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. Read the rest of this entry »

Helping Criminals?

Posted: February 22, 2007 in Uncategorized

Delay over death questioned <link>

Taking drugs is both stupid and illegal.  Should people who do stupid illegal things get special warnings that what they’re about to do may harm them?

And it’s not like the scumbag drug pushers are going to recall their deadly product, they’ll just put it aside and sell it another day.

It’s a strange world we live in.

How do you see it?

‘Torture’ factory case for court

When I started work everyone filled in a piece of paper to say what they did.  People sorted these pieces of paper and transferred the info to various books to work out business costs, payroll etc.  With the advent of computers a lot of this manual work disappeared and people became redundant.  Getting a payout because you’ve been forced out of work before your time seemed fair.

But in the linked article it seems that workers want to be able to tell their employer that they’re redundant and that leaving employment and getting redundancy payments is actually an employee choice.

The employer takes all the risks, I would not want to run a business under those conditions.

How do you see it?

Limiting Muslim migration.

Posted: February 16, 2007 in Islam

Professor Israeli, an expert on Islamic history from Hebrew University in Jerusalem has upset a few people by saying that Australia should limit Muslim migration because “(w)hen the Muslim population gets to a critical mass you have problems. That is a general rule, so if it applies everywhere it applies in Australia” according to an article in the SMH. He speaks of “France, which has the highest proportion of Muslims in Europe at about 10 per cent, (where) it was already too late. There were regions even the police were scared to enter, and militant Muslims were changing the country’s political, economic and cultural fabric, and demanding anti-Semitic and anti-Israel policies. French people say they are strangers in their own country. This is a point of no return“.

If you think that one culture couldn’t replace another here, just ask an Aboriginal.

Do you want your great grandchildren brought up in a country where they’ll be taught that if you disagree with someone blowing them up will get them to heaven?  I know I don’t.

The “she’ll be right” attitude won’t work this time folks.

And “That’s How I See It”.