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  • "WE, THE FREE, MIGHT BE THE ENEMIES OF FREEDOM”

    09/21/2008 7:25:18 PM PDT · by Byron_the_Aussie · 3 replies · 181+ views
    Daily Telegraph, Sydney Australia ^ | Monday, September 22, 08 (03:08 am) | Tim Blair
    A British guide to leading left-wingers claims that the crazy leftoid fringe “has all but disappeared over the last year as the surge in Iraq has worked and more on the left wake up to the fact they have been ‘fellow travelling’ with radical Islamists.” This isn’t the case in Australia, where we’re still being told that terrorists are victims: Prof Anthony Burke, senior lecturer at the University of NSW where ADFA classes are held, in his book Beyond Security, Ethics and Violence, said students should try to understand terrorists rather than fight them. “In the wake of 9/11, our...
  • Obama Oboosted: poll figures similar to Dukakis'

    09/02/2008 7:48:48 PM PDT · by Byron_the_Aussie · 40 replies · 273+ views
    news.com.au ^ | Wednesday, September 03, 2008 at 03:54am | Tim Blair
    According to Gallup, Barack Obama is now leading the race for president with his highest share of support to date: According to a Gallup poll published in the NYT, 1988: Fifty-five percent of the 948 registered voters interviewed in the poll said they preferred to see Mr. Dukakis win the 1988 Presidential election, while 38 percent said they preferred to see Mr. Bush win.
  • Jury asked to consider 'America's evil'

    02/28/2008 1:13:01 AM PST · by Byron_the_Aussie · 18 replies · 142+ views
    'The Australian' (national newspaper) ^ | February 27, 2008 | By Mike Hedge
    THE jury in Australia's largest terrorism case has been asked to consider the "evil" America has done, as a court judges 12 Melbourne men accused of plotting to commit "violent jihad". Opening the defence case today, lawyer Remy van de Wiel, QC, told the jury America had suffered an enormous blow to its pride as a result of the September 11 World Trade Center attack. Mr Van de Wiel described the attacks as "evil and shocking". "But don't forget, America has done many evil things too," Mr van de Wiel told the court. He also told the Victorian Supreme Court...
  • Aussie Oscar winner Eva Orner slams US as 'war criminals'

    02/25/2008 10:42:30 PM PST · by Byron_the_Aussie · 85 replies · 982+ views
    Courier-Mail newspaper, Brisbane Australia ^ | February 26, 2008 08:50am | newsroom
    OSCAR winner Eva Orner has described the US Government as a "bunch of war criminals". The Australian filmmaker won an Academy Award for best feature documentary as co-producer of Taxi to the Dark Side, a film about the US Government's use of torture in its war against terror. The documentary features interviews with US soldiers who participated in the torture of suspects in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay. Orner said she did not blame low-ranking soldiers for such behaviour. "Obviously, everyone's responsible for their own actions, but you put people in bad situations who are ill-equipped, not trained, under enormous...
  • Just magic! Kearney NE welcomes home 734th Bn(slideshow)

    08/13/2007 10:23:59 PM PDT · by Byron_the_Aussie · 8 replies · 615+ views
    FRiends, in a world infested with hate driven Leftists, demented Kossacks, maniacal jihadis and Dem quislings sometimes the well of hope starts to run dry. I know mine does. But then something comes along which refreshes the soul and spirit and gives one optimism, for the future. Just that kind of tonic arrived in my inbox today, from an Aussie friend, who married a Yank and settled in Kearney Nebraska a few years ago. Here's the Kearney community welcoming their own home from Iraq. Enjoy: Welcome Home-A City Celebrates!
  • Hijab-Encrusted: Feminist Mag Shows Women the New "Sexy"(Ashley Judd the new Natalie Maines?)

    11/22/2006 5:45:23 PM PST · by Byron_the_Aussie · 73 replies · 4,411+ views
    debbieschlussel.com ^ | November 21, 2006 | Debbie Shlussel
    And now for the latest edition of "Reading Women's Mags So You Don't Have To--See What Your Wives/Daughters/Girlfriends Are Reading":Check out the New Islamofascist face masks. All the rage in Dubai. SEXY. Will Come in Handy for Muslim Women's Pro Hockey Team. Marie Claire has done it again. The magazine which equates our female soldiers with female Islamic terrorists; the magazine which claims that Islamofascist TV broadcasts are liberalizing the Arab world (Ha!); the magazine which hates Christianity and loves women's lib--that magazine suddenly has selectively, yet again, discarded its feminist ethos to show us what it hopes will be...
  • Just watched 'The Path to 9/11'

