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18 April 2008 Thought for the Week:
Fire chiefs in
Britain have barred white males from recruitment sessions in a desperate bid to
make 15 per cent of staff women and 3 per cent ethnic minority. The Avon Fire
Service held five open-days with four of those days strictly limited for ethnic
minorities and women.
THE 2020 SUMMIT: AN OMINOUS NOTE
from David Flint's
This reminded me of a conversation I had while campaigning at Corowa in 1999.
It was with Ted Mack, formerly an independent MP. He was so opposed to the parliamentary
superannuation schemes he resigned from both the New South Wales and the Federal
Parliaments just before he became eligible.
Note that: In Ted Mack's view, the real agenda in 1999 was to increase the politicians' powers. The 2020 summit note on governance does not say much about whatever republic is to be discussed there, other than the following questions: "And given no referendum has been passed for 40 years, what are the chances that Australia can modernise its creaky constitutional framework? Or was our rejection of the Republic at the end of the last century just healthy cynicism about the model we were asked to buy?"
addition, no poll was commissioned for Australia Day 2008:
The issue of Australia becoming some sort of vague undefined republic takes up half a page in the fourteen-page background paper on governance for the 2020 Summit. We suspect from the document that the desired outcome is not so much yet another call for some vague undefined republic, which will be delivered anyway. What the government really wants is a recommendation for four year fixed parliamentary terms. They will of course get such a recommendation. All of the bien pensants think that way. It is unlikely that such a proposal would be successful at a referendum, even if the Liberals support it. It is just as well there are issues other than a republic for the panel to think about.
Two prominent republican summiteers, Sir Anthony Mason and Professor Robert Manne are on the record as identifying a "robust convention" or rule as the justification for republican change. But this is a convention or rule which clearly does not exist. Rather than talking about a subject on which they are so ill-informed, it would be better to have their advice on other issues.
THE REAL STOLEN GENERATION
from Len the Cleaner:
about 434 alleged paedophiles has been referred to police and two suspects have
already been arrested. Mulligan recommended, among 54 recommendations, "conducting
special police operations at known homosexual beats to arrest paedophiles and
gather criminal intelligence" (The Advertiser 2/4/08 p.8). SA State Premier
Mike Rann will say "sorry."
and aunt were orphans in Adelaide in the 1920s. My mother told me stories of abuse
and brutal beatings. For 'giving cheek' to a nun she was tied up and had near-boiling
water tipped over her. She never got over this, but told me only one year before
WITHOUT GENUINE CHRISTIANITY, ALL IS LOST
A THIRD AMERICAN WAR CRIME IN THE MAKING
Paul Craig Roberts:
The US Congress, the US media, the American people, and the United Nations, are looking the other way as Cheney prepares his attack on Iran. If only America had an independent media and an opposition party. If there were a shred of integrity left in American political life, perhaps a third act of naked aggression -- a third war crime under the Nuremberg standard -- by the Bush Regime could be prevented.
March 30, the Russian News & Information Agency, Novosti, cited "a high-ranking
security source: "The latest military intelligence data point to heightened US
military preparations for both an air and ground operation against Iran." 1
The chief of Russia's general staff, Yuri Baluyevsky, said last November that Russia was beefing up its military in response to US aggression, but that the Russian military is not "obliged to defend the world from the evil Americans." 2.
On March 29, OpEdNews cited a report by the Saudi Arabian newspaper Okaz, which was picked up by the German news service, DPA. The Saudi newspaper reported on March 22, the day following Cheney's visit with the kingdom's rulers, that the Saudi Shura Council is preparing "national plans to deal with any sudden nuclear and radioactive hazards that may affect the kingdom following experts' warnings of possible attacks on Iran's Bushehr nuclear reactors." 3.
Two massive failures by the American media, the Democratic Party, and the American people have paved the way for Cheney's long planned attack on Iran. One failure is the lack of scepticism about the US government's explanation of 9/11. The other failure is the Democrats' refusal to begin impeachment proceedings against President Bush for lying to the Congress, the American people, and the world and launching an invasion of Iraq based on deception and fabricated evidence.
