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Undercover Mosque

I know, I know. It’s Friday and I’m in a really good mood, too. Nevertheless, the following documentary which goes undercover in to some of the mosques in the UK isn’t something that should be ignored, especially in light of the recent worldwide and homegrown protests we’ve seen that coincided with the 11th anniversary of 9/11.

A teaser: Check out 12:18. He was quoted out of context!

Sure, it’s a minority and all that – namely the Wahabists coming out of Saudi Arabia – however it is a significant minority.

H/T Sean (via Facebook)

Facebook: Political abuse? No way! Racial abuse? OK.

Remember when Aussie icon and cartoonist, Larry Pickering, was temporarily kicked off Facebook for political incorrectness against the PM?

The page, which has almost 3000 “likes”, posts pictures of indigenous people with captions that some Facebook users claim are offensive and, in some cases, hate speech.

Disgraceful. But also, when it comes to this kind of racial or political stuff, I think it’s the lack of consistency which bugs me the most.

Take the current PC London Olympics. Sportspeople who may or may not have conveyed racist sentiments, or the “wrong” political sentiments, are sent home. This is despite it being the Olympics, an international sports event meant to be devoid of politics, even to the point where regimes such as North Korea, and any other “questionable” country is allowed to have its athletes compete, no eyebrows raised.

Not just there, but back in Australia too, and the whole racial/political issue is, in many instances, utterly ridiculous.

There is absolutely no consistency anymore. It’s whoever says whatever platitude feels good at the time and/or has the powers that be in their pocket… at that time.

And it’s not even what is said anymore. It’s who says it, and/or who that person knows.

There has to be a consistent, fair standard and that standard has to be enforced.

Ghost trains

Believe it or not, it’s actually cheaper in the UK to run a train, say, once a week with no passengers on board than it is to go through all the legal wrangling to have a line shut down.

Prohibition again?

London Metropolitan University is thinking about banning alcohol sales on campus.


Because it might offend the Muslim students there.

The perils of going Green

Lord Lawson is talking about events in the UK, but the same applies in Australia, not least because of the carbon dioxide tax we will be unnecessarily burdoned with in a few months.

It is sad that fashionable obsession can lead an intelligent man like Tim Yeo into such a farrago of factual error and economic illiteracy. The reason why there is no economic case for ‘going green’ is simple. It is that green energy is hugely more expensive than carbon-based energy, it always has been and is likely to remain so for the foreseeable future.

That, and no other reason, is why the world relies on carbon-based energy – coal, oil and, increasingly, gas.

And that is why to ‘go green’ requires either a heavy tax on carbon-based energy, to make it less competitive, or a massive subsidy for wind power and other forms of green energy, to make them more competitive – and probably both. Either way, these represent a huge economic cost and a burden on the consumer that bears especially hard in an age of austerity, but which would be unjustifiable at any time.

Read on.

Just what benefit will be achieved from raising Australia’s already high electricity costs via the CO2 tax? Least of all when the Gillard government claims people will be compensated?

Well if they’re going to be compensated, then what’s the point of the tax in the first place?

It’s just a money-go-round, a massive government-led collection of private wealth to be then redistributed as the government sees fit.

Hello? That’s Socialism, and Cory Bernadi is right to call Gillard out on that.

And socialism? If (too much of) your hard-earned work, as represented by money, is taken away from you and given to someone else who didn’t work, then where is the incentive to work?

Nobody works too hard, and then what happens to society?

Plain packaging: it’s not really about your health

Talking about the offensive new packaging to be introduced to Aussie smokes. Like every stupid, nanny-state, molly-coddling, patronising government decision ever made, other governments can’t wait to do the same… this time in the UK.

And’s deputy editor Rob Lyons calls out “plain packaging” for what it really is, an affront to our intelligence and freedom of speech by a bunch of boring control freaks with nothing better to do than tell supposedly “free” citizens how to live their lives.



Conservative speakers in Australia

Hey, I’m in Korea so can’t go and actually see these guys speak (the events are all sold out anyway), but here’s Mark Steyn on the radio with Alan Jones and below is the the clip of Daniel Hannan MEP speaking to the IPA.

The West is out of money, and yet we have naive do-gooders still wanting to spend trillions we simply don’t have on an imaginary problem we don’t have either – AKA man-made global warming.

Iran to EU: No oil for you!

Iran goes all pre-emptive. Sanctions against their oil exports to the EU were set to take effect in July, but Iran has becided to cut it off now, namely to Britain and France.

Meanwhile, little bombs here, little bombs there?

Why the desire to pull the troops out of Iraq in the first place?

In the Australian today:

NO sooner did President Barack Obama welcome home American troops from Iraq and laud that country’s stability and democracy than an unprecedented wave of violence across Baghdad and elsewhere revealed the severity of Iraq’s political crisis.

