Saturday, May 25, 2013

Sat May 25th Todays News


Happy birthday and many happy returns Amanda QuachPhiKong Le and Ivy Kuswendi. Born on the same day across the years. The same day in 1961 JFK promised the US would send a man to the moon and return him alive before 1970. Suggesting through posthumous success, that you can do anything. Anything.
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TWEET BEAT

Tim Blair – Saturday, May 25, 2013 (3:01pm)

Sally Bercow, the wife of the Commons Speaker, libelled Lord McAlpine by suggesting that he was an alleged paedophile on Twitter, the High Court has ruled.
Mrs Bercow, a Labour party activist, tweeted: “Why is Lord McAlpine trending? *innocent face*.”
She later apologised publicly to the peer in four tweets and in private letters. But she maintained that her tweet was foolish rather than libelous …
It is understood she will pay significant damages and costs. Lord McAlpine had sued her for up to £50,000. 
McAlpine has already collected six-figure payouts from ITV and the BBC, where Guardian failboyIan Katz now finds himself elevated as a consequence. 

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LEAF SENTENCE - DAY FOUR

Tim Blair – Saturday, May 25, 2013 (1:17pm)

From this angle, it is clear that the leaf is being held in a stem cell:

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STILL WORTHLESS AFTER ALL THESE YEARS

Tim Blair – Saturday, May 25, 2013 (4:53am)

Laurie Oakes outlines the case against ABC privatisation
Apart from anything else, who would buy something that makes no money? 
Well, us. We pay more than $1,000,000,000 every year for something Laurie rates as a financial zero, despite more than eight decades of ABC prominence. 

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The Bolt Report tomorrow

Andrew Bolt May 25 2013 (2:17pm)

On The Bolt Report on Network Ten at 10am tomorrow: Opposition industry spokesman Sophie Mirabella, Peter Reith and Cassandra Wilkinson.
The Ford collapse, the Liberals acting Labor-lite, the trouble with Islam and the latest flapping of global warming vultures.
I’d like to talk about the Adam Goodes incident, too, but suspect it doesn’t really fit the format, And with just 22 minutes of time ... Feel free to advise.
The twitter feed.
The place the videos appear.

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AWU scandal: police check Gillard’s claim

Andrew Bolt May 25 2013 (11:35am)

The police investigation continues:
PRIME Minister Julia Gillard has been drawn further into the union fraud investigation involving her former boyfriend, as Victorian police examine her radio account of a 1993 property transaction.
News Limited can reveal Australian Workers Union offices in Perth and Melbourne have also been searched as fraud squad detectives step up their probe into the slush fund scandal.
Ms Gillard has vigorously denied any wrongdoing in relation to the scandal.
The Victorian detective leading the investigation - which is expected to involve up to 100 witnesses - has obtained an official copy of an interview during which Ms Gillard is quizzed about her involvement in a Melbourne property sale. Police also sought a supporting statement from the Sydney radio broadcaster Ben Fordham.
Ms Gillard - a former partner at Slater & Gordon - was legal adviser to Mr Wilson and his then deputy Ralph Blewitt when they purchased a Fitzroy, Melbourne, property for $230,000 in 1993, with $67,722.30 coming from the AWU Workplace Reform Association.
Ms Gillard witnessed a power of attorney document which allowed Mr Wilson to purchase the property on behalf of Mr Blewitt. During a feisty interview with Fordham on March 7, the PM insisted she “absolutely” witnessed the legal document, dated February 4 1993, in the same office as Mr Blewitt.
It is understood that Mr Fordham spent around 20 minutes with Victorian police on Wednesday during which he handed over a recording of his March 7 interview.
The second link explains the interest.
(Thanks to readers Spin Baby, Spin and Internet Nutjob.) 

