Category Archives: Australia

Racism In Australia

For over a hundred years the country we know as Australia adhered to a strict White Only policy which prevented anyone whose skin was not white no opportunity to come and enjoy life down under. Of course, Australians had the Aborigines who predated the whites and thus had to enjoy being a second class citizen in the land of their ancestors. Eventually, economics intruded into the lives of Australians since they must trade with nations in Asia and thus they eventually had to allow THOSE PEOPLE to enter their shiny white shores. Naomi Priest, a professor at Deakin University has completed a study of racism encountered by immigrants over the past decade. In reality, there is no need for any study since common sense would result in a conclusion that racism is alive and doing OK in the land of the Aussies.

Priest discovered a common complaint directed at immigrants is: “you don’t belong in Australia.” Of course, aside from the Aborigines, no human belongs in Australia. And, of course, the Aborigines were once immigrants from Asia. About 14% note they have been physically attacked or spat on or pushed. About 10% claim teachers do not believe immigrants are capable of advanced academic work. Nothing surprising. An immigrant attends school, it can be a pleasant time or a stressful time. It really depends on how school officials handle the situation.

Just remember that every example in America of a school shooting was committed by a white, middle class student attending a suburban school in which they felt selves objects of hate.

Church And Sex

I confess to examine issues pertaining to sex when it comes to those who claim to somehow be connected to the Big Guy up in the sky. Father Gerald Ridsdale is a priest in Australia and finally what he has been doing for the past thirty years has emerged into knowledge of the entire world. Ridsdale confessed that over a few decades of time he has been sexually molesting young boys and girls. He commonly informed these children that allowing him to enjoy their bodies was simply an act on his part to serve the Lord. In all honesty, he did give children a reward for their encounters, each received a nice bag of candy. Oh, along with instruction to the girls not to reveal their “little secret” to any nun.

Cardinal George Pelll does have some explanation to provide, not only to his church, but to police. He apparently destroyed important documents related to these cases of sexual molestation. I have a hunch that God up above really does not seek to have those on this planet sexually abuse its inhabitants in His name!

Missionaries To Hell

There are times when one wonders what has happened to many people in this world who term themselves to be “Christian.” Here in America we enjoy the presence of millions whose ignorance about science or rationality has led to nutty ideas regarding the history of this planet or the need to walk around with guns for Christ. An Australian missionary who runs a publishing house in Hong Kong went on a vacation. Of all the places in this world which one is the nation that does not wish any and all Christians residing for a day or a week on their soil? One guess! Yes, Mr. John Short the short and tall of the matter is that if you are a Christian do NOT head for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea! This nut case went to Pyongyang and, most probably, handed out his pamphlets about Jesus Christ and found himself in jail. What else did he expect?

For some reason, the DPRK decided to allow this man of God to head back to Hong Kong. He did express some regrets: “I am willing to bow down on my knees to request the tolerance of the DPRK.” Well, he got the tolerance. Will you missionaries stay out of North Korea? I know some folk in rural Missouri who could use your pamphlets.

Limit Guns, Limit Deaths

Unfortunately for gun advocates the decision by the Australian government in 1996 to purchase guns back from Australians and enforce tight gun controls led to a dramatic decline in gun deaths. The evidence is overwhelming that taking guns out of public use resulted in fewer gun deaths.Australia had a gun massacre which led, unlike in America, to bipartisan cooperation to reduce the presence of guns in society. Since the 1996 decision there has not been a mass shooting in Austraia and rates of murder or suicide have dropped.

Naturally, the NRA refuses to accept the facts and argues that crime has risen under the theory that if one “takes guns away from the innocent, then only criminals will have guns.” NRA supporters isist America is an “exceptional nation” and we need firearms because we live in a different society.

Perhaps, Fox News needs a new Reality Show. Shoot Outs at the Not OK Corral. Draw your gun, the one standing alive gets his own 30 minute slot on Fox News together with a pert cute blond defender of purity and God.

Priests Of Shame

I confess. I really do not understand how someone who has committed his life to serving the ideals and values of God can abuse a young boy or girl in order to serve the needs of their sexual desires. Father Francis Derriman, a Catholic priest in Australia, manipulated and confused children by getting them so terrified they felt the need to go along with his sexual fanstasies. Joan Isaacs who attended Sacred Heart Convent in Brisbane, was told by Father Derriman that if she did not go along with his demand for sex from her”I will kill myself and you will always know that it was your fault.” He demanded sex when she was sixteen. She felt close to committing suicide and had sex with the voice of God.

