I cut my teeth in journalism a half century ago interviewing and sketching famous figures for the Canberra Times and I quickly learnt how to smell bullshit a mile away. I set in stone the advice of my first editor, John Allen, when he looked me in the eye and said, “Never say anything you aren’t prepared to defend to the death.”
After Kathy first detailed her harrowing experience of rape to the pickeringpost.com in a two-part series, a rape she claimed was brutally forced on her by Bill Shorten, a number of media outlets contacted me asking for more details.
An attempt to march the Queensland Government before a Senate inquiry is a blatant bid by Clive Palmer, assisted by the Greens and Labor, to settle old scores with Campbell Newman and in the process trash our Westminster system.
Islamic State fighters have surrounded the Iraqi capital and are within five miles as Obama still refuses to put troops on the ground. Once Baghdad and its airport falls, a nuclear-capable Iran moves in.
A phone call to friends on the mainland indicates a lack of awareness of any Hong Kong protest and those who are aware appear not to give a damn anyway.
“Oh what a bummer”, said Obama when asked yesterday to explain why he remained asleep at the wheel of a golf buggy for the past 18 months ignoring daily briefings warning him of the rise of the extreme terrorist group of Khorasan in northern Syria.
A South Australian company is paying one of many competing Islamic Halal Certification “services” (AFIC) an undisclosed monthly fee for its seal of approval. But Scholle Industries Pty Ltd, based in Elizabeth, is a manufacturer of plastic packaging (plastic is derived from oil) and has apparently been able to assure Muslim fraudsters that all oil wells are facing Mecca.
ISIS isn’t the first Islamic State to claim supremacy, there was another that reigned terror for 400 years and was based on the Barbary Coast of North Africa. They were known as the “Barbarians” (funny how that word keeps popping up). The Barbarians terrorised Mediterranean nations and as far west as America up until as late as the 19th Century. Using pirated ships they mass murdered, raped, tortured and slave-traded their way to Islamic supremacy until, around 1840, suffering nations decided enough was enough and they were snuffed out.
One hundred years of an Aussie Friday tradition is underway in Melbourne with finalists Sydney Swans’ and Hawthorn Hawks’ supporters, numbering ten thousand, all enjoying a sunny Friday. Not a word of abuse, no scuffles, no death threats just a joyful appreciation of a fine Aussie tradition.
For God’s sake make sure you include this in any comment you make: “This crime has nothing to do with Islam and nothing to do with religion.” It seems this memo went out to every politician, public servant and copper in the country. But it has backfired. You can fool some of the people some of the time but none of the people this time.
Let’s say your name is Abdul and you are a budding Aussie terrorist from Lakemba mosque who has been invited to partake in the Islamic State Games in Syria (bugger, I shouldn’t say Islamic because that’s inflammatory). I’ll start again. Let’s say your name is Abdul and you are a budding Aussie terrorist from Lakemba presbytery who has been invited to partake in the Presbyterian State Games in Syria.
As the US takes five Arab States on bombing missions into Syria, the prize of being the first to commit an Islamic atrocity on innocent Australians is exciting Muslims everywhere energised by the success of the Islamic State so far, and the craven weakness of our politicians.
As Julia prepares to grace our screens and flog her “tell-nothing” book this evening, I’ve decided to revisit and update my assessment from over two years ago of our most enigmatic Prime Minister ever. Nothing much has changed and to be honest, she fascinates me to distraction.