31 Aug 2011

ABBOTT SWAYS THIS WAY AND THAT..PLAYS BOTH SIDES..WHAT DOES HE BELIEVE IN???


Abbott must walk away from economic populism


Nicholson
HE WILL MAKE HIMSELF INTO ANYTHING YOU LIKE
FOR TODAY ANYWAY

AT a time of exacting economic challenge for Australia the issue for Tony Abbott is not the carbon tax - it is whether Abbott has a policy agenda or any particular conviction other than to get into power at any cost.


For the nation, the major unknown about Abbott is his economic beliefs. Yes, he is a protege of John Howard, however before Howard the spectre of B. A. Santamaria's regulatory economics hangs over Abbott's history.


Indeed, among Abbott's frontbench colleagues there is real uncertainty about his economic philosophy, notably whether his faith in pro-market policy outweighs his instinct for government intervention.


It is a subject of wide and growing contention. If Abbott's colleagues are unsure about his economic mettle, is it any surprise the public are unconvinced?


We see someone that sips on a pair of overalls or a suit, and god forbid a pair of swimmers, then he pretends to be one of us.


Which one of us we haven't a clue, there is an old saying that says you can't be everything to everybody.


So what are you Tony are you just a chameleon or a person with some sort of vision, or will it always remain a secret


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POISONING AUSTRALIANS OR USELESS-REGULATORS ARE USELESS?







  • From:The Australian 




  • August 31, 2011 12:00AM






  • NINE out of 10 vitamins, weight-loss products and complementary medicines fail to meet regulatory standards



    A scathing investigation by the Auditor-General of the Therapeutic Goods Administration has found the TGA is a toothless tiger when it comes to penalising companies that breach the advertising rules, because fines of just $33,000 make it uneconomic to prosecute offenders.
    There are more than 10,000 complementary medicines such as vitamins, fish oil and weight-loss products on the Australian market, registered on a self-assessment basis by the suppliers.
    The companies are meant to hold evidence of their products' efficacy, but when the TGA checked in 2005 it found "in most cases" the information was inadequate to support the claims.
    But the medicines watchdog failed to implement a policy that would require all sponsors of complementary medicines to submit a summary of the evidence they hold to the TGA.
    The TGA regularly checks a small number of the complementary medicines it has registered, and the most recent audit found up to 90 per cent were not complying with regulations.



    29 Aug 2011

    ROYAL MUSHROOMS---OR SPECIAL!!!.... MUSHROOMS


    Charles ducks the royal grouse shoot... to hunt mushrooms at Balmoral


    Hunter: Prince Charles mushroom picking near Loch Muick on Saturday
    The heir to the throne walked at Loch Muick, near his Birkhall home on the Balmoral estate, to go mushroom-picking at the weekend.

    Carrying a wicker basket and a walking stick he hunted mushrooms in a forest while Prince Philip, Prince Edward and Princess Anne plus their guests bagged birds during a grouse shoot.

    Maybe these mushrooms will put a smile on his face?

    ONLY IN AMERICA!! MAYBE NOT!...SPOILT BRATS....OR JUST THE 21st Century?

    By MARK DUELL Edited by ; S W T Read


    The $50,000 tantrum: Brother and sister SUE their mother


    Some children kick up a big tantrum when they’re refused toys or receive the wrong type of birthday card - but it doesn’t usually end up like this.

    Kimberly Garrity, who raised Steven II, now 23, and Kathryn, now 20, in a $1.5million home in Illinois, was sued by her own children.

    But the siblings, represented by three lawyers including their father, Steven A. Miner, have failed in their $50,000 lawsuit for ‘bad mothering’.

    They alleged Garrity failed to take Kathryn to a car show and threatened Steven II with phoning police if he did not buckle his seatbelt.

    The children claim she ‘haggled’ over dress prices and called at midnight to tell Kathryn to come home from a party, reported the Chicago Tribune.

