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There’s no participation trophy in real life

There has been a trend afoot for a number of years to give people participation awards, particularly to children in sporting competitions. They are told that turning up and participating in an event is what really matters and it’s not important if you lose. Former Olympian and LA Galaxy soccer star Cobi Jones, does an excellent job of debunking this mentality is this video from PragerU and explains why feeling the pain of losing is so important to winning.

I am sincerely hoping that this mode of thinking is not taking hold of conservatives across Australia and that the pain of losses in 2017 will instead spur us on to even greater efforts in 2018. Continue reading

No matter the question, government is the answer

In an excellent article in The Australian this week, Nick Cater does a skilful dissection of the Northcote by-election in Victoria. For those who might not have heard the news, a seat that has been Labor since 1927 went to The Greens. Amazingly, the Andrews government, that seems to have more in common with Che than Chifley, was not left enough for this electorate. Continue reading

Art imitates life, Borg vs McEnroe

They’ve made a movie about one of the greatest tennis rivalries of all time! The cool as a cucumber Borg and the tempestuous McEnroe. I remember their matches well and loved watching McEnroe be a total idiot and embarrass himself all the time, while Borg never seemed flustered by anything.

Looks like they’ve found the perfect actor to play McEnroe with Shia LaBeoufhead. His real life non-stop temper tantrum since Trump won the presidency is perfect preparation for the role. You can look at one example here.   

Getup! Associations, The Queensland Election and The Sorry State of Australian TV!

New podcast with Justin Campbell where we discuss GetUp! not being associated with anyone, and The Queensland Election Campaign and the missing discussion issue. We also discuss the standard of TV in Australia at the moment!

Watch here!

 

The Hammer of the Law – The libertarian case for marriage

On 27 November 2007, the legal hammer fell on Massachusetts’ resident David Parker as he lost his court battle to determine what moral teaching his child would receive at school. It was the culmination of a legal case that began in April 2006 after Parker discovered (in early 2005), that the school was teaching his son about homosexual relationships and transgenderism.

In one of the most lawless legal rulings you’ll ever read, Parker and by extension every parent in Massachusetts, was plunged into the Orwellian nightmare that comes when gay marriage has the backing of legal force from the state. After running around looking for any possible justification for his views, Judge Mark Wolf ruled that:

  1. Now that gay marriage is legal the state had a duty to normalise homosexual relationships.
  2. The school could use teaching materials and methods to that end.
  3. The school had no obligation to notify parents when this was happening.
  4. You cannot ‘opt-out’ your children from such teachings.

In dismissing Parker’s rights, the Judge actually asserted (wrongly) the states’ rights.

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The sickness in the heart of the Victorian government

The Victorian government is at it again. Following on from its atrocious Safe Schools program, which seems to do everything but make schools safe (you can read about it here), it has overstepped its role and usurped parental authority in another way.

As reported in The Weekend Australian today, Daniel Andrews and his gang have introduced a program that will allow student to circumvent parental permission and access medical treatment, including the pill, without their parents or guardians knowing about it. This will allow a girl as young as 11 to obtain a prescription for contraceptives from school and the parents will be none the wiser. Also, the guidelines suggest that teachers will have the authority to overrule parents who have objected to their child seeing a doctor during school time. 

Let that sink in for a moment. 

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The World’s Leading Hypocrites – The BBC

Last week the BBC revealed the salary rates for employees earning over £150k per year. The furore has been immense with three distinct themes being clear. There is an enormous pay gap between the two genders (that’s male and female if you were unsure), between race and between class. The BBC is one of the world leaders in lecturing others about equality, racism and classism and to no one’s surprise, they are the world leaders in the very things on which they presume to chide others. Continue reading

Profits at First Sight – Social Science Expose

So Married at First Sight is over for another year, at least that’s the promise Channel 9’s made to everyone. Now men across the country can get the TV back on Sunday Nights.

Apparently 14,000 people have applied to be involved in the next round of this ‘social experiment’. Now I must admit, there are some days when I wake up and just think to myself, ‘just how can I screw up my life today?’ We’ve all done it at one time or another, swim with sharks, default on a payment to the Mafia, apply for Married at First Sight. Yeah, everyone self-destructs from time to time but 14,000? After what we’ve all seen, did Kool-Aid make a comeback and I didn’t hear about it? Continue reading

Citizen Saves State at State Request

Earlier this month an amazing thing happened on Channel 9. The broadcaster showed an incredible recording of Ashad Russell rescuing a police deputy from criminal attack. The viewing is remarkable, not only in content but more so because they actually showed it.

On 14 November 2016, Sheriff’s Deputy Dean Bardes of Lee County Florida, had stopped Edward Strother on the highway and was subsequently attacked. Strother managed to get the better of Bardes and was on top of the deputy, striking him and trying to grab the deputy’s gun.

Enter Ashad Russell – responsible citizen. Continue reading

What do stealth bins and jaywalking have in common?

‘What’s a stealth bin’? I’m glad you asked!

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of working in a Greenstar building you may have come across the latest thing. No one’s allowed to have their own bin at their desk. Everything has to be taken to a ‘central’ bin where there is the option of placing it in the recycling or regular waste. The idea being that it kinda forces everyone to separate, recycle and cuddle puppies. Fine and dandy and helpful to the environment and all that lovely stuff except for one problem, people find ways around it. They find ways around it because as per human behavior from time immemorial, anytime we find a stupid rule we obey when watched and ignore when not. Continue reading

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