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Goodes should not let one Collingwood teenager have this power

Andrew Bolt May 25 2013 (11:27am)


I abhor racism and despise racists. In fact, I consider people who shout racist abuse not just vicious but so stupid that I’d be mad to let them determine anything in my life.
In this case, I am uncomfortable that one teenage girl with a potty mouth is given the power to overshadow a game and a celebration witnessed by hundreds of thousands of people at the ground or on TV:
A RACIAL slur directed at Brownlow medallist Adam Goodes by a Collingwood supporter soured Sydney’s 47-point win at the MCG.
Angered Pies president Eddie McGuire sought out Goodes in the Swans rooms immediately after the game to apologise “on behalf of Collingwood and on behalf of football”.
The AFL this week is celebrating Indigenous Round. Goodes will hold a press conference today at 11am to discuss the issue and AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou will also take questions.
Goodes pointed out the fan - allegedly a teenage girl - to security staff in the dying minutes of the game. The fan was escorted from the ground by police.
I am not asking Goodes to accept racist abuse from anyone. But how can one stupid teenager outweigh all the praise heaped on Goodes personally and as a man of Aboriginal ancestry in a game that’s part of an Indigenous round and attended by tens of thousands?
We are now jumping at shadows. To believe we can abolish racism so completely that not even a single teenager, carried away in the heat of a moment, will ever say anything racist is foolish. It is the plan, maybe, of a totalitarian or social engineer, but to react like this is not the act of wise people who understand the crooked timber of humanity.
She’s just a dumb teenager, for heaven’s sake.
Yes, to single her out for group hate may be excused as a valuable teaching moment, although I do wonder what effect this will have on the girl and her family.
To have ignored it and hailed the night as a triumph of reconciliation might have achieved far more that’s good.
UPDATE
Reader Dr Geoff:
I think you sum it up when you say Goodes should not have to accept racial abuse. You often bemoan the lack of consequences for people’s behaviour, well here you have a guy who decided he didn’t need to be abused in his workplace, especially with racist taunts and he did something about it. Good on him.
Let’s be clear- this girl was not arrested and she won’t go to court (hopefully!) so this is not a free speech issue. She was simply removed from a private venue and about time. I have essentially stopped going to live football (in my case rugby league) because of the foul language and abuse hurled in the presence of families and young children. I just wished more people were removed because of their behaviour.
It is a bit sad the girl was so young, but perhaps its a good thing to show the younger generation they don’t have the right to just sit and abuse people no matter how accepted it once was.
I actually agree with everything you say, Geoff. It is not a free speech issue (provided she is not prosecuted) and she should be reprimanded and (almost certainly) evicted - although it’s yet to be established what she actually said.
I have no problem with Goodes wanting her shut up or evicted. I just think turning this into such a massive symbol or cause celebre lacks a sense of proportion. I repeat: she is just one teenage girl, and we don’t even know yet what she said.
Reader The Evil Right:
I am not defending the girls as I think there is a probability that the player would in no way make it up. I personally think she should be made to actually apologise to the player etc…
What surprised me was that the girl (at 14yrs) clearly starting to cry, had her face spread over the TV, which I am sure makes for great ratings but should it not have been blurred? Considering we go to such lengths to protect the identity of young people accused of bashings, stabbings etc. I do not know the girl but I think she might have been shown her error quite easily without such celebration from the media and is likely going to be the target of bullying.
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Barry Cable, an AFL great with an Aboriginal mother, is as worried as I am that the AFL’s “reconciliation” push is actually deeply divisive. I’d even call it racist:

