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  • Howard's seat safe for now (John Howard - 11th Anniversary as Prime Minister)

    03/01/2007 9:35:04 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 10 replies · 342+ views
    The Australian ^ | 2nd March 2007 | Dennis Shanahan
    TODAY, John Howard has been Prime Minister of Australia for 11 years. In about three weeks he will become, at 67 years and nine months, Australia's second-oldest serving prime minister. These two facts are of a piece with Labor's plan to run former ABC presenter and journalist Maxine McKew against Howard in his Sydney seat of Bennelong. There is a perceived benefit for the ALP nationally to run a younger, female, high-profile and personable candidate in Bennelong, one who will magnify and broadcast the messages from a local seat campaign at a federal level. McKew's contest with Howard will not...
  • We won't follow Blair's Iraq pull-out, says Howard (Australia PM)

    02/20/2007 8:39:55 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 25 replies · 1,486+ views
    The Australian ^ | Feb. 21, 2007 | Patrick Walters
    Prime Minister John Howard today ruled out following Britain's lead and reducing troop numbers in Iraq. Australia also has about 550 soldiers in southern Iraq, based at Tallil, and Mr Howard says there are no plans to reduce those numbers. “You've got to maintain critical mass and to do the job, according to our defence advice, you need that,” he told reporters in Perth. “The reason I understand Mr Blair will give is that conditions have stabilised in Basra so that there can be this decision taken. “They will still have 5,000 and we will 550. “I don't think it...
  • Attack on Obama draws Howard into election scrap (Obama reacts to truth)

    02/14/2007 9:49:56 AM PST · by DBCJR · 12 replies · 513+ views
    MSNBC.com ^ | 29 minutes ago | Raphael Minder in Sydney
    The main contenders in this year's Australian federal elections have been forced into a surprisingly early and forceful debate on the country's involvement in the US-led coalition in Iraq after an attack by John Howard, the prime minister, on Barack Obama, the US Democratic presidential candidate. Mr Howard sparked a storm of criticism, and a strong rebuff from Mr Obama, after suggesting on Sunday that terrorists would want Mr Obama elected because of his proposal to withdraw US troops from Iraq by March 2008. ... They also noted that attacking Mr Obama was unlikely to damage Mr Howard's reputation in...
  • PM Howard is right on Obama

    02/12/2007 2:48:27 PM PST · by knighthawk · 17 replies · 623+ views
    The Australian ^ | Februari 12 2007 | Richard Miniter
    An allied withdrawal timetable from Iraq is al-Qa'ida's primary goal THE one thing no one is saying about Prime Minister John Howard's remarks is they are obviously right. Asked about US Senator Barack Hussein Obama's plan to withdraw all US forces from Iraq by March 31, 2008, Howard replied: "If I were running al-Qa'ida in Iraq, I would put a circle around March 2008 and pray as many times as possible for a victory not only for Obama, but also for the Democrats." Certainly al-Qa'ida agrees. After the November 2006 elections handed control of the US Congress to the anti-war...
  • Howard is undiplomatic but correct

    02/12/2007 2:04:16 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies · 489+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | February 13, 2007 | Gerard Henderson
    Yet it is a fact that Howard's comment has had such a big impact outside of Australia precisely because he was essentially correct. A designated and unconditional US withdrawal from Iraq by March 2008 would amount to a defeat for the multinational force and a victory for the insurgency, along with al-Qaeda, in Iraq. This should be recognised by those who oppose the allied commitment in Iraq as well as those who support it.Ask a blunt question and, every now and then, there is an undiplomatic answer. Certainly this was the case with the inaugural Sunday program for this year....
  • Rudd moves to censure Howard over Obama attack

    02/11/2007 8:29:12 PM PST · by Pikamax · 56 replies · 1,466+ views
    theaustralian ^ | 02/11/07 | Steve Lewis
    Rudd moves to censure Howard over Obama attack Steve Lewis, Chief political correspondent February 12, 2007 OPPOSITION Leader Kevin Rudd today moved a censure motion against Prime Minister John Howard over his attack on US presidential hopeful Barack Obama. Mr Rudd said Mr Howard should be censured over his comment yesterday that terrorist network al-Qaeda would be hoping for a Democratic candidate to win next year's US presidential election.
  • Howard steps up attack on Obama

