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FUCK TERRORISTS! I don’t think

April 14, 2003


I don’t think this makes a whole lot of sense:

THE Balinese Government will forbid any “inappropriate” rebuilding on the site of the Sari Club and Paddy’s bar, the scene of so much death and anguish last October.

Bali’s deputy governor, I Gusti Bagus Alit Putra, said his Government would work with the municipal authorities to prevent the owners rebuilding the nightclubs.

It is my understanding that part of the reason Paddy’s Bar and the Sari Club were bombed is because of the distaste on part of radical Islamists for drinking and debauchery in general (Along with, of course, the chance to kill a lot of Westerners). They see Bali as a kind of modern Sodom and wanted to send a message.

What better way to commemorate those who lost their lives by rebuilding the places bigger and better than before?

If it were up to me, I’d build the biggest, shiniest, seediest nightclub the world has ever seen in it’s place. The people who died in Bali were there for drinking and good times!

Just as they will rebuild the World Trade Centre with a new, improved version of the same, let’s send a message to those responsible that our way of life will continue despite their violence.

Those who died in Bali would be remembered by future generations of Australians visiting the pub built in their memory, and continuing a tradition that someone tried to destroy.

I Don’t Like Cricket, Oh

April 11, 2003

I Don’t Like Cricket, Oh No

Scott Wickstein has a good preview of the Windies/Australia test that started last night. Since it’s already started though, let’s take a look at the big news so far.

  • Australia chose to play both spinners. (Leaving out Martin Love)
  • With Hogg, Bichel and Lee in the side, Gilchrist moves to #6, and either Bichel or Hogg will be #7. In one day matches Australia has chosen Hogg ahead of Bichel, but Bichel’s good form should see him get the #7 spot. If he continues to bat well, he becomes what we have lacked since, well forever. A genuine test All-Rounder.
  • Bichel has already chipped in with 3 wickets, including Lara. Not a bad start.
  • Brett Lee dismissed debutant opener Devon Smith LBW, after it came basically off the middle of the bat onto his pad. A truly disgraceful decision by Rudi Koertzen.
  • Four LBW’s in the first innings. That is a lot.
  • The West Indies are awful and we will win 4-0 barring a double century by Lara.

Sux 2 B Me! Today

April 11, 2003

Sux 2 B Me!

Today I was planning on making an announcement that would, in effect, end my blogging adventure.

I applied to join the RAAF officer training program to be an Air Traffic Controller a while back. Last Friday I went in for my aptitude and ability testing at the Defence Force Recruiting center, and sat numerous tests.

The tests consisted of a pretty standard IQ test, as well as 2 specific tests sat by only RAAF officers enlisting as Pilots or Air Traffic Controllers. I got through these pretty handily and today was scheduled for medical testing and my final Interview. Getting through this final stage would see me offered a position in the officer training school in Point Cook, Victoria.

Unfortunately for me, I was deemed medically unfit for enlistment. I can quite confidently say I disagreed with the doctor’s conclusion. I have a skin condition that could be aggravated by combat training in swamp or jungle situations, which seems hardly important considering that the job I applied for was a non-combat role.

In any case I doubt I will be appealing the decision, so my announcement today is considerably less triumphant than I anticipated.

It’s not all bad news, however! After all, Iraq has been liberated by Coalition forces, and the Iraqi people are dancing in the streets (despite the predictions of the doomsayers). Along with that, my blog today will click over 5,000 unique hits today! That’s about 85 a day since I started in January.

So, thanks to everyone who has found time to read this blog since I started up, and I hope you continue to do so.

Proof that AOL is evil

April 10, 2003

Proof that AOL is evil

I think Margo Kingston just found my website!

Elsewhere on AOL:

  • Message Boards about “Uday Hussein is sexy”
  • Home Pages about “Uday Hussein is sexy”
  • Kids Only sites about “Uday Hussein is sexy”

That’s right kids!

Design Change Nothing special here,

April 10, 2003

Design Change

Nothing special here, I just made a new column on the right to keep permalinks to some of my more substantial rants. This is primarily for the benefit of the 10 billion visitors I have had in the last few days looking for Democracy, Whiskey and Sexy. Enjoy!

LIBERATION First, some housekeeping: Tim

April 10, 2003


First, some housekeeping:

Tim Blair is caught in a quandary:

I SHOULDN’T be so happy. After all, I’m a right-wing deathbeast, and the end (or near end) of a war should upset me, because we conservatives lust for war all the time. Except when we have to fight it ourselves, of course. Being chickenhawks and all.

