Mourning for Bushfire Victims

An earlier headline said that services around the nation were expected to bring comfort to those who had lost homes or loved ones in fires in Victoria two weeks ago. Expected by whom the headline did not say. There is not much that can compensate for the death of someone you love. But the milllions …

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Another Rau Row

Cornelia Rau was briefly detained in a detention centre for illegal immigrants by Australian offcials four years ago. She did not appear to speak English, said she did not have Australian citizenship, had no identification, and could not explain how she came to be in Australia. It was soon recognised that she had a mental …

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Tragic for the Parish

But if you can’t or won’t teach the Catholic Faith, you have no business being a Catholic priest. If you want a do-it-yourself faith, and a do-it-yourself Jesus, why not be an Anglican?

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You Can’t Spend Your Way Out of Debt

Who would have guessed? Alarmingly this simple fact still seems to be escaping the current US administration. Kelsey Grammer is absolutely right. The ‘stimulus’ package is about rewarding people who are unproductive, or who have been irresponsible, by taking money from people who are productive and responsible. This has two effects. First it discourages responsibility. …

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Tough Times Make You Fat

According to the Australian ABC, MacDonalds is doing well in Australia, so soon everyone will be obese. This is another one of those increasingly frequent (especially when it comes to health and climate scares), headlines that look alarming, but when you read the story, you find that nothing has happened at all. It’s just some ‘expert’ …

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Debate Must Be Stopped. ‘Honour’ Killings? Sorry, No Time.

Via Kathy Shaidle, this story from the Toronto Sun. The Ontario Human Rights Commission has time to investigate and comment on stories published in national magazines over which it has no jurisdiction. It has time to condemn writers like Mark Steyn because their criticisms of radical Islam makes them Islamophobic (whatever that means – being critical of …

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Oz Bush Fires – Greenies Responsible

Hmm… The people who lit the fires are immediately responsible. But a measure of responsibility also lies with environmental activists who pressured local councils and other governement agencies to reduce or disallow prescribed (that is controlled protective) burning and other clearing of highly flammable scrub from residential areas.  ‘The green movement is directly responsible for the severity of …

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The Lunatics Are Running the Asylum

Via Andrew Bolt, this story of the banning of Geert Wilders from Britain. ‘It seems that in Britain the public debate has already been smothered to the extent that a democratically elected politician from another EU country is not allowed to come to Britain to adress a private meeting with British politicians in the Palace …

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Read This Reuters Article

For an idiotic comparison of the division between Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas, who spend their spare time killing one another, stealing aid (largely given by Israel) and plotting against the ‘Zionist entity’, and different parties in Israeli politics, whose members are often personal friends despite their political differences, and whose differences are talked over in …

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Bushfire Death Toll May Reach 200

Even though Victoria has cooled a little, there are still about twenty fires still out of control. A fifth of the residents of the town of Maryville may be dead. Many bodies are still in burnt homes. Many of the fires are thought to have been deliberately lit. That means some of those homes  are crime scenes. Investigations …

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Rancher Sued by Illegal Immigrants

I can understand this guy being annoyed: along the trails through his property used by illegal immigrants are piles of litter including human faeces, diapers, chewing gum and drug wrappers. Immigrants have destroyed fences, killed cattle, and stolen property. Over the last ten years he has handed over 12,000 illegal immigrants to authorities. That’s 1200 …

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Just Stop Palin

And don’t let the truth get in the way. Via Michelle Malkin, this story of Ashley Judd’s appearance in a Widlife Action Fund video, complaining about the culling of wolves in Alaska. The video portrays Sarah Palin as bloodthirsty and unconcerned about the environment. But this is exactly the opposite of the truth. The culling operation is designed …

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Sea Shepherd Stops Harassing Whalers

I am glad that the Sea Shepherd (which might be more appropriately named the Sea Wolf) has stopped harrassing Japanese whaling vessels. Even if you feel strongly about ending whaling, that is no excuse to ram other vessels in the Southern Ocean. Amusingly, Paul Watson, captain of the Sea Shepherd, claims his reason for ending the …

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Hostage Beheaded in Pakistan

This is a tragic waste of a life and a tragic loss for Piotr Stanczak’s family. Piotr Stanczak was an engineer. Thank goodness for the courage of people like him, who in spite of the dangers, continue to travel to Muslim countries to help build infrastructure, and with it, hope for the future.

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600,000 Jobs Lost

In the US in January. Too soon to blame Obama? Well maybe. This crisis is a direct result of intervention in domestic lending markets by the Carter and Clinton administrations. Bush’s attempts to get more accountability from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were blocked. But no, that’s not Obama’s fault. When I heard the story of …

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