WA football great Barry Cable has warned the AFL to act with caution when considering whether to field an all-indigenous side for the International Rules series against Ireland later this year…
The AFL confirmed that chief executive Andrew Demetriou, who arrived in Perth yesterday in the lead-up to this weekend’s indigenous round celebrations, had asked the GAA [Gaelic Athletic Association] to consider the initiative…
“If we’re going to keep going down the track we’re going down, which is getting as many indigenous boys as we can to play the game, it is also very important that they must mix and be in the mainstream ... that’s the key,” Cable said.
“You’re keeping a wedge between the two, so it’s about what you’re trying to achieve by doing it.
“All the players in the AFL are the best and we don’t need to put a wedge between them by doing something like that.
“All players, indigenous or non-indigenous, accept the fact that they all work together and play together and that’s fantastic… Reconciliation means that we all join together and we all help and support each other.”
UPDATE
I know the insult is gross, but I still think the reaction is out of proportion, given the perpetrator is one 13-year-old girl:
Veteran Swans forward Adam Goodes says his side’s famous win over Collingwood at the MCG on Friday night “means nothing” after he was racially abused by a Magpies supporter
“I’m pretty gutted to be honest,” Goodes told reporters in Melbourne on Saturday morning....
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“To come to the boundary line and hear a 13 year old girl call me an ‘ape’, and it’s not the first time on a footy field that I’ve been referred to as a ‘monkey’ or an ‘ape’, it was shattering.”
“It’s not her fault. She’s 13, she’s still so innocent. I don’t put any blame on her...”
To repeat: the girl is just 13. She has rung Goodes to apologise. Collingwood president Eddie McGuire has apologised. Thousands of people have expressed their support for Goodes over this. Goodes himself conceded the girl probably didn’t know what she was saying.  Did she even mean “ape” in a racially derogatory way?
How can this be allowed to make the game meaningingless?
And what on earth are police thinking?

Goodes said that Victoria Police asked if he would like to press charges ...
Police were seriously considering charges against a 13-year-old for calling a man an “ape”? Are we insane?
I do not defend for an instant the insult. But I suspect the person who will be most scarred by the incident is a 13-year-old girl so publicly identfied and vilified.
(Thanks to reader Kiwi.) 

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Gillard fought what she cried over

Andrew Bolt May 25 2013 (11:19am)

Hypocrite:
WHEN Julia Gillard was moved to tears last week as she introduced the increase in the Medicare levy to raise funds for the DisabilityCare scheme, some of her colleagues warmly embraced her and kissed her cheek. 

Other Labor MPs were cynical, because the Prime Minister had fought the idea of a levy to pay for disability insurance “every inch of the way” for political reasons over the previous 18 months.

They were despairing because they knew the scheme was late in coming; because Ms Gillard had knocked back repeated appeals from her colleagues in cabinet, in the 2011-12 budget process and in face-to-face meetings for a levy to fund the disability insurance scheme.
Cabinet ministers urging a levy were rebuffed because of the political danger of introducing another “great big new tax”, after Ms Gillard broke an election pledge on the carbon tax.
Labor must consider. Had it declared that the disabled, not climate change, was the “great moral challenge”, where would it be now? The billions it wasted on useless global programs could already be pouring into a disability scheme today - not merely promised for one that won’t be fully running for another six years. Labor wouldn’t have trashed its credibility on a broken promise but would have delivered something real and honorable.
In Gillard’s position, I would have cried, too. 

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Too white to watch

Andrew Bolt May 25 2013 (11:04am)

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Sydney Morning Herald writer Clementine Ford singles out ”five of the most awful shows ever made that were once ... thought hip”.
A strange - dare I say racist - objection keeps cropping up:
1. Friends

Long before Girls was accused of whitewashing New York, six friends lived within a stone’s throw from each other in one of the most expensive cities on earth…
This laissez faire approach to money probably also explains why none of them ever locked their doors. But in a city entirely stocked with white people, why would you need to worry about crime?
While it was screening, Friends seemed relatively inoffensive. But rewatching it shows just how conservative it really was....
3. Dawson’s Creek
The theme of white privilege continues with a show which is probably singlehandedly responsible for the fact that any of us have to know who Katie Holmes is right now. The eponymous Dawson had the kind of floppy blonde hair that I guess middle-aged male TV executives think girls like…
4. Beverly Hills 90210
This will be an unpopular inclusion… But it was still dominated by rich white folks battling rich white folk problems...
I sense a certain once-fashionable self-loathing. Or is it self-preening? They are almost indistinguishable now in certain circles.
(Thanks to reader James.)  

