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Rough week. TGIG


Bit rough, eh? ;-)*

For sure, we all know about the AWU nonsense, so there’s no need to go on about that tonight. But I hope everyone’s aware of Gillard’s latest time warp to the Dark Ages proposal. (thanks, Bolta).

Attorney-General Nicola Roxon’s proposed changes massively expand the list of characteristics people can be offended by, expanding the jurisdiction into shops, workplaces and sporting clubs.

The regime will provide a new weapon in the war on free speech by even including “political opinion” as a ground on which people can be discriminated against.

This extraordinary change makes even innocuous political expressions subject to the law – a person need only be offended or insulted in order to make out a claim. Shop owners displaying signs in support of a political candidate may now be legally discriminating against employees who want the other guy to win…

Not only do the changes represent an extraordinary attack on freedom of speech, they also undermine fundamental legal principles derived from 800 years of common law. They would reverse the onus of proof, forcing employers to prove that they are innocent of discrimination.

Saw that yesterday. Make of that what you will.

Um, what else? Oh, the Israel/Palestine thing. Well, Israel says they’re happy, so let’s not worry about the 12 Hamas rockets fired into Israel since the ceasefire, nor their thanking of Iran… the guys who supplied those fancy rockets that could and did hit Tel Aviv.

Anyway, enough. Music.

Infected Mushroom. Arguably one of the best EDM acts on the planet, and perhaps the best out of Israel.

*what? TGIG? Thank God it’s good.

UPDATE

No, not the bloody pic, the bloody week. I had a good week. Sorry, I mixed metaphors with that Roxon/Gillard pic. Very messy. Sorry. Please try and enjoy the music and/or comment… I need another drink and a smoke.

Carry on.

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Friday Night Party Music


Yes, it’s been a while, hasn’t it? Not that I haven’t been keeping up, but have been pretty busy in the new line of work (freelance ESL) – loving it – and, well, have been trying to get the stress levels down a bit.

Tim Blair may be a funny blogger, Andrew Bolt may be a serious blogger, but lately, whenever I’ve really gotten stuck into it, I just start getting angry.

I’m not convinced that is a good thing.

Nevertheless, as I said, I’ve been keeping an eye on things, mainly via the excellent Michael Smith and Larry Pickering (whose Facebook site seems to be having a better time of things today).

That national debt hit 250 bil today – nice one Julia and Wayne. That’s a bit over 11 grand of government debt every man, woman, and child now has to pay off on top of whatever personal debt one may have.

Julia’s off strutting her stuff at the UN General Assembly. Bit rough when one wakes up, turns on Australia Network, and she’s talking. If you’ll allow one to dream unrealistically for a tic, if we lose our bid for a seat on the (joke of a) UN Security Council, does that mean we’d have a good excuse to stop paying our dues? Whatever grand idea the UN might once have been, it is an inept shadow of it’s former self, packed to the rafters with corruptocrats.

Why do we have to put up with the likes of Iran’s Ahmadinejad ranting away up there? I’m not convinced his idea of “peace” is the same as our idea of peace.

Nevertheless, Netanyahu did an exceptional job, so maybe there’s some value left there.

But I digress. As an Aussie, my focus should be on Gillard’s performance. Go to Michael Smith, have a look around, and you see that it is in fact some international MSM picking up the story of the AWU/Slater&Gordon scandal!

If it were to happen, what a venue for that to blow up in the PM’s face. That said, it might not “blow up” but it might be enough to tilt the balance in Finland or Luxembourg’s favour. That might not be such a bad thing, lol. However, it’s a little embarrassing that international media will cover something that, generally speaking, Australian MSM won’t.

There’s lot’s there at both Larry’s and Michael’s sites; Ashby’s 50K payout, the debt, boat people, Nauru, AWU, Paul Howes… you name it, but I reckon I’ve gone into all that stuff enough for a Friday evening, indeed a Friday evening that is the beginning of a little mini-break over here in Korea.

Chusok. And actually, personally, I’m taking about nine days off, so again, forgive me if I don’t immerse myself in grubby politics during that time.

Besides: China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan; things are heating up just a tad too much over various disputed islands. One lot is between Japan, China, and Taiwan which you may have heard about. The other lot is between Japan and Korea. Apparently these islands/islets are of intense historical importance, so I guess the massive reserves of natural gas having noting to do with it (It’s Friday – no links). Man, China seems really stoked on getting that aircraft carrier (thanks, Russia!) – with another homemade one on the way. Hu Jintao had the Mao suit on and everything! And, well, I guess Korea’s pretty happy upon receiving 3 bil worth of Apache helicopters.

Fun times.

And yes, well noted is that the Persian Gulf is a fun place to be also these days (there is a way perhaps that we could be less dependent and without having to throw billions more taxpayer dollars at bankrupt solar experiments).

