Sunday, May 08, 2011

News items and comments

Using Red Cross to drop bombs is a war crime.
GADDAFI forces have shelled fuel depots and dropped mines using helicopters bearing the Red Cross emblem.
New ALP plans cold and heartless
ASYLUM seekers relocated to Malaysia could be abused, with reports of canings in immigration centres.

Poor Thailand. Leftwing governments are abysmal.
SEVEN people were killed and 16 wounded in a string of attacks across Thailand's far south.

He lived a decadent lifestyle.
OSAMA bin Laden dyed his beard and watched news clips about himself on television, videotapes showed.

ALP will miss the pork.
SPONSORSHIP grants from state-owned companies to the NSW cricket team, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and dozens of other groups could be scrapped by the O'Farrell Government to help plug a Budget blac...
Anything can happen in a life. The only satisfaction involves embracing god.
EIGHT-YEAR-OLD Jeremiah del Tufo knew he was going to die. "Mum, do you believe in reincarnation?" he asked.
Brains do not always give wisdom.
A THIRD-YEAR chemistry student at Sydney University turned his inner-west flat into a drug lab using equipment stolen from the university.
He promised much and delivered nothing worthwhile .. Kind of traditional left wing politics, really. And he killed his own people.
FOR most of the world he was a symbol of death and evil - a madman dedicated to killing innocents.

Bad federal government management is hurting everyone.
CUTTING out entrees, choosing cheaper wine, skipping dessert - budget conscious diners are opting to trim the bill rather than stop eating out.
Milk is magic
CHILDREN who eat cereal for breakfast perform better in numeracy and literacy tests than those who have toast, a new study claims.
ALP is the worst for leaving one high and dry.
CONSUMERS are spending as much as $27 for phone calls as they wait on hold to speak to a human voice.

So if neither parent works the child gets less than six hours on average? Yet they are alive twenty fo ur hours a day.
AUSTRALIAN mothers who complain about their partners not helping enough around the house actually have it pretty good.
He has a good head on his shoulders.
THE Bondi lifestyle is over for Michael Clarke, who began his move back to the 'burbs yesterday.

I am hesitant about giving an ALP government such powers. They already misapply them, as with Hamidur Rahman
POSTING embarrassing photographs or damaging information about mates, co-workers or ex-partners online could see you hauled before the courts under proposed new federal laws.
Is he really related? I thought the first wasn't an idiot
THE teenage nephew of nightclub king John Ibrahim may be jailed after driving home minutes after losing his licence.
That is if they survive his health cuts.
PENSIONERS will be given a free set-top box to convert analog TVs to digital, Tuesday's Budget will announce.
I didn't know what it was. I thought it had come from an egg. The worst several hours of my life.
HUMAN sewage used as fertiliser on farms across NSW is being blamed for a breakout of Third World parasites across Sydney.
Money isn't that important.
TODAY Show co-host Lisa Wilkinson was rushed to hospital this week suffering severe chest pains and has doctor's orders to slow her hectic lifestyle.
Apparently Malaysia is not signatory to UN refugee convention which worried Gillard earlier. She must be desperate.
JULIA Gillard has struck a deal to send asylum-seekers who arrive in Australia by boat to Malaysia and to "the back of queue".
Clive Williams claims they had to kill Osama but not why.
AS four modified and silenced US Army Nighthawk special-forces helicopters sped eastwards from Jalalabad in Afghanistan after midnight on Sunday the mission for the "kill team" on board was clear: tak...
Check it out. It is awesome. Expect it at various film competitions for the next year ..
I think this is a conservative mandate and the press should just shut up about the Liberals, but then that is to paraphrase what the press said about conservatives a decade ago.
Plans to change the way the MPs are elected have been overwhelmingly rejected by voters.