Unfortunate, yet hardly surprising, even to the most casual of observers.

And whilst I can understand (yet not agree with) the Left’s position not to send troops into Iraq in the first place – an argument, largely moot, for another day – what I don’t understand is their fervish desire to pull the troops out.

It always smacked of idealism, ideology, rather than hard-nosed practicality.

After all, what was so bad with having a US troop presence there to help maintain Iraq’s fragile democratic stability?

One could argue that I am biased because a) I am centre-right politically and b) because I live in South Korea, a nation that has had a US troop presence – some 37,000 28,000 or so currently – since the armistice between North and South Korea and have seen what a permanent US troop presence looks like.

I am happy to accept those labels and can gladly tell you that such a presence ain’t that bad.

By and large,  US bases in Korea – and Japan for that matter – haven’t been a problem.

Sure, issues pop up from time to time, but if one looks at the big picture, then a strong US presence here can only be seen as a good thing, a safe option, a pretty darn good insurance policy against North Korea trying anything major on.

Almost 60 years we’ve had US troops over here without any major problems. In fact, many major problems (a full-scale Nork attack comes to mind) have arguably been averted thanks to this presence.

So, why the rush to leave Iraq essentially free of any US military  before even a decade is up and before, as is clear now, the job is done?

OK, so perhaps it’s a bit like comparing apples and oranges. US troops in Korea, aside from those stationed at the DMZ, aren’t on active duty as they were in Iraq.

However, it’s not a completely dissimilar situation. Perhaps a good analogy would be to compare mandarins and oranges.

US troops not only provided safety and stability in the fledgling democracy that is Iraq – a country still steeped with sectarian and tribal rivalries – but surely they also provided a deterrence to anybody or any groups who want to destabilise the nation.

What takes years to build can take mere seconds to destroy, and I fear a lot of hard work is being undone on the whim of a flawed, feel-good, ideology.

So why?

The only practical reason that I can see for Obama pulling his troops out of Iraq is that with an Iranian confrontation looming which includes action needed in Syria, Iraq frankly isn’t important enough any more or at best, an impractical option for a potentially over-stretched military.

Of course, Obama – a man of the progressive Left – can’t actually come out and say that but it is reasonably well-known to those who don’t just get their news from the MSM that Obama is actually more of a war-time president than Bush was, having committed more troops to both Iraq and Afghanistan, and for a longer period of time.

So whilst the MSM might play along with the “bringing the troops home” narrative, the evidence indicates this simply isn’t the case.

Some 20,000 marines, seamen and air crews from half a dozen countries, a US nuclear aircraft carrier strike group and three US Marine gunship carriers are practicing an attack on a fictitious mechanized enemy division which has invaded its neighbor. It is the largest amphibian exercise seen in the West for a decade, staged to simulate a potential Iranian invasion of an allied Persian Gulf country and a marine landing on the Iranian coast. Based largely on US personnel and hardware, French, British, Italian, Dutch, Australian* and New Zealand military elements are integrated in the drill.
Bold Alligator went into its operational phase Monday, Feb. 6, the same day as a large-scale exercise began in southern Iran opposite the Strait of Hormuz. This simultaneity attests to the preparations for a US-Iranian showdown involving Israel behind the words on Feb. 5 of US President Barack Obama (“I don’t think Israel has decided whether to attack Iran”) and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Feb. 3 (“The war itself will be ten times as detrimental to the US.”).

(*BTW, I don’t recall Aussie PM Gillard highlighting that one.)

And this:

As the US and Israel carried on bickering over the right time to strike Iran’s nuclear sites, their war preparations continued apace. debkafile’s military sources report that flight after flight of US warplanes and transports were to be seen this week cutting eastward through the skies of Sinai on their way to Gulf destinations, presumably Saudi Arabia, at a frequency not seen in the Middle East for many years.

Add into this mix reports that China will reportedly help Saudi Arabia build a nuclear bomb, and that both China and India have started paying Iran for its oil in gold thus helping thwart current US/UN sanctions (more of which were recently thwarted by Russia and China), then we see a stage set for a showdown and we see the reality that rhetoric aside, Obama won’t be bringing many troops home at all.

To someone who doesn’t know any better, it’s as if Russia, India, and China – all wannabe first chickens to the trough – are ganging up on America.**

PS Who wouldn’t love to be a fly on the wall listening in to what the US is really saying about China? Their ever-expanding use of soft power is in many ways, stuffing it all up for America. China must surely be becoming an ever-increasing pain in the neck.

This leaves Australia in an interesting position. Our main export partner is China. Our main ally is the US. We send China our goodies to help them get rich and rival America. We practice shooting our guns with America to help keep America on top.

And yet China and America are also so deep in each other’s pockets. America buys China’s goods. China buys America’s debt.

Fun times.

