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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Why Can’t the Liberals Win an Election?

Or even a single seat in a by-election? How many elections now is it since the Liberals had a victory? (Not counting the minority government of Colin Barnett in WA). For non-Australian readers, the Liberals are the conservative party in Australia – we’re on the opposite side of the world, so this is perfectly logical, really. But some things to …

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What Lifting Excommunication Means

It does not mean the Church agrees with every opinion expressed by the person concerned. It does not mean the person has been ‘reinstated.’ It simply means that the Church no longer regards the person as being outside its fellowship, and therefore excluded from salvation (always allowing for the hope in the constant mercy of …

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Why is This News?

Debt collectors chase outstanding school fees. In the category of making a flock of pigs out of a sow’s ear, the article claims that parents are unable to pay fees because of the worsening economic situation. This despite the Association of Independent Schools specifically saying they haven’t noticed any increase in the number of parents …

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Computer Games and the Real World

Ha ha. Computer Games: Global warming is really bad for frogs because nasty UV rays get into their evaporated waterholes and cause mutations. The Real World: Cold weather wipes out a whole generation of frogs. OK, it’s not funny. Another reason to cut it out with the fantasies and look at what’s really happening. The world is …

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Hackers of the World, Untie!

President Obama will keep his Blackberry. Wanting to have some privacy in communication with close friends and advisors sounds reasonable. But since it is a way to bypass the normal official communication channels, it will have to raise questions of access and openness. Perhaps more importantly, any kind of mobile device is vulnerable to hackers, who are …

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Well, There’s a Surprise!

Palestinian deaths greatly exaggerated. Most of those dead Hamas activists. I guess the real surprise is that it is a Palestinian doctor who says so, and that it is actually being reported (even though not widely). Any deaths are regrettable, and there is still (and will be for some time) disagreement about the total casualties, but given …

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Guilders for Geert, Please

Via Instapundit and Samizdata, a request for funds to assist Geert Wilders in his defense against charges of inciting hatred against Muslims. The charges are based on Wilders film Fitna, in which verses from the Koran were read over visuals of Islamic terrorism. According to the panel of three judges, Wilder’s insults against Islam were so serious …

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It Would Be a Pity

If the right person were pressured out just because of the family she comes from. I’m not sure that Caroline Kennedy has had a fair run from the media, although she certainly hasn’t been subjected to the kind of outright malice directed at Sarah Palin. I’m not suggesting she was the right person. Cuomo certainly …

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300,000 Dead in Darfur

And nearly three million displaced. There were angry protests around the world about Israel’s attempts to disarm Hamas. Where are the protests about the real genocide in Sudan?

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Banning What Wasn’t Being Done

Banning torture makes good headlines. But what is the point if it wasn’t being done anyway? It seems to me this is another case of trying to take the moral high ground, not by doing anything different or better, but by subtly suggesting that others were doing something bad that you needed to stop. My …

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Inauguration Speech

Again, comments from friends that “I must have been moved by Obama’s speech.” Well, no. Not really.  Apart from generic expressions of hope for the future, with about as much depth of thought as a placard I saw someone carrying that said “Our Future Starts Now,” there was nothing in the speech to suggest a well …

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Obama Again

I’ve copped a bit of flack the last few days over my repeatedly expressed concerns about Obama’s abilities. It’s not that I am sure he is incapable, it’s just that there is nothing in his life so far which suggests he is. He has a beautiful voice, he is handsome, he reads well from a …

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