Part of the reason is because, just like the party and Government she leads, she perpetually redefines herself according to focus group research and short term agendas. Who are you Julia Gillard?
Querying Julia Gillards Political Identity
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
The Australian Taxpayers Alliance Director Tim Andrews vents on the state of political play in Canberra.
I had a strange dream last night.Yes indeed, we need an election NOW.
I dreamt that I was in bizzaro-world watching a tragi-comedy soap opera. An absolute farce where we had a government clinging to power with the vote of a man Thompson who was so brazen in his misuse of union funds, he didn’t just use them to pay for his re-election campaign - his union credit card was used to pay for brothels! Where the government installed a speaker (with full press gallery support) who is before the courts for sexually harassing a young staffer, who is under police investigation for fraud against the commonwealth, and who repeatedly sent abusive, sexist, and grossly offensive misogynist texts.
In this dream, the Prime Minister, who in the past secretly aided her former-boyfriend to set up what she admitted was a “slush fund” and to then buy property with stolen union funds, defended the disgraced Speaker, and her defence was simply to say that everyone opposed to her was a misogynist: a government that with a straight face defended misogyny by accusing misogyny.
Phillipa Martyr summed up this bizzaro-world:
"- The twice-married Peter Slipper repeatedly sexts a young and good-looking gay man who works for him ... Peter Slipper expresses in these sexts a marked dislike for lady bits ... Peter Slipper tells the court that he loves his wife (despite her having the same unpleasant lady bits) ... Peter Slipper is therefore Husband of the Year and an innocent victim of Liberal Party machinations ..."
"Tony Abbott shows no signs of being fazed by strong women, having been married to one for years ... Tony Abbott turns his back on Nicola Roxon in parliament ... Tony Abbott calls for the resignation of lady-bits-insulter and office masher Peter Slipper as Speaker of the House of Representatives ... Tony Abbott is a misogynist sexist pig."
In my dream, the government complained of the "Americanisation" of Australian politics, while itself basing it's attack template on US Marxist activist Saul Alinsky's "Rules for Radicals" (eg: Rule 12: "Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it."
So bizzare is this world that everyone in the media simply lapped this cognative madness up and reported the government line verbatim praising the Prime Minister's speech.
To say this dream described a total farce is an understatement. It is a comedy which puts Yes Minister to shame. It is absolutely totally unbelievable that such a thing could ever occur in reality.
Our political and media class would NEVER stoop so low.
Except, … as you are well aware, this was not a dream. This insanity is exactly what is occurring.
How can anyone possibly justify this excuse of a government? Anyone observing from the outside can only conclude that it is a total, absolute, and utter joke. Yet so insulated is our media, so removed from reality is our Canberra Press Gallery, that they blindly regurgitate the government line.
Julia Gillard’s rambling defence of the indefensible yesterday – her gall in baselessly attacking her opponents while she supported the utter disgrace of Peter Slipper (who since resigned as speaker), her shameless audacity is mind-boggling. And yet our fawning media faithfully reprinted the government line. And praised her speech.
I would laugh at these antics, if it were not for the fact that they have real consequences, in the real world.
As this farce continues, our budget deficit skyrockets, waste and overspending is occurring left right and centre, the “Infrastructure Government” hasn’t built a single thing, the carbon tax is hitting every Australian family, our defence force becomes dilapidated and our borders unsecure.
Families are hurting, and all the government can do is obsess about name-calling Tony Abbott.
This is beyond a joke.
We need an election now.
Wednesday, October 03, 2012
In a little over a month, NASA will make its final delivery of a space shuttle for museum purposes. To be precise, on Nov. 2, Atlantis will be transported from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral to the nearby visitor center. We can look forward to the opening of the Atlantis exhibit in 2013, in a display that will highlight the shuttles history.
Now let’s enjoy this great retro footage to the music of Ulrich Schnauss and through it, celebrate American ingenuity. WATCH IT ALL IT'S MUST SEE WHICH CULMINATES IN AN EMOTIONALLY CHARGED LAUNCH.
Best viewed in full screen ...
Tuesday, October 02, 2012
Via ISIS - The Institute for Science and International Security
A useful article detailing exactly how much time it would take for Iran to go from being not merely nuclear but weapons capable ...
ISIS has learned in researching and discussing the new National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iran that important differences exist from the 2007 NIE on Iran’s capability to make a nuclear weapon. The 2007 declassified NIE specifically noted that it did not take into account Iran’s “declared civil work related to uranium conversion and enrichment” when assessing the status of its nuclear weapons program. The new NIE does not distinguish between declared and undeclared enrichment activities when considering Iran’s nuclear weapons capability. In doing so, the new NIE more accurately values the impact that Iran’s advancements in its gas centrifuge uranium enrichment program, declared or otherwise, have on its capability to decide to make highly enriched uranium for a nuclear weapon. This acknowledges that Iran’s capability to make highly enriched uranium, as represented by the declared elements of its uranium enrichment program, influences any political decision to make nuclear weapons.Continue reading here
The new NIE includes that Iran could be furthering its development of components for nuclear weapons while reportedly assessing that not enough activity has occurred on weaponization to justify a determination that Iran has made a decision to restart its nuclear weaponization program or build a bomb. 1 Both NIEs judge that Iran had a nuclear weaponization program prior to 2004. Missing in ISIS’s information about the new NIE is the confidence level that the intelligence community has in its ability to detect a restart and the level of detected activity necessary to determine that a restart has occurred. The 2007 NIE judged with moderate confidence that restart had not happened as of mid-2007. It should be noted that this assessment about restart was rejected by key European allies and Israel, which all assessed that Iran was likely continuing to develop its nuclear weaponization capabilities and that its nuclear weapons program likely existed after 2003.
See also Nuclear Iran: Diplomatic endgame fast approaching ...
Visit my American Interests blog and click on Iran label for further reading ...