Archive for March, 2007

NSW Elections

Posted: March 27, 2007 in Politics

Well the NSW state election is over and Labor won again. Two things I came across that worried me:

  1. A bloke working on the booth I worked on went to vote saying the following:
    “I’d better go do the right thing by the party”.
    He didn’t consider the State, his electorate or even himself. He is owned by the party and does what they dictate. Is it any surprise they were calling themselves “comrade”?
  2. The Sun-Herald asked people who they voted for. One 20 years old said “I voted Labor because Mum said to”.
    I remember when the 18 year olds got the vote on the claim they were old and mature enough. Obviously this doesn’t apply to all of them.

I wonder what the state of the State will be in four years.

What do you think?

Insurgents in Iraq detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle with two children in the back seat after US soldiers let it through a Baghdad checkpoint over the weekend, a senior US military official said Tuesday. The vehicle was stopped at the checkpoint but was allowed through when soldiers saw the children in the back, said Major General Michael Barbero of the Pentagon’s Joint Staff. “Children in the back seat lowered suspicion. We let it move through. They parked the vehicle, and the adults ran out and detonated it with the children in the back,” Barbero said.

(Copyright AFP 2005: original (I think) at

See littlegreenfootballs for where I found the pointer to this article.

I just asked “What do you say?”

Now I ask “How low can they go?”

How do you see it?

Soothing sounds … of bigotry

Thanks to Tanya Plibersek for advocating the rights of same-sexcouples (“The discrimination that makes a lie of equality”, March 21).

Of course we deserve all the rights of different-sex couples. The bizarre fault in her argument, though, is that she doesn’t include the right to marry. Labor voted with the Coalition in 1994 to prevent the recognition of same-sex marriages in Australia.

Every time I attend a wedding and have to listen to the celebrant declare that “marriage is a union between a man and a woman, to the exclusion of all others”, I think of Monty Python’s old University of Woolloomooloo  sketch with the “No poofters” rules, and I curse both the Coalition and Labor for their bigotry.

Tony Hickey Ultimo

This is from the letters page of the SMH on 22 Mar.

If Tony went to more religious services he would hear the celebrant say that theft is wrong. There was a time when I (felt I had to) supplement my meager rations via theft. Does this entitle me to also accuse the Coalition and Labor parties of bigotry?

I think not, what do you think?

Muslim pupils beat teacher to death – World –

quote “Muslim pupils at a secondary school in northeastern Nigeria have beaten a teacher to death after accusing her of desecrating the Koran, police and witnesses said.” /quote

What can you say?  Muslims claim that Jesus was a prophet of Allah.  It’s a pity Muslims don’t treat others as courteously as the prophet Jesus did.

What do you say?

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Why go to the doctors?

Posted: March 20, 2007 in General, Personal

A few years ago just before going overseas I went to the doctor to get some cream and he decided to check me out. Oops, he noticed a possible heart murmur so suggested I get it checked out when I came back. Actually this is a pain, because when I travel and need travel insurance I have to have a doctor record that I have a “pre-existing medical condition” and that ups the insurance cost. But I suppose it’s better than paying for medical treatment in an overseas country. (more…)