Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sun Jan 25th Todays News

On Bolt Report a new policy is that any Islam post can only be on the pinned leader. Normal rules apply in that if it is merely foul and abusive it will be deleted. Otherwise comments are welcome.  
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Marriage of Anne Boleyn to Henry VIII on this day in 1533. She had held out for years to be married, but conceded to a promise. She had been 'married' or entangled twice before, since returning from France to England age 21. She was 32 when she married Henry. Elizabeth was born on the seventh of September, 1533. Henry was a genius, but the murder of his wife, Anne was a monstrous wrong nothing he did reconciled.

Tatiana of Rome was martyred on this day in 235. And so Moscow University was founded on this day in 1755. Under Emperor Severus in 235, Rome had been tasked to get religious icons from religious institutions. This was intended to promote the old religion as it was feared that secularism was corroding Roman resolve. However Christians were the only large religious group who would not do that. The alternative was execution. According to legend, Tatiana was the daughter of a Roman civil servant and was secretly Christian. When commanded to pray to Apollo, she prayed instead to Jesus and an earthquake struck the statue of Apollo and broke it. So Tatiana was left at the feet of a lion, but the lion didn't eat her. So Tatiana's head was cut off. She died on this day in 235. Her story is similar to Prisca and Martina, In 1755, the lover of the Russian Empress Elizabeth had a mother named Tatiana. He was minister of Education (snigger) and Russia approved his application to found Moscow University.

Shay's rebellion flowered on this day with the largest confrontation outside a Springfield Armoury. The rebels were rebelling against high taxes following the end of the war of independence, as well as corruption. The rebellion temporarily brought George Washington out of retirement as a General on his way to inauguration. It caused a significant rethink as to federal powers over state powers.

Today, most people marry to Mendelssohn's wedding march, but on this day 1858, Queen Victoria's daughter, Victoria, married Friedrich of Prussia. Their fruitful union produced the Kaiser who took Germany to WW1. The musical piece was produced for Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream. 

In 1881, Edison stood next to Bell as the two formed a partnership, founding Oriental Telephone Company. In 1890, Nellie Bly, a journalist, completed her journey around the world in 72 days. Nellie, whose real name was Elizabeth Jane Cochrane, was a beautiful young woman who had earlier exposed a deficient mental asylum by pretending to be insane. She effected real change for the patients. In 1971, three of Manson's female companions were found guilty of murder. On the same day Idi Amin seized power in Uganda. In 1981, Mao's wife was sentenced to death for her corruption, but the sentence was commuted to life and she suicided ten years later rather than be treated for cancer. In 2003, some left for Iraq volunteering to be human shields. In 2004, Opportunity rover landed on Mars. 
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Grants are necessary to support arts. Australia is not alone in the world in which the arts community has diverted public funds for left wing causes. It is not solely in the arts that funds are diverted to left wing causes. But the arts community is quite shameless about it. If you question it, you may be confronted with an attack "Back off, I'm an artist" and if you persist, your own credentials are questioned. What credentials do artists require? It is ok to question how public money is spent. It is understandable some might feel sensitive about their income. The lack of accountability, the apparent embezzlement and misuse of public funds is a threat to the art community. And it isn't artists who are defending it, but liars and thieves. Retaliation in the form of reduced funding is unlikely to hurt the thieves as much as it will hurt struggling artists reliant on the stream to further their skills. 

The issue was driven home for me when, having lost my career through ALP government corruption, I tried to start a back up career in the arts community. I have no visual arts talent, and my musical talent is best employed as a backdrop for Monsters Inc. But I can write and churn out video. I have attracted some 1.8 million hits between iCompositions and Youtube (the iComposition account was killed by corrupt AGW advocates). I made enquiries from others who were attracting grants and put forward a proposal. I was willing to produce a video on the issue of community and policing. My subject matter was the case of Nicola Cotton, a young, pregnant, post Katrina police recruit who was alone when she was ordered to apprehend a deviant. They fought, he got her gun and killed her with it, then waited to be arrested. My target was youth who were offside with police in the community, kids need to know about the work police do and sacrifices they make, and a dramatic kung fu interpretation showing Nicola's last day seemed to serve that purpose. Naturally, the project was refused funding. It apparently didn't address youth issues as well as a drug harm minimisation project. 


