Thursday, April 25, 2013

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Poor fiscal planning is to blame for budget woes

Piers Akerman – Thursday, April 25, 2013 (5:37pm)

TRUE to form, the Gillard government is trying to lie its way out of trouble and accuse the opposition of the offence that it - the Labor-Green-independent minority administration - actually committed.


Labor lies and handouts - what’s not to loathe?

Piers Akerman – Thursday, April 25, 2013 (12:25am)

LABOR’s Special Minister of State and Attorney General Mark Dreyfus has been caught out in another lie.
Having spoken approvingly of the hate-speech monger Sheik Fez Mohammed after the Boston jihadist Tamerlan Tsarnaev was revealed as a fan of his anti-Western videos, Dreyfus has now defended doubling payments to Labor spin doctors who will be dumped should the Opposition win the next election.
But when Dreyfus said that he was only following the standard practice – he was pulled up short by Opposition leader Tony Abbott.
The payment of two weeks salary is the norm for government ministerial personal staffers- spin doctors and so on - but at the next election they will receive a month’s salary.
Dreyfus tried to defend the pay-outs to Melbourne talkback host Neil Mitchell yesterday, saying: “I think people need to look at the type of jobs we are talking about. These are jobs where staff are on call 24/7. They are nearly completely insecure. They are entirely dependent on whether their Ministers or their…”
Most hard-working people I know are on call 24/7, if that is what is needed and their jobs are not dependent on a nine-to-five business operation.
Further, most people I know are aware of the working conditions that apply before they sign on.
Not so with Labor, apparently.
Under Labor, a failed government, the failed government staffers get double the agreed amount.
Former Greens’ leader Bob Brown’s staffers received the departure bonuses, according to Dreyfus, even though their boss left parliament voluntarily so he could get an unelected Green senator into parliament before the election.
Dreyfus says: “I as the Special Minister of State think it is an appropriate thing for staff and employees who are in this insecure environment to need time, as their employers need time to work out who is going to stay and who is going to go.”
Abbott slammed the doubling of the termination provisions for political staffers saying the Labor party is rewarding its employees with a “taxpayer funded handout” that should not happen.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard claimed the salary bonuses were not a golden handshake to prevent Labor staffers from jumping ship before a likely poll defeat.
But Abbott said the extra two-week payout was another sign the Labor party had no respect for Australian taxpayers.
“This is another sign of the Labor party’s contempt for taxpayers,” Abbott said.
“It’s just not on and it shouldn’t be happening.”
He claims from Special Minister of State Mark Dreyfus that the boost from the current two-week payment, which would result in an extra $3000 to $6000 for staffers based on their salary and seniority, had happened before were wrong.
“Mark Dreyfus QC should know better,” Abbott said.
“The fact is that this hasn’t happened before. It was rushed through by a ministerial direction because Labor staffers want to secure a handout for themselves in the face of an election defeat.”
The Daily Telegraph revealed about 400 ministerial staffers would get the boost – worth between $3000 and $6000 each, depending on seniority and salary.
A memo was sent to all staff Tuesday from the office of the Special Minister of State Mark Dreyfus notifying them of the surprise salary bonus.
The move even stunned government insiders with one saying it was “basically an admission we will lose the election”.
The memo from Dreyfus said: “I am pleased to advise that I have extended from two weeks to four weeks the deferral of the termination of employment for personal employees whose employment is terminated as a result of a federal election.”
A Labor lie, a pay-out, what’s not to loathe about this lousy Labor government?


