Once again we’re late with today’s edition of Missing Link, but we do have a good excuse! Due to work pressures, Jason Soon is going on an extended Missing Link hiatus, and we’ve had to scope out a replacement. Stepping into Jason’s shoes will be Peter Black, a contender for Ozblogistan’s ‘one man global content provider’. Peter’s home blog is Freedom to Differ, which focuses on tech and legal news.
As most of you know, Jason’s role was to attend to the RWDB blogs, a task he did dispassionately and carefully, often in the face of sniping and snarking from all sides. Peter is therefore having to do the same thing, so we ask that you give him the benefit of the doubt as he writes the round-up on bloggers with whom he often disagrees, and make him welcome.
Today’s Missing Link compiled by Amanda Rose, Legal Eagle, James Farrell, Peter Black and Ken Parish, with Helen ‘skepticlawyer’ Dale as general Girl Friday and editorial dogsbody. Today’s graphics come courtesy of Sarah at the Voice of Today’s Apathetic Youth (a rather clever bit of photoshoppery) and artist John Pasquarelli.
1. News and Politics Stuff
One month after the Indigenous emergency announcement, Andrew Bartlett doesn’t see any evidence of the consulation that Howard and Brough promised, but he is glad that the government will not recall parliament to enact hasty legislation. Andrew links to Ken Parish’s latest critique and another by linguist Jane Simpson.
The Haneef roller coaster just keeps rolling and coasting. Tim Dunlop is monitoring the case of the hand that wrote in the diary. Ken Lovell ponders on Greg Sheridan’s last grasping straw, the concept of ‘elaborate contact’, while Robert and Gummo keep the fire burning at LP. Andrew Bartlett has been attending forums and chatting with Mrs Haneef on the phone. tigtog thinks Haneef has it easy, when one considers the implications of the latest Presidential Executive Order in the US.
Harry Clarke, however, thinks that the press and the left-wing blogosphere should give the Haneef issue a break. James Ozark has also had enough of what he describes as “our latest leftist cause celeb”. But undeterred, “Roger Migently” focuses on the Crimes Act provisions under which Haneef was charged, reaching an interesting conclusion. Legal Eagle muses about whether unflattering artist’s images of Dr Haneef might be contempt of court. And David Tiley weighs in with a passionate piece focussing on the now denied claims that Dr Haneef was allegedly planning to blow up or fly a plane into a very tall Gold Coast apartment block, also pointing out that odious little twerp Kevin Andrews has also cancelled Haneef’s wife’s visa so she can’t even return to Australia with their new baby:
I imagine they have done this because she would play well on the TV news, holding her tiny baby and begging the government to stop torturing her husband.
John Quiggin accuses COW governments of abdicating a clear moral obligation to give asylum to refugees from Iraq, especially interpreters and the like who are in mortal peril from death squads. He hopes that influential friends of the government, in particular, will put pressure on the government to increase the quota:
Particularly for those who claimed to be motivated by humanitarian concerns in supporting the war, theres a chance of at least partial redemption in doing something to help its millions of victims.
Apathetic Sarah gives credit to the MSM for finally noticing that the PM lied about the consequences of WorkChoices when he introduced the legislation in 2005. tigtog doesn’t share Bronwyn Bishop’s enthusiasm for adopting out children of drug-dependent parents, and Tim Dunlop is as unconvinced by Howard Government ministers’ attempts to establish their credentials as mature adults as by Presidents Chavez’s latest attempt to establish his as a democrat. Jeremy, meanwhile, has solved the mystery of the Coalition’s poor polling:
…it’s really quite simple: voters get sick of a government after about a decade. If there’s an opposition that’s not completely ludicrous, and if the party in power can’t find a new, inventive, attention-grabbing scare campaign that the electorate hasn’t recently heard, then the government going to lose.
Kevin Rudd is also not without his critics. Tim Blair argues that Rudd was against troop withdrawal from Iraq before he was for it.
Meanwhile, Andrew Elder embarks on a very entertaining demolition of Peter Costello, inflicting collateral damage on others in the process:
There is a story to be told on Peter Costello – like Beazley and Peacock, tomorrow’s man who became yesterday’s man without him ever being the man for today.
Peter Martin argues that Kevin Rudd’s forthcoming “Housing Summit” will fail to reach any useful conclusions, because Rudd is carefully avoiding any focus on the major factor that caused the housing price bubble in the first place, namely the Howard government’s slashing of capital gains tax in the late 1990s. ((However, Peter ignores the rather obvious point that Rudd isn’t actually interested in finding meaningful policy solutions: it’s an election year, and the recipe is to convince voters that Kevie cares while not saying anything that differs even slightly from government policy (except on IR and nuclear power) in case it gives Howard an angle he can exploit ~ KP)).
