Archive for July 1, 2003

Frontpage Uninstalled

July 1, 2003

Kev Gillett has switched to Blogger.

Welcome to Deadville, Population: Fidel

July 1, 2003

US President George W Bush reminded supporters today that he supported a “free Cuba” without Fidel Castro in power, as he made his first reelection stop in Florida, a key state in the 2004 contest.

“One thing we believe in in America is freedom, for everybody. We love it for the people of Cuba, we love it for the people of Iraq, we love it for the people of Afghanistan.

Pick the odd one out!

Stop Killing Jews? Huh?

July 1, 2003

The PFLP-GC today asked the question on the lips of every terrorist:

“How will a promise to not kill Jews help us achieve our goal of killing all Jews?”

THE Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine- General Command (PFLP-GC) today firmly rejected any ceasefire with Israel, following truce declarations by five other Palestinian factions.

“We are not bound by the unilateral truce and it does not influence us at all,” the Damascus-based Palestinian militant group said in a statement received here.

“The fighters and the heros in Palestine will continue the armed struggle until the last inch of our land is liberated,” it said.

The PFLP-GC, founded by Ahmad Jibril, opposes the Middle East peace process and aims for the destruction of Israel.

Comments from Niall to follow…

Update: Truce Shmooce.

Everyone: Prohibition Still Bad Idea

July 1, 2003

Anti-prostitution laws apparently cause more problems than they solve:

THREE Thai women have been detained and three Chinese women told their visas will be cancelled after a series of raids on Perth brothels at the weekend.

The Australian Federal Police and Immigration Department raids were made as part of an investigation into sex slavery and human trafficking and a crackdown on illegal immigrants in the sex industry.

Police Minister Michelle Roberts said WA police were hamstrung in dealing with the issue because of outdated legislation.

“The fact that we don’t have proper sensible legislation in place here . . . is really making our police fight with one hand behind their backs,” she said. Brothels were not legal and so they could not be regulated.

Police could shut brothels if it was found they were involved in sexual servitude but they could not stop the brothel owner opening up another brothel.

Mrs Roberts said legislation was needed to establish a prostitute licensing control board to allow the State to have some say in who was running brothels. She said police were in an awkward situation and one of the benefits of a licensing board would be to keep out people with links to organised crime or with drug convictions.

Prohibition only serves to turn control of said industry over to criminals. This is a difficult concept that many kindergarten children and politicians have problems with. Extra Special Kudos to the Greens on this one, who opposed the bill on the grounds that it didn’t go far enough, instead preferring to not change anything. (?)