Jefferson, Patrick Henry and Obama

Still thinking about my earlier post on Obama’s inauguration speech. I have been reading Made in America by Bill Bryson. It is about the development of the American version of the English language, and like most of his books, is funny and informative at the same time. On page thirty-nine Bryson tells the story of Patrick Henry. …

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Ding!

Just hit 70 with my Night Elf Druid (feral spec). When I logged on I noticed I had played this character for 14 days 8 hours and 22 minutes. That’s 344 hours on this toon alone. I have another main on a different account – a demonology specced undead warlock, on whom I have spent slightly …

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Empty Apologies

This was an article I wrote ten months ago after comment by The Anglican Archbishop of Adelaide in the Church Guardian of March 2008 that Anglicans welcomed the Prime Minister’s apology to indigenous people for the stolen generations. The announcement of Mick Dodson as Australian of the Year seemed an appropriate context in which to dust it …

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Strong Words

From a justifiably angry column in the Jersusalem Post:  “Even if the Palestinians want peace, Hamas won’t let them have it, because Hamas knows best, and jihad “is the only solution.” Don’t believe me, read the Covenant. It likes nothing better than killing Jews, and the bigger bully in Teheran thinks that’s a damn fine …

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What the … ?

Australia Day honours and all that. A chance for recognition for people who have made a substantial contribution to their local communities or to state or nation. In addition to many other awards, numbering in the hundreds, each year one person is selected by a committee to be ‘Australian of the Year’. My understanding is …

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NZ Police Shooting

For the first time ever, New Zealand Police have shot dead an innocent bystander. This was a tense and complicated situation, in which other lives were at risk. The criminal the police were trying to stop was at that moment aiming a shotgun into the cab of a truck he was trying to hijack. The …

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