    09/10/2006 6:28:09 AM PDT · by Byron_the_Aussie · 674 replies · 24,631+ views
    September 10, 2006 | myself
    Part one shown on Australian TV this evening.Don't miss it, my Freeper friends. It's no wonder the Clintonistas have thrown everything at ABC/Disney, in a desperate effort to have the miniseries cancelled. Documents exactly what we've been following over the years on FR. Brave agents on the ground in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Dedicated people at Langley and the J. Edgar Hoover building, working around the clock to capture or kill Bin Laden, Ramzi Yusef et al. And all their efforts derailed by Clinton appointees like Berger and Allbright- selfishly putting their own careers (and covering their asses) before protecting the...
  • Mennonites severely beaten, church pulled down (Vietnam)

    05/31/2006 12:51:32 AM PDT · by Byron_the_Aussie · 14 replies · 497+ views
    Voice of the Martyrs website ^ | Voice of the Martyrs Australia
    Special Report: Filed by a Voice of the Martyrs field worker. On May 22, 2006 at 2:30pm we received reports from our sources in Vietnam that the local government had torn down part of the Mennonite house church situated at C5 H1 Tran Nao St, Binh Khanh ward, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City. They severely beat the Pastors, the Christian workers and the Believers, causing injury that required medical treatment. There were about 50 attackers including uniformed police, secret police, and hired thugs who came to pull down the part of house Pastor Quang had just fixed. All the...
  • Mao a mass killer - Massey lecturer

    05/20/2006 6:00:32 PM PDT · by Byron_the_Aussie · 12 replies · 510+ views
    Manawatu Standard via Stuff.co.NZ ^ | 19 May 2006 | By GRANT MILLER
    Mao a mass killer - Massey lecturer Brainwashed Chinese students should learn the truth about Mao Zedong, a senior Massey University (New Zealand) Chinese lecturer said. Dong Li said the man the students adore is a mass murderer. Mr Li is flabbergasted Chinese students spoke so reverently of Mao, glossing over his murderous regime and comparing him with Jesus Christ, as they protested the lampooning of him on the cover of a student newspaper this week. He said students have been brainwashed by the Chinese government, which keeps the education sector and media under tight control. "Mao is depicted as...
  • Homosexual "Marriage" is a Total Bust in Spain

    09/09/2005 3:48:43 PM PDT · by Byron_the_Aussie · 24 replies · 878+ views
    Religion Journal ^ | September 9, 2005
    Only 22 same-sex "marriages" have been registered in Spain since the law was introduced in July, compared to the 35,000 heterosexual marriages that took place in the same period. The lack of interest in "marriage" by same-sex couples has one writer commenting that the move was a bust. "The so-called need for legalizing homosexual marriages in Spain has one big problem. Hardly anybody wanted it -- that is except the politicians," writes Spero News writer Robert Duncan. Duncan quotes from the Spanish newspaper La Razon, which contacted Spanish marriage registries in order to compile their statistics. "This means that around...
  • No Jail Time for Teen Who Beat Unborn Baby to Death

    09/06/2005 2:38:33 PM PDT · by Byron_the_Aussie · 35 replies · 965+ views
    Religion Journal ^ | September 6, 2005
    A teenage boy who was charged in January with intentionally beating his pregnant girlfriend's belly with a miniature baseball bat, thereby inducing a miscarriage, has pleaded "no contest" to the charges and will not serve any jail time. The teen, now 17, awaits a juvenile sentencing or disposition on the charge Sept. 29. Macomb County (Mich.) Prosecutor Eric Smith, who said in January that "this crime is shocking and reprehensible," and "I will not entertain any plea bargaining on it" defended his leniency by saying "It's not a plea bargain or a sentence bargain. He pleaded as charged," … "The...
  • Pitbull's death ignites war of terrier (dog's owner just as vicious)

    12/16/2004 4:39:28 PM PST · by Byron_the_Aussie · 74 replies · 2,165+ views
    The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) ^ | December 17, 2004 | By Les Kennedy
    Muntaz Ahmad Quami's pet pitbull terrier was like "family" to him. So when a young driver accidentally hit and killed the dog when it ran on to the road outside Quami's Lidcombe home, he demanded a high price. "Don't go anywhere. You've killed one of my family and I take an eye for an eye. I should go back inside and put 16 holes in you," he allegedly said to the man after he got out of the vehicle to see if the dog was all right. Police allege it went further. Quami demanded $20,000 for the dog or the...
  • Interview with SB Vet Van Odell (details of lib harrassment)

    10/04/2004 6:32:10 PM PDT · by Byron_the_Aussie · 40 replies · 1,472+ views
    Dean's World weblog ^ | 9/29/2004 | Dean Esmay
    I've been trying for some time to obtain an interview with one of the members of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. I most wanted to talked to one of the enlisted men who served personally with Kerry, and after much trying, I finally managed to get a phone interview late last week with Van Odell, who served as a gunner's mate in the same unit as John Kerry and who served with him longer than anyone else did in Viet Nam. Van runs his own small business in Texas as a professional woodworker, making custom furniture and speciality jewelry...
  • Did Kerry wear lipstick, during the debate?

