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Of cabbages, kings and a meeting of Blog war protagonists
Vote Liberal. Vote Labor. Just Don’t Vote Greens
Yale makes a most passionate argument against voting for the loopy Greens that I expect the reader’s and the authors of The Sandpit can heartily endorse it is a lovely rant written with true conviction and for that I am truly thankful.
Cheers Comrade Yale
Will Gay Marriage be put to the people?
I have been saying for years that if the proponents of Gay marriage are so sure of the community’s support then they should be advocating for a plebiscite to truly measure the real amount of public support for the the concept of same sex “marriage”. Well it seems that it might even happen if the report in today’s Fairfax press is to be believed:
Personally I doubt that the plebiscite will get up or even be debated in the parliament because neither Labor nor the Coalition are that keen on the “gay marriage” , then again Labor might go for it on the basis that they may get some small amount of positive PR from suggesting that they are putting the question to the people. Its no surprise to me that the Gay marriage advocates like Rodney Croome are less than enthusiastic about the idea because the experience of votes like the one held in California on proposition 8 showed a substantially lower level of public support for Gay marriage than the often claimed 80+% that he and his fellow travellers are so often citing on the issue.
It could be bit more spice into the pot for September 14 but I suspect that when it comes down to it that we won’t be having a plebiscite and that the only reason that this idea is being floated now is that the bit players want an issue to campaign on that will differentiate them from both Labor and the Coalition, the former because Australia’s oldest party has such a stench of death all around them and the later because they have so much momentum that independents will otherwise be consigned to the dustbin of history…
I could be wrong, but I doubt it.
This is my 3000th post here at the Sandpit, isn’t it amazing just how quickly this milestone has come around?
I like to think that this blog functions at many different levels and its contents is as varied as life itself .
Its primary purpose has always been to keep me entertained and to give purpose to my morning cruise through the daily news reports and blog updates , to that end I like to write about the issue de jour that has taken my fancy as I sip on my first brew for the day. Of course I have also shared some of the events that happen in my own life when I have thought them notable enough and I have tried to do that with a little bit of wit and my rather wry sense of humour.
So for the next three thousand posts I hope to continue to provoke and stimulate thought and words from you, my dear readers, even if those thoughts and words are entirely focused on telling me that I have got it wrong in the most fundamental ways! Sometimes I even get feedback affirming that what I have said is correct, frankly either response pleases me though naturally the later has a somewhat sweeter effect on the palette.
Throw another Greenie on the Barbie…
Ah those loveable Greenies have blood upon the hands once again as the stories of how they made hazard reduction burns for all intents and purposes impossible to get at the time when they could have been carried out safely:
Mr Arnold applied in August 2011 for a permit to spring burn some of the build-up of weeds and scrub undergrowth beneath blue gums covering Steele’s Hill that runs the length of his now-blackened 1000ha property.
He said it would have been a nice and steady little fire after winter that slowly crept through the bush, destroying the high fuel load.
He was knocked back because Steele’s Hill and its blue gums contained a wedgetail eagle’s nest and was classed as foraging habitat for the endangered swift parrot.
“I took that to mean that the bird might call in for lunch occasionally,” a frustrated Mr Arnold said yesterday.
“But I look at the devastation there today and ask where the Greens are? But they are more concerned about the pattern on their cappuccino in Salamanca than what has happened here on our farms this week.”
Mr Arnold said he could not say for sure that if he had been allowed to burn off Steele’s Hill in the springs of 2011 and 2012, that the bushfire could have been stopped on his farm before it roared down into the small Connelly’s Marsh beach community destroying more than 15 homes.
Its a story that we have heard before in relation to the terrible fires in Victoria a couple of years ago and I expect the very same lily livered counter arguments this time as we that were so unconvincingly mouthed then . We live in a nation that is covered with very flammable eucalyptus trees and we very clearly have a price to pay if we don’t have a fire management regime that acknowledges that the only way to keep our homes and our lives safe in the burning time is to reduce the fuel loads when it is safe to do so.
Maybe the only way we can do this is to throw another Greenie on the barbecue so that they will know what the people on the fire-fronts have experienced…. Hmm what is the best barbecue sauce for long pig again?
