June 24, 2004


• Miranda Devine on the murder of Kim Sun-il: "What will Richard Neville and his fellow conspiracy theorists say about this latest terrorist atrocity? Was it actually another plot by 'high-level US Government operatives' to distract attention from their own evil deeds?"

• Scroll down for the latest American atrocities in Iraq.

• From Mark Steyn’s review of high school movie Mean Girls: "Cady is played by Lindsay Lohan, best known for Freaky Friday, in which she played a hip young thing who wakes up in a 40-year old’s body. Ashton Kutcher’s no stranger to that predicament ... "

• "He likes people, in spite of whatever people might think." -- Teresa Heinz Kerry on her husband.

• Greg Hywood sticks it to the NGOs: "Your money is not just being spent to save dolphins; your name is being used to support the political agenda of everything on that donor organisation's list of priorities."

• Why isn't Australia’s Muslim history more widely known? Why? Why?

• Why?

• Malcolm Turnbull, Liberal candidate for Wentworth, has a blog. I’ve never liked Turnbull, and once narrowly missed a chance to drive over his dog, but hey, he’s blogging. Which is good. (Via reader George C.)

• Silvio Berlusconi for President of the EU!

• "Who's your buddy, who's your pal?" writes reader Beege, re this story: "Saudi Arabia on Wednesday announced a limited amnesty for Muslim militants who turn themselves in within 30 days, saying they will not face the death penalty and will only be prosecuted if they committed acts that hurt others."

• Here's a shock: "Obese men with erectile dysfunction can improve their sex life through exercise and by shedding kilograms, according to a study due out tomorrow."

• The Age’s Malcolm Maiden examines News Ltd’s US relocation: "Standard & Poor's decision to drop News Corporation shares from the Australian Stock Exchange's share indices if it relocates to America and gains admission to the premier US index, the S&P 500, sets the stage for a fight over commercial logic and self interest."

• Where's Robin Williams?

• John Singleton plans to launch One Nation TV: "Concerned about the erosion of Australian culture, ad man John Singleton is prepared to write a 'very big cheque' for a fourth commercial TV network which would show only local programs."

• Who needs balance? Not the ABC, blathers Brian Walters: "The Government's involvement in the war in Iraq was highly questionable. Where appropriate, it is for the media, including the ABC, to question such matters. The Government has access to the media and can voice its opinion. It should not try to stifle the opinions of others by requiring them to walk the non-existent tightrope of 'balance'."

Posted by Tim Blair at June 24, 2004 04:27 AM

I actually agree with this. As long as a news organization admits it is making no attempt at balance, folks can draw their own conclusion as to the credibility of that organization. Of course, if publicly funded they should be required to provide equal time to the other side.

Posted by: Daniel at June 24, 2004 at 06:13 AM

That Teresa Heinz Kerry comment is worthy of Yogi Berra. "Nobody goes there anymore, it's too crowded."

Will I get booted out of the VRWC if I admit to having a sneaking liking for Teresa? Not as First Lady, God forbid, but for some reason she always manages to imply volumes with a single sentence.

Posted by: Sonetka at June 24, 2004 at 08:28 AM

Cut all public funding of the ABC and let them "balance" their budget.

Posted by: Greg at June 24, 2004 at 10:15 AM

• Here's a shock: "Obese men with erectile dysfunction can improve their sex life through exercise and by shedding kilograms, according to a study due out tomorrow...

...The study also concluded that fat guys with whiskey d**k often channel their frustrations by writing, directing, and starring in agit-prop polemics masquerading as documentary filmmaking ."

Posted by: JDB at June 24, 2004 at 11:02 AM

Brian obviouslt can't differtiate between reporting and editorialising.
The ABC now is virtually report-free, but blessed with a surfeit of opinion.