    02/11/2007 5:51:17 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 123 replies · 2,501+ views
    news.com.au ^ | 12th February 2007
    THE Prime Minister has fired another salvo in his growing war of words with US presidential hopeful Barack Obama, saying the senator had dodged his criticism of his Iraq withdrawal plan. Senator Obama today challenged John Howard to commit another 20,000 Australian troops to Iraq after the Prime Minister said his call to bring American troops home by March 2008 would be a victory for al Qaeda in Iraq, who would be hoping for a Democrat win in next year's presidential election. The US senator accused Mr Howard of "empty rhetoric" in his criticism of his stand, as Australia has...
  • (Australian) PM (Howard) stands by Obama attack ("Al Qaeda want Obama & Dems")

    02/11/2007 7:07:21 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 35 replies · 1,474+ views
    ABC News ^ | Feb. 11, 2007 | ABC News
    Prime Minister John Howard has defended his comments about United States presidential candidate Barack Obama's proposed policies. The spat erupted when Democrat Senator Obama said he would like US troops out of Iraq by March 2008. Mr Howard responded by saying that if he ran Al Qaeda, he would put a circle around March next year and pray for Mr Obama to win. The attack on Senator Obama's plan has upset several US Democrats, including Senator Ron Wyden, who believes Mr Howard is meddling in US politics. But Mr Howard says he will continue to criticise policies that work against...
  • Australia's P.M. Rips On Barack Obama

    02/11/2007 2:40:05 PM PST · by stainlessbanner · 18 replies · 830+ views
    wftv ^ | February 11, 2007
    SYDNEY, Australia -- Australia's conservative prime minister slammed Barack Obama on Sunday over his opposition to the Iraq war, a day after the first-term U.S. senator announced his intention to run for the White House in 2008. Obama said Saturday at his campaign kickoff in Springfield, Ill., that one of the country's first priorities should be ending the war in Iraq. He has also introduced a bill in the Senate to prevent President Bush from increasing American troop levels in Iraq and to remove U.S. combat forces from the country by March 31, 2008. Australian Prime Minister John Howard, a...
  • US (Democrat) anger over Howard comments ("Al Qaeda wants Obama & Dems")

    02/11/2007 2:36:59 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 64 replies · 2,083+ views
    The Australian ^ | Feb. 12, 2007 | AAP
    PRIME Minister John Howard has been described as bizarre and irrelevant by US Democrats after he launched an attack on Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama. Mr Howard said yesterday al-Qaeda would be praying for an Obama-led White House because Senator Obama has promised to withdraw US combat troops from Iraq by March 2008. A string of Democrats have reacted angrily to Mr Howard's comments which have received widespread media coverage in the US. Terry McAuliffe, a former chairman of the Democratic National Convention, criticised Mr Howard's strong links to US President George W. Bush. "The prime minister has been a...
  • The Audacity of Obama

    02/11/2007 2:37:47 AM PST · by AKSurprise · 34 replies · 1,407+ views
    Flame of Freedom ^ | 02/11/07 | Andrew Surprise
    "The first act of the Obama campaign was to insult one of the United States’ closest and most loyal allies, that being Australia. Following Obama’s introduction of the bill, which attempts to prevent an increase in troop numbers, and sets an artificial and unwarranted timetable for a withdraw of US forces from Iraq, Australia’s gallant Prime Minister John Howard (whom has shown more backbone than most Republican politicians), took the Senator to task for his political cowardness and opportunism.""This statement by the Obama campaign is not only repugnant it is also wrong. Australia has not only deployed forces to Iraq,...
  • Australian PM warns against "ratting" via Iraq withdrawal (Howard will keep backing the US)

    01/25/2007 1:32:20 PM PST · by knighthawk · 8 replies · 307+ views
    BBC Monitoring ^ | January 25 2007
    Excerpt from report by Radio Australia on 25 January The Australian prime minister, John Howard, has attacked the opposition Labor Party's position on Iraq, saying this is no time to appear to be letting down the United States. [passage omitted] Australia's opposition leader, Kevin Rudd, has said a Labor government would pull Australian troops out of Iraq shortly after a federal election [due by the end of the year]. Mr Howard says that would be ratting on an ally. [Howard] We're not living a very certain world. People are worried about North Korea, they are worried about a whole lot...
  • Shocking: Howard Stern Nets $83 Million Bonus from Sirius Satellite Radio

