You can just see the glow of my laptop where I was working on a clients web sIte in Tassie hosted through Rumcorps.net servers in Dallas Texas. As good an office as any!
A pod of about 20 whales come fast from astern and passed either side of the yacht, frightening hell out of us.
No flames apparent so I hardly slowed down until I had travelled a hundred odd meters with no visibility. About the time I started to panic I came out the other side.
Have a good one
OSAMA bin Laden is reportedly surrounded by United States special forces in a mountain range that straddles north-west Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Reported by Internationally respected investigative journalist and author Gordon Thomas.
Internationally respected investigative journalist and author Gordon Thomas says the al-Qaida terror group leader has been sighted for the first time since 2001 and is being monitored by satellite.
In a report to be published in a British newspaper, Thomas says bin Laden is in a mountainous area to the north of the Pakistani city of Quetta.
The region is said to be a stronghold for bin Laden supporters and the terror kingpin is estimated to have 50 of his fanatical bodyguards by his side.
Thomas attributes his report to “a well-placed intelligence source” in Washington who is quoted as saying: “He (bin Laden) is boxed in.”
Please! Let it be so!
According to todays Australian (no link)the ADF have chosen the Abrams battle tank over the Brit Chieftan and the Kraut Tiger III.
The Abrams, at 68 tonnes, has been criticised for being more tank than the ADF needs and difficult to transport aboard our existing navy ships.
Lt Gen Leah earns my praise for this line.
I would like to thank those critics who took the time and effort to point out that the new tanks might be heavy, difficult to deploy and use fuel.
I hope you won’t find it strange to hear we had actually thought about that, and they’re not a problem or we have….strategies in place
I have to tell you, us infantrymen don’t care too much about how expensive it is to run or how dificult it is too move.
We just say ‘Request Tango (armoured) support’ (in a high pitched nervous voice)and leave those problems to the beancounters and logisticians.
When the tank arrives, we never discuss the cost of his trip to our position, we just say things like ‘could you go over there and wiggle your tracks on top of that bunker’, or ‘could you fire your main armourment at that group of bad guys?’
Never once have I heard an infantryman say’ Wow, $3,500 just to drive out here. And whats that you say – $850 per 120mm round. I’m sorry – you stay there and I’ll try and fix the problem with my $1.20 per 5.56mm Steyr rounds
To us, Bigger is better. Overkill, the main game. 68 tonnes is better for crushing slow enemy and pushing down his defences than 50 tonnes and the last time I looked 120mm smooth bore does more damage than a 105mm.
In addition, something weighing 68 tonnes is better to hide behind that a 50 tonne something.
Haven’t heard any infantrymen complain yet.
My daughter Liz says;
You know you’re in Brisbane today when:-
The best parking space is determined by shade instead of distance.
Hot water comes out of both taps.
You learn that a seat belt buckle makes a pretty good branding iron.
The temperature drops below 35c and you feel a little chilly.
You discover that in February it only takes two fingers to steer your car.
You discover that you can get sunburnt through your car window.
You develop a fear of metal car door handles.
You break a sweat the instant you step outside at 7:30am.
Your biggest bicycle wreck fear is, “What if I get knocked out and end up lying on the pavement and cook to death?”
You realise that asphalt has a liquid state.
Farmers are feeding their chickens crushed ice to prevent them from laying hard-boiled eggs.
The cows are giving evaporated milk.
The trees are whistling for the dogs.
While walking back barefoot to your car from the beach, you do a tightrope act on the white lines in the car park.
You catch a cold from having the aircon full blast while you sleep during the night.
You learn that David Jones isn’t a department store its a temple to worship air-conditioning
Over in West Australia Yobbo is having a fight with the local power company and the Gallop Government. Yobbo, not given to verbosity at the best of times, gives a terse message. It seems the State government are confused as to their responsibilities. Let’s run down our service and then fine punters thousands when they use too much.
On TV, here in Brisbane, the local authority, obviously trying to avoid terse messages such as Yobbo’s, have promised they can handle the heatwave.