Lake jumps into Anzac Day

Andrew Bolt April 25 2013 (11:49am)

Leftist academic Marilyn Lake marks Anzac Day in her own special way:

Among other comments, Lake denounces as “extremely problematic” and “emotional manipulation” an expedition by children to the battlefields of France, during which they dressed in uniforms:

A lot of people are somewhat aghast by the extent of Anzac mythology celebration… Maybe by 2015 it can’t get any bigger.
Picks her days, doesn’t she?
(Thanks to reader Robert.)
Reader James makes a good point:

The arrogant abuse of the WA student, Alexandra Byrne, should be cause for both the interviewer Lester and Lake to be hauled up before their respective employers. She was treated as some sort of emotional simpleton despite carefully articulating her own experience as “nothing” compared with the soldier’s ordeal. Miss Byrne’s understanding of the battle conditions was a credit to her historical research, and any emotion expressed was entirely understandable when confronted with the actual scene of the battle. I’m sure I would react the same way.
Instead, Miss Byrne was the prize trophy of Lake. She was nothing more than an exemplar of an emotional victim of current teaching. What a disgraceful and shameful reference to an undoubtedly very fine young Australian. I hope her parents, teachers and friends can have the despicable and ignorant Lake and Lester dealt with.


Run, Jeb, run

Andrew Bolt April 25 2013 (9:37am)

Former President George W. Bush says he isn’t interested in playing on the national political stage any longer. But for family, he’s making an exception.
Asked in an interview with ABC News’ Diane Sawyer whether he thinks his brother former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush should run for president in 2016, the ex-president was unequivocal.
“He’d be a marvelous candidate if he chooses to do so. He doesn’t need my counsel ‘cause he knows what it is, which is ‘run,’ “ the elder Bush brother said about Jeb’s possible candidacy, in an interview that first aired Wednesday on “World News with Diane Sawyer.”


Not just for those fallen, but those who missed them

Andrew Bolt April 25 2013 (9:30am)

TODAY is to remember those who served in war, but this year I’m thinking more of their parents.
You’ll think my reason trivial. You may even think it self-absorbed. You see, I said goodbye to my 14-year-old daughter a couple of weeks ago.
No, no. Nothing dramatic. She’s just gone to study in England for a while. Safe as houses.
But, gosh, I miss her.
Sure, this is what parenting is about: preparing the children for the day they leave for good. Preparing them to find their own way.
Can’t be selfish. Can’t say: “Stay home. Keep Dad company.” You can see their eyes searching for things far beyond your gate.
How much more agonising was this for parents whose children said they were off to war?

Jim Martin’s mum and dad tried. Their boy was 14, too, and wanted to be off. They eventually gave in and months later got a letter: “Don’t worry about me as I am doing splendid over here.”
But “here” was Gallipoli and days later he was dead.
Walking around the headstones of Gallipoli, I felt the dead might have had the easier part of it. For them, no lifelong ache of the heart.
The saddest inscriptions were from the parents: “Dear is the spot to me, where my beloved son rests.”
The most mournful graves were of soldiers who lay anonymous, under the words “Known unto God”. Each lay where their parents could never find them.
Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, who fought at Gallipoli and later led Turkey, knew the parents suffered worst. That is why his famous words on the memorial at Ari Burnu are addressed mostly to the mothers:
Wipe away your tears,
Your sons are now lying in our bosom and in peace.
After having lost their lives on this land
They have become our sons as well.
What could parents do, whose children were determined to serve? To test themselves?

“It has been a momentous year in history and a great year for me,” wrote an exultant Corporal Edgar Worrall on the last day of 1915, having evacuated from Gallipoli .
“From an irresponsible school boy, seven months have seen me transformed into a soldier ...”
Two years later, he was killed in France. His father, a widowed clergyman in Melbourne, got the letter. The poor, poor man.      


Boston bombers: not the first of their mosque

Andrew Bolt April 25 2013 (9:22am)

The Boston bombers represent not just themselves but a culture:
The mosque attended by the two brothers accused in the Boston Marathon double bombing has been associated with other terrorism suspects, has invited radical speakers to a sister mosque in Boston and is affiliated with a Muslim group that critics say nurses grievances that can lead to extremism.
Several people who attended the Islamic Society of Boston mosque in Cambridge, Mass., have been investigated for Islamic terrorism, including a conviction of the mosque’s first president, Abdulrahman Alamoudi, in connection with an assassination plot against a Saudi prince…
- Alamoudi, who signed the articles of incorporation as the Cambridge mosque’s president, was sentenced to 23 years in federal court in Alexandria, Va., in 2004 for his role as a facilitator in what federal prosecutors called a Libyan assassination plot against then-crown prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. Abdullah is now the Saudi king.