I made it anyway, without the dramatic recreation. One US based police remembrance group thanked me for it. I called it Picking Cotton. In working to establish a business, I am hoping to establish an independent production group that would produce local cultural material for video in High Definition (television ready) with a client licensing set up to produce income .. so an Ethiopian Pastor I know could produce material he could use in Ethiopia or in that community in Australia. I tell a producer friend of mine about it and they comment "But ICE (Information cultural exchange) already do that." Except, they fail.

Historical perspectives on this day 
In 41, after a night of negotiation, Claudius was accepted as Roman Emperor by the Senate. 750, in the Battle of the Zab, the Abbasid rebels defeated the Umayyad Caliphate, leading to overthrow of the dynasty. 1348, a strong earthquake struck the South Alpine region of Friuli in modern Italy, causing considerable damage to buildings as far away as Rome. 1494, Alfonso II became King of Naples. 1515, Coronation of Francis I of France. 1533, Henry VIII of England secretly married his second wife Anne Boleyn. 1554, founding of São Paulo city, Brazil. 1573, Battle of Mikatagahara: In Japan, Takeda Shingen defeated Tokugawa Ieyasu. 1575, Luanda, the capital of Angola, was founded by the Portuguese navigator Paulo Dias de Novais.

In 1704, the Battle of Ayubale resulted in the destruction of most of the Spanish missions in Florida. 1755, Moscow University was established on Tatiana Day. 1765, Port Egmont, the first British settlement in the Falkland Islands at the southern tip of South America, was founded. 1787, Shays' Rebellion: The rebellion's largest confrontation, outside the Springfield Armory, resulted in the killing of four rebels and the wounding of twenty. 1791, the British Parliament passed the Constitutional Act of 1791 and split the old Province of Quebec into Upper and Lower Canada. 1792, the London Corresponding Society was founded. 1858, the Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn was played at the marriage of Queen Victoria's daughter, Victoria, and Friedrich of Prussia, and became a popular wedding recessional. 1879, the Bulgarian National Bank was founded. 1881,  Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell formed the Oriental Telephone Company. 1890, Nellie Bly completed her round-the-world journey in 72 days.


In 1909, Richard Strauss's opera Elektra received its debut performance at the Dresden State Opera. 1915, Alexander Graham Bell inaugurated U.S. transcontinental telephone service, speaking from New York to Thomas Watson in San Francisco. 1918, Ukraine declared independence from Bolshevik Russia. 1924, the 1924 Winter Olympics opened in Chamonix, in the French Alps, inaugurating the Winter Olympic Games. 1932, Second Sino-Japanese War: The Chinese National Revolutionary Army began its defence of Harbin. 1937, The Guiding Light debuted on NBC radio from Chicago. In 1952 it moved to CBS television, where it remained until Sept. 18, 2009.


In 1941, Pope Pius XII elevated the Apostolic Vicariate of the Hawaiian Islands to the dignity of a diocese. It became the Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu. 1942, World War II: Thailand declared war on the United States and United Kingdom. 1944, Florence Li Tim-Oi was ordained in China, becoming the first woman Anglican priest. 1945, World War II: The Battle of the Bulge ended. 1946, the United Mine Workers rejoined the American Federation of Labor. 1947, Thomas Goldsmith Jr. filed a patent for a "Cathode Ray Tube Amusement Device", the first ever electronic game. 1949, at the Hollywood Athletic Club the first Emmy Awards were presented. 1955, the Soviet Union ended the state of war with Germany. 1960, the National Association of Broadcasters reacted to the "payola" scandal by threatening fines for any disc jockeys who accepted money for playing particular records. 1961, in Washington, D.C. John F. Kennedy delivered the first live presidential television news conference. 1969, Brazilian Army captain Carlos Lamarca deserted in order to fight against the military dictatorship, taking with him ten machine guns and 63 rifles.