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Tim Mathieson spending more time alone in a caravan

Andrew Bolt May 25 2013 (10:53am)

The First Bloke is spending a bit of time on his own now:
Four months ago, Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s partner, Tim Mathieson, quietly bought a bush block on the bank of the Goulburn River near Jamieson, in north-east Victoria.
Mr Mathieson has since placed a caravan on the secluded and partly forested block, which backs on to the river as it enters Lake Eildon.
Between periods in residence at The Lodge in Canberra, Mr Mathieson - known as ‘’the First Bloke’’ - has been spending time alone and with his mates on the 1150-square-metre block…
According to a listing on a real estate website, the property at Jamieson ...  was sold on January 14 this year… It was listed in the bargain price range of $105,000-$125,000…
The ‘’First Bloke’’ ... has spent the past week touring with a friend in the United States, where he visited one of his daughters.

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Why Laurie Oakes is wrong, and Tony Abbott is right to spurn my “advice”

Andrew Bolt May 25 2013 (10:52am)

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Laurie Oakes makes two fundamental errors - but an unfortunately common ones among Australian journalists:

IT was quite a unity ticket. Mark Latham and Andrew Bolt getting stuck into Tony Abbott on the same day - and for the same reasons.
There was Bolt expressing disappointment at Abbott’s failure to embrace a radically conservative agenda and accusing the Liberal leader of “campaigning as Labor-lite”.
Over in The Financial Review, Latham was sneering at Abbott for not setting out “an alternative vision for smaller government"…
Clearly Bolt was attempting a bit of spine stiffening on behalf of hard-edged conservatives who feel Abbott is starting to let them down.
But elections are won in the middle, not out on the edge - right or left. Abbott knows it…
Bolt faults Abbott for promising no big changes to industrial relations policy, supporting a referendum to recognise Aborigines in the constitution, and refusing to even consider privatising the ABC. As a senior Liberal said yesterday: “Andrew Bolt is a terrific polemicist but not a great political adviser"…
As for constitutional recognition of the first Australians, Bolt will have to get used to the idea that Abbott feels strongly and has a passionate interest in the situation of our indigenous population…
So Abbott, if he is smart, will ignore the ideologues.
Mistake one is Oakes confusing my arguments and observations for advice. Similarly, his “senior Liberal” source is an idiot - and offensive - for assuming my role is that of a “political adviser”.
Let me explain the difference.  As a political adviser I would tell Abbott to indeed promise nearly no change in IR. But as a commentator I know, as do most Liberals, that change is necessary.
As a political adviser I would tell Abbott to announces as few cuts as he could possibly get away with. As a commentator I know Australia faces a potentially grave fall in national income, and the cuts Abbott has made so far are peanuts to the ones he may eventually be driven to.
Here is an even clearer example. Almost every Liberal knows Abbott’s parental leave plan is too generous, too expensive, too hard on bosses and too unfair to stay-at-home mothers. But many also know it has been invaluable politically in helping Abbott counter the “misogyny” allegation and showing himself as a “moderate”. As a political adviser I would back Abbott plan; as a commentator I must call it bad public policy. 
In my column I did not say Abbott would win or win better if he did what I thought necessary for our economy and our society. I said only what that “necessary” was.
But Oakes also makes a second, related, error.  He suggests that my views should be ignored as being “out on the edge”. In particular, I “will have to get used to the idea that Abbott feels strongly and has a passionate interest in the situation of our indigenous population”, and therefore accept his backing for race-based changes to the Constitution.
What Oakes is suggesting is that politicians should accept the mainstream views (as defined, in the main, by journalists such as, well, Oakes) and that “ideologues” (like me) should simply “get used” to whatever our assumed champions believe or espouse at a particular time. Leave the debate to the inner circle.
This is not how reform comes, or how reforming politicians interact with “ideologues” in the media. Nor, I believe, is that how politicians survive in the long term.
As I explained in introducing Abbott at the IPA anniversary dinner, Abbott must operate within the cultural space allowed him. My role is to help expand the cultural space so that what was once thought too hard, too risky, becomes the easy and sane. It is also to point to what needs doing, before most people are ready for the bother.
Let me illustrate what I mean with an example of a position I have long advocated - and which Oakes once similarly painted as out on the edge. Impossible. Political suicide.
In 2009, Oakes insisted the Liberals were finished if they defied Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull and voted against Kevin Rudd’s plans for an emissions trading scheme, as was urged by sceptic and powerbroker Nick Minchin:
Laurie Oakes argued on 21 November that ‘if Senator Minchin wins, the Liberal party loses’ and accused Minchin of doing ‘massive damage to the party’. His prediction that ‘Mr Abbott would be electoral poison if he came to the leadership as the creature of Senator Minchin’ has been somewhat undermined by a string of results from all major published opinion polls since Abbott was made leader. Oakes went even further in a later column, calling Minchin an alien ‘from another planet’ because of his climate change scepticism.
Oakes was sure, along with most the political-media class, that the hard-edged ideologues were wrong about global warming, and the survival of the Liberals depended on listening to mainstream moderates:
Laurie Oakes in November 2009 thought Kevin Rudd’s talk of carbon dioxide cuts could be a winner: 
Kevin Rudd and Company can hardly believe their luck… Unless (Opposition Leader Malcolm) Turnbull can bring the climate change dissidents to heel, the Liberals will face humiliation at the polls…
Laurie Oakes in July [2011] thought Gillard’s talk of a carbon dioxide tax could at last be a winner:
IT should be possible to sell Julia Gillard’s climate change package to voters. Despite Tony Abbott’s alarmist claims, it can be portrayed as a good news story… I can reveal that work done by Treasury in final preparations for Sunday’s big announcement shows that over a million more households will benefit from over-compensation via tax cuts and extra payments than was first thought.

