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Censor the media? Let’s see what the High Court might think about that


That’s what News Ltd. boss Kim Williams not-so-subtley suggested today.

CEO Kim Williams told a parliamentary inquiry this afternoon he believed the introduction of a Public Interest Media Advocate would be “of very real interest to the High Court”.

“We are confident this approach in creating the Public Interest Media Advocate and the powers that are rendered unto it and the sanctions that are rendered unto it go against the free flow of political communication in our society,” Mr Williams said.

“In the event that these laws are passed we would be immediately seeking leave to appeal to the High Court.”

With any luck, it won’t come to that, but if it does, I hope he follows through, and I hope he wins.

Sen. Feinstein, the “common thread” isn’t merely guns and ammo. Why do you refuse to take a look at SSRI meds?


US Senator Diane Feinstein (Democrat, California) has recently come out guns blazing, noting the “common thread” between recent mass shootings and the use of high powered assault rifles and high ammo clips.

Never mind the guns she and other vocal libs such as Piers Morgan are attacking number in the millions whilst you can count mass shootings on one or two hands.

Add everything together, make all the necessary caveats, carry the two, and we reach the conclusion that there are somewhere around 3,750,000 AR-15-type rifles in the United States today. If there are around 310 million firearms in the USA today, that means these auto-loading assault-style rifles make up around 1 percent of the total arsenal.

Yes, there’s a lot of gun violence in the US, but the measures being proposed now are even less than a futile gesture.

One thing you can count on, however, is that all of these mass shooters were either on, or had recently come off SSRI medication such as Prozac.

But even then, you have millions upon millions of Americans on SSRIs, and yet, however tragic each and every mass shooting is, still only that handful or two of them.

Sure, do a background check for every legal gun purchase, but be careful on the rest of the liberal proposals.

We all know it’s a leftist’s wet dream to have a world ridded of guns, but that simply is never going to happen. That’s not how our species works.

At best, proposals such as Feinstein’s will make it harder for the good guy, and won’t do a thing to kerb most gun violence, about 3/4 of which is gangbangers and the like (google it if you don’t believe that).

TBH, most of the stuff I’m hearing, from the gun debate to Benghazi, to Obama’s renewed push to combat climate change :roll: is nothing more than a constant media barrage designed to distract America and the world from…

that $16 and a half trillion dollar debt that nobody’s doing anything about.

The new Left: “racist” jokes that actually parody racism, bad. Obvious fat joke cheap shots, OK


Such is the hypocrisy of the Left.

On the one hand, we hear about the increasingly leftist BBC omitting classic segments from the superlative comedy series, Fawlty Towers, produced by and starring, er, leftists.

On the other hand, we have CNN’s Erin Burnett doing a story about FaceBook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerbeg’s endorsement of Republican New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie.

In her intro, she refers to Zuck’s “obese checkbook”.

Weasel all you want, but that was an obvious cheap shot, and a classic case of ever-changing goal posts, opportunism, hypocrisy, selective moralism, and worst of all, partisan comment being passed off as objective journalism.

Not cool for Erin, who’s usually half decent for a CNN host.

Dem threads


Enjoyed watching the POTUS inauguration the other night.

‘Twas interesting to see the CNN commentators tripping over themselves to see who could wax most lyrical.

And when it came to their adulations over the first lady’s garb, well, it reminded me of a certain story.

Perhaps I’m the only person on the planet who thinks this when an adoring media goes on and on (and on and on) about Michelle Obama’s clothes* …

… but I doubt it. :-)

*Or maybe it was their commentary in general …

Fan death


Fan death, or the belief that keeping the fan on whilst you sleep in a closed room will kill you, is a widely held belief in South Korea.

Sounds ridiculous, right?

However, top scientists have explained it and confirmed its veracity. There are regular news reports. Every fan in Korea has a timer on it to prevent this lethal threat.

Even Korean wifey has challenged my laughter with documentary X that was on TV.

Talking to my cousin last night, he noted how effing stupid that an entire nation could believe such crap. My reply was essentially, meh, replace “fan death” with “global warming”, and you have an entire planet believing such nonsensical shite … backed up by top scientists and constant news reports, no less.

:-)

Snap!

Occupy Unmasked


It was Andrew Breitbart’s final project before his untimely death.

And the full movie is about to be released.