    01/09/2007 1:18:23 PM PST · by iowamark · 71 replies · 2,164+ views
    Fox News ^ | 01/08/2007 | unstated
    NEW YORK — Sirius Satellite Radio (SIRI) paid shock jock Howard Stern a bonus worth nearly $83 million on Tuesday for surpassing subscriber goals set in a 2004 contract that had already turned heads with its $500 million compensation package. The freewheeling and ribald Stern joined Sirius one year ago... His defection marked a turning point for the nascent business of satellite radio, with both Sirius and larger rival XM Satellite Radio (XMR) paying millions more to sign on other talent and attract listeners to their subscriber model. Sirius had roughly 600,000 subscribers when it signed Stern in 2004 for...
  • Howard's huge year nets him NL MVP

    11/20/2006 11:58:17 AM PST · by TravisBickle · 9 replies · 345+ views
    MLB.com ^ | 11-20-2006 | Ken Mandel
    PHILADELPHIA -- The sheer force of Ryan Howard's gargantuan home runs cannot accurately be measured in speed or total distance, only by the gasps from those watching such a spectacle. The Baseball Writers Association of America collectively gasped, then stood and applauded on Monday, selecting the Phillies first baseman as the National League's Most Valuable Player. With 20 first-place votes and 12 second-place votes, Howard defeated last year's NL MVP, the Cardinals' Albert Pujols, by a total of 388 to 347. The Astros' Lance Berkman (230) and the Mets' Carlos Beltran (211) finished third and fourth, respectively. Howard becomes the...
  • Family Of Murder Victims Attack Accused Killer In Court (video)

    11/16/2006 9:58:55 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 45 replies · 4,460+ views
    NewsNet5 ^ | November 16, 2006
    TRUMBULL COUNTY, Ohio -- What would you do if you came face to face with a man charged with murdering a family member? It was a thought put into action Wednesday in a Trumbull County courtroom as family members attacked a man charged with murdering several of their loved ones, NewsChannel5 reported.
  • Row Over Australian Muslims Intensifies

    10/31/2006 6:41:29 PM PST · by blam · 27 replies · 910+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11-1-2006 | Nick Squires
    Row over Australian Muslims intensifies By Nick Squires in Sydney Last Updated: 12:28pm GMT 31/10/2006 A bitter row over the attitude among Muslims towards women in Australia intensified today when a senior Islamic cleric complained that Muslim men convicted of rape received much heavier penalties than white offenders. Sheik Mohammed Omran said Muslims found guilty of rape were dealt with more harshly than other sex offenders such as members of motorcycle gangs or “football stars”. He appeared to be referring to the gang rape of several white Australian girls by a group of young Muslim men in 2000. One of...
  • Australia Muslim cleric suspended

    10/27/2006 6:56:23 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 21 replies · 776+ views
    BBC ^ | Oct, 26, 2006
    Australia Muslim cleric suspended Australia's top Muslim cleric has been barred from preaching for up to three months, after comparing immodestly dressed women to "uncovered meat". Sheikh Taj el-Din al-Hilali's comments, suggesting that women who did not wear a headscarf attracted sexual assault, have caused a storm of protest. Sydney's mosque association said the suspension would give the cleric time to consider the impact of his words. But Australian Premier John Howard said the action was insufficient. Many people - including some Muslim leaders - have called for the cleric to be dismissed from office. Sheikh Hilali sparked more controversy...
  • Howard Dean: Americans Can't Trust GOP (Mad Howie SCREAMS again)

    10/09/2006 5:38:47 PM PDT · by SandRat · 14 replies · 784+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | NewsMax.com Staff
    Howard Dean talked up Democrats, talked down Republicans and went door-to-door in a Portland neighborhood on Monday to rally Democrats for the upcoming election. Dean, chairman of the Democratic National Committee and a former Vermont governor, and Maine Gov. John Baldacci spoke to about 150 people at a breakfast fundraiser at the Italian Heritage Center before knocking on doors in a heavily Democratic Munjoy Hill neighborhood. Accompanied by a gaggle of reporters and cameras, Dean and Baldacci stopped at four houses to tout the Democratic message. One of them was owned by Jon Radtke, a high school teacher who said...
  • Howard attacks left intelligentsia

    10/03/2006 6:51:52 PM PDT · by bnelson44 · 32 replies · 989+ views
    PRIME Minister John Howard has launched a scathing attack on Australia's left-wing intelligentsia, questioning its loyalty to the nation over the past decades. In a speech delivered last night for the 50th anniversary of the conservative magazine Quadrant, Mr Howard said the left had a history of denigrating the nation and was now doing the same with the war in Iraq, describing Islamic terrorism as the new tyranny. He said Australian universities were still breeding leftists and described pro-communists of decades past as “ideological barrackers for regimes of oppression opposed to Australia and its interests”, Fairfax reports today. Mr Howard...
  • PM (John Howard) defends holding wife's hand