    09/30/2004 10:22:46 PM PDT · by Byron_the_Aussie · 19 replies · 991+ views
  • Diana Kerry Speaks Australian (putting DK straight!)

    09/20/2004 7:52:00 PM PDT · by Byron_the_Aussie · 14 replies · 508+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 09/20/2004 4:00:00 PM | Amanda Sokolski
    John Kerry's sister thinks U.S. policy is endangering the people from Down Under. IN COMMENTS to the Weekend Australian, Diana Kerry, the younger sister of the Democratic presidential candidate, has expressed concern for the safety of Australians facing an increased terrorism threat brought on by the U.S.-led intervention in Iraq. The Bali bombing and the more recent attack on the Australian embassy in Jakarta, according to Ms. Kerry, showed the danger to Australians of being allied with the United States in the war on terror: "Australia has kept faith with the U.S., and we are endangering the Australians now by...
  • Independent Election Team Arrives In US

    09/18/2004 12:45:24 AM PDT · by Byron_the_Aussie · 85 replies · 1,440+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Fri Sep 17,12:34 PM ET | Jim Lobe
    WASHINGTON, D.C., Sep 17 (OneWorld) - A team of 20 independent democracy experts from 15 countries and five continents has arrived in the United States in order to observe this year's presidential election campaign. The election monitors, who have been brought here by the San Francisco activist group "Global Exchange," will be fanning out in the coming days initially to research how the election preparations are being conducted in five states. They will then return just before the actual polling November 2. The five states include Florida, Ohio, Arizona, Missouri, and Georgia. According to Global Exchange, Florida was selected due...
  • Big Brother in Britain

    09/16/2004 3:43:36 PM PDT · by Byron_the_Aussie · 32 replies · 668+ views
    The Daily Herald ^ | 9/13/2004 | By Jane Wardell, Associated Press
    LONDON - The teenagers who stabbed wealthy Joao Da Costa Mitendele to death before burgling his home were careful to conceal the crime. They used a pretty girl to gain access to his apartment, where they wore rubber gloves while committing the murder. What they hadn't counted on was the phalanx of video cameras that silently watched and recorded them leaving the local subway station, buying those gloves and approaching 45-year-old Mitendele's apartment in suburban north London. The same cameras caught their hasty return journey to the station half an hour later. The tapes sealed the fate of the so-called...
  • Purple Heart: how a *real* Vietnam warrior acted, in Kerry’s situation

    08/26/2004 3:37:29 PM PDT · by Byron_the_Aussie · 14 replies · 1,015+ views
    'Guts and Glory', pages 134-137 ^ | 1992 | Randall K. McGlone
    Lance Corporal Randall K. McGlone was an Artillery Scout Observer with Company L, Third Battalion, First Marines, Ninth Marine Amphibious Brigade. In 1968 his unit was deployed along the Cua Viet River, a key supply route which linked the South China Sea with Dong Ha. From the air base at Dong Ha, supplies were shipped to Khe Sanh. The following account is from McGlone’s 1992 autobiographical book, Guts and Glory, and describes an incident which took place when Lima Company were defending positions around the village of Mai Xai Ti, from almost continuous attack by North Vietnamese Army regulars. ---------------------------------------------------------...
  • Darfur exposes trait of Arab politics

    08/24/2004 11:35:10 PM PDT · by Byron_the_Aussie · 5 replies · 233+ views
    London Free Press ^ | 2004-08-18 | SALIM MANSUR
    MONTREAL - After Rwanda, the world learned once more the peril of genocide in rogue states. Yet the world, or the United Nations as its representative body, is seemingly a reluctant learner with flawed memory. Darfur is a remote part of Sudan -- itself remote from cosmopolitan centres of Europe and North America. There, in the arid deserts of the eastern Sahara, where living is a bitter daily struggle against sand and sun, a genocide is unfolding, with nary a whimper from the folks at the UN and sophisticates in cosmopolitan centres who remain outraged over American "imperialism" dismantling brutal...
  • Moore is Less Than Truthful (reviewer nails Mikey)