In 1971, Charles Manson and three female "Family" members were found guilty of the 1969 Tate-LaBianca murders. Also 1971, Idi Amin led a coup deposing Milton Obote and became Uganda's president. 1979, Pope John Paul II started his first official papal visits outside Italy to the Bahamas, Dominican Republic and Mexico. 1980, Mother Teresa was honored with India's highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna 1981, Jiang Qing, the widow of Mao Zedong, was sentenced to death. 1986, the National Resistance Movement toppled the government of Tito Okello in Uganda. 1990, Avianca Flight 52 crashed into Cove Neck, New York due to fuel exhaustion. 1993, Five people were shot outside the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. Two were killed and three wounded. 1994, the Clementine space probe launched. 1995, the Norwegian rocket incident: Russia almost launched a nuclear attack after it mistook Black Brant XII, a Norwegian research rocket, for a US Trident missile. 1996, Billy Bailey became the last person to be hanged in the USA. 1998, during a historic visit to Cuba, Pope John Paul II demanded political reform and the release of political prisoners while condemning US attempts to isolate the country. Also 1998, a suicide attack by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam on Sri Lanka's Temple of the Tooth killed eight and injured 25 others. 1999, a 6.0 Richter scale earthquake hit western Colombia killing at least 1,000.


In 2003, Invasion of Iraq: A group of people left London, England, for Baghdad, Iraq, to serve as human shields, intending to prevent the U.S.-led coalition troops from bombing certain locations. 2004, Opportunity rover (MER-B) landed on surface of Mars. 2005, a stampede at the Mandhradevi temple in Maharashtra, India killed at least 258. 2006, three independent observing campaigns announced the discovery of OGLE-2005-BLG-390Lb through gravitational microlensing, the first cool rocky/icy extrasolar planet around a main-sequence star. Also 2006, Mexican professional wrestler Juana Barraza was arrested in connection with the serial killing of at least ten elderly women. 2010, Ethiopian Airlines Flight 409 crashed into Mediterranean Sea. All 90 passengers and crew were killed. 2011, the first wave of the Egyptian revolution began in Egypt, with a series of street demonstrations, marches, rallies, acts of civil disobedience, riots, labour strikes, and violent clashes in Cairo, Alexandria, and throughout other cities in Egypt. 2013, at least 50 people were killed and 120 people were injured in a prison riot in Barquisimeto, Venezuela.

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This column welcomes feedback and criticism. The column is not made up but based on the days events and articles which are then placed in the feed. So they may not have an apparent cohesion they would have had were they made up.
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Editorials will appear in the "History in a Year by the Conservative Voice" series, starting with August https://www.createspace.com/4124406October https://www.createspace.com/5106951, or at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/dp/1482020262/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_dVHPub0MQKDZ4  The kindle version is cheaper, but the soft back version allows the purchase of a kindle version for just $3.99 more. 
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For twenty two years I have been responsibly addressing an issue, and I cannot carry on. I am petitioning the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott to remedy my distress. I leave it up to him if he chooses to address the issue. Regardless of your opinion of conservative government, the issue is pressing. Please sign my petition at https://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/tony-abbott-remedy-the-persecution-of-dd-ball

Or the US President at
https://www.change.org/p/barack-obama-change-this-injustice#
or
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/change-injustice-faced-david-daniel-ball-after-he-reported-bungled-pedophile-investigation-and/b8mxPWtJ or http://wh.gov/ilXYR

Mr Ball, I will not sign your petition as it will do no good, but I will share your message and ask as many of friends who read it, to share it also. Let us see if we cannot use the power of the internet to spread the word of these infamous killings. As a father and a former soldier, I cannot, could not, justify ignoring this appalling action by the perpetrators, whoever they may; I thank you Douglas. You are wrong about the petition. Signing it is as worthless and meaningless an act as voting. A stand up guy would know that. - ed

Lorraine Allen Hider I signed the petition ages ago David, with pleasure, nobody knows what it's like until they've been there. Keep heart David take care.