If an American president can start a war exactly as Adolf Hitler did with pure lies and not be held accountable, he can get away with anything. And Bush and his evil regime have. Iran is a beautiful and developed country. It is an ancient civilization. It has attacked no one. Iran is a signatory to the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty. Iran is permitted by the treaty to have a nuclear energy program. The Bush Regime's case against Iran is based on the Bush Regime's desire to deny Iran its rights under the treaty.
The International Atomic
Energy Agency inspectors have repeatedly reported that they have found no evidence
of an Iranian nuclear weapons program. Despite all the disinformation from US
Gen. Petraeus and other Bush Regime military lackeys, Iran is not arming the Iraqis
who are resisting the American occupation.
Afghanistan, death and destruction rains on even the smallest village from the
air. America's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are wars against the civilian populations.
Iranians despite all the evidence cannot believe that even the Great Satan would
gratuitously attack Iran based on nothing but lies about non-existent nuclear
weapons. Iran's only chance would be to strike before the US delivers the first
March 29 the Associated Press reported that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi "poured
contempt on fellow Arab leaders" at the Arab summit that day. Gadhafi told the
Arab "leaders," many of whom are on the American payroll, that their American
masters would turn on them all, just as America turned on Saddam Hussein after
using him to fight a proxy war against Iran.
DEAR JONATHAN KAY
Wallace Klinck (Canada):
It is sad commentary on the corrupt nature of the political process and the integrity of the legal profession and media that such criminal activities have been ignored for so long. And I am afraid that claims by certain advocates and promoters of these Tribunals that they have evolved into unexpected activities does not wash with me. I give these people credit for enough intelligence that they could not help but be aware of the potential for repression which such extra-legal, illegal and unconstitutional bodies posed. They are almost identical in form and procedure with the Bolshevik "Peoples" Courts where the poor victims' fate was pre-decided and determined for purely political reasons.
In short, I believe that these bodies are seditious in nature and should be investigated from that standpoint. Our historic free society cannot function or exist in any meaningful way without the open and unrestricted flow of ideas, opinions and information, not for some but for all. If any legal action is warranted with regard to speech surely it should be directed against those who would conspire to deprive their fellow citizens of it.
As a free citizen I do not need, and will not tolerate, any arrogant body puffed up with an exaggerated sense of self-importance and claiming omniscience and moral infallibility, dictating my thought processes. Governments are to listen to electors--not dictate to them. History shows that government monopoly of information is the most dangerous of all forms of opinion-making. I do not think you enhance your case, though, by the element of gratuitous and unsubstantiated labelling of people as "hate mongers," "phobic", "neo-Nazi," etc. "Hate" is an emotional word employed for obvious political strategy and is a very subjective term. I can run into a room full of people and shout "purple" and be faced with everything from strong approval to outright condemnation, from puzzlement to hilarity.
People who have
an opinion should be accorded the courtesy of being heard and their audience should
be accorded the right to hear and analyze their statements. Those who are obviously
unreasoning or even rabid are not likely to retain much of an audience.
Personally, I do not need anyone telling me what to think, and subscribe to the idea that experts are to be on tap--not on top. In any case, I do appreciate your coming forward to condemn the activities and mind-set of these monstrosities which we in Canada have wrought in the form of pseudo Human "Rights" Commissions and I hope that you and others of like mind will not rest until they are eliminated and we can return to a civilized society based on our historic values of Christian love, realistic British common law and Constitutional principles.
The present atmosphere of totalitarian legalism is intolerable and unacceptable. I wonder where the Governor-General is under these circumstances. I thought she or he was obligated to protect the Monarch and the rights of the people enshrined in the common law Constitution from abuses by the politicians or Government of the day.
I cannot fathom how any Member of
Parliament can look his or her electors in the eye knowing that these outrageous
abuses have, with their leave, for so long been visited upon the People of Canada.
Enough is already too much. Obviously the price of freedom is, indeed, eternal
THERE WILL BE FITNA
by Brian Simpson:
comment was made by the conservative Jewish commentator Lawrence Auster at his
View from the Right blog: "there are two ways people can respond to Fitna. They
can say that it is not true or fair because it doesn't talk about all the Muslims
who are not active jihadists. Or they can say that, despite the movie's lack of
nuance resulting from its short length, it is telling the essential truth about
This is a very good question, but one will not find serious discussion of this question in Australia. Our oppressive race-hate laws would not permit a Fitna style movie to circulate here and would chill all critical discussion.
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