    09/26/2006 8:23:02 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 63 replies · 1,747+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 27th September 2006
    PRIME Minister John Howard says he will continue to hold hands with his wife, Janette, despite criticism by Margaret Whitlam in a new biography. Mrs Whitlam, wife of former Labor prime minister Gough Whitlam, says in the book that Mrs Howard should not be holding hands in public with her husband and had no sense of humour. "For God's sake, they've been married for over 30 years!" Mrs Whitlam said in the biography to be launched next week, excerpts of which were published in today's The Bulletin magazine. Mr Howard today refused to say whether he found the comments hurtful....
  • Australia, the Beacon of Sanity

    09/24/2006 2:42:54 PM PDT · by Dark Skies · 56 replies · 1,717+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 9/23/2006 | Thomas Lifson
    Australia is once again making more sense than any other country on earth with regard to issues of culture and immigration. Like its Anglosphere cousins the United States and Canada, Australia’s political economy, personal freedom, rule of law, and other characteristics inherited from the British, make it an extremely attractive place for immigrants. A continental land mass able to accommodate a greater population completes the package luring many, including many Muslims, to dream of a better life there than in their own home countries. But unlike Canada, which has embraced a self-effacing attitude toward its own cultures, and the United...
  • DNC: Dean Sends Mehlman Letter on RNC Funded Discriminatory and Un-American Campaign Activities

    09/12/2006 3:57:49 PM PDT · by Libloather · 33 replies · 927+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 9/12/06
    DNC: Dean Sends Mehlman Letter on RNC Funded Discriminatory and Un-American Campaign Activities1 hour, 16 minutes ago To: National Desk Contact: Stacie Paxton or Luis Miranda, 202-863-8148, both of the DNC Press Office WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean sent a letter to Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman today calling on him to stop RNC-funded campaign activities that promote discrimination and endorse violence against political opponents. The letter was sent after a Michigan newspaper revealed that an RNC-funded organizer in Michigan is coordinating "Catch an Illegal Immigrant" and "Fun With Guns" events at...
  • Howard Call To Australian Muslims

    09/11/2006 3:02:46 PM PDT · by blam · 14 replies · 652+ views
    BBC ^ | 9-11-2006
    Howard call to Australian Muslims Mr Howard has been criticised for singling out Muslims Australian Prime Minister John Howard has called on moderate Muslims to be more critical of terrorism. In comments to mark the anniversary of the 11 September 2001 attacks in the US, Mr Howard said: "No decent genuine Muslim would support terrorism." He also said Muslims must fully accept that Israel had a right to exist. Islamic leaders in Australia have reacted angrily to the comments, saying Mr Howard should not single out Muslims for criticism. "Instead of constantly singling out Muslim people, he should be trying...
  • Howard blasts terror 'pussyfoots'

    09/10/2006 8:00:34 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 16 replies · 567+ views
    The Australian ^ | 11th September 2006 | Dennis Shanahan
    JOHN Howard has called on moderate Muslims to speak out more often against terrorism and declared it is no good "pussyfooting around" about Islamic terrorists. The Prime Minister believes Australians have a sensible, uncowed view of terrorism and that everyone, including Muslims, knows Islamic extremists are responsible for the threat and the tougher security laws that entails. "People in Australia are in no doubt that extreme Islam is responsible for terrorism," Mr Howard said in an interview with The Australian to mark the fifth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks on the US that killed nearly 3000 people,...
  • Mark Steyn: Straight-talking PM (Howard)

    09/07/2006 1:28:57 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 45 replies · 1,430+ views
    The Australian ^ | September 07 2006 | Mark Steyn
    In comparison with the US and Britain, the Howard Government's policies and pronouncements on the main issues facing the West are setting a refreshingly honest example JOHN Howard was quoted approvingly on a US radio show last week. Big deal, you say. He's a prime minister; what does he care if some rinky-dink talk-jockey recycles a couple of sound bites? Well, the radio host in question was Rush Limbaugh, and Rush has more listeners than there are Australians. That's to say, about 25million or so listeners, which is more than the number of Australians in Australia and Lebanon combined.
  • Outrage as Australian Leaders Tell Muslims to Fit In