    05/24/2004 12:02:16 AM PDT · by Byron_the_Aussie · 18 replies · 200+ views
    The Australian ^ | May 24, 2004 | Jim Nolan
    GET ready for the Fahrenheit 9/11 onslaught and, I safely predict, unprecedented levels of sycophancy for Michael Moore's newest agitprop. No Niger uranium WMD lies here! Moore's "documentary" will be gushed over regardless of how crazy the claims or how distorted the "facts". Moore has cleverly set the stage for the propaganda offensive by suggesting that the distribution of his "documentary" has been sabotaged by Disney – a blatant lie uncritically now picked up by our local media. Moore has been one of the most prominent beneficiaries of what Roger Simon – the Hollywood screenwriter, novelist and blogger – has...
  • Symptoms of a sick America(America basher needs a good Freepin')

    05/23/2004 6:13:43 AM PDT · by Byron_the_Aussie · 27 replies · 555+ views
    Ignorance, hypocrisy, obedience: symptoms of a sick America American Julian Ninio is the author of The Empire of Ignorance, Hypocrisy and Obedience, and is in Australia for the Sydney Writers Festival. The American people didn't know its troops abused prisoners in Iraqi jails. Ignorance. Officials who knew pretend they didn't know. Hypocrisy. To excuse the perpetrators, parents of soldiers say their kids were forced to follow orders. Obedience. Torture is the problem-du-jour. Two weeks ago, the problem-du-jour was the deceptive case for war. The American people believed the administration’s lies. Ignorance. The President says he relied on the flawed intelligence...
  • KISS bassist offends Muslims (Australia)

    05/14/2004 2:57:36 AM PDT · by Byron_the_Aussie · 105 replies · 1,104+ views
    news.com.au Australia ^ | May 14, 2004 | Alex Wilson
    KISS bass player Gene Simmons has caused an uproar among Australia's Muslim community by launching an attack on Islamic culture while in Melbourne. The lizard-tongued rock god who is touring Australia with the world's most enduring glam rock band launched an attack on Muslim extremists during an interview on Melbourne's 3AW radio. "Extremism believes that it's okay to strap bombs on to your children and send them to paradise and whatever else and to behead people," he said yesterday. The Israeli-born US musician went on to say Islam was a "vile culture" that treated women worse than dogs. Muslim women...
  • The billionaire who is stalking George Bush

    01/30/2004 6:57:45 PM PST · by Byron_the_Aussie · 44 replies · 342+ views
    The Sydney Morning Herald ^ | January 31, 2004 | Peter Fray
    He is one of the world's wealthiest men. America made George Soros, but now he's digging deep to topple the 'truth machine', he tells Peter Fray. George Soros is one of the world's wealthiest men, a self-created financial genius who has amassed a fortune by exploiting the foibles of the market and human nature. He is also a zealous philanthropist and supporter of both small and big "d" democrats. In short, he's a player. But if you didn't know any of that or had somehow missed the entire Bush presidency, he might come across as more of a leftie sociology...
  • 'No War' activists given periodic detention (vandalized Sydney Opera House)

    01/30/2004 4:22:19 AM PST · by Byron_the_Aussie · 4 replies · 88+ views
    The Sydney Morning Herald ^ | January 30, 2004 - 3:09PM
    Two peace activists who painted "No War" on the Sydney Opera House were today sentenced to nine months' periodic detention. David Burgess, 33, and Will Saunders, 42, were convicted late last year of malicious damage after painting "No War" on the tallest sail of the Opera House on March 18, 2003. NSW District Court Judge Anthony Blackmore today sentenced the pair to nine months weekend jail and ordered they jointly pay $111,000 compensation to the Sydney Opera House Trust. Earlier in today's proceedings the pair handed over a cheque for $40,000 to the trust. The pair painted the slogan...
  • CPAC 2004: ALAN KEYES' SPEECH

    01/29/2004 4:07:39 AM PST · by Byron_the_Aussie · 440 replies · 2,341+ views
    Renew America website ^ | January 24, 2004 | Dr. Alan Keyes
    FLOYD BROWN, INTRODUCTION: Well, when you look at the landscape, the political landscape in America, every once in a while, men of principle come along--and this morning's speaker is one of those men of principle. In the mold of Ronald Reagan, and other key conservatives that have been consistent and upheld to their principles, our speaker is probably one of the most powerful advocates for the life of the unborn, he's one of the most powerful advocates for true conservative principles. You see him on television, you hear him on the radio, he now is currently writing a book, and...
  • They like Bush, and they are not stupid

