Yawn   30/6/2013

Is there a more boring commentary show on TV than Insiders? Four lefties sitting around trying to gloss over the historic and dramatic political events of the past week. Just one righty would have injected some spirit into the one-sided irrelevant farce. Two would have honoured the ABC’s charter. Watching group thinkers agree with each other is just plain tedious.

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Weather you like it or not . . .   28/6/2013

Here’s some powerful ammunition for the next time you’re harangued by a climate alarmist.

Just 8,000 years ago, there was virtually no summer sea-ice in the Arctic Ocean.
Sea-level rise is natural, and declining in rate.
Australian rainfall has not decreased over the last 100 years.
A previous Australian drought lasted 69 years.
By catchment management, the Murray-Darling Basin now contains almost 3 times as much water as it held naturally.
Global air temperature has not increased for the last 16 years, despite an 8% increase in CO2.
Global ocean temperature is also steady or cooling slightly.
Australian territory absorbs up to 20 times the amount of CO2 that we emit.
The CO2 tax will cost about $1,000/person/year; and rising.
The result of reducing Australian CO2 emissions by 5% by 2020 will be a theoretical (and unmeasurable) cooling of between 0.0007CO and 0.00007O C by 2100.
No scientist can tell you whether the world will be warmer or cooler than today in 2020.

The Age’s brilliant political cartoonist John Spooner and leading environmental scientist Professor Bob Carter have combined with colleagues to answer a series of critical and highly controversial questions about the politics and science of climate change.
About to order my copy.

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Power before principle   

Misogynists in blue shawls?

AMONG the ranks of ministers who have resigned since Kevin Rudd toppled the nation’s first female prime minister there is a noticeable absence: not a single woman.
The female ministers who prosecuted the line Julia Gillard was the victim of a sexist campaign, yesterday sat on Mr Rudd’s frontbench to the disgust of feminist author Anne Summers, who attacked them for failing to show “sisterly solidarity”.
“Do these women seriously think that it was OK for our first woman prime minister to be hounded out of office by bullying, duplicity and an outrageous trashing of her reputation?” Summers railed on Fairfax Media websites.
“Do they seriously think they are not also contaminated by the crude culture of misogyny that has now enveloped so much of the Labor Party?”

Emily’s listing so badly it’s in danger of sinking out of sight.

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Showdown?   26/6/2013

The end of something is nigh.

The ABC understands supporters of former prime minister Kevin Rudd have been circulating a petition to call a special Caucus meeting to hold a ballot on the Labor leadership.

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Tough but fair   

Let’s hope the Cricket Australia experiment with Boof works. It might send a strong message to Australian businesses and bureaucrats with their no-offence policies and endless meetings that serve to only make life easier for the stupid and indolent.

He will support his players to the hilt, and he will tear strips off them. He will give them whatever they deserve. But rather than having meetings, and then meetings about meetings, and going through all the mumbo-jumbo afflicting Australian cricket in recent times, he will do it while looking them in the eye.

Great piece by Will Swanton

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Knitwit   25/6/2013

Cripes, is she so desperate she’s chasing the CWA vote? Don’t think there’ll be much joy there.

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Let it rip, Boris   24/6/2013

The inimitable Lord Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, pays out cleverly and hilariously on climate alarmists and their failed predictions:

They said we were never going to have snow again, and that we should prepare for southern England to turn gradually into a Mediterranean world. There were going to be olive groves in the Weald of Kent, and the whole place was going to be so generally broiling in summer that no one would be able to move between noon and 4pm, after which people would come out to play boules and sip pastis, to the whine of a mandolin, in the dusty square that had once been a village green.

I hope I don’t need to tell you that we have not experienced a Mediterranean climate – not since they started to tell us to expect it. On the contrary, we have had some pretty long and miserable winters – including the last one, in which I saw snow settle in London on four separate occasions – and our summer is at risk of becoming a bit of a farce. As I write these words, I am looking out yet again at lowering grey clouds, in what should be the peachiest time of year – and now these so-called weather forecasters and climate change buffs have the unbelievable effrontery to announce that they got it all wrong. They now think that we won’t have 10 years of blistering summer heat; on the contrary, it is apparently going to be 10 years of cold and wet.

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Going, going . . .   22/6/2013

Looks like The Age’s editor has joined the ranks of blue-tied misogynists.

EDITORIAL
It is time for Julia Gillard to stand aside as leader of the federal parliamentary Labor Party, as Prime Minister of Australia, so that vigorous, policy-driven democratic debate can flourish once again. Ms Gillard should do so in the interests of the Labor Party, in the interests of the nation and, most importantly, in the interests of democracy.

You’d presume there’s much wailing and gnashing of teeth in Fitzroy, Glebe and and Freo.

UPDATE:
I remember that fateful night in 2007 when I warned two long-time rusted-on Labor voting mates that they’d soon be embarrassed they voted for this mob of incapable hyenas. They sneered. Who’s laughing now?

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Looking back   21/6/2013

Seems it’s a furphy that Labor has abandoned its founding principles: when it comes to jobs, the party appears to have re-embraced a keystone position – the White Australia Policy.

A spokeswoman for Immigration Minister Brendan O’Connor defended the plan. “The government makes no apologies for shoring up Australian jobs, and ensuring there are appropriate checks and balances for overseas workers . . . in Australian territory.”

It could be argued that Labor’s position is not driven by racial hate. But that couldn’t be said of some prominent members of the maggotty Greens.

SPLITS have emerged in the Greens after leader Christine Milne refused to rebuke NSW MP David Shoebridge for his contact with Holocaust denier Fredrick Toben.