It took two years of negotiation with the Catholic church to get some settlement. Most of the money went to lawyers and health expenses. She was told that she could not make disparaging remarks about the Catholic Church. Who are these people??

Good News-Aussies Spy!

To be an American these days is to be daily confronted by stories and accusations of spying by my government upon leaders of other nations. We have become the poster boy for spies and, increasingly, people of the world when encountering an American check their cell phones and iPads for the spy in their technology. Thus, it is wonderful news that Australia is being charged by the government of Indonesia with the crime o phone tapping. Indonesian President Yudhoyono confirmed receiving a letter from the government of Austrailia concerning tapping of his phone. Just about all communication between Indonesia and Australia has ceased.

The good news is that we Americans are no longer alone in the world of spies. It is important to get all nations to cooperate in spying. If we all are spies then no one is a spy. How aout an international organization of spies. We could term it, SPIES UNITED FOR PEACE.

Thank God, Not USA, Number One!

Another report about bugging countries and, thank God, this one does not involve the United States government. Indonesia’s Foreign Minister summoned the Ambassador from Australia for an explanation about its bugging the government of Indonesia. It turns out the Embassy facility was the site of listening in to what went on in the government of Indonesia. Just as this request was made, Australiam immigration minister Scott Morrison was in Jakarta seeking help from Indoesian authorities to help crack down on smugglers. For some reason these Indonesians insulted those Aussie friends and neighbors. “The actions that were carried out, as they were reported, do not reflect the spirit of friendship that has been well maintained between neighbouring and friendly countries, and are a serious breach of security that is unacceptable to the Indonesian government.”

Let me explain something to these ignorant people in Asia. These days if you are NOT bugged, consider that some nation is attempting to insult you. If your neighbor truly loves and respects your government it MUST bug you!!

Big Mac Downsized

I confess to entering a McDonald’s place of business in order to secure a cup of their 55 cent senior citizen coffee. Of course, it is against my religion to actually partake of their food which does not quite agree with the interior of my stomach. A group of protestors in the city of Melbourne in Australia have been fighting the construction of a new McDonald’s for three years. The giant corporation of McDonald’s decided to sue these people and it is demanding monetary compensation that would compel these citizens to sell their homes. After numerous meetings at corporate headquarters someone in authority decided to cease and desist the law suit and return to peaceful negotiation with these angry folk.

Has anyone considered offering the protestors free coffee? Or, make them honary senior citzens?

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

We offer samples of headlines that appeared in the world press along with our comments.

New Zealand, New Zealand Herald: “You’re Going To Pay Price”

And, it will not be at the discount store.

Denmark,Copenhagen Post: “Ban New Citizen Voting”

Only those over 65 can vote.

Sweden, Local: “Taming Of The Shrew”

There you go again picking on Sarah Palin.

Australia, Sydney Morning Herald: “Mom Shell Shocked”

You mean the thing in my tummy was a baby!

Sweden, Local: “Wedding Day Dangerous”

It is that “I do” which can lead to trouble.

France, Connexion: “Deaf Hunter Shoots Men”

The deaf part was no problem, but the lack of vision was.

Turkey, Hurriyet: “Female Underwear Thief Caught”

I assume he was caught handily

Sensible Prime Minister

President Barack Obama finally has a model on how to lead a nation. I realize our president devotes countless hours checking on emails that I, and millions send, so it would be helpful for our leader to finally grasp the meaning of leadership. We suggest that Barack Obama check with Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd if he wants to know how to lead a nation. Prime Minister Rudd was due to attend a special meeting that dealt with the situation in Syria. However, an urgent matter captured his attention, he cancelled the Syria stuff and rushed off to a more important session-filming an episode of Kitchen Cabinet. Oh, I realize there are some who actually believe Syria or Iraq or reading emails are more important issues, but not Kevin Rudd. This is one dude who has set the right priorities.

As his office made clear, “had a full national security briefing on Syria been somewhat earlier, Mr. Rudd would have made arrangements to be in Canberra earlier.” Finally, the right man in the right place at the right time!