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Unions back criminals

The unions are up in arms because Deputy Prime Minister Anderson says he expects police checks on 130,000 maritime workers will reveal that a significant number have criminal convictions and the Government will have to be “firm” in issuing security cards.

The head of the Australian Maritime Union, Paddy Crumlin, is not impressed. He has accused Mr Anderson of “bashing wharfies” and says Australia’s ports are secure.

Ah well, if the unions say the ports are secure who are we to worry.

And how’s this for a startling comment.

“There has never been a serious crime or any crime on the Australian waterfront.

The results of the Police checks will make interesting reading

Commo’s again!

Every now and then I think it relevant to remind ourselves just how bad communism was and how many of their people suffered under it’s yoke.

Damien Perry has a post about a new book on Mao Tse Dung that suits the purpose.

An extract.

Famine apart, the authors calculate that deaths in prisons and labour camps over Mao’s years from 1949 totalled some 27 million. In the ten years of the Great Purge (1966–76) that came with the Cultural Revolution, at least three million people died violent deaths outside prison. Post-Mao leaders have stated that 100 million people (one-ninth of the entire population) suffered in one way or another during that period.

1966-76. Now let’s see. Who, of all of our Prime Ministers, was it that couldn’t wait to get into bed with these bastards.

Oh yes. Comrade Whitlam.

It was only recently that the “Communist Manifesto” by Marx and Engels was voted as the most harmful book printed during the 19th and 20th century.

I have to agree.

Honour and Honesty ‘Deep Throated”

The daughter of the former FBI agent who was revealed this week as Deep Throat has acknowledged that money played a role in the family’s decision to go public.

Grandson Nick, heads for similar career based on honour and honesty.

“My son, Nick, is in law school and he’ll owe $US100,000 ($A132,500) by the time he graduates,” she said. “I am still a single mum, still supporting them to one degree or another, and I am not ashamed of this.”

Dad’s weak at the moment, let’s go talk to him.

Joan Felt said her father suffered a stroke in 2001 and has undergone surgery for heart problems and a broken hip but is still lucid.

Daughter gets him in a weak moment and now he believes that he was a hero.

“We had to help him see that most of the world now considers what he did heroic,” she said. “At the time it was happening, he wouldn’t have gotten that percentage of support, but history has shown it was so important what he did.”

I’m no fan of Tricky Dicky but I am of institutions, Official Secrets Acts and outwardly (at least) apolitical Public Servants and holders of high office.

Doubtful motivation to the end.

IR Reforms

Queensland senator-elect Barnaby Joyce looks for publicity prior to taking his seat in the Senate. Might I also add, prior to his being told, in mono-syllabic terms, just how government works.

The ABC are besides themselves with glee as a conservative politician disagrees with Howard and News.com headlines scream ” Coalition Mutiny over IR Reforms”.

No, it’s government in action.

Barnaby-Joyce is definitely against;

“…. allowing the middle management of a big company to go out and sack (someone) without giving that person a reason why, or allowing the person to put their case.”

What has that statement to do with the IR Reforms Howard is talking about?

And from Strewth in the Australian;

EMPLOYMENT Minister Kevin Andrews had fun in parliament yesterday recounting an ABC interview last Friday where people expressed their concerns about the Government’s industrial relations reforms. Among them was one Fran Tierney, who lamented that her wage of $16 an hour would be cut to between $5 and $6. Andrews said Tierney had obviously not read the package, which guarantees the minimum rates would not be reduced. He also noted she had not disclosed she was the NSW deputy president of the Australian Services Union and the president of the Community and Social Services sector. Or that as a councillor for the Lane Cove Council she supplements her working wage to the tune of $1000 a month. Gotcha.

Tell any lie and tell it often.

The States are positioning themselves for a fight as Howard talks of centralizing IR. State Conservatives and Labor alike, it’s either an ideolical or power grab to them.

As the battle develops we will hear a lot of lies and emotive, union-speak arguements from the Union movement but in the end the people will be able see that it is power that the unions leaders fight for, and not necessarily the welfare of their members.