It is only incoherent if you feel that the video is a commentary on religion. It has themes, but it is more to do with modern secular romance.
Following weeks of anticipation over her controversial single “Judas,” Lady Gaga released

Desperate Gillard is a fierce negotiator. Still, she showed restraint in not offering Malaysia more aid.
Andrew writes for Melbourne's Herald Sun, Sydney's Daily Telegraph and Adelaide's Advertiser. He runs Australia's most-read political blog, is on MTR 1377 mornings. He’ll host Channel 10’s The Bolt Report each Sunday at 10am
I am not into fashion, but I like the way they look and behave.
Miranda Devine is a leading columnist with The Daily Telegraph and Herald Sun.

For my friend Janet O'Neill. I left in the mistake thinking it would appeal to her humour. The lord blessed her, now she rests.
‎"Shout to the Lord" is a popular worship anthem, written by singer/songwriter Darlene Zschech in 1993, published by Hillsong Music Australia.

If torture isn't allowed then Democrats should not be in government. Obama should not replace torture with killing
Let’s ponder this not-so-new question, which has surfaced again in the wake of the Bin Laden take-down: Is torture, at the hands of CIA interrogators, or any other American authorities, ever justified?
Many will soon fall. This is clean up.
Anwar al-Awlaki is an American-born radical cleric who is suspected of orchestrating terrorist attacks on the U.S.



Tim Blair – Sunday, May 08, 11 (06:30 am)

Leftoids fought like crazy to keep the GST from applying to food. Yet the carbon dioxide tax will apply (indirectly) to the most important food item of them all:

Hafda’s Butchery in Liverpool would face a $5000 annual increase in its electricity bill as a result of the tax. “That’s one business out of hundreds in Liverpool that will carry the burden of this carbon tax,” [Liberal MP Craig Kelly] said.

The butchery’s owner Tarek Hafda said his power bills had more than doubled in the past few years …

“A T-bone steak shouldn’t be a luxury in this country but under a Labor Government it’s heading that way.”

Add Hafda’s Butchery to the list, which already includes Labor senator Doug Cameron’s working people, Rio Tinto, Alcoa, dairy farmers, barley growers, insurance companies, local councils, state governments, CFOs, food and grocery producers, miners, union members, Gerry Harvey, G&S Engineering, Sam Gadaleta, BHP, Queensland Labor members, the Noosa Chamber of Commerce, the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, the Northern Territory parliament and energy company Santos.

(Via Merilyn)



Tim Blair – Sunday, May 08, 11 (06:26 am)

Mark Steyn on changing trends in desk decoration:

After Kitchener slaughtered the jihadists of the day at the Battle of Omdurman in 1897, he made a point of digging up their leader the Mahdi, chopping off his head and keeping it as a souvenir. The Sudanese got the message. The British had nary a peep out of the joint until they gave it independence six decades later – and, indeed, the locals fought for King and (distant imperial) country as brave British troops during World War Two. Even more amazingly, generations of English schoolchildren were taught about the Mahdi’s skull winding up as Lord Kitchener’s novelty paperweight as an inspiring tale of national greatness.

Not a lot of that today. It’s hard to imagine Osama’s noggin as an attractive centerpiece at next year’s White House Community Organizer of the Year banquet, and entirely impossible to imagine America’s “educators” teaching the tale approvingly. So instead, even as we explain that our difficulties with this bin Laden fellow are nothing to do with Islam, no sir, perish the thought, we simultaneously rush to assure the Muslim world that, not to worry, we accorded him a 45-minute Islamic funeral as befits an observant Muslim.

That’s why Pakistani big shots harbored America’s mortal enemy and knew they could do so with impunity.

One or two office noggins could make a world of difference in modern geopolitics.



Tim Blair – Sunday, May 08, 11 (06:19 am)

Roger L. Simon’s transformation:

I wasn’t always conservative. In fact, the old Roger L. Simon was a Hollywood liberal who supported the Black Panthers and was recruited by the KGB. As I witnessed the world change during the O.J. Simpson trial and the September 11 attacks on America, my views changed.

Click for a half-price offer on Roger’s new book.



