Saturday, June 25, 2011

News items and comments

Gillard a failure but we must not forget how bad Rudd was

Piers Akerman – Thursday, June 23, 11 (07:23 pm)

IT’S A-Day in Canberra. Not A for Australia, but A for Assassination.

Julia has labeled me an Extremist, I, in turn have labeled her the most disasterous Prime Minister in the history of our Nation and as for Kevvie he should go out and get a real job instead of jetsetting at taxpayer’s expense. Time for a change???

mishazoe of Brisbane (Reply)
Thu 23 Jun 11 (07:35pm)
DD Ball replied to mishazoe
Fri 24 Jun 11 (08:19am)

She was touted as a policy machine and given many ministries. However she used to leave the work to faceless bureaucrats who may have been good at executing policy but not at making it. She was able to appear in control by her use of ideology, which wasn’t policy. She fooled journalists who wanted to believe. Alan Jones and Andrew Bolt were impressed with her ability to be able to talk about detail without notes. However, I skewered her on the issue of Industrial Relations and nobody noticed. They didn’t want to.
If you feel you have been labelled an extremist, and you don’t want that label, you might want to let people hear you talk sensibly on a public topic. You will have to let them know who you are. You will have to be reasonable. I have no problem with you demanding Gillard’s resignation, but let people know why ..

Sandra replied to mishazoe
Fri 24 Jun 11 (09:13am)

Hey DD Ball I believe Mishazoe is responding to a long and well written piece about why Gillard and Rudd are awful and should go!!!! And it is written up by all of us bloggers, most newspapers, and articles every day on many bog sites-- so why are you saying this person should identify themselves and start letting people know why she should be gone. For gods sake mate-- how many times does everyone need to hear those reasons????? :: rolleyes

DD Ball replied to mishazoe
Fri 24 Jun 11 (01:59pm)

Sandra, I am not having a go at mishazoe of Brisbane, I am suggesting they need to be more explicit with what they say if they want to be noticed. Otherwise what they write sounds like shouting and they get ignored. I moderate a Bolt Report Supporter’s Group on FB and I find I often need to let people know an effective way of getting themselves heard. I share it, but they might not get it. It may well be that mishazoe of Brisbane was merely saying that Gillard had called all deniers of AGW, extremists. Or it may be that mishazoe of Brisbane has suffered something else totally unfair that we don’t know about.

Sandra replied to mishazoe
Fri 24 Jun 11 (04:59pm)

DD Ball I dont think anyone needs your advise on anything. One only needs to look at your weird video clip-- and the mess all around you plus the way you present yourself to realise that - well-- I am trying to be kind-- you are the one who needs all the advice mate!!

Salient warning. DFTT - ed
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What was she thinking?

Miranda Devine – Thursday, June 23, 11 (02:19 pm)

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THE extraordinary endorsement by Julia Gillard of a hard left socialist party in Canada is another bombshell to the government’s credibility.

What was she thinking?

It is easy to overstate support or opposition of an advocate for a cause. Lord Monckton compared Garnaut to Nazi Fascists, in accordance with Godwin’s law on debate. But it doesn’t make the advocacy wrong. But it makes the judgement suspect. Schopenhauer noted this while listing 38 ways to win an argument which you have already lost.
Monckton was right to label the behavior. The same behavior is also something that might be labelled as dictatorial, communist, socialist and many other bad words besides. Monckton later apologised and corrected his extended criticism.
Gillard’s judgement on this issue is deservedly suspect. It shows a lack of leadership and intelligence,but a strong leaning to ideology which is supposed to be sidelined by responsible leaders. It doesn’t mean Gillard is a socialist. It means Gillard is a fool.

DD Ball of Carramar/Sydney (Reply)
Fri 24 Jun 11 (09:03am)
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Otteson at a bargain price

by RUSS ROBERTS on JUNE 24, 2011

in ADAM SMITH,BOOKS,PODCAST

This coming Monday’s EconTalk is a conversation with James Otteson talking about Adam Smith. His superb book, Adam Smith’s Marketplace of Life explores how the author of The Wealth of Nations (which focuses on self-interest) could also write The Theory of Moral Sentiments (which focuses on virtue and benevolence). This is one of the main topics of the podcast. Amazon is currentlyselling the paperback for a mere $7.27.

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On C-Span this Sunday

by RUSS ROBERTS on JUNE 24, 2011

in MUSIC

John Papola and I are scheduled to be on C-Span THIS Sunday, the 26th at 8 pm ET (and again at 11 pm), for an hour with Brian Lamb on the program Q and A. We will be talking about the Keynes-Hayek rap videos. John does a spectacular job. It will also air on C-Span Radio.