    But after two years of battle an appeals court has dismissed the ‘emotional distress’ case, ruling Garrity's conduct was not ‘extreme or outrageous’.

    Mr Miner and Garrity were married for around ten years before she filed for divorce 16 years ago, reported the Chicago Tribune.

    The birthday card in question was labelled ‘inappropriate’ by Steven II as it allegedly failed to include any money.


    Unhappy: The siblings, represented by three lawyers including their father, have failed in their $50,000 lawsuit for 'bad mothering' (file picture)


    BAD PARENTING OR SPOILT CHILD

    War about to erupt..... between consumer groups and the food industry

    War between consumer groups and the food industry  over a recommendation to introduce a "traffic light system" on the front of food packets.

    They claim it could turn consumers away from some natural products such as milk, which contains fat and saturated fat, or fruit juice, which contains natural sugar.


    Queensland senator Ron Boswell produced examples that gave sultanas three green lights and a red light for sugar -- the same as for confectionary.


    None of these recommendations have been agreed upon yet, 

    Consumer group Choice and public health advocates are strongly in favour of it.
    Some supporters of the proposal are understood to be preparing to launch a major campaign in favour of the move.
    Food and grocery council chief executive Kate Carnell said her organisation opposed the traffic light system because there was no evidence that it was better than the daily intake labels that are on food packets.
    Surely Australians are entitled to labelling that makes us more aware of products health affects.
    A final decision is expected in late December.

    IS THIS SAFE TO EAT
    YES
    WE SAY SO!

    28 Aug 2011

    NO HOLES BARRED...DOUGHNUT CRIME

    Greek police have smashed a doughnut crime ring.

    The officials went on an undercover operation to break a ring of alleged crooks - who are thought to be two Bulgarian men and a former Greek wrestling champion - who were using violence to corner the market for the calorific treats in a resort on Paliouri beach in the Halkidiki peninsula near Thessaloniki.

    Police revealed an undercover officer posed as a doughnut seller and was attacked by the trio, who have since been charged with blackmail and fraud.

    They also received food safety violations after it was discovered the threesome left their food products in an abandoned hotel used as a toilet by bathers. 


    Apparently they were intending to hijack all doughnuts being transported in the area, and then to remove the holes.


    Then they intended to sell the holes to the shopkeepers at exorbitant prices.


    They struck problems when they found it difficult to store the holes, and they lost a considerable amount of their loot.


    Where they eventually stored it the police are unsure, they are bringing in sniffer dogs and hope to get a result soon.
    HAVE SEEN ANY OF THESE HOLES
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    TONY ABBOTT.......LEND ME YOUR EARS AND I'LL LEND YOU MY REAR...WAS THIS A JOKE

    Abbott failed to sway

    with a bum


    promise.



    Tony Abbott begged crossbench MPs to make him prime minister, joking that ''the only thing I wouldn't do is sell my arse - but I'd have to give serious thought to it''.


    Independent Tony Windsor recalls feeling alarm and pity when Mr Abbott revealed the depth of his desire to become prime minister.

    Independent MPs have revealed startling new details of their reservations about the Opposition Leader - including that joking plea.
    MP Rob Oakeshott also recalls Mr Abbott begging for the job - ''yes he did'' - but he would not comment publicly about the gag, that he would consider prostitution as a last resort, even if it was a joke.

    Is this the sort of behaviour we should expect from a future Prime Minister or the Leader of the Coalition, was it a joke or is he so desperate he would offer anything.



    Oh Tony, Tony, Tony your mouth does get you into trouble, what on earth are you likely to say when meeting other world leaders if you wanted something desperately.


    The truth is the liberal party has gone back to their roots of "BORN TO RULE"


    He will do anything to bring the government down, he has even changed the liberal party name to the "NO LIBERAL PARTY"


    What a has he done to a once great party.


    WAS TONY JOKING?
    OR
    JUST VERY DESPERATE
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    26 Aug 2011

    AUSTRALIAN BBQ...A WOMAN IS ALLOWED TO HELP...IF SHE DOES AS SHE IS TOLD..THIS IS MAN'S WORK!!!


