Category Archives: General Musings
All Australia’s Catholic bishops (The Oz – paywalled) have been drawn into a national test case for freedom of religion and speech after Tasmania’s Anti-Discrimination Commission found they have a case to answer over humiliating gay, lesbian and transgender Australians by distributing a booklet supporting traditional marriage.
Archbishop of Hobart Julian Porteus was initially singled out in a complaint by transgender Greens political candidate Martine Delaney that she felt humiliated and that he had breached the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Act by circulating a booklet to the parents of Catholic school students called “Don’t mess with Marriage”.
Ms Delaney, who has changed from a male to a female and lives in a same-sex relationship with a woman, said she was humiliated by the booklet which only paid “lip service” to showing respect to same-sex attracted Australians but actually sent out negative messages about them.
A transgender Greens political candidate who has changed from a male to a female and lives in a same-sex relationship with a woman is always going to be offended and humiliated.
Read an article about a hetero couple. OMG, how humiliating. An article about live cattle export. OMG, how humiliating. If I emailed her and told her I drive a V8 she would be upset as well.
Now the rules of debate on the SSM issue have been set. If you think any gender can marry any gender, and there is apparently more than two nowadays, all well and good. If you don’t, stand by to be called in front of a Kangaroo Court or Anti Discrimination Commission.
She seems to afraid of debate and is trying to shut it down.
Maybe because most of the country doesn’t care and she knows it. We have bigger issues to deal with and harping from the perpetually offended SSM/Green Activist crowd doesn’t help their cause.
What is going on in the Navy? Recently Captain Shindy was announced as Telstra’s Business Woman of the Year.
The last time I looked the RAN wasn’t in business. It has no business plan and is not required to turn a profit so why as one of their officers been awarded this honour.
I think the answer lies partly in her uniform – note the Hijab. On this evidence it would appear the RAN has changed the dress regulations to accommodate one particular religion – Islam.
Ah well, I thought, maybe there is a groundswell of Muslims signing up and whereas, in my experience, regulations have never been change for just one religion. maybe numbers are changing this old rule .
But no, I can’t find any evidence that this is the case. In fact it appears that most Muslims interested in the military have already signed up to fight against us in the Middle East.
Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Barrett recently fasted in solidarity with RAN Muslims and at a dinner at the Australian War Memorial said;
“Muslim-Australians and the knowledge and the values they bring to the workforce are a key and essential component of a successful Team Navy.”
Wow, just Wow.
I get the feeling that the Vice Admiral wouldn’t be saying that at a dinner held at the War Memorial for say, Catholics and or Protestants. In fact I doubt there ever would be a dinner celebrating main stream religions.
We are, after all, a secular society.
Dinner at the AWM. Hmm. The memorial was designed to commemorate the sacrifice of Australians who have served their country. It was never thought of as a temple to political correctness.
Bernard Gaynor goes into more detail than I do and like me yearns for a day when the military defended the country without politically correct language.
During my time I served under more simple rules.
The role of the infantry is to seek out and close with the enemy, to kill or capture him, to seize and hold ground, to repel attack, by day or night, regardless of season, weather or terrain.
There were no riders that mentioned ” in a gender equal manner” or ” in between praying to Allah five times a day” or “dressed modestly with Hijab if applicable”
Poor show Admiral.
In today’s The Australian, the Aviation section has an article on a book soon to be released by author and former Qantas director of public affairs Jim Eames, entitled The Flying Kangaroo.
Then there was s humour and a larrikinism that Eames noted would not be tolerated in today’s highly regulated, closely scrutinised environment.
These included the exploits of former RAAF transport pilot Ross Biddulph.
Biddulph’s legend was born flying a DH-84 Dragon from Kainantu to Lae in New Guinea. After realising he’d left his Craven A cigarettes in the back of the plane, Biddulph, desperate for a puff, decided he would set the aircraft on a level cruise and dart through the cabin to retrieve them.
“Apparently Dragons dislike people rapidly appearing behind the centre of gravity because the wretched plane reared up like a Wodehouse salmon and set course for Jupiter,” Biddulph wrote in a letter. “Almost immediately it stalled and, forgetting all about Jupiter, screamed straight down towards Nadzab (a PNG village).
“Shortly afterwards I arrived in the flight deck area, spreadeagled against the instrument panel like a butterfly and covered in thousands of Craven As.’’