Cornelia channels activist lawyer

Refugee advocate and lawyer, Claire O’Connor is now using a mentaly ill woman to attack the Government and it’s treatment of suspected illegal immigrants.

Cornelia RAU aka BROTMEIER aka SCHMIDT, channelling Claire attacks the government.

She gave a long-winded speech yesterday, mixing the history of her detention with her thoughts on leading political issues. She also said that she supported Labor’s Kevin Rudd as prime minister over John Howard and that the US military should not be in Iraq, commented on Qantas and worried about excessive police power. “For me, the police seem to have too much power; I just think if we had more possibilities to have the army have more of a say (it would be better),” Ms Rau said.

I’m not sure what giving the Army more of a say has to do with the problem but it was most probably a case of a deranged woman adlibbing lines that Claire hadn’t fed her.

When asked about giving an alias, Cornelia’s only comment was ‘I had my reasons’.

The alias is the crutch of the matter. You can hardly blame the Queensland and Federal Police for thinking she may have been an alien when she clearly said she was and gave an alias that prevented anyone finding out the truth.

I posted previously on Cornelia here and have yet to see any evidence that makes the government culpable for the affair.

Of course, the issue with her medical diagnosis may have excacerbated the problem but that is a Queensland Health problem. With Queensland Health and the Beattie Government under seige for other stuff-ups anything could’ve happened.

None of this is relevant of course as Queensland is a Labour state and the main point of Claires debate is to try and destabalize the Conservative Federal government.

Not to say the poor woman shouldn’t get some help but it should only be the type available to any Australians in trouble. To compensate her for her self-inflicted trouble is simply not on.

Bush goes to college

As reported in this post President Bush was scheduled to addresses the graduating class at Calvin College at Grand Rapids, Michegan. Yesterday he did the deed and in doing so, failed miserable in politicising the event as forecast be the MSM and certain left-wing pundits

He urged the graduates to consider service to the community in their post-grad lives, saying;

This isn’t a Democratic idea. This isn’t a Republican idea. This is an American idea,”

and

“As your generation takes its place in the world, all of you must make this decision: Will you be a spectator or a citizen?”

He received warm applause but some Democrat voters protested;

Several dozen people (from a student body of over 4,000) protesting outside the event and a few graduates at the ceremony wore stickers that said: “God is not a Republican or Democrat.”

Meanwhile George shows he has a sense of humour with this closing line;

“Some day you will appreciate the grammar and verbal skills you learned here,” quipped the president who is not known for his eloquence. “If any of you wonder how far a mastery of the English language can take you, just look what it did for me.”

On the face of it, the speach sounded like any other graduating day speach.

MSM and the left must be so dissappointed.

Bush beat-up

Along the lines of Ripley’s Believe it or Not Tim Dunlop has found a liberal arts educational institution with some staff and students who don’t like Bush!

George Bush, also known as the President, is giving a speech there soon, so you’d expect the usual sort of pro-God, pro-Republican tautological sucking up, right? Well, to the eternal (and I do mean eternal) credit of their faculty and students, not so much:

Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Missouri describes themselves as;

…distinctively Christian, academically excellent liberal arts college that shapes minds for intentional participation in the renewal of all things.

Running Scared posts that one third of the faculty members have signed a political add that will appear in the local rag on the day Bush visits at a cost of $2600 and more than 800 students, faculty and alumni have also placed a political add in the local rag on the same day to the tune of $9,600.

Calvin College has 4,300 students so roughly a fifth have been convinced to back some of their teachers in this political exercise. The other 80% might like to ask where the $12,000 is coming from.

In this startling, revelationary post Tim has so far established that a percentage of staff and students in a college in the US vote Democrat. As that would be the case on every campus in the country it’s hardly a scoop.

I Googled Calvin College+Grand Rapids and studied the College’s website looking for Anti-Bush sentiment.

Mmmm…a bit sparse. If Tim and Running Scared are to be believed you would think that if Students, faculty and alumni are forking out over $12,000 it would be all over the website. I did find some negative vibes but hardly a groundswell

The front page of the students newsletter, the normal source of campus radical thought, offers little in the way of providing another source for the story.

The College President says;

… that the response of alumni to news of the president’s coming has been overwhelmingly positive, although he has had a few alumni who object.

