21 10 / 2014

When I was a boy of thirteen, a tower of a man both in stature and intellect who was my political idol, won the federal election for the Australian Labour Party after 23 years of right-wing rule.

Edward Gough Whitlam was, if I’m allowed only one descriptor for the man, a social equaliser.
His party introduced an unconditional medical system and enabled all people to advance through tertiary education.

I was annoyed. I needed Gough to win the next three elections until I was 21 and able to vote for him.
He changed that - in his first week he lowered the voting age to 18.
He also cancelled conscription, released conscientious objectors from jail and withdraw our troops from an unwinable war in Vietnam.

And within weeks, visited China. He was criticised and accused of being a traitor - he was the first Western leader to meet with Chairman Mao.

Gough ‘decriminalised’ divorce by establishing the Family Court; he initiated Australia’s multicultural society through elimination of the “White Australia Policy”; spawned the recognition of indigenous peoples that lead to the Mabo case; he recognised the truth of our poor international trade and slashed protection of manufacturing industries.

My interest in politics was inspired by this giant - and he was 6 foot something - and my allignment with left-wing agendas angered my Liberal family. As an easily influenced young adult I could not understand my parent’s objections to social equality.

Three years later, after the most scandalous action in Australian Federal political history, Gough and his party were sacked from government by the Governor General, (the Queen’s representative - ironically the monarchy was another annoyance of Gough’s), with the Liberal party destroying them at the polls. It would be some years before Bob Hawke would square off and win back the leadership for the ALP.

Gough has as many critics as he does fans.
I recall a brilliant cartoon of his wife Margarert ironing a superman suit, Gough sitting on the floor stitching another and Marg saying, “they just haven’t worked out who you really are, have they?”

Gough caused economic chaos, lead a bunch of rogue ministers with numerous scandals and was himself branded irresponsible when attempting to borrow $8 Billion, (so much money then!), to buy all mining interests and nationalise the industry for all Australians. He knew the rich minerals of our country was where our wealth lay and resented foreign ownership.

However he also created the most significant social, cultural and societal change in modern Australia’s history of which much of this work continues to this day.

Today, the 21st October 2014, Gough departed this world after 98 years and left it a better place than he grew up with.

RIP Gough. I’ll miss you.

19 10 / 2014

Political Correctness my Arse…

The “Economic Girly-Man” comment originating from the days when Arnold Schwarzenegger was governor of California.

In Australia, the Liberal Minister for Finance labelled the Opposition Leader an Economic Girly-Man and was immediately branded sexist.

Perhaps it’s time these ‘privileged’, elected members of parliament found some tougher skin and stopped hiding behind political correctness.

Give these people a full glass of water and a lid and tell them to shut the full cup.

19 9 / 2014

Desperate times.

Australia has always separated Church and State in its politics and Constitution.
Well, perhaps not so much since the infiltration of Political Correctness from the left side of the ledger crept in, followed by the suppression of religious commentary by left-leaning media.
So now we are facing the greatest ever threat to our democracy - where all people have an equal say and one person = one vote - and undermining the core, simple values of freedom and right of speech.

Ban Sharia Law in Australia.

19 9 / 2014

Ban Sharia Law in this country.

Enough said.

Ban Sharia Law in this country.

Enough said.

09 9 / 2014

One should always be suspicious of other countries and cultures that are different to ours….

One should always be suspicious of other countries and cultures that are different to ours….

(Source: recklessweeknights, via lnsouthgate)

09 9 / 2014

"A broadcaster speaking in Auckland says, “I am truly perplexed that so many of my friends are against another mosque being built in Auckland.
I think it should be the goal of every New Zealander to be tolerant regardless of their religious beliefs.
Thus the mosque should be allowed, in an effort to promote tolerance.
That is why I also propose that two nightclubs be opened next door to the mosque, thereby promoting tolerance from within the mosque. We could call one of the clubs, which would be gay, ‘The Turban Cowboy’ and the other a topless bar called ‘You Mecca Me Hot.’
Next door should be a butcher shop that specializes in pork and adjacent to that an open-pit barbecue pork restaurant, called ‘Iraq o’ Ribs’.
Across the street there could be a lingerie store called ‘Victoria Keeps Nothing Secret’ with sexy mannequins in the window modeling the goods.
Next door to the lingerie shop there would be room for an adult sex toy shop, ‘Koranal Knowledge’, its name in flashing neon lights and on the other side a liquor store called ‘Morehammered’.
All of this would encourage Muslims to demonstrate the tolerance they demand of us, so their mosque issue would not be a problem for others.”
Yes, we should promote tolerance, and you can do your part by passing this on."