Worse for Biddulph was the fact that Qantas’s chief pilot in the region, Bill Forgan-Smith, was flying a DC-3 1000ft behind and above him.
It’s behind the paywall but if you subscribe go read the piece. It is entertaining and a window into an earlier life
Busy days. Last week at Coolangatta I commemorated the loss of my mates in South Vietnam with members of the platoon. As Recce Platoon, 7RAR we spent a year conducting long range patrols and took a lot of casualties from mines and AK 47s. We get together every year on the anniversary of one our mate’s death in action and remember them all. We are together for a week and it is great to recharge the batteries.
It reminds me that friendship’s formed in battle and the losses we suffered are forever.
A weekend with grandkids and back to work at a three day seminar with the Royal Australian Regiment Association where we try and do better at looking after our less fortunate veteran mates.
Senator Michael Ronaldson, Minister of Veteran’s Affairs, shared his thoughts under Chatham House rules and he was followed by Craig Orme from DVA.
I was impressed with both of them. With their compassion, professionalism and determination to improve the lot of veterans. They handled the crusty old soldier audience with aplomb considering there were star ranks abound (not me, of course – I only made Major)
From commemorating my mates death in action to attending a seminar aimed at helping those of us who survived, is taxing but ultimately motivational as you spend days concentrating on the less fortunate and realize there are agencies who are lining up to help and that any personal problems you think you might have, pale into insignificance compared with others.
Of course, after all day conferencing, the time comes to relax and this week gave me cause to remember that some of these older warriors have a tremendous ability to consume beer and red wine as we literally discuss the history of the Regiment from Morotai (where the Regiment was formed in 1948) through to Iraq.
The unofficial history, that is. The history that never gets written down.
We military have Chatham House rules as well.
Heady days – now back to work.
Here’s an idea AFL.
Stop bringing politics into sport.
If I want politics I’ll access it through the media. When I watch football, I just want to watch football. I don’t want to get involved in whatever indigenous activism is cool this week. I don’t care if the players are black, white or brindle. They are just good athletes and a joy to watch. Or they were until you brought in racism.
Apparently this week is Multicultural Round. There you go again – it’s supposed to be about football, nothing more, nothing less.
Let me know when you get the message and I’ll start watching again
Oh, and another thing – threatening Aussies with dire treatment if they boo Sooky la la Goodes tonight will most probably guarantee more booing.
Tony Abbott has been roundly criticised by the panellists on Q&A for prohibiting government MPs from appearing on the show.
I can see their problem – no Coalition MPs to gang up on and ridicule must make for a disappointing night for them and let’s face it, without them, the whole raison d’être of Tony Jones and his show is negated.
As Bolt says;
Q&A was quite boring last night without a Coalition MP on – a bit like the Christian not turning up to the colosseum to meet the lions …
And do spare a thought for the battalions of Twitter front line troops, trigger fingers poised to send of another volley of insane and inane abuse aimed squarely at the Abbott government.
Personally I think it’s a good idea for Coalition MPs to give Q & A the flick. Most viewers tune in hoping for a gotcha moment engineered by Tony Jones so getting a rational message over to these people is pointless – they are watching for the sport.
Someone suggested that by not appearing on the show the Coalition is missing out on getting their message over to a million rural viewers. That presumes that rural viewers get their politics from Q & A which is obviously not the case.
I say starve them of oxygen…let them remain what they have always been – a platform for the dissemination of left wing views for the luvvies.
By the Left for the Left.
Meanwhile, this comment by Ray Martin, appointed to investigate Q & A, bodes ill for any balanced results as he raises his pro ALP colours up the flag pole
“I’d like to see what happened last year, the year before rather, when there was a Labor government. I expect Tony Jones was just as tough on the Labor government as he has been on the Coalition right now. I think a Bex and a good lie down may help at the moment.”
Not so, Ray.
He goes on to suggest Barnaby Joyce should have ignored Abbott’s direction not to appear on the show.
“I just think it’s so silly to do it. I would have thought that Barnaby Joyce who wasn’t on last night should have said (to Abbott) look I’m not a member of the Liberal party, I’m a member of the National Party, I can do what I like, and go and do it.”
