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We were among many who reported on the big-hearted, soft-headed response to Muslim terrorism in Sydney, Australia, under the hashtag illridewithyou.

As with “hands up, don’t shoot” and “I can’t breathe”, it either didn’t happen at all, or not as portrayed:

As news of the siege unfolded, I scrolled through updates on my phone, searching for the latest information. My brother works in the city of Sydney. My husband’s office is a government building near Martin Place. I knew all were safe and sound, but I wanted to know more.

At this point I saw a woman on the train start to fiddle with her headscarf.

Confession time. In my Facebook status, I editorialised. She wasn’t sitting next to me. She was a bit away, towards the other end of the carriage. Like most people she had been looking at her phone, then slowly started to unpin her scarf.

Tears sprang to my eyes and I was struck by feelings of anger, sadness and bitterness. It was in this mindset that I punched the first status update into my phone, hoping my friends would take a moment to think about the victims of the siege who were not in the cafe.

I spent the rest of the journey staring – rudely – at the back of her uncovered head. I wanted to talk to her, but had no idea what to say. Anything that came to mind seemed tokenistic and patronising. She might not even be Muslim or she could have just been warm! Besides, I was in the “quiet carriage” where even conversation is banned.

By sheer fluke, we got off at the same station, and some part of me decided saying something would be a good thing. Rather than quiz her about her choice of clothing, I thought if I simply offered to walk her to her destination, it might help.

It’s hard to describe the moment when humans, and complete strangers, have a conversation with no words. I wanted to tell her I was sorry for so many things – for overstepping the mark, for making assumptions about a complete stranger and for belonging to a culture where racism was part of her everyday experience.

But none of those words came out, and our near silent encounter was over in a moment.

My second status was written as a heartbreaking postscript to my first. While the woman appeared to appreciate my gesture, we had both left defeated and deflated. What good is one small action against an avalanche of ignorance?

What ignorance? She just finished telling us that she barely spoke to the woman, and didn’t even know if she was Muslim. She made everything up.

I wanted to tell her I was sorry for so many things – for overstepping the mark, for making assumptions about a complete stranger and for belonging to a culture where racism was part of her everyday experience.

WTF? Fellow Australians were being held hostage, some ultimately to die, and she’s apologizing (wordlessly) to a woman who might have been Hispanic, South Asian, Buddhist, or just cold, for a “culture where racism was part of her everyday experience”? Had I been that anonymous woman, I might have let her walk with me, but only out of fear what such a psycho would do if I refused.

Lesson No. 6,348 that liberalism is based on unreality and lies.



Have you heard about the latest campaign to apologize to Muslims for terrorist acts they have yet to commit?

As a gunman holds people hostage in a cafe in Sydney, thousands of messages of support have been posted online for Muslims in Australia who are afraid of an Islamophobic backlash.

The spark was this post on Facebook by Rachael Jacobs, who said she’d seen a woman she presumed was Muslim silently removing her hijab while sitting next to her on the train: “I ran after her at the train station. I said ‘put it back on. I’ll walk with u’. She started to cry and hugged me for about a minute – then walked off alone’.

That’s nice.

Only there are some Muslims with whom I would not ride:

I get it: people want ordinary, peace-loving Muslims to feel comfortable, to know that the rest of us don’t consider all Muslims to be terrorists (even if pretty much all terrorists are Muslim). But can they call it something else?




Okay, how about #illnodfromacrossthestreetasigetthehellawayfromyoubeforeyoublowmetokingdomcome?

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Different Strokes

You mean there is a way to allow American citizens to travel to and from plague-stricken lands? While protecting the rest of us from potential infection?

Do tell:

Australia came under fire on Tuesday from health experts and rights advocates after it issued a blanket ban on visas from West African nations affected by the Ebola outbreak, making it the first rich nation to shut its doors to the region.

Australia has not recorded a case of Ebola despite a number of scares, and conservative Prime Minister Tony Abbott has so far resisted repeated requests to send medical personnel to help battle the outbreak on the ground.

The decision to refuse entry for anyone from Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, while touted by the government as a necessary safety precaution, was criticized by experts and advocates as politically motivated and shortsighted.

“The government has strong controls for the entry of persons to Australia under our immigration program from West Africa,” Immigration Minister Scott Morrison told parliament on Monday.

“These measures include temporarily suspending our immigration programe, including our humanitarian program from Ebola-affected countries, and this means we are not processing any application from these affected countries.”

All non-permanent or temporary visas were being cancelled and permanent visa holders who had not yet arrived in Australia will be required to submit to a 21-day quarantine period, he added.