    01/20/2004 2:09:51 PM PST · by Byron_the_Aussie · 112 replies · 967+ views
    The Age newspaper, Australia ^ | January 21, 2004 | Caroline Overington
    Most Americans still think Bush did the right thing in getting rid of Saddam Hussein, writes Caroline Overington.There is going to be a presidential election in the United States in November and George Bush is going to win. President Bush's approval rating is around 60 per cent. That's comparable with Ronald Reagan in 1984, who redefined the term "landslide" when he won 49 of the 50 states. Naturally, this makes some people crazy. How can Americans vote for a guy who went to war over weapons of mass destruction that did not exist? First, the US economy is growing at...
  • Over There (one Muslim's disillusionment with Islamic 'tyranny')

    01/14/2004 2:02:50 PM PST · by Byron_the_Aussie · 46 replies · 157+ views
    Granta Magazine ^ | current issue | Murad Kalam
    During the six months leading up to the Iraq war, I was living in Cairo. I was a relatively new convert to Islam; I was brought up a Baptist but lapsed into atheism as I grew older. But, in college, when I stumbled across the Qur’an in translation I was so struck by the force of its message and its literary power that I gave up drinking and carousing and changed my name. As a Muslim in Amercia I was already used to being treated with ignorance and suspicion and now I was increasingly sickened by the prospect of a...
  • Security ranking for all US travellers

    01/12/2004 1:23:39 PM PST · by Byron_the_Aussie · 17 replies · 104+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald/WP ^ | January 13, 2004 | By Sara Kehaulani Goo and Robert Wainwright
    All travellers boarding at United States airports will be given a score and a colour that ranks their perceived threat to the aircraft under a vast security system to be introduced this year. The US Government will push ahead with the system to investigate the backgrounds of all passengers despite resistance from airlines and privacy advocates. Airlines will have to hand over all passenger records for scrutiny from as early as next month. Another program will be introduced to allow frequent flyers to pass quickly through security lines if they provide personal information to the government. The measures follow the...
  • Dean Clarifies Latest Clarification

    01/01/2004 6:43:44 PM PST · by Byron_the_Aussie · 15 replies · 99+ views
    Iowahawk's Weblog ^ | December 30, 2003 | Iowahawk
    Presidential candidate Howard Dean today issued a reclarification of yesterday's clarification of his weekend remarks urging DNC Chairman Terry McCauliffe to "pop a cap in they ass," refering to his rivals for the Democratic nomination. Dean also remarked that "if [former DNC Chair] Ron Brown was still in charge, sucka MCs be stiffin' in the park like Vince Foster." In his initial clarification, Dean said that he "in no way implied that the late Ron Brown was responsible for the tragic suicide of Vince Foster," and said that "I have every confidence that Chairman McAuliffe is ready to get his...
  • How *you* can help victims of Communism, this Christmas

    12/26/2003 5:20:16 PM PST · by Byron_the_Aussie · 51 replies · 181+ views
    26th December 2003 | me
    Dear fellow Freepers,well by now, most of us have had a safe and happy Christmas. We've given and received gifts, enjoyed good food and good times amongst our loved ones, in circumstances of comfort and safety. But I'd like to talk to you on behalf of some people who want to celebrate Christmas, but can't. Instead, they're being imprisoned and tortured, for their faith. There's a simple and easy way we Freepers can help them, and I'm asking for your support. The people I'm talking about are Vietnamese Christians. As has been reported on FR, the Vietnamese Communists have in...
  • Greens fume over 'gun-toting' Bush security (Australia)

    10/17/2003 4:15:15 PM PDT · by Byron_the_Aussie · 51 replies · 278+ views
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation ^ | Thursday, October 16, 2003. 6:07pm (AEST)
    Federal politicians have had a heated argument about extra security measures for the visit of US President George W Bush to Canberra next week. The Greens have demanded to know whether foreign security officers will be allowed to bring guns in to Parliament House. Parliament House will be virtually locked down next Thursday for the visit of Mr Bush. There will be no public access and some MPs (Members of Parliament) and Senators have already expressed their concern with the arrangements. Now Greens Senator Bob Brown wants to know if the Government is allowing armed foreign agents into the building....
  • Gangster style murders hit suburban Sydney (Australia, post-gun laws)

