Thursday, September 29, 2011

News Items and comments

Exploring nuts and bolts of discrimination

Piers Akerman – Thursday, September 29, 11 (07:41 pm)

IF you wish to be politically correct you might remove coconuts from your shopping list and start to roll your lamingtons in some alternative form of confectionary coating.

The ridiculous ruling means that I might be transgressing the law in referring to my Aboriginal ancestry, because I might be wrong. My mother told me such, but it might not be true. So here I am, with my US and Australian citizenship, having been born in the US to Australian parents. I have never embraced Aboriginal heritage. I have been offered the privilege by an elder but declined as I don't identify with it. And if someone wants to take insult I could get into trouble for that. The law is an ass. - ed
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Porn and the damage done

Miranda Devine – Wednesday, September 28, 11 (07:40 pm)

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A NURSE friend recently suggested I write about what she sees as an epidemic of “young girls having boob jobs”.

Pornography is so pervasive. It is a sad fact of life. Society has not worked out how to deal with it. It is as old as time, with fertility figures being found thousands of years old. Like prostitution, it has always been there. But it is not necessarily good, just because it is so pervasive.

As a child, and the youngest of a family of four children (two half sisters came much later) my parents had firmly established ideas of how things should be. My mother thought the human body is beautiful and porn degraded it. My dad delegated responsibility to my mother for such education. The local elementary school I went to decided it was such an issue that they needed to be involved. The school plan was that the nurse would have a collection of pictures not deemed to be derogatory which students could examine.

Once I went to the nurses office with a black eye. My father had given it to me as I was leaving the car because he thought I was too prone to telling embarrassing stories. He apologised for hitting my face, saying he thought to keep it lower, but I ducked. I assured him I wouldn’t tell how it happened. When the nurse asked I said I had been playing ball. She had been tending another student, and my eyes drifted to her open display porn stash. She cheerfully invited me to look at the pictures, so long as she could watch me looking. I was very curious, but did not want to be watched satisfying my curiosity. I would have been 6 or 7 years old,

Later that year my mother took me and the next youngest, a sister who was two years older, with her on a road trip. We stayed in a motel. The previous occupant had left behind a copy of Hustler magazine, and my mother let my sister look through it. She invited me too, with the warning about how porn was bad and how I must be watched if I chose to look at it. I declined. But I was curious.

My mum went on her task, and I waited for my sister to be distracted so I could look through the magazine. But my sister was alert to that and wouldn’t give me the time. So the next morning I let my mum think the magazine was thrown out, and I hid it among my bags. Of course when I got home I saw some of the obscenities .. who was interested in an asshole of the month? I remember one of the girls liked wearing cowboy boots and little else, as it was more natural .. but I wasn’t satisfied as things weren’t explicit, things were obscured and some things just looked wrong.

I didn’t want to get into trouble for having the magazine, so I hid it in my sister’s room. My mother wasn’t forgiving of my sister when she found it there. I didn’t think there would be a cost for me.

The idea of judging someone by how they look seems very wrong to me. I like pretty things, but I prefer the company of good people. A beautiful but amoral women is like a pig with a gold ring in it’s nose, according to Solomon. He would know, with 300 wives and 600 concubines.

I am an older person now. I want family and simple things. Pornography is not something I want to be part of my life. I disagree with my parents beliefs. I no longer think the body is beautiful, but I have met many women that are .. and I didn’t need to see their vagina to know.

DD Ball of Carramar/Sydney (Reply)
Wed 28 Sep 11 (09:22pm)
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Not such a happy Vegemite

Miranda Devine – Saturday, September 24, 11 (08:49 am)

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IF the ALP really does take leave of its senses and reinstall Kevin Rudd as prime minister, you’d have to think the days of the faceless folk would be numbered.

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Sarbi’s saga is a barking good read

Miranda Devine – Wednesday, September 28, 11 (07:13 pm)

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THERE are some stories out of war that are so life-affirming and heart warming that they serve to expunge the horrors for a time.

