“He’s on a steep learning curve when it comes to LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex) and trans issues, he needs to learn a lot and rapidly,’’ Group Captain McGregor, a former political adviser, told the journal.Catherine, nobody needs to be on learning curve about LGBTI issues be they steep or flat. We aren’t interested in your medical condition and if you don’t believe that try and raise the subject in your local pub. Shut up about it and go on with your life. No reasonable person would condemn you for your affliction but we don’t need to hear about it every second day in the media. It’s bad enough that the panel chose another activist as AOTY without cat fights from losers. While the good Sergeant was fighting the good fight his boss, the General commanding the Australian Army, was fighting for gender equality in a video that went viral as a pidgeon pair with Gillard’s misogyny speech. (Scripted, I might add by Catherine when she was Malcom). It became his claim to fame and it is obviously the main consideration in his selection. What must the western world think of us. Our allies will be sniggering and the ADF simply embarrassed by it all.
What we don’t hear often are the voices saying that Morrison demoralised the army with his “feminisation” of the service, which scandalously included taxpayer-funded sex-change operations. Or that his concerns about gender-bashing came very late in his career. The enthusiasm for his YouTube clip effectively snuffed out any analysis of the Morrison style: the fierce, almost jihadist fanaticism in his eyes, the tightened facial muscles, what might be taken by some to be a self-righteous vindictiveness lurking in his delivery. Those who puzzled as to why the Chief of Army needed to deal so publicly with an internal disciplinary matter involving spotty cadets and a hidden video camera might just have glimpsed the unleashing of a political ambition fettered for four decades by military discipline.And Miranda Devine has a go.
While Australian soldiers were dying in Afghanistan, Morrison was talking about social engineering concerns such as gender equity. Fourteen soldiers died between July 2011 and July 2014 in that dangerous and confusing war, when Morrison was chief of Army. But instead of the leadership that soldiers at the frontline may have craved, they got flowery speeches decrying masculinity and patriarchy to mark International Women’s Day at the United Nations.
By Mark Lynas – I want to start with some apologies. For the record, here and upfront, I apologize for having spent several years ripping up GM crops. I am also sorry that I helped to start the anti-GM movement back in the mid 1990s, and that I thereby assisted in demonising an important technological option which can be used to benefit the environment.Full report here
Greens leader Richard Di Natale questions party’s GM food ban
Federal Greens leader Richard Di Natale has partially broken with his party’s policy, saying that he does not believe genetically modified crops pose a significant risk to human health.Full report here So, after millions of dollars lost in production and untold numbers of poor people dead from starvation that could have been averted, the insane Greens now say they were wrong. They need to be a billed for the damage they cause. Coal mining could be next…nah…they’ll maintain their impracticable stance and cost the country billions. Should be open season on the bastards.
Stupid letters to the Editor.
It is both bemusing and amusing to read once again about the supposed weakness of wind power being that the wind doesn’t always blow (Letters, 6/1). It doesn’t always rain, but every time I turn the tap on, water comes out.
A group of white Americans occupy government property and get called “militiamen” yet, if a group of Muslims did the same thing, they would be “terrorists”. Go figure.
A navy Twitter account has been shut down after its most senior Muslim officer retweeted a counter-terrorism expert mocking Tony Abbott following the Liberal Party leadership coup and backed the Grand Mufti’s response to the Paris terrorist attacks.Two reasons to ask her to resign her commission right there in that one sentence. Publicly Mocking a politician and siding with the enemy.
On November 18, five days after the Paris attacks, Captain Shindy used the @navyislamic account to declare Dr Abu Mohamed was a “righteous & courageous man who categorically denounces” Islamic State and terrorism, tweeting the hashtag #IStandWithTheMufti.Take her uniform off her and let her #StandwiththeMufti who thinks causative factors such as foreign policy, the media and lack of opportunity were fuelling Islamic extremism. That is, the West are to blame. The Chief of Navy and the Minister for Defence need to be questioned by the Media as to how this situation has been allowed to continue. However, that’s not going to happen anytime soon as the Media most probably think it’s a good thing. As the ADF continues to march towards political correctness as dictated by the Left they are losing their emphasis on defending the realm. Sack her! Bernard Gaynor has a lot more about Captain Shindy but Defence reckons she’s a winner.
Acting Opposition Leader Penny Wong said just four days into the 2016 election year the government was “in chaos” and that Mr Dutton’s texting mishap, in which he labelled a senior female journalist a “mad f—ing witch”, warranted a strong response from Mr Turnbull.Settle down Penny, the government isn’t in crisis, the ALP are – remember 14%…TURC etc. Turnbull is just getting rid of Abbott supporters as he battles to come across as In charge. Men talk like that and to suggest that Dutton’s “mad witch” text is anything other than a miss pressed button is ludicrous. A bit clumsy is all……unless he meant to do it but I can’t see any advantage in that…so let’s just call it clumsy. The mad witch herself didn’t seem to put out by the text so why should anyone else? Jamie Briggs had to go as he made no bones about being an Abbott man. Prosecution at Twitter and in the media overall, and Prosecution they be, can only come up with “complimented a young staffer and then pecked her on the cheek when he left to go back to his room” Waiting for evidence of a crime that requires him to fall on his sword…waiting…waiting. Drunk? No evidence…hitting on the girl…no evidence…Giving away State secrets whilst drunk in a bar…no evidence. Notwithstanding the lack of any crime, Briggs’ political career is most probably over so let’s forget him and move on to the real problem. Malcolm Turnbull.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says it is “appropriate” for ASIO director-general Duncan Lewis to “speak out” if the debate on counter-terrorism in Australia is concerning him.The Australian has revealed Mr Lewis phoned Coalition politicians to urge them to use the soothing language favoured by Malcolm Turnbull in their public discussion of Islam. In what is thought to be an unprecedented intervention in politics by a head of the spy agency, Mr Lewis is said to have told the MPs that their more robust comments risked becoming a danger to national security. Mr Lewis has been defended by Labor and Greens MPs today and by the Foreign Minister. Well, you have it right there. If the ALP and the Greens defend Duncan then he’s plain wrong. It smacks of Turnbull directing Lewis to talk to politicians with the implication being that Abbott is wrong to say Islam needs a reformation and is therefore dangerous. I would like to know whether he initiated the calls or was directed to do so. I suspect the latter. Disclosure: In a previous life I served with Duncan in the West and hold him in high regard. UPDATE: Turnbull denies instructing Lewis to phone MPs and says that just two MPs, Andrew Hastie and Dan Tehan, have been called by Mr Lewis. In a thinly veiled reference to predecessor Tony Abbott, who wrote a column last week calling for a blunter debate about Islam, Mr Turnbull said Mr Lewis “doesn’t just write” about terrorism.
“There are some people who like to write about terrorism,” he said. “There are some people who like to express theories about terrorism – theories about religions and so forth. That’s fine, they’re entitled to do that. “Duncan Lewis has actually fought against terrorism. He has led soldiers against terrorism. He is defending Australia today. He knows what he’s talking about.”Abbott just doesn’t write about terrorism either. He was PM for a part of the War against Terror and actually realizes we are in a war and that the people we are fighting will not respond to diplomacy but need to be defeated on the battle field. Until the West does that the war will continue.