    10/16/2003 9:47:57 PM PDT · by Byron_the_Aussie · 14 replies · 273+ views
    The Sydney Morning Herald ^ | October 17, 2003 - 9:07AM
    It's like the Godfather meets Romeo and Juliet with a touch of Quentin Tarantino thrown in - but this tale of warring families and murders is not a slick Hollywood production, it's life on the streets of south-west Sydney. On Tuesday, a carload of balaclava-clad men screeched up to a suburban Greenacre home in the dead of night, killing two people in a hail of about 100 bullets. The deaths brought the body count in the long-running suburban war between two Sydney families to three, after another deadly shooting outside a mosque in August. In the days after the Lawford...
  • Tarantino accused of urging teenagers to break censorship law (Australia)

    10/16/2003 9:39:22 PM PDT · by Byron_the_Aussie · 82+ views
    The Sydney Morning Herald ^ | October 17, 2003 | By Garry Maddox, Film Reporter
    A suggestion by the Hollywood director Quentin Tarantino that teenagers sneak into his latest film or catch it on video was yesterday criticised as "totally inappropriate". The director of the Office of Film and Literature Classification, Des Clark, said Tarantino was encouraging young people to break the law. "He shouldn't be making comments like that because he's talking about a classification system that was designed for Australians and is highly regarded by the Australian community," he said. In Sydney for the premiere of Kill Bill: Volume One, a blood-soaked, kung-fu-filled revenge tale starring Uma Thurman, Tarantino confirmed that he made...
  • Gay dads want their son to grow up straight

    09/14/2003 2:54:25 PM PDT · by Byron_the_Aussie · 156 replies · 1,902+ views
    The Sun-Herald, Sydney, Australia ^ | September 14, 2003 | By Candace Sutton and Larry Schwartz
    Two men and a baby... Tony Wood and Lee Matthews playing with baby Alexander. ============================================= An extraordinary documentary about how two gay men flew to America and hired a surrogate mother to have a son is set to rekindle the debate about what constitutes an Australian family.================================== In the US they call it the "gayby boom". In Australia, where laws vary, it is still the centre of emotional and ethical controversy. Tony Wood, 40, and Lee Matthews, 34, are an upper-middle-class professional couple who decided five years ago they wanted to be parents. The men each donated their sperm to...
  • 'Dad' accused of Twin Towers fraud

    07/20/2003 1:53:23 AM PDT · by Byron_the_Aussie · 13 replies · 379+ views
    The Sun-Herald, Sydney, Australia ^ | July 20 2003 | By Susan Saulny
    Jurors in the fraud trial of Cyril Kendall, 54, heard two different descriptions of him as his trial began in in Manhattan last week. Of the 500 or so fraud cases connected to the September 11 terrorist attacks and handled by the Manhattan district attorney's office, Kendall's is one of the few to come to trial. In most cases, defendants accused of stealing money from charities decide to accept plea bargains, serve time and pay restitution. But Kendall, who is charged with grand larceny, decided to fight the criminal justice system, said his lawyer, Dawn Florio, because he felt like...
  • Politician Arnie's right up there with the best of them (opening shot from socialist mouthpiece)

    07/03/2003 3:41:18 PM PDT · by Byron_the_Aussie · 23 replies · 234+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | July 4 2003 | Rod Liddle
    The lousiest Hollywood actors always did make good Republicans, writes Rod Liddle. The Hollywood actor Arnold Schwarzenegger is apparently contemplating running for political office. To students of the correlation between acting ability and political sympathy among thespians, it will come as no surprise that Arnie is a Republican. The rule is almost - although not quite - inviolable. In general, the worse you are as an actor, the more right-wing your politics will be. There is a formidable rollcall of guileless, wooden dunderheads on Hollywood's right. Charlton Heston, surely one of the worst actors alive, is not merely a Republican...
  • 6500 US troops hit Sydney

    06/20/2003 1:12:01 AM PDT · by Byron_the_Aussie · 48 replies · 817+ views
    USS Bon Homme Richard prepares to dockPROUDLY waving a flag, with tears in his eyes, an Australian was among the 6,500 US troops to hit Sydney today for four days well-earned R&R. Lieutenant Commander Terrance Nealer was the only Australian among sailors and marines arriving on five US Navy ships for four days of rest and recreation. Three of the five amphibious assault ships have docked at Sydney's Garden Island - the USS Boxer, the USS Bonhomme Richard, the USS Pearl Harbor - with two more expected to dock this afternoon. The five warships are bound for their home port...
  • Australia welcomes troops home

    06/18/2003 12:51:01 AM PDT · by Byron_the_Aussie · 4 replies · 92+ views
    The Sydney Morning Herald ^ | June 18 2003 | Australian Associated Press
    Thousands of Australians lined George Street in Sydney today to cheer home troops who served in Iraq and in Afghanistan. About 1,500 servicemen and women marched from the Overseas Passenger Terminal at Circular Quay, up George Street to the Sydney Town Hall, where they were welcomed by Prime Minister John Howard. At some points the crowd was standing three deep to catch a glimpse of the troops who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Potts Point resident Peter Cullen, 58, and his four-year-old grandson were among the first waiting behind barriers on George Street just before 11am (AEST) today. "We are...
  • In God we trust to live healthier and longer