I have begun a bulletin board (http://theconservativevoice.freeforums.netwhich will allow greater latitude for members to post and interact. It is not subject to FB policy and so greater range is allowed in posts. Also there are private members rooms in which nothing is censored, except abuse. All welcome, registration is free.
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Happy birthday and many happy returns Kayley Ann Harris and Chantha Sok. Born on the same day, across the years, along with
Nellie Bly
Anne made her mark. Bly went around the world. Idi hurt the world. We've run out of fuel. Egypt has left the dogs for the cats. Let's party. 
Matches
Hatches
Despatches
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2015
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Australia a shining beacon in dark times

Piers Akerman – Saturday, January 24, 2015 (11:34pm)

AS we plan to celebrate Australia Day tomorrow – OK, most of us began celebrating yesterday – it’s worth thinking about what we are celebrating, what we should really rejoice in and what we are doing to protect those precious things we embrace.
It’s nearly thirty years since Lyrics by Bruce Woodley and Dobe Newton set down the lyrics to I Am Australian but the chorus still remains an essential theme that resonates with Old and New Aussies alike.
“We are one, but we are many/And from all the lands on earth we come/We share a dream and sing with one voice:/I am, you are, we are Australian!”
We can hope that those who call themselves Australian do share that dream but unfortunately we know that it’s not necessarily so.
There are monsters that have been born here who subscribe to the barbaric death cult of Islamism who want to destroy that dream, who want to bloodily impose the most vicious form of theocratic government upon us and constantly plot to destroy the harmony which largely exists.
This year “we” commemorate the Anzac tragedy and the horrendous loss of a generation of young men who fought in a just war against a repellent Kaiser even as our armed forces are engaged in suppressing the evil Daesh movement which rapes and murders and enslaves young girls in the name of a mediaeval caliphate cult.
But the “we” of Woodley and Newton’s anthem are “many” and still set the agenda - though it remains permanently under threat from the multiculturalists and multinationalists who would prefer to see Australia’s independent sovereignty eroded and made subservient to international treaties that have no force in Australian law.
The “we” should not only recognise but also revel in the priceless liberties “we” almost unconsciously enjoy and “we” should fight with all our will against those who incessantly work to undermine and limit such irreplaceable principles as freedom of speech with restrictions and prohibitions against offense and ridicule.
“We” should reject the politically correct who seek to find fault where none exists, to impose their remedies where no harm is done, to create division and pit Australians against each other.
“We” take pride in our flag. It’s a great symbol of our nation, the Southern Cross belongs in our skies and has done so since our universe was formed. “We” should challenge those who claim it is in some bizarre fashion a symbol of racism or colonialism and we should not permit it to be marginalised by idiots who use it to mask their antisocial behaviour with phoney patriotism.
There is an awful lot wrong with Australia but by any comparison with other countries “we” are a very fortunate people and there is plenty to celebrate.
“We” should be wary of people who talk of their vision for the nation, particularly if the vision is derived from some failed political experiment.
“We” are cynical and disenchanted with many in political life at all levels, particularly those who believe symbolic gestures can bring about genuine change, whether they be apologies to various groups or radical additions to the Constitution.
That great Prime Minister Sir Robert Menzies was on the money over 70 years ago when he said: “One of the great blots on our modern living is the cult of false values, a repeated application of the test of money, notoriety, applause. A world in which a comedian or a beautiful half-wit on the screen can be paid fabulous sums, whilst scientific researchers and discoverers can suffer neglect and starvation, is a world which needs to have its sense of values violently set right.”
“We” only need to look around at the meaningless Facebook friends, the emptiness of the internet, the soullessness of so much of what purports to be social media, and the kneejerk nonsense that counts as commentary in the Twitterverse to see how prescient he was.
This country’s strength has always been its people whether they were the earliest Aboriginal inhabitants struggling in a harsh environment or the later waves of settlers and migrants dedicated to building a better society than the ones they had left. Sir Robert Menzies said “leaners grow flabby; lifters grow muscles”.
The United Nations is dominated by totalitarian states and tinpot dictatorships.
Amongst these Australia, still, remains a dream worth sharing and celebrating.
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Why is the public so determined to misread American Sniper?

Miranda Devine – Sunday, January 25, 2015 (5:21pm)

BEST picture nominees Birdman and American Sniper represent the schizophrenia of the western mind, circa 2015.