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The Clinton Years

by RUSS ROBERTS on JUNE 24, 2011

in STIMULUS

Steve Henke on the implications of the Clinton years for Keynesianism (HT: Tim Townsend):

Nothing contradicts the fiscalists’ dogma more conclusively than former President Clinton’s massive fiscal squeeze. When President Clinton took office in 1993, government expenditures were 22.1% of GDP, and when he departed in 2000, the federal government’s share of the economy had been squeezed to a low of 18.2%. . . . And that’s not all. During the final three years of the former President’s second term, the federal government was generating fiscal surpluses. President Clinton was even confident enough to boldly claim in his January 1996 State of the Union address that “the era of big government is over.”

President Clinton’s squeeze didn’t throw the economy into a slump, as Keynesianism would imply. No. President Clinton’s Victorian fiscal virtues generated a significant confidence shock, and the economy boomed.

My only disagreement is with the first line. I think the success of the post-WWII economy when government spending collapsed and the Keynesians predicted disaster is more conclusive. But that’s a nit-pick.

Credit where it is due, it was the Republican Congress - ed.
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… is from Methinks1776 (commenting on this post):

The problem is that some women would like to force the culture to change to suit their whims rather than change themselves to fit the existing culture. The existing culture results from the demands of the business. Changing it would mean the business doesn’t work. I’m not a fan of breaking things that work just fine to suit the whims of people who don’t think that personal preferences require personal sacrifice.

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NOT GUILTY BY REASON OF RANGANESS

Tim Blair – Friday, June 24, 11 (01:57 pm)

In the great Red Rooster revenge case, defence lawyer Clark Bushnell attempts a ginger-pity strategy:

“You can see he’s got red hair; maybe it’s a function of that.”

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376 DAYS UNTIL LABOR’S DIG UP TAX

Tim Blair – Friday, June 24, 11 (01:55 pm)

It might eventually dawn on Graham Perrett that there’s a link between Julia Gillard’s frequent visits and the unpopularity of her carbon dioxide tax:

Graham Perrett, a member of parliament in Gillard’s Labor Party, backs her plan to cap carbon emissions even though voters in his district near Brisbane oppose it by what he says is a 3- to-1 margin. Gillard has visited his district five times since taking office on June 24, 2010.

“If anyone can get us out of this hole it’s her,” Perrett said in an interview.

Out of that hole, possibly. Into an even bigger hole, almost certainly. Observe as the Prime Minister works some hole-digging magic this morning:

“I’ve explained of course to the Australian people that I never meant to mislead anybody during the last election campaign about carbon pricing,” Ms Gillard told ABC Radio …

“When I said those words in the election campaign I didn’t mean to mislead anybody and I understand that people heard those words and they look at what’s happening now and they perhaps say: `What’s going on? What did she mean then? What does she mean now’?”

They could be saying that, if they were still listening to Gillard or cared that much about anything she said. For the record, Gillard continued:

“Tony Abbott is out there making ridiculous claims day after day about job losses, about price increases,” she said.

“He doesn’t care about the truth in this debate. The claims he makes are false.”

Keep digging, Julia. Coming up this Sunday: a No Carbon Tax rally on the Central Coast.

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NOT MUCH DIFFERENCE REALLY

Tim Blair – Friday, June 24, 11 (01:33 pm)

The nice people at Lamborghini invited me to Sant’ Agata Bolognese this weekend to tour the factory and drive a few of their latest models. Business class flights, of course. A room at the I Portici Hotel. Some face time with Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann.

Sadly, I was forced to decline, due to a prior commitment elsewhere.

In Adelaide.

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HE SPEAKS TO THE DEAD

Tim Blair – Friday, June 24, 11 (01:31 pm)

Barack Obama, the world’s greatest genius, addresses troops at Fort Drum:

Throughout my service, first as a senator and then as a presidential candidate and then as a President, I’ve always run into you guys. And for some reason it’s always in some rough spots.

First time I saw 10th Mountain Division, you guys were in southern Iraq. When I went back to visit Afghanistan, you guys were the first ones there. I had the great honor of seeing some of you because a comrade of yours, Jared Monti, was the first person who I was able to award the Medal of Honor to who actually came back and wasn’t receiving it posthumously.”