Provost Carpenter says;

In response to rumors of possible protests, [he]… responds that although the event will unavoidably have political dimensions to it, it is “important to be good hosts and to show the personal and institutional maturity of being able to extend hospitality and a civil audience to someone whom we may disagree with.?

No, I don’t know what the appointment ‘Provost’ is either but at least he hints at some political dimension to the visit.

It all looks like a couple of bloggers have sat down and thought ‘ How can I put down on Bush today? They should have picked a better example, if there is one. 20% of the student body and one third of the staff disagreeing with Bush’s visit is hardly an election winner.

Shanahan’s slant on the news

Dennis Shanahan tends his weekly beat-up of the Liberal leadership fight that starts and ends with his columns but in another article stems the flood on anti-Indonesian feeling in Australia about Corby and the Bali Nine (and counting).

Dennis also has an article on the ALP’s response to the budget claiming Stephen Smith claims five reasons for happiness in justifying Labours strange reaction to the budget but after having written the article he sat back and thought..now where can I insert a mention of the liberal leadership fight.

He managed it;

Just a week after the most frazzled budget in the history of the Howard Government was finalised and bitter relations between John Howard and Costello were destined to overshadow the budget…

I’m just surprised that he didn’t slip in a ‘bitter relations’ line in the Bali piece.

If you only read Dennis you could be forgiven for thinking there was a leadership split happening next week.

He wishes.

Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics

The same report but different spin. The Times Online have an article by Richard Beeston in Baghdad headed Iraqis soldier on without power, water, jobs, sewers

“This survey…. for the UN Development Programme…released by the Ministry of Planning….shows a rather tragic situation of the quality of life in Iraq,” Planning Minister Barham Salih said. “These statistics reflect the contrast between the wealth of this country and the deteriorating level of all vital sectors.”

The report said that unemployment was now more than 18 per cent, compared with just over 3 per cent in the 1980s.

Meanwhile, in the Courier Mail, Omar Anwar, reporting from Baghdad quotes a survey, conducted by the Iraqi Ministry of Planning and the United Nations Development Program….

Unemployment is running at 50 per cent, the survey found, raising questions over whether a growing number of young Iraqi men will join the rebels.

His article is headed “Despite its wealth, Iraq falls apart”

Over at CNN, a report quoting the same joint survey from the Iraqi government and United Nations, take a more positive view;

While there has been progress since Saddam Hussein’s fall, “these data depict a very tragic picture of the quality of life,” Iraqi transitional Planning Minister Barham Salih said.

and have a different take on the stats,

Iraq’s unemployment rate was 10.5 percent of a population of 27 million people, the report found. When the figure of workers who had given up looking for a job — discouraged workers — was included, the unemployment number increased to 18.4 percent.

I think the only thing we can be sure of is Iraq has an unemployment problem, the magnitude of which varies with the journalist’s or Editor’s politics.

The Left will be devastated to read that the much quoted Lancet report that totaled 100,000 dead as a result of the war has been downsized to less than 30,000 by the UN report. This won’t stop them quoting the 100,000 figure though. Ten bucks says it’ll be used in some letter to the Editor next week.

30,000 dead is still a bad number but not if the vast majority were terrorists supporting Saddam during the early stages of the war or fighting against democracy in more recent times. The CNN take on the deaths says 12% were under 18 but perception between East and West is very stark when considering the ages of man. The mothers in downtown Sydney, London or New York will think …Oh my God..they’re just children. In Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Palestine and Syria mothers will still be weeping over their lost children but the photos they cry over will, more often than not, show their young son with an AK47 in his hands.

From the Eastern extremities of Afhanistan to a line drawn through Angola, Zambia and Zimbabwe there are literally millions of sub 18 year old armed men in uniform fighting and dying for what their Mullahs believe in.

That is the nature of the beast.

Political Compass.

Went on over to Deltoid and underwent a political compass assessment.

Surprised myself. I thought my compass needle would have swung more to the right than it did.

The result will surprise others as well.

Maybe I’m just feeling a little bit soft this morning….only two mugs of coffee too date. I need a fix to get me back on the attack mode.

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