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With the confirmation that Nelson Mandela has died we can expect a vast outpouring of grief from all of the usual suspects from the left. Heck even this conservative has respect for Nelson Mandela, who was and ever will be the man given the most credit fro the fall of the apartied regime in South Africa.
As good as I think the man to have been I can’t help wondering how much hyperbole will be invoked about him in the near future.
With great respect Comrades
- R.I.P. Nelson Mandela (mindofbrosephus.wordpress.com)
- Nelson Mandela dead at 95 (globalnews.ca)
- Nelson Mandela Resources (simonhaughton.co.uk)
- RIP Nelson Mandela (cazhilly.wordpress.com)
- Nelson Mandela made his mark on popular culture (SLIDESHOW) (thegrio.com)
- Nelson Mandela Has Died (wreg.com)
- Nelson Mandela, South African Statesman, Dies (fox40.com)
- RIP Nelson Mandela (scottdpartington.wordpress.com)
- South Africa’s Nelson Mandela dies (musingsofamildmanneredman.com)
When it comes to the politics of blame you have to hand it to
“Asylum seekers” illegal immigrants for the utter gall of blaming Australia for their plight.
“I called the Australian embassy; for 24 hours we were calling them. They told us just send us the position on GPS, where are you,” one survivor, Abdullah, a man from Jordan, was reported as saying by Fairfax media. “We did, and they told us, ‘OK, we know … where you are’. And they said, ‘We’ll come for you in two hours’.
“And we wait two hours; we wait 24 hours, and we kept calling them, ‘we don’t have food, we don’t have water for three days, we have children, just rescue us’. And nobody come. Sixty person dead now because of Australian government.”
One of the passengers, a Lebanese man, had reportedly lost his pregnant wife and eight children in the disaster.
Just 25 of those aboard had been rescued before efforts to locate survivors were postponed on Friday evening due to failing light.
It’s believed to be the first fatal attempted asylum-seeker crossing under the Abbott government, and comes after another group of 44 asylum seekers were rescued by an Australian navy vessel in the Sunda Strait on Thursday.
Just to be clear these people set out from Indonesia in an overloaded crappy boat and it founders in Indonesian waters a long way from either international waters or Australia’s rescue zone and we are to blame for the subsequent drownings? Man oh man the leftist mindset is just utterly fucked. Whatever happened to to taking personal responsibility for the consequences of ones actions?
No one forced them onto the high seas in an unsuitable and unreliable vessel that was their own choice and a very stupid one indeed given the change of government and the change of policy that means that they will never get permanent residency in this country.
Personally I can not for the life of me understand why it is the case that Indonesia does not station more of its own navy assets in the area given the number of
“Asylum seekers” illegal emigrants that foolishly go for “pleasure cruises” in this part of their rescue zone. Frankly their failure to do so shows that they are the ones who don’t care. Meanwhile our navy is doing the heavy lifting by pulling the bodies ,alive and dead, from Indonesian waters as the “Asylum seekers” illegal immigrants treat them like some kind of free taxi service.
The solution is simple we should move our navy assets out of the area and make that repositioning so they are well out of range very widely known. If needs be lets give a patrol boat to Indonesia so that they can rescue the idiots who are killing their own children * and then blaming us and then the question of where to take those rescued fools will be moot.
* how is it that these
“Asylum seekers” illegal immigrants can afford to pay people smugglers yet they don’t have the good sense to buy life jackets for their children?
- Indonesia takes rescued asylum seekers (bigpondnews.com)
- Fears for asylum seekers still missing (bigpondnews.com)
- Up to 92 asylum seekers feared drowned (bigpondnews.com)
- Java tragedy survivors claim Australian authorities ignored plight (theguardian.com)
- Asylum seekers drown as boat capsizes off Java; Customs ship to offload separate rescued group (abc.net.au)
- At least 22 dead after asylum seekers’ boat sinks off Java (theguardian.com)
The thing about apologies is that they can not undo the serious consequences fro which they express contrition. Now where is this more so than in the case of the fatal results of Brother Number One’s Pink Batts fiasco:
The coroner’s report is incredibly damning of the federal government and its role in the design of the scheme and its something that we critics of Brother Number One have been saying ever since these three young men were so tragically killed. Of course we have had the usual excuses made about it being the responsibility of the States to regulate the building industry but such nonsense has no currency with the families of these three young men who will never recover form their tragic and unnecessary loss. So when you see or hear Brother Number One makeing his insincere apology don’t be swayed towards the excuses and Labor party spin. instead remember that it was a panicked Kevin Rudd who created the fatal scheme and it is a desperate Kevin Rudd who now just hopes that this issue will go away so that he can play his game of spin.