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Hi Cuz   18/6/2013

The Slatts’ clan comes from the line known as Black Irish. Looks like we’ve got a new strain:

Speaking at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin, Ireland, at a performance by of “Riverdance” by Irish youth, First Lady Michelle Obama thanked the crowd and said, “It is good to be home.”

That’s what Gillard would call hyperbowl.

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Institutionalised hypocrites   

Former Labor MP Gary Johns gives the luvvy classes an erudite, learned spray:

”Nowhere on this committee is to be found a Meals-on-Wheels representative, the Salvation Army or someone from Lifeline or a St Vinnies shop, or Rotary. The latter are civil society, not the leftists who, in the past decades, have assumed positions as spokespeople for civil society, without any authority or legitimacy. These are people who rely on the inclusive institutions of the Western liberal democracies, institutions that encourage the creation and redistribution of wealth, to argue for its antithesis.
They argue for ethnic distinctions that prey on the tolerance of liberalism. They argue for indigenous differences that deepen bad behaviour. They argue for environmental attitudes that are anti-human and weaken both adaptation and ingenuity. They argue for a form of feminism that undermines merit.”

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Wheely up in the air   17/6/2013

Hey Santa, this is the bike I want:

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Our ‘Enery to open the English battering   15/6/2013

Letter of the week in The Australian today:
HELLO, my Aussie cousins. I want to send a few words of support at this difficult time. We all know the Australian Test cricket team has had it tough of late, what with back-to-back Ashes defeats and a 4-0 thumping in India.
We all know the Australian Test cricket team has had it tough of late, what with back-to-back Ashes defeats and a 4-0 thumping in India.
Now I also know “Diamond” Dave Warner has had a tough year with the bat, but I think his attempt to land a punch on England’s smallest player, Joe Root, could be a stroke of genius. Why bother with balls and bats, silly mid-ons and maidens? It is all so yesteryear and not at all macho.
I say it could be wise to settle future Ashes rivalries like real men. In a good old-fashioned punch up, the Aussies may even have a chance of winning, certainly more than with this motley crew of boozed-up village-cricket journeymen.
To make it fair, England could bring in Lennox Lewis for Stuart Broad and Frank Bruno for Alastair Cook. As for the Aussies, why make any changes at all?
To be fair, perhaps the Australians could lose Michael Clarke for Jeff Fenech. And given Mitchell Johnson’s well publicised troubles, he could probably be replaced by “Aussie” Joe Bugner.
Thanks to “Diamond” Dave’s bold initiative, we can look forward to beer and biffo to settle this Ashes question once and for all.
Tim Horgan, London, England

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You don’t say   

Tell us something we don’t know:

AUSTRALIA’S refugee determination process has broken down completely, admitting large numbers of people whose claims to refugee status are fraudulent.
The claims come from a former senior Immigration Department official who says the system favours those who tell lies over those who tell the truth, is easily scammed and has become utterly dysfunctional.

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WAW!   14/6/2013

Plummeting to a new low in grievance pursuit.

A MAN dialled 999 to complain to police that a prostitute was UGLY after meeting her outside a hotel.
The caller told West Midlands Police he wanted “to report her for breaching the Sale of Goods Act”.

Read more:

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It’s a joke, Joyce   13/6/2013

Definitely a case of Gillard and Labor luvvies in the media going off half-cocked:

The Prime Minister launched a day-long attack on the Opposition Leader – as well as Mr Hockey, the opposition’s Treasury spokesman, and Howard government minister Mal Brough, the LNP’s candidate for the Sunshine Coast seat of Fisher, who both attended the fundraiser – over the “display” of the menu at the function.
But Mr Richards claimed last night the menu never left the kitchen. “I would like to confirm what actually happened: there were never any menus distributed on the tables or in the restaurant,” he said in an email to Mr Brough, released by Mr Abbott’s office. “I created a mock menu myself as a light-hearted joke. However, as I said, I never produced them for public distribution.

Before Labor’s epic quail (Ta, James Morrow and Tim Blair) their confected outrage constrasted dramatically with their silence over founding femmo Germaine Greer’s comments sneering at Gillard’s big bum. Hypocrisy doesn’t begin to describe it.

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Media retractions, anyone?   12/6/2013

So there were sound grounds for our doubts, after all. But then we weren’t on the payroll of Big Gov.

The New York Times is wondering, as are other mainstream media outlets, “What to Make of a Warming Plateau.” If the media had a more critical eye, they’d see what they’ve been expecting is wrong.
The Times reported Monday that “The rise in the surface temperature of earth has been markedly slower over the last 15 years than in the 20 years before that. And that lull in warming has occurred even as greenhouse gases have accumulated in the atmosphere at a record pace.”

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Predicting cross words   

Jeez, The Age’s luvvy readers will melt the phone lines if they solve today’s politically incorrect cryptic crossword. Clues and answers include nuts, round the bend, goes nuts, up the pole, one-legged, maniac or nutcase.

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History repeated   11/6/2013

What’s that about those who ignore history being bound to repeat it?
This will send a chill down Jewish spines. And hopefully outrage a majority of Germans.

In a throwback to its darkest past, the German government recently decided to back an initiative which singles out Jewish-owned businesses and targets them for detrimental treatment. Joining 13 other European Union members, Berlin has reportedly agreed to support efforts aimed at applying special labels of origin to products manufactured by Jewish owned factories in Judea and Samaria.

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Fun is verboten   

Let’s hope this stays on the Left Coast:

Strobridge Elementary Principal Charles Hill has a brilliant idea: he’s holding a toy gun exchange next Saturday in which students of the Hayward, CA school can turn in a toy gun to receive a book and a raffle ticket to win one of four bicycles.

Actually, if Australia’s academic grievance chasers tried it on here, it would immediately prompt PC outrage at the idea of swapping raffle tickets for water pistols. Oh, the sinfulness of it all.

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