Wednesday, June 12, 2013

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Happy birthday and many happy returns Aprille Love. On your day in 1776, The Fifth Virginia Convention adopted a declaration of rights, a hugely influential document that proclaimed the inherent rights of men. In 1954, Pope Pius XII canonised Dominic Savio, who was 14 years old when he died, to make him the youngest non-martyr saint in the Roman Catholic Church. And in 1963, African American civil rights activist Medgar Evers was murdered by Ku Klux Klan member Byron De La Beckwith. All of which suggests to me that you, though young, are mighty. And stand for the oppressed. Thank you.
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Gillard dives to the bottom of the sewer

Piers Akerman – Wednesday, June 12, 2013 (1:39am)

JULIA Gillard dived into the sewer yesterday to play the gender card.
If there was ever any doubt as to this person’s lack of any decency, it must now be dispelled.
In a ridiculous speech reminiscent of her hysterical “misogynist” attack on Coalition leader Tony Abbott, she made the stupendously outrageous claim that the Coalition’s “men in blue ties” would somehow marginalise women politicians and treat abortion as a political plaything.
She was launching something called Labor’s Women for Labor – the usual roundup of narrow-minded feminists – as MPs from her own party tried to organise her replacement.
Gillard is just a token, she is the appointee of faceless union bosses and turncoat Independents Rob Oakeshott and Tony Windsor.
She has a questionable record as a lawyer, dubious personal associations, a history of supporting promotion on a gender basis not on merit – and now she has the audacity to claim that Labor, the party of the Quota Queens, is the voice for Australian women.
Only the men-hating, dysfunctional type, it would seem.
The history of Quota Queens in Australian politics is telling.
Carmen Lawrence, Joan Kirner, Kristina Keneally and Anna Bligh.
Not an admirable individual among them, nor a successful political figure.
Naturally, Gillard did not mention the fact that the first women in Australian politics were conservatives and they earned their place, just as the men in their parties did.
They weren’t appointed on the basis that they were women – they were chosen because they had talent.
The Labor ranks seem to attract the talentless who know how to work the Labor quota system.
Having introduced the gender card, Gillard went a step further and broke with convention to make abortion a political issue.
It should never be.
Abbott’s position is the same as that of former US President Bill Clinton - that abortion should be rare.
Gillard does not apparently support this view.
In her world, abortion should not be an issue – but it is for the women who undergo the procedure and their men, should they choose to involve them in the decision.
The heartache and agony are apparently nothing to the women of the ALP in their brave new Quota world.
By her remarks, Gillard has done all Australian women a grave disservice but most of all she has damaged those women who have worked hard to ensure that inequality is a thing of the past.
She has plunged her hands deep into the mire of sectarianism, fear and division.
As deputy Liberal leader Julie Bishop said: “We are a better nation than this.”
And Gillard is a worse person than we ever dreamed of.

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PM spouts a load of femi-nonsense even she couldn’t possibly believe

Miranda Devine – Wednesday, June 12, 2013 (8:06am)

JUST when you think Julia Gillard and the Labor Party couldn’t stoop any lower, along comes Women For Gillard, the sexist campaign launched by the Prime Minister yesterday.
We know she’s desperate to hang on to power in the face of deterioriating polls and Kevin Rudd’s “revenge jihad” but that old gender card stinks.
It’s an insult to every woman in the country who has forged a career on merit - not as some quota queen patronised and secretly reviled by male rivals.
Gillard is living proof of what happens when quotas are enforced. Incompetence is rewarded. Untrustworthiness is rewarded. Fakery is rewarded.
You’d think she might have realised her misogyny trick hadn’t worked too well. But there she was at yesterday’s launch, trying it on again.
Women would be “banished from the centre of Australia’s political life” under a government led by Tony Abbott and abortion would become a “political plaything”.
The only politician making abortion a “plaything” is Gillard. She’s made a plaything of our national interest as well.
No one in the adoring crowd of feminist hacks seemed to mind that Gillard doesn’t practice what she preaches. Labor women are demanding a woman be installed in Martin Ferguson’s vacated safe seat of Batman to satisfy the party’s quota system. But, instead of supporting aspiring MP Mary-Anne Thomas, the Prime Minister has thrown herself behind factional warlord Senator David Feeney, one of the “faceless men” who installed her into Rudd’s job.
Gillard’s rallying cry to feminists had nothing to do with women’s rights. It was about shoring up her position, telling the Labor blokes to back off. It’s her shield against being knocked off. You know, the way she knocked off Rudd.
The scolds and screeching harridans of Emily’s List have emasculated Labor’s men. This is the real cause of the paralysis in the Labor party. No man is willing to confront Gillard for fear of being branded a misogynist.
A trade unionist from the good old days of Labor once told me Emily’s List was a cancer in the ALP, and now it’s terminal. They might as well hand the whole party over to Women for Gillard.
PS: A man couldn’t have written this column.

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Rudd’s credibility is lost at sea

Miranda Devine – Tuesday, June 11, 2013 (7:56pm)

