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A reality too grim to accept

hillary bitter

At National Review, Victor David Hanson writes:

... dozens of the careerists and progressive appointees at the Washington FBI, DOJ, CIA, and National Security Council took all sorts of risks to insure a Clinton blowout. They variously sought to warp the FISA court, subvert the Trump campaign, collude with Fusion GPS and its Russian sources, and weaponize the FBI to ensure the Clinton victory — on the premise that their unethical and often illegal behavior would soon be rewarded by the Clintons, who for decades had proven far less ethical than 2016’s miscreant minions.

Hillary’s defeat caused unimaginable shock. It almost immediately prompted a collective psychological meltdown. The tragedy was not just that an inept Clinton had squandered the gifts of a $1 billion war chest, the deep-state collusion of the Obama administration, and a completely captive and obsequious media. But she had lost to Trump, the reality-TV-show host, the controversial raconteur, the first serious presidential candidate with neither military nor political experience.

Worse still, Clinton had blown a huge lead by foolishly seeking an electoral mandate while Trump, the supposed dunce, outsmarted her analytics and young techies by battering down the blue wall and stealing her Democratic Midwest with a populist nationalist message, part JFK, part Ronald Reagan.

Nothing is more humiliating than to be already doling out White House patronage jobs on Election Day at noon, and by evening suffering a shipwrecked candidacy ...

Hanson's essay can be read in full via this link or the one below

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They don't wear berets either

beltrameArnaud Beltrame: a most unusual Frenchman

By now, after years of assiduous preaching in our schools, our parliaments and by taxpayer-supported human rights bodies, all sensitive and caring souls know that stereotypes are wickedly wrong. Thus does everyone now grasp that Melbournians cannot be said to be besotted with AFL, it should not be assumed that Sudanese youths on your doorstep at 2am are there to rob you, and the incidence of Islam's devotees involved in terrorism is just an unfortunate coincidence. Still, it can be hard to avoid generalisations about certain groups when they seem determined to confirm the worst suspicions. Take the French, for example, who have long bristled at the popular caricature that the other side of their Tricolour is virgin white for ease in surrendering. Now read this:

A French police officer who heroically saved a hostage from an ISIS terrorist will not be honored in public over fears of offending Muslims.

Arnaud Beltrame, a police officer from Marseille, France, negotiated with an ISIS terrorist during a Mar. 2018 hostage situation in which he traded himself for a female hostage and was later stabbed to death. Attempts to name the city’s 15th district after Beltrame were recently rejected over concerns of offending the Muslim community, Voice of Europe reported Saturday.

Stephane Ravier, Marseille’s 7th district National Rally mayor, said that the proposal was refused during a Marseille town council meeting.

“Leftist elected officials, socialist and communist, refused that a place in the 15th district be named after Arnaud Beltrame, in the first time, they’ve said, under fallacious pretext, that this place wasn’t prestigious enough, before telling the truth in these terms: we are on the field, we witnessed that the population has changed and if we give the name of Arnaud Beltrame in this district, the population will take that as a provocation,” Ravier said.

For the full report follow this link or the one below.

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Amanda's wiggle womb

drinking pregnant

It's funny how you don't notice things that are supposed to be noticed. Take the labels on wine bottles, for example, which tell you when, where and by which vineyard your meal's lubricant was made. That relevant information tends to be the only thing we notice when reaching for the corkscrew, the eye skating over a little nest of symbols so ubiquitous they simply don't register. There's the triangle of twisted arrows, for example, urging drinkers to recycle the bottle when empty. A wine glass in silhouette informs how many "standard drinks" were in the bottle before there were none. Another little pictogram depicts a pregnant lady tossing one down, the image transected by a thick diagonal line that says, in effect, 'don't ever do this.'

That last symbol, voluntarily placed over the last few years by some 70% of Australia's alcohol producers, will soon be mandatory on every bottle containing alcohol sold in Australia and New Zealand, a development hailed by a nannyish organisation called DrinkWise, which has been promoting such labelling for the best part of a decade. Drinking while pregnant, in case you didn't know, can do immense harm "to your baby", as DrinkWise board member Amanda Vanstone puts it.

Pre-natal harm was a theme the former immigration minister explored in 2016 while chatting with Professor Elizabeth Elliott on Radio National. "If you're drinking, your baby is drinking as it's trying to grow," she said,  her voice tinged with amazement that anyone could be so selfish and irresponsible. The life emerging in the womb is sacred and must be given every chance to take a place in the world as a healthy, happy little human.

Who could disagree? Well it seems Ms Vanstone has no problems disagreeing with herself, as she is also a defender of abortion and scourge of those who don't like the procedure -- critics such as Cory Bernardi, for example, who became the subject of an acidic column in The Age when the then-Liberal dared to say abortion is a nasty business and Australia sees far too many of them.

"If they are seeking to have abortions removed in the Medicare items..." she earlier told the SMH, "...it certainly won't have my vote."

As both a voice to be reckoned with at DrinkWise and a critic of misleading advertising, Ms Vanstone might want to suggest at the next board meeting that the new and obligatory alcohol labels be slightly amended with the addition of just few simple words. Something like this, perhaps:

'Drinking while pregnant harms your baby, a terrible thing. But if you want to kill it, go right ahead.'

Ms Vanstone is no longer in politics. To be reminded why that is no great loss to the parliament or the Liberal Party, follow this link or the one below.

-- roger franklin

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The Breakup of Australia: the Real Agenda Behind Aboriginal Recognition

Australian voters are not being told the truth about the proposal for constitutional recognition of indigenous people. The goal of Aboriginal political activists today is to gain ‘sovereignty’ and create a black state, equivalent to the existing states. Its territory, com­prising all land defined as native title, will soon amount to more than 60 per cent of the whole Australian continent. Constitutional recognition, if passed, would be its ‘launching pad’. Recognition will not make our nation com­plete; it will divide us permanently.

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