    THE AUSSIE BBQ

    1) The woman buys the food.
    2) The woman makes the salad, prepares the vegetables, and makes dessert.
    3) The woman prepares the meat for cooking, places it on a tray along with the necessary cooking utensils and sauces, and takes it to the man who is lounging beside the grill - beer in hand.barbeque jokes
    Here comes the important part:
    4) THE MAN PLACES THE MEAT ON THE GRILL.
    More routine....
    5) The woman goes inside to organise the plates and cutlery.
    6) The woman comes out to tell the man that the meat is burning. He thanks her and asks if she will bring another beer while he deals with the situation.
    Important again:
    7) THE MAN TAKES THE MEAT OFF THE GRILL AND HANDS IT TO THE WOMAN.
    More routine.....
    8) The woman prepares the plates, salad, bread, utensils, napkins, sauces and brings them to the table.
    9) After eating, the woman clears the table and does the dishes.
    And most important of all:barbeque jokes
    10) Everyone PRAISES the MAN and THANKS HIM for his cooking efforts.
    11) They tell good old Aussie barbie jokes like:
    Question: What do you call a boomerang that wont come back?
    Answer: A stick.
    12) The man asks the woman how she enjoyed 'her night off.' And, upon seeing her annoyed reaction, concludes that there's just no pleasing some women.
    HE THEN CLEANS,AS YOU CAN SEE, A MAN'S WORK IS NEVER DONE.


    AUSTRALIA HAS A DIRECT LINE TO GOD, YES ITS TRUE!


    Australia is just like everywhere else in the world
    Funny story about calling god on the phone
    This American guy travelled across the world looking at Churches
    He then travelled all across America, Europe, England, Japan, New Zealand.  In every church he saw the same looking golden telephone with the same "$US10,000 per call" sign under it.
    He decided to travel to the southern hemisphere to Australia to see if they had a similar phone.
    He arrived at Western Australia, and again, in the first church he entered, there was the same looking golden telephone, but this time the sign under it read "40 cents per call."
    Somewhat surprised, Jay asked the priest about the sign. 'Father Brian, I've travelled all over the world and I've seen this same golden telephone in many churches.
    I'm told that it is a direct line to Heaven, but in all of them price was $10,000 per call. Why is it so cheap here?'
    Father Brian smiled and answered, 'My son, you're in Australia now - this is Heaven, so it's only a local call.' and if you press the right buttons its free.
    If you press the wrong buttons you get a choice of politicians, then its like Russian roulette only unlike the original game the gun is fully loaded, so whoever you get they'll promise to give you everything you ask for.
    Of course they are a bit like god, if you believe, then you'll give them your vote, if you don't you can go to hell!. 

    UP OR DOWN
    VOTE NOW
    ITS ALL POLITICS

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    AN ABBOTT/JOYCE DOUBLE...IS IT POSSIBLE


    I am reliably informed that the unthinkable has happened.

    The leader of the opposition (Abortizer) or Tonus as his friends like to call him. has agreed with the Government on something.

    Now this type of event is has never happened before, we are yet to find out what he agreed with.

    This has sent shockwaves through the party.

    The well known commentator Stevus Mischievus in his usually reliable column, states that there are rumors of a severe brain strain having occurred to Tonus.

    Now knowing Mischievus’s reputation we have to believe it is true.

    Of course Abortizer’s friend Barnabus Obstuctus of  the Outbackwards party is helping.

    Banabus Obstuctus is on the warpath, assuring us that he has amazing abilities. By using a Productivity Committee report as toilet paper.

    This leads me to believe that he is a real hard arse.

    Just to prove his ability grasp issues by the throat, he has suggested that we build a pipeline that will carry nothing, because he could do it most efficiently.

    Tonus is very impressed with this idea.
    Thus proving again that there is some credence in the article by Mischievus.