AS Kevin Rudd prepares to blitz western Sydney this week, he might like to explain why he engineered Labor’s greatest shame, for which he and Gillard bear equal responsibility - restarting the boats.
We see the consequences of Rudd’s moral vanity today as more than 100 asylum seekers a day forge across the seas on a journey that has drowned at least 1000.
So many boats are arriving now that our Navy can barely keep up, forced to flit from crisis to crisis in the Indian Ocean as people smugglers ramp up their trade in anticipation of a clampdown in September if the Coalition wins the election.
Yet Rudd thinks the most important thing for the nation is to reinstall him in the Lodge.
On Friday we saw the juxtaposition of his childish revenge antics against the deadly consequences of his egomania. While he was touring a Geelong shopping mall surrounded by a hand-picked cheer squad, and phoning journalists to divulge his wicked plans, news filtered through that another asylum seeker boat had capsized with 60 souls on board.
Maritime safety authorities had found a debris field to the northwest of Christmas Island where a boat had been spotted two days earlier. Within hours came confirmation from HMAS Warramunga of a body floating in the water.
On Saturday, Rudd no doubt basked in the positive coverage of his day on the hustings and the fresh leadership crisis he had sparked.
Out on the Indian Ocean the Navy was cleaning up the mess he started.
HMAS Warramunga couldn’t even complete the grim task of recovering bodies before it was called away to rescue 70 asylum seekers from another “disabled vessel”.
While HMAS Warramunga was busy, HMAS Glenelg had to be called in to rescue 58 asylum seekers on yet another boat. They were all deposited safely on Christmas Island by Monday, according to an AMSA spokesperson.
Meanwhile, on Sunday, came another distress call, from a 24-metre “Sri Lankan-type” fishing vessel spotted northwest of Cocos Island.
On Tuesday afternoon, AMSA confirmed a search was under way involving two planes. Let us hope that they do not find more people who have been lured to their deaths by the siren call of Labor’s border protection failures.
A maritime rescue source believes more asylum seeker boats than we know have sunk without a trace. Last week navigational safety warnings were radioed to ships to avoid two upturned wooden hulls partly submerged off Christmas Island.
They were first thought to be the remnants of asylum seeker boats that had capsized unnoticed, but AMSA says they are “vessels that arrived safely at Christmas Island and have been destroyed for quarantine purposes by Border Protection Command”.
Clearly they were not destroyed enough if they pose a risk to shipping. But it must be hard to keep up.
Since Rudd became prime minister and sent the green light to people smugglers, the number of asylum seekers has soared almost exponentially, to 40,000, and the industry has become far more sophisticated and organised.
They now have the routine down pat. The boat operator will use a satellite phone to call the Australian Maritime Safety Authority direct, give the boat’s precise GPS co-ordinates, say it’s in distress and request a rescue crew to pick them up.
Some of the boats barely make it out of port before they’re on the phone. Earlier last week Australian authorities were alerted to a fishing vessel with 40 people on board just outside Cilicap port in central Java, says the maritime rescue source.
So many boats are now arriving that “it’s almost to the point where it becomes a joke,” he says. Radio operators greet the arrival of another boatload of asylum seekers with: “Here come the latest citizens”.
This is the mayhem that Rudd deliberately, recklessly, arrogantly and foolishly created in 2007 when he unwound the successful Howard-Ruddock border protection policies for no other reason than to make himself look good.
Even Mark Latham now says Howard was right on boats. When children are dying on the high seas “there comes a time to call the truth” he told ABC’s Q&A on Monday night.
But there is no such truth-telling from the hypocritical assorted compassionistas, human rights lawyers and lip-sewing luvvies who used to rail against Howard’s “cruel” border protection policies. Their silence over the past six years has been deafening. Occasionally they stir themselves to mutter some half-hearted criticism of Labor but they always find a way to lay blame on the Opposition.
And you just know they will find their passion again if Tony Abbott becomes prime minister. Yesterday’s Sydney Morning Herald letters page was an exemplar of their perverted logic.
“The Abbott-led Coalition stands condemned over the recent deaths at sea of refugees seeking asylum,” wrote John Barry of Croydon, Victoria.
“When will the federal opposition take some responsibility …” wrote Rosemary Kinne of Homebush.
“Would Tony Abbot kindly explain...” wrote Martin Foster of North Sydney.
Rudd is counting on such delusional thinking to bring him back to power. But he has no answers. He is the root of Labor’s problems.
There is no better demonstration of his bizarre disconnection from reality than that shopping centre walkabout in Geelong on Friday, set against the backdrop of the bodies of men women and children floating in the ocean.

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MAL FUNCTION

Tim Blair – Wednesday, June 12, 2013 (2:09pm)

Andrew Bolt on the menu madness at a Mal Brough fundraiser: 
I’ve long thought former Liberal Minister Mal Brough overrated. I came to realise he’s sloppy. Now I suspect he’s a sexist and complete clown, whose political career is going nowhere. 
And Chris Kenny
In the ridiculous frenzy of stunts, attacks, undermining, spin and denial that passes for our national political debate, Julia Gillard might just have caught a break. Less than 24 hours after her shrill and low-grade attempt to resurrect the misogyny debate, it has been revealed that Liberals have been guilty of a tasteless and offensively misogynist attack against her.
It was an attempt at juvenile and politically-charged humour via the menu of a Liberal National Party fundraiser. There is no excuse for it, grown men and women should be above such personal, sexist nonsense – especially when it was not even remotely funny. 
Quite so.
UPDATE. Julia Gillard blames Tony Abbott
Ms Gillard demanded Mr Brough be disendorsed in the Queensland seat of Fisher and said she was not surprised by the “grossly sexist” menu because “this is Tony Abbott’s Liberals”.
“I think the real risk for Australia is if Mr Abbott is ever prime minister it would not be a question of what is on fundraising menus – we would see this lack of respect for women littered throughout all of his government policy documents,” Ms Gillard said in Perth. 
Can’t see it happening, myself.

She has been called incompetent. Her policies are murderous. She has been challenged to improve. And her thoughtful reply is to question a menu item in a party dinner? - ed
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NOTHING BUT BLUE TIES DOES SHE SEE

Tim Blair – Wednesday, June 12, 2013 (5:32am)

The Prime Minister’s bewildering blue tie speech



That footage came from the PM’s office, because media was banned at yesterday’s Girls for Gillard launch(including feminist friend Kyle, presumably). Few are impressed by Julia’s secret women’s business love-in
Feminist commentator Eva Cox said she was “wary” of Ms Gillard’s latest bid to win female votes. “I think it’s a fairly shallow attempt,” she said. “I am much more interested in the policies she’s putting out there, not the rhetoric and there’s nothing new or exciting here for women.”
Ms Cox took issue with Ms Gillard’s use of the abortion debate, saying it was “not really a federal issue”, and she was just attempting to turn the focus on to Mr Abbott …
Last night, Mr Abbott’s sister, Christine Forster, took to Twitter to mock the Prime Minister’s remark. “Hmm, I’m thinking of dragging my old BLUE school tie out,” she tweeted. 
One Fairfax ladypager breaks ranks: 

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Others are equally puzzled by Gillard’s focus on abortion
One female Labor MP told Fairfax, ‘’this seems very strange, why would she say this, no one’s even talking about it’’. 
They’re talking now, but none of it is positive
Social commentator Jane Caro said it smacked of desperation and could blow up in the Prime Minister’s face. It raised eyebrows within Labor, with some MPs believing the Prime Minister had “jumped the shark”.
Coalition women described the comments as desperate and offensive. Even one Labor MP, Stephen Jones, said he was surprised by Ms Gillard’s pitch.
He stressed he supported a woman’s right to choose but “I am not convinced of the wisdom of kicking this into a political debate’’. 
Gillard has lost a fight in which she is the only combatant.