Oakes was not alone:
Paul Kelly in 2008: 
Any prudent Australian government should move to put an emissions trading scheme in place. Both Rudd and (Opposition Leader Brendan) Nelson remain committed to this concept… Emissions trading looms as Nelson’s ultimate test: it is either the path to a stronger Coalition performance or the issue on which it blows out its political brains.
Paul Kelly in 2009:
By that I mean that I believe that the (Liberal) party room will endorse a series of amendments (to the Government’s emissions trading scheme) which will be the basis for negotiation with the Rudd Government. I mean frankly if they oppose that, that would be signing their own political death warrant… This raises the prospect that the legislation won’t pass and that the election next year will see climate change as a frontline issue. Now this will be a mortal political threat to the Opposition.
Every Canberra correspondent, like Oakes, publicly backed Rudd’s emissions trading scheme, just as they almost to a man backed Julia Gillard’s carbon tax - her most fatal mistake. Polls showed overwhelming public support that “something” be done about global warming.
Yet we “ideologues” out “on the edge” warned Rudd’s policy was ludicrous and would collapse under its own contradictions, particularly when the costs became apparent and gains proved a mirage. We said Gillard’s tax was a betrayal, a con and a drag on the economy which would ultimately be unsustainable.
Since then, of course, what was “out on the edge” has become mainstream. Rudd and Turnbull have lost their jobs, and Gillard soon will - in large part from listening to the likes of Oakes. Abbott is about to become Prime Minister after heeding the climate sceptic “ideologues”.
Oakes is now making a similar mistake over the constitutional recognition of Aborigines - and so, alas, is Abbott. What seems a mainstream and passionately held view today will seem foolish tomorrow, and all the fine intentions will lead only to division and disaster. I could not live with myself if I did not point this out and try to avert the danger.

I am quite aware that to an Oakes and his “very senior Liberal”, what I say seems “out on the edge”. But Abbott would be very mistaken to ignore what I say, even if he were politically smart - for now - to do the opposite, and appeal to the likes of Oakes as a “moderate”.
The difference is this: Abbott wants Abbott to win the election. I want my ideas to win, and not just at this election.
And guess what, Laurie: in the end there may not be as much contradiction between Abbott and me as you suggest. It may just be a question of time.
Time - the element conservatives understand so much better than the Left. 