    09/05/2006 12:25:23 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 54 replies · 2,271+ views
    CNS News ^ | September 05, 2006 | Patrick Goodenough
    Australian Muslim representatives are voicing outrage at comments by the country's two top politicians, who urged immigrants from Islamic societies to fit in, learn English, treat women with respect, and shun extremism. An Islamic leader warned that the remarks could antagonize Muslims and lead to a repeat of incidents such as the rioting in a Sydney beachside suburb last December, when groups of youngsters -- described as having a Middle Eastern background -- fought with whites. Prime Minister John Howard late last week said migrants should integrate into the way of life in their new country but that a minority...
  • Muslim leaders warn of riots (attempting to gag Australia's PM Howard)

    09/02/2006 6:35:26 PM PDT · by GMMAC · 34 replies · 1,114+ views
    Daily Telegraph (Australia) ^ | September 02, 2006 | Luke McIlveen and Steve Gee
    Muslim leaders warn of riots By Luke McIlveen and Steve Gee Daily Telegraph (Australia) September 02, 2006 02:36am ISLAMIC leaders are trying to gag Prime Minister John Howard from speaking out against Muslims who refuse to integrate, threatening that any criticism of their culture could lead to another race riot. But Mr Howard refused to back down - writing exclusively in today's Saturday Daily Telegraph that he believes a minority of Muslims must do more to fit in here. The head of Mr Howard's own Muslim advisory council, Dr Ameer Ali, yesterday tried to shut down debate on whether...
  • What Would the Democrats Do?

    08/27/2006 9:38:13 PM PDT · by jdm · 32 replies · 1,369+ views
    ChronWatch ^ | 8-27-06 | Jan Larson
    As the November election approaches and Democrats from John Murtha to John Kerry to Howard Dean to Ned Lamont claim that the Bush administration’s policies to combat terrorism and to conduct the war in Iraq have failed, we still don’t know what exactly the Democrats would do. While Democrats constantly claim that the administration doesn’t have “a plan,” it doesn’t appear that they have a plan either. Maybe theirs is a “secret” plan. As a regular viewer of the O’Reilly Factor, I’ve watched time and time again as Bill O’Reilly has asked Democratic strategists, operatives and politicians just what, specifically,...
  • Australia: US backs Howard's nuclear vision

    08/16/2006 1:38:31 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 5 replies · 323+ views
    The Australian ^ | August 16, 2006 | Geoff Elliott
    THE Bush administration has indicated it will support Australia developing a uranium enrichment industry, despite the White House's policy to restrict new entrants to the world nuclear club. In response to John Howard's campaign to ensure the existing nuclear powers do not lock Australia out of future nuclear development, a senior US official has said "special rules" apply to Australia and Canada. Dennis Spurgeon, assistant secretary for nuclear power at the US Department of Energy, said Australia and Canada were likely to be given special consideration because they would play a pivotal role in a new nuclear suppliers club the...
  • John Howard implements unpopular policies and makes them popular. That's leadership

    08/05/2006 10:52:34 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 2 replies · 321+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 08/06/07 | Lynton Crosby
    John Howard implements unpopular policies and makes them popular. That's leadership By Lynton Crosby The former Australian Test cricket captain, Mark Taylor, once described Prime Minister John Howard as a "cricket tragic" because of his obsession with every last detail of the sport. Howard acknowledged it as a fair description. I reckon it would be fair to describe him, in the same good-natured way, as a "politics tragic" too. Howard lives and breathes his job. He believes politics is a noble profession and a worthy vocation. He practises his art every day, using it to try to make the nation...
  • We Are Not Alone [Bush, Blair, Harper, Howard]

    08/04/2006 10:16:18 AM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 5 replies · 505+ views
    New York Sun ^ | August 4, 2006
    It's been a long time since an appearance was made in New York as affecting as that at the Regency Hotel Thursday morning by Karnit Goldwasser. She is the wife of one of the Israeli soldiers held by Hezbollah. She spoke under the auspices of the United Jewish Appeal-Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York, which is launching an appeal in respect of its emergency humanitarian effort for Israelis whose lives have been disrupted by the war. The head of the Federation, Morris Offit, and Mayor Bloomberg spoke at the event. Mrs. Goldwasser will be remembered for years for the...
  • Pro-Lebanese protesters mob Australian PM's car