Tim Blair – Sunday, May 08, 11 (04:50 am)

Marcos Ambrose qualifies sixth at Darlington, Mark Webber is second on the grid in Turkey, Will Power leads the Indycar championship and Casey Stoner has been “integral to almost everything that’s been great about MotoGP so far this year.”



Tim Blair – Sunday, May 08, 11 (04:28 am)

At 10am on Ten, the first episode of The Bolt Report. Guests: Tony Abbott, Mark Latham, Michael Kroger and Riz Wakil.



Tim Blair – Sunday, May 08, 11 (03:50 am)

David Penberthy explores the strange world of Hizbie spokesfreak and Osama fan (and Sydney resident) Uthman Badar:

The best line comes when one of Uthman Badar’s more moderate friends suggests on his Facebook site that 9/11 might have been a tad excessive, to which Badar responds: “A man cannot be judged on one incident. We all make mistakes.”

Remember that line in case anyone ever crashes a jet into the Haj.



Tim Blair – Saturday, May 07, 11 (06:39 pm)

Excellent election news from the UK. First-past-the-post would be a better system in Australia, too.



Tim Blair – Saturday, May 07, 11 (06:20 pm)

Navy Vice Adm. William H. McRaven designed the raid that destroyed bin Laden:

McRaven had increased the intensity of Special Operations raids, especially in Afghanistan. During his first two years as head of JSOC, the “jackpot rate” — when the strikes got their intended target — jumped from 35 percent to more than 80 percent.

His decision to assign the operation to the Navy SEALs, a Special Operations unit with extensive experience in raids on high-value targets, was critical. SEALs have a tradition of moving in and out fast, often killing everyone they encounter at a target site …

The longer such raids take, the greater the risk to the SEALs. One senior official said the general philosophy of the SEALs is: “If you see it, shoot it. It is a house full of bad guys.”

An unusual comment is attributed to Barack Obama:

When bin Laden’s corpse was laid out, one of the Navy SEALs was asked to stretch out next to it to compare heights. The SEAL was 6 feet tall. The body was several inches taller.

After the information was relayed to Obama, he turned to his advisers and said: “We donated a $60 million helicopter to this operation. Could we not afford to buy a tape measure?”

I hope he said that with a smile on his face.

UPDATE. Give that man a Walkley! McRaven is a journalism graduate. Also, he is “physically tough, compassionate and can drive a knife through your ribs in a nanosecond.”


Man watching bin Laden

Andrew Bolt – Sunday, May 08, 11 (05:55 am)

The White House won’t release pictures of Osma bin Laden dead, but will release these tapes:

The compound in Pakistan where US forces killed Osama bin Laden was an active command centre from which he directed Al Qaeda, a US official said, after releasing video of the terrorist mastermind seized in the raid that killed him…

The official released five video clips of bin Laden taken from the compound, most of them showing the Al Qaeda leader, his beard dyed black, evidently rehearsing the videotaped speeches he occasionally distributed to his followers.


When Arab leaders kill Muslims, it’s not a big deal

Andrew Bolt – Sunday, May 08, 11 (05:47 am)

The killings in Syria continue. If this were Israel, you’d never hear the end of it:

Syrian security forces shot dead at least 26 protesters on Friday as thousands rallied on a Day of Defiance against the Syrian regime, a rights group said, with authorities accusing ‘terrorists’ of killing 10 security personnel.


Michelle will buy from Labor what she loathed from the Liberals

Andrew Bolt – Sunday, May 08, 11 (05:22 am)

Age columnist Michelle Grattan in 2001, when Liberal John Howard unveiled his Pacific Solution, sending boatpeople off to other countries for processing:

John Howard’s overreaction to the Tampa crisis is painting Australia as a country that believes the end of stopping these people touching our soil justifies the most extreme and outlandish means ...

Instead, it has gone to desperate lengths to cobble together a solution to keep the asylum-seekers at bay. The cost will be Australia’s reputation. Mature countries don’t behave like this.