Meanwhile…

And currently…

Labor’s dirt machine


They’ve been at it since the beginning of time, and were likely feeding David Marr scuttlebutt for months as he researched his attack on Opposition leader Tony Abbott, and yet the best that they both can up with is that maybe Tony Abbott hit a wall when he was a teenager, as “witnessed” by two people, Abbott haters no less, who weren’t even there.

:roll: :lol:

UPDATE

More here.

Sensitive thugs


Sensitive lot, aren’t they, over in northern Africa and the Middle East?

Turn on, say, CNN, and we’re witnessed to violent, inflamed protests in Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Sudan, Iran, Iraq, the Kashmir region, Yemen, Morocco, and Israel and the Palestinian territories.

And why? Well the catalyst for the protests which – no coincidence, surely – began on September 11, are over a crappy, low budget film depicting Mohammed as a thug and pedophile. Most of us would have happily lived out our lives having not the slightest inkling this film ever existed, except that an Egyptian sheik got wind of it, translated the YouTube trailer in to Arabic and, let’s face it, used it to light a fire under the ever-simmering hatred of the West, and the US in particular as the bastion of the West.

The film was ordinary to say the least, but that’s the price you pay for freedom, and in particular, freedom of speech – a cornerstone of free democratic nations (which incidentally, the Left in Australia has managed to dig up). I’d much rather have freedom and be offended once in a while than to live in a country where even freedom of thought is blasphemy, indeed punishable by death.

What we also know – or think we know – is that the bloke who made the film is one Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, FKA Sam Becile; technically a Coptic Christian (they make up around 10% of Egypt’s population), but as information comes to light, it turns out he’s a pretty shady guy with multiple names and social security numbers, has been convicted for narcotics offenses as well as bank fraud.

So basically, he’s a troll – not someone to be liked.

However, what I also don’t like is all the finger-pointing that has gone on “back home”. TBH, I’m not really that proud of my “Bye, Libya” post below (although a number of US lawmakers, both Democrat and Republicans, have called for a washing of hands also). But what really disgusts me is that whilst corpses have been paraded around the streets, and the senseless violence is ongoing, the Left have used this as an opportunity to attack US presidential candidate, Mitt Romney.

Now, for sure, the Right have also used this to attack sitting Democrat President Barrack Obama.

Yet, there is one key difference, it must be pointed out, that does not make what’s good for the goose good for the gander.

Romney has no actual political power, and in no way has been involved in any type of US government decision making when it comes to things such as an effective, appropriate response, coordination with the State Department, and security conditions on the ground which may have at least saved a few important lives.

The opposite is true for Obama. Geneva convention or not (the host country provides most security at embassies and consulates), the situation being what it was leading up to those abhorrent attacks, the Obama administration should have had proper security forces in place.

It did not.

And talk about gaffes in rhetoric – and the Left has been quick to jump on a perceived yet actually non-existent gaffe in Romney’s rhetoric – Obama comes out and says Egypt is neither enemy nor ally; a gaffe which the State Department had to correct and reiterate that Egypt, er, technically is an ally, in the legal definition of the word.

Not that Obama is being punished in the media for that massive faux pas

Double standards? Remember when Obama recently and most irresponsibly inflamed home grown violence by declaring that if he had a son, his name would be Trayvon Martin?

Still, that’s hardly the first example of collective, selective, faux leftist outrage.

But I digress, and fall into the same trap I’m blaming leftists for also doing.

The real bad guy here isn’t Obama. Nor is it Romney. Nor is it that film maker, not in a country that upholds freedom of speech, however offensive.

No, the real bad guys are those thugs who murdered the US Libyan ambassador, J. Christopher Stevens and three others including two former Navy Seals.

The real bad guys are those thugs staging their violent protests all over the middle east and northern Africa.

The real bad guys are people like that sheik who found that obscure video and used it to incite an entire nation, indeed regions, to hatred and violence.

The real bad guys are the ruling Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt who have called for a banning of Freedom of Speech in the West, and who have also called for *cough* peaceful protests this Friday, Islamic prayer day.

While emotions are still running high, can we in the West, on the Left and the Right, please remember who the real bad guys are (hint: it’s not each other).

China, Japan, Korea, and a few chunks of rocks


Korea and Japan are fighting over Dokdo/Takeshima. Japan and China are fighting over a few other chunks.

Both disputed territories just so happen to have huge reserves of hydrocarbons.

One to keep a bit of an eye on.