In response to a call by journalist Larry Pickering, to Australians to attend a public town planning decision by the Gold Coast Council regarding the construction of the largest mosque in Australia through his FaceBook page today, this response by Simon de Wit.

05 9 / 2014

CELEBRITY NUDE PICTURES SCANDAL!

Oh the humanity!  Think of the children!

THIS is what all the fuss is about?
A beautiful, young woman in tasteful nude poses?
Will the real Jennifer Lawrence please stand up!

Seriously; a spread like this has propelled popular actresses to even greater heights as it shows their femininity, beauty, passion and emotion and makes them more relatable.

And besides, these real photos will dissipate the hundreds of fakes that are out there giving more credibility to the real person.

I understand the principle here of her account being hacked.  Clearly, the culprit should be prosecuted to reflect that they have broken into this account and taken something personal.

The current argument about these images is that as they are not selfie’s, the copyright belongs not to Jennifer but to the photographer, (a very lucky person).  Unless they come forward to claim them as their proprietorial property under copyright law as the “Author”, they remain in the public domain. Hence the current website hosting these photos will stand their ground until the rightful copyright owner comes forward.

I personally am not a supporter of this technicality of copyright law - it becomes a smokescreen to hide the original crime of having the account hacked.

However, take a bow Jennifer, wake up to this as an opportunity - if you embrace these images, you will only increase your popularity and appeal to a broader audience of fans.

OH and make your password much more cryptic….

(Source: mypleasantdistraction, via hookertooker)

12 8 / 2014

Newt Gingrich was a US Presidential hopeful at some stage of his political life. He remains an active, outspoken observer of world politics.

What he describes here is what we have all been witnessing and hoping would not become reality.

It is a sad reality we must face up to if we wish to continue our free and fair way of life.

Images yesterday of the son of an Australian Jihadist holding the severed head of a Syrian person indicates even Australia is developing a radical seam that will undoubtedly expand and potentially split our society.

17 7 / 2014

We Aussies don’t beat around the bush.

(Source: fireball-mudflap, via oneluckygirlforyou)

14 7 / 2014

"JUDGE IS SENDING ME DOWN"
(To the tune of ‘Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport’)

"There’s an old Australian entertainer, sighing, crying
And he shrugs off his legal team
And he turns to the reporters, gathered all around him
And he says

Won’t have much hope for a grope, bloke
Won’t have much hope for a grope
At my age I can’t bend for the soap, bloke
I’ll have no hope of a grope

All together now
The judge is sending me down, sport
Judge is sending me down
The news is all over town, sport
The judge is sending me down

It was only a compliment love, guv
Just a compliment love
There’s no need to cry “Heavens Above”, guv
Just a compliment love

All together now
The judge is sending me down, sport
Judge is sending me down
The news is all over town, sport
The judge is sending me down

A non-paying guest of the Queen, bean
A non-paying guest of the Queen
Should’ve sacked me legal team, bean
Now I’m gonna get me bum reamed

All together now
The judge is sending me down, sport
Judge is sending me down
The news is all over town, sport
The judge is sending me down…”
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It is a blight on the image of entertainment to see Rolf Harris go down in flames after six decades of a distinguished career.

A man I regarded for over 50 years as a role model in the public arena, is now destined to die without remorse for his weakness and unacceptable behaviour.

So many young people affected for life; this man took advantage of his success and influence to interfere with the lives of so many for small moments of selfishness.

It leaves a dirty taste in my mouth and punches holes in the memory of my youth.

I’m so glad my parents are not alive to see their societal peer crushed through such inexcusable actions.