    01/21/2003 12:55:02 AM PST · by Byron_the_Aussie · 1+ views
    The Sydney Morning Herald ^ | January 21 2003 | By Kelly Burke, Religious Affairs Writer
    Heathenism is apparently a health hazard, with research pointing to a link between religious conviction and longevity. Those who consider the spiritual dimension essential to their lives not only live longer, a study in the latest edition of The Medical Journal of Australia asserts. They are also healthier - with lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol and lower rates of some cancers - and less likely to abuse drugs and alcohol. But are they having any fun? Probably more, according to Harold Koenig, director and founder of the Centre for the Study of Religion/Spirituality and Health at Duke University in the...
  • US farm bill signed ("grotesque, incoherent, immoral")

    05/13/2002 11:24:58 PM PDT · by Byron_the_Aussie · 105+ views
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation ^ | Tuesday, May  14, 2002 8:17 | Linda Mottram & John Shovelan
    'AM' Radio News Program - Tuesday, May  14, 2002 8:17 LINDA MOTTRAM: Variously described as grotesque, incoherent, immoral and a rort, a new US farm bill cementing agricultural subsidies for the next ten years has nonetheless today been signed into being by President George W. Bush. The bill provides an enormous boost to subsidies to US farmers, big and small, deeply angering among others the Australian government and farm sector. From Washington, John Shovelan reports. JOHN SHOVELAN: Today's farm bill is supposed to assist struggling family farms but nothing could be further from the truth. Instead much of the money...
  • Tutu slams apartheid in the Holy Land

    04/29/2002 12:07:13 AM PDT · by Byron_the_Aussie · 29 replies · 191+ views
    South African Daily Mail & Guardian ^ | 08:51 Monday 29 April 2002
    SOUTH Africa's Archbishop Desmond Tutu accused the Israelis of treating Palestinians in the same way the apartheid South African government treated blacks. In a commentary published on Monday by The Guardian, Tutu said: "I've been deeply distressed in my visit to the Holy Land; it reminded me so much of what happened to us black people in South Africa", Tutu said during a conference this month in Boston, Massachusetts, extracts of which were published as a commentary under the headline "Apartheid in the Holy Land". "I have seen the humiliation of the Palestinians at checkpoints and roadblocks, suffering like us...
  • CNN's bias : an Israeli's eyewitness account

    04/22/2002 3:00:20 AM PDT · by Byron_the_Aussie · 36 replies · 5+ views
    received via e-mail | received Monday, April 22, 2002 3:13 | David J. Blumberg
    Friends, I am attending the Israel Venture Association annual conference in Tel Aviv and was introduced to Andrea Koppel from CNN as we were waiting for Prime Minister Sharon and Secretary of State Powell to finish their discussion Sunday evening at our hotel. While we were chatting, an American-born Israeli joined us to tell Andrea about his perception of media distortion, in that the press that(sic) stresses moral equivalence between Israeli civilian deaths caused by Palestinian terror and Palestinian civilian deaths caused by Israeli military actions. He argued that Israel has tried to engage in a peace process since Camp...
  • Blue heeler saves owner from alligator

    04/04/2002 2:11:49 PM PST · by Byron_the_Aussie · 7 replies · 17+ views
    PITTSBURGH: An Australian blue heeler which fought an alligator to protect an elderly woman has won the title Dog Hero of the Year in a US-wide annual award. Two-year-old Blue saved Ruth Gay from the alligator and survived numerous injuries, the organisers of the annual Heinz Pet Products award said. Mrs Gay, 85, was taking the dog for an evening walk along a canal behind her house last July when she slipped on wet grass and fell, breaking her nose and dislocating a shoulder. Blue lay at her side while she called for help. Suddenly the dog growled and ran...
  • Australia's gun law failure : 'robbery with firearm' up 34%

    04/03/2002 5:20:13 PM PST · by Byron_the_Aussie · 45 replies · 1,230+ views
    The Sydney Morning Herald ^ | April 4 2002 | By Stephen Gibbs
    Sydney, New South Wales, Australia: A special team of detectives will investigate armed hold-ups as new figures reveal that such robberies soared by more than a third in two years. Four areas of Sydney have borne the brunt of the rise, which has been blamed largely on a heroin drought driving up prices and pushing addicts into more desperate robberies. In Blacktown, armed robberies rose 138 per cent in the two years to last December. Also hard hit were St George-Sutherland, where the rise was 77 per cent; central western Sydney, taking in Auburn, Holroyd and Parramatta (64 per cent);...
  • US blunder gave September 11 terrorists visas