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MAXIMUM BEAR

Tim Blair – Wednesday, June 12, 2013 (3:58am)

We’ve hit peak poley, people: 
Exciting news about polar bears in eastern Canada: the peer-reviewed paper on the Davis Strait subpopulation study has finally been published (Peacock et al. 2013). It concludes that despite sea ice having declined since the 1970s, polar bear numbers in Davis Strait have not only increased to a greater density (bears per 1,000 km2) than other seasonal-ice subpopulations (like Western Hudson Bay), but it may now have reached its ‘carrying capacity.’ 
Yet this information hasn’t generated much coverage, for one reason or another: 
There was a bit of shouting back in 2007 when the study ended and the preliminary population count was released – polar bear biologist Mitch Taylor is quoted in the Telegraph as saying: “There aren’t just a few more bears. There are a hell of a lot more bears.” 
(Via GWPF)

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CATCH AND RELEASE

Tim Blair – Wednesday, June 12, 2013 (3:49am)

Given his appalling record of vicious sexual assaults, we can only wonder – as does Susie O’Brien – why Adrian Bailey was free to kill Jill Meagher.

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WRITHING AND SQUEALING

Tim Blair – Wednesday, June 12, 2013 (3:41am)

Professor Bunyip turns his mind to issues of the round ball.

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KNOT FOR TURNING

Tim Blair – Tuesday, June 11, 2013 (8:19pm)

The Prime Minister sticks it to blue-tie wearers
Julia Gillard has played the gender card as she fights for electoral survival, warning the Coalition’s “men in blue ties” would marginalise female politicians …
“I invite you to imagine it, a prime minister, a man with a blue tie, who goes on holiday to be replaced by a man in a blue tie, a treasurer who delivers a budget wearing a blue tie,” said Ms Gillard. 
The PM has a point. It is indeed frightening to imagine a treasurer in a blue tie delivering the budget. Such as, for example, Wayne Swan this year

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Labor seems to be infested with blue-tie guys. Here’s Craig Emerson: 

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And Bill Shorten: 

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Perhaps Gillard should worry less about men in blue ties and instead keep a look out for men in white coats. The lady is unravelling.
UPDATE. More grief for the PM, who can’t even schedule a chat with a canned comedian
A political fundraiser with Prime Minister Julia Gillard and author and entertainer Ben Elton in Perth is in limbo after an independent public school refused to host the event.
The event is being advertised as a question-and-answer session between Ms Gillard and Elton, with tickets costing up to $250 …
The state’s Education Minister Peter Collier says the John Curtin School of the Arts in Fremantle pulled out of hosting the event today when it realised it was a political fundraiser. 
Or maybe they realised that Ben wears blue ties.
UPDATE II. Audio and full transcript of Gillard’s blue tie speech, which was introduced by dainty Fairfax ladypagerClementine “Movin’” Ford. The PM is really surrounding herself with winners these days.
UPDATE III. Further from Ford, who might have been the only journalist let in to the launch: 
Come September 15, our national broadcaster will need all the money it can get if it wants to save itself from being privatised and turned into yet another mouthpiece for the Coalition. 
These people are terrified by things that aren’t happening.

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Did Gillard wait months to be outraged?

Andrew Bolt June 12 2013 (6:29pm)

An anonymous tweeter says he found the sexist menu for Mal Brough’s dinner on the Facebook site of the chef.
He also says he first alerted Gillard’s office to it soon after the dinner in March - yet Gillard’s outrage burst out only today, the day after her absurd speech on sexism:
The Brisbane-based fundraiser for Mr Brough took place at the Richards and Richards restaurant on March 28…
The photo was originally posted by Twitter user @Chef09876, who gave his name only as “Dave” when contacted by The Australian Financial Review. He said he had seen the image on the Facebook page of another employee from the restaurant and decided to share it on the social network.
“I just copied it. I tried to tweet it after the function, to send it to Julia Gillard, the Labor party, [Sky news presenter] Peter Van Onselen and Kevin Rudd, my local member, but I didn’t get a reply from any of them. I don’t know if they were too busy to notice them at the time,’’ he said.
“Dave” has subsequently clarified on Twitter that he did not attempt to contact Mr Rudd.
There is no proof Gillard’s office saw the “Dave’s” tweet at the time. No evidence they didn’t, either:

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Gillard denies her staff sat on the menu for just this occasion.
Hmm. If false, that still doesn’t excuse the sexism, but does increase the cynicism.
But from this Labor member’s Twitter account, it seems “Dave’s” tweet last night about the menu was finally the one that got the attention.
By the way, was there much coverage today of Kevin Rudd’s saviour tour of western Sydney? Seems to have been drowned out.
Another coincidence. 

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Will Labor also condemn this vile attack on Tony Abbott?

Andrew Bolt June 12 2013 (5:33pm)

Labor claims to be appalled by a sexist menu drawn up for a Liberal fundraiser for 20 people by a non-party member.
Can it muster the same outrage for vicious slurs and anti-Catholic smears by not some unknown volunteer but a Labor speechwriter and intimate of Foreign Minister Bob Carr?