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In Thursday’s (Sept. 29th’s) Wall Street Journal, Russ tackles Elizabeth Warren’s recent claim that, because government (allegedly) contributes x toward each successful entrepreneur’s and investor’s prosperity, each such entrepreneur and investor is morally obliged to fork over to government x + (whatever the current gaggle of government officials claim government ‘needs’).

Warren’s is a frightening – and frighteningly mistake and non sequitur filled – assertion.

Russ does a splendid job challenging Warren’s assertion. Here are a couple of paragraphs:

Ms. Warren implies that the rich aren’t paying their fair share. I’m not sure what that is, but they’re already paying a lot of taxes. In the latest data from the Congressional Budget Office, from 2007, the top 1% of households paid 28.1% of all federal tax revenue—income taxes, payroll taxes and so on—for a total of $722 billion. That would buy plenty of roads, police and fire protection—and plenty of education, too.

But perhaps Ms. Warren shouldn’t mention education. Government does such a bad job educating workers in the public school system that businesses have to spend a lot of money training their work forces in basic skills. Does that mean entrepreneurs and factory owners can get a partial refund on their taxes?

UPDATE: My good buddy Todd Zywicki, from over in GMU’s School of Law, e-mails me to say that he also especially appreciates Rich Lowry’s observation that crediting government with the success of entrepreneurs in the market is like crediting the person who built Bill Gates’s parents’ garage with the success of Microsoft: Microsoft was, after all, founded in the Gates’s garage.

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Brian Simpson, at National University in La Jolla, sent me the following e-mail notice. Students take note!

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Is Basel III Anti-American?

by RUSS ROBERTS on SEPTEMBER 28, 2011

in FINANCIAL MARKETS

I channel my inner Arnold Kling in this piece for the Times’s Room for Debate.

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Solyndra coverage

by RUSS ROBERTS on SEPTEMBER 28, 2011

in ENERGY, POLITICS

Carolyn Leonnig and Steven Mufson of the Washington Post have been doing a superb job covering the Solyndra story. In this piece, they look at companies that turned down government loans because they knew they wouldn’t have a productive use for the money. Amazing. Here is a good sample from the article:

The Obama administration’s vaunted initiative to catalyze the U.S. clean-energy industry — under attack for betting half a billion dollars on the solar-panel manufacturer Solyndra, which closed last month — has become a case study of what can go wrong when a rigid government bureaucracy tries to play venture capitalist and jump-start a nascent, fast-changing market.

Schmidt concluded in early 2011 that the influx of inexpensive flat solar panels was undercutting his company’s year-old proposal to use a field of mirrors that concentrated sunlight on a thermal tower. Despite market changes, however, the terms of the federal loan guarantee wouldn’t let Solar Trust switch in midstream to flat panels. So Solar Trust sought private financing.

“We look at a lot of technologies, and I don’t care which one we build — I want to build the one that makes the most financial sense,” Schmidt said.

The inflexibility of the terms for Schmidt’s project was just one of the troubles that have plagued the Energy Department’s $38.5 billion loan-guarantee program from its beginning in 2009. Inundated with proposals, the small Energy Department loan office was initially overwhelmed, and companies complained that it was moving too slowly, not too quickly as has been alleged recently in the case of the now-bankrupt Solyndra.

While Chu was striving to get things moving, top White House economic officials, including Lawrence H. Summers, then director of the National Economic Council, doubted the government’s ability to shape a new industry, and some wanted to tighten up oversight by the Office of Management and Budget — even if that meant some guarantees would never be given out.

Meanwhile, tumbling prices for silicon and turmoil in the financial world were changing project assumptions faster than the bureaucracy could make decisions.

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Quotation of the Day…

by DON BOUDREAUX on SEPTEMBER 28, 2011

in SCIENTISM, STATE OF MACRO

… is from page 3 of Steve Horwitz’s 2000 book Microfoundations and Macroeconomics: An Austrian Perspective:

The problem with mainstream macroeconomics is that its notions of time and money are so abstract and unrealistic as to prevent serious consideration of how the markets for each actually behave.