Tweets to the PM


Context.

Sorry, couldn’t resist…

SRSLY. That’s all she’s got? A typo???

UPDATE

Via Larry Pickering where I found the link, Yahoo asks, “Do you think Julia Gillard still has questions to answer over her time at Slater and Gordon?”

Not a scientific poll by any means, but JFTR, at the time I submitted my “yes” vote, a whopping 77% of people agreed. That’s significantly above the 45-55 odd 2PP vote. In effect, only Labor’s paltry primary vote voted “no”… a bit less actually.

Related.

Twenty-four questions that do need answering, despite a certain PM’s “hyperbowl”.

Them’s fightin’ words, Julia… allegedly


First, she has allegedly gone an accused alleged bloggers, who in the most part are allegedly just people with alleged day jobs and a bit of alleged passion and concern, of “gender-based” attacks.

Yep. Allegedly that’s OK. But what does “gender based attacks” even allegedly mean? And JFTR, when was the last time before this week anyone had allegedly heard the word, “scurrilous”? Is the next Pirates of the Caribbean going to be, in alleged fact, “Pirates of the alleged water cooler at the alleged Parliament House”?

Whatever that allegedly means, something’s got the allegedly so-called shagger Thomson all allegedly fired up again… allegedly.

CRAIG Thomson has declared Fair Work Australia is living in “a dream land” if it attempts to prosecute him over union rorts…

And then, this… after all.

JULIA Gillard admitted to law firm Slater & Gordon during an internal probe that she should have opened a file for the controversial legal work that she had done for her then client and boyfriend, union boss Bruce Wilson.

Standard practice would require a file being opened lest one want to defraud their own law firm… hypothetically speaking, of course, but not allegedly.

Allegedly, Gillard and her alleged Co. have had an alleged Pow Wow allegedly over the alleged night and might allegedly come out today, allegedly Wednesday, with their metaphorical alleged gloves allegedly off.

Sorry, can’t print that quote. You know, allegations and all.

PS Andrew Bolt, I love your work but you were too harsh on Larry Pickering.

So much for GillardGate being a vast right wing conspiracy


Andrew Bolt sets the record straight as to where the information on the AWU/Slater&Gordon scandal is coming from… and it ain’t from the Right.

There is a determined campaign by Labor and its media allies to portray the scrutiny on this scandal and on Gillard as a Liberal plot, a Murdoch press gotcha, or the malevolent muck-rucking of disreputable “shock-jocks” and cartoonists.In fact, the scandal was recently raised in Parliament by former Labor Attorney-General Robert McClelland. It is being researched by a former Socialist Left unionist turned lawyer Harry Nowicki. It has been given fresh momentum [by] a former Slater & Gordon partner Nick Styant-Browne, It has been kept alive by allegations by former AWU officials Ralph Blewett and Bob Kernohan. The most devastating indictment was an affidavit by then AWU national secretary Ian Cambridge, now a Gillard-appointed judge of Fair Work Australia. The man who gave me the most damaging insight into the affair was another senior AWU official. The story has recently been pursued by Fairfax’s Financial Review.

That’s right. The actual content, the info, the facts, the guts of this scandal is coming from… the Left! Leftists who are are also fed up with this travesty.

Because as much as some of the Gillard Luvvies in the media and elsewhere would like to dismiss this for their team, this isn’t actually a left/right issue.

It’s a criminal issue, a trust issue, a judgement issue, an integrity issue.

So enough of this shooting the messenger BS.

BTW, that link also contains more info from the excerpts in the post below.

“old” Pickering Post back up.


Finally, after having to pay for more bandwidth. :-)

pickeringpost.com

LOL, will have to re-update the blogroll (but I’ll keep the facebook link there, too, anyway).

No, sorry. What the PM did certainly was “wrong”


Yes, we’re talking about the AWU/Slater&Gordon scandal whereby PM Julia Gillard, then a Partner at Melboune Law Firm Slater&Gordon, set up bank accounts under the name “AWU Workplace Reform Association” for then AWU National Secretary and her then boyfriend (even though he was married) Bruce Wilson. These bank accounts were nothing more than Wilson’s personal slush funds containing money he had extorted and embezzled from various building firms in return for an uninterrupted supply of union labour.

It is also clear, and hasn’t been denied by Gillard, that she personally benefited from these stolen monies, including receiving extensive renovations to her house as well as other expensive personal items such as high-end clothing.