Bob Ellis has been a speechwriter for Kim Beazley, Bob Carr, Mike Rann, Bob Debus and Nathan Rees.
Here are some of Bob Ellis’s latest writings - lies, smears and savagery:
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Of course, Ellis’s claims against Abbott are entirely false, but the crude anti-Catholicism fits in with Labor’s wider campaign against the church.
As Gillard said yesterday of the menu and Abbott: “Join the dots.”
Will the media treat this with the same sanctimony as it did the menu? If not, why not?
Different rules for Labor? Or is vilifying Catholics the acceptable hate crime of the Left?
A question for Senator Carr: will he guarantee never again to use taxpayers’ money to pay for Ellis’s services? 

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Gillard dreams of burning journalists

Andrew Bolt June 12 2013 (3:57pm)

Revenge fantasies:
Ms Gillard also had a crack at the media when asked what she would like to borrow from her favourite television program, Game of Thrones, a blood-thirsty fantasy about a race to be supreme ruler.
“I wouldn’t mind having a few dragons,” she said.
There’d be better questions from journalists at press conferences if the alternative was being burnt to death. I think that would work well.”
Might be better answers from politicians, too.
UPDATE
Reader TruthBeTold:

Julia likes to think of herself as Khaleesi, Mother of Dragons, but she is more akin to Calici, Virus of Rabbits.

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September 14: Blue Tie Day

Andrew Bolt June 12 2013 (12:29pm)

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Reader Keith fights back:

That’s it, I’m wearing a blue tie on Clean Up Australia Day. Just so that I can make a statement. [Julia Gillard’s] sexist statement is absolute rot and the divide tactics will not work.
Let’s not be divided by gender on that day:
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Women readers are invited to send in pictures of their support for Blue Tie Day.
UPDATE
Everyone is laughing:
Reader Carlo:


Garrett just interviewed on ABC News 24. Wearing a BLUE TIE!
Reader min:
Latika Bourke on ABC wearing a blue tie whilst making her political comments. What can one say when the lefties are taking the mickey out of her.
Reader doc molloy:
Blue tie shining at me nothing but blue ties do I see Never saw the sun shinin’ so bright Never saw things goin’ so right Noticing the days hurrying by When you were blue, my how they fly ...
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Kevin Rudd calls her out. He knows Julia Gillard’s “blue ties” speech was as much about stopping him as stopping Tony Abbott:

KEVIN Rudd has denied his decision to wear a blue tie on the campaign trail in Sydney was a declaration of war on Julia Gillard, but a matter of fashion sense
Mr Rudd said he relied on his wife Therese and daughter Jessica to choose his ties and “this was the one packed for this particular occasion”.

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Mal Brough, complete turkey or sexist pig?

Andrew Bolt June 12 2013 (11:36am)

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I’ve long thought former Liberal Minister Mal Brough overrated. I came to realise he’s sloppy. Now I suspect he’s a sexist and complete clown, whose political career is going nowhere:
High-profile Liberal National Party candidate Mal Brough has apologised for a “deeply regrettable, offensive and sexist” menu at one of his fundraisers, which mocked Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s body.
The menu featured a dish called “Julia Gillard Kentucky Fried Quail – Small Breasts and Huge Thighs....”, along with another crude jibe.
Mr Brough says the menu was drawn up by a non-party member who thought it would be “humorous” and “didn’t mean any harm by it,” but is now “deeply apologetic.”
Shadow treasurer Joe Hockey was the guest of honour at the March event, but has tweeted that he can’t recall ever seeing the menu…
Mr Brough also insisted he could not recall seeing the menu at the event for 20 people, held on March 28.
I have trouble believing that last claim. If it turns out to be false, Brough should quit as candidate.
In fact…
UPDATE
Reader Kevin G:

Yes it is unacceptable. But WHY does it appear TODAY - when the event was held back in March? Seems like someone’s got a bottom draw of clippings ready to pull out some “dirt” when Julia Gillard gets into trouble and starts getting negative comments in the media. How convenient for this ( stupid little menu ) to emerge just as nearly everybody is denouncing Gillard’s attack on “men in blue ties”. 
UPDATE
Labor is right to decry sexism, which is why it’s surprising that none of the Labor heavyweights at Bob Hawke’s 80th birthday party said a word in protest about this:

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And why did Wayne Swan not walk out of this sexist joke:

TREASURER Wayne Swan was still present when a joke was made about Opposition Leader Tony Abbott’s female Chief of Staff Peta Credlin and made a speech after the comedian’s performance.
A distasteful and offensive joke about Ms Credlin was made at a Labor union dinner last night attended by Julia Gillard and senior Cabinet Ministers.
I approve of Labor’s stand against sexism and abuse. I’m just surprised it’s so selective.
UPDATE
Not many people implicated:
The Brisbane-based fundraiser for Mr Brough took place at the Richards and Richards restaurant on March 28 this year and was also attended by shadow treasurer Joe Hockey. It was attended by about 30 people and is said to have cost between $1000 and $2000 per head.
I’d like to know more about this:

The photo was originally posted by Twitter user @Chef09876, who gave his name only as “Dave” when contacted by The Australian Financial Review. He said he had seen the image on the Facebook page of another employee from the restaurant and decided to share it on the social network.
“I just copied it. I tried to tweet it after the function, to send it to Julia Gillard, the Labor party, [Sky news presenter] Peter Van Onselen and Kevin Rudd, my local member, but I didn’t get a reply from any of them. I don’t know if they were too busy to notice them at the time,’’ he said.
“Dave” has subsequently clarified on Twitter that he did not attempt to contact Mr Rudd.

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Closing the state media to save money

Andrew Bolt June 12 2013 (11:12am)

An idea Tony Abbott may have to consider if the coming crunch is as bad as some fear:

Greek state TV and radio have gradually been pulled off the air, hours after the government said it would temporarily close all state-run broadcasts and lay off about 2,500 workers as part of a cost-cutting drive demanded by the bailed-out country’s international creditors.
That would save more than a $1 billion a year here.
(Thanks to reader Dan.) 