Michelle Grattan last year, when Liberal Tony Abbott suggested going back to the Pacific Solution:

Abbott’s return to the ‘’Pacific Solution’’ is cynical and depressing, a real ‘’whatever it takes’’ bid for votes.... In the ultimate irony, one inhumane policy would replace another:...The words resounded like a slap in the face not only for the small-l liberals in his party, but in the community as well.

Michelle Grattan today, when Labor’s Julia Gillard goes back to a Pacific Solution:

ONE increasingly needs a microscope to spot the differences between John Howard’s Pacific Solution and the Gillard government’s approach....The government admits its ‘’roundabout’’ deterrent is confronting. But it thinks it has the politics right.


Now they can watch for free others helping themselves, too

Andrew Bolt – Sunday, May 08, 11 (05:06 am)

Having television is now a basic human right, to be subsidised by the taxpayer even in the tough times:

PENSIONERS will be given a free set-top box to convert analog televisions to digital in Tuesday’s Federal Budget.

Despite a push to find billions of dollars in savings to put the Budget back into the black, the Gillard Government has determined that leaving vulnerable pensioners in the dark when the old system switches off is unacceptable…

The Sunday Herald Sun can reveal the Budget will confirm a $308.8 million set-top box scheme for people who qualify for the maximum rate of the aged pension, a Veterans Affairs pension, carers pension or the disability support pension.

And this government splashes out yet more free money:

Also in the Budget, thousands of parents will be able to claim up to $779 a child for the cost of school uniforms.

In fact, one thing about this bog-in for benefits worries the Government. It’s that more don’t grab what they can:

Thousands of eligible families have been failing to claim the full amount, prompting concerns that unless they buy a computer, few parents were using the full value of the rebate.

(Thanks to readers Spin Baby, Spin and Grand Wizard.)


800 of ours for 4000 of theirs

Andrew Bolt – Saturday, May 07, 11 (05:18 pm)

A great swap for Malaysia - 800 of ours for 4000 of theirs:

Ms Gillard and Immigration Minister Chris Bowen said that they were close to signing a bilateral agreement which would see 800 people who tried to get to Australia by boat taken immediately to Malaysia instead.

In return, Australia will take 4000 genuine refugees from Malaysia over four years.

Could this stop the boats? Maybe. All we know for sure is that we’re going to get 4000 extra refugees above our usual quota over the next four years. And if the boats keep coming…

Speaking of which, there may be a reason this anouncement was rushed out on a Saturday:

The announcement came as the HMAS Broome has escorted a boat carrying about 90 asylum-seekers into Christmas Island after it was intercepted close to the island overnight.

This sounds increasingly desperate.


I did propose something along these lines myself last year, after a chat with Family First Senator Steve Fielding:

Yes, you’re right. Those countries won’t want our rejects, so let’s make them an offer they can’t refuse.

For every boat person they take from us, we’ll take two genuine refugees from their camps.
What could be fairer?

Two for one is elegant. but five for one...?


Julia Gillard’s reason for not simply reopening the Nauru detention centre:

The prime minister has previously downplayed Nauru as an option because, unlike East Timor, it is not a signatory to the convention on refugees.

But nor is Malaysia:

Malaysia is not a signatory to the 1951 UN Refugee Convention… This challenging protection environment makes it difficult for UNHCR to fulfil its mandate in the country, which has some 3 million migrants, 1.5 million of whom are considered undocumented migrants...

Making it up as they go along.

And who are the 4000 refugees we’re likely to get?

The main refugee groups in Malaysia originate from Afghanistan, Iraq, Myanmar and Somalia, where current conditions are not conducive to return. A sizeable group of refugees from Sri Lanka also live in Malaysia.

Afghans are found by a new Immigration Department study to have the lowest rate of employment and the highest rate of receipt of Centrelink benefits - 94 per cent - of all refugee groups over the first five years here.

(Thanks to reader Correllio.)

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