Thursday, December 18, 2008

Headlines Thursday 18th December

It’s the latest way to show you give a toss
Piers Akerman
AFTER what is generally agreed to have been a gloomy year, it is pleasing to note the birth of a new and encouraging trend - shoe-tossing - which has the potential to alter the level of global terrorism.- The article is spot on. I would dwell longer on how good President Bush has been to the Iraqi people. In ten years, although many in the world will still insult President Bush, there will be Iraqi children who will think highly of their country and not know how low it sank under Saddam and his party.
Apparently,one is allowed to lie outrageously if one is of the left, in order to score a political point.
My own issue with the lefty NSW Govt is being stretched yet again. Although the question has been asked if the Govt had responsibly examined my submission before throwing me to the wolves and the govt has to reply this session, there being no investigation required, they will wait until the last moments of parliament so as to leave me hanging in limbo until whenever they meet again, in 2009. A memory of Penny Easton. - ed.

Great reading for conservatives
Andrew Bolt
Michael Connor lists some of the best books for 2008:

1. The new history of Australia which stripped away the layers of Left mendacity and presented a fresh, highly original and crisply honest account of our country. A great nation finally gets a great historian.

2. The brilliant book which delved deep into the ABC and produced a chilling, though sometimes funny, account of the national broadcaster. The section dealing with the ABC’s complaint processes was hilarious…

3. A special favourite of mine was the book on the intellectualocrats. Deftly describing this influencial social class it pointed to the links between individuals in the media, education, law and politics and suggested how these contacts, unknown to the public, are used to manipulate public discussion and political decision making. Using hitherto secret emails between university academics and ABC employees it showed how the so-called public intellectuals use their influence.

4. The comedy of the Arts and government arts funding was one of the funniest books of the year and a classic study of nihilism and stupidity. A meticulous delineation of corruption - though the author was careful not to use the word.
Kevin Grinch
Andrew Bolt
Kevin Rudd flies to Afghanistan to cheer up our troops for Christmas:

“I’ve been to too many funerals and I don’t like going,” he said…
They cut the best one
Andrew Bolt
TV Tonight reports:

Footage of a new pilot comedy show starring Tom Gleeson and Heath Franklin appears to have been leaked online.
2008 review - name our worst and best
Andrew Bolt
Year’s end, and time to sum up. Your votes, please, for:

1. Our worst politician in 2008

2. Our best

3. The worst political decision of 2008

4. The best
- Bolt has been spruiking Gillard all year and the readers of his blog granted his wish. He has also dissed Dr Nelson and Mr Turnbull. However, I understand Bolt is fair, and if you say what you think he will let it drown with the others. - ed.
Smiter smitten
Andrew Bolt
Patrician Inglis says her grandson “has always been there when I need anything”:

A LOVING grandmother has told a court she regrets calling police after her heroin addict grandson bashed and tried to strangle her for $60. Patricia Mary Inglis, 79, who thought she was going to die in the attack, fears she may never see her grandson again if he is sent to jail…
Greens hide Rudd’s madness
Andrew Bolt
Miranda Devine agrees:

Rudd must be rubbing his hands with glee as the more crazed greenies give him the appearance of being a safe pair of hands on climate change - doing just enough to placate green-aware citizens but not enough to wreck the economy. But his scheme is a more radical proposal than any other country has adopted.

Professor Bob Carter, a James Cook University geologist, described it yesterday as “the worst single piece of legislation to be tabled in the Parliament since Federation”.

“It is a non-solution to a non-problem,” he said.
The tribal chiefs are back
Andrew Bolt
The Rudd Government is rebuilding the great ghastly infrastructure that’s done to much to divide us into tribes.
So many toes in a world of big boots
Andrew Bolt
I almost pity the thought police who had to untangle this discrimination spaghetti:

A LESBIAN Asian bus driver was fired by Brisbane City Council after she wrote a note referring to commuters as “spear chuckers with prams” .
Whitlam on speed
Andrew Bolt
Henry Ergas warns that Kevin Rudd’s ways of saving the economy may sink us instead:

ANOTHER day, another stimulus package… but, ultimately, all spending must be paid for, so today’s unfunded outlays are tomorrow’s distorting taxes.

Moreover, if the spending is wasteful, like the car plan or the so-called solar revolution, the generations on whom that burden is shifted will be doubly poorer, paying higher taxes from a base of reduced wealth.

Seen in that light, the pace and scale of the change in the Government’s fiscal stance seem extraordinary, especially when one considers the strident “beat inflation first” rhetoric of only a few months ago…
Gravity discovered - or lack of it
Andrew Bolt
Some things have been so obvious for so long that they are summed up in proverbs:
Smile and the world smiles with you. Cry and you cry alone.

Or in song:

When you’re smiling, the whole world smiles with you.

Or in film:

Settle this outside
Andrew Bolt
What is it with people in the legal profession in particular that they so often want to shut down an argument by calling in the law?

THE chancellor of Victoria University has been accused of undermining free speech after using the State Government solicitor to threaten to sue a senior academic for defamation.
Garrett goofs
Andrew Bolt
Environment Minister Peter Garrett hasn’t had much to do since global warming policy was taken from him. But he still manages to preside over an embarrassing backflip:

All households will be able to get half-price solar panels after the Federal Government abandoned its unpopular decision to means-test its solar rebate.

The Government will scrap the means test, meaning all Australian homes will qualify for a rebate worth up to $7500.
Cherry picking is now warming science
Andrew Bolt
It is astonishing that this kind of desperate cherry picking now forms the basis of an allegedly serious report on global warming:

ADELAIDE’S record heatwave this year was one of the major world weather events that has scientists in Europe deeply concerned about our planet’s future.

The World Meteorological Organisation today released its annual statement on the global climate… Adelaide endured 15 consecutive days of maximum temperatures above 35 degrees, its longest-running heatwave on record, while Victoria had its ninth driest year since records began, the WMO noted.

Bear in mind that our records go back only some 150 years, so no wonder the WMO liked to cite Australia.
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