Oh, and there’s some kind of US election or something going on? All I say about that is that 4Corners was a bit deceptive when they promoted a doco about Mitt Romney but it turned out to be little more that 45 minutes of why Mormons are so bad with the occasional reminder that Mitt is a Mormon. It was actually a rerun of a BBC doco, but whatevs, and was aired months earlier in Australia but it was on Australia Network this week. The reporter, John Sweeney, has done two anti-Mitt/anti-Mormon docos that I know of (no – not linking).
Meh. Enough.

In much more pleasing news at this moment in time, Deadmau5 released >album title goes here< on Wednesday.

🙂

PS Most western op.eds telling you what “Gangnam Style” is all about are rubbish. But here and here are two good ones.

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”.

GillardGate: the Lefty luvvies are getting really nasty today


Take this from the Courier Mail’s (a Murdoch rag, ha!) Paul Syvret. The bloke is frothing at the mouth.

First it starts with a picture-tells-1000-words cartoon of a menacing Opposition Leader Tony Abbott flinging mud… conveniently forgetting the fact the actual allegations themselves have come from those on the Left, including former Labor Attorney General and current labor MP Robert McClelland as well as AWU heavyweights such as Bob Kernohan and former AWU national secretary Ian Cambridge who was even made a judge by Gillard. And let’s not forget half of this can’o’worms was opened by none other than major Lefty lawyer Harry Nowicki!

But no. Syvret kicks in the boot foam thong elsewhere.

LARRY Pickering. James Ashby. Godwin Grech.

And then… hints! Oooo booga booga!

Yep. Never mind the cases surrounding or linked to each man are completely separate from each other, good ol’ Paul conveniently links them together.

Must be a vast right wing conspiracy.

Is there nothing funnier than the paranoid fact-free, leftist mind when backed into a corner??

Some other apologist – ahh, yes, another Courier Mail luvvie, Dennis Atkins, went and called Larry Pickering a “soft-porn cartoonist”.

Really, Dennis? 😮

But we should probably mellow the harshy on Atkins and Syvret. After all, despite their best efforts, the QLD ALP has been reduced to a mere seven seats.

Meh, no. Not when crap like Syrvet’s muck-racking is being passed off as reasoned opinion.

The little grub has had the hide to bring up stuff from the past that actually WAS cleared (laughed out of town, thrown out of court, resolved) and then has the hide to attest to the following:

But it would be grubby to dredge up old and unsubstantiated smears of decades past like that purely to smear a political opponent wouldn’t it?

Yes, Paul. I guess it would be.

A [Labor] document calls on staffers to find details on their opponents’ “younger days”…

That’s gotta smart every morning…

The bloke is clutching at straw man arguments, and is a total, desperate hypocrite.

And who should Paul really be all pissy pants at? The people he attacked or perhaps, some other folks?

Poor Paul. Still hasn’t got it that this isn’t a left/right issue; that maybe it’s a few on the left trying to save the once proud ALP from destruction.

PS Conveniently, they’ve turned off comments for legal reasons, and with the way things are, that can be understood… however Paul Syvret sounds like someone who’d have turned them off anyway.

UPDATE

And yet even lower the desperate stoop.
Sexist, racist, homophobic, religious nut, zealot, etc. etc…
What other BWAHAism can these fools come up with?

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!

It’s high time the PM come clean


Because the longer she stalls in relation to her involvement in the ever-growing AWU/Slater&Gordon scandal, the grubbier and even more untrustworthy she looks to an electorate already betrayed by her introduction of the carbon tax she promised wouldn’t be imposed.

Her excuse of being “young and naive”, barely believable when first uttered, is now completely unreliable.

Come clean, Julia Gillard.

Via Andrew Bolt, we see more evidence today of a PM desperate to cover her tracks. Even though she was a Partner (didn’t know a big-shot law firm would have the “young and naive” as Partners), she left Slater&Gordon very abruptly after her professional, romantic, and indeed questionable relationship with corrupt AWU official Bruce Wilson – the bloke who syphoned off $400,000 of union members’ funds with Gillard’s help – came to light.

There’s a six month gap from when she left to when she started working for the Victorian ALP that has been airbrushed out of the parliamentary records.

Why would someone do that, especially someone “young and naive”?

It’s high time our PM begin treating the electorate with a bit more respect. It comes down to trust and credibility, and right now, it just feels like we have a lying thief running the show.

Also, via the link, finally the Canberra press pack is starting to ask the appropriate questions, however tentatively.

UPDATE

Larry Pickering has put up his fourth instalment of, “Is the Prime Minister a Crook?”

In it, we take a look at Bill Shorten as AWU National Secretary shutting down police investigations by not releasing files.

We look at Gillard’s co-Partner and co-conspirator, Bernard Murphy, now a Gillard-appointed Federal Court judge.

Bill Ludwig is apoplectic.

And Larry challenges current AWU National Secretary, Paul Howes, on his claims of “zero tolerance” towards union corruption.

Hand over the files. Your “zero tolerance” will assist in recovering your members’ stolen funds… but it will destroy your friends and devastate your union. Your call, Piggy.

More to come.

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.

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