Some Disruptions Possible

Qohel has been experiencing growing traffic. We are not yet up with Andrew Bolt and Tim Blair, but we are within sight of becoming Australia’s leading independent conservative blog. Thank you! Over the next day or so (Monday in Australia) we will be moving to a new server, and making some changes to our site …

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On Pell, Pope Benedict, HIV and Condoms

I wrote about the effect of condom use on HIV infection rates in general terms about three weeks ago, but Andrew Bolt’s post this afternoon titled Pell’s Killer Argument has prompted me to add some more detail. I noted last time that the only people whose behaviour is likely to be influenced by Catholic theology …

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Australia To Boycott UN Hitler Birthday Celebrations

At the last possible moment, Australia has been done the right thing and said it will not be sending delegates to the UN’s Geneva Conference for Racism and Anti-Semitism (commonly called Durban II). The conference is due to start on the 120th anniversay of the birthday of Adolf Hitler. This means our illustrious leaders will miss …

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The More I Hear Of Sarah Palin, The More I Like Her

Despite the extraordinary vindictiveness of the attacks against her and her family during the presidential election campaigns, Sarah Palin kept her dignity throughout. She spoke in Illinois a few days ago. On the stimulus programme, no shots at Obama, just : ‘This isn’t free money folks.’ That’s common sense. We need more of it.

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I Missed The Boat On This One

But I am still gobsmacked by the suspended sentence and sympathetic hearing given to Iranian refugee Kayvan Zarei after he punched a woman in a car park and then splashed a witness with petrol and tried to set fire to him. Zarei pleaded guilty to two counts of assault and one count of endangering life. …

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South Australia’s Road Safety Minister A Hoon

South Australia’s Minister for Road Safety Tom Koutsantonis has a good record for saying the right things: `Extreme behaviour on our roads, such as speeding, is unacceptable and won’t be tolerated.’ and ‘Unfortunately, you can’t legislate to avoid stupidity.’ You may not be able to legislate to avoid stupidity, but you can surely avoid appointing idiots …

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Susan Boyle Sings ‘Cry Me A River’

This was recorded ten years ago for a CD produced for a local charity. There’s no video, but her clarity, expression and accuracy of pitch make this something I will listen to over and over again. In other Susan Boyle news, Elaine Paige, whom Susan said was her model, has offered to sing and record …

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