    Will Barnabus Obstuctus change parties to join  Tonus, because it appears they have become very close.

    Tonus has even began to sound like Barnabus.

    An Abortizer/Obstructus double act would be quite an accomplishment, who knows where it would lead. 
    You can see the love Barnabuses's eyes

    IS THE NINE NETWORK PART OF NEWS Ltd (Do I hear a phone?)


    Nine Network sacks journos over lie

    THREE journalists have been sacked by the Nine Network after they were caught pretending to be broadcasting live from a helicopter above the Daniel Morcombe crime scene in Beerwah, when they were actually near Nine's Brisbane studio.
    On Saturday and Sunday nights, two different reporters broadcast live crosses claiming to be "near Beerwah" when, in one instance, they were sitting on the helipad and in the other, hovering near the network's Mount Coot-tha base.
    The reporters who have been dismissed are Cameron Price and Melissa Mallet; news producer Aaron Wakely has also been sacked.
    Brisbane news director Lee Anderson, a 25-year veteran of Nine, resigned over the scandal last night, after an internal investigation found the Brisbane bulletin had twice misrepresented the reporters' locations and misled viewers.
    "This morning, I tender my resignation as director of news, accepting full responsibility for the events of the last few days," Anderson said. "I have served this network to the best of my ability for almost 25 years.
    IS IT A DUCK





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    25 Aug 2011

    DEVIL'S ISLAND...MAYBE IT'S SOMEWHERE ELSE...MAYBE ITS AUSTRALIA?


    Our island mentality and concern about securing our physical borders helps us to explain our obsession with "boat people"?

    Do we still think in terms of early sailing ships and state borders as if it was it before we were a Federation.

    From 2009 to 2010, 48,000 asylum seekers came by air.

    Only 15,000 came by boat. That is 76 per cent were air arrivals and only 24 per cent boat arrivals.

    Only one year, 2010, did slightly more come by boat.

    Yet we detain all boat arrivals.

    We allow the much larger number of asylum seekers who come by air to live freely in the community.

    Is this because they are better people, really!

    According to government figures, by March 11 2011 there were 6507 "irregular maritime arrivals" in detention.

    There were only 56 "unauthorised air arrivals" in detention.

    They were presumably people who had been denied refugee status and were awaiting deportation.

    There is this extraordinary difference in treatment based on mode arrival?

    Obviously if you have access to air travel you do not have devils horns protruding from your head as all boat people apparently have.
    NO AIR TICKET!
    WE GIVE YOU A NICE NEW FENCE 

    24 Aug 2011

    THE DYING PRIEST AND HIS TAKE ON POLITICS IN AUSTRALIA

    Subject: The dying priest!

    In Canberra an old priest lay dying in the hospital. For years he had
    faithfully served the people of the nation's capital.

    He motioned for his nurse to come near.
    "Yes, Father?" said the nurse.
    "I would really like to see the Tony Abbott and the Joe Hockey before I die",
    whispered the priest.

    "I'll see what I can do, Father", replied the nurse.
    The nurse sent the request to Parliament and waited for a response.

    Soon the word arrived;
    Tony Abbott and the Joe Hockey 

    would be delighted to visit the priest.

    As they went to the hospital, Tony commented to Joe, "I don't know why
    the old priest wants to see us



    It will certainly will help our images and might even get me elected Prime Minister. 
    After all, I'm IN IT TO WIN IT".
    Joe agreed that it was a good thing.

    When they arrived at the priest's room, the priest took Tony's hand in his
    right hand and Joe's hand in his left.

    There was silence and a look of serenity on the old priest's face.

    Finally Tony Abbott spoke. "Father, of all the people you could have
    chosen, why did you choose us to be with you as you near the end?"

    The old priest slowly replied, "I have always tried to pattern my life after
    our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ."

    "Amen", said Tony, "Amen", said Joe.

    The old priest continued, "Jesus died between two lying thieves; I would
    like to do the same."



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