Posted by: Habib at June 24, 2004 at 11:31 AM

Nailed it, Habib. All any publicly funded news outlet has to do is provide balanced reports. The only opinions permitted should be those of the news consumer. And think of the savings by getting rid of all the opinionistas. I can live without a publicly funded Phillip Adams, whether he's left-wing, right-wing or bi-winged. When I want opinions I go to the blogiverse where they're better informed anyway.

Posted by: slatts at June 24, 2004 at 12:18 PM

For an advertising man, Singo's bullshit is very transparent. He'll have all-Australian content, all right, from the all-Oz dishlickers in the 3-y-o Maiden Plate at Dapto, to the dinky-di chaff-burners in the Improvers Handicap at Tooleybuc. It's no secret Singo wants to kick Sky Channel's arse into the old Pacific sea. He's also got plans for fly-em-in round the clock racing in Queensland.

Posted by: slatts at June 24, 2004 at 12:24 PM

The claims that Australia was part of Islam before the English arrived may seem ridiculous but it is part of the groundwork of Jihad against us.
it is the duty of islamlists to return to islam any country which was taken from them by the infidel.
Israel is of course the prime example and will have to resist for eternity.
SO the messages that incite direct violent Jihad which have been described as poetic by our own dhimmies will be replaced by this indirect type of revisionism.
Although unrecognised as such by most of us , it is a clear call to jihad . Australia having been part of dar al Islam must be returned to it

Posted by: davo at June 24, 2004 at 02:34 PM

Muslims also believe that we are all born Muslims, thus 'infidels' don't convert to Islam, they revert.

Posted by: peggy sue at June 24, 2004 at 10:11 PM

"...the obese American filmmaker Michael Moore."
- Miranda Devine

Gee, thanks, Miranda. If you hadn't become the the 5000th right-wing commentator to make a snide and gratuitous reference to Michael Moore's weight, I might not have realised who you were talking about. I might have thought you were referring to the bearded filmmaker Steven Spielberg, or the balding-and-sensitive-about-it filmmaker Ron Howard.

I recently invented a new drinking game, wherein the participants take a casual browse for an hour around various right-wing web sites and blogs and have a drink every time they see a reference to Michael Moore's weight. The only problem is that we only played the game once, and within half an hour everyone was so smashed that my place resembled happy hour at Christopher Hitchens' house.

I realise that Miranda, Tim B and his fellow travellers at this blog are dedicated to fair and even-handed commentary and are savage about those who fail to measure up to that standard. I note also that none of you ever refer to the physical dimensions of luminaries such as Piers Akerman, Rush Limbaugh or the aforementioned Hitchens. Which must mean that these gentlemen are all perfect specimens of svelte, Adonis-like athletic manhood. Or possibly that holding approved right-wing opinions exempts you from scrutiny of your physical shortcomings. Or that you are all so riled by Moore's success that you are incapable of talking about him without descending in to petty, playground-standard abuse.

Whatever the reason, get over it. It's getting really old.

Posted by: tim g at June 24, 2004 at 11:40 PM

tim g, could you now write a couple of paragraphs explaining why you even took the time to write a somewhat lengthy post defending Michael Moore from references to his weight ?

Are you also fat, or just big-boned ?

Posted by: Carl in N.H. at June 25, 2004 at 02:56 AM

I think it's just tim g's attempt at a personal interpretation of political correctness, since he has little else to club us over the head with. And why the hell not...after all, at its heart PC states that it's verboten to point out that person X has the characteristic Y, no matter how factually correct - for any and all values of X and Y, of course, as long as there's a chance that somebody might take offense. (Which, given lefties' propensity for shrill whining about all kinds of real and imagined wrongs, means pretty much always.)

Getting tired of all the 'Moore is fat' jokes? Hey, some people feel the same way about Mikey's neverending string of lies and misrepresentations. Here's a deal: You get him to stop making fact-free "documentaries" and we'll stop making jokes about his weight. Possibly we'll even quit the jokes about all the other aspects of his pathetic existence, if you can also get him to stop writing fact-free books. How'bout it?