41 deg c forecast for Saturday and Sunday. Not too big a deal but like the chill factor at the South Pole, here in the tropics you have to factor in the humidity. Currently it is 28 deg C with my Weather Channel readout saying ‘feels like 32 deg’ – humidity is adding 4 deg and it is night now. On the weekend 41 deg is going to feel like 45+.
Hey. I no complain. House airconditioned and the pool looks inviting albeit the water temp has been hovering at 32 deg all this week.
The weather man says it will be the hottest February since the 1930’s. Should give the Greenies a buzz.
Police aim for 40 arrests.
That’s a start now let’s not forget the leaders. They need their day in court as well.
Lyle Munro again
Mr Munro said suggestions the youths were goaded by older people demeaned their intelligence.
Yeah, right. I didn’t see much intelligence to demean in the scenes I saw. Least of all from Munro.
But he said he was not concerned about police targeting those they believe had incited the riot
If they arrest me, they’re going to have to arrest a lot of other elders.”
If they were involved in the riot or didn’t do anything to stop it then they should be arrested
He said he believed he was being wrongly targeted because of previous run-ins with police and his “history in black affairs”.
Yep. Thats how it works. Develop a reputation as a dangerous idiot and the police check you each time you incite a riot.
From the New York Times
The 51 freight train cars — hauling sulfur, fuel oil and other industrial chemicals — caught fire and blew up outside Neyshabur, 400 miles east of Tehran, IRNA reported.
The villages that were badly damaged were made up of mud brick structures and sat within what officials said was a 12-mile diameter blast zone.
Yep, 12 mile blast zone. Why worry about the expense of nukes. Ground zero is seldom that big.
Google says 200 dead. These people do not need this.
Can’t understand it. One day I can link to Niall and the next I can’t. Does he make a decision every morning to block or not. What is it based on? Were we good little left wing vegemites the day before; did we leave disparaging comments on his site or are we blocked rotationally by some left wing software.
You try, toss a coin, heads or tails, off or on.
Niall, block me or don’t, but stop turning me off and on – it turns me off.
Drunken riot, more likely.
Picture this; Two nights ago Kev Gillett and his mates get drunk and start throwing molotov cocktails at police in response to one of our number getting himself killed in an accident. Would I be writing this now or would I be suffering a dearth of amenities such as a computer because I was in goal. Your damn right, I’d be in goal – so why aren’t those little shits from Redfern in goal now. Plenty of videos, plenty of stills, plenty of ID.
NSW police in Redfern War Zone.
Chief Bastard at BastardInc suggests a rifle company from 3RAR would have changed the scoreline and I agree. However Aid to the Civil Power is a cumbersome tool and rightly so, but some military tactics would have helped the poor police.
Try this- 100 police come up behind the ‘poor drunken fellow me’ darlings. 30 go either aside to block withdrawal routes into the houses and 30 stay back to secure the ammo (molotov cocktail and paver supplies) and act as a cut-off party. No retreat. (For the nitpickers and mathmeticians, the other ten are Command and Control)
Arrest the leaders first and then the thugs, one by one.
Next morning send a car to collect Senator Wridgeway and take him to Long Bay where he can try and talk some sense into the lads. He has nothing of merit to say to the country about the incident so he may as well try and make them see how negative their actions are.
Laurie Quartermaine, Aboriginal leader and Ostrich blames the politicians.
Lyle Munro (same link – scroll down) blames the politicians, the police and ATSIC.
At an impromptu public meeting in Redfern’s notorious Eveleigh Street yesterday, community leaders accused police of regularly harassing and beating Aboriginal youths in the area.
“The stand had to be taken once and for all,” Lyall Munro said. “We’re sick of the intimidation by police. You should be proud of the efforts of young people to defend Aboriginal people.”
Mr Munro lashed out at ATSIC and other indigenous organisations, which he said had failed to represent local Aborigines adequately.
You should be proud of the efforts of young people to defend Aboriginal people.”
Excuse me. Are we talking about the same incident?