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Combet splashed millions on a company he knew was dying

Andrew Bolt May 25 2013 (10:13am)

Labor wasted millions on what it knew was a hopeless cause:
Industry Minister Greg Combet knew Ford was likely to close its Australian operations in 2016 when he approved $34 million in grants to the United States auto giant in 2011.
(Thanks to readers Peter and Hmmm.) 

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A warning to Internet assassins

Andrew Bolt May 25 2013 (10:01am)

A couple of warnings to internet trolls:

A tweet published by Sally Bercow about Tory peer Lord McAlpine was libellous, [Britain’s] High Court has ruled.
The wife of Commons Speaker John Bercow tweeted two days after BBC Newsnight wrongly linked a “leading Conservative politician” to sex abuse claims.
Amid widespread speculation about his identity, she wrote: “Why is Lord McAlpine trending. *innocent face*.”
And:
ONE of Australia’s leading plastic surgeons, Chris Moss, ...  has brought a legal action in the Victorian Supreme Court against Craig Rodda, the managing director of a marketing agency, which he claims has driven business away from his practice…
The posts which began late last year on Australia’s largest on-line plastic surgery forum alleged that authentic positive reviews of Dr Moss’ work were fake and had been written by his own staff…
“I was shocked and appalled by the threads containing (false) suggestions that I was dishonest, unprofessional, overcharged clients and that my surgical work was not a high standard ...,” Dr Moss said in an affidavit.
Dr Moss alleges that an individual operating from an IP address at Mr Rodda’s home had created seven different pseudonyms to criticise his work on the forum and encourage others to follow suit.
Dr Moss alleges the posts were made on the instructions of competitors as there were recommendations to other plastic surgeons…
Mr Rodda told The Weekend Australian that the posts were made from his IP address but claimed he was not the author. He said that his defacto wife had admitted making the posts but had done so “innocently for the purposes of research”.
(Thanks to reader The Great Waisuli.) 

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Treasury believes Labor’s green bull

Andrew Bolt May 25 2013 (8:48am)

Treasury is peddling a green lie that pads out Labor’s budget:


Leading economist Henry Ergas has described the budget projections as “garbage” and opposition climate action spokesman Greg Hunt has warned the government is exposed to a $6 billion black hole.
The attack is based on an explanation in the budget papers from Treasury that “carbon prices in the budget projection years are not forecasts of carbon prices”.
Instead they represent a straight line drawn between market prices in 2014-15 (about $5.60) to the $38 projection [in 2019-20] contained in Treasury modelling for the government’s initial carbon scheme…
Treasury explained the $38 figure is not a forecast of the market price in 2019-20 but “the price levels required to meet long-term global environmental goals as well as the international commitment pledges for 2020”.
The government was forced to write down $5.3bn in revenue in the budget in 2015-16 ... after cutting the projected carbon price to $12.10 from the $29 projected a year earlier…
The carbon price is fixed until 2015 when it reverts to a floating price and the scheme is linked to the EU scheme.
The writedown was sparked by a collapse in the EU carbon scheme. The Treasury modelling assumes a $5.60 carbon price for 2014-15 rising by $6.50 to $12.10 in 2015-16. It is then forecast to rise by $6.50 every year until 2019-20.
There is almost zero likelihood of the world imposing a carbon price of $38 just six years from now. Europe’s price is closer to $4 today and its economy is unlikely to be strong enough for much more for many years to come. You are being deceived by green fantasists who believe their own bull.
Here’s just one sign that the political will for expensive green schemes is in fact collapsing. Green freeloaders are finally to be made to pay for their own warm fuzzies:
AUSTRALIA’S one million rooftop solar households could be forced to pay new fixed charges to help recover billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies and make electricity prices fairer for all consumers.
A series of electricity industry reports has highlighted the inequity in existing power pricing where customers without solar panels are unfairly subsidising those with them.
Queensland Energy Minister Mark McArdle has warned that existing rooftop solar contracts will cost the state more than $2.8 billion over the next 15 years and is preparing a major submission to cabinet within a month recommending more user-pays charges. 