But, as Dana Ritter points out:

The problem is, Jared Monti was killed in action in Afghanistan, on June 21, 2006. He was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously, September 17, 2009. President Obama handed the framed medal to his parents, Paul and Janet Monti. He and the First Lady comforted them in the Oval Office following the ceremony.

The White House excuse: Obama didn’t have prepared remarks. It’s a no-Teleprompter problem:

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NO MORE MR NICE GUY

Tim Blair – Friday, June 24, 11 (12:16 pm)

Attention, Zionist dogs! Australian citizen Hamdi Abu Ibrahim has an important message:

YA ZIONIST DOGS THERE WILL BE A DAY VERY SOON THAT YOULL FIND NO SHELTR NOR A WALL TO HIND BEHIND AND WE WILL EAT YOUR FLESH AND SPIT IT TO OUR DOGS TO CHEW OFF …

HOW LONG ARE WE GOING TO STAY WEAK, NO MORe MR NICE GUY, WE WILL DEFEND OUR iSLAM AND OUR SISTERS WITH OUR BLOOD, BLOOD, BLOOD.

He’s a little annoyed about some sort of clothing mishap. In other Zionist dog news, Mark Steyn reports on theacquittal of Geert Wilders.

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ALLAHU AKBAR UNHEARD

Tim Blair – Friday, June 24, 11 (12:15 pm)

Multiple incidences of Presbyterian behaviour detected in the US military. As always, this behaviour is not widelydiscussed.

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WRONG AND EVIL

Tim Blair – Friday, June 24, 11 (11:40 am)

Chris Matthews probably needs a few more viewers before he could be considered mainstream, but his calm viewson future climate trends are still worth examining:

A frothing Chris Matthews on Wednesday excoriated Rush Limbaugh as “evil” for spreading “lies” about global warming …

“These people are evil in what they’re doing. I’m not saying their souls are evil, but what they’re doing is really, really wrong.”

In fact, our souls are evil. That’s what gives us our supernatural powers, enabling us to transform mere unpleasant emails into full-on death threats.

UPDATE. Via CL, some more from Matthews:

I hate that so-called evenhanded so-called objective journalism.

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PLANET FIRST, PEOPLE SECOND

Tim Blair – Friday, June 24, 11 (10:32 am)

The Australian Conservation Foundation, the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, Environment Victoria and Greenpeace are agitating to send Australian jobs overseas. Remember this the next time any of these parasites hit you up for a donation.

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SACKIVERSARY THE FIRST

Tim Blair – Friday, June 24, 11 (08:30 am)

One year after Kevin Rudd’s big booting, and the situation remains much as it was in 2006 …

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UPDATE. In times past, Australians would read of leaders in Africa being overthrown. Times change.

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US Supreme Court contradicts Gillard’s warmists

Andrew Bolt – Saturday, June 25, 11 (10:20 am)

The US Supreme Court agrees: the science is indeed not settled, and carbon dioxide is a not pollution:

The justices of the United States Supreme Court this week became the world’s most august global warming sceptics. Not by virtue of their legal reasoning – the global warming case they decided turned on a technical legal issue — but in their surprising commentary. Global warming is by no means a settled issue, they made clear, suggesting it would be foolhardy to assume it was.

“The court, we caution, endorses no particular view of the complicated issues related to carbon-dioxide emissions and climate change,” reads the 8-0 decision, delivered by the court’s acclaimed liberal, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

The court decision noted that the Environmental Protection Agency itself had “Acknowledg[ed] that not all scientists agreed on the causes and consequences of the rise in global temperatures,” before suggesting readers consult “views opposing” the conventional wisdom. ...

Somewhat in the same vein, Justice Ginsburg notes carbon dioxide is necessary and ubiquitous, and thus shouldn’t be the target of indiscriminate attacks. ”After all, we each emit carbon dioxide merely by breathing,” she notes...

The full judgement is here.

(Thanks to reader Ray and many others.)

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Stockdale stays. But his four deputies…?

Andrew Bolt – Saturday, June 25, 11 (09:43 am)

It seems the Liberals prefer a team player who doesn’t air ditry washing in public:

Alan Stockdale has been re-elected president of the Liberal Party.
Former Howard government frontbencher Peter Reith had challenged to be appointed the new president at the party’s federal council meeting in Canberra.

But this does leave the party - and Stockdale - with a problem, given the indiscipline of his four vice-presidents earlier this week:

SENIOR Liberals last night accused the party’s four vice-presidents of treachery after they sent out a stinging open letter claiming president Alan Stockdale had failed the party and called for change

The party’s vice-presidents - former foreign minister Alexander Downer, Victorian businessman Tom Harley, Queensland QC David Russell and West Australian business identity Danielle Blain - took the extraordinary step of trying to influence the outcome yestserday in an open letter.