- Eucalyptus grove dying off (mercedsunstar.com)
- Australian heatwave: weather bureau upgrades temperature scale with new colours (telegraph.co.uk)
- Back-burning around Vic plantation fire (bigpondnews.com)
- Burning ‘Deep Purple’: Australia So Hot New Color Added to Index (stuartwilde.com)
- School? Forgot about that! – Salamanca, Spain (travelpod.com)
- Bushfire missing located, say police (dailytelegraph.com.au)
- Bushfires: NSW told to prepare for the worst (stuff.co.nz)
- Fresh emergency declared in bushfire-hit Tasmania (abc.net.au)
- Thousands stranded as crews continue to battle Tasmania bushfires (sott.net)
Dear Green Fiends, an introduction to the leadership of the beloved leader, Christine Milne
Today, we celebrate the extraordinary electoral confusion caused by Bob Brown, who last week was forced to leave our party room as his extra-terrestial comments were even too much for us.
Under Bob’s leadership, the Greens have grown from a small band of delusional people with one lone representative in the Senate into a party of zealots hell-bent on destroying our economy and reducing our living standards.
We have over 10,000 cultists and 1.7 million misinformed voters misrepresented by ten Feral MPs. These MPs are advocating for and delivering action to build a better future for all of us. All of us in the Greens Party Room, that is.
Bob’s sacking is both a moment for derision and celebration. It is also a gift to the party and an opportunity to stop pussy-footing around and get on with the real job: turning Australia into a socialist state, ready for inclusion into the coming world government.
Now is the time that demonstrates that the Greens Party has a far greater sum of loonies than other parts of the political spectrum.
I am honoured by the trust my Party Room colleagues have shown in me by electing me as the new Leader. I know it’s been said that I come across as a beady-eyed, whiny shrew, but really, would you prefer Sarah Hansen-Young leading the party? Or Lee Rhiannon? I am after all the experienced gardener, which makes me more than qualified to dictate national economic policy.
I am looking forward to working together with Adam Bandt, the new Deputy Leader, at least until he loses his seat at the next election, to ensure that these witches don’t get their green thumbs on my job.
This is an opportunity for all of us to think about how each and every one of us can advance green thinking, green policies and promote the Greens as the only party at the beginning of the 21st century which recognises that protecting the environment is far more important than feeding, clothing and providing a good quality of life for people everywhere.
It’s up to all of us.
There will be those – those who understand that the Greens are a rabble of fringe dwellers – who will use the opportunity of Bob’s forced retirement to try to destroy us. They will claim that the Greens are nothing without Bob. This is our moment – your moment – to demonstrate that the Greens represent hardly anybody in the cross section of Australian society, except those who support the politics of envy.
Joining or supporting the Greens is an ill-considered and misguided choice. We lack pragmatic convictions, instead we are tampering with the very bastions of society. The institution of marriage is on our hit-list. Gay marriage must be recognised and exulted above all other relationships. Freedom of speech is next, as recent court cases have shown. Only views that agree with the Greens will be allowed.
We are also working towards a zero carbon economy. We haven’t worked out how to make wind turbines without coal but the fairies at the bottom of the garden will no doubt take care of that. If it means turning the lights out, so be it. North Korea seems to be doing quite ok having Earth Hour all night, every night.
To that end, I’m asking each one of you today to stand up proudly as a Green and to candle-light up your networks with messages about why you’re a Green, how you became a Green, and how you can prevent others from making the same mistake.
Never before have we had such a critical moment that demonstrates that the Greens Party has a far greater sum of loonies than other parts of the political spectrum.
Yours in bewilderment and confusion,
- Bandt elected Greens deputy (news.ninemsn.com.au)
- Bright Green future as Milne takes reins (abc.net.au)
- Bob Brown’s real reasons for quitting politics (iainhall.wordpress.com)
- Bandt elected deputy Greens leader (abc.net.au)
- Brown quits Greens out of the Blue (iainhall.wordpress.com)
- Bob Brown (philipbarrington.wordpress.com)
- Bob Brown, a Living National Treasure (anniemonline.wordpress.com)
- How Bob Brown’s Resignation Unfolded on Twitter (turnleft2013.wordpress.com)
Under Christine Milne the Greens prove that tail docking is not always cruel or unjustified
What I love about the change of leadership in the Greens party is that they have gone from the leadership of a man who had a pretty thick veneer of reasonableness coupled with some pretty good political instincts to the leadership of a woman who actaully believes every loopy conspiracy theory that lays at the heart of every policy and position of the party. There is nothing at all subtle about Milne. What you get is pure unadulterated zealotry for the faith. As if that were not enough now in the lead up to the budget we find that the new Milne controlled Greens tail is desperately trying to wag the Labor dog:
Isn’t this just the most perfect example of the hubris of the Greens?
They are truly so certain of their manifest destiny that they think having just one seat in the house and nine in the senate gives them control of taxation and the treasury!
Makes me think that maybe the RSPCA are just plain wrong in the opposition to the docking of dogs tails. Clearly there are instances when the damage done by a wayward tail make shortening that appendage nothing short of imperative.