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If we can’t even argue against racial divides….

Andrew Bolt – Thursday, September 29, 11 (04:53 pm)

If even an appeal to overcome divisions of “race” can be declared against the Racial Discrimination Act, we have a problem:

THE Coalition has signalled it will try to amend the Racial Discrimination Act in government, branding it a “terrible statute” after News Limited columnist Andrew Bolt was found guilty of breaching the law.

Opposition legal affairs spokesman George Brandis said the judgment, handed down in the Federal Court yesterday, would limit freedom of speech and political discussion.

“The fact is today in Australia we are not free and journalists, commentators, ordinary citizens are not free, to make critical or unpopular remarks in the course of ordinary political exchange and I think that’s a terrible thing,” Senator Brandis told Sky News.

“The law as it was declared by the Federal Court yesterday certainly contains an unacceptable limitation on freedom of political discussion in Australia and we would not like to see the law remain in its current form.

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The grim rise of the media-ocracy

Andrew Bolt – Thursday, September 29, 11 (03:53 pm)

Defenders of free speech and a free press are becoming frighteningly rare:

NEWSPAPERS should refrain from publishing the opinions of average Australians, academic Robert Manne has said.

Professor Manne says they should report only the views of a “core” of experts in key debates.

At a book-signing in Sydney last night, he also urged the media to embrace greater contributions from controversial left-wing commentators such as US linguistics professor Noam Chomsky and Beirut-based commentator Robert Fisk.

Professor Manne is facing fierce criticism over his recently published Quarterly Essay, Bad News, in which he alleges that The Australian plays an “overbearing” and “unhealthy” role in national debates by publishing fringe views on controversial topics.

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The reaction

Andrew Bolt – Thursday, September 29, 11 (08:58 am)

The Australian on the attack on free speech.

FREE speech underpins transparency and accountability in our democracy, and any curbing of expression needs to be carefully considered and carry demonstrable public benefit. Whatever Australians think about the opinions expressed by Andrew Bolt, we should all be concerned about the blow delivered against free speech yesterday…

If anyone has doubts about the subjectivity of yesterday’s decision, they should read Justice Bromberg’s findings about how often a “reasonable reader” might have read the articles, and whether or not they would have done so with “analytical care”. He discussed how the “style and structure” of the articles “invite supposition” and, remarkably, said: “Language of that kind has a heightened capacity to convey implications beyond the literal meaning of the words utilised.”

Let The Australian be clear, in language that should be assessed according to its literal meaning—words, to the extent that they should be judged, should only be judged according to what they actually mean, not according to what a judge decides they invite us to suppose.

Chris Merritt:

IF the Federal Court’s ruling in the Bolt case has correctly applied the law, the entire community has a problem.

The court’s “Bolt principle” will encourage Australians to see themselves as a nation of tribes - a collection of protected species who are too fragile to cope with robust public discourse.

Unless this is overturned on appeal, it will divide the nation.

Aborigines should be outraged that they have been associated with this patronising ruling. But their anger is best directed towards the law, not Justice Mordecai Bromberg.

Toward the ends of his judgment, Bromberg seemed to see himself as a kind of uber-editor - listing words he did not like and material that, in his view, should have been included in Bolt’s columns. It was almost funny.

Former Labor Minister Gary Johns:

The provisions of the act used to silence Bolt are bad law. The provisions inserted by the Racial Hatred Act 1995 were strongly opposed by the Coalition on the grounds that it might impinge free speech. They have now done so. Why did the statutes remain on the books during 13 years of Coalition government? I expect better from Liberals.

Cultural identity is arguable and should be discussed in a free and open manner. If not, then Australia is entering a world where Aboriginal people, especially those of light colour and claiming discrimination (or favours) based on their race, become a laughing-stock. Is this what the activists wanted? Forget constitutional recognition, this decision has undercut goodwill.

The court decision relies on “the perspective of the ordinary reasonable member of the Australian community” to take offence. What is ordinary about someone who has spent their entire life as a political activist and has probably suffered little prejudice on the basis of their race because no one can distinguish them?

