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HOORAY FOR THE MORAL LEAD!

Posted in Uncategorized by thecuriousmail on March 18, 2010

When you stuff up, admit it, apologize and mean it, fix it up, learn from it, and move on.

. . . . . . . . But not apparently if you’re in politics. ( Or business for that matter.)

Gossips said Liberal MP Peter Slipper had been asleep in the House of Representatives this week.

Mr Slipper strenuously denied it, and offered to “swear on a stack of bibles”.

Then a photograph, which could only have been taken by a fellow Liberal MP, on a mobile phone, which was sent

anonymously to a newspaper, showed Mr Slipper asleep.

Mr Slipper’s reaction??

Mr Slipper says the photograph had  “seriously interfered” with his work.

“I … seek a forensic examination of the photograph by a qualified person to ascertain formally from which seat the

photograph was taken,” he told parliament, requesting that the matter be sent to the privileges committee.

Er, Mr Slipper, Honourable Member of Parliament, you. are. a .KNOB! And it seems at least one of your colleagues

thinks so too.

 Previously,  Qantas staff had barred Mr Slipper from reboarding a plane to Darwin, blaming bad behaviour. The MP

cited a combination of dental drugs and  a “couple of drinks”.

“I wasn’t in any way, shape or form drunk,” he said at the time. “I feel relatively innocent.”

. . .Er,  Mr Slipper, you are as “relatively innocent” as Australians are ‘relatively impressed’ by you!

But thank you for the moral lead.

Mr Slipper likes to berate workers. Yet a worker (as distinct to the boss) who falls asleep at work is very likely to be

sacked!

But thank you for the moral lead.

SENATE INQUIRY INTO SCIENTOLOGY BLOCKED BY GOVERNMENT AND OPPOSITION

Posted in Uncategorized by thecuriousmail on March 11, 2010

The ALP Federal Government and the Liberal-National

Party Opposition today voted to block a proposed Senate

inquiry into the Scientology church.

The inquiry was proposed by the Greens and independent

South Australian Senator Nick Xenophon, after having

received what Xenophon called “hundreds of allegations”.

Liberal senator Eric Abetz said he was worried it would allow disaffected people from all types of groups to air their

grievances.

Oh my God! The shame! But Eric, do the ‘disaffected people’ have a point, or not??? Better to ignore them then, eh?

A spokesman for ALP Government Senator Sherry, said “The Rudd government’s view is that a Senate inquiry into

 the Church of Scientology is not justified on the basis of our view of the parliament’s function.”

Yes, yes Kevin Rudd, parliament should be seen and not heard! I’m glad we’ve finally cleared that up, brother

number one!

“(Prime Minister) Kevin Rudd and (Opposition Leader) Tony Abbott need to explain to the Australian people why

they have looked away, why they have walked away from an issue of public importance,” Xenophon told reporters.

(Remember, the Government has as recently as last week accused the Opposition of being obstructionist, and of

opposing all matters for the sake of simply opposing. But they both agree on blocking this proposed inquiry??).

Nick, does scientology donate to the main political parties??  Has scientology been lobbying them?? Are the main

political parties united on this because they are threatened by the minor parties and independents, and so seek to

exclude them?? And Nick, please don’t hold your breath waiting for Rudd or Abbott to honestly explain anything.

. . . . . Or Nick, are the main political parties as diseased and worthless as the scientologists?

THE LEWIS CARROLL IRAQ WAR

Posted in Uncategorized by thecuriousmail on March 6, 2010

Former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, giving evidence to the Chilcot Iraqi Invasion Inquiry: “This isn’t about a lie or a conspiracy or a deceit or a deception.”

As if to prove there is no place for truth or honesty in politics, Blair spoke those words.

Somehow we need to reconnect the disconnect that exists in politics and business between action and consequence, decision and  accountability.

For all of us, all of the time, this connection exists in our personal lives, yet seems entirely absent there.

The three stooges of the Iraq war, Bush, Blair, and Rumsfeld, have not had a hair on their heads affected by their decision to invade, a decision proven to be based on a lie (weapons of mass destruction). And then Australian Prime Minister, John Howard,  could not wait to be invloved. Was the lie deliberate, or were they merely ignorant or confused? Doesn’t matter, they are still accountable and responsible for the decision. Have they been held to account?

Who has paid the price for their folly? Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians killed (current estimate 655,000 civilians dead!). And now there are reports of an alarming rate of birth defects in those areas of Iraq subject to military activity, initially attributed to contamination due to the use of depleted uranium weapons by the Americans. The photos taken by doctors are shocking, and I haven’t reproduced them. I do say that it is the first time I have seen a three-headed baby.

What does the current Iraqi government say? They say that no problem exists (Commentators say they take this attitude so as to not offend the Americans. More fucking political expediency). What does the American military say? There is insufficient evidence. Ok, but there does seem to be a problem. Let us find the truth. Appoint an independent team now to investigate and report. Immediately.

Who is now  paying the price for the three stooge’s folly? Those Iraqi children.  This nonsense must end. Those that make such decisions must be truly held accountable for the decisions.

I was reading recently about the growing incidence of mal-nourishment and starvation in Africa and Asia due to steep price increases in rice and maize, attributed to the Global Financial Crisis and subsequent speculation, and to GFC-related unemployment and the loss of income. So the Wall Street banker in his multi-million dollar house, with his million dollar salary and bonuses, by his actions responsible for an economic crisis that means a person half-way across the world now can’t afford to eat, has lost nothing, is not accountable.

If this is what globalization means, then it is a tyranny. In passing it is interesting to note there has been no serious investigation, and no prosecution, of any individual or corporation in relation to the GFC. So no conduct was illegal?? Or are they above the law??

“Oh, no, we’re not going to have any casualties.” —President George W Bush, discussing the Iraq war with Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson, after Robertson told him he should prepare the American people for casualties. I repeat what Bush said: “. . we’re not going to have any casualties.” Mad mad words of a sinister fool.

If we do not stand up and right the wrongs, our future deserves to be bleak.