November 18, 2014
November 16, 2014
Sometimes Facebook says it all…
A big shout out to all our specially trained protectors who stood on rooftops guarding this precious group of dignitaries … during a massive heatwave.
It was reported today that those rooftops saw 63c. Go ahead. Google this phrase: Convert 63c and tell me you’re not impressed with Australia’s special servicemen.
November 13, 2014
There’s an old saying about letting sleeping dogs lie… and another about not poking said dog in the balls with a stick because no matter how docile the dog it will reach back to bite you. And that, ladies and gentlemen is an accurate description of the Australian Prime Minister’s sense of diplomacy. Get that stick! Poke that dog!
There are currently FOUR -fully armed – Russian warships headed to the east coast of Australia, their projected path ending on just outside the port city of Brisbane (also the capitol of Queensland, where I happen to live) and their projected arrival time is Saturday – intended to coincide with the G20 Summit.
There have been other ships in the past from countries whose dignitaries have been in attendance at the G20 but ALWAYS in the past these countries have asked permission of the host country to allow their ships to be present. President Putin on the other hand seems to have deployed his ships – unannounced – in response to insulting comments made to him by PM Abbott following an APEC meeting Monday last. I’m guessing this is how Presidents and Prime Ministers play that age-old game of my dick is bigger than yours.
The long and the short of is PM Tony Abbott used his APEC meeting time with Pres. Putin to threaten him with exposure of certain evidence he claims to have regarding the responsibility of the shooting down of the aircraft MH17. Putin has claimed that it was a rogue shooting. Abbott is saying flat-out no it was you.
Pres. Putin isn’t just a sleeping dog. He’s a certifiably crazy-ass dog who has already shown the world what he is capable of doing by forcibly taking control the Ukraine against all reasonable outside argument. Does Tony Abbott not understand the basic principles of diplomacy when dealing with leaders and lunatics?
If we don’t end up in an armed conflict with Russia it won’t be because Mr. Abbott didn’t try hard enough.
In the meantime, this is happening just south of the Barrier Reef, and just northeast of my house. I am not amused.
And apparently we can now buy *Shirtfront t-shirts.
*To Shirtfront is to head-butt your opponent in the hopes it will knock him to the ground. Mr. Abbott vowed (in the mediaw no less) to shirtfront Putin to get him to admit the killing of Australian passengers aboard the MH 17 was the express fault of Russia. Yes, because we saw how well that strategy worked for the Ukraine’s.
Where’s Obama when you need him…
====== UPDATE ======
Russia has responded to media inquiries regarding the four warships dispatched to Australian waters. With a diplomatic response of roughly because we may need to use our ships in the Antarctic to survey climate change… the article linked above has this tidbit at the end:
The unannounced flotilla is obviously timed for the weekend’s G20. Tony Abbott says it would have been months in the planning, but the Kremlin has confirmed the ships left Vladivostok on October 23 – 10 days after Abbott’s threat to shirtfront president Vladimir Putin.
“Let’s not forget Russia’s been much more militarily assertive in recent times,” said Abbott.
He is, of course, referring to Russia sending nuclear submarines to Scandanavia, warships off Crimea, troops into Ukraine and long-range bombers flying over Central America.
For now, the world will have to wait to see what happens at the G20 in Brisbane.
Good read – good photos – two videos.
November 2, 2014
Just goes to show that behind the political lines that divide us, we’re all just a bunch of drama queens looking for a good time. Borders should be obsolete. They only fuel the illusion that one group of people is more entitled to live on the planet than their neighbours. I hope my great-grandchildren get to grow up in a world where borders no longer exist. That would be great.
For now though, here’s a peek at the men behind the badges in Israel. I couldn’t embed the video so just Click Here.
Love those high notes!!!
October 29, 2014
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October 23, 2014
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In case you missed it…
October 8, 2014
The Daily News has answered some of our comment questions regarding who knew what and when and clarified that (1) Collins wife (Faye Grant) was not the one who leaked the tape and (2) outside pressure was placed on Grant in 2012 to pursue the initial inquiry into Collins behaviour in 1972. It’s a decent read. – Oz
I am heartsick over this news. I am not a religious person and parts of this show made me crazy – but the general make-up of the cast and the ‘normalcy’ of the interactions between family members made this a fun show to watch. And mom and dad, of course, were the constant, steadfast heroes.
I am shattered to learn the truth about Stephen Collins. Not surprised, mind you because child molestation is far more common in our society than we care to acknowledge – but shattered nonetheless. I adored the actor. I adored his role in 7th Heaven. Now I just want to go somewhere and throw up.
TMZ has the confession tape. You can listen to it here and read the complete story (excerpt below).
Stephen Collins — who played the pastor/dad on “7th Heaven” — confessed to his estranged wife he was a child molester, and it’s all on tape … a tape obtained by TMZ. And the New York Police Dept. is now conducting an active criminal investigation involving sexual contact with multiple children.
Collins — who is in the middle of a nasty, prolonged divorce with actress Faye Grant — revealed to her in 2012 he had molested and/or exposed himself to several underage girls years before. Collins and Grant went to a therapist where she peppered him with questions about the incidents … and he not only answered, he was specific.
Here’s what Collins didn’t know at the time. Grant taped the therapy session. We’re told her lawyer advised her it was legal to secretly record the conversation because in California you’re allowed to secretly record conversations to gather evidence the other person committed a violent felony … and molesting a child under the age of 14 qualifies.
We have protected the names of the victims Collins mentions on tape. As you listen … you will hear Collins refer to a “disclosure” and a “list.” This refers to a confession Collins had already made to his wife … which triggered the therapy session.
You hear Collins flatly confess to molesting an 11-year-old New York girl — a relative of his first wife — saying, “There was one moment of touching where her hand, I put her hand on my penis.” He also acknowledges exposing himself to the girl “a couple of times” … he says when she was 11, 12 and 13.
Grant asks, “When you exposed yourself … did you have an erection?” He responds, “No, I mean, no. Partial, maybe I think.”
Grant then inquires about other girls. Collins mentions an L.A. girl who lived in their neighborhood, but says he tried righting the wrong by apologizing to her years later.