The judgment acknowledges that “a group of people may include the sensitive as well as the insensitive, the passionate and the dispassionate, the emotional and the impassive”. The decision, however, has privileged the sensitive over the insensitive, the passionate over the dispassionate and the emotional over the impassive. The law has ensured that racial politics is a winner.

David Marr gloats, but he not only badly misstates my argument and falsely claims I’ve accused some Aborigines of “appalling motives”, he also treats my opinion that we can make choices in self-identification (particularly when we have many ethnicities in our ancestry and different cultural influences in our youth) as actually “poor journalism” and an error of “fact” that should rightly be declared unlawful:

Bolt was wrong. Spectacularly wrong. In two famous columns in 2009 he took a swipe at “political” or “professional” or “official” Aborigines who could pass for white but chose to identify as black for personal or for political gain, to win prizes and places reserved for real, black Aborigines and to borrow “other people’s glories”.

But Bolt’s lawyers had to concede even before this case began in the Federal Court that nine of these named “white Aborigines” had identified as black from childhood. All nine proceeded to court to say they didn’t make the choice down the track, but were raised as Aborigines. Their evidence was not contested by Bolt or his paper.

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The IPA wants your help for an advertising campaign:

Australians who support free speech must stand up against these threats to our freedoms.

That’s why the IPA, with your support, will publish a major statement in The Australian against the laws that allowed this to happen. We need to show Australians that we will not stand idly by whilst fundamental freedoms are trampled on. (See a draft of the statement here.)

Your contribution is essential to help make this happen. We can’t afford to do this alone.

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Michael Connor:

Yesterday, in Courtroom 1 of the Federal Court Justice Bromberg spoke of conduct which “offended, insulted, humiliated or intimidated … fair-skinned Aboriginal people (or some of them)”. Yet, only minutes later, when Andrew Bolt was insulted and abused in the forecourt of the Federal Court building no one took the slightest bit of notice and not one of the journalists who witnessed the attacks bothered recording them.

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Jason Morrison has his say.

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James Delingpole, soon to visit, has his generous say.

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Has Wilkie caved on his “absolute” deadline?

Andrew Bolt – Thursday, September 29, 11 (07:00 am)

Independent Andrew Wilkie in March sets the Gillard Government an absolute deadline in delivering pre-commitment technology for poker machines::

“My agreement with Prime Minister Gillard is absolutely carved in stone,” he told the National Press Club.

“My support for her and her government hinges on it and I will withdraw my support from the Gillard Labor government if that is not progressed in accord with my agreement with the prime minister.”

Mr Wilkie warned the key milestone will be the passage of pokie laws by budget time in 2012, with the scheme introduced in 2014.

If legislation has not passed both houses of parliament by then I will withdraw my support,” he said.

But today that deadline seems suddenly less absolute:

“To quote the commission, a mandatory pre-commitment system on poker machines would be a “strong, practicable and ultimately cost-effective option for harm minimisation”.

But I have not demanded this reform by next year, or else. The PM agreed to introduce a mandatory pre-commitment on high-intensity poker machines by 2014 and I’m just holding her to that agreement.

The commission says 2014 is an achievable deadline. After consultation with the industry, it’s been agreed smaller venues with 15 or fewer poker machines will be given until 2018. Another part of the reform you don’t hear the industry talking about is low-intensity machines with $1 maximum bets that will not require pre-commitment. So the 88 per cent of Australians who bet $1 or less won’t need to sign up to pre-commitment and won’t notice a difference when they sit down to gamble.

Andrew Wilkie, Independent member for Denison, Hobart, Tas

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Why can’t I be free to speak?

Andrew Bolt – Thursday, September 29, 11 (06:51 am)

(COMMENTS ON THIS CASE ARE NOT BEING MODERATED ON ANY OF THE THREADS ON THIS BLOG, FOR LEGAL REASONS. IF YOU DO WISH TO COMMENT, SOME COMMENTS ARE BEING INCLUDED HERE)

I am the son of Dutch parents who came to Australia the year before I was born.