Maybe it’s an overreaction, but how many infections/deaths do you need before it’s not? Shouldn’t Australia be praised for doing this before a single case, and not after an epidemic has begun? What “rights”
do Guineans have in Australia?

Is America’s protocol (whatever protocol rules on any given day) really better? Thomas Eric Duncan lied repeatedly to get here. Who wouldn’t? Let he who is without fever cast the first stone.


The British Commonwealth Has A Problem

A couple thousand problems.

This first bit is about Australia, but the numbers coming out of Britain are very concerning.

A seven-year-old jihadi has been pictured with the severed head of Syrian soldier in a photo posted online by his proud father. The boy is the son of the wanted Australian terrorist Khaled Sharrouf, according to the Metro.
The boy was pictured holding the head in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa. His father tweeted the photo along with the caption “That’s my boy!”. He also posed with the head himself under the caption “what a head.”
Khaled Sharrouf is a former drug addict who is one of the most wanted Australians. He travelled to Syria to join the jihad and now regularly sends updates of his actions to Twitter. He is believed to have made it out of Australia in December by using his brother’s passport.

The former Sydney resident also claimed there would be “Inshaallah soon in Aus” – which means “God willing or if Allah wills”, a sign he wishes to bring jihad to Australia.

This child is not the only one to have been dragged to a warzone by his parents. As previously reported on Breitbart London a British-four-year old was pictured posing with a gun in Syria.
His parents travelled from Britain to fight for ISIS, they are amongst the estimated 1500 UK nationals who are now fighting jihad.
This has led to serious concerns that when the war with ISIS is over large numbers of well trained terrorists will return to countries like Britain and Australia.

Huh. Sucks to be you, Britain.

– Aggie


More Good News From Australia

Australia is off the bucket list. Rabbi attacked in mall.

A Jerusalem rabbi visiting Australia was the target of anti-Semitic abuse in a shopping mall on Monday, according to reports.

Rabbi Avraham Shalom Halberstam, known as the Stropkover Rebbe, is visiting the country on a lecture tour. On Monday he and his assistant were set upon by up to six pro-Palestinian youths at a major mall near a Jewish suburb in Perth, according to an eyewitness.

“I’m a bit shaken from yesterday.

I’m the one who pretty much rescued the rebbe,” Danny Mayer, a modern-Orthodox Jew who went to pick up the two ultra-Orthodox Jews, told JTA on Tuesday.

“They were surrounding him so I raced over to get him into the car and they surrounded the car screaming, ‘You are killing babies in Gaza.’” Mayer said the teenage gang got “very agitated” and started banging on the car and spitting on it.

“I’ve been in Israel for seven years,” added Mayer, “and it wasn’t too far from being in an Arab village and trapped in a car. We absolutely felt threatened.”

“The rebbe is shaken but OK,” he added.

Mayer said the youths ran away when he started taking photos on his phone.

“The wider community needs to know that Jews around the world are being affected because they are Jews,” he said.


Australian Teens Threaten To Slit Throats Of Jewish Children

What a nice culture.

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Dozens of Jewish children have been traumatized by a gang of teenagers who stormed a Sydney school bus and allegedly hurled racial abuse and threats.

New South Wales state police said five juveniles were arrested early Thursday over the incident on Wednesday afternoon. They were questioned at a police station but were later released without charge into the custody of their parents pending further investigations, a police statement said.

The bus carrying about 30 children aged 5 to 12 years from three Jewish schools were subjected to “physical and racial threats” by a group of eight male teenagers, aged 15 to 17, who boarded at a bus stop in the wealthy eastern suburb of Randwick, police said. No one was injured.

Jackie Blackburn said her three daughters, aged 8, 10 and 12, would need counseling after their terrifying bus ride.

She told Nine Network television on Thursday that her eldest daughter had phoned her from the bus pleading for help, saying: “There are eight very dangerous, drunk men on this bus.”

The daughter’s phone went dead, but Blackburn said she was soon phoned by her daughter’s friend from the same bus.

“They’re threatening to slit our throats; they’re chanting ‘Palestine’ and they’re going crazy about Palestine — ‘must kill the Jews’ and ‘heil Hitler,’” Blackburn said.

“It was just very anti-Semitic and very scary for all the kids,” she added. “My little daughter said she’s just really scared of everything now,” she added.

Isabelle Stanton, whose two daughters, aged 8 and 12, were on the same bus, told The Daily Telegraph newspaper the youths had screamed: “We are going to murder you,” and “Free Palestine.”