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Labor’s Andrew Leigh proposes ban on political predictions

Andrew Bolt June 12 2013 (11:01am)

Is this the most boneheaded Labor proposal yet to censor debate? Labor frontbencher Andrew Leigh, a former Professor of Economics seen as part of Labor’s future, has all the Left’s dangerous instincts to censor. Here he is on The Drum, complaining about political pundits (from 37:45):
We’d either like to see a ban on forecasting or if you are going to engage in punditry then engage in punditry where we can gauge your track record.
Here’s my proposal: This idiotic idea will go nowhere, even though not a single journalist on the panel raise an eyebrow in astonishment.
(Thanks to reader Wally.) 

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Bush now more popular than Obama

Andrew Bolt June 12 2013 (9:53am)

Time makes George W Bush look better than the media painted him - especially when we now have Barack Obama to illustrate the danger of replacing an adult with a community organiser:

In a Gallup tracking poll released Tuesday, former-President George W. Bush currently stands with a favorability rating of 49%, compared to 46% who see the 43rd president unfavorably. Meanwhile, another Gallup poll shows President Obama with only a 47% approval rating, with 44% disapproving. 

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Labor shocked that schools are for teaching

Andrew Bolt June 12 2013 (9:21am)

Labor is shocked - shocked - that it suddenly can’t use school children as political props, and use school buildings for political fundraisers:

JULIA Gillard was locked out of a televised show she was to appear on with British comedian Ben Elton in a Perth school last night after West Australian Premier Colin Barnett ordered the Education Department to cancel it…
The Labor Party is considering legal action against the West Australia government.
The incident came on the same day School Education Minister Peter Garrett received similar treatment in Queensland, where he was to spruik Gonski reforms before the state banned him.
Much to Garrett’s surprise, the government prevented him from visiting local schools - telling him it was fed up with their “schoolchildren being used as props” in a political campaign.
I suspect Labor has become too accustomed to using public schools for propagandising:

The Prime Minister’s office has accused the West Australian Government of ”outrageous political censorship” after a Labor fundraiser featuring British comedian Ben Elton had to be relocated with only a day to spare.
No, it’s not political censorship. Labor is quite entitled to preach politics. But public schools were built for the education of children at public expense, and not to be Labor pulpits for a tin-rattle.
Melissa Parkes goes into hyperbowl:

The event, which will now be held at Fremantle Victoria Hall, is a fundraiser for local Labor MP Melissa Parke.
“This is an extraordinary political intervention that displays a pettiness at the heart of the Barnett Government,” she said.
The Barnett Government may think it runs a police state here in WA, but we’re not going to let them suppress a perfectly legitimate Fremantle political event.”
Peter Garrett almost matches that hyperbowl, outraged that he cannot simply stroll into classrooms to indoctrinate children about his Gonski plans:

Mr Garrett said the Brisbane ban was an “unprecedented act”.
“It’s very, very worrying,” he told ABC TV. “This isn’t about politicising schools, it’s about having the free exercise of expression in a democracy."…
Mr Garrett said it was his job to explain the funding reforms to principals, teachers, students and parents.
I thought the job of those schools was to teach the curriculum, rather than gather students and teachers for a political harangue.
Nice response from the spokesman of Queensland education minister, John-Paul Langbroek:

“We will not allow Queensland schools to be the venue for the Gonski media roadshow,” his office said.
“If the federal minister wants to come to Queensland and discuss Gonski, he is welcome to make time to meet Minister Langbroek.”
Labor has so lost its perspective that it’s elevated this issue to a key talking point of the day, with Garrett appearing - with a blue tie - on ABC 24 to complain. 

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Not a slim budget for a dusty museum

Andrew Bolt June 12 2013 (9:09am)

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Loved Slim Dusty. Support a museum. But how on earth can building an empty museum in a country town cost more than $7 million?

A SLIM Dusty museum in northern NSW risks becoming the cultural equivalent of the pub with no beer if it cannot find the funds to build a display of country music memorabilia.
The $7.4 million Slim Dusty Centre in Kempsey was built in 2011 but its exhibition spaces will remain empty until an additional $3m is found to install a permanent display about his life and build a road to the centre, according to Dusty’s widow.

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Labor is sick, and Kevin Rudd must demand a cure

Andrew Bolt June 12 2013 (7:47am)

Paul Kelly on the conditions Kevin Rudd must demand for his return:
First, he needs to say he will return to lead Labor in office or in opposition for a period of years. No quick fix, boys and girls. If you want me, then it’s long-haul. Anything else is absurd.
Second, he needs to talk honestly to the Australian public. “I know that over five years we have made a lot of mistakes. My message is that we will review ourselves, reshape our government and change the policies that don’t work,” is the language required.
Sounds like an act of political suicide? Only if you think the public are dumb enough to lose their minds at breakfast, forget Labor’s arrogance and incompetence and declare they will now vote Labor because that nice Mr Rudd is back!
Third, Rudd needs to declare in Whitlamesque fashion that he intends to reform the Labor Party, its culture and structure, that he wants more democracy in election of the leader and he will reduce trade union influence from 50 per cent at conferences to 20 per cent or less, thereby embarking upon the most important reform since Labor’s formation in the 1890s.
What has Rudd got to lose? Nothing. What he has got to gain? Respect for his courage and judgment. The party will be horrified but the public will applaud. The truth is the public is not as stupid as Labor assumes.

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Gillard: says she’s “going nowhere”

Andrew Bolt June 12 2013 (8:43am)

She said it:
JULIA Gillard is digging in against another round of leadership speculation, telling supporters she is “going nowhere”...
Feel free to repeat it:

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Let her supporters in her new gender war take up that cry:

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Is this the most stupid, divisive and dishonest speech in Australian politics?

Andrew Bolt June 12 2013 (7:45am)

Transcript of Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s speech to the ‘Women for Gillard’ launch in Sydney, from which journalists were banned.