    07/29/2006 1:31:05 AM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 23 replies · 770+ views
    AP ^ | July 29, 2006
    Violent scuffles broke out between police and pro-Lebanon protesters who mobbed Australia's prime minister Saturday demanding more government action to bring peace in the Middle East, a news agency reported. Prime Minister John Howard was leaving a state conference of his Liberal Party in the west coast city of Perth when about 200 protesters of Lebanese descent mobbed his car, Australian Associated Press said. Protesters punched and kicked police and threw projectiles at the car, AAP reported. Howard's entourage sped from the scene as police wrestled protesters to the ground, it said. At least one protester was arrested and taken...
  • Australia - Howard in secret North Korea mission

    07/07/2006 10:42:11 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 14 replies · 577+ views
    The Australian ^ | July 8, 2006
    AUSTRALIA is prepared to offer North Korea a cheap, secure energy deal, probably coal shipments, if the rogue state returns to peace talks, as part of an attempt to solve the missile crisis. An Australian diplomatic mission leaves for China, Japan and South Korea next week as part of a concerted regional effort to avoid conflict on the Korean peninsula. The mission follows discussions between John Howard and US President George W. Bush yesterday about North Korea's launch of seven missiles over the Sea of Japan on Wednesday. The missiles included a long-range Taepodong 2 that is designed to...
  • Broad Experience For a Tall Job: A Hipper CNBC (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    07/03/2006 7:35:27 AM PDT · by abb · 27 replies · 697+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | July 3, 2006 | Howard Kurtz
    When Jonathan Wald was fired as executive producer of the "Today" show, he says, "I wanted to stay in the game and get back into the daily battle." When Josh Howard was forced to resign as executive producer of "60 Minutes II" after the botched story on President Bush and the National Guard, "I frankly wasn't sure, after my last experience, whether I wanted to work in television again." Both men landed at CNBC, where they are helping to retool programming on a business channel that has struggled in the ratings since the dot-com bust six years ago. Wald helped...
  • Confession Of Man Accused In Fla. Girl's Slaying Tossed

    06/30/2006 8:52:09 AM PDT · by fso301 · 23 replies · 816+ views
    WRAL ^ | June 30, 2006 | Wire
    ORLANDO, Fla. -- The confession of a man charged with kidnapping, raping and killing 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford isn't admissible in court, but the discovery of her body can be used as evidence, a judge ruled Friday.
  • Washington Democrats think their core voters are barking mad.

    06/23/2006 9:35:24 PM PDT · by george76 · 95 replies · 2,968+ views
    OpinionJournal ^ | June 22, 2006 | PEGGY NOONAN
    They feel an increasing intellectual estrangement from and impatience with the activists who people their base of support. And this is something new. On the Democratic side, it is not just as bad but worse. They don't only think they're more sophisticated than their base, more informed and aware of the complexities. I believe they think their base is mad. You can see their problem in their inability to get a slogan. Which, believe me, is how they think of it: a slogan. "Together for a Better Future." "A Future With Better Togetherness." Today for a better tomorrow, tomorrow for...
  • Howard should convert to Islam: Bashir (released Indonesian cleric to Aussie PM)

    06/15/2006 5:28:37 AM PDT · by Dark Skies · 8 replies · 419+ views
    ABC Australia ^ | 6/15/2006 | Geoff Thompson
    While holding a late night press conference in his Ngruki religious boarding school, Abu Bakar Bashir was asked by the ABC if he had a message for Mr Howard when the Prime Minister visits Indonesia later this month. "I think John Howard should convert to Islam," he said. "If he wants to be saved from hell, he needs to convert to Islam and God willing, he will be forgiven by Allah." Secondly, he warned Australians to never try fighting Muslims because they will definitely lose. "Maybe with God's permission, they can kill us, but they certainly can't beat Islam," he...
  • Howard pushes to ban same-sex unions

    06/06/2006 5:21:27 PM PDT · by Fair Go · 3 replies · 193+ views
    The Australian ^ | 7 June 2006 | Samantha Maiden
    JOHN Howard will act to block the move in the nation's capital to allow gays and lesbians to celebrate civil unions, on the grounds it is an attack on the institution of marriage. The Prime Minister confirmed yesterday that federal cabinet had agreed to overturn the ACT legislation that for the first time grants same-sex couples the right to celebrate civil unions. It was not clear last night whether couples would still be able to celebrate civil unions before the legislation is disallowed on August 1. "The legislation by its own admission is an attempt to equate civil unions with...
  • No nuclear objection: Costello (Australia Debates Nuclear Fuel)