“The kids are aware of what is going on in the Middle East, but the conflict in the Middle East should not be imported here — we are now feeling very vulnerable,” Stanton said.

And you thought that Australia was just about kangaroos, copper mining, and racism against the Aboriginal population!

– Aggie


Australian Humor, Youth Humor

Is this Australia?

Australia’s public broadcaster apologized after a radio host asked his listeners to play a word association game involving Hitler and fan-forced ovens.

The prank broadcast Aug. 9 on Triple J, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s youth radio station, caused Dvir Abramovich, the director of the Center for Jewish History and Culture at the University of Melbourne, to lament in the Sydney Morning Herald the following morning that there seems to be “no aspect or symbol” of the Holocaust that is “not subject to perverse abuse and cheap trivialization.”

Host Tom Ballard initially refused to apologize, saying on Twitter: “If you don’t like the show, just don’t listen.”

But the station issued a statement later on Aug. 10 saying it “apologizes unreservedly for any offense caused.”

Ballard said on Aug. 10 that he “sincerely apologized” for the joke that “offended and upset a lot of people. That’s not what I like doing,” he said. “I like making people laugh and I like making people happy.”

The equivalent of NPR runs a funny joke about Hitler and the ovens. And people wonder why I rejected the left.

– Aggie


Crocodile Done

Rolling Stone magazine declares Australia all but dead from global warming, and blogger Tim Blair, Australian, responds.

Hilarity ensues:

It’s near midnight, and I’m holed up in a rickety hotel in Proserpine, a whistle-stop town on the northeast coast of Australia. Yasi, a Category 5 hurricane with 200-mile-per-hour winds that’s already been dubbed “The Mother of All Catastrophes” by excitable Aussie tabloids, is just a few hundred miles offshore.

I have come to Australia to see what a global-warming future holds for this most vulnerable of nations …

Of all the world’s nations, Australia is the “most vulnerable”? To stupid journalism, perhaps.

The sense that Australia – which maintains one of the highest per-capita carbon footprints on the planet – has summoned up the wrath of the climate gods is everywhere.

We need names for these climate gods, so we can ridicule them in more personal ways.

“Australia is the canary in the coal mine,” says David Karoly, a top climate researcher at the University of Melbourne. “What is happening in Australia now is similar to what we can expect to see in other places in the future.”

You mean like record wheat crops?

As Yasi bears down on the coast, the massive storm seems to embody the not-quite-conscious fears of Australians that their country may be doomed by global warming.

Goodell can read our minds.

The oceans are getting warmer and more acidic, leading to the all-but-certain death of the Great Barrier Reef within 40 years.

Just hurry up and die already, reef. Predictions of this coral crop’s extinction have been around for almost as long as the reef itself.

Homes along the Gold Coast are being swept away, koala bears face extinction in the wild, and farmers, their crops shriveled by drought, are shooting themselves in despair.

Australia … happens to be right in the cross hairs of global warming. “Sadly, it’s probably too late to save much of it,” says Joe Romm, a leading climate advocate who served as assistant energy secretary in the Clinton administration.

What is likely to vanish – or be transformed beyond recognition – are many of the things we think of when we think of Australia: the barrier reef, the koalas …

I’d actually like to see koalas be “transformed beyond recognition”.

BTW, you know why koalas are so phlegmatic? Their diet of eucalyptus leaves is so nutrition poor they get little energy from it. Same reason why pandas can’t get it up—bamboo is not a super food, much less an aphrodisiac. Don’t think nature always knows what she’s doing.

But how’d this guy survive the hurricane?

The morning after Yasi, I emerge from my hotel to find a few broken windows and downed trees. The flooding isn’t as bad as had been feared

We walk for a while, watching all the happy people strolling along the boardwalk and drinking wine in cafes and surfing the waves. The sun is shining, and everything is lovely. Too bad that it all has to go.

Aggie, you were looking for cheap stocks to buy? Australia, Inc. It’s a steal.

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When this guy talks about putting another “shrimp on the barbie”, he’s not referring to shellfish. He’s referring to short-statured suitors of his daughter:

A MUSLIM girl caught between her religion, her parents and wanting to be a typical Aussie teenager is at the centre of an apprehended violence order against her father after he found she had a boyfriend.

Police were called to the family home after the man threatened to kill himself and the 14-year-old girl when he discovered the boy in a room of their home, Parramatta Bail Court heard yesterday.

The man, who cannot be named, allegedly told police the relationship was disrespectful to Muslim culture and brought shame on his family in the Afghan community.