I’m also happy the quagmire is no more. No “million Mogadishus”, no “hundreds of thousands of dead innocents”. If you have a TV or an Internet thingo, the pictures of Liberated Iraqis are all around you. Go take a look because I’m going to be watching it too.

Greenpeace are Idiots. Free speech

April 10, 2003

Greenpeace are Idiots.

Free speech is a basic right in our country. Unfortunately, some elements in our society think that means that anything goes, as long as it’s accompanied by a message. Free Speech means what it says. It doesn’t give you the right to sabotage, piracy or otherwise hinder the actions of groups you are opposed to.

Actions like those yesterday highlight just how idiotic Greenpeace are. How can they be sure the RAN knew what the mission of the boats was? As Gareth notes:

Should someone have told them that the main role of the navy is to remove mines that impede the humanitarian effort? Do the Greens want the mines to stay in place or do they want humanitarian aid to get through?

Of course the obvious answer is: They don’t give a shit. They just want to get on the news no matter what happens. The only way the protest could have been more successful for Greenpeace is if the RAN Vessel opened fire on their boats. Not only would that mean worldwide coverage for Greenpeace, but a huge increase in their membership out of sympathy for the “innocentvictims.

I use the word “innocent” in quotation marks for a good reason. Members of Greenpeace and affiliated NGO’s are guilty of many crimes, ranging from Piracy to outright Wetworks.

Apart from the obvious illegality of actions against Warships, Greenpeace could quite easily be digging their own graves through their actions. Fedayeen in Iraq are already conducting suicide attacks disguised as Red Crescent Ambulances. How long before the first suicide attack under a Greenpeace Flag?

Boarding naval vessels is possibly the most stupid thing I can think of at this point in time. At least they had the good sense to do it to an Australian vessel this time. God knows what would have happened if they tried it on a US warship, and they’ve already been given a pretty clear message by the French.

Just Because I’m Paranoid, It

April 9, 2003

Just Because I’m Paranoid, It Doesn’t Mean They Aren’t Out To Get Me!

Commandante Corr thinks the US is deliberately targetting independent media in Baghdad because…well, he doesn’t really offer any motive, I guess it’s just because they are eeeeeeevil.

The Americans knew exactly what they were bombing. Abu Dhabi TV’s “identity is spelled out in large blue letters on the roof”. The Palestine Hotel is, to steal Ken’s phrase, “notoriously where nearly all international journalists were headquartered”. Al Jazeera insists that “Our office is in a residential area and even the Pentagon knows its location”.

So were the attacks accidental? Based on the eyewitness accounts: No.

Against Al Jazeera, the US seems to have flown past a couple of times to make sure they hit the right target:

In an unrelated story, Rob’s local deli has completely sold out of aluminium foil. And hats.

Whales: Succulent and Tasty! Scientists

April 9, 2003

Whales: Succulent and Tasty!

Scientists aren’t convinced that whales are all they are cracked up to be.

Less intelligent whale species are much like sheep and should be sustainably hunted, says one of the nation’s most influential environmental scientists, Tim Flannery.

In a controversial paper to be published in next week’s Quarterly Essay, Dr Flannery, author, mammalogist and director of the South Australian Museum, says whale protection has departed from “environmental logic”.

Of course, such revelations are nothing new to thinkers such as Maddox, who writes:

Whales are drinking all our water and eating our sailors.

When they’re not busy ravaging the high seas, they’re getting beached and rotting to death out of spite so nobody can enjoy the beach.

In fact, when is the last time a whale did anything other than some stupid trick like jumping out of the water?

Ooh, the whale can jump out of the water. Big deal. Try building an oil rig, then I’ll be impressed asshole.

Quotes of the Day When

April 8, 2003

Quotes of the Day

When people thought the earth was flat, they were wrong. When people thought the earth was spherical, they were wrong. But if you think that thinking the earth is spherical is just as wrong as thinking the earth is flat, then your view is wronger than both of them put together.
— Isaac Asimov, “The Relativity of Wrong” (1989)

The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence. He inspires self-distrust. He guides their eyes from himself to the spirit that quickens him. He will have no disciple.
— Amos Bronson Alcott, Orphic Sayings,”The Teacher” (1840)

Are you listening?