible that Kevin Rudd is telling the truth about not challenging Gillard. I suspect he may be playing a longer game.
He may think that if Labor suffers a massive defeat, he may be able to take over and rebuild the party in his own image – in particular, he may be able to break the grip the union movement has over Labor. This would indeed be a huge accomplishment and would allow Labor to become a party much better suited to the times. The last few years have proven that the Hawke years were an abberation and that Labor remains a party wedded to class war and union patronage.
Rudd has no love of the unions and would love to do to them what they helped do to him. And it would actually create a better party. Strange as it sounds, Rudd may be Labor’s last best hope for genuine renewal. He’s young enough and egomaniacal enough to believe he can do it and give himself a permanent and major place in Australian political history.

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Peace talking   

Henry produces an inconvenient truth in The Australian’s Last Post column:

Those who protested against Geert Wilders coming here to express his views on Islam won’t be protesting against shiekh Abdul Rahman al-Sudais for preaching that Jews are accursed to Allah, are pigs and apes and are the scum of the earth. That’s because he’s speaking at the Australian Islamic Peace Conference.
Henry Herzog, St Kilda, Vic

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Girl talk   21/2/2013

The science is in. And surprises no one.

Scientists have discovered that women possess higher levels of a “language protein” in their brains, which could explain why females are so talkative.

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Some harsh folks say you’ve got to be brain dead to Tweet. If so, this may help.

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Evolving stupidity   19/2/2013

Well, it’s no surprise to anyone who watches commercial TV, travels on public transport or who overhears conversations between, like, under 25s:

Would you be surprised to hear that the human race is slowly becoming dumber, and dumber?

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Do as I say . . .   

Gillard shows more hide than, well, a highlands beastie, when it comes to jobs for Australians:

JULIA Gillard’s office furniture will be re-upholstered in plush Scottish leather after the hides of Australian-grown beasts failed to meet strict quality standards.
A West Melbourne company proudly announced the delivery of the custom hides yesterday as the Prime Minister pitched her new Australian jobs plan in Brisbane.

Yesterday, the PM unveiled a plan designed to keep the local manufacturing industry competitive despite the high Australian dollar and other economic pressures.

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Ignorance creators   18/2/2013

If ever there was a case of something not broken yet destined to be “fixed” by the ignorati, it is Australian education.
It’s so ironic that academics and educational bureaucrats enjoyed the benefit of what this writer to The Australian describes, yet they’ve been denying it to students for the past 25 years, rendering many of them ignorant and illiterate.

How can competition between schools lift academic performance to the optimum without any reward and punishment at the student level? Make proper competitive examinations mandatory, and establish realistic benchmarks for honours and passes, the balance to fail. Reward the top students with assistance in further education. Give the lesser students some incentive to try harder by not promoting failures to the next level. Weed out the troublemakers and so protect all those students who are genuinely trying to better themselves.

As the man says: It ain’t rocket surgery!

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Nose it all   15/2/2013

The Drum last night featured a former NSW Labor minister by the name of Verity (what sort of card-carrying Labor name is that?) who seemed very excitable, waving her hands all over the shop and yakking inanely.
She paused occasionally to rub and squeeze her sizeable schnozz. “Hmmmm”, was all this viewer could muster.

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There are safe ones?   

Here’s a place to avoid: Channel 7 promo for current affairs show Sunday promises a segment that features “a minefield of danger”.
That’s what you get when you pay off all the sub-editors.

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Sanity at last   14/2/2013

At long last, some common sense in public policy:

UP to 100 dams could be built across the country to prevent floods, fuel power stations and irrigate a food boom to feed 120 million people across the Asia Pacific region, under plans being considered by Opposition leader Tony Abbott.

And greenie zealots: stick a sock in it!

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Who’s the real dummies?   13/2/2013

Canberra political operatives have been caught treating voters of ultra-marginal seat Corangamite like hicks.
In response, constituents of Darren Cheeseman have told him: “Bollocks”!

The editor of a country Victorian newspaper says political operatives in Canberra have tried to hijack community debate over the effect of funding cuts on the local hospital.

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Dopey stuff   

The doping in sport scandal is looking increasingly like a stunt to get all of Labor’s bad news off the front page.

JASON Clare has defended the Australian Crime Commission’s decision publicly allege widespread doping in Australian sport in the absence of a single criminal investigation.
The Home Affairs Minister told Sky News that the ACC would have been wrong to suppress its report on sports doping and organised crime, which cast a shadow over the nation’s elite athletes and sporting codes.

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Dining delight   11/2/2013

What’s the ideal entree for a meal of Findus lasagne? Black Caviar, of course.
Daylesford pal Bernie Frith suggests the whole repast kicks off with horses’ doovers.

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Animal harm   9/2/2013

Oh, fergawdzakes! Is there any aspect of dinkum Australian culture that inner-suburban idiots don’t wish to wreck?

But the final nail in the coffin for the traditional country livestock sales may not be the march of technology but the animal welfare lobby. The RSPCA is pushing to have sheep and cattle sales held at country saleyards banned.

Dairies, shearing sheds, stockyards, stables, kennels – they will all have to join the queue if the beast cuddlers have their way.

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Germs of ideas   8/2/2013

James Valentine takes the P155 out of sook-wranglers who would deny kids birthday cake candles because they might catch germs.

Shopping trolleys. The unwashed grasp their handles for a half hour at a time, infusing the grip with sweat, dirt and bodily fluids best left unnamed. The trolley is left in an unventilated carpark, handle festering in the heat, then herded back upstairs, to be clasped by the next consumer.
Hideous. What if this shopper’s next stop was a sandwich shop? May as well order a salmonella sandwich.

What other measures could nanny-staters take to keep us and our kids safe from germs and other meanies?
I’m worried about the dangers of breathing. It’s got to be a real health risk inhaling all those horrible carbon dioxide and methane emissions from inconsiderate others.
The worst thing about these health and safety fascists is that they’re on the public payroll. Savings there, Abbott.

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Freedom fighters   

Those who have slammed the federal government’s recent attacks on free speech have been surprised by the silence from many who would be expected to deplore such totalitarianism.
Michael Sexton pointedly asks:

Amid this deafening silence from the supporters of the legislation, there has also been an absence of comment from a range of groups that are generally outspoken on questions of individual freedom. Where, for example, are the protests from legal professional bodies such as bar associations and law societies or from the various civil liberties organisations? And where is the protest from those perennial radicals and challengers of authority, the Greens?

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