For a long time, I have felt like an outsider here, not least because my family moved around so very often.

You know how it is when you feel you don’t fit in. You look for other identities, other groups, to give you a sense of belonging, and perhaps some status.

So for a while I considered myself Dutch, and even took out a Dutch passport.

Later I realised how affected that was, and how I was borrowing a group identity rather than asserting my own. Andrew Bolt’s.

So I chose to refer to myself as Australian again, as one of the many who join in making this shared land our common home.

Yet even now I fret about how even nationality can divide us.

To be frank, I consider myself first of all an individual, and wish we could all deal with each other like that. No ethnicity. No nationality. No race. Certainly no divide that’s a mere accident of birth.

So that’s the background to the calamity that hit me yesterday.

That’s why I believe we can choose and even renounce our ethnic identity, because I have done that myself.

But I also believe that many people now increasingly do insist on asserting racial and ethnic identities, and that we increasingly spend money and pass laws to entrench them.

I think that a terrible pity, even a danger, because surely in a multi-ethnic community like ours it’s important to stress what unites us, not what divides.

As you might know, I have argued against this trend. For instance, and this is what brought me to the court, I have written about what seems to me an increasing trend of people to identify as Aboriginal, when even their looks loudly suggest they have ancestry drawn from many “races” or ethnicities, especially European.

In two columns in particular - and that’s where this misery started - I wrote about people who, it seemed to me, had other options than to call themselves, without qualification or hyphens, “Aboriginal”.

They included nine fair-skinned Aborigines who responded not with public arguments, but with a legal action in the Federal Court to have my articles banned forever, and me prevented from ever again writing something similar.

I’m talking about people such as an Aboriginal lawyer whose father was British, an Aboriginal activist whose own sister identified as non-Aboriginal, and an Aboriginal writer whose father was born in Austria.

In those articles I wrote that I did not question the genuineness of their identification.

I did not even go as far as did Professor Larissa Behrendt, one of those who took me to court, who nine years ago declared that the definition of Aboriginality needed to be tightened, or “you run the risk of having the parameters stretched to the ludicrous point where someone can say: ‘Seven generations ago there was an Aboriginal person in my family, therefore I am Aboriginal’.”

To be clear: not once did I say that these people had no right to call themselves Aborigines. I’ve always accepted that they do.

I am too worried now to quote directly from what I did actually write, but my argument - which Justice Mordecai Bromberg of the Federal Court yesterday rejected - was that such people had choices.

They could choose to identify as Aboriginal, or as some other ethnicity in their ancestry, or, as I do, as Australian. Even as an individual.

Indeed, they could do as the former sprinter Patrick Johnson once put it in his own case: “I have the best of both cultures, of a couple of cultures. I mean, Dad’s Irish. I’m Aboriginal as well.”

As well. And, in fact, since I wrote my damn columns two years ago, I’ve seen that one of the people I wrote about has indeed since described herself as someone of many heritages - “of English, Jewish and Wathaurung descent”.

Two years ago, I would cheerfully have argued that this acknowledgment of a multiple ethnicity was healthier, and truer, in such cases than insisting on only being Aboriginal.

But not today. I no longer dare.

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But this kind of racism is perfectly fine

Andrew Bolt – Thursday, September 29, 11 (06:40 am)

Now for some real racism, from the Left:

IN typical blunt fashion, Australia’s first female indigenous MP has labelled some of the environmentalists fighting Woodside Petroleum’s $30 billion gas hub in the Kimberley “a lazy mob of bludgers and liars”.

After telling Kimberley Aborigines gathered outside Fitzroy Crossing yesterday that she was retiring at the next West Australian election, Labor MP Carol Martin said the vast majority of Australians concerned about the environment would be appalled by the behaviour of some anti-gas campaigners who had “bullied, lied and abused” indigenous people in a bid to stop the project at James Price Point, 60km north of Broome....

(She) said Woodside’s refusal to release a video showing indigenous workers being mocked and abused by protesters at the James Price Point picket line only empowered the “ferals and mung beans” who were nothing but “a lazy bunch of bastards”.