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Chaudhry: “What he said … not many Muslims can disagree”

Andrew Bolt May 25 2013 (7:28am)

Every society has its cruel and its killers. The measure of that society’s health is how other react to them.
So take the reaction of a prominent British imam to the beheading of a soldier in a London street by two Muslims saying they’d done it in reprisal for what had been done in “our land”:
ANJUM Chaudhry has claimed most Muslims would agree with what the man believed to be the Woolwich attacker was filmed saying moments after the death of Lee Rigby.
Muslim panelists on Newsnight strongly rejected the claims from Anjum Chaudhry
On Newsnight tonight, Chaudhry said while the brutal attack on a serving soldier was shocking what the man covered in blood said about foreign policy explained what he did.
Chaudhry, who set up Islam4UK which was condemned in the Terrorism Act 2000, refused to say he abhorred and was horrified by the attack…
“What he said in the clip which is being televised, not many muslims can disagree with it.”
The video of Chaudhry is here, and is even more confronting - not least because he feels comfortable enough to say it non national television, and has stature enough to have that platform.
Yes, many other Muslim leaders condemn the murder. But…
MEANWHILE…

In Stockholm, immigrants from mainly Muslim lands continue to riot:

At least two schools, a police station, and 15 cars were set ablaze in Stockholm on Thursday night as riots in the suburbs of the Swedish capital continued for the fifth straight night.
UPDATE
Is mass migration worth the fear?:
Britain scrambled fighter jets Friday to intercept a commercial airliner carrying more than 300 people from Pakistan, diverting it to an isolated runway at an airport on the outskirts of London and arresting two British passengers who allegedly threatened to destroy the plane.
A British security official said the situation involving the Pakistan International Airlines flight did not appear terror-related, though police were still investigating…
A Pakistani official briefed by British police and PIA security on the investigation said the two suspects, speaking Urdu, allegedly threatened to “destroy the plane” after an argument with crew.
More:
“There was a family of eight to 10 people on the plane and they were quarrelling among each other,” the PIA source said.
“When PIA staff approached them and asked them to calm down, they told them to go away otherwise they would blow up the plane.”
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When immigration is actually colonisation:

There have been calls for an urgent debate in the Dutch parliament about the integration of Muslim immigrants amid claims that one area of The Hague, known locally as “the Sharia triangle”, is being run by a form of unofficial Sharia police.
The claims relate to the district of Schilderswijk, about two kilometres from the city centre, where an almost entirely Muslim population of some 5,000 people surrounds the El Islam mosque, fuelling criticism that the government has failed to ensure a proper ethnic mix in schools and local housing. One recent investigation, in which local people were extensively interviewed, concluded that Schilderswijk had become “orthodox Muslim territory” which was now largely ignored by the city authorities, by politicians and even by the police, on the grounds that it had become self-regulating.
The investigation found that orthodox Muslims had become so dominant that they were dictating what people in the neighbourhood wore and how they behaved…
In the case of women, dress was a particular issue. One woman told how her daughter had been approached and told her short skirt was inappropriate… Another man said he felt he was gradually being driven out of his home because he had a dog, and many traditional Muslims tended not to keep or favour dogs.
(Thanks to reader Baldrick.) 

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Newman finds medicine makes Queensland feel better

Andrew Bolt May 25 2013 (6:32am)

Doing the tough stuff fast sets up Premier Campbell Newman and his Queensland LNP well for the next election:
According to Galaxy, primary support for the LNP increased to 44 per cent, compared with 43 per cent in February. Labor’s support base fell by two per cent to 32 per cent over the same period.
On a two-party preferred basis, the LNP leads Labor 57 per cent to 43 per cent, well short of the 2012 election result but the first improvement since the Government’s controversial cuts to programs and the public service.
(Thanks to reader doc molloy.) 