We’re here today because Australian women need a voice, an authentic voice, a voice that can be trusted, and friends, that voice is Labor…
Our party – the Labor Party – is the party of the many, not the few. That means we’re the party of women. Labor is the party of equal opportunity.
That means we are the party of women. Labor is the party that leaves no one behind. That means we are the party of women.
You know that and I know that, and we want to make sure that that is heard loud and clear. Look at our history. It was Labor that introduced maternity allowances, the first great wave of social reform after federation.
It was Labor that gave women the chance to serve and shine in the farms and factories of wartime in the 1940s.
It was Gough Whitlam’s Labor that delivered the first pay equality case and started federal funding for childcare.
And it was only ever Labor that was going to give this nation its first female prime minister.
It was only ever Labor that was going to put paid parental leave on the agenda and get it done…
It was only ever Labor that was going to out a National Disability Insurance Scheme on the agenda, so women with disability and women who bear the burden of caring can get the supports that they need.
It was only ever Labor that was going to invest in the future by rolling out the National Broadband Network, and it’s only Labor that is going to invest in the education of every child in every school.
That’s Labor’s agenda, and it’s only Labor that would deliver an agenda like that for Australia’s women.
Ben Chifley famously spoke of the things worth fighting for. I’m here today to tell you about the women worth fighting for.
Australian women, who benefit from Labor’s purpose, from Labor’s passion; I’m here to tell you today, to urge you, to get out and fight. We’ve got a hard fight ahead but it’s a hard fight to wage and we must win on 14 September.
On that day, 14 September, we are going to make a big decision as a nation. It’s a decision about whether, once again, we will banish women’s voices from our political life.
I invite you to imagine it. A prime minister – a man in a blue tie – who goes on holidays to be replaced by a man in a blue tie.
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A treasurer, who delivers a budget wearing a blue tie, to be supported by a finance minister – another man in a blue tie. Women once again banished from the centre of Australia’s political life.
We don’t want to see an Australia where a paid parental leave scheme divides women, that divides upper-income women from lower-income women; that divides upper-income women from their sisters who earn less but pay through potentially loss of jobs and certainly increased prices for a paid parental leave scheme that gives those that earn the most the most benefits.
We don’t want to see childcare slashed; we don’t want to see healthcare slashed; look at what has happened in Queensland: cuts to healthcare, cuts to Breast Screen. We don’t want that to be our future in Australia.
We don’t want to see superannuation slashed, particularly for working women. We don’t to see women lose rights at work, because when fairness and dignity at work goes it’s women who bear the brunt. We know that, we’ve seen it before.
We don’t want to see the National Disability Insurance Scheme put in the custody of a political party that didn’t create it, didn’t believe in it with the power that we did and simply said ‘me too’.
We don’t want to stand in front of school gates knowing that the children in that school, including the girls in that school, are getting less of an education than they should because our nation hasn’t seen fit to invest in their future.
Finally but very importantly, we don’t want to live in an Australia where abortion again becomes the political plaything of men who think they know better.
That’s not the future we should choose for our nation, it’s not the future that I want to see for Australian women, it’s not the future I want to see for Australia’s girls…
Women’s equality has always been hard-fought for, and we’re entering a hard fight again.
Scathing reviews from the Left and feminists, including even one of the founders of Destroy the Joint:
Social commentator Jane Caro said it smacked of desperation and could blow up in the Prime Minister’s face…
Ms Caro added Ms Gillard’s abortion comments “smack of desperation, like it’s her last card’’.
“I am deeply worried about it,” she said.
She said the broader playing of the gender card “feels like a political tactic rather than a statement of real belief’’…
“ I’m worried it will create this very idea that we don’t want, which is that women in politics only represent women. We want women in politics because we want the brightest and the best of all available people.’’
University of Technology, Sydney, professorial fellow Eva Cox said voters shouldn’t be swayed by politics that uses gender to rally votes.
“This strikes me as part of continuing to push the misogyny thing,’’ she said. “If women want to vote for Julia, they should do it based on the policies that both parties are putting up, not on the possibility that there might be something on abortions, given the ­federal government control in that area is?minimal.”
More reviews:
It raised eyebrows within Labor, with some MPs believing the Prime Minister had “jumped the shark”.
Coalition women described the comments as desperate and offensive. Even one Labor MP, Stephen Jones, said he was surprised by Ms Gillard’s pitch.
He stressed he supported a woman’s right to choose but “I am not convinced of the wisdom of kicking this into a political debate’’...
And another:
And there’s Wendy Harmer, co-founder of The Hoopla, who says her readers haven’t been impressed. She told the ABC: “I’ve been getting emails all day saying ‘Did she really say that’?”
Hmm. Maybe we should indeed be scared of treasurers in blue ties delivering budgets:
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But be aware: Gillard’s speech is not just an appeal to women to prevent her being replaced by Tony Abbott. It is also to appeal to prevent her being replaced by another man - Kevin Rudd.
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UPDATE
More reviews… Reader RightWingNuclearArmedDeathRabbit:

Both Georgie Gardner and Mia Freedman have gone feral on the Today show, over Gillards hate rant, calling it divisive and a disgrace.

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More of that humanity of the Taliban and their excellent faith

Andrew Bolt June 12 2013 (6:44am)

Islamism
BBC presenter Lyse Doucet had a complaint in 2008 said something was missing in the media coverage of the Taliban:

It may sound odd but the humanity of the Taliban, because the Taliban are a wide, very diverse group of people.
That humanity helped to inspire a Muslim psychiatrist serving in the US military:

Accused Fort Hood gunman Major Nidal Hasan is expected to tell a military judge on Tuesday how he plans to argue he was protecting the Taliban when he ... killed 13 people and wounded 32 in the worst shooting rampage on a U.S. military post.
Hasan, 42, told the presiding judge in the case, Colonel Tara Osborn, last week that he was defending the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, the Taliban and its leader Mullah Omar ...
More of that humanity this week:
Two Afghan boys trading yogurt for bread with local police were beheaded by Taliban fighters, an official said.
The boys, aged 10 and 16, had traveled to Afghan army and police checkpoints near their home in the southern province of Kandahar, scrounging for leftover food to bring to their families, the officials said…
“The boys were on their way back ... when they were stopped by Taliban insurgents who beheaded them,” the chief of Zhari district, Jamal Agha, told Reuters…
In July last year in the same district, a 16-year-old boy accused by the Taliban of spying for the government was beheaded and skinned. The next month, a girl aged six and a boy of 12 were kidnapped and beheaded in separate incidents in Kandahar and the east of the country. 
There is something sick in a faith which inspires such horrific cruelty:
A 15-YEAR-OLD boy has been murdered in front of his parents by members of an Islamist group in Syria linked to al-Qa’ida after he was accused of blasphemy.
Mohammad Qataa, who worked as a street vendor selling coffee in the al-Shaa district of Aleppo, was abducted on Saturday evening by three members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria after they overheard him arguing with a friend over a bill, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The boy was shot in the mouth and throat in front of onlookers and family members later that night in a central street of the city.
“Mohammad Qataa was working at his street trolley and remarked to his friend that even if the Prophet Mohammad came down he would not give him credit,” said Rami Abdulrahman, who heads the UK-based human rights group, speaking by phone yesterday after interviewing the boy’s parents and other witnesses.
Three fighters standing nearby accused the boy of insulting the Prophet.  

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Julian Assange’s six degrees of separation from reality

Andrew Bolt June 12 2013 (6:31am)

Back away very slowly:
Meanwhile, in the Ecuadorian embassy, Julian Assange joins the dots between Bob Carr, the PM, the US, miners, Macquarie Bank and Jemima Khan. ABC1’s Lateline, Monday:
IN fact, all that the so-called consular support is doing here is it’s simply collecting political intelligence for Bob Carr. What it’s actually about is collecting political intelligence for the minister to set up their press lines, so it’s really a type of corruption where money that should be spent on actual consular support is simply spent on producing press releases for the Foreign Minister to make it look like he gives a damn about Australians. As we know, he doesn’t give a damn about Australians at all. Since the 1970s he’s been in bed with the US. Even as a union leader he was having multiple meetings with the US embassy . . . We elect people, we send them to Canberra to represent Australians . . . to the bureaucracy, to hold the bureaucracy to account, to represent Australian interests overseas. And yet we have people like Bob Carr and Julia Gillard representing mining industries, representing Macquarie Bank, representing their long-lost American pals . . . Jemima Khan? Seriously? This concerns a Hollywood documentary made by Universal for $2.5 million. They wanted WikiLeaks to partake in that, but we thought they were going to produce a pretty sleazy result, so we said no. In fact, the documentary team that we are working with is the same one that is now holed up in Hong Kong with (Edward) Snowden. That’s Laura Poitras. Anyway, so because we went with Laura Poitras and we didn’t go with Alex Gibney in the US, the result was Gibney then went to Jemima Khan and recruited her to try and bring us into that documentary process over two years ago, giving her access and an executive credit in the film. But we couldn’t tolerate the film. So we attacked the film, but she was part of the film, so as a result she attacked back. I mean, it’s really just—it’s nothing.

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Labor complains the Liberals might not stop the drownings it started

Andrew Bolt June 12 2013 (6:19am)

Boat people policy
Yet more people lured to their deaths by laws that Labor recklessly, stupidly weakened in 2008:
LESS than a week after about 55 asylum-seekers perished at sea, a second major air and sea search is under way for a boatload of up to 30 Sri Lankan asylum-seekers missing for seven days.
The Australian has been told “serious concerns” are held for the boat, which was first spotted west of the Cocos and Keeling Islands last Wednesday.
Now all Labor can do is squeal that the Liberals might not easily stop the dying it started:
Immigration Minister Brendan O’Connor said the coalition’s turn-back policy was “more slogan than solution”, would not stop the people smuggling trade and put navy personnel at risk.
I don’t think we need to hear a word more from Labor on this issue, which has produced the ultimate symbol of its utter, utter failure:
Yesterday, Julia Gillard defended Customs for not going back for the 13 bodies observed floating in the water.
The Prime Minister said Border Protection Command made a “very tough” but operationally sound decision to abandon the retrieval of bodies when its resources were too stretched with a spate of rescue operations.

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Julia Gillard’s most ludicrous campaign pitch: beware of men in blue ties

Andrew Bolt June 11 2013 (6:36pm)

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Julia Gillard used to peddle that hoary - and false - feminist complaint that female politicians got judged by what they wore, while men didn’t:

“I joke with my male colleagues about how easy they get it. All they have to do is pick a suit, pick a shirt, pick a tie. They get to wear sensible, flat shoes and no-one ever says anything about it and if they wear the same suit a few days a week, no-one ever says ‘gee they have got the same suit on’.”
Ms Gillard said for her the questions were asked “how come she’s got the same jacket on? Why is she wearing flat shoes? If she’s in high heels is she going to stumble over today?”
She said the focus was slowly switching from commentary about her clothes to the things that matter.
Her political patron also used to peddle that hoary feminist complaint that male politicians (unlike female ones) played the gender card:

JOAN KIRNER: … I believe that there has been a deliberate use of the Prime Minister’s gender, and indeed premiers and others before her, to not judge them on their performance, but to not allow people to get to that important debate by putting up personal criticisms as the central issue.
But Gillard today is the sexist monster she damned.
Today she launched the most blatantly sexist campaign - the Women for Gillard movement - seen in Australian politics, and did so by not just lying about Tony Abbott but mocking his choice of clothes:
PRIME Minister Julia Gillard has played the gender card as she fights for electoral survival, warning the coalition’s “men in blue ties” would marginalise female politicians and treat abortion as a political plaything…
“I invite you to imagine it, a prime minister, a man with a blue tie, who goes on holiday to be replaced by a man in a blue tie, a treasurer who delivers a budget wearing a blue tie,” said the prime minister.
I invite you to imagine the outrage if Tony Abbott began a speech:

I invite you to imagine it, a prime minister, a woman with pearl earrings, who goes on holiday to be replaced by a woman in pearl earrings, a treasurer who delivers a budget wearing pearl earrings.
That would immediately be decried as misogyny.
This is rank hypocrisy and sexism of the cheapest, nastiest kind - a deliberate attempt to divide and belittle on the grounds of gender. 
It is also a joke. No shortage of blue ties on Gillard’s side:

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Blue tie alert!