I don’t know what position this Lyall idiot holds but he should be relieved of it – NOW
Newsflash guys. The country blames the thugs. Black, white or brindle; not a race riot, a riot of thugs trying to kill police.
Readers, wait for the first aborigine leader to blame the thugs. Write down the name and remember it – a true leader.
Fifty hurt in inner-Sydney riot. Riots smack of spontaneity, this event sounds very organized.
Pictured: Police Officers tend to an injured
colleague as violence erupts in Redfern overnight.
Eight police officers remain in hospital after a total of 50 were injured trying to subdue a riot near Redfern railway station into the early hours of this morning.
The bridge at the station resembled a military zone as at least 60 officers defended one side of Lawson St, facing about 50 angry local residents.
Armed with bricks, rocks, broken bottles and molotov cocktails, the group threw missiles at police, passing trains, vehicles and businesses.
Molotov Cocktails!!!! That suggests someone had a supply line running. Fuel containers, rags cut to length and bottles. The bottles would have been easy – just empty the one you?re drinking from and use that, but fuel and rags for ignition smacks of a system.
“They had a number of wheelie bins lined up with paving stones in them – in fact there were eight of those. There were a number of large tubs with beer bottles in them,” he said.
There is a structure there, a hierarchy that needs pinning down and relocating to Long Bay or wherever bad guys go nowadays.
Police held a press conference yesterday to deny officers were pursuing Thomas at the time of the accident but posters began to appear around the suburb, calling them “murderers”.
Hmmm, posters as well. Artists or compilers on hand with computers, printers and photo-copiers.
At 2am when rioters threw fireworks and firebombs into police lines.
If the NSW Police don’t arrest the entire 50 aborigines and put them away then the public have a right to know why not.
Note the location – Redfern in Sydney. Yes, this has happened in a suburb near you. I have no recollection of anything of this nature happening before in Australia.
Riot – rubbish. It’s a campaign of civil disobedience and all the perpetrators need to be charged and put away.
Update: Brogden, NSW Opposition leader says ‘bulldoze the suburb.’
“He said police should have been better equipped to deal with the rioters and bulldozing the area, notorious for drug dealing and crime, could help.
The fact that 40 or 50 police were injured whilst they stood there and copped it from young Aboriginal thugs and others is an unacceptable position going forward,” Mr Brogden said.
“I’d bring the bulldozers in because I think allowing this to happen every couple of years, which is what’s going to happen, will never fix the problem.”
Drastic, but hey – drastic times.
After behaving properly for at least eight months Dr Norton’s firewall suddenly decided, last friday, that my ISP people were bad and stopped me posting. I have apologised to my ISP for the slight and will now resume posting. Gary, from the Gravett empire saved the day again by pointing me to the firewall.
The more I read about this turkey the more I don’t like him. Not welcome at any Vietnam Veterans reunion that I would attend he would also be a poor contender for chairman of the local PTA with adultry hanging over his head.
Besides being accused of adultry we now find in todays Frontpage his wife is a major contributor to radical left-wing causes.
This article cannot be dismissed with a ‘right-wing biased bullshit’ statement. The question needs to be asked – does she contibute to these causes and if she does, do the US want her as their First Lady? I should think not.
Frontpage also has an article on Kerry’s post-Vietnam service. It’s on public record that he denigrated the US military when he joined the Vietnam Vets against the War.
Mr. Kerry opened by stating “war crimes committed in Southeast Asia, [are] not isolated incidents but crimes committed on a day-to-day basis with the full awareness of officers at all levels of command.” According to tales related by Mr. Kerry, Americans had “raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam.” As to what endangered America, Mr. Kerry stated “the crimes threaten it, not Reds.”
The barking-mad Left will say but that did happen-we’ve read about it. Well I was actually in Vietnam and whereas one can always say these things do happen in a war zone there is no way they can be defined as ‘policy’, or the rule, or everyday occurrances. Isolated instances are what the left use to make a rule. If there was one Kelly at My Lai then by extension there were thousands.
This is simply untrue.
All of this is public and still he garners votes. What are you doing, America?