Monday 28th of May 2018

blind faith .....

blind faith .....

Pope Benedict XVI expressed his ''deep sorrow'' yesterday for the ''immense suffering'' of children abused by Catholic priests, in a homily on the third day of his state visit to Britain.

''I think of the immense suffering caused by the abuse of children, especially within the church and by her ministers,'' he said during Mass at the Catholic Westminster Cathedral in London.

''Above all, I express my deep sorrow to the innocent victims of these unspeakable crimes, along with my hope that the power of Christ's grace, his sacrifice of reconciliation, will bring deep healing and peace to their lives.

''I also acknowledge, with you, the shame and humiliation which all of us have suffered because of these sins.''

runt will do .....

runt will do .....

I referred to the opposition's manager of business in the House of Representatives, the South Australian Liberal Christopher Pyne, as "that yapping poodle". I confess the analogy wasn't original; Julia Gillard called him a mincing poodle in the Old Paradigm Parliament last year.

On reflection, I would like to withdraw the remark. It was a cheap and thoughtless shot that offended a number of Herald readers. Quite a few emailed me to protest that poodles did not deserve it.

an honest broker .....

an honest broker .....

So criminal within itself, it flinches from upholding the rule of international law. So corrupt, it happily outsources its foreign policy to terrorists in Tel Aviv. The idea that America acts as an honest broker for peace between its fellow cut-throat Israel and their victim, Palestine, on whose neck the Zionist jackboot is firmly planted, is a joke that is only funny in the hysterical sense.

The idea that any country, let alone America, would promote talks where one party is expected to make concessions to another which is bent on land-theft and whose government can only survive if it continues to defy international law, is madness. But Barack Obama is up for it.

reel bad arabs .....

reel bad arabs .....

America prides itself on religious freedom, the Constitution's First Amendment stating:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

when US republicans are playing with themselves...

odonnell

 

WASHINGTON - Tea Party darling Christine O'Donnell's Delaware win triggered angry GOPer-vs.-GOPer backbiting Wednesday and gave Democrats new hope of avoiding disaster in November.

O'Donnell followed up her 6-point victory over veteran Rep. Mike Castle for the Republican Senate nomination by thumbing her nose at party establishment types and mocking the GOP feud with the Tea Party as "Republican cannibalism."

"There are a lot of people who are rallying behind me who are frustrated that the Republican Party has lost its way," O'Donnell said.

willy nilly spite...

demolitionteam

 

Malcolm Turnbull has laid out clearly why the Federal Government needs to do more to show that its planned $43 billion National Broadband Network is not a waste of taxpayer funds.

Back in the saddle as a senior Opposition frontbencher for the first time in nine months, Turnbull lost no time in carrying out the riding instructions of his leader Tony Abbott - to ''demolish'' Labor's political and policy case for the NBN.

But there is just one problem for Abbott.

happy as pigs in antibiotics...

pigantibiotics

U.S. Meat Farmers Brace for Limits on Antibiotics
By ERIK ECKHOLM

RALSTON, Iowa — Piglets hop, scurry and squeal their way to the far corner of the pen, eyeing an approaching human. “It shows that they’re healthy animals,” Craig Rowles, the owner of a large pork farm here, said with pride.

Mr. Rowles says he keeps his pigs fit by feeding them antibiotics for weeks after weaning, to ward off possible illness in that vulnerable period. And for months after that, he administers an antibiotic that promotes faster growth with less feed.

tony soprano...

tonysoprano

 

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott says he hopes the appointment of Malcolm Turnbull as communications spokesman will help convince key independent MPs to dump Labor and switch sides.

Mr Abbott is foreshadowing his tactics for the coming months after yesterday revealing a frontbench line-up which he described as "hungry" to hold the minority Government to account.

He has flagged the Government's broadband policy - one of the areas crucial in swinging at least one independent towards supporting Labor - as a major battleground over the next 18 months.

of bovver boys...

BOVVERBOY

 

The Opposition's new communications spokesman, Malcolm Turnbull, has wasted no time in attacking the Federal Government's management of the National Broadband Network (NBN) amid claims of a potential budget blowout.

Earlier today Opposition Leader Tony Abbott ordered Mr Turnbull to "demolish" the NBN as he brought him back to the Coalition frontbench to head up its communications portfolio.

Declaring the NBN would be the "absolute focus" of the political battle of the next 18 months, Mr Abbott said he could think of no better person to "ferociously" hold the Government to account on the issue.

liar liar .....

liar liar .....

Back in 1995, Benjamin Netanyahu published a scary book called Fighting Terrorism: How Democracies Can Defeat the International Terrorist Network that says that radical Islam is trying to conquer the west and extend Muslim rule. I carried a copy out with me to Jordan. From page 121:

"The best estimates at this time place Iran between three and five years away from possessing the prerequisites required for the independent production of nuclear weapons. After this time, the Iranian Islamic republic will have the ability to construct atomic weapons without the importation of materials or technology from abroad."

he couldn't have done it by himself...

robin laden 2

 

Terrorists' biggest bonus was gained when the US invaded Iraq

September 14, 2010

at the stocks .....

at the stocks .....

The war criminal, Tony Blair, is to receive an award for his alleged global human rights work.

The ex-Prime Minister will be presented with Liberty Medal by former US President Bill Clinton even as his newly published memoirs reignited debate on his political leadership.

The medal is given annually by the National Constitution Centre to individuals or organisations whose actions aim to bring liberty to people worldwide.

Mr Blair is being honoured for his work with the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, which promotes religious tolerance, and for his initiative to improve governance in Africa.

free for some .....

free for some .....

from Crikey .....

The day Free TV Australia didn't like a bit of free speech

Canberra correspondent Bernard Keane writes:

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