    03/13/2002 3:37:37 AM PST · by Byron_the_Aussie · 7 replies · 237+ views
    The Sydney Morning Herald ^ | Wednesday, March 13, 2002
    Two of the hijackers who died in the September 11 terrorist attacks this week had their visas approved, causing the American government severe embarrassment. Huffman International flying school was told former students Mohammed Atta, the ringleader of the September 11 hijacks, and fellow terrorist Marwan al-Shehhi had been allocated official student visas. The letters, from the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (INS), arrived six months after the two men killed themselves and more than 3,000 others in the terrorist attacks which relied on their flying skills. Stamps on the two letters, which were obtained by CNN, showed the INS had approved...
  • Aussie PM asked to explain Gaddafi bodyguard's gun

    03/12/2002 9:51:45 PM PST · by Byron_the_Aussie · 9 replies · 3+ views
    The Sydney Morning Herald ^ | Wednesday, March 13, 2002
    A tourist operator has demanded the prime minister explain why a person guarding Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's son was able to take a gun on a trip to the Great Barrier Reef. In an email to John Howard, leaked to The Cairns Post, Haba Dive general manager Thor Stovell said Mr Gaddafi's guard waved a pistol around on board a Port Douglas charter boat in early February. quot;My questions are why, in the light of world events, is Australia allowing the son of a known terrorist to enter the country without ensuring he is escorted by federal or state...
  • Israeli Police Execute Suspect Bomber (Warning : Graphic)

    03/11/2002 4:38:38 PM PST · by Byron_the_Aussie · 356 replies · 1,208+ views
    The Age newspaper, Australia ^ | Tuesday March 12, 2002    
    Israeli border police are seen handcuffing and making kneel a suspected suicide-bomber Mahmud Salah, 23-years-old, as his friend identified as Randy, lays on the ground being guarded by another border police officer, in east Jerusalem.According to Jerusalem police spokesman Kobi Zarhad, Salah was wearing an explosive belt on his stomach and detonator to his chest, adding that this person was killed because he could not be subdued. It was only after he was dead that we were able to remove the explosive belt . According to the initial version given by the Israeli police, Salah was wearing a large overcoat...
  • Springer show guest on trial

    03/11/2002 3:56:07 PM PST · by Byron_the_Aussie · 10 replies · 2+ views
    A MAN has gone on trial for allegedly murdering his ex-wife hours after the couple and another woman appeared on a Jerry Springer Show episode about secret mistresses. Prosecutor Charlie Roberts said Ralf Panitz beat and stomped Nancy Campbell-Panitz, leaving her so disfigured that a sheriff's deputy who had recently met her could not identify her. A defence statement is expected later today. Panitz, 42, and Campbell-Panitz, 52, appeared along with his new wife, Eleanor, in an episode titled Secret Mistresses Confronted , in which their contentious love triangle was featured. The show was taped in May 2000 and aired...
  • American Ban On Visitors' Guns

    02/27/2002 4:17:13 AM PST · by Byron_the_Aussie · 19 replies · 13+ views
    Leadshot.com (UK) ^ | 13/02/2002 | By Wesley Stanton
    America’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF) has this week announced restrictive new rules on possession of firearms by visitors to the USA. The new rules implement a 1998 law that prohibits possession or purchase of firearms by most non-immigrant aliens such as tourists, students and temporary workers. Although there are exemptions for licensed hunters, law enforcement officers on official business and certain other foreign officials, when the rules come into force on 19 February, all foreign visitors seeking to bring a firearm into the USA will be required to apply for an import permit from BATF`s Imports Branch. ...
  • Little boy lost

    02/22/2002 10:15:50 PM PST · by Byron_the_Aussie · 35 replies · 726+ views
    The Sydney Morning Herald ^ | Saturday, February 23, 2002 | Mark Riley
    The tragic tale of a boy genius has exposed American society's obsession with success. Mark Riley reports on how easily an ambitious mother fooled a nation. The boy genius could play the violin at two. At three, he was playing competitive chess. He started high school at five and enrolled at university at six. Two months before he turned seven, Justin Chapman scored a perfect 800 points on the maths section of a college aptitude test. He began writing a syndicated column, called The Justin Report, holding forth on subjects as varied as family car trips and a forensic ...