After police arrived, the man became enraged because they would not arrest the boy, who had been invited into the house by his daughter.

He said the boyfriend would be killed if the incident happened in Afghanistan, the country he and his wife had emigrated from in 1998.

“The accused then stated, as the boyfriend would not be going to jail, the only thing left to do was kill his daughter and himself,” police said.

“The complainant is stuck between her religion, strict parents and wanting to be a typical Australian teenager.”

Officers claimed that on October 27 the daughter ran away from home. Her father said he would kill himself if she did not return by sundown.

When she did not return, the father attempted to hang himself but was stopped by his wife and son.

I guess I’m glad they stopped him, but if they hadn’t, it would have saved a lot of trouble.

She’s more Australian than she is Afghani, what did he expect? They emigrated 12 years ago (when his daughter was two), and he’s still a Neanderthal.

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There Is A Conservative Revolution Happening

In Australia

Before you read this, it is important to orient yourself to their language. Liberal means conservative, and Labour means liberal. Got it?

n December the smart set in the big cities here thought the Liberal Party—Australia’s traditionally conservative party—had jumped off a cliff by electing Tony Abbott opposition leader. The Liberals, opined one professor of politics in Melbourne, risked becoming “a down-market protest party of angry old men and the outer suburbs.” A columnist in the Sydney Morning Herald summed up Mr. Abbott’s party as “Populist, angry and spoiling for a fight.”

How wrong they were. It’s no stretch to say Mr. Abbott—Rhodes scholar, devout Catholic and family man—has singlehandedly resurrected the conservative movement in Australia. He took over the Liberals after his predecessor had proved too willing to go along with the agenda of then-Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, and he promptly moved the party to the right. Mr. Rudd was overthrown a few months later in his own internal party revolt and replaced in June by Julia Gillard, who as Australia’s first female prime minister (and as a more centrist figure than Mr. Rudd) should have had the political wind at her back.

Instead, the Liberals enjoyed what Mr. Abbott called a “savage swing” on election day Saturday. Though unable to win an outright majority, they made up a double-digit poll deficit in less than five months, denied Labor a governing majority, and may yet take the reins of government if they can form one themselves. He has done it by doing the one thing so many Republicans in America and Tories in Britain shy away from: explaining what conservatives believe in, clearly, sincerely and without a hint of shame.

Point number 1:

Mr. Abbott: “Liberals are just as committed to fairness as their Labor counterparts but understand more readily that holding people back can be just as unfair as not giving them a start. Liberals are just as committed to effective government but appreciate better that too much government can be as bad as too little.

Worth a trip to the link.

– Aggie


Cap and Spayed

Can eugenics be far behind? [via Mark Steyn]

AUSTRALIA needs its population capped at 28 million to save the environment from further damage, former NSW premier Bob Carr has told a forum.

Mr Carr led calls for a national plan for Australia’s future population at a local government forum in Brisbane today.

“Australia needs a population policy that says we ought to be stabilising our population at 28 million,” he said.

Mr Carr questioned Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s statement in October that Australia should aim for a “a bigger Australia” of 35 million people by 2050.

“I disagree with that, because the population numbers might be getting higher, but the rivers aren’t getting more robust, the rainfall isn’t getting more regular, our native species – plants and animals – aren’t getting any more protected, our soils aren’t getting any thicker and our rivers aren’t getting any more volumes,” Mr Carr said.

He said Australia has a real problem with its “carrying capacity” for humans because of its environment.

Is he sure 28 million isn’t still too big? Wouldn’t the rivers be even more “robust” at, say, 25 million—or even 22 million (the number six million sticks in my mind)? They say the soil in Poland is awfully “thick”.

And how would he propose reaching that figure? Ease access to abortion? Limit end-of-life care? They’re both on the table here in America, why not Oz? Maybe split the difference—a few million abortions, a few million ice floes.

Just Photoshop in Granny and Granddad for the bears.

Liberals may die (see ya, Ted!), but their bad ideas never fade away.


Good On You, Mates

If you can keep your head when all around you are losing theirs, you’ll be an Australian, my son:

Australia’s Senate has rejected a bill on the government’s flagship climate change policy for a second time.

Two opposition senators crossed the floor but it was not enough to secure passage of the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) to reduce greenhouse gases.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd had hoped to have the legislation passed by next week’s Copenhagen summit on climate change.

A bottle of wine is nice, Kevin. Maybe an African violet. Ill-considered legislation forced through a reluctant parliament is way more than necessary.

Anyway, Australia emits less carbon than Italy, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, or South Africa. What’s the big deal?


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