Nothing will come of the investigation while Ray is involved. A slap on the wrist at most and “lets move on, nothing to see here”
The only answer to the ABCs bias is to not debate the issues with them. I mean to say – who has ever heard of a Left winger being converted and involved in rational debate.
Emptied the rain gauge at 3:00pm and went off to the club. It rained and when I phoned the bride to come get me she couldn’t. Roads were jammed in gridlock with people trying to get home. Cars were flowing down creeks where they crossed Sandgate Road. I spoke to one guy who just got out, locked his car and walked home figuring it was quicker.
I walked home and found it flooded throughout. We live at the top of a hill but it was raining so much it simply couldn’t get away. Wet carpets and wooden floating floor.
Hello Insurance company
I text the bride and say stay where you are. I’m home, I’ve had a shower and I’m having a rum with Chloe the black lab (She doesn’t drink much but keeps me good company.)
Just checked the rain gauge…190 ml and it’s just 8:0pm
Australian Catholic University has created two scholarships for Indonesian students to study in Australia named after Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.
The scholarships will cover the full cost of tuition for up to four years and be awarded on academic merit as well as an essay on the theme “the sanctity of human life”.
“In a small but deeply symbolic way, the writing by Indonesian students on the sanctity of life would be an ongoing contribution towards the eventual abolition of the death penalty in Indonesia,” ACU vice-chancellor Greg Craven said in a statement. “The scholarships would be a fitting tribute to the reformation, courage and dignity of the two men.”
Ah, yes – “the sanctity of human life”. How does that play out with the four to five Australians who die of an overdose every day courtesy of dealers like Chan and Sukumaran.
Not well at all in my opinion.
Some other suggestions from readers at Catalaxy Files…
I’ve heard that in recognition of the 20th anniversary, Oklahoma City University will be establishing two Timothy McVeigh scholarships; one for organic chemistry students and one for a student for postgraduate study into “making sense of terrorism denial”.
The University of Western Sydney needs an Ivan Milat scholarship for overseas students
…puts the matter in perspective.
A Sydney man facing the death penalty in China for alleged drug-smuggling has reportedly had his trial moved forward to next week.
New Zealand-born Peter Gardner, 25, has been detained in China on suspicion of drug-smuggling since he was arrested on November 8.
He is accused of trying to smuggle 40kg of methamphetamine out of the country after customs officials allegedly found the drugs in two bags during check-in at Guangzhou airport.
I wonder if we are going to go through the same gnashing of teeth, the flailing of our minds, the endless wailing, the candle lit vigils, abuse of Indonesia and thousands of tweets blaming Abbott and/or the AFP for the recent execution of two drug dealers in Indonesia?
Don’t think so.
Do I feel sorry for the two drug dealers? In a sense Yes. It always sad to hear of untimely deaths and wasted lives but seriously I have much more compassion for the three to four Australians who die every day from drug overdoses.
By the time my compassion is all spent on those who succumb to drugs, some of whom could’ve been supplied by the two dealers in Bali, all I can manage is a yawn and a move on, nothing to see here moment.
Listening to the ABC where a guy from some Human Rights organization said we should stop all trade with Indonesia. Way to go dipshit! Indonesia imports about $12 billion in cattle and beef from Australia every year. How many small to large businesses would cancellation of that trade kill. If we are going to stop trading with Indonesia then we should, to be consistent, stop trading with other nations that have the death penalty. The USA and China spring to mind.
Yep, that’s his answer. Totally destroy the nation’s economy because one of our trading partners topped a couple of drug dealers.
These people vote……most probably for the Greens.
Withdraw our Ambassador….reasonable thing to do. Tells ‘em we are not happy. Indonesia yawns and says “Yea, fair enough we do that from time to time as well”
Some time soon a shiny object off to the side, in the form of Kate Middleton having her baby, will distract the inane and insane Twitterverse and the ” executions were so last week” syndrome will apply and we will all move on.
Except for the Human Rights industry – they never move on.
As you may have gathered I don’t have much time for drug dealers and only a limited amount of compassion for drug addicts however, I have less time for those who say we should legalize all drugs and the problems will go away.
No they won’t. The economic basics of drug dealing will change and the number of addicts will increase. I recently note a comment at Catalaxy Files and found myself nodding in agreement as I read it.