We, the voters, should instead remind the erstwhile Brother Number One time and time again that his decisions have cost lives in the roofs of our houses we lost fine young Australians and on the seas to our north Brother Number One has to be held responsible for the deaths of an unknown number of “asylum seekers” as well. Strangely enough he is apologizing for that as well. Surely there has to be a point beyond which such empty apologies are an insult to both the dead and those who grieve for them and I for one think that Kevin Rudd is well past that point.
With respect for the dead Comrades.
Just a quickie on this because I am rather surprised at the popularity of the load of tosh
Sarah Guyard, who media reports identified as a 31-year-old mother of two, fell to her death towards the end of the circus’s popular Ka production staged at the MGM Grand casino on Saturday.
Witnesses quoted by US media reports said Ms Guyard fell from a height of around 15 metres as she was being hoisted upwards on a wire for one of the show’s battle scenes.
It is believed to be the first fatality in the history of Cirque du Soleil, a Canadian-based animal-free circus troupe known for its offbeat performances.
“[Ms Guyard] was being hoisted up the side of the stage and then just plummeted down,” witness Dan Mosqueda told the Las Vegas Sun.
“A lot of people in the audience thought it was part of the choreographed fight.
“You could hear screaming, then groaning, and we could hear a female artist crying from the stage.”
Its of course a tragedy for the family of the late performer and I offer my condolences to them without reservation. However that does not alter the fact that the Cirque du Soleil is boring and pretentious and and rather “Gay” . Its rather like the ballet as far as I can see and that is no recommendation. Sorry folks but I’m feeling a bit cynical this morning as I’m off to the pain clinic and I’m not really looking forward to the drive that much.
To the Labor True Believers the resurrection of Brother Number One is their last and only chance to0 have some hope that all is not all lost, Heck I’ve even had one of them tell me that Labor can win and boy did I have a giggle about that. As has been predicted by others with in the Labor party the visceral hatred of Brother Number One is the reason that experienced ministers are refusing to serve in any ministry in a government led by Brother Number One. As today’s Age tells us:
An hour before Mr Rudd’s lunchtime media conference on Friday, discussions were still being held with former communications minister Stephen Conroy about rejoining the team.
The ministry was not announced at that time and Mr Rudd is still trying to coax Senator Conroy to serve in his cabinet.
Mr Rudd also wanted Mr Combet in his cabinet, but Mr Combet issued a statement on Saturday saying he would not re-contest his federal seat of Charlton.
‘‘My reasons are personal and are not attributable to the change in the leadership of the Labor Party this week, although this has provided a catalyst for my decision,” he said.
A Labor source close to the ministerial negotiations said the Prime Minister had found it “extremely difficult” to fill his frontbench and the wider ministry.
“It has been a mess,” the source said.
“He’s had a knock-back or two; let’s put it that way. The talent pool has shrunk, and those who are left don’t all want to work with Kevin.”
Another senior Labor operative said: “You have had resignations and retirements. That is before you get to balancing representations in the ministry across the states, the factions and genders.
“And then there’s the rewarding of supporters. But it hasn’t gone to plan.”
One Labor MP said emotions were still high following Wednesday’s axing of Ms Gillard, which was another factor leading to complications in forming the new ministry.
“It’s pretty raw right now,” the MP said. “The consensus is that we did the right thing in going back to Kevin, but so many of us are feeling quite low about how it all happened.
“Not everyone wants a ministry when we’re so close to an election and we’re worried about our own seats.”
The Prime Minister’s office offered no comment.