- Aafia Siddiqui, who occasionally prayed at the Cambridge mosque, was arrested in Afghanistan in 2008 while in possession of cyanide canisters and plans for a chemical attack in New York City. She tried to grab a rifle while in detention and shot at military officers and FBI agents, for which she was convicted in New York in 2010 and is serving an 86-year sentence.

- Tarek Mehanna, who worshiped at the Cambridge mosque, was sentenced in 2012 to 17 years in prison for conspiring to aid al-Qaeda. Mehanna had traveled to Yemen to seek terrorist training and plotted to use automatic weapons to shoot up a mall in the Boston suburbs, federal investigators in Boston alleged.
- Ahmad Abousamra, the son of a former vice president of the Muslim American Society Boston Abdul-Badi Abousamra, was identified by the FBI as Mehanna’s co-conspirator. He fled to Syria and is wanted by the FBI on charges of providing support to terrorists and conspiracy to kill Americans in a foreign country.
- Jamal Badawi of Canada, a former trustee of the Islamic Society of Boston Trust, which owns both mosques, was named as a non-indicted co-conspirator in the 2007 Holy Land Foundation terrorism trial in Texas over the funneling of money to Hamas, which is the Palestinian wing of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Hate-preacher Richard Falk is, incredibly, the United Nations’ “Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967”. Here is this bigot and conspiracy-theorist’s take on the Boston bombing.
First, a potted history of American evil which is false in almost every respect:
[T]he neocon presidency of George W. Bush was in 2001, prior to the attacks, openly seeking a pretext to launch a regime-changing war against Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, and the 9/11 events, as interpreted and spun, provided just the supportive domestic climate needed for launching an aggressive war against the Baghdad regime. The Iraq War was undertaken despite the UN Security Council failure to lend its authority to such an American deadly geopolitical venture and in the face of the largest anti-war global demonstrations in human history. In 2001, the preferred American grand strategy, as blueprinted by the ideologues of the American Enterprise Institute and the Hoover Institution, was given a green light by the Bush/Cheney White House even in the face of the red lights posted both at the UN and in the streets of 600 or more cities around the world.
And beware the Jewwwwws:
At least it seems that for the present irresponsible and unlawful warfare are no longer the centerpiece of America’s foreign policy, as had become the case in the first decade of the 21st century, although this is far from a certainty. The war drums are beating at this moment in relation to both North Korea and Iran, and as long as Tel Aviv has the compliant ear of the American political establishment, those who wish for peace and justice in the world should not rest easy.
But to Boston - the city that was asking for it:
Listening to a PBS program hours after the Boston event, I was struck by the critical attitudes of several callers to the radio station: “It is horrible, but we in this country should not be too surprised, given our drone attacks that have killed women and children attending weddings and funerals in Afghanistan and Pakistan.” Another caller asked, “Is this not a kind of retribution for torture inflicted by American security forces acting under the authority of the government, and verified for the world by pictures of the humiliation of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib?” And another asked, “In light of the authoritative reports of officially sanctioned torture as detailed in the 577 page report of a task force chaired by two former senators, one a Republican, the other a Democrat, and containing senior military and security officials, has not the time come to apply the law to the wrongdoers during the Bush presidency?” … Should we not all be meditating on W.H. Auden’s haunting line: “Those to whom evil is done/do evil in return”?…
We should be asking ourselves at this moment, “How many canaries will have to die before we awaken from our geopolitical fantasy of global domination?”
Falk has form. He’s also peddled the conspiracy theory that the September 11 attacks were an inside job:

The arguments swirling around the 9/11 attacks are emblematic of these issues [of secrecy in government]. What fuels suspicions of conspiracy is the reluctance to address the sort of awkward gaps and contradictions in the official explanations that David Ray Griffin (and other devoted scholars of high integrity) have been documenting in book after book ever since his authoritative The New Pearl Harbor in 2004 (updated in 2008). What may be more distressing than the apparent cover up is the eerie silence of the mainstream media, unwilling to acknowledge the well-evidenced doubts about the official version of the events: an al Qaeda operation with no foreknowledge by government officials. Is this silence a manifestation of fear or cooption, or part of an equally disturbing filter of self-censorship?
(Via Instapundit.)

I think we can afford to guess the motive now, don’t you?

Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, the mother of Boston Marathon bombers Tamerlan and Tzhokhar Tsarnaevso, made these shocking statements on CNN tonight: 
“If they are going to kill him. I don’t care. My oldest son is killed, so I don’t care. I don’t care if my youngest son is going to be killed today. I want the world to hear this. And, I don’t care if I am going to get killed too. And I will say Allahu Akbar!”


Abbott wanted Chrissy Amphlett to fail. Who knew?

Andrew Bolt April 25 2013 (8:54am)

So classy. So civilised. Playwright Christine Croyden uses the death of Chrissy Amphlett to slime Tony Abbott in the Sydney Morning Herald:

There’s so much love flowing for the first lady of Australian rock at the moment. But what button did her passing press to invite such an outpouring of adoration and respect? Is it the same one our first female prime minister’s misogyny speech pressed worldwide, the one that said to Tony Abbott, ‘’Enough of your sneering, contempt and negativity about my chance of success in this job. I will do it, and I will do it my way’’?…
Her fierce, upfront sexuality was also hugely appealing to young women, although it did some men’s heads in (no doubt her performances would have disturbed Tony Abbott and his ilk).
Tony Abbott has three daughters with jobs and studies in professional disciplines. What is his life possibly justifies this vicious slander? This gloating fantasy?
(Thanks to reader Jules from the sunny coast.) 


The true deniers

Andrew Bolt April 25 2013 (8:48am)

Oklahoma University’s Professor David Deming on the real deniers:
The Northern Hemisphere is experiencing unusually cold weather. Snow cover last December was the greatest since satellite monitoring began in 1966. The United Kingdom had the coldest March weather in 50 years, and there were more than a thousand record low temperatures in the United States. The Irish meteorological office reported that March “temperatures were the lowest on record nearly everywhere.” Spring snowfall in Europe was also high. In Moscow, the snow depth was the highest in 134 years of observation. In Kiev, authorities had to bring in military vehicles to clear snow from the streets…
The Associated Press has assured us, though, that this cold spell is not only consistent with a warming globe, it is actually caused by global warming. The proffered explanation is that cold weather in Europe is a result of melting sea ice in the Arctic. If this special pleading strikes you as unusually tendentious, it is all in the best tradition of explaining away ex post facto any weather event that appears to contradict the ruling paradigm.
In 2000, British climate researcher and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change contributor David Viner told the Independent that “within a few years, winter snowfall will become a very rare and exciting event.” Sadly, he predicted, “children just aren’t going to know what snow is.” In 2008, environmental activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. wrote in the Los Angeles Times that “snow is so scarce today that most Virginia children probably don’t own a sled.”
On Feb. 6, 2010, the eastern United States was hit by a blizzard ("Snowmageddon") that produced from 20 to 35 inches of snow. Three days later, a second blizzard added 10 to 20 more inches of snow. In Washington, D.C., it was the highest seasonal snowfall since record-keeping began in 1888.... On Feb. 12, National Geographic News informed us that “global warming is the main culprit behind this month’s eastern U.S. snowstorms."…
With each passing year, it is becoming increasingly clear that global warming is not a scientific theory subject to empirical falsification, but a political ideology that has to be fiercely defended against any challenge. It is ironic that skeptics are called “deniers” when every fact that would tend to falsify global warming is immediately explained away by an industry of denial.
(Thanks to reader fulchrum.) 