    05/23/2006 1:23:45 AM PDT · by CheyennePress · 2 replies · 227+ views
    The Australian ^ | May 23, 2006
    ACTING Prime Minister Peter Costello has backed the development of a nuclear power industry in Australia whenever it became commercially viable. Mr Costello's comments follow Prime Minister John Howard signalling he wants a full-scale nuclear debate when he returns from an overseas trip later this week. "If it becomes commercial, we should have it. That is, there's no in-principle objection to nuclear energy," Mr Costello told Southern Cross Radio today. "Nuclear energy is an efficient form of energy. Provided you deal properly with the waste, then it's safe. "It has much less greenhouse emissions than coal. "There's no in-principle objection...
  • (Oz. PM John) Howard predicts 'tectonic' changes in China

    05/22/2006 7:28:05 PM PDT · by Murtyo · 20 replies · 619+ views
    ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corp.) ^ | Monday, May 22, 2006. 10:22pm (AEST) | Europe Correspondent Rafael Epstein
    Prime Minister John Howard says massive economic development in China will bring about a "tectonic shift" in that country's political system. Mr Howard has made the comments at the beginning of an official tour of Ireland, while answering questions from students at a Dublin university. Mr Howard was asked if he was depressed by the level of political change in China. While trumpeting Australia's trade links with the government in Beijing, Mr Howard said he did not believe economic liberalisation would continue on its own. "Nor do I myself believe that for ever a country can economically liberalise, whilst remaining...
  • Howard (Oz PM) sold out to U.S. interests

    05/22/2006 7:23:42 PM PDT · by Murtyo · 31 replies · 865+ views
    Toronto Star, Ontario, Canada via Tehran Times, Iran ^ | May 22, 2006. 01:00 AM | Schon Golgerth
    http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1148077814253&call_pageid=970599119419 TORONTO, Canada (Toronto Star) - So Australian Prime Minister John Howard is counselling Stephen Harper on how to run a country? Howard is the soul of American outreach and its spokesman. He has abandoned Australia to American influence and to American interests. With the Australian voting system of proportional representation, he will stay in power and Australia will irretrievably become a U.S. satellite doing the big brother's bidding. Australians can't seem to figure out how to get rid of him so they have learned to live with him and apologize to the world for him. Howard sees himself as...
  • "Da Vinci Code" unlocks $224 mln in world sales

    05/21/2006 1:11:45 PM PDT · by Mr. Blonde · 13 replies · 465+ views
    All the protests and all the bad reviews could not prevent "The Da Vinci Code" from recording a $224 million worldwide opening, the second-biggest debut ever at the global box office, its distributor said on Sunday. The controversial adaptation of Dan Brown's best-selling novel, the story of a Vatican cover-up involving Jesus Christ and his supposed offspring, sold about $77 million worth of tickets at movie theaters in the United States and Canada during its first three days, according to Columbia Pictures. Box-office watchers had predicted a North American opening of between $50 million and $80 million for the most...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 21 May 2006

    05/21/2006 4:28:24 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 965 replies · 13,660+ views
    Various big media television networks ^ | 21 May 2006 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows Sunday, May 21st, 2006 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice; Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Rice; Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; and Rep. Charles Norwood, R-Ga. FACE THE NATION (CBS): Attorney General Alberto Gonzales; Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.; and Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis. THIS WEEK (ABC): Gonzales; former Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C.; "America's Most Wanted" host John Walsh. LATE EDITION (CNN) : Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert; Australian Prime Minister John Howard; Sens. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., and Ron Wyden, D-Ore.; Zalmay Khalilzad,...
  • Transcript of press conference by PMs Howard of Australia and Harper of Canada, 19th May 2006

    05/21/2006 4:33:40 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 132+ views
    www.pm.gov.au ^ | 19th May 2006
    PRIME MINISTER HARPER: And again ladies and gentlemen we’ve…just begin by saying I want to thank Prime Minister Howard for his visit, for the lovely evening we spent last night, Laureen and myself, with Janette and the Prime Minister, and also for the wonderful Australian hat which I received as a gift and which I may well wear at the stampede next year—there’s been some comment I should wear different headgear at the stampede. Ladies and gentlemen we have just concluded a very successful meeting, the first of its kind in 20 years. Our bilateral relationship is largely free of...
  • I'm sticking with Bush. Bush remains world's best hope

