Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Aussie know-how

The scene is set, the night is cold, the campfire is burning and the stars
twinkle in the dark night sky...

Three hang-glider pilots, one from Australia, one from South Africa and
the other from New Zealand, are sitting round a campfire near Ayers Rock, each
embroiled with the bravado for which they are famous.

A night of tall tales begins....

Kiven, the kiwi says, "I must be the meanest, toughest heng glider dude
there us. Why, just the other day, I linded in a field and scared a
crocodile thet got loose from the swamp. Et ate sux men before I wrestled
ut to the ground weth my bare hends end beat ut's bliddy 'ed un.

Jerry from South Africa typically can't stand to be bettered. "Well you
guys, I lended orfter a 200 mile flight on a tiny treck, ind a fifteen
foot Namibian desert snike slid out from under a rock and made a move for me. I
grebbed thet borsted with my bare hinds and tore it's head orf ind sucked
the poison down in one gulp. Ind I'm still here today".

Barry the Aussie remained silent, slowly poking the fire with his penis.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Pucker Up

Did anyone else see the whistling doco nn ABC tonight? There was one fella who had been two-time international whistling champion. They showed of a picture of him meeting Dubya. Then they showed him going to work.

He works for Carlyle.

Does this mean that the corporation is directing George via whistled commands, like a sheep dog?
If you had a US Prez hypnotically programmed to respond to whistled instructions, you'd be laughing.

Mind you, that's assuming that George is at least as smart as the average sheep-dog. This is debatable.

Is It Over Yet?

So, four years after the non-Islamic part of the world violated a nation's sovereign rights by beggining the process of invading, seizing its ruler and at the very least assisting in the creation of the outcome of his execution, is the War On Terror over?

Every Western civilation is five times as scared as it was before of bombs detonating in its city streets. Is the War On Terror over?

3,000 US soldiers are dead, and a couple of hundred thousand Iraqis, who-knows-how-many have been injured. London has been bombed. Al Qaeda has threatened Australia. You can't walk two blocks in Adelaide without your face being filmed twenty five times.

Whether Saddam did or didn't deserve to die, we have made a debacle of fulfilling our objective of eliminating this one man. As a result our society has changed.

It bloody well better have been worth it. I don't think it was. I also don't think we're being selfish in examining every mistake in this cock-up.

If this is "end of story" then a few chapters in the middle still need writing. Years of front pages and editorials dedicated to the cause,. Inaccurate intelligence, misleading propaganda and massive profits by exponents of associated industries, not to mention "poll defying" (PM Howard's words at the recent Sydney Salute To Rupert Murdoch) ignorance of public opinion all suggest it's far from selfish to examine every aspect of how this operation was conducted.

How Saddam's death was achieved stinks from start to finish. If we believe we're being egocentric to talk about it and shut up then we place ourselves in a position of being forced to participate in similar future scenaria. This would be the worst atrocity of all.

In the meantime, the War On Terror is far from over.