Thursday, January 26, 2012

I Want To Be Free

Further from the post below. The fun prevention / safety Nazis intrude into our lives in so many ways. The clip below was made in 1975 it shows a skateboard contest. The boards are primitive by today's standards, yet everyone is having fun. If this contest was conducted now the kids would be wearing helmets, elbow protectors, knee protectors and gloves at the minimum. The road would be fenced off with some sort of safety rail and there would be officials to ensure that all rules were adhered to. There would probably be a number of first aid officials. The organisers would have to obtain insurance, the police would be in attendance and the entire day organised right down to the last detail including assistants with water bottles to ensure that the boarders would not get dehydrated.

I'd rather have it the way it was. Probably not very well organised, free to wear what you felt comfortable in. Look after yourself and keep an eye out for your friends. I'll bet that there were no major injuries on the day, probably a few bits of skin missing and bruises but that would be about it. Best of all no one to sue, just take care.

We have lost so much.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Homer Simpson was Right

Remember when Homer said " Everybody knows rock was perfected in the 70's". Well maybe it wasn't perfect but it came pretty close. Led Zepplin was the best by far. The thing I miss from those days is the freedom. There were no bicycle helmet rules, no rules about nearly anything. We had a lot more freedom. The 70's were probably the end of freedom and the beginning of the 'People who know better than you' telling us how to live our lives.

Here's a couple of good one hit wonders from 1974.

The Moir Sisters, cute. I love the shots of Wellington, reminds me of Melbourne at the same time.

George McCrae 'Rock your Baby'

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

'War is Hell' via James Delingpole

I couldn't understand the reaction of the media to the US soldiers who urinated on the bodies of the enemy. I don't know that I would have done it but I wasn't there and don't know the circumstances. James Delingpole has a post on the incident and quotes a US congressman, Alan West. I just wish our politicians had the intellectual honesty of this man. Post reproduced in full below. The original is here.

The longer the sordid battle for the GOP nomination goes on, the sorrier I am that Congressman Allen West isn't on the candidates list. His nuanced, informed, honest, morally courageous response to the story of the US marines caught on camera urinating on the bodies of Taliban fighters is another reason why.
“I have sat back and assessed the incident with the video of our Marines urinating on Taliban corpses. I do not recall any self-righteous indignation when our Delta snipers Shugart and Gordon had their bodies dragged through Mogadishu. Neither do I recall media outrage and condemnation of our Blackwater security contractors being killed, their bodies burned, and hung from a bridge in Fallujah.
“All these over-emotional pundits and armchair quarterbacks need to chill. Does anyone remember the two Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division who were beheaded and gutted in Iraq?
“The Marines were wrong. Give them a maximum punishment under field grade level Article 15 (non-judicial punishment), place a General Officer level letter of reprimand in their personnel file, and have them in full dress uniform stand before their Battalion, each personally apologize to God, Country, and Corps videotaped and conclude by singing the full US Marine Corps Hymn without a teleprompter.
“As for everyone else, unless you have been shot at by the Taliban, shut your mouth, war is hell.”

Sunday, January 01, 2012

2011 and 2012 Predictions

I made a few predictions at the start of 2011, they were as follows. I have noted how accurate I was under each one.

1 - Julia GILLARD will continue to be out of her depth, she will lurch from announcing one grand plan to another. None of these plans will ever be implemented.
I will take this as a win. GILLARD and her government are a disaster, Unfortunately she has come close to implementing some of her lunatic bribes to the greens.

2 - The Canberra press gallery will continue to ignore GILLARDS failings, and concentrate on Tony ABBOTT and the Coalition.

3 - Jesus will not return this year.

4 - A prominent Labor politician will become embroiled in a sex scandal (probably with members of the same sex).
True -

5 - A member of the Rolling Stones will put his cue in the rack.

6 - The Great Climate Change con will continue losing credibility with the general population, the last believers will be mainly Labor and Green politicians and all the carpetbaggers on the gravy train.
True, Durban was just another party for the first class passengers on the Titanic.

7 - Australia will have a wet cold winter with bumper snowfalls at all resorts (even Baw Baw)
Wrong, sort of. It was a wet cold winter however the snowfalls were average, which was a good thing.

8 - This will be seen as a sign of "Global Warming" by the above mentioned crooks.
I can't find any evidence of this, so I'll say I'm wrong. But I think I'm right.

9 - Australian (particularly Victorian) house prices will remain excessively strong due to increasing population and artificially restricted land supply.
Even with all the economic woes, prices are still very high.

10 - Carlton will win the AFL Grand Final.

11 - I will move to rural Victoria and run a motel.

Here a a few predictions for the next twelve months.

1 - The euro will cease to exist as a common currency across the EU, and the European project will begin to disintegrate.

2 - Labor will continue being miles behind the coalition in the opinion polls and dither over replacing GILLARD. RUDD will continue to be a pain for Labor.

3 - As a result of the above GILLARD will lose the prime ministership in the middle of the year and another Labor dud (not RUDD) will take over.

4 - I still think a member of the Rolling Stones will die in the coming year.

5 - Obama will lose the next US presidential election to the republican candidate who will not be Mit Romney.

6 - No 5 above will be wrong if Romney gets the republican nomination.

7 - A Victorian Liberal state politician will be involved in a sex scandal.

8 - I will improve my fly fishing and skiing.