UPDATE

In talking to journalists afterwards, Stockdale struggled to stop crying as he thanked the delegates.

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Tax cuts vs compensation

Andrew Bolt – Saturday, June 25, 11 (09:23 am)

The battle lines on tax start to come into focus:

TONY Abbott is appealing to middle-income families and frustrated suburban commuters with a promise to provide tax cuts, new family payments and new transport priorities - instead of compensating voters for a carbon tax.

In his first major speech outlining political aims and policy directions since the election last August, the Opposition Leader tries to project a more positive and hopeful alternative to the Gillard government.

In contrast, Julia Gillard will today detail for the first time elements of Labor’s carbon compensation package, saying the bulk of it - in permanent tax cuts, pension increases and increased family payments - will go to households earning well under $150,000...

UPDATE

So a lot of families will be belted:

JULIA Gillard has indicated that most families on incomes above $150,000 will miss out on compensation under the proposed carbon tax plan to be unveiled next month.

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Naughty Master Jones

Andrew Bolt – Saturday, June 25, 11 (09:09 am)

ABC presenter Tony Jones surprises no one:

I was involved in a generation that went out in the streets, turned cars over during the Vietnam War.

Well, surprises no one about his politics. But about the facts…

Gerard Henderson:

Go on. How many cars did Young Mr Jones and his mates turn over during the Vietnam War? ... According to the Newington College Register of Past Students, Tony Jones attended this private school in Sydney between 1970 and 1974. This suggests that he was born circa 1956. All Australian combat troops were withdrawn from Vietnam by the end of 1971 – around this time Master Jones was in Year 9.

It would be radical and oh so exciting to envisage Master Jones (aged 15) dressed in his Newington College uniform busy over-turning other people’s cars in the streets of Stanmore. We’ll take that as a fantasy.

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A party for the young ladies

Andrew Bolt – Saturday, June 25, 11 (09:06 am)

The Greens are the girlie party, the judge from poll-watcher Peter Brent’s analysis.

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If the mighty West can’t topple even a Gaddafi…

Andrew Bolt – Saturday, June 25, 11 (09:02 am)

LIBYA should be a doddle to fight. It has fewer than seven million people, no functioning air force and an army that dictator Muammar Gaddafi has to prop up with mercenaries.

Since March 17, this puny country has been attacked by the combined forces of the United States, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, Norway, Sweden and Britain. The pride of the West.

Yet three months later? Gaddafi is still in power and the rebels that this NATO air operation was meant to help are still not close to kicking him out.

If you wanted a symbol of the shambolic decline of Western power and will, here it is.

It’s embarrassing. Britain’s Royal Air Force commander, Air Chief Marshal Sir Simon Bryant, has even warned that this small war is such an effort that there will be serious consequences if it drags on.

The US Defence Secretary complained that some of the European allies have even run out of ammunition, and others—like Germany—won’t lift a finger.

The US itself won’t take a lead role in the fighting, it’s so short of cash and will, and Italy this week cried basta—asking NATO to call a ceasefire for humanitarian reasons.

What a circus. Meanwhile the ostensible reason the United Nations gave for authorising this operation—to stop the killing of civilians—has turned into the feature of it, with NATO’s bombs accidentally killing the very people it meant to protect.

To rub in this humiliating powerlessness of the West, Gaddafi has indulged in jeering stunts, like playing chess on television with the president of the World Chess Federation.

Of course, Gaddafi may yet fall. His power has been greatly weakened, and he’s propped up only by the oil billions he’s squirrelled away. NATO may yet manage to drop a bomb on his head.

But as a showcase of Western will, this sucks.

To underline that message of decline, US President Barack Obama this week announced he’d pull all combat forces from Afghanistan by 2014, 13 years after the US and its allies went in to topple the Taliban.

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Hypocrites make an example of Monckton

Andrew Bolt – Saturday, June 25, 11 (08:51 am)

WHAT hypocrites. What cowards. And, yes, I’m talking about the witch-hunters now vilifying sceptic Lord Christopher Monckton.

Beware. These people are trying to shut up not just Monckton, but you—and not just with “jokes” of having you tattooed and gassed.

True, Monckton, a British mathematician, has made a fool of himself and trouble for his allies by accusing the Gillard Government’s global warming guru, Professor Ross Garnaut, of having “a fascist point of view”.

