Archive for April, 2008

The American choice

I purposely intend to make minimal comments on the US elections, however a friend just sent me this and I just have to share it:

“We in Denmark cannot figure out why you are even bothering to hold an
election.

On one side, you have a bitch who is a lawyer, married to a lawyer, she
opposes a lawyer who is married to a bitch who is a lawyer.

On the other side, you have a true war hero married to a woman with a huge
chest who owns a beer distributorship.

Is there a contest here?”

Gay marriage

The government is removing a bunch of discriminations against gays. Good move, about time. I support removing discriminations against homosexuals. However the government won’t be supporting gay marriage, again good move.

Gays already have equal rights when it comes to marriage, a gay person can marry someone of the opposite sex just like a heterosexual person can. However what I don’t support is to call a homosexual union “marriage”. That term is for the union between a man and a woman. It’s a social institution that has evolved over thousands of years and just about all cultures recognize it. Marriage is not dependent on government, the state just gives it legal recognition to clarify such family matters as inheritance and child custody. Those who want to call gay unions marriage want to completely change the meaning of the word and social institution. Plain social engineering, nothing libertarian about it.

Having said that a type of civil union perhaps with no sexual necessary connotations as the Archbishop suggests , sounds like a good idea to me and would properly have popular support.

Ballistic Missile Defence for Australia

Will Australia need a Ballistic Missile Defence? Abraham Gubler thinks we may might:

Quite simply the success of BMD and that its being fielded elsewhere has propelled Australia to the top of the target list because it is conceivable that the American leadership would not sacrifice a Australian city in order to use military force against North Korea or Iran. Or at least it would be worth testing for a desperate regime; Darwin as a warning, Brisbane as the punishment?

Thats something I haven’t thought of, we may end up a proxy nuclear target. I think this just improves the case for the ADF to lead the Australian Space industry. Ballistic Missiles are rockets and we don’t have many skilled rocketeers in Australia. We wouldn’t be able to develop our own systems and would have to rely on American help. Now, using US systems would probably be the way to go but it would be sensible to have a core group of skilled people just in case we found ourselves alone. Same reason we keep Lucas Heights going, just in case we need to build the bomb.

Rest in Peace Lance Corporal

Thank you for your service to Australia Lance Corporal Jason Marks.

Twenty-seven-year-old commando Lance Corporal Jason Marks died overnight in a battle between his patrol and Taliban insurgents in southern Afghanistan, as melting snow heralded the start of the annual “fighting season”.

He was the fourth Australian soldier, and second commando, killed in Afghanistan in just over six months.

Four other commandos were wounded in the same action, but it’s believed none suffered life-threatening injuries.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd today warned there would be more casualties to come.

“We are facing a change of season, as the winter snows melt and the spring thaw begins, which usually indicates a heightening in military activity on the part of the Taliban and al-Qaeda,” Mr Rudd said.

“Therefore, 2008 will be difficult and dangerous and bloody, and the Australian nation needs to prepare itself for further losses in the year ahead.”……

Rudd Taxes

Well, the Rudd governments first new tax arrives and not unexpectedly its a nanny state tax, a tax on alcohol to stop binge drinking.

FEDERAL Health Minister Nicola Roxon has blamed the former Howard Government for the rise in teenage binge drinking.

Ms Roxon said the decision to cut taxes on premixed alcoholic drinks eight years ago helped fuel the surge in excessive drinking by young people, particularly teenage girls.

The Rudd Government overnight reversed the change, virtually doubling the excise on alcopops from midnight, pushing the cost of the drinks up by between 30 cents and $1.30 a bottle.

“We can track the change in the way that young women have been drinking these products from the time that the Howard Government changed the excise in 2000,” Ms Roxon said to the Nine Network.

Now remember you have to be at least 18 to purchase booze so the teenagers Nicola Roxon is concerned about aren’t that young. If she is concerned about underage drinking then I think she needs to ask who gave it to them in the first place.

I doubt a 30 cents a drink tax will have much effect on consumption but it will raise $2 billion. Its just a money raising sin tax.

Dingo to the rescue

I’m not surprised by this. Ernie Dingo has always striked me as a man of real character not just is one. Had he decided to build himself up and taken martial arts lessons he would have made a good movie action hero.

In a scene reminiscent of Dundee’s, “That’s not a knife” brush with New York bandits, Dingo saved the day after confronting the bullies attempting to steal a young boy’s mobile phone.

….On location in London’s famous Carnaby St for Channel 7’s The Great Outdoors, the TV favourite stepped in to help the crying youngster, who was pleading for the return of his phone.

A Confidential reader on the scene said that shoppers watched as the boy followed the petty thieves while they “strutted arrogantly through the stunned crowd”.”

To a man, they did nothing,” the witness said. “Right when one of the bullies was about to belt the boy to stop him following them, they walked straight into the clutches of a fierce Ernie Dingo.”

The dramatic scene was described as “straight out of High Noon”…….

Carnival of Space is in town

Carnival of Space 51 is up and running at Astroengine. Theres lots of posts so grab a coffee and enjoy a good read.