    05/21/2006 12:53:53 AM PDT · by FairOpinion · 416 replies · 5,745+ views
    Calgary Sun ^ | May 21, 2006 | Paul Jackson
    President George W. Bush strides across the world stage as much as the U.S. dominates the world's stage. This is very good news for those of us who still believe in decency and democracy. So forget what some slanted opinion polls say about the leadership of the 43rd president and his patriot countrymen. Recall, Sir Winston Churchill was once one of the most detested men in Britain, then went on to save the free world. That's Churchill's undisputed legacy. In another era it may be Bush's legacy, too. This past week, Australian Prime Minister John Howard, one of America's strongest...
  • Friends deserve respect (Editorial: Canada's proper relations with Australia & US)

    05/20/2006 7:50:30 AM PDT · by GMMAC · 33 replies · 677+ views
    National Post - Canada ^ | Saturday, May 20, 2006 | Editorial
    Friends deserve respect National Post: Editorial Saturday, May 20, 2006 If anyone could have stood to benefit from the message delivered in Ottawa Thursday by John Howard, the Australian Prime Minister, it was quite a few members of the Liberal caucus. Mr. Howard told a joint sitting of the Houses of Parliament that Australia "is an unapologetic friend and ally of the United States," and called the U.S. a "remarkable power for good in the world." He went on to warn that those who would prefer the U.S. to have less influence "should be careful what you wish for,...
  • Australian PM courts Canadian support in rare address (Conservative Aussie warmly welcomed)

    05/18/2006 1:56:53 PM PDT · by GMMAC · 27 replies · 445+ views
    CanWest via National Post - Canada ^ | Thursday, May 18, 2006 | Mike De Souza
    Australian PM courts Canadian support in rare address Mike De Souza CanWest News Service Thursday, May 18, 2006 OTTAWA — Australian Prime Minister John Howard made a pitch for his country and Canada to work together in facing the challenges of globalization and climate change as he made a special address to members of Parliament and senators in the House of Commons on Thursday. “Those countries that pull down their trade barriers and open their economies and embrace globalization are the economies that will thrive and succeed,” Howard said after arriving in Ottawa for a three-day visit to Canada....
  • Looking for a foreign policy, Mr Harper? Try Australia's John Howard (Canada, Aus, Asia, US)

    05/18/2006 1:55:27 AM PDT · by NZerFromHK · 10 replies · 861+ views
    Globe and Mail (Canada) ^ | 18/05/06 | PAUL EVANS AND YUEN PAU WOO
    Australian Prime Minister John Howard has a record that is the envy of conservative leaders around the world. Recently elected to a fourth term (with an enhanced majority, to boot), he has charted a distinctive and largely successful course for Australia's international relations over the past decade. As the Harper government begins to formulate its own approach to foreign policy, Mr. Howard arrives in Ottawa at an opportune moment. Under Mr. Howard's leadership, Australia's ties with the United States have warmed considerably, stemming in large part from Canberra's staunch support for U.S.-led anti-terrorism initiatives and the invasion of Iraq. Mr....
  • Howard Dean Sells Out Gays, Log Cabin Leads The Slam Fest

    05/11/2006 4:26:26 PM PDT · by george76 · 34 replies · 1,286+ views
    Gay Patriot ^ | May 11, 2006 | Howard Dean ...Democratic Party Chair
    Democratic Party Chair Howard Dean has contradicted his party’s platform and infuriated gay rights advocates by saying the party’s platform states “marriage is between a man and a woman.” “Howard Dean puts his foot in his mouth so often that he should open a pedicure wing in the DNC during his tenure,” Log Cabin Republicans President Patrick Guerriero said Wednesday. “Howard Dean’s positions on LGBT issues have changed more often than the weather in New England, where he’s from.” National Gay & Lesbian (Socialist) Task Force... Foreman said in response to Dean’s “pandering and insulting interview” with the Christian Broadcasting...
  • PM stands by Pell after Islam comments

    05/05/2006 7:08:15 AM PDT · by Dark Skies · 20 replies · 559+ views
    The Age (Australia) ^ | 5/5/2006 | Staff
    Prime Minister John Howard is standing by Australia's top Catholic, as Islamic and other groups question Cardinal George Pell's remarks about the intolerance of the Muslim faith and the Koran's "invocations to violence". Dr Pell, Archbishop of Sydney, defended comments he made in an address to US Catholic business leaders in Florida in February, which were published this week. In his speech, Cardinal Pell questioned the tolerance of Islam. "Considered strictly on its own terms, Islam is not a tolerant religion and its capacity for far-reaching renovation is severely limited," Dr Pell said in the address. He also said there...