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Big Government hunts down Mrs Catherine Engelbrecht

Andrew Bolt May 25 2013 (12:51am)

Peggy Noonan on perhaps the worst case yet uncovered in the IRS scandal of Big Government punishing conservatives:

The most important IRS story came not from the hearings but from Mike Huckabee’s program on Fox News Channel. He interviewed and told the story of Catherine Engelbrecht—a nice woman, a citizen, an American. She and her husband live in Richmond, Texas. They have a small manufacturing business. In the past few years she became interested in public policy and founded two groups, King Street Patriots, and True the Vote.
In July 2010 she sent applications to the IRS for tax-exempt status. What followed was not the harassment, intrusiveness and delay we’re now used to hearing of. The US government came down on her with full force.
In December 2010 the FBI came to ask about a person who’d attended a King Street Patriots function. In January 2011 the FBI had more questions. The same month the IRS audited her business tax returns. In May 2011 the FBI called again for a general inquiry about King Street Patriots. In June 2011 Engelbrecht’s personal tax returns were audited and the FBI called again. In October 2011 a round of questions on True the Vote. In November 2011 another call from the FBI. The next month, more questions from the FBI. In February 2012 a third round of IRS questions on True the Vote. In February 2012 a first round of questions on King Street Patriots. The same month the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms did an unscheduled audit of her business. (It had a license to make firearms but didn’t make them.) In July 2012 the Occupational Safety and Health Administration did an unscheduled audit. In November 2012 more IRS questions on True the Vote. In March 2013, more questions. In April 2013 a second ATF audit.
All this because she requested tax-exempt status for a local conservative group and for one that registers voters and tries to get dead people off the rolls. Her attorney, Cleta Mitchell, who provided the timeline above, told me: ‘These people, they are just regular Americans. They try to get dead people off the voter rolls, you would think that they are serial killers.’
(Via Catallaxy Files.) 

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Because the world is broken, you cannot keep your children from suffering. But you can go through it with them.

Pastor Rick Warren

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"When+Then" thinking is a lie: "WHEN I get what I want,THEN I'll be happy." So why didn't your last goal keep you happy? You are as happy as you choose to be right now.

Pastor Rick Warren'

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The body of King Richard III was buried in great haste, a new study finds, possibly because the medieval monarch's corpse had been out for three days in the summer sun. http://bit.ly/124aanR
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It is not only that we are all capable of becoming loving and spiritual people, charitable and kind, filled with serenity and joy. We already are. Remember your true nature.

Dr. Brian Weiss

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Video: Maureen O’Hara and Stefanie Powers talk about McLintock (John Wayne)

http://independentfilmnewsandmedia.com/maureen-ohara-and-stefanie-powers-talk-about-mclintock-video/

McLintock! is a 1963 comedy Western produced by and starring John Wayne, with co-stars including Maureen O’Hara, Yvonne De Carlo, and Wayne’s son Patrick Wayne. The Batjac production is loosely based on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew.
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Enchanted River is found in Barangay Talisay, Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur. It is called "enchanted" because no one has ever reached its bottom.
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John Wayne: The Legend & The Man (Ethan Wayne Interview Video)

http://independentfilmnewsandmedia.com/john-wayne-the-legend-the-man-ethan-wayne-interview-video/

Ethan Wayne, the youngest son of legendary actor and icon John Wayne came in to share stories and photos of his father’s life through a new coffee table book out today, “John Wayne, The Legend and the Man“.
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Smile - it's the weekend. Shabbat Shalom from the IDF! 
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Normal programming to resume after this intermission - ed
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Chichen Itza, Mexico
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"it is all right to tell a man to lift himself by his own bootstraps, but it is a cruel jest to say to a bootless man that he ought to lift himself by his own bootstraps."

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Near Newcastle Oklahoma. Hail heavy Shelf cloud system moving slowly across the landscape.
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