Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Headlines Wednesday 16th July

NSW Labor provides its own Opposition
Andrew Bolt
Frankly, a disaster:

MORRIS IEMMA’S former political boss and mentor, the former senator Graham Richardson, has turned against the Premier and is advising the Labor Party’s head office in the campaign to dump him, ALP sources have confirmed…

Now the head office machine, the unions, the former general secretary Mark Arbib and Mr Richardson on one side are stacked against Mr Iemma, the Treasurer, Michael Costa, the powerbrokers Eddie Obeid and Joe Tripodi and the former premier Barrie Unsworth on the other.


Worse is that the most proximate cause of the destabilisation is Iemma’s perfectly correct decision to privatise NSW’s power utilities.
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Don't hesitate on a prostate check
On his last day at work before taking time off for treatment for prostate cancer Alan Jones urges men to get themselves checked out.
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Fueled by the fuel they condemn
Andrew Bolt
Greenpeace announces its latest campaign against fossil fuels:

Over the next 6 weeks, we’ll be travelling up the eastern seaboard of Australia, campaigning hard to get the federal government to acknowledge that renewables can do the job and that the time is up for fossil fuels.

These Greenpeace protesters will in fact be travelling in this:
Beautiful Sunset
AP takes snuff movie
Andrew Bolt
Beautiful Sunset
The Jawa Report is rightly astonished that an AP photographer can let himself be used by the Taliban to photograph their murder of two women:

We would remind the AP that the act of the Taliban inviting a reporter to the murder means they wanted this news out there. The AP was clearly being used as a propaganda outlet for the Taliban.
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We’re all going to get kidney stones. Not
Andrew Bolt
The Old Testament drew the line at 10 plagues. Global warming believers are now into the hundreds, and here is the latest:

Global warming will stoke the scourges of malaria, dengue fever, hantavirus and kidney stones.
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Too late, though
Andrew Bolt
Beautiful Sunset
It’s a compelling argument, when contemplating the annoying consequences of two sexual acts in particular.
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Clayton’s price signal
Andrew Bolt
So what on earth is the point?

MOTORISTS will be protected for three years from petrol price rises caused by Kevin Rudd’s carbon emissions trading scheme. The Government will today promise fuel tax cuts to offset the effect of petrol price rises linked to the introduction of emissions trading in 2010.

This makes no sense if you accept the logic and the need of this mad trading scheme
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Go with the flow, Gavin
Andrew Bolt
I KNOW nothing about water supplies, right? I’m just a columnist, for God’s sake, not a hydrologist or water engineer.

Then why did it take until this week for one of the men in charge of Melbourne’s water to say what I’ve said for seven years, almost alone?

Yes, Yarra Valley Water chairman Alan Cornell now admits, our ban on new dams is indeed insane.

Yes, he now admits, we do need to consider building one before this city runs dry. The price of this superstition is just too high.

He’s right, of course: one new dam could give us three times the water of Premier John Brumby’s planned desalination plant - at half the cost.

But this is not a column to tell you I’m a genius. The opposite actually.

It’s a column that asks why a fact so obvious that even stupid me could see it years ago is something none of our water managers have dared to discuss - even though the future of the city’s water supplies hung in the balance.

See again how green politics stifles dissent, much as it’s doing right now with “global warming”.
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Samuel, not Pratt, is the Jewish hero
Andrew Bolt
This is not a Jewish issue but a criminal one. So it’s a terrible mistake for some Jewish lobby groups to draw the wagons around Richard Pratt:

PASSIONS within Australia’s 100,000-strong Jewish community have been ignited by the ACCC’s decision to slap criminal charges and a possible four-year jail sentence on Jewish businessman Richard Pratt.

Graeme Samuel, the Jewish head of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, has been accused by senior figures in the community of going too far in his legal war against the billionaire price fixer. The shift in the community’s sentiment has dented Samuel’s standing, leaving him increasingly isolated…
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It’s gold to the totalitarians
Andrew Bolt
The excuse was that awarding the Olympics to China would force it to adopt the West’s values. Instead, China is forcing its own values on the Western spectators:

In yet another curb on personal freedoms for next month’s Olympics, Games chiefs have banned banners and posters from any competition venue.
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Yes, war won in Iraq
Andrew Bolt
An email dispatch from Michael Yon:

We have won the war in Iraq. By “we” I mean the Coalition and the Iraqis. Unless there is some unexpected reversal, what lays ahead is the challenge of building a better Iraq. There is still violence. We have lost four soldiers to combat this month, but there were times when we lost that many on an average day. There still are attacks, though we have finally reached the point where all that’s left are truly “dead-enders.” Al Qaeda is still a problem, but their numbers are decreasing in Iraq. The Iraqi people are sick of the violence. The Iraqi Army is filled with courageous soldiers who can fight. It is possible that by the end of the year we can really say, “Mission Accomplished,” except for the continued support that Iraq will need.
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Omar Khadr in tears in first Guantanamo interrogation tape
LAWYERS have released a video showing the Guantanamo Bay interrogation of the youngest detainee in the US "war on terror", a tearful Canadian teenager accused of killing a soldier in Afghanistan.

The video was released by lawyers for terror suspect Omar Khadr, who is shown being questioned by Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) agents in February, 2003 at the US-run prison in Cuba, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. -It is outrageous that such a tape might be used in the way it has been. The Weasel has been proofreading an actual account of torture by the Khmer Rouge in which the victim was rescued by the Red Cross only to be tossed into military prison. That is an outrage the world needs to address, not this pampered teens indignity at having been questioned over actions in support of murderous thugs. - ed.
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CSIRO keeps secret the source of its latest scare
Andrew Bolt
Panic, panic, panic. Oh, and vote Kevin Rudd or die.
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The Age cracks. Slightly
Andrew Bolt
Cartoonist John Spooner was first to mention it in The Age, but had to do it in a cartoon. Now Professor Bob Carter is the first to mention it there in print:

Records used to represent global average temperature show that Earth has not warmed since 1998 and has been cooling since 2002...
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No consensus, and no warming, either
Andrew Bolt
What consensus? The American Physical Society reports:

There is a considerable presence within the scientific community of people who do not agree with the IPCC conclusion that anthropogenic CO2 emissions are very probably likely to be primarily responsible for the global warming that has occurred since the Industrial Revolution.
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Opposition Leader Anwar arrested
MALAYSIAN Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim, accused of sodomising a male aide, has been arrested outside his home. - I thought we had put that behind us. -ed
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