Libs preferred leader?   28/2/2014

Does this blast of common sense herald the coming of a new opposition leader? Or is Ferguson Labor’s version of Malcolm Turnbull: the guy the other side wants to see leader?

FORMER Labor frontbencher and union leader Martin Ferguson today will back changes to industrial relations laws, including allowing the use of contractors and restoring the building watchdog, warning that productivity must improve or unemployment will rise and living standards will fall.

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Thought-provoking   27/2/2014

Once it was the scissors you reached for after reading powerful argument couched in the most accessible terms. These days, the cut and paste keys are pounded when powerful ideas provoke. Daniel Hattan’s thoughts on the origins of modern civilisation are worth a second and third look and hopefully, non-abusive debate.

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Whale? Oil – be stuffed   25/2/2014

There’s nothing more satisfying than to see the sickeningly self-righteous hoist with their own petard.

Sea Shepherd guilty of diesel spill that dropped up to 500 litres of diesel into the Trinity Inlet

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Fraudian slip   22/2/2014

A spoonerism turns Joe Hockey into Craig Thomson. (Inspired by a bolt 

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Chief among doubters   11/2/2014

Reason enough to take out a subscription in Quadrant.

”Paltridge was a Chief Research Scientist with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO). The latter is Australia’s equivalent of the National Science Foundation, our massive Federal Laboratory network, and all the governmental agency science branches rolled into one.
Paltridge lays out the well-known uncertainties in climate forecasting. These include our inability to properly simulate clouds that are anything like what we see in the real world, the embarrassing lack of average surface warming now in its 17th year, and the fumbling (and contradictory) attempts to explain it away.”

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Blood on whose hands?   10/2/2014

Tim Blair reflects brilliantly on the ”he alleges, they alleged” reaction of pro-people smugglers in the past week about burnt hands compared with their silence over the deaths of 1000 in the not so recent past.

Consider the remarkable system of priorities that rates damaged digits above hundreds of actual drowned people, whose deaths were the direct result of idiotic leftist decisions. It’s a little like looking at the thousands of skulls in Cambodia’s killing fields and worrying about their quality of dental care.

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Feel free – in an acceptable way   9/2/2014

Mark Steyn is tempted to unleash violence against those who support free speech – provided it is agreeable free speech. Great writing, as usual.

I’ve always been in favor of freedom of expression, but lately I’ve become a free-speech absolutist. It takes all sorts to make a world and I’ve met a lot of them over the years, and I can stand pretty much anything anyone says about anything — until someone says to me, “You can’t say that.” At which point my inclination is to punch his lights out. I do this not just because I’m a violent psychopath with a hair-trigger temper, but to make the important point that in societies where you’re not free to speak your mind — to argue and debate — the only way to express disagreement is through violence.

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Reality turn-off   7/2/2014

Rational listeners would be inclined to erase any doubts that a nation of sooks is incubating after hearing Rafael Epstein’s warning on ABC 774 Drive yesterday. Before announcing breaking news Epstein warned mums in cars with kids that the issue at hand might disturb the littlies and it would perhaps be best to distract them. It was a report about a woman found dead by foul play somewhere in Melbourne. I don’t blame the announcer, as this is clearly policy from the ABC’s nanny-state branch office who apparently know little about competitive media and couldn’t care less if listeners turned off or switched to another station. It’s also an insult to parents who want their kids to grow with a realistic understanding of the world around them. But worst of all it aims to stifle the natural curiosity of kids for the unusual, even if it is the nasty activities of criminals and other ratbags. Gawd almighty, how would modern swaddle-mummies have dealt with my favourite radio show all those years ago? Sundays on 3UZ, ears would be glued (often Mum’s as well as mine), to Tom Jones’ Newsbeat in which the announcer’s shocked, hushed voice recapped in lurid detail his Saturday night tours of duty with the wallopers through the carnage of Bodgie blues and car crashes that seemingly turned the gutters of Melbourne into rivers of blood. Shocked? Of course I was. Troublesome afterthoughts, even nightmares? You betcha. A similar childhood response followed goodies v baddies movie matinees and superhero comics of the day which usually portrayed plenty of fisticuffs and rifle fire. Yet, paradoxically, the only murderer I know of from boyhood came from way out in the bush with no radio reception or access to movie matinees. And as far as I know, he killed in his middle age, for a contract. For the rest of us, the only problem we had with notoriety was spelling it.

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Sleeping with the enemy   4/2/2014

Does Media Watch host Paul Barry see the writing on the wall? His admission last night:

OK, it’s a fair cop. I admit the crime.
I only voted Liberal at the last election as a cover.

Bet this earns Barry his marching orders to Coventry from plenty of the comrades:

We believe ABC News got it wrong.
And if so … it needs to admit it, to find out how the mistake was made, and to make sure it will not happen again.

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And stay out!   1/2/2014

A compelling reason to reside in a rural city.

A MAN accused of a Warrnambool street shooting has been granted bail but banned from the city.

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The trees told him   

Cripes, it doesn’t do your case much good when the biggest idiot of the realm supports it

Prince Charles has called people who deny human-made climate change a “headless chicken brigade” who are ignoring overwhelming scientific evidence.

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Going for the drumstick   

Guess he wasn’t letting those licked fingers go to waste.

Man Crashes Car Into Fried Chicken Restaurant, Strips Naked, Masturbates in Intersection

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