Today Is September 11, 2008. I Will Never Forget, Nor Will I Forgive.


While many people died in the atrocities in 2001, we tend to remember most the Twin Towers falling.

Many of us watched it happening in real time, even myself here in Melbournistan, Australia.

Seven years after the event, the enormity of it is something that never leaves; perhaps that really was the end of history as we know it, rather than the year 2000.

For someone with the gift of the gab, this is one that renders me nearly speechless, and so I will just leave you with a comment of the frollicking mole’s from Tim Blair’s old blog:

I saw people jumping and never considered it suicide. It was a choice between the auto-de-fe of the islamists or the quick death of their own making.
They made a CHOICE not to die by burning, I only hope they closed their eyes and thought back to when they were 5 and could fly….

In the interests of tolerance, diversity and multiculturalism, and for those who think that America (we) deserved 9/11:

I hope you fucking rot in hell.

God bless America and her martyrs.

(crossposted at RightWingDeathBogan)

UPDATE (Beef): Memories of that morning posted here.

Guess the party: “Look at this, I’m tittie-f..king your mother!”


NSW Police Minister Matt Brown resigned in disgrace last night after it was revealed he had danced semi-naked on a couch and simulated a sex act on a female Labor MP during a drunken party in Parliament House…

A witness told The Australian Mr Brown stripped down to his “very brief” underpants and danced to loud “Oxford Street-style” techno music on a green leather Chesterfield couch he had recently ordered for his office. The witness said Mr Brown “mounted the chest” of Wollongong MP Noreen Hay.

The witness said Mr Brown called out to Ms Hay’s adult daughter during the performance: “Look at this, I’m tittie-f..king your mother!”

–via Andrew Bolt, who has more here.

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UPDATE: BTW, yes – this is the same State government which recently saw another Government Minister jailed for 28 counts of dealing drugs to and buggering young boys

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Best Wishes


Can’t update you with John Brignell’s latest Number of the Month – because there isn’t one. Unfortunately, our bending author, long plagued by chronic illness, is having a really hard time of it.

In his honour, I propose the number 5 (percent), being Ross Garnault’s latest proposal for Australian CO2 emission cuts – a token gesture really, just enough to say to the world “Look here, we’re believers.” As if a higher cut had any more relevance than that. I’m actually quite encouraged, here being one of the truly devout acknowledging the irrelevance of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions. He’ll go for 10% if developing countries sign on at Copenhagen next year, but that’s about as likely as a Robyn Williams sea level rise.

Meanwhile, Australia’s most respected climate scientists (/sarc) and the Greens have popped their heads up from under their joint quilt just long enough to opine for 40% emission cuts by 2020, or something ridiculous like that. And you can still count on one hand the number of Australian journalists calling their bluff. I’d be interested in a poll asking average Aussie citizens if they believed Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions had a direct effect on Australia’s climate. Wouldn’t be surprised if it’s about the same number who believe in anthropogenic global warming.

New McCain-Palin Ad: Democrat Shysters= Wolves


Now we’re talking! Anyone who trashes lawyers is on my team.

This ad is in response to the well known story that the Democtats have sent thirty (!) scum-sucking, maggot-out-of-hell shysters to Alaska to try and dig up dirt on Gov. Palin. Excellent!

Here is the FactCheck article quoted in the ad, which summarizes thusly:

We’ve been flooded for the past few days with queries about dubious Internet postings and mass e-mail messages making claims about McCain’s running mate, Gov. Palin. We find that many are completely false, or misleading.
Palin did not cut funding for special needs education in Alaska by 62 percent. She didn’t cut it at all. In fact, she tripled per-pupil funding over just three years.
She did not demand that books be banned from the Wasilla library. Some of the books on a widely circulated list were not even in print at the time. The librarian has said Palin asked a “What if?” question, but the librarian continued in her job through most of Palin’s first term.
She was never a member of the Alaskan Independence Party, a group that wants Alaskans to vote on whether they wish to secede from the United States. She’s been registered as a Republican since May 1982.

Palin never endorsed or supported Pat Buchanan for president. She once wore a Buchanan button as a “courtesy” when he visited Wasilla, but shortly afterward she was appointed to co-chair of the campaign of Steve Forbes in the state.

Palin has not pushed for teaching creationism in Alaska’s schools. She has said that students should be allowed to “debate both sides” of the evolution question, but she also said creationism “doesn’t have to be part of the curriculum.”

The entire article is quite long and detailed. Will any leftards read it? Um, no – they are ADD-addled mental midgets incapable of reading a detailed analysis that destroys their alternate-universe world views.

John McCain – Too Old? An Entirely Subjective Post


Frankly, I don’t think so.  Much has been made about John McCain’s age (which is just the adjunct to “not conservative enough, too tempermental, unhinged by his POW years, etc., blah de blah blah blah”).  I am turning  62 this year, and I’m discovering (as people my age inevitably do) that all my youth-oriented biases were just so much ignorance and misunderstanding.  Not that I claim to be all-wise and stateshiplike at this point, but just that I’m finding out, as my parents and grandparents did, that I really didn’t know shit when I was young.  Kind of like when you leave your college years and get a job and find out you didn’t know everything after all.  It’s a humiliating process, and unfortunately for the ego, it doesn’t stop when you move into middle age and after.

Whatever you think about McCain’s political philosophy (and I certaintly don’t agree with all that either), let’s put to rest his age.  At 72, in this day and age, he’s unlikely to die in office.  My mother-in-law, bless her heart, is 80, and still spry and self-sufficient, and not at all stupid.  But, if our worst fears are realized, McCain will still be surrounded by the advisers and government functionaries whose job it is to keep the Office Of The Presidency operating at maximum, and if he has chosen wisely, a responsible second who will step in to take over.  Let us all remember Ronald Reagan, who even in his presidential heyday was no doubt showing the initial signs of Alzheimers, and yet the Republic did not fall and did not falter.

The fiction is that we elect a man we think will save us all.  The truth is, he will set in motion processes that will, if nor guarantee, at least lend momentum, to the political direction we, the American people, desire. The man is not important.  The office, and its guiding principle, is.

My mother in law turned 80 this year.  She’s still sharp as a tack when it comes to what matters.  She doesn’t like McCain.  She likes Obama even less.  She lived through the Great Depression, WWII, the Cold War, Vietnam, and now the Great Middle East Mess.  She is the daughter and granddaughter of German immigrants.  She’s never lost sight of American values.  So what makes her irrelevant because of her age?

Same deal when you’re choosing a president.  Crusty old warrior, or clueless metrosexual?

Green Awards Poll: Vote Now


Vote below for the candidate who should win News Ltd’s Green Award for the “Could Do Better” category.

Do it Chicago style!

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