** I highly recommend reading The Lucifer Principle by Howard Bloom. Part of the book talks about the pecking order of nations.

Another 18 months of FAIL

Tic toc, can we speed up the clock?

BILLIONAIRE Lindsay Fox believes the current leaders of governments all around the world will be thrown out of power in the next 18 months because of their failure to deal with the debt problems plaguing Europe and other developed economies.

In a wide-ranging interview ahead of being honoured at a gala event staged by the American Australian Association in Melbourne tonight, Mr Fox also said Julia Gillard was a “good person” with “good intentions”, but that Tony Abbott would make a “very good leader” of the nation.

As Iran inches ever closer to the bomb…

Not the best news for a Sunday…

Tehran media trumpeted the news Sunday, Jan. 8 that Iran’s deep underground uranium enrichment site at Fordo near Qom goes stream soon, thereby crossing another line in its faceoff with the West on its weapons program. The head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization Fereydoun Abbasi Davani told the Kayhan daily: … 20 percent, 3.5 percent and four percent enriched uranium can be produced at this site.” debkafile’s military sources report that 60 percent is equally feasible, just one step before weapons grade.

And once it’s online, we can’t attack it. Something had better be done pronto before it’s too late.

We waited too long with North Korea and now look where we are.

Meanwhile, South Korea is wise to reconsider its dependence on Iran’s oil.


Ex-military bloke JM Heinrichs in comments says there would, actually, be a few ways to render even a deep underground facility ineffective.


The situation is ramping up.

Iran launched a military maneuver near its border with Afghanistan on Saturday, the semi-official Fars news agency reported, days after naval exercises in the Gulf increased tensions with the West and pushed up oil prices.

And this:

Tension in the oil shipping lanes of the Gulf looks set to intensify amid indications that Iran, Israel and the US will hold military exercises designed to test weaponry and tactics.

We did mention it… once or twice

Attention, Lefties:

When the Right sounds alarm bells it isn’t merely because we want to destroy you.

There actually is some good reason behind our objections. It’s not actually tit for tat per se.

It’s for your betterment as well as ours.

Call it humanity.

For instance, we on the Right saw the idea of a single Euro currency as a bad idea.

Turns out it was.

Just look at Europe now. It’s in financial meltdown. Hardly democratic. Riots abound. And the French are sucking up to the Germans.

This shouldn’t come as a shock.

You were warned.

We saw lax immigration policies as a bad idea.

Turns out it was.

It would cost billions and result in hundreds dead.

This isn’t rocket science.

You were warned.

Opening your eyes now and stating that you should have been more, er, courageous, is a step but not a solution.

Now take stock and take heed of our Global Warming warning.

H/T spotty

Margaret Thatcher

So Hollywood’s liberal Left is coming out with a movie about Margaret Thatcher (and if you need an explanation for who she is, then maybe this isn’t the post for you).

I was only a pup when she and Reagan ruled the free world, and I love hearing an older American mate reminisce about “Ronnie”.

And although I love all the convenience of our modern world, hearing my mate or reading the comments at the link makes one almost, in a sense, “miss” that era.

I’m pretty sure some of my readers are a bit past their early 30s however, so…

Story time folks. You’re more than welcome to pass on your thoughts about the movie (and it’s timing), but it’s actually the stories, the memories, that I’m really after.

Should never have cosied up to them in the first place

The sooner the UK breaks its ties with the EU, the better IMO.

EUROPEAN Union leaders have already begun plotting their revenge on Britain after the collapse of the Brussels treaty shake-up, it emerged last night.

Senior figures in Brussels plan to use the powerful voting majority of the new eurozone “fiscal union” bloc to gang up on the UK.

Some are calling for a deluge of new regulations and red tape to be imposed on British business.

Others are even calling for Britain to be driven out of Europe altogether.

Via JM who notes, “… and in turn. the City of London will kill the external Euro trade.”

Here’s wishing them the best of luck.

The Europeans are angry that the UK didn’t back their new treaty to save the Euro zone. That treaty has been described as “half-baked” by those closer to the crisis over there.

The people who drafted it? “Blithering idiots.”

And as the Eurozone banking system teeters “on the edge of collapse”, the smart money is quietly shifted to Germany.

Thanks, JM.

Meanwhile, even as climate change is debunked from A to Z…

Man-made climate change, that is, of course…

Obviously, climate has changed naturally since Earth was a glint in God’s green eye.

It always will and, historically, we’ve done pretty well at dealing with it as your reading this on the Internet will testify to.

However, and despite a swathe of evidence debunking the theory that healthy, wealthy, relatively free and wise human civilisation is somehow bad – and that’s essentially what the global warming argument boils down to – a US senator has come out and stated that climate change deniers are, quote: “endangering humankind”.