In the domain of NSW politics,
Philomena Gladys Rebecca assembles a profile of ‘the mysterious Michael Towke’ and concludes:
All of this begs the bizarre question – how did an unemployed serial liar and branchstacker defeat one of the best Liberal preselection fields in years?
2. Life and Other Serious Stuff
Lauredhel reinserts the subject in some more rape reporting, to striking effect.
Andrew Nortion has a thoughtful critique of Clive Hamilton’s op-ed on the jailing of tax-evading music promoter Glenn Wheatley. Jason Soon also chimes in on Hamilton’s reference to the Centre for Independent Studies.
David Bath tries and fails to make sense of Paul Kelly’s critique of our Trotskyite judiciary.
Mark Richardson wonders when is it right to discriminate?
Graeme Bird argues that Thou Shalt Not Tax Profits.
Austrolabe has done some very interesting digging on Islam’s answer to creationist booster Ken Ham, a Turkish chap by the pseudonym of Harun Yahya.
Legal Eagle discusses that truly appalling management consultant wank, “team-building exercises” , and their occasionally tragic consequences.
J.F. Beck looks at the Australian Institute of Criminology annual report on homicide in Australia, concluding that
Australia’s restrictive gun laws are most effective at keeping guns out of the hands of law abiding citizens who would never use them to commit a crime.
3. The Yartz
Ohad Rein has recently augmented the band with two more members which has fleshed out the sound out even more, especially with the magical addition of a Sitar, which opened the show
~ Oceans Never Listen on Old Man River.
The script perhaps doesn’t delve deep enough into the anguish of life with a mental illness, it certainly gives a fascinating insight into the characters that audiences over the last half century have grown to love.
~ The Rest is Just Commentary on the Melbourne production of Ying Tong – A Walk with the Goons
The Harry Potter series are fantasy books about wizard and witches learning the arts of sorcery and witchcraft
~ Gary with his finger on the pulse. More on Harry Potter: everything at Ampersand Duck recently, and Pavlov’s Cat. Scribe’s Writing Desk has an unsettling brush with identity theft, with a Harry Potter twist. Richard Watts, meanwhile, had his mother inadvertently drop several Harry Potter spoilers on him. His reaction is well worth a read, and he manages to be funny without dropping any spoilers himself.
~ Junk for Code has a lovely retrospective on the late indigenous artist Paddy Bedford.
(troppo sports stadium)
Mike “Football Tragic” Salter focuses on the apparently imminent appointment of another Dutchman Dick Advocaat as coach of the Oz soccer team.
Chris Sheil previews and reviews last weekend’s Bledisloe Cup rugby decider (well, the reviews are more in the comment thread really, although there’s a short wrap by Chris in the primary post).
David Tiley is an unabashed Cadell Evans fan, even though it now looks like the ex-Katherine former mountain bike specialist won’t win this year’s Tour de France. But he could still pull off third place or even second which would be an extraordinary effort.
5. Mad, Bad, Sad and Glad
Rex Ringschott’s Howardian take-off of Kipling’s Gunga Din is one of the funniest things one Missing Linker has read in a long time, and shortlisted for Best Blog Post of 2007. Jason Soon, however, disagrees on its literary merits, and comes up with a few memorable insults of his own. (( ‘Twas me who liked Rex’s poetic efforts and, although I agree with some of Jason’s points about the latte leftist assumptions Rex makes, I still think his poem is both clever and funny, while Jason’s response is both heavy-handed and humourless ~ KP))
A funny post on the “too-loud commuter” by Marcellous with a Chaser tie-in.
Snoskred currently has $5 million worth of fake cheques in her possession and she wants to tell you about how you can avoid this (and other) internet scams.
YouTube video of the day – US Democratic candidate for President, John Edwards, uses the CNN/YouTube debate to address the issue of his hair ….
Pommygranate pens an eloquently angry open letter to an English local council that has apparently banned one of its garbos from wearing a St. George’s Cross headscarf:
So let me tell you, you Fairtrade-coffee drinking, tofu-munching goody-two-shoes, the single biggest problem facing the planet is not Global Poverty or Environmental Annihilation, nor is it No Child Left Behind, but your arrogance to presume to interfere and poke your beak into every aspect of my life, and the viciously smug puritanism of your totalitarian creed.
Niall Cook ventures a slightly nostalgic post on old-fashioned oz slang, including “dressed up like a pox doctor’s clerk”. But why did pox doctor’s clerks dress up, anyway? Niall doesn’t tell us.
Adrian the Cabbie tells about an unfortunate who copped a 666 numberplate.