What Gillard denies is that she didn’t know a) that these were secret, fraudulent accounts for her then boyfriend’s stolen money and b) that her personal gains were obtained using some of the stolen money.

“I did nothing wrong,” she has repeatedly claimed.

Personally, I think she certainly did do a number of things that most honest and diligent people would consider “wrong”, including her failure to open up a file on this matter, as is common practice at any reputable law firm.

However, whether she technically did anything illegal is I think what she’s getting at, and that should certainly be a matter for the courts (which it currently is not).

Either way, it’s certainly a grey area, and politicians have had to resign for a lot less, because when it comes to politicians, and especially the Prime Minister, it comes down to integrity and whether that person can be trusted.

To say there’s a cloud hanging over Gillard’s head is a gross understatement.

It also comes down to judgement. On this matter the PM says she was “young and naive”. I’m sorry, but that’s not going to cut it.

I’m about the same age Gillard was then, and as much as I’d like to hope so, sorry, I’m not exactly young any more. People in their early thirties have been around the traps for at least 15 years, or about half their lives.

And this was someone, a go-getter, who was not just a lawyer, but a Partner at a law firm, and not just any law firm, but one of Australia’s big boys.

And what’s this I hear yesterday about Gillard giving permission to Slater&Gordon to release their own files (albeit not the one’s we really want to see dated 1995)?

I know PM’s wield considerable power, but a PM giving permission??? That smacks of something a dictator would do.

And a PM worth their salt wouldn’t be treating their constituents for mugs with nonsense responses to serious questions like this pathetic response seen here.

This “repeat the mantra” snubbing of the people of Australia is an utter disgrace.

The woman has clearly acted wrongly. Even her old law firm once described it as “unprofessional and unethical”.

Gillard’s response? Accuse the editor-at-large of the Australian, Paul Kelly, of being manipulated by someone? Who? Who knows? But how desperate of a PM to imply some sort of vague conspiracy and try and smear one of Australia’s most respected journalists.

There’s not much out there that could be more unbecoming of the holder of this land’s highest office.

More.

Larry Pickering:

Gillard said, “I resigned voluntarily”. That is a lie.
Gillard said, “I did not know what the accounts were for.” That is also a lie.
Gillard said, “I had receipts for work done on my property.” That is a deception. She had receipts for maybe a new lamp-shade and a fancy soap-holder.

More:

Mr Styant-Browne, now a Seattle-based lawyer, said the partnership “took a very serious view” of these and other matters, “and accepted her resignation”.

More background including Bob Kernohan’s stat. dec. and Glenn Milne’s since-pulled column.

PS Why hasn’t the AWU, currently headed by Paul Howes, been more active in recovering the stolen money, especially since a court has ordered that be done? And why is “zero tolerance” for corruption Paul Howes continuing to withhold files that could be important for any police investigation?

UPDATE

An absolute treasure trove of links can be found here – anything you might want to know, plus some updates on the latest, first linked to in comments here.

UPDATE

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott:

QUESTION:

You say Julia Gillard has questions to answer over her time at Slater and Gordon. What are those questions?

TONY ABBOTT:

This is a matter that was put on the public record not by me, but by Robert McClelland, a member of her Cabinet.

QUESTION:

What are those questions, Mr Abbott?

TONY ABBOTT:

As I said, this is a matter that was raised by Robert McClelland, a member of her Cabinet. It’s obviously, having been raised by Robert McClelland, a legitimate subject of media interest.

Subtle yet… ouch!

Don’t let the door hit you on the way out, Julia Gillard


There is no possible way any rational person could see the prime minister Julia Gillard’s hold on power as in any way tenable.

This is in relation to bogus bank accounts she set up when she was Partner at law firm Slater and Gordon on behalf of her then boyfriend Bruce Wilson, Victoria AWU secretary.

Hundreds of thousands of dollars were syphoned from union membership fees, funds which bought Wilson a house, and renovated Gillard’s.

That Gillard says she was “young and naive” is nonsense. A Partner in any law firm is never naive. And let’s face it, Gillard was banging Wilson at the time; she had to know.

Now former bagman for the AWU Ralph Blewitt is about to spill the beans – if he can get police protection.
Police protection: it is that serious.

Click.

PS Perhaps Glenn Milne and Michael Smith, journalists who exposed this foetid mess, can have their jobs back soon.
H/T Sean

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