Friday, June 16, 2006

things that are bothering me today

sorry for being so negative but here they are.

1. the obstruction for david hicks trying to get out of his hell hole. it would be a hell hole, that is not fancy talk. the paper tells me today that he may soon be a british citizen. i hope so. regardless of what he has or hasn't done, the whole point of the geneva convention was to protect the HUMAN rights of HUMAN individuals who are prisoners of war. if he's a prisoner of war, he should have his rights observed. if he's not a prisoner of war, what the fuck is he doing in guantanamo.

and why has the mealy minded* john howard person left him there to rot?

2. i checked in an indonesian dictionary and apparently being "understanding and sensitive" to their policies equates with "turning a blind eye" and "ignoring" things such as government army atrocities and not only lack of freedom and democracy for citizens, but persecution and oppression. east timor. papua. i'm scant on the details but we all know it's fundamentally true. why would the australian government be willing to compromise the strong principles and ideology we have come to know and love? might be the same reason for iraq. something with three letters, starting with o, ending in l and with an i in it.

3. a state opposition front bencher andrew mcintosh, who had a diary pushed under his office door, which has notes in it saying that there was to be a dirt digging exercise on ted baillieu's wife and three children, the youngest 8, has said that "i'm sure every single victorian is devastated by the fact that their elected official, their government, is prepared to use the unbelievable power of a victorian government to trawl through all of those matter that are personal and private details relating to our families and our loved ones."

NO andrew, NOT devastated. not this baby here. not surprised either. so count me out of your every single victorian and back the fuck up.

4. finally, HOW IN GOD'S NAME DID KEITH WINDSCHUTTLE GET A BERTH ON THE ABC BOARD? WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON? THIS IS A MAN WHO ARGUES THAT THE HOLOCAUST DID NOT HAPPEN.

DID NOT HAPPEN.

IS THIS AN ATTEMPT AT BALANCE? ARE THERE ACCUSATIONS THAT THE ABC BOARD IS BIASED (yeah, towards sanity, perhaps?)

i just don't know what to believe in any more.










* i don't know if you can be mealy minded or just mealy mouthed. but i'm making him mealy minded.

8 comments:

BEVIS said...

I'm confused. Are you saying that you're NOT disgusted that Ted Baillieu's wife and kids were allegedly being tracked and observed, etc?

Maybe I'm missing your point, and it could be the hour, but is that what you're saying?

I'm not drawing a line in the sand or anything; I'm just seeking clarification.

Please explain. I'm tired, and am politically dense at the best of times anyway. :)

Chai said...

The ABC thingy is troubling. Howard wants it to mirror his brain.

MelbourneGirl said...

hey bevis. i wrote it really quickly and never really make sure things are clear. sorry about that. i expect everyone to be able to read my mind i guess.

what i think i was trying to say, without rereading it, was that i wasn't surprised about this. nor devastated because it's no big deal to me. that's politics. and i guess i was thinking the opposition make a big hoo ha about it, when they are doing exactly the same. which was evidenced in a report in the newspaper today. something along the lines of the opposition (if not baillieu himself) having done the same thing, ie a dirt file. i figure they were looking at the wife and kids to see if they had anything financial under their names. not for other stuff.


and chai, yes exactly. scary isn't it. all the board members are now howard-government appointed.

[shiver]

BEVIS said...

'kay, thanks. :)

dasa said...

ummm, where did WINDSCHUTTLE deny the holocaust™ ?

MelbourneGirl said...

dasa. yes i was waiting for someone to pick that up. i think i got it mixed up. he bangs on about the non-genocide of australian aborigines. it's someone else, david irving?, who is the holocaust denier.

sorry about that. i was writing on the fly.

and why the TM after holocaust?, should you ever venture back this way.

dasa said...

Only jews are permitted to use the word

On the so called Aboringal 'genocide', it strikes me that Robert Manne in continually raking over the coals of history in an attempt to stoke up some cheap political points over Andrew Bolt on the mythical 'stolen generation' [Cubillo v Commonwealth, 2001] debate, at the expense of the most vulnurable people in Australia - Aboriginal children in abusive enviroments in remote communities, as Nanette Rogers reported, because now, as Warren Mundine pointed out, the government *should* be removing these children from those abusive enviroments, but years of leftist-PC politicing has left the establishment powerless to act. Well done.

dasa said...

Even better yet, Manne also accused A.O.Neville of engaging in 'genocide'of half-caste's. Yet Neville's widow recieved numerous letters from Aboriginal women, thankful that they were saved from abusive enviroments. Genocide and Holocaust are words that are bandied about like cheap confetti, with the similar intent of calling somebody a 'nazi' or a 'racist', because it's a cheap and intellectually void way of scoring against an opponent or to add significance to something that doesn't deserve it.