There is no “war on drugs” to be lost, talking about it as a war is completely idiotic – there is no “war”. People still murder and rape and steal, but no one talks about having “lost the war against murder” or “lost the war against rape”. Should we decriminalise rape because people still rape and clearly we’ve lost the “war against rape”? Obviously not – there will always be rapists amongst us even if you brought in the cruelest punishments against it. Just as there will always be heroin or cocaine users amongst us – and just because people still take these drugs doesn’t mean the laws have failed and should be abolished.
I was once at a BBQ with a senior AFP guy who had spent some time in Argentina trying to nobble the South American link in the drug logistic chain to Australia. I said “We need a war against drugs”. He said “We have one”. I said “No we don’t. I’m talking about D Day at Normandy. Tanks, Naval gunfire, missiles, flame throwers, artillery and bombing and staffing runs. Having problems with drug plantations in South America? Then fill up the bomb bays of the F11As with napalm (the BBQ was awhile ago) and give them a Pilot Mission Brief of seek and destroy”
He smiled politely and started talking about how he liked his career and didn’t want to stuff it up by being proactive. He was posted to Canberra.
I wonder if Kate has had that baby yet?
The Australian has stooped to quoting Lambie
Tasmanian senator Jacqui Lambie has met twice with Mr Abbott but remains unimpressed by his prime ministerial charm.
“He just sits there and ums and ahhs,” she told The Australian. “He’s either incompetent or doesn’t know the subject. The Liberal government is in chaos. It’s like having an office manager in the office that can’t run an office.”
Lambie can’t construct a sentence; is a bogan fool with little or no education; is in the Senate because she was bankrolled by PUP leader and gained only .046% of the quota and is remembered for saying, in public, that she is looking for a rich, well hung partner.
And she suggests Abbott is incompetent or doesn’t know the subject. Abbott was most probably using English which would’ve stymied Lambie.
As witnessed by this quote on the 7:30 report
Yeah, I think [the vice chancellors] want reform. But what I’m hearing is they didn’t ask for a deregulation. So I’m going to double-check on that…
But you know what? These [vice chancellors] are supposed to be the brains of the country. Why are we telling them how the universities should be run? So it’s about time they stood up, they stood tall and they help come up with the solution.
Judith Sloan answers that;
As everyone knows, apart from that left-wing poseur-fraud from the University of Canberra (and ABC fav), all the other vice-chancellors support fee deregulation, including the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Tasmania.
Lambie, the Vice Chancellors DO want deregulation and if you read any thing other than the fashion and pick-a-well-hung-hunk mags you would know.
The Australian then lines up Windsor, knowing he will shit-can Abbott because he just hates him and he comes to the party and rattles on about how good Gillard was at negotiating when compared with Abbott.
And then along come Lazarus;
Senator Glenn Lazarus, who split with the Palmer United Party last week, last year accused Education Minister Christopher Pyne of harassing him after the minister bombarded him with text messages “virtually begging’’ for his vote on the higher education reforms. (Mr Pyne said he had to resort to texts because the then-PUP senator was refusing to speak to him.)
As being in the Senate is marginally more complicated than playing rugby league, Lazarus seems to think that everything the government proposes has to somehow go back to the public and be voted on…..somehow.
Yesterday Senator Lazarus said the “government puts bills to the Senate that have not been developed in consultation with the community. The reason why the government is frustrated with the Senate’s refusal of bills is that many bills being put forward are not supported by the people. The Senate is simply reflecting the will and the view of the people.”
No Glen, the Senate already represents the will of the people. That’s how you got there…there was an election.
If you are going to vote in the Senate then you need to read up on the legislation, talk to the people putting it forward and to those who oppose it.
You consult widely and then you the make a decision. It’s what you are paid for.
Putting your fingers in your ears and yelling la..la..la..la just doesn’t cut it.
You don’t oppose it because the minister wants to talk to you about it. That’s what’s supposed to happen, you dipshit.
So, in summary, an important piece of legislation, supported by all but one of the nation’s vice chancellors, was rejected in the senate because the three independents voted with the ALP/Greens because………mmm…….I’m not sure why.
They can’t articulate their reasons for voting it down and therein lies the crux of the matter. The country is being dictated to by uneducated illiterates who don’t appear to have any idea as to where their responsibilities lie.
Poor fellow, my country indeed!