Saturday, August 23, 2008

Headlines Saturday 23rd August

Russia, US - Obama sees little difference
Andrew Bolt
Barack Obama demonstrates the absurd moral equivalance of the far Left:

Democrat Barack Obama scolded Russia again on Wednesday for invading another country’s sovereign territory while adding a new twist: the United States, he said, should set a better example on that front, too…

“We’ve got to send a clear message to Russia and unify our allies,” Obama told a crowd of supporters in Virginia. “They can’t charge into other countries. Of course it helps if we are leading by example on that point.”
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Labor must ditch emissions trading, and Rudd with it
Andrew Bolt
Gee, sounds a great time to load up industry with a new carbon tax to drive up their costs:

BOEING will slash 300 jobs from its Melbourne plant by the end of this year, in a further blow to the state’s manufacturing industry… The latest bad news comes a day after Ford announced plans to axe 350 jobs, a week after categorically denying to the Herald Sun any plans for further job cuts.

Note: both job losses are from the transport sector, heavily influenced by fuel prices. Kevin Rudd’s emissions trading scheme to “stop” global warming seems more insane by the (colder) day. The trouble for him is that I think he’s now too far gone to pull out now. - the ALP are not considering ditching Rudd, but if they do, they will note Andrew likes Julia. - ed.
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The wrong person punished
Andrew Bolt
A man is punished following a racist attack on a Sudanese teenager:

(He) received (abusive) text messages after the attack, had changed his phone number and his address out of fear… “He has been hiding because people have been in contact with him. He’s changed his phone...” (He) is fearful and distressed… and afraid to leave his home.

Oh, wait, that’s the victim. So what about the four men who, drunk and stoned, launched an unprovoked attack on 17-year-old Ajang Gor as he cycled home from a part-time job, calling him a “black dog’’, punching him, smashing a bottle over his head as he lay unconcious and stealing his phone?

Shane Psaila, 19, Chris Carlin, 21, Andrew Hoskins, 21, and James Butler, 19, escaped jail after Judge Phillip Coish said they all had prospects of rehabilitation… (T)he judge said he took into account the age of the accused and that the prosecution did not oppose non-custodial sentences.

Carlin, who had prior convictions for violence, received a one-year suspended jail term and a $300 fine. Psaila, Butler and Hoskins were given community-based orders and would have to do unpaid community work.
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Truth is what the regime says it is
Andrew Bolt
China says the regime’s word is all the governing body of world gymnastics should needs to be sure medal winners He Kexin and Yang Yilin really are 16, and not underaged, as records actually suggest:

Lu Shanzan, China’s coach, said that the documents that had now been passed to the federation included He’s present and former passport, her ID card and family residence permit.
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No, you are not all going to die from warming
Andrew Bolt
I doubt any shire in Australia has tried as hard as Mornington Peninsula’s to terrify ratepayers about global warming. The shire has even sent all residents a booklet, Climate change: What we are doing about it (no link), that warns that many of them could die from global warming over the next few decades:

Average annual temperature will rise by up to 3.5 degrees by 2070, placing greater stress on elderly residents and those living in older homes with inadequate insulation… The increased incidence of exteme heat days and heat waves, in conjuction with a growing and ageing population in the peninsula, has the potential to contribute to significant mortality in future decades...Potential imparts: Ability to affect entire population, especially elderly and infants; 27,000 elderly, 8000 infants and young people; Increased mortality and morbidity in vulnerable groups.

You don’t often come across scaremongering so brazen - or so wildly and irresponsibily exaggerated. Let me try to reassure the poor residents. Let’s note, for a start, that that global temperatures haven’t actually risen over the past decade. Let’s note also that by 2070, we’ll be so much richer that we can afford at the very minimum air-conditioners for everyone to save them from this allegedly apocalyptic heat.
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US troops to leave the war the media won’t admit is won
Andrew Bolt
This wouldn’t be possible unless the US felt the war was won:

Negotiators have finalised a deal which will see the complete withdrawal of US troops from Iraq by 2011, ending an eight-year occupation, the top Iraqi heading the team said today.. The agreement has already been approved by US President George W Bush and now needs to be endorsed by Iraqi leaders, he added.
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The man who turned Gillard conservative
Andrew Bolt
Meet the guru who inspired Julia Gillard to go conservative and demand public accountability of state schools. -Ms Gillard is not conservative. The headline is Bolt's and it reflects Bolt's desire to see another lefty have a go at PM. -ed.
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Latham lashes Labor
Andrew Bolt
Former Labor leader Mark Latham, once the hero of the Canberra press pack, can sometimes make sense:

The Rudd Government has a record of talking big on issues but acting little. Its ministers are masters of symbolism and spin. They talked up the need to fight inflation first but then reregulated the labour market and introduced large tax cuts. They talked up the cost-cutting pain of their first budget but then expanded fiscal policy by $7.4 billion.
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A line Costello will use a lot
Andrew Bolt
Peter Costello tries out his election pitch, modified for now to reflect the fact he isn’t yet leader:

AN upbeat Peter Costello has re-entered the political fray, urging the Liberal Party to fight to win the next election and attacking Labor’s economic management. The former treasurer said Australians’ household wealth had gone backwards since Labor was elected...
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The jobs are there, the willingness is not
Andrew Bolt
When the Rudd Government wants to import 25,000 temporary workers from the Pacific to do unskilled jobs that could be done by unemployed Aborigines, then this is right:

TONY Abbott has cast doubt on an ambitious plan by mining magnate Andrew Forrest to get 50,000 Aboriginal people into jobs — saying welfare restrictions are needed to persuade them to take up the job offers.

The shadow minister for indigenous affairs, who has spent three weeks in the remote township of Coen in Cape York, said job offers would be easier to achieve than Aboriginal workers because of welfare dependency.
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