Archive for October, 2011

Melbourne Cup tips


Who’s gonna win it?

Guaranteed bragging rights if you get it right. Any picks after 12pm 1pm blog time (2pm 3pm Melbourne time) will naturally be heartily scoffed at.

I’m going to go Bart Cumming’s Illo with Jim Cassidy on the saddle.

(times updated)

UPDATE Mourayan out

UPDATE II

So it’s…

1. Dunaden
2. Red Cadeaux
3. Lucas Cranach

Almost a dead heat. What a race (and that just being able to hear it on internet radio)!

Day off work today.

Had grave fears for Illo when it was an early leader because the early leader NEVER gets it.

Spooked that I put Dunaden on top of the poll O.o!

What I’ve done the past couple of years is play the youtube clip to the kids the day after. With about 28 kids in a class, and each kid assigned a number at the beginning of the school year by their homeroom teacher (i.e. 1-28), one kid gets to be the lucky winner [the other five will get to pick a number of their choice, chillax]).

Sure, it’s just dumb luck, but then again… ;-)

The kids have a ball, and it’s a little bit of cultural fun. No use teaching or learning the language without a bit of culture chucked in! :-)

Some prelims…

Click back for finals.

RED CADEAUX:

“Beaten by a pixel.”

Funny, that the headline in the “some prelims” link initially said, “Red Cadeaux Wins The 2011 Melbourne Cup – Results!”

Headline was subsequently changed, lol.

UPDATE III

Cripes. Illo 19th. Don’t take my advice!

The PM can blame QANTAS all she likes…


…But it isn’t going to change the fact that she could have acted to fix the situation before any planes were grounded using the very laws that she personally helped draft.

PRIME Minister Julia Gillard has blamed Qantas for leaving thousands of passengers stranded in Australia and around the world, insisting the airline didn’t need to take the “extreme” action of grounding its fleet.

As the federal opposition tried to force Labor onto the back foot on Monday over the handling of the dispute between Qantas and three unions, Ms Gillard defended the government’s actions and the industrial relations laws she drafted when she was workplace relations minister in the Rudd government.

“I do not believe that this extreme action should have been taken,” Ms Gillard told parliament.

“I do not believe that Qantas should have acted to leave tens of thousands of Australians stranded effectively without notice around Australia and in many parts of the world.”

Ms Gillard said Qantas “had other options open to it” on Saturday when its board authorised the grounding of its domestic and international fleet, including asking the industrial umpire Fair Work Australia (FWA) to terminate all industrial action.

Thank goodness our PM doesn’t actually build the planes herself.

At losses of $15 million a week, and government measures that could have stemmed the exodus of cash not being used, exactly what else could QANTAS have done?

I think reader Carpe Jugulum is right. Gillard expected QANTAS to roll over for the government unions like a dog, but this time, instead, it said “woof”.

Could have been prevented


The government had three hours (if not more) to use section 431 of an act, the Fair Work Act the PM personally had a major hand in writing, to stop the union strike actions and keep the QANTAS planes flying.

PM Gillard didn’t act.

Why?

Questions are even being raised whether government ministers were even aware of the options at their disposal.

Why did it have to come to such drastic measures being taken by a struggling airline before the relevant arbitratory body would do anything?

Why didn’t the PM take the call from QANTAS CEO Alan Joyce who was desperate for her help, and why also didn’t she call him back?

Why was the government caught so off-guard when there had been repeated warnings that QANTAS may have to ground the planes?

Jus’ chillin’


It’s quite telling the so-called 99% would be stuffed without handouts…

Saturday’s snow storm made life in Zuccotti Park miserable for Occupy Wall Street protesters.

Demonstrators were left drenched with rain and then snow as the storm moved through the region. Central Park set a record for both the date and the month of October with 2.9 inches of snow.

Those camping out in the park have been stockpiling donated blankets, scarves, coats and have been trying to get more tents, cots and tarps.

Who knows? Maybe Michael Moore can spare them a cheeseburger.

Meanwhile, surely they’d be a little more secure if they were back home.

H/T

Sunshine and lollipops


Yeah well.

You know it’s Monday, so why not start off with polar bear vs walrus?

Wanted: Dead or deader


Merely bagging Israel isn’t enough for some these days…

Tell ya what, any Greenies out there; if you want to convince a Righty about how bad oil is, try this line…

RIYADH – A Saudi royal offered a $900,000 reward to anyone who captures an Israeli soldier, on Saturday. Prince Khaled bin Talal, the brother of business tycoon Walid bin Talal, told the Saudi-based broadcaster Al Daleel that the captive would then be released in exchange for Arabs held in Israeli prisons.

And this kind of rhetoric is just fine?

With the Big Cheese dead recently, is Saudi Arabia descending from being a minor headache into a full blown migrane?

Did you know McDonald’s is a small company?


According to Obama, US Democrats and specifically, former House speaker Nancy Pelosi, it is.

McDonald’s is one of the small 1800 companies receiving a waiver from mandatory ObamaCare that only big companies have to pay for.

Various unions, among many others, are exempt, too.

In October, the federal government issued dozens of one-year waivers to companies like McDonald’s, insurers, and unions. TheTimes explains, “These limited-benefit plans, also known as ‘minimeds,’ fail to comply with new rules phasing out limits on how much policies will provide in medical care each year.”

Furthermore, the administration granted dozens more waivers in order to avoid the disruption that would have resulted from the enforcement of the new rules. Likewise, the Department of Health and Human Services has indicated it will use a different method of calculating spending for these plans so that they would meet new regulations.

The administration has defended these decisions, asserting that they are merely addressing concerns posed by employers. However, Gateway Pundits contends that without the “right connections, you can’t get a waiver for your company.” It adds, “That’s the new reality under the Obama-Pelosi regime.”

Similarly, Fox News asserts, “These are companies that maybe have the smartest lawyers and loudest voices — Aetna, McDonald’s, Jack in the Box, the unions — fighting for the exemptions and getting the waivers.”

In response to that, Fox News contributor Tracey Barnes told Fox News:

That’s the sin of it. A law was created inside of three minutes. It was “shoot now, ask questions later.” We put it out there; we realized everything is wrong with it. And the little guy affected the most doesn’t have the money and the big corporate attorneys to go back to the government and fight for it. We have big companies getting away with it and the little guy getting hurt yet again.”

The memory hole:

Two sites, here and here, both link to an HCC list of companies that are exempt from paying for ObamaCare.

Except that now all those identical links give us is a basic homepage.

It’s who you know.

Need something to Occupy other than a proper toilet and shower, OWS movement?

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