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(Thanks to reader David.) 

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Eliyahu Federman on the Lubavitcher Rebbe on the 19th anniversary of his passing: "He was a leader who created leaders, not just mindless followers." Read more here http://toi.sr/19lgJE0(photo credit: Chabad.org)
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as sweet and biddable as the pooch is, it will not bear or raise my children. Likewise the male friend. Seriously, who wants a girlfriend to borrow money, a car, a crash pad or to help when getting mugged? Like the guy getting mugged says "Damn, I picked the wrong girl" - ed
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POOR TASTE: A menu from a Liberal National Party event containing derogatory references to the Prime Minster has spread like wildfire after being leaked over social media.

The menu was used at a Brisbane fundraiser for Mal Brough back in March, and contains offensive descriptors of the PM, Kevin Rudd, Wayne Swan and the Greens.

Mr Brough has confirmed the menu was used at his event, while Opposition leader Tony Abbott has since condemned it. More Federal Politics coverage in 9 News at 6pm on Channel 9.
Turns out it was a fake .. will Channel 9 apologise? - ed
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You need to focus on the name .. hold that image .. -ed


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American, Jewish student detained at Heathrow after hijab clad private security contractor notices that his passport indicates visits to Israel. After being detained for several hours and subjected to bad treatment, he is turned away from the UK without explanation & sent back to the US.
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Alice busting out her kung fu moves! @aliceinframes #kitchenwhiz #KitchenNinja #channel9
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Holly Sarah Nguyen
Heavenly Father, I thank You that deep within me, You never stop working, completing what You have begun, and that nothing can foil Your perfect plan. Help me to be patient not only with others, but with myself. Strengthen me to resist frustration and self-condemnation and replace them with glory and praise for what You are doing, and will ever continue to do in the process of making me a new creation in Your Son. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

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During a robbery in Guangzhou, China, the bank robber shouted to everyone in the bank: "Don't move. The money belongs to the State. Your life belongs to you."

Everyone in the bank laid down quietly. This is called "Mind Changing Concept” Changing the conventional way of thinking.

When a lady lay on the table provocatively, the robber shouted at her: "Please be civilized! This is a robbery and not a rape!"

This is called "Being Professional” Focus only on what you are trained to do!

When the bank robbers returned home, the younger robber (MBA-trained) told the older robber (who has only completed Year 6 in primary school): "Big brother, let's count how much we got."

The older robber rebutted and said: "You are very stupid. There is so much money it will take us a long time to count. Tonight, the TV news will tell us how much we robbed from the bank!"

This is called "Experience.” Nowadays, experience is more important than paper qualifications!

After the robbers had left, the bank manager told the bank supervisor to call the police quickly. But the supervisor said to him: "Wait! Let us take out $10 million from the bank for ourselves and add it to the $70 million that we have previously embezzled from the bank”.

This is called "Swim with the tide.” Converting an unfavorable situation to your advantage!

The supervisor says: "It will be good if there is a robbery every month."

This is called "Killing Boredom.” Personal Happiness is more important than your job.

The next day, the TV news reported that $100 million was taken from the bank. The robbers counted and counted and counted, but they could only count $20 million. The robbers were very angry and complained: "We risked our lives and only took $20 million. The bank manager took $80 million with a snap of his fingers. It looks like it is better to be educated than to be a thief!"

This is called "Knowledge is worth as much as gold!"

The bank manager was smiling and happy because his losses in the share market are now covered by this robbery.

This is called "Seizing the opportunity.” Daring to take risks!

So who are the real robbers here?

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Holly Sarah Nguyen
Your job as a Christian, is not to make a non believer believe... That's way too hard!!!... you just spread His word the best way you can, and let God do the rest...

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ABORTION GILLARD’S LOWEST CARD YET

Just when you think she can’t stoop any lower, she goes and does it. Her promotion of late- and up to full-term abortion has been no secret. It was integral to her Socialist Forum manifesto and she promoted it as a leader of the AUS along with her claims that “married women are whores” and “a heterosexual relationship should be the non-preferred option for young people”.

This base woman is a disgrace and an embarrassment to all decent Australian women. Men now treat her with disdain.

Now that she is politically cornered the real Julia is shining through in all her glory. Polls indicate the vast majority of Australians, despite the plans of John McTernan, discovered the real Julia long ago.

If McTernan had thought that we ex-convict, dumb Aussies would be putty in his hands, he has experienced a nasty surprise. We won’t cop his contemptible campaigning style.

I have wrestled with showing a pic of a late-term abortion and chickened out... Facebook would not be suitable.

I will apologise in advance for showing it atwww.pickeringpost.com (a warning, this pic may cause distress) but I believe words alone can never describe the horror of Gillard’s ideal world.

A late-term abortion shows an empyreal disrespect for life itself. Instruments are inserted to dismember the baby before extracting it in small pieces. It's small limbs are easily torn from its underdeveloped torso.

The child has a functioning nervous system so pain is experienced during this horrific process but it can’t express it, it can’t breathe, it suffers, muted, without anaesthetic.

The process of cattle slaughter horrifies Gillard and her followers but not the process of slaughtering babies. She demands men have no say, yet a man’s genes are 50% of the unborn child’s.

Couples go through hell in in-vitro programs experiencing year after year of disappointment only to concede heartbreaking defeat while a baby they longed for is somewhere in bloody pieces on a floor.

Okay, so I’m venting an unpopular bigotry, but it's one I will never retreat from, and I squirm in my seat when I see Gillard caressing a beautiful child for political gain.

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