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NEVER THE TWAIN THEY MET

Tim Blair – Sunday, January 25, 2015 (2:19pm)

In the grand tradition of ex-Fairfax columnist Terry Lane, the Sydney Morning Herald‘s Richard Glover completely butchers Mark Twain.
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POLL PROPHECY

Tim Blair – Sunday, January 25, 2015 (4:41am)

Sydney-raised Islamic terrorists Khaled Sharrouf and Mohammed Elomar, currently murdering, raping and kidnapping their way across northern Iraq, draw ever closer to their fate. But what might that fate be? Will they become part of Islamic State’s extensive Middle Eastern soil fertilisation project, or will these two caliphate-crazed cavemen cavaliers somehow charm their way back into Australia?
Let the influential BlairPoll decide their destiny:
Thank you for voting! 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Total Votes: 4,418
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BATS CURED

Tim Blair – Sunday, January 25, 2015 (3:32am)

James and Amber text from the Sunshine Coast: 
We are sitting in Noosa making up new lyrics to The Cure’s Love Cats:
Fright bats! Don’t ever, ever, ever call them pretty! 
Readers are invited to offer their own Love Cats/Fright Bats lyrics.
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#ILLWALKWITHYOU

Tim Blair – Sunday, January 25, 2015 (3:07am)

Journalist Peter Lindgren wears a kippah and a Star of David during a stroll through the streets of Malmo, Sweden: 
The result: “He received direct threats as he walked through the city,” according to expressen.se.
Lindgren, walking with a hidden camera and microphone alongside, recorded every step. The report showed the reporter enduring verbal abuse by a man who called him a “Jewish s***” and told him to “leave.” Another person hit him and shouted “Satan Jew,” at him.
As they approached the the city’s neighborhoods with higher Muslim populations, the threats only increased. Some 20 percent of the 300,000 residents of Sweden’s third-largest city are Muslim, according to statistics. 
(Via Jill)
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DEWAYNE DEWIMP

Tim Blair – Sunday, January 25, 2015 (2:26am)

American journalism academic DeWayne Wickham bows to the authority of Islamic tyrants: 
If Charlie Hebdo’s irreverent portrayal of Mohammed before the Jan. 7 attack wasn’t thought to constitute fighting words, or a clear and present danger, there should be no doubt now that the newspaper’s continued mocking of the Islamic prophet incites violence. And it pushes Charlie Hebdo’s free speech claim beyond the limits of the endurable. 
Wickham is using the same gutless weasel-reasoning earlier offered by the Guardian‘s First Yellow Dog on the Moon, firebomb-frightened Islam appeaser Andrew Marlton. Mark Steyn takes Wickham’s pathetic cowardice to its logical conclusion
If you’re in DeWayne Wickham’s class at Morgan State and you’d like to get an A, why not threaten to kill him? Indeed, it would be heartening if his entire class were to issue a mass death threat unless they’re instantly upgraded to magna cum laude.
That’s what Wickham’s concessions on free speech do: Incentivize violence. 
Precisely. Further from Steyn here.
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Our grants aren’t meant to sponsor McCarthyism

Andrew Bolt January 25 2014 (7:33am)

The new McCarthyists should not be subsidised by taxpayers. Nor should fools unable to distinguish rational, conservative democrats from genocidal Nazi totalitarians.