Well thank goodness for that. Since virtually no one out there denies that climate does indeed change as witnessed by a mountain of empirical and anecdotal evidence, surely senator Boxer is reassuring us that humankind, the way it’s going, is going to be OK in the coming millennia.

OK. Jokes aside. Sen. Boxer as I read it is telling us that an international commitment with tangible action must be made to curb humankind’s emissions of greenhouse gases – namely carbon dioxide – or else the planet will heat up too much to be able to sustain life and that this tangible action namely involves weaning ourselves off carbon-based energy.

Not because it’s bad per se – after all, it’s cheap, easy to use, effective, and is one of the main driving forces that gives at least about a billion of us a safe, comfortable life that allows us to move beyond mere survival and engage our brains in ways to make civilisation even more advanced…

No not that, but because something, carbon, the building block of all life on earth, from the emergence of cellular life forms to the discovery of fire to vehicles that give us a handle on the galaxy, is now, suddenly, after 4.3 billion years, going to kill us.

Seriously, Sen. Boxer? That’s it?

What got us from an average lifespan of about 30 to an average lifespan of about 80 is going to somehow kill us?

Let’s leave theory there for a moment and actually take a look at the data we have.

Now the key bit of data must surely be that the world is warming and that this is bad.

Not just “bad”, but that it could wipe us all out.

Let’s assume for a minute that warming caused by human carbon emissions is bad. After all, our carbon emissions continue to steadily rise.

Problem: temperatures are not rising despite increased emissions.

In fact, this decade temperatures have been cooling.

OK. So it isn’t global warming. How about climate change causing things such as catastrophic sea level rises and increased wild weather?

Well, that isn’t happening either as empirical evidence proves. Click the links and you’ll sea that sea level rise is slowing as is wild weather (although, thanks to satellites, we get to see more of it on TV).

In fact, a bloke called Marc Morano – an activist if you will – has just delived a speech to the COP17 (climate change) international conference currently underway in Durban, South Africa.

You can find Marc Morano here and here.

Marc Morano details exactly why the current global warming/climate change scare is a false premise. It’s a pretty big pdf but well worth saving and referencing now and in the future.

He goes through pretty much every scare you and your kids have been subjected to, and clinically puts it in perspective.

Many of the proponents of man-made global warming are now claiming that climate change is worse than they predicted. According to an October 18, 2011 Daily Climate article, global warming activists claim that the “evidence builds that scientists underplay climate impacts” and “if anything, global climate disruption is likely to be significantly worse than has been suggested.”

But this exclusive Climate Depot exhaustive A-Z Climate Reality Check report on the scientific reality of the failure of man-made global warming shatters any such illusions that the climate is “worse than we thought.” As the real world evidence mounts that global warming claims are failing, the climate activists have ramped up predictions of future climate change impacts to declare that it “worse than we thought.” But a prediction or projection of 50-100 years into the future is not “evidence.” Recent scientific data and developments reveal that Mother Nature is playing a cruel joke on the promoters of man-made climate fears.

The scientific reality is that on virtually every claim — from A-Z — the claims of the promoters of man-made climate fears are failing, and in many instances the claims are moving in the opposite direction. The global warming movement is suffering the scientific death of a thousand cuts. This Climate Depot special report categorizes and indexes the full range of climate developments in a handy A-Z reference guide. The A-Z report includes key facts, peer-reviewed studies and the latest data and developments with links for further reading, on an exhaustive range of man-made global warming claims.

Meanwhile, as the gravy train rolls on, as the pigs hog the trough, as people are duped into believing more taxes and less freedom will save the planet, Australia as a lone crusader marches on into the abyss.

Yes. As the world, as ordinary citizens catch on to the the wolf dressed in sheep’s clothing that is so-called eco-awareness, this global warming gravy train – and we’re talking trillions upon trillions of dollars taken out of your pocket via taxes for a supposed problem that doesn’t even exist – well hopefully this wolf on a train has passed the last station and is headed to the end of the line.

The hard reality is that governments have spent and are spending too much of our tax dollars on wasted ventures, and despite all that money, have borrowed too much of other people’s money for even more waste, are in a state where they can’t pay the money back to prop up the waste any time soon, and yet they continue to spend more and more on wasted ventures, and thus – tralala – “global warming” is the best dud solution they have come up with to plug the hole in the crucified hand of society and thus gain what is the antithesis to democracy and freedom.

Plugging the hole means robbing us blind, stripping from us our democratic rights, taking away our freedom, and sending humanity back at least 500 years.

“Global warming” is a means of reasserting control, power, and wealth by a selected few over the many.

It doesn’t have a thing to do with the ecological balance of planet Earth.

Agree to global warming and you are agreeing to other people running your life, you having no say over your life, and no means to do anything about it.

What is nowadays touted as progressive thought is actually a call for the bad old days.


With thanks to Cranky Old Crow for some of the links


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