Monday, June 02, 2008

Headlines Monday 2nd June

Why would the ACCC support FuelWatch?
Real questions need to be asked about the ACCC head Graeme Samuel's vocal support for the government's ill-advised FuelWatch sceme, according to Alan Jones.
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Obama quits church. Too late
Andrew Bolt
Barack Obama does what he should have done years ago:
Barack Obama has resigned his 20 year membership in the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago in the aftermath of inflammatory remarks by his longtime pastor the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and more recent fiery remarks at the church by another minister…

For months, Obama has been hamstrung by the rhetoric of Wright, whose sermons blaming U.S. policies for the Sept. 11 attacks and calls of “God damn America” for its racism became fixtures on the Internet and cable news networks.

Initially, Obama said he disagreed with Wright but portrayed him as a family member he couldn’t disown.
But now, yes, he can.

Actually, though, Obama treated Wright even better than a family member, since he disowned his own grandmother to try to save him.

Note also that when Obama made his big I-cannot-disown speech, his army of admirers in the media hailed it as one of the greatest of all political speeches, even as great as Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. The difference is that Lincoln’s speech was profoundly true and reads well nearly 150 years later. Obama’s was profoundly evasive, and didn’t last three months.
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The UN’s council of despots
Andrew Bolt
The United Nations’ main watchdog on human rights lacks human rights itself:

Of the (Human Rights Council’s) 47 current members, 23—just one shy of an absolute majority—are ranked by Freedom House, an American think-tank, as “free”...
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A bit of Ellis in the salad
Andrew Bolt
Charming company David Stratton keeps, if this anecdote from I Peed on Fellini is to be believed
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Green Time nearing end?
Andrew Bolt
Sing of the changing Time? The magazine for the CNN liberal has allowed Nigel Lawson to use its pages to doubt the great orthodoxy. Here’s a sample quote from What’s Green and Goes Pop?:

...there is compelling evidence that no global warming is currently occurring.
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Gore blown away
Andrew Bolt
Al Gore insisted the Burma’s cyclone seemed evidence of global warming (which actually stopped a decade ago). But Geophysical Research Letters reports on research on such tropical cyclones (TC) by climatologists of Australia’s National Climate Centre
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Australian troops begin exit from Iraq
About 500 Australian combat troops have begun pulling out of their base in southern Iraq.
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Classrooms a danger to students and teachers: Stoner
The health and safety of students is being put in jeopardy with New South Wales government schools battling serious maintenance issues.
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NSW fire-fighters consider strike action
New South Wales fire-fighters are considering strike action, but they say the community is not at risk.
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Crime victims want sex offenders named
The mother of two Melbourne sisters brutally raped and murdered in their home by a next door neighbour says the justice system has failed her daughters.
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Domestic violence abuse victim found not guilty of attempted murder
Laura Tunstall
A domestic abuse victim has walked free from a Sydney court after a jury found her not guilty of trying to murder her husband.

The District Court heard Catherine Smith was suffering post-traumatic stress disorder from thirty years of physical and sexual abuse by her husband when she bought a pistol and followed him to Manly.
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Teachers ignoring child abuse
By Bruce McDougall
EDUCATION chiefs have launched investigations into dozens of school teachers accused of failing to report child abuse or neglect.

They include at least 19 cases of sexual assault against school students - usually by another student - which teachers are alleged to have failed to notify to child protection authorities.

Teachers who have a legal responsibility to report cases of child abuse and neglect are accused of breaching their duty in 44 cases in the past three years. -The Weasel has posted on this issue, and the Dept. of Ed. The Daily Telegraph and The Minister of Ed. have ignored the issue. - ed.
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Running away from victory
Andrew Bolt
More good news, to be greeted as such, I’m sure:

U.S. troop deaths in Iraq fell to their lowest level last month since the 2003 invasion and officials said on Sunday improved security also helped the country boost oil production in May to a post-war high.
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Media hired
Andrew Bolt
Drafting media bosses and journalists into government worked well for Kevin Rudd with his 2020 Summit, guaranteeing it nice coverage. Now Minister for the Status of Women Tanya Plibersek tries the same stunt, appointing the following “experts” to a committee to tackle domestic violence
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Bugger Blatter - Rudd knows better
Andrew Bolt
More money to be wasted in Kevin Rudd’s symbolism, and once again in defiance of expert advice:

AUSTRALIA will push ahead with its ambitious $60 million bid to host the 2018 World Cup despite a sober assessment of its chances from the head of football’s international governing body and claims that it is Europe’s turn to host the finals.
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Clarkson speeds into a festival of frowns
Andrew Bolt
Top Gear guru Jeremy Clarkson normally says no to invitations from the the Hay-on-Wye literary festival, which some mistakenly think is just a gathering of people keen to talk about books.

Actually:

Mainly it’s a chance for ramblers and hippies to gather in a field and convince themselves that everyone thinks the same way that they do. In essence, it’s a competition each year to see who can dream up the most organically idiotic way of cleaning their teeth. Cow manure or nettles. The great debate.
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Rudd spin makes Ferguson ill
Andrew Bolt
Glenn Milne says Resource Minister Martin Ferguson is as worried as anyone by the Rudd Government’s love of spin over substance:
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Christian preachers banned in Muslim Birmingham
Andrew Bolt
Saudi Arabia has such laws, too:

A police community support officer ordered two Christian preachers to stop handing out gospel leaflets in a predominantly Muslim area of Birmingham. The evangelists say they were threatened with arrest for committing a “hate crime”...
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Canadians gas on - and Rudd will
Andrew Bolt
Lorrie Goldstein has a question:

Could Prime Minister Stephen Harper or Environment Minister John Baird please explain what they mean when they say Canada continues to be a participant in the Kyoto accord?

How can we be a participant when the PM has said we cannot do what Kyoto requires of us—lower our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by an average of 6% below 1990 levels between now and 2012?

We’re 29.1% above our Kyoto target. Achieving that target is the point of Kyoto. So what, exactly, are we participating in?
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Now they tell us
Andrew Bolt
What, less than half the price of John Brumby’s desalination plant, with a fraction of the running costs?

THE Brumby Government secretly investigated new dams (including an) 80m dam on the Mitchell River over 2700ha of private land, costing $1.35 billion.

Tell us more, Mr Brumby. Why the secrecy?
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