Posted by: PW at June 25, 2004 at 04:16 AM

Well, for me, the defining characteristic of Moore is "fat slob", along with "lying elitist publicity whore".

If Moore and his amen section take offense at that, well that is icing on the cake.

Posted by: Carl in N.H. at June 25, 2004 at 04:43 AM

"...after all, at its heart PC states that it's verboten to point out that person X has the characteristic Y, no matter how factually correct..."

Unless it's President Bush, for being too short, stand out ears, and saying "nooooo-cle-yar". Then it's fair game for the leftoids.

Say, Tim G, are you complaining about that on left wing blogs? Or even here?

Posted by: The Real JeffS at June 25, 2004 at 05:08 AM

Hey Tim G,

Rush Limbaugh is and has been very svelte for a number of years now. He actually looks good for his age even when doped to the gills.

He's also an excellent golfer which is a form of athletics, so I'm told.

Bash away at Limbaugh if you like but Michael Moore would be well advised to follow Rush's example in the weight loss department. He'll live longer to enjoy all the success you speak of (if success is defined as being celebrated by sociopaths and morons.)

Posted by: JDB at June 25, 2004 at 08:14 AM

Are you kidding us, tim g?? The Honorable Left has been calling Limbaugh "fat ass", "fat liar", "fat cat" and just plain "fat" for years. Guess you've never been exposed to Al Franken and his principled discourse.

Maybe the fat jokes about Moore would look gratuitous were it not for the ad hominem invective and faux proletarianism Moore uses to build up his fat cat capitalist fortune. He really does make a big fat ass out of himself.

Posted by: c at June 25, 2004 at 08:21 AM

For those who might have believed that the british navy Iranian hostages got their GPS tangled in a knot and strayed into iranian waters.
from jihadwatch.org via memri,org
'Detention of 40 Volunteers for Suicide Operations Was Great Concern to the Revolutionary Guards'
the British command has so far refused to acknowledge that it is holding 40 Iranian volunteers in one of its detention camps. According to the Iranian source, this caused the Revolutionary Guards leadership to seek a semi-military solution to bring its men back from Iraq."

Posted by: davo at June 25, 2004 at 02:48 PM

JDB — That's it. I starting a "Donuts for Michael" Fund...

Posted by: richard mcenroe at June 26, 2004 at 12:48 AM

and saying "nooooo-cle-yar

No, that's nooooo-kyu-lar. Nooooo-cle-yar would be correct, after all. ;)

Posted by: PW at June 26, 2004 at 05:00 AM

Ooops, PW, guess it shows that I didn't go to an Ivy League school! ;-)

Posted by: The Real JeffS at June 26, 2004 at 05:22 AM

I haven't liked Turnbull since he blatently jumped a cab queue outside of Central Plaza One on Creek St in Brisbane a few years back. Really got my tits in a tangle that did.

Posted by: murph at June 26, 2004 at 09:45 AM

And where's Singo going to get the programs for his all-Aussie television station? There's no way he could fund production just on the advertising revenue of a fourth commercial station.

So where would that leave the public? Watching re-runs of "Hey Dad", "Bingles" and "All Together Now", that's where.

Occasionally there'd be an ad break to remind us all how lucky we are to be living in 'Straya, the greatest nation on Earth, and how proud a series of multinational corporations are to be a part of our fine country.

Posted by: Flashman at June 27, 2004 at 03:41 AM

Carl: i've seen pictures of tim posted here, and I can assure you he's no moore. Nerdy? well yes, but not particularly fat. Please don't ban me tim, I

Posted by: yobbo at June 27, 2004 at 04:51 AM

also i might just add that its 2aM and ive been at the casino since dinner please dont think that im always this retarded...tomorrow im filming my entry for the sunrise political thingo...might make it the afternooon since a wikced hangover is on the way.

love to all fellow rwdbs from yobbo

Posted by: yobbo at June 27, 2004 at 04:53 AM