No money, and Swan all out of excuses

Andrew Bolt April 25 2013 (8:03am)

DON’T believe the spin. There is no excuse for the dangerous deficit the Gillard Government will reveal in next month’s Budget.
To forgive the Government’s sixth successive Budget deficit is to forgive lies, spin and reckless spending.
Worse, it invites yet more spending of the kind that puts us on the road to Greece.
We know there is no excuse for another deficit because even the Government said there shouldn’t be.  


The CFMEU’s shame

Andrew Bolt April 25 2013 (7:16am)

Have they no shame?
AUSTRALIA’S most militant building unions will politicise the site of a wall collapse that killed two students and an academic to launch an industrial campaign to grind construction giant Grocon into the ground.
The Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union has urged its members to meet next Tuesday at the pavement in Melbourne where the three were killed last month when a wall on a Grocon site was blown to the ground.
The collapse, which killed teenage brother and sister Alexander and Bridget Jones and 33-year-old French academic Marie-Faith Fiawoo, has sparked three official inquiries and a wave of public sympathy for their families.
CFMEU officials and staff at an adjacent building attempted to help the victims and the union has decided to use the tragedy as part of its industrial and political campaign, despite responsibility for the deaths still being unclear.
A rally, to be backed by several other unions and to be led by Victorian Trades Hall Council secretary Brian Boyd, will start at the so-called Grocon Wall on Tuesday at 10am, before moving to other Grocon sites.


Why doesn’t the ABC ask them all - presenters included?

Andrew Bolt April 25 2013 (5:16am)

Yesterday I noted ABC 24 presenter Virginia Trioli asked Tim Wilson to declare which party he voted for before discussing the news. Here is now the transcript:

Tim Wilson: But let’s go to the newspapers.
Virginia Trioli: Much more important. Tim, first of all, we are asking everyone in this election year, are you a member of a political party
TW: Yes.
VT: Which one?
TW: I’m a member of the Liberal party.
VT: Excellent, thank you.
TW: It’s on the public record already. [Laughs]
VT: We are going to ask you every time you are here.
TW: Oh, are you? Oh gooood ... [Sarcasm]
VT: You won’t get sick of saying that, will you?  It’s nothing you’re ashamed of?
TW: No, it’s nothing I’m ashamed of, but ...
VT: There you go.
TW: But I’m here to talk about the papers, in the papers today ...
VT: In the papers today ...
Trioli has never told viewers what party she votes for or has helped, although the clues are compelling.
True, she has asked some guests the same question. Liberty Sanger, for instance, was asked to declare her membership of Labor. In fact, Sanger’s husband is a Labor Senator.
But on Monday’s segment, the MCC’s Paul Sheehan was not asked to declare any party affiliation, and on Tuesday the ABC’s Phil Kafcaloudes was also not asked.

Reader Peter of Bellevue Heights adds:
AB, I just watched the papers section on ABC News Breakfast. Barrie Cassidy was on. Trioli did not ask the same question of Cassidy as she asked of Tim Wilson yesterday morning.
At one point Trioli mentioned Cassidy would need to declare an interest regarding coverage of 7.30’s report on asylum seekers last night...but neither Trioli or Cassidy said what that interest was.
One could guess the interest to declare was Cassidy’s wife Heather Ewart did the story on 7.30. But as the interest wasn’t stated, who could say for certain?


Sure taught us a lesson

Andrew Bolt April 24 2013 (8:50pm)

Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s former brother-in-law suggests the Boston bomber didn’t have a sense of irony:

He was angry that the world pictures Islam as a violent religion. 


He’s ready

Andrew Bolt April 24 2013 (7:55pm)

Tony Abbott has put together three impressive performances in a row - the people’s forum in Geelong, the interview on Sky News on Sunday and now 7.30 tonight with Leigh Sales. I’ll say it again: he’s now ready. 





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