His point was that Garnaut was telling Australians to simply trust the authorities—even when some of their key claims about man-made global warming had been proven false.

Remember Climate Change Minister Penny Wong wrongly blaming man-made warming for the drought in southern Australia that is now over?

Remember Climate Commissioner Tim Flannery wrongly claiming man-made warming had made the soil too hot, “so even the rain that falls isn’t actually going to fill our dams and river systems”?

Remember the ABC’s chief science presenter, Adjunct Professor Robyn Williams, wrongly claiming man-made warming could cause the seas to rise this century by up to 100m?

Remember the warmists wrongly claiming the world’s temperature would rise this past decade, the Barrier Reef would now bleach every second year and the seas would rise by two or three times the present rate?

Forget it all. Do not question the scientists! “The science is settled.”

We must, says Garnaut, accept the “mainstream” science of climate change.

That argument-by-authority is what Monckton objected to at a meeting in California this month.

“That again is a fascist point of view, that you merely accept authority without question. Heil Hitler, on we go,” he said.

That “Heil Hitler” was unwise. So was the slide Monckton showed of a big Nazi symbol over Garnaut’s title. The jibe was extreme and very offensive. It cheapened an important point.

Monckton is prone to such hyperbole. But this time it came at precisely the right time for the warmists behind a hysterical campaign to shut up debate here.

I don’t just mean the Government’s cowardly policy to never debate sceptics, but the concerted effort to portray those “knuckledraggers”—as Science Minister Kim Carr calls them—as so prone to lunacy and violence that no civilised person could reason with them. Thus the exaggerated claims this month of scientists getting “death threats” of the kind the rest of us don’t publicise.

Chief Scientist Ian Chubb has illustrated the tactic—and the agenda.

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So which ex-Premier would you actually want as Prime Minister?

Andrew Bolt – Saturday, June 25, 11 (08:42 am)

But the real problem is thinking of state premiers who’d make a good prime minister - especially given that by the time they’re ready to move, their sins are being found out:

FORMER NSW premier Bob Carr says federal politics operates like a cosy club, blocking successful outsiders from coming in to replenish the Canberra talent pool.

According to one-time West Australian premier Geoff Gallop, it’s “a structural problem in our political system” that was recognised by Bill Clinton during a visit here a decade ago.

“Australia does not have a fluid system to move state leaders into national leadership,” Mr Carr told The Weekend Australian. “In Australia, federal parliamentary parties are like clubs that have an in-built defensiveness about outsiders coming in....”

As Ms Gillard and her government languish in the opinion polls and struggle with major policy issues, there is renewed speculation that successful former state leaders could be parachuted into Canberra to bolster Labor’s ranks.

Names mentioned in recent days in Labor circles of those who might hold Canberra ambitions, now or in the future, include former Queensland premier Peter Beattie, former NSW premier Morris Iemma, one-time Victorian premier Steve Bracks, Mr Carr and Dr Gallop.

Five Labor premiers being touted as a leader of national Labor? They must be desperately short of leadership material in Canberra.

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How dare the Government ban competition with its white elephant

Andrew Bolt – Saturday, June 25, 11 (08:30 am)

Terry McCrann is astonished by the no-compete clause that the Gillard Government demanded from Telstra:

THE entire basis of the National Broadband Network has been exposed as fundamentally unsound by the “wireless non-compete” clause in the deal between NBN Co and Telstra.

At its simplest, it’s a clause that is completely unacceptable and arguably illegal… Broadly, but simply and accurately, NBN Co and Telstra agree not to compete. Worse, NBN Co is actually paying Telstra for that agreement.

Indeed the Communications Minister himself no less, Stephen Conroy, all but put it in exactly those terms on Melbourne’s MTR radio yesterday.

He explained, indeed justified, the non-compete clause as being a “perfectly sensible corporate decision”. “A commercial arrangement.” That Telstra agreed not to “take NBN Co’s money and sledge (the) NBN”....

The relevant clause in the deal is that Telstra can’t promote “wireless services as a substitute for fibre-based services for 20 years”. But it otherwise remained free to compete in the market for the supply of wireless services....

Right now Telstra might not want to sell wireless broadband instead of fixed fibre. But in 10 years?…

The promoters of the NBN keep saying that wireless just can’t compete with fixed fibre… That only fibre can give the sustained guaranteed speed; that wireless degrades quickly depending how far you move from the base station and how many are hooked up and what they are downloading.

That’s all true. At least it is, right now. But in 10 or even five years’ time? The science of physics might be “settled”. But the technology of data compression might not be.