The video, seen by The Australian, captures a British man with pale skin telling a Woodside employee “You look like you have got a bit of kafir in you”.

Other workers are called “Woodside c . . ts” and an Aboriginal man working as an observer to ensure no significant sites are disturbed is tormented as an “old codger”.

The racism isn’t so much in the language, bad as it is. It’s in the underlying assumption that Aborigines who want jobs and development aren’t real Aborigines.

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Gillard does a Rudd, and holds another inquiry

Andrew Bolt – Thursday, September 29, 11 (06:32 am)

I guess it could be a useful exercise, if it hadn’t been done several times before:

JULIA Gillard has ordered a sweeping review of Australia’s engagement with Asia that will deliver a blueprint for the government’s strategic, economic and trade direction in the region for a generation.

The Prime Minister announced yesterday that former Treasury secretary Ken Henry would lead the preparation of a white paper on “Australia in the Asian Century”, to be handed to the government and considered by the full cabinet early next year.

The white paper, which was approved by federal cabinet, will aim to help Australia maximise the potential of “transformative economic growth and change in Asia” as China and India continue their rapid expansion, joining Japan as economic superpowers.

Greg Sheridan is scathing:

ONCE again the Gillard government’s paralytic inability to actually do anything results in a wide-ranging inquiry of indeterminate consequence, this time on Asia.

Julia Gillard’s speech on Asia was at least a public recognition of Asia’s importance by the nation’s leader. But it contained nothing of consequence beyond the recitation of the standard cliches and a delphic reference to the government comprehending both the risks and the opportunities, apparently of China’s rise and the US alliance.

What was bizarre, though, was the white paper announcement. Instead of the four-millionth inquiry into what Asia means for Australia, how about some actual policy? Instead of talking about it, for god’s sake, just do it. There are inquiries, books, symposiums and seminars without number already telling the government everything it needs to know about Asia. What is missing is the government’s willingness to take one bit of meaningful action.

The review will be conducted by Ken Henry, the former Treasury secretary whose paper on tax reform was largely ignored by the Government:

The choice of former Treasury boss Henry to run the white paper is problematic.

The Prime Minister has sensibly said it will not have the authority to revisit the strategic settings of the defence white paper of 2009. This is good news, because Henry is a long-term opponent of serious defence expenditure.

More generally, it is very unclear that Henry is equipped to do this job optimally.

The narrow economism that has dominated what little debate has gone on in Australia over Asia, especially over China, in the past few years is one of our intellectual weaknesses.

It’s unclear that Henry is the person to transcend that narrow economism.

Lenore Taylor says the inquiry is as much about Labor’s own future:

But it is also part of Labor’s desperate effort to set the agenda and push the political debate past its immediate woes.

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Where is Dale now?
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MATTHEW Charles Johnson has been found guilty of murdering gangland identity Carl Williams.
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Did Yankees tank to end Bosox?
The Boston Red Sox completed their September collapse in horrific and historic fashion, falling out of the playoff chase by allowing two ninth-inning runs in a 4-3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night.
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Live free or die
It's individuals in the marketplace who create real jobs -- when they have the protection of life and property under the rule of law. Economic freedom is the key.
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Religious tolerance must be practiced. The faithless can't do it.
Iranian Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani has refused to publicly renounce his Christian faith. That he has not done so is a humbling display of his courage, for in Iran, the death sentence is the climax of a long punishment that begins in the jails of the regime.
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Happy New Year
Three gifts: Prayer, Repentance and Blessing are at the core of the ten-day spiritual marathon that begins this year on September 28 at sundown for Jews all over the world.
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A very late apology.
Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski apologizes to the woman he sexually assaulted when she was a 13-year-old girl in a new documentary that premiered Tuesday night at the Zurich Film Festival.
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Easy mistake to make. Glee kid Britney makes 'em all the time.
Press Credential distributed to traveling White House Press CorpWASHINGTON -- The whole point of President Obama's three-day swing through the West was to make sure the region knows it's important in 2012, though the White House may have ended up offending a few folks in Colorado. The administration gave reporters a fancy blue credential with a map of the United States marked, "THE TRIP OF ...
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Obama is still hoping for change. He wants $1 billion a day.
Iran has begun to mass manufacture a domestically-developed cruise missile that could reportedly strike Israel and potentially counter U.S. naval presence in the Persian Gulf.
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I am not an ALP supporter. I didn't want Rudd in office and didn't want Gillard in office. Both have been party to my betrayal by the Department of Education in NSW. I was able to tell the coroner of my concerns related to the death of Hamidur Rahman last Tuesday, but I was not able to speak of Gillard's role, or Rudd's.