Quadrant
’s Roger Franklin on the latest example of state subsidies being used by the far Left to police thought:
When such a featherhead is in a position of influence, able to advance or retard reputations and careers at the stroke of a pen, a closer look is warranted… In this instance the individual is Peter Minter. poetry editor and academic, whose pulpit for proclaiming on the moral worth of lesser mortals is that little-read and much-subsidised quarterly Overland, “the most radical of Australia’s long-standing literary journals.” 
As singer, songwriter, poet and sometime-Quadrant contributor Joe Dolce noted on our website over the weekend, Minter informed him in writing and on the record that his verse would no longer be published in Overland, which just by the way of background was blessed with $399,000 in Australia Council grants between 2010 and 2013. The reason: his association with Quadrant. Dolce, who admits to voting Labor last September, was taken aback by Minter’s zeal in appointing himself Australian poetry’s blacklister-in-chief and, as the policy of exclusion sank in, by the thought that the policy might be at odds with the Australia Council’s goals, standards and procedures. He would seem to be right about that, going by the organisation’s mission statement in regard to literary journals:
“The Literature Panel aims are to encourage the writing and reading of Australian literature, to open up opportunities for our writers to earn from their creative work, and to keep the avenues of debate, discussion, analysis and criticism open.”
....Students of the left and its conceits will need no prompting to guess at Minter’s defence of his edict. Writing on the Facebook page of theatre critic, “best-selling author” and friend Alison Croggon, herself a recipient of $40,000 in 2013 from the Australia Council’s Literature Board, ... Minter in his prolix style laid out a case that might be summed up thus: Quadrant and Nazis, same thing really.... 
Peter Minter – “ Joe, let me end with a very simple (perhaps brutal) analogy....Let’s imagine we are in Germany in the 1930s. We are writing what we think are good poems, free of any overt political substance, and we decide to send them to the “Nazi Literary Weekly” for publication, because the poetry editor loves poetry and everyone thinks he is going to win the Nobel Prize and so they all suck up to him in order to gain the satisfaction of feeling that they are being ordained by the holy poet. The Big Poet publishes the poems and everyone feels nice. Nevertheless, and this is the crux, history will shine its irrevocable truth upon the poets who submitted their poems to the “Nazi Literary Weekly” and they will be forever stained by the association… 
So you can say whatever you like about how wonderful it is to be published by [Quadrant poetry editor] Les Murray (those of us who know also know that this is not what it seems!!) the fact remains that those who choose to publish in Quadrant will be forever stained by the association (or by being published in Overland, depending on your perspective). 
I believe in free speech, but observe that in law Murray may well have a case for defamation against Minter. But let Minter rant and strut and see Nazis under the bed if that makes him feel more heroic. At least he’s now getting read.
But the question for the Australia Council and Arts Minister George Brandis is whether taxpayers really hand over hundreds of thousands of dollars to a literary magazine so a McCarthyist can play such crude politics-by-association.  Is the national culture being enriched or constrained while we have a Minter as a gatekeeper?
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More food for thought about our grants industry. Franklin mentions writer Alison Croggon. Turns out last year was another good one for the Croggon household, now with a second generation in receipt of Australia Council funding as well:
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But I’m puzzled. How can an artist get a grant to start a “sustainable” career, but then a second months later? Did the career not turn out that sustainable, after all?