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She can’t even be frank about her deceit

Andrew Bolt – Saturday, June 25, 11 (08:16 am)

Julia Gillard evades the truth. She didn’t mislead us about “carbon pricing” but about a “carbon tax”:

JULIA Gillard has declined to apologise for her pre-election declaration that “there will be no carbon tax under the government I lead” ...

Asked yesterday why she didn’t just apologise, the Prime Minister said: “I’ve explained, of course, to the Australian people that I never meant to mislead anybody during the last election campaign about carbon pricing”.

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Ridout cooling

Andrew Bolt – Saturday, June 25, 11 (08:10 am)

Heather Ridout, Australian Industry Group head, in 2009:

Emissions trading is not about entertainment but about the long-term national interest in efficiently achieving emissions reductions.... It is time for the government and the opposition to roll the dice together, to pass “Go”, collect $20bn and bring this exhausting game to a conclusion so Australia can get on with the real business of reducing emissions while maintaining our prosperity.

Ridout in 2011:

Australian Industry Group chief Heather Ridout says of the carbon tax: ”Business needs this at present like a hole in the head. It is a very difficult time to be having this debate.”

UPDATE

Woolworth’s boss Grant O’Brien has a potent metric for measuring the public’s hostility to a new carbon dioxide tax on their electricity:

Already the power shock is prompting frugal behavioural change. ”We have sold out of hot-water bottles,” O’Brien told a retail function this week. “They are going to bed at night and they are turning off the heater and they are taking a hot-water bottle to bed.”

This is not just about people not affording their power already. It’s also about telling them the planet is warming when they are shivering.

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Some things are sure working with Labor

Andrew Bolt – Saturday, June 25, 11 (07:50 am)

Paul Kelly detects a silver lining:

The paradox is that Gillard Labor is implementing its agenda - the budget is moving through the parliament, the fiscal consolidation is the right policy and on track, the National Broadband Network is advancing, new programs for skills and workforce participation are coming, minority government is working - yet Labor seems unable to convert such “insider” victories into “outsider” wins with the public.

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Wild guess, but I doubt he’s Presbyterian

Andrew Bolt – Saturday, June 25, 11 (07:47 am)

Tne New York Times briefly covers the arrest of an alleged shooter:

The Marine Corps reservist arrested in Arlington National Cemetery last week with suspicious materials in his backpack was charged Thursday with firing shots last year at five military buildings in the Washington area, including the Pentagon…

Investigators said they linked the reservist, Yonathan Melaku, to the shootings by determining that the bullet fragments recovered at those scenes came from the same gun as the spent shell casings found in his backpack last week.

The late-night shots fired at the Pentagon, the National Museum of the Marine Corps and military recruiting offices last October and November were intended to shut down the buildings, the Justice Department said Thursday. No one was wounded in the shootings, which caused $100,000 in damage.

No possible clue is given to a possible motive, and even this is ambiguous:

Mr. Melaku, a 22-year-old native of Ethiopia ...

But then there’s this ... with a bonus reminder from the reporter of a terrible crime by non-Muslims::

He tried to flee but was captured along with a backpack that officials said contained spent 9-millimeter shell casings, four bags of ammonium nitrate — an ingredient used in the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City — and a notebook with entries referring to Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda.

America’s ABC is more frank in reporting other arrests this week:

One of the Muslim converts arrested for allegedly plotting a Fort Hood-style assault on a Seattle military installation appears to be a disciple of radical Islamic cleric Anwar al-Awlaki and sought to move to Yemen, where Awlaki is an al Qaeda leader.

Abu Khadir Abdul-Latif, 33, posted multiple comments on-line praising Awlaki, posted an Awlaki sermon on his YouTube video account, and made a YouTube video in which he blasts President Obama for authorizing the killing of Awlaki.

“Many Muslims ran to elect Barack Obama,” says Abdul-Latif, dressed in camouflage. “But what has he done? He’s done nothing and he made war against Islam. He’s even put a hit on Anwar al Awlaki, our brother sheik, may Allah protect him.” ...

Abdul-Latif and Walli Mujahidh, 32, have been charged with plotting to attack the Military Entrance Processing Station in Seattle on July 5. According to the FBI, Abdul-Latif and Mujahidh sought to determine “how they could kill the most military personnel and escape or die as martyrs” and discussed using fragmentation grenades in the facility’s cafeteria.

How come we don’t hear of Buddhists or Hindus running around the West planning terrorist attacks?