What good is it to win the leadership if all that you can put together as your ministry is the “Z” team I look forward to a ministry that is full of political nobodies and back bench seat warmers.I love the fact that no one wants the immigration chalice that Brother Number One personally poisoned 2007. Combet’s resignation makes it eight ministers who have pulled the pin on their political careers . Its high face about a party that has been laid low by the ineptitude of is current and previous leaders. If the Bard was still writing his plays I can’t help thinking that he would make the events of federal politics into a cracking comedy.
The husband of murdered rape victim Jill Meagher says her killer, Adrian Earnest Bayley, is ‘unrepentantly evil’ and had been let off too many times by the justice system.
A very moving interview with the widower of murdered Melbourne woman Jill Meagher and the reasons for this man’s grief sadly brings to mind so many of the debates that I have had both at this blog and elsewhere about capital punishment how anyone can think that Adrian Earnest Bayley should be allowed to continue to draw breath horrifies me. Its a total indictment of the leftist position that sanctions from the bench should be all about reforming the miscreant first and foremost. If ever there was a man who unequivocally deserves the rope its Adrian Earnest Bayley, Instead of that he is going to spend at least the next 35 years is warm cell at which point some learned friend will undoubtedly be arguing that he is reformed and no longer a threat to society…
With respect Comrades
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I can’t help but think that this is the absolute end for the Labor party and while it still exits and still holds government that is a a strictly temporary phenomena that is becoming ever more insubstantial. The media is a buzz with speculation that Rudd will make his run and that desperate Labor MPs will swallow their pride and embrace the leader that they loathe. and at present it all hinges on the nerve of Bill Shorten:
I don’t know, there is a big part of me that thinks that Shorten won’t back Rudd, even if it means that some party seats could be saved because in the longer term if Rudd were able to save any seats that Shorten’s own personal ambitions could be very seriously stymied as Rudd could then continue as opposition leader for a rather long time. No I still think that the party should and will stick with Gillard to the very bitter end because they know that changing back to Rudd without both substantive shifts in their more stupid policies and enough time to make them viable or even just credible will not save enough of the furniture to counteract the humiliation of another leadership change. They will look like and be a desperate rabble fighting for places on the very few life boats that remain. The whole thing reminds me of a game of musical chairs where the number of chairs is going from seventy to about 25 in one fell swoop the music may still be playing, the dancers are hoping desperately to make it to the desired chair…
Next stop for Labor is …
And you what the worst thing is ?
They have done it to themselves with one act of stupidity, arrogance and hubris after over the last six years and now they are finished for a generation at least and maybe they will die out entirely, who knows, they certainly have no idea at all about the needs of this country for first and foremost sound governance and a steady hand on the tiller. Grand ideas have to take second place to that no matter who is in power which is something that I think Tony Abbott understands and why I have more faith in the conservatives to deliver what this country needs. Labor will lose the election badly under either Rudd or Gillard and I really doubt that the difference in seats saved by the second coming of Kevin will be enough to matter.
When you are impotent its rather difficult to convince your paramours that you can give them a scorching seeing to if they don’t do as you wish. thus I find that Gillard’s threats to the states about their majority disinterest in he “Gonski ” education plan rather pathetic and just a little bit sad.
Lets be honest here, NO ONE expects that Labor will be in office in six months time let alone the next six years which means that all of the threats about future funding are ridiculous and it demeans the office of Prime minister for Gillard to keep up the pretence that Labor stands a snowflake’s chance in hell of making good on anything it promises between now and September 14. Even if we were not in an Ersatz election campaign and Labor was not facing defeat beyond that which it received in Queensland there is the not so small matter of Gillard’s form when it comes to truthfulness which the voters are reminded of every time they pay their energy bills which always invoke a memory of the foundational lie of the Gillard incumbency ” There will be no carbon tax under a government that I lead ” still echoes for me when ever Gillard says anything at all and I’m very sure I’m not the only one who can’t forget or forgive her for such dishonesty. If there is a song that epitomises Labor’s stench to the voters it has to be this:
While the alternative is not perfect it does not need to be to be better than the disaster that is the Labor party that is disintegrating more every new day. the only bright spot for Labor true believers has to be the fact that the loopy Greens are likewise in substantial decline and now struggle to get into double digits.