If 75 is old then old age has finally caught up with me and I am more confused and frustrated than ever. You see my very best friend when I was a kid was Robert Menzies and later, after having spent an extended time at Canberra’s ANU, I was faced with an antipodal view of life.
The Manchester bombing was very personal for me. I was born in St Mary’s Hospital, just a short walk from the Manchester arena. I also had a very happy childhood, growing up in the Southern suburbs. I still have a very special place in my heart for Manchester and its people.
The term “radicalised” is used as just another attempt to separate Muslims in general from “the really bad bastards”... as is the term “lone wolf”. Well, as much as defenders of Islam try to downplay the cult’s integrable involvement in terrorism by blaming a “stray lone wolf”, the more we see the networks unfold behind the atrocities. And those networks are extensive as the Manchester incident shows now that more than a dozen other "really bad bastards" have been arrested.
Schapelle Corby was nothing more than a passing hiccup to an Australian Government determined not to upset Islamic sensitivities, despite the disgusting 30 month sentence given to Abu Bakar Bashir, (above) the mastermind of the Bali bombing that killed 88 Australians and who, with time served on remand, walked free. That compares poorly to Corby’s 20 year sentence.
The British have, at some point, invaded and established a permanent presence in 171 of the almost 200 current UN member States. It is quicker to list those nations the Brits haven’t invaded:
I noticed one throwaway line from thousands of clever posts on this site yesterday, I took no notice of it, went to bed, woke up at 3am and couldn’t get back to sleep... this idea to stop terrorists had legs, it’s simple and it will work without killing anyone. You see, one constant with suicide bombers is that they are all as thick as pig shit. And we can use that to our advantage.
I’d never heard of Ariana Grande so I asked my daughter if she had heard of the entertainer, “Oooh, yes Dad, everyone knows her”, and started singing and dancing to a Grande song. This was concerning because I would have let her go to that concert. I wouldn’t have gone with her, arriving with your Dad would be so “uncool” but she would have gone with her friends, so I would have driven them there and picked them up. My daughter hates being late and would have rushed out early to prevent me waiting... right into a suicide bomber.
World leaders were offering their usual supplications with, “Our thoughts and prayers go out to blah blah blah...”. I started to switch channels to see what the hell it was this time. Well it certainly didn’t seem to be Presbyterian activists determined to kill dozens of children.
He walked like Daniel into a potential lions’ den, his chest out, his head high. His women without head scarves, shaking hands with shocked Islamic dignitaries. He sipped his tea in the wrong (left) hand and didn’t care that the left hand was religiously reserved for Islamic cleansing of anal lavations.
What we hear about is only the tip of the iceberg because media has paid many millions for rights and they, and the clubs, fear adverse publicity. I am not saying these drugs are taken for enhanced performance but more and more players are constantly testing positive to drugs that have been taken in players’ own free time.