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“Not at all about the man’s religious beliefs”

Andrew Bolt – Saturday, June 25, 11 (07:33 am)

Bringing shame to other Muslims:

THE bearded and militant men who formed a security detail around Muslim woman Carnita Matthews at court this week are members of the self-styled Islamic Brotherhood Worldwide. With the name of their organisation across their backs and aggression in their faces, community leaders say the men are students of radical cleric Sheik Feiz Mohammed, who has denounced other religions in his sermons.

Ditto:

AN extremist dad living in suburban Australia prayed his children would die as martyrs before puberty so he could enter heaven honourably, a court has been told.

The man sat his daughter, who was not yet three, on his knee to watch videos of executions and suicide bombings, slapping her if she became distressed, his former wife testified.

She said he also had the little girl sing a Jihadi song accompanying the videos.

A federal magistrate accepted the man taught the little girl to “chant enthusiastically and joyously over the death and mutilation of other human beings”....

A Federal Magistrates’ Court judgment, published this week, has revealed the man sought access to his two children, now aged 6 and 3....

The man was born in Libya and is of Palestinian origin. He and his ex-wife were devout Muslims.

But a federal magistrate said the case was not at all about the man’s religious beliefs, rather his broader belief system.

Legal worries mean I won’t allow comments.

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Monckton on The Bolt Report

Andrew Bolt – Friday, June 24, 11 (07:22 pm)

On The Bolt Report on Sunday - I talk to Lord Monckton about accusing global warmist Ross Garnaut of “fascist” thinking.

On Channel10 at 10am and 4.30pm.

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Boat people join Gillard’s anniverary

Andrew Bolt – Friday, June 24, 11 (01:37 pm)

Happy anniversary:

A BOATLOAD of 65 asylum seekers has been picked up off Christmas Island this morning, coinciding with Julia Gillard’s anniversary as Prime Minister…

There are now more than 300 asylum seekers awaiting removal to another country.

The boat arrivals do seem to have slowed a lot. But not enough yet to help Gillard much. And nearly two months after announcing the boat swap deal with Malaysia, she desperately needs it signed and the swaps underway.

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Two legs bad, green legs good

Andrew Bolt – Friday, June 24, 11 (10:20 am)

The Greens are outraged by Nazi slurs in 2011:

Lord Monckton has caused controversy by affecting a German accent while accusing Gillard government climate change adviser Ross Garnaut of being a fascist.

“Heil Hitler, on we go,” Lord Monckton said during a speech in the US…

Lord Monckton will speak next week at the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) conference in Perth where Opposition Leader Tony Abbott will deliver the official opening....

Greens leader Bob Brown said Mr Abbott should “reconsider” his attendance and he called on AMEC to take action.

“I think the mining hosts of Mr Monckton should demand an apology before their sponsorship of his trip continues,” Senator Brown said.

The Greens indulge in Nazi slurs in 2007:

In their latest newsletter, the Victorian Greens published a poem that described ALP officials and volunteers who scrutinised vote counting after the November state election as ”the Labor Panzers and their hardened SS troops”.

Federal Labor MP Michael Danby has written to the Greens on behalf of the state ALP demanding a written apology… Green co-convenor Alex Schlotzer said Mr Danby took the poem out of context and was engaging in “a misguided form of trying to squash freedom of speech”.

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This is work, and is sharply in contrast with Rudd's extended holiday
MALAYSIAN officials have blacklisted shadow immigration spokesman Scott Morrison and banned him from entering detention centres or meeting key senior officials.
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It depends on what has worked. Has the success been due to BER?
MORE than 400 changes to staffing arrangements have been made by schools as part of an innovative plan to give principals control of their budgets.
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ALP have learned nothing. But, have their supporters?
NOREEN Hay, the unpopular MP who was embroiled in the Wollongong council corruption scandal, has been appointed convenor of Labor's parliamentary Right faction in NSW.
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Bad policy costs.
THE O'Farrell government gave a depressing message to small businesses and tradies owed millions in the bungled economic stimulus program: "The money is gone."
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Clare is desperate to get himself a name.
DIGGERS will be given $192 to pay for new boots because the army-issued footwear isn't up to the job; soldiers already fork out for their boots.
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I never enjoyed sport. I regret that.
AS the mother of two junior rugby forwards, in union and league, the wife of a one-time prop and daughter of a flanker, I have little choice but to champion the violent team sports.
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Good policy works for everyone.
TONY Abbott will take a promise of personal income tax cuts for all to the next election to counter fears he would unwind the federal government's carbon tax compensation package.
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We already have a welfare system.
A TELSTRA employee who slipped down the stairs in her own house while working from home has won a multi-million dollar compensation case that could change work practices for all Australians.
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I am more interested in something which gets me to the shops
IT looks like an autobot from a Transformers movie and is faster than a Japanese bullet train. And now, this custom-built dream machine - called the Koenigsegg CCX - could be yours, if you're brave en...
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Like Mamdouh Habib, a personal driver to Osama, inmate of Gitmo, and a welfare recipient.
THE bearded and militant men who formed a security detail around Muslim woman Carnita Matthews at court this week are members of the self-styled Islamic Brotherhood Worldwide.
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Toohey is a journalist of the left. He writes stuff, but all I read is "yap, yap, yap"
AS America withdraws from the world, Australia seems content to be a subservient ally, writes Paul Toohey.