I have promised my self that when I am finally vindicated I will forgive my abusers. But my God asked me why I was waiting.

So I have.

I don't hate them. But I don't feel either of them should be in office either. I see no evidence that either is competent.
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Miranda Devine is a leading columnist with The Daily Telegraph and Herald Sun.
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Now ask yourself, "How must Israel feel?"
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Iran Says Could Deploy Navy near U.S. Coast -report
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‎"If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all." ~ Noam Chomsky ~
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Throw away the key
A MAN who carried out a brazen 1970s plane hijacking has been found living in an idyllic Portuguese hamlet.
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Disgusting and unacceptable
A DRUNKEN fibreglass worker was allegedly sent home from Wonthaggi's desalination plant because he was so inebriated he was waving around grinders and power drills, a colleague claimed.
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The ridiculous law means I should not refer to my own Aboriginality as I might be wrong.
THE Racial Discrimination Act should be reviewed after yesterday's court decision against Herald Sun columnist Andrew Bolt to ensure people had freedom of expression, civil libertarians say.
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All it would take is one honest ALP member. Just one.
JUST 11 of Julia Gillard's 26 NSW MPs have publicly backed the federal government's controversial push for poker machine reforms.
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ALP hamstrung by their old scare campaign.
RADIOACTIVE waste is destined to be trucked through South Australia to keep the New South Wales Blue Mountains nuclear-free, a Federal Government report reveals.
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Sounds like Lalich is in trouble
THE Roads and Traffic Authority is one of more than 100 local and state bodies being investigated by the corruption watchdog over claims workers have improperly accepted gifts and other perks.
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Gillard is bad for the economy
THE cracks in Australia's real estate market are spreading rapidly as the economic slowdown takes an increasingly heavy toll, according to new research.
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Time off for drug use?
THE loving son of a woman who was strangled and set alight has told of his heartbreak over a 26-year battle for justice he says was never delivered.
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Sounds like she has breached her own race legislation anti vilification. Some Asians are short.
JULIA Gillard has ordered a "national blueprint" for the next 15 years to set up Australia to cash in on the Asian economic boom.
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The ALP destroyed my teaching career too. Killing a child and bungling a pedophile investigation both of which I was a witness.
CHRIS Jackson used to love being a police officer.
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I think a few thousand hours of public service would be a good thing for them.
A college student from New York was paid between $1,500 and $2,500 to stand in for at least a half dozen students attending a prestigious Long Island high school and take the SAT exam for them, a prosecutor said Tuesday in announcing criminal charges in the case.
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Made by Sol
A new set of computer simulations suggests that there was once a fifth giant planet in addition to Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune.
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Lucky. Gillard didn't drown these ones.
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THE crew of an asylum seeker boat telephoned Western Australian police to alert them to the vessel's imminent arrival at Christmas Island.
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not much fun, alone
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SOME holiday accommodation can be the pits, but this hotel wants you to stay in theirs for $600 a night.
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It isn't global warming
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FEROCIOUS weather conditions across Australia have put a dampener on September cheer, with several capital cities and regional centres bracing themselves for a battering.
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It is an appallingly bad judgement. Either it is appealed or the law should be repealed. It means I cannot refer to my own Aboriginality without inadvertently transgressing, because my mother might have been wrong about my heritage.
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A COURT has found News Limited columnist Andrew Bolt breached the Racial Discrimination Act.

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