How many grants exactly is any one artist entitled to before we must expect them to find their own paying public or go without?
Eight years ago, after Alison Croggon had received her first four Australia Council grants (and others beside), I was pondering this very question and received a heated defence from Croggon, who protested:
I am one of those artists supported - as Les Murray says - in order to be paid now what otherwise posterity will owe me. 
Posterity seems to be a slow payer in Croggon’s case. Or maybe she has an exaggerated estimation of what she is due.
If posterity finally decides that Croggon’s work isn’t actually worth that much at all, will we taxpayers get a refund? I’d like that money back so I can decide for myself which artists to support with my business.
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Reader History with numbers:
Diana West has put numbers on Sen. McCarthy’s cases, there were basically all verified (and even more so).  Given the left is now the establishment and Sen. McCarthy really was fighting against subversion (see Gramsci’s teaching that subversion of institutions was necessary since the revolution had failed) it might be better to use terms like state sponsored ideological enclaves, tribal warfare, using public monies in neo-feudal war games.
Reader Correllio:
@alisoncroggan’s twitter profile says she’s also the ABC Online’s arts critic (as well as approved by the taxpayer funded McCarthysists at the Overland). And she still has her hands in our pockets for more?
Reader David:
I read Croggon’s her poem Small Things. Thought there was some irony in the lines “and those with flexible tongues they can look after themselves”. Those who win arts grants in Australia mostly do so mostly on the wording of their grant applications rather than their talent. In other words, arts grants tend to go to those who least deserve them.
Reader Lord Stockton:
I think 5 years support of 3 grants is sufficient for a ‘struggling’ but creative artist to get established. If they are not successful in that time maybe, just maybe, their creativity is not creative. As a taxpayer I believe the next struggling but creative artist needs the assistance not the failure.
Reader BoyfromTottenham:
Did I read that correctly - ms croggan justifies her multiple taxpayer handouts by saying “...in order to be paid now what otherwise posterity will owe me”? I am absolutely gobsmacked!! Why don’t we all get paid now for “what otherwise posterity will owe me”? Because in the REAL world, people don’t get paid until they do the work!! Luv a duck, these people and all those that support this obscene gravy train are beyond outrageous.
Reader Win:
Sixty thousand for the Croggan family and the Quadrant funding was reduced to twenty thousand by the Literature board. Who sits on the Literature board and what are their salaries?
Reader Bazza McKenzie:
Andrew, your reference to “McCarthyist” in this context perpetuates a leftist lie. Senator Joe McCarthy investigated US government officials who were communists, though usually concealing their affiliations, and aiding the Soviet Union at the expense of the US. Post the collapse of the USSR, Soviet archives confirmed his allegations.Yet McCarthy was hounded from the Senate by the usual leftist MSM and his reputation besmirched. 
And before anyone yammers on about Hollywood blacklists, McCarthy had nothing to do with them. The investigation of communists in Hollywood was by the House UnAmerican Activities committee (McCarthy was a Senator, not a member of the House of Representatives). And as we have seen recently, most of the “blacklisting” in Hollywood is undertaken by its leftist powerbrokers.
Reader Viperous:
On the goodreads site, three of her books have about 30 editions printed and a fourth has 25. I’m sure that she can stand on her own two feet by now. Giving her a grant would be like giving Cate Blanchett a grant to fund a theatre company for her own amusement.
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And to my arguments about arts grants - how many is enough, and to what purpose is our money being spent on Croggons - Alison Croggon offers the following reasoned responses:

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I have no idea how I have defamed Croggon’s daughter - aged 24 - and if if can be explained to me I will of course apologise and retract. But so far I see only a how-dare-you touchiness from someone happy to take my money but offended at being asked to justify it.
Let’s start with a simple question that I as a taxpayer have a right to ask: how much taxpayers’ money has Alison Croggon received in arts grants? 
Here are some I know of: 1989 Victorian Council for the Arts Poetry Fellowship, a Victorian Ministry for the Arts fellowship, 1993 Australia Council Fellowship, 1995 Australia Council Fellowship, 2000 Australia Council Writers Fellowship, a 2004 Australia Council grant of $25,000, and a 2013 Australia Council grant of $40,000.  One biography states she received Australia Council grants to write full-time in 2004 and 2005.  She has worked for taxpayer-funded magazines, supplied scripts for taxpayer-funded theatre companies, written for the taxpayer-funded ABC and penned a libretto for a taxpayer-funded opera. Exactly how much of our money should go in grants to Alison Croggon before some bureaucrat decides enough - let Croggon now find her own audience and let some new artist sup at the taxpayer trough? 
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If things are rocky, blame Indonesia first

Andrew Bolt January 25 2014 (6:58am)

Cameron Stewart is right to suggest that if our relations with Indonesia truly are as rocky as some of the public posturing suggests, much of the blame actually lies with Indonesians:
When it was reported this week that 10 asylum-seekers claimed to have been burned and beaten by Australian sailors, Security Minister Djoko Suyanto, who is leading Indonesia’s response to the turnback strategy, immediately accepted their claims as gospel. This was despite having no proof of their unlikely story, despite the obvious motivation for the returned asylum-seekers to fabricate such claims, and despite strong denials from the Australian government and from two of the country’s most senior military officers.
Regardless, Suyanto’s spokesman Agus Barnas described the alleged case of mistreatment as “torture” by Australian sailors…
While the Australian government is careful about what it says publicly about Indonesia, there is growing frustration in Canberra over what many see as hypocritical posturing by Jakarta.
Last week, when Border Protection Command discovered several of its ships had accidentally entered Indonesia’s 12 nautical mile territorial waters in the course of turnbacks, Australia informed Jakarta of the breach, apologised profusely and ordered a formal review to ensure such a mistake is not repeated…
But what was lost in the resulting furore was that this mistake occurred through good intentions. The navy was trying to escort asylum-seeker boats as close as it legally could to the Indonesian shore to try to maximise their chances of a safe return.
Indonesia’s angry response was to accuse Australia of trampling on its sovereignty and to boost naval patrols in the areas where the breaches had occurred…
The irony is that Canberra has been wanting Indonesia to increase its naval patrols in these waters off southern Java for years, to help stop people-smugglers from launching their boats as well as to save the lives of asylum-seekers in distress on the high seas… 
If the safety of returned asylum-seekers is genuinely worrying Indonesia, then it could simply give permission for Australian navy ships to escort asylum-seeker boats through its territorial zone all the way back to shore, guaranteeing a safe return each time. 
Here’s an example of an Indonesian MP - Foreign Affairs Commission member Tantowi Yahya - making ludicrous claims to push his kick-Australia agenda:
TANTOWI YAHYA: I say many, many times that the asylum seekers are not Indonesians and they came to our territory without our knowledge and then their intention is going to Australia. So, as a matter of fact we don’t have anything - we don’t have anything to do with this except for the reasons of humanity...: Well, if you set aside the humanity reasons, the asylum seekers are not Indonesian, obviously. They were - and then their destinations is also Australia. So, in fact we have nothing to do with this
Indonesia has “nothing to do with this”? Indonesia really has “nothing to do with” Indonesian boats with Indonesian crews smuggling in people from Indonesian territory, often with the connivance of corrupt Indonesian police?
This man takes us for fools.
UPDATE
On Catallaxy Files, a reminder to the anti-Abbott Left - so keen to hype up Indonesiam anger against our boat policies - that it is being used as Indonesia prepares to go to elections:
Partai Demokrat, GOLKAR, PKS, PAN, PPP and PKB coalition partner officials are cheerfully beating the ‘vote for us because we stand up to foreigners’ drum secure in the knowledge that Canberra will not say a word about it. And both benefit from the free publicity flowing from the Narrative. Reports of Indonesian warships going to the area, hysteria about turnbacks, the baseless ABC allegations of beatings and burnings all act to deter new customers for the transnational criminal gangs running the people smuggling trade. Both countries benefit from this. 
What the left will refuse to understand is that their predictability makes them perfect for co-option, and so they and their Narrative have been co-opted by political operators vastly more worldly and sophisticated than they. As the left just knows itself to be morally and intellectually superior to both governments, they are unable to acknowledge this or to change their MO. Their worldview does not permit them to realise they are being played like a violin. 
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Other parts of the world laugh at our warmists screaming “warming”

Andrew Bolt January 24 2014 (6:26pm)

Global warming - propaganda

Warmists - from the Climate Council to Time magazine - treated last week’s heat wave in Victoria and South Australia as evidence of world-wide warming. Such deception is as typical and it is disgraceful, and worse is that so many media outlets seem to consider it their duty to promote it rather than expose it.
Meanwhile in the US:
The US east coast has been hit by the second major winter storm of the year, with up to 12in (30cm) of snow, strong winds and bitter cold forecast… 
The storm comes two weeks after a weather pattern known as the polar vortex brought heavy snow and record low temperatures to the eastern half of the US.
In Thailand:
The unusually long cold spell across the North, Northeast and Central regions has killed 63 people in the past three months and Bangkok has suffered its coldest night in three decades.  
In Sweden:
Residents living in far northern Sweden woke up to a temperature of -41.2 C on Sunday as the harsh winter continues to bite across the rest of the country… The recorded temperature of -41.2 was a record for that region which is right on the Finnish border.
Dr David Whitehouse gives the context almost always withheld by the ABC and Fairfax newspapers:
In a joint press conference NOAA and NASA have just released data for the global surface temperature for 2013. In summary they both show that the ‘pause’ in global surface temperature that began in 1997, according to some estimates, continues. 
Statistically speaking there has been no significant trend in global temperatures over this period… Given that the IPCC estimates that the average decadal increase in global surface temperature is 0.2 deg C, the world is now 0.3 deg C cooler than it should have been.
(Thanks to reader Michelle.) 
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