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Thank you. I loved you. Wings of desire. Columbo and the Princess Bride would not have been the same without you. Rest well.
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PETER Falk, the stage and movie actor who became known as the rumpled detective in Columbo, has died aged 83.
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We all wonder who is to blame for this.
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POLICE are investigating a traffic incident allegedly involving former judge Marcus Einfeld.

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but but .. it is a girl's school. I see them wearing body jewelry in uniform.
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IT is impossible to put a price on the damage to a young woman's mental health from bullying at a Catholic girls school, her lawyer says.
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A sad crime that should have been finished as a court trial long ago. Justice delayed is justice denied.
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A FORMER Rwandan minister for women's empowerment has become the first woman to be found guilty of genocide and incitement to rape by an international tribunal.
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It is unfair to blame Pakistan intelligence just because the average citizen there is rabidly anti US because of the government propaganda. Just because UBL was there and protected.
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A cellphone of Usama bin Laden's trusted courier recovered in the U.S. raid last month that killed both men in Pakistan contained contacts to a militant group that is a longtime asset of Pakistan's intelligence agency, The New York Times reported late Thursday.
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Sounds like Obama's plan to bomb civilians instead of using troops is beginning to take shape.
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New US intelligence shows Col. Muammar al-Qaddafi is seriously considering fleeing Tripoli for a more secure location outside the capital, according to US officials, raising the prospect Friday that the Libyan leader's hold on power is increasingly fragile.
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Does he know the big O who came out of Pakistan?
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The capture of Boston gangster James Whitey Bulger appears to bring the FBI's long manhunt to an end. But some say the capture of 81-year-old Bulger Wednesday in Santa Monica, Calif., could be the beginning of a new scandal.
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I remember ma and pa kettle doing it too .. classic.
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A classic skit from the godfathers of funny


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‎@dazzadidja I am sorry you are so aggressive regarding my piece. I don't like my relatives being taken advantage of, as many are by those claiming to be related, but not being disadvantaged. There are too many disadvantaged ones who miss out to th...
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Part two of the Picking Cotton series regarding the death of policewoman Nicola Cotton. The 2004 Redfern Riots had nothing to do with Nicola, but they were to do with unreasoned hatred of police. This series seeks to educate about the role of poli...

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She will live as candy in my imagination
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SHE looked like the picture perfect pop star, but Japanese singing sensation Aimi Eguchi wasn't even real.

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What doesn't she fail on? No policy. Lies. Spends money wastefully. Won't listen. Manipulative. Abusive. Thoughtless. Self absorbed. Precious and not Australian.
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READERS have overwhelmingly given Julia Gillard the thumbs down on almost every measure in her first year as PM.
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David Daniel Ball recommends a link.
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ninemsn news
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I dig it
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Paleontologists are looking to examine the remains of William Shakespeare, hoping to unlock the mysteries of the life and death of the world's most famous playwright -- and to prove that the poet once puffed.
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Given away by accomplice, not by community.
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Justice Department says 2 men arrested in plot to attack Seattle military recruiting station.

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I wouldn't tolerate it
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The success of U.S. counter-terrorism policy rests in knocking down threats and foiling plots before they are hatched. Iran has demonstrated that it has the will to bring its brand of terror to the Western Hemisphere, and Hugo Chavez is offering the way. If U.S. authorities are really getting seriou
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She doesn't believe what she says. She doesn't say what she believes. She claims she is sorry for mistakenly not telling people about her tax before the election, when she had the plans before the election.
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That this House censures the PM for her failure to achieve anything of substance in 12 months of Government after supplanting her predecessor on the basis that the Government has lost it's way - when it is clear on any assessment that things have ...


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