Rude rules in our society
EVERY generation has moaned about the apparent loss of civility in society, and figures collected by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research show that crimes against authority figures have surged.
While general offensive behaviour has soared over the past two years in NSW, the Government - as represented by the Crown and its officers - is increasingly being treated with abject contempt.
Another artists exhibits his courage
Another brave artist risks all by mocking the leader of a faith he damns as deadly. If only he lived in a culture formed by the faith that stresses turning the other cheek. Then he might even hope to make a living, making mock of a faith which guards him while he sleeps:
In December of 2004 there was an art exhibit by Leon Ferrari, in Buenos Aires in which works of “art” were displayed which depicted scenes such as saints burning themselves in a toaster, the Blessed Mother in a frying pan, and a statue of the Last Supper in which Christ and the Apostles face a pack of rats.
Age drowns in green myths
The Age will run on its opinion page even the most discredited of global warming myths that a professional Friends of the Earth alarmist can present:
The people of the Carteret Islands, a group of tiny atolls 85 kilometres north-east of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea, are now trying to secure funding to enable them to evacuate to Bougainville as rising sea levels will soon make their island homes uninhabitable.
Canada’s courts do the daddying
Canada’s human rights police are as mad as they are oppressive. This latest example seems as true as it is astonishing:
A Canadian court has lifted a 12-year-old girl’s grounding, overturning her father’s punishment for disobeying his orders to stay off the Internet, his lawyer said Wednesday.
The girl had taken her father to Quebec Superior Court after he refused to allow her to go on a school trip for chatting on websites he tried to block, and then posting “inappropriate” pictures of herself online using a friend’s computer…
According to court documents, the girl’s Internet transgression was just the latest in a string of broken house rules. Even so, Justice Suzanne Tessier found her punishment too severe.
Beaudoin noted the girl used a court-appointed lawyer in her parents’ 10-year custody dispute to launch her landmark case against dear old dad.
How incredibly presumptuous of the judge. Merely for a court to intervene destroys the authority every parent needs over a young child. And will the judge also take responsibility for the child should her parenting decisions prove to be dumb, or must the parents bear the consequences of her meddling?
Not a good look
Politically expedient, perhaps, but would this be forgiven of any other candidate?
Two Muslim women at Barack Obama’s rally in Detroit on Monday were barred from sitting behind the podium by campaign volunteers seeking to prevent the women’s headscarves from appearing in photographs or on television with the candidate.
Mbeki wants Mugabe’s methods for South Africa
South African President Thabo Mbeki, the former Marxist, approves of some of Robert Mugabe’s methods:
President Mugabe can assist us to confront the problems we have in South Africa so that we can assist you to solve the problems that face Zimbabwe.
How green are hybrid cars really?
Yet another jaunt for Rudd
Kevin Rudd, a future applicant for UN secretary general, sure loves leavng the country he was elected to govern:
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has confirmed he will attend the Beijing Olympics.
Alarmist Tim Flannery is hosed down.
Banned drug booklet could have saved lives
The recently banned drug booklet, which instructed students on how to be safer with drugs, actually had a lot to recommend it, according to Alan Jones.
Why shouldn’t Tania Zaetta cash in on sex claims?
It's easy to get stuck into Tania Zaetta for cashing in on the sex-scandal-that-wasn't. But why shouldn't she? Tim Brunero asks the question.
Iemma denies Iguanagate cover-up
Yoni Bashan with Heidi Tiltins
Premier Morris Iemma has defended his own office over the Iguana Joe's affair, insisting it was not responsible for concealing three stat-decs which contradicted John Della Bosca and Belinda Neal's accounts.
It has been 12 days since the infamous nightclub argument but we are still no closer to an outcome.
It was revealed today three additional written statements provided by friends of John Della Bosca and his wife Belinda Neal were not sent to police.
NSW Aboriginal Affairs Minister can't answer counsellor question
The Aboriginal Affairs Minister can't say how many counsellors are working to tackle indigenous child sexual abuse across NSW.